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Sunday, September 13, 2015

13 Sept - Blogs I'm Following Pt II Noon

Thespian Robot Applying for Screen Actors Guild Card

The Daily Mail at The Stream - 22 minutes 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 - 49 minutes ago
*A beautiful and inspiring video* Readers are invited to watch this video--celebrating modern technology at its height--and listen to the above music video. The music is 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 9/11 outpouring of... 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! - 50 minutes 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 - 50 minutes 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 - 57 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 »

What will happen to Europe (and the rest of the West) if unlimited immigration continues?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
https://youtu.be/tXMkcZBvq7U An interesting video of the sort that the institutionally pro immigration BBC would never dream of making.

Jeremy Corbyn is not alone in his relationships with terrorists and their supporters

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
'Labour now has a leader who describes Osama bin Laden's death as a "tragedy" and admits meeting IS sympathisers. But the dodgy links do not stop there. The party's new candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan, also caused a storm when he vocally defended terror suspect Babar Ahmad, who then pleaded guilty to conspiring to raise funds for the Taliban. What is it with Labour's new top team and cosying up to terrorists?' What indeed? More in Guido Fawkes column in the Sun http://www.sunnation.co.uk/tories-plan-to-spook-jeremy-corbyn-at-pmqs-with-a-wall-of-beards/

German Foreign Minister Claims 'Significant Progress' Is Being Made Between Russia And Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Foreign Ministers Make Headway on Ukraine Conflict* *Meeting in Berlin ‘one of the less confrontational’ ones, says German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.* Foreign ministers from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed late Saturday on steps to bring stability to eastern Ukraine, but the talks showed that any progress remains “difficult” and could be easily jeopardized, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. “I can tell you with relief that our meeting today has been one of the less confrontational and more successful ones,” Mr. ... more »

Top NATO General: 'We Don’t Truly Understand Yet What It Is That Russia Is Going To Do In Syria'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Euronews:* *Nato expresses ‘concern’ over Russia’s role in Syria* As Russian cargo planes touch down in Syria, Nato has expressed concern over Moscow’s role in the country. According to Russian authorities the two planes which arrived in Latakia on Saturday were carrying 80 tons of humanitarian aid. Although reports are growing that Russia is stepping up its support of the Syrian regime. “We don’t truly understand yet what it is that Russia is going to do in Syria,” Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe told a press conference. “We have heard everything fr... more »

Russia Repeats Its Vow To Provide Military Support For Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Vice-President of the European Commission for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva in Moscow, Russia, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/SERGEI KARPUKHIN *Reuters:* *Russia's Lavrov says Moscow to continue military support of Syria: reports* Russia will continue with military supplies to Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. Moscow has come under increased international pressure in recent days over what Washington and Gulf states say is a Russian military build... more »

Yemen Peace Talks Have Collapsed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The United Nations estimates that Yemen's conflict has killed more than 4,500 people since March [Reuters] *Al Jazeera:* *Yemen's exiled leader calls off peace talks with rebels* Hadi refuses to negotiate with Houthis unless rebels accept UN resolution obliging them to give up seized territories. Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has backed out of the planned UN-brokered talks with Houthi rebels, his office has said. In a statement released on Sunday, Hadi said that there would be no talks with the Houthis until they accept a UN resolution that obliged them to withdraw from ... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 hour ago
My article on the continued use of torture and secret prisons in Iraq was reprinted in Al Mada, and that same paper did a summary of my monthly summary of Iraq's oil exports and revenue for August 2015. My article asking 10 experts on how the war against the Islamic State was going was mentioned in "For the West, wishing that ISIS would just go away," The Arab Weekly.

Continuing the “all-male” theme at EISA

Cai Wilkinson at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
It was with a distinct sinking feeling yesterday that I learnt that conference rooms for the EISA’s upcoming 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations have been renamed after eminent theorists of European origin and that there is not a single woman amongst those selected to be honored. A close reading of the conference program brought […]

A Much Muted Return

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 hour ago
I’m back. If you’re new to this, check the About page. There’s a history to @ the ChalkFace. It goes back to the beginning of 2010. Things became complicated, and with those complications much frustration. There was a break for over a year. It was very nice. I shed a lot of Internet weight. I […]

Harriet Harman exhibits the usual Labour hypocrisy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
'Harriet Harman has slammed the Government's plan to use the international aid budget to help pay for the 20,000 Syrian refugees Britain is to accept over the next five years.Yet who was it that first started using the aid budget to support refugees?The policy was introduced in 2009 – by the last Labour government.' More at Guido's Sun column http://www.sunnation.co.uk/tories-plan-to-spook-jeremy-corbyn-at-pmqs-with-a-wall-of-beards/

And its gone!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
What most people don't realize the banks don't hold your money for loans they make. Its all monetized. You essentially said the money was theirs when you deposited it.

sunrise from the 19th floor

laura k at wmtc - 1 hour ago
19th floor, central Mississauga, facing east. For locals, this is from the corner of Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe. You can see a bit of Lake Ontario on the right. Toronto is not that close. I'm zooming in. Here's the actual foreground.

Want Your Child to Succeed in School? Start by Encouraging His Teacher

PJ Media at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: teacher and little students] With two boys of my own--one in third grade and one in fourth--I'm on the other side of the parent-teacher relationship now. Still, I haven't lost the sense of everything a new year brings to the lives of teachers. This... Continue reading *“Want Your Child to Succeed in School? Start by Encouraging His Teacher”* at *pjmedia.com*.

Music if you had to say under torture

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
I am the Pouges, maybe did not spell that right, but give me back my fingernails and I will do better

I edit myself so often

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
You know why cause the future does not want to explain the past and thats just me imagine this lie on a global scale

Do you have a car that wants to Drive

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
Yes I do its a Honda will it take you every place you need to go YES Cause its a Honda bent steel Samuria soul do not belive me but if you get into a fight with a KIA its toast

I was shapeless in a medicory party

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
When I realized there was life beyond the defined boulavard and then the| CHamps do lay yay invaded my thoughts everyday and I was French or Swedish or Hungarian like my aboandoned father it do not matter much as I realized throhgh my crazy travels around this plane we all fly as humans

Listening to Lenorad Cohen makes me feel wonderful cause somebody old understands me

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
Is that no really what is all about if we were certian I would have said that and sung it that way if I had that opportunity Opportunity is justic in the worlds min because if you fuck up enough people you can rule the lizard mind but do not think this works forever because just like bug we will feast on your inconsitancy and leave crediblity traps all along the trail and one day all you mark anthoys\\\\ or cleopatra will die at the polls because of you the people no longer belive in beauty

When Committed Christians are Compared to ISIS

Michael Brown at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: man carrying cross of Christ__1442148833_70.119.142.63] It's scary enough when peace-loving Jesus followers are compared to ISIS. What's even scarier is that many people believe the comparison is accurate. Have they completely lost touch with reality? It's one thing to have passionate and deep differences on... more »

Thousands Flee 2 Fast-Moving California Wildfires

AP at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: California wildfire__1442144684_70.119.142.63] COBB, Calif. (AP) -- An explosive wildfire raced across several rural communities in Northern California, charring nearly 40 square miles in several hours, chasing thousands of people from their homes and sending four firefighters to the hospital with second-degree burns.... more »

New Record Number of Migrants Enters Hungary

USA Today at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: 635777188564728769-AP-APTOPIX-Hungary-Migrants__1442145739_70.119.142.63] A new record number of migrants entered Hungary during the weekend as the country rushes to finish building a fence on its border with Serbia to stem the flow of people into the country. Police said 4,330 migrants were detained Saturday... Continue reading *“New Record Number of Migrants Enters Hungary”* at *usatoday.com*.

Singing from the same hymn-sheet on the migrant crisis

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 3 hours ago
The more closely you monitor a particular BBC programme the more patterns of bias you see (if there are any) - patterns that others might miss. Having monitored Radio 4's *Sunday* for several years now, it didn't surprise me that the programme turned straight to Frank Field MP to discuss the victory of Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Field is the programme's most regular politician guest. Nor did it surprise me that when they reported on a 'sustainable development' conference another *Sunday *regular Martin Palmer of Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) duly appeared. Nor did it then su... more »

useful things are illegal because the law makes money on both sides of that coin

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
useful things are illegal because he law makes money on both sides of that coin the sunshine of trans pacey meets sunscreen and as it turns out keeping a taste is easier than preventing cancer U ever watch a movie like say Training Day or get so broken hearted by the departed when you realise its mostly Utube now nobody cares about anythig they are way to busy doing the programmed thing Yes in your god fearing ten commandment ordained and disciplined country is ruled by the MAN legitimately going insane I am forced to write like Picasso all in cubits because the gumermit is on my p... more »

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Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago

Poll: French People Now Favor Sending Troops To Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
French President Francois Hollande attends his news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, September 7, 2015. REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU *Reuters:* Majority of French people favor sending troops to Syria: poll A majority of French people are in favor of sending troops to fight Islamic State militants in Syria, a prospect that President Francois Hollande has flatly ruled out, a poll released on Sunday showed. Some 56 percent of those questioned were in favor of a ground intervention as part of an international coalition, according to an Ifop poll for Sunday newspaper Le Jour... more »

Munich Is Now Receiving 10,000 Refugees A Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*ABC News/AFP:* *European migrant crisis: Germany warns it is at 'limit of capacity' as asylum seeker numbers surge* German authorities have warned they are stretched to capacity to welcome asylum seekers continuing to arrive en masse from the Middle East. A total of 13,015 migrants and refugees arrived in Munich on Saturday alone, and at least 1,400 were expected Sunday (local time) to reach the southern German city — the end of their exhausting and often perilous journey through Hungary and Austria. Germany has become the destination of choice for many asylum seekers, particula... more »

Canada's Tyrant In Waiting???

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
This man is sometimes angry. And he has a beard. And he makes the MoS angry. And I don't think the MoS has a beard Have you heard the latest threat to democracy? It involves Tom Mulcair's stated adherence to the long-held NDP plank to abolish the unelected Senate. The Senate is an appointed body that is supposed to provide greater representation to Canada's regions than is served by the "representation by population" House of Commons. But, just as Mike Duffy is supposed to be residing in PEI, the official story is not the real story. The Senate is a place where Liberal or Conservativ... more »

Should The U.S. And Other Wealthy Countries Pay Reparations To Poor Countries For Extreme Weather?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
AAP *USA Today*: *Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather* Poorer nations suffering from extreme weather disasters, so much so that their citizens are seeking refuge in safer terrains outside their borders, want rich nations like the United States to pay for reparations and to relocate populations. Preparatory talks ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December has representatives from developing nations asking for more than an already agreed upon $100 billion per year for climate change mitigation measures. They wan... more »

Report: Company Has No Knowledge Clinton Server was ‘Wiped’

AP at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton13 - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The company that managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server says it has no knowledge that the server was “wiped,” which could mean that more than 30,000 emails Clinton says she deleted from the device could be... more »

Why Did California's Democratic Party-Controlled State Legislature Fail To Pass Real Climate-Change Legislation?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Big Oil and the bipartisan pack of corrupt state legislators their lobbyists buy at bargain prices freaked out over the climate-change legislation that was barreling through the California legislature. Democrats hold 52 seats in the Assembly; Republicans have 28. When lobbyists can bribe enough Democrats to vote with the Republicans, guess what happens? And that *is* what happened in the case of the climate-change bills, SB350 and SB32. And there are now so many members from the Republican-wing of the Democratic party in Sacramento,the lobbyists have a head-start. The media still ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 4 hours ago
*Colleges brainwash students into believing 9/11 was our fault* Not all of us will be mourning 9/11 victims and their families this Friday on the 14th anniversary of the attacks. Hundreds of college kids across the country will instead be taught to sympathize with the terrorists. That’s because their America-hating leftist professors are systematically indoctrinating them into believing it’s all our fault, that the US deserved punishment for “imperialism” — and the kids are too young to remember or understand what really happened that horrific day. Case in point is a freshman-leve... more »

MENA Report ( September 13 , 2015 ) .... Iraq / Syrian Regional War in focus - Turkey items of note also examined ...... Yemen Regional Proxy War in focus...... Libya in Focus - HoR and GNC Talks still ongoing and agreement still seems down the road , if achievable.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Links...... *Syria: Are Russians Coming to Assad's Aid?* *House Seeks Pentagon Briefing on ISIS Allegations* *20 Yemen Civilians Killed as Houthis Rockets Hit Market* *US Drones Kill 15 Pakistani Taliban in S. Afghanistan* Sadr and Sistani Seek Turks Release as 72 Are Killed in Iraq Bombs Kill 13 Iraq Kurds in Anti-ISIS Operation Russia Tells Washington: Talk to US Over Syria or Risk 'Unintended Incidents' Russia Calls on World to Back Syrian Military Obama Says Russia's Involvement in Syria Indicates Assad Is Worried US Says Ordnance Used by ISIS Shows Trace... more »

This Is The Tank Crew That Inspired The Movie 'Fury'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*We Are the Mighty:* *This WWII tank crew laid waste and inspired the movie ‘Fury’* The 3rd Armored Division landed in Normandy on June 24, 1944 with years of training but no combat experience. Over the next 11 months, the division would be part of the fiercest fighting in Europe during World War II. One tank crew in the division would kill 12 tanks, 258 armored vehicles and self-propelled guns, and 1,000 German soldiers in only 79 days. They also captured 250 German prisoners in the fighting. The colorfully-named tank “In the Mood” was an M4A1 Sherman led by Staff Sgt. Lafayette... more »

Five Years after the Recession, Only 21% of Small Businesses Say They’ve Recovered

Karen R. Harned at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: small business owner__1442147088_70.119.142.63] More than five years after the end of the "Great Recession," only 21 percent of small businesses* say they have fully recovered. During the recession, lack of sales ranked as the top problem small business faced. Taxes placed second, and... more »

Cartoon: ‘Do-Nothing Congress’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Ramirez - 091315 - Do Nothing 000]

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 5 hours ago
*NYT says Hitler was right!* *Predicts disastrous food shortages* There is here an article in the NYT under the heading "The Next Genocide" by Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University -- who knows nothing about economics or anything much modern. So he is a Warmist. It's such an easily summarized load of old cobblers that I am not going to reproduce any of it for once. What he says -- correctly -- is that Hitler's *Drang nach Osten* was motivated by a fear of running out of resources, food resources, in particular. Hitler wanted Eastern European farms to produce... more »

US M1 Abrams Tank vs. Russia's T 14 Armata Tank

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar, National Interest:* *Russia's Armata T-14 Tank vs. America's M-1 Abrams: Who Wins?* With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the spectre of a massive armored Red Army juggernaut smashing its way through the Fulda Gap is long past, but Russia has continued to develop new tanks and armored vehicles. Meanwhile, the United States has continued to rely on upgraded versions of the Cold War–era M1 Abrams and Bradley fighting vehicle. Russia’s Armata family of armored combat vehicles is a departure from the previous Soviet practice of developing ... more »

The U.S. Air Force In 3 Charts

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Zero Hedge*: *The Impressive Scale Of The U.S. Air Force In 3 Charts* In the war against the Islamic State, the United States has relied heavily on support from the skies. It’s for this reason that more than two-thirds of the $9 million-per-day of military spending on the war has been allocated to the Air Force. Total spending on the war, according to data released by the Department of Defense in June 2015, has been $2.74 billion. Of this, $1.83 billion has gone to the Air Force, with the rest being divided between the Army ($274 million), Navy ($438 million) and Special Ops ($20... more »

Special Announcement aboot Hookers & Blow

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Gerry Buttman announced today the New Vegas Hockey Team would be called to no ones surprise "Hookers and Blow" In a statement Buttman gushed " its like we labelled the city" Waxing a bit philosophical Buttman continued " Maslov's needs are so 2oth century, we are in the Sex, Drugs and Gaming era." The New Vegas team also has a customised CBA. Buttman was ecstatic boasting how "the New Vegas team would be profitable from day one." With the anchor of Arizona threatening to sink the league this was a triumph for Buttman. The New Vegas team would be the first pro franchise where the p... more »

Is America's Next Generation Bomber Heading For A 'Crash Landing'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Image: Northrop Grumman/Social Media *Robert Farley, National Interest*: America's LRS-B Stealth Bomber: Headed for a 'Crash Landing'? *The LRS-B seems to have much promise if the price tag does not get out of control, that is. * The earliest discussion of the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, revolved around one talking point: Price. By relying on existing, proven technologies, with incremental, architectural innovation (the assembly of existing technologies in new ways), the U.S. defense industry could supply the Air Force with a next generation long-range bom... more »

Special Announcement aboot Hookers and Blow

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
Gerry Buttman announced today the New Vegas Hockey Team would be called to no ones surprise "Hookers and Blow" In a statement Buttman gushed " its like we labelled the city" Waxing a bit philosophical Buttman continued " Maslov's needs are so 2oth century, we are in the Sex, Drugs and Gambling era." The New Vegas team also has a customised CBA. Buttman was ecstatic boasting how "the New Vegas team would be profitable from day one." With the anchor of Arizona threatening to sink the league this was a triumph for Buttman. The New Vegas team would be the first pro franchise where... more »

Jerry Brown Sent Letter to ‘Climate Science Denier’ Ben Carson … Pretty Much Proving the Dr.’s Point

IJReview at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: image210-744x330__1442145358_70.119.142.63] Ben Carson said in San Francisco earlier this week that there is "no overwhelming science" proving "global warming" is caused by humans. That's all it took for California Gov. Jerry Brown to fire off a response: "I hope you've enjoyed your... Continue reading *“Jerry Brown Sent Letter to ‘Climate Science Denier’ Ben Carson … Pretty Much Proving the Dr.’s Point”* at *ijreview.com*.

David Walters on the Marxist View on Nuclear Power

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 5 hours ago
avid Walters is a pro-nuclear bloger who was an early supporter of MSR nuclear technology, a worker in the electrical industry, and a dedicated Marxist. In case you get the idea that David is crazy, read this extended essay which explaines why Marxist should support Nuclear power, and the importaDnce of nuclear power for a post impearalist world order. There is a good deal that could be said in favor of much of David's srgument. I say this even though I am not a Marxist. Capitolism has proven more adapt at the organization of capital as an ordering force, in the large scale producti... more »

Spitting Into The Wind

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
http://364daysofthanksgiving.com/ Last week, Stephen Harper pulled an Australian rabbit out of his hat. Up until now, he's been a pretty successful magician. He's created diversions to distract his audience from what he's really doing. The diversions are called wedge issues. But his show has been on the road for a long time; and it's getting stale. History shows that, when the show gets stale, Canadian voters shut it down. Jeffrey Simpson writes: What does the historical stroll reveal? That Canadians do not have formal term limits for the... more »

Norman Smith's first thoughts

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
I transcribed the BBC News Channel's first 'official' BBC reaction to the victory of Jeremy Corbyn today, namely Norman Smith's initial response (delivered as the applause was still going on). As I didn't want to have let quarter of an hour of my life go to a complete waste, here it is: Absolutely. Jeremy Corbyn's totally obliterated his rivals. Mathematically, to win more than 50% when you've got four candidates in the first round is incredible, but he got nearly 60%. And what is politically important, he won in every section. Jeremy Corbyn has a massive mandate. He won nea... more »

Impatient little noises

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
There's a good piece by Christopher Booker in the *Sunday Telegraph* today about *that* James Naughtie interview with Bernard Jenkin MP. I particularly liked his concise way of describing JN's 'ways': As Jenkin calmly proceeded, Naughtie began making those familiar impatient little noises, with interjections of “oh” and “look”, which show that an interview is not going the way he wants. His conclusions from the affair are: The real point, as I have observed here before, is that, on a whole range of issues, from the EU to climate change, the BBC is so lost in its own groupthink th... more »

Harper History, Part 9 – Omnibus budget, Anti-terrorist bill, Election call.

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 6 hours ago
Summer 2014 – Aug 2nd 2015 In 2014 Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May *described*the dictatorship-style Harper PMO as a “$10-million-a-year partisan operation filled with ruthless, cutthroat psychopaths.” She added that the office was manned by people “employed for the purpose of harassing scientists, bullying MPs, and muzzling civil servants.” It should be hard for anyone who has read through this series to disagree with that assessment for *as she says* “The staff at the PMO have no allegiance to anything other than getting the Conservative Party re-elect... more »

Economic And Political News , Data And Views For Sunday ( September 13 , 2015 ) ......... Greece Special Updates ( Polling ahead of Sept 14th Debate , Snap Election Items / Domestic Politics / International Politics -- Touching On Greece ) ......... Broader Europe In Particular Focus ( EZ Politics , Spain , Germany , Ukraine , UK , Italy - Items Of Interest ) ...... Refugee Situation ( Updates Of The Day ) ....... Asia Spotlight ( Malaysia , China And Japan In Focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
Morning Tweets.... Greece...... *Yannis Koutsomitis* ‏@YanniKouts 13m 13 minutes ago #Greece poll projection [@publicissue-@AvgiOnline]: Syriza 31 ND 31 PASOK 8 GD 7 KKE 6.5 Potami 4.5 LAE 4 EK 3 ANEL 2 [image: Embedded image permalink] *Yannis Koutsomitis* ‏@YanniKouts 35m 35 minutes ago ND's Meimarakis says MoU with creditors is #*Greece*'s "last chance". Says country needs a govt that is ready to fulfill country's obligations *Manos Giakoumis* ‏@ManosGiakoumis 1h 1 hour ago Six polls published today show a narrow lead of 0-0.7 pp for #*SYRIZA* ov... more »

Interesting times

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
(h/t Guest Who at *Biased BBC*)..... Prof. Roy Greenslade's latest *Guardian *post has provoked a fair bit of mockery for its...ahem...biased take on the media's coverage of Jeremy Corbyn. According to the Prof, it's only been the right-wing media that's been "demonising" Mr Corbyn and, looking to the future, he reckons that such a state of affairs will continue, with (in contrast) the* Guardian *and the *Independent *being "likely to offer impartial coverage". Many a commenter at his piece points out that the *Guardian *has (with the exception of young Owen Jones) been anything... more »

Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set two

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
couple of weeks ago I did my first Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set here's the latest one: enjoy the thinky.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. an Entertaining Romp

LUISA COTTA RAMOSINO at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: UNCLE] The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Directed by Guy Ritchie; written by Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram; starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant Set in Berlin in the ’60s during the “extraction” of Gaby... more »

Trump Embraces Role as Bully, Bids Rick Perry a Thorny Farewell

AP/STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump__1439208095_70.119.142.63] ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A growing divide has emerged in the Republican Party’s unruly presidential contest, as the race bid farewell to a once-powerful White House contender. On one side stands billionaire businessman Donald Trump and his allies, on the... more »

Remembering Past Occupations and Colonizations, Poles Resist Refugee Influx

AP/MONIKA SCISLOWSKA at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Germany migrant refugees__1441626701_70.119.142.63] WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands held opposing rallies Saturday in several Polish cities, with radical right-wingers marching against hosting asylum seekers and others in smaller numbers supporting helping those in need. Some 10,000 nationalists and right-wingers marched in the rain... more »

Labour Elects Radical Leftist as Leader in British Politics Shake-Up

AP/SYLVIA HUI at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally for supporters at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on August 25, 2015 in Southampton, England. Jeremy Corbyn remains the bookies favourite to win the Labour leadership contest which will be announced on September 12 after the ballots close on September 10 (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)] LONDON (AP) -- A veteran anti-war campaigner known for his unapologetically socialist views has won a landslide victory to lead Britain’s opposition Labour Party -- an outcome that delighted supporter... more »

Migrant Crisis: The Footage that Liberal Media Want to Hide

Migrant Truth at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: migrants refugees media]

9/11 Rescue Dog Celebrates 16th Birthday in New York City

AP at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: 9/11 rescue dog] NEW YORK (AP) -- A rescue dog that flew to New York for the 9/11 recovery effort returned last month to celebrate her 16th birthday. The golden retriever named Bretagne (BRIHT-uh-nee) traveled from Cypress, Texas, with her owner, Denise Corliss,...more »

GAIA PORTAL: Experientials provide the Guidance for steps

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
*Experientials provide the Guidance for steps* by ÉirePort Experientials provide the Guidance for steps. Clandestines are unveiled. Frequencies of collusion diminish, as frequencies of Inner solitude rise. Flamboyants are denied. Channels are appreciated. Festivities are prepared. ÉirePort | September 13, 2015 at 05:49 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vv

Seattle-Area Dig Uncovers 10,000-Year-Old Stone Tools

AP at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Archaeology dig] SEATTLE (AP) -- An archaeological survey to clear the way for construction near a mall has unearthed thousands of stone tools crafted at least 10,000 years ago. “We were pretty amazed,” archaeologist Robert Kopperl, who led the field investigation, told... more »

Migration: NYT hit piece on post-socialist Europe

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Rick Lyman wrote a The New York Times text about the different attitudes of European countries towards migration yesterday: Eastern Bloc’s Resistance to Refugees Highlights Europe’s Cultural and Political Divisions The part of the title about "political divisions" sounds impartial. The identification of the countries as the "Eastern Bloc" – which hasn't really existed as a bloc for 20 years – is already more biased, much like the word "resistance". But the title is still fair in comparison with the body of the text. WARSAW — Even though the former Communist countries of Central and... more »

Sept. 12: A blog which will have a p.s. tomorrow

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 9 hours ago
All around the world, we are involved in starving people to death, or murdering them as a matter of government policy. Our mining corporations are killing and looting and dumping toxic waste and destroying lands and waters and impoverishing people in Latin American, Africa and Asia. Then there's the massive tragedy of refugees that we are helping to create. Locally, we have done almost nothing to prepare for the climate change that is closing in on us – fast. We have done close to nothing about the stunning rate of illiteracy in this province. We tolerate a legal system which allows... more »

Why Europe?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago

Clashes at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The BBC news report has been updated http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34237219 and as I predicted takes one side of the story. 'Clashes have broken out at the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem after Israeli police entered the compound, reports say.' Dozens of police broke into the site and Palestinians threw stones and fireworks at them, Israel's Ynet news reports.' So the Israeli police just broke into the site for no reason? And then the Palestinians responded? 'Similar clashes took place at the end of July.' Any interest in reporting the causes of those? 'Al-Aqsa ... more »

Clashes at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The institutionally anti Israel BBC are reporting http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34237219 as a headline with no actual content yet that 'Clashes reported as Israeli police enter al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem' Presumably the details will be spun so as to vilify Israel by only giving one side, the Muslim Arab side, of the story any validity.

9/11 Consensus? (Hardly) Not With All the New Evidence Coming to Light

Lifted gently with great affection from Lawyers, Guns & Money: The next time you hear some washed-up comedian/Gamergater/Republican/wingnut whinging about political correctness, please remember that they’re not actually concerned about being censored. Remember that they resent self-censoring because they know their views are unpopular. It’s not that they want to espouse their views; it’s

Military Photo of the Day: September 13, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Fighter Jets-900] Thanks to the U.S. Air Force for posting this undated image on its Facebook page. It is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you to all of our nation’s Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and military families for your service to... more »

Taxes up! Public spending up! Government borrowing up! No, these aren't Corbyn's future plans. They are Osborne's 2015 Budget pledges

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 10 hours ago
“tax increases raise £47.2 billion over the Parliament…various tax and spending decisions have indirect effects that raise a further £14.2 billion.” “Budget decisions also imply £3.5 billion of extra borrowing over the Parliament, on top of the £14.6 billion increase implied by our pre-measures forecast.” “Government’s provisional spending assumptions imply that Resource Departmental

Russia Defiant As Missile System 'Sent To Syria'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 11 hours ago
[image: Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound)]Russia has urged the US to engage in military co-operation amid reports it is sending an advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Syria. Two Western officials and a Russian source told Reuters that Moscow is sending Pantsir-S missiles to the war-torn country where the US has been engaging in airstrikes on Islamic State. Russia is also staging naval exercises off Syria's coast. The anti-aircraft system would be operated by Russian troops, rather than Syrians, the Western officials said. Read more

Contoh Desain Kamar Tidur Bayi Terbaru 2016

cadangan at Yaya Blog's - 11 hours ago
Contoh Desain Kamar Tidur Bayi Terbaru 2016 - Kehadiran anggota keluarga baru pasti sangat dinantikan bagi setiap pasangan, apalagi jika mereka adalah pasangan yang baru sja menikah. Bagi pasangan yang baru memiliki momongan biasanya kan mempersiapkan segala perlengkapan bayi mereka dengan sangat istimewa, dan semuanya serba baru. Mendesain kamar bayi tidak sama dengan mendesain kamar untuk

Social Engineering 101: How to Make a Refugee Crisis

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
*September 13, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Starting in 2007, the US was already in the process of engineering the overthrow and destruction of all prevailing political orders across the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. *Image: Turkey has spent an inexplicable 6 billion USD on expansive refugee camps. Since Turkey itself has played a key role in arming and supporting terrorists devastating neighboring Syria, altruism is certainly not their motivation. Why did they eagerly take in nearly 2 million refugees and now that they are intentionally expelling them from Turkey,... more »

Lockheed Martin offers up Nimrod replacement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 11 hours ago
[image: Nimrod]The fight to sell a new spyplane to Britain will step up this week with Lockheed Martin showcasing its plans on how to fill the hole left in the UK’s military power when the Nimrod jets were scrapped. The defence company is proposing to take C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft currently in service with the RAF but due for retirement and repurposing them with advanced sensors to take over the surveillance role. US-based Lockheed has been working in earnest on the project for over a year and will reveal its proposals at the Defence and Security Equipment International show in... more »

Two Submarines too Little for Indonesia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 11 hours ago
[image: Type 209 (Cacra) class SSK]Indonesia is an archipelagic country that extends 5,120 kilometers from east to west, and 1,760 kilometers from north to south. The country has approximately 17,000 islands, of which only 6,000 are inhabited. Indonesia’s land area reaches around 1,920,000 square kilometers, far below its sea area of almost 3,300,000 square kilometers. However, currently Indonesia has only two submarines to ply its vast seawaters. Compare this with Singapore which has one submarine, Malaysia (2 submarines), Japan (3 submarines), China (77 submarines), and the United... more »

Every Drag Queen Needs the Church

David Mills at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Drag Queen posing] The Atlantic's designers picked up on the most striking line in the story. "Why Every Church Needs a Drag Queen" read the headline, just below a big picture of a woman with very short hair, huge earrings, thick-black-framed glasses, and... more »

Not All Latinos Stand with Planned Parenthood — Because We Stand for Life

James Lopez at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Latino Planned Parenthood Pregnant Pro Life - 900] "Defunding Planned Parenthood would hurt not only all Americans, but especially low-income Latino women and families," declares a recent Huffington Post article titled, "We Stand With Planned Parenthood Because They Stand With the Latino Community." It came from the NCLR... more »

Tribute In Light Shines Bright On 9/11 Anniversary

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The Tribute in Light installation is seen from One World Observatory, the observation deck at One World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan in New York September 11, 2015 *Daily Mail:* *Tribute in Light shines bright: Most powerful shafts of light EVER projected from Earth are beamed into the Manhattan sky in spectacular 9/11 commemoration as America pauses to remember* * Tribute in Light debuted on March 11, 2002 - six months after the 9/11 atrocities * The public art piece represents the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the 2,983 people who were killed * This year 88 high-... more »

The Iran Deal In Perspective

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
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Russia Draws A Line In The Sand Over Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*AFP:* *Defiant Russia pledges more Syria assistance* Moscow (AFP) - A defiant Russia on Thursday said it was ready to increase military support to Syria's Bashar al-Assad if needed, dismissing suggestions it could hamper Western efforts to fight Islamic State militants. Washington has accused Moscow of solidifying its foothold in Syria, raising concerns it could throw a wrench in plans by the US-led coalition to step up operations against jihadists in the war-torn country. The fresh tension erupted just weeks before the UN General Assembly in New York at which Russian President ... more »

Further thoughts about Roz Chast's "HAMLET vs. AMAZON PRIME"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*With updates on my New Phone Day Maybe and Calvin Trillin's New Yorker Festival eating tour* *Surely Roz Chast's "Hamlet hat" will henceforth be *de rigueur* for every actor who takes on this marquis role.* *by Ken* I'm still preoccupied by this Roz Chast cartoon, from the September 14 *New Yorker*, which I presented the other day: I mean, there's just so much to think about here. Like that, um . . . what would you call it?, that heavenward eye roll Hamlet executes as he thinks that soon-to-be-immortal thought: "And yet: *FREE SHIPPING*." What subtlety, what poignancy, what hop... more »

Gary Sinise & The Lt Dan Band Korea Visit (Short Film)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago

Excluding Women from the Band of Brothers: the False Flag of Small Unit Cohesion

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
The following is a guest post by Kirstin J.H. Brathwaite, Postdoctoral Fellow at James Madison College, Michigan State University. The graduation of two women from Army Ranger school last month along with the apparent intention of the Marine Corps to request an exemption to the Department of Defense’s plan to lift the combat exclusion policy has led […]

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Sept 5 to Sept 12, 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Sept 5 to Sept 12, 2015"* By Bob Nichols "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus (San Francisco) September 12, 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. *All Radiation Counts reported are partial Counts. Uncounted types of radiation include Alpha, Beta, **Gamma, Neutron and X-Ray radiation. **Uncounted radiation, if added, makes the actual Count **higher and mor... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, "Land Of Enchantment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Deuter, "Land Of Enchantment" - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. Centered on NGC 7814, the pretty field of view would almost be covered by a full moon. NGC 7814 is sometimes called the Little Sombrero for its resemblance to the brighter more famous M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Both Sombrero and Little Sombrero are spiral galaxies seen edge-on, and both have extensive central bulges cut by a thinner disk with dust lanes in silhouette. In fact, NGC 7814 is some 40 million light-year... more »

U.S. Military: 'There Is No Military-To-Military Communications' With Russian Forces In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A pair of US F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria. (Reuters) *Defense One:* *US and Russian Forces in Syria Aren’t Talking to Each Other* CENTCOM says it has “no military-to-military contact” with Russian forces sent to help the embattled Assad regime. In Syria, where the U.S. is leading an air campaign against Islamic State targets and Russian military advisors are arriving to help the Assad regime, the two militaries aren’t talking to each other. “Coalition forces are focused on conducting counter-ISIL operations, and so to my knowledge... more »

China Is Developing A Stealth Helicopter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Harbin Z-19 at the China Helicopter Exposition. © WIKIPEDIA/ YU MING *Reuters*: *China developing new attack helicopter with stealth abilities* China has begun developing a new generation of attack helicopter which will have stealth abilities and should start deliveries to the Chinese armed forces by about 2020, the official China Daily newspaper said on Friday. The helicopter is being developed by Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), one of the country's leading arms manufacturers, the state-run English-language publication said. Its stealth capabilities will "reshape the comba... more »

Life In The North Korean Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
North Korean soldiers stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, about 55 km (31 miles) north of Seoul, November 9, 2004. [Reuters] *The Guardian:* *Ask a North Korean: what's life like in the army?* In an ongoing series, NK News poses a reader’s question to a defector. This week, enduring military service on an empty stomach. In North Korea, men serve in the military for 10 years and women for seven. The special unit working as Kim Jong-un’s personal bodyguards serve for 13. Military service is compulsory in the DPRK and most... more »

North Korea Is Losing Its Monopoly On Information

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A North Korean soldier looks across the DMZ. Image Credit: US Army Photo by Edward N. Johnson *Alexandre Dor, The Diplomat:* *North Korea's Achilles Heel: Propaganda Broadcasts* South Korea’s propaganda broadcasting is a potent weapon, challenging the North’s monopoly on information. When two South Korean soldiers had their legs amputated due to North Korea’s placement of box mines in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the Republic of Korea responded by blasting weather reports, K-pop hits, and Buddhist teachings over the zone via loudspeakers. Infuriated, North Korea’s Supreme Leader... more »

Saudi Arabia Claims To Have Accepted 2.5 Million Syrian 'Refugees'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Saudi Arabia defends aid effort towards Syria after criticism on refugees* Saudi Arabia on Friday defended its efforts to aid Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, following criticism that Gulf countries were not taking in any refugees since the crisis broke out four years ago. None of the six states that form the Gulf Cooperation Council -- Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar -- has signed the U.N. convention on refugees, which has governed international law on asylum since World War Two. But Gulf states say they have taken in... more »

Tecumseh, "Live Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of liv... more »

"Life Is Hard?

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"Life is hard? True- but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in our bodies." - Edward Abbey ◆ “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'” - Sydney J. Harris

“Embracing Life-Affirming Death Awareness: How to Transform Yourself and Possibly Save Human Civilization”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Embracing Life-Affirming Death Awareness: * *How to Transform Yourself and Possibly Save Human Civilization”* By Fred Branfman “I never want to forget the prospect of death. Because, if I am ever able to block out those emotions, I will lose the sense of purpose and focus that cancer has given my own life." —Hamilton Jordan, "No Such Thing as a Bad Day" "My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The '80s were about acquiring. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. The country (is)... more »

“Is the Universe a Simulation?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Is the Universe a Simulation?”* by Edward Frenkel “In Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel “The Master and Margarita,” the protagonist, a writer, burns a manuscript in a moment of despair, only to find out later from the Devil that “manuscripts don’t burn.” While you might appreciate this romantic sentiment, there is of course no reason to think that it is true. Nikolai Gogol apparently burned the second volume of “Dead Souls,” and it has been lost forever. Likewise, if Bulgakov had burned his manuscript, we would have never known “Master and Margarita.” No other author would have written th... more »

Congratulations Jeremy Corbyn - Congrats UK!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn addressed a Labour Party special conference after winning the leadership race with 60% of the vote. Corbyn, who began the contest as the outsider, beat frontbenchers Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall after a three-month campaign. At the conference, where both Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson were elected, the new leader thanked people in the party, spoke about the campaign, and gave a flavour of his priorities for his leadership. The big difference is that Corbyn is a long-time anti-imperialist who talks about the ever expanding NATO, nukes, military spendin...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Stuarts Draft, Virginia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “A Fear of Freedom?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“A Fear of Freedom?”* by Chet Raymo “It is almost a cliché to say that Western civilization was created by the Greeks. Our government, law, art, music, architecture, literature, drama, historiography, science, and mathematics are largely Greek inventions. The sublime refinement and sophistication of the Parthenon have been widely taken as reflecting qualities of the Athenians citizens who built the temple and adorned it with sculptures. No doubt something remarkable happened in the Greek world of the 6th to 3rd centuries B.C.E., with its epicenter first at Athens, then at Alexandr... more »

"What You Think... "

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“What you think of me is none of my business.” - Terry Cole-Whittaker

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”* by Dr. Michael J. Breus “Dreams are one of the most fascinating - and least understood - aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don't yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked directly from our everyday lives. Most of us have had the experience of waking up shaking our heads at the odd and sometimes amusing circumstances that unfolded while dreaming. Dreams can contend with deep emotions, dealing with loss and reunion, anger, so... more »

Egyptian Military Claims To Have Killed Over 200 Militants In The Sinai In The Past Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily News Egypt:* *Army kills 203 ‘takfiris’ as operation against militants in Sinai continues* *Two civilians killed in car explosion in Rafah* The toll of killings among “takfiri elements” in the armed forces’ latest operation in Sinai rose to 203, as the “Retribution for the martyr” operation against militant groups continued to its sixth day. The military spokesperson announced Friday the results of the fifth day of the operation, revealing the killing of 98 takfiris, the largest number since the start of the operation, in addition to the destruction of 11 vehicles. Four s... more »

Is Hawking Any Closer to Solving the Puzzle of Black Holes?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
Here we go again. Let me simplify it all. Matter arrives at the event horizon and then becomes unwound into photons while clearly retaining as much information as you like. What is lost is the contribution to gravity and the energy content is then carried of at light speed away from the Black hole which does not actually exist as we imagine it anyway. Of course you need to know what gravity happens to be in order to understand what i just said and a good start are my papers introducing the higher ordered cyclic functions and Pythagorean metrics order n.If you understand that w... more »

New York's Taxi Cartel Is Collapsing.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
It is utterly true that anyone with an angle that enriches him will quickly run down to his favorite politicians and try to find someway to lock competition out. At least with patent law, you have a finite time to exploit it all after full disclosure. Not so with most else and the most tiresome are those based on capital itself. Real estate has become the worse such example although everyone gets to play somehow mostly because government has accepted the long term risk. If it were all priced sensibly we would have a hugely smaller banking sector. The good news is that Uber has... more »

Black Monday: is the Chinese ‘Miracle’ Over?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
*[image: A man walks past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo. © AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]* The Chinese miracle has been over for some time and it has been sustained by plenty of loose credit and dodgy accounting. worse than that is that none of the statistics can be trusted except perhaps that all available able bodied labor had been drawn into the super economy about four years ago. Now growth must come by way of efficiency. The question now is whether China is capable of a true reformation away from the heights of its command economies. They have m... more »

Connecting Over Soil

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 16 hours ago
What we need is the localization of the so called urban experience and as soon as possible. Technology has made all the reasons for the urban city obsolete. The local farmer nedes two things. He needs a local market able to consume his value added production and he needs temporary labor to improve general productivity. Without labor, the best deal is millions acres of legumes or corn operated by robots. With labor that best deal is a carefully managed several acres of intensive agriculture that also nurtures the soil. The manpower is readily available but not in the righ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
- http://www.gunpolicy.org/ - http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ - "America's Top Killing Machine"

Assisted-Suicide Legislation Fails In Britain But Passes In California

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
There are a lot of routine questions you get asked-- sometimes over and over and over-- by hospital staff. When I first started going to City of Hope to get treated for cancer, one of the questions they asked everyone every time you walked into an office is if you had been to West Africa in the last couple of months. I said "no" every time and so did everyone else. Once I told the sleepy clerk I had been in Mali and he ignored me. (I had been there a couple of years earlier, pre-whatever the disease is they were worried about; funny that I can't even remember now.) Another quest... more »

Steam from (behind?) Unit 3 Area

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 17 hours ago
Compare emissions from yesterday with those from today. Below see a Cam 1 screenshot from yesterday, September 12, 00:36: Compare the screenshot above with one from today, Sept 13, 2:30 Notice the white-blue glow in the corner where the steam seems to emanate from: I think the glow is actually behind the reactors on the port side of the buildings but I'm not sure about that. We've seen glowing from that location before. Perhaps TEPCO is burning debris. I don't know.

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Right-wing Doozies this Week: Huckabee Reaches New Psychopathic Heights"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"5 Right-wing Doozies this Week: Huckabee Reaches New Psychopathic Heights"* And Dr. Ben Carson, man of science, doesn't see global warming, or racism. By Janet Allon "Kim Davis stole all the headlines this week. The right-wing hero has all the markings of a perfect running mate, though Cruz, Huckabee and Carson might have to duke it out for her hand. While she advocated her equivalent of "Sharia law," Republican hopefuls scrambled to out-crazy each other. The winner this week? Carson and Huckabee are close contenders. *1. Man of science, Ben Carson, sees no evidence of global war... more »

"Facts..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

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