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Thomas Paine

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

Monday, September 14, 2015

14 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

English: Washington D.C., US - Taking on the a...
English: Washington D.C., US - Taking on the appearance of a human Slinky toy, a member of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus keeps 60 hula hoops going at once during her pre-show act March 27. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Elephants performing at the Ringling Bros. and...Elephants performing at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: "The Barnum & Bailey greatest sh...English: "The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Wonderful performing geese, roosters and musical donkey". Chromolithograph. Français : Affiche originale pour le cirque Barnum obtenue par chromolithographie vers 1900. Traduction du texte "Barnum & Bailey, le plus grand spectacle sur terre. Ses merveilleuses oies et coqs dressées, son âne musicien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bail...English: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Over the Top Tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ci...English: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train in Safety Harbor, Florida, (U.S.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 seconds ago
Because I was inverted. pic.twitter.com/hzCkG05n9X — Blue Angels Assoc (@BlueAngelsAssoc) September 14, 2015 *WNU Editor:* There are some great pics here .... *Air Dominance, Alaska Style* (Code One). Hat Tip Eric Palmer

Ringling Brother and Barnum &Bailey Circus in Salt Lake City

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 6 minutes ago
The Circus is coming back into Salt Lake City this month and my girls couldn't be more excited! Our favorite part of the Circus is always the BMX riders and the pyrotechnics! It is absolutely amazing! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME which includes: - *Xtreme Sports display* featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks - *Caravan of Camels* – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels - *Bungee Skydivers* aerial acro-ballet - *World... more »

Why Have Elections?

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 16 minutes ago
[image: Election Voting Vote - 900] In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one -- Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and...more »

Europe is Making a Fatal Mistake

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 16 minutes ago
[image: Greece migrants Europe refugees__1441886425_70.119.142.63] Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West. This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more obviously... more »

Trump is ‘Lonesome Rhodes’

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 30 minutes ago
[image: Andy Griffith Donald Trump - 900] Rarely and perhaps not in modern times has a presidential campaign more resembled the classic 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd. Written by Budd Schulberg and starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, the storyline follows an Arkansas... more »

U.S. Navy Considering Cancelling A $3.5 Billion Zumwalt-Class Destroyer That Is Already Half Built

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 30 minutes ago
Pictured are two of the three Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers under construction at Bath Iron Works, the DDG 1001, the future USS Michael Monsoor (far left) and the DDG 1000, the USS Zumwalt (far right), along with the Arleigh Burke-class DDG 115, the future USS Rafael Peralta, in between. Bath Iron Works *Bloomberg:* *General Dynamics Destroyer Reviewed by U.S. for Cancellation* Pentagon officials are weighing whether to cancel the last of three ships in General Dynamics Corp.’s $22 billion program to build new destroyers even though the vessel is already under construction. Can... more »

Why Are Women Ditching Hillary?

The Daily Beast at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Hillary and supporter - 400] The Clinton campaign went into overdrive this week to shore up support among voters most assumed would have been locked in as Clinton backers from the start--Democratic women. From last Saturday's kickoff of "New Hampshire Women for Hillary," to Clinton's... Continue reading *“Why Are Women Ditching Hillary?”* at *thedailybeast.com*.

Despite Promising To Stop China Is Continuing To Militarise The South China Sea Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Jeremy Bender, Business Insider: China is continuing to militarize the South China Sea despite promising to stop Despite claims in August that it would stop reclaiming land in the South China Sea, Beijing is continuing to pursue construction of man-made islands flush with military equipment. Citing the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The Washington Post reports that China is planning large-scale construction on the recently dredged Subi Reef and Mischief Reef, including a new airfield. The new airfield, when operational, would allow China to establish inte... more »

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “To the One Who Knows”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Yanni, “To the One Who Knows” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xBePsQzdOw&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Sharp telescopic views of magnificent edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3628 show a puffy galactic disk divided by dark dust lanes. Of course, this deep galactic portrait puts some astronomers in mind of its popular moniker, The Hamburger Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* The tantalizing island universe is about 100,000 light-years across and 35 million light-years away in the northern springtime constellation Leo. NGC 3628 shares its neighborhood in the local Universe with two other large spirals M65 and M66 in a grouping otherwise known as the Leo Triplet. Gravitational interaction... more »

Refugee Crisis is a War on Europe - Joaquin Flores

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Video Title: Refugee Crisis is a War on Europe - Joaquin Flores. Source: 108morris108. Date Published: September 14, 2015. Description: * Serbia a major target for destabilization Culture and Politics are methods of war Germany's military deployment indicates the seriousness of these times

"Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?" by John Robbins "What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts." - Arthur Conan Doyle "These days, many of us tend to think that human nature is inherently competitive and destructive. We hear about “selfish genes,” as if our genetic makeup predetermines that we will be egotistic people and that we will fight with one another. We’re told that our species contains a built-in “killer instinct,” that we are descended from apes who nee... more »

Rumi, "The Tavern,"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there. Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way. Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home." - "Rumi", Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, "The Tavern," Ch. 1:, p. 2, from "The Essential Rumi"

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Manteca, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “Making Peace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Making Peace”* by Chet Raymo "An issue of “Science” (May 18, 2012) was devoted to human conflict. If I can summarize 60 pages of discussion: It's US versus THEM. It seems our long evolutionary history has favored group solidarity. Empathy and cooperation within the group; distrust and aggression toward those outside. The first groups were those of kin, tribes, and then ethnicity. As societies grew, groups identified themselves in more complex ways. Some researches would suggest that religions evolved as group adhesives. WE are moral, beautiful, enlightened, favored by God. THEY a... more »

"Nothing Pains Some People More..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Song of the Builders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Song of the Builders"* "On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God - a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe.” ~ Mary Oliver, “Why I Wake Early”

Fantastic News! Germany Is Leaving The Criminal US Alliance Against Russia To Join Russia In Saving Syria!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
The criminal US/Israeli war against Syria has been going on for almost 4 full years now, and recently the United States has openly and blatantly been attacking the good guys, the Syrian government forces, under the fraud auspice of attacking "terrorists" such as their own ridiculous scam known as "ISIS".... The Syrian government as a result has rightfully called on their ally, Russia for help.. The Russian government as a result has begun to airlift supplies and men directly into Syria to absolutely and legally assist their Syrian ally against these fraud "terrorists"...... The cri... more »

The Truth About The "Migrant Crisis" Flooding Europe: The Footage The Media Refuses To Broadcast!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have absolutely been reading up the last while about this 'migrant crisis' that is overwhelming European nations.... I have also been disgusted by the false stories coming from the liars in our Jew spew media as they constantly claim (falsely) that these "migrants" are all "refugees" from Syria..... From what I have been reading over the alternative media outlets and not from the liars in the Jew spew media, there is definitely more to these migrants and this "crisis" in Europe than what we are being told, and that is why I am putting out this report to get to the real truth... F... more »

Should The US Navy Sail Within 12 Nautical Miles Of China's Artificial Islands In The South China Sea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS *James Kraska, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiaitve* -- *The Legal Rationale For Going Inside 12* While China conducts innocent passage around real U.S. islands of Alaska, the U.S. is apparently unable to do so around China’s fake islands in the South China Sea. The transit by Chinese warships in innocent passage through the t... more »

Feed The Fire

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Economic News , Data And Views ( Evening Wrap - Monday September 14 & 15th , 2015 ) Best Greece Updates For The Day ( Final Debate before the Snap Election on September 20th , Additional Snap Election related news / polling data ) ...... Asia Watch ( RBA Minutes , China in focus , Japan items ) ....... Refugee Situation updates ( Interior Ministers of EU 28 meet & related news of the day on the ongoing Refugee Crisis ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Evening Wrap ! Greece........ *Megan Greene* ‏@economistmeg 2h 2 hours ago Outcome of Tsipras/Meimarakis debate seems to be that *Greece* has no good options for leaders. No shocker there... #*Greece* *Business Insider* ‏@businessinsider 2h 2 hours ago *Greece*'s two biggest politicians say they can't work together http:// read.bi/1QBe8IX *MacroPolis* ‏@MacroPolis_gr 4h 4 hours ago Metron Analysis - Ant1 SYRIZA 31.6 ND 31.6 G Dawn 7.2 KKE 6.2 Potami 5.9 PASOK 5.3 Centrist Union 3.9 Popular Unity 3.8 Ind Greeks 3 #*Greece* *Bloomberg Business* ‏@business ... more »

harper's Polices are Indefensible

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
... we know this because harper avoids questions; blocks questioners; hides from protesters, because he knows he wouldn't be able to defend his policies if pressed.

AltaCorp Capital Shines Up Their Crystal Ball and Conjures Up An LNG Spinfest, A British Columbia LNG Fantasy, Separating Fact From Fiction

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Christy Clark`s golden LNG winged unicorns take flight and soar to the heavens... Oh to laugh, chuckle and bust my gut......Remember that damning report on the chances of any LNG terminals being built in British Columbia posted by the Financial post last week, an article that confirmed my posting...British Columbia`s LNG Industry..The Last Gas(P).... http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2015/08/british-columbia-and-lngs-last-gaspa.html And then a two-part special posted in the Vancouver Sun that reported findings from an internal Petronas audit, a repor... more »

Alice Embree : METRO EVENT | New documentary about the Black Panthers screens in Austin

Alice Embree at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | September 14, 2015 Event: “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” What: Film showing Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: The Marchesa Hall and Theatre Address: 6406 North IH35 … finish reading Alice Embree : *METRO EVENT* | New documentary about the Black Panthers screens in Austin

In search of "The Inquiring Demographer"; or, After my encounter with Ed Koren, why I can't be trusted with Calvin Trillin

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*The great Edward Koren at work:* *"There are some words I will not tolerate inthis house -- and 'awesome' is one of them."* *by Ken* The other day I was contemplating joining the throng seeking frantically to slap down 150 smackers to secure one of the precious 40 slots on Calvin Trillin's annual Village-to-Chinatown eating tour, offered as part of the *New Yorker* Festival. I explained that part of my hesitation is the expectation of "making a tongue-tied gibbering idiot of myself in the presence of my idol." (There was also a bit of follow-up about the event here.) Now of cou... more »

Russia May Deploy Soldiers On The Border Of Tajikistan With Afghanistan: CSTO

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Khaama Press*: *Russia may deploy soldiers on Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan: CSTO* The Russian forces may return on Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan amid fears the deteriorating security situation may affect the security of Central Asian countries, it has been reported. A source close to the Secretary General of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) has said the return of Russian forces on Afghanistan-Tajikistan border is not unlikely. According to the Russian newspaper – kommersant, the Russian forces may return once they receive a request from ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Do fish swim? Do birds fly? Does Hillary lie?

Another quick word on teacher evaluation in DC #teachereval #DCPS

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 4 hours ago
Is it even ethical or valid or whatever similar word to have members of the charter sector evaluate traditional public school teachers? Is it me, or do readers also get the sense of a lot more transition from charter sectors to public schools, and much less the other way around? I wonder if this is […]

Question for Malcolm Turnbull on John Key

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
The eighth Australian Prime Minister in five years (and fourth Liberal leader in six) wasted no time in praising John Key in his post-coup comments : *Turnbull reserved special praise for New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key… “John Key has been able to achieve very significant economic reforms in New Zealand by doing just that, by taking on and explaining complex issues and then making the case for them. And I, that is certainly something that I believe we should do and Julie and I are very keen to do that again.”* So Malcolm, can you--or any of you, dear readers—explain to ... more »

The Economy: “Gathering Storm Clouds: “Fourth Turning- Crisis Of Trust, Part 2”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Gathering Storm Clouds: “Fourth Turning- Crisis Of Trust, Part 2”* by James Quinn “In Part 1 of this article I discussed the catalyst spark which ignited this Fourth Turning and the seemingly delayed regeneracy. In Part 2 I will ponder possible Grey Champion prophet generation leaders who could arise during the regeneracy. The nearly seven year reign of Barack Obama has resulted in furthering wealth inequality, in spite of his socialistic rhetoric. Notwithstanding his Nobel Peace Prize, military spending is at all-time highs and we are engaged in actual and proxy wars across the ... more »

Quote of the Day: On Malcolm Turnbull [updating]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*“Malcolm is almost the perfect reflection of media opinion. He is like blotting paper, soaking up every conventional opinion without any actual apparent ability to think for himself. He is a non-entity in the Barack Obama mould, filled with vapid thoughts and a high opinion of his own abilities and intellect that is never at any stage reflected in anything he says or any action he takes.”* ~ Steve Kates, ‘If you’re so rich why aren’t you smart?’ UPDATE 1: Chris Berg: ‘The Abbott Government's Real Problem [Was] That [it Was] Not Ideological Enough’ UPDATE 2: Other commentary:... more »

The Economy: “Rate Hike or Not, This Bull Market Has Run Its Course”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Rate Hike or Not,* *This Bull Market Has Run Its Course”* by Bill Bonner GUALFIN, Argentina – “Stocks have been wiggly-waggling along for the last few days. Just like the tail on a happy dog. Investors don’t know what to do… And everyone is on the edge of his seat in anticipation of whether the Fed will raise interest rates at its policy meeting this week. This must be the most anticipated move by a central bank in all history. *All Eyes on the Fed:* In a few days, Janet Yellen and her central banking cronies will decide whether to begin raising short-term interest rates. Suppo... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- September 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*WSJ:* *Saudi-Led Military Coalition Escalates Attacks in Yemen* Stepped-up offensive in Marib province follows deaths 67 soldiers in Houthi missile attack. A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has stepped up its attacks on Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen’s central province of Marib, as its forces draw nearer to the capital San’a. Since the deaths of 67 coalition soldiers in a Sept. 4 Houthi missile attack in Marib, Riyadh and its mostly Arab allies have escalated their assaults on rebels in the province, according to a coalition member and pro-coalition Yemeni secur... more »

Don’t Assume I'm Smarter Than My Builder

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Guest post by Kevin Currie-Knight* *Why Schooling Helps Us Devalue the Non-academic* ------------------------------ *"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."* ~ Mark Twain “So, I figured I’d ask you,” said my builder. “You’re a lot smarter than me and—” That’s when I stopped him. Tom knows I am a university lecturer, and he wanted to ask my advice on his daughter’s education. He’s an ex-soldier who never went to college. It makes sense to ask an educator for advice about education, but why does that make me smarter? [image: image]I thought about all the t... more »

Biden Being Biden

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: joe biden] While Hillary Clinton’s team of consultants is locked in a room somewhere trying to figure out how she can project authenticity, Joe Biden is out doing it. The vice president’s interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week was... more »

The Man Who Saved The Buffalo

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
James "Scotty" Philip (30 April 1858 – 23 July 1911) was a South Dakota rancher, remembered as the "Man who saved the Buffalo" due to his role in helping to preserve the American Bison from extinction. While he was building his cattle herd, Scotty Philip met Pete Dupree, whose son Fred had rescued 5 bison calves from an 1881 buffalo hunt along the Grand River. After Dupree's death, Philip decided to preserve the species from extinction, and in 1899 he purchased Dupree's herd, which now numbered 74 head, from Dupree's brother-in-law, Dug Carlin. Philip prepared a special pasture fo... more »

Dallas Cowboys Ranked as Sports’ Most Valuable Franchise at $4 Billion

ABC News at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: dallas cowboys] That smile on Jerry Jones‘ face after Sunday night’s comeback victory won’t be disappearing anytime soon after Forbes magazine, in it sannual NFL team valuations, estimated the Dallas Cowboys are now worth $4 billion. That not only makes the Cowboys the... Continue reading *“Dallas Cowboys Ranked as Sports’ Most Valuable Franchise at $4 Billion”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

Obamanet is Hurting Broadband

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Dollar3 - 400] Internet service providers' investments in broadband enable Netflix NFLX -1.87 % to deliver video seamlessly over the Internet. Apple takes these investments for granted when it designs new mobile devices. But in February the Federal Communications Commission, after allowing network... Continue reading *“Obamanet is Hurting Broadband”* at *google.com*.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Jackson Diehl, Washington Post*: *Putin shifts fronts in Syria and Ukraine* Throughout the summer, Russia’s forces in eastern Ukraine kept up a daily drumbeat of attacks on the Ukrainian army, inflicting significant casualties while avoiding a response by Western governments. On Sept. 1, following a new cease-fire, the guns suddenly fell silent. Optimists speculated that Vladi­mir Putin was backing down. Then came the reports from Syria: Russian warplanes were overflying the rebel-held province of Idlib. Barracks were under construction at a new base. Ships were unloading new arm... more »

Delay in child welfare cases

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
C.M. v. Children's Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, 2015 ONCA 612: [33] Where a statute requires that events occur within a specified time frame, it is simply unacceptable that justice system participants fail to adhere to those time frames. As Justice L'Heureux-Dubé commented on behalf of the majority of the Supreme Court in *Winnipeg Child and Family Services v. K.L.W.*, 2000 SCC 48, [2000] 2 S.C.R. 519, at para. 136, "[t]he six-month delay prior to the hearing to determine whether John was in need of protection appears, on its face, to be highly unreas... more »

Johnny Hazard : Mexico’s missing students: Report debunks official account

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
The report documents local, state, and federal participation in the many hours of violence against the students. By Johnny Hazard | The Rag Blog | September 14, 2015 MEXICO CITY — The long-awaited report of the Grupo Interdisciplinario de Estudios … finish reading Johnny Hazard : Mexico’s missing students: Report debunks official account

Treasure Quest - Snake Island

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 5 hours ago
Yes, it’s happened again. I got sucked into another treasure hunting show that was big on promises but weak on payoff. In this case a group of treasure hunters, who, using a map published in a newspaper in the 1930s and who believe that it shows an island off the coast of Brazil where a huge treasure might be hidden, have gone in search of it. This was Incan gold that had been moved across the continent to the coast of Brazil to keep it from the Spanish invaders but then had to be moved again to avoid pirates. There had been a map made back in 1524 or thereabouts that had disappeare... more »

All Hail America’s Newest Victim Class: The Pretty Girl

The Federalist/Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: victim] "People Judge Me Because I'm Pretty," college student Felicia Czochanski wrote last week in Cosmopolitan, bemoaning her "blonde hair, big hazel eyes, 34DDs, and toned calves." Czochanski suffers, you see, because of her magnetic beauty, which apparently causes the world... Continue reading *“All Hail America’s Newest Victim Class: The Pretty Girl”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Withdraw, Draw - With

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
We came together so many years ago to do this thing, this Ascension/planet liberation thing. There were so many players of us, all on the same team. It’s not done, yet from a distance it looks like the members are packing up their suitcases – talking to travel agents and planning their next move. Having joined together for the main event, we are now, each of us, peering out of our windows to find and focus on our own path. This can appear as if we are no longer together. Yet, separation is an illusion. We are opposite ends of the same stick. We feel each other. There is no se... more »

U.S. Navy Considering Cancelling A $3.5 Billion Zumwalt-Class Destroyer That Is Already Half Built

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Pictured are two of the three Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers under construction at Bath Iron Works, the DDG 1001, the future USS Michael Monsoor (far left) and the DDG 1000, the USS Zumwalt (far right), along with the Arleigh Burke-class DDG 115, the future USS Rafael Peralta, in between. Bath Iron Works *Bloomberg:* *General Dynamics Destroyer Reviewed by U.S. for Cancellation* Pentagon officials are weighing whether to cancel the last of three ships in General Dynamics Corp.’s $22 billion program to build new destroyers even though the vessel is already under construction. Can... more »

The DC IMPACT evaluation cycle begins

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 6 hours ago
I just received my first email today, an introduction from my “Master Educator” who visits my classroom for 30 minutes, once in the first semester. These observations cause DC teachers considerable anxiety. Despite how much people are told not to sweat it, many still do and talk about them constantly. Each teacher gets two observations […]

ZEROHEDGE: VIX Has Not Done This Since The USA Was Downgraded

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-14/vix-has-not-done-usa-was-downgraded VIX Has Not Done This Since The USA Was Downgraded [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/14/2015 16:50 -0400 - Backwardation The VIX term structure has been inverted (spot higher than 3rd futures) for 17 days - that is the longest period of backwardation since August 2011, when uncertainty soared around the USA credit rating downgrade. In fact, much of the VIX term structure is higher today than it was at the peak of the crisis on Black Monday as both government shutdown and ... more »

Cartoon: ‘How the Dinosaurs Became Extinct’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Ramirez - 091415 - How Dinosaurs Became Extinct]

European Union Scraps Plan for Mandatory Acceptance of Migrants

The Christian Science Monitor at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: migrants5 - 400] Vienna -- Four Central European nations rejected Germany's call to create mandatory quotas for accepting migrants. The foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia declined German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's plan to relocate 160,000 migrants across 28... Continue reading *“European Union Scraps Plan for Mandatory Acceptance of Migrants”* at *csmonitor.com*.

World News Briefs -- September 14, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Border-free Europe unravels as migrant crisis hits record day* Two decades of frontier-free travel across Europe unraveled on Monday as countries re-established border controls in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants, which broke the record for the most arrivals by land in a single day. Germany's surprise decision to restore border controls on Sunday had a swift domino effect, prompting neighbors to impose checks at their own frontiers as thousands of refugees pressed north and west across the continent while European Union ministers argued in Brussels over ... more »

Tarek Fatah: How radical Islam is funded in Canada

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
The same repulsive and hateful Wahhabi teachings that have poisoned the minds of youth in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria and spawned terrorist groups like ISIS and the Taliban are being taught in North America, Europe, South America, East Asia, and all over the world. This is Saudi soft power at work. And it is a very subversive, slow-motion, and secretive process that is done with long-term goals in mind. How does it work? Here is one way. Moneyed men from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries go to a broken-down mosque or school, where, for example, there is n... more »

Sept. 14: Part of this will offend some people. But we need truth.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 7 hours ago
The front-page headline story is – well – it's not the front page headline. The one that should have been at the top of page 1 is at the bottom of page 4. And it has a startling photo. It's a picture of a stream and a lake near St. Andrews. It seems a beautiful spot with great rocks at the shore, and water tumbling over rocks scattered in the streambed. The dense forest, shaded by its own branches are a mysterious green as a forest should be. But I don't think you'd want to swim there. The waters of the stream and the lake are vile bright green we associate with the faces of witches.... more »

Death Spiral? 29 States Lose Obamacare Enrollees

Americans for Tax Reform at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: obamacare - 400] Between the end of March and the end of June, 29 states plus the District of Columbia lost Obamacare enrollees, based on an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of recently released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In... Continue reading *“Death Spiral? 29 States Lose Obamacare Enrollees”* at *atr.org*.

Former Ukraine Rebel Commanders Adjusts To 'Normal Life' In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Alexander Borodai. Press TV *Washington Post:* *Former Russian rebels trade war in Ukraine for posh life in Moscow* MOSCOW — There was a time when the arrival of Alexander Borodai and his posse of camouflaged gunmen could clear out a restaurant in just minutes. But that was in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2014, where Borodai was prime minister of a ­pro-Russian separatist government. Now, he is back in his native Moscow and, as he tells it, back to his old day job as a public relations consultant. “When you are not on television, people start to forget what you look like,” he said, sinki... more »

Could A Military Coup Happen Here? Most Republicans Would Welcome One

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
CNN released a new poll yesterday, but there were no questions about the presidential primaries *per se*. Question #34 was: "Do you happen to know what religion Barack Obama is? Is he Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else, or not religious?" Although it was a plurality, only 39% got it right-- Obama is Protestant/Christian. The second biggest answer-- at 29%-- was Muslim. Among Democrats, 61% said Protestant/Christian and only 15% said Muslim. Among Republicans, the plurality was 43% and it was that the president is a Muslim. Only 28% of Republicans got the ... more »

The "Security" Mantra and Tory Hypocrisy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
It's nice to see arguments made on this blog taking flesh in real life, even if they're coincidences as opposed to the well-connected and listened-to having a look and half-inching them. Less nice is when *your opponents* appear to run with those suggestions instead. Yes, much to my chagrin, for the last two-and-a-bit years I've been banging on about the need for Labour to emphasise security and talk about having plans for this and that. The result? An incoherent manifesto that was neither fish nor fowl, while the Tories couldn't talk about anything but the non-existent "long-term ... more »

7 Suppressed Inventions That Would Have Changed The World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Paul A. Philips* - Our world could be a much different place if these inventions were permitted. The post 7 Suppressed Inventions That Would Have Changed The World appeared first on Waking Times.

The Best Vaccine Information Video

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - Take a look at the actual facts about vaccines and vaccine safety. The post The Best Vaccine Information Video appeared first on Waking Times.

11th Circuit Rules Courts Must Consider Hardship to Employee in Deciding on Florida Noncompete Injunction

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 7 hours ago
Florida's noncompete statute is, no doubt, harsh on employees and extremely favorable to employers. However, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals just made it a bit less harsh. The Court ruled that, although Florida law bans the courts from considering hardship on the employee in determining whether or not to *enforce *a noncompete agreement, Courts must balance the hardships between employer and employee in determining whether *injunction *is an appropriate remedy. An injunction is, in the case of noncompete agreements, basically an order that you must stop working for your new employ...more »

She Taught Me to Love

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery? Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. Watch the 3 volumes of the film an... more »

With Few Exceptions Ukraine Ceasefire Still Holding (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *New York Times*: *Guarded Optimism as Cease-Fire Holds in East Ukraine* BERLIN — Buoyed somewhat by the relative success of a two-week-old cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have urged fighters and mediators to build on that progress and withdraw weapons and remove land mines as well as prepare for local elections later this year. The four nations held what the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, described as one of their less confrontational meetings late Saturday, reviewing as t... more »

Higher Education Takes Another Turn Towards the Ridiculous

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Columbia University Students] A new school year has begun, and colleges, especially the most elite, are continuing their descent into a level of ridiculousness rarely seen outside of satire. At Columbia University, alma mater of "Mattress Girl" is now requiring students to take... more »

You Aren’t Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

BloombergBusiness at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: football roulette wheel] Daily fantasy is getting ready to generate more losers in 2015 than ever before. Each year in the history of daily fantasy sports has been bigger than the last, and September has become the biggest month for new fans trying the game, which combines the stats-jockeying... Continue reading *“You Aren’t Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football”* at *bloomberg.com*.

He Attended Bible Study to ‘Dismantle’ Christian Arguments — God Had Other Plans

The Blaze at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Kaltenbach - 400] Something entirely unexpected happened when a teenager decided to attend a Bible study and pretend to be a Christian in an effort to "dismantle" biblical arguments: he came to embrace the very faith he so fervently sought to deride. Caleb... Continue reading *“He Attended Bible Study to ‘Dismantle’ Christian Arguments — God Had Other Plans”* at *theblaze.com*.

The Jeremy Corbyn Supremacy and the Future of England

The New Yorker at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Jeremy Corbyn poses for a portrait on July 16, 2015 in London, England. Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is a British Labour Party politician and has been a member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983. He is currently a contender for the position as leader of the Labour Party.] All of which is one way of describing the events that have overtaken the Labour Party in Great Britain over the past four months--events that culminated, Saturday, in the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the party. How... Continue reading *“The Jeremy Corbyn Supremacy... more »

Roundtable Discussion, with Randy Maugins and Duncan O'Finioan

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 9 hours ago
Tonight on the One People's Roundtable Discussion, Lisa and I will be talking about the weirdness of the past week.... or two..... or 3, lol, discussing again, the fluctuations in the Matrix, the fuckupidness of the "Timelines" and..... CERN. ...'Cause oh yes, CERN has been doing some seriously freaky shit, and as of yesterday, they hit 14TeV with over quadruple the "bunches" of protons. And let me tell you, shit got really WEIRD. Lisa and I will be talking to our old friend Duncan O'Finioan, from the show "Shoot from the Hip", and Randy Maugins from Off Planet Radio.... hopef... more »

An Insider’s Look behind the Mainstream Media’s Crumbling Facade of Power

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: The New York Times Building - 900] For years -- until the advent of talk radio, Fox News and social media -- the left-leaning mainstream media held a stranglehold over the coverage of news and politics. The New York Times was nicknamed "The Gray Lady," reflecting its... more »

Supplemental: Classic vintage Maureen Dowd!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015Pundit under glass:* Yesterday, Maureen Dowd’s column carried a Paris dateline. In paragraph 4, she said why: DOWD (9/13/15): When I heard that, building on its plan to digitize all books, Google had opened a Cultural Institute in Paris to digitally replicate and curate all art and culture on earth, *I wanted to check it out.* Nine out of ten columns by Dowd are built around Hillary-hatred. In that passage, we thought we spotted the basic foundational statement of all other columns by Dowd: “When I heard that [X had occurred] in Paris..., I wanted to ch... more »

Growing Fears That This Week's Interest Rate Rise Could Trigger A Global Debt Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph:* *US interest rate rise could trigger global debt crisis* Global debt levels are dangerously high and central banks cannot keep the game going indefinitely, warns the high priest of orthodoxy Debt ratios have reached extreme levels across all major regions of the global economy, leaving the financial system acutely vulnerable to monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve, the world's top financial watchdog has warned. The Bank for International Settlements said the wild market ructions of recent weeks and capital outflows from China are... more »

Supplemental: The New York Times discusses he-coons!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015The silliest children on earth:* We often find ourselves asking this question: What do people think they’re reading when they read the political coverage in the New York Times? We found ourselves asking that question again this morning. It came to us as we read a front-page report about Candidate Bush’s “cerebral debate style.” The piece was written by Michael Barbaro, one of the Times’ endless stable of sillies. His name always triggers alarm bells here. But crackers, please! Above the fold, on the Times’ front page, Barbaro started like this: BARB... more »

Report: Records Show 4-Month Gap in Clinton’s Emails

The Hill at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton-400] For roughly four months during her tenure as secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not send a single work-related email, according to State Department information revealed as part of an ongoing lawsuit. A timeline of Clinton's email "gaps" circulated internally... Continue reading *“Report: Records Show 4-Month Gap in Clinton’s Emails”* at *thehill.com*.

Important Organizing & News Updates

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
- Our friend Jason from Hope, Maine arrived here last night after his return from Jeju Island for the past month. He, MB and I went for a long walk and talked about his experience in Gangjeong village. This morning Jason reported he was awake half the night dealing with jet lag. Later on we spent some time going over details on the upcoming Maine Peace Walk – Militarization of the Seas: Pentagon’s Impact on the Oceans. Jason is helping to organize the event that will take us from Ellsworth to Portsmouth on October 9-24. - Today I sent around our gr... more »

BBC Reporter In Syria: No Sign Of Assad Regime Crumbling

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
The dynamic of war matters now in Syria. Not politics or diplomacy *Jeremy Bowen, BBC*: *Syria conflict: No sign of Assad regime crumbling* Predictions of the imminent, or even medium-term fall of Damascus are wrong. It does not feel like the capital of a regime that is about to crumble. The government-held areas that I have visited seem calm and functional. The ministry of defence, behind heavy layers of security, moves at a stately pace. The regime has deployed some of its strongest units in Damascus because keeping the capital is so important to it. The troops I met seemed to h... more »

The Best Way to Organize Your Legos So You Can Build Your Sets Again

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
Up until a couple of weeks ago, we kept my daughter's Legos in these cute DIY Lego Containers. She loved them and it was working really well for us, until my husband asked her why she never builds her sets anymore. She told him that she had really tried, but with all of her Legos, she could never find all of the pieces to one set. She would eventually get frustrated and give up. My husband, the master builder, decided it was time for something new. My husband, a Lego lover since childhood actually has his own set of Legos that the kids aren't allowed to play with unless he is superv... more »

What to do when the natural rate of interest declines

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 10 hours ago
Increase the inflation target, according to this new paper, which uses the dynamic model of aggregate demand and aggregate supply from my favorite intermediate macroeconomics textbook.

Cartoon: ‘Oh, Relax’

Henry Payne at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Payne - 091115 - Relax]

Evangelicals Don’t Love Trump

The Federalist/Keith Miller at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 400] "Why Evangelicals Worship Trump"; "Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers?"; "Why Do Evangelicals Support Trump?"; "Evangelicals Love Donald Trump: How a thrice-married New York braggart won them over -- and why it's so scary." These are real headlines running in major newspapers and well-trafficked blogs. They... Continue reading *“Evangelicals Don’t Love Trump”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Texas University Professor Amends His ‘God Bless You’ Ban

FOX News at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Sneeze - 400] A Texas professor issued a syllabus last week telling students to refrain from certain classroom behaviors, including “saying ‘God bless you,'” claiming that doing so would be disruptive. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor distributed the syllabus on the first... Continue reading *“Texas University Professor Amends His ‘God Bless You’ Ban”* at *foxnews.com*.

Dineh Farmer Visits Palestine

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Dineh (Navajo) farmer Roberto Nutlouis visits Palestine. Published with permission at Censored News. . . Photos and text by Roberto Nutlouis .

Roger Baker : METRO | Risky business in Central Texas: The toll road bond gamble

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Wall Street won’t insure the new CTRMA toll road debt at an affordable cost because of its high risk. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | September 14, 2015 AUSTIN — The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, or CTRMA, … finish reading Roger Baker : *METRO* | Risky business in Central Texas: The toll road bond gamble

‘Look at This Face’: Fiorina Ad Turns Tables on Trump

The Hill at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Carly for America - 400] A group supporting businesswoman Carly Fiorina’s White House bid is using the controversy over GOP rival Donald Trump’s remark about her face to promote her presidential campaign. The CARLY for America super PAC released a 60-second video Monday highlighting a... Continue reading *“‘Look at This Face’: Fiorina Ad Turns Tables on Trump”* at *thehill.com*.

Delta State Professor Shot Dead; Police Hunt Fellow Professor

AP/Jeff Amy & Emily Wagster Pettus at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Dr--Shannon-S--Lamb- Delta State - 900] CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) -- A professor was killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, and investigators are searching for another school employee in connection with the killing, officials said Monday. Cleveland Police Chief Charles “Buster” Bingham said... more »

Russia Escalates Its Military Build-Up In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Russia positioning tanks at Syria airfield: U.S. officials* Russia has positioned about a half dozen tanks at a Syrian airfield at the center of a military buildup, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday, adding the intentions of Moscow's latest deployment of heavy military equipment to Syria was unclear. One of the U.S. officials said seven Russian T-90 tanks were observed at the airfield near Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The two U.S. officials said Russia had also positioned artillery, which they said appeared to be arrayed defensively to pr... more »

Obama's Clean Power Plan: "So Weak As to Be Potentially Destructive"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Do you trust your climate future to the heart of a CEO? (source; click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius* There's plenty of political news these days, and it's being well covered in these pages. (My own crystal ball gazing piece is still a question without an answer — is something hidden going on with Democratic "insiders" that will soon change the balance of power in the presidential race? The ripples are certainly there. Plus, I'll have comment on that rumored Biden-Warren rapprochement in a bit.) So let's turn to climate, the one issue that ought to be front and center, since in... more »

Forget Security

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 11 hours ago
Originally published on CounterPunch From national security to social security, and from economic security to water security and food security, the early 21st century concern with security reflects modes of interacting with the world that create and recreate the very harms that the various forms of security seek to correct. The demands of “economic security,” for instance (which, in typically uncritical fashion, excludes basic considerations from its concept), leads to practices such as fracking and rainforest clearance, not to mention more mundane, widespread contaminants, which i... more »

“Fabricated results” retract JAMA clinical trial, plus a sub-analysis of the data

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A JAMA clinical trial that suggested a blood pressure drug could help patients increase their physical fitness, and a sub-analysis of those data, have been retracted after “an admission of fabricated results” by the first author on both papers. The three-year clinical trial was published in JAMA in 2013. It was retracted this morning. The trial found […] The post “Fabricated results” retract JAMA clinical trial, plus a sub-analysis of the data appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Arnold Replacing ‘The Donald’ as Celebrity Apprentice Host

AP at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Arnold Schwarzenegger-900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will try to fill Donald Trump’s shoes on The Celebrity Apprentice. NBC announced Monday that the movie star and two-term governor is the new host of the competition show, which will... more »

Fiorina/Trump Showdown Expected at Republican Debate

The New York Times at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: carly Fiorina - 400] Donald J. Trump has criticized Carly Fiorina's looks, saying of his only female Republican rival: "Look at that face! Would anybody vote for that?" He has said that listening to Mrs. Fiorina's voice gives him a "massive headache." He has... Continue reading *“Fiorina/Trump Showdown Expected at Republican Debate”* at *nytimes.com*.

Can Jeb Bush Bounce Back in Second GOP Debate?

The Washington Post at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Jeb Bush2 - 400] In recent days, Jeb Bush has spent time in his comfort zones: Kennebunkport, Maine. New Hampshire. And Miami. A four-day Labor Day break at his family compound was followed by a quick stop in North Carolina to unveil his tax... Continue reading *“Can Jeb Bush Bounce Back in Second GOP Debate?”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

The One-Man Roadshow of Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Top Conservative Group Courts Donors for Anti-Trump Ad Campaign] NEW YORK-- Donald Trump skipped breakfast one recent morning, blow-dried his hair in his Trump Tower penthouse and headed out to his personal Boeing 757 jet, dubbed "Trump Force One" since he emerged as the Republican presidential front-runner. Seated in... Continue reading *“The One-Man Roadshow of Donald Trump”* at *wsj.com*.

The Dictionary of the Modern Campus Activist

Jonah Bennett & Blake Neff at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: College Student Dictionary Social Activist - 900] Modern students arriving on college campuses today will find themselves learning about far more than just mathematics, writing, science, and other well-worn aspects of a liberal college education. College campuses are known for their political ferment, and modern campus activists... more »

Roger Baker : METRO | Is cheaper driving here to stay?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
Gasoline may stay cheap until we burn through the current market glut in perhaps a year. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | September 14, 2015 [This article was written as a companion piece to Roger Baker’s Rag Blog … finish reading Roger Baker : *METRO* | Is cheaper driving here to stay?

Good Moooooornin', Rowan County

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Is so homophobic, also refuses to issue fishing licenses for rainbow trout. #FunFactsAboutKimDavis — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) September 12, 2015 Dateline: Rowan County, KY Welfare queen shows up at Rowan County Courthouse to collect $80,000 welfare check.

Russia Is Using The Iran - Iraq Air-Corridor To Fly In Military Supplies To Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Russian Flights Over Iraq and Iran Escalate Tension With U.S.* WASHINGTON — Russia is using an air corridor over Iraq and Iran to fly military equipment and personnel to a new air hub in Syria, openly defying American efforts to block the shipments and significantly increasing tensions with Washington. American officials disclosed Sunday that at least seven giant Russian Condor transport planes had taken off from a base in southern Russia during the past week to ferry equipment to Syria, all passing through Iranian and Iraqi airspace. Their destination was an ... more »

Anti-fish oil researcher netted two more retractions

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Earlier this year, Food and Nutrition Sciences retracted two papers from an author who criticized highly popular fish oil supplements after an additional round of peer review concluded his papers present a “biased interpretation,” among other issues. Last year, Brian Peskin lost a paper for an “undeclared competing interest” — namely, that he held patents and directed a […] The post Anti-fish oil researcher netted two more retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Japanese Peaceniks Rising

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
国会前:安保法案反対 市民団体が大規模デモ 参院で審議中の安保関連法案に反対する大規模な抗議集会が14日夜、国会議事堂周辺で行われた。市民団体「戦争させない・9条壊すな!総がかり行動実行委員会」が主催。参加者は色とりどりのペンライトを振りながら、「戦争法案廃案」「安倍政権退陣」と訴えた。主催者発表で参加者は約4万5000人。【撮影・佐藤賢二郎、本社ヘリから森田剛史】http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20150915k0000m040066000c.html Posted by 毎日新聞映像グループ on Monday, September 14, 2015 This evening in Japan time, this morning in our time, 45,000 people are chanting asking for Prime Minister Abe's resignation in front of the national diet. Major cities across the nation are doing the same action locally. Activists will be joining their action in New York from 7:00 pm at Tim... more »

EPA Raises Alarm Over GMO Crops That Are Breeding Swarms Of Mutant Bugs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 13 hours ago
Oh the irony of it all. Without question this is an EPA problem. Little did the promoters think that they would ever have to pay off the EPA. It is also be most effective way to rein these thugs in once and for all. The methods suggested here are almost impossible to change or implement because every politician is vested in their continuance. Do i need to remind you what has been happening to GMO labeling? Now we are having a over application of our worst chemicals and we think this is going to end well? The truth is that up to two decades ago, the pesticide problem was low ... more »

3rd Bi-Pedal Canine Sighting - Central Pennsylvania

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 13 hours ago
Our friend the giant sloth again. It seems to also be hanging out at this locale and this may be part of its hunting range. I do want to say something though. This creature has a lower than normal metabolism and i would expect it to take serious punishment before you stopped it. I would want to hit it with three heavy .303 or similar weight rather quickly before it got to me. It also happens to be extremely dangerous and it does police up its kills in order to cache them.. We do not get much information here but we do get enough to confirm it is the same a... more »

The Death of Good Journalism

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Journalists Blind Bias Journalism - 900] Back in the day, the iconic Walter Cronkite closed his nightly CBS newscast with the reassuring words, "And that's the way it is." And for a generation at least, Americans believed him. Well, they don't any more. Survey after survey... more »

Google Hires Auto Industry Vet to Run Self-Driving Car Project

Wired at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Google to Remove 'Revenge Porn' From Search Results] Google has hired a veteran auto industry executive to run its self-driving car project, a sign the tech giant is serious about challenging car makers with its autonomous vehicles. John Krafcik is the former head of Hyundai's American operation, and... Continue reading *“Google Hires Auto Industry Vet to Run Self-Driving Car Project”* at *wired.com*.

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Won’t Interfere with Gay ‘Marriage’ Licenses

AP/CLAIRE GALOFARO at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: kim davis] MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- Clerk Kim Davis returned to work Monday for the first time since being jailed for disobeying a federal judge and said she was faced with a “seemingly impossible choice” between following her conscience and losing her... more »

Northern California Wildfire Kills 1, Destroys 400 Homes

ELLEN KNICKMEYER & OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: California wildfire__1442234094_70.119.142.63] MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) -- Some 400 homes were among the hundreds of structures destroyed as fast-moving wildfires raged through communities in Northern California, leaving at least one person dead and sending residents fleeing along roads where some buildings and vehicles... more »

Has Russia Dispatched A Submarine Equipped With Nuclear Missiles To Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Debka:* *Russian submarine with 20 ICBMs and 200 nuclear warheads is sailing to Syria* The world’s largest submarine, the Dmitri Donskoy (TK-208), Nato-coded Typhoon, has set sail for the Mediterranean and is destined for the Syrian coast, DEBKAfile reports exclusively from its military and intelligence sources. Aboard the sub are 20 Bulava (NATO-code SS-N-30) intercontinental ballistic missiles with an estimated up to 200 nuclear warheads. Each missile, with a reported range of 10,000km, carries 6-10 MIRV nuclear warheads. The Russian sub set sail from its northern base on Sept.... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*First Major Gulf Oyster Hatchery Revs Up Production on Grand Isle ~Gulf Seafood Institute* *Trying to hang onto the past ~Library Chronicles *

Terror Plot Against The Pope Foiled By The U.S. Secret Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Pope Francis surrounded by security. Photo: Reuters *ABC News:** 'Case Disrupted' Ahead of Pope Francis Visit to US, Says House Homeland Security Chair* The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee expressed his concern today about security ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States later this month, adding that authorities have already “disrupted one particular case.” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) didn’t offer specifics on the case he said was disrupted, only saying he had been briefed by the Secret Service. The pope is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. later this mon... more »

All Politics Is Global

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
The destructive politics and policies of global turbo-capitalism are coming home to roost. The spirit of Tahrir Square and the worldwide Occupy movement has been captured in the rise of the Syriza and Podemos parties, and most lately made manifest in the Labour Party victory of the socialist Jeremy Corbyn in Great Britain and the rise in the polls of liberal independent Bernie Sanders in the United States. And don't forget the global moral and political influence of Pope Francis, soon to set foot on our shores to deliver a powerful and well-deserved kick to the Neoliberal Project's... more »

World News Briefs -- September 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*:* 'One million refugees' may arrive in Germany this year* Vice chancellor says forecast of 800,000 may have been an underestimate as people continue to cross Mediterranean. One million people may arrive in Germany seeking refugee status this year, up from the record 800,000 arrivals its government had earlier predicted, vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said. "There are many signs that Germany this year will take in not 800,000 refugees, as forecast by the interior ministry, but one million," he wrote to members of his centre-left Social Democratic party on Monday. Germ... more »

Some Real Talk About Syria

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Syrian Girl on the lies surrounding the refugee crisis. She knocks it out of the ball park. You want to help the refugees? Then help stop the US-Saudi war on Syria.

The A=432 Hz Frequency: DNA Tuning and the Bastardization of Music

Kristen at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - Humankind is the unwitting victim of a frequency war on consciousness. The post The A=432 Hz Frequency: DNA Tuning and the Bastardization of Music appeared first on Waking Times.


bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015Part 1—The press corps tackles three questions:* Every year at this time, the mainstream press corps attempts, pretends or seems to discuss some basic back-to-school issues. At best, these efforts are half-hearted. It is usually fairly clear that no one actually *cares* about these topics, except to the extent that they can be used to restate dominant narratives—narratives such as these: *Nothing is working in our schools! The Southern states are full of bigots! “Education reform” can produce amazing results!* Each year, we're given our standard dosage o... more »

GOP Candidates Plan to Attend Papal Events

AP/JULIE PACE at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Vatican Easter] WASHINGTON (AP) -- To some Republican presidential candidates, it’s better to be with the popular pope than against him. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have deep policy differences with Pope Francis, but the senators will break off campaign... more »

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders to Visit Liberty University

WBDJ 7 at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Bernie-Sanders__1442236872_70.119.142.63] While there are dozens of Republicans, there are just handful of Democrats running for their party’s nomination. One of those candidates will be in Lynchburg on Monday. Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will speak to students... Continue reading *“Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders to Visit Liberty University”* at *wdbj7.com*.

Iraq’s Barzani Calls For Elections To Determine His Fate, May Mean 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is no closer to resolving the controversy over the expired term of regional President Massoud Barzani. Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and his opponents, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Gorran/Change List cannot agree on how to move forward. Barzani has called for an election to determine his fate if the parties cannot agree. He may mean the next Kurdish elections in 2017 rather than any time soon. In September 2015, President Barzani saidthat if the Kurdish parties can’t come to an agreement about his presidency the...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett/Released *Sputnik*:* NATO Can Handle Russia, ISIL at Same Time - Top US General* Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey claims that NATO has enough strength to deal with ISIL and deter Russia at the same time. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has enough strength to deal with the Islamic State and deter Russia at the same time, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, told a conference in Istanbul. *"Russia... more »

Retraction no. 8 (and a 1/2) hits former Duke researcher Erin Potts-Kant

Ross Keith at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Another retraction and a correction that retracts two figures — ie, a partial retraction — have been posted for Duke University lung researchers, Erin Potts-Kant and Michael Foster. These latest notices move the count up to 8.5 retractions for Potts-Kant and 7.5 for Foster (counting the partial retraction as 1/2), along with the correction for both. In […] The post Retraction no. 8 (and a 1/2) hits former Duke researcher Erin Potts-Kant appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Grow A Food Revolution

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

Top soccer player's drunk driving accident, funny reactions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group A included the Netherlands and Turkey that were guessed to be "clear winners" who would certainly qualify. However, shockingly for many soccer fans, it was Iceland and Czechia that became the earliest teams to qualify for the European tournament next year. Latvia and Kazakhstan, the other two teams in the group, have confirmed their role of underdogs. Czech fans received the happy news about the qualification on September 6th when the national team went to Latvia. It needed to win for the certainty and it did win, 2-to-1. Both Czech goals were s... more »

Australia PM Tony Abbott Ousted by Malcolm Turnbull

BBC News at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Malcolm Turnbull] Australia is to have a new prime minister after Tony Abbott was ousted as leader of the Liberal Party by cabinet minister Malcolm Turnbull. In the hastily-arranged party leadership ballot, Mr Abbott, who had been plagued by poor opinion polls,... Continue reading *“Australia PM Tony Abbott Ousted by Malcolm Turnbull”* at *bbc.com*.

Germany Now Expects As Many 1m Migrants To Enter The Country This Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Financial Times:* *Germany increases migrant forecast to 1m* Germany now expects as many 1m migrants to enter the country this year, a senior official said on Monday, as some EU countries moved to tighten their borders amid a refugee crisis that has left many struggling to cope. The figure cited by Sigmar Gabriel, deputy chancellor, contrasted with official forecasts of 800,000 last month and came a day after Berlin imposed emergency border controls to stem the rising numbers of asylum-seekers pouring into the country. Germany has until now adopted a much more welcoming stance to... more »

Scott Walker to Propose Sweeping Crackdown on Unions

Politico at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 150914-scott-walker-ap-1160__1442235375_70.119.142.63] Under President Scott Walker, it would be illegal for federal workers to form unions, and the National Labor Relations Board would be no more. The Republican presidential candidate will unveil those proposals, and others, on Monday in Las Vegas, according... Continue reading *“Scott Walker to Propose Sweeping Crackdown on Unions”* at *politico.com*.

Catching Up Summaries and Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
[image: LanyuDanno_2015_197] *Lanyu. Because boats.* People are always asking me, "How did you beat schizophrenia?" and I'm like, "Shut up! You're not real!" Ok, couldn't resist leading with a joke. Happy to be blogging again. At last a brutal run of work is over. And so we can revisit last week... *Hung says Populism will lead to Nazism*: This was another classic moment for Hung Hsiu-chu, the KMT's Presidential candidate [WARNING: MAY CONTAIN MAKE TRAINS RUN ON TIME-LIKE SUBSTANCE]. She posted on Facebook (translated by Solidarity) *Governing the country through populism: The fin... more »

Can Bernie Make Headway In The Solid South? How About At Liberty University Today?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
You know who else is coming off to the left of Hillary on economic issues besides Bernie? The imitation "college," later "university," that Jerry Falwell founded in Lynchburg, VA, in 1971 as Lynchburg Baptist College, from 1984 "Liberty University," has long had politicians come by as part of its brainwashing program, with the expected fare being sociopaths like Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Clarence Thomas, Trey Gowdy, Rick Perry, Ollie North, Rick Santorum, Glenn Beck, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Trumpy... you see the thread tying this together... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Obama trades college-ranking plan for a data clearinghouse* President Obama on Saturday abandoned his two-year effort to have the government create a system that rates the quality of the nation’s colleges and universities, a plan that was bitterly opposed by presidents at many of those institutions. Under the original idea, announced by Obama in 2013, all of the nation’s 7,000 institutions of higher education would have been assigned a ranking by the government, with the aim of publicly shaming low-rated schools that saddle students with high debt and poor earning potential. Ins... more »

Satellite Images Reveal That The Lights Go Out After The Islamic State Takes Over An Area

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A file photo of an ISIS militant in front of the Mosul Dam. The group no longer has control of the dam. *Matthew Aid*: *Satellite Imagery Shows No Lights on at Night in ISIS-Controlled Areas in Iraq and Syria* A recent analysis of satellite photos of areas controlled by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) in Iraq and Syria showed some interesting differences. Nor surprisingly much of the ISIL controlled towns and cities (except for Raqqa; the ISIL “capital” in eastern Syria) are conspicuously dark at night. Satellite photos of the region have been available regularly for o... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*NEW WORD FOR THE N.Y. TIMES: 'FASMUNISTS'* *Lord Monckton reacts below to Snyder's 'climate scam' piece in the NYT, warning of a 'next genocide'. I thought I was pretty acerbic at times but Monckton leaves me far behind.There is a small coda to this Snyder nonsense that I would like to mention: As Monckton documents below, Snyder explicitly compares climate skeptics to Hitler. In my comment on Snyder yesterday I pointed out that was actually Snyder who was comparable to Hitler! Fair enough? Apparently not. I got a tweet about that from someone who calls himself The Tra... more »

Bottom Feeders

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/ Like the other lies crafted in the PMO, the Harperites are trying to sell the idea that they are tough on crime. As part of their campaign, they have gone after NDP candidate Carol Baird Ellan in British Columbia. Michael Harris writes: Consider the case of Carol Baird Ellan. The Conservative Party attack-machine is going after the ex-judge turned NDP candidate in Burnaby North Seymour for being soft on crime. The Cons have an entire website devoted to examples of Baird Ellan handing out what they describe... more »

In British Debate, a Leftist Doctor Says No to Assisted Suicide

Careful! at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London as MPs debate and vote on the Assisted Dying Bill. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 11, 2015. MPs are set to vote on the right to die for the first time in almost 20 years today as the controversial laws are subject to a landmark debate. See PA story POLITICS Dying. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire] Perhaps the most effective speech in yesterday’s debate in the British House of Commons about assisted dying came from Dr Philippa Whitford, an MP for the Scottish National Party. She spok... more »

Taliban Insurgents Raid Afghan Prison and Free 350+ Inmates

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Afghan prison escape Taliban__1442230048_70.119.142.63] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- More than 350 inmates escaped an Afghan prison following a coordinated attack by Taliban insurgents, an Afghan official and the Taliban said. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni province, said Monday that insurgents wearing military... more »

Obama and U.S. Catholics: A Complicated Relationship

National Journal at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: VATICAN-US-OBAMA-POPE_8sj6xlE__1442227472_70.119.142.63] When Pres-id-ent Obama wel-comes Pope Fran-cis to the White House next week, nobody will be watch-ing more closely than the na-tion's 79 mil-lion Cath-ol-ics, most of whom ad-mire and re-spect their re-li-gious lead-er but have a much more con-flic-ted view... Continue reading *“Obama and U.S. Catholics: A Complicated Relationship”* at *nationaljournal.com*.

Evangelical Leaders Criticize Progressive Jim Wallis for His Political Distortions of Scripture

Breitbart at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: GettyImages-484962294-640x426__1442228390_70.119.142.63] Jim Wallis, the far-left founder of Sojourner Magazine and beneficiary of George Soros donations who has built a career out of subverting constitutional liberty in America by quoting the Bible out of context, is at it again. In his latest... Continue reading *“Evangelical Leaders Criticize Progressive Jim Wallis for His Political Distortions of Scripture”* at *breitbart.com*.

Israel Prime Minister to Hold ‘Emergency Meeting’ on Palestinian Attacks

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: ISRAEL-IRAN-NUCLEAR-DIPLOMACY-PRESSER] JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel’s prime minister will convene an “emergency meeting” over recent Palestinian attacks, an official at his office said Monday, hours after a man died in a crash after rocks were thrown at his car and violence broke... more »

Mexican Tourists Killed by Egyptian Security Forces

BBC News at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: _85532577_029040943-2__1442231983_70.119.142.63] Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation, the interior ministry says. The tourists were travelling in four vehicles that entered a restricted zone in the Wahat area of the Western Desert,... Continue reading *“Mexican Tourists Killed by Egyptian Security Forces”* at *bbc.com*.

Taliban Storm Afghan Prison Resulting In Scores Of Imprisoned Insurgents Escaping

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Taliban free more than 150 insurgents after devastating suicide attack on Afghan prison takes down main gates and kills guards* * More than 400 prisoners released by suicide bomb attack on Ghazni prison * Officials described 148 of those freed as 'a serious threat to national security' * Three Taliban insurgents died as well as four prison guards earlier today * It was one of 10 coordinated attacks in different parts of the city overnight Taliban fighters have freed more than 400 prisoners including 150 insurgents with a suicide bomb attack on an Aghan jail. The in... more »

A Look At The CIA Before And After 9/11

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Justin Rohrlich, VICE News: *'*Blind Spots and Inefficiencies': The CIA Before and After 9/11* On a Friday night last June, the CIA quietly released an internal accountability report focusing on the lead-up to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The declassified report was not new. Titled "Office of Inspector General Report on Central Intelligence Agency Accountability Regarding Findings and Conclusions of the Report of the Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001," it had first been released in 2007 in a he... more »

Biden Secretly Meets with Top Obama Bundler during New York Swing

Bloomberg at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: -1x-1__1442230350_70.119.142.63] If the vice president does decide to run against Hillary Clinton, the benefits of landing Robert Wolf would be many. The 28 hours Joe Biden spent in New York City at the end of last week were a whirlwind of... Continue reading *“Biden Secretly Meets with Top Obama Bundler during New York Swing”* at *bloomberg.com*.

Kentucky State Trooper Killed in Shooting, Suspect Dead

AP/BRUCE SCHREINER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Police_Line_Crime_Scene] EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky state trooper was killed in a shooting during a chase, and officers shot and killed the suspect when he refused to drop his weapon after an hours-long manhunt, police said Monday. Trooper Joseph Cameron... more »

A Bosnian Solution To Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Marc Champion, Bloomberg*: *To Imagine Syria at Peace, Think of Bosnia* It took a temporary partition to end the war that tore apart Bosnia in the 1990s. Why not do the same for Syria? In one sense, a partitioned Syria is already visible, its contours drawn by the front lines of the civil war. President Bashar al-Assad has retreated from territory that was too difficult for his overextended forces to hold, giving up the attempt to reimpose nationwide control. (That doesn't mean he's on the run. Iran and Russia have made it clear they won't let that happen.) Kurds hold the area n... more »

A Trump - Sanders U.S. Presidential Match-Up?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *YouGov*: *Sanders up big in New Hampshire and Iowa; Carson trails Trump* The first wave of the YouGov/CBS News Battleground Tracker polled primary and caucus voters from both parties in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina Hillary Clinton’s deficit among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire has grown to more than 20 points, while her lead over Bernie Sanders among likely caucus voters in Iowa has been reversed, according to the first wave of the YouGov/CBS News 2016 Battleground Tracker. Clinton remains a... more »

Top U.S. General: Syrian Refugee Crisis Will Galvanize European Action To End The Syrian Conflict

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) *Voice of America:* Top US General: Refugee Crisis Likely to Galvanize Europe in Syrian Conflict TALLINN, ESTONIA—The top U.S. general says the Syrian refugee crisis likely will galvanize more European action to help end that nation’s bloody struggle. “Will at some point Europe have to become more involved in the Syrian conflict because of the spillover effects? I think the answer is probably yes,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday. He was spe... more »

Thinkingaboot Number 2 the Human Mousetrap Game

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 18 hours ago
I saw this Freerunning stunt at Boing Boing. Dont know Parkour. If you watched the opening sequence of James Bond Casino Royale you saw it. Its a French invention and there are two terrific movies about District 13 showcasing the inventor of Parkour .

What confirms a physical theory?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*Guest blog by Richard Dawid, LMU Munich,* *Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy* Thanks, Lubos, for your kind invitation to write a guest blog on non-empirical theory confirmation (which I recently discussed in the book "String Theory and the Scientific Method", CUP 2013). As a long-time follower of this blog – who, I may add, fervently disagrees with much of its non-physical content – I am very glad to do so. Fundamental physics today faces an unusual situation. Virtually all fundamental theories that have been developed during the last four decades still lack conclusive emp... more »

The Prince Who Saves Cinderella from Sentimentality

Dante Witt at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Cinderella Disney Screen Grab - 900] DANTE WITT -- Kenneth Branagh's live-action Cinderella is released on DVD Tuesday. The film, unlike most fairy tale movies, was faithful to the traditional fairy tale, so I loved it, of course. As a 21-year-old single woman I would be...more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago

11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds by Kris Gunnars

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds by Kris Gunnars Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. Here are 11 health benefits of chia seeds that are supported by human studies *To read about the 11 health benefits, please click on the link provided below:* *Authority Nutrition*

Northrop Grumman's AQS-24B Mine Hunting System Sets New Standard for Synthetic Aperture Sonar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MH-53E Sea Dragon]In a U.S. Navy field test, Northrop Grumman Corporation's AQS-24B mine hunting system successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar processing at 18 knots in real time. The AQS-24B was developed at Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems campus in Annapolis. The field testing took place at the U.S. Navy Central Command in Bahrain, May 19-28. The AQS-24B finished 12 for 12 in successfully executing missions during the test exercise. During separate Tactics Development trials in Panama City, Florida, the AQS-24B achieved a record lon... more »

Taranis stealth drone may see final test flights later this year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: BAE Taranis]Britain’s top secret stealth drone will complete its third and possibly final round of test flights later this year, the Ministry of Defence has said. The £200 million Taranis programme, making the most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers, will have achieved all its objectives if this year’s trials go well, officials said. No decision has been made on further tests. The remotely-piloted drone, constructed by BAE Systems, is a “combat vehicle demonstrator” to test and develop technology for future generations of fighters and unmanned vehicles. Rea... more »

US Coalition Against ISIS May Have ‘Other Purposes’: Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov]Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group may have “other purposes” rather than eliminating the terrorist group. Lavrov said in an interview that some members of the coalition claimed that the U.S. commander had not agreed to deliver a strike at times even being aware of specific ISIS locations. "Our American counterparts either from the very beginning were establishing the coalition not enough thoroughly, or the idea was it should have the goals other from those declared," ... more »

New J20 stealth fighter prototype spotted and successful tests could start China's J20 stealth production and deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: J-20 Powerful Dragon]The Chengdu J-20 is a Stealth, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft prototype being developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The J-20 has the potential to rival the F-22A Raptor in performance once appropriate engines become available. If J20 tests are successful this year, small numbers of J-20 fighters can go into production for frontline units of the PLA Air Force, a military expert told Duowei. Knowledgeable sources have said the sensors and cyber warfare capability of the J-20 ... more »

The Typhoon fighter jet in 60 seconds

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The Typhoon is an £80 million twin-engine, multi-role combat aircraft capable of being deployed in a range of operations - from air policing to high intensity conflict. It needs just 700 metres to take off and land - and is capable of speeds of Mach 2 at an altitude of 55,000 ft. The plane is so advanced that it cannot be flown by a human without the help of a computer. Read more

US to upgrade Aegis system to counter China's DF-26 missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: DF-26 IRBM]The United States is upgrading its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to counter China's new DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile with their ability to sink medium-sized warships, Harry J Kazianis, the executive editor of National Interest magazine, writes in a piece published on Sept. 9. At a press conference on Sept. 4, Lockheed Martin announced a new contract worth US$428 million to modernize the US Navy Aegis Combat System's hardware and software over the next 10 years. Just a day prior to the announcement, China used the military parade in Beijing to mark... more »

Anti-submarine helicopters for Navy get go-signal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AW159 Lynx Wildcat]Two proposed anti-submarine (ASW) helicopters, which will be operated by the Philippine Navy (PN), is included in the 33 projects given the green light with the signing of the program for the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Law. This was disclosed Monday by Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Modernization, Installation and Munitions Fernando Manalo in a message to the PNA. President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the program last July 22, he added. However, Manalo said bidding for the two ASW helicopt... more »

A recipe to flood physics literature with garbage

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Sabine Hossenfelder is one of the people who have written lots of papers and as far as I know, and I have spent quite some time by looking at them (because she is visible as a blogger), none of them has any value worth mentioning. Most of them are wrong and those that are not wrong are mostly vacuous and lacking any originality. She is certainly not the only one whose "research" may be described in this way. You may ask what are the procedures that fill the physics literature with similar material lacking value. Well, she has published an algorithm for everyone to follow, How to pu... more »

RAF Brize Norton scrambles Voyager aircraft to help fighter jets escorting Russian planes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: A330 MRTT (Voyager)]Aircraft from Brize Norton were yesterday scrambled to provide assistance to fighter jets escorting Russian planes flying close to UK air space. The Ministry of Defence tonight disclosed that the Royal Air Force (RAF) sent Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth, in northern Scotland, to meet the Russians and that Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton were also sent to carry out air-to-air refuelling. The Russian ‘Blackjack’ planes were escorted through international air space by the RAF while they were in the UK’s area of interest, the MoD said. Read more

Post # 31,000: Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Akb1t37T4E

What makes Jerusalem so holy? - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
The BBC ponder this question in this report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26934435 Can you guess which religion is put last in the report? Yes that's right, the oldest of the three religions. But it's the passage on Judaism that interests me as a whole. 'The wall The Jewish Quarter is home to the Kotel, or the Western Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall of the mount on which the Holy Temple once stood. Inside the temple was the Holy of Holies, the most sacred site in Judaism. Jews believe that this was the location of the foundation stone from which the world wa... more »

Jeremy Corbyn gives top jobs to John McDonnell and Andy Burnham per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Oddly this BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-34240869 makes no mention of the vile anti Semitic abuse that was hurled at Ivan Lewis when he let it be known that he had not been kept in the Shadow Cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn. Anti Semitism amongst the left of politics, including in Britain is on the rise, a rise fuelled in part by the vilely anti Israel reporting by the institutionally anti Israel BBC. With a Labour leader who calls 'friends' organisations who are dedicated to the destruction of Israel (the world's only majority Jewish state) and the death of all Jews,... more »

Bubble Bum Gift Set & $75 Lego Gift Card Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 21 hours ago
I am so excited to bring this giveaway to you today. The Bubble Bum gift set is awesome and who doesn't love Legos?! Child Passenger Safety Week is here and it's a good time to remember we all need a “boost” once and awhile. That's why we've teamed up with BubbleBum to bring you a fun giveaway for one of their kid-approved, super cool inflatable booster seats. Designed for kids aged 4-11, the BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat is a top choice for parents since it gives kids the perfect "boost" to keep them safe while riding in the car. The Bubble Bum booster will give your child a li... more »

Military Photo of the Day: September 14, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: C-4 Explosion-900] Two C-4 blocks are detonated at the explosive ordnance disposal range on Aug. 25, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. Thanks to Senior Airman Brittain Crolley for capturing this image!

The Mandella Effect

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I do not know just how real this effect happens to be or even if it can all be attributed to faulty memories of which we also have plenty of evidence. However i now think of time in terms of leaves in a book. It suddenly becomes no trick mentally to change out a particular leaf to induce a different outcome. Why has my own thinking shifted so radically. I already know that Earth itself has been deliberately produced starting four billion years ago by this act of interleaving new data to the time necessary. This is an amazing insight backed up by irrefutable evidence. Wha... more »

Researchers Just Made A Bombshell Discovery That Could Shake Islam To Its Core

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Considering that almost all parchment books were scrapped clean from older books and then rewritten the dating problem is hardly a surprise. What it does confirm is that the text was fixed early on and likely about 650 with Caliph Abu Bakr. So far we have no evidence of any earlier genesis to the text itself although that also begs the question of why not? The sources were out there and amply available. What is unique about the Koran is that a portion of the text is traditional spiritualism while another portion encodes tribal barbarism into divine law and promotes jihad. T... more »

Can Catholic Marriage Be Saved?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Wedding couple_compressed_cropped] Catholic marriage is in trouble. No, Pope Francis hasn't launched an annulment "app" with a name like Sever (modeled on Uber). But after his Apostolic letters last week, it will be henceforth easier and quicker to get a Catholic annulment in 2016... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Above this boreal landscape, the arc of the Milky Way and shimmering aurorae flow through the night. Like an echo, below them lies Iceland's spectacular Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Shining just below the Milky Way, bright Jupiter is included in the panoramic nightscape. *Click image for larger sizes.* Faint and diffuse, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) appears immersed in the auroral glow. The digital stitch of four frames is a first place winner in the 2013 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance organized by The World at Night. An evocative record o... more »

Free Download: Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too- all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides- made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions...” - “Brave New World: Suggestions from the State” • Freely download “Brave New World", by Aldous Huxley here: - https://archive.org/details/ost-english-brave_new_world_aldous_huxley

"We Are Here..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know." - W. H. Auden

"A Wise Man Once Said..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“A wise man once said you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you’re willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right, and letting someone in means abandoning the walls you’ve spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don’t see coming, when we don’t have time to come up with a strategy to pick a side or to measure the potential loss. When that happens, when th... more »

The Poet: Ernest Dowson, "Vitae Summa Brevis"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Vitae Summa Brevis"* "They are not long, the weeping and the laughter, Love and desire and hate: I think they have no portion in us after We pass the gate. They are not long, the days of wine and roses; Out of a misty dream Our path emerges for a while, then closes Within a dream." - Ernest Dowson

Chet Raymo, "Briefly It Enters, And Briefly Speaks"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Briefly It Enters, And Briefly Speaks"* by Chet Raymo "A few months ago, I shared here the so-called Song of Amergin, traditionally the first poem written in Ireland. "I am the wind on the sea, I am the ocean wave, I am the sound of the billows, I am the seven-horned stag…" …and so on. The poem is pre-Christian, druidic, pantheistic. The "I", as I understand it, is the mysterious, all-pervading power afoot in the landscape called neart in Celtic tradition, to which the gods were simply a way of giving a human face. Neart is unknown and unknowable, but sensed every... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Johnson City, New York, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Kahlil Gibran, "A Poet's Voice, Part One"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"A Poet's Voice, Part One"* by Kahlil Gibran "The power of charity sows deep in my heart, and I reap and gather the wheat in bundles and give them to the hungry. My soul gives life to the grapevine and I press its bunches and give the juice to the thirsty. Heaven fills my lamp with oil and I place it at my window to direct the stranger through the dark. I do all these things because I live in them; and if destiny should tie my hands and prevent me from so doing, then death would be my only desire. For I am a poet, and if I cannot give, I shall refuse to receive. Humanity rages l... more »

"Are You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free." - Nikos Kazantzakis

"What Happens In Your Brain When You Get Mad, And How To Control It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"What Happens In Your Brain When You Get Mad,* * And How To Control It"* By Liz Langley "I’m late for one of my jobs and after noting my empty gas tank and fighting with a broken car door, I pray to a god I don’t believe in to get me through the first traffic light, which is the longest light on the earth. Children have been conceived, born, and taught to read while waiting for it to turn green. I need to breeze through it. Of course, this means some pinhead not only cuts me off but then pokes along in front of me at 10mph, assuring that we’ll both be sitting at that light until... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago

Can Jeremy Corbyn Stem The Tide Of Neoliberalism And Militarism?

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Ben Carson: The Alternative Non-Politician

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

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

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Yep Fractal Design, Asus powered computer hand assembled by caring Christians

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