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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

17 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

The View

10:26pm MDST

Who Are The Winners And Losers From China Trade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
Source: China General Administration of Customs; calculations by Rhodium Group *Andrew Coflan, Foreign Policy*:* Mapping the World’s Winners and Losers from China Trade* In the past year, the U.S., Australia, and Brazil have all taken a hit. e story of China’s trade over the past half-decade or more has stayed relatively consistent: countries exporting commodities to China have seen enormous inflows of money as the country has consumed huge quantities of raw materials, while developed countries in Europe and North America have run persistent and politically contentious deficits as... more »

City Under Siege: Artists Endorse Aaron Peskin To Lead Fight For Affordable San Francisco

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 25 minutes ago
Aaron Peskin, center, surrounded by supporters. Photo by Stewart Bloom By Denise Sullivan Cafe Zoetrope in North Beach was overflowing on Monday evening with politically engaged artists, writers, and neighbors gathered to support Aaron Peskin, candidate for Supervisor. A longtime affordable housing advocate and former chair of the SFDCCC, Peskin termed out of his Supervisor's seat in 2008, but a return to the Board representing District Three could mean a restoration to sanity in the City's legislative chamber if he succeeds in ousting the Ed Lee appointee, Julie Christensen. Citin... more »

Alcohol Is Becoming The Biggest Threat On The Ukraine Front Line

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 32 minutes ago
Kiev's war commanders are ready to allow almost anything to save soldiers from the gravest danger facing them during the current tentative truce -- booze (AFP Photo/Genya Savilov) *AFP*: *Shells silent, stressed Ukraine fighters face alcohol threat* Mariupol (Ukraine) (AFP) - Some Ukrainian troops play hours of football while others take dips in the sea as they try to adjust to a sudden drop in fighting following a fresh ceasefire deal. Kiev's war commanders are ready to allow almost anything to save soldiers from the gravest danger facing them during the current tentative truce --... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Starwalkers"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
2002, "Starwalkers" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SovcBYRFIxw

"The Small Beacon..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
"One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us." - James Baldwin, "The Fire Next Time"

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
“It's the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. *Click image for larger size.* The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble's central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, pictured above in sci... more »

The Media’s Stupid Trump Obsession

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Paradox: Targeted by Fox News, Donald Trump Bombs First Debate — But GOP Still Loves Him] CNN gathered together all of the Republican presidential candidates at the Reagan Library for a highly touted debate and could hardly think to ask them about anything except Donald Trump. By one count, 44 percent of the questions touched on... more »

Chet Raymo, "Ratchet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Ratchet"* by Chet Raymo "My MacBook laptop has been annoying me with glitches that are signs of old age (or planned obsolescence). Am I sorry? Not really. At last I can justify buying what I've wanted for several years - a MacBook Air. And here it is, in my trembling hands, in a package so sleek and slim that one wonders where there is room for the circuitry, flash drive and battery. For my money, the Air is the most sublime manifestation of human technology on the planet today. As a graduate student in physics in the early 1960s, I availed myself of a Univac computer that sat i... more »

The Poet: William Stafford, "Starting With Little Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Starting With Little Things" * "Love the earth like a mole, fur-near. Nearsighted, hold close the clods, their fine-print headlines. Pat them with soft hands- Like spades, but pink and loving; they break rock, nudge giants aside, affable plow. Fields are to touch; each day nuzzle your way. Tomorrow the world." - William Stafford

"Never Despair"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Never Despair"* by Sam Smith "Empires and cultures are not permanent and while thinking about the possibility that ours is collapsing may seem a dismal exercise it is far less so than enduring the frustrations, failures, damage and human casualties involved in constantly butting up against reality like a boozer who insists he is not drunk attempting to drive home. Peter Ustinov in 'Romanoff and Juliet' says at one point: "I'm an optimist: I know how bad the world is. You're a pessimist: you're always finding out." Or as GK Chesterton put it, "We must learn to love life without e... more »

“7 Best Shakespeare Insults”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“7 Best Insults”* by The Huffington Post *"You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so."* Shakespeare employs this biting insult in "Macbeth" to establish the complete and utter repulsiveness of the three witches. Their "withered and wild" features cause Macbeth and Banquo to question if the sisters are even human beings. *"Methinks thou art a general offence, and every man should beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon you."* In "All's Well That Ends Well," Lafeu hits infamous liar and coward Porolles with this... more »

Putin’s Gambit, Obama’s Puzzlement

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Vladimir Putin - 900] WASHINGTON -- Once again, President Obama and his foreign policy team are stumped. Why is Vladimir Putin pouring troops and weaponry into Syria? After all, as Secretary of State John Kerry has thrice told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, it... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Great Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Great Life" by Henrik Edberg "You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer. Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favorite tips from him. 1. Approve of yourself. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behaviour and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feeling... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. The point is: to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"The Power Of Choice"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Power Of Choice"* by Chuck Danes “Your power to choose is an unalienable right that each and every person on earth is given at birth, and has the ability to exercise. Every minute of every day the worlds population is presented with certain choices that must be made. These choices range from the most obvious, all the way to the extremely complex. In each of these choices being made, there is a specific outcome created that is eventually realized, and which ultimately determines a specific event in any given situation. These moment by moment choices that are made each day are ... more »

Things Are Getting Worse In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Haroro J. Ingram, Quartz:* *On the streets of Kabul, despair and hope* It is fighting season in Afghanistan and August was particularly bloody on Kabul’s streets. In the weeks before I arrived in the city, attacks had left dozens dead, hundreds more injured and faith in the government’s ability to secure the capital all but shattered. While a secure Kabul rarely means a stable Afghanistan, an insecure Kabul inevitably signals a deeply unstable nation. Kabul’s violent summer pales compared to the surrounding provinces, especially in the south. As Western nations increasingly focu... more »

‘Anything Could Happen,’ GOP Debate Moderator Jake Tapper Said. Trumped Proved Him Right.

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: GOP Debate Trump Bush Low Five - 900 000] SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- “Anything could happen over the next few hours,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper announced at the prime-time Republican presidential debate. Anything did happen. Billionaire Donald Trump made faces and rolled his eyes. He mugged as a petulant little... more »

Perhaps surprisingly, there was a clear winner of last night's crypto-presidential debacle

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*There's one candidate who contributed nothing dishonest, depraved, or demeaning to last night's debates (yes, debates -- either the varsity or the jayvee).* *"[N]ot an hour into the rollicking, interminable debate, as the candidates on the stage finally ganged up on front-runner Donald Trump, Gilmore tweeted that it was 'all process and nothing to tweet about.' "* *-- Dana Milbank, in his WaPo column* "The one candidate CNN refused to invite to the debate" *by Ken* No, of course I didn't watch That Thing Last Night. (You must be new here. No taker has begun to explore how much I w... more »

U.S. Defense Chief: U.S. Military Losing Its Tech Gap To Russia And China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Photo*: U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. (Photo: US Defense Department) *Defense News:* *Carter: Russia, China Closing Tech Gap* NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Russia and China continue to close the military technology gap with the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned Wednesday. While the US remains ahead, that lead is imperiled by slow innovation and a lack of consistent budgets, Carter said in a speech at the Air Force Association’s annual conference outside of Washington. “Our technology remains the best," Carter said. "At the same time, we can’t ignore the overall... more »

Shorten the tests?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Sent to the New York Times, Sept. 17, 2015. Making the tests shorter is designed to give testing critics the feeling that they have accomplished something. ("New York Will Trim Common Core Exams After Many Students Skipped Them." Sept. 16.) All it does, however, is expand the floor of the cage a little bit. The serious problems with common core testing will remain: There will still be far too many tests and far too much time devoted to testing. Students will still be taking tests that have not been shown to be valid and have not been shown to increase learning. The tests cost schools... more »

20 Lies Everyone Should Know

WTStaff at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Media* - There is a wealth of truth hidden from us. Here's a list of 20 lies used to gain political or financial power that everyone should know. The post 20 Lies Everyone Should Know appeared first on Waking Times.

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Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
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Is President Obama Doing The Same Mistake In Iraq That President Bush Did In 2003

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Richard Fontaine and Vance Serchuk, Defense One*: *Obama Needs an ISIS War Czar Before It’s Too Late* Obama’s ISIS fight looks more like Iraq in 2003 than in 2007, when military and civilian leaders were synced hip-to-hip. With the Islamic State, or ISIS, still entrenched across a large swath of Iraq and Syria after a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the Obama administration is under growing criticism for devoting in... more »

Everyone’s Favorite Volkswagen Camper Van to be Re-Released… as an Electric

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Sofia Adamson* - Would drive the modern version of this classic American car? The post Everyone’s Favorite Volkswagen Camper Van to be Re-Released… as an Electric appeared first on Waking Times.

Friday Morning Ramble–11.09.15

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Eric Crampton explains the EQC: “Suppose that your wife tells you that you could save a lot on house insurance if you just paid her the premiums every month and she'd pay you if the house burned down. Seems like a good idea - keep the money in the family. She invests the premiums you pay her in getting the kitchen redone. Yup, the insurer's asset base looks good now. But come the fire...” *Correlated risks re-re-revisited: worse than I'd thought* – Eric Crampton, OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR “In an attempt to convince Aucklanders that Len Brown should be re-elected for a third term and ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera*: *Can anyone stop the killing in Syria?* As the last five years have shown us, the bloodier the change, the worse the outcome. Perhaps I should have seen it coming. I didn't. I was dumbstruck. To explain the effects of psychological violence on Syrians, a Syrian scholar gave us an example during the "Conference on Violence and Politics in Contemporary Arab Societies". It's a "personal anecdote" he said, as he moved closer to the microphone. "When I told my sister that she must find a way to escape, she said she wouldn't/couldn't move an inch after the... more »

Foreign Policy in the Second GOP Presidential Candidate Debate

Seth Weinberger at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
Last night was the second debate between the GOP presidential candidates. So, as I did with the first one, let’s take a look back at the foreign policy aspects, shall we? I’ll be working off of the debate transcript published by the Washington Post. And, like last time, I won’t be considering immigration as a […]

The clock heard ’round the world

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 6 hours ago
I’m sure readers have heard about the teen who made a clock and ended up arrested. It’s stupid, right? Yeah, it’s stupid. I won’t twist myself into knots trying to make some larger educational point about STEM or what have you. I also think the racial implications are pretty obvious. This, however, does not bode […]

Back to School Night in #Ward8 DC

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 6 hours ago
I’m sure there’s more I could have done. I’ll need to reflect on it. But of the 17 children I have in my current Kindergarten class, only five of my parents or family members attended our Back to School Night. That’s about a third. I sent home several notices. The school sent notices. I shook […]

2nd GOP Debate Exposed Some Not So Conservative Positions among the Candidates

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: SIMI VALLEY, CA-SEPTEMBER. 16: Republican presidential candidates (R-L) Carly Fiorina, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush during the Republican presidential debates at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on September 16, 2015.] In the second major Republican presidential debate Wednesday, this one hosted by CNN at the Reagan Presidential library in California, many thought afterward that Carly Fiorina performed the best, with some comparing her style to Margaret Thatcher. Much of the debate action... more »

World News Briefs -- September 17, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Croatia overwhelmed by flood of migrants, EU calls summit* Amid chaotic scenes at its border with Serbia, Croatia said on Thursday it could not cope with a flood of migrants seeking a new route into the EU after Hungary kept them out by erecting a fence and using tear gas and water cannon against them. The European Union's newest member state said it may try to stop taking in migrants, just as the 28-nation bloc announced it leaders would hold an emergency summit on Sept. 23 to try to resolve the migration crisis, which has deeply divided it. More than 7,300 people en... more »

Keystrokes fromn hell

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago

A Case Study in Opportunism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
During the Labour leadership campaign, the stand-out features of Team Jeremy was its professionalism and consistency. You knew where Jez stood, love him, loathe him. He presented as - because he is - a man of principle. All through the 80s when it was *de riguer* to pose left, and into the 90s and 00s where such was a barrier to career advancement and media coverage, Jeremy has stood steadfast to his views. He was a signpost while all about him were weathervanes, as Tony Benn would have put it. Consider then the case of Cllr Alan Dutton, the City Independents' newest recruit from ... more »

Mother of Exiles

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
For a whole list of reasons, Emma Lazarus’s famous sonnet on *The New Colossus* is now in urgent need of rewriting … Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your hud... more »

How To Find Out If The NSA And GCHQ Spied On You

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Image from Mother Jones *Kim Zetter, Wired*:* Now You Can Find Out if the NSA and GCHQ Spied on You* YOU JUST KNOW in your bones that the NSA spied on you and shared that data with Britain’s GCHQ spy agency, right? So how can you confirm this? Through a new online tool offered by the British civil liberties group Privacy International. Thanks to a legal victory Privacy International obtained earlier this year, the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal is now required to search through data the GCHQ obtained from the NSA for information collected on anyone in the world if that person ... more »


Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

i xcan hope it last forever

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
iOn the downside read and pray

Israeli Made Weapons Seized In Syria - Even More Proof Of Exactly Who Is Arming The Fraud "Terrorists" In Syria

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
I have said for years now that the entire "war on terror" and "terrorism" itself are nothing but frauds... The whole point of the Jew spew media throwing "terrorism" in everyone's faces should be clear... It is done for the sole purpose of using the psychological effect of fear on people to both get those "scared" of the "big bad terrorists" to support their own governments stripping them of their personal freedoms for the illusion of security from these fraud terrorists and of course to get people to blindly support their criminal governments when those said governments go to war a... more »

Papaya Leaf Juice: A Remedy For Dengue Fever

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
For more information: *http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Health/papaya-leaf-juice-will-cure-dengue-fever-facts-analysis.html*

Britain's Spy Chief Wants More Powers To Fight terrorism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *UK spy chief calls for more powers to fight terrorism threat* * UK spies need more powers over communications, MI5 chief * Shares FBI director's fears of suspects "going dark" * UK due to bring in new laws later this year * Syrian migrants not a "main focus of threat" (Adds uk internet industry response) LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Britain's security agencies need greater powers to deal with a growing terrorism threat and the advanced technology being used by militants, the head of the country's domestic spy service said on Thursday in the first live media interview by a... more »

What David Brock Does... Sliming Bernie Sanders On Behalf Of The Clinton Machine

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
David Brock has been causing a stir recently because he runs a Clinton SuperPAC, Correct the Record, that tried to smear Bernie Sanders, linking him, ineffectively, to Hugo Chavez and U.K. progressive hero Jeremy Corbyn. His SuperPAC's mandate-- financed from within the bowels of the Clinton machine itself-- was supposedly a defensive operation, and in fact has been trying, also ineffectively, to defend Hillary from the slander and innuendo the *NY Times* has been heaping on her in regard to the trumped-up e-mail non-scandal. The e-mail Brock sent out to journalists Monday denigra... more »

McCain to Mabus: Why Bother Having a Study on Combat Gender Integration if You’re Going to Ignore the Results?

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: McCain to Mabus: Why Bother Having a Study on Combat Gender Integration if You’re Going to Ignore the Results?] GOP Sen. John McCain stated Wednesday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus spoke a little too soon on opening up all combat roles to women, given that Congress hasn't even had the chance to a hold a hearing on the results... more »

Nationalist (Fascist) Forces Gaining Strength in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Stephen Cohen: Ukraine Situation More Dangerous Than Middle East. It pits the two nuclear powers against each other much more directly than Syria.

Satire: “Fact Checking Reveals G.O.P. Debate Was Four Per Cent Fact”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Fact Checking Reveals G.O.P. Debate Was Four Per Cent Fact”* by Andy Borowitz SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (The Borowitz Report) – “A thorough fact checking reveals that Wednesday night’s Republican Presidential debate was four per cent fact, fact checkers reported Thursday morning. According to HonestyWatch, a Minnesota-based fact-checking organization, over the course of three hours the Republican candidates served up between eight and twelve facts, not including their names and job descriptions. While few of the facts that were dispensed during the debate related to policy matters,... more »

Bernie Sanders Has an Inconvenient Message for the Democratic Party

National Review/Stephen Miller at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Bernie Sanders Has an Inconvenient Message for the Democratic Party] Currently, there is a 2016 presidential candidate barnstorming his way across the country to hyped-up, adoring crowds while caterwauling about the establishment failures of the ruling political class, claiming to be the candidate of the people and the only one... Continue reading *“Bernie Sanders Has an Inconvenient Message for the Democratic Party”* at *nationalreview.com*.

EU Migration Crisis News Updates -- September 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** Now Croatian riot police are sent to deal with migrants after 9,000 arrive in the country, as Hungary faces condemnation for using tear gas to disperse crowds at its border* * Croatia is the new route of choice for western Europe-bound refugees after Hungary sealed its Serbian border * Some 5,650 refugees have entered the EU member state via its eastern border with Serbia over the past 24 hours * Interior minister has warned Croatia will close the border if another 8,000 people arrive in just one day * Yesterday heavy-handed Hungarian riot police fired tear gas and w... more »

STUDY: Liberals Swear More on Social Media Than Conservatives

The Telegraph at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: STUDY: Liberals Swear More on Social Media Than Conservatives] Left-wingers are more likely to use swear words on social media than their right-leaning counterparts, a study of thousands of Twitter accounts has suggested. While conservative-leaning individuals are, perhaps unsuprisingly, more likely to use religious terms such as “God” and... Continue reading *“STUDY: Liberals Swear More on Social Media Than Conservatives”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.

Jesus Gives Us What We Actually Need, Not What We Think We Need

Christian Today at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Jesus Gives Us What We Actually Need, Not What We Think We Need] We live in a rural part of southern England and many of the fields near us are full of sheep. One day earlier this year we found three lost-looking sheep wandering aimlessly across the back lawn. The hens we keep... Continue reading *“Jesus Gives Us What We Actually Need, Not What We Think We Need”* at *christiantoday.com*.

How is Pope Francis Influencing the 2016 Campaign?

The Star-Ledger at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: How is Pope Francis Influencing the 2016 Campaign?] As preparations continue for Pope Francis’ arrival to the U.S later this month, which will include an historic address to Congress, the question is not just how his visit to the U.S. might affect the presidential race, but how much,... Continue reading *“How is Pope Francis Influencing the 2016 Campaign?”* at *nj.com*.

Vatican Wants U.S. to End Economic Embargo of Cuba

AP/NICOLE WINFIELD at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Vatican Wants U.S. to End Economic Embargo of Cuba] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican is hoping the recent restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will soon translate into an end of the U.S. economic embargo on the island. On the eve of Pope Francis’... more »

How Have our Heroes Changed?

Acculturated/Mark Tapson at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: How Have our Heroes Changed?] The fourteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this past Friday was a somber reminder to Americans of the first responders and their heroic sacrifice on that terrible morning. Three hundred and forty-three firefighters perished that day, as well as sixty... Continue reading *“How Have our Heroes Changed?”* at *acculturated.com*.

The Rise of the Manic Pixie Dream Boy

The Federalist/Bre Payton at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: The Rise Of The Manic Pixie Dream Boy] Ladies beware: Manic Pixie Dream Boys are real, and they're growing in numbers. You know the type: He's commitment-shy, wears a backpack, but doesn't carry a cell phone. He's fueled by wanderlust and is constantly jumping from adventure to adventure. He... Continue reading *“The Rise of the Manic Pixie Dream Boy”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Supplemental: Tapper and Bash let the good times roll!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015Few shaky claims left behind:* Among other qualifications for greatness, Carly Fiorina seems to have a rich imagination. We were puzzled when she said this during last night’s debate: FIORINA (9/16/15): As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, *I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes, watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.* This is about the character of our nation and if we will not stand up and force P... more »

TEPCO Unloading Radioactive Waste

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
It appears that TEPCO unloaded fuel or some other debris yesterday. Screenshots from today here as well: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyjcabmmy7n687j/Sep%2017%20and%2018%202015%20.pdf?dl=0

MI5 boss warns of technology terror risk per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Unsurprisingly this BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34276525 manages to minimise any references to Islam or Muslims. And then there's this passage near the top of the report. 'Meanwhile, a highly critical report from David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, warns forthcoming separate legislation to ban extremism could provoke a damaging backlash in Muslim communities. The lawyer said in his annual report that if the new laws were too widely drawn, they could play into the hands of people trying to encourage extremism and terrorism.' Why would ... more »

Ukraine Bans A Number Of International Journalists Citing 'Threats To National Security'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Ukraine bans journalists who 'threaten national interests' from country* BBC correspondents Steve Rosenberg and Emma Wells among those sanctioned by president, along with Russian state media channels Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has banned two BBC correspondents from Ukraine along with many Russian journalists and public figures. The long-serving BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg and producer Emma Wells have been barred from entering the country, according to a list published on the presidential website on Wednesday. The decree says those listed were... more »

Hearings Begin in Bowe Bergdahl Case

AP/JUAN A. LOZANO at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Hearings Begin in Bowe Bergdahl Case] SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s commanding officer when the Idaho native vanished from his post in Afghanistan six years ago testified Thursday that he thought his soldiers were playing a joke on him when they told him... more »

Why the Poor Should Be Able to Scalp Their Tickets to See Pope Francis

Acton Institute/Joe Carter at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Why the Poor Should Be Able to Scalp Their Tickets to See Pope Francis] Last week, 80,000 residents of New York got a free gift: a ticket to see Pope Francis's procession through Central Park on September 25. Not surprisingly, soon after the tickets started showing up for sale on websites like eBay and... Continue reading *“Why the Poor Should Be Able to Scalp Their Tickets to See Pope Francis”* at *blog.acton.org*.

Ushering in a Golden Age of Medicine

City Journal/Tom Coburn at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Ushering in a Golden Age of Medicine] On July 10, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which contains many provisions designed to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of precision medicines. The goal of precision medicine is to get the right medicine to... Continue reading *“Ushering in a Golden Age of Medicine”* at *city-journal.org*.

Vet Group That Hosted Trump Speech Had Its Nonprofit Status Revoked by the IRS

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Vet Group That Hosted Trump Speech Had Its Nonprofit Status Revoked by the IRS] Veterans for a Strong America, a nonprofit veterans organization, which just hosted a speech by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on board a battleship Tuesday, has had its charitable status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service. The reason? The IRS... more »

Bills to Loosen Decades-Old Limits on Japan’s Military Provoke Scuffling in Japanese Parliament

The New York Times at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Military Bills Provoke Scuffling in Japanese Parliament] Legislators scuffled in the Japanese parliament house as Japan's governing coalition moved to secure final passage of contentious military bill. The package of 11 bills was still tied up in Parliament's upper house late Thursday night, past an initial deadline... Continue reading *“Bills to Loosen Decades-Old Limits on Japan’s Military Provoke Scuffling in Japanese Parliament”* at *nytimes.com*.

Ratings: 22.9 Million Watched 2nd GOP Debate on CNN, Biggest CNN Audience Ever

AP at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump-900] NEW YORK (AP) -- An estimated 22.9 million people tuned in for Wednesday’s second presidential primary debate on CNN. The Nielsen company said the viewership fell short of Fox News Channel’s 24 million for the first debate in August, but...more »

Federal Reserve: No Hike in Key Interest Rate

AP/MARTIN CRUTSINGER at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee at the Fed June 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. The FOMC, the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, decided to hold interest rates at zero and gave no information about when it might raise rates for the first time in nine years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation a... more »


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Remember elementary math? Any number times zero is... well, still zero.


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 9 hours ago
*Living my dream as a high altitude interceptor* *Having the courage to live my dreams started with becoming a Navy supersonic carrier pilot and then eventually surrendering to love, facing my deepest fears and falling through a black hole of despair and unworthiness to a place of timeless love, joy, intention, purpose as well as the growing awareness of a great truth, the **Unified Field,* *which I was destined to prove, share and then live and share in my work as a spiritual counselor and consultant: Allen L Roland, PhD* *Living your truth ~ **“Now I ... more »

Will The Obama Administration Hold Discussions With Russia On Military Activities In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Weighs Talks With Russia on Military Activity in Syria* Pentagon leaders grilled over strategy to deal with regime of Bashar al-Assad. WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is considering discussions with Russia on military activities Syria in what would mark a shift in approach as U.S. policy comes under growing criticism at home. Moscow proposed the talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after U.S. officials voiced concerns this week about a new Russian buildup of military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In a scorching atta... more »

Obama Praises France Train Heroes at White House

AP/NANCY BENAC at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Obama and Train Heroes-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- This time, they suited up. The three young Americans who thwarted a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train last month got their moment in the Oval Office on Thursday -- and they dressed for it. President Barack...more »

The Public Case Against Human Cloning

The Witherspoon Institute at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: cloning - 400] A new report from the Witherspoon Council on Ethics and the Integrity of Science forcefully makes the case against all forms of human cloning. Below is an excerpt from the report on the moral case against cloning-to-produce-children and cloning-for-biomedical research.... Continue reading *“The Public Case Against Human Cloning”* at *thepublicdiscourse.com*.

Right Channel Not responding and I have to assume its out of control

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Humans are really bi bi bi ological two eyes two ears two extrection holes and when one goes down the whole plan is under attack and that today is my battle thats a fact Sadly nothing about me that a trip to the doctor paid for could fix no my beloved NAD 3020 has lost the right channel although it makes some moans from time to time I think its done that what you get for depending upon a product bought in 1971 when will capitalism give us stuff that lasts?

Newly Released Secret Footage Exposes More Shocking Cruelty to Chickens

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - This is the latest secret video exposing the horrors of factory animal farming. The post Newly Released Secret Footage Exposes More Shocking Cruelty to Chickens appeared first on Waking Times.

A Look at Moscow

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Sharon Tennison of Center for Citizen Initiatives writes about their recent delegation to Russia: Dear Friends, Our 25 YouTubes are now ready. This first Youtube shows Moscow where we landed. It spans our first nine actual hours on ground, during which over two hours of video was shot––and the footage has been reduced to this 13-minute impression of Russia's largest city. Mel Van Dusen, our pro bono videographer, was seeing Russia for the first time. He is the editor and voiceover for the series (with a little assistance from me). In the video Mel's refers to our "bus" and o... more »

Hillary Clinton Pivoting to the Center?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*From Thom Hartmann's *The Big Picture*. Cued to show the first seven minutes. Note the caption under the Politics Panel discussion: "MSNBC disses Bernie. Coulter praises." This is an interesting segment, one that echoes what we've been writing here.* *by Gaius Publius* I don't want to analyze this report yet, of Clinton's apparent pivot to the "center," but it seems like news and it seems important. So I'm passing it on for you to digest. That recent David Brock and Correct the Record PAC email attack on Bernie Sanders as a "socialist"? It wasn't a one-off but, according to Jonat... more »

Is The U.S. Sending Too Much Military Equipment To The Afghan Forces?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Armoured vehicles outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. Reuters *Washington Post:* *Watchdog concerned the U.S. is sending too much equipment to Afghan forces* A government watchdog agency is concerned that the Pentagon is buying and sending an inordinate amount of weapons and equipment to Afghan Security forces, according a letter sent Thursday to Gen. John F. Campbell, the commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The letter, sent by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, takes issue with the number of Humvees purchased ($166 million worth for... more »

Air Force Admits That The F-35 Can’t Fight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Darin Russell via USAF *David Axe, Daily Beast:* *Air Force Admits: Our New Stealth Fighter Can’t Fight* The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to replace almost 90 percent of America’s tactical aviation fleet. Too bad it ‘wasn’t optimized for dogfighting,’ according to the Air Force. The U.S. Air Force has finally admitted that its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter isn’t maneuverable enough to beat older jets in a dogfight. But despite its earlier promises that the pricey, radar-evading warplane would excel in close combat, now the flying branch insists that the stealthy F-35 doe... more »

F-22s And A-10s Flying In Formation (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* A short but cool video.

The Wartime Chocolate Bar You Don’t Want to Eat

Now I Know at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Hershey's - 470] A typical Hershey's chocolate bar, pictured above, is 210 calories -- and mostly empty ones at that. Hershey bars are a treat, no doubt about it, and few people if any would think otherwise. And if you were an American... Continue reading *“The Wartime Chocolate Bar You Don’t Want to Eat”* at *nowiknow.com*.

Benedict Nguyen: We’re Heading for ‘Catholic Divorces’

Catholic Herald at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Marriage 3 - 400] Pope Francis's apostolic letter Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, released last week, proposes major changes to the way the Church issues declarations of matrimonial nullity. Many respected canon lawyers and commentators are expressing grave concerns about the text as they study... Continue reading *“Benedict Nguyen: We’re Heading for ‘Catholic Divorces’”* at *catholicherald.co.uk*.

Relentless Battle for California Firefighters

Yahoo News at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: california firefighters] For two days straight, Ron Earls and his team of California firefighters battled a monster blaze this week that spread out of control in a small town. “We were out here for almost 50 hours,” Earls told AFP, standing amid... Continue reading *“Relentless Battle for California Firefighters”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

FFWN: We're not locked up in Wal-Mart: Jim owes me lunch!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 11 hours ago
The final story on today's False Flag Weekly News is an unusually important one. Co-host Jim Fetzer, who believed Jade Helm was a plot to impose Wal-martial law on the USA, promised last spring to buy me and my family lunch if we were not all locked up in Wal-Mart by mid-September. It's mid-September, Jim...and I'm getting hungry! *PSAs* 1) Covert Harassment Conference interviews: Jim interviews Peter Mooring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDcRcTVWI9k 2) Kevin interviews Peter Mooring: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/09/16/harassment/ 3) Petition to arrest Netanyahu when h... more »

PROFESSORS AND EXPERTS AND JOURNOS: What kind of “expert” reasons this way?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015Part 4—Truly horrific work:* Are seniors in American high schools doing less well in math? In theory, it’s an important question. In practice, it’s clear that nobody cares. For various reasons, it can also be a tricky question—a difficult question to answer. Are seniors doing less well in math? In theory, the question’s important. For that reason, we’ve spent several days trying to puzzle it out—more days than we had planned. It’s also important to understand something else. It’s important to understand the way such questions get churned at our bigge... more »

The Economy: "A Sneak Peek at Janet Yellen’s Press Statement"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"A Sneak Peek at Janet Yellen’s Press Statement"* by Bill Bonner GUALFIN, Argentina – "It was a rough night for Janet Yellen. The immensity of the responsibility she shoulders tormented her. And today is the big day. At 2 p.m. Eastern Time, the world turns its eyes and ears to the Fed’s Open Market Committee, Janet Yellen presiding. She can’t duck. She can’t go dumb. She has to take center stage and do her shtick. Bloomberg: "The FOMC will weigh the impact on the U.S. outlook from slowing growth overseas and falling stock prices, as committee members determine whether to end almost... more »

Top U.S. Air Force General In Europe Wants An F-22 Airbase

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(Photo: Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Air Force) *Defense News:* *USAFE Chief Calls For An F-22 Base In Europe* NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — In light of Russia’s recent aggressive action in Europe, the commander of US Air Forces Europe is calling for a rotational F-22 Raptor base in the region. The Air Force last month deployed four F-22s to Europe for the first time ever as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, a Pentagon effort to soothe anxiety among European allies facing a resurgent Russia. The move may be the first step in establishing a rotational base for the fifth-generat... more »

Coup In Burkina Faso -- News Updates September 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *Burkina Military Confirms Coup, Names Leader* Burkina Faso's military says it has seized power in the West African country and named a general to lead a new ruling authority. Brigadier General Gilbert Diendere will lead what the military is calling the "National Council for Democracy." Diendere is a longtime ally of former president Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in a popular uprising last year. A soldier appearing on state television Thursday announced the government had been dissolved and said interim President Michel Kafando has been stripped of his powers... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
DENICE wrote: How are you? I was feeling really bad today headache, etc, went back to bed and had two huge surges of energy much like that experience on Aug 24. My hands are tingling, my feet feel lighter, and I feel wonderful except for a headache in my crown. [11:56:39 AM | Edited 12:00:39 PM] *ALL IMPLANTS ARE STILL IN PLACE. NONE ARE FUNCTIONAL. ALL IMPLANTS WILL BE REMOVED WITH THE SURGE OF ENERGY OF THE INCOMING WAVE FROM THE HEART OF SOURCE. * *THIS WAVE REGISTERS MUCH LARGER THAN THE FIRST. * *THIS WAVE INCLUDES THE FREQUENCY OF THE RECENTLY DISCOVERED LOVEJOY. END.*... more »

World News Briefs -- September 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Military Stages Coup in Burkina Faso* OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Military officers overthrew the government of Burkina Faso on Thursday, plunging the West African country into chaos. The coup was apparently led by allies of the country’s longtime ruler, who was toppled in October. Gen. Gilbert Diendéré took control of the country, according to a military spokesman. General Diendéré is a close ally of the former president, Blaise Compaoré, who was in power for 27 years until last fall. The crisis began Wednesday evening when members of the Presidential Security... more »

It is for FREEDOM Christ Set Us Free

James Robison at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Freedom - 900] James Robison -- As Christians we know that Christ sets us free, but it's worth asking and remembering why he sets us free. The apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:1, in words deceptively simple but profound: "It is for... more »

Russell Moore: Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?

The New York Times at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump6 - 400] In 2006, the television comedy "The Office" aired an episode in which one of the characters, Dwight Schrute, nervously faces the prospect of delivering a speech after winning the title of top salesman of the year for his company, Dunder... Continue reading *“Russell Moore: Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?”* at *nytimes.com*.

The Economy: "The Hype Surrounding Today's Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decision is Way Overblown"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The Hype Surrounding Today's Federal Reserve * *Interest Rate Decision is Way Overblown"* by smartknowledgeu "Today the Federal Reserve will meet and announce at 2PM NY time whether or not they are hiking rates. The fact that there is so much mainstream media attention being placed on this announcement as one that could tank the US stock markets if they announce a rate hike versus cause it to soar if they announce further delays is absurd if one pauses for a rational second to consider the following. The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates to 0.00% to 0.25% on 16 December 2008, ... more »

How Do We Awaken?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
How do we awaken compassion morality integrity truth courage solidarity in ourselves and others? How do we learn to feel again after a life that teaches us to deaden our hearts, our soul?

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 17, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia - military source* The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support to Damascus that is alarming the United States. The source described the weapons as highly accurate and effective. The army had started using them in recent weeks having been trained in their use in Syria in recent months, the source said. "New weapons are being delivered, and new types of weapons. The S... more »

Change abounds . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
MANY CHANGES — some good, some bad — are headed our way. Hopefully an end to our political CONstipation will be one of 'em, especially if folks who think nationally will act locally. Even the Canadian Mint is getting into the act. "VOTE FOR OUR 2017 POCKET CHANGE" is a new promotion, inviting us to "Celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary with pocket change designed by Canadians and chosen by

Carly Fiorina Cleans Up at the Big Kids’ Table

Hot Air/Mary Katharine Ham at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 05: Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina is interviewed by Sirius XM Patriot host David Webb during the Republican National Committee Summer Meeting at the Renaissance Hotel August 5, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Fiorina is in Cleveland ahead of Thursday's GOP presidential debate, the first of the 2016 election cycle. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] Carly Fiorina, who almost didn't make the stage tonight but for a last-minute uproar and change in CNN's formula, certainly proved she deserved to be there. Much of the post-debate buzz has ... more »

Lizards aren’t getting hotter faster than the planet after all, says retraction

Ross Keith at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A paper that raised alarms by suggesting lizards were warming even faster than the planet has been retracted after the authors employed the wrong method to measure temperatures. Some scientists thought that, because of the way lizards retain heat to regulate their cold-blooded bodies, they might be more sensitive to temperature changes. Well, not in this case. […] The post Lizards aren’t getting hotter faster than the planet after all, says retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

FOOC. 60th Anniversary Special

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
A fascinating programme that followed the Today programme this morning was the FOOC Anniversary Special. We heard some familiar voices, and there were several interesting contributions. I thought Lyse Doucet came across rather well. She always takes the trouble to consider criticisms of her reporting, or at least she tends not to dismiss them out of hand as some of her colleagues do. One thing I would mention was Lyse’s assertion that foreign correspondents get to know the people who live in the countries they’re reporting from, so that they can properly show and genuinely pre... more »

Syria & the Kurds: Exodus alters demographics/Assad: No deal with Kurds

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
The* Kurds.* Of course the situation with the Kurds is not now, nor has it ever been, as simplistic as the lying media has presented. Long term readers here are aware that I have presented the case for the Kurdish militias being associated with NATO. * Both PKK and YPG.* *As is ISIS.* And that, indeed there is a symbiotic relationship between the two groups. In Syria and in Turkey. *I have also proposed that the NATO created Kurdistan will be an extension of Israeli territory* I have covered a number of times how the Kurdish militias abuse their own kin. Readers here have read the n... more »

Naughty Boy

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Mishal Husain had her schoolteacher’s voice on again while interrogating His Excellency Mr Péter Szabadhegy, the Hungarian Ambassador to the UK. “What do you say to the accusation that your country is breaking the Geneva convention?” she said, accusingly. He said: “200,000 migrants have crossed Hungary’s borders exceeding the population of our second largest city.” Mishal was unsympathetic, and started making those impatient noises. The thrust of her interview, and she is not alone in this type of thrusting, was that all immigrants are the same. “Am I right in understanding that yo... more »

Fiorina Looks to Capitalize on Another Strong Debate

AP/Bill Barrow & Lisa Lerer at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina take part in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina finds herself in a position to build on a strong debate performance for the second time in six weeks, enjoying rave reviews for demonstrating a command of policy details, while also taking... more »

6 Military Jokes Troops Have Heard A Million Times

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Audience reaction to the Bob Hope show at Seoul, Korea. October 23, 1950. Capt. Bloomquist. (Army) Photo: National Archives *We Are The Mighty:* *6 Military Jokes Troops Have Heard a Million Times* Military members have their own inside humor that is often dark and quite hilarious. Then there are the cliche jokes that troops hear all the time. Often interchangeable (substitute an Air Force guy for an Army guy and it’s the same) and heard by your crusty old staff NCO, these jokes aren’t going away anytime soon. These are the jokes we’ve all heard a million times.

Market Values: Why Local Human Rights Work Needs Global Funding?

Wendy Wong at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
As IR scholars thinking about the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in shaping international norms, we rarely think to ask those doing the work on the ground what they think (this author is guilty as charged). Plenty of work has gone into researching how others NGOs think of one another (Murdie and Davis, Hadden) and […]

Bottom’s Up: Exploring the Resource Mobilization of Local Human Rights Organizations

Maryam Z. Deloffre at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
James Ron, Archana Pandya, and David Crow’s article investigates the resource mobilization of local human rights organizations (LHROs) in India, Mexico, Morocco and Nigeria. Having theorized the transnational networks, strategies, politics and influence of NGOs, Ron, Pandya and Crow now turn the attention of international relations scholars to the local contexts in which NGOs work. […]

Is The U.S. Army At The 'Breaking Point'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Image Credit: flick/U.S. Army *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat*:* Is the US Army Near a Breaking Point?* According to a senior Pentagon official, this very well may be the case in the near future given sequestration. Joining a chorus of senior Pentagon officials and military officers, acting Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson warned in an interview with Stars and Stripes that the U.S. Army – the world’s deadliest conventional fighting force – will be near breaking point if automatic sequestration, set to begin in October, takes place. The U.S. Army could be cut... more »

David and Goliath

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Video from two days ago when two Aegis destroyers (outfitted with 'missile defense' interceptors aimed at China) unexpectedly first came to the new Navy base on Jeju Island, South Korea. Village protesters on kayaks went on the sea to confront the warship. While these were South Korean Navy vessels the hi-tech systems on-board are 'interoperable' with the US military space technology system. This means that the South Korean Navy runs their weapons systems thru the US space warfare control program giving the Pentagon ultimate control. Because of the enormous cost of the Pentagon... more »

Robots: a Play in One Brief Act

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - In the future when robots have taken over, will the human spirit find a way to survive? The post Robots: a Play in One Brief Act appeared first on Waking Times.

Security Stable For Last Month In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The security situation in Iraq has remained stable for the last month. There have been around the same number of attacks and casualties since early August 2015. Incidents leveled off several months ago, but it has only been recently that casualties declined as well. Musings On Iraq counted 144 attacks in Iraq from September 8-14. That was only a little bit higher than the previous weeks which saw 139 incidents from September 1-7, 136 August 22-28, 135 August 15-21, and 132 August 8-14. The numbers have been going up each week, but only slightly. There were a reported 368 deaths ... more »

Property Owners Next Door To Area 51 Are Facing A Deadline To Sell (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*News.com.au:* *US air force threatens to destroy property next door to Area 51 after owners refuse to sell* THEY’VE been bombed, shot at, and intimidated for 60 years. But the Sheahans don’t want to give up their land to the “neighbours from hell.” The family own the 400 acre Groom Mine, which overlooks Area 51, one of America’s most closely guarded military secrets and a mecca for UFO spotters and conspiracy theorists from all over the world. Located in the Nevada Desert, the military base officially known as “The Nevada Test and Training Range” borders on the Sheahan’s property... more »

Are U.S. Bases Overseas Doing Us More Harm Than Good?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) Located: The U.S. has military bases around the world, as depicted in this graphic. Daily Mail *David Vine, The Nation:* *The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History* *And it’s doing us more harm than good.* With the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US troops still encircle the globe. Although few know it, the United States garrisons the plane... more »

Hugh Grady and Thorne Dreyer : METRO | Remembering David MacBryde, philosopher, activist, and friend

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 14 hours ago
A sweet man of peace, The Rag Blog’s David MacBryde passed away in Berlin, Wednesday, September 9. AUSTIN — I lost a dear friend last Wednesday and The Rag Blog lost its “man in Berlin.” David MacBryde, a warm and … finish reading Hugh Grady and Thorne Dreyer : *METRO* | Remembering David MacBryde, philosopher, activist, and friend

The Papal Playlist

Jonathan Lewis at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: His Holiness Pope Francis listen to President Benigno S. Aquino III as he delivers his message during the General Audience of senior Government Officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the Republic of the Philippines on Friday (January 16, 2015)] As the visit of Pope Francis to the United States fast approaches, here are five songs that are inspired by the advice we can expect to hear from him, and can encourage us to live better lives long after he leaves.... more »

The Rise of the New Socialists

Acton Institute/Joe Carter at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: socialists] For the most part, the New Socialists aren't calling for the nationalization of industries (except maybe health care). They are content with allowing the capitalists to create the wealth as long as they get to decide how it is redistributed.... Continue reading *“The Rise of the New Socialists”* at *blog.acton.org*.

Cartoon: ‘Lies They Tell’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ramirez - Nuclear weapons - 900]

Should The U.S. Build More F-22s?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Image: Flickr/Creative Commons License. National Interest: *A Solution to America's F-35 Nightmare: Why Not Build More F-22s* America’s F-35 clearly has its share of problems. Such challenges only compound the U.S. Air Force’s real dilemma: not having enough dedicated air superiority fighters as potential competitors like Russia and China beef up their own capabilities. The problem stems from the fact that the Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fleet was terminated after only 187 aircraft were built–less than half of the 381 jets the service needed as a bare minimum. Speakin... more »

Occupy Turns Four

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
To mark the occasion of the Occupy Wall Street movement's fourth birthday, various #TakeBackOurCommunity and "days of action" against racism, gentrification and police brutality are being held throughout the city and country today. A 5 p.m. rally is planned at New York City's Zuccotti Park, site of the original OWS encampment. Despite the rumors mongered by the corporate press of its utter demise, and despite an orchestrated national crackdown on the camps in the fall of 2011, the Occupy movement is alive and well in its various offshoots, such as Occupy Our Homes and Occupy Sandy ... more »

The tewwowist thweat and MI5

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
When I used to write for Biased-BBC around 2009 - 2012 we would sometimes get comments mocking our fear of terrorists, which they would spell ‘tewwowists’ to emphasize their contempt for us and imply that we were scaremongering for our own dark political purposes. Today the threat level is rated severe. The live interview with Andrew Parker, Head of MI5 on the Today programme was described as unprecedented. It was a valuable item and a good editorial decision to include it. Mishal Husain began her questioning gently, but soon her stern schoolteacher’s voice appeared. Andrew Parker... more »

Will Moderator Jake Tapper’s Agenda at Last Night’s GOP Debate Backfire?

Powerline at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: CNN Republican Debate - 400] Last night's prime time debate among the Republican candidates at the Reagan Library made one thing point clear to me. I thought one big loser emerged. I thought the loser was Jake Tapper (and CNN). The current arrangement for debates... Continue reading *“Will Moderator Jake Tapper’s Agenda at Last Night’s GOP Debate Backfire?”* at *powerlineblog.com*.

Erratum for economics paper after authors “failed to cite some very relevant recent papers”

Ross Keith at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The authors of a paper that examined the best way to inspire creativity in the workplace have issued an erratum after they “failed to cite some very relevant recent papers in experimental economics.” The paper, “Incentives for creativity,” was published by Experimental Economics only a few months ago — in May — by two researchers from the […] The post Erratum for economics paper after authors “failed to cite some very relevant recent papers” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Has Proposed Their Replacement For The U-2 Spy Plane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Lockheed's notional "TR-X" concept. Lockheed Martin Skunk Works *Flight Global*:* Lockheed Skunk Works' next-generation U-2 morphs into 'TR-X'* Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ proposal for a next-generation, optionally-manned U-2 surveillance aircraft has morphed into more of a tactical reconnaissance aircraft dubbed “TR-X”. The designation is both a throwback to the U-2’s TR-1 designation in the 1980s but also symbolises a change in thinking that could drive the design to be more of an affordable peace and wartime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) workhorse than a ... more »

Chinese Government Is Building A 'Facebook' Database Of All U.S. Employees

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News: **China reportedly compiling 'Facebook' of U.S. government employees* A private industry IT security firm tells Fox News that personal data stolen over the span of several high-profile U.S. cyber breaches is being indexed by China's intelligence service into a massive Facebook-like network. According to CrowdStrike founder Dmitri Alperovitch, Chinese hackers are using information gained from the breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as intrusions into the Anthem and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health ... more »

Saudi King Seeks ‘Urgent’ UN Action on Jerusalem Mosque Compound

Yahoo News at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem mosque compound_400] Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi King Salman has appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council for “urgent measures” after clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, state media reported. Salman “expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli... Continue reading *“Saudi King Seeks ‘Urgent’ UN Action on Jerusalem Mosque Compound”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

No, Fiorina Didn't Win Last Night's Debate, Despite What The Villagers Wanted And What They're Saying Today

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Going into last night's CNN debate, Trump certainly had a target on his back-- and he knew it. Last night and this morning the TV gasbags and clueless pundits all declared Fiorina the winner. But debate viewers didn't agree, not even close. She came in a very distant second to Trump in the Drudge post-debate poll. Trump was deemed the winner by 58.3%, with Fiorina at 15.9%, Cruz at 5.9%... all the way to Walker and Huckabee at less than 1%. The *Time* survey showed Trump with 64%, followed by Fiorina with 15%, Rubio with 5%, Carson and Paul with 4%, Jeb with 3%, Cruz, Christie and ... more »

Declining U.S. Public Support For The Iranian Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington August 5, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST *Peyton M. Craighill, Washington Post*: *Obama’s Iran deal will pass Congress, but it keeps losing public support* American opinions continue to erode when it comes to the Iran nuclear deal. A bare 51 percent majority supports the agreement and 41 percent oppose it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Opinions have moved from a 2-to-1 margin in support in March (59-31 support-oppose) before the final agreement was negotia... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Alice Dreger and the policing of academic thought* *Misguided feminists are dictating what academics may publish* The latest brouhaha to come out of Northwestern University, the Illinois institution beset by censorship scandals, is one that has seen Alice Dreger, a renowned professor of medical humanities and bioethics, resign over a controversial journal she edited. It’s a skirmish indicative of the underlife many academics feel confined to these days, a state of affairs that has seen the curtailing of the combustible and imperfect forces that drive innovation in the sciences, te... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Now for the Warmist mosquito scare* *I was born and bred in the tropics, where mosquitoes sometimes seem so numerous that you almost expect them to pick you up and fly off with you. And, you know what? There are a lot of animals in the tropic too. Yet somehow the animals survive without the benefit of mosquito nets and mosquito repellent. Fur coats help a lot, of course. Is there any reason to think that furry animals that have evolved in other mosquito-prone environments would do less well? I can't see it.And anyway, the study of local warming below was done in a period ... more »

Islamic State Says It’s behind 2 Baghdad Suicide Blasts That Killed 21

AP/SINAN SALAHEDDIN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Islamic State - 900] BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two suicide bombers targeted Iraqi police checkpoints in commercial areas in central Baghdad during rush hour Thursday, killing at least 21 people, officials said. The Islamic State group swiftly claimed responsibility for the blasts. Both attacks were... more »

Military in Burkina Faso Confirms Coup, Dissolves Government

AP/BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGO at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Burkina Faso military coup_900] OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso’s military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup has taken place just weeks before elections.... more »

PK Subban's Wonderful Remark

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
PK Subban just UBERED charitable contributions for pro athlete's. Historically pro athletes have been major philanthropy heroes. PK is now a general disruptor in this regard. Cold hard out of the pocket cash is way different from lending time and fame to an effort. PK has changed the world. The man is only 26 years old and he decides to give away $10 million dollars to Montreal's Children's Hospital. After taxes that's essentially two years salary. What a beautiful human what a wonderful remark.

PK Subban's Wonderful Remark

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
PK Subban just UBERED charitable contributions for pro athlete's. Historically pro athletes have been major philanthropy heroes. PK is now a general disruptor in this regard. Cold hard out of the pocket cash is way different from lending time and fame to an effort. PK has changed the world. The man is only 26 years old and he decides to give away $10 million dollars to Montreal's Children's Hospital. After taxes that's essentially two years salary. What a beautiful human what a wonderful remark.

De Bait Nite: The Hangover

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
If you want a blow-by-blow account of last night's GOP whatever-it-was, you have come to the wrong place. Yes, I kept the TV tuned in to all five-plus hours of it, even the Pee Wee wrestling match intro featuring canned survival food-seller Rick Santorum and a few others whose names escape me at the moment. But I took readers' advice and read a book about how we can't afford rich people at the same time as I semi-watched the debate. I also played a few games of *Bejewelled* on the iPad and mentally interposed the exploding gems with the heads on the stage in a futile effort to sta... more »

Facts? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Facts

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.patheos.com/ When it comes to evaluating the recently announced federal surplus, it's wise to remember that Stephen Harper has been waging a decade long war on facts. Chris Turner writes: The crux of the matter is that experts, especially in technical and scientific fields, are beholden not to short-term policy goals but to verifiable facts. And Harper’s Conservatives have demonstrated time and again that they are more than happy to ignore, manipulate, even eliminate problematic facts to get what they want. This is one o...more »

Solar Update September 17, 2015

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago

Economic News , Data & Views ( September 17 , 2015 ) ...... Greece Updates ( Greece Snap election Related Items , Economic Items of the day - including Employment data , Banks / MOU related Items ) ...... Broader Europe Updates ( "Officialdom " Statements / Actions of the Day - ECB / IMF / Fed in focus today , Countries in the news - Spain , Ukraine , Switzerland / SNB and Swiss Franc ) ...... Refugee Situation - Items of note for the day !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Evening wrap..... Asia morning items..... *Pete SweeneyVerified account* ‏@petesweeneypro 6m 6 minutes ago CSI300 futures for Sept settle today. Would be dramatic, significant day if *China* still had a futures market. [image: Embedded image permalink] - *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 34m 34 minutes ago Japanese Stocks/USDJPY Plunge As China Cracks Down On Aggressive-Buying By "Sinister Stock Squads" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-1 7/japanese-stocksusdjpy-plunge-china-cracks-down-aggressive-buying-sinister-stock-squa … Europe / refugee situation...... more »

Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?

Paul Kengor at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Margaret Sanger Cropped - 900] When I write about Margaret Sanger's May 1926 speech to the women's chapter of the KKK in Silverlake, New Jersey -- as I did again recently -- liberals get upset. They accuse me of distortion and even making up the whole thing. Many of... more »

5 Things to Watch for From the Federal Reserve Today

AP/MARTIN CRUTSINGER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee at the Fed June 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. The FOMC, the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, decided to hold interest rates at zero and gave no information about when it might raise rates for the first time in nine years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- As it does once each quarter, the Federal Reserve will deliver a triple-dose of news Thursday afternoon -- a policy statement, economic forecasts... more »

Why Conservatives Object to Leadership’s Latest Tactic for Ending Planned Parenthood’s Federal Funding

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Steve Scalise_900] Conservatives are pushing back against a Republican leader's plan to use a budget tool known as reconciliation to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding. Instead, they argue that the tactic should be used to repeal Obamacare as lawmakers originally promised. In... more »

Croatia Now Latest Migrant Hotspot after Hungarian Clashes

AP/RADUL RADOVANOVIC & JOVANA GEC at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Croatia hotspot migrant crisis__1442490183_70.119.142.63] TOVARNIK, Croatia (AP) -- Thousands of people are pouring into Croatia, turning that nation into the latest hotspot in the 1,000-mile plus exodus toward Western Europe after Hungary used tear gas, batons and water cannons to keep migrants out of... more »

Lawmakers Slam EPA Chief for Not Firing Anyone after Spilling Toxic Waste

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Gina McCarthy EPA Chief_900] Republican lawmakers grilled EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy for not firing any agency employees or contractors after workers accidentally unleashed millions of gallons of toxic wastewater in a Colorado river last month. When pressed by Republican senators during a Wednesday... more »

U.S., Russia to Meet over Russia’s Military Buildup in Syria

AP/MATTHEW LEE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid increasing unease and uncertainty over Russia’s intentions, the Obama administration plans to accept an offer from Russia for direct talks on its military buildup in Syria that U.S. officials believe is aimed at propping up Syrian... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Illuminations commence

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*As usual... alway accurate Gaia Portal.... -AK* *Illuminations commence * by ÉirePort Sumerian crypts are exhumed and cleared. Conflagrations unneeded. Entrances scheduled. Light pathways have been defined. Sacred sights are noted and uplifted. Illuminations commence. ÉirePort | September 17, 2015 at 11:11 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vx

The Real Story on Tax Rates of Wall Streeters and Steelworkers

James Agresti at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Wall Street Smog - 900] During a rousing speech in Pittsburgh on Labor Day, Joe Biden said: Why in God’s name should a man or woman working in a steel mill making $50,000 a year pay a higher [tax] rate than someone who makes tens... more »

Fisherman Reels in Monster Fish off Coast of Japan Near Fukushima

The Daily Mail at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Fukushima] Visibly straining as he holds it aloft, a Japanese fisherman grimaces as he proudly displays a terrifyingly large fish caught in the waters off Japan. With a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a small child, this creature -- believed to... Continue reading *“Fisherman Reels in Monster Fish off Coast of Japan Near Fukushima”* at *dailymail.co.uk*.

8.3-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles North Chile, 1 Million Evacuate

AP/LUIS ANDRES HENAO at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Chile Earthquake Rescue Workers_900] SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A major earthquake just off the Chilean shore killed five people, forced 1 million to evacuate and shook the Earth so strongly the tremor was felt across South America. Several coastal towns were flooded from small... more »

An 100 % Vaccine Free Kid

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
Source: https://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Brown/100005310667125?fref=photo Our son, 100% vax free. We are always enhancing his immune system, rather than suppressing it with a toxic overload of chemicals in the vaccines. So many great ways to boost one's health. What are your favs?

Feds Investigate Friend of Charleston Shooting Suspect

AP/MEG KINNARD & JEFFREY COLLINS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: CHARLESTON, SC - JULY 31: People walk past Emanuel AME Church JULY 31, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Earlier in the morning, Dylann Roof, the shooter in the June 17 massacre was arraigned on 33 federal charges, including hate crimes. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)] COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Federal authorities have told a friend of the man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in a Charleston church that he’s under investigation, a step one legal expert says often serves as a warning that... more »

Pilots, Doctors and Scientists Tell the Truth About Chemtrails

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 17 hours ago
[image: OFGEOMETRY] OFGEOMETRY *Oct 1, 2014* Experts present revealing evidence of the dangerous effects of Geo-Engineering Chemtrails has had on nature and human health. Scientists, doctors, pilots, meteorologists and more share their concerns with the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in a Hearing on Chemtrails and Geoengineering from July 15, 2014 Please send this video to your local politicians and anyone you feel can make a difference.

Richard Branson

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
DICK BRANSON is a dead groovy guy. All ready famous as a pickle mogul, a music baron and a record breaker, the world's richest bearded git now moves into the world of *Giant Robot Destroying!* Yes, those wicked shape-changing Decepticon robots really meet their match when they cross dicks with Dick in issue 160 of the crap comic *Transformers*. Basically this giant robot shark is well pissed off with Dick and tries to do him but Dick's too hard. Does this mark a new era of Dick style superheroes? Superdick? The Incredible Hippy? Spider Branson? Captain Capitalist? *Thrills* hopes n... more »

Perfidious BBC : A Fresh Wave of Syrian CW Blood Libel

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
ARMS CONTROL TODAY December 2014 By Paul F. Walker Just one year after Syria’s formal accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body responsible for implementing the treaty, announced this October that almost all of Syria’s declared chemical agents and precursor chemicals had been safely and irreversibly destroyed.[1] [image: Workers in protective clothing carry a dummy grenade into a bunker during a media day at the GEKA facility in Münster, Germany, on March 5. The liquid waste from... more »

Prime Minister Viktor Orban saya what the BBC will not allow to be said on any part of their broadcasting/brainwashing empire

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
'The Muslim community is far stronger,... Cultural unity. It is an illusion in the minds of Europeans that those Muslims who would like to live in Europe would like to live in the host community the same way that we do. (In fact) They would like to maintain their community, culturally and ethically, continue the life they have, but under far better conditions.'

Disney's new Jungle Book trailer literally scares the shit out of Free Planet.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
Japanese games company Nintendo do this all the time, remaking and re-updating their greying corporate bastard-son "It's-a me!" Mario. So, why not Disney? They've got oodles of creaking intellectual property protected by iron-clad copyright law teams. Maleficent... which others tarot-towers are already on the cards? Here's the new post-Life of Pi, post-Planet of the Apes, post-Noah i.e. CGI-drenched anthropomorphised with excruciatingly ambivalent facial acting no place for a child horror of war drama, Jungle Book. It's like watching a Disney remake of Apocalypse Now with Colonel... more »

Monsanto's 'Hand of God': Planned Obsolescence Of The Indian Farmer

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 19 hours ago
Global Research, CounterPunch, Countercurrents, RINF The mantra of global agribusiness companies is that they care about farmers. They also really care about humanity and want to help to feed a growing world population, preferably by using genetically modified (GM) crops. They say that they want to assist poor farmers by helping them to grow enough to earn a decent income. It seems like a win-win situation for everyone. To listen to the PR, however, you could be forgiven for believing that these companies are driven by altruistic tendencies and humanitarian goals rather than by ma... more »

Lockheed Martin and Roketsan to Develop Mid-Range Cruise Missile for the F-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: SOM-J cruise missile]Lockheed Martin and Turkish company Roketsan signed a contract to cooperatively develop the SOM-J missile for integration into the F-35 internal weapons bay. SOM-J is a new generation air-to-surface standoff cruise missile. The contract enables the companies to move forward with their Technical Assistance Agreement, making the SOM-J missile available to international customers. SOM-J integration into the F-35 is scheduled for Block 4. Early live flight testing will be conducted on Turkish F-16s. “SOM-J integration on the F-35 will enable pilots to engage... more »

Russia's New Sarmat Heavy Nuclear Missile Delayed Again

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Russia is gearing up to test its newest heavy nuclear missile in early 2016, but a working prototype of the rocket is still nowhere to be seen after the weapon's production deadlines slipped again, news agency TASS reported Wednesday. The Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile is a flagship nuclear rocket project currently under development in Russia as part of the government's program to re-equip the country's nuclear forces with modern missiles by 2020. An unidentified defense industry source told TASS that the Sarmat prototype would be completed by the end of the year a... more »

Maiden tests of air-launched BrahMos from November

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: BrahMos Equiped Su-30MKI]India will carry out maiden tests of its air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from specially-modified Sukhoi-30 fighter planes from November, BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra told to media. Four flight tests will be conducted over a period of six months before the missile is declared ready for deployment on the fighter planes towards mid-2016. The actual missile will be tested in April 2016 following three dummy tests. The Nasik division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has modified two Su-30 fighters to carry the 2.5-tonne missile, the... more »

USAF seeks ‘interim’ CHAMP, longer-range air-to-air missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile]The US Air Force plans to introduce Boeing and Raytheon’s “CHAMP” high-power-microwave emitting cruise missile into the combat force on board the 1990s conventional air-launched cruise missile as an “interim capability” while the technology transitions to Lockheed Martin’s JASSM-ER. Air Combat Command chief Gen Hawk Carlisle says the computer-killing capability, which knocks out electronic equipment with bursts of high-frequency electromagnetic energy, is a “great capability” that will be fielded in small numbers in... more »

New fighter pilot helmet begins night tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
BAE Systems has begun night trials of its Striker II fighter pilot helmet, testing the capabilities of the digital night vision built into the helmet’s visor. Rather than the bulky goggles traditionally used for night vision, the Striker II incorporates this function into its helmet-mounted display (HMD), while also delivering target-tracking technology. Trials of Striker II have started at BAE’s Military Air & Information business in Warton, Lancashire. Read more

USAFE Chief Calls For An F-22 Base In Europe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-22 Raptor]In light of Russia’s recent aggressive action in Europe, the commander of US Air Forces Europe is calling for a permanent F-22 Raptor base in the region. The Air Force last month deployed four F-22s to Europe for the first time ever as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, a Pentagon effort to soothe anxiety among European allies facing a resurgent Russia. The move may be the first step in establishing a permanent base for the fifth-generation fighter jet, Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, indicated Wednesday at... more »

Pentagon sees risk in F-35 fighter's complex logistics program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II]Long delays in Lockheed Martin Corp's development of a computer-based logistics system for the F-35 fighter jet pose the biggest threat to the U.S. Air Force's plan to declare the aircraft ready for combat next summer, the head of the Pentagon's F-35 program office said. "It's the thing that worries me most," Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan said in an interview at the annual Air Force Association conference. "We're on a full court press with ALIS," the Autonomic Logistics Information System. ALIS will consolidate all functions handled separately o... more »

A really bad day, even by the standards of the irving press.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 20 hours ago
(I have had unspeakable grief with this column - with parts disappearing, other parts duplicating themselves. I've tried to correct it all, but there may well still be mistakes.) The issue reported below wil seem unclear to those who haven't worked in a university. So, in clearer terms, a professor whose salary was paid by a donation from a wealthy person (a senior executive of Royal Bank of Canada) was threatened with loss of her income when she wrote a blog that he didn't like. It is quite common for people who have money and influence to buy professors with fancy titles and s... more »

Issues, Fiorina Take Flight in 2nd GOP Debate

AP/Julie Pace & Steven Peoples at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: GOP Debate Candidates Reagan- 900 000] SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- Amid the back-and-forth bickering over Donald Trump, the Republican presidential contest took a substantive and serious turn in Wednesday’s prime-time debate, with candidates wrangling over immigration, gay marriage and foreign affairs. The policy shift quieted... more »

Arms Makers Poised as U.K. Prepares for Crucial Sub-Hunter Decision

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kawasaki P-1 MPA]The U.K. will soon decide whether to acquire a fleet of submarine-hunting airplanes, potentially kicking off a fierce battle between arms makers to provide the new aircraft. The decision on whether to reintroduce a sub-hunting aircraft is one of the key issues being discussed as part of the U.K. government’s ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review. A similar process five years ago terminated the purchase of BAE Systems PLC Nimrod MRA4 planes to be used for such tasks. The program was years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget at the time... more »

Air Force Admits: Our New Stealth Fighter Can’t Fight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]The U.S. Air Force has finally admitted that its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter isn’t maneuverable enough to beat older jets in a dogfight. But despite its earlier promises that the pricey, radar-evading warplane would excel in close combat, now the flying branch insists that the stealthy F-35 doesn’t even need to dogfight. At a conference in Maryland on Sept. 15, Gen. Herbert Carlisle, head of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, described the F-35 as not maneuverable as some of its predecessors. “That’s not what the airplane was designed to do,” Carlisle a... more »

Jezza and Diane Were Lovers per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This Guido Fawkes piece http://order-order.com/2015/09/17/jezza-and-diane-were-lovers about Jeremy Corbyn's relationship with Diane Abbott makes me slightly nauseous but is irrelevant from a political point of view. However what might be relevant is why the current Labour leader thought a hard line communist country was the right place to take a holiday. 'The pair do not deny the Westminster legend of their romantic trip across Soviet East Germany on a motorbike.' Did Jeremy Corbyn then approve of the East German regime of the time? Does he now?

Jeremy Corbyn speaking after the 7/7 attacks on London commuters by British Islamic jihadis

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/-XH0AmIjD6s This man is wrong about so much

Jeremy Corbyn in his own words

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Guido Fawkes http://order-order.com/2015/09/16/watch-the-tory-video-corbynistas-tried-to-ban has kindly provided the video footage to show the British public what Jeremy Corbyn's views are. Something the Labour Party and the BBC are desperate to keep hidden.

Algeria Seeks More Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKA Flanker-H]The Algerian army, currently undergoing a deep shakeup, has ordered 14 Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, which will enhance the 44 Su-30MKs in service in the North African country. According to Russian press reports, the new fighter jets will be delivered to the Algerian air forces in 2016 and 2017. In 2006, Algeria, an OPEC member country, received 28 Su-30s and another 16 under a 2010 arms sale contract. The Su-30MKA operated by Algeria is a specialized variant of the Su-30MK fitted with a mix of French and Russian avionics. The Su-30 is a twin-engine,... more »

British government to step up role in selling BAE's Typhoon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Eurofighter Typhoon with Storm Shadow missiles]The British government will step up efforts to help BAE Systems sell more Typhoon fighter jets, a key programme for the defence contractor, British suppliers and jobs, the defence minister said. BAE is depending on "anticipated" new Typhoon orders, from countries likely to include Saudi Arabia, to meet its forecast for marginal earnings per share growth in 2015. It has also said it needs new orders to keep production of the Typhoon going at British factories beyond 2018. Britain's defence industry body, ADS Group, has called on ... more »

‘Fighting Tigers’ set Harpoon milestone

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon AGM-84 Harpoon]Patrol Squadron (VP)-8 Combat Aircrew (CAC)-4 recently completed the first P-8A Poseidon fully fueled AGM-84D Harpoon live missile shot Aug. 12 during GUAMEX 2015. This unprecedented event provided the “Fighting Tigers” with an invaluable opportunity to practice their Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) mission set in a dynamic coordinated environment, with air and surface participants from multiple services and agencies. “The successful launch of one of the U.S. Navy’s most dependable over-the-horizon, all-weather anti-ship missiles, the Harpoon Block 1... more »

The Sickness of the American Psyche by Larry Malerba

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
The Sickness of the American Psyche by Larry Malerba, DO Green Med Info, 29 August 2015 *Is the sky falling? Maybe, maybe not, but there is a deep sickness beginning to take hold of the American psyche that threatens to undermine the principles that have long held the democratic experiment together.* *Part 1* It appears that America is coming apart at the seams. Routine school shootings, the reemergence of overt racism, anti-government paranoia on the rise, exaggerated threats of germs and terrorists lurking around every corner, government indifference to the hollowing out o... more »

Black Sea fleet to receive 2 gunnery ships of Project 21631

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 21631 (Buyan-M) class FS]Two small-size gunnery ships of Project 21631, Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov, will join the Black Sea Fleet and are currently undergoing trials in Novorossiysk, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov has announced. "Four more ships of the project are expected to be built to replenish the Black Sea Fleet and all of them will be tested here in Novorossiysk," he said during a working visit to Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar territory where he inspected the construction of infrastructure for the deployment of Black Sea Fleet surface ships ... more »

Analysis: UAE may have acquired long-range mod4 ER torpedo vessels

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Purpose-built SeaHake mod4 ER torpedo launch vessel]The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is probably operating innocuous-looking vessels that are armed with the world's longest-range torpedo: a capability that would enable it to target Iranian Kilo-class submarines at their base. Confirmation that the UAE has received new torpedo systems came in the form of the defence export report that the German government released in June. It stated that two "floating platform[s] with torpedo-launching gear" had been exported to the UAE in 2014, along with underwater detection equipment. Read... more »

China's New Airstrip to Heighten Underwater Rivalry

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Mischief Reef]China's apparent construction of a third airstrip on its man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea could fill a gap in Beijing's anti-submarine defences, complicating operations for the US Navy and its allies, Chinese and Western experts said. While most attention has been on the power projection China would get from its new islands in the Spratly archipelago, China could also use them to hunt rival submarines in and beyond the strategic waterway, they said. Possessing three airstrips more than 1,400 km (870 miles) from the Chinese mainland would enable ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: September 17, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: F-15 on Highway-900] An F-15C Eagle is transported across the DuPont Bridge near Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on Aug. 30, 2015. While I doubt the drivers caught behind this truck were thrilled at the time, at least they can tell their... more »

GOP Debate #2: Trump Stays Steady; Fiorina & Cruz Shine; Jeb Bush Gets Mad.

John Zmirak at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: GOP Debate Trump Bush Low Five - 900 000] The Republican presidential field has been bubbling like a cauldron. Politically, the 2010s in America are starting to look like the late 1920s in Germany, as voices of cautious reform are drowned out on both left and right by clarion... more »

Your Cells Are Listening

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Talk about hitting the bulls eye. I had recently reached the conclusion that because every living cell on Earth is operated directly by its own astral logic machine, it follows that it should be possible to communicate consciously with those cells to establish working healing protocols I went further, it made sense that the best application of meditation involved triggering full body muscle contractions in order to produce a robust physical health. Then this article fell in my lap to provide the all important current best practice. It actually works. Better it takes a medit... more »

Sacred Black Drink of SE US turns out to be Yerba Mate

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It turns out that Youpon holly of SE Georgia is the same as Yerba Mate from South America. It also turns out that we have additional hard evidence that a large body of South Americans colonized SE USA. In fact it is sufficient to describe it as colonization rather than a simple cultural transfer as we observe for Chinese interaction. At the same time we have evidence of Atlantean colonization as well of the Mississippi Yalley coincident with the European Bronze Age. I would go much further than all that and reasonably suggest that the Atlantean global economy induced a flourish... more »

Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience of GMOs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a senior insider's report regarding GMO's. This can not end well. In fact it has already been implicated in the destruction of the global amphibian populations and in Male fertility to say nothing about the growing assault of the insect population all of which are at least dangerous. Worse, it is all about creating licensing fees and almost irrelevant to farm productivity. That is also the worst knock. We already know that organic methods are completely capable of surpassing all industrial agricultural methods. That was a surprise and it is now obvious that research is... more »

Bi-Pedal Canine Investigation - Central Pennsylvania

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is possibly the most important report to come forward as yet. It is made by experienced bushmen who got a really good eyeball on the creature. The long forelimbs are clearly observed and the narrow frame as well. That eliminates a lot of guesswork. I have had little doubt that we are dealing with a Giant Sloth. All identified reports are all conforming to the same creature very consistently. We can draw it pretty well now. Canine like features help immensely but this is certainly no member of the canine family. Again the limbs are engineered for an arboreal existence w... more »

"Fukushima Update, 9/16/2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
• "TV: Massacre along West Coast continues — Alarming, bleak situation as disease re-emerges* — Hundreds of millions of sea stars estimated dead — Changes in cellular matrix observed, “a lot of interesting genes being found” — Other sea life disappearing as tidepool communities ‘shift’ (VIDEO) " • “Countless” dead birds reported in Pacific off US coast, nothing will eat the bodies — “There are no seals present” — Expert: “The fish are not there… all of them are starving” — Animals “acting weird, sick and weak, too weak to fly, too weak to run” — Resident: We want to know if it’s fro... more »

MENA Report - Key Focus Areas : Iraq/ Syria Regional War ; Yemen Regional Proxy War ; Iran Nuclear Deal Items Of Note ; Libya - GNC & HoR Reconciliation Updates , Political State Of Play Generally.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 21 hours ago
Links..... *Yemeni PM, Ministers Return From Exile to Aden* *US Has '4 or 5' Syrians Left Fighting Against ISIS* *Centcom Chief Denies Skewing ISIS War Intel* *Key Senators Spurn Revisions to Iran Sanctions Bill* 53 Killed in Iraq as Two Lawmakers Escape Kidnapping Attempt Baiji Mayor Blames Govt for Iraqi Military Failure Syria's UN Diplomat Supports Idea of Russian Airstrikes Assad Calls on Syrian Rebels to Join Him in Fight Against ISIS ISIS Syria Advance Pushes France to Begin Air Strikes Australian Jets Complete First Attack Against ISIS in Syria ... more »

Migrant crisis: UN 'shocked' over clashes in Hungary per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34275400 that the UN is shocked but they want you to be shocked too, as they are. ' UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is "shocked" after Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon to force migrants back from its border. Mr Ban said such treatment of asylum seekers was "unacceptable". Hundreds of migrants were involved in the clashes at the border between Hungary and Serbia on Wednesday, trying to break through a razor-wire fence.' Shouldn't sovereign countries be allowed to decide who enters their country? Wi... more »

Anne-Marie Slaughter Admits She Was Wrong About Iran, Doesn't Care Enough to Issue Correction

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 22 hours ago
Anne-Marie Slaughter A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post addressing the myriad falsehoods and inaccuracies proffered by influential think tank head and former Obama official Anne-Marie Slaughter in an August 20 op-ed she wrote for USA Today about the multilateral nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers this summer in Vienna. During the course of her column, Slaughter

Bernie Does Liberty University

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Bernie_Sanders_by_Gage_Skidmore - 900] Self-declared socialist and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders entered what his supporters must consider the belly of the beast on Monday. He spoke at the conservative evangelical Liberty University in Virginia. Some of those supporters sat in reserved seats, ensuring... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“Pamela and Randy Copus are the duo known as 2002. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards and a wind instrument called a WX5. Both musicians also provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a "virtual choir" with a celestial, angelic quality.” 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqLFemZOOg&feature=related

Government Cracks Down on Little Free Libraries

Legal Insurrection at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: little free library - 400] Naturally, the government has to ruin everything, including Little Free Libraries. You may have seen one of these little bird house turned mini-libraries in your neighborhood. They're a lovely idea. Simple, no fuss, and quite fun. Donate a book, borrow... Continue reading *“Government Cracks Down on Little Free Libraries”* at *legalinsurrection.com*.

The GOP Debate on CNN: Told in Tweets

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: twitter - pixabay] The main CNN GOP debate was something else. Here's how Twitter saw it. First things first: what was Ben Carson wearing? Carson suit is ??? pic.twitter.com/CPoyzGyFHe — Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 17, 2015 Some wide pinstripes there, Dr. Carson. — jimgeraghty... more »

You Don't Need To Be A Career Politician To Run For Office... But There ARE Worse Things Than Career Politicians

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
It isn't only the KKK and American Nazis who have been inspired by Trump's candidacy. All kinds of egomaniacs with gigantic senses of entitlement and self-importance want to run for office as well. Kanye West must have thought that if Trump can get as far as he is, how hard could it be? And this week we have Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who says his policy positions aren't the same as Trump's but-- I love the fact that he has changed the game… The idea of imperfect candidates with forceful ideas opens the door for a lot of people that would not have previously run. Like so... more »

CNN Debate...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*I heard a rumor.* Yes I did. I heard through a very dependable rumor mill that Ted Cruz attended the "debate." Anyone else hear that?

Baltimore Illusionist Hospitalized after Stunt Goes Wrong

CBS News at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: illusionist] Baltimore illusionist Spencer Horsman is rushed to the hospital while trying to escape the same water torture stunt that nearly killed him in June. Marcus Washington and WJZ's cameraman were just feet away when paramedics pulled his limp body from... Continue reading *“Baltimore Illusionist Hospitalized after Stunt Goes Wrong”* at *baltimore.cbslocal.com*.

U.S. Training Helped Mold Top ISIS Commander  (Jeremy Corbyn Being Slimed for Being Anti-War/Anti-Austerity/Pro-Refugee?)  9/11 Truth Movement Says Honor Victims by Questioning Official Narrative That Ignores Contemporaneous Exercises:  Amalgam Virgo, Global and Vigilant Guardian  (Banks Shouldn't Get Out of Bed Today?)

Batirashvili’s battlefield successes, including orchestrating the capture of Syria’s Menagh Air Base after two years of failed attempts, “helped to legitimize ISIS in militant circles, including in the North Caucasus,” Cecire said. “Batirashvili’s ability to demonstrate ISIS’ tactical prowess attracted fighters in droves from other factions and tipped the scales in foreign fighter flow and

More Details On The Killing Of The Islamic State Leader's Deputy By U.S. And British Special Forces Has Been Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Assault: A Yazidi girl kidnapped by ISIS's oil chief Abu Sayyaf has revealed in detail, how US and British special forces raided his house and killed the extremist *Daily Mail*: *Inside the only SAS and Delta Force raid on an ISIS leader: How Baghdadi deputy was shot twice in the chest as he grabbed gun and his wife pretended to be a Yazidi sex slave in cowardly bid to evade capture* * British and American special forces raided Abu Sayyaf's hideout on May 16 * They rescued Yazidi teenager who has told the story of their daring assault * US bombarded complex in eastern Syria with mac... more »

DEBATE FACT CHECK: Trump Insisted He Never Lobbied Jeb for Florida Casinos. Not True.

Business Insider at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: trump and jeb bush__cropped] During the Republican primary on Wednesday night, Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump got into a heated exchange about whether Trump tried to bribe Bush to allow casinos in Florida. Bush, as a policy, has... Continue reading *“DEBATE FACT CHECK: Trump Insisted He Never Lobbied Jeb for Florida Casinos. Not True.”* at *businessinsider.com*.

Better Than Chemo: Turmeric Kills Cancer Not Patients

Kristen at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Sayer Ji* - Researchers from the United Kingdom have just made a major breakthrough in cancer research. The post Better Than Chemo: Turmeric Kills Cancer Not Patients appeared first on Waking Times.

The Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "What If You Slept"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What If You Slept"* "What if you slept, And what if In your sleep You dreamed, And what if In your dream You went to heaven And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower, And what if When you awoke You had that flower in your hand? Ah, what then?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The well known Pleiades star cluster is slowly destroying part of a passing cloud of gas and dust. The Pleiades is the brightest open cluster of stars on Earth's sky and can be seen from almost any northerly location with the unaided eye. *Click image for larger size.* The passing young dust cloud is thought to be part of Gould's belt, an unusual ring of young star formation surrounding the Sun in the local Milky Way Galaxy. Over the past 100,000 years, part of Gould's belt is by chance moving right through the older Pleiades and is causing a strong reaction between stars and dust. ... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Radiance Of What Is”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Radiance Of What Is”* by Chet Raymo “In the summer of 1936, as I nestled snug in my mother's womb, Fortune magazine sent the young writer James Agee and the photographer Walker Evans to rural Alabama to report on how the Great Depression was affecting the poorest of the poor. For eight weeks they lived with three impoverished sharecropper families. (Pictured below is the family of Bud Fields. Click to enlarge.) Their combined work never appeared in Fortune, but it was published as a book- “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”- in 1941. The book was not an immediate success, but dec...more »

Kahlil Gibran, "A Poets Voice"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"A Poets Voice"* by Kahlil Gibran “You are my brother, but why are you quarreling with me? Why do you invade my country and try to subjugate me for the sake of pleasing those who are seeking glory and authority? Why do you leave your wife and children and follow Death to the distant land for the sake of those who buy glory with your blood, and high honor with your mother's tears? Is it an honor for a man to kill his brother man? If you deem it an honor, let it be an act of worship, and erect a temple to Cain who slew his brother Abel. Is self-preservation the first law of Nature?... more »

The Torus and Magnetic Fusion in the Ancient Rig Veda

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*V. Susan Ferguson* - Magnetic confinement fusion technology was around in the ancient days as evidenced in the ancient texts. The post The Torus and Magnetic Fusion in the Ancient Rig Veda appeared first on Waking Times.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"A Gathering of the Tribe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A Gathering of the Tribe" by Charles Eisenstein "Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in those exceptional peak experiences when we glimpse the true potential of life and mind. One day the shaman of the tribe called a meeting. They gathered around him, and he spoke very solemnly. "My friends," he said, "there is a world that needs our help. It is called Earth,... more »

"The Philosophy Of Being"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "The Philosophy Of Being"* By E D Detetcheverrie "Outrageous to some, clarifying for others, a strange conversation meant to provoke further thought... Now I know why they explain it in metaphors. The truth seems surreal. We are inadequate to describe it concisely. Ask not if you have strayed from the path; there is only one path, one way, and you are always on it... *Do they call it enlightenment because there is a light?* It is not mere photons, and light is only one part of it. *Who is in charge of it all?* Yes, we are. *Do the wicked receive their just reward?* We shall all, u... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Jonquière, Quebec, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

"We Like To Think..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We like to think that we are rational beings; humane, conscientious, civilized, thoughtful. But when things fall apart, even just a little, it becomes clear we are not better than animals. We have opposable thumbs, we think, we walk erect, we speak, we dream, but deep down we are still routing around in the primordial ooze; biting, clawing, scratching out an existence in the cold, dark world like the rest of the tree-toads and sloths." - "Grey's Anatomy"

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 17th September)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Revenue & Customs 'winding down' inquiries into HSBC Swiss tax evaders HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reopened its investigation into British customers of HSBC Suisse in February, but has failed to add to the single prosecution of a tax cheat from the bank. The disclosures have dismayed MPs who had pressed for further action over the HSBC files, which were first handed to HMRC five years ago.

"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"* by Marc "A silhouette of a human being stands before you. Perhaps an old friend. Perhaps a neighbor. Perhaps a perfect stranger, like me. Here are 11 things we all need you to keep in mind… * 1.* *You never really know how much the people around you are hurting.* You could be standing next to someone who is completely broken inside and you wouldn’t even know it. So never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. And remember that there are two ways to spread light in this world: You can either be a flame of hope, or a mirror tha... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, "Getting There"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Getting There"* "You take a final step and, look, suddenly You're there. You've arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone. What did you want to be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder under a burning glass, A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats. Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression On the self you were, By having come all this way through all this welter Unde... more »

"The Essential Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." - Pierre de Courbertin

"What is the Measure of a Life?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What is the Measure of a Life?"* by David B. Seaburn "In the early to mid-1970s when I was leaving college and entering seminary I came upon the writing of Sam Keen, a professor of philosophy, theology and, well, life. His book "Apology for Wonder" (1969) was written on the heels of the God-is-dead movement that captivated the mid-1960s, something that never reached the western Pennsylvania town where I grew up Presbyterian. Despite missing God’s death, I found Keen’s focus on wonder and meaning and gratitude to be refreshing whether God was the source or not. Recently, I redisc... more »

Today's U.S. Senate Hearing On The War Against The Islamic State Revealed That U.S. War Strategy Has Completely Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Nancy A. Youssef & Tim Mak, Daily Beast:* *Obama’s General Just Set His ISIS War Plan on Fire* Even the Pentagon was wincing as a top general fumbled the most basic questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to combat ISIS. In the span of two hours, the cornerstone of the U.S. strategy toward the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria crumbled—loudly, and in public. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the general in charge of the war effort made clear that the U.S. strategy for arming “moderate” Syrian fighters had failed. Of the thousands of... more »

Biden Visits Los Angeles to Court Hollywood Donors

Deadline at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: biden] Air Force 2 has landed at LAX and Vice-President Joe Biden is on the move - because the freeway and parts of Santa Monica Blvd are closed down. After flying into Anaheim earlier today from D.C. to give a speech,... Continue reading *“Biden Visits Los Angeles to Court Hollywood Donors”* at *deadline.com*.

The RAN Hobart UFO Incident

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
So, I’m making a search of the various cable channels looking for something interesting and stumble onto another of those UFO mockumentaries. This was one had a segment about a UFO attack on the Royal Australian Navy destroyer, *Hobart*, during the Vietnam War. The ship was hit by three missiles killing two, wounding several and scattering debris throughout the ship. The cleanup uncovered bits of an American made missile that was traced to a couple of Air Force units flying F-4 Phantoms that for some unknown reason were referred to as Phantoms, F-4, in the program. Investigation of ... more »

Early GOP Debate Features Forceful Exchanges, Questions about Trump

AP/Julie Bykowicz & Thomas Beaumont at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: CNN GOP Debate undercard- 900 000] SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- The four Republican presidential candidates who didn’t make the cut for the 11-person prime-time GOP debate met Wednesday for an undercard event at the Ronald Reagan presidential library, each searching for a breakout moment. George... more »

Coup Under-way In Burkina Faso

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Burkina Faso presidential guard seize president and PM* Soldiers fired warning shots to disperse hundreds of protesters outside Burkina Faso's presidential palace on Wednesday after the presidential guard burst into a cabinet meeting and arrested the interim president, stirring fears of a military coup. The presidential guard gave no explanation for its move, which came less than a month before an election due to complete a transition back to democracy after a popular uprising toppled Burkina's long-time ruler last year. The guard, known as the RSP, was a key pillar o... more »

You can tell this prep school is The Donald's alma mater -- it's bankrupt

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*By The Donald's own testimony, New York Military Academy in Croton on Hudson, NY, helped make him, er, what he is today. And, oh yes, it's gone bankrupt.* *"The academy was at one time seen by New Yorkers as a place that straightened out rambunctious young boys and taught them how to take orders. (Hmmm. Apparently failed in Trump’s case.)"* *-- the *Washington Post*'s Al Kamen, in* "Trump’s high school is bankrupt, up for auction" *by Ken* In a September 10 *NYT Book Review* review of Michael D'Antonio's *Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success*, NYT columnist James ... more »

Satire: "Millions Watch American Democracy’s Final Episode"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Millions Watch American Democracy’s Final Episode"* by Andy Borowitz SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (The Borowitz Report)— "American democracy, a long-running institution whose popularity endured for over two hundred years, drew millions of viewers to its final episode Wednesday night. While the official ratings for democracy’s finale will not be available until Thursday, initial reports indicated that a larger than expected number tuned in to witness the last moments of the nation’s system of government. Network executives had warned that the final episode was not for the squeamish, bu... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth”; “The Royal Albert Hall Concert”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqLKYhhfA_Q Ludovico Einaudi, “The Royal Albert Hall Concert” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8N2569jSg *Magnificent!*

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

The CNN Undercard Debate, As Seen on Twitter

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: twitter - pixabay] The undercard debate featured Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum, trying to battle their way into support that will get them onto the main stage. Here were some of the highlights, according to Twitter. Some would rather... more »

White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis

Breitbart at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pope Francis3 - 400] President Obama will apparently test just how far Pope Francis' notorious tolerance will go by inviting a rogue's gallery of people opposed to Catholic teaching to greet the pontiff at the White House during his visit next week. In a stunning... Continue reading *“White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis”* at *breitbart.com*.

Is A Different Approach Needed To Resolve The War In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Michael *Michael O'Hanlon, National Interest:** How to Resolve the War in Ukraine* *"A different approach is needed, one that goes to the heart of the problem by creating a new security architecture for central Europe that all can accept."* As the fall of 2015 unfolds, the Russia-Ukraine crisis is not generating nearly as much news attention as it created throughout most of 2014. But in fact, it is still very serious—which is why the incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, told Congress in his recent confirmation hearings in... more »

Alice Embree : METRO EVENT | The ‘New Greek Tragedy’ is focus of panel in Austin

Alice Embree at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Event: “A New Greek Tragedy? Inequality, Human Rights and Democracy” What: Panel discussion Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Where: Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111), University of Texas School of Law Address: 727 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX … finish reading Alice Embree : *METRO EVENT* | The ‘New Greek Tragedy’ is focus of panel in Austin

Ukraine Militias Building Their Own Tanks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An overview of Azov Engineering Group's garage is seen on September 9, 2015 in Kyiv, Ukraine. At left is an inverted tank chassis in the process of being stripped down before being rebuilt as a new vehicle much like "Azovette" (top right), which went through a similar process. Image: Pete Kiehart *Geraldine Cremin, Motherboard:* *A Tour of Ukraine's 'Mad Max' Tank Factory* Roads in the east of Ukraine are littered with signs of war: roadblocks, craters, tanks, and camo-painted trucks. Occasionally a Mitsubishi L200 pickup painted in a striking geometric camouflage pattern will rol... more »

Tsunami Advisory for Hawaii, So. Cal. After 8.3 Quake in Chile

AP/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Chile map - 900 000] HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii and part of California’s coast are under tsunami advisories after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of north Chile. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had originally issued a watch for Hawaii, saying a tsunami may have... more »

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