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Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and the Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website PolitiFact were at each others' throats last week over recent comments Cruz has made about the nuclear deal - officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - reached this past July between Iran and six world powers. The main reason for the spat is simple: Ted Cruz lies a
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but is a British general threatening a military coup in the Sunday Times?! pic.twitter.com/VKu00JPvMl — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 20, 2015 *Daily Mail:* *'We won't stand for it': Army top brass warn there will be a MUTINY if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister* * Serving general predicts mass resignations if Labour wins the next election * He said the arm would be forced to take 'direct action' against Mr Corbyn * Labour leader has publicly called for abolition of armed forces and Trident * However, he faces a shadow cabinet rebellion over h...more »
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shows the way to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif as they enter a hall during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, August 17, 2015. REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV *WSJ*:* Russia, Iran Seen Coordinating on Defense of Assad Regime in Syria* U.S., regional officials say military buildup in coastal base aimed at safeguarding regime’s stronghold. Russia and Iran have stepped up coordination inside Syria as they move to safeguard President Bashar al-Assad’s control over his coastal stronghold, according to officials in the U.S. and Middle East, cr...more »
Japanese academics are bravely standing up to the LDP's new "security legislation" which essentially deconstructs Japan's post-World War II Constitution: "Scholars determined to kill security legislation before enforcement," The Mainichi September 21, 2015, http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150921p2a00m0na010000c.html An army of intellectuals and university professors gathered in Tokyo on Sept. 20 to announce their opposition to the ruling coalition's railroading of the controversial security legislation through the House of Councillors. One hundred and seventy...more »
Maybe I'm reading this wrong-- though I don't think so-- or maybe it just hasn't become a motivational priority yet for voters, but it looks like the zeitgeist is indicating that Americans are fed up-- angry even-- that super-rich donors are running American politics. Voters don't seem pleased that the political elite-- of both corrupt Beltway parties-- are taking as much money as they are from the super-wealthy and giving them the unlimited "access" that they demand in return. From a NYTimes/CBS poll in May Reuters ran an innocuous enough piece Sunday-- Democratic donors urge ...more »
[image: GREENVILLE, SC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to voters at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.] To invoke a baseball metaphor, Carly Fiorina has been called up from the minors to the major leagues. After her widely praised debate performance last week, she can expect “fastballs” to be thrown at her head, not only by some...more »
*Media *- Anita Moorjani, in a coma ending her four year struggle with cancer, leads to a near-death experience that brings remarkable clarity and understanding of life. The post Near-Death Experience Leads to Remarkable Cancer Remission appeared first on Waking Times.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post*:* Obama claims his critics forced him to make a mess of Syria* The administration let it be known it is scrapping what it never seriously pursued, namely training of anti-regime, nonjihadist rebels. In what surely is the most cringe-worthy excuse offered by a commander-in-chief, President Obama last week complained that his critics — whom he routinely ignored and scorned — forced him to make a mess of Syria. To say it is unbecoming of a president to whine that he was only following what critics told him to d...more »
[image: iStock_Statue of LIberty Immigration Foreign-born population__1439463426_18.104.22.168] The U.S. has joined the global bidding on Syrian refugees. At first it said it would take 10,000 Syrians. Now it says it will increase the annual U.S. overall refugee intake from 70,000 to 100,000 during the next three years...more »
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider*: *US-backed leader of Syrian rebel group quits and lists 6 problems with the training program* The chief of staff of the US-trained Syrian rebel group Division 30 resigned from his position on social media on Saturday, days after a top military general told Congress that the US had successfully trained just "four or five" opposition soldiers. Citing problems such as "slowness in the implementation of the training program of the 30th brigade," "the lack of sufficient numbers of trainees," and "the lack of seriousness...more »
Dube v. RBC Life Insurance Company, 2015 ONCA 641:  Thus the central issue on the motion was whether Dube was entitled to relief from forfeiture under s. 98 of the *Courts of Justice Act*, which states: A court may grant relief against penalties and forfeitures, on such terms as to compensation or otherwise as are considered just. The relief under s. 98 is both equitable and discretionary. The test for relief is well established. It has three components. The court must consider: - the conduct of the insured applicant - the gravity of the breach - the ...more »
[image: Bill of Rights-900] In these three tweets from USA Today, citing numbers from a recent Newseum poll, I find myself completely horrified about the state of civic knowledge in America. A look at these numbers shows not only how little Americans know about their...more »
When folks in your school use the phrase “Response to Intervention,” do they actually know what they’re talking about? I feel like this expression is the latest fashion right now, kind of like STEM was a couple of years ago. It seems to have evolved into something totally without meaning.
I've been a faithful reader of "Harpers Magazine" since I graduated college and was lucky enough to receive my first subscription as a birthday present from my fiance. It's still one of the best places to find informed and intelligent opinion. (And it's a cold, windy night in the middle of September.) John R. MacArthur is a thinker of big ideas, a prolific author of the first rank, and
Ioane Teitiota lives with his family in New Zealand, he works in New Zealand, his children were born in New Zealand--but he does not have residence in New Zealand. The Government wanted him to return to Kiribati, with his deadline to leave being today; in response, Ioane’s lawyer filed a claim to have him recognised as a so-called climate refugee, even though there is zero evidence of man-made climate change affecting his island. There is no moral reason to reject him just because his lawyer is a chancer. Yet neither is there any reason to take his claim for climate refugee statu...more »
[image: big government] The film The Shawshank Redemption is already a classic. Based on a novel by Stephen King, it tells the friendship story between two inmates from the most disparate walks of life who are bonded by their dreams of freedom (indeed,... Continue reading *“Institutionalized: The Enslaving Effect of Big Government”* at *blog.acton.org*.
[image: Rope Training-900] U.S. Marines conduct fast rope training from an MV-22 Osprey while deployed to Southwest Asia on Sept. 16, 2015. Thank you to these brave Marines for their service to our country. Stay safe and come home soon!
*Oh no, say it ain't so, Scott W! We won't have youas a presidential candidate to puke at anymore?* *by Ken* It was less than a week ago that Howie asked, "Will Walker's Latest Clueless Attack On Unions Signal The Death Knell For A Campaign That Has Already Capsized?" I think we can say now that the decision by this repellent excuse for a human being to resurrect perhaps his most repellent public face -- as Reagan Too, the Man Who Also Busted the Unions -- didn't jump-start his 2016 presidential bid. I don't know that the following, from washingtonpost.com, requires much additio...more »
*Shane Harris & Tim Mak, Daily Beast: **Exclusive: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down* The intelligence pros said killing certain ISIS leaders might not diminish the group and that airstrikes might not be working. The bosses didn’t like those answers—not at all. Senior intelligence officials at the U.S. military’s Central Command demanded significant alterations to analysts’ reports that questioned whether airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS were damaging the group’s finances and its ability to launch attacks. But reports that sho...more »
WHY am I not shocked at all when I see all the reports that are coming out showing clearly that the so called "refugee" crisis that is flooding Europe with illegals and misfits, is nothing of the sort... I stated clearly already in several previous articles and especially in my rants that these "refugees" are absolutely nothing of the sort.. They are in fact ILLEGAL immigrant workers flooding into Europe from African sub-Saharan nations who are under the false impression that they would be welcomed into Europe and find a better life there... It is especially shocking to me how the sc...more »
Peggy Tuxen-Akers is a former Viet Nam nurse and member of the Maine Chapter of Veterans for Peace. This is her Warriors for Peace: Veterans Speak profile. Her perspective on the Viet Nam war is quite different from those of the guys who killed and were killed in the rice paddies and jungles of Viet Nam. Peggy’s poem at the very end is sure to bring a tear to one’s eye. Video by Regis Tremblay.
[image: Half Man Half Woman - 900] Although there are scores of issues I'd rather address, as long as the tide of gender confusion continues to rise, I will not stop speaking out. There's a reason that the 5th principle in Outlasting the Gay Revolution is "Celebrate...more »
*Daily Mail:* *The human tide: Waves of migrants keep coming as Hungary warns millions are 'breaking down the doors' of Europe and Germany says EU should only take refugees from crisis-hit areas* * Hungary took out a full page ads saying 'the strongest possible action' will be taken against law breakers * Advert informs would-be refugees that entering Hungary illegally is now a crime punishable by imprisonment * Later the Hungarian Prime Minister said that millions of refugees are now 'breaking down the doors' of Europe * 'Our borders are under threat. Hungary is under threat and so...more »
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attend a welcoming ceremony onboard guided missile cruiser Moskva at the Black Sea port of Sochi, August 12, 2014. ALEXEI DRUZHININ / REUTERS *Dmitry Adamsky, Foreign Affairs*: *Putin's Damascus Steal* *How Russia Got Ahead in the Middle East* is year, Moscow is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Operation Kavkaz, the Soviet military intervention on behalf of Egypt in the 1969–70 Israeli-Egyptian War of Attrition. The engagement was a key moment in the history of the Cold War. It caught Western int...more »
*Trade and production are deeply ethical* *Guest post by Don Boudreaux* Are markets moral? This oft-asked question will be asked even oftener when Pope Francis visits the U.S. next week. It’s one thing to conclude that markets are immoral after learning how markets work and what life would be like in their absence. Such a conclusion is intellectually defensible because it would reflect an informed – if, in my view, bizarre – value judgment. But the conclusion that markets are immoral typically reflects – as it surely does in the case of Pope Francis – utter ignorance of the logic...more »
[image: Obama and Pope - 400] "The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." This was Pope Francis's summary of his Encyclical earlier this year on the alleged destruction of our planet. The leading culprit, in his... Continue reading *“How Pope Francis’s Crusade against Fossil Fuels Could Hurt the Poor Most of All”* at *forbes.com*.
The Christian Science MonitoratThe Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: save money - 400] We all know that patience is a powerful virtue. It helps us get ahead in our careers, be better parents and partners, and avoid unnecessary conflict in nearly every area of life. Patience can even save us money. Here are... Continue reading *“8 Ways Being Patient Saves You Money”* at *csmonitor.com* .
This is a season to focus on balance, harmony, and prosperity in all the areas of life. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | September 21, 2015 “…teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…” Wednesday, September 23, 2015, … finish reading Kate Braun : The Fall Equinox celebrates the bounty of Mother Earth
Normally I have done these annual videos in November or even January; this year the garden grew old in August and is dying of old age on the first day of fall. Things are not as they should be, and if we are honest with ourselves we know this. 2015 will clearly be the hottest year in the record (meaning since 1880) for Stony Run, for Oregon, for the Northwest, and for the world. More about that here, here, and, in a way, here. Stony Run runs on a well in a shallow water table above a substrate of impermeable basalt. The well is driven in hard clay and round stones, of basalt and a...more »
“Dust lanes seem to swirl around the core of Messier 96 in this colorful, detailed portrait of the center of a beautiful island universe. Of course M96 is a spiral galaxy, and counting the faint arms extending beyond the brighter central region, it spans 100 thousand light-years or so, making it about the size of our own Milky Way. *Click image for larger size.* M96, also known as NGC 3368, is known to be about 35 million light-years distant and a dominant member of the Leo I galaxy group. The featured image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The reason for M96's asymmetry is ...more »
A study on the trendy and grueling workout regimen known as CrossFit has a correction concerning the number of participants hurt during 10 weeks of training. The paper has been the center of multiple lawsuits — one by CrossFit, and one by a CrossFit gym owner — for allegedly over-inflating the risks associated with the regimen. The original paper claimed that 9 […] The post Journal corrects CrossFit injury data in paper at center of lawsuit appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Reuters: **Israel, Russia to coordinate military action on Syria: Netanyahu* Israel and Russia agreed on Monday to coordinate military actions over Syria in order to avoid accidentally trading fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Moscow. Recent Russian reinforcements for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which regional sources say include warplanes and anti-aircraft systems, worry Israel, whose jets have on occasion bombed the neighboring Arab country to foil suspected handovers of advanced arms to Assad's Lebanese guerrilla ally Hezbollah. *MIDDLE EAS...more »
*Reuters:* *Burkina Faso army moves on capital to disarm coup leaders* Military heads in Burkina Faso said on Monday that the West African nation's armed forces were converging in the capital Ouagadougou to disarm the elite presidential guard "without bloodshed". The 1,200-member unit staged a coup on Wednesday, taking hostage the interim president and members of the government just weeks before Oct. 11 polls meant to restore democracy following last year's overthrow of longtime leader Blaise Compaore. "We ask them to immediately lay down their arms and go to Camp Sangoule Lamiza...more »
*AFP*: *Canada rivals spar over F-35 purchase ahead of election* Ottawa (AFP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper shot down Monday a political rival's campaign pledge to scrap a multibillion-dollar purchase of F-35 fighter jets, saying it would "crater" Canada's aerospace sector. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau had said he would take the Lockheed Martin's F-35 out of the running to replace the nation's aging fleet of fighter jets. Trudeau says that helping develop the aircraft, the apparent frontrunner in the bidding process, does not oblige Canada to buy the jets for its air force, cal...more »
“Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.” - Harlan Ellison
*“Free As A Bird”* by Chet Raymo “All afternoon I have been watching a pair of hummingbirds play about our porch. They live somewhere nearby, though I haven't found their nest. They are attracted to our hummingbird feeder, which we keep full of sugar water. What perfect little machines they are! No other bird can perform their tricks of flight- flying backwards, hovering in place. Zip. Zip. From perch to perch in a blur of iridescence. If you want a symbol of freedom, the hummingbird is it. Exuberant. Unpredictable. A streak of pure fun. It is the speed, of course, that gives the ...more »
They say when celebrity deaths come, they come in bunches, typically threes. The same could come with life-altering changes. Those few who have stuck with my and Mrs. JP's travails since the spring of 2009 have known that we've been living in the same apartment for six and a half years. While our current landlord leaves much to be desired, one of the good things about him was he'd kept our rent the same since August of '09. Even so, being out of a job all these years while still trying to make our bills always means living in a state of excitement the Chinese call in their...more »
Commentary/Jonathan S. TobinatThe Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: carly fiorina] For most the past year, Democrats have regarded the field of Republican presidential candidates as falling into two categories: a band of right-wing crazies that could be easily dismissed, and Jeb Bush, a reasonable-sounding moderate who could nonetheless be easily... Continue reading *“The Democrat Counter-Attack Against Carly Fiorina Begins”* at *commentarymagazine.com*.
RealClearPolitics/Carl M. CannonatThe Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson - 400] You don't have to be a feminist to appreciate how Carly Fiorina kicked ass at the Reagan Library debate Wednesday night. Just the normal American's affinity for the underdog is enough. This diminutive firebrand started at zero percent in the... Continue reading *“Would Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina Try to Pilot Air Force One?”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.
[image: NFL-Logo_Flickr - 900] (AP) -- Researchers studying a degenerative disease in former athletes say 11 of 12 brains of deceased former NFL players tested over the past year showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, continuing a trend they’ve been tracking. A...more »
I remember well my first night at university. Being one of the first to arrive at my halls of residence, yours truly took it upon himself to knock on everyone's door to do the introductions and ask if they fancied going for a drink later. Ten of us duly hit the union and got pretty sozzled, and I ended up finishing in a room shared by twin sisters talking shite over several spliffs with a couple of new mates. Fun times. While a good proportion of readers who've been through the higher education system have had similar experiences to the one described above, our social betters are ...more »
*A Young Syrian Recounts the Years in His Smouldering Homeland **Guest post by Abdo Roumani* *Editor’s note: In this article, we present the unique opportunity to hear from someone who has lived the Syrian conflict. We cannot verify all of the author’s claims, but we can offer a glimpse into the mind of someone who, though he desperately wants to cling to his ideals, struggles to maintain them as he witnesses his homeland being torn apart.* *I *lived in Syria for three out of the four and half years of war. I’ve never been physically harmed, even though there were several close c...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama reflects during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on May 15, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)] Was Ben Carson right to rule out ever voting for a Muslim U.S. president? Ted Cruz's rejoinder that the Constitution forbids a religious test for public office was correct but off point, as Jonah Goldberg pointed out: No one has a...more »
AP/Scott Bauer & Julie BykowiczatThe Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: GOP Presidential Candidates Drop Out List - 900] MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Warning the GOP’s presidential race has become too nasty, Scott Walker suspended his 2016 campaign on Monday and called on some of his Republican rivals to do the same, citing an urgent need to “clear the...more »
We've all had a friend like Carly Fiorina once in our lives. Once is enough, though. Oddly enough, just 1% of Americans are afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder-- so that makes *two* 1% problems for Fiorina. The illness describes a condition in which a person is excessively preoccupied with power, prestige and vanity and-- worst of all-- is utterly incapable of empathy or of even recognizing the damage they cause around them. When I watched Fiorina's repulsive performance at the CNN Republican debate last week-- seeing how her face automatically became twisted and cont...more »
AP/Nicole Winfield & Andrea RodriguezatThe Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)] HOLGUIN, Cuba (AP) -- Pope Francis marked the anniversary Monday of the day he decided as a teenager to become a priest by pressing a subtle message to Cubans at a delicate point in their own history: Overcome ideological preconceptions...more »
[image: Donald Trump7 - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump isn’t going to let running for president get in the way of a new book. Threshold Editions announced Monday that Trump’s book “will outline how a crippled America could be restored to greatness.” The...more »
[image: HAVANA, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 19: Pope Francis walks with Cuba's President Raul Castro (R) as he arrives at Jose Marti International Airport on September 19, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.] Some reports on Pope Francis's visit to Cuba have pointed to the suppression of dissidents by the Castro regime during the visit as a sign that he is not addressing the root cause of the Cuban crisis. I disagree. I...more »
*"The Greater Cause: Some Good Reasons for Doing Good"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Imagine what a different world we would live in if we all worked toward the greater good. With all that takes place in our lives, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the fact that we’re part of something greater than ourselves—a collective consciousness, the Universe, a greater cause. Because of our tendency to forget this, we might make decisions in our lives that don’t reflect that responsibility that comes with this belonging. All too often, we focus just on the short-term, tangible gain to ...more »
*“The Waking”* by Theodore Roethke “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Of those so close beside me, which are you? God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, And learn by going where I have to go. Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how? The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair; I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. Great Nature has another thing to do To you and me...more »
[image: African church- 400] Many believe that from the Sahara Desert down to the southern tip of South Africa, there are more Christians concentrated there than any other place in the world. There has been rapid growth in Christianity in Africa that has outstripped... Continue reading *“3 Surprising Places Christianity is Exploding in the World Today”* at *patheos.com*.
ISIS militants *The Independent:* *Isis recruits are defecting because aren't getting the luxury goods and cars they were promised, report claims* *The report also says that many Isis defectors are put off by the group's extreme violence and brutality* Dozens of Isis recruits have left the Islamic militant group partly because the luxury goods and cars they were promised before they joined failed to materialise, a new paper has found. The report, entitled 'Victims, Perpetrators, Assets: The narratives of Islamic State defectors' looks into the reasons why enthusiastic Isis recrui...more »
- MB and I just had a wonderful lunch with former Mainer Ken Jones and his wife Melody. They lived in Portland for many years and Ken is a member of Veterans for Peace so we've been to many protests together. They recently retired from the University of Southern Maine and moved to North Carolina - our loss, their gain. Ken stays in touch online and we share many interests and political insights so it was a pleasure for the four of us to talk 'Deep State' politics while eating along the river today at the Kennebec Tavern. A bit breezy but a beautiful bri...more »
A member of the Iraqi security forces shows his passport as he prepares to travel, at the international airport in Najaf, south of Baghdad, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/ALAA AL-MARJANI *Reuters:* *Some Iraqis ditch fight against Islamic State for life in Europe* Some Iraqi soldiers are abandoning their posts and joining a wave of civilian migrants headed to Europe, raising new doubts about the cohesion of the country's Western-backed security forces in the fight against Islamic State militants. Interviews with migrants and an analysis of social media activity show scores of fighter...more »
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015But our “press corps” no longer cares:* We don’t know when we’ve seen a campaign with so much apparent lying. But how odd! In 1999 and 2000, the press corps built an entire campaign around the way they *hate* it when a candidate lies! Indeed, they hated one candidate’s lies so much that they *invented* this candidate’s lies, then agreed, as a group, to pretend that he had said them! They kept it up for two solid years, sending George Bush to the White House. Today, open lying seems to surround them. But our “journalists” no longer care! What kinds of ap...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton18 - 400] It’s “rich” that Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump on Face the Nation for failing to criticize a supporter who claimed President Obama is a Muslim when her 2008 campaign is the rumor’s provenance, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said today. “This started... Continue reading *“Morning Joe: Hillary Started Rumors about Obama’s Faith”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Jenna Lee-400] On Conan last week, host Conan O’Brien took a shot at Happening Now co-anchor Jenna Lee. In a segment called “Coffee Table Book That Didn’t Sell,” Conan revealed a made-up book called “Fox News Anchor or Porn Star,” featuring Lee’s... Continue reading *“Fox News’ Jenna Lee Responds to ‘Trashy’ Conan O’Brien Joke”* at *insider.foxnews.com*.
[image: refugees] Congressional Republicans are moving quickly to address the potential security risks associated with the Obama administration's new plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States over the next year, as part of a broader plan to accept more... Continue reading *“House Republicans Counter Obama Refugee Plan, Citing Threat of Jihadists”* at *foxnews.com*.
Life is hectic in our part of the world right now. We are planning a move sometime in the next couple of weeks and since we aren't moving that far away, we have been doing it in stages. It has been both time consuming and exhausting. I am never moving again. Seriously. Halloween is our absolute favorite holiday. Some people budget for Christmas. I budget for Halloween. We usually do an entire themed family costume, this year we are planning on Star Wars and I am thrilled! I can't wait to see how it turns out. I wanted some new Halloween decorations this year, but they needed to be...more »
This is a guest post by Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France (Cambridge University Press 2015) and a cofounder of the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political […]
This is the fifth contribution in our forum on securitization theory in the U.S. Sirin Duygulu recently got her PhD in political science from UMass, Amherst and currently teaches at Okan University, Istanbul. Her research focuses on the use of security language by transnational advocacy campaigns. I believe when questioning the reasons behind the limited […]
This is the fourth contribution in our forum on securitization theory in the U.S. Ido Oren is associate professor and chair of the department of political science at the University of Florida and can be reached at email@example.com. Ty Solomon is Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow […]
Peninsula Qatar Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2015. JERUSALEM: Israel and Russia will coordinate their military actions over Syria to avoid accidentally trading fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. *"My objective was to prevent misunderstandings between IDF (Israel Defense Force) units and Russian forces,"* Netanyahu told Israeli report...more »
Retraction Watch readers, please join us in welcoming the newest member of our staff, Alison Abritis. To say that Abritis is a good fit for Retraction Watch would be a colossal understatement. Abritis started her PhD in public health at the University of South Florida several years ago, intending to focus on toxicology. But her […] The post Meet the new Retraction Watch researcher, Alison Abritis appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Rod Adams is a brilliant unpayed spokesperson for nuclear power. In this post, Rod captures Amory Lovins Foustian bargin at its devilish worse. During the 1970's Lovins became a chearleader for coal against nuclear power. Lovins offered the crazy argument that Coal was a more environmentrally acceptable energy source than Nuclear Power was. In doing so, Lovuns ignored the mountains of radioactove coal ash waste, that his coal fired energy bridge would produce, and the environmentally disasterous effects of coal smoke as well as the human health consequences of breathing air poluted ...more »
*“Ben Carson Shattering Stereotype About Brain Surgeons Being Smart”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "Brain surgeons, long burdened with the onerous reputation of being among the smartest people in the world, are expressing relief that the Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson is shattering that stereotype once and for all. In interviews with brain surgeons across the country, the doctors revealed the enormous pressure they felt to live up to their profession’s inflated renown for intelligence before Carson entered the race. “When people found out I was a...more »
*Media *- Author of *Intelligence in Nature*, shares a fascinating discovery of a thread of highly intelligent behavior in the natural world. The post What We Can Learn from Nature’s Highly Intelligent Behavior appeared first on Waking Times.
Courtesy Tech. Sgt. Richard Ebensberger *Popular Mechanics:* *Year One: Inside the Air War Against ISIS* The U.S. has won battles, destroyed targets, and saved towns from ISIS—and it may be no closer to winning the overall war. *The following is based on publicly released information, interviews with Air Force personnel at the Pentagon and reportage from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.Night One: August 8, 2014* Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar—A B-1B bomber has a crew of four. Right now, all four are confused. There are two pilots, call signs Dash and Astro. Two Weapons Systems Officers (W...more »
A Free Syrian Army fighter talks on a walkie-talkie near a rocket launcher during what they said was preparations for an operation to strike at forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad located in Daraa, July 27, 2015. Picture take July 27, 2015. REUTERS/ALAA AL-FAQIR *Reuters:* *Rebels see tougher war with Russians in Syria, evoke Afghanistan* Rebels who have inflicted big losses on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad say Russia's intervention in support of its ally will only lead to an escalation of the war and may encourage the rebels' Gulf Arab backers to pour in more mil...more »
The Public Discourse/James Stoner & Harold JamesatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: happy_family] Reports tell us that a majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. They are unhappy with the quality of our political discourse and pessimistic about their children's and grandchildren's prospects for enjoying the quality of... Continue reading *“What Makes a Society Thrive?”* at *thepublicdiscourse.com*.
[image: Media Coverage Camera Man Video - 900] An utterly false claim buried in the middle of a story about Planned Parenthood has served to showcase the degree to which the organization continues to benefit from friendly media coverage. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the group behind...more »
[image: Ann Coulter - 400] “It’s totally fake outrage from frauds who want to continue the dump of third-worlders on the country, including Muslim Jihadists, and voted for the guy who just gave a nuke to Iran,” says the conservative pundit. Conservative pundit Ann Coulter,... Continue reading *“Ann Coulter Responds to Charges of Jewish Bias: ‘Fake Outrage’”* at *hollywoodreporter.com*.
An Unconditional Apology To The Green Party, to Paul Manly, And To Elizabeth May. AND Additional Comment. *Written By Robin Mathews *Sept. 2015 *In my last column I made a mistake to apologize for. * That column is about the failure of the three Opposition Parties to focus – as the major election issue - on what many Canadians believe is the criminality and near-criminality of Stephen Harper and his supporters. It bears upon all the abuses of power, all the violations of the rights and freedoms of Canadians under his prime ministership. In that column I made an absolute s...more »
*“Cor-ROO-ption! Cor-ROO-ption!”* by Bill Bonner PARIS – “Cor-ROO-ption! Cor-ROO-ption! Cor-ROO-ption!” It only took a couple of minutes to realize our taxi driver had lost his mind. “You can’t trust anybody in Buenos Aires. Not the government. Not the police. Not the taxi drivers.” Especially not the taxi drivers… *A Deflating Bubble: *Back to our race across Buenos Aires in a minute. First, we pause briefly just to check in on the markets. The Dow fell 290 points on Friday, a disappointing day… and potentially very worrisome for the Fed. Failing to raise rates as promised may ha...more »
Bill Haslam and his billionaire cronies have a plan to privatize Tennessee state prisons, parks, higher education facilities and services, hospitals, and military installations, "including everything from security and custodial work to financial accounting and business operations. Today's News-Sentinel has more details on the Haslam plan, which is costing the state more for private consultants than the state employees assigned to come up with the implementation plan. You might call it the Blackwater Model, after the corporate welfare contractors and mercenaries in Iraq who got fi...more »
*MEDIA COVERAGE:* *NOLA Times-Picayune (and before the hearing)* *II* *KSL / AP* *II* *ABC / AP * *II* *Truthout on Herman's House* *A3 Newsletter: Judge Rules for DNA Testing and Fingerprint Analysis but Against the Change of Venue and Dismissing the Case* This morning in St. Francisville Judge Carmichael of West Feliciana Parish's 20th Judicial District Court made the first determinations about what the legal landscape will look like if Judge Brady's "unconditional Writ" is overturned and Albert faces a third trial. The good news is that the judge agreed to require a u...more »
[image: Obama nobel peace - 400] Contessa Brewer of CBSN, CBS News' live streaming video news channel, reported the former secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, from 1990-2015, Geir Lundestad, now says President Barack Obama's 2009 prize was a "mistake." In his new book Geir... Continue reading *“Former Nobel Secretary Says Obama Peace Prize a ‘Mistake’”* at *breitbart.com*.
[image: Lindsey Graham2 - 400] Ben Carson is unfit to be president for his statement Sunday that Islam is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, said his fellow GOP candidate Lindsey Graham. Carson made the statement on NBC's "Meet the Press," and immediately drew outrage from Twitter, where... Continue reading *“Lindsey Graham: Ben Carson Should ‘Apologize to American Muslims’”* at *teaparty.org*.
Acculturated/Andrew StilesatThe Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: hillary clinton] Perhaps the most telling indicator that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is going poorly, apart from the FBI investigation into her emails, the symbolic power outages, her tanking poll numbers, and the fact that less than a third of registered voters... Continue reading *“Comedians Finally Get the Joke about Hillary Clinton”* at *acculturated.com*.
*Reporter Neela Banerjee on Exxon and climate change | FRONTLINE * *by Gaius Publius* An explosive story reported by Inside Climate News, an award-winning climate organization, and *Frontline*, reveals that Exxon knew as early as 1977 that earth's climate was being seriously disrupted, and would continue to be disrupted, by carbon dioxide emissions, and yet in the 1980s they pivoted to financing an aggressive climate denial effort anyway. That denial effort continues to this day, financed through the American Petroleum Institute and fronted by actress Brooke Alexander (whom I've c...more »
From* Alert 5:* Russian military jets over Syria, Su-24? A video that was reported to have been filmed in Syria shows four Su-24s in formation with a large transport plane over Homs. *WNU Editor:* This is an incredible video. Are these four jets flying to Syria with this transport plane the jets that are to be deployed in Syria? Are they there to provide protection for this transport plane from U.S./Israeli/coalition aircraft? What is in the transport plane that justifies such protection(I doubt that it is humanitarian aid)? Are these Russian jets? A lot of questions .... no answe...more »
Imagine that a migrant worker was pictured being beaten up by an Israeli, can you imagine the BBC coverage? But as this story is about a Saudi Arabian, there'll be no BBC coverage. More here http://tarekfatah.com/saudi-engineer-brutally-beating-up-an-indian-worker-here-is-that-video-severe-beating-view-with-caution/
This BBC report by Jon Sopel http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34311643 seems rather confused in part: '... but what about the feelings of the three million Muslims who live in America? How is it going to feel to have a serious political figure, someone who aspires to lead this nation, essentially saying being Muslim is un-American? These people who day in, day out serve their communities, support their families, enrich the lives of fellow citizens and make America the successful melting pot that it is. Kids who recite the pledge of allegiance in the morning at their sch...more »
[image: Paul Ryan - 400] Republican presidential campaigns will receive invitations Monday to attend an upcoming poverty forum moderated by House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott in South Carolina. The setting for the half-day conference is the Kemp Forum on... Continue reading *“Paul Ryan, Tim Scott to Host GOP Candidate Forum on Poverty”* at *politico.com*.
[image: Not for Featured Image] Mike Huckabee said Saturday that President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate a gay man to lead the Army was made so he could appease “America’s homosexuals.” “It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s... Continue reading *“Huckabee Blasts Obama for Choosing Gay Man to Lead Army”* at *cnn.com*.
PHOTO: UAV.ru *Reuters*:* Exclusive: Russia sends drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria - U.S. officials* Russia has started flying drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Monday, in what appeared to be Moscow's first military air operations inside the country since staging a rapid buildup at a Syrian air base. The U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, could not immediately say how many Russian drones were involved in the surveillance missions or the scope of the flights. The Pentagon declined to comment. ...more »
*Heather M. Roff, Slate:* *The New Cold War Is Going Digital* And that’s a problem, because deterrence doesn’t work when it comes to cyberattacks. Sometimes we forget about the 40-odd–year Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the West. We forget about the espionage, sabotage (on both sides), the covert and proxy wars, and even the overt arms race. Since 1991 a sort of public indifference to Russia’s antics has developed, despite its nuclear saber rattling, its annexation of Crimea, and its ongoing provocative posture. Sure, the United States and the European Union sanction...more »
[image: This undated identification photo released Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office shows Michael McCarthy, boyfriend of Rachel Bond the mother of Bella Bond, the toddler whose body was found in a trash bag on a Boston Harbor beach in June and who was known for months as only Baby Doe. McCarthy was arrested and charged with murder in Bella's death. Rachel Bond was charged as an accessory to murder after the fact.] BOSTON (AP) -- The mother of a young girl dubbed Baby Doe and identified almost three months after her remains washed up inside a tra...more »
Ever wonder why, on a round-trip, the leg home often feels shorter? A group of researchers found that’s only true in hindsight, as people look back on which leg felt shorter — the trouble is, when the paper first appeared, the title mistakenly stated the opposite was true. One June 10, PLOS ONE published a […] The post When the title states the wrong result, a paper gets corrected appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*CNN:* *Netanyahu visits Putin amid concerns about Russian involvement in Syria* (CNN)With Russia apparently beefing up its military presence in Syria, some countries are getting nervous about what could happen -- including, perhaps, Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss "the Middle East peace process and the fight against the global terrorist threat," the Kremlin said. But in a rare move, Netanyahu is bringing several top Israeli military and security officials with him to Moscow. Israel Defense Force...more »
[image: Eagles Fans Want to Draft Pope Francis to Bless Sam Bradford's Knee] Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist regime's rigid intolerance of political opposition. Two well-known dissidents, Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, had been invited by the Vatican... Continue reading *“Dissidents Invited by Vatican Prevented by Cuban Security from Attending Services with Pope”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
[image: SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California.] So we are now in day four of the "Muslim" conversation started when Donald Trump didn't respond to a trollish question about Muslims at a town hall. A few thoughts. 1. Donald Trump is probably right that he has no... Continue reading *“What Carson and Cruz Should Have Said to the ‘Muslim’ Question”* at *nationalreview.com*.
The Des Moines RegisteratThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses as he listens to a reporters question at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office after he participated in a small business roundtable meeting with area business representatives, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Across the nation, the GOP is in the midst of an internal war pitting tea partyers like Cruz who argue for ideological purity against more mainstream Republicans advocating a more pragmatic, inclusive party approach to governing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)] It would be unconstitutional to disqualify a Muslim from the p...more »
[image: 20150901-pope-francis-profile-gty-1160__1442839382_22.214.171.124] Democrats have a lengthy wish list for Pope Francis when he addresses Congress this week. But Republicans are seizing on the Catholic leader's historic visit to make good on one of their top social priorities: Tough new abortion restrictions. As... Continue reading *“GOP Ties Anti-Abortion Push to Papal Visit”* at *politico.com*.
[image: pope francis speaking - 400] He has been called the “slum pope” and “a pope for the poor.” And indeed, it’s true that Pope Francis, leader to 1.3 billion Roman Catholics, speaks often of those in need. He’s described the amount of poverty and inequality... Continue reading *“If Pope Francis Wants to Help the Poor, He Should Embrace Capitalism”* at *reason.com*.
[image: Mary Katharine Ham-400] Fox News contributor and popular conservative commentator Mary Katharine Ham announced the tragic death of her husband and White House advisor Jake Brewer on Sunday in an emotional Instagram Post. The Washington Post reported that Brewer, 34, died after losing... Continue reading *“Remembering Jake Brewer, Husband of Mary Katharine Ham”* at *theblaze.com*.
*CBS 60 Minutes*:* President Rouhani* *The Iranian president speaks with Steve Kroft about the historic nuclear deal and whether the U.S. and Iran can move past years of mistrust* Few issues have inspired more vitriol this summer than the historic agreement between Iran and six world powers: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal drastically curtails Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Depending on where you stand politically, it's either a triumph of global diplomacy, the best available solution or a blunder o...more »
Justin Webb at Bournemouth covering the conference of ‘a shell-shocked party’. “I’ve just bumped into Jenny Tongue (sic) who is a liberal democrat party member though she sits as an independent in the House of Lords - an independent very much on the left of the party. “What’s going through your mind about party membership. Which party do you feel most at home with? Describe whats’ happening in your mind and in your heart” Justin’s pronunciation of Ms Tonge’s name was obviously Freudian. It was an unconscious, subconscious (or deliberate) verbal evocation of that mocking hand gestu...more »
RINF, Global Research, Countercurrents, CounterPunch Immediately prior to Narendra Modi being elected India’s PM last year, there were calls from some quarters for him to usher in a Thatcherite-style revolution. The hope was that he would accelerate the trend of privatisation, sops and tax breaks to business, deregulation, land and labour reforms, etc., and would also eradicate ‘blockages’ to various projects (i.e. remove dissent and relax or do away with existing procedures). What Margaret Thatcher did in the eighties was to make Britain friendly to global capital. Global financi...more »
Source here: ...Last summer, the NEA invited all presidential candidates to participate in the union’s endorsement process. Only Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders did so. Each made a video statement that was shown at the summer’s RA meeting and posted by many to their local groups. Though more candidates have entered the race since then, none have chosen to interview with the NEA. Ironically, at the same RA meeting, the assembly voted specifically NOT to ignore rank and file membership before endorsing a Presidential candidate. New Business Item 79 states: NEA, as an ...more »
AP/JULIE PACE & STEVE PEOPLESatThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump’s rivals emerged from the second Republican debate newly confident that the brash billionaire will fade if the nomination fight takes a more substantive turn, and that they can play a role in taking him down...more »
*VOA*: *UN Watchdog Reports 'Significant Progress' in Iran Probe* The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that "significant progress" has been made in the U.N.'s long-running probe into allegations Iran worked to develop nuclear weapons. Yukiya Amano said he reported to the IAEA's board about his trip to Iran that included visiting the Parchin military site that has been a key focus of the investigation. Amano said environmental samples were taken at Parchin before his visit in a process that included Iranian representatives "swiping samples." He specified...more »
Human Rights Watch (HRW) just released a new report on abuses resulting from the on going war against the Islamic State in Iraq. This time the group focused upon the Tikrit area of Salahaddin where they accused elements of the Hashd al-Shaabi and Sunni volunteers for systematically destroying homes, looting, and carrying out arbitrary arrests after the district was freed in March 2015. The operation to clear Tikrit and the surrounding towns began in March 2015. On March 6, Dour to the south of Tikrit was taken. Albu Ajeel fell the next day, and then Alam on March 8 with Tikrit it...more »
[image: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on September 21, 2015.] Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu disagreed over the threat to Israel's security from Syria as they began talks in Moscow on the crisis in the war-torn country. Israel and Russia have a "common interest in ensuring stability"... Continue reading *“Putin and Netanyahu Divided over Threat from Crisis in Syria”* at *bloomberg.com*.
Just remember; I'll be voting Liberal where I live. But I've been a little dismayed by the speed with which Liberal partisans have been crowing about how they're the progressive ones because Justin Trudeau says he's not afraid to run deficits and Mulcair's insisting he can balance the budget. Personally, I don't think Mulcair will be able to balance the budget either, and if he actually believes that he either knows something most people don't or he has my pity. I think it's more the case that despite the fact that Mulcair represents the NDP which has the "best" fiscal record of ...more »
A 2015 paper on how proteins work to reduce inflammation in cow cells has been retracted by the authors “because of inappropriate statistical analysis and inability to reproduce some of the results.” The journal Inflammation posted the retraction in August, just six months after it was published in February. It has only been cited once, according […] The post “Inability to reproduce” retracts inflammation paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015Part 1—Our final back-to-school questions:* How much better are black kids doing in math? Admit it! You’ve never seen that question addressed by *any* major news org! You’ve never seen that question addressed by the New York Times or the Washington Post. You’ve never seen that question addressed by the millionaire corporate employees who perform as corporate liberal hosts on MSNBC, The One True Liberal Channel. How much better are black kids doing? Voluminous data exist—but you’ve never seen them reported! For that reason, you’ve never seen any *actual...more »
*Reuters*: *Tsipras returns to power to fight for Greek debt relief* Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras will return as prime minister on Monday determined to secure debt relief from the country's creditors in his "first and most important battle" after scoring an unexpectedly clear election victory. But easing Greece's debt burden is just one of many items on a dauntingly long "to do" list ranging from how to revive a crippled economy while implementing austerity polices to dealing with the wave of migrants landing on Greek shores. In Sunday's election voters gave Tsipras and hi...more »
[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.] Donald Trump may be leading in many national polls, but he lags far behind in a poll gauging his popularity among a key demographic -- women. According to a straw poll of those attending the National Federation of Republican Women’s... Continue reading *“4 Reasons Carly Fiorina Is Gaining with Women Voters”* at *christianpost.com*.
[image: Tracy Morgan_900__1442840487_126.96.36.199] Comedian Tracy Morgan made an iconic return to the Emmys stage on Sunday, and drew laughs from the audience, who stood and applauded his triumphant return. The 30 Rock star recalled waking up from a coma after he suffered a... Continue reading *“Tracy Morgan Makes Triumphant Emmys Return; Veep, Game of Thrones Celebrate Wins”* at *foxnews.com*.
1998: The year Biotech launched its war on science. Arpad Pusztai, an impeccably qualified scientist & a previous supporter of GMOs, received a grant to develop standard animal feeding trial testing methods to assess possible toxicological effects arising from the GE plant transformation process. The rats fed the GE potatoes in his feeding study developed organ damage, immune defects and other health problems. He found it was the actual process of genetic engineering that was the problem. Dr. Pusztai's response to the study finding was to say... "If I had the choice, I would cert...more »
[image: Bowe Bergdahl court sketch hearing__1442838100_188.8.131.52] JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Tex. -- Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was fed up. He was five weeks into a deployment in southeastern Afghanistan and frustrated with his mission and his leaders. He and his fellow soldiers weren't going... Continue reading *“Disillusioned And Self-Deluded, Bowe Bergdahl Vanished into A Brutal Captivity”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Cuba pope] HAVANA -- Pope Francis arrived here Saturday to a rapturous reception from ordinary Cubans and, drawing on the famous words of one of his predecessors, called on island nation to "open itself to the world" and on the world "to... Continue reading *“Francis Lays out Gentle Critique of Cuba’s Socialist Revolution”* at *cruxnow.com*.
[image: Inuit in Greeneland] In the 1970s, Danish researchers studying Inuit metabolism proposed that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish were protective. Those conclusions eventually led to the recommendation that Westerners eat more fish to help prevent heart disease and sent tens of millions... Continue reading *“Unless You’re Inuit, Maybe Omega-3 Fatty Acids Don’t Help After All”* at *nytimes.com*.
Before moving to Arizona, Lee Rogers, last cycle's progressive Democratic candidate in CA-25 (Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles), worked with local Democratic clubs and progressive activists to find a candidate who could win the newly blue district. The locals were excited about Agua Dulce councilman Lou Vince, a former marine and ex-L.A. police officer. If you think all former marines and ex-L.A. police officers are conservative, you haven't met Lou Vince, a dedicated progressive, and not just on the easy issues. "The banks that were too big ...more »
https://darkpsychology.co/narcissism/ In last week's debate, when Stephen Harper talked about "old stock" Canadians, he wasn't talking about the oldest stock Canadians -- Canada's native peoples. Consider his record of that file. Michael Harris writes: It was a telling moment in the debate. It was also perfectly in keeping with the Harper government’s view of indigenous peoples. They are invisible, except when beating drums or wearing feathers at one of those ghastly public ceremonies the Harperites like to substitute for real action on th...more »
*Washington Times:* *Vladimir Putin orders ground troops to Syria after Obama’s use of moderate rebels flops* Vladimir Putin views the Syrian army and its Iranian allies as incapable of defeating the Islamic State in Syria, prompting the Russian president to directly intervene in recent weeks by setting up an air base and sending in tanks, artillery and jet fighters, a report to Congress says. Mr. Putin’s bold yet risky move of putting troops on the ground directly confronting a terrorist group contrasts sharply with the Obama administration’s strategy of an air campaign over Syri...more »
*Australia: Stop turning schools into training centres* *The teacher below makes a very good case for a broad High School education. I certainly benefited greatly from one in the traditional school system of long ago. I came out with a knowledge of two foreign languages, Chaucer, Tennyson, Schubert and Bach, to mention just a few of the things I am so glad about.As I was writing this I felt transformed by the wonderful music I was listening to at the same time: JS Bach's St Matthew Passion - sung by the Thomanerchor Leipzig (Video with subtitles). A great pinnacle of Ch...more »
*Reversing the destruction of agricultural land* *Viv Forbes below does not mention a relevant matter. He directs our attention to a talk by Savory which is an absolute eye-opener and we must be profoundly grateful for Savory's work. But Savory does justify his proposals as assisting with global warming. That is just good politicking however. By doing that Savory gets more people onside. But his work is good for much more than global warming. It is truly a great leap forward in the management of agricultural land. I have always seen soil erosion as the environmental challenge ...more »
Evening wrap...... *zerohedge* @zerohedge 4m4 minutes ago "Emerging Markets Are On The Verge Of Liquidation" Top Performing Hedge Fund Manager Warns; "QE4 Is Coming" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-2 1/emerging-markets-are-verge-liquidation-top-performing-hedge-fund-manager-warns-qe4-c … Takeaway.... *** In an interview with the FT, Burbank said years of QE had caused a misallocation of capital across the world, while the end of QE last year triggered a dollar rally with consequences that were only now beginning to be realized. "The wrong people got the capital — e...more »
[image: DS_lifeat18weeks_screen] A debate over life is commencing this week, with the Senate set to vote on a historic measure that would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks. To document what life looks like getting close to this stage in development, The...more »
[image: Alexis Tsipras Greece Government ANEL_900] ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Alexis Tsipras is set to receive the formal mandate later Monday to form a Greek government for the second time, after his left-wing Syriza party unexpectedly won a decisive victory in early national elections. Syriza’s victory...more »
National Review/Frederick M. HessatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: school classroom - 400] The Common Core debate rolls merrily along. It's made the occasional appearance in the contest for the GOP nomination -- popping up occasionally between new Trumpisms and debate postmortems -- and as states have released results on the new Common... Continue reading *“Common Core’s Eroding Support among Both Republicans and Democrats”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Northern Arapaho Tribe_900] Native American tribes are pushing back against a provision of Obamacare mandating that tribal governments provide health insurance to their employees. Tribal leaders say it's a "misinterpretation" of the law that will cost millions of dollars. When Congress passed the...more »
*Steadfastness is applied by increasing numbers of Hue-Beings* by ÉirePort Steadfastness is applied by increasing numbers of Hue-Beings. Holographic manifestations from lower levels increase. Flash points avoided. Stemmed relations converge. Frequencies of though*[t?] *increase. Martinizations flourish, as congruences are noted. ÉirePort | September 21, 2015 at 11:54 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vz
"Life Choices - Facing Difficult Decisions" By Jennifer Mclynch "We have all been at a point in our lives where we have to make a difficult decision, and we just don’t know how. We spend countless hours thinking about it, contemplating all of the options, and trying to sort out all of the complex emotions that go along with the decision. We make pro and con lists, go for long walks, or write down our feelings until we come to a place where we can be comfortable with the decision that we have made. The question is, how can you be sure that it is the right decision, and how can you p...more »
"The Power of Doubt" by don Miguel Ruiz "Have you ever asked yourself if something you heard was actually true? Have you ever wondered if someone was lying to you, or worse yet, have you ever wondered, "Am I lying to myself?" Do you believe those voices in your head that are giving you opinions? Do you tend to believe other people's opinions? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will understand when being skeptical is a good thing. Right now, you're delivering a message to yourself and to everyone around you. You're always delivering messages, and you're always receiv...more »
Author Unknown "Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there; they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be; your roommate, neighbor, professor, long-lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way. Sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize th...more »
[image: Map of Afghanistan] The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. military has a policy of ignoring the practice of Afghan police raping Afghan boys, even when it occurs on U.S. military bases: KABUL, Afghanistan -- In his last phone call home,...more »
[image: Xi Jinping China Tiannenmen Square] BEIJING -- President Xi Jinping of China looked regal as he stood in a limousine moving past Tiananmen Square this month, wearing a traditional suit of the kind favored by Mao and waving at parade troops assembled at attention. But... Continue reading *“China’s Xi Jinping Arriving in U.S. at a Moment of Vulnerability”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: Slave woman] A few years back I was touring the grounds of the South Carolina State House with a visitor from the North. When we stopped at the monument to former South Carolina Governor and Senator Benjamin Ryan ("Pitchfork Ben") Tillman, my...more »
AP/NICOLE WINFIELD & MICHAEL WEISSENSTEINatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Havana Cuba Popemobile_900] HAVANA (AP) -- Pope Francis flies to eastern Cuba on Monday for the next leg of his pilgrimage after having met with both Raul and Fidel Castro but missing out on an encounter with Cuban dissidents. The Vatican stressed that...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton7 - 400] A rough political summer has left Hillary Rodham Clinton with negative favorability ratings in a New York state poll for the first time, a low mark in the state she represented as a senator for eight years. Mrs. Clinton was... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton Rates Unfavorably in New York State Poll”* at *nytimes.com*.
The stock price of Volkswagen AG is seeing a decrease by 20% or so today; the DAX index reacts by a drop by 0.6% which is visibly worse than other European stock indices (those went up). This brutal drop occurred after Volkswagen has admitted that it has employed a variety of software tricks – generally referred to as a "defeat device" – to understate its cars' emissions in order to please the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. The tricks have been used for 7 years in the diesel models sold in the U.S. which include Audi A3, VW Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat. Such ...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu observe troops in action during a training exercise at the Donguz testing range in Orenburg region, Russia, on Sept. 19. PHOTO: RIA NOVOSTI/REUTERS *Wall Street Journal:* *Putin’s Syria Tour de Force* *Before: Russia is ‘doomed to fail.’ Now: Obama is happy to talk.* Vladimir Putin doesn’t seem to share President Obama’s definition of “smarter.” Ten days ago Mr. Obama declared that the Russian President’s military deployments in Syria were “doomed to fail” and the Kremlin was “going to have to start getting a l...more »
With all the brouhaha over the clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, plus being in the midst of the Jewish holidays, I thought now would be a good time to talk about religious discrimination and when employers must accommodate religious beliefs. Here's what EEOC says about when an employer does not have to accommodate an employee's religious beliefs: An employer can refuse to provide a reasonable accommodation if it would pose an undue hardship. Undue hardship may be shown if the accommodation would impose “more than de minimis cost” on the o...more »
[image: Iran president Ayatollah_900] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Monday it has given samples to the U.N. nuclear agency collected by its own experts at the Parchin military site, where Western nations suspect it once worked on detonators for nuclear weapons. The transfer...more »
[image: John Kasich] The Ohio governor John Kasich has said he will sign a state bill currently under debate that would ban abortions carried out because a child has Down's syndrome. "I would sign it, yes," Kasich said in an interview with CNN... Continue reading *“John Kasich Pledges to Sign Bill Banning Abortions of Down’s Children”* at *theguardian.com*.
[image: NSA taps into Google user data] IT has been a bad decade for God, at least so far. Despite the rising popularity of Pope Francis, who was elected in 2013, Google searches for churches are 15 percent lower in the first half of this decade than... Continue reading *“What Google Searches Say about Religion in America”* at *nytimes.com*.
'Khan also backed claims that Corbyn's links with Palestinian terror groups could fuel anti-Semitism in the UK. Asked to comment on Corbyn's Hamas and Hezbollah connections, he said Labour had to ditch its 'anti-Jewish' image, which was not acceptable' in Britain. Khan said there was a direct link between Middle East tension and anti-Semitic attacks in London, saying synagogues and Jewish schools in London needed 24-hour guards as a result.' More from Sadiq Khan here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3241649/Labour-s-Mayor-savages-Corbyn-Party-star-Khan-damns-leader-anti-Se...more »
THE U.S. NAVY'S STEALTHY NEW ZUMWALT-CLASS DESTROYER IS AS BIG AS A BATTLECRUISER, AND TWICE AS LETHAL. IMAGE SOURCE: U.S. NAVY. *Rich Smith, Motley Fool:* *Will the U.S. Navy Torpedo Its Most Lethal Warship?* And if it does, will this spell doomsday for defense contractors? The United States Navy has a massive new stealth destroyer. Two of them, in fact -- but now it looks like they might never get a third. Seeking a stealthy, survivable destroyer to lead it into the 21st century, and one with the range to threaten targets both on land as well as at sea, the U.S. Navy began deve...more »
*Reuters*: *Pope meets Fidel Castro, warns against ideology on Cuba trip* Pope Francis met Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday hours after warning Cubans to beware the dangers of ideology and the lure of selfishness as their country enters a new era of closer ties with the United States. Latin America's first pope and Castro, the region's last surviving leftist icon of the 20th century, discussed religion and world affairs at the home of the 89-year-old retired president for about 40 minutes. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the meeting, which include...more »
*Oryx Blog*: *Sighting of R-166-0.5 signals vehicle affirms inflow of Russian military into Syria* The past few days have seen a steep increase of evidence revealing the true extent of direct military involvement by the Russian military on the ground in Syria. The sighting of recently delivered Russian UAVs and Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in addition to sound fragments confirming Russian military personnel directly participated in one of regime's offensives in the Lattakia Governorate all proved Russia was deeper involved in the Syrian Civil War than many pre...more »
Ding Ding ding Ding!!!!!!! BE ALERT PEOPLE!!!!! I woke up to a completely skype outage- not just the usual Skype fuckery I've been experiencing for the past few months, but a full blown outage. Some messages are going through- but taking 30 minutes to be delivered- some are not going through at all. In Skype groups, some people are receiving the messages, some can't even get signed into Skype. I do NOT Believe in Coincidence. As I said last night on Transpicuous News, this could be a VERY interesting week. BE ALERT BE PREPARED ...AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL!!!!!! Do you h...more »
THE GREATEST PAIN OF ALL It hurts when you lean on crutches in the rain and no-one holds an umbrella over you Pain… chest, stomach, back splitting headaches swollen limbs fatigue high pulse, throbbing heart nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting confusion sleeplessness blurred eyes burning rashes, freezing, sweating cold feet turning purple …… trembling, numbness, paralysis Pain, pain… to know that precious ones who were healthy and happy have died in their sleep It hurts when voices in white say it’s only nerves, when they hand you a piece of paper and say next please But the greatest...more »
*Deutsche Welle*: *Pakistan blames Afghanistan for the attack on Peshawar air force base* Pakistan's army claims that the militants who attacked an air force base in Peshawar had come from Afghanistan. The assault has also raised doubts about the success of a military operation in the country's northwest. Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, the Pakistani army spokesman, told the media on Friday that the security forces had secured the Badaber air force compound after an hours-long firefight, killing all 13 militants. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the assault. "At least...more »
History is a good foundation for understanding this world we live in. I've just finished reading an example or really good history. It's called “Wealth and Power”, and it's by Orville Schell and John Delury. It's a history of Chinese government from 1840, the early years of Britain demanding lavish economic power in China, years when China could be overwhelmed by tiny armies, usually western, from Britain, France, Germany, Japan, U.S., and forced to accept humiliating terms. In fact, in China, the term “the great humiliation” still refers to the years from 1840 to the victory of ...more »
*This posting is entirely based on the comment of Mark Zain, ..The comment was under a Harvey Oberfeld blog posting..* *Here is the link to Harvey Oberfelds posting..* *__________ * http://harveyoberfeld.ca/blog/is-the-cbc-out-to-get-stephen-harper/#comments * ____________ * ________________ Grant g here.....Harvey Oberfeld is upset that the BC NDP of the 90`s, according to Mike Harcourt, who proudly and truthfully proclaimed on the CBC that the record of the NDP of the 90`s was far superior than the record of the BC Liberals(rebranded Social credit party) Harvey Oberfeld ...more »
Dan Quinn was relieved of his Special Forces command after a fight with a U.S.-backed militia leader who had a boy as a sex slave chained to his bed. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times *New York Times*: *U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys* KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do a...more »
*“30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself”* by Marc Chernoff “As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. Here are some ideas to get you started: *1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.* Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness...more »
*Daily Mail:* *The Few fly again: Thousands flock to see amazing Battle of Britain re-enactment as Spitfires and Hurricanes scramble to battle the Luftwaffe once more* * Thousands visited grounds near the Imperial War Museum Duxford, in Cambridgeshire, to watch the re-enactment * It was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when RAF pilots repelled the German Luftwaffe * The display featured Messerschmitts, Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes staging mock duels amid the panic of sirens Tens of thousands of people flocked to a stunning airshow yesterday to watch a...more »
*CNBC:** Why China's yuan may be set for 15% devaluation* China is mulling a 15-20 percent devaluation of its currency by the end of 2016 in a move that could spark a crisis in Asian markets, according to research firm IDEAglobal. It cited an interview it had conducted with a "reliably-informed Asian source" in a release published late on Tuesday. China, the world's second-largest economy after the U.S., devalued its currency last month in a bid to help exporters. The country is grappling with a softening economy and wild swings in the stock market. "Having achieved a 3 percent m...more »
The Liberal Party will scrap the Conservatives' troubled F-35 fighter jet program should they assume government, Leader Justin Trudeau announced in Halifax today. "Our Canadian Forces are in a state of stagnation," Trudeau said to a crowd of supporters at Pier 21 in Halifax, home to the Canadian Museum of Immigration. In its place, the Liberals said they would launch an "open and transparent competition" to buy more affordable planes to replace Canada's aging CF-18 jets. Trudeau said the money saved by scrapping the F-35 procurement would go primarily to increasing spending on the...more »
[image: JF-17 Thunder]China and Pakistan have a pact to keep the technology of their jointly-developed JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat aircraft away from the United States and India because of its superiority to America’s F-16 fighter jet, claims the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. The Block II variation of the JF-17, known as the FC-1 Xiaolong by China, recently entered into service for the “Minhas” No2 squadron of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The new and improved configuration of the lightweight fighter jet is said to include improved avionics and better software, as well as...more »
[image: Su-30 Fanker-C]Venezuela will purchase at least 12 fighter jets from Russia, President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday. "I will talk to [Russian] President Vladimir Putin to deliver at least 12 new [Sukhoi] Su [fighter jets] to Venezuela and replace the one lost [on Friday]," Maduro said as quoted by the Noticias24 news website. On Friday, a Venezuelan Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed on the country's border with Columbia. Read more
[image: B-1 Lancer with HELLADS]The U.S. Air Force wants to equip its war planes with the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) by 2020, upping its defense game. The Army and the Navy have already moved to upgrade their systems and boost their arsenal — now it's the Air Force's turn to make significant changes. The Air Force plans to employ combat lasers of its own to make its war planes more effective. According to The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), enemy threats to aircraft, both manned and unmanned, have grown increasingly sophisticated and n...more »
China on Sunday launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its “Long March” family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme. The Long March-6, a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in the northern province of Shanxi on Sunday morning carrying 20 “micro” satellites, the official Xinhua news agency said. The white rocket, imprinted with the Chinese flag at the top, climbed into bluish-grey skies, footage aired by state broadcaste...more »
[image: P-8A Poseidon]The U.S. Navy is ordering 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol military jets from the Boeing Co., as well as long-lead items for another 20 Poseidon aircraft -- under terms of a $1.5 billion contract modification. Of these new aircraft, 25 will be for the U.S. Navy and eight will be for the government of Australia. The P-8 is a militarized version of the Boeing 737 single-aisle jetliner hardened for long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking t...more »
[image: P-8A Poseidon]When British defence secretary Michael Fallon stood up at London’s arms fair last week, he admitted a glaring gap in the nation’s defence capability. The move in 2010 to scrap the troubled Nimrod submarine hunter programme had been “a pretty tough decision”, he said. In just a few weeks’ time, the government’s strategic defence and security review is expected to put the requirement for maritime patrol aircraft to protect the UK’s nuclear deterrent back on the list of spending priorities. With Russian submarines last year suspected of patrolling close to Faslane...more »
[image: Halifax class FFG]Documents obtained by CTV News suggest that the Conservative government's plan to overhaul the Royal Canadian Navy with a multi-billion dollar procurement to replace frigates and destroyers may be in trouble. According to internal documents obtained by CTV News' Mercedes Stephenson, the "Canadian Surface Combatant" program is at "very high risk" of running over budget, behind schedule, lacking skilled manpower, and producing inadequate capabilities. The documents warn there is a risk the project, "may be unable to deliver the optimal number of ships with t...more »
[image: Liaoning CV]China's strategy for the development of its Navy will enable Beijing to compete with the United States someday, according to US defense expert Dave Majumdar. Although China has no experience in constructing a ship the size of an aircraft carrier, the country's strategy on the development of its Navy will help Beijing to ultimately compete with the United States in this field, defense expert Dave Majumdar claimed in an article he had published by the US magazine National Interest. In the article, titled "Chinese Aircraft Carriers: A Nightmare for the US Navy?" Ma...more »
*Kit Up/Military.com: **Firm Touts Tasty MREs, from Cherry Turnover to BBQ Beef * Birdgford Foods Corp. is touting new kinds of Meal Ready to Eat, or MRE, with flavors ranging from cherry turnover to barbecue beef. And not only do they taste like food, they’re actually really good. Military.com staff tasted a sampling of the products while interviewing Richard Mueller, divisional sales manager for the Anaheim, California-based food supplier, on Tuesday at the annual Air and Space Conference. The company offers a full line of MRE sandwiches for the U.S. military, including ...more »
*Gallop:* *75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption* WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Three in four Americans (75%) last year perceived corruption as widespread in the country's government. This figure is up from two in three in 2007 (67%) and 2009 (66%). While the numbers have fluctuated slightly since 2007, the trend has been largely stable since 2010. However, the percentage of U.S. adults who see corruption as pervasive has never been less than a majority in the past decade, which has had no shortage of controversies from the U.S. Justice Department's firings of U.S. attorneys to t...more »
Many people – including several famous physicists – find Maldacena's and Susskind's ER-EPR correspondence hard to believe, controversial, or inconsistent. But there is no known inconsistency. Three folks at Caltech, Bao, Pollack, and Remmen, are addressing a point that I have mentioned on this blog a few times, but they do so a bit differently. Wormhole and Entanglement (Non-)Detection in the ER=EPR Correspondence ER=EPR means that ER, an Einstein-Rosen bridge (a non-traversable wormhole), may always be interpreted as EPR (an acronym chosen for the quantum entanglement, after Einste...more »
Medevac airmen administer aid during nighttime training simulation, Iraq, 2009. Photo: USAF *Brian Castner, Mother Board:* *The Changing Face of Battlefield Medicine* At the end of the runway, an idle firetruck sat near a massive petrol-fed inferno. Flashes of light and rainbowing tracers played among the hangers, followed half-a-second later by thumps and clatters. Overhead, attack helicopters launched rockets that landed far too close. “The bad guys are on the wrong side of the fence,” Matt Komatsu thought. “Inside the fence.” Komatsu and Dan Warren looked at each other and then...more »
*Soldier Systems:* *US Army Operational Footwear Update* Due to the nature of their line of work, Soldiers care about boots and the US Army has come a long way over the past two decades to offer a wider variety of mission-oriented footwear. We thought it would be interesting to share a few slides from a deck shared recently with industry by PEO Soldier’s PM for Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment. They offer an overview as well as information on the Jungle and Mountaineering Boot efforts as well as the Cold Weather Overboot which has unfortunately been in development hell, i...more »
“While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st century astronomers would identify it as a planetary nebula, but it's not a planet either, even though it may appear round and planet-like in a small telescope. Messier 27 (M27) is an excellent example of a gaseous emission nebula created as a sun-like star runs out of nuclear fuel in its core. The nebula forms as the star's outer layers are...more »
“How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy. In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age, we are looking backwards to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day, when we have time...” - Charles Caleb Colton, “Lacon”
*“One Day at a Time: Stepping Stones”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate rather than always looking at the big picture. The years of our life do not arrive all at once; they greet us day by day. With the descent of each setting sun, we are able to rest our heads and let the world take care of itself for a while. We may rest assured throughout the night, knowing that the dawn will bring with it a chance to meet our lives anew, donning fresh perspectives and dream-inspired hopes. The hours that follow, before we return to slee...more »
*“The Black Man (A True Story)”* by Paulo Coelho "We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up again to pick it up. Coming back, she sees with astonishment that a black man, possibly sub-Saharan by his appearance, is sitting there and is eating from her tray. Straight away, the young woman feels lost and stressed, but immediately changes her thought and presumes that the African is not familiar with European customs concerning priva...more »
"Through Thick and Thin" by Chet Raymo "You hear a lot about "thin places" these days, especially in the context of "Celtic spirituality." Thin places are geographical locales where the veil between this world and the otherworld is - well, thin. Porous, permeable. Places where you are more likely to encounter the Divine. Mostly our lives are circumscribed by the adamant materiality of the natural world. We are enclosed in a prison of "is-ness." But in thin places we need only open our hearts and the wall of Is-ness crumbles and the supernatural is revealed in all of its gauzy grande...more »
"Six Causes of Online Disinhibition" by PsyBlog "The online disinhibition effect has cost people their jobs, their income and their relationships, yet many are still oblivious to it. The first famous case of someone allegedly losing their job from indiscreet remarks made online was in 2002. Heather Armstrong, author of the blog 'dooce', claimed she was fired after her colleagues discovered she'd been lampooning them online. In internet terms getting fired for a blog rant is ancient news; to make the headlines now your indiscretions have to be on Twitter or Facebook. Another example ...more »
*"Poll: Guy Who Asked Trump Muslim Question Leads G.O.P. Race"* by Andy Borowitz ROCHESTER, N.H. (The Borowitz Report)—"Two days after asserting that President Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim, a guy who asked Donald Trump a provocative question at a New Hampshire rally is now the front-runner in the Republican race for President, according to a new poll. The poll, which was conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, shows Muslim Question Guy leading the G.O.P. field with thirty-four per cent as opposed to nineteen per cent for Trump. In interviews...more »
*"5 Jaw-Dropping Right-Wing Idiocies This Week: * *Palin's Insane Reaction to Ahmed Mohamed"* And Jamie Dimon thinks inequality is OK, because we have iPhones. by Janet Allon *"1. Sarah Palin rants about how Ahmed Mohamed was up to no good when he brought that clock to school*. Mama Bear Palin actually managed to make her dim-witted daughter Bristol look almost reasonable this week. While Bristol went on record on her blog saying that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should probably not have been arrested for bringing a clock to school, Sarah ranted thusly on Facebook: “Yep, believing that’...more »
*NBC*: *Are Russian Hackers Using Monkey Videos to Attack U.S.?* Hackers backed by Moscow have been carrying out a seven-year campaign to steal intelligence information from western governments and organizations, a report from cybersecurity researchers F-Secure claims. Specific targets of the attacks detailed in the report include the former Georgian Information Center on NATO, the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, the ministries of foreign affairs in both Turkey and Uganda and government institutions and think tanks in the U.S., Europe and central Asia. The hacking collective named...more »
The Clinton machine is now banking on a longer campaign than anyone would have imagined a few months ago when Bernie Sanders indicated he would run to represent ordinary working families and their interests. There are a lot of women who feel they are finally entitled to a woman president-- Clinton's only viable claim to the nomination now that the myth of "electability" has been shattered by months (years) of the vicious and well-financed GOP smear campaign against her-- but the momentum in the Democratic primary process is entirely with Bernie Sanders. Clinton can't tap into the ...more »
DoD Photo *L.A. Times*: *Can't believe your eyes? Scientists build tiny invisibility cloak* Scientists might be a step – a teeny tiny step – closer to developing that Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak of your dreams. Researchers at UC Berkeley have created a thin metamaterial that can conform to irregularly shaped objects and render them invisible in certain wavelengths of light. For now, this cloak is exceedingly small and covers only an object about 1,300 square microns. But the device, described in the journal Science, offers a proof of concept that could potentially be sca...more »
X-51 Waverider. U.S. Air Force photo *Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring:* *America’s Far-Off Hypersonic Weapons Freak Out Russia* High-tech missile plans keep Kremlin officials awake at night. In a near-future war, 1,000 missiles scream toward Russia at Mach 20. Each one a pinpoint strike hitting the Kremlin’s nuclear missiles, military radars, submarine bases — you name it. Within minutes, 80 percent of Russia’s nuclear arsenal is destroyed without the United States launching a single nuclear weapon of its own. Russia’s military networks are blind, the nation’s ability to strike ba...more »
“It's an ill wind that blows no good.” ~ Irish proverb: * is olc an ghaoth nach séideann do dhuine éigin* ...a relic phrase from the Treat Potato Famine - *an Gorta Mór** -* p. 172, *Ireland*’*s Great Hunger: Relief, representation, and remembrance* Volume 2, by David A. Valone This is a time of desperation for so many refugees who have been forced to leave their homes and seek safety in a foreign land. It is another tragic repeat of many such travails in the past that occur when the human population outstrips the ability of their homeland to sustain them, and conflicts result....more »
David Farrar has been lying to Australians, and the fact he needs to lie tells us a lot about what the Key Government is not. Still struggling to understand what New Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull stands for (hint: nothing), the *Australian Financial Review *invited David Farrar to fill them in one of the few clues Turnbull has let slip: that John Key “has been able to achieve very significant economic reforms in New Zealand … by taking on and explaining complex issues and then making the case for them.” As curious as the rest of us were to have these reforms revealed (Michael Re...more »
Yes, I know that will come as a shock to many of you to hear that: libertarians are NOT right wing. But nor are they left wing. Confused? No more than anyone would be who tries to explain and understand the whole world through a one-dimensional ahistorical political diagram. Because that spectrum is either broken—or calculated to exclude all other options than the authoritarian extremes: Hat tip here to Daniel Mitchell, who advises, *If you want to figure out where you belong, there is a **short way**, **medium way**, and **long way* * of answering that question. And while I d...more »
*Washington Post:* *Disillusioned and self-deluded, Bowe Bergdahl vanished into a brutal captivity* JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Tex. — Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was fed up. He was five weeks into a deployment in southeastern Afghanistan and frustrated with his mission and his leaders. He and his fellow soldiers weren’t going after the Taliban as aggressively as he wanted, and his sense of disillusion added to the disgust for the Army that he had begun developing while still in basic training. Looking to make a stand, Bergdahl hatched a plan: He would run away from his ...more »
Opposition supporters attend a rally in Moscow, Russia, September 20, 2015. Thousands of people rallied on the streets of Moscow on Sunday to demand fair elections and challenge Vladimir Putin's 15-year-old rule, in the first significant opposition protest in the capital for months. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov *Reuters:* *Opposition rallies in Moscow to demand fair elections* Thousands of people rallied on the streets of Moscow on Sunday to demand fair elections and challenge Vladimir Putin's 15-year-old rule, in the first significant opposition protest in the capital for months. The g...more »
*Oryx Blog*: *Sighting of R-166-0.5 signals vehicle affirms inflow of Russian military into Syria* The past few days have seen a steep increase of evidence revealing the true extent of direct military involvement by the Russian military on the ground in Syria. The sighting of recently delivered Russian UAVs and Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in addition to sound fragments confirming Russian military personnel directly participated in one of regime's offensives in the Lattakia Governorate all proved Russia was deeper involved in the Syrian Civil War than many pre...more »
These are the top 10 links from last Friday’s ramble … 1. Nick Cohen: Why I've finally given up on the left 2. Divided Agenda 3. Len Brown's Ministry of Propaganda 4. Natural experiments and how South Korea became rich 5. Arab-looking man of Syrian descent found in garage building what looks like a bomb 6. Why Isis fights 7. Labour's new shadow chancellor John McDonnell: His top six political blunders 8. Licenses to Kill: The left discovers occupational barriers to entry. Hurray. 9. Thomas Sowell: Why have elections? 10. What really keep...more »
*Sorry, Dr. Ben, you're un-American, and it's time for you to STFU.* *by Ken* I'm sure you remember the kid who made the clock that nearly got him shipped to Guantanamo. A swell post the other day from BSSanders at Daily Kos: *"They didn't think he had a bomb."* by BSSanders Thursday, Sept. 17 at 03:17PM EDT Great Post Sent to Me Today I said: it's sad they thought that kid had a bomb. She said: they didn't think he had a bomb. I said: yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police. She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim boy. They didn't think he had ...more »
*VOA*: *Leftist Syriza Party Wins Greek Vote, Tsipras Claims Victory* Leftist Greek Prime Minister-elect Alexis Tsipras claimed victory Sunday in national elections, saying he will quickly form a coalition government to implement austerity measures demanded by European creditors in exchange for billions of dollars in bailout aid. Tsipras spoke to cheering crowds in central Athens late Sunday, just hours after voters rejected a bid by conservatives to take control of the government in Athens. He said he felt "vindicated," adding that his Syriza party will seek to honor "a clear [vo...more »
In September 2013, before IS had begun its death march, about 130,000 people who have since died were still alive. But it’s Assad’s military that has killed the most Syrians. According to reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Assad's soldiers killed about 11,500 people between January and August, while IS killed 1,800. The area around Douma, pictured here, is controlled by rebels and is one of the most embattled areas in the Syrian civil war. *Christoph Reuter, Spiegel Online:* *Abandoning Syria: Few Options Left for Stopping the War* Both men were Syrians -- a taxi driv...more »
Although Tea Party incumbent Frank Guinta has been exposed for violating campaign finance regulations and lying about $350,000 he illegally took from his parents, causing senior New Hampshire Republicans, including Senator Kelly Ayotte, to demand he resign, it still looks like he'll be the GOP nominee for the notoriously swingy NH-01 congressional seat. (Obama won the district against McCain 53-46% and then beat Romney 50-48%.) Dan Innis, then a first-time candidate and a former dean of the University of New Hampshire Business School, came close to beating Frank Guinta in the 2014...more »
Or, when you help run your party's clown car into a ditch, stop gunning the engine and spinning your wheels. Scott Walker is now polling at literally 0%, according to one poll ironically named the CNN/ORC poll. Jeb Bush is polling at 6% nationwide, including California. Despite a trickle of support weaker than Dick Cheney's urine stream from Governors, mayors, members of Congress and an inexplicably sought-after endorsement from Eric Cantor, the first and only minority leader since 1899 to lose a primary, Bush just can't ignite the wet log of his campaign. Mike Hu...more »
*Update:* How Ahmed’s clock became a false, convenient tale of racism -- Kyle Smith, New York Post *WNU Editor: *I just could not resist. As to what is my take .... this story has been so overblown by the White House, media, the elites, and anyone else who is looking for a microphone. And yes .... when I first saw Ahmed Mohamed "clock", it reminded me of the circuit boards and cell phones that Iraqi insurgents used in detonating IEDs during the U.S. occupation.
Dani photoshopped as Joan D'Arc :)*Cobra's fascination with the goddess Isis prompted me to ask who ISIS was, didn't expect to get the reply Lisa M. Harrison. So for giggles, I decided to ask what roles Dani played in history ...and what do you know... the braided one was a warrior! We always knew she had a warriors heart anyway... but fun to read this... remarkable facial similarity to Mary Queen of Scots... Couldn't find an image of Ban Shi Moon. -AK* AK: What role is the Essence Dani Arnold-McKinney most famous for playing on the Earthsphere? DEAR ONE/AK/TERRAN THERE ARE A F...more »
Q: Is this really what capitalism looks like? [image: image] A: No. This is what government price fixing looks like. ------------------------------ *The FOMC Star Chamber Guest post by Jeff Deist* Economists, bankers, fund managers, and investors around the world were absolutely fixated on the Federal Reserve’s anticipated announcement last week, with many fearing that a rate hike could trigger more shocks like the recent Black Monday selloff. In a world of social media and 24-hour news cycles, it’s fair to say that Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)...more »
*this is disturbing on so many levels.* - Jail colored jump suit - Flapping hands - Bobbing shoulders - Steroid bloated face - Cackling "laughter" *Hillary on Face the Nation, Sept. 20, 2015* It's only 39 seconds. You can handle it. It's not often we get to witness a train wreck.
[image: Alabama Ch Shoot cmprs Cropped__1442780808_184.108.40.206] EAST SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- The pastor and members of the congregation that wrestled a gun away from a man police say opened fired in an Alabama church are being praised as heroes. James Junior Minter, 26, is being held...more »
*Reuters:* *U.N. nuclear watchdog says its chief visited military site in Iran* The director general of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which is investigating whether Iran carried out work related to developing an atom bomb, visited a sensitive military site during a trip to the country, the agency said on Sunday. The military site, called Parchin, has been at the center of a debate over the level of access that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will have in policing a deal reached in July between Iran and six world powers. The IAEA is due to issue an assessment this year ...more »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.