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Thursday, September 24, 2015

24 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

The View

10:30pm MDST

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 minutes ago
Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKzFk-FiZM Astonishingly beautiful...

Obama: The Pope-Exploiter in Chief

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 30 minutes ago
[image: President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.] Normally, the issue of the pope’s infallibility wouldn’t much concern me, but it does get my attention when opportunists attempt to leverage his heft to advance their political agenda. As an evangelical Christian, I don’t subscribe to the view that... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Awakening (Cosmic Sea)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Liquid Mind, “Awakening (Cosmic Sea)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCa4dpKyzwo

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “When Time Slows (Born Star)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Liquid Mind, “When Time Slows (Born Star)” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“To some, the outline of the open cluster of stars M6 resembles a butterfly. M6, also known as NGC 6405, spans about 20 light-years and lies about 2,000 light years distant. M6 can best be seen in a dark sky with binoculars towards the constellation of Scorpius, coving about as much of the sky as the full moon. * Click image for larger size.* Like other open clusters, M6 is composed predominantly of young blue stars, although the brightest star is nearly orange. M6 is estimated to be about 100 million years old. Determining the distance to clusters like M6 helps astronomers calibrat... more »

Are Iranians Beginning To Dissent Against Their Government?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*USA Today/Global Post:* *Iranians quietly question their government's role in Syria and beyond* TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's decision to sign the Vienna nuclear agreement has opened up a wide discussion on formerly taboo topics. For the first time in years some Iranian intellectuals — both reformists and conservatives — are cautiously raising questions about Iran's foreign policy. Some are criticizing previous government decisions related to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy, the duration of the Iran-Iraq War and the high cost of Iran's nuclear program. Iran's support for Syria's Pr... more »

Putin on U.S. Withdrawal from the ABM Treaty

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 hour ago
Putin answers questions from a UK journalist in relation to Russia's intentions of getting along with the US. The treaty that he refers to in the conversation is the the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) between the United States and Russia on the limitation of the 'missile defense' systems used in defending areas against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons. George W. Bush unilaterally withdrew the US from the ABM Treaty in 2002. Since that time the Pentagon has been encircling Russia and China with 'missile defense' systems that were once outlawed by the ABM Tre... more »

A Vladimir Putin - Elton John Summit?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Guardian: **Putin calls Elton John - this time for real, says Kremlin* *Russian president suggests a meeting, a week after singer was on the end of prank call from someone pretending to be Putin* Vladimir Putin has called Sir Elton John and offered to meet after prank-callers impersonating the Russian president fooled the singer earlier this month. Putin spoke with John by phone on Thursday and asked forgiveness for the pair of famous Russian hoaxers who had previously called John in his name, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Putin called him and said, ‘... more »

Diane Watts, Jihadi Fighter

Alison at Creekside - 2 hours ago
The election flyer landing on doorsteps in South Surrey-White Rock BC shows the three main party leaders - Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, and an apparent new entry to the race :"YOU WILL NOT FEEL SECURE IN YOUR BEDROOMS". They are featured above a brave pledge by CPC candidate Diane Watts to "fight Jihadist Terrorists at home and abroad." You go, girl. In response to catching flack for "the worst example of politics of fear that I’ve ever seen" as one of her constituents put it, Watts issued a statement : "ISIS has clearly declared Canada as a target for terrorism. We have seen ... more »

Yes, let's give thanks to Pope Francis for trumping Chuanpu,* at least for a while, in the 24/7 news cycle

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
**Chuanpu* = Trump, "as he is known in Mandarin," according to *The New Yorker*'s Evan Osnos in a Sept. 28 "Comment" piece, "Dinner Talk," on the state visit of People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping *If you'd like to "continue reading," click here.* *"If you read the speech in its entirety -- as I did after watching it being delivered -- you will find something more coherent and substantial: a polite but firm request for the United States to stand up for, and live by, some of the things it claims to represent and, at times, has actually represented."* *-- John Cassidy,... more »

Russian President Putin Reveals What He Admires Most About America

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*CBS:* *Putin reveals what he admires most about America* Charlie Rose recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss what the Russian leader thinks of America and how the world views him. Here's a preview of this Sunday's "60 Minutes" report: *Charlie Rose:* You're much talked about in America. There's much conversation, more so than any. *Vladimir Putin*: Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but talk about me. [laughs] *Rose:* No, no, no, or maybe they're curious people? [laughs] Or maybe you're an interesting character? M... more »

Afghans Are Abandoning Their Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *Number of Afghans Seeking to Leave Their Country Rises* ISLAMABAD - The number of Afghans who want to flee their country, citing worsening economic and security conditions, has soared, despite pleas by their leaders to stay and rebuild their nation. Afghan officials say the number of applications for new passports has increased dramatically in recent months, and they are ill-equipped to deal with the pressure. Residents in Kabul witness hundreds of men and women arriving early each morning to line up outside the city’s only passport office. *WNU Editor*: A fr... more »

Who is on the right side of history in Syria?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*The most evil enemies of the peoples of Syria and the Middle East are Political Islam, Israel and America, not Russia. * Who is on the right side of history in Syria? Obama or Putin? Assad or ISIS/Al Qaeda? Only the force of arms will decide that question. To get a better understanding of what awaits Syria in the wake of an Assad exist we have to look at the geopolitics of Syria, and remember recent history in the region. America went against Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s for malicious, imperialist, and selfish reasons and look at how well that intervention turned out. Afgh... more »

U.S. Ally Saudi Arabia Crucifies Dissidents, Leads UN Human Rights Committee

The Atlantic at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Saudi cross] For Saudi Arabia, sometimes it's not enough to simply behead a person who has run afoul of the government: On some occasions, there's nothing like crucifixion to make your point: A group of U.N. experts has joined rights groups in... Continue reading *“U.S. Ally Saudi Arabia Crucifies Dissidents, Leads UN Human Rights Committee”* at *theatlantic.com*.

Friday Morning Ramble, 25.09.15

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*“If socialism ever earns a final epitaph, it will be this: “Here lies a contrivance engineered by know-it-alls and busybodies who broke eggs with abandon but never, ever created an omelette.”* ~ Larry Reed, ‘Where are the Omelettes?’ “Back in the 90's,” says an idiotic Idiot/Savant, “the then-National government deregulated the building industry, effectively allowing builders to self-regulate.” Well, no they didn’t. But they could. But would they do it well if they did? *LEAKY HOMES, Part 1: The myth of deregulated building* – NOT PC, 2009 *Building: Less Government? More Ma... more »

More Internet Blackouts and social media "glitches"

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 4 hours ago
Facebook had outages today in the US - even made the main stream media "news". On Monday I said that I expect these social media site "blackouts" and "glitches to get worse.... and it has. On Facebook this evening I made this post: CALL OUT: Social Media has gone down several times- Skype globally on Monday and yesterday and today facebook has gone down for short periods. I'm having internet issues in general with outages several times a day- and have to reboot the router? I'm getting reports from all over about internet slow downs and outages- especially for the past two weeks... more »

Double Suicide: The Presidential Campaign of 2015

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton Donald Trump - 900] WASHINGTON -- Meanwhile, on the Democrats’ side: - They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise -- as if they’ve not been in office for the past seven years. - Their leading presidential... more »

(Who's Creating the Stock Market Gyrations?)  Who Turned the Stock Market Around at 4:47 A.M. Yesterday Morning? (Justice To Be Investigated for Torture?)  High-Profile Whistleblowers Join Forces  (Son of 9/11 Victim Arrested for Protesting Exploitation)  Threatening Corbyn

(I've been watching Thom Hartmann today on "Free Speech TV" for his commentary on the Pope's speech to the U.S. Congress and it is a "WOW" of a program. Thom is running the bulk of the Pope's speech (as is Amy Goodman on "Democracy Now"). Go watch it. And don't miss the star turn of 5-year-old Sophie Cruz who tells the Pope how important his support is to improve U.S. immigration policy towards

get ready for the truth !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Aliens on the Moon

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Fabio Rafael Fiallo, The Compass*: *Syria May Be Putin's Afghanistan* The United States and other Western powers have voiced concern over Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to send combat fighters, sophisticated weaponry, and eventually troops to Syria. That concern is legitimate. Russia's authorities haven't hidden their readiness to come to the rescue of a brutal ally - Bashar Assad - who has not hesitated to drop barrel bombs and use chemical weapons against his country's civilian population. Yet no one should be more concerned with Putin's move than Putin himself. Fo... more »

World News Briefs -- September 24, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CNN: **Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress* Washington (CNN)Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress. Francis also called for a fairer world economy, the abolition of the death penalty, the protection of ethnic and religious minorities, the outlawing of the global "blood" trade in arms and the protection of the family in a speech sure to please liberal... more »

SUP, Surfing, Spanish Classes and a Visit from Lisa!

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 5 hours ago
OK, I admit, my blog updates have been pathetically few and far between. Going to try and do better with them. It truly makes no sense that when I worked 80 hours a week I kept up better with this blog than I do now not working at all. Pura Vida! Sooooo, my friend, Lisa, came to visit over Labor Day for the second year in a row, this time without her hubby as he did not have the vacation time. She opted to stay with us, which was fun! We had an absolute blast, and Lisa got me to do some things I have been wanting to do since I moved here but have not. First, stand up paddl... more »

Cherry-Picking Pope Francis

Paul Kengor at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: 1popef] While papal visits to the United States are increasingly common, what is uncommon is to see political-ideological battle lines drawn around a pope. The tendency this time is especially acute among liberals, who eagerly frame Francis as one of them... more »

Pope Francis Arrives in New York

The New York Times at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Arrives in New York] Pope Francis arrived in New York City on Thursday, his plane touching down at Kennedy International Airport shortly after 5 p.m. as he began the second leg of his whirlwind tour of the United States. After walking off the plane,... Continue reading *“Pope Francis Arrives in New York”* at *nytimes.com*.

For First Time, New York City Schools Close for Muslim Holiday

ABC News at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: For First Time, New York City Schools Close for Muslim Holiday] New York City public schools are closed to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (eed ahl-AHD’-hah). Thursday was the first time the schools serving 1.1 million pupils closed for a Muslim holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this year that the... Continue reading *“For First Time, New York City Schools Close for Muslim Holiday”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

Don’t Like High Drug Prices? Blame the Government, Not the Market.

Acton Institute/Joe Carter at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: drug prices] In the early 1950s, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Gertrude Elion developed the drug Daraprim to combat malaria. Daraprim is now also used to fight toxoplasmosis, which infects people whose immune systems have been weakened by AIDS, chemotherapy and pregnancy. It's... Continue reading *“Don’t Like High Drug Prices? Blame the Government, Not the Market.”* at *blog.acton.org*.

FFWN: al-Qaeda's a myth, ISIS is US

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 5 hours ago
TODAY’S NEWS STORIES AND THEIR SOURCE LINKS Happy Eid! Check out: TRUTH JIHAD Eid special! Michael Wolfe on the Hadj pilgrimage 0) PSA: Berlin Covert Harassment Conference http://CovertHarassmentConference.com *Truth from Afghanistan* 1) Former Afghan President Karzai calls Al-Qaeda a ‘myth’ http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/9/11/karzai-calls-al-qaeda-a-myth.html 2) CIA (ret.): We run the Opium trade in Afghanistan http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/retired-cia-agent-we-run-the-afghan-opium-trade/ *ISIS: Your Tax Dollars at Work* 3) ISIS leader admits to US funding http://www.in... more »

How One Exec Makes Hiring Decisions Within 30 Seconds of Meeting Job Candidates

Business Insider at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: youre-hired - 400] The most frustrating part of a job search can be the waiting. We often wait days or weeks to find out if we landed an interview. Then we wait again to hear whether we’re invited back for round two. Then... Continue reading *“How One Exec Makes Hiring Decisions Within 30 Seconds of Meeting Job Candidates”* at *businessinsider.com*.

With Shutdown Looming, White House Vows to Veto Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Blaze at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: defund Planned Parenthood - 400] President Barack Obama would veto a temporary spending bill designed to keep the government open that will defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. "If the president were presented with H.J.Res. 61, as amended by this amendment, he would... Continue reading *“With Shutdown Looming, White House Vows to Veto Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood”* at *theblaze.com*.

Kanye West Says He’s ‘Definitely’ Running for President in 2020

TIME at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Kanye West - 400] Kanye West told Vanity Fair that his presidential run is no joke. The rapper and designer said he's "definitely" still thinking of running in 2020. He also discussed the audience's surprising but encouraging reaction to his seemingly spontaneous announcement at the 2015 Video Music Awards:... Continue reading *“Kanye West Says He’s ‘Definitely’ Running for President in 2020”* at *time.com*.

There Never Was An Arrow

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT | ‘De Novo’ is gripping, insightful documentary play on immigration

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Event: De Novo: A Documentary Play on Immigration What: Theatrical performance and discussion Date: Friday, October 16, 2015 Time: 7:00 p.m. Where: Utopia Theatre in the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Address: 1925 San Jacinto, Austin … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | ‘De Novo’ is gripping, insightful documentary play on immigration

The Pope Comes to Congress: As Seen on Social Media

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Nuns Tailgating for Pope Francis - 900] Today, Pope Francis spoke before Congress. Americans -- Catholic and otherwise -- were thrilled to witness the historic address. Here are a few Tweets that capture the atmosphere. These nuns were getting ready in uniquely American fashion: This pic of nuns tailgating while waiting for... more »

Is Dementia A Fate Worse Than Death?

Denyse O'Leary at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: dementia elderly woman_900] When Canada effectually legalized euthanasia, I was dismayed. Dementia victims, certain to be targets, can be got to "consent" without any fixed or firm idea what they are doing. With the ageing of the world’s population dementia has become the... more »

Pro-Life Investigator: It’s Too Bad Pope Francis Didn’t Slam Baby Parts Trafficking Like He’s Done Before

LifeSiteNews at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis2 - 400] The man behind the massive expose of Planned Parenthood's fetal parts tells LifeSiteNews that it was “unfortunate” that Pope Francis didn’t address the scandal in today’s speech before the US Congress. David Daleiden, senior investigator and founder of the Center... Continue reading *“Pro-Life Investigator: It’s Too Bad Pope Francis Didn’t Slam Baby Parts Trafficking Like He’s Done Before”* at *lifesitenews.com*.

Morihei Ueshiba

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Chet Raymo, “To Love The Darkness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“To Love The Darkness”* by Chet Raymo "You darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world, for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone, and then no one outside learns of you. But the darkness pulls in everything: shapes and fires, animals and myself, how easily it gathers them! - powers and people - and it is possible a great energy is moving near me. I have faith in nights." "I have long pondered these verses by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (here translated by Robert Bly). I think I first ... more »

The Poet: Langston Hughes, "Mother To Son"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Mother To Son"* by Langston Hughes "Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now— For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair."

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, "The World According to the Mexican Sorcerers"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The World According to the Mexican Sorcerers"* By Paulo Coelho "The great majority of spiritual traditions present in the Americas before Columbus’s arrival, has managed – by some miracle! – to preserve its roots. In other words, they were stronger than the civilizations which were here, and which soon succumbed to the conquistadors. Among them, Mexican shamanism, which is still practiced by many local tribes, is one of the most widely studied; various anthropologists have carried out serious studies about the way in which the sorcerers understood God’s presence and their spiritu... more »

EFN Asia 50, New network member, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
The Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia has a new, dynamic institutional member, the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS, http://cips-indonesia.org). Congratulations, Rainer Heufers and team. I wrote about the CIPS last June, CSOs and State 22, CIPS' Community Schools Project in Indonesia. It's a noble project by the Institute and further confirms that more civil society role, more voluntary involvement and engagement of people without coercion, is a more effective way to build a more dynamic, more peaceful society. Below is part of the questionnaire and CIPS' answer. Mor... more »

Upcoming Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Hasn’t Happened for 33 Years

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Media -* If you look outside on September 27, 2015, you might catch a glimpse of a very rare and special event in the night sky - a supermoon lunar eclipse. The post Upcoming Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Hasn’t Happened for 33 Years appeared first on Waking Times.

"Self-respect, Opinions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“If someone in your life talked to you the way you talk to yourself, you would have left them long ago.” - Carla Gordon “The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross “We only feel dehumanized when we get trapped in the derogatory images of other people or thoughts of wrongness about ourselves.” - Marshall Rosenberg “My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.” - Oscar Wilde

When It Comes to Nukes, Who Said It: The Pope or Iran?

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 7 hours ago
With its outspoken Pope leading the way, total nuclear disarmament is now on the Vatican's agenda. In a new article in Defense News, Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione writes about how the Holy See is taking aim at the world's nuclear arsenals. "Up to now, the church has abhorred the inhumanity of these weapons that indiscriminately target innocent civilians and would kill them in

Hesus as Jesus as a Butchering of Druidic Teaching i.e. Christianity.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
*I've always loved this comparative graphic on the subject of 'the Messiah'* in this sporadic Free Planet series dealing with 'ancient ancestors', I was looking into the famous Druids of ancient Britain (allegedly slaughtered by the invading Romans on Anglesey in AD 60) and came across this totally-out-there interview with Atlantis-fanatic Michael Tsarion c/o Red Ice Radio on this very subject. Tsarion sets the scene of an Atonist vs Amenist war in Egypt that became a war against the Druids. Matriarchy vs Patriarchy. And who were these so-called Christians in UK? Well, eventually, t... more »

Border Tensions Between Serbia And Croatia Explode

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Lack of EU migrant strategy reignites Serbia-Croatia tensions* Former Yugoslav foes Serbia and Croatia traded embargoes and insults on Thursday in the latest fallout from Europe's failure to agree a comprehensive response to the tide of migrants streaming north through the Balkans. After weeks of recrimination and buck-passing, a summit on Wednesday did produce a glimmer of political unity between EU states on measures to help the refugees closer to home, or at least register their asylum requests as soon as they enter the European Union. But all attempts in recent we... more »

EU Migration Crisis -- September 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Europe's 'greatest tide of migrants is yet to come' and it is time to close the 'open doors and windows' says European Council president * * Leaders agreed to spend £730m to help refugees at camps near their home countries in bid to stem flow into Europe * Border controls will also be tightened and more experts sent in to screen migrants at hotspots in Greece and Italy * But immediately after marathon summit, EU Council President Donald Tusk warned crisis risked destroying the EU * A record 10,046 migrants entered Hungary yesterday, mostly via Croatia, after Budapest... more »

Far Right Ready To Make Twofer Move-- Shut Down The Government And Oust Boehner?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Weepy John Boehner is Catholic (as well as alcoholic) and he's crowing up a storm about how he invited Pope Francis to address Congress and how historic that is. And he's correct, and I think most Americans would agree. But some in the House Republican conference definitely do not-- even if they haven't all announced, the way Arizona neanderthal Paul Gosar has, that they're boycotting the Pope over something or other they don't agree with him on-- in Gosar's case, I believe, clean air and water, which Gosar opposes. Some will just stay away and hope they don't get compared in the ... more »

Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa: ‘If Europe Opens Its Gates to Muslims There Will be Beheadings Here’

The Jerusalem Post at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Lech Walesa - 400] Since hundreds of thousands of refugees from the wars in the Middle East, Asia and Africa are now crushing against the gates of Europe, we naturally asked him about his views and reflections on this humanitarian crisis. "I understand why... Continue reading *“Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa: ‘If Europe Opens Its Gates to Muslims There Will be Beheadings Here’”* at *jpost.com*.

Senate Democrats Block Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

USA Today at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood sit -in - 400] WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats blocked a bill Thursday to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 because of a Republican provision to strip Planned Parenthood of federal money for a year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., moved immediately after the vote... Continue reading *“Senate Democrats Block Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood”* at *usatoday.com*.

The Seven Social Sins According To Mahatma Gandhi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago

How the Government Suppresses Free Energy Technologies

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Buck Rogers* - How does the government and industry so thoroughly suppress the most imporant inventions of our time? The post How the Government Suppresses Free Energy Technologies appeared first on Waking Times.

About the Pope's Speech to Congress...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*it was a big nothing-burger.* The amount of "ink" being spilled over a platitude-filled speech has been staggering. Along with it came the usual virulent anti-Catholic smears from people who know nothing at all about the teachings of the Church. It really is very boring. The best part? That cute little Fiat 500L. I want one. Green. That is all.

Sept. 24:The Irving press and the worship of ignorance

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
For a change, we'll open with---- Imprusha@sympatico.ca Forgive me. This is an astonishing site; and it beats anything in the Irving press. Section A news is deadly. It begins with a nothing statement by premier Gallant – and then goes downhill. Call me a dreamer, but I was hoping city leadership in this burg might show signs of dealing with real issues – civic plans for anticipated emergencies due to climate change, a rational public transit system to replace our present caravans of empty buses – preferably one that does not operate on fossil fuels – some rational plan for the fu... more »

Donald Trump to Meet with Fox News Chief

The Blaze at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: FILE - This file photo combination made from Aug. 6, 2015, photos shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Fox News Channel host and moderator Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland. Trump is welcoming Kelly back from a vacation with a broadside of criticism, tweeting that he liked her show better when she was away. Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the debate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)] "Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Donald Trump sp... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: 2CELLOS, “Celloverse”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
2CELLOS, “Celloverse” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeo_X7hVe8

Supplemental: Things you won’t hear on Morning Joe!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015Along with the bullshit you will:* It’s amazing to watch the way the multimillionaire corporate pundit corps functions. A case in point would be last evening’s Hardball. Chris Matthews had assembled a rather strange panel for a discussion about Candidate Clinton—Republican strategist Matt Schlapp; center right columnist Kathleen Parker; and Michelle Bernard, the all-time anti-Clinton dead-ender in June 2008. (Bernard is very attractive and very personable. In early 2008, she flipped from being a conservative activist to being a pro-Obama crusader. By... more »

What a Difference a Day Makes

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 8 hours ago
Dorothy who? the pundits asked after Pope Francis included Dorothy Day in his most admired quartet of US citizens in his speech to Congress. (the others are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and Thomas Merton.) Having just briefly mentioned Dorothy Day myself in the blog comments the other day, I was pleased, but not at all surprised, to learn that the radical Pope is also a huge fan of the radical social justice crusader. She started her professional life in the early 20th century as a novelist, Hollywood screenwriter, intellectual, anarchist, muckraking journalist, and f... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Boil-water advisory issued for east bank of New Orleans ...AGAIN! *

EVP Stands for End Violence Permanently

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 8 hours ago
I was going to write a snarky, light-hearted post today about the Pope's address to Congress and him blowing off Congressional leaders to eat with the homeless, instead. But then I heard about what happened to Mark and Debby Constantino and decided this was more important. I never divulge what TV programs I watch because, why should I? But one of my favorite shows ever is *Ghost Adventures* on the Travel Channel. Roughly once or twice a year, host Zak Bagans would invite them on the show as guest investigators because the Constantinos were excellent EVP specialists. (For ... more »

Marines See Benefits, Risks to Women in Combat

The San Diego Union-Tribune at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Female Marine-400] The Marine Corps general in charge of implementing a Pentagon plan to open ground combat jobs to women concluded there are benefits as well as significant risks to the proposal, and he outlined ways to eliminate most of an anticipated... Continue reading *“Marines See Benefits, Risks to Women in Combat”* at *sandiegouniontribune.com*.

Report: Obama’s Twitter Account Blocks 13-Year-Old Critic

Stuff at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: CJ Pearson - 400] A 13-year-old American boy who has gained popularity as an outspoken YouTube critic of US President Barack Obama has finally got the leader’s attention – in possibly the worst way. “Well, this sucks,” CJ Pearson tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, with... Continue reading *“Report: Obama’s Twitter Account Blocks 13-Year-Old Critic”* at *stuff.co.nz*.

Afghanistan's Security Forces Facing A Shortage In Winter Clothing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Afghan security forces arrive at the Kunduz airport, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/OMAR SOBHANI *Reuters*:* Afghan police may face shortage of winter clothing: U.S. watchdog* Afghanistan forces could face a shortage of more than 90,000 coats this winter, which may affect its ability to fight the Taliban, a U.S. government watchdog said. In a letter to the Pentagon dated Sept. 16, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko said the shortage could extend into next year. See the full letter here Sopko wrote that the U.S.-led Combined Security Transition ... more »

6 Unanswered Questions About Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

The Federalist at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Ahmed Mohamed - 400] In just over a week, the Ahmed Mohamed clock controversy has become a global phenomenon: the young man brought a homemade clock to school and was subsequently arrested because school officials thought it looked like a bomb, leading to a... Continue reading *“6 Unanswered Questions About Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock”* at *thefederalist.com*.

It’s Time the World Stood up for the Whistleblowers

The Christian Science Monitor/Rafael Laguna at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: whistleblowers - 400] It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who knows their history that Germany is a nation that’s deeply suspicious about state surveillance. In fact, Germans consider privacy an absolute right and an integral aspect of modern democracy. That’s why the netzpolitik.org controversy this summer... Continue reading *“It’s Time the World Stood up for the Whistleblowers”* at *csmonitor.com*.

Nihigaal bee lina Walkers: On the Road from Nihímá Dibé Ntsaa

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
By Nihigaal bee lina Censored News Yesterday we resumed Nihígaal bee Iiná, Our Jounery for Extistence, and celebrated the Diné new year by laying down prayers and offerings at Nihímá Dibé Ntsaa for the protection of our land and water, and for the resilience of our people and our way of life. We gave our offerings to Tó Asdzaa' at the base of a waterfall that feeds into the La Plata

Barbara's Spectre: Israel's Refugee's Materialize in Europe

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
Have you noticed the myriad of stories regarding Jewish helpfulness towards the people they usually heap disdain on? Jewish groups & organizations from all over the globe helping the very people these same groups and organizations always imply are dangerous to the "lone democracy in the middle east" Wouldn't the action of assisting these "hostile to Israel" persons by saving their very lives seem an oddity? The media wants their audience to 'believe' this is empathy in action. Humanitarian feelings towards these persons. Kindness and caring. If the media is pushing this meme, we nee...more »

Therborn on Marxism and Post-Marxism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
*Here's an old review of Göran Therborn's *From Marxism to Post-Marxism?* (2008) that hasn't appeared here before, and might be usefully read alongside these ruminations on Post-Marxism. Enjoy.* When capitalism enters a period of crisis, the spectre of Marx has a tendency to return to haunt the popular imagination. This collection of three essays (originally published in *New Left Review*) is certainly timely, even though they were written before the present economic crisis. Because of this they already have a dated quality to them, but nevertheless raise a number of interesting qu... more »

Biologist banned by second publisher

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Plant researcher Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva has been banned from submitting papers to any journals published by Taylor & Francis. The reason: “continuing challenges” to their procedures and the use of “inflammatory language.” This is the second time Teixeira da Silva has been banned by a publisher — last year Elsevier journal Scientia Horticulturae told him that […] The post Biologist banned by second publisher appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Sanskrit Writings Reveal UFOs Visited India More than 6000 Years Ago

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - UFO's and extra-terrestrial craft were described in these ancient texts and NASA knows. The post Sanskrit Writings Reveal UFOs Visited India More than 6000 Years Ago appeared first on Waking Times.

Report: China Sending Military Personnel And Air Assets To Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Supporters of Syria's president wave Russian, Chinese and Syrian flags during a pro-regime rally in central Damascus. CNN *Zero Hedge*: *Chinese Military Personnel, "Aerial Assets" Allegedly En Route To Syria* On Wednesday evening, we suggested that Vladimir Putin’s explicit promise to go ahead with airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria with or without the help of the US effectively marks the end of Washington’s years-old effort to destabilize and ultimately remove the Assad regime. The Kremlin's pronouncement came just a day after the mainstream media began reporting tha... more »

The Islamic State Has Executed More Than 10,000 People In Iraq And Syria Since June 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Bloodthirsty: An ISIS video released in July showed child executioners executing the captured soldiers in Palmyra's Roman amphitheatre *Daily Mail*: *Revealed, ISIS has executed more than 10,000 men, women and children in Iraq and Syria since last year... and that doesn't include thousands more killed in battles, suicide bombings and cut down as they fled* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * It includes mass-execution of men, women and children in Palmyra, Syria * In Syria, 98 women and 76 children were among the 3,207 executed overall * Another 7,700 were executed in Iraq, human rights gr... more »

Are U.S. Special Forces Operating In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*DoD Buzz:* *Petraeus Suggests U.S. Commandos Operating in Syria* Retired four-star Army Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since he resigned three years ago as CIA director amid revelations of an extramarital affair. Much of his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on sweeping recommendations for changing the U.S. strategy in the Middle East, in part by having the U.S. military take on a bigger role in war-torn Syria. But the former commander of U.S. troops in Iraq and later Afghanistan also included an interesting st... more »

Agri Econ 21, Rice protectionism as poverty-maximizing policy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
The other day, September 23, I attended a forum on "Zero Poverty" organized by the AIM R.Navarro Policy Center, NEDA and UNDP, at Edsa Shangrila Hotel. I don't believe in "zero poverty" of course, but I went there to hear what the speakers have to say and see their numbers/data. In the morning session, the focus was on food poverty and speakers were former NEDA chief Cielito Habito, UP School of Statistics (UPSS) Dean and Prof. Dennis Mapa (speaking in this photo), IRRI Dep. Administrator Bruce Tolentino, and DTI Assistant Secretary Fita Aldaba. Jess Lorenzo posted that photo in ... more »

Tunisian Student Gets Year in Jail for ‘Homosexuality’

Yahoo News at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: tunisian student] A Tunisian student was sentenced to a year behind bars on charges of homosexuality, in a judgement condemned by local rights groups. The youth had been detained on September 6 in the Mediterranean resort area of Sousse for questioning in... Continue reading *“Tunisian Student Gets Year in Jail for ‘Homosexuality’”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

Seattle Resolves to End Juvenile Detention

Capitol Hill Seattle at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Seattle City Hall - 400] The passage of a surprise resolution on rent control may have stole the headlines following Monday's City Council meeting, but the passage of another resolution concerning juvenile detention was no less deserving. City Council members unanimously endorsed a call to cease the practice of... Continue reading *“Seattle Resolves to End Juvenile Detention”* at *capitolhillseattle.com*.

BBC geography fail?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
It would seem from the location of this BBC report on the hajj deaths that the BBC think that Saudi Arabia is in Europe. Or are they predicting Europe's future?

The Economy: “A True American Crony…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“A True American Crony…”* by Bill Bonner PARIS – “Volkswagen CEO “falls on his sword,” reports the Financial Times. The FT was speaking metaphorically, of course. Martin Winterkorn is German, after all, not Japanese. A Japanese businessman in a similar circumstance would have his intestines on the floor by now. *An Innocent Crime? *Volkswagen supplies motor vehicles to the world – millions of machines that work at least as well as any other. We have one of its small diesel pickup trucks at the ranch in Argentina. It serves us well. Volkswagen employs 600,000 engineers, machinists... more »

Brooklyn Boy, 2, Meets FDNY Firefighter Who Saved Him

New York Daily News at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: firefighter - 400] The Tuesday reunion of veteran firefighter Lt. Victor Milukas and 2-year-old Justin Pierre lacked the drama of their first encounter -- not that anyone complained. The FDNY odd couple shared hugs, handshakes and gifts Tuesday as they said hello nearly... Continue reading *“Brooklyn Boy, 2, Meets FDNY Firefighter Who Saved Him”* at *m.nydailynews.com*.

20 Key Quotes from the Pope’s Address to Congress

Acton Institute/Joe Carter at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: congress] This morning Pope Francis became the first pontiff in history to give an address the United States Congress. In his 30 minutes speech, which he delivered in English, the pope touched on wide range of issues, from the economics to... Continue reading *“20 Key Quotes from the Pope’s Address to Congress”* at *blog.acton.org*.

Obama, Putin to Meet Monday in New York

AP/JIM HEINTZ at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Putin and Obama-900] MOSCOW (AP) -- Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama will meet on Monday in New York -- their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year amid strongly troubled relations between Russian and the U.S., but one in which the leaders have... more »

Do you think that America is a Democracy? If so, think again. The people ruling us have torn up the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in favor of the super rich and to the detriment of the poor. And if that were not bad enough, the insane neocons running our country are pushing for a nuclear war with Russia.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ *Democracy Has Departed The West — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ September 22, 2015 | *Original Here* Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Democracy Has Departed The West Paul Craig Roberts Before the West spreads democracy abroad maybe it could get some for itself. The US is an oligarchy in which government is answerable to six powerful private interest groups. In Europe governments are answerable to the EU, Washington, and private bankers and not to their peoples... more »

Going to Mecca has Killed 4,000 Muslims in 40 years per Frontpage Mag

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The BBC and others seem shocked that people have died on their way to the apartheid city of Mecca. I don't know why they're shocked, I thought that the recent history of deaths on the haj was well known. Front Page have the figures... http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/260232/going-mecca-has-killed-4000-muslims-40-years-daniel-greenfield Why do I say apartheid city of Mecca? Do you really not know?

Climate Hawks Vote Calls for Obama to Sue Exxon Under RICO

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* This is a brief follow-up on the blockbuster Exxon story, about how the company knew as far back as 1977 that burning fossil fuel was a big cause of climate change, that they studied the problem for ten years, then abandoned all that good work and started funding the climate denier campaign — all based on a treasure trove of internal documents. Our first story, on how much Exxon knew and when they knew it, is here. Our second, on an early call for a RICO investigation into fossil fuel companies — a parallel to the Big Tobacco investigation — is here. Our third,... more »

Election Fraud

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
Hey, don't forget to also SUPPORT this documentary. It needs it. We need it. SUPPORT POST PRODUCTION FUNDS from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo. Even Elections Canada, hamstrung as it is by the Tories gets that we don't want a repeat or worse.

“Why They Hate Us”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Why They Hate Us”* by Fred Reed “A frequent theme nowadays is “Why do they hate us?” meaning why does so much of the world detest the United States. The reasons given are usually absurd: They hate our freedom or democracy. They hate us for our cultural superiority. They hate us because we are wonderful. No. Actually the reason is simple if unpalatable. They hate us because we meddle, and have meddled. They hate us because we are the most murderous nation on the planet. They hate our insufferable smugness. People remember slights. They may not remember them as they actually happen...more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

"We Don't Know..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know." - Aldous Huxley • *Related:* “A Psychologist's Take on Willful Ignorance” - http://www.thomhartmann.com/


Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
Watch this. Share and support. Most importantly, VOTE. I live in Europe and work in a multi-national environment. People I meet tend to come in two stripes. 1. Passively ignorant, in that they know absolutely nothing about Canadian politics and still think we're peaceful, nice, democratic, green folks in a big beautiful land, and/or they had an amazing visit there once. 2. Or they are aware

Former CIA Director David Petraeus Advises On Islamic State Strategy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
New York Times: *David Petraeus Urges Stronger U.S. Military Effort in Syria* WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s Syria policy came under sharp criticism Tuesday from one of its own former top military commanders and C.I.A. directors —David H. Petraeus — even as the White House is weighing new options for fighting the Islamic State in Syria. Mr. Petraeus, in his first public testimony since resigning as director of the C.I.A. in 2012, told a Senate committee that the United States should establish safe havens in Syria where a moderate rebel force could operate and displaced S...more »

Lions’ Carey: Black Lives Matter, Even Those in the Womb

Detroit Free Press/Don Carey at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Black Babies Matter - 400] OK, let’s get into the meat of today. Recently, my colleague Richard Sherman, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, made some statements in regard to the Black Lives Matter movement, with which I completely concur. Sherman’s point was that “if... Continue reading *“Lions’ Carey: Black Lives Matter, Even Those in the Womb”* at *freep.com*.

Irving Mayor: ‘Clock’ Kid’s Family Uncooperative, Calls It a ‘Staged Event’

Townhall.com at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: clock hoax - 403] Last night, Irving Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne revealed that the family of Ahmed Mohammed has repeatedly refused to meet with city officials, refused to released records exonerating police conduct, and that President Obama had tweeted about the case even... Continue reading *“Irving Mayor: ‘Clock’ Kid’s Family Uncooperative, Calls It a ‘Staged Event’”* at *townhall.com*.

Nobel Predictions

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago
Thomson Reuters points to Blundell, List, and Manski.

European Leaders Meet To Develop A New Strategy For Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a news conference after a European Union leaders' extraordinary summit on the migrant crisis, in Brussels on Sept. 24, 2015. Reuters/Eric Vidal *Detusche Welle*: *World leaders turn their attention to Syria as migrant crisis engrosses EU* US President Obama has pressed European nations to take their "fair share" of refugees, as the civil war in Syria rages on. Leaders have started reconsidering their options in addressing the root cause of the crisis. US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the European respo... more »

Colombia - FARC Announce Major Progress In Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Colombian government, rebels announce major breakthrough in peace talks* HAVANA — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the FARC rebel group were expected to announce a major breakthrough Wednesday in their peace negotiations, which could bring the country to the verge of ending one of the world’s longest-running wars. The Colombian president arrived Wednesday afternoon in Havana, where formal negotiations between the two sides began in 2012. Also in the city was Timoleon Jimenez, alias “Timochenko,” the elusive commander of the Revolutionar... more »

World News Briefs -- September 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Horror at the Hajj: At least 700 people are crushed to death and hundreds injured in stampede during Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca just two weeks after crane collapse killed 100* * Rescue under way after stampede in Mina where two million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of Hajj * Massive crowds gather in Mecca every year with Islam requiring all Muslims to perform Hajj once in their lifetime * Saudi officials use 100,000 police and large numbers of stewards to ensure safety and help those who lose their way * Comes weeks after crane toppled into the Gran... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015Part 4—New Orleans allegedly rising:* We were struck by a fleeting remark in yesterday’s New York Times. It appeared in Eduardo Porter’s weekly column in the weekly Business Day section. The headline on Porter’s column said this: “Education Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor.” Gloomily, Porter noted a fact we’ve discussed before—according to Stanford’s Professor Reardon, achievement gaps are widening between kids at the very top of the family income scale and kids at the very bottom. Porter always digs into matters of substance. This explains why his we... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 12 hours ago
*UK: It's an inconvenient truth, but the global warming zealots are to blame for the deadly diesel fiasco* Amid all the reporting of Volkswagen’s rigging of emission tests on its diesel cars, one inconvenient truth has been overlooked by the BBC and many media organisations. It is that we very largely owe the prevalence of these death-traps to the pernicious tyranny of the Green lobby. That they are death traps can scarcely be denied. They spew out vastly more nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide than petrol cars, both of which gases are potentially damaging, and 22 times more parti... more »

Two women guessed for the 2015 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
The big Nobel prize week won't come next week but it will be the week after that. Reuters shares the predictions of its associated Thomson Reuters unit Nobel Prize predictions see honors for gene editing technology with us. Since 2002, they were making "1 guess per prize" based on the so-far-unawarded people with the highest citation counts and 37 scientists in this list have indeed received the Nobel prize even though most of them on a different year than when they were predicted. These are the most interesting ladies in the predictions for 2015. In physics, we're being told t... more »

“America's Culture of Ignorance”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
* “America's Culture of Ignorance”* By James Quinn “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” - Thomas Edison "The kabuki theater that passes for governance in Washington D.C. reveals the profound level of ignorance shrouding this Empire of Debt in its prolonged death throes. Ignorance of facts; ignorance of math; ignorance of history; ignorance of reality; and ignorance of how ignorant we’ve become as a nation, have set us up for an epic fall. It’s almost as if we relish wallowing... more »

Marco Rubio’s ‘No-Not-Me’ Strategy

The Washington Post/Sean Sullivan at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Rubio Pulling Away High Dollar Donors From Bush] Ten days after Sen. Marco Rubio launched his campaign for president in April, his aides doused cold water on a poll showing him leading the Republican pack. When he won positive reviews in the first debate in August, he retreated to a... Continue reading *“Marco Rubio’s ‘No-Not-Me’ Strategy”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

EU Summit Divided as German ‘Moral Imperialism’ Attacked

Breitbart at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: EU Summit - 400] Extraordinary scenes played out at an emergency European Union (EU) summit in Belgium last night after the president of the European Council criticized Germany's "invitation" to migrants and warned the crisis had only just began. The Hungarian prime minister Viktor... Continue reading *“EU Summit Divided as German ‘Moral Imperialism’ Attacked”* at *breitbart.com*.

Rubio, Fiorina, Cruz up in Evangelical Insiders Poll

World at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Rubio, Fiorina, Cruz - 400] Republican Marco Rubio still holds a commanding lead in WORLD's third evangelical insiders survey, but GOP rival Carly Fiorina is gaining ground on the heels of another standout debate performance. The findings are part of a monthly survey of 103... Continue reading *“Rubio, Fiorina, Cruz up in Evangelical Insiders Poll”* at *worldmag.com*.

The Full Text of Pope Francis’ Address to Congress

Vox at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.] I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too... Continue reading *“The Full Text of Pope Francis’ Address to Congress”* at *vox.com*.

Pope Francis Addresses Congress, Emphasizes the Roles of Both Charity and Wealth Creation in Helping the Poor

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: congress] Drawing upon the themes of liberty, human dignity, family and the American dream, Pope Francis addressed Congress earlier this morning, singling out four late Americans for special praise. The first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, Francis urged the congressmen... more »

Fky Swatter dis close

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
You see me as a harmless fly that at the end of the day do not mean anything BUT DESPIPE your best efforts the lizard brain had taken control and in the Space Lizard cultuestbth men sway So this lizard thought about how he could win this soeucakbhuman over In fact he did not thought he had to get so many humans to fall in love with him an hour our he would be terminated Yes the alien can fuck with our lizard brains make us fall in love with meanigless thing and get people elected for the purpose of which the lizard mind sings Do ra me toh I love the lizards because they worhisp the sun... more »

BWorld 19, Taxation and regulations in PH mining industry

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last September 22, 2015. *ALMOST ALL the modern things that we enjoy now, from mobile phones to computers, TVs, refrigerators, cars, buses, trucks, tractors, planes, buildings, airports, etc., come from mining. It is not possible to have modern life, to live more productively, wealthier and healthier, without using the products of mining.* Many people take this for granted. That is why many people hate mining, especially big corporate mining and wish that there will be “No Mining” policy in the whole country soon. The contribution of mining in ... more »

PLOS Genetics updates flagged paper with expression of concern

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
PLOS Genetics has upgraded a notice on a paper to an expression of concern, raising the count for author chemist Ariel Fernandez to one retracted paper, and three expressions of concern. The journal published “Protein Under-Wrapping Causes Dosage Sensitivity and Decreases Gene Duplicability” in 2008. In 2013, Fernandez corrected it, claiming that the work was not actually funded […] The post PLOS Genetics updates flagged paper with expression of concern appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The Economy: "Days Of Rage Are Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Days Of Rage Are Coming"* by Charles Hugh-Smith "The resistance will take the form of subverting the signifiers of wealth that exemplify the few who have benefited so greatly while everyone else lost ground. It's time to trade in your Jag, Mercedes, BMW (and maybe your Prius, Volvo, Lexus, etc.) before the Days of Rage start. As I've explained before (As the "Prosperity" Tide Recedes, the Ugly Reality of Wealth Inequality Is Exposed), the rage of the masses who have been losing ground while the Financier Oligarchs, the New Nobility and the technocrat class reap immense gains for ... more »

‘Fast and Furious’ Murder Trial Begins

AP/ASTRID GALVAN at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Gun-900] TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A former Border Patrol agent broke down in tears as he described desperately trying to save the life of a colleague who was shot during a firefight that exposed the bungled federal gun operation known as... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 24, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN:** Is Russia preparing to move troops to 2 new Syria bases?* (CNN)Russia may be preparing to station troops at two new sites in Syria as it continues its rapid military buildup in the conflict-ravaged nation, a research firm says. IHS Jane's said Tuesday that it had spotted two previously unreported sites in satellite imagery of western Syria where steps appear to be being taken to receive Russian forces. The U.S. government, which has been monitoring with concern the influx of Russian troops and military hardware into Syria, said last week that Russia appeared to be setting... more »

Obama Welcomes the Pope but Not the Pope’s Core Beliefs about Life and Liberty

Rob Schwarzwalder at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Pope Francis wave to the crowd on the South Lawn from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, during a state arrival ceremony.] President Obama's remarks upon greeting the Pope at the White House generally were lovely. There was also, within them, a great deal of moral irony. Consider the following excerpts: From my time working in impoverished neighborhoods with the Catholic Church... more »

Carson, Fiorina Top Hillary Clinton in Head-to-Head Matchups

The Washington Times at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Carly Fiorina - 400] Carly Fiorina tops Hillary Rodham Clinton in a head-to-head general election matchup, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning that also found the former Hewlett-Packard CEO easily outperformed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in last week's debate. Still,... Continue reading *“Carson, Fiorina Top Hillary Clinton in Head-to-Head Matchups”* at *washingtontimes.com*.

WATCH LIVE: Pope Francis Delivers Address to Congress

PBS at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis6 - 900] Pope Francis delivers an address to a joint session of Congress at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday. Continue reading *“WATCH LIVE: Pope Francis Delivers Address to Congress”* at *pbs.org*.

Cartoon: ‘The Walker Dead’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 14 hours ago
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How The Baath Expanded Throughout Iraq’s Society In The 1980s

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraq’s Baath Party began as one of many Arab nationalist groups vying for power in Iraq. After its first attempt at power failed in 1963 it was finally able to assume control over the state in 1968. It went from a small minority to including a rather large share of the population. This expansion was fueled by the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s when the Baath transformed itself from a political group into one that ran social organizations, assisted the public to access services, while running the government as well. This moved into all sectors of society was facilitated by a massive re... more »

Psychos In US Pentagon Dust Off War Plans For Russia, And Discover It Is A "No Win" Scenario!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
We are all aware by now of how the US is purposely ramping up all the fear mongering about the "evil" Russians... This is the same type of propaganda that was used in the Cold War that ended with the break up of the former Soviet Union back in 1991... But of course the United States is in horrible economic shape and the psychos in the US government and the US military have the insane thought that the only way out of the economic crash that is approaching is to have a nice little world war against both Russia and China... But I came across the following article today that shows that ... more »

The Story Bush

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Garden of Eden Tree] DUDLEY HALL -- There were two trees in the Garden of Eden. Actually there were more, but the two primary ones were the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Among the other trees... more »

Scientists Reveal Flu Develops in the Roof of the Mouth

The Mirror at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: flu] Researchers have found that flu develops in the roof of the mouth – and that it is spread through coughs and sneezes. The key area of where flu develops is located in the soft palate separating the back of the... Continue reading *“Scientists Reveal Flu Develops in the Roof of the Mouth”* at *mirror.co.uk*.

Russia Preparing To Launch Air Strikes Against The Islamic State 'With Or Without U.S.'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russian jets in Syria. The Aviationist *Sydney Morning Herald/Bloomberg*: *Putin preparing to strike Islamic State 'with or without US'* Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin, determined to strengthen his country's only military outpost in the Middle East, is preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against Islamic State from inside Syria if the US rejects his proposal to join forces, two people familiar with the matter said. Mr Putin's preferred course of action, though, is for the US and its allies to agree to coordinate their campaign against IS with Russia, Iran and the S... more »

Pope Throws Native Americans Under the Bus

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*California Tribes Denounce Catholic Church’s “Fraud” and “Blatant Fabrication” on Serra Sainthood* By Peter Montgomery Several representatives of California tribes held a press conference Tuesday at Washington D.C.’s Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ to proclaim the opposition of more than 50 tribes to the [Catholic] canonization of Junipero Serra, which is set to take place just down the road on Wednesday afternoon. One speaker called the canonization mass that Pope Francis will conduct “a disastrous celebration of slavery and cultural termination.” [Read: Why Ser... more »

Can you spot the signs of retraction? Just count the errors, says a new study

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Clinical studies that eventually get retracted are originally published with significantly more errors than non-retracted trials from the same journal, according to a new study in BMJ. The authors actually called the errors “discrepancies” — for example, mathematical mistakes such as incorrect percentages of patients in a subgroup, contradictory results, or statistical errors. The study doesn’t predict […] The post Can you spot the signs of retraction? Just count the errors, says a new study appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Inside the 'Exceptional' Nation

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
The Empire holds by far the most prisoners than any other country on earth, in both absolute numbers and per capita. Abby Martin explores the dark reality of America's prisons: their conditions, who is warehoused in them, and the roots of mass incarceration. Featuring interviews with Eddie Conway, former political prisoner unjustly incarcerated for 44 years, and Eugene Puryear, author of "Shackled and Chained, Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America." This report is the kind of story that drives revolutions. African-Americans are being returned to a slave society via prisons.

Joe Biden, Pro-Choice Democrat, Crashes Pope Francis’ Party

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Biden: “Abortion Is Always Wrong,” But Should Remain Perfectly Legal] Preparing for a possible run for president, and attempting to cash in politically on the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., Vice President Joseph Biden has been polishing his Catholic credentials like a dusty set of rosary beads. He... more »

Syria, Ebola Failures Highlight United Nations Shortcomings

AP/EDITH M. LEDERER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: United Nations General Assembly_900] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The worsening war in Syria, allegations of child sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and the mishandling of the Ebola epidemic cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations in a globalized world, operating with... more »

Markets in Disarray Await Yellen as Emerging Stocks Drop

Bloomberg at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Janet Yellen_900] As Janet Yellen takes stock before a speech in Massachusetts, she'll find turbulent global markets and investors desperate for direction. The MSCI All-Country World Index has fallen every day since the Federal Reserve, led by Yellen, held off from raising... Continue reading *“Markets in Disarray Await Yellen as Emerging Stocks Drop”* at *bloomberg.com*.

Teachers Talk About What’s Wrong With Education in America

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Sofia Adamson* - The most important people in a school are the students and the teachers. We should listen. The post Teachers Talk About What’s Wrong With Education in America appeared first on Waking Times.

IHS Janes Said: 2 New Russia Sites in Syria?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*The Nation, quoting CNN, quoting Janes :Russia preparing to station troops at 2 new sites in Syria* Russia* may be *preparing to station troops at two new sites in Syria as it continues its rapid military buildup in the conflict-ravaged nation, a research firm says. IHS *Jane's said *Tuesday that it had spotted two previously unreported sites in satellite imagery of western Syria where steps* appear to be *being taken to receive Russian forces. The two new sites where IHS Jane's analysts* (no name analysts) *say Russian troops could go are the the Istamo weapons storage complex a... more »

Let Love Rule over all

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
do you want to talk about relationships or do you acknowlege that life justs rolls and we are all bad at realationships and making them work takes some toil but in the end if you got a good one love rules all

Respect Isn't In His Dictionary

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ Stephen Harper has always treated his political rivals with contempt. But these days, David Krayden writes, he is equally contemptuous of his base. Consider the case of the National Firearms Association: Leave it to the ‘tough guys’ of Canadian politics to pick fights in all the wrong places and remind the little people of who’s really calling the shots. A former party flag-waver has learned that bitter lesson — which is why Sheldon Clare, president of the National Firearms Association, is now running as an i...more »

For How Long Should Volkswagen Be Barred From Doing Business In America?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
When Trump mentioned that he thought grasping, greed-driven hedge-fund managers and banksters should pay their fair share of taxes, the grasping, greed-driven hedge-fund managers and banksters doubled down on sabotaging his campaign. They are getting slime-ball lobbyists, like Grover Norquist and the Club for Growth, to "work on" the congressmembers the banksters own or rent. Club for Growth has already pledged to run millions of dollars of ads against Trump. Here's the first one: When it comes to their pocketbooks, these monsters will do *anything*-- not *almost* anything-- t... more »

Russian Media: No Putin - Obama Talks Are Planned When Russian President Putin Is In New York Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
National Interest Sputnik: *‘Too Early’ to Discuss Agenda of Possible Talks Between Putin, Obama* Discussing the agenda of a potential meeting between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York next week is not possible as the talks are not confirmed yet, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, The New York Times reported, citing unnamed US administration officials, that a meeting between the two leaders could be held on Monday or Tuesday during the UN General Assembly. Peskov added that it was too early to d... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Seattle School District Concedes to Union, 53,000 Kids Return to School* After a two-week standoff, Seattle Public Schools and the teachers union reached an agreement on a contract, putting an end to a strike that left 53,000 students out of class for six days. “This agreement signals a new era in bargaining in public education,” Jonathan Knapp, president of the Seattle Education Association, said in a press release. “We’ve negotiated a pro-student, pro-parents, pro-educator [anti-taxpayer] agreement.” Under the agreement, test scores will no longer be tied to teacher evaluation... more »

Russia Building A Second Military Base Near The Ukrainian Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Image:* Location of new Russian base (Russian Defense Policy) *Reuters*:* Russia plans second big military base near Ukrainian border* Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping pro-Moscow separatists fight Kiev's forces. The new base will house 5,000 soldiers and heavy weaponry, according to public documents and people working at the site. It is further east than one under construction in Belgorod region reported by Reuters earlier this month but still close to the border with separatist-held parts o... more »

Mystics and Skeptics and why they are dead

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
They are dead because their predictions never came true their high holy members where mostly used to penetrate young people of both sexes to prove they' were not Jews So why do we listen to paedophiles telling us how to live on the financial news? Construct met reality and we living in a Bancroft world exponentially The future belongs to those players but we have left them bricks so damaged they will have to take drastic measures and that not in the code so the dummy people with big mussels as usual will recover the code The Code The Code The Code well we all know for sure in the 21st ... more »

Saudi Arabia: 717 Pilgrims Dead in Hajj Stampede

AP/AYA BATRAWY & ADAM SCHRECK, at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Hajj Pilgrimage Mina Mecca_900] MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in...more »

Cardinal Dolan Prepares to Greet the Pope, Talks Pasta, Capitalism and Income Inequality

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Francis_and_Dolan_WSJ] Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been brushing up on his Spanish, walking through dress rehearsals and fielding requests for the hottest ticket in town: Friday's Mass at Madison Square Garden with Pope Francis. This is Cardinal Dolan's... Continue reading *“Cardinal Dolan Prepares to Greet the Pope, Talks Pasta, Capitalism and Income Inequality”* at *wsj.com*.

Is Another Fiscal Cliff Coming? Why Conservatives are Concerned

Josh Siegel at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Tom Price_900] Republicans riding high after passing their first budget plan in six years earlier this year are in for a familiar scare: the specter of a fiscal cliff and a so-called mega spending deal that may come with it. But even... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( September 24 , 2015 ) - - Initial Overview ...... Greece Updates of Note..... Items of interest and concern on Refugee Crisis .......... Around the horn in Europe ( VW and auto sector in focus , Country specific news / data - Germany , Norway , Czech , Finland , Italy - ECB item of interest ) ..... Asia and Emerging Markets ( China , Vietnam , Brazil , Turkey , South Africa , Japan in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Evening wrap..... *Maiol Sanaüja* ‏@maiolsanauja 8m 8 minutes ago Main routes migrants take to reach Europe #Maps [image: Embedded image permalink] - *Kathimerini English *‏@ekathimerini 12m 12 minutes ago Athens seeks shelter for migrants while waiting for EU plan to kick in http://dlvr.it/CFsYhs [image: Embedded image permalink] *Kathimerini English *‏@ekathimerini 13m 13 minutes ago Tsipras pushes for MEPs to help monitor bailout http://dlvr.it/CFsf1T [image: Embedded image permalink] *Reuters Business* ‏@ReutersBiz 2h 2 hours ago #EC... more »

A New U.S. - Russian Nuclear Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Russia is threatening to place nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in Europe in response to a U.S. threat. Pictured: Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, June 17, 2015. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin *UPI:* *Russia vows to counter reported U.S. nukes in Germany* MOSCOW, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Tensions are rising in Europe as Russia's government announced it will take countermeasures if reports of U.S. plans to upgrade nuclear capabilities in Germany are true. A Kremlin official voiced c... more »

China And Hybrid Warfare

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Image Credit: Chinese soldiers image via Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com *Benjamin David Baker, The Diplomat*: *Hybrid Warfare With Chinese Characteristics* From Sun Tzu to Xi Jinping: Russia isn’t the only one who knows hybrid warfare. The Ukraine Crisis has caused a renewed interest in the concept known as hybrid warfare (HW). There has been much speculation around hybrid warfare, and the concept has so far been notoriously hard to define. The description that seems to be most commonly accepted is that HW is a type of warfare which entails the use of a combination of differen... more »

Dame Zaha Hadid. A Bad Day for the Today programme.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
The Today programme was in trouble this morning for ‘getting its facts’ wrong. The first incident was quite dramatic. *Dame Zaha Hadid has been awarded Riba's royal gold medal for architecture, making her the first woman to be awarded the honour in her own right.* Sarah Montague had the dubious honour of interviewing the good dame, and congratulating her on her prestigious prize. She mentioned the Iraqi-born architect’s reputation for being scary and abrasive. Then she strayed into dangerous waters. It has been reported that 1,200 migrant workers were killed during construction o... more »

A New Offensive By The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
BBC *NOW*:* ISIS mobilizing for large Deir Ezzor battle * The extremist group is reportedly preparing an imminent offensive on regime-controlled areas in the urban center of the city. BEIRUT – ISIS has been mobilizing equipment and fighters on a large scale for an upcoming operation to seize the last-two large regime controlled areas in the urban center of Deir Ezzor, according to All4Syria. The anti-regime outlet reported Wednesday that since the beginning of the week ISIS has been undertaking preparations to attack the Jawra and Qusour neighborhoods of the city located on the we... more »

Post VW love

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
I have so many things I want to tell you but do not know how to say so I put down words on a blog hopping it will not drive love away in a big diesel Audi SUV I see you freaking out by my emmisons standard after all I will be long dead before our prodigy will be staggered So VW I have to tell you I have fallen out of love with you Tell me why Tell me why you lied so hard to me There is something essentaily fucked up about mankind we devise new systems but they fail like we are blind in a world full of color and that colour should be black and white if the capitalist sytem is perfe... more »

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
Do you ever want restaurant-quality food in just a few minutes without having to leave your house? Then you will LOVE this recipe. It's delicious, fresh, and the best part? So easy. This is my favorite go-to recipe for when people come over because everybody loves it. You will need: - 1 pkg spaghetti - 2 eggs - 1 cup fresh, grated Parmesan cheese - 12 slices bacon, diced - 4 garlic cloves, minced - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp pepper - 1/2 cup frozen peas - 1 Tbsp parsley - 1/4 cup water *PREPARATION* 1. Cook the pasta according to the package instruction... more »

Pope Francis Makes Surprise Stop at Little Sisters of the Poor in Support of Legal Battle against Obama WH

Catholic News Agency at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Little Sisters] Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate,... Continue reading *“Pope Francis Makes Surprise Stop at Little Sisters of the Poor in Support of Legal Battle against Obama WH”* at *catholicnewsagency.com*.

Dominant in Polls, Donald Trump Still Sniping at Rivals

AP/MEG KINNARD & BILL BARROW at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump__900] COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is boasting about keeping his lead in the polls, but that isn’t deterring him from sniping at rivals and complaining about the media. Eclipsed this week by Pope Francis’ tour of... more »

Linda Nichol - Veteran For harper

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
If you go to pretty much any major internet story about the "ABC Veterans" you'll probably find Linda Nichol in the comments section. She claims to be veteran. (With great details that I never bothered to follow up on.) She'll swear up and down that harper has been the best friend that veterans ever had. If you want to blame someone for the lump-sum payments for injured veterans, blame the Liberals, who imposed that policy in the first place. Nobody has spent more on veterans, provided more services, etc., etc., than has stephen harper. The point of this post isn't to creep on Linda... more »

Migrant Crisis? Europe Hasn't Seen Anything Yet per Standpoint - Douglas Murray makes total sense as usual

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
This Standpoint article http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/6239/full by Douglas Murray is well worth a read. Here's an extract: 'And then there is the question of the composition of the migrants. If this movement is indeed a movement of the genuinely dispossessed then why are almost all of them young men? In recent weeks the media has zoomed its cameras in on the occasional woman or child. But they are the rarities. On Lampedusa I saw only young men from sub-Saharan Africa. I saw no women. One of the first things that many of the arrivals did on getting to the island was to buy a S... more »

Terrorism Support May Cause Corbyn To Be Thought Terrorism Supporter per PreOccupied Territory...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
'Video footage and photographic evidence of British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivering the keynote address at an event dominated by supporters of terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah might result in people thinking he agrees with their aims and methods, analysts reported today (Friday). A 2012 "Al-Quds Day" rally to express opposition to Jewish control of Jerusalem featured the Labor politician as the main speaker, as his organization Stop the War UK was the major sponsor of the event. Hezbollah flags and chants promoting terrorism could be seen and heard throughout ... more »

Electoral Reform in our Future?

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
With all parties except the Cons promising electoral reform and with what appears to be a lot of support for such a change we must look at exactly what is being promised to help us chose our next government in what looks like will be a minority government. Both the system and the manner of its inception vary from party to party, Mulclair would impose his choice of voting system upon us, Trudeau would have an all party committee study the options and make recommendations as would the Greens. Specifically under the NDP’s preferred MMP system (a voter) first ticks which candidate she ... more »

Pope Francis to Address Divided Congress

The Washington Post at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis_400] Pope Francis, a symbol of unity for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, will address Congress Thursday morning, marking the first time a pope has bridged the church-state divide to speak to America's elected representatives. At 10:01 a.m., the House sergeant-at-arms... Continue reading *“Pope Francis to Address Divided Congress”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Infants in the Hands of Planned Parenthood: What is the Duty of Love?

Jennifer Hartline at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Abortion Hands Fetus - 900] Thanks to the videos by the Center for Medical Progress, the abortion industry is nervous. Abortion advocates are feeling threatened -- by the truth. The public conscience may finally be waking from its apathetic coma, awakening to the baby body parts... more »

Suicide Bomber Bursts into Tears Before Fatal Attack in Syria

The Mirror at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: suicide bomber] A jihadist suicide bomber was filmed breaking down in tears before being sent to his death in war-torn Syria. The frightened fighter, named as an Jafar al-Tayyar, from Uzbekistan, is seen being comforted by his fellow militants moments before he... Continue reading *“Suicide Bomber Bursts into Tears Before Fatal Attack in Syria”* at *mirror.co.uk*.

Pope’s Security Faces Capitol Test after Parade Incident

AP/NICOLE WINFIELD & ALICIA A. CALDWELL at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis in Popemobile_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The massive security apparatus protecting Pope Francis on his trip to the United States will be tested further Thursday, a day after a 5-year-old California girl made her way through a security barrier and onto his parade... more »

Rand Paul: ‘We Need to Be Talking about Planned Parenthood’

David Brody at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Sen. Rand Paul Kentucky_900] Sen. Rand Paul says it's time to put the Democratic Party on the defensive when it comes to the fight over abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood. "The abortion issue -- for years and years, Republicans have kind of said,...more »

Spain: Four Curious Sightings and a Tall Humanoid

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 17 hours ago
*Source: Diario ABC (newspaper-Spain)Date: 09.22.2015* *Spain: Four Curious Sightings and a Tall Humanoid* Robledo de Chavela is a municipality located in the western mountains of Madrid. Many ufologists have identified this area as one of the best spots for seeing unidentified flying objects (UFOS). The proximity of the NASA deep space tracking facility and the mysterious tower of the parish church, they say, are points that contribute to the creation of all kind of legends. It was at the start of the 1980s when significant sightings began to occur. Two of them, specifically: th... more »

New dimensions - differant Astral Plains standing on your doorstep mumbling cause I cant remember the last thought that ran through my head

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
you know I have really fallen in love with you no matter how super foolish no matter it has no place to go I feel this spark between us and it gives me a super high some kind of unprecedented platonic glow so tell me why why tell me not do you feel the same is this not some kind of love to make life wonderfully insane full of new dimensions we are walking together on different astral plains transporting me me me me standing on your doorstep mumbling cause I cant remember the last thought that ran with error free code above saying your name temporarily crazy together prisoners of ine... more »

Oregon Judge Investigated for not Performing Same-Sex Weddings — Even Though He’s Not Performing Any Weddings

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Oregon Judge Investigated for not Performing Same-Sex Weddings — Even Though He's Not Performing Any Weddings] A judge in Oregon who has declined to perform same-sex marriages is now under investigation for ethical misconduct by the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. This is curious because, unlike Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis, judges are not required... more »

Free Trade Free Trade Free Trade as useful in practise as Communism for capitalist

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
ts all about the nickel or in the reality of high frequency trending a nano sent traded at the speed of light twice while you at your keyboard slept like twelve hours If the giant squid is to conquer the entire world and enslave humans in an better way than eUNchs he must pass treaties like Jabba the Hut even if your powerful you need alliances to assume perpetuity cause there is always a Paul Krugman a real smart ass who understands what you are doing and can not be paid off and is too high profile to kill Right now today our future is on some kind of balance if somehow we push the w... more »

Global warming or airplanes?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
A fascinating comment at Biased BBC The Old Bloke September 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm A bit busy at the moment, moving house. But as we all know the BBC and pretty well all of the U.K. Media and Met office, went orgasmic when on July 1st 2015, a record temperature was set (for July…hottest eva) at Heathrow airport, London. I have pinned a photo of the site to show everyone just why there was this so called record temperature. You will see in the photo a pix of a BA747 on a runway heading west. Directly above the 747 is the Met Office recording site, (that little cluster of a building a... more »

New dimensions - differant Astral Plains standing on your doorstep mumbling cause I cant remember the last thought that ran through my head

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 18 hours ago
you know I have really fallen in love with you no matter how super foolish no matter it has no place to go I feel this spark between us and it gives me a super high some kind of unprecedented platonic glow so tell me why do you feel the same is this not some kind of love to make life wonderfully insane full of new dimensions we are walking together on different astral plains temporarily crazy together prisoners of inescapable chemical bonds taking off both our heads and making joy just being around Brief minutes lasting hours fixed glances of connection transmitting hearts and fl... more »

"Free Planet vs War World" dual/duelling trilogies now available as two novels in paperback, Kindle and ebook formats.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
click cover to buy, either title Chimericana Books publishes the six books of the "Free Planet vs War World" dual/duelling trilogies as two 600+ pages novels in 8" by 5" paperback and various digital formats. This year, Mike Philbin made a decision to resurrect his subversive keyboard entity Hertzan Chimera who 'terrorized the horror community for over ten years' prior to 2004. *"Though I was loathe to admit it, I have always been writing Hertzan Chimera novels,"* says Philbin, and Chimericana Books recently reissued his thirteen novels to date under the Hertzan Chimera writing n... more »

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to condemn IRA violence again and again

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Listen to this piece of BBC audio Even the BBC's Stephen Nolan seemed shocked by Jeremy Corbyn's refusal. Take this refusal and his appointment of John McDonnell to be his Shadow Chancellor and I think we can see what sort of a man Jeremy Corbyn is. Watch this piece of video from the recent PMQs and watch Jeremy Corbyn's reaction to the question, he looks away from David Cameron and plays with his pen. Jeremy Corbyn is a disgrace. Oddly having written this piece I have found another blogger had the same idea but had some extra details such as: 'The most reliable account of all ... more »

A Simple Sore Throat & Cold Remedy

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago

Drone Protest in Upstate New York

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
On Monday five members of the grassroots human rights coalition, Upstate (NY) Drone Action [upstatedroneaction.org], were arrested as they held aloft three large banners together spanning the Hancock’s main entrance and exit driveways. Those arrested: Bonny Mahoney, Ed Kinane & Julienne Oldfield of Syracuse and Dan Burgevin and James Ricks of Ithaca. All were detained but released by Onondaga County Sheriffs around noon with appearance tickets charging them with trespass and disorderly conduct. Their court date is 6 p.m., October 14, in the DeWitt (NY) Town Court.

Hitler - and Mussolini - and us....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 20 hours ago
Well, the Irving press DID cover Mulcair's speech on the boardwalk yesterday morning – and a very chilly morning it was. For some reason, though, the photo of it was taken at such an angle that over half of the audience was left out. The last sentence of the story is intriguing. Conservative M.P. Goguen was asked to make a statement to the press about it. And he didn't reply. Well, of course not. Harper will not allow any of his candidates to take part in debate. Harper has to be in absolute control. Mind you, in the case of Goguen, that's probably a wise decision. B3 has a story a... more »

Hi-Tech Ballistic Missiles Seen During Iran's Military Parades

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The Iranian Armed Forces displayed various types of home-made ballistic and long-range missiles during the annual military parades in Tehran on Tuesday. The September 22 annual parade marked the start of the Week of Sacred Defense, in honor of Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s. The nationwide parades were performed by various units of the Islamic Republic Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Law Enforcement Police and Basij (volunteer) forces. Read more

France, Egypt agree Mistral warship deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]France has agreed to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt for €950 million after their sale to Russia was cancelled in August, French officials said yesterday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a two-year insurgency based across the Suez Canal in the Sinai peninsula and fears the conflict in neighbouring Libya could spill over. Egypt’s allies are also keen to burnish its image in a region beset by turmoil. Read more

Russia says will respond if US places new nukes in Germany

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: B61-12 Test Flight Body]The Kremlin says Russia will take countermeasures if the U.S. places new nuclear weapons at a base in Germany. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov's comments, reported Wednesday by Russian news agencies, came in response to a report by Germany's ZDF television. The report said that preparation is underway by the U.S. to station B61-12 nuclear bombs at Buechel Air Base in Germany. ZDF said its information was based on examination of U.S. federal budget reports. The claim couldn't immediately be confirmed. Read more

Navy interest in Scorpion Jet as Textron seeks USAF certification

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Scrorpion tactical jet]Textron AirLand is courting the US Navy in its quest for a Scorpion Jet launch customer, with the seafaring service exploring ways to keep its Boeing F/A-18 pilots mission-ready without having to put too many extra flight hours on its war-fatigued fighters. The Scorpion project is also pursuing airworthiness certification with the US Air Force under a new initiative designed to make American military products more attractive on the international market. Textron AirLand president Bill Anderson says the subsonic surveillance and strike aircraft attracted... more »

U.S. Navy's F-35 test to include new helmet, full weapons load

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]The U.S. Navy's next round of carrier testing of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35C stealth fighter jet will include new helmets and jets fully loaded with internal weapons, a company official told Reuters. During the tests, scheduled for the first two weeks of October, two F-35s will also test the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), an all-weather, GPS-guided landing system being designed by Raytheon Co, Lockheed's F-35 program manager, Lorraine Martin, said in an interview. She spoke after a ceremony for the rollout of the first of the 52 F-... more »

US Aircraft Carrier, F-22s on Way to S. Korea amid Rocket Worries

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)]The United States military will send a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier as well as F-22 stealth fighters and an unmanned surveillance aircraft to South Korea next month. The dispatch is likely to send a strong message to North Korea amid hints that Pyongyang may soon launch a long-distance rocket. Report: The USS Ronald Reagan, an American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, will visit South Korea's southern coast next month amid threats from North Korea that it intends to launch a long-distance rocket. A military official said Thursday ... more »

Navy Set to Install Hybrid Electric Drives in Destroyer Fleet Starting Next Year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110)]Next year the Navy will begin installing a hybrid electric drive (HED) system on 34 Flight IIA Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers in a bid to lower the fuel costs of the ships, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told USNI News in a statement. The system, which will marry an electric motor to the ships’ main reduction gear to drive the ship at low speeds, promises to save the service thousands of barrels of fuel in over a ship’s deployment. Earlier this year L-3 — the company was awarded contract in 2012 to develop the technology — deliv... more »

India may buy three Russian frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 11356 FFG]India may buy three Project 11356 patrol boats, which are being built for the Russian Navy in the “Baltic Shipyard” Yantar “in Kaliningrad, as Indian Ambassador to Russia Pound Srinivasan Raghavan told “Interfax” on Tuesday. The diplomat said that India would make every effort to resolve the issues for the supply of engines for frigates under construction. In early September, a source at the plant told “Interfax” that they were talking about a possible transfer of the frigates “Admiral Butakov”, “Admiral Istomin” and “Admiral Kornilov,” to India which were ... more »

Upgraded Anti-Submarine Planes Enter Russia's Pacific Fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Il-38N May]Russia’s modernized anti-submarine warfare planes have entered into service with Russia’s Pacific Fleet, the aircraft’s developer announced Wednesday. "The Il-38N anti-submarine planes [NATO reporting name May] upgraded by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex has entered service with the Naval Aviation of the Russian Pacific Fleet," the developer’s press service said in a statement. The Ilyushin Aviation Complex, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, said pilots in two of the Naval Aviation’s airbases have successfully retrained for the overhauled aircraft an... more »

Pentagon Says Chinese Sub That Can Hit U.S. to Go on Patrol Soon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type-096 (Tang) class SSBN]A new Chinese nuclear submarine designed to carry missiles that can hit the U.S. will likely deploy before year’s end, the Pentagon said, adding to Obama administration concerns over China’s muscle-flexing in Asia. China’s navy is expected this year to conduct the first patrol of its Jin-class nuclear-powered submarine armed with JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency said in a statement. It declined to give its level of confidence on when the new boat will be deployed or the status of the missile. ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: September 24, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Sniper Training-900] Soldiers fire machine guns while wearing protective masks during a U.S. Army competition at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg on Sept. 21, 2015. Thanks to Spc. L’Erin G. Wynn for taking this photograph!

An Air Force For The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Blake Franko, National Interest:* *A Scary Thought: An Air Force for ISIS?* In a not too distant future, war has broken out between NATO and Russia. Battles are being fought all over Europe and Russian forces are moving to capture Paris. With sizable ground forces and air dominance, U.S. helicopters and tilt-rotors are supporting the troops overhead, forcing Russian troops to retreat. However, previously hidden among high-rise buildings, Russian attack drones break onto the scene, destroying much of the American attacking force. Thankfully, this scenario is fictional, like one de... more »

Picture Of The Day: Pope Francis Rolls Arrives At The White House In A Fiat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., September 23, 2015. MANDEL NGAN / AFP-Getty Images The pope's tiny Fiat 500, appeared even smaller compared to the half a dozen security vehicle as the pontiff was driven to his next engagement *WNU Editor:* Expect Fiat car sales to now boom.

Pope Canonizes Junipero Serra; Not Everyone Happy

AP/Ben Nuckols at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Junipero Serra-900-0000] WASHINGTON (AP) -- An 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast was elevated to sainthood Wednesday by Pope Francis in the first canonization on U.S. soil. Francis canonized Junipero Serra during a Mass outside the Basilica of... more »

Elaine J. Cohen : METRO | Vital statistics: Documentation and dignity

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
It is hard to conceive of dignity if one is stateless or forced to live in poverty, at the edges of abundance. By Elaine J. Cohen | The Rag Blog | September 24, 2015 A few weeks ago The Rag … finish reading Elaine J. Cohen : *METRO* | Vital statistics: Documentation and dignity

GOP 2016 Ticket Will Probably Be Cruz/Fiorina

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
It's very nice how libertarian-leaning conservative South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney endorsed Rand Paul and made a case for him as the "real" conservative champion, the "not real" one being Ted Cruz. But Paul won't be his party's nominee, and there's a good chance that Cruz will. I'll get back to that in a moment, but first let's give Mulvaney, a big-time Boehner detractor, his say as to why he's backing Paul instead of Cruz, courtesy of Dave Weigel: "The last two weeks have been probably the most frustrating weeks in Washington for me, and that’s a high bar. There’s no w... more »

Remembering Yogi Berra

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* Here are 35 memorable quotes from the legend .... *35 of Yogi Berra’s most memorable quotes* (New York Post). My favorite one is .... “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Book Claim: Hillary Warns Obama To ‘Call off your f- -king dogs!’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Post:* *‘Call off your f- -king dogs!’ Hillary rages to Obama* An enraged Hillary Rodham Clinton blew up at President Obama, demanding he “call off your f–king dogs” looking into her emails during a tense Oval Office meeting, according to a new book. The book, “Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary,” says the former first lady was furious at what she believed were damaging leaks by Obama aides that led to investigations of her use of a private email server as secretary of state. So she went right to the top to settle the matter. Clinton requested a meeting with Obama, agai... more »

Federico Fellini

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
La dolce vita

The Presence Of Russian Jets In Syria Means The End Of Any Talk For A 'No Fly-Zone' Over The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Su-25 jets on the runway at at al-Assad airbase in Syria Photo: Александр Ермаков *The Telegraph*: *Russian jets in Syria mean no-fly zone is 'out of the question', warn experts* *Vladimir Putin is carrying out Russia's biggest military intervention outside the old Soviet Union for almost 30 years* Russia’s deployment of jet fighters in Syria has effectively destroyed the West’s option of imposing a “no-fly zone” over the country, experts have warned, as the British Defence Secretary said the intervention risked deepening the crisis. The Kremlin’s operation in Syria amoun... more »

A Most Unfortunate URL Choice

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
_______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

Pentagon Confirms That Two Chinese Jet Fighters Made A Dangerous Intercept of A U.S. Spy Plane Over The Yellow Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Two Chinese Fighters Make ‘Unsafe’ Interception With U.S. Spy Plane* *Incident a week ago over Yellow Sea occurred days before President Xi Jinping’s trip to U.S.* WASHINGTON—Two Chinese jet fighters made what military officials called a dangerous interception with an U.S. spy plane a week ago, just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to be received at the White House. The incident occurred on Sept. 15 over the Yellow Sea when two JH-7 Chinese fighters came within 500 feet of the nose of an American surveillance plane known as an RC-135. The U.... more »

Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
NYT caption: "*George Steinbrenner, right, with Yogi Berra in 1985 before Steinbrenner made 'the worst mistake I ever made in baseball,' firing Berra as manager.*" *by Ken* I wish I could remember which game it was, exactly, because in my memory it was just a couple of games ago that Yogi Berra's name came up in the course of a Yankees telecast, in connection with one of the vintage Yogi-isms, and announcer Michael Kay sent along best wishes to Yogi, explaining that he knew Yogi watched every game. So the first thing I thought of when I heard this morning that Yogi has died, was w... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Fields of Coral”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, “Fields of Coral” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad1wFWdmZUs

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo. *Click image for larger size.* The picture spans 20 ar... more »

"The Most Beautiful People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Effort and Understanding: Having It Easy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Effort and Understanding: Having It Easy"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we view the lives of others and think they have it easy, we are not seeing the whole of their life or the story they are presenting. Our lives are an exercise in facing challenges. We dream the grandest of dreams as youngsters only to discover that we must cultivate copious inner strength and determination in order to meet our goals. Our hard work does not always yield the results we expect. And it is when we find ourselves frustrated by the trials we face or unable to meet our own expectations that we... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It's part of nature's built-in checks and balances, that while there may be times when you think you can't even help yourself, precisely in such moments there will always be someone else nearby you can help, instead. Which, I think you know, is actually one of the fastest ways to help yourself. I sure feel better.” “I hope that helps,” The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

Chet Raymo, “Not Known, Because Not Looked For”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Not Known, Because Not Looked For”* by Chet Raymo "Remember these well-known lines of T. S. Eliot (“Little Gidding”): "We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." It is not quite what Eliot is up to, but I was reminded of some lines of Pascal that I shared here several years ago: “Scientific learning is composed of two opposites which nonetheless meet each other. The first is the natural ignorance that is man's lot at birth. The second is represented by those great m... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I've wondered why it took us so long to catch on. We saw it and yet we didn't see it. Or rather we were trained not to see it. Conned, perhaps, into thinking that the real action was metropolitan and all this was just boring hinterland. It was a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth,'' and so it goes away. Puzzling..." - Robert M. Pirsig

"How To Persuade Stubborn People"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How To Persuade Stubborn People"* by George Washington "As anyone who has tried to educate people with facts knows, it is very difficult to persuade stubborn people. New research sheds some light on this frustrating dynamic. As NPR noted: "New research suggests that misinformed people rarely change their minds when presented with the facts — and often become even more attached to their beliefs. A new body of research out of the University of Michigan suggests that's not what happens, that we base our opinions on beliefs and when presented with contradictory facts, we adhere to ou...more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Morning Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Morning Poem"* "Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches- and the ponds appear like black cloth on which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your nature to be happy you will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imagination alighting everywhere. And if your spirit carries within it the thorn that is heavier than lead- if it's all you can do to keep on trudging- there is still somewhere deep within you a beast shouting that the earth is ... more »

Chinese President Xi Begins His Visit To The U.S. -- News Updates September 23, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian*: *China's President Xi Jinping begins first US visit in Seattle* Xi to meet with 30 US and Chinese business leaders before attending White House state dinner on Friday and speaking at the United Nations The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, landed in Seattle on Tuesday to kick off a weeklong US visit that will include meetings with US business leaders, a black-tie state dinner at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama and an address at the United Nations. Xi and his wife touched down in an Air China 747 at Paine Field, adjacent to the massive plant where Bo... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 23, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Xi Jinping (L) is introduced by former US National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a speech during a dinner reception in Seattle, Washington, September 22, 2015. [Photo/China Daily] *Shen Dingli, China.org.cn*: *How should China, US improve relations on security?* Interaction between China and the United States is expanding. Bilateral economic and trade ties have deepened and been mutually beneficial. The China-U.S. security relationship is developing, too. They collaborate on a number of international security issues, including anti-terror init... more »

Nelson Report: Additional Responses to Richard Bush =UPDATE=

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*I love these curves.* The Nelson Report sent this around, responses to Bush as well as other comments. *+++++++++++++++* *UPDATE*: Bush responded to the comments below in a subsequent issue of the Nelson Report: BUSH: To suggest that Tsai is misreading her adversary is not to "lament" (as some of your correspondents seem to feel); it's to suggest the need for realism. At that CSIS conference, I think Mike Green referred to "coercion", not "force". One could expand the list of issues (e.g. adding Hong Kong) by saying that in many/most cases, Xi has taken a hard line and expecte... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 24th September)

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
CBI chief backs green economy, says government’s U-turns will cost business hundreds of billions John Cridland, director general of the CBI and the most senior voice of British business, has blasted the government’s performance on the “green economy”, warning that UK companies will lose out on hundreds of billions of pounds in opportunities for overseas exports if ministers do not reverse

What Will Pope Francis Tell Congress?

The Editors at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pope_Francis - 900] Imagine if General George Patton, right after V-E Day, were coming to speak at West Point’s commencement. Expectations were high, the cadets were enthralled, and the instructors were eager to hear him. But the Commandant of the Academy had some... more »

The Monchy Ten

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day ago
One thing that I find both fascinating and frustrating about history is that no matter how much you read or think you know or how many history courses or degrees you have, you will never know it all. I suppose that is why I feel motivated to read so much about it. Just when you think you are getting a grasp on a topic, you learn something out of the blue....one of those "Wow, I never knew that!" moments. I had just such a moment a couple days ago as I was reading through a general history of World War One. (Martin Gilbert's "The First World War: A Complete History" (2004) is a wo... more »

Quote of the day: On free speech

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“Freedom of speech means freedom from interference, suppression or punitive action by the government—and nothing else. It does not mean the right to demand the financial support or the material means to express your views at the expense of other men who may not wish to support you. Freedom of speech includes the freedom not to agree, not to listen and not to support one’s own antagonists. A “right” does not include the material implementation of that right by other men; it includes only the freedom to earn that implementation by one’s own effort. Private citizens cannot use physi... more »

Yogi Berra speaks

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The baseball player and personality who inspired the Yogi Bear character has died, but his many malapropisms live on. Famous as much for them as for his baseball prowess, but as he once said himself, “I never said all the things I said.” *Berra’s **contributions to Major League Baseball history** are incalculable, but his legacy might be even better remembered for what he contributed to American language. A sportswriters’ favourite, Berra had countless expressions and turns of phrase that were memorable because most of them didn’t make any sense. (At the same time, every one had s...more »

It’s the Pope, Mr. Obama. Where are Your Manners?

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Pope Francis wave to the crowd on the South Lawn from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, during a state arrival ceremony.] President Obama threw a big shin-dig for Pope Francis and the guest list caused all sorts of controversy. A gaggle of gay activists were invited to scarf down cocktail weenies at the White House -- along with an openly gay Episcopal... more »

Economics for Real People: John Nash, and the reconstruction of Political Economy in mathematical terms

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Stepping outside economics for real people again, this week folks at the Auckland Uni Economics Group will instead be looking at maths. Earlier this year the remarkable life of John Nash and his wife Alicia was brought to a sudden and tragic end. In this seminar, Matthew Ryan from the Economics Department at AUT provides a reflection on Nash’s contributions to economics, as well as to social science more broadly. *It is the story of the reconstruction of Political Economy in mathematical terms.* *Date: Thursday, 24 September * *Time: 6-7pm Location: Lecture Theatre Three (OGGB3),... more »

Keynes advises students …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
You don’t need to subscribe to his economics to admire his own facility with a pen. Here's what John Maynard Keynes had to say in his examiner's report when he was examiner for Auckland University in 1919: *The candidates as a whole showed that they had been reasonably industrious and conscientious in their work. If, however, I may make a criticism, it would be that they are unduly tied down to their textbooks, often imperfectly understood, and show an insufficient independence of mind. There was hardly any single instance in any of the papers of an individual or characteristic ... more »

#ShoutYourAbortion? How Could Anyone Shout Her Abortion?

James Lopez at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: #shoutyour abortion tweet] BuzzFeed says that through the #ShoutYourAbortion Twitter hashtag, women are sharing "their personal stories about getting abortions." The tweets are meant to spread a story of liberation and triumph. Instead they reveal a culture of inhumanity. It started on Sept. 19th... more »

World News Briefs -- September 23, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *At White House, pope focuses on environment, poverty and migrants* Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world's richest nation. In a speech on the White House South Lawn on the first full day of his U.S. trip, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce air pollution, months after Francis made the environment one of his top concerns by issuing a landmark encyclical letter to the... more »

Cecile Richards to Testify Before Congress

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Cecile Richards Planned Parenthood - 900] Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards will testify before Congress next week about the non-profit's use of taxpayer funds, as the investigation into its fetal tissue harvesting continues. The purpose of the House Oversight Committee hearing is to determine how Planned Parenthood uses half... more »

The Scale of Labour's Challenge

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
This is what Labour is facing: In the sociology of social movements, many a printer cartridge has run dry discussing the problems of what we call 'frame alignment'. That is the problem by which a movement or, as is more usually the case, a social movement organisation of some kind has to gain wide currency for its world view. What this table from YouGov for the *New Statesman* shows is just how big that gap between Jeremy's support and the wider Labour-minded electorate is. This is a huge challenge for the party. Of course, Labour as a whole isn't an ideological sect organised aro... more »

Ken Wachsberger : Joe Grant: Happy birthday and goodbye, friend

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Joe Grant, the publisher of ‘Prisoners Digest International,’ was one of the unsung legends of the underground press. By Ken Wachsberger | The Rag Blog | September 23, 2015 It’s always jarring to receive Facebook birthday reminders for friends who … finish reading Ken Wachsberger : Joe Grant: Happy birthday and goodbye, friend

Media’s 24/7 Early Campaign Coverage is Breaking Records

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Clinton-Trump3 - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- By one measure, the 2016 presidential campaign has made more news at this early stage than any of the six previous contests. ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 504 minutes to campaign news on their evening... more »

Violence Unchanged Last 5 Weeks In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
For the last five weeks the number of attacks have remained relatively stable in Iraq. This is another sign that the war in Iraq has largely stabilized and become deadlocked. The government is on the offensive in several parts of Anbar province along with Salahaddin, but showing mixed results, while bombings continue unabated in Baghdad. The rest of the country remained relatively quite. Musings On Iraq counted 122 security incidents from September 15-21, 2015. That was lower than the previous weeks, which witnessed 144 attacks September 8-14, 139 from September 1-7, 136 from Aug... more »

Here’s how to keep clinical trial participants honest (and why that’s a big deal)

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 1 day ago
Additional lab tests, creating a clinical trial patient registry, and rewards for honesty are among the advice doled out in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine for researchers to help avoid the major issue of participants lying to get into clinical trials. In the Perspective, David B. Resnik and David J. McCann, […] The post Here’s how to keep clinical trial participants honest (and why that’s a big deal) appeared first on Retraction Watch.

EU Migration Crisis -- September 23, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Washington Post*: *European leaders struggle over deep splits on migrant crisis efforts* BRUSSELS — European leaders moved Wednesday toward a messy showdown over the continent’s refugee crisis amid increasingly bitter divisions — and even possible court challenges — over how to cope with the crush of asylum seekers and others. The conclave comes a day after European Union interior ministers pushed through a plan to spread 120,000 asylum seekers across Europe over the strenuous objections of four Central European nations. The rare maneuver to force c... more »

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