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Thomas Paine

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Monday, September 28, 2015

28 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

English: U.S. President Barack Obama meets wit...
English: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner during the debt ceiling increase negotiations. The official White House caption says "President Barack Obama meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner on the patio near the Oval Office, Sunday, July 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy for what it is. About the Pope, I wonder why progressive people allow themselves to care.

10:30pm MDST

Pro-Independence Parties Win Elections in Spanish Region of Catalonia

BBC at The Stream - 21 minutes ago
[image: Catalonia independence] Pro-independence parties in Spain’s Catalonia region have won an absolute majority in regional elections. The main separatist alliance and a smaller nationalist party won 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament. However, the pro-independence parties fell just short of getting... Continue reading *“Pro-Independence Parties Win Elections in Spanish Region of Catalonia”* at *bbc.com*.

The Affordable Housing Fraud

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 21 minutes ago
[image: San Fransisco Apartments - 900] Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing,” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey... more »

John Boehner: Then and Now

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 21 minutes ago
[image: John_Boehner - 900] The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part. At a meeting with... more »

Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Could Be Ted Cruz’s Big Moment

Politico at The Stream - 21 minutes ago
[image: Ted Cruz Smile and Wave - 400] If Ted Cruz is ever going to break through in the Republican presidential primary, the time is now. Cruz has been the workmanlike conservative of the GOP field: a strong fundraiser but no Jeb Bush, well-liked by the activist right... Continue reading *“Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Could Be Ted Cruz’s Big Moment”* at *politico.com*.

Coming up at the Supreme Court: "The Revenge of the Conservatives"?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 27 minutes ago
*They're ba-a-ack!* *by Ken* Are you ready for it, constitutional-law fans? Yes, it's Ian Millhiser's fall preview. "Next Monday," ThinkProgress's legal maven noted in his post this morning ("Everything You Need To Know About The Big Supreme Court Cases The Justices Will Hear This Term"), the Supreme Court will gavel in its newest term and the justices will take the bench for the first time since last June, when the conservative Roberts Court handed down a string of uncharacteristically liberal decisions. This term, however, liberals will need to swim upstream, with the justices ... more »

Disturbing Pictures Being Released That Show Dead Haj Pilgrims Being Bulldozed And Dumped Into A Pile (Warning Graphic)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
Pictures emerge of #Saudi officials bulldozing bodies of dead #Hajj pilgrims like garbage & dumping them into a pile. pic.twitter.com/6uKtbuF9Rm — Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) September 26, 2015 *WNU Editor:* If these pics are accurate .... Saudi Arabia deserves the condemnation that many are now voicing. *Update:* The death toll is climbing .... *Death toll reportedly climbs to at least 1,100 in Saudi Arabia hajj stampede* (FOX News).

Steven Spielberg Tried To Make Hillary Clinton Likeable .... And Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
*Photo: *Steven Spielberg received a National Humanities Medal in 1999 from then-President Clinton as Hillary Rodham Clinton looked on. (Photo: Win McNamee/Reuters) *New York Post:* *Spielberg tried – and failed – to make Hillary seem likeable* *In his new book, “Unlikeable,” journalist Edward Klein unveils the lengths Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign will go to avoid the mistakes of the 2008 race — when Obama famously said, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary.” In an exclusive excerpt to The Post, Klein reveals how Bill Clinton reached out to a famous friend for help.* Hillary wa... more »

Is Paul Set to Pack It In? Candidate Takes Break to Fund Raise for Senate Campaign

The Hill at The Stream - 55 minutes ago
[image: Rand Paul] Paul takes break to raise funds for Senate campaign Struggling to gain traction in the Republican presidential race, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) this week will turn his attention to fundraising for his Senate reelection efforts. Continue reading *“Is Paul Set to Pack It In? Candidate Takes Break to Fund Raise for Senate Campaign”* at *thehill.com*.

Anti-Leadership Insurgency Could Threaten Mitch McConnell Ally Marco Rubio

Breitbart at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 09: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks during the graduation of small business owners from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program held at the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College on February 9, 2015 in Miami, Florida.] While Breitbart News has been reporting for months that Rep. John Boehner's speakership was in jeopardy, the Washington media was stunned on Friday with the historic announcement of Boehner's resignation. The anti-leadership sentiment seems to be growing as the Washington Times is... Continue reading *“Anti-Leadership Insurg... more »

John Boehner Quit Before He Was Fired

The Federalist/Ben Domenech at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: John_Boehner - 400] Let's be clear about one thing: John Boehner quit because he was going to get fired. It's all fine and dandy to describe the Speaker as an "institutionalist" - a word we have not heard so frequently used since the... Continue reading *“John Boehner Quit Before He Was Fired”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Did Carly Fiorina Lie About Planned Parenthood? No.

The New York Times/Ross Douthat at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Protest Planned Parenthood sign_Medium] Continue reading *“Did Carly Fiorina Lie About Planned Parenthood? No.”* at *douthat.blogs.nytimes.com*.

Augustine, Aquinas, or Kant? Pope Francis at the UN

Crisis/Samuel Gregg at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Pope Francis addresses the General Assembly during his visit to United Nations headquarters.] One of the world's worst-kept secrets is the Holy See's high regard for the United Nations. Since Paul VI, popes have appeared before its General Assembly to express their "great esteem," as Francis remarked in his recent UN address, for... Continue reading *“Augustine, Aquinas, or Kant? Pope Francis at the UN”* at *crisismagazine.com*.

bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

laura k at wmtc - 1 hour ago
I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church. About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy for what it is. About the Pope, I wonder why progressive people allow themselves to care. *Sanders is the new Dean* Bernie Sanders has been praised as a maverick, an independent, and a socialist. All of which may have been true at various points in his polit... more »

"Fourth Turning: Crisis Of Trust, Part 3"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Fourth Turning: Crisis Of Trust, Part 3"* by Jim Quinn In Part 1 of this article I discussed the catalyst spark which ignited this Fourth Turning and the seemingly delayed regeneracy. In Part 2 I pondered possible Grey Champion prophet generation leaders who could arise during the regeneracy. In Part 3 I will focus on the economic channel of distress which is likely to be the primary driving force in the next phase of this Crisis. There are very few people left on this earth who lived through the last Fourth Turning (1929 – 1946). The passing of older generations is a key compon... more »

Sentencing the Aboriginal Offender

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
In Canadian law people of Aboriginal background face a different sentencing regime than other Canadians. The Criminal Code provides for restraint in the use of imprisonment for Aboriginal offenders. The Criminal Code provides : 718.2 A court that imposes a sentence shall also take into consideration the following principles: (e) all available sanctions or options other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances should be considered for all offenders, with particular attention to the circumstances of Aboriginal offenders. The Supreme Court of Canada, in a case cal... more »

Feminists Should Be Terrified of Carly

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Carly Fiorina3 - 900] Carly Fiorina is a no-nonsense former business executive who is showing she can play -- and throw elbows -- with the big boys in the Republican presidential nomination battle. Feminists have noticed, but their admiration is tinged with dread -- and it should... more »

Putin's Favorite Muslim Is Insane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) met with Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 4, 2014. Reuters *Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast:* *The Kremlin’s Favorite Muslim, Kadyrov, Goes Too Far* Putin’s most ambitious and ruthless supporter in Chechnya appears to be spinning out of control, with deadly consequences. MOSCOW — Earlier this month, the leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, informed his more than one million followers on social networks that he had become “the happiest man in this land.” Something had come to pass that he never could have dreamed o... more »

Typhoon Again, Hung again

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
[image: LanyuDanno_2015_265] *Some people will do anything for a selfie.* NASA says there is flowing water on Mars! And plenty here too. Still raining as Dujian passes overhead. I'd post typhoon pictures but there are lots on the internet. The east coast and mountain communities got slammed again, many not yet recovered from the last big one. In my own neighborhood trees were downed and there are broken windows, and we lost power and water for a few hours last night. Fortunately I had a good stock of beer, fatty pork, and Doritos. Worst typhoon for us in Taichung in a while. People... more »

Marlon Brando Questioned Everything We’ve Been Taught About American Indians

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - Few celebrities today have the courage to challenge one of America's founding myths. The post Marlon Brando Questioned Everything We’ve Been Taught About American Indians appeared first on Waking Times.

Bernie Sanders: An Alternative To Republican Nihilism, Extremism And Destruction

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Today Jeb Bush is far from a top-tier candidate. In fact, if you judge by months of consistent polling, he's struggling between the second and third tiers of the GOP's so-called "deep bench." But he is top-tier in one sense: His family's wealthy connections have contributed over $120 million to him and his SuperPAC to get him into the White House. Without that money he'd be the next to follow Scott Walker out the door. He may be anyway. According to the *Washington Post*'s Ed O'Keefe and Matea Gold, what Bernie calls the "billionaire class" has put Jeb on notice: Shape up or ship ... more »

President Obama's Security Doctrine Is Failing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal:* *Syria War Tests Obama’s Security Doctrine* *The lack of good options tails the president as he meets world leaders this week at the United Nations.* Every president, it seems, gets one foreign-policy problem from hell, one that defies resolution, that refuses to be ignored, that tests the White House’s strategic theories—and that hangs over the presidential legacy. Jimmy Carter had Iran, Ronald Reagan had Lebanon, Bill Clinton had the Balkans and George W. Bush had Iraq. For President Barack Obama, it’s increasingly clear that his problem i... more »

He Thinks They're One And The Same Thing

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
http://www.metal-archives.com/ At tonight's Munk debate, Stephen Harper will claim that -- just as he is a master of economic policy -- he is also a foreign policy guru. But, Michael Harris writes, Harper's foreign policy is all about milking the world for money while being guided by humanity's darker angels: Behind the emotional appeal to the worst angels of our nature and fear mongering is a decade’s worth of diplomatic disaster. The world has become a much more dangerous place for Canadians due almost solely to the Harper approa... more »

For The First Time In Two Years Obama And Putin Hold A Formal Meeting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*ABC News*: *Obama, Putin Hold Formal Meeting for First Time in Two Years* President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met today for their first formal meeting in two years, amid new tensions in recent weeks between the already-adversarial world leaders. While the world won’t likely be privy to all of details of their conversation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the international community received a short preview in the leaders' dueling speeches earlier today. Obama generated shaking heads from the Russian delegation after blaming the country fo... more »

On not driving helicoptered kids to school

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
How has your driving to work been these last couple of days? I’ll put money it that it’s been *way* better for you too, now that kids are enjoying their school holidays and, crucially, *their mummies aren’t driving them to and from school twice a day!* Subtract those four trips a day from the traffic on our clogged roads—four trips multiplied by a frighteningly large proportion of the 770,000 children who attend school every day—and you get roads that work they way they were designed to. And the kids are all better off too. Why can’t stay-at-home mums stay at home and let their ... more »

No Comprende

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Fat Cat News - the Puppet Show: Our news anchors meet the minister responsible

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 5 hours ago
The government has regularly given assurances that they will curb top pay by giving shareholders the power to veto excessive pay packages. But the pay of the average FTSE 100 Chief Executive has increased by nearly £500,000 in the last year. FTSE 100 bosses are now paid an average £4.72 million, equivalent to hourly pay of well nearly £1,200. It takes them just around 22 hours work to

Snow White

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Mark Ryden

Churches Step in After Feds Drop Fugitive Safe Surrender

RNS/Heidi Hall at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: A volunteer assists Fugitive Safe Surrender participants and their accompanying friends and family navigate the program on Sept. 19, 2015, at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Religion News Service photo by Heidi Hall] NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The first people that fugitives encountered when they surrendered themselves on a humid September weekend weren't cops, judges, marshals or anyone else associated with the criminal justice system. They were met by a phalanx of smiling, middle-aged church...more »

Almost All US Temperature Data Used in Global Warming Models is Estimated or Altered

Powerline at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Global warming - 400] We have written many times about the fact that the temperature data used in the alarmists' global warming models are not original data as measured by thermometers. Rather, they are "adjusted" numbers, consistently changed to make the past look cooler... Continue reading *“Almost All US Temperature Data Used in Global Warming Models is Estimated or Altered”* at *powerlineblog.com*.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Paul R. Gregory, Politico*: *On Syria, Putin goes for his holy grail* Ahead of his meeting with Obama at UN, Russian ruler has gone from shadows of isolation to a major deal maker with the West. On Monday September 28, Russia’s president will propose to the UN General Assembly his plan for a broad coalition to defeat ISIS. His words will be backed by clear evidence of a substantial Russian military buildup in Syria, including Russian fighters entering Syrian airspace with transponders off. Whereas Russian troops and equipment were delivered to Ukraine in strict secrecy, the Kreml... more »

$1,500 Sandwich Illustrates How Exchange Raises Living Standards

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*“Man stands at all times in need of the cooperation and assistance of great multitudes, while his whole life is scarce sufficient to gain the friendship of a few persons… Man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in their favour… It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves not to their humanit... more »

Donald Trump: Tax Reform That Will Make America Great Again...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*The Goals Of Donald J. Trump’s Tax Plan * Too few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle class families cannot make ends meet. This tax plan directly meets these challenges with four simple goals: Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages. Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money. Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversion... more »

Donald Trump Admits to CNN He’s Been a ‘Little Childish’

CNN at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump7 - 400] Donald Trump admitted Monday that his rhetoric on the campaign trail may not always sound entirely presidential. “Probably is a little childish,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett at Trump Tower in New York. “But you know... Continue reading *“Donald Trump Admits to CNN He’s Been a ‘Little Childish’”* at *cnn.com*.

Obama, Putin Meet at UN amid Deep Differences over Syria

Julie Pace & Vladimir Isachenkov at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Obama and Putin - 900] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With a stony-faced handshake, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday began their first formal meeting in more than two years, a discussion expected to lay bare their deep differences over the... more »

Yes, Hillary Clinton Broke the Law

New York Post/Ken Cuccinelli at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton - 400] Since there has been much evasion and obfuscation about Hillary Rodham Clinton's email use, it seems appropriate to step back and simply review what we know in light of the law. It's also instructive to compare Clinton's situation to arguably... Continue reading *“Yes, Hillary Clinton Broke the Law”* at *nypost.com*.

World News Briefs -- September 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*New York Times:* *At U.N., Obama and Putin Trade Blunt Criticisms Over Syria* UNITED NATIONS — The leaders of the United States and Russia traded blunt criticisms on Monday at the United Nations, essentially blaming each other for the catastrophic war in Syria and the refugee crisis it helped to spawn. The speeches of President Obama, followed more than an hour later by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, dominated the opening of the annual General Assembly of world leaders. Mr. Obama made a forceful defense of diplomacy but also castigated Russia by name multiple times in hi... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Camden, New Jersey, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Sen. Marco Rubio: President Obama Has ‘Strengthened Putin’s Hand’

NPR at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio - 400] Marco Rubio has no shortage of problems with the way President Obama has conducted his foreign policy. The Florida senator and GOP presidential candidate says the Obama administration left “chaos” behind in the Middle East after withdrawing troops from Iraq... Continue reading *“Sen. Marco Rubio: President Obama Has ‘Strengthened Putin’s Hand’”* at *npr.org*.

Still paying no-hopers to breed

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
There is no polite way for me to say it. As taxpayers we are forced to pay no-hopers to breed. And as welfare campaigner Lindsay Mitchell has made abundantly clear over the years (in language far more polite than I can muster here) the financial encouragement to breed has encouraged more breeding of increasing numbers of children with no hope and little future apart from one sucking off the state tit. Indeed, why would we be surprised that child abuse, as she points out this morning, goes hand-in-glove with benefit abuse. So given that context, why the uproar that Minister for S... more »

Fallingwater album

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
If you’re anything like a fan of Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece and one of the twentieth-century’s artistic masterpieces, then you’re going to *luuuurrrrve* the stash of Fallingwater images collected by a fellow called Festim Toshi. You’re going to have to join Facebook, I think, but I assure you it’s worth it. Take a look here: *Fallingwater House by Frank Lloyd Wright*. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Christian - Muslim Violence Returns To The Central African Republic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *CAR's Bangui tense as communal strife kills scores* Sporadic gunfire and looting reported in the capital as government says clashes are aimed at derailing elections. Renewed violence between Muslim and Christian communities in the Central African Republic has killed at least 36 people and wounded at least 80 more, according to hospital workers. Sporadic gunfire could be heard in the capital, Bangui, on Monday, with journalists also citing multiple reports of widespread looting in the city, suggesting that tensions that began on Saturday had yet to subside. On Sunda... more »

Which Foreigners Should Be Unwelcome In America?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
When Republicans-- whether the Know-Nothings from the fringes who've haunted U.S. politics since the 19th century or the plutocrats who fatten on cheap labor while catering to Know-Nothing support-- rail against immigrants, they're talking about *poor* people. These people: *Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!* The people, like my great-grandparents and grandparents, who have helped make America the greatest co... more »

On John McDonnell's Shadow Chancellor's Speech

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
There is a tendency by lobby hacks to treat John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn as Austen-authored debutantes facing their first showing in Society. Not yet worldly wise, they require deft chaperoning to sidestep the depredations of the rakish and dastardly Mr Osborne. Their present situation demands careful schooling to avoid unknowing breaches of etiquette, such as not rendering the wealthy-but-distant Uncle Rupert the requisite respect. And at all times, attention has to be paid to one's countenance to avoid panicking the horses tethered in the Middle England stables. Alas, the rea... more »

Green Beret Discharged for Body-Slamming Alleged Child Rapist Breaks Silence

The Blaze at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Martland - 400] The Green Beret who is set to be involuntarily discharged in early November has finally spoken out about the situation that caused his punishment in the first place -- his intervening on behalf of an Afghan boy who was being... Continue reading *“Green Beret Discharged for Body-Slamming Alleged Child Rapist Breaks Silence”* at *theblaze.com*.

Inwishtigating the UN

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*"Don't believe half of what you read, And none of what you hear."* ~ Lou Reed Ian Wishard and his conspiracy theories refuse to go away. I keep hearing this fading hero of tin-foil journalism still peddling his books on Newstalk ZB, so I can only presume someone somewhere must still be buying them in sufficient numbers for him to make a living. Which is scary. Someone who *does* keeps recommending to me I read Wish-Hard’s most recent, apparently called *Totalitaria.* I haven’t, just presuming it was his usual garbage. Which, in a sense, it is. If this review is in any way accur... more »

NYT: "Shell Exits Arctic as Oil Slump Forces Industry to Retrench"

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 7 hours ago
The New York Times is reporting that Shell has ended its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean: Royal Dutch Shell ended its expensive and fruitless nine-year effort to explore for oil in the Alaskan Arctic on Monday in another sign that the entire industry is trimming its ambitions in the wake of collapsing oil prices. ... At a time when global markets are glutted with oil, it also confirmed major oil companies’ increasing willingness to turn their backs on the most expensive new drilling prospects in the Gulf of Mexico and suspended plans for new projects in Canada’s oil s... more »

Germany Segregating Christians as Migrant Violence Escalates

Breitbart at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: migrant crisis - 400] Christian migrants in German asylum centers are living under persistent threat, with many fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within the migrant population attempts to enforce Sharia law in their new host nation. The situation is so bad that... Continue reading *“Germany Segregating Christians as Migrant Violence Escalates”* at *breitbart.com*.

Entrepreneurs Transform a WWII Bomb Shelter into World’s First Underground Farm

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Cole Mellino* - The world's first underground farm is now operating below the storied streets of London. The post Entrepreneurs Transform a WWII Bomb Shelter into World’s First Underground Farm appeared first on Waking Times.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 7 hours ago
*Does school choice undermine accountability?* A decision by the Washington State Supreme Court ruling charter schools unconstitutional has sparked a national conversation on the accountability of charter schools as opposed to traditional public schools, and the virtues of school choice in general. The chief issue in the case was the fact that charter school boards are not elected, and thus not eligible for public funding under the Washington Constitution. Unelected boards are regarded as unaccountable to taxpayers, and therefore undesirable. While it is true that elections provid... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Supporters of Syria's president wave Russian, Chinese and Syrian flags during a pro-regime rally in central Damascus. CNN *RT:* *China’s military advisers ‘heading to Syria to help fight ISIS’ – report* China will be helping out the Syrian government in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) by sending “military advisers,” media reports have claimed. “The Chinese will be arriving in the coming weeks,” a Syrian army official told the Lebanon-based news website Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi. The report claims that a Chinese naval vessel is on its way to Syria with dozens o... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Saints player interviews: McCown, Ingram, Browner, Murphy, Strief, Vaccaro & Kikaha *

Pope Francis: Religious Liberty is a Fundamental Human Right, Even for Government Workers

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Religious Freedom Bible Rosary - 900] Pope Francis often speaks through symbolic actions more than words, but on the question of religious liberty his extemporaneous words on the flight home from the U.S. underscored the meaning of an under-reported action while he was in the US.... more »

The Legal Cynicism of the ‘Living Constitution’

University Bookman at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Terms and Conditions Legal - 400] That said, Obergefell, along with the decisions regarding ObamaCare subsidies and housing discrimination lawsuits handed down the same day, is the flowering of a different (though culturally related) trend, this one among lawyers and legal academics in particular. And, where... Continue reading *“The Legal Cynicism of the ‘Living Constitution’”* at *kirkcenter.org*.

The Internet is Not Obama’s to Give Away

Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Internet - 400] The flaw in President Obama's plan to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet becomes clearer with each delay in carrying it out: The Internet isn't broken, so why fix it? The good news is congressional leaders have found... Continue reading *“The Internet is Not Obama’s to Give Away”* at *google.com*.

Cartoon: ‘Thy Will Be Done’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: ramirez - 092815 - thy will be done]

Supplemental: Chuck Todd’s latest pitiful fails!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015First Clinton, then Fiorina:* Yesterday morning, on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd interviewed Candidates Clinton *and* Fiorina. If what we saw is the best he can do, then heaven help our poor sub-standard grossly incompetent nation. How bad was Todd’s performance? Below, you see his first question for Candidate Clinton, just as delivered, word for word. This is actually what he said. As best we could tell, this was supposed to be English: TODD (9/27/15): Let me start with a piece of sound, it’s Meet the Press. This is what you said on Meet the Press seven ... more »

Facebook is down again....

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 8 hours ago
I'm getting reports from all over Canada, the US, Europe and I just lost my facebook here in Morocco. Heads up! In other news.... stock markets crashing, distractions throughout UN meetings...... Oh and don't forget the One People Roundtable Discussion tonight at 11pm London/Morocco- 6pm Eastern. .... We have a lot to talk about tonight!!! http://www.consciousconsumernetwork.tv/ccn-live/ Join us in the chat room: http://www.lisamharrison.com/watch-live/ Or right here on RTS

Obama Attacks Russia at the United Nations

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
- The movement of Russian and Chinese warships into the Mediterranean Sea to protect the Syrian government from the ISIS terrorist groups complicates things for US ego and strategy. The US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey have been arming, training, and directing ISIS using it as a tool to topple governments in the region thus creating great instability. The US uses that instability to 'fill the vacuum' with even more chaos expanding the need to 'fight 'terrorism worldwide'. The American people hear virtually nothing else from the media. -... more »

Curtain Falls on Carly Fiorina — Literally

USA Today at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Carly Fiorina3 - 400] Superstitious supporters of Carly Fiorina can't see this as a good sign. The GOP presidential candidate got a scare when a large curtain fell across the stage, rod and all, in San Antonio, Texas Sunday. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard... Continue reading *“Curtain Falls on Carly Fiorina — Literally”* at *onpolitics.usatoday.com*.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's United Nations Speech

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*IBTimes:* *China President Xi Jinping UN Speech: Global Economics, International Partnerships Highlighted During General Assembly Address* Chinese President Xi Jinping urged deeper focus and a discussion on building long-lasting international unity and solving global economic issues as he delivered his address Monday to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. He said China was committed to making the world a more secure place and would be a powerful partner inside the U.N., while stressing an overall message of building international partnerships to solve the world’... more »

In-between times

risa bear at A Way to Live - 9 hours ago
The Cowboy kindly escorted me on a fourth journey to the place of my parents' ashes, which is near this stone. I placed an offering of leaves from nearby shrubbery on the stone and bowed three times, then cried a little. It was much more difficult to get up there than previous years. The hikes I had done to prepare me for this were insufficient. On the other hand, we had all day, and my kind companion had made five good sandwiches. I am pulling tomato vines and hanging them up to see about ripening stragglers. At the base of one of them, in a large pot by the door, I had planted ... more »

“The Mirroring World: We Are like Nature”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“The Mirroring World: We Are like Nature”* by The DailyOm “As humans our lives are completely intertwined with the cycles and rhythms of nature. Nature is a mirror, inspiring and teaching us, deepening our sense of belonging in the world. Wherever you look, you can see that our patterns and the patterns of the natural world are the same. You can find this resonance in every form, from molecules to plants and animals and to planets. We live our lives according to the same principles as the trees, the mountains, the clouds, and the birds. We begin our lives in the womb, folded in on... more »

"What If?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"What if when you die they ask, "How was Heaven?" ~ Author Unknown

The Next Speaker’s Agenda

National Review Online at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 8: The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen December 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. Members of the media were allowed access to film and photograph the room for the first time in six years.] When Republicans took control of both houses of Congress in the 2014 elections, I (like others around here) thought they should use their greater if still limited power to advance a broad range of conservative policy ideas--passing them in the... Continue reading *“The Next Speaker’s Agenda”* at *nationalreview.com*.

The Audacity of Peyton Manning

ESPN/Kevin Van Valkenburg at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: peyton manning] It takes Peyton Manning 15 minutes to shed his suit of armor after a game. He begins with his cleats, which he can barely untie without assistance. A Broncos equipment staffer helps peel them off his feet while he does... Continue reading *“The Audacity of Peyton Manning”* at *espn.go.com*.

Cartoon: ‘Hello, Father’

Henry Payne at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Payne - 092615 - Hello, Father]

Saudi Royal Calls for Regime Change in Saudi Arabia

The Guardian at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: saudi royal] A senior Saudi royal prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country's leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene... Continue reading *“Saudi Royal Calls for Regime Change in Saudi Arabia”* at *theguardian.com*.

Woman Who Helped NY Inmates Escape Gets up to 7 Years in Prison

Casey Harper at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: prison_worker_escaped_prisoners] The prison worker who helped two New York prisoners escape earlier this year will now find herself on the other side of the bars. Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress believed to be romantically interested in at least one of the...more »

Sorry Iain Dale but I think your reasoning stinks

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Iain Dale has defended his publishing of Lord Ashcroft's book with #pigggate in it. Here is Iain Dale's explanation: 'I don’t like being censored. And this goes to the crux of the matter: whether the ‘Pig-gate’ story – the anecdote in *Call Me Dave* that caused such a global sensation that it almost broke the Internet – should have been printed at all. I am still in no doubt that it was right to keep it in the book. Whether it would have made the credibility threshold for a newspaper is a side issue. It is in a book, not a newspaper. When I first read it in the manuscript, I certai... more »

Russian President Putin's Speech At The U.N. Calls For A Broad Coalition Against Terrorism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Business Insider*: *Putin at UN: We need a 'genuinely broad alliance against terrorism, just like the one against Hitler'* Russian President Vladimir Putin just took the stage at the UN General Assembly for the first time in a decade, and he called for a "genuinely broad alliance against terrorism, just like the one against Hitler." Putin began by describing the original purpose of the UN, which he said had been violated by "those that found themselves at the top of the pyramid" after the Cold War. "They thought they knew better and thought they did not have to reckon with the U... more »

"All Life Really Means..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson ◆

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

New Islamic Terror Group Sprouts in Northwest Africa

World at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: soldiers - 400] A new Islamic terror group is taking root in Mali, terrorizing the central and southern parts of the country in a spate of attacks. Macina Liberation Front (MLF) emerged in 2015 and is imitating other terror groups in the Middle... Continue reading *“New Islamic Terror Group Sprouts in Northwest Africa”* at *worldmag.com*.

How God and Man Make a Sandwich

Action Institute/Joe Carter at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: chicken sandwich - 400] In 1958, Leonard Read published his brilliant essay, "I, Pencil." Read's original essay was written from the point of view of the pencil and the humble writing implement explains why it is as much a creation of God as a tree.... Continue reading *“How God and Man Make a Sandwich”* at *blog.acton.org*.

UN General Asembly Speeches- Obama & Putin

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
Each video is approximately 3 minutes. As usual Obama lies through his teeth. It's incredible, to me, to listen to him speak after all the coverage I have given the Syrian situation. *Obama: * *Putin:* Don't take this as an endorsement by myself of the UN. It's a detestable organization. And should be abolished. The UN's stated purpose and all it's claimed lofty goals have merely been the lipstick on a pig. The cover for numerous ugly agendas. *Don't Miss:* - Israel launches airstrikes against Syrian army in Golan - Putin on 60 Minutes- Video

Geopolitics: “Brainless in Washington”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Brainless in Washington”* by Paul Craig Roberts “Washington’s IQ follows the Fed’s interest rate — it is negative. Washington is a black hole into which all sanity is sucked out of government deliberations. Washington’s failures are everywhere visible. We can see the failures in Washington’s wars and in Washington’s approach to China and Russia. The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was scheduled for the week-end following the Pope’s visit to Washington. Was this Washington’s way of demoting China’s status by having its president play second fiddle to the Pope? The Preside... more »

3 Powerful Practices for Working Through Fear and Negative Emotions

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Justin Faerman* - Releasing fear and negativity is a conscious act, and here are 3 practices that will help. The post 3 Powerful Practices for Working Through Fear and Negative Emotions appeared first on Waking Times.

Pope: Bishops Who Covered up for Abuse Guilty of Wrongdoing

Nicole Winfield at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates mass at the World Meeting of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway iSeptember 27, 2015 n Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is the final day of a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba.] ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Francis has defended his words of consolation to U.S. bishops over the priest sex abuse scandal but says -- for the first time -- that those who covered up for abusers are guilty of wrongdoing.... more »

Israel launches airstrikes against Syrian army in Golan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
IDF artillery forces struck* two targets belonging to the Syrian military on Sunday night *in response to earlier projectile fallout from the embattled country exploding in Israeli territory in the Golan Heights. "The IDF holds the Syria military responsible for all actions stemming from its territory and will not allow any attempt to harm Israel's sovereignty and the safety of its residents," the IDF said in a statement. *Trust.org * Israel struck Syrian army targets on the Golan Heights on Sunday, sources on both sides said, and Israel said it was retaliating for cross-border ... more »

Breaking News: Afghan Taliban Fighters Have Raised Their Flag At The City Center In Kunduz (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Vid shows the moment when Tālibān fighters raised their flag over the main square in the n- #Afghan city of #Kunduz. pic.twitter.com/cy1586BOxL — Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) September 28, 2015 *Reuters:* *Afghan Taliban seize northern city center in major attack* Taliban fighters battled their way into the center of Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan on Monday and seized the provincial governor's office, in one of the most serious security breaches in 14 years of war, witnesses and officials said. The insurgents raised the white Taliban banner over the central city square and fr... more »

Tony Benn's Ten-Minute History Lesson on Neoliberalism

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Margaret Thatcher, drinking your milkshake (source)* *by Gaius Publius* I had a different piece set up for the next few days, revolving around a recent interview by Noam Chomsky (which Howie wrote about here) that touches on our so-called "capitalism" and also on the Bernie Sanders candidacy. But this video sets that up nicely. It's a ten-minute speech by long-time British politico and Labour Party member Tony Benn, sadly recently deceased. Our thanks to the people at Naked Capitalism for bringing this to our attention. There it's presented without comment. I'd like to print some... more »

Obama Hits Putin, Assad — and GOP — in U.N. Address

CNN at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the opening plenary session of the UN Summit on Climate Change. Convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Summit aims at mobilizing the highest level political will needed to reach a fair, effective, and scientifically ambitious global climate deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. 22/Sep/2009. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Marco Castro. www.un.org/av/photo/] President Barack Obama slammed adversaries in Russia and Syria -- and political foes at home -- whil... more »

Bill Nye’s Unscientific Tirade on Abortion

James Agresti at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Bill Nye at Tech7 - 900] In a new viral video starring Bill Nye, the famed “Science Guy” declares that laws protecting “unborn people” are “based on ignorance” and reflect “a deep scientific lack of understanding.” He also says that if you support such laws, you...more »

Strong Evidence Mars Has Streams of Salt Water in Summertime

Marcia Dunn at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Mars with Ice Clouds - 900] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Mars appears to have flowing streams of salty water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that could have major implications for the possibility of life on the planet. Scientists in... more »

Did Italian Special Forces Assassinate The Libyan Mastermind Behind The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Yannis Behrakis/Reuters *Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast:* *Did Italy Just Assassinate Libya's Migrant Smuggling Kingpin?* *Salah Al-Maskhout was the mastermind behind one of the largest migrant smuggling rings in the Mediterranean. On Friday, he and his guards were all shot and killed.* ROME – For months, humanitarian aid workers and Europe’s leaders have been wringing their hands about how to stop the human traffickers who are responsible for the deluge of migrants and refugees making the dangerous crossing from Libyan ports to European shores. There has been talk of everythin... more »

Jonathan Papelbon Attacks Bryce Harper in Nationals Dugout

HOWARD FENDRICH at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Papelbon and Harper-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and teammate Jonathan Papelbon got into a fight during a game Sunday, when a Washington Nationals season that long ago spiraled out of control on the field did so in the dugout....more »

Donald Trump Unveils Tax Plan

Jill Colvin at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is calling for an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate income taxes for millions of Americans, while lowering them for the highest-income earners and business. The plan unveiled Monday would... more »

Taliban Seizes More than Half of Key City in Afghanistan

RAHIM FAIEZ & LYNNE O'DONNELL at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Map of Afghanistan] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban seized more than half of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Monday, including a hospital, a courthouse and other government buildings, in an assault by hundreds of insurgents who are now locked in...more »

CBS vs. Social Security

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Scott Pelley of CBS seemed just as flabbergasted at Donald Trump's vow to protect Social Security as he was at the candidate's vow to deport 11 million people and build a cheap but gorgeous border wall the likes of which you've never seen. Here's the snippet of last night's *60 Minutes *interview with Trump that you might have missed in all the frenzied back-and-forth between one billionaire and one media representative of many billionaires: *Scott Pelley*: In your book, "The America We Deserve" you proposed raising the social security retirement age to 70. Is that still your plan?... more »

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: 'GOP Opponents Of Nuclear Deal Couldn't Find Iran On A Map

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CNN:* *GOP opponents of nuclear deal couldn't find Iran on a map, says Rouhani* (CNN)The Republican candidates for U.S. president who are attacking the nuclear deal with Iran could hardly find the country on a map, or know that Tehran is the capital, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Sunday. "Sometimes when I would have time, some of it was broadcast live and I would watch it -- some of it was quite laughable. It was very strange, the things that they spoke of," he said through an interpreter. "Some of them wouldn't even know where Tehran was in ... more »

Free Trade 54, Eco-protectionism at APEC 2015 meeting

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
Eco-protectionism is wrong. The idea that countries and economies should erect new trade barriers on top of existing ones, tariff or non-tariff, to cut carbon emission is wrong. Trade precedes growth and development, inclusive or otherwise. Here is an example of eco-protectionism, from a PH planet saviour climate official during the APEC meeting in Iloilo City last week. He said, *“If you (APEC economies) are not prepared to address (disaster risk issues), then there is no trade to speak of,”* 1. PH climate change official tells APEC: No trade without addressing disaster risk... I... more »

The Reason You Work So Hard to Participate in the Rat Race

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*M.J. Higby* - Money is a vehicle for social control. Is it controlling you? The post The Reason You Work So Hard to Participate in the Rat Race appeared first on Waking Times.

1+1 “identical” math papers = retraction

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A paper on an equation useful in finance has been retracted after editors discovered an “identical” version had been published in another journal. The paper, “On the Parametric Interest of the Black-Scholes Equation,” was published in the Thai Journal of Mathematics. According to the introduction, that equation has a practical use: In financial mathematics, the famous […] The post 1+1 “identical” math papers = retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Rightwing Nuthouse: "Republican Role Models Gone Wrong”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Bill Maher New Rules: * *Republican Role Models Gone Wrong”* By AlterNet Staff “Friday night on Real Time, Bill Maher skewered conservatives' habit of idolizing right-wing folk heroes that turn out to be racists, degenerates, hypocrites, or all of the above. "New Rule: Republicans have to stop being surprised when their instant heroes turn out to be embarrassments," Maher said. "They’re so anxious to buddy-up to the forgotten good people that when a Kim Davis or a Joe the Plumber or a Cliven Bundy come along, they rush to say "Now here’s a real American" when they should be sayi... more »

In A Major Reversal Of U.S. Policy, President Obama Has Committed To Work With Russia And Iran To Solve The Crisis In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*RT*: *Obama to UN: US ready to work with Russia and Iran on Syria* President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, telling world leaders that the United States is willing to work with Russia and Iran on solving the current crises in Syria. In discussing the spread of Islamic State militants throughout Syria and Iraq, as well as the flood of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict there, Obama promised to work with the international community because the US “by itself, cannot impose stability on a foreign land, unless we work with other nations.” *U... more »

CNN: Biden Qualifies for First Debate

The Hill at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Joe Biden - 400] Vice President Biden has already qualified for next month's CNN debate, the network confirmed Monday. Now all he has to do is jump in the race. CNN confirmed that any candidate who has averaged 1 percent in at least three credible... Continue reading *“CNN: Biden Qualifies for First Debate”* at *thehill.com*.

Supreme Court May Hear Texas Abortion Case

Politico at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: fetus - 400] Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a challenge to a Texas abortion law that could roil the presidential race just... Continue reading *“Supreme Court May Hear Texas Abortion Case”* at *politico.com*.

Soul Mates?

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Childhood Soul Mates - 900] You want to know one reason why so many Christian marriages end up in divorce? Ronald Reagan once quipped that the trouble with his political opponents, "is not that they are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that... more »

U.S. Strategy Questioned Amid Iraq’s Ramadi Standoff

ROBERT BURNS at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Stop Sign in Ramadi, Iraq-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A summer of stalemate in the effort to reclaim the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi, despite U.S.-backed Iraqi troops vastly outnumbering Islamic State fighters, calls into question not only Iraq’s ability to win a test of wills... more »

“‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“‘Minority Report’ Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: * *The Fictional World Has Become Reality”* By John W. Whitehead “The Internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we’re part of the medium. The scary thing is, we’ll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.” - Director Steven Spielberg, “Minority Report” "We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic wor... more »

"Why, Why Not..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"When 'Why not do it?' barely outweighs 'Why do it?' - don't do it." ~ Mignon McLaughlin, "The Neurotic's Notebook", 1960

FORBIDDEN STORY: Bill Clinton speaks!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015Part 1—So does Matt Yglesias:* For decades, the liberal world has almost uniformly agreed. When it comes to the mainstream press corps’ behavior, telling the truth is forbidden. That said, there seems to be a great deal of truth to what Bill Clinton said. Clinton spoke this weekend on CNN, a cable news channel. He told a forbidden story again, as he does every few years. On this occasion, he didn’t tell every part of the forbidden story. On this occasion, he omitted one part of the apparently accurate tale. That said, there seemed to be a great deal of... more »

U.S. Navy Sailor Dies in Bahrain

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Bahrain Qatar UAE-900] MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The U.S. Navy says a sailor assigned to an anti-mine ship operating in the Persian Gulf has died after a shooting in Bahrain. The Navy said in a statement Monday that the sailor was pronounced dead... more »

Donald Trump on 60 Minutes... w/update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*interesting. * *Update: * *It appears CBS has pulled every last video they could find. Obviously, they think they're way more important than they are. * *There's a reason I don't watch their crappy shows. * H/T *Hardnox*


Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Dr. Arnim Zola: **Accessing archive. * [Zola shows them old footage of the Red Skull and the original S.H.I.E.L.D founders] *HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. * *What we did not realize was that if you try to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. * *Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. * *After the war, S.H.I.E.L.D was founded and I was recruited. * *The new HYDRA grew. A beautiful parasite inside S.H.I.E.L.D. * *For seventy years, HYDRA has been secretly feeding crisis, reaping war. * *An... more »

Obama, Putin Meeting Today in New York

JULIE PACE & VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Putin and Obama-900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Face-to-face for the first time in nearly a year, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday will confront rising tensions over Moscow’s military engagement in Syria, as well as the stubborn crisis in... more »

The Western Media Is Dying and Here's Why

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*September 28, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Seymour Hersh has risked much over his decades of journalism. He is a true journalist who has been attacked, slandered, and shunned by all sides simply because he seems to resist taking any side. When he reported on US atrocities in Vietnam, he was first attacked and denounced as a traitor or worse. In time, both the truth and Hersh were vindicated and the importance of what he did as a journalist to both inform the public and serve as a check and balance against the special interests of ruling power were recognized with a Pultizer Pri... more »

Is America's Drone Program Working In Yemen?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Patrick Fallon / Reuters *Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic*: *How America’s Drone War in Yemen Strengthens al-Qaeda* The U.S. must “stop pursuing policies bound to enrage and embitter Yemenis who might otherwise be neutral,” an expert on the country argues. Jillian Schwedler, a political-science professor in New York, spent several years during the 1990s living, traveling, and conducting interviews in Yemen, where she traversed unmarked roads in all-terrain vehicles. “What strikes me now,” she writes in a new essay about the country, “is how most Islamists saw jihadi groups as hav... more »

U.N. Live Updates (United Nations Web TV)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Live Updates: 70th Session of UN General Assembly* UN general assembly: Ban says 'no military solution' to Syria war – live -- The Guardian Live: The 70th UN General Assembly opens -- BBC Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama speak at UN General Assembly: live -- The Telegraph Live updates: World leaders debate Syria and refugees at the United Nations -- L. A. Times 70th session of UN General Assembly: LIVE UPDATES -- RT

Yemen War News Updates -- September 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen wedding party, killing at least 28* Senior government official says strikes, which also wounded dozens of people, were ‘a mistake’ Yemeni security officials said two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting the country’s Shia rebels hit a wedding party, killing 28 people and wounding dozens. The officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered Yemen, said Monday’s strikes hit the celebration in al-Wahga, a village near the strait of Bab al-Mandab. A senior government official said the strikes were “a mistake... more »

Carly Fiorina, Chuck Todd Clash over Planned Parenthood Claims

The Hill at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Carly Fiorina2 - 400] Carly Fiorina on Sunday defended her assertion that an undercover sting video shows Planned Parenthood officials keeping a "fully formed fetus" alive "to harvest its brain." At the second Republican presidential debate earlier this month, one of Fiorina's strongest moments... Continue reading *“Carly Fiorina, Chuck Todd Clash over Planned Parenthood Claims”* at *thehill.com*.

Analyzing the Islamic State’s Information Campaign, Interview With Australian National Univ's Haroro Ingram

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
In the west, the Islamic State (IS) is usually described as a new type of insurgent group that is exploiting technological advances to spread its message to create a new global brand of jihad that has attracted followers from around the world. Haroro Ingram, a Research Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University, Canberra argues that IS is actually following in the footsteps of previous insurgent groups. What follows is an interview with Ingram, about IS’s information campaign and how western governments have tried to counter it. *... more »

Pope Francis: Conscientious Objection Is A ‘Human Right,’ Even for Government Workers

The Washington Post at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis__400] It is the "human right" of government officials to say they cannot discharge duties that they believe go against their conscience, Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal flight back to Rome on Monday. "I can't have in mind all... Continue reading *“Pope Francis: Conscientious Objection Is A ‘Human Right,’ Even for Government Workers”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

The Permanent War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the 'folly of Empire,' the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system. Chris Hedges is a former New York Times journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of several books including his most recent, "Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt." He publishes a weekly column on Truthdig.com and is the host of Days of Revolt, airing every Monday night on teleSUR english.

4th ORI-flagged paper by Oregon student is retracted

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The last of four papers containing data falsified by University of Oregon neuroscience student David Anderson has been retracted. When the Office of Research Integrity report flagging the papers came out in July, Anderson told us he “made an error in judgment,” and took “full responsibility” for the misconduct. The newly retracted paper, “A common discrete resource for visual working memory and visual search,” […] The post 4th ORI-flagged paper by Oregon student is retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Securitization Forum: Geopolitics of Securitization Theory

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
This is the eleventh contribution to our securitization forum. Can E. Mutlu is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Bilkent University. His research interests are located at the intersection of technology, security, and political sociology of global mobility regimes with a particular focus on practices, technologies, and materialities of border security and mobility. […]

Securitization Forum: Scholars’ agency in securitisation: a leap forward

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
This is the tenth contribution in our securitization forum. Clara Eroukhmanoff is a PhD candidate at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She recently published an article in Critical Studies on Terrorism on “The remote securitisation of Islam in the US post-9/11: euphemisation, metaphors and the “logic of expected consequences” […]

Government has Spoken: Male Wives, Female Husbands, Male Mothers

Michael Brown at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: marriage dictionary definition_900] N.T. Wright is one of the most world's foremost New Testament scholars, a sober-minded man not given to extreme rhetoric. Yet when it came to the question of redefining marriage, Wright did not hold back, explaining how dangerous it is... more »

Redistribution: The Unconquerable Delusion

Real Clear Politics at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis and Obama] “A pope that mentions Dorothy Day is a pope that rocks,” tweeted Neera Tanden of the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Tanden might have wished to reel back that praise if she had known that Day, though a prominent pacifist... Continue reading *“Redistribution: The Unconquerable Delusion”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.

The BBC's war against Israel

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Sleeping fitfully last night while waiting for the moon to go red I heard Kevin Connolly on the BBC World Service delivering the audio version of this piece, sparked off, he says, by a new book named “An Improbable Friendship” by Anthony David. The introduction he was intoning woke me up sharp. I can’t remember Connolly’s exact words, but this paragraph from the article sums it up: “You may be familiar with the history of the 1967 Middle East War - a short, sharp conflict in which, Israel captured land from Egypt, Syria and Jordan in a series of lightning operations.” I’m not s... more »

The simply delightful new Labour power per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'Labour now have: a Hamas-apologist leader an IRA-sympathising Shadow Chancellor an arsonist education spokesman a rioting political adviser a death-threatening aide and a woman-beating economics adviser' According to Guido Fawkes here anyway. Simply delightful people, not that you'll hear about any of this on the pro Labour at any cost BBC.

U.S. Air Force Bases In America Can Now Be Wiped Out By Long Range Missiles From China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*David Axe, War Is Boring:* *It Wouldn’t Take Much to Wipe Out America’s Air Bases* Missiles threaten airfields the Pentagon takes for granted. There was a time when the United States could count on safe and secure air bases from which it could leisurely deploy warplanes to deter an enemy or launch an air campaign. No longer. Potential enemies — China, in particular — possess long-range missiles that could pepper an airfield with bomblets and wipe out huge portions of America’s air power. “Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. dominance in conventional power projection has allowed ... more »

Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
We watched the CBS TV '60 Minutes' interview with Putin last night. Charlie Rose was arrogant, insulting, and ignorant in his questioning of the Russian president. Above is one part of the interview that didn't make it into the official '60 Minutes' segment, I'd say one of the more important parts of the interview. Instead what '60 Minutes' decided to air were the idiotic questions like, "Are you a czar? Are you a gangster? Why do you ride horses without a shirt on?" Typical US mainstream media tactics to further demonize Putin. Thanks to RT for providing us with one the b... more »

In A Major Attack The Afghan Taliban Have Seized Much Of The Northern City Center Of Kunduz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Taliban breach defences of Kunduz city in Afghan north* Taliban fighters launched a three-pronged offensive on the capital of the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Monday, fighting their way through the main entrances to the city, burning buildings and briefly taking over a hospital. Breaching a provincial capital marks a troubling milestone in the nearly 14-year-old insurgency, though Afghan forces this year have driven the Taliban from most territory they've gained in the warm-weather fighting season. The assault was the second time this year that the Taliban ha... more »

Walls, Walls Between Us, And A Chance For Steely Dan History

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Walls. Wasn’t the Republican hero Ronald Reagan famous for tearing down walls? Now another famous Republican would like to build his version of the Great Wall of China on America’s southern border. Competing for the spotlight and citing "legitimate concerns" about security at the Canadian border, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, before cutting and running, said he'd consider another wall up north. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans aren't walls, but you could place them in the category of "giant moats." They provide us with distance from the conflicts in Europe and Asia, a kind of "free sec... more »

Donald Trump to Unveil Tax Plan Monday

JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is set to roll out a tax plan Monday he says will reduce rates for lower and middle-income families as well as corporations, while increasing rates for some, like hedge fund managers... more »

Boehner Slams Some GOP Hard Liners as ‘False Prophets’

LAURIE KELLMAN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: John Boehner_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker John Boehner is embarking on his final month in Congress by moving to complete unfinished business and vowing not to leave his successor with a politically gridlocked House. The Ohio Republican says a spending bill to... more »

Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Turns Against You

The Guardian at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Rotten Pear] Although Prins knew something was wrong, she did not find a name for it until she stumbled upon a book on orthorexia nervosa by Dr Steven Bratman. Bratman first coined the term in 1997 for a pattern of healthy eating... Continue reading *“Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Turns Against You”* at *theguardian.com*.

Hundreds of Thousands Flood Philly for Pope Francis’ Final U.S. Mass

USA Today at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope_Francis_in_Philly] PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis celebrated Mass with hundreds of thousands in the streets of the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday, closing his historic six-day visit to the U.S. where he drew big and enthusiastic crowds wherever he went. His... Continue reading *“Hundreds of Thousands Flood Philly for Pope Francis’ Final U.S. Mass”* at *usatoday.com*.

U.S. Strategy in Question after Iraq’s Stalemate in Ramadi

ROBERT BURNS at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Defense Secretary Ash Carter_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A summer of stalemate in the effort to reclaim the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi, despite U.S.-backed Iraqi troops vastly outnumbering Islamic State fighters, calls into question not only Iraq’s ability to win a test of wills... more »

Top GOP Fundraisers: It’s Make or Break Time for Jeb Bush

The Washington Post at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Top donors warn that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush needs to quickly turn things around or risk defections. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)] Jeb Bush is entering a critical phase of his Republican presidential campaign, with top donors warning that the former Florida governor needs to demonstrate growth in the polls over the next month or face serious defections among supporters. The warnings,... Continue reading *“Top GOP Fundraisers: It’s Make or Break Time for Jeb Bush”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Economic News , Data & Views ( September 28 , 2015 ) ...... Europe In Focus ( VW debacle items of note for Monday , Russia looks to Middle East due to Sanctions by West , Greece economic items of note , Glencore absolutely keenhauled today - stock down 27 percent from Friday , Spanish Regional Election follow ups , EZ news of note ) ....... E.M/ Asia & Commodities Update ( Glencore , China in focus , Commodities in focus , Iran item of interest , commodity bust hitting wallets of oil prodcers hard )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Europe...... *El País in English* ‏@elpaisinenglish 2m 2 minutes ago Spanish PM Rajoy offers Catalonia “dialogue” within bounds of law after # catalanelections http://cort.as/Xh0W [image: Embedded image permalink] *MNI Eurozone* ‏@MNIEurozone 2m 2 minutes ago Spain 10-year govts ending 9 basis points lower after separatist parties rack up just 47.9% of vote. Spread vs Italy tightens to 18 bps. *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 32s 33 seconds ago #*ECB* List of Eligible Collateral Still Includes #*Volkswagen* Debt, BBG reports, citing daily updated ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Britain's new nuclear power station will just be a very expensive sop to the Warmists* On his visit to China this week, the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, announced a £2 billion loan guarantee to Chinese companies to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Since the plant will be built by private firms taking on eye-watering amounts of debt that will be paid off over decades, the loan guarantees are essential in order to keep the interest rates on that debt down to a minimum. Otherwise, lenders would have to build in a substantial risk premium... more »

Putin on 60 Minutes- Video

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*A clip that runs just over 11 minutes.* Putin addressed the questions put forth by Charlie Rose very well. An aside some of the questions Rose asked were laughable. Putin rose above them. The full 60 minutes is available on line, but, not for viewing outside of the US. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pjuataA-c Maybe tomorrow?

See Change As An Opportunity........ A Quotation from M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*See change as an opportunity, rather than as a hardship to bear. You have all bought upon yourselves these natural and unnatural disasters. It is now time to take responsibility and act in a mature and self-reliant manner.* *There are those who believe that science or technology will light the way of tomorrow. These are tools that are to be used to gather and store information. So, you can see where there is a great need in your world for the development of Man. * *For in our haste to develop new technologies, new devices, new industries in which to develop and manufacture mater... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Because of work commitments Military and Intelligence news Briefs and World News Briefs will be posted later today (19:00 EST and 18:00 EST respectively).

Pope Francis, Abe Lincoln, and MLK

Jason Jones & John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Lincoln monument] Pope Francis' address to Congress was, in the biblical sense, all things to all people. Conservatives could seize upon its reference to the sanctity of life as a subtle rebuke to the Congress itself, which had just failed to defund... more »

France Carries Out Airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

ELAINE GANLEY at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Merkel-Germany and Hollande-France__1443438139_70.119.142.63] ARIS (AP) -- Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria in a five-hour operation on Sunday, President Francois Hollande announced, making good on a promise to go after the group that he... more »

Whistleblower Fired and Barred from VA Facility Despite Sterling Recent Performance Review

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: pharmacist_900] A pharmacist who was fired from a VA medical facility earlier this year for exposing horrendous patient safety problems has now been barred from entering the premises altogether. Andrew Carmichael was publicly escorted out of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA... more »

Pope Francis Gives Moving, Unscripted Speech on the Gift of Family

Ivan Plis at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Philadelphia Closing Mass_900] With the energy and heart of a spry grandfather, Pope Francis declared family "the most beautiful thing that God made" in Philadelphia Saturday evening. Though he came to the World Meeting of Families with a prepared script, he did not... more »

Why Your Employer May Not Be Too Small For A Discrimination Claim

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 17 hours ago
Many employees are frustrated to hear that most discrimination and other employment laws don't cover small employers. For Title VII, which covers race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation (at least EEOC thinks it does), color, pregnancy, and religion, and the Americans With Disabilities Act, employers must have at least 15 employees to be covered. For the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, they must have at least 20. For COBRA, it's also 20. Family and Medical Leave Act requires 50 employees with in 75 miles of your work location. State laws vary, but here in Florida our dis... more »

The Republican Base In The U.S. Are Very Dissatisfied With The Leadership Of Their Party

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*NBC:* *Poll: 72% of GOP Voters Dissatisfied With Boehner, McConnell* On the same day that House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation, a whopping 72 percent of Republican primary voters said they were dissatisfied with his and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ability to achieve GOP goals, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. That includes 44 percent of GOP primary voters who said they were "very" dissatisfied with Boehner and McConnell, and 36 percent who want them immediately removed from their leadership positions. These poll results -- conduct... more »

Europe Tries To Counter The Kremlin`s Media Blitz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Sara Miller Llana, Christian Science Monitor:* *To combat Kremlin's message, West gets into Russian broadcasting biz* Estonia's new Russian-language channel, ETV+, launches Monday. It is one of many projects across Europe meant to counter the Kremlin's own media blitz. Jelena Solomina, a petite blond, and Dmitri Pastuhhov, whose wavy mane of hair is pulled back with sunglasses, pace across their unfinished television studio in central Tallinn. As hosts of the new “morning show” on Estonian’s first public television station in Russian, which launches Monday, they face a formidable ... more »

Senate Set to Act on Stopgap Spending Bill that Funds Planned Parenthood

ANDREW TAYLOR at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: US_Capitol] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is on track to advance legislation to prevent the government from shutting down after a midnight Wednesday deadline, but a wrinkle remains. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to strip the measure of a provision... more »

Black Americans the Most Optimistic Racial Group

Brookings Institute at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Future happiness chart] The correlates of current life satisfaction are well known: wealthier, more educated, healthier, religious, and employed respondents are, on average, more positive. Men are less happy than their female counterparts; whites, blacks, and Hispanics are all happier than Asians. The... Continue reading *“Black Americans the Most Optimistic Racial Group”* at *brookings.edu*.

Planned Parenthood Slams Pope Francis Over Abortion Speech, Women’s Rights

International Business Times at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis] Planned Parenthood has harsh words for Pope Francis after the leader of the Roman Catholic Church championed life — including before birth — in his address to Congress on Thursday. Francis and the church are limiting women’s rights by urging Catholics not to use... Continue reading *“Planned Parenthood Slams Pope Francis Over Abortion Speech, Women’s Rights”* at *ibtimes.com*.

U.S. Helicopters Sent To Afghanistan To Provide Air Support Cannot Reach The Area Where The Taliban Operate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*New York Times:* *U.S. Is Struggling in Its Effort to Build an Afghan Air Force* KABUL, Afghanistan — Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot, recently took command of what was meant to be the building blocks of his country’s new air force: a squadron of shiny American-made attack helicopters, intended to solve the chronic lack of close air support for Afghan troops. Sixteen of the armed MD-530 scout helicopters were rushed here this year to great fanfare, and a dozen more are to join them. But Colonel Qalandari was not impressed. “This plane is a total ... more »

Scary Stories and the Big Story

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: The Storyteller] DUDLEY HALL -- When our grandson Sam was about three years old, he often climbed into my lap and begged for me to tell him a "scary story." Now, for Sam a scary story did not necessarily include ghosts, wild... more »

Cooking From Scratch: One Of The Best Ways To Maintain Good Health......

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
Source: *The Farmacy Facebook Group*

The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Zero Hedge:* *The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing* You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news. But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal. Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume. Hopefully they are right. W... more »

Germany Is Now Ground Zero For The War Of Civilizations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Migrants and refugees queue at the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs as they wait for their registration. But there are warnings that millions more newcomers should be expected in the current migrant crisis *Daily Mail:* *Germany in a state of SIEGE: Merkel was cheered when she opened the floodgates to migrants. Now, with gangs of men roaming the streets and young German women being told to cover up, the mood's changing * * Thousands of economic migrants are posing as refugees to reach Europe * David Cameron said this week that Europe must said failed a... more »

Firing Missiles on the Go: Russia’s Famous Air Defender Does It Again!

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tor-M2U Air Defense System]Russia has successfully conducted live fire tests of its advanced Tor-M2U surface-to-air missile system. What made the test so special is that the missiles were fired on the move! The Tor-M2U system was designed by the Almaz-Antei Concern to engage planes, helicopters, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and short-range ballistic threats. Tor was also the first air defense system in the world designed from the start to shoot down precision guided weapons day and night, in bad weather and jamming situations. Read more

Russia seizes initiative in Syria crisis; France bombs Islamic State

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Russia appeared to seize the initiative in international efforts to end the conflict in Syria on Sunday as Washington scrambled to devise a new strategy for the war-ravaged country and France sent warplanes to bomb Islamic State targets. As leaders gathered in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said that while it was vital to coordinate efforts against Islamic State militants this was not yet happening. "I think we have concerns about how we are going to go forward," Ker... more »

On board an RAF spy mission over IS-occupied territory

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
It is now a year since MPs gave the RAF the green light to begin their bombing sorties over Iraq against the extremist group know as Islamic State. Eight Tornado jets, based out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, along with 10 Reaper unmanned drones, flying from an undisclosed Middle East airbase, have now carried out more than 1,300 combat sorties, including more than 300 air strikes. It costs a lot to take out an IS fighter using so called precision weapons. Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference dealing with the carnage in Syria reeked by ISIS and other terrorist groups. He alludes that so far only Russia has been doing anything about it.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 21 hours ago
------------------------------ Putin warns about ISIS, and says about Syrian refugee crisis: Nobody will pass the buck to Russia (video, Eng. subs) From RT https://youtu.be/KXcva7eJCUk Putin on the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Nobody will pass the buck to Russia Published on Sep 21, 2015 Cherchez la Verite

Updated J-31 unveiled, expected to hit global market in 5 yrs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
China has unveiled an updated version of the J-31 "Gyrfalcon" fighter jet, which is expected to be marketed internationally within the next five years, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. An updated model of the J-31 — a single-seat, twin-engine, fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation — was recently on display at the 16th China Aviation Expo in Beijing from Sept. 16-19. With a redesigned tail, the J-31's aerodynamic and stealth capabilities are said to have already surpassed most traditional fighter jets and will soon ... more »

India Surges to Second-Biggest U.S. Weapons Buyer

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Top Buyers of U.S. Arms in 2014]As China rises as a military power in Asia, India is buying more and more U.S. weapons. Monday’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlights the converging strategic interests between the nations, which had strained relations during the Cold War. India was the second-biggest buyer of U.S. arms last year behind Saudi Arabia, up from almost nothing five years ago. The latest purchase came last week, when India’s cabinet approved a $3 billion deal for Boeing Co. military helicopters. The 22 Apache att... more »

Russia Stole Ukraine's Old Navy: Now Ukraine Needs a New One

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Hetman Sahaydachniy (U30)]Once upon a time, Ukraine had a Navy. Then Russia stole it. On February 27, 2014, unidentified gunmen stormed the parliament building in Ukrainian Crimea, initiating a chain of events that culminated in Russia's annexing the Crimea three weeks later. Along the way, Russian forces seized millions of dollars worth of Ukrainian military equipment based in Crimea, including the bulk of the Ukrainian navy. Read more

Military Photo of the Day: September 28, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Airman Waves Flag-900] A U.S. Air Force airman waves the American flag upon returning to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas from a deployment to Southwest Asia on Sept. 15, 2015. What an inspiring photograph. We thank this American hero and his... more »

Navy looking to save money on futuristic warship fleet by stripping parts off decades-old vessels

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMCS Iroquois (D280)]Canada is considering saving money on its future warship fleet by stripping equipment from its surplus destroyers and Halifax-class frigates, according to a document obtained by the Ottawa Citizen. The Canadian Surface Combatant or CSC will form the backbone of the future navy from 2025 onwards. But, worried about a lack of government funding, the Department of National Defence is looking at stripping off parts from the existing Halifax-class frigates and the 44-year-old Iroquois-class destroyers. Read more

India may get US, French cos as partners for building nuclear submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: INS Arihant]For the first time India has options when it comes to finding a partner to build a military nuclear asset. Besides Russia, ship builders from France and the US have started initial conversations with the defence ministry on participating in an Indian effort to build a new class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. Russia has been the traditional ally of India when it comes to sensitive technology and strategic systems. But a Navy plan for constructing six new nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) to patrol the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond has prompted... more »

Saudi Arabia Still Practices Crucifixion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic:* *When Beheading Won’t Do the Job, the Saudis Resort to Crucifixion* The stunning human-rights abuses of a U.S. ally. 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 calling on Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a Shiite man convicted of crimes reportedly committed as a teenager during protests inspired by the Arab Spring.Ali al-Nimr, the nephew of firebrand Shii... more »

8 Foods That Boost Your Immune System

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Whether this is true or not, all these plants have founf their way into my diet almost as staples. What I would really like to see a a well developed portion analysis. No one knows what is good enough. This holds true for the whole food system. The obvious shortcut is to eat complex raw salads and equally complex soups and go for it. Yet one cannot help think that science can do a lot better. Even the natural food industry spends way too much time trying to put something in a pill when it is not called for at all.. . *8 Foods That Boost Your Immune System* *14th September... more »

Five Obstacles on the Spiritual Path

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I have recently understood that my own spiritual path is that of the Pathfinder. Consider this for a moment before i throw the unbelievable into your lap. I find new paths through the thicket of knowledge and data. This blog alone makes that clear. Yet my discovery of this insight came through a completely obtuse route. I decided that i needed a lodestone to hang around my neck in order to test out a hypothesis regarding Swedenborg. It was a shot in the dark but i did execute. The very next day, i encountered a gold smith working the street and through him the stone was m... more »

If Men Were Angels, We Wouldn’t Need the Blockchain

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Yet something is happening out there. Imagine Uber for the sex trade. The suppliers would remain anonymous and so would the users. *Yet each party writes a review regarding the service.* Trust is now established and the majority of the trade quickly becomes extremely safe. Access to the reviews would also be the first point of vetting. This can be made as rigorous as the market will bear. Better yet payment can be handled through such a system and taxes collected. Best of all it can all disappear out of sight and stay largely there forever. Most important, the role of ... more »

Egyptian Muslim Soldiers Murder Christian Comrades

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Skip the whitewash. This occurrence represents a serious breach in discipline in the Egyptian Army. Had a German soldier in WWII killed a fellow soldier for any reason whatsoever, he would have been shot forthwith. That Copts are accepted in the military puts them under the full protection of the military justice system. For the Egyptians, this is a potential catastrophe. It sets up the Coptic population to revolt in any circumstance forcing the army to fight. Since it has not been stopped dead in its track it must quickly fester and tear the army apart. We are brewing u... more »

Do You Feed Disease Or Fight It?

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
Which category do you think Roundup Ready Bt toxic GMOs fall into? Do they feed disease or fight it? Without a label, there is no traceability, no accountability and no liability. We need to know if it's GMO. Sign the petition to your senator to support mandatory GMO labeling (not the Dark Act!): http://www.thepetitionsite.com/…/tell-congress-to-stop-doi…/ ‪#‎gmo‬ ‪#‎labelgmos‬ ‪#‎needtoknowgmo‬ ‪#‎healthy‬ ‪#‎disease‬ ‪#‎ gmofreecanada‬‪#‎gmofreeusa‬ *Source:* *GMO Free USA*

No-transmission principle, antiholographic LQG

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
I want to mention two recent conceptual, not too technical papers about the connection of holography to seemingly local theories. Today, Netta Engelhardt and Gary T. Horowitz released their paper Holographic Consequences of a No Transmission Principle which argues that whenever a gravitational spacetime dynamics is described by quantum field theories, their background spacetimes have to overlap for them to be able to influence each other and transfer energy. This assumption seems to imply 1. ban on certain bounces 2. ban on the resolution of certain black hole singularities ... more »

Jeremy Corbyn defends shadow chancellor McDonnell who spoke up for student rioters per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
It seems that not only do we now have a Labour leader who calls the homophobic, anti Semitic, genocidal Islamist terrorists of Hamas and Hizbollah 'friends', we also have a shadow Chancellor not afraid to back street violence aka insurrection. 'Mr McDonnell has praised the actions of thousands of students who took to the streets in 2011 to protest against plans to increase tuition fees. Mr McDonnell has condoned or justified violence throughout his career in Parliament, it emerged this morning. At least three times between 2010 and 2012, he called for 'insurrection' to 'bring dow... more »

China's Undersea Nuclear Submarine Capabilities - A Critical View by Robert Potter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Type 093 SSN]The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is presently undergoing a substantial modernization effort. This process has been the center of significant analysis for the better part of the last twenty years. It is quite clear that the development of a modern navy is a core component of Chinese government policy. However, this effort is presently stuck between competing efforts. On the one hand, the People’s Republic is attempting to develop a naval capability that is modern and maximizes China’s present advantages. On the other hand, there sits a desire to have a... more »

The War Of Words Between Iran And Saudi Arabia Over Haj Deaths Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iran denounces Saudi Arabia over haj and demands apology* Iran demanded an apology from Saudi Arabia on Sunday over the deaths of 769 people at the haj pilgrimage and accused it of trying to evade blame, while Riyadh in turn accused Tehran of playing politics with the disaster. At least 155 Iranian pilgrims died in the crush of pilgrims on Thursday near Mecca and 300 other Iranians remain unaccounted for. Iranian officials say that, three days after the incident, they suspect most of the missing are dead too. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Muslim cou... more »

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What happened to the Walker Super PAC money? Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) raised $97 million for his House campaigns and leadership PAC from the time he received his first donations in 1989, Center for Responsive Politics data shows — far more than any other sitting House member.Pope Francis and Other Celebrities Reject Invitations to Hillary’s Annual Global Foundation Meeting. . . for all

Egyptian President Admits That His Country is In A 'Ferocious War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: A sobering (and accurate assessment from the Egyptian President. The full AP interview and report with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is at the link .... *AP Interview: Egypt's leader says country in 'ferocious war' *(AP).

Russian President Putin Is Interviewed On 60 Minutes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
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Faith-Based Football Drama ‘Woodlawn’ Set For Release

Christian Today at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Woodlawn movie still] Christian power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey weaved their talents onto the big screen once again as their faith-based football drama “Woodlawn” is set for release next month. “Woodlawn” stars Sean Astin and Jon Voight. The story is based... Continue reading *“Faith-Based Football Drama ‘Woodlawn’ Set For Release”* at *christiantoday.com*.

Catalonian Separatists Claim Victory In Regional Vote

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Victorious Catalan separatists claim mandate to break with Spain* Separatists on Sunday won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia's parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain's central government over independence. "Catalans have voted yes to independence," acting regional government head Artur Mas told supporters, with secessionist parties securing 72 out of 135 seats in the powerful region of 7.5 million people that includes Barcelona. The strong pro-independence showing dealt a blow to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, thre... more »

Action In Oklahoma Politics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
A couple of reality stars in Oklahoma Our old friend Tom Guild is running for the Oklahoma City congressional seat, going up against right-wing freshman Clyde "Steve" Russell. And although the Fifth District is the least red in Oklahoma-- PVI is R+12 and Obama scored 41% against both McCain and Romney-- it's a steep climb. But not an impossible one. Last time, the DCCC insisted on running a silly Republican-lite character, Al McAffrey, whom Russell pulverized 95,557-57,721 (60.1-36.3%). Since then, though, local area Democrats had some great news. When they ran Cyndi Munson, an act... more »

The War Of Words Between Iran And Saudi Arabia Over Haj Deaths Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Iran denounces Saudi Arabia over haj and demands apology* Iran demanded an apology from Saudi Arabia on Sunday over the deaths of 769 people at the haj pilgrimage and accused it of trying to evade blame, while Riyadh in turn accused Tehran of playing politics with the disaster. At least 155 Iranian pilgrims died in the crush of pilgrims on Thursday near Mecca and 300 other Iranians remain unaccounted for. Iranian officials say that, three days after the incident, they suspect most of the missing are dead too. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Muslim cou... more »

What Is Russian President Putin's Agenda At The United Nations This Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on agriculture in Rostov region, Russia, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN *Moscow Times*: *Putin Seeks Center Stage at UN Gathering* When Russian President Vladimir Putin takes the podium at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday for the first time in a decade, he is expected to put Syria and the fight against the Islamic State at the heart of his speech — and be looking to turn heads. An increased Russian military presence in Syria and a steady flow of Middle Eastern leaders flying into Moscow... more »

Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1HcpOtAYhc

Sex in Ancient Egypt

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in 360 degrees!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: image] Ever visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s own former home that he built in Wisconsin and dubbed *Taliesin*, i.e., ‘Shining Brow’? No, me either, yet. But now you can visit it online, in high-definition 360-degree photography, complete with commentary! It’s not the same thing as a real visit, but it’s pretty damn good to wander about the places even visitors don’t often see. *For instance, visitors aren't allowed in the Blue Loggia. Foot traffic would damage the irreplaceable Chinese rug, So they never see the balcony above or the rug up close. The virtual visitor can. ... more »

What is Chinese President Xi's Agenda This Week At The United Nations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
China's President Xi Jinping laughs during the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 27, 2015. REUTERS/CARLO ALLEGRI *Qaurtz*: *Chinese president Xi Jinping will arrive at the UN armed with a list of things he wants changed* On Sept. 28, Xi Jinping will make his first speech as China’s president to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Ahead of his talk, China’s foreign ministry helpfully published a list of amendments it would like to see the international body make, “so as... more »

Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Night!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ThePitchesatWMT http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” The Pitches are back! When Pitch Perfect 2 came out, we still hadn't seen the first one. My husband ended up going to the movie with a bunch of coworkers and then informed me that it was something that I HAD to see. We got our hands on the first one that night and laughed harder than we have in a long time. When the second one came out on video, we immediately pl... more »

What Is President Obama's Agenda At The U.N.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama spoke at a United Nations meeting on global development concerns on Sunday. PHOTO: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS *Wall Street Journal:* *Obama to Press Growth, Climate Issues at U.N.What to Expect on Monday* *President to advance foreign-policy goals at General Assembly amid new challenges.* President Barack Obama’s appearance at the United Nations this week is essentially his last opportunity to use the high-profile global platform to press his foreign-policy agenda, which is facing new challenges as he enters his final year in office. Increasingly complex dynamics in a... more »

Dear Future Generations: Sorry

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago

David Sirota Weighs In on CorpEd

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
A clip from Salon (minus links): . . . .For education, technology and charter school companies and the Wall Streeters who back them, it lets them cite troubled public schools to argue that the current public education system is flawed, and to then argue that education can be improved if taxpayer money is funneled away from the public school system’s priorities (hiring teachers, training teachers, reducing class size, etc.) and into the private sector (replacing teachers with computers, replacing public schools with privately run charter schools, etc.). Likewise, for conservative pol... more »

Bad News for the Testocracy

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
from the 2015 PDK/Gallup Poll on public attitudes toward the public schools:

"I have in my heart the stories of suffering and pain of the minors who were sexually abused by priests" (Pope Francis)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Words cannot fully express my sorrow for the abuse you suffered. I'm profoundly sorry that your innocence was violated by those you trusted."* - *- Pope Francis, to a gathering of abuse survivors today, in preparedremarks as released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops* *"As with all things related to the Catholic Church, you have to listen to the words and then you have to watch what they do."* *-- abuse survivor John Salveson, president of theFoundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse* *by Ken* Earlier in the pope's visit, the victims of priestly sexual abuse and their defe... more »

Dealing with Mass Surveillance

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
A new report claims media freedom is declining in Europe, but what does that mean for the US? More whistleblowers are behind bars than ever before, as the government jails journalists for collecting ‘’sensitive” information. RT’s Brigida Santos has the details on how encryption can help the media take back freedom of expression.

The Greatest Political Show On Earth Begins Tomorrow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian*:* UN's 70th general assembly: the greatest political show on earth* Eyes are on Vladimir Putin as Russian president attends event for the first time in more than a decade, joining more than 150 world leaders in New York. In geopolitics, this is the greatest show on earth. For the best part of a week, the world’s leaders – more than 150 of them – will mingle, bargain and argue over the state of the world at the UN general assembly in New York. For much of the proceedings, “show” is the operative word. When the presidents and prime ministers mount the green marble po... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Alpha”; "The Pale Blue Dot"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, “Alpha” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jG--3elufo • * "The Pale Blue Dot" * "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and e... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. * Click image for larger size.* Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). IC 2177 f... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "The Opening of Eyes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Opening of Eyes"* "That day I saw beneath dark clouds The passing light over the water, And I heard the voice of the world speak out. I knew then as I have before, Life is no passing memory of what has been, Nor the remaining pages of a great book Waiting to be read. It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the vision of far off things, Seen for the silence they hold. It is the heart after years of secret conversing Speaking out loud in the clear air. It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees Before the lit bush. It is the man throwing away his shoes As if to enter heaven ... more »

“The Opposite Of Loneliness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Opposite Of Loneliness"* by joyin “The opposite of loneliness, it’s not togetherness. It is intimacy.” - Richard Bach, "The Bridge Across Forever" "When I read that line about intimacy in the book, it stood out for me. I’ve seen many couples who, despite being together all their lives, lack intimacy. I’ve heard about husbands and wives who barely speak to each other except to exchange tactical how-to’s throughout the day. Loneliness prevails in many households, and it’s not for lack of physical proximity between bodies. It’s for lack of intimate connections between hearts an... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago

Chet Raymo, “On Saying ‘I Don't Know’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“On Saying ‘I Don't Know’"* by Chet Raymo "When Charles and Emma Darwin bought the house that would be their family home for forty years, at Downe, sixteen miles south of London, one of Charles' first improvements was to have the flints removed from the property's chalky meadow. The glassy stones were more than an agricultural nuisance; they were a puzzle to be solved. The countryside about Downe is pretty much pure chalk, and Darwin was confident he knew where the chalk came from: the calcerous deposits of the myriad planktonic organisms that lived in a sea that was once superinc...more »

"Never Being Afraid..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
''How do you know so much about everything?'' was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was, ''By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.” - John Abbott

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