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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

30 September - Blogs I'm Following

10:05 pm MDST

Mojave Desert Natives Expose Dark Side of Solar

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 25 minutes ago
By Robert Lundahl robert@studio-rla.com "Who Are My People?" Debuts at Three Film Festivals When Green is Not Sustainable: Native Elders Fight Energy Development on Sacred Lands in the West "Who Are My People?" by documentary filmmaker, Robert Lundahl, poses a conundrum for audiences. How can energy plants proposed to mitigate atmospheric carbon and fight climate change be so

How Divorce Scars Kids, As Told to Children

The Catholic Thing at The Stream - 29 minutes ago
[image: Fairy Tale] I have been thinking lately about marriage and annulments, and our Lord's command that we should go forth to seek the one lost sheep that has wandered in the desert, far from the ninety-nine. I believe in that command with... Continue reading *“How Divorce Scars Kids, As Told to Children”* at *thecatholicthing.org*.

Australia Bans American Pro-lifer, Prevents Him Traveling in U.S. Too

Operation Rescue at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: persecution] Denver, Colorado -- Right now, Troy Newman should be on his way to Australia to for a speaking tour on pro-life issues. But due to viciously false accusations brought by Australian pro-abortion activists and news media that Newman supports violence... Continue reading *“Australia Bans American Pro-lifer, Prevents Him Traveling in U.S. Too”* at *operationrescue.org*.

Securitization Forum: Back on Tour With the Copenhagen School – Better to Travel Than Arrive

Cai Wilkinson at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
A full twelve posts in to the forum, the question posed by Jarrod and Eric about why securitization theory’s travels in the US have been so pedestrian compared to its extensive tour schedule in Europe and elsewhere has already been explored from a considerable number of angles, with various diagnoses made. Details differ, but the […]

Teachers will give inches that quickly add up to miles.

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 2 hours ago
Few things in any given teacher’s career will make the ceding of ground more obvious than new administration. We’ve had three principals in as many years. Our school has struggled mightily all three of those years. Each new regime promises to turn the screws on us teachers by adding new meetings or initiatives, most of […]

Count Day is coming.

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 2 hours ago
In our District, we are encouraging all students to be present and accounted for on a specific day because they will literally be counted. As I overheard someone say, “This is how we get paid.” Someone will come in and count all of our students to ensure we’ve enrolled all who we said we enrolled […]

DARPA: Creating the Ultimate Super Soldier With Brain Implants

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 3 hours ago
*Better Listen Up - tell your friends, especially those with family members of the age to join the military . . they WILL become cyborgs in the very near future* from *Level9News.com* In it's never ending quest to gain superiority on the battlefield, DARPA has a new tool—--the minds of human soldiers. DARPA is expanding beyond weapons and robotics into brain mapping for the use of artificial neural networks via implantation of electronic neural circuitry directly into human brain tissue. .... Links: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_by_number_of_neurons theguardian.com/scienc... more »

Oops! How do you suppose all those KrispyKrony meetings disappeared from the Port Authority calendar?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Ah yes, "Fly the friendly skies of United."* *"Two current or former federal prosecutors, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to discuss this case, said if the entries were deliberately hidden, 'it's evidence of guilt.'" 'Concealment is inconsistent with an innocent frame of mind,' said one prosecutor."* *-- from WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein's* "Port Authority Hid Records of Christie Appointee's Meetings With United" *by Ken* In this presidential season Republicans have become so enamored of the Three "I"s -- ignorance, imbecility, and ignorance -... more »

Musical Interlude: Georg Deuter, “Lavender Fields”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Georg Deuter, “Lavender Fields” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu6JlQiolMA

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Continuum”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Vangelis, “Continuum” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGHm7-uNOQU&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“What will become of these galaxies? Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Typically when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In this case, however, the two galaxies are quite similar, each being a sprawling spiral with expansive arms and a compact core. As the galaxies advance over the next tens of millions of years, their component stars are unlikely to collide, although new stars will form in the bunching of gas caused by gravitational tides. *Click image for larger... more »

"Chromaradio: Choose Your Own Musical Interludes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Our purpose is to offer a wide range of music selections that fit any style. Ranging between Greek and international mainstream hits, New Age, the sounds of nature, smooth jazz, Soul and Christmas. You just click on the icon representing the stream you want to listen. A pop-up window with flash player will appear to your screen. Music will play automatically. If not you can click on the icons below. A file will be downloaded to your windows, Mac OS or linux based PC. Double click the downloaded file (for example playlist-1.asx.asf) and your player will start play the stream. For mo... more »

Chet Raymo, "Starlight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Starlight"* by Chet Raymo "Poor Calvin is overwhelmed with the vastness of the cosmos and no small dose of existential angst. He is not the first, of course. Most famously the 17th-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal wailed his own despair: "I feel engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces whereof I know nothing and which know nothing of me. I am terrified...The eternal silence of these infinite spaces alarms me." And he didn't know the half of it. Not so long ago we imagined ourselves to be the be-all and end-all of creation, at the center of a cosmos made expressly for... more »

“The Valley of Despair: Seeds of Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Valley of Despair: Seeds of Light”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Even in our darkest times, there are seeds of light within ourselves, we need only call them forward. Anyone who has walked through the valley of despair and come out the other side knows that even in that darkness, seeds of light can be found. Often their tendrils reach out of the gloom and into the daylight alongside the journeyer who emerges from that deep sorrow. When we find ourselves in a place of despair, it can help us to know this, so that we don’t give up. We can stop, take a deep breath, and remind... more »

World’s most libertarian sport: Grand Final this Saturday! #AFLFinals

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Yes, folks, instead of just watching NZ push around the fatties from Georgia this weekend, you get to enjoy the Grand Final of the world’s most libertarian sport, the culmination of the AFL year! Watch it live on Skysport, on TVNZ’s Freeview 13, on WatchAFL, or you can get down to one of functions in NZ’s main centres where there’ll be bar tabs, BBQs and drink specials throughout the afternoon. Wellington: Five Stags, Dixon St, Wellington Christchurch: Redwood Tavern, Redwood. Dunedin: The Terrace Bar, 6 The Octagon, Dunedin. And in *Auckland*, you can join me and Auckland’s AAFL ... more »

Deluded, deranged, defeated

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
If you’re feeling a little aggrieved that I’ve had to apply comment moderation here for only the second time in the blog’s ten-year history, settle back and understand the reason why. By way of example, and frankly for your own reading amusement, I have to share with you just some of the bleatings of madness—i.e, just a few of the many, many interjections from one particular loon posting from L.A. over the last two weeks who’s been commenting continually, spamming the comments (or trying to), with no hope of the spam ever rising to the surface and being published. (White supremaci... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "A Walk"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"A Walk"* "My eyes already touch the sunny hill. going far ahead of the road I have begun. So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; it has inner light, even from a distance- and changes us, even if we do not reach it, into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we already are; a gesture waves us on answering our own wave... but what we feel is the wind in our faces." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Predatory journals published 400,000 papers in 2014: Report

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 4 hours ago
The number of so-called “predatory” open-access journals that allegedly sidestep publishing standards in order to make money off of article processing charges has dramatically expanded in recent years, and three-quarters of authors are based in either Asia or Africa, according to a new analysis from BMC Medicine [Note: The DOI is not yet resolving properly]. The number […] The post Predatory journals published 400,000 papers in 2014: Report appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Dr. Masaru Emoto Believed that Water is ‘Something Not of This Earth’

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Buck Rogers* - Could the hidden message in water be something like, 'look upward to find your home?' The post Dr. Masaru Emoto Believed that Water is ‘Something Not of This Earth’ appeared first on Waking Times.

The Destruction of California

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 4 hours ago
Raymond Dasmann (1919–2002) was a professor of conservation biology, and the author of many books. The poor fellow suffered from a devastating mental disturbance known as rationality, a condition that affects dozens of people in the civilized world. He frequently experienced painful attacks of foresight and common sense. Living in California, he was on the front line of the world war against the planet, an ecological blitzkrieg. “When this war is finally won, the consequences will be as severe and irreversible as though we had fought a nuclear war,” he said. Dasmann was born in... more »

Poll: Trump Still Top, Fiorina, Carson Next, Rubio Grabs #4 Spot

USA Today at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump2 - 400] WASHINGTON -- Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has strengthened his lead at the top of the USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll while two other outsider candidates, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, have gained ground over rivals with electoral experience. Jeb Bush, who two months ago was second to Trump in the... Continue reading *“Poll: Trump Still Top, Fiorina, Carson Next, Rubio Grabs #4 Spot”* at *usatoday.com*.

HEY PURPLE LIBRARY GUY!!!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
email me. I just want to share an observation with you.

What it Means That Pope Francis Met Kim Davis

Crux/John Allen at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis__400] If anyone suspected that Pope Francis didn't really mean the strong words he spoke on religious freedom last week in the United States - that he was phoning it in, while his real concerns were elsewhere - claims that he held a... Continue reading *“What it Means That Pope Francis Met Kim Davis”* at *cruxnow.com*.

Desperate Western And Gulf Media Falsely Accuse Russia of Targeting Invisible Moderate Forces In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Marvel at the propaganda and lies. And then laugh at it.* *An excerpt from, "Russia begins Syria air strikes in its biggest Mideast intervention in decades" Reuters, September 30, 2015: * Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, plunging the four-year-old civil war into a volatile new phase as President Vladimir Putin moved forcefully to stake out influence in the unstable region. Moscow's assertion that it had hit Islamic State militants was immediately disputed by the United States and rebels on the ground. The attacks... more »

Russia in Syria.... Putin didn't blink

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 6 hours ago
It's definitely becoming a very interesting week my friends.... Very interesting indeed. There is a lot going on, all over, but THIS piece is one of the most important to watch. First we start with yesterdays news. First off, this video is VITAL to watch. THIS is NOTICE. From my facebook post: EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!!! This is VITALLY important. For those that are REFUSING to look at what is REALLY happening right now in this world- you NEED to watch this video. Putin is speaking to American reporters after the UN summit- yet not a single American news agency aired ... more »

Central Banks Don't Dictate Interest Rates

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by Frank Shostak* According to mainstream thinking, the central bank is the key factor in determining interest rates [and interest rates haven’t been this low since 3000 BC]. By setting short-term interest rates the central bank, it is argued, through expectations about the future course of its interest rate policy influences the entire interest rate structure. (According to expectations theory (ET), the long-term rate is an average of the current and expected short-term interest rates.) Note that in this way of thinking, interest rates are set by the central bank; i... more »

5 Reasons Ted Cruz Lost His Mojo

The Washington Post at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: 5 Reasons Ted Cruz Lost His Mojo] Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the GOP. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and fellow Republicans figured out how to shut him down and keep the government running. In the Senate, Cruz's peers collectively deprived him of the chance... Continue reading *“5 Reasons Ted Cruz Lost His Mojo”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

The Plug Got Pulled on Carson Interview after Jake Tapper Pressed Him with These Questions about Muslims

IJ Review at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: The Plug Got Pulled on Carson Interview After Jake Tapper Pressed Him With These Muslim Questions] Dr. Ben Carson spent last week defending a comment he made about the potential of a Muslim one day being elected President of the United States. But after an interview from this weekend, how he handled the tough questions on... Continue reading *“The Plug Got Pulled on Carson Interview after Jake Tapper Pressed Him with These Questions about Muslims”* at *ijreview.com*.

Is pre-K just test-prep?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
Submitted to the Daily Herald, Columbia, TN, Sept. 29. According to a recent study from Vanderbilt University, children who voluntarily participated in a pre-K program did better on kindergarten readiness tests than children who did not do pre-K, but the pre-K advantage was gone by the end of third grade ("Pre-K expansion remains iffy after intensive study of benefits," Sept. 29). The pre-K advantage at entering kindergarten was greatest on tests of literacy, especially on skills-oriented tests such as letter-word identification and spelling. But by the end of grade 2, those without... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland. Thanks for stopping by.

"Never..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines." – Leroy Satchel Paige

Important news: There is no downside to coffee!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*When the sweet poison of the Treacherous Grape* *Had acted on the world a general rape; … Coffee arrives, that grave and wholesome Liquor That heals the stomach and makes the genius quicker.* Had your second cup of coffee yet this morning? Don’t worry, I’ll wait, because it (that cup) is important . . . All set? Then here’s your news: Every cup of coffee is good for you. Even better: There’s very little evidence that any cup is bad for you. Harvard researchers have been putting the hot drink brewed from the noble bean under the microscope, and have confirmed it to be one of hu... more »

The Rebranding Of The Republican Party As A Force For Willfully Destructive Anarchy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This morning the Senate voted to keep the government up and running through December 11 with a huge bipartisan vote, 78-20. All 20 extremists who voted for a shut down were sociopaths determined to prosecute the Republican Party's War On Women. Rubio, a coward who can't decide what he is, was afraid to commit himself and ducked the vote entirely. Of the 20 Republicans voting to shut down the government, the 5 most likely to be significantly hurt in next year's elections are Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Boozman (R-AR), Roy Blunt (R-MO). Rand Paul... more »

Welcome to the Drone Age

The Economist at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: drone - 400] The scale and scope of the revolution in the use of small, civilian drones has caught many by surprise. In 2010 America's Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) estimated that there would, by 2020, be perhaps 15,000 such drones in the country. More... Continue reading *“Welcome to the Drone Age”* at *economist.com*.

ABC Exclusive: Kim Davis Recounts Secret Meeting with Pope Francis

ABC News at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Pope and Davis] Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis says a private meeting with Pope Francis has inspired her -- and given her a renewed sense of purpose. "I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes," Davis said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.... Continue reading *“ABC Exclusive: Kim Davis Recounts Secret Meeting with Pope Francis”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

The Cold, Hard Truth about Planned Parenthood and the Fight to Defund It

Conservative Review/Ted Cruz & Alveda King at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood10 - 400] The next few sentences may be hard to read, but they must be seen and heard, with responsible and compassionate action following. Americans must know what Planned Parenthood does to unborn children. Cutting through an aborted baby's face to access... Continue reading *“The Cold, Hard Truth about Planned Parenthood and the Fight to Defund It”* at *conservativereview.com*.

Mike Gravel 2008 Presedential Campaign Promises

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 7 hours ago
Long Live Mike Gravel ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

“Price-to-income ratio the key issue for housing affordability,” says council economist [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Auckland council’s chief economist has written a personal report on Auckland’s housing bubble burgeoning problem with unaffordable housing. The good: identifying that median house price as compared to the city’s median income is a key measure of how affordable or unaffordable housing is in this big little city. Auckland’s present price-to-income ratio is approaching ten-to-one. He argues that by 2030 that should be nearer five-to-one. The risible: the fellow speaks a foreign language. “The report identifies a range of levers … that could be considered … employing a multi-layered ... more »

Canadian surrender monkeys, neoliberalization, hobby wars

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
CBC is reporting the Canadian Forces planning staff under the recently retired and "biologically wired" General Tom Lawson discussed integration with the US military, up to and including "full" integration. The article states that it wasn't about defence agreements like NORAD, but targeting "expeditionary" aka offensive overseas operations: war-making. Over the past few years, Norad has also

Iraqi Christians Denied Asylum in US, Face Looming Expulsion

FOX News at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Christians rally - 435] Nearly two dozen Iraqi Christians who fled ISIS and crossed into the U.S. from Mexico seeking religious asylum have been denied protection and could be booted from American soil within days, a federal official said. Some 27 Iraqi Christians, known... Continue reading *“Iraqi Christians Denied Asylum in US, Face Looming Expulsion”* at *foxnews.com*.

Immigration Watch: Is Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Being Targeted for Contempt of Court or for Simply Doing His Job?

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Testify at Contempt of Court Hearing] Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been involved in some high-profile lawsuits, but usually they wind their way through the court system and eventually are resolved fairly satisfactorily. This latest legal action against him, involving claims of racial profiling, isn’t going... more »

The Va. Couple that Brought Us the Billable Hour, Exhausted Lawyers

Ozy at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Legal Profession - 400] For the Virginia State Bar, the minimum fee schedule was just good business, and lawyers found to be charging less than the suggested fee for a service would be presumed "guilty of misconduct." For Ruth and Lewis Goldfarb, and the... Continue reading *“The Va. Couple that Brought Us the Billable Hour, Exhausted Lawyers”* at *ozy.com*.

Six Crucial Budget Facts Lawmakers Need to Remember

Michael Sargent at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Budget Graphic - 900] The end of the fiscal year is here, meaning that Congress is scrambling to resolve a host of important budget issues that lawmakers have ignored all year. Most importantly, they must fund the government for the 2016 fiscal year (which... more »

Supplemental: Matthews and guests extend the confusion!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015On Hardball, as the worms turn:* It’s getting more and more painful to watch our “press corps” as it crashes and burns. As it endlessly spirals downward. As worms devour the last of its brains. As Enlightenment values and procedures increasingly cease to exist. As a nation breaks apart into a collection of incoherent tribes. We earned this gloom the old-fashioned way. Last night, we watched the first, short segment of Hardball. In the old days, we watched the program’s horrific host as he savaged both Clintons and Gore over a span of roughly ten yea... more »

Only Breath

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

The Economy: “Trying To Stay Sane In An Insane World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Trying To Stay Sane In An Insane World”* by Jim Quinn “In America, the criminally insane rule and the rest of us, or the vast majority of the rest of us, either do not care, do not know, or are distracted and properly brainwashed into acquiescence.” - Kurt Nimmo "I have to admit to being baffled by the aptitude of the Wall Street and K Street financial elite to keep their Ponzi scheme growing. I consider myself to be a rational, sane human being who understands math and bases his assessments upon facts and a sensible appraisal of the relevant information obtained from trustworthy... more »

Religious Left Officials Call for Continued Planned Parenthood Funding

Juicy Ecumenism at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: pastor - 400] A group of 44 Religious Left officials has released a statement calling for continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the United States. The statement, which is signed by several denominational heads and liberal caucus... Continue reading *“Religious Left Officials Call for Continued Planned Parenthood Funding”* at *juicyecumenism.com*.

Another Reason

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 8 hours ago
http://enviroshare.info/ The Harper government hopes that concluding the TPP deal will be its October Surprise. Constitutional convention dictates that, in an election campaign, the sitting government becomes a caretaker government. But this government is contemptuous of all constitutional conventions. Scott Sinclair writes: This would not be the first time this government has run roughshod over constitutional convention. Prorogation of Parliament, contempt of Parliament, misleading Parliament, omnibus budget bills … the list of... more »

Securitization Forum: Follow the Money and the Mentality

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
This is the twelfth contribution to our securitization forum. Clifford Bob is professor of political science and Raymond J. Kelley Endowed Chair in International Relations at Duquesne University. His books include The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics (Cambridge, 2012) and The Marketing of Rebellion: Insurgents, Media, and International Activism (Cambridge, 2005). […]

cloud chamber

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
Uranium in a cloud chamber

Maine Peace Walk Program

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*The sacred rocky coastline (called Gureombi) of Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea has been transformed into a Navy base for US warships that will encircle China's coast. The US Navy handed the base specifications to the Korean Navy and told the Korean government to build the base. The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, of which only 114 remain in Korea, regularly pass just off the coast of Gangjeong village and directly through the area that is now the naval base. Navy Aegis destroyers, built at BIW in Bath, will be ported at this new base.* *Militarization of the Seas... more »

The Economy: "Here Come the Money Helicopters!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Here Come the Money Helicopters!"* by Bill Bonner LONDON – "We interrupt our series on what to do if you have no money to bring you an update on those who are losing it. (You can catch up on Parts I and II of that series here and here.) What was the best place for your money so far in 2015? Cash! Compared to cash, almost everything is down. *$10 Trillion Goes to Money Heaven: *We are headed for the worst quarter for stocks since 2011, says the lead story in today’s Financial Times. Global stock markets have lost $10 trillion of their value over the last three months. What? Where... more »

A True Message Of Hope: Vladimir Putin's Speech To UN General Assembly, September 29th 2015... My Take

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
I spent a lot of time yesterday doing my assessment of President Barry Soetoro's "speech" to the UN General Assembly two days ago and I stand by my statements that his "speech" was full of massive lies and falsehoods... It presented no real truths none so ever and all through his teleprompter spin doctor created script he constantly harped on the Syrian situation calling on Bashar al-Assad to be removed from office,and as expected pushed his fraud Global Warming agenda.. It definitely was enough to make anyone puke.... In the comments that I have received, I have been asked to take ... more »

IPR and Innovation 26, India strengthening its IP protection

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
There are a number of positive news in India recently regarding strengthening its intellectual property right (IPR) protection. Among the most recent was the article at The Hill by Mark Elliot, the EVP of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). He wrote, *The ultimate goal – both for India and for all nations striving to foster economic growth and global competitiveness – is to put in place policies which lay the groundwork for the creation of a true knowledge-based economy. For that to happen, the government must create guidelines which provide g... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart to Retire from Sprint Cup Racing

JENNA FRYER at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Tony Stewart - 900] KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart says he will retire from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season. The three-time NASCAR champion announced his decision Wednesday at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop in North Carolina, saying “next year will be my... more »

Social Media Pays Tribute to Gold Star Mothers

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: GoldStar Mother's Day - 900] During World War I, families began to fly service flags. Each blue star on the flag represented a family member that was serving, and each gold star represented a service member who had fallen. "This allowed members of the community to... more »

I’m Going to Miss Speaker Boehner

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 02: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) becomes emotional as he speaks at the Republican National Congressional Committee's midterm election results watch party at the Grand Hyatt hotel November 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Early projections indicated that Republicans would win enough seats in the House of Representatives to take control of the chamber.] I am going to miss John Boehner as speaker of the House. The GOP looks like the fun party with its ring-a-ding leader and his dash of Dean Martin. Boehner even sauntered into his resignation news con... more »

The Store that Beat Walmart by Giving Up Electricity

Atlas Obscura at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Lehman's store] The world was supposed to end on December 23, 2012, and Lehman's, the largest purveyor of non-electric goods in the U.S., knew it. Anytime the apocalypse is nigh, Lehman's sees a surge in business. And usually the Ohio-based store hears from their... Continue reading *“The Store that Beat Walmart by Giving Up Electricity”* at *atlasobscura.com*.

How Apple Makes Its Stores Feel Like Churches

Atlas Obscura at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Paris apple store] And Apple, more than any other technology company, has been able to access both these experiences, the individual and the collective. "They feel iconic, like an emblem of the personal," says Robles-Anderson. "And yet it’s a cult. Right? It’s so... Continue reading *“How Apple Makes Its Stores Feel Like Churches”* at *atlasobscura.com*.

“Oi. Oi. Say the word Israel.”

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Further to my post earlier today about Jeremy Corbyn's inability or unwillingness to say the word Israel' at the Labour Party Friends of Israel event at the Labour Party Conference, Harry's Place has video of a heckler http://hurryupharry.org/2015/09/30/oi-oi-say-the-word-israel/

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Finishing up on a contract right now (It has been a busy 4 days .... and I have to pay the bills). Therefore blogging will be light today. Military and Intelligence News Briefs and World News Briefs will return tomorrow morning.

4 Types of Meditation that Will Quickly Improve Your Health and Peace of Mind

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Anna Hunt * - A regular meditation practice brings with it many benefits, physical, energetic, mental and emotional, improving your overall health and quality of life. The post 4 Types of Meditation that Will Quickly Improve Your Health and Peace of Mind appeared first on Waking Times.

Twenty Bucks, Same as in Town

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
Blogwhoring. You do it, I do it, we all do it. What have *you* been up to? ------------------------------ Tengrain says, Let’s Open The Box With Schrödinger’s Candidate Rand Paul! Because apparently being Preznit's not enough. Paul's pulling a Lieberman and is also hedging his bets by running for his Senate seat at the same time. So when we look in the box come next November, will it be President Paul, Senator Paul or fake Doctor Paul? ------------------------------ He was on such a roll. Frankie Goes to Hollywood for Ugly People, makes Boehner resign the next day, th... more »

Iran Is Threatening To Retaliate Against Saudi Arabia For Hajj Stampede Disaster

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN*: *Iran's Khamenei threatens 'harsh' retaliation over Hajj stampede at Mina* (CNN)Iran's Supreme Leader is threatening Saudi Arabia with "tough and harsh" retaliation after saying that the bodies of Hajj stampede victims are not being repatriated swiftly. "Saudi Arabia failed to fulfill its duties concerning the desperate wounded (pilgrims)," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Iran's official PressTV. "Should we decide to show any reaction, our reaction will be tough and harsh," it quoted him as saying at a military academy Wednesday. *WNU Editor: *The Iranians are n... more »

An Open Letter to Justin Bieber about Living Like Jesus

Michael Brown at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Justin Bieber_900] Justin, I read excerpts of your new interview in Complex magazine, and like many others, what jumped to my attention was that you want to live like Jesus -- and you weren't ashamed to say it. Those are powerful words, and... more »

Why U.S. Troops Must Stay in Afghanistan

Commentary at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Troops in Afghanistan-400] President Obama has so far exercised his presidential prerogative in half-hearted ways that have made it impossible to make more lasting gains in Afghanistan. If he does not show more resolution now by announcing that he is going to keep... Continue reading *“Why U.S. Troops Must Stay in Afghanistan”* at *commentarymagazine.com*.

How American Politics is Changing, and Why Outsiders are Doing So Well

Vox at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: How American Politics is Changing, and Why Outsiders are Doing So Well] So here’s a hypothesis -- raw, incomplete, and potentially incorrect -- for why politics has been so surprising this year: The tools that party insiders use to decide both electoral and legislative outcomes are being weakened by new technologies and... Continue reading *“How American Politics is Changing, and Why Outsiders are Doing So Well”* at *vox.com*.

How Not to Make Planned Parenthood Squirm

The Weekly Standard at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: How Not to Make Planned Parenthood Squirm] At the beginning of a five-hour committee hearing on Tuesday with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards as the sole witness, Chairman Jason Chaffetz made a surprising announcement. The Utah congressman and oversight committee chairman said he wouldn’t focus on the... Continue reading *“How Not to Make Planned Parenthood Squirm”* at *weeklystandard.com*.

What Sanders Can Accomplish by Not Acting

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*"The game is rigged." Doesn't sound much like a "market" to me. And "capitalism" isn't the word you're looking for either.* *by Gaius Publius* (This is part one of several pieces on what Bernie Sanders can accomplish if elected president. At the end I offer an example of a Sanders-like "What I will never do" speech. Scroll down or click the link to go directly to the speech.) *I recently wrote* about British politician Tony Benn's speech, a "ten-minute history of neoliberalism." Near the beginning Benn says, "This country and the world have been run by rich and powerful men from ... more »

Beware Media Spin Concerning Russian strikes in Syria- Claims VS Facts

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*In case you are unaware of the latest developments?* Breaking: Russia carries out Syria strike- Confirmation*Now let's talk coverage via NATO media*I admit these perception managed media reports are a cause for concern- They're extremely irrational. And malicious. The situation is tense enough. Why does the US/NATO media have to inflame the situation- When I think about the competing interests in that area!! I shudder. Let's keep our wits about us when following this news *Two news stories as examples- Let’s read them with a critical and logical eye to the facts* *Mirror UK & Po... more »

U.S. Warns Of New Concerns In Syrian Conflict As Russia Begins Air Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* Russia begins airstrikes in Syria; U.S. warns of new concerns in conflict* MOSCOW — Russian warplanes began airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, adding an unpredictable new element to a multi-layered war that has already drawn in the United States and allies, created millions of refugees and expanded the reach of the Islamic State. Washington quickly criticized the airstrikes — warning that they bring added risks to Syria — but said Moscow’s moves would not change a U.S.-led air campaign targeting Islamic State strongholds in Syria. The Russian strikes also sharp... more »

7 Signs You Might be a Spiritual Activist

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - Do you put your spirituality to good use in this needy world? The post 7 Signs You Might be a Spiritual Activist appeared first on Waking Times.

Retailers and ‘The Religion of Consumption’

Acton Institute/Jordan Ballor at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Retailers and ‘The Religion of Consumption’] There's an intriguing piece in the NYT from last month by Hiroko Tabuchi that explores some of the challenges facing traditional retailers (HT:Sarah Pulliam Bailey), "Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers." Department stores like Macy's and Kohl's... Continue reading *“Retailers and ‘The Religion of Consumption’”* at *blog.acton.org*.

A Millennial’s Take on Godly Civil Disobedience

Juicy Ecumenism/Bryan Ballas at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: civil disobedience] For those who were cut off from the outside world this past month, the culture war erupted in a fury following the jailing of Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who refused to give marriage licenses on the grounds that granting... Continue reading *“A Millennial’s Take on Godly Civil Disobedience”* at *juicyecumenism.com*.

Parents, Not Technology, Are Ruining Our Kids

Quartz at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: technology] Many of us worry what technology is doing to our kids. A cascade of reports show that their addiction to iAnything is diminishing empathy increasing bullying (pdf), robbing them of time to play, and just be. So we parents set timers,... Continue reading *“Parents, Not Technology, Are Ruining Our Kids”* at *qz.com*.

Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria

NATALIYA VASILYEVA at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria] MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria for the first time on Wednesday, targeting what Moscow said were Islamic State positions. U.S. officials and others cast doubt on that claim, saying the Russians appeared to be... more »

John Boehner — Good Riddance!

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Speaker of the House John Boehner speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.] The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. It is a little like a football team being first down and goal... more »

Texas Police Chief’s Defiant, Four-Word Insult to Atheists Who Demand That He Ban ‘In God We Trust’ Decals

The Blaze at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Childress Police Department - 400] A Texas police chief has officially responded to atheists' demands that he remove "In God We Trust" decals from patrol vehicles, telling critics to "go fly a kite." Adrian Garcia, head of the Childress Police Department in Childress, Texas, apparently wasn't... Continue reading *“Texas Police Chief’s Defiant, Four-Word Insult to Atheists Who Demand That He Ban ‘In God We Trust’ Decals”* at *theblaze.com* .

U.S. Airstrikes Pound Taliban in Northern Afghanistan

LYNNE O'DONNELL at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Fighter Jet in Afghanistan] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes hit Taliban positions overnight around a key northern city seized by insurgents this week as Afghan troops massed on the ground Wednesday ahead of what is likely to be a protracted battle to retake... more »

Free Market: It’s Like Uber, but for Everything

The Federalist/Robert Tracinski at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: The Uber app.] If it sometimes seems like it's impossible to restore the free market, as if every new wave of government regulation is irreversible, then consider that one form of regulation, which is common in the most dogmatically big-government enclaves in the... Continue reading *“Free Market: It’s Like Uber, but for Everything”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Thousands of New Clinton Emails Being Released

Politico at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Not for Featured Image] More than 6,000 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails are set to be published by the State Department Wednesday, the latest installment in a prolonged disclosure process that has proved to be painful for Clinton’s presidential campaign by focusing attention... Continue reading *“Thousands of New Clinton Emails Being Released”* at *politico.com*.

O'odham Protest South Mountain Freeway Bidders

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Protesters gather on ADOTS pre bid meeting By Akimel O'odham Youth Collective Censored News The protesters gathered in the front entrance holding signs, chanting, and singing O'odham songs. The group tried to enter the building but Mesa police officers and private security block the entrance. The protest forced attendees of today's pre-bid meeting to exit out of another door, even

The Size of the Debris Field

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 11 hours ago
Since I posted the article that suggested that Bessie Brazel’s testimony might be in error and that it was contradicted by that given by so many others, we have been all over the board. Nearly everyone was selecting that data which tended to support their position and ignore everything else. So, I thought I would take some of those points and provide the data available about them. I realize that some of you are so far to one side or the other that any sort of compromise is impossible, but for those who are interested in all the information, I will try to publish a series of articles ... more »

Full Show 9/29/15: Zionism

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 11 hours ago
Refreshing* to see intelligent conversation between intelligent folks wearing blue jeans. Suit coats don't seem to fit but an old lefty like me has a deep appreciation for the lack of neckties....What we are viewing right here and now is the unvarnished truth about the political situation here on planet Earth... Remember when Thom was on KPOJ 620? ...sigh WILLAMETTE WEEK Published November 28, 2012 By AARON MESH Carl Wolfson's last show on KPOJ-AM 620 sounded like victory. For the past six years, Wolfson, a former standup comedian, hosted a three-hour morning drive-time sh... more »

“3 Reasons America Is Totally Paranoid Despite Being the Only Superpower on Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“3 Reasons America Is Totally Paranoid Despite * *Being the Only Superpower on Earth”* By Tom Engelhardt “Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of shock and triumph in Washington, Eastern Europe was freed, Germany unified, and the Soviet Union vanished from the face of the Earth? At that epochal moment, six centuries of imperial rivalries ended. Only one mighty power was left. There hadn’t been a moment like it in historical memory: a single “hyperpower” ... more »

Trafigura, Purveyor of Toxic Wate, Also Threatens Global Commodity Markets

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
ZeroHedge has a very interesting and important article about Trafigura that I strongly recommend reading: Tyler Durden, “Forget Glencore: This Is The Real "Systemic Risk" Among The Commodity Traders,” Zero Hedge, September 29, 2015. Accessed September 29, 2015. Available: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-29/forget-glencore-real-systemic-risk-among-commodity-traders According to this account, Trafigura is in potential trouble. The corporation is privately held but does have publicly held bonds, which just "tanked," according to ZeroHedge. Trafigura is one of those truly evil... more »

Weapons Laden Ship Believed Headed To Yemen Intercepted In The Arabian Sea By Saudi-led Coalition Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Weapons, said to be seized by Saudi-led coalition forces on an Iranian boat, are seen in this undated handout released by the media office of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The vessel, seized on September 26, 2015, was carrying various types of shells and rockets and other equipment for Houthi forces, a coalition statement said. PHOTO: REUTERS *Wall Street Journal*: *Saudi Coalition Seizes Iranian Boat Carrying Weapons to Rebels in Yemen* The coalition says the boat was carrying 14 Iranians and was laden with missile launchers and antitank weapons RIYADH—A Saudi Arabia-led mili... more »

Taliban Militants Pose For Selfies In Kunduz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC:* *Taliban selfies: Why militants posed for photos in Kunduz* The Afghan Taliban long ago perfected the art of propaganda. But as BBC Afghan's Mohammad Zahid explains, Monday's assault on Kunduz gave them the opportunity to show themselves in real time mingling on the streets. As much as prisoners rushing out of unlocked jails, the Taliban posing for just a few selfies on the streets is one of the most striking and revealing moments of the assault on Kunduz. *WNU Editor:* The Taliban are definitely giving out the impression that they are in charge of the city.

Joaquin Becomes Hurricane; Could Hit East Coast

USA Today at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Hurrican Joaquin - 400] Tropical Storm Joaquin, which had already been expected to add to a drenching of the East Coast through the weekend, strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning as it neared the Bahamas. As of 11 a.m. ET, the hurricane... Continue reading *“Joaquin Becomes Hurricane; Could Hit East Coast”* at *usatoday.com*.

Yogi Berra Remembered at Funeral by Family, Sports Royalty

Jim Hague at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Yogi Berra during All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade 2009] MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) -- A gold catcher’s mitt was placed on top of his remains. But on a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered for being more than one of the game’s greats.... more »

"Why Can't It..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

NIH rescinds grant to Texas eye researcher

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A scientist who uses imaging to study the eye and brain has lost a major grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In June, the NIH revised the award for Timothy Duong at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from $332,500 per year to $0, and included this statement: This […] The post NIH rescinds grant to Texas eye researcher appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Common Core and the Incredible Shrinking Imagination

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
by Jim Horn One of the many technocratic mandates of the Common Core Standards comes in the form of an insistent rationing of the kinds and amounts of reading materials that schoolchildren should be exposed to at different grade levels. Below is the breakdown from the Common Core website. Notice that as children get older, they are to get less and less reading in the form of imaginative literature. Those who argue that there are connections between the kinds of reading material that children are allowed and encouraged to ingest and the direction and scope of their ethical and ... more »

Washington DC, meetings and conference

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
The first time I went to Washington DC in the US was in May 2004. I was one of several International Fellows of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, then based in Fairfax, Virginia (now based in DC), and I attended several conferences in the US. First was the Mackinac Leadership Conference in Michigan, then the Heartland conference + Atlas Liberty Forum in Chicago, then meetings in DC and Virgina area. I stayed in the US for one month. The second time I went to DC was in November 2009, also for another Atlas event and I was one of several panel speakers. Below, with Cindy Cirquit... more »

Danish Official Refers to Biden as ‘Mr. President’

USA Today at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Joe Biden - 400] Political junkies in the United States aren't the only ones thinking about Vice President Biden's future plans. There appears to be foreign interest as well. The foreign minister of Denmark, Kristian Jensen, prompted chuckles at a United Nations meeting Tuesday when... Continue reading *“Danish Official Refers to Biden as ‘Mr. President’”* at *onpolitics.usatoday.com*.

Rand Paul: Ted Cruz Can’t Get Anything Done Due to Name-Calling

FOX News at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Rand Paul - 400] 2016 GOP presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KS) called into Kilmeade & Friends and talked about Senator Ted Cruz being rebuffed on the senate floor by republicans who failed to allow him a roll call vote, John Boehner stepping down as Speaker... Continue reading *“Rand Paul: Ted Cruz Can’t Get Anything Done Due to Name-Calling”* at *radio.foxnews.com*.

Bush, Rubio Race for Wall Street Cash

Politico at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Not for Featured Image] Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are headed for a smackdown on Wall Street. The former Florida governor and current Florida senator have dueling fundraisers set for the week of Oct. 12 with top financial industry executives in New York as... Continue reading *“Bush, Rubio Race for Wall Street Cash”* at *politico.com* .

‘Amazon Flex’ Aims to Enlist the Gig Economy with Uber-For-Packages Concept

Steve Ambrose at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Amazon - 900] If chauffeuring drunk customers around in your car for Uber or Lyft doesn't really appeal to you, Amazon might have an alternative. Amazon is unveiling its program Amazon Flex, a new initiative, only for Amazon Prime members, that allows certain... more »

Glenn Beck Calls for Prayers as Operation of ‘Saving Generations’ Begins

Glenn Beck at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Not for Featured Image] As thousands of displaced refugees flood Europe from the Middle East and governments struggle to deal with the ever-growing crisis, entire communities of Christians continue to face imminent extermination at the hands of ISIS and other Islamist extremists unless they... Continue reading *“Glenn Beck Calls for Prayers as Operation of ‘Saving Generations’ Begins”* at *glennbeck.com*.

Lawmakers Are Saying They Can’t Defund Planned Parenthood

Nick Barden at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Discussion Debate - 900] Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has been a recipient of federal funding under Title X of the Public Health Service Act and via Medicaid reimbursements, among other sources. Last reporting year, Planned Parenthood received $528 million -- 41 percent of its total... more »

Top Google Search Terms in Syria are Heartbreaking

TIME at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Syria Refugees-400] People want to know where the nearest hospital is, how to treat wounds and how to flee the country. The developed world turns to Google to indulge its ephemeral interests -- on Monday, "National Coffee Day" and "Trevor Noah" were... Continue reading *“Top Google Search Terms in Syria are Heartbreaking”* at *time.com*.

The Afghan Assault To Retake Kunduz Has Collapsed (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Afghan assault to retake Kunduz from Taliban collapses as militants surround airport* A promised counterattack by Afghan forces aimed at retaking the strategic city of Kunduz from Taliban militants collapsed early Wednesday as hundreds of soldiers and civilians reportedly fled to the city's airport, where they were surrounded by insurgent forces. The New York Times reported that the assault on Kunduz, a city of 300,000 in northern Afghanistan, may have been just the first part of a broader offensive by the Taliban. The paper reported that several military checkpoint... more »

Russian Miltiary Operations Over Syria Will Impact Israeli And Turkish Military Air Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* The following two articles sum up what Russian military operations will have on Israeli and Turkish military objectives and operations over Syria .... *What Does Russia’s Power Move in Syria Mean for Turkey?* -- US News and World Report *Putin Hints Russia Will Clip Israel’s Wings Over Syrian Skies* -- Haaretz

Politics: “Boehner’s Departure Doesn’t Help”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Boehner’s Departure Doesn’t Help”* by Leonard Pitts Jr. "Wonderful. That’s just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision. But with the fall last week of House Speaker John Boehner- more accurately, with his decision to resign because life is too short for Ted Cruz- that is precisely what conservatives now have. It is a development with sobering implications far beyond the political right. Not that you’d have known this from the bacchanal of celebration the news set off among conservatives. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was swamped by a roar of approbat... more »

The Battle To Retake The Afghan City of Kunduz Intensifies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Troops from U.S.-led mission fight Taliban near Afghan city* Special forces from the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan battled insurgents on Wednesday near the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban this week, a coalition spokesman and Afghan official said. It was the first report of on-the-ground clashes between Taliban militants and foreign troops supporting their Afghan allies during three days of sometimes heavy fighting for control of the strategic city of 300,000. Kunduz is the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban since the h... more »

One People Roundtable Discussion- Archive Sept 21

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago

Transpicuous News- Sept 27 archive video and links

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
http://www.nicaragua-community.com/story-of-borax/ http://www.disclose.tv/news/two_underground_bases_found_in_antarctica_what_are_they/122449?utm_content=bufferd95d0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150921/1027284564/eiffel-tower-terror-scare.html http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/21/apple-removes-malicious-programs-after-first-major-attack-on-app-store http://www.rt.com/news/316077-czech-republic-firearms-blast/ http://www.rt.com/news/316121-russian-embassy-syria-shelled/ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-... more »

My Take On Russia Launching Air Strikes On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* I was woken up this morning by a friend in Moscow who called me wanting to know what was my take on Russia launching air strikes on rebel positions in Syria. My immediate reaction .... why get involved in a quagmire that will not be severely impacted by such air strikes. After-all .... the U.S. has launched thousands of air strikes on ISIS positions in both Syria and Iraq for a year now .... and the conflict is only getting worse. So how can Russia change that with its limited (and probably not as accurate) air campaign? My guess that it is all about international po... more »

FORBIDDEN STORY: Yglesias sees a pattern!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015Part 3—In truth, the pattern is there:* Is there any truth to President Clinton’s story? We refer to the story he told this weekend on CNN. His story is a *forbidden* story, though he tells it every now and again. According to President Clinton, a familiar pattern can be seen in the ongoing coverage of Candidate Clinton. This pattern involves the GOP *and* the mainstream press. According to Clinton, here’s the scoop: The GOP wants Candidate Clinton to be “as mangled up as possible” if she’s the nominee. Toward that end, they have promoted the alleged... more »

Jesus Calling: More Thinkers Needed in Today’s Culture

Lael Arrington at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Meeting Place of the Inklings - Eagle and Child Pub - Oxford] LAEL ARRINGTON -- The more the world changes from modern to postmodern the more thinkers (and thinking) are needed. In today's culture it is going to take more and more courage to stand against the feelings and experiences of other... more »

Chairman Tears up in Opening Remarks on Planned Parenthood

The Hill at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Rep. Jason Chaffetz - 400] The head of the House Oversight Committee began to tear up in the first minute of a hearing on Tuesday into Planned Parenthood's federal funding. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) choked up as he discussed his wife's career helping women get screened... Continue reading *“Chairman Tears up in Opening Remarks on Planned Parenthood”* at *thehill.com*.

Spain: Eyewitness Accounts of Sightings in Castille and León

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 13 hours ago
*Source: El Norte de Castilla (newspaper-Spain)Date: 09.25.2015* *Spain: Eyewitness Accounts of Sightings in Castille and León* *El Norte de Castilla and other newspapers have carried in their pages some of the unexplained phenomena that have occurred in the community.* J.A. Pardal | VALLADOLID To speak of UFOs is highly complex from the prism of a serious means of communication, whose work is based on physical evidence and eyewitness statements, and both lacking in the texts discussing such phenomena, where accusations of madness, hoaxing or confabulation are on the tips of the... more »

Kurdish Offensive Into Kirkuk’s Daquq Displaces Thousands

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
At the end of August 2015 the Peshmerga made a rare offensive move into southern Kirkuk. Several villages in the Daquq district were taken in an off and on series of attacks. Soon after stories emerged about the Kurds looting and destroying homes in the area, and several thousand people were displaced in the process. This was the latest example of demographic changes the Kurds are attempting to impose on the disputed territories of northern Iraq. On August 26, 2015 the Peshmerga attacked the Daquq district of Kirkuk. 14 villages were reported cleared on the first day. There was a... more »

19 Key Numbers Republicans Used to Question Planned Parenthood

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Cecile Richards House Oversight Committee_900] The fight over Planned Parenthood reached a boiling point Tuesday on Capitol Hill when Cecile Richards, president of the organization, testified before Congress about how the group uses its federal taxpayer dollars. Richards fiercely defended Planned Parenthood from partisan allegations... more »

Russian Three-Star General Requests U.S. To Leave Syrian Air Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *In this FOX News report .... *Russia launches airstrikes in northern Syria, senior military official says* (FOX News) .... there is an eye opening statement .... *.... The development came after Pentagon officials brushed aside an official request from Russia to clear air space over northern Syria, where Moscow intends to conduct airstrikes against ISIS on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to sources who spoke to Fox News.The request was made by a Russian three-star general who spoke with U.S. officials at the American embassy in Baghdad, sou... more »

Russia Launches Air Strikes In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*RT:* *Russian military forces start airstrikes in Syria - Ministry of Defense* The Russian Air Force has begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said. "In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces today [Wednesday] have started an aerial operation, involving pinpoint strikes on ground targets of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] terrorists in Syria,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, sa... more »

Hollywood Takes On The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wendy Day, 4th Combat Camera, March Air Reserve Base, films the operations of the Integrated Training Exercise on May 18, 2015, at the Integrated Training Exercise 3-15 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Orti *Asawin Suebsaeng, Daily Beast:* *U.S. Turns to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Writer for Anti-ISIS Propaganda* The State Department says it’s losing the information war to ISIS—and is tapping HBO, Snapchat, and a screenwriter with deep CIA connections to help turn things around.... more »

Investigation finds “careless data workup” in alcoholism drug paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
An investigation at Karolinska Institute has led to the retraction of a paper about drug treatments for alcoholics, after concluding the article contains a “very careless data workup.” The paper, “Memantine enhances the inhibitory effects of naltrexone on ethanol consumption,” found that the drug memantine (normally used to treat Alzheimer’s) enhances the effects of naltrexone in rats, which blocks the […] The post Investigation finds “careless data workup” in alcoholism drug paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Cecile Richards Has ‘Never Heard’ of Abortion Survivors. Here are Two.

Kate Scanlon at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Cecile Richards] Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, testified that she was unaware that unborn children can sometimes survive abortion attempts during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, despite testimony from two abortion survivors before Congress earlier this month. During... more »

American War Heroes Return Home Seven Decades Later

Yahoo! News at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: ht_marine_2_kab_150727_16x9_992__1443576890_70.119.142.63] Clay Bonnyman Evans knew all there was to know about his grandfather though the two had never met until that moment under several feet of crushed coral rock on a remote island in the Pacific. Evans was polite when requesting... Continue reading *“American War Heroes Return Home Seven Decades Later”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

Did China Achieve A Major Breakthrough In Aviation Speed?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A capture of a Chinese television report on a US Army hypersonic vehicle. (CCTV via The Washington Free Beacon) *Daivd Axe, Daily Beast*: *Did China Just Hit Mach 5?* A news report describes a landmark event: the flight of an airplane that can go twice as fast as the Concorde. Then, just as quick, the report vanishes. What just happened? On a night apparently in early September, at a flight test center somewhere in China, a dark-painted airplane reportedly took off on a momentous mission—to fly faster than five times the speed of sound then return safely to Earth. The airborne exp... more »

Elmo Breakfast Party

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
*“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for** Hasbro and Playskool**. I received product samples and a party stipend to facilitate my review, as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”* We are Elmo obsessed in our house. Our little monster friend is the topic of many conversations with out little girl. She can't get enough of him and I love seeing the joy he brings into our family. We decided to hold a fun party celebrating the new Play All Day Elmo and themed it completely around Elmo. Here are all the details so you can thr... more »

Solar & Geomagnetic Activity being edited like Earthquakes

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
*Side note: This has taken 5 attempts to get it published in the past 4 hours....* Well well well..... I have theorized that official agencies are "creatively editing" solar activity for a long long time, but as of today... THIS is absolute PROOF. Just like the Earthquakes that disappear off of USGS minutes after they happened, we now have proof that the official US space monitoring agencies are also deleting solar flare activity, and it would seem that Solarham *may* be complicit in this activity, even if just by the fact that they are publishing the information and NOT reporti... more »

GOP Nomination Fight-- How Do You Keep Track Who The Biggest Freak Or Clown Of The Day Actually Is?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Carly: "Politics is a fact-free zone" Rand Paul's now infamous rant and meme the other day about Trump being a "clown" who is "unfit" to be president followed a similar screed by Marco Rubio that Trump's campaign was nothing more than a "freak show." Both senators were correct, of course, but either could have been just as easily referring to another self-serving/self-entitled GOP multimillionaire with grand political ambitions: failed business executive and professional victim Carly Fiorina. Fiorina has rapidly advanced in the polls by presenting herself as someone who will not b... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*CA schools to Pay Dearly for Underfunded Pension Plans* California school districts are heading for troubled times. According to Independent Institute Senior Fellow Lawrence J. McQuillan, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) promised public school teachers generous pension benefits, but it is short the estimated $74 billion to $104 billion necessary to pay for them. Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 1469 last year will help cover the shortfall by requiring larger contributions from teachers (28 percent more) and especially from school districts... more »

Say the word

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
I could write reams about Jeremy Corbyn. His policies, his principles, his hypocrisy, his persona. His cringe-inducing speech with those awful straw-man jokes and that conspiratorial gesture - a kind of wink and a nod, which he must have thought was endearing (it wasn’t) - its rambling, unfocused, populist motherhood-and-apple-pie platitudinous vacuousness, much of which turned out to be, in any case, plagiarised. Corbyn’s challenge to David Cameron over Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, a protester who faces the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for a crime he allegedly committed aged 17 was ... more »

Only Woman on Georgia’s Death Row Is Executed

KATE BRUMBACK at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Death Row - 900] JACKSON, Ga. (AP) -- The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*The latest: Catching sharks causes global warming!* Sharks are the unlikely heroes protecting humans from the perils of climate change, Deakin University researchers argue in today’s publication of esteemed science journal Nature Climate Change. According to the Deakin University scientists, when humans kill sharks they cause instability in the ocean’s natural food chain, which can ultimately lead to the release of carbon from the seafloor into the earth’s atmosphere. With fewer sharks in the food chain, populations of the predator’s food sources, such as sea turtles, flourish. ... more »

Breaking: Russia carries out Syria strike- Confirmation

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
This news still needs more validation- I will be looking for that information- Everything originates from a US official- If anyone can find any additional info, let me know? Please and thanks in advance!- *There are multiple updates read below* *BBC- Russia appears to have carried out its first air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, US officials say.* *They say the strikes reportedly came in the area of the city of Homs, and that Washington was informed in advance that they were about to take place.* * US 'Has Indications' Russia Began Airstrikes in Sy... more »

Ginge, the ancient red haired gene, look at that European spread

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
(c) Ginge 2015 Everybody loves a ginge. I do. Hell, I wrote a whole novel about it in 1989 called Red Hedz. I'm fascinated, as you'all know, with the History of Ancient Briton and I've gone into excruciating detail in recent posts about what I think I've found as pertains to all this *history*. I've followed all sorts of radical threads involving two King Arthurs, ancient Basque origins and the Eternal Masculine vs Feminine Sun Battle i.e. organised religion that dominates how you think and who you pay. But it always comes back to the ginges, here's a european map of G2D or Genetic ... more »

Reflections from Nazi HQ @BerlinWall

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 15 hours ago
SS/Gestapo headquarters: The Topography of Terror museum, adjacent to the Berlin Wall by Kevin Barrett, TruthJihad.com reporting from Berlin I just visited "the most historically contaminated site on earth" (with the possible exception of New York's Ground Zero): The Topography of Terror Museum on the site of the Third Reich's Main Security Office, headquarters for the SS and Gestapo. The museum is adjacent to the biggest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The Terror Museum and Berlin Wall exhibits, like New York's 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero, focus relentlessly on real and imagin... more »

GOP Field: Tax Cuts for All — But Rubio’s May Be the Only One that Pays for Itself

NICHOLAS RICCARDI at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: marco rubio] DENVER (AP) -- Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney’s tax plan as a giveaway to the rich. They’ve heard a new wing of conservative intellectuals urge them... more »

Eight Things We Learned from Planned Parenthood’s ‘Proud’ Boss

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the use of taxpayer funding by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.] What did we learn from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee investigating the organization’s federal funding in the wake of revelations about its harvesting and trafficking o... more »

The Improbable Trump/Palin Alliance

National Review/jim Geraghty at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - Sarah Palin - Flickr_Medium] Jerry, how much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?" Sarah Palin asked Jerry Seinfeld in a skit that aired as part of Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special in February. "Run... Continue reading *“The Improbable Trump/Palin Alliance”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Russian Lawmakers Give Putin OK to Use Troops in Syria

NATALIYA VASILYEVA at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Vladimir Putin United Nations_900] MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to let President Vladimir Putin send Russian troops to Syria. The Kremlin sought to play down the decision, saying it will only use its air force there, not ground troops. Putin had... more »

U.S. Military Favors Keeping Troops in Afghanistan Past 2016

ROBERT BURNS & LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Soldiers in Afghanistan-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, citing a fragile security situation highlighted by the Taliban’s capture of the northern... more »

Only Woman on Georgia’s Death Row is Executed

KATE BRUMBACK at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - 900] JACKSON, Ga. (AP) -- The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at... more »

House, Senate to Send Obama Temporary Spending Bill

ANDREW TAYLOR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Congress_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A temporary funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama on Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House... Continue reading *“House, Senate to Send Obama Temporary Spending Bill”* at *apnewsarchive.com*.

Trouble with The Core Theory

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
A sweet New England reader has sent me a copy of Frank Wilczek's new "beautiful" book (thanks so much, Ann!) and I will discuss many ideas from that book when I finish reading it, which won't be too soon. But I want to spend a few minutes with one isolated proposal of Wilczek's, one that was also endorsed by Sean Carroll. Frank wants to rename "The Standard Model" – a term that was coined by Steven Weinberg who also wrote the final version of its "weak" part – as "The Core Theory". And he wants to "include" the Einstein-Hilbert action to it, too. Would I agree with that? The sho... more »

Special Forces for National 'Emergency’s'

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
Call me paranoid, perhaps I have been following Harpers attacks upon our democracy too long, but I fail to understand why we need to expand our 'Special Forces' (at an annual cost of $50 million) “to respond to varied, and sometimes multiple, *national* and international emergencies." We do have almost 2000 of these specially trained combat solders on our payroll already and we hardly need special military training to respond to 'national emergency’s' like floods, forest fires, or ice storms, not that our federal government has been quick to offer that kind of help in the past. Are ... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Massive blasts in Guangxi, China

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
LOOK at the blast damage. These are not just little packages of C4 or a pressure cooker bomb. The Damage is very extensive. I will update this article as soon as new details are available. d http://www.rt.com/news/317030-china-massive-blasts-liuzhou/ Massive blasts in Guangxi, China: At least 3 killed, 13 injured, police blame explosive parcels Published time: 30 Sep, 2015 10:55Edited time: 30 Sep, 2015 11:10 Get short URL At least three people were killed and 13 injured after parcels containing explosives caused massive explosions in several locations in Liuzhou, in China's nor... more »

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D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
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Spain: A UFO Over Valladolid (1965)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Source: El Norte de Castilla (Spain)Date: 09.25.2015* *Spain: A UFO Over Valladolid (1965)* The object appeared in the evening of 16 September 1965 and vanished at high speed after floating around for four hours. Its true nature is still a matter of debate. “My dear Father Machado, I was able to see a flying saucer for the first time in my life. We saw it last night at 18:45 in the evening, when the brother orderly came to notify me that there was a flying saucer over the school.” The letter, dated Valladolid, 18 September 1965, two days after the incredible event, was signed b... more »

Special Forces for National 'Emergency’s'

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
Call me paranoid, perhaps I have been following Harpers attacks upon our democracy too long, but I fail to understand why we need to expand our 'Special Forces' (at an annual cost of $50 million) “to respond to varied, and sometimes multiple, *national* and international emergencies." We do have almost 2000 of these specially trained combat solders on our payroll already and we hardly need special military training to respond to 'national emergency’s' like floods, forest fires, or ice storms, not that our federal government has been quick to offer that kind of help in the past. Are ... more »

Blessed Are The Weirdos and Misfits

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago

EOB

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
*E*lectronic *O*rder of *B*attle? No, this is the *E*nd *O*f this *B*log. Nearly 10 years have past since I started it, 28.000 posts later it's time to retire. I enjoyed every day of it, but new challenges lay ahead. I'm off shortly to meet a lot of weirdo's like me, all Google Top Contributors, in San Francisco. And being a TC is time consuming, so I won't get bored. I wish all of my readers and informants all the best in the future. I'm sure you can manage without me. If not, give it a try ... it isn't that hard ;) I'm signing of, Kobus

Best of Douglas Murray Arguments And Comebacks Part 1 on YouTube

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Watch especially the last minute and you'll see why Douglas Murray is not a regular on the BBC, his speeches and arguments change minds...

24 of 30 Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 Helicopters Have Reached Full Operational Capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Merlin Mk2 Helicopter]The first 24 Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 helicopters have achieved full operational capability. 6 Merlin Mk1 are still to be delivered as part of the 25-year Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP), awarded in January 2006 to Lockheed Martin UK. The MCSP’s objective is to provide a long-term sustainment and improvement of the ASW capability of the helicopters and gradually transform them into multi-role platforms. The cost of the programme is at USD750 million. Read more

Italy blocking India's entry into elite missile tech group MTCR, bargaining over marines issue: Sources

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
In a big setback for India, Italy is becoming a major roadblock in the nation's entry into an elite missile technology group called Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Sources said Italy has stated marines issue as the reason behind blocking India's entry into MTCR. Italian marines Latorre and Salvatore Girone are facing trial of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012. Read more

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Wait, wait. Didn't I already write this column? Did the nonstop obstructionism disappoint the GOP'ers more than it did the rest of us? I'm going out on a ledge here . . . . John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and

Russia fires successfully high-precision tactical missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Iskander-M SRBM]A high-precision Iskander-M tactical missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, destroyed a target located 300 kilometers away in southern Russia, confirmed today a source of the Ministry of Defense. The spokesman of the Eastern Military District, Alexander Gordeyev, told reporters that a unit of that command test-fired the missile against a target that simulated an enemy command center, in the southern Astrakhan region. Gordeyev noted that after the success in the trial, the mobilized Army unit returned with the missile system to its permanent base of d... more »

India to buy 22 Apache: Watch the multi-role combat helicopter in action

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
With the signing of Apache attack helicopters deal with US' Boeing, Indian Air Force is all set to get the much needed boost to its firepower. A part of the Apache deal was signed with Boeing for the helicopter and the other with the US government, under Foreign Military Sales route, for its weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites. The AH-64 Apache is a multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US Army among other international defence forces. TThe Apache is said to boast of laser, infrared, and other systems (including target acquisition designation sight/pilot night... more »

MD-530 “Jengi” helicopters depart Kabul for first expeditionary operations in Helmand province

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MD-530 Jengi]Afghan Air Force MD-530s and Mi-17 helicopters departed Hamid Karzai International Airport to participate in operations in Helmand province Sept. 27. The MD-530 Warrior, or “Jengi” in Dari, is the newest in the Afghan Air Force’s arsenal to support convoy escort, aerial reconnaissance, armed over-watch, and close air support to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The Afghan Air Force leaders decided, with the coordination of the Ministry of Defense, to deploy the helicopters to participate in combat missions in the southwest zone, said Col. Bah... more »

Despite Flaws, India to Induct Tejas Mark 1-A Fighter Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tejas LCA]The government has decided to induct at least seven squadrons of the made-in-India Tejas Mark 1-A Light Combat Aircraft or LCA into the Indian Air Force, to make up for a shortage of fighters. The Tejas Mark 1-A is slightly more proficient than the first-cut home-made LCA, the Tejas, but the aircraft still has some flaws. For one, there are doubts about its ability to carry the required payload of weapons. Also, its Indian-made radar needs to be replaced with an Israeli radar. The IAF has agreed to induct the Tejas Mark 1-A as it urgently needs more than 120 lightw... more »

SCO states in Central Asia likely export targets for JF-17

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Jf-17 Thunder]China and Pakistan may target the Central Asian members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as potential buyers of their jointly developed JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong) multi-role combat aircraft, according to the Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based Chinese-language military magazine. At this year's Paris Air Show in June, it was reported that the first export order for the fighter jet — developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China — had been signed, with deliveries likely to begin in 2017. While i... more »

Air National Guard Wants To Fly Reaper Drones From Syracuse Airport

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MQ-9 Reaper]The Air National Guard wants to fly remotely piloted aircrafts out of Hancock Field at the Syracuse International Airport. The change would save time and money, as the National Guard has to send its aircrafts to fly from Fort Drum because of airspace restrictions. Speaking at at an unmanned aircraft system conference at the Turning Stone Resort last week, Col. Mike Smith, assistant vice commander of the Hancock Field Air National Guard, said they want to start flying MQ-9 Reapers out of the Syracuse International Airport for flight training. The Air National Gua... more »

Chinese naval expert denies PLA joining fight against ISIS

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Liaoning CV]A Chinese naval expert has denied reports that the People's Liberation Army is sending a team of "military advisers" to Syria to assist in the fight against the the Islamic State jihadist terror group. Over the weekend, several media outlets have picked up a report from the Lebanon-based news website Al-Masdar, which cited a Syrian army official as stating that a Chinese naval vessel is on its way to Syria with dozens of military advisers on board. "The Chinese will be arriving in the coming weeks," the unnamed official is quoted as saying, adding that the milita... more »

A Douglas Murray speech that you really should find time to watch

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
A Douglas Murray speech that you really should find time to watch

MENA Report ( September 30 , 2015 ) ..... Updates on Battlefront and Political Fronts for Iraq / Syria Regional War ........ Afghanistan in the news as the Taliban take Kunduz ....... Libya Updates - Dialogue Process in focus , meanwhile death dealing continues...... Yemen Political and Battlefront news of note

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Links...... *US Says Russian Strikes on ISIS May Begin Soon* *UN-Brokered Deal May Speed Syria Disintegration* *Saudis Pressured Over Civilian Deaths in Yemen* *Afghans Launch Counteroffensive Trying To Retake Kunduz* Airstrikes Kill Civilians in North; 107 Dead Across Iraq Putin-Obama Discussed Information Sharing on Syria: Kremlin Obama Admin Sanctions ISIS Facilitators, Attempts to Cut Terror Group's Funding 30 Killed in Coalition Strikes on ISIS Camp in Syria on Sunday: Monitor Turkey's Erdogan Says Over 30 Kurdish Militants Killed in Raids US Lau... more »

House, Senate Armed Services Committees Agree to Support UCLASS, Additional Aircraft Procurement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: X-47B UCLASS AAR]The House and Senate armed services committees came to an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2016, releasing a $604.2-billion authorization plan after months of hashing out nearly 900 discrepancies between the bills. The bill maintained the support that both committees had for six additional F-35B Joint Strike Fighters for the Marine Corps, to give them 15 total in FY 2016; funding for 12 additional F/A-18E-F Super Hornets for the Navy, though at a lower cost than first predicted due to contract savings; and 49 additional Toma... more »

Jeremy Corbyn speech at Labour Friends of Israel event at the Labour Party Conference

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Did Jeremy Corbyn really not manage to utter the word Israel at the Labour Party Friends of Israel event? Odd if so, he manages to say Palestinians and as we know has no problem calling the homophobic, anti Semitic, genocidal Islamist terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah 'friends'.

INS Kochi, largest India-made warship, commissioned

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Naval warship INS Kochi, the largest-ever warship to be built in India, was commissioned by defence minister Manohar Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Finish of the INS Kochi is good as any foreign ship, Manohar Parrikar said. "Jahi Shatrun Mahabaho" loosely means "Armed to conquer the enemy" in Sanskrit. It's an apt motto for guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi, packed with weapons and sensors as well as advanced stealth features. Read more

Shipyard converting USS Michigan for enlisted women

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Michigan (SSGN-727)]The USS Michigan entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard last month for modifications to allow it to become the first submarine to carry enlisted women. The $2.8 million reconfiguration will provide living space for 29 women. Two chief petty officers will share a living space and washroom. Twenty-seven from lower ranks will split into nine-person bunk rooms and all share a head, said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura, Submarine Group Nine spokesman. The work is part of a major maintenance period that is scheduled to be completed next summer. Read more

Japan says they're ready to build all submarines for Canberra in Australia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]Japan is ready to match European rivals and build a fleet of submarines for Canberra entirely at Australian shipyards, a senior Japanese official said on Tuesday, after stumbling in its effort to win the A$50 billion ($34.76 billion) contract. Tokyo was willing to train hundreds of Australian engineers in Japan's submarine-manufacturing hub of Kobe as well as in Australia as part of its offer for one of the world's biggest defense contracts, Masaaki Ishikawa, director general for Acquisition Reform at the Ministry of Defense, told Reuters. His comments are t... more »

Russia's imminent solution of Syria's problems?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*The following text was written hours before the Russian lawmakers okayed the airstrikes in Syria. Those began just a few hours later.* The U.N. General Assembly has listened to many talks. Obama wants to remove Assad because that leader has already been labeled as politically incorrect in the U.S.; Putin wants to keep him because he's the head of the only significant force in Syria that has a chance to defeat the extremists. You may see a difference between a rational politician and a politician with hay filling his skull. I do believe that it must be an easy, straightforward task ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: September 30, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Parachutes-900] U.S. Army paratroopers conduct an airborne operation training exercise at White Sands Missile Range Space Harbor, N.M., on Sept. 27, 2015. Wow! Thanks to John Hamilton for taking this amazing photograph.

10 Health Benefits Of Eating Hazelnuts

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
To learn more, please click on the link provided below: *Herbs Info*

Economic News , Data &Views ( September 30 , 2015 ) - Refugee Crisis Updates ( Anxiety in Germany , Pledges of Financial Aid from Japan and GCC , Different views from around Europe touching upon the crisis ) ...... Quarter 3 Ends - Financial Turmoil To continue ( Financial Markets - Asia & Europe - Data and News Moving the Markets )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 21 hours ago
Morning Tweets...... Refugee Crisis...... *Ioan Smith* ‏@moved_average 11m 11 minutes ago SLOVAK GOVERNMENT AGREES TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST EU QUOTAS FOR DISTRIBUTING ASYLUM SEEKERS-RTRS *Ian Traynor* ‏@traynorbrussels 37s 37 seconds ago #migration interesting vienna election coming up. good piece by @asmalenyt http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/wor ld/europe/rise-of-austrian-right-lengthens-shadow-of-nazi-era.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 … *Nick Joseph* ‏@camefromempires 32m 32 minutes ago Germany Struggling To Ward Off Panic Over *Migrant Crisis*. Read m... more »

Three Articles On Russia's Military Intervention In Syria And Its Possible Consequences

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*In the eyes of the evil Western mainstream media the statesman Putin is worse than the genocidal terrorists of ISIS.* Putin has managed to piss off Sultan Erdogan, King Salman, Caliph Baghdadi, and Emperor Obama at the same time. The man is a god. His face should be on every Russian coin there is in circulation if it is not already. The four corrupt leaders he has pissed off have coordinated the destruction of Syria since day one. The Syrian army, Hezbollah, and the PKK have fought valiantly against ISIS on the ground but they were never enough to take them on. This genocidal te... more »

Will 2016 Be a Foreign Policy Election?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 22 hours ago
The Third Way project, a centrist Democratic policy outfit, has just released an interesting survey on public attitudes going in to the 2016 election. They make two arguments that I think are worth exploring, (1) the foreign policy advantage Democrats briefly enjoyed in the wake of the Iraq War has dissipated and (2) foreign policy may be more salient […]

Camphor Press announces Jonathan Adams' new book ~ sale til the 4th

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
[image: JiufenErshanRide83] *Practicing kayaking in Shuili.* Camphor says: It's our pleasure to announce the release of *Welcome Home, Master*, a brand new book by former Taipei-based journalist Jonathan Adams. It's his account of life as a foreign correspondent reporting on some of the world's most dynamic countries. Observant and funny, Adams' stories range from the serious – interviewing a Chinese dissident, covering the Moro insurgency in Mindanao – to the seemingly frivolous, like Japanese genitalia festivals. Until the end of Sunday, October 4, the e-book version of Welcome Ho... more »

George Will’s Criticism of Trump and Trump’s Supporters is Reckless and Over the Top

John Zmirak at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: GeorgeWill06] I have been up front in my assessments of candidate Donald Trump. I don't like his public persona, or the way he degrades political debate with "gotcha" quotes, goofball zingers and schoolyard taunts. I don't agree with his tax plan,... more »

AmCham's Sept Dinner rescheduled to Oct 6

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
[image: NorCrossJul2014_37] *Mountain communities on the northern cross island ride. Doing this again the weekend of Oct 17, welcome to join. .* RESCHEDULED "SEPTEMBER" DINNER NEW DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2015 Other details (see below) remain unchanged. RSVP via reply email or at taichungamcham.com/dennis _______________________________ IMPROVISING LIFE: THE ART OF BEING FOCUSED, PRESENT AND SPONTANEOUS PRESENTED BY DENNIS DZIEDZIC Join Taichung AmCham's October Dinner Meeting to hear Dennis Dziedzic share how strategies from the world of improv drama can help you find greater enjoymen... more »

To Replace Boehner, Why Not Newt Gingrich for Speaker?

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 11: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) addresses the Republican National Committee's State Chairman's meeting with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center May 11, 2010 in National Harbor, Maryland. The former Georgia politician and college professor talked to the assembled GOP leaders about how the 2010 election will "change America." Saying that President Barack Obama rammed through healthcare reform using a political "machine," Gingrich said, "We dont' need to understand it. We need to defeat it a... more »

Edward Snowden Joins Twitter

CNBC at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Edward Snowden] Twitter got yet another high-profile addition on Tuesday when Edward Snowden sent out his first tweet: He is using the @Snowden handle with the following description: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director... Continue reading *“Edward Snowden Joins Twitter”* at *cnbc.com*.

After Obama Said Extremism is Not Limited to ‘One Faith,’ Here’s How the U.K.’s David Cameron Responded

The Blaze at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: President Barack Obama Leaders Summitt] After President Barack Obama told other world leaders that violent extremism isn't limited to any one faith, British Prime Minister David Cameron didn't disagree -- but he did add a pointed clarification. "Violent extremism is not unique to any one... Continue reading *“After Obama Said Extremism is Not Limited to ‘One Faith,’ Here’s How the U.K.’s David Cameron Responded”* at *theblaze.com*.

Secularist Group Demands Removal of ‘God Bless the Military’ Sign from Marine Base

Mediaite at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: MCB-Hawaii-Sign-] The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) sent an email to military commanders Thursday to complain about a sign on a Marine base that reads "God bless the military." The base in question is the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which houses 9,517 troops and their... Continue reading *“Secularist Group Demands Removal of ‘God Bless the Military’ Sign from Marine Base”* at *mediaite.com*.

Urban Gadabout: Return to Queens's historic First Calvary Cemetery

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Plus: Where was Nancy Reagan born?* *In Calvary Cemetery, Long Island City (Queens), with a familiar skyline in the distance. Photo by Mitch Waxman (click to enlarge).* All I need is an angle, an angle, an angle. And some timing, timing. All I need is an angle, an angle, an angle. It's the angles and the timing that count. *-- Hubie Cram, in "Take a Job," from Do-Re-Mi (lyrics byBetty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Jule Styne)* *Nancy Walker (Kay Cram), Phil Silvers (Hubie Cram); Original Broadway Cast recording, Lehman Engel, cond. RCA, recorded December 1960* *by Ken* Forge... more »

Let Chris Brown in town [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
As Voltaire might have sung, “I disagree with what you auto-tune, but I defend to the death your right to do it in Auckland.” (If Auckland is where he’s booked to play; I have no idea, and even less interest.) Anyway, Mark Hubbard makes the case “for letting Chris Brown in to perform his execrable music”: *It has nothing to do with Chris Brown. He has ‘done his time’ for his crimes. End of. After that, I don’t want politicians and bureaucrats deciding who can, and cannot, come into New Zealand. It has to be left up to the choice of the individuals of New Zealand whether... more »

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “Until The Last Moment”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, “Until The Last Moment” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLgY1GYlkdU

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Namibia has some of the darkest nights visible from any continent. It is therefore home to some of the more spectacular skyscapes, a few of which have been captured in the below time-lapse video. We recommend watching this video at FULL SCREEN (1080p), with audio on. The night sky of Namibia is one of the best in the world, about the same quality of the deserts of Chile and Australia. Visible at the movie start are unusual quiver trees perched before a deep starfield highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. This bright band of stars and gas appears to pivot around t... more »

Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit

Re/Code at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: 20151229-jack-dorsey-hands-twitter-big__1443578983_70.119.142.63] Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company's 140-character limit, according to multiple people familiar with the company's plans. It's unclear what the product will look like, but sources... Continue reading *“Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit”* at *recode.net*.

What Was A Member of Clinton’s ‘Secret Spy Network’ Doing While Working for CBS News?

Weekly Standard at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Hillary Clinton13 - 400] In March, an investigation by ProPublica and Gawker revealed that a "secret spy network" that was not on the State Department payroll, run by longtime Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, was "funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the... Continue reading *“What Was A Member of Clinton’s ‘Secret Spy Network’ Doing While Working for CBS News?”* at *weeklystandard.com*.

Pope Francis Met with Kim Davis, Told Her to ‘Be Strong’

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pope Francis2 - 900] The news had been kept, as they say in Catholic circles when a cardinal is appointed without public pronouncement, in pectore. The Latin phrase, loosely translated, means "close to the breast" or "in the heart." The news kept secret, broken today by... more »

‘Unimaginable’ Access to Pope Francis Yields 68,000 Photos

National Geographic at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Popes - 400] For six months, National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder had extraordinary access to Pope Francis at the Vatican, an experience that he expects he will one day look back on as "surreal." It took weeks to secure permission to shoot in some Vatican locations, but Yoder... Continue reading *“‘Unimaginable’ Access to Pope Francis Yields 68,000 Photos”* at *news.nationalgeographic.com*.

Failure to Measure Fukushima Radiation Contamination Adequately

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
New article: Fukushima: Japanese government and IAEA ignore radiation risks to coastal population Tim Deere-Jones 28th September 2015http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2985454/fukushima_japanese_government_and_iaea_ignore_radiation_risks_to_coastal_population.html Radiation can be carried long distances by marine currents, concentrated in sediments, and carried in sea spray 16km or more inland, writes Tim Deere-Jones. So Fukushima poses a hazard to coastal populations and any who eat produce from their farms. So what are the Japanese Government and IAEA doing? Ignoring... more »

Rebuilding A Real Democratic Party In Arkansas-- Berniemania In Deep Red Arkansas?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Some districts are just so red, Democrats don't even try anymore. The reddest district in Arkansas, for example, is in the northwest corner of the state, bordering Missouri (not far from Branson) and Oklahoma. The PVI is R+19, and Obama only managed to win 34% in 2008 and 32% in 2012. It's John Boozman's old seat and the district hadn't elected a Democrat since 1967. When Boozman won Blanche Lincoln's Senate seat in 2010, right-wing lunatic and anti-immigrant fanatic Steve Womack ran for the House seat and beat Democrat David Whitaker 72-28%. Whitaker was the last Democrat to run ... more »

While in the U.S., Pope Francis Met with Kim Davis

Inside the Vatican at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Kim Davis Kentudky County Deputy Clerks - 900] Inside the Vatican is reporting that Pope Francis met privately with Kentucky clerk and natural marriage defender Kim Davis: On Thursday, September 24, in the afternoon after his historic address to Congress, just a few minutes before flying to New... more »

Iran Buys $21 Billion in Aircraft, Satellites from Russia

The Washington Free Beacon at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Iran delegation - 400] Iran has purchased $21 billion worth of Russian satellite technology and aircraft, according to Iranian officials. An Iranian delegation reportedly visited Russia's MAKS-2015 air show and signed an agreement to purchase the equipment, according to Sputnik, which quoted Iranian officials. "There... Continue reading *“Iran Buys $21 Billion in Aircraft, Satellites from Russia”* at *freebeacon.com*.

Taliban Back In Charge

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Photo Source.* Washington isn't fighting a war in Afghanistan. It's harvesting opium crops. If it was serious about defeating the Taliban it wouldn't take fourteen years. Real wars don't take this long to finish. They just don't. World War II took four years because it was a real war. Also, having child rapists and petty warlords as your main allies isn't a smart strategy. The fact of the matter is that NATO and America have no moral ground to stand on in Afghanistan. They make the Taliban look like the good guys, which is hard to pull off. And what is their biggest victory in fou... more »

Meet the Archangels

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Three Archangels] Today is the Feast Day of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. First, let's talk about angels. Angels are spiritual beings believed to act as messengers of God. Archangels are the highest-ranking angels in the celestial hierarchy, with angels beneath... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
I am taking the evening off. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

Bill English on price signals, planning and housing affordability

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Yes, I’m as surprised as you are: Bill English has been caught making sense. A sentence I never thought I would write. I blame his advisers. His speech last week on housing affordability to was so uncommonly good it deserves the small publicity it quickly acquired, and its author (whomever it might might be) deserves credit. Essentially, his speechwriter(s) pointed out that the market is excellent at delivering price signals, but the government (central and local) has been even more excellent at restricting the housing market’s ability to act on those signals until too late. *I... more »

Quote of the day: On the warnings of strippers

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“The first line of workers to feel the incoming credit crunch are strippers.”* ~ Charles Waterstreet, ‘Art bares city's soul as strippers bear bad news’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

"Of The Questions Recurring...:

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Oh Me! Oh Life! of the questions recurring, Answer: That you are here - that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” - Walt Whitman

"How to Spot Your Own Self-Delusion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How to Spot Your Own Self-Delusion"* by Pamela Meyer "What if deception is in the eye of the beholder? And what if lies can help us tell the truth? Enter into the multimedia world of magician Marco Tempest and decide for yourself: Marco is right: The biggest lies are the lies we tell ourselves. S.E. Hinton wrote in "The Outsiders", "I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me." Maybe she was onto something. We've trained ourselves to accept certain truths about where we find fulfillment, where we find joy, and where we find success. But should we challenge that convent... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ian Black, The Guardian:* *Syria crisis: where do the major countries stand?* Efforts to end the war in Syria have been under intense global focus, and were the subject of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York. Attention has been galvanised by the refugee crisis in Europe, continuing alarm over Islamic State, and Russia’s deployment of combat aircraft to Syria and its seizure of the initiative to take advantage of US and western disarray. The US, UK and others have subtly shifted positions or sent out mixed messa... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Spare And The True”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Spare And The True”* by Chet Raymo “Twice during the past few years, someone has alerted me to quotes from my Globe columns in the American Heritage Dictionary (4th ed.), illustrating the use of words. For spacefaring, the dictionary cites my reference to "spacefaring nations." For exotic, 2. Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange, the dictionary cites my observation "If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations." Now that pleases me. I contributed Ockham's Razor to the American Heritage Dictionary!... more »

Should peer review be open, and rely less on author-picked reviewers? Study says…

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 1 day ago
After reviewing hundreds of peer review reports from three journals, authors representing publishers BioMed Central and Springer suggest there may be some benefits to using “open” peer review — where both authors and reviewers reveal their identity — and not relying on reviewers hand-picked by the authors themselves. But the conclusions are nuanced — they found […] The post Should peer review be open, and rely less on author-picked reviewers? Study says… appeared first on Retraction Watch.

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