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Image of planetary nebula M76 (http://www.prin...
Image of planetary nebula M76 (http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/images/NJP/m76.html) taken by Robert J. Vanderbei. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Cat's Eye Nebula, a planetary nebula forme...The Cat's Eye Nebula, a planetary nebula formed by the death of a star with about the same mass as the Sun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Close up detail of knots in planetary nebula M...Close up detail of knots in planetary nebula Messier 27 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The U.S. Army Has Boots For Different Weather Conditions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 minutes ago
*Soldier Systems:* *US Army Operational Footwear Update* Due to the nature of their line of work, Soldiers care about boots and the US Army has come a long way over the past two decades to offer a wider variety of mission-oriented footwear. We thought it would be interesting to share a few slides from a deck shared recently with industry by PEO Soldier’s PM for Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment. They offer an overview as well as information on the Jungle and Mountaineering Boot efforts as well as the Cold Weather Overboot which has unfortunately been in development hell, i... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 minutes ago
Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRf9scJDbb8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 minutes ago
“While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st century astronomers would identify it as a planetary nebula, but it's not a planet either, even though it may appear round and planet-like in a small telescope. Messier 27 (M27) is an excellent example of a gaseous emission nebula created as a sun-like star runs out of nuclear fuel in its core. The nebula forms as the star's outer layers are... more »

"When We Have Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 minutes ago
“How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy. In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age, we are looking backwards to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day, when we have time...” - Charles Caleb Colton, “Lacon”

“One Day at a Time: Stepping Stones”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 minutes ago
*“One Day at a Time: Stepping Stones”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate rather than always looking at the big picture. The years of our life do not arrive all at once; they greet us day by day. With the descent of each setting sun, we are able to rest our heads and let the world take care of itself for a while. We may rest assured throughout the night, knowing that the dawn will bring with it a chance to meet our lives anew, donning fresh perspectives and dream-inspired hopes. The hours that follow, before we return to slee... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Black Man (A True Story)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 minutes ago
*“The Black Man (A True Story)”* by Paulo Coelho "We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up again to pick it up. Coming back, she sees with astonishment that a black man, possibly sub-Saharan by his appearance, is sitting there and is eating from her tray. Straight away, the young woman feels lost and stressed, but immediately changes her thought and presumes that the African is not familiar with European customs concerning priva... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 minutes ago
Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, "Through Thick and Thin"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 minutes ago
"Through Thick and Thin" by Chet Raymo "You hear a lot about "thin places" these days, especially in the context of "Celtic spirituality." Thin places are geographical locales where the veil between this world and the otherworld is - well, thin. Porous, permeable. Places where you are more likely to encounter the Divine. Mostly our lives are circumscribed by the adamant materiality of the natural world. We are enclosed in a prison of "is-ness." But in thin places we need only open our hearts and the wall of Is-ness crumbles and the supernatural is revealed in all of its gauzy grande... more »

Psychology: "Six Causes of Online Disinhibition"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
"Six Causes of Online Disinhibition" by PsyBlog "The online disinhibition effect has cost people their jobs, their income and their relationships, yet many are still oblivious to it. The first famous case of someone allegedly losing their job from indiscreet remarks made online was in 2002. Heather Armstrong, author of the blog 'dooce', claimed she was fired after her colleagues discovered she'd been lampooning them online. In internet terms getting fired for a blog rant is ancient news; to make the headlines now your indiscretions have to be on Twitter or Facebook. Another example ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago

Satire: "Poll: Guy Who Asked Trump Muslim Question Leads G.O.P. Race"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
*"Poll: Guy Who Asked Trump Muslim Question Leads G.O.P. Race"* by Andy Borowitz ROCHESTER, N.H. (The Borowitz Report)—"Two days after asserting that President Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim, a guy who asked Donald Trump a provocative question at a New Hampshire rally is now the front-runner in the Republican race for President, according to a new poll. The poll, which was conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, shows Muslim Question Guy leading the G.O.P. field with thirty-four per cent as opposed to nineteen per cent for Trump. In interviews... more »

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Jaw-Dropping Right-Wing Idiocies This Week: Palin's Insane Reaction to Ahmed Mohamed"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
*"5 Jaw-Dropping Right-Wing Idiocies This Week: * *Palin's Insane Reaction to Ahmed Mohamed"* And Jamie Dimon thinks inequality is OK, because we have iPhones. by Janet Allon *"1. Sarah Palin rants about how Ahmed Mohamed was up to no good when he brought that clock to school*. Mama Bear Palin actually managed to make her dim-witted daughter Bristol look almost reasonable this week. While Bristol went on record on her blog saying that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should probably not have been arrested for bringing a clock to school, Sarah ranted thusly on Facebook: “Yep, believing that’...more »

Russia's Hackers Have Been Very Busy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 35 minutes ago
*NBC*: *Are Russian Hackers Using Monkey Videos to Attack U.S.?* Hackers backed by Moscow have been carrying out a seven-year campaign to steal intelligence information from western governments and organizations, a report from cybersecurity researchers F-Secure claims. Specific targets of the attacks detailed in the report include the former Georgian Information Center on NATO, the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, the ministries of foreign affairs in both Turkey and Uganda and government institutions and think tanks in the U.S., Europe and central Asia. The hacking collective named... more »

Why Bernie Sanders?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
The Clinton machine is now banking on a longer campaign than anyone would have imagined a few months ago when Bernie Sanders indicated he would run to represent ordinary working families and their interests. There are a lot of women who feel they are finally entitled to a woman president-- Clinton's only viable claim to the nomination now that the myth of "electability" has been shattered by months (years) of the vicious and well-financed GOP smear campaign against her-- but the momentum in the Democratic primary process is entirely with Bernie Sanders. Clinton can't tap into the ... more »

Advances In 'Cloaking Technology' Gets The Attention Of The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
DoD Photo *L.A. Times*: *Can't believe your eyes? Scientists build tiny invisibility cloak* Scientists might be a step – a teeny tiny step – closer to developing that Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak of your dreams. Researchers at UC Berkeley have created a thin metamaterial that can conform to irregularly shaped objects and render them invisible in certain wavelengths of light. For now, this cloak is exceedingly small and covers only an object about 1,300 square microns. But the device, described in the journal Science, offers a proof of concept that could potentially be sca... more »

Russia`s Military Is Increasingly Becoming Worried On U.S. Advances In Hypersonic Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
X-51 Waverider. U.S. Air Force photo *Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring:* *America’s Far-Off Hypersonic Weapons Freak Out Russia* High-tech missile plans keep Kremlin officials awake at night. In a near-future war, 1,000 missiles scream toward Russia at Mach 20. Each one a pinpoint strike hitting the Kremlin’s nuclear missiles, military radars, submarine bases — you name it. Within minutes, 80 percent of Russia’s nuclear arsenal is destroyed without the United States launching a single nuclear weapon of its own. Russia’s military networks are blind, the nation’s ability to strike ba... more »

An Ill Wind

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 1 hour ago
“It's an ill wind that blows no good.” ~ Irish proverb: * is olc an ghaoth nach séideann do dhuine éigin* ...a relic phrase from the Treat Potato Famine - *an Gorta Mór** -* p. 172, *Ireland*’*s Great Hunger: Relief, representation, and remembrance* Volume 2, by David A. Valone This is a time of desperation for so many refugees who have been forced to leave their homes and seek safety in a foreign land. It is another tragic repeat of many such travails in the past that occur when the human population outstrips the ability of their homeland to sustain them, and conflicts result.... more »

Farrar lies to Australians

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
David Farrar has been lying to Australians, and the fact he needs to lie tells us a lot about what the Key Government is not. Still struggling to understand what New Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull stands for (hint: nothing), the *Australian Financial Review *invited David Farrar to fill them in one of the few clues Turnbull has let slip: that John Key “has been able to achieve very significant economic reforms in New Zealand … by taking on and explaining complex issues and then making the case for them.” As curious as the rest of us were to have these reforms revealed (Michael Re... more »

Libertarians are not right wing

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Yes, I know that will come as a shock to many of you to hear that: libertarians are NOT right wing. But nor are they left wing. Confused? No more than anyone would be who tries to explain and understand the whole world through a one-dimensional ahistorical political diagram. Because that spectrum is either broken—or calculated to exclude all other options than the authoritarian extremes: Hat tip here to Daniel Mitchell, who advises, *If you want to figure out where you belong, there is a **short way**, **medium way**, and **long way* * of answering that question. And while I d... more »

More Details Revealed On Why Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl Left His Post

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Disillusioned and self-deluded, Bowe Bergdahl vanished into a brutal captivity* JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Tex. — Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was fed up. He was five weeks into a deployment in southeastern Afghanistan and frustrated with his mission and his leaders. He and his fellow soldiers weren’t going after the Taliban as aggressively as he wanted, and his sense of disillusion added to the disgust for the Army that he had begun developing while still in basic training. Looking to make a stand, Bergdahl hatched a plan: He would run away from his ...more »

Russia`s Opposition Movement Holds Rallies In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Opposition supporters attend a rally in Moscow, Russia, September 20, 2015. Thousands of people rallied on the streets of Moscow on Sunday to demand fair elections and challenge Vladimir Putin's 15-year-old rule, in the first significant opposition protest in the capital for months. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov *Reuters:* *Opposition rallies in Moscow to demand fair elections* Thousands of people rallied on the streets of Moscow on Sunday to demand fair elections and challenge Vladimir Putin's 15-year-old rule, in the first significant opposition protest in the capital for months. The g... more »

Russian Communications Gear Used By Russian Ground Troops Sighted In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Oryx Blog*: *Sighting of R-166-0.5 signals vehicle affirms inflow of Russian military into Syria* The past few days have seen a steep increase of evidence revealing the true extent of direct military involvement by the Russian military on the ground in Syria. The sighting of recently delivered Russian UAVs and Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in addition to sound fragments confirming Russian military personnel directly participated in one of regime's offensives in the Lattakia Governorate all proved Russia was deeper involved in the Syrian Civil War than many pre... more »

The Mini-Ramble: Top 10 links

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
These are the top 10 links from last Friday’s ramble … 1. Nick Cohen: Why I've finally given up on the left 2. Divided Agenda 3. Len Brown's Ministry of Propaganda 4. Natural experiments and how South Korea became rich 5. Arab-looking man of Syrian descent found in garage building what looks like a bomb 6. Why Isis fights 7. Labour's new shadow chancellor John McDonnell: His top six political blunders 8. Licenses to Kill: The left discovers occupational barriers to entry. Hurray. 9. Thomas Sowell: Why have elections? 10. What really keep... more »

Naturally, the Christian slime who screech about imaginary abuses of their religious freedoms can't wait to abuse OTHER people's

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Sorry, Dr. Ben, you're un-American, and it's time for you to STFU.* *by Ken* I'm sure you remember the kid who made the clock that nearly got him shipped to Guantanamo. A swell post the other day from BSSanders at Daily Kos: *"They didn't think he had a bomb."* by BSSanders Thursday, Sept. 17 at 03:17PM EDT Great Post Sent to Me Today I said: it's sad they thought that kid had a bomb. She said: they didn't think he had a bomb. I said: yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police. She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim boy. They didn't think he had ... more »

Greek Voters Return Alexis Tsipra To Power

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*VOA*: *Leftist Syriza Party Wins Greek Vote, Tsipras Claims Victory* Leftist Greek Prime Minister-elect Alexis Tsipras claimed victory Sunday in national elections, saying he will quickly form a coalition government to implement austerity measures demanded by European creditors in exchange for billions of dollars in bailout aid. Tsipras spoke to cheering crowds in central Athens late Sunday, just hours after voters rejected a bid by conservatives to take control of the government in Athens. He said he felt "vindicated," adding that his Syriza party will seek to honor "a clear [vo... more »

Few Options Left For Stopping The Syrian War As Millions Abandon The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
In September 2013, before IS had begun its death march, about 130,000 people who have since died were still alive. But it’s Assad’s military that has killed the most Syrians. According to reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Assad's soldiers killed about 11,500 people between January and August, while IS killed 1,800. The area around Douma, pictured here, is controlled by rebels and is one of the most embattled areas in the Syrian civil war. *Christoph Reuter, Spiegel Online:* *Abandoning Syria: Few Options Left for Stopping the War* Both men were Syrians -- a taxi driv... more »

Fantastic win!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Is this the best 90 seconds of video you’re going to see today? The last minute of the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history, maybe in the top-five sporting upsets of all time: Japan’s immediately-famous last-minute win over the Springboks, complete with Japanese commentary … Well done Japan and coach Eddie Jones, who thought through the victory. I wonder how some of those previous Japanese coaches feel today? [Pic by SBS.Com.au] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Much To The Delight Of New Hampshire Democrats and Progressives, Carol Shea-Porter Is Running For Congress Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Although Tea Party incumbent Frank Guinta has been exposed for violating campaign finance regulations and lying about $350,000 he illegally took from his parents, causing senior New Hampshire Republicans, including Senator Kelly Ayotte, to demand he resign, it still looks like he'll be the GOP nominee for the notoriously swingy NH-01 congressional seat. (Obama won the district against McCain 53-46% and then beat Romney 50-48%.) Dan Innis, then a first-time candidate and a former dean of the University of New Hampshire Business School, came close to beating Frank Guinta in the 2014... more »

When In a Hole, Stop Digging

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 6 hours ago
Or, when you help run your party's clown car into a ditch, stop gunning the engine and spinning your wheels. Scott Walker is now polling at literally 0%, according to one poll ironically named the CNN/ORC poll. Jeb Bush is polling at 6% nationwide, including California. Despite a trickle of support weaker than Dick Cheney's urine stream from Governors, mayors, members of Congress and an inexplicably sought-after endorsement from Eric Cantor, the first and only minority leader since 1899 to lose a primary, Bush just can't ignite the wet log of his campaign. Mike Hu... more »

Is It A Clock?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Update:* How Ahmed’s clock became a false, convenient tale of racism -- Kyle Smith, New York Post *WNU Editor: *I just could not resist. As to what is my take .... this story has been so overblown by the White House, media, the elites, and anyone else who is looking for a microphone. And yes .... when I first saw Ahmed Mohamed "clock", it reminded me of the circuit boards and cell phones that Iraqi insurgents used in detonating IEDs during the U.S. occupation.

SPHERE ALLIANCE MESSAGE #97Who Roles Did Dani Play in History?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
Dani photoshopped as Joan D'Arc :)*Cobra's fascination with the goddess Isis prompted me to ask who ISIS was, didn't expect to get the reply Lisa M. Harrison. So for giggles, I decided to ask what roles Dani played in history ...and what do you know... the braided one was a warrior! We always knew she had a warriors heart anyway... but fun to read this... remarkable facial similarity to Mary Queen of Scots... Couldn't find an image of Ban Shi Moon. -AK* AK: What role is the Essence Dani Arnold-McKinney most famous for playing on the Earthsphere? DEAR ONE/AK/TERRAN THERE ARE A F... more »

The FOMC Star Chamber

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Q: Is this really what capitalism looks like? [image: image] A: No. This is what government price fixing looks like. ------------------------------ *The FOMC Star Chamber Guest post by Jeff Deist* Economists, bankers, fund managers, and investors around the world were absolutely fixated on the Federal Reserve’s anticipated announcement last week, with many fearing that a rate hike could trigger more shocks like the recent Black Monday selloff. In a world of social media and 24-hour news cycles, it’s fair to say that Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)... more »

Hillary: "I am a real person"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*this is disturbing on so many levels.* - Jail colored jump suit - Flapping hands - Bobbing shoulders - Steroid bloated face - Cackling "laughter" *Hillary on Face the Nation, Sept. 20, 2015* It's only 39 seconds. You can handle it. It's not often we get to witness a train wreck.

This Is One Method That Can Be Used To Spot Nuclear Activity In Iran Or North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Map of the World’s Neutrinos Exposes Nuclear Activity Wherever It’s Happening #energysecurity #neutrinomap https://t.co/sXSlrh5T2F — Siren Hakimi (@twitthinker) September 15, 2015

Witnesses: 3 Shot in Selma Church; Pastor Intervened Heroically; Suspect Arrested

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Alabama Ch Shoot cmprs Cropped__1442780808_173.57.57.10] Ala. (AP) -- A man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend, their baby and a clergyman at a church in Alabama, authorities said Sunday. James Junior Minter, 26, of Selma, Alabama, was arrested... more »

UN Nuclear Chief Visits Iranian Military Site And Meets With Iran's President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.N. nuclear watchdog says its chief visited military site in Iran* The director general of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which is investigating whether Iran carried out work related to developing an atom bomb, visited a sensitive military site during a trip to the country, the agency said on Sunday. The military site, called Parchin, has been at the center of a debate over the level of access that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will have in policing a deal reached in July between Iran and six world powers. The IAEA is due to issue an assessment this year ... more »

Windows 10 Question

Dana at The Galloping Beaver - 8 hours ago
Windows 10. I've got the installation file sitting idle waiting for me to make a decision. Should I install it?

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2015

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 9 hours ago
As is traditional for Talk Like a Pirate Day, I'll be using a English-to-Pirate translator on a scalliwag. This year, it's Sarah Palin and her latest childish, taunting word salad. The original can be heard or read here. (Rachel Maddow played it and said, "Tell me what it means.") Rendered into pirate, it's: So up thar in Alaska, across t' way Russia. You know thar be a name for this takin'

How One Janitor Cleaned the World

Ozy at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Inventor of vacuum cleaner] James Murray Spangler's cough was getting worse. For a few years, the 48-year-old former salesman, hobbyist inventor and father of three had been working as a janitor at Zollinger's Department Store in Canton, Ohio, to help make ends meet. It... Continue reading *“How One Janitor Cleaned the World”* at *ozy.com*.

"England, of course"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
There was a very odd moment on this morning's *Broadcasting House *on Radio 4*. *During the paper review, former BBC chief political correspondent John Sergeant said the following: I think one of the long-term problems I see is when the refugees are interviewed they seem to answer all the time in English. And somebody says, "Where would you like to go to?" And they say, "Germany". Correct answer. And then they say, "But where would you *really* like go to?" and they say "England, of course". It's quite telling, isn't it? Well, it certainly sounds as if it is - except that I've *nev... more »

Greece Snap Election Special Report ( September 20 , 2015 ) - Syriza and Tsipas set for a notable win today ! Official Estimate ( as of time of post - Syriza to get 145 seats - and Independent Greeks 10 seats , Syriza will seek to govern with Independent Greeks once again , N.D concedes to Tsipras & Syriza ) ........ Refugee situation updates ! Key meeting this week on tap Monday ( EU 28 Interior Ministers , Wednesday - EU 28 Leaders summit , Country specific news , Primers on Refugee situation , additional items of note on the subject / issue )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
Snap Election items of note ! *Alex Andreou* ‏@sturdyAlex 6h 6 hours ago Result breakdown projection for 18-24s, unemployed, comparison with January - all now on live blog. #GreekElections https://www. byline.com/column/11/article/401 … *Alex Andreou* ‏@sturdyAlex 28m 28 minutes ago Full statement by Prime Minister elect, Alexis Tsipras, translated to Greek on the live blog now. https://www.byline.com/column/11/article/401 … *Greek Reporter* ‏@GreekReporter 24m 24 minutes ago Popular Unity: Not Popular Enough to Take a Seat in Greek Parliament http:// dlv... more »

The U.S. Has Bombed The Islamic State More Than The Taliban (Chart)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
© REUTERS/ U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout *Washington Post:* *Chart: How much more the U.S. has bombed the Islamic State than the Taliban* The price of waging America's wars has gone up dramatically this week. First, we heard Republican presidential candidates in the debates Wednesday night saying they would send thousands of U.S. ground troops into Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State. Earlier that day, we heard Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, head of the U.S. Central Command, tell Congress that only “four or five” Syrian trainees — from a $500 million American... more »

Saudi Arabia Prepares For The Haj With 100,000 Security Personnel And 5,000 CCTV Cameras

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Inside Mecca's Matrix: 5,000 CCTV cameras watch over one of the world's biggest crowds as 100,000 security officers prepare for the influx of three million pilgrims expected at the Hajj* * Saudi Arabia has deployed an astonishing 100,000 security personnel to guard against threats from Islamic State * The team consists of members of an elite counterterrorism unit, traffic police and civil defense personnel * It will use 5,000 CCTV cameras to monitor those attending, as well as deploying thousands more to walk the beat Saudi Arabia has deployed 100,000 security person... more »

A Note on Jeremy Corbyn and the Media

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
And you thought Ed Miliband had it bad. Driven by the press and then echoed by the broadcasters, the media assault on Jeremy Corbyn this week has perhaps been the most scurrilous, smeary, and desperate I have ever seen. In rough chronological order, we've seen denunciations of Jeremy's refusal to sing *God Save the Queen*, attacks on his dress, and the rubbishing of the "new PMQs". If anything, it's ramped up this weekend. We've had the demonstrably false IRA smear - hardly a surprise to see Harry Cole, known around Westminster as the most dishonest journalist in politics, behind t... more »

Open Letter to the Tennessee State Board of Education Regarding MNPS Charter Company Appeals

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
--> *Open Letter to the Tennessee State Board of Education Regarding MNPS Charter Company Appeals* On August 18, the Nashville Metro School Board voted to deny new charter applications from KIPP, Inc. and Rocketship, Inc. These companies are representative of the proliferating “No Excuses” charter chains that provide the kind of harsh, economically segregated, and paternalistic total compliance school experience that white philanthropists prefer for poor children of color. I strongly urge the State Board of Education to sustain the majority vote by the MNPS school board and to ... more »

"...might have been better phrased..."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Some of you may already be aware of this, but for those who aren't... *Breitbart London *reports that they've "seen" a statement by the BBC about Stephen Nolan's now notorious exchanges with various callers to his Radio 5 Live show over the migrant crisis. (I could be mistaken, but it looks as if someone's shared a reply from the BBC Complaints department with them.) *Breitbart *quotes the BBC as saying the following: As he would with any caller, particularly one putting forward strong views that some listeners are likely to find upsetting, the presenter challenged Jonathan and a... more »

Plato, the Good City and the Good Citizen

Front Porch Republic at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: plato] Plato wasn't the first to recognize the connection that exists between morality and community, though he was the first to give it philosophical expression. In the Republic, Plato saw psychological integrity and political stability as analogous. The well-ordered soul is... Continue reading *“Plato, the Good City and the Good Citizen”* at *frontporchrepublic.com*.

Jenny Tonge reveals more about Jeremy Corbyn and his 'friends'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Another line from that Jewish News article http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/anti-israel-peer-jenny-tonge-may-defect-to-corbyns-labour/ struck me: 'Lady Tonge said she had known Mr Corbyn for a long time, sharing support for Palestine and meeting Hamas leaders on a joint trip to Gaza. "I marched alongside Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn, one on either side. I went to Gaza with Jeremy Corbyn and we met Hamas leaders together. We go back," she said.' Of course they met Hamas together. Why wouldn't British politicians want to meet homophobic, genocidal, anti Semitic Islamist terrorists.

Anti-Israel peer Jenny Tonge may defect to Corbyn's Labour per Jewish News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The Jewish News reports http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/anti-israel-peer-jenny-tonge-may-defect-to-corbyns-labour/ that the semi-detached Lib Dem peer Jenny Tonge might be about to defect to the Jeremy Corbyn lead Labour Party. I think that's a case of birds of a feather... It's odd how many anti Israel types are attracted to Jeremy Corbyn, well not if you follow the left and its obsessions.

Burkina Faso Still In Chaos After This Week's Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*VOA:* *Fighting Erupts at Burkina Faso Hotel Hosting Crisis Talks* Violence erupted at the hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso where negotiations are being held to bring an end to a four-day-old military coup that overthrew a transitional civilian government. Supporters of the military government stormed the hotel in Ouagadougou Sunday morning, and briefly clashed with opponents of the coup and its leader, General Gilbert Diendere. However, it was a group of soldiers loyal to Diendere who jumped to the defense of some opposition leaders entering the hotel for talks. *More News ... more »

Sunday Classics snapshots: Ramón Vinay and the search for the soul of Otello

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Lauritz Melchior sings Otello's monologue (in German, in a 1930 HMV recording) maybe better than I've heard anyone else sing it. (Note: We've got English texts coming up in a bit if you want to jump ahead to them.)* *by Ken* I first heard about the Melchior performance of Otello's monologue in Conrad L. Osborne's 1963 *High Fidelity* magazine discography of *Otello*. It took awhile, but eventually one day I was browsing the import section of the new releases at one of the record stores I frequented, and there was an LP devoted to Melchior on a label I had never seen, which as far ... more »

Energy 42, DENR's anti-coal alarmism and PH power demand realities

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
A weird news about the DENR last week. It says, *Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said yesterday that he wrote a letter to the DoE seeking a halt to approvals for coal-fired projects.* *“I have my letter to the Department of Energy urging them not to grant any more” permits, Mr. Paje said during the budget briefing of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at the House of Representatives.* *“Our position is that in any country, the power mix must not go beyond 35% or 33% of one power source. If they continue pursuing coal, according t... more »

EU Countries Deeply Divided On How To Handle The Migration Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*:* East European leaders in war of words as migrants pour across borders* Hungary and Croatia traded threats on Saturday as thousands of exhausted migrants poured over their borders, deepening the disarray in Europe over how to handle the tide of humanity. More than 20,000 migrants, many of them refugees from the Syrian war, have trekked into Croatia since Tuesday, when Hungary used a metal fence, tear gas and water cannon on its southern border with Serbia to bar their route into the European Union. EU leaders, deeply divided, are due to meet on Wednesday in a fresh att... more »

Planning for the Maine Peace Walk (Impact on the Oceans)

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
We had our last planning meeting yesterday for the October 9-24 Maine Peace Walk – Militarization of the Seas: Pentagon’s Impact on the Oceans. We timed our meeting so we could attend the Boston-area Veterans for Peace (VFP) annual BBQ down in York Beach, Maine at the summer home of one of their chapter leaders. More than 40 veterans and supporters were there from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Four of us drove down together to York Beach from Hancock, Hope, Lewiston and Bath. A bunch more joined us for our planning meeting before the BBQ began that included the wonderful mus... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago

Vada Day

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
No Image Available and I searched and thought about subs. Young Jane Fonda, nope Vada blows her away. Audrey Hepurn same. She is not the Raquel Type. Vada is a beauty not yet captured by the mainstream. I hope this will change. Vada Day looks like Monday and I hate Mondays more than the boomtown rats will I stay or will I go go If stay there is no pogo if i go there is no future a Hobsons choice I must make and just to prove I am old I will make the sane one maybe that's why the world is failing because even I when faced with a great dichotomy choose conventional wisdom as I know it ... more »

CREATION & MANIFESTATION: LIFE PHYSICS GROUP THE INTERNAL PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGIC ALGORITHM FOR THE MANIFEST PRODUCTION OBSERVERSHIP OF THE LIGHT-ENCODING OF A REALITY MATRIX ESSAY 3

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Essay Three* And then there is the “formula” that leads our single degree of freedom overunity sink biomind, using a hologramic process, to produce a “thing” (or 4-spacetime quantum object) out of no-thing (or its quantum potential templaic conformation). This formula is an algorithm or, as we described in a previous essay,* “a certain sort of formal process that can be counted on logically to yield a certain sort of result whenever it is ‘run’ or instantiated,” *Daniel C. Dennett (“Darwin’s Dangerous Idea”, Simon & Schuster, 1995, pp. 50-51). *We also said (1) an algorithm has... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
My article on the KRG’s President Barzani’s call for elections was republished in eKurd. I was also quoted in "No end in sight for Iraq fight against ISIS in Ramadi" in the Military Times. Finally, my article on 10 experts opinions of how the war against IS is going was republished by the Saqr Center for Strategic Studies.

On teacher diversity from the Washington Post, and my take #sunchat

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 13 hours ago
I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the lack of diversity in the teacher workforce, paying close attention to the root causes and potential solutions. It’s complicated because, of the roughly 50 teachers I interviewed and the hundreds of articles and books I read on the topic, teachers want to be good teachers. They don’t want […]

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again...Last full day of Summer, 2015, and here comes my usual rant... I have been under a lot of criticisms lately for my stance on a wide variety of topics... Many of those criticisms have of course been aimed at me personally by those who I call "my favourite fan club" which as always are my "friends" in the Hasbara/JIDF group.... You really have to applaud their efforts though, for they come up with some of the strangest excuses and rationality for defending both their psycho religion called "Judaism" and their equally psychotic nation called "Israel... more »

Silver is the poor man's gold and is now at a premium. The coming market collapse.

Papani at DeadBanksterSociety - 13 hours ago
*The Coming Market Collapse Engineered by the Banksters.* This report by SGT and interview with Jeff Berwick should be heard if you want to know whats going to happen. Forewarned is forearmed!

Is Donald Trump Meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin In New York City This Month?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*People:** Donald Trump Will Likely Meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York City This Month* There's a "better than likely" chance that Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he comes to the United States later this month, according to his executive vice president and special counsel Michael Cohen. Cohen said during an interview on radio program The Sean Hannity Show that the meet-up will occur while Putin is in New York City for the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations on Sept. 27. *WNU Editor:* I for one would be very surprise ... more »

Fiorina Jumps to Second Place in Post-Debate Poll

The Hill at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Carly Fiorina - 400] Carly Fiorina has pushed to second place in the crowded Republican presidential field following a strong performance in the second GOP debate, according to a new poll. The CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday morning shows Fiorina with 15 percent support... Continue reading *“Fiorina Jumps to Second Place in Post-Debate Poll”* at *thehill.com*.

Jim Gaffigan Presenting in Philly with the Pope

Catholic Vote at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Jim Gaffigan - 400 000] Ok, so maybe Gaffigan isn't the main attraction. Or Mark Wahlberg, Aretha Franklin, or Andrea Bocelli. The Catholic comedian explained to Conan O'Brien last night how he got booked to perform stand-up before a million or so pilgrims and one... Continue reading *“Jim Gaffigan Presenting in Philly with the Pope”* at *catholicvote.org*.

Teaching Based on Doug Lemov's Robot Method

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
I posted this interview with former Brooklyn Ascend charter school teacher, Emily Talmadge Kennedy, in early 2014. Given the firestorm over the Relay Graduate School's dependence on Lemov's *Teach Like a Champion, *I am re-posting that entire interview below. In it Emily tells what it's like to teach in one of these oppressive, dehumanizing environments where children and teachers, alike, are roboticized into the KIPP Model of total compliance and parrot learning. Emily now happily teaches third grade in a Lewiston, Maine public school and has given permission to post her entire ... more »

Franklins Barbie

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago
Its located in Austin Texas. Everyday people start lining up at 5AM for lunch. I want to join that line.

Report: 75 Fighters Trained By U.S.-Led Coalition Reportedly Enter Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN:* *Dozens of fighters trained by U.S.-led coalition reportedly enter Syria* At least 75 fighters trained by U.S., British and Turkish forces have entered northern Syria, a monitoring group said. The fighters crossed over from Turkey on Friday and Saturday and are now located in areas north of the city of Aleppo, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Their arrival comes shortly after U.S. officials acknowledged that the Pentagon's program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to help fight ISIS had fallen far short of its original aims. A top U.S. ge... more »

Giving Tonge to Jeremy Corbyn

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Watching today's *The Andrew Marr Show*, there was an intriguing bit during the paper review where Julia Hartley-Brewer and Andrew Marr discussed Baroness Jenny Tonge's possible defection from the Lib Dems to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, as reported in *The Sunday Times*. Andrew summarised the story thus: Jenny Tonge has been around the Lib Dems for a very, very long time. She's well known in the party and she wants to go to the Labour Party because she thinks Corbyn is more honest. And that, indeed, *is* the *Sunday Times *story... ...though I have to say, on reading that stor... more »

Satellite Image Shows Four Russian Su-30SM At Airfield In Syria With Anti-Aircraft Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Now SU-27s Flankers at al-Assad Int’l Airport #Latakia—19 SEPT 2015.Source: @AllSourceA. Reports of AA missiles, too. pic.twitter.com/7vPeYVhC2A — ISW (@TheStudyofWar) September 19, 2015 *The Aviationist*: *Satellite image shows four Russian Su-30SM parked in the open air at airfield in Syria* Four Russian Flanker derivative have arrived at Latakia airport. Satellite images prove Russian combat planes have eventually deployed to Syria. The deployment, anticipated by an air bridge from Russia that involved several An-124 Condor airlifter flights (that we were able to track thanks ... more »

The Dispute Of Women Serving In Combat Roles Has Gone Public Between The Marine Corps And Its Civilian Leadership

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Gender Integration of Marines Brings Out Unusually Public Discord* The Marine Corps and its civilian leadership at the Pentagon are squaring off in an unusually public dispute over whether integrating women into the corps’s all-male combat units will undermine the units’ effectiveness, or whether the male-dominated Marine leadership is cherry-picking justifications to keep women out. The military is facing a deadline set by the Obama administration to integrate women into all combat jobs by 2016 or ask for specific exemptions. The Marines, with a 93 percent mal... more »

Mainstream Discovers Sex Robot Threat

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago
Arguing that such robots are "harmful" and that they could have a "detrimental effect on society," she stresses the need for an organized approach in addressing the ethical issues surrounding sex-bots and their production. The Real Doll Robot Love

Faustian Bargains: Weinberg or Lovins?

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 14 hours ago
*There is a profound question about Amory Lovins, who lives on a mountain in Snowmass, Colorado. Lovins home is supposedly heated by energy that comes from renewable sources, with no fossil fuels or nuclear generated electricity involves. At the core of the Lovins home the Lovins' home is greenhouse, where reportedly he displayed banana trees. The question is how could those trees survive the very long and cold winter nights in Amory Lovins Snowmass home, without fossil fuels or electricity generated by burning fossil fuels? Supposably Lovins heats with Wood, but that of cource ... more »

Chess match over Syria

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 14 hours ago
So the Russian government, electing to support the Assad government in this theatre of the current regional war, is deploying fighter and strike aircraft, as well as surface-air-missile systems to Syria. ISIS has no air force so the Russian air defence toys aren't meant for them. Israel, Turkey, maybe Iran, and the US-led coalition allies (including Canada) all do and all three fly or flown

Al-Moallem: Russia's participation in fighting terrorism will turn table on conspirators

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*UPDATING as I find info- scroll down! * *1st- Short on details, but, interesting:* Damascus, SANA – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem said Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorist organizations will turn the tables on those who plotted conspiracies against Syria. *“There is something new beyond (Russia) providing Syria with weapons, which is Russia engaging in fighting ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra,”* said al-Moallem in an interview with the Russian RT channel that was aired on Saturday. *“This is a major issue. It ... more »

Carson: Islam ‘Antithetical’ to Constitution, Advises Against Electing a Muslim President

AP/Hope Yen at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Islam is antithetical to the Constitution, and he doesn’t believe that a Muslim should be elected president. Carson, a devout Christian, says a president’s faith should matter to voters if it... more »

Pakistan Wants Top-Of-The-Line Fighter Jets From Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A senior Pakistani official has confirmed Russian media reports that the two countries have discussed a potential deal on the Su-35. Source: Sukhoi *IHS Jane's 360*:* Pakistani official confirms Su-35 talks* The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has discussed buying Su-35 'Flanker-E' fighter aircraft from Russia in potentially the largest defence deal between the two countries, but a final decision is yet to be made, a senior Pakistani government official has confirmed to IHS Jane's . The official was responding to Russian media reports that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov ha... more »

College in Illinois Threatens Free Speech Petitioners

Campus Reform at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: college of dupage] Several students at the College of DuPage in Illinois were told to cease or be “locked up” Friday as they attempted to collect signatures for a petition urging the school to improve its free speech policies. The two students, along... Continue reading *“College in Illinois Threatens Free Speech Petitioners”* at *campusreform.org*.

Nine Ironies of the South China Sea Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *James Kraska, The Diplomat*:* The Nine Ironies of the South China Sea Mess* China’s policies in the region have created a dangerous mess, and an ironic one. Since 2009, when China asked the secretary-general of the United Nations to circulate its nine-dashed line claim to the community of nations, the world has stood in bewilderment at Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines have the most to lose over China’s gambit, and the disparity in power between them and China leaves them confounded and stunned – and pri... more »

The U.S. Air Force Quietly Requests Submissions To Upgrade Their A-10s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The USAF has issued an RfI for the re-winging of additional A-10 aircraft, despite stating that it wishes to retire the aircraft at the earliest opportunity. Source: US DoD *IHS Jane's 360*: *USAF issues RfI for A/OA-10A re-winging* The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RfI) to industry for the re-winging of an undisclosed number of Fairchild-Republic A/OA-10A Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft. The RfI, which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 17 September, is to gather comments and potential sources for production of new wi... more »

This Russian Rocket Launcher Can Incinerate 8 City Blocks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Popular Mechanics:* *This Russian Tank-Mounted Rocket Launcher Can Incinerate 8 City Blocks* The pure fury of the TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System. When the Soviets were thinking about landwar in the late 1970s, they struck upon idea: How about strapping as many rockets as possible to a T-72 tank chassis, and using it on the battlefield? Thus, the TOS-1 Heavy Flamethrower System was conceived. If you're confused by the "flamethrower" bit in that designation, it's understandable. The TOS-1 (and its more modern variant, the TOS-1A) look nothing like traditional flamethrowers, eit...more »

Family Sues Terminix; Son Unable to Walk After Fumigation

USA Today at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: terminix] Last month, Peyton McCaughey’s family called in fumigators to deal with the humdrum problem of termites. Today, the 10-year-old boy has lost 90% of his motor skills, and state investigators in Florida say it’s because of the chemicals used in... Continue reading *“Family Sues Terminix; Son Unable to Walk After Fumigation”* at *usatoday.com*.

Netanyahu: Bringing Explosives into al-Aksa Mosque Changes the Status Quo

The Jerusalem Post at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / GALI TIBBON] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday addressed tensions in Jerusalem in recent weeks which have included rioting on the Temple Mount and an uptick in stone-throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks in the capital. Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu... Continue reading *“Netanyahu: Bringing Explosives into al-Aksa Mosque Changes the Status Quo”* at *jpost.com*.

Pope Likely to Shift to Pastoral Message on 1st Day in Cuba

AP/Nicole Winfield & Michael Weissenstein at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 10: Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's square for his weekly audience on April 10, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. At the end of this morning's catechesis, the Pontiff made an appeal for those affected by the powerful earthquake in southern Iran. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)] HAVANA (AP) -- Pope Francis opens his first full day in Cuba on Sunday with what normally would be the culminating highlight of a papal visit: Mass before hundreds of thousands of people in Havana’s evocative Revolution Plaza. The mornin... more »

Rubio: Will Pope Francis’ Visit Inspire Freedom in Cuba?

CNN/Marco Rubio at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis at Vargihna - 400] As Pope Francis visits the United States for the very first time, it is our privilege as Catholics and Americans to welcome His Holiness to our country. Here, he will find people who are uniquely free. We Americans are free... Continue reading *“Rubio: Will Pope Francis’ Visit Inspire Freedom in Cuba?”* at *cnn.com*.

Re-mounting an old hobby-horse

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
A couple of years ago we took a very close look at a 2012 analysis of BBC One's *Question Time *by academic and Labour activist Phil Burton-Cartledge, first published on his own blog and then posted at *The New Statesman*. From a study of the programme's *guest selection*, he'd essentially proved that (contrary to what some might think) there's no significant evidence of bias - though he did add, rather teasingly, that there might perhaps be a slight pro-right bias in what he suggested was the programme's over-promotion of UKIP and its overuse of businessmen (as compared to trad... more »

How Many Nuclear Weapons Does North Korea Have?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The fuel fabrication facility at Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, North Korea (2008). Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ W. Keith Luse *John Power, The Diplomat:* *How Many Nukes Does North Korea Have?* Pyongyang confirmed that its nuclear facility is back online, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the program. With the announcement by state media that its main nuclear facility has resumed normal operations, North Korea’s atomic weapons program is back in the public eye. The news, reported by the Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, dovetails with a report rel... more »

Mike behind the Mask - Swapped out Life Force - Global Scale Shuffle

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
*change of driver alert!*You all know me, right? Mike Philbin - writer, artist, editor, Free Planet blogger. But am I? And by this I mean, "Am I really who I think I am?" I ask this because I've been thinking about WHO'S DRIVING MY CAR? This car, this vehicle, this BODY... who's really driving it, and when did we change drivers? "I think that, somewhere in 1992-3 or so, some fucker stole my creative life and left me with this to deal with," and you know, while this seems negative and downright downerish, it might be what happened. I might have been glibly wandering towards The Art ... more »

Former US Military Personnel Are Urging Drone Pilots To Refuse Orders To Fly Attack Missions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*RT*: *Air Force Times runs ad urging drone pilots to disobey orders* A US veterans’ organizations is running an advertisement in Air Force Times urging military drone operators to refuse orders to fly attack missions. This comes as the Air Force encounters trouble retaining drone operators due to the stress of the job. The ad was funded by KnowDrones, an organization that aims to achieve an outright ban on the use of weaponized drones Many argue that drone operators do not know what they’re getting into when they sign up for the job. “What this ad is trying to do is to say, ‘look... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*A Socialist gets a hearing at Liberty University* It was a unique moment. In an era in which politicians don’t interact with people who disagree with them, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited Liberty University Monday to speak to an audience that is highly unlikely to give him votes. The open socialist took the podium before a crowd of, in the words of Liberty, “North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students,” at an institution that is a bastion of the evangelical Right. In March, Ted Cruz stood up before this same crowd — convocation at Liberty... more »

Lying Doesn't Matter In A Republican Primary... In Fact An Ability To Make Things Up And Get Away With It, Is A Plus For These People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
David Brock may be discredited for his Republican-like sliming of Bernie Sanders on behalf of the Clinton machine that has helped finance his career, but the watchdog organization he founded in 2004, Media Matters for America, is as vibrant and essential as it ever was. In the video above, Media Matters' Eric Boehlert was on TV patiently exposing the cascade of ugly lies that fell from Carly Fiorina's lips during the Republican debate Wednesday night. Boehlert repeated the point that Republican politicians and their base are now "immune from facts, living in their own bubble." Th... more »

Iran President: We Really Do Not Mean It When We Chant 'Death To America'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*AFP: **Iran's Rouhani reassures Americans over death chant* Washington (AFP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has tried to reassure a skeptical American public that when crowds in Tehran chant "Death to America!" they don't mean it personally. In an interview with the CBS show "60 Minutes" to be broadcast Sunday in the United States, the Iranian president said the famous Friday ritual is a reaction to previous Washington policy decisions that hurt Iran. In April, US President Barack Obama's administration signed a deal with Rouhani's government to release Iran from many of the e... more »

Report: U.S. And China Negotiating An 'Arms Control Accord' For Cyberspace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the end of their news conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 12, 2014. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque *David E. Sanger, New York Times*: *U.S. and China Seek Arms Deal for Cyberspace* WASHINGTON — The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other’s critical infrastructure during peacetime, according to officials involved in th... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*The vanishing island (?)* *The excerpt below is part of a big and colorful feature in the Sydney Morning Herald. It claims that a small island in the Pacific is being swamped by global warming -- but gives no actual proof of that. Since the satellites have detected no global warming for over 18 years now, that would be very difficult to do.A careful reading of the article reveals two things: 1). It is tsunamis that are the main problem for the islanders; and: 2). There has been a sea level rise in that part of the Pacific which is much greater than the global average... more »

Fiorina Promises a Fight for GOP Nomination

AP/Thomas Beaumont at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina take part in the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California.] MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Former tech CEO Carly Fiorina, hailed for her performance at the second GOP debate, held roughly 1,000 Michigan Republicans in silence, broke them up in laughter and then brought them to their feet in cheers... more »

Canadian Government to Issue More Visas for Syrian Refugees, Won’t Require Proof of Refugee Status

AP/CHARMAINE NORONHA at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Syrian refugees2 - 900] TORONTO (AP) -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government said Saturday that it will issue thousands more visas to Syrian refugees before the end of this year by accelerating the processing of their applications, as it tries to counter election-year criticism... more »

Phoenix Freeway Shooting Suspect: ‘I’m the Wrong Guy’

AP/Terry Tang & Brian Skoloff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Phoenix highway shooting suspect - 900 000] PHOENIX (AP) -- A landscaper arrested in a series of Phoenix freeway shootings told a judge that authorities have “the wrong guy” as investigators stood by their detective work that traced the gun to the suspect after he took it... more »

Plan from Obama Ally to Curb Drug Costs Draws Fire as an Innovation Killer

AP/RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Medicines] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research. With the public concerned about the high cost of new medications, these... more »

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greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 16 hours ago
Hi folks: This is me on the road in Turkey....trying to blog on my tablet. Istanbul is a fascinating city. Very easy to get around in, surprisingly. What a technological achievement to get this far. I should post before I lose the screen. Sorry I can't upload a photo.

“Virgin Birth” of Snake Puzzles Scientists

AP/JIM SALTER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Female holding apple and snake, photographed over white background.] ST. LOUIS (AP) -- For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex. Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation... more »

Rand Paul Wins Straw Poll at Michigan Event

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Rand Paul Slams Mandatory GMO Labeling as Attack on the Poor] 11 p.m. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the favored presidential candidate among Republicans attending a major political event in Michigan. Paul got the biggest percentage of votes cast, 22 percent, in the unscientific straw poll released Saturday night at the... more »

A Look at the History of the Catholic Church in Cuba

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Meets with Raul Castro 900 cmprs] HAVANA (AP) -- A brief look at key events in the history of the Catholic Church in Cuba: ___ AFTER THE REVOLUTION: The Catholic Church, long identified with Cuba’s wealthier citizens, took a vehemently anti-communist line shortly before Fidel Castro... more »

Trump’s Advice to Teens: Follow Your Heart, Do What You Love

AP/Jill Colvin at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump smiling - 900] URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- Donald Trump’s advice for high school students in suburban Des Moines, Iowa, is uncharacteristically wholesome: Avoid alcohol and drugs as well as cigarettes. The billionaire businessman and Republican presidential candidate is also encouraging the teens to... more »

AP WAS THERE: Pope John Paul II Arrives in Cuba

AP/VICTOR L. SIMPSON at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Pope John Paul II] HAVANA (AP) -- EDITOR’S NOTE: On Jan. 21, 1998, Pope John Paul II became the first Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba, and more than 20 AP writers, editors, photographers and TV staffers arrived to cover the historic visit. Victor L.... more »

Be Prepared, Voter Identification

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
Much has been made of late of the *removal of the voter card as a piece of identification*, there was even a court case in Ontario to challenge the provision which was rejected. Frankly I believe the rhetoric that this change will disenfranchise some voters is a little overdone, it is the assumption that if you have received a card that’s all you need to vote that is the problem. *You still need to positively identify yourself* by other means, if you received the card by mail it is highly improbable that you don’t have some kind of addressed mail / bills etc that is acceptable as pr... more »

Catholic Congressman to Boycott Papal Speech to Congress

AP/MATTHEW DALY at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Paul_Gosar_Official_Portrait_c._2012] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker said he will boycott Pope Francis’ speech to Congress next week because of the possibility the pontiff will discuss his support for policies to fight climate change. Three-term Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said... more »

His Time Is Up

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://yieldingjunk6013.jimdo.com/ Stephen Harper doesn't know it. But he's yesterday's man. His policy prescriptions have long since passed their best before date. Tom Walkom writes: When he came onto the political scene in the late 1980s, Harper was on the cutting edge of what was then the new conservatism. Like Thatcher, he was determined to shrink government. In Harper’s view, a properly sized government would get out of the business of funding social programs like medicare. Its main economic task would be to remove anything, includin... more »

Left-wing anti-Semitism is anything but a new phenomenon per Daniel Hannan on Telegraph Blogs

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'Left-wing anti-Semitism is anything but a new phenomenon "How, as a socialist, can you not be an anti-Semite?" Adolf Hitler asked his party members in 1920. No one thought it an odd question. Anti-Semitism was at that time widely understood to be part of the broader revolutionary movement against markets, property and capital. ... ... Karl Marx himself,... The grandson of two rabbis, he disliked all religions, but reserved a vehemence for Judaism that we never find in his writings on Christianity – about which he could be rather sentimental, though he deplored its corruption by... more »

This Week, Let’s Try to Remember Our Responsibility to Others

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Looking Down Praying - 900] A few days ago, I was on a panel at the In Defense of Christians National Leadership Convention on Capitol Hill discussing “Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Christianity.” The first question was about obstacles barring such bridges. Reflecting on... more »

Chet Raymo, "The One And The Many"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"The One And The Many"* by Chet Raymo "Near the end of Mary McCarthy's "The Company She Keeps," the protagonist - Meg Sargent, a stand-in for Mary - and her therapist steer away from talking at length about her childhood, "for it suggested... that the universe is mechanical, utterly predictable, frozen, and this in its own way is quite as terrible as the notion that the universe is chaotic." And there you have it, really, the balancing act each of us must maintain if we are to stay sane - call it, if I may use a physical metaphor, the liquid state, somewhere between the immobility... more »

The Poet: Lynn Ungar, “Hawks”; John Denver, “Eagle and the Hawk”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Hawks”* “Surely, you too have longed for this- to pour yourself out on the rising circles of the air to ride, unthinking, on the flesh of emptiness. Can you claim, in your civilized life, that you have never leaned toward the headlong dive, the snap of bones, the chance to be so terrible, so free from evil, beyond choice? The air that they are riding is the same breath as your own. How could you not remember? That same swift stillness binds your cells in balance, rushes through the pulsing circles of your blood. Each breath proclaims it- the flash of feathers, the chance ... more »

Musical Interlude: Logos, “La Marche des Puissances”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Logos, “La Marche des Puissances” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5KRdBernR0

Say 'Luigi Dallapiccola'!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
This week's *Dateline London *was sparky. Thank goodness! On the panel was, inevitably, Abdel Bari Atwan (the Palestinian extremist who's the programme's most regular guest). His peepers were bulging and his hands were jabbing about in all directions like an overexcited amateur conductor attempting to perform a piece by Stockhausen. He was shouting about the West being to blame for everything (as usual). Alongside him sat Annalisa Piras of *The Great European Disaster Movie *fame, also getting overexcited and taking Bari's side. She looked as if she was conducting a piece by a gen... more »

"More than a third are from Syria"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
A couple of days ago Mark Urban told us that the Germans say only 20.1% of those seeking asylum in the country are actually Syrians. Yesterday Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency, said that across the EU as a whole the figure for Syrian refugees is only one-fifth. Yet on the BBC News Channel just now BBC reporter Frankie McCamley stated: It's thought nearly half a million migrants have crossed into Europe this year alone. More than a third are from Syria. Where did she get that from? Her report, incidentally, ended with the following heart-tugging image:

The Thoughts of Nick Thorpe, BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
The main face of the BBC's coverage of the migrant crisis in Hungary has been Nick Thorpe. Here's a collection of some of his views on the situation, garnered from various places during the last month. Please see if you consider them to be free from bias: This has been a pyrrhic victory for the Hungarian government. The economic costs are high. Its good name is in tatters. * BBC News at One, 17th September* What happens when you seek a police solution to a humanitarian disaster? CHAOS at#Röszke * Twitter, 8th September * Many Hungarians, especially those fed a... more »

Hearts

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Yes, I really wasn't thinking clearly enough yesterday when I transcribed that Lyse Doucet interview (with Sarah Montague) and *failed* to highlight the obvious bias in the following passage from it: *...these are people who we should be opening our hearts and homes too, but in the race to the front there's always the risk that those without the means or without the ability to move in this way will get lost again.* As David wrote in the comments, "This is beyond considering the humanity of one's subject and has become advocacy". Talking about hearts... There was a report by BBC co... more »

is the recent European MIGRANT CRISIS a carefully orchestrated martial law push for the EU and NATO?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*in this migrant invasion map from the Washington Post, UK is not even shown* this post is crafted via UK-centric corporate-financed global-perspective inc... so if you're offended by *that kind of festering insularity* click away now. Britain or Briton or the United Kingdom or whatever you wanna call 'this sceptred isle' is a product of invasion, that's why I have such fun winding up the BNP-mob when they prattle on about 'we want only true Brits in our country'. True Brits? There's no such thing as a True Brit. Every race who takes over Europe for however long their Empire exists ... more »

Health Benefits Of Eucalyptus In Your Shower

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

Recovery Is A Healing Process - Author Unknown

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

Vladimir Putin backs Belarus airbase as Moscow reinforces geopolitical role

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Vladimir Putin]Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the establishment of an airbase in neighbouring Belarus, the latest move by Moscow to project its military power abroad. The announcement, which comes at a time of tension with the West over Russian involvement in Ukraine and Syria, may also signal the Kremlin's interest in keeping unpredictable Belarus within its geopolitical orbit. Mr Putin said on Saturday that he had agreed on a government proposal to sign a deal for the military airbase and ordered Defence and Foreign Ministry officials to start talks with Belar... more »

China says Japan security law ‘threat’ to regional peace

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
China accused Japan of threatening regional peace Saturday after Tokyo passed laws clearing Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, saying that its rival should learn “profound lessons from history”. Japan’s ruling coalition, led by nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushed the laws through in the early hours of Saturday morning after days of tortuous debate that at times descended into physical scuffles in parliament. For the first time in 70 years, the new laws will give the government the power to send the military into overseas conflicts to d... more »

Raytheon thinking big by developing tiny missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Pike laser-guided munition]They’re not shooting precision-guided bullets — yet. But Raytheon may be the closest yet, with a tiny guided missile a soldier can launch from a rifle-mounted grenade launcher. Meet the Pike, a 17-inch-long, laser-guided munition that Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems is developing on its own dime in hopes the U.S. Army and perhaps other allied armies will buy it. Read more

Charity appeal

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Fighting Global Poverty! That sounds good. What’s not to like? I'll just get my cheque book out. I’ve just heard a querulous old lady making a desperate, emotional appeal on Radio 4 on behalf of impoverished garment-makers in Bangladesh. Better hurry, it sounds as though she’s about to gasp her last breath - So have you got a pencil ready? Hang on a mo. Good Grief! It’s Vanessa Redgrave appealing on behalf of War on Want. They also campaign for Justice for Palestine. "Stop Arming Israel. Boycott G4S. Boycott Divestment, Sanctions. I wonder if someone could apply for a slot... more »

India Must Enhance Its Aerial Capabilities Soon: Air Force Chief

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Emb-145 AEW&C]For India to have a greater strategic footprint in the existing world order, it will have to improve its aerial platforms, Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said today. Enhanced air mobility, heavy lift, airborne early warning and in-flight refueling were considered inescapable, were among the platforms that India will need to build on over time, he said. "These platforms would also have enhanced relevance in the future threat environment," an IAF statement quoted him as saying. Read more

GEOINT | Latest Developments at Russian Pacific Fleet Submarine Base - Rybachiy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Rybachiy area]In coming few weeks, the first new Borei-class nuclear fueled ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Aleksandr Nevsky is going to touch base at the Rybachiy Submarine facility at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Borei SSBNs are the most awaited replacement for ageing Delta-III SSBNs which are mostly deployed at Pacific Ocean.The entry of the Borei SSBNs marks the first noteworthy overhaul of the Russian Pacific Fleet SSBN power in over three decades. In planning to accommodate these new submarines, satellite pictures show high speed overhauls in progres... more »

NHS on brink of collapse, warns former health minister per The Guardian

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The Guardian reports http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/19/nhs-collapse-former-health-minister-norman-lamb that: 'The National Health Service will crash within two years with catastrophic consequences unless the government orders an immediate multibillion pound cash injection, the former minister in charge of care services says. The stark assessment from Norman Lamb, minister of state at the Department of Health until May's general election, comes as fears mount among senior NHS officials, care providers and local authorities that NHS and care services are approaching br... more »

Daily Mail fail

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Joan Collins devastated by Joan Collins death?

Saudi Arabia Wins Bid to Behead of UN Human Rights Council Panel per View from Geneva

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The United Nations is beyond belief time to for decent democratic countries to boycott this vile organisation. 'GENEVA, September 20, 2015 – U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini should condemn and work to reverse the appointment of Saudi Arabia as head of a key UN Human Rights Council panel that selects top officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide, said UN Watch, a non-governmental watchdog organization based in Geneva. "It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more peopl... more »

Parents alarmed: Minnesota man on terror no-fly list gets license to drive school bus per Liberty Unyielding

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
I'd say this news story was unbelievable but unfortunately it's all too believable. Read more here http://libertyunyielding.com/2015/09/19/parents-alarmed-minnesota-man-on-terror-no-fly-list-gets-license-to-drive-school-bus/

Military Photo of the Day: September 20, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Helicopters in Afghanistan-900] UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters fly over eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 16, 2015. We must remember that more than 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, thousands of U.S. troops are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan. Today and every day, we pray... more »

187 House Members Vote for Baby Homicide

Michael Brown at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Doll head baby body parts_900] On Friday the House voted 241-187 to defund Planned Parenthood, and shortly after we posted this news on our Facebook page a man named Domingo commented: "How appropriate: 187 voted against defunding. 187 is the police code for homicide." This... more »

Donald Trump Takes Down Political Correctness

Matt Barber at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump-900] Full disclosure: As goes election 2016, I'm decidedly not in the Donald Trump camp. Trump is no conservative. He's a big-government, tax-and-spend liberal who has spent most his life supporting Democrats and Democratic causes. Don't get me wrong. In some ways,... more »

White House Refuses To Take Responsibility For A Failed Syrian Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
President Barack Obama at the White House, September 18, 2015. *New York Times:** Finger-Pointing, but Few Answers, After a Syria Solution Fails* WASHINGTON — By any measure, President Obama’s effort to train a Syrian opposition army to fight the Islamic State on the ground has been an abysmal failure. The military acknowledged this week that just four or five American-trained fighters are actually fighting. But the White House says it is not to blame. The finger, it says, should be pointed not at Mr. Obama but at those who pressed him to attempt training Syrian rebels in the firs... more »

Lon Johnson-- And The Art Of Writing Off A Congressional District

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Lon and Juliana-- unlikely to take up residence in Marquette *by Cheboygan Charlie* By reviewing Michigan’s Democratic politics over the last three years, one thinks he or she is reading the screenplay to a soap opera, or a comedic soap opera, aka a sitcom. Wrong. A thorough review of recent Michigan Democratic Party political history is a narrative that could serve as the epitome of the problems with our current Democratic Party. Let’s start in 2012. Lon Johnson, a failed Democratic political operative has come home to his native Michigan, leaving behind years of failures at organi... more »

Russia - Belarus Begin Talks To Have A Russian Military Base In Belarus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko (2nd L) visit an exhibition of industry produced in the regions of two countries in Sochi, Russia, September 18, 2015. REUTERS/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN *RT:* *Putin orders talks on Russian military base in Belarus* President Vladimir Putin has ordered an agreement be signed with Belarus to create a Russian air base on its territory. "To accept the proposal of the Russian government to sign an agreement on a Russian air base in Belarus between Russia and Belarus," the decree reads... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Sept 12 to Sept 19, 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Sept 12 to Sept 19, 2015"* By Bob Nichols "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus (San Francisco) September 19, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it. *All Radiation Counts reported are partial Counts. Uncounted types of radiation include Alpha, Beta, **Gamma, Neutron and X-Ray radiation. **Uncounted radiation, if added, makes the actual Count **higher and mo... more »

Carly Fiorina’s Prepared to Fight

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 05: Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina is interviewed by Sirius XM Patriot host David Webb during the Republican National Committee Summer Meeting at the Renaissance Hotel August 5, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Fiorina is in Cleveland ahead of Thursday's GOP presidential debate, the first of the 2016 election cycle. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Who is this Carly Fiorina? In the press filing center at the CNN Republican debate, journalists from around the country were asking reporter Carla Marinucci and me bec... more »

The Liars of 9/11 : Steve Rannazzisi

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago

Greece Goes Back To The Polls

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC:* *Greece election: Voting due to begin in tight race* Voting is due to begin in Greece's general election with opinion polls indicating a tight race between the left-wing incumbent Syriza party and the conservative New Democracy. The snap election, Greece's fifth in six years, was called after Syriza lost its parliamentary majority in August. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras's popularity plummeted after he agreed a new bailout deal with European leaders. The bailout involved austerity measures which Syriza had vowed to oppose. *Update #1:* Greeks vote on whether to give leftist... more »

"Fukushima Facts"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Fukushima Facts"* by Mike Adams *Fukushima Facts:* To better understand the severity of this situation, read these facts about Fukushima reactor No. 4 which I have assembled from available news sources: • Reactor #4 contains 1,535 spent fuel rods which remain highly radioactive. • These fuel rods currently hold the potential to emit 37 million curies of radiation. • Those fuel rods are stored in a concrete pool located 100 feet above the ground, inside the structurally compromised reactor building, effectively making the pool open to the air. • The pool holding these fuel rods is ... more »

Ukrained Outraged That Putin And Berlusconi Opened A 240 Year-Old Crimean Bottle Of Wine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC:* *Putin and Berlusconi in Crimea wine row* Ukrainian prosecutors say they are preparing charges against the head of a Crimean winery for allegedly opening a 240-year-old bottle for Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi. The Russian president and former Italian premier spent last weekend in Crimea touring ancient ruins. Prosecutors say they drank at Crimea's renowned Massandra winery. Massandra was Ukrainian government property before Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Any charges could not currently be pursued in Crimea, where Russia has full control. Russian med... more »

Election PH 17, Questions for Binay, Poe and Roxas

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Reposting (with permission) some comments and questions by a friend, *JB Baylon*, posted in his fb wall. Then my additional comments below. The photos I got from the web, added here and not part of JB's original posting. ----------- September 13. *There is something wrong with headlines of news items about the LP.* *This one says Sec Mar's mom stopped a party leader from quitting. Another one says PNoy has chosen Leni Roberedo to be the running mate.* *Excuse me. It is Sec Mar who is the candidate now. It should be he who is making these decisions - or at the very least delegating to... more »

A Return To China's Imperial Past?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Feng Zhang, The Strategist:* *Is China Ready to Resume Its Imperial Glory?* Since assuming the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership in November 2012, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s great ambitions have become well known. Domestically, he’s advanced the grand goal of what he calls the China Dream: ‘the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people’. He has surprised virtually every observer by the speed and efficiency with which he’s consolidated power in the party and military. Xi is now seen as China’s most powerful leader after Deng Xiaoping, if not Mao Zedong. The two major pil... more »

Al Qaeda Linked Militants Execute 56 Syrian Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *Islamic Militants Kill 56 Captive Syrian Soldiers* BEIRUT, Lebanon — Islamic militants led by an affiliate of Al Qaeda gunned down dozens of Syrian government soldiers taken prisoner during the takeover of a military air base this month, antigovernment activists said Saturday. The execution of prisoners by all sides in the complex civil war has grown increasingly common as the conflict stretches into its fifth year. At least 56 soldiers were killed by the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda, known as the Nusra Front, and its Islamist allies in recent days, according to... more »

Turkey's War Against The Kurds Escalates

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*VOA:* *Turkish Warplanes Kill 55 Kurdish Rebels in Iraq* Turkish security sources say Turkish fighter jets have carried out a new barrage of cross-border airstrikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, killing at least 55. The sources said the strikes targeted camps and other sites used by the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. Turkish security forces and the outlawed PKK have been trading fire on a near-daily basis since the collapse of a two-year-old cease-fire and peace process in July. *More News On The Turkey - Kurdish War* Turkish jets hit Kurdish militant camps in Iraq... more »

Peg with Pen: Understanding Teach Like a Champion

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Peg with Pen: Understanding Teach Like a Champion: I'm currently in the process of reading Teach Like a Champion 2.0 . I'm reading it because it is one of the "go to" book... more »

“Fukushima Equals 3 TRILLION Lethal Doses”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Fukushima Equals 3 TRILLION Lethal Doses”* by Bob Nichols "The world’s second big nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl Reactor No. 4 in the Ukraine on Apr 26, 1986. Simply tagged as “Chernobyl,” it is what the next big and well known nuke disaster, after the American Three Mile Island, on March 28, 1979 came to be called. “Chernobyl” ejected 30% of one 192-ton, three-month old reactor core. That’s 57.6 radioactive tons thrown into the air by fire and explosions. The tiny radioactive and burning smoke particles have traveled around the world many times since 1979, killing an es... more »

Somewhere between spooky and romantic: images of Queens in the dark

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*We're looking at "the Long Island Expressway’s 106 foot trussed apex over the Dutch Kills tributary of the fabled Newtown Creek," according to Mitch Waxman, who took this picture (click to enlarge), which is included in today's Newtown Pentacle post, "could furnish."* *by Ken* I love this picture -- not least, I think, for the upside-down reflection of the LIE overpass, which is more vivid, I guess being nearer, than the right-side-up original, except for the cool starburst lights adorning the real thing, but their creekly reflection not so much. Then there's the mind-confounding... more »

Remembering Lean Alejandro

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Yesterday was the 28th year since the great UP Diliman student leader, Lean Alejandro was killed. He was shot in the head, day time. Suspects were military/AFP people but there was no arrest, no prosecution that happened after the assassination. He was only 27 years old that time. Until 1986, perhaps there was not a single UP student who did not know or hear of Lean. Very articulate and eloquent speaker, intelligent writer, and yet very friendly and humble. He was a famous student leader in UP from around 1982-86. Then he graduated in 1986, became active with BAYAN, a nat-dem organ... more »

the best evidence

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

and now you can get more for less !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Consumed Documentary

Disney To Recommence Firing American Workers Because They Are Americans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Disney Admits To Forcing Highly Skilled Americans To Train Their Replacements-- Imported Un-Skilled Foreign Workers-- Then Fired The Americans Because They Are Americans.* *Disney executives told the condemned employees who protested that they would be replaced by imported foreign workers: "Get used to it. You need to learn to wear a sari [Indian dress] because that is the only place you will ever get a job."* *by James Otto* There is fact and then, there is fantasy. There is the truth and then, there are lies. When does "fantasy" become a "lie?" Disney Corporation is the und... more »

Bessie Brazel Schreiber and the Roswell Crash

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
The skeptics believe they have a slam dunk on the Roswell, coming at us with information that simply is not proven as we look at it. Much of it is single witness that we are accused of not mentioning and often contradicts that given by many others. One of the best examples of this is the testimony provided by Bessie Brazel, who seems to have been a very nice woman but who stood nearly alone in her testimony for many years. In the early 1990s, the Fund for UFO Research, FUFOR, initiated a program to gather testimony and affidavits from Roswell witnesses. Naturally, one of those was ... more »

Some Mood Music?

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
My Set list for tonight. Not for the "faint of heart" love d 4 non blondes what's up Skunk Anansie weak Cranberries Zombie Muse Uprising Tool Right in two Bjork Army of Me Tool Lateralus

CREATION & MANIFESTATION: LIFE PHYSICS GROUP FACTORS AFFECTING THE INTERNAL PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY OF M.P.O. - L.E.R.MESSAY 2

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*One of the authors, apparently one of those under a pen name, appears to be the famous late Remote Viewer Ingo Swann. Some of the data on the biomind and Rene Descartes is identical to data Ingo wrote in his book Psychic Sexuality. The Rene Desecartes article of mine is HERE. -AK* *Essay Two* The human body is made to host a biomind. Properly used and cared for, it can last well into 120 earth years, and much more. The internal clock that tells the cell to cascade into death is the telomere that separates the genes one from the other. Every time a cell divides, its telomeres d... more »

The Illegal And Criminal War On Syria: Putin Draws His "Line In The Sand" - Says NO To Regime Change In Syria!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
The war against the innocent nation of Syria rages on.... Even while the Jew spew media continues to concentrate on the Syrian "refugee crisis" that is flooding Europe where 4/5 so called 'refugees' are NOT even from Syria (most are again migrants from North Africa), the US/Israeli fraud terrorist group known as "ISIS" continues their assaults on towns and villages across Syria itself..... The facts are becoming very clear to everyone that has examined this "war" in Syria that these criminal proxy groups are absolutely gunning for the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad and the destruction ... more »

"Fukushima Reactor No. 4: Human Civilization On The Brink?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Fukushima Reactor No. 4:* *Human Civilization On The Brink?"* by Mike Adams "The news you are about to read puts everything else in the category of "insignificant" by comparison. Worried about GMOs? Fluoride? Vaccines? Secret prisons? None of that even matters if we don't solve the problem of Fukushima, which is a catastrophic failure that could unleash enough radiation to end human civilization on our planet. (See the numbers below.) The resulting releasing of radiation would turn North America into a "dead zone" for humans, mutated (and failed) crops, radioactive groundwater, s... more »

Elements of a Defamation Case

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Frank v. Legate, 2015 ONCA 631: [39] In *Grant v. Torstar Corp**.*, 2009 SCC 61, [2009] 3 S.C.R. 640, at para. 28, the Supreme Court of Canada held that a plaintiff must prove the following three elements in a defamation action: 1) the defendant made a defamatory statement, in the sense that the impugned words would tend to lower the plaintiff's reputation in the eyes of a reasonable person; 2) the words in fact referred to the plaintiff; and 3) the words were communicated to at least one person other than the plaintiff. [40] A reasonable person in this context is one... more »

What is a pretrial

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
In almost all disputed cases, whether criminal, family, civil or administrative there will be a pretrial. The pretrial always serves the same purposes - to see if a case is ready to be heard and to see if the case can be settled before trial or hearing. Some cases cannot be settled because the issues are too big or the parties are too far apart. But those types of cases are rare. And in truth going to a trial or hearing is expensive and risky. There is no such thing as a sure winner and the vast majority of cases should be settled. At a pretrial there will be a judge or someone a... more »

You Can't Save The Environment Without Democracy

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
Remember when harper had a minority and he didn't control the Parliamentary committees that examined and critiqued his legislation, so he had a manual printed up for his committee chairs about how to stymie their work? Remember how harper and his minions repeatedly lied to Parliament and obstructed Parliament until they were eventually found in contempt of Parliament, triggering the 2011 Federal Election? Remember how harper employed electoral fraud on a larger and larger scale until he eventually was able to steal a majority government? Notice that now that he has a majority he's ... more »

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