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Monday, October 12, 2015

12 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

11:57pm MDST

Did U.S. Intelligence Mess Up Again?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 56 minutes ago
*Shane Harris, Daily Beast*: *Washington’s Civil War over Russia Intel* Politicians in Washington are pointing their fingers at spies for making them look silly on Russia and Syria. Did our spies mess up again? As Russia continues airstrikes in Syria, a fight is brewing between members of Congress and U.S. intelligence agencies over what lawmakers were told about the Russian military operations, and when. The House Intelligence Committee, which oversees the CIA and other spy agencies responsible for tracking the Russian military buildup in Syria, is “looking at possible problems in... more »

It's Time To Revamp Florida's Unemployment System

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 1 hour ago
In an excellent piece by Marcia Heroux-Pounds of the Sun-Sentinel, the severe deficiencies of Florida's unemployment system are exposed. Bottom line is that our lovely governor and his friends in the legislature have made it almost impossible for people who have lost their jobs to collect unemployment. If they do collect, they are put through hell, and then the government tries to screw them out of their money by demanding it back. As a taxpayer, I have to ask: why are we allowing our state government to torture people who have lost their jobs? We have a ridiculously low maximum wee... more »

President Obama Will Not Be Able To Fulfil His Promise To Bring All U.S. Troops Home From Afghanistan And Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
President Bush is seen here in 2008 with Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The Telegraph *Washington Post:* *Hope fades on Obama’s vow to bring troops home before presidency ends* In meeting after meeting this spring and summer, President Obama insisted that the last American troops in Afghanistan would return home by the end of his presidency, definitively ending the longest war in American history. Obama and his closest foreign policy advisers laid out the reasons for his military commanders. Keeping as many as 10,000 troops in Afghanistan indefinitely at a cost of as much as $10... more »

What Would Be The 'Cost' If Iraq Gives Permission To The Russian Military To Launch Bombing Raids Against ISIS Targets In Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Stratfor:* *The Cost of an Expanded Russian Campaign* *Forecast* • Russia's current position in Syria as well as its naval assets in the Caspian Sea and long-range bombers in southern Russia would accommodate operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, but it could strike more effectively and more frequently using bases in Iraq itself. • Setting up bases in Iraq would cost Russia more money, time and effort and could antagonize the United States. • Through its operations in Syria, Russia is testing its capability to conduct air campaigns. It is a first for post-Soviet Russia a... more »

Kumpulan Daftar Harga Iphone Terbaru November 2015

D'lumberz Jakz at Yaya Blog's - 1 hour ago
Kumpulan Daftar Harga Iphone Terbaru November 2015 | mungkin anda sudah tidak asing lagi dengan hp Iphone, Iphone ini adalah salah satu hp yang laris dipasaran,walaupun handphone ini memiliki OS yang sangat berbeda dengan handphone yang laris sekarang ini , namun sudah bisa dibuktikan kalau iphone ini bisa bertahan sampai sekarang sehingga bisa membuat para pelanggannya setia menggunakan

Roy's IN! (Time to Sign Up to Elect Roy N.C. Gov. & Get Rid of 'Thugs in General Assembly) Realizing the 5 Great American Hypocrisies

I just got this email from one of my best friends in government, Roy Cooper, Attorney General, who has thrown his hat into the ring for Governor of North Carolina. P.S. He's everybody in North Carolina's best friend (not just mine). Consider his competition. Cirze, I wanted you to hear this first: I'm running to be your next governor. It’s time for North Carolina to work for

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Has Ruined The First Debate Already-- They Should Fire Her Before She Ruins The Rest

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Thank God-- a debate without Trump! Finally! Watching every word from every candidate being geared to pleasing or provoking Trump-- based on each one of these nothings' strategies for dealing with him plurality of primary voters-- has been sickening and demeaning of the democratic process. (Not that he hasn't stuck his nose into the Democrats' debate. He took a hand in setting silly expectations for Hillary to choke on and was widely quoted in the media saying "a lot of people will turn off after a little while." After all, without the Trumpish freak show, why would 23 or 24 millio... more »

Daily Fantasy Sports and Cheating Allegations: a Quick Q&A

Kimberley Pierceall at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: iPhone-900] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Cheating allegations rocked the daily fantasy sports industry this week and as scrutiny mounts, a largely self-aimed spotlight has grown blindingly bright on DraftKings and FanDuel, which have flooded televisions, phones and computers with advertisements promising... more »

Columbus Day In America: Happy Zarco Day! Christopher Columbus Was Indeed A Jew!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
Yes, it is indeed "Columbus Day" in America, and Americans strangely still celebrate this day in honour of the man that is still very falsely claimed to be the "discoverer" of America.. Few people still do not understand that all of the Americas were known to the old world long before Columbus set foot on a remote island in the Bahamas Islands group back in 1492..... The Vikings for example had explored much of North America centuries before that fateful day.... Yes, our so called "history books" are filled will bullshit and lies about "Columbus" and his 'discovery' of America and t... more »

The US Is Failing In Syria. But They Are Indeed Trying Yet Another Regime Change In The Middle East... This Time In Iran Itself!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
The American attempts to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad government and destroy Syria itself is turning out to be a dismal failure... Yes, with the Russian Federation now fully committed to save Syria and end the US/Israeli fraud "terrorist" group called ISIS once and for all, the Americans and the psychos in Israel have reached a roadblock in their attempts to turn the entire Middle East upside down and to allow the psychos in Israel attain their "Greater Israel" project... But all is not as it seems, for the Americans and Israelis are indeed continuing their sick wars in the Middle ... more »

Prediction: For whom the bell tolls?

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
The idea of prediction in the study of international relations has been a persistent thought in my head for some time. Ostensibly, in our (mostly) non-experimental discipline, prediction represents the preeminent demonstration of a theory’s veracity. Of course, this perspective derives from simplistic conceptions of science as practiced in the natural sciences and as a […]

If Everything Is So Amazing, Why’s Nobody Happy? Lessons from Plato and Louis CK

Virginia Quarterly Review at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: plato] I often start the school year teaching Plato's Republic to first-year students at the University of Virginia. We then go on to read Homer, the New Testament, and Confucius and Buddha and Shakespeare. But as we move through the class... Continue reading *“If Everything Is So Amazing, Why’s Nobody Happy? Lessons from Plato and Louis CK”* at *vqronline.org*.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*National competition aims to help communities impacted by natural disasters ~WDSU* *Louisiana man, imprisoned for 50 years for killing a deputy, is at center of Supreme Court hearing on youth sentencing ~Katy Reckdahl, The Lens*

800 Million People Are Facing Hunger

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*The Guardian: **Conflict drives 'unacceptable' figure of 795 million people facing hunger* Despite progress, global annual index says one in four children are affected by stunting, with Central African Republic ranked worst for levels of hunger Levels of hunger in the developing world have fallen by nearly one third since the turn of the century but an “unacceptably high” number of people still do not have enough food to eat, largely because of the spread of armed conflicts, this year’s global hunger index has warned. There are 27% fewer hungry people in the world today than at ... more »

Day 4 - Acupuncture in Camden

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
We began our day at the UCC Church in Belfast this morning and headed toward Camden. The minister from the church walked with us the eight miles to our beautiful lunch spot at Lincolnville Beach. The weather was spectacular (some Mainers are beginning to like climate change which has extended our summer weather into October). What an amazing group we have - today 22 folks - some have left the walk and been replaced by others. Veterans for Peace national board member Tarak Kauff (Woodstock, New York) and former national board member Nate Goldshlag (Boston) joined us tonight in ... more »

Chuck Schumer's Florida Mess: Patrick Murphy, Trumpist

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Chuck Schumer recruited the worst possible Florida candidate to run for the open Marco Rubio Senate seat. Schumer likes him because he's an empty-headed conservative who will do whatever he's told (by Schumer) and because he has wealthy (Republican) parents who will spend massively. But he has to win a Democratic primary first and his Republican voting record in the House-- like 7 votes for the Keystone XL Pipeline and his interest in "compromising" away Social Security and Medicare benefits for the elderly, not to mention his vote to establish the Benghazi anti-Hillary witch hunt... more »

Sunni World Deeply Divided On The Russian Military Campaign In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Sputnik:* *Sunni World Deeply Divided Amid Russian Campaign Against ISIL in Syria* Russia's campaign in Syria aimed at assisting Damascus in tackling extremists has reportedly caused a rift in the Arab world. Arab states are divided on how to react to Russia's military engagement in Syria. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are opposed to any involvement, which could help Bashar al-Assad retain power, while Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates are quite optimistic that Moscow will help fight extremist forces in Syria, Defense News reported. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri... more »

Musical Interlude: "Solfeggio 528 and 417 Hz, Boost Positive and Creative Energy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Solfeggio 528 and 417 Hz, Boost Positive and Creative Energy"* "Vibration is everything. And every vibration has its own frequency. By exposing the mind and body to the Solfeggio frequencies, you can easily achieve a greater sense of balance and deep healing. The Solfeggio frequencies align you with the rhythms and tones that form the basis of the Universe. If you're interested in solfeggio frequencies like we are, then this is an absolute MUST listen! This extremely powerful track is created with Solfeggio 417hz and 528hz layered upon each other mixed smoothly with a deep ench... more »

Musical Interlude: George Harrison, “What Is Life?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
George Harrison, “What Is Life?” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XFfUt7HQWM

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Is the night sky darkest in the direction opposite the Sun? No. In fact, a rarely discernable faint glow known as the gegenschein (German for "counter glow") can be seen 180 degrees around from the Sun in an extremely dark sky. The gegenschein is sunlight back-scattered off small interplanetary dust particles. These dust particles are millimeter sized splinters from asteroids and orbit in the ecliptic plane of the planets. *Click image for larger size.* Pictured above from last year is one of the more spectacular pictures of the gegenschein yet taken. Here a deep exposure of an extr... more »

"Why Are You Waiting?

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" ~ Stephen Levine

Chet Raymo, “The Time For The Tellable”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* “The Time For The Tellable”* by Chet Raymo “When I first set foot on the plank bridge over Queset Brook fifty-one years ago, I saw a kingfisher. I haven't seen one since. But I've seen pretty much everything else. The bridge is an emperor's loge, the catbird's seat. If I stand there for five minutes something wonderful is sure to appear. A box turtle. A monarch butterfly. A fleet of whirligigs. The orange flash of an oriole. And there, oh there, among the water lilies where the brook splays into the pond, a heron, watching with its glittering eye. Fifty-one years and the day is ... more »

"Alas..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come, nor care beyond today.” - Thomas Gray

Paulo Coelho, “Things As They Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Things As They Are”* by Paulo Coelho “Of course things don’t always happen they way we wish they would. There are moments in which we feel we are seeking something that is not meant for us, knocking on doors that don’t open, waiting for miracles that don’t manifest themselves. Fortunately that is the way things are – if everything went the way we wanted, soon we would no longer have anything to write about, nothing to guide our daily thoughts. This script serves our dreams as nourishment, but to our battles as energy. And as it always happens with the warriors that spend all thei... more »

Qing period irrigation systems

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
From Beyond Technology: Japanese Colonial Mapping of Water Estates in Taiwan 1901-1921 (Wu & Lay, 2015, link) In traditional Taiwanese society, irrigation systems, including canals and ponds, were created as private property and shared by different communities. Usually, individuals or groups of landlords provided the capital for building such irrigation facilities (Chang, 1983; Chen, 2009; Tsai, 1999). These landlords were titled as canal owners, who owned the irrigation facilities and water. By signing contracts, they transferred the rights of water accessibility to farmers, who b... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Keauhou, Hawaii, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Mexico's Missing 43 Remembered in Paris Oct 10, 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Photos by Christine Prat The 35th Indigenous Peoples Day! The President and vice-President of CSIS, American Indian Solidarity Committee, join Mexican women to pay tribute.  Christine http://www.chrisp.lautre.net

"There is Only Now, Fresh and Unfixed"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"There is Only Now, Fresh and Unfixed"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Being present lets us experience each moment in our lives in a way that cannot be fully lived through memory or fantasy. It can be easy for us to walk through the world and our lives without really being present. While dwelling on the past and living for the future are common pastimes, it is physically impossible to live anywhere but the present moment. We cannot step out our front door and take a left turn to May of last year, any more than we can take a right turn to December 2010. Nevertheless, we can easily... more »

"The Reflection Of Ourselves..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love *them*: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” - Thomas Merton

The Siege of Philadelphia Public Schools | Update

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! October 11, 2015 *This post is an update to the post:**The Siege of Philadelphia Public Schools | Defend Public Education!* *August 29, 2015* *Philadelphia public school Superintendent William Hite with some of his management team. * On September 15, 2015 the Philadelphia Public School Notebook published an interview with Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite. In the interview, the interviewer stated, “Some people seem convinced that you are here to privatize and that has been your task.” Hite replied, “That’s kind of silly,... more »

UN Special Envoy To Syria Warns That The Country May End Up Being Partitioned

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, addresses a news conference on the latest developments in Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 12, 2015. *VOA:* *UN Official: Partition of Syria Possible if No Improvement* GENEVA - A senior United Nations official warns the partition of Syria is possible if the situation in the conflict-ridden country continues to deteriorate or is left in its current chaotic state. Staffan de Mistura said he considers the possible partition of Syria as one of the worst-case scenarios, and he said... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Police in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on October 11 use tear gas and a water cannon to disperse people marching to protest the double suicide bombing in Ankara that killed dozens. The violent summer in Turkey reflects an elite’s greed for power and willingness to treat civilians as dispensable, the author writes. SERTAC KAYAR/REUTERS *Alpaslan Ozerdem, Newsweek/Conversation:* *The Ankara Bombs: How Erdogan Stands to Gain* It had already been a deadly summer of political instability in Turkey. And now this. Another bloody massacre—this time at the hand of twin bomb attacks on a peace rally... more »

Hubble Telescope Discovers Mysterious Undulating Objects In Space

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Astronomers at the Paris Observatory studying photos taken by the Hubble Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope have found strange wave-like structures, 32 light years away from Earth near a Red Dwarf in the Microscope constellation. Sputnik News reports: A team of astronomers led by Anthony Boccaletti has been searching the gas-and-dust disc of a young star AU Microscopii for any signs of clumpy or warped features, as such signs might give away the location of possible planets. AU Mic is located in the Microscope constellation, 32 light years away from Earth. It is a small dim st... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Corbymania and Momentum

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Not being totally on the ball, I missed last week's announcement that supporters of Jeremy's successful leadership bid had declared their own organisation: Momentum. And now I'm over my curmudgeonly curmudgeonness, I'm going to take this opportunity to welcome it as a good thing. It can go some way to addressing the "problem" of the Corbyn surge. This isn't a problem in terms of numbers, or that plenty of MPs are worried they may face deselection (IMO, reselection should be a matter of course), but one of harnessing the new found enthusiasm *and* integrating the masses of new memb... more »

Mixed feelings

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
This is Orla Geurin’s report, and the topic of BBC Watch’s recent post. Orla gives the Palestinian side of the story. But not all of it. Shafi Halabi, the killer’s father is grief-stricken but unapologetic, Orla tells us. He says he feels pride and sorrow. As Hadar says, it’s a sympathetic portrait. Here’s the bit that the BBC didn’t feature, from Palwatch.org: “I speak while I am blessing my son on his martyrdom death and I am proud that he died to defend the women of Palestine. He avenged the women carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic)... more »

Think Reports of How ISIS Treats Women Are Too Awful to Be True? Think Again

Verily Magazine at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: ISIS - 400] I have always been interested in the Middle East, specifically the Syrian conflict. In early summer 2014, as part of my master's dissertation, I went to Lebanon to work with the United Nations. I was still there when the Islamic... Continue reading *“Think Reports of How ISIS Treats Women Are Too Awful to Be True? Think Again”* at *verilymag.com*.

How Europe’s Leftist Elite Drove the Rise of the Far Right

The American Interest at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Islamic, Muslim] Elections, governmental maneuvering, and a fistful of polls released this weekend all showed the far-right on the rise in Europe. In Vienna, the Freedom Party (whom Charles Hawley profiled in these pages last month) won a third of the vote for Mayor, almost toppling 70... Continue reading *“How Europe’s Leftist Elite Drove the Rise of the Far Right”* at *the-american-interest.com*.

Texas Congressman Joins Speaker Race

The Blaze at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Flores] Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores officially announced his candidacy to replace outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Monday, his spokesperson confirmed to The Blaze Monday afternoon. Andre Castro, Flores' communications director, confirmed the GOP lawmaker's planned candidacy in an email... Continue reading *“Texas Congressman Joins Speaker Race”* at *theblaze.com*.

World News Briefs -- October 12, 2015 (Evening edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing, as protests erupt* Turkey's government said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and courthouses. The father of three men wounded in the blasts told Reuters one of his sons had described seeing one of the bombers carrying a bag on his back and one in his hand, and called out "stop" before the bomb detonated. *MIDDLE EAST* Pentagon airdrops ammunition to groups *fightin... more »

The Economy: “US $18 TRILLION Debt Being Dumped; Economic Endgame?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“US $18 TRILLION Debt Being Dumped; Economic Endgame?”* by Carl Herman "Elliott Wave International’s 3-minute video documents US debt securities being sold by other nations’ governments (and here). This is in context of the historically ever-increasing US federal government’s $18 trillion debt. US “leadership” chose to somehow “freeze” their debt for the last 200 days, a seeming impossibility, with “debt ceiling” again addressed in Congress as ongoing theatrics. Demonocracy’s 2-minute video to visualize the unimaginable magnitude of not millions or billions, but trillions of dolla... more »

"No grades in higher education now!" -- The academic freedom case of Denis Rancourt inspires leading education research

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 8 hours ago
But is the revolution any closer? By Denis G. Rancourt Author and social scientist Stuart Tannock has recently published a historical and critical overview of the practice of grading in education, in which he concludes [1]: "This article uses the example of assessment to argue that if the public university is to perform the role of fostering critical, reflexive, independent and

Monthly Extreme Rainfall Trends In England & Wales

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood There’s lots of good stuff on the KNMI Climate Explorer to use. (KNMI is the Dutch Met Office). I found one section which uses the regional England & Wales Precipitation Series. The Met Office publish the data, but KNMI actually offer a tool to analyse and graph it. These […]

Ben Carson: Welfare Perpetuates Poverty, Buys Votes

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson2 - 900] Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson used a Sunday campaign stop in Georgia to accuse politicians of using poverty to bolster their voting constituencies. In his eyes, open-ended welfare has not only perpetuated poverty, its sustained a loyal voting bloc for certain politicians. "False compassion... more »

U.S. Air Force Airdrops Military Supplies To Syrian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they take positions in the town of Kafr Nabudah, in Hama province, Syria, on which forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are carrying out offensives to take control of the town, October 11, 2015. Reuters/Ammar Abdullah *FOX News*: *US military airdrops 50 tons of ammo for Syrian fighters, after training mission ends* The U.S. military airdropped 50 tons of small arms ammo and grenades in northern Syria on Sunday, a senior defense official told Fox News, representing the Pentagon's shift from training rebel fighters to equipping the... more »

ISIS Inspired Terror Attack Foiled In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Guardian: **Russian police foil 'terror attack' on Moscow after making arrests in city* A group of people said to be planning an attack on Moscow have been taken into custody, anti-terrorism forces said, and 4kg of explosives seized Russian authorities claimed to have foiled a major terrorist plot on Monday, allegedly planned by men trained at Islamic State camps in Syria and aimed at Moscow’s busy public transport system. Information about the alleged terrorists remained murky on Monday evening. An official statement from the FSB said only that a raid had taken place on an ... more »

UK Police Abandon Stakeout Of Julian Assange At The Ecuadorian Embassy

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
British police waiting outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange over sex charges have withdrawn from the area. After 3 years and £12 million the Metropolitan Police have stopped their observation of the embassy doorway in case the notorious truth leaker should decide to step out and face British, Swedish and American justice. Assange’s arrest warrant is still valid. Prensa Latina reports: British police removed the permanent presence at the Embassy of Ecuador in this capital, where Australian Julian Assange takes refuge, but it stated ” it... more »

The Republicans Have Something To Offer Even Worse Than Boehner-Cantor-McCarthy-Ryan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Paul Ryan Dodging the Liberty Caucus Whack-A-Mole Mallet * I could be wrong but I'm guessing Rachel Maddow never met Kevin McCarthy in person. But it only took her 15 minutes to figure out that he was a dope incapable of even filling John Boehner's tiny slippers let alone shoes of legendary Speakers like Henry Clay, Sam Rayburn, Tip O'Neill, or Nancy Pelosi. Maddow was the first to point out, at least in the national media, what an unaccomplished cloddish doofus McCarthy is. Even before McCarthy's speakership was sabotaged by the extremists in the Liberty Caucus and before one of hi... more »

Obama Says He Was ‘Skeptical’ About Syria Rebel Project From The Start

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Obama has said that the failed $500 million program to set up a proxy army in Syria was a test… During an interview the US president said that he had doubts about the project from the start. He also said that he ruled out sending US troops to Syria. “I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria.” he told ’60 Minutes. “My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL?” RT reports: Broadcast Sunday night, Obama’s intervie... more »

GM Pig Organs Could Soon Be Used For Human Transplantation

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Scientists at Harvard university have used a gene modifying technique called ‘Crispr’ to make replacement human organs from pigs. Pig DNA will be modified to the extent that the host human will accept the donated pig’s organ without complications. Prof George Church of Harvard University is finding a way to bypass the human immune system to accept the donated pig’s organ and put an end to the age old problem of insufficient human donors needed for organ replacements and longer life. The pigs will be genetically re-engineered to grow human acceptable organs. In some way the method cou... more »

Serbian Artist Paints Austere Icon of the Holy Martyrs of Libya

Anika Smith at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Holy_Martyrs_of_Libya_icon] Serbian Orthodox artist Nikola Saric has painted an icon of the 21 men martyred by ISIS on the beach at Sirtre, Libya, in February this year. It works as an icon should, showing both the seen and unseen realities. Here the Christians... more »

Will There Be A No-Fly Zone Over Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Tim Eaton, BBC/Chatham House*:* Should there be a no-fly zone over Syria?* US Secretary of State John Kerry last week reportedly instructed his staff to revisit plans for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria. Influential figures such as former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have long supported the establishment of a no-fly zone, but the White House has been reticent. Mr Kerry's comments now revive one of the longest-running policy debates of the Syrian civil war, and also one of the most opaque. *Update:* Obama up against... more »

Zimbabwe Will Not Be Prosecuting Cecil The Lion’s Killer

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Zimbabwe’s environment minister said that the US dentist who killed Cecil the Lion will not be prosecuted because he had permission to hunt and his “papers were in order” The minister added that Walter Palmer, who sparked international fury after killing Cecil the Lion, would be allowed to return to Zimbabwe but as a tourist, not as a hunter. RT reports: Muchinguru-Kashiri, who had previously called on Palmer to be extradited and face prosecution, said the country will now review how it issues hunting licenses. The news drew criticism from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, which... more »

Time to ask a Question

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
Being immersed in my own process creates a challenge – to first of all be willing to peek out and engage at all, and second to find something worthwhile to discuss? Because more than anything else, this current focus is on self. With a magnifying lens pinned squarely on my heart – a variety of images appear. They morph and shift and re-form into situations and people and obstacles – each carrying the same lesson plan. What is clear here is that not only are we born alone, and do we die alone, but we expand alone. Enlightenment is not accomplished via title or specific process ... more »

“Bang, You’re Dead”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Bang, You’re Dead”* by James Howard Kunstler “Apropos of the recent Roseburg, Oregon, school massacre that left nine dead, President Obama said, “we’re going to have to come together and stop these things from happening.” That’s an understandable sentiment, and the president has to say something, after all. But within the context of how life is lived in this country these days, we’re not going to stop these things from happening. And what is that context? A nation physically arranged on-the-ground to produce maximum loneliness, arranged economically to produce maximum anxiety, a... more »

Saudi Arabia Warns Russia That Its Actions In Syria Will Have 'Dangerous Consequences'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Saudis tell Russia its actions in Syria will have 'dangerous consequences'* DUBAI (Reuters) - Moscow's military intervention in Syria will have "dangerous consequences", escalating sectarian war there and inspiring militants from around the world to join in, senior Saudi Arabian officials told Russia's leaders on Sunday, a Saudi source said. The message, twinned with a pledge of support for moderate foes of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's ally, signals Saudi suspicions about Moscow's motives in entering a 4-1/2 year war in which some 250,000 people have bee... more »

President Evo Morales acknowledges Peltier as defender of his people and Mother Earth, calls for his freedom

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
. 12 October 2015 Contact:  Peter Clark, Co-Director, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, (505) 217-3612 or contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info President Evo Morales acknowledges Leonard Peltier as defender of his people and Mother Earth, calls for his freedom Today, at the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and Defense of Life, President Evo Morales—

Mold gold cape - Celtic Welsh Legacy - Egyptian Lingua-franca?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
Why on Earth would Free Planet want to suggest that a bronze-age shoulder decoration called the Mold Gold Cape that was found in Wales should have *ANYTHING TO DO WITH* Ancient Egyptian Burial Practices? *The Mold Cape is a solid sheet-gold object dating from about 1900–1600 BC in the European Bronze Age. It was found at Mold in Flintshire, Wales, in 1833. The cape is thought to have formed part of a ceremonial dress, perhaps with religious connections. It is housed at the British Museum in London.* [source WIKI] Wales is so out of place, geographically from north Africa i.e. E... more »

How J.R.R. Tolkien Helped to Lead C.S. Lewis to Faith

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Tolkien-Lewis - 900] Until I was an adult who had found faith and this world of meaning, I knew very little about C. S. Lewis. He was the Oxford don who turned from atheism to belief in God because late one night in... more »

Top Judges Want To Make It Illegal To Question Climate Change

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
An international, semi-secret, conference of top judges was reportedly held last month in Britain, to propose plans to make it illegal for anyone to question the scientific evidence for man-made global warming. Senior judges and lawyers from around the world attended the three-day conference on “Climate Change and the Law” which was held at London’s Supreme Court, yet the event did not appear to be worthy enough to making headline news Christopher Brooker Via the Telegraph reports: It was funded, inter alia, by the Supreme Court itself, the UK government and the United Nations Envi... more »

2.6 Billion Pounds of Monsanto’s Roundup Sprayed on US Farmland in 20 Years

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - A disturbing look at just how much of this toxic poison is already contaminating our environment. The post 2.6 Billion Pounds of Monsanto’s Roundup Sprayed on US Farmland in 20 Years appeared first on Waking Times.

Why Two-Thirds of Widely Touted Behavioral Sciences Studies Are Rubbish

The Weekly Standard/Andrew Ferguson at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Clown_with_surveys_behavioral_science] On this August morning Science magazine had published a scandalous article. The subject was the practice of behavioral psychology. Behavioral psychology is a wellspring of modern journalism. It is the source for most of those thrilling studies that keep reporters... Continue reading *“Why Two-Thirds of Widely Touted Behavioral Sciences Studies Are Rubbish”* at *weeklystandard.com*.

A Look At Who Is Who In The Syrian War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR *The Guardian*: *Who backs whom in the Syrian conflict* Russia’s intervention has made the complex pattern of alliances and enmities in Syria still more intricate. The Assad regime and its local opponents are backed to differing degrees and in different configurations by military powers from near and far *WNU Editor:* The Guardian post leaves out a few countries (i.e. France, etc.) .... but it is still a good breakdown.

Syria Rebels Plan To Hit Back At Russia With Double Agents And Suicide Bombers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Hosam Katan/Reuters *Daily Beast:* *Syria Rebels Plan Suicide Attacks on Russians* *The Homs Liberation Movement, a Free Syrian Army faction close to al Qaeda, plans to infiltrate the Syrian military to find where the Russians are—and blow them up.* After more than a week of Russian aerial attacks, Syrian rebels plan to hit back with double agents and suicide bombers. “First, we will endure the violent aerial bombardment, then move to weaken Russia by all means available, such as recruiting agents in the ranks of the regime to provide us with the movements of the Russians and the ... more »

Russia Escalates Air-Strikes In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Russia Doubles Number of Daily Airstrikes in Syria, and Rebels Intensify Their Attacks* BEIRUT, Lebanon — Russian warplanes are carrying out more airstrikes in support of Syrian government ground troops as rebels are firing more American antitank weapons, deepening the impression that a proxy war between the United States and Russia is joining the list of interlocking conflicts in Syria. Russia doubled the number of its airstrikes over the weekend to more than 60 a day, Russian state news media said, helping government troops take two villages on Monday. Video... more »

Supplemental: Top pundits can’t hear a certain complaint!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015Pundits suffer MHL—Mandated Hearing Loss:* Yesterday morning, Mark Halperin made a striking statement about the press coverage of Candidate Clinton. Halperin was appearing on ABC’s This Week. He made a striking remark about the press corps’ attitudes. Halperin spoke out, but how strange! Guest host Martha Raddatz didn’t seem to hear what he said: HALPERIN (10/11/15): [Clinton] comes into this with some positives, some momentum. Her Saturday Night Live appearance was very good. And Kevin McCarthy did more to help her presidential campaign than James Carvi... more »

Russian Airstrikes Hit 53 ISIS Targets In Last 24 Hours

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
55 sorties have been carried out by the Russian air force over the last 24 hours. The airstrikes hit 53 ISIS targets in four Syrian provinces and destroyed seven command points, six training camps, six arms depots and a stronghold near the village of Salma. The Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov said that Sukhoi Su-24M and Su-34 bombers, together with Su-25SM ground support aircraft, bombed ISIS positions in the provinces of Idlib, Latakia, Homs and Hama. RT reports: Russian aircraft have also attacked 24 of the terrorists’ fortified strongpoints, along with weap... more »

Suggestions for @politico on education reporting #commoncore

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 12 hours ago
Talk to teachers. For this piece on the common core, I don’t think you did. A principal, sure. Speaking of which, here’s an interesting tidbit from one of the principals: Jayne Ellspermann, the principal at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., said teachers in her school are already seeing an improvement in the writing […]

It's not Indigenous People's Day...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*no matter what some people declare.* From Weasel Zippers: *At Least U.S. Nine Cities Now Celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” In Place Of Columbus Day…* Why am I not surprised to see St. Paul, MN on the list? Word is that Elizabeth Warren is ecstatic over the move. First off, the Indians were *probably invaders from Asia. * They didn't just spring fully formed from the mud of Iowa. When did this revisionist history start its long seep into the minds of Americans? *Some comments from WZ:* They made war, they held slaves, they ran other tribes off their lands. They were just like... more »

Untitled

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 12 hours ago
FOR THOSE THAT CELEBRATE THIS DAY: Here is my contribution to this day...Even if we commemorate it as Indigenous Peoples' Day, we should be cognizant that the horrific violence that Columbus brought with him continues to this very day. This is not hyperbole and solely about the past. Please watch and if you agree, please share and feel free to comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBn_ne_L8_Y&feature=share This is also a reminder that if you trace your heritage to the arrival of 3 ships... something is seriously wrong...

Fresh Revelations of a Leftist Witch Hunt Show Former GOP Congressman Renzi Deserves a New Trial

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Former Congressman Renzi Deserves a New Trial] In an incredible new development in the criminal case of imprisoned former Congressman Richard Renzi, Federal District Court Judge David Bury has agreed to hold an evidentiary hearing on October 26th in Tucson to look into FBI corruption and consider... more »

US Airdrops Tons & Tons of Munitions into Northern Syria- For the “good” terrorists

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Yup, the US is, as expected, upping the ante. And who is getting the arms? *Arab and Kurdish militias.* *Recall me enlightening readers to the fact that the Kurdish militias had bad intentions?* Too many wanted to believe them heroes, actually fighting ISIS. They aren't heroes. And they aren't fighting ISIS. I've explained the symbiosis between the two groups on a number of occasions and had for the most part discounted news that the Kurds wanted rapprochement with Russia. I couldn't see it happening, not at this time. And likely not at all. Considering the multiple posts I've wri... more »

Slave Trafficking, TPP & the 2016 Presidential Contest

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*This could be someone you know and love (source). How aggressively should your presidential candidate work to prevent it?* *by Gaius Publius* As many readers know, I'm a fan of what the game of Go calls a "strong move" — very aggressive play when the position is favorable. The position against TPP, the argument against, is beyond favorable, and the position against Malaysia, one of the world's worst participants in the traffic in slaves, is unassailable. In addition, for the 2016 race, progressives have three candidates who have announced their opposition. In this presidential se... more »

MH370? ‘Plane Of Skeletons’ Found On Remote Island In The Philippines

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Authorities in Malaysia are investigating claims that a plane wreckage found on an island in the Philippines could be from missing flight MH370. A teenager living on the remote Sugbay island, in the far south of the Philippines, was hunting for birds in the jungle and claims he stumbled on a wreckage “full of skeletons” and a Malaysian flag. The Star reports: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Sunday that police were seeking the assistance from the Filipino authorities to validate the report, which was lodged by a 46-year-old man on behalf of his relative who ... more »

EU Foreign Policy Chief: Russia's Military Action In Syria Is A 'Game-Changer'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *EU: Russian Action in Syria a 'Game-changer'* European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that Russia's military action in Syria is a "game-changer" that has "some very worrying elements." Mogherini told reporters ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg that actions taken against Islamic State militants have to clearly be carried out against the group and other terrorists defined by the United Nations. Russia has faced Western criticism that its air campaign in Syria is targeting opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, ... more »

A Look At Current U.S. Troop Numbers In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Army *CNN:* *Yes, the U.S. still has troops in Afghanistan. Graphics tell the story* (CNN)So, you thought the U.S. military pulled out of Afghanistan? After all, that's what President Barack Obama indicated in December when he declared combat in the longest U.S. war was now history. In fact, about 9,800 U.S. troops provide training and support in Afghanistan. They are to remain until the end of the year -- a change from the Obama administration's initial plan to reduce the number to 5,500. A military withdrawal is set be completed by end of the 2016. *WNU Editor*: My predict... more »

Recommended NYT Article: Myth of Autistic Shooter

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Great article debunking idea that people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome are more likely to act violently: The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’ By ANDREW SOLOMONOCT. 12, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/opinion/the-myth-of-the-autistic-shooter.html?emc=edit_th_20151012&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32962000&_r=0 [excerpted] The wish to hurt others is tied not to autism but to psychopathy, which manifests in a deficiency or absence of empathy and remorse. Some autistic people may not recognize why they cause distress; psychopaths don’t care that they cause distress. Autistic ... more »

NASA Takes Chemtrail Spraying Program to Outer Space

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Terence Newton* - A sounding rocket test leaves vapor trails in the skies 130 miles above sea level. The post NASA Takes Chemtrail Spraying Program to Outer Space appeared first on Waking Times.

The Case for a Carbon Tax

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago
An interview with the author of my favorite textbook.

The Digital Divide Isn’t What You Think, and Churches Can Build the Bridge

Harry Jackson at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: family_learning_computer] As technology changes, so does the job market. Two centuries ago, most low-skilled workers would have found work as farmhands, while a century ago they would have been employed in a factory. Today they are most likely to work in... more »

Migration 26, More countries should be created

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
As the world population increases, the number of countries should also expand. As people modernize and globalize, differentiation and specialization expand. But governments of each country always want to uniformize and standardize people and their behavior. Small population countries and economies like Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Luxembourg, New Zealand, etc. become more dynamic, more flexible for their citizens. Losing their people via migration is getting easier, so they need to remain competitive and attractive to keep their people, attract other migrants to replace their citi... more »

Alcatraz Was Successfully Breached By Three Bank Robbing Inmates In 1962

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Three inmates from the notorious jail in San Francisco might have survived their escape ordeal in 1962 when they chiseled their way out of the “Rock” and were reported missing, presumed dead. Authorities always maintained that no one had successfully escaped from Alcatraz. Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow bank robber Frank Morris were assumed drowned after they climbed on to the roof of the prison in San Francisco Bay in June 1962 and crossed the dangerous stretch of water to the shore. They had breached Alcatraz’s walls using metal spoons and had left dummies in their b... more »

Happy Columbus Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
Or rather, Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day. But what's a little venereal disease among friends, right? Every Columbus Day, I like to remind people that Columbus was a rotten navigator and he accidentally "discovered" America when he thought he found India. Hey, he was only off by 7600 miles. Could've happened to anyone. Yeah, I'm an asshole. But I'm the type of asshole that speaks the truth.

Taliban Now Threatening A Second Afghan Provincial Capital

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Taliban threaten second Afghan provincial capital as insurgency spreads* Fighting intensified around the Afghan city of Ghazni on Monday, as Taliban militants threatened to seize a second provincial capital after briefly occupying Kunduz in the north last month. The clashes around Ghazni, some 130 km (80 miles) southwest of Kabul, underlined the worsening security situation across Afghanistan, where national soldiers and police are struggling to cope now the bulk of foreign forces have withdrawn. Monday's violence followed days of sporadic fighting near Ghazni, and p... more »

Breaking Down The Islamic State’s Media Output, Interview With Quilliam Foundation’s Charlie Winter

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Much has been made of the Islamic State’s announcements by its media office, which is mostly aimed at the international community. Less analysis has been made of its regional output. That’s what Charlie Winter of the Quilliam Foundation did in a recent report entitled “Documenting the Virtual ‘Caliphate.’” Winter focused upon one month’s worth of output by IS from July 17 to August 15, 2015 that came from both its provinces and its central media outlets. Here are some of his insights into the organization’s themes and how they might be countered. Winter can be followed on Twitter ... more »

The "Morgellons" Umbrella: What it is or isn't

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
*First off, I am NOT a doctor, or a nurse. I do not have any degrees from medical schools or universities. I worked as a medic in SE Asia, and in the Canadian Military (for a very short time- I got out of there FAST!), and have been using essential oils, herbs and natural clays and essences to heal and treat infections etc... for over 20 years. I have been researching these things for over two decades and constantly updating my personal database of knowledge on a daily basis. What I am writing here is my personal experiences, and my own theories and perspectives, based on thos... more »

Nature: No plans to change wording of STAP retractions

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Despite acknowledging in its own pages that two recent high-profile retraction notices turned out to not tell the whole story, Nature will not be updating the original retraction notices, the journal tells us. We checked in with Nature after it published two Brief Communications Arising regarding two high-profile retractions of papers describing a new method of reprogramming […] The post Nature: No plans to change wording of STAP retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BestLifeProject #CollectiveBias I am not a morning person, but my kids are. 6 AM hits and both kids are awake and happy and I am still trying to drag myself out of bed. I recently kicked my caffeine habit and I have been working toward a healthier lifestyle, so I wanted something that I could count on in the morning to give me energy, help perk me up a little bit and that didn't take a long time to make. My go to has become this chocolate peanut butter banana shake. It has every... more »

Ben Carson’s Response to PC Outrage is Smarter than Trump’s

National Review/David French at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson - 400] For the fourth time this week, Ben Carson finds himself embroiled in controversy. This time, he's in trouble with the Left for declaring that, "the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if... Continue reading *“Ben Carson’s Response to PC Outrage is Smarter than Trump’s”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Cold Russian Winds Set To Freeze Britain

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Temperatures in the UK are set to drop to -3 as the Russian winds blow cold air across the continent. Forecasters predict a chilly 10C during the day throughout the week and frosty nights as the warm Indian summer gives way to icy European winter. The Daily Star reports: The dramatic change will see the mild weather pushed out by bitter easterly winds from Russia and Scandinavia. And the cold winds will force temperatures below average for October. Forecaster Emma Sharples said: “It will start to feel cooler as easterly winds bring colder air from eastern Europe across the UK. “Most ... more »

Facebook Pays £4,327 In UK Corporation Tax For Last Year

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Facebook corporation tax for the whole of last year came to £4,327 . Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne promises measures to rake in more taxes from big multinational firms by making changes to their accounting practices, and introducing new laws. An average UK worker pays £5,393 in taxes on a £26,500 income. Sky News reports: According to the company’s accounts, Facebook pushed itself into operating at a loss of £28.5m in Britain, following a payout of more than £35m to staff as part of a share bonus scheme. The scheme meant Facebook’s 362 UK staff members took home an ext... more »

CIA And Global Cooling

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Rick Bradford I’ve seen snips of this before, but Rick has now sent me the whole original report. Many attempts have been made to discredit and marginalise stories of the global cool down in the 1960’s and 70’s. As we know, these were not simply scare stories but […]

World News Briefs -- October 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN:* *Turkey bombings: ISIS focus of investigation, Prime Minister says* (CNN)Though no group has claimed responsibility for the deadly weekend bombings in Ankara, the focus of the investigation is the Islamic extremist group ISIS, Turkey's Prime Minister said Monday. Two suicide bombers are believed to have carried out Saturday's attack near Ankara's main train station, killing at least 97 people and wounding nearly 250 others, Turkey has said. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Turkish television station NTV on Monday that his country had come face to face with suicide bomber... more »

Russia And Saudi Arabia Discuss Common Goals In The Syrian Conflict

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
President Putin of Russia and Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in Sachi on Sunday to discuss the resolution of the Syrian conflict. Their meeting attended by other dignitaries including the Foreign Ministers of both nations coincided with the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Middle East Online reports: The two huddled in the southern Russian city of Sochi and were joined by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Energy Minister Alexander Novak. “We have closely cooperated with Saudi Arabia for years on the crisis in Syria,” Lavrov told journalists, according t... more »

Monsanto Forced into Cutbacks as GMO Awareness Grows

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Phillip Schneider* - Monsanto is the company that eveyone loves to hate, and it seems like all the bad publicity is finally having an effect. The post Monsanto Forced into Cutbacks as GMO Awareness Grows appeared first on Waking Times.

Across America Saturday, People Protested Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Body Parts Business

Kate Scanlon at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood Protest] Protests outside of Planned Parenthood clinics took place across the nation on Saturday. Spurred by the recent release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives, a coalition of pro-life groups lead the #ProtestPP events. David Daleiden, the founder of the Center... more »

Group of Cardinals Expresses Concern over New Synod Rules in Letter to Pope

Catholic Herald at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis with Umbrella_compressed_cropped] A group of cardinals wrote to Pope Francis at the start of the family synod expressing concerns about new procedures, it has been reported. Two of the cardinals who are said to have signed the letter, published in full by Sandro... Continue reading *“Group of Cardinals Expresses Concern over New Synod Rules in Letter to Pope”* at *catholicherald.co.uk*.

Things to Know about the Upcoming Report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Disaster that Killed 298

MIKE CORDER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Amsterdam airport memorial of MH17 crash__1440677570_70.119.142.63] THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch Safety Board is publishing its final report Tuesday into what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to break up high over Eastern Ukraine last year, killing all 298 people on board. A preliminary report... more »

Informative writing from Peter Greene, but we have, have, have to…

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 15 hours ago
We have to come up with solutions. Something. Greene’s post ends thusly: I’m a high school English teacher. I’m not wise enough to know the solution for an educational social justice solution in this country, and I’m not powerful enough to gather together all the people who could help work it all out. But I […]

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 12, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Al Jazeera: *Analysis: Is Russia flexing its missiles in Syria?* *Use of advanced missiles and state-of-the-art jets suggests Moscow is sending a message to more than just Syrian rebels.* Russia's firing of 26 long-range SS-N-30A Kalibr cruise missiles from four surface ships in the Caspian Sea against 11 targets in Syria on Wednesday marks a significant escalation in President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in the Middle East. The missiles flew almost 1,500km on a flight path that took them over Iran and Iraq before impacting in Syria. The strikes were ostensibly part of... more »

The Taliban Insurgency Is Now 'High Or Extreme' For Half Of Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Afghan Taliban’s Reach Is Widest Since 2001, U.N. Says* KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat. In addition, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan over the past two weeks has evacuated four of its 13 provincial offices around the country — the most it has ever done for security reasons — according to local officials in the affected areas. The data, comp... more »

SWEET DEMON ALABAMA: Anatomy of our own gong-show!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015Part 1—Let the gong-show begin:* With so many of our gatekeepers gone, the onus of judgment now rests with us the people. Within the political realm, party leaders no longer meet in smoke-filled rooms to pick our candidates for us. We the people are forced to spot the crazy ones all by ourselves. Within the realm of journalism, Walter and David are no longer there to keep us from hearing crazy ideas. *We* have to spot the crazy ideas—and our democratized media is full of “news orgs” which are *selling* us The Bogus, The False and The Crazy. Increasingly, ... more »

The Pro-Choicers’ Cheapest Trick, Pulled by Wired Magazine

David Mills at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Embryos - 900] Science doesn’t tell us anything about when a human life begins, insists Wired magazine, even though pro-lifers keep saying it does. “Why Science Can’t Tell Us When a Baby’s Life Begins” opens with the story of a scientist at one of America’s... more »

Economists Still Expect Fed Rate Hike Before End of 2015

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Federal_Reserve] NEW YORK (AP) -- A survey of business economists finds that a majority still expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates before the end of the year, with the broader economy expected to grow at a slightly faster pace... more »

The Wonder of Plunder

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
No holiday is as quintessentially US American as Columbus Day, that grotesque combination of consumerism and parades and nostalgia for the good old days of colonialism and ethnic cleansing. And because fervid nationalistic myths die so hard, it is all the more refreshing to learn that several more cities have now coupled the pathological worship of a Renaissance vulture capitalist with their own Indigenous Peoples' Days. From *The Guardian;* As the US observes Columbus Day on Monday, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine cities, including Albuquerque; Portland, O... more »

Boldt’s retraction count upped to 94, co-author takes legal action to prevent 95th

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
We’ve found two recent retractions and an expression of concern for Joachim Boldt, former prominent anesthesiologist and currently Retraction Watch leaderboard’s 2nd place titleholder. He now has 94 retractions. One of the retracted articles contains falsified data, along with a researcher who didn’t agree to be a co-author, according to an investigation by the Justus Liebig University Giessen, where Boldt […] The post Boldt’s retraction count upped to 94, co-author takes legal action to prevent 95th appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Is Syria A 'Low-Risk Gambit' For Russia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg:* *Russia's Low-Risk Gambit in Syria* U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that four Russian cruise missiles fell in Iran rather than in Syria. To Carter, the errant munitions reflect Russia's "unprofessional behavior." To the Russians, they may be part of the reason they are in Syria in the first place. Strategically, Russia's involvement in the Syrian war looks like a terrible idea, or at least a big gamble. "Doubling down" on President Bashar al-Assad, as Carter put it, could give the Syrian strongman some breathing space, but not necessar... more »

He Miscalculated

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://cobb.typepad.com/ There's one week to go. Stephen Harper has tried to make this election about the economy and terrorism. But -- Tim Harper writes -- in this election, the ballot question is about change: Over the longest election campaign in modern Canadian history, the Conservative leader has not been able to change the ballot question in this campaign — the hunger for change. After 70 days, the hunger is still there and that means the final week of this marathon looks more and more like Justin Trudeau’s to lose. One uninten... more »

Is Putin Challenging President Obama?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Real Clear Politics:* *Obama Pushes Back: "In What Way" Is Putin Challenging Me?* In an interview which will air in its entirety tonight on CBS's "60 Minutes," President Barack Obama pushes back against the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "challenging" America's leadership in the world. While Obama tries to justify himself, "60 Minutes" host Steve Kroft inturrupts the president three times in less that two minutes: "He's challenging your leadership, Mr. President. He's challenging your leadership." "In what way?" replies an angry president. *WNU Editor*: They are ... more »

Celebrating Genocide – Christopher Columbus’ Invasion of America

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Irwin Ozborne* - Columbus Day has been celebrated as federal holiday in the United States since 1971. Here's the truth about this man. The post Celebrating Genocide – Christopher Columbus’ Invasion of America appeared first on Waking Times.

Doctors Without Borders Ignored Geneva Rules Before U.S. Air Attack

Richard Pollock at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: General Director of Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Christopher Stokes speaks during a press conference at the MSF office in the Afghan captial Kabul on October 8, 2015. US President Barack Obama on October 7 apologised to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for a deadly US air strike on an Afghan hospital, as the medical charity demanded an international investigation. Three separate probes -- by the US military, NATO and Afghan officials -- are under way into the catastrophic strike in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on October 3 which left 22 pe... more »

Legal Scholars Rise Up against the Supreme Court’s Judicial Despotism

Michael Brown at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Lincoln Memorial Profile_900] I've been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Court's redefinition... more »

Real Campaign Finance Overhaul Is The Only Way We're Going To Salvage Democracy From The Clutches Of The Plutocrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Apparently there will be no cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients next year. Worse yet, there are people with the power to do it who are talking about *increasing* Medicare deductibles, perhaps by 50%, and increasing the Part B premiums. At a time when out-of-pocket health care costs are already the number one expense for seniors and people with disabilities why isn't Congress acting to prevent an outrageous spike in Medicare costs. The video above paints a picture of what a progressive agenda looks like-- rebuilding the middle class by investing in infrastructur... more »

This however is the best drum duo - Animal (Muppets) vs. Buddy Rich

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/56sZOUPegUw

Ringo's drumming on The Beatles - The End for example?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/oV8PSj-hQvw

Turkey's Government Believes It Was The Islamic State Who Were Responsible For Saturday's Terror Bombings In Ankara

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing, as protests erupt* Turkey's government said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and courthouses. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday's bombing, the worst of its kind on Turkish soil, was intended to influence the outcome of November polls Erdogan hopes will restore the AK party he founded to an overall parliamentary majority. There is no question of postponing... more »

Alexander Lukashenko 'Wins' Another Term As President Of Belarus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Lukashenko Extends Rule Into Third Decade as EU Warms to Belarus* Alexander Lukashenko extended his rule in Belarus into a third decade, delivering a dominant showing in a presidential election and winning praise from Germany that may signal a thaw in relations with the European Union. Lukashenko, 61, received 83.5 percent of vote, enough to avoid a runoff, the central election commission’s head, Lidia Ermoshina, said in a televised news conference in the capital, Minsk, citing preliminary results. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier credited the incumbe... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Teachers have lost their mojo* The motivation to learn comes from knowledge, not teaching methods. It used to be accepted that learning academic subjects was hard work, but there were rich rewards for those prepared to put in the effort. Teachers were proud to make this case and thunder at those who weighed it differently – that was their role as advocates. If a child succeeded, it was a demonstration of hard work and talent. If a child failed, at least some of the blame lay with that child’s lack of application. Education has moved away from such ideas. The pendulum has swung fr... more »

Mexico: Rhomboidal UFOs Over Mexico

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 17 hours ago
*Source: El Gráfico http://www.elgrafico.mx/especiales/10-10-2015/enigmas-ovnis-rombo-se-avistaron-en-mexico-durante-septiembreDate: 10.11.2015* *MEXICO: Rhomboidal UFOs Over Mexico* Yohanan Diaz Vargas | October 10 2015 The presence of these anomalous objects was visible, since the air show and flights had been cancelled. A rhomboidal UFO was sighted over the Tablas del Pozo district of Ecatepec, Mexico State, by UFO hunter Salvador Ramirez, who had recorded a large brown UFO hanging in mid-air at low altitude. The UFO displayed considerable stability in spite of the prevaili... more »

The best drum solo ever? Wipe Out - The Surfaris

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/Clr53fWVbTM According to a letter in today's Times, this is the best drum solo ever. Is it? It's good but is it the best?

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Now global warming threatens pumpkin pie!* *Since I had never heard of canned pumpkin, I was not much energized by this story. Where I grew up in the tropics, people rarely bought pumpkin in any form. It arrived free. Pumpkin vines are very prolific so anyone with a fruiting vine would have lots to give away to friends and neighbours. They would just be handed over the fence. Our tropical species of pumpkin -- which we call "bugelhorn" -- is so vigorous that it's like a triffid. It will cover your backyard in no time if you let it. So if we ever do get global warming, t... more »

Islamic State Leader Was Not Killed By An Iraqi Air-Strike As Earlier Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Islamic State leader probably not in targeted convoy: Iraqi security officials* Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was probably not in a convoy hit by air strikes near the Syrian border on Sunday, senior Iraqi security officials said on Monday. Iraq's military had said that the reclusive Baghdadi was taken away in a car after the assault on his entourage in a town near the Syrian border. But one of the senior security officials said preliminary information now indicated the convoy actually carried lower ranking Islamic State figures, led by Abu Saad al-Karbouli... more »

Christopher Columbus and the New World

National Review/MARK ANTONIO WRIGHT at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: christopher columbus] One man, two narratives: 1. Born to a working-class wool weaver in the port city of Genoa, Italy, Cristoforo Colombo apprenticed as a sailor and went to sea as early as age ten. A self-taught and curious man, Colombo lived... Continue reading *“Christopher Columbus and the New World”* at *nationalreview.com*.

New Era Beckons for Supersonic Air Travel

The Guardian at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Spike S-512 supersonic] Supersonics are back. Around the world, aerospace companies and organisations, including Nasa, are developing the technology that will allow passengers once again to fly at faster than the speed of sound. The first of this new breed of aircraft could... Continue reading *“New Era Beckons for Supersonic Air Travel”* at *theguardian.com*.

Nearly 1,000 People Move From Blue States to Red States Every Day. Here’s Why.

Stephen Moore at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Rippled State Flag of Texas] The so-called "progressives" love to talk about how their policies will create a worker's paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?... more »

Princeton’s Angus Deaton Wins Nobel Economics Prize

MALIN RISING & NATHALIE ROTSCHILD at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: A portrait of U.S.-British winner of the 2015 Nobel Economics Prize Angus Deaton is displayed on a giant screen during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 12, 2015 in Stockholm. The economics prize is the only Nobel not originally included in Alfred Nobel's last will and testament. It was established in 1968 by the Swedish central bank to celebrate its tricentenary. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)] STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Princeton University’s Angus Deaton has won the Nobel prize in ... more »

Obama: Clinton ‘Made Mistake’ and Trump is ‘The Classic Reality TV Character’

KEVIN FREKING at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Obama On ISIS: ‘We Do Not Yet Have A Complete Strategy’] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state was a mistake but didn’t endanger national security, President Barack Obama said during an interview airing Sunday... more »

Probably one of the top ten greatest hashtags ever #cocksnotglocks

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 17 hours ago
In case you haven’t heard, students at the University of Texas are planning to protest open carry laws on college campuses by open carrying, well, dildos instead. What’s interesting to me, among other things, is that folks are outraged and lament the degeneration of our society because some have the temerity to open carry sex […]

Carbon Dioxide : The Good News

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thegwpf.com/climate-doomsayers-ignore-benefits-of-carbon-dioxide/ Dr Goklany said: “Carbon dioxide fertilises plants, and emissions from fossil fuels have already had a hugely beneficial effect on crops, increasing yields by at least 10-15%. This has not only been good for humankind but for the natural world too, because an acre of land that is not […]

ISIS Leader Baghdadi Probably Not in Targeted Convoy, Say Iraqi Security Officials

REUTERS at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video.] Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was probably not in a convoy hit by air strikes near the Syrian border on Sunday, senior Iraqi security officials said on Monday. Iraq’s military had said that the reclusive Baghdadi was taken away... Continue reading *“ISIS Leader Baghdadi Probably Not in Targeted Convoy, Say I... more »

Report: Turkish Bombing Investigators Focus Probe on ISIS

SUZAN FRASER at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: ANKARA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 12: A relative cries over the coffin of 32 years old lawyer Uygar Coskun, killed in Saturday's bombing attacks, during his funeral, on October 12, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey. Islamic State is the focus of investigations into a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital Ankara and investigators are close to identifying one of the suspects, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)] ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish investigators were close to identifying one of the suicide bombers in Turk... more »

Should Pro-Lifers Be Anti-Gun Rights? Let’s Shoot That Bad Idea Down.

John Zmirak at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: gun - 900] The appalling recurrence of mass shootings of innocent civilians by young men raised without fathers has made gun control once again a live political issue, and some anti-gun rights activists have decided that it would be clever to try to... more »

Iran Says Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Convicted

AMIR VAHDAT at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Mary Rezaian, mother of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, speaks with media as she leaves a Revolutionary Court building in Tehran after his trial ended on Aug. 10. Rezaian was detained in Iran in July 2014 and charged with espionage. (Vahid Salemi/AP)] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran for more than a year on charges including espionage, has been convicted, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi confirmed the... more »

250,000 Germans Protest TTIP Trade Deal

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
A quarter of a million people marched in Berlin on Saturday to oppose a planned free trade deal between the European Union and the United States. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is claimed to be anti-democratic and to threaten food safety and environmental standards. Christoph Bautz, director of citizens’ movement Campact told protesters in a speech: “This is the biggest protest that this country has seen for many, many years” The Guardian reports: The environmental groups, charities and opposition parties that organised the protest claimed 250,000 pe... more »

Blow To UK Energy Plans As New Gas Plant In Doubt

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/11925444/UK-energy-crisis-Trafford-gas-plant-in-doubt.html From the Telegraph: The Government’s plans to keep the lights on have suffered a fresh setback after it emerged the only new large gas power station due to be built in coming years is now in doubt. Energy firm Carlton Power was awarded a subsidy contract by the […]

Ryan for Speaker? Fragile Consensus Falls Apart over How the Speaker Should Wield Power

LAURIE KELLMAN at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Paul Ryan - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- If rebel conservatives and establishment Republicans in the House can agree on anything, it’s likely supporting Paul Ryan for speaker. Across the Sunday talk shows, members of the Freedom Caucus that helped drive Speaker John Boehner toward... more »

Two US led Coalition Aircrafts Target Electric Power Plants In Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
The Syrian Arab New Agency, SANA reported on 10th October that Two US led Coalition aircrafts have violated Syrian Airspace and targeted electric power plants in Aleppo: Damascus, SANA-Two F16 aircrafts belonging to the so-called US-led coalition violated the Syrian airspace on Saturday, targeting the infrastructure and destroying two power plants in al-Rudwaniya area to the east of Aleppo city, a military source said. According to the source, the two aircrafts violated the Syrian airspace at 10:00 AM Saturday morning. The source considered the incident a “breach of the internatio... more »

Liberal Majority Government Predicted in Canada

CM at LILITH NEWS - 19 hours ago
Its official. Lilith News is predicting a Liberal Majority government in Canada in the upcoming election. We are basing this prediction on the direction polls are showing Canadians are planning to vote nationally and population distribution of those votes. The NDP and Liberals will duke it out in British Columbia and the Territories, where the Liberals will take about 60% of the seats. The Conservatives grip on the Prairie Provinces is weakening, with the Liberals taking only a few seats in that region - but a larger number than recent previous elections. In Ontario and the Atlan... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( October 12 , 2015 ) - Europe In focus ( Greece readies First Omnibus to address Prior Actions for latest Bailout / Political & Economic Items of note for Greece , Merkel to visit turkey Saturday , Spanish Election Items , Volkswagen items , Ruble rallies off oil price strength ) ........Refugee Crisis In focus ....... Asia and Emerging Markets In Focus ( China , Japan , New Zealand in focus - political , economic and market moving items of note )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Morning Tweets...... Europe..... *Russian Market* ‏@russian_market 1m 1 minute ago Merkel to make official visit to Turkey on Sunday *The Spain Report* ‏@thespainreport 3m 3 minutes ago The Spain Report Retweeted Alb.Macià#JuntsPelSí Pro-independence supporters in Catalonia not impressed by today's October 12 parade in Madrid. The Spain Report added, *Alb.Macià#JuntsPelSí* @alb_macviv @thespainreport we are not spaniards, nor free states, nothing to do there *Open Europe* ‏@OpenEurope 9m 9 minutes ago Podemos relegated to distant fourth in new Spanish pol... more »

The Story Behind the River

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: River flows] DUDLEY HALL -- Life without stories is life without context, because stories form the culture of a people. People connect with a common story which gives them their meaning and identity. The defining story is not just one story, however,... more »

ISIS Leader Escapes Death After Iraqi Air Strike

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reported to have narrowly escaped with his life after his convoy was taken out in an airstrike. Senior ISIS leaders travelling in a military convoy were killed after coming under attack from Iraq’s Air Force. The jihadists were travelling to a meeting in Anbar province attended by top Daesh leaders. Local media reports said the fate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was not clear, though the Baghdad Information Center has now confirmed he had been injured in the airstrike. Air strikes were also carried out on the meeting point near the Syrian bo... more »

Free Viewing Of The Truth About Cancer Documentary Series Starting October 13, 2015

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
You tube direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXj0a624JC4 A groundbreaking 9-part docu-series is hitting the airwaves on October 13th at 9:00PM Eastern… but you won’t see it on regular television or even HBO… It’s “too controversial” for them. When over 100 doctors, researchers, scientists and survivors from across the globe come together in unity and reveal for the first time their amazing new findings and the truth… about Cancer… it’s not just news — it’s a movement. If you or anyone you love has been touched by cancer, you owe it to them and to yourself to watch this exp... more »

New Report On Secretive EU Trade Deals Highlights Corrupt Agenda For Mass Privatisation

Colin Todhunter at 2760 (Twenty Seven Sixty) - 20 hours ago
Global Research, RINF, Countercurrents Public services in the EU are under threat from transatlantic trade agreements that could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water, health, and energy for the sake of corporate profits, according to a new report released today by an international group of NGOs and trade unions. The study shows how the EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deal with Canada, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under negotiation with the US, could lock public utilities into irreversible commercialisation a... more »

US Senate Hearing Discusses Using Refugees as Human Shields in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*October 12, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - A recent US Senate hearing regarding Russia's ongoing air campaign in Syria plumbed dark depths when it was actually proposed by retired US Army General John M. Keane that "free zones" be established for armed militants, and populated with refugees to deter Russian attacks. In essence, General Keane's plan is to use refugees as human shields, and leverage any attack on this established "free zone" as a means of manipulating public opinion. *The US Strategy Until Now * The recent multinational anti-terror operation led by Russia at the re... more »

Time Travel & The Multiverse – Many Worlds: Many Timelines

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This whole topic has been deeply explored by fiction writers and of course all that is too tempting for physicists. Thus we get unending speculation. Let us try to create some order and establish what i know so far. Much of this is surprising. *Conjecture:* - There is one unique way to create a universe. This should emerge as a mathematical proof derived from the Thought Experiment producing Cloud Cosmology, Six Operator Logic and the nth order Pythagorean. . *Conjecture:* - This may also mean that no second universe is meaningful or even necessary although that may bec... more »

Germans Drink This 'Special' Alcohol Immediately After Heavy Food Consumption — Here’s Why

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
The take home is that if you must indulge in a massive meat repast, this will allow you to do so. Besides i always wondered why that beverage came out often in Germany and now we all know. I have become a scant meat eater myself and never go to excess but there was the time. At the same time we are approaching turkey season and that looks to be a sound addition to my meal. So maybe this needs to become an additional Christmas tradition.. *Germans Drink This 'Special' Alcohol Immediately After Heavy Food Consumption — Here’s Why* *http://humansarefree.co... more »

Rise of Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Begs Question: What Is Money?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Sorry folks but money has nothing to do directly with any idea of value. Instead it is a place holder for value independent of any material good or service or time. Public usage and trade establish an agreed value allowing exchange with scant loss or gain. Observe though the insatiable human demand for money and that comes from extreme convenience. Money always had more value in circulation than possible whatever it was made of. The value is the promise of circulation and third party acceptance.. *Rise of Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Begs Question: What Is Money?* *By David Ko... more »

Dogman (Dwayyo) Encounter - Frederick Co., Maryland

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Every once in a while i am reminded why it is important to read every plausible sighting report. This one finally gives me the expected front paw description which needs to conform to a two long clawed grasper ideal for arboreal travel. We have finally seen the two toed track a month ago as well. I have found that every good report will add about one key observation. Of course, after the first twenty or so sightings, you have a good working conjecture. In this case we are seeing the giant sloth. This demanded a two toe track sooner or later. As it turned out, it was ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: October 12, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Tank Firing-900] U.S. Army soldiers conduct gunnery training with an M1A2 Abrams battle tank in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Oct. 8, 2015. Thank you to Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach for taking this photograph!

A Look At The U.S. Army's Sikorsky S-97 Raider

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Daily Caller**:* *The Newest Army Helicopter Is An Incredible War Machine [VIDEO]* The United States Army is set to display the newest Army helicopter at the Association of the United States Army exhibition Oct. 12, and people will be able to get a full view of America’s newest war machine. The S-97 Raider, built by Sikorsky, is a multi-role attack helicopter, according to UPI. The S-97 Raider is unique for several reasons, including the fact that it has been developed with both vertical flight and forward speed capabilities. Building helicopters usually demands that the manufac... more »

Saudi Clerics Declare Jihad On Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Bruce Reidel, Brookings:* *Déjà vu? Saudi clerics declare jihad on Russia* In a statement harkening back to the war against the Soviet Union 36 years ago in Afghanistan, fifty-five Saudi Wahhabi clerics have signed a call for jihad against Russia for its military intervention in Syria. America and the West are accused of colluding with Moscow by only pretending to support the Syrian opposition since 2011. The statement is not an official document of the Kingdom, but it undoubtedly has much support in the House of Saud. The statement calls on all Sunni Muslims to unite to defeat "ts... more »

THE SEEDING FEAR VIDEO - The Story of Michael White vs Monsanto

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
Michael White vs Monsanto Published on July 23, 2015 *The story of a 4th generation farmer and seed cleaner who went toe to toe with Monsanto. * A Kings Point Production Presented by Shakey Pictures Directed/Produced by : Craig Jackson Edited by : Justin Weinstein and Craig Jackson Executive Produced by : Neil Young and Elliot Rabinowitz

More Bad News for COP21 Delegate Mushrooms

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
GWPF - linkThe Shrill keep talking about "Carbon Pollution." And when they say "carbon" they are actually referring to carbon dioxide (CO2). There is not even one paper that shows that carbon dioxide, man-made or otherwise, is causing runaway warming. No evidence that Carbon Dioxide is pollution. The delegates to COP21 should wake up and smell the roses that are fed by vital to life CO2. *London 12 October:* In an important new report published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, former IPCC delegate Dr Indur Goklany calls for a reassessment of carbon dioxide, which he sa... more »

This is Canada ...

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
Pass this on. Get out and vote. According to Elections Canada, 850,000 people voted at advance polls on Friday and 780,000 people voted on Saturday, a 34% increase over 2011. A good start. .

Aerosmith Tells Trump To Stop Using Their Music Without Paying

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
When Aerosmith attorney Dina LaPolt explained why Steven Tyler had asked her firm to send Trump's campaign a "cease-and-desist" letter in regard to one of the band's biggest hits, "Dream On," she said it had nothing to do with politics and that Tyler has no "personal issues with Mr. Trump." Tyler just doesn't want his song-- he wrote it and Trump has been playing the original performances of it without paying-- used in violation of copyright law. Copyright law entitles Tyler to compensation if the song is used publicly. Tyler-- and the rest of the band-- were Trump's guests at... more »

Will China Join Russian Troops In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *IBTimes*: *China's People's Liberation Army to join Russian troops in Syria to fight Isis?* After Russia sent in its elite military unit Spetsnaz to take out the Islamic State (Isis) terrorists, a report has now claimed that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is about to join forces in Syria. Citing a well-placed Syrian official Express.co.uk reported that China will be joining the Russians in the coming weeks, while some other reports claimed that the Chinese have already joined the operation. According to WND, even as the Russian vessels launched precision-guided cruis... more »

Is Russia's Intervention In Syria All About The Price Of Oil?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A picture taken on November 25, 2013 shows oil rigs in the Kurdish town of Derik, Syria (AFP Photo) / AFP *Alexander Temerko, The Guardian:* *Putin's Syria strikes are a long-term play for higher oil prices* How the Russian president’s real aims are securing both energy markets and his reputation back home. Russian airstrikes in Syria, the first launched by Moscow outside the former Soviet Union since 1979, have set the tone for what’s to come. The escalating attacks have mainly targeted moderate, western-backed rebels. Civilians have also been hit, while Russian jets have twice v... more »

Secret Structures on the Moon

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Aliens on the Moon

The Futurists Were Wrong About 2 Big Things: Greed And Stupidity

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 1 day ago
By Manifesto Joe I confess to be old enough to remember the 1960s and 1970s. The futurists of the time were telling us that by now we Americans would be working 25-hour weeks, with that workload regarded as full time and with the same standard of living, or likely even better. These bozos got it wrong in a number of very basic ways, but two ways really stand out: (1) greed and (2) human stupidity. Let's consider them one at a time. *Greed* The American economy has indeed expanded, and nearly as much as the futurists of the Sixties and Seventies thought it would. I've generally he... more »

Has California really abolished the high school exit exam? Not quite.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Sent to my state government representatives: According to news reports, Gov. Brown has "abolished" the high school exam. Not quite. The bill Gov. Brown signed (AB 172) does not abolish the exit exam forever. In fact, it requires that a panel be set up to "provide recommendations" for a new high school exit exam. I hope the panel reads the research on high school exit exams. Several studies have been done showing that high school exit exams do not lead to more college attendance, do not result in increased student learning and do not result in higher employment. In fact, rese... more »

Did Russia Intervene In Syria Because The U.S. Was Supplying TOW Missiles?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Video shows the moment when #FSA|s Brigade.13 destroyed a #Syria|n regime T-72 tank in #Hama|s northern countryside. pic.twitter.com/Eb4LSIjVUb — Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) October 9, 2015 *Washington Post*: *Did U.S. weapons supplied to Syrian rebels draw Russia into the conflict?* BEIRUT — American antitank missiles supplied to Syrian rebels are playing an unexpectedly prominent role in shaping the Syrian battlefield, giving the conflict the semblance of a proxy war between the United States and Russia, despite President Obama’s express desire to avoid one. The U.S.-made BGM-7... more »

President Obama On "60 Minutes"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Steve Kroft and President Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House CBS NEWS *CBS 60 Minutes*:* President Obama* Steve Kroft questions President Obama on topics including Russia's incursion in Syria, ISIS and the 2016 presidential race The following is a script from "President Obama" which aired on October 11, 2015. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. L. Franklin Devine, Michael Karzis and Maria Gavrilovic, producers. It's been a week of rising tensions in Syria with Russia stepping up airstrikes and naval bombardments in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and in some... more »

Quote of the day: On the happiness (or otherwise) of dictators

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*"It’s a great mistake to think that dictators are motivated by a rational calculation of their own happiness. They are motivated by an irrational obsession with raw power, power for its own sake, which they pursue far beyond the point where its benefits might conceivably justify the effort. Whatever opulence there is in their palaces, whatever empty satisfaction there may be in the pomp and circumstance of their office, it cannot outweigh the burden of living in fear, doomed to endless scheming and intrigue."* ~ Robert Tracinski, from his article ‘No, Obama Critics Don't Ad... more »

Russian President Putin Meets With Abu Dhabi Crown Prince To Discuss Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (r.). shakes hand with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Sochi, Russia on Sunday. Putin met with Prince Mohammed to discuss security in the Middle East and the conflict in Syria. *Haaretz/Reuters:* *Putin, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Meet in Russia to Discuss Syria* The meeting is the highest-level contact between the Kremlin and a Gulf Arab official since Russia began airstrikes to support Assad. REUTERS - Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Sunday to discuss se... more »

Musical Interlude: Andrea Bocelli, “Con Te Partiro”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Andrea Bocelli, “Con Te Partiro” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAiIQ91UPeo ◆ *English lyrics:* “Con Te Partiro” “Time to Say Goodbye” “When I'm alone I dream on the horizon, And words fail; Yes, I know there is no light In a room Where the sun is not there, If you are not with me. At the windows, Show everyone my heart Which you set alight; Enclose within me The light you Encountered on the street. Time to say goodbye, To countries I never Saw and shared with you, Now, yes, I shall experience them, I'll go with you On ships across seas Which, I know, No, no, exist no longer; With y... more »

Day 3 - Arriving in Belfast

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Lunch on the walk* We walked into Belfast today and once again (frankly much to my surprise) the response from the public remained excellent. They seem to understand our concern about the damage to sea life and at this point don't appear to be much put off by our pointing the finger directly at the Navy for causing so much of the harm. The weather was perfect again today and we had unexpected visits by two different families with their kids who eagerly brought their boundless energy to us. One of the moms is a former Catholic Worker activist who has moved back home to Maine to r... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The delightful Dark Doodad Nebula drifts through southern skies, a tantalizing target for binoculars in the constellation Musca, The Fly. The dusty cosmic cloud is seen against rich starfields just south of the prominent Coalsack Nebula and the Southern Cross. Stretching for about 3 degrees across this scene the Dark Doodad seems punctuated at its southern tip (lower left) by globular star cluster NGC 4372. *Click image for larger size.* Of course NGC 4372 roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy, a background object some 20,000 light-years away and only by chance along our line-of-s... more »

Chet Raymo, "Dust"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Dust"* by Chet Raymo "In Chekhov's play "The Three Sisters" sister Masha refuses "to live and not know why the cranes fly, why children are born, why the stars are in the sky. Either you know and you're alive or its all nonsense, all dust in the wind." Why? Why? The striving to know is what frees us from the bonds of self, said Einstein. It's the striving, rather than our knowledge - which is always tentative and partial - that is important. I've been living with grandchildren for the past few weeks. They seem to me to spend an inordinate amount of time with smart phones, iPads, ... more »

Russia Begins Arming Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
S-300 Air Defense System *Wall Street Journal*:* Meanwhile, Putin Is Also Arming Iran* The sale of the S-300 advanced surface-to-air missile system is a sign of things to come. While all eyes are on Vladimir Putin’s machinations in Syria, deploying Russian fighters and troops, a potentially more dangerous Moscow effort in Iran is picking up steam. Media outlets are reporting that Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems may be delivered before the end of the year. The S-300 is considered “defensive” and as such is not subject to United Nations sanctions. Each system fielded cr... more »

The Poet: T.S. Eliot, "The Four Quartets"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Four Quartets"* "I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. - T.S. Eliot

Russian President Putin Meets With Saudi Arabia's Defence And Foreign Minister To Discuss Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RT*: *Putin and Saudi defense minister meet in Russia, agree on common goals in Syria* Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s defense minister have agreed that Moscow and Riyadh should pursue common goals in Syria, including national reconciliation and combating terrorists, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said. Putin met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman for talks on the sidelines of a Formula 1 race in Sochi on Sunday. The meeting was also attended by the foreign ministers of both states. “The sides confirmed that Saudi Arabia and Russia have similar goals concerning Syria... more »

Have British Fighter Jets Been Given The Green Light To Shoot Down Hostile Russian Jets Over Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Star:* *RAF Tornados armed and dangerous: Tensions between Russia and UK escalate* RAF fighter jets will be armed with air-to-air missiles and have been given the green light to shoot down hostile Russian planes. British and Nato pilots have been told to take the drastic action if they are fired on by Vladimir Putin’s air force during missions over Iraq. The move comes after British ministers warned Russia had made the situation in the Middle East “much more dangerous”. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly conf... more »

RAF Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan Kills 5

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Royal Air Force 33 Sqn Puma's conduct winter training, including snow landings and under slung loads, in the mountainous region above Bardufoss, Norway. Wikipedia *BBC*: *RAF helicopter crash: Five Nato staff die in Afghanistan* Five people, including two RAF personnel, have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The Puma Mk2 helicopter crashed as it was landing at Nato's Resolute Support mission headquarters, Kabul. Nato has not released the nationalities of the other victims or the five left injured. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the crash was "an accident and ... more »

‪#‎SelfieGeneration‬

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Yes, it’s true. Primitive tribesmen were right. Taking pictures of everything absolutely does steal your soul. [Hat tip Karen Bridgman] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Transpicuous News : Oct 11th, 2015

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
LINKS FOR OCT 11 TN EXPECT A HUGE DISTRACTION THIS WEEK!!!!! - Russian airstrikes in Syria -US bombs Doctors without borders and now..... **Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached** http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/business/trans-pacific-partnership-trade-deal-is-reached.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region%C2%AEion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1 **Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again** http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-05/trans-pacific-partnership-deal-struck-corporate-secrecy-wins-again The Trans-Pac... more »

#JusticeorElse and education

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
Of what I reviewed on social media in the last day at the crossroads of education and Saturday’s march, this seems to be a general sentiment: “The education you are receiving has made you a better tool for your oppressor” #JusticeOrElse — jewelle. (@JewelleSantana) October 10, 2015 Or this: Education: We should start there because […]

"We Do Not Believe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our touch, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." - e.e. cummings, (1894-1962)

"Subliminal Advertising; Explicit Content Warning!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Subliminal Advertising"* *"Subliminal presentations that actually show you where the subliminals are located!”* *Explicit content warning!* - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttkvaJ_GRGk#t=151 Ahh, those clever advertising folks. What did you think you were seeing and hearing? So, how are you really making decisions? How well can you trust your own senses?

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"The U.S. Is A CORPORATION, Not A Country"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“A ‘Corporation’, Not A ‘Country’" “Corporation Nation (The U.S. Is A CORPORATION, Not A Country)” See the whole picture... Don't you just love how they always cloak their crimes with "legal" niceties? ◆ “To hell with the truth! As the history of the world proves, the truth has no bearing on anything. It's irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say. The lie of a pipe dream is what gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober.” - Eugene O'Neill, “The Iceman Cometh” ◆ Ever wonder why some American flags have a gold fringe on them? Ever hear of "Admiralty Law"? Y... more »

Pumping on the treadle

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
Time to make some holiday cards. A bit of green ink on the ink disk and some pumping on the treadle to distribute it on the rollers. Lock up the chase. Run the job. Come back when the ink is dry on the paper and bag up the products. I did four designs. Outside, a few sprinkles. Not nearly enough, but appreciated.

Machine of the day:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Capital leverages human effort. Capital in the form of modern machinery can make one person far more productive today than a hundred, or even a thousand might have been in the past. (Making a thousand of us … well, you work it out…) Take this logging machine by Ponsse North America … How cool is that! PS: There are over 3 *trillion* trees on Earth, 7 1/2 times more than previously expected; and where property rights are strongest most trees harvested for commercial use today are re-planted, making plantation forestry an *actual* renewable resource. What’s more, rapid growth of p... more »

Hung saga zigs and zags toward close

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Da-an River gorge north of Dongshih town.* DPP Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen once again reiterated her support for the status quo and for the determination of cross-strait policy by the people.... Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the chairwoman and presidential candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Sunday that the orientation of Taiwan's next administration should be decided by the people. Referring to President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) statement on cross-Taiwan Strait relations in his National Day message, Tsai said there was a huge difference between the views of the p... more »

Australia's COP21 Delegation must NOT give away Australia's sovereignty.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Previously this blog has written about *Donna Laframboise*'s book (eg Here, Here etc) *"The Delinquent Teenager who was mistaken for the world's top Climate Expert* The book concentrated on exposing the deception underpinning the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with regard to its claim that only the most expert, peer reviewed science underpins those reports. Donna cited numerous examples which showed that quite a few lead authors of IPCC reports were youthful graduate students, still working on their doctorates, while many others had strong links to ... more »

Markets in everything. Including body parts?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Any reason you shouldn’t be able to sell your blood, or buy a kidney? Not really, say guest posters Zac Gochenour & Peter Jaworski. And it would save lives.* How to Get a Spare Kidney The good news is that you already have one by Zac Gochenour A common complaint about a market in kidneys is that the sick poor would not be able to get kidneys as easily as with a first-come, first-serve system. Even the lowest estimates of the price of kidneys in a free market is a significant sum for many of the world's poor. But this argument ignores one of their biggest assets — their healthy... more »

Oct. 11: First, a few items the Irvinig press missed....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
The Irving press has given us virtually no analysis on the federal election. Of course not. They have nobody who's capable of doing it. All they can do if is carry daily reports of New Brunswick ridings - and, at that, they tell us nothing. So here's a review of the platforms by a reporter who knows what he's taking about. He's covered Ottawa for the CBC for decades and now, in retirement, still does it superbly. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2015/10/banish-pundits-and-polls-thanksgiving-election-conversations#.VhmgqknFx00.gmail And here's al Jazeera's American news.... more »

Mini-ramble, top ten

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Top-ten most popular links from last Friday morning’s ramble …. 1. Formidable Fox 2. A Deep Look Inside The Tyrannical Regime In Saudi Arabia 3. Top Scientist Resigns Admitting Global Warming Is A Big Scam 4. '97% Of Climate Scientists Agree' Is 100% Wrong 5. Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate 6. WATCH: Cruz Humiliates Sierra Club Prez at Senate Hearing 7. Strong support for guns in town shocked by college shooting 8. The Case for Open Borders 9. Farm-To-Table Weed Exists — & It Comes In A Mason Jar 10. New R... more »

The Dogs of Aksakal...and other travel notes

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Wednesday, September 16, 2015* We checked into our small "boutique" Hotel in Istanbul. The hotel is located on a sidestreet butting up against the foot of the ancient Roman retaining wall that supports the Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square) on top. To the left, we could see the harbour of Istanbul...I expected to see ancient triremes, battleships of the Greeks, appear on the horizon at any moment: *View of Sultanahmet Harbour from Hotel Erguvan rooftop restaurant* *View of small park against Hippodrome retaining wall with* *vegetable stand in front* *dog fight took place in middle of t... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
33 per day, the figure I saw...

"Three Blind Men and an Elephant"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Three Blind Men and an Elephant"* Author Unknown "One day, three blind men happened to meet each other and gossiped a long time about many things. Suddenly one of them recalled, " I heard that an elephant is a queer animal. Too bad we're blind and can't see it." "Ah, yes, truly too bad we don't have the good fortune to see the strange animal," another one sighed. The third one, quite annoyed, joined in and said, "See? Forget it! Just to feel it would be great." "Well, that's true. If only there were some way of touching the elephant, we'd be able to know," they all agreed. It so... more »

"I Hope..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.” “With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.” “I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.” - Studs Terkel

Christians stand with Muslims at JUSTICE OR ELSE rally in DC!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
The Nation of Islam just brought hundreds of thousands of people to Washington DC to stand up for truth and justice. Unfortunately, relatively few Muslims from other groups and backgrounds attended. Check out my dispatch from the rally: *Farrakhan’s “Justice or Else” march rocks DC! 9/11 truth and justice among issues highlighted by mega-event* Today, Muslims are the biggest target of injustice on a world-historical scale. The 9/11 false flag propaganda coup continues to drive a global war of genocide against the religion of Islam and its followers. Yet the vast majority of Ameri... more »

"The Grand Illusion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Grand Illusion"* by Admin "We live a world of illusions. The illusion of security. The illusion of wealth. The illusion of an economy. I could go on and on. But the truth, as hard as it is to swallow, is none of these things are real. Never have been and never will be. All are merely human inventions, concepts, ideas, whatever you want to call them. A human structure, construct, fabrication. Most of human history is about survival. As long as human-kind has existed, there has never been true peace, or prosperity, or any of that crap so many pay lip service to. Buy into all t... more »

GOP Extremists About To Be Hoist On Their Own Petard?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Mainstream conservatives in Congress are begging Boehner to make a deal with Nancy Pelosi to pass some of the urgent items on the national agenda, particularly lifting the debt ceiling. Their attitude is "screw the assholes in the Liberty Caucus; they brought this on themselves." Long Island Republican Peter King said Boehner can make these kinds of bold moves now because only a caretaker Speaker now and "doesn't have to worry about losing votes." And notice that of the 3 sponsors of this letter to Boehner asking him to do something about runaway gun violence, 2 of them are Republ... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Not everyone's ready to open the throttle up all the way. Put the pedal to the metal. Skinny-dip into a sea of infinite possibilities. And that's perfectly alright. Because there's nothing you're "supposed" to be doing with your life. No one is judged based upon how much turf they cover, how many mountains they climb, or how many deals they close. Because even one small drop from the sea is as infinite as all of the oceans combined. Kind of perked up when you read skinny-dip, didn't you? And, yes, of course, you already are the drop, just know it.” "Be the drop," The Universe... more »

A Step Closer To War Between Russia And UK

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
RAF Tornados are reportedly ready to stand up to Russian Jets in a supersonic battle over the volatile Middle eastern skies. British ministers have raised their concerns for peace and security in Iraq and Syria by blaming Russia for creating a “much more dangerous” situation in the middle east. This has led the defense chiefs to order RAF Tornados to be prepared for engagement with President Putin’s air force, which could lead the way to war and a possible nuclear confrontation. All efforts by the concerned parties is to fight ISIS which is also threatening with nuclear Armageddon. ... more »

Campbell's Soup pushes the homosexual agenda...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*they show this crapola on TV?* I don't watch TV. *Disclaimer: *Once again, allow me to say (I really should save this disclaimer, so I don't have to redo it all the time), by stating that I don't watch TV, I'm not being all snotty and snooty and claiming to be better than those who do watch TV. We don't have cable, and haven't for about 20 years, drastically cutting down our choices of programming. Even with cable, I doubt I would watch much TV. I'm simply too busy. So you can imagine my shock (okay - not really) when I saw the following ad from Campbell's, which has nothing t

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