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*"Courage"* "It is in the small things we see it. The child's first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk. The first spanking when your heart went on a journey all alone. When they called you crybaby or poor or fatty or crazy and made you into an alien, you drank their acid and concealed it. Later, if you faced the death of bombs and bullets you did not do it with a banner, you did it with only a hat to cover your heart. You did not fondle the weakness inside you though it was there. Your courage was a small coal that you kept swallo...more »
*Reuters:* *Lavrov says Russia helping fight against militants in Iraq* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday Moscow was helping the fight against Islamist insurgents in Iraq with the consent of the Baghdad government. "It is necessary to support the cooperation between the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Kurdistan in the fight against terrorism, but we are doing it with the consent of the government," he said. Lavrov, speaking at the Barents Euro-Arctic Council in Oulu, Finland, also said a new intelligence center in Baghdad currently staffed by Russian, Iraqi,...more »
I wouldn't bet the house on it, but I've thought from the very beginning that Ted Cruz would be the Republican candidate to face Bernie or Hillary. More recently, I came to realize that the GOP ticket would likely be Cruz/Fiorina. Last week I started getting the impression that I'm no longer alone in this assumption. George Will, for one, entertained the notion in a column he wrote for the *Washington Post*, referring to what Cruz has been up to as an audacious "base plus" strategy, which refutes assumptions about the importance of independent “swing” voters. Will defends him again...more »
*Leif Davenport* - Being aware of how our leaders use psychology against us is key to understading the true intent of their message. The post World Leaders are Trained to Manipulate Their Audiences with Body Language appeared first on Waking Times.
What are U.S. interests in Syria? As I wrote in a previous post, I’m not moved by arguments that suggest reputational losses should drive U.S. policy in Syria. The costs of backing down in Syria over Assad’s use of chemical weapons (and the likely costs of backing down in insisting that Assad must go before […]
*Washington Post:* *Pakistani leaders knew Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan, says former defense minister* A former Pakistani defense minister appeared to confirm on Indian television on Tuesday that both his country's senior military and civilian leadership knew of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's presence in their country at the time of his death in 2011. Bin Laden was killed after his compound in the environs of Islamabad was raided by U.S. Navy SEALs. It's an open secret that elements within Pakistan's military and political establishment must have been aware of bin Laden's lo...more »
[image: Walmart truck - 400] Wal-Mart Stores Inc. suffered its worst stock decline in more than 27 years after predicting a drop in annual profit, underscoring the giant retailer's struggles to reignite growth. Earnings will decrease 6 percent to 12 percent in fiscal 2017, which... Continue reading *“Wal-Mart Tumbles Most in 15 Years after Predicting Profit Slump”* at *bloomberg.com*.
A PLA Air Force H-6K bomber conducts a training flight in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in August. [Photo/Xinhua] *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *China’s Air Force Can Now Launch Long-Range, Precision Strikes* Beijing’s bomber fleet is able to strike distant targets with precision ammunition, according to Chinese media. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has extended its all-weather, long-range precision strike capabilities, according to a PLAAF aviation expert quoted in China Daily. “The fact that our H-6K bombers have performed several long-distance drills far ...more »
Afghan National Army troops distribute aid to the civilians of Kunduz, Afghanistan October 14, 2015. The Taliban said they were pulling back in the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday in order to protect civilians, but fighting continued elsewhere in the country with government troops battling to reopen the main highway south of the capital Kabul. Stringer/Reuters *New York Times:* *Obama Is Rethinking Pullout in Afghanistan* WASHINGTON — With pressure building on the White House to slow or completely halt the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, senior officials said tha...more »
[image: Persecution - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities...more »
May we be cautiously optimistic that the right to voluntary euthanasia –to die at the time and manner of your choosing, if you wish --will finally be recognised in law in this country sometime soon? It is quite literally a lottery, but ACT’s David Seymour is promoting a private member’s Bill which, if drawn in the regular ballot, could legalise assisted dying, and end the unendurable. *In my view [says Seymour] it is politically, morally, legally and, in terms of public policy, the right thing to do.* And so it is. If drawn, it’s been confirmed today (as much as anything is ever ...more »
*Dave Mihalovic* - Cancer is a deadly disease, but it is also a wonderful revenue generation tool for multi-national conglomerates. The post Cancer Detection and Treatment Leads To The Spread of The Disease Itself appeared first on Waking Times.
In *Nortel Networks Corporation (Re)*, 2015 ONCA 681 the Court of Appeal for Ontario made a policy decision about the running of interest after a CCAA filing. The Court held interest, in general, stops accruing. Unfortunately for the Court of Appeal there is a recent Supreme Court of Canada case (*Canada 3000 (Re)*; *Inter-Canadian (1991) Inc. (Trustee of)*, 2006 SCC 24,  1 S.C.R. 865) that says interest continues to accrue after a CCAA filing. Some might think the Supreme Court decision would bind the lower court - but not here. The passage in which the Court of Appeal de...more »
Chris Larson, building a progressive bench in Wisconsin The whole country had a chance to look at Scott Walker a few times over the last couple of years, most recently as he stumbled through-- and then out of-- the Republican presidential primary, where even early backers like the Koch brothers were horrified by his terrible performance. How did this clown even get elected governor of a sensible state Wisconsin? Well... it all started when he ran for the state Assembly in 1990 and lost to now-Congresswoman Gwen Moore in a landslide. He was only 22 and he figured out he'd have to find...more »
*By Noah* It’s safe to say that when Hillary Clinton finally announced, recently, that she was not supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP as it is more routinely called, that that was the first time many Americans had ever heard of TPP. Why? Well, for one thing, the negotiations of this particular international trade pact have been held in near total secrecy. The other reason is that our nation’s weeknight news outlets have abdicated their responsibility, moral and otherwise, to inform the public about this agreement which will greatly impact their lives. TPP has been b...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *Turkish Premier Says Islamic State and PKK May Have Both Played Role in Attack* Ahmet Davutoglu also says U.S. and Russian support for Kurds fighting in Syria poses threat ISTANBUL—Turkey’s premier suggested Wednesday that Kurdish separatists played a major a role in the country’s worst terrorist attack even as Islamic State remained a main suspect, an allegation critics and experts dismissed as a political tactic amid mounting tensions before critical elections. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also criticized the U.S. for what he said was supporting Syria...more »
….because almost all of today's Irving press is trash. The only story worth reading is on A1 “Senior officer tried to hush up visit to Oland death scene, court told” Of course. This is Canada. Somebody in a wealthy family is accused of a crime – and officials intervene to mess up the case. The lesson is clear. Kill only poor people. Then Harper gets really tough. The editorial cartoon has a picture of the world. It's called contagion. An arrow points to East Africa labelled Ebola. Another points to the Middle East with the label ISIS. A political cartoon should give people a jolt. I...more »
Geezerpower Oct. 14, 2015 I suppose that even those of us that associated ourselves with the Beat Generation thought that we were, somehow, unique in our lifestyle as we sat in the Sticky Wicket and discussed the viability of a socialist government. After all, we were only 30 some years away from the Great Depression, when Socialist, Norman Thomas was a presidential candidate. He was a conscientious objector and didn't agree with war as a solution for anything. The Korean War was discussed by us, at the coffee house, as exploitation of a country that had already been occupied by Jap...more »
*Ben Wedeman, CNN:* *Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know* Jerusalem (CNN)Over the past few weeks, violence in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flared up. Bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East but this particular wave of aggression -- stabbings as well as a shooting and driving into crowds -- is very different from rocket attacks or the orchestrated suicide bombings of the past. The attacks have prompted widespread talk of a third Palestinian "intifada" or uprising. Here's what you need to know. *Commentaries, Analysis, And Edit...more »
*An excerpt from, "Trans-Pacific Partnership text won't be available before election" CBC, October 14, 2015: * Canadians won't be able to see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal before they vote. Government officials told CBC News on Wednesday that the exact wording of the full agreement in principle announced Oct. 5 won't be finalized until next week. The federal election is next Monday, Oct. 19. *Video Title: TPP Leaked Doc Review: What will this mean for the people. Source: Professor Doom1. Date Published: October 13, 2015. Description: * Every part of this TPP...more »
Children these days are inundated with diagnoses for “bad” behaviour: if they haven’t got major depression they have bipolar disorder, or ADHD; if they don’t endure infrequent counselling then they’re prescribed therapy or medication. Or all three. Too many diagnoses are bogus, that’s true, But far too many are not, and too few parents and clinicians have any clue about causes. So what’s happening? Both parents and clinicians may be “barking up the wrong tree” says psychologist Victoria Dunckley, who suggests too many of both have refused to look at the bloody obvious. *That is, ...more »
Suheil (L), a 28-year-old Free Syrian Army fighter of the 101 Division, monitors the movements of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the town of Morek, in the northern countryside of Hama, Syria, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/KHALIL ASHAWI *Reuters*:* Islamic State battles insurgents as Syria army prepares assault* Islamic State militants battled rival insurgent groups on Wednesday north of the city of Aleppo, where officials say the Syrian army is preparing an offensive of its own backed by Iranian soldiers and Russian jets. A rebel fighter and a group monitoring t...more »
*“The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy”* Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look. by Ross Andersen *Click image for larger size.* "In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings outstretched in full flight, and Lyra, the harp that accompanied poetry in ancient Greece, from which we take our word “lyric.” Between these constellations sits an unusual star, invisible to the nake...more »
Video by Regis Tremblay I made a slight mistake in the video saying the 'christening' of the next Aegis destroyer at Bath Iron Works will be August 31 - should have said October 31. Sign of my being dog tired.
Jon Gambrell & Aya BatrawyatThe Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 photo, Prince Turki al-Faisal talks to the audience during the opening day of the Beirut Institute Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The prince, who spoke to The Associated Press in an interview Sunday during a visit to Abu Dhabi, said the oversight and management of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage is "a matter of sovereignty" and "privilege" and will not be shared with other nations. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The toll in the deadliest tragedy to ever strike the annual hajj pilgrimage rose Wedne...more »
"The first rule of life is to reveal nothing, to be exceptionally cautious in what you say, in whatever company you may find yourself. If you have a secret, you have only to whisper it to your dearest friend with the strictest injunction that it will go no further, and within half a day the story is all over town, and when you do make what would seem to be a perfectly sensible remark, you will find it reported in the most grotesque form, thus incurring no end of criticism to rebound upon you." - Elizabeth Aston
Food is important on peace walks. We carry two coolers with us filled with cheese, hummus, carrots and other left overs from the excellent pot luck suppers that are organized on our behalf. We are still eating from the four large loaves of wonderful bread donated to us by a popular Maine baking company. It's apple season in Maine so we have several bags of donated apples in the back of our van. During the suppers we've had apple cakes, applesauce, apple crisp and apple bars on the tables. And of course apple cider is available every night. Tonight is our first night on t...more »
The XM25 known as the Punisher can get to you even if you are hiding behind a solid object and feeling safe and cosy. It has ‘smart’ ammo that can outmanoeuvre you before you break cover. It will arrive at your doorstep via a laser rangefinder while you hide behind it. It’s been compared to a revolutionary technology in warfare such as a tank or a machine gun. The enemy has to find other methods of making themselves inconspicuous in battle from now on. The Mirror reports: The shoulder-fired XM25 Counter Defilade Engagement System, has a laser rangefinder and soldiers can programme e...more »
*A guest post from Graham Brown*. Dear Lord Sugar Tonight I tuned in eager to watch this year's offering of *Apprentice* wannabes tackle the challenges you set before them as they bid to become a big player in the rat race world of business. Matching socks and ties aplenty, the usual suitcase dragging, trench coat wearing, shifty-eyed entrepreneur types all looking to impress and be top of the pile whilst insisting they are ‘team players’. I, alongside millions of others, will tune in each week and enjoy every moment of awkwardness as they butt heads, don silly costumes (those yel...more »
*"Manipulating Reality: Facebook is Listening to You”* by Mel Gurtov “One thing we have become all too used to is that our reality can be manipulated to create the appearance of something else entirely. Invading another country is defensive, rigged elections are passed off as democracy in action, more guns (or more nuclear weapons) ensure the peace, trade and foreign investment increase jobs at home. Orwellian logic has become commonplace. What I am reporting on here is another kind of manipulation: How Facebook and other social media use the information we for the most part unknow...more »
*“What’s Coming Next from Our Comedian Central Bankers”* by Bill Bonner PARIS – "The Dow fell 50 points yesterday, halting an impressive bout of insanity. Asian and European markets are down this morning, too. If the selling continues, the Dow could fall back below 17,000 points today. With little real excitement in the markets, we turn to Britain’s “pink paper” for entertainment. *An Unwitting Comedian: *The Financial Times always brings us something to laugh at – usually in the editorial pages. Chief economics commentator Martin Wolf is an unwitting comedian. He’s always ready t...more »
*“The Death Of Hopium”* by Adam Taggart “As many readers know, I spent 15 years working in Silicon Valley before partnering up with Chris to start Peak Prosperity. I got my MBA at Stanford in 1999 when the dot-com bubble was at its zenith, and worked for both a VC-funded start-up as well as one of the biggest Internet juggernauts (Yahoo!). I lived in Palo Alto, the central core of the tech scene. As a result, I have a pretty good read on how Silicon Valley works. Many of the folks I worked and went to school with are now in leadership positions at the big operating companies, VC f...more »
[image: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Video Screen Grab - 900] One way to get a pro-choice advocate to dodge a question is to ask when life begins. However, it seems pretty obvious that a human is always, you know, human. Right? Not so much to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, mother...more »
[image: Robert Sarah - 400] Vatican City (AFP) – A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin “Beasts of the Apocalypse” comparable to Nazism and communism. In an intervention at an ongoing synod of... Continue reading *“Cardinal Says Sexual Liberalism and Islamic Extremism are ‘Beasts of Apocalypse’”* at *news.yahoo.com*.
The UK’s Commons Defence Select Committee is to hold an inquiry into the side-effects of the antimalarial drug, Lariam given to British soldiers. Ministry of Defence’s use of Lariam also known as mefloquine has reportedly led to an increase in psychotic behaviour and psychiatric complications among the users. The Independent revealed the extent of the problem earlier in the year by reporting that a thousand troops required psychiatric treatment since 2008 after taking Lariam. The Independent reports: In a letter to Dr Julian Lewis, chair of the committee, defence secretary Michael F...more »
*Skin is no longer in at *Playboy *magazine, meaning you really will have to start reading it for the articles. An early one could ask what Joseph Schumpeter might think. Guest poster Sarah Skwire has the answer already …* *The Creative Destruction of Nudity in Playboy Magazine* *Playboy* has finally found a new way to shock and titillate America. [image: image]The magazine has announced that it will no longer feature full nudity. Instead, it will be moving toward a partially clad, cheesecake pin-up style. It wouldn’t be everyone’s first reaction—particularly if you were a teenage...more »
Maybe Republicans and Republican-lite media elites expected Hillary to come off like she is in their sick, twisted fantasies. So they were shocked when she came off, instead, as calm, attractive and competent. When I woke this morning it was just before 5AM and the light source I use to get out of bed is the TV. On came *Morning Joe*, better known as the *Hate Hillary Hour*. But the 3 or 4 minutes I could of that wretched show was all about how she won the debate last night. In fact, *all* the media elites, especially the right-wing ones, are booming how Hillary was the clear winn...more »
*Reuters:* *China says not planning to send military ships to Syria* China said on Wednesday it had no plans to send military ships to Syria to fight with Russian forces after reports in overseas media that it was planning to do so. Chinese media has picked up Russian and Middle Eastern news reports that China would fight alongside Russia in Syria, and that China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, could participate too. Chinese media has also described these reports as speculative nonsense. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, when asked if China had or would send force...more »
The Mile High city passes proclamation observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Columbus Day. 12th October is now observed as Indigenous People’s Day on Columbus Day across some cities in parts of the U.S. It’s a celebration of the beautiful land and the American Indians who originally blessed it. On Monday Denver City Council unanimously passed the proclamation to the cheer of the crowd in the gallery. The Denver Post reports: “Today is a very good day to live in Denver,” said Councilman Paul Lopez, who sponsored the proclamation. In passing the proclamation, Denver joins other cities a...more »
National Review/Kevin WilliamsonatThe Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Bernie Sanders - 400] It had to be Denmark, didn't it? If you are the sort of person who has better things to do -- which is to say, a fully functioning adult who is not professionally obliged to follow these things -- then you... Continue reading *“Bernie Sanders’ Denmark Comments Show He Doesn’t Even Understand His Own ‘Socialism’”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Billy the Kid New Photo - 400] A photo of the Western outlaw Billy the Kid, purchased for $2 at a junk shop, could sell for $5 million at auction, according to a rare coin dealer in California. In 2010, Randy Guijarro purchased the photo for $2... Continue reading *“Billy the Kid Photo Purchased for $2 in Junk Shop, Could Sell for $5M”* at *usatoday.com*.
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015Mika interviews Trump:* We promise you! We won’t transcribe Morning Joe every single day. That said, we thought we’d follow up on yesterday’s post, where Mika was gushing about the insights of brilliant Candidate Trump. Trump had been challenged in a public forum on the topic of equal pay for women. He had given an utterly pointless answer, mainly praising himself. Yesterday morning, Mika swore there was more, so much more, to the candidate’s thinking on this topic. As we noted yesterday, Willie Haskell-Geist cued her up—and this is what she said: HA...more »
[image: Erasing the First Amendment - 900] It was only a matter of time. John Murphy, a former employee of the St. Francis home in Richmond, which serves the low income elderly, has filed a formal complaint against the Catholic Diocese of Richmond alleging employment discrimination. Murphy...more »
I for one am so sickened by the complete and utter bullcrap coming out of the lying media these days... The biggest atrocity against civilians in the last few years, outside of the psychotic state of Israel's massacre and genocide of the Palestinians, happened last week at that hospital in Kunduz province, Afghanistan... And yet we find the liars in the media not reporting at all on that deliberate act of genocide by the US government, or they are still claiming it to be a "mistake" even though all the evidence shows otherwise.... Lets face the facts right here about that deliberat...more »
So, after breaking out and analyzing the foreign policy aspects of the two Republican presidential nominee debates, it’s finally time for the Democrats to take center stage. I’ll be working off the transcript posted at the Washington Post. The foreign policy starts early, with candidates touting their cred: Chafee notes that he voted against the […]
My overall view of the first democratic debate of the 2016 nomination contest probably tracks with the consensus. I should disclose that I’ve contributed to the Sanders campaign and support it, even though my views on some issues are more conservative. In brief, Clinton showed herself a capable and exceedingly well-prepared politician. I jokingly commented on social […]
*John W. Whitehead* - It’s hard to tell young people that we live in a nation that values freedom, which is governed by the rule of law. The post How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in the American Police State? appeared first on Waking Times.
*Voice of America*: *Obama Sending US Soldiers to Cameroon* President Barack Obama is sending U.S. military personnel to Cameroon to conduct airborne surveillance of Boko Haram militants. The president announced the deployment in a letter sent Wednesday to the heads of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The letter makes no mention of Boko Haram, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the move is part of a regional effort to stop the spread of the Nigerian militant group and other extremists. Boko Haram has been active in northern Cameroon, across the border f...more »
The US has basically lost its initiative in Syria to have that nation destroyed and any attempts now to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad government have been ruined... This is all thanks to Russia's entry into the debacle and its destruction of the fraud US/Israeli created scam known as "ISIS".... Yes the US is now seen around the world as a real villain, and the real danger to world peace...The American government has been searching desperately for anything that it can use as a propaganda weapon to vilify the Russian Federation and divert attention away from its debacle in Syria... An...more »
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton walk on the stage at the end of a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.] I predicted that Bernie Sanders would best Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate, much as Donald Trump triumphed over the Republican presidential candidates. They both have an edginess and outsider willingnes...more »
The CIA has re-branded its moderate rebels, also known as the “Free Syrian Army” and often called “terrorists” According to Russia Insider : the new freedom-spreading group will be called the Syrian Democratic Forces: “The Syrian Democratic Forces calls itself a unified national military, aimed at establishing a new democratic Syria. Members include Kurds, Arabs and Assyrian Christians. But those familiar with the group say it’s led by the Kurdish YPG, the only partner the U.S. trusts. “Washington last week announced the overhaul of a rebel training program, which was halted after ...more »
[image: Justin Bieber - 400] Pop singer Justin Bieber’s latest album has been banned from some countries for being too religious and too provocative. According to TMZ, the artwork on the cover of the “Purpose” album has been rejected in several Middle Eastern countries, as... Continue reading *“Justin Bieber Album Banned in Some Countries for Being Too Religious”* at *cbn.com*.
A portrait of Jupiter has been put together by NASA using the latest images from their Hubble Space Telescope. Huffington Post reports: As part of a new series on the solar system’s outer planets, the space agency has released new maps of Jupiter. The images reveal a series of features including previously unseen characteristics of the Great Red Spot. “Every time we look at Jupiter, we get tantalizing hints that something really exciting is going on,” said Amy Simon, a planetary scientist at NASA. NASA Goddard YouTube video: “This time is no exception.” Hubble’s high-performance Wid...more »
*Trend (Iran)*: *Iran reveals underground missile base (VIDEO)* Iran has for the first time released the footage showcasing one of its underground missile bases. The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) was permitted to enter a base located 500 meters below the ground, and take its video for the first time, which was aired by the IRINN TV Oct. 14. “Iranian missiles of varying ranges are ready to be launched from underground bases once Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei orders to do so,” IRINN TV quoted the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Aerosp...more »
The first author of a paper that discussed sample sizes in clinical research is appealing the journal’s decision to retract it for plagiarism, arguing the article is “entirely different.” The Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences‘s editor-in-chief told us that they first contacted the author about the allegations more than two years ago, and finally issued the notice in September, saying the […] The post Author appeals retraction for plagiarism in clinical research paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The Iranian army are joining forces with Russia in a major offensive against ISIS in Syria. Thousands of Iranian troops are being deployed for the operation, but the operation has not yet been officially announced by Tehran. Pravda.ru reports: Military expert of the Association of Political Scientists, Doctor of Political Sciences, Andrey Koshkin, commented the situation for Pravda.Ru. “Iran is a member of the coordinating council in Damascus that also includes Russia, Syria and Iraq. The information about the direct involvement of the Iranian military in combat will become clear i...more »
The ‘Ebola nurse’ from Britain, Pauline Cafferkey, is said to be in a critical condition at hospital after complications arising from her Ebola infection were found. Cafferkey was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London, who say her condition has ‘deteriorated’ after it was believed that she had made a full recovery from the Ebola virus last year. BBC News reports: Ms Cafferkey, 39, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, contracted Ebola while working at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone last year. She spent almost a month in isolation at the Royal Free at the beginning of the...more »
The CIA have issued legal threats against the film producers of ‘9/11 Press for Truth’ who found explosive evidence of a cover-up regarding the intelligence the agency had. Producers Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy were contacted by the CIA on September 8th, 2015, regarding their extensive research, interviews and findings that led them to discover the identities of two key CIA analysts who were instrumental in covering-up the events of 9/11. The film’s producers initially only referred to the CIA analysts by their first names, but expressed their intention to later reveal their full...more »
Manufacturers of the Russian BUK missile have confirmed that Russia was not responsible for shooting down Malaysian airlines flight MH17, as has been suggested recently by western governments and media. The manufacturers of the weapon, Almaz-Antey, have said that recent tests involving BUK anti-aircraft missiles prove that any explosion caused by such missiles would lave a distinctive “butterfly-shaped’ hole in the shrapnel – something missing from the shrapnel found on flight MH17. Rt.com reports: MH17 shot with BUK missile, Ukraine failed to close airspace http://t.co/PV1SiKozKY ...more »
In our galaxy scientists have discovered an unusual and mysterious star, visible to the Kepler Space Telescope, that they say may be home to alien life. Tabetha Boyajian, a postdoc at Yale, says “We’d never seen anything like this star. It was really weird. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out.“ Theatlantic.com reports: Kepler was looking for tiny dips in the light emitted by this star. Indeed, it was looking for these dips in more than 150,000 stars, simultaneously, because these dips are often shadows cast by transiting planets...more »
A creepy new ‘brain magnet’ developed by scientists has the ability to make Christians no longer believe in God, and have people change their personalities in dramatic ways that go against their fundamental principals and ideologies. A technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) allows scientists to essentially change a persons personality by shutting down certain groups of neurones in the brain. Express.co.uk reports: TMS, which is used to treat depression, involves placing a large electromagnetic coil against the scalp which creates electric currents that stimulate ne...more »
A depressing new report from Credit Suisse shows that the world’s richest one per cent are gaining more power as they now hold over half of the planet’s wealth. The bottom 50 per cent of the world own less than one per cent, leaving an income gap bigger than its ever been in history. Independent.co.uk reports: The Global Wealth Report found that to be counted among the world’s wealthiest ten per cent, an individual would need to possess $68,800 (£44,500), while those in the top one per cent would need (£492,000). The report, which examined wealth in more than 200 countries, also rev...more »
Shares of Walmart have plunged to an all time recent low on Wednesday, dipping to 9 percent – the worst it has been in 15 years. Walmart lost over $20 billion in one day, with over 30 million shares being traded before noon. Cnbc.com reports: Wal-Mart now on pace for biggest one-day decline since April 2000. Cue up rollback prices comments. $WMT — Bespoke (@bespokeinvest) October 14, 2015 Wal-Mart pinned the rise in expenses on recent wage hikes, which it said will increase costs by $1.2 billion this year. Wal-Mart expects earnings per share to decline between 6 and 12 percent next ...more »
*Daily Mail*: *US and Russia in talks to avoid clashing in Syrian skies as Iran positions thousands of troops near Aleppo to support regime bid to retake ISIS stronghold* * US and Russian jets came so close during raids they could see each other * Their military jets are carrying out air raids on differing targets in Syria * Military leaders will now meet to discuss how to avoid clashing in the skies * Iran believed to have sent thousands of troops into Syria to support regime * They are assisting in battles currently raging around capital of Damascus The U.S. and Russia are set to...more »
*Phillip Smyth, Daily Beast: **Iran’s Losing Major Operatives in Syria* From Revolutionary Guards generals to Hezbollah commanders, Tehran’s agents are being offed at a rapid rate in a foreign war zone. With the aid of Russian airstrikes, Iranian-backed foreign fighters, and a combination of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regular and militia forces are on the march. Yet Iran and its proxies have taken some significant high-ranking casualties since the start of their recruitment and deployment drives to Syria. These losses all serve to map out the current offensive being launche...more »
*Newsweek/Reuters*:* Russia, Assad, Iran and Hezbollah to Begin Offensive Against Rebels in Aleppo* Syria's army along with Iranian and Hezbollah allies will soon launch a ground attack supported by Russian air strikes against insurgents in the Aleppo area, two senior regional officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Control of Aleppo city and the surrounding province in the area near the Turkish border is divided among the Syrian government, insurgent groups fighting Assad and the Islamic State group that controls some rural areas near the city. "The big battle preparations in that ar...more »
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) met in Moscow on Wednesday and raised concerns over increased Islamic State militant activity in their region. Sputnik News reports: The CSTO Secretariat held a meeting on Wednesday at the level of deputy security secretaries with participation of the Iranian Ambassador in Russia and a representative from the Chinese embassy in Moscow. “The participants noted the presence of some 2,000-3,000 Islamic State militants in Afghanistan…and expressed concern over possible deterioration of the security situation on the border between Afghan...more »
[image: President Barack Obama_400] With pressure building on the White House to slow or completely halt the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, senior officials said that President Obama appears increasingly willing to keep a force there large enough to carry on the hunt... Continue reading *“Officials: Obama is Rethinking Afghanistan Pullout”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: Christian with Cocktail - 900] I could hear the shock and pain in his voice. He could not believe what he had just seen at a birthday party for a pastor's wife. How could this be? I received a text from this friend during my...more »
[image: Gun Concealed Weapon - 900] The grand illusion of zealots for laws preventing ordinary, law-abiding people from having guns is that “gun control” laws actually control guns. In a country with many millions of guns, not all of them registered, this is a fantasy and...more »
TheBlaze/Scott MorefieldatThe Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Free Syrian Army soldier - 400] If we've learned anything by studying history, it's that there's rarely a purely "good" or purely "evil" side in war. Instead, there's various shades of gray. Sure, one shade may be brighter than the other (we all hope that's "our"... Continue reading *“Why Conservatives, Obama are Both Wrong on Syria”* at *theblaze.com*.
*Sputnik: **1000s of Iranian Troops Enter Syria for Offensive Backed by Russian Strikes* With Russian airstrikes dealing heavy losses to the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group, reports have surfaced that Iranian troops will soon launch a ground offensive alongside the Syrian army to retake Aleppo. Last week, IS fighters managed to seize a large swathe of Aleppo, in Syria’s north. While Syrian forces have already reclaimed part of that territory, a ground offensive will be launched in the coming days to purge the terrorist group from the area. According to two senior re...more »
*Twelve-month moving average in temperature anomaly, measured against 1951–1980 mean °C. It may be a see-saw course, but it's riding an uphill train (source; click to enlarge).* *by Gaius Publius* That global warming "pause" your climate-delayer friends have been touting, if it ever existed, is over. The news, courtesy of Joe Romm at ClimateProgress (my emphasis): *Déjà Vu Again: Hot September Drives 2015 To Hottest Year On Record* Once again, it’s the hottest year on record by far through last month, NASA reports. We’re running out of headlines for this repetitive monthly warm u...more »
The Russian Foreign Minister has said that the Free Syrian Army and the moderate opposition generally remain a “phantom” group. Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow has even called on the US to explain what it is and where it is based. Russia Insider reports: “No one has told us where the Free Syrian Army operates or where and how the other units of the moderate opposition act,” Lavrov said. “We will even be ready to establish contact with it, if these are indeed efficient armed groups of the patriotic opposition that consist of Syrians,” the foreign minister added. So far, the Free Syrian...more »
*Washington Post*: *Israeli army fans out into cities after deadly Palestinian attacks* JERUSALEM — The Israeli army fanned out across major cities Wednesday to help police counter a wave of Palestinian attacks that have left the country deeply shaken, and police said they foiled an attempted stabbing assault on security forces, killing the assailant. No Israelis were wounded in the incident outside Jerusalem’s Old City, police said, and no details of the alleged attacker’s identity were immediately provided. It was the type of ambush-style attack that has prompted Israel to begi...more »
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Martin O'Malley take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.] It’s little wonder the Democrats held their first debate of the 2016 race in Las Vegas. It’s loud, hot and shallow, and by the time they’re through with you they’ve taken all your hard-earned money. What Elvis Presley song were they singing...more »
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) CNN anchor Anderson Cooper moderates a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook for Democratic presidential candidates Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The five candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.] Final ratings won’t come in until later in the day. But preliminary Nielsen ratings indicate that CNN’s Tuesday night debate was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever. The 9 p.m. and 10 ...more »
The confusing policies and lack of intelligent debate in the west regarding real world problems, means the West has no plans to resolve the Syrian war. It could even be said that powerful forces in the West have deliberately manufactured the present situation, say in the Middle East and the Syrian civil war. That only means that the end game is to wipe the slate clean and with it the evidence of the past. Therefore war and chaos in all its form awaits the people of the old world while Europe and America prepare their populations for a taste of war/conflict austerity and with it patri...more »
*easily absorbed in 22 minutes.* In view of last nights "debate", and this decision by the Supreme Court, if you don't know the history of PC, this video does a fine job of summing it all up. *First the Supreme Court decision:* From Instapundit: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS, 9-0. So if a group wants to express hostility to homosexuality — or hostility based on race, or sex, or religion, or what have you — it has the right to do that. And that’s so even if the group seeks access (on the same terms as other groups) to generally available university property, services,...more »
*A brief but comprehensive description* *of American Foreign Policy* The first time I heard about the US foreign policy of unipolarity or "exceptionalism", developed in the late 90's by the Bush neocons, it was by US Foreign Secretary Condaleeza Rice. She stated it as if it had been in place forever...but I knew better. This was something new, *but yet I had heard something vaguely similar before. *During the late 80's and early 90's the Canadian Conservative Mulroney neocons had tried a similar stunt in Canada...with the failed Meech Lake Accord. In that ploy, they tried to con...more »
[image: Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on October 1st, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The family of a suburban Philadelphia boy with cerebral palsy, famously blessed by Pope Francis upon his arrival to the City of Brotherly Love, has received nearly $100,000 in support through crowdfunding. The Washington Post reports the...more »
------------------------------ *The MH-17 ‘Report’ — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ October 13, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter The MH-17 ‘Report’ Paul Craig Roberts When I read that the report on the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was being put in the hands of the Dutch, I knew that there would be no investigation and no attention to the facts. And there wasn’t. I did not intend to write about the report, because Washington’s propaganda has already ...more »
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee take part in presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The five candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.] We found several falsehoods and misleading claims in the Democratic candidates’ first debate: Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton revised her earlier statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, claiming...more »
Ruben Toledo "There is no such thing as a map or a safety net when you are an artist." ~ Isabael Toledo in "Roots of Style" part memoir, part beautiful meditation on love, life and fashion. Ruben Toledo I had the privilege of spending lots of time with the extraordinary artist and fashion designer Isabel Toledo and her equally extra special husband, the fashion illustrator and artist, Ruben during the making of her memoir several years ago. The jam sessions with the Toledos and Isabel, especially, were transformational. Years later, her essence lingers... By Isabel's lived example...more »
*VOA*: *UN: Afghan Opium Production Down 48%* ISLAMABAD — The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported Wednesday that the amount of opium produced in Afghanistan during the current year dropped by 48 percent. "We have 3,300 tons of opium production this year as compared to 6,400 tons last year," UNODC regional representative Andrey Avetisyan,told reporters in Kabul. The UNODC attributed the dramatic drop to better cooperation between enforcement agencies and Afghan policy makers. The low production can also be attributed to a reduction in area under cultivation,...more »
*VOA*:* US, Russia Holding Talks to Seal Air Safety Agreement in Syria* U.S. and Russian defense officials are holding more talks Wednesday via videoconference on safety procedures for their crews flying missions over Syria. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the discussions are progressing and that he expects an agreement "in very short order" to help prevent a potential mid-air disaster involving U.S. and Russian aircraft. "Even as we continue to disagree on Syria policy, we should be able to at least agree on making sure that airman are as safe as possible," Ca...more »
------------------------------ *FRENCH GOVERNMENT ALIGNS WITH RUSSIA’S WAR AGAINST ISIS * ------------------------------ October 11, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *LOOKS LIKE THE IMMORAL DUMBSHITS IN WASHINGTON ARE LOSING CONTROL OF THEIR EMPIRE* This article originally appeared in *German Economic News*. Translated from the German by Werner Schrimpf. The French will support Russia’s fight against terrorists in Syria. U.S. President Obama will be kept informed about developments. Last M...more »
[image: Soldier Salutes-400] The Defense Department on Tuesday identified the two U.S. airmen who were among five killed Sunday when a British helicopter crashed at a NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Master Sgt.... Continue reading *“Pentagon Identifies 2 Airmen Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash”* at *stripes.com*.
[image: US Vice President Joe Biden (L) talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as US President Barack Obama hosts a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2009.] The scuttlebutt in Washington is that Vice President Joe Biden is going to throw his hat into the presidential race, which means there is at least a 50 percent chance that he will. I mean, when is the Beltway scuttlebutt...more »
A journal has retracted a duplicate version of a case report about a patient with Parkinson’s disease after mistakenly publishing the paper twice. The Journal of Movement Disorders initially published the report — which detailed the case of an elderly woman with Parkinson’s disease whose symptoms worsened during drug treatment — in 2010. But it ended up printing it […] The post Journal mistakenly publishes Parkinson’s case report twice appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015Part 3—The Boston Globe swallows the con:* Because of the way our brains evolved, assailing The Others will often feel righteous. At highly partisan tribal tines, the saints may overdo the process. TV stars may overstate too, pleasing their viewers, bumping their ratings and justifying their salaries. It can even happen here, over here in our own flawless liberal tribe! Consider Rachel Maddow’s recent visits to Alabama. Last night, Rachel visited the state once again, discussing the recent decision to close driver’s license offices in 30 of 67 counties...more »
Yesterday, several news outlets including IOL South Africa, Middle East North Africa Financial Network, Persia's Press TV, and Deutsche Welle spread some would-be damning news (originally from AFP) ignited by the statement of the Czech ombudswoman, Ms Anna Šabatová, that "the Czech refugee camp is worse than a prison". She is clearly one of the puppets who actually defend the views of some of the Western NGOs. The Czech public has had access to much better information. Let me share it with you. The main article I recommend to you is the Czech TV web article titled Refugees who hav...more »
If you've been paying attention you know that the *"democratic forces of Syria'* are a *rebrand of all the "rebels' with the Kurds* being officially brought into the fold- I say *officially* because* the Kurdish militias have always been part of the destabilization fold.* *If you missed this news, read from Monday October 12/15* *US Airdrops Tons & Tons of Munitions into Northern Syria- For the “good” terrorists* *Then read*:* US Airdrops Weapons to Kurdish Militias in Northern Syria: Kurds & War Crimes!* *Snip: * *The Democratic Forces of Syria includes the YPG, various Arab grou...more »
*Zen Gardner* - If only people woke up from this and similar programming we would have a different world overnight. The post The Religious Mindset – Gateway to a New Dark Age appeared first on Waking Times.
China's first aircraft carrier, which was renovated from an old aircraft carrier that China bought from Ukraine in 1998, is seen docked at Dalian Port, in Dalian, Liaoning province September 22, 2012. *Reuters: **China says not planning to send military ships to Syria* China said on Wednesday it had no plans to send military ships to Syria to fight with Russian forces after reports in overseas media that it was planning to do so. Chinese media has picked up Russian and Middle Eastern news reports that China would fight alongside Russia in Syria, and that China's sole aircraft carr...more »
The Islamic State’s official spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani recently recognized the death of Abu Muslim al-Turkmani the second in command of the organization. Turkmani reportedly died twice before so when the United States said they had killed him a third time in August 2015 it had to be taken with a grain of salt. Now that his death has been confirmed it marks a significant loss for IS and its institutional know how. On October 13, 2015 Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the Islamic State’s official spokesman released a new audio recording in which he acknowledged the death of Abu Muslim ...more »
Evolution News/Wesley J. SmithatThe Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Brain cells] Transhumanism is a materialist religion. That’s not an oxymoron. Few transhumanists believe in anything beyond mere materiality, so they look upon SCIENCE! as religionists do to God -- as a future bestower of eternal life. For me, the trouble with transhumanism... Continue reading *“Neuroscience Busts Transhumanist Immortality Fantasy”* at *evolutionnews.org*.
In August, we reported on a clinical trial on hundreds of hypertensive patients that was published six times. Now, copies published in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety and Journal of the American Society of Hypertension (JASH) have been retracted, making for a total of three retractions for the group of papers. The authors have defended the papers as being decidedly […] The post Authors defend publishing clinical trial six times, even as they earn two more retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.
http://www.timsackett.com/ Even if Stephen Harper wins a minority, it looks like he won't be around long. Whoever forms the next government will face the task of rebuilding the public service. Jeremy Nuttall writes: No matter who forms government after Monday's election, they need to move quickly to end the culture of intimidation, inefficiency and top-down management that infects Canada's public service, say two former top bureaucrats. Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page and the former nuclear safety watchdog Linda ...more »
[image: Iran Hezbollah Syria] BEIRUT (AP) -- A regional official and Syrian activists say Iran and its proxy militia in Lebanon have poured in hundreds of fighters to central and northern Syria in recent days. They say the Iranian and Hezbollah fighters are taking...more »
*Daily Caller: **Congressional Review Of Copyright Law May Threaten Drudge Report* WASHINGTON — Congress may update digital copyright law affecting aggregator sites, like the Drudge Report and Real Clear Politics, along with news sites in the near future. “Two years ago, the House Judiciary Committee launched a comprehensive review of our nation’s copyright laws, which have not been updated since 1976. As technology continues to rapidly advance, we have a responsibility to ensure that our laws are keeping pace with these developments,” Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a st...more »
Future of warfare? Russia's deputy prime minister said that they now need gamers who play World of Tanks, an online war simulator, rather than regular tank drivers. Pictured above is an image from the online game *Daily Mail:* *Russia has turned its T-90 tank into a robot – and plans to hire gamers to fight future wars* * Arms company said it is refitting iconic war machine to work remotely * Drivers will be able to manoeuvre war machine from up to three miles away * Russian deputy prime minister said future army will need to recruit gamers * Named online game World of Tanks...more »
*[image: Emoto]* This is an important observation. It confirms that the human spirit body which drives every cell in our our body and can be directed by our consciousness is able to direct individual molecules in their reaction choices. This was necessary for the spirit world to direct all life on Earth. I use the word direct because that is what is happening at the chemical reaction level and it has been identified as life force in the past. Once you understand that the information density of the spirit body is millions of times greater that the information density of atoms, a...more »
We hold the developing world to a different standard and then the war with the threat of communism was not a straw man. Worse, Communism made a practice of massive genocide. Why have we forgotten that? If anything Vietnam was the exception more or less when they imposed reeducation camps intead which happens to be an acceptable choice. After all that is how we de Nazified Germany. Prior to that we had North Korea and Cuba and then there was Stalin. Thus the choice in the early sixties was pretty stark for Suharto when a large body of the population was at least sympathetic. ...more »
[image: Chinese Stock Market] LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets extended losses Wednesday as investors fretted over the prospect of Chinese deflation, though the selling was kept in check amid hopes of a further stimulus from Beijing. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100...more »
[image: clinton] CNN spent more than 10 minutes pressing GOP candidates about Planned Parenthood during the previous debate - but moderators couldn't bear to mention the abortion giant once during Tuesday's Democratic primary debate. Not even after Hillary Clinton brought up the... Continue reading *“CNN Ignores Planned Parenthood at Dem Debate Even When Hillary Brings It Up”* at *newsbusters.org*.
Image from Rally Point *Blake Franco, National Interest:* *This Is Why the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Can't Truly Replace the A-10* The U.S. Congress's recent decision to extend the service life of the A-10 Thunderbolt II reveals resistance to current thinking at the Pentagon. A more powerful China and an increasingly assertive Russia have focused defense planners’ attention on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But even as insurgencies continue in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, the Pentagon seems intent on using the USAF’s version, the F-35A, to replace one of its most capable f...more »
“I was provided a free Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.” Losing weight is hard. I watched my mom struggle with weight my entire childhood and I never really understood why. Then I had a baby. It took four years of struggling to get that baby weight off and it took the most self control I have ever had to show. Now my little one is just about ready to wean and I am ready to focus on getting my body back. These are the reasons I struggle to get the weight off. Knowing about them helps me watch out for them and keep them from bec...more »
After Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus that Bernie founded and was first chairman of, endorsed Bernie last week, I asked a savvy friend of mine on Capitol Hill when some of the other progressives who love the platform Bernie is running on would jump in. She told me that it probably wouldn't happen until after the first debate. Well... Keith Ellison (D-MN), the other co-chair of the Caucus, jumped in Monday afternoon, *before* the last night's debate. Keith knew exactly what Bernie would say in the debate. It's the kind policy he's been work...more »
*School-Shooting Remedies: True and False* It’s no mystery why school shootings—which have taken nine innocent lives at Umpqua Community College, 13 at Columbine High, 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary, and 32 at Virginia Tech—shake us to our core. Understandably, each massacre has kicked off another round in the national debate about violence, mental health, and gun policy. Unfortunately, too often the leading proposed reforms arise from wishful thinking instead of hard-headed realism, according to Independent Institute Research Fellow Sheldon Richman. Leading the pack of proposals bas...more »
*is fairly easy.* Every one of them tried to top the others on how much free sh*t they would hand out. Poor people are poor because the wicked rich people are hoarding all the money. Black lives are the only ones that matter to all except Jim Webb. He sorta kinda thinks we all matter. They all think global warming is "settled science", and will turn off our air conditioners to save the planet - or something. Based on what I heard about gun control, I will be stocking up on ammunition, and you should, too. Lincoln Chaffee is a weird little man. Martin O'Malley is an even weird...more »
*The Warmist hate is really boiling at Salon * *The "Salon" writer, Paul Rosenberg is a shrill critic of everything and everyone on the conservative side of American politics so his rant excerpted below is not unexpected. The poor fellow is just full of hate. He never runs out of it. So his denunciation of climate critics as worse than Hitler seems deranged but was to be expected.But he is not insane. Given his assumptions, climate critics are indeed a bad lot. Rosenberg has drunken every drop of the Warmist Kool-Aid so really seems to believe that a "Climate holocaust" will...more »
[image: Pakistan Suicide Bomber] MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at the election office of a ruling party lawmaker, killing seven people and wounding nine others in central Pakistan on Wednesday, police said. Amjad Khosa wasn’t present at his election...more »
[image: child custody] HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana daycare owner was punched and hit in the face with a shovel after refusing to hand three young siblings to their father, who was drunk and lacks legal custody, authorities said. Martha McClure had...more »
[image: honorary soldier - 400] TRENTON, N.C. (WNCT) - Supporters of 7-year-old Alex Lockhart gathered at Jones Senior High School to show support and see Alex get enlisted in the United States Army. Alex has stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma cancer, loves Harley Davidson and has dreams... Continue reading *“7-Year-Old NC Boy Becomes Honorary US Army Soldier”* at *wncn.com*.
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)] Watching the Democrats debate Tuesday night, my first reaction was the obvious one: Dear God, half of my fellow citizens broadly agree with these maniacs -- and some of them are operating airplanes I mi...more »
[image: Sanders Clinton Screenshot] Reporters in the press room at the Democratic Party presidential debate held in Las Vegas Tuesday night exploded in cheers after Sen. Bernie Sanders emphatically called for the media to stop reporting on the Hillary Clinton email controversy. Two reporters... Continue reading *“CNN Debate: Press Room Explodes in Cheers as Bernie Sanders Demands Media Stop Reporting on Hillary’s Email Scandal”* at *thegatewaypundit.com*.
[image: cubs-2] CHICAGO -- Party like it's 1908. If the Mets get past the Dodgers Thursday in L.A., they will see a whole different animal in these 2015 Cubs. Get ready for a doozy of an NLCS. Power pitching against power hitting.... Continue reading *“Cubs Take Time to Celebrate But Sights Are Set on Making History”* at *nypost.com*.
[image: ambulance] PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A small plane plunged into a Florida mobile home park, churning up flames and a column of black smoke, and authorities said they rushed to check for an “unknown number of victims” in the chaotic...more »
If you're a Hillary fan, Hillary won the debate. If you're a Bernie fan, Bernie won the debate. If you're a Lincoln Chafee fan, I can give you the name of a very good therapist. Even within the suffocating confines of the Democratic machine, last night's debate was practically Lincoln-Douglas compared to the recent Republican circuses. And I give high marks to moderator Anderson Cooper, who was somehow able to resist asking the candidates who they'd like to see on the $10 bill. The mass media are, of course, making gleeful hay out of Clinton's attack on Bernie's gun control record...more »
Well well well.... I do love when pieces flow together in a seamless stream of information. I woke up this morning to three different posts in the new UnFuckers Unite Facebook group, that ties some interesting information together today. First up, this report http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/10/ghost-cities-mysteriously-appear-over-parts-of-china/ Ghost Cities Mysteriously Appear Over Parts of China Imagine looking out a window at dusk on a misty evening and seeing the ghostly skyline of a mysterious city floating in the sky above you. This actually happened in early October wh...more »
[image: #EarthSheriff™ Fed Reserve Military takeover UPDATE:] info from: David SweetOct 13, 2015 *The US military, under the new leadership of Marine General Joseph Dunford, has come out with guns blazing to free the people of the United States and the world!* http://geopolitics.co/2015/10/13/the-kkhazarian-mob-is-on-the-run-as-us-military-takes-over-federal-reserve-board/ . Under his command, the US military has taken over the Khazarian mob’s main source of power, the Federal Reserve Board. To confirm this, go visit the home page of the Federal Reserve board, it is no longer ...more »
[image: CNN Democratic Debate] The five Democratic candidates had two minutes for their opening statements and plenty of time to prepare them. So what did each of the five want to tell the county about himself? And what did each tell us about himself...more »
[image: Paul Ryan - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn’t feel like a character in the classic film The Godfather, weighing an offer he can’t refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure...more »
[image: Israeli troops] JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military began deploying hundreds of troops in Israeli cities Wednesday to assist police forces in countering a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have created panic across the country. The military’s deployment...more »
Authorities in Alaska advocate more oil exploration to help with the growing costs of climate change. Alaska gets most of its revenues from petroleum taxes and fees, but the state is now feeling the strain due to plummeting oil prices. RT reports: “We are in a significant fiscal challenge. We have villages that are washing away because of changes in the climate,” Governor Bill Walker, an independent, told the BBC in an interview Monday. To illustrate the point, he brought up a village in northwestern Alaska, threatened by rising water levels and soil erosion. “I don’t see anyone put...more »
*October 13, 2015* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - At best, the United States, its NATO allies and the regime they have collectively created in Kiev, Ukraine, will be able to claim Russia, or militants defending eastern Ukraine from Kiev's armed incursions, accidentally shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) after air controllers in Kiev recklessly sent it on a course over a battlefield other airliners had made a point to circumvent. At worst, the US and its junior partners across Europe and the remnants of the British Commonwealth, will be implicated either in shooting it down accid...more »
[image: San Francisco District Attorney] As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after...more »
ANDREW DALTON & SALLY HOatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Lamar Odom] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, authorities said. The former Los Angeles Laker and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family was in a Las...more »
By Paul Homewood http://order-order.com/2015/10/13/unfortunate-victim-tim-yeo-suing-sunday-times/ You’ve probably already read that Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel. Guido has more detail: Disgraced former Tory MP Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel over three articles from 2013. Readers will remember the paper alleged that when Yeo was […]
The full privatisation of Royal Mail has now been completed in a process that has proved controversial on many levels. The Conservative government sold off its final 13 percent public stake in Royal Mail for just over £591 million. The postal workers union have branded the move a “disgrace”. Royal Mail shares were sold at 455p per share on Monday night, making final the 2-year privatization scheme. The remaining 1 percent stake was awarded to eligible Royal Mail employees, bringing the workers’ total stake in the company to 12 percent. George Osborne was happy with the move, even cl...more »
ISIS militants have confirmed the death of their second in command at the hands of the Americans. According to the White House he was killed in a US air strike on August 18 near Mosul. Jihadi websites have confirmed his death and praised the man who went from being an Iraqi officer under Saddam to an ISIS Commander in modern Iraq. The Daily Mirror reports: Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, also known as Haji Mutaz and Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi, was blown up in an attack near Mosul on August 18, according to the White House. Today Islamic State’s spokesman appeared to confirm his death. In an audio...more »
Overview ........ *Jonathan Ferro* @FerroTV 3h 3 hours ago Morning Note: 1. Trading pain at JPMorgan. 2. Federal Reserve board divided. 3. China lowflation [image: Embedded image permalink] Refugee crisis..... *Ian Traynor* @traynorbrussels 2m 2 minutes ago #migration EU setting up 'centres for identification and expulsion'. 'People are not allowed to leave them' - commission official *Open Europe* @OpenEurope 1m 1 minute ago #Timmermans: To be blunt, the member states will have to do as they've promised on #migrationcrisis in September. *T...more »
[image: Woodcut - Charity] DEACON KEITH FOURNIER -- There is a sobering parable of Jesus recorded in the Gospel (Luke 16: 19-31) -- about a rich man who embraced a wrong relationship with the goods of the earth and a poor man named Lazarus, who...more »
A new Iranian precision-guided ballistic missile is launched as it is tested at an undisclosed location October 11, 2015. REUTERS/FARSNEWS.COM/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *CNN*: *U.S. to refer Iran missile test to U.N. over possible violation* Washington (CNN)The State Department said Tuesday it would refer Iran's firing of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile to the United Nations Security Council for review to determine whether the test violated a U.N. resolution. "It's deeply concerning that this latest violation does appear to be a violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1...more »
Updated 10114/15 1:16 GMT: Added additional images and original videos to post. Also found this updated disclaimer about the videos on the blog these came from: [Update: 8/8/15 – In an earlier version of this article, it was incorrectly stated that Corey Goode referred to the two videos as examples of giants in stasis. In fact, he referred to them as examples of “stasis beings” rather than giants, even though in the rest of his interview he refers to giants in stasis that had been found around the world. Article has been updated accordingly] -AK [10/13/15, 5:11:27 PM] Terran: *...more »
'... what we are seeing is not about religious rights or land. It is about the same old issue. This is the issue that people least want to discuss but which most needs to be discussed. The excuse may change with the passing years. But the reality is that, be it 1921, 1929, 1936 or 2015, Jews are being murdered simply for being Jews.' More here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11929445/Jews-are-being-killed-simply-for-being-Jews.html but not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC whose biased reporting on Israel is helping to fan the flames of anti Semiti...more »
*Terrorism Watch*: *Inside the Jihadi Mind: Understanding Ideology and Propaganda* There is increasing recognition from politicians and policy makers, including by both President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, that the ideology of jihadi movements must be countered to undermine the threat. Its combination of theology and political objectives needs to be uprooted through rigorous scrutiny, and sustained intellectual confrontation. After the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda had approximately 300 militants. ISIS alon...more »
Afghan special forces arrive for a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, September 29. REUTERS *Asim Yousafzai, Foreign Policy:* *The Taliban Are Winning* *And the taking of Kunduz was just a dry run for the eventual attack on Kabul.* en the Taliban took Afghanistan’s key northern city of Kunduz on Sept. 28, the world could hardly believe it. Located near the country’s border with Tajikistan, Kunduz has long served as a strategic and economic trade hub connecting Kabul with Central Asia and was one of the last Taliban strongholds to fall following the 2001 ...more »
[image: Navy Homecoming-900] A U.S. Navy sailor greets his children and wife after the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton returns to Pearl Harbor from a deployment to the Arabian Gulf and western Pacific on Sept. 29, 2015. Welcome home, hero!
A fighter with the Kurdish People's Protection Units fires an anti-aircraft weapon at ISIS forces in Syria. Roti Said / Reuters *Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic*:* ISIS Against Humanity* The Islamic State has made enemies of most of the world. So how is it still winning? Nearly two millennia ago, the Romans built the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria. According to Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, published in 1881, “The wonder in these ancient ruins is not that so much has fallen, but that anything remains.” Last week, ISIS blew the Arch of Triumph, which the group considers...more »
Our understanding of the sheer power of our individual spirit bodies powerfully indicates just that and this item provides the science to date Otherwise, all we know so far is that we must positively decide to be healthy and to live long and meditate to support all that. Feeling good is not good enough. We have already visited a protocol that includes one hour of pure meditation to set up the brain properly followed by one hour of meditating on intentions. This led to involuntary muscle movement and tissues correction. It may all be this easy. It would be easier if we c...more »
This is what happens when the everyday truth of what you are been paid to do just happens to be unspeakable. You lie and you lie some more. In the meantime our whole culture has accepted the medical practice of abortion in its imagined sanitized form which certainly does not exist in the later stages. Worse, the consequences to the women involved is literally dismissed and almost unimagined. Men have been intimidated into avoiding the subject itself as well. Yet there exists a massive social and moral conflict here that has been buried from inception and Planned Parenthood ...more »
On Saturday, Dennis Overbye, The New York Times' most prominent writer about fundamental enough physics, wrote a story about the sexual harassment investigations of a top astronomer: Geoffrey Marcy, Astronomer at Berkeley, Apologizes for Behavior Marcy is actually one of the main researchers who have found lots of exoplanets in the Kepler program, as described e.g. in this May 2014 story, also written by Overbye. See also Marcy's impressive publication and citation record via Google Scholar. In the new story about the harassment, we learn that in several incidents, Marcy has clearl...more »
*What is happening in Russia at the moment, since the Anastasia series of Ringing Cedars books? * What is a Dolmen? Are they an extension of an ancient Vedic culture and are these monoliths really 7,000 - 9,000 years old, and how come they are reflected in the constellations of the night sky? What type of schooling are the children in this particular area of Russia experiencing, relating to 'how does a human being live on a planet?' What is happening at the many summer Eco Festivals across the face of Russia? Where people go back to the land to reconnect and seek community. 8 ...more »
Knowing that everyone would be watching last evening's debate quite studiously (as most would be writing ponderous critiques about it later - if not tweeting during), a dark levity came a-stalking Pottersville. It was almost enough to take that famous stroll with that favorite angel over to that fourth-rate bar and drown our sorrows before getting tossed out for questioning the bona fides of the
*VOA*: *Coalition Spokesman: Now Time for Push into Ramadi* PENTAGON - The time is right for Iraqi forces to make a “final push” to reclaim Ramadi from Islamic State fighters, according to the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militant group. Iraqi security forces squeezed tighter around Anbar’s provincial capital, advancing 15 kilometers in the last week after months of slowed fighting due to a brutally hot Iraqi summer and the religious observances of Ramadan and the hajj, Col. Steve Warren told reporters via teleconference from Baghdad. The push came in tandem w...more »
[image: Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)] The biggest enemies in last night's Democratic debate were Republicans, climate change, the 1% and the people who care about Hillary Clinton's emails. The candidates kept most of their criticisms of fellow Democrats veiled. Held in Las Vegas, ...more »
[image: Gutierrez and Ryan - 400] WASHINGTON-- It's not often you'll hear a Democrat say there should be more Republicans like Paul Ryan in the House. But that's exactly what liberal Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., thinks Ryan, R-Wis., -- best known for his budget that Democrats... Continue reading *“Paul Ryan’s Unlikely Friendship and Immigration Amnesty”* at *buzzfeed.com*.
A new book entitled, The Babylonian Origins of the Christian Religion, claims that one of the central sacraments of the Christian faith involves disturbing acts of cannibalism that has its roots traced back to ancient Babylon. Worldnewsdailyreport.com reports: In his controversial book, entitled The Babylonian Origins of the Christian Religion, Professor Eppstein claims that the acts of drinking wine and eating bread, symbolizing the flesh and blood of Christ, are actually inspired by a ritual in honor of the Babylonian goddess of the Underworld, Ereshkigal. This ritual, called th...more »
As Russian air strikes against ISIS military targets increase in Syria, Turkey are claiming that the radar used by the Russian aircraft have locked onto Turkish jets in a maneuver designed to intimidate. Independent.co.uk reports: The Turkish military said that eight Turkish F-16 fighters patrolling the Turkish Syrian border had been threatened by a Mig-29 and later by an anti-aircraft missile system. In both cases the threat consisted only of Russian use of radar for a limited period, but the Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russian actions were “very serious – ev...more »
As tensions mount between the West Bank and East Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has promised a “harsh offensive” against Palestinian children. Salon.com reports: While grave violations against Palestinian children by Israeli forces are a cornerstone of Israel’s seemingly permanent military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, recent policy changes combined with systemic impunity will inevitably amplify an already dire situation for Palestinian children. Recently the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, promised a “h...more »
A Dutch report has been released on the crash of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 which the media is using to blame Russia for shooting down the flight by firing a BUK ‘warhead’ missile at it. Activistpost.com reports: The report itself — despite headlines like NBC’s “Malaysia Airlines MH17 Was Shot Down by BUK ‘Warhead’: Investigators” or New York Daily News’ “MH17 plane was downed by Russian-made missile, instantly killing many of 298 on board: report” — does not even conclusively say it was a Russian Buk warhead that brought the plane down. The missile, according to Dutch Safety B...more »
Russia have claimed that ISIS have lost nearly all of their military ammunition, heavy vehicles and equipment due to Russian airstrikes. Rt.com reports: Sukhoi Su-24M and Su-34 bombers, together with Su-25SM ground support aircrafts targeted Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) sites in the provinces of Raqqah, Hama, Idlib, Latakia and Aleppo, according to the ministry. The jets hit command posts, ammunition and armament depots, military vehicles, plants producing explosives, field camps and bases. #SYRIA Russian air strikes resulted in elimination of the most part of #ISIS ammun...more »
Survivors of the CIA torture program are suing the agency it’s controversial and illegal torture of prisoners, which was put in place in the post-9/11 era. The Guardian reports: In an extraordinary step, psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen now face a federal lawsuit for their role in convincing the CIA to subject terror suspects to mock drowning, painful bodily contortions, sleep and dietary deprivation and other methods long rejected by much of the world as torture. In practice, CIA torture meant disappearances, mock executions, anal penetration performed under cover of ...more »
[image: Jewish militia1] Ben Carson is in the crosshairs for his candid, principled comments on gun control -- which included a statement that the Nazis could have been resisted more effectively had Europe’s Jews not been disarmed by their own governments before the Nazis...more »
Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/STRINGER *Reuters*: *Iraq using info from new intelligence center to bomb Islamic State: official* Iraq has begun bombing Islamic State insurgents with help from a new intelligence center with staff from Russia, Iran and Syria, a senior parliamentary figure said on Tuesday about cooperation seen as a threat to U.S. interests in the region. The center has been operational for about a week, and it...more »
Halloween is on its way and kids are deciding what they want to wear for the big day, but what about you? Are you going to dress up for work, for that one Halloween party or even just to take your kids trick-or-treating? Here are some easy costumes you can pull together with what you have! No Sew Jedi Costume Easy Katniss Costume Last Minute Costumes by Rae Gun Ramblings Junk Food Junkie Here are three more easy to pull together costumes too! What are you going to be for Halloween this year? [image: post signature]
A newly declassified video has surfaced that discusses the U.S. Navy’s development and testing of biological and chemical weapons. The video titled “Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare,” includes footage showing two large-scale tests in California and Carolina. Vice.com reports: The video’s narrator does not say what specific chemicals were used in the tests but notes that they are stand-ins for biological weapons. From the video’s narrator: “Navy delivery and dispersion of the agents started with tests made in 1950. A rather crude spraying system was installed on a m...more »
Enenews has posted a map plotting location of radioactive water off of North American coast. http://enenews.com/unpublished-govt-map-shows-massive-plume-fukushima-radioactive-material-west-coast-north-america-radiation-levels-quadrupled-recent-months-scientist-starting-penetration-cesium-offshore-coast-video The cesium-137 level is "low," reportedly peaking at 5 becquerels per meter3, but where there is cesium there is likely to be other radionuclide, such as strontium-90s. 5 becquerels per meter3 of cesium-137 is about 5 times more cesium than existed prior to Fukushima. Is the w...more »
*Washington Post:* *Mapped: Russian vs. U.S. airstrikes in Syria* Since Russia’s air campaign began in Syria, its strikes have been relegated primarily to territory held by groups other than the Islamic State, including moderate opposition fighters and Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate—Jabhat al-Nusra, according to recently released data compiled by the Institute of the Study of War. The Russian strikes, which have mostly been clustered in the western part of the country, have been mostly in tandem with a Syrian ground offensive that has pushed into opposition-held territory with infantr...more »
A couple of days ago a book came in the mail. Before I retired from Warner Bros, books used to come in the mail all the time. They don't any longer. I opened it and it was *The Life Of Lou Reed-- Notes From The Velvet Underground* by Howard Sounes. Never heard of him. Never heard of the book. But before I put it aside I noticed there was a note. Oh, I *had* heard of him. It was a note scrawled on a memo sheet thanking me for the interview. Ah... yes, the British author who had done the biography of Charles Bukowski and then one I never read by had heard all about, *Down the Highwa...more »
[image: twitter - pixabay] Tonight, the 5 candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination went head to head in their first debate. Here's what conservative Twitter had to say. First, Sheryl Crow sang the national anthem, and it was...not great. it's like she trained...more »
*Fiscal Times*: *Here’s the U.S. Missile That’s Altering the Battlefield in Syria* A U.S.-manufactured antitank missile has taken on new prominence in Syria’s years-long civil war. While the Obama administration has officially maintained it won’t provide heavy weapons like the Raytheon-produced BGM-71 TOW missile to rebels battling the Assad regime, a CIA-led effort has supplied the system to opposition groups for more than a year now. The weapon has had such a devastating impact on the Assad regime’s ground forces that Russia has allegedly focused its airstrikes in the country o...more »
The evidence is growing that the US and its other allies (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, UK, Jordan and Israel) are in fact supplying ISIS with weapons and other equipment - including those now famous white Toyota vehicles. I'm sure ISIS is laughing and saying, "Thanks American taxpayers for equipping us. How are your pot holes in the roads back home?" See more on this story *here*
Fee and KJ get a tour of one of the global tech giants... SOURCE GUARDIAN: Facebook paid £4,327 corporation tax despite £35m staff bonuses Facebook made an accounting loss of £28.5m in Britain in 2014, after paying out more than £35m to its 362 staff in a share bonus scheme, according to the unit’s latest published accounts. Operating at a loss meant that Facebook was able to pay less than
Reuters *Politico*: *Rift in Obama administration over Putin* The president’s reluctance to respond assertively is signaling U.S. weakness and indecision, some officials say. Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria is creating new rifts inside an exhausted and in some cases demoralized Obama national security team, where officials pushing for bolder action see the president as stubbornly unwilling to assume new risk as he nears his final year in office. Current and former Obama officials say the president’s reluctance to respond more assertively against Putin is signaling U.S. weak...more »
The fog was thick when we left Camden this morning for the nine mile walk to Rockland. After the first three miles the rain started and by about mile six it began to come down much harder. We took a short break at a park along the water - we couldn't see anything though because of the fog. We decided to skip our lunch and pressed on into the revitalized downtown of Rockland stopping at a book cafe for a hot cup of caffeine. The owner of the joint told us we could have any dessert for free as a reward for our walking. Because we pushed into Rockland sooner than expected the Unit...more »
Today is exactly the 10th year that I have started blogging. I created this blog on *October 14, 2005*, and this was my first post. Fun with Big Government Government -- to govern, to referee. Also, to collect fees, to regulate, to intervene. Yeah, we can attach various definitions and connotations about government. But there are 3 things which are 100% present in all governments: politicians, bureaucrats, and taxes. Politicians are elected; bureaucrats are appointed and hired; and taxes feed them both. So the bigger the government, ie, the plentier the politicians and bureaucrats, t...more »
Tom Guild (OK-05) With the renewable energy sector already creating far more jobs-- and far better jobs-- than fossil fuel extraction, its difficult to understand why Republicans are so hysterically opposed to the thriving new industry. Difficult until you look at the Big Oil & Gas payroll for Congress. Last year alone, Big Oil and Gas rewarded their Republican congressional allies with $26,850,111 in legalistic bribes. (That was just one election cycle.) They also gave their Democratic allies $4,524,072. The industry's most subservient shills in the House from Oklahoma did especiall...more »
*AFP*: *Putin slams US on Syria, says partners have 'mush for brains'* Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed Washington for refusing to share intelligence with Russia on Syria, accusing it of muddled thinking. "I believe some of our partners simply have mush for brains," Putin said, expressing some of his strongest criticism yet of Washington's handling of the Syrian crisis. Late last month Moscow launched a bombing campaign in Syria, saying it needed to target Islamic State jihadists before they cross into Russia, which has a large Muslim population. *More ...more »
*A potentially very useful article from:* [image: Removing The Shackles] *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 ...more »
*David A. Andelman, USA Today:* *Will Turkey crack next in crumbling Middle East? Column* Growing Islamic State pressure on a key NATO ally poisons already toxic security situation. Is Turkey next? The world should be very worried about how that question is answered. The twin bomb blasts in Ankara this past weekend — the deadliest incidents in the modern history of that NATO member and American ally — have all the hallmarks of Islamic State. And by expanding into Turkey, ISIL’s efforts to re-create the ancient Islamic Caliphate would be a dramatic uptick in the stakes and scope o...more »
*if you don't have cable.* If it wasn't for Doug, over at the *Daley Gator*, I'd never get to see anything - and I thank him. Here's some links he put up for live streaming. I've got the last one up right now, and it's a very good picture with no buffering. *http://2ndrun.tv/swf/VaughnSoftPlayer.swf?k1=live&k2=gdsohs5as&t=1428694351http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/us/cnn-live-streamhttp://2ndrun.tv/swf/VaughnSoftPlayer.swf?k1=live&k2=gdsohs5as&t=14286943http://www.zahitvstation.com/watch-cnn-usa-livehttp://www.livenewschat.eu/tophttp://2ndrun.tv/CNN_Test.php*
[image: Ben Carson Speaking - 400] Ben Carson is giving Donald Trump a run for his money, according to the latest Fox News national poll. Support for Carson in the race for the Republican nomination has nearly doubled in the last two months, he is seen... Continue reading *“Fox Poll: Carson Crowds Trump, Thumps Hillary; Cruz Edges into Third”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: watertower - 417] A small town in rural Kentucky is now the center of a nation-wide controversy about public religious expression. The Wilmore city water tower stands above the campus of Asbury University, a private Christian college. On top of the water tower... Continue reading *“Wilmore, KY Asked to Remove Cross from Water Tower by Freedom From Religion Foundation”* at *citizengo.org*.
My apologies for yesterday. Very foolishly, I wrote the thing on my blog site instead of doing it in Word, first. Then, at the end of several hours of writing, I accidentally hit delete and lost the whole thing. Then I went to my room to cry. So today, we'll look at the Irving press just briefly – then on to broader topics. Yesterday's Irving press, by the way, had only one item worth reading – it was by Alec Bruce, and it was superb. You can read about the same topic (the province's economic benefits from its universities) on today's A10. Today, there are excellent commentaries by ...more »
I can't say I'd heard of Mike Gapes, the Labour MP for Ilford South, until the summer brouhaha that was the Labour leadership contest. But that's okay, I bet he hasn't the foggiest who I am either. Since September, Mike has made a name for himself as someone unrepentant about his politics, which are decidedly on the right of the party. Though to be fair it's not because Mike has deliberately courted controversy or is positioning himself to lead a Neo-Kendallite counter-insurgency from the back benches. For whatever reason, the trollish wing of keyboard Corbynism have taken objectio...more »
*If only the President of the United States was brave enough to give Netanyahu such a warning. . . he would be crowned king of the world overnight.* Israel absolutely has legitimate national interests, and it should take every precaution to defend itself from the chaos in Syria, but when you go out of your way to make trouble in your neighbourhood by supporting terrorist groups like ISIS who enslave minorities, rape women, and brainwash children to be God's soldiers at age five then, sorry, but you're asking for it at that point. The same goes for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and ...more »
"The southern Milky Way appears spectacular in this composite image taken from Mangaia, the most southerly of the Cook Islands. Few sources of light pollution exist here, home to only 500 people. *Click image for larger size.* The two bright stars at the Milky Way’s center are Alpha (left) and Beta Centauri. They point to Crux the Southern Cross. Near the horizon, two of the satellite galaxies of our Milky Way, the Small (left) and Large Magellanic Clouds are easy to spot." - http://www.astronomy.com/
*Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,* *In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;* * Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;* * But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—* *Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—* * Perched, and sat, and nothing more.* *Man, you should've seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe...* *Excerpts from Alfred Dodd's Book "The Martyrdom of Francis Bacon" pp. 30-35 Chapter II* " Pallas Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom and was sup...more »
[image: Planned Parenthood protesters defund__1438346469_18.104.22.168] Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced today it would no longer accept reimbursements for tissue donated to researchers from aborted babies. The policy change comes in wake of ongoing attacks against the organization that were triggered by a string of...more »
*"No one knows better than you yourself, my Führer, that you were never the seventh member of the party, but at best the seventh member of the committee, which I asked you to join as recruitment director. * *And a few years ago I had to complain to a party office that your first proper membership card of the DAP, bearing the signatures of Schüssler and myself, was falsified, with the number 555 being erased and number 7 entered. "* *Anton Drexler, * *Founding Member : Thule Society,* *Co-founder, Chairman : Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (DAP), January 5th 1919 - February 24th 1920* *C...more »
*Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations:* *Turkey. At War. With Itself.* In his famous and much-criticized 1993 Foreign Affairs article, “The Clash of Civilizations,” the late Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a “torn country.” For Huntington there is an irreconcilable difference between the Western-style political institutions of the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic cultural and civilizational foundations of Turkish society. It was a controversial assertion in a controversial article, though Turkey’s current prime minister (and political scientist), Ahmet Davutoglu, made ...more »
"Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even." ~ Daniel Berrigan
*"Hanging On"* by Chet Raymo "I change the desktop image on my laptop every now and then, generally when I come across a new image I like. In the last year or so you'll remember that I wrote about Caravaggio's "The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt" and Vermeer's "The Milkmaid." Live with an image for a while and it's inevitable that you learn something from it. Here is the painting I've had as my desktop in recent weeks, Winslow Homer's "Snap the Whip", 1872, one of America's sentimental favorites. A simpler, more innocent time. Boys at recess, barefoot in the grass. Hand-me-down clo...more »
*"A Matter of Priorities:* * Letting Go of the Little Stuff"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we stop worrying about unimportant matters, we can devote so much more of ourselves to what is truly important. We experience numerous disappointments each and every day. Our expectations go unmet, our plans are blocked by circumstance, our wishes go unfulfilled, and we discover that our lives are subject to a myriad of forces beyond our conscious control. In some cases, our response is powerful because we must invest ourselves and our resources to overcome genuine hardship. In others...more »
*“14 Signs of Psychological and Emotional Manipulation”* by Preston Ni M.S.B.A. “Psychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits and/or privileges at the victim’s expense. It is important to distinguish healthy social influence from psychological manipulation. Healthy social influence occurs between most people, and is part of the give and take of constructive relationships. In psychological manipulation, one person is used for the benefit of anot...more »
[image: Embedded image permalink] There was a time when the left held marches to demand free speech, while the right (especially the religious right) was banning, stifling and propping up the Censor’s Office. Now, not so much. Right around the western world, offend the easily-offended–all-too easy to inadvertently do, as many victims of the Twitterati and the campus cops here and elsewhere have discovered--and you’ll find the marchers coming to get you, your job, and your family. As everyone knows, there’s a long list of things you probably shouldn’t say at dinner parties. Now, ...more »
Source: Ice Age NowThere has been much scuttlebutt recently about taking sceptics - usually using the pejorative term "denier" - to court; eg Use anti-mafia law to prosecute ‘climate deniers’ The stupidity shown by their use of the term "*climate denier"* or *"climate change denier"*is that surely no-one could deny climate; and we sceptics known that climate has always changed. Today, Donna Laframboise, in a piece titled The Courts & the Climate she lists some "other voices have joined the discussion about climate change and the proper role of the courts," - marquee *Sunday Tel...more »
*CNN:* *MH17: Ukraine had reason to close airspace before crash, investigators say* (CNN)Ukrainian authorities had "sufficient reason" to close the airspace over conflict-stricken eastern Ukraine before the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, according to the findings of a Dutch investigation into the crash. The Boeing 777 was heading from Amsterdam to Malaysia when it was shot down on July 17, 2014, over Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people aboard the aircraft died in the crash. *MIDDLE EAST* US draws a line on protecting* CIA-backed reb...more »
[image: Jason Chaffetz - 900] Republicans heading up the House investigation into Planned Parenthood's dealings in aborted fetuses said Tuesday the non-profit's sudden decision to stop accepting payment for the fetuses will not stop the probe. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and...more »
[image: Jason Rezaian] Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was convicted in Iran on espionage charges after being detained in Tehran for more than a year, Iranian media reported Sunday. The verdict sparked immediate backlash from U.S. lawmakers, reviving GOP-led charges against President Barack Obama's signature...more »
*“We Wear The Mask”* “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be overwise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask. We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile; But let the world dream otherwise, We wear the mask!” - Paul Laurence Dunbar
. October 13, 2015 Frontera NorteSur Feature Welcome to Indigenous Peoples Day, 'Burque Style The people came from many patches of Turtle Island. There were Comanches, Apaches, Pueblo, Dine (Navajo), and members of many more nations. Hundreds strong the people marched, some attired in traditional dress and pounding drums. As the sounds of flute rose above the din of early evening
And the Nobel Prize in Economics* this year goes to Angus Deaton, the author of *The Great Escape,* “which focuses on how modernity revolutionised standards for consumption.” Peter Klein “can’t help poking a little fun at the economics profession” for its recent prizes: *You may have heard the joke that economists used to win the Nobel prize for explaining to the general public something that previously only economists understood, but now they win it for explaining to their fellow economists something that the general public has always known, e.g.:Politicians care about themselv...more »
Archaeologists at University of York and researchers at the University of Sheffield have revealed insights into the eating habits of Stonehenge builders at Durrington Walls, (next to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England) during the 25th century BC. Durrington Walls is a Late Neolithic monument and settlement site, thought to be the residence for the builders of nearby Stonehenge. Study of artifacts found at the site reveals well organised communities linked together around the land who shared common goals and feasted on animal products while working and celebrating as free people, nearl...more »
I have boundless sympathy for the father who accidentally shot his son because he thought he was a deer. But I have little sympathy for his lawyer, who seems to have run a mumbo-jumbo defence to have him discharged with conviction. Hunters need to recognise their mind can trick them, the lawyer argued. So it wasn’t the father’s fault. Nothing will bring the son back. But I must confess that I have trouble reconciling the lawyer’s statements on radio this morning with, frankly, basic reality. *The police summary said [the hunter] had seen movement in the bush that he believe...more »
*"Jewish power, as I see it, is the capacity to silence criticism of Jewish power. * *In that regard, AIPAC and the Jewish Lobby are not ‘Jewish power,’ they are symptoms of Jewish power. * *The institutional attempt to silence any debate about Jewish power is provided by the Jewish Left and the so called Jewish anti Zionist network (JVP, Mondowiess, Chomsky, Blumenthal, etc.). * *It is the Jewish Left that attempts to set the boundaries of the discussion and dictates what can and cannot be said. "* *- Gilad Atzmon, ex-Jew* Chomsky Slaps Israel Lobby Theory as ‘Marginal Irrele...more »
[image: Donkey American Flag Democrat] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five Democrats vying to be President Barack Obama’s successor meet Tuesday night for their first televised debate of the 2016 election, a confrontation between one of the best-known women on the planet and four men seeking to...more »
[image: newspaper - 400] Ten years ago, one of the editors of a Danish newspaper called Jyllands-Posten had heard that that no cartoonist in Denmark would depict Islam’s prophet for a set of children’s books on the major world religions. Did such self-censorship really... Continue reading *“The ‘Islamic Inquisition’ and the Blasphemy Police”* at *gatestoneinstitute.org*.
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.