Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Old Aleppo's Kadi Askar area, Syria, Aug. 1, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail) *Mona Alami, Al-Monitor:* *What the Aleppo offensive hides* The much-touted attack on Aleppo launched on Oct. 16 has been dovetailed by regime advances in the southern rural areas of Syria. Yet the takeover of the largest Syrian city may prove to be a long and costly battle that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime cannot afford, despite Russian air support. In addition, it may not be the regim...more »
*“Singing Beside Me In The Wilderness”* by Chet Raymo “In one of those infuriating lapses that go with being a certain age, we could not remember the other evening the name of the poet who wrote "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou..." After scraping the tip of my tongue for a few minutes, I turned to the computer (Google is my browser's home page) and by typing "jug thou" brought Omar Khayyam back into consciousness. (Another click and I could have had the entire Rubaiyat.) And so it is that the Googlized internet arrives just in time to compensate for our withering brain ce...more »
"He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him." - Persian Proverb Even better, trust in yourself, learn, ponder, consider all things, and decide for yourself what Truth is... - CP
"But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too, just once. And never again. But to have been this once, completely, even if only once: to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing." - Rainer Maria Rilke
In my opinion the problem is too much hot money serving Wall Street,European banks, and other powerful institutional investors, leading to global bubbles - such as the Dot.com bubble, the housing bubble, the student loan bubble, and most of all, the commodities bubble. The commodities bubble is so diverse and globalized that consequences are hard to predict beyond severe bankruptcies in extractive industries, widespread and large bank losses, and wide spread economic contraction. These arguments are developed in my new book, Dispossession: Liberalism's Crisis that I've been postin...more »
A senior official said Russia will be conducting airstrikes against Daesh convoys inside Iraq. (Russian state media) *Al Bawaba*: *Iraq authorizes Russian airstrikes against Daesh* The Iraqi government authorized Russia to target Daesh (ISIS) convoys coming from Syria, a senior Iraqi official said. The authorization for Russia to target Daesh inside Iraq comes amid security coordination between Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria. Hakem al-Zamli, chief of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, told Anadolu Agency on Friday that the measure contributed to weakening Daesh b...more »
*"Happiness"* "You can't eat happiness You can't buy it. You can't wear it. You can't drive it, or drink it, or sell it, or steal it. You can't lock it away. You can't negotiate for it. You can't win it, you can't marry it, you can't inherit it, you can't cheat it. You can't smoke it, or inject it, or rent it or borrow it. You can't campaign for it or beg for it, or talk other people into giving you theirs. You can live happiness. You can create it. You can be it. You can give it to others. You can enjoy it. You can share it. You can claim it. You can have as much as you wish. You can en...more »
*"When Great Trees Fall"* "When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their...more »
*The Telegraph*: *US and Saudis vow to step up war on Assad in defiance of Russia* Two countries agreed to increase support to Syria's moderate opposition while seeking a political resolution of the four-year conflict The United States and Saudi Arabia have dramatically responded to Russian air-strikes in support of the Assad regime by agreeing to boost their own military and diplomatic support for the Syrian rebels. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, the King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh for talks over the weekend. Despite Russian leaders saying they had extracted promis...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) leaves after a House Republican Conference meeting October 21, 2015 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Rep. Ryan said he is open to running for Speaker of the House if the GOP will unify behind him.] On Sunday, two members of the House Freedom Caucus explained the group's majority support for Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to become the next House speaker. The Daily Signal previously reported that the Freedom Caucus lacked the number of votes required to...more »
[image: Paul Ryan family] After weeks of uncertainty following the announcement of the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), it seems that things have finally settled for the House Republican Conference. Despite spending nearly a month forcefully rejecting the pleas of his colleagues... Continue reading *“In Defense of a Family Man”* at *opportunitylives.com*.
[image: Submarine] WASHINGTON -- Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those... Continue reading *“Russian Presence Near Undersea Cables Concerns US Officials”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: Slovakian women. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.] We hear so often that America is “a nation of immigrants” or a “cultural mixing pot” that the phrase has become kind of a tired cliche. But actually seeing that history is a different story. The fascinating photographs below -- of people in... Continue reading *“What America’s Immigrants Looked Like When They Arrived on Ellis Island”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
John King’s top-down imposition of corporate-style reform policies has led to a revolt among parents and teachers in New York. By Mike Klonsky | The Rag Blog | October 26, 2015 “Throughout his term in New York, John King was … finish reading Mike Klonsky : Obama’s choice for Education Secretary worse than Arne Duncan!
[image: Trump in Jacksonville Florida] October 25, 2015 2:55 PM EDT – At a rally in Jacksonville, Fla., Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump contrasted his own religion with that of Ben Carson’s saying, "I'm Presbyterian. Boy, that's down the middle of the road, folks, in... Continue reading *“Trump Questions Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist Faith”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
Frame grab shows airstrikes carried out by Russian air force near Raqqa. (File photo: Reuters) *Express:* *Airstrike BLITZ deals huge blow to ISIS as oil field and supply routes are OBLITERATED* A HUGE airstrike blitz in the heart of Islamic State territory has destroyed one of the terror group's main sources of income. The terrorists' oil field in eastern Syria - part of a half a billion dollar crude industry for the group - was obliterated in a day of bombing conducted by both Russia and the US-led coalition. US operations officer Major Michael Filanowski told reporters in Baghd...more »
*USA Today*:* Harsh conditions are foiling Russian jets in Syria* WASHINGTON – Russian warplanes sent to Syria to back the regime of Bashar Assad are breaking down at a rapid rate that appears to be affecting their ability to strike targets, according to a senior Defense official. Nearly one-third of Russian attack planes and half of its transport aircraft are grounded at any time as the harsh, desert conditions take a toll on equipment and crews, said the official who was not authorized to speak publicly about sensitive intelligence matters. The Russians appear to be having diffi...more »
18 years ago I finally got to fulfill a childhood dream-- visiting Egypt. We planned to spend about a week in Cairo and a couple weeks roaming the country (including a Nile cruise to Aswan). Although it didn't seem so at the moment, some real misfortune for everyone else turned into a break for me and Roland. Just as we were leaving L.A. in November a bunch of religionist fanatics slaughtered a busload of tourists from Switzerland, Japan and the U.K. It was really a spectacular horror show with scimitar-wielding terrorists chasing unarmed tourists around the Temple of Hatshepsut a...more »
In my Saturday post on the toxicity of a life of ironic posturing, I talked about the modern hipster who “goes with the flow” regardless of where it’s headed; declares that “perception is reality” without realising that amounts to saying “nothing is real anyway”; and affirms that ideals are things “you’ll grow out of” while not noticing that without them they have become grown-ups who neither know what they are doing nor care.* It’s like they live their whole life within the “narrative” they’ve created in their head Even while I was posting that, such a man of our postmodern age...more »
Yes. THIS one, this we have to a serious conversation about this one here, all by itself. An extra 30 years of global subservience to the global petrochemical hydrocarbon cartel, paying though the nose for internal combustion, for NO REASON, when we could have had free or almost free energy this whole time, now that we know for ABSOLUTE CERTAIN that Cold Fusion is real, Cold Fusion works, and that it ALWAYS WORKED, right out of the box back in 1989, back when Fleischman and Ponds got drummed out of science and run out of the United States on a rail by the Bush Administration and ...more »
Richard Dolan Given that we have been discussing some of the testimony from Bill Brazel, and since most of that information came from interviews that Don Schmitt and I conducted on a number of occasion both in person and over the telephone, I thought we’ve make another run on chasing footnotes. In *UFOs and the National Security State* by Richard Dolan, he wrote, “Bill also claimed that sometime after the crash, he discussed the foil with some friends in a Corona [NM] bar. Then in his words, “lo and behold, here comes the military out to the ranch, a day or two later [which is not in...more »
[image: Ben Carson3 - 400] Support for his positions on moral issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage help make Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson the top choice among Oklahoma GOP voters for now, new polling data says. A poll of 500 registered voters conducted... Continue reading *“Now Carson Tops Trump in Oklahoma, Too”* at *newsok.com*.
*Matthew Dal Santo, The Interpreter:* *Assad's Moscow Cameo Shows That Russia Wants A Deal* This week, unexpectedly, Syrian President Bashar Assad turned up in Moscow. He hasn't been seen outside Syria since unrest broke out four years ago. The trip makes two important statements. The first is that, thanks to Russian air strikes, the Syrian state — the actual Syrian state recognised under international law — is breathing again. Assad holed up in Damascus looked like a Ghaddafi waiting to happen. Assad in the Kremlin looks like the head of a country with a seat at the UN. The seco...more »
I suppose it's conceivable that if the hacks in the GOP Establishment drive Trump out of the presidential race-- something they are very much trying to do-- he could revert to being a Democrat and even endorse Hillary Clinton. He certainly hasn't been as harsh towards her as he's been towards Jeb and some of the other Republicans. He wouldn't be the first to wash his hands of the cracking-up, dysfunctional party. Hey, except for the dynastic ties, I could imagine Jeb doing the same thing-- just washing his hands of the crackpots and becoming a conservaDem like his vile, opportunist...more »
Oct 25 2015 This Weeks News Links NDAA 2016 AUTHORIZES $1B TO ARM REBELS https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=PWQHHo-kJXY http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-10-18/bernie-sanders-and-donald-trump-team-up-on-george-w-bush Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Monday his country would not agree to lift its veto on Turkey's EU accession and that the decision would remain in force for "the reasons which still exist." Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151019/1028751898/cyprus-veto-turkey-eu-membership.html#ixzz3p718CZiY Canada elec...more »
*"5 Ridiculous Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Ben Carson's Latest Delusion"* by Janet Allon *"1. Don’t worry, President Ben Carson would only crack down on liberal speech on college campuses. *Ben Carson, who now leads the polls in Iowa (apparently because Muslim-bashing and comparing Obamacare to slavery is wildly popular among Republican voters there), had some comforting words for his fellow conservatives this week. He will preserve their free-speech rights on college campuses, but monitor those with more left-leaning views. Whew! That is a relief. For a minute there, we though...more »
Had Labour done it, the Tories would be screaming bloody murder. I am, of course, talking about the deal with the Chinese to build two nuclear power stations. If the Tories really were standing up for Britain, from a national security perspective it beggars belief that key national infrastructure be handed over to a power they would ordinarily be opposed to. But these are not ordinary times, and for Dave and Osborne, they are quite prepared to do anything to be China's best friend in the West. On the nuclear deal itself, it's absurd on two levels. First is on the nuts and bolts of...more »
*“It is probably one of the essential conditions for the preservation of such a [free] society that we do not countenance envy, not sanction its demands by camouflaging it as social justice, but treat it, in the words of John Stuart Mill, as ‘the most anti-social and evil of all passions’.” *~ Friedrich Hayek, from his *Constitution of Liberty* *“The time has surely come when we should stop behaving as though the envious man were the main criterion for economic and social policy.”* ~ Helmut Schoek, from his book *Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour* [Hat tip Lawrence Reed] *...more »
*Micahel Weiss, Daily Beast*: *CIA-Armed Rebels March On Assad Homeland* The Russian bombs were supposed to be helping Syria’s dictator. Instead, the rebels are advancing. Three weeks of Russian aerial bombardment in Syria hasn't exactly helped the Bashar al-Assad regime in its push north of Damascus. Social media has for the last three weeks been awash with images of burning Syrian Arab Army tanks, all wrecked by a tactically powerful anti-tank missile, the BGM-71 TOW, supplied (via Saudi Arabia) by the United States to certain CIA-backed anti-Assad militias. Yesterday, two larg...more »
The Iraqi government has authorized Russian airstrikes against ISIS convoys coming entering their territory from Syria, according to a statement from Iraq’s Defense Committee leader. Hakem al-Zamli told the Anadolu Agency on Friday that the measure would contribute to weakening ISIS by cutting off its supply routes Anti War reports: The move comes amid a solid week of US officials warning Russia away from any involvement in Iraq, and threats to punish Iraq if they dared to accept any help from Russia, insisting Iraq had to choose between the two potential partners in the war. It’s un...more »
British Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, says that aliens are likely to be far less organic than we imagine, and are more likely to be artificial intelligence (robots). He also says that humans will make a transition at some point in the future – from biological to machine beings. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Writing for Nautilus, Sir Martin said that while the way we think has led to all culture and science on Earth, it will be a brief precursor to more powerful machine ‘brains’. He thinks that life away from Earth has probably already gone through this transition from organic to ma...more »
In a recent interview Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called on an end to the police state in the U.S., outlining five things that must be done to bring an end to police brutality and corruption in America. Filmingcops.com reports: In an interview he addressed several factors that would mitigate or altogether end the contemporary police state if implemented appropriately. He enumerated them as follows (we include our commentary): 1. Police officers must have cameras on them. We know that cameras do not stop cops from abusing people. If they did, there would be no need for...more »
A recent lawsuit has been won against the TSA that will see the Transport Security Administration forced to clean up its act with regard to the use of body scanners in airports. The US Court of Appeals has ordered the TSA to finalize the rule-making schedule for the scanners by November 22nd. Engadget.com reports: The agency was supposed to have established rules for the scanners before it even installed them, but it has dragged its heels ever since — even a 2011 order to “promptly” establish rules didn’t do much. With this ruling, the TSA doesn’t have much of a choice. Provided the...more »
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to publish a report on Monday that outlines the cancer-causing dangers of eating processed meats. WHO want to list processed meat as a cancer-causing substance, regarding it as “carcinogenic to humans”, the highest of the five possible rankings, which will put it on a par with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes. Telegraph.co.uk reports: The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has warned for several years that there is “strong evidence” that consuming a lot of red meat can cause bowel cancer. It also says there is “strong evidence” tha...more »
And the day when I kick myself for not connecting the dots on Trudeau and the election. A friend sent me an article on Trudeau. I thought it excessively cruel to Trudeau. But it was also full of information I already knew – but which I had not thought about. Harper came to power because the Liberal party had collapsed. Paul Martin had been a lacklustre prime minister – to put it kindly. Then came Dion and Ignatieff who were worse. The Liberal party had lost any sense of direction, of purpose, of image. And there seemed no-one of talent in the party. The last time that happened was...more »
[image: down syndrome - 400] October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and today we are revisiting one of our heroes with Down syndrome, teenage photographer Oliver Hellowell. Oliver Hellowell is an internationally acclaimed photographer who is only 19 years old. His Facebook page has garnered tens of thousands... Continue reading *“Teenager with Down Syndrome Becomes Internationally Acclaimed Photographer”* at *lifenews.com*.
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[image: synod - 400] VATICAN CITY -- At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and... Continue reading *“Pope Francis: Synod Was About Affirming Family, Indissoluble Marriage”* at *ncregister.com*.
[image: Popes in These United States] The Synod has concluded. Nothing of substance has changed. Catholic teaching remains the same. And that is as it should be. The terms of salvation do not alter according to present circumstance. This is the Catholic Church we're talking about:... Continue reading *“Synod Verdict: The Catholic Church is Still Catholic”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
A sex expert claims that drinking a few cans of beer before having sex leads to a better performance in bed. According to Dr. Kat Van Kirk in her recently published book, “The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life“, knocking back a few pints can make men last longer in bed. Nypost.com reports: First, the clinical sexologist and marriage and family therapist says knocking back a few pints will help make men last longer. The beer ultimately overloads one’s body with phytoestrogens from the alcohol, which are scientifically proven to delay orgasm, she says. N...more »
[image: Jenner-waving] The politically correct Glamour Magazine has reportedly waived the one defining requirement of candidates for its "Woman of the Year" honor -- a double X chromosome -- in conferring the title for 2015 on crossdresser Bruce Jenner, a move many... Continue reading *“Women Cry Foul as Glamour Magazine Names Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year’”* at *breitbart.com*.
I'm presuming conditions haven't changed but its also plausible the cam is looping. Sunrise is very pink: My guess based on observations is that radiation levels have relatively recently increased a bit given the marked increase in pixilation, green and blue coloration at night, and amped morning pinkness. Of course, I'm simply speculating since one can only rely on the data disseminated.
Military vehicles carrying DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) *Michael Peck, National Interest:* *Get Ready, America: Here Comes China's Ballistic Missile Defenses* "There is little doubt today that China is developing a strategic BMD capability; their flight tests alone make that clear." It's time for America to worry about Chinese ballistic missile defenses (BMD). That's the conclusion of a new study by the Federation of ...more »
[image: Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria] Russian airstrikes hit nine hospitals in Syria this month, killing at least 12 and wounding dozens of others, according to a medical non-profit operating in the area. Russian missiles struck a hospital in rebel-controlled Syria twice Tuesday in what the...more »
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has confessed that the Iraq war is to blame for the rise of terror group ISIS, and that he is “sorry” for the war in Iraq. During a TV interview with CNN, Blair says the war in Iraq was a “crime” (though stops short of admitting he has committed a crime himself) and says that he is personally responsible for the rise of the Islamic State. Makewarshistory.co.uk reports: Blair is asked bluntly in the CNN interview, to be broadcast today: ‘Was the Iraq War a mistake?’ He replies: ‘I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was w...more »
Is it possible that the Halloween Asteroid due to pass by the earth this Halloween may in fact be a CIA cover for a man-made asteroid attack that will hit the earth and create huge destruction? According to one researcher, the CIA are plotting a twin man-made asteroid attack at their headquarters beneath Lake Genevais, and all of the other recent asteroid close-calls have been a rehearsal for the main event this month. Truther News reports: Although a major asteroid, comet or meteor has not struck Earth since the Dinosaur Age, one is expected nonetheless by Halloween, October 31, 20...more »
One of the world’s most famous psychics, Edgar Cayce, apparently predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be a “force of light” in preventing World War Three from occurring amid the global turmoil we see today. His predictions were made over 80 years ago in a series of “World Affairs Readings” about the future of world finance, world leadership, collective spirituality, and the important role Russia would play on the world’s stage. Wakingtimes.com reports: Cayce foresaw that future world crises would hinge on finance, and he pointed to Russia as being the thorn in the s...more »
US Marine veteran Gordon Duff has said that something very fishy is going on in Syria, with Western mass media remaining suspiciously quiet about events unfolding in the region. According to Duff, numerous battles are being fought in Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Libya, and the mainstream press are remaining mostly mute on the issues. With Russia’s apparent successful take-down of ISIS in Syria and now Iraq, it looks extremely likely that the U.S. is hiding something from the general public. Sputniknews.com reports: “If you read the papers,...more »
The MH17 investigation led by the Dutch Safety Board have been hacked, according to a report from researchers Trend Micro. The hacking group, known as ‘Pawn Storm’, have a history of targeting groups critical of Russia, including those who oppose Russia’s presence in Syria. Businessinsider.com reports: Pawn Storm sent out fake log-in request emails to investigators working for the Dutch Safety Board in an effort to get them to enter their personal details, allowing hackers access to sensitive information. It’s not clear what data the hackers obtained. “We discovered that a fake serv...more »
A recent study claims that there is a very strong (99.9%) chance that a large devastating earthquake will hit Los Angeles in the next three years. However, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say they have serious doubts about the study, stating: “I have serious doubts that the conclusions of the paper are supported by the analysis that’s presented there,” Latimes.com reports: Robert Graves, a USGS seismologist and Southern California coordinator for earthquake hazards, said in an interview Wednesday. The study lists Graves as a consultant who helped with calculations for the study, b...more »
Jeb Bush lost his cool during a town hall meeting hosted by Tim Scott, in which he exclaimed that he had better things to do than become president, and urged the crowd at the meeting to vote for Donald Trump. Mediaite.com reports: Bush attended a presidential town hall held by Senator Tim Scott, and they were even joined on stage by none other than South Carolina congressman and Benghazi Select Committee chairman Trey Gowdy. At one point, when he was lamenting the state of partisan politics, Bush said, “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I ...more »
[image: Seattle] Seattle, which recently passed a $15 minimum wage, has seen the loss of 700 restaurant jobs despite the rest of the state seeing huge increases, according to a Wednesday report. In its report, the American Enterprise Institute looked at restaurant...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *Futuristic warship design takes shape* What will warships look like in three decades? Meet the next-generation HMS Dreadnought. The British Ministry of Defence and Royal Navy challenged young scientists and engineers to design a future warship and the results may surprise you. Defense procurement specialist Startpoint has released stunning images of what the futuristic ship could look like. This cutting-edge ship concept has been dubbed Dreadnought 2050 in honor of the 1906 HMS Dreadnought, a Royal Naval battleship that eclip...more »
NBC:* NBC News Exclusive: Video Purports to Show Anti-ISIS Raid That Killed American* *A new video purports to show Thursday's raid in Iraq in which dozens of ISIS hostages were freed and an American commando was killed.* The video, exclusively obtained by NBC News from Jordan-based news outlet Arab24, was apparently taken on helmet cameras at a prison near the northern town of Hawija. Arab24 said it received the video from Kurdish military officials. U.S. and Kurdish commandos stormed the prison in a pre-dawn, joint rescue mission after a tip that hostages there were about to be...more »
British spy agencies, including MI5 and MI6, have been secretly spying on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings for decades, according to secret files released by Russia Today. Oxbridge historians Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, were among a number of academics at top UK universities who were under surveillance by spy agencies, as the UK government say they were concerned about their alleged “communist” leanings. Rt.com reports: However, instead of secret plots, the files, which are held in the National Archives in southwest London, actually tell of more banal ...more »
The greatest living interpreter of English or any other folk song. June Tabor was born on 31st December 1947 in Warwick, England. Her ability is universally accepted. She has recorded a multitude of albums containing vast amounts of vintage songs dating back hundreds of years. She has also recorded with a great many other acts most recently with the Oyster Band where their live recording of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' did the rare thing when it equalled the original in its emotional intensity even though the rendition was nothing like the original. Not content with be...more »
There should be little doubt that the Islamic State has committed genocide; its leaders regularly admit to that continuing war crime. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | October 25, 2015 “This is genocide.” Every time I read … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : We must act on Islamic State genocide
This morning's *Marr Show *was a bit rum. ("A bit rum" is the sort of thing Andrew Marr himself might say, so I thought I'd use it here in his honour). One of the rum things was Andrew Marr's treatment of one of his paper viewers - the former *Time *journalist Catherine Mayer. She's the founder of the Women's Equality Party (along with Sandi Toksvig). I first came across her because she's a long-time *Dateline London *guest. She's also been a fairly regular paper reviewer on the *Marr *show (7 times in the past 3 years). The last time she was on the show, just after the election,...more »
*The Elixir* "I saw that if there was a kind of a financial reward, where the son character cheers because he has a truck in the garage – I thought that the moral aspect ends up being that money equals happiness. And I questioned that, and that was met with a lot of hostility and upset. *O Lord, Won't You Buy Me a 1985 Model Toyota* "Propaganda is essentially fooling people into believing that there’s something good for them, but it’s actually in the interests of the corporations. I mean, you can call anything propaganda. You can say what I’m saying right now is propaganda. ...more »
. Testimony in Washington DC this week: Listen to Ecuadors Indigenous Women: Defenders of Human Rights and the Environment Published on Oct 19, 2015 Situación de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos de pueblos indígenas y del ambiente en Ecuador Audiencia Pública del 156 Período de Sesiones de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) Lunes 19 de octubre de
Donn Marten has moved over to titanicbrass.com. I have been doing this for a damned long time now and need a new place to hang my hat. That is why I started Titanic Brass and am in the process of transferring my stuff over there now - new material will be posted daily. For the time being I have decided to write less about imperial evil, wars of aggression, the surveillance state, the economic rape of America by Wall Street and corporations and just focus on politics from a non-partisan and non-ideological standpoint. For those familiar with my work when I only wrote only from a pr...more »
Lots of good reads elsewhere this week. As promised yesterday, here’s part 2: Pressure to publish “might discourage scientists from asking the innovative questions that are most likely to lead to the biggest breakthroughs, according to a new study spearheaded by a UCLA professor.” Meet the professor behind the popular Twitter feed Shit Academics Say. […] The post Weekend reads, part 2: Pressure to publish limits innovation; Frontiers a predatory publisher? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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*CNN: **Hours before decommissioning, USS Simpson crew recall historic naval battle* Naval Station Mayport, Florida (CNN)The USS Simpson has turned into a ghost ship. Its passageways are pitch black and steamy hot. It's silent, the constant hum of machinery that's the heartbeat of a warship eerily absent. Its windows are covered and ventilation sealed off. Its battle ribbons have been removed, its flag lowered. But the ship still has a story to tell. The U.S. Navy decommissioned the 30-year-old frigate Tuesday and with it shut the back cover on one of the most significant -- yet...more »
On May 7, 1915, the gigantic luxury ocean liner Lusitania - an engineering marvel, the fastest ship of its era - was hit by a torpedo shot from a German "U-boat" submarine. The ship had nearly completed its crossing from New York and was in sight of the Irish coast. Eighteen minutes later, the Lusitania had sunk. 1,198 passengers and crew, including three German stowaways, were gone. Only six of the ship's 22 lifeboats had been launched. Many passengers drowned because they had put their life-jackets on wrong, so their feet waved in the air while their heads were held underwater. ...more »
In 2003, the Republican-dominated House passed a GOP version of healthcare, Bush's Medicare Part D. Today it is, by far, the worst part of the Medicare system and it allows for these systemic ripping off of the elderly by Big Pharma. The final vote in the House was 216-215; it passed by one lousy vote. The leaders of the House Democrats-- Dick Gephardt and Nancy Pelosi-- whipped against it and 195 Democrats voted NO. They were joined by 19 Republicans (with arch conservative Ernest Istook from Oklahoma voting "present"). The 19 Republicans were up in arms because they saw it as a ...more »
*by Adrienne* I posted last week about the possibility that *many people could be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.* Those of us who are paying attention are more than likely to be stressed or unhappy. I also mentioned some possible remedies to pursue. Let’s add something else to your arsenal; gratitude. I have been reading a book about gratitude. It’s probably not the best book on the subject, but it was enough to make me sit back and think a bit about the wisdom of keeping a gratitude journal. Listen up, men; this is for you, too. It’s just not a girlie thing, even...more »
I've read many a comment today at *Biased BBC* (the blog, not the biased BBC itself) praising Roger Scruton's *A Point of View *in defence of free speech on Radio 4, and I want to praise it too. It is a superb piece - as you'd expect from Prof. Scruton. (You can also read it on the BBC website here.) It begins with John Stuart Mill and ends with these words: Of course, we have moved on a bit from the Middle Ages. It is not the man who is assassinated now, but only his character. But the effect is the same. Free discussion is being everywhere shut down, so that we will never know...more »
All course Radio 4's *Sunday *had some good things too, and I want to celebrate them (for once). One feature focused on "one of the most famous printing errors in the history of publishing" - the story of 'The Wicked Bible' of 1631, which is (for some reason) is being sold next month. Prof. Gordon Campbell of Leicester University was the guest expert (and very good he was too). 'The Wicked Bible' was a reprinting of the King James Bible. It rendered the 7th Commandment as "Thou shalt commit adultery". (Hence it's other nickname, 'The Adulterer's Bible'). What I didn't know about ...more »
Fans of Radio 4's *Sunday* will have expected it to discuss the Vatican's Synod on the Family this morning, and indeed it did. Did it live up to Damian Thompson's widely-quoted statement (well, by me at least!) that "Radio 4's *Sunday* programme offers perhaps the most undiluted liberal bias to be found anywhere on the BBC"? The language used by presenter William Crawley struck me as quite revealing. He *could *have begun by saying: After weeks of tense and, apparently, intense deliberations the Vatican's Synod on the Family has spoken. *There may be changes to Church policy towa...more »
Good Jobs First has just issued a new report analyzing state investment incentive programs open to small and large businesses alike. With the financial support of the Surdna Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, *Shortchanging Small Business: How Big Businesses Dominate State Economic Development Incentives* finds that 70% of the awards and 90% of the money goes to large companies. This is a big deal: The justification for many major incentive programs is that they benefit small business. This study is the first in a planned series of reports which show that this clai...more »
*Our walk sweatshirt front side logo* *Nipponzan Myohoji Monk and Nuns in Market Square as we conclude with closing circle**Lisa Savage from CodePink Maine speaks at shipyard gate rally. She is a teacher and couldn't come on the walk until the last day but was ever present on Facebook and Twitter daily promoting the walk.**At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard gate* *At the shipyard gate* *Walking along the ocean in York Beach - just like a herd of Elk* *Peter Woodruff filming Eric Wasileski at shipyard gate. Peter came the last couple days with Regis Tremblay to work on a finale walk shor...more »
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again... And of course here comes my usual weekly rant... It has been a most hectic week here, and with so many projects on the go and work related issues, by yesterday I was truly an exhausted individual... But to top it all off, my better half came down with a severe cold over the last few days, and suddenly on Friday she broke out in a severe rash on her legs that was so painful and full of blistering that I had no choice, in spite of her stubbornness, to take her to a local doctor to have it checked out....Lo and behold, it was a case of "Shingles".....more »
*From RT:* Afghanistan is the world’s biggest exporter of black-market opium from which heroin is made. It’s a multi-billion dollar business, responsible for around a hundred thousand deaths every year and it’s a major source of income for terrorists. RT Doc travelled to the poppy fields where death is harvested to find out why no one can put a stop to this deadly trade. *WNU Editor:* Aside from the story on Afghanistan's opium trade, what I liked about this video are the many shots of the countryside, the roads, the people .... Afghanistan has definitely changed in the past 14 ye...more »
An M61 Vulcan Cannon gun can fire 75 rounds a second. Bagram Airfield has 10 Vulcans. (The Washington Post) *Washington Post:* *Meet the impressive guns protecting U.S. bases from rocket attacks in Afghanistan* BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Deep in the countryside, Taliban fighters take aim at U.S. military bases with indirect fire: in particular, cheap and ubiquitous Chinese-made 107mm rockets. The U.S. Army’s answer: A series of impressive six-barreled, 20mm Gatling guns that spew up to 75 rounds per second. The M61 Vulcan Cannon is part of what is known as the C-RAM in the Arm...more »
This comment was posted to Why Kids Call KIPP the "Kids in Prison Program:" I go to a KIPP school right but mine is KIPP NASHVILLE COLLEGE PREP we have to work long hours on days end and when we get home it could be between 6 or 7 then we have to do homework that takes up half the night all the students could be sitting down and the teacher just starts yelling out of no where becuse someone isn't on S.L.A.N.T or they teacher asks a question and a student answers the teacher tells the student to get out of the room because they don't want to hear them that's why i can't wait to leave ...more »
Back in August, I started re-watching M*A*S*H end to end on Netflix. I promised updates... and here we are. (tl;dr: it's great.) Random thoughts below. A huge number of M*A*S*H episodes have no plot whatsoever, but are a series of unconnected scenes or vignettes. These aren't clip shows, as the scenes have not aired before. For many years Allan and I have called any TV show comprised of vignettes and framed by narration "Hawkeye writes home". We both remembered M*A*S*H frequently using this structure, with Hawkeye writing a letter to his father. Turns out there's a reason we rememb...more »
[image: 151025_gma_marquardt_33x16_1600] Social media users were aghast Saturday night after it was discovered that searching the term "death to the Jews" on Google maps directs you to the holiest site in Judaism -- Jerusalem's Temple Mount. As of early Sunday morning, the... Continue reading *“Someone Discovered Google Map Search for ‘Death to the Jews’ Directs to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Republican & Democrat Handshake - 900] Clearwater, Florida -- “Be ready for the moment of your death. Are you ready?” Father Charles Leke was encouraging us to get right with God at the Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer last Tuesday morning. As a...more »
[image: 151025_gma_marquardt_33x16_1600] Video obtained by ABC News shows a raid of an ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq in which an American service member was killed last week, a senior military official said today. Continue reading *“Video Shows ISIS Raid That Killed American, Rescued 70”* at *abcnews.go.com*.
By Paul Homewood http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/10/24/the-latest-on-hurricane-patricia/ As we know, Hurricane Patricia caused far less havoc in Mexico than had been predicted just a few hours before. In part, this was due to the fact that the strongest part of the storm made landfall at Cuixmala, a sparsely populated area, which lies midway between Puerto Vallarta […]
*Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report*: *New President, Same Problems in Afghanistan* One year after a new U.S. ally took office, troubling results project a dim future. The Taliban is on the rise. Corruption plagues Afghanistan's government, fueled by an illicit narcotics trade that funds insurgency now more than ever before, and many senior leadership positions in Kabul remain vacant. Voters in Afghanistan and U.S. officials funneling billions into the war zone expected to see some signs of change under President Ashraf Ghani, who ushered in the fledgling government's fir...more »
[image: Obama Travels To Denver, Signs Stimulus Bill] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails. A new appeal being filed Monday by...more »
I am awash in analysis of the Obama administration’s walk-back of testing. See, from the NYT. This is a somewhat hopeful shift in focus for an administration that has exponentially increased the amount of testing in the last several years. But this increase in testing would not have occurred unless this administration did not possess […]
*Why, yes, the utterly unnecessary, illegal, immoral, criminal and inhumane war did indeed "birth ISIS". By design. As intended. Not incompetence. Not blow back. Mr Blair should not be walking freely on the planet to wreak yet more havoc. Sadly, he is. (Middle East Peace Envoy? Now resigned)** & Tony Blair- War Criminal & Carbon Profiteer* *In 2009- Tony Blair stated. And I quote **"I would've invaded Iraq anyway" * Should we believe that he's repentent? *G&M* Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was partly responsible for the emergen...more »
*CNN:* *Major al Qaeda camp was unknown to U.S. for months* An al Qaeda training camp in southern Afghanistan that was the target of a major raid last week had been operating since last November -- and the U.S. didn't learn the full details about the site until July, coalition forces said in an email Wednesday. Earlier this month, U.S. airstrikes, along with U.S. and Afghan ground troops, conducted the assault operations in an area known as Shorabak, close to the Pakistan border. Al Qaeda had set up two sites, a one-mile-square training camp and a second site of nearly 30 square m...more »
The *DWT* art department never tells the editorial department what to write about; they just send subtle hints that we'll not covering an important story well enough by sending photos that they think need to be seen, like the picture above one of them snapped while he was out selling books. By the way, he's demanding Secret Service protection because so many progressives are in the book stores that he's afraid they'll start pulling out their semi-automatics and now him down. "I’m in great danger because I challenge the secular progressive movement to the very core... [T]hey see me...more »
[image: Kerry and Netanyahu 2013 - 900] JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel’s prime minister on Sunday defended a U.S.-brokered plan to install video surveillance at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, saying it could help refute claims that Israel is trying to expand the Jewish presence there, while Palestinians...more »
*Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges* *None of this is surprising in the light of the way Leftist academics have gone hysterical about minor matters, such as "micro-aggressions", "trigger warnings" etc. Students have been TAUGHT to feel threatened and helpless amidst the rough and tumble of everyday life. They have been taught that they must be protected from evil influences by their elders at all times. And the relentless attacks on Christianity have not helped either. Christianity gives people guidelines about how to behave and comfort amidst dis...more »
*The Real ‘Consensus’: Global Warming Causes FEWER Hurricanes* Environmentalists are still trying to tie massive storms to global warming as Hurricane Patricia heads toward Mexico. Oddly enough, the very science activists cite when claiming global warming will make hurricanes like Patricia more frequent and intense actually shows the opposite. Scientists project fewer hurricanes in the future that may be slightly stronger. Research also suggests that even though hurricanes may become slightly stronger, wind patterns will drive them further out to sea, meaning fewer storms hitting...more »
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House Photo: PETER SOUZA *Jonathan Mahler, New York Times:* *What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death?* *The history of Obama’s most important foreign-policy victory is still being written.* Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets — on the night of May 1, 2011, when the network cut ...more »
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[image: President Barack Obama_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Addressing one of education’s most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of...more »
[image: Ben Carson] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Ben Carson is brushing off rival Donald Trump’s criticism of him as a “super low energy” candidate. Carson says he does have a tendency to be “relaxed.” But as a neurosurgeon who operated 18...more »
*Hmm... do I want to pass this truck?* Huffpost had an annoying interview of former Premier Jiang Yi-huah. Comical. A friend critiqued it on Facebook: This is a classic statement of Confucian political values. He hits all the major themes. First, he is 'scholar' (note the pious invocations of Yale and NTU). Next he is reluctant to enter public life. He personally prefers the quiet life of a scholar, but he is persuaded by the Leader to set aside this selfish goal. He reaches his decision by thinking of his higher duties to his parents (xiao, filial piety) and society (zhong, loyal...more »
[image: Parade crash__1445773217_188.8.131.52] STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Lawn chairs, blankets and water bottles were strewn in the street and bodies remained at the scene as Oklahoma State University fans walked past an intersection where a woman had plowed her car into a homecoming...more »
Photo credit: U.S. Army/Spc. Joshua Edwards *Foreign Policy*: *Russia’s Winning the Electronic War* In Ukraine and Syria, Russian forces are using high-tech equipment to jam drones and block battlefield communications -- and forcing the U.S. to scramble to catch up. It comes at different times, and in different forms. But as they have charted the war in southeast Ukraine over the past year, drones flown by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have run into the same problem: Russian troops on the ground are jamming them into virtual blindness. It’s just one par...more »
After 5 years of writing about democracy's decline and the impact of one particular individual had in that regard I am now faced with the question of 'what do I write about now'. The choice is not hard for there is much to be done not only to return from where we came, but to move forward with improving our democratic systems and establish into law such systems so that they cannot again be twisted and ignored by future leaders and their followers. A good place to start seems to be the Liberal *platform on Democratic Reform* which seems to say all the right things but as always it w...more »
Refugee Crisis..... *fred walton* @fredwalton216 1m 1 minute ago fred walton Retweeted Pablo Rodríguez 17 point of action agreed upon at Sunday Special summit ! fred walton added, *Pablo Rodríguez* @Suanzes Meeting on the Western Balkans Migration Route: Leaders Agree on 17-point plan of action http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5904_en.htm … el acuerdo de la minicumbre MINI-SUMMIT OVERVIEW *Sunday afternoon*, leaders of the European countries most affected by migration will gather for a mini-summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for the ...more »
'Pupils and staff at a school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal used anti-Semitic language as insults - dubbing people "Jew boys", it has been claimed. A former teacher at Park View Academy in Alum Rock said pupils daubed anti-Semitic graffiti over their notebooks, while she heard teachers and pupils alike calling people the name as a derogatory term. ' What a surprise... More here http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/trojan-horse-school-teachers-pupils-10319706 but not on the BBC.
By Paul Homewood http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/22/mexico-floods-hurricane-patricia-central-pacific-coast What the “strongest ever” hurricane looks like, courtesy of the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/11952245/Hurricane-Patricia-hits-spares-Mexico-of-major-damage-so-far.html https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patricia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc^tfw According to “expert” Eric Holthaus: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/10/23/hurricane_patricia_was_made_worse_by_climate_change.html
http://www.alfasciences.com/ The Harper government declared war on science and scientists. Jeremy Kerr and Isabelle Cote write that science and scientists must be given a seat at the policy making table, because a lot of damage has been done: Whether it was measuring contaminants in our streams and rivers, poisons in the air, or patterns of glacier melt, no fact was too small or technical to escape Orwellian scrutiny. Scientists, whether in public or on the phone, have been watched by communications staffers to ensure that no one said ...more »
Thousands of Israeli protesters took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday denouncing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies and calling for new peace talks with the Palestinians. Marching from Habima Square in downtown Tel Aviv to the headquarters of the Israeli Ministry for Military Affairs on Kaplan Street, the protestors blame Netanyahu for the recent wave of tensions in the occupied Palestinian lands as well as the Gaza Strip. Many thousands now in Tel Aviv calling for a change in policy because only peace will bring security pic.twitter.com/56U2Vr2TZQ — Peace Now (@peac...more »
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, centre, and his bodyguards react after hearing an explosion as he travels through Hamadan in 2010. Daily Mail *CNN*: *Report: Ahmadinejad's bodyguard killed in Syria* A bodyguard for former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Tehran's state media reported. Abdollah Baqeri Niyaraki was also a former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. He was in Syria serving as a military adviser to the nation's troops, the semiofficial Fars news agency says. His death comes on the heels of two ...more »
Countercurrents, Global Research, RINF, CounterPunch CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT WRITERS Masanobu Fukuoka, the legendary Japanese organic farmer, once described Bhaskar Hiraji Save's farm as “the best in the world, even better than my own!” In 2010, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements honoured Save with the ‘One World Award for Lifetime Achievement’. Based on the results and practices on his 14-acre farm in Gujarat, Save was an inspiration for generations of farmers. By using traditional methods, he demonstrated on his farm that yield is superior to ...more »
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Today, Polish voters – descendant of Forefather Lech who was the brother of Forefather Czech – are choosing their new Parliament. *My God, a girl fight.* And it's sort of fun and unusual because both prospective prime ministers are female. But as some Polish "insider pundits" say, the women are just facades or puppets who fight on behalf of their male puppet masters. So it's widely understood that Ms Ewa Kopacz, the current and defending prime minister, is just running on behalf of Mr Donald Tusk – who pretends to be the current "President of Europe" – and his Eurofederalist "C...more »
*Wall Street Journal*:* Maldives Vice President Arrested* *Ahmed Adheeb detained in connection with what authorities say was an assassination attempt on the president last month.* Maldives police detained the country’s vice president in connection with an explosion aboard a boat carrying the Indian Ocean archipelago’s president last month, authorities said. The detention Saturday of Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor as he was returning to Maldives from an official visit to China was the latest twist in the unsettled politics of the tiny country, best known for its beachfront luxury hote...more »
2UE’s Weekend Winners *George and Paul* interviewed Lord Christopher Monckton about the prophecy revealed on this blog in our post last February: The Push to get rid of Tony Abbott George: The prophecy has comes true. CM: Well, I’m very sad that is has come true….the UN and the very powerful financial vested interests who are making money – I call them the profiteers of doom – these people were going to get those two stand-outs, Stephen Harper in Canada, who, just like Tony Abbott, has studied the question of global warming, understood that it was rubbish and actually had unwou...more »
*Reuters*: *Russia says wants Syria elections, ready to help Free Syrian Army* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its increased clout with Damascus into a political settlement. In comments which mark a shift in Russia's position, he also said that Russia's airforce, which has been bombing Islamist militants in Syria since Sept. 30, would be ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, if it knew where they were. The Kremlin, Syrian Presid...more »
Federal Judge: North Carolina Regulatory Agency Failing to Hold Duke Energy Responsible for Toxic Groundwater Pollution Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year Two Weeks After It Sued the CIA, Data Is Stolen from the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came? What Could Possibly Go Wrong
The row over EU funding for the BBC rolls on. This week's European Scrutiny Committee questioning of the BBC's Tony Hall, James Harding and David Jordan contained several mentions of the BBC's Media Action unit, such as this from the BBC's head of editorial policy and standards (Mr Jordan): The BBC, as a public service broadcaster, does not take money from the EU. The organisation to which you were referring that takes money from the EU is an organisation called Media Action, and that is an independent part of the BBC, with independent trustees, whose job is to do something very ...more »
Last Thursday night, October 22, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) - PH Office hosted its annual reunion for alumni of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF), short courses and seminars (1-2 weeks long) in Gummersbach, Germany. Here, FNF PH Country Director Jules Maaten speaking, giving the opening remarks. It's a beer and sausages reunion. Venue was the San Lorenzo Village multipurpose hall, Makati City. Below, lots of huge German sausages, sliced. And pork bar bq, and litson manok. Two choices of beer, Lager and dark, free flowing from two huge kegs of ...more »
[image: Korean War-900] A U.S. Army weapons squad leader points out a Communist-led North Korean position to his machine gun crew north of the Chongchon River in North Korea on Nov. 20, 1950. Today and every day, we honor and remember the courageous...more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Diriyah Farm, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters) *Al Arabiya*: *Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, meets with King Salman* Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrived in Riyadh on Saturday for talks on recent developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Syrian war, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir had met with Kerry before he made his way to the Dhiraya Farm, the king's country residence. Washingt...more »
Also called Third Harvest and All Hallows Eve, this is a fire festival and should be celebrated outdoors. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | October 24, 2015 Saturday, October 31, 2015, is Samhain, which you may also call … finish reading Kate Braun : Samhain, or Halloween, begins ‘the time of no time’
Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler. USASOC *Michael Daly, Daily Beast:* *11 Bronze Stars, 14 Tours, 1 Widow* Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, the first American to die in Iraq against ISIS, is a reminder of those who have sacrificed in two wars that never really ended. Fourteen combat deployments. Eleven bronze stars, four with a V for valor. Seventy hostages rescued in the final mission. One flag covered coffin, to be met by one new widow. Four sons now without a father, one a new baby. One posthumous Purple Heart. And 319 million Americans in perpetual debt to Master Sergeant Joshu...more »
A deflationary spiral, such as is now becoming evident globally, acts as a natural poison. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | October 25, 2015 It now appears that that the grand stockpile of total human wealth, the global … finish reading Roger Baker : What’s up with the global economy, and where do we go from here?
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last October 21, 2015. IN MANY STATISTICS comparing electricity prices in Asia, Manila/Philippines often rank no. 2, next to Tokyo/Japan. Here is one such data. Of the 11 major cities in North and Southeast Asia, Manila has the 2nd most expensive electricity prices for residential tariff, 3rd in generation cost, 1st in grid charges, and 2nd in tax rates. (See table) With such a cost structure, it would be a mystery why some groups and government officials would think of new ways and schemes that would further raise electricity prices in the Phil...more »
[image: Vank Cathedral Interior - 900] Also known as Holy Savior Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, Vank Cathedral is an Armenian Apostolic Church in Isfahan, Iran. Hundreds of thousands of Armenian Christians were resettled after the Ottoman War and found freedom to worship...more »
[image: depression - 900] The magazine pickin's were slim in my "sports medicine" doctor's waiting room: Us or Elle. Having no interest in people who are famous for being well known, I picked Elle and discovered book reviews. Who knew? And they didn't review...more »
*Jerusalem Post:* *WATCH: Hebrew speaking-ISIS jihadi threatens Israel, Jews worldwide in new video* * ISIS trying to hijack Palestinian jihad as its own * Jewish man who lunged for soldier’s gun shouted ‘I am ISIS’ *Islamic State media voices its support of the wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel.* The islamic fundamentalist organization known as Islamic State released a video Friday, showing one of its jihadi militants threatening to attack Israelis in Hebrew, promising that "soon there will not be one Jew left in Jerusalem." ISIS's Syrian branch posted the cl...more »
* This is my article in *Business 360*, a monthly magazine in Kathmandu, Nepal, September 2015 issue. *Low oil prices and opportunities for energy development in South Asia* Low world oil prices are seen as “negative” by many analysts because they pull down stocks and equity values of many energy companies and contribute to deflationary pressure. But in the perspective of ordinary oil and energy consumers, they are good and positive news. Whether people move and transport themselves, their family or other people, or they move various commodities, oil is a very important raw ma...more »
------------------------------ *Presstitutes At Their Work — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ October 24, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Presstitutes At Their Work* Paul Craig Roberts The Western media has only two tools. One is the outrageous lie. This overused tool no longer works, except on dumbshit Americans. The pinpoint accuracy of the Russian cruise missiles and air attacks has the Pentagon shaking in its boots. But according to the Western presstitutes the Russ...more »
By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! October 25, 2015 On October 24, 2015 the Obama administration announced a shift of its education policy when it announced a change in the Department of Education’s position on standardized testing. As reported by Kate Zernike in The New York Times, “Specifically, the administration called for a cap on assessment so that no child would spend more than 2 percent of classroom instruction time taking tests. It called on Congress to “reduce over-testing” as it reauthorizes the federal legislation governing the nation’s public elementar...more »
*Reuters:* *Kerry lays out steps to ease Israeli-Palestinian strife* The United States on Saturday proposed steps, including 24-hour video surveillance, to end weeks of violence over a Jerusalem site holy to Muslims and Jews. Speaking in Amman after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel had embraced "an excellent suggestion" by the king, who is the custodian of the site within Jerusalem's walled Old City, for round-the-clock monitoring. Kerry said Israel had also given assurances it had no intention o...more »
It's not always the easiest thing to assign motivation to a politician for their votes, although it helps when they're consistent and when they tell their constituents why. Otherwise you have to guess a lot of the time. Earlier today we were looking at the one Democrat-- Minnesota Blue Dog Collin Peterson-- who voted with the Republicans to take health insurance away from 11 million people under the Affordable Care Act and to defund Planned Parenthood-- and the 7 Republicans who voted with the Democrats against the bill. Peterson is an anti-Choice fanatic *and* in an electorally vu...more »
I just read David Edelstein and Ron Krebs’ provocative piece ($) in Foreign Affairs on how the practice of grand strategy leads to threat inflation. One section struck me as somewhat problematic in that it seemed to derive little influence for ideational factors in the construction of the liberal order, as if the United States was materially driven to […]
“South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, radiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen. * Click image for larger size.* At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning an area equivalent to four full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged ...more »
"Life is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid" Author Unknown "Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take. In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles. S...more »
“Yet now, as he roared across the night sky toward an unknown destiny, he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my life, he asked himself, that the world will be poorer if I leave it?” - Arthur C. Clarke, “Glide Path”
. Navajo in New Mexico testify on uranium mining, radiation and water. Listen to more. Testimony on Human Rights and Water before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Washington DC this week. More video coverage at: http://www.oas.org/es/cidh/multimedia/sesiones/156/default.asp
Tony Blair, who has finally said sorry for the Iraq War during an interview on CNN, which is due to be broadcast on Sunday *Daily Mail:* *'I'm sorry': Historic moment Tony Blair FINALLY apologises for Iraq War and admits in TV interview the conflict caused the rise of ISIS* * Former PM makes the confession after 12 years of refusing to apologise * Blair says he is sorry for his conduct which has now led to 'hell' in Iraq * Says there is an element of truth that the war caused the rise of ISIS * Comes after Lord Blunkett revealed he had challenged Blair about the war Tony Blair has...more »
*"The Meadow Across the Creek"* by Thomas Berry "I was a young person then, some twelve years old. My family was moving from a more settled part of a Southern town out to the edge of town where the new house was still being built. The house, not yet finished, was situated on a slight incline. Down below was a small creek and there across the creek was a meadow. It was an early afternoon in May when I first looked down over the scene and saw the meadow. The field was covered with lilies rising above the thick grass. A magic moment, this experience gave to my life something, I know n...more »
It has been almost 3 years now since that fateful day in December 2012 when clearly a planned operation took place in Newtown Connecticut. On that 14th of December day, a long planned and rehearsed "drill" by FEMA and using paid crisis actors (some very poor actors indeed...) went "live", and the world was led to believe very falsely that some 26 people, mostly children, and one lone gunman lost their lives..... It was indeed a massive propaganda and psychological attack on the minds of Americans to the point that still some 3 years after the incident many still falsely believe th...more »
. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015: Washington DC Impact of Extractive Industries on the Sacred Sites of Indigenous Peoples in the United StatesPublic Hearing on the 156th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Navajo, Pueblo and Apache testify on extractive industries impacts on sacred places, before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Dineh (Navajo) Snowbowl
*Jerusalem Post:* *WATCH: Hebrew speaking-ISIS jihadi threatens Israel, Jews worldwide in new video* * ISIS trying to hijack Palestinian jihad as its own * Jewish man who lunged for soldier’s gun shouted ‘I am ISIS’ *Islamic State media voices its support of the wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel.* The islamic fundamentalist organization known as Islamic State released a video Friday, showing one of its jihadi militants threatening to attack Israelis in Hebrew, promising that "soon there will not be one Jew left in Jerusalem." ISIS's Syrian branch posted the cl...more »
. Published on Oct 19, 2015: Washington DC Situación de derechos humanos de defensores y defensoras del medio ambiente en el contexto de las industrias extractivas en América Audiencia Pública del 156 Período de Sesiones de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) Human Rights Situation of Defenders of the Environment in the Context of Extractive Industries in America
*Washington Post*: *In 1983 ‘war scare,’ Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S.* A nuclear weapons command exercise by NATO in November 1983 prompted fear in the leadership of the Soviet Union that the maneuvers were a cover for a nuclear surprise attack by the United States, triggering a series of unparalleled Soviet military responses, according to a top-secret U.S. intelligence review that has just been declassified. “In 1983, we may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger,” the review concluded. That autumn has long be...more »
[image: Lazy Gamer - 900] “It’s about what these women will let guys get away with.” You may not expect to hear commentary like that at your garden-variety think tank panel discussion, but it got pretty lively at the American Enterprise Institute discussion on the...more »
The Catholic Thing/Robert RoyalatThe Stream-1 day ago
[image: Bishops listen to Pope Benedict XVI (not pictured) as he opens a session of a synod of Catholic bishops on the theme of "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church" on October 6, 2008 at the Vatican. Of the 253 archbishops, bishops and cardinals summoned to the three-week long synod, 51 are from Africa, 62 from the Americas, 41 from Asia, 90 from Europe and nine from the Pacific with for the first time representatives and prelates from other religions. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)] It's very rarely pl...more »
[image: The Quiet Man Poster] Today, Maureen O'Hara, one of the last living greats of Hollywood's golden age, passed away at the age of 95. The fiery redhead, a star in in her own right, also played opposite Hollywood’s leading men and was a favorite...more »
[image: HT_Identical_Triplets4_MEM_151022_4x3_992] One's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party -- Kristen and Tom Hewitt know that firsthand after giving birth to extremely rare identical triplets in Baltimore earlier this month. Kristen Hewitt said that when the couple got their first ultrasound,... Continue reading *“Baltimore Mom Gives Birth to ‘Incredibly Rare’ Identical Triplets”* at *abcnews.go.com*.
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*“Finding It Where You Are”* by Chet Raymo “Yes, I've been to Walden. Been there several times, in fact. With students. We sat on the earth at the site of the cabin and read from the book. And the wind stirred the pines, and the hickories, and the oaks, and rippled the pond that shone like silver in the early morning sun. And then, to honor the spirit of the man we came to visit, we sat silently, as if on the stoop of his cabin with friends, knowing that any words, even his own, intruded on the haunting beauty of the place itself. Walden Pond Mary Oliver has a poem called "Going To...more »
*CNN:* *Obama makes final push to close Guantanamo* Washington (CNN)The White House's decision this week to reject a massive defense policy bill -- partly for its restrictions on closing the Guantanamo Bay naval prison in Cuba -- comes as the administration makes a final push to close the facility in the remaining 15 months of President Barack Obama's tenure. Obama hopes to leave office with the prison shuttered, since he campaigned on a vow to close it and has argued that it serves as a recruiting tool for terrorists. On his second day in office, he signed an executive order to ...more »
Blue Dog Collin Peterson was the only Democrat who voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood and wreck the Affordable Care Act-- and the DCCC loves him for it As the crackpot House Republicans got ready to call it a week and scurry off for the weekend, they voted on Georgia nut case Tom Price's latest attempt to take health insurance away from millions of working families-- and to defund Planned Parenthood, all rolled up into one ugly bill, H.R.3762. It passed 40-189, 7 Republicans voting with the Democrats-- mainstream conservatives Bob Dold (IL) and Richard Hanna (NY); libertarian ...more »
Powers was discharged from the Air Force in 1956 with the rank of captain. He then joined the CIA's U-2 program at the civilian grade of GS-12. U-2 pilots flew espionage missions using an aircraft that could reach altitudes above 70,000 feet (21.3 km), making it invulnerable to known Soviet anti-aircraft weapons of the time. The U-2 was equipped with a state-of-the-art camera designed to take high-resolution photos from the edge of the stratosphere over hostile countries, including the Soviet Union. U-2 missions systematically photographed military installations and other importan...more »
*Richard Fernandez, PJ Media:* *What Does an 800 Pound Gorilla Do?* The shifting narrative over the “hateful video” which allegedly provoked a lethal attack on the US consulate in Benghazi is chronicled in the videos shown after the “More”. 1. In the aftermath of the attack, the State Dept ran ads on Pakistani TV disavowing a video which purportedly played a role in provoking the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. 2. Domestically Susan Rice went the round of talk shows to explain how a hateful video provoked outrage in the Muslim world leading to an attack on Western faciliti...more »
Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist nun Jun-san Yasuda grabbed the hat of the cheerleader from the 'Leftist Marching Band' this morning and showed us some of her moves before we began the final leg of the Maine Peace Walk. Jun-san is a real character and is beloved by all. We were honored to have her walking with us.
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