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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

28 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

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Ayahuasca: This Amazonian Brew May Be the Most Powerful Antidepressant Ever Discovered

Waking Times at Waking Times - 16 seconds ago
*Valerie Burke *- Neuroscientists find that even one dose of ayahuasca has powerful and immediate antidepressant effects. The post Ayahuasca: This Amazonian Brew May Be the Most Powerful Antidepressant Ever Discovered appeared first on Waking Times.

"I Had An Experience..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 minutes ago
"I had an experience... *I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! *I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision of the universe that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves, that we are *not — that none of us — are alone!* I wish I could share that. I wish, that everyone, if only for one moment, could feel that awe, and hum... more »

Musical Interlude: George Winston, “Variations on Pachebel”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 minutes ago
George Winston, “Variations on Pachebel” - https://www.youtube.com/

The GOP Is Now A Party Burdened With The Stench Of Opportunistic Nihilism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 minutes ago
Floridians are getting angry that Rubio is still collecting a salary while he's abandoned his Senate job entirely. The *Orlando Sentinel*, one of the biggest newspapers in Florida-- a right-wing-leaning paper that endorsed Rubio when he ran for the Senate, yesterday called on him to resign if he doesn't start doing his job again. "Sorry, senator," they wrote yesterday, "but Floridians sent you to Washington to do a job. We've got serious problems with clogged highways, eroding beaches, flat Social Security checks and people who want to shut down the government. If you hate your jo... more »

A Review On The Legal Case That Was Prepared For The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 minutes ago
The house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was killed in a raid by Navy SEAL Team 6. *New York Times*: *How 4 Federal Lawyers Paved the Way to Kill Osama bin Laden* WASHINGTON — Weeks before President Obama ordered the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011, four administration lawyers developed rationales intended to overcome any legal obstacles — and made it all but inevitable that Navy SEALs would kill the fugitive Qaeda leader, not capture him. Stretching sparse precedents, the lawyers worked in intense secrecy. Fearing leaks, the White House would not let the... more »

The Pentagon Has Been Frustrated On White House And U.S. State Department Hesitancy To Challenge Chinese Claims In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Reuters:* *As Obama weighed patrol to counter China, Pentagon urged faster action* The U.S. naval challenge to China's territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea this week came after months of frustration within the Pentagon at what some defense officials saw as unnecessary delays by the White House and State Department in approving the mission. As early as mid-May, the Pentagon was considering sending military aircraft and ships to assert the principle of freedom of navigation around China's artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago after Defense Secretary Ash Carter ... more »

Other Side of the Coin....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 hour ago

CNBC’s GOP Presidential Debate, Told in Tweets

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Debate] CNBC’s GOP presidential debate was on tonight, and it was a hot mess with plenty of drama. Here’s how it went down on Twitter. Things got started late: And it's 8 p.m. and no debate. Last time, the first candidate... more »

Iran: US Fabricated Taliban, ISIS, & Al Qaeda

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Iran have accused America of creating and sponsoring some of the most infamous terror groups, including; ISIS, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told the Fars News agency that, “accompanied by different countries like Saudi Arabia and others, … created Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and other terrorist groups and have the record of the largest support for terrorism.” Algemeiner.com reports: Afkham called it “ironic” for the US and its allies to form anti-terror coalitions, yet “continue their financial and logistical support for the... more »

11 Nuclear Scientists Die Suspicious Deaths

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Between 2009 – 2013 a staggering 11 nuclear scientists died mysterious and suspicious deaths, according to data provided by the Department of Atomic Energy. Eight of the scientists who worked in labs and research centres died in odd blasts or by being hanged or drowned at sea. Indiatimes.com reports: In its RTI response to Haryana-based Rahul Sehrawat dated September 21, the department said three scientists of Nuclear Power Corporation had also died under mysterious circumstances during the period of which two allegedly committed suicide and one had died in a road accident. The bod...more »

New WIFI Devices Capable Of Seeing Through Walls Unveiled

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Researchers have made X-ray vision are reality as a new type of Wifi device has been developed that allows people to see through concrete walls. Using a wireless transmitter, scientists have developed the device that can map a nearby room in 3D whilst scanning for human bodies. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Using the signals that bounce and reflect off these people, the device creates an accurate silhouette and can even use this silhouette to identify who that person is. The device is called RF Capture and it was developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intellig... more »

Republican Debate: My thoughts...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour ago
*for what it's worth.* Except for John Kasich, if the primary was tomorrow, I'd have a hard time deciding. Even Chris Christie did a credible job. Rand Paul came across as a bit angry, and Jeb Bush was, well, Jeb Bush. The best? (in my opinion) *In order:* 1. Ted Cruz tied with Marco Rubio 2. Donald Trump. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina in the number two spot 3. Mike Huckabee 4. Chris Christie 5. Rand Paul 6. Jeb Bush *Ted Cruz going after the moderators was priceless.* *Listen to how well Dr. Carson handles the moderator with the strange hair (John Harwood... more »

Stephen J. Harper International Airport

Alison at Creekside - 1 hour ago
R. Curtis Mullen in Olathe Kansas started a petition to rename the Calgary International Airport after Steve. It's currently sitting at 6,000 signatures with a counter-petition at 19,000. Turns out there already is a Harper Airport a few miles away from Mullen in Kansas... and bonus! ... it already has a STOP sign. Perhaps Mullen could work on getting this airport renamed first, kinda work his way up. .

A Video Report From The Front-Lines At Palmyra, Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*RT*: *RT EXCLUSIVE: ISIS position in Palmyra up-close, RT 1st intl TV crew to follow Syrian Army assault* RT's Lizzie Phelan and her crew report from Palmyra in direct sight of Islamic State militants, who are holding positions among the ruins of the world heritage site. With the terrorists weakened by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Army is preparing for an offensive to retake Palmyra. The important UNESCO world heritage site has been under the control of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) since May. RT’s crew are the first among international TV journalists to report from th... more »

China Readies To Invest In A Post-Civil War Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Photo from Reuters *Shane Harris, Daily Beast*: *China Looks at Syria, Sees $$$* Most companies might be frightened by the prospect of doing a mega-deal with Damascus. Not the telecom giant Huawei. Russia is betting its geopolitical future in the Middle East on a military intervention to prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But one of the biggest companies from another rising power, China, is betting that when the long civil war in Syria is over, the country will be a good place to do business. Huawei, one of China’s richest companies and the largest telecommunications equipme... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"M78 isn't really hiding in planet Earth's night sky. About 1,600 light-years away and nestled in the nebula rich constellation Orion, the large, bright, reflection nebula is well-known to telescopic skygazers. But this gorgeous image of M78 was selected as the winner of the Hidden Treasures 2010 astrophotography competition. Held by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the competition challenged amateur astronomers to process data from ESO's astronomical archive in search of cosmic gems. *Click image for larger size.* The winning entry shows off amazing details within bluish M78... more »

Chet Raymo

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* “Yet…”* by Chet Raymo "My suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." - J. B. S. Haldane “Legend has it that after reciting his official recantation, kneeling on the floor of the Holy Office in Rome before assembled officials of the Inquisition, Galileo whispered, "And yet it moves." To save his life, or at least to avoid some dank dungeon and perhaps torture, the old man had publicly denied that he ever believed or taught that the Earth orbits the Sun, rather than the other way around. The public recantation was real... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Estacada, Oregon, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: gk thomas, “Wretched of the Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Wretched of the Earth”* By gk thomas “Poor kids, wretched of the earth, why should we feed you? Why shouldn't we empty our sea of bullets into your swollen bellies or poison you with toxic chemicals or depleted uranium? Why should we care, we who are living well? Where is it written in stone that you deserve better? Or that we are not animals subject to the law of nature: kill or be killed? You suspect us of being cruel, but we are kind. Our god tells us so. It is yours that lies. So you cry at night, shivering in the cold, or sell yourselves for a slice of bread. What is that to tho... more »

"A Message from the Hopi Elders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"A Message from the Hopi Elders"* "You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour. Here are the things that must be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift, that there are those who will be afraid. Th... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

The Science Fiction of Scarcity

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*“I loved the fact that the hero never once implies that it’s courage, spirit and faith that saves him — as so many modern books and films would do — just lots of practical tinkering and problem-solving: Science the crap out of it. Ditto for humanity as a whole, I think.”* ~ Matt Ridley, By the Book *“[The Apollo 11 mission] conveyed the sense that we were watching a magnificent work of art – a play dramatising a single theme: the efficacy of man’s mind.” *~ Ayn Rand, Moon Launch Was Man's Shining Hour Here are three clauses I never thought I’d use together in the same se... more »

Undercard GOP Debate Underwhelms

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Undercard Debate Moderators] The GOP undercard debate has just concluded on CNBC, and for many it was, in a word, boring. First things first, what channel was that on? Stop pretending you know what channel CNBC is on either. #GOPDebate — Mark Schenkel... more »

Infographic: The Rise in Obamacare Premiums Next Year by State

RealClearHealth at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: 327401_5_] Consumers shopping for health insurance on healthcare.gov will see premiums increase by an average of 7.5 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. Open enrollment begins on Sunday, Nov. 1. Continue reading *“Infographic: The Rise in Obamacare Premiums Next Year by State”* at *realclearhealth.com*.

Hollywood: Demonic Possession & Satanism Popular Again, But Why?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A new wave of films about possession have swept across Hollywood, taking Satanism and demonic possession back into the mainstream once again. Director Mark Neveldine (Director of “The Vatican Tapes”) says Pope Francis is helping the new interest in exorcism due to his Jesuit roots, and the fact that he believes in the reality of Satanism and the battle between light and dark in the literal sense. Wsj.com reports: The new wave of possession films could take scary movies even more into the mainstream. Possession is more personal than vampires and zombies—the threat comes from within.... more »

Australia To Prescribe Cannabis To Epileptics And MS Patients

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Queensland children with multiple sclerosis or epilepsy will be able to access cannabis as Australia trial the use of medical marijuana in treating these conditions. The $3 million cannabis trials will begin at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital from 2016 onwards. Smh.com.au reports: The trial will help determine whether medicinal cannabis is suitable as a treatment. “This is about helping sick Queensland kids,” Ms Palaszczuk said in a statement. “We are listening to Queenslanders, particularly the families of children with severe forms of epilepsy who have exhausted other forms ... more »

Man Creates Sovereign Nation In Utah: Welcome To Zaquistan

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A New York man is setting up his own sovereign nation in the state of Utah, and has decided to name it the Republic of Zaquistan. Zaq Landberg, who created Zaquistan, bought the four-acre patch of land on eBay for a mere $610 (£399). Zaq has created the nations own unique yellow and red flag, passports, and a border patrol gate guarded by a giant robot. Sky News reports: At one stage – for three weeks – it even held its first embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted inside a contemporary art museum. Mr Landsberg, who is President of Zaqistan, said he was amazed at how remote the ... more »

Ghost Slashes Woman’s Face During Seance In London

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A TV Psychic carried out a seance with 20 other participants in a 140-year-old building in north London recently, and says that one of the women in the group suffered a brutal attack by a demonic entity who slashed her face during the seance. Psychic medium Charlotte Codrai hosted the event at Alexandra Palace, and put the participants into a trance before commencing the seance. She says she began being bombarded by a series of visions of the buildings history, including “the sound of fire and a huge commotion.” At this point, one of the women in the group cried out, saying, “I fee... more »

Northeast Iowa And Suffolk County, Long Island Have Something In Common-- DCCC Malfeasance

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Throne-Holst & Vernon, not actual Democrats, "DCCC Democrats" For progressives and Democrats on the eastern end of Long Island there will be no good solution to awful conservative representation in 2016. The one purely Suffolk County district left, NY-01, has been gradually turning blue since I lived there in the 1960s. Obama beat McCain in 2008 and beat Romney in 2012. But last year conservative Lee Zeldin defeated moderate Democrat Tim Bishop 89,564 (54.8%) to 73,860 (45.2%). Zeldin is a prime DCCC target this year and they recruited a wretched New Dem, venture capitalist David Cal... more »

Lawmakers: Boehner-Obama Budget Deal Uses Same Accounting Gimmick as Obamacare

Rob Bluey at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: 1obamasmile] Two conservative lawmakers are accusing Republican leaders of using an accounting gimmick in their budget deal -- a "trick" that mimics a tactic Democrats employed to pass Obamacare. Sen. Jeff Sessions and Rep. Mo Brooks call it a practice in...more »

ISIS Hostage Feels ‘Born Again’ After Witnessing Christian Captives’ Strong Faith

The Christian Post at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: christian captives] A Syrian priest who was held captive for months by the Islamic State terror group before being released said he was kept in an underground dormitory with 250 other Christians who refused to convert to Islam despite being pressured every... Continue reading *“ISIS Hostage Feels ‘Born Again’ After Witnessing Christian Captives’ Strong Faith”* at *christianpost.com*.

Robison, Jackson, Nunez Live-Streamed at ‘The Power of One’ Event Tonight

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: The Power of One Dallas Cropped - 900] Tonight, The Stream‘s found and publisher, James Robison, is joining Bishop Harry Jackson of The Reconciled Church movement and Bishop Angel L. Nunez of Baltimore’s Bilingual Christian Church for Operation Blue Shield‘s “The Power of One” Speaker Series event in Dallas. The... more »

White House: No 'Large-Scale' Ground Operations In Iraq Or Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify on U.S. military strategy in the Middle East before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2015. *Voice of America:* *White House: No 'Large-Scale' Ground Operations in Stepped-Up IS Fight* The United States says it has "no intention to pursue long-term, large-scale ground combat operations" like in Afghanistan or Iraq, in its stepped-up offensive against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. Defense Secretary Ash Carter Tuesday sai... more »

Hey! The New SAT is More Racist than the Old SAT!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
A clip from the NYTimes: Some expect that the new SAT will be even more challenging for the disadvantaged. By weaving more tightly into high-school curriculum, the test would seem to best serve students at high-performing schools, with the strong teachers who prepare them for state standards, as well as affluent students with access to test prep.

Fiction: The hottest topic of all?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Sent to Literacy Today, October 28, 2015 The current issue of Literacy Today (September/October 2015) contains somewhat contradictory messages: reading "informational texts" is considered "a hot topic" that "should be hot," a view that coincides with the common core's heavy focus on nonfiction ("What's hot in 2016"). Fiction is not mentioned. But college student Brandon Dixon ("Literacy is the answer") tells us that fiction has made the difference in his life, contributing not only to his knowledge of the world but also to his ethical development and understanding of other people... more »

If Sweden and Germany Became US States, They Would be Among the Poorest States

Mises Institute at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: nonrppadjustedmedian] The battle over the assumed success of European socialism continues. Many European countries like Sweden have gained a reputation as being very wealthy in spite of their highly regulated and taxed economies. From there, many assume that the rest of... Continue reading *“If Sweden and Germany Became US States, They Would be Among the Poorest States”* at *mises.org*.

After court verdict, BMJ retracts 26-year-old paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 4 hours ago
Today, The BMJ retracted a 1989 paper about the role of breastfeeding and formula in infant eczema — 20 years after the data were called into question by a university report. However, the report was kept secret — due, by some accounts, to alleged threats of a lawsuit. That is, until this year, when author Ranjit Kumar […] The post After court verdict, BMJ retracts 26-year-old paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Lena Dunham’s Planned Parenthood Halloween Costume Shows She’s a Culture War Double Agent

The Federalist at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood costume - 400] Writer and actress Lena Dunham is a proud woman of the left. She strenuously supports Hillary Clinton. She famously compared voting for Barack Obama to losing one's virginity. She'll kind of do anything in support of liberal candidates and causes.... Continue reading *“Lena Dunham’s Planned Parenthood Halloween Costume Shows She’s a Culture War Double Agent”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Arctic Multi Year Ice Increasing

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://notrickszone.com/2015/10/27/geophysical-research-letters-shock-finding-in-2014-more-multiyear-ice-than-previous-nine-years-arctic-winter-0-5-1-5c-colder/#sthash.7ZSS2soA.dpbs News of a new study from Pierre: Reader Dennis A. sent me the following abstract of a new paper by Haas et al: Ice thickness in the Northwest Passage – Haas – 2015 – Geophysical Research Letters – Wiley Online Library. It turns out that the Arctic is […]

NOAA Refuse To Release Emails

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/258375-agency-wont-give-gop-internal-docs-on-climate-research Get out the popcorn, this one could run and run. From the Hill: The federal government’s chief climate research agency is refusing to give House Republicans the detailed information they want on a controversial study on climate change. Citing confidentiality concerns and the integrity of the scientific process, […]

Debunking The “97%” Consensus Claims – Part I

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Someone mentioned the other day (sorry, forgot who!) that it would be nice to have a simple, go-to piece debunking the “97% of scientists agree” claptrap, which is spewed out by politicians and the media whenever they do not want to discuss facts. There are essentially two studies […]

Congress Subpoenas NOAA’s Emails

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/10/23/congressional-skeptic-on-global-warming-demands-records-from-u-s-climate-scientists/ From the Washington Post: The head of a congressional committee on science has issued subpoenas to the Obama administration over a recent scientific study refuting claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the last decade. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Science, […]

The Reply To Dr Pinto Which The EDP Refuse To Publish

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/climate-change-biggest-threat-to-public-health-says-nutty-doctor/ Readers will recall the article in Eastern Daily Press last week by Dr Hayley Pinto, in which she claimed that climate change is the biggest threat to public health – more than drugs, smoking and obesity. Her feature was so woefully poor that I asked the Editor of […]

Climate Change Will Kill All The Hedgehogs!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Hedgehogs-extinct-years-warns-Lincolnshire-expert/story-28055046-detail/story.html And yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s because of climate change! The only trouble is that someone did not the memo! From the Lincolnshire Echo: Climate change and the increasing destruction of habitats could lead to the extinction of hedgehogs within a decade, experts have warned. Figures […]

China’s Climate Plan

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood We all know that China has promised to peak their CO2 emissions by 2030, but they have failed to say at what level. Instead they pledged to reduce CO2 emissions per unit of GDP. And the reason is very simple, they do not want to restrict their economic growth by being […]

Hurricane Patricia Aftermath

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Now that the dust has settled, I thought I would take a look at the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia. I have scoured the Mexican press, as I suspect they are a good deal more reliable than the hyped nonsense our own media feeds us. This is what the Mexico News […]

What Is Climate? Is It Changing?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/what-is-climate-is-it-changing/ A thought provoking piece from Ron Clutz: Thanks Arnd for another provocative comment. EXXON, as many others, deserve no regret when „charged with all kinds of misdoing with respect to climate science“. EXXON’s fault is not strongly opposing a meaningless language with regard what ‘climate’ is.Full Comment […]

Cyclonic Inflation

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 4 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Following on from the controversy over Hurricane Patricia, Jennifer Marohasy tells a similar story about tropical cyclone Marcia, which hit Australia last February: I was concerned when I heard late last Thursday that a category 5 cyclone was heading straight for Yeppoon in central Queensland. I have a house there, […]

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times editorial*: *The Military Escalation in Iraq and Syria* Frustrated by the resilience of the Islamic State terrorist organization, the Obama administration is taking steps to expand a military campaign that remains untethered to any coherent strategy. Instead of challenging an escalation of American military forces in the Syrian war, several prominent members of Congress are irresponsibly demanding even more hawkish approaches. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, called the administration’s new strate... more »

World News Briefs -- October 28, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CNN:* *Loose military blimp lands in Pennsylvania* (CNN)A blimp associated with NORAD's surveillance of the East Coast that became untethered from its mooring in Maryland is now on the ground and authorities have it secured, Pennsylvania State Police told CNN. The loose JLENS blimp had been in the air over Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and caused power outages before it came down, Columbia County Department of Public Safety Director Fred Hunsinger said. Both the Montoursville and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, State Police troops are responding, police said. The blimp landed in Montour Coun... more »

Gen. Stubblebine on 9/11

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

How Many Taylor Swifts Does It Take to Pay the Interest on the National Debt?

Action Institute/Joe Carter at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: taylor swift - 400] Margaret Thatcher famously said the problem with socialist governments is that, "They always run out of other people's money." Unfortunately, that's true for almost all governments. Even more unfortunate, though, is that some people refuse to believe that government can... Continue reading *“How Many Taylor Swifts Does It Take to Pay the Interest on the National Debt?”* at *blog.acton.org*.

Former Episcopal Bishop Sentenced

Juicy Ecumenism at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: bishop sentenced] A former Episcopal Church Bishop has been sentenced to seven years in prison for killing a cyclist while intoxicated and failing to immediately return to the scene of the traffic accident. Heather Cook, who was effectively defrocked this past Spring... Continue reading *“Former Episcopal Bishop Sentenced”* at *juicyecumenism.com*.

UFO News

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
nasa original footage

Judge: Sex Offenders Do Not Have to Post ‘No Trick-or-Treating’ Signs

Breitbart at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Trick or Treat - 400] The California Department of Corrections Sex Offender Program "Operation Boo" had requested sex offender parolees post a sign with that message, along with obeying a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. But attorneys Janice Belluci, and Chance Oberstein, who argue... Continue reading *“Judge: Sex Offenders Do Not Have to Post ‘No Trick-or-Treating’ Signs”* at *breitbart.com*.

Assange: Syria Crisis Planned By West Via Fake ‘Refugee Crisis’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The current migrant crisis in Europe is a deliberately orchestrated event by the West in order to depopulate Syria, Wikileaks Julian Assange has said. The Wikileaks founder claims that after looking through diplomatic cables and finding “interesting speculation about the refugee movement“, it became obvious to him the West were engaging in strategic depopulation in order to decrease the fighting capacity of Syria. Rt.com reports: The whistleblower pointed out that “it’s predominantly the middle class that is fleeing” Syria on account of having“language skills, money, some connectio... more »

China Tells U.S. It Is Ready For War As Tensions Dangerously High

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
China have announced that they are not afraid to fight a war with the U.S., according to reports by a state-run Chinese newspaper. According to the Global Times, “In the face of the U.S. harassment, Beijing should deal with Washington tactfully and prepare for the worst”. Nbcnews.com reports: “This can convince the White House that China, despite its unwillingness, is not afraid to fight a war with the U.S. in the region, and is determined to safeguard its national interests and dignity,” it added. Anger over the U.S.’s move in the South China Sea dominated the headlines of major n... more »

EU Outlaws Banning Of GMO Food Amid Fierce Opposition

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
European leaders have rejected a law that would allow countries in the EU to ban GMO crops and food. Lawmakers say the move could force a return to stricter border controls to keep GMO produce out of countries who do not want it. Nytimes.com reports: The environment spokesman for the assembly’s biggest political group, Peter Liese, said that “we need to avoid chaos for consumers and farmers.” He warned that “having national bans would mean re-introducing border controls for foodstuff and feedstuff.” The use of GMOs remains controversial in Europe. Fifty-eight such crops have been a... more »

US Reluctantly Ask Russia For Help In Fight Against ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The U.S. have approached Russia to ask for “cooperation” in dealing with ISIS, in a tepid acknowledgement of Moscow’s leading role in resolving the situation in the Middle East. Pravda.ru reports: According to US State Department spokesman John Kirby, if Russia wants to play a constructive role in dealing with the Islamic State, the United States is ready for such a conversation, although the sides have not come to the point when this partnership could be possible. In fact, the USA’s approach to Russia’s actions in Syria has not changed. Washington is still ready to see Moscow as a... more »

FBI Warn ‘Beware Of Halloween Revolt Across America’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The FBI are on high alert about an impending “Halloween Revolt” by anarchist groups this week. The agency have told law enforcement officials to be on the lookout for attacks against officers by people wearing masks and carrying weapons. Cbsnews.com reports: As first reported by the New York Post, a group known as the National Liberation Militia may be planning to dress in costume, cause a disturbance, and then ambush police who come to help. The Post reports the group has recommended members wear typical holiday masks and bring weapons like bricks and firearms. NYPD officials told...more »

Tony Abbott Urges Europe: Turn Back Migrants Or Disaster Looms

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told a crowd of UK politicians in London that European leaders must urgently close their borders to the current migrant crisis otherwise disaster looms. Speaking at the annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture in London he urged leaders to take action by “turning around boats [and] denying entry at the border for people with no right to come”. Abc.net.au reports: “It will require some force, it will require massive logistics and expense; it will gnaw at our consciences,” Mr Abbott said. “Yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity su... more »

Exposed: Congress Secretly Told To Sell Stocks Before 2008 Crash

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Reports have emerged that less than two weeks before the economic collapse of 2008, several members of Congress were pre-warned to take their money out of the stock market. High ranking government officials were given a heads-up about the impending stock market crash in secret meetings with the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department, and what followed in the weeks leading up to the crash amounted to insider trading. Activistpost.com reports: It was revealed that Senator Shelley Capito and her husband sold $350,000 worth of Citigroup stock at $83 per share, just one day before t... more »

The teen who hacked the CIA Director’s email just gave CNN the most hilarious interview ever.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*Thanks KK for finding this one! -AK* http://usuncut.com/resistance/cnn-interview-with-the-kid-who-hacked-the-cia-director/ *The teen who hacked the CIA Director’s email just gave CNN the most hilarious interview ever.* Amanda Girard | October 26, 2015 Last week, US Uncut reported on the young hackers who managed to compromise CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account. CNN Money Tech Correspondent Laurie Segall managed to get the hacker on the phone for a short conversation that had us crying tears of laughter. “Can you give us any indication of your background, I mean, h... more »

Quote of the Day: On controlling government

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the ne... more »

Oct. 28: Well, well, well, duh....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
Often, I wonder why the Irving press bothers to print a paper. The best part is a comic strip on C10, “The Grizzwells”. It's worth looking also at “Blondie” because, I think, it is the oldest continuously published comic strip in the world. For almost a hundred years, it's been repeating the same jokes over and over. The lead story is about a law suit against the city, and concerns the accidental killing of a woman by a bus some four years ago. This is about the first day of the hearing, and has nothing in it that could be called news. Why is this the big item of the day? Then t... more »

Buddhist Scholars Warn Us To Be Aware Of McMindfulness

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Professional ‘Mindfulness’ teachers who lack adequate training are turning the mindfulness movement into a commodity that can be traded on the free market. At a Buddhist Society conference the delegates were told of the lack of regulations regarding mindfulness techniques, and the danger of it being turned into a commodity by unregulated teachers within an ‘increasingly professionalised domain.’ According to some people in the mindfulness movement: Awareness of McMindfulness (semi-mindfulness) is mindfulness. The Guardian reports: “People are becoming professionally mindful,” Steven... more »

The Democrats-- Even The Good Ones-- Voted Wrong On The Import-Export Bank

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
I don't often get press releases from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but today their chief lobbyist, Bruce Josten, sent me one about how happy they are about the Export-Import Bank reauthorization. Today’s vote in the House to reauthorize Ex-Im proves once more that a clear majority of the Congress is in favor of maintaining and reforming this important program. Ex-Im’s support levels the global market for American exporters and helps them remain competitive with their foreign counterparts. We applaud the leadership of Representatives Stephen Fincher, Frank Lucas, Maxine Waters, S... more »

Its Leaves Contain All Essential Amino Acids and its Seeds Purify Water

Waking Times at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*John Summerly *- Moringa oleifera has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. The post Its Leaves Contain All Essential Amino Acids and its Seeds Purify Water appeared first on Waking Times.

Explaining Mr. Trump(!)  (Will the U.S. Continue To Bomb Charitable Organizations Or Will It Be More Subtle?)

And you thought Donald Trump's appeal for the "masses" was hard to fathom? Not if you understand the definition of psychopathy. So: Trump would want the U.S. something-or-others (Exxon? Koch? He has always refused to say who “we” are) to “take their oil” in order for U.S. warriors not to have “died in vain.” He also said in his interview with Kelly Evans (7:55- and repeated by him at 11:

Clark scandal is about corruption and an attack on democracy, not just FOI

paul at Paying attention - 6 hours ago
In my long-ago days running newspapers, we were preparing - once again - for a trip to the Labour Relations Board for some sort of hearing. Our labour lawyer had come over from Vancouver as we sorted through the documents we were legally required to disclose to the union's lawyer in advance of the hearing. The HR vice-president from Toronto who was 'helping' with negotiations and strategy, came across a note she had scribbled on a scrap of paper - a few words, a thought during a meeting. "I don't have to disclose that," she said. "It's practically a doodle." And the lawyer, very pleasa... more »

NATO Wants To Deploy More Troops Along Russia's Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Military planes fly in formation during a NATO military exercise at the Birgi NATO Airbase in Trapani, Italy October 19, 2015. REUTERS/TONY GENTILE *Wall Street Journal*: *NATO Looks at Stationing More Troops Along Eastern Flank* *Alliance seeks to deter Russia in wake of aggression in Ukraine* BRUSSELS—NATO countries are discussing increasing the number of troops stationed in members bordering Russia and putting them under formal alliance command, part of a new effort to deter aggression from Moscow, according to diplomats and military officers. Under one plan, the North Atlantic... more »

F-16s Have Been Scrambled To Track A Massive U.S. Army Blimp On The Loose Over Pennsylvania

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*NBC*:* Fighter Jets Track Military Blimp Drifting Over Pennsylvania* WASHINGTON — North American Aerospace Defense Command officials tell NBC News that an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland and drifted north is now 16,000 feet over Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Two F-16 fighter jets, scrambled from Atlantic City, are tracking the blimp's course. The officials say, as of now, the blimp, which is two football fields long and is trailing more than a mile of heavy cable, is holding at a steady altitude and course and presents no imminent ... more »

Math, Reading Scores Slip for Nation’s School Kids

Jennifer C. Kerr at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Kids Tired of Homework Math Reading Education - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Results from national math and reading tests show slipping or stagnant scores for the nation’s school kids. Math scores were down for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years. And reading grades were not much... more »

#Rolls4Strolls: Let's put an RV back on Victoria's sex-work strolls

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 7 hours ago
Fundraising was never my thing in my journalist years, and I felt very awkward about it back in 2004 when I realized that as the new executive director of Peers Victoria, fundraising was going to be one of the most important parts of my job. But there quickly came a point in those early fundraising days where I realized that I didn't mind asking people for money, because I knew just how important that money was to achieving whatever it was we were trying to do. It wasn't long before I was making dozens of speeches a year calculated at attracting new supporters for Peers, and got i... more »

The Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by David Bier While many wish it would just go away—as of it wasn’t happening--the Syrian refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust. And the easiest to solve. But as happened as the Holocaust was beginning, the easiest response seems to be rejection. ------------------------------* *The Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis Then and now, insecurity begets inhumanity **By David Bier* American Government officials have justified their lethargic response to the Syrian refugee crisis by citing security concerns. This excuse isn’t new. Ame... more »

Supplemental: Watching Ben Carson try to explain!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015He's almost as bad as the Times:* "It’s hard to imagine some version of this is not true." The statement was made by Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times. Baquet was delivering his assessment of a front-page news report in the Times on Sunday, August 2. It’s hard to imagine that some version of the report wasn't true? In theory, it's Baquet's job to ensure that front-page reports in the New York Times are actually *known* to be true! As such, his comment—made to the Washington Post's Eric Wemple—may end up in the Revealing Quotations Hal... more »

Walmart Israeli Soldier Halloween Costume Sparks Outrage

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
America’s largest supermarket chain, Walmart, has sparked outrage with Halloween costumes including an “Israeli soldier for kids” and a “sheikh Fagin nose”. Their website offers the soldier’s uniform, including a shirt, trousers, belt and hat, bearing Hebrew writing, at the price of $27.44, reduced from $57.62. The soldier costume appears to resemble uniforms worn by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) paratroopers and elite units. .@walmart Israeli soldier costume claims it’ll help kids “step into their Jewish heritage” https://t.co/VyTvoBk4aq pic.twitter.com/eO4OKFbObl — Max Blumenthal (... more »

Twitter Users See the Lighter Side of Unmoored Blimp

Amelia Hamilton at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: JLENS Blimp - 900] This afternoon, a Defense Department blimp in Maryland broke free of its moorings and drifted off towards Pennsylvania. Twitter users couldn’t help but see the humor in the situation. Please don't call it a blimp. It self-identifies as a hovercraft.... more »

Military Blimp That Broke Loose, Drifted over Pennsylvania is on Ground, Secure

AP at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Military Blimp File-900] MUNCY, Pa. (AP) -- An unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its mooring in Maryland and floated over Pennsylvania for hours Wednesday with two U.S. fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts across the countryside as it dragged its... more »

Federal Agency Refuses to Give House GOP Internal Docs on Climate Research

The Hill at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Lamar Smith - 400] The federal government's chief climate research agency is refusing to give House Republicans the detailed information they want on a controversial study on climate change. Citing confidentiality concerns and the integrity of the scientific process, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric... Continue reading *“Federal Agency Refuses to Give House GOP Internal Docs on Climate Research”* at *thehill.com*.

Fed Keeps Rate at Record Low but Hint Strongly at Possible December Hike

Martin Crutsinger at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Federal_Reserve] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of threats from a weak global economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike... more »

The New World Order Agenda is the Alien Agenda

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Makia Freeman *- We all need to remember the Game is a whole lot grander than we think. The post The New World Order Agenda is the Alien Agenda appeared first on Waking Times.

Russia's Growing Islamic State 'Problem'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *The Russian village that sent 20 men to wage jihad in Syria* NOVOSASITLI, RUSSIA — In 2013, a quiet 23-year-old from Russia named Ahmed decided to travel to Syria to fight with an Islamist battalion against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Two years later, now a veteran of Syria’s civil war and on parole from a Russian prison, he looks back on that moment with a kind of dazed regret. “It was a sickness,” the native of Dagestan, a mostly Muslim region in southern Russia, said in an interview in his home town this month . “It was an epidemic.” Ahmed is on... more »

The Pentagon "3 Rs" Islamic Strategy Are Raqqa, Ramadi And Raids

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrive to testify on U.S. military strategy in the Middle East before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2015. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz *Julian Pecquet, US News and World Report/Al-Monitor*: *Pentagon Outlines Its 3 R's Islamic State Strategy* *Democrats and Republicans alike have misgivings about the Pentagon's push for a greater U.S. role in Iraq and Syria.* The Pentagon's push for a beefed-up US role... more »

Is The Pentagon Is Refusing To Acknowledge Casualties In The War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast*: *The U.S. War Casualties the Pentagon Doesn’t Want You to See* *Five Americans have been wounded in action while fighting ISIS in Iraq. But the U.S. military won’t say the first thing about who they are, or how they got injured.* The Pentagon says Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, the Delta Force soldier who died last week in a hostage rescue mission in Iraq, was the first U.S. service member killed in action in the ISIS war. But Wheeler was not the first combat casualty. Five other service members have been “wounded in action” since the U.S. first sent... more »

House GOP Selects Paul Ryan Speaker-Designate

The Hill at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Paul Ryan_1] Republicans on Wednesday rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker of the House, declaring him the best candidate to turn the page and unify a fractured GOP conference. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and the 2012 vice presidential... Continue reading *“House GOP Selects Paul Ryan Speaker-Designate”* at *thehill.com*.

How Carly Fiorina is Redefining Feminism

Politico/CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS & CHRISTINE ROSEN at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Carly Fiorina7 - 403] Debates seem to be Carly Fiorina's best moments. After the last one, her poll numbers shot up, and the Internet was buzzing with analyses of her strong performance. Among the questions that came up in the wake of the debate... Continue reading *“How Carly Fiorina is Redefining Feminism”* at *politico.com*.

Amnesty: Australia Paid People Smugglers To Turn Back Refugee Boats

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Amnesty International claim they have uncovered evidence that suggests Australia’s maritime border control paid people smugglers to turn back refugee boats heading for New Zealand. In their new report, the rights group says asylum seekers’ lives were put at risk in two incidents in May and July. The human rights organization also accuse Canberra of colluding with a people-smuggling operation. RT reports: The human rights organization alleges that the incident took place in May 2015. They say that Australian officials, who were working as part of the Operation Sovereign Borders progr... more »

DC Dems Sound Like Heartless Capitalists in Forcing Marine Corps Marathon out of City

Josh Fatzick at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Marine Corps Marathon - 900] The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has held its race expo in Washington, D.C., the last 10 years, but the city says the event will need to find a new home next year. The Washington Business Journal reports that officials with Events D.C.,...more »

The House’s Big Day: Budget Deal Vote, GOP Nominating Ryan

Alan Fram at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bipartisan leaders pushed a two-year budget truce toward House approval and Republicans prepared to nominate Rep. Paul Ryan as the new speaker Wednesday, milestones GOP leaders hope will transform their party’s recent chaos into calm in time... more »

BMJ corrects controversial critique of US dietary guidelines report

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
The BMJ has published a correction to a critique of the U.S. dietary guidelines report that has received heavy criticism from nutrition experts. The author, journalist Nina Teicholz, has also posted a response to the criticism of the article. The BMJ investigation, released in September, asserted that the guidelines committee used “weak scientific standards” to make its recommendations. It also criticized several aspects […] The post BMJ corrects controversial critique of US dietary guidelines report appeared first on Retraction Watch.

RT Reports On The Mi-24 ‘Flying Tanks’ That Are Protecting Russia's Base In Syria Against Rebel Attacks (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*From RT:* RT's Murad Gazdiev takes a look at Russia’s Mil Mi-24 ‘crocodiles’ attack helicopters. They are armed with dozens of missiles and take off every day to patrol the base in Latakia, to ensure the terrorists are kept away from Russian installations.

Victorian Era Diseases On The Rise In The UK

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
According to the latest National Health Service (NHS) figures, Victorian era diseases such as malnutrition, scurvy and gout are on the rise in Britain. Poverty, diminished social services and junk food diets have been blamed for turning the clock back for some in modern Britain. The upside could be that a responsible and properly represented government could win the next general election, and start to build the county again using Victorian-era ingenuity together with unique modern resources. The Week reports: Compared to data collected in 2011, malnutrition numbers have risen by 50 ... more »

What Is Putin's Ideal Outcome in Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Josh Cohen, Reuters*:* What a Russian ‘win’ in Syria would look like* As Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria drags on, a number of commentators have suggested that President Vladimir Putin’s bold move could drag Russia into an Afghan-style quagmire. This negative outcome is far from guaranteed, however, and Putin holds more cards than his critics realize. Russia may well achieve its ... more »

Iran Accepts Invitation To Join International Talks On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times:** Iran Accepts Invitation to Join U.S. and Russia in Talks on Syria’s Future* LONDON — Iran has accepted an invitation to join talks with the United States and Russia this week on a possible political resolution to the Syrian civil war, state news media reported on Wednesday. The talks would be Secretary of State John Kerry’s first formal negotiations with Tehran on issues beyond the nuclear accord reached in July. The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, discussedthe talks, which will be held in Vienna, ... more »

Judge Orders Alabama to Resume Planned Parenthood Payments

The Hill at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: planned parenthood] A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley must restore payments to Planned Parenthood, dealing one of the strongest blows yet to the state-led effort to defund the group. In a 66-page decision, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson... Continue reading *“Judge Orders Alabama to Resume Planned Parenthood Payments”* at *thehill.com*.

Viewers’ Guide: Rising Tensions on Display in 3rd GOP Debate

Steve Peoples at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 27: The stage is prepared for the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado on October 27, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. The 14 Republican presidential candidates will take part in two debates October 28.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Expect the 10 candidates participating in the third Republican presidential debate to highlight rising tensions in the unsettled field. Political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson are the front-runners in national polls, and they may take aim... more »

Online Freedom Hit as Governments Ramp up Surveillance

Yahoo! News at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Big_Brother_Is_Watching_YOU_by_Nighted cmprs] Washington (AFP) – Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as governments around the world stepped up surveillance and censorship efforts, a study showed Wednesday. The annual report by non-government watchdog Freedom House said the setbacks were especially... Continue reading *“Online Freedom Hit as Governments Ramp up Surveillance”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

Donald Trump: CNBC Debate Will be ‘Unfair’

Politico at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: politico] Donald Trump is already convinced the CNBC GOP primary debate on Wednesday night will be stacked against him. Despite his long history with CNBC, having been featured in regular segments and flattering specials such as CNBC Titans and Billionaire Inside, Trump told... Continue reading *“Donald Trump: CNBC Debate Will be ‘Unfair’”* at *politico.com*.

President Obama Can't Fix the Disaster That Is Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket toward Islamic State militants in Baiji, north of Baghdad. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) *James Poulos, The Week*: *Iraq is still an absolute disaster. And the Obama administration can't fix it.* *How bad is it in Iraq today? Here's one way to answer the question: The government in Baghdad just allowed Russia to start bombing targets on Iraq's home soil.* The territory in question, of course, now belongs to the Islamic State. And the decision, reports by the International Business Times, "comes just days after a U.S. diplomatic envoy sought assurances f... more »

Spain: A UFO Over Cabrejas, Witnessed by Three (1974)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 10 hours ago
*Source: Diario de CuencaDate: 05.09.1974* *Spain: A UFO Over Cabrejas, Witnessed by Three (1974)* *By José Vicente Avila* A UFO in Cuenca? So it would seem. Mr. Amadeo Villar, the renowned industrialist who was on his way to Madrid at seven o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, accompanied by his daughter and his driver, Manuel Ruiz, saw a strange object in the skies over Cabrejas. Was it a flying saucer? The news isn't new because similar events are taking place in some parts of our country. Nor is it the first UFO to be seen in our province: as our friend and colleague Luis Calvo... more »

Mohawk Nation News DICTATOR'S ORDERS

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago

Is President Obama Serious In Waging War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Redstate *Max Boot, Commentary:* *To Die in an Unserious War* Last week Delta Force staged a raid inside Syria along with Kurdish Peshmerga to free prisoners held by the Islamic State. The operation reportedly freed 70 hostages, but resulted in the death of Master Sargent Joshua Wheeler, one of Delta’s storied “operators.” It was one of the few times in the past year that there was news of a Joint Special Operations Command raid against ISIS, coming after a May operation in which the “operators” (again, reportedly Delta) swooped into Syria to try to snatch an ISIS organizer and fi... more »

Fearing A Jewish Boycott Israeli Arabs Have Stopped Rioting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Israeli police scuffle with a Palestinian man at the Damascus Gate at the entrance of the Old City in east Jerusalem before the Friday prayer, on October 23, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli) *Arutz Sheva*: *Police: Israeli Arabs stopped rioting, fearing Jewish boycott* *Experts say Arabs fear financial losses due to Jewish boycott. Police: the past 10 days have been quiet.* Israel's Arab citizen population has stopped the rioting that accompanied the current terror wave at its outset, according to the police. "For two weeks, there was an awakening and an intensification of the pro... more »

Photos of Cold War Fallout Shelters

Atlas Obscura at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: fallout shelter drawing] During the Cold War, as the arms race between Soviet Russia and the United States escalated, the perceived threat of nuclear attack became increasingly heightened. In response, the U.S. developed procedures to protect its citizens should the worst happen. In... Continue reading *“Photos of Cold War Fallout Shelters”* at *atlasobscura.com*.

Rate Hike? Investors Don’t Expect One from Today’s Fed Meeting, but Will be Looking for Clues to the Future

Martin Crutsinger at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Federal Reserve Washington - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the Federal Reserve issues a statement Wednesday after its latest policy meeting ends, its words will likely be more important for what they say about the future than the present. The reason: The Fed is all... more »

GOP Politicial Elites From The Greed And Selfishness Wing Are Distraught They're Being Beaten By... These People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
I'm almost tempted to feel sorry for the Establishment wing of the Republican Party-- what I used to always refer to as the Greed and Selfishness wing-- and the cruel comeuppance they're getting from the Hatred and Bigotry wing. They should never have made the deal with the devil to bring that crap into their party. After Nixon's Southern Strategy there really was no other possible outcome. The Greed and Selfishness wing is being obliterated and kicked out of their own crumbling party. Of course the Establishment Democrats have moved so far right, the the Greed and Selfishness Rep... more »

Business 360-30, Freedom to trade in South and East Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
* This is my article in *Business 360*, published in Kathmandu, *October 2015* issue. *Freedom to Trade in South and East Asia* The freedom to sell one’s extra output and services, and the freedom to buy other people’s goods and services, is part of human nature. Humanity’s economic, social and cultural advancement from the primitive to modern times was made possible only with their freedom to trade and freedom of entrepreneurship and innovation. There are various measurements of freedom to trade of countries today. One of which is Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (... more »

Scientists Claim High CO2 Levels are Making People Dumber

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Joseph Romm - 900] First, United Nations officials label bacon and deli meats as carcinogens, and now scientists are claiming that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are not only heating the planet, they're making people dumber. A new study by the Harvard School of... more »

5 Hours Later, Royals Win World Series Opener in 14th

Ben Walker at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Kansas City Royals - 900] KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors. The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than... more »

Boots on the Ground Ascension

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
The old stuff isn’t working. The energy we are currently in, well, this is what it looks like from here: *In the children*, there is excitement. They are pushing limits and looking around wondering who will tell them when to stop, or what to do. This may not sound so different but somehow it is. Those kids who are used to being blamed or blaming aren’t having either right now. The adults in charge are too pre-occupied to blame anyone. *All sorts of “ailments” are flaring up*. These may be physical or habitual. Ways of coping with them that used to work – aren’t. *Person... more »

IBM plans to acquire The Weather Company's product and tech businesses

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*I bet you a beer this is a geo-engineering play... AI linked weather forecasting, coupled to AI futures commodity training? Does IBM already own a geoengineer/weather modifcation company? Or any links to weather related ETF trading or insurance company? IBM is not really even an American corporation anymore, most of the software work is done in India. -AK* *IBM plans to acquire The Weather Company's product and tech businesses* Anita Balakrishnan Scott Mlyn | CNBC International Business Machines on Wednesday announced an agreement to acquire The Weather Co.'s B2B, mobile, and c... more »

President Spellings

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Anyone with the intellect to appear brilliant to George W. Bush is probably not smart enough to stay out of the public eye. The re-emergence of Margaret Spellings as president of a prestigious state university system proves as much. Having ballooned her bank accounts since 2008 as she criss-crossed the nation serving on executive boards and offering corporate education consultation as chief proprietor of her modestly named company, Margaret Spellings, Inc., it appears that Spellings has once again been called upon by the billionaires to use her hammy fists and her drunk cowgirl per... more »

Threat Of Siege To Al-Aqsa Mosque By Extremists On All Sides

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
As Israel jails the head of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel for inciting violence at Al-Aqsa in 2007, the Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely declares it her dream to see the Israeli flag flying over the holy site. Raed Salah an Islamist cleric whose group has been accused of inciting violence over the Al-Aqsa mosque was jailed by an Israeli court on Tuesday. Middle East Online reports: Fresh violence erupted in the evening, with three Palestinians shot dead after attacking Israeli soldiers before being shot dead in two separate incidents in the southern West ... more »

Porn Is Harmless? Think Again

L. David Perry at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: porn] Pornography may be defined as "the depiction of erotic behavior (sexual display in pictures or writing) that is intended to cause sexual excitement" in the viewer. (1) Over the past decade there has been a large increase in the pornographic... more »

Thousands Take To Streets In Morocco In Support Of Palestinians

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday in a show of support for the Palestinians. Press TV reports: The protesters marched down the streets of Morocco’s commercial hub to denounce the policies of the Tel Aviv regime. The massive rally was organized by a Moroccan Islamic association. Members of political parties also left behind their differences and attended the demonstration to show their support for the Palestinian cause. The protesters carried placards demanding an end to the ongoing Israeli crimes against the Palestinians, and also called on th... more »

Basic science vs Matt Ridley the bumpkin

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*Modern technology couldn't exist without science* Just a week ago or so, Bill Zajc sent me a mail announcing that he liked some texts by Matt Ridley, a British conservative journalist and a member of the House of Lords, who may be classified as a climate lukewarmer of a sort. You know, this "purple" political flavor is something that I share with him to the extent that I don't subscribe to every point believed by some conservative mass movements such as the U.S. evangelicals. Well, I wouldn't count myself as a lukewarmer – I sympathize with Dick Lindzen's view that it's much more ... more »

Chinese Media: China Not Afraid To Go To War Against The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *South China Sea: Beijing 'not frightened to fight a war' after US move* State-run media in belligerent mood after USS Lassen challenges Beijing’s territorial claims in disputed Spratly archipelago. China is not afraid of fighting a war against the United States in the South China Sea, a state-run newspaper with links to the Communist party has claimed. Twenty-four hours after Washington challenged Beijing’s territorial claims in the region by deploying a warship to waters around the disputed Spratly archipelago, the notoriously nationalistic Global Times accused ... more »

World News Briefs -- October 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter prepares to testify at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on ''United States Strategy in the Middle East'' in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/GARY CAMERON *BBC*:* US signals shift in Syria-Iraq campaign against Islamic State* The US has indicated a shift in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, including the use of direct ground raids. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said there would also be more air strikes against "high-value targets". Observers say his comments reflect acknowledgment of the la... more »

Sheriff Says ‘Third Video’ Shows South Carolina Student Punching Officer in Classroom

NBC News at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Resource officer - 421] One of the videos taken as a school resource officer slammed a student sitting at her desk at a South Carolina high school also shows her punching the deputy during the confrontation, authorities said Tuesday. That video, described by Sheriff... Continue reading *“Sheriff Says ‘Third Video’ Shows South Carolina Student Punching Officer in Classroom”* at *nbcnews.com*.

Mets vs. Royals By the Numbers

ESPN at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: mets royals] Who’s better: the New York Mets‘ pitchers or the Kansas City Royals‘ hitters? Does either team have the edge defensively? Which unlikely offensive star is more likely to keep up his otherworldly act? We ran the numbers on the two... Continue reading *“Mets vs. Royals By the Numbers”* at *espn.go.com*.

Is UK-Style Cancer Drug Rationing Coming to America Soon?

Washington Examiner at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Medication - 400] More than 5,000 cancer patients in the United Kingdom recently learned that their government healthcare program will no longer pay for many of the most-effective life-extending drug treatments. Many of these patients must live with the knowledge that they may... Continue reading *“Is UK-Style Cancer Drug Rationing Coming to America Soon?”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.

Student Was Given Question on God. Her Teacher’s Reaction to Her Answer Gets an ‘F’

TheBlaze at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: student - 400] A Texas middle school student said Tuesday she was "shocked" by the demand her teacher allegedly made after she provided an answer to a God-related question on a class assignment. Jordan Wooley told KHOU-TV that her West Memorial Junior High... Continue reading *“Student Was Given Question on God. Her Teacher’s Reaction to Her Answer Gets an ‘F’”* at *theblaze.com*.

Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty to Evading Bank Laws

MICHAEL TARM at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Dennis Hastert-900] CHICAGO (AP) -- Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to evading banking laws in a hush-money scheme, averting a trial by agreeing to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends the former House speaker serve no more than six months in... more »

Taliban Overrun District in Quake-Hit Northern Afghanistan

Reuters at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Afghanistan Map-400] Taliban insurgents overran a district in one of the northern Afghan provinces hit by a powerful earthquake this week, underlining the security problems that have hampered efforts to get emergency relief to remote mountainous regions. Officials said fighters seized control... Continue reading *“Taliban Overrun District in Quake-Hit Northern Afghanistan”* at *reuters.com*.

Astronaut Takes Spacewalk Right Before Setting US Record

Marcia Dunn at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Scott Kelly Astronaut - 900] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA’s yearlong spaceman, Scott Kelly, is taking his first spacewalk just hours before setting a new U.S. flight record. Kelly and Kjell (chell) Lindgren (LEND-grin) floated out of the International Space Station on Wednesday morning.... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Streams of Illumination move Hue-manity into next levels

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*Streams of Illumination move Hue-manity into next levels* by ÉirePort Streams of Illumination move Hue-manity into next levels. Difficulties in advancements are smoothed and straightened. Elements of infatuations are addressed and dissolved. Fowerings of Inner Awareness come to view. ÉirePort | October 28, 2015 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vX

Turkish Riot Police Raid Opposition TV Station

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Turkish riot police stormed the offices belonging to opposition media group Koza Ipek, just days before the weekend election. Tear gas and water cannon have reportedly been used to quell the protest after an earlier assault on the building. RT reports: Media workers have told RT they are being prevented from entering or exiting the building, and broadcasting has been stopped by the police. “They don’t let me go outside my office,” Emrah Ulker, a journalist from Koza Ipek’s subsidiary Bugun TV told RT by phone from inside the besieged building. “They cut our broadcast, and now we have... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN:* *U.S. weighing 'direct action on the ground' in Iraq* Washington (CNN)The U.S. is considering increasing its attacks on ISIS through more ground action and airstrikes, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday. Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. "won't hold back" from supporting partners carrying out such attacks or from "conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground." The White House, however, has yet to make a decision on the options for upping the campaign against ISIS, according to defens... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Exclusive: John Bel Edwards Responds To David Vitter’s Incendiary New Ad ~CenLamar* *FEMA agreement could break 10-year deadlock on rebuilding of New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor ~Jessica Williams, N.O. Advocate *

The Best Is Yet To Come

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago

Expanding U.S. Military Operations in Asia-Pacific & Beyond

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*Professor Yang Yoon-Mo (right) alongside former Army Col. Ann Wright while she was visiting Gangjeong village on Jeju Island. Yang did hunger strikes on each of his three long jail sentences for trying to block Navy base construction vehicles. As the US 'pivots' into the Asia-Pacific region more ports-of-call are needed for Pentagon warships. Jeju Island thus has been caught in the middle of this US-China confrontation.* - The news release we sent out to media outlets across Maine about our Saturday Bath Iron Works (BIW) protest got picked up by the *Bangor Daily News*... more »

Marney Ward - watercolour artist - glowing flowers

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 13 hours ago
Marney Ward paints the most delicious flowers, gorgeously framed and vividly rendered in glowing watercolour. *I have always felt a deep spiritual connection with flowers. In my work, I seek to reveal not only the essence of the flowers I paint, but also my own spiritual interconnectedness with the natural world. For me, watercolour is the perfect medium, with its spontaneous flowing qualities and its clear, transparent colour. With watercolour, the light comes from within the painting, transformed by layers of pigment the way a flower transforms the light of the sun with layers of ... more »

"Record Swarm Of California Earthquakes Continues A Series Of Unusual Events That Began In Late September"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Record Swarm Of California Earthquakes Continues A * *Series Of Unusual Events That Began In Late September"* by Michael Snyder "First it was wildfires, then it was unprecedented flooding, and now it is earthquakes. In the past two weeks alone, more than 400 earthquakes have shaken San Ramon – a small city that sits approximately 45 miles east of San Francisco. Never before have so many earthquakes been recorded in that area in such a short span of time. Standing alone, that earthquake swarm may not mean that much. But when you stand back and look at all of the unusual events that... more »

"Maddest Of All..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!" - Miguel de Cervantes in "Man of La Mancha"

Iraq’s KRG Begins Acknowledging Its Losses In War Against Islamic State

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
As the war against the Islamic State drags on in Iraq the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has started acknowledging its casualties. At first, Irbil like Baghdad was suppressing its losses to keep up morale. There were daily reports of clashes with dozens of IS fighters being killed with little on how many Peshmerga had fallen. Now that fighting has become more sporadic and the imminent threat from the insurgents has receded the Kurds have become more open. As time has passed the KRG has begun revealing more about its dead and wounded. The first release of information came in ... more »

One Religion’s as Bad as Another. They Say.

David Mills at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: All Religion is the Same - 900] It was a line few people would notice. It came in the first panel of “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease”, an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Man has done great things in the last... more »

The Army Is the Smallest It Has Been Since Before World War II, and Other Signs of the Military’s Decline

Brian Slattery at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Veteran's Day Parade Albany, OR] The state of our military isn't good. The Heritage Foundation released its 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength today, and its findings are cause for concern. While potential adversaries have either grown more threatening or maintained their levels of aggressiveness,... more »

EMANATIONS OF SALEM VILLAGE: The Salem panic lasted nine months!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015Part 3—We're in our twenty-third year:* In Monday's profile of Stacey Schiff, the New York Times listed some possible reasons for a famous outbreak. Alexandra Alter was the reporter. In one brief passage, she listed possible explanations for the famous breakdown in the rational process: "More than 320 years after the panic subsided, scholars and historians have continued to dig into the archives in hopes of discovering what caused the mass paranoia," Alter wrote. "Common theories include everything from political tensions, economic pressures, misogyny a...more »

Video: IDF Colonel Leading ISIS Terrorists Arrested In Iraq

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
An Iraqi commander reported on Thursday, that the security and popular forces had caught an Israeli colonel from the Golani Brigade along with a number of ISIS terrorists. Fars News Agency reports: “The security and popular forces have held captive an Israeli colonel,” a commander of Iraq’s popular mobilization forces said on Thursday. “The Zionist officer is ranked colonel and had participated in the Takfiri ISIL group’s terrorist operations,” he added. Noting that he was arrested along with a number of ISIL terrorists, the commander said, “The Israeli colonel’s name is Yusi Oulen ... more »

China Warns The U.S. That They Will Enforce Their Sovereignty In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *Battle Over China's Artificial Islands Has Just Begun* After months of internal debate, the White House permitted the Defense Department to sail one ship near a reef in the South China Sea that China claims. The Chinese reaction shows Beijing has no intention of backing down. Now the Obama administration is debating what to do next. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed on Tuesday that the Lassen, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, traveled Monday within 12 miles of the Subi Reef, which was underwater until the Chinese government built it into an ...more »

Biology journal bans plagiarizers, reviewers with non-institutional email addresses

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
DNA and Cell Biology has declared it will ban any authors who submit plagiarized manuscripts for three years, and will no longer accept suggestions of reviewers with non-institutional email addresses. The move comes after a wave of hundreds of retractions stemming from fake peer reviews, often occurring when authors supply fake emails for suggested reviewers. In an […] The post Biology journal bans plagiarizers, reviewers with non-institutional email addresses appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Jeb Bush Faces Long Slog with Short Fuse

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Jeb Bush’s PAC Won’t Meet $100 Million Fundraising Goal] I am starting to feel really sorry for Jeb Bush -- almost as sorry as Jeb! (his campaign nom de plume) apparently feels for himself. He’s the son and the brother of former presidents, yet last week’s RealClearPolitics polling average... more »

Assad’s Biggest Ally, Iran, Will Attend Vienna Talks on Syria

ALI AKBAR DAREINI at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Mohammad Javad Zarif] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Wednesday it will attend the international talks on Syria’s future later this week in Vienna, following an invitation from the Russian envoy that would mark Tehran’s first appearance at such a gathering. The invitation... more »

Europeans Are Starting To Arm Themselves

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Migrants wait in front of a registration camp for migrants in Opatovac, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2015. *Daily Mail: **Shotguns have 'virtually sold out' in Austria as citizens rush to buy arms amid fears of a massive influx of migrants, dealers claim* * There are now thought to be estimated 900,000 firearms in Austrian homes * Police say around 70,000 guns have been sold this year alone in Austria * Dealers say shotguns have almost sold out because you don't need permit * Women are driving the sales rush as fears grow amid influx of refugees Weapon sales are soaring in Austria as citizens ... more »

Rotten Billionaires Are Paving Ted Cruz's Path To The Republican Nomination

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
In the new CBS/*NYTimes* poll, Texas neo-fascist Ted Cruz is way down at 4%, tied for 6th place with also-rans Rand Paul, John Kassich and Mike Huckabee. Meanwhile the newest poll in Iowa has Cruz in 4th place with 6.2%, behind Carson (30.6%), Trump (18.6%), Rubio (10.0%), and Jeb (6.8%). And the PredictWise betting market data has Cruz in 5th place with 6%, behind Rubio (35%), Jeb (18%) Trump (18%), and Carson (8%). So, why you may be wondering, do we still think he's going to be the Republican nominee? Note: nnd it's more than just wishful thinking. Let's start with fundraising.... more »

Why Congress Needs to Keep Probing the Clinton Cash Register

The Washington Times at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton3 - 400] Now that Hillary Clinton’s much anticipated congressional testimony is in the rearview mirror, the House Select Committee on Benghazi can move toward completing its investigation and issuing a final report. It’s also an appropriate time to urge standing congressional committees... Continue reading *“Why Congress Needs to Keep Probing the Clinton Cash Register”* at *washingtontimes.com*.

The Pentagon Wants Their Killer Robot

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Annie Jacobsen, Time**:* *Inside the Pentagon’s Effort to Build a Killer Robot* The defense program DARPA is working to create an artificial brain—but what will it mean for humanity if it succeeds? The Los Alamos National Laboratory sits at the top of a mountain range in the high desert of northern New Mexico. It is a long, steep drive to get there from the capital city of Santa Fe, through the Tesuque Indian Reservation, over the Rio Grande, and into the Santa Fe National Forest. I am headed to the laboratory of Dr. Garrett T. Kenyon, whose program falls under the rubric of synt... more »

There's Hard Work Ahead

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.babble.com/ For Justin Trudeau, the hard part is about to begin. Richard Gwyn reminds his readers that Trudeau's father came in with hope and optimism, but by 1972 things had become unstuck: For Trudeau the First, though, it all came unstuck in the next election, of 1972. Only Quebecers’ instinctual, almost automatic, support for one of their own kept him in office, and this by a mere two elected MPs. Success, this is to say, is impermanent in Canadian politics, not least so because few voters any longer feel strong lo...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Some Common Core nonsense* *You must not know too much or think for yourself. Rigid adherence to a formula is required: Very Leftist, very Fascist* AN ONLINE post of a third grade maths quiz has caused a firestorm after it showed a student was marked down even though they gave the correct answer. The quiz, posted to Reddit, has caused outrage because the student was marked down purely for the way they calculated the right answer. Focusing on basic whole number multiplication, the first question asked the student to calculate 5 x 3 using repeated addition. The student answe... more »

A Look At How Ancient Warrior Kings Were Honoured And Buried

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN*: *3,500-year-old treasure trove unearthed from grave of Greek warrior-king* Archaeologists in Pylos, southwest Greece, have excavated the intact tomb of a wealthy Bronze Age warrior-king buried about 3,500 years ago, in a discovery the team's co-leader hailed as "one of the most magnificent displays of prehistoric wealth discovered in mainland Greece in the past 65 years." Greece's Ministry of Culture announced the discovery of the trove, which contained more than 1,400 objects, including a three-foot long bronze sword with an ivory hilt, four solid gold rings -- more than ... more »

Poisoned Food, Poisoned Agriculture: Getting Off The Chemical Treadmill

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 15 hours ago
Global Research, Countercurrents, RINF, CounterPunch CLICK TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT WRITERS A peer-reviewed study published last year in the British Journal of Nutrition, a leading international journal of nutritional science, showed that organic crops and crop-based foods are between 18 to 69 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants such as polyphenolics than conventionally-grown crops. Numerous studies have linked antioxidants to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers. The research team concluded that a... more »

Russian Arms Dealer Viktor Bout Loses U.S. Appeal To Have A New Trial

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is escorted by members of a special police unit after a hearing at a criminal court in Bangkok October 5, 2010. REUTERS/SUKREE SUKPLANG *Reuters: **Russia says case against convicted arms dealer Bout fabricated by U.S.* Russia said on Tuesday that it believed the case against convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States, had been fabricated by U.S. special services. "The court's lack of desire to even hold public hearings to consider additional arguments about Bout's innocence... more »

Rainy Day - Stay In

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut

Effect of an acquittal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
Palermo, [2006] O.J. No. 3191 (Durno) at para 51-52: 39 Mr. Perrin relies on R. v. Grant (1991), 67 C.C.C. (3d) 268 (S.C.C.) and R. v. Grdic [1985] 1 S.C.R. 810 as establishing that a verdict of not guilty means the event did not happen, or was irrevocably and conclusively deemed not to have occurred. It is contended the trial judge failed to give the appellant the benefit of the acquittals, or, in effect, that she failed to apply the binding findings of that trial. .,..52 While the cases relied upon by the appellant support a position that an acquittal is the equivalent of a findi... more »

An Astonishing Visualisation Of The Refugee Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
This is an astonishing visualisation of the refugee crisis https://t.co/cB7FnOGc0u pic.twitter.com/lE7e7QnSUf — i100 (@thei100) October 27, 2015 *The Independent:* *This is an astonishing visualisation of the refugee crisis* On 20 October, the number of refugees arriving in Greece in 2015 passed the half-million mark with a group of 8,000 people disembarking on the Aegean islands. The scale of the refugee crisis can, at times, be difficult to fathom - but this visualisation may help. The below visualisation by the Finnish site Lucify takes data from the UN's refugee Agency, the... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Ya gotta laugh! The NYT could teach Dr Goebbels a thing or two* The NYT has up at the moment a big article by a dear little lady named Coral Davenport (and friends) under the heading: "Greenland Is Melting Away". It's a long article decorated with huge and beautiful pictures so one might expect a lot of it. *Coral is a twit* But Coral presents zero proof that Greenland Is Melting Away. Instead she salivates over a group of "scientists" travelling to Greenland to take "measurements". The only actual statement she makes about Greenland overall is "The full melting of Greenlan... more »

More Navy Danger to Sea Mammals

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
The US Navy continues to cover the oceans with tens of thousands of sonobuoys to monitor and detect submarine movement around the world. The DoD has allocated $178.5 million to buy an additional 136,000 sonobuoys. About a meter-long, a typical sonobuoy device can be passive or active. The first type ‘listens’ to the noises produced by propellers of various kinds of vessels and pick out those made by a submarine. Active sonobuoys, sited in strategic points such as straits and harbors, can also sonar the water space around them to detect submarines. The sonobuoys are usually posit... more »

Greg Hunter, “Chemtrails/Geoengineering is Playing God with Weather- Dane Wigington”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Chemtrails/Geoengineering is Playing God with Weather”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Lead researcher Dane Wigington for the global climate engineering informational website, GeoengineeringWatch.org, says newly discovered U.S. government documents prove global climate manipulation, commonly referred to as chemtrails, is real. Not only that, but the document, that originated in the U.S. Senate, also proves weather manipulation has been going on around the world for decades. The exponential damage it is doing continues today, and Wigington explains, “With the 750 page document, h...more »

Under the Temple Mount

The Jewish Press at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: City of David - 400] Republishing our 2012 archaeological exploration under the City of David. A 45-minute tour underneath the walls of Jerusalem and uncovering the ancient history of Jerusalem. Continue reading *“Under the Temple Mount”* at *jewishpress.com*.

Carson Enters GOP Debate with Momentum; Bush Seeks Jumpstart

JULIE PACE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson and Donald Trump-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican candidates for president will gather Wednesday for their third debate amid fresh volatility in an already chaotic race, with Ben Carson surging past Donald Trump in Iowa and one-time front-runner Jeb Bush under pressure to... more »

Math, Reading Scores Slip for Nation’s School Kids

JENNIFER C. KERR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Test scores] WASHINGTON (AP) -- It’s a not-so rosy report card for the nation’s schoolchildren. Math scores slipped for fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, and reading grades were not much better, flat for fourth graders and lower for... more »

Navy Veteran Sues State Deptartment for Denying Him ‘Intersex’ Passport

Jacob Bojessen at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: gender identity] A Colorado man is suing the Department of State for denying him a passport after he refused to choose a gender on his application. Dana Zzyym claims in a federal discrimination lawsuit that his constitutional rights are being violated because an "intersex"... more »

Marc Morano on global warming

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago

Mr Robot

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
Mainstream subversive culture made because we are not awake its hard to believe its on TV somehow the Man made a big mistake. Eight hours of good amusement with two hours of pure joy that is Mr Robot season one To say anything more would spoil the fun

Trump Struggles to Explain His Fall in Oft-Touted 2016 Polls

JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] WASHINGTON (AP) -- What’s a Donald Trump campaign for president look like if he’s no longer the only front-runner for the Republican nomination? We’re about to find out, just as soon as he decides. “Well, I don’t get it,” a... more »

Tell Your Daughters about America’s Real-Life Supergirls

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Supergirl-900] Supergirl debuted this week on CBS to heavy publicity and high ratings. “I don't think it's a new thing that women are powerful,” Ali Adler, an executive producer of Supergirl, told The New York Times. “I think we're all finally... more »

Why the Evangelicals Fueling Ben Carson’s Rise Don’t Care That He’s a Seventh-Day Adventist

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ben Carson - 400] The boost evangelical voters gave Seventh-day Adventist Ben Carson in the polls this week -- catapulting him for the first time to a clear GOP lead -- is evidence of what experts are calling a continued evangelical shift away from... Continue reading *“Why the Evangelicals Fueling Ben Carson’s Rise Don’t Care That He’s a Seventh-Day Adventist”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Angel Touch the Sky

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
Angel what you reaching for you know I think you can touch the sky Angel what you reaching for seems to me your already pretty high Angel what you reaching for you know I would never just ask you why? Angel what you reaching for why make that stretch why make your pretty wings fly in such turbulence Angel what you reaching for you touched my hand a lifetime ago therefore everyday I fly I soar Your Angel can touch the sky

Cameron Announces Urgent Review Of House Of Lords Powers

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has made clear his fury after plans to cut spending on tax credits by £4.4 billion were thrown out by the House Of Lords Following the Government’s humiliating Lords defeat, a ‘rapid’ review into how MPs can be given the “decisive role” over key financial decisions has been set up. A statement from Downing Street said: The Government is setting up a review to examine how to protect the ability of elected Governments to secure their business in Parliament. The review would consider in particular how to secure the decisive role of the elected House of C... more »

Paul Ryan: On the Path to a Job He Says He Never Wanted

MARY CLARE JALONICK at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Rep. Paul Ryan] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan has spent his entire life preparing for a job he says he never wanted. Ryan worked as a congressional intern in college, returning later to work as a paid staffer on Capitol Hill. By... more »

"10 Modern Mind Control Methods"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"10 Modern Mind Control Methods"* by Nicholas West “The more one researches mind control, the more one will come to the conclusion that there is a coordinated script that has been in place for a very long time with the goal to turn the human race into non-thinking automatons. For as long as man has pursued power over the masses, mind control has been orchestrated by those who study human behavior in order to bend large populations to the will of a small "elite" group. Today, we have entered a perilous phase where mind control has taken on a physical, scientific dimension that thr... more »

Equitable Set Off

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
Canaccord Genuity Corp. v. Pilot, 2015 ONCA 716: [56] In *Holt v. Telford, *[1987] 2 S.C.R. 193, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized equitable set-off as a defence. In that case, it was not disputed that the Telfords owed the Holts $150,000 plus interest under the provisions of their mortgage agreement. The entire amount of the mortgage became due and payable in the event of default, which had occurred. The Telfords argued, however, that they were entitled to set-off the debt owed to them by Canadian Stanley because when they had "swapped" parcels of land with Stanley, th... more »

Angel touch the Sky

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 18 hours ago
Angel what you reaching for you know I think you can touch the sky Angel what you reaching for seems to me your already pretty high Angel what you reaching for you know I would never just ask you why? Angel what you reaching for why make that stretch why make your pretty wings fly in such turbulence Angel what you reaching for you touched my hand a lifetime ago therefore everyday I fly I soar Your Angel can touch the sky

Michael Tsarion - the Irish origin of Atlantis - what is real Celtism, Keltoi, Khumri, Phoenician, Egyptian?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
*is Ancient Briton the place where the Remnant of Neolithic Empire comes to die?* I totally detest the Plato-written concept of The Lost Atlantis, it's such a(n anti-)Creation Myth in my opinion but we all now realise that even the nonsense in the Old Testament Bible Stories that are attributed to the actions of some anthropomorphised 'god' have some basis in fact i.e. the Global Cometary Cataclysm of 12,000 BC, the Great Global Flood of 6,000 BC, the Great Egyptian Famines in 2,000 BC and on it goes; historical facts or fire-side horror stories folded into the myths man tells h... more »

When Politicians Fail Us: A Bonhoeffer Alternative to Doublespeak and Cunning

Lael Arrington at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Obama with Bonhoeffer book] LAEL ARRINGTON -- We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds. We have become cunning and learned the arts of obfuscation and equivocal speech. Experience has rendered us suspicious of human beings, and often we have failed to speak to them a... more »

The Life and Death of a Russian Soldier

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
The West ignores its own veteran suicides, and seeks to use those in other countries for propaganda value. *October 28, 2015* (Op-Ed by Dmitry Vorsin - Treacherous Treat) - On the early morning of August 6, 1915, the German offensive against the Russian fortress of Osowiec begun with a wicked trick against humanity – a gas attack. The defenders refused to yield even after on of the most brutal artillery bombardments in history, but even when the fortress itself was reduced to rubble, the surviving Russian soldiers used stones and craters for protection. German generals fancied that... more »

"Of Sound Mind..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.” - Paul Valéry, “Mauvaises Pensées et Autres”, 1942

“St. Louis Prepares for 'Catastrophic Event' As Underground Fire Nears Nuclear Waste”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“St. Louis Prepares for "Catastrophic Event" As Underground Fire Nears Nuclear Waste”* - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiEA6rzpcIE *“Why They Cant Put The Fire Out At The WestLake Landfill”* - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_QLzZ4a3Zk

One Peoples Roundtable- Oct 25 Video

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
Well well well..... Monday nights One People Roundtable Discussion was an interesting show.... not just in content, but in all that happened DURING the show. We know that technical crap always happens during The One Peoples Show, so when the Live Stream crashed 2 minutes before going live, we just shrugged and made a joke about "Hey! It must be Monday night, there goes the stream"!! But that was just barely the tip of the ice berg. With in the first 12 minutes of being live, Biggi already had 2400 "error messages" coming through, so we knew it was going to be a rocky road th... more »

Weak gravity conjecture from composite photons

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
*Composite photons supported by factorization in the presence of Wilson lines through wormholes* Let me begin with a general sociological observation. A week ago, the world's most notorious anti-physics hate blog was talking about "fads" in fundamental physics. There are periods of focused excitement in which a large portion of the research community spends a lot of time with a certain topic and writes followup papers to a certain publication that has created a sufficient excitement. In this case, the topic was "entanglement in quantum gravity", a concept that most quantum gravity ... more »

Big Pharma Pushed Fraudulent Data To Sell Psych Drugs To Kids

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Damning evidence has surfaced which shows that Big Pharma GlaxoSmithKline touted fraudulent data about the safety of antidepressant Paxil in order to get it approved for young children. The fraudulent 2001 study, called Study 329, was funded by GSK (which should raise immediate red flags), and concluded that “This study supports that paroxetine is beneficial in treating adolescents with major depression…“. But it turns out they were very wrong. People that took the drug became more and more depressed, and exhibited suicidal behaviours and violent tendencies. Naturalnews.com reports... more »

The History Of The Illuminati In 7 Minutes

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Kristan T. Harris of The Rundown Live show discusses the history of the Bavarian Illuminati, giving the listener all they need to know in just 7 minutes. He includes references to the Rothschilds, Albert Pike, Adam Weishaupt, Giuseppe Mazzini, Myron C Fagan and more. As we previously wrote, a supposed ex-illuminati member came forward recently discussing what their plans are for the world. According to the anonymous insider, after spending 47 years as an illuminati member, they wanted to come forward and reveal what the real plan was for the human race. What do you think about the ... more »

Politicians Hold Conference To Warn About The New World Order

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Author and economist Dr. Michel Choissudovsky spoke at the International Conference on the New World Order recently, in front of a crowd of politicians and academics, in an attempt to bring awareness of the New World Order (NWO) and one world government that the elite are trying to create. “We are dealing with a criminal undertaking at a global level … and there is an ongoing war, it is led by the United States, it may be carried out by a number of proxy countries, which are obeying orders from Washington … The global war on terrorism is a US undertaking, which is fake, it’s based o... more »

Tony Blair Remains A Liar, Murderer, Hypocrite, Lapdog

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s apology last week was not an apology to the Iraqi people, but rather an apology over his lack of intelligence and his incompetence as leader. Speaking on CNN, he said “I can say that I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was-was wrong. I could also apologize, by the way, for some of the mistakes in planning and certainly our mistaken in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime. But I find it hard to apologize for removing Saddam,” the former leader went onto say. “I think, even from today in 20... more »

Los Angeles Man Dies Of Flu After Receiving Flu Shot

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
A man from Downtown Los Angeles, California, has died after receiving the flu shot. The total number of people who have died from flu-related illnesses this season stands at six people so far. Spokesman.com reports: Chad Rattray wasn’t just Cheddar Chad or the dog guy. Mainly, he was Chad. Nearly everyone who bought a hot dog from Rattray out front of the Bank of America building in downtown Spokane was on a first-name basis him. Rattray died suddenly Monday of complications related to the flu. He was 37 years old and had finished his training to be a Spokane Transit Authority bus d...more »

EU Votes YES To Net Neutrality As ‘Two Speed Internet’ Approved

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
The European Parliament has voted in favour of net neutrality regulations, allowing for a two speed style internet across Europe. MEPs voted down four proposed amendments to the regulations that critics said would have closed loopholes in the regulations. Wired.co.uk reports: Matt Carthy, MEP for Sinn Féin, said the defeat of the amendments showed that “corporate interests come first”. Critics of the unamended draft regulations had argued it would allow companies to pay for preferential treatment from ISPs and damage the free and open nature of the internet. The vote also confirms ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: October 28, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Marine in Djibouti-900] A U.S. Marine provides nighttime security during a desert training exercise with French troops in Djibouti. Wow! Thanks to Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos for capturing this breathtaking image.

U.K. Forces To Remain In Afghanistan Until 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
ITV News *The Guardian*:* UK to keep 450 troops stationed in Afghanistan through 2016* Michael Fallon says soldiers – part of support mission left behind after combat withdrawal – will remain for another year amid escalating Taliban attacks. The 450 troops Britain has stationed in Afghanistan are to remain for another year amid deteriorating security in the country. David Cameron withdrew all combat troops in 2014 after 13 years of fighting the Taliban, but the support mission stayed on to train domestic forces. In a statement to parliament, Michael Fallon, the defence secretary,... more »

This Devastating Chart Shows Why Even a Powerful El Niño Won’t Fix the Drought

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Today we get disastrous flooding to make things ugly. Yet that is not good enough in the long term. I do believe though that it will be practical to use atmospheric direct irrigation to fully resolve this problem. That maxes out the available humidity while providing ample water for the trees. However i do not think it should be done without also maxing out the bio diversity implied as well. Unfortunately in order to make my point i would need to purschase such a farm and show folks how to do it while tweaking it properly as well. That is what you have to do with a new protocol... more »

What Killed Economic Growth?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The rise of police powers is their response to their failure to police the unpoliciable. Yet this has seriously encroached on indivdual freedom in tangible ways. Worst is confiscation for drug trading. Not a bad idea by itself, but it immediately gave the police departments an incentive to steal. And no one is better at bending rules and guidelines. That this has not made it any better is also painfuly obvious. That demands ending the drug criminalization once and for all. . * What Killed Economic Growth? * *Why are we still debating economic freedom? * * Jeffrey A. Tuck... more »

Benefits of Marijuana That Make it Medicine for Humans Who Are Not Sick

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We have now also entered the age of safe or safer methods of using cannabis and an expanding understanding of its effectiveness in assisting healing of the mind in particular. Yet that really also tells us that aggressive experiments by amateurs is potentially dangerous and counter productive. Today we need knowledge. The value of this drug has become obvious. Its successful application is far behind. This needs ample research that is also shared. We all need to know how far is safe enough and the negatives for excesses. The same applies to Ayahausca and relatives DMT and LSD... more »

The State Tried Kidnapping this Amish Girl to Force Chemo on Her. She Fled and is Now Cancer Free

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Had the story been the other way around, you can be sure that fraud charges would be flying. Do these folks have no shame? I think that at this point that a blanket apology should be given by everyone. Chemo at best postpones the progress of cancer, serving to push the statistical envelop out allowing the science to be accepted as a medical protocol. Take that away and i want someone to show me that any better results are achieved. Anyone I ever knew who went that road is dead, commonly after a recurrence a couple of years later. Yet i also have living friends who cured the... more »

JK Rowling Responds To Accusations Of Being Israeli Sympathiser

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
JK Rowling has responded to fans who criticised the author for speaking out against the Israeli Cultural Boycott. On Twitter, Rowling wrote a piece titled ‘Why Dumbledore went to the hilltop‘, which you can read below: I’ve received a lot of messages over the past few days that use my fictional characters to make points about the Israeli cultural boycott. This isn’t a complaint: those characters belong to the readers as well as to me, and each has their own life in the heads of those who have read them. Sometimes the inner lives of characters as imagined by readers are not what I i... more »

US Special Forces Are Now Deployed In 147 Countries

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Nick Turse, TomDispatch: *Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Special Ops “Successes”* *America’s Elite Forces Deploy to a Record-Shattering 147 Countries in 2015 * They’re some of the best soldiers in the world: highly trained, well equipped, and experts in weapons, intelligence gathering, and battlefield medicine. They study foreign cultures and learn local languages. They’re smart, skillful, wear some very iconic headgear, and their 12-member teams are “capable of conducting the full spectrum of special operations, from building indigenous security forces to identifying and targeting ... more »

Northrop Grumman Will Build America's Next Long-Range Bomber

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters: **U.S. picks Northrop Grumman to build next long-range bomber* Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the stealth B-2 bomber, beat out a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp team to develop and build a next-generation long-range strike bomber, the U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday. The announcement ended months of anticipation and marked the biggest contract award by the Pentagon in over a decade, a deal analysts have said could be valued at up to $80 billion if the U.S. Air Force buys all 100 stealth bombers now planned. But Boeing told employees late Tuesday it would "rig... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Akb1t37T4E

Vacation Rental Sites Could Go Belly-Up If Forced To Pay Like The Rest Of Us

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*by Denise Sullivan* It hasn't been a great month in public relations for the so-called "sharing economy," at least here at the industry's ground zero, not-so-affectionately known as San Francisco 2.0. Here, even regular citizens-- and not even particularly politicized ones-- are starting to get hip to what unfettered capitalism and unregulated business looks like in their town now that the umpteenth Uber driver was accused of threatening a female passenger with sexual violence, followed by Airbnb's appallingly tone-deaf ad campaign calling out public works and employees. The hom... more »

Canada To Drop The F-35 Purchase. Will Restart The Competition For A New Fighter Jet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
F-35. Lockheed Martin photo *Reuters:* *Canada Liberals to start fighter competition afresh* Oct 26 Canada's incoming Liberal government intends to completely restart the competition for fighter jets to replace its aging CF-18s, rather than relying on the proposals already made under the outgoing Conservatives, a Liberal source said on Monday. He said the Liberals, who declared during their successful election campaign that they would not buy Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighters, would put out a new "request for proposals," with a redesigned list of what the new planes wil... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it like this: all dusty. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades star cluster becomes very evident. *Click image for larger size.* The above exposure took about 30 hours and covers a sky area several times the size of the full moon. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleia... more »

"We Learn..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” - Samuel Smiles

Chet Raymo, “Shaving Close”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Shaving Close”* by Chet Raymo "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life," wrote Thoreau famously in Walden. The trick, of course, is knowing what is essential. What was essential for Thoreau- the pond, the bean patch, the sounds of night- might not be essential for, say, the ballerina, or the contemplative monk, or the doctor in Darfur. It is what Thoreau said next that unites them all: "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... more »

The Poet: Langston Hughes, "Mother To Son"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Mother To Son"* by Langston Hughes "Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now— For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair."

MENA Report ( October 27-28 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War - Battlefield updates - US going to put boots on the ground in Iraq , political updates ...... Saudi Arabia Updates - Yemen involvement takes deadly turn as MFS Hospital bombed , Saudis talk with Russia on resolving Syria conflict , Saudi domestic terror rising - sectarianism on the rise at home ...... Libya " Ball of Confusion " continues - Questions on who shot-down Helicopter with key official onboard from Tripoli Government , Dialogue Talks occurring this week ? How likely , with everything else going on - good luck with that ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Links...... *Iraq: We Never Requested US Ground Operations* *Saudi Airstrikes Destroy MSF Hospital in Yemen* *US Officials Asked About Hospital Days Before Bombing It* *US to Launch Ground Action in Iraq, Syria* *'No Consensus' in Free Syrian Army About Talks With Russia* *Turkey 'Repeatedly Opened Fire' on Kurd Fighters in Northern Syria* Policemen and Tribal Leaders Among 105 Killed in Iraq Iraq Executes Prisoners; 120 Killed Across Country Murdered Iraq Trade Ministry Official Was About to Expose Corruption: Officials Germany Mulls 'S... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Click image for larger size.* Linton, N. Dakota, USA. Thanks for stopping by!


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Unravelling Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Brett Stephens, WSJ*: *Iran’s Indecent Proposal* *Khamenei haggles over the price of American surrender.* The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—better known as the Iran nuclear deal—was officially adopted Sunday, Oct. 18. That’s nine days ago. It’s already a dead letter. Not that you would have noticed by reading the news or tuning in to State Department or White House briefings. It’s too embarrassing to an administration that has invested all of its diplomatic capital in the deal. Also, too inconvenient to the commodity investors, second-tier banks, European multinationals and ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire—then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer." ~ Sigmund Wollman, quoted by Robert Fulghum, "Uh-Oh", 1991 "For thirty years now, in times of stress and strain, when something has me backed against the wall and I'm ready to do something really stupid with my anger, a sorrowful face appears in my mind and asks... "Problem or inconvenience?" I think of this as the Wollman Test of... more »

7 Reasons You Won’t Start Studying Until It’s Too Late, and What to Do About It

Lifehack at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: studying - 400] For most of us, the experience of studying for an exam can be captured in one word: panic. You've got 18 hours, exhausted, and sitting there staring at an equations sheet full of gibberish. Whyyy? Why didn't I start earlier?... Continue reading *“7 Reasons You Won’t Start Studying Until It’s Too Late, and What to Do About It”* at *lifehack.org*.

UN: Syria 'Largest Displacement Crisis in Modern Times'

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Video Title: UN: Syria 'Largest Displacement Crisis in Modern Times.' Source: AP. Date Published: October 27, 2015. Description:* The United Nations is estimating that 13.5 million people in Syria are now in need of humanitarian assistance and some form of protection _ including more than six million children. (Oct. 27).

Survey: Not many EnZedders care about rugby.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: image] *Frame from survey by Uni of Auckland Stupidity Department* Today’s story about rugby is that not many EnZedders care about rugby. Turns out that at least one sociologist cares little for accuracy. *[image: _Quote5]Associate Professor Toni Bruce, from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, **is conducting a survey on people’s experiences of and attitudes towards the Rugby World Cup* *, based on similar surveys in 2007 and 2011. The sport sociologist, who is a rugby fan, says the results so far in 2015 reveal a group of New Zealanders, which she calls “the ... more »

While the Old System Crashes a New One is Being Built

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Phillip J. Watt* - As the powers that be fight to keep a failing system alive, a new one is growing up in its place. The post While the Old System Crashes a New One is Being Built appeared first on Waking Times.

The Declining Russian Defense Budget

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's 2016 budget marks the first time since 2011 that military spending will not drastically increase year-on-year. Denis Grishkin / Vedomosti *Moscow Times*: *Russian Military Spending to Increase by Less Than 1% Next Year* Russia's defense spending is set to increase by a modest 0.8 percent next year, falling far short of the estimated 10 percent annual budget increases required over the next five years to hit equipment modernization targets mandated by President Vladimir Putin. Russian military expenditure has been rising since 2011, when the government launched a massive 2... more »

Maureen O’Hara Said Secret to Her Longevity was Saying a ‘Hail Mary’ Every Night

Patheos at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Maureen-O-Hara-classic_cropped_compressed] After seeing "Miracle on 34th Street" and "The Quiet Man" umpteen times in my life, it was an honor meeting Maureen O'Hara twice in the last 20 years. Continue reading *“Maureen O’Hara Said Secret to Her Longevity was Saying a ‘Hail Mary’ Every Night”* at *patheos.com*.

Liberal Pharisees in the Catholic Church

National Review/Chad Pecknold at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: liberal pharisees] Conservative Catholicism -- the Catholicism that developed as a protective bulwark against progressive distortions at the Second Vatican Council -- has largely been a resounding success over the past 40 years. But last year it was delivered a sobering blow... Continue reading *“Liberal Pharisees in the Catholic Church”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Dodged Another Bullet-- Budget Deal Doesn't Really Suck!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Boehner's revenge on the GOP's far right fringe? Yesterday afternoon brought word that Obama and Boehner had come close to reaching a deal to raise the debt limit until March 2017 and bust sequestration spending limits by $112 billion, split evenly between defense and domestic spending. It lets Ryan off the hook and will let the right-wing loons all vent on Boehner as he packs up his gold clubs and heads back to Ohio-- and it also guarantees that there will be no threat of another Republican government shut down between now and the 2016 election. [ *UPDATE:* And here's the bill, all r... more »

New lyrics for our national anthem. To make it a little bit harder for new governments to lie

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Fee, Chris and KJ have the answer... SOURCE Channel 4FactCheck: the tax credit crunch explained The Treasury is proposing cutting the income thresholds for tax credits – that’s the amount of money you can earn before your tax credits begin to be withdrawn. If a new piece of legislation is passed, people will start seeing their Working Tax Credit reduced after they earn £3,850 instead of £

Ukrainians Go To The Polls In Local Elections. Exit Polls Reveal Widespread Dissatisfaction And An East-West Split

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife, Marina, vote in local elections ini Kyiv on October 25. Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast: *They’re Brawling at the Polls in Ukraine* *A large segment of the country couldn’t participate, and other parts didn’t dare. But for all the uproar, a faint scent of peace is in the air.* It was better, at least, than fighting in a war. The balloting in Ukraine’s local elections on Sunday was messy and sometimes violent. Candidates and voters lost their tempers, smashed each other’s faces, fractured digits and twisted arms at polling sites in Melit... more »

"Memory, Meanings, Moments and Madness: Wanderers In No Man's Land"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Memory, Meanings, Moments and Madness: Wanderers In No Man's Land" by Chris Floyd "Zachary Mason's remarkable novel, "The Lost Books of the Odyssey," is based on a grain of fact. Before the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey were crystallized and canonized in the books of Homer sometime in the 8th century B.C., various (and often conflicting) tales of the Trojan War and its heroes had floated around in various forms for hundreds of years. Some of these variants survive in fragments of other ancient works, like ghostly echoes of alternative universes. Mason's intriguing fictional c... more »

"You May Choose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

America Is Losing Its Allies In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enter a hall during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. (REUTERS/ALEXEI DRUZHININ/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN) *Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Bloomberg*: *U.S. Is Driving Mideast Allies Toward Putin* America’s traditional Middle East allies, having run out of patience with President Barack Obama's policy in Syria, are now reaching out to a resurgent Russia -- even though it is bolstering the very dictator so many of them have pushed to leave power. Some in Washington see the new ties as a threat to U.S. interests, esp... more »

Fukushima is Extra Pixilated this Morning

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
and what is that sticking out from unit 1? Unit 4 Cam View also looks bad: I'm not sure what is above unit 3 in the cropped screenshot below either:

Praying Football Coach Gets Reinforcements: Congressional Prayer Caucus Leaders Intervene

Casey Harper at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Coach Kennedy - 900] Congress has intervened in a Washington school district dispute where a football coach who was forbidden from praying midfield after games has filed suit against the district, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The Congressional Prayer Caucus Chairmen sent a... more »

I was a Republican like my parents until the election of John Kennedy whereupon I became a Democrat. Add to that the fact that a movie actor was elected as the 40th President of the United States offended me. Now I have given in to Paul Craig Roberts pointing out that Ronald Reagan was perhaps the only sitting president to prevent a war rather than start one. Moreover, as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Policy under Reagan, PCR played an important role in ending the hyper-inflation that Jimmy Carter was unable to contain. So PCR is my hero and now Jimmy Carter is his! And in his column below, PCR cites myriad evidence -- "which will never emerge from Fox 'News" -- that "Washington is using ISIS in an illegal attempt to overthrow an elected government that will not submit to being a Washington puppet." PCR further points out that Washington's covert efforts to topple the Syrian government is a war crime and that "President Putin has said that Russia will not stand for any more war crimes from Washington in areas of the world that affect Russian national interests."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *Bring Back Jimmy Carter! — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ October 27, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Bring Back Jimmy Carter!* Paul Craig Roberts Caught with its pants down in Syria, the US government is making a fool of itself. By attempting to mischaracterize Russia’s actions against ISIS in Syria, Washington has admitted that the terrorists from outside Syria, who are attempting to overthrow the elected government of Syria, are “our... more »

I’d like to have a beer at Wendy’s

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
One of the few times I’ve enjoyed going into McDonalds was in Belgium. I enjoyed it because I got to order a beer off the menu. It wasn’t a great beer, but it was a beer. And it came on the tray with whatever else it was I ordered. If I didn’t want their beer I could have red or white wine or, from memory, some kind of vodka-based thing. This is how they do things in Europe. It felt right. It felt civilised. Christchurch deputy-mayor Vicky Buck however is a very uncivilised kind of a woman. Vicky Buck would rather not have them done that way in Christchurch. *She thought it wa... more »

The Economy: “The Latest (and Dumbest) Central Bank Fraud”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Latest (and Dumbest) Central Bank Fraud”* by Bill Bonner WATERFORD, Ireland – “You go for a nice picnic on the slopes of Vesuvius… You spread out your tablecloth. You open your picnic hamper. You prepare for a relaxing afternoon in the warm October sun. And then someone comes running down the mountain, warning that the volcano is going to blow up. You pack up your sausages and put a cork in the wine bottle… and rush to the car and drive away. Better to be safe than sorry. And then? Nothing happens. Most of the time, you can safely ignore the nervous nellies and prophetic Cass... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 27, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Peter Grier, CSM:* *US warship in South China Sea: What's at stake?* The US often uses its warships in freedom-of-navigation exercises. This patrol was public, and meant to be so, in a way that such moves usually aren't. The passage of a United States Navy destroyer near one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea may mark the reemergence of traditional geopolitical tensions in a region long preoccupied with domestic economic concerns. In other words, this is about much more than a warship far from home sailing within a few miles of a bunch of rocks. *Commentaries,... more »

The Best Gifts for Someone on Bed Rest

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
I once had a friend who told me I was so lucky to be on bed rest with my pregnancy. Lucky? It was literally one of the hardest things I have ever done. Not only do you have to turn over control to everyone else in your life from everything like helping your children get dressed and pick up their rooms to dinner. The most frustrating part? The boredom. I have never been so bored in my life. I use to crave normal things like shopping for shoes with my daughter or even going on a walk. If you are looking to make a mom who is on bed rest's life a little easier here are some gift ideas ... more »

SPHERE ALLIANCE MESSAGE #105 Galactic Trash Disposal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
[10/27/15, 8:57:14 PM] Terran: AK: This is a random thought on my part, but how does the SA dispose of waste items, broken tech, worn out clothes, etc? Is there a reverse replicator for trash? [10/27/15, 11:46:42 PM] *DEAR ONE/AK/TERRAN YOU MIGHT CALL IT A DEREPLICATOR OR A DISREPLICATOR. IT IS KNOWN TO US AS A VACUUM-BOX DEVICE IN WHICH ITEMS CAN BE "RECYCLED" INTO AETHER. IN LOVEJOY. END.* [10/27/15, 11:52:27 PM] Terran: Do you extract energy from that process or it just makes stuff vanish? [10/27/15, 11:53:01 PM] Terran: Trash is a huge issue on Earth. [10/27/15, 11:53:52... more »

New Allies in Northern Syria don't share US goals? McClatchy Obfuscates

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Keep in mind that claims of ‘unintended consequences/implications’ are subterfuge, plain and simple as you read this McClatchy article:* *Full Definition of SUBTERFUGE1: deception by artifice or strategem in order to conceal, escape, or evade2: a deceptive device or stratagem * Get ready to wring your hands and fret*:* *"New allies in northern Syria don’t seem to share U.S. goals"* How something 'seems' is often different from reality! *First*: the new allies aren’t new. The US has been working alongside the Kurds for many years. *Second*: The Kurds certainly do share US/Israel... more »

Dear Andrew Lloyd Webber

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Dear Andrew, *Re: Tax Credits Vote in the House of Lords* Never a fan, so this ain't going to pull lines punning your substantial contributions to musical theatre. Instead, I've avoided them and and baked in a healthy dollop of fury and disgust. That is because you sir, with your 650 millions, power to make and break careers, and alchemical capacity to transmute box office manure into gold, are among the lowest of the low. You epitomise everything that is small-minded, rotten, and hypocritical about the establishment you serve. Not because of who you are, but because you're prepar... more »

The Curious Case of Azerbaijan and Its Jew-Loving Muslims

Forward at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Jewish shtetl - 400] In April, the Kantor Center in Tel Aviv released a report highlighting that 2014 was one of the worst years for anti-Semitism in the last decade. This coincided with Israel's war in Gaza against Hamas. Many of the anti-Semitic incidents... Continue reading *“The Curious Case of Azerbaijan and Its Jew-Loving Muslims”* at *forward.com*.

Reuters National Online Poll of Likely Voters: Carson 33, Trump, 26, Rubio 10, Cruz 8

Hot Air at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential hopefuls, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (L) smiles as real estate magnate Donald Trump speaks after they arrived on stage for the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential candidates collectively turned their sights on frontrunner Donald Trump at the party's second debate, taking aim at his lack of political experience and his sometimes abrasive style.] I know what you're going to say. It's an online poll. The sample is small, just 277 Republican ... more »

Millionaire Composer Flew From New York To Vote Austerity For The Poor

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Musicals millionaire composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, flew in from New York for the opening night of his eternally running musical, Cats. The successful producer wasted no time in also attending a House of Lords’ voting session. The Tory life peer unsuccessfully voted in favour of the government’s plan to cut tax credits for the nation’s poor. The mega rich impresario is reported to have flown nearly 3,500 miles to help out his fellow Tory peers impose austerity on Britain’s hard working poor families and to diminish the value of the Upper House. The International Business Times repor... more »

Chinese company to buy Texas oil fields in $1.3 billion deal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Texas Permian Basin http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/26/news/companies/china-texas-oilfields/index.html *Chinese company to buy Texas oil fields in $1.3 billion deal* By Sophia Yan @sophia_yan Boone Pickens: Goldman way off on $20 oil A Chinese investment firm is shelling out $1.3 billion to buy giant oil fields in Texas, reflecting growing interest from China in U.S. energy resources. Yantai Xinchao will acquire oil assets in the* western Texas Permian Basin* that are currently owned by *Tall City Exploration *and* Plymouth Petroleum*. The deal is part of a larger transaction betwe... more »

Dangers of mid trial R 21 motion

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Holgate v. Sheehan Estate, 2015 ONCA 717: [28] The issues raised by the appellants – albeit unsuccessfully – demonstrate the challenges and potential pitfalls involved when a r. 21 motion is entertained by a trial judge. [29] In this case, the trial judge's initiative in inviting a mid-trial r. 21 motion was clearly designed to narrow the issues and streamline the trial. These objectives are commendable. Unfortunately, however, the initiative produced the opposite result. The mid-trial motion resulted in a bifurcated trial, created the possibility for two appeals to... more »

General Motors To Recall 1.4 Million Cars That Are A Fire Hazard

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
General Motors is recalling cars for the third time in eight years, after failing to resolve an oil leak issue that leads to engine fires breaking out. The Daily Mail reports: The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two didn’t work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said. In the previous recalls in 2008 and 2009, GM told owners to park the cars outside until repairs can be made since most of the fires happened shortly after drivers turned off the engines. A spok... more »

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Can’t Find a Doctor to Perform Abortions

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Empty Gynecological Table - 900] A Wisconsin Planned Parenthood is suspending abortions, apparently because it cannot find a doctor willing to do the job. The Planned Parenthood Appleton North Health Center told a local ABC News affiliate the clinic stopped providing abortions Oct. 14, and will not resume the procedures... more »

Jeb Bush Proposes Overhaul of Social Security, Medicare

Sergio Bustos at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Jeb Bush speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, DC.] MIAMI (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is proposing significant changes to Social Security and Medicare to keep the costly federal entitlement programs on solid financial footing. Bush outlined his proposals on the website Medium.com on Tuesday, the day... more »

Freedom Caucus Member Mark Meadows: I Call on All Candidates for Speaker to Oppose This Terrible Budget Deal

HOT AIR at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Paul Ryan2 - 406] That's the same Mark Meadows, of course, who ushered Boehner towards the exit by threatening to bring a motion to vacate the chair for precisely this sort of budgetary sellout. Your move, Paul Ryan. For weeks, behind closed doors the... Continue reading *“Freedom Caucus Member Mark Meadows: I Call on All Candidates for Speaker to Oppose This Terrible Budget Deal”* at *hotair.com* .

The Failure of the Family Widens America’s Economic and Cultural Divides

National Review at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: family - 400] There is no longer a common American living experience. There is no longer even the possibility of consensus around the proper role of government in American lives. The decline of the family is altering American life so profoundly that the... Continue reading *“The Failure of the Family Widens America’s Economic and Cultural Divides”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Oct. 27: School days....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
My first year of teaching was grade 7. As I entered the room on that first day, what I saw was six rows of desks, six perfectly straight rows with the teacher's desk in the place of authority at the front of the room. As the students came in, I helped them arrange their desks in any way they liked - circles of friends, small groups of two or three…. Then the principal came in to see how I was doing. “Oh, no, Mr. Decarie. They must be in rows. Six rows. And rows so straight that when I look at the head of a child in front, I shouldn't be able to see the other heads at all.” Well, of... more »

Ramey Memo and Victims of the Wreck

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
We have been privileged to learn the importance of the Ramey memo based not on the research currently underway but on the opinion that there is no alien visitation so that there is nothing in the memo to lead in that direction. We’re told that even if it says, “Victims of the wreck,” as many UFO researchers suggest, it doesn’t mean that what fell was alien. It seems that we should just give up because we all know there is no alien visitation and continued attempts to read the memo are a waste of time. Can the Ramey memo clarify this situation? Actually, yes. There are some things w... more »

World News Briefs -- October 27, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters: *U.S. to intensify fight against Islamic State militants: Pentagon chief* The U.S. military will intensify air strikes and may carry out more direct ground attacks as it steps up efforts against Islamic State militants following a failed bid to train Syrian rebels, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told lawmakers on Tuesday. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee just days after a U.S. soldier was killed participating in a Kurdish-led mission to rescue Islamic State hostages, Carter indicated that similar missions were likely in the future as U.S. forces adapt to the... more »

White House At Odds Over Saudi Air-Strikes In Yemen. War Crimes Allegations Are Now Being Raised

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Politico:* Obama officials at odds over Saudi airstrikes As civilian casualties mount in Yemen, some worry the U.S. is abetting war crimes. Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes in Yemen, conducted with U.S. assistance, are alleged to have killed at least 1,500 civilians, dividing members of the Obama administration over whether the U.S. risks being accused of abetting war crimes in a bombing campaign that could ultimately strengthen Islamist militants. the opposing sides in Yemen, one of the clearest examples of the intensifying Saudi-Iran proxy war in the Middle East. But even as reports ... more »

House Introduces Resolution to Impeach IRS Commissioner

Oversight and Government Reform at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: IRS Commissioner - 400] WASHINGTON--Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and 18 members of the Committee introduced a resolution to begin proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen. In introducing... Continue reading *“House Introduces Resolution to Impeach IRS Commissioner”* at *oversight.house.gov*.

Planned Parenthood Video 11: The Perfect Partial Birth Abortion — ‘Something to Strive For’

John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Video 11] Those of you repulsed by the latest sting video showing a couple of abortionists gushing about the wonders of partial birth abortions -- well, you just don't get it. In a world where Glamour's Woman of the Year is a... more »

Ancient Greek Treasure Found Inside Mycenaean Warrior’s Tomb

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati have unearthed a huge hoard of Greek treasure next to the skeleton of an ancient warrior. The warrior has lain undisturbed for over 3,500 years in a tomb on the site of the Palace of Nestor, according to an announcement by the Greek culture ministry on Monday who added that the treasure is “the most important to have been discovered in 65 years” in continental Greece. Art Daily reports: The wooden coffin of the unknown soldier — evidently a person of some importance — was found on the site of the Mycenaean-era Palace of Nestor on Gree... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'EUGENICS'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
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Amish Man Challenges Photo ID Requirement To Purchase Firearms

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An Amish man from Pennsylvania is suing the US government because he says the photographic identification he needs in order to buy a gun, violates his rights. Andrew Hertzler filed a suit on Friday in the US Middle District Court claiming that the photo ID requirement violates both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and his constitutional right to bear arms. Sky News reports: In a case uniting two of America’s most potent cultural issues, guns and religion, Andrew Hertzler argues his faith has been “substantially burdened” by the rule that he must have a photo of himself taken. ... more »

Ted Strickland Spent A Lot Of Time In Congress Voting WITH Rob Portman And Against Sherrod Brown

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has been very careful to not do any debates with his progressive Democratic opponent, P.G. Sittenfeld. Watching the video of the two of them above, a very rare instance of them sharing a podium-- at a Hamilton County Democratic Party fundraiser Strickland couldn't worm his way out of-- it's pretty easy to understand why Strickland is so scared to debate Sittenfeld. Will He be too scared to debate Rob Portman too? Of course with those two, they agree on so much, what would they debate anyway? Sittenfeld's energy and youth-- and his skill as a sp... more »

Nickey Hager: Ugly man, ugly invasion of his property

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
I’m surprised it’s taken so long for this story to become a thing. In searching for the source of the data used in his book *Dirty Politics*, the police enlisted the aid of Hager’s bank, Westpac, who happily handed over to them all his private banking information including over 10 months of his banking transactions from all of his accounts. This was all handed over without a warrant. *The revelation Westpac handed over author Nicky Hager's bank records to the police - without so much as a by-your-leave from the courts - should send a shiver down the spine. It ought, too, t... more »

Sheriff: School Officer Fired After Tossing Student in Class

Meg Kinnard at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: SC deputy - 900] COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A deputy was fired Wednesday after video showed him flipping a teen backward out of her desk and tossing her across a classroom, with th

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