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Saturday, October 31, 2015

31 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

10:22pm MDST

Not Debatable?  (Scariest Stock Market Ever?)  Ryan Rules, Riots & Reduces Social Security/Medicare/Disability  (Not Holding GWB Accountable)  Afghanistan Smoke Burns USA USA USA  (The Demobilization of the US People and the Spectacle of Election 2016) Happy Halloween!

Lots of scary stuff going on now. And you just thought it was the Halloween madness. Obama Keeps Pentagon Spigot Open A Military-Backed Comedian Will Be Guatemala’s Next President & Activists Aren’t Laughing Reminder: The Bubonic Plague Is Alive and Well Reliable Rebel Jeremy Corbyn and the Revival of the Radical Left The disciples of New Labour lost spectacularly to Jeremy Corbyn, an

"Don't Worry..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Don't worry; you'll understand eventually. Well, actually, no you won't, but in time you'll learn to fake it better." - Lester the Lizard, on life in general.

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Oct 24 to Oct 31, 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Oct 24 to Oct 31, 2015"* By Bob Nichols "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus (San Francisco) October 31, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Thirty-two (32) cities exceeded 1,000 CPM this week. Another Nine (9) cities are clustered between 999 and 900 CPM, ready to Break Out at any time. Stay Alert and take all appropriate precautions. *All Radiation Counts reported are partial... more »

This Missile is Becoming The Weapon Of Choice For China's Navy When It Confronts The U.S. Navy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Bloomberg:* *China's Supersonic Ship Killer Is Making U.S. Navy's Job Harder* * YJ-18 can accelerate to three times speed of sound near target * Missile will be harder to detect and hit with on-board guns Increased interactions between the the Chinese and U.S. navy in the contested South China Sea risk becoming more complicated by the increasingly sophisticated missiles being carried by submarines. A new report to the U.S. Congress assessing a Chinese submarine-launched missile known as the YJ-18 highlights the danger, noting the missile accelerates to supersonic speed just befor...more »

Yes, Rubio's A Two-Bit Grifter But I Hope He Doesn't Resign

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
The *Orlando Sentinel* is a pretty conservative newspaper. They endorsed Rubio when he ran for the Senate and they endorsed Romney when he tried preventing Obama from being reelected in 2012. And last year they backed right-wing GOP incumbents John Mica, Bill Posey and Daniel "Taliban Dan" Webster, as well as a right-wing Tea Party challenger to Alan Grayson, Carol Platt (who Grayson went on to beat 54-43%). But, as you know by now, the *Sentinel* called on Rubio to either start doing his job in the Senate or to resign. Rubio has missed more votes than any other senator this year... more »

Status Of Northerntruthseeker

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
Just to let everyone know.. My better half is finally on the road to recovery from her attack of "shingles"... It was a terrible experience for her that laid her up for the last 6 days.... I spent the majority of my spare time taking care of her needs, and therefore had to neglect doing any surfing online and writing articles at this blog.... As I have said many times, sometimes situations do occur that take precedence, and I have always emphasized to everyone that family does come first... Well, I am back...I will be doing my rant tomorrow and hopefully everything will get back to... more »

Syrian Militants Meet Russian Mi-24 Attack Helicopter (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
From* Zero Hedge* .... *Caught On Tape: ISIS, Meet Russian Mi-24 Attack Helicopter* *WNU Editor: *These attack helicopters are quiet .... and they come in fast.

Our criminal government hits us from all angles. When you read this you will understand why the stock market continues to rise desite the fact that it is on the verge of collapse. Author: "The blatant, unfettered manipulation and intervention in the gold and silver market is sponsored by the Fed and the U.S. Treasury, executed by the big bullion banks and fully endorsed by the CFTC."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 3 hours ago
------------------------------ Blatant Gold/Silver Manipulation Reflects The Complete Corruption Of The U.S. System October 30, 2015 Financial Markets, Market Manipulation, Precious Metals, U.S. Economy, bullion banks, Comex, FOMC, gold manipulation, rate hike, silver The morning of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) announcement on Wednesday (Oct 28) gold was up $14 overnight, close to $1080 and the cartel’s dreaded 200 day moving average. The “premise” was that the market was expecting another rate hike deferral. My friend called me that morning and I told him to not... more »

Speeches at Bath Iron Works Protest Today

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago

Russia Prepares For Nuclear War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A schoolchild wearing a gas mask and a protective suit participates in a civil defence competition between local schools in Russia's southern city of Stavropol, February 2, 2011. REUTERS/EDUARD KORNIYENKO *Reuters*: *Russian calls for Cold War civil defence training to be revived* Russia's authorities should revive the old Cold War practise of training civilians on how to respond in the event of a large-scale nuclear attack, a senior government official said on Friday. Speaking after a meeting of Russia's Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Rogozin, the dep... more »

Caught! McCain Plotted Airline Attack 1 Day Before Russia Crash

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The Ukrainian Wikileaks website leaked a transcript showing that Senator John McCain had plotted the crash of a plane over Syria, and had planned on blaming it on the Russians – just one day before the Russian passenger plane crashed over the Sinai Peninsula. Below is a transcript of the plans that were allegedly made, along with information as to who each of the people in the transcript are: “M.”: Mikhail Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia, Odessa region governor “K.”: David Kezerashvili – former head of financial police and minister of defense of Georgia. Wanted for embezzling ... more »

Russia Warns Of Donald Trump Assassination Plot

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report indicates that Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be in “grave danger” after the CIA discovered that his personal travel itinerary was hacked from his laptop by ISIS. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: According to this report, and as we had previously reported on in our 26 October report Terror Attack On French Bus That Killed 43 Linked To Islamic State, found in the possession of the 5 Saudi Arabian nationals detained by Lebanon’s intelligence services this past Monday after their private jet was forced to land by Federation Aerosp... more »

Israeli Officer: “We Will Gas You Until You Die”, To Palestinians

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A video has emerged showing Israeli border police threatening Palestinians in Aida refugee camp, saying, “We will gas you until you die”. In the one minute video, recorded on Thursday by a resident of the West Bank camp, the Israeli border officer says the threat in Arabic over a loudspeaker, as an Israeli jeep rolls down the street. In the video the unidentified officer can be heard saying, “People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces. You throw stones, and we will hit you with gas until you all die. The children, the youth, the old people – you will all die. We won’... more »

NASA Unveils Evidence Of Ancient Alien Structure In Kazakhstan

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
NASA have released satellite pictures taken high in the skies of Kazakhstan, of what appears to be a mysterious “ancient alien” type of technology on the ground believed to be over 8,000 years old. The pictures reveal a colossal earthworks consisting of geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of football fields. Nytimes.com reports: The largest, near a Neolithic settlement, is a giant square of 101 raised mounds, its opposite corners connected by a diagonal cross, covering more terrain than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Another is a kind of three-limbed swast... more »

2,000 Year Old Computer Discovered In Shipwreck

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
It appears that the advent of computing began with the birth of Christ, over 2000 years ago, as a small bronze mechanism has been discovered under the sea off Crete. The Antikythera mechanism is thought to be the first ever programmable computer, and the old computer in existence. Yahoo News reports: Thanks to an intricate series of gears and dials, the mechanism could be used as a calendar, to track the phases of the moon, and to predict eclipses. It’s an object out of time: no other artefact as complex was built during the thousand years after the mechanism’s creation–that we kno... more »

Iran Ready To Counter US, Israel Military Attack

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Iran have said that they intend to stand firm and boost their defence capability, if Israel or the US make any “malicious moves” against the country. Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said Iran’s preparedness and its promise to counter threats is in line with its policy to support the anti-Israeli resistance movement. Presstv.com reports: He made the remarks in response to statements made by Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon and US Defense Minister Ashton Carter regarding a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in mid-July and... more »

2,000 Vodafone Accounts Hacked

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Hackers have breached personal details of almost 2,000 Vodafone customers on Saturday, the company announced. The telephone company, which has 20 million customers in the UK, announced that hackers accessed 1,827 customers’ names, mobile phone numbers, and bank account details. Dailysabah.com reports: The news comes a week after another British telecoms company, Talk Talk, faced a major hacking attack on its website in which nearly 21,000 bank account numbers and sort codes were accessed. Three people have been arrested in connection with that incident. A Vodafone spokesman said th... more »

Shadow of the Beast for the Commodore 64

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 4 hours ago
It's the time of year YouTube video game channels jump on the Hallowe'en bandwagon, so there's no reason why this blog should be any different. As an all-round wuss when it comes to horror, there will be no latter day zombie games or their like here. Instead, I'm delving back to the past, to a time when scary games were ... not that scary, actually. One such game is *Shadow of the Beast*, a game that was a big deal when it first emerged in 1989 on Commodore's Amiga and spawned a mini-franchise. Released as the age of the home computer was coming to an end and the era of the games ... more »

Another Broken Promise From President Obama

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Trevor Timm, The Guardian*: *US special forces in Syria are Obama's latest broken foreign policy promise* Obama was elected on a promise to pull back US troops from the Middle East. Instead, the presidency has been marked by mission creep The Obama administration announced on Friday it will send US special forces into Syria, breaking its repeated vow that Barack Obama would not send ground troops into the war-torn country. This is the latest in a series of U-turns and broken promises that further cements our Forever War and sets a disturbing precedent for whoever becomes the nex...more »

Russian Plane Crash in Egypt- Recent Updates

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*Two Previous Posts: * *1-Russian Passenger Jet Crashes After Take Off from Sinai Peninsula- No survivors* *2- ISIS Claims Responsibility for Downing Russian Passenger Jet ?* *Updates:* *Russian plane crash: Crash bodies scattered over 8km radius* *Airlines Reroute Flights After Russian Crash in Egypt* Lufthansa of Germany and Air France said they would reroute flights over the region until the circumstances of the accident were established, a sign that airlines have become a lot more cautious in recent years about flying over regions involved in conflicts. *I'm still having... more »

Does President Obama Hate Israel?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*ABC News:* Donald Trump Says He Thinks Obama 'Hates Israel' Fresh off his third debate, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a shot at President Obama, saying that he thinks the commander in chief "hates Israel." Trump made the remarks before a crowd of 4,000 in Nevada –- his second trip to the state. A person in the crowd shouted “Israel” trying to get Trump’s attention. “I heard the beautiful name of Israel,” Trump said. He vowed to protect the country, adding “Israel is safe with this one,” pointing to himself. But he took a swipe at the president on the issue,... more »

Reverse Engineering the "Official Story" of the Russian Passenger Jet Crash

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 5 hours ago
*Map of Russian Passenger Jet Route - from the BBC* When I want to retro-engineer a possible false flag I always go to the BBC. They inevitably spew the "official story" and, by a combination of "reading between the lines/lies" and reverse-engineering the BBC lies... you can fairly easily decipher the truth. Here's the BBC Official Story. I have put my editorial comments in red in square brackets []: Sinai plane crash: 'No SOS call' before disaster said the plane suddenly "disappeared off the radar" A Russian aircraft did not lodge an SOS call before crashing in Sinai,* [bomb ab... more »

two choices

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Smiling Buddha, Angkor Wat No matter where you are or what you're doing, you have only two choices in life, to be happy or not to be happy. Which one do you choose? There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.

Oregon Teen Diagnosed With Bubonic Plague

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Bubonic plague or ‘The Black Death’ that killed 50 million in Europe during the 14th century has appeared in the U.S. state of Oregon. Health officials have reported that a teenage girl has contracted the disease. The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Oregon health officials said the Crook County girl is believed to have acquired the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip near Heppner in Morrow County. The trip started on October 16, she fell ill five days later and was hospitalised three days after that. The unnamed girl is recovering but is still in intensive care, officials s... more »

On Socialism

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Socialism is a system which makes the corporate unity of society responsible for all its economic processes, or all those affecting life and essential living. If anything important is sold, the Government has sold it; if anything important is given, the Government has given it; if anything important is even tolerated, the Government is responsible for tolerating it. This is the very reverse of anarchy; it is an extreme enthusiasm for authority. It is in many ways worthy of the moral dignity of the mind; it is a collective acceptance of very complete responsibility… A Socialist Gover... more »

Halloween Could Be A Nightmare For Your Pet

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Pets worldwide have a fear of Halloween that surpasses that of humans. For cats and dogs Halloween night is a stressful time of scary loud noises, strangers lurking about everywhere, doorbells ringing more often than usual and humans having parties with their mates en masse. Here are some tips from the largest privately owned veterinary hospital in the southern hemisphere, on how to keep your pet safe during Halloween. Pet Directory reports: Sadly, pets are also often injured, terrorised and even killed at this time of year. “Black cats are often the target of malicious acts and sho... more »

Oct. 31: Damn!!!!

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
I have just completed four hours of writing a blog, Then, it disappeared just as I tried to send it. I have no idea why. Instead of devoting it to the Irving press, I spent most of it on foreign press, and wrote about that. (The Irving press today is desperately bad.) But it's now sunset. And I'm tired and hungry. and discouraged. I'll try again tomorrow. graeme decarie

Is This How America Conducts Its Political Debates?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Polticio*: *Reince Priebus and the debate season from hell* *How the Republican National Committee got stuck between angry GOP campaigns and hungry TV networks.* Halfway through Wednesday’s off-the-rails CNBC debate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus realized he was witnessing a chain-reaction wreck. By the time it ended, he knew it was headed straight for him. Priebus has always been keenly aware that the Republican Party has become increasingly vulnerable to outside forces, starting with the unexpected emergence this year of uncontrollable to-hell-with-the-... more »

Success Academy Find Its Scapegoat

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
Social media is ablaze with comments about the Success Academy's "Got to Go" lists, which include names of students targeted for shoving back into the public schools from which they came. Those who have studied the high-scoring "no excuses" schools have known for years that part of the lockdown charter school miracle has resulted from selective enrollment and effective weeding of special education students, English language learners, and students with behavior and learning problems. When combined with millions more in corporate dollars for resources, extended contracts for teacher...more »

The EU Migration Crisis Is Now Impacting Small Communities Throughout Germany

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Residents of Sumte attended a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the plan to move migrants from Africa and the Middle East to their village. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times *NYT:* *German Village of 102 Braces for 750 Asylum Seekers* SUMTE, Germany — This bucolic, one-street settlement of handsome redbrick farmhouses may for the moment have many more cows than people, but next week it will become one of the fastest growing places in Europe. Not that anyone in Sumte is very excited about it. In early October, the district government informed Sumte’s mayor, Christian Fabel... more »

Trick Or Treat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Thursday night we tried figuring out who had been the biggest liar at the GOP debate. It wasn't easy, not even with so much help from Politifact, which fact-checked 58 Trump statements and did not find even ONE to be True, although 5 were "mostly tue" and 10 were "half true." 6 were mostly false, 27 were just plain false and 10-- the most of the night-- were rated "pants-on-fire." The debate inspired Krugman's Friday *NY Times* column, Springtime for Grifters. At one point during Wednesday’s Republican debate, Ben Carson was asked about his involvement with Mannatech, a nutrition... more »

Chicago Workers Thrive Three Years After Taking Over a Window Factory

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
[image: (Photo: Window workers via Shutterstock)] These stories are always welcome and many plants could well be sold forward in this manner to the workforce itself. The key is a capable trusted manager who relishes been part of such an enterprise. They are not more common mostly because capital does not understand them and government has failed to provide the appropriate guarantees and tools which are all oriented to corporations. This should be the desired outcome for established plants. Perhaps we need to take a serious new look at this option. The human capital in play... more »

The White Alien Gods of Mesoamerica: Viracocha, Quetzalcoatl and Kukulkan

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
We do have a common legend of superior white skinned folk who took on leadership roles as they moved from area to area. The best minimalist explanation is my work up of the Atlantean world that culminated as a global trade empire around 2400 BC and continued until 1159 BC. This was dominated by European and Mediterranean peoples. Time frames allows it all to fit well together. Yet we also have the legend of God like bringers of knowledge in Sumer as well for the same time periods. That implies a world wide culture and that these are our glimpses. We still have not quite se... more »

6 Government Secrets That Go Far Beyond Edward Snowden’s Surveillance Leaks

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is on our need to know file. This essentially paranoid government driven behavior is always rationalized in some way but serves only to slow everything down. In the meantime all those secrets are available for full application in the Dark budgets. Worse it chokes open research allowing a rapid advance in knowledge. Those outside often wonder just how much is already understood, particularly in physics although there i do not think that is is possible to close out true knowledge. We are all fed up with it and we need a global treaty to address thus nonsense.. *6 Gove... more »

What was the bloodiest battle in WW2?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Everytime you think that you know everything important about WW2, someone comes up with a seriously interesting discovery or question. What i never quite understood and never thought to ask was just how hard the German forces fought in the last three months of the war. Of course, i was fooled because we only had western sources that focused on the collapsing german front in the south allowing the allies to largely occupy southern Germany. Yet there was a nasty fight in the north and this informs us of the very nasty fight around Budapest. At the end of the War most remaining... more »

A New Realism In U.S. Policy Towards Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Howard LaFranchi, CSM: **What's behind US Special Forces in Syria? A new realism* The situation in Syria has changed, so President Obama has decided to include Iran in peace talks and send Special Forces to support Syrian Kurds. WASHINGTON — President Obama’s foreign-policy realism is on full display this week on two fronts related to Syria. First, the United States sat down Friday with Iran at international talks on Syria – despite years of opposing any diplomatic role for Tehran in efforts to end the Syrian civil war. Second, the White House announced Friday that the US will... more »

Reports Of Israeli Air Strikes Against Hezbollah In Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Media reports from Syria and Lebanon claim that Israeli air strikes have attacked Hezbollah assets in Syria. However Israel has declined to comment on the reported attacks, neither denying nor accepting them, and thus avoiding any immediate responsibility. The Times of Israel reports: According to a report on the Lebanese Debate website, six IAF jets carried out the strike over the Qalamoun Mountains region of western Syria, and targeted weapons that were headed for Hezbollah, Channel 10 said. Syrian opposition groups, for their part, claimed Israeli planes had attacked targets in t... more »

Free Syrian Army General Who Asks For Russia’s Help Gets Trolled

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Internet trolls came out in force to attack a Free Syrian Army general after he gave an interview in which he asked for Russia’s cooperation to work ‘hand in hand’ to defeat the Islamic State. The cited 3-star Free Syrian Army general was called a ‘stooge’ by the Western trolls. Russia Today reports: Fasten your seatbelts, citizens of the free world, another monkey wrench has been tossed into the motor of America’s anti-regime machine and the ride is going wobbly. Hussam Alawak, a commander in the Free Syrian Army (FSA), gave an interview with RT where he let more than one screaming...more »

The Islamic State Wants School Graduates To Be Militants, Not Doctors Or Engineers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters *Daily Beast:** Back to School in Mosul: The ISIS Curriculum* The so-called Islamic State continues to pretend it has the trappings of a real government. In addition to bogus ‘gold’ coins, it now offers a ridiculous syllabus. MOSUL, Iraq — For some parents in Mosul, this northern Iraqi city controlled by the extremist group known as the Islamic State, the worst has come true. After destroying many of the textbooks their children used to use in Mosul's schools, the Islamic State, or ISIS or Daesh, as it’s widely known, has developed a whole new curriculum ... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
My interview with Kamal Chomani on the KRG’s political crisis was reprinted in eKurd, and my talk with Charlie Winter about the Islamic States media output was reprinted in the Daily Journalist. I was also cited in "A Spatial History of a Main Baghdadi Street" by Yaseen Raad for Jadaliyya. Finally, I was interviewed by the new blog Imperial Brief about the situation in Iraq.


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 9 hours ago
*Greenland Ice sheet melting down* *For years, scientists have studied the impact of global warming on the Greenland Ice sheets but now on the ground researchers are documenting the full impact of the melting of Greenland's ice sheet, one of the biggest and fastest-melting chunks of ice on Earth ~ which could eventually increase sea levels by about 20 feet as well as permanently alter the Gulf stream and effectively freeze Europe: Allen L Roland, PhD * *“The ice sheet is porous, like Swiss cheese*,” Dr. Smith said. *“We didn’t know that until this year.”* T... more »

ISIS Claim They Shot Down Russian Passenger Plane

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A Russian passenger plane en route from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed early Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all on board. As ISIS affiliated group have claimed that they shot down the Russian plane, while officials have blamed technical problems for the disaster. Maxim Sokolov, the Russian minister said the cause of the crash has yet to be confirmed. A top Russian investigative committee has begun a criminal investigation into the crash. NYTimes reports: Hours after the crash, a branch of the Islamic State operating in the Sinai Peninsula ... more »

Iran Given Credit For Retaking The Iraqi City Of Beiji Even Though U.S. Air Strikes And U.S. Trained Forces Did The Fighting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Victory Over Islamic State in Iraqi Town Has Some Cheering Iran* Shiite militias backed by Tehran claim credit for retaking Beiji, U.S. disputes it. BEIJI, Iraq—A big victory over Islamic State here provided fresh ammunition for the many Iraqi Shiites who prefer Iran as a battlefield partner over the U.S., despite indications that Washington could soon intensify its battle against the extremist militants. Shiite militias and politicians backed by Iran have claimed much of the credit for the Iraqi recapture a little over a week ago of the city and oil refin... more »

Militant Group In Sinai Affiliated With ISIS Has Taken Credit For Destroying A Russian Passenger Jet Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
ISIS tried to claim responsibility for the plane crash which claimed the lives of some 220 mostly Russian passengers and crew suggesting their action was in response to Russia's decision to bomb Islamic fighters in Syria in a bid to prop up Basher al-Assad's regime *Zero Hedge:** ISIS Releases Video Of Alleged Russian Airplane Mid-Air Exposion After It Claims Responsibility For Disaster* That didn't take long: following the worst Russian airplane disaster in history, the question everyone was asking is who is responsible. Moments ago we may have gotten the answer. A militant group... more »

Forest Fires In Indonesia Called A ‘Crime Against Humanity’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
In what might be the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century so far, Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke as well as the media. The raging forest fires across Indonesia are thought to be responsible for up to half a million cases of respiratory infections Indonesia along with Singapore and Malaysia have been choking under a thick haze of wildfire smoke caused by the annual burning of land for the production of pulp, paper and palm oil on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. Rains are now helping dampen down the wildfires and clear the haze but the ecologi... more »

Death as an Advisor

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*M.J. Higby* - If today were the last day of your life, would you want to spend it the way that you’re about to? The post Death as an Advisor appeared first on Waking Times.

Spooky! Imagine What CNBC Would Have Asked in the Canceled 3rd Hour of the GOP Debate?

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Undercard Debate Moderators] Fallout continues from the CNBC boondoggle of a debate Wednesday night. The Republican National Committee has booted NBC from participation in a scheduled debate in February, accusing NBC’s sister network of acting in “bad faith.” NBC said it would work in “good... more »

Connecting the Oily Dots between Syria, Iraq, Turkey--and ISIS

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*ISIS Controlled IRAQ where it was recently discovered that the terrorists had laid a pipeline to Turkey, who was paying for the cheap oil---which was funding the ISIS terrorism* In my last post, *"Sympathy for the Devil",* I posted a link to a report that a secret ISIS pipeline ...transporting stolen Iraqi oil, through northern Syria to Turkey, had been recently discovered. This begs the question, *how would a ragtag band of bloodthirsty terrorists, who spend a considerable amount of their time filming themselves beheading citizens of the countries they invade, have the equipment,... more »

Will Paul Ryan Save The GOP? Are You Kidding?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Inside the Republican conference, when the GOP had their secret vote to see who the party nominee would nominate for Speaker, 45 Republicans couldn't bring themselves to vote for Ryan, many of them crackpots he had cultivated for years by giving them fat checks from his personal ProsperityAction PAC, funded by the Wall Street interests who have nurtured him for many, many years. He got 200 votes, not enough to win the Speakership the next day. But it was clear that most of the opponents would switch their votes on the floor and help elect Ryan Speaker. And they did; 236 Republicans... more »

A Freed Syrian Town From The Islamic State Is Now Facing New Difficulties

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Liz Sly, Washington Post:* *They freed a Syrian town from ISIS. Now they have to govern it*. TAL ABYAD, Syria — When Islamic State fighters fled this northern Syrian town in June, they took with them the electricity generators, the water pumps, the hospital equipment and pretty much everything else that had helped sustain the semblance that they ran a functioning state. They left behind their graffiti, their instruments of torture, the block of wood on which they beheaded their victims, the cage in which they punished smokers — and a community riven with suspicion and distrust. ... more »

MENA Report ( October 31 , 2015 - November 1 , 2015 ) Key Iraq / Syria Regional War Battlefield And Political updates ; Iran - Initial Involvement In Syria Peace Talks ; Turkey In Focus - Elections On Sunday , Iraq And Syria Hot Button Issues For Erdogan And Turkey , Journalists Get Murdered In Turkey - The Ones Critical Of ISIS ; Libya - Battlefield And Political Updates ( Home And international ) Saudi Arabia In Focus - Syria Talks , Yemen , Domestic Concerns - Budgetary Pressures ; Yemen In Focus - Battlefield And Political Updates....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 11 hours ago
Links ..... *US to Send Special Operations Forces to Syria* *Iraqi Militia Attacks MeK Camp, Killing 26* *Italy Rushes More Bombs as Saudis Pound Yemen* *Re-spinning, Obama Says Troops in Syria Won't Have 'Combat Mission'* *German FM: Vienna Talks Yield No Agreement on Syria Transition* *Next Syria Talks to Include Syrians* *At Least 89 Killed as Syria Attacks Damascus Suburb* Russia Says No Country Can Use Military Force in Syria Without Government Approval They Freed a Syrian Town From ISIS. Now They Have to Govern It. Syria Opposition, Rebel Dismiss Ira... more »

That would be an EU matter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
The more I think about it the more daunting it becomes thinking about seriously monitoring the BBC's galaxy-sized output, especially when seeking to explore how impartially the corporation covers the EU referendum debate. The BBC is far too huge for any *small* number of people to keep track of. Covering just Radio 4 would be more than enough for any one person. Covering Radio 5 would, I suspect, be even worse. And then there's *Newsnight*,* Victoria Derbyshire *and *The Daily Politics *on BBC Two. And the BBC One News bulletins, plus *Andrew Marr*, *BBC Breakfast*, *The One Sho... more »

This Weeks Budget Agreement In Washington Funds The Pentagon's Budget And Needs For Two Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Wikipedia *Defense One*: *Budget Deal Is A Big Win for Pentagon* Even though it’s only a two-year agreement, the budget deal passed by Congress and the White House will get the Pentagon past the worst of the spending caps. The Pentagon has weathered the worst of the defense spending caps that military leaders have called a thorn in their side since 2013. The bipartisan budget deal struck by Congress — the Senate passed the measure early Friday morning, matching the House’s action earlier this week — gives the Defense Department big-time relief immediately, raising the 2016 spendi... more »

Good Times at Pottersville #21: Halloween Robocall edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Happy Halloween from Pottersville.

A Surprising, Pro-Life Lesson from Dr. Seuss

Family Research Council at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Horton Hears a Who Dr. Seuss] "A person's a person, no matter how small!" Many children grow up reading Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, the classic story of a brave elephant who works to protect the tiny people of Whoville from destruction. At the end... Continue reading *“A Surprising, Pro-Life Lesson from Dr. Seuss”* at *frcblog.com*.

Tarantino’s Dad Joins Police Union in Condemning Director for Suggesting Cops are Murderers

USA Today at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Tarantino cops cropped__1446304696_173.71.16.53] Add another bellow from the police unions condemning director Quentin Tarantino and his movies, plus a slap from his own father, amidst continuing deafening silence from the Oscar-winning filmmaker. “I love my son and have great respect for him as... Continue reading *“Tarantino’s Dad Joins Police Union in Condemning Director for Suggesting Cops are Murderers”* at *usatoday.com*.

College Dean Says She Was Stopped for ‘Walking While Black,’ But Video Tells a Different Story

Dallas Morning News at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: blandgrab] Flashing lights and sirens from a police vehicle interrupted a routine Saturday morning walk in my golf-course community in Corinth. I often walk about 3 miles near daybreak as part of my daily exercise. However, on Oct. 24, I delayed... Continue reading *“College Dean Says She Was Stopped for ‘Walking While Black,’ But Video Tells a Different Story”* at *dallasnews.com*.

Frighteningly, we aren’t making this up!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015It came from the Washington Post:* This evening, monsters will rise from the deep. Right on cue, a bit of prose arose this morning from the front page of the Washington Post. This passage comes from a profile of Ben Carson’s early years: TANKERSLEY (10/31/15): Only 1 in 20 children born into deep poverty in Detroit will climb into the top quintile of income earners when she or he grows up, according to research by economists at Harvard, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley. *Barely 1 in 100 will rise, as Carson did, all the way to the t... more »

Howard Jacobson on free speech

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
On a related subject, I must just recommend a superb article in the *Independent *by Howard Jacobson. The attacks on Germaine Greer over her dismissal of 'transgenderism' and on Martin Amis over his dismissal of Jeremy Corbyn are its pegs, but the piece is essentially a plea for the benefits of free speech, especially to those who don't like what they're hearing - and we can't get enough of those at the moment: It isn’t only in the name of free speech that the views of an itchy polemicist should be tolerated – and I say itchy polemicist promoting thought, not itchy ideologue promo... more »

When You Believe the Gospel According to Barbie

Charisma/CASEY LOHMAN at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: barbie-flickr-thearches] Shame speaks. Some of us have heard it all our lives. If you pay attention, you will hear a common thread. Enough. It is just never enough. You are not good enough. You are not pretty enough. You are not... Continue reading *“When You Believe the Gospel According to Barbie”* at *charismanews.com*.

Obama Drawn into Clinton Email Controversy

Politico at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Obama and Clinton] President Barack Obama found himself drawn into Hillary Clinton’s email controversy Friday as the White House acknowledged the State Department is withholding a set of messages Obama and Clinton exchanged during her four years as secretary of state. As the... Continue reading *“Obama Drawn into Clinton Email Controversy”* at *politico.com*.

Evangelicals in the Public Square: Straw-Men Need Not Apply

Rob Schwarzwalder at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: In God We Trust - 900] There is much to commend in Mike Gerson and Pete Wehner's Christianity Today article on Christian flourishing "in a same-sex world." Indeed, as they contend, "this moment can turn out to be not a calamity but a greater and grander...more »

Lady Gaga Had Hillary’s Email Address, But Chris Stevens Didn’t?!

The Guardian at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton email] A new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails released on Friday presented a glimpse into the breadth of her personal network - a who's who of powerful celebrities, CEOs, political advisers and politicians whom she is now tapping for her presidential... Continue reading *“Lady Gaga Had Hillary’s Email Address, But Chris Stevens Didn’t?!”* at *theguardian.com*.

Keeping U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Will Mean Billions For The Contractors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy*: *Cashing In on the Decision to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan* *Why Obama dropping his promise to end America's longest war is going to give contractors billions of dollars.* In August, the nation’s top military officer came to President Barack Obama and bluntly asked him to break a promise to bring the last American troops home from Afghanistan by the time the president left office. Obama had been repeating the vow for years, but Gen. Martin Dempsey, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States needed to keep at least 5,000 t... more »

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Downing Russian Passenger Jet ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
Russian Passenger Jet Crashes After Take Off from Sinai Peninsula- No survivors * ISIS claims responsibility? * Islamic State claims responsibility for Russian plane crash in Egypt A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the group said* in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter. * Egyptian security sources earlier on Saturday said early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault. *The claim of responsibility was al... more »

Weekend reads: Psychology stats errors abound; font choice dooms grant application

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
This week at Retraction Watch featured high-profile retractions from Nature and the BMJ. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: One in eight psychology studies “contains a gross inconsistency that affects the statistical conclusion,” says Michele Niujten of the findings of a new paper she co-authored. Coverage from Monya Baker of Nature. A grant application has been […] The post Weekend reads: Psychology stats errors abound; font choice dooms grant application appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Tara's Theme

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
I didn't really want to go anywhere near this one, but as it seems like a clear example of BBC bias here goes after all... Another story featured on yesterday's BBC One *News at Six* concerned the transgender prisoner Tara Hudson's legal bid to be moved to an all-female prison. Tara (previously Aaron) Hudson had been jailed for headbutting a barman in Bristol. It's a story that's been widely reported and widely discussed, and one interesting element is that pretty much all of the mainstream UK media, from the *Daily Mail* to the *Guardian* and the BBC, is now entirely in tune w... more »

Albert Einstein at Halloween!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015No particle is an island:* Leave it to Obama! Only Obama would have us set our clocks back on Halloween night, giving the kids an extra hour to collect free candy. The rest of us are handed sweet-sounding nostrums promising an “extra hour of daylight.” Our view? There’s no way these schemes are going to work. Big government never does! We don't know which is worse in these schemes, the tooth or the moral decay. Meanwhile, we promised a special Halloween post. For reasons beyond our control, we’re forced to postpone. As an intermediate treat, we’ll link... more »

Syrian MP: U.S. Decision to Send Troops Is An Aggression

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: U.S. Special Operations] DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian member of parliament says the United States decision to send troops into to Syria is an aggression because it does not have the government’s agreement. Sharif Shehadeh told The Associated Press on Saturday that... more »

Lyme Disease Can Be Debilitating If Not Diagnosed Early

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease has ruined the life of a healthy Welwyn model. Jessica Bennett, 31, was misdiagnosed for six and a half years by over 30 doctors. Her condition gradually worsened after contracting the disease in Germany in 2009. She went from being involved in Olympic dressage to being bedbound. Welwyn Hatfield Times reports: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks, and if left untreated can spread across the body resulting in severe long-lasting symptoms. “There were days when I was crawling on my hands and knees to get to the bathroom,... more »

Scottish MSP: UK Should Follow Iceland’s Example & Jail Corrupt Bankers

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
A member of the Scottish Parliament has said that bankers who are found guilty of market rigging, fraud and irresponsible lending should be jailed. Keith Brown, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary said Britain should follow Iceland’s example of putting corrupt financiers behind bars, rather than merely imposing fines, which is the current punishment for rogue bankers in the UK. RT reports: Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, Brown praised the actions of Iceland, which jailed its top banking chiefs for criminal behavior. Iceland, which suffered a deep recession after the 2008 cras... more »


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
I haz it.

Pentagon Confirms That The Largest Al Qaeda Training Camp Ever Found Was Destroyed This Month In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Standing by on a hilltop, Soldiers with the 101st Division Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division watch as two Chinook helicopters fly in to take them back to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008. Photo by Spc. Mary L. Gonzalez, CJTF-101 Public Affairs *Washington Post*: *‘Probably the largest’ al-Qaeda training camp ever destroyed in Afghanistan* KABUL, Afghanistan — A multi-day operation in southern Afghanistan this month that involved 200 Special Operations forces and scores of American airstrikes targeted what was “probably the largest” al-Qaeda training camp ... more »

A misinformed comment on nuclear power

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 14 hours ago
Comment: Sir, to compare nuclear power with helping the poor is, at the very least irresponsible, and at the other end of the spectrum a very uninformed statement. This shows ones lack of knowing the facts on radiation exposure, waste storage, and waste disposal of high level nuclear waste, which by far is the most dangerous substance on the planet. You need to educate yourself before making such blasomous statements, sir!! God Bless. on Pope Francis and Nuclear Power It is you, rather than I who needs to be educated on the science behind nuclear power and nuclear safety. I have be... more »

Vampires, Demons, and the Cross

Crux/Steve Greydanus at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Exorcism from The Rite Anthony Hopkins compressed cropped] "When it comes to fighting vampires and performing exorcisms, the Roman Catholic Church has the heavy artillery." That's how Roger Ebert opened his review of the 1998 film, "John Carpenter's Vampires". Ebert continued, "Your other religions are good for everyday... Continue reading *“Vampires, Demons, and the Cross”* at *cruxnow.com*.

Report: Russian Aircraft Carrying 224 Passengers Crashes in Sinai, No Survivors

MERRIT KENNEDY at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Russian aircraft crash St. Petersburg airport] CAIRO (AP) -- A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation... more »

Russian Passenger Jet Crashes After Take Off from Sinai Peninsula- No survivors

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*My first thoughts when I saw this news? Location? Timing? Suspicious? Payback?* * NATO hostility at Russian involvement in Syria? US projection of power, real and perceived, seriously challenged? Egypt is a vassal state. NATO/US militancy is the real power. el Sisi is a US trained yes man! **Flashback: Egypt: Creating a false paradigm to justify death and destruction* *Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi as Defence Minister. Sisi,* *who has a masters degree from the US Army War College, had scored a meteoric rise since 2008. * * Or Egypts New Dictator was Made in the USA* *Sinai Peninsula be...more »

Sinai Plane Crash: No Survivors On Russian Passenger Plane

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
A Russian passenger plane crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board, Egyptian officials have confirmed. Rescue officials say that at least 100 victims, many of whom were still strapped to their seats, have been pulled from the wreckage of the Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Russian news agencies have reported that the Russian airline had said it saw no grounds to blame human error for the crash. Meanwhile, Egyptian security sources say there is no indication that the plane was shot down or blown up. Kolavia Flight 7K9268 carrying 217 passeng... more »

Democratizing The Corporate Media

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.the-latest.com/ A lot needs to be done to re-establish democracy in this country. Murray Dobbins writes that the place to begin is with our corporate media. They almost universally endorsed Stephen Harper. That was, perhaps, a blessing: But the newspapers perhaps did us a favour in the last week of the campaign with their inane endorsement of the Harper autocracy for yet another four-year term. Post Media -- the most recent iteration of the Conrad Black coup in 1999 -- and the *Globe and Mail* without an iota of embarrassment...more »

With Syria Deployment, Obama Crosses Own Red Line

JULIE PACE at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops back to Iraq and ordered the military to stay in Afghanistan, he insisted Syria would remain off limits for American ground forces. Now the president has crossed his own... more »

Antarctic Ice Mass Growing – New NASA Study

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Ben http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-study-mass-gains-of-antarctic-ice-sheet-greater-than-losses Hot off the press from NASA: A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers. The research challenges the conclusions […]

Man Charged in St. Louis Area Black Church Fires

JIM SALTER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: David Lopez Jackson] ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson for two of the seven church fires in a predominantly African-American part of the St. Louis region, and federal investigators said there is no evidence of... more »

California Doctor Convicted in Overdose Deaths of 3 Patients Amidst National Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

BRIAN MELLEY at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Overdose prescription drugs] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The second-degree murder convictions this week of a Los Angeles-area physician were the first against a U.S. doctor for recklessly prescribing drugs, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said. Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng was convicted of... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math* In the Detroit public school district, 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading. That is according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests published by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics. Only 4 percent of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient or better in math and only 7 percent in reading. This is despite the fact that in the 2011-2012 school... more »

"Train, Advise And Assist"... In Syria? Very Bad Idea For America

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
And there are flesh-eating parasites Ted Lieu (D-CA) was one of the first Members of Congress to react to President Obama's announcement yesterday that he's starting to send ground forces into Syria (in the midst of a multi-sided civil war and without an invitation from the country's government). Lieu told us that he "opposes the introduction of U.S. ground troops into Syria. I have also repeatedly called for the U.S. to end airstrikes in Syria. The Administration has not put forward a comprehensive strategy for Syria. The U.S. should use our limited resources to address the worst r... more »

Happy Halloween 2015

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago

Russian Passenger Jet Has Crashed In The Sinai -- News Updates

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *No survivors on Russian jet that crashed in Egypt with 224 on board as rescuers find children's bodies strapped to their seats * * The aircraft was reported missing 23 minutes after leaving the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with 224 on board * The doomed jet was owned by an Irish company and leased to a Russian airline carrying tourists to St Petersburg * Egyptian air crash investigators said the pilot had warned of a 'technical problem' shortly before the disaster * The jet was plunging at more than 6,000 feet per minute as the pilot tried to land at el-Arish ai... more »

NaPo : Wagging the dog whistle

Alison at Creekside - 15 hours ago
National Post, flagship of the largest media conglomerate in Canadian history run by a foreign hedge fund, inhales a MEMRI *report* based on the online musings of four anonymous 'known' jihadi dudes titled : "Pro-ISIS Activists React Joyously On Twitter To Canada's Elections" Then they give it the fabulous new Trudeau-torqued headline you see at left. NaPo tweets it. While your standard NaPo tweet gets around 1 to 15 retweets if they're lucky, this one gets 159. VICE News follows suit with its own rewrite of the MEMRI report : "Canada Ran Away:' Jihadists Reportedly Rejoice Over T... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Global warming could make Hajj impossible later this century?* *This is a typical bit of brainlessness from the Warmists. They assume a very high global temperature rise (4 degrees) and calculate from that a wet-bulb temperature in the Gulf states of 35 degrees, which they say would make life impossible in the Gulf. They then inform us that Gulf temperatures already run as high as 34.6. But these things all operate on a continuum so if 35 is fatal, 34.6 should be extremely stressful too and more vulnerable people should start dying off at that point. Yet there is no claim o... more »

Did New York’s Obamacare Co-op Deliberately Mislead Regulators?

Richard Pollock at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Obamacare-900] New York insurance regulators said Friday the financial condition of Health Republic of New York, the largest of 23 health insurance co-ops established by a $2.4 billion Obamacare program, is "substantially worse than the company previously reported in its filings."... more »

Russian Passenger Plane Crashes Over Egypt

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A Russian passenger plane carrying over 220 people from Egypt to Russia disappeared from radars, and crashed in central Sinai, according to reports from Russian and Egyptian authorities. Belonging to a small Russian airline, the plane was flying from the Egyptian resort, Sharm El-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg. Kolavia Flight 7K9268 carrying 217 passengers and 7 crew members, reportedly went off radar 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport. Egyptian officials said that nearly all of the 217 passengers were Russian, aside from three Ukrainian citizens. E... more »

Marco Rubio Pushes Back on Leaked Jeb Bush Strategy Memo

TIME at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Rubio-v-Bush - 400] Florida Senator Marco Rubio offered his first response Friday to the leak of a 112-page Jeb Bush campaign document, which called Rubio a "risky bet" and laid out a strategy for hobbling his rising campaign. "It's part of a strategic... Continue reading *“Marco Rubio Pushes Back on Leaked Jeb Bush Strategy Memo”* at *time.com*.

Hmmm: White House Will Block Release of Hillary E-mails to … Barack Obama

Hot Air/ED MORRISSEY at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Monica Crowley On Hillary E-Mail Investigation: 'This Is Not Some Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, This Is Barack Obama Taking Her Out'] Rank has its privileges, after all, and the highest rank can claim executive privilege, the New York Times' Michael Shear reports. This makes for an interesting Friday night document dump, no? The White House will try to block the release... Continue reading *“Hmmm: White House Will Block Release of Hillary E-mails to … Barack Obama”* at *hotair.com*.

China’s New Two-Child Policy and The Fatal Conceit

AEI/Nicholas Eberstadt at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Chinese family] It is the latest twist in the most ambitious and ruthless social-engineering program ever undertaken by a modern state: Beijing announced Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party will officially abandon its one-child policy. Yet it has no plans to relinquish... Continue reading *“China’s New Two-Child Policy and The Fatal Conceit”* at *aei.org*.

Power Scenarios For 2028-32

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/power-sector-scenarios-for-the-fifth-carbon-budget/ Returning to the CCC’s fifth carbon budget, let’s take a closer look at the electricity sector scenarios they have dreamt up. As usual with these plans, they offer various scenarios, on a pick + mix basis. They define the scenarios thus: […]

Rubio Scores Major Endorsement from Billionaire GOP Donor Paul Singer

The Washington Post at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio (1)] ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio picked up a major endorsement from one of the most influential — and wealthy — donors, billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer. The endorsement caps a strong week for Rubio in which he... Continue reading *“Rubio Scores Major Endorsement from Billionaire GOP Donor Paul Singer”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

"Home to Britain"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
On a similar theme, last night's *Newsnight *added to the growing "ticket tape parade return" for Shaker Aamer. Here's how Emily Maitlis first introduced the subject: He spent a third of his life in a cell in Guantanamo Bay, now Shaker Aamer is released home to Britain without charge. What purpose has Guantanamo served and what do its practices say about our governments? The main focus on *Newsnight*'s coverage was a discussion between Moazzam Begg (inevitably)in the studio and former US government advisor David Rivkin on a video link - i.e. a verbal brawl between an Islamist and... more »

"Back on British soil..."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
*"Back on British soil, the last UK resident held at Guantanamo Bay is released...."* The early stages of Shaker Aamer's "homecoming parade" led BBC One's *News at Six* last night. The coverage, from BBC special correspondent Lucy Manning, included the reactions of his supporters, presenting us with his father-in-law, his lawyer (Clive Stafford-Smith) and his friend (Moazzam Begg). His father in law was delighted, his lawyer praised Mr Aamer as wonderful family man and his Islamist friend says he been held so long only because of what he 'has' on the US and UK government. The... more »

Where's Gaza?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The BBC illustrate their report of the crashed Russian aeroplane with a map of the Sinai. Now this map doesn't name Egypt's neighbours, and the BBC standard explanation for that is that it is their convention not to name countries that aren't pertinent to the story. Whatever you think of that explanation, the BBC are at least fairly consistent in the way that they apply it. Now take a second look at that map, do you spot the omission? To the north east of the Sinai is Israel, however much the BBC might wish it wasn't, but also is Gaza. Odd that the BBC don't mark this territory se... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( October 31 , 2015 ) ......... Greece In Focus ( ECB Finds Total Capital Shortfall for 4 Largest Greek Banks at $4.391 BN Euros In Baseline Scenario , $ 14.4 BN Euros In Adverse Scenario , Economic Items / Troika Bailout related items ) ....... Libya Peace Deal In Focus ( EU considers imposing sanctions if UN peace deal not signed - not clear when / against whom sanctions actually would be applied / precise sanctions to be deployed / simply EU or would UN sanction route be deployed ) ...... Refugee / Economic Migrant Crisis Updates.......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Europe....... Greek Bank Recap & Bank Related News...... *MacroPolis* ‏@MacroPolis_gr 5m 5 minutes ago Alpha 9M net loss at €838 mln, pre-provision income at €872 mln, loan provisions at €2.36 bln, NPL at 36.5%. #Greece #economy #banking *MacroPolis* ‏@MacroPolis_gr 18m 18 minutes ago Piraeus 9M net loss at €635 mln, pre-provision income at €812 mln, loan provisions at €2.12 bln, NPL at 40.5% +1.1pp QoQ. #Greece #banking *Hugo Dixon* ‏@Hugodixon 2m 2 minutes ago Greece's Eurobank to seek big participation of investors in recap http:// reut.rs/1HittZm via @... more »

Leo Kadanoff: 1937-2015

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
A reader has informed us (in the obsolete Blogger built-in comments: have you turned your Javascript off?) that Leo Philip Kadanoff died in Chicago on Monday, October 26th, 2015, from respiratory failure. He was 78 years old: Leo Kadanoff, leading figure in theoretical physics, 1937-2015 Kadanoff has done lots of fundamental work in statistical, nonlinear (chaos theory-related), and solid state physics. Look at the impressive citation counts. Except for the Nobel prize, he has won all the classical top medals in physics, including the National Medal of Science from Bill Clinton in ... more »

LHC: challenging 2015 run is ending

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
At the Large Hadron Collider, the 2015 collisions at 13 TeV could have started in April but we have really received substantial collisions only in the Summer. A new CERN's LHC report (also in French) summarizes the 2015 run and calls it "challenging". The run will be terminated on Wednesday, November 4th, in the morning. By the end of October 2015, both major detectors have accumulated about 3.5 inverse femtobarns of the data. The integrated luminosity will probably remain below 4/fb by Wednesday morning. Later in 2015, there will be some 5 TeV center-of-mass energy collision... more »

US Invasion of Syria Begins

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*October 31, 2015 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - As previously warned about in June of 2015, the United States has announced that it will officially begin ground operations in Syria through the use of special forces. The Washington Post in its article, "Obama seeks to intensify operations in Syria with Special Ops troops,"would report that: *President Obama is sending a small number of Special Operations troops to northern Syria, marking the first full-time deployment of U.S. forces to the chaotic country. * *The mission marks a major shift for Obama, whose determination to defeat t... more »

Military Photo of the Day: October 31, 2015

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Reuben James (DD-245) - 900] On Oct. 31, 1941, the American destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat, resulting in the loss of 115 of 160 crewmen, including all officers. Although not the first U.S. Navy ship torpedoed, the Reuben James was the first American vessel lost... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Inner harmonizations continue the unfoldment of the human and Hue-man

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
*Inner harmonizations continue the unfoldment of the human and Hue-man* by ÉirePort Inner harmonizations continue the unfoldment of the human and Hue-man. Awaitings of futures are no more. Released from shackles, Higher Consciousness flourishes. Standards of old paradigms are viewed and released. ÉirePort | October 31, 2015 at 06:06 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vY AK NOTE: I asked the Sphere Alliance what was Hue-manity that Gaia Portal speaks about...they gave me *their opinion* on that... [10/28/15, 3:02:28 PM] AK/Terran: AK: In the GAIA PORTAL cha... more »

The big push is on.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 22 hours ago
Today's headline is about the premier of Alberta meeting NB premier Gallant to discuss the delicate issue of a pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick. It's “in the best interest of all Canadians”. Then there's the editorial - a scare editorial about our need for oil and for fracking. “Will we be able to heat our homes this winter?” O-o-o-h. The front page of Canada&World has the story “Study finds bans on shale fracking are needless.” Three prominent and major and favourable stories about fossil fuels. And that's not a coincidence. It's even possible that the orders for this came ... more »

New Peter Case Album-- Released Today

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
37 years ago today, New York early punk band Blondie released Hanging on the Telephone, a catchy 1976 song by L.A. underground trio, the Nerves. Today one of the founding members of the Nerves, Peter Case, progenitor of the Americana movement, released his newest CD,Hwy 62. It's his 13th solo effort, although it's funny to call an album that features incredible musicians like Ben Harper and DJ Bonebrake a solo effort. Peter plays his songs, mostly in clubs, for a living. You may have seen him in the last year playing at Alan Grayson (D-FL) rallies. I have a feeling there'll be mo... more »

First of its Kind Study Shows Cannabis Has Little to No Significant Effect on Driving

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Anna Hunt* - Researchers reveal how driving under the influence of cannabis stacks up to driving after drinking alcohol. The post First of its Kind Study Shows Cannabis Has Little to No Significant Effect on Driving appeared first on Waking Times.

Will Rubio And Jeb Destroy Each Other? Or Is This Just A One-Way Street To End The Bush Political Dynasty?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Thursday night the Senate stayed up uncharacteristicly late-- no French working week this time-- to debate and vote on the budget. Although, with Senate GOP leadership and 18 Republicans committed to passage, it was a forgone conclusion that there would *not* be another GOP government shutdown, most of the southern extremists followed presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio-- yes, he showed up, not to work but for an opportunity to grandstand-- and Rand Paul in a pitiful narcissistic charade to elevate nihilism and wreck the economic in pursuit of their own narrow career dre... more »

Why do We Allow Private Banks & Families to Control the World’s Money?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Phillip J. Watt* - The world's money has been controlled by a wealthy families for too long. The post Why do We Allow Private Banks & Families to Control the World’s Money? appeared first on Waking Times.

Hit the Snooze Button: Most of U.S. Gets an Extra Hour of Saturday Night Sleep

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: sleeplate - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most people in the United States are set to fall back into standard time and gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend. The annual change comes at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, but most people usually... more »

Bio-Ethicist: Planned Parenthood Videos Suggest that Kids Born Alive Were Killed for their Brains

The Blaze at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Planned Parenthood video - 418] Bioethicist Dr. Dennis Sullivan laid out key observations about the latest undercover Planned Parenthood video, taking aim at what he called "callousness and indifference" and explaining why he's left with the "unavoidable conclusion" that some fetuses might be "born alive." The key question... Continue reading *“Bio-Ethicist: Planned Parenthood Videos Suggest that Kids Born Alive Were Killed for their Brains”* at *theblaze.com*.

Rubio and Cruz atop the GOP

National Review/Kevin Williamson at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: marco-rubio-ted-cruz-gop-leaders-c] Ted Cruz is only going to be popular," a lefty correspondent sniffs, "in those places where the Osmonds are still popular." If that is true, then the news for Senator Cruz could not possibly be better, inasmuch as this puts... Continue reading *“Rubio and Cruz atop the GOP”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Soldiers With Mental Health Issues Dismissed For ‘Misconduct’

National Public Radio at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Soldiers boarding plane - 400] Staff Sgt. Eric James, an Army sniper who served two tours in Iraq, paused before he walked into a psychiatrist’s office at Fort Carson, Colo. It was April 3, 2014. James clicked record on his smartphone, and then tucked the... Continue reading *“Soldiers With Mental Health Issues Dismissed For ‘Misconduct’”* at *npr.org*.

Czech TV: 25,000 People Smugglers in Turkey Send Muslim ‘Refugees’ to Europe

Live Leak at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: refugees small] People smugglers may be creating the crisis in Europe. Many of those “refugees” from Syria’s war aren’t refugees and aren’t even from Syria. They are Muslim economic migrants in search of jobs and welfare benefits in prosperous EU countries with... Continue reading *“Czech TV: 25,000 People Smugglers in Turkey Send Muslim ‘Refugees’ to Europe”* at *liveleak.com*.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *WNU Editor:* Going to a Halloween Party tonight. GF is dressed as "The Angel of Death". I will be dressed up as the head of Spectre (*in a Mao style of suit*). The GF thinks my outfit is lame .... but heh .... it is what I have. Blogging will return tomorrow morning.

The Eco-Apocalypse in Indonesia That No One is Talking About

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - This may be one of the biggest ecological catastrophes of the 21st century. The post The Eco-Apocalypse in Indonesia That No One is Talking About appeared first on Waking Times.

James Bond Would Not Make "The Cut' To Work In Today's MI6 (Because He Lacks Feelings)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An MI6 recruitment advert SIS *Aamna Mohdin, Quartz*: *James Bond lacks the “emotional intelligence” to get a job as a real-life spy* Britain’s Secret Intelligent Service, the spy agency better known as MI6, has launched its latest recruitment campaign looking for people with “emotional intelligence” just as the new James Bond film, Spectre, is released. But it turns out its most famous son wouldn’t make the cut. A MI6 source tells Buzzfeed: “They want people with a real passion for human interaction, understanding others, and dealing with the sometimes complex nature of human rel... more »

Putin Scepticism casts doubt on COP21.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Reuters Report quotes Russian President Putin (LINK) "...there is no global warming, that this is a fraud to restrain the industrial development of several countries including Russia..." President Vladimir Putin, who has offered only vague and modest pledges of emissions cuts ahead of December's U.N. climate summit in Paris. Russia's official view appears to have changed little since 2003, when Putin told an international climate conference that warmer temperatures would mean Russians "spend less on fur coats" while "agricultural specialists say our grain production will incre... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Hell Boats' (1970)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
From *Wikipedia:* Hell Boats is a 1970 British war film directed by Paul Wendkos that was filmed in Malta. It stars James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd and Ronald Allen[1] in a story about British Motor Torpedo Boats in the Mediterranean in World War II. It was the last film made by Oakmont Productions, a branch of Mirisch Films. The film's technical advisor was Lieutenant Commander Ian Nagle Douglas Cox who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order whilst serving in HMS Malcolm in 1940.

Mothers Against “Gun-Free Zones”

The Washington Times/Christy Stutzman at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: b1-gun-free-duck-gg_s878x1198] As the mom of a high schooler, choosing the right college is a major point of discussion at our house these days. We're asking a lot of questions like: Does it offer reasonable tuition? Should it be close to home... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKzFk-FiZM

Clinton Faces Protests as She Courts Black Voters

Steve Peoples & Bill Barrow at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Hillary Black Lives Matter Protest - 900] ATLANTA (AP) -- Shouting over protesters, Hillary Rodham Clinton promised black Americans she would address systemic racism, and if elected, follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, the country’s first black president. The Democratic presidential front-runner outlined her plans for... more »

Buffalo Wild Wings CEO: Minimum Wage Increases are Bad News for Young Workers

US Chamber of Commerce at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: BWW - 400] What do policy issues like local governments raising the minimum wage and federal agencies threatening the franchise business model mean for people who will have to deal with their consequences? The Wall Street Journal asked Buffalo Wild Wings' CEO Sally... Continue reading *“Buffalo Wild Wings CEO: Minimum Wage Increases are Bad News for Young Workers”* at *uschamber.com*.

5 Things to Know About the ‘Halloween Asteroid’

ABC News at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: asteroid - 400] While a Halloween asteroid whizzing by Earth sounds spooky, there’s nothing to be afraid of. An asteroid that was just discovered on Oct. 10 is set to whiz past Earth on Oct. 31 -- the closest encounter our planet has had... Continue reading *“5 Things to Know About the ‘Halloween Asteroid’”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 30, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Martin Chulov, The Guardian:* *Syria peace talks pin hopes for end to war on Iran and Saudi Arabia* *Syrian regime and opposition not invited to Vienna, with two regional powers yet to show any signs of wanting to compromise* The broadest peace talks since the start of the Syrian war are getting under way in Vienna, with Iran joining arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and the US to try to orchestrate an end to one of the most dangerous global conflicts in decades. While all regional stakeholders appear set to take a seat at the table, neither the Syrian government nor opposition have been... more »

What Happens When A Small Town In Europe Faces 70,000 Refugees

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Rigonce, Slovenia is on the border with Croatia, and has become a passthrough for migrants en route to Germany and Austria. PHOTOGRAPH BY CIRIL JAZBEC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC *National Geographic*: *What’s It Like to Have Refugees Stream Into Your Town?* Residents of a tiny Slovenian town are welcoming but have mixed emotions as tens of thousands of migrants flood into local roads and fields. Rigonce, Slovenia was a quiet, bucolic town on the border with Croatia where farmers tended crops and neighbors greeted each other warmly in the street. That changed last week. Overnight, the s... more »

a prison for your mind

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its elongated appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away, but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years i... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Burden Of Thinking”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Burden Of Thinking”* by Chet Raymo “Let me speak for gray. Not black or white. Good or evil. Truth or falsity. Yes or no. Let me speak for maybe. Sort of. More or less. I think so. I am reluctant to speak for gray for fear of being considered wishy-washy. Indecisive. Unprincipled. But lately it seems as if we are surrounded on every side by zealots, and it's not a pretty sight. We are surrounded by people who are so certain of their Truth that they are willing to strap bombs to their chests and walk into crowded pizza parlors. Or fly airplanes into towers. Or bomb abortion cl... more »

800,000 refugees Plan To Return To Syria As Putin Smashes ISIS

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
After the launch of Russia’s successful bombing campaign to wipe out ISIS in Syria only a month ago, more than 800,000 refugees are now planning to return to their homeland. The Islamic State group had control over vast areas of Syria, forcing tens of thousand of Syrians to escape the terror. The Daily Express reports: Many desperate asylum seekers have made their way to Europe via boats to Greece, with David Cameron agreeing to let 20,000 in Britain over the next five years. But Russia’s bid to wipe out ISIS has been so successful that almost a million Syrians are elected to retur... more »

Free Download: Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Letters From the Earth"* by Mark Twain "This is a strange place, an extraordinary place, and interesting. There is nothing resembling it at home. The people are all insane, the other animals are all insane, the earth is insane, Nature itself is insane. Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at is worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the "noblest work of God." This is the truth I am telling you. And this is ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Free Download: Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Mysterious Stranger"* by Mark Twain "An unfinished novella that Mark Twain worked on periodically from roughly 1890 until his death in 1910. The body of the work is a serious social commentary addressing Twain's ideas of the Moral Sense and the ''damned human race.'' Published posthumously in 1916 by Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. “…I must go now, and we shall not see each other any more." “In this life, Satan, but in another? We shall meet in another, surely?” Then, all tranquilly and soberly, he made the strange answer, “There is no other.” A subtle influence ble... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Shiver me timbers!!! For just a moment there I thought that time was real, that space was deep, and that manipulating circumstances and messing with the "hows" was the way to manifest life changes! Talk about insanity! Chaos! Doom! Whatever you do on this spookiest day of the year and beyond, don't let it happen to you. Must have been the "apple" punch... Oh, hey, nice costume! Happy Halloween!!!!!" ․ "Think, think, and let go-" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com

Jihadists Celebrate Canada Withdrawing From The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Rachel Browne, VICE News*: *'Canada Ran Away:' Jihadists Reportedly Rejoice Over Trudeau Victory* Supporters of the Islamic State (IS) took to Twitter to celebrate prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau's victory last week, and his promise to pull Canada out of the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, which jihadists hailed as a victory for their cause. According to a report released Thursday from The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), there was a wave of reaction following last week's federal election, including from prominent IS activists. "#Obama gets on his knees ... more »

Cartoon: ‘Trick.’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 1 day ago
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