United States President Barack Obama, left, with Samantha Power, former Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; and Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in the Oval Office on 5 June 2013. White House Photo *Dennis Ross, Politico:* *The inside story of Obama’s Iran strategy* What Netanyahu really thought of Obama, and other bombshell revelations from Obama’s disillusioned peace negotiator. On Friday night, November 8, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked me to come by h...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton - iStock_000063510389_Full] Hillary Clinton revealed on Wednesday that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, providing just the latest evidence that she is little more than political ambition wrapped in a pantsuit. Pay attention to the press coverage, because it’s fascinating: Nobody...more »
Boehner has been begging Paul Ryan to run for the Speakership-- and so are Mitt Romney and Kevin McCarthy, as well as almost every conservative even vaguely "mainstream" in the Republican House caucus. Ryan wants it but he's playing coy and making believe he has to confer with his wife. The unreconstructed Confederate nihilists and die-hards, who are dying to capture what was once the Party of Lincoln, are flipping out. By early evening *Politico*'s Anna Palmer was tweeting that Ryan had cancelled all his fundraisers for the next 48 hours. Lynn Westmoreland-- alas Comedy Central h...more »
Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, and was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA's views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating u...more »
*Express*: *Putin's boost in battle against ISIS: China preparing to 'team up with Russia in Syria'* CHINA could be on the verge of teaming up with Russia to unleash its military might in Syria and destroy Islamic State (ISIS). Russia has carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against the terrorist group over the last few days and Vladimir Putin has now sent the country's most elite special forces team into the war zone. And speculation is heightening that offensive will be bolstered by the China's People's Liberation Army, following a number of reports of military movements i...more »
Norbert Cunningham's column on the Opinion page of today's paper wallows in delight, with unending praise for the Tran-Pacific Trade Partnership. And, for a journalist, that's wrong. It's not that I disagree with it - though I certainly do disagree with it. But anyone is entitled to an opinion. No, disagreement with this column has nothing to do with opinion at all. It has to do with professional ethics. Have you seen a full copy of this agreement yet? I haven't, and I've been watching for it every day. To the best of my knowledge the only people who have seen copies are the negotia...more »
Bye Bye Kevin McCarthy - whose real crime was he spoke the truth about Benghazi You see, no one really cared that he had trouble with the English language, Stephen. That's what you get when you scrape the bottom of the barrel. What they failed to foresee was that he couldn't tell the difference between what he should say out loud and what he needed to keep confined to the cloakroom. So,
a *Istanbul at night....seen from hotel window* Well, folks, here I am back in Canada after a hectic three week journey, travelling from Istanbul, Turkey (above) to Barcelona, Spain...with numerous stops in between. I had hoped to continue to blog during the trip...certainly there was plenty to say...personal impressions, as well as geopolitical observations. A combination of problems...roaming access to server, denial of service and travel scheduling and logistics stood in the way. I've gained a new respect for professional journalists who must continue to report on deadlines while...more »
China are ramping up the Orwellian nightmare to new heights by introducing a credit score system that can be adversely affected by a persons hobbies, shopping habits, lifestyles, literature read online, social media comments, social connections, and political opinion. The new “social credit system” will be linked to 1.3 billion Chinese citizens and will become mandatory by 2020. Computerworld.com reports: Big data is sucking in everything about citizens as algorithms evaluate that data, but the Chinese government is leveraging that data and “smart data” analysis that “reveals even c...more »
A video has surfaced on Wednesday that appears to show undercover Israeli agents dressed as Palestinians, enticing them to throw stones at IDF forces. Shortly after the undercover agents stirred violence in the Palestinian group, they then turned on them and opened fire. The disturbing video shows the Israeli infiltrators pull weapons on the group, shooting and wounding three of them in the West Bank. Revolution-news.com reports: Reuters correspondent Luke Baker witnessed how the armed undercover agents helped to incite the stone throwing and tweeted the video below with the text: ...more »
China are deploying fighter jets to Syria to help boost Russia’s military intervention in their fight against ISIS. China will be sending Shenyang J-15 warplanes in China’s first ever military involvement in the Middle East, and the first time a J-15 plans has been used in a war scenario. Morningnewsusa.com reports: Aside from China, Mr. Putin’s most ferocious of troops had already been deployed in Syria. The Mirror understood that the Spetsnaz will be fighting on the ground against the ISIS and all terrorist organizations, including the U.S.-backed oppositions and the Free Syrian ...more »
The United States are taking threats of a nuclear attack from North Korea seriously, and are making preparations to defend against a nuclear weapon attack, a senior U.S. military official has said. Admiral Bill Gortney has said that North Korea do possess nuclear weapons and are capable of miniaturising them, enabling them to put them on a rocket that could reach mainland United States. Reuters reports: “We assess that they have the capability to reach the homeland with a nuclear weapon from a rocket,” Gortney told an event hosted by the Atlantic Council think tank. Gortney said it...more »
Russia have announced their distrust with NATO as the Kremlin have warned that the excuses offered by NATO in explaining why they have moved their infrastructure to Russia’s borders are not credible. Putin has warned that should the military presence increase, Russia will reciprocate by taking steps in order to restore “necessary parity”. Rt.com reports: Earlier Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced the alliance’s plans to boost its Response Force and set up two more headquarters in Hungary and Slovakia. Stoltenberg admitted that this will be the biggest reinf...more »
Nasa is about to make an “amazing announcement” about Pluto, which a senior scientist at the agency has hinted may be about how the planet is home to alien life. Dr Alan Stern, the man in charge of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, said that the “the world is alive”, when asked for a hint as to what Nasa is likely to announce. Independent.co.uk reports: And some scientists have suggested that Pluto could support alien life. Soon after New Horizons made its flypast, Brian Cox said that the probe “showed you that there may well be a subsurface ocean on Pluto, which means — if our un...more »
A floating dock of the Indian navy is pictured at the naval base at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Sanjeev Miglani *Peter Marino, Reuters:* *The other deepwater battleground* The Indian Ocean may be the only ocean named for a country, but it’ s still heavily contested territory. Both China and India, who have major strategic interests there, are suspicious of each other. Their struggle for leadership in the “emerging world” will play out for decades and all around the globe, but today the Indian Ocean is Ground Zero. The South China Sea is ...more »
*Chuck Wild, "Liquid Mind, Dream Ten”* "Liquid Mind" (aka Chuck Wild) originally wrote this music to deal with the anxiety and stress of overwork and the serious illness of friends. The gentle ebb and flow of the music has an immediate "slowing down" effect, providing a serene escape from tension-filled days. Ideal for stress relief, falling asleep at night and to enhance meditative and therapeutic practices. There are few composers with as much love for slowness in their music as Wild. Chuck draws from classical and pop influences as varying as Beethoven and Brian Eno, Bartok and ...more »
The World Bank have released a report saying that the current large-scale mass migration happening around the world, could have a positive effect in the global economy in the coming decades. The report, titled Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, says that mass migration will “reshape economic development for decades and, while posing challenges, offers a path to ending extreme poverty and shared prosperity”. Businessinsider.com reports: In a statement, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said “With the right set of policies, this era of demographic change can be an engi...more »
*Reuters:* *Pope Francis, anti-nuclear activists among Nobel Peace Prize contenders* Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favorites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday's announcement. The Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was named as a leading contender for the $972,000 prize by Norway's state broadcaster NRK and by Nobeliana, a website run by historians who specialize in tracking the award. NRK said Pope Francis' opposition to nuclear weapons boosted his chances, alongside his help in brok...more »
*by Ken* Yesterday ThinkProgress's Judd Legum put together a smashing post called "5 Indefensible Tweets From The NRA Since The Oregon Gun Massacre." Basically here I'm passing on Judd's post with just a few notes of my own added. But afterward, I'll have something to say about one of these tweets from NRA TinyPenisWorld which I find kind of staggering. First, let's let Judd set his piece up: After a mass shooting, the NRA traditionally goes silent for a period of time. In the case of the gun massacre in Oregon, the NRA stopped tweeting on Thursday, October 1 at 1:44 p.m., shortl...more »
“The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The brightest three stars on the far left are indeed the famous three stars that make up the belt of Orion. Just below Alnitak, the lowest of the three belt stars, is the Flame Nebula, glowing with excited hydrogen gas and immersed in filaments of dark brown dust. *Click image for larger size.* Below the frame center and just to the right of Alnitak l...more »
*“95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness”* by Marc “At the cusp of a new day, week, month or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go. It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our long-term goals and happiness. The questions below will help you with this process. ...more »
*“Very, Very, Very, Very, Very...”* by Chet Raymo "In a short story that was published posthumously in the New Yorker, the inestimable Primo Levi meditated on the limits of language. The story was called “The Tranquil Star.” He writes "The star was very big and very hot, and its weight was enormous," and realizes immediately that the adjectives have failed him: “For a discussion of stars our language is inadequate and seems laughable, as if someone were trying to plow with a feather. It's a language that was born with us, suitable for describing objects more or less as large and lo...more »
*"You Reading This, Be Ready"* "Starting here, what do you want to remember? How sunlight creeps along a shining floor? What scent of old wood hovers, what softened sound from outside fills the air? Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now? Are you waiting for time to show you some better thoughts? When you turn around, starting here, lift this new glimpse that you found; carry into evening all that you want from this day. This interval you spent reading or hearing this, keep it for life. What can anyone give yo...more »
*"Sharing Grief: Opening to Receive Comfort"* by The DailyOM "Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability helps create truly close bonds. When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge to withdraw from life. It may seem like remaining withdrawn will keep us protected from the world, but during these times it is important to reach out to those trusted and precious people who care about us the most. Even with our best information and reasoning, we never know when someone else’s experience or perspective can give us...more »
*“Afraid To Change”* by Paulo Coelho "We are afraid to change because we think that, after much effort and sacrifice, we know our present world. And even though that world might not be the best of all worlds and even though we may not be entirely satisfied with it, at least it won’t give us any nasty surprises. We won’t go wrong. When necessary, we will make a few minor adjustments so that everything continues the same. We see that the mountains always stay in the same place. We see that fully-grown trees, when transplanted, usually die. And we say: ‘We want to be like the mounta...more »
"If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - what would you tell him to do? I don't know. What could he do? What would you tell him? To shrug." - Francisco D'Anconia
*"Kevin McCarthy Enters Rehab After * *Admitting Struggles with Nouns, Verbs"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has entered rehab to deal with his “struggles with nouns and verbs,” an aide to the congressman has confirmed. According to the aide, McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House because his difficulties with those two parts of speech had “spiralled out of control.” “There was an intervention, in which people who care about the congressman sat him down and showed him video of himself talking,” th...more »
[image: A girl prays during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015, for ten people killed and seven others wounded in a shooting at a community college in the western US state of Oregon. The 26-year-old gunman, identified by US media as Chris Harper Mercer, was killed following a shootout with police.] WASHINGTON -- There’s the cycle of poverty. There’s the cycle of violence. And then there’s the cycle of gun talk. It starts with a mass shooting. Gun-control advocates blame the deaths on gun-control opponents, who argue, in turn, that none of...more »
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin *Michael Auslin, Wall Street Journal*: *This Is What Escalation Looks Like* *Russia mobilizes in Syria while China militarizes the South China Sea, filling a power vacuum created by an absent America.* Vladimir Putin’s air forces are deliberately targeting U.S.-backed Syrian rebels. China is building islands in disputed waters in the South China Sea and militarizing them with airfields, ports and antiaircraft and radar sites. This is what escalation looks like. Either the Obama administration responds to the danger o...more »
*Jill Dougherty, CNN:* *Analysis: Putin's Syria operation is a bid to regain status as major global player* (CNN)On Russian TV -- breathtaking video of missiles launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, streaking into the night sky, racing almost a thousand miles to their targets in Syria, exploding, the reporter boasts, no more than nine feet from their targets. Russia's surprise strategy in Syria, a ruthless triad of military attack, diplomatic maneuvering and verbal broadsides against the West, has shocked the United States and its allies. *Commentaries, Analysis, And Ed...more »
[image: Pumpkin Pie - 400] Ready to do some Thanksgiving shopping? Though the holiday is still 46 days away, experts are saying if you wish to have homemade pumpkin pie, you might want to grab a can or two of the pureed stuff ahead of... Continue reading *“Looking Forward to Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie? You Should Buy This Key Ingredient Now”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Paul Ryan - 400] House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly asked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to “step up” and run to replace him, as House Republicans entered into a new phase of turmoil Thursday. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reported that Boehner reached out to Ryan... Continue reading *“Report: John Boehner is Asking Paul Ryan to ‘Step Up and Be Speaker’”* at *businessinsider.com*.
*“Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.” *~ Robert J. Hanlon Lindsay Perigo likes Fox. *Formidable Fox* – Lindsay Perigo, SOLO “If we're tallying the social costs of obesity, what should we make of this one? ‘Obese men make more money than their slimmer counterparts…’” *Obesity and Income* – Eric Crampton, OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR “The drop in Maori teenage birth is quite phenomenal. Though untested, the Youth Parent Payment reforms must be a factor.” *Bennett's biggest contribution* – LINDSAY MITCHELL “Our idea for flexibly respondin...more »
TODAY’S NEWS STORIES AND THEIR SOURCE LINKS PSA: Million Man March to expose 9/11 this weekend in Washington DC. https://www.justiceorelse.com/ *US slams Putin for fighting al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria* 1) Russian Air Force hits 50 ISIS targets in Syria over 3 days ‘significantly’ damaging militants https://www.rt.com/news/317505-air-force-terrorists-raqqa/ 2) Brzezinski to Putin: Stop hitting OUR al-Qaeda or it’s World War III http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/10/06/zbig2putin/ 3) US complains as Russia bombs its terrorists http://www.activistpost.com/2015/10/us-complains-as-russia-bo...more »
[image: Bill Cosby] NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC News correspondent Kate Snow says that bringing 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a Dateline NBC special Friday took on an importance beyond the individual cases. Snow said that many...more »
*"The Lowest Interest Rates in 5,000 Years…"* by Bill Bonner SANTORINI, Greece – “Gods were gods. Men were men,” explained our tour guide, Spiros. “The ancient Greeks thought there was a difference. Men had to realize they weren’t gods. They couldn’t do the things gods could do. If they tried, it provoked a disaster. The gods got jealous and punished them.” What has changed? There are still things humans can and can’t do. When men get too big for their britches, the gods still punish them. *A Dangerous Spot: *The disaster we were looking at had nothing to do with the hubris of m...more »
*CNN:* *Syrian official says 'wide-scale offensive' launched* (CNN)The Syrian regime, which had appeared earlier this year to be on the ropes, has "launched a wide-scale offensive," a senior military official said Thursday. The aim is "eliminating the terrorist groups and liberating the areas and towns that have suffered from terrorism and its crime," Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, the Syrian army chief of staff, said on state media, Ayyoub provided no details of the area in which the offensive is being launched or its size and scope. But he acknowledged the key role being played by R...more »
[image: Planned Parenthood - 400] A former Planned Parenthood employee told lawmakers Thursday that she had first-hand knowledge that the organization has billed the federal government for abortion-related ultrasounds and medications, in violation of federal law. Susan Thayer, who spent 17 years working as a... Continue reading *“Planned Parenthood Billed Medicaid for Abortion Services, Ex-Employee Testifies”* at *thehill.com*.
[10/8/15, 1:09:31 AM] *Terran: AK: I was once told the Frank Herbert novel series Dune was actually a channeling of events that occurred in Sirius. Is there anything to that?* [10/8/15, 1:10:44 AM] *DEAR ONE/AK/TERRAN THE DUNE STORY IS INDEED A CHANNELING. THE DETAILS WERE QUITE EMBELLISHED BY THE PUBLISHER, BUT THE 'ORIGINAL' MANUSCRIPT WAS INDEED THE CORRECT DATA. IN LOVEJOY. DATA COLLECTORS END.* [10/8/15, 1:11:30 AM] Terran: *AK: Were any of Source Fource involved in that?* [10/8/15, 1:13:46 AM] *DEAR ONE/AK/TERRAN. NO THERE IS NO CONNECTION OF A SOURCE FOURCE ENERGY/ESSENC...more »
It caters for all tastes. The smells appeal to some and turn others off. It can and is served up overcooked and underdone. What's baking in the oven? Ideology. In a Britain-shaped tin. For the first time last night, the residents of Chateau BC turned the dial to BBC One for the grand final of *The Great British Bake Off*, a phenomenon that's less a popular TV programme and more a cult for the 13.4m people who watched it. Having studiously avoided it, as a (former) non-watcher *GBBO* is impossible to escape. The show plays a fantastic Twitter game, the press are obsessed, and the *...more »
Navy inbound: According to officials, the U.S. Navy will send warships within a 12-nautical mile radius of artificial islands in the South China Sea. One of them is pictured above *Daily Mail:* *U.S. Navy 'will sail warships' through contested waters around Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea* * Pentagon is due to dispatch vessels to as a symbolic gesture * Ships are due to pass within 12-mile zone which U.S. doesn't recognize * Anonymous Navy officials said the mission will take place 'within days' The United States Navy is set to dispatch warships to disputed waters i...more »
. . By Brenda Norrell Censored News Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez . Oct. 8, 2015 -- Censored News celebrates the release of our brothers, Vicam Yaqui Spokesmen Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez from prison. They were falsely imprisoned for one year in Sonora, Mexico. This video explains the right of Yaqui in Sonora to 50 percent of Rio Yaqui, the Yaqui River, water now being
During a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday, the NATO secretary-general said that the alliance was prepared to send ground troops to protect Turkey following violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets. Jens Stoltenberg, said that the organisation intended to “send a clear message” to show that the world’s most powerful military alliance was prepared to act in defence of its citizens. “Nato will defend you, Nato is on the ground, Nato is ready,” he said. Nato is able and ready to defend all allies, including Turkey, against any threat,” Mr Stoltenberg continued ...more »
Two leading charities have claimed that children have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of snuff films at the hands of vile paedophile networks. Although many of the incidents took place years ago, experts are sure that such ritual abuse rings still operate. The Daily Express reports: One campaigner said he had heard of babies born but never registered, so they would not be missed when killed by secret paedophile networks. The existence of such terrifying cults is said to have gone unchecked in Scotland for decades, with victims facing ...more »
[image: Ten Commandments - 400] Ten Commandments monuments stand outside courthouses and statehouses all across the USA. They go back to the beginning of our country. This is fitting, since the legal structure of the Western world is built on those ten commandments. For the... Continue reading *“Ten Commandments in Oklahoma”* at *catholicvote.org*.
I've noticed a couple inconsistencies with atmospheric conditions across the TEPCO cams 1 and 4. Usually there exists close correspondence in atmospheric steam and camera distortion levels across the cams. The last couple of days I noticed there was a disjuncture, which I noted in my blogs. PhillipUpNorth posted a comment at Enenews which may help explain the recent divergence in atmospheric conditions across the cams: PhilipUpNorth October 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm Log in to Reply Unit 1 Ruins Roof panels have been completely removed. "October 5, 2015 Tepco has removed all roof panels...more »
Hey, world, step right up: American weapons are available for (nearly) everyone. By Murray Polner | The Rag Blog | October 8, 2015 So who won the “war” about the Iran Agreement? Millions were spent for a stream of ads … finish reading Murray Polner : The Iran deal and the new, U.S.-inspired Middle Eastern arms race
*TASS:* *Number of militants in Afghanistan up to 50,000 people — Russian General Staff* The core is the Islamic Movement Taliban with more than 40,000 militants, Russian General Staff head Army General Valery Gerasimov says MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. The number of militants in Afghanistan stands at up to 50,000 people, united into more than 4,000 units and groups, Russian General Staff head Army General Valery Gerasimov said on Thursday. "There are currently up to 50,000 militants in Afghanistan united into more than 4,000 units and groups of different kinds. The core is the Islam...more »
-by Denise Sullivan "For those of us who are progressive, who believe the City of San Francisco should work for everyone, it's a difficult time to be at City Hall…it's a difficult time to be in that building," said Supervisor David Campos, last weekend as he helped to launch Vision SF, a grassroots group primed to reclaim San Francisco from the forces of greed, corruption and narcissism that have poisoned municipal waters. Representing the Mission, the City's Latino cultural district and locus of its housing crisis, Supervisor Campos brought the additional dimension of the broke...more »
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015How could they know it was true:* If you’re a student of press criticism, the Dowd/Biden story provides a rare chance to do some pundit-watching. Never have so many pundits played it so dumb in so many ways. In part, pundits are ducking the role of the New York Times in this peculiar episode. Consider: It’s mid-July, 2015. Joe Biden tells Maureen Dowd a story about his late son, Beau Biden. Or maybe Hunter Biden told Dowd, saying he was in the room when the conversation in question occurred. At any rate, someone tells Dowd an unusual story—a story with a...more »
[image: Data Access - 900] A bill before Congress that politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington praise for strengthening civil liberties may actually protect Internet giants like Google and hand federal bureaucrats the power to subpoena every American's email without first getting...more »
*Reuters:* *Taliban leadership issues likely to delay Afghan peace talks: U.S. commander* Disarray within the Taliban leadership could delay peace talks with the Afghan government for a few months, but up to 70 percent of the militant group may ultimately be reconciled with Kabul, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan predicted on Thursday. "I think it's going to take a good couple of months before we see them kind of back to any kind of peace negotiation," U.S. Army General John Campbell told a hearing of the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. "I thi...more »
. By International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Censored News Peter Clark, Co-Director, International Leonard Peltier Defense email@example.com NLG Urges Pres. Obama to Free Leonard Peltier Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in coordination with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) sent a letter urging President Obama to grant
The gullible people of Canada are indeed about to cast their ballots in a Federal "election" on October 19th, 2015... On that day some 25+ Million eligible voters across this once free land will indeed vote for either the continuing tyranny and enslavement of the criminal Harper regime and its Conservative party cronies, or to vote for freedom..... I have long pointed out how truly criminal the Harper regime is in this once free nation... Canada used to have so much pride in truly being a beacon for other nations to emulate.. However, under the criminal Harper regime, most freedoms ...more »
Zbigniew Brzezinski’s assertion that Washington should retaliate if Russia did not stop it’s airstrikes against US assets in Syria is a “stunning admission” of the role America has played in the Syrian crisis, says American scholar Dr. Kevin Barret. Barrett is a founding member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance and he made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on Brzezinski’s recent article about Russia in the Financial Times. Press TV reports: Brzezinski advised President Barack Obama to attempt to disarm the Russians if they keep attackin...more »
Until recently the non-profit corporate parasites feeding off Gates cash, along with the education industry profiteers feeding off the taxpayers, were waging a public relations campaign to have Memphis known nationwide as Teacher Town. What sadness, particularly when thousands of real teachers have been replaced by the clueless temps from Teach for America and the fundamentalist missionaries from the Memphis Teacher Residency. But despite all the ads, blogs, tweets, TFA propaganda, and endless FB posts crafted to appeal to unemployed millennials looking for the meanest kind of occu...more »
[image: Hipsters - 900] There are many objections to the alliance of Christians and conservatives. Indeed, we see growing movements to sever the links between faithful Christians and the political right in America. Some proponents of the "Benedict Option" advise conservative Christians to stop "voting Republican."...more »
*Joshua Keating, Slate*: *Are the U.S. and Russia Fighting Against Each Other in Syria?* The skies over Syria are getting very crowded. The Pentagon says that some time in the past few days, two U.S. aircraft were diverted in order to maintain safe flying distance with Russian jets. U.S. pilots are under orders to maintain a 20 nautical mile distance from any Russian plane, a limit that has been tested several times already since Russia started flying missions over the country in the last few weeks. After last month’s news that Russia would be sending troops to Syria in an effort ...more »
Partisanship is at best silly, at times ugly, and right now it's bloody dangerous. Since PMSHithead got his minority I've been imploring the Fucking Useless Opposition® (FUO) to get their act together and actually OPPOSE this government's destruction of Canada. You know, like they're supposed to do. But no. They'd rather bash each other. And now, we've got perhaps the LAST CHANCE to boot Stephen Harper and his band of vandals, and they're bashing each other even harder. The majority of Canadians could Cambellize the hated Harperoids, if only the FUO® would co-operate with each ot...more »
*Karen DeYoung, Washington Post*: *Russia’s Syria intervention may force choice on Obama: Act or yield* Russia’s military moves in Syria are fundamentally changing the face of the country’s civil war, putting President Bashar al-Assad back on his feet, and may complicate the Obama administration’s plans to expand its air operations against the Islamic State. So far, the administration has not budged in its twofold strategy — direct airstrikes against the Islamic State and significant aid for those fighting against it, and a push for negotiations to end what has been the largely s...more »
*NOW Lebanon:* *'Tank massacre': Rebels hit Syrian forces hard after initial offensive* The Syrian government's massive offensive in northern Hama has suffered an initial setback after multiple armored vehicles were destroyed in a melee of anti-tank guided-missile fire that activist media dubbed a "tank massacre." The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported that rebel fighters in the north Hama region had met the joint Russian-Syrian assault by targeting the attacking regime forces on the ground "with US-made TOW missiles … [and] other guided rockets, which caused the destruc...more »
[image: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Janet Jackson, Steve Miller, Chicago and The Cars are among the first-time nominees being considered for induction next year in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cheap Trick, Los Lobos, Chaka Khan and James Brown’s...more »
[image: ISIS - 400] The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group released a video on Sunday that concluded with a message for "America, the defender of the cross.” "Convert to Islam, and no harm will befall you," the narrator said, "but if you refuse,... Continue reading *“ISIS Video Warns US: ‘Convert to Islam’ or ‘You Will Have to Pay the Jizya Tax’”* at *cnsnews.com*.
[image: farmers - 400] An Illinois community came together to help a man with terminal cancer harvest 450 acres of corn. Jason Bates writes in a lengthy Facebook post that his cousin Carl Bates has terminal cancer and doesn't have much time left to... Continue reading *“Farmers Harvest Hundreds of Acres in One Day to Help Friend with Terminal Cancer”* at *fox59.com*.
*Kingsley L. Dennis* - People cannot be fully trusted to say and do what they think is right if others around them are all expressing an opposite opinion. The post Free Thought vs. Social Conformity appeared first on Waking Times.
By Paul Homewood Another special request! We constantly hear how rapidly our climate is changing, yet in reality the changes are so small and spread out over such long periods that we simply would not notice them if we had not been told. This is particularly so when the long term changes are […]
*CNN:* *U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran* Washington (CNN)A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known. It's unclear where in Iran the missiles landed. The Russian ships have been positioned in the south Caspian Sea, meaning the li...more »
[image: Bobby Jindal - 900] Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed his national tax plan Wednesday, which would eliminate the corporate, estate and alternative minimum tax while requiring all Americans to pay some federal income tax. The 2016 hopeful would eliminate four of the seven income brackets --...more »
This is the third and final article in a series by John R. Thomas, Jr., a lawyer at Gentry Locke who represents whistleblowers in a variety of False Claims Act cases. His first article discussed the background of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and how it might apply to scientific misconduct, and his second article […] The post So you want to be a whistleblower? Part III appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*AFP*:* Syria army in 'vast offensive' backed by Russian strikes* Beirut (AFP) - Syria's army announced Thursday a "vast offensive" to wrest back territory from armed opposition groups, as NATO voiced alarm at escalating Russian military activity in the war-torn country. Moscow has dramatically stepped up its nine-day-old air war against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, with heavy bombing by warplanes and cruise missile strikes from the Caspian Sea. A Syrian general said the Russian intervention had weakened the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group and other armed opponents of...more »
Russia has sent jamming equipment to Syria that could blind NATO pilots in a move that is bound to further escalate the stand-off in the Middle East. The sophisticated system can disrupt surveillance by drones, satellites or western early warning aircraft. US officials have confirmed the presence of the Krasukha-4 system which has been spotted at a Syrian airfield being used by Russian fighter jets The Australian reports: It has a range of 300km, can also disrupt the systems of radar-guided missiles and would allow Russia to enforce a no-fly zone over President Assad’s military. Ru...more »
By Paul Homewood By special request! Willybamboo has asked me to have a look at climate trends in Nebraska, for a seminar being organised by the University there. So, let’s start with temperature trends. For most of this analysis, I will be using data from the USHCN site at Minden, which is […]
*“The problems we face, did not come down from the heavens. They are made, they are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.” ~ Bernie Sanders* *There is a reason that Bernie Sanders has surged ahead in the Presidential Primary Polls and that Britain's Jeremy Corbyn has done the same thing in the UK ~ it's people power and it won't be stopped. **The honesty of * *Bernie** Sanders** is a lifeboat in a sea of political deception and lost hope and soon he will be joined by the UK's Jeremy Corbyn as a worldwide co...more »
[image: Lincoln monument] A coalition of eminent legal scholars led by Princeton philosopher Robert George, and organized by the American Principles Project, issued a statement on October 9 calling for "Constitutional resistance" at every level of government to the judicial decision "Obergefell v....more »
*VOA*: *NATO Slams Russia's 'Troubling Escalation' in Syria* After noting the "troubling escalation" of Russia's military activities in Syria, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance agreed Thursday to double the size of its rapid response force, to 40,000 troops. Stoltenberg's comments came a day after Moscow launched cruise missiles as part of an intensified air campaign against Syrian rebels. He was heading a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, where Russia's intervention in the Syrian civil war was high on the agenda. *MIDDLE EAST* Syria army in '...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/mark-group-and-climate-energy-two-clean-energy-firms-go-bust-because-of-tory-u-turn-a6686321.html Take away the subsidies and see what happens.
◆ “We are game-playing, fun-having creatures, we are the otters of the universe. We cannot die, we cannot hurt ourselves any more than illusions on the screen can be hurt. But we can believe we’re hurt, in whatever agonizing detail we want. We can believe we’re victims, killed and killing, shuddered around by good luck and bad luck.” “Many lifetimes?” I asked. “How many movies have you seen?” “Oh.” “Films about living on this planet, about living on other planets; anything that’s got space and time is all movie and all illusion,” he said. “But for a while we can learn a huge amount a...more »
[image: Genesis 1-1] (RNS) You don't have to believe in God or identify with any religion to see a creator's hand in human life and morality, suggests a new survey. LifeWay Research's overall finding -- that most Americans believe there is a creator who designed...more »
[image: Ben Carson2 - 400] Fresh off of his contentious debate about abortion with the women of "The View," presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson touted traditional families on Wednesday, saying that "intact traditional families with traditional intact values do much better in terms of raising children." Carson, a... Continue reading *“Ben Carson Takes Aim at ‘PC Police Who Say Every Lifestyle Is Exactly of the Same Value’”* at *theblaze.com*.
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[image: VW Beetle - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen’s top U.S. executive apologized Thursday as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world’s largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public’s trust. “On behalf of our company, my colleagues in Germany and...more »
[image: Concord H.S. Nativity] Atheists are suing an Indiana school district over a live nativity that is a staple in an annual high school Christmas show, calling the scene a "coercive" representation of an "endorsement of religion" and seeking its removal. An unnamed high... Continue reading *“Atheists Demand Removal of Biblical Scenes in High School Christmas Play”* at *theblaze.com*.
*Deushe Welle*: *NATO ready to defend Turkey as Russia continues military operation in Syria* NATO defense ministers are to consider the implications of Russia's military activities in Syria. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the organization was ready to deploy forces if needed. Russia's military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad has brought a strong response from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization: "NATO is able and ready to defend all allies, including Turkey, against any threat," NATO's Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. NATO is holding a mee...more »
Artist Russell Wray has been working non-stop this week to get his dolphin (Maka) ready for our Maine Peace Walk which starts tomorrow in Ellsworth. We heard on Monday that the mini-school bus we were going to use as our walk shuttle recently broke down so we were in scramble mode. Russell found a rental 15-seat van in Bangor for our 16-day walk at the rate of $1,200. He took it home and had to quickly redesign Maka's mounting device to fit the new dimensions of the van - as well as having to weld a borrowed roof rack for it to sit on. He still has yet to figure out how to hang ...more »
*Animated visualization of the startling decline of Arctic sea ice, showing the minimum volume reached every September since 1979, set on a map of New York with a 10km grid to give an idea of scale. As it plays, note the sudden drops in 1992, 1995, 2006 and 2012. Collapses aren't linear (source).* *by Gaius Publius* I've written before about Arctic sea ice and how the area encompassed by ice at the end of summer is shrinking. For example, in this piece, which contained this age-of-ice graphic: *Graphic showing that Arctic ice is getting younger and younger. Today there is much le...more »
Days after the Nobel peace prize winner Barack Obama has flattened the Afghani hospital of a fellow Nobel peace prize winner, Doctors Without Borders, the prospective Nobel peace prize winner Angela Merkel has made some new insane statements meant to increase her chances to win the 2015 Nobel peace prize for having caused the worst migration wave in Europe since the end of the Second World War. The Telegraph has reported her offensive claims in the article Angela Merkel attacks east European leaders for ignoring their past over refugees Before I get to her explicit statements, I wa...more »
[image: 1Kevin-McCarthy] WASHINGTON (AP) -- With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos. Lawmakers said they were thunderstruck...more »
*USA Today:* *U.S. hero of French train attack stabbed in Calif.* Spencer Stone, one of the American heroes who stopped a terrorist attack on a French train in August, was stabbed multiple times early Thursday in downtown Sacramento and is in stable condition, the U.S. Air Force confirmed to USA TODAY. "A1C Spencer Stone has been transported to a local hospital, and is currently being treated for injury," Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Karns said in an email in Air Force Times. Sacramento police, without naming the victim, said on Twitter: "The assault incident is not r...more »
This is Ben Carson's idea of what to do in a mass shooting scenario: Offer up oneself as a bullet catcher for the common good and take several for Team Z (and maybe do a few lively steps from *West Side Story* in the act of dying). Does this lunatic Carson think we live in *The Walking Dead*? That the answer to mass shootings is to make their job easier and rush at them simply because of superiority in numbers? The Persians had superiority in numbers and look what the Spartans did to them at Thermopylae. Ben Carson is simply the most brainless brain surgeon like Bill F...more »
A few weeks ago, a poll asked people what were the first words that they thought of when they heard the names of the various presidential candidates. For Hillary Clinton, "liar" and "untrustworthy" ranked high. Many commentators saw this result as a problem for her. I bring this up now because Clinton just came out against the TPP trade deal, even though the Obama administration strongly favors it and Clinton previously favored it. I don't know of any poll of economists on TPP, but an overwhelming majority of the profession agrees that "Past major trade deals have benefited most ...more »
The inconsistent atmospheric conditions in webcam imagery prevail again today, with unit 4 cam looking steamy while unit 1 cam looks very clear. The most interesting screenshot though is from yesterday when I watched the waves crash next to the Fukushima plant on the TBS cam A while ago one of the webcam watchers suggested the waves were actually coming around the building. That could be the case given the wave I captured below was a small one compared to some of the others that were coming in:
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: Congress probing U.S. spy agencies' possible lapses on Russia* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there, U.S. congressional sources and other officials told Reuters. A week after Russia plunged directly into Syria’s civil war by launching a campaign of air strikes, the intelligence committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives want to...more »
[image: Ahmed Mohammed - 400] On Wednesday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly reported on a "disturbing new twist" in the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who became an overnight celebrity after officials at his high school took precautions and treated his homemade... Continue reading *“Megyn Kelly Analyzes ‘Disturbing New Twist’ Involving ‘Clock Kid’ Ahmed Mohamed’s Father”* at *theblaze.com*.
Jeremy Corbyn declined an invitation to a ceremony today to join the Privy Council. The Labour leader was expected to be sworn in to the prestigious body, which involves kneeling in front of the monarch and kissing her hand while swearing an oath of allegiance. Some reports indicated that Mr Corbyn was on holiday, though his spokesman said said he could not attend today due to a diary clash However, Corbyn is due to be made a member of the advisory body to the Monarch Thursday afternoon, despite turning down the request to attend in person. The Mail Online reports: He could join thro...more »
*The latest "threat" from global warming: low birth weight* *These "threats" seem to emerge almost daily. There must be thousands by now. There seems to be no bad thing that is not caused by global warming. And the study below is typical. The authors had in fact NO information on global warming at all. What they found was that babies born in the hotter parts of Africa had lower birth weights than babies born in cooler parts of Africa. That's it! That's all they found. They tried to make it more complicated than that but that's what the report below boils down to.So, bo...more »
This just in: Quasi-contestant Joe Biden has hurt himself badly during rehearsals and might get kicked off the show even before his rumored debut this weekend. Since he was so instrumental in behind the scenes arm-twisting his former Congressional colleagues into granting Boss Obama fast track authority to negotiate the biggest corporate coup the world has ever known, there is no way he can turn such a giant pratfall into a graceful waltz to the White House. No matter that Bernie Sanders has been practicing and perfecting his own moves against the Trans-Pacific Partnership for years...more »
An environmental journal is retracting an article about the risks of pesticides to groundwater after determining it contained data that “the authors did not have permission (implicit or explicit) to publish.” According to the retraction note in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, the paper said the data came from a non-author’s PhD thesis, but it’s not there. […] The post Authors “did not have permission” to use pesticide data appeared first on Retraction Watch.
https://www.gofundme.com/FundCCNfor2016 The pursuit of a free, fair, just, sustainable world should be the focus of every person on our planet. The reason it is not is because people are kept distracted by the illusions and deceit propagated by the corporate controlled mainstream media. In recent years, the rise in truly informed, savvy researchers and journalists, who have all taken to the air in various capacities, has given rise to a new genre of media. Thanks to these brave truth seekers and information warriors, many people have been reached with information that would o...more »
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015Part 4—Contempt for our own voters too:* If our elites were capable of such states, we’d say that Ryan Lizza embarrassed himself last Friday. We’d say that Charles Blow was still playing the same silly game three days later. But then, what else is new? Is it true? Did Jeb Bush callously dismiss the Oregon shootings by callously saying, “Stuff happens?” If we want to be fair, if we want to be honest, well no, he pretty much didn’t. But then, who wants to be honest or fair within our own devolving tribe? It’s more fun to be dull-witted and lazy—to play the...more »
[image: French President François Hollande (left) shaking hands with Spencer Stone (center), and Alex Skarlatos (right).] SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on a French train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar early Thursday in what police said was...more »
[image: Caveman Using Tablet - 900] The smart folk at Grammarly -- an online grammar checker -- examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press. It helped that the grammar site’s findings confirmed the left’s most treasured...more »
Actually the Senator is using the opportunity to read Dr. Roy Spensor's views on climate change into the Senate record, in front of video cameras. The President Aaron Mair about views concerning Anthropogenic Global Warming skeptic Dr. Roy Speners. This is a discussion between two poorly informed people. Senator Cruz is using information that is ultimately derived from AFW an AGW skeptic, but which may have been further distorted by thrips through the Fox News propaganda machine, and the Senators staff and Presidential campaign organization. Mair appears to know almost as little...more »
[image: Beef in slaughterhouse] India is the world's largest exporter of beef and its fifth biggest consumer, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government wants a nationwide ban on cow slaughter and the beef trade, which is run mostly by Muslims. Akhlaq's murder has brought... Continue reading *“Pluralistic ‘Idea of India’ In Danger — Over Beef”* at *blogs.reuters.com*.
[image: Rupert Murdoch-300] Rupert Murdoch apologized Thursday morning for referring to "a real black president" in his praise of 2016 candidate Ben Carson. The media mogul had tweeted Wednesday: "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly... Continue reading *“Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for ‘Black President’ Tweet”* at *abcnews.go.com*.
http://www.blazingcatfur.ca/ Did Stephen Harper make his comments about banning niqabs from the public service because he was drawn off script? David Krayden writes: First off, there is no room for improvisation in a Stephen Harper script. When cabinet ministers receive their speaking notes from the PMO for a political event, what they get is a tightly-worded succession of talking points loosely linked by references to local dignitaries and the weather. Any digression from the core topic — congratulating the Harper government for i...more »
Baghdad, Anbar and Salahaddin account for the vast majority of the Islamic State’s car bombings, but Diyala has become a new target of the latest vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) campaign launched by IS in July. Today there is nearly a car bomb a week in that province. Diyala is important because it is not only a victim of the new IS wave, but it is also a base for attacks into Baghdad province as well. Since the new Islamic State car bomb campaign started, the number of those types of attacks has skyrocketed in Diyala. In June, there were just two VBIEDs in the ...more »
[image: climate change - 400] In his first reaction to the draft text that completely ignores the crucial issue of ‘equity’ and transparency of action, environment and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar said, “I would like to underline that the first draft text of the... Continue reading *“India Rejects Draft Text for UN Climate Deal”* at *timesofindia.indiatimes.com*.
A group of researchers in Hong Kong and China have lost a pair of papers on liver transplantation after concerns were raised about the “origin of images” in the two studies. The articles appeared in the American Journal of Transplantation in January and February of 2006, and came from the lab of S. T. Fan, […] The post Image issues force retraction of liver transplant papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
When the profiteers and venture paternalists moved into New Orleans to patch together their corporate system of schooling in the wake of Katrina, they had an opportunity to break the mold and create a socioeconomically-integrated and diverse system, or to design a corporate welfare system that mirrors the long held hierarchy based on unearned privilege, economic exploitation, and racial oppression. A new report from Stanford outlines clearly which road the corporate reform schoolers chose, and it was not the one less traveled by the predatory pedagogical pretenders. See charts bel...more »
President Barack Obama talks with staff during a meeting in the Oval Office, Aug. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *Washington Free Beacon:* *ABANDON SHIP: Obama’s Top Advisers on ISIS, Russia, and Cyber-Security Have All Resigned Over the Past Two Weeks* Last week, President Obama’s education secretary Arne Duncan announced that he was leaving at the end of the year. Far less attention has been paid to the string of other high-profile resignations that have rocked the administration since September 22, when Bloomberg reported that John Allen, the retired genera...more »
[image: Hacked graphic] A major security service provider has identified a group of 25 Iranian hackers that have been creating fake LinkedIn profiles in order to get hold of personal information from other users. The hackers, internally called Threat Group-2889, were attempting a large...more »
[image: Ted_Cruz_presses_Sierra_Club] Sen. Ted Cruz's questioning of Sierra Club President Aaron Mair turned contentious Tuesday, then went viral when the Texas Republican posted the nearly 10-minute exchange. Cruz repeatedly pressed Mair to address satellite data that found an 18-year pause in global...more »
Yes, while the world's attention has been purposely diverted elsewhere (as usual..) by the Russians taking care of business in Syria, the ongoing "refugee crisis" in Europe, and even the latest fraud shooting in Oregon, there indeed has been some shenanigans taking place in the world of economics and world trade... I am of course talking about the signing of the so called "Trans-Pacific Partnership" agreements.... Up here in Canuckleheadistan (what Canada has become....) the Jew spew media outlets are all talking about how "great" this latest trade agreement is without giving one io...more »
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/AXEL SCHMIDT *Politico*: *Merkel on migration: ‘We will manage’* Unlike critics, “I actually have to work out this problem,” says the German chancellor. BERLIN – Repeating the mantra “Wir schaffen das,” (“We will manage,”) German Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending her strategy on handling the refugee crisis against growing criticism. “Let’s just assume we all would declare that we will not manage it — then what?” she asked host Anne Will in a prime...more »
*Washington Free Beacon:* *Gen. Campbell: Iran is Arming the Taliban* Iran is providing financial and material support to the Taliban, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday. “At this level, I can tell you we have some reports that Iran has provided money, weapons—mostly in the west, in the Herat area—to the Taliban to fight Daesh [Islamic State],” Gen. John Campbell said. “So they’re supporting the Taliban right now—Iran is, with money and weapons,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) said. Campbell agreed, saying that he did not know the exact nature or scale of Iran...more »
by Mark Naison Some Historical Ironies Regarding Elite Support for Charter Schools in New York City One of the main reasons why many parents in low and moderate income communities send their children to charter schools- in spite of the scripting, intimidation, and rigid discipline many feature - is that most of these schools keep children from 7 AM to 7 PM. This is a huge boon to working parents, especially those who work more than one job to make ends meet. Neighborhood public schools who do not have fully funded after school programs cannot compete. Parents in the city's poo...more »
Sensibly, the *New York Times* is now calling for Congress to shut down the Benghazi Committee, as have many Members of Congress, including Rules Committee ranking member Louise Slaughter. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando went one step further and filed an ethics complaint today against Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Benghazi Committee chairman Trey Gowdy. Yesterday's *Times* editorial demanded that if the GOP refuses to disband the committee, they at least rename it "the Inquisition of Hillary Rodham Clinton" committee, although I think MSNBC's *Morning Joe* already h...more »
Moving is hard. We are moving our family next week and my 6-year-old is terrified to leave her friends. To help Alleviate her fears, I told her we could buy Best Friend necklaces so she and her friends will feel close even though they are far apart. The problem? There aren't just two friends, which is how most friendship necklaces are made. They aren't even the Three Musketeers, together they are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I looked but found it almost impossible to find a friendship necklace with for pieces and since we joke they are the Ninja Turtles, why not stay true to f...more »
*College Belatedly Learns Why Bathrooms Try To Keep Naked Men Away From Naked Women* *Even Leftists can learn from experience sometimes* A Toronto college is rolling back its use of gender-neutral bathrooms after two women at the school were victims of voyeurism by a man using a cell phone. Whitney Hall, a dormitory for University College at the University of Toronto, houses about 250 students and used co-ed bathrooms exclusively until recently. “Co-ed” means both men and women in the complex would use toilet and shower stalls right beside one another. Eventually, somebody took ...more »
[image: What's left of the "original" Harlem, 125th Street train station. Unlike the renovated, re-adorned, and oak-paneled Harlem 125th Street Station across the street, this part of the station sits dormant and abandoned. It's fate seems sealed underneath the elevated Metro North Railroad tracks above.] The prevailing social dogma of our time -- that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister -- has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination. Both sides ignore...more »
[image: Gaza missile strike] Lee brilliantly exposed the hypocrisy: "What I'm most curious about," he said after listening to Toner waffle for about three minutes, "is that this statement said the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes, which -- and... Continue reading *“AP Reporter Exposes Obama Admin Hypocrisy on Israel after Kunduz Bombing”* at *pjmedia.com*.
Morning Tweets ! Europe..... *Kathimerini English *@ekathimerini 3m 3 minutes ago Greek program won't succeed with tough austerity, says former IMF chief economist Blanchard http://dlvr.it/CNfTGk [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner 44s 44 seconds ago #Eurozone bonds rally on #ECB minutes. ECB says to frontload purchases to prepare for lower Dec liquidity. [image: Embedded image permalink] *RANsquawk* @RANsquawk 26m 26 minutes ago Nothing massively ground breaking in the #ECB minutes - full statement here: http...more »
RUSS BYNUM & JAY REEVESatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Rebecca Cox, right, and her daughter, Savannah Grace Cox, 8, watch her husband/daughter, Kevin Cox and family Dog Mack, go back into their home to retrieve food from the refrigerator on Woodland Dr. in Kingstree, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)] SUMMERTON, S.C. (AP) -- The pungent stench of mildew greeted Asiah Lewis when she came home to her apartment, her footsteps making squishing sounds on the carpet as she picked through soggy clothes piled on a bed and a lifted...more »
[image: Muslim rebel with automatic rifle and machine-gun belt] In a statement harkening back to the war against the Soviet Union 36 years ago in Afghanistan, fifty-five Saudi Wahhabi clerics have signed a call for jihad against Russia for its military intervention in Syria. America and the West are... Continue reading *“Saudi Clerics Declare Jihad on Russia for Bombing Syria”* at *brookings.edu*.
[image: woman at confession] Dear Synod Fathers, My husband and I were married in April 2008. Despite a lovely courtship and beautiful wedding, the first eighteen months of our marriage were terrible. Although we loved one another, we were unprepared for the daily compromises,... Continue reading *“How the Church Saved My Marriage”* at *firstthings.com*.
[image: Kunduz MSF hospital] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A day after President Barack Obama apologized for a tragic U.S. airstrike that killed at least 22 people at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in northern Afghanistan, the medical charity said Thursday it is...more »
[image: Italy Mountains-900] U.S. Army paratroopers conduct an airborne training operation in Pordenone, Italy, on Sept. 30, 2015. Thank you to the U.S. Army for protecting us and for sharing this majestic image with the public!
[image: Damaged buildings and a minaret are seen in the central Syrian town of Talbiseh, in Homs province. One opposition leader in Syria claimed that the Russian airstrikes “targeted civilians, not ISIS,” killing at least 37 people in Talbiseh.] BEIRUT -- NATO's secretary general warned Thursday of a "troubling escalation" in Russian military activities in Syria, saying the alliance stands firmly behind member Turkey even as Moscow pours more air and sea attacks into the fight. "NATO is able... Continue reading *“NATO Warns of ‘Troubling’ Russian Escalation in Syria”* at *washingto...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: U.S Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) meets with visitors in his office October 7, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Rep. Chaffetz is running in the race to succeed Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the front-runner in the race to become the next speaker, but he faces two Republican opponents who are trying to draw some of his support. Four-term Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah...more »
[image: Democratic fund-raising site] Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest congressional districts, and the party's elected officials are more responsive to the policy agenda of the well-to-do than to average voters.... Continue reading *“How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?”* at *mobile.nytimes.com*.
[image: Young Man Praying - 900] (RNS) According to early reports, Chris Harper Mercer, the alleged Oregon community college gunman, asked students to stand and state their religion before shooting them. Stacy Boylen, identified by CNN as the parent of a wounded student, said the killer...more »
I’ve been trawling through the interweb to find a video of Ghada Karmi’s bonkers appearance on Sky. I thought at least someone might have posted it on YouTube. No luck. The nearest I got was (via Yiftah Curiel’s Twitter) the identity of the charming JPost journalist who preceded her. Her name is Lahav Harkov. The other thing I stumbled across was that after her interview she had a Twitter spat with Dateline London’s favourite Algerian journalist Nabila Ramdani who ended up having to delete one of her more overtly antisemitic Tweets. Sorry, @NabilaRamdani. We still have proof tha...more »
We need to get rugs or carpet runners for Tala; she's slipping on the wood floors when she and Diego play. But with one heavy shedder and one heavy drooler, we're not too keen on buying nice rugs. While looking for something else at Ikea, we found a rug they were promoting: $17! They're not bad looking, either. I put the rug down, Tala immediately *ran* down the hall, retrieved her squishy bone toy from my office, *ran* back, and settled in for a chew. She saw that rug and she knew exactly what she wanted. For $17 each, we can cover a good portion of the floor with these babies, a...more »
'The Hague, Netherlands, October 7 - The International Criminal Court formalized today what many analysts have long assumed to be accepted International Law, ruling that the stabbing of Jews is a legitimate and legal act when undertaken to express political, social, economic, philosophical, religious, ethnic, or personal grievances.' Satire? Or believable? More here http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2015/10/icc-finds-stabbing-random-jews-legal.html
I only watched a few parts of a couple of episodes of Bake Off because I hate watching mini disasters; I’m quite overwhelmed with empathetic anxiety and trepidation when contestants gingerly carry their precariously wobbly and fragile creations over to the Joodges. Oh, imminent calamity! I’m thinking while watching through my fingers. No thanks. Congratulations to the winner Nadiya though. Her lemon-drizzle wedding cake was a masterful example of precision and artistry and Mary Berry said it tasted really lemony and delicious too. Double admiration for Nadiya for producing such...more »
The UK defence secretary said that Britain is to station troops in the Baltic states to shore up Nato’s eastern borders and deter Russian aggression. Michael Fallon announced the commitment at the quarterly meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels. The deployment is intended to reassure former Soviet bloc members in light of increased tension between Russia and Ukraine. The MoD has confirmed that about 100 British military personnel will be sent to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Guardian reports: He said the British troops would be “part of a more persistent presence by Nat...more »
Free Planet's series of IP3R or Intimate Painterly Personalised Photo Realism continues with Canadian artist Youqing (Eugene) Wang's very special, inconic, emblematic and *tasty-nosgtalgique* Jelly & Peanut Butter paintings.
[image: Israeli security forces and forensic police inspect the site of a stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian against an Israeli man in the city of Jerusalem on October 8, 2015. A 15-year-old Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli man in Jerusalem before being arrested, Israeli police said, the latest in a spate of knife attacks on Israelis. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)] JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian stabbed a Jewish seminary student in Jerusalem on Thursday as the Israeli prime minister barred all Cabi...more »
Now, here's the thing: The Mound of Sound has every right to be horrified at the significance of global warming. He knows more than I do about it. According to David Suzuki, only the Green Party platform appears to take the problem as seriously as it deserves to be. That's why MoS is voting Green. And good for him. I first took issue with him though, when he decided to pompously and self-righteously accuse anyone thinking of voting for any other non-harper party as being complete moral failures, and, in fact, immoral monsters. People who couldn't make themselves believe that Green...more »
A senior judge, MPs and a member of the royal family all supported a Church of England bishop who escaped prosecution for sexual abuse 22 years ago, the Old Bailey has heard on Wednesday. Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes, East Sussex and friend of Prince Charles, was jailed for 32 months after he admitted sexually abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992. RT reports: The judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, said he had taken account of the harm Ball had caused to his victims but also considered testimony of many who wrote in support of his character. When he was first accused by a vict...more »
By Paul Homewood http://polarbearscience.com/2015/10/07/sea-ice-is-not-a-stable-habitat-for-polar-bears-summarized-today-in-the-arctic-journal/#more-68291 Dr Susan Crockford, the Arctic mammal scientist, has this summary of her peer reviewed essay “The Arctic Fallacy: Sea Ice Stability and the Polar Bear”, published earlier this year. Here are the essential points, one by one: • Wide variations in spring sea ice habitat are a […]
I just finished reading John Steckley's "White Lies About the Inuit" (University of Toronto Press). The book itself is somewhat disappointing as a read but it does have some very helpful information to combat at least two (bizarre) myths: His chapter "Fifty-Two Words for Snow", debunks the popular myth that Inuit languages have a zillion words for snow - I thought "aput" was sufficient -- and discusses Inuit languages; and His chapter, "Elders on Ice", debunks the myth that elder Inuit were abandoned to die as being "useless mouths." This last myth is specially odd to anyone w...more »
Good mornin' Darlins!!! Solar Update- we still as being told there is zero flare activity right now- not even a C class flare in the past 4 days. But the Geomagnetic storm has increased, kp7 and is now a G3 "Strong" Geomagnetic Storm as of last night. there was also a filament that ripped off- SO said that it's not going to be geoeffective, but I disagree. We still have two major coronal holes directly facing earth and the solar wind speeds are still high..... I strongly suspect that you may want to keep something for headaches on hand today, be careful driving, and expect some fu...more »
[image: BreakPoint — Holding to God] JOHN STONESTREET (Breakpoint Radio) -- On Anastasia Boylan's fourth day in the Writing 115 class at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, an armed man wearing body armor shot the professor and demanded that any of the cowering students who...more »
The Daily Mail yesterday had this report that oddly has still not made it to the BBC's news reporting. Maybe the BBC only cover The Mail's reports when they involve a Conservative Prime Minister and porcine rumours. The Mail's report http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3262220/UK-charity-considers-cutting-aid-Jungle-Calais-visiting-camp-deciding-migrants-no-real-reason-leave-home-country.html starts thus: 'The Bradford-based Human Relief Foundation has been running a project to help the 'refugees' at the makeshift camp and previously claimed they were all 'fleeing war and sig...more »
https://youtu.be/yi_zUF7kjQ0 I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn has any comment to make about the actions of his 'friends', tricky as he can't even say the word Israel at the Labour Party Friends of Israel event at the Labour Party Conference.
*We again ask you to be brave and take a giant leap of faith and fear not, for the time of fear is drawing to an end when one looks at the over-all view of man's journey back to the Source of All Life.* *And, what is this Source? * *Love, of course. Once uncovered and accepted within the human heart, a great awakening will occur and many will again regain the joy of living that radiates and infiltrates all life when it is allowed to and accepted as the natural state of the human-being.* *Open your hearts just briefly to this possibility and feel what could be if only Mankind wou...more »
Free Planet is putting corporate politics and institutionalised global terror aside for the moment and 'accentuating the positive' i.e. more and more posts are about Art, and Artists. As it should be on a Free Planet where there are pontentially SEVEN BILLION OF US all wanting to make this world a better place with our own personal expression. A conscious return to *Creativity, Passion *and *Kinship*. Today's feature is an artist by the name of Jill Ann Whitney who uses what looks like coloured felt-tip pens: the systematic application of the felt-tip pen colour blocks add a real te...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *Report finds female Marines cannot meet some standards for special operations forces* A report conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps on integrating women into all military units concluded that even the top female troops likely cannot cut it in the special operations forces -- even though they typically have better disciplinary records and perform better at problem solving. A copy of the report, titled “United States Marine Corps Assessment of Women in Service Assignments,” was obtained by FoxNews.com. The 37-page document was pr...more »
*October 8, 2015* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - There have been now several alleged "violations" of Turkish airspace by Russian warplanes operating from within and across Syrian territory. Conflicting reports have come out regarding how these alleged violations are actually being interpreted and responded to by Turkey itself, with the United States and its well-oiled media machine claiming armed confrontation between the NATO member and Russia is imminent, while other sources claim Turkey and Russia are in close communication and apparent violations have been excused by Ankara. Depending ...more »
The eulogies for Denis Healey do slightly grate on me. I remember him as Chancellor of the Exchequer and his performance was as dismal as most Labour Chancellors. I wonder if people are remembering him only by the 'eyebrows' and the Mike Yarwood impression. In reality Denis Healey had been a member of the Communist Party. Had imposed high tax rates on 'the rich', not quite until until the pips squeaked. All but bankrupted the country with excessive public sector spending and general ineptitude. Had to run to the IMF to bail out the Country. A good question would be why an ex ...more »
As I listen to the BBC interview Conservatives including the Prime Minister, I do wonder why the Conservatives don't reply: Excuse me Evan/John/ANO, You keep saying that people are unhappy, that the country doesn't support these policies, but less than six months ago the Conservative Party won a General Election with an overall majority. If the Labour Party had cobbled together a coalition you'd be happy with that representing the country, so why not now? Are you biased against the Conservative Party? Then there are the people that the BBC invite to criticise Conservative annou...more »
*CNN: **Behind the scenes with the commander of Special Ops* Fort Bragg, North Carolina (CNN)Some days Special Operations missions in international hotspots end in success and accolades, as when SEAL Team Six took out Osama bin Laden. These are the missions that tend to be memorialized by Hollywood scriptwriters and shape the image of Special Ops forces in the minds of Americans. But some days end in tragedy and frustration. "The toughest day that I ever had was when we lost a helicopter with a (Navy) SEAL troop on it and a number of our Afghan partners," said Gen. Joe Votel, the...more »
*CNN:* *U.S. military is on its way to getting its Iron Man* (CNN)After an American commando died kicking in a door during a raid in Afghanistan, the top commander of U.S. Special Operations vowed to prevent similar tragedies. Two years later, the U.S. military is closer than ever to putting Iron Man on the front lines -- or at least something that closely mirrors the superhero's tech-forward suit of armor. Unlike Hollywood's, the suit won't give its operator the ability to fly, but the real-life body armor may have one leg up on the fictional version: The military's suit will be...more »
*Daily Mail:* *'I know how to defend myself': US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden hits back at ISIS death threats after jihadi revealed his home address online* * Rob O'Neill killed Al-Qaeda leader bin Laden during a 2011 raid in Pakistan * On Monday British jihadi dubbed Mrs Terror published his home address * Extremist called for 'brothers and sisters' to hunt and kill the Navy SEAL * O'Neill spoke about death threats saying: 'I know how to defend myself' The Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden has hit back at ISIS death threats after a jihadi posted his home address online a...more »
More than 120,000 Syrians now call Zaatari refugee camp home. BBC *Time:* *Refugee Camps Empty as Syrians Head for Europe* In early 2012, it was an anonymous patch of desert in the north of Jordan but by the end of 2013, it was a city of 156,000 Syrian refugees, the fourth biggest population center in the country. Now it has shrunk to almost one third of its former size as Syrians desperate for a better future migrate to other parts of the Middle East or attempt the dangerous journey to Europe. For those who made a successful business amid the despair, depopulation has hit them ha...more »
French President Francois Hollande (R) addresses the European Parliament as German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) listens during a debate on the current situation in the European Union and the way forward on migration and economic policies, in Strasbourg, France, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/VINCENT KESSLER *Reuters:* *Hollande warns of total war if MidEast conflict not solved* Europe must live up to the challenge of an upheaval that has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee Syria, where everyone including Iran, Russia and the West must seek a political solution, French Presid...more »
*Photo:* Army paratroopers with Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, snowshoe across the drop zone during Exercise Spartan Pegasus at Deadhorse, Alaska, Feb. 24, 2015. U.S. ARMY/Staff Sergeant Daniel Love *David Axe, Reuters:* *Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war* *President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Alaska helped draw attention to global climate change — and to the national-security tensions that could result from a warming Arctic region.* Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billio...more »
Why say “No” to a new UN Climate Treaty? 1. 25 years of Propaganda - The upcoming conference in Paris is the culmination of more than two decades of intensive (and very expensive) propagandizing and fear-mongering aimed at convincing the people of the world (especially in The West) that we must all submit to drastic global controls or face dreadful consequences from catastrophic anthropogenic (human- caused) global warming (CAGW). 2. Bogus ‘science’ collapsing -The Paris conference is probably the ‘last ditch stand’ for the climate alarmists because real ...more »
David Suzuki, on his eponymous website http://www.davidsuzuki.org/david/describes himself as David Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning *scientist*, environmentalist and broadcaster. and continues: He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the *complexities of the natural sciences* in a *compelling, easily understood way.* Compelling easily understood way? On a visit to Australia, as a self confessed scientist, he showed an amazing ignorance of some basics of climate science. We reported it under the heading Snake Oil...more »
*The Lancet Commissions * *Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health* *Critiqued b**y Dr D Weston Allen **MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Dip Phys Med* *INTRODUCTION:* *“The* *2015 Lancet Commission* *on Health and Climate Change,” *comprising 45 international multidisciplinary academics (29 PhD’s and one MD) headed by Nick Watts (MA), was “formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide.” It was released on 23 June and is freely available online...more »
*Heaven = full rivers and an empty KMT* *"...he wondered, even as the sword came butchering between his ribs, how he had ever thought that the East, whose essence was treachery, could ever stand."* O my. Last night beer and politics. The KMT is now in its death throes, which will likely continue for another couple of election cycles, and those of us who have long supported an independent, democratic, western-allied Taiwan are enjoying every minute of its drawn out exit. In the whole world there's not champagne enough to celebrate this. According to the KMT media organ, the KMT fin...mo
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