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Sunday, February 14, 2016

14 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

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A Hellfire Missile Mistakenly Sent To Cuba Has Been Returned To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
Hellfire missile mistakenly sent to Cuba has been returned to the U.S. (Photo : Twitter Photo Section) *CNN*: *U.S. missile inadvertently shipped to Cuba has been returned* Washington (CNN)The Cuban government has returned a missing U.S. missile sent to Europe for training but inadvertently shipped to Cuba, a State Department official said. "We can say, without speaking to specifics, that the inert training missile has been returned with the cooperation of the Cuban government," Mark Toner, the State Department's deputy spokesperson, told CNN on Saturday. "The department is rest... more »

RNC Filled The Food Fight Auditorium With Rubio And Cruz Supporters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 41 minutes ago
Last night the RNC seems to have limited the audience to Rubio and Cruz fans. Herr Trumpf was thoroughly boo-ed whenever he opened his mouth. I wonder if Priebus got his ideas about who to admit to the debate audience from Wasserman Schultz. The Rubio and Cruz fans also booed each other during the immigration cat fight. Trumpf kept calling Cruz a liar... in fact, eventually, they all started calling each other liars. I can't imagine any non-Republican could have watched this silly debate without noticing none of them is fit to be president. Did anyone think Herr Trumpf *wouldn'... more »

Turkey To Continue Military Strikes Against US-Allied Kurdish Fighters In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*VOA*: *Turkey to Extend Strikes on US-Allied Kurdish Fighters in Syria* Turkey says it will continue to target U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters on the Syrian frontier near its border, despite mounting international pressure on the Ankara government to stop the artillery bombardments. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, in telephone talks Sunday, told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Turkish forces will "not permit" the Kurdish People's Protection Units fighters (YPG), of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) "to carry out aggressive acts." Both France and the United States have ca... more »

The Population Rejoices (Scalia Dead!)  So Many Conspiracies, So Little Time

I want to know name, rank and serial number of everyone at that gathering. Including all the delivery vehicles on the property. Don't you? Details in Flux in Death of Justice Nino ScaliaThe facts surrounding the death of Associate Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, are in a state of continual flux. The question is why?The highly controversial Justice is reported to have died sometime

The Crisis In Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Venezuela’s Collapse Brings ‘Savage Suffering’* Dying infants, chronic power outages and empty shelves mark the world’s worst-performing economy CARACAS, Venezuela—In a hospital in the far west of this beleaguered country, the economic crisis took a grim toll in the past week: Six infants died because there wasn’t enough medicine or functioning respirators. Here in the capital, the crisis has turned ordinary life into an ordeal for nearly everyone. Chronic power outages have prompted the government to begin rationing electricity, darkening shopping malls. H... more »

Birchwood Trail in Winter

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 3 hours ago
I hadn't really planned to get out today for day 3 of the Great Backyard Bird Count partly because I had to get a jump on doing a few things in order to head back to work tomorrow. But given the mild weather we've been having lately, I couldn't help but take one more kick at the proverbially can. At this point I've seen most of what I can reasonably expect to see here for the time of year, but you never know. It's been some time before I walked the Birchwood Trail (a number of intertwining trails actually) and I had never done it winter before. I was also a little hesitant give... more »

FLASHBACK: In 2007, Schumer Called for Blocking All Bush Supreme Court Nominations

Blake Neff at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Charles Schumer - 900] During a Sunday morning appearance on ABC's This Week, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer decried the intent of many Senate Republicans to prevent President Barack Obama from appointing the successor to deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But less than a... more »

Does Your State Want to Replace Electoral College With Popular Vote for President?

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Voting Booths, Voters, Elections, America] An 11th state looks ready to join a national movement to sideline the Electoral College and decide presidential elections by popular vote. A bipartisan bill moving through the Arizona legislature aims to reallocate the state's 11 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins... more »

Presidents Obama And Putin Discuss Syrian Ceasefire And Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Kremlin: Obama called Putin to talk about Syrian cease-fire* TIRANA, Albania — President Obama and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin have agreed to intensify diplomatic and military cooperation to implement a cease-fire and the delivery of aid in Syria, the Kremlin said early Sunday. A statement from Putin’s office said that Obama initiated a telephone conversation between the two. The White House, which said the call took place Saturday, did not mention increased U.S.-Russia cooperation but said that Obama stressed the importance “of rapidly implementing human... more »

Did Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Martha Lanning Come From The Same Egg As Wasserman Schultz? Why Was The Debate Audience Filled With Clintonites?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
If you follow me on Twitter and *were* following me during the Democratic debate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on Thursday, you read what no mass media has covered, namely that the Hilary Cheat Machine had stacked the deck. It was easy, just 15 minutes after the debate began to see that on the particular liberal campus where in all likelihood not more than 20% of the Democrats can even stand the thought of Clinton, the auditorium was filled with Clinton shills who boisterously and enthusiastically applauded her every slimy attack on Bernie and her misleading statement. ... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: The Neoconservatives Are Brewing A Wider War In Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The Neoconservatives are brewing a wider war in Syria. Paul Craig Roberts: While you are enjoying your Sunday, the insane neoconservatives who control Western foreign policy and their Turkish and Saudi Arabian vassals might be preparing the end of the world. Any person who relies on Western media has no accurate idea of what is happening in Syria. I will provide a brief summary and then send you to two detailed accounts. The neoconservative Obama regime set-up the Syrian government headed by Assad for overthrow. A long propaganda campaign conducted in Washington’s behalf by the Weste... more »

The Stream’s John Zmirak Compares GOP Candidates to Past Presidents on The Joe Miller Show

The Joe Miller Show at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: John Zmirak on The Joe Miller Show] John Zmirak, prolific writer and senior editor of The Stream, analyzes the top three presidential candidates on the GOP side and compares each of them to past presidents. Courtesy of the Joe Miller Show | Restoring Liberty.

Steve Russell : New Hampshire Berning: The Nationalist and the Socialist

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
To win the general election against The Donald, Bernie would run a positive hope campaign against a negative fear campaign. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | February 14, 2016 If Vine Deloria, Jr. was correct when he claimed … finish reading Steve Russell : New Hampshire Berning: The Nationalist and the Socialist

Iran to the Rescue in Syria Plus: Roots of the Syrian Conflict

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 4 hours ago
*Eretz Israel as established by HaShem* *Where's Syria on this Map? You might well ask!* In yet another brilliant geopolitical chess move, Vladimir Putin has outsmarted the West on the Syria crisis. He has arranged for Russia's ally Iran to step up and defend Syria's air space if Turkey and Saudi Arabia follow through and invade...with boots on the ground...as they have threatened. There would not be the same international fall-out if Iran started bombing the invading Turkish and Saudi Armies...as if Russian planes were doing the bombing. USrael/NATO cannot complain too much if... more »

7/7 Ripple Effect

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

What Scalia Taught Us

Paul J. Larkin Jr. at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, April 7, 2004 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to Presbyterian Christian High School students in Hattiesburg, Miss. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79.] Antonin Gregory Scalia has died. For some, it is the painful loss of a husband or father. For those who knew him, it is the loss of a good friend. For law students, it is the loss of a justice... more »

Pope Warns Against Devil in Visit to Violence-Wracked Mexico

Nicole Winfield & Jacobo Garcia at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: In this photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, Pope Francis waves to people as he arrives to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Francis will celebrate Mass at the Basilica, considered the largest and most important Marian shrine in the world.] ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Mexicans to shun the devil and resist the temptations of wealth and corruption Sunday as he celebrated an open-air Mass for hundreds of thousands of people in this drug-and violence-riddled city on the...more »

Road To World War III Live Coverage: “MORE FIGHTING As Saudis and Turks Attack Syria”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*Live Coverage: “MORE FIGHTING As Saudis and Turks Attack Syria”* by U.S.Reporter "This article resumes our live coverage with updates every few minutes, which halted at Midnight eastern US time on 2-13 into 2-14." "Informed regime source: #Russia has decided to close all Syrian-Turkish border crossings by force." - https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/890 *What could possibly go wrong?*

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Why does the Sombrero Galaxy look like a hat? Reasons include the Sombrero's unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. *Click image for larger size.* Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actually globular clusters. M104's spectacular dust rings harbor many younger and brighter stars, and show intricate details astronomers don't yet fully understand. The very center o... more »

Chet Raymo, "Pigeons"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Pigeons"* by Chet Raymo "That old curmudgeon H. L. Mencken wrote: "The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind." Admitting that no one - including this writer - is immune to self-delusion, still it is hard for anyone who respects empirical evidence to argue with Mencken. Half of Americans believe in ghosts. Almost seventy percent believe in angels. More people believe in astrology than express interest in astronomy. Almost anything paranormal - ESP, UFOs, channeling, etc. - is deemed more interesting t... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Solitude Is Not The Absence of Love”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Solitude Is Not The Absence of Love”* by Paulo Coelho “Without solitude, Love will not stay long by your side, because Love needs to rest as well, so that it can journey through the heavens and reveal itself in other forms. Without solitude, no plant or animal can survive, no soil can remain productive for any length of time, no child can learn about life, no artist can create, no work can grow and be transformed. Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement. Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Incline Village, Nevada, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Fortune’s Fools"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Fortune’s Fools"* by Phil Rockstroh “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” — Miles Davis "As a general rule, musicians, artists, and writers, as well as those possessed of an ardor for self-awareness and a commitment to political activism have been advised to avoid a habitual retreat to comfort zones…to take note of the criteria that causes one’s pulse to quicken, brings flop sweat to the brow, causes sphincters to seize up, and delivers mortification to the mind. In order to quicken imagination and avoid banality, it is imperative to explore ... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke"Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, IV"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, IV"* "You who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing that is more than your own. Let it brush your cheeks as it divides and rejoins beside you. Blessed ones, whole ones, you where the heart begins: You are the bow that shoots the arrows and you are the target. Fear not the pain. Let its weight fall back into the earth; for heavy are the mountains, heavy the seas. The trees you planted in childhood have grown too heavy. You cannot bring them along. Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Saudi Arabia Establishes Joint Operations HQ With Turkey

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Saudi Arabia has set up a Joint Operations HQ with Turkey in anticipation of an invasion and are boasting that the Russians will fail to protect Syria’s President Bashar al Assad. As the Turkish army enters Syria, Saudi Arabia steps up the rhetoric by threatening an invasion of Syria, a country that has been ravaged by years of civil war following the Arab Revolution of 2011. Russia Insider reports: Saudis step up their rhetoric as Turkey shells Syria for second straight day: According to reports (not in English, but we will try to dig up a proper translation as soon as possible),... more »

Is America's Newest Aircraft Carrier Already Obsolete?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
USS Gerald Ford *Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest*: *The Most Expensive Warship Ever Built Might Already Be Close to Obsolete* The U.S. Navy’s latest and greatest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, when completed, will join the ranks of the world’s most advanced warships ever put to sea. It will carry an air wing with firepower second to none. It will be defended by some of the most powerful naval vessels on the planet. And yet, coming in at an astounding $15 billion dollars—the most expensive naval vessel ever—its time as the symbol of U.S. power projection and military d... more »

Is Northrop Grumman Building A Sixth-Generation Stealth Fighter Jet?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Motley Fool: Is Northrop Grumman Building a Super-Jet? Defense contractor kicks off the Super Bowl with an ad featuring a sixth-generation stealth fighter jet. *"There are those that see JSF as the last manned fighter. I'm one that's inclined to believe that."*-- Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff *"[The F-35] almost certainly will be the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly."* -- Ray Mabus, current Secretary of the Navy For years, U.S. military top brass has insisted that once Lockheed Martin finishes... more »

Is the Zika threat Overhyped?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*You just know it is! * Haven't had time for this one. But from the little I've heard and read. *This is over hyped*. No real connections have been made between the virus and the birth defects. There are many curious aspects about Brazil that need to be factored in. One being the attempts to oust the leader. Another being the heavy, heavy use of pesticides. Which are designed to attack the nervous system of insects in many cases. CAUSE AND EFFECT:“The alternative theory has also found support from the Brazilian Association for Collective Health, which named Pyriproxyfen as a likel... more »

UN Report: Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Hit Record High

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Afghanistan Had Record Number of Civilian Casualties Last Year, U.N. Says* KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban suicide attacks and a fierce battle for the northern city of Kunduz made 2015 the worst year for Afghan civilian casualties since the United Nations began tracking the data, officials said on Sunday, in a sobering reminder of the cost of the conflict at a time when the prospect of peace seems as distant as ever. The United Nations documented 3,545 civilians killed and 7,457 injured last year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the United ... more »

The Economic Value of Marriage

Elisabeth Zenger & Rachel Sheffield at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Marriage Proposal, Proposing, Engagement Ring, Wedding, Diamond] In honor of National Marriage Week, consider this question: Does marriage impact the economic well-being of societies? For the past 50 years, our country has been losing the war against poverty. More than $22 trillion and 80 government means-tested welfare... more »

Brutality & Depravity Rampant In Modern Afghanistan

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A shocking UN report says that last year there were more civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan than in any year since 2009. The 87-page report reveals the statistics on the yearly cull of civilians, the beheadings, executions by single shot, kidnapping of women and ransom that has come to define a state of terror and depravity prevalent in modern Afghanistan. According to Robert Fisk, the veteran Middle East correspondent of The Independent: “I have long nursed the suspicion that Taliban units, Isis and government militias are not fighting about religion or government at all, m... more »

Iran Announces It’s Full Support For Syria As WW3 Tensions Mount

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Iran have declared their unwavering support for Syria, saying that they will fully support Syria as both Saudi Arabia and Turkey threaten to topple Assad. Iran’s Air Defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, confirmed that Iran will provide Syria with any assistance Damascus request. Iranfrontpage.com reports: As regards the speculations on Saudi Arabia’s decision to deploy ground troops to Syria, the commander argued that any presence in Syria without coordination with the Damascus government will be doomed to failure. Iran, a close ally of Syria, has been supporting the... more »

Europeans Are Beginning To Question President Obama's Commitment To The Continent

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
US Democratic presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, waves as he arrives to make a speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin on July 24, 2008. Obama warned America could not quell violence in Afghanistan alone, and called on Europe for more troops and funding to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg*: *Europe's Convinced U.S. Won't Solve Its Problems* Europe is facing a convergence of the worst crises since World War II, and the overwhelming consensus among officials and experts here is that the U.S. no longer has the will or... more »

Trump Tells Putin US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Was Murdered

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
President Putin has said that Donald Trump predicted the murder of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia two days ago in a private letter dated 12 February. In the letter, the American billionaire predicted the death of Scalia, suggesting it was going to be a politically motivated murder. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Though having never met Donald Trump, this report says, President Putin had previously praised this American billionaire by calling him “bright and talented” due to Trump’s apparent distaste for further involving the United State in wars around the world—and by Trump’... more »

Trump Vows Full Investigation Of 9/11 If He Becomes President

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth has said that Presidential candidate Donald Trump has promised to launch a full investigation into what really happened on September 11 2001 if he becomes President. After watching a 9/11 truth DVD, trump said: “Our advisors will investigate the claims made by the architects and engineers more thoroughly and draw their own conclusions from there. “ Darkmoon.me reports: Trump is not a politician. The best way to understand him is first of all to see him as a sincere nationalist who sees that his nation has been undermined and t... more »

Mossad Chief Took ‘Leave Of Absence’ During 9/11 Attacks

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Back in 2000 Yossi Cohen, who was recently appointed as the new head of Mossad, decided to take unpaid leave from the organization in order to conduct “private business” and to dedicate more time to his children. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Cohen rejoined the organisation in a new position as head of Junction’s Special Operations Center. Could it be that this ‘leave of absence’ was a plan to oversee Mossad’s contribution to the 9/11 attacks? Being a “private businessman” he would have had enough anonymity to travel around the US without arousing suspicion. LOL, taking more time... more »

Brother Of 9/11 Attack Victim Demands Inquest To Be Re-Opened

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A brother of one of the 9/11 victims has called on authorities to re-open the inquest into what happened on September 11, 2001 – saying that the official version of events don’t add up. Geoff Campbell was on the 106th floor of World Trade Center tower one on the morning of September 11 2001 when a hijacked plane hit it. Initial investigations found no trace of Geoff. But then 2002 some bone fragments emerged that matched his DNA. Express.co.uk reports: For years Geoff’s brother Matt kept his concerns about the official version of events too himself but after his own personal intern... more »

UN Pleads With UK To ‘Stop Tasering Children’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The UN has publicly condemned the UK for allowing police to use 50,000 volt tasers on children and toddlers, and has called on the government to “stop tasering children”. The British government will face a six-hour round of questioning in Switzerland over its non-compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a result of their illegal practises. Postnews.co reports: The last time the UK was measured up against the convention, in 2008, the UN said that it wanted England and Wales to treat “Taser guns and AEPs [attenuating energy projectiles] as weapons subject to the... more »

Psychic Predicts Deadly Earthquake To Hit California In 2016

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A psychic who claims to have accurately predicted natural disasters in the past has recently predicted that a massive earthquake of magnitude 7.0 or greater is due to hit California in 2016. Frankie MacDonald says that California will be split into two along the San Andreas fault line, splitting up major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles and doing damage on buildings and freeways across the cities. According to MacDonald: Once the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate rub at each other once it slips that will cause a massive earthquake in California and it will trigger ... more »

DARPA: New Drones That ‘Think’ Like Humans Deployed To War Zones

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a new microchip that when implanted into a drone will make it capable of learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. The Pentagon say that the chip, known as ‘Eyeriss’, is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices, has 168 cores (in comparison to smartphones which have 4 cores) and has been modelled on the human brain. They say that the drones, when equipped with this new technology, will be able to strike targets in war zones without the need for human assistance. Dailymail.co.uk rep... more »

Facebook Bans ‘Ice Cream’ Painting As Offensive

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Facebook has taken down “Ice Cream”, a painting by one of the world’s first pop artists, because it does not comply with the social network’s strict guidelines on nudity and adult content. The painting of a woman enjoying an ice cream is deemed inappropriate for some reason by Facebook. The painting is supposed to represent the freedom of expression of a confident woman gratifying her ice cream cravings on a hot sunny day without a care in the world, with eyes shut in anticipation, while enjoying a lick of a multi-flavored ice cream cone. Facebook suggests otherwise, implying sexual ... more »

John McCain Slams President Putin & Russia’s Intervention In Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
U.S. senator John McCain has accused Russia of seeking to to carve out a sphere of influence in the Middle East and treating Syria “as a live-fire exercise” for its military. His comments came the day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the strains between Russia and the West had pushed the world “into a new cold war“ CNN reports: Speaking Sunday at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, U.S. Sen. John McCain criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria’s nearly five-year civil war. “Mr. Putin is not interested in being our partner,” said...more »

Notes on Peter Tatchell and No Platform

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Another day, another row about a lefty notable getting "no-platformed" by the yoof. On this occasion, it's Peter Tatchell who's come under fire. Fran Cowling of the NUS's LGBT caucus has issued an ultimatum to organisers of a debate around radical queer politics at Canterbury Christ Church University saying she will not attend if Peter is speaking. Apparently he has made racist and transphobic comments in the past, and is beyond the pale because he protested against an attempt to bar Germaine Greer from a feminist meeting at Cardiff University. Time to throw down some notes. 1. W... more »

DAHBOO77 - War Drums Beat Louder: Turkey Positions Military to Invade Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*The mask is literally coming off.* *An excerpt from, "Turkey is the Source, Not Solution to ISIS and the Syrian Crisis" by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, February 15, 2016:* The flood of propaganda emanating from the West has one purpose - to justify a US-backed, Turkish-led offensive into Syrian territory to carve out long-sought after "safe zones" within which the West would protect the battered remnants of their terrorist proxy forces. The West is claiming "refugees" languish on the border, that Turkey cannot accept any further refugees, and that the only solution is... more »

Sputnik with Ryan Dawson, the Munich cease fire so far, mostly hot air

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Title: Sputnik with Ryan Dawson, the Munich cease fire so far, mostly hot air. Source: Ryan Dawson. Date Published: February 14, 2016. Description: * Sputnik with Ryan Dawson, the Munich cease fire so far, mostly hot air

Turkey Warns Of ‘Massive Escalation’ In Syria Over Next 24 Hours

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Turkey has confirmed military strikes against Syrian government and Kurdish forces in Syria and says more is about to come. The Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that Turkish forces have attacked Kurdish YPG militias in northern Syria, and have demanded that the Kurds withdraw from the airbase that they had recently seized from “moderate” rebels. Turkey has also confirmed attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in North West Syria. A Turkish official is now warning of a “massive escalation” in Syria over the next 24 hours. There have been reports indicating that the Turk... more »

Britain Is The Global Centre For ‘Dogs Of War’ Mercenary Industry

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Since the start of the global war on terror following the 9/11 attacks of 2001 in New York, there has been an increased demand for mercenaries and the private military/security industry has boomed. The U.K. leads the lucrative global private military industry with Britain being the ‘mercenary kingpin’, according to a report by the charity group ‘War on Want’ for the Guardian newspaper. The Guardian reports: The UK multinational G4S is now the world’s largest private security company, and no fewer than 14 companies are based in Hereford, close to the headquarters of the SAS, from who... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Geopolitics: "Road To World War III Update: Turkish Army Enters Syria After Second Day Of Shelling As Saudi Warplanes Arrive"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Road To World War III Update: Turkish Army Enters Syria * *After Second Day Of Shelling As Saudi Warplanes Arrive"* by Tyler Durden “Reports indicate the Turkish army has crossed the border into Syria. "The Syrian government says Turkish forces were believed to be among 100 gunmen it said entered Syria on Saturday accompanied by 12 pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, in an ongoing supply operation to insurgents fighting Damascus," Reuters reports."The operation of supplying ammunition and weapons is continuing via the Bab al-Salama crossing to the Syrian area of Azaz,"... more »

Conservatives Are Corrupt By Nature And By Ideology-- Whether Republicans OR Democrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
TPP shill Ami Bera Corrupt conservatives-- often recruited or at least heavily supported-- by the DCCC are constantly betraying progressive values in return for campaign contributions. Few are as bad as New Dems Patrick Murphy, Sean Patrick Maloney and Gregory Meeks. But another aisle-crossing New Dem, Ami Bera, has supported job-killing trade pacts once too many times and the local Democratic Party in the suburbs east of Sacramento have denied him the Democratic Party pre-endorsement and several major labor unions have announced they will not endorse him and have cut off funding to... more »

RCH Staff Podcast #3

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Title: RCH Staff Podcast #3. Source: Real Crusades History. Date Published: February 14, 2016. Description: * RCH staff, Scott Amis, Rand Brown, and J Stephen Roberts, do a casual, hangout podcast in which we answer viewer questions, offer thanks for donations, and vamp on various historical topics. We are joined by Rand's buddy Joe Vicinanzo, a high school history teacher with a special interest in the Byzantine Empire.

Now What? Everything You Need to Know About the Supreme Court After Scalia’s Death

Blake Neff at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College Law justice in Chicago. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79.] U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at 79 Saturday after 30 years on the Supreme Court. His death removes a conservative stalwart from the bench and also throws the affairs of the country's highest court into upheaval. Obama has... more »

World Is Running Low On Cocoa

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
As Cocoa demand outgrows supplies and with Valentine’s Day upon us, chocolate lovers should be beware that there is a ‘chocolate deficit’ on the horizon. According to a report, poor and disorganized farming methods are leading to a deficit in cocoa crops, that is leading to shortages and could lead to deforestation, unless world farmers improve and organize their cocoa cultivation. The Daily Record reports: Demand for cocoa will soon be at an all-time high as shoppers in developing countries buy more of the sweet treat. But supply is slowing due to poor farming methods driving the ... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 8 hours ago
*Click on photo to enlarge* *Merging black holes, spiraling white dwarfs, and spinning neutron stars all emit gravitational radiation. For the first time, astronomers have seen one of these elusive signals* / *Astronomy*: Roan Kelly *Now that Gravitational fields have been detected and heard from deep space ~ it's time to postulate that even Gravity may be subject to a subtle but a far more powerful force through Asymptotic freedom. That psychic force field is a **Unified Field** of love and soul consciousness** that exists not only beyond time and space but a... more »

Feb. 14: Thoughts on a cold Sunday

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
Thanks to the tablets that Moses brought down from the mount, the Irving press does not appear on the seventh day. God is kind to his servants. One story in the news that would have been in for the day is that judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court has died. The news media will treat this one gently. But they shouldn't. Scalia was a major player in the destruction of American democracy. This is a story that goes way back, and it begins with a movie star named Ronald Reagan. He had been a leading figure in the movement among movie actors to, in effect, form a union to negoti... more »

"Never Despair"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Never Despair" by Sam Smith "Empires and cultures are not permanent and while thinking about the possibility that ours is collapsing may seem a dismal exercise it is far less so than enduring the frustrations, failures, damage and human casualties involved in constantly butting up against reality like a boozer who insists he is not drunk attempting to drive home. Peter Ustinov in 'Romanoff and Juliet' says at one point: "I'm an optimist: I know how bad the world is. You're a pessimist: you're always finding out." Or as GK Chesterton put it, "We must learn to love life without ever... more »

"I Wish..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - J.R.R. Tolkien, "Lord of the Rings"

"Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* "Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation"* by Laura Knight-Jadczyk "*1.* There is no use in trying to be honest with an emotional manipulator. You make a statement and it will be turned around. Example: I am really angry that you forgot my birthday. Response – “It makes me feel sad that you would think I would forget your birthday, I should have told you of the great personal stress I am facing at the moment – but you see I didn’t want to trouble you. You are right I should have put all this pain (don’t be surprised to see real tears at this point) aside and focused on your bi... more »

Scalia’s Body Taken to Funeral Home; Bush Says ‘Not Important’ If Senate Votes on Replacement

AP at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Scalia's Body Taken to Funeral Home After 3-Hour Procession; Waiting to Hear if Autopsy Will be Performed] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on developments following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate a successor to the late Justice AntoninScalia “in due time,”... more »

Syrian Army Advances Towards Raqqa As ISIS Retreat

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along with their allies are pushing into ISIS territory and the terrorists are in full retreat. Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and now have their sights set on Raqqa. Al Masdar News reports: The Al-Raqqa countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), Fouj Al-Joulan (Golani Regiment), and the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds) – imposed full contr... more »

French PM: World in New Era, More Major Terrorist Attacks Coming

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: French PM: World in New Era, More Major Terrorist Attacks Coming] MUNICH (AP) -- France’s prime minister is warning that the terrorist threat is a long-term one and there will be other major attacks. Manuel Valls told a group top defense officials and diplomats Saturday that after the two 2015 attacks... more »

TNReady NOTReady

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Last week the poster state for corporate education reform showed just how wasteful, embarrassing, and tragically miseducative the high stakes testing fiasco has become. The $108 million that Tennessee paid Measurement, Inc. to put the new Common Core tests online proved not enough when testing time began and the entire system crashed. The February 14 Tennessean had this letter to the editor, which eloquently states the obvious: There is a message etched in the failure of the new online TNReady testing platform: Standardized testing has got to stop. Testing results are superfluous... more »

Canned Boos sabotage Trump in TV Debate

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Dean Scream Redux* Bill Still is reporting in the video above that the main$tream media ghouls were up to their usual dirty tricks during last night's GOP debate. They were *rigging the crowd audio*...to appear as if the audience were wildly applauding for Cruz and Rubio...and loudly booing Donald Trump. In spite of this sabotage....Trump won the debate--according to several polls conducted afterwards. The usual stunts are just *not working* for the perps. And....even worse for the Ziofascist thugs...according to some other alternate media reports...Trump has made noises of orde... more »

Exercise I

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Here's a transcription of Andrew Marr's introduction to his paper review this morning. It's so precise that it even includes his pauses, his repeated words and his linguistic slips (where people would usually insert a '*sic*'). I think that might help to convey some of the thought processes going on inside the BBC presenter's mind as he went along, perhaps betraying his views in the process. If this were a blog for students studying English Language comprehension (if such a subject is still studied), I might now ask if you would please read it for yourselves and give me your opi... more »

Valentines Day Carnage: WW3 Begins As Turkish Army Enter Syria

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
The Syrian news agency SANA has confirmed that the Turkish army have entered Syria with 12 armored pickup trucks with machine guns and more than a hundred military mercenaries. The Syrian Foreign Minister hasn’t given any more information about the invasion. Дамаск заявил о вхождении турецких военных в Сирию https://t.co/LBxx2iIzTu — Новости ДОЖДЯ (@tvrain_live) February 14, 2016 #Breaking Several mortars reportedly impacted the vicinity of the Russian embassy in Damascus #Syria — Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) February 14, 2016 Earlier in the day the Turkish military began shellin... more »

Donald Trump Blames George W. Bush For 9/11 Attacks

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
GOP front-runner Donald Trump has accused Jeb Bush’s brother and former President George W. Bush, for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. During a CBS Republican presidential debate in South Carolina on Saturday, the Donald accused the former president of not keeping America secure. Politico reports: “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign. Remember that,” Trump said to the former Florida governor. Trump went back to the line of attack moments later, after Marco Rubio also defended George W. Bush’s record, saying he was grateful it was not Al Gore in t...more »

Turkey is the Source, Not Solution to ISIS and the Syrian Crisis

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 10 hours ago
*February 15, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - A torrent of familiar propaganda has flooded the airwaves as the imminent collapse of Washington and its regional allies' proxy terrorist forces in Syria approaches. Predicated on "humanitarian concerns," global audiences are reminded of the torrent of lies, fabrications, and deceit that preceded NATO's military intervention in Libya - a military intervention that has since left the North African nation utterly destroyed, perpetually divided, and large swaths of its territory under the control of Al Qaeda and the so-called "Islamic State... more »

150,000 Antarctica Penguins Die After Getting Trapped By Massive Iceberg

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A grounded iceberg the size of Rome has rendered an Adelie penguin colony landlocked in Antarctica, leading to the death of almost 95% of the population. 150,000 penguins from Cape Dencion have died since iceberg B09B lodged itself in their bay in 2011 forcing them to trek 60km for food. Times of India reports: An estimated 150,000 penguins of Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay have been killed since the iceberg measuring 1,120 square miles – larger than Luxemberg – forced them to trek 70 miles for food. The penguins used to live near a large body of open water, but the arrival of the... more »

Searching Googlet fo the turh

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Bob Dylan making tunes to think how much better we could be if we all had harmony made him super special and now me saying get ready for the zombie apoclyse makes me think maybe there is a chance Santa Claus will\ come every christmas with cases of coke and we wil all drink and forget the planet is callenged putting six pounds of shise into a 2 pound bag and the breakage makes the best planning useless and Napoleon was totally precient two meals a day missed on a short interval means the french revoltion

Lakotas Crying Earth Rise Up screening at Colorado Environmental Film Fest

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago

Fermi saw gamma rays 0.4 seconds after the LIGO merger

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Ted has informed us about a fascinating new paper by the Fermi gamma-ray telescope previously known as Glast, Fermi GBM Observations of LIGO Gravitational Wave event GW150914 Some 0.4 seconds after the gravitational wave from the black hole merger detected as gravitational waves in LIGO, Fermi saw a signal of gamma rays above \(50\keV\) with the false positive probability of 0.2%. Note that 0.4 seconds is \(10^{-17}\) times 1.3 billion years. So if you believe that the gamma-ray and gravitational-wave signals came from the same event, this represents a test of the equality betwee... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Here's something that might make you stop up short. (It certainly made *me *stop up short, as I was on a treadmill when I first read it). It comes courtesy of Adam Boulton in today's *Sunday Times*: This week the prime minister will come up with an extra £1bn as part of the BBC’s Mental Health Week. Eh? Hang on a minute. Just run that by me again please Adam...: This week the prime minister will come up with an extra £1bn as part of the BBC’s Mental Health Week. To repeat myself: Eh? The BBC runs a Mental Health Week and David Cameron hands over £1bn (of taxpayers' money) a... more »

Musical Interlude: The Moody Blues, "Don't You Feel Small"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
The Moody Blues, "Don't You Feel Small" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjICZoqspv4

Musings On The Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
My article on growing unemployment and poverty in Iraq was republished in the Iraqi papers Al Mada, Sotaliraq, and Al Wathika.

Which Side Will You Be On-- Schumer, Reid And Patrick Murphy... Or Alan Grayson?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*GRAYSON VS THE MACHINE* I know first hand that Alan Grayson admires Hillary Clinton and has positive things to say about Debbie Wasserman Schultz but as he has appeared to shift more and more in favor of Bernie in recent weeks, the attacks on him and his campaign by the Democratic establishment have become kind of shocking, especially in light of polling that shows he's the Democrat most likely to win back the open Florida Senate seat. Schumer, apparently, would rather please his Wall Street masters and keep pushing their errand boy, Patrick Murphy-- even if it means losing the... more »

9 Zingers From the Mind of Justice Antonin Scalia

Ken McIntyre at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this June 7, 2006 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia listens to President Bush speak during a swearing-in ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)] Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday during his 29th year on the Supreme Court, was known for a sharp wit as well as a brilliant legal mind, and he expressed both with his tongue as well as his pen. Here is just a sample:... more »

Economic News & Views ( February 14 , 2016 ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Ukraine - Russia Items Of Note. 2. Greece In Focus - Refugee Related Matters , Troika Tussles. 3. Refugee/ Border Security - Broader Europe. 4. Spain Political News. 5. Brexit Items. 6. Sweden In Focus Refugee Crisis New , Sacked Swedbank Former CEO And Whistleblower Fights For His Reputation. 7. Monetary Policy For UK- A Rethink In Order. 8. Europe Banks In Trouble Once Again .)

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
Europe...... Valentine Day Style Music , while you read..... *TASS* ‏@tassagency_en 7m 7 minutes ago Russia suspends traffic of Ukrainian trucks in response to Ukraine’s actions http://tass.ru/en/politics/856677 … *The EconomistVerified account* ‏@TheEconomist 1h 1 hour ago *Ukraine*’s state-owned enterprises show the crooked relations between business and government http://econ.st/20Z7DVP *ITV NewsVerified account* ‏@itvnews 2m 2 minutes ago Three Britons held in *Greece* over 'huge hau... more »

To the Basics of Understanding Corporate Education Plans

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Gerald Bracey's death on October 20, 2009 left a huge hole in the anti-corporate education movement that has never been filled adequately. I hope you will make a cup of tea and spend a half hour listening to Dr. Bracey talk about some of the core myths that have been seeded and perpetuated by the enemies of public education and the profiteers whose solutions are always looking for a problem. This video is from 2003 and was recorded at George Mason University, where Bracey taught.

Military Photo of the Day: February 14, 2016

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Nancy Leftenant - 900] February 12, 1948, Nancy Leftenant-Colon – former Tuskegee Airman – became the first African-American in Army Nurse Corps. - US Air Force

Happy Valintines day fellow Globallovethinktank astronauts

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
You are the most beautiful things a spacer sees execpt for all the eartth freebies that are paid content in space. Valentines day always makes me reflective. Thinkingaboot the things I love. This blogis one of those things. To be honest you I cant understand why it does not go viral.. However in the immortal words of Buddha, "you do not always get what you want, sometimes you just get what you need". If only Karl has said this in Das Kapital. Speaking of time travel and alternative history. Let me share with you a interstellar love story. Physicist will discover a thousand years f... more »

Sweet Justice

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! Nino No More Although fowl play is not suspected, I think it's fair to say that Supreme Court Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia died as he lived: holding innocent living things in contempt before killing them and calling it a luxury vacation. No longer will America have to quail in fright before the juridical jiggery-pokery of this odious little man. "I am mourning this remarkable man," remarked Barack Obama, taking a moment out of his own bromantic luxury Valentines weekend golf vacation with his old high school posse. "A devout Catholic, he was the... more »

Turkey Attacks Syria

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, with a massive attack. It also hit Syrian forces across the border, according to media reports. My reading of this is that the Turkey-Saudi-US supported ISIS forces are getting slammed largely due to Russian intervention in Syria. Turkey-Saudi Arabia are now reportedly preparing to do a land invasion of Syria to save the reeling ISIS forces. The US (as usual) is playing a confusing game of working both sides. The US supports ISIS b... more »

Global warming has fried BBC’s brains over flights to America

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/12155995/The-night-Margaret-Thatcher-said-we-must-leave.html Good to see that Booker has picked up on my post the other day about how global warming was supposedly going to lead to longer Atlantic flights: Climate sceptics” have been entertained by the extravagant coverage given by the BBC to the finding of a Reading University computer […]

A sweetheart episode of 'From Fact to Propaganda'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Regular readers will know that I've got a new hobby-horse: Radio 4's *From Fact to Fiction.* Previous posts have shown that the latest series has so far consisted of nothing but left-wing takes on the major news stories of the day - including Shami Chakrabarti's agitprop piece on the migrant crisis - hence my renaming of it as *From Fact to Propaganda. * I feel duty-bound therefore to say that the latest episode, *Sweethearts*, combined the Google tax story with the sugar daddies story - i.e. two kinds of 'sweetheart deal'. I saw that and (possibly like you on reading what I've ju... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Because today is Valentine's Day .... sighhh .... I have to be the obedient BF to my GF. She has my day planned today .... which does not involve blogging. Therefore .... blogging will return later tonight.


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
Approximate Shape of crystals By American Kabuki *This took place on November 23, 2015, I began a deep meditation based on a heads up from a German woman on this video of a Russian Missile launch and its destruction via a plasma encapsulation beam, in a similar manner to the Malibu base event in Los Angeles. The SA said they did not destroy this particular missile, which strangely was also a Lockheed Martin Titan fired from Russian territory. This could only mean one thing that Pleiadian Tech via surreptitious means had made its way into the Russian Federation and it had been u... more »

Pope Francis Speaks in Crime-Ridden Suburb of Mexico City

AP at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: People sit bundled up as they wait along the route Pope Francis will take to the National Palace in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pontiff is in Mexico for a week-long visit. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexicans bundled against the cold are arriving at a huge field in a crime-ridden suburb of Mexico City for what is expected to be the biggest Mass of Pope Francis’ five-day trip. After spending his first full... more »

Radicalisation "in a positive sense"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
*hobbyhorse* *noun* a ​subject that someone often ​talks about, usually for a ​long ​time *e.g. Don't ​mention ​Ed Stourton or Craig'll get on his hobbyhorse again.* Sticking with *Sunday*!... When I first studied *Sunday *in preparation for the launch of our little blog I noticed the near absence (over the nearly-two-year period I was monitoring) of Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Evangelical Christians. Then, soon after this blog began, one of the UK's best-known Evangelical Christians, Steve Chalke, began appearing on the programme, being invited on in January 2013, following h... more »

Mark Twain on Christianity

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago

Before You Sign On to Universal Pre-K, Ask This Question:

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
How much does your city or state plan to spend? If parameters are in place for professionally-trained teachers, adequate resources, research based pedagogy, socioeconomic integration, and competent leadership, I am all in. If, however, your state is like Florida trying to do it on the cheap with half the resources needed, segregation, poorly trained teachers with scripted programs, and "entrepreneurial" bottom feeders running the programs, forget it. What you end up with are damaged kids in chain gang holding pens learning nothing of any value, but learning that school is all ... more »

Beautiful Churches: Ulm Minster in Germany

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ulm Minster Front Face - 900] A Lutheran church that was formerly a Roman Catholic church, Ulm Minster began construction in 1377, but was not fully completed until 1890. At 161.5 m (530 ft.) this Gothic style church is the tallest church in the world, and...more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday again... And Happy Valentine's Day to all of my readers... Yes, it is Valentine's day... The day that we are all supposed to share with our closest loved ones...... And the day that I thank my better half for putting up with me all of these years.... Yes, after all these years, in spite of my wealth of knowledge and understanding, I still have not figured out the greatest mystery in the history of mankind, which is of course women.... I have always been perplexed by the female mentality and how they think... My "better half" (as I always call her) for e... more »

MENA Report ( February 14 , 2016 ) Syria In Focus ( 1. Fog Of Allies - US Iraqi Allies fighting US Syrian Allies. 2. Peace Talk Updates - Different Perspectives. 3. Turkey Shells Kurdish Positions For A Second Day. 4. Saudis Send More Jets To Turkey - While Saying Ground Troop Deployment Decision To Be Decided By The US Led Coalition. 5. State Of Play In The Various Battlefields. 6. Odds & Ends - Updates At the Top . ) Iraq In Focus ( 1. Battlefield Reports -. 2. Anti-Isis updates. 3. Sunni vs Shi'a Divide Looms Large Now And Moving Forward. 3.US Coalition Updates. ) Libya In Focus - Disarray continues With Peace Process ( 1. Unity Gov't Talks Collapse , More Talks Scheduled. 2. Egypt / H O R Plotting A Plan B -Or Plan S By this Point .3. Isis Updates 3.Eastern Libya In focus ) Yemen In focus ( 1. Daily Carnage Thrust upon Civilians and Humanitarian Disaster. 2. Fuel Import Data. 3. Turkey and Saudi Items. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Syria....... Links....... *US Iraqi Allies Fighting US Syrian Allies* *Syrian Rebels: Ceasefire Deal Won't Work* *Assad Welcomes Peace Talks, Says Goal Is to Retake Syria* *After Ceasefire Deal, Rebels Report New Shipments of Missiles* *Syria Truce Deal Makes Aid a Political Tool, Critics Say* Tweets..... *Nathan Ruser* ‏@Nrg8000 29m 29 minutes ago #Map#YPG/#SDF forces enter the NW of Tal Rifaat and control some areas in the town. *Rudaw English* ‏@RudawEnglish 3m 3 minutes ago #Turkey says #Saudi jets have no yet arrived at ... more »

An Antidote to Cynicism

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 15 hours ago
I was not going to post my regular “Sunday Sermon” this week, little in the news having grabbed my attention but then I saw this thanks to Montreal Simon. It sums up my current feelings quite well so here are a couple of extracts from Heather Mallick's article in the Star. *Canada has changed so much in the 100 days since the Liberal cabinet was sworn in that I don’t quite know how to describe it. It’s not a sea change, which is a gradual encrustation at full fathom five, or a reversion, which would let us pretend those 10 Harper years had never happened. Don’t ever forget that lost... more »

Revealed: the great wind farm tax ‘con’

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/12156171/Revealed-the-great-wind-farm-tax-con.html The Telegrpah reports: Ministers have been accused of planning a U-turn that would see consumers fund new onshore wind farms through green levies. The Government confirmed it was “looking carefully” at a wind industry proposal to continue public financial support for new turbines, despite a manifesto pledge […]

Germany's chief foreign-affairs lawmaker: Russia Has The Upper hand In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
German Chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee for foreign affairs Norbert Roettgen holds a news conference at the German Embassy in Washington July 9, 2014. REUTERS/GARY CAMERON/FILES *Reuters:* *Russia has gained upper hand in Syria, Merkel ally says* Russia had gained the upper hand in Syria and the surrounding region through armed force, a senior conservative ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, and he voiced doubts that Moscow would respect a truce plan for the war-torn country. "I think Russia has gained the upper hand in the region and this is by histo... more »

Is Saudi Arabia Backing Down On Its Warnings That They Are Prepared To Send Ground Troops Into Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Saudi troop deployment in Syria up to U.S.-led coalition, foreign minister says* Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that any move to deploy Saudi special forces into Syria will depend on a decision by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday he expected both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to send special operations forces to Syria to help local opposition fighters in their drive to retake the city of Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria. Saudi Arabia on Saturday confirmed it had sent aircraft to NA... more »

Saudi Arabia Massing Troops in Turkey, On Verge of Invading Syria

Russ Read at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.] Saudi Arabia took its first step in preparing an invasion of Syria by moving ground forces and fighter aircraft to Turkey's Incirlik base. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the move on Saturday, just two days after Saudi Arabia said... more »

Obama States He Will Nominate Scalia Successor ‘In Due Time’

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY & DONNA CASSATA at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday morning at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans. Obama said... more »

Police: 3 Killed, Scores to Hospitals After Huge I-78 Pileup in Pennsylvania

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Vehicles pile up at the site of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median.] FREDERICKSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday. Trooper Justin Summa said... more »

The Modern Paul Revere in The New Millennium

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 15 hours ago
Wordgeezer on Youtube ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

Hillary's Attacks On Bernie Very Much Mirror Her Equally Ugly Attacks On President Obama

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
One of Hillary's many bad moments during Thursday's debate was her psychotic attack on Bernie for being mean to president Obama. In the past we talked about how Hillary savaged Obama during the 2008 campaign claiming he wasn't as anti-NRA as she was, even though her own gun record is purely opportunistic and changed whenever she needed to appear on one side or the other-- the entire story of her life from the time she was a Goldwater Girl and the President of the Young Republican Club at Wellesley College right until the present day. Her attempt to turn Obama supporters-- especiall... more »

Christianophobia in America: Who Has it and What Is Their Goal?

George Yancey at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Houston’s openly lesbian former Mayor Annise Parker speaking to supporters of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance at a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Houston. Parker had previously subpoenaed sermons from pastors who formed a group to stand against the ordinance, which had formerly been passed by the city council but was required to go onto the ballot in November when courts overturned the city ordinance. The ordinance was defeated in the November. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)] Last week, I defined Christianophobia, showed from the comments of some of my research respondents... more »

Honor Justice Scalia by Keeping His Court Seat Empty — for Years, If Necessary

John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Antonin Scalia compressed] Saturday was a tough day for America. We lost the leading champion of our Constitution, Justice Antonin Scalia, a great-souled scholar who with learning, wit and principle defended the actual words, sentences and paragraphs of our precious founding document. Without men... more »

Russian PM Medvedev: Syria Would Be In Chaos If Assad Ousted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Euronews*: *Exclusive: Syria would be ‘chaos’ if Assad ousted, says Medvedev* US Secretary of State John Kerry said that if the Syrian peace plan fails, more foreign troops could enter the conflict. Countries such as Saudi Arabia say they are willing to increase their involvement in Syria. The Global Conversation spoke to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. You can watch the full interview with Medvedev on Euronews TV and online from 18h CET today, Sunday, February 14. *Read more *.... *WNU Editor*: He is right. The past few years have shown that when a strongman is remove... more »

Will Syria Be Saudi Arabia's Quagmire?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir deliver a statement after a meeting at the State Department in Washington, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA *Awad Mustafa and Aaron Mehta, Defense News:* *Syria: 'Quicksand' for Saudi Forces?* DUBAI AND BRUSSELS — As the United States receives commitments from Gulf Arab allies to contribute more to a coalition campaign in Syria, doubts remain because of their ongoing military involvement in Yemen. Furthermore, statements by unnamed Saudi officials earlier this month about a force of 150,000 — inclu...more »

Problems And Production Cuts For The F-35 Fighter Jet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
F-35 Lightning IIs stand ready on the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp for operational testing in the Atlantic Ocean in this handout photo taken May 19, 2015, and provided by the U.S. Navy. PHOTO: REUTERS/U.S. NAVY/CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST WILLAM TONACCHIO/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *Defense News:* *F-35 Production To Drop by 20, but Air Force Officials Downplay Price Impact* WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has unveiled a new funding profile for the F-35 joint strike fighter, reflecting a drop in fighter jet acquisition over the next six years across the US services, int... more »

Why I Don’t Want Boudoir Photos for Valentine’s Day

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Valentine image compressed] Any man with eyes will testify: The female form is a wonderful thing to behold. So when wives and soon-to-be wives bare it all in boudoir photo shoots as wedding and Valentine's Day gifts for their husbands, you'd expect us... more »

Clinton the Time-Serving Panderer: Camille Paglia Has Her Number

David Mills at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Camille Paglia - 900] Hillary Clinton “has a stained and tattered rap sheet five miles long … after a public career so light on concrete achievement and so heavy with lies and greed.” She is “a time-server and trimmer who cynically panders to every audience... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*These Academics Are Pissed There’s Too Much Global Warming ‘Denial’ In Science Classes* Some academics are mad there are too many middle school and high school science teachers questioning the science behind global warming. As it turns out, there are too many “politically conservative” teachers presenting skeptical arguments about global warming to kids — something that’s really angering researchers because they say there’s no real debate about warming. “At least one in three teachers bring climate change denial into the classroom, claiming that many scientists believe climate c... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*FSU Professor: Global Warming Causes Sea Level To FALL* *Thirty years ago, a Florida State University professor showed that small increases in temperature caused sea level to fall, due to increased evaporation from the ocean* Excerpt: Florida State University Geology Professor William Tanner: “Tanner plotted 4000 years of sea-level data on 5,000 years of climatological data published in last year’s Encyclopedia of Climatology and found some interesting correlations. Every time the climate warmed a couple of degrees, the sea level went down. Every time the climate cooled a couple... more »

The Prophetic Warnings of Justice Antonin Scalia

Michael Brown at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Conservative SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia Reportedly Found Dead at West Texas Ranch] America suffered a great loss this past Saturday with the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But, to apply words from the eleventh chapter of the Book of Hebrews, Justice Scalia "being dead still speaks." Some of his... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The respectful pause between the announcement of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and politicians and pundits' politicking over what his death means for the balance of power in the Supreme Court appears to have lasted all of a few minutes. Hillary and Bernie on one side and Donald and Ted on the other side have all, within hours, been making calls favouring their own side's control of the Supreme Court. Some might call it a bit unseemly...though *who* they think is being unseemly appears to depend on their own politics. Will 'the usual suspects' at the BBC... more »

A Handsaw for Valentine’s Day

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: heartandhandsaw] AL PERROTTA -- When thinking about Valentine’s Day inspiration my first thought found the familiar words of Paul: “Love is patient, love is kind….” The words had barely floated across my brain when another thought interrupted: “Paul obviously never did... more »

Jesus, the Sun, the Cross, Stonemasons, Stonehenge and Egypt

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
this guy's got it, worked it out, done.

Was Edward Stourton "hunting for salaciousness"?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
*I think it's media hype, and I think the BBC * *- which was once the model for journalistic rectitude - * *has damaged its own reputation by getting into this.* (George Weigel, *Sunday*) Tomorrow night's *Panorama*, with its somewhat tabloid-sounding title, *The Secret Letters of Pope John II*, has certainly been getting a fair bit of advanced publicity. The papers have all reported it, and Radio 4's *Sunday *also gave it a plug this morning. Here's how William Crawley introduced the feature: More than ten years after his death Pope John Paul II continues to fascinate historia... more »

My Name is Tallulah from the Bugsy Malone Soundtrack

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/6lIOMOoC94o Jodie Foster was on TV in The Silence of the Lambs last night, here she is in a lighter role...

Doing The Right Thing When It's Difficult

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://www.slideshare.net/ Last week, Justin Trudeau said that his government will not meet its promise to balance the books before the next election. The Conservatives will hammer him for breaking a key election promise. But, Tom Walkom writes, Trudeau is doing the right thing: Not that there is anything wrong, in principle, with balancing budgets. Everything else being equal, budget balancing is a good idea. It forces government to exercise some discipline over spending. It signals to voters that if they want extra services they s... more »

HEAVEN LETTER #5558 Because the Sun Was in Your Eyes

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
http://heavenletters.org/because-the-sun-was-in-your-eyes.html *HEAVEN LETTER #5558 Because the Sun Was in Your Eyes* God said: You are so on the verge of a new discovery. *You are on the cusp of a giant leap upward and forward. You do not have to hunt for it, this leap. You will simply see it.* You will see the high point of your life right in front of you. It will be stunningly joyful. And off you go. You are going to know what happiness is. How happy you will be. How you will laugh. How life will sustain your laughter. You will fly to new heights in laughter. You will join ... more »

Happy Valentines Day 2016

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*Happy Valentines Day 2016*

“All in the (Republican) Family”: CBS Holds Rancorous Saturday Night Debate

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump Ted Cruz GOP debate - 90000] CBS hasn’t aired that much yelling over politics on a Saturday night since All in the Family. The debate in South Carolina between the six remaining Republican candidates even had its own Archie Bunker calling everybody “meathead.” But before the elbows were thrown, heads... more »

Energy companies hid behind hedges to keep prices high. Now the hedges have gone, what's their excuse?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 21 hours ago
Regulators in Britain, including OFGEM (energy companies) and the FCA (financial companies), are powerless to stop many rip-offs because Parliament has made them that way.  Regulators have about as much right to stop bad behaviour as a cop has to pull you over for doing 29 mph in a 30 mph zone. You'd need to be shooting at pedestrians with one hand, leaving just your other hand on the steering

In Love with Baby Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 21 hours ago
It's Valentine's Day! Is there anything stronger than the love a parent shares with their new baby? We've teamed up with some of our favorite parenting blogs to bring you a HUGE giveaway with products to enhance life with your bundle of joy. Check out these great brands that are participating and the items one lucky winner will receive: *Lansinoh:* The Lansinoh family started over 30 years ago with a breastfeeding mom creating her own pure lanolin nipple cream when none other could be found. Today, their breastfeeding and baby supplies are still made by moms, for moms and they ... more »

(Greek Morality Solve Coming Home to Roost?)  Not Cleaning Out Stables So Latest Deutsche Bank Insolvency Trickles Down (Wall Street Secrets Gang Up/Zombie Bank Debts Rising)  UNC's Coach Dean Smith's Integrity Questioned  (Dirty Word Shock Shock Shocking to Americans!)

Almost funny, isn't it? After you read about how much money the Clintons took from Wall Street financiers that you really don't need to think too hard about how dumb they must view the American voter. The Deutsche Bank low was reached today. Insolvency. Commodity prices crashing (just like 2008). Yield chasers funding crashing frackers. Bank of Italy runs out of credit (no longer able to

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
When the Moon Kisses the Sea pic.twitter.com/dkLh1EgfWv — Perfectly Timed Pics (@Uber_Pix) January 28, 2016 *Hat Tip:* Close Danger

After Tens Of Billions In Aid, The Afghan Forces Are Failing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Reinforcement troops from the Afghan army prepared to travel to Kandahar. Ahmad Masood/Reuters *Dan De Luce, The Cable/Foreign Policy**: Afghan Forces Face a ‘Crisis’: Watchdog* Without NATO troops at their side, the Afghan army and police are struggling and often failing on the battlefield against the Taliban and Islamic State extremists, despite $64 billion in assistance from the United States since 2002. That’s the sobering conclusion of the U.S. official in charge of auditing aid money for Afghanistan, John Sopko. The capability of the Afghan security forces has deteriorated sin... more »

As The Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Prepares To Leave, He Promises That U.S. Forces Are Here To Stay

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan February 13, 2016. REUTERS/OMAR SOBHANI *Washington Post*: *The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is leaving, but the troops are staying* KABUL — Gen. John. F. Campbell, commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, arrived here 18 months ago expecting to be the U.S. military leader who would bring the war to a close. On Saturday, as he prepares to hand-off command to his successor, Campbell was instea... more »

Republican Strategists Are Beginning To Realize Hillary Isn't Being Embraced By Democratic Voters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Last week, writing for *The Intercept*, Lee Fang reported that the Clinton campaign is stuffed full of advisors and fundraisers who were lobbyists working to kill Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. That's the Clinton Machine, her team and her allies-- corrupt lobbyists working against progressive values on every level. Hillary Clinton is campaigning as a guardian of President Barack Obama’s progressive policy accomplishments. In recent weeks, she has called the Affordable Care Act “one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic Party, and of our country,” and p... more »

RPG Review: Star Wars - Edge of the Empire

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you? - Han Solo, *Star Wars IV: A New Hope* In my somehow close to 35 years of gaming there's certain types of games I've played a lot of. There's D&D of course, as well as related games such as *Dungeon Crawl Classics *and *ACKS*. Over the past several years I've played a ton of *Call of Cthulhu*. Though it's been a long time since I played it, in the 80's, 90's and early 00's I played a ton of *Star Trek*, mainly by FASA and Last Unic... more »

Will Iraq Still Be A Unified Nation After The Islamic State Has Been Defeated?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Sunni refugees from Ramadi arriving at Baghdad. Reuters *New York Times*: *Sunni Resentment Muddles Prospect of Reunifying Iraq After ISIS* AMIRIYAT FALLUJA, Iraq — When Iraqi ground forces and American aircraft began assaulting the city of Ramadi more than a month ago, Ghusoon Muhammed and her family fled to the government’s front line, as did many other Sunni Arab families who had been trapped for months. Soldiers sent her and the children one way, and her husband another, to be interrogated in a detention facility. She has not seen him or heard from him since. She and her child... more »

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies, Creating Election Year Vacancy on Court

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: scalia.flickr] Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died from natural causes while visiting friends in West Texas on Saturday morning. He was 79. News of the conservative justice's death was first reported by the San Antonio Express and later confirmed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Shortly... more »

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Warns That If The Syrian Political Process Fails, Syrian President Assad Must Be Removed 'By Force'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*: *Saudi Arabia official: If all else fails, remove Syria's Assad by force* Munich, Germany (CNN)Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says if the Syrian political process fails, President Bashar al-Assad will have to be removed "by force." "I believe Bashar al-Assad is weak and I believe Bashar al-Assad is finished," Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview in Munich, Germany. Saudi Arabia is prepared to contribute ground troops to the fight in Syria, but only as part of a U.S.-led coalition, he said. "Bashar al-Assa... more »

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins - YouTube

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins - YouTube

When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: The Truth About the Diamond Industry

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Irwin Ozborne* - The diamond industry has brainwashed a generation of people. The post When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: The Truth About the Diamond Industry appeared first on Waking Times.

Turkey Launches Attacks Against Kurdish Militia in Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Turkey strikes Kurdish militia in Syria, demands it withdraw* Turkey's military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanded that the group withdraw from the area in a move that further complicated the conflict across the NATO member's border. The shelling took place after Kurdish YPG fighters backed by Russian bombing raids drove Syrian rebels from a former military air base, south of the town of Azaz and near the Turkish border. "Today retaliation was taken under the rules of engagement against forces that... more »

Boeing Believes There Is Still A Future In Its F/A-18 Fighter Production Line

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A F/A-18E Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-31) comes in to land onboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf August 12, 2014. REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED *Reuters*: *Exclusive: Boeing nears decision to self-fund more F/A-18 fighters* Boeing Co (BA.N) is nearing a decision to invest "a significant amount" to keep a F/A-18E/F fighter jet production line in St. Louis running as it waits for the U.S. government to approve a delayed order by Kuwait for 28 jets, a senior executive said. Dan Gillian, who runs Boeing's F/A-18E/F and E... more »

U.S. Approves Sale Of F-16 Fighter Jets To Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Taiwan Air Force U.S.-made F-16 fighter jet gets washed after a drill at the Chiayi Air Force base, southern Taiwan, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang *Reuters:* U.S. OKs sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan - Pentagon The U.S. government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal. The agenc... more »

As North Korea's Builds-Up Its Nuclear Arsenal, What's Next?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stands and applauds. REUTERS *David Maxwell, The Verge:* *The North Korean Threat: Where Do We Go From Here?* *After its latest test of a long-range rocket, the nuclear threat from North Korea has re-emerged as a major global challenge.* Here is the bottom line: The only way that we will have an end to the nuclear and missile programs as well as the human atrocities and crimes against humanity being perpetrated against the Korean people living in the north by the mafia-like crime family cult known as the Kim Family Regime is through a unification pr... more »

Pentagon Tells Kurds NO to Seizing New Territory- Turkey cease firing and more

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
As mentioned in yesterday’s post: From Aleppo to Munich and Back- The Ceasefire that isn't*- Kerry told reporters the ceasefire would not apply to extremist groups including Isis and the al-Nusra Front.* I pointed out that the ceasefire would apply to the YPG. But they would ignore it. *“The ceasefire does apply to the Kurdish PKK militias backed by NATO. They will ignore it.”* And of course they did. *The text of the agreement is here * *Relevant section as follows:* “ b) *ensure effective communications among all parties to promote compliance and rapidly de-escalate tensions*; c)... more »

U.S. Deploys Patriot Missiles To South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Patriot missile system © Osman Orsal / Reuters *FOX News*: *US military deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea* The U.S. temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea late Friday in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated missile defense system. There was no immediate word from the Pentagon on the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system, something that China and Russia wouldn’t view favorably. The extra Patriot ... more »

Pentagon Report: ' North Korean Military Highly Trained And Eqiuiped'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN: Pentagon*: *North Korean special forces 'highly trained, well-equipped'* Washington (CNN)A new Pentagon report concludes that North Korea "is committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable of posing a direct threat to the United States." The report, required by law, updates Congress regularly on the status of and changes in North Korea's military capabilities. While the report, released Friday, was written prior to Pyongyang's recent nuclear test and satellite launch, it underscores the regime's devotion of large amounts of funding to modernizin... more »

Turkish Military Shells Kurdish Fighters & Assad Forces

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Turkish military has been shelling Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwestern Syria, including an air base that had recently been retaken from Islamist rebels which was struck in a huge attack. Local media reports say that Turkey have also hit Syrian forces. According to RT: Anatolia news agency reported that the Turkish military hit Syrian government forces on Saturday, adding that the shelling had been in response to fire inflicted on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey’s southern Hatay region. Turkish artillery targeted Syrian forces again late on Saturday, acc... more »

Scalia (1936-2016)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*We mustn't pretend that Justice Ninowas anything but, you know, what he wasUPDATE: Noah shares a totally to-the-point thought for the day (see below)* Futurama Wiki *by Ken* It happens every time an American officeholder dies leaving behind a record of evil: Amid the conventional pieties about the great sorrow, the great evil gets lost in the shuffle. In the case of that giant blowhard Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court justice whose sudden death came as such a shock today, it's especially important not to let the subject pass through with the usual pieties. In a word, Nino ... more »

A Fifth Of Britain's Spy Agency's Intelligence Comes From Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
It's the first time that GCHQ have admitted to carrying out hacking in the UK (Ministry of Defence - Wikimedia Commons) *The Telegraph*:* Fifth of GCHQ intelligence comes from hacking* The spy agency reveals scale of so-called equipment interference as it wins human rights challenge A fifth of GCHQ intelligence comes from hacking in to phones and computers, the agency has revealed, as it won a human rights victory over its once secret technique. The spy agency admitted last year that it regularly hacks electronic devices – known as equipment interference – to gather data on suspec... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead At West Texas Ranch 10,000 Greek Farmers Stage Massive Revolt In Athens, Destroy Police Cars In Venezuela, "Savage Suffering" Takes Hold Amid Frightening "Food Emergency" Welcome To Obama's Recovery: Carrier Moving 1400 Jobs To Mexico The World's Top Performing Hedge Fund Just Went Record Short, Explains Why America's Corrupt Media – How Reporters Took Direct Orders From Hillary's Staff Americans Have Never Been Fatter: Obesity Rate Rises To Highest Level On Record North Korea has a strange and surprisingly effectiv... more »

Washington Wants To Capture Raqqa To Break Up Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The US-led coalition is competing with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in a race to reach and liberate Raqqa from ISIS. Should the SAA fail to liberate Raqqa from the terrorists then Syria could be permanently broken up, with the help of a U.S. led coalition that includes Kurdish, Turkish, Saudi and western agendas. Sputnik reports: Over the last few days, the 555th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, backed by pro-government militias, has continued to gain ground in northeast Syria. It has moved toward the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s strategic Tabaqa Military Airport. O... more »

In Victory or Dissent, Scalia Was a Man of Strong Principle

Mark Sherman/AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Justice Antonin Scalia - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not. He was a big personality who rather enjoyed the spotlight, and he did not often shy from controversy. Scalia deeply influenced a generation... more »

BWorld 43, More on WESM, PEMC and DOE

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last February 11, 2016. When the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA, RA 9136) was enacted, among the provisions is the creation of an independent market operator (IMO) to manage the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). EPIRA Section 30 says that *“...Not later than one (1) year after the implementation of the wholesale electricity spot market, an independent entity shall be formed and the functions, assets and liabilities of the market operator shall be transferred to such entity with the joint endorsement of the Department ... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Chinese Families Say MH370 Never Crashed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Families of passengers who were on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have said there is a lack of evidence proving that the missing Boeing 777 ever crashed – hinting that authorities investigating the “crash” may be part of a cover-up. Families of the missing Chinese passengers say that the surface and underwater searches have not unearthed anything relevant, despite the investigations covering over four million square kilometres. Themalaysianinsider.com reports: In a statement released today, they said the Malaysian authorities did not explain their delay in releasi... more »

Caught On Camera: Satanic Ceremony Speech Held In Washington, DC

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
This video shows what appears to be a satanic ceremony being held at the Capitol Washington, DC. According to the video’s description: This Satanic Ceremony was held at the Capitol, directly accepted and sponsored by the state, protected by Governments, to let them carry this out. Satanism runs over the world stronger than ever, controlled by the Dark Emperor Satan himself, ruling from the planet Saturn, where the Black Cube has it’s mind-controlling origin and effects upon the people, letting demons out in the world, possessing people, including Those in Power, and turning the Wor... more »

Russian Prime Minister Announces 2016 Cold War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that relations between the West and Russia have deteriorated so badly that a new Cold War has been launched in 2016. “On an almost daily basis, we are being described the worst threat – be it to Nato as a whole, or to Europe, America or other countries,” Medvedev said. “Sometimes I wonder if this is 2016 or 1962,” he went on. BBC News reports: The Cold War was a period of ideological confrontation between the former Soviet Union and Western countries. It began after World War Two and ended with the collapse of the Soviet-led communist ... more »

Venezuela Runs Out Of Food As Country Suffers Financial Collapse

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
After years of rationing and food shortages Venezuela has announced that the country does not have enough food to feed its population – declaring a national “nutritional emergency” throughout the country. The lack of food comes amid an economic collapse that has now reached a point that threatens the lives of people living in Venezuela. Zengardner.com reports: Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic, but really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, ... more »

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest serving judge of the Supreme Court has been found dead at a luxury resort in west Texas. According to reports the 79-year-old conservative judge died of natural causes on Saturday during a hunting trip. The Telegraph reports: His body was found when he did not appear for breakfast at ranch in West Texas, according to local reports. KVIA, a TV station, said he had reported feeling unwell after a day of quail hunting on Friday. A conservative, he was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reag... more »

WW3: Russia Deploy Cruise Missile Ship To Syria

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russia have deployed a new cruise missile warship towards Syria on Saturday armed with Kalibr anti-ship missiles. The Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department confirmed that the Zeleny Dol Buyan-M class corvette departed Russia’s permanent naval task force. “Today, the Zeleny Dol missile corvette and the Kovrovets minesweeper of the Black Sea Fleet left [the Crimean port of] Sevastopol to begin carrying out tasks as part of Russia’s permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean,” Vyacheslav Trukhachev said. Presstv.ir reports: The Russian offici...more »

Angela Merkel’s Handler Revealed To Be Jesuit Mario Draghi

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Financial Times have revealed in a recent article that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “handler” is the head of the European Central Bank and Jesuit Mario Draghi. According to the FT, Draghi manipulated Merkel to centralize financial power within Europe. Ktfnews.com reports: And German officials insist that Angela Merkel, the powerful third term German Chancellor, did not back Draghi’s policies of centralization of banking to clear the way for the European Central Bank to start buying Eurozone bonds. She obviously wanted centralization too in order to achieve greater forced i... more »

10 Basic New Age Deceptions and How to Correct Them

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Waking Times* - The new age movement doesn't hold much promise for a better future. Here's why. The post 10 Basic New Age Deceptions and How to Correct Them appeared first on Waking Times.

Inequality 29, More on Oxfam, squatters and a lamborghini

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
A friend commented on my critique of the Oxfam paper and said that it is not only Oxfam that questions rising inequality, there are also some reference to the Credit Suisse report, the last Davos conference saying that inequality as "deepening", and Piketty says the same thing. My main issue here is against bad math. The numerator, world's top billionaires (numbers from Forbes) is cumulative wealth of the top 80, or top 100, etc. rich individuals, accumulated after 4, 5, 7 decades. But denominator is wealth of a country for 1 year. Numerator will be bloated while denominator is rel... more »

Musical Interlude: “El Condor Pasa”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
PERU, “El Condor Pasa” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_gSydN_BYM And of course... Simon & Garfunkel, "El Condor Pasa" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pey29CLID3I

Black Man Wounded in Baton Rouge Shootout With Police

MICHAEL KUNZELMAN at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Officers investigate the scene of a shooting in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Police officers who were shot early Saturday during a confrontation with a suspect were responding to a call about someone damaging property. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A local prosecutor says he believes police were justified in firing back at a man they had chased through a Baton Rouge neighborhood before dawn Saturday. Neighbors awakened by the gunbattle say dozens of shots were... more »

Is Operation Choke Point Still Happening? A Business Owner’s Story

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Small bank_cropped_compressed] Running his business, Gregory Bone says he did "everything we could" to avoid a conflict. His industry -- payday lending -- is overseen by state and federal officials. But despite his clean record, Bone said U.S. Bank informed him on Jan.... more »

RIP Tony Scalia (1936-2016)

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
#RWNJs mourn the death of Justice Tony #Scalia, a man who did for jurisprudence what Hitler did for tap dancing. pic.twitter.com/CW0g84pK5A — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) February 13, 2016 More later. It'll take a while for Mikey Flannigan to catalog all this man's evils.

Back to the Snye and MacDonald Island

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day ago
Having exhausted the number of bird species I can reasonably expect to see around the house, I decided to expand my territory somewhat and do a little bird watching down around the Snye and MacDonald Island. It's actually been quite awhile since I had been there and while I have headed there for a little bird-watching in the past, its not something I've tried this time of year. It was a bit chilly and overcast but bearable and nothing like the cold that the eastern part of the country is getting hammered with at the moment so I really couldn't complain. The Snye as seen from the cau... more »

Turkey And Saudi Arabia Prepare For War Against Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
As Turkey continues to build up its military presence on the Syrian border, Saudi Arabia have announced their plans to launch a ground operation in Syria alongside the the United States. Russia have accused both countries of using Syria as an excuse to wage a coordinated attack against Russia. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the possibility of a large-scale war in the Middle East is almost inevitable now that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have entered the picture. Pravdareport.com reports: Turkey continues building up its military presence on the border with the S... more »

Experts: Prepare For Guerrilla Warfare Against Zika Mosquitoes

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists have warned that the explosive spread of the Zika virus across the America’s will see an increase in Guerrilla warfare style battles against mosquitoes. Authorities fighting mosquito’s are increasingly going door-to-door, spraying neighbourhoods with insecticides in order to kill mosquitoes carrying the deadly virus. NYtimes.com reports: Nearly a year after the first cases of Zika were diagnosed in Brazil, the virus, which is suspected to cause birth defects and other neurological problems, is bearing down on American shores. It is already in Puerto Rico and the United S... more »

Karl Rove’s GOP Super PAC Takes Out Ad Likening Trump to Clinton

Julie Bykowicz at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Karl Rove's GOP Super PAC Takes Out Ad Likening Trump to Clinton] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is getting an assist from a Republican super PAC founded by a top strategist to former President George W. Bush. American Crossroads is spending about $40,000 on an online advertisement that likens... more »

Blowing the Whistle on Monsanto Might Pay Off Big Time for Former Employee

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - An internal employee who blew the whistle on fraud could win a serious reward. The post Blowing the Whistle on Monsanto Might Pay Off Big Time for Former Employee appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 1055 is a dominant member of a small galaxy group a mere 60 million light-years away toward the intimidating constellation Cetus. Seen edge-on, the island universe spans about 100,000 light-years, similar in size to our own Milky Way. * Click image for larger size.* Colorful, spiky stars in this cosmic portrait of NGC 1055 are in the foreground, well within the Milky Way. But along with a smattering of more distant background galaxies, the deep image also reveals a curious box-shaped inner halo extending far above and below this galaxy's dusty plane... more »

"In The Long Run..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In the long run my observations have convinced me that some men, reasoning preposterously, first establish some conclusion in their minds which, either because of its being their own or because of their having received it from some person who has their entire confidence, impresses them so deeply that one finds it impossible ever to get it out of their heads. Such arguments in support of their fixed idea... gain their instant acceptance and applause. On the other hand whatever is brought forward against it, however ingenious and conclusive, they receive with disdain or with hot rag... more »

"The Consequences You Sow: Action and Effect"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "We should strive always to speak, think, and behave with great thoughtfulness and compassion. All motive and action affects the cosmos in some way. The principle of cause and effect is the truth that allows us to change ourselves and the world around us for the better. However, this same universal law is also at work when change is not at the forefront of our minds. Our intentions flow forever outward in the form of energy, affecting both the people closest to us and billions of individuals we will likely never meet. For this reason, we should strive... more »

"Where I Needed To Be..."

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

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Trump & Co Approve Torture Because ‘It Works’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and his son approve of torture, degradation and waterboarding, after all it’s what goes on in private college fraternities. Water-boarding is nothing compared to what a future Republican Donald Trump administration has in store for U.S. adversaries. Under the Donald it will be “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” The Economist reports: Presidential candidates compete over their embrace of torture “YOU BET your ass I would”, Donald Trump said in November, addressing whether he might, if elected, bring back waterboarding, the interrogati... more »

Chet Raymo, “Caught In The Middle”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Caught In The Middle”* by Chet Raymo "It doesn't take a genius to recognize that human males have a propensity for intergroup violence, and that the killing is often accompanied by rape. One need only read the newspapers. The only question is to what extent these tendencies are innate or culturally inculcated. Nature or nurture? Or both? A new book, "Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World," by population biologist Malcolm Potts and science writer Thomas Hayden, dishes up a bit of both. The violence is in our (male) genes, they ma...more »

The Poet: W.E. Henley, “Invictus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Invictus”* “Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - W.E. Henley

Feb. 13: J.D. Irving - friend of the forest and the bunnies, etc.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Mr. Irving is mad at MLA David Coon. (Good for you Mr. Coon.) So Mr. Irving has taken out a full page ad in our most independent newspapers, the Irving ones, to rebuke Mr.Coon for being critical of Mr. Irving's forest management. Curiously, it never tells us what Mr. Coon said. It just talks about the wonderful things Mr. Irving is doing for us, out of pure love of New Brunswick. (Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.) So the whole page tells us nothing. And, curiously, it isn't signed by Mr. Irving, just by three of his VPs. The ad seems to begin with a statement that Mr... more »

Conservative SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead at West Texas Ranch

Mark Sherman at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Conservative SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia Reportedly Found Dead at West Texas Ranch] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a... more »

Peter Sellers on the Michael Parkinson show back in 1974

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Peter Sellers on the Michael Parkinson show back in 1974; happier, simpler time.

Free Speech - Noam Chomsky

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

What is the Zika Virus Epidemic Covering Up?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Jagannath Chatterjee* - Is the Zika virus being used as a scapegoat for Pharma's dangerous adverse effects? The post What is the Zika Virus Epidemic Covering Up? appeared first on Waking Times.

Do Conservatives Actively Want To Make Your Family Less Healthy-- Probably Not; They Just Don't Care

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Friday morning, the House passed the GOP's so called Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act 266-144, originally written by lobbyists for Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Blue Dog John Barrow (GA), who has since wisely been retired by his district's voters. The bill had several corporate-friendly Democratic co-sponsors, Blue Dog Henry Cuellar (TX), New Dem chief Ron Kind (WI), Blue Dog Loretta Sanchez (CA) and 33 corporate Democrats skipped across the aisle to vote with Republicans and prepare for big PAC checks that will come for the AYE vote. Mostly it was the regular suspects, a... more »

IsraAid's Role In The European Migrant Crisis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
* The difference between Europe and Israel is Europe takes in all the refugees for economic reasons, while Israel would kill them all for security reasons. The image is from the film 'World War Z.'* *An excerpt from, "IsraAID Refugee crisis and Clash of Civilizations" by Shabana Syed, Veterans Today, February 13, 2016: * There is also talk that Greeks should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for opening their homes to refugees, risking their lives to save others, taking care of the sick and injured, despite the fact that Greece is suffering an economic crisis. However the strangest... more »

Turkey's Invasion of Syria To Curtail The Kurds Will Reap Short-Term Benefits, But Also Long-Term Losses

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Saudi Arabia and Turkey have hitched their wagons to a losing horse.* Events in Syria have taken a predictable turn with Turkish shelling of Kurdish positions in recently liberated areas. This latest aggression by Ankara to prevent and rollback Kurdish gains most likely has the tacit approval of the other Muslim regimes in Iraq, Syria, and Iran, all of whom don't want to see Kurdish aspirations for statehood come to fruition. It is not even the Muslim states that are the most resistant to Kurdish independence. Their own prejudiced, ignorant, and brainwashed populations see the ad... more »

Dick Tracy for the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
As the Genesis started taking off in North America, Sega scoured the land for hot properties it could throw down on its brand spanking new console. At the time, Nintendo's restrictive licensing practices for third party developers meant the big names in games got an outing on the NES and seldom elsewhere. Sega had to rely on a mix of their own exclusives, arcade conversions, celebrity endorsed games, Disney titles, and publishers who, for whatever reason, didn't produce games for Nintendo's system. Despite the odds, Sega's strategy met with success. Its arcade conversions were unsur... more »

AIM's Clyde Bellecourt: Tired of Bernie, Hillary and Trump Bullshit

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Video screen photo by Censored News By Brenda Norrell Censored News Feb. 12, 2016 Dutch translation by Alice Holemans at NAIS at: http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/clyde-bellecourt-van-de-american-indian-movement-is-de-bullshit-van-bernie-hillary-en-trump-beu MINNEAPOLIS -- The American Indian Movement’s Clyde Bellecourt refused to be silenced and demanded to know if Bernie Sanders would

5.1 & 3.9 Magnitude Earthquakes Rattle State Of Oklahoma

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The third largest earthquake ever recorded in the U.S. state of Oklahoma rocked its western parts on Saturday morning. Two quakes hit at 11:07 and 11:17 local time, 95 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, according to USGS. The recent rise in earthquake frequencies has been blamed on fracking. Tulsa World reports: The quake registered a 5.1 magnitude and was recorded northwest of Fairview at 11:07 a.m., according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey. A 3.9 aftershock followed about 10 minutes after the earthquake, according to the USGS. At 5.1, the temblor will be t... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Russian Official Calls For Global Coalition To Confront ‘US Dictatorship’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The head of of Russia’s top law enforcement agency, Aleksandr Bastrykin , has called for the establishment of an international coalition to confront what he refers to as the US-imposed “dictatorship” on the rest of the world. Bastrykin said on Friday that the world is in urgent need of a new system of checks and balances that would equally represent every nation across the global political spectrum. Press TV reports: The formation of a global coalition of countries could serve as “a feasible pole to counter the dictatorship imposed by the Americans together with their Western allies... more »

The Economy: "A Market Collapse Is On The Horizon: What is Ahead for 2016?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"A Market Collapse Is On The Horizon: * *What is Ahead for 2016?”* by Gail Tverberg "What is ahead for 2016? Most people don’t realize how tightly the following are linked: *1.* Growth in debt. *2.* Growth in the economy. *3.* Growth in cheap-to-extract energy supplies. *4.* Inflation in the cost of producing commodities. *5. *Growth in asset prices, such as the price of shares of stock and of farmland. *6.* Growth in wages of non-elite workers. *7.* Population growth. It looks to me as though this linkage is about to cause a very substantial disruption to the economy, as oil limit... more »

Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Johann Hari* - Across the world, more and more people are asking: Why is marijuana banned? The post Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think appeared first on Waking Times.

Zika, Like Rubella, a Game-Changer?

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
I’ve been collecting links on the Zika virus for weeks now. If you haven’t been keeping up, here are some points to know: • there isn’t a concrete link yet between reported cases of microcephaly and the Zika virus in Central and South America; • some researchers in Latin America suggest that it is not Zika but a Monsanto-linked larvicide causing microcephaly; • microcephaly is a variable diagnosis depending on the size of the head, unlike anencephaly, which literally means “no in-head”; • microcephaly is also a variable condition affecting some infants not much, others catastrophicall... more »

Another Progressive Congressional Candidate Endorses Bernie

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
NY-24, the congressional district centered on Syracuse, is one of the 3 bluest districts (D+5) in the entire country represented by a Republican-- thanks in no small part to the deranged insistence from the DCCC that only conservative DINOs should run there. Obama won the district twice, in 2008 with 56% and in 2012 with 57%, and this cycle Blue America has endorsed a sterling progressive, Eric Kingson, founder of SocialSecurityWorks, who, predictably the DCCC is working hard to sabotage and is instead running two hapless establishment picks. Eric has endorsed Bernie for president ... more »

US Slams Assad’s Pledge To Liberate Syria From Terrorists

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The US has slammed comments by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which he vowed to regain control of Syria. A spokesman for the US state department said there was no military solution to the years-long conflict in Syria after Assad said he planned to liberate the entire country from the the control of terrorists. Press TV reports: State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said on Friday that the Syrian president does not have “any legitimacy, but others do.” “He [Assad] is not a legitimate leader for his people… He is deluded if he thinks there’s a military solution to the conflict i... more »

VIDEO: AIM's Clyde Bellecourt to Bernie Sanders: 'Will you honor the treaties'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. Clyde Bellecourt To watch video click arrow below: Video: AIM's Clyde Bellecourt gives 'em hell! Bellecourt's strong words to Bernie Sanders, and Hillary, Trump and the other right wingers. Don't ever try to silence Clyde Bellecourt! Question to Sanders: "Will you honor the Treaties?" Again to Sanders: "You did not answer the question."  Read article at Censored News:  AIM's Clyde

UPDATED: MUSE: The Globalist.... words and music ..... I dedicate to the lying BBC

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*UPDATE: February 14, 2016 Paul Craig Roberts has an excellent update on the impending crisis in Syria...and the *race to Raqqa*....between Russia and USrael/NATO...which could decide the fate of the world.* *UPDATE: February 13, 2016 WWIII has started? Globalists on a rampage...* FIGHTING HAS BEGUN !!!! Turkey Shelling into Syria; Directly Attacking Syrian Arab Army and perimeter of Russian Base in Latakia *Muse: The Globalist - live at the * Toyota Center Houston 12/01/2015 Official Muse Version Here *Muse musician/songwriter Matthew Bellamy says this song was originally title...more »

Libyan Military Jet Shot Down Over Benghazi

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An MiG-23 jet which was being flown by forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government was the second to go down in the past week The fighter jet was shot down as it carried out air strikes on opposition positions in the coastal city of Benghazi. ISIS have claimed its fighters downed the plane, according to SITE Intelligence Group, a US monitor of jihadist activity on the Internet. On Monday, another MiG-23 crashed near the eastern city of Derna after attacking ISIS positions. AlJazeera reports: Nasser el-Hassi, spokesman for the government’s forces, told AFP news agen... more »

A Storm of Complaints

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
This week's *Newswatch *(with Samira Ahmed) did a bit of 'on the one hand' and 'on the other hand' *vis-à-vis* 'complaints from both sides' over the BBC's coverage of the junior doctors' strike... ...but the bulk of the programme was taken up with discussing BBC reporters 'braving' the "extreme weather" - specifically a live report from the seaside on BBC One's *News at One *where experienced BBC reporter Duncan Kennedy stood next to the sea fighting against a heavy buffeting from the wind and sea-spray during Storm Imogen whilst *at the very same time* telling BBC viewers that th... more »

Gravity Unlinked From Matter?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Yesterday's announcement was really not about what i would think of as a gravity wave if such might exist but of the disturbance in the ocean caused by a mere wave using a scale far beyond what may actually be a gravity wave if it turns out that gravity were to be propagated like electromagnetic radiation. Still important, however Newton makes much the same prediction with Relativity simply refining the theoretical expectation. That did bring me up short though to think out aspects of gravity that have been coalescing for myself in terms of my own efforts. The first assertion i... more »

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