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Monday, June 30, 2014

30 June - Blogs I'm Following

English: County municipal building across Ashl...
English: County municipal building across Ashley Pond. (Note added May 2009: The County Municipal Building pictured here was demolished in 2008, and the Los Alamos County Judicial/Police-Jail Complex is being constructed on the site, with completion scheduled for May 2010.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Photograph of the Athabasca Tar Sands...
English: Photograph of the Athabasca Tar Sands in Alberta, c. 1900-1930 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Calf igloos at Oneida Baptist Institu...
English: Calf igloos at Oneida Baptist Institute (OBI); Oneida, Clay County, Kentucky, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Hey Buddy (Waking Up Yet?) If You Like Being Used/Manipulated By Those You Thought You Paid To Protect You . . . (Watch Out for John Negroponte's Next Sighting!)

Welcome to terrifying Pottersville. Yes. There are no good jobs or usable benefits for even the available bad ones. And if you didn't have enough to do to try to keep mind and body operating in tandem as you go about your daily grind trying to rub two cents together to get a spark . . . . . . . yes, guys. There are too many comments highlighted below. But each of them is important to the

Post By-election thoughts

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 hour ago
With 94% of the votes counted as I type this it's guaranteed that our riding will be sending another Conservative to Ottawa. I can't say I'm too surprised as Fort McMurray-Athabasca has elected either Conservative or Reform MPs since its creation. However, as I watched the results come in tonight it was clear early on that the Liberals weren't about to fade quietly into the night. I suspected they would pick up some votes but was surprised by just how many. The Liberals had put a great deal of time and energy into the campaign here though and were able to tap into what seems to... more »

Politics And Race In Those 10 Worst Counties To Live In In America

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
This morning, Taegan Goddard took a look at the much-talked-about *NY Times* piece from a few days ago, Where Are The Hardest Places To Live In The U.S.? Clay County, Kentucky was *the* hardest and the *Times* compared Clay to Los Alamos County by showing specific contrasts: "Only 7.4 percent of Clay County residents have at least a bachelor’s degree, while 63.2 percent do in Los Alamos. The median household income in Los Alamos County is $106,426, almost five times what the median Clay County household earns. In Clay County, 12.7 percent of residents are unemployed, and 11.7 perc... more »

My Vegan Life - Picnics, Grilling, and the 4th of July

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 2 hours ago
[image: My Vegan Life - Celebrating the 4th of July] In the US, we're celebrating our country's independence this weekend. Many people enjoy picnics, backyard grilling, and a lot of good food on the 4th of July. I remember my first picnic as a vegan. We weren't thinking creatively and lunch consisted of raw carrots, celery, and tomatoes. Raw veggies are great but, lunch, that day, was far from exciting. [image: My Vegan Life - Celebrating the 4th of July] These days we've gotten much better at planning delicious meals for our outdoor enjoyment. We prepare traditional picnic foods... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, "A Tour of the Universe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Vangelis, "A Tour of the Universe" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDXp1tpPD38

"Too Often..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.” - Dale Carnegie

Thorne Dreyer : PODCAST | Suzanna Danuta Walters discusses the ‘Sabotaging of Gay Equality’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
The author of the provocative cultural critique, ‘The Tolerance Trap,’ joins us in a lively and revealing discussion on Rag Radio. Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | June 30, 2014 Our Rag Radio podcast features Suzanna Danuta … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *PODCAST* | Suzanna Danuta Walters discusses the ‘Sabotaging of Gay Equality’


There can, of course, be no moral equivalence in the tit-for-tat killings of Israeli and Palestinian children such as has occurred in the West Bank these last few weeks. But, on the other hand, neither can there be any tolerance of the killings of Palestinian children while the Western world’s press calls for outrage when the children of Israeli settlers are killed. It’s not so much a matter of moral equivalence as moral inequivalence. Israel and the neocons demand the world be outraged by the deaths of three Israeli children yet condemn those 1523 Palestinians children that have be... more »

From the same group of thugs who brought you the Temporary Foreign Workers fiasco ....

Dave at The Galloping Beaver - 2 hours ago
The Trojan Horse! (Or horses, if you like). Ever heard of the International Mobility Program? How about Inter-Company Transfers, whereby foreign companies are permitted to bring their own foreign workers in to do work on Canadian soil? No? Off to Creekside where Alison had done an amazing amount of heavy lifting. It may be the most important post you've read this year.

Media Has No Idea What Special Education Is (Guest Post)

Kris Nielsen at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
Guest Post by Jessica S. Martinez, in response to a recent editorial in the Albuquerque Journal. Once again, the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board has placed its ignorance on display for all to see. Here is yet another example of those who know nothing about education sticking their noses where they do not belong. Allow me to […]

Falling over themselves to play soccer

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
When teams win so often by acting, you wonder whether it’s a World Cup of sport, or a Wold Cup of comedy. “To be fair, it is actually possible to get hurt playing soccer.” But not often. Read: ‘The World Cup Flopping Rankings.’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Bulgaria Blues ( June 30 , 2014 ) -- With Bulgaria's banking system already under the threat of bank runs - note they now take their begging bowl to the EU for a bailout of their banking system ! And as they are now formally under the thumb of the EU , how can they not do its biding - whether that means blocking South Stream or whatever else the EU demands ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Black Listed News...... EU APPROVES BULGARIA CREDIT LINE TO STEM BANK RUNS June 30, 2014 Share It | Print This Escape Big Pharma! Kick the subs. Inexpensive Organic Herbal Pain Relief. KratomForCheap.com SOURCE: REUTERS The European Commission said on Monday it had approved a Bulgarian request to extend a credit line of 3.3 billion levs ($2.30 billion) in support of banks that have come under speculative attack. “The Commission concluded that the state aid implied by the provision of the credit line is proportionate and commensurate with the need to ensure sufficient liquidity ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain. Later, it was added to the catalog of his friend and colleague Charles Messier as M106. Modern deep telescopic views reveal it to be an island universe: a spiral galaxy around 30 thousand light-years across located only about 21 million light-years beyond the stars of the Milky Way. * Click image for larger size.* Along with prominent dust lanes and a bright central core, this colorful com... more »

Paulo Coelho, “A Saint In The Wrong Place”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“A Saint In The Wrong Place”* by Paulo Coelho “‘Why is it that some people can resolve the most complicated problems really easily, whilst others agonize over every tiny crisis and end up drowning in a glass of water?’ I asked. Ramesh replied by telling the following story: ‘Once upon a time, there was a man who had been the soul of kindness all his life. When he died, everyone assumed that he would go straight to Heaven, for the only possible place for a good man like him was Paradise. The man wasn’t particularly bothered about going to Heaven, but that was where he went. Now in... more »

"Ever Have One Of Those Days?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

"What Frustrates Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning... Does our being alive matter?" - Harold S. Kushner, "When All You Ever Wanted Isn't Enough"

Mark Twain, “On The Damned Human Race”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“On The Damned Human Race”* by Mark Twain “I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the lower animals (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that the theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals. In proceeding toward this unpleasant conclusion I have not guessed or ... more »

Mick Jagger: “But they’re still a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Yeah. Bastards. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Bodies of three missing Jewish teens 'found near West Bank city' | Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
The Daily Mail seem to think all Israelis are 'settlers. No better than BBC, Guardian or The Independent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2675451/Bodies-three-Jewish-settlers-went-missing-near-Hebron-near-West-Bank-city.html

Today it was Justice Sammy "The Hammer" Alito's big chance to bludgeon a hapless Constitution

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*Justice Sammy the Hammer was wielding his Sledgehammer of Doom at the Supreme Court today.* *by Ken* Clearly the Cro-Magnon wing of the Roberts Court has developed a vestigial sense of shame. The two bombshell decisions saved for the final day of the Supreme Court term today (which Howie wrote about in his 2pm PT post) weren't bombshells in the sense of *surprise*. They were just more of the all-but-impossible-to-avoid IEDs that have become the manner of "justice" meted out these days by the High Court, now that the full counter-constitutional system is in place, with the Cro-Mag... more »

David P. Hamilton : The Democrats’ delusions and a strategy for change

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
A central goal of the left in the U.S. should be to create an independent electoral base, a voice from which the left can speak directly to the mainstream. By David P. Hamilton | The Rag Blog | June 30, … finish reading David P. Hamilton : The Democrats’ delusions and a strategy for change

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Port-of-spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and TobagoThanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “On The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“On The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”* by Chet Raymo "I seem to remember that it was Lawrence Durrell, somewhere in the Alexandrian Quartet, who said: "Science is the poetry of the intellect, and poetry is the science of the heart.” Or something to that effect. That line has stuck in my head for thirty or forty years, without ever quite knowing what to make of it. Maybe it's time to wonder if it's saying anything meaningful. Certainly, science is the work of the intellect. One can feel a heartfelt passion while doing science, and one can experience a throb or two when observing sci... more »

The Poet: Aldous Huxley, "Lightly"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Just the fact o... more »

"The Risk..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Biology says that we are who we are from birth. That our DNA is set in stone. Unchangeable. Our DNA doesn't account for all of us though, we're human. Life changes us. We develop new traits. Become less territorial. We start competing. We learn from our mistakes. We face our greatest fears. For better or worse, we find ways to become more than our biology. The risk of course is that we can change too much to the point where we don't recognize ourselves. Finding our way back can be difficult. There's no compass, no map. We just have to close our eyes, take a step, and hope to God w... more »

“11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces”* By Alex Kane “The “war on terror” has come home- and it’s wreaking havoc on innocent American lives. The culprit is the militarization of the police. The weapons used in the “war on terror” that destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq have made their way to local law enforcement. While police forces across the country began a process of militarization complete with SWAT teams and flash-bang grenades when President Reagan intensified the “war on drugs,” the post-9/11 “war on terror” has added fuel to the fire. Through laws and ... more »

The Myths of School Vouchers, Then and Now

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by Casey Given* Although the first voucher program in the United States was introduced in 1869, it wasn’t until a century later that school choice started gaining mainstream traction, thanks to the efforts of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. In 1980, millions of Americans tuned in to watch Friedman make the case for choice while engaging in lively debate with opponents on his PBS television series *Free to Choose*. [These are the three clips showing the debate; head here for the first clip of Friedman’s argument.] A lot has changed in the 34 years since ... more »

Mike's Story Part 65 - Furnace

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 6 hours ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* * January 5, 2008 * * "Holy shit!" * * "What?"* * "It's gone! My email about B-. I looked in sent mail. Do you have it?"* * "Yes." I found my cc'ed copy of the email and forwarded it to Mike. * * "This is them. They're letting me know I have to back off." * * He sat back, pondering. "I'm taking this very seriously." * * "Why would they care more about that than about your helping Steve [Alten] or [the guy working on a movie about the end of industrial civilization]?" * * "They're afraid of my brain." * * The next day, I found the missing email in T... more »

Want to know what is really going on in the world that the "mainstream media" will never tell you? Ask Paul Craig Roberts! How? Well, Greg Hunter is by far PCR's the best interviewer, and here is a relatively recently interview that will have you glued to your chair for the duration...

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ *YouTube: *http://youtu.be/AhxZxL56B00 Paul Craig Roberts: US is Completely Busted, Non-Delivery of Gold - Crash the System, War in Ukraine Greg Hunter *Published on Mar 11, 2014* http://usawatchdog.com/united-states-... - Economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, "The physical stock of gold in the West to meet delivery demand is diminishing rapidly. So, one day the Chinese will buy 100 tons of gold, and we won't be able to make delivery. That would crash the system. It would just pop. So, there are things that could crash it suddenly. Regardless... more »

The Flavor of the Summer is Fear

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 6 hours ago
Be very, very afraid America, the greatest threat to western civilization has now manifested itself with the mysterious Islamist group ISIS officially declaring the establishment of that dreaded caliphate that the neocons have been wailing about for years and have now hit the jackpot with the ultimate bogeyman to wage their Middle Eastern wars. It was inevitable that Americans would be bludgeoned again with that fear club, a powerful weapon of great influence that worked to perfection under Bush and Cheney and now that the Republicans or Hillary Clinton because what is really the ... more »

Southern hemisphere’s tallest building

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
I”m not sure the design is all it could be, but it’s still exciting to hear that Melbourne will soon host the southern hemisphere’s tallest building. [image: image] But the original 388m project designed by Eureka architects Fender Katsalidis, which was to have included a hotel, was scaled back by planners “due to CBD flight controls.” Because a lot of planes fly over the city at an altitude of 388m. [image: image] Story here. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Helpful Government Personnel

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
Helpful government personnel. I think there are many of them in the Philippines, thanks to them. I met this man about three weeks ago. He has already retired from government, receiving his monthly pension but not having much to do at home, he frequently returns to his previous office and helps people, the public, in anyway he can. For free. His name is "Croox", jolly and cheerful guy. He retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), he has helped me secure certain government documents including a notarized copy by the Saudi Embassy, for a Special Power of Atty (SPA) of my y... more »

down the rabbit hole

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
the rabbit hole

“Abuse of Power by Gigantic Corporation Comes as Total Surprise”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
* “Abuse of Power by Gigantic Corporation Comes as Total Surprise”* by Andy Borowitz MENLO PARK (The Borowitz Report)— “Millions of Americans awoke on Monday to the shocking news that a gigantic corporation with unprecedented power over their lives had allegedly abused that power for commercial gain. Across the United States, stunned consumers were shaking their heads in disbelief after learning that a gargantuan company whose explicit goal is to make as many billions of dollars as possible through any means available would put its own interests ahead of those of its customers. “It... more »

"Turn Off Your Mind, Relax and Float Downstream..."

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*"I was reading that stupid book of Leary's and all that shit..."* *- Lennon, 1970* “To be is to do”—Socrates. “To do is to be”—Jean-Paul Sartre. “Do be do be do”—Frank Sinatra. “To do is to be.” — Socrates “To be or not to be.” — Shakespeare “To be is to do.” — Sartre “Dooby dooby doo.” — Sinatra “Yabba dabba doo” — Fred Flinstone “Dabba dabba doo” — Kate Bush “Do be a do be.” — Miss Louise, Romper Room “Scooby-doobee-doo” — Scooby Doo “Hey-boo-boo” — Yogi Bear *"Ay-oh!" - Freddie Mercury* 1 - Realize that "speaking in tongues" was promised by Jesus and was to accompany belief: ... more »

The Great Warming

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
Recent decades have been a golden age for archaeologists. New technology has provided tools for better understanding the past. Researchers can now identify the climate trends of past centuries by analyzing the layers in tropical coral, tree rings, glacial ice packs, and lakeshore and seabed sediments. Climate has played a primary role in influencing the course of human history. It could enable the rise of mighty empires, and later reduce them to dusty ruins. Big changes can happen suddenly, without warning, and have devastating effects. Mighty scientists may huff and puff and s... more »

In praise of good drinking

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: clip_image001] Very much going against today’s trend, Matt Heath comes not to bury good drinking, but to praise it. He has no time for campaigners who think a sniff of booze turns Kiwis into alcoholics and criminals. Like most Kiwis I enjoy a drink. In fact, I love a drink. I'm having a beer as I write this. But I am not an alcoholic and I don't have a drinking problem. My drinking is more like a hobby. Sadly, like all pastimes, work and family commitments keep me away from it. With two kids and three jobs I just don't have the time anymore. But that is the natural Ki... more »

"Whitehouse" "Al Qaeda" "bomb" 'Syria' Yemen' "airliner"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*This news has all the buzzwords* *What is a 'buzzword'?* **Advertising and or propaganda (same/same) *- *buzzword: word or phrase that takes on added significance or new meaning through repetition or special usage* **Rhetoric and Figures of Speech* -* buzzword: slogan or catchword conjuring popular idea or image.* The White house is used purely for an appeal to authority. All the rest are words used to conjure ideas and these words have certainly taken on new meaning through repetition and special usage. Special usage going right back to propaganda. -Yup, this is how y... more »

11th Doctor Crocheted Tweed Scarf, Bowtie, and Fez

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
Hi all! Lorene from just Lu back again with another fun Doctor Who tutorial for you! Bowties are cool, and what’s cuter than a baby 11th doctor! The bowtie is removable, so you can easily adjust the scarf to wear yourself, too, for a little bit of understated Whovian cosplay style... if there is such a thing. How to Make a Mini 11th Doctor Cosplay Scarf and Bowtie *Supplies* - yarn in 4 colors: red, brown, tan, cream - crochet hooks: a smaller size like G, and then a jumbo size that will hold 4 strands of yarn - two large buttons, clear or red/brown to match the yarn ... more »

Intervention and the Prospects for Power-Sharing in Iraq

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
This is a guest post by Philip Martin, PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, columnist David Brooks advises a U.S. approach to Iraq which uses military force to arm-twist Iraqi elites into forming an inclusive new government, since “if Continue reading

How Susan Collins (R-ME) And Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Wrote Those 2 Supreme Court Decisions Today

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
This morning's two Supreme Court decisions-- one that allows employers claiming to have religious objections to discriminate against women's health needs and one that says public service unions can't compel members to pay dues-- were both decided late in the afternoon on January 30, 2006 when 19 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans against the Democratic filibuster against New Jersey corporate whore Sam Alito. Almost all of them-- from Lieberman to Blanche Lincoln to Max Baucus and Ben Nelson-- are gone from the Senate now, but these 7 Alito-enablers are still ... more »

Teenage lack of angst revisited

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Everything's depressing me at the moment - the latest grim news from Israel, the proclamation of a new Caliphate, the shocking verdict on Rolf (OMG, Rolf!!!), accidentally hearing Ed Balls on *The World at One, *and coming across Eddie Mair's baby jingle thing for the umpteenth time on *PM* - so that's the reason why I'm cheering myself up this evening by listening to Morrissey and The Smiths. (I could have chosen Leonard Cohen but, no, Morrissey will do.) I've actually been listening to 'The Smiths' Greatest Hits' for the last three days (he confesses, in time-honoured blogger s... more »

"The Notion..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
The UN has reported that more than 100,000 refugees are fleeing eastern Ukraine (mostly into Russia) as the regime in Kiev continues to shell civilian targets. In the video below the US denies the refugee number. Here are some words from the refugees: Woman: The situation in the cauldrons of Kramtorsk and Slavyansk is deteriorating by the hour. The reports of chlorine gas being used starting yesterday are confirmed. The nazis will do the same with gas they did with bombardments. First one single mortar shell, then 5, then 50 as the world ignored the shooting at civilian targets... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
The UN has reported that more than 100,000 refugees are fleeing eastern Ukraine (mostly into Russia) as the regime in Kiev continues to shell civilian targets. In the video below the US denies the refugee number. Here are some words from the refugees: Woman: The situation in the cauldrons of Kramtorsk and Slavyansk is deteriorating by the hour. The reports of chlorine gas being used starting yesterday are confirmed. The nazis will do the same with gas they did with bombardments. First one single mortar shell, then 5, then 50 as the world ignored the shooting at civilian targets... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
ISIS proclaimed Islamic order on territories they captured both in Iraq and Syria. The area they now hold contains economically vital oil sites. Where does ISIS get the funding it needs to snatch power in the region? Even Washington has played its role in the rise of ISIS - as RT's Marina Portnaya explains.

Overview: “Anthropology lessons” continue this week!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014* *An old practice reappears:* At the start of last week, we thought we’d have a bit of fun, treating the press corps as the source of some “anthropology lessons.” Alas! During the week, a familiar old practice reappeared in earnest, largely at the Washington Post. As the week proceeded, this basically wiped the grins off our faces. But it didn’t vitiate the need for those scholarly lessons. Never before has the Washington “press corps” created a prevailing “narrative” so early in a White House campaign! But it’s fairly clear that this happened last week, an... more »

Release of guarantor by material alteration of underlying loan

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Turfpro Investments Inc. v. Heinrichs, 2014 ONCA 502: [13] A guarantor will be released from liability where the creditor and the principal debtor agree to a material alteration of the loan agreement without the consent of the guarantor: *Manulife Bank of Canada v. Conlin**,* [1996] 3 S.C.R. 415, at para. 2. In that decision, Cory J. adopted the oft-quoted description of the rule by Cotton L.J. from *Holme v. Brunskill* (1878), 3 Q.B.D. 495 (C.A.), at pp. 505-6: The true rule in my opinion is, that if there is any agreement between the principals with reference to the co... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
*Twisted Up in Money* We've become twisted we are out of our minds money is the book we worship Natives called it 'green frog skin' paper covers heart heart goes cold and greedy mean we are twisted because we lost our way our reason for living our human purpose the vision has been stomped there is a twisted war on now the good, the people who want to share and be kind are the enemy of greed

What Makes People Vote? What Makes Them Stay Away From The Polls?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Friday we were looking at the grave danger the corrupt, conservative Democrats have put the party and the country in by recruiting grotesque candidates in their own image. The vast majority of congressional Democrats voted *for* Tom Massie's amendment to curb NSA domestic spying but corrupt, conservative Democratic leaders-- primarily Steny Hoyer (K Street-MD), Steve Israel (Blue Dog-NY) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (New Dem-FL)-- crossed the aisle to vote with the worst of the Republican authoritarians. The same day, most Democrats voted for Barbara Lee's amendment to prevent fu... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*91L Growing More Organized; Will Bring Heavy Rains to Florida and the Bahamas ~Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground* *Mayors of Atlanta and New Orleans: Uber Will Beat the Taxi Industry ~Coner Friedersdorf, The Atlantic* *Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom ~Jesse Hardman, WWNO*

Supremes Being Supreme: Feudalism Edition

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
So the neoliberals and the theocrats had a torrid affair and just gave birth to a great, big, fascist monstrosity. The black-robed Inquisition known as the Supreme Court has blessed the anti-union union and officiated at the baptism. There shalt not be any Obamacare-subsidized birth control for you, ladies, and guaranteed living wage, benefits and union rights just got a swift kick in the ass for good measure. And Goddess help you if you happen to work as a home health aide in a Christian family-owned agency in the Land of Lincoln, the Great Emancipator. You will not only have to c... more »

Not another Promise

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
There’s quite a bit of hype about the upcoming eight-parter called The Honourable Woman to be aired starting Thursday on BBC2. It’s a drama/thriller set against the background of the Israel Palestine conflict. I can hear “Oh noes” erupting all around. Is it going to be another version of Peter Kosminsky’s ‘The Promise’, which purported to educate us about the history of the region as well as the modern day situation? Predictably Peter Kosminsky’s history was *his *story, as opposed to the actual story. His subsequent appearances on virulently anti-Israel discussion panels underli... more »

About yesterday's "gay pride" events...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*in which scantily clad men and women transformed themselves into slaves for the entertainment of the masses.* Pride, one of the seven deadly sins through which almost all other sins proceed, is indeed an apt description of what transpired yesterday. Simulated sex acts, the "leather" contingent with their bare butts hanging out, black leather masks and flicking whips, men dressed as women, and bull dykes pretending to be men, are at the center of all this "pride." Because the center of being homosexual is really all about the manner in which these people mutually masturbate. The... more »

Myths of Muslim Britain

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
The other day, Craig examined a book written by a radio producer called Innes Bowen who turned up on radio 4's “Sunday”. *Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent. *Here’s what she said re the Cardiff-born jihadi. The thing that the people who go have in common really, it's a shared set of ideals. They're young. They're idealistic. And if you look at that video yesterday you can see in this case certainly not stupid, very intelligent young man, and on that video he's appealing to other Muslims to a sense of duty. He's making them try to feel that they have a sense of duty to go to Ira... more »

Tracking Al Qaeda in Iraq's Zarqawi Interview With Ex-CIA Analyst Nada Bakos

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was most famous for leading Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). In fact, his first organization was called Tawhid wal Jihad, which he formed in the 1990s before he had joined al Qaeda. In 2002, Zarqawi travelled to Iraq to prepare for the U.S. invasion. It wasn’t until January 2004 that he asked for assistance from Al Qaeda central, and then in October 2004 he finally pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Zarqawi proved to be a much more bloodthirsty terrorist than even bin Laden was used to as AQI became committed to attacking Iraqis, and especially Shiites to start a ci... more »

ISA – Midwest: Please consider submitting to this conference!

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Please consider putting in a round-table, paper, or panel submission for the 2014 International Studies Association -Midwest Conference, to be held November 7th through the 9th at the Hilton-Ballpark in St. Louis. The deadline for proposals is July 1st. In my opinion, ISA-Midwest is the most productive and friendliest conference I attend all year. Unlike other conferences, ISA-Midwest Continue reading

A bang or a whimper

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
No sooner was The Big Questions getting into its stride under the masterful chairpersonship of Nicky Campbell than the series ended. I’m not even joking now. Don’t let’s forget that not so long ago that programme was such a shambles that watching it turned you into a voyeur, like when you stumble upon Jeremy Vine and are momentarily transfixed. However, it’s gone and now there’s Sunday Morning Live. I don’t know why we lost Samira Ahmed, who was rather good, and got instead Sian Williams who sports the roundest face ever to be televised. Like TBQs SML has three topics and a panel,... more »

ISIS oh ISIS your a Mysterious Child

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
To summarize my past analyze of this group : Bullshit. There are so many things wrong with this picture its hard to know where to hang oneself. I just know in my heart the group that manufactured ISIS where Bob Dylan fans. They are Bob Dlyan fans! I might have to support this effort. They are Bob Dlyan fans. They are throwing babies out of incubators, no not yet but soon I expect. If they really want to make a Islamic superstate why not project their message to the Islamic states instead of speaking English aimed at the American people? So the US will give a half billion dollars w... more »

ANTHROPOLOGISTS WITHIN: Defining the problem!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014* *Part 1—Balz on board:* With the death of his mentor, the late David Broder, Dan Balz is sometimes considered the dean of the Washington press corps. In yesterday’s Washington Post, Balz affirmed the instant narrative his own newspaper created last week. In the process, he raised a question which can only be answered by the anthropologists who emerge, on the rare occasion, from within his own corrupt guild. What is that question? We’ll post it below. First, let’s review Balz’s weekly column, which was quite significant this week. As always, Balz’s column, T... more »

Hobby Lobby...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*you could knock me over with a feather about now. * *HOBBY LOBBY WINS!* Supreme Court rules *5-4* in favor of *religious liberty*. and SCOTUS Rules 5-4 Against Public Unions in Harris vs. Quinn Decision

Radio Host Banned for Saying Mohammed Married a 6-Year-Old: “You Can’t Call a Deity a Pedophile” | FrontPage Magazine

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
' "No one mention Mohammed" has become the new, "No one mention the war".' Read why here... http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/radio-host-banned-for-saying-mohammed-married-a-6-year-old-you-cant-call-a-deity-a-pedophile/#.U7F0jxzrvwQ.twitter

Who are the Palestinian people?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago

Polar bear cubs in Germany

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago

Hell Is Empty & All the Mercenaries Are Here

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
It's even worse than we imagined. A private mercenary force ostensibly working for the US Government issued a direct death threat against a US Government investigator, and then the US Government essentially turned tail and ran away in abject fear, leaving the private mercenary force behind in Iraq to kill at will. As usual, the wrong people are in jail (namely, Iraq War whistle-blower Chelsea Manning). And ironically enough, the reporter who broke this blockbuster Blackwater death threat story is himself now facing jail time for the crime of committing journalism and refusing to div... more »

Rolf Harris guilty of indecent assaults

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
The BBC report - http://m.bbc.com/news/uk-28094561- that 'Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls. The 84-year-old was convicted of 12 attacks between 1968 and 1986.' Horrible story and to a man that I, figuratively, looked up to as a child. Oh well as Rolf Harris songs are now no doubt verboten, here's Splodgenessabounds with their version of Two Little Boys http://youtu.be/zeYwTIC2-TI

A film question re Django Unchained

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Why are the gang who are taking Django to the mine in Django Unchanged Australian? Just wondering...

ALEC Transparency - Ain't what it used to be

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
ALEC trans-par-ency ain't what it used to be, ain't what it used to be, ain't what it used to be, ALEC trans-par-ency ain't what it used to be, just a few years ago. ALEC has learned to mislead the press very well when it comes to the issue of transparency. Unfortunately for the reader - the press writes what ALEC says - doesn't check to see if it is true - so the press feeds the public lies. *ALEC Distorts Transparency* because of member concerns about transparency, Meierling said. “The fundamental issue is people want to know,” Meierling said. “Critics of the organization and s... more »

Charles Forsberg's views on Generation IV nuclear costs

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 16 hours ago
*I am reposting this 2010 essay, because I believe that it makes important points about the future of nuclear power that require repetition.. Charles Forsberg has retired from ORNL, and currently directs nuclear fuel cycle research at MIT.* ORNL MSR development work focused almost exclusively on MSBRs, although Ed Bettis's reactor design shop did design some deep burn MSR converters. The AEC was interested in breeder reactors, so the ORNL focus was on the development of a MSBR, rather than on possibly simpler converters. During the 1960's the cost of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) was... more »

Maine Senate: Mod Fraud Declawed? Bellows Fire And Our Match

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
A generous Blue America supporter who matched contributions to Maine US Senate Democratic nominee Shenna Bellows in this year’s first quarter, is back again to match the first $1,000 contributed to Bellows through the our ActBlue page between now and Monday night at midnight. This supporter says "with Bellows’ fire making Collins’ sweat, the least I can do is offer another match," and goes on to highlight the following evidence of Collins’ sweat and Bellows’ fire: Mainstream media-labeled "moderate" Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has "evolved" more in the last 12 weeks ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Poor, bright British children missing out on top universities: More than 2,000 are overtaken by less able pupils after getting lost in the 'secondary school maze'* *The authors below seem unaware that IQ peaks earlier among low IQ individuals -- and those who peak early often look relatively good at early ages. That alone could explain the results below* More than 2,000 bright children from poor homes are missing out on places at top universities because they get lost in a ‘secondary school maze’, according to new research. These disadvantaged students are being overtaken by ... more »

“What You Signed Up For”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“What You Signed Up For”* by Karl Denninger “I bet you thought Facebook tweaked your feed to provide you with "relevant" information you might find useful. What if you found out that instead they "tweaked" it in an attempt to determine whether they could manipulate your emotional state? Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was p... more »

Stephen Harper's Legacy

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://greeceandworld.blogspot.ca/ Michael Harris has written a devastating indictment of the Harper regime. The piece is a little long. After all, the man has done a lot of damage in eight years. But, by far, most of the damage has been done since the prime minister was given his majority: It was revealing. Unlike his minority governments, where a murder of political crows flapped overhead waiting for the fatal misstep, after 2011 there was no vote Harper could not win, and no cabal in the Opposition ranks that could topple him... more »

Russia beginning to show its cards on Ukraine ( June 30 , 2014 ) -- Russia Reveals "Plan B": Gazprom Says Gas Transit Via Ukraine May Be Stopped Completely ..... Meanwhile Russia's trade with China set to soar !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-30/russia-reveals-plan-b-gazprom-says-gas-transit-ukraine-may-be-stopped-completely Russia Reveals "Plan B": Gazprom Says Gas Transit Via Ukraine May Be Stopped Completely [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durdenon 06/30/2014 07:53 -0400 - B+ - Bank Run - Bulgaria - Eurozone - fixed - Hungary - Natural Gas - None - Turkey - Ukraine inShare1 A few days ago, when we wrote our "explainer" on the need for Russia to have an alternative pathway for its gas, one which bypasses Ukraine ent... more »

Iraq Updates - June 30 , 2014 -- As the Iraq Government ( helped by Syria / Iran / Russia and the US ) mans the barricades to defend Baghdad / Samarra / Najaf / Karbala and to attempt to retake territory seized by various Sunni fighting Groups , just note the Kurds are moving quickly to establish Kurdistan in Iraq !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Tweets of note - FWIW ! *Mark* @markito0171 · 2h #Iraq #ISIS/#IS take most parts of Camp Speicher in #Tikirt http:// wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=34.668935 Retweeted by Alexblx *dado* @unaa2011 · 2h There are reports the arrest of Maj. Gen. Ali Furaiji, commander of operations in Salah al-Din Base Speicher #Iraq #Tikrit - *Al-Monitor* @AlMonitor · 45m Former #Iraq PM Ayad Allawi says a crescent of Russian influence forming in Middle East - Week-in-Review http://almon.co/24f9 *Al-Monitor* @AlMonitor · 2h #Russia is unlikely to do much more than provide arms to Baghdad - @ Th... more »


Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 19 hours ago
Sorry that I have been out of touch with regular blog readers. I have moved to Nantucket for the summer, and the weather here has been too great to spend much time in front of a keyboard. (The three best reasons to be a professor: June, July, and August.) The past few days I have been attending the Nantucket Film Festival. I have had a chance to see some great movies before they are in general release. Two are worth mentioning: *Arlo and Julie*, a small quirky comedy/mystery that is a bit Woody Allen-esque. Also, *Happiness*, a documentary about a boy and his family in Bhutan. ... more »

Justice is a terrible thing but injustice is worse

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 20 hours ago
Peter Wimsey

America's Nazis in Kiev: "Russians are Subhuman"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*June 30, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Self-appointed prime minister of Ukraine, Arseny Yatsenyuk of the "Fatherland Party," referred to Russians as "subhuman," echoing the racist vitriol of Nazism Yatsenyuk and others in his regime subscribe to. It was a violent, armed coup spearheaded by Neo-Nazi militants that placed Yatsenyuk into power in the first place, along with the Neo-Nazi political front Svoboda, and paved way for fraudulent elections that predictably yielded a pro-US-EU client regime. Yatsenyuk made his comments amid ongoing fighting in the east of Ukraine, where Kie... more »

The ISIL caliphate twist

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
The successes of the ISIL/ISIS, a terrorist organization working to establish the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, have brought a new twist (rooted in very old anti-civilizational delusions) to the unstable politics of the Middle East. *"Dr Ibrahim", the 40-or-so old "caliph" and the permanently masked chieftain of the ISIL/ISIS terrorists. Caliphates – territories led by a Muslim head – were founded after Mohammed's 632 AD death as a religious (and later political) institution. The previous (or so far latest) caliphate, the fifth one, was abolished by Turkish leader Atatürk... more »

Small dog climbs stairs oddly

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
No reason other than it's cute!


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*Laughing Stock Met Office…2007 “Peer-Reviewed” Global Temperature Forecast A Staggering Failure* Frank Bosse at Die kalte Sonne here puts the spotlight on a global warming forecast published by some British MetOffice scientists in 2007. It appeared in Science here. The peer-reviewed paper was authored by Doug M. Smith and colleagues under the title: “Improved Surface Temperature Prediction for the Coming Decade from a Global Climate Model“. Using sophisticated methods, the target of the paper was to forecast the temperature development from 2004 to 2014 while taking the internal ... more »

Carnivore Husbandry - The Lion and the Lamb

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
*Carnivore Husbandry.* I want to note that an alternative approach to animal husbandry is shaping up. Let me explain the reasons why. The actual balance of nature is grossly inefficient in terms of prey carnivore balancing. What happens is that predators focus on the young members of the prey species and go after adults rather sparingly. This suppress the population unnaturally. Simply hunting out the carnivores is not a good solution either since we then must face the reality that we ourselves need to replace them. It is about picking your poison. Yet we are approaching an a... more »

The Global Financial Ponzi Scheme

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
What no one really grasps in all this is that the global currency and credit system has literally gone its own way and has removed itself from the direct control of any human agency whatsoever. Participants pretend that their actions have influence, but it is really a charade. This has become Adam Smith's invisible hand with a vengeance. Of course those at the top of the credit bubble get to play king maker, but they are also in no meaningful form of control beyond managing their own appetites. Just how long such a group can sustain this remains to be seen and unfortunately well... more »

Laser Therapy Can Recover damaged Teeth

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
This is very good news. It means that teeth that are simply damaged can be induced to regrow outright. The protocol is not well defined yet, but the principle is clear enough. The tooth is cleaned up and stimulated. It is then likely temporarily protected as well and allowed to grow in with some additional stimulation likely required. Thus the next several years will see both this therapy and the actual implanting of fresh buds to produce new teeth where lost. This means that a full recovery of a mouth of teeth is becoming practical and way more important, worth planning for. H... more »

Trouble With the Pineal Gland?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
I am not sure if any of this helps, but all inputs like this may. I put this into my list of associations and hope it pops up if it helps. The pineal gland has attracted a lot of attention but even that is openly disputed so that it merely informs as to the the real depth of our ignorance. What I do know for sure is that a few individuals become opened and can with coaching and some discipline find ways to convert experience into usable words. Lucid dreams may or may not be part of the story and those I can confirm. *Trouble With the Pineal Gland?* *By June 6, 2014* http://sore... more »


THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY is a history of neoconservatism and its influence on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East during the first decade of the twenty-first century. Written after years of extensive research, THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY contains over 550 pages, including more than 1200 footnotes and some 120 pages of bibliography. The book has been meticulously researched with every aspect of the history fully supported with primary evidence, much of it from the neoconservatives themselves. The book is a must for all those interested in the history of neoconservatism, the recent his... more »

A Bogus Caliphate

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Isis announces caliphate in 'declaration of war'"* The Guardian, June 29, 2014: The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a "declaration of war against the West and al Qaida", an expert has warned. The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group has sought to solidify its leadership of worldwide jihad today by declaring that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph, or head of state. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for the group, called for those living in the area under the group's control in both countr... more »

Finally, Independent Kurdistan- Re-Re-Drawing The Map Of The Middle East

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
You may have read this weekend that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Israel has had "discreet" intelligence relations with the Kurds for 5 decades and has more recently been selling oil to Israel directly (via a pipeline through Turkey to a Kurdish tanker in the Mediterannean). Baghdad has threatened legal action against anyone who buys the Kurdish cargoes, and the US and several European countries have warned firms not to accept them. Israel, however, does not have any contracts with Baghdad, so it would face li... more »

Did the US leave Iraq too soon? [Source: The Aspen Institute]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Did the US leave Iraq too soon? Source: The Aspen Institute. Date Published: June 29. Description: Balancing Instruments of Power in a Multi-Polar World Featuring Mike Mullen and Jeffrey Goldberg Maliki is a stubborn sectarian survivor and Karzai is a corrupt gangster who fears for his life.

Harry Targ : The intellectual impacts of historians Joyce and Gabriel Kolko

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The ‘Limits of Power’ demonstrated that the United States was committed to expanding its capitalist empire across the globe. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | June 29, 2014 I have been teaching courses on United States foreign policy … finish reading Harry Targ : The intellectual impacts of historians Joyce and Gabriel Kolko

Free Download: Omar Khayyam, "The Rubaiyat"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumin'd Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show; But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days; Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays. The Ball no question makes of Ayes and Noes, But Here or There as strikes the Player goes; And He that toss'd you down into the Field, He knows about it all- HE knows- HE knows! The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall ... more »

"Let the Chips Fall Where They May..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. The things you own end up owning you. We are defined by the choices we make. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? I say, never be complete. I say, stop being perfect. I say, let’s evolve and let the chips fall where they may…" - "Fight Club"

"The Road..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. The Road goes ever on and on Out from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, Let others follow it who can! Let them a journey new begin, But I at last with weary feet Will turn towards the lighted inn, My evening-rest and sleep to meet." - J R R Tolkien

"My Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Akb1t37T4E&feature=related

What The Hell? Criminal Jews Have Forced The Shutdown Of Internet Traffic Originating From Iran (Prelude To War?)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have read the reports over the last two days about how a criminal Jewish scumbag lawyer in the United States has been able to convince a court in the United States to have ALL internet traffic originating from the innocent nation of Iran (all sites ending with ".ir") to be shut down... The excuse from this scumbag in this lawsuit is that Iran is a "terrorist nation" and is responsible (?) for the Israeli led attacks of 9-11! After reading the official statement put forward by the scumbags behind this atrocity, I honestly wanted to puke... I am shocked that they have had the auda... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons by repeated fateful encounters with each other or the Galactic center. Surviving relics are older than any Earth fossil, older than any other structures in our Galaxy, and limit the universe itself in raw age. *Click image for larger size.* There are few, if any, young globular clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy because conditions are not ri... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Ninth Duino Elegy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Ninth Duino Elegy"* "Praise the world to the angel: leave the unsayable aside. Your exalted feelings do not move him. In the universe, where he feels feelings, you are a beginner. Therefore show him what is ordinary, what has been shaped from generation to generation, shaped by hand and eye. Tell him of things. He will stand still in astonishment, the way you stood by the ropemaker in Rome or beside the potter on the Nile. Show him how happy a thing can be, how innocent and ours, how even a lament takes pure form, serves as a thing, dies as a thing, while the violin, blessing it, fades... more »

Psychology/Psychiatry: "Do You Have 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder'?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Do You Have 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder'?"* by Ethan A. Huff "Psychiatrists have issued the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and, in it, they hope to add a whole slew of new psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, many of these disorders are merely differences in personality and behavior among people. The new edition may include “disorders” like “oppositional defiant disorder”, which includes people who have a pattern of “negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures.” Some of the “symptoms” of ... more »

"Four Noble Buddha Quotes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Four Noble Buddha Quotes" by Perry Garfinkel "Isn't it - I can't decide whether to say "ironic" or "appropriate" - that modern technology now brings us wisdom that would otherwise have been considered oh so 2,500 years ago? I refer here to sharing timeless tips from one Siddhartha Gautama, the prince who lived 500 years before the Common Era, a.k.a. the Buddha. But sage as he was, as relevant today as when he lived, quoting the Buddha is dangerous business. Nothing he said was written down until some 300 years after his death; it was all passed down orally. By the time it got to us... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Well of Madness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Well of Madness”* by Paulo Coelho “A powerful wizard, who wanted to destroy an entire kingdom, placed a magic potion in the well from which all the inhabitants drank. Whoever drank that water would go mad. The following morning, the whole population drank from the well and they all went mad, apart from the king and his family, who had a well set aside for them alone, which the magician had not managed to poison. The king was worried and tried to control the population by issuing a series of edicts governing security and public health. The policemen and inspectors, however, ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"God Grant Me The Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.” -Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

"There For All Of Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We are hurt; we are lonely; and we turn to music or words, and as compensation beyond all price we are given glimpses of the world on the other side of time and space. We all have glimpses of glory as children, and as we grow up we forget them, or are taught to think we made them up; they couldn't possibly have been real, because to most of us who are grown up, reality is like radium, and can be borne only in very small quantities. But we are meant to be real, and to see and recognize the real. We are all more than we know, and that wondrous reality, that wholeness, holiness, is t... more »

"Fight or Flight: Who Runs Your Life?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Fight or Flight: Who Runs Your Life?" by Tony Schwartz "Think, for a moment, about the life you're living. You skitter from activity to activity. The consequence is that you don't do anything particularly well. You're easily distracted and have difficulty paying attention. You rarely read anything challenging, if you read much at all, which is why so much of your knowledge is superficial. The same is true of your relationships. How does that description strike you? Have I got it pretty much right? My suspicion is I do, even if you are compelled to deny it. Okay, now take a moment ... more »

"How Ot Really Should Be"

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

"It's All Written..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Its five in the morning, I can see the first rays of sun trying to penetrate through this grey sky, trying to change its color to dark blue, and declare the dawn, but it's strange, dawn and dusk both have the same color, both have that same murky feel about them, but how different is their nature. One exemplifies the end, while the other symbolizes a new beginning... but is that end the end of hopes or end of sorrows... or is that beginning the beginning of a new life or new difficulties which lie ahead... we can't ever figure it out... it's all written and that's what destiny is. ... more »

Musical Interlude: Irish Tavern Music, Gaelic Storm, "The Farmer's Frolic”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Irish Tavern Music, Gaelic Storm, "The Farmer's Frolic” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBATrLRWySg

FREE Download: "Words of Paradise- Selected Poems of Rumi"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned... The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms By itself in the dark forest... What still pulls on your soul?" - Rumi (1207 - 1273) • "Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi was a 13th century Afghan poet and philosopher who heavily influenced both eastern and western poetry. His poetry is divided into categories: the quatrains and odes of the "Divan," the six books the "Masnavi," the discourses, the letters and the "Six Sermons." Rumi's major poetic work is "Matnawiye Ma'nawi," a six-volume poem, conside... more »

Updates On Iraq [6.29] Netanyahu Is The First Leader To Recognize Kurdish Independence In Iraq; Turkey Is Also On Board

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Israeli PM Netanyahu endorses Kurdish independence citing chaos in Iraq"* RT, June 29, 2014: *Citing the “collapse” of Iraq amid the ISIS insurgency and sectarian violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed the de-facto independence of Iraqi Kurds. Netanyahu has also called to support the “Kurdish aspiration for independence.”* The hawkish Israeli leader said on Sunday that Kurds are *“fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence,”* Reuters reported. Speaking to Tel Avi... more »

TV Watch: "Rizzoli and Isles" (finally) says "Goodbye" to Det. Barry Foster -- and actor Lee Thompson Young

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Lee Thompson Young: Tuesday's episode was called "Goodbye."* *by Ken* I'm glad I didn't read joyceeng61's June 17 tv.com "Looking Forward" piece, "*Rizzoli and Isles* Boss on Writing Out Lee Thompson Young: 'It Was Very Daunting,' " *before* seeing the show's first two episodes of the new season these past two Tuesdays. And if you haven't seen them yet, you may not want to continue reading this until you have. Now that I *have* seen those episodes, and felt I needed to say something (something *approving*) about the way the show finally dealt with the suicide last August of cast ... more »

Unacceptable and Disgraceful Censorship of Delegate Internet Access to News and Social Media at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 1 day ago
I'm writing this waiting in my hotel lobby for getting out to the airport to fly home from Mexico City after six days conferencing (and a bit of sightseeing) at the main international event of my central field of speciality, the biennial World Congress of Bioethics, this time organised by the Mexican Comisión Nacional de Bioetica, or CONBIOETICA, headed by congress president Manuel H Ruiz de Chávez. The congress tours around the world and is the official core event of the International Association of Bioethics, IAB, thus ultimately representing this global organisation for bioethi... more »

know your rights, rental edition, part two

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Just about one year ago today - July 8, 2013, to be exact - our area was hit with a massive flood that swamped homes, cars, highways, trains, and . . . our basement. The basement had been Allan's office. The office in which he was working to meet a publishing deadline. Stressful? You could say that. It could have been much worse. We got an insurance settlement, and we moved - not without some hassles, but we did it, moving in to our current rental home in September. Now, one year later, we mentioned to our current landlord that it's time to renew our lease. He said he'd come over f... more »

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #14

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
One of our regular Readers' Den customers approached me with her usual long list of movies. She researches movies online, prints out lists, and comes to the desk to see what we have in our collection. Anything we have, we place on hold for her. She's a great customer, in terms of library use. She has an intellectual disability, and sometimes helping her can be a bit of a challenge. This customer talks very fast, and a little too loudly. While you're searching for one item, she's rattling off the next few, so after placing each hold, you must ask her to repeat the next title. Becaus... more »

Texas Winds are Unreliable.

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 1 day ago
This is crazy. [image: Graph of Texas (ERCOT) hourly wind generation, as explained in the article text]

Was The DCCC Pestering You With Spam All Weekend?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
As you know, tomorrow (June 30) marks the end of the FEC's arbitrary reporting quarter. Candidates are hysterical and following DCCC suggestions to burn their lists with a constant barrage of requests for contributions. If you're ever signed a DCCC online petition you've probably had dozens of content-free requests since Friday, including multiple pleas from Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Steve Israel, neither of whom seems to have thought it was relevant to tell Democrats that each had just voted with the Republicans against Tom Massie's amendment to end unconstitutional domestic ... more »