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Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Islamist Fighters Have Taken Over The Abandoned U.S. Embassy In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 minutes ago
*Islamist Militia 'Seize' U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya And Post Video Online Of Triumphant Gunmen Leaping Into The POOL While Giving Tours Around The Evacuated Residents Quarters -- Daily Mail* * Footage reportedly taken inside the compound shows men gathered around the embassy villa's swimming pool, with some even jumping in * An official claims the compound is being 'safeguarded' and was not 'ransacked' * The compound has been unoccupied since July 26 when U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort * It comes near the two-year anniversary of th... more »

EdNext and the “Promise” of “Charter Choice”–But Let’s Not Mention the FBI

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 minutes ago
I have written a couple of posts of late regarding the results of Education Next’s 2014 public opinion survey, especially as concerns EdNext’s and its editor-in-chief Paul Peterson’s attempts to sell the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to a public that is only half aware of CCSS– and with the half who are aware increasingly rejecting those […]

Douglas Carswell Leaves The Conservative Party For The Much More Right-Wing UKIP

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
Unless you're a Brit, you've probably never heard of Douglas Carswell, until last week, the Conservative Member of Parliament from Clacton a generally well-off, retirement seaside area in Essex, just northwest of London. Carswell, who often passes himself off as a libertarian, was on the extreme fringe of the Conservative Party, switched to the neo-Nazi UKIP last Thursday (August 28) and resigned from Parliament, triggering a by-election in which he will face off against a Labour candidate, Tim Young and an as yet unnamed Conservative candidate. If Carswell wins, he'll be the fir... more »

Happy Labor Day!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Have a safe and happy Labor Day folks, and thanks for stopping by!

Assad Is Deluded To Think That Washington Will Align Itself With His Regime In The Name of Fighting ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Washington will not sacrifice its proxy army ISIS for anybody, especially not Assad. From the U.S. perspective that would be a waste of a useful tool. The terrorist group's ability to promote Washington's aims in the region via unconventional means have proven to be very effective so far.* *1. An excerpt from, "Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon" by Tom Perry, Reuters, August 21, 2014: * There is no sign of any shift in Washington, whose policy is built on Assad leaving power and last year came close to bombing Syria after accusing him of using che... more »

Energy Econ 25: Coal Use and GDP Expansion, Is There a Correlation?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
* This is my article in thelobbyist.biz last Friday. ----------- Energy is development. The more energy and electricity that an economy can provide for its citizens and private enterprises at low price and stable supply, the bigger is the growth and development potential of the economy. There is growing public interest for renewable energy like solar and wind and this is fine. But when there is also corresponding high opposition to coal, petroleum and even natural gas, then public policy is distorted, like more taxation of conventional sources, royalties for Malampaya natural gas. W... more »

Happy Labor Day? (No, Not Really . . . Not At All In Fact) The USA Con Was A Very Long One - And Deep - One of the Greatest Causes of the Ever-Widening Income Gap:  A Bridge Straight to the 19th Century (Without Social Security or Security of Any Type)

Contributions for this blog's operation are always welcomed. Thank you, in advance. When I read any of Thomas Frank's books and essays I always marvel that his subject has also been mine for the last 30 years. And he's organized the arguments mathematically to back them up. If you stopped watching Jim Cramer and the rest of CNBC's money/politics shills long ago, it was probably because you

What creates wealth

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Why are some countries rich and some countries poor? Is it access to natural resources? Is it tax policy? A motivated work force? These are important, but not determinative. The answer is deceptively simple - it's what's in our heads: knowledge. Thus, the surest way to promote economic growth is to cultivate an environment that encourages the spread of knowledge. Such an environment requires freedom, and intellectual property rights -- which is why the freest and most legally objective societies are the most prosperous. In five minutes, economist George Gilder explains why. ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
My favorite blog, The Vineyard of the Saker, got a ton of comments today from people after he posted a piece about how corrupt and weak EU politicians are. Some of the comments were priceless so I thought I'd share a few here. Most of them don't give names so I will just put what they wrote below. It's encouraging to see such political sophistication out there. What we need now is a unified anti-corporate strategy across the globe. A good start would be a global weekend of protest against NATO. - Merkel, Obama, Poroshenko et. al. are dangerous - but as individuals th... more »

Lee County Board Member, Mary Fischer, Wants to Change Her Vote at 8:30 AM Tuesday Morning

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Clip from News-Press.com: Opt-out may be a thing of the past. Lee County School Board member Mary Fischer said Friday afternoon that she changed her mind about the benefits of opting out, calling for the board to rescind the motion at a special school board meeting. Fischer, who served as the tiebreaker at Wednesday's 3-2 vote, called for the meeting to discuss repealing the sweeping decision. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Lee County Education Center. The school board often needs four votes, known as a "super majority," to rescind a decision. But district ... more »

The Roswell Rock

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 3 hours ago
So now we have the Roswell Rock. What is it? Just a rock found in New Mexico with some sort of crop circle design on it that some think is beyond our capability to make. There seem to be no tool marks found under microscopic examination, it seems to have some strange magnetic properties and it was found within twenty-five miles of the site that is alleged to have contained the alien bodies. It now takes it place with all those other things that have been identified with Roswell such as the Mexican Roswell, the British Roswell, the Chinese Roswell, the Russian Ros… well, you get th... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
You hear it all the time. That’s fair /that’s not fair. Life’s fair / life’s not fair / life’s good, but not fair at all. So WTF does “fairness” actually mean, why is there so much confusion about it, and why is there so much politics that takes advantage of this confusion? Philosopher Stephen Hicks analyses fairness, politics, ethics … and tennis. *Fairness* is a key concept of ethics but if you ask three philosophers what it means, you will get four different answers. Many of our ongoing public policy debates turn on competing conceptions of what is and is not fair. - *In... more »

Update: "Is this why we hate the gummint?" -- the sequel

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Again, pay no attention to the "NO BICYCLE RIDING IN SUBWAY TUNNEL" sign. After all, no bicycle riders did in the time the sign was up. It's gone now.* *by Ken* I just wanted to provide a quick update on the situation ("Closed for repairs that aren't being made: Is this why we hate the gummint?," December 10) at the entrance to the three-block-long pedestrian tunnel that links my stretch of upper Broadway (roughly at what would be 190th Street) to the IRT 191st Street station of the no. 1 train to the east, which lies far below St. Nicholas Avenue -- it's the deepest station in t... more »

"The Invitation"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Invitation"* "It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mi... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Fault Lines traveled to Ferguson to witness the demonstrations and the subsequent heavy-handed police reaction - and to find out how Brown's killing sparked something bigger, exposing tensions that have been bubbling beneath the surface for years.

"humility is the foundation of all learning"

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
My grandmother had always referred to the universe as the Great Mystery. "What does it mean?" I asked her once. "It means all things." "I don't understand." She took my hand and sat me down on a rock at the water's edge. "We need mystery," she said, "Creator in her wisdom knew this. Mystery fills us with awe and wonder. They are the foundations of humility, and humility, grandson, is the foundation of all learning. So we do not seek to unravel this. We honour it by letting it be that way forever." Richard Wagamese, *Indian Horse* (2013)

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. The filaments are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. *Click image for larger size.* The above image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is presented in three colors chosen for scientific interest. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the... more »

"The Essential Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." - Pierre de Courbertin

Chet Raymo, “The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself” * by Chet Raymo "By now most of us will have seen this spectacular photograph of a dusty star-birthing region of the Carina Nebula, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. I offer a slightly different cropping from what you may have seen in the media or on APOD. Please click the image to see it it all of its glory. Let me add some context. The image shows an area of the sky that you could cover with the intersection of two crossed sewing pins held at arms length. Think about that for a minute. Hold two imaginary cr... more »

"Why Are You Here?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* "Why Are You Here?"* by Robert Lanza, M.D. "Why do you happen to be alive on this lush little planet with its warm sun and coconut trees? And at just the right time in the history of the universe? The surface of the molten earth has cooled, but it's not too cold. And it's not too hot; the sun hasn't expanded enough to melt the Earth's surface with its searing gas yet. Even setting aside the issue of being here and now, the probability of random physical laws and events leading to this point is less than 1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Manipulations watch ( August 31, 2014 ) - " There are no markets , just manipulations " ( in gold , silver , FX , equities ( and the Central Banks are the Ring Leaders....Consider the following from GATA !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
From Gata..... Central banks get discounts for trading EVERYTHING through CME Group and Comex Submitted by cpowell on Sun, 2014-08-31 17:40. Section: Daily Dispatches 8:45p ET Saturday, August 30, 2014 Dear Friend of GATA and Gold: When a high school graduate told GATA's conference in Washington six years ago that "there are no markets anymore, just interventions" -- http://www.gata.org/node/6241 -- he didn't know the half of it. For Zero Hedge reports tonight -- http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-30/its-settled-central-banks-trade... -- that Eric Scott Hunsader, founder of market dat... more »

Ukraine / Russia Updates ( August 28 , 2014 ) -- Broad overview of Today's events - Obama threatens additional sanctions ( based on alleged escalation in Ukraine , that means Kiev can now be deemed to be faring poorly in the War with the Federalists ) ........... Russia denies troops / tanks and other equipment in Ukraine ( except those 9 paratroopers of course ) ...... Interestingly , protests in Kiev over Military Operations in South East Ukraine - heads of President and Defense Minister demanded .......... Putin seeks safe corridor for Kiev troops seeking to escape to Russia ... State of play regarding alleged Russian invasion , sanctions and counter sanctions , battlefield updates.......

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Moon of Alabama..... August 28, 2014 "Zero Proof" - The "Russian Invasion" Of Ukraine *Updated below* The authors of this NYT piece, Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front, are not really convincing when presenting these reports by the Ukrainian government as truthful: The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week, further blunting *the momentum Ukrainian forces have made in weakening the insurgents* in their ... more »

"Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation" by George Washington "Biologists and sociologists tell us that our brains evolved in small groups or tribes. As one example of how profoundly the small-group environment affected our brains, Daily Galaxy points out: Research shows that one of the most powerful ways to stimulate more buying is celebrity endorsement. Neurologists at Erasmus University in Rotterdam report that our ability to weigh desirability and value doesn’t function normally if an item is endorsed by a well-known face. This lights up the brain’s dorsal claudate nucleus, whic... more »

Musical Interlude: Michael Franti, "Hey World (Don't Give Up)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Michael Franti, "Hey World (Don't Give Up)" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01FE9cPXE3M

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

Plasma phospholipid linoleic acid is a marker of health.

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 4 hours ago
A nicely controversial new paper from the American Heart Association, in which linoleic acid in plasma phospholipids is the only PUFA with negative correlation with total mortality. The more LA n-6 in the membranes of your red and white blood cells, together with your lipoproteins, the longer you live. So should we switch back from butter to margarine? (tl;dr; if you really care eat some nuts, nuts are the only LA source convincingly associated with reduced mortality, although nuts also being associated with exercise, wealth, not smoking and other markers of virtue, it's hard to be ... more »

The Poet: Thomas Centolella, "Splendor"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Splendor"* One day it's the clouds, one day the mountains. One day the latest bloom of roses- the pure monochromes, the dazzling hybrids- inspiration for the cathedral's round windows. Every now and then there's the splendor of thought: the singular idea and its brilliant retinue- words, cadence, point of view, little gold arrows flitting between the lines. And too the splendor of no thought at all: hands lying calmly in the lap, or swinging a six iron with effortless tempo. More often than not splendor is the star we orbit without a second thought, especially as it arrives and de... more »

"We Like To Think..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"We like to think that we are rational beings; humane, conscientious, civilized, thoughtful. But when things fall apart, even just a little, it becomes clear we are not better than animals. We have opposable thumbs, we think, we walk erect, we speak, we dream, but deep down we are still routing around in the primordial ooze; biting, clawing, scratching out an existence in the cold, dark world like the rest of the tree-toads and sloths." - "Grey's Anatomy"

"A Message From The Hopi Elders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"A Message From The Hopi Elders"* "You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour. Here are the things that must be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know our garden. It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift, that there are those who w... more »

"A Gathering of the Tribe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"A Gathering of the Tribe" by Charles Eisenstein "Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in those exceptional peak experiences when we glimpse the true potential of life and mind. One day the shaman of the tribe called a meeting. They gathered around him, and he spoke very solemnly. "My friends," he said, "there is a world that needs our help. It is called Earth, an... more »

"The Truth Is..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." - M. Scott Peck

Couldn't Make it Up : "World Order", by Henry Kissinger - Published Sept. 9 2014

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
ESSAYHenry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World OrderThe concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis *The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis, writes Henry Kissinger. Above, a pro-Russian fighter stands guard at a checkpoint close to Donetsk, Ukraine in July. * *"Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with Chin... more »

USrahell Intends To Use Its Nukes To Wipe Out Its Neighbours And Consolidate Total Control Over Palestine

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
* Does this man look rational to you?* An excerpt from, *"Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program"* by Amir Oren, Haaretz, August 30, 2014: The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Isra... more »

“Some of the most serious allegations I’ve seen…”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
"These are some of the most serious allegations I’ve seen," said David Cunliffe this morning, about allegations that bloggers Whale Oil and Cactus Kate wrote “attack blogs” at the behest of a paying client and a justice minister “gunning for” a minion. The Herald publishes a graphic calling a senior bureaucrat the “victim [their word] of a number of highly critical blogs.” Are these people serious? The *victim*? What, off mob violence? Of a violent mugging? Of a drive-by shooting? No, of some “highly critical blogs.” You. Have. Got. To. Be. Fucking. Kidding. Me. Someone wrote so... more »

US Army Drills to Battle Political Dissent and Fight Crime in 'Megacities'

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Eric Blair As we've witnessed recently in Ferguson, Missouri, the difference between police and military is already nearly indistinguishable. In other words, the Army is already taking on peaceful citizens in domestic cities. Tank-supported SWAT teams already grenade and raid homes to serve warrants for victimless, non-violent offenses. What more can they possibly train for? The U.S. Army is now officially getting into the crime-fighting business. According to the Army Times, the Army is training to fight battles in megacities, not against other armies, but to h... more »

Cops to City Council: ‘We Were Given an Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Melissa Melton For those who still say it’s a myth that cops are given quotas for how many tickets they have to write, maybe you’ve never been to Waldo, Florida. The National Motorists Association listed Waldo as the third worst speed trap for a town of 50,000 people or less in 2012, and it’s so bad, billboards like the one above are taken out to warn drivers before they get there. But earlier this week, five police officers came forward to testify before the Waldo City Council that they are mandated to write a certain number of tickets each shift or face punishment — even though ... more »

The world is totally out of control

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Or more accurately I should say the dominant species has lost its mind there is a revolution comming big time China cracking down on Hong Kong Ebola in Africa Russia saying no no Mas in Ukraine and good old ISIS still playing Bob Dylan as a refrain The world could not be any more crazy and our leaders more insane burdened down with fixed position and special interests while Rome burns

Free Download: “A Letter To A Hindu”; Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Human Spirit

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“A Letter To A Hindu”* Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Human Spirit by Maria Popova “Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.” - Leo Tolstoy "In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to life’s greatest moral questions, was moved to reply in a long letter, which Das published in the Indian newspaperFr... more »

In 2011, U.S. And Turkey Killed 34 Kurdish Villagers, Mistaking Them For the PKK

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels" by Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer and Holger Stark, The Intercept, August 31, 2014: * On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident. Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night, apparently under the belief that they were guerilla fighters with the separatist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The group was returning from northern Iraq and their ... more »

Your in my space

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
If you look at all the sixties photos of leaders negotiating you can see the dominant one. Its like they knew a secret. Nowadays comming in to my space uninvited is ruin A victory for the public teaching of pyscoligy

The War on Job Corps

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 6 hours ago
The first Monday in September was originally designated as "Labor Day" for the sole purpose of appeasing working stiffs who'd revolted against management in the bloody Pullman Strike of 1894. The legend that the Knights of Labor founded the holiday is only half true. That union did once hold a parade on the first Monday in September -- but Labor Day's eventual official designation as a paid national holiday was essentially an olive branch proffered by nervous robber barons and the politicians who've always served them so well. The other pro-labor day, May 1st, is observed in most ... more »

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
image source Brandon Turbeville As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and possibly lead to direct confrontation between nuclear powers. Indeed, as further evidence that the Western NATO bloc desires an ultimate conflict with Russia and the BRICS powers, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has indicated that Ukraine is firmly on the pat... more »

Guess who?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Talking of Jon Donnison (were we?)... Here's an 'amusing but true' tweet from our old friend D.B. tonight: Make your own @JonDonnison tweet: "How can Australians [insert activity] while the children of Gaza suffer?" — DB (@4d2b) August 31, 2014 Please see the comments field linked to below for an explanation. (Oooh, a self-referential link!): *http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/whos-really-hit-nerve-with-jon-donnison.html?showComment=1409419470675#c2414374237577688197*

CDC whistleblower’s confession: his personal safety is still an issue

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
Jon Rappoport On August 27, CDC whistleblower William Thompson came out of the shadows and admitted he had omitted vital data from a 2004 study on the MMR vaccine and its connection to autism. Thompson’s official statement was released through his Cincinnati attorney, Rick Morgan. The key piece in Thompson’s statement is: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal *Pediatrics*. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increas... more »

Doubts on Doubts: Part One

Burcu Bayram at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
Dear Readers, apologies for the radio silence. The last few months have been eventful. But I am back in the saddle and getting ready for my graduate seminar on the politics of international law. Skepticism about international law is old but it seems to me Syria, Ukraine, Gaza, and other events deepened the cynicism. “International law Continue reading

Ghost of Sunday Classics: "Kaleidoscope" -- a fondly remembered LP happily holds up under decades-later scrutiny

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*HOW DO WE GET FROM POINT A TO B TO C?* *Point A, the opening of the piece (as heard last night):* *Later we'll hear how we get from there to Point B:* *However, Point B leads directly into Point C:* *London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras, cond. Philips-Mercury, recorded July 1961* *by Ken* Last week I reported my discovery of a hidden treasure trove (free!) of overtures, F. Reeder's Internet Archive compendium of "Overtures - Recorded 1926-1847)" -- 33 mp3 transfers of 29 overtures conducted by 18 conductors, most of them legendary (e.g., Barbirolli, Beecham, Furtwängler... more »

Little Putty Pout

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
This guy is no artificial creation he is James Bond real time So to understand the man we got to look at him as he walks the world what he thinks when he bends down to pick up a dime but in order interpret that information you must understand history Once more I as a history major come to the store that needed to save humanity working half time by employing me in a ruthless call center to survive in cutthroat competition' with another star that will no play by the rules of the game. Little Put Put would shred you on x box or play station because he knows these are wimp platforms but wo... more »

Iraq, Alevis in Turkey, Confucianism, domestic abuse, the Ordinariate, a 'super diocese', and Rotherham and Muslims

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
This week's edition of Radio 4's *Sunday* began with the subject of Iraq, launching it with the Archbishop of York's asylum calls for UK to grant asylum to Christians from *Iraq*. What followed, however, was an interview with Katie Harrison from the charity Tearfund. She has just returned from N Iraq and her testimony was a must-hear, which - just in case you *didn't* hear it - I'll partially transcribe, as what she was describing just beggars belief in 2014: Many people were telling us of the horrors of sex-slave markets. So, apparently, what happens is that women are rounded up... more »

Ukraine- Updates from Anthony & Attack on Ukraine Naval Vessel in Azov Sea

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Anthony has updated myself and readers on the situation in Ukraine- Excerpts from his comments are below. There is also a news item I thought interesting and am not sure what to make of it? AnonymousAugust 31, 2014 at 6:16 AM The latest from the Donbass and it's as confused as ever. Here are some of the main points to note. The militia are still holding on to the recently acquired territory in the south and have Mariupol surrounded. Mariupol would be a fantastic prize to win before the winter sets in. A sea port and apparently has large stocks of food, although the Russians have pled... more »

Diane Finestone worries about the Flintsontes

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
You have to be kidding me Dianne. This was the most lame performance ever in your career defined by things other than excellence. Time to hang it up. You had to repeat cliches for the sake of filling air time without saying anything. Dianne Feinstien IMHO is the symbol of rot that cripples America. Build a new deck. She is eighty years old and a shipwreck. America would be well served by term limits but for sure taking out mem bers of congress before their due date might have run decades over having a voice that made sense to anyone.

this is a test

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

Deep Tweets

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Why I stopped reading the news. Photographer in press pool spots a bandage on the middle finger of Pres Obama's left hand. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 31, 2014

Adventures in Canning: What to can...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*is as important as what not to can.* Some items are harder to safely can than others. My Hansel eggplants have started to spit out bunches of delightful little critters and so I decided to make Caponata, a Sicilian eggplant dish chock full of sweet and savory goodness. Hansel eggplants grow in clusters. You can harvest them starting when they are only an inch or two long. This is my first year growing them and I doubt whether I will ever go back to traditional eggplants. These eggplants have no bitterness, almost no seeds, and the you don't even have to peel them. The lon... more »

The Soap Opera of Teacher “Tenure” in Louisiana and New York

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
I am a tenured, career public school teacher. As such, I realize I am Public Enemy Number One to the fiscally-well-backed, non-teaching finger-pointers who call themselves “education reformers.” If only I could be fired without recourse, American education would no longer be “failing”; the security of my country would be certain, and we would once […]

An Amazing Video Featuring Some Really Cool Planes And Flying Scenes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* Director Eric Magnan from Airborne Films shares his showreel featuring some really cool planes and flying scenes. *Hat Tip:* Theo Spark

We Still Have Police Brutality? In America?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
Over the weekend, Jonathan Martin, writing for the *NY Times* postulated that because control of the Senate will be largely determined by the ability of Democrats to hold or win 4 southern states that were won by Romney with substantial margins-- Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia-- there is a major effort to mobilize African-American votersbased, in part, on the police brutality and racism in Ferguson, Missouri. In black churches and on black talk radio, African-American civic leaders have begun invoking the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, along with conservativ... more »

Acceptance Speech

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Sometimes I think there should be a reality show just for bloggers about BBC bias. Then we could all tell the world about our "journey". In lieu of that, I'll use this post instead to blah on about my "journey" with Radio 4's *Sunday**....* I've listened to every edition of the programme for well over three years now and, a couple of years back, finding it to be among the most reliably biased of all BBC programmes, thought it might make a great case study to launch a new experimental blog about BBC bias. I'd been led to that decision by my initial forays into analysing it, very s... more »

Michelle Rempel's Blind Rage

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
So, Michelle Rempel, MP and member of the Corrupt Conservative Party of Canada finds Justin Trudeau's comments about the sources of international conflict to be "blind-rage inducing." I won't get into the stupidity of her own "thoughts" on international affairs. I'd just like to remind everyone that one of the tiresome refrains that corrupt conservatives like to repeat was that leftists were so very, very angry. We were unhinged from "bush derangement syndrome" or "harper derangement syndrome" so that we couldn't think straight. IOIYAC though. Rempel trumpets her rage as something h... more »

A Look At The Legacy Of Adm. William McRaven, The Man Who Hunted Bin Laden, Saddam And Pirates

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Man Who Hunted bin Laden, Saddam And The Pirates -- Peter Bergen, CNN* (CNN) -- On Thursday in Tampa, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel presided over a change of command ceremony during which Adm. William "Bill" McRaven handed over the reins of Special Operations Command to his successor, Gen. Joseph Votel. As McRaven stepped down he observed, "We are in perilous times." He pointed out that U.S. Special Operations Forces are helping to fight the fast-growing Islamic State in Iraq; the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines; the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria,... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Some 400 people have joined a protest camp in Newport to protest against NATO. The march comes ahead of next week’s military summit that will see 60 world leaders descend on the area and is already causing considerable disruption to locals. "*Nuclear NATO - no, thanks!*" or "*Iraq, Ukraine - no more wars*" read the numerous placards against the upcoming NATO summit. Tens of thousands of people from across Europe and beyond are expected to join the protests during the NATO war summit.

U.S. income gap by race worse than apartheid era

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 10 hours ago
Still reeling from the news that they're putting Uzis into the hands of nine-year-olds for fun in the U.S. (well, at least until they accidentally kill their shooting instructor), I now see that whites in the United States believe that anti-white racism is a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Oh, my. But there's loads more in this piece from the New York Times than that little depressing tidbit. Like how the income gap between whites and blacks in the U.S. is now greater than it was in South Africa during apartheid. Or how a white boy born today in the U.S. will live an ... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago

NSA Developed Search Engine is Another New Toy for the Surveillance State

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 11 hours ago
The NSA has developed yet another tool with which to wage the ongoing war on American privacy that has escalated in intensity under the damnable presidency of Barack Obama. According to a new story based on documents provided by former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Obama's Stasi has built the mother of all search engines. ICREACH allows for multiple government agencies to query numerous databases filled with data that has been gleaned under the pretense of the phony war on terror. The events of September 11, 2001 provided the government every excus... more »

Everyday Is Like Sunday

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I always like it when blogs break away from their core mission to post some purely random piece of music one day a week. So, in that spirit, and as I'm Morecambe and it's Sunday, here's *Every Day is Like Sunday *by Morrissey. When Morrissey sings of "the coastal town/That they forgot to close down" where "Every day is silent and grey", he is, of course, talking about Blackpool.

A Respectful Revolution: Questioning Union Practice as an Act of Loyalty

biancatanis at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
The most revolutionary act one can engage in is to tell the truth. -Howard Zinn Does loyalty to one’s union require blind faith? Must one eschew raising questions and concerns to demonstrate solidarity? Over the past few weeks, I have asked myself these questions. Certainly, any organization worth protecting is worth holding up to […]

Dr. Kissinger on the now crumbling 'New World Order'

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/35605/Anthony-Wile-Dr-Kissinger-on-the-New-World-Order--Editorial-or-Policy-Statement/ *Dr. Kissinger on the 'New World Order' – Editorial or Policy Statement?* August 30, 2014 Editorial By Anthony Wile Dr. Henry Kissinger has written an article entitled, "*Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order"* posted at The Wall Street Journal. It's an important article written by an important man. Dr. Kissinger, the Journal tells us, "served as national security adviser and secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford." And his article i... more »

A Small But Significant Military Defeat For The Islamic State In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
BBC *Iraqi Forces Said To Break Islamic State’s Siege -- Washington Post* BAGHDAD — The U.S. military carried out airstrikes on Islamic State militants near the besieged Iraqi town of Amerli on Saturday night, boosting morale for thousands of residents who have been trapped inside for two months, Iraqi officials and the Pentagon said. The assault, which came alongside a coordinated humanitarian aid drop, marks the second time this month that the United States has intervened militarily in Iraq to prevent an Islamic State attack on thousands of trapped civilians. Iraqi state media ... more »

KIPP Must Get "Municipal Solid Waste Development Permit" Before Opening New School

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
In 2013 KIPP San Antonio bought a former sewing factory that was located on a solid waste disposal site as the venue for its next San Antonio corporate reform school. KIPP paid the company that owned the toxic site over $3 million in money that was funneled through a holding company in Delaware. Below are two pages from the agreement. *Noteworthy is the bolded language on the second page*, which releases the seller from liabilities for all varieties of environmental problems affecting the property. We may guess this was not talked about with poor parents sending their kids for ... more »

No Democracy For Hong Kong

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*China Denies Open Elections For Hong Kong -- Globe and Mail* A billionaire media baron pledged to join pro-democracy protests after Beijing offered Hong Kong a form of election that requires patriotic candidates and gives China significant influence in who leads the financial centre. For months, protesters have threatened to shut down Hong Kong if Beijing did not provide the right to openly nominate and vote for the territory’s powerful chief executive position. On Sunday, Chinese authorities offered a broad rejection of those pleas, allowing only a form of partially open electi... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago

To all the cynics out there about the “ice bucket challenge”

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Yes, I’ve read the critiques. I get it. I actually never thought I’d actually do one, especially since I wasn’t nominated. But then school started, and I thought that this would set an interesting example for students. So, I did it, with a nomination of another staff member and a promise of a $100 donation […]

The Key Factors in a Sustainable Gold Standard for Money

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
David Redick *Introduction * I have been keenly interested in the nature of money since 2009 and have read many books and articles about it, and have heard discussions from forums and conferences. I have studied its origins and changes. This revealed the broad array of different plans for monetary systems as to who creates and controls it, and the role of commodities such as gold. In this article I will review basic issues and comment on some of the recently proposed plans. I use the word ‘Sustainable’ in the title because ALL money in the past has eventually been abused and ruin... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*$* *- separate the S from the l and you get IS or ISIS*....

Strange transformation of Thai Buddhist DMC satellite channel to Ukraine Today TV

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*A screen shot of the mysterious DMC Thai Buddhist Evangelical Channel, the channel does a lot of sound frequency "toning" on viewers... Most of the summer the channel was recruiting monks to be ordained in an almost Christian evangelical style campaign that seemed very untypical to the Buddhist traditions found around the world.* *This is one of the typical kitchey cartoons that ran on the channel. Reminds me a bit of "The Fruity Oatey Bar" sequence in the movie **Serenity** where River Tam gets programmed by a subliminal advertising cartoon...* Strange transformation of Thai ... more »

This Simple Mind Trick Puts Stress to Sleep

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
[image: Anxiety] Heather Callaghan As focus and fear turns to the amount of craziness and chaos in the world continuing to explode, it gets harder to stay sane in an insane world - or not get sick trying. Plus, we've all got our own problems to deal with personally. Simply put, stress is the "gift that keeps giving" until it's unwrapped. In that sense, it's benevolent. I think that's why it stays in what we call the subconscious until it is brought forth. Until your body/mind considers it safe to unwrap. Someone once said, "Hell is the possibility of sanity." In a manner of spe... more »

Corporations Join Droves Renouncing US Citizenship

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
*And now those "droves" are going to be paying an extra 422% to break free by renouncing citizenship, according to Forbes. - Ed.)* Click image to enlarge Nick Giambruno, *International Man* *Casey Research* Don’t be surprised to lose if you don’t make an effort at being competitive. And if you go out of your way to make yourself less competitive, *expect* to lose. If that sounds like simple common sense, that’s because it is. But it’s also exactly what the US has been doing for years—enacting tax policies that sabotage its global economic competitiveness. It’s like trying to get... more »

Citizen Jack's compendium of teacher reviews of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Empire

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
"They don't tolerate what we tolerate," she said several times. What is it HSA doesn't tolerate? According to my co-worker: disruptive children and parents who don't play an active role in their child's education. — Brian Jones "Jack," a frequent commenter on Professor Diane Ravitch's site, sent me the following compendium of reviews from a website that allows employees to rate their workplace. The workplace in question is reactionary Eva Moskowitz's corporate Harlem Success Academies (HSA). Ravitch did mention the site, and also referenced an article discussing the staggering turno... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*New Orleans Saints trim roster to 53-player limit* *Bywater group splits on riverfront condos position ~Jaquetta White, N.O. Advocate * *Southern Decadence Festival means big money for charities ~Liz Reyes, WVUE *

Iran Lashes At The U.S. Over New Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at the airport in Baghdad August 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Hadi Mizban/Pool *Iran Says Possible Response To New U.S. Sanctions Could Not Be 'Pleasant' -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iran's possible response to new U.S. sanctions could "not be pleasant", its foreign minister said on Sunday, raising the prospect of tit-for-tat retribution against the Islamic Republic's old adversary weeks ahead of fresh nuclear talks. Iranian leaders reacted with dismay to Friday's announcement that Washington was going to penalize a number of Iranian a... more »

Is St. Petersburg the Venue for a Western Sponsored Color Revolution in Russia?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Steven MacMillan The announcement by Barack Obama on July 31st to appoint John F. Tefft as the new U.S. ambassador to Russia is a warning to the Russian government of the intentions of Western foreign policy planners. Tefft, who has worked for the State Department and the National War College in Washington, is an expert at planning color revolutions to overthrow regimes targeted by the Western elite. He is the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine where he was a key architect in preparing the Washington orchestrated coup in Kiev. Color revolutions are based upon a fusion of the Rand ... more »

Why Does ISIS Fit In So Perfectly With The PNAC Plan?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Bernie Suarez Here are some simple burning questions whose answers can only be described by the globalist plans for a new world order. These questions strike at the root of the question all of humanity is asking: Who is ISIS? 1. Where do they bank? Or do they have a money tree? 2. Where do they get their guns from? Bullets? Knives? 3. Where do they eat, how do they get their food? 4. Where do they sleep, where do they get toiletries? 5. Where is their military base? They DO stick together right? 6. Since we know where they are why can't they simply be rounded up in a way th... more »

Turbulent Times Show From Friday, August 29th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Yes, in spite of being a bit out of sorts and actually under the weather, Whitewraithe and I did a "Turbulent Times" show on Friday, August 29th at 8PM EDT… Here are some details of the show thanks to Wraithe's article over at her Pragmatic Witness site (www.whitewraithe.wordpress.com): *TURBULENT TIMES LIVE BROADCAST FROM 8/29/2014* *If you did not get to listen to us live last night here is the mp3 file.* *WW~* Turbulent Times Radio Show Ep 2 August 29 2014 In this week’s show, White Wraithe and North welcome*Gregg aka Pt1gard, * and *Charles Giuliani* to discuss the Apollo Moon L... more »

Will the Ferguson Shooting Mark a Historic Shift in the Police State?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Bernie Suarez Only time will tell, but is it too soon to guess whether the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown will mark a turning point in our march toward tyranny in America? There are signs that this could be the case. Yes this could be an overly optimistic assumption about the current direction of the police state in America, but there is a slight chance that the consciousness that came with the Ferguson shooting may have been a badly needed cure to the metastasizing police state problem. Before anyone makes assumptions of how naive I'm being or overl... more »

Critiquing Doctor Who: Into the Dalek

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
That was a good episode. Thrills 'n' spills aplenty. Lovely. There were the introspective moments, where the Doctor pondered the morality that fires him. And, achieving almost the impossible, there's a bit of character development for Clara too. Now she is no longer a plot device for inserting Steven Moffat's influence into the pre-reboot canon, the character is open to new directions. The possibility of romance with a conflicted new character perhaps? On this occasion I'm going to steer away from the Moffatisms (was it really necessary to comment on Jenna Coleman's body, *twice*?)... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is Sunday again and time for my usual weekly rant… I was a bit "under the weather" the last few days… Finally today I am feeling much better… Stress from my day job got to me, and even Whitewraithe noticed that I was not my usual "chipper" self…. But I am indeed stubborn and will not miss doing these rants…. Yes, we did a special "Turbulent Times" podcast over Delcroix's "Outside Radio" network (www.outsideradio.blogspot.com) and I will be putting the link to that show up here at this blog shortly. I was able to get my good friend, Gregg, who has a gr... more »

Another fake photo from Jon Donnison

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Jon Donnison just can't help himself. He's only gone and tweeted another fake photo today: “@EarthPicsx: Mount Fuji lenticular Clouds (Japan). pic.twitter.com/lC9cMzfwvH” — Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) August 31, 2014 Alas someone was on hand to set him straight: .@JonDonnison @CalgaryStars @EarthPicsx well known photoshop fake http://t.co/quyvuI1wZB via @flashboy — Gary Κoble ☔️ (@sgtgary) August 31, 2014 Still, at least that's a little light relief - and it is a lovely fake photo. (His previous mistakes on Twitter have been far more serious.) Anyhow, at least it shows that he ca... more »

Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions Are Now Claiming That "Hundreds" Of Their Men Have Been Killed In The Past Few Days

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Armed pro-Russian separatists escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war (L) as they walk across central Donetsk August 24. Maxim Shemetov / Reuters *Fears Of Massacre After Accusations Russians Reneged On Safe Passage For Ukrainian Forces -- The Telegraph* Ukrainian forces said pro-Putin forces went back on a promise to allow them to leave encircled town. Ukrainian volunteer battalions claim "hundreds" of their men have been killed and dozens taken prisoner after pro-Russian forces reneged on an agreement to allow them to withdraw from a besieged town 20 miles east of Donetsk.... more »

Research Reveals How Sugar CAUSES Cancer

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*The average American consumes their body weight annually in this cancer-causing substance, and yet hospitals freely feed it to their cancer patients, oblivious to the harm it does.* Sayer Ji Hospitals feed cancer patients sugar and high carbohydrate diets for a reason: they are abysmally ignorant of the role of nutrition in health and disease -- hence their burgeoning growth and packed rooms. Even though the science itself shows – at least since the mid-'20s with Otto Warburg's cancer hypothesis -- that tumors prefer to utilize sugar fermentation to produce energy rather than th... more »

Thinking about what is "Taiwan'

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Mango shaved ice after a morning bike ride: breakfast of champions.* It's always a shock for people who think about Taiwan in conventional ways governed by the tropes and talking points that are the most important aspects of Chinese soft power to encounter this blog, which rejects all propaganda that supports Chinese imperialism against Taiwan. This most importantly includes the construction of the Manchu Empire as "China", a rhetorical and ideological move whose purpose is to enable Beijing's expansion at the expense of Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, and other areas. The "'Taiwan' was ... more »

Anarchist Uselessness

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
The shit-head "slumberjack" typed a comment on a discussion I started over at EnMasse. I thought about finishing my critique for it over here where I could have more control over things. And, actually, because for the second time, I'm pretty sour on EnMasse. "EnMasse" has now degenerated to about ten people, of at least five of whom I have no interest in whatsoever. This includes the incoherent, pompous blow-hard "slumberjack." I thought his/her comment on that one thread offered some grist for the mill, some telling examples of where and how anarchists go off the rails. But, upon s... more »

Take your pick

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
So Rona Fairhead is set to replace Chris Patten as chair of the BBC Trust. Needless to say, plenty of people who know nothing about her are already scouring her biographical details and rushing to judgement rather than waiting to see how she gets on. I've seen her denounced as a lefty for being associated with the 'left-wing' *Financial Times*, "a safe Tory" for having a husband who served as a Conservative councillor, a fully-paid-up member of the hive, "Oxbridge", a "parasite", "another bloody woman", a "sleazy" banker, "one of the most accomplished political brown-nosers of h... more »

The Petro Goose Is Getting Cooked

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/ The oil industry has stopped laying golden eggs. Its profits are being squeezed. That news has not been widely reported. But, Andrew Nikiforuk writes, it has been hiding in plain sight on the U.S. Energy Administration website: Last July the government agency, which has collected mundane statistics on energy matters for decades, quietly revealed that 127 of the world's largest oil and gas companies are running out of cash. They are now spending more than they are earning. Profits have lagged as ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Bronx Lawbreaker Jeffrey Klein Says He's Entitled To Be A Lawmaker

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Conservative crook Jeffrey Klein thinks he's above the law We've written about the race between sleazy Bronx state Senator Jeffrey Klein and reform challenger Oliver Koppell before-- and Ken and I have both spent time with Koppell and Blue America has endorsed him. Last night the *NY Times* joined us: Senator Jeffrey Klein is facing a primary challenge this year largely because he led a disruptive power grab in Albany that gave Republicans veto power over some of the state’s most important issues. Mr. Klein and several other state senators created the Independent Democratic Conferen... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*CA: Pols pass “affirmative consent” law in name of stopping rape* Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses. The measure, passed unanimously by the California State Senate, has been called the "yes-means-yes" bill. It defines sexual consent between people as "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity". The bill states that silence and a lack of resistance do not signify c... more »

Russian President Putin Urges Ukraine To Start Peace Talks With Separatist Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Putin Calls For Talks On 'Statehood' For Eastern Ukraine -- Business Insider/AFP* Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dramatically raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state. "We need to immediately begin substantive talks ... on questions of the political organisation of society and statehood for southeastern Ukraine with the goal of protecting the lawful interests of the people who live there," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on a TV show ... more »

Russia And Ukraine Exchange Prisoners Of War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Moscow, Kiev Swap Troops As Ukraine Port Girds For Pro-Russian Assault -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine and Russia swapped soldiers who had entered each other's territory near the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev says Moscow's forces have come to the aid of pro-Russian insurgents advancing for an assault on a major port. Ukrainian troops and local residents were reinforcing the port of Mariupol on Sunday, the next big city in the path of pro-Russian fighters who pushed back government forces along the Azov Sea this past week in an offensive on a new front. The new rebe... more »

The War of Words

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
I am tired of beating my head against the wall repeating things I have been saying here in this blog for over 5 years, this week I am going to simply point you towards a few other folk who are also aware of the dangers of believing everything we are told by the truth spinning oligarchs that have the nerve to call themselves a democratic government. They are not, they are a regime whose sole stated purpose is to bring our government bureaucracy and election process to the point where they and only they can hold the reins of power for the foreseeable future, they are not in the slight... more »

Pakistan protest turn deadly ( August 31 , 2014 ) -- Pakistan calls in reinforcement amid clashes Thousands of additional forces called to Islamabad as anti-government protesters continue to camp outside PM's house........ Anti-government protests continue in Pakistan At least three killed and 300 injured as anti-government protesters clash with police near PM's residence in Islamabad.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *The Express Tribune* ‏@etribune 26m (Live) Army chief summons Corps Commanders meeting today http:// tribune.com.pk/story/756071/i slamabad-sit-in-updates-imran-says-they-will-not-spare-sharif-brothers-for-attacking-unarmed-protesters/ … #*Pakistan* *Kristina Dei* ‏@2kdei 30m #*Pakistan*: #*Khan* Vows To Fight On... Despite Deadly Clashes. @*AFP* @ *Yahoo7* @*DR_SHAHID*http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/248579 22/pakistans-khan-vows-to-fight-on-despite-deadly-clashes/ … *Asad Hashim* @AsadHashim · 6m Stones litter the ground as both sides continue pelting each ot... more »

Not All You Wish......A Guest Post by Saker Saloum

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
Source: *https://plus.google.com/+SakerSaloum1973/posts?cfem=1&hl=sv*

Heavenletter #5027 Like Shepherds in Long Ago Fields

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Heavenletter #5027 Like Shepherds in Long Ago Fields August 30, 2014 God said: There are lingering thoughts, much like fingertips that trill over the piano keys lightly, and you hear them. These lingering thoughts could be like reverie that you hear in the background. There are also thundering thoughts playing like an orchestra made up of bassoons. All the musical instruments of life, you play. You play the violin. *You play instruments you have never even heard of, ancient instruments, instruments from other lands you have no recollection of that are yet deep in your heart and ... more »

Ma finds new way to irritate Japan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*My new Sony DSC RX100 II has basically rendered my old Canon EOS 550D obsolete for most of the pics I take, but the Canon still takes excellent macro pics when coupled with the wonderful Tokina 100mm macro.* The Taipei Times comments on President Ma's latest drive to irritate relations with Japan... President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Friday once again called for Japan to review what he considered an insufficient number of Japanese tourists visiting Taiwan in recent years, the third time he has aired such concerns in the past 15 days. ... When receiving new Japanese Representative t... more »

‘This does not go on’

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
There's a very revealing insight into (past?) BBC thinking in a *Guardian *article from early this month (h/t *Klingon* at *Biased BBC*), especially in the light of this week's report on the Rotherham grooming scandal. It came in the course of an interview with Yorkshire-based award-winning writer, director and producer Kay Mellor (best known for *Band of Gold*): One of her regrets, she says, is a drama she wrote about Asian men grooming and sexually abusing underage white girls (“I was watching it unfold”). But a changing of the executive guard at BBC1 in 2008 meant it never got m... more »

Ukraine President Poroshenko Believes The War Will End In September. Russian President Putin Says No

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Petro Poroshenko said he expects that his peace plan for the crisis in eastern Ukraine can stop the war in the region in early September. © RIA Novosti. Alexei Druzhinin *Poroshenko’s Statement That Ukraine Conflict Can End by September Far From Reality - DPR -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) – The Kiev authorities’ statements that conflict in eastern Ukraine can be ended by September are idealistic and far from reality, Deputy Prime Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday. "Their statements are of Martian na... more »

Will Russia Be Able To Absorb Sanctions From The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Kiev authorities to think about the approaching heating period. © RIA Novosti. Mikhail Klementiev *Vladimir Putin Has Absorbed The West's 'Consequences' And Stepped Up His Aggression -- Peter Foster, The Telegraph* *American Way: Putin has shown that he is willing to take all the economic pain America and Europe are prepared to inflict. So what's to stop him from going even further? * When Barack Obama arrives in the Estonian capital of Tallinn early this week to meet the presidents of the three Baltic States, he will come bearing the gif... more »

Iraq Updates ( August 31 , 2014 ) ...... Items of note on the Regional War - focus on Iraq state of play ( Political , Battlefield ) , Islamic State items of note.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets..... *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 8m #IS sold #Yezidi women for $1,000, hundreds given to fighters as war trophy. #TwitterKurds http://fb.me/6YVmytU6G - *Bas News English* @EnglishBasNews · 20m Shiites Want to Give Oil Ministry Position to #Kurds - #BasNews - http://www.basnews.com/en/News/Detail s/Shiites-Want-to-Give-Oil-Ministry-Position-to-Kurds/32481 … - *Hayder al-Khoei* @Hayder_alKhoei · 32m Best news from #Iraq in a while. ISIS siege on Amerli has been broken by ISF & allied militias pic.twitter.com/qBq5J7CHIa via @mehdimuhtaroglu [image: Embe... more »

Con Canuck cold warriorerness

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 17 hours ago
Laurie Hawn must be feeling downright nostalgic these days, what with RCAF CF-18s in Europe squaring off against the Ruskies, again. He was there in the 1970s driving CF-104 Starfighters. In the linked Star piece, Hawn talks about being chased out of East German airspace by their MiGs. I thought this was interesting so I googled around and found a more complete account of Hawn's navigation moment

ISIS slaughter 250 Syrian soldiers in desert mass execution | Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
'Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to the desert for mass execution' There's a genocide happening in Syria and Iraq but still the cries from the left are about Israel. Why? More here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736764/Marched-deaths-Sickening-ISIS-slaughter-continues-250-soldiers-captured-Syrian-airbase-stripped-led-desert-mass-execution.html

A quick Skyfall - James Bond - question?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The film starts as a mission to find and recover the missing hard drive with the secret agents' details on it, is it ever recovered? If not, who has it now?

Iceland Volcano Baroarbunga ( August 31 , 2014 ) -Eruption north of Vatnajökull glacier, much more powerful than Friday night's eruption ! No hazard for aircraft yet .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
http://icelandreview.com/news/2014/08/31/much-more-powerful-eruption Much more Powerful EruptionBY BENEDIKT JÓHANNESSON August 31, 2014 09:08Updated: August 31, 2014 10:01 [image: Holuhraun August 31 7.30 Sveinbjörn Steinþórsson] The eruption early Sunday morning. Photo: Sveinbjörn Steinþórsson/mbl.is “This eruption is much more powerful than the one on Friday night”, University of Iceland technician Sveinbjörn Steinþórsson, who also saw the Friday night eruption, told mbl.is this morning. He inspected the eruption along with other scientists. “The lava spews 20 to 30 meters up (65 to... more »

Heather Tucci-Jarraf and Sacha Stone Interview raw footage now available....

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
Take 2. I tried to post this last night, but the power here went wacky and we had a brown out right when I entered the title on post... my Mac went dead. I sat outside on the porch with the cat Pixel reading Lynn McTaggert's book *The Field *on my Kindle e-reader while watching the transformer repairman work on the pole near the main highway. The transformer blew up in bang and shower of sparks, sending the local Moroccan teenagers who were spectating scrambling for cover, and then laughing nervously afterwards. Nobody was hurt. But there was not even dim lights on at after ... more »

Czechs, Slovaks won (possible) exemption from new EU sanctions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*I urge Moscow to treat EU countries separately, too* A summit in Brussels chose the successor to the EU "president" von Rumpuy. It's no one else than Donald Tusk, center-right prime minister of Poland. He will take the lead in December. As this 2008 Polish parody "Donald Marží" (Donald Is Dreaming) of a funny 1978 Czech song Joey from the Swamps (the #1 song of your humble correspondent from the kindergarten years) reminds us, Tusk is known as the guy who has ludicrously promised the Poles to completely eradicate corruption and to create another Ireland in Eastern Europe. Well, I... more »

False Flag Sheepism - Strategy of Tension - 13th anniversary of 9/11

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
*the 13th anniversary of September 11 2001 is due in just a few days.* Last year, Daniel Bushell's Truth Seeker Show featured the 12th anniversary of the terror act that brought down three skyscrapers at freefall acceleration into their own footprint using two commercial airlines in Manhattan NY on September 11 2001. "Strategy of tension" is explained in full, and other key phrases, concepts (video below). And let's not forget the Weaponized Anthrax from Fort Dietrich and the "Vulcans" taking Cipro a week or two before. Let's not forget that 911 is the phone number for the Ameri... more »

Test flights of six more Apache helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AH-64E Apache]Test flights of six new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters drew spectators to Kaohsiung Saturday, one day after Taiwan took delivery of the aircraft from the United States. The latest is the fourth of five shipments in a NT$59.31 billion (US$2.01 billion) order for 30 of the newest Apache model, according to the Defense Ministry. The shipment came after a new Apache crashed into the top of a three-story residential building in Taoyuan County in April, damaging four homes but causing no serious injuries. Read more

Iraq gets Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters: ministry

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mi-28NE Havoc]Iraq has received Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters and will use them against militants who have overrun large parts of the country, the defence ministry said on Saturday. A ministry statement did not specify how many of the heavily armoured two-seat gunships it has received or what it paid for them. But a video posted on its website showed a hangar containing multiple desert camouflage-painted Mi-28s, which are capable of all-weather and day and night operation. Read more

T-50 PAK-FA fighter jet project with Russia hits turbulence

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA]New Delhi is increasingly concerned about the sluggish progress in the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project, a joint endeavour between India and Russia. Driving India's worries is the fact that the Russians are neither explaining why a prototype aircraft caught fire during a technology demonstration earlier this year nor addressing other technical doubts expressed by India. In fact, the defence ministry is quite sceptical about reports from Russia that a final design contract for the next generation combat jet is on the cards. Read more

Graphs at a glance: ONS stats show 47% of those who graduated in the last 5 years are doing non-graduate jobs. The second biggest destination of new graduates in 2012 was catering, waiters, and bar staff.

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 20 hours ago
Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show a strong correlation between having a degree and being wealthy. However, 'correlation' does not prove 'causation'. i.e. just because two things happen together doesn't prove that they actually cause each other. Daffodils bloom in spring before tulips, but blooming daffodils aren't the reason why tulips bloom. A degree doesn't cause

MoD Grounds Rs 6,000-crore Global Chopper Tender

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Chinook Mk3]Taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day “Make in India” call, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday scrapped the global tender for Rs 6,000-crore Light Utility Helicopters(LUH). The decision is aimed at giving an opportunity to Indian private sector to collaborate with the foreign firms and produce the choppers within the country. The DAC also cleared defence purchases worth Rs 20,000 crore, including the mid-life upgrade of the aging fleet of submarines for Rs 4,800 crore and procurement... more »

China seeks to better protect South China Sea submarine gateway in face of U.S. surveillance flights

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: J-11 Flanker B]China’s efforts to protect its submarine gateway to the South China Sea could broaden from standoffs with U.S. military planes to announcing an air defense identification zone, according to two retired People’s Liberation Army officers. China could seek to restrict the air space around Hainan Island as the United States routinely runs surveillance flights in the area, retired Col. Yue Gang said. The move would mirror an ADIZ China set up in November over portions of the East China Sea disputed with Japan. “Although it’s premature to set up an air zone over the... more »

Science paper: null results should be printed

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Null results are 1.4-1.6 times underrepresented in social science literature* Three days ago, Annie Franco, Neil Malhotra, and Gabor Simonovits of Stanford published a paper in *Science* that discusses an issue that's been often covered on this blog: Publication bias in the social sciences: Unlocking the file drawer See also TIME, SciAm, and others. They looked at some NSF-funded body of social science research – TESS surveys among the U.S. citizens – where one knows how much research was actually performed, how much was written down, and how much was published. Their calculat... more »

Biodata dan Profil Personil Band Avenged Sevenfold

irfan ganteng at Yaya Blog's - 21 hours ago
Biodata dan Profil Personil Band Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold ialah  band Hardrock Amerika dari Huntington Beach, California, maupun  diproduksi pada tahun 1999. Avenged Sevenfold terdiri dari vokalis M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance rhythm guitar, lead guitar Synyster Gates, dan bassist Johnny Christ.Avenged Sevenfold sendiri nimbul dengan genre metalcore pada debut orang-orang itu

Love Cannot Be Taken Lightly by Seldom Heard

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/108767350436427277961/posts*


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Myth of Arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now* *Another stupid prophecy bites the dust* The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years ... more »

THE SACRED FIRE - The Wisdom Of Peter Deunov

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
THE SACRED FIRE There is a sacred fire in the world which burns with the flame of eternity. In this sacred fire the ancient prophets and wise men saw the supreme manifestation of God. "Our God is a consuming fire" is written in the Scripture. It is true, this fire consumes - but what does it consume? That which is mortal, physical and sinful. When that fire acts in the world, some of the people burn up, others are melted, and still others come to life and are resurrected. All great immortal souls coming forth from God carry this sacred fire within themselves. Wherever they may go i... more »

Spesifikasi dan Harga Asus Zenfone 5 RAM 1GB Terbaru 2014

irfan ganteng at Yaya Blog's - 22 hours ago
Spesifikasi dan Harga Asus Zenfone 5 RAM 1GB Terbaru 2014 | Asus Zenfone 5 sekarang sudah hadir dengan beberapa versi baik perbedaan dari rupa memory dan juga ram yang membuat harganya membuahkan tak menentu , ganjaran banyak 1 kali ragam spesifikasi Asus Zenfone 5 ini muncul ayng diujung 2juta dan juga muncul yang dibawah 2juta anda bisa memilihnya sesuai dengan keinginan anda sehari hari, dan

Messages From Higher Self - Ripples Of Love

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/116550793025117941917/posts*

Three cheers for the people of the Donetsk National Republic! They are whipping the Ukrainean army that has attacked into their country at the behest of the U.S. war mongers. And they have done this by themselves without troops or munitions from Russia.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 22 hours ago
------------------------------ *The West, the greatest cause of War in human history, stands stripped of all Legitimacy — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ August 30, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *The West, the greatest cause of War in human history, stands stripped of all Legitimacy* The Donetsk National Republic States The Facts *“Every time you come to Russia with a sword, from a sword you will perish.”* The former Russian provinces, which Soviet party leaders c... more »

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #16: my least favourite library customers

laura k at wmtc - 23 hours ago
I must preface this post with a happy disclaimer: I love library customers. I love helping them. I love giving them a good feeling about the library. I value great customer service and I love to provide it. At least 90% of our customers are polite and appreciative. Perhaps another 5% are developmentally or socially disabled, and may or may not be conventionally polite. No problem. The other five percent is not a big deal. Another preface: I am always very patient and polite. Some of you know about an incident when I lost my temper with a customer - with good reason! a dangerously ne... more »

naked woman

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 23 hours ago

Ukrainian Volunteer Soldiers Fighting In The Country's Civil War 'Paint' A Dismal Picture Of The Conflict

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
A Pro-Russian separatist walks past a destroyed tank at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, August 28, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov *28 Volunteer Soldiers Trapped In Ukrainian Town By Separatists Escape, Officials Say -- Washington Post* MARIUPOL, Ukraine — A group of Ukrainian volunteer soldiers managed to escape Saturday from Ilovaysk, a southeastern town that has been besieged by pro-Russian separatists for almost a week, Ukrainian officials said. Ukraine’s interior minister, Arsen Avakov, announced that 28 of the more than 200 fighters trapped in the town... more »

Who's This Benton Bribery Character Miss McConnell Just Fired?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The day after Rachel's report (above), McConnell fired Jesse Benton as his campaign manager. BOOM! Out! McConnell didn't like him much anyway, since Benton has been quoted and requoted telling Kentucky libertarians that he was "sort of holding my nose for two years because what we're doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand in 2016." Benton, a longtime Paul family retainer, is married to Ron Paul's granddaughter, Valori Pyeatt (Rand's niece). Before remaking himself into a Paulista, though, he worked for Louisiana sleaze bag David "Diapers" Vitter. He was Rand Paul's campa... more »

Musical Interlude: Yanni “Live at the Acropolis, - Acroyali/Standing in Motion”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni “Live at the Acropolis, - Acroyali/Standing in Motion” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67sx66QV0eI

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “Live at the Acropolis - Until the Last Moment”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, “Live at the Acropolis - Until the Last Moment” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgjAlBMKRJM

choose love

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

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

Chet Raymo, "Thank God, It's Doomsday"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Thank God, It's Doomsday" * by Chet Raymo “OK, folks. Here's what's awaiting you. The End Times. The Apocalypse. The Rapture. The Final Reckoning. Oh, I could pick any one of a thousand representations of the Last Days from centuries of Western art. This one is Luca Signorelli's "The Damned Cast Into Hell," in the Capella Nuova chapel of Orvieto Cathedral, painted around the year 1500 (click to enlarge). Why were these scenes of souls in extremis so common? Exhortations to be good? A reminder of what awaits us if we don't contribute to the Sunday collection? A local bishop trying... more »

The Poet: Margaret Atwood, "The Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Moment" "The moment when, after many years of hard work and a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, and say, I own this, is the same moment when the trees unloose their soft arms from around you, the birds take back their language, the cliffs fissure and collapse, the air moves back from you like a wave and you can't breathe. No, they whisper. You own nothing. You were a visitor, time after time climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming. We never belonged to you. You never found u... more »

Anthropology: “Monogamy May Sound Sweet, But Why It Evolved Isn't”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Monogamy May Sound Sweet, But Why It Evolved Isn't”* by Seth Borenstein WASHINGTON (AP) — “Only a few species of mammals are monogamous, and now dueling scientific teams think they've figured out why they got that way. But their answers aren't exactly romantic. The answers aren't even the same. One team looked just at primates, the animal group that includes apes and monkeys. The researchers said the exclusive pairing of a male and a female evolved as a way to let fathers defend their young against being killed by other males. The other scientific team got a different answer afte... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"13 Cliches to Live By"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"13 Cliches to Live By" by MensHealth.com "1. I*t ain't over till it's over.* 2004. Red Sox down 0-3. If Mariano Rivera can let one slip, think how your buddy Phil's bladder quivers as he prepares to shank the serve on match point. On the flip side, when you're 1 point from victory, it's no time for experimentation. End it. 2. *Do unto others.* It doesn't guarantee reciprocation, but you'll never lose. No one's going to scoff, "You delivered as promised? Congrats on being elected mayor of Chump City!" 3. *You can't save someone from himself.* You can try - and you will - but you'll f... more »

"Recognizing Happiness: Analyzing the Path"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Recognizing Happiness: Analyzing the Path"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we take the time to recognize when we are happy and what that feels like, it becomes easier to recreate. Those of us on the path of personal and spiritual growth have a tendency to analyze our unhappiness in order to find the causes and make improvements. But it is just as important, if not more so, to analyze our happiness. Since we have the ability to rise above and observe our emotions, we can recognize when we are feeling joyful and content. Then we can harness the power of the moment by savoring ... more »

I Wish Richard Kahlenberg Could Be Right, But . . .

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
In the August 30 NYTimes, Richard Kahlenberg and Halley Potter offer us a pipe dream of a high performing charter school world, one with diverse student populations and unionized faculty, where pedagogical innovation and shared governance are realities of everyday life. Sadly, Kahlenberg and Potter offer a thinnest sprinkle of evidence that *either* integrated *or* unionized charter schools are anything more than wishful thinking, and they cite exactly 2 out of 6,000 that are both integrated and unionized. I like Richard Kahlenberg's work on the importance of social capital and ... more »

Producers Death Murmur

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
There is not enough genuine news to keep the 24 seven cycle alive.

Ghost of Sunday Classics preview: Attention, please!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Can you imagine a more ravishing musical attention-getter?* *London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras, cond. Philips-Mercury, recorded July 1961* *by Ken* What we hear above is really and truly a *preview*; we're not going to hear any more of this piece until tomorrow's Ghost of Sunday Classics post. Many of you will recognize it (we've actually heard it before), but for now I just want to focus on this ravishing opening. This is a talent, I think, the ability to grab a listener's attention musically. Not in a mechanical, conk-over-the-head way, which I suppose can be done ... more »

Just saw another self improvement headline

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
As if i believed what I needs to make me fit better was found on info commercials or someone telling me do not be yourself you will be more happy if I got an addition its a describer that most would wish for man made and easily taken but for the deeper stuff like where is my soul on Gods GPS I say keep your hands off my wavelength I was born this way and will die happy knowning' no shaman convinced me to live any other way we all got a path some lead to trouble others to greatness but no one is going to prevent those paths from crossing and the only event that you need is to know you ... more »

ISIS is comming

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
they are going to attack us motherfucking people who are against everything they blelive like women are property and marriage between a 13 year old and some one sixty or more was GODs will Bring it on badass we will fuck you up the ass so hard you will think it was your regular session with ' a Camel but this time on Viagra.

Is Tokyo Fukushima uninhabitable

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
I wish someone would say without a half life less than the time it takes to hear what they know

Walking Around Alchool tolerance

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
This is the lie you will not see on the TV not Canadian or Blue or talk to Madd There needs to be more light and heat to this mostly barely fueled susbsidy

I love to here and see a plane fly over

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Because despite all we have done nothing inspires my sense of wonder more than the gravity denying ones.

Syrian "rebels" despite strengthening their hold at Golan pose NO security threat to Israel

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Of course they don't. Why would they? *They are on Israel's team*. They are NATO/US/Israel's Islamist fighters- They will terrorize Syrians. They will terrorize Iraqis.* Because they are paid to do just that.* But, they will not threaten Israel. Mentioned this blatantly obvious fact, *not for the first time*, just the other day in this post * ISIS = Smoke & Mirrors. Giving cover now for strikes on Syria* Of course, Israel, has nothing to fear because the NATO/US/Israeli Islamist fighters aren’t interested in fighting against Israel* - Jihadists in Syria not likely to open a new front ... more »

Some Different Views On The Popular Uprising In Pakistan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*An excerpt from, "Pakistan Protesters March on PM's Residence" ABC News, August 30, 2014:* Pakistani police charged with batons and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of protesters marching toward the prime minister's official residence and the adjacent parliament building in Islamabad on Saturday, blanketing the route with clouds of white smoke and scattering demonstrators. Nearly 125 people were injured in the clashes between police and demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protest leaders, cricket-legend-turned politician Imran... more »

The ISIS Panic Dynamo (Gunter Grass Was Right) Militarist Lunatics In Charge At Price of Decent Civilization?

Does the link below sound familiar? It should. Seems we all live in our cars now. They had nice plans for our country back in the good ole days (of the amiable Reagunites), didn't they? And it took 30 years to go into full effect. Progress - our most important product. BREAKING: Woman Dies in Her Car While Taking a Nap Between Working Four Jobs Various people were quite upset when

Ringing Brothers and Barnum & Bailey coming back to Salt Lake City

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
I was given tickets to Ringling Brothers in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. I am so excited for the Circus to come to town this year! Last year was my first ever experience at the Circus and we had so much fun. I think the acrobats and the human cannonball were my absolute favorite parts. My daughter loved the silly clowns and the elephants. She can't way to get to see them this year. This time around Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be performing their show Legends. Legends features some fantastic things new this year. You can read more about it be... more »

Psychology: "Maslow's Pyramid Gets a Much Needed Renovation"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Maslow's Pyramid Gets a Much Needed Renovation" by PhyOrg.com "If you have ever felt that your children are your life's work, then you may in fact be recognizing a high-level psychological need. Caring for your children, feeding them, nurturing them, educating them and making sure they get off on the right foot in life - all of the things that make parenting successful - may actually be deep rooted psychological urges that we fulfill as part of being human. Maslow's original hierarchy of needs: This is according to a team of psychologists who have updated a cornerstone of modern ps... more »

Musical Interlude: Chris de Burgh, "Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Chris de Burgh, "Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl5cWaBE-gA

"How It Really Is"

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

"The Philosophy Of Being"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "The Philosophy Of Being"* By E D Detetcheverrie "Outrageous to some, clarifying for others, a strange conversation meant to provoke further thought... Now I know why they explain it in metaphors. The truth seems surreal. We are inadequate to describe it concisely. Ask not if you have strayed from the path; there is only one path, one way, and you are always on it... *Do they call it enlightenment because there is a light?* It is not mere photons, and light is only one part of it. *Who is in charge of it all?* Yes, we are. *Do the wicked receive their just reward?* We shall all, ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life's only true lessons are writ small in the margin." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

August 30: understanding the news.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
At last, the front page (for August 31) had a headline that caught my eye. "Metro schools to target absenteeism". It seems the Moncton area schools are going to deal with absenteeism as something that requires discovering the cause, not just punishing the absentee student. And that's good thinking. The reasoning is that absenteeim is common among children who lack "....certain internal developmental assets such as commitment to learning, positive values and social competencies" - as well as support, empowerment, and boundaries and expectations. That certainly spoke to me because... more »

Self, self, self!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Will Self used this week's *A Point of View* on Radio 4 to launch an attack on George Orwell. Yes, George Orwell. For Will, Orwell is the "supreme mediocrity", self-geared to serve the needs of large numbers of mediocre English people. He was also an elitist. (Square that if you can). Will Self entertained us with a snide impersonation of Orwell at one point, making him sound like a silly 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' type, which was surely intended to provoke, to grate and irritate. Will is nothing if not a showman. Even on radio his flair for out-Kenneth Williamsing Kenn... more »

I know a lawyer with Ninja limbs, kicking Legal ass may never be the same!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
You surely ski some blackstuff with the build. Am I the only one in the world that knows we are living in a Star Trek society? No its not that we are being observed and graded on our deficiency. The world the world is a fucking great place and its big as a one G planets go and we live hear among all the plant life and animals that we see to be determined to eliminate if there is some profit and our timeline is a soon as possible. Lets just take flyer about the UN this was a master solution to a problem that humanity treated past and present with some wet towels to a dictators rage Eve... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Invictus"* by William Ernest Henley "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 straight the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."

Leaders you got to trust

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
And that is why we have institutional paralysis and a whole lot of parasite moving into the vacuum with the idea that you should build your own highway or supertanker maybe a prison or two and while you at it make a hospital. Some leader needs and will break through the slime Lee Quan Yee style Yep the man has a kick but he has got a plan and look what he accomplished in resource nothing mosquito infested swamp land the really funny thing was that the government of Malaysia gave away the thing barbecue they thought it would be a drain on the mainland Similarly it was Chaing Kia Shek ha... more »

The Air Force and the McMinnville UFO Photographs

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
For the last several weeks I have been researching my new book and I stumbled across a bit of information that suggests the Air Force was less than enthusiastic in their investigations of UFOs. I wondered what their conclusion of the McMinnville photographs was. These are the two pictures taken by Paul Trent on May 11, 1950 of a disk-shaped object near his farm in Oregon. I’m not going to debate the merits of the pictures here, merely look at the Air Force response. According to the Project Blue Book files, they came to no conclusion. In fact, they didn’t bother to investigate the ... more »

Obama’s “Lack” of Strategy Towards ISIS

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
The last two days have seen a maelstrom of media attention to President Obama’s admission that he currently does not have a strategy for attacking or containing ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Syria. It is no surprise that those on the right criticized Obama’s candid remarks, and it is equally not Continue reading

Big Money Interests Investing Heavily In Their Most Subservient Political Handmaidens

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I would call this Horsey cartoon from yesterday's *L.A. Times* pretty risqué. It uses an image of a cocaine snorting Miss McConnell to portray and mock his addiction to extreme right-wing Koch brothers cash. David Horsey is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the *Times* and he can get away with stuff like this. He also wrote the piece the cartoon accompanied. "The dilemma," he wrote, "facing the true grass-roots tea party believers-- the dilemma they do not acknowledge-- is that their primary goal of whittling and whacking away at big government undercuts their seco... more »

The Summer so Far

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 1 day ago
August 30, 2014 Labor Day weekend is upon us and amidst the end of summer/pre-fall barbeques, vacations, staycations and general revelries, here’s what’s happening in my neighborhood: We hit 101 degrees last week, but after a run of 98 and … Continue reading →


Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago
Putin's Russia and the Islamic State are short-term distractions from the serious problems of climate change and resource depletion. We simply don't have time to fuck around with some new fangled Cold- luke-warm-War or to humour the Islamic State. The global policy response should be robust, and aimed at walling off these two entities in every way possible so that we in the rest of the world can

Once More, With Feeling

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
When I first began writing the series of template articles, my intention was to publish them all within a day of each other, if not all at the same time. Unfortunately time and internet issues managed to derail that initial plan somewhat. With some of the articles being published days apart- with weeks between the first one and the last one- some of the message was lost. After discussing this aspect with Lisa and Heather and Nick, I decided that I would re-publish the set of 5 articles, in reading order, all at one time. Below are all 5 of the Template articles. I am posting them... more »

“What is Going On?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“What is Going On?”* by David Stansfield “We have now reached the point in our story where we no longer know what is going on. Moore’s law still reigns supreme over the technological playground, but it appears that our toys have outgrown us – or are very, very close to doing so. Each prediction about what this will mean for the human race is wilder than the next. The wildest prophecies of all cluster around a concept known as “the singularity.” Now there’s a word. Something to do with single, with singleness, oneness, with one or perhaps, The One. All of that and more is wrapped u... more »

Foreign Fighters Volunteering to Fight Against Ukraine Military

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
Fighters from throughout Europe are forming a "Europe United" brigade in Ukraine to fight alongside the Novorossian militia. I guess this is why NATO is calling for a 10,000 soldier force to confront Russia in Ukraine.....the biggest "civil war" in history seems to be shaping up. Canada is "considering" whether it will contribute to this force. Of course, the choice is not ours to make. The NATO henchmen make all those kinds of decisions...all we do is receive back into our country the mentally and physically broken soldiers from these kinds of combats. *AUGUST 31, 2014 UPDATE*... more »

Don Lincoln's introduction to particle detectors

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Fermilab's Don Lincoln has recorded a couple of videos promoting and explaining physics concepts. In this new 10-minute film, he presents particle detectors as subatomic bomb squads. To make his point clearer, he first detonates himself, goes to Heaven, and returns to Earth. A moment later, he makes his not so luxurious villa explode, too. Meanwhile, beginners may learn something about the methods that physicists used to reconstruct what happened during the explosion or collision.

Obama Awards Contract to Student Loan Predators Who Swindled 60,000 Veteran Families

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Sallie Mae has a long, dirty history (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) of preying on those dependent upon student loans for a college education. Recently, the dirty bastards spun off a company, which according to Forbes, is really the old, rotten version of Sallie Mae that we have come to hate: The new company which is being spun out – Navient – is equivalent to the old Sallie Mae. It will continue to service the existing loans in the Sallie Mae portfolio, as well as service new loans via contracts with the Department of Education. It will also focus on servicing priva... more »

Sasha & Heather on TCI: raw unedited video footage

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Good evening everyone! Here is the raw, unedited video footage of The Collective Imagination Interview with Heather Tucci-Jarraf and Sasha Stone that was recorded on Tuesday August 26th, 2014. As many of you probably have already heard, we had some technical issues with getting the broadcast live on Tuesday. The round table discussion with Lisa Harrison, Brian Kelly, myself, and Sasha and Heather was recorded on skype and this is the unedited version that is embedded here. While the awesome technical team is putting together an awesome production of this discussion, using mult... more »

Can Peter King Add This To The Republican Law Suit Against President Obama?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
“No way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday… a week after Jim Foley was beheaded"- Peter King Roland and I have been traveling all over the world for decades. He'd eat grasshoppers, snakes, monkeys and, in Beijing, dog. So when I wondered if I knew anyone who watched the video of Jim Foley's beheading, I asked Roland. "Are you kidding," he declared in disgust. "I'd never watch the savage garbage." OK, so I don't know any friends or family who did. I asked a few congressmembers too and they all said no. I couldn't get an answer from Peter King's office but I bet he ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power? Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them? Would it interest you to know why?


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
NATO uses fear to increase their 'security state' in Wales for their annual summit. More money wasted at the very time that austerity measures are ripping communities to pieces. Say no to the NATO endless war machine!