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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

10:43pm MDST

It's not as if Democrats have lacked for strong, articulate guidance as to what they could and should be telling the American public

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 minutes ago
*The most intellectually rigorous of the progressive messaging theorists, George Lakoff, has brought out a new-for-2014 version of his classic Don't Think of an Elephant!* *by Ken* I've plunked the new edition of George Lakoff's *Don't Think of an Elephant!* atop this post because my copy arrived in the mail today. It came from Democracy for America, in return for a contribution, which I didn't mind making, since as far as I know DFA is one progressive group that hasn't backtracked on its principles and still actually stands for something I can subscribe to. With the days and hou... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 minutes ago
Liquid Mind, “Night Light” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VzYAPBVJc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 minutes ago
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. *Click image for larger size.* This impressively sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Retreat From Reason”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 minutes ago
* “Retreat From Reason” * by Chet Raymo “Is there a flight from reason in the United States? Everywhere we look, science is under attack. In government. In the schools. In the churches. We are offered faith-based substitutes. The “Left Behind” series of apocalyptic novels outsells everything else on the shelves. People are more interested in astrology than astronomy. Intelligent design is championed at the highest levels of government. Alternative medicine - faith healing, homeopathy, energy therapies, New Age healing, and the like - is more popular than ever. Scripture and revelat... more »

"Consider The Following"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 minutes ago
"Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others. But that is not all. We find that not only do altruistic actions bring about happiness but they a... more »

"Live A Good Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 minutes ago
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid." - Marcus Aurelius

“The Prisoner: ‘I am not a number. I am a free man!’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
* “The Prisoner: * *‘I am not a number. I am a free man!’”* By John W. Whitehead “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared we would become a captive audience. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared that we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared w... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Apathy, And Evil..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
"Apathy and evil. The two work hand in hand. They are the same, really... Evil wills it. Apathy allows it. Evil hates the innocent and the defenseless most of all. Apathy doesn't care as long as it's not personally inconvenienced." - Jake Thoene, "Shaiton's Fire"

"Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
* "Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation"* by Laura Knight-Jadczyk "*1.* *There is no use in trying to be honest with an emotional manipulator.* You make a statement and it will be turned around. Example: I am really angry that you forgot my birthday. Response – “It makes me feel sad that you would think I would forget your birthday, I should have told you of the great personal stress I am facing at the moment – but you see I didn’t want to trouble you. You are right I should have put all this pain (don’t be surprised to see real tears at this point) aside and focused on your ... more »

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "Eagle Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
*"Eagle Poem" * "To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed bec... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Change and Renewal”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
*“Change and Renewal”* by Paulo Coelho “When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling. They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’ Of course. Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The next leaves will have their own nature, they pertain to a new summer that approaches and which will never be like the one that passed. Living means changing– and the seasons repeat these lessons to us every year. Changing means going through a period of depression: we still don’t know the new and we have to forget everything we used to know. Bu... more »

Watch Run Like Hell Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 53 minutes ago
*Run Like Hell (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 4.9 Release : 23 Sep 2014 Duration : 80 min Genre : Action, Horror, Thriller Director : James Thomas Writer : Canyon Prince, Canyon Prince, Joseph Schnaudt, Joseph Schnaudt, James Thomas, James Thomas Cast : Dave Finn, Canyon Prince, Robyn Buck, Tamara Carey Synopsis Run Like HellWhen four friends end up stranded in the small town of Spaulding, one local family offers help. The family's real motives become terrifyingly obvious, as the couples find themselves fighting for their lives. Description Run Like HellThe Screw This Im... more »

Airstrikes Against ISIL In Syria: 130 Vs. 13

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
#BasharElJaafari: so-called coalition launches every day between 8 & 13 raids agst #ISIS in #Syria & #Iraq when #SAA launches 130 raids daily — Sophia ن (@les_politiques) November 1, 2014 *An excerpt from, "Kobane keeps up the resistance" Voltaire Network, October 29, 2014:* The US anti-Daesh Coalition parachuted weapons to the PYG but, unintentionally or not, half of them were recovered by Daesh (as was previously the case in Mosul). *It also continues to carry out 10-15 bombing sorties per day, without having any influence on the ground-fighting. * *For its part, the Syrian Ara... more »

What Comes Natural To These Kids is Simply Remarkable

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Video - *An experiment that brings out the true nature of a child's pure human spirit. The post What Comes Natural To These Kids is Simply Remarkable appeared first on Waking Times.

Team Obama Caves Once More to For-Profit College Predators

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Some things just don't change, and Team Obama is one of them. From HuffPo: *The Obama administration on Thursday retreated from an ambitious proposal to protect low-income students and taxpayers from wasteful career-training programs and for-profit colleges that saddle students with taxpayer-backed debts they can not repay.* *Investors cheered the news, sending shares in major for-profit college chains soaring Thursday and significantly outpacing gains in the broader U.S. stock market. Student advocates and consumer groups accused the administration of selling out students. . . .*

Weekend Fun 57: Cow Capitalism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
Two friends tagged me in fb with this funny definitions of capitalism. I added these: Philippine capitalism: You have two cows. One looks like a carabao, the other looks like an ostrich. You sell the former and buy a tricycle while you keep the latter and join a 5 cock derby/contest. 5 bladed cocks vs your unbladed ostrich-looking cow. The cow mows them all, but the referee declares a passer-by duck as the winner. A congressional inquiry was conducted (a) how an ostrich can join a derby, and (b) how a duck can win a derby. The committee hearing was quickly ended because the Comm... more »

ISRAEL: Ha'aretz Newspaper Publishes Political Cartoon Depicting Netanyahu as 9/11 Plane Pilot..

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
*“Ha'aretz, one of Israel's leading newspapers, published a cartoon by Amos Biderman on October 30, 2014, depicting the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as a terrorist pilot flying a plane into one of the towers of the World Trade Center ” * *Full article here: http://12160.info/page/christopher-bollyn-on-meaning-of-israeli-cartoon-depicting-netany*

What is there not to hate about Halloween?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*About a Boy's Fiona (Minnie Driver), Marcus(Benjamin Stockham), and Will (David Walton)* *by Ken* You're probably thinking this is going to be one of those spoilsport anti-Halloween diatribes. And it's true that when a friend mentioned on the phone this afternoon that he might be venturing out this evening for the parade (meaning, of course, the world-famous Greenwich Village Halloween Parade), I didn't know what to say. However, with all those people so passionately devoted to the parade, there must be something there, right? I can't say I'm okay with it, exactly, but really, i... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Stephen Harper Lies To His Conservative Base And Lies To All Canadians

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 3 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Stephen Harper in 2011 promised income splitting as soon as the budget is balanced, so why has Canada`s mainstream media fallen asleep and not reported Stephen Harper`s latest betrayal and whopper lie? Stephen Harper has slashed the income splitting measures he promised Canadians, when Harper proposed income splitting on the condition of a balanced budget in 2011 the benefit was supposed to amount to a $7000,00 yearly benefit....That benefit has been capped at $2000,00 yearly benefit, those who qualify(which I certainly don`t qualify for by a country mile) ... more »

Arizona Charter Public Relations Manager Wants to Sell Me Common Core “Success”

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 3 hours ago
On October 29, 2014, I received the following email from Taylor Bentall, Public Relations Manager at McFadden/Gavender Advertising (Rexburg, Idaho): Dear Mercedes Scheider, I saw an article you wrote about the Common Core Standards and I thought our school story might interest you! The Common Core Standards have been a hot topic all around […]

wmtc movie and series season now open: your suggestions are welcome

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
Baseball season was painfully short for Red Sox fans this year. When your team wins a grand total of *71 games* it's a chore to watch, and I gave up early. The postseason, on the other hand, was incredible, and I watched (at least until I fell asleep) every night. I was mildly disappointed that the Royals didn't go all the way, but going to Game 7 of the World Series and losing that by only one run is awesome. And the Giants play in one of my favourite cities and ballparks, so it's not like I hate them, either. All in all, a great October. Because the 2014 Red Sox sucked, I've watch... more »

The Plague Is Very Hot

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 4 hours ago
With ample scare mongering going on with the Ebola threat, this item is timely. It provides a detailed eye witness report on the day to day in the middle of a plague outbreak some 350 years ago. The ultimate defense will be self quarantine. Yet i do not think that it will become that pervasive at all. I have not dug deep into the biology except to note that while infection is possible it is also not probable. The victims seem to work at it. On the other hand it is a good excuse to work up our defensive protocols for that horrible day when a truly nasty bug sets its teeth i... more »

Secret Lore of the Fall

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 4 hours ago
[image: Jonathan Black] Something for Halloween and a reminder that the whole world of spirit was well understood or at least perceived in most of human history through traditional narratives. We live now in an age of complete denial and scant communication. From this folk tale we discover the possibility of a ointment able to empower an eye to see in the spectrum of the spiritual world. It is something that needs to be rediscovered.Recall Swedenborg went from one day to the next abruptly seeing the spiritual world around him and that this lead to direct mind to mind communicat... more »

Junk DNA & Human Consciousness

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 4 hours ago
[image: duf1220] We have identified an expanded string of DNA unique to humanity. I am sure that we will find plenty more before we are finished. Others are also recognizing the primacy of consciousness even if they have not yet understood the massive increase in information density. It also reminds us that we have barely begun to gather all the data available to us, Thus it may be better to not so quick to draw conclusions. There is enough gratuitous error out there. *Junk DNA & Human Consciousness* *tom Bunzel, * * http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/10/13/junk-dna-... more »

Scientists Might Have Accidentally Solved The Hardest Part Of Building Space Elevators

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 4 hours ago
The more we discover what is possible with carbon, the less impossible becomes that Space elevator. We want that in order to haul tonnage into space as we haul tonnage on the Ocean and rail. It obviously matters even if we produce a Magnetic Field Exclusion Vessel or perhaps even if we develop gravity control. Both may simply be too sensitive to mass variation. A robust cable system sidesteps all that. What is true today is that we can do it all on the back of an envelope with these new products. We could not when Artur C. Clark wrote about it. Right now i think that it sets ... more »

Halloween in Nunavut

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

Friday pussy - scary edition

Demeur at Demeur - 5 hours ago
What's scarier than a black cat crossing your path on Halloween? The Republicans winning the senate. And why you might ask? Republicans never let facts and science get in the way of their agenda. They use the military before diplomacy. When the military is ill equipped they cut military budgets unless of course it's for some hardware that the Pentagon says it doesn't need. Republicans have made boogiemen out of Mexicans, Blacks, Liberals and generally anyone else who isn't exactly like them. Republicans hate any program that might benefit the masses like socia... more »

What Do You Know About the Cosmic Origins of Halloween?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Video* - Halloween night. Are you aware of the cosmic origins of All Hallows' Eve? The post What Do You Know About the Cosmic Origins of Halloween? appeared first on Waking Times.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
I am finishing up on a rather large web project right now .... so blogging will be super light for the next two days. Blogging should return by Sunday.

Watch Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 6 hours ago
*Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 5.0 Release : 03 Jan 2014 Duration : 84 min Genre : Horror, Thriller Director : Christopher Landon Writer : Christopher Landon, Oren Peli (based on: the film 'Paranormal Activity' by) Cast : Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor Synopsis Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesJesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn't long before Jessie finds he's been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Same old century over and over ~Library Chronicles**~We already know Jindal has an affinity for the 19th Century so we can't imagine that he'd be too critical of Mary for wanting to live there. What century is she living in? The one when we told the truth about racism, apparently. *

Watch Seventy-Nine Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 6 hours ago
*Seventy-Nine (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 6.4 Release : 12 Mar 2014 Duration : 82 min Genre : Action, Horror, Mystery Director : Filip Maciejewicz Writer : Filip Maciejewicz Cast : Jonathan Rosenthal, Adrian Voo, Bo Linton, Caroline Attwood Synopsis Seventy-NineIn an abandoned asylum, a series of secret experiments on the nature of brainwashing is being conducted - a project codenamed 'Limes' (a term describing a borderline between the civilized and barbaric world). Description Seventy-Nineover the summer, ava turned fourteen. ava turned fourteen, started high school ... more »

Almost The Lad Himself

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
There's much more to life than BBC bias. Honestly. Don't believe me? Then please try *The Missing Hancocks* on Radio 4 - recreations of lost episodes from the original Galton and Simpson scripts, starring Kevin McNally as Tony Hancock (and doing a very good impersonation of him). The first episode, *The Matador*, was broadcast today and certainly made me laugh. So much so that I feel it's my blogging duty to share some of its best gags with you, our loyal readers: *Tony Hancock*: Well, doctor, what's the verdict? *Doctor*: Well, I'm not going to beat around the bush. I may as wel... more »

A cunning plan

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
The Greens are still hopping mad at the BBC for refusing to give them a spot in the general election leadership debates. Many a sympathetic left-winger has been petitioning, tweeting, blogging or writing articles in the nation press claiming that this shows right-wing bias at the BBC - especially as the hated UKIP *are* being given a spot (on ITV). Here, however, courtesy of the *Telegraph*'s Michael Deacon, is a way to present all this as proof of the BBC's left-wing bias after all: *Seeing red over green bias at BBC* For decades now, many of the BBC’s critics have accused it of ... more »

Get a Tuition Free College Education in These 7 Countries

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Zaid Jilani* - With the cost of college rising absurdly, you might consider going to school in one of these countries.... for FREE! The post Get a Tuition Free College Education in These 7 Countries appeared first on Waking Times.

Watch Gabriel 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 7 hours ago
*Gabriel (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.0 Release : 17 Apr 2014 Duration : 85 min Genre : Drama, Family, Thriller Director : Lou Howe Writer : Lou Howe (screenplay), Lou Howe Cast : Emily Meade, Rory Culkin, Frank De Julio, Desmin Borges Synopsis GabrielA troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit. Description GabrielThe San Gabriel Valley Tribune is the local news source for Los Angeles County's San Gabriel Valley region providing breaking news, sports, business, entertainment ...,Fan-Girl.Org is ... more »

Local Council By-Elections October 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Sept Average/ contest +/- Sept +/- Seats Conservative 33 14,849 27.0% +0.9% 450 +119 0 Labour 29 12,770 23.2% -4.9% 440 +58 +1 LibDem 20 6,896 12.5% -9.4% 344 -34 +2 UKIP 28 10,439 19.0% +5.3% 373 +173 0 SNP* 2 3,111 5.7% +5.7% 1,555 +1,555 +1 Plaid Cymru** 0 0 Green 14 1,348 2.5% -1.3% 96 +6 0 BNP 1 17 0.0% +0.0% 17 +17 0 TUSC 1 35 0.0% -0.3% 35 +5 ... more »

If Steve Israel Can't Even Beat A Thuggish Republican With 20 Criminal Indictments....

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The Staten Island *Advance* is a lot like Staten Island-- and far more conservative and parochial than NY-11 as a whole, which also includes some relatively enlightened parts of Brooklyn (as well as some equally backward Mafia-oriented neighborhoods, particularly in Bay Ridge). And the district as a whole has been changing demographically as more immigrants move in. In 2008 McCain beat Obama in NY-11, 51-48%. Four years later, NY-11 went the other way, giving Obama a 52-47% win over Romney-- an identical margin the district gave their Mafia congressman, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm,... more »

Plagues and Peoples

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
Nobody comprehends the universe, because it is almost entirely out of sight. We also can’t see the universe of microorganisms here on Earth, or fully comprehend their powerful influence. Historian William McNeill learned that disease has played a major role in the human journey, and he wrote a fascinating introduction to our intimate companions, the parasites, in *Plagues and Peoples*. All critters eat. Hosts provide food, and parasites consume it. Large-bodied parasites, like wolves, are *macro-parasites*. Wolves kill their hosts. *Micro-parasites*include bacteria, viruses, ... more »

The 'Cyborg' Defenders Of Donetsk Airport

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
The airport's main terminal is now a shell, only two years after it was opened *Ukraine Conflict: The 'Cyborg' Defenders Of Donetsk Airport -- BBC* Mention a cyborg to a Ukrainian these days and they probably won't think of "cybernetic organisms", or man-machines of science fiction. Instead, the word now conjures up images of rugged, heavily armed men holed up inside what remains of Donetsk Airport in war-torn eastern Ukraine. The airport has become a symbol of Ukraine's fight against separatists, and the "cyborgs" are Ukrainians who have held on to it despite persistent rebel at... more »

Europe Will Not Recognize Sunday's Planned Elections In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Members of a local electoral commission take part in the preparations for the upcoming election, with stickers displaying symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic seen on ballot boxes, at a polling station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev *Europe Won't Recognize Vote In Eastern Ukraine, Merkel Tells Putin -- Reuters* (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a B... more »

The Economy: "The Biggest Financial Heist in History"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Biggest Financial Heist in History"* by Bill Bonner "If Mr. Market is afraid, he is putting on a brave face. The Fed's QE ended on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Dow rose 221 points. This is good news for Janet Yellen. She must think she has made a clean getaway. She has fled the scene of the biggest financial heist in history with no cops in sight. They're not even aware a crime has been committed! This grand larceny involved $3.6 trillion. Counterfeit – every dollar of it. Not a penny of it was ever honestly earned or earnestly saved... or dug out of the dirt and turned into ... more »

Watch The Homesman 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 8 hours ago
*The Homesman (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 6.9 Release : 26 Jun 2014 Duration : 122 min Genre : Drama, Western Director : Tommy Lee Jones Writer : Tommy Lee Jones (screenplay), Kieran Fitzgerald (screenplay), Wesley A. Oliver (screenplay), Glendon Swarthout (novel) Cast : Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto Synopsis The HomesmanA claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. Description The HomesmanThe Homesman est un film de Tommy Lee Jones avec Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank. Synopsis : En 1854, trois... more »

White House Insists That Their Syrian War Policy Is Working

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Fissure Opens Between Pentagon and White House Over Assad’s Fate -- Time* *Hagel told Rice a lack of clarity is complicating U.S. efforts to combat ISIS* President Barack Obama declared in August 2011 that Syrian leader Bashar Assad must “step aside” for the good of his country after his forces had killed nearly 2,000 fellow citizens. More than three years later, with Assad still in power, the Syrian civil war has killed some 200,000 people and given Islamic extremists territory to occupy. That has led Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to warn the White House that the U.S. has to sto... more »

Time and Torsion in a Conscious, Holographic Universe

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - Our universe is holographic and fractal in nature, here's the evidence... The post Time and Torsion in a Conscious, Holographic Universe appeared first on Waking Times.

Supplemental: Ghosts, goblins and uncles are out there tonight!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014Rachel does it again:* Last Friday evening’s Maddow Show was a gruesome hour. As Maddow started this 14-minute segment, she introduced a scary demographic from “an alternate universe.” We refer, of course, to “your older male relative”—your scary, crazy old uncle. Warning! These demons were destined to play a major role in another in Maddow’s string of large factual groaners: MADDOW (10/24/14): OK. *Time to visit an alternate universe. Time to visit the email inbox of your older male relative.* *Let’s call him your uncle who watches Fox News all day,* the... more »

Spanish Intelligence: Jihadists Want To Weaponise Ebola

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot To Weaponise Ebola -- Breitbart* Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over £200 million. The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any mea... more »

Protest at Obama Rally in Portland

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Just over a dozen people gathered in a peace protest yesterday in Portland, Maine as several thousand mostly Democrats lined up to get into a political rally that was headlined by Barack Obama. We have a tight race for governor in our state and the Democrat Mike Michaud (who I am voting for) invited the president to come and help whip up support amongst loyal party faithful and on-lookers. I got there at 4:00 pm and worked the front of the crowd as folks got into the very long line to enter. Other protesters arrived after a while and eventually I got someone help me hold the ban... more »

Washington's Syria Confusion

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Washington is now reaching out to Moscow and Tehran for ways to negotiate with the Assad government - after years of shunning diplomacy with Syria. That's according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Pentagon Warns SEAL Who Shot Bin Laden Not To Go On FOX News

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Pentagon: The Navy SEAL Who Shot Bin Laden Should Not Reveal Himself On Fox News -- Business Insider* On Wednesday, Fox News announced it planned to reveal the identity of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden in a documentary set to air next month. However, in a statement issued to Business Insider the Pentagon stressed that anyone who participated in the 2011 operation that left the Al Qaeda leader dead was "still bound" by a "non-disclosure agreement to not discuss classified information, especially in a nationally televised interview." This seems to indicate the SEAL could f... more »

Connect With the Consciousness of the Universe

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Jed Shlackman* - Everything in creation is a form or expression of energy. As humans there are many ways to connect with the spiritual energy of the universe... The post Connect With the Consciousness of the Universe appeared first on Waking Times.

The Snack, Iqaluit

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago

Happy Halloween!

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
This is one of my favorite jpegs ever out of the countless thousands I've used and made over the years, this one having been used as the lead image from probably my favorite (and longest) Assclowns of the Week ever, the Halloween edition from 2005. Of course, the scariest things facing us this Halloween will fill up more Depends adult diapers than anything we'll see on the Main Streets of America tonight. Wendy Davis is losing to FDR's evil twin (aka Greg Abbot) by 20 percentage points, according to one poll. Nate Silver's saying the Republicans actually have a 62% chanc... more »

Michael Mann On Climate: There's Very Little "Burnable Carbon" In Our "Budget"; Emissions Ramp-down Must Start Now

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
-by Gaius Publius One of my hats is as a climate interpreter to the interested lay person. I have something of a science background and can read the papers "in the original." Another hat is as an occasional interviewer for *Virtually Speaking*. This month the two hats merged on the same head, and I got to interview the "Hockey Stick graph" climate scientist, Dr. Michael Mann. For this interview I focused on the basics: *•* Can humans burn more carbon, create more emissions, and still stay below the IPCC's "safe" +2°C warming target? *•* Is the IPCC's +2°C warming target truly "... more »

Kid Explains the 4th Dimension…

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Video - *How would a 4-dimensional being perceive our 3-dimensional world? Just watch and see. The post Kid Explains the 4th Dimension… appeared first on Waking Times.

I am not stupid nor a scientest!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
This talking point blew me away. Vote accordingly you stupid Americans.

Last Friday before election, devilish dust mites, sardines, and some Bill Whittle...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*what could go wrong?* Exactly what do those things have in common? Absolutely nothing, but I'm in the habit now of just throwing a bunch of stuff out there and watching it bounce - or something. *The Election:* The word is that this is going to be some sort of historically awful trouncing for the Democrats. Forgive me if I don't share the excitement because I think very little will change in DC no matter what the outcome. The reality is that our culture has become so degraded that anyone who thinks we'll ever see the Ozzie and Harriet days again should immediately check themsel... more »

SILLIEST TALES OF THE MSM: Lies and the journalizing journalists who sell them!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014Part 4—That lecture just wasn’t real sharp:* Again and again, the people in our celebrity press corps just aren’t especially sharp. Last night, brain cells died all over the land as Rachel Maddow staged her latest blatantly faux DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS report. In fairness, a similar number of brain cells had died the night before. On that occasion, Maddow offered a lengthy, pointless rumination on the canisters in the closet at her MSNBC office, the rumination which occasioned last night’s CORRECTIONS charade. We often wonder how anyone can watch Maddo... more »

The Battle For Kobane -- News Updates October 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 29, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis *Air Strikes Hit Kobani As Kurdish Peshmerga Prepare To Enter -- Reuters* (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. The predominantly Kurdish town, b... more »

11 Signs of Spiritual Awakening

Waking Times at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Video - *Here are 11 signs that you are awakening and part of the global shift in consciousness. The post 11 Signs of Spiritual Awakening appeared first on Waking Times.

Van Gough cut his ear off to save me!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Van gough cut his ear off for me some say it was he was crazy I say he just did not know another way to keep the crazy voices of humanity at bay. I got no traction I say things so diamond and they are viewed as glass like I am some kind of wordy smartass No I should not be a respected one I have lived on vapors for my entire life but if you are bound in concrete the flow will still get to you we vapors and solids need to co exist to meet the great challenge comming as mist The challenge defined by climate change we smart monkees have put our ignorant paws on the great thermal exchange... more »

Iraq And Syria is now 'Ground Zero' For Foreign Jihadists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Foreign Jihadists Flocking To Iraq And Syria On 'Unprecedented Scale' – UN -- The Guardian* *UN report suggests decline of al-Qaida has yielded an explosion of jihadist enthusiasm for its even mightier successor organisations, chiefly Isis* The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on “an unprecedented scale” and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism. A report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq... more »

I almost cut my hair

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Wow was that a freaky way to deal with the problems of today. Just like tatoos expresse a thing long hair can no longer do a people who say fuck you. fuck you we can not swim fast enough to reach your bar If we reproduce it will be in prision and that aside from abortion is the best case senario. I know every living human as a soul brother because I have shared their pain in a empathetic way having traveled on their hardship train. Human hardship is such a disgrace to the name human we can do everything we just lack for want and time and lets do it the right way lets go scientific on th... more »

"Jian Ghomeshi vs. the Mob" a Rebuttal

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 13 hours ago
My friend Sean Stokholm penned an interesting op-ed in the National Post questioning the value of vigilante mob justice. In principle I agree with his underlying point, that the mob tolerates no dissent, or questioning of its motives. I have made my own argument in this regard. (Disclosure, in the current Jian Ghomeshi affair, I am probably a member of "the mob" Sean is taking aim at. The shoe

Burkina Faso President Compaore Resigns. Army Now In Charge

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Burkina Faso President Compaore Resigns -- Voice of America* The longtime president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, has stepped down following protests against his efforts to stay in power. Local media broadcast a resignation statement from Comapore Friday and an army spokesman confirmed the president had stepped down. In his statement, Compaore called for a 90-day transition leading to "free and transparent" elections. Burkina24 television reported Compaore left the presidential palace in a heavily armed convoy. *Read more* .... *More News On Burkina Faso* Burkina Faso gen... more »

Have a Very Classy Halloween

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Not counting the zombie invasion of roaming Ebolaphobes, what are you most frightened about this Halloween? If you're a One Percenter, chances are that the lower classes coming into your neighborhood to beg for goodies is high on your list of fears. One wealthy woman allegedly (or maybe actually -- because although this reads like satire, the super-rich are extremely talented at unwitting self-parody) sought advice about how to keep the riffraff away. From *Slate* : *Dear Prudence, * *I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” stre... more »


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 13 hours ago

If You Think Ending Charter Co-location is a Good Idea, Read This!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Posted this morning at Memphis Schools Matter: A headline by *Chalkbeat Tennessee* would lead us assume that public schools have scored a big victory: *Shelby County to pull kids from schools shared with ASD: Co-location to end next Fall. * The story attached to the headline, however, clearly shows that assumption to be wrong. If this new plan goes forward, ASD charters will get the ENTIRE BUILDING where they are now co-located, and the hundreds of public school students will be moved into segregated testing containment camps run by I-Zone. *Teachers and parents must be at the ... more »

Friday Night Short Shorts: Loquacious Version

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
In case you've ever looked at your manager and thought: "My god, even a robot could do better than him", your wish will soon be granted. Yes, apparently the local youth, already reeling under stagnant pay and low wages, must now face the threat of robots moving into management positions. The thing is, when they do replace all those managers, will anyone even notice? Besides the KTV girls, I mean. Stat of note from the piece: mid-level management jobs in Taiwan have fallen by 170,000 positions in recent decades. Good news out of Toronto: the school board voted 20-2 to terminate that... more »

Will The U.S. Marines Drop Their Standards For Women Who Attempt Their Infantry Officers Training Course?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Photo from Girls Just Wanna Have Guns *Pressure Grows For Marines To Lower Standards For Women -- Washington Free Beacon* *27 Female Marines Have Attempted the Infantry Officers Training Course. None Have Passed.* When it was reported at the beginning of October that three female Marine officers had passed the Combat Endurance Test (CET), the initial entry screener for the Corp’s challenging Infantry Officer Course, the news was widely reported. You can read about it here, here, here, here, here, and here. The story was indeed news. Up to that point, of the 24 women who had atte... more »

U.S. Congress Is Still Ignorant About NSA Spying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Congress Still Has No Idea How Much The NSA Spies On Americans -- Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic* *Adequate oversight is impossible when even diligent members of the Senate Intelligence Committee can't get basic facts about surveillance.* The biggest lie Americans are told about the NSA is that it is subject to "strict oversight." Listening to President Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein, or most any high-ranking official in the national-security bureaucracy, one gets the impression that the Senate and House intelligence committees are keeping careful tabs on the most technological... more »

Friendly Fire Deaths Caused By Defense Budget Cuts?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets of Strike Fighter Squadron 31 fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan, Dec. 15, 2008. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon *EXCLUSIVE: Budget Cuts, Errant B-1 Bomber Blamed In Deadly ‘Friendly Fire’ Accident In Afghanistan -- Washington Times* The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanist... more »

John Prine

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
In a world full of first world problems never solved this mans tale is one for the books. I saw him twice and for that reason he has a bigger place in my heart than Bob Dylan. If your smart enough to realize Dylan is a genius that comes by once in a millennial, go for Prine he is like a century or two.

Watch Women & Children 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 15 hours ago
* Women & Children (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 6.9 Release : 17 Oct 2014 Duration : 119 min Genre : Comedy, Drama Director : Jason Reitman Writer : Chad Kultgen (novel), Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson Cast : Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer Synopsis Women & ChildrenMen, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down socia... more »

Watch Common Outlaws 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 15 hours ago
*Common Outlaws (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.5 Release : 24 May 2014 Duration : 92 min Genre : Action, Drama, Western Director : Louie Iaccarino Writer : Louie Iaccarino Cast : Louie Iaccarino, John Druska, Gregory P. Loomis, Mark Clem Synopsis Common OutlawsSet in the 'timeless' River City, Indiana, The Hurley Boy's set out to absolve the sins of their wrongfully accused father. But what is the cost of revenge? A tragic tale of family, revenge, and the consequences of hate. Description Common OutlawsAn important aspect of the Outlawe history in Ireland is Sir Roger ... more »

Of Course There is Do-It-Yourself Abortion in New Brunswick

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 15 hours ago
Well, who didn't see this coming? Because abortions are nearly impossible to access in New Brunswick, people in need of the procedure have begun terminating their pregnancies themselves. Whenever and wherever women have found it impossible to continue a pregnancy and to find competent help to end it, they have resorted to whatever is handy and has the slightest chance of working. And, it is to be hoped, not kill or maim them. Right now, for example: A woman in Morocco looking for help is considering drinking bleach to end her pregnancy. In Poland, a rape victim says she’s thinki... more »

Do you really want to hurt me!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Thats the question we should all ask ourselves in the inverse as we proceed towards our destiny hopeful in the sky. Hurting people or animals or in some cases insects is counterproductive and the waves of pain can become tsunamis of violence and regret that shift time. Hurt is a a animal instinct that we all have. IMHO in our schools we should train young minds to appreciate the three Rs without technology and in other aspects of life the yutes should know the truth that defies mathematics, language and intelligent interpertation we are all just human humans are like monkeys with bett... more »

Bridge The Smartphone-Computer Gap with Pushbullet

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
Smartphones are fantastic. Surely that comes as no surprise. But as great as they are, there are still some incredible limitations to their use. Three in particular come to mind: 1. The difficulty in typing. 2. The challenge of transferring files from smartphone to computer and vice versa. 3. The inherent weaknesses in the phone's camera. Fortunately – and not to sound too cliche – there are apps for each of these problems. But that's just the problem: apps. Plural. Many. I don't have time to download, learn and use multiple apps. I want one app to address all those iss... more »

Jeju: The Beloved Community

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
*Catholic Worker Art Laffin (2nd from left) reports from Jeju Island, South Korea. Also in the photo (in red jacket in center) is Yang Yoon-Mo who has been jailed several times and nearly died during successive hunger strikes from prison. * Art Laffin lives and works at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington DC. Back in the 1990's he used to come to Florida to help us organize protests at the space center. For many years he has held weekly vigils at the Pentagon and White House. Dear Friends, Today was a rainy day in Gangjeong village. At 7 a.m. Fr. Pat Cunningha... more »

DCCC In New Hampshire-- More Help For The Conservative Kuster And Less For The Progressive Shea-Porter

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I got another email from "Nancy Pelosi" (read: the DCCC) this morning on behalf of New Hampshire conservative New Dem Ann Kuster. She's in the D+3 district that Obama won with 54% in 2012, not in the district next door that has a PVI of R+1 and which Obama only won with 50%. That's the district Carol Shea-Porter has. Kuster, who ran as a grassroots populist, sold out to Big Business the second she got to Congress, quitting the Congressional Progressive Caucus and joining the Wall Street owned and operated New Dems. Shea-Porter, on the other hand, is a portrait of integrity and a r... more »

My 5 Secret ‘Weapons’ for Finishing a Book

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
There is all kinds of advice out there on how to write and finish a book. We are frequently advised to ‘Write everyday’, ‘write early in the morning,’ ‘workshop and present your work,’ among other things. Here is a great overview of 10 steps to writing a book and another fantastic post called “‘I’m writing Continue reading

Arcturian Transmissions to Our Inter-Galactic Emissaries. Part 3 – The Galactic Post Office

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Galactic Mail - Arcturian Transmissions to Our Inter-Galactic Emissaries. Part 3 – The Galactic Post Office as channelled by Suzanne Lie October 29, 2014 http://suzanneliephd.blogspot.co.uk/ Our dear Emissaries of Light assisting dear Gaia HOME to Her true frequency, Yes, rather a long introduction, but to us there is no time and no separation of words. Could you please take a moment of your NOW to FEEL our message? You will feel, not the words that we have written, but the carrier wave of Unconditional Love that transports our messages to you from the very Heart of our ONE. FE... more »

Weird Planets

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
This is what sent me off to slumberland last night:

Senator Leyonhjelm on the Foreign Fighters Bill

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 17 hours ago
For my readers in the USA and Canada... it's getting pretty bad here. It's not just one side of politics, it's both. We're heading for a National Security Democratic Australia Party state. NSDAP.

Window Rock March: Dineh demand halt to livestock impoundments

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 18 hours ago
Photo by Roland Begay Black Mesa Residents and Supporters March in Window Rock, Navajo Nation demands halt to livestock impoundments  By Indigenous Action Media Photo by Nadine Narindrankura  Oct. 31, 2014 WINDOW ROCK, Diné Bikeyah — On October 30, 2014 dozens of Diné Black Mesa residents and Read more at Indigenous Action Media supporters protested recent paramilitary style assaults by

Consider Changing To Organic Milk

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
[image: Organic Milk] *To read the entire article, please click on the link provided below:* *Food Babe Blog*

Vladimir Putin’s speech at Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi on 24 October 2014.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*Full text of article at Kauilapele's blog along with his comments, excerpted below is Putin's speech:* *Text of Vladimir Putin’s speech and a question and answer session at the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s XI session in Sochi on 24 October 2014.* It was mentioned already that the club has new co-organizers this year. They include Russian non-governmental organizations, expert groups and leading universities. The idea was also raised of broadening the discussions to include not just issues related to Russia itself but also global politic... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-up, 10/31/2014”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-up, 10/31/2014”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The Ebola circus continues, and the Obama Administration officials look like clowns. Let’s just take a look at a few of the headlines. “Health System Not Prepared for Ebola” is a headline from the AP, and that is in stark contrast to what we have been told. “Small clusters could overwhelm the system” is what the article says. So, this begs the question of why no quarantine? Some governors in places like New Jersey, New York and Illinois think quarantine is the way to go. It is scientific technique on how to cont... more »

Messages From Higher Self - It Is Not So Much About........

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago

Ten Reasons We Don't Need GMOs

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
[image: Foto: "10 reasons we don't need GM foods", a short report from the authors of "GMO Myths and Truths", is published today as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source. Claire Robinson, co-author of the new report with genetic engineers Dr Michael Antoniou and Dr John Fagan, said: "At just 11 pages plus references, '10 reasons' is designed for people who may not have the time to read 'GMO Myths and Truths', which extends to 330 pages. '10 reasons' is ideal for giving to friends, family, politicians, and journalists, when a longer docu... more »

Мi-28 Russian helicopters join service in Iraq

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Mi-28NE Night Hunter]The Iraqi Ministry of Defense assured the entrance of the Russian helicopter (Night Hunter) to the service to support terrorism fighting and Iraqi infantry forces. A statement by the MoD cited “Minister of Defense Khalid al-Obaidi accompanied by several military commanders observed on Wednesday the final stage of preparing and arming the first group of the Russian modern fighting helicopters (MI-28) in a step towards sending them to specified air bases.” “These helicopters which are known as the Night Hunter will increase the efficiency of the Iraqi Arm... more »

Inside Russian nuclear sub as it fires missile that can level a city

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
A TV crew was on board a Borey-class nuclear submarine as it was test-firing a Bulava nuclear missile on Wednesday. A video from the sub shows people entrusted with one of the world's most powerful weapons in action. The Yury Dolgoruky fired its deadly cargo from the Barents sea in Russia's north to the Far-Eastern test range of Kura. Footage from the scene shows tense seamen and officers in blue uniforms going through the launch protocol, using the same language they would use in case of a real nuclear war. Read more

Parts of wave function trapped in helium bubbles

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
*Even Leon Cooper caught as saying completely wrong things about quantum mechanics* In the world of genuine physics, nothing has changed about the quantum foundations of the discipline since the mid 1920s or the late 1920s. In the media world, we are told about a revolution at least once a week. Less than a week ago, the fad would be all about the many interacting worlds. All of it has been forgotten by now. The new fad is about a mysterious electron's wave function shockingly divided and stunningly trapped in helium bubbles. All of these wonderful echoes in the media echo chamber b... more »

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of DDG 115, Starts Fabrication on DDG 118

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: DDG-115 USS Rafael Peralta]This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying ceremony for the Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), the company’s 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed November 15, 2004, during the Second Battle of Fallujah in house-to-house urban combat at the age of 25. Sgt. Peralta’s mother, Rosa Peralta, and his si... more »

Ya'alon cancels purchase of 6 US V-22 planes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: CV-22B Osprey]Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon decided to cancel a deal with the U.S. to purchase the advanced vertical-takeoff and landing V-22 Osprey aircraft. Ya'alon's decision was not in line with the Israeli military's stance, and in Israel there is concern the decision may rouse the ire of the U.S. Israel had agreed to purchase six V-22s, but had not yet signed the contract. The purchase would have made Israel the first country outside the U.S. to obtain the advanced aircraft. Israel was given the green light to purchase the planes in April 2013 during U.S. Defense Se... more »

China Calls On Japan To End Jet Scrambles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle]China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it was source of flying safety concerns. Tension has been high between Asia's two largest economies in recent months, with each accusing the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets in a long-running territorial dispute. Both sides claim a string of Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Beijing declared an air defense zone cover... more »

Video: In the Cockpit of a U-2 Spy Plane, Up High and Down Low

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
We recently wrote how it looked like the storied U-2 spy plane would likely avert retirement yet again this year, as well as about how the plane is difficult to land and flies so very, very high. Watch the video above to see what it looks like from the cockpit when the U-2 gets way, way up there, then check out the view from a chase car during the landing. If you want to watch another U-2 landing as viewed from a chase car, here’s a taste. Read more

Airbus and Tata team-up for Indian Air Force’s Avro replacement contract

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: CASA C295]Airbus Defence and Space has signed a cooperation agreement with Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) to submit a joint bid for a contract to replace the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Avro aircraft fleet. The team is offering combat-proven Airbus C295 medium transport for the contract, which covers replacement of 56 Avro aircraft. Under the terms of agreement, Airbus will supply the first 16 aircraft in 'fly-away' condition from its own final assembly line in the event of contract award. Read more

Beijing commands 400 patrol vessels: Thai military magazine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type-056 class FS]To defend its exclusive economic zone in the disputed East and South China Seas, China's maritime law enforcement agencies have about 400 patrol vessels according to Asia Military Review, a magazine based in Bangkok. China currently has the largest fleet of patrol vessels in the Asia-Pacific the magazine stated. The tonnages of the 400 vessels range between 1,150 and 3,400. The agencies are also set to receive 36 additional vessels. The Japan Coast Guard currently has only 50 patrol vessels though they are better than the Chinese vessels in terms of quality... more »

St Petersburg enterprise to supply arresting gear for INS Vikrant

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Vikrant]St. Petersburg’s Proletarski Zavod (Proletarian Factory) will supply arresting gears and breaking machines for the under construction INS Vikrant aircraft carrier. The Russian enterprise has already supplied similar equipment for the INS Vikramaditya, Yury Skorikov, the factory’s general director told Tass. “A contract has been signed with the Indian side. We are making arresting gears for the Vikrant aircraft carrier,” Skorikov said. Read more

China denies reports of explosion in its aircraft carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Liaoning CV]Chinese military today dismissed reports of an explosion on board its lone aircraft carrier, Liaoning which is currently undergoing advanced trials. Reports in foreign media of an explosion on board the aircraft carrier "did not conform with the facts", Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a press conference today. According to unconfirmed reports, China's first aircraft carrier appeared to suffer a steam explosion during the recent trials that temporarily knocked out the carrier's electrical power system. Read more

French submarines to get new torpedoes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Le Triomphant-class SSBN]The French military procurement agency, DGA, says a next-generation heavy torpedo will be delivered to the French Navy in 2016. The F21, developed as part of the government's Artemis weapons program, will be produced by DCNS, which designed the weapon. The F21 is 19.6 feet long 21 inches in diameter and has two sets of propellers. It's speed -- due to the use of powerful electric battery -- is more than 50 knots over a distance of 50 nautical miles. Read more

Russia Begins Construction of 2 New Stealthy Kilo Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Rostov-on-Don]In another step forward for the Russian navy's ambitious rearmament plans, the keels of two more "Improved Kilo-class" diesel-electric submarines were laid at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Thursday, Interfax reported. The new submarines are destined to join Russia's Black Sea Fleet upon completion in 2016. Kilo submarines are extremely quiet compared with nuclear submarines, the mainstay of many submarine fleets, because they use diesel engines rather than nuclear reactors for power. They also play a very different combat role. While nuclear att... more »

Government in a rush to make the wrong decision on submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Defence Minister David Johnston]In the last week, Defence Minister David Johnston has flagged a “capability gap” if the next fleet of submarines is designed and built in Australia. “We are under such time constraints to avoid a capability gap and I cannot afford to not have submarines in the water,” he told Sky News. “This country cannot afford that.” It is the first time such urgency has been prioritised; it has hit the headlines with dramatic effect. In this case, however, the Coalition’s stance requires scrutiny, given what is at stake. Read more

Right Memory - The Wisdom of Rudolf Steiner

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
[image: Friday Right Memory 1]Source: *Notes Along The Path Blog*

Racism Is At The Heart of The Two Longest Standing Conflicts In The Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
There is this idea that Washington can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if it only gets serious about diplomacy, withdraws aid, cracks down on Israel's settlement activity, brings a moderate Palestinian coalition to the table, and plays a more neutral role at the United Nations. But that is a fallacy. The core of the problem is that the Israeli public, never mind the government, absolutely hates the Palestinians and views them as less than humans. They don't see the other side as a worthy enemy with legitimate grievances to negotiate with and make peace with, but as inse... more »

Ukraine’s Thieves and Nazis: From ‘Russian Propaganda’ to Parliament

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*October 31, 2014* (Eric Draitser - NEO) - With the final votes being counted in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections, early results show an unsurprisingly strong showing for the country’s oligarchs, while neo-Nazi candidates score significant victories of their own. Though the democratic character of the elections is certainly in doubt, the inescapable reality is that the new government in Kiev is going to be even more aggressive, even more radical, and even more dangerous, as the political character of the Verkohvna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) becomes ever more reactionary. Not onl... more »

'Today' doesn't agree with Nick

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
According to the *Daily Mail*: Nick Clegg encouraged the BBC to give airtime to organisations that promote the legalisation of drugs including heroin, it was revealed yesterday. Mr Clegg’s attempt to manipulate the BBC came in the hours before the official publication of the Home Office report. An aide working for the Deputy Prime Minister sent journalists on the flagship Radio 4 *Today *programme and other current affairs shows an email picking out the Lib Dems’ favoured passages, many of which amounted to arguments for decriminalisation. Astonishingly, the email from special ad... more »

America's Allies In The Middle East Are All Cunts

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was called a "chickenshit" this week by a senior Obama administration official. First off, it's not a smart idea to goad warmongers and lunatics like Netanyahu by calling them cowards. They tend to prove such an assessment of themselves wrong for no other reason than to stick it to the doubters. And second, Benjamin Netanyahu is many things, but a chickenshit is not one. This is a man who on the day of the false flag on 9/11 went onto American and global prime time television and falsely blamed Al-Qaeda for the evil deed. He declared that ... more »

“I Pledge Allegiance...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“I Pledge Allegiance...”* by The Dissident Dad “Remember those weird kids who didn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance in school? They either sat down or just stood up silently. I sure do. Most likely for religious reasons, but I remember thinking to myself as a kid that it was wrong not to say the pledge aloud with the rest of us. As I got older in my teenage years, I even felt that those kids were not being respectful. Some adults may even give them the old, “well, if you don’t like it then you can leave” routine that is mentioned every time a minority opts out of the majority’s wa... more »

California-based Hewlett Foundation, Common Core, and Voter-turnout “Researcher Excitement”

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
On October 16, 2014, I wrote a post about the Hewlett Foundation’s funding a report for a “new accountability system” centered upon the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The lead writer of the report, Linda Darling-Hammond, is a professor at Stanford University and senior advisor for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). What prompted this post was […]

Why Does The FBI Still Refuse To Release Their Investigation Of David Joyce's Cocaine Abuse?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Andrew Rayburn (r) bought some sports teams, a jet and a crooked congressman (l) Some people say Ohio Congressman David Joyce has kicked his cocaine addiction and is no longer a substance abuser. But not everyone who knows Joyce agrees. Joyce became so obsessed with 2 Live Crew when he was on a jihad against their music that started... living the life. He's become a notorious corporate whore in Washington and everyone on K Street-- which is salivating at the prospect that Republican congressional gains next week will bring them more David Joyces-- knows he'll roll over if the price i... more »

She's Comin' Down Fast : South Africa Threatened with Helter Skelter

Anonymous at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Look out... Helter Skelter... She's coming down fast... Yes she is."* *Meaning: The upcoming explosion of race-based violence is imminent. These are the "last few months, weeks, perhaps days, of the old order."* *"To be honest with you, I don't recall ever saying 'Get a knife and a change of clothes and go do what Tex says.' " - Manson* Even to someone unaware that helter-skelter is the name of a slide, the song's mention of a slide might have indicated that the "she" in this part of the lyrics is someone who, literally or otherwise, is riding on a slide and "coming down f... more »

Sir Ian and The Brotherhoods

Anonymous at News Spike - 1 day ago
Isn't it rather odd to be honoured by an ancient collection of medieval Masonic guilds occupying an area of land that is not part of England, which pays almost no tax and where practically almost no-one lives...? I would find that rather sinister and wonder what they might want from me in the future... *It's a Sin.*

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel Talks About The Threats And Long Term Challenges Facing The United States

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Get Used to Endless War -- David A. Graham, The Atlantic* From ISIS to climate change, the Pentagon chief says, the threats that face the United States are long-term challenges. Sometimes it feels like what's happening now, at any given moment, is bigger, more important, worse, and more dangerous than before. Luckily, that often turns out to be incorrect: Today's news is tomorrow's hazy memory, and what once seemed like an existential threat is now nothing more than an unpleasant recollection. It sure seems like there are frightening events happ... more »

Teacher Poses as Student and is Shocked by What She Discovers

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Sigmund Fraud* - An experiment helped this teacher to quickly figure out these 3 painfully obvious truths about modern school and how we treat children... The post Teacher Poses as Student and is Shocked by What She Discovers appeared first on Waking Times.

Friday Afternoon Ramble: ‘Halloween’ Edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*For years now Halloween has been eclipsing Guy Fawkes night in popularity, and it’s not just because of creeping Americanism: it’s because for years now we've been banned from buying anything that goes BANG! These days –if you can get them -- they all, by law, just let out a gentle 'poof.' No wonder kids would rather dress up and celebrate an age-old pagan ritual by heading out and bludging sweets and chocolate instead. Enjoy it before that’s banned too. And in the meantime…* The lowdown on… *Tolling Auckland motorways* – LIBERTY SCOTT May I again recommend to Auc... more »

Time Ran Out For President Obama On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Stringer/ Reuters *Time Is Running Out For Obama On Syria -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* The idea that U.S.-backed Syrian rebels defeat ISIS and force Assad to the negotiating table has absolutely nothing to do with what’s happening on the ground. Only three days ago, President Barack Obama’s envoy to the Syrian rebels, retired Marine Gen. John Allen, explained confidently that the U.S. would help to train and equip Western-backed fighters to become a credible force that would compel the Assad regime to negotiate a political deal and end the four-year-long civil war. Yeah. Righ... more »

Watch In the Blood Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*In the Blood (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 5.8 Release : 18 Apr 2014 Duration : 108 min Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller Director : John Stockwell Writer : James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin Cast : Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Luis Guzmán Synopsis In the BloodWhen her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible. Description In the BloodSlayer performing Raining Blood!,The opening credits for HBO's new TV series, True Blood staring Anna Paquin. The song is Jace Everett, "Bad... more »

Delusional Christian Zionists proclaim blind love for Jews, Israel

John Friend at The Realist Report - 1 day ago
An article recently appearing in *The Jerusalem Post* described the heretical and completely absurd Christian Zionist movement as gaining strength and momentum as a result of alleged rising "anti-Semitism" and "threats to Israel." Millions of mostly White Americans fanatically support and even worship the Jewish people and the Jewish state of Israel, despite the fact that the Jews killed Jesus Christ and are actively seeking to destroy traditional Western Christian civilization. The Christian Zionist phenomenon is yet another example of the completely Orwellian, entirely backwards w... more »

It's when we Americans are put to the test that we show what we're really made of -- say howdy to ebola lawyers

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Yes, the tireless David Sipress is still manning The New Yorker's "Daily Cartoon" beat. (You can click on today's offering to enlarge it.)* *by Ken* I know I'm taking a certain liberty in tacking David Sipress's *New Yorker* "Daily Cartoon" for today onto a post that's actually concerned with getting tough on ebola. But really, terrorism, ebola, it's all the same thing, isn't it? It's all those things that present tough Americans with a need and an opportunity to, you know, *be tough*, to be the loud-mouthing, fist-packing, gut-toting blowhards God put us on this earth to be. Act... more »

In The Eyes Of The Kurds The Battle For Kobane Is Today's Stalingrad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The War Against Islamic State: The Kurdish Stalingrad -- The Economist* Kobane has acquired huge symbolic significance for all those fighting for it “WE WILL resist to our last drop of blood together… if necessary we will repeat the Stalingrad resistance in Kobane.” The words of Polat Can, a Syrian Kurdish commander, to describe the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists for the town on the Syrian-Turkish border may exaggerate the scale of the fighting, but makes plain the emotional and strategic symbolism now attached to Kobane. On October 29th about 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighte... more »

Media and Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 day ago
* Q & A by The Tucson Weekly http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2014/10/29/tonight-red-medicine-and-our-sacred-maiz-is-our-mother * and 30 minutes with Amanda Shauger KCXI interview: http://kxci.org/2014/10/sacred-maiz-mother/ * Truthout Review: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26673-maiz-culture-in-the-americas-resisting-colonialism-through-indigenous-tradition

The Baltics And Poland Prepare For A Russian Invasion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. Army soldier trains with the Javelin (U.S. Army) *To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Are Studying the Georgia War -- Robert Beckhusen, Real Clear Defense/War Is Boring* *2008 conflict with Russia proves that anti-tank missiles rule* It was more than six years ago when a tank force from the Georgian army’s 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion fought its way overnight through Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The tanks were in trouble. They were moving too fast, outrunning their infantry support and taking losses to South Ossetian irregulars scattered throughout the city. Only h... more »


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Zombies: American as Apple Pie in Obamastan

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Just in time for Halloween comes an interesting take on the zombie phenomenon in America. Pop culture seems to be saturated with zombies in movies, video games and on television with the smash hit AMC series The Walking Dead. The genre had seemingly died years ago after the umpteenth Dawn of the Dead sequel but is back and more popular than ever in 2014 America. John Whitehead of the civil rights organization The Rutherford Institute has a new piece out on the allure of zombies in America. The piece is entitled “Zombies Are Us: The Walking Dead in the American Police State” from w... more »

Russia And Ukraine Agree To A Natural Gas Supply Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan (R) after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir *Ukraine, Russia, EU Agree To Natural Gas Supply Deal -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday on the resumption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine for winter after several months of delay during the conflict in Ukraine. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who... more »

Disaster Politics and the American Red Cross

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
This is a guest post by Wendy Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Toronto, Director of the Trudeau Center for Peace, Conflict and Justice, and author of Internal Affairs: How the Structure of NGOs Transforms Human Rights. When the great fall from grace (especially those who have built their reputations on being high-minded Continue reading

Russia And Ukraine Agree To A Natural Gas Supply Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan (R) after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir *Ukraine, Russia, EU Agree To Natural Gas Supply Deal -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday on the resumption of Russian natural gas supplies to Ukraine for winter after several months of delay during the conflict in Ukraine. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who... more »

Time Ran Out For President Obama On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Stringer/ Reuters *Time Is Running Out For Obama On Syria -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* The idea that U.S.-backed Syrian rebels defeat ISIS and force Assad to the negotiating table has absolutely nothing to do with what’s happening on the ground. Only three days ago, President Barack Obama’s envoy to the Syrian rebels, retired Marine Gen. John Allen, explained confidently that the U.S. would help to train and equip Western-backed fighters to become a credible force that would compel the Assad regime to negotiate a political deal and end the four-year-long civil war. Yeah. Righ... more »

Sociology and Management Speak

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Step change. Across the piece. A suite of options. Front-loaded. Back-filled. Game-changer. A few phrases from the managerialist's lexicon. Funny old language. Funny old culture. Quite rightly, these freakish deviations from the anglophone norm action antipathy and mockery in equal measure. Anyone peppering their speech with 'matrices of opportunity' and 'not fit for purpose' are sniggered at and lampooned. Their use does not inspire confidence among stakeholders managers must reach out to. The language does not offer bespoke solutions to the credibility deficit authority faces. Th... more »

Harper's Perps with Perks #12

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
Please welcome former citizenship judge Philip Gaynor to Harper's Perps with Perks for stealing and selling copies of citizenship tests to two immigration consultants for cash. The papers were then given to the consultants' citizenship applicants. In sentencing Gaynor to three years, the Ontario judge was not convinced by the explanation that Gaynor didn’t want to see “good people” be denied citizenship because they failed the multiple-choice test. A volunteer on the election campaign of late FinMin Jim Flaherty, Gaynor was first appointed by Monte Solberg and reappointed to a seco... more »

Why Might Extraterrestrials Live on Earth

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *Dr. Steven Greer ot The Disclosure Project explains why extraterrestrial beings might be here on Earth. The post Why Might Extraterrestrials Live on Earth appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Could Burkina Faso Protests Signal End Of President's 27-Year Rule? -- Jason Patinkin, CSM* *With parts of the military joining the uprising, the protests against President Blaise Compaore running for a fifth term are likely to bring to a rocky close the tenure of one of Africa’s longest-standing rulers.* A week of escalating protests in Burkina Faso exploded into violence Thursday as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets against an attempt by longstanding President Blaise Campaore to extend his 27-year rule. Demonstrators in the capital Ouagadougou broke throug... more »

Watch Manieggs: Revenge of the Hard Egg 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Manieggs: Revenge of the Hard Egg (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 5.3 Release : 09 Jun 2014 Duration : 90 min Genre : Animation Director : Zoltán Miklósy Writer : Zoltán Miklósy Cast : N/A Synopsis Manieggs: Revenge of the Hard EggN/A Description Manieggs: Revenge of the Hard EggDownload Game | Dysan: The Shapeshifter Full Game For Pc | There is no better disguise than to look exactly like your enemies! Dysan: The Shapeshifter is a RPG that ...,Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Epilogue:,Pou