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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

31 March - Blogs I'm Following

11:33pm MDST

Only Two World War II Doolittle Raiders Are Alive Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
Prisoner: Hite, shown here being led blindfolded by his captors, was was taken captive by the Japanese for 40 months after the Doolittle Raid *Daily Mail*:* One of last three remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders who flew daring mission over Japan just four months after Pearl Harbor dies, aged 95* ** Lt. Col. Robert Hite died in Nashville after a battle with Alzheimer's disease* ** He was a co-pilot of a crew that flew one of the 16 B-25 bombers that raided Tokyo in 1942 * ** The air raid gave Americans hope in the wake of Pearl Harbor* ** Two of the original 80 Doolittle's Raide... more »

Book review: "Earth Unaware"

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 34 minutes ago
After reading "Ender's Game" and so many of his other works, I thought that it was mighty hard to go wrong with Orson Scott Card. I can now say that it is a sinking feeling to find out just how wrong I was.  At least, when he affixes his name to something as a co-author. I read "Earth Unaware", and shouldn't have bothered finishing it.  Is OSC phoning it in, or what? Based on what's in the book

Vijay Prashad - The Geopolitics of Iran's Nuclear Program

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Source of photo: (Brian Snyder/AP).* *An excerpt from, "Voices: “The Power of Wisdom” – His Highness the Aga Khan’s Interview with Politique Internationale" Simerg.com, August 18, 2010:* *Lafaye:* Which brings us to the nuclear issue, always so worrying. Should all nations be allowed access to nuclear power for civilian purposes? *Aga Khan:* It seems to me that rules of non-proliferation are now applied to all nuclear technology for both civilian and military purposes. In fact, the conditions for the sale of civilian nuclear energy is like some kind of technological colonization... more »

Thailand, International Oil, and the Future of Energy

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
*April 1, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Southeast Asian nation of Thailand is currently wrestling with a particularly contentious issue involving international oil concessions. In essence, foreign oil monopolies, particularly Western corporations including Exxon, Chevron, and British Petroleum (BP) have been given access to Thailand's oil and natural gas supplies, to explore, develop, and exploit for billions in profits year to year. Much of this money, it is alleged, ends up leaving the country. What remains is often divided up amongst a handful of special interests leaving ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Compost

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click *HERE* for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourag... more »

Easter Week, Part 2: Enter Hercules…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
*Apotheosis of Hercules* c. 1539. Oil on canvas. Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna Christianity didn’t start with Jesus, any more than the Easter story did. Paul, who never even met Jesus but who played the largest part in explaining his life, and his death, had a big hand in both. Jesus’s death was a secular event his followers struggled to explain. He had arrived from nowhere, talking mysteriously about bringing the kingdom of god on earth – interpreted hopefully by many as the coming of a “Messiah” 1 to liberate the Hebrews from Roman rule – before arriving in Jerusalem and almost ... more »

Narayanan Krishnan

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

Germanwings Flight's Final Moments Cell Phone Video Found

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*CNN:* *Video of Germanwings flight's final seconds?* *Dusseldorf, Germany (CNN)Reports say video found in the wreckage on a French mountainside shows the nightmarish final seconds of Germanwings Flight 9525, but a police spokesman said the accounts were "completely wrong."French magazine Paris Match and German newspaper Bild reported that a video recovered from a cell phone at the wreckage site showed the inside of the plane moments before it crashed."One can hear cries of 'My God' in several languages. Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of th... more »

Nunavut’s Liquor Restriction Systems, Bootlegging and Substance Abuse

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
The Liquor Act (Nunavut) provides Nunavummiut with a ranked liquor restriction structure based on four systems, ranging from general access alcohol to total exclusion. Communities choose their system by local plebiscite These systems are: 1. An unrestricted system in which the community is subject only to the general liquor laws of Nunavut; 2. A restricted quantities system in which, in addition to the general liquor laws, the quantity of liquor that a person may purchase is limited; 3. A committee system, in which a locally elected alcohol education committee decides: who ma... more »

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Supports TPP

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*The copyrighted, registered trademarkof the World Wildlife Fund* *by Gaius Publius* If you support the World Wildlife Fund (internationally named the "World Wide Fund for Nature"), consider stopping. They call this "greenwashing," something WWF is familiar with (see below). Thanks are due to the White House, which made the news very public in another piece of TPP puffery (my emphasis throughout): *What They're Saying: Environmental Advocates Point to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Historic Opportunity to Protect Our Oceans, Forests, and Wildlife* The Trans-Pacific Partner... more »

Of all the unelected Presidents

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
Can you name one covered in glory or even though they failed you would double down on? I am just about lost and I can feel a thing running in my ears like water after a shower or something else I am exposed to everyday day that is like mud where there used to be clay and bricks and some foundation and an prospectus of which I was enthused but reality has brought me down to voting against someone then I cant lose

Is A Major Middle Eastern War Possible With Today's Conditions?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Deir al-Zour, like many sites in Syria, has been laid waste by the war, leaving more Syrians fleeing as aid runs low. Credit Khalil Ashawi/Reuters *Steven P. Bucci, Real Clear Defense/Heritage Foundation*: *The Conditions Are Ripe For A Major Middle Eastern War* *For years, the great nations of Europe spent huge sums of money to build their military might. They assembled themselves into blocs, all the better to play a dangerous game of power politics. Slowly, surely, they were stumbling toward war.* *In June 1914, an assassin shot the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Em... more »

Breaking news from "In the Loop": "No, Secret Service agents don’t think jokes at their expense are funny"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* Why, who'd-a thunk it? As the *Washington Post*'s Colby Itkowitz sums up her "In the Loop" report (which ran under the head I've put in the title of this post): "Seems even the toughest guys have a sensitive side." "The Secret Service has received a lot of bad press lately," Colby begins that report. "And they apparently have a pretty thin skin about it." At the annual Gridiron Club dinner earlier this month, an elite affair bringing together Washington journalists and the politicians they cover, no one was spared from ridicule — including Secret Service agents, recently ... more »

Just wondering about the true failure of democracy

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
Thats the big picture but as the world trns its all on the US where in 2016 they will be a face off between a Clinton and a Bush and the world will be told its democracy So thats why they grab and AK47 because written in the hanging chards is a story told and its not democratic and the world has reacted to that as a matter of fact

Musical Interlude: Logos, “Cheminement”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Logos, “Cheminement” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOuXP8aVWHU

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

The failures of goverment

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
The failures of goverment have no chapter 11 its war famine and disease so when a company loses three billion please do not vote for a team made up of failed management to decide the fate of a nation with stock options

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars and faint dust nebulae of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. *Click image for larger size.* A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. The disturbed looking group of galaxies at the lower left is well-known as Stephan's Quintet. About 300 million light-years distant, the quintet dramatically illustrates a multiple ga... more »

I dont have a Van Gough thing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
I do not even operate in the same theatre let alone the unviverse of talent in which persons like them swim I have no canvas, no paint no vision nothing that an artist needs to make one feel a starry night on a cloudy day

Free Download: Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Freely download “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke here: - https://kbachuntitled.files.wordpress.com/ - http://www.carrothers.com/rilke8.htm

Chet Raymo, “The Restless Heart”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Restless Heart”* by Chet Raymo “In ‘Letters to a Young Poet’, Rainer Maria Rilke writes: "We should try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue." To which I would add, let us trust the gifts that nature has given us- curiosity, attention, reason- and if our personal lives are destined for oblivion, then know that we have made of ordinary things something grander and more enduring. We are the transformers. We are bestowers of praise. "Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because ... more »

The United States Is At War In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Micah Zenko, Foriegn Policy:* *Make No Mistake — the United States Is at War in Yemen* *The White House just doesn’t want to admit it.The Obama administration revealed that the United States was participating in yet another Middle East military intervention via a press release from the spokesperson of the National Security Council (NSC). This time, it’s Yemen. Late Wednesday evening, March 25, the White House posted a statement declaring: “President Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council]-led military ope... more »

Peter Bechtold, former director at the US Foreign Service Institute, on the Yemen Crisis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Title: Peter Bechtold, former director at the US Foreign Service Institute, on the Yemen Crisis. Source: CCTV America. Date Published: March 30, 2015. Description:* For more on the Yemen's crisis, CCTV spoke to Peter Bechtold. He's a former director of Near East and North Africa Studies at the US Foreign Service Institute. "The Saudi intervention, or the Saudi-led intervention, is going to unify the Yemenis more. Because Saudi Arabia has long interfered in Yemeni affairs, usually by playing one side off against the other. But when you have airstrikes and civilian casualties, as yo... more »

Hey, hey, it’s Easter Week!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
IT’S EASTER WEEK – a time, since human cultural life began up in the northern hemisphere, when men and women and their families came together to celebrate. To celebrate what? Why, to celebrate spring, of course. The end of winter; the onset of new life; of fertility and rebirth; the end of winter’s cold and darkness and the start of longer days, more sun, summer harvests and a time when living is easy. Or, at least (when most of life in those early days was nasty, brutish and short) easi*er.* Imagine this week thousands of years ago, long before lighting and heating and modern r... more »

The Man Who Saved the World

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet naval officer. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he prevented the launch of a nuclear torpedo and therefore a possible nuclear war. Thomas Blanton (then director of the National Security Archive) said in 2002 that "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world." On 27 October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a group of eleven United States Navy destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Randolph located the diesel-powered nuclear-armed Soviet Foxtrot-class submarine B-59 near Cuba. Despite being in inte... more »

Iranian Nuclear Talks Are Extended For One More Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Iran Nuclear Talks Extended to Wednesday, Negotiators Say* *LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Negotiators from the United States, Iran and five other nations extended their deadline until Wednesday as they struggled to agree on a preliminary accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program.* *With a previously enunciated deadline just hours away, and after a full day of talks with most of the foreign ministers from the seven countries involved in the negotiations, an American official said that they were still working to resolve several issues.* *“We’ve made enough progress in t... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 31, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva January 14, 2015. Reuters/Rick Wilking *Eli Lake, Bloomberg:* *Iran's Charmer in Chief Wins Again* *Now is the time to praise Javad Zarif. Whatever you might think of Iran's foreign minister, he knows how to bargain. With a final announcement due any moment from negotiations over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran appears to be doing quite well for itself. After all, before the real negotiations began, Iran won vague recognition -- fro... more »

Updates on Neocon War in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
- John Rachel writes a good article called Obama’s Neocons and Other Hawkish Lunatics. He covers many of the key players. Neocons ain't just a Republican thing. They've successfully taken over both mainstream political parties in Washington. - Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, wants confrontation with Russia, "preventive" war on North Korea - Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress under oath, wants to arm Ukraine against its eastern citizens - Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, is virulently anti-Russian and was instrumental... more »

The Acute Porphyrias, and other Contraindications for Very Low Carbohydrate Diets and Fasting.

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 5 hours ago
From the Department of Due Diligence... *Contraindications for Ketogenic and Very Low Carbohydrate Diets* This list of medical conditions which may cause adverse reactions to ketogenic diets or fasting may not be complete and is intended to be updated as necessary. *Acute Intermittent Porphyria and Acute Variegate Porphyria* The possibility of uncovering undiagnosed cases of these related disorders should always be borne in mind by those prescribing or experimenting with carbohydrate-restricted diets or fasting. Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP) - Genetic disorder of inc... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Horton, Michigan, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Working overtime reading the MAN's mind

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Believe me its not exhausting its so obvious its everywhere oh I guess that make my point the MAN invented drugs to keep out the true believers if you can not get high on power than what is there about life in which you believe?

False Predictions About Course of The War In Yemen; Pakistan Army's Tradition As Mercenaries; Unreliability Of Middle East Experts On TV

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*The Al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen will be rebranded in the media as rebels fighting against the new bad guys the Houthis.* *Angry Arab - The same people who had predicted to you that Bashshar would fall next week are now stating that Huthis have been defeated already:* It is over after two days only: "“*I think they’re losing this battle*,” Khatib said of the Houthis". Mark your calender. *Angry Arab - Pakistani army for hire:* Pakistani Army has been hired for internal repression in Arab countries before. Don't forget that the tyrant Zia Ul-Haq served in Jordan during Black Sept... more »

A threat or a promise

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
When the world is defined by that divide your both fucked just saying

"The Cry Of Their Mothers..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Humanity is the spirit of the Supreme Being on earth, and that humanity is standing amidst ruins, hiding its nakedness behind tattered rags, shedding tears upon hollow cheeks, and calling for its children with pitiful voice. But the children are busy singing their clan's anthem; they are busy sharpening the swords and cannot hear the cry of their mothers." - Kahlil Gibran U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq in this March 29, 2003 file photo. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi fami... more »

“A Middle East Holocaust”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“A Middle East Holocaust”* By Paul Craig Roberts “I have been around for a long time and have experienced more than most. The current situation in my experience is the most dangerous time of all for humanity. Nuclear weapons are no longer restrained by the Cold War MAD doctrine. Washington has released them into pre-emptive first strike form. The targets of these pre-emptive strikes- Russia and China- know it, because Washington proudly proclaims its immorality in public documents describing its war doctrine. The result is to maximize the chance of nuclear war. If you were Russia ... more »

US Unfreezes Military Aid to Egypt

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*How lucky for Egypt- How very unfortunate for Yemen. Libya and Gaza* *The announcement of continued military aid comes as Egypt is preparing to step up its involvement in a Saudi-led war in Yemen.* *The U.S. on Tuesday lifted a freeze on sending arms to Egypt imposed after a military-backed coup overthrew the country’s elected government.* National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the decision came after a 20-month review of the administration’s policy. *“Now that the process has been completed, the Administration will use the flexibility provided by Congress in ...more »

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Time: **Muhammadu Buhari Wins Nigeria’s Presidency in Stunning Upset* *Winning may be just the easy part in a country plagued by insurgency, corruption and economic malaiseIn a radical reversal of fortune, presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari has proven that the fourth run is the charm when it comes to being elected President of Nigeria. In an election plagued by technical mishaps, Buhari has sealed victory over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by little more than two million votes in the tightest race the country has seen since the end of military rule in 1999.* *MIDDLE EAST* I... more »

Psaki: Yanukovych left Ukraine, lost legitimacy; Hadi left Yemen, remains legitimate

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Title: Psaki: Yanukovych left Ukraine, lost legitimacy; Hadi left Yemen, remains legitimate. Source: Russia Insider. Date Published: March 31, 2015. Description:* The double standards of the US State Department knows no bounds… Jen is psaking again about on the legitimacy and illegitimacy of various heads of state. Difficult for anyone to take this dysfunctional foreign policy at all seriously anymore....USA is supporting the bombing of Yemen by Saudi´s "because there was an illegal coup against elected president.." But in Syria USA supports, trains and equips bearded jihadi terror... more »

Unlikely Idlib fell to rebels, as earlier claimed, however ongoing fighting is a definite!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*UN News Centre* *31 March 2015 *– The humanitarian situation in conflict-torn Syria is deteriorating even further* amid reports t*hat the city of Idleb has fallen to anti-government insurgents, a senior United Nations relief official has warned. “I am gravely concerned by the ongoing fighting taking place in Idleb governorate and its possible impact on hundreds of thousands of civilians,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, declared in a press release. “I appeal to all parties to this conflict to adhere to their obligations to protect civilians and all hum... more »

Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
An early game for the blessed NES, Pit - the titular Kid Icarus - first appeared in 1986, and put his head above the digital parapet again in 1991 for an outing on the Game Boy. It was then 21 YEARS before Nintendo reminded us of his existence in a 3D shooter for, appropriately enough, the 3DS. Is that a record between video game sequels? Probably, though it's likely to be surpassed by this blast from the distant past. But on with the NES version. Coming hot on the heels of *Super Mario Bros* and contemporaneous with the *Metroid* series, *Kid Icarus* is a pretty much a conventiona... more »

Quote of the morning: On sport

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
“That is a major part of the appeal of sport. It is a modern morality play that is supposed to operate in ways we can understand and endorse. “Skill, talent, hard work and effort are rewarded. We understand who the ‘good guys’ are and why they keep winning, even when they aren’t ‘our guys.’ “Sport is a parallel universe in which good generally triumphs, as it often doesn’t in life. “That is what I find most distasteful about the Essendon doping verdict.” - Peter Baulderstone, ‘Lawyers, Drugs and Money: An Easter Homily,’ FOOTY ALMANAC Content is copyright PC.Blog... more »

Your Brain on Psychedelic Mushrooms

WTStaff at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Video - *Psychedelic mushrooms are commonly used as a recreational drug that causes hallucinations, while scientists are exploring the healing potential of these plants. But how exactly do psychedelic mushrooms work? The post Your Brain on Psychedelic Mushrooms appeared first on Waking Times.

Of course right-wingers and the infotainment noozemedia lie about state "religious freedom" laws -- it's what they do!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Dylan Petrohilos/ThinkProgress *by Ken* Ah, it's what makes America . . . er, what it is. It's the great collaboration between right-wing crackpots and liars on the one hand and aiding-and-abetting infotainment noozemedia snooze-cruisers on the other. And the Grand Coalition for Ignorance and Obfuscation glistened in the darkness of its defense of Indiana's Right to Discriminate law. So that, for example, a debased life form calling itself "John McCormack" could write Sunday on the Weekly Standard blog a piece headlined "Indiana Governor: This Is the Same Religious Freedom Law Oba... more »

Stumbling Through Foreign Policy – Not History

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Last week Joe Scarborough from Politico raised the question of why US foreign policy in the Middle East is in “disarray.” Citing all of the turmoil from the past 14 years, he posits that both Obama and Bush’s decisions for the region are driven by “blind ideology [rather] than sound reason.” Scarborough wonders what historians […]

March 31: Norbert Cunningham's little thinking cap....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
...put it on Norbert. In his column for March 30, Norbert writes (of the Atcon scandal in which the province gave away $70 million to a company against the advice of senior civil servants. So Norbert says, " New Brunswickers are old hands at scandal....thanks to political recklessness..." Note his last words - "political recklessness". The scandal here is that politicians were bribed to give $70 million dollars to a private company. Now, close your eyes, Norbert, and think really hard. If the politicians were bribed, then somebody must have bribed them. Blame the politicians by al... more »

Peru's Prime Minister Ousted Over Spying Scandal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*BBC:* *Peru's Prime Minister Ana Jara deposed over spy row* *Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara was forced to step down after losing a vote of confidence in Congress on Monday.* *Ms Jara was censured over allegations that Peru's intelligence agency had for years gathered information on leading figures in business and politics.* *President Ollanta Humala must now select a new prime minister and cabinet.* *It is considered the biggest crisis of his presidency since he took office in July 2011.* *In Peru, the president is the head of the executive, but analysts say having his number ... more »

Supplemental: Stooges assess upcoming coverage!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 How to treat liberals like fools:* For our money, Rachel Maddow’s opening segment last night was just appallingly bad. That said, Chris and Lawrence were even worse in their discussions of the possible coverage of Candidate Hillary Clinton. Each was assisted by a gaggle of corporate cable stooges. At issue was a directive from a private group about potential sexist coverage of Clinton. On Hardball and on The Last Word, panels of pundits rolled their eyes at the amateurish directive. The irony was especially strong on Hardball. This is the way the loathsom... more »

A New Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*David D. Kirpatrick, New York Times:* *As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves* *CAIRO — As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it.The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks.Through E... more »

Why Did An Iranian Aircraft Buzz A U.S. Navy Helicopter (Within 50 Yards) In The Persian Gulf?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Photo:* An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. *CNN:* *First on CNN: Iranian aircraft buzzes Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf* *Washington (CNN)An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned.The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have ... more »

Heads Up!

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago

Why I tend toward poetry

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Its not because I cant make a 5000 word argument I have done that a million times with no effect because no one including me reads anything that does not change our mind in one sentence that's a big challenge for today and that why' I write poetry or as I hope someday songs that will hit your soul just like the great musicians of my time defined everything So many talented people will attempt to change your minds I can in no way with no resources attempt to compete all I can say is what I feel and for this device it has been pr oven throughout history poetry works best if you want ... more »

Why I hate Kim and why that is her selling point

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
*(image of a big ass you are inclined to follow)* We are sometimes no most often stupid masters with our visions damaged irreparably by bling This is the Kardasinans and as hater I celebrate because theses creatures will go to the well of existence so hard they will dis ingrate and the world will have to admit they served no real purpose

I forggot to say it in caps

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Are you a prick? Or maybe just a gentleman with persuasion. Look I understand if you do not want subversive radical graffiti when Harper pretends to blog that's why I quit the armoury Just be honest and I suspect as I know you so well on the Internet you are that. Its a very strange world that even Alvin Toffler could not think about when you questing your virtual friend about things that in the big scheme of things are meaningless. When the far east bandits hack my account and want me to give you up I will say like every other citizens of the Internet, here is all I know do not h... more »

Hello from Italy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
By American Kabuki I've pretty much settled down to life in the alps. First couple of weeks had trouble with nose bleeds, its not so much the altitude (we're about about 1500 meters) but the dry winter air made even dryer by wood burning stoves for heat. I like wood fireplaces, the heat is nice and the scent of pine and hard woods is wonderful. I lived the prior 15 years in humid beach climates and my nose spazzed out for a bit. One day it was so bad I had to call my hosts for help as it looked like I had slashed my wrists in the bathroom as it was coming out much faster than... more »

Why is the Angry Left so angry?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
[image: image] Why are so many leftists so often so *angry*? Say something that upsets religious conservatives, and they pray for you. Upset the left, and you get angry, personal denunciations. Why the the difference? Why is the Angry Left so angry? … Robert Tracinski has a theory. His answer is surprisingly simple. Whereas the religious nut has his focus on his imaginary utopia upstairs, to change the world your secular leftist needs to change *you*, and you’re refusing to cooperate. You arsehole!*:* For the secular leftist, the end state is social and necessarily politic... more »

So there's an election on?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I've been busy with family (including babies) in recent days so, on returning to the world of blogging, I find there's a general election going on. Who saw that coming? I was very active during the last election, watching the BBC (naturally), but that's not going to happen this time. There's far too little time to do anything - and, especially, to do it properly. However, there are a few small things that might be done over the course of the next month to monitor things. So I've chosen three things to follow as 'tests of BBC impartiality' - (a) the party leader interviews on *T... more »

Build the Future in Bath

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Eisenhower Warned Us Of Power Of * *Military Industrial Complex* Times Record Op-Ed By Bruce K. Gagnon The Times Record recently reported that Meals on Wheels programs are being cut. Here in Maine education programs continue to be slashed and tuition continues to rise for already- beleaguered college students. The new Republican-controlled Senate wants to shut down the food stamp program. It’s as if the American people have become the enemy. We are told that the Pentagon- NSA-CIA budgets (nearly $1 trillion a year once all added up) are for our ‘security’. But real security — ... more »

I am a fuck up by Van Gough standards

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
(This is a chance for your to influence me in the final draft) No shit I have twelve unexplored ideas ready for publication and this is the last. Its far from my most brilliant but like honey its a trap. The biggest thing today is that no one gives a fuck about art they are just to busy willing to survive the Holocaust of modularity that is not DNA selective like the Jew Harvest

Mumia Abu-Jamal in Medical Crisis

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 9 hours ago
UPDATE: Yesterday morning, March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after passing out at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy. He was admitted to the Schuylkill Medical Center with a blood sugar level of 779. Today, he received visits from his wife, Wadiya, and his brother, Keith Cook. Mumia's blood sugar had dropped to 333 as of a couple hours ago. This is still elevated and at an unhealthy level. Mumia does not have a history of diabetes, but had been experiencing a series of symptoms that should have alerted medical staff at the prison to the onset of the dise... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Business as usual. Nothing to see here, move along...

Forty-Seven Republican Traitors Drive US Towards Catastrophic Middle East War

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 10 hours ago
Forty-Seven Republican Traitors Drive US Towards Catastrophic Middle East War Voltairenet by Webster G. Tarpley Since the Republican Party of National Sabotage took over the House of Representatives, the US government has been subjected to the full range of domestic anarchy, with crises of default, government shutdown, the Satan sandwich, the sequester, and the threatened shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. The GOP’s stock in trade has been revealed as chaos and ungovernability, in line with their Austrian slogan of “Government doesn’t work — elect us and we... more »

A Middle East Holocaust Coming?  (If You Were Russia and China, and You Knew That America Had a War Doctrine Permitting a Surprise Nuclear Attack, Would You Sit There Waiting While War Machine Cranks Up?)   SEC/NRC/NSA/TSA/MMS/DEA/CFTC/FBI/DOJ/Secret Service/Auditing/Fed Reserve/Treasury Corruption Rampant

. . . the human destruction of the oceans is yet more evidence of the ruinous nature of private capitalism. In capitalism there is no thought for the future of the planet and humanity, only for short-term profits and bonuses. Consequently, social costs are ignored. Capitalism can work if social or external costs can be included in the costs of production. However, the powerful corporations are

Dynastic Perpetuation Scheme

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Stargate was not science fiction only the details where wrong Dynastic Perpetuation Scheme if you say this instead of presenting your opponent as a Nazi you can stay free of being entrapped inside Godwins Law Where all good arguments go to die But what the good folks over at the Godwin Institute can not stifle is that fascism exists in it own atmosphere free of Hitler or Musillini fascism is not like global warming There is no facist thought gas bag concentration that is going to kill the earth To quote the late great Warren Zevon who like John Prine were premies in a past where they wou... more »

The Economy: “Why The Mania Is Getting Scary - Central Bankers Are Running A Doomsday Machine”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Why The Mania Is Getting Scary- * *Central Bankers Are Running A Doomsday Machine”* by David Stockman "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - "Morpheus" “If you need evidence that we are in the midst of a lunatic financial mania, just consider this summary from a Marketwatch commentator as to why markets are ripping higher this morning: “The dovish comments from both Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan are giving markets a big lift, and in the absence of negative data or news, I imagine this will continue to ... more »

An open letter to homosexual activists...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*Dear Homosexual Activist,* Due to the latest shiny object attack on Mike Pence of Indiana over signing the state's Freedom of Religion Restoration Act, one I might mention, exists in many other states, I felt the urge to send a message to you. I'm sending this letter only to you activists, and not to the millions of homosexuals who lead rather mundane and normal lives. They go to work and school, live quietly, and sometimes even chastely - which is a subject for another letter. Let's start off with the concept of tolerance. Growing up, we had a family friend who was most cer... more »

The Economy: “Don’t Fall for the ‘Recovery’ Myth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Don’t Fall for the ‘Recovery’ Myth”* by Bill Bonner Gualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - “An economy is like an ecosystem. It is not the result of central planning; it evolves in ways the planners cannot even imagine. What central planner would have imagined Instagram, Snapchat or Uber? And what planner would have put an exotic pink bird in the middle of a moon-like landscape… with only a strange tiny bug for food? (See below for more on that.) Yesterday, US stocks came back strong. Investors bought the dip… as they always do these days. The Dow shot up 263 points, or 1.5%. ... more »

Dollars & Pence

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
Money talks, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence is listening. It took the threat of an economic boycott and the declaration that the Hoosier State is an apartheid state to get presidential hopeful Pence to walk back his homophobic bill of hideousness. It seems that mistakes were made by the readers of the law, not by the writers of the law. Just because the law states that merchants are within their "religious" rights to deny service to the LGBT community doesn't mean that bigots don't respect the gays, whined Pence and his cohort. Their gateway drug to pre-civil rights right-wing euph... more »

The neocons who control the US Government are eager to foment a nuclear war with Russia, beginning with beefing up the NATO countries abutting Russia. Needless to say, those countries would be the first destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, and the insane neocons could care less. While the countries of the European Union are currenly vassals of the US, Germany and France are beginning to worry. If Germany were to pull out of NATO and establish a detente with Russia, it would be "game over" for the neocons. Let us pray that this is what will happen.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ Germany accuses NATO of “dangerous propaganda”. America’s strategic objective is to prevent a German-Russian alliance From *Russia Insider*, March 23, 2015 Original Here *Jens Wernicke **and** Dr. Daniele Ganser* *This article originally appeared at NachDenkSeiten. Translated for RI by Mihajlo Doknic* *The German Chancellery has accused NATO chief Philip M. Breedlove of “dangerous propaganda”. The question: what to think about this critique coming from a government that uses this kind ... more »

Are The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Another US vs Russia (And China) Power Game?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
P5+1 European Union officials and Iranian officials wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 30, 2015. Reuters/Brendan Smialowski *Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge:* *The Iran "Talks" - Just Another US vs Russia (And China) Power Game* *Update, and just as expected: IRAN NUCLEAR NEGOTIATORS MAY MISS 3RD DEADLINE: U.S. OFFICIALIn what has been the world's longest negotiation (we are only modestly joking: the Iran P5+1 nuclear "talks" started in 2013 and have yet to achieve anything) one whose "rolling deadline" has b... more »

Is Someone Friendly to AIPAC Trying to Paint Donna Edwards as Anti-Jewish?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Rep. Chris Van Hollen defending Simpson-Bowles as a "balanced approach" at the Pete Peterson Fiscal "Summit"* *by Gaius Publius* If you've been following Democratic politics lately, you know that Party leadership–favorite Rep. Chris Van Hollen is running for the open Maryland Senate seat against progressive favorite Rep. Donna Edwards. As noted, Van Hollen has the leadership of the Party on his side, having been endorsed by Harry Reid and sorta-endorsed by Nancy Pelosi. He also has his personal history not on his side, having been a headliner for Pete Peterson's "Summit" to reduc...more »

One People Roundtable with Sacha Stone and Mel Ve

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
Monday night on the One People Roundtable Discussion, Lisa, Brian and I talk to Sacha Stone and Mel Ve Oh What a show it is!!!! This weeks One People Roundtable Discussion is a doozy! We pre-recorded the show Sunday for Monday nights show time- prerecorded because we were on 4 continents and couldn't get everyone together at the same time, lol- and was an incredible morning of awesome conversations with amazing people. For over two and a half hours Lisa, Brian, Sacha, Mel and I dig deep into the topics of CERN- what CERN IS and What "They" are using it for- the occult aspects of c... more »

The 15 Most Effective Natural Remedies For Anxiety

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Dave Mihalovic* - The use of plants as treatments dates to at least 3000 b.c. although some theories propose humans have been using plants has medicine for as long as we've existed. The post The 15 Most Effective Natural Remedies For Anxiety appeared first on Waking Times.

Democracy or Oligarchy?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Empire with Marwan Bishara examines the rise and role of the new oligarchs and the decline of democracy in the United States and beyond.

Nigeria's Opposition Party Declares Victory In Presidential Elections

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote* *(Reuters) - Nigeria's opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and said Africa's most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power.* *"The people of Nigeria have taken over," an ecstatic APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told Reuters at the house in the capital where Buhari, a sandal-wearing Muslim ascetic watching the results on television.* *"This is the first time in Nigeria that a sitting government wi... more »

10 Books to Read Aloud to Your Kids Featuring Strong Princesses

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
Lately, I have heard a lot of negative thing about princesses. We talk about princess complexes and bratty behavior which leads to the idea that we shouldn't let out children pretend to be royalty. In our house, I have seen the complete opposite. We talk about how princesses are strong people, how they need to help people because they are in a position to. We talk about how being important it is for a princess to be kind and polite. Pretending to be a princess has never limited by daughter because we had always made sure to read stories about strong girls and strong princesses. Th... more »

The BBC admits errors over 'Suffragettes Forever!'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
In answer to my complaint to the BBC about an episode of BBC Two's *'Suffragettes Forever!',* which (as we noted here) "maligned Margaret Thatcher", the BBC Complaints department has now replied. This was the complaint: I would like to complain about Amanda Vickery's unfair and inaccurate comments about Margaret Thatcher. She said of the Falklands War that Mrs Thatcher "did not shrink from personally ordering the sinking of a troop carrier [the Belgrano] with the loss of over 300 lives’". Then, to make her seem heartless, the shot changed to Mrs Thatcher saying, "Just rejoice at ... more »

Pentagon Admits that Israel is a Nuclear Power

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*March 31, 2015* (Vladimir Platov - NEO) - In early February, the Pentagon declassified reports on Israel’s nuclear weapons program which was carried out until 1987. According to these documents, Israeli scientists were capable of producing a hydrogen bomb by that time. Although these facts were largely ignored by the Western media, some analysts have noticed that the declassification of these secret reports suspiciously coincided with the recent, rapidly deteriorating relationship between the US and Israel. As Tel Aviv started a massive campaign of criticism aimed at the Obama admi... more »

Is This Al Qaeda's Strategy To Defeat President Bashar Assad?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Rebel fighters, one of them carrying a flag used by al Qaeda's Nusra Front, celebrate at the Mihrab roundabout in the Idlib city centre, after they took control of the area on March 28, 2015. Reuters/Khalil Ashawi *IBTimes:* *Jabhat Al-Nusra's Win In Idlib Highlights Al Qaeda's Strategy To Defeat President Bashar Assad* *The Syrian civil war began as a battle between Syrian opposition groups and President Bashar Assad’s regime, but the battleground quickly evolved into a kaleidoscope of brigades and battalions fighting each other, the regime and terrorist organizations like the Is... more »

Lies and Syria

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
So the House has voted and the Con majority wins. RCAF pilots will now cross the Syrian frontier under questionable legal cover. Canada joins the US and a handful of Arab countries in a de facto alliance with brutal Syrian dictator in a civil war fighting an equally brutal and complicated collection of resistance forces. That the Conservatives brazenly lied to get us there is also telling.

THIS Is Exactly The Reason Behind The Insane Push For War Against Russia: Putin Is About To Nationalize Rothschild Central Bank

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I am astounded by all the liars in the Jew spew media and their absolutely insane vilification of the Russian Federation and their equally horrific push for war directly with that nuclear armed but very peaceful nation... It boggles the mind at times to realize that people are actually falling for these lies and are stupid enough to support such a war. Many are absolutely oblivious to the fact that such a war could mean a nuclear holocaust that would obliterate much of the planet itself... I have long been searching for the reasons for this insane rush to war with Russia, and have ... more »

This will outrage every patriotic hockey loving Canadian!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
The Daily Show which I used to think espoused Canadian values should be deeply ashamed. What Trevor you think Womens hockey is not equal to mens hockey, you hate that women are in the hockey hall of fame dont you? Do you think womens hockey is a pastime like darts and not a sport? Your done!

Ethical Patriarchy

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
From LifeShite: Canadian Doctor Rallies Colleagues Against Tyrannical Attack on Conscience. Dr. Martin Owen, a Calgary family doctor, has taken on the task of rousing his fellow practitioners to the danger posed to their integrity by policies being pushed by professional regulators in several provinces. “My conscience is on the line,” Owen said in a chain e-letter. “If I lived in Ontario, I'd probably move my 7 children to another province so I could avoid the tyranny over my professional medical judgment and my conscience.” Appalled by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons... more »

Competing Ideologies? Steve Paiken on the Agenda

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
Personally, I detest this program. The pretentious Paiken, always nauseating. But, considering the guests.... I am trying to listen. But right off the hop, the title of the show? "Competing"? Why? And Francis Fukuyama? Admittedly, I'm not a fan. Loads of deceptive language and word manipulation on the part of Paiken, as usual. Still listening. Share some thoughts

DRAGONOLOGY with Mel Ve: Nature of our Reality through Words

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
I want to introduce you to my new favorite Show !!! Last week Mel Ve debuted her new show on CCN called Dragonology. If you have a love of history, mythology and etymology, you will absolutely LOVE this show. Mel has been studying the historical and etymological aspects of various facets of Mythology- with a strong focus on DRAGONS. The very basis of so many words in our English language (and many many other languages) are based on the dragon and serpent themes, to the point of being mind blowing when you look at it closely. Mel takes us on a journey that is truly amazing. ... more »

Iraqi Prime Minister: The Islamic State Has Been Driven Out Of Central Tikrit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit: PM* *(Reuters) - Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's home town continued.* *Government forces have been in a month-long fight for the city, which became a bastion for the Sunni jihadists who are at war with Baghdad and have been targeted by U.S.-led air strikes.* *Hundreds of insurgents ready to fight to the death are still holed up in Salahuddin province's capi... more »

Saudi Arabia's New Defense Chief Faces His First War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Hadi is welcomed to Riyadh by Saudi defence minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud *Financial Times: **Yemen strikes are test of youthful Saudi defence minister* *As Saudi jets pummelled Houthi rebel targets around the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud was co-ordinating the strikes from the Saudi military’s operations centre.The surprise assault is meant to stem the rapid advance of the Zaydi Shia militia that, allied with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, has brought the Sunni Gulf allied-Yemeni government to the brink ... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago

Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
In March 2015 Al Monitor published an interview with Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi the head of Hezbollah al-Nujaba. Kaabi has a long history in Iraq with Shiite political parties and armed groups. He was a student of Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr in the 1990s, a military commander with Moqtada al-Sadr after 2003, then a leader within Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, before creating his own spin off group Hezbollah al-Nujaba that went to fight in Syria and is now engaged in Iraq. Today, Kaabi and his organization are one of many within the Hashd al-Shaabi, which are close to Iran and taking part in its... more »

NO STATISTICS NEED APPLY: The Times tries to report the gender wage gap!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 Part 2—Big newspaper tries and fails:* We do love our phony statistics! Let’s put that a slightly different way. Sometimes, if it weren’t for the *phony* statistics, we’d have no statistics at all! This Sunday, we offered these bromides to the analysts after a very rough week. Consider what happened on Saturday morning, when we let them enjoy their weekly political cartoons, courtesy of the Washington Post. Right at the top of the Post’s op-ed page sat the latest four-panel effort by the Boston Globe’s hilarious Dan Wasserman. At the Boston Globe site, t... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
NIHIGAAL BEE IINA WALKERS STORM  GALLUP, NEW MEXICO By Nihigaal Bee lina Censored News GALLUP, NM -- The community of Gallup flocked to the Downtown Conference Center last Saturday to attend a presentation by the walkers of Nihigaal Bee Iina. The evening was filled with food, prayer, informative slide shows and creative performances affirming the beauty and value of Diné land and

Hawaii Maoli Warriors Protect Sacred Mountain from Telescope Construction

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
UPDATE ON MAUNA KEA PROTEST BY KANAKA MAOLI WARRIORS PROTECTING SACRED MOUNTAIN FROM FURTHER DESECRATION Media Contact: Kamahana Kealoha sacredmaunakea@gmail.com Censored News MAUNA KEA, Hawai’i Island, March 30, 2015 — Today marked the sixth day and sixth night since a group of Kanaka Maoli warriors representing several islands in the Hawaiian Islands and a multi-ethnic group of

Re my write-in candidacy for NACCS Chair-elect

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 14 hours ago
Saludos on this first day of voting for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. This is also the day Selena died, but also, Cesar Chavez's birthday... I believe that there is something wrong with an organization when much time and energy is expended on producing unopposed elections with unopposed candidates, which seems to be the case within NACCS, especially for the position of Chair-elect, especially in recent memory. It should not be my responsibility to answer why that is the organization’s policy. I believe that people, including past and current members of ... more »

What the Graduate would be told today

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
The future belongs to the makers with solar panels, batteries and a decent septic system you can create your own independent existence with only one worry the lonely MAN

NY Times Exposes The Garbage Candidates The DCCC Spends All Their Money On

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
The root of the House Democrats' problem California freshman Democrat Mark DeSaulnier is the only Member of the House left with a ProgressivePunch crucial vote score of 100. He's never backed any of Boehner's right-wing agenda. Aside from DeSaulnier, the 10 Members who have, over the course of the careers, been the least likely to vote for Republican efforts to undermine America's working families are Mark Pocan (D-WI), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Keith Ellison ... more »

Fox News at its Finest, Part 19

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 14 hours ago
Fox "News" can always be depended upon to give us their funhouse mirror reflection of world and national (non)events. To wit... Sure, Douchey. If you keep flogging that dead horse, it'll one day get up and win the Triple Crown. Greatest cover-up in *memory. *If your memory doesn't reach back beyond January 20, 2009. Irony, thine initials are BO. ...because rolling them up would make cocaine snorting more of a challenge. The only mischaracterization of that bill was when the Indiana legislature labeled it "religious freedom and restoration" when it's really about sexual bigotry. ... more »

Waiting for service?

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

Yemen War News Updates -- March 31, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Rebels push offensive in Aden, killing dozens with artillery fire* *SANAA, Yemen — Artillery fire in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, the last stronghold of the embattled Yemeni government, killed 26 people overnight Tuesday, news reports said.* *Iran-allied Houthi rebels along with allied army units are pressing in on the outskirts of the city despite six days of Saudi-led airstrikes meant to halt their advance. A Health Ministry official said 26 people were killed in that push, the Reuters news agency reported.* *The deaths came one day after an airstrike... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Winner Take All'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
WINNER TAKE ALL Posted on March 30, 2015 Please post & distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 30 Mar. 2015. Prime Minister Harper wants to replace the genocidal Indian Act with tougher corporate rules to kill the natural people of this land. These colonial genocide laws do not legally apply to us, only to your corporate members who vote in your system. Canada, US, New Zealand, Australia and Israel

Disrupting the Disrupters: The Art of Self-Insurgency

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - We become a force to be reckoned with when we transform ourselves from a victim into a hero, from a lamb into a lion... The post Disrupting the Disrupters: The Art of Self-Insurgency appeared first on Waking Times.

Solutions: The Peer-to-Peer Economy

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
By James Corbett If the root of our economic problem is the tendency toward centralized, globalist bureaucracies (like the EU and the WTO and the IMF and the World Bank) why does anyone believe the solution will be centralized, globalist bureaucracies (like the BRICS Bank and the EEU and the AIIB)? Today we look at a truly paradigm-shattering civilization-wide change taking place right now that has the potential to undermine the status quo: the peer-to-peer economy. Visit CorbettReport.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by...more »

5 Charts Which Show That The Next Economic Crash Is Dead Ahead

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Michael Snyder When an economic crisis is coming, there are usually certain indicators that appear in advance. For example, commodity prices usually start to plunge before a recession begins. And as you can see from the Bloomberg Commodity Index which you can find right here, this has already been happening. In addition, I have previously written about how the U.S. dollar went on a great run just before the financial collapse of 2008. This is something that has also been happening over the past few months. Some people would have you believe that nobody can anticipate the next ... more »

Beltway Dems Coalescing Around Tammy Duckworth For The Illinois Senate Seat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Blue America has a page devoted to progressives running for the U.S. Senate in 2016. There aren't many candidates so far; we're looking forward to adding Russ Feingold (D-WI) soon. But we know our endorsement list isn't going to get too long. You've probably read how CitiGroup and other Wall Street banksters have been threatening the DSCC because they claim progressives like Elizabeth Warren are gaining too much influence. The move this week to put Wall Street whore Chuck Schumer into the top Democratic leadership job is meant as a peace-offering to the banksters. But the Beltway...more »

Iran Nuclear Talks News Updates -- March 31, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*VOA*: *Gaps Remain in Iran Nuclear Talks * *Negotiations on curbing Iran's nuclear program entered their final hours Tuesday before a self-imposed midnight deadline, with teams from Iran and a group of six world powers trying to resolve 18 months of talks into the outline of a comprehensive agreement.* *Officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, expressed a mix of hope and caution about the work that remained to overcome differences on pieces such as how long the deal should last, how quickly economic sanctions against Iran should be lifted, and what to do if Iran violates the terms.* ... more »

The House Ukraine Resolution Vote Tally

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
*FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 131* (Republicans in roman; Democrats in *italic*; Independents *underlined*) *H RES 162* 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 23-Mar-2015 7:08 PM *QUESTION:* On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree *BILL TITLE:* Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. YeasNaysPRESNVRepublican21410 20Democratic13438 16Independent TOTALS*348* *48* *36* *---- YEAS 348 ---* Abraham *Adams* Aderholt *Aguilar* Allen Amodei *Ashford* Babin Barletta Barr Barton *Bass* *Beat... more »

Zionist ‘Arab’ regimes attack Yemen

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 15 hours ago
I just burned my bridges to most of the Arab world - by telling the truth about their scumbag rulers. If I go to any of these countries, I'll end up in a CIA-built torture chamber, attended to by CIA-Mossad-trained torturers. http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/31/404091/Zionist-Arab-regimes-attack-Yemen

Where I am today

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
Here, in New York City, helping promote economics education.

A frolic of his own

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
*Battistoni v. Thomas, [1932] S.C.R. 144:* On the other hand, if the unauthorized and wrongful act of the servant is not so connected with the authorized act as to be a mode of doing it, but is an independent act, the master is not responsible; for in such a case the servant is not acting in the course of his employment, but has gone outside of it. He can no longer be said to be doing, although in a wrong and unauthorized way, what he was authorized to do; he is doing what he was not authorized to do at all.

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Iran nuclear talks reportedly close to statement on partial agreement * *Unclear whether statement would qualify as political framework, the goal that ministers from seven states set themselves to reach by Tuesday at midnight Foreign ministers in Lausanne are reported to be close to a joint statement on a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme that would leave some difficult areas to be negotiated in the coming months.According to the Associated Press, a vague declaration would be accompanied by texts outlining what has been agreed and what has not. It... more »

Don't Call It The Conservative Party

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
https://addictionandrecoverynews.wordpress.com/ In Canada, Conservatism means Confrontation. It's not about respect for institutions or the rule of law. It's not about wise economic management. It's about focusing on "the other" and destroying him or her. Lawrence Martin writes: It’s not just Mr. Harper who equates conservatism with confrontation. There’s his new Defence Minister. Many commentators, myself included, have written flatteringly about Jason Kenney over the years; super smart, tireless worker, more inclined to fact than fiction. But more rec... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Brad Pitt foundation sues manufacturer over allegedly defective wood ~Richard Thompson, N.O. Advocate * *10 Years Later: Animal welfare in Louisiana after Federal Levee Failures devastated 80% of New Orleans ~WGNO* *French Quarter security tax hike brings opposition from officers ~WVUE* *Some Bayou Corne settlement recipients raise concerns about their legal representation ~David J. Mitchell *

Walking Dead Season Five

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
It was a season just slightly less static than season two the overwhelming theme is something about developing the survival gene establishing a new normal morality where Rick is the King So how to explain that some motherfucker that Glen should have killed twice to ensure long term survival is still alive and why does no one ever wear body armour and dirt bike gear is that also against the code?


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*New playground safety requirements are absurd* The chances of a child dying or seriously hurting himself in a playground fall are infinitesimal. A combination of government regulations and free market innovation has created playgrounds that are incredibly safe for kids... except if they die of boredom. All the fun stuff is gone, but boy is what's left non-lethal! The CDC reports that in the 10 years from 1990 to 2000, there were just 31 deaths from playground falls, and 70 percent of these were at playgrounds in someone's backyard. This means that on public playgrounds, there was... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*It's not only Warmists who do crap science* *Two of the biggest predictors of health are both politically incorrect to mention: IQ and social class. But ignoring them leads to all sorts of foolish conclusions. Causes and effects are regularly mis-identified. The misidentification can be rather hilarious -- as below, where eating your greens is said to add 11 years to your life.The African-American in the woodpile below is social class. Middle class people are much more likely to follow official dietary advice and are also healthier. They are also healthier if they DON'T... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*What Climate Alarmists Don't Want You Knowing About CO2* Man-made global warming is junk science. So say highly-qualified experts from the ‘hard’ sciences. Poorly trained government climate ‘experts’ for too long refused to share their half-baked theories and data about the role of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with better qualified experts. Below are typical well-known and established scientific facts that climate change alarmists would rather keep from you. - As part of the “Carbon Cycle”, through photosynthesis, atmospheric carbon dioxide is the sole source of the oxy... more »

All of the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

Mars Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
By Rutherford Institute Privacy as we once knew it is dead. We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry. As a result, warns John W. Whitehead in this week's vodcast, we are becoming a nation where even the most virtuous citizen risks becoming an outlaw. Visit Rutherford.org *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 31, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) *Al Arabiya: **Your guide to ‘Operation Decisive Storm’* *Allies with their fighter jets on Thursday joined Saudi Arabia in its “Decisive Storm” military operation, targeting Houthi rebels who had vowed to dislodge President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.* *Al Arabiya News Channel reported that Saudi Arabia deployed 150,000 soldiers, 100 fighter jets and navy units in Yemen after Hadi pleaded with its Gulf ally for help against the Houthi rebels, who were advancing toward the southern city of Aden - where Hadi is based - to remove him from power in an attemp... more »

The European Soul cannot survive as long as it submits to the three Semitic religions

Social-Freedom National-Justice at Social Freedom Through National Justice - 17 hours ago
Let me begin this post with an example of State-loving lunacy, from the link: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/francis.chan.the.importance.of.submission.and.authority/51002.htm Popular Christian speaker and author Francis Chan addressed the importance of submission and authority in a sermon entitled 'Be Subject to One Another'. Chan said certain people are placed in our lives in order to help shape character, but sometimes it is hard to accept these people, especially when opinions clash. He said society is used to disrespecting authority and he fears that the same attitude mi... more »

20 Awesome Benefits of Aloe Vera

WTStaff at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Infographic - *If you think Aloe Vera is only good for the hair and skin, think again. It has been found to heal a variety of diseases, facilitate weight loss and more. The post 20 Awesome Benefits of Aloe Vera appeared first on Waking Times.

Military Photographer Of The Year Awards 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, 1ST PLACE | U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Josh Martin, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, Mi-17 aerial gunner, provides rear security on a Mi-17 helicopter, Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31, 2014. Martin, a Rapid City, S.D., native, is deployed from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The 438th AEAS and Afghan Air Force have combined efforts to train with about 300 Afghan commandos with the 8th Commandos Kandak. The training will enable Afghan helicopter aircrews to work seamlessly in support of ground forces in combat. Ver... more »

The Realist Report - Brad Trun: Libertarian Bionationalism

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 18 hours ago
On this edition of *The Realist Report*, we'll be joined by Brad Trun of *Libertarian Realist*. Brad and I will be discussing his new essay and video *Libertarian Bionationalism: An Ideology of a New Ascendancy*. Calls are welcome! You can download the entire program *here*. Below are relevant links for this program: - *Reconciling Libertarianism and Nationalism - William B. Fox* - *The New Census Projections: From White America to Alien Nation in One Lifetime - Peter Bradley, VDare.com* *________________________________________* If you appreciate my efforts here, please ... more »

Poll: Majority Of Americans Support A Nuclear Deal With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran* *By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago, when the Unit... more »

So harper feared ISIS/ISIL's Lawyers After All?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 19 hours ago
Remember how harper got his team of nit-wits, thieves and sexual basket-cases to guffaw at his jokes about ISIS/ISIL's lawyers going after us for violating international law? (In response to a question from Thomas Mulcair about whether we'd explained our position on why we were supposedly justified in militarily attacking targets in Syria to the UN?) Haw-haw-haw! Then harper turned around and went and asked the UN for permission (sort of). That's why Mulcair called harper's answer "idiotic" at the time. In other news, I tried to watch "Greenberg" last night. I'd heard good things ab... more »

ST Marine Celebrates the Naming for Royal Navy of Oman Second Al Ofouq Class Patrol Vessel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RNOV Shinas]Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Naming Ceremony today for the second Patrol Vessel (PV), RNOV Shinas cum the interim delivery for the first vessel RNOV Al Seeb, built for Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi. ST Marine won the contract to design and build four PVs for the RNO in 2012. Read more

Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28. During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged, the ship was pulled by tugs to HII's south berth where the ship will continue outfitting in preparation for test and activation and eventual delivery to the Navy. Read more

Sneak Peek at Israel Navy's Secret Subs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Arutz Sheva*:* Take a Sneak Peak at Israel's Secret Submarine Fleet* *Israel's nuclear-capable INS Tanin able to operate deep within enemy territory - to lethal effect.New footage from the Israeli Navy showcases the most advanced submarine in the IDF's arsenal: the Dolphin-class INS Tanin (Crocodile).The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry, as well as the latest in intelligence-gathering technology.It stands at a whopping 68 meters long, compared to 57.3 meters on average for other submarines."The submarine will receive more long-term missi... more »

Free Trade 46: Debate on TPPA and Liberalization in Malaysia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
Last Saturday, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET) co-sponsored a debate in Kuala Lumpur. I am reposting the Event Report: TPPA and Economic Liberalisation –Good or bad for Malaysia ------------ IDEAS and the Southeast Asia Network for Development (SEANET) organised a public debate on the TPPA and Economic Liberalisation on Saturday, 28 March 2015. The TPPA, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, is a free trade agreement that Malaysia is currently negotiating with eleven countries including the United St... more »

The Pentagon Wants To Buy Three Air Force Ones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*CBS News*: *Why military wants to spend billions on new Air Force One* *Boeing 747 planes become Air Force One when the commander in chief is aboard. The current planes are getting old, and the Pentagon wants to buy new ones. CBS News' Mark Albert reports from behind the scenes on how for the first time the military may buy three 747s to replace the current two.* *Air Force One is the most recognizable aircraft in the world: six stories tall, two-thirds of a football field long and carrying immeasurable prestige. * *More than "Hail to the Chief," more than the ubiquitous Secret S... more »

Economic News . Events , Data and Views ( March 31 , 2015 ) - Massive Blackout Hits Turkey - Cause Presently Unknown ..... Overview Of Greece Situation ( PM Update To Parliament , Latest On Creditor Talks / Reforms List ) , Data Splash ( German Unemployment , UK GDP , EZ CPI , Euro weakening again , Oil price crash items , ) Asia Data , News and Views ( China and Japan in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Tweets..... ( Note additional items will be updated during the day at blog tweet feed , as relevant ) *RT* ‏@RT_com 1m 1 minute ago #BREAKING: Massive power cuts in #Turkey, flights affected http:// on.rt.com/dzhg20 #TurkeyBlackout #kesintisi [image: Embedded image permalink] *Hurriyet Daily News *‏@HDNER 7m 7 minutes ago Massive power blackouts hit #Turkish cities http://bit.ly/1adABwD [image: Embedded image permalink] *Rudaw English* ‏@RudawEnglish 1m 1 minute ago #*Breaking* — Power outage in several cities in #*Turkey* forces Metro and ... more »

TOW 2A RF missiles successfully fired from helicopter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: BGM-71 TOW Family]In the first of its kind launch, Raytheon Company fired tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) 2A radio frequency (RF) practice missiles from an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter during a December exercise. Raytheon, working with the Naval Air Systems Command, fired two TOW 2A RF practice missiles at ranges exceeding 2600 meters. The two tests verified the missile's capability to be fired from a hovering aircraft and from an aircraft maneuvering to a threat. Both missiles hit their targets within inches of the aimpoints. "Wire-guided TOW mi... more »

Peleliu to Decommission After More Than 34 Years of Service

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Peleliu (LHA-5)]The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is scheduled to be decommissioned after more than 34 years of service in a ceremony on Naval Base San Diego, March 31. The last general-purpose amphibious assault ship of the Tarawa class, Peleliu's decommissioning marks the end of a career comprising multiple deployments to U.S. 7th and 5th fleets, humanitarian efforts and peacekeeping missions. Capable of launching a coordinated air and sea attack from one platform, Peleliu has conducted 17 deployments, 178,051 flight operations, served 57,983 personnel a... more »

Mysterious mini spaceplane the next Atlas 5 payload

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Boeing X-37B Spacecraft]With its new homeport in renovated NASA space shuttle hangars off in the distance, the Air Force’s X-37 mini spaceplane will be launched from Cape Canaveral on May 6 for its fourth journey into orbit. The Orbital Test Vehicle will be the primary payload aboard the next United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the 54th Atlas 5 and ULA’s 96th mission overall. The launch has a codename AFSPC 5 for the Air Force Space Command flight No. 5. Liftoff is targeted some time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT (1300-1700 GMT). Read more

India to Purchase Harpoon Missiles Worth $145 Million

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RGM-84 Harpoon]The Indian MoDs Defence Acquisition Council has cleared the purchase of another 22 Harpoon anti-ship missile at a cost Rs 913 crores ($145 million). This was in the pipeline as a foreign military sales deal with the department of defence of the USA. The missiles are manufactured by Boeing Defence, Space and Aerospace. The missiles will be integrated with the Sihsumar class submarines – the Indian version of the HDW submarines. Read more

New marine strike helicopter to aid assault on land and sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Kamov Ka-52K 'Hokum B']Russia will continue to work on building a marine version of the attack helicopter Ka-52, despite the uncertainty about the supply of assault helicopter carriers “Mistral” to the Navy. “First, our own helicopter carriers are under construction, and second, a helicopter such as Ka-52K will be highly demanded on the ships of our surface fleet,” - Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov told TASS. Two assault helicopter carriers, called “Mistral”, have been built for Russia by France but have not been transferred yet to the Navy, after relations between Rus... more »

Gaia Portal: Collections of Inner Levels rise to the surface

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
*Collections of Inner Levels rise to the surface* by ÉirePort Collections of Inner Levels rise to the surface. Connections of independent Higher Levels strengthen, and move upward. Openings of the Inner Light are seen for what they are in Truth. Flashes of Brilliance come forth from beyond the openings, and are recognized. Hue-manity connects. hu-manity dis-connects. ÉirePort | March 31, 2015 at 07:07 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-uC

Saudi Bombs 'Destroy All Yemeni Fighter Jets'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed every fighter jet in Yemen and forced Houthi rebels out of government air bases, a Saudi military leader has claimed. A coalition of 10 countries began bombing Yemen on Thursday, targeting the Shia rebels and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri said the aerial campaign had also "devastated" all known Scud missile launching pads in the Arab state. Read more

SAF now able to deploy new, more advanced H-450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Hermes 450 UAS]The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will now be able to deploy a more advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for reconnaissance and to gather intelligence. The Hermes 450 (H-450) is the SAF's most advanced fully operational UAV yet, and is ready to be sent out for missions. It will complement the SAF's older Searcher UAV. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the H-450's full operational capability status at Murai Camp yesterday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen called it a "significant milestone" in the SAF's transformation into a modern and effective fighting force. Read... more »

IAI To Supply Four Super Dvora Mk3 Patrol Boats To An African Nation

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Super Dvora Mark III]Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today that it has won a contract to supply four Super Dvora Mk 3 Fast Patrol boats to an African military customer. The contract is worth tens of millions of dollars and all four boats will be built in IAI Ramta’s facilities in Israel. They are scheduled to deliver the boats during 2016. IAI has not mentioned the actual worth of the contract. It has also not disclosed the name of the country. These newly ordered Super Dvoras are stated to be used for coastal defense, EEZ and HLS missions. "With an overall leng... more »

MENA Report ( March 31 , 2015 ) Yemen Battle aka " Operation Decisive Storm " Reaches 5 night Of Airstrikes , Ground Invasion Likely But Has Not Commenced Yet .......Iraq / Syria Regional And ISIS War In Focus ..... Iran Nuclear Talks Come To Last Day To Reach Framework Agreement ( Work Still To Be Done To Reach Framework Agreement ) ..... Libya In Focus - Libya Head ( One Of Two Gov'ts In Libya ) Seeks Airstrikes similar To Yemen From Arab States !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 21 hours ago
Links... *Airstrike Hits Yemeni Refugee Camp, Kills 45* *Assad: US Airstrikes a Recruiting Bonanza for ISIS* *Congress to Push Sanctions if Deadline Passes* *Afghan Council: US Drawdown Halt Harms Peace Process* *Saudi Strikes Fail to Slow Houthi Offensive on Aden* *Saudi-Led Invasion of Yemen Likely Imminent* *Iraqi Shi'ite Militias Claim US Pledge to End Airstrikes on Tikrit* *US Denies Report Iraq Drone Strike Killed Two Iranian Troops* *Syrian Military Source Alleges Turkish Role in Idlib Offensive* *McCain: Israel Should Blow Up Iran Negotiations by Starting War* *Sudden US Push fo... more »

BAE Systems adding new pier, dry dock to San Diego shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Second dry dock at the San Diego yard]BAE Systems plans to make a $100 million investment to its San Diego shipyard, adding another dry dock and pier to expand its ship repair, maintenance and modernization services for commercial and government customers, namely the U.S. Navy. The new dry dock, which is under construction and expected to be operational in early 2017, will accommodate cruisers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, mine countermeasures ships and both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship. The expanded facilities could also service non-Navy vessels under cont... more »

Ingalls awarded $604.3 million contract to build third of five DDG 51 destroyers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)]Ingalls Shipbuilding has received a $604.3 million contract modification to build another Arleigh Burke-class (DDG51) Aegis guided missile destroyer for the U.S. Navy. DDG121 is the third of the five DDG51 destroyers the company was awarded in June 2013. "The DDG 51 program has been the backbone of Ingalls Shipbuilding for the past three decades," said DDG 51 Program Manager George Nungesser. Read more

French BPC amphibious assault ships to receive remote weapon station, infra-red search-and-track system

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: FS Tonnerre (L9014)]By the end of 2015, the French Navy is scheduled to have begun upgrade work on its three Mistral-class landing helicopter dock BPC (Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement) amphibious assault ships Mistral (L9013), Tonnerre (L9014), and Dixmude (L9015) with the aim of reinforcing their autonomous protection capability. Each ship will be outfitted out with two Nexter Systems NARWHAL 20B remote weapon stations and two Sagem Electro-Optical Multifunction System - New Generation (EOMS-NG) day-night, gyro-stabilised, infra-red search-and-track optronic syste... more »

Australia eyes new air search radar

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMAS Arunta (F151)]A proposal to replace air search radar aboard Royal Australian Navy frigates has received First Pass approval from the government. The approval for project SEA 1448 Phase 4B – ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement, enables the Department of Defense to keep working with Australia's CEA Technologies on development of a new air search radar that incorporates an Identification-Friend-or-Foe capability. "CEA is an internationally recognized Australian company that developed the successful Anti-Ship Missile Defense 'CEAFAR' radar currently being installed on the A... more »

U.S. to Move Stealth Destroyers to Pacific Region

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Rear Admiral Christopher J. Paul]The U.S. will move its latest stealth destroyers to the Pacific region to counter unease over Chinese muscle-flexing, a senior American Navy admiral said Tuesday, while urging Australia’s navy to consider deploying new warships in U.S.-led “hunter-killer” patrol groups. Rear Admiral Christopher J. Paul, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific surface fleet, sought to reassure Australian allies at a naval conference in Canberra that his country was determined to maintain a strong Pacific presence by moving more warships to the region, including p... more »

This Duck Drone Could Spy on Enemy Subs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Flimmer drone]But building a flying-and-swimming robot is harder than nature makes it look. Nature, which has no need for devices that spy on enemy submarines from the air and underwater, may nevertheless have invented their form: flying fish, for example, or ducks that can zoom over the water’s surface and dive beneath to feed. But the Navy Research Lab, or NRL, which is working on a new drone that can both fly and swim, is learning that combining robots for two different purposes is not as easy as nature makes it look. Read more

U.S. Army Convoys Continue Their Tour Of Eastern Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Armored column: Row on row of American firepower rolled through Prague today as Stars and Stripes filled the air *Daily Mail:* *The Army puts on a heavy metal tour of Eastern Europe for Mr Putin: US armor mobbed by delighted citizens waving Stars and Stripes as it rolls across former Warsaw Pact countries* ** Three American armored convoys today converged in Czech Republic's capital on tour of Eastern Europe * Vehicles have traveled more than 1,000 miles through Poland and the Baltic States as warning to Putin * Countries in the region are nervous after Russian annexation ... more »

A Look At Russia's Newest Tank

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Business Insider:* *These are the plans for Russia's new third-generation tank* *Russia is just about to unveil its latest armored platform, the T-14 tank. * *The tank, called the Armata, has largely been kept under wraps although technical details about the platform have steadily been emerging. The Armata is planned to feature considerable upgrades to the armor, engine, and armaments of the vehicle over previous Russian and Soviet tank models. * *Until the tank is actually seen in action, any claims as to the Armata's capabilities could be nothing ... more »

China's nuclear-powered submarines believed to be in service

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Type 093G SSN]An internet photo suggests that a Chinese shipyard has completed the construction of three 093G nuclear-powered attack submarines, and that the vessels entered service in February of this year. Military expert Yin Zhuo observed that according to the original design, 093G submarines will have a strong anti-ship capability and penetration ability. In the future they will add ground attack capability and a strong anti-submarine capability. Read more

German army expands its submarine fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: U212A class SSK]The German navy put its new submarine model U35 into service last week. At a cost of €500 million, it is one of the most modern, non-nuclear submarines owned by the German navy. It is the fifth of six submarines of the class 212 A series ordered by the German army. The submarine, produced by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, was launched in Kiel in November 2011. At the time, the navy’s web site stated that this signified “a further step in modernisation and operation planning.” Four years later, the German army is even blunter about its purpose. In his speech at ... more »

President reiterates Taiwan's push for local submarine program

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Hai Lung (Zwaardvis) class SSK]President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Tuesday reiterated Taiwan's determination to push ahead with its domestic submarine program to modernize its fleet and bolster the country's defense capabilities. "We aim to acquire new-generation submarines to safeguard our costal frontier," Ma said at a ceremony at which two military vessels -- Taiwan's first home-grown stealth missile corvette and a new supply ship -- were put into service. "Submarines are the most significant weapon for a country in building naval defense capabilities. The military absolutel... more »

Quantum gravity from quantum error-correcting codes?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Guest blog by Dr Beni Yoshida, quantum information fellow at Caltech* The lessons we learned from the Ryu-Takayanagi formula, the firewall paradox, and the ER=EPR conjecture have convinced us that quantum information theory can become a powerful tool to sharpen our understanding of various problems in high-energy physics. But many of the concepts utilized so far rely on entanglement entropy and its generalizations, quantities developed by Von Neumann more than 60 years ago. We live in the 21st century. Why don’t we use more modern concepts, such as the theory of quantum error-correc... more »

Saudi TV: We Will Enjoy Torturing Yemeni Women and Children

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
At a certain point the conscience of the world will explode and people will demand the rulers of Saudi Arabia be brought before a world court to answer for their crimes against humanity and support for terrorism. OK, maybe that's wishful-thinking. When the heinous and barbaric Saudi kingdom does finally fall it will be a result of its own stupid actions and arrogant overreach. It's not a smart strategy to piss off your neighbours, and it's not a good thing when your only friends in the region are military dictators and Israel. I have a lot of sympathy for Israel, and I hope they kee... more »

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘Vicious’ is hilarious British sitcom starring two of world’s greatest actors

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jakobi play two aging gay men who have roomed together and humorously sniped at each other for 48 years. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | March 31, 2015 [In his Rag Blog … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Vicious’ is hilarious British sitcom starring two of world’s greatest actors

Russia Scales Back Orders For It's Next-Gen Fighter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Fred Weir, CSM:* * Grounded? Russia's answer to US next-gen fighter hits the skids.* *The Kremlin is cutting its initial production of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter by 75 percent amid cost overruns and rumored technical concerns – the same kind of issues that have plagued US development of the F-35.* *Moscow — Russia's ambitious T-50 fighter plane project was meant to develop a rival to two futuristic US jetfighters, the F-22 Raptor and the planned F-35 Lightning-II.* *But now, the T-50 appears to be rivaling the F-35 another way: in development troubles. The Kremlin is slamming the... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Sea of Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “Sea of Dreams” - https://www.youtube.com/

The Growing Importance Of Kaliningrad For The Russian Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Elisabeth Braw, Newsweek*: *Weapons Flood Into Putin's European Arms Depot* *While the world watched Russia’s North Fleet with trepidation as it launched surprise exercises near the Arctic Circle last week, Vladimir Putin has quietly been arming another area inside Europe’s borders: Kaliningrad, the Russian seaport city in a region sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, with convenient access to the Baltic Sea. Vessels from Russia’s Baltic Fleet have delivered fighter jets and Iskander missile launchers to the former German city, from where missiles could reach not just to Wars... more »

Russians Sees Better Times Ahead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Arab News/AFP:* *Russia sees light at the end of tunnel* *MOSCOW: It's been a torrid time of late for the Russian economy as the fallout from Ukraine and tumbling oil prices have plunged the country into financial crisis.* *But an unexpected recent rebound by the ruble has partially reversed months of pain for the nosediving national currency and fired hope among harried officials in Moscow that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel.* *Few analysts were betting on a bounce after the ruble lost over 40 percent of its value in 2014 and carried on the slump into this year... more »

Cell Tower Problems to Know About

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - Cell towers in LA, which are cropping up like mushrooms after rain, have been able to unite citizens in a way that few issues probably would. The post Cell Tower Problems to Know About appeared first on Waking Times.

FAPA emerging leaders workshop Jun 21-26

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
This got sent around: Please help me to circulate FAPA Emerging Leaders Workshop announcement widely to all channels and groups you know in Taiwan. We like to recruit in young Taiwanese who are interested to learn more foreign relations, to join the workshop on June 21-26, 2015 in Washington, DC . RSVP deadline is April 14. Only 30 spots. Take a action to share, register or do both now. Thank you! _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to othe... more »

Catching up with the great Lee Camp

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Ken* I feel bad about not keeping readers up to date with the doings of the great Lee Camp, the incredibly agile-minded, perpetually outraged, and fearlessly funny writer and comic. (I have to say "writer and comic," because as I've mentioned, you could read something Lee has written and think him a brilliantly incisive, poised stylist -- a wonderfully different effect from what we get when he *performs* his material.) The fact is, I haven't been keeping up so well myself. I've known from Lee's regular e-mails that he's become involved in some kind of regular telecast called ... more »

Ukraine Crisis -- News Updates March 30, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*James Carden, National Interest*:* Ukraine's Bloody Civil War: No End in Sight* *Ukraine is falling apart at the rifts...* *MOSCOW–After spending several days in and around Donetsk last week, I found it hard to escape the conclusion that the second Minsk ceasefire is rapidly unraveling. Nearly continuous artillery shelling and machine-gun fire could be heard for the better part of Thursday morning in the city’s Oktyabrskaya neighborhood, not far from the airport, where fighting is said to have continued without surcease.* *The OSCE reported that the main railway station in the c... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 day ago
*Roberto Rodriguez, PhD – Write in Candidacy for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Chair-elect 2015* It’s not that I am declaring my write-in candidacy, but rather, this is at least the second time I’ve been nominated, but have been deemed to be ineligible by the NACCS board and its leadership. As a result, I have chosen to contest those rulings via the only recourse available: a write-in candidacy for Chair-elect for 2015. The following reasons are why I accepted the nomination from Josie Mendez-Negrete, past NACCS chair and professor at UTSA. I have been c... more »

Gardening in Eastern Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
A special video about a woman in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine who is gardening to prepare for spring planting. In the midst of continued shelling by the US-NATO puppet regime in Kiev Zina keeps gardening because she wants to create something beautiful for her beloved community.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Magnificent island universe NGC 2403 stands within the boundaries of the long-necked constellation Camelopardalis. Some 10 million light-years distant and about 50,000 light-years across, the spiral galaxy also seems to have more than its fair share of giant star forming HII regions, marked by the telltale reddish glow of atomic hydrogen gas. The giant HII regions are energized by clusters of hot, massive stars that explode as bright supernovae at the end of their short and furious lives. *Click image for larger size.* A member of the M81 group of galaxies, NGC 2403 closely resemble... more »

Hope Shining Through the Cloud

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Soren Dreier* - Since nobody seems comfortable, with just letting the time pass without filling it up with ‘stuff,’ we go a bit astray maybe. The post Hope Shining Through the Cloud appeared first on Waking Times.

“At Home In An Infinite Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“At Home In An Infinite Universe”* by Chet Raymo “They are questions that bedeviled thinkers for thousands of years: Is the universe infinite or finite, eternal or of a finite age? It is certainly hard to imagine a universe that extends without limit in every direction, or a universe without a beginning or end. It is equally difficult to imagine a finite universe; what is beyond the edge? Or a beginning or end in time; how can something come from nothing? how can what is cease to be? The problems are so intractable philosophically that their resolution has generally been left to ... more »

Shooting At NSA Headquarters -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*:* One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates* *(Reuters) - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism.* *The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured.* *Both suspects, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at ... more »

Make me more Habby Hockey Gods!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Forty three wins for Carey Price because after this season he deserves a record. Same for Max Patches forty three goals please. And it never hurts to ask that we do not face Tampa in the playoffs

"Just Where You Begin Again..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions." - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy"

"We Must Ask Ourselves..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
''As Americans, we must ask ourselves: Are we really so different? Must we stereotype those who disagree with us? Do we truly believe that ALL red-state residents are ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying roadkill-eating tobacco juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks; or that ALL blue-state residents are godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving left-wing communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts?'' - Dave Barry

“How Much Time Do Americans Spend Plugged Into The Matrix Every Day?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“How Much Time Do Americans Spend Plugged Into The Matrix Every Day?”* By Michael Snyder “The average American spends more than 10 hours a day using an electronic device. And most of that activity is not even interactive. The vast majority of the time we are just passively absorbing content that someone else has created. This very much reminds me of the movie “the Matrix”, but with a twist. Instead of humans being forcefully connected to “the Matrix”, we are all willingly connecting ourselves to it. There is a giant system that defines our reality for us, and the length of time t... more »

Save confusion

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
You may not undertand the importance of the Oxford comma, but the strippers do. [Hat tip Stephen Hicks] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Nigeria's National Elections: News Updates March 30, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *Vote-counting underway in Nigeria in close presidential election* *Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)A few months before Nigeria's national elections, both main candidates embraced and promised a peaceful election. That pledge is now under serious threat.* *Protesters fired gunshots and torched a local electoral office in Nigeria's oil-rich Rivers state as they marched to protest national elections held to elect Nigeria's next President.* *"There's been so much violence in Rivers state that it's just not tenable," said Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the main opposition party, the All Prog... more »

"Finding Our Way Back..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Biology says that we are who we are from birth. That our DNA is set in stone. Unchangeable. Our DNA doesn't account for all of us though, we're human. Life changes us. We develop new traits. Become less territorial. We start competing. We learn from our mistakes. We face our greatest fears. For better or worse, we find ways to become more than our biology. The risk of course is that we can change too much to the point where we don't recognize ourselves. Finding our way back can be difficult. There's no compass, no map. We just have to close our eyes, take a step, and hope to God w... more »

"Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation"

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

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Come Out of the Closet

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Seriously? More like the Sexual Bigotry Free Card Act. By fall 2010, only five states had gay marriage. A little over four years later, so many states have it that it's hard to count and the answer depends on whom you ask (I think the latest number I saw was 37). During the Obama administration, DADT had fallen, rights and benefits were given to same sex federal employee couples and there are more gay people in elected office than at any time in US history. Anyone of even local notoriety or authority using anti gay slurs are ofte... more »

Another peek behind the neoliberal corporate education reform curtain

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*“Yes! Of course they [public schools] can, but my charter (school) friends don’t like it when I say that.” — Paul Vallas* [image: Paul Vallas admitting that he wants no teachers with at least a decade of experience.] The only nice thing about the right wing is that they don't obscure the reasons behind corporate education reform. Devoid of empathy, compassion, or even an inkling of the notion that human need should trump corporate greed, devotees of Randian "thought" are often entirely honest about motives of neoliberalism. Contrasted to leadership in the Democratic Party, who tr... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*New Orleans City Park whines of legal action against new protester trying to block its new golf course Field of Greens ~Della Hasselle * *Ten Years After The Flood: A Letter From Our News Director ~WWNO* *16 year old helps rescue children from Pearl River ~WVUE* *Metro area million-dollar mansions are a hot commodity ~WWL* *Weeks Marine secures Lake Pontchartrain contract ~Dredging News*

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 30, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Tom Lister, CNN:* *Yemen in freefall: How chaos could spiral into all-out regional war* *(CNN)Foreign intervention in Yemen's chaos has dramatically raised the stakes in the Arabian Peninsula, threatening to expand what is already a civil war into a conflict pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia and an Arab coalition.* *The Saudis launched Operation "Decisive Storm" last Wednesday with dozens of airstrikes in an effort to blunt the advance of Houthi militia and allied army units on the port of Aden -- and to protect the last bastion of Yemen's internationally-recognized President Ab... more »