Sunday, August 28, 2016

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WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE2 unread articles  //  actions

The Dawn of World Renewal
My ancestors include tribal people who inhabited the ancient forests of Norway, Wales, and Germany. Bits and pieces of their myths and folkways have managed to survive the passage of centuries. These people lived close to wild nature, and venerated oak trees, salmon, wolves, ravens, mistletoe, thunder, rainbows, and so on. Their cultural heroes were a pantheon of human gods and goddesses who poss
Are We Smart Enough
Primatologist Frans de Waal has made a career out of pounding his head against the rugged wall of human exceptionalism — the belief that humans are the only species that is conscious, self-aware, rational, cooperative, goal-oriented, empathetic, and so on. This wall of calcified grandiosity has resisted change for a long time, and has inspired an abusive relationship with the rest of the family o
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THE RULES OF EXPOSITION2 unread articles  //  actions

If you say you "over-exaggerated"...
If you say you "over-exaggerated" it means you still think you should have exaggerated, just not quite so much.
Not for its economics
From The Economist : David Ricardo showed in 1817 that a country could benefit from trade even if it did everything better than its neighbours. A country that is better at everything will still be “most better”, so to speak, at something. It should concentrate on that, Ricardo showed, importing what its neighbours do “least worse”. If bad grammar is not enough to make the point, an old analogy mig
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Twenty-First Anniversary of the Bariloche Case (July 31, 1995)
Source: PLANETA UFO and El Cordillerano ( Date: 08.09.2016 Twenty-First Anniversary of the Bariloche Case (July 31, 1995) The sighting occurred in the vicinity of the local airport by the crews of two aircraft: one aboard an Aerolineas Argentinas 727 (Flight 674) and the other a Cheyenne belonging to the National Gendarmerie (GN705). The event took place on July 31, 1995 bet
Mexico: A UFO in San Baltazar Atlimeyaya?
Source: PLANETA UFO and El Grafico ( Date: 08.16.2016 Article by Yohanan Díaz Vargas Mexico: A UFO in San Baltazar Atlimeyaya? 08.13.2016-14:49 - An impressive UFO sighting was recorded at San Baltazar Atlimeyaya, Puebla, on Saturday 6 August at 10:58 p.m. before the startled eyes of nearly 50 people who met to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Great UFO Wave of 1991 or
Diminutive UFO Occupants or Elementals?
Diminutive UFO Occupants or Elementals? By Scott Corrales (c) 2016 Traditional cases involving “close encounters of the third kind” are as rare as hens’ teeth these days. These occurrences – involving contact between alleged non-human entities and ordinary humans – filled magazine articles and news columns in the ‘60s and ‘70s, petering out in the 1980s as UFO research went into a deep sleep, or
Spain: CIA Document Discloses Possible UFO Sighting in Barcelona
Source: PLANETA UFO and La Razón (Spain) Date: 08.15.2016 Original Article by Víctor Fernández, La Razón Spain: CIA Document Discloses Possible UFO Sighting in Barcelona May 21, 1952. Barcelona was making preparations for the International Eucharistic Conference to such an extent that the La Vangua
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WELCOME TO POTTERSVILLE 2 (BLOGGING AGAINST F...7 unread articles  //  actions

The Best Reason Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton and How the MSM Keeps US Ignorant (Empire of Lies Run Amuck: Humanitarian Wars Slay Millions of Innocents Encouraging Lies at All Levels) Hillary & Bill, Inc., Lee Camps
And we're already attacking Syria. Before she's the actual President. So how's that for most effective warmonger? Was that a competition? "You've seen the inside of the honeycomb, June." "You can never go home." - Simon "Knight and Day" "With me? Without me? With me? Without me? With you."_ _ _ _ _ _ _ The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugos
(Loathing Lessers) Here’s Why Americans Are Mad as Hell at Wall Street and Washington (Catch 22 Revisited) Bonnie Raitt: Not Ending Well for Global Elites (Foreign Floods of PAC Money) Summer of the Shill(s) (Continuing Bank Corruption Print Gobs of $$$ To Keep Market Roaring?)
Tom Frank is obviously the man of this minute. But no one is paying attention to the time(s) now. At the convention in Philly, Truthdig founder and editor Robert Scheer ran into Thomas Frank, whose latest book, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened To The Party Of The People? is a must-read for all progressives and, hopefully, for some Democrats who aren't already too far gone. Frank
Hillarium Cynicism (Dwarfing Hillary) - Forget About It! (Rigged System Not to Be Acknowledged) Clinton Enables GOP? (Perkins Coie Wikileaked: DNC Death Mystery Deepens (Or Not)) Big Banks/Insurance Send Scary Signals (The Obama Jig Testimony) Hillary/Obama Branding Lets Wall Street Walk
Yes, this argument has been made here since, what? . . . seems like forever. (I've got a crush on this guy. He's soooo much smarter than the average bear.) With Trump Certain to Lose, You Can Forget About a Progressive Clinton Lies. Lies. And more lies? Not from Corey Robin: I’ve been saying that one of the problems with the “Trump is like no Republican we’ve ever seen before” line is that
(TPP/Jobs Numbers Frauds/Bush League Redux) Foreclosure Fraud Epidemic Not Alleviated - Bragged About As Good Business? (You Got Served! The One-Party State? Chaos Vote Wins ) No Conspiracies Here: Clinton Campaign Dead-On Clean (DNC Staffer Could Have Said She Couldn't Accept Lawsuit, But Did the Opposite)
"Madness! Madness!" - The Bridge on the River Kwai Ex-CIA Director Who Endorsed Clinton Calls for Killing Iranians and Russians in Syria "Six Things to Know About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)" "Why This Job Market is Still Terrible: The Politically Incorrect Numbers Everyone is Hushing Up" If you think the Bushes are not supporting Donald Trump's candidacy, you
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KILLING MOTHER1 unread article  //  actions

Alaska - The Final American Frontier*
3 rd August 2016 March 24, 1989, 12:27 A.M.: “We’ve fetched up hard aground…evidently we’re leaking some oil, and we’re going to be here for a while” – Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazlewood to the U.S. Coastguard The end of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Valdez *Alaska is known as America’s final frontier. A Google search of the term “frontier” yields the following definition: “The extreme limit of
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MORTON'S MUSINGS2 unread articles  //  actions

Victim Crime Surcharges may be ordered concurrently
R v. Kililavioyak, 2016 NUCJ 21: In conclusion, I find that the VCS is in the nature of an ancillary order and that the principles regarding the imposition of concurrent sentences may be applied to VCS', such that they may be ordered concurrently.
Supreme Court restates Circumstantial Evidence Rule
R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33: No particular form of instruction to the jury is required where the evidence on one or more elements of the offence is entirely or primarily circumstantial. However, where proof of one or more elements of the offence depends solely or largely on circumstantial evidence, it may be helpful for the jury to receive instructions that will assist them to understand the na
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@ THE CHALK FACE7 unread articles  //  actions

Should we support “teacher villages?”
There are concerns that teachers are not from the communities in which they teach, particularly in urban areas, where differences in race and social class between teachers and students are magnified. Housing costs are often named as a culprit. One solution to this problem has been to build new “teacher villages.” These are typically lower […]
#Walmart is a terrible store and terrible for schools #backtoschool
I agree with all of the WTU’s points here regarding Walmart’s well-financed efforts to undermine public education. Their latest back to school gimmick is a cynical ploy to feign support for public school teachers, while offering very little of actual value in return. A quote from a charter school supporter is particularly interesting: “All of […]
I don’t support all-boys initiatives
Washington, DC’s Ron Brown College Prep High School has opened this year, an all boys program. Why does it always come to this nonsense? What is this? The students are required to wear jackets and ties to school. So on Tuesday, Green was guiding them through a session on dressing appropriately, maintaining personal hygiene, polishing […]
A [partial] itemized list of my #backtoschool purchases UPDATED
Below is a list of what I’ve bought to date for the new school year. I thought I’d share it to underscore the amount of preparation that some of us do, even before we step foot in our classrooms and make an accurate appraisal of what we actually do and don’t need to replace. I’d […]
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NEWS CENTER PK2 unread articles  //  actions

Modi’s Extremist Policies Continue
By Sajjad Shaukat Modi’s extremist policies continue—Since the leader of the ruling party BJP Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India, he has been implementing extremist policies against religious minorities, especially the Muslims and Pakistan. Under Modi’s rule, various developments like unprecedented rise of Hindu extremism, persecution of minorities even of lower cast-Hindus, forced conv
National Action Plan & Madaris Reforms
By Sajjad Shaukat The National Action Plan (NAP) is essential part of Pakistan’s war against terrorism, as it has co-relationship with the military operation Zarb-i-Azb against the militants, including other related-issues like Madaris (Religious seminaries) which need registration and reforms. In this regard, a high level security meeting was held at the GHQ, presided by the … The post National
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THWAP'S SCHOOLYARD2 unread articles  //  actions

More About Hilary-Bots n' Stuff
Infuriatingly, some USA-liberal, Hillary-bot blog tried to guilt "purists" who stupidly won't vote for Hillary Clinton due to "argle-blargle" that it would be their fault about all the people who would be hurt by a Trump victory. So, to begin, ... un-fuck you you miserable piece of shit. Number one: Bernie Sanders consistently polled as being far better at defeating Trump. But
Liberal Hillary-Bots
No. It's not "progressive" to support Hillary Clinton. She's a corrupt, mass-murdering, neo-liberal, imperialist scum-bag. Reading and watching all these US and Canadian liberals twist their minds up into pretzels about how awesome she is and how evil, selfish and deluded her critics are is really just depressing. I get that there's fear of the ignorant boor Donald Trump's racism and hi
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The end.
A part of me died last Sunday. The part of me that died held within it the only remaining impetus for continuing to write this blog. The part of me that died was the part that against everything else, against my cynicism and occasional descents into outright misanthropy, convinced the rest of me that on the whole, most people, in this country at least, are decent, upfront and kind. The part that
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THE STRAIGHT GOODS1 unread article  //  actions

Mel Hurtig. 1932-2016. ......Robin Mathews and Company Say Goodbye
Mel Hurtig. 1932-2016. Written By Robin Mathews On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Mel Hurtig shook off the chains of his mortality to find the place of peace that passeth understanding, and - as Shakespeare has it - ‘ from whose bourn no traveller returns’. On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Canada lost one of its finest citizens. At once truculent, determined, irascible, warm, colourful, imaginative … an
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PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK7 unread articles  //  actions

More evidence links pesticides & falling IQs
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that when pregnant mothers live within one kilometer of fields where certain pesticides are used, their children are more likely to have lower IQs. These findings confirm those in several earlier studies . Which leads me to wonder: just how much evidence do we need before taking action? This latest study looked at 283 se
Monsanto vs farmers. Again.
Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered (GE) seeds are wreaking havoc this season in soybean country. “Xtend,” the corporation’s new GE soybean, is engineered to tolerate application of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba . The seed was approved in 2015, and now soybean farmers who did not adopt it are reporting damage to their crops from dicamba drift. And the damage is extensive. An estimated 20
Safe mosquito control, for Zika & beyond
PAN stands in solidarity with families that have been impacted by microcephaly and other serious health impacts of the Zika virus. Unfortunately, the primary response to the outbreaks to date has been widespread spraying with pesticides to control mosquito populations. Decades of vector management around the world show that this approach is not only often ineffective, it can also compound the ris
What happened to GE labeling?
Last night, my neighborhood gathered for a community potluck. My neighbor David planned kid-friendly activities, including a piñata. He confessed to me that there was no candy inside it, only toys — he had originally bought a big bag of Tootsie Rolls, but when he read "this product made with genetic engineering" on the packaging, he decided to fill the paper maché Minion doll with trink
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PHILOSOPHICAL COMMENT2 unread articles  //  actions

Substantially updated blogroll
Just a quick note that I have finally gotten around to updating the Philosophical Comment blogroll, that is the list of linked blogs promoted on this page further down in the left hand side margin. I have basically taken off all old blogs that either has closed down since I listed them some years back, or that when I checked had not posted anything for a year or more. In addition the URLs for som
New and forthcoming work (soon) available: conscientious refusal of pofessionals, hate crime philosophy, responsibility and priority-setting in health care, and the ethics of patient education
Just kicking off the autumn term after some well-needed weeks of complete holiday, summing up some recent and very soon available or forthcoming work in a few different areas: 1. Conscientious objection or refusal of professionals (in health care and elsewhere) This is an area, i have been posting about before ( here , and here ). a) As I flagged earlier in one of these posts, there is one article
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THE HIGH-FAT HEP C DIET3 unread articles  //  actions

Evidence of cardiovascular benefits of LCHF diets, despite no change or increase in LDL, from drug trials
A recent meta-analysis of low-carb diets and cardiovascular risk factors found, predictably, that low carb diets decrease triglycerides (TG), increase HDL, and - significantly, on average, but not consistently, and only by a small amount - elevate LDL. The authors argued that this was not evidence of cardiovascular safety. "Low-carbohydrate diets increase LDL-cholesterol, and thereby indicate
Problems with Song et al Animal Protein vs Plant Protein study
According to Harvard, this truck has saved more lives than an ambulance. Here we have another study from the hydra-headed monster that is the Harvard school of public health's interpretation of the NHS and HPFS studies. By my count there have been four of these so far this year, all saying much the same thing, that dietary guidelines were correct. Or rather, they've been presented as saying that,
Glucokinase mutations, diabetic complications, and cardiovascular disease
This is a very interesting study that was posted by Richard Lehman on his BMJ blog a few years ago. It contains much food for thought. People with this mis-sense mutation in the gene that encodes glucokinase (GCK), part of the pancreatic beta cell glucose sensor, basically have their sugar thermostat, their glucostat, set too high. They don't produce insulin in response to blood glucose in the pre
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SCREW YOU GUYS, I'M GOING HOME4 unread articles  //  actions

More States Pass Domestic Violence Victim Workplace Protection
Domestic violence victims have enough problems without also having to deal with coworkers stigmatizing them and possibly getting fired. The trend is for states to protect sexual violence from workplace discrimination. Most recently, five states enacted paid sick leave laws that include requiring paid leave for domestic violence victims. Those states are Vermont , California, Connecticut, and Mass
Follow Trump's Advice, Lose Your Sexual Harassment Case
By now you've probably heard Donald Trump's advice to sexual harassment victims : just quit your job. The problem with this (besides the fact that not everyone is a billionaire who can quit without having a job lined up) is that if you do quit, you may well give up your right to sue for sexual harassment. You see, the Supreme Court, in its infinite wisdom, says that if your employer has a publishe
Dear HR: Stop Telling Employees They Can't Apply For FMLA Until They Use Their Vacation
For about the dozenth time this year, I heard another sob story about an employee who absolutely qualified for FMLA leave, yet was told by HR that they couldn't apply until they used up their vacation or PTO time. This is wrong on so many levels, and it screws both the employee and the employer. So stop it. Seriously. Stop it. It screws up the employee because their boss assumes they're taking unp
Massachusetts Legislators Fail To Protect Citizens Against Abusive Noncompetes. Again
For a second year in a row, Massachusetts legislators introduced legislation to ban or severely limit the use of noncompete agreements in their state. And for the second year in a row, those efforts failed. Things looked hopeful for awhile, as both houses passed legislation, but then legislators couldn't agree on a compromise. So for the time being the citizens of Massachusetts will have to put up
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SYRIA COMMENT4 unread articles  //  actions

“Who is to blame for Syria’s nightmare?” By Ehsani2
Who is to blame for Syria’s nightmare? By Ehsani2 For Syria Comment , July 31 Once the popular demonstrations of the Arab spring brought down the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, many Syrians assumed that they could bring down President Assad just as quickly. Early in 2011, most expected him to last no more than a few months. Five and a half years later, Assad remains president. In the 20th century,
“What the Rebel Loss of Aleppo Will Mean for Syria,” by Landis, Heras, Lund & Abdulhamid
What the Rebel Loss of Aleppo will mean for Syria? Four Analysts respond – Joshua Landis, Nicholas Heras, Aron Lund and Ammar Abdulhamid Aleppo Reenforces Regime Claims to Be Able to Retake Most of Syria By Joshua Landis – Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Univsity of Oklahoma The encirclement of Eastern Aleppo by the Syrian military and its allies is a major blow to the opposition. It re
Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara’
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi The Syrian Shi’i towns of Nubl and Zahara’ to the north of Aleppo city, like other Shi’i areas in Syria, have been associated with support for the regime from the outset. In addition, given that the religious affiliation (Twelver Shi’i Islam) happens to coincide with that of Iran and its Lebanese client Hezbollah that are leading backers of the regime, Nubl and Zahara’ h
Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi’i Militia
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi. The top of the emblem features the Dhu al-Fiqar, the sword of Imam Ali. The group’s name means “The Sword of the Mahdi (may God hasten his emergence) Brigade.” The Syrian civil war features multiple Syrian Shi’i formations primarily affiliated with Hezbollah, such as Quwat al-Ridha and Liwa al-Imam al-Mahdi . Another militia- the Ja’afari Fo
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THE DUCK OF MINERVA9 unread articles  //  actions

What Am I Reading? Inaugural Feature on Global Health #1
I’m on leave this year so my regular blogging might be a little scant, but I thought I’d introduce a new feature which is a periodic series “What Am I Reading?” I’d like to flag what I’m reading on different topics, namely health, the environment, and foreign policy. This first one is on health. Zika Last week I had a piece on the Monkey Cage in the Washington Post on the Zika virus, presenting s
Testing to Twitter
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We Need More Metal! The Political Economy of Heavy Metal
The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert G. Blanton, Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham . For as long as it has existed, heavy metal music has been associated with controversy – the aggressive nature of the music and lyrics arouses seemingly constant suspicion and often deep dislike , and metal bands have long been the target of controversies and even legal actions (some unfo
Gearing up for the Academic Job Market: Don’t Dabble
There are many things worth dabbling in: Pokeman Go!, the arts, alternative medicine, old films, astrology, gourmet cuisine….the list could go on and on. I really like when people, including graduate students, tell me they are dabbling in these things or other hobbies. It’s probably going to help both their productivity and their overall happiness . As much as I like “dabblers” in those types of
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A CLOSER LOOK: JODY PATERSON1 unread article  //  actions

Cranky in Paradise: How life in a fairly perfect place makes us angry
I felt a quick flash of annoyance during a swim this past weekend at Thetis Lake when a group of young people on a raft of floaties cranked up their music a little too much. I then felt an immediate and sobering flash of alarm that a bunch of mild-mannered young people having a little fun in the sun had annoyed me. Could it be that Cranky Capital Regionite Syndrome is already upon me, a mere thre
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THE EARTH AND MAN: SETTING THE STAGE7 unread articles  //  actions

Dr. Roy Spencer and the Myth of a Valid Global Climate Science
The Dr. Roy Spencer site has a post, about an experiment to show a cold object can warm a hotter object (by interposing a cool object between the hotter object and a much colder object). My response: "Now, this experiment does not prove that gases can do what the cardboard has done....It only answers the 2nd Law violation claims some have made against a cool object (here, the cardboard sheet
Democratic Party Authorities Are Acting Criminally to Suppress the Truth About Climate
The wuwt site has a post on "blowback" to the execrable effort by Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) and other Democrats in the Obama administration to make criminals out of "climate skeptics". My response: You should all send a harsh letter to your local newspapers (and yes, to your congressional representatives, but the media are the main thing), and include the graph
The Continuing Enchantment of the Big Black Marble
The "lukewarmer" wuwt site has a post by fellow lukewarmer Christopher Monckton, purporting to derive the CO2 "climate sensitivity" by no-doubt-settled science (theory, that is). My response: Lukewarmers like Monckton and Anthony Watts believe in the radiation transfer theory. I don't. As I wrote just a few weeks ago (June 30th), in the post "It Beggars the Imagination&quo
Climate Science and the Vampire of Societal Influences
The klimazwiebel site has a post, "What Future For Science?", and the answer to that question appears to be "societal influence" and sociology in particular. My response: "science...has lost its innovative role in solving problems for society" My response: That statement muddles the fundamental distinction that has to be made between SUBJECTIVE and OBJECTIVE--"pr
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GRASS BASED HEALTH1 unread article  //  actions

Thank you for visiting my blog. Obviously I haven't posted anything here for a while. Hopefully that will change soon, ...
Thank you for visiting my blog. Obviously I haven't posted anything here for a while. Hopefully that will change soon, but I am active on my Grass Based Health facebook page and on twitter . Please visit these sites for more recent items.
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WELCOME BACK TO POTTERSVILLE25 unread articles  //  actions

Attack of the 50 IQ Moron
(I'm just getting warmed up. I'm sending this by post first thing Monday morning.) Jim Mallon, CEO Consolidated Puppets Incorporated (Formerly Best Brains, Inc) 11 10TH Ave S Ste D Hopkins, MN 55343–7505 Dear Mr. Mallon: I’m writing to you not as a fanboy (although I’ve been a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 since the 90’s) but as a concerned fan. It had come to my attention some two plu
The Enemy of Mine Enemy...
(It seems the world's most beloved online stalker is about to be sued for $10,000,000 for copyright infringement by someone in Hollywood. Click on the links for the backstory of this delicious and delightful turn of events. Yet suffice it say I'd like to offer my help in moving the inevitable along. Consider this the cybernetic equivalent of pulling on a hanged man's legs to speed along the proce
Anderson Cooper 180
I call it that because that's only half the story. A few days ago, a few blogs, some Twitter accounts and an apathetic smattering of MSM outlets reported the news that Donald Trump donated between $100,000 to $250,000 to the same Clinton Foundation that's he's been decrying and demanding to be investigated. So, essentially Donald Trump is calling for an investigation of himself. If Trump is tryin
Tweets From the Edge, Part ∞
Our Democratic Republic was founded by oligarchs in 1776. It took 240 years for them to kill it. #AStoryIn2Sentences — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) August 23, 2016 It's refreshing to see that Donald Trump delegates duties to those better educated & more mature than him. — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) August 23, 2016 My favorite Doro
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MAJIA'S BLOG43 unread articles  //  actions

Arizona Threatened by Additional Uranium Mining
Energy Fuels Resources is attempting to re-open old uranium mines located adjacent to the Grand Canyon. Many Arizona businesses and environmental groups have opposed the move. One need only look to Arizona's historical relationship with the nuclear complex (from mining to weapons testing) to understand grassroots opposition in the state to more nuclear. AZ has a disgraceful nuclear history. Peopl
Nuclear Power is Not Rational on Any Scale
Below is the abstract from a new study that demonstrates that high national commitments to nuclear are correlated with less reduction in national emissions: Andrew Lawrence, Benjamin Sovacool, and Andrew Stirling . 2016. Nuclear energy and path dependence in Europe’s ‘Energy union’: coherence or continued divergence? Climate Policy Vol. 16 , Iss. 5, 2016
Fukushima Daiichi Basement Contains Thousands of Tons of Contaminated Water Measuring in the Millions of Becquerels
TEPCO is reporting approximately 10,000 tons of toxic water in underground Fukushima Daiichi Units 1-4 nuclear plant trenches. Water in the basement of the reactors measures “around dozens of millions Becquerels” (12,000,000 Becquerels?) while water in other locations, such as trenches, measures in the thousands of Becquerels. Additionally, another 8,0000 tons of radioactive water resides in tren
Welcome to the New World
Israel is deploying fully automated patrol and weapons technology: The future of war: Israel first to deploy fully automated military robots. The Mainichi August 24, 2016, JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun that, beginning in mid-July, it has deployed fully automated self-driving military
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A VERY PUBLIC SOCIOLOGIST24 unread articles  //  actions

Jeremy Corbyn to Visit Stoke
It's a bit pointless asking you to guess who's visiting the Potteries next week because, well, the title says it all. The bandwagon will be rolling into Stoke-on-Trent next Thursday. Here are the details . Speakers include: Maxine Penkethman (CWU and Stoke South CLP) Andrew Fox-Hewitt (FBU and Newcastle-u-Lyme CLP) Shakira Rosenau (Young Labour and Stoke South CLP) Clare White (WEA and Stoke Nort
Reluctant Corbynism
I'm going to tell you a story. A friend of my went for a selection in an ostensibly safe constituency. The long and short listing exercise was observed, and my comrade made it to the final three. Not wanting to mess about, the prospective prospective parliamentary candidate got the members' details and visited the first house on the list. They introduced themselves, and was told politely but firm
After Neoliberalism
It was with some interest I approached Martin Jacques's piece in The Graun , not least because he made his name in the 1980s describing the contours of the ' New Times ' then being fashioned from the collapse of the post-war consensus and the broken bodies of the British and American labour movements. Much of what he and his comrades wrote in Marxism Today back in the day was spot on. The rise of
Ants in the Coffee
I'm working on what the trendies and hipsters call a 'long read'. It's about Neoliberalism - what it is and what's likely to come after. I'm about 2,000 words in and not sure if the mid-point has been reached. Yikes. You're here looking for a bit of blogging red meat to play with, and so ... I've been making cups of coffee since I was a little kid, mostly for myself and mum. And I followed the st
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MUSINGS ON IRAQ31 unread articles  //  actions

1st Crack In Sec of State Powell’s 2003 UN Presentation On Iraq
(National Security Archive) On February 5, 2003 Secretary of State Colin Powell made his famous presentation to the United Nations Security Council laying out the U.S. case against Iraq. Powell had been the main advocate within the Bush administration to go to the international body to build up support for the United States’ Iraq strategy. One section of Powell’s speech focused upon Abu Musab al-
Declining Violence In Iraq, Jan-Jul 2016
These are the most complete security statistics collected so far by Musings On Iraq. They cover January to July 2016. The main sources for these numbers are 41 newspapers that are read each day. Those are a mix of Iraqi, western and Arab media outlets. Each security incident mentioned is noted in an Excel spreadsheet with date, location, type of attack, casualties, article title, and link. Additi
Iraq’s Use Of Chemical Weapons In Iran-Iraq War And Their Western Origin
Several western countries and companies assisted Iraq when it set out to build its chemical weapons programs in the 1970s. A decade later when Baghdad would use those systems in the Iran-Iraq War, those same nations were largely quiet giving their implicit support to Iraq. The press however was quite active in uncovering where Iraq’s WMD came from. Two years into the Iran-Iraq War the Iraqi gover
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CENTAURI DREAMS19 unread articles  //  actions

An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules
A candidate signal for SETI is a welcome sign that our efforts in that direction may one day pay off. An international team of researchers has announced the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595” in a document now being circulated through contact person Alexander Panov. The detection was made with the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, in the Karachay–Cherkess Repub
Proxima Centauri Planet
A planet in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri? The prospect dazzles the imagination, but then, I’ve been thinking about just that kind of planet for most of my life. Proxima Centauri is, after all, the closest star to our own, about 15000 AU from the primary Alpha Centauri stars (though thought to be moving with that system). A dim red dwarf, Proxima wasn’t discovered until 1915, but it
Breakthrough Starshot Meetings
I’m at the Breakthrough Starshot meetings in San Francisco, with a full schedule indeed. As I did last time in Palo Alto, I won’t try to post daily because there just won’t be time, and in any case, I will need to go over my notes and consolidate my impressions. Even so, I plan to slip something interesting in here in the near future (keep an eye on Wednesday afternoon EDT), and will try to keep
KIC 8462852: Fading in the Kepler Data
Those of you who have been following the controversy over the dimming of KIC 8462852 (Tabby’s Star) may remember an interesting note at the end of Bradley Schaefer’s last post on Centauri Dreams . Schaefer (Louisiana State University) had gone through his reasoning for finding a long-term dimming of the star in the DASCH (Digital Access to a Sky Century@Harvard) database. His third point about th
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movie trailer - ARRIVAL - Ridley Scott's Prometheus lozenge-ship?
woah, that thing there, the dark upstanding lozenge ship from the opening of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, what's it doing ( en masse ) in the new ARRIVAL film? Excellent and intriguing-looking trailer below:
Hypnotic reinforcement - The Ten Commandments - Doomed to Failure
You can't hypnotically impress a NEGATIVE onto a human consciousness. Take away all the 'thou shalt not's from the tablets of doctrine and you simply have the DIRECT COMMANDS Kill Steal Commit adultery Covet they neighbour Bear false witness etc... it's like a rulebook for continued Tax Revenue via the promulgation of sin and all its Jurisdictional machinations... fact.
Graham Hancock - Do psychedelics matter? - The Common, Glastonbury 2016
Graham Hancock recently addressed the Glastonbury pit and he went off on a massive (foul mouthed but deeply cogent) rant about The New World Order, psychedelics and who the fuck do t.h.e.y. fucking think they are sending our children to FOR PROFIT wars in a global fucking casino of death and torture. I like this one, a lot.
art - mucha - tarot
basically, art, mucha, tarot - this isn't - but it would be lovely
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Not With A Bang
When he was defeated by his arch nemeses -- the Liberals -- and by the young upstart he claimed simply "wasn't ready," Stephen Harper went dark. Michael Harris writes : He gave not a single interview after getting waxed in the 2015 election by Justin Trudeau. Las Vegas proved more attractive to the MP from Calgary Heritage than the House of Commons, where, post-defeat, he lurked rather
That's What Leadership Is About
Elizabeth May has announced that she will stay on as leader of the Green Party. That will make Linda McQuaig happy. She had advised May to stay put. But she's also advising May not to walk away from the BDS resolution which the party passed at its recent convention: Whether you agree with the boycott strategy or not, it is a peaceful way to protest a serious violation of human rights: the fact th
Why Not Try Socialism?
The NDP is having a really hard time these days. They don't seem to know who they are -- and Canadians don't know who they are either. Rick Salutin writes that perhaps its time for the party to return to its roots -- not because returning to the past is a good idea, but because socialism is making a comeback: Maybe it’s time to go back to Coke Classic, by which I mean socialism. I don’t say this
He'd Never Blame Himself
Last week, Donald Trump blamed the "disgusting and corrupt media" for not covering him "honestly" and for putting "false meaning into the words I say." Philip Bump, of the Washington Post , writes : Donald Trump has the same ability as any other candidate to say precisely what he wants to any voter in any state: By advertising. He can buy ads in swing states and run
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The Forgotten War: News Out Of Yemen
It has been disgusting to even watch 5 minutes of the Jew spew media these days without puking... The liars that call themselves "reporters" have been constantly putting out bullshit propaganda about how great that demon from hell, Hillary "Killary" Clinton is, and the so called "mainstream media"networks have all been constantly putting up equally bullshit poll 'resu
Bold Faced Lie: Article Claims That Russia And Other "Conspiracy Theorists" Can't Take The Moon Away From US! (Yes We Can)
I was checking out the writings from a few other 'real truth seekers" the other day, when I came across a most interesting article from a fellow Canadian blogger, "Greencrow" of course writes the excellent blog: "Greencrow As The Crow Flies" at This article was a shot at an article written by the "Boldface News" online
The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: US Finally Admits "Boots On The Ground" In Syria! This Will Not End Well...
Many people remember when the criminal US President Barry Soetoro stated a few years back that he had NO intention of committing US soldiers directly into the "civil war" in Syria... And since that time there has been many US criminal politicians that have stated emphatically that the US would absolutely NOT send any American men or women to get involved in the war in Syria....That has b
The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: A Defacto No Fly Zone Has Been Created In Syria!
For months, I have been covering the fight for Syria's largest city, Aleppo, for the simple reason that it has been understood that once Aleppo falls to the good guys, the Syrian army and their allies, that this war in Syria would be basically over.... However, knowing that the US/Israel/NATO criminal cabal was absolutely not prepared to lose their war to destroy Syria and have the Syrian people e