Friday, April 18, 2014

18 April - Blogs I'm Following

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How the West Gassed Thousands to Death in Damascus

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 minutes ago
*April 19, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The bombshell report by Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh titled, “The Red Line and the Rat Line,” contains many shocking revelations for those following the West’s version of reality regarding the Syrian conflict. It particularly sheds new light on the August 2013 chemical attack that left over a thousand dead (US estimates) and thousands more affected. It reveals that not only was the Syrian government not behind the attack, but that it was a false flag operation designed specifically to serve as an impetus for We... more »

Urban Gadabout: Coming up -- Wolfe Walkers spring walks, World of the #7 Train, Jane's Walk Weekend

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 31 minutes ago
*The No. 7 train to Flushing here has its most dramatic view of the Manhattan skyline. Jack Eichenbaum is doing this year's version of his "signature tour," the all-day "World of the #7 Train," on May 31 (see below).* *by Ken* I mentioned recently that I did a pre-Passover tour with Justin Ferate to the heart of Chassidic Brooklyn -- to the worldwide nerve center of Chabad Lubavitch, on and around Kingston Avenue below Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights South. It was the first tour on Justin's Wolfe Walkers Spring 2014 Calendar. (You can download the Spring 2014 brochure here.) Whe... more »

“The Strangelove Effect” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
*“The Strangelove Effect”* by John Pilger “I watched “Dr. Strangelove” the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. “King” Kong goes “toe to toe with the Rooskies” and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it’s left to General “Buck” Turgidson to reassure the President. Strike first, says the general, and “you got no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops.” President Merkin Muffley: “I will not go down in history as the greatest mass-murderer since Adolf Hitler.” General Turgidson: “Perhaps it might be ... more »

Rittrati Carichi Persiano: The ‘Loaded Portraits’ of Mohammad Ali Ziaei

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 55 minutes ago
With wretched pencil to debase Heaven’s favourite work, the human face, To magnify and hold to shame Each little blemish of our frame. - The Marquess Townshend, 1773 Not since Tom Hachtman’s “DoubleTakes,” published in 1984, has there been a motley collection of caricatures of notable public figures – world leaders, celebrity personalities, all-star athletes, renowned artists – so


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Do as you're told ~Michael Gorman, Daily Comet *~*Oil and gas companies are used to getting their way in our great state. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll sit down and take it. Lord knows if you make much of a fuss, you will find yourself the target of smears by the industry and its fawning lapdogs in state government.*

Citizen Jack's analysis of Michelle Rhee's recent mendaciousness

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
*"In an even more disturbing revelation heard on the tape Rhee laughs about when the tape was removed hurting the children and some even started to bleed." — John Kugler* [image: Michelle Rhee has been caught in another series of lies.]"Jack," a frequent commenter on Professor Ravitch's site, sent me the following analysis in which he compares various sources on Michelle Rhee recent deceitfulness. Jack's commentary takes the original guest post on *NYC Educator*, combines it with other information from *The Frustrated Teacher*, and makes several salient points. What struck me the ... more »

“Steepness” of Energetic pathways now increases

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
*“Steepness” of Energetic pathways now increases* by ÉirePort Suspended energetics are illuminated with full clarity and transparency for all to view. Standard correction protocols will no longer be useful to those desiring release. Effective correction strategies are available via consultation with Higher Cosmic Source. Cosmic signalings are in progress via newly opened and reconfigured gateways. Answers to ancient inquiries are surfacing and are apparent to all with Higher Eyes. "Steepness" of Energetic pathways now increases. ÉirePort | April 19, 2014 at 12:36 am | Categor... more »

It's a tough moment for right-wing fake-news media -- time to change the subject?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"We think just a look at a few of this week’s health-care related headlines provides the best summary: the ACA is working." This is the "bottom line" in this evening's ThinkProgress report, "The Thing Is Working." (For working linnks, you'll have to visit the site.)* *by Ken* In a "Progress Report" post this evening, "This Thing Is Working," the crew in the CAP War Room reports: "A Slew Of Good Health Care News Has Conservatives On Their Heels," with news like "19 Million Americans Covered," "Exchanges Working And Costs Down," and "Conservatives On Defense." On the latter front,... more »

Extremes of experience accompany Higher Cosmic Aligned Nova Gaia energetic grids

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
*Extremes of experience accompany Higher Cosmic Aligned Nova Gaia energetic grids* by ÉirePort Extremes of experience accompany Higher Cosmic Aligned Nova Gaia energetic grids. Nothing escapes Illumination at this time. Most strongly illumined, and most strongly affected, are dormant revert energetic structures within human individuals, communities, and so-called governmental bodies. After initial flarings, conscious individuals, communities, and so-called governmental bodies, learn to accept such, and release the revert structures. Predominance of heart connections becomes a... more »

Democrat-Republican Warmongers Unite to Crush Antiwar Rand Paul

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
Perhaps the greatest hoax in the toxic sewage lagoon that is the political system of The Homeland circa 2014 is that there is no such thing as bipartisanship. Bullshit! While the ongoing con job that is staged for public consumption of the irreconcilable differences between Team Red Elephant and Team Blue Jackass is what passes for conventional wisdom in the state-corporate media and as such is eaten up by the rubes and low-information types that comprise the vast majority of the American electorate the truth is pretty clear to any who want to see. Both American political parties (... more »

Guest post from teacher Mark Butler: Kicking the Common Core Football @parccinfo

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 6 hours ago
On the surface it might seem confusing as to why Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) would suddenly come out in opposition to the PARCC assessment- and in doing so, undermine the authority of State Superintendent, John White, Jr. Jindal hand-picked White for Superintendent in January 2012, and has until this recent turnabout, remained lockstep with him on […]

Rick Weiland-- Channelling Johnny Cash, George McGovern And Elizabeth Warren

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Tuesday, Blue America-endorsed Rick Weiland, the prairie populist and progressive candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota, visited tiny Hudson (pop. 296). That made him the first candidate to have ever visited every one of the state's 311 incorporated towns and cities. And this morning he released a song about doing it. Joined by his daughters, Taylor and Alex, and brother Ted, Rick re-worked the Johnny Cash classic "I’ve Been Everywhere" (written by Geoff Mack in 1959). Weiland and his family like getting together and playing music-- his son Nick shot the video--... more »

Shock news! 'Today' editor says BBC gets its about right on climate change

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
...still, there is one thing I can do tonight, blog-wise, that puts the question 'Is the BBC biased?' back at the forefront of our attention, and that's to transcribe part of Roger Bolton's *Feedback *interview with *Today *editor Jamie Angus, namely the bit about the BBC's coverage of global warming. Please see what you make of it (though I can probably guess!): *Roger Bolton*: I want to raise this question of balance, specifically in relation to climate change. The programme has come in for some criticism, particularly over a story in which *Today *interviewed Nigel Lawson, who'... more »

Timothy Egan gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014* *Names Sean Hannity’s name:* In this morning’s New York Times, Timothy Egan penned a column about Cliven Bundy, our excessively thrifty rancher. In many ways, Bundy’s slice of Nevada is our own eastern Ukraine. It’s hard to maintain a sense of unity within the population of a vast continental nation. There will always be some people and groups who don’t feel like they’re part of the game. Bundy’s comrades in the west “don’t recognize” the United States government. There are those in eastern Ukraine who don’t recognize Kiev. We wouldn’t affirm every word i... more »

A good Good Friday

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
It was a lovely, sunny Friday today here in Morecambe, which is good - especially as I was off work. I took the family out for a walk towards Torrisholme Barrow, a Bronze Age burial site with spectacular panoramic views, as they might say in tourist brochures - if such brochures ever bothered to mention such things [which in Morecambe they don't.] As this Friday was Good Friday, the locals performed their annual procession of the cross through the village of Torrisholme [a village that pre-dates the Norman Conquest] up onto the barrow. As they were coming back down we went up,... more »

Mike's Story

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 9 hours ago
*Jenna Orkin* Mike left us an abundance of gifts, not least of which was his story. As an investigative journalist, he loved a good story even more keenly than the next man. And perhaps the one he loved most (as we all do, or would like to) was his own. It was indeed a fascinating story, which goes some way to account for his thousands of friends and followers around the world, both "Facebook" and otherwise. Whether uncovering dirty dealings between politics and Wall Street that even Matt Taibbi wouldn't touch or enduring the flip side, "I'm done in; I'm about to jump off the r... more »

Sanction Threats, Imposition, and Protest

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
Editor’s note: a more detailed version of this post previously appeared on my personal blog. If sanctions are to succeed as a tool of coercive diplomacy, they must impose real costs on the target. Yet, in most cases, they fail to do this—at least, directly. The economic costs tend to fall disproportionately on the average Continue reading

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada threatens ancient Mohawk allies' at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
CANADA THREATENS ANCIENT MOHAWK ALLIES Posted on April 18, 2014  Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. MNN. Apr. 18, 2014. Corporation of Canada CEO Harper is sending 6 CF18s and other weapons of mass destruction for NATO provocations against our ancient allies, Russia. Russia is legally a longtime ally of the Rotino’shonni:onwe/Iroquois Confederacy and its friends and allies on

My concise definition of institutional education

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 10 hours ago
Institutionally imposed "study" is unpaid forced labour done by adults and minors. It is as dehumanizing as any regime of forced labour, and it is not only unpaid but it imposes life-long personal debt and health deterioration. Its ancillary benefits (socializing) are only tolerated as a necessary management allowance. Links to Denis Rancourt's essays about the student condition and

Friday Nerd Blogging: Exceptional That Proves the Rule

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
I stopped collecting Spider-man long ago when it got all clone-tastic. I tend to hate TV/movies/comic books that use clones in their plots. However, there is one exception Orphan Black is back tomorrow night. Only ten episodes last season so plenty of time to binge to catch up. Just heaps of fun and some amazing Continue reading

PATHE VIDEO: Iraq 1942

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago

April 18: Journalism and ethics

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 11 hours ago
Yesterday, I gently disagreed with Norbert on the quality of BBC news; (he regarded it as a world leader.) Last night, by chance, I came across the BBC report on the Geneva talks on Ukraine. It set the beginning of the crisis with the Russian annexation of Crimea. In fact, almost all the western press begins with that annexation. And that is propaganda and lying. The Russians annexed Ukraine for a reason. It was because highly organized street mobs had overthrown the elected government of Ukraine, replaced the government with, among others, neo-Naziis, and were planning to join Ukra... more »

PATHE VIDEO: Boy King Of Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago

are you awake ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Ratings Changes-- From A "Leans Dem" Down To A "Tilts Dem"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Rich, conservative New Dem in trouble with the Democratic base back home…I wonder why! The Rothenberg Political Report (*Roll Call*) changed some of it's November ratings today. Stuart Rothenberg's and Nathan Gonzales' Beltway-oriented ratings changes are worthless. The silliest one day was moving Julia Brownley's reelection contest (CA-26) from "safe" down a tick to "Democrat favored." Either one is accurate in the real world but in their own world it is a demotion. And what was it based on? It seems to be based entirely on what the NRCC told them. Their analysis didn't include a wo... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Everyone is talking about it those running the show here are heavily psychopathic (Miriam Webster dictionary: "one who has not lost contact with reality but who engages in abnormally aggressive and seriously irresponsible behavior with little or no feelings of guilt") Sounds familiar their bloodlines like Forbes ran drugs during Opium Wars pirates did slave trade sold and still sell weapons bought up our media and government they are MR. BIG the pirates dug up Geronimo's skull grandpa-Bush did the deed and now the Indian remains inside the Tomb at Yale The message from Skull & Bones... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
what is the purest form of love ? ...selfless love. what is love ? what is needed without expecting anything in return. when we expect, we allow others to determine the hour of our happiness. the only power we have, is in our word, say what you mean...mean what you say.

Paternalism, Old or New, Blinds

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 12 hours ago
Paternalism, Old or New, Blinds. via Paternalism, Old or New, Blinds.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

Classroom Activity: Gambling Over War

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
This activity comes after students are to have listened to a lecture (slides) on information problems as an explanation for war—which I’d say is the most useful explanation we’ve got. The broad contours of the argument are pretty straightforward, but the full implications are not. (That’s something of an understatement. As I’ve discussed a few times before, a lot of very smart Continue reading

Rank-and-File Educators Seek Solidarity with Parents, Public

Kris Nielsen at @ THE CHALK FACE - 12 hours ago
Parents are rising. Students are stepping up. Some lawmakers are even slowly walking away from corporate influences. And now, rank-and-file teachers are organizing to transform their local and state unions in order to move them back into the democratic organizations they were born to be. For teachers, there is power in numbers–there has to be–but in […]

trippy dippy

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago

Jews, SPLC hysterically demonize "racist", "White supremacist" websites

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 13 hours ago
*The Jewish Daily Forward* published an article yesterday highlighting a *recently released report* written by the anti-White Southern Poverty Law Center alleging that individuals who view "racist" and "White supremacist" websites, blogs, and forums have been responsible for roughly 100 murders over the course of the past 5 years. A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to a leading organiz... more »

The Media and Jim Flaherty's Death

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
It doesn't really surprise me that Jim Flaherty would be remembered as a competent financial manager by the mainstream media. You see, I belong to the team that is never surprised when the corporate-capitalist system falls flat on its face. We instinctively understand that when corrupt greed-heads compel their politician cat's-paws to impoverish and exploit the majority, then the overall economy is not going to prosper. Wealthy media elites and the journalists that they tend to hire are incapable of such insights. Therefore, the fact that Jim Flaherty was a dangerously deluded simple... more »

Opt Out Wave Growing

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
The articles below are captured in one day of Google Alert for "opt out." The movement to end a century of miseducative, classist, and racist tests will not be denied. Town Hall NY Schools Struggle Where to Put Students Who *Opt Out* of Standardized *Tests* Town Hall A battle between parents and educators has erupted over standardized *testing* in the state of New York. These exams have been the norm under the ... [image: Google Plus][image: Facebook][image: Twitter]Flag as irrelevant Growing group of parents pulling kids from FCAT *testing* WFTV Orlando Florida Department of Educa... more »

Good Friday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*the only thing that matters.*

War watch April 18 , 2014 ...... Iraq -- Army Base Attacked; 106 Iraqis Killed, 79 Wounded ........ Reports: Saudi Spy Chief Ousted at US Behest Bandar Had Repeatedly, Openly Criticized US ......... Iran ahead of schedule on implementing Nuclear Deal as per IAEA......... Syria news of note .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
Iraq.... Army Base Attacked; 106 Iraqis Killed, 79 Wounded by Margaret Griffis, April 17, 2014 Print This | Share This At least 106 were killed today in Iraq, and another 73 people were wounded. Over half the fatalities were militants, but security forces and civilians were also harmed. In *Anbar*: The Iraqi government announced the deaths of 54 militants following clashes in*Garma*. In *Ramadi*, a militant leader was killed. Four gunmen were killed and four more were wounded in an air strike. Five people were killed and 11 more were wounded during continued shelling in*Falluja*. ... more »

No Reason Allowed

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 14 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg Here Comes Easter again. Easter and the media puff pieces about how it's really all true enough in one sense or another and how it's wrong to say that it's a borrowed holiday, re-badged from pre-Christian European fertility cults, egg laying rabbits and all. The Easter holiday (is it OK to call this one a holiday?) carries a large basket of baggage without my needing to illustrate its long history and I'm quite as content to let people celebrate it as they will as I am to let anyone celebrate anything at any time including life itself. It's a wonderful life after al... more »

Nigel Wright & Linda Frum in the Republican wayback machine

Alison at Creekside - 14 hours ago
In a week that has featured ... 1) Nigel Wright let off the hook by the RCMP for bribing sitting legislator Senator Mike Duffy in spite of weeks of PMO discussions involving over a dozen senior party officials re buying Duffy's silence, and 2) Senator Linda Frum making the most idiotic and widely-mocked attack on Elections Canada over the Fair Elections Act to date, ie that it is a conflict of interest for Elections Canada to both administer the vote during elections and encourage people to vote between elections, ... it is fitting that Jay Watts III should dig up a piece of C... more »

Links to Denis Rancourt's essays about the student condition and student liberation

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 14 hours ago
Plato as the post-60s student: Rancourt’s only chance?    Need for and Practice of Student Liberation   University Student for Sale   Concrete Accomplishments of Student Activism of the 1960s   Students: Plan your escape from academia before you enter it   CLASSE analysis of Quebec student movement tactics And on transforming education: ACADEMIC SQUATTING - A democratic method of


bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014* *Interlude—Joan Walsh toys with the masses:* With a 7-year-old relative suddenly in town, our hours are limited today and tomorrow. For that reason, we’ll postpone our review of Maddow and Hartmann’s seminars concerning the gender wage gap. Instead, we’ll consider the new piece by Joan Walsh at Salon. Our basic question: Do you think Walsh is sincere in the things she says in her piece? Or do you think this tribal leader is simply conning us the rubes, as plutocrats and commissars have done down through the ages? We find it hard to believe that Walsh is b... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Stephanie Grace: Bill eliminates levee boards' independence ~New Orleans Advocate* *Children's Hospital holds news conference to address public concerns over fatal "mistakes made" ~John Simmerman* *Chain stores, rising rents may make Magazine Street the victim of its success ~The Lens* *Gulf Oil Disaster’s Impacts to Wildlife and Habitat Still Unaddressed Four Years Later* [image:] ~Four years after the Gulf oil disaster began, killing 11 men ... more »

China: The hypocrisy of the U.S. in Ukraine, Old government 'inhumane' against Demonstrators. Now U.S. considers, Demonstrators as Terrorists.

Sherrie Questioning All at Sherrie Questioning All - 14 hours ago
China has said it perfectly regarding the U.S. position in Ukraine. In February, the U.S. took a stand against the elected President and his reactions to (CIA led) demonstrators. They yelled and screamed that any action against the demonstrators for 'Freedom' was inhumane and would not be tolerated. The U.S. said the elected President, Yanukovych was 'suppressing Democracy' with his

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Updates Day 40 April 16 , 2014 -- - PERTH: The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback today when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to “technical” troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water .......... Is China's involvement in the MH370 search a HINDRANCE? Comments made by officials and experts observing the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have suggested that a number of false leads coming from China have notably hampered search efforts for the missing jet.

Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
16 April 2014| last updated at 03:56PM MH370 Tragedy: Mini-sub aborts again 0 7 Google +0 0 0 comments PERTH: The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback today when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to “technical” troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified “technical issue” with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine’s maxi... more »

Why Is Pelosi Allowing Steve Israel To Gratuitously Screw Over Working Families In Southwest Michigan?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
The ruin of Franklin Roosevelt's great political party In a recent report from the *Kalamzoo Gazette*, Upton challenger Paul Clements sets new record for Democratic fundraising in 6th district, the photograph caption was "WMU Professor Paul Clements, who is looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Fred Upton in 2014, speaks to a packed crowd at the Kalamazoo County Democratic headquarters." Packed crowd? Maybe someone should tell DCCC chairman Steve Israel. Or perhaps mention the title to Israel, the part about setting new fundraising records, supposedly the only thing Israel really cares about a... more »

Christians Like Us

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
The Harper Party insists that its values are the values of the vast majority of Canadians. But Linda McQuaig writes that Senator Linda Frum's recent musings reveal just how narrow and inverted Conservative values really are: Frum’s adamant insistence — at a Senate hearing and later in a series of well-publicized Twitter exchanges — that Elections Canada should not encourage people to vote sounded so out of sync with widely-held democratic principles that it appeared mystifying. Indeed, it only made sense when you realized she was inadvertently revealing how deeply she and other H... more »

Pregnancy Covered By Florida Civil Rights Act, Supremes Rule

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
This being Florida, I expect bizarre court cases from time to time. However, the Florida Supreme Court has restored my faith (for now) that sanity will eventually reign. Two years ago, the Third District Court of Appeal, which covers Miami, ruled that pregnancy discrimination was not discrimination based on sex. Fortunately, the Fourth District, covering my home county, ruled the other way. This let the Florida Supremes decide which was right. They just ruled, and they found that the Florida Civil Rights Act, which covers sex discrimination, but doesn't mention pregnancy, makes preg... more »

Easter Rice Krispie Nests with Kendra from The Things I Love Most

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
*I am so happy to welcome Kendra from The Things I Love the Most to share her Easter Rice Krispie Nests with you today. Check out her blog for some awesome posts on food, and homeschooling! I especially love this post where she breaks down what a day of homeschooling looks like for them.* My name is Kendra and I blog over at The Things I Love Most. I am a stay at home mom that loves to blog about the things that I love. You will see all sorts of posts on this blog from exercising and fitness to food and budgeting to homeschooling and religion. I have a wonderful husband & five beau... more »

Propaganda and Social Control - by John Judge

Paul Coker at News Spike - 17 hours ago
"The battle, I believe, in the current period, since the time I was born, l947, or even a little earlier, is for the last frontier that's being explored; it's the one where we have to do battle in order to survive; it's for what George Orwell called* "the space between our ears." *It's that little space, and what's in it, that the government finds the most valuable. Believe me, the Defense Department does not sit around in fear of the Soviet Union, who are technologically and militarily well behind us on every critical point. If they plan anything in relation to the Soviet Union, ... more »

USA Today: Eliminate Personal Belief Vaccine Exemptions.

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 17 hours ago
*NVIC* 4/16/2014 *Barbara Loe Fisher: Parents Should Be Free to Choose.* On Apr. 13, 2014, *USA Today* became the first U.S. national newspaper to call for an end to the personal belief exemption to vaccination in the U.S. and for narrowing of “strictly defined” religious and medical exemptions. In an opposing OpEd, NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher disagreed and said: “Non-medical vaccine exemptions immunize individuals and the community against unsafe, ineffective vaccines and tyranny.” The OpEds generated a heated online debate among *USA Today* readers. Within 72 hours, there w... more »

Democracy, How..? : A. Goodman Goes to War

Paul Coker at News Spike - 18 hours ago
Democracy, How..? : A. Goodman Goes to War from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"Among Pacifica’s debts are more than $2 million in broadcast fees owed to Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!,” the network’s most popular show. To cover Pacifica’s operating costs, the network has drained most of its accounts, hobbling the organization and raising the doomsday scenario in which it would have to sell WBAI’s broadcast license.* “For the last 10 years working at WBAI has been a nightmare,” said Jose Santiago, the news director for two decades. “I compare it to the nation facing Democrats and Republicans... more »

Michael C Ruppert r.i.p. - Abby Martin's tearful tribute - fire your weapon

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET BLOG - 19 hours ago
RT's Abby Martin gives a (surprisingly) tearful tribute to independent investigator and government whistleblower Michael C Ruppert (April 13th *suicide*) on a recent Breaking The Set show. "I regret not telling you just how much you were loved and needed by us," summarises Martin. *Fire your weapon*, was Mike's personal mantra, this means 'do what you can' to have THE TRUTH revealed to Humanity. End the silence of complicity, speak up for reality; end games.

For any 9/11 troofers out there

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
From CA News: 'NEW YORK, N.Y. - Osama bin Laden's hours in a dark Afghanistan cave the evening of the Sept. 11 attacks were brought to light when his son-in-law testified in his own defence at his terrorism trial, portraying the al-Qaida leader as worried and apprehensive as he contemplated how America would respond. The son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, said the al-Qaida leader asked him hours after the attacks what he thought would happen next. "Politically, I said, America, if it was proven that you were the one who did this, will not settle until it accomplishes two things: to kil... more »

Lockheed Martin delivers MH-60R EWSS to RAN

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RAN MH-60R]Lockheed Martin Australia has confirmed delivery of its MH-60R electronic warfare support system (EWSS) to the Royal Australian Navy. Built in its Adelaide facility, the EWSS will provide the Navy with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads for the 24 aircraft MH-60R Romeo naval combat helicopter fleet. Lockheed Martin Australia has worked with in-country companies to procure the component parts, fabricate cabling and assemble the EWSS. Read more

Turkey pressured over Chinese missile deal

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: FD-2000 / HQ-9]Following its decision in late-2013 to purchase long-range air defense missile systems from a Chinese, rather than a western defense company, Turkey is being reportedly pressured to change its decision. Hurriyet Daily News tells us that American and European companies which hold joint projects with Turkey valued in the billions of dollars have issued a ultimatum to Turkish defense companies warning them that, "If Turkey buys missiles from China, our partnerships in certain fields will be over." The military alliance NATO is also against Turkey using such miss... more »

India’s Air Force to get 40 strike fighters with BrahMos missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Airlaunched BrahMos]India’s Air Force will get 40 SU-30MKI strike fighters armed with a smaller version of BrahMos missiles, Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace President Sivathanu Pillai told ARMS-TASS at the international arms exhibition DSA-2014 in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, April 16. The company is working to reduce the weight of the missile so that it could be integrated with different platforms, including the fifth-generation fighter India is creating together with Russia, he said. Pillai noted that the commissioning of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier com... more »

Japanese Stealth Demonstrator To Fly This Year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mitsubishi ATD-X]Speaking to the foreign affairs and defense committee of Japan’s upper house, defense minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed that the Mitsubishi ATD-X (advanced technology demonstrator-experimental) future fighter demonstrator is on course to fly later this year, albeit with a slight delay. Originally to have been unveiled to the media in May, the ATD-X is now a few months behind schedule but should be revealed later this year, with a first flight to follow soon afterwards. ATD-X is a project led by the defense ministry’s TRDI (Technical Research and Deve... more »

'Newsnight' - 14-17 April

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Because of the Easter weekend, it's a four-day week for many of us this week (and next week), including *Newsnight*. So, a day early, here's this week's run-through of the topics covered by *Newsnight *this week, plus details of the people they interviewed. Can you spot any bias? *Monday 14/4* 1. *Ukraine*: "Are the towns in eastern Ukraine falling to the mobs or to Russian special forces?" Interview with Dmitry Linnik, bureau chief of Voice of Russia & Orysia Lutsevych, Chatham House. 2. *Nigel Evans's acquittal*: "Following Nigel Evans's acquittal, a Tory MP rejects accusations s... more »

Putin Did It? (We Wish We Could Sell That Hard) Boston Bombing Bloopers? Well, Would You Believe . . . ?

Don't you hate it when we (all of US) don't seem to be getting the whole story? I know I do. But I really enjoy some good investigative reporting every now and then - something we never receive anymore from the mainstream media (unless it benefits (wins a meaningless prize) them). It's also good to be able to connect the dots on the next resource-stealing "security moves" (as those seem to

Canada sending jets to eastern Europe in response to Ukraine crisis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: CF-18 Hornet]Canada is sending six CF-18 fighter jets to eastern Europe as part of a NATO operation in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the decision in Ottawa Thursday. He said the jets are being sent “in response to a NATO request” as it expands its operations in eastern Europe. Read more

F-35 Program Production Costs Rise $7.4 Billion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Pratt and Whitney F-135 engine]The cost to develop and build the Joint Strike Fighter fleet rose 1.88 percent over the past year because of delays in the production line and failures of the engine producer to bring down costs, said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer. The cost of the program rose by $7.4 billion to $398.58 billion in 2012-year dollars, according to the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Report that is released each year to Congress. The increase in costs means tax payers will end up paying $162 million for each fifth generation fighter jet by ... more »

Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Tu-214R]Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question be... more »

Greg Hunter,“Weekly News Wrap-Up 4.18.14” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 4.18.14”* By Greg Hunter’s “A deal has been reached over the Ukraine crisis, and that will supposedly “de-escalate tensions and restore security.” This deal is between the EU, U.S., Russia and Ukraine. I guess this is good news, but I would call it extremely temporary. This is supposed to lead to disarming the pro-Russian militia and returning control of government buildings in Eastern Ukraine. Loyal Ukrainians and pro-Russian factions have been going at it, and I am not sure this deal is going to “de-escalate tensions.” Even President Obama is... more »

US Navy releases draft of UCLASS RFP

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: X-47B UCLASS]The US Navy has released a draft request for proposal (RFP) for its unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) programme, the service announces in a media statement. The RFP was released to the four prime contractors permitted to bid on the programme, which calls for development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of operating from USN aircraft carriers. Those contractors — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman — are currently contracted to conduct preliminary design reviews for the pr... more »

Man Convicted After Selling $US2.6 Million In Cheap Batteries The US Navy Used On Ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS New Hampshire]A former Southern California man who fled the U.S. to live on his yacht has been convicted of selling the U.S. military more than $US2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries that were used in aircraft carriers and submarines. Federal prosecutors say Didier (Did-ee-yay) De Nier was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and wire fraud. His wife previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy. De Nier was CEO of a company that sold the government 80,000 batteries that were used as emergency backup power for Navy vessels. Read more

David Mermin on Quantum Bayesianism

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
Many physicists, when they get older (and, in some unfortunate cases, long before that), have the tendency to reduce their powerful brains back to the era of Newton or ancient Greece and "undo" their knowledge of quantum mechanics. People like Gerard 't Hooft – and even, to a much lesser extent, Steven Weinberg and Leonard Susskind – start to pay lip service to fundamentally deluded ways to squeeze the laws of quantum mechanics into the straitjacket of classical physics, using one (or many!) of the several popular, comparably misguided strategies: hidden variables of one kind or ano... more »

Thursday Linkage: Get the Duck out of this Semester

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 23 hours ago
With the tale end of this semester bearing down on me, this Duck is barely keeping his head above water. Fortunately, time has stopped and nothing has happened in the world. Ukraine is fine (no more Russian incursions). The global environment has put the threat of major disruption from climate change on pause. It’s clear Continue reading

Sol Stern and Common Core: Still Disconnected

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 23 hours ago
On April 6, 2014, I published this post, entitled, Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About Rich Curriculum. In the post, I rebutted another post of Stern’s entitled, A Sorry Attack on the Common Core. On April 17, 2014, Stern responded in this post entitled, The Real Common Core Story. Hardly the “real” story of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); nevertheless, […]

Forget The Beltway Pundits-- Could Kathleen Sebelius Win Back Voters In Kansas' Senate Race?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In 2002, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, then the state's Insurance Commissioner, was elected Governor of Kansas over fringe Republican extremist Tim Schallenberger, 441,858 (53%)- 376,830 (45%). She ran on a platform that was pro-Choice, anti-capital punishment and against people carrying concealed weapons, called for a $1,000 per student increase in public education spending and refused to take the conservative "no new taxes" pledge. Her 4 years in office made an excellent impression on Kansas voters and in 2006 she was reelected with a whopping 491,993 votes (58%) against Republic... more »

Holistic Wellness - Dealing With Stress Naturally

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
[image: Dealing With Stress Naturally]*Stress can cause headaches,* *fatigue, and anxiety*Stress is a normal part of life! It is our physical and emotional response to pressure. Most of us can handle some stress and, in fact, would probably be bored with life if we didn't experience any. It also helps us stay safe, giving us the ability to take action if we need to. The trouble comes when we have to deal with too much. [image: Holistic Wellness - Dealing With Stress Naturally]*Stress helped early humans* *react quickly when danger looked* *them in the eye*When we are under pressure, t... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Restoring Louisiana's Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy -- Governor Jindal Is Trying to Undermine Both~Robert F. Kennedy Jr.*

WHY Is The Idiot Prime Minister Of Canada Sending Canadian F-18 Fighter Planes To Eastern Europe?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
The situation in Ukraine should be de-escalating... At least there has been some good news coming out today that a deal has been reached to try to alleviate tensions and to stop the US puppet regime in Kiev from continuing to shoot its own citizens in Ukraine's eastern provinces.... The situation in Ukraine should have all parties agreeing to pull back their military and let cooler heads prevail in proper negotiations.... However, I am indeed troubled by some news that was sent to me by a recent commentator, and it should concern everyone, especially my fellow citizens living in thi... more »

Has War With Russia Been Averted? (For Now).... A Deal Has Been Reached On Calming Ukraine Tensions!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have been busy the last few days continuing with renovations, personal work, and family business... I just started taking a look at what has been happening around the world via the alternative news via the Internet ( I have long ago given up on any of the BS news coming from the Jewish run mainstream media), with much interest in the continuing situation in Ukraine. What I found tonight has been some of the best news over the last while about the ongoing troubling situation in Ukraine....It appears, according to the following report from the Anchorage Daily News website, at www.a... more »

Bundy Ranch and Liberty Movement News April 17 , 2014 -- Federal Judge: BLM Engaged In A Criminal Conspiracy Against Ranchers ....... Harry Reid Calls Cliven Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists”

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Harry Reid Calls Cliven Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists” - [image: The Alex Jones Channel][image: Alex Jones Show podcast][image: Prison Planet TV][image: Twitter][image: Alex Jones' Facebook][image: Infowars store] “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism” *Paul Joseph Watson* April 17, 2014 Senator Harry Reid has escalated the war of words over the Cliven Bundy dispute, sensationally labeling the Nevada cattle rancher’s supporters “domestic terrorists” during an event in Las Vegas today. Image: Harry Reid (YouTube). During... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Amusing: Lewandowski revisited* Stephan Lewandowski has written two papers designed to show climate skeptics as nutters. The first was accepted for publication in a good journal but not actually published and the second was published but then withdrawn. Both papers have however been readily available on the internet for some time. The second paper was largely designed to refute the many substantial criticisms of the first. A major criticism of the first paper is that many of the statements Lewandowski gathered could have been the work of "trolls", impostors or other people no... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*IPCC cries wolf on global warming, again* PierreGuy Veer The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released the summary of its fifth report. Unsurprisingly, it still blames humans as the main driver of global warming — or, climate change, climate disruption, extreme weather; whichever term you prefer. It’s unsurprising that the IPCC, an organization founded to find a way to limit human influence on climate, would sound such an alarm. After all, if it was discovered that nature is the main driver of the changes in climate, the IPCC would be out of a job. Of cour... more »

Instead of apologizing for their lies, the lying liars of Fox Noise simply tell . . . new lies!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Fox Noise *What? Ya mean we wuz supposeta sign up for evil, liberty-destroying Obamacare? Who knew? And now this terrible surprise creeps up on us. (Even though people who were in even occasional contact with reality knew about it . . . well, from the start. Apparently nobody told poor Jim Angle, or his editors.)* *by Ken* Thanks to HuffPost's Joan McCarter ("Fox News outraged that all the people it told not to buy insurance can't get insurance until fall") for calling attention to Brian Beutler's post "The Right's New Scam: Feigning Anger on Behalf of People They... more »

A tire goes flat, a meeting starts: Defining a culture

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 day ago
I suppose I’ll be comparing here with there for a while yet, even though I’m a big believer in living where you’re at. But just two weeks back, I’m seeing the differences between Honduras and Canada so clearly right now with these newly returned eyes, and it’s pretty interesting to reflect on what’s good and bad in each of our cultures. I've come up with a little story that I hope demonstrates what I think is a fundamental difference between the cultures of Canada and Honduras. Here’s the scenario: A person is in a car going down the highway, headed for a morning meeting at ... more »

Breaking bad in southern NATOstan- Pepe Escobar

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
[image:] *I am just going to excerpt from Pepe after the background info* * If you have not read these posts you may want to:* 1-Trigger a cold war to make it easier (for the US) to annex Europe 2- Ukraine: Regime Change & the IMF's Bitter Pill 3-The New Great Game: Why the Ukraine matters to so many other nations 4- * Ukraine: Cargill acquires stake in UkrLand Farming/food control = people control * *Apparently China is not looking for the US to capitalize anymore then it ... more »

Old AJOB Rut re. Prenatal Dex Picks up New Steam as Undisclosed Double Loyalties and Dependencies of Now Editor Skip Nelson are Suggested (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 1 day ago
*Amended 2014-04-18: see bottom of this post!* I'm sure several readers remember a long series of posts across 2011-12, connected to a series of internal troubles in the management of the *American Journal of Bioethics.* One of the roots of all that mess was a controversy that eventually led to the resignation of Hilde Lindemann from the AJOB editorial board in protests of its managerial operations, followed by other weighty ones later by, e.g. Udo Schuklenk and John Lantos. Eventually, after much external pressure, following a less than elegantly handled stepping over to private bu... more »

Neocon Washington Post Gives Rand Paul a Forum

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Outside of Fox News there has been no bigger cheerleader for the ongoing series of American wars of aggression that only serve to alienate, bankrupt and poison the national soul than at The Washington Post. Do not be fooled by the Pulitzer Prize for journalist Barton Gellman's reporting on the documents procured by former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the WaPo is a teeming snakepit of neoconservative propaganda. Which is why it was a bit surprising to see an editorial written by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul shoehorned in between the rants, screeds, p... more »

East Ukraine Jew Registration Tale Reeks of CIA Psyop

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
In a rapidly spreading sensationalist story about the evils of the pro-Russian (translation: anti-austerity) opposition in East Ukraine a particularly lurid piece of vile propaganda has been launched into the US state-corporate media echo chamber. There has been an amazing discovery of leaflets distributed in Donetsk requiring all Jews over the age of 16 to register with the authorities, the culprit behind this obvious false flag operation is the vaunted bastion of dumbed down American journalism USA Today - which is written at about a seventh grade reading level. For those who ha... more »

Was the US behind the ousting of Prince Bandar (Bush) bin Sultan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
I saw the news that Bandar had retired. Or something like that? Kuwait Times is suggesting US displeasure was behind the sudden stepping down. The trusted American friend couldn't "get'er done" [image: Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud] * Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure – Washington irritated by Prince Bandar’s handling of Syria dossier * DUBAI: *The exit of Saudi’s spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh’s goal of toppling the Damascus regime,* experts say. Riyadh, as is usual, did not elaborate... more »

April 17: No foreign news...doh-dee-doh

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
In the midst of the worst, international crisis we have seen in 50 years - maybe ever - the Tand T has not a single word of foreign news in it. This is a big-talking city. But the Tand T barely qualifies as a Hicksville paper. To make it worse, there are stories out there of Harper having given a secret order to the Canadian armed forces to prepare for service in Syria. (I don't believe that one. First, the Canadian military has no equipment up to such service. Second, it would mean significant casualties; and Harper doesn't want that with an election coming up. Third, Harper's st... more »

Michael Hudson is one of the top economists in the US and also a fearless teller of the truth. And this time the truth that America's president and government is creating, while lying about it to its citizens, is almost too horrible to bear.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors* Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West's claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama's WMD moment - *April 17, 14* More at The Real News *Bio .* Michael Hudson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His two newest... more »

Just Why Exactly Did Bernie Sanders Endorse Paul Clements In Michigan-- When Steve Israel's DCCC Refuses To?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
West Virginia Blue Dog Nick Rahall is never going to be endorsed by Blue America and we often note that he acts in concert with the GOP more than almost any other House Democrat-- there are a few who are worse. Example: only 9 Democrats refused to sign the discharge petition to force Boehner and Cantor to bring immigration reform to a vote. Every Republican and those 9 shameless Democrats refused to sign and, predictably, Rahall was one of them. But that hasn't stopped him from being targeted and attackedby Republicans and their predatory allies. In Rahall's new TV spot above, he ... more »

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the BBC.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Having castigated the BBC for playing down the elephant in the peace negotiations, i.e., the PA’s officially sanctioned cradle-to-grave incitement to hate/kill/exterminate Jews whilst amplifying spurious obstacles to peace concocted by the PA, I’d like to mention that the BBC has in fact publicised Brandeis University’s unfortunate decision not to award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. They even link to this, with its sympathetic Q and A. Brandeis's deplorable decision is worse than merely ‘deciding not to’ because having decided to award it, they were persuaded by an angry... more »

Easter Uplift: It’s Your Revised Sermon on the Mount

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Put down your symbols of torture for a moment, grab a couple of good old pagan Easter Eggs, and consider something more uplifting than the Easter story Here, courtesy of *Lindsay Perigo*, is his wholly revised, updated and uplifted *Sermon on the Mount.* A Revised Sermon on the Mount Blessed are the poor in spirit—when they become rich in spirit and matter, for theirs will be the kingdom of earth. Blessed are they who mourn—when they get over it. Blessed are the meek—when they acquire pride, for then they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after... more »

Annulment for lack of consummation

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Annulment is a rare proceeding in modern Canadian law. That said, it is available and proof of non-consummation does not require independent evidence. So the Ontario Court of Appeal set aside the application judge’s order and granted an annulment where the parties agreed that the marriage had never been consummated. The application judge erred in concluding there had to be independent evidence of incurability. It was a reasonable inference that the respondent husband was unable to consummate this marriage to this woman, which sufficed for an annulment: *Gupta v. Garg*, 2014 ONCA 217

"How It Really Always Was, And Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Western Shoshone Walk on Sacred Land May 5 -- 11, 2014 at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Photo by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western ShoshoneLong Walk 4 Western Shoshone land Newene Sogobi Mava's Mia Walk on the Sacred Land  May 5, 2014 - May 11, 2014 "This event is NOT a protest or a political event. It is about praying and blessing our Shoshone land. Everyone is welcome. Please tell your friends and help us get the word out!" -- Johnnie L. Bobb After an initial orientation

Mike Philbin Facial Manipulation - ARTIFACE - new online art service

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET BLOG - 1 day ago
ARTIFACE ex1: Free Planet banner image ARTIFACE ex2: corporate cousins ARTIFACE ex3: Liberator (free planet #2 novel) cover image in the same way that I offered an online PALM READING service via my Oxford Cheiromancy post, I'm offering an online ARTIFACE service. Same setup as the palm reading service. I'll need about eight character shots of you. In day light, no flash. Preferably naked shoulders up to top of head. From same position, in same lighting. Against a neutral background, say a white wall or something. Don't move about too much, just EXPRESS YOUR INNER SELF to the ... more »

The Economy: "What Do Janet Yellen and Yuri Geller Have in Common?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Do Janet Yellen and Yuri Geller Have in Common?"* by Bill Bonner “It looks as though the US stock market is in the process of topping out. But if you'd bet heavily on a bear market, each time you saw one coming, you'd be broke by now. We will wait to see what happens... Meanwhile, we are still puzzling over the miracle produced by the Fed. Yuri Geller could bend spoons. The Fed bends the entire economy. Hardly a single price is unaffected. Hardly a single business plan or investment strategy goes forward without an eye on the central bank. Jesus turned water into wine and m... more »

The eternal shortcomings of show trials!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014* *Professors in Nerdland object:* Gene Lyons wrote his column this week about the Jonathan Chait show trial. Then he did a Facebook post about how depressing the whole topic is. We feel the same way. On the whole, we remain puzzled by Chait’s cover piece for New York magazine. But in our view, Sunday’s show trial represents a changing of the guard and a depressing addition to pseudo-liberal culture. To review: Chait was denounced for a full six minutes before he was introduced. After a six-minute exchange with Melissa Harris-Perry, he was sent to the sto... more »

Putin on the Blitz

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
By Capt. Fogg Well, of course the media still hasn't come to the end of all the discussion, speculation, mourning wailing and fantasizing possibilities regarding that missing airplane and they need to keep reminding us that nobody has ever suffered as much grief as the families of the missing nor ever will, but I can't help but noticing that events in the Ukraine might be causing a bit of speculation as well. Something we can do on our own during commercial breaks at least. Russian troops are massed on the border, obviously fake stories of persecution are rampant in the Russian pr... more »
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