Wednesday, April 23, 2014

23 April - Blogs I'm Following II

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Republicans-- Plus Blue Dogs Steve Israel And Collin Peterson-- Gave Us Death Panels... And Only Idiots Think Otherwise

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 minutes ago
Has Wasserman Schultz ever asked her pal Steve Israel why he voted for death panels? Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn't write to me too often. Ever since I helped expose her endorsements of 3 Miami-Dade Republicans-- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart brothers-- in 2008, when she was chair of the DCCC's Red to Blue Program no less, she's been a little stand-offish. (Or maybe she just doesn't like me calling attention to her financial relationship to the sugar cartel or the private prison industry. Who knows? Who cares?) Yesterday, though, I did get some spam from her. "Whatever ha... more »

Why are whole foods healthy?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 19 minutes ago
This month's survey asked "How do you maintain health?" Here are the results: [image: Eat a variety of Whole Foods to Maintain Health.] Other: - yoga - Eat lots of fermented foods. The #1 Answer [image: Why are whole foods healthy?] *The body can distinguish betweenwhole foods and supplements*Eating a variety of whole foods was the number one answer. We all know that whole foods are better for us, but have you ever wondered why? After all, processed foods are often "fortified" and supplements can fill in the gaps. So what's the deal with whole foods? Read on ... - Ph... more »

Bobby Bridger : My relationship with Rod Kennedy in Four Acts

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 24 minutes ago
Kerrville was a great vision that all of us involved in Texas music shared, but — ironically — one that only someone of Rod’s unique talents as an impresario could actualize. By Bobby Bridger | The Rag Blog | April … finish reading Bobby Bridger : My relationship with Rod Kennedy in Four Acts

help me buy a tablet, part 2

laura k at wmtc - 27 minutes ago
Three months have passed since I asked you to help me buy a tablet. Money is tight - thanks to past and upcoming travel! - and I squeezed a few more months out of my dying netbook. But now I am serious about replacing it. After that last post, I was sure I wanted the ASUS Transformer, the tablet that docks into a keyboard, so it's both a tablet and a netbook. I love the idea of that, but the price with the keyboard is quite a bit more than I should spend for something that's a want, not a need. I also realized that I want something smaller. Looking at other people's tablets, I want ... more »

Taxes and our fading economy

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*From the link below...* The Taipei Times wrote up a short piece on potential changes to the property tax laws to "curb property speculation"... Taipei Deputy Mayor Chang Chin-oh (張金鶚) yesterday met with Minister of Finance Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) to discuss the high housing prices, after Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) vowed to reduce the home price to income ratio in the Greater Taipei area from 15.01:1 to 10:1 in two years. “Under the cooperation established between the central and local governments, we are confident that the average cost of a housing unit [in the region] could be r... more »

the collapse

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
paradise or oblivion

Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group Members

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
In May 2009, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former State Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This CCSS MOU would become “Appendix B” for the US Department of Education’s (USDOE’s) Race to the Top (RTTT) program. In June 2009, the National Governors Association (NGA), […]


KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* Last night Howie passed on the news that the Sidney Hillman Foundation has chosen Digby as the recipient of this year's Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, "for incisive commentary on the struggle for economic justice in the U.S." Does it get any better? If you haven't already read the citation, which Howie included in his post, I can only encourage you to read it -- the whole thing. I couldn't have said it better -- or, probably, nearly as well. Here again is just the first paragraph: Digby writes constantly, engages readers, quotes generously, and exis... more »

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Day 43 April 21 , 2014 -- Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with the passengers’ relatives in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to talk about where to go next. Financial assistance was discussed and family members were urged to submit a plan for consideration. He declined to elaborate further, but said a fund could possibly be set up by the government or Malaysia Airlines. The relatives, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the meeting, saying in a statement that until they have “at least a tiny bit of concrete evidence” that the plane crashed, authorities should not try to settle the case with final payoffs........

Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
21 April 2014| last updated at 09:31AM MH370 Tragedy: Passengers' relatives talk financial help 0 0 Google +0 0 0 comments PERTH (Australia): As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires burst on takeoff. All 159 passengers and seven crew members arrived safely back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, about 2 am, about four hours after the plane took off for Bangalore, India. The incident was more drama for an airline ... more »

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

Satire: “Georgia Unveils New Slogan: ‘We Make Florida Look Safe’” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Georgia Unveils New Slogan: ‘We Make Florida Look Safe’”* by Andy Borowitz ATLANTA (The Borowitz Report)— "Flanked by members of his state’s legislature on Wednesday afternoon, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal proudly unveiled Georgia’s new official state slogan, “We Make Florida Look Safe.” Gov. Deal told reporters that the slogan was “more than just words,” reflecting Georgia’s determination to best its rival Florida for the nation’s most reckless gun law. “When Florida passed Stand Your Ground, we knew we were playing catch-up,” Gov. Deal said. “Thanks to the fine men and women in... more »

April Tax-Cast Now Available

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 4 hours ago
The Tax Justice Network's Tax-Cast has just been released, with stories on US states fighting against tax havens, an interview with TJN's John Christensen, and a discussion of a new paper by Paris School of Economics professor Gabriel Zucman's (yes, he's a student of Piketty's) estimating the amount of financial wealth held in tax havens ($5.9 trillion in 2008, on the low end of most estimates, but still quite substantial). You can hear it at the link above or just click here to go directly to YouTube.

METRO REPORT | Bruce Melton : Critical sea level rise on Padre Island

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
Sea level is rise is accelerating. At some point, our barrier islands will cross a disintegration threshold and begin to disappear. Because every mile of every beach is created differently, we will see some beaches begin to suffer sooner than … finish reading *METRO REPORT* | Bruce Melton : Critical sea level rise on Padre Island

The Top 8 Reasons You Need a Possum Mentality to Survive What’s Coming...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
*from Survival Sherpa.* By Todd Walker When times are good, abundance flows like sweet treats from Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory. Thinking that this river of abundance will never dry up is, as Willie Wonka sang, Pure Imagination. Entire nations have experienced hyperinflation, severe shortages, and even collapse. In every crisis (personal, local, or national), we all need to adopt a Possum Mentality when things go south. I know the animal’s official name is opossum, but possum just rolls off my southern tongue with ease. It doesn’t matter if you’re so broke that you can’t ... more »

Road Rash for the Sony PlayStation

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
While we're on a nostalgic tip, let's do a proper post about an ancient video game. And this time it's the turn of the classic racer-cum-beat-'em-up *Road Rash*, which hit the original PlayStation in 1995. Identical versions were also available for the 3DO and Sega Saturn. And, if truth be told, it's a game I've been wanting to write about since, well, forever. *Road Rash* began life on Sega's MegaDrive in 1991 and spawned a series of conversions and sequels, of which this was the last decent iteration. Of what came later - *Road Rash 3D*, *Road Rash Jailbreak*, and *Road Rash 64*-... more »

Ed Felien : Rap Brown said it: ‘Violence is as American as cherry pie’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
The right to armed self-defense of civil rights workers in the 1960s has been parodied by white right-wing racists defending themselves against the ‘tyranny’ of a federal government run by a black man. By Ed Felien | The Rag Blog … finish reading Ed Felien : Rap Brown said it: ‘Violence is as American as cherry pie’

See, I'm far from alone

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
"Fifty-five percent of the people in my neighbourhood have no religion, while [only] thirty-nine percent identify as Christian." Read Surprising Irreligiiosity at Ofsetting Behaviour. [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at

Yolande and the Dragon

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Actually, my one encounter with St George's Day on BBC Radio 4 was a feature on *The World at One *(both *Today *and* PM *bypassed the event) and it *wasn't* about how we celebrate St George's Day, here in England. Oh no. It was a report instead about how St George is celebrated in 'Palestine', courtesy of Yolande Knell. That same report, in televisual form, has been gracing the BBC's visual-based media outlets today [aka TV], and it followed another TV report, also featured on the BBC News website, called A Palestinian prayer song for St George. Plus there's a full-length websi... more »

UFO encounter 1954

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Jessie Rosenberg

Michael James : To love we must fight: Serving the people mind, body, and soul

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Through Rising Up Angry, our message, influence, and notoriety ricocheted from kid to kid in neighborhoods across the city and beyond. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | April 23, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images … finish reading Michael James : To love we must fight: Serving the people mind, body, and soul

April 23: actually, I'm starting this on the night of April 23...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
You see, I thought retirement was a time of taking it easy. That's a dirty lie. I've never been busier in life. And April 23 is going to be a very busy day what with a doctor's appointment, and exercise class and the blog. With that sort of pressure, I find it hard to maintain my schedule of cleaning the apartment once every two months (or so). Anyway, it's getting really tough to say much about the TandT in recent weeks. There's just nothing in it. And it's hard to write about nothing every day. So I'll start with answering some comments. It can be a usefully humbling experience. ... more »

An excuse to sneer at Laurie Taylor's 'Thinking Allowed'...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Today, as you may have noticed, was St George's Day. True story. A chap at work turned up in blue trousers, a white shirt and a red tie to mark the day. I admired his patriotic spirit, and I didn't have the heart to tell him that he ought to have been wearing merely the white shirt and red tie. (That said, I don't think the ladies at work would have been too happy to see him turn up trouserless. He's not their type.) I myself am, of course, entirely *au fait* with the story of St George, England's patron saint. I've known the legend of St George rescuing the damsel from the dragon... more »

Should The Toxic Koch Brothers Control A Maine Senate Seat? We Don't Think So

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The Koch brothers prefer a veneer of respectability. Their skins crawl when they are publicly called out by name as fascists and Birchers intent on destroying American democracy. It drives them mad when the media mentions how difficult they have made it to follow the trail of cash they use to bribe right-wing legislators. The biggest financial players in American politics want people to know them as patrons of the arts and medicine, like a $100 million grant to the State Theater of New York at Lincoln Center, now known as the David H. Koch Theater, home to the New York City Ballet ... more »

Wild Bill: Boots on the Ground...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*against John Boehner.* As an aside: When you type Boehner it's underlined as being spelled incorrectly. By right clicking you will see that the "correct" spelling is "boner." Hmmmmmmmmm


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Honoré Rallying Troops, Planning Press Conference ~Jeremy Alford, LaPolitics*

US not ready to admit it can’t run the show around globe — Sergei Lavrov

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
I have updated the post to include the video of the entire interview- with thanks to Saker for bringing it to my attention. It's well worth taking the 30 minutes needed to watch it entirely Sergei Lavrov has way more class then John Kerry! Video below *Sergei Lavrov in his own words- straight shootin'* *The United States can’t admit that it is unable to manage processes around the world from Washington single-handedly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RT television channel.* *“As I said, the point is not Ukraine. Ukraine is only one case that shows ... more »

Voodoo Economics

Paul Coker at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Oh - hold on, wait.... "The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living. Ever since the end of the nineteenth century, the problem of what to do with the surplus of consumption goods has been latent in industrial society. From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illitera... more »

Watching Us become more like Them!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014* *The new Salon, misquoting Sean:* In the last two nights, Sean Hannity responded to criticism of his coverage of the Cliven Bundy matter. Last night, he repeatedly stated his position. He repeatedly said that the BLM showed a “lack of proportionality” in the way they approached the situation two weeks back. We can’t necessarily say that’s untrue. On Monday night, at the end of his show, Hannity did a shorter segment in which he pushed back against criticism from Big Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton. Below, you see part of what he said. For the record, we’ve... more »

Classroom Activity: When Silence Says a Lot

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
This activity comes after students are to have listened to a lecture (slides) on international institutions, specifically the impact they have on patterns of armed conflict. The first half focused on peacekeeping, which works better (under some conditions) than many appreciate, while the latter focused on how international institutions can deter bad behavior even if they lack enforcement power. Continue reading

Roundtable Discussion on the Problem of Evil + Roundtable Discussion on Analytic Theology

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
Video Title: Roundtable Discussion on the Problem of Evil. Source: Center for Philosophy of Religion. Date Published: October 20, 2012. Description: Meghan Sullivan, Trent Dougherty, and Sam Newlands discuss the Problem of Evil. Video Title: Roundtable Discussion on Analytic Theology. Source: Center for Philosophy of Religion. Date Published: February 4, 2013. Description: Michael Rea (University of Notre Dame), Trent Dougherty (Baylor University) and Oliver Crisp (Fuller Theological Seminary) discuss Analytic Theology.

AUT's Submission on Proposed "Changes" to New Zealand's Dietary Guidelines

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 8 hours ago
For the last wee while I've been helping Prof Grant Schofield and his team write a response to the New Zealand dietary guidelines (low fat, high grain, no SFA). The paper is the PDF linked to in this post. The first time I've had my name on a scientific submission, and a fine one it is too, with the collected wisdom of a bunch of scientists from various disciplines, all working together, to a deadline (we had only a few days warning about the new guidelines, and received no background material on the scientific evidence used ... more »

Drunken 18 yr old female taken from PM Harper's residence

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*Keep in mind that the legal drinking age is 19 in Ontario* Conservative values? [image:]PM residence Notice the media sat on this story? Why? Medical authorities intervened at 24 Sussex Dr. over the weekend after* a young party-goer suffered from severe intoxication.* The Ottawa Paramedic Service confirmed* that an 18-year-old girl was brought to hospital after suffering from “possible alcohol intoxication”*at an event at the Prime Minister’s offici... more »

the money monster

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

The US Is Unprepared For War With Russia: Russian Aircraft Buzzes American Aegis Cruiser And Turns OFF Ship's Defenses!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
I was alerted just the other day from a comment and an email about a very interesting incident that supposedly just happened last week which was not reported by the liars in the mainstream media because it made light of the fact that the US is entirely unprepared for war with Russia (no surprise here). I want to share some very interesting details about this incident in this article... According to the following report from the Russian Radio website, at, it appears that an American Aegis guided missile cruiser, the USS Donald Cook, was in the Black Sea last week... more »

Mike's Story Part 5: Jobs

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 9 hours ago
By Jenna Orkin When Mike first arrived in Brooklyn from Canada, he was still shell-shocked by the death of Fromthewilderness and by his failure to obtain asylum in Venezuela. He was physically unhealthy and, as he had been for several months, obsessed with thoughts of suicide. Sensing that he needed a break from this endless cycle of horror but that he'd be unwilling to venture too far from familiar territory, one day I asked him about his childhood; specifically, what he'd wanted to be when he grew up. "'Til I was twelve and found out how bad my eyes were," he said, "I ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
Ranchers, farmers and tribal communities gathered in Washington to protest against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

2014-- Can You Imagine A Serious Candidate Standing Up At A Debate Opposing ENDA?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
Tuesday night the College of the Canyons in Valencia hosted a debate for the CA-25 primary congressional candidates running to replace Buck McKeon, not just frontrunner Lee Rogers (D) and his two main GOP opponents, right-wing extremists Steve Knight from Palmdale and Tony Strickland, a carpetbagger from Sacramento, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark, but for all 8 candidates including independents and vanity candidates. Not long after Strickland made himself a laughing stock again by messing up in trying to remember which district he's running in this year, an audience member asked all 8 ... more »

Taking Back Cinco

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 9 hours ago
Taking Back Cinco... one city at a time... Sobriety run and a Healthy Cinco de Mayo Food Festival in Tucson, Arizona... Let's make this idea go natoinal

Another misapprehension of evidence case

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
R. v. M.C., 2014 ONCA 307: [31] A misapprehension of evidence may refer to a failure to consider evidence relevant to a material issue, a mistake as to the substance of the evidence, or a failure to give proper effect to evidence: *R. v. Morrissey* (1995), 22 O.R. (3d) 514, at pp. 538-540. Here, the appellant argues that the trial judge made a mistake as to the substance of the evidence, and the mistake resulted in a miscarriage of justice. [32] Not every misapprehension of evidence renders a trial unfair and results in a miscarriage of justice. An appellate court must deter... more »

“The Death Of Capital” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“The Death Of Capital”* by Andrew McKillop *“Elite Psychosis Again:* Rather predictably, the elite-serving glove puppet media has decided it is right and good at this time to wheel on its handpicked, most obedient and servile journalists to opine about Piketty's new book “Capital”. This coincides with David Stockman's almost triumphant declaration of Greenspan-and-Bernanke's come-uppance Truth Moment (“America's Housing Fiasco Is On You, Alan Greenspan”). Another 2008 crisis is not only possible, but probably overdue. Piketty contrasts the Victorian era of extreme and massive inco... more »

Song, War Pigs by Black Sabbath. Applies to Today. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, about Bohemian Grove Sacrifices

Sherrie Questioning All at Sherrie Questioning All - 9 hours ago
Someone told me about this Black Sabbath song today. It applies today to those who are war mongers and it is said to relate to Bohemian Grove. This came up because I mentioned, that the Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody is actually about Bohemian Grove and the sacrifices there. I am inserting that video below the War Pigs lyrics. Lyrics: Generals gathered in their masses Just like witches at


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 9 hours ago
"Salazar: Assassinated or accident?" April 23 Earlier posts: Salazar, Justice, and “The Price of a Mexican” April 14 "Salazar and Me" April 1 go to: (April 29 screening and program of Salazar documentary at the U of A ILC #130 7pm)

“Take This Away and the US Stock Market Crashes” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Take This Away and the US Stock Market Crashes”* by Bill Bonner Gualfin, Argentina. “Yesterday, we were explaining how the US empire and the Fed-induced credit bubble depend on each other. To make a long story short, after the 1970s there was not enough juice in the US economy to pay for a welfare state at home... and an imperial juggernaut all over the world. The solution? More credit. Borrowing by the private sector created some $33 trillion in excess (above the traditional level of debt to GDP) economic activity. It fueled sales... spending... jobs... corporate profits (heavi... more »

The Realist Report - Bruce Campbell: American Defense Party

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
On this edition of *The Realist Report*, we'll be joined by Bruce Campbell, founder of the *American Defense Party*. Bruce and I will be discussing a variety of issues, including *the recent alleged shooting purportedly carried out by Glenn Miller* in the Kansas City area. You can download the mp3 for this program *here*, or visit the *AFP Radio Network* on BlogTalkRadio to subscribe via iTunes and view past programs. Below are relevant links for this program: - *Questioning the Glenn Miller shooting story - John Friend* - *Jews, SPLC hysterically demonize "racist", "White su... more »

Coldwater Creek closing hits close to home...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*is it because the middle class is dying?* Maybe, maybe not. There is no doubt that the middle class is having an economically harder time. Yet many bloggers are declaring the closing of Coldwater Creek,based in Sandpoint, Idaho, is completely the fault of the economy. Since Sandpoint is about an hour's drive from my home, allow me to present another scenario. Sandpoint, IdahoSandpoint is a lovely little touristy town in North Idaho on the banks of the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pond-er-ray.) It is also home to Litehouse Foods who, incidentally, has just purchased ... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 10 hours ago
SMILING BROWN: Reminder: This is an ongoing project that will become a book, play and videologues. About 100 stories have been received. Continuing to gather stories of our earliest memories of color consciousness and when we realized that there never was anything wrong with our color. See prelim article and if interested, please contact me: Looking for 300-1200 word vignettes. No deadline... but June 1 is ideal because that's when major work will recommence on this very important topic, a topic that deals not simply racism and denial of Indigeneity, but also a d... more »

There's probably no industrial civilization on Kepler-186f

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Yesterday, the environmentalists-Leninists were celebrating Vladimir Lenin's birthday once again – or the Earth Day, as these watermelons (green on the surface, red inside) like to call it in order to superficially look hip and modern. We would hear that there is no Planet B again, and so on. Well, just a few days earlier, NASA's Kepler spacecraft announced the discovery of Kepler-186f which is pretty much nothing else than such Planet Earth B, the most Earth-like habitable-zone planet discovered so far. The alternative home is located 492 light years from us. At the current speed,... more »

Guest Post From Bonnie Watson Coleman, The Progressive Running For Rush Holt's Seat In New Jersey

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Several friends had been telling me about what an outstanding candidate Bonnie Watson Coleman, running for the New Jersey seat Rush Holt is giving up. What I was hearing most of all was that she isn't just a strong and committed progressive bout that she's an intrepid and well-tested fighter. Then, a couple of days ago I heard from our old friend, Barbara Buono, who will no doubt recall as the progressive and very prescient candidate beaten by Chris Christie. In the note Barbara sent me, and in a subsequent phone call to discuss it, she emphasized that when other Democratic officia... more »

Foreign Fighters Helping The Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant (ISIS)

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
Both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the Iraqi government have been talking about the role of foreign fighters more and more. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have claimed they have killed several foreigners, all Saudis, while ISIS has had several Internet announcements eulogizing the death of their foreign cadre. Many of these militants are being used in their traditional role of suicide bombers, but others are acting as regular gunmen or leaders in the organization. Abu al-Dera the Tunisian who led an ISIS attack upon Kadhim Univ in Baghdad, April 20, 2014 (*... more »

Guest Post: Ken Derstine. “Talking Back to Mark Gleason”

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held in Philadelphia from April 3rd – 7th, has come and gone. The thousands of delegates have left town, but for the general public of Philadelphia, the most memorable and long lasting thing to come out of the conference was to get a glimpse of […]

The Poverty of "Anarchism" Part I

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
I've always described myself as having anarchist sympathies. Anarchism is about having no authority over and above the individual's free will. In practical terms, anarchism is about having the minimum of authority over sovereign individuals. Leftist anarchists, unlike libertarians, believe that individual freedom is maximized by providing social supports for individuals as a human right, so that they are not forced to rent themselves out to dictatorial employers or to jump through the hoops of exploitative governments. Anarchists also make it a point to challenge all assumptions of ... more »

Interview: Rick Rozoff/Stephen Lendman

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
[image: artworks-000075358812-4waqyl-crop] Progressive Radio News Hour – Rick Rozoff – 04/18/14Rozoff is an activist, anti-war supporter, Stop NATO web site editor. He documents and opposes global militarist trends throughout a […] Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed

The danger of Asteroids

LeDaro at LeDaro - 12 hours ago
If a big asteroid hits a city like New York it can cause great damage. Earth is exposed to these asteroids. We have been lucky so far.Watch the video below:

Updates on Egypt [4.23.14]: MB's War of Terror Against Egyptian State Enters New Dimensions, Candidates Contemplate Terminating Camp David Accords, Tamarod Youth Movement Admits It Was A Popular Veneer For Army's Calculated Re-Entry Into Politics

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Barring an assassination by the Muslim Brotherhood with assistance from its Western and Zionist allies, the popular and charismatic General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be Egypt's next president. Sisi received 188, 930 signatures in support of his presidential campaign; his opponent only received 31, 555 (*Source*). *An excerpt from, "Terrorism expands from Sinai to Cairo" by Safaa Saleh, Al Monitor, April 16, 2014: * *Brig. Gen. Khaled Akashe, a security expert who was formerly in charge of the security issue in the northern Sinai, explained to Al-Monitor that the shift in terrorist... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Distributed Ground Control System feed map for drone warfare all linked together with very expensive military satellites. Might have to watch it a couple times, it's very short but full of information. Chris Cole (UK Drone Campaign Network) reports: The Distributed Common Ground System is the US military’s key tool for collecting, analysing and distributing information and intelligence collected from U-2, Global Hawk, Predator, Reaper, MC-12 and what the USAF discreetly calls “other ISR platforms” (i.e. the Sentinel). Other, more traditional manned aircraft also feed intelligen... more »

Great Test Refusal Information Video for Parents

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Much to learn here for New York parents as well as parents from other states:

My Recorded Calls to Congress for them to start Impeachment Proceedings against Obama Immediately.

Sherrie Questioning All at Sherrie Questioning All - 12 hours ago
I recorded my phone calls to Congress for them to start Impeachment Proceedings against Obama Immediately regarding Benghazi and the report out. Here they are:

The way Standard Misinformation spreads!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014* *At the Times, everyone pitches in:* It’s fascinating to watch the way Standard Misinformation spreads. At our big newspapers, Standard Misinformation may spread through the letters column. Consider the letters in today’s New York Times about the so-called Common Core. Five letters appear on this subject. Each of the first three letters spreads a atandard piece of apparent misinformation. The second letter comes from a doctoral student studying educational policy. At one point, the future professor says this: SECOND LETTER (4/23/14): The era of accounta... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Clean Up The Mines Defenders of Black Hills Charmaine White Face *National Campaign Launched to Clean Up ‘America’s Secret Fukushima’Earth Day Actions at Mt. Rushmore & Cheyenne River Expose Toxic Threats* Red Shirt Village, Oglala Lakota Nation (SOUTH DAKOTA) – Organizations from throughout the United States held an Earth Day ceremony to launch a nation-wide campaign to clean up hazardous abandoned uranium mines (AUMs). Clean Up The Mines! calls for effective and complete eradication o... more »

WHY Is The US Pushing So Hard Right Now For World War III? Here Is The Answer - Time Is Running Out For The US Dollar

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I have stated in my rants and several previous articles the obvious about the insane push for war by the criminal US adminstration... They are now running scared and know that their days are numbered due to the potential total collapse of the US economy that could happen as early as this coming summer! To help people understand the insanity of the US government, and their push for World War III to basically save their collective butts, I want to present the following very important article from the Voice Of Russia website, at This important article again sh... more »

We're number -- 16?

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg Americans are still number one in one thing -- our capacity for denial and disbelief. That we may be the most superstitious nation amongst the worlds 'developed' countries makes it all the stranger, but about half us of seem to believe that in the beginning there was something other than the expansion of the universe from an infinitesimal singularity and more of us angrily assert that only* our* God can change the weather. We're as likely to hold to a superstitious idea of our place in the community of nations as our place in the cosmos. To very many Americans not on... more »

Tamara Shepherd for Knox County School Board

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Among those running for school board this year in Knox County where I taught for 15 years, Tamara Shepherd stands head and shoulders above her opponents as an informed, articulate, and forceful voice for sane and humane public schools in Knox County. Over the years, I have watched Tamara research the issues and take principled stands on education policy issues that reflect the best interests of children, parents, and teachers. She is a vocal advocate for public control of public schools, and she does not flinch from making her positions clear on the miseducative and self-serving p... more »

WAYS TO DIVIDE: On the basis of region!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014* *Part 3—The infernal South:* We humans! We love to divide ourselves up into tribes. Quite often, we imagine our own imagined tribe as the one which is morally good. The other tribes? Not so much! There are a million ways to divide ourselves. At present, we live in a time of high tribal impulse—and alas: As we divide ourselves up in these ways, the one percent continues to conquer! For evidence of this ongoing process, see the report in today’s New York Times about the decline of American middle-income groups. (Headline: The American Middle Class Is No L... more »

You dumb fucks

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama, Mr. Putin, and the assorted malcontents running about hunting rags and mismatched surplus NATO camo uniforms, where do you think this all leads? Absolute worst case, Russia and the US/NATO get into a shooting war over Ukraine. Even if it doesn't go nuclear, you can bet it means the rubblisation of Ukraine and maybe a NATO and Russian base or two, a fracked global economy,

The Mystery Behind Malaysian Flight MH370's "Disappearance" Continues: Has The Missing Plane Mystery Been Solved?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have been looking this last week at what the liars in the Jewish run mainstream media have been bullshitting about the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370, and I am astounded... These liars and hypocrites are continuing filling the airwaves and our Talmud-Visions with the continuing LIE that this aircraft "crashed" into the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia! They continue to pollute viewer's minds with endless drivel that there have been "black box pings" coming from off the Australian coast and that robotic probes have been searching the area for the last few ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Mission accomplished: Landrieu administration promises one thing on blight, delivers another ~Charles Maldonado, Lens* ~*Live chat: How well has the Landrieu administration dealt with blight in New Orleans?* *Harahan sewer line blocking work on Pump to the River ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate* *City Park board votes to change park hours; may open gate between garden and amusement park ~Della Hasselle, Midcity Messenger* *Virginia: vandals dig up grandmother's grave on Easter Sunday ~WVUE* *World's Largest Crawfish Boil to benefit 2nd Harvest Food Bank! * *Guardians of the Gr... more »

I knew it!

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
I knew it! As soon as I heard the headlines this morning on the radio (BBC radio 4) I knew what would happen. Tony Blair says something that needs saying - the very thing that our current bunch of politicians, journalists, movers, shakers and Uncle Tom Cobley ‘n’ all are too deaf, dumb and blind to say. But because Tony Blair, the most reviled figure in the western hemisphere and beyond is the one who’s saying it, the message goes down the plughole with the rest of the bathwater. No sooner did I click on the Guardian, as directed by the BBC website, than zillions of comments con... more »

Amy Frogge Leads Effort in Nashville Metro to Save Schools from the Charter Zombies

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
The people of Metro Nashville have stopped listening to the CorpEd PR machine, and thanks to Board Member, Amy Frogge, they are getting some facts about the school privatization that is being led by the billionaires and hedge funders of Wall Street. Below is a clip from the Tennessean and below that is Ms. Frogge's speech referred to in the piece: The Metro school board’s fiercest charter school critic called for an “end game” on what future Nashville charters should look like during a blunt speech Tuesday that made accusations of profiteering and corporate interference. Board mem... more »

Happy Saint George's Day!

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 15 hours ago
Today is Saint George's Day. Saint George was a soldier in the Roman Army, serving in his native Lydda (near the eastern shore of the Mediterranean). Contrary to the lies of the anti-European BBC, Saint George was Greek; he was definitely no Turk or other Asiatic. In Saint George's time, Lydda was a part of the Roman Empire and the European world. Saint George was a heroic soldier who was brave and courageous. He was no coward and also he was no mercenary. When he was ordered to slaughter civilians, he steadfastly refused to obey orders which were unbecoming of a European army... more »

Solow on Piketty

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
A review in the New Republic.

PA-13 Primary Is Less Than A Month Away-- What Happens To The Money We Contribute?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Pennsylvania state Seantor Daylin Leach was one of the first congressional candidates Blue America endorsed this election cycle. He's right up our alley: thoroughly progressive-- and aggressively so-- compassionate, smart, persuasive… and with a record of accomplishment in the legislature that goes beyond promises. So far this cycle 943 Blue America members have contributed $22,462.68 to Daylin's grassroots campaign-- an average of $23.72. And he needs that kind of support to compete with the candidate of the Philly Machine, anti-Choice/anti-education fanatic Brendan Boyle, and a... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*SCOTUS rules against 'affirmative' action at US universities* The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that states can disregard race as a factor in university admissions, in a fresh blow to a legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement. The 6-2 ruling upheld the constitutionality of a measure passed by referendum in Michigan that disallowed so-called "affirmative" action in college admissions. Liberal justice Stephen Breyer voted with the conservative majority, and the fourth member of the court's liberal wing, Justice Elena Kagan, had recused herself. The ruling was the latest to c... more »

New Report Proves Treason at the Highest Degree from Obama and Hillary Clinton. D.C. needs to begin Impeach Proceedings Immediately!

Sherrie Questioning All at Sherrie Questioning All - 15 hours ago
A report out about the Benghazi murder of the Ambassador, Stevens proves the U.S. was behind the terrorist groups that murdered him. Update 11:30 AM - My recorded calls to my Congressional Representatives in D.C is at the bottom, besides at this link.. Update to add 3:35 PM. Obama hired a top Criminal Defense Lawyer to be the White House Counsel. You have to wonder if it is because

An Ugly Blast From The Past

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
It's not news to note that the Harper government is fixated on the past. From dropping the word "progressive" from the party's moniker to building a resource based economy -- with the focus on one resource -- the Harperites are detemined to make the clock run backwards. And the "Fair" Elections Act is part of that agenda. Paul Adams writes that, when Canada was founded, the franchise was not available to everyone: We tend to think of women’s suffrage as the last significant extension of the franchise, occurring around the time of the First World War. We also tend to think of the... more »

Post - Bundy Ranch BLM plotting on Texas ? After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action....... “I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” ....... Bunkerville Was Not the BLM’s First Rustler’s Roundup - even as Harry Reid continues vague threats to the Bundys !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago Texas AG Abbott to BLM ‘Come and Take It’ - [image: The Alex Jones Channel][image: Alex Jones Show podcast][image: Prison Planet TV][image: Twitter][image: Alex Jones' Facebook][image: Infowars store] *Bob Price* Breitbart April 23, 2014 After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action. Image:... more »

Zucotti Park Redux: An Earth Day Field Report

Johannes Urpelainen at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
“Frack Wall Street, Not Our Water” “The People Are Rising, No More Compromising” “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Fossil Fuels Have to Go” It’s Earth Day, and I am in Zucotti Park holding some parsley given to me by an unknown activist, chanting “oceans are rising, no more compromising!” with about 200 other people. It’s the Continue reading

Neutron spectroscopy constrains axions, chameleons

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
Tobias Jenke of Vienna and 11 co-authors from Austria, Germany, and France have performed an interesting experiment with neutrons in the gravitational field (although they have done similar experiments in the past) and their new preprint was just published in the prestigious PRL (Physical Review Letters): Gravity Resonance Spectroscopy Constrains Dark Energy and Dark Matter Scenarios (arXiv, PRL) ------------------------------ *Semi-popular:* APS, ArsTechnica, Huff. Post Recall that neutrons' wave functions in the Earth's gravitational field have previously been mentioned on this bl... more » Free Online Autism Conference April 26th & 27th 2014

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago Online Autism Conference April 26th & 27th *The Focus is on the Transition to Adulthood – Teens Need to be Better Prepared Register FREE Here! **Irvine, CA*: Moms Fighting Autism and Autism College are partnering up to offer a free virtual conference on Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM PST. This year’s theme is: *Autism from Adolescence to Adulthood, Preparing for Independence and Growth*. Keynote speaker *Chantal Sicile-Kira*, author of five award-winning books on autism, will be speaking on Preparing for the Transitio... more »

I spoke too soon! A fine example of BBC bias by omission

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
As I blogged earlier I was going to have a bit more time away from blogging but then I took a quick look at the BBC website... There I found this BBC article entitled 'What makes Jerusalem so holy?' The article begins thus: 'While Christians around the world are enjoying the Easter holiday, Jews everywhere are celebrating the holiday of Passover - a convergence of festivals which traditionally sees a surge in pilgrims to Jerusalem. The BBC's Erica Chernofsky takes a closer look at why this city is so important to Christianity, Islam and Judaism, the three religions which trace their... more »

10 Things We Can Do To Help Bees

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: Foto: QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE BEES TELLING US? is a great film about our global bee crisis and is a must see. A beautiful and riveting film well worth the time to watch. We can all pitch in to help save one of our most important pollinators! Watch the trailer: Learn more: IN THE USA, Ask your Congressional Representatives to support H.R. 2692 to ban neonics: Tell the EPA to ban neonics: IN CANADA, sign t... more »

War watch April 23 , 2014 -- 86 Percent of Syria’s Chemical Arsenal Destroyed Rebels Start Hyping Allegations of Chlorine Gas Use ........ US Drones Killed Scores ( 70 + Yemenis ) , Now Yemen Scrambles to ID ‘Suspects’ Hopes to Find al-Qaeda Figures Among the Slain

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Syria...... 86 Percent of Syria’s Chemical Arsenal DestroyedRebels Start Hyping Allegations of Chlorine Gas Use by Jason Ditz, April 22, 2014 Print This | Share This The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today confirmed Syria has handed over the remnant precursors for roughly 86% of its chemical arsenal for destruction abroad, and is on track to finish the process in the weeks to come. Exporting the chemicals has been difficult as rebels control much of the area around the port of Latakia, from which the chemicals are departing, and it is unclear if the US... more »

Close Up

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago

Obama’s Contra Death Squads Coming to Ukraine

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
Barack Obama has made no secret of his admiration of Ronald Reagan and now he can have his very own death squads. The day after Vice President Joe Biden, he of the shining white donkey teeth that conceal a forked tongue flew to Kiev to meet with the coup government. This coming on the heels of CIA Director John Brennan’s trip after which strange things began to bubble up like that debunked forced Jew registration leaflet and the promulgation of the anti-austerity rebels in East Ukraine were the most virulent form of anti-Semites, this despite the inclusion of actual neo-Nazis withi... more »

Putin says experts should hold on to every area of Russia’s Arctic continental shelf

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
*Wake up Canada:* Story While conducting bilateral and multilateral consultations with governments of the Arctic nations, Russian experts should hold on to every area of the Arctic continental shelf of Russia and its marine basins. According to the Kremlin press center, Vladimir Putin said this at an expanded meeting of the Security Council “On the Implementation of Russia’s State Policy in the Arctic in the Interests of National Security”. The President named the legal formalisation, in line with international law, of the outer boundary of Russia’s continental shelf in the Arctic... more »

Ukraine Updates April 23 , 2014 -- After Vice President Biden arrived in Kiev and offered supportive words for the new government ( and blistered Moscow in the process ) , following boots on the ground in nearby Nato nation , Russia responds - - Sergey Lavrov: "If Russian Troops Or People Attacked, We'll Retaliate" ....... Meanwhile , Ukraine and the EU talk about modernizing the Ukrainian natural gas ( Ukraine says show us the money , Russia still demand to be paid ) ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago Sergey Lavrov: "If Russian Troops Or People Attacked, We'll Retaliate" [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/23/2014 04:52 -0400 - Joe Biden - Ukraine inShare1 It took Joe Biden just a day after his arrival in Kiev to kill and bury the last remaining hope that last week's latest attempt at diplomatic de-escalation in Geneva would actually be anything more than a joke. A few hours ago, in a statement posted on the parliament website, Ukrain... more »

Where's NotaSheep?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
In case you are wondering what's happened to me, Mrs NotaSheep has taken me away for a surprise very long Easter break. There was no wifi or 3G at the first location hence my non-posting apart from some planned weekend posts. From now on I will have wifi and 3G but I think I will continue with my break from posting until I return next week. I also have no plans to look at Twitter until Monday, so @Wotsit4 has even more time to formulate an answer to my much asked question: Why do you think that Israel is occupying the West Bank and Gaza post 1967 but that Jordan and Egypt weren't o... more »

Max Planck: a birthday

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*Click here to read the text at 450 words per minute without moving your eyes. Tell me how quickly you may comfortably read, please.* Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was born in Kiel (near Hamburg) on April 23rd, 1858, to a family of theologians and lawyers with many children. He spent some early years in Munich. A devoted yet moderate Christian, he is the father of quantum theory. How did it happen? Well, in 1894, he was hired by electric companies to create energy-efficient light bulbs. ;-) So he had to study their spectrum. Looking at the black body In 1900, he was able to interpol... more »

Russia Shows Off World-Leading Security Bots for Missile Bases

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
The new Russian mobile security robot Taifun-M, designed to provide security at strategic missile facilities, has been shown on the Russian Vesti news program. The combat robots, which have no foreign analogue, will be used to secure Yars and Topol-M missile sites and can be operated remotely by a secure wireless connection and in the future with an autonomous artificial intelligence system, the program reported Monday. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry said last month several of the robots, which feature laser-targeting and a cannon, will be deployed at five sites by the end of... more »

Pakistan test-fires nuke-capable missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The military said in a statement that the missile codenamed 'Ghaznavi' was launched from an undisclosed location on Tuesday and has a range of 290 kilometers. Army spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa also said the test was conducted during a field training exercise supervised by top military commanders. Read more

US Lifts Freeze, Will Deliver Apache Choppers to Egypt

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AH-64 Apache]The United States will lift a suspension on the delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt after concluding Cairo has upheld its peace treaty with Israel, US officials said Tuesday. Despite concerns about Egypt's failure to embrace democratic reforms following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, the US government will provide Cairo with 10 Apache aircraft, officials said. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel informed Egyptian Defense Minister General Sedki Sobhy of President Barack Obama's decision in a phone call Tuesday, his spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a s... more »

Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: MiG-35 Fulcrum]Russia has acknowledged an Egyptian request to procure a squadron of MiG-35 advanced fighter aircraft, to include up to 24 fighter jets at a cost of US$3 billion. The fulfilment of this package could be delayed though, as this specific type of aircraft hasn’t reached a production stage. The manufacturer, Russian Aircraft Corporation (UAC) through its subsidiary Russian Aircraft Corp (RAC) has failed to gain international orders for the aircraft and is currently awaiting an initial order from the Russian Air Force to kickstart production by 2016. Read more

U.S. conducts spy flight over Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tu-214R]After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said. The spy flight originally was scheduled for April 14 but was canceled by Russia after a U.S. team for the flight failed to arrive near Moscow on time and Moscow refused temporarily to reschedule it. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman also expressed anger on Monday over U.S. delays in certifying a new high-tech Russian aircraft to be used for spying missions over the United States under the Ope... more »

Morocco Receives Three Fighter Jets from France

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mirage F1]Boosting the military corporation between the two strategic partners, France put three Mirage F1- B jet fighters in the service of the Moroccan Royal Air Force after the French Air Force tested them. Moroccan pilots will deploy the old fighter aircrafts in Royal Air Force exercises, according to Almassa. According to the same source, the distinctive single-engine fighters were handed to the Moroccan army after Dassault Aviation, the manufacturing company, improved the fighter’s traditional delta wing design in order to facilitate the ability to use rudimentary run... more »

Energy Econ 19: Wind Power, Feed in Tariff and Electricity Subsidy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
The problem with militant environmentalism, case of Oriental Mindoro (including Puerto Galera, Calapan). With occasional brown outs and high electricity cost, a wind power company will supply power at P8,20/kwh. But the distribution utility (DU), Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (ORMECO) will pay the genco only P6.50/kwh. The difference of P1.70/kwh will be collected as universal charge for missionary electrification (UC-ME). It is not clear who are the energy consumers who will pay this, those in Oriental Mindoro or the rest of Luzon or those under Meralco franchise area. Wi... more »

(Latest Deep State Meme?) If Obama Dares To Move (Back) To Openness (Liberality?) Before Next Election On Republican Power-Dominated Issues, Why Not Reveal Saudi Role (and Other Foreigners?) in Financing 9/11 (and TPP)? (Just Kidding! No One Wants That - Unless A New Meme Is Required) New Oil Invasion Planned?

Professor Joe Stiglitz (on Tavis Smiley tonight!) let us know quite a bit of the down and dirty (totally secret from you and me, of course) of both the Republican and Democratic fast-tracking of the done-deal TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), which only benefits democracy-destroying international corporations and fabulously wealthy/connected individuals (who are the primary outsourcers of U.S.

‘Shoot ‘Em if You Got ‘Em’: Adrenaline-Filled Navy Video Goes Viral

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, recorded the in-cockpit F/A18-E footage over a number of locations in the Pacific theater, including some dramatic footage of the jets banking and turning over the Japanese Alps. The video, appropriately titled “Shoot ‘Em if You Got ‘Em,” has more than 175,000 hits since it was uploaded over the weekend. “It’s fun to look back and see all the things you’ve done in the last year and remember the good side of all of it, especially as we’ve traveled around spreading goodwill in the Asia Pacific region,” Lt. David Tar... more »

Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: The Qingdao symposium]Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict amid rising friction between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors. The Code For Unplanned Encounters at Sea provides simple standardized phrases such as "alpha" meaning divers are in surrounding waters that navies can use when they come across ships from other countries. It's hoped the code will lessen the possibility of collisions or misunderstandings that could lead to ... more »

US navy frigate returns to the Black Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Taylor]The US Navy frigate the USS Taylor has passed through the Dardanelles Strait, returning to the Black Sea after repairs and a few days after Nato said that it was increasing its presence on sea, air and land after Russia’s continuing interference in Ukraine. The Taylor was in the Black Sea area earlier, at the time of the Sochi Olympics in February 2014, when she ran aground in an incident that caused the captain his command. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of violating the Montreux Convention which limits the number of vessels ... more »

Lockheed says costly for Pentagon if it cancels MH-60 helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MH-60R Seahawk]Lockheed Martin Corp warned on Tuesday that the U.S. Navy's plan to cancel an order for 29 MH-60 helicopters built by Lockheed and Sikorsky Aircraft would result in large termination fees because they are part of five-year agreements signed in 2012. Lockheed Chief Financial Officer Bruce Tanner told reporters that work had already begun on cockpits and other equipment for the helicopters, which were to be ordered in fiscal year 2016, and a better option might be to finish building the aircraft and then sell them to allies. "That would probably be a better deal... more »

Global Warming - No Warming for 210 Months - where did my hockey stick go?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET BLOG - 21 hours ago
*The graph is news. Not only is it very recent: it is also something that * *the mainstream news media very seldom reveal. They tend to keep * *the **now embarrassingly long hiatus in global warming secret*. [source CLIMATE DEPOT] some of us may know it as the Mythical Beast 'global warming' which now goes by its more 'obvious title' Climate Change. Yeah, the climate IS changing; it does this ALL THE TIME. You know, we're positioned (in space) right next to a variable star. I know, but it's there in the science literature. A variable star that causes Ice Ages and Tropical Flouris... more »

Australia to Buy 58 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II]Australia said it would buy 58 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in a deal worth about US$12 billion, making it one of the biggest international customers for the jet. Australia, a close American ally, had planned to buy up to 100 F-35s to replace its aging fleet of F/A-18 Hornet fighters. The latest purchase will take its F-35 fleet to 72, with the option of acquiring an additional squadron in future, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday. The decision comes as other countries have also scaled back orders for the aircraft because of dome... more »

Russia to build network of modern naval bases in Arctic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vladimir Putin]Russia will build a unified network of naval facilities on its Arctic territories to host advanced warships and submarines as part of a plan to boost protection of the country’s interests and borders in the region, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, according to RIA Novosti. “We need to strengthen our military infrastructure. In particular, to create in our part of the Arctic a unified network of naval facilities for new-generation ships and submarines,” the president said at a meeting of Russia’s Security Council. He said that Russia should boost securit... more »

Mystery of 'ocean quack sound' solved

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Antarctic minke whale]The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound heard in the ocean has finally been solved, scientists report. The noise - nicknamed "the bio-duck" - appears in the winter and spring in the Southern Ocean. However, its source has baffled researchers for decades. Now acoustic recorders have revealed that the sound is in fact the underwater chatter of the Antarctic minke whale. Read more


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*Frustrated Greenie calls for a Fascist uprising* *He forgets that Fascism was popular -- with the appeals of both nationalism and socialism behind it. How popular would a movement that does its best to smash all modern life be?* Fuck Earth Day. No, really. Fuck Earth Day. Not the first one, forty-four years ago, the one of sepia-hued nostalgia, but everything the day has since come to be: the darkest, cruelest, most brutally self-satirizing spectacle of the year. Fuck it. Let it end here. End the dishonesty, the deception. Stop lying to yourselves, and to your children. Stop pr... more »

CAPP President Dave Collier Debunks LNG Job Numbers, Sends Warning Shot Across BC Liberal Government Bow

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
So grandiose were Christy Clark and Rich Coleman`s promises as to the bounty British Columbia would reap from exporting liquid natural gas that as expected, as expected the big climbdown was coming, and today it arrived..... Let me refresh you on just some of the ridiculous spin..... Pamela Martin....."*What would you do with a $trillion dollars from LNG"* Christy Clark, Rich Coleman and the BC Liberals, all off them.. *"We have an opportunity for a $trillion dollars windfall.....We can pay off our provincial debt...We could remove our provincial sales tax.../..We will create a ... more »

Time Magazine's Media War On The Middle East's Christians

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*Crime Magazine: Go Fuck Yourself.* Ulson Gunnar *wrote on Facebook* on April 17: TIME Magazine decides to defile the struggle of Christians under siege by Western backed, funded & armed sectarian extremists across the Middle East in their latest article, "Christians and Tyrants: Why the Middle East's Persecuted Minority is Making Unholy Choices." Back in reality, Christians back the military in Egypt and the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria because they have protected them and other minorities for DECADES from the confused ideology of US-Saudi-Israeli backed extremists lik... more »

West Visits Newly Installed Regime in Kiev

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
[image: 43324]*April 23, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The BBC reported in their article, “Ukraine crisis: Biden to meet Kiev leaders in show of support,” that: *US Vice-President Joe Biden is to meet Ukraine’s new leaders in a show of support for the pro-Western government.* *Mr Biden is due to discuss the forthcoming elections with the country’s interim prime minister and president during his visit to Kiev**.* *A phone conversation between the US secretary of state and Russia’s foreign minister earlier led to both sides blaming the other over the crisis.* Biden’s visit is no... more »

“So, How Come You Keep Bashing Religion?”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
[image: image] A FEW FRIENDS, and friends-of-friends, and friends-asking-me-on-behalf-of-other-blog-readers (“it’s not for me, it’s for a friend”) have kept asking me the same question over and over for the last ten years. The question usually goes something like this: *“How come you keep bashing religion on your blog? Especially at **Easter** and **Christmas**!”* To me, the answer’s bleeding obvious. But to these blokes (and blokesses), it’s obviously not, so here’s my effort to answer. First answer is: because it’s absurd. And I despise absurdities. My job as a blogger, as ... more »

Connecting USS San Francisco covert nuclear ops accident to 2004 Boxing day Tsunami.

Jason Leewig at Our Manmade Disasters - 23 hours ago
- Amin Fasei Promote Peace my foot. Provocation more like it. War drills lead to false flags just like Gulf of Tongkin Incident which started the Vietnam War. The next world war might not end like WWII. MAD (mutually assured destruction) could and would destroy our present civilisation and push the few survivors back to the stone age. The temple relics that we see around us today (dating back to more than 16,000 years old) are grim reminders of those MAD wars of previous advanced prehistoric civilisations. Our present world is a product of millions of years of recycled civilisation,... more »

Neutron Dance...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 23 hours ago
Did they know something we didn't know?? The Pointer Sisters performing 'Neutron Dance' on October 16, 2013 at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Neutron Dance (1986) I don't want to take it anymore I'll just stay here locked behind the door Just no time to stop and get away 'Cause I work so hard to make it everyday Whoo oooh Whoo oooh There's no money falling from the sky 'Cause a man took my heart and robbed me blind Someone stole my brand new Chevrolet And the rent is due, I got no place to stay Whoo oooh Whoo oooh And it's hard to say Just how some things never change And it'... more »

The brave new technology

skrashen at Schools Matter - 23 hours ago
Sent to the Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2014 I do not share the enthusiasm about new digital technology in education ("Founding principles in the digital age," April 22). There is no evidence that the brave new online tests that promise "real time testing" will be any better than those we have now. In fact, we have not even seen them in action: According to Fair Test (, current common core tests are of the old multiple choice variety. Nor is there evidence that digital tools that present lectures online and reduce interaction with teachers ("flipped classrooms") wil... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Bees

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

"For Incisive Commentary On The Struggle For Economic Justice In The U.S., We Honor… Digby!"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This afternoon, the Sidney Hillman Foundation announced that the winner of their coveted 2014 prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism is Digby, a close friend and part of the trio-- along with John Amato and myself-- behind Blue America. In their own words, "The influential progressive blogger known as Digby has won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for her 'incisive commentary on the struggle for economic justice in the U.S.' The award will be presented by the Sidney Hillman Foundation at the annual Hillman Prizes ceremony and reception on Tuesday, May 6, 2... more »

Climate Tricks 28: Earth Day Cartoons

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
A good collection of "save the planet" cartoons from Dr. Roy Spencer here on "Earth Day" yesterday. From his posting, Some Earth Day Cartoons. [image: I-need-this-cleared-for-Earth-Day] As in other religions, most Earth worshipers are more or less hypocritical. Spend a day being “good”, spend the rest of the year failing. Or maybe just fail every day… [image: Earth-day-trash] Unless you live your life in as Spartan a manner as Ted Kaczynski, you are probably as big a drain on Earth’s resources as anyone else. I wonder how many people will drive to a tree-planting ceremony today, put... more »

[Videos] Inside Story - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A literary giant + García Márquez: A Witch Writing - First 11 minutes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel-winning author, hailed"*AP, April 22: Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time. Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was eulogized in a brief ceremony Monday evening in the dramatic art deco lobby by the presidents of both Mexico and Colombia, two countries linked by the writer throu... more »

April Glaspie

Paul Coker at News Spike - 1 day ago
*Transcript of Meeting Between Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, * *April Glaspie. - July 25, 1990 * *(Eight days before the August 2, 1990 Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)* *July 25, 1990 - Presidential Palace - Baghdad* *U.S. Ambassador Glaspie -* I have direct instructions from President Bush to improve our relations with Iraq. We have considerable sympathy for your quest for higher oil prices, the immediate cause of your confrontation with Kuwait. (pause) As you know, I lived here for years and admire your extraordinary efforts to rebuild your country. We kn... more »

Marvel Handboy's Photos: Cowboys and Indians Resist Keystone in DC at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. Photos by Marvel Handboy, thank you for sharing with Censored News! Cowboy and Indian Alliance in Washington DC uniting, and resisting against the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline. News video of today's events by Environmental Action:


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Headline this morning, from Brisbane’s Courier Mail: *SANZAR, a sporting body with too many rules in its rule book, bans national anthems on Anzac Day* I’m with Crio, writing at the Footy Almanac: Forget the national anthem… Anything anti-ceremonial gets a tick from me. There are concert halls for concerts and Moomba for parades. At footy I expect footy. National anthems are unnecessary – especially so when the competing sides are domestic. Ra Ra Ruggers! And even more bizarre when the competing sides are Australian, playing in Wellington – where I’ll be on Friday night to see... more »

METRO ESSAY | Brendan V. Wittstruck : A view from Mueller

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
The view from the Mueller hill is the physical and conceptual zenith of this exploration into transitional and illicit spaces. By Brendan V. Wittstruck | The Rag Blog | April 22, 2014 “Of all the islands he’d visited, two stood … finish reading *METRO ESSAY* | Brendan V. Wittstruck : A view from Mueller

Just when you think right-wing intelligence can't be any lower, it is -- they don't know the meaning of "choice"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Dint ol' Ronnie Reagan hisself promis us we dint hafta beleeve in no stuff we dint wanna like no Big Bongs which anyways is just a big bell or somethin' in Inglund?* *by Ken* Do you know what the word "choice" means? What it means to *choose* between options? Yes, you say? You do? Then I'm sorry to have to tell you that apparently you have just been disqualified from being a right-winger. We'll come back to this in a moment. Meanwhile I want to commiserate with Daily Kos blogger LaFeminista, who yesterday found herself banging her head up against the limits of right-wing intellig... more »

This, fall: Our Sacred Maiz is Our Mother

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 day ago
The University of Arizona Advanced Search [image: Catalogs] [image: The Books] [image: The Store] [image: News and Events] [image: Contact] [image: Cover] Read Excerpt *Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother* *Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas* By Roberto Cintli Rodriguez 288 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 2014 Paper (978-0-8165-3061-8) [s] Paper ($35.00) *Related Interest* - Native American Studies - Latina and Latino Studies Not Yet Published - Pre-order Today "If you want to know who you are and where you come from, follow the maíz." That was the advice given to author Roberto Cintli Rod... more »

Well, that’s a vote of confidence in Labour

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
For once, National’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has acted as the underhanded strategist he’s reputed to be, ‘poaching’ Labour’s Shane Jones for a job as fisheries bureaucrat for the Pacific just ahead of the election. That Jones finally accepted McCully’s January overtures is both a vote of no-confidence in his party’s chances this election – with the portfolio of Economic Development he could have expected a major role in any Labour-Green win – and also of its internal culture. Because it seems his disgust with Labour’s “identity politics” might finally have trumped... more »

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, "Laguna Indigo II (Aurora)" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
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"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth's sky is similar in size to our Milky Way Galaxy: big, beautiful M81. This grand spiral galaxy lies 11.8 million light-years away toward the northern constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major). *Click image for larger size.* The deep image of the region reveals details in the bright yellow core, but at the same time follows fainter features along the galaxy's gorgeous blue spiral arms and sweeping dust lanes. It also follows the expansive, arcing feature, known as Arp's loop, that seems to rise from the galaxy's disk at the upper righ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "The Cry Of The Desert" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Cry Of The Desert"* by Paulo Coelho "As soon as he arrived in Marrakesh, Morocco, a missionary decided he would stroll through the desert at the city’s boundary every morning. On his first stroll he noticed a man lying on the sand, caressing the ground with his hands and leaning his ears towards the earth. “He is mad,” the missionary said to himself. But he saw the man every morning during his walks and after a month, intrigued by that strange behavior, he decided to approach the stranger. He knelt beside him and asked, in broken Arabic, “What are you doing?” “I keep the dese... more »

Boston Marathon Bombings - One Year Later and Many Questions Abound Still -- MIT Police Officer’s Statement Suggests FBI was Watching Tsarnaevs the Night Sean Collier was Killed ...... “Boston Strong”—A Feel-Good Distraction From A Darker Truth ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago MIT Police Officer’s Statement Suggests FBI was Watching Tsarnaevs the Night Sean Collier was Killed - [image: The Alex Jones Channel][image: Alex Jones Show podcast][image: Prison Planet TV][image: Twitter][image: Alex Jones' Facebook][image: Infowars store] *Privacy* April 22, 2014 [image: fbi_phote]Those of us here in Boston are intimately familiar with the details. We were glued to our television sets, radios, and computers,... more »

Banker deaths updates April 20 , 2014 ( Running total of suicides , mystery deaths and murders now at 14 ) - From unexplained suicides and mystery deaths , no we have stepped up to murders of Bankers !

Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago ( for the Banksters , the trend is not your friend... and the recent trend has been murders ....) BNP Banker, His Wife And Nephew Murdered In Belgium [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/20/2014 08:35 -0400 - Belgium - Newspaper inShare In the beginning it was banker suicides. Then about two weeks ago, suicides were replaced by outright murders after the execution-style killing of the CEO of a bank in otherwise sleepy (and tax evasive) Lichtenstein by a d... more »

The Poet: William Stafford, "Starting With Little Things" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Starting With Little Things" * "Love the earth like a mole, fur-near. Nearsighted, hold close the clods, their fine-print headlines. Pat them with soft hands- Like spades, but pink and loving; they break rock, nudge giants aside, affable plow. Fields are to touch; each day nuzzle your way. Tomorrow the world." - William Stafford

"The Breton Fisherman's Prayer: On Destroying What We Love" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Breton Fisherman's Prayer: * *On Destroying What We Love"* by Robert C. Koehler “Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.” "The Arctic ice is melting at a record pace this summer — just one more measurable phenomenon indicating that extraordinary change in the global ecosystem is in progress. As the ice melts, and the vast polar reflecting surface diminishes, the planet absorbs more and more of the sun’s energy and... grows warmer. More ice melts. So what? Sitting at my desk in Chicago, I was tempted to opt out of caring about this — trend Republican, you might say... more »

Chet Raymo, "Ratchet" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Ratchet"* by Chet Raymo "My MacBook laptop has been annoying me with glitches that are signs of old age (or planned obsolescence). Am I sorry? Not really. At last I can justify buying what I've wanted for several years - a MacBook Air. And here it is, in my trembling hands, in a package so sleek and slim that one wonders where there is room for the circuitry, flash drive and battery. For my money, the Air is the most sublime manifestation of human technology on the planet today. As a graduate student in physics in the early 1960s, I availed myself of a Univac computer that sat i... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Two Possibilities Exist..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Welcome to Planet Earth, the third planet from a star named the Sun. The Earth is shaped like a sphere and composed mostly of rock. Over 70 percent of the Earth's surface is water. The planet has a relatively thin atmosphere composed mostly of nitrogen and oxygen. This picture of Earth, dubbed Blue Marble, was taken from Apollo 17 in 1972 and features Africa and Antarctica. It is thought to be one of the most widely distributed photographs of any kind. With its abundance of liquid water, Earth supports a large variety of life forms, including potentially intelligent species such a... more »

Mike's Story Part 4; Friends

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
By *Jenna Orkin* Mike's father's job with the Air Force required the family to move so often that Mike changed schools virtually every year. It's notoriously hard to make friends under those circumstances and it left him lonely and angry, especially after "Dad" started staying away from home for longer periods. He took out his frustration on the family dog, kicking and abusing it. When Dad returned, he immediately got the lay of the land, understanding he was the root cause of the problem. But he also realized that for everyone's sake, the dog had to go. I always felt that ... more »

Wind in Aruba: where's the beef?

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 1 day ago
Aruba is a very nice tourist destination.  It has sun, sand and water.  It also has trade winds, which lash the eastern shore with heavy waves.  These winds are the energy source for the Vader Piet wind farm, on Aruba's southeast shore. Vader Piet exists because of a coup of clever financing.  Arranged during the credit crisis of 2008, Jerome Guillet managed to get the turbine vendor (Vestas)

Carl Sagan, “The Pale Blue Dot: Where We Make Our Stand” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot” -

“10 Planetary Facts for Earth Day 2014” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“10 Planetary Facts for Earth Day 2014”* by Phil Plait “Today is Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of our home planet. I know you’ll be hearing a lot of talk about the environment today, humanity’s global impact, and more … which is great, and I wholly support that conversation (obviously). But as an astronomer and science dork, I do love me some fun factoids. So I gathered together/calculated a few to give you a better appreciation of our planet’s place in the Universe. You might want to check out the ones I posted last year, too. You can’t know too much about Earth. The Earth a... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Jigosaseh, Mother of Nations' at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
JIGOSASEH, MOTHER OF NATIONS Posted on April 22, 2014  Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. Apr. 22, 2014. We gave our word to our prophet Dekanawida that we would spread the peace throughout the world. Another international peace conference to spread the Great Peace is coming soon like the one we had in London in 1710. In the Great Peace women have a duty to intervene

The Hill/Fish Star Map Revisited

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
For those who remember, Barney and Betty Hill reported that they had been abducted by alien creatures in 1961. Under hypnotic regression, Betty remembered a star map the alien leader had shown her, but because she didn’t know where the sun was on the map, he didn’t provide any additional information. Marjorie Fish, a very bright woman, set out to find the home world of the aliens, and eventually settled on Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticuli, a double star system some 37 light years from Earth. The problem for us in today’s world is that Fish made a number of assumptions that are no longer ... more »

Earth Day Challenge & Award: Free Energy - Steven M Greer

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*April 22, 2014* *Please post and circulate widely* *$100,000 STAR Challenge and Award* Dear Friends and Supporters of Sirius, On the one year anniversary of the launch of "Sirius", I would like to thank all of you for your continued support, which has made "Sirius" the most successful crowd funded documentary film in history! On this one year anniversary, Earth Day 2014, we are announcing the STAR Challenge and Award. While we have not raised enough funds to open a professional research and development lab, thanks to your generosity we have enough funds to announce this new ... more »

Why Google News is better than BBC News

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Google News is a great source of news. Better than the BBC in fact. Today, Google News shows that many a UK news site is updating their readers with the latest news from Abu Hamza's trial: *Abu Hamza: '9/11 Made Everybody Happy'* Sky News-9 hours ago *US jurors hear Abu Hamza's praise for September 11 attacks* Reuters UK-13 hours ago *Abu Hamza was 'happy' about 9/11 attacks terror trial jury hears* Daily Mail-12 hours ago *Abu Hamza trial sees him praising 9/11 hijackers* hours ago *Abu Hamza in US terror trial: "Everyone was happy when the planes crashed on 9/... more »

Satire: “Supreme Court Calls Lying By Politicians An Expression Of Their Religion” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Supreme Court Calls Lying By Politicians An Expression Of Their Religion”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States declared on Tuesday that lying by politicians is protected by the First Amendment because it is an expression of their religion. By a 5–4 majority, the Court struck down an Ohio law that would make it harder to lie in political ads, arguing instead that “any attempt to restrict or punish lying by politicians is an unconstitutional infringement on a religion they have practiced for decades.” Th... more »

KIPP Counts on Teach for America for a Reliable Supply Chain of Expendable Teachers

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Teach for America plays a crucial role in providing a never-ending supply of disposable teachers for KIPP and the other corporate welfare charter reform schools that are so popular among the cultural sterilization advocates and the vampires of Wall Street. In the interview segment below, a survivor of KIPP discusses the ongoing teacher sacrifices to CorpEd's Great Maw. *INT: Let me ask you this question: if I were a friend of yours interested in teaching at a KIPP school, and I asked you what was it like there, what would you tell me?* *R: I would say honestly, I’ve had that qu... more »

Oklahoma: Here Comes The Sun-- Now Pay Up

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Monday, Oklahoma's Republican governor, Mary Fallin, a lock-step right-wing ideologue and pawn of the Koch brothers, signed a bill fining or taxing Oklahomans who want to use solar power. It had passed both Houses of the Oklahoma legislature, and, in fact the House passed it 83-5. (Now this is a very, very red state but there are still 29 Democrats in the state House--72 Republicans-- and 12 Democrats in the state Senate--36 Republicans). Many of those Democrats, however, aren't Democrats that *actual* Democrats would recognize as Democrats. Many of them, for example, went right ... more »

Nostalgia: Not What It Used To Be

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I doubt retro video game commentators Pat the NES Punk and Luna Ian are household names among readers, but their recent podcast on what defines a retro game raises some interesting questions about nostalgia. So before you switch off, this is going to be more than a video game post. What does and doesn't constitute a retro game is not something you can pin down with scientific precision, but it doesn't stop Pat and Ian having a go. They suggest the latest retro system was Sega's Dreamcast, that debuted in 1999 and bowed out less than two short years later. Anything before that is re... more »

Faith Spotted Eagle 'Indian Women defending land from Keystone XL pipeline' at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Faith Spotted Eagle: Women are nurturers, but they are also Mother Bears, ready to defend the land and water By Brenda Norrell Censored News WASHINGTON DC -- Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Oyate (Yankton Dakota) told the ‘Reject and Protect’ action resisting the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline today in DC that Indian women are ready to protect their land from the proposed invasion of the


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*As Louisiana’s coast disappears, so does landowners’ money~Peter Moskowitz, Aljazeera * *~Editilla Crowtellas~ I did predict this: No Land = No Stand!* *For all the breast-beating about diversions, decision to build them has yet to be made ~Bob Marshall, The Lens*

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

“Extreme Climate Change And Life On This Planet” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Extreme Climate Change And Life On This Planet”* By Andrew McKillop “Elite Climate Change and Global Warming (CCGW): There is no need to dwell on the political elite theory and fear of CCGW except that its main goal is to enrich the crony capitalist “carbon finance” industry and reward techno-geek start ups rushing their newest gimmick able to store sunlight for nighttime use to market, and then to IPO, powered by free sunshine! The elite doomster theme of CCGW is essentially no different from that of former Nazi ideologist Gunther Schwab. In his 1958 book “Dance With The Devil” ... more »

"The Small Beacon..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us." - James Baldwin, "The Fire Next Time"

The Week That Was – Oklahoma School Reform Comes Crashing Down

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Six days into the week that may mark the end of test-driven school “reform” in Oklahoma, our state may foreshadow the way that corporate reform collapses nationally. As the parent/volunteer leader of Central Parent Legislative Action Committee, Meredith Exline says, “the trend in Oklahoma is not isolated. ‘I really feel like any story I read […]

Film 'Crying Earth Rise Up' Manderson, SD, April 22, 2014 at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
From Debra White Plume, Lakota: "Come to the screening tonight! Wonderful poster artwork by Carla Rae Marshall.

“Princeton Researchers Conclude US Political System Has Been Almost Completely Usurped” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Princeton Researchers Conclude US Political System * *Has Been Almost Completely Usurped”* Of the elite, by the elite, for the elite. by Steve Watson “A recent scientific study by Princeton and Northwestern universities, which has gone somewhat under reported in the mainstream media, concludes that the US is now a fully fledged oligarchy. The paper, entitled “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens”, notes that America is no longer even a Democracy, which begs the question, how far removed is the country from being the Republic envisioned ... more »

New Zealand’s Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post by Hugh Pavletich* The recent Forbes e-edition article by Jesse Colombo assessing the New Zealand economy, “12 Reasons Why New Zealand's Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster” (about which we blogged here yesterday) seems to have created quite a stir, creating extensive media coverage in New Zealand. One article alone, Michael Field’s major *Fairfax* article ‘NZ bubble 'going to burst', stimulated a remarkable 500+ comments. It didn’t take too long for the politicians to react, with Acting Finance Minister Steven Joyce downplaying it, unhelpfully personally attacking Mr... more »

The Post reports on Meet the Press!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014* *Statistics can be hard:* David Gregory’s Meet the Press has become unwatchably dull and cosmically pointless. Yesterday, the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi supplied the ratings numbers for the current year. Incredibly, Meet the Press is now running dead last among the three major Sunday programs: FARHI (4/21/14): *[F]airly or not, Gregory's "Meet the Press" still gets measured against the lofty peaks scaled by Tim Russert, his predecessor.*Russert, the folksy inquisitor, ruled the ratings for more than a decade until his death in June 2008. He often attracte... more »
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