Friday, August 09, 2013

9 August - Blogs I'm Following

Dead bodies of Syrian rebels, killed by the Fr...Dead bodies of Syrian rebels, killed by the French Army (before 1916), and placed in Marjeh Square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: President Bashar al-Assad, Aleppo, Ab...English: President Bashar al-Assad, Aleppo, Abbarah square (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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How the CIA vets "Syrian Rebels"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 minutes ago
This came to us from one of the Anonymous commenters here. AnonymousAugust 9, 2013 at 3:51 AM *SATIRE* via I am completely unfamiliar with this place, myself. But, did enjoy the dialogue presented. The absurdity of the so called 'vetting process' You know weapons going only go to the good guys ??? "So the decision has been taken, and the US will start training and arming the Syrian rebels after vetting them in Jordan. Now we all know what a capable organisation the CIA is so we should a... more »

Ezra Klein refuses to stop!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 minutes ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013* *Professions must be made:* On Monday night, the analysts screamed, then explained what Ezra had done. He was guest-hosting for Chris Hayes. He had started the program like this: KLEIN (8/5/13): Good evening from New York. I’m Ezra Klein, *sitting in for the great Chris Hayes.* Gack! We’ve warned you to check your wallets when you see the children do that. This is part of a marketing campaign designed to convince you that they and their colleagues are “great.” Confidentially, they and their colleagues *aren’t *great. If they were, they shouldn’t be in char... more »

AP outdoes itself on Syria

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 19 minutes ago
Today's AP news headline: "Syrian rebels shell neighborhood close to Assad." But did they? The first paragraph is certainly frightening news for the Syrian government: Rockets and mortar shells hit an upscale Damascus neighborhood Thursday where Syrian President Bashar Assad was visiting a nearby mosque, laying bare the ability of rebels to strike one of the most secure areas of the capital despite an ongoing government offensive. And the next paragraph gets even worse, telling us "At least two rebel brigades claimed to have hit Assad's motorcade on its way to the mosque." But the... more »

Gold Markets Get Strange – Is Economic Danger Near?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 26 minutes ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] image source Brandon Smith Traditionally, metals markets are supposed to be a solid fundamental signal of the physical and psychological health of our overall economy. Steady but uneventful commodities trade meant a generally healthy industrial base and consumption base. An extreme devaluation was a signal of deflation in consumer demand and a flight to currencies. Extreme price hikes meant a flight from normal assets and currencies in the wake of possible hyperinflation. This is how gold and silver markets were originally ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 28 minutes ago
*Brees can join elite fraternity this season ~Scott Walker, WDSU*

Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 31 minutes ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Michael Snyder Once upon a time, the police were one of the most respected institutions in America, but now most Americans fear them. Almost every single day there are multiple stories of police brutality or misconduct that make the national news. Just this week, there have been stories about police killing a baby deer at an animal shelter, about police killing a 95-year-old World War II veteran in a retirement home, and about police using legal technicalities to “legally” stealmassive amounts of money from innocent citizen... more »

What It Means to Be An NSA "Target"

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 49 minutes ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *New Information Shows Why We Need Immediate FISA Amendments Act Reform* image source Mark Rumold *EFF* An important New York Times investigation from today reporting that the NSA "is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country," coupled with leaked documents published by the Guardian, seriously calls into question the accuracy of crucial statements made by government officials about NSA surveillance. The government has previously tried to reassure the publi... more »

Globalist Agenda Rolling At Super Highway Speed Forcing Conscious Revolution to Accelerate

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Bernie Suarez There is a strange feeling in the air. It’s happening all across America, no really! People everywhere are being pushed to make critical decisions about their perception of the world they now live in. The speed of events is being artificially manipulated by the globalists; who evidently realize that time is running out and are seeking control and are going for it all. They are doing the obvious, like now introducing the North American Union, denying NSA spying exposed by whistleblowers and even creating world-wi... more »

During The Best Period Of Economic Growth In U.S. History There Was No Income Tax And No Federal Reserve

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Dees Illustration Michael Snyder How would America ever survive without the central planners in the Obama administration and at the Federal Reserve? What in the world would we do if there was no income tax and no IRS? Could the U.S. economy possibly keep from collapsing under such circumstances? The mainstream media would have us believe that unless we have someone "to pull the levers" our economy would descend into utter chaos, but the truth is that the best period of economic growth in U.S. history occurred during a tim... more »

SOURCES OF PARALYSIS: The fiery liberals this time!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013* *Part 4—Paralyzed by our own people:* In the fall of 1997, we started trying to create this site. In those days, the nation boasted two major sources of intellectual paralysis. You could get paralyzed from “the right” or by the mainstream “press corps.” On the right, Fox News wasn’t a big deal yet, but talk radio had been going strong for more than a decade. The think tanks had been churning the bullroar since the 1960s. More and more, the mainstream press corps was taking its cues from these paralytic sources. Silly claims were repeated, without objection... more »

A Debate over Obamacare

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 hour ago
Casey Mulligan versus David Cutler

APSA Aerobics

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
It’s almost APSA time and it seems all my friends are busy planning really wonderful sporting engagements for times they aren’t in panels. This always puts me in a bind – I thought we became academics because we were bad at sports! I can’t throw a Frisbee and soccer requires too much coordination. So, I’ve Continue reading

Austin, Texas Terror Alert Coincides with Homeland Security Drill

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *Law enforcement ‘on alert’ for ‘unconfirmed’ and ‘random’ potential terrorist attacks in Austin, while failing to warn the public of the threat. * Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton While U.S. embassies around the globe have been shut down and travelers cautioned over a vague terror threat officials claim resembles pre-9/11 activity, law enforcement and counter-terrorism authorities in Austin, Texas did not issue a warning of terror threats to residents, despite a city-specific threat sent only to law enforcement. A Homeland... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*N.O. area housing prices steadily rising ~Jaquetta White, New Orleans Advocate*

Offending Activists

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *YouTube - Larken Rose* *Editor's Note*: "Activism" is a broad term. Larken Rose addresses a particular form of it and calls into question how effective group efforts, protests and petitions may be, while those efforts often avoid the heart of the problem. *Personal *activism on the other hand, wherein one transforms their own understanding of self-determination and becomes *active* to make necessary changes, remains a key goal. From the video description: Time to be a total party-pooper, and annoy and offend lots of people ... more »

Washington’s Drive For Hegemony Is A Drive To War

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] image source Paul Craig Roberts It was five years ago that the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvilli, who was installed in power by the Washington supported “Rose Revolution,” launched a military invasion of South Ossetia, a break-away province under its own government. The Georgian attack killed Russian peace-keeping troops and numerous Ossetians. The Russian military response overwhelmed the US trained and equipped Georgian army in 5 days to the embarrassment of Saakashvilli and his Washington sponsors. Washington b... more »

Former NSA Director Refers to Privacy Activists as Al Qaeda Terrorists

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
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Innocence or Guilt?: Looking Beyond the Individual | the becoming radical

plthomasedd at SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
How does Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader inform the many scandals in the education reform era? READ: Innocence or Guilt?: Looking Beyond the Individual | the becoming radical.


Anon at aangirfan - 1 hour ago
*The Muslim Brotherhood: The Best YouTube Actors * * The Bankers financed Hitler US air force chief ends secret week-long visit to Israel * * **Exposed: Factory chicken slaughterhouses using super-strength chemicals to cover up extreme salmonella contamination* *CHARITIES, ORGIES AND SPOOKS * *HOUSTON AND GAY OSAMA SEX SLAVES 'GAY RUSSIANS'*

What will happen when Bilderberger Jeff Bezos takes over the Washington Post?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Patrick Henningsen founder and Bilderberg member Jeff Bezos is all set to take control of the Washington Post from the Graham family who have owned the media publication for four generations. Bezos paid $250 million for the Washington Post, along with the Express newspaper and several local weeklies bundled in. Interestingly, the Bezos deal comes on the heals of another major media move, with the New York Times announcing that it’s selling its ownership in The Boston Globe. When the NYT purchased The Boston Globe... more »

Silly season

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
Pandering to attention-seekers is a very annoying trait of the BBC. Putting people like Owen Jones, Mehdi Hasan and Tim Stanley on our screens at every opportunity is a ratings-grasping ploy, the equivalent of an internet phenomenon I keep coming across, called ‘click-bait.’ Then there’s the Bongo Bongo Land thing, which Ed West has nailed, and the ‘is a 13-year-old too young to be called a sexual predator’ question, which is another multi-faceted issue rather than a suitable topic for knee-jerk politically correct outrage. We all know that the BBC’s charter obliges them to appear ... more »

Topsy Turvy World

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Redmond Weissenberger Sometimes seems like we live in a topsy-turvy world. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in the former home of the Proletariat Revolution, while the Home of the Brave's government desperately wants his scalp. Three decades ago, this was unheard of. Communist Russia was supposed to be a place of tyranny and surveillance. Uncle Sam was supposed to leave his citizens in peace. Now the roles have been flipped as Putin's Russia is taking in political refugees attempting to outr... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Some have claimed that Americans don't care about the revelations that the NSA is conducting massive surveillance on our private communications. But Oliver Stone isn't buying it. In a video produced with the ACLU, Director Oliver Stone shares some of his reflections on the NSA spying program and the disastrous legacy of unchecked government abuse of power. All Americans should stand up for our civil liberties at this critical moment in history, he says-- by asking our representatives in Congress to roll back the surveillance state.

Al Qaeda Doesn't Exist (Documentary)

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *James Corbett* Al Qaeda Doesn't Exist (Documentary) - 1 *by corbettreport* More info visit: Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below.

NSA officials admit to widespread collection of emails, other text communications sent to people overseas

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] image credit: frederic.jacobs/Flickr Madison Ruppert Anonymous National Security Agency (NSA) officials have revealed that the agency collects emails and other text communications when they are received from foreign sources, sent internationally or when they mention a particular person or something related to that person. The fact that the NSA conducts widespread surveillance of people communicating with foreign individuals has been known for quite some time, but this is the first time that officials have admitted that the s... more »

Carbon Fraud Deniers

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Dees Ilustration Jon David Miller Those who try to expose the falsehood of blaming carbon dioxide emissions from common human activities as the cause of climate change, are commonly dismissed as “climate change deniers”. If you are under that misconception, you should dig deeper to understand what is really happening, rather than accepting conclusions from false data and assuming the fraud alerts are just “conspiracy theory”. I urge you not to ignore what I present because I am not a scientist. Rather, please discover that ... more »

Colorado Apartment's Gun Ban Thrown Out

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Image *Activist Post* The question of what is reasonable under HOA regulations seems to have been answered, at least in the case of The Douglas County Housing Partnership and their reversal of a policy that was set to be imposed by Ross Management Group. An emergency meeting of the housing authority was called in the wake of the outcry following a new notice to Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, Colorado which stipulated that owners would no longer be permitted to have guns in their residence as of October 1, 2013. (Source)... more »

"The Human Spirit Can Never Be Vanquished!"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 hours ago
Well, to the extent that "the human spirit" is just a concept, that statement is true. Obviously though, since it's just a concept, it can't do much of anything. The individual human spirit? I can get a handle on that. It's somebody's optimism and will to survive and triumph. That can be broken. It's been broken countless times in the past. Countless individuals have committed suicide or been tortured into compliance. Renouncing their beliefs. Betraying their comrades. It's nonsense to say that the human spirit can never be vanquished. "The people united can never be defeated... more »

A Closer Look At The Minimum Wage

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
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Wag The Dog : An NSA Production

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *Plot:* Illegal NSA spying has been exposed and people are pissed. Fake terror plots are hyped to justify spying, and drone strikes. Give up your rights happily, or you're with the terrorists. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below.

Hardware and Software Combining to Replicate the Human Brain

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Nicholas West The goal to create a computer brain every bit the equal to its human counterpart is nearing reality . . . if the researchers involved can be believed. These are the same researchers, after all, who have made disingenuous claims in the past. On one hand it has been stated that mapping the vast structure of the human brain - particularly true cognition, not only computational power - is nearly insurmountable: Using today’s state of the art technology, it takes an AI-assisted researcher almost 50 hours to reconst... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Amanda Bearse, 55. And with that, I'm off on a long vacation weekend. Off to Vegas with my dad. I should get the normal weekend posts up at some point, I'll have a Salon column as usual, and it's possible I'll wind up doing another item at some point, but today and Monday should be fairly quiet around here. Some good stuff heading into the weekend: 1. Garance Franke-Ruta on living the, I don't know how to pitch it. 2. This is fun: how old were they on July 4, 1776? Todd Andrlik has the answer. 3. And more fun: scouting reports on...presidents! From Dav... more »

US Gov't Forces Snowden's Encrypted Email Service to Shut Down

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *Activist Post* NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden famously used an encrypted email account to communicate privately with Glenn Greenwald and other reporters. Shortly after it was revealed that Snowden used Lavabit, the U.S. government pressured them to close down after ten years of service. Lavabit's owner, Ladar Levison, received a court order to turn over all users' private email data. He refused, and said he would not "become complicit in crimes against the American people." Levison claims he was given two choices: coope... more »

Muslim Brotherhood Propaganda Film Exposed

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Brandon Turbeville Taking a cue from the foreign-backed death squads currently wreaking havoc in Syria, Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been caught attempting to stage both a demonstration and a violent repression of that demonstration by government forces. Incredibly, Muslim Brotherhood supporters literally organized a fake demonstration complete with camera crews whose purpose was to photograph the “demonstrators” pretending to march on the streets of Egypt and portray this demonstration as real. What’s more, the “demon... more »

Can Steve Israel's Beloved Blue Dogs Derail Immigration Reform By Siding With The GOP Again?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
John Barrow-- anti-immigrant Blue Dog (GA) Politically, the battle over immigration reform in pretty black and white, right? The Democrats want to reform the system. The Republicans don't. If only it could break down that neatly! The genesis of the immigration problem is tied up in wealthy corporate interests-- primarily backers of the GOP-- who want cheap labor and lots of immigration to drive the cost of labor down and dilute the power of unions. But the other half of the Republican coalition is made of of racists, xenophobes and bigots filled with fear and hatred for immigrants. T... more »

The European Union VERY QUIETLY passes an EU Bail IN scheme on August 1 , 2013 - EU denizens , you are now officially on notice your money in Banks is at risk !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
GLOBAL LOOTING: The new EU bailin law was passed 8 days ago….did you notice? Revealed: official details on how the EU will steal from us [image: lobs]*Are you a citizen with rights, or just a helpless crustacean?* *Three beaming eurocrats – Barroso, Van Rompuy and Lithuanian Dalia Grybauskaite – emerged triumphant from a session two days ago, in which they mapped out the biggest bank heist in world history. This is to put flesh on the eurozone law hastily passed on August 1st (while EU citizens were on holiday) to deal with theinevitability event of a bank collapse. Under this draft p... more »

State Assessment Results: "It Just Doesn't Matter"

Chris Cerrone at SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE - 3 hours ago
Reblogged from SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE: Even though we opted our oldest out of the third grade state assessments last year, an error occurred and her blank math test answer form was scanned and sent on to the New York State Education Department. As a result, we received a Parent Report from NYSED […]

Japan total debt crosses one quadrillion yen ! That number translates to 10.5 trillion dollars - an amount larger than the combined economies of the UK , Germany and France ! An amount which 230 percent of Japan's GDP ! Imagine where this numbers soars to as Japan continues QE and at some point in time issues debt to deal with the Fukushima debacle !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
[image: Tyler Durden's picture] Japan Enters The Keynesian Twilight Zone As Total Debt Crosses ¥1,000,000,000,000,000.00.Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/09/2013 - 08:04 Back in May 2011, together with forecasting Japan's most epic case of quantitative easing ever unleashed, we presented the absurd, if inevitable, thought experiment of a country that would soon cross into the twilight zone of total sovereign debt numbers that no longer even fit on a simple pocket calculator. The country of course is Japan, *and the debt number is one quadrillion*. As of last night, the absurd has beco... more »

The Next Terrorist Attack - What The Mainstream Media Isn't Telling You

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
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Maybe It's Time For Mike Duffy And Pamela Wallin To Throw Stephen Harper 'Under The Bus' And Come Clean On This Whole Sorry Affair!

leftdog at Buckdog - 4 hours ago
** *When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal. For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces. While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. ** Saskatchewan's right leaning corporate MSM came running to Harper's defence and tried to ... more »

DOJ Admits "Unintended Consequences" in Drug War, May Reduce Sentences

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *NPR* "The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old," Holder says. "There have been a lot of unintended consequences. There's been a decimation of certain communities, in particular communities of color." Listen to the full story below: Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below.

Uneasy Lies the Head

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
The knives are out.Tim Hudak's days as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party are numbered. Bob Hepburn writes in *The Toronto Star:* In the wake of disappointing losses in four of the five byelections last week, now comes news that Hudak is facing a new open revolt within his party, with two separate calls for a leadership review by groups of Tory activists furious over the party’s poor showing. If the calls succeed, Hudak could be dumped as leader at the party’s convention set for Sept. 20-22. Such an outcome is unlikely because it’s almost impossible to rewrite p... more »

Abuse of civil forfeiture laws allow the theft of literally billions each year from innocent americans - that these laws use " forfeited " funds to cover police salaries and bonuses really sets up a conflict for the police to enforce the law equitable rather than abusively ! Civil forfeiture just an aspect of the militarization of the police as we devolve to a Stasi style state here in the " Homeland "

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Civil forfeiture scam lets police collect billions from innocent Americans Published time: August 08, 2013 19:36 Get short URL [image: AFP Photo] AFP Photo Share on tumblr Tags Crime, Police, USA Police agencies across the United States are seizing billions of dollars annually in assets and money from people never convicted of crimes, and they’ve been getting away with it for decades. Law enforcement uses civil forfeiture to make fortunes in towns around the US, and only a select few of the innocent parties impacted by the practice are lucky enough to have their cash and other goodies ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*FEMA adminstrator gets look at local levees ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate* *Fight heats up against potential huge flood insurance rate hikes ~Scott Satchfield, WVUE* *New Orleans to Host Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Meeting ~Dredging Today* *Exquisite Corps to Consider Elevating Entire Jersey Shore *Seasonal Get-A-Way* Town of Highland? Well, Yeyuuuh???* *~"The good news is the proposal we put forth after Sandy to consider raising the town is now being considered by the Corp."* *Real estate frenzy near soon-to-be biomedical district ~WWLTV * *Barbie celebrates M... more »

Municipal debt issuance in Michigan hits turbulence after Detroit bankruptcy forcing three local governments to pull offerings - will Oakland County actually move forward with its 300 million bond offering next month or also be forced to pull its deal ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Three governments in Michigan have pulled planned municipal bond sales off the market since Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection last month. On Thursday, Saginaw County withdrew a roughly $61 million sale to cover pension obligations. Ahead of that decision, Genesee County withdrew a $54 million sale to finance a water and sewer work. And Battle Creek delayed a $16 million general obligation bond issue. The decisions come amid concern that Detroit's bankruptcy... more »

Fukushima - Radioactive " Water World " news - August 6 , 2013 ...... Japan with tepco handling the Fukushima debacle is a clear and presnt danger to the world , more dangerous than a Terrorist Groups - WHY THE SILENCE FROM THE WORLD ?

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago [Column] Rising groundwater – 2 reasons why Tepco’s countermeasures may cause further disaster Posted by *Mochizuki* on August 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services The groundwater is estimated to reach the ground surface on 8/19/2013, which is the very urging problem. On 8/7/2013, Tepco announced they are going to start pumping up the rising groundwater from 8/9/2013. After pumping up the wa... more »

Following the pulling of Embassy personnel in Yemen , the US pulls staff from a consulate in Lahore , Pakistan ..... Note the uptick in the Af - Pak theatre over the past month !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
US pulls staff from consulate in Pakistan Non-essential personnel ordered to leave Lahore diplomatic mission on basis of "credible threat information". Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 11:44 [image: Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker] [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] The shift of some consulate personnel from Lahore is a precautionary measure, US officials say [AFP] The US government has ordered all non-essential staff to leave its consulate in Pakistan's Lahore after receiving threats of attack, with the State Department also ... more »

Darwin had it all wrong; missing the Killshot...? (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 5 hours ago
"Knowing where to go with your last tank of gas is so important!" That claims *Maj. Ed Dames*, ret. US Army, involved in Remote Viewing tests for a.o. the CIA. Archaeologist *Peter M. Jupp* from Australia says it differently. He claims that Darwin, from the natural evolution theory, had it all wrong. He overlooked peculiar "jumps", shocks in 'evolution', that go back to some kind of Killshot, that Maj. Dames introduced. These shocks rule out a natural evolution, but a cosmic involvement. *Ben Davidson* from "Suspicious-Observers" explains what cosmic event could have triggered the de... more »

Working for a Member of Parliament

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
Bright young things swanning around with their sharp suits and lattes. Having the most powerful people in the land hanging off your advice and earning megabucks - it's a nice fantasy. Except for the majority of people working in politics, the unacknowledged and overlooked battalions beavering away in MPs' parliamentary and constituency offices, this is a far cry from what they do. Except for the suits. And the hot drinks. I know because for the last two-and-a-half years, I've been a caseworker for Tristram Hunt, the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central. And as today is my... more »

My Day at the Chicago Protest Against ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
It's been an interesting day. First to get this out of the way - If you would like to look at some of the demonstrators signs *>>>GO HERE<<<* If you woudl like to see two good vids of the protest *>>>GO HERE<<<* or *>>>>GO HERE<<< * Onward and Forward When I scoped out the area around the Palmer - I said to myself, "where in the hell are they going to put the people who are supposed to be here"? Having been at the Scottsdale protest against ALEC - there were about 200 of us - it was gonna be tight if 600 showed up in Chicago, in front of the Palmer (there were 600 at the protest i... more »

Bill Whittle: We have logic, history, reason, data, and truth...(video)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*if you do nothing else today, please watch this. Forget the sound bites. Sit back, listen, and ponder. * Seriously powerful!! "Barack Obama is not the problem. He is the symptom of the problem"

Medicine for the People - Link To 63 Music Videos

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
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Update Aug 9th: More Data, spying, and transparency

Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 7 hours ago
*Goooooood Morning!! (or evening for my ozzie friends!)* * **I've been away from the computer for the most part this week, although I did take a few hours to try to catch up on the over 800 emails in my in box- (if you emailed me before July 28.... I'm afraid that your email most likely got deleted- it was an act of desperation), and catching up with the on going conversations in the various skype rooms, and reading reading reading....* * **More transparency coming out this week from all sorts of sources and a couple of these articles are very pointed in the data that they are outing... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
In 2005, The Sunday Mirror had a front page story about an orgy held in London. Among those attending the orgy was the director of an international charity. "The international charity director had sex with a female TV production company boss." EXCLUSIVE: BIGGEST EVER FILTHY-RICH ORGY *Bubb* Sir Stephen Bubb is head of the UK's *Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations* (Acevo) * Sir Stephen Bubb is a defender of charity boardroom excess.* Sir Stephen earns £100,000 per year. *Sir Stephen Bubb, who defended six-figure salaries for bosses of charities, had his... more »

Beyond Robopocalypticism

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
In all the media frenzy over “killer robots,” Terminator imagery comes up a lot. So do references to Battlestar Galactica. So does a specific scene from Robocop, soon to be remade to resonate with public fears of domestic drones. These iconic narratives invoke a recurrent theme in American science fiction about lethal robot malfunctions or Continue reading

Skyrmions could make hard disks 100 times smaller

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
*Remotely related: sci-fi gets real:* tech junkies should look at 27 science-fiction concepts that morphed into reality in 2012. Nature's Ron Cowen reviewed a technical paper in Nature that is one month old, Writing and Deleting Single Magnetic Skyrmions (Niklas Romming and 7 co-authors from Hamburg). See also reviews in Gizmodo and those via Google News. Thanks to Viktor K. for the link. Skyrmions, some topologically non-trivial solutions of non-linear sigma-models first described by Tony Skyrme in the 1960s, may be thought of as tiny vortices of atoms. Because in this very r... more »

Meet Donald E. Westlake

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
The 1999 film 'Payback' is based on the *Parker series by Donald E. Westlake*. *Wikipedia: * Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 – December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with over a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction or other genres. He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, one of only three writers (the others are Joe Gores and William L. DeAndrea) to win Edgars in three different categories (1968, Best Novel, God Save the Mark; 1990, Best Short Story, "... more »

Phils/Taiwan fisherman killing mess links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 10 hours ago
*Temple procession in Tainan* Not much time for blogging today, in Kinmen enjoying that island's wonderful atmosphere and old buildings, but Manila has put out its official report on the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman. Meanwhile Taipei is responding quid pro quo by announcing that it is lifting the sanctions on Manila. Good news. An emissary came to apologize -- something that had already occurred -- and Manila announced it was prosecuting the sailors, obvious sacrifices to Manila-Taipei relations. When asked to elaborate on dissatisfaction, Hung Tzu-chien said she felt it was ... more »

Greg Hunter, Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.9.13 (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.9.13*" By Greg Hunter’s "I am coming to you from the Midwest, and I have some good news to report on the crop front. This year looks like it’s going to go much better than last year. The corn is 10 feet tall in some places, and the soybeans are looking pretty good. Last year, we had extreme drought conditions across most of the country. This year, at least half the country has had plenty of rain. That said, about forty percent of the west is still extremely dry. Also, even though there has been plenty of water, crops were planted late becau... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Sea of Dreams” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
2002, “Sea of Dreams” -

Ghada Shbeir: Traditional Maronite Chants

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
[image:] *Source of photo.* *Brief Bio of Ghada Shbeir (Source: her official website):* Specialist and professional performer of traditional Middle Eastern folks and Arabo Andalusian songs, Syriac and Ancient Maronite chants, Ghada Shbeir has an exquisite talent and the ability to move easily and with professionalism from traditional folk songs to religious chants. She has earned frequent comparison to some of the best Middle Eastern singers. Born in Lebanon, after graduation from high school, Ghada Shbeir moved to the USEK ... more »

"A look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Medieval Albrechtsberg castle is nestled in trees near the northern bank of the river Pielach and the town of Melk, Austria. In clearing night skies on August 12, 2012 it stood under constellations of the northern summer, including Aquarius, Aquila, and faint, compact Delphinus (above and right of center) in this west-looking skyview. * Click image for larger size.* The scene also captures a bright meteor above the castle walls. Part of the annual perseid meteor shower, its trail points back toward the heroic constellation Perseus high above the horizon in the early morning ho... more »

"Why You're Always Right: The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
* * *"Why You're Always Right: The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind"* by Rith "Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you." - Richard Bach "No. I'm not talking about indignant righteousness that usually happens when you have to be right because you can't stand losing an argument and want to stand your ground (hey it happens to the best of us). I'm talking about something profoundly powerful… You see, the job of our subconscious mind is to obey the directions of what the conscious mind repeatedl... more »

Chet Raymo, "Silk Dawn" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Silk Dawn" * by Chet Raymo "A magical morning. Warm and still. The hillside is cloaked in a fine, soft mist that will burn away by ten. I walk down the drive to open the gate. The field is carpeted with silk. Silk made visible by dew. (Click to enlarge.) The spiders were there all along, of course. Their webs too. Everyday as I walked through the grass, they were there, unseen. Unknowingly, I crushed them with my footfalls. A field full of snares, each silken net flung across the grass, each net with its tunnel lair where the predator waits, patiently, for dinner. And now t... more »

Washington Creates Al-Qaeda Safe Haven In Syria, Then Warns of Its Threat To Global Security

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
[image: Cee Lo Green Has Seen Some Things In Music Video Gif] Washington's three-step policy towards Syria: Step 1. Create Al-Qaeda Safe Haven In Syria. Step 2. Warn The World of Al-Qaeda Safe Have In Syria To Global Security. Step 3. Bomb Bomb Bomb? An excerpt from, *"As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven"* (The New York Times, August 8): As foreign fighters pour into Syria at an increasing clip, extremist groups are carving out pockets of territory that are becoming havens for Islamist militants, posing what United States and Western intelligence official... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Meaning of Life” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Paulo Coelho, “The Meaning of Life” -


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*James Gill: Coastal suit muddies waters*

Ryan Adams Is Now On The Sean Hannity Enemies List-- Why Aren't You?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Hannity took a little time out from Obama-bashing to demonize the new enemy of American fascism, North Carolina singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. Apparently the think-skinned Hannity, who loves dishing it out, can't stand when the barrages are incoming. Wednesday *Rolling Stone* reported that Hannity took on his most comfortable role: dickhead in desperate search for ratings. Last night, Ryan Adams found himself the involuntary topic of Fox News’ * Hannity* after he got into a Twitter spat with the show’s eponymous host, Sean Hannity. After Hannity tweeted about the lack of role mod... more »

In my garden ...

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 12 hours ago
[image: Small Footprints' 2013 Garden.] Have a nice weekend, everyone!

Thought Dreams

Kuhio Kane at SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE - 12 hours ago
I’ve nearly completely extricated myself from my daily reading and commenting on Facebook and Twitter. I’m a retired public school teacher. I’ve virtually stopped writing about education and the continuing destruction of our public schools. I live it everyday now as a consultant in the classrooms. I’ve been traveling a lot over the last few […]

Every Person is a Person

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 13 hours ago
"Every Person is a Person" — John A. Carroll (@haitianhearts) August 8, 2013

Detroit: This is what decades of corrupt liberal rule looks like...(video)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*this is so sad and a warning for all of us.* From YouTube: *Uploaded on Oct 21, 2010* Let's go for a ride starting in Highland Park (first few buildings), and then into Detroit . Witness the destruction of once Great industrial American cities turning them into ghost towns. Even in downtown Detroit, there are empty skyscrapers.... This video is just a TINY fraction of insane amount of buildings destroyed in Detroit . Historical buildings are falling apart leaving nothing for the next generations to admire. I urge viewers to research the true reasons of why this happened to this c... more »

Vital Interview: GalacticU Radio w/Sierra Neblina Interviews Brian & Bob -- Archive of Today's Show

Brian Kelly at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Copied from Brian Kelly's Blog * *GalacticU Radio w/Sierra Neblina Interviews Brian & Bob at 2:30 pst Today* August 8, 2013 Bob and I just finished the recording with Sierra a couple of hours ago. For anyone who feels like they need a deeper understanding of how our monetary system works, how all loans are fraud, the strawman account and where we believe the new value system is headed, I highly suggest giving this a listen. I also think this would be a good dialogue to share with those who still may need some convincing. I'll probably go back and listen to it again myself ;) ~BK ... more »

Richard Sennett: Brutal Simplifiers (March 2011 Lecture)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*"Beware the terrible simplifiers." - Historian Jacob Burckhardt (May 25, 1818-August 8, 1897).* *"Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation"* by Richard Sennett (2012). *Wikipedia:* Richard Sennett (born 1 January 1943) is the Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. Sennett has studied social ties in cities, and the effects of urban living on individuals in the modern world. He has been a Fellow of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, of th... more »

"Hello Scotia Mocatta, This Is JPMorgan - We Urgently Need Some Of Your Gold"

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
* * *Thanks to Dan for finding this one... -AK* * * *"Hello Scotia Mocatta, This Is JPMorgan - We Urgently Need Some Of Your Gold"* Tyler Durden's pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 08/08/2013 16:27 -0400 Yesterday, it was HSBC. Today, the lucky respondent to JPM's polite gold 'procurement' request, is the second "fullest" New York commercial gold vault: Scotia Mocatta. As ZH reported previously, following the announcement of an imminent withdrawal of 63.5k ounces of its gold (1... more »

After many months of ignoring Ahmed Abu Khatala , suddenly sealed charges have filed against him regarding Benghazi - of course , he denies involvement ! And naturally he has not been questioned by Libyan authorities , just living a normal life in his city ! Meanwhile in forgotten Libya , the usual blend of political intrigue , oil industry strikes and mayhem fill out the scorecard for another MENA success story ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Another embarrassment in the making for the O Team ? Benghazi rears its head ... Suspect denies involvement in Chris Stevens killing *Tripoli, 8 August 2013*: A Libyan man wanted by the US authorities on charges related to the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens has denied involvement. Reports in the US media yesterday said that Ahmed Abu Khatala, along with a number of as yet unnamed suspects, was facing criminal charges in the case of the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi on 11 September 2012. Khatala, however, told the *Associated Press* yesterday that he had not... more »

Lost in Mistranslation:Before Inauguration, Rouhani Gets the Ahmadinejad Treatment

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 15 hours ago
Oh, look, an Iranian president said something about oppression and occupation in Palestine and his words were mistranslated, misinterpreted, widely condemned and proliferated by warmongers as evidence of hatred and aggression. Obviously, this comes as no surprise as we've all been here before. And yet again, the accusations are not true. Speaking to reporters during a rally on Quds Day,

Hasta la vista, Testing?

Chris Cerrone at SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE - 15 hours ago
The dust has not settled yet from the release of the first year scores from New York State’s Common Core aligned assessments for Grades 3-8. The media talking heads, bureaucrats, and public are trying to frame what the results mean for New York’s schools. Read here for some excellent commentaries about the scores from […]

As the anti-choice crusaders pile on the hypocrisy and irony of their pro-death crusade, my old pal Milt Shook reposts a must-read from 1997

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*"Pro-choice is not the same as 'pro-abortion.' Most pro-choicers would agree that it would be a good thing if no one had an abortion. If we could eliminate most or all of the reasons why women have abortions, we could practically eliminate abortion, without having to ban it."* *-- Milt Shook, in a 1997 post, "Pro-Choice Is the Essence of* *Liberty," that he recently reposted on his "PCTC* Blog"* *by Ken* With attention focused on the anti-abortion jihads in Texas and Carolina, writes ThinkProgrss's Tara Culp-Ressler (whose post I read via Nation of Change), in Iowa's Board of Medi... more »


The neoconservatives are going to extraordinary lengths to try and convince the world (and probably themselves) that ‘al Qaeda’ is a huge complex homogeneous business organisation that deals in ‘terrorism’ through various franchise organisations scattered throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. In a recent article by neocon writers Josh Rogin and Eli Lake in *The Daily Beast* it was actually claimed that the leaders of the various ‘franchises’ around the world held a conference call to plan acts of terrorism. According to the report from Rogin and Lake we are supposed t... more »

Could the F-35 Be the Biggest Blunder in Canadian Military History?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 16 hours ago
A timely warning about "locking in" to novel technologies such as the over budget, overdue and under-performing F-35 from Brookings Institution senior fellow Peter Singer. His advice - learn from the mistakes of the past, just don't repeat them. *In 1934, the British Air Ministry poured money into a new aircraft meant to advance past the World War I generation of planes. The metal-clad Gloster Gladiator could fly almost 250 miles per hour and carry four machine guns. Unfortunately, this biplane was quickly outmatched by new monoplanes such as the Spitfire and the German BF-109. An... more »

Court officially declares Bitcoin a real currency

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
* * * * *Court officially declares Bitcoin a real currency* Published time: August 08, 2013 15:54 Get short URL * * *A federal judge has for the first time ruled that Bitcoin is a legitimate currency, opening up the possibility for the digital crypto-cash to soon be regulated by governmental overseers.* United States Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant for the Eastern District of Texas ruled Tuesday that the US Securities and Exchange Commission can proceed with a lawsuit against the operator of a Bitcoin-based hedge fund because, despite e... more »

Snowden's email server shutdown following government pressure ( what a shocker ! ) ..... An explanation as to how NSA collects Americans cross border emails ..... Will we have explanations Friday from the White House as to what the frick is going on with Yemen or what is the status of the 22 Embassy closings cut and run - is the Terror scare over as Yemen has repeatedly said ? In the meantime , Jihadists around the globe are basking in the glow of their perceived victory in making the US scurry around like chickens without heads , droning any cars driving on Yemeni roads - note none of the 25 Yemeni top targets have been killed !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Jay Carney on CNN’s big CIA/Benghazi scoop: I don’t know nothing ’bout nothing POSTED AT 7:11 PM ON AUGUST 8, 2013 BY ALLAHPUNDIT Via Ace, consider this post an apology to our readership. A few days ago I led you to believe that it was somehow important for the White House press corps to ask the press secretary about one of the biggest foreign policy scoops in weeks. That was obviously in error, as I suspected at the time. It wasn’t important; this guy wouldn’t give you a straight answer on what his favorite color is (“I would refer you to my kindergarten finger-paintings on that... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
At the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin

A cavalcade of Kafka . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 16 hours ago
LAVABIT IS OFF-LINE FOR NOW. They are-were a pro-privacy email service long used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The owner of Lavabit published a letter you should read, in a WIRED article by Kevin Poulson, “Edward Snowden’s Email Provider Shuts Down Amid Secret Court Battle”. From the standpoint of civil rights, this well and truly sucks. America, I mourn for your Republic. Justice for the


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago

Ohanian on Achieve, Inc. and the Common Core

Jim Horn at SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE - 16 hours ago
A clip from Susan writing at The Daily Censored–see the rest here: Reading the press release, I wonder: HOW to get people to raise up against the oppressive phraseknowledge-based economy, a term rolling off the tongues of the “haves” as an excuse for their refusal to acknowledge the vital skills possessed by people making things work […]

Chinese media praises Russia over restricting US' abuses of power

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*Editors Note: This editorial from the Global Times, a nationalist Chinese media outlet that is said to reflect the opinions of the upper echelons of leadership in Beijing, provides a telling account of the Chinese perspective on the Snowden case, the nature of US-China relations, and Beijing's stance vis-à-vis unchecked US power more generally. * US President Barack Obama has announced he will attend the G20 summit in St. Petersburg this September. A meeting between Russian and US defense and foreign ministers will also be scheduled for later this week in Washington. Although Obam... more »

Seyyed Hossein Nasr On The Absence of Prometheus In Iranian Thought And Mythology

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
*Related:* * Henry Geiger - The Chains Of Prometheus (1959).* *R. J. Zwi Werblowsky On Prometheus.* *Below is an excerpt from, "In Search of the Sacred: A Conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on His Life and Thought" by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Ramin Jahanbegloo, introduction by Terry Moore. 2010. Praeger Publishers: Santa Barbara, California. Pg. 146-48. [Source].* Ramin Jahanbegloo: It is interesting, because in your book *Persia, Bridge of Turquoise* you state that there is nothing of a Promethean nature in the Persian concept of the *anthropos*, especially in Islamic Persia,... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Set against the backdrop of modern life in the city of Los Angeles, the poem "LA is Full of Pigs" weaves together a narrative that touches upon growing fears and anxieties of working people around such pressing issues as housing, healthcare and police brutality. It is a poem born of the anger these times demand. Matt Sedillo is the author of For What I Might Do Tomorrow (Caza De Poesia 2010), a member of the Inland Empire Lionlike Mindstate national slam team of 2009, member and Grand Slam Champion of the Damn Slam Los Angeles national slam team of 2011 (of which a story appeared ... more »

Fukushima updates - August 8 , 2013 .... Nuclide removal systems = epic fails ( ALPS should be YELPS ) ... Meanwhile now we learn that 600 tons of radioactive contaminated water entering Pacific every day ....Yes , Fukushima is out of control - hasn't anyone been following this ? Yes , Virginia - something has broken......Two harebrain schemes from TEPCO / Japan to solve debacle .... including MR FREEZE comes to Japan Plan !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Serious deterioration found in absorption tower of multiple nuclide removing system ALPS Posted by *Mochizuki* on August 8th, 2013 · No Comments Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services Following up this article..*Multiple nuclide removing system ALPS had leakage due to “corrosion” / Only 2 months after test operation started* [ URL] While ALPS is suspended, Tepco inspected the inside of the absorption tower (6A). In the inspection, Tepco found the access door and the part around the welding line *severely deteriorated*. The color is changed ... more »

Michael Hasting mystery death update - so , some federal agency did visit Hastings the day before his death ( were these government kill list hitmen posing as FBI Agents ? Who knows , we just know Hastings is dead. ) Boston bombing update - former alleged muslim extremist Tamerlan Tsarnaev now supposedly a right wing extremist ? Yeah , well that makes sense ( Sarc Off ) ...........FEMA just getting for Hurricane Season I'm sure when demanding 24 hour delivery of emergency food reserves.....Father of slain young man allegedly a witness ( or pressured to be a false witness ) on Temerlan Tsarnaev , comes to US to sue FBI - He wants to know why his son was killed ........Laws apply to thee but not to me ( Elites above draconian laws imposed on the rest of us ) ...... Police State updates......

Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago ( I wonder who got to the wife to shut her up ? ) Hastings mystery death....Feds Visited Michael Hastings’ House Day Before His Death - [image: The Alex Jones Channel][image: Alex Jones Show podcast][image: Prison Planet TV][image: Twitter][image: Alex Jones' Facebook][image: Infowars store] Agents were pursuing Rolling Stone journalist prior to suspicious crash *Paul Joseph Watson* Prison August 6, 2013 Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a s... more »

"Far Better..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." - Carl Sagan

Book Review - The 911 Fear-Based Mind Control Program

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 17 hours ago
*"The greatest means of control is not actualized through military might, physical subjugation, or brute force. The greatest means of control is actualized through the manipulation of the psychological condition of the human species." - Lenon Honor* Lenon Honor's *The 911 Fear-Based Mind Control Program* is simply a must-read for anyone interested in truly healing from the deep psychological trauma that was inflicted upon the global population on September 11th, 2001. The events that unfolded on September 11th, 2001 truly were traumatic - perhaps the most traumatic single series of ... more »

Koch's quiet coup

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 17 hours ago
What do Ryan and Cantor have to hide? It's not like they're the first bright lights of the GOP to speak at one of the Koch Brothers' periodic ultra-exclusive confabs. So why are Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor so secretiveabout their star turn at the podium of this prestigious event? Neither Ryan nor Cantor were willing to talk about the appearance, before or after attending, and when a reporter from the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque tried to cover the event where the New Mexico governor was speaking, he was turned away at a checkpoint -- a mile from the resort. Good to remember while ever... more »

Back To School

Southern Man at Southern Man - 18 hours ago
With the end of summer classes last week was Summer Vacation. It went by fast and was spent mostly playing with Teen Daughter. She and a truckload of furniture went back to her mom on Saturday, which was uneventful except for the blowout on the Interstate. Sunday Southern Man and The Titan helped a friend move. The first part of this week was spent cursing at the lawn mower and doing yard work and other outdoor projects and today kicks off three days of eight-to-five meetings. That is all for now. Normal photo-shooting and blogging may resume this weekend, maybe.

The Question Is Etiquette, Not "Racism"

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 18 hours ago
Slate today said they wouldn't use "Redskins" any more for the Washington football team. Good choice! Which is as good an excuse as any to make my argument again that the question here shouldn't be whether this particular term is offensive, much less racist. Those are interesting questions, I suppose, but they're not necessary to the argument. Instead, this should be thought of very simply as a question of etiquette. Basically: it's polite to call people by the name they want to go by. That pretty much solves it. If my brother doesn't want to be called Eddie Baby, then don't call h... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday Morning Ramble: The ‘Failures of Modern Mercantilism’ Edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
The Dangers of Modern Mercantilism, 1: “It is critical to understand that the issues for the NZ economy arising from the current Fonterra debacle (as opposed to dairy farmers and Fonterra directors and managers) is assuredly not a "public relations" issue or one of "reputational management". The best PR firm in the world cannot resolve such issues through spin - nor should it try. Calling for better "PR" is simply a form of denial.” *Economy Wide Lessons as the lustre of white gold loses its shine* – EYE 2 THE LONG RUN *Answering the Ws* – HOME PADDOCK *“The Chinese don’t see ... more »

Water from Billboards in Peru

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago

Met Police's fraud squad investigate BBC pay-offs scandal

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Not bias-related but certainly BBC-related, the *Daily Telegraph *has an exclusive tonight: *Met Police's fraud squad investigate BBC pay-offs scandal* Detectives from Scotland Yard’s fraud squad are investigating senior members of the BBC’s leadership over allegations of misconduct in public office, The Telegraph can disclose. According to the paper, the Metropolitan Police are investigating whether the pay-offs amounted to fraud, given that "a quarter of senior managers received more than they were entitled to in the past three years...leaving the taxpayer with an unnecessary bil... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 19 hours ago
*Remembering the unforgettable: a salute to the late, very great Greg Peters ~Mark Moseley*

White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (HBO, 2007)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
*Wikipedia:* White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is an HBO documentary film that was directed and produced by Steven Okazaki and was released on August 6, 2007 on HBO, marking the 62nd anniversary of the first atomic bombing. The film features interviews with fourteen Japanese survivors and four Americans involved in the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. *IMDb:* As global tensions rise, the unthinkable now seems possible. The threat of nuclear weapons of mass destruction has become frighteningly real. White Light/Black Rain: The Destr... more »

Ted Yoho (R-FL)-- Perfect Match For Clay County

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
Ted Yoho was a back-country veterinarian, more the kind who work with cattle and horses rather than dogs and cats, when he ran against longtime Establishment incumbent Cliff Stearns, a wealthy Republican who imagined his seat was impregnable. In a 4-way contest, Yoho, a Tea Party extremist with backing from Michele Bachmann, Allen West and Paul Ryan, beat Stearns by a razor thin 1.1% in the Republican primary. The DCCC didn't bother running anyone and the local grassroots candidate had no money, no support and no chance. FL-03 has a PVI of R+14, redder than any district Democrats ... more »

(Philanthropy Kills!) You Gotta Watch the Rich Closely As They Spread Their $$$$$$ Around (Nyet To Top-Down Change) Koch Proposes, Then the Rattler (Amazon) Strikes (Again)!

Alison's Garden I was thinking the other day, who'd have believed before Dubya was "elected" President that you didn't have to be at least a little bit smart to be President? Even Mitters passes that test. But when I read that Obama said that Amazon should be everybody's business model, I started to feel a whole different way about his erudition (see essay at bottom). Yes, you already saw

Why Nigel Farage is no fan of 'Today'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Talking about UKIP, here's an extract from an interview Nigel Farage gave to *Public Service Europe*. I think it's fair to say he's not a great fan of the *Today *programme. *In terms of media appearances, you have appeared on the BBC's Question Time more than anybody else in recent times. So what in your view is the explanation for this phenomenon – do you have some sort of special relationship with the producers? * "No, I mean the BBC has to provide an alternative view. When you have three political parties in England, all of whom believe in EU membership and support mass immig... more »

$700k windfall: Russian man outwits bankwith hand-written credit contract

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
Oleg Tinkov, head of Tinkoff Group (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov) *This is probably one of those moments when a corporation really wishes it wasn't a "person" in a contract.... LOL!!! I don't recommend trying this, but this is very funny... -Bill* * * *$700k windfall: Russian man outwits bank with hand-written credit contract* Published time: August 08, 2013 11:59 Edited time: August 08, 2013 15:55 A Russian man who decided to write his own small print in a credit card contract has had his changes upheld in court. He's now suing the country's leading online b... more »

Changes in NAEP scores under Bloomberg!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 20 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013* *Let’s take a look at the record:* Buried under all the confusion, there was some intriguing information in this morning’s report about New York City’s new test scores. On their face, the passing rates for New York City didn’t look bad when compared with scores from around the state: HERNANDEZ AND GEBELOFF (8/8/13): *Even with the drop in scores, New York City still outperformed the state’s other large school districts*—in Rochester, for example, only 5 percent of students passed in reading and math. And despite its large number of disadvantaged students,... more »

Hold your nose touting

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 20 hours ago
How embarrassing for Mitch McConnell. Somebody managed to get a recording of a private telephone call made by his campaign manager. In the recording, obtained by Economic Policy Journal, Jesse Benton — who ran Paul's successful 2010 campaign before joining McConnell's team — told conservative activist Dennis Fusaro that he has an ulterior motive in working the GOP leader's 2014 campaign. "Between you an me, I'm sorta holding my nose for two years," Benton said in the recording, "'cause what we're doing here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand in '16." And yes, it's real: Benton c... more »

The laziness of the New York Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 21 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013* *Adam Nagourney, lounging around in L.A.:* Very few women hold office in Los Angeles city and county government. By “very few,” we seem to mean two, according to Adam Nagourney’s front-page report in Monday’s New York Times. At present, there is one woman on the 15-member Los Angeles city council, an elective office. There is one woman on the five-member Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles County, a much larger jurisdiction. According to Nagourney, that’s it! The mayor, city attorney and city controller of Los Angeles are all men. That isn’t a whole lot... more »

The Protest Plate

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
*Personally I think he should sell a model with "Your corporation has been foreclosed!" :) - BILL* Visit Steve's website at: *Short Summary* My name is Steve Zarpas. I am a creative problem solver. I am a risk taker. I am a very passionate man and willing to stand up for what I believe even if it may cause me pain. I believe that the United States was created against all odds and that the Constitution was divinely inspired to promote human rights. At no time in the history of our country have our freedoms been under greater atta... more »

Gril on Gril: Babs Spanks Gwen (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 21 hours ago
More for the novelty than anything else, herewith a column by Babs Kay that isn't stupendously stupid. Taking on Gwen Landolt's latest moronic brain-fart (that deBeauxOs critiqued yesterday), Babs first maunders on about how much she respects REAL Women. I found this amusing though. In one paragraph she says 'since, unlike most feminist organizations that wouldn’t exist without some form of government subsidy, they are self-funding' and in the next she gauges the actual size of the gang with 'their president, Gwen Landolt (who effectively *is* REAL Women)'. Then Babs proceeds to... more »

Bye, bye black sheep

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 22 hours ago
The only reason I'm mentioning this nothingburger of an anti-Obama protestin Arizona is because it's a perfect illustration of how click-bait journalism is destroying the former profession of news gathering. The deceptive headline at the link screams -- "Hundreds protest Obama" -- but not all of them were crackpots singing "Bye, Bye, Black Sheep" or hollering about impeaching the 47% Negro. Which by the way, is not at all racist because somebody had a Mexican grandson there. And "hundreds" would be stretching the description of the turnout. The TV cameramen are good at framing the s... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 22 hours ago
*The bin Laden family* reportedly owned a house in Houston - in the *River Oaks* area. *The bin Laden family has ties to Texas | Houston* *River Oaks * Also living in River Oaks was Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, who allegedly gave money to the CIA's al Qaeda organisation. Bin Mahfouz was a director of the CIA-linked Bank of Credit and Commerce International, a bank later convicted of money laundering, bribery, support of terrorism, and arms trafficking.[9] *Mahfouz* Mahfouz invested $50,000 in the George W Bush's first company, Arbusto Energy, through his U.S. representative Jam... more »

Entertainment News!

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 22 hours ago
Here is Justin Bieber doing us all a favour by denuding the Guy Fawkes Mask of all radical connotations. Thank you, Justin, you may go back to your penis now (which I understand is called Jerry).

Books on Film

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 22 hours ago
When my wife’s Bibliophile book business started its YouTube video reviews some two years ago, we all questioned whether the effort would be worth the reward. Some 500 videos later, we know the answer and like its library of over 100K unique and individual book reviews, the effort was worth the reward. Imagine being show an expensive art book by the person who bought the stock, not on ‘sale or return’, but firm and hearing them enthuse about what turned their head. The bonus is that you don’t get a head shot of a person, but get to see inside the book at the pages and the look an... more »

On Santorum, Next Time Around

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 22 hours ago
Byron York had an column on Rick Santorum yesterday, featuring an interview, and asserting that "Santorum will again be underestimated" as a presidential candidate in 2016. Now, for one thing, he repeats the "runner-up" nonsense. But we can put that aside, I think. A more interesting question is whether Santorum qualifies as a viable candidate. Could he actually win a nomination? My two-step test (hey, I have a column up today about Christie which goes through that again) says that all viable candidates must have conventional qualifications and positions on public policy within the... more »

Costa Rica News: Flying high with 24 tons of Cocaine

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 22 hours ago
* * * ** Flying high with 24 tons of Cocaine. I did a quick calculation at $30,000 per kilo on the street that's $680.4 billion dollars of blow in one plane. Some bank somewhere needing some quick cash? - Bill* * * *Costa Rica Will Stop Sending Cocaine to Miami* Posted by Jaime Lopez on August 5, 2013 in Costa Rica News, Politics News According to an official press release from the Organization of Judicial Investigations (OIJ in Spanish), Costa Rica will no longer send cocaine or other controlled substances to the United States, at least for the time being. *The announcement comes ... more »

Post on State and Local Subsidies at AlterNet

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 22 hours ago
I've written a piece for AlterNet that gives an overview of the issues at play with state and local subsidies, from the opportunity cost (less spending on infrastructure, education, and health) to the price tag to the major efficiency, equity, and environmental issues involved. Naturally, I discuss possible solutions, too. Of course, the material will be familiar to regular readers, but it is a good one-stop look at the problem. You can find it here.

what is happenig ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 23 hours ago

Another Reason Why School Reformers Should Listen to Students

John Thompson at SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE - 23 hours ago
Most of the big education stories this month have been rooted in the situational ethics of school “reformers.” Common Core testing is essentially an experiment being imposed on children without the consent of their parents. This week we’ve see what happens when New York does something that no ethical teacher would do – impose tests […]

Top 100 Worst Blogs Poll 2013

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 23 hours ago
Silly season. Westminster waddles off to the Copacabana, leaving the commentariat and their hangers-on - like me - bereft of sensible stories to write about. Or so our mainstream political culture has it for this time of year. As I suppose I'm a little bit of an establishment figure these days (see tomorrow), who am I to swim against conventional wisdom? This in mind I've plunged into the archive and have - against my better judgment - decided to resurrect something I did three years ago. Yes, I'm afraid so, the UK's Top 100 Worst Political Blogs™ is back for another outing. A lot ... more »

Hawaii Senate Race Highlights The Difference Between Progressives And Conservatives In Terms Of Social Security

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
Today a number of progressive groups are doing a press conference in Honolulu to formally announce the introduction of the Harkin-Schatz Enhancing Social Security Bill. Interestingly, Senator Schatz in being challenged for reelection by conservative Democrat Colleen Hanabusa whose positions are more corporate-friendly and less family-friendly. Earlier this year she voted for a budget incorporating the Bowles-Simpson budget principals, which encapsulate the failed European Austerity Agenda that's being pushed by the GOP. She is also in the middle of a serious and growing scandal, w... more »

Cogito Ergo Sum of All Fears

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 23 hours ago
For all you cynics out there who think Barack Obama was lying to Jay Leno the other night when he said he doesn't spy on Americans, the government megaphone known as the *New York Times* wants everybody to just calm the hell down. Obama was parsing, is all, counting on the possibility that most people glued to *The* *Tonight Show* were too stupid to read between his philosopher-king lines. The fact that the government is collecting all your information cannot be equated with snooping. Here, according to Charlie Savage in a controlled leak disguised as an exposé, is what they are r... more »

moment of death

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 23 hours ago
When the Angel of Death comes for you... smile at him.

Bob Wing : The Battlelines Are Drawn in the South

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Demonstrator at Moral Monday protest, Raleigh, N.C. Image from The battlelines are drawn: Right-wing neo-secession or a third Reconstruction? In this war for the heart and soul of the U.S., the battle for the South stands front and center. By Bob Wing / The Rag Blog / August 8, 2013 DURHAM, North Carolina -- The heartless combination of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the

Jack A. Smith : What's Up With the Egyptian Coup?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
A man in Tahrir Square with his face painted in Egyptian colors. Image from CNN. Egypt's coup: Progressive or regressive? It is ironic that the military -- formerly loathed for upholding the dictatorship for decades, then further reviled during its controversial 17-month governance until Morsi took office -- is now supported by nearly the entire opposition. By Jack A. Smith / The Rag Blog /

The Rise Of The Bear: 18 Signs That Russia Is Rapidly Catching Up To The United States

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Michael Snyder The Russian Bear is stronger and more powerful than it has ever been before. Sadly, most Americans don't understand this. They still think of Russia as an "ex-superpower" that was rendered almost irrelevant when the Cold War ended. And yes, when the Cold War ended Russia was in rough shape. I got the chance to go over there in the early nineties, and at the time Russia was an economic disaster zone. Russian currency was so worthless that I joked that I could go exchange a 20 dollar bill and buy the Kremlin. But since that time Russia has roared back to life. Onc... more »

Lower Income Grocery Store Features Items with Even More GMOs

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *Are GMOs being deliberately pushed on the lower class?* Aaron Dykes In large retail and grocery store shelves, end caps often give a great snapshot into the character of the store and the targeted audience. The product I used as an example in this short video is, truly, widely available in many stores. But it was only when we visited a lower income grocery store that we noticed it on display and prominently featured with a promotional discount. Ironically, or appropriately, sold under the brand name “Klass,” this powered Ho... more »

Where I Have Loved You Canvases (State Canvases)

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
[image: State Canvases] One of the best things we ever did for our family was move thousands of miles away from anybody we knew. It was difficult and frustrating, but it really solidified us as our own family, who makes their own decisions. Three years later, one of the best things we ever did was move back to live close to our families again. I love that my daughter has something I never had, grandparents who live close. Living in Texas and in Northern Utah (where we met), are such big parts of who we are now, that I wanted to create something that remembered them. This is w... more »

Russian Arms Deal Follows Pattern Of Corrupt Purchases By Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
Iraq is in the midst of finalizing a multi-million dollar arms deal with Russia. The contract was surrounded in controversy when it was originally announced in late-2012 with accusations of corruption. Now Baghdad is moving ahead with it claiming that it was re-negotiated, but the same claims of kickbacks and commissions for officials and businessmen have resurfaced. This follows a pattern started when Iraq first regained control of its government in 2004 using middlemen in weapons procurement contracts that skim off millions of dollars. It is deals like these that make the countr... more »

Pentagon training states that a person unhappy with U.S. foreign policy may be a ‘high threat’

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] image credit: Department of Defense via Huffington Post Madison Ruppert According to Pentagon training materials, individuals working for federal agencies should consider their co-workers a potential “high threat” if they speak “openly of unhappiness with U.S. foreign policy,” regularly visit family overseas and experience money troubles. The government’s so-called “Insider Threat Program” has been criticized for equating leakers, spies and terroristsand is aimed squarely at preventing future Edward Snowden or Bradley Mannin... more »

Major Hasan Was a “Jolly” Man

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Dave Hodges Major Nidal Hasan, age 39 at the time of his heinous crime, had a well-documented of history of deep-rooted psychological problems. He was not married, had very few friends, his parents are dead, he was estranged from his brothers, he was a self-professed loner and he had experienced psychological problems in his previous psychological training programs. Hasan fits the classic Psyops profile of a mass murderer that we have seen so many times before in such false flag event shooters such as Loughner, et al. We al... more »

Timeline to Veterans For Peace's Vote to Impeach Obama (2009-2013)

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] By Philip C. Restino, Jr. - *Central Florida Veterans For Peace* The July 22, 2013 broadcast of the radio program "Peace Talk" hosted by Phil Smith of the Southeast Alaska Veterans For Peace Chapter 100 on ktoo Alaska Public Radio in Juneau, AK featured guest Phil Restino of the Central Florida chapter of Veterans For Peace to tell the story behind Veteran For Peace Resolution 2011-7 calling on the U.S. Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against the Democrat President Obama for war crimes ... the same war c... more »

1974 PSA Warned of High Tech Surveillance State for Behavior Control

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *A tormenting thought: as of a certain point, history was no longer real. Without noticing it, all mankind suddenly left reality*. - Elias Canetti, Nobel Laureate in literature Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton As more and more information is released via National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden, many Americans drifting through each day blissfully unaware of what country they really live in have had the curtain pulled back just enough to be fed their first spoonful of reality…it’s a bitter taste. The clip ... more »

First Case of H7N9 Human To Human Transmission Reported; Scientists Warn Of Pandemic Potential

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Chris Carrington The *British Medical Journal *is reporting today that a 32-year-old woman became infected with H7N9, while caring for her father. Both have since died. This is the first confirmed case of human to human transmission of the disease. Prior to this case, there was no evidence to confirm contact spread, and it was thought to be caught only from contact with diseased birds. So far there have been 133 cases of H7N9 and 43 deaths, all of them in Eastern China. Tests have shown that the strain of virus taken from t... more »

Obamacare Will be the Reason That You Will Never Retire

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Dave Hodges The elephant in the room is healthcare. The American middle class is in extreme danger because of Obamacare. Obamacare will be the reason that many will never be able to retire or even to live to a ripe old age. *Will Obamacare Be Repealed?* Millions hold out hope that Obamacare will just go away. Could that happen? The big challenge to Obamacare was the constitutional issue of making participation mandatory. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of the mandate to force people to pay a penalty for non-payment. As ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Beard Science -or- Fuzzy Logic ~moosedenied * *~"My creation… is it real?" ~Rob Ryan. * *And so it begins. So, what would you little maniacs like to do first? Friday night should give us our first somewhat "real" hint as to whether or not the hard-sell they've been putting on us the last couple weeks re: this new-and-theoretically-improved defense has any basis in reality whatsoever, as our old pals Chunky Chase and Terrance Copper return to the Benz™ for some good old fashioned pushing and shoving against Our Heroes (and Patrick Robinson.) Fingers crossed.* *NOAA believes hurrican... more »

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : ChannelAustin's 40 Years of Groundbreaking Free Speech TV

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Linda Litowsky, Executive Director of ChannelAustin, in the studios of KOOP-FM, Austin, Texas, August 2, 2013. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcast: Linda Litowsky, Stefan Wray & Anita Stech on Austin's pioneering free speech cable TV "Austin access is the organization to which other cities have always looked to learn how to build their own." -- Austin Chronicle By Rag

Destabilization Expert Robert Ford Possible Choice for Ambassador to Egypt

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Robert Stephen Ford Wikimedia Commons Image Brandon Turbeville Amid the growing tension in Egypt after the military counter-coup removing former President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from their posts, the U.S. State Department is considering naming former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, as the new Ambassador to Egypt. With the geographic size of Egypt, its geopolitical importance, and both its historic and contemporary influence in the Middle East, the post of Ambassador to Egypt is an immensely important positio... more »

Pump and pray: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
Professor Christopher Busby Russia Today Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an “open-air super reactor spectacular” which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe. On April 25, 2011 – one month after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant and the anniversary of Chernobyl - I was interviewed by RT and asked to compare Chernobyl and Fukushima. The clip, which you can find on YouTube, was entitled, “Can’t seal Fukushima like Chernobyl - it all goes into ... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 day ago
Yes, you all know I'm an easy mark for a little Newt-bashing. And Ed Kilgore delivers very nicely, with a great history lesson about the snake-oil salesman. Very nice: The example they offer is the conservative battle against the Panama Canal Treaty, which failed to stop the “giveaway” in the U.S. Senate, but led (say Shirley and Gingrich without a single shred of empirical evidence) to GOP gains in 1978 and then to Reagan’s victory in 1980. I think there’s a bit of projection going on in this column, at least for the Newtster. While Reagan’s visibility in the Panama fight did kee... more »

Out: What about your gaffes? In: What gaffes? Bush flashback exposes Obama’s MSM lapdogs | Twitchy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The difference between a media opposed to George W Bush and one so on love with Barack Hussein Obama that they just can't bring themselves to criticise him. The media pilloried George W Bush for his 'mission accomplished' comments but have given Barack Hussein Obama a free ride over his equally, or worse, remarks that the USA 'have al Qaeda on the run'. The bias and double standards are tangible. More here

GREAT NEWS!! - CRTC Rules AGAINST SunNewsNetwork Mandatory Inclusion In Basic Cable Packages

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 day ago
*Sanity has prevailed at the Canadian Radio & Television Commission. They have ruled that Sun News Network does not require inclusion in basic cable packages. Anyone wishing to be inundated with SunNewsNetwork's extremist Right Wing program content can still subscribe to it as a paid specialty channel.* *CRTC Ruling* ** *As Canadians watched the funeral for Leader of the Official Opposition, Jack Layton, here is what was appearing on SunNewsNetwork.*

Gail Collins, straight outta Joyce!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013* *Come let us smother the living together:* Question! How does a reader finish a column if it has started like this? COLLINS (8/8/13): *Let’s talk about Gov. Chris Christie. Everybody is; *he’s the politician of the hour. At the top of the latest poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters in New Hampshire. (Just two-and-a-half years to go until the Iowa caucuses!) How does somebody force himself to read to the end of that column? Just for starters, Christie *isn’t* the politician of the hour. Everybody *isn’t* discussing him. In fact, almost no... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Bath Iron Works in Maine where only Navy destroyers are built* Last night Mary Beth Sullivan and I went to the Bath, Maine city councilmeeting. We had read in the local newspaper that Bath Iron Works (BIW), owned by General Dynamics, was going to ask for another round of public subsidy as they undertake expansion and modernization of the ship yard. We learned that this item would not come up in the city council meeting until 9:00 pm after the regular business was handled. We also learned that public comments would not be allowed in this "workshop". Recognizing that we'd not be all... more »

How and Why Adam Kokesh was Framed

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
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What Is Love? - A Poem by Paramahansa Yogananda

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
What is Love? *Love is the scent with the lotus born.* *It is the silent choirs of petals* *Singing the winter’s harmony of uniform beauty.* *Love is the song of the soul, singing to God.* *It is the balanced rhythmic dance of planets -* * sun and moon lit* *In the skyey hall festooned with fleecy clouds -* *Around the sovereign Silent Will.* *It is the thirst of the rose to drink the sunrays* *And blush red with life.* *‘Tis the promptings of the mother earth* *To feed her milk to the tender, thirsty roots,* *And to nurse all life.* *It is the urge of the sun* *To keep all things aliv... more »

BBC News - UK birth rate highest since 1972, says ONS

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The BBC report on Labour's most lasting legacy, a massively increasing population, especially in London and its environs. Mostly due to immigration. Labour's plan to import a new community of Labour voters whilst also rubbing the right's noses in diversity has worked, it's just a shame that as a result civil strife and maybe even open warfare on the streets of Britain looks like being our future. More BBC crap here

Staged Terror Attacks Planned After NSA Scandal

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
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What Breaking Bad REALLY Tells Us About the War on Drugs

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *Vimeo* What Breaking Bad REALLY Tells Us about the War on Drugs from Brave New Foundation onVimeo. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below.

"Eid Al-Fitr 2013: A Celebration At The End Of Ramadan" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Eid Al-Fitr 2013: A Celebration At The End Of Ramadan" * by HuffPost Live "One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). This year Eid al-Fitr will most likely be observed on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in the United States. It is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Traditionally, the observance begins with the sighting of the new moon. While many will wait to see the moon or an announ... more »

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

Tired panda bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
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