Thursday, July 31, 2014

31 July - Blogs I'm Following

2:19pm MDST

Mr Big

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 minutes ago
R. *v. *Hart, 2014 SCC 52: The Mr. Big technique is a Canadian invention. Although a version of the technique appears to have been used more than a century ago, its modern use began in the 1990s and by 2008, it had been used by police across Canada more than 350 times. The technique, used only in cases involving serious unsolved crimes, has secured confessions and convictions in hundreds of cases. The confessions wrought by the technique are often detailed and confirmed by other evidence. However, the Mr. Big technique comes at a price. ... more »

Indiscriminate Slaughter of Innocent Men, Women and Children? Check.

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 minutes ago
Good lord, but the heights of our society's moral depravity and hypocrisy! The Canadian weekly news magazine "Maclean's" cover for this week was a picture of Vladimer Putin and the bold headline: "Getting Away With Murder," in reference to the Malaysian airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine. In the first place, I'm leaning towards the notion that a Ukrainian fighter-jet shot that plane down. In the second place, the USA never even apologized when their own USS Vincennes acknowledged shooting down that Iranian airbus. They gave the captain a fucking medal! In the third place, ... a... more »

Christy Clark Fatigue and The Streaking Diversion

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 hour ago
*Written by Grant G* Boy oh boy, how does one get around Vancouver city and the burbs when there are road closures and diversions everywhere, all caused by a myriad of Bollywood movie productions, ...just kidding, $20 million dollars flushed down the toilet on a Bollywood award show, political pandering and vote buying on the taxpayer`s dime... "*In my heart I am Filipino*"... *......."I would rather by a MILF than a cougar*"..."*LNG, a $trillion dollar once in a lifetime opportunity"....* Christy photo-op vote buyer say anything but the truth Clark,........We don`t care about... more »

'Pretty Disturbing': 37 Minutes of State Department Dodging Questions about Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza on Wednesday. She called for a "full and prompt" investigation into the incident, but declined to immediately place the blame on Israel. Artillery shells hit the UN school crowded with refugees, while Israeli airstrikes hit a group of rescue workers and onlookers who had rushed to the scene of a previous attack in a busy shopping area - Read more Related article: ‘World stands disgraced’: 20 killed in Israeli UN school shelling *You can visit our Gaza article archive here.... more »

Doc McStuffins Costume Felt Doctor Bag

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 hour ago
The costume my daughter is wearing in this post was provided by Anytime Costumes, the project and tutorial are my own. We love Doc McStuffins in our house. My daughter loves Disney's Adorable Doctor and I love that the show is something I don't mind listening to in the background while I work. My daughter has been working hard this summer to earn points that she can exchange for small things. Instead of exchanging them for anything she has been saving them all summer because she wanted a Doc McStuffins Costume. She finally earned enough this last week and has been wearing the cos... more »

Thursday Linkage: The Future of Israel edition

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
In the wake of the latest Gaza military intervention by the Israeli government, the liberal Jewish diaspora appears to be coalescing quite significantly around the view that, as awful as Hamas’ rockets and ideology are, the current Israeli government’s actions in Gaza are immoral and unwise. I start with a link to celebrated Israeli writer David Grossman and Continue reading

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Ukraine Premier Stays On, Envoys Agree On Crash Site Route -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts. The assembly's about-turn on laws it refused to back a week earlier offers relief to Kiev's Western backers, who had feared Ukraine was sliding deeper into political chaos and might renege on an international bailout as it heads into an election peri... more »

A Photo Gallery From Two Photographers On Opposite Sides Of The Israel - Hamas War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire in a van, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 31, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem *Inside Gaza and Israel: Two Photographers, One War -- Time* *As the death toll rises in the war between Israel and Hamas, TIME LightBox profiles two photographers who have spent weeks covering the opposing sides: Andrew Katz interviewed Oliver Weiken of European Pressphoto Agency and Olivier Laurent spoke with Getty Images’ Andrew Burton.* The main border crossing between Israel and Gaza is a... more »

Anonymous Has Taken Down Mossad's Website

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Anonymous 'Take Down Mossad Website' Over Gaza Conflict -- Newsweek* The hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for disabling a series of Israeli government websites, including that of its national intelligence agency, Mossad, as a show of solidarity for the Palestinian cause in Gaza. Global access to ceased at 00:40 GMT this morning, Russia Today reported. However, a Twitter account associated with the Anonymous hashtag called @AnonymousGlobo reported the Mossad site as “down” much earlier, at 09:50 GMT on 27 July. The website was still offline at ... more »

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Refers To Israel As A “Festering Zionist Tumor”

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Iran's President Hassan Rohani speaks during an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society in New York September 26, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford *Rouhani: ‘This Festering Zionist Tumor Has Opened Once Again’ -- Washington Free Beacon* *Iranian president adopts violent rhetoric towards Israel* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.” Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appear... more »

Israel - Hamas War News Updates -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Is Israel Planning To Widen Its Gaza Offensive? An Extra 16,000 Reservists Are Called Up As Aerial Bombardments Continue -- Daily Mail* * Decision to call-up extra troops comes amid stalled efforts to end the war * Offensive in Gaza has already claimed the lives of at least 1,360 Palestinians * Yesterday alone total of 116 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed * Israel continued offensive this morning, hitting a mosque next to UN school * Egyptian efforts to broker ceasefire between Israel and Hamas have stalled Israel is to call up an additional 16,000 military reser... more »

Supplemental: It just keeps coming at the Post!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014* *Who the heck is Alexander Becker:* It just keeps coming from the Washington Post. Granted, the piece in question only appears at the paper’s “Post Politics” blog. It hasn’t appeared in the hard-copy paper. Nor do we have any idea who Alexander Becker, the author of the piece, is. He seems to be new to journalism, and to the Post, in the past few months. In fact, he seems to be new to the world, based upon Google and Nexis searches. Unless he’s the guy from Siena. That said, Becker’s piece is being pimped on the front page of the Post’s site. It’s the lat... more »

Makeout Sessions at the Highest Levels

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
Two weeks after the Obama Justice Department announced that it wouldn't bother investigating the CIA for allegedly hacking into the computers of Senate staffers investigating CIA torture, the CIA has come clean about hacking into the computers of Senate staffers. In case that verbiage is too obfuscatory for you, let the CIA, via McClatchy Newspapers, come clean in its own cogent way: Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General’s Office “include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate... more »

World News Briefs -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay attends a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 2, 2013. *UN: Israel, Hamas May Be Guilty of War Crimes -- Voice of America* GENEVA — The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says the targeting of civilian infrastructure or the use of civilian structures for military purposes violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law. She warns both Israel and Hamas may be guilty of war crimes in breaching these humanitarian principles. U.N. figure... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
On Facebook today you can see the signs that many activists are feeling that it is hopeless to take on the military machine and stop carnage like in Gaza. They care deeply and are outraged, but like me they have no easy answers. It's going to take a mind shift for most Americans to step out and demand an end to the utter madness being perpetrated by our government which is run by corporations. Classic fascism...or call it feudalism. We've all been there before. First they came for the communists but I was not a commie so no big deal Then they came for the Palestinians I wa... more »

The Shootdown of Long "Missing" Flight Malaysian Flight MH370 Over Ukraine: Buried Evidence Proves Fighter Escort Shoot Down Of MH17/370

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
Yes, that Malaysian flight MH17 that was blown out of the sky over Ukraine earlier this month was ABSOLUTELY that long missing Malaysian flight MH370... There can be absolutely no doubt in anyone's minds once they take the time to look over all the evidence and do some comparisons of the wreckage of the crashed "MH17" flight to the long "missing" MH370 aircraft. Jim Stone over at his website, "Jim Stone Freelance Journalist" at has been all over this attempted false flag attack from the very beginning, and I do again recommend that everyone take a time t... more »

Is Europe’s breadbasket up for grabs? The Plunder of Ukraine.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
*Ukraine's Plunder- Readers here knew this was coming. How many in Ukraine were truly aware of the costs of western style 'democracy'- Vast wealth for the tiny elite psycopaths and vast impoverishment for the masses.* Background on this can be found in a few other posts which I will relink later, sorry, blogger is being it's usual temperamental self NEW YORK, Jul 30 2014 (IPS) - Amidst an exodus of some 100,000 people from the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, ongoing fighting in the urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk between Ukrainian soldiers and separatist rebels, and talk ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Saints DE Akiem Hicks Powers His Way to “Superstar” Status ~Barry Hirstius, WhoDat Dish**~In 2013, Hicks had a “breakout” season. He tallied 56 total tackles, which was fifth among defensive tackles in the NFL last season — along with 4½ sacks, good for third on the Saints behind fellow DE Cam Jordan and OLB Junior Galette. Hicks was the benefactor in an increase of playing time, and he took full advantage: often “blowing up” plays in the opponent’s offensive backfield. Hicks used that raw power to become the 15th overall rated DE in the League (according to Pro Football Focus), and... more »

Elizabeth Warren: "The Time For Free-Loading Is Over"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Just a week ago we warned about how conservatives were eager to prevent progressives to end a tax loophole that allows corporations to do "inversions" that allow them to pay no taxes. Yesterday, the Senate failed to break a Republican filibuster lead by Wisconsin corporate whore Ron Johnson. Breaking the filibuster requires 60 votes and the Democrats only mustered 54, so it failed 54-42, all but one Republican joining the filibuster this time. Elizabeth Warren was up on the floor of the Senate (as you can see in the video above), denouncing the corporations that are taking advant... more »

Thought experiment on teacher evaluation and high-stakes

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 3 hours ago
This from a Twitter convo a few minutes ago. High-stakes obviously creates a culture of cheating on assessments. Broad evidence for that. Good, bad, or indifferent, teachers learn to play this unfair game to their advantage. Call it cheating, or not. Call it survival. Nevertheless, teachers do reap the rewards of an unfair system, while […]

July 31: Thoughts of childhood....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 3 hours ago
I grew up in the North End of Montreal, not far from where Little Italy was, and where the community's church still serves. Mafia leader Rizutto recently put it in the news when his funeral was held there. Just to the east of it was the Syrian district.My school friends were largely Italians and Syrians. I remember them well, especially the Syrians. There was Junior Aboud, a quiet kid who still lives in the north end flat he was born in. The Ayoub boys were great friends of mine. So was "Zarbie" Zarbatani, the son on the Bishop of the Syrian Orthodox church. (The Bishop's 'palace' ... more »

The Economy: "How America's Working Stiffs Got Stiffed" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"How America's Working Stiffs Got Stiffed" * by Bill Bonner "Amazing how much difference a few years make. We first visited China in the 1980s. It was an appalling dump. Few cars. Few roads. Almost no decent restaurants or hotels. Now in Beijing you see large black luxury automobiles everywhere... and modern highways crisscrossing in front of huge hotels and apartment buildings. The Chinese have made real progress! Thank You, Deng Xiaoping! Nobody had any money in China in the 1980s. In contrast, today you lose control of your car in downtown Beijing and you are bound to run over ... more »

Ebola - What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
There is something very, very important that the corporate media and public health officials are not telling you regarding the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Read More If you want to learn more about Ebola I highly recommend that you read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The God with the keys

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago

Portuguese Regulator Bans Short-Selling After Banco Espirito Santo Unveils Massive $5 Billion Loss

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
Portuguese Regulator Bans Short-Selling After Banco Espirito Santo Unveils Massive $5 Billion Loss Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/30/2014 16:46 -0400 Having waited until after the US equity markets closed, Portugal's troubled Banco Espirito Santo unveiled an enormous EUR 3.577 Billion loss - that is 15 times larger than the loss the bank suffered a year earlier. The data - to end-June, before the crisis really got going - already shows notable deposit flight, a 73.1% plunge in banking income, and a EUR 3 billion collapse in repoable assets (i.e. liquidity). On the heels of this... more »

Fat Free Econ 55: The President's 5th SONA and Market-Oriented Reforms

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in ----------- Overall, the President's State of the Nation Address (SONA) was good. More statesman-like, less combative. He mentioned several liberal and free market-leaning policies, which is good and consistent with his party affiliation. But there was also an overall hangover belief that government can do and will do almost everything for the people. Some liberal and free market reforms that the President mentioned in his address are the following: 1. More airline competition as a result of ICAO, European Union (EU) and US Federal... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*NATO Unprepared For Potential Attack by Russia, Although Risk Is Low – Report -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - NATO is not prepared to deal with a military threat from Russia, although the risk of attack is very low, according to the cross-party Defense Committee of UK lawmakers report. "The risk of attack by Russia on a NATO Member State, whilst still small, is significant…NATO has been too complacent about the threat from Russia, and it is not well-prepared," Rory Stewart, chair of the cross-party Defense Committee said in a report. The report suggests that the ... more »

Budget Restraints On Kurdish Peshmerga Making It Difficult To Secure Iraq’s Disputed Territories

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 4 hours ago
The Kurdish Peshmerga are in a tense standoff with the Islamic State across northern Iraq. When the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) collapsed after the fall of Mosul the Peshmerga moved into the disputed territories that had been abandoned by the police and army. One such place was Jalawla in Diyala, which locals had complained about for years as being an insurgent hotbed. The Kurdish forces have tried to clear the area, but they have been constrained by budget problems. The Peshmerga have tried to secure Jalawla but have not been able to because of budgetary constraints (*NY Times*)... more »

Search for the truth on sex work

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 4 hours ago
So many untruths are being bandied about as the Tories try to railroad uncertain Canadians into accepting new prostitution laws that will criminalize even more of the industry. I know from my own circle of friends - at least the ones who aren't sex workers themselves - that it's almost like people are frightened to rethink what they think they know about the sex industry. Yet there is so much exceptional research out there that challenges this fuzzy belief that to be a sex worker is to be a helpless, trafficked victim dragged into the business by a man who will beat you if you... more »

Canada-Israel Solidarity Rally

Alison at Creekside - 4 hours ago
Yesterday while this carnage was going on and Chris Gunness from UNRWA, *the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, *was breaking down in tears on live TV after 19 were killed and 125 wounded in the latest attack on a UN school in Gaza, which the UN accused Israel of carrying out after being warned 17 times that civilians were seeking shelter there ... [Gunness : "UNRWA is overwhelmed in #Gaza - we have reached breaking point, our staff are being killed, our shelters overflowing. Where will it end?] ... fifty miles away at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, Liberal MPs C... more »

The Ebola Virus Outbreak In West Africa: Has The US Secretly Developed A Weaponized Version Of Ebola?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
With most of the world's attention still focused in on Ukraine with the obvious false flag attempt by the criminals in both the US and Ukraine to get a nice little war started against Russia, and of course the insane lunatic asylum known as Israel's attempt to massacre the Palestinians in Gaza, there has been little attention on the growing crisis in West Africa. That crisis is of course the rapid epidemic of a new form of Ebola that is spreading from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and into Nigeria as I type this report.... What concerns me about this new form of Ebola is not only its fero... more »

Argentina Default Imminent as Talks Collapse

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago *Argentina Default Imminent as Talks Collapse* Setback Sends Argentine Shares Down in After-Hours Trading By NICOLE HONG, TAOS TURNER and MATT DAY CONNECT Updated July 31, 2014 3:45 a.m. ET Argentina faces default Wednesday for the second time in 13 years if it doesn't meet a deadline to make payments to a small group of bondholders. WSJ's Matthew Cowley explains Argentina's dispute with these creditors and the long-standing battle that stems from the country's default in 2001. (Pho... more »

The needed role of intellectuals in the resistance to stop the Israel genocide

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 4 hours ago
Dieudonné M'bala M'bala By Denis G. Rancourt What do Norman Finkelstein, Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, and George Galloway have in common? All three are Western intellectuals (true intellectuals, not service intellectuals [1]) who attack the Israel Lobby with the viciousness necessary to be effective. And all three have been subjected to significant establishment backlash for their dissidence,

Bank ‘glitch’ leaves thousands without wages across Ireland

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago Bank ‘glitch’ leaves thousands without wages across Ireland *Bank apologies for error affecting public and private sector workers* Rachel Flaherty First published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 10:27 Thousands of people, working in both the public and private sector, have not been paid their wages today. Teachers, nurses, gardaí, and also people working for private companies and civil servant pensioners have reported receiving payslips but no payments. It is understood that ... more »

Pork Barrel 13: Executive-Legislative Honeymoon and Presidential-Parliamentary Forms

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
This is my article today in --------- Last Monday, before President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2014, I noted that facebook was peppered with so many anti-government, anti-PNoy posts and complaints. Was it good? Maybe yes, maybe no. But one thing is sure: Government is force and coercion. No matter how much we complain about the government or a particular administration, we are forced, coerced and arm-twisted to contribute to its annual funding via taxes, fees, fines and mandatory social contributions. Next time, people should NOT suppor... more »

Does electron's magnetic field look like that of a bar magnet?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
*Yes. It's just the laymen's whole way of thinking about it that is wrong.* Brian Bi asked a question on the Physics Stack Exchange, What does the magnetic field of the (quantum-mechanical) electron look like? He seems annoyed by the idea that "quantum spinning electrons" have dipole magnetic fields because the magnetic field of a magnetic dipole looks like this: It's a nice, classical picture of the magnetic field. On the other hand, the spin \(\vec J={\mathbf S}\) of an electron (the arrow above a letter or the bold face represent three-dimensional vectors) is a bizarre quantum ... more »

Republicans - Its all About Them

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
A little under 100 days until the midterm elections and what do we know? The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - they will not compromise on anything – it’s their way or the highway - to hell with anyone else. The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - they support the wealthy and tax cuts for the wealthy and to hell with everyone else. The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - they will continue to block anything that is not on “their agenda” - to hell with everyone else. The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - th... more »

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” Brzezinski acknowledges being shallow!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 5 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014* *Interlude—Two things they’re permitted to say:* When the press corps pretends to discuss its own conduct, ranking pundits are permitted to make at least two different claims: They’re permitted to say that they try to create competitive White House elections. Beyond that, they’re allowed to chuckle about how silly and shallow they are. Last week, on two Morning Joe programs, Mark Halperin made some rather unpleasant claims about the press corps’ long-standing treatment of Bill and Hillary Clinton. According to Halperin, Hillary Clinton “is destined is ge... more »

Blaming Boomers for Social Security Crisis is a Crock!

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
Every time I hear a news report that Social Security is in grave danger and we have to make drastic changes to retirement benefits – I want to scream. Every time they talk about drastic changes it is always about retirement benefits needing change – I want to scream. Yesterday CNBC suggested Boomers were going to bankrupt Social Security and I WANT TO SCREAM! To a topic people don’t like to talk about. BOOMERS ARE GOING TO DIE! Got it? Do you understand that? Does it make sense to you? Pay attention here – this is really important when talking about “aged benefits” and Social ... more »

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Two North Korean Shipping Companies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*U.S. Blacklists North Korea Shipping Firms Over Arms Shipments -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms that it said tried to conceal arms shipments from Cuba to North Korea, following a similar move by the United Nations. The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters under 200,000 bags of sugar, which the United States said showed a clear attempt to circumvent U.N. and U.S. sanctions against North Korea. North Korea is under an ar... more »

The Maltese Double Cross

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
The Maltese Double Cross - Lockerbie (1994) from Spike EP on Vimeo. "The local police force, Dumfries and Galloway, they were most concerned at the SWARMS of Americans, fiddling with bodies, and shall we say tampering with those things that the police were carefully checking themselves. I'm not pretending that they said they were from the FBI or the CIA - they were just Americans, who seemed to have arrived extremely quickly, on the secne..." - Tam Dalyell MP The Maltese Double Cross – Lockerbie discusses evidence and witnesses that would eventually figure at the Pan Am Fl... more »

40 Questions

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
The BBC has recently dispatched so many reporters to Gaza that I’ve lost count. So far we’ve had Jeremy Bowen, Yolande Knell, Lyse Doucet, Ian Pannell, Chris Morris, Paul Adams, Martin Patience, Jon Donnison John Simpson; in Israel Orla Geurin Bethany Bell and James Reynolds. I’m sure there are more and sorry if I’ve forgotten you. What’s happened to Kevin Connolly? We’ve seen analyses and comment by James Robbins, Frank Gardner, Stephen Sacker, Andrew Roy, adversarial interviews by Emily Maitless, Kirsty Wark, Robert Peston, the Today team, the World At One team, the News 24 tea... more »

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: US Condemns Shelling Of UN School In Gaza, But Restocks Israel's Ammunition! (Shows American Hypocrisy At Its Worse!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
It has indeed been shocking to myself to read the reports that came out yesterday where the criminal and psychotic Israelis had the gall to bomb a UN School in Gaza that was loaded with refugees. I have been troubled by this report and have been asking the same question that everyone should be asking: WHY IS THIS NOT A WAR CRIME? And why in the hell has the UN not stepped forward and demanded Israel immediately stop their attacks on civilians? But again as I stated before, the UN is nothing but a tool for American/Israeli interests and therefore will do nothing to stop the blo... more »

Internationalists Are Pushing The World Towards Globally Engineered Economic Warfare

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Brandon Smith Over a year ago I published an essay entitled 'The Linchpin Lie: How Global Collapse Will Be Sold To The Masses'. This essay addressed efforts by the ever malicious Rand Corporation to create a false narrative surrounding the possibility of global collapse. Linchpin Theory, as it was named by it's originator and Rand Corp. employee, John Casti, is I believe the very future of propaganda. Every engineered crisis needs a clever cover story, and in Linchpin Theory, we are told that all human catastrophe is a mere natural product of the “overcomplexity” within variou... more »

Is Russia And Germany Holding Secret Talks To End The Ukraine Crisis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin *Land For Gas: Merkel And Putin Discussed Secret Deal Could End Ukraine Crisis -- The Independent* Merkel and Putin negotiate to trade Crimea’s sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine. The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing ... more »

Kiev Deploys WMDs Against Eastern Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Ulson Gunnar Ukraine’s Kiev-based regime has deployed OTR-21 Tochka ballistic missiles also known as SS-21 “Scarabs,” against the people of eastern Ukraine. The missiles measure 6.4 meters in length and carry warheads of up to 454 kg, making them without a doubt a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). Their use was revealed by a CNN report released just as US President Barack Obama announced that the US and EU would be issuing more sanctions against Russia. CNN revealed that, “there were reports that Ukraine’s government in the past 48 hours used short-range ballistic missiles agai... more »

Knowing How To Launch A BUK Missile Is Apparently Not That Hard

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Russian 9K37 BUK air defense system in 2010. WIKIMEDIA Commons *Need To Learn To Launch A BUK Missile Quick? Look Online. -- Robert Beckhusen, Reuters* No one has admitted responsibility for firing the sophisticated missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people over Ukraine on July 17. But untrained rebels could probably have done it with a little practice. There are even instructions online, making it possible for nearly anyone who comes into possession of one of these systems — anywhere in the world — to use it. Washington and Kiev both blame Russian-... more »

Record Label Lawsuit Against Vimeo Threatens Free Speech Online

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
*Activist Post* The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups have asked a federal appeals court to block record labels' attempt to thwart federal law in *Capitol v. Vimeo*—a case that could jeopardize free speech and innovation and the sites that host both. In this lawsuit, the record labels sued online video site Vimeo, alleging that dozens of sound recordings were infringed in videos posted on the site. A ruling from a district court judge earlier this year found Vimeo could be responsible for copyright infringement, and in doing so imposed new, i... more »

"Man-made biological leaf" could provide oxygen for space travel

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
*Vimeo* RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant, could enable long-distance space travel. See more here. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The Big Blackout: Why I’m Going Low-Tech to Prep for an EMP

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Daisy Luther This might be stating the obvious, but in the event of an EMP, things will not be the same, no matter how great your generator is. Aaron Dykes of Truthstream Media wrote an excellent article about the extreme likelihood of a catastrophic event that could take out our power grid: Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer is warning investors – and more broadly, lawmakers and leaders – about the potential destructive power of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, which could be triggered by solar events or artificially, via blasts in the atmosphere. According to Singer,... more »

Bill Whittle: A Brief History of Mental Illness...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
* powerful.* In this searing and personal Firewall, Bill Whittle talks about his Brief History of Mental Illness, how he managed to avoid going Full Progressive, the famous author who helped bring him back to sanity, and asks the fundamental question: "What if I'm wrong?"


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
They finally made me cry today this video shows two ambulances driving up to rescue wounded Palestinians they get shelled this is pure evil it is demonic and was done on purpose Israel has the Palestinians inside a fishbowl and is picking them off at will it's pure evil The Obama team plays good cop bad cop makes statements calling for ceasefire then sends Israel more ammunition that is pure evil but they get away with it because we here in the US let them and that is pure evil


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Israel is calling up sixteen thousand additional reserve troops as its assault goes on. But, there are 51 IDF soldiers who are making a stand and refusing to take part in any more destruction.

12 Examples of Hamas Firing Rockets from Civilian Areas

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
12 Examples of Hamas Firing Rockets from Civilian Areas Yet still the anti Israel brigade will deny that Hamas are doing any such thing

Retirement Is For The Rich

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 7 hours ago There used to be a social contract in this country. One of the clauses in that unwritten document was,"if you work hard all your life, you can retire in comfort." But neo-conservatives have shredded that contract. Linda McQuaig writes: The notion of retirement security in exchange for a lifetime of hard work — a central element in the implicit social contract between capital and labour in the postwar years — has been effectively tossed aside, as corporations have become more in... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 7 hours ago
What say you, to Israeli Settlement Aparthied, Mr. BONO? If one more person says... 'it's a complex, grey issue"... I would suggest a vigorous shake o' the head, check o' the heart to detect life, and realize - IT'S NOT!! It is very clear. Historically documented. And NOT A FUCKING FOOTBALL/HOCKEY GAME where da men-folk of da world line-up wit' der pick and DAMN THE TORPEDOES!! Fuck you all - who JUSTIFY; RATIONLIZE; EXCUSE; and 'look the other way' while INDIGENOUS PEOPLE the world over are GENOCIDALLY SLAUGHTERED. FUCKING BASTARDS, you are. See? That clear enough, f... more »

Is Russia's Violation Of The INF Treaty A Military Threat?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty in the East Room of the White House. 12/8/87. Reagan Library *Does Russian Treaty Violation Pose Military Threat? -- Voice of America* The United States upped the diplomatic pressure this week by saying Russia has violated provisions of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty - or INF - a treaty considered to be the cornerstone of the U.S.-Russian nuclear disarmament structure. This is a serious accusation, analysts say, and one that has roots dating back to the close of the Cold War. The INF treat... more »

British Prime Minister, David Cameron: We Won’t Start World War Three Over Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) *Cameron: We Won’t Start World War Three Over Ukraine -- RT* The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said Britain was not going to "launch a European war or send the fleet to the Black Sea" over the Ukraine crisis, applying economic pressure instead. Mr. Cameron, was addressing a Q&A session with staff at the headquarters of United Utilities in Warrington when he said that the West had to stand up to Russia. The Prime Minister alluded to the lessons the UK learnt dealing with Germany’s aggression in Europe be... more »

No Labels-- Further Stinking Up The Sewer That DC Already Was Without Them

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Yesterday we looked at how Steve Israel's "bipartisan" conservative group, the Center Aisle Caucus, so dear to the heart of Establishment imbeciles like David Broder, destroyed any chance the Democrats had to retake the House (in 2012 and again this year). So brilliant of Pelosi to appoint a bipartisan with his chains to so many vulnerable Republicans to head the post that should be the *most* partisan in the Democratic conference! Previously, we talked about Big Business shills Patrick Murphy and Kyrsten Sinema working with teabaggers to undermine Democratic values in Congress ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 7 hours ago
*Is Common Core on the ropes?* Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming "sedate videos" and "talking points." Honestly, though, Common... more »

As The Israel - Hamas War Continues To Rage, The U.S. Resupplies Israel With Munitions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) *U.S. Resupplies Israel With Munitions As Gaza Offensive Rages -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local U.S. arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday. The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a program managed by the U.S. military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for U.S... more »

What Israel is doing.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
One of the cliched phrases that has worked its way into the psyche of anti-Israel zealots (it’s a favourite of Baroness Tonge) as well as many at the BBC (Sarah Montague likes it a lot) is “What Israel is doing”. It’s the shorthand for, well, whatever you like. The implications contained in those four little words range from the well-worn “disproportionate response”, through ethnic cleansing, apartheid, siege on Gaza, war crimes, baby-killing and genocide, all the way to a final destination; committing a holocaust on the Palestinian people. All those incendiary, hyperbolic accusation... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Sheriff Marlin Gusman: The Deadbeat Dad of New Orleans ~Disenfranchised Citizen* *Feds: Drilling for oil in Louisiana's wetlands may be a dumb idea ~Stuart Smith* *Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma? ~NPR* *Tainted Legacy: Legislature's fixes create obstacles to oil and gas cleanup ~David Hammer and Mike Perlstein * *Flood control delays worry Mandeville residents ~Faimon A. Roberts III, The Advocate* *Water purification company unveils 80,000-square-foot facility near Mandeville ~Bob Warren* *World Water Works To Unveil Exciting New Bulking Sludge Managemen... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

Join us this Sunday at 7PM EST with Nel Noddings

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 8 hours ago
Of all the criticisms of corporate education reforms, one that gets short shrift is the concept of “care.” Emphasis on testing, accountability, high stakes, and competition don’t sound caring. The ethic of care seems to be lacking. We should instead emphasize the “whole child.” There is an abundance of information and skills and dispositions that […]

9/11 - We Attack the Myth Where it Stands

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
Good for you, Paramount Pictures. Hunt The Beast - Give Him no quarter.

@andreperryedu tells us to stop blaming black parents

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
An important article from the Washington Post. Clearly, there is widespread belief that black parents don’t value education. The default opinion has become “it’s the parents” — not the governance, the curriculum, the instruction, the policy, nor the lack of resources — that create problems in urban schools. That’s wrong. Everyday actions continuously contradict the […]

Libya Falls (Again) - French, US, Germany, Japan, Phillipines All Evacuate Embassies in Tripoli

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*This is the legacy of "The Responsibility to Protect".* *British Ambassador Michael Aaron **"Rumour control: a small group of British Nationals still here and the embassy is still open!"*

"The Last Whale" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"As I rocked in the moonlight, And reefed the sail. It'll happen to you Also without fail, If it happens to me. Sang the world's last whale." - Pete Seeger

“North America: Massive Numbers of Sea Creatures Dying Along the West Coast” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“North America: Massive Numbers of Sea * *Creatures Dying Along the West Coast”* by Michael Synder “Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America. Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled. We are being told that we could even see "local extinctions" of some of these sea creatures. So are all of these deaths related? If so, what in the world could be causing this to happen? What has changed so dramatically that it would cause massive nu... more »

UN official admits that Hamas are using UN buildings as shields

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
That's John Ging of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations confirming that Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza fire their rockets into Israel from near UN buildings, using them as shelter. Let's see if the BBC or Channel 4 report this admission.... Of course I know they won't, it's not as though they are unbiased news reporting organisations. Who's John Ging? John Ging (born 1965) is an Irish national and former officer in the Irish Army who served as head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip from 200... more »

Come Back To Your Good Senses by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago
[image: stick_figure_no_backdoor_deals_sign1] *We say today that there is far too much fear now upon your planet. This fear spawns odd behavior. That which was rational is less available. Fantasy and cruel images are demanded by Man. It is a loss of good sense that drives the current paradigms.* *Yes, a lack of vision as well as a lack of willingness to forge ahead and prepare others for the coming days of tribulation. This is due to the vast lack of leadership, the total lack of real solutions and the mass hysteria that passes for reality when in fact, humankind has lost all conne... more »

Need to learn to launch a BUK missile quick? Look online.

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 11 hours ago
[image: BUK-M1]No one has admitted responsibility for firing the sophisticated missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people over Ukraine on July 17. But untrained rebels could probably have done it with a little practice. There are even instructions online, making it possible for nearly anyone who comes into possession of one of these systems — anywhere in the world — to use it. Washington and Kiev both blame Russian-backed separatists from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic for attacking the plane with a 9k37 BUK missile system. These rebels ... more »

Royal Australian Air Force scores direct hit with JSOW C

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 11 hours ago
[image: JSOW-C]The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) successfully tested a Raytheon Company Joint Standoff Weapon C (JSOW C) against a hardened wall target at the RAAF Woomera Test Range. Launched from an F/A-18F Super Hornet at an operationally representative stand-off range and altitude of 25,000 feet, the JSOW C scored a direct hit. The RAAF test marked the third successful employment of JSOW C this year against one of the most challenging target sets. Previously, two JSOW C air-to-ground weapons also destroyed simulated cave targets in U.S. Navy flight tests at the China Lake f... more »

To Defile The Earth Is To Defile Ourselves by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
Taken by Morten Ross on July 4, 2014 @ Sandbukta, south of Oslo, Norway. *For to defile the Earth, is to defile yourselves, since you are part of the Earth's body. This tendency toward self-destruction will change in time and Mankind will again make an honest effort to protect and cherish the Earth and see to it's restored health and vitality.* M.N. Hopkins

Russia: US claims on nuclear missiles treaty unfounded, we have questions too

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: Mk-41 VLS]Moscow has slammed Washington’s allegations that Russia breached the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, calling the claims unsubstantiated. It added Russia also has complaints about the US’s fulfillment of their obligations under the treaty. US claims that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) are “just as unsubstantiated as everything that has recently been heard by Moscow coming from Washington, including other issues. There is absolutely no evidence provided to support [these allegations],” Russia’s Foreign Ministry sai... more »

F-35B passes wet runway and crosswind tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]The Lockheed Martin F-35B has completed wet runway and crosswind testing, which comprised 37 missions over a 41 day period using aircraft BF-4. “This testing is absolutely critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps’ [initial operating capability],” says J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for conventional take off & landings, short take offs, and short landings , with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful impro... more »

On Japanese Rearmament

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*July 31, 2014* (James Corbett - Ryan Dawson)

Lakeland fighter-jet company seeks state funds for expansion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: L-159 Alca]The world’s largest collection of tactical air support fighter jets is stored inside a 100,000-square-foot hangar across from the flight line at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. There are eight U.S.-built Douglas A-4K Skyhawks, nine Italian-made Aermacchi MB-339CB fighters and five Aero L-39 Albatross fighters. The hangar is also home to 28 Mikoyan MiG 21s, purchased from Poland, in various parts, waiting to be rebuilt. It is a unique aerial armada that, among other missions, helps U.S. and allied combat pilots learn how to dogfight. And the company is about to a... more »

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model. Winslow Wheeler, a staff member at the Project On Government Oversight who has worked on national-security issues for the Senate and the Government Accountability Office, detailed his cost estimates for the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made fifth-generation stealth fighter in a recent article on Medium​.com. Wheeler puts the per-plane production price tag at $148 million for the Air... more »

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter fires AGM-114 Hellfire missile for the 1st time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States. The AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile was fired by Navy’s 725 Squadron from aircraft currently deployed to the United States Navy’s Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre off the Florida coast. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, said the Seahawk Romeo’s cutting edge mission systems provided a formidable naval platform. Read more

Several Russian Tu-95MS bombers fly over Arctic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: Tu-95MS Bear H]Several Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers escorted by MiG-31 interceptor planes flew over the Arctic on Wednesday, the press service of the Eastern Military District said. Its spokesperson, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev told ITAR-TASS that the interceptor planes had been provided by the Pacific Fleet’s air base in Kamchatka. “In 2014, the intensity of Air Force flights in the Arctic increased several-fold,” he said, adding that MiG-31, Su-24, Su-27, antisubmarine Il-38 and Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-26 helicopter crews were not only patrolling, providing air support and s... more »

VVIP chopper deal: No change in ground situation in India, defence ministry says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: AW 101 VVIP helicopter]The defence ministry on Wednesday said there is "no change in the ground situation here" as far as the VVIP helicopter case is concerned, even as it sought details from the Indian embassy in Rome about the "exact developments" in Italian court proceedings. "We cancelled the contract, got back our money and have agreed for arbitration. There is no change in all this. We have, however, asked for a report from our embassy, through its lawyer, about the purported shelving of legal proceedings against Finmeccanica," said a MoD official. The call on whethe... more »

Russia Can Build Own Mistral Warships, Rogozin Says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 12 hours ago
[image: RFS Vladivostok]Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Wednesday said that the latest U.S. sanctions demonstrate fear on the part of Russia's adversaries, and that Russia can build its own Mistral warships if France fails to deliver the two vessels. On Tuesday, the U.S. announced a new round of sanctions that target, among other things, Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation, an industry conglomerate that controls Russia's network of shipbuilding enterprises. The sanctions, which are aimed at punishing Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis, freeze any... more »

Should America Keep Its Aging Nuclear Missiles?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile]Sixty feet beneath western Nebraska, Lt. Raj Bansal sits in front of an ancient-looking computer console used to monitor 10 nuclear missiles. Everything in this command bunker feels outdated, including the tiny toilet. It's working today, but like a lot of equipment down here, it doesn't always. Bansal points to a drain under the command post. "At some point, sewage has flooded this bottom area," he says. "It smells awful." Read more

Plan to buy submarines from Japan ‘driven by politics’, says Defence analyst

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]“OPTION J” — a codename for plans to buy submarines from Japan — was the “worst-kept secret” at the Adelaide Defence and Industry conference this week, a senior Defence analyst says. Mark Thomson is from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which advises the Government on Defence decisions and has two members on the six-person expert panel developing the Government White Paper. On Wednesday, Mr Thomson said he shared the fear of many that Option J — which could deprive South Australia of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars — was “being driven at t... more »

GMO Farm Fields Poisoning The Water In Midwestern Rivers

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
[image: Foto: A new U.S. Geological Study found that midwest rivers in the heart of the nations GMO corn & soy fields are persistently contaminated with neonicotinoid insecticides. While neonicotinoid use has increased throughout the country, the Midwest in particular has seen a dramatic increase over the last decade. The use of clothianidin, one of the chemicals studied, on corn in Iowa alone has approximately doubled in just two years, from 2011 and 2013. Neonicotinoids are chemically similar to nicotine and are pesticides that are toxic to a broad range of insect pests. They are ... more »

Amazon Deliver A PR Bomb To Hachette?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 13 hours ago
The problem with any open confrontation is that often things that were really said in public have a habit of rising to the surface and becoming public. Public Relations people then try to put them back into the box, or rationalise the issues, but often the damage is done, or the public’s perception has changed. Propaganda is a powerful tool when communicated effectively. Today’s standoff between Amazon and Hachette is becoming increasingly visible to the public. Some would say that the majority of book buyers are more concerned about getting the right price and service for themsel... more »

West Isolating Itself with Sanctions Against Russia

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*July 30, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Citing the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as impetus, US President Barack Obama announced stronger sanctions against Russia leveled by both the US and EU. This comes after previous sanctions implemented before the downing of MH17 failed to garner support across Europe, leaving the US measures politically and economically impotent. In the wake of American sanctions, pundits, politicians, and corporate-lobbyists decried Europe's desire to continue doing business with Russia, claiming US sanctions alone would only hurt US corporation... more »

KMT Splits?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*Yep, there was still one larva on the leaf where I had first seen them. They had turned into this.* *BREAKING*: DPP Sec-Gen again summonsed by Special Prosecutors. Still named as "related person/ 關係人" not defendant or suspect. Thus technically no right to lawyer. KMT Caucus Whip resigns over Control Yuan vote, scribes the Taipei Times. An interesting signal of what's going on inside the KMT... Lin and the KMT caucus blamed outgoing Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien (王建煊) for the “surprising outcome” on Tuesday night, after it became clear that KMT lawmakers had failed to vo... more »

Unitarity and analyticity say: gravity is the weakest force

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
In 2006, Arkani-Hamed, Motl, Nicolis, and Vafa presented evidence that gravity is the weakest force, a claim that would often be called the "weak gravity conjecture" (WCG) later. Yes, the swampland on Figure 1, so different from the peaceful Czech landscape, is some territory between Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. ;-) It means that for any non-gravitational force, imagine the electrostatic or magnetostatic forces, there have to exist light enough particle species that are sufficiently charged so that their mutual non-gravitational forces exceed the gravitational ones. Be sure that th... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 14 hours ago
*Fun! With kidney stones!* AS soon as I had put up yesterday my demolition of the idiotic Warmist use of the latest kidney stone study, I tweeted a short summary of it, with link. Marc Morano retweeted my tweet, as he often does. And that generated further tweets. One tweeter (Dennis Krupski @Dkrupski) tweeted that, instead of saying I had demolished the kidney stone claims, I should have said that I *pulverized* the claims. That was rather witty. Lithotripsy is the first line of defence against kidney stones and pulverizing the stones is what lithotripsy hopefully does. B... more »

The Israeli Defense Forces Are Now Targeting Gaza's Infrastructure

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Israel’s Operation in Gaza Spreads Beyond Just Tunnels -- Time* *The Israeli Defense Forces now have Gaza's infrastructure in their sights* Israeli officials have said in the past week that their main goal in the war against Hamas in Gaza is to destroy as many of what it calls “terror tunnels,” the underground passages built by the militant group that have repeatedly been used to infiltrate Israel. But following a day in which Hamas militants managed to kill 10 Israeli soldiers, Israel responded Tuesday with massive air strikes that seemed aimed at both major infrastructure as w... more »

Criminal character of the sanctions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
For more than a decade or so, I have known that most of the EU-level officials are crappy politicians – and crappy human beings, for that matter – but I wouldn't have believed that they would go towards something as insane as a trade war against Russia. Russia will undoubtedly retaliate but it doesn't even have to. The point is that trade wars and sanctions always automatically affect both sides. There is a sense in which it is obvious that the overall damages are exactly the same on both sides. Well, one side may have a bigger trouble to replace the "forbidden" business partner wi... more »

Why Are Arab Leaders Silent On The Ongoing Israel - Hamas War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Palestinians gather near the minaret of a mosque that police said was destroyed by an Israeli Air strike in Gaza City July 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly *Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent -- New York Times* CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United A... more »

A Look At The Russian Oligarchs Are Now Being Targeted By Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*EU Blacklists Russian Oligarchs to Pressure Putin -- Bloomberg * Assets of Russian oligarchs Arkady Rotenberg and Yury Kovalchuk were frozen by the European Union in its effort to pressure President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine. Rotenberg, who helps control SMP Bank and InvestCapitalBank OAO, and Kovalchuk, the biggest shareholder in OAO Bank Rossiya, were among eight people that the EU added yesterday to its blacklist of individuals and organizations being punished for the Ukrainian unrest. Three entities -- Russian National Commercial Bank, weapon... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) Christopher Gunness breaks down in tears on live TV after attack on UN school in Gaza

Another Couple Of "Sarah Palins Of The South"-- Tough Love/Soft Hate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
With right-wing congressman Bill Cassidy running for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat, his Baton Rouge-based House district looks very attractive to an awful lot of candidates. It's a grotesquely gerrymandered (i.e., ethnically-cleansed) deep red district with a PVI of R+21. Obama won 31% there against McCain and 32% against Romney. In 2012 the Democrats didn't even bother putting up a candidate against Cassidy. There are 18 Republicans in the open primary *but* an inordinate amount of coverage has been about the campaign of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. The video above, th... more »

Argentina Declared To Be In Default After Failing To Reach A Debt Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Argentina Declared In Default By S&P As Talks Fail -- Bloomberg* Standard & Poor’s declared Argentina in default after the government missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds. The South American country failed to get the $539 million payment to bondholders after a U.S. judge ruled that the money couldn’t be distributed unless a group of hedge funds holding defaulted debt also got paid. Argentina, in default for the second time in 13 years, has about $200 billion in foreign-currency debt, including $30 billion of restructured bonds, according to S... more »

Israel Has Captured 100 Top Hamas Operatives Since The Start Of This War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
On July 23, 2014 Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians captured during a military offensive in the Gaza Strip in this photo obtained by Reuters from the Israeli news website Walla. REUTERS/Walla News *Captured Hamas Operative Reveals Paragliding Attack Plan -- Times of Israel* Terrorist confesses he trained in Malaysia to conduct raids on Israeli civilians from the air; 100 Hamas men captured to date. A highly trained Hamas operative captured by the IDF during the ongoing military campaign in the Gaza Strip told investigators that he had prepared to carry out a terror attack against... more »


Whenever Israel has chosen to use aggression to intimidate its neighbours in the West Bank, Lebanon or, as it is doing today, in the Gaza Strip, it has always left itself wriggle room to back off when public opinion and, more importantly, US and Western support seemed to be running against them. It has done this by progressively escalating their assaults on their enemies by pretending to be the victim when their enemies retaliate. That way they can always tell the world via their well-oiled global propaganda machine that they are merely responding to attacks being made against them ... more »

canadians for foreskins

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
anal sex exists spreads due to lack of foreskins, circumcision is making us Gay and or perverts NTTAWWT " exclusive interview with porn star who had to cut to stay in the anal game" pleasure deprived citizens more likely to vote conservative, might be a correlation to foreskin removal , just saying temporary weakness arms and wrists linked to masturbation with no foreskin. Scientist searching if this is widespread amongst practitioners or just restricted to those cut off. Moneyball analysis of NHL players says circumcised players have not shot. Montreal Canadians suing doctor wh... more »

Here Are Three Ways That The Islamic State In Iraq And the Violence In Gaza Could Endanger US National Security.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *Three Ways Middle East Fighting Threatens US National Security -- Anna Mulrine, CSM* As fighting in the Middle East continues this week – from Israel to Iraq – some senior US military officials are acknowledging that they are pessimistic about the prospect for peace in the region. “Is there going to be peace in the Middle East?” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), asked himself alo... more »

Manuel Iman, “This Moment Called Now” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Manuel Iman, “This Moment Called Now” -

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“NGC 253 is not only one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, it is also one of the dustiest. Discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel in the constellation of Sculptor, NGC 253 lies only about ten million light-years distant. *Click image for larger size.* NGC 253 is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest group to our own Local Group of Galaxies. The dense dark dust accompanies a high star formation rate, giving NGC 253 the designation of starburst galaxy. Visible in the above photograph is the active central nucleus, also known to be a bright source o... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Defeat" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Defeat"* by Paulo Coelho "Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf: ‘That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I’m alive, because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is in my sap, we are one thing.’ Does a man who spent years preparing to climb the highest mountain in the world feel defeated on reaching that mountain and discovering that nature has cloaked th... more »

"Why We Don’t Remember: The Gift of This Journey" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Why We Don’t Remember: The Gift of This Journey"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM ․ "If you would behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one." - Kahlil Gibran "There is a gift in not remember who we are when we are born into this lifetime; the gift is the journey. Many of us wonder why we do not remember who we were before we were born. We wonder what it was like to be a soul without a body and what it will be like to be one again. Many of us have a strange sense that we do remember, as if we... more »

"My Purpose..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Chet Raymo, "ICBW IDTS" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"ICBW IDTS"* by Chet Raymo "Which means, according to text messagers, "It could be worse (but) I don't think so." It seems a Finn has published a 332-page novel written entirely in text messaging abbreviations. Leave it to the Finns, who essentially invented mobile phone culture. Well, that's one novel I will never read. At my age, I might as well try to learn Finnish as the language of TXT MSG. I've had a mobile (as they call them in Europe) for three years now, and I've yet to have an incoming call. Not surprising, since no one has my number, and even if they did the phone is ne... more »

The Poet: Jeanne Lohmann, "Questions Before Dark" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Questions Before Dark"* "Day ends, and before sleep when the sky dies down, consider your altered state: has this day changed you? Are the corners sharper or rounded off? Did you live with death? Make decisions that quieted? Find one clear word that fit? At the sun's midpoint did you notice a pitch of absence, bewilderment that invites the possible? What did you learn from things you dropped and picked up and dropped again? Did you set a straw parallel to the river, let the flow carry you downstream?" - Jeanne Lohmann, "The Light of Invisible Bodies"

"The Life You Have Left..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.” ~ Leo Babauta

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: At Least ONE Nation On Planet Earth Has It Right In Calling Israel Exactly What It Is, A Terrorist State!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 18 hours ago
Yes, the assault and genocide of the Palestinian people locked up in the largest open air concentration camp on Earth, also known as the Gaza Strip, continues…. We have watched in disgust as the majority of nations on this planet continue to absolutely kiss Jew ass by constantly harping the lies that this act of cold blooded murder is due to the criminally insane state of Israel's "right to defend itself"…. We however know the real truth that this massive assault is indeed Israel's "final solution" to the Palestinian problem in Gaza, which is to wipe out the entire population! I hav... more »

Blame the Jews

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 18 hours ago
For those of you not in your first rodeo with Thinking Aboot let me be clear. I am not Jewish. I have no family member going back generation that I know of who is Jewish. I have been punished as a taxpayer by Jewish Lawyers seeking reparations for things that happened before my time and for the majority of citizens who survived WW2. The Jews have unjustly taken land from the people of Palestine. (but who has not done the same sometime?) I think Jews work together to better themselves without regard to how this will hurt the competition. Its hard to believe but in the Jewish religion ... more »

Devoid of Purpose [update 2]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
Our roving correspondent *Suzuki Samurai* has some advice for Jamie Whyte, after the response yesterday of the Racist Relations Commissioner to his call for equality before the law. Good on the Whyte man calling for Susan Devoid's resignation. But Baldy should grow some and make it ACT policy to get rid of that whole worthless commission; that would show us he means it. Or, in other words: Grow some balls, baldy. *UPDATE 1*: And there’s more: “ACT out your principles,” he says. The first principle you learn when playing squash is to return to (or hold) the 'T'; this is the... more »


Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 19 hours ago
With colorful and meticulous calligraphy, drawings, and huge portraits, Palestinians tell their story on the walls. This popular art's aim is to narrate the story as perceived by the Palestinians themselves. The idea is to glorify different militias for their acts, or to honor those who fell for the cause. The vivid and gaudy colors decorate the whole Strip with scenes, slogans and portraits of war death. © PHOTOS BY QUIQUE KIERSZENBAUM MUSIC : ' I DON'T HAVE FREEDOM ' DAM *You can visit our Gaza article archive here. * *Poll: Does the United States' support of Israel make A... more »

The Intended Roles of the Israel-Lobby and of Israel in the US-Empire are Incompatible with Peace

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 19 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt Several misguided commentators have advanced that Canada's unconditional support for Israel is the result of Christian Zionist ideology. This is flat wrong, and inexcusably naive. Harper's unconditional support for Israel is not from right-wing or religious ideology. Nor is this the case in the US itself. Canada's unconditional support for Israel started under

Man, what a dingbat ex-VA First Lady Mo McD is! Yes, the Dingbat Defense emerges as the McDonnells' secret weapon!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
*Wait, you didn't really want to see this clip about the McDonnell trial witness list, did you? Sorry, it was on the WaPo "McDonnell Trial" live-blog page, and I don't even have a living link for you. But consider, that's 32 seconds of your life you would never get back.* *by Ken* Hey, you'd be peeved too if the phone in the cubicle opposite yours had been ringing all frigging day -- and that cubicle has been unoccupied now for almost a year! Not to mention all that stuff going on in, you know, Washington and, well, the world! So I vowed that I was by God going to find a subject f... more »

Racist Cab Drivers Drive me Away

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 19 hours ago
Know what when someone paints you in a picture they got something to say Maybe its the Gulf of Tolkien or maybe it 911 or maybe its a singer singing Cab Driver they are all just images devoid of context but still truth lingers for some when they cant catch a cab Black people, Black people are the N people of the world why is that and how cares and what will it cost to do a damm to change facts For me to say I got good feelings about black people is to say i feel the same way about humanity and I do not Black people the real Black people are well I cant continue because of racism. Th... more »


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 19 hours ago
METRO EVENT | Beverly Baker Moore says ‘party like it’s 1969′ at Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer’s 69th Birthday Bash, Friday, Aug. 1, at Maria’s in Austin.

Shocking Analysis of the ‘Shooting Down’ of Malaysian MH17

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 19 hours ago
Peter Haisenko in Cockpit of Condor DC 10 By Peter Haisenko *Zur deutschen Version bitte hier anklicken* The tragedy of Malaysian MH 017 continues to elude any light of clarity being cast over it. The flight recorders are in England and are evaluated. What can come of it? Maybe more than you would assume. Especially the voice recorder will be interesting when you look at the picture of a cockpit fragment. As an expert in aviation I closely looked at the images of the wreckage that are circulating on the Internet. First, I was amazed at how few photos can be f... more »

Hamas Was On Its Knees Before This War, Now Its Chest Is Out Thanks To Netanyahu's Bloodlust

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
*Extremists are drawn to each other. Their Messianic worldviews, their brutal methods, their low regard for civilian lives, and their total rejection of peace and co-existence, makes them brothers more than enemies. If Hamas did not exist the leadership of Israel would have to invent it before tomorrow morning to continue to justify its illegal occupation of Palestinian land.* *Photo Source: AFP.* "In March 2014, Netanyahu acknowledged that the number of rocket attacks from Gaza in the previous year was the “lowest in a decade.” The shock of the three Jewish teenagers kidnapped on ... more »

Susan Van Haitsma : Remembering our roots: Equality rejects war

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 19 hours ago
As the failures of war strategies have become increasingly obvious, the benefits of nonviolent approaches based on the principle of equality have become more obvious. By Susan Van Haitsma | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 At the root … finish reading Susan Van Haitsma : Remembering our roots: Equality rejects war


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 19 hours ago
FRONT PAGE | Austin movement lawyer Jim Simons: ’50 years defying the systems of power.’

“Making Time for Reflection: Going on Retreat” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Making Time for Reflection: Going on Retreat”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Going on retreat can be a powerful way to process what is happening in your life. Giving ourselves time to reflect and heal can be a powerful way to process the things that are happening in our lives, and one of the best approaches to do this is by going on a retreat. Going on a retreat means that we have set the intention to heal and learn more about our spirit, and doing this is a decision that we make for ourselves. Since everyone sees and experiences the world differently, it is important to choose... more »

Fight Club Members that we know about

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 19 hours ago
Argentina and Iceland. Read about it think aboot it. Its seems the way of the future is to not talk about it. One big nation and one insignificant one have said no mas. Zero Credit History must be making some wave tontie. Stay away from financial buildings out of caution. Soap caution.

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago

"All Government..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an o... more »

Larry Ray : A little bombing quiz for you

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 19 hours ago
In the two photos below please identify which bombing was ordered by Bashar al-Assad and which one by Benjamin Netanyahu. By Larry Ray | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014, 2014 There are two photos below and both are … finish reading Larry Ray : A little bombing quiz for you

“Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals ‘Global Stop and Frisk Program’" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook * *Reveals ‘Global Stop and Frisk Program’"* By Amy Goodman “In an interview with Democracy Now!, investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept spoke about obtaining a leaked copy of a government guidebook, indicating that the Obama administration’s expansion of the national terrorist watchlist system. According to the book, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary" to be deemed a "terrorist" target. “What we have here is tantamount to a system that’s sort of like a global stop-and-frisk pro... more »

West Africa's Ebola Epidemic Is Now 'Out Of Control' Says Charity

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge) * The latest outbreak of Ebola is the most severe since the disease was discovered in 1976. So far the disease has spread from a village in Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria *How Deadly Ebola Has Spread Across The Globe: Health Officials Try To Trace 30,000 Linked To Death Of US Victim - As Nigerian Film Star Sparks Outrage By Fleeing Africa First-Class In An Ebola Mask -- Daily Mail* * Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya * Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is 'justified' * He warned the s... more »

(Oh, Oh - The Shame) No Shame:  How Stupid Do They Think We Are? Don't Hold Your Breath Wondering! (Who Are These Secretive People Who Rule US? Let's Ask Billy Graham's Groupies) Oh, Where Did All the WWII Fascists Go? Long Time Passin' . . .

If you were wondering where all that data in Utah will end up . . . to make my point most succinctly, I only have to quote one of the readers of the article below who had this comment (and I'm sure they'll be sweeping up plenty of al-Qaeda there too): "# Jim Rocket 2014/07/30 11:03 - It would be interesting for someone to investigate how people like Alexander got their positions. There's

Is Obama Regime Covering Up the Truth of MH17 Shootdown?

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 20 hours ago
The pile of official lies about what really happened in Benghazi and what the NSA is really up to stacked up by the Obama administration and the State Department have already firmly established that this latest regime absolutely cannot be trusted to tell the truth and this is especially so when it comes to the disastrous foreign policy of the warfare state. What grows ever more apparent is that the Obama gangsters, in particular the warmongers over at the State Department are engaged in a serious cover-up over what *really* happened in regards to Malaysian Airlines MH17 that was ... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
The Sykes-Picot agreement. (Creative Commons) *In 10 Years’ Time, The World’s Borders Will Look Totally Different -- Frank Jacobs, Washington Post* Border-watchers are the seismologists of geopolitics. And lately, we’ve begun to notice a lot of fault lines. The boundaries that separate states are shifting and dissolving at an accelerating rate. Take, for example, the establishment of an “Islamic State” astride the Syrian-Iraqi border, which forebodes a major realignment in the Middle East. In a slick propaganda piece titled The End of Sykes-Picot, a triumphant ISIS fighter shows u... more »

Smallpox: A Deadly Shell Game

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 21 hours ago
Janet Phelan The recent announcement by the WHO that it was postponing a decision on destroying the remaining smallpox depositories—one allegedly in Russia at VECTOR and the other in the United States at the CDC—may not have been prompted by what the press has termed a difference of opinion between research groups. In fact, the WHO may have no idea how many labs actually possess the deadly variola virus. As widely reported, WHO's advisory committee on variola virus research (ACVVR), felt that the stocks should be maintained, as the live virus was still needed to develop antivira... more »


Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 21 hours ago

Look Again: Who is Behind UK's Initiative to "Help the Bees"?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 21 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Heather Callaghan *With friends like these...* Recently I wrote about a large Canada-wide surveillance initiative: Look Who's Behind This Large Study to "Help the Bees". Following the money trail, one could see that Canada's government was placing "hope" for an answer unto major international biotech and agricultural companies such as Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta etc... The very same companies whose chemical products are implicated for diminishing bee populations and have everything to gain by "finding" an answer that doesn't point back to them. Does that s... more »

Robot Bees Will Be Better Than The Real Thing Says Greenpeace

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 21 hours ago
Heather Callaghan *This is an update to the original post on April 17, 2013. * No, this is not a tabloid - it's real. According to several videos, which are posted below, robotic insects have made their first controlled flight. According to the creators of Robobee: The demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade's work . . . Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, the robot was inspired by the biology of a fly, with submillimeter-scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that flap almost i... more »

Food Forward: New PBS Series Explores 'Food Rebel' Innovation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 21 hours ago
Heather Callaghan The food freedom bug has turned heads at PBS. Food Forward TV is an upcoming series that basically showcases people striving to dramatically transform the way we eat in the United States. "Food rebels" and outliers, so to speak. Across 50 cities, it showcases farmers, chefs, scientists, fishermen and ranchers with ways that deviate from the "conventional" large agricultural and food system. Some of their methods emulate traditional farming - which only seem unique to newer generations - but most are new, innovative solutions to feed the world. Will the world pa... more »

Glyphosate Detected in Deformed Piglets

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 22 hours ago
Heather Callaghan In April, a Danish farmer called for a ban on glyphosate. For three years he had used non-GMO soy feed for his pig herds, but when he ran out, he ordered two tons of GM soy feed. His herdsman immediately told the farmer of diarrhea in the piglets and lack of appetite in the sows. He had not told the herdsman of the feed switch. Worse, he began noticing an absurd amount of deformed piglets and reproductive problems in the sows. Roundup is used on GMO soy shortly before it is used as pig feed. But that's not all - he brought 38 malformed piglets to a laboratory. ... more »

Audience Brain Waves Are Being Used to Better Predict YOU

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 22 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Recently, I wrote about findings showing that the brainwaves of people viewing the same movie are '*synched*.'Some people thought this was great news, suggesting that it meant more connection and intimacy. But people who feel more disengaged or isolated by spending time with people watching media would probably doubt that suggestion very much. Building on that discovery, researchers are testing brainwaves to forecast public response to television programming. Of course, this has questionable implications. And, now, it only takes a few people to accurately predic... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 22 hours ago
Israel is THE ONLY democracy in the M.E.? A lie. CBC/Evan Solomon of Power and Politics: Would it be too much to ask, for you to inject a fact or two into the CPC's propagandizing of yet another of their world-views?? LJ

World News Briefs -- July 30, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Peace Corps Evacuates West Africa Volunteers Due To Ebola Threat -- CNN* (CNN) -- Humanitarian agencies working in west Africa are stepping up precautions against the deadly Ebola virus as local and international health officials struggle to bring the outbreak under control. The Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was removing hundreds of its volunteers from the region. The Peace Corps said 340 workers would temporarily leave Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries primarily affected by the outbreak. Two volunteers on the continent were isolated after coming in conta... more »

Does Israel "Cause" Anti-Semitism?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 22 hours ago
The great German socialist August Bebel once dubbed anti-semitism "the socialism of fools". This oft-quoted aphorism referred specifically to the conspiracy-mongers of his day for whom capitalism was the front for international jewry. But could it be that anti-semitism is the delusion of the desperate too? This question was raised in the Lords last night. Ex-diplomat and crossbencher Lord Wright of Richmond mused whether there was a link between the rise of anti-semitism in Europe and Israel's brutal assault on civilians in Gaza. He further suggested that its spread might be curbed... more »

Jim Simons : The 50-year lawyer: Defying the systems of power

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
I knew that what I would write would never be published by the ‘Bar Journal.’ So I happily write it for ‘The Rag Blog.’ Here I stand, though the road was not exactly what I expected. By Jim Simons | … finish reading Jim Simons : The 50-year lawyer: Defying the systems of power


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 22 hours ago
THE TURN OF THE CENTURY BLUES.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Toronto Pollice Chief not renewed

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 22 hours ago
First of all he has been there since 2005. Thinking aboot J Edgar we know that 14 years is long enough even for Mother Teresa with a badge. (For sure after year ten she would have been all Judge Dredd on Rich Pricks, a BMW lets roll people) IMHO he has one of the most important public service jobs in Canada. Compared to his predecessor who now continues to reveal himself as a source of jaundice., Bill Blair was F5 tornado of fresh air. I could make this into a blog about how the police play politics and of that Bill Blair was a master. However he always seemed to play the game for... more »

Obama's Message To Republicans: "Stop Just Hatin’ All The Time"...w/update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 23 hours ago
*did president ribbon cutter really say that today after spending our money to fly to Kansas and entertain some people with his phony preacher shuck and jive talk?* According to Reuters he did just that. *From Zero Hedge:* Two weeks ago the head of the *"most transparent administration ever*" (perhaps to the NSA?), president Obama, told the common American to "not be cynical" and have hope. Today, speaking appropriately in an ornate theater in Kansas City, he had a message for republicans: *"Stop being mad all the time. Stop. Stop. Stop just hatin’ all the time."* *Reuters has mor... more »

"Shama Lama Ding Dong"

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 23 hours ago

Blue America End Of The Month Match For Shenna Bellows

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
One of Blue America's most dedicated supporters is offering an end-of-the-month match for Shenna Bellow's, the progressive Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Maine. As you can see, Blue America contributors have donated as much to Shenna's campaign as to all the other Senate candidates we are backing *combined*. But its going to take more than that to get her message out; she's up against Susan Collin's money machine. Collins is already swimming in $5,380,803, only 2% of it ($123,536) from small grassroots contributions. The rest is from wealthy donors and PACs. Our ano... more »

Diplomats Flee Libya As The Violence Escalates Out Of Control

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*International Diplomats Evacuate Libya as Violence Escalates -- US News and World Report* *French, British and American diplomats are among a growing number withdrawing from a tumultuous Libya.* At least 30 people were killed Tuesday when Libyan militants swarmed a government military base in Benghazi, according to reports. The escalating violence in the region has driven scores of international diplomats out of Libya. Libyan special forces fled from a Benghazi military station as militants overwhelmed them with rocketfire, according to Reuters. A special forces spokesperson to... more »

Head Of Benghazi Probe Says That No Witnesses Will Be 'Off-Limits'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Watch the latest video at *Head Of Benghazi Probe Says No Witnesses Off Limits, Including Clinton -- FOX News* The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony. "I can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity," Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview. He said that while he has received good c... more »

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: Absolutely Spot On Video By Anthony Lawson: The Blood Of Palestine Is On The Hands Of The Bribe-Takers!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 23 hours ago
The horrific and genocidal assault on Gaza continues... The number of dead now from that Israeli atrocity exceeds that of "Operation Cast Lead" and we are indeed witnessing the extermination of an entire people. Even today, we have new shocking reports of the Israelis targeting and bombing refugee camps and hospitals that in international law is indeed a war crime... However we see little action by the United Nations due to the Jewish control over that very organization itself! Right now, I want to present a fabulous new video by Anthony Lawson that tells the truth about this murde... more »

Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
*Netanyahu looks like a man on a mission. Obama looks asleep. Abbas looks lost.* Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents." Source: Democracy Now. Date Published: July 30, 2014.

The Islamic State Is The World's Newest Petrostate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
ISIS has captured large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, including all of oil-rich Deir Ezzor. (File photo: Reuters) *The Islamic State Is The Newest Petrostate -- Keith Johnson, Stars and Stripes/Foreign Policy* WASHINGTON — The Islamic State, like many shady and not-so-shady groups before it, are apparently getting into the oil business. And it seems to suit them as they reportedly are making millions of dollars a day off of it. The militants, who have conquered broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, are turning to good old-fashioned crime -- oil smuggling, in this case -- to u... more »

“How You’re Attracting Unwanted Government Attention” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“How You’re Attracting Unwanted Government Attention”* by Mike Leahy “I was talking with one of my colleagues the other day, and he raised a very interesting question, one that deserves consideration by anyone worried about their digital privacy. He read an article that championed the idea that the more steps one took to protect their privacy by using anonymous Web-browsing tools like Tor, the more likely that individual would be targeted for “surveillance” by the NSA. The article went on to say the NSA closely watched user accounts searching for information on non-Windows operati... more »

The Fight Over Who Owns Iraqi Oil Intensifies Between Baghdad And The Kurdish North

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A still image from video taken by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta (also known as the United Kalavrvta), which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas, July 25, 2014. *Iraq And Its Kurds Fight Over Oil Tanker Off The Texas Coast -- L.A. Times* A $100-million bonanza of crude oil sits in a tanker off the coast of Galveston, Texas, but moving it to shore has become a knotty foreign policy problem. Late Monday, a federal court ordered U.S. marshals to seize the cargo of the tanker, the United Kalavrv... more »

Real History Revealed: How The Jews Started The Biggest War Of All

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
With all of the news focused these days on the criminal Israeli assault and massacre in Gaza, as well as the American lies and BS being whipped up to try to start a war against Russia, we sometimes forget that this period marks the 100th anniversary of what was the beginning of the First World War. It was this time back in 1914 that nations in Europe were either already at war, as in the case of Austria-Hungary, or were in rapid mobilization and ready to escalate the conflict as in the case of Germany, Russia, France, and the British Empire.... I have always been a student of rea... more »


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
A BATTY 36 HOURS.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Moscow Fights Back After Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, July 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Moscow Fights Back After Sanctions; Battle Rages Near Ukraine Crash Site -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow-backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down. The confrontation between Moscow and the West entered a new phase this week, with the United ... more »

Bond Air is Go: The Secret History of MH17 - The Flight of the Dead

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Bond Air is Go: The Secret History of MH17 - The Flight of the Dead from Spike EP on Vimeo. "A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off. The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted *Igor Girkin* as saying he was told by people at the crash site that *“a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh,”* adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition. " *Associated Press* The ... more »

Jewish groups receive 94% of DHS funding for non-profits

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 day ago
*As I've explained*, the entire "Homeland Security" industry is *a Jewish racket*. We have even more confirmation of this fact today from the *Jewish Telegraph Agency*: *The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits*. The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office director, William Daroff, said Tuesday that the allocation made sense particularly in light of an intensification of threats on Jewish community targets in the United States and overseas. “In the current environ... more »

Kiev Fires Ballistic Missiles into Eastern Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Pentagon intentionally withholds information on Kiev's indiscriminate use of ballistic missiles in populated areas.* Tony Cartalucci CNN has reported that the regime in Kiev launched several short-range ballistic missiles into eastern Ukraine - each missile containing warheads of up to 1,000 lbs (450 kg). The missiles fired were OTR-21 Tochka also known by their NATO reporting name as SS-21 Scarabs and are considered far from "precision" weapons. While smaller than the infamous "Scud" missile, SS-21s are similarly inaccurate and their use in combat against an enemy entrenched in... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Global Network board member Sung-Hee Choi (on left) holds banner with Catholic Bishop Kang during peace walk* Once again during this hot summer the folks on Jeju, South Korea are walking around their island home in the Grand March for Life and Peace. They continue to protest against construction of a Navy base that will port US nuclear aircraft carriers, destroyers, and nuclear submarines that will all be aimed at China and Russia. Their unwavering determination is remarkable. But even more remarkable to me is the banner just above that links their effort to the struggles in Pa... more »

Supplemental: Drum does “they love to cover her hard!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014* *We wait for The One Liberal Channel:* Exactly as we predicted, Kevin Drum has gone on the record concerning the Clinton coverage. In yesterday’s post, he quotes an interesting observation by Slate’s Dave Weigel, whose overall work on this subject strikes us as being quite poor. We’ll discuss that observation tomorrow. For today, this is Drum’s conclusion about Mark Halperin’s recent statement that Clinton is “destined to get horrible coverage if she runs for president”—that “the press loves to cover her hard:” DRUM (7/29/14): The media's preoccupation w... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 1 day ago
*In my proven heart centered work with combat veterans with PTSD it is obvious that the healing power of unconditional love can facilitate transformative change. Nowhere is that more evident than with Combat Veterans with their special need dogs ~ for only unconditional love can penetrate the dark shadow world of PTSD: Allen L Roland, Ph.D * *“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it's unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.”* ~ Stephen Kendrick, *The Love Dare* During the past four years, I ... more »

Thanks Jews! (Public Service Announcement)

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 day ago
Absolutely brilliant stuff from Kyle Hunt and *Renegade Broadcasting*. Share this far and wide!

METRO | Nancy Simons : Finding ‘Democracy Now!’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
When ‘Democracy Now!’ disappeared from Austin public access television, we worked to get it back. By Nancy Simons | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 AUSTIN — Years ago, the first time my husband and I watched Democracy Now!, … finish reading *METRO* | Nancy Simons : Finding ‘Democracy Now!’

Lest we forget: A tally of police shootings and taser deaths of Canadians with severe mental illness

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 day ago
I am haunted by the 2013 police shooting death of Sammy Yatim, and the words of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair this month that the recommendations that came out of the investigation of the 18-year-old's death won't be "left to gather dust." If only we could believe that. Blair has said versions of that before, in past years when Toronto police killed some other person with mental illness. The case of Sammy Yatim was particularly tragic, what with him being a young man alone on an empty streetcar when he was first shot nine times by the police and then tasered as he lay dy... more »

Ukraine's Economy Is Imploding As Fighting In The East Intensifies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Archive © ITAR-TASS/Anton Tushin *Ukraine’s GDP Fall Quickens By 4.7% -- ITAR-TASS* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made a worse Ukrainian GDP falling forecast from five to 6.5% in 2014 IEV, July 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s GDP in the second quarter of 2014 has plummeted 4.7% compared the same period in 2013, Ukrainian State Statistics Service said on Wednesday. The second quarter’s GDP rate went down 2.3% compared with the first quarter with due account of seasonal factor. The GDP decline has amounted to 1.1% in the first quarter of this year, the republican service sa... more »

Stop the Media Madness.

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Stop the Media Madness..Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Obama Joins The EU in Imposing New Sanctions on Russia

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Rachel Blevins BenSwann On Tuesday, after accusing the Kremlin of supporting anti-Kiev militias in eastern Ukraine, and threatening to cripple the Russian economy, the United States, along with the 28 nations that comprise the European Union, announced a new series of sanctions against Moscow that could take place as early as August 1, 2014. According to *The Washington Post*, the European measures were “*the strongest against Russia since the Cold War, with the potential to sway Russian decision-making in a way that previous penalties have not*.” The EU released a statement sayin... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ukraine Conflict: Army Claims Strategic Town In Donetsk -- BBC* *The Ukrainian army says it has seized a key town near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, as fighting rages in the east.* Pro-Russia separatists were driven out of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the army said. The strategic town is near the airport and train station in Donetsk. Heavy fighting around Donetsk has again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of flight MH17. Meanwhile, Russia said new sanctions were "destructive and short-sighted" and would lead to higher energy prices. Almost two weeks afte... more »

MH17 - The VicSims

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
These are not real people. Human beings do not look like this. These are* VicSims.*

Corporatism Stifles Innovation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
James Hall For an economy to grow and create actual wealth, innovation is a bedrock component in the development of enhanced prosperity. Prosperity is an intriguing concept. Simply making and accumulating money falls short of establishing a successful economic model. This recent report illustrates a prime example. Facebook stock soars, as company briefly passes IBM in market value. By most measures, Facebook is dwarfed by IBM: With about 7,000 employees, ten-year-old Facebook is on track to garner $12 billion in sales this year. The 103-year-old IBM has more than 400,000 workers... more »

‘Catastrophic’: Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer warns of EMP

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Imminent: ‘Only a matter of time’ until entire electric grid destroyed by natural or man-made event…* Aaron Dykes Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer is warning investors – and more broadly, lawmakers and leaders – about the potential destructive power of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, which could be triggered by solar events or artificially, via blasts in the atmosphere. According to Singer, research shows that no other incident, including a nuclear bomb, has the potential for such wide-scale devastation, coupled with the relative likelihood of occurring. While a nuk... more »

Australia, ‘better slave than dead’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Pine Gap, Australia Jon Rappoport Remember the name “Pine Gap.” It lies at the heart of this story. I’ve always thought Australians were more blunt and forthright than Americans. I don’t know if that’s true, but the current debate about total surveillance in the Land Down Under is cutting to the bone. The government wants to tax the Australian people so it can use giant telecoms to collect wall to wall “metadata” on them. (Pay us so we can spy on you.) The Age newspaper reports on an Australian senate inquiry into the plan: “ASIO [the national security service of Australia]... more »

Obama Remarks on Situation in Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
President Obama announced that the U.S. would join with the European Union in additional economic sanctions against Russia for its ongoing conflict with Ukraine. The sanctions target Russia’s energy, arms, and financial sectors. You can visit our Ukraine article archive here. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Why Champ Bailey WON’T Be Cut by the Saints ~Barry Hirstius, Whodat Dish*

Hamas Military Wing Release Video of Covert Tunnel Raid That Killed Five Israeli Guards

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Gaza Crisis: Hamas Military Wing Release Video of Covert Tunnel Raid Which Killed Five IDF Soldiers -- IBTimes* Hamas' military wing has released footage claiming to be its militants entering Israel, via an underground tunnel from the Gaza Strip, and storming an IDF guard post, in an attack which killed five Israeli soldiers. The unverified video censors the faces and conversations of the militants as they emerge from a tunnel believed to originate in Shejaiya, Gaza and run towards a guard post south of Kibbutz Nahal Oz near Karmi Crossing. An anti-tank missile and shots are fire... more »

How Steve Israel Killed Red-To-Blue

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Red to Blue looks like such a stinker for Steve Israel this cycle that he's started slipping in candidates in *blue* districts so his batting average won't look as atrocious on the morning of November 5th as anyone looking at his inept recruiting will surmise. A good red-to-blue program would have strong, progressive candidates running against Republicans in blue-leaning districts. Instead, Israel's personal agenda had him out-right protecting Republicans in many of these districts. These are all districts Democrats should be able to win but that Israel has screwed up-- as he chase... more »

Coordinated Sanctions Target Russia's Ability to Tap Oil Reserves including Arctic resources

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
I have mentioned the control of Arctic resources previously as one of many reasons for the targeting of Russia by NATO. So, it is interesting to note that the sanctions are geared towards prohibiting Russia from accessing it's Arctic resources Before we get to the sanction we are going to FLASHBACK to December 2011. Back more then 2 & 1/2 years ago.... Cause sometimes you have to *go back to the future *- Pun intended Who controls the Arctic, controls vast resources *Just a quick post. A little something to think about..*. If you had doubts that the NATO world army has designs on Rus... more »

Before And After Satellite Images Show The Devastation Of Israel's Bombardment On Gaza

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Devastation: Using images from before the conflict began and comparing them with ones from July 25, they identified 700 destroyed homes and mosques *Razing Gaza: Before And After Satellite Images Show The True Devastation Of Israel's Bombardment As 700 Homes And Mosques Are Turned To Rubble And 400 Craters Blight The War Zone -- Daily Mail* The obliteration of Gaza from relentless Israeli air strikes and tank shelling was laid bare today in a series of satellite images charting the escalating violence across the region. Analysis from UN satellite expe... more »

Resisting Technocracy and “Smart Grid” Ultimatums

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
James F. Tracy This week James is joined on his podcast (posted below) by Josh Hart, founder and director of the California-based Stop Smart Meters, one of the foremost organizations raising public awareness on the roll out of wireless technology and the “smart grid.” They discuss the ongoing plan to install dangerous microwave-emitting devices on homes and businesses throughout North America and the world–and how the citizenry can resist. Hart is a journalist and researcher, having completed graduate work at the University of West England at Bristol on the relationship between ... more »

Israel - Hamas War News Updates -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israeli Military Offers 4-Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire In Gaza -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Wednesday it would hold fire unilaterally in limited areas of the Gaza Strip for four hours from 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) for humanitarian purposes, an army statement said. Hamas described the truce as a media stunt because it only applied to some areas. "IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has authorised a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The humanitarian window will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating," the Israeli statement said. *Read more* ... more »

The purpose of the Indian Act and the intention of Parliament.

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Tyendinaga Mohawk Council v. Brant, 2014 ONCA 565: [53] There are two legal principles that underpin the assessment of the purpose of the *Indian Act *and the intention of Parliament. First, early Canadian jurisprudence relied on the *Royal Proclamation *(*1763*)*,* R.S.C., 1985, App. II, No. 1,[2] as the origin of Indian title: see *St. Catharine's Milling and Lumber Co. v. The Queen*, [1887] 13 S.C.R. 577, affirmed (1888), 14 App. Cas. 46. It is now clear from more recent authority that Indian title existed in Canada independently of the *Royal Proclamation*: see *Calder... more »

“Gaza is a graveyard,” sing joyful Israeli youths

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Abu Abunimah Electronic Intifada In her latest post, my colleague Rania Khalek makes reference to “a new racist chant mocking the more than two hundred children slaughtered by Israel’s merciless bombing campaign in Gaza: ‘Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left.’” This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.” The mob also incites directly against Ahmed Tibi and Haneen Zoabi, two prominent Pale... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win." "In contrast, Russia has emerged from tyranny and from a government based on lies..."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *War Is Coming — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ July 28, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter War Is Coming Paul Craig Roberts The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be v... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Given his background, what American Jewish leader Rabbi Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations, along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israel Announces Brief Cease-fire After Shelling UN School -- Voice of America* GAZA CITY — Palestinian officials say Israel has announced a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip, in the wake of an Israeli tank attack on a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip that killed at least 19 people. The cease-fire began at 3:00 p.m. local time (1200) Wednesday. Israel authorized the pause in fighting against Hamas militants, saying it would be limited to parts of the densely populated coastal strip. Hamas continued to fire rockets, saying it would fight... more »

It's good to talk

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
There are a lot of tired-out old phrases which have become meaningless, (through being over and mis-used) for example; massacre, siege, ethnic cleansing, militant and so on. The one that puts Craig off, he’s obviously very squeamish, is “useful idiots”. For his sake let’s just call them *U*nwitting *S*impletons *E*xploited *F*or *U*se, *L*argely *I*n *D*efending *I*slamists *O*penly *T*errorising *S*ociety, or for short the handy acronym “useful idiots”. I’m sure someone could come up with a neater alternative version, but I’m putting that on the back burner for now. Did you hear ... more »

Pressure Grows On Iraq’s Premier Maliki To Give Up On A Third Term

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
Iraq’s politicians have taken some important steps towards forming a new government. A speaker of parliament and a new president were elected in July 2014. Now President Fuad Masum must pick a candidate for prime minister from the largest bloc in parliament, which is the National Alliance (NA) made up of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law (SOL), the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq’s Citizen’s Alliance, Moqtada al-Sadr’s Ahrar bloc, and Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s National Reform Trend. That’s the last major barrier as Premier Maliki has refused to step aside despite oppositio... more »

Happy Birthday Heather!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Excuse the left alignment of the video, jibjab seems to want to left align its videos.... < param name='scaleMode' value='showAll'> Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” Robinson and Barnacle baffled!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014* *Part 3—Insiders can’t figure it out:* Last week, on two different Morning Joe programs, Mark Halperin delivered a stinging indictment of the mainstream press corps. For background, see yesterday’s post. Halperin is a major insider. He understands the insider press. He knows the other insiders. But uh-oh! According to Halperin, Hillary Clinton “is destined to get horrible coverage if she runs for president,” at least as matters stand. “The press loves to cover her hard,” Halperin memorably said. As Halperin voiced his full indictment on last Tuesday’s M... more »

For Shame! Canadian MP's "fact find" for Israel's "perspective"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Named below *The six parliamentarians travelling on the mission, which returns to Canada on Thursday, are: Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and John McCallum, Conservative MPs Randy Hoback, Ted Opitz and David Sweet and Liberal Sen. Grant Mitchell.* *3 Cons and 3 Libs- The two sides of the same coin.* *Bought and Paid for by an Israeli lobby in Canada- The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs * * "the parliamentarians won't be going to Gaza"* Fogel also made no excuses for the fact that the view they'll get of the conflict will be one-sided, with briefings provided by Israeli gove... more »

Are There Any Competent Climate Scientists?

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 1 day ago
Steven Goddard has a post claiming "Some climate scientists are actually competent". My response: *There have been two basic camps in climate academe, those who spout "greenhouse effect" and "runaway global warming" with alarm, and those who beat the drum for "ENSO" (or "multidecadal ocean oscillations") and a cyclical variation in global temperature, on top of a widely-believed global warming from the depths of the Little Ice Age (c. 1680) of 0.5 °C/century (but, like Phil Jourdan above, I doubt their global temperature records either way, since I found the utterly stable Standard ... more »