Tuesday, June 30, 2015

30 June - My Feedly!


Largest lake in world turned to dust bowl with no help from man-made fossil fuels
In a shocking discovery, the largest lake on Earth, covering 360,000km2 in central Africa, dried up to a dust bowl during times when CO2 levels were perfect. Climate change was abrupt, savage, and climate modelers have absolutely no idea what caused it. Apparently, the dust now blows across the Atlantic and fertilizes the Amazon. So while Climate modelers in Chad circa 2000BC were dismayed and bla
The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
If you ask Siri to divide zero by zero, she will emotionally destroy you
Siri has had it up to here with your constant attempts to confuse her artificial brain. Users have picked up on a new Easter egg in the virtual assistant's answer repertoire. If you're feeling especially confident today, go ahead and ask: "Siri, what is zero divided by zero?" See also: What if Siri was your mom? Her answer: A video posted by Max Knoblauch (@maxknobs) on Jun 30, 2015 at
Water Fluoridation Doesn’t Prevent Cavities
Via: Newsweek: The Cochrane Collaboration, a group of doctors and researchers known for their comprehensive reviews—which are widely regarded as the gold standard of scientific rigor in assessing effectiveness of public health policies—recently set out to find out if fluoridation reduces cavities. They reviewed every study done on fluoridation that they could find, and then […]
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THE ENVIRONMENTALIST25 unread articles  //  actions

In Putin’s Russia, Environmentalists Face Stiff Repression
Russians working to protect the unique Altai ecosystem forced to register as “foreign agents”
US Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA Limits on Mercury Pollution
Decision is a setback for Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency
Twenty Years of Resistance Come to a Climax in Intag, Ecuador as Community Groups Fight Copper Mine
Anti-mining activists face challenges as they take on state-planned project
The Lush Life of Our “Harsh,” “Inhospitable” Deserts
Often simplified in books and movies, deserts have much to offer
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THE CORBETT REPORT38 unread articles  //  actions

Why Are You Against Globalism? – Questions For Corbett #023
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/qfc023-lq.mp3"][/audio]James takes some time out of packing for his summer vacation to answer your queries in this month's edition of Questions For Corbett. This month he tackles: the CIA and the Iranian nuclear program; the problems of the debt-money paradigm; globalism as an ideology; the predictive programming problem, and much more.
Interview 1063 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2015-06-26%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the Pentagon updates the law of war manual; space becomes the final military frontier; and Japan eases restrictions on dancing after midnight.
Interview 1062 – James Perloff Explodes the Korean War Lies
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2015-06-25%20Financial%20Survival.mp3"][/audio]On the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War James is joined by James Perloff of jamesperloff.com to discuss his in-depth article, "The Korean War: Another Conflict that Served the Illuminati Agenda." From deals with the Soviets to protection for the Chinese to pulled punch
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WELCOME TO POTTERSVILLE 2 (BLOGGING AGAINST F...6 unread articles  //  actions

Financial Terror Alerts on the Homefront? (Storm und Drang?)  What's Really Going On In Greece (Out of Cash, Out of Time, Out of Options)  Enough Economic Collapse To Go Around?
Stop Blocking Voting Rights Bills, Activists Tell House Judiciary Chair Meet The New Police Reform BossesThe Saudis Have Been “Punching Above Their Weight Class,” Militarily and Economically With everything happening right now in the world ~ I just can't stop checking in with the Martens everyday for my personal economic demise rate. Can you? Big Bank Moral Hazard: A Look at Paul
(Clinton Petty Cash Exceeds Declaration?)  Salivating Politicos and Media Magnates  (Why Not Just Find Some Other Place To Go and Be Rich and Famous, Hill?)  Media Execs Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle  (Insider "Dark Pools" Destroying US?)  Stripping Due Process from Law  (TiSA'd?)
I've been watching "Pirate Television" on Free Speech TV this weekend, enjoying listening to Thom Hartmann giving his well-informed opinions on so many issues, especially about how we should view solutions for the current Gilded Age and how the last Gilded Age was ameliorated/cured through great suffering (The Great Depression) for those at the bottom of the wealth pyramid (and eventual
Bernie Sanders Only a Hillary Stalking Horse?  (Sheepdog Rounding Up Lib Sheep for the Regular Slaughter)  How About A New Organizing Plan?
Watching Chris Hedges on Link TV's "Revolt and Revolution" series of chats (try to catch them - you won't regret it!), discussing his latest book, Wages of Rebellion, has been captivating (but no, not in a fun way) and enormously enlightening. You immediately take out your pen and notepad (okay, at least I did) to get down as many of his references as possible and then spend the rest of
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A.E.BRAIN4 unread articles  //  actions

Gender Identity and the Brain - a Round-Table
http://www.hulu.com/watch/807430Six months ago Charlie Rose and his colleague, Nobel Prize-winning brain scientist, Eric Kandel, began planning their latest instalment of the Charlie Rose Brain Series dealing with gender identity and the brain. In the time since, we met the most famous transgender person in the world — Caitlyn Jenner. In a fascinating hour-long episode, Charlie moderates a brillia
The Six Genders in Classical Judaism
More Than Just Male and Female: The Six Genders in Classical Judaism — SOJOURNThis description from Trans Torah/Rabbi Elliot Kukla:Zachar/זָכָר: This term is derived from the word for a pointy sword and refers to a phallus. It is usually translated as “male” in English.Nekeivah/נְקֵבָה: This term is derived from the word for a crevice and probably refers to a vaginal opening. It is usually transla
Caitlyn Jenner's Debut in Vanity Fair Spotlights Transgender Issues
Caitlyn Jenner's Debut in Vanity Fair Spotlights Transgender IssuesIf you want to read just one article that explains all the major issues, medical, social, and legal - this is it.
McHugh's "Surgical Sex" Revisited
In which Dr Paul McHugh's 2004 article Surgical Sex is rebutted by.... Dr Paul McHugh's 2004 article Surgical Sex.Why did Johns Hopkins stop performing sex reassignment surgery? The obvious reason is that their surgeon left, and wasn't replaced. They now refer patients to other surgeons after assessing suitability. The surgery is now no longer a "research" effort, but part of mainstream
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ACTIVIST TEACHER1 unread article  //  actions

AT list of remarkable professional persons -- v2.0
Note: For older and newer versions of this list, click on the label "AT List". Newest additions are marked "*". Please make suggestions in comment. This is version-2.0 of a tentative list of outstanding persons who have used their professional status to fight injustice, and who have thus disturbed power and suffered significant consequences. Based on living professionals, these
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VACCINE AWAKENING1 unread article  //  actions

We Will Not Give Up Our Human Rights for Our Civil Rights
Posted 6/12/2015by Barbara Loe FisherNVIC Co-founder and PresidentJune 9, 2015 – Sacramento, California  Mothers and fathers of California, you have come to Sacramento today to participate in our democracy and defend your freedom. You are here because you love your children. And there is no power on earth greater than the love we have for our children. The right of the state to tell us what to do
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ADVENTURES WITH KURT AND LORI1 unread article  //  actions

Meet Miggy Pierre Haskell Born February 26, 2015
So.  Just the other day, Kurt desperately wanted to rescue a kitten at the vet.  I told him I didn't want any more pets since we already have three dogs and a cat.Fast forward to May 26, 2015.  Kurt and I were in the San Jose area running errands.  And we had a TON to run.  Had to meet up with two different bankers, two different lawyers.  One after the other. And then we saw the cutest little fre
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WMTC7 unread articles  //  actions

some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)
At last, it has happened. With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been declared legal and constitutional in the United States. Same-sex couples can legally marry, just as opposite-sex couples have always had the right to do. Most importantly, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are now unconstitutional.*For some years on this blog, I used to note every country that joined the equal marriag
my feminism includes trans people. all women need to listen to each other.
The continuing liberation of transgender people is a marvel to behold. We are witnessing history, as trans people and their issues become part of the mainstream. From Chelsea Manning to "Transparent" to Laverne Cox, and of course Caitlyn Jenner, transgender people and issues have never been so front and centre. I don't do celebrity gossip so I don't know anything about the lurid lead-up
thoughts on luxury, plus know your rights, rental edition, part three
We have to move. We are heartsick over it.Our landlord is selling the house we live in. We're not letting ourselves get kicked out (see below), but chances are very good we'll have to move, so we're taking steps to find a place sooner rather than later. With the shock of our landlord's announcement faded - at least a bit! - we've been able to evaluate our options. And sadly, very sadly, we realize
what i'm reading: fallingwater rising, biography of a building
In the prologue to Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House, author Franklin Toker writes, "Put this book down now if you can't live without the old myths about Fallingwater. But take comfort in the fact that a Fallingwater history shorn of miracles can still be thrilling."Toker examines those old myths, and one by one, he uses his e
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ALLEN L ROLAND'S WEBLOG5 unread articles  //  actions

George Carlin / The Perfect Prophet For Our Disingenuous Times
  As I search for a morsel of truth in the actions of our disingenuous plutocracy ~ I find myself always falling back to the truths of the late George Carlin, our modern day Mark Twain, who not only saw the duplicity of our present actions but was more than willing to speak his truth with biting humor and sarcasm: Allen L Roland, Ph.D “How is it possible to have a civil war?” ~ George CarlinGeorge
When Johnny Came Home
     A heart centered approach to assist combat veterans with PTSD has not only proved effective but has led to inner transformation for many combat veterans in the past five years. I present a composite of two graduates of the Healing the Wounded Hearts (Band of Brothers) program in Northern California where Johnny finally came home to a life of meaning , value and framed in gratefulness: Allen L
Beneath The Well Of Grief Is A Spring Of Joy
         David Whyte's well of grief can be compared to a Black Hole in space but it's deep within many who live in fear ~ but at its center is a point of convergence ~ a state of consciousness that lies beyond time and space ~ a Unified Field of love and soul consciousness whose principle property is the urge to unite ~ or as Longfellow once wrote ~ the thread of all sustaining beauty that runs t
Band Of Brothers (Hwh) #16 / Healing Wounded Hearts By Finding The Light Within
          Once again six combat veterans with PTSD realize their life has really been a QUEST to re-discover the light within themselves ~ in seven weeks ~ by participating in Healing The Wounded Heart (Band of Brothers) Workshop # 16. Through the power of love and gratitude their hearts are awakened from a long slumber as they realize their military experience, regardless of their individual trau
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AMERICAN SCOFFLAW1 unread article  //  actions

美国派侦察机于上周飞临中国正在扩建的南沙岛礁上空,遭到中国海军的反复警告。美表示今后可能派出力量进入这些岛礁的12海里范围,从而引起战略界和舆论界对中美可能在南海爆发军事冲突的担心。  那么这种军事冲突实际发生的可能性有多大,以及它们会在什么样的情况下发生呢?还有,一旦发生,它们的烈度会有多高呢? 首先要看到,随着美军从间接支持菲越到直接向中国在建岛礁发出挑衅,中美两军发生冲突的可能性的确比过去大了。两国在战略上无法释怀,美军在战术上逐渐制造两军摩擦的临界点,除非中国无限退让,否则这种趋势的结果将是危险的。中国不可能无限退让。那么就要看中美将如何设置各自在此轮南海博弈的底线,以及双方是否能够清楚、尊重对方的底线。  中国最重要的底线显然是要把岛礁建设继续下去,直到它们完工。如果美国的底线就是中国必须停工,那么中美南海一战将无可避免,而且冲突的烈度会高于人们通常理解的“摩擦”。  此外中国还
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A3 Newsletter: The Beat Goes On
Healing Our Wounds: Restorative Justice Is Needed For Albert Woodfox, The Black Panther Party & The Nation  --Law Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell interviewed by Angola 3 NewsOn Monday, June 8, 2015, US District Court Judge James Brady ruled that the Angola 3's Albert Woodfox be both immediately released and barred from a retrial. The next day, at the request of the Louisiana Attorney General, t
Healing Our Wounds: Restorative Justice Is Needed For Albert Woodfox, The Black Panther Party & The Nation --An Interview With Law Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell
(VIDEO: Prof. Bell interviewed by Sky News, following Judge Brady's ruling to immediately release Albert Woodfox. A stay on his release was ordered later that day by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Also be sure to watch her June 12 appearance on MSNBC's News Nation with Tamron Hall)Healing Our Wounds: Restorative Justice Is Needed For Albert Woodfox, The Black Panther Party & The Nation--
Albert Will Remain Behind Bars Pending Appeal --Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, But Not Forever (A3 Newsletter)
We are sad to report that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to continue the stay and block the release of Albert Woodfox until the State's appeal is heard (read articles by The Advocate and Washington Post).Though it means some months before Albert will see his long overdue freedom realized, the court has granted an "expedited" status for the appeal. Oral Arguments are set for
A3 Newsletter: The Eve of Freedom?
(Artwork by Rigo 23)As we all wait anxiously for what tomorrow may bring, we thought like us, you may want to immerse yourself in some of the most powerful shows of support for Albert from around the world that have emerged in the last few extraordinary days since Judge Brady's heroic ruling.An article written today by the Associated Press and featured by the New York Times asks: What Has Louisian
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ARMSCONTROLWONK9 unread articles  //  actions

Centrifuge Selfies
CNS made some beautiful 3D models of Iran’s IR-1, IR-2M, and IR-4 centrifuges for the NTI website. These weren’t easy to make. Fortunately, we have some smart, innovative, hardworking students. Bo Kim’s just finished her first year as a Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies student at MIIS and is dividing her summer on campus between a CNS and a Cyber internship. Watch out future employers, she’s
Arms and Influence
Aspiring Wonks: Time once again to whet your appetite by dipping into a classic text waiting for you online or at the library – one that applies to the P-5+ 1 negotiations with Iran. These passages are from the first chapter of Nobel Laureate Thomas C. Schelling’s Arms and Influence (Yale University Press, 1966). “Diplomacy is bargaining; it seeks outcomes that, though not ideal for either party,
North Korea’s Submarine Launched Missile
In May, North Korea released pictures of the Kim Jong Un watching the launch of what appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Jeffrey sits down with Melissa Hanham and Dave Schmerler to discuss open source and the DPRK’s SLBM program. Sponsor: Tinderbox – a personal content assistant that helps you visualize, analyze, and share your notes. Download and try it today. Subscribe to the
Egypt, the Spoiler
Five years ago (5/6/10), during the 2010 NPT Review Conference, you can find my blog post on “Egypt, the Spoiler?” After the 2015 RevCon, we can dispense with the question mark. What happened in New York was symptomatic of a broader malaise affecting arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament: acts of personal and national projection without due regard for consequences have become commonplac
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Now That "THE MANIFESTO" Story Has Come Out, The South Carolina Shooting Is Beyond A Doubt A FALSE FLAG
He should be holding a FALSE FLAG, not a REBEL FLAG !!!!!!!Even though the South Carolina "shooting" by Dylann Storm Roof had all the hallmarks of a FALSE FLAG, I waited and waited and waited and waited and waited to come out and officially say it was a FALSE FLAG.................UNTIL "THE MANIFESTO" story just came out today!!!This shooting had all the hallmarks of the FORMUL
Do They REALLY Think That We Believe Bradley Chelsea Manning Has A TWITTER Account ???
Remember whistle-blower Bradley Manning? He passed classified information to whistle-blower Julian Assange and Assange's WIKILEAKS site. He leaked this information because he felt what the military was doing was immoral. Besides documents he leaked, he leaked this video that showed a U.S. Apache helicopter in Baghdad opening fire on a group of individuals that the crew believed to be insurgents. A
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BLOOD & TREASURE1 unread article  //  actions

man on a mission
File this under really stupid things somehow worth doing. "Several of these countries have little freedom of press and expression. Tourists are rare. Visas for photographers were hard to come by. I often had to instead go into the countries on tourist visas. Despite my efforts not to arouse suspicion I was, on several occasions, accused of being a spy and only narrowly avoided getting caught
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BUCKDOG1 unread article  //  actions

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reseach PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomices' Do NOT Work !!!
 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the
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TOWARD A BIOREGIONAL STATE1 unread article  //  actions

Why Malthus Was Wrong: Our Ecological Proxy Politics In History
In general, there are many arguments against Malthusian constructions of environmental degradation, and it has been said in many ways by others. It might be summarized by saying that Malthusian population models of human populations fail to work, while they do work well for other species. However, natural sciences trained specialists get out of their depth when they think that they understand huma
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THE ORIGINAL BLOGGER TIPS AND TRICKS1 unread article  //  actions

How to add emoticons in Blogger
If you search for HTML codes for emoticons so that you can use those HTML codes in your Blogger posts, you may find various websites giving you the codes. However most codes would not work with Blogger such as1. https://code.google.com/p/emoticony/wiki/Emoticons (looks promising as it is from google.com but didn't work out2. http://character-code.com/emoticons-html-codes.php (some supposedly works
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THE NUCLEAR GREEN REVOLUTION7 unread articles  //  actions

Thorcon's executive summery reveals a vision of future MSR technology
The link leads to a Thorcon Executive Summery, an initial and evolving document, that suggests that Thorcon is moving toward a preconceptual phase of its power producing MSR development. Thorcon is very ambitious, and its plans would seemingly bypass the United States Nuclear Regulatory Comission. This is possible if Thorcon intends to build its MSRs outside the United States. There are hints that
Robert Hargraves - Thorium Energy Cheaper than Coal @ ThEC12
Robert Hargraves on thorium Energy Cheaper than coal. Uranium energy is also cheaper than coal, and it we can build UMSRs more quickly than LFTRs, at even lower costs, We can have very large numbers of MSRs within 10 years, of the start of a well funded MSR development and manufacturing process.
Robert Brice Demonstrates our Failure ti Stop the Coal Disaster
Robert Brice demonstrates demonstrated in a recent essay on the future of coal that  the failure of the Greens, to rid the world of the scourge of coal, and its CO2 byproduct. Brice argues that the human desire for energy and the wealth that it can create will drive people to use more and more coal. Thus we are doomed, and as Brice demonstrates Renewables are not the Answer. Is there no path away
Storm van Leeuwan still causing a Storm of Green Errors.
He's back. After several years of invisability, Green advocate Dr. Becky Martin is using arguments based on the infamouse Storm-Smith paper on the CO2 emissions of nuclear power. Since Philip Smith, Storm van Leeuwan's colaborator, is no longer with us, it is up to Jan William Storm van Leeuwan to hold down the fort. Dr. Becky martin recently relided on sources that utalized Storm-Smith to argue t
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THE HIGH-FAT HEP C DIET3 unread articles  //  actions

Lee Hooper et al., 2015 - the latest Cochrane meta-analysis of saturated fat reduction RCTs
A new Cochrane meta-analysis of saturated fat reduction trials by Lee Hooper et al. has barely made a splash in the blogosphere, and my mention of it on Twitter barely merited a retweet. This is a pity, because this is a question that is not really resolved. A matter of particular interest to me about RCT meta-analysis is whether it agrees with prospective cohort meta-analysis. Another feature
Statins and cancer stories - the stupidest thing you'll read this week.
If this isn't the stupidest thing I've read since that "high-protein diets kill mice fed lots of casein, ergo humans shouldn't eat paleo diet (which a priori eliminates casein)" story last week. Statins 'could halve the risk of dying from cancer' Apparently, people taking statins have much lower rates of cancer mortality. Cue more research and RCTs aimed at proving a new use for this c
Japanese epidemiology puts another hole in the lipid hypothesis
Everyone is reading this masterful analysis (PDF) of the lipid hypothesis from Japan, a country where it doesn't even seem true, which hasn't stopped the Japanese authorities from recommending cholesterol limits. The whole thing is worth reading, and sections of it are particularly congruent with the reverse lipid hypothesis of hepatology - that saturated fat protects the liver. That this r
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CREEKSIDE6 unread articles  //  actions

Harper's Perps with Perks #17
Dean Del Mastro - Stephen Harper's Parliamentary Secretary, Ethics Committee appointee, and elections fraud pointman for the Cons in the HoC - went off to the big house today in a real life perp walk complete with shackles. He was convicted eight months ago on four counts of Elections Canada charges and trying to cover it up. "Why, Mr. Speaker, why?" he wailed in the HoC two years ago be
Harper's Perps with Perks #16
Harper Senate appointee, one-time failed Con Party candidate, and ordained Pentecostal Minister Don "U So Hot" Meredith was all about the youth...Teen alleges two-year affair with Senator Don MeredithFrom Senator Don Meredith's Conservative Party of Canada bio :"A passionate champion of youth empowerment, in 2002, he co-founded the Greater Toronto Faith Alliance Centre where he cont
Saanich-Gulf Islands - perhaps not quite Ground Zero after all
Saanich Gulf Islands in 2008 is widely perceived by many to be "ground zero for election fraud in Canada", as Elizabeth May puts it. Not only did the perps successfully pull it off but Elections Canada's botched investigation demonstrated it could be done in future elections with impunity.The scam comes in two parts. (Wet coasters may want to skip this bit.)1)RobocallsEnvironmentalist an
"We've done this experiment successfully in Canada"
We don't often get to see into the minds of cross border American conservative political operatives working in Canada. Here is one such snapshot, but first ...CBC reported today on "CIMS-to-Go" or C2G, a new app for the Cons Constituent Information Management System that allows party canvassers to collect and sort voter information faster than ever before - smiley face, frowny face, and
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DAMMIT JANET!9 unread articles  //  actions

About that journalist Bro' thing...
The vile hypocrisy on Parliament Hill with regard to explicitly shielding some politicians from public opprobrium, is nauseating.This happened:Except for Frank Magazine, there was a reverent hush from all journalists assigned to the House of Commons and Canadian politics beat, though some bienséants guys muttered about Matt Millar's flouting the implicit rules of some gentlemen's agreement around
The Down Side: Prenatal Testing and Its Consequences
As a long-time observer of the totally insane USian anti-abortion scene, I really really thought there was nothing left they could do that would shock me.Of course I was wrong.A bill banning abortions in cases where a test or diagnosis indicates Down Syndrome has cleared an Ohio House panel.The House Community and Family Advancement Committee passed the measure Tuesday. Its next stop would be the
Small Mercies: Fetus Freaks NOT Running in 2015
Boo-hoo-hoo. Today, on what is the last sitting day of the 42nd Canadian Parliament, about 50 MPs who have declared they are not running in the next election are making farewell speeches.Some, no doubt, are good people who represented their constituents honourably and responsibly. Maybe even stuck up for Canadian values and fought, however vainly, against the wholesale havoc Herr Harper has been w
Pregnant, Parenting, and Pro-Choice
I've been on the reproductive rights/justice beat a long time and I can't make up my mind. Are fetus freaks really really stupid or really really deluded? I realize these are not mutually exclusive. Also that some in the antichoice movement, especially the leadership, are decidedly neither, but rather prey on the ignorance and gullibility of their followers to make a living. But in the main, I jus
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FORT MCMURRAY ADVENTURES7 unread articles  //  actions

A Most Welcome Side-Effect
A nice thing about my weekend stroll to along the Clearwater River to visit the marine museum was discovering its potential as an area for bird-watching.  I'm not sure why I've overlooked this shoreline until now.  The river does parallel a busy road but it was weekend traffic when I was down there so I didn't find it too bad.  It's a bit scruffy and overgrown and I believe there are future plans
Northern Alberta's Marine Heritage
Generally when you think about Northern Alberta, the idea of a ship yard doesn't exactly spring to mind.  And yet Fort McMurray is home to the only remaining shipyard in Alberta.  Granted there isn't all that much left to see which is why I find our newest museum so fascinating.  The Fort McMurray Marine Park Museum just opened last month and I had a chance to head down and check it out this morni
Last Weekend's Bird Tally
It was after doing my write ups about my trip to BC that I realized I failed to mention the birds that I saw so I will make up for my somewhat embarrassing oversight here.  I should start off by saying that I was very pleased with my excursion tally.   Prior to my trip I had a total of 18 birds recorded for the year.  When I do my big spring outings and see 10-12 species during the course of a day
My Trip to Valemount, BC - Part 3
I was excited my second morning to see that the weather had improved.  I had much better views of the surrounding mountains now.  (This last photo below was taken later in the day when the weather started to close in again.  I'm pretty sure that's Mount Terry Fox here.  Apparently, the views are amazing and their is a great trail to the summit which I would absolutely LOVE to do in the future.)The
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THE GALLOPING BEAVER6 unread articles  //  actions

Grope and Flail Editor in Chief David Walmsley Answers Your Questions
This lickspittle's name is David Walmsley and a couple of days ago I noticed he was going to be made available on the website to answer questions from the public, please submit your questions in advance. Just like a true Harperian. Well, I thought... So I typed in a question. I asked him whether his answers were going to have to be vetted by the asshole Phillip Crawley. No answer yet. And
Canada Day 2015
Not very much to celebrate is there? We still have a Supreme Court...that's pretty good. National Medical Care Insurance isn't completely decimated yet. There's something to celebrate somewhere in that. Harper hasn't fully stacked all of the courts in the land with 'originalists', bigots and homophobes but he's made it clear that he plans to-somewhere in there is a moment of something other
"Biologically wired" General Lawson
General Lawson makes mealy-mouthed excuses for sexual misconduct by the people under his command. Don't believe me? Look at this. This isn't leadership, this is a fucked-up mix of management-speak and personal pop-theory about human nature and organisational behaviour resulting in a can't-do attitude to a difficult problem because it might be hard or something. Another name for that sort of
Columnists Working to Rule.
According to this asshat at the Toronto Star columnists are going to work to rule. Hallelujah is all I can say though I'm surprised to hear there's some sort of rule regarding columnists.  The only constant I've ever been aware regarding columnists in Canada of is that Margaret Wente will always know something particularly damning about anyone who ever occupies the publisher's office at the G&
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FROM THE WILDERNESS' PEAK OIL BLOG1 unread article  //  actions

Sins of Omission:  Stories the Media Overlook Jenna Orkin, Court Dorsey (Project Unspeakable) and Rob F. (Worldwatchers....
Sins of Omission:  Stories the Media Overlook Jenna Orkin, Court Dorsey (Project Unspeakable) and Rob F. (Worldwatchers.info) discuss the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King as well as the environmental disaster of 9/11 and other stories distorted or shunted by the mainstream media.
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GEEZERPOWER3 unread articles  //  actions

Strange Happenings in the Scott Meyers Video ~ HD
Senator Bernie Sanders ~ A Presedential Candidate For The People
            zzzzzz  _______________________________________________________ The Donald loses his campaign soundtrack to a hippie from Vermont  Consequence Of Soundby Ben Kaye on June 22, 2015, 8:58amUnsurprisingly, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign kicked off like the joke that it is. The billionaire reality TV mogul came out in front of a crowd of partially paid supporters to Neil Young’s “Roc
Explosion at WTC 2 approximately 5 seconds after impact
  This is approximately 5 seconds after impact.                              Does this look like a jet fuel explosion?ZZZZZzzzzzz.....
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If Only A. Scalia were Half as Smart as He Thinks He Is!
by Len Hart, the Existentialist CowboyAntonine Scalia somehow managed to get a lifetime 'gig' on the U.S. Supreme Court. Before SCALIA came on board, SCOTUS might have been competent if not 'supreme'. SCALIA has thrown in with a fringe group called "young earthers". They are called that because they believe that the Universe and the Earth were created about 6,000 years ago. SCALIA has th
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Peru: A "UFO Fleet" Recorded Over Tarma
Source:El Popular (Perú)Date: 06.27.2015Peru: A "UFO Fleet" Recorded Over TarmaTwo UFO buffs recorded the presence of an alleged fleet of "flying saucers" that remained suspended in the skies over the city of Tarma in Central Perú.The material, which appears to be unedited, shows strange lights and objects in the sky that move silently and cause excitement among the witnesses.T
Mexico: UFOs Over Mayan Pyramids
Source: SIPSE and Planeta UFODate: 06.20.2015Mexico: UFOs Over Mayan PyramidsBY JORGE MORENO/SIPSE - MERIDA Yucatan - Many internationally-known researchers have associated UFOS with ancient cultures and have spoken about sightings over such archaeological sites as the Egyptian pyramids or South America's Easter Island.Yucatán is no exception, and similar cases have occurred in such sites as Uxmal
Chile: UFO Recorded During Soccer Match
Source: Radioagricultura (Chile)Date: 06.12.2015Chile: UFO Recorded During Soccer MatchA luminous objct startled fans of "La Roja" who were enjoying the game at the National Stadium.It was crossed the skies ove Nuñoa for nearly 3 minutes. It was gone in the same way it appeared. The alleged UFO during the opening ceremonies of the Copa America at the National Stadium was swift and fleeti
A Voyage to the Land of the Living Dead
[While looking through the INEXPLICATA archives, I came across one of our most popular features from the pre-Blogspot days: an article about zombies written by contributing editor Manuel Carballal, who visited the island to look into Haiti's occult practices, much as he had done earlier in Cuba. Although we often receive complaints about straying from ufology into other areas of the unknown, it is
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Feast of the Great Power
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia's mix of Roman Catholic and indigenous traditions are on display across La Paz as thousands of costumed dancers perform during the annual feast of the Great Power, a raucous street party that celebrates a rendering of Jesus Christ with native features and outstretched arms.Brass bands marched and onlookers cheered over the weekend as the dancers performed elaborate routin
Warning of attack in South America
This post is not about Bolivia, save for mention of one person who passed away there in 2012; Antonio Escobar, an Argentine diplomat. He, like Ivan Heyn, died in what some doubt was a suicide that winter. Heyn's death was more well known, as he was a finance minister accompanying the president to a conference in Uruguay. The press in the West ignored both. The public quickly moved on.One person wh
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June 26, 2015: How Will Church Respond To This Day That Will Live In Infamy?
I remember almost fourteen years ago after the nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, churches around the country were fully alert to the significance of what had taken place.  The mood was somber and people in this country were awakened at least for a brief time.From a spiritual standpoint, what has been perpetrated today by the United States Supreme Court against this nation is more catastr
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The Massacre of Druze Villagers in Qalb Lawza, Idlib Province
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi On 10 June, a number of people in the village of Qalb Lawza- one of a collection of Druze villages in the Jabal al-Summaq region of Idlib province- were massacred in a confrontation with members of Jabhat al-Nusra, which dominates the area.  Below are the names of those killed as a result of this clash. As is apparent from the family and middle names, many of these indivi
The Iran-Syria Alliance: Sectarianism or Realpolitik? — by Mohammad Ataie
The Iran-Syria Alliance: Sectarianism or Realpolitik? by Mohammad Ataie   “They are witnessing the Islamic awakening and feel profoundly imperiled by the spreading idea of political Islam and the rule of Islam.” “The project of political Islam has failed, and there should be no mixing between political and religious work.” These two contradictory remarks were made in the wake of the Arab “revolut
Outstanding Book & Article on Syria. Prizes by Syrian Studies Association
Call for Submissions: Syrian Studies Association Prizes for Outstanding Book and Article on Syria Charles Wilkins In order to promote and highlight excellence in research, the Syrian Studies Association awards annual prizes for the best writing on Bilad al-Sham until 1918 and on Syria in the period following. In 2015, the SSA seeks submissions for the most outstanding book published between July 1
“Is Zahran Alloush in Amman?” by Aron Lund
by Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis. According to rumors doing the rounds now, the Islam Army leader Mohammed Zahran Alloush has traveled to Amman to meet with foreign intelligence services and coordinate a purge of Islamic State and al-Qaeda elements in Syria. Zahran Alloush is the most powerful rebel leader in the Damascus region. A Sunni Islamist of the salafi tendency, he is the son of a
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"If you knew then what you know now..."
It started with Jeb Bush, since his brother George was President when the decision was made to invade Iraq in 2003. Since then, it has become standard practice in the media to ask every one of the more than a dozen people running for President the same question: "If you knew then what you know now, would you have invaded Iraq?" Readers who weren't politically active in 2003 might be forg
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Safflower fields forever
June 22, 2015 about 10 AM -- A safflower field in bloom along Road 99D, just north of Davis. Yolo County farmers often plant safflower in dry years, when they lack the water for thirstier crops like tomatoes, sunflowers and corn.
Stopping at Steady Eddy's
Saturday, June 20, 2015 -- Davis Bike Club ride led by John Whitehead. Group stops at Steady Eddy's Coffee House in Winters during a 60+ mile roundtrip.
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Squabbling Over The Scraps
I dashed up to the Cape to see the parents for a weekend - my dad is a pyromaniac. We grilled sugarsnap peas and asparagus from the local farmstand, and lobsters.Back home, the roses began blooming.We have had plenty of rain, which seems to leave them spotted.  Sometimes they wilt before they fully bloom.And I have been busy with Airbnb guests, making breakfasts of omelets or French toast or this
Scorched Earth
Salton Sea, CaliforniaAll following images are from the book:  Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER)because climate is only one symptom of the EndoceneThis week I had a discussion via email with Guy McPherson about tropospheric ozone, how it directly harms trees, and why that exacerbates climate change in a reinforcing loop.  After I provided him the substantiation he requested, this l
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Court Imposes FMLA Catch-22
If you arrive at a friend's house at 12:05 a.m. and leave 14 hours later, would you say you stayed overnight? Of course you would. It's common sense. But common sense is sadly lacking in employment law many times.In a case where an employee faced a FMLA Catch-22, the Third Circuit said that an employee who arrived at the hospital before midnight but who was actually admitted after midnight didn't
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Mad Max: The New Dark Ages Are Here
By Manifesto JoeI went to the new "Mad Max" movie expecting a masterpiece. It got a 98% "fresh" rating from the Rotten Tomatoes critics, and was shot by the same director who popularized the franchise, the same Australian director (George Miller) who directed "The Road Warrior," which was indeed a masterpiece.I have never been more disappointed by a film in my entire
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Will the U.S. keep winning indefinitely? ISDS, that is
Now that Congress has given the President fast-track Trade Promotion Authority, the first agreement to be considered under these rules (no amendments allowed, up or down vote in 90 days) will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). As you know from previous columns, one of the most worrying aspects of the TPP is its expansion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), wherein private firms can b
Elon Musk has received billions in subsidies
While receiving subsidies is nothing new for the Forbes 400 or even multi-hundred millionaire pikers like Mitt Romney, a recent story in the Los Angeles Times (via Good Jobs First) shows that Elon Musk (#34 in the Forbes 400) is a champion at getting subsidies for his companies. According to the Times article, Musk's three companies, Tesla, Solar City, and SpaceX, have received a total of $4.9 bil
GE threatens to leave Connecticut
A non-blogging friend has brought to my attention the fact that General Electric is threatening to move its corporate headquarters out of Connecticut in response to proposed tax increases in the state budget. The company, based in Fairfield, objects to increases in the taxes for data processing and corporate headquarters. Insurance companies Aetna and Travelers have also issued similar threats.In
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The Sixth Extinction
I didn’t rush to read Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, The Sixth Extinction, because I imagined it would be a gloomy expose on the unfortunate consequences of way too much half-baked cleverness — and it was.  But it’s also a fascinating story about the long saga of life on Earth, and the unclever antics of the latest primate species.  It’s an outstanding book.We have soared away into a fantasy world, whe
The End of Plenty
Nothing is more precious than balance, stability, and sustainability.  Today, we’re hanging by our fingernails to a skyrocket of intense insane change, and it’s the only way of life we’ve ever known.  Joel Bourne has spent his life riding the rocket.  He grew up on a farm, and studied agronomy at college, but sharp changes were causing many farmers to go bankrupt.  Taking over the family farm woul
The Eye of the Crocodile
In February 1985, Val Plumwood was having a lovely time canoeing by herself in Australia’s Kakadu National Park.  The ranger had assured her that the saltwater crocodiles, notorious man-eaters, never attacked canoes.  It was a perfect day, gliding across the water in a beautiful land, no worries.She was a scholar and writer who focused on feminism and environmental philosophy.  The Earth Crisis wa
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Time to say Goodbye
Recently, writers of several television programs have announced the end of the series. When asked why, they replied that "it was time". That is how I feel about Reduce Footprints ... it's time for me to end the series.It's been a terrific run. Since 2008, generous readers have shared their knowledge and experiences with me. In turn, I've tried to research various issues and open them up
Guest Post - Comparing the renewable energy markets in the UK and US
In the UK renewable energy appears to be progressing in leaps and bounds. In the beautiful countryside solar farms are popping up on an almost weekly basis. Companies are embracing the need for and cost efficiency of renewable technology. The European Union Renewable Energy Directive has pushed Europe to making 20% of all its energy consumption from renewables by 2020. But how fair things across t
Review - Stress-Free Sustainability by Adam Hammes
Those of us who live green tend to be passionate about the environment. We share what we know, we blog, we want to convert the world because, to us, it just makes sense to live the way we do.The trouble is, not everyone agrees.In fact, there are a fair number of people who don't believe there's any cause for concern. There are others who choose to ignore the warnings because it affects their botto
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He Will Roll On A Road Of Bones
Charleston Bay
I have nothing other than just sadness. That once again we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound, that will not heal, but we pretend doesn’t exist. I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that, and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jackshit. Yeah. That’s us. —Jon Stewart
Insane Woman Escapes Asylum
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Follow our live-streamed symposium: Reconsidering Humanity: Big Data, the Scientific Method, and the Images of Humans
One of the things I do since a number of years is to partake in the multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial Technology, Institutions and Change working group of the major independent Swedish humanities and social science research funder Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ. This groups is involved in a number of initiatives, among these book projects, research network funding, support of research educatio
Remembering Ornette Coleman
So, Ornette Coleman has died (here, here, here) – suddenly and unexpected it seems, in spite of his 85 years. You can read all about his fantastic importance to modern music, and the many players and turns of jazz that he inspired in the obituaries, and keep browsing here.I bought my first Ornette record long before I knew anything about his legendary status in jazz - the Of Human Feelings album f
The NHS "Care.Data" Disgrace Continues: Up to 700 Thousand Patients' Requests to Opt Out Actively Ignored
Remember the Care.Data project in the UK, whereby NHS patients' medical records are made available against a handsome fee – often not fully anonymised – to private business interests, which may many times clash with those of patients? If not, read the background story here, here, and here. There are a great many reasons why this project is faulty at its very roots (all explained in the above links
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Healthy soils, resilient farms
Innovative farmers and ranchers have, for generations, deliberately invested in building soil health. And this year — with the UN’s International Year of Soils and implementation of California's Healthy Soil Initiative well underway — we'll be pressing policymakers to turn innovation for healthy soil into standard practice. The timing could not be better. Widespread implementation of practices th
Win some, lose some for Minnesota bees
It’s been quite a roller coaster. After a series of gubernatorial vetoes and late-night negotiations, the Minnesota legislative session came to a close on June 13. This time around, our legislators passed a bundle of worrisome agricultural and environmental policy that had Minnesotans across the state voicing their concerns loud and clear. Here at PAN, we focused on fighting for state policies to
Best present for Dad? Protecting our kids from pesticides.
Gadgets and ties are great, but this Father's Day I'm celebrating the growing momentum to protect kids' health from pesticides in California and beyond. Over the past two weeks, parents, teachers and health professionals filled hearing rooms across the state demanding better protections for their children. It's still not clear, though, if decisionmakers are listening. read more
How would YOU regulate GE crops?
Criticisms of genetically engineered (GE) food have gone mainstream lately — from Chipotle going GMO free to GE labeling bills moving forward in states across the country. But very little public attention has been given to the important crossroads we are facing right now around how GE crops get onto the market to begin with. After the controversial approval of Dow Chemical's latest GE corn and so
EPA, bees need more
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Why are people defending Evan Solomon? I'd fire him
I’m baffled by people arguing that CBC host Evan Solomon shouldn’t have been fired.The conflict of interest seems obvious.Solomon was inviting rich and powerful people on his TV and radio shows. He made a secret deal with a friend and art collector to try and get some of those people to buy some of works from his collection in return for a 10-per-cent commission. So how tough are the interview que
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Apollo Moon Mission - the world's greatest fraud that reaped trillion$ for the Cabal.
Ever wonder why we could not get back to the moon after 45 years? For starters, what we witnessed through the grainy Tell-Us-Lies_Vision were pre-recorded grade-B studio production videos which were fraudulently broadcast as live (lie) footage. Just like all the 911 lie (live) broadcasts on the morning of Sept 11, 2001. Here are the compilation of all the evidence (lies, astroliars, camera discrep
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@JohnTory and the curse of right-wing governance | #TOpoli #cdnpoli
A noxious confluence of events.In Toronto, the Gardiner East kerfuffle. And the police culture's turgid and shameful insistence on continuing the practice of carding, despite all the evidence that it's useless, counterproductive, alienating, and a grotesque manifestation of systemic racism.In Ottawa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report on this country's shameful treatment of native pe