Amazon Prime only $72 tomorrow only, new subscribers only

OK, I wouldn’t post this, but nymole wanted anything, so here goes… Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here’s What That Gets You Usually Amazon Prime is $99/year, but tomorrow they are having a special sale for new members only. If you don’t already have it, now’s the time. Even $72 for a year sounds […]

Pondering Putin

I have no idea of the veracity of the following. It is almost as long a read as War and Peace. If legitimate, a fascinating look at Russia’s’ world view.


How Republicans Operate

The IRS “scandal” gives us an object lesson in the modus operandi of conservatives.


No further comment needed ?

A little momentary distraction from world headlines… You know who you are.

As participants gathered for the Pitti Uomo trade fair, it was clear that the modern man has a beard.  (NYT caption)

The Red Line and the Rat Line

Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels    h/t Michael Collins

LRB – …Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya?

The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and […]

US Hege-Money Threatened By Vlad-the-Invader’s Russin into Ukraine

Hege-Money: Hege-money, (“leadership” and “rule”) is an indirect form of government, and of imperial dominance in which the hege-money-lender (lending institutions) subordinate states by the power of money, rather than by the threat of force.

This is an extrapolation of the behaviour of two sets of Powers. It considers the hidden agendas on both sides, […]

MH370: Intent, and a Theory

Crossposted at FDL.

A Theory, based on the facts read. I don’t guarantee that any part of it is 100% correct, I merely assert that this explanation fits the reported facts so far.


Ig Nobel prize for discovery that dung beetles navigate by the stars

The 2013 Ig Nobels also recognised work on opera-loving mice, walking on water, and predicting when cows will sit down.

The Guardian, By Alok Jha, September 12

Stargazing dung beetles, mice that survive for longer after heart surgery when they listen to opera, and whether or not you could walk on water on other planets […]

Photo of the Day: Evo Morales in Vienna listening to his Defense Secretary give News Conference

@scharlatanja:”that’s the problem -that loud confused assertions are in the room and no one believes anyone”

Should We Be Taking This Syrias?

It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:

Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.

However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.

This all sounds suspiciously, or […]

Rumors of Explosion at Fordow

Reza Khalili reported earlier this week in WorldNet Daily, two names not known for reliability, that an explosion had occurred at Iran’s Fordow enrichment plant. Today a few more possible confirmations are emerging, but so far they are weak.

Richard Silverstein

Die Welt

My bottom line as of this moment, subject to change: Unlikely, […]

Today’s Scary Syria/Iran Nuke Story

Today’s bit of fearmongering over Iran’s nuclear program takes us to Syria, and a report in the Financial Times.

Nuclear experts have raised concerns about the security of up to 50 tonnes of unenriched uranium in Syria, amid fears that civil war could put the stockpile at risk.

The nuclear experts concerned being the duo […]

Biden Is Ideal To Lead Gun Control Push

The Washington Post today has a report that gives me some hope to balance my cynicism over Obama being serious about gun control.

President Obama on Monday began the first serious push of his administration to attempt to reduce gun violence, directing Cabinet members to formulate a set of proposals that could include reinstating a […]

NYT Report: Assad Fires Scuds At Rebels

The New York Times has run a report by Michael Gordon, one of the foremost catapulters of Bush propaganda in the lead up to the Iraq war, which quotes anonymous US officials who claim the Assad regime has fired more than half a dozen Scud missiles at rebel fighters over the last few days.

I’m […]

Bounce the Graviton Particle Beam!

Off the main deflector dish…

The Dailly Caller is touting – and a whole bunch of rightwing outlets are echoing – some utter nonsense from serial fabulist Ed Klein that says the Clinton’s are preparing damage control in case Obama decides to throw Hillary under the bus on Benghazi.

How does Klein know this? ” […]