May 23, 2015

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Fabulous!

Why Islamic State Is Winning | Consortiumnews

Flag of islamic state of iraq
Flag of islamic state of iraq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Why Islamic State Is Winning | Consortiumnews

What a great article, which explains to those of us that are scratching their heads, why the U.S. has to follow the House of Saud and I quote:

Given a regime that is increasingly isolated and suspicious of the outside world, the obvious solution for the U.S. would be to loosen its ties with Riyadh, refuse to have anything to do with a religious war against Assad, and try to reach an accommodation with Damascus just as it is doing with Tehran.

But the U.S. can’t. Saudi Arabia is not just any country, but America’s oldest partner in the Middle East. It sits on top of one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves and is the dominant partner in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which accounts for another 20 percent of global oil reserves and 23 percent of the world’s proven gas reserves.
The knowledge of the writer(s) at ConsortiumNews is outstanding - I usually learn something from their content. Highly recommended news site!

Apr 11, 2015

Cosmic GoPro: NASA astronauts conduct spacewalk outside ISS

Feb 16, 2015

Toronto History's Photostream

Dufferin Street south from Dundas StreetPhotographer: Howard MacDonald
March 23, 1949
City of Toronto Archives
Series 372, Subseries 58, Item 1878
Toronto History's Photostream

Some interesting tidbits can be found here - just takes time to explore. Personally, I find that the hours melt away when I'm looking at this kind of material.

For comparison to this picture, here is what the present scene looks like via Google Street View

Feb 7, 2015

Uncut Chronicles: East Ukraine War Surge. Battlegrounds Donetsk & Mariupol (JAN 2015)

English: Russia Today logo
English: Russia Today logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video Timeline for January 2015, [both sides] Uncut.

Via Ruptly a division of Russia Today.

Lot of westerners accuse Russia Today, of being a propaganda arm of the Russian government. Maybe so, but certainly no more than the Washington Post, and/or the New York Times, CNN, FoxNews are for the U.S. Administration.

Personally I think they are less so, as this example shows - a video presented in chronological format, showing both sides of the conflict and letting the viewer decide his/her point of view.

Quite frankly, after following this conflict since the beginning, (reading various sources both pro and con) a view has emerged, that any thinking, rational person can't avoid concluding, in my opinion.

That is, that the U.S. and NATO, (which is controlled by the U.S. of course) facilitated a coup in the Ukraine. Regardless of what we think of the corruption etc., of that regime, it still had been elected by the Ukrainian people.

I'm not naive to think that Russia isn't involved, either. Of course they are - but hell, this is on its border, and affects a Russian speaking minority in Eastern Ukraine.
So, yes they have a vested interest in the outcome of all this - The same one would expect Washington to have, if, a foreign power placed nuclear missiles in Cuba and/or Mexico. Wait .... one of those already happened - and what was the United States response?! Hell, we almost had a nuclear war - read some memoirs of the players involved. At the time we didn't know how close President Kennedy had caused all out armageddon.

So, the great "Land of the Free" seems to only follow the letter of international law, when it suits their interests. I cannot see how anyone can blame Russia for acting, (which I think has been somewhat subdued, in relation to what the U.S did in the Cuban Missile Crisis, years ago) the way it has, with NATO encroaching it's borders in a threatening manner?

Come on folks, please, think for yourselves!
Most of our institutionalized western media, isn't serving our interests. Therefore I present this video from RT/Ruptly. Approx 40 minutes in length, with english subtitles - turn them on via YouTube automatic caption preferences.


Feb 6, 2015

Syria. Operation Al Kabune. 20130718

Operation Summer 2013 Syria, operation to unblock the highway along the Al-Kabuna. In this battle, BMP 2 was holed by a cumulative mines, tankers, as boxers, dodge RPG. Several militants were in the frame


If you're into modern urban tank warfare, then this series is for you. When this civil war is over, whoever gets the concrete and structual steel contract(s) will be quite wealthy, I think. Long as it isn't Haliburton, or other American firm, I'll be OK.

Update: the reason these are older videos (for those that are wondering) is simply not to show current operations for the enemy to learn tactics from. Unfortunate for us, that's the way it has to be. Perfectly understandable.


Dec 24, 2014

Opinion: Media Wars « ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

bw version of the Eye of Horus
bw version of the Eye of Horus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Opinion: Media Wars « ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Excellent OpEd from this Egyptian media source, and well worth a read, in my opinion.

Information warfare has become a key part of twenty-first century conflicts, whether domestic or international. Run from behind screens, these battles could cause damage as deadly as those inflicted by weapons of mass destruction. This was clearly seen in the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the 2011 uprisings that erupted across the Arab world—social media and new media formed a key tool. Another recent example can be seen in the hacking of Sony Pictures and the exposure of its emails and films. The White House has responded by threatening to take measures against North Korea which is suspected of being behind the attack.
Some say we are entering uncharted waters but it has been established that information warfare has always been part of human warfare and conflicts. Only the tools have differed, evolving in terms of sophistication and speed thanks to modern technology. read more ...


Dec 23, 2014

Are Our Children Overprotected?

English: Street photography - photograph of a ...
English: Street photography - photograph of a child watching children play on the grounds of Arts College at Osmania University, Hyderabad, AP - India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Overprotected Kid: (via the Atlantic)

If a 10-year-old lit a fire at an American playground, someone would call the police and the kid would be taken for counselling. At the Land, spontaneous fires are a frequent occurrence. The park is staffed by professionally trained “play-workers,” who keep a close eye on the kids but don’t intervene all that much. Claire Griffiths, the manager of the Land, describes her job as “loitering with intent.” Although the play-workers almost never stop the kids from what they’re doing, before the playground had even opened they’d filled binders with “risk benefits assessments” for nearly every activity. (In the two years since it opened, no one has been injured outside of the occasional scraped knee.) Here’s the list of benefits for fire: “It can be a social experience to sit around with friends, make friends, to sing songs to dance around, to stare at, it can be a co-operative experience where everyone has jobs. It can be something to experiment with, to take risks, to test its properties, its heat, its power, to re-live our evolutionary past.” The risks? “Burns from fire or fire pit” and “children accidentally burning each other with flaming cardboard or wood.” In this case, the benefits win, because a play-worker is always nearby, watching for impending accidents but otherwise letting the children figure out lessons about fire on their own. more ...

Dec 22, 2014

Notice the Difference? New Canadian Internet Copyright Rules for ISPs Set to Launch - Michael Geist

Michael Geist, is a Canadian academic, and the...
Michael Geist, is a Canadian academic, and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Notice the Difference? New Canadian Internet Copyright Rules for ISPs Set to Launch - Michael Geist

For Internet providers, the system creates significant costs for processing and forwarding notices. However, assuming they meet their obligations of forwarding the notice, the law grants them a legal “safe harbour” that removes potential liability for actions of their subscribers.
 There are important benefits for Internet users as well. First, unlike the content takedown or access cut-off systems, the Canadian notice approach does not feature any legal penalties. The notices do not create any fines or damages, but rather are designed as educational tools to raise awareness of infringement allegations.

John Draper aka "Cap'n Crunch" in Need of Our Help!

English: 'Captain Crunch' outside his home in ...
It's truly sad to hear of his financial troubles, Mr. Draper may be having - seems he has been suffering hard times recently due to health issues, as reported by ArsTechnica here. His contemporaries of the day, Steve Jobs and TheWoz (Steve Wozniak) sure have been treated better by life it seems.
From his own blog, John writes:
"Latest news on my debilitating health issues. I’ve suffered some major health issues, and discovered I have degenerative spine disease which is the root of most of my spine problems which started in or around 2004. My first surgery was in Dec of 2009, a year later, suffered trauma from a sudden pressure on the back of my neck thanx to some dude at Defcon party, you know who you are. Everything was ok until early in 2014, I started feeling that same back pain I was suffering from back in 1009, but it progressed much further, starting early march, About the time I was invited to the home brew computer club reunion, in the Bay Area. A few weeks later, was invited to speak at the hacker hostel, when at that time the pain was getting horribly bad." Read more ....

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