1–10 of 1830 ‹  | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | next  »


On Sunday, September 28 from 6:30-11:30pm at the Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, Michigan, local poet and event promoter, Craig A. Combs of Sacred Star Production, will present 100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change in conjunction with the global event, now in its fourth year. [] The aim of this worldwide collaboration is to connect other poets, musicians, and activists around the country and across the globe to celebrate and promote peace and sustainability and to call for serious social, environmental, and political change.

The Variety Show opens at 6:30pm with Wayne-Westland duo Jake LeMond and Joe May. Also featured are SE MI trios Rustic Union and Cold Tone Harvest, Julie Babcock, Edward Morin, Matt Lindeman, John F. Buckley, Arnie Koester, David Jibson, Jessa, R.J. Fox, Tim and Kristi, J. Joseph Kane, and John Heath (from Trembling Earth). Combs will host & MC the show.

Anyone interested in performing in the Open Mic segment may sign up starting at 6:30pm the night of the show. All acoustic musicians, comedians, poets, activists and other spoken word artists are welcome and encouraged to join in and voice their ideas of what Change means to them. Everyone will be heard! Open Mic will follow the Variety Show. Since this is an acoustic event, large ensembles and outside amplifiers will not be permitted.

The video crew of Dark Elf Entertainment will be filming the entire event and streaming the video content on their web-TV channel at following the show. This event is open to the public, and admission is FREE. All ages are welcome until 9 pm—adults over 21 only after that.

There will be giveaways and a raffle drawing, as well, and anyone who makes a donation to our Food Gatherers Food Drive will receive a raffle ticket for every food item or $5 donated. For more details, contact Craig Combs at craigacombs[at]me[dot]com. You may also visit the Wurst’s Facebook event page at I hope to see you then!
Fri, September 19, 2014 - 9:17 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

A Proud Human for a Sovereign Scotland

Post-Vote Update: Salmond resigns after losing Scottish independence referendum

My best wishes to all those in Scotland today as they go to the polls to cast their vote on the question of whether to secede from the United Kingdom!

As someone who, like you, has lived through the stripping of so many of our most basic civil rights since our mutual descent into darkness on 9/11/2001, I strongly urge ALL SCOTS to rethink what the fear-mongers in the No Camp have been hollering for months now..."There's no going back!"

I say, THANK GOD FOR THAT! The whole world looks to you today for your enduring faith in a higher outcome, your steady resolve to see this matter through, and your courage to ultimately do what must be done!

In this most auspicious hour, the time has come for you to reach out and grab that Gold Ring of Freedom, hold on tight, and Enjoy the Ride! As so many have said, you may never have another chance to regain your autonomy peaceably, so please, for all of us who hunger for the taste of Liberty, VOTE YES! Be the Beacon of Hope we all look to and instinctually desire to day.

Today is YOUR DAY! Make it count!!!

In Lak'ech (I am another You) I am Scotland!
Thu, September 18, 2014 - 7:02 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

US Congressman Justin Amash's (R-MI) Statement on Amendment to Arm Groups in Syria

Via: email &
Posted 17 Sep 2014

What have we learned from the last decade of war?

Those years should have taught us that when going to war, our government must:
(1) be careful when defining a military mission,
(2) speak forthrightly with the American people about the sacrifices they will be called to make,
(3) plan more than one satisfactory end to the conflict, and
(4) be humble about what we think we know.

These lessons should be at the front of our minds when Congress votes today on whether to arm groups in Syria.

Today’s amendment ostensibly is aimed at destroying ISIS—yet you’d hardly know it from reading the amendment’s text. The world has witnessed with horror the evil of ISIS: the public beheading of innocents, the killing of Christians, Muslims, and others.

The amendment’s focus—arming groups fighting the Assad government in Syria—has little to do with defeating ISIS. The mission that the amendment advances plainly isn’t the defeat of ISIS; it’s the defeat of Assad.

Americans stood overwhelmingly against entangling our Armed Forces in the Syrian civil war a year ago. If Congress chooses to arm groups in Syria, it must explain to the American people not only why that mission is necessary but also the sacrifices that that mission entails.

The Obama administration has tried to rally support for U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war by implying that our help would be at arm’s length. The amendment Congress will vote on broadly authorizes “assistance” to groups in Syria. It does not specify what types of weapons our government will give the groups. It does not prohibit boots on the ground. (The amendment is silent on the president’s power to order our troops to fight in the civil war; it states only that Congress doesn’t provide “specific statutory authorization” for such escalation.) It does not state the financial cost of the war.

As we should have learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must plan for multiple satisfactory ends to military conflicts before we commence them.

If the Syrian groups that are “appropriately vetted” (the amendment’s language) succeed and oust Assad, what would result? Would the groups assemble a coalition government of anti-Assad fighters, and would that coalition include ISIS? What would happen to the Alawites and Christians who stood with Assad? To what extent would the U.S. government be obligated to occupy Syria to rebuild the government? If each of the groups went its own way, would Syria’s territory be broken apart, and if so, would ISIS control one of the resulting countries?

If the Syrian groups that we support begin to lose, would we let them be defeated? If not, is there any limit to American involvement in the war?

Perhaps some in the administration or Congress have answers to these questions. But the amendment we’ll vote on today contains none of them.

Above all, when Congress considers serious actions—especially war—we must be humble about what we think we know. We don’t know very much about the groups we propose to support or even how we intend to vet those groups. Reports in the last week suggest that some of the “appropriately vetted” groups have struck deals with ISIS, although the groups dispute the claim. The amendment requires the administration to report on its efforts to prevent our arms and resources from ending up in the wrong hands, but we know little about those precautions or their effectiveness.

Today, I will vote against the amendment to arm groups in Syria. There is a wide misalignment between the rhetoric of defeating ISIS and the amendment’s actual mission of arming certain groups in the Syrian civil war. The amendment provides few limits on the type of assistance that our government may commit, and the exit out of the civil war is undefined. And given what’s happened in our country’s most recent wars, our leaders seem to have unjustified confidence in their own ability to execute a plan with so many unknowns.

Some of my colleagues no doubt will come to different judgments on these questions. But it’s essential that they consider the questions carefully. That the president wants the authority to intervene in the Syrian civil war is not a sufficient reason to give him that power. Under the Constitution, it is Congress’s independent responsibility to commence war.

We are the representatives of the American people. The government is proposing to take their resources and to put their children’s lives at risk. I encourage all my colleagues to give the decision the weight it is due.


Justin Amash
Member of Congress
Thu, September 18, 2014 - 6:49 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

“Anatomy of a Great Deception” by David Hooper 2014

One layman's forensic analysis of what really brought down the three (3) separate WTC towers on 9/11/2001


Published on Sep 12, 2014
by dts51sound

This "docu-thriller" from father-turned-filmmaker, David Hooper takes us on a journey of awakening that begins with an innocent question. Soon, his life is turned upside down as he grappled with the life-changing conclusions of his findings. The film was made to wake up his friends and family. Now, it's poised to wake everyone else.

Visit my website for lots of mind freeing information.

[Photo courtesy of Ricki at ]
Wed, September 17, 2014 - 7:07 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Shakes Guam, Downgraded to 6.7 by US, as Usual


By Reuters
September 17, 2014 | 2:58am

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 25 miles (40 km) northwest of the Pacific island Guam on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at more than 100 miles (160 km) deep, it said, after originally putting the magnitude at 6.9.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami had been generated because the quake was too deep.
Wed, September 17, 2014 - 10:35 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

New Mayan Calendar (Tzolk'in) Cycle (Trecena) Begins - 1-Jaguar (Ix)


Tzolkin Trecena Notes –1 Ix (Jaguar)
Day 14 of the 260 Day Tzolkin
Gregorian Date: September 16, 2014
Year Bearer: 2 - Deer (Manik)

Trecenas are thirteen-day periods in the Tzolkin. Each Trecena starts with the Number 1, but with a different Day Glyph. As a wave of the Thirteen Heavens, the underlying energy is governed by the First Day Glyph of the Trecena and influences all thirteen successive Day Glyphs. Being aware of the predominant energy of the First Day of the Trecena, we can align our intentions with that energy and allow our goals to manifest.

This Trecena starts with 1 Ix (Jaguar) – Secretive, Astute, Strong, Powerful, Nocturnal Shaman. Ruling spirit of jungles and mountains, Guardian of earthly magic, the Night Sun that travels the underworld invisible and opposite the Day Sun ruled by the Eagle.

To the Maya, Jaguar’s spotted skin symbolized the stars of the Milky Way Galaxy. The birthplace of First Father in the mouth of Jaguar was known to the Quiche Maya as Xibalba Be (shi bal ba bay) “the Road to the Underworld.” The Sun’s daily journey from light to darkness represents consciousness and its transformation. The Nocturnal Sun in the guise of the Jaguar travels through the underworld revealing our subconscious fears and allowing them to be transformed.

The Jaguar paces on the periphery of our subconscious

Protecting our inner temple

Listening for unusual sounds in the night.

Jaguar energy signifies feminine and feline energy and relates to the earthly primal spiritual forces within all living creatures. The Maya referred to this energy as Itz or “dew from heaven” which connects cosmic divinity with the spark of our own earthly divinity. Jaguar energy attunes our inner instincts with the spiritual power of Itz.

“Of all the signs, Ix expands the mind the most, providing the strength to reach the highest level of consciousness. This strength, combined with mental acuity, benefits the highest levels of mysticism… This day has a special power to change negative aspects. It is a day on which to withdraw, meditate, and reconsider life, to formulate a new strategy, and to solve problems. It is also a good day for inner strength and for magic and handling occult forces.” Carlos Barrios Book of Destiny

Another representation of the Trecena is that of a creative wave beginning at 1 and ending at 13, with the numbers 6, 7 and 8 representing the crest of the wave. The crest could be interpreted as a strong influential energy, although the underlying influence on the Trecena would still rest in the beginning. Jaguar energy underlies (or influences) the days of 6 Cauac, gathering storm energies; 7 Ahau, flowering in the light of the sun; and 8 Imix, life giving force resonating from the primal depths. This crest is very powerful for transformation as the Ix Trecena ends with Cimi which symbolizes Death, Transformation or Rebirth.

Jaguar energy offers strength and magic along with intuitive wisdom for humanity to follow the Maya path of transformation or renewal: the sacrifice or surrender of the illusion; the reconnection of the ego to its higher source; and the awakening to truth.

As we journey through each day of this Trecena:

Trecena Count
Gregorian Date

1 Ix (Jaguar)
September 16, 2014
2 Men (Eagle)
September 17
3 Cib (Vulture)
September 18
4 Caban (Movement/Earth)
September 19
5 Etznab (Flint)
September 20
6 Cauac (Storm)
September 21
7 Ahau (Light Lord/Sun)
September 22
8 Imix (Crocodile)
September 23
9 Ik (Wind)
September 24
10 Akbal (Night)
September 25
11 Kan (Lizard/Seed)
September 26
12 Chicchan (Serpent)
September 27
13 Cimi (Transformation)
September 28

“Following your heart or intuition is the only method capable of weaving the unthinkably complicated patterns of creations (those of our own and others) into what we wish for ourselves and others.” Ian Xel Lungold

Utilize the energy of Jaguar to follow your intuition. Allow your feelings and heart to guide your actions and movements, thus creating the natural pattern, the Flower of Life.

In Lak’ech (I am another you),
William and Viola
©2007 William and Viola Welsch
Tue, September 16, 2014 - 8:20 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

‘Stick your license fee up your a***!’ Pro-indy Scots Denounce ‘Liar’ BBC Journalist in Protest


Published time: September 15, 2014 13:14
Edited time: September 15, 2014 14:08

Pro-independence Scots rallied outside the BBC’s Glasgow headquarters on Sunday to protest the public broadcaster’s pro-union “bias” and demand the resignation of political editor Nick Robinson.

Waving Scottish flags and “Yes Scotland” banners, protesters chanted, “You can stick your license fee up your a***!” while banners read “Auntie Beeb, anti-democracy, anti-truth”.

One giant banner read: “Sack Nick ‘The Liar’ Robinson, a totally corrupt journalist, these days typical of the British Biased Corporation.”

Police said the rally attracted 1,000 protesters, but organizers claimed a higher turnout.

All police leave has been canceled for Thursday’s referendum, when 3.5 million Scots are expected to cast their votes. Polling staff have been warned to expect “confrontational behaviour”.

As the referendum date approaches, abuse, vandalism and threats of violence have allegedly accompanied both the “Yes” and “No” campaigns.

Pro-union “Better Together” chairman Alistair Darling has warned Scots not to be bullied into a “Yes” vote, and claimed he had felt “menaced” during the campaign.

“I have been involved in political campaigning for about 35 years and I have never seen anything like this before,” Darling told journalists.

“I think we will win as I don’t think Scotland is going to get bullied into accepting something it doesn’t want.”

The BBC faced accusations of anti-independence bias after Robinson produced a report that wrongly claimed Salmond had ignored his question during a heated press conference in Edinburgh last week.

Calling into question the impartiality of the license fee-funded broadcaster, the veteran BBC correspondent edited out Salmond’s lengthy answer, in which the First Minister claimed the BBC had skewed facts and colluded with the Treasury to undermine the “Yes” campaign.

Salmond has repeated his allegation that the BBC is “absolutely” biased for the Union. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has proposed replacing BBC Scotland with a Scottish Broadcasting Service after independence.

Meanwhile, a BBC spokesperson said: “We believe our coverage has been fair and impartial and has adhered fully to the requirements of our Editorial and Referendum Guidelines.”

Despite the protest and ongoing criticism, Robinson has returned to Scotland to continue his coverage of the referendum.

With three days remaining until the vote, Prime Minister David Cameron has made his 10th and final campaign visit to Scotland to warn voters that there will be “no way back” if they choose to leave the UK, calling the vote “a once-and-for-all decision.”

A poll for Survation, on behalf of the pro-union “Better Together” campaign, showed that Scottish support for independence has declined. Their findings claim 54 percent are now planning to support the union with the UK, with 46 percent voting for independence on September 18.

Previously, an opinion poll conducted by YouGov and The Sunday Times showed that 51 percent supported independence versus 49 percent of pro-union backers.

Both sides are claiming that they will win the referendum.
Mon, September 15, 2014 - 7:20 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

US Failure to See Saudi [OR Israeli!] Role in 9/11 Contributed to Rise of ISIS – ex-senator Bob Graham


Failure by the US to investigate Saudi Arabia’s connection to the 9/11 attacks is among the factors that led to the rise of ISIS, Bob Graham, a former senator and co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11, told The Independent in an interview.

Graham has expressed doubts about the US’s reliance on Saudi Arabia as an ally in fight against Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Earlier this week President Obama announced a plan, according to which Saudi Arabia is supposed to provide training for moderate Syrian rebels, who are expected to fight both the ISIS and Assad's forces.

‘No safe haven’: Obama declares airstrikes on Islamic State ‘wherever it exists’

The former senator said it was not the best decision to rely on the country which has often been accused of sponsoring “the most extreme elements among the Sunni.”

The US appears to have a history of turning a blind eye to the disputable activities of its long-time ally. Graham, who was in the Senate for 18 years and chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than a year following 9/11, questions the way US intelligence treated the Saudis after the attack on the Twin Towers.

Despite the fact that 15 out of 19 of the hijackers were Saudis, some 144 of their compatriots mostly from the Saudi aristocracy, were able to return home to Saudi Arabia within days of the attack without being questioned by the FBI.

“There were several incidents [in which US officials] were inexplicably solicitous to Saudis,” Senator Graham recalls.

“I believe that the failure to shine a full light on Saudi actions and particularly its involvement in 9/11 has contributed to the Saudi ability to continue to engage in actions that are damaging to the US – and in particular their support for ISIS,” he says.

US allies cultivated Islamic State. Now IS plans to 'raise flag of Allah in White House'

Some light on the Saudi role in the 9/11 tragedy could be shed if the 28 redacted pages from the inquiry were made public. Graham has been campaigning for that.

Obama promised to release the censored documents during his first presidential campaign, but haven’t yet delivered on the promise.

Graham speaks of close personal ties between the Bush family and the Saudi Arabia rulers. But why the “policy of covering up Saudi involvement [in 9/11] persisted under the Obama administration” is something he fails to understand.
Mon, September 15, 2014 - 7:14 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

SpyFiles 4: WikiLeaks Releases Copies of German Malware Used by Intelligence Agencies to Spy on Journalists, Political Dissidents and Others


SpyFiles 4
(on 2014-09-15)

Today, 15 September 2014, WikiLeaks releases previously unseen copies of weaponised German surveillance malware used by intelligence agencies around the world to spy on journalists, political dissidents and others.

FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) is a German company that produces and sells computer intrusion systems, software exploits and remote monitoring systems that are capable of intercepting communications and data from OS X, Windows and Linux computers as well as Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. FinFisher first came to public attention in December 2011 when WikiLeaks published documents detailing their products and business in the first SpyFiles release.

Since the first SpyFiles release, researchers published reports that identified the presence of FinFisher products in countries aroud the world and documented its use against journalists, activists and political dissidents.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Editor in Chief said: "FinFisher continues to operate brazenly from Germany selling weaponised surveillance malware to some of the most abusive regimes in the world. The Merkel government pretends to be concerned about privacy, but its actions speak otherwise. Why does the Merkel government continue to protect FinFisher? This full data release will help the technical community build tools to protect people from FinFisher including by tracking down its command and control centers."

FinFisher Relay and FinSpy Proxy are the components of the FinFisher suite responsible for collecting the data acquired from the infected victims and delivering it to their controllers. It is commonly deployed by FinFisher's customers in strategic points around the world to route the collected data through an anonymizing chain, in order to disguise the identity of its operators and the real location of the final storage, which is instead operated by the FinSpy Master.

File Name Product Name MD5 File Size FinFisher Relay v4.30 180caf23dd71383921e368128fb6db52 224K FinSpy Proxy v2.10 3dfdac1304eeaaaff57cc11317768511 320K FinSpy Master v2.10 03d93c49a536d149206f5524d87fa319 2.5M
WikiLeaks is also publishing previously unreleased copies of the FinFisher FinSpy PC spyware for Windows. This software is designed to be covertly installed on a Windows computer and silently intercept files and communications, such as Skype calls, emails, video and audio through the webcam and microphone (you can find more details on FinSpy in the first SpyFiles release). In order to prevent any accidental execution and infection, the following files have been renamed and compressed in password protected archives (the password is "infected"). They are weaponised malware, so handle carefully.

File Name Product Name MD5 File Size FinSpy PC 2d5c810035dc0f83036fb12e8775817a 736K FinSpy PC 434b83eba7619cb706492ff019ade0d5 576K
In order to challenge the secrecy and the lack of accountability of the surveillance industry, analyzing the internals of this software could allow security and privacy researchers to develop new fingerprints and detection techniques, identify more countries currently using the FinFisher spyware and uncover human rights abuses.

In addition, in this fourth iteration of the SpyFiles collection, WikiLeaks publishes the newly indexed material the same as the recent FinFisher breach (for which you can find the torrent file here), including new brochures and a database of the customer support website, that provide updated details on their productline and a unique insight into the company's customer-base.

In order to make the data more easily accessible and consumable, all the new brochures, videos and manuals are now available [ ] organized under the related FinFisher product name. The database [ ] is represented in full, from which WikiLeaks compiled a list of customers, their eventual attribution, all the associated support tickets and acquired licenses, along with the estimated costs calculated from FinFisher's price list.

WikiLeaks conservatively estimates FinFisher's revenue from these sales to amount to around €50,000,000. Within the full list of customers [ ], it's worth noticing that among the largest is Mongolia, which has been recently selected as new Chair of the Freedom Online Coalition [ ].

Together with the previous releases, the SpyFiles collection represents a unique and central resource where to find extensive and exclusive documentation about the global surveillance industry, also indexed and searchable through the WikiLeaks Search.
Mon, September 15, 2014 - 6:58 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

US Govt. Threatened Foley Family over Islamic State Ransom, Slain Journalist’s Mother Says


The family of US journalist James Foley – who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State – had been “threatened” by the US government with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom for him, Foley’s mother told the media.

Obama administration officials repeatedly warned the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to the Islamic State jihadists who were holding and, ultimately, beheaded their son, his mother and brother said this week.

“We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling,” Foley's mother Diane said in an interview with ABC News.

“I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance,” she elaborated in another interview with CNN. “It didn't seem to be in [US] strategic interest, if you will.”

The 40-year-old journalist was kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) radicals in November 2012 while reporting from Syria. He was ceremonially beheaded, apparently over US military involvement in Iraq, and a video of his murder was released by the group in August.

In the months leading up to his death, the Foley family was contacted by the jihadists with large ransom demands, which they were unable to meet.

Officials told Foley family members “not go to the media,” and that the “government would not exchange prisoners,” according to Diane Foley. Diane and her husband John were also concerned that any donors to their ransom collection drive might be thrown in prison for funding terrorism.

“Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization,” Diane Foley said. “As a family, we had to find our way through this on our own.”

“It was very upsetting because we were essentially told to trust... that the way they were handling things would bring our son home,” she added.

AFP Photo / HO
AFP Photo / HO

Several US officials familiar with Foley case confirmed the alleged threats were made. "It was an utterly idiotic thing to do that came across as if [the US official] had the compassion of an anvil," one official told ABC.

However, State Department spokesperson Marie Hart somewhat denied the allegations, saying, “This department would never and did not ever intend nor do we think we ever did anything that we would consider threatening.” Hostage families are usually only helped to “understand what [US] laws are about terrorists or paying ransom to terrorists,” she added.

On September 2, the IS murdered another journalist, American Israeli Steven Sotloff. The 31-year-old Floridian was captured in August 2013 while reporting from Aleppo, Syria.

Commenting on the government’s unsuccessful efforts to rescue James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the State Department spokesperson added that “this government undertook every single opportunity to find and bring home these American citizens that are being held by ISIS.”

The Foley family launched the James W. Foley Legacy Fund this week, which in large part is intended to help other hostages' loved ones navigate the frustrating currents they encountered both with the terrorists and with their own government. Two American and several British hostages still remain in ISIS captivity.

“I fear for the remaining American hostages' families, who have been [intimidated] in a similar way,” she told ABC News. “It definitely interfered with our efforts to bring Jim home.”

Asked whether she had believed ISIS would accept a ransom payment and free their son, as they had many European hostages liberated for between $2-3 million each, Diane Foley replied, “I do, maybe – I mean, who knows?”


See also: US govt warned Sotloff's parents of prosecution if they paid ransom - family spox
Sun, September 14, 2014 - 5:30 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment
1–10 of 1830 ‹  | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | next  »