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Thereby Hangs a Tail

Posted by seumasach on December 18, 2014


17th December, 2014

Direct statements concerning dramatic changes in the appearance of planets are few and far between in ancient sources.

A classic example is a fragment from the obscure Greek astronomer Castor of Rhodes (1st century BCE), as cited by his contemporary, the Roman grammarian Marcus Terrentius Varro, who was in turn cited by the church father Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE). According to this tantalisingly brief passage, the planet Venus once “changed its colour, size, shape and course, a thing which has never happened before or since.” This information, frequently considered in catastrophist theories, presents quite a puzzle.

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Congratulations Rosetta, shame about the science…

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

Wallace Thornhill

The Electric Universe

15th December, 2014

Congratulations to the team responsible for the success of the Rosetta mission to comet 67 P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (henceforth 67 P). However, it’s a shame that scientists misled the engineers with their cherished story of icy comets, which resulted in an inappropriate design for the lander, Philae. Chris Reeve writes, “We train all physicists to adopt the same basic scientific framework — at the expense of also teaching them how to analyze the same phenomenon from multiple perspectives — and then we wonder why certain problems remain unresolved despite the investment of massive resources, people and time. The very act of rigidly training everybody in the same framework seems to me the problem which precludes their solution.”


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Russia, India on new course for partnership

Posted by seumasach on December 13, 2014

Putin: nuclear deals set Russia, India on new course for partnership


11th December, 2014

NEW DELHI, December 11. /TASS/. Long-term partnership between Russia and India lies ahead in the wake of major deals in nuclear engineering, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Turkey/Russia deal a geopolitical game-changer

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2014

Turkey’s Gas Deal with Russia is a Geopolitical Game-Changer

Nebojsa Malic

Russia Insider

7th December, 2014

Russia’s decision to cancel South Stream came as a surprise, though it should not have been.

Yet the pipeline’s demise creates more questions than it answers – for Turkey and the Balkans more so than Europe and Russia.


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Cold Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 9, 2014

Ankara Buckles Against Western Pressure, Turns to Russia


2nd December, 2014

Russia has abandoned the troubled South Stream project and will now be building its replacement with Turkey. This monumental decision signals that Ankara has made its choice to reject Euro-Atlanticsm and embrace Eurasian integration.

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Wagenknecht takes Merkel apart in German parliament

Posted by seumasach on December 8, 2014

Wagenknecht criticizes Merkel for serving US interests to detriment of EU population/economy

26th November, 2014

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“Turk stream”: huge win for Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

- Big Win For Russia – Historic Loss for EU

Pepe Escobar

Russia Insider

5th December, 2014

So the EU “defeated” Putin by forcing him to cancel the South Stream pipeline. Thus ruled Western corporate media.


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Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

Posted by seumasach on December 4, 2014


30th November, 2014

When 28 civilians were killed in Athens, it wasn’t the Nazis who were to blame, it was the British. Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith reveal how Churchill’s shameful decision to turn on the partisans who had fought on our side in the war sowed the seeds for the rise of the far right in Greece today

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Homeopathy for the masses

Posted by seumasach on December 4, 2014

Institute for Science in Society

3rd December, 2014

Homeopathy is very popular in Asia, especially in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In India today, there are 162 degree colleges teaching homeopathy and over 200 000 practitioners, the largest pool of homeopaths in the world. A conservative estimate is that 100 million people use homeopathy [3]. The true number is much larger as many school teachers and scholars have educated themselves in this affordable and easy to administer treatment and 70 % of population in India live in villages and rural areas with limited access to expensive conventional medical facilities.


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Putin cancels South Stream-engages with Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 1, 2014

Putin: Russia forced to withdraw from S. Stream project due to EU stance


1st December, 2014

Russia is forced to withdraw from the South Stream project due to the EU’s unwillingness to support the pipeline, and gas flows will be redirected to other customers, Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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OPEC in price war with US oil producers

Posted by seumasach on November 30, 2014

“In essence, the OPEC (Saudi) has decided to let the price fall to a point that the newest high-cost drilling projects in the US will find it uneconomical to continue production and will be forced to shut down. “

We are seeing classic end of empire scenario in which the imperial centre struggles to control the periphery. It’s a struggle that is being lost as Saudi Arabia, a critical US ally and fulcrum of the petrodollar system breaks, loose and follows an independent policy. These are dramatic developments which can only heighten the present sense of drift and lack of political leadership in the USA and throughout the West. On the other hand there is no sign of the demonization of the Saudis which one might expect in these circumstances. Is that because they hold the whip hand or is the oil crisis the trigger for the next phase of the financial crisis whose imminence David Cameron has recently announced, a financial crisis that could be utterly transformative in terms of the relationship between the West with the rest?


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The meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries [OPEC] in Vienna on Thursday has been a watershed event in the ebb and flow of energy politics. It took a momentous decision at the bidding of Saudi Arabia that there shall be no cut in oil production to counter the steep drop in oil prices. There were dissenting voices but Saudis call the shots within the OPEC.

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