Published time: March 25, 2015 23:49
Edited time: March 26, 2015 05:25
Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.”
According to Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the military operation in Yemen started at 7 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT). The US is not participating in the operation, the envoy stressed.
Al Arabiya reported that warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia, targeting their air defenses.
The Saudi-led coalition has declared Yemeni airspace a “restricted zone.” Ships in the region have also been urged not to approach Yemen’s ports due to the ongoing military operation.
More than 20 people have reportedly died and over 30 others were injured following Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen, Sputnik news agency cited local security and medical sources as saying.
The majority of the strikes around Sanaa hit residential areas located near the capital’s international airport. Government buildings and the airport were also hit during the offensive.
Reports from the ground indicate that Saudi forces have bombed an office belonging to Houthi rebels in Sanaa’s Jiraf area. A Houthi-run TV channel reported dozens of civilian casualties following airstrikes north of Sanaa.
Residents said that warplanes targeted the capital’s airport, according to Reuters.
Houthis used heavy anti-aircraft fire to respond to the bombing.
Another warplane attack was said to have been launched on Sanaa’s Dulaimi military airbase. Al-Jubair told Al Jazeera that Houthi fighters are in control of Yemeni’s ballistic and heavy weaponry and could be taking over the country’s air force.
Reports citing Yemeni security services said four Sukhoi jets stationed at the Dulaimi military airbase were destroyed in airstrikes. Meanwhile, an Al Arabiya report claimed that Saudi-led strikes destroyed the airbase along with several arsenals, as well as taking out most of the rebels’ air defenses.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait issued a joint statement saying that they “decided to repel Houthi militias, Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State) in the country.” The Gulf states said they were responding to a “major threat” to the stability of the region, saying that their cause is to “repel Houthi aggression” in Yemen.
Mar 24, 2015
It is high time that those in mainstream academia be challenged on the authoritarian mythology they continue to teach. So I am launching a Kickstarter project to do exactly that. (Watch the video for more details.) I encourage anyone who understands and embraces the concepts of self-ownership, non-aggression and voluntaryism to support and share this project. (If I exceed my funding goal–even far exceed it–I will simply include more and more teachers and professors in the campaign.)
Here is the link to the project:
Nov 29, 2012
Why do feminists find Nice Guys not only unfuckable, but pure EEEEEVIIILLLL??? It’s all in the brain, dontcha know?
by Alan Watts
I have often thought of writing a novel, similar to Thomas Mann’s “Confessions of Felix Krull,” which would be the life story of a charlatan making out as a master guru – either initiated in Tibet or appearing as the reincarnation of Nagarjuna, Padmasambhava, or some other great historical sage of the Orient. It would be a romantic and glamorous tale, flavored with the scent of pines in Himalayan valleys, with garden courtyards in obscure parts of Alexandria, with mountain temples in Japan, and with secretive meetings and initiations in country houses adjoining Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. It would also raise some rather unexpected philosophical questions as to the relations between genuine mysticism and stage magic. But I have neither the patience nor the skill to be a novelist, and thus can do no more than sketch the idea for some more gifted author.
The attractions of being a trickster guru are many. There is power and there is wealth, and still more the satisfactions of being an actor without need for a stage, who turns “real life” into a drama. It is not, furthermore, an illegal undertaking such as selling shares in non-existent corporations, impersonating a doctor, or falsifying checks. There are no recognized and official qualifications for being a guru, though now that some universities are offering courses in meditation and Kundalini Yoga it may soon be necessary to be a member of the U.S. Fraternity of Gurus. But a really fine trickster would get around all that by the one-upmanship of inventing an entirely new discipline outside and beyond all known forms of esoteric teaching.
It must be understood from the start that the trickster guru fills a real need and performs a genuine public service. Millions of people are searching desperately for a true father-Magician, especially at a time when the clergy and the psychiatrists are making rather a poor show, and do not seem to have the courage of their convictions or of their fantasies. Perhaps they have lost nerve through too high a valuation of the virtue of honesty – as if a painter felt bound to give his landscapes the fidelity of photographs. To fulfil his compassionate vocation, the trickster guru must above all have nerve. He must also be quite well-read in mystical and occult literature, both that which is historically authentic and sound in scholarship, and that which is somewhat questionable – such as the writings of H.P. Blavatsky, P.D. Ouspensky, and Aleister Crowley. It doesn’t do to be caught out on details now known to a wide public.
After such preparatory studies, the first step is to frequent those circles where gurus are especially sought, such as the various cult groups which pursue oriental religions or peculiar forms of psychotherapy, or simply the intellectual and artistic milieux of any great city. Be somewhat quiet and solitary. Never ask questions, but occasionally add a point – quite briefly – to what some speaker has said. Volunteer no information about your personal life, but occasionally indulge in a little absent-minded name-dropping to suggest that you have travelled widely and spent time in Turkestan. Evade close questioning by giving the impression that mere travel is a small matter hardly worth discussing, and that your real interests lie on much deeper levels.
Such behavior will soon provoke people into asking your advice. Don’t come right out with it, but suggest that the question is rather deep and ought to be discussed at length in some quiet place. Make an appointment at a congenial restaurant or cafe – not at your home, unless you have an impressive library and no evidence of being tied down with a family. At first, answer nothing, but without direct questioning, draw the person out to enlarge on his problem and listen with your eyes closed – not as if sleeping, but as if attending to the deep inner vibrations of his thoughts. Conclude the interview with a slightly veiled command to perform some rather odd exercise, such as humming a sound and then suddenly stopping. Carefully instruct the person to be aware of the slightest decision to stop before actually stopping, and indicate that the point is to be able to stop without any prior decision. Make a further appointment for a report on progress.
Feb 16, 2015
Alexandra May Hunter and Dr. Dan Koontz take questions from the audience after a screening of “Look Up!” by director George Barnes.
This event was organized by Pete Creelman. If you would like to be notified of future events he puts on, email him at aquapete [ at ] cox.net
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Press For Truth
Mar 18, 2015
Support for Bill C-51 is quickly declining thanks to the efforts of a wide collection of mostly grassroots movements who together have exposed the dangers of this bill… however as Dan Dicks of Press For Truth points out in this video a large leftest faction here in the left coast seems to be attempting to steer the debate…but one thing remains clear…support for Bill C-51 is fading and we must continue to keep the momentum going in order to protect the civil liberties of all Canadians … and that’s something we can all agree on.
Mar 18, 2015
Some 350 people have been detained at the Blockupy protest in Frankfurt on the day the European Central Bank headquarters open in the city. Two police have been injured in clashes. Tear gas was used against protesters, who pelted stones and torched cars – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/ktenar
According to reports this morning from SANA, the Syria State News Agency, announced that a US reconnaissance aircraft, most likely a Predator drone, was shot down in Syrian air space just north of the city of Latakia.
Sources say that SANA has already broadcast footage of the wreckage on television, including details of signature parts and a wheel. If confirmed, this would be the first US aircraft to go down since ‘coalition’ airstrike in Syria began in September 2014.
Many fear that this, or a similar incident, could inflame an already tense situation between Washington and Damascus, and also Tehran, as the White House continue their efforts to manage a proxy war on the ground in Syria, and also airstrikes against supposed ISIS/ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq.
All of this is occurring in front of a backdrop where the US along with the P5 +1, attempting to reach a negotiated settlement over Iran’s nuclear future.
It is believed that the downed US aircraft’s mission originated from one of three likely deployment bases. Two of these are the Ali al Salem Air Base in Kuwait which houses the US Air Force’s 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, and a joint Iraqi-CIA air base located in Erbil, Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
Mar 15, 2015
Morris speaks with Joaquin via Skype from his hospital bed in Cambodia. He is in stable condition, has some energy, we see him returning steadily to the Morris we know – but only if he completes his treatment. That is the big challenge right now.
Our ‘mystery man on the ground’ has affirmed that also according to his doctor, failing to complete treatment can see a total relapse within a few days, death within 10 days, and a high risk of non-responsiveness to anti-biotics (due to immunity) – this is normal if one does not complete the course.
We respect and even agree with the view that anti-biotics are terrible. They are. It’s a sub-optimal treatment which can also damage organs and the immune system.
However, this was all that was available to him. The anti-biotics do induce an immuno-suppressed condition. There is no doubt about that. This we do not disagree with.
The problem is that this was the course already started when he was in a coma. We did not choose this for him either. If he stops the treatment, the immuno-suppressed condition of the anti-biotics could see a total relapse and colonization of the bacterial infection which caused his meningitis.
This is the main problem right now. Also, we have been very moved by the outpouring of support so far. We ask only to those who haven’t given yet, to give a little something.
People may be surprised by our reach – the numbers who are seeing this seem to be well beyond the numbers that youtube counts – we know this from the letters and donations of support so far.
Please join us, with anything at all you can give, to get Morris back together again.
For the doubters, negativistic/contrarian personality disorder types, and paranoiacs, this is just another large piece of incontrovertible evidence that not only is Morris coming out of a state of total incapacitation, but that Joaquin Flores has been chiefly responsible for coordinating his care, issues with the hospital, and the British Embassy.
[via Save Morris facebook page, Mar 18, 2015: “Morris has checked into a hotel, and gone to see a British doctor that we set up for him named Dr. Scott. Dr. Scott has cleared him, thank god, and according to Morris says there is no fever, no problem with lungs, or other signs of meningitis.
Generally, good news so far.”]
Mar 14, 2015
Morris is Awake, and about half-way recovered. He attempted to leave the hospital where we, in an amazing coincidence, caught up with him by phone. A ‘mystery man’ there with him, who saw our Facebook Page ‘Save Morris’ has today been helping us coordinate things with him ‘on the ground’ and with the hospital. We were able to finally convince Morris to get back to the hospital, to complete his care.