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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Quote of the Day:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 minutes ago
“One doesn’t have to be an expert on European politics to instinctively understand that if the governments, the central banks and all their connected crony capitalists are howling there will be Armageddon if you do X, it is virtually always in your best interests to do X.” ~ Tom Mullen, from his post ‘Brexit: Hated By All the Right People’ [Hat tip Australian Libertarian Society (ALS)] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

The law of bad ideas

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 minutes ago
I got this funny but truthful adage on the "Law of bad ideas" -- bad ideas never go away, they just get worse over time. *"Bad ideas don’t go away until they have been tried and failed multiple times, and generally not even then."* https://mishtalk.com/2014/02/20/law-of-bad-ideas/ Like this report, "Robots liable to pay social security in future regulation" http://capx.co/external/robots-liable-to-pay-social-security-in-future-regulation/ If robots (or owners of robots) as "electronic persons" should pay social security, then robots as "electronic voters" should also be allowed to ... more »

Mohawk Nation News: Brexit the Matrix

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 25 minutes ago
.  http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2016/06/26/brexit-the-matrix/ ‎

"Just Remember..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
"I know the world seems terrifying right now and the future seems bleak. Just remember human beings have always managed to find the greatest strength within themselves during the darkest hours. When faced with the worst horrors the world has to offer, a person either cracks and succumbs to ugliness, or they salvage the inner core of who they are and fight to right wrongs. Never let hatred, fear, and ignorance get the best of you. Keep bettering yourself so you can make the world around you better, for nothing can improve without the brightest, bravest, kindest, and most imaginative... more »

"The 12 Rules of Survival"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*"The 12 Rules of Survival"* by Laurence Gonzales "As a journalist, I've been writing about accidents for more than thirty years. In the last 15 or so years, I've concentrated on accidents in outdoor recreation, in an effort to understand who lives, who dies, and why. To my surprise, I found an eerie uniformity in the way people survive seemingly impossible circumstances. Decades and sometimes centuries apart, separated by culture, geography, race, language, and tradition, the most successful survivors–those who practice what I call “deep survival”– go through the same patterns o... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIuCwnnDq8k

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, "Post Brexit: The New Agenda Of Fear”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
Gregory Mannarino, "Post Brexit: The New Agenda Of Fear” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSHXrRN-tkU

Greg Hunter, “Special Report on Brexit/Fantasy Meets Reality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*“Special Report on Brexit/Fantasy Meets Reality”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Do not believe the mainstream media that the Brexit vote crashed the global markets. The real reason why all markets tanked is record debt levels around the world that will never be paid back. Fantasy has just met reality in the global markets, and the carnage is far from over. The fantasy of unpayable debt expanding forever is now beginning to be realized by the central banks that have been propping up the global economy since the 2008 meltdown. The central banks cannot and will not be able to stop ... more »

“Fears After "BREXIT" - Dumping of Euro/Eurobonds, Runs on Banks, Riots and Martial Law”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*A Comment: *This post is not intended in any way to frighten you. *Do not* panic and allow fear to control you! Some of you will instantly dismiss it as sensationalistic nonsense. That's fine too, believe what you need to. The fact of the matter is that there's a great deal of truthful information here as well. The banks ARE insolvent, and with margin/collateral calls on their $1.5 quadrillion in derivatives hanging over their heads like the sword of Damocles, they WILL collapse and close like dominoes, along with the credit card and ATM systems nationwide if the situation becomes s... more »

“Oreo Rolling Its Cookie Factory to Mexico”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*“Oreo Rolling Its Cookie Factory to Mexico”* By Jim Hightower "For generations, kids from age 3 to 100 have loved munching on chocolaty Oreo cookies dipped in a glass of milk. But just over a year ago, the tasty treat suddenly went sour. In May 2015, bakery workers in Nabisco's monumental 10-story plant in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood had been expecting some sweet news from their corporate headquarters. Rumor had it that their renowned facility—after more than half a century and millions of Oreos—was about to receive a $130-million modernization investment to upgrade equ... more »

Musical Interlude: Josh Groban, “Remember When It Rained”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
Josh Groban, “Remember When It Rained” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BixbjCDfH4

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Cosmos, A Tour of the Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
Vangelis, “Cosmos, A Tour of the Universe” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-4RQFIj-7Y ◆ "In this galaxy there’s a mathematical probability of three billion Earth-type planets. And in the universe, three million billion galaxies like this. And in all that, and perhaps more... only one of each of us." - "Dr. Leonard McCoy," "Star Trek," "Balance of Terror”

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
"This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars and faint dust nebulae of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. Click image for larger size. The disturbed looking group of galaxies at the lower left is well-known as Stephan's Quintet. About 300 million light-years distant, the quintet dramatically illustrates a multiple gala... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Burden Of Thinking”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*“The Burden Of Thinking”* by Chet Raymo “Let me speak for gray. Not black or white. Good or evil. Truth or falsity. Yes or no. Let me speak for maybe. Sort of. More or less. I think so. I am reluctant to speak for gray for fear of being considered wishy-washy. Indecisive. Unprincipled. But lately it seems as if we are surrounded on every side by zealots, and it's not a pretty sight. We are surrounded by people who are so certain of their Truth that they are willing to strap bombs to their chests and walk into crowded pizza parlors. Or fly airplanes into towers. Or bomb abortion c... more »

"Is Life Embedded in the Cosmos?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
"Is Life Embedded in the Cosmos?" by Luke McKinney . "A recent mathematical analysis* says that life as we know it is written into the laws of reality. DNA is built from a set of twenty amino acids - the first ten of those can create simple prebiotic life, and now it seems that those ten are thermodynamically destined to occur wherever they can. For those unfamiliar with thermodynamics, it's the Big Brother of all energy equations and science itself. You can apply quantum mechanics at certain scales, and Newtonian mechanics work at the right speeds, but if Thermodynamics says someth...more »

Rainer Maria Rilke, "And Yet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*"And Yet"* "And yet, though we strain against the deadening grip of daily necessity, I sense there is this mystery: All life is being lived. Who is living it then? Is it the things themselves, or something waiting inside them, like an unplayed melody in a flute? Is it the winds blowing over the waters? Is it the branches that signal to each other? Is it flowers interweaving their fragrances or streets, as they wind through time?" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil. Thanks for stopping by!

"Big Brother’s Virtual Reality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*"Big Brother’s Virtual Reality”* by Linh Dinh "A billboard for Comcast pitches a lineup of “reality” shows, with this caption, “Recommended for you. Because real reality is boring.” In contemporary America, real reality is also less real than Big Brother’s cartoony version. While we’re driving, walking, at work, lying in bed or even in the bathroom, Big Brother dictates what we know. Big Brother’s hypnotic screens have become our arbitrator of reality. What capture us most are not the propaganda images, which can be ludicrously unconvincing, but the voice over. If Big Brother says... more »

“Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*“Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?”* by Paul Craig Roberts "Most people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the “mainstream media.” The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—“Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” and so forth. The “mainstream media” has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever government authorities say about alleged “terrorist events,” such a...more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*Indictments, anyone?*

"In The Time Of Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
“In the time of your life, live– so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unwort... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 43 minutes ago
*The Leftist Education-Media Complex* What was the Obama administration’s rationale behind the ludicrous effort to scrub the partial transcript of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen’s 911 phone calls to police? Obviously, it was primarily to further Barack Obama’s preferred narrative of his awesomeness in dealing with terrorism, but there’s more. In a column for National Review, Ian Tuttle explains, “If they act like they think we’re idiots, it’s because they do.” If there is a more fundamental element to progressive ideology than the belief that the overwhelming majority of Americans ... more »

Lisa Gawlas: The Great Purification Is Underway, Next, The Great Void…and then….??!!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
*https://lisagawlas.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/the-great-purification-is-underway-next-the-great-void-and-then/The Great Purification Is Underway, Next, The Great Void…and then….??!! by Lisa Gawlas If these days can't any more strange or intense?? All my readings and even ETville all had the same thing that I was seeing... water. In reading land the water itself was pouring down from the sky, not like rain or even intense rain, like a river that stretched all around the globe, or maybe better said, a waterfall pouring out of the sky. The expressions from spirit were the sa... more »

George Will Quits GOP Over Trump’s Judge Comments, Paul Ryan’s Trump Endorsement

Blake Neff at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: George Will speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] Conservative writer George Will is no longer a Republican, and he says it's all Paul Ryan's fault. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Will said the last straw for him was that Ryan, the Speaker of the House, was willing... more »

we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
What it takes to be an effective activist: 1. Hopefulness 2. Persistence, perseverance 3. Reliability 4. Enjoyment of teamwork 5. Willingness to take direction from others 6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause 7. Good listening skills 8. A long view 9. Boundaries 10. Passion for your cause

A KIPP Pre-K or a Yale Pre-K: You Choose, Part 1

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Two days ago *The Oklahoman* reported that "KIPP Reach Academy Principal Tracy McDaniel pulled his proposal off Monday's school board agenda because he said it doesn't have enough support" among Oklahoma City school board members. We must applaud those school board members' positions to protect the most vulnerable children of their city from the miseducative and punitive indoctrination that segregated KIPP Model schools provide for the black and brown children of the poor. I came across a report published in 2015 by some Harvard public policy graduate students that examined the f... more »

Hezbollah Wages an Existential Battle in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
*June 27, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has announced his intentions to reinforce positions within Syria, particularly in Aleppo. Al-Manar in its article, "S. Nasrallah: Hezbollah Will Reinforce Troops in Aleppo to Achieve Major Victory," would report that: *Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah confirmed on Friday that the party will send more troops to Syria's Aleppo where a major battle goes on in order to defeat the takfiri-terrorist project backed by Saudi and the US.* Nasrallah would add that the US and its regional alli... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ..... June 26 , 2016 .....Quick Hits - 1. Markets : Turmoil Unleashed Friday Set To Continue ; Middle East Markets Prologue For Tough Sledding In Asia Later ; CBers Getting Ready As "Anomalies" Seen Already ; Expect Massive Program Trading & Flights To Safety. 2 UK Political and Post-Brexit News , Rumors - Just Nuts Presently. 3. Spain Votes Today In Its Re-Run Election - Updated As News Develops During Course Of Sunday. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Markets..... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago BofA forecast changes: - US GDP from 2.0% to 1.8% in 2017 - Eurozone GDP from 1.6% to 1.1% in 2017 - UK GDP cut from 2.3% to 0.2% in 2017 *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 52m 52 minutes ago Totally mad world: #Brexit adds $380bn to global negative-yielding bond pile. http://bloom.bg/2915ZD7 *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 22m 22 minutes ago zerohedge Retweeted Bank for Intl Settl. In other news the world's central bankers met at the BIS HQ again to prop up markets zerohedge added, *Bank for Intl Settl.* @BIS... more »

History from South of the Border

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago

Watching the UK & Germany

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn on the hot seat by mainstream media outlet in England. Tony Blair's crew inside the Labour Party are at war with Corbyn over control. Just like here in the US we see Hillary's crew kicking the shit out of the Sanders folks. The corporate oligarchy has virtually every institution in the US infiltrated - money and influence. We can't reform our way out of the corrupt evil system that worships what the Native Americans called the Green Frog Skin - the *$$$$*. The money system interrupts our spiritual connection with our Mother Earth and one another. We have to move... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago

Fake Photo Ops: Objections to North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Are Nothing But Empty … Boxes?

Austin Roscoe at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Empty Cardboard Box] After months of controversy over North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” we’re beginning to see past the facade. That despite the media’s chicanery, our culture is not too far gone. When North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the state’s House Bill 2 into... more »

Report: Lead Levels Higher in Flint Kids After Water Switch

Jeff Karoub at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, registered nurse Brian Jones draws a blood sample from a student at Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint, Mich. The students were being tested for lead after the metal was found in the city's drinking water. Blood-lead levels in Flint children under the age of 6 were significantly higher after the city switched its water in 2014 in a cost-saving move, according to report released Friday, June 24, 2016, by U.S. disease experts.] DETROIT (AP) -- Flint children under the age of 6 had significantly higher blood-lead levels after the city switche... more »

New Mexico Food Stamp Program Faces Federal Investigation

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Food Stamps Sign, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Welfare] New Mexico has worked with federal officials to resolve alleged administrative abuses within its food stamp program, but some officials believe there's still more to investigate. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) first noted concern May 27 over the state ending... more »

Here’s Why Congress Wants to Fire So Many Generals

Saagar Enjeti at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: U.S. Military General - 900] The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) recently proposed a 25 percent reduction across the board for general officers. The bill would cut the number of four star officers from 41 to 27, representing one of the largest reductions in modern history. A summary... more »

Lessons Learned

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
We don't know what the long term consequences of Britain's decision to leave the EU will be. But, Tom Walkom writes, there are already lessons to be learned: First, democracy and advanced capitalism aren’t always compatible. Britain’s voters were asked whether they wanted to stick with a globalized system designed to increase wealth in the aggregate. The majority looked at what they were getting out of the arrangement and said no. Second, nationalism is alive. There was a time, not so long ago, when the nation-state was viewed as passé. It is not. When Britain’s leavers said they ... more »

Governor Cuomo makes it possible for NYers to tie one on at Sunday-morning brunch

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*As DNAinfo New York's Kathleen Culliton reports, "New Yorkers celebrated liberally on Twitter."* *by Ken* Believe it or not, here in the Empire State -- including your Big Apple -- it has heretofore been illegal to booze up your Sunday brunch if you're brunching before noon. Well, actually it still is, and apparently will continue to be so until, well, some unspecified date, presumably in the not-so-distant future. And it all comes courtesy of our one and only governor, Andrew Cuomo. In case you were wondering, *What the hell does that Andrew Cuomo do anyways?* *New York Gets Tw... more »

Turkish Police Detain LGBT Activists, Use Tear Gas to Break up Rally

AP at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Turkey - 900] ISTANBUL (AP) -- Police in Istanbul used tear gas and detained activists who gathered Sunday to issue a statement to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their rally in the city. At least 19 activists were rounded up, organizers... more »

Nurses’ Union Ends Strike, Continues to Make Headaches for Hospitals as Negotiations Continue

AP at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota is part of the Allina Health network.] MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Thousands of nurses returned to work Sunday at five Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis area following a seven-day strike mainly over the cost of their health insurance. The Minnesota Nurses Association and its 4,800 members began...more »

Andy's Final Thought

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Sticking with the *Marr* programme, I was heartened that the news bulletin noted the anniversary of the Islamist slaughter of 38 tourists - including 30 British tourists - in the Tunisian resort of Sousse but, disturbingly, the bulletin avoided any mention of Islamism. It merely described the terrorist atrocity as being an event where "a lone gunman went on a rampage". Is the BBC retreating on reporting* that *story honestly too? ****** Andrew Marr then teamed up with Andrew Neil to deliver a striking joint 'op-ed' on the EU referendum (prior to the paper review). Neither said a... more »

Tragedy & Hope 3: Stalin, Hitler, Illuminism & the Occult Empire

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Hattippin, again, to Jay Dyer for providing the first hour of his excellent series freely.* Lecture 3 of my series on the entirety of Quigley’s *Tragedy and Hope *takes us into the period of the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of Stalinism, as well as the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. In this talk, I cover Quigley’s thesis, as well as my own insights about the occult dimensions of these buildups (he leaves out), and the role of the Illuminists. Compared to Kerry Bolton’s essay, we can understand how Russia and Germany were both Imperial problems for the Atlanticists, and how both... more »

Brexit: some differences in ideas about the future steps are comical

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 4 hours ago
At the Politics Stack Exchange, I gave answers to three questions about the future steps in the wake of the Brexit decision. Some other countries led by Czechia and Denmark have a high enough but not overwhelming probability to follow in the footsteps of the U.K. The EU politicians may want to speed up things in order to quickly restore the illusion that nothing wrong has happened in the EU under their watch. But they have no official prescriptions to speed up the processes in the U.K. or tools to rapidly expel the U.K. A well-known Czech public Sunday noon TV debate "Questions from... more »

Scotland May Try to Block Brexit as EU Attempts to Fast-Track UK’s Exit

GREGORY KATZ at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, speaks to the media outside Bute House, following an emergency Scottish cabinet meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Sturgeon says Scotland will launch immediate talks with European Union nations and institutions to find a way to remain in the bloc despite Britain's vote to leave. Sturgeon says voters in Scotland gave "emphatic" backing to remaining in the bloc. A majority of voters in more-populous England opted to leave.] LONDON (AP) -- Britain faced unending political chaos Sunday as Scotland’s leader declare... more »

Purpose

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
*The People of The Cave, They Knew Not God,It burned their eyes to first know Light,So they turned and fled in Terra.* *Only People with a Purpose can make a Plan.* *The People, and the Other People, and The Also People coexist, we cohabit, while we are here.* *And while we are Here, we must find a way to Live.* *As a People, we recognise, this give us purpose.* *And our Purpose we must serve,* *It guides our journey* *Back 2wards That Light * *The Other People are also People.* *(WHETHER THEY HAVE SIMPLY 4Gotten THAT TRUTH, OR THE TRUTH THEY KNOW NOT)* *It is our power to ser... more »

Against the Corbyn Coup

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. The United Kingdom stands on the precipice, politics is thrown into turmoil, and the inevitable coup against Jeremy Corbyn is under way. This is a mistake. A very grave mistake, and I'm going to explain why. There are plenty of things to criticise Jeremy's leadership for, and as a left Corbyn sceptic who didn't vote for him, I've shared a few on this very blog. And I can understand the position of the coup plotters too. While most of them have never reconciled themselves to Jeremy's politics, they want a "credible" leader who ca... more »

If Mayors Ruled the World by Benjamin Barber

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*"If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities"** By Benjamin R. Barber (2013).* *An excerpt from, "In or out of the EU, London and other British cities need more control" By Dave Hill, The Guardian, June 23, 2016: * Whatever else stems from the referendum ballot, the need to rebuild faith in political institutions has been starkly reconfirmed. Faith flows from confidence that the processes and servants of democracy are honest, accessible, transparent and able to get things done. Can devolving power to cities and their surrounding regions and putting it in the h... more »

John Pilger – Why The British Said No To Europe

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The majority vote by British people to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy says journalist John Pilger. He writes: Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the “remain” campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, th... more »

"That Was Just a Practice Swing"

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*Yellow Journalism.* No. This is The THE LINE. The Sword is Drawn. The People have spoken. The Lion sleeps no more. The Beast has awoken. Hear us *ROAR*. You Know the Rules - No Mulligans. Cope with it. We Have Business. Moving on, What's Next..? *TCB* *LLC, LLA* *TY, TYVM*

Turkey & Saudi Arabia cooperate to Turn Back Saudi Fighters Entering Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Arab News* RIYADH: *Turkish Ambassador to the Kingdom Yunus Demirer said there is coordination in place between his country and Saudi Arabia to turn back Saudis who head for the war zones in Syria,* noting that recently a number of people of different nationalities were arrested while trying to infiltrate conflict zones to join the Daesh terrorist group. The ambassador said the *Turkish government is exerting extensive efforts to peacefully return these Saudis and hand them over to the Kingdom* without any insult or disrespectful action, a local publication reported. *“Saudi Ar... more »

On Laura K

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
Laura K was there all night for BBC One's referendum coverage. Like David, who 'live blogged' the results on a comments thread below, I felt as if she looked - especially as the night went on - as if she'd been crying prior to her every single contribution. Either that or she was* extremely *tired. Knowing what I know about the unrelenting hatred for her from the Corbynistas, I gulped when her BBC One news bulletin reports* in the immediate wake of the BBC's official calling of the referendum for Leave *included some somewhat sarcastic-sounding criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn's und... more »

Snowfall Trends In New York

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Another of the myths perpetuated by alarmists is that winter snowfalls are getting heaver because of a warmer, moister atmosphere. (And yes, it was another one peddled by Paul Douglas in the Guardian recently). It is fortunate then that we have that Climate Stations website, which archives so […]

Tony Blair Says A Second EU Referendum Should Not Be Ruled Out

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Tony Blair believes that a second EU referendum should not be ruled out, despite last weeks vote The former British prime minister also suggested MPs would have to take a close look at post-Brexit Britain to assess what effect leaving the Brussels union would have on the UK. Blair made the comments in an interview with the BBC on Sunday, days after Thursday’s EU referendum, which saw Britain breaking away from the bloc by a 52-48 margin. Press TV reports: Asked whether he would support a new referendum, the former premier said: “As I’m looking at it here, I can’t see how we could do... more »

BREXIT vote is giving the lyin' BBC a conniption fit

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
As a long time BBC watcher...I am thoroughly enjoying the contortions the Queen of the Lying Media is going through since the BREXIT referendum resulted in a majority for the "leave" citizens of the UK. The BBC is not used to being in a position of "reporting" the news, rather than "creating and/or controlling it". This has sent the Beebe into a conniption fit. It's flailing away like a salmon flopping on the deck of a boat. Trying desperately to return to the safety and comfort of its ocean of lies. BBC trying to bully Jeremy Corbyn out of his job Looking around in desperation ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 6 hours ago
*"Scientist" Michael Mann says there is no need for statistics: You can just SEE global warming* *Unsurprising. The statistics are pretty doleful for Warmism* The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee held a series of hearings to solicit input on what issues should be front-and-center during the general election. Michael Mann spoke as follows: “What is disconcerting to me and so many of my colleagues is that these tools that we’ve spent years developing increasingly are unnecessary because we can see climate change, the impacts of climate change, now, playing out in real time... more »

The Sword is Drawn

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago

Time for a joke...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Football news... Here's the wonderful but resolutely *non*-BBC Radio 4 comedian Andrew Lawrence on the latest Euro 2016 result:

Petition For Second EU Referendum Is Being Investigated For Fraud

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Allegations of fraud in connection with a petition calling for a second EU referendum has forced the House of Commons petitions committee to conduct an investigation. The three million strong petition pushing for a second EU referendum has been signed by thousands of people outside of Britain, including North Korea, Russia and China. There were for example 39,000 signatories from the Vatican City, which only has a population of 800. Also 23,000 signatories to the petition were from isolationist and Internet-censored North Korea. At the time of writing 77,000 signatures had already b... more »

Saudi Arabia Taps Big Banks To Sell First Ever Global Bond Issue

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
* WSJ* DUBAI—Saudi Arabia has hired J.P. Morgan, HSBC and Citigroup to help sell its debut international bond, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday, as the kingdom seeks to shore up its finances hurt by low oil prices. *Saudi Arabia has already secured a $10 billion loan from a consortium of international lenders in April and has sold debt to its domestic banks.* *Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf neighbors—whose principal source of revenue stems from the sale of oil and gas—are increasingly borrowing from international markets as government finances are under strain du... more »

Salon Finds The Worst Democratic Candidate Ever-- Spoiler: Florida

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
If you read *DWT* with any regularity at all, you already know what a disaster Schumer and Reid have led the Democrats into in Florida. But now the word is finally getting out beyond *DWT*: "the Democratic Party decided to recruit one of the worst possible candidates available in any state: Patrick Murphy. Digby speculates at *Salon* that Murphy is so bad that he could cause the GOP to keep control of the Senate. There are a number of seats where Republican incumbents are vulnerable and a few open seats that could turn over to a Democrat. One of the most promising was Marco Rubio... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Blogging will return later tonight.

Who Will Replace Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei After He Has Died?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads Friday prayers in Tehran. leader.ir/Reuters *Asharq Al Awsat: **Rafsanjani Uncovers Secret Details for Choosing Khamenei’s Successor* London-Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani revealed that secret negotiations are undergoing with hundreds of people to choose a successor of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Hashemi told Qanoun newspaper that a special committee at the Assembly of Experts had secret negotiations with hundreds of people on the matter of choosing a successor for Khamenei. Chairm... more »

After Brexit Will The U.K. Break-Up?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Source: The Electoral Commission (United Kingdom) Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR *New York Times:* *After ‘Brexit,’ 3 Centuries of Unity in Britain Are in Danger* WASHINGTON — When people discuss the stakes of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, they often talk about implications for the “European project,” the continuing post-World War II effort to unify the Continent politically and economically. But within hours of the polls’ closing on Thursday, it appeared that something much more basic could be at risk: Britain as a multinational state. The United Kingdom of Great Brita... more »

The Islamic State Is Now Pivoting To The Philippines

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
#ISIS-linked SE #Asia activity-4/22-6/23. Implications of new ISIS Philippines affiliation. https://t.co/aQBCYCZATk pic.twitter.com/v0XyMx0POd — ISW (@TheStudyofWar) June 23, 2016 Long War Journal: Islamic State officially creates province in the Philippines After months of buildup, which included pledges of loyalty from various local groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines. A newly released video from the region, which was produced in the same style as all other Islamic State provinces, offered confirmation of the new province. The video b... more »

Islamic State Launches Attacks In Eastern Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Afghan National Army (ANA) officers march during a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2015. *Reuters:** Islamic State militants launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan* Heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and government security forces has claimed dozens of lives in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. In recent months insurgents claiming allegiance to Islamic State had largely appeared to be bottled up in a mountainous area along the border with Pakistan under threat of U.S. air strikes. The latest attacks indic... more »

Spain Goes To The Polls Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*DW:* *Spain returns to polls for new parliamentary vote* Voters in Spain are set to elect a new parliament for the second time since December, after political parties failed to create a ruling coalition. The conservative Popular Party is predicted to claim the most seats. Polls opened at 0700 UTC (9 a.m. ECT) in Spain on Sunday for a repeat parliamentary election aimed at breaking a six-month long political stalemate. The two main contenders are the center-right Popular Party (PP) and the newly-formed far-left alliance Unidos Podemos, with pollsters predicting a conservative win... more »

Senior Iraqi Commander Claims To Have Completely Liberated Fallujah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja* Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle complete after nearly five weeks of fighting. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory in Falluja more than a week ago, but clashes continued inside the city west of Baghdad, including in its central Golan district. The assault is part of a wider offensive by Iraqi forces against Islamic State which seized swathes of territory in the coun... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Hollande rejects Le Pen’s calls for Frexit referendum https://t.co/eVrmCkBo2R // Here we go again... — SUKHPAL MARITIME 72K (@captsingh) June 26, 2016

Massive Resistance Required Against NC Taliban

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
The Koch Brothers now own North Carolina state government, and until that changes, the rights of NC citizens will be subjected to any number of schemes to limit free speech, the right to demonstrate, and to express grievances against the John Birchers who would like to return North Carolina to the era of Jim Crow social policy and the politics of McCarthyism. From the *Charlotte Observer:* Last week, a group of three dozen teachers marched in Raleigh in an effort to draw attention to the appalling lack of basic educational materials available in their classrooms. When Governor McC... more »

Stephen Miller: Hillary Clinton Supreme Court Judge Could Effectively Eliminate Borders in America...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*Top Donald Trump policy advisor Stephen Miller joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures after the Brexit vote in Britain.* It's Miller Time. *Miller:** If you get a fifth justice on there that Hillary Clinton appoints they could rule in favor of the president’s actions which would mean that any president now or in the future could unilaterally suspend all immigration rules on a whim and effectively you would have no borders in America.*

Petitioning

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
In giving Evan Davis a little credit at the end of that last post for behaving himself more on last night's *Newsnight *special (after he behaved so badly on Friday night's *Newsnight*), I forgot the bit where he (seriously) plugged that petition calling for a second referendum (at 26:55): Evan Davis, plugging that petition As soon as I heard about that seriously *un*democratic petition (long before Evan mentioned it on *Newsnight*) I thought it had better reach around the 18 million mark - and *then* have to be checked *very* thoroughly for *massive* fraud - before *anyone in the... more »

And on we go (starring Evan Davis)....

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Would Monet have been for Frexit? Impressions, Sunrise (or Sunset)... The first *Newsnight *since the referendum result was declared (Friday night's edition) was punctuated by a series of reports, all of which (even Mark Urban's) featured melancholy background music and wistful images. Such music couldn't help but convey a mood of regret. (Were you thinking what they were thinking? - to paraphrase an old UK election poster). The programme's newest edition - its new business editor Helen Thomas (once of the *FT*) - looked weary and depressed while reporting on "the plunge" of the p... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
Business Insider republished my article on the Fallujah operation.

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is of course Sunday again... And as always time for my rant.. I again have been busy over the last few days taking care of a lot of personal and business needs... I have therefore been entering new articles at this blog infrequently..... But of course I get the odd "comment" sent my way that complains about my not able to do articles on EVERYTHING that has been happening around the world... I say to these clowns to get a life and understand that my family and other requirements come first and foremost and they do put this blog on the back burner..... I ... more »

ART WORLD ORDER

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 9 hours ago
*IMAGINE, A FREE PLANET OF ARTISTS* what if that's the reality (or supposed reality) of our function upon this (should be) Free Planet... to be Artists. Actual do-ers of things artistic. All seven billion of us: not workers, not corporate whores at the capitalist gang-bang, not assets in a cold dark war of profit and patent and constitution-busting non-disclosure prototypical cloak-n-dagger... JUST ARTISTS, in a world of Creativity, Passion and Kinship.

A warning

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
For those of you who still haven't yet seen this, here's a leaked internal BBC memo from David Cowling - former editor of the BBC Political Research Unit (now no longer with the corporation). It sends a warning to his (then) BBC colleagues: Though his claim that "Europe has been the shadow not the substance" is in keeping with his former line of thinking, Mr Cowling (now of KCL) makes some prescient points there, doesn't he? Will the BBC take them on board now? From what I've seen of quite a lot of the BBC's coverage *since *the result of the referendum, I rather doubt it.

Blaming Christians for Muslim Man’s Orlando Massacre Not Mere Irrational Grief

George Yancey at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Taped Mouth Man Silenced - 900] Right after the Orlando shooting some commentators put some of the blame on conservative Christians. I chose not to comment on that error at the time because I thought of it as part of the grieving process. After a tragedy...more »

Be Wary of the Magical, Hyped-Up Claims About DNA

Heather Zeiger at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Fetus DNA] It seems like every other week brings exciting news in the field of genetics. After a closed-door meeting organized by Harvard University biologist George Church, rumor mills were buzzing about a plan to create a fully synthetic human genome. Church... more »

Untitled

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 10 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Parliament will have to discuss a second referendum Slovakian far right party launches petition for referendum on EU membership Scientists learned that the San Andreas fault can move up and down, which makes it even more dangerous Massive flooding across West Virginia killed at least 23 people and stranded hundreds of others The Real Brexit "Catastrophe": World's 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion First The UK, Then Scotland... Then Texas? If The Public Shouldn't Have Them, Why Does The IRS Need AR-15s? Google Searches For "Buy Gold" Soar 500% After Brexi...more »

Feedback and 'Feedback'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
We are very much into 'complaints from both sides' territory here, but... On this week's 'historic' *Feedback '*EU referendum coverage special'* all *of the featured callers criticised the BBC's coverage from an *anti*-Brexit position. Most of their complaints were *so* silly and demonstrably untrue that I ended up agreeing with the robust knock-downs delivered by the BBC's Ric Bailey - the usual 'we got it about right'-spouting senior BBC editor put up to appear on this edition *Feedback*. For example, one caller complained that the BBC had failed to challenge Brexit campaigners... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ..... June 26 , 2016 .....Quick Hits - 1. Markets : Turmoil Unleashed Friday Set To Continue ; Middle East Markets Prologue For Tough Sledding In Asia Later ; CBers Getting Ready As "Anomalies" Seen Already ; Expect Massive Program Trading & Flights To Safety. 2 UK Political and Post-Brexit News , Rumors - Just Nuts Presently. 3. Spain Votes Today In Its Re-Run Election - Updated As News Develops During Course Of Sunday. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 11 hours ago
Markets..... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago BofA forecast changes: - US GDP from 2.0% to 1.8% in 2017 - Eurozone GDP from 1.6% to 1.1% in 2017 - UK GDP cut from 2.3% to 0.2% in 2017 *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 52m 52 minutes ago Totally mad world: #Brexit adds $380bn to global negative-yielding bond pile. http://bloom.bg/2915ZD7 *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 22m 22 minutes ago zerohedge Retweeted Bank for Intl Settl. In other news the world's central bankers met at the BIS HQ again to prop up markets zerohedge added, *Bank for Intl Settl.* @BIS... more »

Brexit Stripped World’s 400 Richest People Of $127 Billion

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Brexit sripped the world’s 400 richest people of $USD 127.4 billion in a single day, according to Bloomberg estimates. Reports say that wealthy Britons only lost a “mere” $5.5 billion The Brexit vote sent European markets into the steepest decline since 2008 and the British pound plummeted to a record low, not seen since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister some 30 years ago. RT reports: The Bloomberg Billionaires Index says billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, now estimated at $3.9 trillion. The worst losses among European billionaires were suffered by Amancio Or... more »

Britain’s EU Commissioner Resigns

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Jonathan Hill, the UK’s most senior diplomat in the EU has announced that he will step down, following the referendum to leave the union. “As we move to a new phase, I don’t believe it is right that I should carry on as the British Commissioner as though nothing had happened,” Lord Hill said on Saturday. Press TV reports: The commissioner for financial services said he was “very disappointed” by his country’s decision to leave the EU, but added, “What is done cannot be undone.” Since the UK retains the rights and duties of membership until it formally leaves the union, it has to send... more »

Does A System Forcing A Choice Between A Trump And A Clinton Deserve Your Participation?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*This is a real thing* There was a little brouhaha on Friday over Bernie supposedly telling CNN's Chris Cuomo that he wants a position in Hillary's administration. He doesn't. He's pushing for his *policy positions*-- not *a position* for himself. I don't want to see Donald Trump as president. And I don't want to see Hillary Clinton as president either. Unlike Bernie, I have no intention of voting for either one of them. Having known her personally and having watched her career unfold over the decades, I have no doubt that she's the wrong person for the presidency-- despite how unfi... more »

Thomas Sowell’s Escape from Socialism

Joe Carter at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Thomas Sowell Escaping Socialism - 900] “Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great," wrote Thomas Sowell. "It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be... more »

Trump Continues Evolution on Immigration Policies, Muslim Ban

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this June 18, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks in Las Vegas. Trump's campaign is cycling $6 million into his companies through use of his properties; meanwhile, Trump has been on an urgent fundraising quest. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)] Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has again walked back his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, according to multiple news outlets whose reporters traveled to Scotland with the candidate. “I don’t want people coming in -- I... more »

Judge Dismisses Shooting Lawsuits Against Colorado Movie Theater

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Colorado theater shooting] AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a consolidated group of lawsuits brought against the owner of the Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 others. Judge R. Brooke Jackson dismissed the... more »

Brave Local Christians Fighting ISIS Need Guns and Bullets

Johannes de Jong at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Syriacs Optimized] Most people in U.S. and Europe will be a bit surprised by the title above. The overwhelming media narrative portrays Christians in the Middle East as victims and nothing else. It is obvious that Syriac-Assyrian Christians in Iraq and Syria... more »

we movie to canada 2015-16. this year there's a part 2.

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
From the I Have Too Much Going On, Systems Are Breaking Down department, this year's we move to canada awards omitted a big chunk of viewing. I was very surprised -- and a bit disturbed -- to discover this! Leaving aside questions about my mental competence, I'm reviewing the omitted films and series here, and I'll also update the main post. I'm also using this as an opportunity to move some of my binge watching to the main categories. In the *Muhammad Ali* category: The Duke of Burgundy -- This darkly erotic love story is kind of the anti- Blue Is the Warmest Colour: crackling wit... more »

"Something like 2 per cent of our laws in this country are from the EU"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
From Maxine to Martine (whose names often get mixed up by people on blogs!)... BBC presenter Martine Croxall's opinions on the BBC News Channel's *The Papers *have caused concern here before - and suggested a pro-EU bias on her part. (Our archive on her can be found here). Finally, it appears she's gone too far - even for the BBC. I first spotted that from a mysteriously brief entry on the BBC's Corrections and Clarifications page (whose link took you to another identically brief entry): It then appeared in an article at *Heat Street *headlined *BBC Presenter Caught Peddling E... more »

"And the financial markets collapse"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
For those, like me (and David Keighley at *News-watch*), who have shown (at the very least) that *some* flagship BBC programmes and *some* BBC reporters/presenters *did *show a pronounced* anti*-Brexit bias during the EU referendum campaign, it was startling and sobering to keep hearing from so many people who we like and admire and who usually agree with us about BBC bias (including prominent pro-Leave types) that *they *thought that the BBC had in fact behaved in an unexpectedly fair way and covered itself in impartial glory. One of those people was Peter Hitchens. He wrote agai... more »

Referendum night memories

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
I feel the hand of history on my shoulder so I suppose I should begin with some insightful comments about the historic events of the past week: Fancy Iceland getting through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016! Who saw *that * coming? On the *other* big Euro-related story of the week, I will continue to stick to my usual, narrow furrow. Never mind what it means, how we've got to where we are, and where we should go from here, *I'm* going to talk about the BBC. As David Mitchell's Shakespeare in *Upstart Crow* would say, "It's what I do!" As I stayed up all night to watch the resul... more »

Iraq: Senior Commander Declares Fallujah ‘Fully Liberated’ From ISIS

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The commander of the Fallujah liberation operation has declared the strategic western city is now fully liberated from ISIS terrorists. Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi told Iraqi state TV on Sunday that the last remaining district held by ISIS in the city had been retaken. He said: “We announce from this place in central Golan district that it has been cleaned by the counter terrorism service and we convey the good news to the Iraqi people that the battle of Fallujah is over“ Iraqi forces are now likely to focus liberating the city of Mosul, which has served as the main terr... more »

Kerry to Visit Brussels, London for Talks on UK’s EU Exit

Bradley Klapper at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a tour the Jakobshavn Glacier and the Ilulissat Icefjord, located near the Arctic Circle, Friday, June 17, 2016, in Ilulissat, Greenland.] ROME (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will rush to Brussels and London on Monday to meet the top British and European Union diplomats, as the world grapples with the implications of Britain’s historic vote to leave the... more »

Do ESSA Regulations Reflect ESSA Statute? Short Answer--Yes

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Since the 192 pages of ESSA regulations were posted recently for public comment, FairTest, AFT/NEA, and Diane Ravitch have been pretending that the regulations do not uphold and, otherwise, overstep the intent of the 1000+ page federal statute that comprises ESSA. No doubt all these parties who are complicit in supporting this awful legislation would like to pretend that the awful regulations somehow disguise the good intent of ESSA. Nothing could be further from the truth. The regulations are remarkably consistent with what the ESSA demands. FairTest is presently posting... more »

Busy Busy Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 12 hours ago
*Nantou city across the rice fields...* Busy busy busy. Have a few links... - AIT head Raymond Burghardt again notes that the 1992 Consensus is a faux event that first was known prior to the 2000 election. What does this mean? It means that the US isn't going to pressure Tsai on it like they pressured Chen Shui-bian. - Taiwan: Bitcoin tourism destination - Wonder why things don't change? Gangsters threaten lawmaker on foreign worker bill - President Tsai makes transit stop in Miami, recieves warm welcome. Yay! - Project 2049: The Taiwanese Curve Ball: Why ... more »

Germany’s Merkel at Center Stage as EU Faces Brexit Fallout

Geir Moulson at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a statement about the referendum in Britain at the chancellery in Berlin, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, according to tallies of official results Friday.] BERLIN (AP) -- Britain’s decision to leave the European Union puts German Chancellor Angela Merkel at center stage as the bloc seeks to preserve its unity and win back skeptical voters across the continent. Merkel stressed that “Germany has a... more »

How I Moved From ‘Never Trump’ to ‘Maybe Trump’

Matt Barber at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump Shrugging - 900] It's no secret that I enthusiastically endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz during the primary campaign and have been an outspoken critic of Mr. Donald Trump. While I maintain many of my original reservations, after attending Trump’s Tuesday's meeting with Christian leaders... more »

Iraqi Commander: Fallujah ‘Fully Liberated’ From ISIS

Sinan Salaheddin at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: This image made from Associated Press video shows, Iraqi soldiers carrying an Iraqi flag to hoist on buildings after a senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, June 26, 2016.] BAGHDAD (AP) -- A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last... more »

How Congress Should Seize the Brexit Opportunity

Sen. Mike Lee at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Brexit2 - 900] This week, the people of Britain won a major victory for democracy and sovereignty by voting to leave the European Union. Many on the left, along with their allies in the media, are predicting that this Brexit will lead to... more »

Jeremy Corbyn Sacks Hilary Benn After Coup Plot Revealed

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s Labour Party, has sacked key shadow cabinet member Hiliary Benn. Benn was sacked in the early hours of Sunday morning after the Observer newspaper revealed that the shadow foreign secretary was organising a coup against Mr Corbyn. “It is understood that Benn had called fellow MPs over the weekend to suggest that he would ask Corbyn to stand down if there was significant support for a move against him,” the Observer said “He had also asked shadow cabinet colleagues to join him in resigning if Corbyn ignored that request.” There are reports that half ... more »

UFO Crash

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago

Citadelle Laferrière

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago

Globalization is a vague term, it's not necessarily taking place

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
*No one can "control" it although the "New World Order" fans would love to* One of the strange words that has been used many times after the British referendum is "globalization". The New York Times wrote about ‘Brexit’ in America: a warning shot against globalization. Xinhua asked in a commentary: Brexit, a move threatening an end to globalization? The Providence Journal believes that Brexit may mark the start of a rebellion against globalization. The Kansas City Star is already convinced that Britain just killed globalization as we know it. Inquirer.net also wrote about ‘Brexit’ a... more »

Who Killed The Military Commander Of Hezbollah?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Mustafa Badreddine. Reuters *Shane Harris, Daily Beast:** Who Really Killed a Playboy Terrorist?* One of the world’s most wanted terrorists met a fiery death last month. The mystery over who killed him is now an international guessing game—with the prime suspects in Washington. Plenty of people wanted Mustafa Badreddine dead. There were the Saudis, who blamed him for terror attacks in the kingdom and against its allies abroad. The Israelis had already once tried to assassinate Badreddine, the military commander of Hezbollah and one of the most important and powerful figures in t... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Moscow residents listen to the June 22 government radio announcement on the treacherous invasion of Nazi Germany. "Our case is just. The enemy shall be defeated. Victory will be ours," Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov ended his speech to the Soviet people announcing the news of the war at 12:15 p.m. (Sputnik) *WNU Editor:* I forgot that it was 75 years ago that Germany invaded the Soviet Union. This was always a special day for my father. He was in Kiev on the first day of the war, 19 years old and in university. He witnessed the German aerial bombing of Kiev, and after t... more »

Putin: Brexit Proves UK Can Destroy The New World Order

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Russia is hoping for a ‘new understanding’ with a post-Brexit Britain, according to Kremlin sources, with President Putin said to be ‘deeply encouraged’ by the British people voting to back themselves and reject the New World Order’s destructive goals. According to sources, Putin believes that Brexit is proof the globalist’s destructive agenda is deeply unpopular with real people, and when given a chance they will instinctively reject it out of hand. ‘We must mark today in our calendars as the day the British people stood up to their masters and told them a resounding no. No more.’ ... more »

Orlando Smoking Gun: Nobody Died Until The SWAT Team Entered

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Judge Andrew Napolitano has appeared on national TV and said that the official FBI transcript summary of the Orlando shooting shows that nobody in the Pulse nightclub died until 5:13am in the morning, throwing the official narrative peddled by the mainstream media into disarray. According to the official narrative, Omar Mateen entered the club around 02:00am and began his killing spree. However, as Judge Andrew Napolitano points out in the video below, that story doesnt tally with what the FBI have in their official transcript summary. “Here’s what is news in the summary – nobody di... more »

Donald Trump Assassin Trained With Omar Mateen

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
New information has come to light that suggests failed Donald Trump assassin Michael Steven Sandford was trained by the FBI alongside Omar Mateen. A recent Fox News story links inks Omar Mateen, James Wesley Howell and Michael Sandford as members of a large U.S. terror organization that targets disturbed young men and women to commit terrorist acts on US soil. Getoffthebs.com reports: Preceding the police shooting of Mateen in Orlando Florida and the arrest of Howell in Santa Monica prior to his participation in a planned attack on the Gay Pride Parade in Hollywood California, Get ...more »

Child Overdoses On ADHD Medication Prescribed By Pharmacy

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
An eight-year-old boy from America died recently as a result of being prescribed a dangerous yet common ADHD medication by a pharmacist. Jack Steinbrecher had been prescribed Clonidine pills for his ADHD since he was five years old. Theantimedia.org reports: But on October 31, 2015, he ingested about as much of the medication as all the prior three years combined. Tests showed 30mg in his system as opposed to the .03mg he was prescribed. “He immediately started having reactions to it,” Jake’s mother, Caroline Steinbrecher, told Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH. After arriving at a nearby ...more »

Mercury Found In Grocery Items Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is used in nearly all modern processed foods such as packet sauces, ketchup and bread. Did you know that the unhealthy sugar alternative actually contains toxic heavy metal mercury? The following excerpt is taken from Food Forensics, extracted from a near-final manuscript of the book: HFCS AND MERCURY CONTAMINATION High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly processed sweetener made primarily from corn and found in a plethora of food and beverages on grocery store shelves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimated in 20... more »

Google, Facebook Move To Automatically Ban ‘Extremist’ Videos

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Social media giants such as Facebook and Google have announced plans to automatically detect and delete videos that contain ‘extremist’ material. In a bid to eradicate ‘violent propaganda’ from the web, YouTube and Facebook are deploying automated systems that delete videos their algorithms suspect are connected to terrorism. Yahoo News reports: The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for “hashes,” a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing... more »

US Border Agents To Collect Social Media Names Of All Visitors

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Border agents may soon screen potential visitors in the US by asking them for their social media account profiles before they are allowed to enter the country. This week, US Customs and Border Patrol proposed a new field to be added to forms visitors must fill out when landing in America. The extra field would contain details about a person’s various social media accounts and screen names. Theverge.com reports: The information wouldn’t be mandatory, but the proposed field would still provide customs officials with an unprecedented window into the online life of travelers. The proces... more »

Russia Raids 14 Scientology Churches In Money Laundering Probe

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Officials in Russia have raided 14 Church of Scientology offices in Moscow in a massive money laundering campaign initiated by the government. The Federal Security Service (FSB) seized documents that may shed light on the Church’s illegal financial dealings in Russia. Rt.com reports: The simultaneous raid across the two cities follow the November 2015 court decision in Moscow that ruled that the Church of Scientology did not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion, as it used its trademark for financial gain. The ruling backed by the Justice Ministry said that since the Chu... more »

California To Charge Drivers Per Mile

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
California will start charging drivers for every mile they drive in a new trial next week designed to collect extra revenue for highway construction. Authorities say that the current gas tax is no longer providing enough funding due to vehicles being more energy efficient. Washingtonexaminer.com reports: So California, frequently a leader on environmental and transportation issues since it’s the nation’s largest state, will test an alternative: charging drivers a fee based on how many miles they travel instead of charging them at the gas pump. In 2014, the Golden State passed legisl... more »

June 25: Bah! Humbug!

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 17 hours ago
We often use words which, though they have a meaning to us, have no such meaning in reality. The result is that much of our political debate is carried on with words whose real meanings we don't understand at all. And we miss the point of the whole discussion. Norbert Cunningham adores business executives, and always speaks well of them. But he has contempt for civil servants, so he calls them 'bureaucrats', a word which, to him, means incompetent and nit-picking. "Bureacracy" began as a French word - "la bureaucratie". Before Louis XIV came to power in the 17th century, the king'... more »

Military Photo of the Day: On French Soil in World War I

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: The first American troops marching on French soil, St. Nazaire, France, June 26, 1917.] The first American troops marching on French soil, St. Nazaire, France, June 26, 1917. - PhotoQuest/Getty Images

The O'Jays Love Train

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
*Thanks to Denice and the SA DJ/Comms Officer who played that to her tonight* * while she was watching the Fireflies...* *"Love Train"* *People all over the world (everybody)* *Join hands (join)* *Start a love train, love train* *People all over the world (all the world, now)* *Join hands (love ride)* *Start a love train (love ride), love train* *The next stop that we make will be England * *Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too* *Don't you know that it's time to get on board* *And let this train keep on riding, riding on through* *Well, well* *People all over the world ... more »

The Music Industry Unites Around A Common Sense Approach To U.S. Gun Nuttery

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
Ted Nugent, who was once part of the music industry, opposes gun control. He has advocated private individuals being able to own heavy military equipment, from bazookas to tanks. When I became president of Reprise one of the first things I did was begin laying the groundwork for dropping his truly dreadful band, Damn Yankees. But not everyone in the music business is as big an asshole as Nugent. Thursday more than 150 entertainers and music biz executives signed an open letter to Congress urging them to tighten gun laws. Published by *Billboard* on its cover, the letter was signed... more »

Transpicuous News: Brexistential Distraction

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 20 hours ago
After a bit of a hiatus, Transpicuous News is back!! The "BREXIT" Mania has reached epic proportions. The Economic Talking Heads are spinning their doctoring and propping up the propaganda, with "news" stories rolling out like broken records. all they've done is replaced the operative word in the blaming sentence. This time, it's "BREXIT". Today I took a look at the distractions and discussed what the talking heads were ranting about, and what they weren't saying at all. Below are all the news links. d Edited 6/26 to add this important little piece to the puzzle: *"Lost in... more »

More U.S. Troops To Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
American trainers take a break as they train Iraqi soldiers on approaching and clearing buildings north of Baghdad, on January 7, 2015 ©Ahmad Al-Rubaye (AFP/File) *CNN: *Hundreds of new U.S. troops to Iraq a 'possibility' (CNN)The Obama administration is "not ruling out the possibility" of sending hundreds of additional troops to Iraq this fall to help train, advise and assist Iraqi forces as they get ready for a potential assault on Mosul, according to a senior U.S. official. And while officials won't publicly confirm it, there have been several meetings to begin to determine if ... more »

Is Grexit Next?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*BBC*: *Nervous Greeks worry Brexit may lead to Grexit* In many respects Greece has more reason than the UK to be angry with the European Union, and to want to leave. Its people and government are embittered by the imposition of harsh austerity measures by the EU and IMF. Those bailout conditions have brought years of deep recession and high unemployment, but have done little to reduce Greece's huge debt burden. And as a frontline country in the migrant crisis, Greece feels let down by Brussels and EU member states, in its struggle to cope with the arrival of more than a million ...more »

EU Leaders Tell Britain To Expedite Its Exit From The EU (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*New York Times:* *European Leaders Tell a Dazed Britain to Get Going on ‘Brexit’* LONDON — With British politics in turmoil, there were already clear indications on Saturday of a tense and bickering divorce from the European Union. Britons woke up to a diminished currency and much confusion about the consequences of their vote on Thursday to quit the European Union, including who would be their next prime minister. The leaders of the campaign to exit the bloc, or “Brexit,” continued to disagree over what kind of relationship they wanted with Europe, and thousands of Britons sta... more »

Has Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini Died?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Ayatollah Khamenei has no appointed heir. Caren Firouz/Reuters *WNU Editor:* I have been reading persistent reports on social media and Middle Eastern news websites (the comment thread) that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini has died. None of the International wire services are carrying it ... and Iranian media ....* Press TV*, *Fars News Agency*, *Tasnim News Agency* are still quiet. Is this report is true? I will have to say no. If Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini was dead .... this news would be on Iranian TV within the hour (if not sooner). But .... these report... more »

Hezbollah Vows To Send More Fighters to Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *Lebanon's Hezbollah Vows to Send More Fighters to Syria* The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said Friday that the group would send more fighters to Syria to support the Damascus government. Hassan Nasrallah declared in a speech that he was sending reinforcements to Aleppo province, where he said the "greatest" battle of the civil war was taking place. "We will increase our presence in Aleppo," Nasrallah said. "Retreat is not permissible." In a rare admission of casualties, Nasrallah also said 26 Hezbollah fighters who had arrived in Aleppo ea... more »

U.S. Begins Air Strikes Against The Taliban Under New Rules Of Engagement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Voice of America*:* Taliban Vows Retaliation as US Resumes Afghan Airstrikes* ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Afghanistan's Taliban said Saturday that it would strongly retaliate for the resumption of U.S. airstrikes against the insurgent group, and it rejected assertions that bombing operations ever paused. The U.S. military began anti-Taliban air raids in the last week, but it has declined to provide details. The move came just days after President Barack Obama expanded the authorities under which U.S. troops in Afghanistan can attack insurgents; attacks can now proceed as long as they... more »

Is This The Reason Why British Prime Minister Cameron Decided To Quit Politics?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron attends an Armed Forces Day National Event (AFDNE) at Cleethorpes in Britain June 25, 2016. Owen Cooban/MOD Crown Copyright/Handout via REUTERS *Daily Mail:* *'Why should I do the hard s***?' Cameron 'told aides he'd rather quit now than spend six months working on Brexit only to hand over to rival'* * David Cameron made his resignation speech on Friday morning after vote * New leader could face immediate challenge of keeping Scotland in the UK * Boris Johnson has now put himself in a good position to be his successor * But senior Tories are s... more »

New York Bank Steals $25k From Couple

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
A couple from New York have had their savings account totalling $25k completely wiped clean by their bank due to the fact that the bank “do not retain records”. Anna and Salvatore Russo opened a savings account with Chase Bank in 2002, and deposited $30,000 in the account, which was reduced to $25,000 shortly after they made a withdrawal. Thedailysheeple.com reports: But with the exception of that withdrawal, they hadn’t touched their bank account for years, in the hopes that they would collect interest on the money. But when they decided to withdraw that money in 2014, it was gone... more »

The Pixes

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 22 hours ago

Getting the Wanky Wonky Willies

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 22 hours ago
The world might be going to hell in a hand basket, but the battle royal between the wealthy vulgarian and the wealthy elitist continues. "I don't think anybody should listen to me, because I haven't really focused on it very much," bragged Donald Trump on the eve of his trip to his Scottish country club. As he held his first press conference on the green, several swastika-emblazoned golf balls whizzed past his Secret Service detail, landing with laser-focused precision at his feet. "Get em outta here," he growled, apparently mistaking the balls for the ballsy protester who threw t... more »

New Frank Zappa Documentary Affirms Lifelong Advocacy For Freedom of Speech

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*Pennsylvania state trooper Chuck Ash and Frank Zappa, circa early '80s* *-by Denise Sullivan* "A country that doesn't sustain its culture… maybe it shouldn't exist," Frank Zappa once said of his beloved USA. "They don't make it easy for you to be a musician…"Esthetic enrichment-- this is not a major consideration in the United States," he said. Zappa was asserting these inalienable truths over 30 years ago, at a time when he was already well into his under-appreciated and misunderstood career, and before he'd turned his attention to advocating for other artists at risk of erasure a... more »

The New World Order Attempts to Hijack Anonymous

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Dylan Charles* - A recently launched political party is attempting to co-opt the hacktivist movement.

BWorld 66, Renewable portfolio standard and electricity prices

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last June 21, 2016. The key to cheaper prices and/or good services is more competition among more players, more voluntary exchange, and not more price coercion by regulators. If buyers do not like the price of seller A, they can opt out and go to sellers B, C, and so on. Seller A is then pressured to lower his price to compete with other sellers. The key to expensive prices and/or lousy services is more government regulation and curtailing voluntary exchange. Buyers are forced to buy from expensive sellers and opting out is not allowed. This ha... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Supreme Court Upholds Race-Based Discrimination in College Admissions* The Supreme Court issued its disappointing decision in Abigail Fisher’s case on Thursday against the University of Texas at Austin. In an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, four members of the court ruled that the university’s race-conscious admissions program does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote dissenting opinions (Chief Justice John Roberts joined the latter; Justice Elena Kagan was recused from the case). This case deals with whe... more »

Brexit Wins: Why That’s Great News for Europe, Too

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*During its Industrial Revolution, Britain was a beacon of domestic liberty and economic progress that stimulated liberal reform on the European continent. An independent Britain in the 21st century can could play that role again, argues Dan Sanchez in this guest post. In doing so, Britain would help Europe outside the EU far more than it ever could on the inside.* *Brexit Wins: Why That’s Great News for Europe, Too* by Dan Sanchez British voters have elected to leave the European Union in a national referendum. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage declared Frid... more »

NEW BLOG: SPHERE ALLIANCE MESSAGES - AN ARCHIVE

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
By American Kabuki I have started a new blog, an archive of only Sphere Alliance Messages. The blog has a rudimentary design right now, its going to probably take me a month to get the messages copied over as I have to move them by hand and there are 176 of them now. On the right side of the blog will be an archive list by date starting at the beginning. Many people who are new to the material have commented that its difficult to follow not having read the early messages of how this all got started. Well hopefully this makes it easier. The new messages will continue to be posted ... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Five Nations Council Seating'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
FIVE NATIONS COUNCIL SEATING Posted on June 25, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. June 25, 2016. The true government of the rotino’shonni is the teken’tiokwan’hoxta, the circle of 49 families. The band and tribal councils are CROWN corporations that do not legally represent us. Kevin Deer, at a recent meeting of the Enaahtig Healing Lodge & Learning Centre in Barrie Ontario, announced

Why the British said 'No' to Europe

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
By John Pilger The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the “remain” campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, ... more »

Putin Responds to U.S. 'Missile Defense' Deployments in Eastern Europe

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
At a discussion with representatives of various media outlets, Putin urges journalists to report genuinely on the impending global conflict being promoted by US-NATO. He discusses the Pentagon's deceptive story about what 'missile defense' (MD) is and the purpose of the U.S. deployments in Romania and Poland. Russia and China have been repeatedly saying for several years that any hopes for serious negotiations for reductions of nuclear weapons are dead in the water as long as Washington insists on surrounding them with these MD deployments. Wake up and smell the coffee. The U.S... more »

Neo-Cons Pushing U.S. Toward the Big War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Germany’s top diplomat, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, had harsh words for NATO regarding its planned buildup of troops along Russia’s western border, saying: “What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation [between Ukraine and Russia] by warmongering and stomping boots.” Author and contributing editor at The Nation magazine, James Carden, joins RT America’s Anya Parampil to discuss NATO and the 51 diplomats at the US State Department who signed onto internal memo advocating for regime change in Syria, which he calls “atrocious” and “very disturbing.

District Revokes Pension Benefits for Teacher Who Only Did Union Work

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 4, 2007.Allentown Education Association President Debra Tretter has had her pension benefits revoked after doing nothing but union work ever since she was elected in 2009.] A Pennsylvania teacher has had her pension benefits revoked following years of doing nothing but union work instead of her job, a lawyer involved said. Allentown Education Association President Debra Tretter has done nothing but union work since getting elected... more »