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Thomas Paine

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Monday, September 18, 2017

18 September - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:34 pm MDT



Post-publication peer review in action: Science flags paper just days after publication

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Science has issued an expression of concern for a widely covered materials science paper published on Friday, citing issues with the supplementary data. The paper — which caught the attention of multiple news outlets — added properties to cotton fibers in vitro, potentially enabling researchers to manufacture fabric that can fluoresce or carry magnetic properties. The […] The post Post-publication peer review in action: Science flags paper just days after publication appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Decolonizing IR: A Response to Gilley

Dillon Tatum at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
The past week has seen a boiling-over of controversy regarding a publication by Bruce Gilley entitled “The Case for Colonialism,” appearing in the journal Third World Quarterly, leading some to even begin petitions to the journal to retract. As of the writing of this post, the journal has not retracted the article. In this post, […]

Responsibility to Protect the Rohingya?

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
This is a guest post (begun as a series of tweets) by Phil Orchard, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations at the University of Queensland and the Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is the author of A Right to Flee: Refugees, States, and the […]

Bridging the Gap at the Duck

Bridging the Gap at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
This inaugural post from our partners at Bridging the Gap is written by Naazneen Barma and Brent Durbin, who will be coordinating contributions from BTG’s network of scholars. Take a moment to think back to college – or whenever you decided to pursue the path that has brought you here, reading about world politics and […]

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago

“Pushback”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Pushback”* by James Howard Kunstler “A very brave law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, named Amy Wax has published the astounding argument that human beings in America would benefit from adopting “bourgeois values” and behaving accordingly. Bourgeois (Boozh-wah, for the underspeeched) may be an unfortunate term-of-art, since it came to be used as a pejorative back in the old hippie days - something that Ms. Wax might remember, since she is a Baby Boomer - but what else might you call this bundle of traditional values: honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality... more »

Police State Entrenches

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
St Louis police don't seem able to distinguish between lawful and peaceful demonstration on the one hand and criminal behavior on the other as they reportedly mow down peaceful citizens and fire projectiles into retreating crowds: St Louis protests: Police caught on camera firing projectiles into crowd of protestors. (2017, September 18). Yahoo, https://www.yahoo.com/news/st-louis-protests-police-caught-143700628.html This is what happens when the police are militarized and encouraged to view demonstrators - even peaceful demonstrators - as low level terrorists: ACLU. “ACLU Chal... more »

Is Facebook Silencing Rohingya Activisits And Supporters?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Facebook has gained immense traction in Myanmar in recent years [Hereward Holland/Al Jazeera] *Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast:* *Exclusive: Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing* The social network says it’s committed to helping the world ‘share their stories.’ But when people from Burma’s oppressed minority post, their stories have a habit of disappearing. Rohingya activists—in Burma and in Western countries—tell The Daily Beast that Facebook has been removing their posts documenting the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people in Burma (also known as Myanmar). They said... more »

Rohingya Crisis -- News Updates September 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Despite Outrage Over Rohingya Crisis, Few Call for Sanctions on Myanmar* HONG KONG — Despite international condemnation of Myanmar’s campaign of violence against the Rohingya people, there have been few calls for a return to the sort of sanctions that were long a feature of the country’s relationship with the West. After a Rohingya militant group attacked police outposts last month, Myanmar’s military, along with vigilante groups, launched a crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, triggering a refugee crisis that has sent more than 400,000 Rohingya fleeing t... more »

Climate Thought Control

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 13 hours ago
Being “framed” is slang when someone is blamed for something they did not do, i.e. being set up by means of false evidence and witnesses. Jennifer Good is a communications professor explaining how the media is expected to mold public opinion in favor of climate activism. Her article in the Toronto Star Putting hurricanes and […]

CONFIRMED: Russia conducts successful test of Iskander-M Tactical Ballistic Missile (VIDEO)

Vladimir Rodzianko at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The Russian military conducted on Monday a successful test launch of a missile from an Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile system to a maximum operational distance, the Russian Defense Ministry said. More The post CONFIRMED: Russia conducts successful test of Iskander-M Tactical Ballistic Missile (VIDEO) appeared first on The Duran.

5 Tips to Save Money for Your Vacation

Sponsored at The Duran - 13 hours ago
The clue to any trip is being careful with your money – and that starts even before you hit the road. It’s crucial to know how to save smartly and plan your trip so you don’t find yourself running out of money during your trip. In this article we offer you our best tips on how to save money for any trip. More The post 5 Tips to Save Money for Your Vacation appeared first on The Duran.

“No Second Israel” – Iraqi Vice President slams Kurdish separatism

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey are all totally opposed to Kurdish separatism throughout the region. More The post “No Second Israel” – Iraqi Vice President slams Kurdish separatism appeared first on The Duran.

CONFIRMED: Russia is top global market for AliExpress

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Russia and China continue to expand economic interactions. More The post CONFIRMED: Russia is top global market for AliExpress appeared first on The Duran.

Jane Fonda Betrayed American POWs?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
The long-standing claim that Jane Fonda turned smuggled messages from U.S. POWs over to their North Vietnamese captors is false.

America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup

Stephen Kinzer at - 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has. Among the most enduring political images of the 20th century was the military junta. It was a group of grim-faced officers — usually three — who rose to control a state. The junta would tolerate civilian institutions that agreed to remain subservient, but in the end enforced its own will. As recently as a few decades ago, military juntas ruled important countries including Chile, ... more »

Rand Paul's Senate Vote Rolls Back the Warfare State

Ron Paul at - 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] Last week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded Congress that in matters of war, they have the authority and the responsibility to speak for the American people. Most Senators were not too happy about the reminder, which came in the form of a forced vote on whether to allow a vote on his amendment to repeal the Afghanistan and Iraq war resolutions of 2001 and 2002. It wasn’t easy. Sen. Paul had to jump through hoops just to get a vote on whether to have a vote. That is how bad it is in Congress! Not only does Congress refuse to rein in presidents who treat Constitu... more »

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Won’t Let It Go’ By La Neve

Liz Pelly at Shadowproof - 13 hours ago
Joey La Neve DeFrancesco is a guitarist for Downtown Boys, the Providence group whose recent full-length Cost Of Living received widespread critical acclaim. The group was called “the most exciting punk band in America” and described as “rewriting the rules of punk rock.” Under the radar, earlier this year, DeFrancesco The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Won’t Let It Go’ By La Neve appeared first on Shadowproof.

October 7 Vigil at BIW during Keep Space for Peace Week

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
On Saturday, October 7 we will hold a vigil from 11:30 til 12:30 at Bath Iron Works in solidarity with Keep Space for Peace Week - the International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space. We will meet across from the Administration building on Washington Street and walk up to the Navy Research Center at noon. General Dynamics continues to build Aegis guided missile destroyers [equipped with so-called ‘missile defense’ systems] as well as the new Zumwalt which is on track to becoming the most expensive warship ever built. It is imperative that we speak clearly to s... more »

Terrorism Not Seen as a Factor in Acid Attack on U.S. Students in France

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Four female students from Boston College were sprayed with acid at a train station in the city of Marseille.

Rand Paul's Senate Vote Rolls Back the Warfare State

Ron Paul at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: rand-paul-s-senate-vote-rolls-back-the-warfare-state] Last week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded Congress that in matters of war, they have the authority and the responsibility to speak for the American people.

Free Speech Remains a Right in Berkeley — For Now

James Murphy at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: free-speech-remains-a-right-in-berkeley-for-now] The First Amendment to the Constitution has been saved, for the moment, as conservative commentator Ben Shapiro successfully delivered a speech at Cal-Berkeley on September 14.

Antifa Justifies Violence to Shut Down Opposition It Deems Fascists or Nazis

Steve Byas at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: antifa-justifies-violence-to-shut-down-opposition-it-deems-fascists-or-nazis] Antifa militants say violence is justified against Nazis and fascists — which many define as anyone who favors our present constitutional republic.

Problem polar bears in Churchill at this date show 2017 less than 2016 and 2015

Originally posted on polarbearscience: Comparing Churchill problem bear statistics over a few years provides some critical perspective: this year, the bears are causing much fewer problems. This 2nd week in September is no exception, being the 9th week ashore in all cases: 2017 (4-10 September, where I think “total number of polar bear occurrence reports…

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has “Gone Missing”

Activist Post at Activist Post - 14 hours ago
By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F.... more »

West Anbar Operation To Proceed in Stages

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Unlike previous government campaigns against the Islamic State the west Anbar operation will be conducted in stages. The first, was the taking of Akashat, which occurred over the weekend. The Iraqi forces will move on the Iraq-Syrian border and a number of other towns before taking Rawa, Qaim and Ana, the ultimate goals. On September 16, the Iraqi forces seized Akashat. A mixed force of the army’s 1st and 8th Divisions, Anbar police units, Hashd, Tribal Hashd, and border police all took part. Rather than putting up a fight, the Islamic State withdrew beforehand. While there was n... more »

This Day In Iraqi History – Sep 18

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1916 British leaders told troops to continue advance in Mesopotamia vs Ottomans after huge loss at Kut 1950 PM Said threatened to expel Jews from Iraq 1990 Iraq Army Chief of Staff Gen Khazraji told Saddam Iraq would lose any war with US 2001 Richard Clarke’s counterterrorism office sent Rice memo saying no Iraq-9/11 links found 2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz wrote Rumsfeld that Iraq backed terrorists and might have been behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing 2001 Reuters reported 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Europe St... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Carnegie Middle East Center’s piece on whether Iraq and Saudi Arabia are improving relations, which I contributed to, was re-printed by the Lebanese Center for Research and Consulting.

Gureombi: the Wind is Blowing

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
"Gureombi: the Wind is Blowing". This is a full length film about the Gangjeong struggle on Jeju Island, South Korea and is directed by Cho Sung-bong and originally released in 2013. The US gave the specifications for the Navy base in Gangjeong village to the South Korean government and told them to build the base. Since the opening of the base last year US Navy warships have already begun to port there. This heart-breaking film tells the tragic story about the destruction of sacred Gureombi rocky coastline and the still on-going struggle of the villagers and their many support... more »

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has ‘Gone Missing’

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: oswald]Volume 5 of the CIA's Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year.

It's the Belt and Road or Blowout

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 14 hours ago
The reality facing the trans-Atlantic financial system has a way of asserting itself. On the one hand, there are thoughtful statesmen such as former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the Macron government's envoy to this year's Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, who told Xinhua Sept. 16 that "Europe should join the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative as soon as possible," in Xinhua's paraphrase. "Let's grasp the opportunity and make more profits. I believe we'll achieve win-win results through cooperating with our Asian partners," Raffarin said. "France as well as other... more »

Is America About to Dump the INF Treaty?

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Abrogating the INF treaty would be a victory for Russia, which could claim that it was Washington rather than Moscow that is undermining the arms control regime. A group of arms control experts is urging Senators to vote for an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the Pentagon from developing a new ground launched cruise missile in contravention of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty of 1987. “We write to urge you to co-sponsor and support amendment number 984 filed by Sena... more »

RANKED: The 6 Most Powerful Armies in History

Zachary Keck, Akhilesh Pillalamarri at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Zachary Keck, Akhilesh Pillalamarri* *Security, * The best of the best. *America was true to this model through the end of World War II, raising large armies during wartime but quickly dismantling them afterwards. Even still, the U.S. Army since the start of the 20th century as been highly effective, especially in battle against nation-states. It was America’s entry into WWI and WWII that helped tip the balance of power in favor of the allies. The United States also demolished Saddam Hussein’s Army in Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003.* In an anarchical system like international... more »

Why North Korea Is Destined to Collapse

Jamie Metzl at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Jamie Metzl* *Security, Asia* The story we are all missing. *The good news is that this collapse has the potential to be a win-win for nearly everyone. The North Korean people will end their terrible suffering, North and South Korea will be reunified under South Korean law, potentially following a UN-administered transitional period and referendum, the specter of a rogue nuclear nation at the heart of Asia will be removed, and China will gain a valuable trading partner in a unified Korea and access to Seoul’s high tech economy and northern Korea’s natural resources through hig... more »

The U.S. Air Force's Built a Mach 2 Nuclear Super Bomber to Destroy Russia

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * But it never, ever dropped a bomb. Why? *The B-58s most lasting contribution came in popular culture, where its futuristic, dangerous appearance made it attractive to artists and directors. Most famously, a group of B-58s (redubbed “Vindicator”) destroyed Moscow in the 1964 film Fail-Safe. Mistakenly ordered to attack Moscow, the bombers evaded Soviet air defenses and dropped their nuclear payloads, forcing the President of the United States to order the destruction of New York.* In an era of fantastic aircraft, the B-58 Hustler was one of the most ... more »

If Our Planet Was A Mere Fraction Further From the Sun It Would be Never Ending Ice Age

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Yet, according to the carbon cult flunkies the sun is not a factor, major or otherwise, in our climate. That is ABSURD!* * More on the infantile mindset of this crowd after the main news..... * *Take note of the size of our earth relative to the Sun- Fortunately we are at just the right distance :)**Wired changed their spin headline to one that related a bit more to actual content- * *check the url for yourself !** We're lucky Earth isn't caught in a permanent Ice Age* *Why are we lucky? Because we are at the ideal distance from the Sun! * *Too far from the sun- Too cold* *Too clo... more »

Sinclair owned news outlets give frightening daily terrorist updates whether there is an actual threat or not.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of Providence Journal: *The company that owns WJAR-TV is mandating the broadcast of multiple programs favorable to President Donald Trump on the state’s most-watched television station. * *Sinclair Broadcast Group, a rapidly growing media company that bought Channel 10 in 2014, produces “must-run” segments and distributes them to its local stations nationwide. They must air during daily news programming, Sinclair executives said. * *Three of the segments have rattled viewers and WJAR’s own news reporters, according to Fletcher Fischer, the business manager and financial... more »

Monday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
Assorted content to start your week. - Ritika Goel writes that good jobs lead to all kinds of ancillary benefits to both the health of workers, and the strength of the overall economy: We are in a time of increasing part-time, casual, temporary and contract work, with less access to benefits, insurance and pensions. Women, racialized people, single parents and immigrants like Michael are more likely to be in these positions of precarious work, which we know are bad for your health. Precarious work is linked to higher rates of repetitive strain muscular and joint conditions, as wel... more »

More Fake Climate Claims From The Telegraph

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Today’s fake news comes from the Telegraph: By Lucy Burton It was a summer the insurance industry will never forget. Floods like the one caused by Hurricane Harvey are supposed to happen once every 500 years. But Houston has seen three in three years, with Harvey […]

The CIA Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor*: Here is a short history on the CIA .... *History of the CIA* (CIA).

World News Briefs -- September 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS *Reuters:* *Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea* BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s nuclear threat is likely to loom large. The flurry of military dril... more »

VIDEO: Syrian, Russian forces stop ISIS counteroffensive in south Deir Ezzor dead in its tracks

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Remarkable footage has emerged from southeastern Syria depicting an entire ISIS fighting force wiped out by a coordinated effort by the Russian Air Force and Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The video showed numerous burned out ISIS vehicles in the desert directly east of government-held Humimah where jihadists continue to launch […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Two large cargo planes land at Deir Ezzor airbase, first time in 3 years

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:27 P.M.) – Large cargo planes have landed at the Deir Ezzor military airport bringing in supplies and equipment for Syrian forces fighting ISIS as well as civilians living in the nearby provincial capital. According to a Syrian military source, two large cargo planes landed safely at the Deir Ezzor military airport early […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

First-seen footage of Syrian Army crossing the Euphrates River

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMACUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Army was capable today of crossing the Euphrates River after fully recapturing Sakr Island located to the north of Deir Ezzor Airbase. Heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes have pushed ISIS militants away from the eastern bank, paving the way for the government troops to set foot in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Elite Syrian forces begin new offensive northwest of Deir Ezzor city

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army have commenced a new offensive operation against ISIS to the northwest of Deir Ezzor city, striking up the length of the western bank of the Euphrates River. According to military sources, vanguard units of the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces Division advanced north along […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: New SAA reinforcements arrive at east Hama for upcoming offensive against ISIS

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, Syria (3:10 p.m.) – A fresh batch of troops and tanks have joined the Syrian forces in eastern Hama in preparation for a decisive battle against the Islamic State. The defeated ISIS militants – now entrapped in a small enclave in east Hama countryside – have been driven out of Abu Hanaya town yesterday […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Another Al-Qaeda leader ripped apart by assassin gunfire in Idlib, third in 1 week

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 P.M.) – Another senior leader of the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) has been assassinated in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. Abu Yaser al-Shami, a chief of real estate for Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham, was killed last night as he was passing through the town of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Over 400 Russian children live in war-torn areas of Syria, Iraq

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – According to a statement by Russian children’s rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova, over 400 Russian children live in the war-torn countries of Syria and Iraq. According to Kuznetsova, some 455 Russian children still reside in areas of Syria and Iraq where armed conflict is daily reality. Of this number, 28 percent were […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Syrian Army assaults huge ISIS-held island east of Deir Ezzor

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Amid earlier reports that elite Syrian forces crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River also now comes reports that the Syrian Arab Army has carried out an amphibious assault on a strategic ISIS-held island to the east of Deir Ezzor city. Hours ago, word came in from military […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Destruction of Raqqa exceeds that of Mosul, Aleppo: BBC correspondent

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Even Western mainstream media sources are now coming to realize and report on the sheer extent of the destruction that has been bestowed upon Raqqa. To this end, one particular Western journalist has noted that the urban devastation inflicted on the city exceeds that seen in Mosul and Aleppo. Speaking […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Argentina: Further Detials on the Parque Mitre "Alien"

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 15 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and Misterio TVDate: 09.18.17* *Argentina: Further Details on The Parque Mitre "Alien"* [*Editor's note: News items of this sort are titillating and often disappointing. Approach the subject matter with caution. Updates will be published as they appear.*] On Tuesday, September 13, the Argentinean media published the story of an event occurring in Parque Mitre, where a group of police officers attached to the 4th sheriff's office reported to the area where a group of teenagers reported the strange behavior of an "individual" prowling the surroundings. When p... more »

St. Louis Protests Resume After 80 Arrests

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Three days of peaceful protests and violent unrest have followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect.

WHERE THE DEPLORABLES ARE: Data are hard!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017Part 1—Under every bed:* Should Hillary Clinton have said what she said about our many deplorables? You may recall the incident! In early September 2016, while running for president, Clinton made an unusual comment about the people supporting her opponent, Donald J. Trump. She about that half of Trump's supporters belonged in a "basket of deplorables." They deserved that designation because they were "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it," she rather expansively said. "Some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfull... more »

Here’s what to expect at this week’s UN General Assembly opening – Trump’s debut

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The power of the so-called multipolar world will be the real 'star' of this years General Assembly, even as the cameras will be fixed on Donald Trump. More The post Here’s what to expect at this week’s UN General Assembly opening – Trump’s debut appeared first on The Duran.

Five Minutes Five Issues: Spain War, Venezuela Oil, Manning’s Fellowship, Border Searches, Lee Statue

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 15 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In the July 8 episode of... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Spain War, Venezuela Oil, Manning’s Fellowship, Border Searches, Lee Statue

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 15 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In the July 8 episode of... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Spain War, Venezuela Oil, Manning’s Fellowship, Border Searches, Lee Statue

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 15 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In the July 8 episode of... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Spain War, Venezuela Oil, Manning’s Fellowship, Border Searches, Lee Statue

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 15 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *In the July 8 episode of... more »

Argentina: An ALLEGED Alien in Parque Mitre(Corrientes)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO, Diario Primera Linea, Radio LTAM900Date: 09.18.17* *Argentina: An ALLEGED Alien in Parque Mitre (Corrientes)* [*Editor's note: News items of this sort are titillating and often disappointing. Approach the subject matter with caution. Updates will be published as they appear*.] Radio station LT7AM 900 in the neighboring city of Corrientes published an event on its Facebook page that took place on Tuesday night in Corrientes's capital city. Close to where the abandoned ships can be found, personnel belong to the 4th sheriff's office reported to the location a... more »

Sacred Stone Healing Gathering Begins Today, Sept. 18, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
A time for healing, a time for a new beginning, week long healing gathering begins today. Chief Arvol Looking Horse will be present for the gathering, with Cheyenne River Charmian Harold Frazier, and water protectors, along Porcupine Creek at Standing Rock. .

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Mueller just obtained a warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia investigation Doctors say IBM Watson is nowhere close to being the revolution in cancer treatment it was pitched to them as Here's What Your Identity Sells For On The Dark Web "Dangerously Vague" - New US Law Blurs The Line Between Hate Speech And Hate Crime Nearly 60% Of Americans Support 'Military Action' Against North Korea "They've Lost The Plot" - 700 Catalan Mayors Defy Spanish Government Amid Police Raids The Sign - Trailer Apparently, this movie intends to rake in all its p... more »

Random Musings

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago
*Speed is Fine* *Accuracy is Final* An interview of Wyatt Earp. Wyatt Earp in his later years. John Henry (Doc) Holliday - died of consumption/TB at the age of 36. *The New i-phone * It will only cost you $1,000 to make a phone call and surf the net. I don't get it. The phone incorporates new 'smart' face recognition technology so your mug will be on file and attached in a cyber sense to your phone. I'm an Apple person, but doubt that I'll spend $1K on a phone anytime soon unless it can also mow the lawn, take out the trash, cook chicken and dumplings and install new brakes on th... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
An image released by Russia’s Defense Ministry in August 2016, shows a Sukhoi dropping bombs in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour. (Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters TV) *Washington Post*: *In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syria* OSLO — The Pentagon is taking additional steps to ensure that U.S. and Russian battlefield commanders are able to directly communicate with one another after an airstrike on U.S. proxy forces near Deir al-Zour, Syria, that wounded several fighters Saturday, the United States’ highest-ra... more »

No One In History Has Ever Presided Over A Swamp Like Trump's Swamp-- The Swampiest Swamp That Will Forever Define Swamps

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Yesterday, during the tweet storm that is her life, Ann Coulter reminded the lunatics who follow her online that "The 1 fact (before DACA betrayal) that made die-hard Trump voters hate him: White House full of Goldman Sachs bankers," pointing to the must read essay by Gary Rivlin and Michael Hudson, Government By Goldman. She must really hate Trump by throwing this piece of red meat out to the fan boys she and Trump share. "Gary Cohn is giving Golman Sachs everything it ever wanted for the Trump Administration" is the best description of how Trump has dealt with his draining the sw... more »

LIVE Lockdown 'Halt Enbridge Line 3' Wisconsin Minnesota Border, Sept. 18, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
. Locked down, Censored News screenshot of Unicorn Riot live video Live Monday morning, Sept. 18, 2017 by Unicorn Riot: Alberta tarsands pipeline threatening water, gathering of wild rice, and hunting and fishing rights of local Native American Nations. At 8 a.m., no security was on site. "Storms are really bad, the carbon in the atmosphere is causing this," says the man who is

Sacrificial Virgins: Part I - Not For The Greater Good - An IRF Films Documentary

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
Published on September 10, 2017I*s the next Thalidomide-scandel about to break?* The HPV vaccine is a treatment in widespread use but its efficacy in preventing cancer is medically unproven, while unintended, adverse reactions are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world. *Link to IRF Films* However, pharmaceutical manufacturers and many health authorities are refusing to acknowledge there is a problem and the medical community is continuing to offer the vaccine. This is the subject of a three-part series of films – Sacrificial Virgins ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*We've turned Australian universities into aimless, money-grubbing exploiters of students (?)* *As an economist, Ross Gittins often has substantial things to say. But as a Leftist he is also a compulsive moaner. So the points he makes below are cogent but most of them are disputable. The one area wherein I agree wholeheartedly with him is his condemnation of relaxed assessment standards for overseas fee-paying students. This practice is, I think, still a minority one but will surely be a big negative eventually when our universities send home to Asia students w... more »

This Is China's Master Plan for a Nuclear War Against America

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Asia* This makes the North Korea problem seem simple. *The author also cites U.S. intelligence reports, concluding that four tests have now been conducted, including one that demonstrates multiple-reentry vehicle (MIRV) technology. The author estimates that DF-41 will finally provide China with the capability to launch missiles from north central China and hit all targets in the U.S. (except Florida). With the goal of better understanding the rapidly evolving strategic nuclear balance between China and the U.S. and its significance, this Dragon Ey... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*More nonsense from the Ivory Tower* *Is rising CO2 making food less nutritious? It may be. Increasing the supply of one nutrient without increasing the supply of others would seem logically to dilute the proportion of those other nutrients in any plant. But the idea that this is a problem is laughable.In our technological world that the Greenies hate, the problem is OVER nutrition, otherwise known as obesity. Individual foods may be less nutritious but we have and eat lots of them. There is no nutrition shortage. Glut is the besetting problem in the supply of food basics ... more »

The Dippers' Choice

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Yesterday, the NDP held its final leadership debate. Tim Harper gives a cogent evaluation of the four candidates: Singh promises growth. Backers believe he will grow personally as he moves from provincial to federal politics. They also believe he will grow the party with fresh membership. Mention the NDP leadership race to those of us who do not live in the political world, and you get a lot of blank stares. Those same people, however, know Singh. His opponents believe if he cannot win on the first ballot, he cannot grow. Angus has worked assiduously to court second-choice suppor... more »

WATCH: Cops FAIL as They Try to Intimidate an Informed Citizen for ‘Staring at Them’

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: intimidate]A man was approached by a cop while he was taking a break at work, and questioned about his well-being, all because he was lawfully filming the officer.

Stem cell scientist appealing dismissal loses another paper

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
A once-prominent stem cell biologist, who recently lost both her job and a sizable grant, has lost her fifth paper. Recently, Molecular and Cellular Biology retracted a 2003 paper by Susana Gonzalez. Last February, the National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Spain dismissed her from her position over allegations of misconduct. The reason: suspicions […] The post Stem cell scientist appealing dismissal loses another paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Non-Cash Payments - The Wave of the Future for Americans?

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 17 hours ago
While most people look at trends in the United States as a guide to what will happen in the future, a report from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Australia's answer to the Federal Reserve, gives us a good indication of where the global economy is headed. In its one of its recent annual reports, the RBA's Payment Systems Board looks at how consumers in Australia pay for retail items. They also track the frequency with which consumers withdraw cash from ATMs. All of this is done to "*promote the efficiency of the payments system and promote competition in the market for payment... more »

With Republicans in control of White House, the Senate, and Congress, all eyes turn to ANWR.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling. * *Congress has sole authority to determine whether oil and gas drilling can take place within the refuge’s 19.6 million acres. But seismic studies represent a necessary first step, and Interior Department officials are modifying a 1980s regulation to permit them. * *The effort represents a twist... more »

YOU THINK TRUMP IS A LAZY TV ADDICT, BUT IT'S ALL PART OF HIS GENIUS PLAN

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
This showed up at the Daily Caller last night: *Tucker: Trump Thinks TV More Accurately Reveals The Public’s Beliefs Than Polls Do* Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson says President Trump told him that television programming is a more accurate reflection of the public’s beliefs than polling is. “I know that he watches a lot of television. I know because I’ve talked to him about it at length, that he’s really interested in television, both the mechanics of it — he knows a lot about ratings and lighting, and producing and guest booking,” Carlson said on “The Jam... more »

The Reality of Virtual Reality: A Philosophical Analysis

Ethical Technology - 17 hours ago
There is an apple in front of me. I can see it, but I can’t touch it. The reason is that the apple is actually a 3-D rendered model of an apple. It looks like an apple, but exists only within a virtual environment — one that is projected onto the computer screen in front of me. I can interact with the apple. I have an avatar that I can control on the screen. That avatar is a virtual projection of my self. It can pick up the apple, throw it around the virtual room, or eat it. But I can’t touch it and interact with it using my own physical hands. https://ieet.org/images/uploads/Holod... more »

The Man Who Saved The World From Nuclear War In 1983 Has Passed Away

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*RT*: *'I was just doing my job': Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77 * A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to Stanislav Petrov, who never considered himself a hero. We look at the life of the man who saved the world. A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist f... more »

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
*September 18, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not *"the more the merrier."* Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2. Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal. *America Reneged After the Cold War * One of severa... more »

How the U.S. Navy Plans to Crush China and Russia in a Naval War

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * A new Tomahawk missile. *The idea is to engineer a Tomahawk missile able to engage and destroy fast-moving near-peer rival ships and land targets in a wide variety of anticipated threat environments. For instance, should there be combat engagements with Russia or China, U.S. weapons, missiles and assets will need to operate in more challenged or contested environments – such as a scenario where satellites or GPS communications and navigational systems are compromised or destroyed.* The Pentagon and the Navy are accelerating a new maritime-specific Tom... more »

BUSTED: The New York Times defends an act of child rape and lies about the details in attempt to smear RT and Sputnik

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
This is unethical beyond being poor journalism. More The post BUSTED: The New York Times defends an act of child rape and lies about the details in attempt to smear RT and Sputnik appeared first on The Duran.

Hungary’s wall success! Illegal immigration cut by 99%

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 18 hours ago
Walls seem to work well for Hungary. More The post Hungary’s wall success! Illegal immigration cut by 99% appeared first on The Duran.

The World's Top 20 Arms Suppliers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
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'It's Just... Life"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Bad things don't happen to people because they deserve for them to happen. It just doesn't work that way. It's just… life. And no matter who we are, we have to take the hand we're dealt, crappy though it may be, and try our very best to move forward anyway, to love anyway, to have hope anyway, to have faith that there's a purpose to the journey we're on." - Mia Sheridan

The Economy: “Doom Index Issues ‘Extreme Warning’”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Doom Index Issues ‘Extreme Warning’”* by Bill Bonner "First, the news. Cryptocurrencies took a beating after Jamie Dimon - the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, a bank that makes billions from today’s fake-money system - called bitcoin a ‘fraud’. Bitcoin - the leading cryptocurrency by market value - is down to $3,143 at this writing. That’s about 36% lower than its all-time high of $4,911, set on 1 September of this year. President Trump put another knife into Republicans. According to press reports, he agreed to not only give the ‘Dreamers’ refuge, but also to forget about building ‘The W... more »

Lord of The Objectivists

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 18 hours ago
In William Golding’s *Lord of the Flies* a British airplane crashes into an uninhabited tropical island. The only survivors are boys between the age of 6 to 12. The island is peaceful and gorgeous, food and water are easy to find, and it seems that the stage is set for the boys to have a great time. But the boys are unable to govern themselves. Disagreements breakout between them and soon they are indulging in savage violence. They discover in themselves the urge to inflict pain on their rivals and realize that they enjoy dominating others. I wonder what will happen if instead of y... more »

The other side of the coin.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
So true I cannot even laugh at it.

Triple D for Autism Speaks: Double Digit Drop as President's Salary Exceeds Grants to Families

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: Thank you to our Nancy Hokkanen for the heads up on AS's "income down." Couldn't have happened to a "nicer" org. We've been critical of Autism Speaks since our inception watching them let down the c0mmunity time and again...

Negación del Autismo Como Epidemia

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: Autism is a global epidemic. Adriana Gamondes has teamed up with Alberto Castra, in Argentina, to begin providing perspective from beyond our shores. Just as John Stone brings us the UK news, Adriana and Alberto will be adding more...

The Pentagon Has Given $2.2 Billion In Arms To Syrian Rebel Groups And The YPG (Kurds)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Rebel fighters aim their weapons as they demonstrate their skills during a military display as part of a graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria July 12, 2015. Bassam Khabieh/Reuters *Rhys Dubin, Foreign Policy:* *The Pentagon is spending $2 billion running Soviet-era guns to Syrian rebels* The U.S. Department of Defense is reportedly still funneling billions of dollars’ worth of Soviet-era weaponry to anti-Islamic State groups in Syria, with questionable oversight. In a joint report published Tuesday, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting ... more »

Five good reasons why the governments will ban "independent" cryptocurrencies

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Before I start to enumerate them, let me mention that the governments obviously *can* ban cryptocurrencies. This ability has nothing to do with some technical virtues of the crypto-technology. The governments can ban, look for, prosecute, and punish *particular patterns of human behavior* they declare illegal. So just like it may be illegal to sell or even hold drugs, it may become illegal to sell or even hold cryptocurrencies. In principle, you may have cryptocurrencies in your living room – just like you may have hashish – but there may obviously exist laws that will send you t... more »

Kurdish insurgents ambush the Turkish Army, three soldiers killed

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 P.M.) – At least three Turkish soldiers were killed-in-action after PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) militants conducted a succesful ambush on September 15. According to a newly released PKK statement, the Turkish troops were caught off-guard on Friday by Kurdish machine-gun fire on the Cudi Mountain, not far from the village of Biliki. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Bahrain tells Arab states to be nice to Israel

Brecht Jonkers at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20) – King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has stated that he believes it is time to end the Arab boycott of Israel and to normalize ties between the Zionist entity and the states in the Arab Gulf. This was reported by Israeli media. The king of the Gulf emirate reportedly made […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Elite Syrian troops reach east bank of the Euphrates in Deir Ezzor

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:55 A.M.) – Elite troops of the Syrian Arab Army have crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor Governorate. According to the Syrian Army’s ISIS Hunters unit, its forces have crossed from the western bank of the Euphrates near Deir Ezzor city to the eastern bank. The report […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish forces expand control zone near east bank of Euphrates in Deir Ezzor

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Fighters of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have expanded their zone of control near the east bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Deir Ezzor Governorate, capturing two new sites in the last 24 hours. Yesterday Kurdish-led forces continued their operations in eastern Deir Ezzor, striking at ISIS positions […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

UN rejects Kurdish independence referendum

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric, issued a statement on Sunday that rejected the recent Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq. “The Secretary-General believes that any unilateral decision to hold a referendum at this time would detract from the need to defeat ISIL, as well as the much-needed reconstruction […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi transport minister lands in Moscow, ending 13-year break in air travel

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – Flights connection between Russia and Iraq is resumed on Sunday, after 13 years break. Iraqi Transport Minister Kazim Hamami boarded the first flight from Baghdad to Moscow which carried out by the Iraqi Airways airlines. The Minister was greeted upon arrival by number of officials and press gathered at Vnukovo […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEOS: Huge war between Al-Qaeda and Turkish Army looms in Idlib

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – A huge war between the Turkish Army and the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) is looming in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. Yesterday, a huge convoy of trucks belonging to Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham was caught on camera heading towards the Syrian border […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Why Google made the NSA

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is more on the Google involvement with government agencies and thee focus is the later development of the NSA. All this has been motivated by desires to control information and that is argued to be a mug's game The real proof that that is the case came with the astonishing rise of one Donald Trump who accessed social media allowing him to sidestep the whole establishment apparatus. They can still force their agenda, as they have shown but it is not been easy either. *Why Google made the NSA* *Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet—*... more »

GOOGLE: Conceived, Funded and Directed By The CIA

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
What we have watched for almost thirty years has been an unprecedented grab for access to public data, excused by so called terrorism as a convenient excuse. Most real terrorism demands institutional support and has had it as we eventually discover. The only problem with all that is that we actually cannot locate an enemy in all this data. Public information is banal at best and never really incriminating however stupid real criminals are. I mean the first thing about criminal behavior, it presumes that the criminals know they are criminal. That automatically means common se... more »

The Establishment in PANIC; They Ditch Antifa

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Presuming this is sustained, then perhaps the whole Antifa meme will go away. Eventually rational people get over their hates and own disturbed thinking and wake up to what they are really doing. Promoting and supporting a group of anarchists is plausibly the most stupid thing any power source can do. The reason the Neo Nazis never get off the ground is financial starvation. Thus they hang around like a homeless person outside a society ball. Funding anarchists of the left can only blow back. Now we have a sudden movement to redress this nonsense and it should all die down... more »

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
\ That they are clearly and significantly different is important, particularly in this era in which sex related variances are struggling for recognition on what is a non biological basis. It is my contention that the maturation of intelligence needs to done differently for boys and girls as well. This surely supports just that. Yet we cannot seem to get education right to anyone's satisfaction either. There is a real science here that will become increasingly important. . *Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal* *Maps of neural circuitry show wom... more »

A New Way Of Doing Business At The U.S. Air Force?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*DoD Buzz:* *From Old Pilots to New Planes, Air Force Chief Talks ‘New Ways of Doing Business’* The Air Force has only begun a long-term balancing act as it tries to understand how best to predict future conflicts against what it has, and still needs, for pilots and aircraft inventory, the service’s top general recently told Military.com. The Air Force is mulling the idea of retiring the F-15C/D Eagle sometime in the 2020s. At the same time, the service could bring in new turboprop aircraft — known as OA-X light attack planes — if it sees value. But do the numbers add up? It’s t... more »

A Good Monday Morning

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 20 hours ago

US orders Kuwait to kick out North Korea’s ambassador

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Kuwait orders North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within a month. More The post US orders Kuwait to kick out North Korea’s ambassador appeared first on The Duran.

"The Equifax Hack Is The Most Disastrous Data Breach In History Because Now Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"The Equifax Hack Is The Most Disastrous Data Breach In History Because* * Now Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans"* by Michael Snyder "Talk about a nightmare. It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans. We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even driver’s license numbers. If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale. We have never seen anything like this be... more »

"The Myth of the 'Aha' Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"The Myth of the 'Aha' Moment" * by David Cain "In March I published a post explaining—and diagramming with stick figures—how I’d become enamored with Stoicism. The ideas resonated with others too. The post made the front page of Reddit, and whenever someone in real life tells me they read this blog, that’s the article they mention. The title was “The Only Thing You Need to Get Good At”, referring to the Stoic skill of continually returning your attention to the small number of things you can control, and leaving the rest of your worries to fate. Six months later, I can report tha... more »

The Real Story Behind Area 51

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics*: *The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51* There are no aliens at America's most famous top-secret military base, but what is there is just as interesting. In the middle of the barren Nevada desert, there's a dusty unmarked road that leads to the front gate of Area 51. It's protected by little more than a chain link fence, a boom gate, and intimidating trespassing signs. One would think that America's much mythicized top secret military base would be under closer guard, but make no mistake. They are watching. Beyond the gate, cameras see every an... more »

Alaska Yup’ik Native interns with NASA, helps with Mars mission

White Wolf at White Wolf - 21 hours ago
"A lot of people, they can't even visualize themselves working for NASA or being an astronaut, but it's definitely possible." Christopher Liu - Yup’ik Native Thousands of miles to the south of us, engineers at NASA are hard at work on the NeMO Mission, the next orbiter mission to Mars. This summer they got a little help from an engineering intern from Bethel, and something called the Muktuk Plot. Growing up in Bethel, Christopher Liu says that he was a quiet kid with a perfectionist streak who was always passionate about math. "I think I just continued to maintain this sense of cur... more »

Russia’s S-400s Will Protect Turkey From A “Kurdish Air Force”

Andrew KORYBKO at OrientalReview.org - 22 hours ago
It’s very unlikely that Turkey would risk its relations with the US to buy Russian anti-aircraft missiles just to guard against non-existent threat. The post Russia’s S-400s Will Protect Turkey From A “Kurdish Air Force” appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

A New Speed-Boat/Sub For Special Forces?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*The Warzone/The Drive:* *This Combat Diver Delivery Unit Is a Crazy Fast Speed Boat That Turns Into a Sub* Still in prototype form, the unique boat would be able to race toward shore and then sneak up to its target underwater. It’s something of an open secret that maritime special operations forces around the world rely on a wide array of highly specialized water craft, such as high-speed, low-profile speed boats, miniature submarines, and more. Now, one company, SubSea, is trying to combine a number of these features into single design it calls the Diver Delivery Unit (DDU), whi... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
*-by Noah* In case you've ever wondered why Republicans don't like the idea of people smoking weed or taking hallucinogenics, it may be because they are already so "out there" that they don't see anything to be gained. Case in point: One of the biggest reasons that over 60 million head cases voted for Trump is because they believed that his opponent was running a pedophile ring out of a pizza joint just outside of Washington, DC. One Trump terrorist even went there fully armed, intending to "rectify the situation." Republicans believe all sorts of things. Just last week, Rush Limb... more »

"Two Tough Questions: A Lesson in Perspective"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Two Tough Questions: A Lesson in Perspective"* by Living Life Fully "*Question 1:* If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already (three deaf, two blind, one mentally retarded) and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read the next question before moving down to the answer of this one. *Question 2:* It is time to elect a new world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates: •Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smo... more »

“Hustled Through Life”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Hustled Through Life”* by Paul Rosenberg “Most people, sad to say, are too rushed, frightened, and confused to think about what they really want out of life. They are hustled through school, forced into long-term decisions before they’re ready to face them, then held to those decisions by fear and shame. They choose from a limited set of options, and they know that change will be punished. Eventually they get old and find time to think, but by then they can’t bear to question too deeply; that would jeopardize their self-worth, and they haven’t time to rebuild it. For an intellig... more »

Patient of the Week: White-tailed Kite

Bird-Rescue at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 23 hours ago
Because of our specialization with water birds, it’s not often that we get to work with or talk about non-aquatic birds, such as this gorgeous, juvenile White-tailed Kite. You may remember three oiled Prairie Falcon chicks that we featured last summer. While we specialize in aquatic bird species, we work with any species that is […]

Life Inside The Suwalki Gap

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The United States is sending an increasing number of soldiers to supplement their NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe in response to potential Russian military expansion. *Timothy Fadek, Roads And Kingdoms:* *Inside The Suwalki Gap* On Sept. 14, Russia will hold one of its biggest military exercises since the Cold War. Tens of thousands of military personnel are expected to participate in the Zapad 17 drill, set to take place over seven days in Belarus, Kaliningrad, and Russia. In the Suwalki Gap, the 64-mile border between Poland and Lithuania, tensions are high. This is th... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Bahraini King’s Declaration of Worldwide Religious Tolerance Unveiled at Historic Wiesenthal Center Interfaith Event https://t.co/UbibAt8ia6 pic.twitter.com/mdUVlJ0aoY — SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) September 15, 2017 Pictured: Four female Boston College students attacked with acid at a Marseille train stationhttps://t.co/ehkTC2p2Jh pic.twitter.com/e9L5eAmpvh — Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 17, 2017 Timeline of steps towards a disputed referendum on Catalonian independence pic.twitter.com/5dlWmoXGAu — AFP news agency (@AFP) September 17, 2017 Be careful inv... more »

Iran And U.S. Accuse Each Other Of Breaking The Nuclear Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post:* *U.S. and Iran accuse each other of backsliding on nuclear deal* Iran and the United States on Sunday tore into each other’s behavior regarding the 2015 nuclear deal as America’s top diplomat and Iran’s supreme leader traded accusations of backsliding on agreed-to commitments. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that Iran is in “technical compliance” with its obligations under the pact negotiated by the Obama administration and five other world powers. But he faulted Tehran for its non-nuclear activities in the Middle East — backing militias in Yemen a... more »

Exclusive: First scenes from liberated Jafra in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated al-Jafra village south of Deir ez-Zor, Sunday, amidst an ongoing battle to rid self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) from the groups last major foothold in Syria. The SAA rid IS militants from the village using a torrent of gunfire, airstrikes and rockets […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish forces open up a second front against ISIS in Raqqa

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have opened up a second front against ISIS in Raqqa with the aim of accelerating the decline of the terrorist group’s lingering presence in the city’s western suburbs. Late yesterday afternoon, reports came in that Kurdish-led forces re-ignited their eastern pincer after weeks of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russian jets obliterate ISIS ferry docks, positions along the Euphrates

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – Footage has been released showing the Russian air grouping in Syria targeting ISIS ferry docks, troop movements and positions on both sides of the Euphrates River over the skies of Deir Ezzor Governorate. The video (shown below) serves as visual evidence to back up reports that have been coming in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army kills high ranking ISIL emir from Saudi Arabia

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) killed one of the highest ranking emirs of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), Sunday, following their advance in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor. According to a military source in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces killed Abu ‘Obeidah Al-Najdi, a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi Vice President says Iraq will not accept ‘another Israel’

In July Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki told Sputnik that Kurdistan would be unable to secede because it would be against the constitution of Iraq. In response to Barzani’s announcement to hold an independence referendum no matter what, Maliki has warned that the Iraqi government will not tolerate the establishment of “another Israel.” Iraqi Vice […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video footage of the Syrian Army liberating an important town near Deir Ezzor Airbase

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated the imperative town of Al-Muri’iyah, Friday, following a big advance near the Deir Ezzor Military Airport. Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army managed to break-through the Islamic State’s defenses after liberating the strategic 1082 Air Defense base […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Former NASA scientist disses @NASAGISS – says it’s a “monument to bad science”

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Climate scientist Dr. Duane Thresher: Start with defunding NASA GISS where this whole global warming nonsense started. It was started by James Hansen, formerly head of NASA GISS and considered the father of global warming. It was continued by Gavin Schmidt, current head of NASA GISS, anointed by Hansen,…

Winton Capital Sets Up Climate Change Prediction Market

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From The GWPF Date: 12/09/17 |Lindsay Fortado, Financial Times One of Europe’s largest hedge funds is looking to move into the gambling industry in the UK, as it sets up a new venue where players can bet on the effects of climate change. The project is hoping to…

Climate Change Australia – Tim Flannery’s Latest Prediction Blown Away

Originally posted on PA Pundits - International: By Andrew Bolt ~ Professional climate alarmist Tim Flannery first became famous for his dud predictions after predicting cities such as Brisbane and Sydney were likely to run out of water very quickly because of man-made global warming. For instance, in 2007 he predicted: So even the rain…

Adjusting Measurements to Match the Models – Part 3: Lower Troposphere Satellite Temperatures

Executive Summary: The bottom lines that emerge from all this are: 1. The only published temperature time series that are not distorted by adjustments and which can therefore be considered reasonably reliable are the UAH TLT series and the SST series after about 1950. (The various radiosonde series, which go back to 1958, also appear […]

Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the “I thought sure Fukashima was going to kill me” department Oxford Martin restatement finds that risks from radiation exposure are extensively studied and small relative to smoking, obesity and air pollution UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so…

What you need to know and are not told about hurricanes

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website Summary: Millions of words were expended reporting about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but too little about the science connecting them to climate change. Here are the details, contrasted with the propaganda barrage of those seeking to exploit these disasters for…

El Niño Winter On the Way

Originally posted on Sierra Foothill Commentary: According to Joe Bastardi at Westherbell we are going to have an El Niño Winter Here is his snow forecast: Note that the southern half of California will be relatively dry, with the upper part near normal. Nevada County is in the dividing line, we could be normal or…

Proposed Boyajian's Star System Configuration, Based on Analysis of Century-Long Data

Jose Solorzano at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 1 day ago
Until recently, we hadn't observed brightening of Boyajian's Star (KIC 8462852) over time. There were documented instances of fading over time, some more convincing than others. It was as though the star is gradually fading until the day it finally disappears from view. Simon et al. (2017) changed all of that. Using ASAS/ASAS-SN data, the researchers documented two apparent episodes of brightening in the last 11 years. It now seems Boyajian's Star has long-term variability that is likely periodic. Since the apparent amplitude of the long-term magnitude signal is not small, it's re... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The siege of Deir ez-Zor was lifted earlier in September thanks to a swift and relentless offensive mounted by the Syrian army aided by elements of Russian Aerospace Forces. © Sputnik/ Mikhail Alaeddin *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Back to Normal: Images of Peaceful Life in Liberated Deir ez-Zor* (Sputnik).

This is one of their core beliefs…

Brother Jonah at Not My Tribe - 1 day ago
Can’t testify about what the Odinist religious services would be like. Not even curious. But there are people who use Christianity, with and mostly without scriptural authority. Hey, if you’re blaspheming you might as well go the whole courrse, right? It’s insidious rather than raw naked hatred. Fear and hatred walk hand in hand though. […]

Palestine: Hamas Ready To Reconcile With Fatah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*:* Hamas makes move toward Palestinian reconciliation* Jerusalem (CNN)Paving the way for possible reconciliation between the West Bank and Gaza, Hamas said Sunday it would dissolve the Gaza administrative committee, allowing a Palestinian unity government to work in its place and move toward general elections. The announcement comes after days of indirect negotiations between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Islamist Hamas in Cairo. Hamas said the negotiations were "an expression of Egyptian interest in Palestinian reconciliation and ending the division, and our interes... more »

Trumpanzee vs Bannon

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Trump is taking on the onus of a losing battle in Alabama against his own base on behalf Mitch McConnell, who he's said to detest. Background: last year Trump pulverized all his Republican presidential primary opponents in Alabama: *•* Senor Trumpanzee- 371,735 (43.4%) *•* Cruz- 180,608 (21.1%) *•* Rubio- 159,802 (18.7%) *•* Carson- 87,517 (10.2%) *•* Kasich- 37,970 (4.4%) *•* Jeb- 3,946 (0.5%) *•* Huckabee- 2,535 (0.3%) *•* Paul- 1,879 (0.2%) *•* Christie- 850 (0.1%) *•* Santorum- 616 (0.1%) *•* Fiorina- 543 (0.1%) *•* Lindsey Graham- 254 (0.0%) Alabama has 5 counties that share a... more »

UN & IMF: New World Currency WILL NOT BE the US Dollar | Mike Rivero

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Reluctant Preppers Published on Sep 17, 2017 What happened to Trump who was elected on the platform of US not getting entangled in and paying for the world’s wars? Why are we now embroiled as much as ​ ​ever in saber rattling against Russia and China? What’s really behind all this escalation of tensions? With China […]

Israeli Army Abducts A Father And His Son in Hebron, Two Children In Jerusalem, And A Man Near Jenin

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israeli Army Abducts A Father And His Son in Hebron, Two Children In Jerusalem, And A Man Near Jenin by http://imemc.org/ Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Friday, a Palestinian father and his son, in Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, in addition to abducting two children in Jerusalem, and one […]

Israel Is Getting Ready for a Major War — and No One Is Talking About It

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Israel Is Getting Ready for a Major War — and No One Is Talking About It by Darius Shahtahmasebi, http://theantimedia.org/ (ANTIMEDIA) — Last week, Israel began holding its largest military drill in 20 years, and it was specifically designed to simulate a war with Hezbollah. – From the Independent: – “The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has deployed thousands of air, sea and […]

Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump by Prof. James Petras, The Official James Petras Website , via https://www.globalresearch.ca/ In the last few months, several competing political, economic and military sectors – linked to distinct ideological and ethnic groups – have clearly emerged at the centers of power. – We can identify some of […]

New Documents Show Pentagon Is Shipping Billions Worth Of Weapons To Terrorists In Syria, Trying To Cover Its Tracks

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
New Documents Show Pentagon Is Shipping Billions Worth Of Weapons To Terrorists In Syria, Trying To Cover Its Tracks by Brandon Turbeville, https://www.activistpost.com/ While Donald Trump garnered praise from many anti-imperialist activists and researchers after his public announcement that he was ending the CIA’s program of arming terrorists in Syria, it appears much of that […]

Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon’s Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon’s Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/ The German government has opened a probe into an illegal Pentagon arms trafficking operation after a bombshell investigative report on the secret program went viral this week. – On Wednesday we reported on the continuing Pentagon arms pipeline to Syria which runs through Europe, the […]

“We’re Going to Wake Up, and Things Will Be Fundamentally Different” | Rob Kirby

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Rob Kirby: “We Are Going to Wake Up and Things Will Be Fundamentally DIFFERENT” by Elijah Johnson, http://www.silverdoctors.com/ Rob Kirby tells Silver Doctors on this week’s SD Metals & Markets that “we’re going to wake up, and things will be fundamentally different.” Gold & silver are about to skyrocket in price… Rob Kirby of Kirby Analytics interviewed on SD Weekly Metals and Markets. – […]

Jim Willie: A New Monetary Horizon In View

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
A New Monetary Horizon In View, an Interview with Jim Willie by https://www.perpetualassets.com/ He’s back – Will interviews Dr Jim Willie, editor of the Hat Trick Letter, found on the website GoldenJackass.com – Join us for an epic 2 hour adventure with the Jackass himself, Jim Willie. Topics include global trade dynamics and new systems being implemented as […]

A US Trade War with China Will End US Monopoly on Global Financial System – Jim Rogers

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
A US Trade War with China Will End US Monopoly on Global Financial System – Jim Rogers by https://www.rt.com/ If the Trump administration puts sanctions on China, this would hurt America more because it just forces China and Russia and other countries to cooperate, says investor and financial commentator Jim Rogers. – US Treasury Secretary Steven […]

NYTimes Article Pushes STERILIZATION Chemicals in the Food Supply

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
TheHealthRanger Published on Sep 15, 2017 Natural News exposes the New York Times for pushing to spike the food supply with mass sterilization chemicals in order to eliminate blacks. Yes, the NYT pushed eugenics and genocide. Today, the same agenda is carried on by Planned Parenthood. end

Anti-Gold Puppet Now Predicts Gold Will Soar! — Kranzler

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
SGTreport Published on Sep 14, 2017 CPM Group’s Jeffrey Christian has emerged from his Bankster paid-for hole once again, but this time he’s singing a different song. Instead of insisting that gold is overvalued for as far as the eye can see, he’s now saying $1700+ gold will soon be here, and that prudent folks should […]

China Dollar Dump Means Hyperinflation – Chris Martenson

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
China Dollar Dump Means Hyperinflation – Chris Martenson by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Resource analyst and futurist Chris Martenson says everyone should be taking notice of our “dangerous markets.” At the center of the danger zone is the declining U.S. dollar. Martenson explains, “We are talking about a steady erosion of the dollar as a […]

Beijing Has Told The Nation’s Top Brokers, Bankers And Financiers That There Is No Market Turbulence Ahead Of Next Month's Party Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Zero Hedge:* *China Orders No Market Turbulence Ahead Of Party Congress* The most important event in China in five years is about to take place, and Beijing isn't taking any chances. Ahead of the Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress - an event so massive that according to Bloomberg "nothing escapes its pull" - which is slated to start on October 18 in Beijing, regulators have made it clear to the nation’s top brokers, bankers and financiers that they don’t want to see any major turbulence in markets. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* The Chinese Party Congress starts next mon... more »

Can Washington Protect America's Electoral Process from the next Cyber Attack?

John Allen, Michael O'Hanlon at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*John Allen, Michael O'Hanlon* *Security, North America* [image: A projection of cyber code on a hooded man] Congress needs to act on a major elections-security initiative this year. When one of us, after a four-decade career in the Marine Corps including nineteen months in command in Afghanistan, had the chance to address the National Association of Counties earlier this year, this was the key message: *We in the military have always been the ones on the front lines in defense of this country and its democracy. Now, it is you as well—those who are manning the voting centers, ma... more »

America May Push Iran Into Becoming the Next Nuclear Crisis

Ted Galen Carpenter at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Security, Middle East* Using North Korea’s behavior as an excuse to trash the nuclear agreement with Iran is at best a dangerously simplistic reaction. It’s no secret that the Trump administration is busily building a case to have the United States repudiate the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran. Even when the president grudgingly conceded that Tehran was complying with the explicit terms of the accord, he groused that Iranian leaders were violating “the spirit” of the document. A cynic could easily have pointed out that a key reason why nations spell out th... more »

The Search for Crime and Justice on America's Indian Reservations

Maggie Ybarra at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Maggie Ybarra* *Politics, North America* [image: Dancers take part in the Grand Entry on the opening night of the 32nd Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow, a Native American dance competition and social gathering, in Taos, New Mexico] “The federal approach” is usually a one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it deal, which may not seem very appealing to some tribes. New Mexico is quietly wild. Its multicolored sunsets, volcano-pocked terrain and unique cultural landscape attract tourists, inspire artists and mask its dark side. After all, one of the perks of the sparsely populated state is... more »

Here's How Private Contractors Can Help Win the Afghan War

Daniel G. Straub at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Daniel G. Straub* *Security, Middle East* [image: A member of the Afghan security personnel stands guard at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul] History and incentives are on their side. The president has declared a “path forward” for Afghanistan. Given that the United States is at a nexus for strategic change, might there be an increased role for private contractors in positions previously held by U.S. troops? A proposal from Erik Prince, formerly the head of Blackwater Worldwide, claims that with the use of his “corporate warriors” he can end the war in Afghanistan... more »

Bahrain's King Denounces The Arab Boycott of Israel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (R) speaks to British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) during the first Gulf Cooporative Council's (GCC) " GCC British Summit", in Sakhir Palace Bahrain, December 7, 2016.. (photo credit:HAMAD I MOHAMMED / REUTERS) *Jerusalem Post:* *Bahrain King Denounces Arab Boycott of Israel, Says Countrymen May Visit* *The king of the island nation has plans to establish a Museum of Religious Tolerance in the capital city by the end of the year. * LOS ANGELES – Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and said his ... more »

RAISE Act: Global panel of scholars explains 'merit-based' immigration

Mireille Paquet, Professor of Political Science, Concordia University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
A naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong *Editor’s note: In February, U.S. Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, with President Donald Trump, unveiled an immigration bill called the RAISE Act. It would create a “merit-based” points system for evaluating foreigners applying to come to the U.S. through an employment visa.* *The senators said that in drafting it, they had looked to best practices for points-based systems like those in Canada and Australia. As Congress takes up the issue of immigration, we turned to our global network of scholars to get ... more »

Cui Bono ?

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 1 day ago
Dr. Gary North, economist, has posted a very short comment about 9/11 – Seeing Is Not Believing: Steel and Concrete Become Mid-Air Dust on 9/11. Dr. Judith Woods’ work is the main source of information. She refers to Tesla’s work … Continue reading →

Reflections

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 1 day ago
I’ve become familiar with John Rappaport’s ideas encapsulated in his Matrix concept, and receive a weekly email of his most recent thoughts; this week’s blog on “Is the individual an outmoded idea?” is intriguing as it gets to the core … Continue reading →

Seven African Countries Are Violating UN Sanctions On North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
KN News *VOA: **Africa’s Ties to North Korea Extend Beyond Isolated Military Deals* WASHINGTON — As the U.N. investigates at least seven African countries for possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea, many other countries across the continent have, in recent years, deepened their economic ties to the reclusive Asian regime. From 2000 to 2015, exports from North Korea to Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Zambia increased by an average annual growth rate of 1.58 percent. Imports from Benin, Senegal and Mozambique saw an average annual growth rate of 1.84 percent dur... more »

Har, Har. at least somebody is flinging the wet at assholes' presumption to regulate the world.