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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

21 February - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

10:52 pm MST

Russiagate-Trump Gets Solved by Giant of American Investigative Journalism

Eric Zuesse at The Duran - 2 minutes ago
Some people’s greed, apparently, knows no limits — not even when it could produce a world-ending nuclear war. More The post Russiagate-Trump Gets Solved by Giant of American Investigative Journalism appeared first on The Duran.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 minutes ago
Members of an American landing party drag men to shore after their landing craft was sunk by Nazi shelling off the coast of France on D-Day. The survivors reached Utah Beach, near Cherbourg, using a lift raft. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the D-Day operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front *WNU Editor:* The above picture is form this photo-gallery .... *The heroes of D-Day in colour: The actions of brave Allied troops who fought their way on to the beaches... more »

Breaking: Russian 5th generation stealth fighters arrive in Syria

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 38 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:52 A.M.) – Amid a very recent dispatch of reinforcements to Syria, the Russian Aerospace Forces have brought with them a number of its latest 5th generation stealth air superiority fighters – the Su-57. According to photo evidence (shown above) at least two Su-57 stealth fighters arrived at the Russian Khmeimim Air Base. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

19 year old Gazan dies from Israeli bullet wounds

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 38 minutes ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 A.M)- A 19 year old Palestinian from the Gaza Strip died in hospital today. The death comes days after the teen was shot at a border protest, against Israel’s illegal besieging of the Gaza Strip. The teen, Ahmad al-Helou, died today after suffering from bullet wounds, inflicted by an Israeli sniper the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Remebering George Washington Who Was Born 286 Years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 44 minutes ago
The final resting place of George and Martha Washington. (Wikipedia) From *Wikipedia*: George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation's establishment and came to ... more »

Time For A Late Night Spy Mystery? When Will Mueller Nail Kushner-in-Law?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 52 minutes ago
I don't think it would surprise anyone to hear that Paul Manafort-- Trump's original campaign manager and the likely Putin connection-- is going to prison. But Mueller seems to be ramping up the pressure on him, probably to turn on other, higher up Trump associates. Reporter Jason Leopold broke another piece of the story Monday night. It starts with $40 million in "suspicious" financial transactions (likely looted from Ukraine). "The vast web of transactions," wrote Leopold, "was unraveled mainly in 2014 and 2015 during an FBI operation to fight international kleptocracy that ultim... more »

President Trump's Tweets And Behavior Has Not Hindered The 'Five-Eyes' Intelligence Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Levi Maxey, Cipher Brief:** Five Eyes Intel Sharing Unhindered By Trump Tweets* While President Donald Trump’s tweets at times unnerve America’s closest allies, especially those that attack U.S. intelligence and law enforcement, the “Five Eyes” network of the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand continues to share intelligence almost as one nation. The intelligence relationship arguably provides stability and reassurance that Washington’s national security apparatus remains on watch against transnational threats such as cyber insecurity and a resurgent Russia, despite... more »

What Will The Islamic State Look Like In 2018?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of Raqqa, Iraq, in June, 2014. (Reuters) *ABC News Online*: *Islamic State: What will the hard-line jihadist group look like in 2018?* Now that the Islamic State caliphate across Syria and Iraq has been largely dismantled, the question among analysts remains as to what shape and form the group will take in 2018 and how it will manifest itself throughout the region. But rather than deeming the brutal militant group completely destroyed or defeated, counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen explains that for... more »

Gun Manufacturers Can’t Be Sued For Crimes Committed With Their Products?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
There are almost no circumstances under which someone can sue a manufacturer in civil court for a crime committed with a gun.

Did Donald Trump Register ‘Make America Great Again’ in 2012?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Donald Trump filed a trademark application for his campaign slogan in November 2012, despite claims that he had no plans to run for office at the time.

Social Media Platforms Tighten Rules, Prompting Censorship Claims

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Both Twitter and Medium implemented changes that led to various accounts being deleted or suspended.

The Truth About Crisis Actors In The Florida Shooting

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Feb 21, 2018 Alex Jones and Milo expose the truth behind the claim that children have been coached, such as crisis actors, after the Florida shooting to manipulate media reports and push anti-gun, anti-Trump politics. end

GOLD & SILVER Supply Dry Up, Prices and Timing. Q&A with Eric Griffin and Lynette Zang

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
ITM Trading Streamed live on Feb 20, 2018 SEE BELOW FOR FULL QUESTIONS LIST AND FREE ITM GUIDE… Video & Link to Questions: https://www.itmtrading.com/blog/gold-… Viewer Submitted Questions: Question 1. BlueMariner777 How can they falsely push down the spot gold market when folks are buying real gold based on those prices. Aren’t they doing something illegal to […]

The Debate: Damascus Slams Turkey’s Offensive as Violation of Syria’s Sovereignty

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
PressTV Published on Feb 21, 2018 Even though Syria is a sovereign country, it’s land and air is being violated. Coming on the heels of Israeli airstrikes and a US permanent presence in Northern Syria, now Turkey has executed an operation that includes Afrin, to rid it from what it calls the YPG terrorists, without the […]

NYTimes is ‘Occupying the Property’ of Palestinian Family – Abunimah

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT America Published on Feb 21, 2018 The New York Times is the US paper of record. However, it has been heavily criticized for its slanted coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. RT America’s Anya Parampil explores the dark side of the NYT’s Jerusalem bureau. end

Pro-Assad Forces Shelled by Turkey After Entering Kurdish-Held Region

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
RT Published on Feb 21, 2018 The northern Syrian city of Afrin has come under heavy shelling from the Turkish army. Ankara has ramped up its operation in the region to dislodge the Kurdish fighters, which it sees as terrorists. end

US Military Establishment Risking WWIII to Maintain Hegemony: Analyst

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
US Military Establishment Risking WWIII to Maintain Hegemony: Analyst by http://www.presstv.com/ The United States military establishment is risking the Third World War in order to maintain American hegemony, a political analyst says. – James Jatras, a former Senate foreign policy adviser in Washington, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting […]

Trump’s New Plan for Mideast Peace Doomed to Failure: Palestinian Analysts

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Trump’s New Plan for Mideast Peace Doomed to Failure: Palestinian Analysts by Emad Drimly, http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/newchina/index.htm GAZA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) — Palestinian analysts believe that U.S. President Donald Trump’s new plan for the Middle East peace, which is supposed to be revealed in the coming weeks, would not put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. – They argued […]

Finkelstein(Jew) on Gaza: Who Or What Has a Right to Exist? The Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians by Zionist Israel

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Emphasis mine: Finkelstein(Jew) on Gaza: Who Or What Has a Right to Exist? The Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians by Zionist Israel by JUDITH DEUTSCH, https://www.counterpunch.org/ Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom (Verso, 2018), is an extraordinary book. It is also a difficult book to read. In his preface, Norman Finkelstein writes that this work “has been […]

Israel Arming at Least Seven Syrian Rebel Groups

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels (ISIS, Al Qaeda) For Years by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/ Earlier, when discussing why the Syrian “rebels” fighting Assad are in “turmoil”, we said that as a result of the ongoing Qatar crisis the various Saudi and Qatari supply chains supporting the rebels, both in terms of weapons and funding, had […]

Michael Pento: Rising Rates Forecast Insolvency, Profound Chaos Coming

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Michael Pento: Rising Rates Forecast Insolvency, Profound Chaos Coming by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Money manager Michael Pento says recently rising interest rates are signaling big trouble for the economy. Pento contends, “There are so many things that can go wrong with rising interest rates. First of all, you have to understand that the permabulls that you hear […]

Russian “Troll Farm” Indictment Shredded By Journalist Who First Profiled It In 2015

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Russian “Troll Farm” Indictment Shredded By Journalist Who First Profiled It In 2015 by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/ Following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three entities behind a Russian “troll farm” said to have meddled in the 2016 U.S. election (admittedly, with zero impact), two people familiar with both the ads purchased by Russians on […]

STUNNING: Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
STUNNING: Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article by http://thegatewaypundit.com/ After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger […]

X22 Report, “As The Old Economic System Breaks Down, A New One Is Born From The Ashes”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
X22 Report, “As The Old Economic System Breaks Down, A New One Is Born From The Ashes” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfl5t6Pdjhg Related followup report: X22 Report, “Clock Is Activated, Protect Code Went Live, Timetable Accelerated: Q” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOtfNiVB9QM

Musical Interlude, 2002, "Where The Stars And Moon Play"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Pamela and Randy Copus are the duo known as 2002. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards and a wind instrument called a WX5. Both musicians also provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a "virtual choir" with a celestial, angelic quality.” 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play” - http://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“This colorful skyscape features the dusty, reddish glow of Sharpless catalog emission region Sh2-155, the Cave Nebula. About 2,400 light-years away, the scene lies along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus. *Click image for larger size.* Astronomical explorations of the region reveal that it has formed at the boundary of the massive Cepheus B molecular cloud and the hot, young, blue stars of the Cepheus OB 3 association. The bright rim of ionized hydrogen gas is energized by the radiation from the hot stars, dominated by the bright... more »

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Wants His Troops To Train In China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to respond to Australia’s offer as the Philippine military fights Isis in Mindanao. Photograph: Reuters *South China Morning Post*: *Rodrigo Duterte wants to create ‘balance’ by sending troops to China for training* *Philippine president’s counterterrorism proposal comes amid concern over growing risk of ‘miscalculation’ and conflict in South China Sea.* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to send troops to China for training to combat terrorism, despite worries resurfacing over Beijing’s build-up in the contested South China Sea. D... more »

Chet Raymo, “Reaching For The Stars”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Reaching For The Stars”* by Chet Raymo “Here is a spectacular detail of the Eagle Nebula, a gassy star-forming region of the Milky Way Galaxy, about 7,000 light-years away. This particular spire of gas and dust was recently featured on APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day). The Eagle lies in the equatorial constellation Serpens. If you went out tonight and looked at this part of the sky - more or less midway between Arcturus and Antares - you might see nothing at all. The brightest star in Serpens is of the third magnitude, perhaps invisible in an urban environment. No part of the ... more »

Conspiracy Theories About Mass and School Shootings, Explained

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Why do the same sets of shooting conspiracy theories and tropes appear every time there is a horrific mass shooting — and where do they come from?

“Achieving the Dream’ ID’s Student Issues

Jamal Watson at Diverse - 4 hours ago
NASHVILLE — Advancing equity, strengthening advising and improving pedagogy and curriculum were among the issues explored this week at the annual meeting of Achieving the Dream.

Study: Wide Black-White Wealth Gap Growing

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Despite increases in Black business ownership, elected office, and university enrollment, a new study indicates that wealth disparities between U.S. Blacks and whites have been widening.

3 Unsung Afro-Puerto Rican Heroes

Andrew Martinez at Diverse - 4 hours ago
In honor of Black History Month, I felt compelled to highlight Black Puerto Ricans. Anti-blackness not only exists within White communities, but is pervasive and prevalent in Puerto Rican and other Latinx cultures.

New NAACP Youth Leader a Skilled Organizer

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Tiffany Dena Loftin arrived this month as the NAACP’s new director of the Youth & College Division at a critical – even urgent – time when many young African-Americans are clamoring for ways to get involved in social justice movements to resist violence and oppression.

Citations Needed News Brief: How to Respond to Knee-Jerk Bigotry on Live TV

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 4 hours ago
Badass fashion blogger and activist Hoda Katebi joined Citations Needed for an all-access News Brief to discuss her now-infamous WGN television segment. With Hoda, we explore what it means to "sound American," the politics of women's clothing, and why everyone with even a single drop of Iranian blood is expected to be an expert on nuclear energy and international affairs. And, if you

Citations Needed, Episode 27: How the Media Mainstreamed Racist Pseudoscience

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 4 hours ago
If one were to approach New York Times-reading liberals circa 1990 and tell them about a crime-fighting policy that arbitrarily harassed black and Latino youths who had committed no crime and threw the book at low-level nonviolent offenses, they would be rightfully outraged at the idea. But, if one were to couch this exact policy in pseudoscience promoted by mercenary sociologists and

How to Solve the Ukraine Crisis: Peacekeepers?

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The issue of UN peacekeepers inside the Donbas region in Ukraine is a contentious one. The Ukraine crisis continues to be the main source of tension in the NATO-Russia relationship according to the alliance’s top official. The alliance hopes to reduce tensions by working with Russia to implement the Minsk agreements and potentially deploy UN peacekeepers in the war-torn Donbas region. “During the meeting today [with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov] we addressed Ukraine and I underlined the importance of the implementation of the Minsk agreeme... more »

America Is Selling More Arms to the Netherlands, Finland and Kuwait. Here is the Rundown.

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Of the three potential deals, the Dutch AH-64E is probably the most prominent. The U.S. State Department has notified the Congress of several potential new defense sales to the Netherlands, Finland and Kuwait. The potential arms deal range from Boeing AH-64E Apache gunships to fast attack vessels to Mk-41 vertical launch systems. Of the three potential deals, the Dutch AH-64E is probably the most prominent. “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of items and services to support th... more »

America Needs to Think About the Next War—Before It's Too Late

Douglas Macgregor at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Douglas Macgregor* *Security, Americas* New forces must be built that can deter and defeat capable nation-state opponents in high-intensity conventional conflict. Inside democratic societies, shrewd and far-sighted defense strategies focused on modernizing armed forces for future wars are always difficult to achieve. Thus, when a modernization strategy succeeds as it did in 1991 with the Battle of 73 Easting, Americans should pay attention. At 4:18 PM on 26 February 1991, the two lead cavalry troops of an 1,100-man Armored Cavalry Squadron consisting of Abrams tanks, Bradley inf... more »

Iran’s Intensifying War with Israel

James Phillips at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*James Phillips* *Security, Middle East* [image: An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen] The Trump administration should publicly warn Russia and Iran that the United States will respond forcefully to future threats in Syria. The February 10 military clash between Iran and Israel ushered in a new phase of the Syrian war. Iran for the first time challenged Israel directly instead of attacking indirectly through... more »

Time to End America's Foreign Policy Losing Streak

Daniel L. Davis at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Daniel L. Davis* *Security, Americas* The United States has expended enormous resources and sacrificed many of its service members to a mission that has resulted in a net loss to America. If the intent of President Trump’s “*America first*” foreign policy is to “put the interests of the American people and American security above all else,” events currently playing out in Syria expose it as a failed policy. While the goal of defending American citizens and interests from the Islamic State has always been entirely valid, the way Washington has pursued that objective has diminish... more »

Don't Expect President Trump to Invade Iran

Leon Hadar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Leon Hadar* *Security, Middle East* [image: Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the western Pacific Ocean May 2, 2017. Picture taken May 2, 2017. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Handout via REUTERS] It is doubtful that President Trump is planning to change the regime in Tehran or to try to remake Iran into a liberal democratic nation. Learning from history can be useful but can sometimes also create intellectual traps for policy makers when they misapply those so-called “les... more »

Smile Versus Glare Diplomacy at the Olympics

Gerald F. Hyman at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Gerald F. Hyman* *Security, Asia* [image: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018. Yonhap via REUTERS] America and its allies should reaffirm their position very vociferously that the current regime in the North is an anathema to the values they affirm. Much criticism has been leveled against Vice President Mike Pence from some quarters because he remained cold-faced and motionless star... more »

Italy's Election Could Change Everything

Scott B. MacDonald at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Scott B. MacDonald* *Politics, Europe* [image: PD party leader Matteo Renzi looks on during a news conference at the foreign press association in Rome, Italy, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile] If Euroskeptic parties win a majority, which is a possibility, and somehow cobble together a coalition, Italy could be looking at a referendum on whether to leave the eurozone. Italians go the polls on March 4 to elect a new parliament. Based on opinion polls, it is likely that the outgoing coalition, led by the center-left Democratic Party (PD), will not be returning to office. Al... more »

Here Is How the Military Hopes to Be a More Effective Fighting Force

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Americas* The idea is to deploy or get out. The Pentagon is actively working to reduce the number of non-deployable troops on its rolls so that the burden of combat is shared more evenly amongst the force. “The Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness about a week ago came out, having defined the problem that initially was brought to his attention by the U.S. Army, where they had many nondeployables on their rolls,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters. “You may say, what's this? People who've been injured and not returned to ... more »

What Happens to Our Brain When We Experience Complete Silence

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Silence is much more important to our brains than we’ve previously thought.

"The Object Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." - Marcus Aurelius Good luck!

Breaking: YPG reportedly to hand over some Aleppo districts to Syrian Army

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – According to preliminary reports from Aleppo, the Kurdish YPG will hand over some districts and localities to the the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) inside Aleppo. Among the listed areas that will be handed over are Bustan Basha, Al-Halk, Baiden, Al-Haidariyah, and ‘Ayn Al-Abyad. No information was available regarding the large […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Another Syrian Army division deploys to East Ghouta for upcoming offensive

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 A.M.) – Another Syrian Arab Army (SAA) division has redeployed to the East Ghouta region, following orders from their high command in Damascus. According to the latest report from Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 7th Armored Division redeployed to the East Ghouta, Wednesday, after spending most of the war in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran reportedly turns down US secret talks as Washington’s ‘lost Tehran’s trust’

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
The United States proposed Iran to hold direct talks on neutral soil to settle disagreements, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, referring to a source in Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. “The Americans suggested Maskat or Geneva as venue for the consultations. At first, it was only about inmates with dual citizenship held in Iranian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

New rebel alliance take control of important city in Idlib

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – The newly-formed rebel alliance between Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki imposed full control over the Idlib Governorate city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man on Wednesday, pro-opposition activists reported. According to these reports, Jabhat Tahrir Souriya took control of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, Wednesday, following the complete withdrawal of all Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Gaza declares state of emergency

Robert Inlakesh at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 A.M)- Gaza officials have just declared a state of emergency as the economy reaches brink of complete collapse. Residents of the Gaza Strip now face the unprecedented consequences Israel’s – eleven year – ongoing Seige. Despite the fact that the Israeli state is obliged by international law, to maintain a sound liveable […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army launches heavy barrage of missiles towards East Ghouta (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their large-scale attack on the East Ghouta region of Damascus, today, targeting the Islamist-held suburbs of Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma. Using their MLRS launcher, the Syrian Army’s 4th Division launched at least 30 missiles towards Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma, forcing the Islamist rebels of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

At least 135 rebels surrender to Syrian government in northern Homs

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:55 P.M.) – At least 135 rebels surrendered to the Syrian government forces in the northern countryside of the Homs Governorate, Wednesday, a military report claimed. The 135 rebels reportedly surrendered themselves to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at their checkpoints near the towns of Talbisah and Al-Rastn. These rebel fighters surrendered their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

More bad news for Abou El-Fotouh and his party :Officially on terror list

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 4 hours ago
Egypt’s ministry of interior announced on Wednesday that it arrested 6 fugitives from the banned Muslim Brotherhood at a ranch in El-Behaira’s Wadi Al-Natron allegedly owned by Abdel Moneim Abou El-Fotouh in the latest bad news for the former Presidential candidate following his arrest last week !! In a quick reaction, Abou El-Fotouh’s family issued an official statement denying that he owns a ranch or an agricultural land in El-Behaira governorate or any other place. The statement added that his wife Dr. Aliya Khalil was the one that owned an agricultural land in El-Bahaira governo... more »

Eleven Chinese Warships Entered The East Indian Ocean This Month. Is It Becuase Of The CRisis In Maldives?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Photo: China's growing military influence in the South China Sea is raising tensions in the region. (Reuters) *ABC News Online:* *Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives crisis, indebted Pacific nations alarmed.* Eleven Chinese warships reportedly sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, amid a constitutional crisis and state of emergency in the Maldives. A fleet of destroyers and at least one frigate, a 30,000-tonne amphibious transport dock and three support tankers entered the Indian Ocean, news portal Sina.com.cn said, without linking the deployment to the c... more »

NRA claims they will participate in tonight's town hall discussion on gun control. Really? Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
"I’m not a crisis actor. I’m somebody that had to witness this and live through this and I continue to have to do that," says Florida student David Hogg in response to conspiracy theories being written about him https://t.co/JruN0GWMRD https://t.co/j8VoIwj4ma — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 21, 2018 Courtesy of TPM: *The National Rifle Association will participate in a town hall discussion on gun laws and last week’s Florida school shooting, which will be hosted by CNN on Wednesday evening. * *The NRA’s national spokeswoman Dana Loesch will represent the organization at... more »

When Will Trump's Life Catch Up With Him? Meet Rachel Crooks, An Ohio Legislative Candidate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Blue America didn't endorse Rachel Crooks because of her Trump saga. We endorsed her because she's running on a Bernie-like platform and seemed to us in a position where she could flip an Ohio state legislative seat from red to blue. The Trump saga will help her do that by bringing her some attention from the media. Like the *Washington Post* this week. Eli Saslow's story, date-lined Tiffin, Ohio, is powerful and compelling. and I hope it helps bring Rachel the campaign money she needs to get her platform out to voters in the 88th district (parts of Sandusky and Seneca counties). "... more »

Politics and Media Censorship at Lakota Country Times -- by Natalie Hand

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
POLITICS and MEDIA CENSORSHIP BY: NATALIE HAND Censored News As an investigate journalist, I follow controversial stories and often write about them, under the freedom of the press. I also follow a code of ethics in my reporting. Investigative journalism requires me to intensely probe for the facts and ask pointed questions. Often, my stories expose political corruption so

Esteemed Evangelical Minister Billy Graham Dies at 99

Dave Bohon at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: esteemed-evangelical-minister-billy-graham-dies-at-99] Billy Graham, who became the 20th century's most high-profile Protestant evangelical messenger, died Feb. 21 at the age of 99.

Justice Thomas: Supreme Court Does Not Give Second Amendment Due Respect

Steve Byas at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: justice-thomas-supreme-court-does-not-give-second-amendment-due-respect] To paraphrase George Orwell, some parts of the Bill of Rights are apparently more equal than others, to the present Supreme Court, at least in the opinion of Justice Clarence Thomas.

Massive Opposition Kills Hawaii Anti-homeschool Bill

Alex Newman at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: massive-opposition-kills-hawaii-anti-homeschool-bill] A tsunami of opposition was able to derail an extreme bill in Hawaii, known as SB2323, that would have treated homeschool families as guilty until proven innocent. Among other controversies, the scheme would have required background checks and child-welfare investigations of all homeschool parents to determine whether they are suitable for raising their own children. It also would have required state approval before a family could homeschool. Unfortunately for homeschoolers, the author of the bill vowed to submit a new on... more »

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau lurches from one political landmine to another during India Junket

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 5 hours ago
Sophie Trudeau poses with convicted attempted murderer, Jaspal Atwal, in Mumbai Feb. 20. The Trudeaus attended a business and cultural event in the city that evening celebrating Indian cinema. (Name withheld upon request) I've been watching all week while Canada's le Dauphin Prime Minister lurches from one political cow paddy to another during an extended "State" visit to the BRICS member, India. At first, I thought the Indian Prime Minister Modi was snubbing Trudeau (not meeting him at airport, not "Tweeting" a welcome, even though this is a common practice for Modi when foreign le... more »

Are Consensus Science “Gold Standard Peer Reviews” Fraudulent BS Science?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 5 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich “We conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead... more »

Taoist Master Explains How Negative Chi Affects Us and Why Turning Inward is So Important Today

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - With so much going on, it's more important than ever to conserve your chi.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 21, 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Smoke rises from the rebel held besieged town of Hamouriyeh, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh *F. Brinley Bruton and Ammar Cheikh Omar, NBC*: *Syria’s civil war has been raging for 7 years. What’s behind it?* “Beyond imagination.” That is how the U.N. has described the onslaught by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta, which is located in a so-called "de-escalation zone" The intensifying bombing campaign around 10 miles from the country’s capital has killed and wounded hundreds in jus... more »

Mueller's Comic Book Indictment: How to Prosecute A Great Big Nothingburger

David Stockman at 5 hours ago
[image: undefined] We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know it's true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score ever -- that is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger. But he also did a lot more than that. Mueller's 37-page comic book indictment actually unmasks -- inadvertently to be sure -- the distinctly un-terrifying essence of the whole Russian meddling narrative. In fact, the crude social media emissions (ads and posts) of the so-called troll farm were generally lame, ofte... more »

“Arctic sea ice extent at its lowest for at least 1500 years”–Debunked By Three Scientific Papers

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? h/t Andyg55 https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/noaa-continue-to-pump-out-arctic-lies/ ? Further to NOAA’s claim that Arctic sea ice extent is at its lowest for at least 1500 years, Kenneth Richard highlighted three studies last year that show the claim to be bunkum. Re-posted from No Tricks Zone:…

The Coming Global Forest Regrowth

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Steve Goreham Last month, Pope Francis visited Peru and spoke about preserving the biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest. For decades, environmental groups have lamented the shrinking of world forests. But trends now point to a coming regrowth of global forests. Deforestation has long been…

CO2 Not Dangerous

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
via CO2 Not Dangerous by Ron Clutz Scientists are putting forward the case against CO2 endangerment by making submissions to inform EPA’s reconsideration of that erroneous finding some years ago. As noted previously, the Supreme Court had ruled that EPA has authority to regulate CO2, but left it to the agency to study and decide […]

I'M GUESSING THAT DANA LOESCH'S DEBATE PARTNER WON'T BE IN THE ROOM

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
This will be unpleasant: The National Rifle Association will participate in CNN's nationally televised town hall Wednesday with students, parents and community members who were affected by last week's school shooting.... The NRA accepted CNN's invitation to participate in the town hall and national spokeswoman Dana Loesch will represent the organization. Loesch is a nasty piece of work, but she's a pro -- I strongly suspect she'll have the sense not to attack student survivors or their parents. I assume she'll just devote all her airtime to demonizing people who aren't there to def... more »

Judge: Iraqis Sufficiently Allege Torture By Military Contractor And May Proceed With Lawsuit

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 6 hours ago
A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against CACI Premier Technology for its alleged involvement in Iraqi torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. The post Judge: Iraqis Sufficiently Allege Torture By Military Contractor And May Proceed With Lawsuit appeared first on Shadowproof.

Why Conservatives Cling to Their Guns

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 6 hours ago
Watching the heartbreaking “Listening Session” President Trump is having in Florida to address the school shooting, it occurred to me that most people probably can’t understand why Conservatives are so protective of their 2nd Amendment Rights. On the surface, it seems so illogical…until you study history. These school shooting are truly tragic, but they pale … Continue reading "Why Conservatives Cling to Their Guns"

World News Briefs -- February 21, 2018 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters: **Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as more bombs fall* BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria’s eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their “turn to die” on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus. At least 38 people died on Wednesday. At least 310 people have been killed in the district since Sunday night and more than 1,550 injured, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said. The eastern Ghouta, a densely populated agricultural d... more »

Stock Prices Pause At SMA

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 6 hours ago
Bounce back from the market drop is presently paused at the SMA stack. About 60% / 40% odds, IMHO, that we return to a downside weakness. Continue reading →

CONSTANCE SMITH HENDRICKS

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*CONSTANCE SMITH HENDRICKS* has been named dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in community health from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She earned a Ph.D. from Boston College.

PRABHAS V. MOGHE

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*PRABHAS V. MOGHE* has been appointed inaugural vice chancellor for research and innovation for Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where he has been serving as Distinguished Professor in the School of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay.

CAMILLA MEROS

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*CAMILLA MEROS* has been named Chief of Staff at Virginia International University. She previously served as a curriculum coordinator at VIU. She holds a master’s degree in TESOL from VIU as well as three bachelor’s degrees from Federal University of Ouro Preto in Brazil, in translation, English and Portuguese.

MILES K. DAVIS

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*MILES K. DAVIS* has been named president of Linfield College. Davis has spent the last six years as dean of the school of business at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University, a master’s degree from Bowie State University and a doctorate from George Washington University.

CHARLES BURNETT

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*CHARLES BURNETT*, a filmmaker, has been appointed Visiting Artist in Residence in the Film and Electronic Arts Program at Bard College. Burnett has a B.A. and an M.F.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. His films include Killer of Sheep, My Brother’s Wedding, To Sleep With Anger, and The Glass Shield.

QUINCY A. ROSE

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*QUINCY A. ROSE* has been appointed dean of the College of Education at Harris-Stowe State University. She previously served as department head and associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Grambling State University. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delaware State University. She has a doctorate from Wilmington University.

VANYA QUIÑONES

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
*VANYA QUIÑONES*, who serves as associate provost for student success and retention at CUNY’s Hunter College, has been appointed provost of Pace University, effective July 1, 2018. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Conservatives freakout as Twitter purges Russian bots and they suddenly lose hundreds, and even thousands of followers.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
I've lost close to 1,000 followers offer the past few hours. Major purge underway. — Richard 🐉 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) February 21, 2018 Courtesy of Metro: *Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the #MAGA brigade, as they howl in despair after half their Twitter followers vanished overnight. * *The reason? Those ‘cruel leftist libs’ at Twitter just purged a load of Russian bots, it seems – leading (hilariously) to right-wing Tweeters losing their sh*t. * *They think it’s some kind of left-wing conspiracy, whereas in fact, Twitter appears to have just deleted a bunch of n... more »

CO2 Not Dangerous

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 7 hours ago
Scientists are putting forward the case against CO2 endangerment by making submissions to inform EPA’s reconsideration of that erroneous finding some years ago. As noted previously, the Supreme Court had ruled that EPA has authority to regulate CO2, but left it to the agency to study and decide the endangerment. H/T to GWPF and WUWT […]

The Conservative Case for Policing Reforms

Content Multimedia - 7 hours ago
By Randy Petersen This paper details the conservative philosophy behind policing reforms with the police as a core function of government requiring oversight, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Joint U.S.-South Korean Military Exercises to Go On After Olympics

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: joint-u-s-south-korean-military-exercises-to-go-on-after-olympics] The joint military exercise conducted by the United States and South Korea, which were postponed by the Olympics, are planned to continue once the games are completed.

Sheriff Clarke: Are the Student Gun-control Protests George Soros Astroturf?

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: sheriff-clarke-are-the-student-gun-control-protests-george-soros-astroturf] The Parkland massacre hasn’t faded from the news as previous school shootings had, mainly due to surviving students' gun-control activism. But is this movement merely a result of manipulation by unseen, well-funded professional agitators?

The Politician's Syllogism, or, How politics solves problems

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Read this: *His Royal Majesty was forced to swallow alimony a toxic metal. He vomited and was given a series of enemas. His hair was shave f, and he had blistering agents applied to the scalp, to drive any bad humours downward.....Plasters of chemical irritants, including pigeon droppings, were applied to the soles of the royal feet, to attract the falling humours. Another ten ounces of blood was drawn.....The king was given white sugar candy, to cheer him up, then prodded with a red-hot poker. He was then given forty drops of ooze from "the skull of a man that was never buried"... more »

No Money In The Pentagon's Budget To Pay Iraq's Peshmerga Salaries

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Kurdish peshmerga fighters gather north of Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct. 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed *Al-Monitor:* *Pentagon stops budgeting for peshmerga salaries* The Trump administration’s budget proposal for next fiscal year does not include peshmerga salaries even as the Pentagon aims to continue training the Kurdish force. The Department of Defense had requested $365 million in stipends for the year that ends Sept. 30 but did not spend the money after negotiations to extend an expiring memorandum of understanding broke down in September. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had agree... more »

Russia, Pakistan edge closer in new cold war conditions

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR at OrientalReview.org - 7 hours ago
The articulations from both sides regarding the talks in Moscow on Tuesday suggest that Russia and Pakistan intend to work closely together to coordinate their approaches to the Afghan situation. The post Russia, Pakistan edge closer in new cold war conditions appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

You didn't care......

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 7 hours ago
Russia has tried to influence American society, it's internal affairs and elections before. You didn't care until you were told to care. There were statues that stood in place for over a 100 years. You didn't care until you were told to care. You didn't care that your elected leaders spied, lied and were corrupt. You didn't care until you were told to care. People are killed by guns every day in cities like Chicago, Baltimore and New Orleans. You didn't care about gun violence until you were told to care.......

Is Laura Phelps a Crisis Actor Who Lost a Child at Both Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A conspiracy theory accusing Nick and Laura Phelps of being "crisis actors" received a new (and false) twist in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Shakedown - At Night

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Throwing down a hot tune because I don't have time for blogging tonight. This placeholder *might* have to serve for Thursday and Friday as well - got a few lates on the cards. Still, whatevs. Kick off the slippers and let this club classic take you.

Parking Lot Sighting

LL at Virtual Mirage - 8 hours ago
Darmont Morgan or Morgan?

Was The Cast of ‘Black Panther’ Added to FBI Watch List?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A satirical web site played on allegations of racial profiling by the bureau for a humorous story about the hit Marvel movie.

Did People ‘Attack’ the Father of a School Shooting Victim for Wearing a Donald Trump T-Shirt?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A very small minority of Twitter users expressed a critical view of Andrew Pollack, but none appear to have addressed their comments directly to him.

Wackjob Democrat says Russian bots behind Florida school shooting (VIDEO)

Ricky Twisdale at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Rep. Adam Schiff believes Russian promotion of the 2nd amendment helps drive American violence More The post Wackjob Democrat says Russian bots behind Florida school shooting (VIDEO) appeared first on The Duran.

“Arctic sea ice extent at its lowest for at least 1500 years”–Debunked By Three Scientific Papers

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Andyg55 https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/noaa-continue-to-pump-out-arctic-lies/ Further to NOAA’s claim that Arctic sea ice extent is at its lowest for at least 1500 years, Kenneth Richard highlighted three studies last year that show the claim to be bunkum. Re-posted from No Tricks Zone: Earlier this year, Stein et al., 2017 published a reconstruction […]

BREAKING: The soul of a tribal player like Milbank!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018Tomorrow, what Lemon said:* Dana Milbank is thoroughly sure that The Others behaved like "idiots." Such hard-wired thoughts are a hard-wired part of the hard-wired prehuman condition. Life-forms like Milbank have performed this way all through the annals of time. How do we know what Milbank thinks? He tells us in his column in today's Washington Post. The headline on the column says "Putin's useful idiots." Cherry-picking from Mueller's indictment, he scatters his I-. S- and F-bombs around: MILBANK (2/21/18): *[W]hat Mueller did expose last week shou... more »

Where Are The Fourteenth Amendment Commemorations?

Gerard N. Magliocca at Balkinization - 8 hours ago
A centerpiece of my new book is the first Bill of Rights Day, which marked the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the first ten amendments. It was a major national festival, including parades, public readings, a special prime-time radio show, and an address by the President. This year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. What is being done to mark that momentous occasion? Not much. There is an academic conference here and there, and some civic-minded organizations are organizing events. But there will be, as far as I know, no... more »

Trauma in Common: US Gun Violence and Violence in Armed Conflict

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
This is a guest post by Betcy Jose, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Colorado-Denver “This is a really good school, and now it’s like a war zone.” This is how one parent reacted when picking up his son from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL after a shooter murdered 17 students and […]

Crimea River

Lisa Gaufman at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
One of the most predictable elections is just around the corner: even Google has already proclaimed Putin the winner of the presidential race of March 18th 2018 in Russia. The only marginal hiccup for the authorities might be a low turnout, but a couple of viral videos are already scaring the bejesus out of the […]

Battle Ground Dallas-- Texas And Its People Are So Much Better Than Their Politicians

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Redistricting takes place at the beginning of every decade, after the census. But in 2002 Republicans won control of the Texas legislature for the first time in 130 years. They immediately set about redrawing the state's congressional districts-- absurdly in many cases-- to send more Republicans and fewer Democrats to Congress. AT the time, Democrats held 17 seats to the Republicans 15. Tom DeLay, then House Majority Whip, oversaw the legislative takeover and then the gerrymandering. After the 2004 election, the Republicans he'd 21 seats and the Democrats 11. One of DeLay's tactic... more »

U.S. Navy Sends Warships Into The Black Sea To 'Send Russia A Message'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*CNN*: *US show of force sends Russia a message in Black Sea* Washington (CNN)The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, a US military official tells CNN. It's a region that has become increasingly fraught with tensions as Russia has reinforced its military forces in the area following its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move rejected by the vast majority of the international community. On Saturday the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney joined the USS Ross in the Black Sea t... more »

Peace negotiations in Syria’s East Ghouta derailed – Russian Defense Ministry

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that peace negotiations in Damascus suburb of East Ghouta have been derailed. Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reported that appeals to illegal armed groups to cease resistance and surrender arms were unsuccessful. Also, Russian military said that critical humanitarian crisis was underway in the region. “The humanitarian and socio-economic situation in East Ghouta is […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Egyptian Army’s Sinai campaign yields successful results (video)

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – The Egyptian Army’s large-scale offensive against the terrorist forces in the Sinai Peninsula has been yielding positive results, the Ministry of Defense stated on Wednesday. According to the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, their forces have achieved the following results: 112 wanted terrorists captured 8 terrorist bases destroyed 4 terrorists killed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian government forces deploy to Afrin-Idlib border to halt rebel advance

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Syrian pro-government forces have reportedly entered the Jindires front in Afrin on Tuesday, to fight the “Ottoman Turks”. The pro-government forces are calling themselves “Popular Forces” and according to local reports have joined the fight against the Turkish intervention in Afrin. The Jindires front is located in southern Afrin; it […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEOS: Militant stronghold in north Hama gets pumped full of Russian bombs and Syrian Army rockets

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – On Wednesday, The militant-held fortress town of Al-Latamenah in the northern countryside of Hama province came under heavy attack by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Army. On the one hand, Russian airpower smashed militant positions and movements in Al-Latamenah with pin-point strikes; on the other hand, the Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video of Syrian forces preparing to fight against ‘foreign aggression’

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Earlier in the day, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported of new groups of Syrian forces arriving to the town of Afrin to help Kurdish units repel a Turkish military operation. The footage, shared by the Directorate 4 Telegram channel, allegedly shows parts of the Syrian National Defense Forces moving into the south-west of the Syrian district of Afrin […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkish Army, allies undertake new strategy in Afrin following Syrian forces intervention – Map update

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Following the intervention of Syrian government forces into Afrin on Tuesday, military activity between the warring factions and violence in general across the region has significantly reduced. With a direct advance into the mountainous heartland of the Afrin now blocked by the presence of pro-Damascus forces (who are to serve […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army Tiger Forces deploy 2 more assault regiments to east Damascus amid final mobilization efforts

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – Another two assault regiments belonging to the elite Tiger Forces Division of the Syrian Army have begun to arrive at their deployment points in Damascus amid what are final mobilization efforts for government’s much-anticipated operation against insurgent groups across the East Ghouta region. Both regiments, identified as the Taha and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian forces take-up frontline positions in Afrin alongside Kurdish fighters

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – Having arrived in Afrin just one day ago, Syrian government troops of the National Defence Forces (NDF) are now taking up frontline positions alongside allied Kurdish paramilitary fighters at certain locations within the region to fend-off potential attacks by the Turkish Army and its proxy militias. Reports state that NDF […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US helicopters spotted in Al-Hasakah allegedly evacuating Daesh members (video)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
The US-led coalition is often accused of supporting terrorist groups in Syria, including organizing safe passage and extraction from encirclements and hot zones. Videos have appeared on YouTube and Facebook allegedly showing the process of transportation of the terrorists. The source from the town of al-Hasakah (north-east part of Syria) has told Sputnik on the condition of anonymity that local […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Megabank Warns Recent Stock Crash was Only an “Appetizer” to “Main Course” of a Major Crash

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: inflation] The chief cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, says the recent correction was just an "appetizer, not the main course." Coupled with the Fed's incitement of panic over inflation, it seems a perfect storm is brewing. The post Megabank Warns Recent Stock Crash was Only an “Appetizer” to “Main Course” of a Major Crash appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Report: White House Considering Citing The Killing Of Russian Fighters In Syria As Sign Of "Tough Stance" Toward Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Bloomberg: **White House Considers Citing Russian Deaths in Syria as Sign of U.S. Resolve* * Trump’s spokeswoman makes oblique reference to Syria battle * More than 200 mercenaries may have died in Feb. 7 fight The Trump administration is considering citing the deaths of scores of Russian mercenaries in a Feb. 7 battle with U.S.-backed forces in Syria as evidence of the president’s tough stance toward the Kremlin, a person familiar with the matter said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an oblique reference to “an incident” on Tuesday, as she argued that Pre... more »

Mueller Investigation: Russians Organized Anti-Trump Rallies

Dave Bohon at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: mueller-investigation-russians-organized-anti-trump-rallies] Prosecutors say Russians were behind rallies organized to disparage Donald Trump.

Senators Fight Wall Street Corruption With Kid Gloves

Aaron at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By Aaron Kesel Bernie Sanders, John Cornyn and Elizabeth Warren are three very outspoken United States senators concerning bad faith judicial rulings and failures of... more »

5 Big Drivers of Higher Inflation Rates Ahead

Activist Post at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By Stefan Gleason Investors got lulled into a state of inflation complacency. Persistently low official inflation rates in recent years depressed bond yields along with... more »

Michigan Committee Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

Activist Post at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By Michael Maharrey A Michigan Senate committee passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential... more »

State Bans Popular AR-15 Accessory; Police Shocked After Only 4 People Comply

Activist Post at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By Rachel Blevins Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks for firearms; and after three weeks with the new law in effect, police... more »

Mass Shootings Will Never Negate The Need For Gun Rights

Activist Post at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By Brandon Smith Though the media often attempts to twist the gun rights debate into a web of complexity, gun rights is in fact a... more »

CBSNews.com “Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk” Includes Encouraging Kids to Use Cell Phones. Sprint Giving Free Cell Phones to High School Students.

Activist Post at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By B.N. Frank You just can’t make this stuff up. From CBSNews.com post “Cell Phones & Cancer: 8 Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk”... more »

MSM Screams About East Ghouta But Ignores Victims of “Rebels” In Damascus

Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 9 hours ago
By Brandon Turbeville As the Syrian government launches its operation to retake and liberate the area outside of Damascus known as the East Ghouta, Western... more »

Sarah Palin loses it over fact that daughter's soon to be ex-husband is sticking her with the attorney fees.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Courtesy of Radar Online: *Mama grizzly Sarah Palin is roaring mad over her estranged son-in-law’s bid to get her daughter, Bristol, to pay his legal fees in the couple’s bitter divorce, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively! * *In papers filed in Texas’ Travis County, Bristol’s baby daddy — Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer — asked the judge to force Bristol to cover his “attorney fees, expenses and costs through the trial.” * *“Sarah is furious!” dished a source close to the former GOP vice presidential candidate.* *“What’s really beyond any reasonable expectation is Dak... more »

"Kids: Then and Now"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Kids: Then and Now"* by Fred Reed "OK, so why is the country falling apart? Specifically, why are kids blowing each other away? America has become a source of wonder the world over with its Columbines and hundreds and hundreds of dead in Chicago and Baltimore and its burning cities and riots. Other advanced countries don’t do these things. America didn’t either until recently. Why now? Something has changed, or some things. What? People under under forty have never seen the country when it was sane. Let me point out things that have changed, at risk of sounding like a boilerpla... more »

UN's Syria Propaganda Stunt

Daniel McAdams at 10 hours ago
What's going on in East Ghouta? The Syrian government forces are liberating the civilians held hostage by five main jihadist factions. But you wouldn't know it from the media coverage. It is portrayed as yet another example of Assad engaging in bloodsport. But they said the same thing about East Aleppo and after it was liberated several hundred thousand returned. Why is the UN joining in on the propaganda effort? Join us for today's Liberty Report:

Climate model GIGO

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 10 hours ago
Over-reliance on computer simulations is a major problem in climate science. If those models are based on data that has been adjusted for political reason the problem worsens.

The coming global forest regrowth

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 10 hours ago
The great news is that world forests will be growing on net within the next few decades.

Kids: Then and Now

Fred Reed at 10 hours ago
OK, so why is the country falling apart? Specifically, why are kids blowing each other away? America has become a source of wonder the world over with its Colulmbines and hundreds and hundreds of dead in Chicago and Baltimore and … Continue reading →

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Temple, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Never..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines." – Leroy Satchel Paige

CNN harasses lady outside her home in Florida, accusing her of helping Russian bots (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 10 hours ago
CNN shows up at lady's home to harass her about "Russian Collusion" More The post CNN harasses lady outside her home in Florida, accusing her of helping Russian bots (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Did Donald Trump Encourage Violence at His Rallies?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A viral cartoon accurately presents several quotations by the then-presidential candidate, delivered on the campaign trail in 2015 and 2016.

Nuke China: How America Could Have Won the Korean War (Or Started World War III)?

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * A crazy idea? *American military authorities feared that an escalation of the war would make the situation on the peninsula untenable. Far from exhausting its strength, the People’s Republic of China maintained a substantial reserve of ground and air forces that it could throw into the fight if the United States decided to step up the war. Perhaps more importantly, the Soviet Union could exert a vastly greater influence on the conflict, either through a stepped up transfer of equipment to China and the DPRK, or through the direct deployment of Sovi... more »

Brrrr!

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 10 hours ago
Miss D. and I just got back from a chilly (but not unbearably so) Utah, where we attended the LTUE convention over the weekend. We looked forward to warming up in the more temperate climes we're used to in Texas . . . but the weather gods had other ideas. Yesterday morning it reached a high of 74 degrees (Fahrenheit, for the benefit of overseas readers) in our area; then it plummeted by about 40 degrees, over the course of no more than an hour or two. By last night it was in the low 30's, and this morning it hasn't climbed out of the 20's. What's more, ice and sleet has been fa... more »

“Derren Brown: The Assassin”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Derren Brown: The Assassin”* by Anonymous Conservative “One thing about Q-anon, whose posts can be found at a new site now. He willingly says something ridiculous, like the idea the CIA has programmed innocent people to kill for them. Such an outlandish claim would almost certainly damage his credibility. Then you look at the evidence, and realize that what he is saying may very well be true. A commenter linked to perhaps the most amazing 45 minutes I have ever watched. Put this thing full screen and let it go, as Derren Brown programs an innocent kid to assassinate a famous perso... more »

Life Is Very Different For Some In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Believe it or not this is Syria pic.twitter.com/c77UTeGTZP — English Russia (@EnglishRussia1) February 21, 2018 *WNU Editor:* To say that the above video is bizarre is an understatement. I have seen a few of these videos in the past few years .... and I am not sure if they are true. The country is burning .... but for some it is life that is untouched by war.

Mainstream Media Now Praising Trump as He Flip Flops and Promises Tyrannical Gun Control

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: gun control] Gun owners and Trump supporters alike are voicing their concern over the president's new push for stricter gun control legislation in the wake of the Florida shooting. The post Mainstream Media Now Praising Trump as He Flip Flops and Promises Tyrannical Gun Control appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Fluoride Causes Neurological Disorders, Destroys Brain and Bone, Fuels Cancer.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Fluoride Causes Neurological Disorders, Destroys Brain and Bone, Fuels Cancer | March Against Monsanto https://www.march-against-monsanto.com/fluoride-causes-neurological-disorders-destroys-brain-and-bone-fuels-cancer/ Advertisements

How people cope with difficult life events fuels development of wisdom, study finds

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Medical Xpress: How people cope with difficult life events fuels development of wisdom, study finds https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2018-02-people-cope-difficult-life-events.html

Opportunities are opening for electrified commercial vehicles.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Opportunities are opening for electrified commercial vehicles – Plugging away https://www.economist.com/news/business/21737095-battery-costs-are-falling-and-emissions-rules-are-tightening-opportunities-are-opening?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/opportunitiesareopeningforelectrifiedcommercialvehiclespluggingaway

Genetic study suggests humans may be evolving in a way that prevents alcoholism

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Genetic study suggests humans may be evolving in a way that prevents alcoholism https://m.phys.org/news/2018-02-genetic-humans-evolving-alcoholism.html

“Broken Heart Syndrome” is a Real, Physical Thing Say Scientists

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
“Broken Heart Syndrome” is a Real, Physical Thing Say Scientists http://theorganicdream.com/2018/02/broken-heart-sydrome-real-physical-thing-say-scientists/

What Happens To Your Body When You Switch Or Stop Using Cosmetic Products.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
What Happens To Your Body When You Switch Or Stop Using Cosmetic Products – Collective Evolution http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/04/06/what-happens-to-your-skin-when-you-switch-to-cosmetics-with-less-chemicals/

Augmented reality takes 3-D printing to next level

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Augmented reality takes 3-D printing to next level https://m.phys.org/news/2018-02-augmented-reality-d.html

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years https://m.phys.org/news/2018-02-brain-size-human-ancestors-evolved.html

Using a laser to wirelessly charge a smartphone safely across a room

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Using a laser to wirelessly charge a smartphone safely across a room https://m.phys.org/news/2018-02-laser-wirelessly-smartphone-safely-room.html

Schizophrenia a side effect of human development

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 11 hours ago
Medical Xpress: Schizophrenia a side effect of human development https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2018-02-schizophrenia-side-effect-human.html

Quote of the Day: Rand v Rawls

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
*"[In] Rand’s view: The more rational you each are, the more you have to gain from each other and the less your interests conflict....."For Rawls, it is the opposite: Another man’s rationality is a threat to you. The more rational we all are, the more our society is dog-eat-dog. The more rational your neighbour is, the bigger threat he is to you, and we need government to protect us from the rational actions of others... This presumption of a fundamental, inescapable, metaphysical conflict of interest among rational human beings underlies everything in Rawls—-the original posi... more »

ALF 11, More photos at Conference 2018

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
The second Keynote Address on day 1 was made by Dr. Chatib Basri, Former Minister of Finance of Indonesia. He talked about "Policy Reforms in an Imperfect World: The Case of Indonesia". He was introduced by CIPS founder and Exec. Director, Rainer Heufers. Participants of the Think Tank fundraising seminar, 2 days before the ALF proper. There were 20+ of them. Photos below taken on day 2. Participants or finalists of the "Shark Tank" competition, Rofi from Suara Kebebasan, Indonesia; Dhana Fernando from Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka; and Sarwagya from India. Participants explain w... more »

The Mueller Dossier Revisited: How the British and Obama Diddled the United States

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 11 hours ago
*by Barbara Boyd · barbara@lpac-organizers.com* On September 29, 2017, LaRouchePAC published the original version of the dossier *Robert Mueller is An Amoral Legal Assassin: He Will Do His Job If You Let Him.*China’s gigantic Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure development of Eurasia, Africa, Southwest Asia (the Middle East), and nations in Central and South America. This largest infrastructure development project in human history now involves more than 68 countries. For the British, such geo-political designs are nothing new. British strategic policy since before World War I ... more »

On A Trip To India Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Denies Allegations That Canada Supports Sikh Independence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire, daughter Ella Grace and son Xavier pose for photographers during their visit to the holy Sikh shrine of Golden temple in Amritsar, India February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi *Globe and Mail:* *Trudeau denies allegations that Canadian ministers are Sikh separatists in India trip* Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made it "very, very clear" to the chief minister of Punjab that Canada supports a united India and condemns violent extremism, describing repeated allegations from the leader of the predominately Sikh... more »

Day 10: Solidarity Hunger Strikers in Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
People across Maine and beyond are signing up to join my hunger strike opposing the General Dynamics request for $60 million from the Maine legislature. This corporate shakedown comes from a company that paid their top CEO $21 million last year and made $3 billion in profit. I am planning to stay on my hunger strike until the bill, LD 1781, is voted up or down at the capital in Augusta. If anyone wishes more information about joining this hunger strike please contact Mary Kate Small at marykatespeace@yahoo.com Thanks to everyone for their great support. We are causing a much ne... more »

Texas Should Boost Economic Freedom to Let People Prosper

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Vance Ginn, Trey Berthelot

Iran Confronts Turkey In Syria's Afrin Region

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Jerusalem Post:* *Conflicting interests: Iran confronts Turkey in Syria's Afrin region* *The chances for a deepening crisis in Afrin are growing. * On Monday night, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan phoned Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. Sources fed local rosy statements to media about “cooperation in the fight against terrorist elements” and Rouhani said the two leaders discussed “plots to disintegrate regional states.” But behind the scenes Iran is quietly opposing Turkey’s operation in the mostly Kurdish Afrin region in northwest Syria. Tehran is a key ally of Damascus ... more »

Venezuela Just Became First Country to Have Its Own Cryptocurrency and It’s Backed by Oil

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: cyrptocurrency] Venezuela has just become the first country in the world to launch their own cryptocurrency, the "Petro," as a direct response to the US blockade on their oil markets. It raised nearly a billion in a day. The post Venezuela Just Became First Country to Have Its Own Cryptocurrency and It’s Backed by Oil appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

Did you see this coming?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Looking at Twitter this afternoon/evening, there are (literally) thousands of people with Twitter handles like 'Despise the Tories' or with '#FBPE' after their names or who more generally identify themselves as supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and/or the Labour Party who are joining together to sing an exultant hymn of praise to a BBC interviewer - namely Andrew Neil. It's amusing (to me) just how many of them begin their praise for Andrew Neil by writing 'I've been critical of Andrew Neil in the past but' and 'I'm no fan of Andrew Neil but...' or 'I confess to not being your greatest ... more »

Turkey Warns Syria To Not Support The Kurdish Enclave Of Afrin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The National:* *Turkey warns pro-Syrian forces in Afrin of 'serious consequences' * *Arrival of Damascus-backed militias opens door to more violence * Turkey on Wednesday warned Syrian President Bashar Al Assad of "serious consequences" unless his forces retreated from the Kurdish enclave of Afrin. Pro-government militias entered the Afrin area on Tuesday, but were repelled by Turkish shelling, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said. It is unclear whether the Iran-backed troops are inside the eponymous city. "Any step by the regime or other elements in this direction will sure... more »

Guest Post: Oceans On Verge of Collapse Due to Overfishing

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
If you're overfishing at the top of the food chain, and acidifying the ocean at the bottom, you're creating a squeeze that could conceivably collapse the whole system.” - Carl Safina, founder of SafinaCenter.org The other day I received an e-mail from John Hawthorne. I had never heard of him before but he had come across a post of mine that I published on this blog not too long ago--about the environmental crisis caused by human overfishing. I been posting on this topic intermittently for years now and my conclusion is, as expressed in that post, that there needs to be a world-w... more »

Trump Orders Ban on “Bump Stocks” in Wake of Florida School Shooting

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: trump-orders-ban-on-bump-stocks-in-wake-of-florida-school-shooting] Trump's apparent reversal on his promise to always protect Second Amendment rights may be a political move in light of the upcoming midterm elections.

The Upside of Tax Relief Isn't "Pillaging"

William P. Hoar at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: correction-please] Democrats are criticizing the Trump tax cuts, saying they are only for the rich while the middle class gets "crumbs." In reality, the much-needed reforms are helping people across the board.