Ottawa police have laid additional charges against a 75-year-old woman who is accused of approaching men and forcing them to eat cupcakes. Gwen Landbrauchen was initially charged after police investigated several complaints about a woman approaching men during daytime hours in Orleans. Police said that on July 8 and 9, a woman had approached three different men in incidents around the transit station at Place d'Orleans. Police said that the woman would offer a cupcake from a Rubbermaid™ container she carried. If the victim refused, she would put the tasty treat against the man's ...more »
The concept of self defence is instinctive; if someone attack a you it is only human to defend yourself. Similarly if someone attacks your child or parent or partner you are going to defend them - and rightly so - with force. But that concept does come with limits. You have to act reasonable and proportionately. So if a drunk shoves you in a bar you can properly shove back but you are not entitled to shoot the drunk. You can respond if a classmate of your child throws a snowball at your child - but your response cannot be to take a baseball bat the the classmate. And self de...more »
There are no mirrors in my son’s bedroom. There is a bed, a dresser, a goldfish, and a Moroccan pouf ottoman. There are dozens of green, blue, red, and black darts color-coded to match brightly hued blasters by Nerf and... The post What Minecraft Teaches Me about Fatherhood appeared first on The Stream.
*My apologies to Denice for misspelling her name, repeatedly, as many have pointed out to me today. I seem to have originally recorded her name that way on my email contacts when she transcribed the first interview with Heather. The error is mine. My comments as usual are in red italics with [square brackets] -AK* *Hi!* *Had a long drive in rough weather, settling in to room 111 in a lovely Comfort Inn! What a JOY! Here is the transmission for LEE and I will transmit the rest when I get home Wednesday Morning -- sorry for the delay.* *Also want to add a clarification to L...more »
*No, this isn't Prince Tom's actual smashed cellphone, it's just a smashed-cellphone stock photo. But the way these things go, it may be just a matter of time before we have cellphone video of the actual phonicide ordered by the prince.* *by Ken* At 3:05 this afternoon washingtonpost.com posted this "Early Lead" item by Clinton Yates, "Tom Brady’s four-game DeflateGate suspension upheld by Roger Goodell": NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the DeflateGate scandal, according to the NFL. In a ...more »
“Seen as a seagull and a duck, these nebulae are not the only cosmic clouds to evoke images of flight. But both are winging their way across this broad celestial landscape, spanning almost 7 degrees across planet Earth's night sky toward the constellation Canis Major. *Click image for larger size.* The expansive Seagull (upper left) is itself composed of two major cataloged emission nebulae. Brighter NGC 2327 forms the head with the more diffuse IC 2177 as the wings and body. Impressively, the Seagull's wingspan would correspond to about 250 light-years at an estimated distance of 3...more »
"Ten Rules For Being Human" Rule One: You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth. Rule Two: You will be presented with lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called 'life.' Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum. Rule Three: There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors, and occasional victories. The failed experiment...more »
* "I Love The Dark Hours"* "I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them. There I can find, as in old letters, the days of my life, already lived, and held like a legend, and understood. Then the knowing comes: I can open to another life that's wide and timeless. So I am sometimes like a tree rustling over a gravesite and making real the dream of the one its living roots embrace: a dream once lost among sorrows and songs." - Ranier Maria Rilke
Monsignor Daniel Trapp spends his time in two of the most stately structures in Detroit. Between teaching at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and his work as pastor at St. Augustine/St. Monica Catholic Church, much of Trapp’s work is done within... The post The Pastor Who is Rebuilding a Detroit Neighborhood appeared first on The Stream.
“If you knew for absolute certain that every little thing you did today would later be scrutinized, literally moment by moment, by a future you, and future friends, as well as anyone else interested, and you'd all be looking for a number of qualities, especially patience, kindness, and love, during this game of games and test of tests called life, how might you treat the very next person you see after reading this Note? Popcorn, anyone? Twizzlers? Ouh, watch...! Ahhhhh...” "Yeah," The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com
“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior. Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.” - M. Scott Peck
*“Examination of Conscience”* by Chet Raymo “I have been reading Stephanie Smallwood's “Saltwater Slavery”, a close examination of the trade in human beings between the coast of West Africa and the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a sobering read, but if there is one thing I came away with, it was this: We have an enormous capacity to rationalize the most horrendous crimes. Everyone involved in the slave trade- the European owners of the ships, the masters of the trading companies, the ship captains and crews, the plantation owners in the West Indies and the Chesapeak...more »
*"Dane Wigington:* * Geo Engineering Doing Most Destruction to Planet"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Dane Wigington, lead researcher for the global climate engineering informational website GeoengineeringWatch.org, says lawsuits are being prepared to get to the truth about what many call chemtrails. Wigington says, “It’s not just me. In fact, we have six US attorneys and two Canadian attorneys, and they are involved in this battle of their own accord because they realize their reality is disintegrating by the day. The climate engineering issue is the most significant environme...more »
Updates ....... *George Chen* @george_chen 33s 34 seconds ago BREAKING: Chinese Gov injects US$100B to sovereign fund's direct investment subsidiary to buy assets abroad - Caixin [image: Embedded image permalink] *zerohedge* @zerohedge 6m6 minutes ago Chinese Stocks Open Flat As Blame Shifts To Hong Kong And Contagion Spreads Across Asian Economies http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-2 8/chinese-stocks-open-flat-blame-shifts-hong-kong-and-contagion-spreads-across-asian-e … Pre- Open Tweets..... *Earth Pics* @earthepix 3m 3 minutes ago Yangshou, *China*...more »
Go out to where either your greens have made a whole lot of big side foliage you don't use at table, or have gone to seed producing volunteers (volunteer chard shown), and gather about forty leaves. Stuff your Excelsior or Excalibur or solar dehydrator with them. When they're brittle, fish them out and strip dry matter from midribs. Clean up and crumble to desired consistency. Dry can (bake) in jars and open to use as needed. Good for up to five years in our experience. Kale, collards, chard, beets, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, dandelions, false dandelions, lamb's ...more »
*Before you possibly get excited about what is said in this video, please read this comment from the video:* *Clive de Carle 4 months ago DAVID HAS HAD HIS BANK ACCOUNTS CLOSED, SO HAS NO MONEY. Hundreds of people are beginning to suffer. Thousands have great fear for the future of this supplement. David shows that miracles are possible and you can demand that the MRHA and the uk government allow us free choice over our own bodies.* [image: Clive de Carle] Clive de Carle
The American tradition of religious freedom has long included exemptions from laws that impose a burden on the exercise of faith. The Volstead Act implementing Prohibition, for example, made an exception for the sacramental use of alcohol. In recent years,... The post ANALYSIS: Liberals Abandon Religious Liberty appeared first on The Stream.
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk, Kaliningrad region, Russia, July 26, 2015. Reuters/RIA Novosti/Mikhail *IBTimes*: *Russia Amends Navy Doctrine To Counter NATO On Black Sea, Maintain Presence In Atlantic And Mediterranean* Russia on Sunday released its revised maritime doctrine, aimed at boosting the Russian navy’s strategic positions on the Black Sea, while also helping the country’s military maintain a strong presence in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. According to officials, the move is aimed at countering NATO’s “i...more »
*Rebecca Collard, Time:* *Why Turkey Sees the Kurdish People as a Bigger Threat than ISIS* The Kurds' success against ISIS might encourage advocates of a Kurdish state across parts of Iraq, Syria and Turkey As Kurdish forces headed to the frontlines to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) this weekend, they came under attack, not by ISIS but by Turkish fighter jets. “They were going to Kirkuk and Sinjar to fight ISIS,” says Zagros Hiwa, a spokesman for the Kurdish PKK forces. The PKK, The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is a Kurdish separatist group and also one of ...more »
Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday. The vulnerability affects about... The post 950 Million Android Phones Can be Hijacked by Malicious Text Messages appeared first on The Stream.
*“Genuine free trade doesn’t require a treaty (or its deformed cousin, a “trade agreement”) … If the establishment truly wants free trade, all it has to do is to repeal our numerous tariffs, import quotas, anti-“dumping” laws, and other … restrictions on trade. No foreign policy or foreign manoeuvring is needed. “If authentic free trade ever looms on the policy horizon, there’ll be one sure way to tell. The government/media/big-business complex will oppose it tooth and nail. We’ll see a string of op-eds ‘warning’ about the imminent return of the 19th century. Media pundits...more »
*Voice of America*:* NATO, Turkey in 'Solidarity' on IS, PKK Strikes* ISTANBUL — The Turkish military says it launched a new round of airstrikes on Islamic State group (IS) militants and rebel Kurdish bases in northern Iraq on Tuesday. Two F-16 jets also hit positions belonging to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey, hours after NATO voiced unequivocal support for Ankara's response to what it called "terrorism" within its own borders. There were no reports of fresh strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria, which began in parallel with Turkish attacks ...more »
[image: ScreenHunter_8477 Jul. 23 10.33] From the debt problems of an underwater government --now over $100 billion in debt and counting -- to the debt problems of underwater dairy farmers who, like dairy farmers around the globe, had credit extended to bring new dairy into production, only to find that debt-driven overproduction has lowered dairy prices below what many need even just to repay their debt. An anyone yet spell malinvestment? Over the weekend a blog reader was asking why I haven’t written on the dairy debt crisis. I said I had: it was a few years ago before the mali...more »
The history of the last 500 years have been largely about the history of communications. The European sailing ship was a means of communication that made it possible for Europeans to exploit the opportunities of the Americas - and the give them adequate numbers and supplies to murder much of the native population, steal their land, and destroy their societies. It was possible for some European nations, especially the British, to do the same in, for example, India, exploiting its land and very cheap labour, even slave labour, to make huge profits for British capitalists - though ver...more »
*"In Bid to Take Attention from Trump, * *Other Fifteen Hopefuls Release Joint Sex Tape"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "In what critics are calling a desperate attempt to draw the media’s attention away from Donald Trump, the other fifteen candidates for the Republican nomination have released a joint sex tape. The tape, including such luminaries as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas senator Ted Cruz, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, appeared briefly on major news Web sites before an avalanche of viewer revuls...more »
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said Tuesday the U.S. has granted his parole after 30 years in prison for spying for Israel. He is due to be released in November. They said the decision followed a... The post Lawyers: Spy Jonathan Pollard to Be Paroled after 30 Years in Prison appeared first on The Stream.
So many names for this time: Awakening, The Wave, The Event, The Moment of Justice, The Shift, The Party. Who to believe? When is it coming? What will happen? Where should I be? These are just a few of the wonderings I am feeling from us all… Here are some thoughts. Every happening is created (by us), regardless of its name or size or relative impact. What differs is the number of energetic signatures participating, manifesting and experiencing the happening. All is in motion now. I dislike the term “Wave” because on the shore a wave emerges from beyond, alters the land...more »
*Apparently no stranger to misadventure, the Owen Grundy Pier on the Jersey City waterfront, the site of Sunday's incident, was depicted that evening on the *Jersey Journal* website in this photo from November 2013, when the pier was reopened after being struck by a ferry owned by Goldman Sachs. (Goldman Sachs famously moved its "back office" operations to a skyscraper on the new skylined Jersey City waterfront.)* *by Ken* Perhaps it just marks me as a "glass half empty" kind of person, but there seemed to me -- just from the basic facts of the incident -- to have been two fairly ...more »
*In Australia, NZ, America, and Europe refugees are a political issue when they should be a humanitarian issue. The problem is the inhumanity of progressive humanitarianism. The problem, says Alex Nowrasath in this Guest Post is a lack of understanding of what free humans can do for themselves.* ------------------------------ [image: Ship bearing immigrants approaches Statue of Liberty]Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute criticised a piece I wrote for *The Hill *in which I called for the U.S. to accept more refugees. Costa took issue for my argument to limit their a...more »
*"Health Reform: * *Time To Throw A Bunch Of People In Prison"* by Karl Denninger "So here we have another article on pharmaceutical industry pricing practices: "Drug makers are even not above scaring the populace if it sells drugs for rare diseases. Your back pain may not be from working out at all but from a disease called ankylosing spondylitis, says AbbVie, a condition that can be treated with its biologic drug Humira for as much as $20,000 a year. (Injectable “biologic” drugs are a new drug industry push because they are so expensive and less susceptible to generic competitio...more »
This video above is the longer version of our Ukraine Teach-In last Friday night in Bath, Maine. We arrived in Kyoto, Japan last night after two very long flights and then two train rides. We take a city tour of Kyoto (city of temples) this morning and then our Global Network conference begins this evening. I'll post here as I can.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown,... The post Remains of 4 Early Colonial Leaders Discovered at Jamestown appeared first on The Stream.
President Obama in his final appearance on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart last week in New York. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times *Politico*: *Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits* Obama, aides took unusual steps to cultivate ‘Daily Show’ comic. Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the principal’s office. In February 2014, Obama again requested Stewart make the trip from Manhattan to t...more »
*New York Times:* *Jonathan Pollard, Spy for Israel, to Be Released on Parole in November* WASHINGTON — Jonathan J. Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing classified documents to the Israeli government, will be released on parole in November after 30 years in prison, a government panel decided on Tuesday. Mr. Pollard’s lawyers announced the decision of the United States Parole Commission on Tuesday afternoon, and officials at the Department of Justice confirmed that Mr. Pollard had been granted parole. Mr. Pollard, 60, had been scheduled for mandatory pa...more »
The style of NZ’s many California Bungalows derives from California. This seems obvious enough from the name, but you tell many people that and they’re astonished. Go figure. In the years 1904-1913, the brothers Charles and Henry Greene combined Japanese aesthetic sensibility with English Arts & Crafts, injected robust American optimism and Californian informality and with it a new style was born that would jump the Pacific in less than a decade, and dominate New Zealand suburbs for twenty years. I was looking for a video that might help explain the Greenes’s style, but couldn’t...more »
*“Hillary Saves Capitalism!”* by Bill Bonner VANCOUVER, Canada – "What would the world do without well-intentioned, earnest, and intelligent public servants like Hillary Clinton? We don’t know. But we’d like to find out! Before we get to that… a quick market update. Shanghai stocks took another big dive. They fell 8.5% for the session, the biggest one-day rout since 2007. Meanwhile, the Dow fell another 128 points. Gold fell below $1,100 an ounce. And oil hit a new 52-week low of $46.68 a barrel. The world is still falling apart. *Easy Money… Hard Times: *What’s going on? As we've...more »
*The Donald in full attitude * *I used to think that America had achieved the pinnacle of H.L.Mencken's famous quote about the eventual election of a moron with the disputed election of George W Bush but that was just a rung above the possibility of a President Trump. Donald Trump represents the last desperate hope of an American electorate who have been left out of the political process and have lost respect for our corpocracy ~ so in their powerless dilemma, many have turned to a billionaire huckster who will gleefully voice their fears and concerns while creating ...more »
Fresh off the heels of the Center for Medical Progress releasing video of a former Planned Parenthood worker discussing organ harvesting is the possibly of a fourth video. This time it won’t be on the Internet, it will be in a... The post Fourth Planned Parenthood Video Could Drop at Texas Senate Hearing appeared first on The Stream.
Women have been betrayed in America by an abortion industry that claims it’s for women, to support women, because they care about women. One group is fighting back, with Women Betrayed rallies: Women have been betrayed by Planned Parenthood. Families have... The post Pro-Lifers Rally around the Country to Support *Women Betrayed* appeared first on The Stream.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tasked a trio of GOP senators to come up with a plan to defund Planned Parenthood before the August recess, although the measure is almost certain to be defeated amid Democratic resistance. Sens. Rand... The post Mitch McConnell Presses Forward with Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.
Rep. Bill Patmon, who represents Cleveland in the Ohio House of Representatives, announced Tuesday he has introduced a bill to defund and investigate Planned Parenthood in the wake of the abortion mill’s fetal body part selling scandal. Patmon made the announcement at... The post WATCH: Ohio Democrat Makes Powerful Call to Defund Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.
*TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015But first, you snark at the Clintons:* Late last week, the New York Times ran an exciting front-page story which it had to correct two times. For our previous post, click here. The exciting, dramatic front-page story initially said that a criminal referral had been directed at Candidate Clinton. That was a fairly serious claim, presidential campaign-wise. That was a fairly serious claim. But uh-oh: In its *first* correction, the Times said the criminal referral in question *wasn’t* directed at Candidate Clinton. In its *second* correction, the Times said...more »
Countries with more economic freedom have happier people, according to a study published Tuesday by the Fraser Institute. Economic freedom determines how much control someone feels they have over their life, which can affect happiness levels. The happiness benefit is... The post Study: Economic Freedom Makes You Happier Than Age, Employment, Income appeared first on The Stream.
How bad is the baby organ trafficking story for Planned Parenthood? So bad that the nation’s largest abortion provider has hired a pricey PR firm to bully media outlets into not covering the scandal. According to Politico, Planned Parenthood hired... The post Planned Parenthood Tells Reporters To Suppress Coverage, Reporters Happily Agree appeared first on The Stream.
Ramana Maharshi "Rise, wake up, seek the wise and realize. The path is difficult to cross like the sharpened edge of the razor, so say the wise." (verse 1.3.14 from the Katha Upanishads) Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
By Brenda Norrell Censored News Anonymous in Canada is now releasing documents following the police shooting of James McIntyre, jaymack9. The Anonymous member had posted on Twitter that he would be at the Dawson Creek meeting that night to support the Treaty 8 battle against Site C dam. He was shot by police when he arrived. Now Anonymous is releasing spy documents. Read the news
F-35C. U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin photo. *David Axe, War Is Boring:* *The U.S. Navy Doesn’t Seem to Care That The F-35 Can’t Dogfight* *To the sailing branch, the stealth fighter is a sensor.* In trials off the California coast in January 2015, a 1980s-vintage U.S. Air Force F-16 repeatedly defeated one of the flying branch’s brand-new F-35A Joint Strike Fighter stealth jets in mock dogfights. “The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed JSF pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring obtained. The test report is the latest proof that the F-35 ...more »
The Tory majority hides what happened when you count individual votes. The Tory rise of 0.8% was less (apart from the LibDems, of course!) than any of the other major parties. UKIP were up by 9.5%, followed by the SNP at 3.1% and the Greens at 2.8%. Even the Labour vote rose by 1.5%. The Big Question is how many of UKIP's votes were for its rightist policies and how many for its leftist,
Abortion isn’t just wrong for Christians. It’s wrong, period. And some atheists know this and are willing to say so. Beginning with leading “new atheist” writer Christopher Hitchens — whose next to last book was subtitled “How religion poisons everything”... The post Seven Atheists Who Oppose Abortion appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is running for president as a Republican, and he says that won’t change — so long as he’s “treated fairly.” If not, the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality TV star could mount a third-party run... The post ANALYSIS: GOP ‘On Guard’ for Trump Third-Party Run appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on an effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday. Paul, R-Ky., said that win or lose, simply having the vote will... The post Sen. Paul: Senate Will Vote on Planned Parenthood Funding appeared first on The Stream.
A Turkish F-16 jet returns to the military airbase in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir November 7, 2007 (Osman Orsal/Reuters). *Stephen Cook, Council on Foreign Relations*: *Turkey, Syria, and the United States: Quagmires Are Us* This weekend Turkey and the United States took steps toward getting more heavily involved in the Syrian quagmire. First, after a year of protracted negotiations, Turkey agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik airbase to conduct operations against the so-called Islamic State. In return, the Obama administration has agreed to the establi...more »
*Patrick Cockburn, The Independent:* *Turkey conflict with Kurds: Was approving air strikes against the PKK America's worst error in the Middle East since the Iraq War?* Kurdish guerrillas have killed two Turkish soldiers in an ambush in south-east Turkey as fighting resumes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants, ending a two-year-old ceasefire. The attack came after Turkish aircraft heavily bombed bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq. In a sign that the PKK has resumed military operations against the government, a Tu...more »
*Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times:* *Obama Paid a High Price to Get Turkey to Fight ISIS* The war against the Islamic State just widened to include Turkey as a combatant. The Obama administration has long tried to persuade the Islamic government of RecipTayip Erdoğan to get into the fray, but the vital question still needs to be asked: Is this “game-changer,” as one U.S. official calls it, a good thing or a bad thing? There’s no simple answer, but on balance, this development offers a little short-term good and a lot of long-term bad. There is no question that ISIS threatens everyone...more »
*Written by Grant G* Well, as written here, as written by David Broadband of Focus magazine, you can now add the name Marc Lee at The Center for Policy Alternatives.... https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/BC%20Office/2015/07/ccpa-bc_LNG_Employment_web.pdf Christy Clark and Rich Coleman lied their faces off about potential employment numbers for both LNG in the construction phase and the permanent employment after the LNG plants are built(if any get built)... Marc Lee released some damning information, Marc Lee discovered that in 2012 the...more »
How popular online are free market sites and blogs based in the ASEAN? Here is one answer -- the global ranking (via alexa.com) of some known free market websites and blogs in the ASEAN. Screen shots I got today Above lists are those from Indonesia, Malaysia (IDEAS) and Vietnam (doimoi.org). Lower list are those from the Philippines. Hmmm, we seem to be stuck in middle ranking trap for several years now. Nonetheless we are still around, not raising the white flag against ever-expanding, ever-rising governments. ------------ See also: Asian free market websites, part 2, April 25, ...more »
The Satanic Temple group reportedly presented followers who attended its unveiling of a Satanic statue in Detroit on Saturday with a contract that pledges their souls to Satan. “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or... The post Satanic Temple Demands Followers Sign Contract Giving Their Souls to Satan appeared first on The Stream.
A former Indiana court clerk filed a lawsuit on earlier this month against Harrison County and the clerk’s former boss for firing her after she refused to process paperwork for a gay couple seeking to obtain a marriage license. Linda A.... The post Court Clerk Fired for Refusing to Process Paperwork for Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ Files Lawsuit appeared first on The Stream.
For a candidate to get a Blue America endorsement, we try to get to know them down to the core of their being. What we're *not* looking for is some phony politician willing to tell us what they think we want to hear on any set of issues. We learned our lesson long ago after helping reactionary Blue Dog Chris Carney win a Pennsylvania congressional seat. We don't send out questionnaires and we don't depend on any one issue before making an endorsement. Maybe that's why we endorse so few candidates each cycle. When we ask perspective endorsees about women's Choice, punishment for c...more »
*Reuters:* *NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds* NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force. Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the backing it sought for stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes. Ankara made no request to its 27 allies for military help and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted that it h...more »
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan looks on durin his visit to Northern Cyprus July 20, 2015. REUTERS/HARUN UKAR *Reuters:* *Turkey's Erdogan: peace process with Kurdish militants impossible* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and urged parliament to strip politicians with links to them of immunity from prosecution. Hours after he spoke, the Turkish military said its F-16 fighter jets had bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak, which borders Iraq...more »
WASHINGTON (AP) — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces... The post High Costs Plague Some State-Run Obamacare Health Insurance Markets appeared first on The Stream.
Who exactly is running things over at the top secret headquarters of the Black Lives Matter movement, assuming that such even exists? There seems to be some confusion on the messaging. You may recall that when Black Lives Matter co-founder... The post Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Threatens to ‘Shut Down’ GOP Convention appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry pitched the administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran before a skeptical House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, pushing back against the allegation it would ease crippling sanctions forever in exchange for temporary... The post Kerry: ‘Nothing’ in Iran Deal is ‘Built on Trust’ appeared first on The Stream.
People who boast about getting by on less than five hours sleep should be shunned like smokers, because of the harm which can be caused by short sleeping, a leading professor has said. Prof Russell Foster, a neuroscientist from the... The post Sleep Deprivation ‘As Bad As Smoking’ appeared first on The Stream.
*Comedy and Tragedy Masks* One of the reasons geopolitics is so fascinating is it allows the devotee the opportunity of watching the drama of humanity being played out...the tragedies and comedies. As a truther, you have to get your humour (mostly black comedy) where you can...tragedies being predominant. As an example, here is a recent news story about Obama. He went on one of his "farewell tours', this time to Africa. Obama visited his supposed ancestral homeland, Kenya, and said goodbye to all his relatives. Of course, many people living in his childhood home of Hawaii (includi...more »
*The Guardian:* *Turkey says Kurdish peace process impossible as Nato meets* President Erdoğan calls for politicians with links to ‘terrorist groups’ to be stripped of immunity from prosecution The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said it is impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and urged parliament to strip politicians with links to “terrorist groups” of their immunity from prosecution. His comments came as Nato envoys met in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Syria and Iraq in a special session requested by Turkey. *MIDDLE EAST* Obama denie...more »
A top adviser to businessman Donald Trump on Monday night told a reporter that “you can’t rape your spouse.” Trump, who is leading the race for the GOP presidential nomination in several polls, quickly distanced himself from the comments by... The post Trump Adviser: Technically ‘You Cannot Rape Your Spouse’ appeared first on The Stream.
China's Liaoning aircraft carrier. China will have the world’s second-largest naval fleet by 2030 after the United States based on tonnage, according to Kanwa Defence Review. Photo: Xinhua *South China Morning Post*: *PLA Navy in future will have world-class ships, but not the expertise to operate them, military observers say* *Reliance on retired officers exposes serious shortfalls in staff training and promotions* The PLA’s recall of retired naval officers for recent maritime drills has exposed a deep shortage of talent in the ranks due to the military’s defective training and s...more »
*Sergei Pugachev*: *'Putin's banker' now lives in fear of man he put into power* *Exclusive: Former billionaire gives first interview since fleeing Britain about alleged death threats, being on the run and the man he helped get electedTye Gaurdian: * Sergei Pugachev doesn’t look like a man on the run. He is in good humour, dressed in jeans and a casual shirt. But the former Russian banker – once close to Vladimir Putin, and now his bitter opponent – is elusive about how he recently escaped from London to France. “I can’t go into details. I didn’t swim the English channel,” he sa...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News:* *Report: Chattanooga Victims May Not Be Eligible for Purple Hearts* Four Marines and one sailor who were killed in the Chattanooga shooting reportedly will only be eligible to receive Purple Heart awards if the FBI declares the shooter had ties to a terror organization. The FBI has only referred to Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez as a "homegrown violent extremist." “Determination of eligibility will have to wait until all the facts are gathered and the FBI investigation is complete,” Marine Corps public affairs officer Maj. Clark...more »
There seems to be high interest in PH news recently, especially starting October 2014 until today. See global ranking of ABS-CBN News, PDInquirer and Rappler. Screen shots taken today from alexa.com. Note also the jump in global rank over the past 3 months -- all in green, meaning an increase in ranking. Decline in ranking is red, none of the listed media outlets here experienced red marks recently. Maybe this is related to the PH's recent higher GDP growth rate, improvement in credit ratings, etc. More and more people around the world are reading and browsing about the Philippine...more »
The chips are starting to fall from investigations into the works of Mustapha Marrouchi, a former English professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) — he’s lost three papers from the journal College Literature. Things began unraveling for Marrouchi last year when an investigation by the Chronicle of Higher Education found lifted material in his books, essays, and peer-reviewed […] The post Serial plagiarizer notches three retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Shante had a lot of things going for her as she finished middle school. She was bright, attractive and talented. Her parents, Glenn and Sheri, had worked hard to ensure she could have a better life than they had had... The post Healing the Urban Educational Gap appeared first on The Stream.
Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers... The post Why Voters Don’t Trust Hillary Clinton appeared first on The Stream .
“This pain will come as a thief in the night. It will take away your peace if you let it; it will drag you into the harsh darkness of the misery of loss,” Maria Grizetti writes about the pain of... The post In the Wake of Abortion: Mourning and Second Chances appeared first on The Stream.
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO proclaimed its “strong solidarity” with Turkey following a rare emergency meeting Tuesday in which members also urged the country not to use excessive force in its fight against extremists, a NATO official said. “The security of... The post NATO Declares Solidarity with Turkey against ISIS appeared first on The Stream.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York prison worker admitted Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run. Joyce Mitchell, a tailor... The post N.Y. Prison Worker Pleads Guilty in Escape of Two Killers appeared first on The Stream.
DENVER (AP) — After all that speculation the past couple of years, the Colorado Rockies finally traded Troy Tulowitzki. Surprising spot, too — north of the border to a team loaded with bats. Tulowitzki was sent to the Toronto Blue... The post Troy Tulowitzki Traded to Toronto in Blockbuster Deal appeared first on The Stream.
The FBI hasn’t declared the July 16 attacks on two Chattanooga military sites terrorism, but Congress is letting its opinion be known. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Monday told the Times Free Press he had gathered support for a bill... The post Congressman: Give Purple Hearts to Chattanooga Victims appeared first on The Stream.
This past week, one of the greatest differences between the Left and Right — both around the world and in America — once again came to light: how each views America. Every year for the past 67 years, the Jefferson-Jackson... The post The Left Vs. America appeared first on The Stream.
Computers aren’t just doing hard math problems and showing us cat videos. Increasingly, they judge our character. Maybe we should be grateful. A company in Palo Alto, Calif., called Upstart has over the last 15 months lent $135 million to... The post Using Algorithms to Determine Character appeared first on The Stream.
In the months following the 2003 invasion of Iraq most of the top American leadership refused to admit that there was any resistance to its presence in the country. When the Bush administration did talk about any violence it tended to dismiss it as the acts of dead enders trying to bring back the old regime or foreign fighters, which supported the White House’s claim that Iraq was part of the global war on terror. It took until the end of 2003 for the U.S. to openly accept that an insurgency had begun. That showed how little the Americans understood what the invasion had wrought, w...more »
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi *Tim Lister, CNN*: *Who must be killed to beat ISIS and al Qaeda?* (CNN) Every other week, it seems, U.S. officials disclose that another "key" terror commander has been eliminated -- in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc. The list this month includes Muhsin al Fadhli, leader of the Khorasan Group -- an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria -- and Abu Khalil al-Sudani, a senior figure in al Qaeda in Afghanistan. And yet progress in degrading (let alone eradicating) groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab a...more »
*TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015Part 2—The latest regarding herself:* As it turns out, it looks like CNN’s Drew Griffin may have had it right! Late Friday, in the 8 PM hour, he told Anderson Cooper this—the Louisiana shooter was able to *legally* purchase his gun because, as a legal matter, he’d never been committed to a mental institution on an “involuntary” basis. This morning, a front-page report in the New York Times seems to support that analysis. Assuming that analysis holds, CNN’s viewers saw Griffin getting it right during the 8 PM hour! One hour later, we the liberals were perhaps...more »
Peter Oborne has been trailing his programme HSBC Muslims and Me Radio 4, tonight 20:00 Here’s the blurb: In the summer of 2014 HSBC dispatched a batch of identical letters to several prominent Muslims telling them that their accounts would be closed. The bank said that it no longer had the "risk appetite" to handle their money. But it failed to explain why or to offer a right of appeal. So what happened? Pursuing this story led journalist Peter Oborne to resign his job as Chief Political commentator of the Daily Telegraph: the paper had refused to publish an article he had writt...more »
A few weeks ago Blue America endorsed Eric Kingson, co-founder of Social Security Works, for the Syracuse-based congressional seat (NY-24), just a few weeks after GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush started espousing raising the retirement age and a few weeks before he started calling for a phasing out of Medicare and an end to the American social safety net-- i.e., the Paul Ryan plan. Bush's agenda couldn't contrast more starkly with what Kingston has in mind. He told us that he wants "to continue the work of blocking cuts and laying the foundation for expanding Social Security as ...more »
*Dan Lamonthe, Washington Post*: *The many complications of the U.S. establishing a military ‘safe zone’ in Syria with Turkey* The scope of the war against the Islamic State is expanding. As outlined by the Washington Post on Sunday night, Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement that calls for a de facto “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border after militants are driven out of 40-mile wide, 68-mile-long area west of the Euphrates River. The agreement appears to be a compromise between implementing a full no-fly zone that would protect Syrian refugees from airstrik...more »
The Boy Scouts of America ended its national ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday (July 27) while allowing local religious units to continue to exclude gay adults. Meeting by conference call, 79 percent of the BSA’s... The post Boy Scouts Drop Ban on Adult Gay Leaders appeared first on The Stream.
Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the principal’s... The post Jon Stewart’s Secret White House Visits appeared first on The Stream.
An increased number of teenage girls — more than 20 percent — have used the morning-after pill, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2002, the number of teenagers who have used the... The post Increased Rate of Teenage Girls Use Morning-After Pill Despite Its Acting Sometimes as an Abortifacient appeared first on The Stream.
*and it's ugly.* The following video is very graphic. *For contrast, listen to Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina as she schools Jess McIntosh, a top official with Emily’s List, about abortion. The abortion part of the interview starts at 3:20.*
*The Hill:* *US has spent more than $3 billion fighting ISIS* The United States has spent more than $3 billion on the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Pentagon said in an update Monday. The U.S. has spent $3.21 billion as of July 15, spokesman Bill Urban said. Since the campaign against ISIS began on Aug. 6, the military operations have cost an average of $9.4 million per day. *WNU Editor*: A short breakdown on the cost so far in the U.S. war against the Islamic State .... P*rice tag for anti-ISIS operations now tops $3.2 billion* (CNN).
In case you had any hopes of Congress ever defunding Planned Parenthood (PP/PPFA) in the wake of investigative videos showing senior employees haggling over selling baby body parts obtained during abortions, please let me dash them right now. House Speaker... The post ANALYSIS: Alas, the Proposed Defunding Bills Don’t Actually Defund Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.
The Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own disability payments — a move the NRA is calling the “largest gun grab in American history.” The... The post NRA: Obama pushing for ‘Largest Gun Grab in American History’ appeared first on The Stream.
In light of recent undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of donated fetal organs, conservative lawmakers are aiming to strip the organization of its taxpayer funding. So how much does Planned Parenthood receive in federal and... The post How Planned Parenthood Gets Its Money, Explained in 90 Seconds appeared first on The Stream.
Now that Vermont has a mandate to get 75 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2032, residents will have to ditch automobiles and embrace a whole new way of life, the state’s top renewable energy CEO says. “We’re probably... The post ‘Green’ CEO Wants Vermont to Give up Cars appeared first on The Stream.
Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna April 24, 2015. Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader *The Hill:* *Iran agreement: Why you should read Paragraph 36* Last Tuesday, a 159-page PDF of the Iran nuclear agreement dropped into my inbox. Scrolling down to page 19, I checked out Paragraph 36. I suggest you do the same. Plenty of provisions in the Vienna agreement will get attention in the coming weeks, but Paragraph 36 may be the most important of all. Paragraph 36 tells us when and how the agreement might e...more »
The authors of a pair of papers in Molecular Pharmaceutics are retracting them following an investigation at the University of Colorado Denver, which found a graduate student had faked data. Rajendra Kadam was a prominent member of the Research lab of Uday B. Kompella, until the investigation revealed earlier this year that he had “falsified” data from a liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) machine […] The post “Falsified” data shelve two more drug studies from discredited U Colorado student appeared first on Retraction Watch.
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) The drones that Black Dart participants will attempt to shoot down.Photo: Post Illustration *New York Post*: *Military exercise Black Dart to tackle nightmare drone scenario* Sweat the small stuff. That’s the unofficial motto for this year’s edition of the military exercise Black Dart, a two-week test of tactics and technologies to combat hostile drones that begins Monday on the Point Mugu range at Naval Base Ventura County in California. The military categorizes Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by size and capability, from Group 5 drones that weigh m...more »
I’ve been hearing a lot in the public square about trajectories. In these conversations God’s Word is used to argue that the church needs to change its view on same-sex “marriage,” even though Scripture seems uniformly against it. This comes not only... The post The Bible and Same-Sex ‘Marriage': 6 Common But Mistaken Claims appeared first on The Stream.
According to a report released Monday by the American Action Forum and the Manhattan Institute, increasing the minimum wage can actually hurt the very people it is meant to help. The report, titled, “Counterproductive: The Employment and Income Effects of Raising... The post Minimum Wage Study: Should All Workers Be Paid At Least $15 An Hour? appeared first on The Stream.
In Canada the country has become the sixties Ohio 4 Dead there and today one in Dawson creek killed shot down by the Government while wearing a Guy Fawkes Mask a Major crime in the land where a nickel is the new dime cause we got half what we used to and life not worth a penny when commodities hold sway. Go ahead spy on Obama set up listening stations around the planet but what is the purpose if it only justifies shooting citizens at home who only want Canada back Right wing Religious zealots on the Supreme court Canadian troops rooting tootin with scumbags a mercantile economy patrona...more »
http://wn.com/ Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are criss-crossing the country, trying to articulate the central question behind the upcoming election. For Gerry Caplan, the question is simple and straightforward: Can Stephen Harper be trusted with another term in office? For Caplan, trust is the bedrock issue: In a real sense, the entire history of Mr. Harper’s almost 10 years in office has revolved explicitly around trust. Time after time, his government pushed initiatives that were harshly criticized by e...more »
The latest video exposing Planned Parenthood isn’t just an undercover lunch conversation; it’s a first-person interview with a clinic worker who knows exactly what she’s doing as she explains Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts. What this “procurement... The post New Video: Ex-Clinic Worker Explains in Grisly Detail How Planned Parenthood Profits from the Sale of Fetal Organs appeared first on The Stream.
Hillary Clinton’s newest campaign promise to install half a billion solar panels across the country has been praised by liberal media outlets and environmentalists, but could this pledge end up benefiting China? On Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to install half... The post Will Hillary’s ‘Half A Billion Solar Panels’ Promise Send Billions To China? appeared first on The Stream.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent’s leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to... The post Obama: Africa Must Create Jobs for Its Next Generation appeared first on The Stream.
In Canada the country has become the sixties Ohio 4 Dead there and today one in Dawson creek killed shot down by the Government while wearing a Guy Fawkes Mask a Major crime in the land where a nickel is the new dime cause we got half what we used to and life not worth a penny when commodities hold sway. Go ahead spy on Obama set up listening stations around the planet but what is the purpose if it only justifies shooting citizens at home who only want Canada back Right wing Religious zealots on the Supreme court Canadian troops rooting tootin with scumbags a mercantile economy patrona...more »
*Coalition Partners Implore Governor, Speaker to Back Private Schools* Roman Catholic Church leaders are pushing a proposal to expand the state education tax credit to $1000 from the current $500 in Illinois, according to a report in the Catholic New World, the newsweekly of the archdiocese of Chicago. Archbishop Blaise Cupich wrote a letter in recent weeks which urged Catholics in Northern Illinois to contact their legislators in support of the tax credit, which applies to children enrolled in a private school for grades K-12. The credit would also be expanded to those who create...more »
*Regulations, mostly Green, are destroying America's future* The Jetsons, a sci-fi fantasy family of the 1960s, lived in impossible luxury in 2062. Not only are we not nearing their living standards, we are going in the opposite direction. This column has wondered why, and a recent Supreme Court case has given us the answer. In one of its few good decisions of the recent term, the Court by a slim 5-4 vote struck down an EPA regulation whose costs were 1,000 times its benefits. It’s good to know imposing costs of 1,000 times the benefits is a no-no, but the myriads of regulations w...more »
Well, well, well... This is interesting. How often can it be stated that geographical location is so important? And, what an interesting name for this NATO backed terror bunch!* "Army of Conquest" * *First some much needed background:* Let's view a map of the alleged "Kurdistan- a *"geo cultural region"* (that means lots of other people have always lived their too) where google claims Kurds have allegedly been in the majority- but that's not really true.* Kurdistan, as claimed, just happens to almost perfectly align with the land of the early Assyria. For comparison purposes, dir...more »
Evening wrap.... *Realtime Money* @Realtime_Money 6m 6 minutes ago #*Greece*'s banks are likely to remain closed for another month - Businessinsider India : http://bit.ly/1KxC5yr *fred walton* @fredwalton216 1m 1 minute agoPhiladelphia, PA @*albertjohn* @*yanisvaroufakis* For what it's worth , Telegraph interview vs Professor James Galbraith statement http:// yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/27/pro fessor-james-k-galbraiths-statement-on-the-ministry-of-finance-working-group-convened-by-former-finance-minister-yanis-varoufakis/ … *Keep Talking Greece* @keeptalkingGR 2...more »
A new undercover video of Planned Parenthood was released this morning, and it brings home in brutal detail how the organization profits by carefully dismembering unborn children (many of them, we now know, in their second or third trimester) so... The post The Third Undercover Video of Planned Parenthood: Outrage is Insufficient appeared first on The Stream.
“We can see how much we can get out of it.” In a third undercover video released today exposing Planned Parenthood, that is how Dr. Savita Ginde, Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, discusses... The post The Third Undercover Video and the Myth of ‘Women’s Health’ at Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.
How will Planned Parenthood’s mainstream media defenders spin this one down the memory hole? The Center for Medical Progress has released the third Planned Parenthood sting video this morning, and it’s equal parts harrowing and revealing. The new video, the first... The post How Will Planned Parenthood’s Media Shills Explain Away Today’s Newest Undercover Video? appeared first on The Stream.
Mississippi has become the latest of a growing number of states to suggest it might not enforce a major EPA regulation to limit carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants — joining at least six other states already threatening to... The post More States Threaten To Veto an EPA Global Warming Rule appeared first on The Stream.
In a powerful show of courage, strength, and feminist solidarity, 35 women (of the 46 total) who have officially accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them share their stories in *New York* magazine. Read, watch, listen.
This last May, we went on our first long road trip in almost three years. I was nervous to take a 1-year-old and 6-year-old on such a long trip in the car, especially when we planned on driving all the way from Utah to California in one day, but it ended up being so much fun to be in the car together. I put together an awesome boredom basket for the kids to play with and it kept them entertained for hours. We hardly even needed the electronics we brought at all. Here is everything that was in the basket. Printable Dino Play Mat. Travel Checkers with Free Printable. Magnetic Build...more »
Planned Parenthood once boasted a list of sponsors that read like a who’s who of the Fortune 100, but now some of the biggest companies say they never gave money to the embattled organization. Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox are all... The post Planned Parenthood ‘Sponsors’ Deny Funding Organization Amid Hidden Camera Controversy appeared first on The Stream.
Celebrating Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, A Legend In His Time by Dr. Kelly Brogan MD *Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez’s passing is an unthinkable loss for so many who were inspired, transformed, and saved by his work. He was a clinical genius, an activist, and a visionary that changed the course of medicine for all those willing to let go of the old paradigm.* Being tuned to the truth is like having supersonic hearing. In this way, one hears things that others don’t and perceives that which is dismissed by the masses. We truth-seekers know each other when we meet. We share a vibration. We kno...more »
“History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes." - Mark Twain. Ever since the illegal U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001 the role of Pakistan has come under constant scrutiny. Numerous American officials and Western diplomats have said on record that Pakistan is playing a double game in the war on the Taliban and other extremists in Afghanistan. And they're absolutely right on this point. In fact, a former top Pakistani spy named General Durrani openly bragged not too long ago in an *interview with Al Jazeera* that his government secretly aids the Taliban against t...more »
A small group of Christians showed support to a local Chattanooga mosque in Tennessee as an “act of love” to the Islamic community. The mosque was holding prayers during the funeral procession for David Wyatt, one of four Marines killed... The post Christians Visit Chattanooga Mosque as ‘Show of Love’ to Muslim Community appeared first on The Stream.
Stephen Hawking believes that artificial intelligence is dangerous: those robots may revolt and become our landlords. He co-authored a new letter with Elon Musk (text) demanding all man-made machines to be at least as stupid as a Tesla car to avoid "arms races" with the robots. Hawking himself has become much more powerful when his biological underpinnings have been enhanced by computer technology. He must believe that he has become much more effective in answering people's questions. That's why he agreed to answer questions posted at reddit.com/r/science: Science Ama Series: I am ...more »
DUDLEY HALL — The young man had just received instruction on how he could change his pattern of life. “Why should I change?” he demanded. “Who says? Why doesn’t everyone just accept me like I am?” In a culture where it... The post A Picture of Repentance appeared first on The Stream.
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33623500 starts thus: 'The number of pupils attending England's secondary schools is set to rise by 20% over the course of the next decade, government figures show. By 2024, nearly 3.3 million pupils are expected to be attending state-funded secondaries, compared with just over 2.7 million in 2015, a rise of 547,000. The increase is mainly due to the upturn in the birth rate since 2002, the Department for Education says. The rise follows years of falling rolls due to low birth rates in the 1990s.' Well partially yes. But surely...more »
Another day, another bout of mischief making. In today's *Indy* we learn that things aren't looking too rosy for Labour. In a specially commissioned poll, it "shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband. Blimey, that doesn't bode well for 2020. They go on: ... voters think Labour has gone backwards since its crushing defeat under Ed Miliband. Only 24 per cent of people believe the party is more electable than it was in May, while 76 per cent say it is less electable. The article also pours scorn on the idea of a core vote strategy as the route to electoral succe...more »
Good morning everyone! Here is the Archive Video from Sunday's Transpicuous News Week in Review Report for July 26th, 2015. As I mentioned during the report, there are no news links to go with this weeks show as the dog ate my homework..... Well.... the computer actually ate it, but you get the picture! love d
[image: Okno-M station]A Russian-operated space surveillance system located in Tajikistan, Okno-M, has reached its full capacity, making it four times more powerful, the Russian Ministry of Defense reports. Upgrades to Okno-M, an optoelectronic system for detecting space objects, have been completed and the system is operating at full capacity, a fresh announcement on the Russian Ministry of Defense site reveals. The Okno-M station, based in Tajikistan in Central Asia, is an integral part of the space surveillance network of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces’ Space Command. The ...more »
[image: An SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile explodes]The Navy has restricted the use of an unspecified number of SM-2 guided missiles following a launch failure on July 18 that damaged destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), Naval Sea Systems Command officials told USNI News. The older missiles have been restricted to “Wartime Use Only” status while an ongoing Navy failure review board determines the cause of the failure of the SM-2 Block IIIA that exploded shortly after launching from The Sullivans, NAVSEA officials said in a July 24 statement. Once the findings are complete, “the Navy...more »
The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) F-35A aircraft installed with domestically manufactured vertical tails has completed its first flight. The Lockheed Martin-built F-35A Lightning II, known as AF-73, was installed with two vertical tails earlier this year at the company's production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, US. Victorian-based engineering company Marand is responsible for delivering a total of 722 vertical tails sets for F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) Lightning II under a subcontract with BAE Systems for installation onboard the F-35 fighters. Read more
[image: AV-8B Harrier]Mechanical failure downed the AV-8B Harrier jet that crashed and set several homes on fire last year in Imperial, about 90 miles east of San Diego, continuing a long history of design and maintenance problems in the quirky jet scheduled for retirement from the Marine Corps. The June 4, 2014, accident occurred because of a crack in an oil drain tank and a rapid oil leak that sparked a fire in the aircraft, engine failure and total loss of flight control, Marine investigators concluded. The Harrier, from Yuma-based Marine Attack Squadron 214, was destroyed. Three...more »
[image: RQ-21A Blackjack]The Navy has awarded a contract modification of $78 million—actually, officially 78 million and one dollar—to drone maker Insitu for a half-dozen more RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems, small aircraft the Navy and Marines use for tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition at sea and on land. The modification, which covers the vehicles themselves, ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, spares, and system engineering and program management, is to a contract awarded in December 2014 for three RQ-21A. Both the Navy an...more »
[image: Type-052D DDG]The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its second Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer, the Yangsha, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reports. According to IHS Jane’s, the vessel was inducted into the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet in mid-July and will in all likelihood operate out of Yalong Bay naval base on Hainan Island. The first Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer, Kunming, was launched in March 2014 and the Yangsha launched in July 2014. However, the vessel was commissioned a full 16 months after the Kunming, “suggesting an extensive program of ...more »
[image: Liaoning Task Group]The PLA’s recall of retired naval officers for recent maritime drills has exposed a deep shortage of talent in the ranks due to the military’s defective training and succession system, defence observers say. More problems would come to light if nothing was done to rectify the outdated and bureaucratic methods of training and promoting staff as the People’s Liberation Army Navy expanded rapidly with more advanced warships and armaments, the experts warned. China will have the world’s second-largest naval fleet by 2030 after the United States based on the ...more »
[image: Soryu class SSK]Japan will send a high-level delegation to Adelaide for talks on building Australia's next-generation fleet of submarines. A competitive evaluation process is underway for the contract, with Japan, France and Germany in the running ahead of an announcement in early 2016. Japan's ambassador to Australia Sumio Kusaka announced on Tuesday the defence and trade ministers in August will lead a 40 member delegation including representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries on a trip to South Australia. Read more
[image: Russian Catfish submarine]The Swedish military is studying a video taken by shipwreck hunters who say it shows a wrecked submarine, just off the country’s eastern coast, which appears to be Russian. Ocean X Team, the company behind the discovery, said on its website: “It is unclear how old the submarine is and for how long it has been at the bottom of the sea, but the Cyrillic letters on the hull indicate that it is Russian.” According to Stefan Hogeborn, a diver from the Ocean X Team company that made the discovery, the vessel remained completely intact with no visible dam...more »
A mother and her children pay their respects at a memorial outside the Armed Forces Recruitment Center in Chattanooga on July 26, 2015. The families affected by the senseless July 16 attack in Tennessee remain in our thoughts and prayers. The post Military Photo of the Day: July 28, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.
The nuclear complex is organized around money and the seduction of absolute power over matter. The profit motive seems greater today than the latter organizing principle, as illustrated by relentless pressures on profitability at Toshiba, a company that includes nuclear engineering in its portfolio: Toshiba execs, staff say they were under pressure to achieve high profits http://mainichi.jp/english/english/features/news/20150722p2a00m0na011000c.html Current and former executives and high-ranking employees at the Toshiba group say its various divisions had been under enormous pre...more »
*CBC News*:* Hawking, Musk, Wozniak warn of military artificial intelligence arms race* Imagine an armed helicopter that can search for and kill people based on certain pre-defined criteria. Or an artificially intelligent robot outfitted with weapons performing pre-programmed patrols, without any human intervention. It may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie. But more than 1,000 tech and robotics experts — including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak — are warning that an AI arms race is on the horizon — not within decades, but years. *More News On Lead...more »
It may be my imagination but I could have sworn that when the Labour Party were pushing the concept of a 'living wage' the BBC were all in favour and arguments against it were dismissed. Now that the Conservatives have, however cynically, adopted the policy it seems that the problems with the policy need to be aired. This article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33678919 investigates the possible negative impact on part of the health service and local government. It is incredible how the left, including the BBC, can change their minds about a policy so rapidly depending upon w...more »
In my opinion, Hillary Clinton is the most likely Democratic candidate to win the nomination and the most likely candidate to become the U.S. president. She's been moderate from many points of view. But she has apparently decided that a viable Democratic candidate needs the unhinged far-left base to win and because these extremists have largely adopted the most radical memes of the environmentalism, including the climate alarmism, as well, she decided to outline her great "renewable energy" plan. Barack Obama had promised a similar plan to save the world and to stop the rise of the ...more »
*The Telegraph*: *China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures* Margin debt on the Chinese stock market has reached is $1.2 trillion. 'We suspect that it’s a matter of time before banks may have to face the music,' Bank of America says. Chinese equities have suffered the sharpest one-day crash in eight years, sending powerful tremors through global commodity markets and smashing currencies across East Asia, Latin America and Africa. The Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5pc despite emergency measures to shore up the market, with a roster of the biggest blue-chip ...more »
They did it. Ten people on Twitter got the Boston 2024 Olympic bid pulled. Olympic officials hate an argy-bargy and the good people of Boston put up a heckuva rumpus. So, they took their ball and went elsewhere. Probably Los Angeles. Toronto, chuffed from pulling off a second-rank sporting event -- for which the costs and overruns will not be revealed for months -- at which Canadians won the second-most medals after the US's less-than-star athletes, is again contemplating a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. To which we say, NO FUCKING WAY. A few points to start. First, it's expens...more »
Jerry Brown, the majestic governor of California, a state with a list of stultifying regulations longer than the available “genders” on Facebook, called me, a climate scientist, a “Troglodyte.” Brown was at the Vatican at the invitation of Archbishop Marcel Sánchez... The post Vatican Environmental Conference: A Marriage of Bad Governors and Bad Science appeared first on The Stream.
NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life. This revelation could be bigger than Columbus “discovering” America, or Lewis and Clark finding the Northwest... The post Kepler-452b, Distant Utopias and That Stubborn Little Thing Called Human Nature appeared first on The Stream.
The long-simmering disconnect between the Republican Party’s conservative base and its leaders in government has degenerated into a full-blown schism. While President Obama accelerates his increasingly radical agenda, the GOP, despite its congressional majority, can barely muster an objection, let... The post Phony GOP Conservatism Has Worn Out Its Welcome appeared first on The Stream.
People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations... The post Illegal Immigration: Documented Irresponsibility appeared first on The Stream.
An excellent cast, clever, and gripping story lines, and an oppressive milieu make this a top-notch, thinking person’s entertainment. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | July 27, 2015 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some of … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Wentworth’ is a dark, dramatic Australian TV series set in a women’s prison
*"Fukushima Update, 7/27/2015", CENSORED!* by ENENews *"Kyle Cleveland, sociologist at Temple University’s Japan Campus, published Apr 29, 2015 (at 2:00 in): "*Like everyone else we were seeing what was on the media. The media was very alarmist, and I think ironically, some of what were taken as an overreaction or a panic in the first couple of weeks of the crisis subsequently have been vindicated to be in some ways quite reasonable claims and worries as more information have been revealed, as gov’t reports have been written. Those reports have demonstrated that the situation was r...more »
I am in Paris almost six months to the day after Muslim extremist Amédy Coulibaly held people in Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket, under lethal hostage, hours before the start of the Jewish Sabbath. Occurring days after the Charlie Hebdo... The post The Jews Who Are Determined to Stay in France appeared first on The Stream.
In 1925, a 35-year-old Adolf Hitler was released from prison after a short stint following an attempted coup, dubbed the “Beer Hall Putsch.” While incarcerated he wrote his manifesto/autobiography Mein Kampf. He was eager to seize power in Germany. One... The post The Embarrassing Photos of Adolf Hitler appeared first on The Stream.
I'd hardly heard of John Ivison before, but I'll give him credit for one thing: He's totally unafraid to write a column that shows he's absolutely clueless and then ask to get paid for the fucking thing. Predictions are preposterous at the best of times, but I predict Nathan Cullen will come to regret saying the NDP’s No. 1 priority is to topple the Tories. Bang! Right off the top, Ivison reveals his ignorance about the harpercon abuses of our parliamentary democracy and their fiscal incompetence and their overall immorality and murderous stupidity. A LOT of people, for a LONG ti...more »
Shares in mainland China have recorded their biggest one-day fall for more than eight years following a sell-off towards the end of the trading day. The Shanghai Composite closed down 8.5% at 3,725.56 after more weak economic data raised concerns... The post Shares Plunge as Panic Grips China’s Stock Market appeared first on The Stream.
*It isn't always Catholics vs. Mormons. When it comes to homo-hating, their hierarchies are as one, and they'll be the largest religious groups benefitting from the Boy Scouts' new policy leaving them free to insist on scout leaders who "reflect their teachings." (Their teachings, of course, are: (1) Hate them homos! (2) Hate them homos! (3) Hate them homos!)* *by Ken* Is that American or what? "Individual troops will be allowed to decide whether to discriminate." The head on this 7:23pm washingtonpost.com tease was: "Boy Scouts vote to end ban on gay leaders." But I like the blur...more »
With some help from Politico Magazine, Steve Wynn’s challenge was put to top political thinkers: how does Donald Trump’s unprecedented campaign end? Will Trump fizzle out soon, or endure for months? Will he succumb to pressure from the RNC, the... The post 16 ‘Experts’ Predict How Donald Trump’s Campaign Will End appeared first on The Stream.
*July 24 -- Asianomics Group Deputy Chief Economist Sharmila Whelan discusses the economy in China, outlook for the country’s equities and their impact on commodities. She speaks with Francine Lacqua and Manus Cranny on Bloomberg Television’s “**The Pulse**.”* PS: *Eric Sprott: “I don’t think there is any doubt about the world economy rolling over. China has been the major buyer of all products and they’re not holding it together here. They’ve experienced a market crash already, with these huge amounts of debts that the Chinese have taken. The Chinese have created more deb...more »
“The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. * Click image for larger size.* The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic ...more »
*“I Have Learned”* Posted by Paulo Coelho "This text, which I found on the Internet, is attributed to me. I did not write it, but I think worth reproducing here." - PC • "I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them; • I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back; • I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. • I’ve learned that you can get by on charm, for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something; • I’ve learned...more »
“Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too- all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides- made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions...” - “Brave New World: Suggestions from the State” • Freely download “Brave New World", by Aldous Huxley here: - http://www.idph.com.br/conteudos/ebooks/BraveNewWorld.pdf
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