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Socialism must be the number one folly in the history of the human race. People keep trying it, and it keeps collapsing ignominiously. Yet leftists never give up. It is as though a guy stood in his yard throwing a... The post Socialism Crumbles in Venezuela, But Democrats Think It’s a Great Idea appeared first on The Stream.
Our society has ridden out, like doughty knights of old, on a grand quest to promote empathy. It is a noble goal. The ability to empathize (to imagine being in another person’s shoes) helps us to see each other’s humanity.... The post Why We Need a Culture of Compassion, Not of Knee Jerk Pity appeared first on The Stream.
Republicans are taking the stage in Cleveland for the first candidates’ debates of the 2016 election cycle. The main primetime debate is at 9 p.m. ET, featuring the top 10 candidates — as judged by poll averages. Ahead of that, at... The post Primetime GOP Presidential Debate — Live Blog appeared first on The Stream.
It’s debate night. The GOP contenders are squaring off for the first time in this election cycle. The title fight is currently underway, but the undercard has already finished up their bout, with the 7 lowest-polling contenders fighting to break... The post Social Media Gives The First Debate to Carly Fiorina appeared first on The Stream.
Yesterday during the Ateneo Eagle Watch briefing, the third speaker was Rappler's Maritess Danguilan-Vitug. Her talk was about "Scenarios for 2016." She talked mainly about the four leading candidates. I mix her 2 slides in one image here, to save space. Personally, I can support Sen. Grace Poe's candidacy as her being a "newbie" or "inexperienced" means being inexperienced in heavy political populism and welfarism, or corrupting the minds of the public that they can be less responsible about their lives, anyway government will do many things for them, from education and books for ...more »
Yesterday, I attended the Ateneo Eagle Watch briefing, held at the Ateneo Rockwell campus in Makati. The three speakers were Dr. Joseph Lim, "The State of the Economy: What were said and not said in the SONA"; Dr. Alvin Ang, "Economic Forecasts: 2015 Updates and Outlook", and Maritess Danguilan-Vitug of Rappler, "Scenarios for 2016." Dr. Lim and Alvin are professors at the Ateneo Economics Department, both are my friends too. Among the slides presented by Dr. Lim. He borrowed some of the presentations made at ADB just two days earlier, during its IPAG meeting. From the above table,...more »
PPP's latest poll isn't about the presidential race per se; it's about how Americans are responding to President Obama's climate change agenda. And while there are serious critics who feel the president should have gone further, all the noise against his policies is coming from self-serving polluters like the Kochs and the political handmaidens they own, like Wisconsin's corrupt disgrace, Rick Scott. Voters across the board are not buying the Koch messaging, at least so far. A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that there’s strong support for the EPA’s new plan to limit carbo...more »
The small, planelike craft is known as the XS-1. It is hoped the craft could quickly launch small satellites that could defend against the growing threat of Russian and Chinese space weapons. *Daily Mail:* *The X-37b's big brother revealed: Boeing bags $6.6m contract to design reusable XS-1 robot spaceplane that will launch secret spy satellites and space weapons* * XS-1 spacecraft will be far larger than secretive X-37b test plane * Expected to use engine developed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin * Will fly like a normal plane, releasing second stage to launch satellite * Can then ret...more »
Thursday afternoon’s GOP undercard debate consisted of the seven Republican presidential candidates whose poll numbers didn’t qualify them for Thursday’s prime time debate. It was a largely civil affair, but it did feature a few notable sparks as the candidates... The post Highlights from the Fox News/Facebook ‘Happy Hour’ Debate appeared first on The Stream.
IAEA image *Wall Street Journal:** Inspectors So Far Denied Access to Iran’s Scientists* *Stance complicates the International Atomic Energy Agency’s probe into suspected nuclear-military program* WASHINGTON—Iran so far has refused to allow United Nations inspectors to interview key scientists and military officers to investigate allegations that Tehran maintained a covert nuclear-weapons program, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said in an interview Wednesday. Iran’s stance complicates the International Atomic Energy Agency’s probe into Tehran’s suspected nuclear-military...more »
Seven GOP candidates whose poll numbers did not qualify them for Thursday night’s Fox News/Facebook debate held a separate debate late this afternoon, each hoping to make their case why they should hold the highest office in the land, or at... The post Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal Shine at Second-Tier GOP Presidential Debate appeared first on The Stream.
A bar owner admitted he set his gay nightclub on fire in Oak Park. Frank Elliott pleaded guilty to arson and insurance fraud for the fire at The Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge in 2012. Prosecutors said Elliott doused the bar... The post Owner Admits Setting Fire to His Gay Bar, Leaving Gay Slurs appeared first on The Stream.
“Sometimes, you can put some night sky in your art. Captured above Japan in November, a picturesque night sky was photographed behind a picturesque frosted leaf. The reflecting ice crystals on the leaf coolly mimic the shining stars far in the background. The particular background sky on this 48-second wide angle exposure, however, might appear quite interesting and familiar. *Click image for larger sizes.* On the far left, although hard to find, appears a streaking meteor. Below and to the right of the meteor appears a longer and brighter streak of an airplane. The bright star on th...more »
"But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need - if only we had eyes to see." - Edward Abbey
*"Fukushima Update, 8/6/2015"* By ENENews *San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 2, 2015*: "Another dead whale washes up on Pacifica beach. Yet another dead whale washed up at a Pacifica beach in what has become an inexplicable summer trend, marine officials reported. The whale that washed up Sunday is just the latest in a string of mysterious dead whales found in the area. A humpback whale washed up on Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica in May, and in April the rotting carcass of a sperm whale on the beach near Mori Point left scientists baffled as a dissection revealed no official cause of dea...more »
"Suckled in a Creed Outworn" by Chet Raymo "Sitting on the beach over the winter with my pal Dwight, we kept track of the Moon, Sun and tides. He's insatiably curious. I showed him - with diagrams in the sand - how the Alexandrians of the 3rd centiry B.C.E. determined the sizes and distances of the Sun and Moon. It's a fabulous story, which I told in "Walking Zero: Discovering of Cosmic Space and Time Along the Prime Meridian." It is almost a cliche to say that Western civilization was created by the Greeks. Our government, law, art, music, architecture, literature, drama, histori...more »
*Things from around the place that caught my eye this week …* [image: image] “"The building is simultaneously monumental and irreverent, equal parts pop and pomp." And it’s probably worth visiting New Plymouth to see it. *Zizz and zing: Editor Jeremy Hansen visits New Plymouth's sensational new Len Lye Centre* – HOME “When politicians propose a new policy, such as Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s plans to outlaw one third of US CO2 emissions in the next 15 years, it is always worth asking: Has this been tried before? And what happened when it was? “The answer is: a much,...more »
*Popular Mechanics:* *A Haunting Timelapse of the 2,058 Nuclear Detonations from 1945 to 1998* A beautiful and terrifying timeline. It's a grim anniversary today. Seventy years ago today, the Enola Gay dropped the uranium atomic bomb "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima, killing at least 90,000 people immediately, poisoning hundreds of thousands more with radiation, and forever altering the essential nature of warfare. *WNU Editor*: A posted this video before, but considering that this is the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, it is fitting that it is posted again. *Upd...more »
*Image Credit*: Wikimedia Commons *Ankit Panda, The Diplomat:* *Was Nuclear Weapon Use in Hiroshima Really a Turning Point in World War II?* *Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki did little to convince Japanese leaders to end the war.* U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki stands as one of the most consequential uses of weaponry in human history, a watershed moment in the twilight days of World War II, and a perennial question of moral and strategic ambiguity. In fact, all contemporary conversations ab...more »
Residents walk past damaged buildings after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus February 6, 2015. REUTERS/AMER ALMOHIBANY *AFP*: *More than 240,000 killed in Syria conflict: monitor* Beirut (AFP) - More than 240,000 people, including 12,000 children, have been killed in Syria's conflict which broke out in March 2011, a monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 240,381 people, up from its tally of 230,618 announced on June 9. ...more »
*Jefferey Jaxen* - Jim Carrey has become a major threat to pharmaceutical corporations attempting to influence the debate on vaccines. The post Mandatory Vaccines – Jim Carrey vs. The CDC appeared first on Waking Times.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The disturbed homeless man who attacked a movie theater with a pellet gun, an ax and pepper spray also had a propane tank and lighter fluid and may have been planning to set off an explosion,... The post Movie Theater Attacker May Have Planned to Set Off Explosion appeared first on The Stream.
*VOA:** Saudis Reinforce Troops Battling Yemen Houthi Rebels* Saudi Arabia is boosting its efforts to defeat Iranian-backed Houthi insurgents in war-torn Yemen, sending in more heavy weaponry and troops in recent days. One Yemeni military source told the French news agency that Riyadh has sent in dozens of tanks, armored vehicles and personnel carriers during the past 48 hours via Wadia, a border post in northern Yemen. Several days ago, 2,800 Arab coalition troops landed in Yemen. Most were Saudi forces - special-operations, intelligence and logistics personnel - along troop uni...more »
Here’s my strategy sheet for tonight’s prime-time debate. I will list what each candidate needs To Do, and To Avoid. Donald Trump To Do: Show that you’re serious about leading an American economic recovery, using your undoubted business skills. To... The post Advice for the Candidates at Tonight’s Prime Time GOP Debate appeared first on The Stream.
*Christina Sarich* - Why are we still driving cars that pollute the planet on a crumbling infrastructure? The post Quantum Spacecraft & Other Hidden Truths: Snowden’s “Black Budgets” appeared first on Waking Times.
Chris Christie's desperate bid to get back into the second tier of Republican candidates-- the latest Fox News poll shows him as the first choice, nationally, of 3% of GOP voters, pretty much the same as what every other poll in the last month has shown-- is 100% dependent on a New Hampshire strategy. If he doesn't come in first or second in New Hampshire, his campaign is over. And an average of polls of New Hampshire GOP voters does show him doing better there than in the rest of the country-- 5.7%, trailing Trump, Bush, Walker and Kasich but ahead of Rand Paul, Carson, Rubio, C...more »
*"You bomb Assad, I bomb the Kurds, and we both sell it to the world as a war against ISIS, which we will secretly continue to prop up. Great plan, isn't it, chief?" Erdoğan to Obama, from one clown to another.* *An excerpt from, "Erodoğan and Netanyahu Declare War" by Prof. James Petras, Global Research, August 1, 2015: * At the same time, Turkish President Erodoğan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people and their aspirations for a Kurdish state. This has followed closely on several recent incidents beginning with the bombing (with cooperation from Turkish intelligenc...more »
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is treating his drive to win congressional approval for his nuclear deal with Iran like a political campaign, making attacks on opponents that need to stop, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. McConnell’s... The post Mitch McConnell to Obama: Stop Demonizing Iran Deal Opponents appeared first on The Stream.
Ronda Rousey is leaving it all in Brazil. Three days after defeating Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on Saturday, she paid a visit to Instituto Reação, a children’s judo school in Rio de Janeiro, where she donated her championship belt. The school, which... The post Ronda Rousey Donates UFC Championship Belt to Children’s Judo School appeared first on The Stream.
A fascinating article on Labour List http://labourlist.org/2015/08/labour-lost-because-voters-believed-it-was-anti-austerity/ that should put the record straight as to why Labour lost the last general election. Here's an extract but do read the whole piece as I doubt that the BBC will report it as it contradicts the agreed Labour BBC anti austerity narrative : 'Voters rejected Labour because they perceived the Party as anti-austerity lite. 58% agree that, 'we must live within our means so cutting the deficit is the top priority'. Just 16% disagree. Almost all Tories and a majority...more »
A fascinating point of view here http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2015/08/arab-female-writer-to-women-of-arab.html Here's an extract 'In a recent article titled "Leave the Wretched East" in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai, Nadine Al-Budair, a Saudi journalist and women's rights activist who lives in Dubai, formerly a presenter on the Arabic-language American television channel Alhurra, urged the women of the Arab Mashraq (the Arab countries of the eastern Mediterranean basin) to leave their homelands that oppress them and deny their rights. Al-Budair spared no criticism from the society...more »
Haaretz pays no attention to the dictates of government or big business. Unlike the Irving press, it treats news with honesty and intelligence. Much of what is below is important to us. It does affect us, and it will quite possibly kill some of us. But none of the below appeared in the Irving papers. http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669789?utm_content=Obama+isolates+Netanyahu+as+head+of+warmongers&utm_medium=hdc+Haaretzcom+Daily&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=newsletter Obama wants the peace agreement with Iran. Just about every country in the world, except Israel, wants it. A ...more »
It's not very often I mention my (very much) erstwhile comrades of *Weekly Worker* fame, but they are going through something of a purple patch at the moment. Firstly, their call for Marxists to join the Labour Party attracted mainstream attention and proved a useful foil for some on Labour's right who've forgotten to counter politics with politics. And then there is this: In recent weeks, the Chinese stock market has taken a massive plunge and in July shares suffered their worse month in six years, falling by 29% from the peak in June. This followed a humungous boom in stock prices ...more »
August 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Tonight marks the first and second debates of the 2016 presidential race, hosted by Fox News. With foreign policy, Donald Trump, and Planned Parenthood dominating headlines, we at LifeSiteNews wanted to take a moment to... The post ANALYSIS: Five Key Values Questions for Candidates at the Debate appeared first on The Stream.
Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks to how our daily work contributes to God’s redemptive plan in a fallen world. Watch the video here… The post Albert Mohler: Work Is Not a Result of the Fall appeared first on The Stream.
Already planning to spend 15 days vacationing at a sprawling oceanside resort home in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama has told the town that he is coming a day early, arriving Friday evening. The late change sparked even more activity and... The post Obama Family’s 40th Presidential Vacation Begins Friday appeared first on The Stream.
"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good. Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." - Vaclav Havel
*Reuters*: *U.S. Senate leader McConnell: Obama's choice on Iran deal 'absurd'* U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama's pitch for the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was "absurd" to argue that lawmakers must essentially choose between the agreement and going to war. Obama made a "huge mistake" with that argument, McConnell, a Republican, told reporters in response to a speech by Obama on Wednesday. "It's not this deal versus war. That's the argument they've been making during the whole negotiation. It's either this deal or a better d...more »
*President Obama is the biggest troll in the universe.* *An excerpt from, "Obama Wants Nuclear Deal With Iran But Argues A (False) Case For War" by b, Moon of Alabama, August 6, 2015:* In arguing for the international deal over Iran's nuclear program the Obama administration is selling, quite intentionally it seems, a (false) case for war on Iran. The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, argues that the deal is good because the agreed upon additional IAEA inspections would make war on Iran easier: The military option would remain on the table, but the fact is, that *military...more »
*Mark Galeotti, The Guardian:* *'Leaks over Nemtsov murder signal both dissent and democracy in Russia'* After early confusion and contradiction, an increasingly clear picture is emerging from the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov – and it has Chechens at its heart. The shooter is believed to be Chechen fighter Zaur Dadaev, who initially confessed to the crime before claiming to have done so under duress, with the implication that he received his orders from Ruslan Geremeev, deputy commander of the special forces Sever Battalion. The loudly u...more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her phone while sitting next to South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan (R) at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool *Peter Van Buren, Reuters:* *What everyone with a Top Secret security clearance knows – or should know* In the world of handling America’s secrets, words – classified, secure, retroactive – have special meanings. I held a Top Secret clearance at the State Department for 24 years and was regularly trained in protecting information as part of ...more »
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul divulged his strategy for the first GOP presidential debate on Thursday, saying he doesn’t think “there’s any reason to hold back and play nice.” “I don’t mean that in a petty way, just take on... The post Rand Paul Divulges Strategy for First GOP Debate: No Reason ‘To Hold Back and Play Nice’ appeared first on The Stream.
“Always listen to your doubts. Not just because they might teach you of your fears, but because, sometimes, they might teach you of your wisdom. Deeper than most will get, huh?” “Lovin' it all,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2015A bizarre reaction from Maddow:* Last week, for unknown reasons, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal seem to have asked a strange poll question as part of their joint national poll. Below, you see the question they apparently asked. We got the text of the question from Polling Report: *“If a Republican primary for president were being held today, which one of the following candidates would you favor: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Ben Carson or Donald Trump, or would you vote for one o...more »
The following is a guest post by Cullen Hendrix of the University of Denver. If you’ve read or seen Moneyball, the following anecdote will be familiar to you: Baseball is a complex sport requiring a diverse, often hard-to-quantify skillset. Before the 2000s, baseball talent scouts relied heavily on a variety of heuristics marked by […]
I will be live-tweeting the foreign policy dimensions of the GOP debate tonight here. Readers may want to chime in here on this open thread with the pre-, during, and post-debate reactions. It may be the silly season in the GOP primary, but with the Iran deal pending before Congress, these are consequential times. Yesterday, […]
On this day of remembering the Voting Rights Act (VRA), I cannot recommend highly enough Jim Rutenberg's article in the New York Times Magazine, which tracks the 50 year history of conservative racists' efforts to undo the VRA. Central to the effort to crush VRA was John Roberts, Jr., whose contributions to eviscerating VRA began when he fast-tracked from Harvard Law School and became a clerk for William Rehnquist. From Rutenberg: The 1980 election may have put Reagan in office with an ominous nod to “states’ rights,” but in that same year black voter registration reached 60 per...more »
Wikipedia *CBS*: *Pentagon's Joint Staff email was victim of "sophisticated" intrusion* The Joint Staff's unclassified email system which was hacked during the last weekend of July remains off line over a week later, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports. The reason cited is that the attack was, Martin said, "a new sophisticated intrusion" of the kind that could only be mounted by a state actor, although the question of which state is still not clear. The system is expected to be back on line Thursday. Those affected by the attack are the roughly 4,000 mos...more »
*Photo:* Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, Taliban militants' new leader, is seen in this undated handout photograph by the Taliban. REUTERS/TALIBAN HANDOUT/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *Hindustan Times/AFP*: *More resignations in Taliban amid efforts for reconciliation* Two more senior figures in the Taliban's Qatar political office have resigned, militants said on Thursday, as the movement began efforts for reconciliation among feuding factions following an increasingly bitter leadership struggle. Splits have emerged at the top of the Taliban following the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Man...more »
Planned Parenthood now finds itself being heavily criticized after being caught on tape brokering fetal body parts. Fortunately for them, they have no shortage of allies in the media, including PolitiFact. Fox Business reporter Sandra Smith recently said on air... The post Statistics: 94 Percent of Pregnant Women Who Go to Planned Parenthood Get an Abortion appeared first on The Stream.
The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit on a Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for not issuing marriage licenses because same-sex marriage violates her religious views. She refused to issue licenses and four couples sued her. Now, Davis is suing Governor... The post Clerk Targeted by Same-Sex Couples Sues Governor appeared first on The Stream.
Seventy years after the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, its place in history remains secure. As The Post has written: “It’s seared into the coFor the occasion, we asked the users of the social platform Reddit,... The post How the Hiroshima Bombing is Taught Around the World appeared first on The Stream.
“Who has seen Rashida Jones’ new documentary Hot Girls Wanted?” Holly Madison asked her followers on Twitter earlier this month. “I think every girl should have to see it before she turns 18.” Five years ago, Madison might not have... The post The Porn Industry Is Abusive, and These Women Are Telling It Like It Is appeared first on The Stream.
The End of the Tour is a re-creation of the actual interview David Lipsky of Rolling Stone conducted with the late author David Foster Wallace. Set in 1996, on the tail of a national book tour when Wallace was promoting... The post The Sadness of *The End of the Tour* appeared first on The Stream.
I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation (easily the best of the Star Trek shows). There’s one big, obvious thing missing from the future society depicted in the program. No one is doing business. There is almost no... The post Star Trek Economics: Life After the Dismal Science appeared first on The Stream.
No-one would describe the New York Times as especially sympathetic to orthodox Christianity. The Grey Lady’s established aversion to anything but all-but-completely secularized versions of the Christian faith didn’t, however, stop it from recently publishing a widely-read article underscoring the... The post It’s Time for an Encyclical on Christian Persecution appeared first on The Stream.
Another story that you won't hear on the BBC, if only there was a way to blame Israel as then the institutionally anti Israel BBC would report the story. 'Muslims are slaughtering the aboriginals of West Papua after taking occupation by force, and killing their dreams of independence granted onto them. It's so easy to forget that Muslim violence and oppression is an everyday reality in many small places around the world too. The people of West Papua have been suffering under Indonesian occupation since 1962. Over 500,000 civilians have been killed, and thousands more have been...more »
*New York Times*: *Afghan Army Helicopter Crashes, Killing All 17 Aboard* KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan National Army helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing all 17 people aboard, government officials said. The crash in Zabul Province killed five crew members on the Russian-made helicopter along with 12 soldiers being transported to a new post, the officials said. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, and Guli Islam Seyal, a spokesman for the governor of Zabul, blamed technical problems for the crash. But the Taliban spo...more »
Chris Oxley/Newport News Shipbuilding via US Navy *Defense News*:* US Navy Sidelines 3 Newest Subs* *US Navy sidelines three newest submarines pending steam plant inspections* WASHINGTON — The US Navy has restricted the operations of its three newest submarines — including one placed in commission just last Saturday — pending inspections and repairs to a key steam plant component. At issue are problems found with elbows in 10-inch pipes that funnel steam from the reactor plant to the propulsion turbines. Elbows are installed in piping to get around corners and other obstructions. ...more »
*CNN: **U.S. won't have aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf for at least 2 months* Washington (CNN)The U.S. Navy will not be able to keep an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for much of the fall season, according to a Navy official. The official said that's because the Navy has to schedule needed maintenance after years of extended deployments and because of reduced spending due to mandatory budget cuts. While there have been so-called "carrier gaps" in the Persian Gulf before, this one will leave the Navy without the presence of a high-profile aircraft carrier just as a propos...more »
*During a campaign stop in North York, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked the crowd if they were excited about the election campaign. His question was met with a smattering of applause.* *Video courtesy Global News *
A group of authors is retracting a paper from Structure following a Brandeis University investigation that found the first author had fabricated a key result. Former graduate student Kelsey Anthony was first author of the paper, “High-Affinity Gold Nanoparticle Pin to Label and Localize Histidine-Tagged Protein in Macromolecular Assemblies, which was published online in February 2014. At […] The post Brandeis investigation finds scientific misconduct in gold nanoparticle paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
This week marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima. A year earlier an American poll that asked what should be done with Japan found that 13% of the U.S. public were in favor of "killing off" all Japanese men, women, and children and after the bombing another poll, this one for *Fortune*, found that, despite Japan's surrender, 22.7% of respondents wished that more atomic bombs could have been dropped on Japan. At least 150,000 people died in Hiroshima, included over 90% of the city's doctors and nurses. Now, finally, those who would have liked to see more atom...more »
Tonight is the first Republican primary presidential debate of the election season. The debates are promoted as a way to distinguish the candidates from one another. But they are a terrible format for achieving that objective. Currently, there are 38... The post Prep School for our Potential President appeared first on The Stream.
When I saw the headline, my first thought was, “Could it be? Is President Barack Obama really denouncing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby parts?” The words seemed clear enough: “Obama: Killing Humans And Harvesting Their Organs Is An Atrocity That... The post Africa, Planned Parenthood and the Extraordinary Moral Hypocrisy of President Obama appeared first on The Stream.
*Reuters:* *Malaysia says matches prove wing part is from missing flight MH370* Malaysia said on Thursday paint color and maintenance-record matches proved that a piece of wing found on the shore of an Indian Ocean island was part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace last year. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said investigators on the French island of Reunion had collected more aircraft debris, including a plane window and aluminum foil, but there was no confirmation they also belonged to the missing plane. With the first trace of th...more »
*The Guardian*:* France looking for warship buyers after cancelling Mistral deal with Russia* François Hollande and Vladimir Putin agree to scrap €1.2bn sale of Mistral carriers, with French government to reimburse Moscow’s costs For sale: two state-of-the-art warships. One finished, fitted out and in good sailing order. The second: half-finished. Never used. No owners (careful or otherwise). France is looking for a buyer for two Mistral helicopter carriers after cancelling a controversial €1.2bn (£840m) deal with Russia. The official announcement that the ships would not be del...more »
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The state’s top prosecutor was charged Thursday with leaking secret grand jury information and lying about her actions under oath. Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaked information to a political operative to pass to the news media... The post Pennsylvania Attorney General Accused of Grand Jury Leak appeared first on The Stream.
Sadiya in northeast Diyala use to be one of Iraq’s ghost towns. The town and surrounding district was cleared by a joint operation by the peshmerga and Hashd al-Shaabi in November 2014. The entire population fled either when the Islamic State took over during the summer or during the military campaign to retake it. The victorious forces were then accused of destroying homes there and would not let anyone return. The official reasons were that the area had to be cleared of explosive devices, and there were fears that the locals were Islamic State supporters. The real cause was a po...more »
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee unveiled plans on Thursday to hold six presidential debates starting this fall, with the first scheduled for Oct. 13 in Nevada. With Republicans focusing on their first debate, scheduled for Thursday night in... The post Democrats Schedule 6 Primary Debates Starting in October appeared first on The Stream.
August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. It exploded over the Japanese city of Hiroshima in a mushroom cloud of destruction that shocked the world. With that event, humanity entered a new... The post Truman’s Hard Choice: Hiroshima 70 Years Ago Today appeared first on The Stream.
Police in northwest Louisiana have identified an officer who was killed Wednesday night and the suspect wanted in his slaying. At news conference Thursday, Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said Thomas LaValley, 24, a four-year veteran of the force, was... The post Shreveport Police: Officer Shot, Killed; Manhunt Ongoing appeared first on The Stream.
Three minutes into my conversation with Jehiel Oliver, CEO of Hello Tractor, the line goes dead. When I call back, he’s already laughing. “Welcome to West African communication,” he said. “That’ll happen three more times during this call.” He’s right... The post It’s Like Uber for Tractors, and It Could Change the Game for African Farmers appeared first on The Stream.
Seventy years ago, on August 6th, 1945, an amazing invention of (mostly) American physicists, the Little Boy, was thrown on a vibrant Japanese city. It was almost certainly the most concentrated mass termination of lives that the Earth remembers. The Hiroshima Products Trade Fair (formerly a museum) was designed by the Czech architect Jan [John] Letzel, based on a copper skeleton that melted, and located right beneath the exploding bomb which is why the pressure wave acted vertically and didn't damage the vertical walls much. It became the famous A-Dome later. If you want your hou...more »
Although it was an unthinkable and undeserved outcome to the thousands of individuals who were killed by the atomic bomb -- in that sense not all that different than the deaths of millions of other civilians during the Second World War -- August 6 had a beneficial outcome for humanity. The bombing of Hiroshima directly led to the surrender of Imperial Japan on August 15, 1945. This is from USA Today's account of the anniversary: HIROSHIMA, Japan — Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, as its mayor renewed calls for global leaders to rid...more »
*“Psychologists Urge People With * *Low Self-Esteem to Watch G.O.P. Debate”* by Andy Borowitz MINNESOTA (The Borowitz Report)— “Psychologists at the University of Minnesota have issued a research study recommending that people suffering from low self-esteem watch Thursday night’s nationally televised Republican debate. The recommendation came after the psychologists spent weeks showing research subjects video clips of the debate’s potential participants and observed striking improvements in the subjects’ overall morale and sense of worth. “We interviewed the volunteers before we exp...more »
Of all the freedom fighters in Canadian History none is more famous or has greater modern acknowledgement than Norman Bethune He went to China to help the communist overcome the Kum in tong Kumintang no Kuomintang His side won and his place in history was multiplied by many factors to permanent greatness Fast forward from the clarity of yesterday Steve Harper would have taken his passport away and stripped him of any medical licence long before he even thought of saving a life today If they rounded up all his friends it would shut down the U of T and still if would be called a...more »
Several years ago, I arranged for Neil Armstrong and his wife, Carol, to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo. We stopped first to commune with Jana, the newborn giraffe. The zoo showed us a video of her being... The post Who Would Kill a Giraffe? appeared first on The Stream.
However we may yearn for a politician whose worldview springs straight from his reason, his grasp of history and human nature, and his sense that politics is the art of the possible, not the ideal, what we usually get is... The post The Bizarre Bill de Blasio and the Death of New York City appeared first on The Stream.
Jason Jones & John ZmirakatThe Stream - 12 hours ago
By August 1945, with most of its major cities already in ashes from Allied firebombing, Imperial Japan was militarily helpless to do anything but resist a ground invasion of its home islands. Its fleet had been sunk, its air force... The post Hiroshima 70 Years Ago Today: Right or Wrong? appeared first on The Stream.
The authors of a 2015 paper about non-native spider populations in Chile are retracting it from the Journal of Arachnology because they copied the introduction of a 2011 paper verbatim. The retraction was triggered by the first author, who “insisted on a full retraction in lieu of milder remedies,” according to the journal’s editor-in-chief. The […] The post “We copied verbatim”: Authors insist on retraction for their own spider paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
'Certain of its final victory, ISIS declares in the document, "Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah. ... This is the bitter truth, swallow it."' More here http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6275/islamic-state-india but not on the pro Pakistan, anti India BBC.
The government, with the cooperation and collaboration of the media, used propaganda to justify the use of atomic bombs against Japan. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | August 6, 2015 I was only nine months old when … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Propaganda and the atomic bomb 70 years later
*"Thoughts..."* by Karl Denninger "Why is it, exactly, that most of you think things will be ok? That you can afford to sit back and let the political and financial world unfold? Do you think you'll die before it all goes to Hell, and thus for you at least it will be ok? How about your kids? No kids? Legacy doesn't matter, right? Time is short folks... exactly how much sand remains in the hourglass is unknowable, but odds are it's not a lot. Choose wisely...” - http://market-ticker.org/
Honestly, I am sick and tired of all the clowns out there that continue to defend the Sandy Hook fraud shooting as being real... The online alternative media continues to have a battle between the criminals who continue to promote the Sandy Hook operation as being real, and those who are not afraid of questioning the "official story" and see the entire operation as being an elaborate hoax and swindle on the American people.... For this article, I want to present the following very important video, that comes from Youtube user "RedSilverJ" that summarizes very nicely the entire Sandy...more »
*New York Times:* *Hiroshima Honors 70th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing* HIROSHIMA, Japan — To the surprise of many who witnessed its incineration by an atomic bomb 70 years ago on Thursday, this city, like Japan itself, rebounded vigorously after World War II. The population, nearly halved by the new and terrifying American weapon nicknamed Little Boy, now exceeds 1.1 million, nearly three times what it was during the war. Mazda makes its sporty cars here. The company’s founding family owns the city’s baseball team, the Carp, which plays at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium. Except for the...more »
MIAMI (AP) — A resolution to condemn Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexican immigrants failed Wednesday night to win approval of the city council in Doral, a city dominated by Hispanic immigrants and home to one of the... The post Anti-Trump Resolution Voted Down in Heavily Hispanic City appeared first on The Stream.
The Supreme Court’s decision this summer to redefine marriage; the series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s role in the nationwide buying and selling of the organs of aborted infants: all of this is deeply disturbing. The one silver lining is... The post America and the Terrifying Expectation of Judgment appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The political veteran with the right resume, but perhaps the wrong last name. The rookie senators and their focus on foreign policy and individual rights. Governors with experience — and baggage. The never-been-elected outsiders, and of course,... The post It’s Time: Stage Set for GOP Presidential Debate appeared first on The Stream.
The daughter of Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, has worked on a number of pro-abortion campaigns and is currently helping out her mother’s friend, Hillary Clinton. Politico reports that Lily Adams joined the Clinton campaign last spring as Iowa’s press... The post Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richard’s Daughter Helps Lead Hillary Clinton’s Campaign appeared first on The Stream.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, is in the spotlight Tuesday (Aug. 4) interviewing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at an evangelical conference in Nashville. Moore talks with... The post Interview: Russell Moore on Religious Liberty, Franklin Graham and Moore’s Past Life as a Democrat appeared first on The Stream.
I owe my life to Harry S. Truman. Or so my father told me at the dinner table one night in the 1960s when, having just read John Hersey's *Hiroshima, *I was expressing my shock, sadness and indignation that a US president could kill 80,000 people in one fell atomic swoop. What did innocent Japanese people have to do with the war, I'd asked. Children did not deserve to die, or survive that horrific day only to develop leukemia and other cancers decades later. That's when Dad told me that as a soldier stationed on the island of Okinawa in 1945, he was to be part of Operation Olympic...more »
President Obama, in his desperation to save his Iran deal, has taken to attacking its opponents in personal ways. He has accused critics of his deal of being the same Republican warmongers who drove us into the ground war against... The post President Obama Gets Personal about Iran Deal appeared first on The Stream.
July 14, a U.S. anti-abortion group released an undercover video of an employee of abortion provider Planned Parenthood casually discussing, over wine and salad, the harvesting and donation of fetal tissue for medical research. The video provoked a nationwide outcry... The post Meet China’s Pro-Life Christians appeared first on The Stream.
Queried about the Holy See’s less-than-vigorous response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, senior Vatican officials are given to saying (often with a dismissive tone, as if the question came from a dim-wit), “We take the long view.” On the diplomatic... The post Is Pope Francis Dangerously Squishy on Putin? appeared first on The Stream.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a mosque in Saudi Arabia used by Interior Ministry special forces in the southwestern city of Abha on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, the ministry said. The Interior Ministry’s statement... The post Saudi Mosque Bombing Targets Police appeared first on The Stream.
*Washington Post*: *Deadly suicide blast strikes Saudi security forces at mosque near Yemen* BEIRUT — A suicide bomber struck a mosque in Saudi Arabia used by security forces near the border with war-battered Yemen on Thursday, officials said, leaving more than a dozen dead in the latest blast to hit the kingdom. There were no immediate assertions of responsibility, but the attack follows a spate of suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia claimed by Islamic State militants. It also comes as Saudi Arabia and its allies have escalated its four-month-old war against rebel forces in Yemen. ...more »
*FoxTrot Alpha:* *USS John Warner Shows Off Jumbo Missile Tube During Comissioning* The Virginia Class fast attack submarine, the USS John Warner, was just commissioned into service. She is the second Block III Virginia Class boat to be produced, and has a pair of new huge Virginia Payload Tubes on her bow. These replace twelve individual vertical launch tubes used to fire Tomahawk missiles in previous Virginia Class boats. As you can see in the photo above this is a new capability that the Navy is proud to showcase. *WNU Editor*: This reveals what is the pipeline right now for A...more »
*Catherine J Frompovich* - Citizens groups are conducting testing to find out what big-ag doesn't want us to know. The post Can Glyphosate Really Be Present in Human Breast Milk? appeared first on Waking Times.
*Stalls await owners in front of a major temple in Changhua.* Months of exciting speculation are now over -- with more months of exciting speculation ahead! Yes, James Soong, former KMT heavyweight, leader of the People First Party (PFP), a sort of KMT-lite, has officially declared his candidacy. FocusTaiwan reports: James Soong (宋楚瑜), chairman of Taiwan's minority People First Party (PFP), announced Thursday that he will run in the presidential election to be held next January to help the country rise above political confrontations and to "find a roadmap for Taiwan's future." So...more »
*CNN*: *First on CNN: Iranian warship points weapon at U.S. helicopter, official says* Washington (CNN)An Iranian warship briefly pointed weapons on its deck at a U.S. military helicopter and coalition warship two weeks ago in the Gulf of Aden, a Defense official told CNN on Wednesday. The two ships were just a few hundred yards apart on July 25 when Iranian crewmembers pointed what are believed to be on-deck machine guns at the warship and the U.S. military helicopter that had just landed on that coalition ship's deck, the Defense official said. *WNU Editor:* This is not the fir...more »
Godard v. Godard, 2015 ONCA 568:  Although a child's wishes, particularly the wishes of a child of S.'s age, should certainly be considered by a court prior to making an access order, once the court has determined that access is in the child's best interests a parent cannot leave the decision to comply with the access order up to the child. As stated by the motion judge, Ontario courts have held consistently that a parent "has some positive obligation to ensure a child who allegedly resists contact with the access parent complies with the access order": *Quaresma v. Bath...more »
(CNSNews.com) – A group of government researchers working for a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana made “humanized mice” by implanting the mice with tissues cut from human livers and thymuses taken from babies at 17 to 22 weeks... The post …And U.S. Government Made ‘Humanized’ Mice with Tissue from Babies 17- to 22-Weeks Gestational Age appeared first on The Stream.
There is a universal thirst for freedom. Throughout history, people of all cultures have sought it. Some people define freedom as being free from external values and restraints. Others, like the Greeks of antiquity, view freedom in a purely political... The post Freedom in the Old Testament appeared first on The Stream.
The webcam discussion forums provide the only public online forum I’m aware of for discussing plant conditions at Fukushima Daiichi. Webcam watchers have been observing the cams and documenting their observations on the Fukushima webcam discussion forums for over 4 years. They have also been posting screenshots and video that illustrate their descriptive accounts. Their comments and supporting documentary screenshots and videos have chronicled ongoing atmospheric conditions at Daiichi and have linked observations with data and events reported by TEPCO and the media. When the m...more »
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2015Part 4—And the concomitant silence:* If there was nothing important at stake, the whole thing would simply be funny. The comedy would have taken place in last Sunday’s New York Times. On the last page of Sunday Review, the newspaper’s pubic editor was still trying to address the Times’ *previous* front-page debacle. But how comical! Even as Margaret Sullivan scolded the Times for its previous front-page mess, a new debacle was taking place on the newspaper’s new front page—and this new debacle was driving the rest of the nation’s “campaign coverage!” How...more »
Parchin military site in Iran *Bloomberg*:* Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site, Intel Warns* The U.S. intelligence community has informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers. For senior lawmakers in both parties, the evidence calls into question Iran’s intention to fully account for the possible military dimensions of its current and past nuclear development. The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have a side agreement meant to resolve past...more »
Bernard de Mandeville (1670–1733) famously (or infamously) suggested that the cause of wealth is vice. If everyone were perfect, Mandeville thought, no one would demand anything. Everyone would be content with little. With no aggregate demand, no production would arise... The post How Do We Help the Poor? appeared first on The Stream.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For those who are dying, it’s clear why all dogs go to heaven. They provide comfort not just in death, but in other difficult times, whether it’s depression, job loss or a move across country. Dogs... The post Pets Pick Up on Cues to Comfort the Dying, Grieving appeared first on The Stream.
They’re going to be big shoes to fill, but musical theater newcomer Shanice Williams is ready to ease on down the road. The 18-year-old New Jersey native has landed the part of the silver slipper-wearing Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz... The post NBC’s *The Wiz Live!* Has a Dorothy: Meet Shanice Williams appeared first on The Stream.
Plans for a Muslim cemetery on the outskirts of a small North Texas town have sparked a backlash among some local residents who said they fear it will bring radical Islam and terrorism to their doorsteps. The Islamic Association of... The post Tensions Boil in Texas Town Over Planned Muslim Cemetery appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone. Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy School... The post Stolen Stradivarius Violin is Recovered after 35 Years appeared first on The Stream.
After significant delays, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a final rule Wednesday which will force publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to worker compensation. “The Commission adopted a carefully calibrated pay ratio disclosure rule that... The post Companies Now Forced to Disclose CEO-to-Employee Pay Ratios appeared first on The Stream.
Maryand's 4th Congressional District is as blue as they come. The PVI is D+26 and Obama beat McCain 77-22% and four years later beat Romney 78-21%. The current congresswoman, Donna Edwards, has one of the best records on Capitol Hill and last year the district's voters gave her 70% of the vote. She won 77% of the vote in the last presidential year, beating out the other 7 Maryland incumbents. But with Donna running for the U.S. Senate, it's crucial that the next rep from MD-04 be as stalwart and effective a progressive as she's been. That's why Blue America endorsed Joseline Peña...more »
Transpicuous New Weekly Report: Archive Video August 2, 2015 News Links: August 2 News http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/26/a-canadian-snowden-cse-warns-of-insider-threats.html http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-27/chinese-stocks-suffer-second-biggest-crash-history-1500-companies-halted-limit-down http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/28/europe/uk-lord-sewel-drug-allegations/index.html http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iraqi-militia-leader-says-us-not-serious-about-fighting-islamic-state/ar-AAdCKoa http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-government-declares-day-holi...more »
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday seized a key town in central Syria following heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad’s forces, in the militants’ biggest advance since capturing the historic town of Palmyra in May, Syrian activists... The post ISIS Terrorists Seize Central Syrian Town appeared first on The Stream.
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately, many journalists did not remember that when covering a new report claiming $15-an-hour wages would raise fast-food prices only 4 percent. A closer look shows that the study underlying... The post Study on Fast Food Wages, Touted by Press, is Wrong appeared first on The Stream.
Parsing the words of Pope Francis is a notoriously hazardous undertaking, as he tends sometimes to say things that seem almost deliberately open to multiple interpretations — remember “Who am I to judge?” — and then play his cards close... The post What Do Pope’s Words Mean for Communion Debate? appeared first on The Stream.
Tuesday, the Center for Medical Progress released their fifth video exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts. In some circles, these videos are being widely discussed, a topic all but ubiquitous at many of our social media feeds and web browsing destinations.... The post Many in the Mainstream Media Lack the Integrity to Cover the Planned Parenthood Scandal Honestly appeared first on The Stream.
A group of Senate Democrats wants to vote on Pope Francis’s climate change pronouncement. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), introduced a resolution on Wednesday stating that the Senate agrees with the pope’s June encyclical declaring climate change... The post 1st Amendment Alert: Senate Dems Call for Vote on Pope’s Climate Statement appeared first on The Stream.
Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of... The post Did Bill Clinton Nudge Trump to Run? appeared first on The Stream.
Good grief. A political spat that erupted this week between Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and the Alberta and Ontario premiers is being seen by some as a calculated move on Harper's part to shore up his traditional party base. So the theory is that Harper is openly appealling to angry, ignorant, and confused misogynistic men by attacking the two of most powerful premiers, leading two of
They were actually good people. Unfair to compare them with Conservatives. From the CBC: A political spat that erupted this week between Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and the Alberta and Ontario premiers is being seen by some as a calculated move on Harper's part to shore up his traditional party base. ... On Tuesday, Harper took a not-so-subtle swipe at Wynne's performance as premier, saying: "I think I will observe what a senior official told me when I took office. They said, 'You will have your best relations with the premiers who are doing a good job in their own jurisdictio...more »
*Zack Beauchamp, VOX*:* Obama's failed plan to train the Syrian rebels, in one brutal timeline* President Obama's big plan to train friendly Syrian rebels has had a really rough few days. The first 60 American-trained Syrian rebels, part of a group called Division 30, finally went onto the battlefield and almost immediately got attacked by al-Qaeda and suffered a humiliating defeat. According to the Guardian, al-Qaeda fighters killed five US-trained rebels, wounded 18, and kidnapped seven, including the unit's commander. Half of the American-trained fighters were put out of commiss...more »
*Collectivity* - as we become aware that we are part of it, so we evolve "Why is it so difficult for humans to live together? Because they do not show one another enough attention or respect. Collective life as practised in a spiritual brotherhood is also a wonderful opportunity for its members to evolve and expand their consciousness. Those who lead a solitary life can be selfish and temperamental. There is no one standing next to them, no one for whom they must try to watch and improve their behaviour. But as soon as they begin to have anything to do with other people, what an e...more »
Editors at the Archives of Biological Sciences, the official journal of Serbian Biological Society, have unleashed a flood of retractions and corrections as part of an effort to fix the mistakes of the former editorial board. The fixes – 16 retractions and two corrections, by our count – are in response to a formal investigation […] The post Serbian journal cleans house with 16 retractions and 2 corrections after investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Yes, today marks the 70th anniversary of that terrible day when an American B29 stratofortress bomber, named "Enola Gay" opened its bomb bays over the peaceful city of Hiroshima Japan at approximately 812am Japan time....And sent one bomb on its way hurtling down to the city below.... That bomb was an Uranium 235 based "rail gun" device code named "Little Boy".... At 815am, the device exploded in a fireball some 150 meters in diameter... It also released a massive blast shock wave that obliterated the city below it killing some 150000 innocent people in an instant, while leaving some...more »
WASHINGTON (AP) — Drained and divided, the Senate is joining the House in summer recess as Congress sets course for an autumn of showdowns over Iran, spending and Planned Parenthood. Senators left town Wednesday, a week after the House began... The post Taking Bow for Summer, Congress Leaves Clashes for Fall appeared first on The Stream.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign to stop President Barack Obama’s sweeping emissions limits on power plants began taking shape Wednesday, as 16 states asked the government to put the rules on hold while a Senate panel moved to block them.... The post 16 States Ask Obama Administration to Put Power Plant Rules on Hold appeared first on The Stream.
*WNU Editor*: While doing the previous post I came upon this poll result. To say that I am surprised by these results is an understatement. This poll (and its breakdown of individual countries) *is here**.*
In a world that is led by media manipulation, political propaganda, religious rhetoric, and Hollywood hype, people are waking up to the ideology that they are being manipulated and controlled. But what if what we are witnessing isn't just spin doctoring and cleaver cliche agendas? What if the truth is far deeper and far more oppressive than we ever imagined? In a world where we are lied to daily about history, politics, economics and the very fabric of our planet, the greater question we need to ask is just how deep this rabbit hole goes. Hollywood has indoctrinated us with i...more »
I'd been waiting, rather impatiently, for this interview. But it finally became available and already I've listened twice. There is going to be a third listen because *this is fascinating stuff.* Truly. So a big thanks to* Jan @ Gnostic Media and Hans Utter* for taking the time to make this freely available to us all! About two hours in length *Video* *Audio* If you have missed Part 1, you can find it here at the blog, linked below (highlighted) Or, of course, at Gnostic Media linked at the top or in the side bar of the blog. Very Interesting Interview! Music, Mind Control &...more »
*"In the Canadian politics playbook, attacking premiers in the middle of a federal election campaign is unusual."* Cristine de Clercy Associate professor of Political Science Western University *Stephen Harper does not unify Canadians, those he is mandated to serve as Prime Minister. * *No, if anything, Stephen Harper is a divider. You have to wonder how a nation can thrive when its senior elected official is involved in sniping and attacking provincial Premiers.* In the nine years that he has been PM, he has met with the 10 Provincial Premiers only once. Rejecting all other ...more »
*Homeschooling In The City * *Homeschooling caters for the individual -- a natural fit for conservatives* Angela Wade’s children hadn’t reached school age yet, so she had given little thought to where, or how, they’d be educated. But from the moment she set foot in her local public school—to vote on Election Day—she knew that she wouldn’t be sending her kids there. It wasn’t that the academics weren’t up to snuff or that the Astoria, Queens, elementary school suffered from a bad reputation. But what she saw in the hallways and on the cafeteria walls surprised this former New York ...more »
BBC *Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg:* *Japan’s Military* Fighting History. Bombed-out and poverty-stricken after World War II, Japan disbanded its military and renounced war. Almost 70 years later, opposition to the use of force is part of the national consciousness. So passions are erupting — both inside and outside Japan — over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s moves to reinterpret the country’s U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution and reclaim powers for its armed forces. He insists that they must be able to fight alongside allies to keep Japan safe. While he avoids pointing the finger d...more »
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov looks on as he attends a meeting of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Ufa, Russia, July 10, 2015. REUTERS/IVAN SEKRETAREV/POOL/FILES *Asian Age/Reuters:** Russia’s Lavrov blasts US plans on missile shield* Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama appeared not to have told the truth in 2009 comments about the need for a planned missile shield in Europe should a nuclear deal be reached with Iran. Mr Lavrov was quoted in the transcript of an interview wi...more »
Leicestershire police 'ignore' attempted burglaries at odd-numbered houses, to cut costs Attempted break-ins at odd-numbered houses were not fully investigated by one police force as part of an experiment to save money. Leicestershire Police said the pilot scheme had had no adverse effect on public satisfaction or crime rates. Results of the three-month trial are being evaluated and could see
*The Donald on global warming* Long story short: Trump's not buying it. Very clear on Twitter: It's snowing & freezing in NYC. What the hell ever happened to global warming? - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2013 Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax! - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013 We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax! - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2013 NBC...more »
http://metanoodle.blogspot.ca Amidst all of the hullabaloo associated with dropping the election writ, the public has not noticed that Stephen Harper has appointed another man to the Supreme Court. It can't be accidental that Russell Brown, a law professor at the University of Alberta, has escaped public scrutiny. As a law professor, Brown does not have a paper trail of decisions by which to judge his competence for the job. But he is a blogger. And, while it's no crime to blog, the opinions on his blog raise serious questions about hi...more »
Days after the Obama administration finalized plans to reduce carbon emissions, some climate scientists have criticized the administration for failing to detail how the regulations will lower global temperatures. These critics suggest the administration used the plan more to inspire... The post Climate Scientists Question Signficance of Obama’s New Carbon Rule appeared first on The Stream.
One of the companies identified as a fetal tissue supplier in sting videos of Planned Parenthood counts two federal health agencies among its customers, earning at least $300,000 for material used in research of treatments for HIV and eye disease,... The post Two Federal Agencies Buy Fetal Organs from Company in Planned Parenthood Sting Videos appeared first on The Stream.
Mat Staver & Keith FournieratThe Stream - 15 hours ago
Like Christian ministers across the confessional spectrum, David Wells takes seriously the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “I was in prison and you did not visit me.” Minister of evangelism of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady,... The post Kentucky Bars Longtime Prison Minister for Maintaining Biblical Position on Sex appeared first on The Stream.
Though its recent conduct belies this truth, Congress has the power to stop liberal activist judges. The U.S. Constitution expressly allows Congress to take away jurisdiction from rogue federal courts. The most recent batch of U.S. Supreme Court rulings is... The post Article III: Congress Must Use Its ‘Doomsday Device’ against Liberal Judges appeared first on The Stream.
The U.S. intelligence community has informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers. For senior lawmakers in both parties, the... The post Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site, U.S. Intel Community Warns appeared first on The Stream.
A federal court ruled that a Texas voter ID law was racially discriminatory when it struck the law down Wednesday, in what will widely be touted as a victory for Democrats. The three-judge panel for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Texas’s 2011 law... The post Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law, But … appeared first on The Stream.
Medical researchers are growing human organs in mice by implanting dead human baby organs into rodents, a practice that stands to gain greater scrutiny in light of undercover videos exposing what appears to be Planned Parenthood affiliates selling aborted baby... The post Report: Aborted Baby Parts Being Used to Grow Human Organs in Rodents appeared first on The Stream.
One of the main institutions of the “religious right,” Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, will host Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at its convocation on September 14th. While the university’s Statement of Mission and Purpose includes the promise to “Promote an... The post Bernie Sanders to Speak at Liberty University appeared first on The Stream.
Donald Trump, the New York rich guy/reality television star/conservative news commentator/real estate mogul/hair disaster, announced he will run for the Republican Party nomination for president of the United States on Tuesday (June 16). To the Faith Fact Machine! 1. He’s... The post 5 Faith Facts about Donald Trump appeared first on The Stream.
Archbishop Blase Cupich has made some troubling choices over the years. As the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, he decided to bar the parishioners of the local Latin Mass parish from entering the church during the Easter Triduum so that he could provide... The post ANALYSIS: Archbishop Cupich Equates Abortion with Immigration & Economic Issues appeared first on The Stream.
Everybody loves free stuff. And now you can get something free from one of the largest companies on the planet. If you own a PC and run Windows 7 or 8.1, you may be eligible for the greatest thing to happen to your computer since, well, possibly ever. Microsoft recently released Windows 10, its newest — and arguably best — operating system yet. And best of all, you can probably upgrade for free. If you have a PC with an official license of Windows 7 or 8.1, you most likely qualify for a free upgrade. Learn more about how to get it here. Besides being free, Windows 10 packs some amaz...more »
If you are looking for a new binge-worthy TV drama (and you have already seen *The Affair* from last year, the best recent TV show), let me recommend *Bloodline*. Set in the Florida keys, it is the story of a seemingly successful but actually dysfunctional family and what happens when the black-sheep son returns. The full first season was released by Netflix just a few months ago.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that was passed to stop racial discrimination in voting. It prevents state and local governments from enacting laws that result in discrimination against racial or language... The post The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: A Noble Act That is No Longer Recognizable appeared first on The Stream.
By Truth Never Told Great video of quotes and news clips showing the establishment is testing the public's reaction to the notion of pre-crime camps for disloyal Americans. The media's reaction? *Crickets*
There are at least two interesting hep-th preprints today that have links to quantum information. Juan Maldacena wrote a nice gift to Andy Strominger's 60th birthday (happy birthday, Andy!) A model with cosmological Bell inequalities where he presents an example of an inflationary model where the violation of Bell's inequalities by quantum mechanics is observable on a natural enough quantity. If you want to know in advance, Juan talks about a singlet state constructed from isospin-doublet particles whose mass is variable and axion-dependent. One of the virtues of cosmic inflation i...more »
DUDLEY HALL — “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his... The post Water for the Thirsty appeared first on The Stream.
Evening Wrap..... *zerohedge* @zerohedge 3h 3 hours ago STATE OF CARINTHIA CUT TO B3, OUTLOOK REMAINS NEGATIVE: MOODY’S. Oh yeah, Heta... *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner 10h 10 hours ago Ruble drop reached 30% since May w/ the decline expected to continue through the summer. http://www.europeonline-magazine.eu/russian-rouble s-fall-reaches-30-per-cent-since-may_406085.html … [image: Embedded image permalink] *Natasha Doff* @natashadoff 12h 12 hours ago Ukraine bonds tumble as renewed signs of discord in the debt talks increase likelihood of default --> h...more »
*"Earth's Ice Is Melting Much Faster Than Forecast.* * Here's Why That's Worrying."* by Jason E. Box COPENHAGEN - "For me it was only after eight years of studying Greenland- installing and maintaining a network of on-ice climate stations and examining how much snow evaporates from the island- that I suddenly realized glaciology textbooks needed a major revision. This was 2002. Prior to the epiphany, conventional knowledge held that the ice sheet was frozen at its bed and so the reaction time of the ice sheet to climate warming was measured in tens of thousands of years. A heck of ...more »
Quantel Laser (Paris, France) has been awarded a $7-million, multi-year contract by a Tier 1 defense contractor to supply lasers to be built into a wing-mounted fighter aircraft pod, such as on the French Dassault Rafale fighter. The military aircraft lasers will provide critical telemetry as well as target designation functions. Quantel designs and manufactures high-power, solid-state lasers for scientific, industrial, military, and medical applications. This contract covers a specific production series of lasers and follows Quantel’s successful development of the compact, rugged...more »
[image: Shenyang J-16]Photos of a newly painted multi-purpose J-16 fighter jet going viral on the internet, suggested that the aircraft might soon be in service, a media report said on Thursday. Designed and manufactured by China's Shenyang Aircraft Industry Group, the J-16 is a multi-role fighter/bomber variant, based on the J-11BS with longer range and upgraded avionics, People's Daily reported. As seen in the photos, the J-16 fighter is powered by a WS-10 turbofan engine and was painted in a shade of purple. Read more
[image: MQ-9 Reaper]The United States has conducted its first drone strike into northern Syria from a base in Turkey, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, ahead of what Ankara said would soon be a "comprehensive battle" against ISIS militants there. A spokesman in Washington said the raid by an unmanned drone was launched on Monday from the Incirlik air base near the southern city of Adana in Turkey, a U.S. ally with the second largest armed forces in NATO. Preparations were underway for strikes inside Syria by manned U.S. warplanes. Until recently, only reconnaissance drones flew missi...more »
Boeing has been awarded a $6.6m contract to design a cheap, reusable mini shuttle that can launch military satellites. The small, planelike craft is known as the XS-1 program—short for 'eXperimental Spaceplane 1', and could blast off in 2019 on its first test mission. It is hoped the craft could quickly launch small satellites that could defend against the growing threat of Russian and Chinese space weapons. Read more
[image: IAI Westwind 1124]Israel is accelerate its search for a new maritime patrol aircraft, having decided against further life extensions of its current Israel Aerospace Industries 1124 Westwinds. "We will not invest in another upgrade of that old platform and will accelerate the search for an alternative," says a senior Israeli air force officer. A previous modernisation effort launched in 2012 added new systems and sensors to the modified 1970s-era business jets, as well performing life-extension work on the fuselage and wings. Read more
[image: Rolls-Royce MT-30]Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to supply the MT30 gas turbine packages for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships for the Royal Navy. Rolls-Royce will now begin manufacture of the gas turbines and the surrounding steel packages for the ships, which are to be built by prime contractor BAE Systems. Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, said: “We are delighted to now move onto the production phase for the first MT30s for the Type 26 programme, following the Design Development Agreement (DDA) phase where we have incorporated the Type 26 specif...more »
[image: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)]The U.S. Navy will not be able to keep an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for much of the fall season, according to a Navy official. The official said that's because the Navy has to schedule needed maintenance after years of extended deployments and because of reduced spending due to mandatory budget cuts. While there have been so-called "carrier gaps" in the Persian Gulf before, this one will leave the Navy without the presence of a high-profile aircraft carrier just as a proposed nuclear deal with Iran is at center stage. Read more
[image: BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM)]Raytheon’s Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) will be a likely competitor in the Navy’s search for a next generation anti-ship missile to replace the 1980s era weapons widely in use in the service, the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems (N9) said Wednesday. Set to start in Fiscal Year 2017, the contest for the Navy’s Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment II seeks to replace the Navy’s decades-old inventory of Boeing RGM-84 Harpoons with more technologically sophisticated weapons. OASuW Increment I — an on...more »
[image: SAS Amatola (F145)]The SAS Amatola, the warship that spent a year in Durban’s dry docks for a major overhaul, is back on the high seas and will resume fighting pirates off Africa’s east coast once its weapons are refitted. The anti-piracy patrols in the Mozambique Channel are part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) initiative to prevent pirates coming down the east coast into South African waters. The SAS Amatola arrived at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban in March last year after the company won a R400 million contract to refit the vessel. ...more »
[image: Type-26 Global Combat Ship]Rohde & Schwarz has received an order from BAE Systems to equip the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS) with an integrated communications system for the British Royal Navy. The solution was selected based on its proven technology, usability and cost effectiveness. The core component is the R&S NAVICS, a new IP-based switching system with a unique security concept. The integrated communications system from Rohde & Schwarz for the Type 26 GCS covers both internal and external communications. Read more
[image: HMS Defender (D36)]The UK Royal Navy's Type 45 Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Defender has successfully completed six-week pre-deployment operational sea training (OST). During its flag officer sea training (FOST), the vessel underwent several training scenarios, including attacks from fighter jets, submarines, surface enemies, pirates, and a host of small boat threats. HMS Defender commanding officer commander Stephen Higham said: "It's a real privilege to lead a team of such dedicated men and women, the training received at FOST helped them to realise their potenti...more »
This article from 2011 by Jeremy Corbyn https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/08/483050.html is fascinating, not least because in 2011 he says that Hiroshima happened 76 years previously. 2011 - 1945 = 66 not 76. It looks as though Jeremy Corbyn is as mathematically challenged as Andy 'seven eights' Burnham.
I want readers to know that I would never, ever link to a Buzzfeed video. Unless, of course, the video included footage of Ifrit. He receives about three seconds of fame — starting at about a minute in.
[image: Launch of Bulava Intercontinental Missile From Russian Submarine]The sea launch of a Bulava ballistic missile will be made by Russia’s strategic nuclear submarine Vladimir Monomakh by the end of the year, a high ranking Navy source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. The Borey-class submarine, the backbone of Russia’s marine nuclear forces, has been equipped with 16 Bulava ballistic missiles, which can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads with an operational range of up to 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles). "The exact launch date of the missile has not yet been determined but it will h...more »
[image: Ohio class SSBN]The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments acknowledges in a new report that modernizing U.S. nuclear forces — with programs such as the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine — will compete for funds conventional weapons upgrades like the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Speaking Tuesday at the Washington, D.C., think-tank, Todd Harrison, one of the report’s authors, said, “We won’t be able to do all at the same time.” He added in the mid 2020s “The Joint Strike Fighter [all three variants] will be in full-rate production at ...more »
*Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*: *The World Hates Russia. Russia Hates It Back.* Russian President Vladimir Putin's propaganda targeted at audiences outside Russia doesn't work, but neither will any Western counter-efforts directed at Russians. A new report from the Pew Research Center explains why. Pew surveyed public opinion among 45,435 respondents in 40 nations between March and May and found that almost everywhere, people had an unfavorable opinion of Russia: Europeans, whom the Kremlin would like to consider deluded U.S. followers, are often even more negative about Russia t...more »
*Euronews:* *Ukraine puts top Russian general Gerasimov on ‘most wanted’ list* Russia’s top general Valery Gerasimov has been accused of ‘organising an armed conflict’ in Ukraine which is making plans to put him on trial. Ukrainian authorities hold Gerasimov responsible in particular for a battle last summer around the town of Ilovaysk in which government forces were encircled and suffered heavy losses. Many hundreds are feared to have been killed. “From August 8 to August 23 2014, on Gerasimov’s orders, Ukrainian army positions were systematically attacked with ‘Grad’, ‘Smerch’ ...more »
Today we will all be subjected to lies and half-truths from the evil and poisonous mainstream media about the reasons why U.S. political leaders dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. TV reports say that the nuclear destruction of these two cities ultimately saved lives, and that it helped to accelerate the end of the war. Both claims are false. The decision to drop nukes was purely a political one. And using nukes was not necessary to achieve military victory. So why were the nuclear bombs dropped? What was the real purpose? And why have numerous generations grown up und...more »
The Enola Gay is on display at the National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Seventy years ago today, the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb ever used in combat on Hiroshima, Japan. Less than... The post Military Photo of the Day: August 6, 2015 appeared first on The Stream.
[image: The Chinese people have just entered the fourth year of their war against Japan and they are making super-human efforts to strengthen their air-force, to produce their own armaments, and to train their officers in the methods of modern war. Chinese cadets in full battle dress, they favour the German type of steel helmet, parade somewhere in China, July 11, 1940. (AP Photo)] Ah Yes. The Comjunists under Mao did stand back and let the Nationlists carry the full weight of the war. I do not think that it would have changed the outcome much though except that the Communists wou...more »
[image: The transplanted stem cells are seen on the left after six weeks, and on the right after 16 weeks] Again we are solving the practical problems regarding stem cell therapy. Before it is finished, it is clear that stem cell technology will allow all forms of tissue replacement as a matter of course. Add in age reversal and it becomes more and more probable that long lives numbering in the centuries will becomes possible. The challenge then will be to make all such lives worthwhile. The silliness of the idle Gods of Greek Mythology is a pretty good warning. I...more »
Again any such particle or quasi particle which is scaled at the electron will in terms of my work sport around 1200 axis representing around 600 fundamental particle pairs or what we would recognize as neutral neutrinos. This allows for a finite set of stable variations unique to the scale number of 620 pairs and without simulation it is impossible to narrow down the effective options let alone the gravitational effect which can plausibly be canceled out in a configuration. A better name here would be exotic electrons to at least keep the known scale. We ourselves have been pla...more »
It is in the Black sea that four extended Polities mesh together. That is Persia, turkey, Russia and yes Europe. Three of them remain dominated by a centralizing national idea. Europe is struggling toward or transiting toward the Communion of Europe into which we can expect Russia to be willingly absorbed. It has not happened yet because of the pride of the present rulers. They are not beggars and they do want to see a resolution of command and control in a way that they can participate equally and be comfortable with. Turkey remains odd man out and Persia remains alien t...more »
The US has a long history of arming oppressive regimes. Usually the practice is sold strategically as a way to spread freedom in the media and by the government. Recently, the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, actually bragged about arming the regime under Sisi in Egypt, a regime that Human Rights Watch and other groups have identified the regime in Egypt as one growing in brutality.
Mikhail Palinchak / Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Reuters *Brian Whitmore, The Atlantic*:* Is This the End of Ukraine’s Peace Process?* *Having failed to achieve its objectives in Ukraine through negotiations, Russia is turning to other means.* Mykola Azarov’s call for early elections and “total regime change” in Kiev was a bit of a head-scratcher. The ousted Ukrainian prime minister, after all, is deeply unpopular in his homeland and—with the exception of Ukrainian prosecutors who want to put him on trial—largely forgotten. But in a high-profile press conference in Mosco...more »
*Bloomberg editorial:* *Obama Puts Fear Before Facts on Iran* President Barack Obama took to the airwaves today, aiming to sell Congress and the American people on the wisdom of his nuclear deal with Iran. He had a case to make but chose not to make it. He decided instead to cast legitimate criticism of his pact as ignorant warmongering. A few examples: "We have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." Actually, the deal's restrictions end abruptly after 15 years, with some of the constraints on uranium enrichment fading a...more »
There was yet another violent incident today at a movie theater. Not surprisingly, the offender, who was shot and killed, was mentally ill: (CNN) -- The man who was killed Wednesday by Nashville police after he allegedly went after moviegoers with a hatchet and pepper spray had been committed to a mental institution four times, police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters. Vincente David Montano was committed twice in 2004 and twice in 2007, said Aaron, citing officials in Rutherford County. Montano had been arrested Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 2004 in a case of assault and resisting...more »
*Heath OUT.* *Colin Wallace (second from right) in the company of PM Ted Heath * *Kincora Childrens Home, **1972* Kincora - Merlyn Rees, Mountbatten and the Cause of the Long War in the North of Ireland from Spike EP on Vimeo. At the end of the war, in June 1945, the British King, George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth and puppet of the Queen Mother, sent the former MI5 officer, Anthony Blunt, to the Kronberg Castle of Prince Philip’s sister Sophie, and her Nazi husband Prince Christoph of Hesse, to recover correspondence between the British Royal Family and their Nazi relatives,...more »
*Coney Island (this Sunday, August 9) is one of two neighborhoods tour leader Joe Svehlak will be revisiting this month in his Municipal Art Society series I Remember New York. Also coming up is Downtown Brooklyn (Sunday, August 30). See below.* *by Ken* As I mentioned recently, I wiped out most of a day of potential Jane Jacobs Weekend walks to catch a 70mm screening of Robert Wise's 1965 film version of *The Sound of Music*, which as it happened I had never seen in any form, at the Museum of the Moving Image. These days, as digital projection takes over for theatrical showing ev...more »
Links.... *ISIS Kills 17 in Suicide Bombing of Saudi Mosque* *Obama: Iraq War Backers Trying to Kill Iran Pact* *US-Trained Syria Rebel Slams Pentagon Program* *ISIS Kills 17 Iraqi Troops in Ramadi Fighting* *Al-Qaeda Whittles Down US-Trained Syria Rebels* *Foreign Ground Troops Join Yemen War* *ISIS or al-Qaeda? US Officials Split Over Top Terror Threat* 119 Killed Across Iraq; Bombs in Baghdad, Executions in Mosul Syria Says Fight Against ISIS Must Include Damascus Assad Forces, Hezbollah Advance in Syria-Lebanon Border Region Russia Not Planning to Send Troops ...more »
*Louis Proud* - Evidence shows how interested government is in ESP and remote viewing methodolgy. The post Remote Viewing Revelations From the US Military to the British MoD appeared first on Waking Times.
*Video -* Is social media really all that bad? Is there a way to share the info you want and need without destroying your soul? The post Another Take on Social Media and How It Affects Intimacy appeared first on Waking Times.
LOWER DAFEI VILLAGE, China — About a dozen Catholics wept and sang hymns outside their church as a man climbed to the top of the building and sliced off its steel cross with a cutting torch. It toppled with a... The post Severe Crackdown in China on Church Crosses Draws Backlash appeared first on The Stream.
So, sniveling stephen "the coward" harper was in the GTA on a campaign stop, and the laughable psychopath was in a combative mood! Conservative Leader Stephen Harper rolled into the Toronto region on Monday with a sharpened attack on his political rivals, charging that NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair's ideology and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's inexperience would put Canada's economy and security at risk. They were the same themes with which he launched his campaign on Sunday, but Harper a day later was stepping up his criticism of the Liberals and New Democrats as he levelled broadsi...more »
“Are the nearest galaxies distributed randomly? A plot of over one million of the brightest "extended sources" detected by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) shows that they are not. The vast majority of these infrared extended sources are galaxies. *Click image for larger size.* Visible above is an incredible tapestry of structure that provides limits on how the universe formed and evolved. Many galaxies are gravitationally bound together to form clusters, which themselves are loosely bound into superclusters, which in turn are sometimes seen to align over even larger scale struc...more »
*“Into The Pool”* by Chet Raymo “Let's start with a bit of late-Victorian soft porn, “Hylas and the Nymphs”, painted in 1896 by the Pre-Raphaelite John William Waterhouse. (Click to enlarge.) Hylas is one of the Argonauts, sailing with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece. While the ship is stopped at an island, he goes in search of fresh water. As he stoops to fill his jug at a woodland spring he encounters a bevy of naiads, who fall madly in love with the heartbreakingly handsome youth. They invite him into the pool- and he is never heard from again. Did he find with those immort...more »
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things." ~ Henry David Thoreau
"*Crabs in a Bucket"* by Sarah Robinson "When I was a little girl, I lived very close (and hour and fifteen minutes) to the Florida panhandle beaches. Which meant we spent a TON of time there. Early evening was one of my favorite times to walk the beach with my mom and my older brothers. We were all clean and fed and slightly sun weary but still desperate to be outside. So, we would grab flashlights, dip nets and a bucket and search the ocean’s edge for crabs. We would catch a bucket full in an evening and drag them back home where my mom or my grandmother would cook them up into s...more »
*"The Decline of Critical Thinking"* by Lawrence Davidson "In 2008 Rick Shenkman, the Editor-in-Chief of the History News Network, published a book entitled "Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth about the American Voter" (Basic Books). In it he demonstrated, among other things, that most Americans were: (1) ignorant about major international events, (2) knew little about how their own government runs and who runs it, (3) were nonetheless willing to accept government positions and policies even though a moderate amount of critical thought suggested they were bad for the country...more »
*"The Fear of Appearing Dumb: Intelligence Speaks for Itself"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Living in fear of sounding intelligent can rob your friends of knowing the real you.The universal need to be accepted by others can be a barrier that prevents us from being ourselves around them. When we fear that the people we encounter will perceive us as inept or unintelligent, we frequently try to flaunt our grasp of large words or clever witticisms or our professional expertise in an effort to convince them that we are smart and capable. The reasons for feeling this way can be many, a...more »
Are you watching the economic news in China? The U.S.? Closely? Remember: These are not "dumb" guys (about their interests). Only mute to us. - - - - - - - FrankenMarket unfurls? “Here’s where we are in the larger story. World economies can’t grow anymore, at least not like they used to. We are not going to see 3, 4 or 5 percent real growth. The pie is no longer expanding like it used
(Blogger’s note: Since this has come up, I thought I’d republish, with appropriate updates, the article from my *The Roswell Encyclopedia*about this. If I wasn’t the first to interview Jason Kellahin, I was in the first five and I’ll bet that I was the first to interview him in his home. I did notice one thing as we walked through his house. There was a copy of *The Roswell Incident* on his desk, as well as a number of newspaper articles about the Roswell crash that he referred to periodically. Clearly he had been reviewing that material before I had arrived and just as clearly that ...more »
*Source of photo: Reuters.* An excerpt from, *"The Cruel And Aimless War On Yemen"* by b, Moon of Alabama, August 3, 2015: The situation for the people in Yemen is catastrophic. Doctors Without Borders, which has experience from many war zones, says it is the worst conflict they ever worked in. The theocratic family dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, with U.S. support, is relentlessly bombing the country and blockading it from all urgently needed supply for the people. The declared aim of the war is to reinstate the Saudi/U.S. selected President Hadi. But no one in Yemen wants Hadi bac...more »
The New Hampshire executive council ended Wednesday state funding of Planned Parenthood, the latest move to defund the organization in the wake of graphic undercover videos accusing the organization of profiting from fetal-tissue sales. A majority of the state executive... The post Bellwether State of New Hampshire Defunds Planned Parenthood appeared first on The Stream.
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.