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[image: tsunami] HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut shoreline was briefly under a tsunami warning before the National Weather Service disclosed the alert had been sent by mistake during a routine monthly test. The Weather Service’s office in New York sent the...more »
[image: Mexcio protest] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Thousands of people marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students by marching down Mexico City’s premier avenue in an atmosphere of defiant hope Saturday. Activists said the movement might bring justice for Mexico’s...more »
Last week, writing for Vox, Sean McElwee offered a big reason why "Congress ignores the poor: they don't vote." He argued that turnout has a determinative effect on who we elect and, more important, what policies are enacted. (Primaries, in fact, are even more important today in many cases than general elections, where the Wall Street candidates-- whether a Jeb Bush or a Hillary Clinton-- are likely to be presented as the only alternatives, a lesser-of-two-evils choice.) "Americans who vote," McElwee wrote, "are different from those who don’t. Voters are older, richer, and whiter ...more »
*JOHN OLIVER PRESENTS WORLD SOCCER* *GANGSTER-SUPREMO SEPP BLATTER* *The June 2014 FIFA report* *The June 2015 "FIFA II" update* *In the "FIFA II" update, John demonstrated just how far he was prepared to go in support of his urgent plea to FIFA's commercial sponsors: "Please! Make Sepp Blatter go away! I will do anything!"* *by Ken* If you're not up on Sepp Blatter, the Sheik of Soccer, as I've called him, or perhaps better described as the boss of all bosses of the international soccer crime syndicate, you might want to take a look at John O's 2014 report above, which I first i...more »
[image: Syrian refugees2 - 900] Bishops from two Christian rites in Syria have spoken out in the past week about the desperate situation in the country as more and more people flee the destruction of a senseless war. Both Christian leaders are based in Aleppo,...more »
*Daily Mail:* *The duck boat for the 21st century: Lockheed Martin reveals $7m eight wheel drive amphibious vehicle complete with grenade launchers to carry marines into battle* * Amphibious Combat Vehicle is designed to carry up to 13 marines * Weighs over 20 tons and can carry over 16,000 lb * Can be fitted with an MK-19 grenade launcher or M2 heavy machine gun Lockheed Martin has revealed what could be the ultimate off roader - and the 21st century equivalent of the duck boat. With eight wheel drive and fitted with grenade launchers, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle is designed to...more »
Printing TV's like silk screen Tees its comming soon and would already be mainstream if not for a few nasty patents slowing down the 3 d streams of progress to flow down to the people and of wage slavery alone them to end for with solar cells, a battery and a printer people are truly free Born free with the wind in my areoloslns spinning harder louder than a good ac on a hot summer day and its spins freedom in kilowatts and amp hours no matter what it lets the green house grow tropical flowers with the excess Born free with an electric car that drives itself it may be slow and stable ...more »
Printing TV's like silk screen Tees its comming soon and would already be mainstream if not for a few nasty patents slowing down the 3 d streams of progress to flow down to the people and of wage slavery alone them to end for with solar cells, a battery and a printer people are truly free Born free with the wind in my areoloslns spinning harder louder than a good ac on a hot summer day and its spins freedom in kilowatts and amp hours no matter what it lets the green house grow tropical flowers with the excess Born free with an electric car that drives itself it may be slow and stable b...more »
USS Theodore Roosevelt and escort *Washington Post:* *What it’s like on-board a US aircraft carrier in the coalition against the Islamic State* The USS Theodore Roosevelt, whose homeport is San Diego, is a key element of the U.S.-led coalition known as Operation Inherent Resolve that is targeting the militants in Syria and Iraq. This island of steel in the Persian Gulf, some 1,090 feet (330 meters) long, is home to some 5,000 U.S. Navy aviators, sailors and Marine pilots, carrying about 70 aircraft involved in the fight. Below deck is a complex set of passageways and tunnels, hang...more »
The nuclear-powered submarine is pictured docked at Fujairah, one of the United Arab Emirates, in the politically sensitive seaway of the Gulf of Oman *Daily Mail:** Stranded: Ageing British nuclear submarine in top-secret mission is undergoing repairs off the coast of Iran* * British nuclear submarine spotted at dock in the Emirati dock of Fujairah * Port is situated less than 100 nautical miles from the coast of Iran * A 650ft-long metal barrier covers the submarine to avoid detection * It is believed to be one of Britain's four Trafalgar Class submarines A British nuclear submari...more »
*L.A. Times*: *With Syria, Vladimir Putin positions himself on global security stage* Russian President Vladimir Putin is maneuvering for a comeback as a major player in global security with his brash military buildup in Syria and an ardent appeal for coordinated action with Western powers to defeat Islamist extremism. Putin's Syria initiative, to be unveiled Monday in his first address to the U.N. General Assembly in a decade, has been unleashed in the Kremlin leader's signature fashion: move in with boots and arms on the ground, creating a reality of Russian influence in the wa...more »
When Does She Become He? | LGBT PERSPECTIVES Magazine Pithy, concise summary of the science of sex and gender. Highly recommended for all medical professionals, and as an educational resource for lay people too.
[image: Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives for mass at the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller - RTX1SL3P] Speaking in a cathedral designed in the mid-1800s to protect Catholics from anti-Catholic mobs, Pope Francis declared “the history of the Church in this city and state is really a story not about building walls, but about breaking them down.”...more »
The New York Times/Mustafa AkyolatThe Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: fatalism] Istanbul -- Earlier this month, on the Muslim holy day of Friday, a horrible accident took place in Mecca near Islam's holiest site -- the Kaaba. A huge crane fell on the mosque that encircles the cube-shaped shrine, killing 118... Continue reading *“Islam’s Tragic Fatalism”* at *nytimes.com*.
*Level9News.com* *PLEASE WATCH THE ENTIRE VIDEO AT THE LINK BELOW* *(Level9News.com does not allow the embedding of her Vimeo videos on a Google platform)* *https://vimeo.com/140226651* Is A Quantum Shift Coming? from Level9News.com on Vimeo. *Here is a string of comments from a person with a YouTube channel called:* mikewick77 "in my opinion we are experiencing two or more separate timelines beginning to converge. similar as sinewaves resonating as two separate notes, then as one. there appears to be more proof of this event. i will explain more in this thread. Galactic Flare...more »
[image: forge sword] For part one of this series, go here. For part two, go here. Having spent some three years studying and engaging the ideas in the "Spiritual Friendship " collective, it's clear to me that there are a number of profound...more »
F-22 Raptors (top) alongside F-35A Lightning IIs (bottom) [Image Source: U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo] *Foxtrot Alpha:* *Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right* As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first ...more »
Despite global efforts thousands more enter Syria to join ISIS? Or because of global efforts thousands more enter Syria to join ISIS? Smart money is on the *thanks to* and *because of* NATO/Israeli effort, thousands more have entered Syria to join ISIS! Suddenly the reason for that recent massive delivery of weapons to AQ, logistical supply that is, becomes much clear. *US trained Syrian "rebels" GAVE weapons to Al Qaeda* Notice the earlier news did not specify the size of the weapons cache the US trained rebels entered Syria with before delivering "at least a third of them" but li...more »
According to military experts Chinese J-31 can fully "fighting" with ultra-modern F-35 U.S.. However, the evaluation of the leading military experts, both Chinese J-31 and F-35 are U.S. 5th generation fighters. While the J-31 engines still use outdated Russian RD-93, the F-35 is equipped with today's most modern General Electric / Rolls-Royce F136. (In the photo: F-35 fighter J-31 upper and below). Pakistan Defence *Dave Majumdar, National Interest: **America's F-35 Stealth Fighter vs. China's New J-31: Who Wins?* Recently revealed details concerning China’s Shenyang J-31 fighter s...more »
By Brenda Norrell Censored News After a year of false imprisonment, Yaqui water rights defender Mario Luna was released from prison. Earlier a judge ordered the release of Mario, tribal secretary of Vicam Yaqui, and Mexico refused. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/estados/2015/09/23/sale-libre-mario-luna-vocero-de-la-tribu-yaqui Censored News traveled to Sonora, Mexico, and provided
*September 27, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - An Asian state aggressively expanding its military, bullying its neighbors, illegally fortifying islands, and bent on regional, then global domination - sound familiar? Are you thinking it's China 2015? No, it is Japan 1937-1944. So shockingly similar is American propaganda regarding Japan during World War II to the propaganda being leveled against Beijing today that it seems almost intentional. Or perhaps those on Wall Street and Washington think so little of the general public's ability to discern fact from fiction, they see no reason ...more »
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*Popular Mechanics*: *Watch an RPG Blast Through 16 Inches of Bulletproof Glass* It's bulletproof glass—not rocket-propelled-grenade-proof glass. As it turns out, bulletproof glass isn't exactly great at protecting against explosive projectiles like, say, a shoulder-launched RPG-7. Russian YouTube channel Crash Zone recently took up the challenge, putting 16 inches of bulletproof glass up against the anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade. They also placed half of a dummy behind the makeshift shield, though the footage of the experiment makes it pretty clear that anyone back there wo...more »
[image: John Boehner] (CNN) With the shocking announcement that House Speaker John Boehner is retiring in October, attention quickly turns to his replacement at a crucial time for the Republican majority heading into 2016. Boehner’s term was marked by significant political successes, but also... Continue reading *“4 Rising Stars Who Could Replace Boehner”* at *cnn.com*.
*People:* *Was It Fixed? Army General Told Subordinates: 'A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,' Sources Say* Way back in January, long before the first women attended the Army's elite Ranger School – one of the most grueling military courses in the world – officials at the highest levels of the Army had already decided failure was not an option, sources tell PEOPLE. "A woman will graduate Ranger School," a general told shocked subordinates this year while preparing for the first females to attend a "gender integrated assessment" of the grueling combat leadership course starting ...more »
The best case of provenance that I have ever seen is the Ramey Memo. We have a picture of Ramey holding the document, we have been able to interview the photographer, and we know the date on which it was taken because we have not only a dated document that was transmitted with the picture, but it appeared in newspapers around the country the next day. The only point of dispute is what the memo actually says. Parts of it are easily read and others are obscured to the point where it is sometimes just a best guess. If the memo could be completely deciphered it might provide a clue abou...more »
*"Strength was with his hands in all that he did and the feet of the strong god were untiring. From his shoulders grew a hundred heads of a snake, a fearful dragon, with dark, flickering tongues, and from under the brows of his eyes in his marvellous heads flashed fire, and fire burned from his heads as he glared. And there were voices in all his dreadful heads which uttered every kind of sound unspeakable; for at one time they made sounds such that the gods understood, but at another, the noise of a bull bellowing aloud in proud ungovernable fury; and at another, the sound of a l...more »
Right-wing crackpot Daniel Webster (R-FL) was the first member of the extremist Freedom Caucus to say he wants Boehner's Speaker's gavel. He'll be the far right's sacrificial lamb against current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Oddly enough, both men are in electorally vulnerable districts. McCarthy's district, CA-23 has been solidly Republican and still officially boasts an R+16 PVI. Romney beat Obama there 62-36%, Obama's worst performance the state. But don't be fooled; the district is changing demographically-- and rapidly. Nearly 36% of the population is now Hispanic, ...more »
........ (as some children still do - while slumped over the plate), my very Presbyterian mother would say, “Sit up. And eat your supper like a Christian.” I thought of that as I read two items in today's paper. One, on B4, is about how the pope (a non-Presbyterian) has been urging Americans to deal with climate change, with the stunning levels of pollution all over the world, with the destructiveness of unregulated capitalism, with the massive poverty it has created. And he has been doing it not out of political or economic ideology. He has been doing it out of his understanding of...more »
[image: Generation Gap Millennials Baby Boomers - 400] Seventy percent of Millennials favor same sex marriage; Mike Huckabee has based his entire candidacy in opposition to the idea and no other candidate was brave enough Wednesday night to say they agreed that same sex couples should be permitted... Continue reading *“GOP Debates: ‘Meet the Parents’ Night for Millennials”* at *brookings.edu*.
Photo: US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Taylor *We Are The Mighty:* *The 10 most dangerous jobs in the US military* All jobs in the military carry real risks, but some jobs are much riskier than others. Here are 10 of the most dangerous: *WNU Editor:* A friend of mine served in the U.S. Marines doing Pararescue. The stories that he has told me over the years .... wow. He convinced me years ago that Pararescue is the most dangerous job, because when you are called in you are going into a hot zone and (because of your size) you are the target for everyone. My father .... if he w...more »
My interview with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross in IS leader Omar al-Shishani was mentioned in “One of ISIS’ top commanders was a ‘star pupil’ of US-special forces training in the country of Georgia,” by Jeremy Bender for Business Insider. My article on the Islamic State's on going car bomb campaign in Anbar was reprinted by Real Clear Defense.
I really do hate this time of year... With the changes in weather in these parts of Canada this time of year, there is always a massive outbreak of diseases that seem to go around....And I have fallen victim as well... I have been battling a bout of sinus infections and a very nasty head cold all week and I have had to take a bit of time away from both work and actually doing articles at this blog.... I am presently on the road to recovery and I will try to post some material very soon including tomorrow's rant.... I always feel that I must apologize to my readership, but when I get...more »
*Photo: President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman sharing a laugh about their Syria strategy at the expense of the victims of ISIS in Iraq and Syria at the White House earlier this month. Photo Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci. * *An excerpt from, "Saudis Behead 87 In 2014, Head UN Human Rights Panel In 2015" by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Vocativ, September 22, 2015: * The United Nations is facing intense criticism following the revelation that it chose Saudi Arabia as the head of an influential human rights panel. The kingdom was quietly selected in June to chair the UN Human Rights Co...more »
*Bloomberg*: *Scoring Obama and Xi: Big Goals But Not Much Agreement* President Barack Obama welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping to the White House Friday for what Obama described as "candid conversations" spanning controversial topics from cybersecurity to human rights and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Xi said the conversations were “constructive and productive” and that the Chinese were eager to engage in “win-win cooperation” with the U.S. So, how’d they do? Here’s a scorecard on what the two leaders agreed to, and where they appear to remain divided: *WNU Ed...more »
The other day I started a Twitter hashtag #CdnNiqab. It got very little attention, but it amused me. Leaving aside all the blatant, court-reinforced, Charter-busting wrongness of a ban on niqabs at citizenship ceremonies, I find it hilarious that citizens who for months cover most of their faces for sheer survival would get their knickers in knots about it. (Also leaving aside the disgusting wedgie PMSHithead is perpetrating on the land.) Here are some of the pictures I posted. This is what Herr Harper said: “Look, when someone joins the Canadian family, there are times in o...more »
[image: Pope Francis Washington DC Capitol Hill_900] Some Christians were upset at the address Pope Francis gave to the joint session of Congress, hoping he would bring up the glaring contradictions between the promise of life and liberty and the practice in contemporary American culture, but even they should...more »
[image: Iran protest Saudi Arabia Hajj_900] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Saturday vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed at least 769 people, including 136 Iranians. The pilgrims suffocated or...more »
Akin to ocean waves, this recent energetic pulse is a huge force. It will not be stopped. It has been building far off from the expanse of the cosmos. It brings things with it, washes over whatever it touches, and carries things out with it. AND IT TOUCHES EVERYTHING. Like a steamroller, it sort of rolls over the landscape to make it all equal. What we’ll have then is a starting point. This will be disruptive at first and for sometime after. As the new levels adjust, there will be peace in your breathing *and from within* – your world will turn around. It starts with you. ...more »
JASON REED/REUTERS *The Guardian*: *Officials uncover two chains of emails Hillary Clinton didn't turn over* Emails concerning the Benghazi attacks and correspondence with general David Petraeus were not sent where they should have been and are being handed over Just days after saying that she had provided all her emails to authorities investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server, it has emerged that two tranches of the democratic presidential candidate’s emails were not sent where they should have been. The Daily Beast reported on Friday that the State Department had ...more »
[image: Polish kid in aftermath of Warsaw bombing WWII_900] WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Russian ambassador to Poland has sparked outrage for putting some of the blame for World War II on Poland, creating a new spat amid deepening tensions between the Slavic nations. Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev on...more »
[image: daycare preschoolers_900] For 18 years, the Quebec government has been providing highly subsidized daycare. Canada-wide and indeed internationally, this $7-a-day system is praised as a leading example and the path to follow. But a new study released this week shows that Quebec's daycare...more »
[image: congress] I think it would be wise to consider that Pope Francis's historic speech to the U.S. congress was primarily an offering to our nation's political leaders on what is key for making progress and attaining excellence: contemplation. He who seriously...more »
[image: Pastor Rick Warren__400] Pastor and author Rick Warren gave the final keynote address of the World Meeting of Families conference Friday morning. Here are highlights from his remarks: Pastor and author Rick Warren speaking at final keynote for #WMF2015 with Cardinal Sean O'Malley.... Continue reading *“Rick Warren Speaks at World Meeting of Families”* at *philly.com*.
Statement by Leonard Peltier, International Tribunal of Conscience Sep. 26, 2015 Greetings my friends and relatives, As I look past my prison cell door, I contemplate the many doors and walls that are between myself and freedom. Despite having been twice recommended for transfer to a medium security facility since coming to USP Coleman I, I am currently warehoused in a maximum security
Shaled Abdullah/Reuters *IBTimes*:* Putin's Latest Moves: The Military Alliance Among Iran, Hezbollah And Russia In Syria Could Spread To Yemen* SOUTH LEBANON -- Russia and Iran, long allied in their support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, appear to be extending their partnership into Yemen. Moscow is now supporting the Tehran-backed Houthi rebels who are fighting forces loyal to the U.S.-supported exiled president, a senior Hezbollah official told International Business Times. The Houthi rebels have been fighting a 10-country Saudi-Arabia-led coalition since March. Iran has bee...more »
*SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015Which study is correct:* Are high school seniors doing better in math? We have no way of knowing! We *do* know where the data are. The best data, from the so-called “Main NAEP,” seem to suggest that high school seniors are doing better in math—have been recording score gains in math over the past twenty-five years. “Hold on!” the dead-enders will cry. What about the *other* NAEP study? What about the smaller score gains on the so-called Long-Term Trend Assessment? The question is perfectly valid. In the study that’s called the Main NAEP, the NAEP te...more »
I haven't lived in Pennsylvania in over a decade, and when I first heard about a guy named John Fetterman jumping into the Democratic primary for the Senate seat currently held by right-wing Republican Pat Toomey, I didn't understand what that meant. This guy looks like a biker, I thought-- and that town 10 miles east of Pittsburgh he's the mayor of, Braddock, has a population of just over 2,000. But I called him anyway... and was impressed with how down to earth and straightforward he is. And for real. Later I found out he's been on with David Letterman, Bill Maher and Stephen C...more »
by Lisa J. Wolf Crescent Valley, Nevada September 25, 2015 Censored News RENO, Nevada -- Western Shoshone Carrie Dann of Crescent Valley -- accompanied by Beth and George Gage, who produced the award-winning film, Our Land, Our Life'/American Outrage, about Carrie and her late sister, Mary Dann -- is being honored in Reno at the University of Nevada Reno in association with an
So, the Tyee has a pdf document that describes 70 of stephen harper's crimes against Canadian democracy. A small sampling: *Harper Found in Contempt of Parliament*For refusing to disclose information on the costing of programs to Parliament, which Parliament was entitled to receive, the Harper government became the first in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament. *Against Court Order, Refusal to Share Budget Info*Even though it lost a court case and was ordered to comply, the Harper government nevertheless refused to share 170 times reasons and impacts for cuts with ...more »
Morning Tweets..... *RT* @RT_com 6m 6 minutes ago Catalans hold pro-independence rally in Barcelona ahead of regional elections http://on.rt.com/6s92 [image: Embedded image permalink] *The Spain Report* @thespainreport 27s 27 seconds ago Here is all our coverage on the Catalan elections in English so far: https://www.thespainreport.com/stories/28-150 810213531-catalan-elections-2015 … *Pieter Cleppe* @pietercleppe 51s 51 seconds ago The #*Catalan* election: Why it matters http:// openeurope.org.uk/blog/catalan-election-why-it-matters/ … *Th...more »
*"Your Radiation This Week, Sept 19 to Sept 26, 2015"* By Bob Nichols "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus (San Francisco) September 19, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it. *All Radiation Counts reported are partial Counts. Uncounted types of radiation include Alpha, Beta, **Gamma, Neutron and X-Ray radiation. **Uncounted radiation, if added, makes the actual Count **higher and mo...more »
*Jerusalem Post*:* Behind the lines: Is Syria on the way to becoming a ‘frozen conflict’?* Neither a grand ‘4+1’ (Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria plus Hezbollah) war against ‘terror’ nor a regime pullout from Damascus to an Alawi enclave in the western coastal area appears to be in the cards The latest moves on the regime side in the Syrian war suggest an effort by its allies, including Russia, to “freeze” the conflict rather than to continue it to victory. This is because victory in the form originally conceived of – the reconquest of the entirety of the country by the Assads – is cle...more »
Two weeks ago I put out a Call Out for help when things got extremely tight for myself and my family. The response from everyone was overwhelming and moved me to tears several times. I wanted to give an update here, and say THANK YOU. I am, yet again, unable to access most of my email account, lol, and only able to read messages (sometimes), but can't seem to reply. Oh and my address book has been wiped out, lol- so I've been scrambling around to put together my email contacts list again... when I can access my email!! I finally managed to get most of the wonderful donations ou...more »
Despite saying I wouldn't, I will!.... Here's Anita Anand introduction to today's *Any Answers*. Here's how she began: So it's leading the bulletins again. We saw this week infants tear-gassed on the Hungarian border as Europe begins to pull up drawbridges and, it seems from the news that we've heard today, pull itself apart over this refugee tide. With the latest opinion polls showing that we are split in the UK about what we should do I'm very interested to hear from you - particularly if you've been changing your mind on the issue. David Miliband, he's been scathing: "A Europe ...more »
*“What Is The Norse Attack Map?”* by IWB Link "Norse maintains the world’s largest dedicated threat intelligence network. With over eight million sensors that emulate over six thousand applications – from Apple laptops, to ATM machines, to critical infrastructure systems, to closed-circuit TV cameras - the Norse Intelligence Network gathers data on who the attackers are and what they’re after. Norse delivers that data through the Norse Appliance, which pre-emptively blocks attacks and improves your overall security ROI, and the Norse Intelligence Service, which provides professiona...more »
*“SNAP/EBT and Debit Will Be Down All Over USA”* by IWB "SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) is a government program that replaces food stamp coupons. The card is used as a payment card in stores, similar to a credit or debit card. Citizens receiving food stamp benefits will be unable to use their EBT cards to buy food or withdraw cash for 12 hours this weekend, officials said, from midnight Saturday to noon Sunday 09/27/2015. The shutdown is necessary while the computer system is switched to a new vendor. Medicaid recipients won’t be af...more »
*Chiayi tea farms.* My man Ben G just tweeted this around from the US-Taiwan Business Council Report on US-Taiwan relations. The vacuum created in U.S. relations with Taiwan over the past 7 years leaves the possibility of a crisis in the Taiwan Strait in 2016, as China capitalizes on U.S. inattentiveness. But a “house cleaning” arms sale prior to the Taiwan election and a declaration of support for Taiwan’s TPP candidacy in the first part of 2016 would place Taiwan policy back on a stable footing and telegraph U.S. support. *Conversely, attempts to avoid a crisis by placing undue...more »
[image: Pope Francis addresses the General Assembly during his visit to United Nations headquarters.] I recently discussed Pope Francis's visit to the U.S. with Dan Hesse, the former chief executive of Sprint. Dan is a well-known Catholic business leader. In 2014 Glassdoor named him one of America's best CEOs, according to employees, (and he was the only... Continue reading *“Catholic CEO Urges Pope to Embrace Capitalism as a Force for Good”* at *forbes.com*.
Syria's President Assad, Russia's President Putin, and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a poster on a Latakia taxi. Reuters *Debka:* *Russian marines join Hizballah in first Syrian battle – a danger signal for US, Israel* Before dawn on Thursday, Sept. 24, Russian marines went into battle for the first time since their deployment to Syria, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal. Russian Marine Brigade 810 fought with Syrian army and Hizballah special forces in an attack on ISIS forces at the Kweiris airbase, east of Aleppo. This operation runs contrary to the ass...more »
Could be any few days of the school year. from Ohio: State Auditor Dave Yost plans to have employees fan out across the state again this year in an attempt to verify that charter schools’ enrollment reports match up with the students sitting in their buildings. Yost also noted that although the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that charter-school operator White Hat Management can keep furniture and equipment paid for with taxpayer money, the majority of justices made a key finding that could keep operators from getting the upper hand in future contract negotiations. Last fall, audi...more »
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US deployment of atomic weapons in Germany could trigger an arms race while marking a stark policy shift from a few years ago when cries for nuclear nonproliferation rang across Western Europe, experts told Sputnik. On Tuesday, German media reported that the United States would station 20 next-generation nuclear weapons at the Buechel military air base in western Germany, information obtained from a line item included in the 2015 US budget. "These US nuclear weapons deployments will likely create the conditions for a new arms race throughout Europe," Global...more »
*In other words*- Brand A US trained & supplied rebels delivered weapons to Brand B US/Israeli trained rebels who were in need of weapons. *It's not incompetence.* *It's a simple and obvious fact that the US and Israel support terrorism.* *Syrian rebels trained and armed by the United States gave at least a quarter of their weapons cache to al Qaeda affiliates* in Syria earlier this week, U.S. Central Command acknowledged Friday. Gave at least "a quarter of their weapons cache to AQ" At least a quarter? So maybe even half of it! Centcom said Syrian fighters *voluntarily “gave” ...more »
AP/RACHEL ZOLL & MICHAEL R. SISAKatThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Philadelphia Pope Emoji_900] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pope Francis arrived in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday for the final leg of his U.S. visit -- a festive weekend devoted to celebrating Catholic families. The pontiff’s plane touched down at the Philadelphia airport...more »
[image: Rep. Kevin McCarthy _900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops. The California Republican, who is the overwhelming favorite to...more »
*“If A Mainstream Reporter Told the Truth * *the Pillars of Reality Would Crumble”* by Jon Rappoport “Imagine this. The public is told a new disease is sweeping the world, threatening the global population with suffering and death. Millions and millions of words are spewed, detailing and reinforcing the threat. Every day, official reports are issued, blaring the new numbers of cases. Researchers are rushing to develop an effective vaccine. And then, suddenly, someone discovers there is no epidemic. It doesn’t exist. What would happen?.” - “The Underground”, Jon Rappoport) “Telling...more »
Tytan Beckford's family had to make the horrific decision to ampute part of Tytan's feet when he was born without fibula in his legs. Gotta admit, it was kind of fun being back in reporter mode this summer as my partner Paul and I worked up a four-page newspaper supplement for Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The stories of families of children with disabilities can be hard to listen to, because nobody likes having to think of children experiencing the pain, surgeries, life limitations, and whirl of therapies that the kids we wrote about have had to face. Our o...more »
[image: Sept_2015_2] *Every day should start with bright sun and an SETV poll showing Tsai up on Hung 47-14.8%. * Since a blowout election is a political blogger's nightmare, I took my mind off the election with one of my favorite routes today, the 130 in Miaoli, with 90 kms of riding plus 1200 meters of climbing, and even added a new wrinkle with additional climbing. Some fabulous descents. What a lovely day. Wish you had been with me.... here's a few pics... [image: Sept_2015_1] Iris is ready for the route Drew watches with approval as the tractor hauling my daily whisky requirem...more »
A file picture taken on September 21, 2015 shows a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah (top), the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, and portraits of pro-government forces members killed in combat displayed on a street in the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID) *Reuters*:* Hezbollah welcomes Russian buildup in Syria, says U.S. has failed* Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on Friday welcomed Russia's military buildup in Syria in support of common ally President Bashar al-Assad, saying it was the failure of a U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State tha...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton New York_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials told The...more »
[image: young couple w baby] 01. Acknowledge your fears. For Sophie, maintaining a social life after having a baby was a big deal. "I was one of the first in my circle of friends to have a baby," she says. "I had this negative image of what it would be... Continue reading *“How to Have a Social Life When You Have a Baby”* at *verilymag.com*.
[image: HIV Africa Zambia_900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is announcing a $300 million program to drastically reduce HIV infections in girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African nations hard hit by the virus. Administration officials are aiming for a 25 percent...more »
Yes who in fact is arming, training and directing ISIS? How did they go from their meager string of little white Toyota pick-up trucks to tanks and other heavy military hardware? How did ISIS get so much money to pay their 'troops'? News reports in the last year verify that ISIS has been armed and trained by the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan among other Gulf state monarchies. Does one begin to connect the dots to see the image on the wall of the US working in collaboration with the worst elements in the Middle East? Why is the US so eager to take down Syria? What caused...more »
Namaste Well, many of you believe I may have dropped off the face of the Earth or 'rounded up' :) It has been a crazy year for me. I sold my house last December and have not gotten settled since. I have been following 'the dream' of living on a boat. So I bought one down in Florida for a really excellent price, or so I thought. The price was so good, I did not have it inspected.
The week at Retraction Watch featured the appeal of a modern-day retraction, and a look at whether a retraction by a Nobel Prize winner should be retracted 50 years later. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Is the case finally closed on the STAP stem cell scandal? Paul Knoepfler takes a look at two new Nature papers […] The post Weekend reads: STAP saga over once and for all?; plagiarizing prof gets tenure appeared first on Retraction Watch.
http://www.conceptart.org/ The damage Stephen Harper has done within our borders is apparent everywhere we turn. But Canadians may not be aware of how much damage he has done to their country's international reputation. Harper's tenure on the international stage has been just as destructive as it has been at home. Daryl Copland writes: The inventor of peacekeeping, long-standing proponent of North-South relations, and determined promoter of sustainable development — once universally welcomed as an honest broker, helpful fixer and pr...more »
[image: ranger-graduation_400] Way back in January, long before the first women attended the Army’s elite Ranger School - one of the most grueling military courses in the world - officials at the highest levels of the Army had already decided failure was... Continue reading *“Was It Rigged? Army General Told Subordinates: ‘A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,’ Sources Say”* at *people.com*.
[image: Migrant crisis Europe_900] Men are allegedly raping women and children in European refugee camps, seeing them as "fair game" because they're unaccompanied, women's rights groups allege. Activist groups and politicians are alleging a "culture of rape and violence" is taking hold at refugee centers, reported...more »
*Reuters*: *U.S.-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra: U.S. military* Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, the latest blow to a troubled U.S. effort to train local partners to fight Islamic State militants. The rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, to a suspected Nusra intermediary on Sept. 21-22 in exchange for safe passage, said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesma...more »
Yesterday, the political reform group headed by Zephyr Teachout, MAYDAY.US, released a poll by PPP showing incredibly strong bipartisan support for the need to fundamentally reform the way this country funds campaigns. Teachout: A lot divides us as a country, but the results are clear: Supporters of every candidate for President-- all the way from Ted Cruz and Ben Carson to Hillary Clinton and Lawrence Lessig-- believe that our system is broken and needs fundamental reform. Americans are looking to Washington to break the cycle of corruption, and they’ve had it with a handful of co...more »
"Must eat right-wingers' brains! Must eat right-wingers' brains!" Following on from Allison Pearson's "leftie hell" on Radio 4's *Any Questions, *Douglas Murray has an enjoyable piece in *The Spectator* about his own experiences of appearing on programmes like *Any Questions *and *Question Time* called *In the lion's den*. It begins; ‘I bet you’ve never been spat at,’ a fellow right-winger once said to me, with barely disguised pride. We were speaking the day after an episode of Question Time. I was still slightly bruised from the booing, and this effort to cheer me up worked well....more »
*Inspectors slam British primary school where there's no such thing as a naughty child and teachers are banned from raising their voices* A school which refuses to discipline misbehaving pupils saying there is no such thing as a naughty child has been handed the worst possible rating. Then 355-pupil Barrowford Primary School has been told to improve or face action after it was branded 'inadequate' by Government inspectors. The school has faced ridicule and condemnation after the head teacher ripped up the rule book and scrapped all punishments for bad pupils. She also banned teach...more »
[image: workers age chart] During the second half of the 20th century, there was an explosion in the size of the global workforce, with countries like China opening up to international markets. Demographics were on-side, with the working-age population growing at strength around the... Continue reading *“One of the Strongest Engines of Economic Growth Started Slowing 10 Years Ago — and It’s not Coming Back”* at *businessinsider.com.au*.
[image: billionaires floating island] Kokomo Ailand is part massive yacht and part private island. Tour the incredible semi-submersed vessel with its four star amenities. Continue reading *“Newest Billionaire Toy: A Mobile Private Island”* at *businessinsider.com*.
*The Vatican’s Advisors: An Unholy Alliance with the UN Global Warming Agenda* In the preparation and promotion of its widely touted encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, the Vatican relied on advisors who can only be described as the most extreme elements in the global warming debate. These climate advisors are so far out of the mainstream they even make some of their fellow climate activists cringe. Many of these advisors oppose individual freedom and market economics and stand against traditional family values. The Vatican and Pope Francis did not allow dissent...more »
*Eric Palmer Blog: **RAAF-Give me your heavy women* A recent USAF statement (PDF) shows that the F-35 ejection system needs a pilot of about 136 pounds minimum for the flight profile of the ejection seat to work. This was kind of always known for us that have observed the program for years. Ejection-seats do a lot of things well. But there is always an upper and lower limit. You can also eat your way out of the cockpit. Here is a summary of the issue facing the F-35 and ejection survival. "The seat needs enough oomph to get the heaviest pilot in the 95th percentile range out of ...more »
The BBC Trending blog, which reports *some *of the things that 'trend' on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc, can often be interesting; however, following on from the previous post, does it end up giving us a distorted view of the world? I've listed all the recent posts below. Although there's some variety there (and much that's of interest), it's genuinely striking when you read them *en masse* just how many of them reflect the prevailing obsessions of the modern Left - especially race, racism, gender and sexism. Even ones with headlines you might expect to be about something ot...more »
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[image: Hillary Clinton_400] This comes straight from Twitchy, but it bears repeating here because it shows the utter disarray into which Hillary Clinton's campaign has fallen. It starts with the news that the FBI has been able to recover tens of thousands of... Continue reading *“Clinton Campaign Can’t Keep Email Story Straight”* at *powerlineblog.com*.
[image: GOP lawmakers_900] It's hard to keep up with all the "voting" taking place on Capitol Hill led by Republicans to "show" how committed they are to furthering pro-life issues. Whether through standalone bills to defund Planned Parenthood, continuing resolutions that fund the rest...more »
[image: Kanye West2 - 400] Rapper, Kardashian spouse and fashion designer Kanye West had high praise for Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican presidential candidate, in an interview published today by Vanity Fair. “When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” West said, while... Continue reading *“Kanye West on Ben Carson: ‘This is the Most Brilliant Guy’”* at *cnsnews.com*.
This is an example of what people find absurd about the BBC’s bend-over-backwards policy of not offending the Muslims. If capitulating to absurdity is allegedly ‘in the name of social cohesion’, who needs social cohesion? It’s not just absurd that an English hospital would feel the need to keep a uniformed member of the British armed forces - an RAF sergeant to be precise - out of sight in case his presence offended a member of the public. No, the manner in which the BBC perpetuated the exact same absurdity by concealing the hospital staff’s explanation for this nonsense piles ab...more »
One of the questions Samira Ahmed put to Steve Hewlett of *The Media Show* ran as follows: The disconnect between the bizarre allegations in the Cameron-Ashcroft story, they're everywhere throughout social media and not on traditional broadcasters. Is that inevitable now, we're going to see more of this kind of gap between what social media's doing? Or are broadcasters going to have to re-think how they cover these stories because, in other words, you're missing part of the story because of the scale of the discussion out there? Well, Steve Hewlett didn't answer that, so I'll try ...more »
Steve Hewlett, sticking his hand up a senior BBC executive As no BBC representative was available to discuss Piggate on *Newswatch*, who did *Newswatch *turn to instead? Inevitably to Steve Hewlett of *The Guardian*. I may be the only person left who still thinks of him as "Steve Hewlett of *The Guardian*" because nowadays, when he appears on the BBC...which seems to be very often, especially when there's an important story 'about the BBC'...he's usually described as an 'independent media consultant' or, more often, merely as the presenter of Radio 4's *The Media Show*. On this we...more »
Having seen or heard very little of the BBC's output this week, I'm not best placed to judge the corporation's coverage of Piggate. On this week's *Newswatch *Samira Ahmed said that the porcine part of the story had "sent social media into a frenzy" but that "the BBC judged [it] inappropriate to repeat in full". A clip followed from a report by James Landale, illustrating this: Lord Ashcroft denies he's settling scores but these early extracts allege that the Tory leader knew about the peer's controversial non-dom tax status earlier than his spokesman had claimed and discussed ke...more »
[image: Pope Francis Mass Madison Square Garden New York_900] Pope Francis preached about emulating Jesus to "meet others where they really are" during an enormous mass at Madison Square Garden Friday night. Drawing on the image of the largest city in the country itself, Francis compared the service's reading from...more »
*RT: **New cockroach robot may save lives … and spy (PHOTOS, VIDEO)* If something looks like a cockroach and behaves like a cockroach – well, don’t be so sure. It could be a Russia-created miniature robot which can spy and find people trapped under debris. Scientists say this is the smallest roach robot ever. Russian scientists from the Kaliningrad-based Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University have presented a prototype of a 100-percent machine cockroach robot that they have developed for a company whose name hasn’t been disclosed. *Update #1:* Kaliningrad Engineers Create 'Rescu...more »
*Popular Mechanics*: *The Air Force Wants to Put Huge Lasers on Its Gunships* The 120-kilowatt laser would be the most powerful weaponized laser to date. The head of the U.S. Air Force's special operations forces wants killer lasers on his planes, and he wants them by 2020. In an interview with Defense Tech, Air Force Lieutenant General Bradley Heithold challenged the defense industry to put a 120-kilowatt laser on the AC-130 flying gunship by the year 2020. The laser, which should weigh no more than 5,000 pounds, will have both offensive and defensive purposes, protecting the air...more »
[image: Pray for the President] DIANE SINGER -- "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and...more »
The Boeing and U.S. Air Force team successfully completed the first flight of a KC-46A tanker aircraft today, taking off from Paine Field at 1:24 p.m. (PST) and landing four hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle. This was the first flight of a KC-46A tanker-configured aircraft, following ongoing flights of the program’s first test aircraft, a 767-2C. During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems and took the tanker to a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet prior to landing. “This first tanker flight is a key mil...more »
[image: MQ-9 with the sonobuoy concept]General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has introduced a new sonobuoy capability for its MQ-9 Guardian maritime unmanned air vehicle which, alongside a number of other developing technologies, could make it a contender to help fill the UK’s maritime patrol gap. A concept was presented at the Royal Navy’s maritime awareness conference at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall on 24 September, which showed a number of sonobuoys being released from a bay on the UAV. While a requirement for a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) acquisition has yet to be released from ...more »
A screen shot of One Chinese Laser System, which appeared in CCTV. China Defense *IBTimes*: *Chinese Military Developing Portable Lasers? Enemy Missiles, Satellites Could Be Disabled By Sophisticated Device* The Chinese military could soon have the ability to disable heat-seeking sensors on enemy missiles or satellites using breakthrough portable-laser technology. The laser generator, which produces a high-frequency beam rendering infrared missiles useless, is typically massive in size and found on warships. But a research team in Beijing at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Instit...more »
US base missile base at Redzikowo The Sejm lower house of Parliament on Friday authorised the president to ratify the technical agreement on a US base missile base at Redzikowo in northern Poland. As many as 422 MPs voted for the bill, with three voting against, and five abstaining. The agreement, which accompanies the decision to locate anti-ballistic missile bases in Poland, concerns the conditions of the proper functioning of the US missile defense system. Read more
[image: Su-27UBM Flanker]Russia's plans to deploy airbases in Belarus could be interpreted as another headache for the West and, in particular, for the Baltic states, at least, because it could fuel the arms race in Europe. Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Defense and Foreign Ministries to hold talks with Minsk on the possibility of establishing a Russian airbase in Belarus. Although Russian SU and MIG jets have yet to be relocated closer to Poland and Lithuania, a number of experts have correctly described Moscow's actions as a response to NATO's increased air ...more »
[image: Russian Senator Igor Morozov]According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast. Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. "It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it," Morozov said. Read more
[image: R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR-27)]The Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel, R/V Neil Armstrong, AGOR 27, delivered to the U.S. Navy, Sept. 23. R/V Neil Armstrong will carry on the legacy of the naval aviator and astronaut who stated, “Research is creating new knowledge.” AGOR 27 is a well-equipped modern oceanographic research platform capable of satisfying a wide range of research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research. Read more
The European missile defense shield moved one step closer to completion Friday as a fourth American warship capable of shooting down ballistic missiles pulled into port here for permanent stationing. Naval officers and family members greeted the crew of the USS Carney, an Aegis missile defense destroyer that left Mayport, Fla., earlier this month for Rota. The ship will make its first missile patrol in November, part of a four-ship rotation based in the nearby U.S. naval base here. “You are bringing a vital capability in a very challenging, volatile and dynamic time,” Navy Adm. Mar...more »
The UK Royal Navy's two frigates, HMS Iron Duke and HMS Somerset, have demonstrated their firepower capability with firings in the English Channel and Cape Wrath, Scotland, respectively. Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke operated its five different weapon systems, including general purpose machine guns (GPMGs), the Minigun, 30mm Cannon, 4.5in medium-range gun and the seawolf missile system. Devonport-based HMS Somerset fired new infra-red illumination rounds that are designed to light up the battlefield. Read more
[image: Tu-142 Bear-F]Today the crews of long-range ASW aircraft Tu-142 of the Northern Fleet practiced training tasks on detection and tracking submarines in the Barents Sea, says press center of RF Defence Ministry. The flights were carried out within the scheduled combat training inspection of the Troops and Forces of the Northern Fleet for the summer training period. The pilots performed a number of missions connected with search for submarine in the assigned district. The training included usage of acoustic buoys and receiving information from them. Read more
[image: HQ-379 and HQ-380]Vietnam Navy commissioned two Russian designed and locally made missile corvettes, HQ-379 and HQ-380 into service on Thursday. The corvettes, built locally by Ba Son Shipyard, are armed with 16 Uran-E missiles of 130 km in range, an AK-176M automatic gun, and two AK-630 ship-borne artillery systems, Thanh Nien News reported today. The ships are among the six Project 1241.8 Molniya (Lightning) corvettes ordered at Ba Son Shipyard by the Vietnam People's Navy in 2009. The first two, HQ-377 and HQ-378 were delivered last year. Read more
[image: USS Maine (SSBN-741)]Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn't mean they don't threaten to do so. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called "crisis stability." In other words, "building and posturing forces in ways that allow a state, if confronted, to avoid war without backing down." Long-range heavy bombers are some of the best forces for crisis stability, Morgan wrote in a 2013 study for the U.S. Air Force. Bombers are powerful, mobile, and visible — perfect for signalling str...more »
*(Click on Image to enlarge)* A scuba diver snaps the ultimate selfie with a shark . Photo: Caters News Agency *WNU editor*: Picture is from *More people die from selfies than shark attacks *(New York Post).
[image: Rocket Launcher-900] A U.S. Army paratrooper fires a rocket launcher during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2015. Thanks to these soldiers for their service and to Sgt. Anthony Hewitt for taking this photo!
* [image: KenimerSite-POOF]* Obviously the state of education in archeology in the southern US if not the whole US is atrocious and richly deserving of been most underpaid. After all, just how much is bunkum worth?To start with, European standards need to be applied. General language skills need to be addressed. Actually something different needs to be devised. A system of sound recognition skills need to be addressed as this is important. If Itx is a sound unit, it would be useful to understand in what languages it is used. After all this can be a powerful marker for migrati...more »
[image: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault as seen at duck. (Photo: Global Crop Diversity Trust)] Unexpectedly, once started and yes anchored by Svalbard, the stage was set for a global network of repositories all tied to research facilities actively engaged in the whole challenge of preservation and yes even improvement. Careers are built of this now. In the process the real security of seed libraries increases daily. I can see every high school been actively involved as well because it is part of putting local boots and eyeballs on the ground. I will also be easy to extend all thi...more »
[image: Camilo Mejía, an Iraq War veteran, conscientious objector, and peace activist. (Photo courtesy of the Center on Conscience & War)] This is both true and also important. It addresses the central issue regarding Islam. Why do they choose to kill? What is it about Islamic teaching in particular that produces suicide bombers in abundance? We need to solve this because it can open the door to outright Islamic collapse and a transition to a benign believe system. Please recall that Christian fanaticism was totally a response to Islamic fanaticism. Now we...more »
[image: An Abyssal Grenadier smiles for the camera at 4800 meters depth in the Porcupine Abyssal Plain. (Image: WHOI/NSF)] They are certainly down there. That at least dismisses decades of idle speculation reagarding deep sea life. We are slowly beginning to properly describe the whole menagerie as well although much more needs to be done. Beyond all that our technology is quite up to deep penetration. What we presently lack is a good economic reason to make ourselves at home. . *Have Scientists Found the World’s Deepest Fish?* *By Jeffrey Marlow | September 11, 2015 2:17...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Torment of the tyrants' children: From Stalin's 'my son can't even shoot straight' putdown for his suicidal boy to Gaddafi's heir hiring Beyonce for a night: New book reveals what happened to the children of the world's cruelest dictators * They wrote their names in blood upon the world and went to their own special places in hell without a thought for their deeds, victims... and often their own flesh and blood. The children of mankind's greatest tormentors have been left to wander in the evil shadows of their legacies which, even now, cast a long and dark pall on h...more »
In the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, David Gross and Ed Witten promoted Nima's Chinese \(100\TeV\) collider. But let's back to the LHC. In 2012, at the \(8\TeV\) center-of-mass energy, the Large Hadron Collider has collected something like 27 inverse femtobarns of data per detector out of which about 20 inverse femtobarns is being analyzed by the papers. The 2015 collisions at \(13\TeV\) were rather slow but if you look at the LHC luminosity chart of the LHC control panel, you may see that the LHC tends to nicely collect about 0.1/fb i.e. 100/pb at a time – in a fill that lasts 1...more »
North Carolina Tea Party crazies are now in open conflict (sporting guns!) with each other. Seems the early winners aren't crazy enough for the late joiners. Not to worry though. The easily confused NC electorate will sort these fools out. Just like they did with the races leading to the crowning of Governor McCrory and Senator Tillis. Right. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ As I reported on a very
Mi-28NM is the advanced variant of Mil’s Night Hunter tank-killer gunboat. It will have a new radar system, new sensors for night operations, and an upgraded helmet for pilots. *RT*: *Five cool weapons showing why the world can’t ignore Russia (PHOTOS)* There are many reasons why Russia should not be messed with and its military capability is certainly one of them. Here are five Russian weapons that can impress friends, but worry foes, which are already in service, or in the pipeline. *WNU Editor:* And four of these five weapon systems (the Borey-class nuclear submarine is the ex...more »
[image: Pope Francis Crowd Cameras - 400] NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)--As Pope Francis makes his historic first visit to the United States, millions of Americans are turning out to thank the Pontiff for temporarily displacing Donald Trump from the news. As the Pope visits Washington, New... Continue reading *“Nation Thanks Pope for Briefing Bumping Trump From News”* at *newyorker.com*.
The two Beltway party establishments have earned the hatred of the American people. Their self-serving careerist leaders have dragged their parties into the muck and mire. According to the newest Gallup poll only 43% of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic Party and only 38% have a favorable view of the Republican Party. Another poll I read recently showed that 77% of Americans have contempt for politicians in general. Does anyone think they're honest? How often are elections any more than choosing between the lesser of two evils? Of course, there are some politician...more »
*Ranker:* *Weapons that Look Like They're from a Sci-Fi Movie* With an emphasis on versatility, range, and light weight, many modern firearms look nothing like guns of decades past. In fact, some look like they are futuristic weapons sent from centuries ahead of us, with their odd angles, accessories, and rounded edges. Many of these futuristic guns have actually been used in films and TV to depict weapons of the future, though usually with odd bits added on to look like scopes or grenade launchers. A few examples of these sci-fi weapons are the Valmet M-82 submachine gun, used in ...more »
*The Hill:* *Pentagon to investigate casino, strip club expenses* Congress has asked the Pentagon to investigate whether Defense Department employees billed the government for visits to casinos and strip clubs. In a memo released this week, Michael Roark, assistant inspector general at the Pentagon, said his office would begin an audit this month at the behest of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Our objective is to determine whether DoD cardholders who used government travel cards at casinos and adult entertainment establishments for personal use sought or received reimbursem...more »
from the Observer: *“The rhetoric of this ad, and the people and money behind it, are part of the problem,” she said.* *Luis Garden Acosta, the founder of El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice and the father of a child who attended a charter school, said FES was “race-baiting.”* *“‘Race baiting’ like ‘red baiting’, exploiting the values and legitimate concerns of our city’s communities of color, for whatever political purpose, is abhorrent and posits a dangerous and expanding wedge in a city all to segregated by class, color and community,” Mr. Acosta stated, noting that Roberto P...more »
From The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Membership Covenant God’s goodness allows that secular psychology may provide accurate research and make observations that are helpful in understanding counseling issues. Because unbelievers suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness the efforts of secular psychology at interpreting these observations lead to misunderstanding. Because their observations are distorted by a secular apprehension of life their efforts at counseling ministry will be in competition with biblical counseling. They cannot be integrated with the faith on...more »
ThinkProgress caption (yesterday): "*Pope Francis greets supporters during a visit to Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C.*" *"The Son of God came into this world as a homeless person. . . . We can imagine what Joseph must have been thinking. How is it that the Son of God has no home? Why are we homeless, why don’t we have housing?"* *-- Pope Francis yesterday in Washington, during his visit to aCatholic Charities lunch for the needy, many of them homeless* *by Ken* While I was rummaging around some of the online coverage of Pope Francis's visit yesterday, I stumbled across a re...more »
*Voice of America: **Tensions Rise Again Between Armenia, Azerbaijan* The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has expressed concern about an outbreak of violence near the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, in which three people died late Thursday. Armenia says three civilians died in shelling and gunfire in villages near the border with Azerbaijan. Government officials said two others were wounded in the shelling and condemned the incident as an "act of provocation" by Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan did not answer the accusation directly but said earlier in the day that Azerbaija...more »
*From Wikipedia:* The Dogs of War is a 1980 war film based upon the 1974 novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth, directed by John Irvin. It stars Christopher Walken and Tom Berenger as part of a small, international unit of mercenary soldiers privately hired to depose President Kimba of a fictional "Republic of Zangaro", in Africa, so that a British tycoon can gain mining access to a huge platinum deposit. This movie was filmed on location in Belize City. The title is a phrase from William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar written in 1599; the full quotation is "Cry, 'Havoc!',...more »
[image: Obama Says US, China Reach Agreement on Cyber-theft] President Obama, coming out of a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the country’s suspected hacking was expected to factor heavily, announced Friday the two nations have reached a preliminary agreement on cyber-theft — and said he indicated to... Continue reading *“Obama Says US, China Reach Agreement on Cyber-theft”* at *foxnews.com*.
“The universe is filled with galaxies. But to see them astronomers must look out beyond the stars of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. This colorful Hubble Space Telescopic portrait features spiral galaxy NGC 6384, about 80 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. At that distance, NGC 6384 spans an estimated 150,000 light-years, while the Hubble close-up of the galaxy's central region is about 70,000 light-years wide. * Click image for larger size.* The sharp image shows details in the distant galaxy's blue star clusters and dust lanes along magnifice...more »
*“The Incredible Potential of Unexpectedness”* by Chet Raymo “The Jesuit scientist/mystic Teilhard de Chardin imagined what he called a "noosphere" (from the Greek word for "mind") as the next stage of terrestrial evolution- an envelope of pure human thought embracing the planet. This would be the inevitable result of human progress on a spherical Earth of finite surface area. We rub up against each other. We are stimulated by proximity. Railroads and airplanes extend the range of our interaction. Better still (he wrote), "thanks to the prodigious biological event represented by t...more »
*Jake Anderson* - There is an organization that secretly runs the government, but it's not the New World Order. The post Forget the New World Order, Here’s Who Really Runs the World appeared first on Waking Times.
*"Time"* "Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire." - Jorge Luis Borges
*"The Peace of Wild Things"* "When despair grows in me and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free." - Wendell Berry
"At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom. It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom." - Richard Bach, “Nothing by Chance”
"Cognitive Dissonance And the Human Mind" by Dan Eden "When “Robbie” the robot was told to shoot a weapon at a man in the movie "Forbidden Planet", his electronic brain sparked and short-circuited. His creator had programmed him to never harm a human and so the conflicting ideas paralyzed him. Human beings often are presented with opposing thoughts also, but our brains have developed a way of resolving these conflicts through a process call cognitive dissonance. We are taught, like “Robbie,” that killing is prohibited — but what about war? And many anti-abortionists support the de...more »
*Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post*: *Assad’s position strengthens in Syria with renewed Russian and Iranian support* On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a one-day visit to Russia to attend the unveiling of the new Cathedral Mosque in Moscow, described as one of the largest Muslim prayer halls in Europe. He also met with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, and announced the lofty goal of reaching $100 billion in trade between their two countries by 2023. Russia's importance to Turkey's economy — particularly its energy sector — perhaps shadowed ...more »
I said on Monday that I was expecting a big "sacrifice" this week. I was looking for a plane crash, or another huge bomb..... I didn't expect it to be quite this big, or to come from where it did!! I Posted updates on Facebook yesterday morning: "Well there's one sacrifice done. I'm still expecting at least one more......" and the numbers went from 200, to 717 by late afternoon..... then today: over 2000 people Dead, killed on the day of Sacrifice of Eid, IN Meca, during the "Stoning of the Devil" This isn't over yet. As I said: I'm expecting one more - most likely on Saturd...more »
Well... I just tried to sit down and write out my thoughts on this and have realized that there is WAY too much info to write... I'll have to record something on this next week. I've been talking about the use of Chemtrails (and aluminum in vaccines) being used to block energetic particles- or "waves"- from us and our planet for a couple of years now. Lately quite a few new pieces of information about aluminum has really confirmed for me that this is a major piece of the puzzle. As for CERN... well if you're following my comments and posts on Facebook you'll know that I've been d...more »
Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015.REUTERS/MIKE SEGAR *Reuters:* *World leaders adopt expansive U.N. goals to tackle global woes* UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders on Friday adopted the most sweeping agenda ever of global goals to combat poverty, inequality and climate change, described by the United Nations secretary-general as "a to-do list for people and planet." Adopted in the shadow of the wor...more »
"All sins, of course, deserve to be treated with mercy: we all do what we can, and life is too hard and too cruel for us to condemn anyone for failing in this area. Does anyone know what he himself would do if faced with the worst and how much truth could he bear under such circumstances?" - Andre Comte-Sponville
* Photo Source. * *An excerpt from, "Pope Francis Addresses U.N., Calling for Peace and Environmental Justice" by Somini Sengupta and Jim Yardley, New York Times, September 25, 2015:* A day after making history as the first pontiff to address Congress, Pope Francis on Friday morning issued a sweeping call to the United Nations for peace and environmental justice, as he placed blame for the exploitation of natural resources on “a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity.” Standing before the General Assembly in his first speech here, Francis endorsed United N...more »
[image: Former Speaker Newt Gingrich Explains Why John Boehner Resigned] Newt Gingrich served as House speaker from January 1995 to January 1999. He left the job with members of Congress frustrated by his leadership, as is Speaker John Boehner, who announced he would leave Congress at the end of October. Copyright 2015...more »
[image: older worker - 400] While many Americans face working longer and delaying retirement, it might seem an intuitive next step to assume that chronic disease could become more prevalent in the workplace. But researchers in a new study published in the journal Preventing Chronic... Continue reading *“Adults Who Keep Working Past Retirement Age Stronger, Healthier”* at *theblaze.com*.
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