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*Long War Journal*:* Zawahiri argues Islamic State’s caliphate is illegitimate in newly released message* Al Qaeda has released a message from Ayman al Zawahiri, who rebukes Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and the Islamic State, arguing the so-called “caliphate” is illegitimate. Ever since the rivalry between the two jihadist poles boiled over in early 2014, Zawahiri has allowed others to take the lead in al Qaeda’s attempt to undermine the Islamic State’s credentials. Zawahiri has criticized the Islamic State, but he has not unleashed a full broadside. In the message released today, however...more »
*by Ken* This is a big day: the second anniversary of Bridgegate, that magical day in 2013 when, it's alleged, intimate aides of Kris Kristie, the Big Rat Bastard Gummer of NJ, unleashed a massive traffic snarl on the approach to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, NJ, to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for having the temerity to decline to endorse the Big Rat Bastard Gummer for reelection. Now, at least judging by his public appearances, the Krispyman isn't in close contact with reality. Researchers are still looking for a documented instance when he has told the tr...more »
Just been to help farewell Graham Brazier; appropriately on a day when the sky is crying and, for a man of music & poetry, buried today with both . . . *from L'Albatros (The Albatross) by Charles Baudelaire Describing Graham* “The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day; But on the ground, among the hooting crowds, He cannot walk, his wings are in the way.” *I leave thy praises unexpressed, by Alfred Lord Tennyson* I leave thy praises unexpressed In verse that brings myself relief, And by the measure of my grief I leave thy greatness to be ...more »
Bolivia: Threat of capitalism and need to live well, by way of harmony with nature. Twelve working groups. Espanol and English Photo by Michelle Cook, Dine' De nuestra mayor consideración: Atendiendo su importante participación en la "Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre los Derechos de la Madre Tierra y el Cambio Climático" que se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Tiquipaya – Cochabamba,
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[image: Hillary Clinton email smartphone - GettyImages-134272681_Medium] There's a bigger story hidden inside the New York Times report that "a special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account -- including one about North Korea's nuclear weapons... Continue reading *“The NYT Reported 2 Hillary Emails Contained Highly Classified Info, But It Missed Something Big”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.
Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, commander of IDF Southern Command, speaks at the ICT conference in Herzliya, September 7, 2015 (Tomer Neuberg) *Times of Israel*: *Hamas could be removed in next conflict with Israel, general says* *Islamic terror group is hemorrhaging members to more radical groups in the Gaza Strip, says outgoing chief of Southern Command* Hamas could be toppled in a future confrontation with Israel, a senior Israeli officer said on Monday, attempting to counter the impression that Israel would maintain Hamas in power at all costs. Speaking at an international conference...more »
[image: 150909-ben-carson-ap-1160__1441848267_18.104.22.168] Ben Carson is taking off the gloves -- and taking on Donald Trump. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican 2016 presidential candidate has finally begun hitting Trump following a spate of recent polls showing him gaining ground on the brash real... Continue reading *“Ben Carson Stops Playing Nice with Donald Trump”* at *politico.com*.
[image: border jumping] Less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under “operational control,” and one out of every five illegal immigrants caught there has a criminal record, the chief of Border Patrol agents’ labor union told Congress Wednesday when detailing violence that... Continue reading *“Agents: Just 40% of Mexican Border under Control, 20% of Illegal Immigrants Caught There Have Criminal Records”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: 317777_5___1441848639_22.214.171.124] When Donald Trump announced he was running for president on June 16, the idea seemed faintly ridiculous. The Washington Post said that he faced "an uphill battle to be taken seriously by his rivals, political watchers and the media." The... Continue reading *“Who are Trump’s Supporters?”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.
The British press laughed off Labour’s Corbin, just as pundits here have deemed Sanders ‘unelectable.’ By Debra Keefer Ramage | The Rag Blog | September 10, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS — Over here, we have the Bernie Sanders phenomenon. Sanders, a “self-avowed” … finish reading Debra Keefer Ramage : Here and there: Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn
FACT: President Obama kept his promise to end the war in Iraq. Romney called the decision to bring our troops home “tragic.” — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 22, 2012 *WNU Editor*: Instapundit has a post that reminds us on President Obama and the White House were taking credit for when they made the decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq .... that* link is here*. What's my take .... there is a lot of blame to go around .... and we should not forget that the American public wanted out of Iraq .... but in reflection this is not one of President Obama's finer moments.
It was that bad before the Japanese cleaned up things. And now we have like 7000 cases of Dengue in Tainan. That's the first wave of the new return of these diseases as humans boil the earth to death... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
“Often imaged but rarely mentioned, Messier 43 is a large star forming region in its own right. It's just part of the star forming complex of gas and dust that includes the larger, more famous neighboring Messier 42, the Great Orion Nebula. In fact, the Great Orion Nebula itself lies off the lower edge of this scene. *Click image for larger size.* The close-up of Messier 43 was made while testing the capabilities of a near-infrared instrument with one of the twin 6.5 meter Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes. The composite image shifts the otherwise ...more »
[image: Study: Daily Marijuana Use Among College Students at Highest Rate in 35 Years] U.S. college students today smoke weed at a higher rate than at any time in the past 35 years, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. But students are into more than pot. The study also shows... Continue reading *“Study: Daily Marijuana Use Among College Students at Highest Rate in 35 Years”* at *azcentral.com*.
*Lee Smith, Weekly Standard:* *Obama Avoided Syria Action to Help Iran Negotiations* Over the weekend, the Washington Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt argued that Syria may be “the most surprising of President Obama’s foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.” Hiatt contends that Obama managed to convince the American public that doing nothing was “the smart and moral policy.” The way Obama sees it, the United St...more »
The Walking Dead *Politico* writers Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan were speculating that if the Republicans win a majority in the House again-- and with Steve Israel and the other lunkheads who run the DCCC, there's no chance they won't-- Boehner won't run for Speaker again, if the House Republicans don't kick him out of the job before that. Presumably, he'd retire from Congress. They claim they're getting inside info right from Boehnerland, although they quote idiots allied with Boehner like Colbert's old pal Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA): "That’s a personal decision he has to make. I d...more »
" *Another Night in the Ruins" * "How many nights must it take one such as me to learn that we aren't, after all, made from that bird that flies out of its ashes, that for us as we go up in flames, our one work is to open ourselves, to *be* the flames?" - Galway Kinnell
*“The Dark Night”* by Chet Raymo “I first read Soren Kierkegaard's “Fear and Trembling” at about the same age as Kierkegaard was when he wrote it - thirty. The young philosopher was wrestling with his dark demons, including the death of his father, a sternly religious man who demanded absolute obedience from his son. He was torn between the opposing demands of faith and reason, certainity and doubt. In the opening pages of the book, he takes us with Abraham and Isaac on that terrible journey to Mount Moriah where God puts Abraham to a terrifying test of his faith. What gives meani...more »
"The greatest wisdom is in simplicity: love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It's encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way." - Carlos Barrios
"The Greeks took for granted a warrior-ethic ("aristeia," the virtues, values, culture and competence of "aristoi") not just between man and nature, and one city and another, and in the competitive contests (agones) between one person or point of view and another, but most especially between the individual mind striving for illumination and the vast surrounding obscure chaos of all that we do not know or understand or, as yet, have the resources to master. Humans from the earliest days of their lives have already planted their feet on one of two paths, one leading toward self-illum...more »
*"Get Out of Your Own Way: Unhindered Movement"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We truly want to succeed but may be afraid so we subconsciously create circumstances to keep ourselves stuck. When you find yourself facing obstacles that appear to be blocking you from your goals, it is important to try not to get discouraged. It can be easy to feel “stuck” or that “life” is creating circumstances preventing you from getting what you want. And while it is easy to look at everyone and everything outside of ourselves for the problem, perhaps even wanting to “get rid” of the person, obje...more »
What's the catch? Investment banks charged only £1 to “advise” on Lloyds and RBS sell-off UK Financial Investments (UKFI) is the company established by the Treasury to hold the taxpayers’ stakes in RBS and Lloyds. It has been warned to remain “ultra-vigilant” after it was revealed some of the City’s biggest investment banks – including Goldman Sachs and UBS – are charging the government as
"The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel." - H.L. Mencken
*ABC News:* *Hillary Clinton Says She ‘Will Not Hesitate to Take Military Action’ If Iran Attempts to Get Nuclear Weapon* Addressing Iran directly today, Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she “will not hesitate to take military action” as president if the country attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon. “The United States will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon,” Clinton said during remarks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C Wednesday morning, in a message aimed directly at Iran’s leaders. “As president I will take whatever actions are necessary to protect ...more »
[image: Gianna_Jessen_testimony] "Any discussion of abortion is inherently difficult because it is unquestionably the taking of a human life," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), opening the first of the congressional hearings on Planned Parenthood with the admission that this is not going...more »
*Howard Lafranchi, CSM:* *Why Russia has boosted its military presence in Syria now* *By propping up Syrian President Assad, some analysts say, Russia maintains influence in the region. The moves have raised alarms in Washington.* BEIRUT, LEBANON — Mounting evidence suggests Russia is significantly increasing military assistance to the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in what is seen as a bid to solidify Moscow’s position in one of few Middle Eastern countries where it still has influence. The move, analysts say, capitalizes on a low-risk opportunity created by...more »
*Phillip J. Watt - *The new era of science is working with the idea that consciousness is deeply embedded in the fabric of existence. The post Mind Before Matter: How Consciousness is Making a Comeback Through Scientific Exploration appeared first on Waking Times.
[image: Feds Formally Investigated Top Hillary Aide Huma Abedin for Embezzlement] Federal investigators formally investigated top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin for the crime of embezzlement after confirming she took a "Babymoon" vacation and maternity time at the State Department without expending her formal leave, resulting in thousands of dollars of... Continue reading *“Feds Formally Investigated Top Hillary Aide Huma Abedin for Embezzlement”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: California Lawmakers Approve Right-to-Die Legislation] SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives, sending the proposal to the state Senate that is expected to endorse it. Lawmakers in the state Assembly voted...more »
First it was angry old guy calling reporters lying sacks of shit or something for asking about Duffy. Now Harper supporters are spitting bile when reporters ask about Syrian refugees. Things really aren't going well for them.
[image: Sorry for What, Hillary?] I'm sorry about that," Hil-lary Rod-ham Clin-ton said six years after seiz-ing con-trol of gov-ern-ment email and after six months of deny-ing wrong-do-ing. Just this week, it took three dif-fer-ent in-ter-views in four days for her to beg the puni-est... Continue reading *“Sorry for What, Hillary?”* at *nationaljournal.com*.
[image: How a White Guy Got His Poem Published by Changing His Name to Yi-Fen Chou] A rather strange tale comes across the transom to us today from the rough and tumble world of competitive poetry publishing. (Okay... I confess. I really just wanted to type that sentence.) But putting all snark aside, the Washington Post's... Continue reading *“How a White Guy Got His Poem Published by Changing His Name to Yi-Fen Chou”* at *hotair.com*.
[image: Israeli Worker - 400] Moreover, Israeli water innovationfor the developing world is no longer only the province of government. Consider, for example, Sivan Yaari: a diminutive thirty-something whose NGO utilizes solar power and Israeli technology to help bring clean water and electric power to... Continue reading *“From Africa to China, How Israel Helps Quench the Developing World’s Thirst”* at *mosaicmagazine.com*.
[image: BLM - 435] I’ve seen this movie before. And for the last 25 years, I thought I’d never have to watch it again. But now it’s playing, not in theaters, but all over mainstream media, with something like rave reviews from the president... Continue reading *“Black Lives Matter’s Agenda is Costing Black Lives”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.
*"Nowhere to Run To; Nowhere to Thrive"* by Paul Rosenberg "It’s something of a truism in physics that closed systems tend toward entropy. In other words, building walls around a process will make it degrade faster than it normally would. And this principle clearly applies beyond physics. An academic named John B. Calhoun famously documented this effect in rat populations. He gave his animals everything they could possibly need but enclosed them in a limited space. Inside their closed system, some males became aggressive, others withdrew psychologically, mothers stopped caring for ...more »
Unit 1 was really glowing over the last 8 hours where the roof panel was removed. Here are some screenshots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3cucvt4ekpavyaw/Unit%201%20Glow%20Sep%2010%202015.pdf?dl=0 Close Up: Even in daytime distortion is evident from emissions:
Omnipresence of Beatles offers counterpoint to hall of horrors at Museum of Memory and Human Rights. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | September 9, 2015 QUITO, Ecuador — On a visit to Buenos Aires last month, it took … finish reading James McEnteer : Blasts from the past in Buenos Aires
*FOX News: **Russian military build-up in Syria ‘unprecedented,’ officials say* U.S. officials are expressing growing concern about Russia's military build-up in Assad-controlled Syria, calling it "unprecedented" -- with one telling Fox News it compares in scope to Vladimir Putin's incursion into Crimea. "It's beginning to look like Crimyria," the official told Fox News. Two U.S. officials who have reviewed the latest intelligence told Fox News that satellite imagery reveals more flights of massive Russian An-124 "condor" military cargo planes landing in Syria. They are offload...more »
[image: House of Reps - 400] Follow the money. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins hearings today entitled "Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation's Largest Abortion Provider." The investigation is a response to Center for Medical Progress’ undercover videos, which have revealed... Continue reading *“Exposed: Planned Parenthood Buys Protection from House Judiciary Committee Members”* at *catholicvote.org*.
[image: Biden - 400] 2016: Presidential candidates, both announced and prospective, used Labor Day to fire off some pretty harsh criticisms of President Obama’s economy. That’s not news. What is news is who was doing the firing. Just listen to some of the heated... Continue reading *“Look Who’s Bashing Obama’s Economy Now”* at *news.investors.com*.
How About you take you Money and…..[image: images] 1. Collaborate with; stop bullying and insulting teachers. 2. Involve the community and parents. 3. Don’t impose top down decisions 4. Find a way for all schools and teachers to share, not hoard best practices. 5. Stop sacrificing Public Schools to build up your Charter Schools. 6. Before you give loads of money to blindly support Charters and other actions that destroy Public schools, STOP AND THINK OF THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES, BOTH INTENDED AND UNINTENDED.[image: images-1]
*(Cut to stock film of penguins.)* SUPERIMPOSED CAPTIONS: 'FRONTIERS OF MEDICINE PART 2' 'THE GATHERING STORM' *(Cut to presenter at desk.)* Presenter *(John Cleese)*: Penguins, yes, penguins. What relevance do penguins have to the furtherance of medical science? Well, strangely enough quite a lot, a major breakthrough, maybe. It was from such an unlikely beginning as an unwanted fungus accidentally growing on a sterile plate that Sir Alexander Fleming gave the world penicillin. James Watt watched an ordinary household kettle boiling and conceived the potentiality of steam po...more »
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened up about his new book, 'The WikiLeaks Files,' speaking about the 'US empire' and telling RT's 'Going Underground' program that Washington had plans to overthrow Syria's government long before the 2011 uprising began. Speaking to 'Going Underground' host Afshin Rattansi, Assange referred to the chapter on Syria, which goes back to 2006. In that chapter is a cable from US Ambassador William Roebuck, who was stationed in Damascus, which apparently discusses a plan for the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria. *“...That plan was t...more »
*If you’ve never experienced opera before then hang your head in shame, then your very best starting opera is *Tosca*, that **“shabby little shocker”* * whose powerful score and rich drama have thrilled audiences. So opera novices should be thrilled to know that is being given this month and next in Auckland and Wellington respectively. Leading man in the production is NZ's international opera star Simon O'Neill, back from conquering the world and soprano’s hearts, who talks to Lindsay Perigo about life, singing, and how to kiss women properly on stage. Listen closely…* --------...more »
When I put this post up the other day *Tale of Russian/Syria build up originated/bolstered by “blogger/activist” Ruslan Leviev ?* pointing out some of the problems with the 'build up' narrative I had thought it would be the only post addressing this fabrication? I figured the msm would keep spinning, but didn't expect the so called alternative media to keep bolstering a NATO/US manipulation? My mistake! Just today, what do I see?: *Zero Hedge: Russia Expands Military Presence In Syria Despite German, French Threats* *Why is a so called alternative media outlet spinning the same pe...more »
Tonight on BBC Radio 4 started badly, and then got even worse. BBC Radio 4 one-and-a-quarter-hour-long *The Migration Debate* at 8.00 pm had a panel of four, but it was far from being a balanced one. On one side stood David Goodhart from Demos; on the other (pro-immigration) side stood Heaven Crawley of Coventry University, barrister Hashi Mohamed and Dr Stephanie Collins of Coventry University. (Yes, it was *that* unbalanced. A 3:1 pro-immigration bias). And to make things worse, Hashi Mohammed and Heaven Crawley kept on interrupting David Goodhart (especially Hashi). Add to th...more »
[image: Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2015-08-17 16:07:04Z | http://piczard.com | http://codecarvings.com] Christians like to quiz each other about their favorite book in the Bible. Finding out how people experience Scripture--especially those who write books about the Bible--is a natural interest to us. When asked which Bible book is my favorite, I... Continue reading *“J. I. Packer: How I Learned to Live Joyfully From a Wizened Sage”* at *christianitytoday.com*.
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered for the rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, which featured conservative pundits and politicians. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made an implied comparison to himself and Ronald Reagan by saying that if he wins, the four Americans held prisoner in Iran will be released before he ever tak...more »
[image: 72% Of The Migrants Fleeing To Europe Are Adult Men, According To The UN] Most of the migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe are adult men, according to the United Nations. The number of migrants attempting the dangerous crossing has soared in the past two years, from about 22,000 in 2013...more »
[image: 1iran] Today, a Stop Iran Deal rally was held on Capitol Hill, and #StopIranDeal shot to the number one trending topic on Twitter. Here were some of the top tweets about Iran: My speech at the Stop Iran Deal rally today...more »
[image: Queen Elizabeth WWII Large] Today, Queen Elizabeth II officially became the long-reigning monarch of Great Britain, a record previously held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Here are five times we especially loved QE2. 1. In February of 1945, then Princess Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary...more »
When Bernie announced his candidacy for president, know-it-all DC pundits all agreed he wasn't *really* serious and it was just a move by progressives to push Hillary Clinton toward crucial and popular progressive positions she would rather not fight with Republicans about. After all, Bernie exhibited none of the megalomania and fanatical *House of Cards* Frank Underwood drive to be president. And all he ever does is talk about goddam issues, issues, issues... he doesn't play the media games. Then something funny happened. Tens of thousands of Democratic voters from coast to coast...more »
Not an expert. Is 75% men, 12% women and 13% children a normal statistical breakdown? #cdnpoli http://t.co/T6UM5nVWlr pic.twitter.com/aQ1DmuP84j — RD Simper (@RDSimper) September 7, 2015 *WNU Editor: *Click on the above image to expand. The UN Refugee Agency has more stats on who is exactly arriving in Europe. The link *is here.*
There's a letter to yesterday's blog asking me about the reasons for current turmoil in the middle east, and what it has to do with a pipeline I mentioned. I've answered in the comments section – but it's worth enlarging on here. We'll start with Iran. Why did the U.S. smother Iran with sanctions? It's very simple. The U.S. destroyed democracy in Iran shortly after World War Two in order to impose a very brutal dictator. And the Iranians had the nerve to kick out this nice, American-appointed government – and elect their own government. It was very much like the way those terrible C...more »
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015Stalked by Morning Joe:* Can Candidate Clinton survive her emails? Based on the work of the Morning Joe team, the answer isn’t obvious. This morning, John Heilemann pretty much said it all: “I feel like we’ve said this now like about a hundred times,” the star pundit wearily said. For links to tapes, see below. Heilemann was referring to the grotesque morning program’s obsessive devotion to its scripts about the Clinton emails. Each morning, during their first half hour, the gang run through their obsessive Hillary-hatred in *precisely* the ways they ...more »
*VOA:* *EU Migrant Quota Plan Draws Opposition* European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker called Wednesday for EU member states to resettle 160,000 refugees escaping from war in Syria and elsewhere -- but is running into opposition from countries objecting to mandatory quotas. "The Europe I want to live in is illustrated by those who are helping," Juncker told the European Parliament. "The Europe I don't want to live in is a Europe refusing those who are in need." But the Czech and Slovak governments held firm in their opposition to the country-by-country quotas Juncker said ...more »
*PEW Research Center:* *Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement Falls* Public Awareness of Issue Has Declined Since July As Congress prepares to vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, public support for the deal has declined. Currently, just 21% approve of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached between the United States, Iran and other nations. Nearly half (49%) disapprove of the agreement, while three-in-ten (30%) offer no opinion. In mid-July, a week after President Obama announced the deal, 33% of the public approved of the agreement, while 45% disapproved and 22% had no opin...more »
[image: Ashley Madison4 - 400] She is 33 years old, from Los Angeles, 6 feet tall, sexy, aggressive, and a "woman who knows what she wants," according to her profile. She is intriguing. However, her intrigue doesn't end there: her email address is one of Trend Micro's email... Continue reading *“Ashley Madison, Why Do Our Honeypots Have Accounts on Your Website?”* at *blog.trendmicro.com*.
[image: migrants3 - 400] One migrant was asked why he doesn’t want to stay in Hungary. He replied: “[Hungary is] not giving us like in Germany… a house, money…” “It’s not 150,000 migrants coming that some want to divide according to quotas, it’s not... Continue reading *“The Supply of Immigrants to Europe is Endless”* at *gatestoneinstitute.org*.
[image: Ted Cruz - 400] Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz flatly warned Wednesday that "people will die" if the Iran deal passes. "People will die," Cruz said during a rally against the deal on Capitol Hill. "Americans will die. Israelis will die. Europeans will die. Osama... Continue reading *“Ted Cruz at Rally: ‘People Will Die’ if Iran Deal Passes”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: State Department Appoints Clinton Donor As Email Transparency ‘Czar’] Department of State spokesman John Kirby said it's "not relevant" that John Kerry appointed a Hillary Clinton campaign donor as the new email "transparency czar," in response to criticism Wednesday. Kerry appointed Janice Jacobs to coordinate the release of Clinton's emails in an effort to...more »
This is about apple rings. First, I must apologize for the little camera; it is much the same model as others I have had, but cannot handle ambient indoor lighting as well. But I think you will get the idea. I use a Victorio corer-peeler. Left to myself I would leave the peels on, but others have expressed interest in doing without them. These are fairly large Honeycrisp apples, from our next to last tree. Any of them will do for rings. Ours progress through the season thus: Gravenstein, Egremont Russet, MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Granny Smith. The Gravensteins make the be...more »
*“Revolution on the Ranch”* by Bill Bonner GUALFIN, Argentina – “Global stock markets had a strong day of gains yesterday. Bloomberg reported that the Dow rose 390 points – or 2.4% – “on optimism over China.” We’re amazed. We hold our breath and wonder: What next? The U.S. investor thinks he has some idea of what is going on in China. Good luck to him! And there is no reason for stocks to ALL be worth more money… even if China were looking up. Some should go up and some should go down – depending on how investors see new developments affecting their earnings. For some companies, C...more »
*Marcy Borders buried in toxic dust on Sept. 11, 2001* / Credit Stan Honda/Agence France-Presse ~ Getty Images *It's been 14 years since 9/11 but the dust has not yet settled on this auspicious event nor has it left the pages of the infamous and discredited official 9/11 Report. The 9/11 Dust Lady Marcy Borders just died from stomach cancer and complications which could be traced to 9/11 and she was only 42 years old. Thorough analysis of the 9/11 dust appears to confirm the theory that the towers imploded and that energetic materials were...more »
[image: Hungary train station migrants refugees__1441279681_126.96.36.199] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is committed to increasing the number of refugees it is willing to take in as U.S. allies in Europe struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from...more »
*Time:** Iran Renews Attacks on the U.S. and Israel In Spite of Nuclear Deal* *The U.S. is still the Great Satan* The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei renewed his attacks on Israel and the United States in a speech to members of the Iranian public on Wednesday as reported by his official website www.khamenei.ir and his twitter account. Khamenei said that the negotiations over the Iran’s access to nuclear material with the U.S. and other nations did not mean there had been any rapprochment over other issues such as Israel. “After negot...more »
In 2013 the LDP promised to address contaminated water leaks at Fukushima: Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press Japanese government to help halt nuke leak. The Spokesman. AP. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/08/japanese-government-to-help-halt-nuke-leak/ TOKYO – The government said it will step in and take “firm measures” to combat leaks of radioactive water at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant, including possibly funding a costly containment project.The announcement Wednesday came a day after the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant said some of the water was ...more »
After having police officer body cameras in place for one full year, the San Diego Police Department has issued a report regarding how the technology affected police behavior and activities. This comes from a story in the San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego police officers outfitted with body cameras have received fewer complaints from the public but have also used more force — a finding that surprised department leaders. ... Complaints against officers fell 23 percent between July 2014 and June 2015 and instances of force increased 10 percent in the same time period, the report sa...more »
[image: United_States_Capitol_Dome_and_Flag - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Opening long-awaited congressional hearings, a top Republican said Wednesday an investigation of Planned Parenthood was intended to protect taxpayers from the kind of “horrors” suggested by secretly recorded videos of group officials discussing the sale of tissue...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem (back to camera) attend a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN *Reuters*: *Exclusive: Russian troops join combat in Syria - sources* Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday. The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified,...more »
In 2005, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity announced that obesity researcher Eric Poehlman had committed misconduct in 10 published papers. You might think that all of those ten articles would have been retracted a decade later. You’d be wrong. Only six of them have. Here’s what Elizabeth Wager (a member of the board of directors of The […] The post How long does it take to retract a paper? A look at the Eric Poehlman record appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Jeb Bush has released a tax plan. Here are some elements of it that I find attractive: 1. It lowers the top rate on personal income to 28 percent, the same rate as the bipartisan 1986 tax reform. 2. It broadens the base by capping the use of itemized deductions. 3. It eliminates the deductibility of state and local taxes, so low-tax states and towns no longer subsidize high-tax ones. 4. It maintains the deductibility of charitable giving, encouraging private solutions to social problems. 5. It reforms the tax treatment of secondary earners and seniors, who ...more »
[image: pastor - Ashley Madison - 400] John Gibson was a pastor and seminary professor. When he wasn’t teaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, one of his favorite pastimes was fixing cars. He was married with two children. His daughter, Callie, was teaching in front of... Continue reading *“Pastor Outed on Ashley Madison Commits Suicide”* at *money.cnn.com*.
AP/Steve Peoples & Julie BykowiczatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Gladys Santi, of Long Island, N.Y., attends a Tea Party rally against the Iran deal on the West Lawn, of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015. The rally is expected to be attended by Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential rivals and friends-for-now Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on Wednesday savaged the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it an incompetently negotiated deal that will cost “countless” American and Israeli lives and should be discarde...more »
[image: 7 Women cover compressed cropped] There is something repulsive about sanctity. Go on, admit it. When we read the lives of people marked by extraordinary holiness, our first and persistent reaction is uncanny horror. We squirm in our seats, and try to explain away how...more »
*New York Times:* *Russia Confirms It Has Military Advisers in Syria* MOSCOW — The Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that Russian military advisers were in Syria, but it said that their presence was part of a longstanding agreement to provide military aid to the Middle Eastern country. Russian military aid to Syria has become a new source of tension between Washington and Moscow over the past few days, with the United States accusing Russia of escalating the conflict. “Russian military specialists help Syrians master Russian hardware, and we can’t understand the anti-Russia...more »
We'd be fools not to expect them to. So what is it likely to be? And when? I suspect it will be late enough in the campaign so that the few journalists remaining who care about such things won't have time to look into anything too deeply. After all Harper won't care if it's discovered after the vote - he'll be able to pass another retroactive law exonerating his state police of any wrong doing.
[image: Hillary Clinton2 - 900] What if this is as good as it gets? You have to wonder if that’s what Hillary Clinton’s handlers are saying to each other right about now. Of course, that’s not what they’re saying in public -- or on background to...more »
AP/Christopher S. RugaberatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, a worker cleans the sidewalk in front of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Labor Department releases its job openings and labor turnover survey for July on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of available jobs jumped sharply in July to the highest level in 15 years, evidence that confident employers sought to step up hiring to meet greater demand for their goods and services. Job openings soared...more »
Reason/Katherine Mangu-WardatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: ban plastic bags] Here is a list of things that are thicker than a typical plastic grocery bag: A strand of hair. A coat of paint. A human cornea. High-density polyethylene is a miracle of materials science. Despite weighing less than 5 grams,... Continue reading *“Plastic Bags are Good for You”* at *reason.com*.
[image: Barbershop-400] Ask any client at Barbiere in Washington County and he'll tell you the upscale gentleman's barbershop offers more than just your typical haircut. From the rugged decor to the macho atmosphere, it's a place where guys can unwind with a... Continue reading *“Barbershop Fined for Refusing to Cut Woman’s Hair”* at *pittsburgh.cbslocal.com*.
Acculturated/Bethany MandelatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Divorce Selfie-400] Where was the last place you took a selfie? For me, it was at Sesame Place with my kids. I was excited and wanted to share how much fun we were having with my family. Selfies are usually the watermark... Continue reading *“Rise of ‘Divorce Selfie’ and Decline of Common Sense”* at *acculturated.com*.
*I continue to repost old Nuclear Green Posts because I still believe that what they say is still valid and important. The Black Swan is emerging, and I believe now, that I may actually live to see the way when David LeBlanc, Lars Jorgensen, or Mark Massie throws the switchand the first MSR in North America since 1969 since 1969 begins to build up its actiivity level until it reaches the level of criticality. * In some respects the LFTR does not qualify as a black swan. Certainly not by Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s standards. Its emergence was far from random. There could scarcely be ...more »
My husband and I both love to be busy. It's both good and bad. It's good because we get a lot done. But it can also put a strain on our family when one or both of us doesn't realize our desire to be always on the go is hurting our family. I am the type of person who loves the chance for business trips, going to conferences and keeping my email down to 0. He is the type that likes to work through lunch, can't let a problem go until it is solved and has almost an entire month accrued in paid time off because he doesn't like to take days off. Our children are happy, know they're lov...more »
*Voice of America*:* Al-Qaida-Led Rebels Seize Airport From Syrian Military* Islamist rebels have captured a major airbase from government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, according to Syrian state television and a war monitoring group. The state TV report on Wednesday announced the military retreat from Abu Duhur military airport, where the Islamist extremists had imposed a nearly two-year-long siege. *More News On Reports That Al Qaeda In Syria Have Just Seized The Last Army Base In Idlib* Syria conflict: Islamist rebels seize key Idlib airbase -- BBC Syrian air ...more »
*From the U.S. Commerce Department's September 2015 Report of the U.S. Monthly Trade Deficit (source)* *by Gaius Publius* We Americans usually focus on the government's deficit with, mainly, its citizens, often called the "national deficit." This is an almost completely artificial number, since the government isn't a household, but the manufacturer of something most of us very much want — money. (Think of it this way; every dollar the government *doesn't* spend, every dollar it keeps in its back pocket, is a dollar that will never get into your back pocket, ever. Every dime the go...more »
*Financial Times*: *Interest rate rise: turning point looms for US debt binge* With a $4tn mountain of debt maturing over the next five years, corporate America’s reliance on cheap cash is about to get tested. With the prospect of steadily higher interest rates in the coming years as the Federal Reserve gradually tightens policy, US companies that tapped global markets for inexpensive finance over the past four years will soon face a different environment. US corporate treasurers have rushed to lock in cheap borrowing costs in advance of the expected rate rise, refinancing more t...more »
The Federalist/Rebecca CuseyatThe Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Children Reading] So your little human beings are headed back to school. Besides learning their ABCs and their 123s, what can parents do to help them grow into full citizens and well-rounded adults? Here's an idea. Let them see firsthand the gears... Continue reading *“7 Free Ways to Help Your Kid Grow into a Citizen”* at *thefederalist.com*.
[image: Ballpoint Pen-400] A white author is under fire after using an Asian pen name in order to avoid rejection letters. The newly published The Best American Poetry 2015, an esteemed literary anthology, features a poem from “Yi-Fen Chou,” the pen name of a... Continue reading *“White Author Under Fire after Using Asian Pen Name”* at *independent.co.uk*.
[image: Serena Williams, left, hugs Venus Williams after winning their quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)] NEW YORK (AP) -- For stretches of the 27th edition of Williams vs. Williams, Venus gave Serena all she could handle. And when Serena took control down the stretch to emerge with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory in a well-played...more »
*Reuters*:* Clinton apologizes for using private email as U.S. secretary of state* U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the first time apologized on Tuesday for using a private email server at her New York home for her official communications as secretary of state. "That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility," Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic Party's nomination in the 2016 presidential election, said in an interview with ABC News, while still insisting that she violated no rules. "What I had done was allowed, it was above board," she sa...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Financial Times:* *Deadly US drone programme still controversial* In September 2011, an American drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric whom US officials said was one of the leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The US had already been conducting drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda terrorists for a decade. However, Mr al-Awlaki became the first US citizen to be the subject of a targeted killing — sparking a fierce debate in America about the use of executive power and civil liberties. *WNU Editor:* What I find inte...more »
The Gazprom logo is seen on the side of the Russian energy giant's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, February 24. At the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok September 3 to 5, Gazprom clinched three major deals with some of Europe’s biggest energy companies. MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS *Judy Dempsey, Newsweek*:* Forget Ukraine. It’s Business As Usual Between Europe and Russia* It was just like the old days before the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014. At the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostokc Gazprom clinched three major deals with some of Europe’s biggest energy compa...more »
To combat an inexorable slide in the polls, Hillary Clinton and her team of marketers are using a two-pronged approach to resuscitating her campaign. To be even more metaphorically specific, they are using a plastic cannula to shove canned air through both nostrils of an oxygen-deprived patient. The first prong of the Clinton cannula: just days after refusing to apologize for her private email server, she has apologized. By email, of course. Because delivering a Nixonian Checkers speeches on live TV is just so yesterday. From Hillary Clinton's email blast: * It's importan...more »
*Source: El Doce (Argentina)Date: 09.09.2015* *Argentina: Dead Cow in a Pasture is a Source of Mystery* The event took place in El Quebracho, near Rio Tercero. There are no signs of blood or decomposition in the wounds. Other animals panic when they approach the carcass. The cow's remains were a cause for stupefaction in the vicinity of El Quebracho. Photos arrived at the FM Sol Radio station in Rio Tercero via Whatsapp and were a cause for bemusement. "This happened in a field owned by my parents, near El Quebracho. In the early morning hours of Friday (09.04.15) the cows and h...more »
[image: This photo made available on Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II taken July 2015 and released by Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen becoming the longest reigning British monarch. The photograph, by Mary McCartney, shows The Queen seated at her desk in her private audience room at Buckingham Palace in London, with one of her official red boxes which she has received almost every day of her reign and contains important papers from government ministers in the United Kingdom and her Realms and from her representatives across the Commonwealth and beyond. (M...more »
[image: baby holding hands - 400] A Texas couple was reunited with their biological son late Monday after DNA tests confirmed that the child had been switched with another baby soon after he was born in an El Salvador hospital. Richard Cushworth and Mercedes Casanellas feared... Continue reading *“Texas Couple Reunited with Son Switched at Birth”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: President Richard Nixon] Donald J. Trump's language on the campaign trail ("silent majority") and his divisive tactics (describing Mexican immigrants as "criminals") seems to draw inspiration from the divide-and-conquer style of Richard M. Nixon. As it turns out, it was the Nixons who... Continue reading *“Read Richard Nixon’s 1987 Letter to Donald Trump”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: iran x israel] Israel will not survive the next 25 years, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, making a series of threatening remarks published online. In a quote posted to Twitter by Khamenei's official account, Khamenei addresses Israel, saying, "You will... Continue reading *“Iran’s Supreme Leader: Israel Won’t Exist in 2040”* at *timesofisrael.com*.
[image: ISIS Slave - 400] When ISIS came for Zeinat and her family, they ran, terrified, for the safety of the mountains. They had heard the horror stories and knew only too well what might happen to them if they stayed in their home. But... Continue reading *“Convert or Die: ISIS Chief’s Former Slave Says He Beat Her, Raped U.S. Hostage”* at *cnn.com*.
[image: 1freddiegray] BALTIMORE (AP) -- A city board Wednesday approved a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured while in police custody. The settlement, announced Tuesday, could...more »
[image: Constitution2 - 900] The American public continues to show a staggering level of ignorance about the basic principles of America's Constitution and government, according to a new survey put out by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). ACTA, which promotes high...more »
[image: praying hands - 400] Filmmaker Johnny Clark has spent the past few years investigating stories of people who claim that they have died, experienced the afterlife and were resurrected, sharing his fascinating findings through "Project Afterlife," a new TV show on Destination America. Clark, who... Continue reading *“Woman was Declared ‘Brain-Dead,’ and Her Family Was Going to Pull the Plug: The Next Moments Left Them Shaking.”* at *theblaze.com*.
A doctor and former biotech CEO lost his appeal yesterday to force the federal government to retract a press release that he claims contained errors that damaged his reputation. But this case isn’t so straightforward — the press release in question described the verdict in a case against former InterMune CEO W. Scott Harkonen, who was […] The post Court denies request to retract gov’t press release about convicted biotech CEO appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Deutsche Welle:* *Bulgaria blocks Russian flights en route to Syria* Military flights traveling from Moscow to Syria have been refused passage over EU member Bulgaria. Sofia has expressed doubts over the cargo, amid fears that Russia is boosting military support for the Assad regime. Bulgaria said on Tuesday it was denying Russia's request to fly its planes to Syria over its territory. "The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has refused flights over Bulgaria of Russian military transport planes en route to Syria," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Betina Zhoteva told the AFP news agency. She ...more »
*Source: Nuevo Diario Web & Planeta UFODate: 09.09.2015* *Argentina: "Cattle Mutilations Are Caused by UFOs"* *Expert rejects "red muzzled mouse" explanation put forth by SENASA in 2002* Mario Zain Pinto has a lot of information on UFOs. After the events that shook the interior of Santiago, resulting from the discovery of mutilated animals, Mario Zain Pinto, a scholar of quantum physics and a UFO enthusiast, explained to Nuevo Diario that "it has been proven all over the world that animal mutilations are caused by these flying objects. Everything else (The Almamula, Chupacabras,...more »
I had a very painful call last night from one of my favorite congressmen, die-hard, serious, thoughtful progressive Ted Lieu (CA-33-- Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Venice). It was a tough decision, he told me, but he had decided to vote against the Iran deal. I know what kind of response he's going to get from his base. I was certain he was going to vote for it, so I wasn't prepared for his decision. He sent me a heartfelt 24-page statement that he released to his constituents today. His district has a lot of Jewish voters, on bot...more »
Economist *Sputnik*: *Not Talking to You Anymore: Moldova Ends All Military Relations With Russia* Moldova's Ministry of Defense ended all formal diplomatic relations with a Russian military attaché in Chisinau, Moldovan state-run radio TRM reported, according to Regnum News Agency. The reason behind such a radical move was the presence of the Russian attaché at a military parade in Tiraspol that marked the 25th anniversary of Transnistrian independence, Moldovan Defense Minister Anatoliy Salaru told TRM. The minister said that Chisinau considers the incident as an "unfriendly s...more »
A very interest post http://www.jpost.com/page.aspx?pageid=7&articleid=415605 that really should be worthy of interest from the likes of the institutionally anti Israel BBC. 'From the start, the sense was that the police work for the Isalmic Wakf, which manages the site, and not for the citizens of Israel. They treated us with disdain, and catered to and tried to anticipate every inane complaint by Wakf staff. ' This is what's happening in the capital of Israel and it stinks.
[image: Kim Davis Federal Courthouse Arrest Protesters Peaceful - 900] Should Christians ever disobey their government? Some say no. But Kim Davis sides with Martin Luther King Jr. and thinks civil disobedience is justified. Ms. Davis is the Rowan County Kentucky clerk who spent four days in jail for...more »
Armed pro-Russian rebels of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic take part in a rally on September 7, 2015, in Donetsk to mark the anniversary of the releasing of the region from occupation during WWII (AFP Photo/Aleksey Filippov) *New York Times*: *Nearly 8,000 Killed in Ukraine Conflict, U.N. Says* GENEVA — Nearly 8,000 people have died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations said Tuesday in a report blaming the continuing influx of fighters and weaponry from Russia as the major obstacle to peace. At least 7,962 people have been killed and 17,811 wounded i...more »
Veterans for Peace and CodePink held a protest in Washington DC (inside the Hart Senate Office building) yesterday highlighting the cozy relationship between Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Israeli front group called AIPAC which wants to kill the Iran nuclear deal. Schumer has been carrying water for the Israeli war machine which is itching for an excuse to attack Iran forcing regime change in Tehran. Israel, with more than 200 nuclear weapons, continues to attempt to control politics in the US through the influence of the AIPAC lobby group. Schumer is expected to become the le...more »
Iraq’s Speaker Salim Jabouri is facing heavy criticism from the Shiite lists for participating in a conference in Qatar that included insurgents and members of the Baath Party. Jabouri claimed he didn’t go to the conference, and tried to cover his attendance by visiting Tehran immediately afterward, but that has not gotten him out of the hot seat. He is being accused of treason, and the State of Law list threatened to dismiss him. This was another major misstep by the Sunni leadership of Iraq. On September 2, 2015 a conferenceconvened in Qatar’s Doha that included Sunni politici...more »
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015Part 2—Why average scores are lower:* Nick Anderson is an experienced education reporter at the Washington Post, a major American newspaper or imitation of same. According to his corporate bio, Anderson “joined The Post in 2005 after covering Congress and education for the Los Angeles Times, and he is a graduate of Stanford University.” Anderson is highly experienced. Presumably, he isn’t stupid. For those reasons, we can only assume he was being dishonest in last Thursday’s front-page news report about the new SAT scores. The College Board is the la...more »
*Source: www.imagendelgolfo.com.mx and Planeta UFODate: 09.09.2015* *Mexico: UFOs Reported in Three Central Region Municipalities* *Zona Centro - 2015-09-07 14:36:03 - Jorge Galindo / AGENCIA IMAGEN DEL GOLFO * At least half a dozen unidentified flying objects (UFOs) were seen Monday morning by citizens from three of the region's municipalities. The objects plowed the skies from western Nogales northward. No one has offered an explanation for this phenomenon. Quickly, by means of social networking, UFO researchers contacted their followers to find out if anyone had recorded a vi...more »
[image: Type 212A class SSK]At MSPO 2015, the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland which took place in Kielce from the 1 to 4 September 2015, Germany's TKMS was showcasing its Type 212A diesel electric submarine (SSK). TKMS is pitching the 212A for the Polish Navy Orka program which calls for the procurement of two diesel electric submarines capable of launching cruise missiles. *Type 212A* TKMS presents the Type 212A as "the pinnacle of German submarine technology". 212As have been built in Germany in two batches (of four and two SSKs) as well as in Italy under li...more »
[image: outlasting gay revolution same sex 'marriage'__1441803568_188.8.131.52-1] Since the Supreme Court's infamous decision on June 26 to redefine marriage, our ideological opponents have openly mocked us. "Your side lost," they shout. "It's over! Just crawl into a corner and lick your wounds." Even before the Supreme Court's decision,...more »
*“Circling the Toilet, or Light at the End of the Tunnel?”* by Gary Christenson “There is light at the end of the tunnel we have entered. And no, it’s not named Sanders or Trump. Read on. Get educated. But don’t read part of this essay without at least skipping to the end where I discuss the light at the end of the tunnel. What follows was not written by your old friend-relative named Jerry, but by my alter-personality that many of you do not know: Dr.J– a well-educated professor who understands something of the world financial system and the history of economics. I know what the ...more »
Another retraction makes 32.5 for former accounting professor James E. Hunton, and earns him the #10 slot on our leaderboard. Though he resigned from his position at Bentley University in 2012, the story didn’t end there: In 2014, a university investigation found he’d committed misconduct in two papers. The, in June 2015, he notched 25 retractions all at once. The […] The post Former accounting prof adds his 32nd retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*AFP:* *'Flood gates are open': second wave of migrants eye Europe* Kabul (AFP) - Clutching prayer beads and a documented death threat from the Taliban, Mirwais joins a queue outside Kabul's passport office, potentially among a second wave of migrants attempting perilous journeys to Europe, inspired by images of refugees being welcomed. Afghans are the second largest migrant group -- behind Syrians -– arriving in Europe, where authorities from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea are struggling to cope with the continent’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. *MIDDLE EAST* Sy...more »
*CNN*: *Size matters: Is the U.S. Navy really too small?* (CNN)For decades, the United States has had the world's largest and most advanced naval fleet, positioning ships and aircraft carriers in strategic locations across the globe to protect national interests and facilitate free trade. But as rival nations, such as China and Russia, expand their own naval capabilities, and with China's increasingly aggressive posture in the South China Sea, GOP presidential candidates are warning voters that America's dominance of the world's oceans could end unless lawmakers add significantly...more »
Even a low-level Mafia thug like "Mikey Suits" Grimm was able to beat Blue Dog Mike McMahon, who consistently voted against Democratic Party values Do you remember when Chris Van Hollen's DCCC recruited conservative Democrat Mike McMahon to run for the Staten Island congressional seat after incumbent Republican Vito Fossella was discovered to have two families, one in NY and one in Virginia? McMahon beat Republican Robert Staniere 61-33%, promptly joined the Blue Dogs, voted with the GOP almost all the time-- including against the Affordable Care Act-- and made sure no Democratic ba...more »
*The Idiocy of the ACLU’s Lawsuit Against a New School Choice Option* Another school year is underway, and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best education for their children. Or should I say trying to use it? Some groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Who, you ask? Just ask parents in Nevada. The Silver State is one of five nationwide (along with Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee) to have Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) that enable families to deposit their children’s state per-pupil funding in an account that can be used for a vari...more »
[image: 635773298317026522-Air-Force-officer-assaulted__1441800223_184.108.40.206] Police in Olympia, Washington, are looking for two men who assaulted an Air Force officer during a supposedly peaceful protest Sept. 5. The officer, described as a pilot at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was stopped in traffic due to the protest... Continue reading *“Police: ‘Hate Group’ Assaults Air Force Officer”* at *airforcetimes.com*.
[image: football huddle__1441799772_220.127.116.11] The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, has sent a report to public universities claiming that providing chaplains to their football teams is unconstitutional. Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit legal organization that advocates religious liberty, sent letters to universities...more »
[image: Donald Trump2 - 400] The fate of the Iran deal was essentially decided on Tuesday after a handful of Senate Democrats committed their support, but that isn't stopping presidential hopefuls from descending on the nation’s capital on Wednesday to squeeze whatever is left of the moment. Democratic candidate and... Continue reading *“Clinton, Trump, Cruz Descend on Washington to Continue Iran Fight”* at *bloomberg.com*.
[image: Gov. Andrew Cuomo__1441798613_18.104.22.168] NEW YORK (AP) -- The West Indian Day Parade, a rollicking, colorful celebration of Caribbean culture, music, style and food, rolled through New York City’s streets Monday but, once again, was marred by pre-dawn violence that left one man dead...more »
Prager University/Robert GeorgeatThe Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Losing freedom Prager University video__1441797312_22.214.171.124] Was the Constitution written in a way that was designed to protect freedom and limit the government’s size? Has it been effective in doing that? And what’s the Supreme Court’s record when it comes to protecting our rights? Robert George,...more »
*Warmists as racketeers* Alarmist climate science is essentially a criminal enterprise. Now that I’ve got your attention, just hang on to that adjective “alarmist”. Every time the make some doom-laden claim, they get given more money. As each prediction fails, it gets pushed on twenty years and nobody cares, because everyone knows you can’t go up against the la cosa nostra verdi. Every time they get caught out saying one thing in public but exactly the opposite in private, they weasel out of it. They do a criminal things like identity theft, and appear to be above the law. They in...more »
*"2008 Was A Crisis… It Was Not THE Crisis"* by Phoenix Capital Research "The 2008 crash was a warm up. Many investors think that we could never have a financial crash again. The 2008 melt-down was a one in 100 years episode, they think. They are wrong. The 2008 Crisis was a stock and investment bank crisis. But it was not THE Crisis. THE Crisis concerns the biggest bubble in financial history: the epic Bond bubble… which as it stands is north of $100 trillion… although if you include the derivatives that trade based on bonds it’s more like $500 TRILLION. The Fed likes to act as t...more »
*A few dare and a few make it out of their prisons due to their inherent strength of will that has never been broken by those of dark determination. More will awaken and revive their strength and good sense as they reconnect to Self.* M.N. Hopkins
This Thursday, the Labour Group will be putting a motion about the 2015 Trade Union Bill to full council. Proposed by my friend Cllr Olwen Hamer, if adopted Stoke-on-Trent City Council will set its face against proposed changes to strike ballots and other attempts to undermine the capacity for workers to seek redress through collective action. These include letters of authorisation and giving pickets' names to the police. One can expect the Tories to vote against this. But how about UKIP, will they stand up for elementary democratic rights of the working people they represent in the...more »
Evening wrap...... Much more at tweet thread.... Asia..... *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* @HaidiLunCNA 49s 50 seconds ago China Aug inflation data diverging. CPI +2% (prev 1.6% est 1.8%) PPI -5.9% (est -5.6%) 42nd straight month of decline for producer prices *China Stock Research* @ChinaStockRsrch 39s 39 seconds ago *China* CPI +2% YoY better than expected, PPI -5.9% YoY worse than expected *ForexTrading* @ForexLiveInfo 1m 1 minute ago http://ow.ly/GF52e *China* stock market opening indications - Shanghai Composite to open down 1.6% http://ow.ly/33V5bk ...more »
[image: Jean-Claude Juncker __1441796102_126.96.36.199] BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday called on EU countries to agree by next week to share 160,000 refugees, warning that Greece, Italy and Hungary can no longer cope alone. In an impassioned appeal at the...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton - 400] As Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's followings rise and Joe Biden openly wonders about a presidential run, Hillary Clinton is going to try to show off her humor and her heart this fall, The New York Times reported Monday. Clinton's campaign... Continue reading *“Hillary Plans to Show More ‘Humor’ and ‘Heart’”* at *onpolitics.usatoday.com*.
[image: Hungary Migrants__1440759989_188.8.131.52] The European Union has been devoted to eliminating borders, and now finds itself functionally with none amidst its worst refugee crisis since World War II. To paraphrase Stalin, the migrant crisis stopped being a statistic -- more than 2,000 migrants have...more »
AP/KIMBERLY PIERCEALL & KEN RITTERatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: British Airways plane fire Las Vegas__1441795482_184.108.40.206] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The 157 passengers aboard British Airways Flight 2276 were settled into their seats for the 10-hour flight from Las Vegas to London when the aircraft’s left side engine caught fire. Those aboard fled down emergency slides...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton11 - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a speech on Wednesday Hillary Rodham Clinton will argue that the U.S. must be “clear-eyed” about the nuclear deal with Iran, stressing that President Barack Obama’s landmark agreement must be enforced with “vigor and vigilance” and...more »
[image: The View Logo - 400] "The View" kicked off its 19th season on Tuesday, and it marked new co-host Candace Cameron Bure's first day on the series, however, Bure was nowhere to be found at the start of the show. Tuesday's episode opened with Whoopi... Continue reading *“The View Leaves New Christian Co-Host Out of Debate on Kim Davis”* at *foxnews.com*.
Before Craig’s latest post I was about to say “it’s been fifteen hours and ten days since our last post about Jeremy Corbyn.” Never mind, I can’t say that now, but nevertheless it’s high time for another one. Websites everywhere have unearthed one incriminating example of Corbyn’s friendships and affiliations after another, but nothing seems to dent the ardour of his followers. Several days ago Sarah AB posted “A Corbyn Catch up”, on Harry’s Place, a round-up of important Corbynalia that had come to light at that time. There was Tony Blair’s second attempt at being ignored by those...more »
*Image:* DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle *Bill Gertz, Asia Times*: *The China Challenge: The weapons the PLA didn’t show* The Chinese military parade last week that was part of the anti-Japan propaganda campaign coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, showed off a number of Beijing’s strategic and conventional weapons, including several never seen or officially acknowledged before. The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency closely monitored the parade looking for clues to the secretive Chinese military buildup and the new high-technology arms it is produci...more »
China's three DF-21D missile launchers. (Internet photo) *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat:* *China or Iran: Who Is the Bigger Threat to U.S. Airpower?* A new comparative analysis sheds light on the threat Tehran’s ballistic missile force poses to U.S. airbases. China and Iran’s anti-access/anti-denial capabilities are often lumped together in public statements by senior U.S. defense officials and the American media. That frequently leads to a mischaracterization of Tehran’s A2/AD capabilities — particularly when discussing Iran’s conventional ballistic missile force. A new operat...more »
[image: Excalibur Ib artillery round]The Netherlands Ministry of Defense is adding Raytheon Company's Excalibur Ib artillery rounds to its arsenal under a previously announced foreign military sales agreement, underscoring growing international interest in the precision-guided projectile. The Netherlands is the second Excalibur lb customer in Europe after Sweden, the U.S. government's development partner for the 155 mm round. Deliveries are expected to begin later this year. "When fired from the Dutch PzH 2000 artillery system, Excalibur can fly up to 50 kilometers, score a direct h...more »
[image: An-132 transport aircraft]Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv) has started manufacturing the first sample of its new multipurpose An-132 aircraft with a cargo capacity 9.2 tonnes under a contract signed with Saudi Arabia. Antonov State Enterprise Acting President Mykhailo Hvozdev told reporters on Monday that the test aircraft of the new An-132 aircraft is being manufactured under the contract signed in April with Saudi Arabian KACST. He said that at present, the company has finished the detailed design of the aircraft and has started manufacturing it. Read more
*Patrick Tucker, Defense One:* *Will Subdrones Cause World War III?* Smart, well-armed and built to operate on their own, underwater drones are becoming a dangerous wildcard. Do a Google image search for “armed drone” and you’ll see General Atomics Reapers outfitted with Hellfire missiles, perhaps soaring over the sandy plains of Iraq, Syria, or somewhere in Africa. In the future, the phrase may come to mean something very different. The next frontier for drone technology—and particularly autonomy—is on and under the seas. Already, the U.S. and other militaries are doing research ...more »
[image: Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound)]Brazil will buy Pantsir-S1 close-range air defence system from Russia in 2016. “Russia has been notified that an allotment from the Brazilian budget for the purchase of Pantsirs is planned for 2016,” a highly-ranked official in the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation was quoted as saying by Sputnik International Tuesday. Brazil was in discussion with Russia to buy Pantsir-S1 air defense systems in April, the head of Russian delegation had said at LAAD Defense and Security 2015 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. Read more
[image: F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt II]A pair of fifth-generation F-22 stealth fighter jets joined a pair of Cold-War era A-10 attack aircraft in Estonia over the weekend in a show of support to NATO allies against Russian military activity in the region. The Raptors and about 20 supporting airmen from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, along with a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling tanker, arrived Sept. 5 at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, according to a press release from the Air Force. The deployment of ...more »
The Defense Department has awarded Pratt & Whitney $249.8 million for jet engines and spare parts for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, according to the Pentagon’s latest contract listings posted Friday. Ninety-three percent of the work will be done at Pratt’s East Hartford and Middletown facilities, the listing says. The remaining 7 percent of the work will be done in Indiana and England by Rolls-Royce, involving propulsion systems for the short-take-off and vertical landing version of the plane for the U.S. Marine Corps. Read more
[image: Hermes 900 UAV]The Swiss Parliament on Monday approved the purchase of six Hermes 900 drones, at a cost of $250 million, from the Israeli manufacturer Elbit Systems. While the parliamentary decision passed with a 30-12 majority, the minority argued against the drone because it was used by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer. Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer, however, said his country did not purchase the drone from Israel or the IDF, but from a private firm, and that the drones were to be used exclusively for intelligence-gathering purposes. Read...more »
[image: Gulfstream G550 JSTARS testbed]Northrop Grumman, teaming with Gulfstream Aerospace and L-3 Communications for the U.S. Air Force Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JStars) replacement competition, believes it could have a platform ready to replace the current E-8C aircraft three years ahead of the current plans. Like rival contender Boeing, NG has not yet confirmed a partner for the radar. The USAF last month awarded pre-engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contracts valued between $9.9 million and $11.5 million to Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop...more »
[image: J-15 Flying Shark]Pilots of the People's Liberation Army Navy's J-15 fighter resumed take-off and landing training aboard the Liaoning carrier after taking part in the military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II, according to the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily. Four of the six J-15 pilots who flew over Tiananmen Square last week were fresh carrier-based fighter pilots still undergoing training aboard the Liaoning, the PLA's first aircraft carrier. Their training resumed immediately after the parade concluded. They had under...more »
[image: Su-30SM Flanker-C]The Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract Monday with aircraft manufacturer Irkut for the delivery of eight Su-30SM multi-role fighter jets, and teed up a larger contract for up to 75 of the military planes, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. Borisov, the Defense Ministry's man in charge of military procurements, said the planes were being purchased for the Russian navy, and “will give additional orders to the Irkut Aviation Plant, and secure its corresponding economic stability.” Irkut is one of Rus...more »
[image: F-35C Lightning II]The continual training for Navy aviation in the 21st century begins at Fallon. The next step for Navy fighter pilots has begun over the Nevada desert as the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center is working with F-35C crews to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures with the Fallon Range Training Complex. Community leaders talked to experts at the air station on Thursday, while the media had their first glimpse of the newest fighter jet in the United States military arsenal. Read more
[image: Underclassmen attend a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.] Someone is definitely into stirring the pot here. However what remains unacceptable are apologists for Islam any more than apologists for Islam's sister Nazism which drew inspiration from Islam. So he may be onto something that long since needed to be said. The West is not yet committed to a world war aimed at demolishing Islam except all the reasons to support such an outcome are falling in to place. That it must happen is something that we all want to deny. The ...more »
Norman Wells is close to the Arctic Circle and those trees you see are as large as they get. What is way more important is the range of plants that he is able to grow successfully. What this does do is confirm the agricultural viability of the boreal forest. We have already identified bull rushes as an excellent fodder crop and pine nuts as a food staple to be produced on soil scant rocky terrain. This garden confirms a wide range of additional food crops quite able to support husbandry. Add in the uses of fish husbandry as well and we have a major food resource. *Norman...more »
What this strongly suggersts is that elephant conservation may be powerfully assisted with the help of dogs to provide a cordon sanitaire arond the herd against poachers. We can not arrange for twenty four seven human shepherds very easily, but training an army of dogs is not an impossibility and using occasional human interaction to work with them becomes efficient. A herd can be checked daily or twice daily if necessary to protect the dogs over night. I think soon enough that the elephants will figure it all out and work with us and the dogs. This needs to be explored and ...more »
This is clearly good news and adds anther option in the fight to end this scourge. We may even be surprised before we are finished here.I like the idea of using the method to stabilize a large tumor while allowing the organ to do its job.It will take some time for results to emerge for this one by its nature. However if it works well enough it is a natural adjunct to protocols trhat destroy cells... *Cancer cells ‘programmed’ back to normal by scientists in major breakthrough* *Yahoo Canada News – Thu, 27 Aug, 2015* *https://ca.news.yahoo.com/cancer-cells-programmed-back-norm...more »
[image: USS Carney (DDG 64)]The fourth and final guided missile destroyer that will serve as part of the forward deployed U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) network in Europe has left Naval Station Mayport, Fla., the Navy announced on Tuesday. USS Carney (DDG-64) left Mayport on Sunday bound for Rota and will join three destroyers — USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), USS Ross (DDG-71) and USS Porter (DDG-78) — which are part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to BMD. In addition to the BMD mission, the destroyers have conducted presence patrols in the Mediterranean and the Bl...more »
The government is allocating P35 billion for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program next year, including the purchase of 12 fighter aircraft, two long-range patrol aircraft, two frigates, and radar systems. The budget is part of the proposed P158.86-billion budget of the Department of the National Defense (DND) for 2016. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the DND’s budget for next year is 11.6 percent more than the 2015 budget of P142.30 billion. Read more
[image: Cormorant II class MHC]Poland has launched a new mine-hunter vessel as part of its plan to modernize its Navy. That modernization plan will involve spending more than $4.3 billion over the next decade on the Navy and possibly joining with Norway for joint procurement of new submarines. "Poland is changing, developing, renovating roads, kindergartens, nurseries, museums," said Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. "Entire neighborhoods in our cities are changing ... but we also remember defense." Read more
[image: Soldiers in Trenches-900] A U.S. Army soldier assigned to the Washington National Guard uses his body to create an opening in a wire obstacle so his team can assault a position during a training exercise in Alberta, Canada, on Aug. 21, 2015. Thank...more »
*Zero Hedge:* *Petrostate Cash Crunch Continues Amid Oil Collapse, Proxy Wars* On Friday we noted that Qatar has now followed Saudi Arabia into the debt markets to raise cash amid slumping crude prices. Specifically, Qatar issued some $4 billion in bonds earlier this month - the offering was oversubscribed four times. Central bank Governor Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani said simply, “Interest rates are low in Qatar now so we decided it was the right time to issue these bonds and sukuk.” Indeed, but it’s clearly not all about interest rates although, as we said last month regarding ...more »
[image: DCNS Shortfin Barracuda]French defence technology is “the best” and their submarines offer “life insurance”, the visiting head of a Senate Committee says. A high-powered delegation of French Senators and the French Ambassador will visit Adelaide on Wednesday to talk about submarines and wine, among other topics. In Canberra on Tuesday the President of the French Senate’s Committee on Economic Affairs, Jean-Claude Lenoir, said he chose Adelaide over Melbourne for a range of factors including our economic doldrums, the $50 billion Future Submarines project and our “outstandin...more »
*New York Post: **Why there’s Ground Zero steel in West Point class rings* When graduates of West Point’s Class of 2016 go into their years of service as officers of the Army, they will be wearing something no other cadets have worn before — class rings that include steel from the World Trade Center. It hasn’t received mention in the press. But it was movingly noted Friday in the introduction of the commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. John Thomson III, at the military academy’s annual ring memorial ceremony. What a cure for the cynicism of a cynical age. It’s at the ring ceremony th...more »
Everything that's wrong with the world. Sure, US Democrats are either loathsome or delusional or both. But Repugnicans??? There are the "grassroots" types who think homosexuals should be murdered (or at least driven to suicide by bullying), and that children fleeing from constant street violence in US-supported "failed states" in Central America should be deported back to their deaths because they're disease-carrying Spics, ... and that Blacks deserve to be murdered by the police; and on and on with their filth they go. And then there are the "elites" who tell their bought-and-pai...more »
An F-22 Raptor and two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly overhead before landing at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, Sept. 4, 2015 as part of a brief forward deployment. The F-22s have previously deployed to both the Pacific and Southwest Asia for Airmen to train in a realistic environment while testing partner nations’ ability to host advanced aircraft like the F-22. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The U.S. Air Force routinely deploys aircraft and Airmen to Europe for training and exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
*Video -* NASA scientist admits that NASA still hasn't worked out how to properly shield the spacecraft from the radiation emitted from the Van Allen belts. The post Is This Proof that the Apollo Missions Didn’t Pass the Van Allen Belts? appeared first on Waking Times.
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS is using rape as 'the centrepoint of their terror', Angelina Jolie tells Parliament as she recalls meeting girls as young as seven brutally assaulted in conflict zones* * Hollywood star tells peers that sexual violence is an 'effective weapon' * Warns it is used by the the 'most aggressive terrorist group in the world' * Called for a 'very, very strong response' to the fanatics in Iraq and Syria * Appearing at committee alongside former Foreign Secretary William Hague Hollywood star Angelina Jolie today told the Houses of Parliament that ISIS is using rape as th...more »
Sabrina Siddiqui is a reporter for *The Guardian* covering the presidential primaries. Writing from Plymouth, New Hampshire, over the weekend, she tried finding out what each presidential candidate wants the U.S. to do about the refugee crisis in Europe. Just two, she reported, Martin O'Malley and John Kasich, talked about taking in more refugees. She was unable to get comments from Hillary, Bernie, Jeb or Rubio (although Rubio, the self-proclaimed Republican foreign policy expert, babbled some typical GOP nonsense about al-Nusra and ISIS, then added, "It’s not just solely the Uni...more »
Images from Gaza-demo *Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, War On The Rocks:* *How Many Fighters Does The Islamic State Really Have?* Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging. On the low end of things, CNN’s Barbara Starr recently reported that “U.S. intelligence estimates that ISIL has a total force of somewhere between 9,000 to 18,000 fighters.” In late 2014, the CIA’s estimate of ISIL’s numbers was slightly higher, as its analysts assessed that the group had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters betwe...more »
Pedro Schwartz at EconLib has a nice overview of the devilish John Maynard Keynes—the good, the bad, and the truly freaking horrible. This defunct economist, both when he was right and when he was so very frequently wrong still casts a long shadow across the paths of would-be economists. *The conundrum is why so many swear by his name though so little has been kept of the original model of his *General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money* (1936), except his insistence that aggregate demand is the main mover of the economy and that the price system does not function well.* The...more »
England’s Queen is now the longest-reigning British monarch. I wouldn’t normal comment, except that Michael Reddell has compares NZ’s economic performance against the other old dominions—Canada and Australia—since her reign began. It’s a sad old tale. *In 1952 … New Zealand has (just narrowly) the highest GDP per capita of any of the three old dominions” of Canada, Australia and us.* That was in 1952. *And although the point of this post is mostly whimsical, it is hard to go by without the sad picture of New Zealand’s deep and prolonged relative decline [since].* [image: domini...more »
[image: British Airways Fire Vegas- 400 000] "I'm glad to be alive," said Jeremie Pantin. Karen Bravo, who is from Las Vegas, said the incident was handled well by all who were involved, from the British Airways crew to the fire department. She said she is not... Continue reading *“14 Hospitalized as Jet Catches Fire on Take-off in Vegas”* at *lasvegassun.com*.
“There is no sea on Earth large enough to contain the Shark nebula. This predator apparition poses us no danger, though, as it is composed only of interstellar gas and dust. Dark dust like that featured here is somewhat like cigarette smoke and created in the cool atmospheres of giant stars. After being expelled with gas and gravitationally recondensing, massive stars may carve intricate structures into their birth cloud using their high energy light and fast stellar winds as sculpting tools. The heat they generate evaporates the murky molecular cloud as well as causing ambient hydr...more »
*"The Apple Orchard"* "Come let us watch the sun go down and walk in twilight through the orchard's green. Does it not seem as if we had for long collected, saved and harbored within us old memories? To find releases and seek new hopes, remembering half-forgotten joys, mingled with darkness coming from within, as we randomly voice our thoughts aloud wandering beneath these harvest-laden trees reminiscent of Durer woodcuts, branches which, bent under the fully ripened fruit, wait patiently, trying to outlast, to serve another season's hundred days of toil, straining, uncomplaining, by not ...more »
Pictures of Russian troops taken across western Syria have been uploaded to social media. A video from Syria supposedly filmed on August 23 during the battle of the port of Latakia also shows an ultramodern Russian-made infantry combat vehicle *Daily Mail:* *EXCLUSIVE: First picture 'proof' that Russia has troops on the ground all over Syria helping dictator Bashar Al-Assad - and they've been there since APRIL * * Images showing Russians troops in Syria posted on social media accounts * Some have been taken at Russia's small naval facility in Tartus, Syria * But forces seen at other...more »
*That's it -- no crying, fellas. Big boys don't cry.* *by Ken* This morning, in honor of the return of Congress from summer vacation, washingtonpost.com used this photo to kick off "The Daily 202" newsletter ("Congress comes back to shutdown talk, Iran debate and Boehner threats"), with the caption "John Boehner and Mitch McConnell during the February showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security." Somehow I just couldn't stop looking at the picture. Talk about a woebegone duo, our intrepid legislative solons, who are responsible for making the wheels of Congress, er, ...more »
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo “Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from "Nature." The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale- distance from Earth- is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the Big Bang itself. A few rel...more »
"Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Like ideology, dogmatism puts blinders on what its adherents can see, disables their questioning faculties, and breeds fervor and fanaticism. Having an open mind does not mean that one never comes to any convictions in life. It is perfectly possible to have an open mind and live a very principled life, without holding one's beliefs dogmatically. Having an open mind means being prepared to question even your most central beliefs if there is occasion to do so. It means being open, when the time comes, to having your mind changed by an argument better th...more »
*“Discouraged, But Not Without Hope”* by Tom Walsh “Sometimes it gets difficult to remain positive in our world of today. After all, there are many wars going on, we're on the tail end of a recession that has decimated the financial well-being of millions of people (ours included), many people have lost their jobs and many more continue to do so, our education system is taking hit after hit by losing money and good teachers and raising class sizes, and our newscasts are filled with reports of crime and tragedy and death and destruction. But of all these things, I think that what is...more »
To all those who’ve asked me, YES, you *can* watch AFL on telly in NZ. And just in time for finals! I’m told that Sky NZ currently broadcasts one AFL match per week of the premiership season (though I’ve never heard of anyone finding when), including the upcoming finals series. And TVNZ has just signed up to broadcast up to three live games per week for the next two years, and a further two matches either live or delayed per week of the home and away season, all on the Freeview 13 channel. And if like me you prefer watching online, there’s both WatchAFL (live games plus replays)...more »
"We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction." - Rachel Carson
*"Why the 'Chemtrail Conspiracy' Is Real"* by Sayer Ji "While any discussion of the "chemtrail" phenomenon today is immediately labeled conspiracy theory, a new study provides evidence that a global covert program is underway, made possible through political, commercial, and government interests working in collusion to release extremely toxic material into the atmosphere ostensibly to "combat global warming." Admittedly, when the topic of "chemtrails" comes up, I get a bit uneasy. Like connecting vaccines with autism, certain topics have been so loaded with misinformation for so l...more »
KJ get's there in the end, with help from Fee and Chris... SOURCE TELEGRAPH: Five good things about Corbyn (even if you're not a Labour supporter) Did you ever wonder why the banks and the City (who caused the great recession) were also the largest beneficiaries of re-inflating the economy with quantitative easing? And did you not perhaps feel a little aggrieved that, once they’d got
[image: Rand Paul] Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will headline a Thursday rally outside the Capitol to call for Planned Parenthood funding to be excluded from the government spending bill, according to anti-abortion groups. Paul will appear alongside a range of anti-abortion groups, including... Continue reading *“Rand Paul Headlining ‘Defund Planned Parenthood Rally’ at Capitol Thursday”* at *thehill.com*.
[image: chaplain wesley modder - 400] The Navy has exonerated a highly decorated and respected chaplain, denying a formal request by his commanding officer to dismiss him from the military based on statements he made to sailors during private counseling sessions. Chaplain Wesley Modder's former commander,... Continue reading *“Navy Exonerates Chaplain Who Shared His Christian Beliefs”* at *worldmag.com*.
See Michael Klare, A New Cold War in Asia? - TomDispatch (here) for discussion of the New Cold War in Asia. See my previous blogpost about rising militarism in Japan: Majia's Blog: Why the Secrecy About Fukushima? Now let us move into the present. In July 2015 the LDP successfully pushed through Japan’s lower house of parliament a collection of bills allowing Japan’s armed forces, known as the Self-Defense Forces, to defend an ally under attack, representing a new interpretation of the role of Japan’s self-defense forces. The bill is now with the upper chamber, which is cont...more »
*Video - *Are the horrors written about in the Old Testament allowing for the justification of horrific acts if carried out in the name of God? The post A Trip Through Some of the Most Insane Acts of Violence in the Bible appeared first on Waking Times.
*Rick Noack, Washington Post*: *This map helps explain why some European countries reject refugees, and others love them* As hundreds of Germans held up "Welcome Refugees" signs last weekend, much of Europe watched in bewilderment. “Germany is the only country that is welcoming us,” said Alalie, a 37-year-old from Damascus and one of the thousands of refugees who arrived at the main train station in Munich. Nearly all of the refugees had come from Hungary -- a country with restrictive immigration policies and where many said they authorities had treated them inhumanely. But why ar...more »
It seems counterintuitive, doesn't it? Protesters for peace turning violent? Violence doesn't solve anything. Like, when I see someone physically attacking someone on the street and calls for them to desist don't work, the next stage is to circulate a petition amongst the people passing by, imploring the assailant to stop. Or, I drop to my knees and begin to pray that the attack ends. Finally, if all else fails I do some research about how violence harms both the victims and the perpetrators. (My friend, the post-structuralist, sometimes opens up a can of food and pours the content...more »
By Julie Vassilatos, Monday at 12:19 pm I think it's time for a little clarity. The Fight for Dyett is not resolved. The mayor's Frankenschool solution created without a single stakeholder, and imposed autocratically ("we are not negotiating"--Forrest Claypool) solved nothing and indeed, despite Eric Zorn's crowing about how well hunger strikes work, and hooray, it's over, and ding dong the witch is dead, the strikers are still striking. Furthermore, the Fight for Dyett is not 12 people trying circumvent "procedure" and "bully" the mayor. It is 12 people standing up and saying no....more »
Vaccines & Viruses: Vaccine-derived polio breaks out in Ukraine and Mali *Polio problems.* Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced polio had paralyzed a 4-year-old and 10-month-old in Ukraine, marking* Europe’s first polio outbreak in five years.* And on Monday, WHO said *a child in Mali,* a nation in West Africa, had *contracted polio and been paralyzed. * *In both cases, the polio came not from a virus circulating in the wild but from oral polio vaccines*, which use weakened, *live versions* of the virus that carry a rare but persistent possibility of mutating int...more »
Refugees and migrants approach Greece's border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/YANNIS BEHRAKIS *Reuters:* *U.N. says 850,000 to cross sea to Europe in 2015 and 2016* At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the United Nations said on Tuesday, giving estimates that already look conservative. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR called for more cohesive asylum policies to deal with the growing numbers. Many are refugees from Syria, driven to make the voyage by intensified fight...more »
*Claire Bernish* - Putting the potential profit for Nestle in the tens of billions. The post Nestle Pays Only $524 to Extract 27,000,000 Gallons of California Drinking Water appeared first on Waking Times.
*Video - *The founder of March Against Monsanto talks about public initiatives that continue to threaten the GMO giant Monsanto and what we can do to fight the the DARK Act, The post The Public Continues its Fight Against GMO Giant Monsanto appeared first on Waking Times.
[image: SALT LAKE CITY - OCTOBER 25: Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks at a rally for the Utah Democratic party October 25, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Several Utah Democrats express surprised that Hillary came to Utah to speak ten day before the national elections, since Utah is considered a heavily Republican state. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)] Hillary Clinton on Tuesday told ABC News' David Muir that using a personal email account while Secretary of State was a "mistake" and that she is "sorry" for it. “That was a mistake. I'm so...more »
Federal elections are almost always fought on trivialities In the U.S., Trump is a big challenge just milking the relatively minor issue of Mexicans crossing the border. This is a man running for president of a country whose standards of living are in rapid decline, whose society is showing very dangerous signs of breakdown, whose education system is a mess, whose system of democracy died a long time ago, killed by the big money that runs whoever gets elected. This is the country with the biggest debt in history largely because of lavish and very, very corrupt war spending. This is ...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Collapsing from exhaustion, clashing with police and too scared to go to the toilet in case they miss their chance to leave: Ordeal of the 20,000 migrants trapped on Lesbos* * Refugees have been stranded on Greek island for weeks, running out of money and desperate to reach the mainland * Authorities have become overwhelmed by influx of 20,000 migrants – around a fifth of the island's entire population * Fights break out as refugees wait in long lines for hours to register in the summer heat after days without showers * Locals complain about bottles, plastic bags and ...more »
Spike, Firstly, we did actually give you a warning period. We put a contextual notice on the account and sent a warning email at least two weeks before taking action. I'm not saying you're wrong, but can you tell me when that was? Because I didn't see it, and nothing red flashed up on my account to say *Take Action Now Before We Delete All Your Work! *- I would have remembered that. If it was from a human being, I would have seen it and responded to it - if it was from a machine, and autogenerated it would have been filtered out by my junk mail filter, along with four thousan...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *VOX:* *The Syrian refugee crisis, in 4 maps and charts* It took a graphic photograph of a dead child washed up on the Turkish shores for much of the world to finally wake up to the human catastrophe of the Syrian refugee crisis. That crisis is not new: More 4 four million Syrians have been forced out of their home country since fighting began there in 2011. Many were hastily resettled in squalid refugee camps in neighboring countries. Since then, thousands of these refugees have risked drowning in the Mediterranean in hopes of finding a better life in...more »
*James Otto is a prominent civil rights attorney based in Northridge, CA. He served as an officer in the Marine Corps from 1976 to 1980 and later worked for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, prosecuting violators of California's civil rights laws in both employment and housing. Presently, he is developing new legal theories to protect American workers and green-card holders from national-origin discrimination. Recently he filed a law suit against Disney, whose preference for foreign workers over U.S. workers resulted in over 700 competent U.S. workers in F...more »
*The Spectator *has helpfully transcribed the relevant bit from this morning's *Today* where Tory MP Bernard Jenkin gave the BBC both barrels over its pro-EU bias and James Naughtie lost his cool and began sulking as a result. Unfortunately, the transcription doesn't really do justice to the encounter. It really needs to be heard (on either of the above links). But for those who refuse to listen, here's the *Speccie*'s transcription, with a few additions and corrections *[in bold]* from me: ****** Jenkin: There is the other problem. Jim, you know the history of the BBC’s coverag...more »
It's hot and I'm having a shitty day. So out of boredom and in need of distraction, I googled "fern hill dammit janet" and look what I found from Canadian (formerly "Christian") Association of Pregnancy Support Services, aka fake clinics/crisis pregnancy centres. We are excited to be holding the first annual CAPSS National day of Prayer on Thursday, April 2, 2015 There's a lot a jeezuzy stuff, then things get specific. Joyce Arthur of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and I are targeted for prayer assaults. Joyce's many crimes against truth, science, and good care for women are...more »
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington August 5, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST *Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO*: *Obama’s Iran Deal Is Still Far from Settled* The review process under the Corker law never began — by the law’s own terms. To undermine President Obama’s atrocious Iran deal despite the Republican-controlled Congress’s irresponsible Corker legislation, it will be necessary to follow, of all things, the Corker legislation. On Wednesday, Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Senate Democrat to announce support f...more »
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts September 7, 2015. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE *Reuters*: *Obama musters key 41 Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal* President Barack Obama secured 41 votes in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday for the international nuclear deal with Iran, enough to block a measure of disapproval in the 100-seat chamber. Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters and Ron Wyden all said they would support the agreement. Their backing along with that of 38 other Democratic and independent ...more »
[image: baby showers] There is a disturbing trend among my "Millennial" peer group that needs to be stopped: In yet another example of our culture's obsession with dissolving even the most helpful distinctions between the genders, some women are now hosting co-ed baby... Continue reading *“The Case Against Co-Ed Baby Showers”* at *acculturated.com*.
[image: Obama Campaign Change - 900] "We are the change that we seek" "Hope and Change" These statements and campaign slogans of candidate Barack Obama in 2008 exemplified a basic difference between the Left and Right. The further left one goes the greater the belief in...more »
[image: Best Buy guy] Rather than abandon the traditional mantle for other, lighter ones that feel more colorful and cool and contemporary, synagogues should reiterate that their predominant commitment is, as it has always been, to the collective practice of religious ritual. Instead of... Continue reading *“To See Those Pews Full Again, Learn From Best Buy”* at *tabletmag.com*.
Last night's *Panorama *on the rise of Jeremy Corbyn provoked massed howls of outrage from the battalions of Corbynistas on Twitter - and, according to Mr Fawkes, from Mr Corbyn's own team as well. The terms "character assassination" and "hatchet job" were widely banded about. Even some people on largely right-wing forums are saying that the BBC appeared to be trying to stick the knife into Jeremy Corbyn here. And I have to say that I think they're right about that. (And, from my own biased point of view, quite right too!) Of course, *Panorama *isn't averse to putting out hatch...more »
Here's an anecdote that *may *signify something... My place of work is full of people who don't *usually* sound off about BBC bias (in fact, *ever*). And yet today two people came into work and, almost immediately and quite independently of each other, started really fuming about the BBC for questioning the killing of two 'British' Islamic State jihadis by UK drones. Apparently, they'd heard a BBC interviewer challenging a government minister over the rightness of the drone attacks. My workmates didn't like that interviewer's line of questioning one bit. "What's wrong with them?"...more »
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