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Russian President Putin At Russia's FSB Agency *US News and World Report:* *Russia's Valuable Weapon* *Vladimir Putin's spies are critical to his strategy in Syria and Ukraine.* Russian President Vladimir Putin is a former KGB spymaster. Since he became president in 2000, Russia has invaded Georgia, retaken Crimea from Ukraine, supported separatists fighting the Ukraine government and is now taking military action in Syria to bolster the brutal regime of Bashar Assad and to counter advances from the Islamic State group. How important is Russian intelligence to Putin's global advent...more »
*-by Denise Sullivan* *The Other Barrio* and *Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution* are two very different films yet both depict crimes against communities of color in the Bay Area and beyond. I recently spoke to producer Lou Dematteis and director Stanley Nelson, about their respective films. Since its inception, film noir has found its ideal nighttime location in San Francisco, its fog-laced alleys and neon-lit beauty the perfect backdrop for booze-swilling anti-heroes and the ladies who love them, while in the real world, corruption and evil also coexist with the search ...more »
This is a guest post from Michelle Jurkovich, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As the lunch hour approaches in Washington, a woman sits at the edge of Farragut Square holding a cardboard sign with three simple words: “I am hungry.” Some passersby are noticeably uncomfortable as they walk by her, […]
[image: Syria Map-400] The Russian military intervention in Syria, and the creation of a new regional alliance which includes Iran and Iraq, removes one undesirable outcome from the complex equation. The collapse of the government in Damascus, and its replacement by some form... Continue reading *“Syria: No End Game in Sight”* at *chroniclesmagazine.org* .
Kurt Cobain’s ex-wife Courtney Love has told the Hollywood Inquirer that the former singer of Nirvana did not commit suicide as the official story states, but he was actually assassinated by the CIA due to his “anti-establishment political views”. Despite the rumours surrounding Courtney Love’s own alleged involvement in her former husbands death, she maintains that those rumours are a mere distraction from the truth: Namely that the CIA had been tracking Kurt Cobain for many years, and it was the stress of the CIA tracking the Nirvana front-man that led Kurt to commiting suicide. W...more »
Italy and Austria join the long list of European nations who have banned genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food and crops. Naturalnews.com reports: As reported by Nation of Change, Italian ministries have opted to utilize the newly created European Union rules that permit member countries to opt out of growing GM crops. Austrian officials joined in as well, with both nations making the decision to stop growing eight varieties of GM maize, which essentially amounted to a complete ban on GM crops. The EU’s opt-out regulations were implemented earlier this year. They allow member...more »
As governments worldwide stockpile ammunition and weapons, food stocks running dangerously low, and gold goes missing amid a failing economy – the Bob Fletcher Investigation website thinks it has an answer as to who is hoarding all of these things and why. Allnewspipeline.com reports: While some may not agree with his ultimate conclusions of what the final catastrophe will be, the information provides on “Doomsday Lairs”, underground facilities, bug-out locations, whole cities and tunnel systems, not only in the US, but across the globe, makes it undeniable that the elite are prepa...more »
U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh has said that women will eventually have to register for the draft in the name of equality in the U.S. military soon. “If your objective is true and pure equality then you have to look at all aspects” of the roles of women in the military, he said, and registration for the draft “will be one of those things. That will have to be considered.“ Military.com reports: McHugh said draft registration was not a subject to be decided by the services or the Department of Defense, and will ultimately have to be dealt with by Congress. He expected a “pretty emot...more »
Clay-based toothpaste’s are becoming the number one healthy alternative to fluoride ridden conventional toothpastes, and the cost of making is just pennies. Neonnettle.com reports: First of you want to get a fine mesh edible clay. You don’t want an abrasive clay. I recommend this product as it has everything you want in a great medicinal clay. It is fine mesh, soft, and non-abrasive. It is also super absorbent of toxins due to the clay’s large surface area. To make a toothpaste out of this beautiful clay, mix clay and coconut oil in a bowl to make a paste. Any consistency will do t...more »
Secret footage has been released by Iranian television that shows a secret missile base and its capabilities which some in Iran have called the “doomsday weapon”. Pravda.ru reports: The missile base is located underground at a depth of 500 meters. “Iranian missiles of different range are ready to launch from underground bases at first orders from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told IRINN. He added that Iran had comprehensive opportunities to supply such missiles and noted that there were many underground bases in every region of ...more »
One of France’s top weathermen, Philippe Verdier, has been sacked from his job on TV network France 2, for questioning the global warming orthodoxy. In a controversial book that challenges climate change titled, Climat Investigation (Climate Investigation), Mr Verdier says that leading climatologists and political leaders have “taken the world hostage” with data that he says is misleading. Telegraph.co.uk reports: In a promotional video, Mr Verdier said: “Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is somethi...more »
Donald Trump has warned that the stock market bubble is about to burst, and has warned it is due to over-regulation as well as Federal Reserve manipulation of interest rates. Wnd.com reports: In an interview with the Hill, Trump also vowed he’d repeal Dodd-Frank, the financial reform package effected in 2010 and praised by Democratic Party hopefuls on the CNN stage of their first televised debate. “Under Dodd-Frank, the regulators are running the banks,” Trump said, Breitbart reported. “The bankers are petrified of the regulators. And the problem is that the banks aren’t loaning mo...more »
I for one am still looking for all the answers yet to be discovered about exactly why the US government would conduct such a heinous attack against an unarmed Hospital in Kunduz province, Afghanistan last week.... It is amazing that there has been an almost total Jew spew media "blackout" in the United States pertaining to that horrendous attack that cost the lives of some 22 doctors and patients.... I do believe that there definitely is more to this attack than meets the eye, and it appears that others in the real 'truth movement' have come up with some additional information about ...more »
[image: Jim Webb at 1st debate] When Democratic Party presidential hopefuls were asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to list enemies they had made during their careers that they were most proud of, the only candidate who didn't include any fellow Americans was Jim Webb. Webb -- who,... Continue reading *“Jim Webb, American Hero”* at *thefederalist.com*.
*Video Title: C. S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today. Source: Theology, Philosophy and Science. Date Published: November 22, 2013. Description: * There is an old saying, "When the pupil is ready, the master will appear." For countless Christians all over the world, C. S. Lewis has been a teacher and a mentor whose books and writings appeared at just the right time in their lives, just at the time they were needed most. The documentary you are about to see seeks to answer the question of why C. S. Lewis—an Oxford scholar who specialized in Renaissance literature—still matters today. L...more »
Chris Larson, building a progressive bench in Wisconsin The whole country had a chance to look at Scott Walker a few times over the last couple of years, most recently as he stumbled through-- and then out of-- the Republican presidential primary, where even early backers like the Koch brothers were horrified by his terrible performance. How did this clown even get elected governor of a sensible state Wisconsin? Well... it all started when he ran for the state Assembly in 1990 and lost to now-Congresswoman Gwen Moore in a landslide. He was only 22 and he figured out he'd have to find...more »
Rise in UK jobs that fail to pay a living wage, now totalling 6m The Office for National Statistics says there were 6m jobs paying less than the living wage across the UK in 2014, of which more than half were part-time roles. The living wage, an independently set hourly rate, is based on the cost of living and is currently set at £7.85 outside London and £9.15 in the capital. It is higher
*October 16, 2015* (F. William Engdahl - NEO) - Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, a little more than a year ago, in July 2014 were the focus of attention in Europe and North America, accused, without a shred of forensic evidence, of shooting down an unarmed civilian Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine. The Russians were deemed out to restore the Soviet Union with their agreement to the popular referendum of Crimean citizens to annex into the Russian Federation and not Ukraine. Western sanctions were being thrown at Russia by both Washington and the EU. People spoke of a n...more »
Video by Regis Tremblay It's getting late, I'm tired, my eyes are burning. I didn't sleep much last night on the floor of Quaker Meeting House in Damariscotta, Maine. We walked just 10 miles today (sunny and color with vivid fall colors) and arrived in Bath in time to deliver letters to the president of Bath Iron Works and to the local Machinists Union just before several thousand workers came streaming out of the shipyard at 3:30 pm. We had 19 folks lined up along the sidewalks with cameras, banners, and signs calling for conversion of the shipyard to building rail, solar and w...more »
[image: Dr. Brown Refutes Jeremiah Wright’s Assertion that Jesus Was a Palestinian] Obama's former paster Jeremiah Wright stirred up controversy recently when he said that Jesus was a Palestinian. At the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, he spoke of "Palestinian justice," calling Palestinians "the original people" going back to the...more »
[image: A Palestinian boy and Israeli soldier in front of the Israeli West Bank Barrier. Picture taken by Justin McIntosh, August 2004.] A new surge in Palestinian-Israeli attacks is drawing international attention because of its uniqueness. Since the Jewish high holidays, young Palestinians unaffiliated with any formal political movement -- many using knives and inspired by social media -- have carried out attacks...more »
*Wired*: *A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs* IT’S BEEN JUST over two years since Edward Snowden leaked a massive trove of NSA documents, and more than five since Chelsea Manning gave WikiLeaks a megacache of military and diplomatic secrets. Now there appears to be a new source on that scale of classified leaks—this time with a focus on drones. On Thursday the Intercept published a groundbreaking new collection of documents related to America’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles to kill foreign targets in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen. The revelatio...more »
Michael Wines, New Concern Over Quakes in Oklahoma Near a Hub of U.S. Oil, The New York Times, October 14, 2014, accessed October 15, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/us/new-concern-over-quakes-in-oklahoma-near-a-hub-of-us-oil.html?emc=edit_th_20151015&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32962000&_r=0 A sharp earthquake in central Oklahoma last weekend has raised fresh concern about the security of a vast crude oil storage complex, close to the quake’s center, that sits at the crossroads of the nation’s oil pipeline network. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck Saturday afternoon about thre...more »
*Phillip J. Watt* - The tables appear to turning due in part to energetic and consciousness shift happening right now. The post The Shadow War Between the Banking Cabal & Global Alliance is Escalating appeared first on Waking Times.
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[image: Afghani children - 400] Despite the recent recession in the West, absolute poverty is continuing to retreat in fast-growing developing countries. The escape from poverty that was once limited to the industrialized countries of the West is also happening in "the rest." Unfortunately, many... Continue reading *“Global Poverty’s Defeat is Capitalism’s Triumph”* at *news.investors.com*.
[image: King James Bible - 400] The King James Bible is the most widely read work in English literature, a masterpiece of translation whose stately cadences and transcendent phrases have long been seen, even by secular readers, as having emerged from a kind of collective divine inspiration.... Continue reading *“Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible is Found, Scholar Says”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: Louisiana schools - 400] Since Hurricane Katrina devastated much of Southeast Louisiana a decade ago, the state has embarked on one of the most aggressive school choice and charter school experiments in the country. But this month's statewide elections may put those reforms in... Continue reading *“Louisiana’s School Choice Experiment Could be in Danger”* at *opportunitylives.com*.
[image: Jim Webb - 400] If you watched the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, you probably heard the closing comment by my father, Jim Webb. Without hesitation he answered that the enemy he was 'most proud of' was the Vietnamese soldier who wounded him... Continue reading *“People are Criticizing My Dad, Jim Webb, for Killing a Man. Here’s What They’re Missing.”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: crony capitalism - 400] Cozy relationships among private interest groups and government officials have stunted economic growth, according to a new report by the Committee for Economic Development, a nonpartisan group of corporate executives that offers policy prescriptions for fiscal problems. In the report,... Continue reading *“Report: ‘Crony Capitalism’ Hurts the US Economy”* at *blogs.wsj.com*.
Section A news is pure trivia.Section B, Canada&World, hits a new low with almost no news outside North America. Instead, we get stories like the one on B7 about a woman in Manitoba who was sent to jail for impersonating a sport star online. So let's go through it quickly. Norbert has a column about how we should privatize parts of health service (like laundry) because private business is more efficient. He offers no evidence whatever, except to say that The Netherlands does it. This is his usual baloney that business is more efficient. May I point out that when the U.S. passed Oba...more »
*Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian:* *Afghanistan decision seals Obama's legacy as the 'twilight war' president* Revision follows pattern established throughout Obama’s presidency: to tell the American public that the ‘tide of war is receding’, while not actually stopping it Barack Obama was elected to end the grueling ground wars of his predecessor, but he will leave office entrenching a military era defined by an inability to achieve either victory or extrication. Obama’s decision to scrap his long-deferred ambition to end the US military commitment to Afghanistan reflects a twili...more »
[image: This changes everything] This Changes Everything, the movie version of Naomi Klein's bestselling book by that title, is a moment of astonishing candor on the environmentalist left. For decades, conservatives have argued that environmentalism is a cover for centrally managed economies, wealth redistribution, and... Continue reading *“The Winsome and Utterly Misguided Progressivism of This Changes Everything”* at *pjmedia.com*.
[image: John_Boehner - 400] The big news of the past few weeks is the House Republicans' revolt against John Boehner, who is being forced out as Speaker of the House, setting off an odd scramble over who can avoid taking his place. (The latest person to... Continue reading *“The Real House Leadership Crisis”* at *thefederalist.com* .
[image: Idea Magnet Experiment - 900] Here's the breathless headline: "Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God -- with MAGNETS." Wait. Attitudes toward God and immigrants? Are these a natural pair? The newspaper thought so. They tell of an experiment which "claims to...more »
[image: Michael Bay Benghazi - 400] Action movie fans are gearing up for the release of director Michael Bay's film about the deadly terrorist attack on the Benghazi, Libya diplomatic compound in 2011 - but the film's release date could give Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign an ill-timed... Continue reading *“Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie Could Damage Hillary’s Campaign Just Days Before Iowa Caucuses”* at *breitbart.com*.
[image: babies - 400] BISMARCK, ND, October 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of North Dakota wants the Supreme Court to rule whether states have the right to restrict abortion to beore the moment a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. "It's a longshot to... Continue reading *“‘Longshot’: North Dakota to Appeal Bill to Ban Abortion at Heartbeat to Supreme Court”* at *lifesitenews.com*.
Saying what I'm seeing (and I *may* not be alone in this)... The picture of the BBC's reporting of the terrorist attacks in Israel has been unusually mixed. Yes, Kate Adie and Yolande Knell on *From Our Own Correspondent *demonstrated old-school BBC anti-Israel bias, but were they typical? I've had close encounters of the blogging kind with three programmes on three BBC platforms - *Newsnight, The World Tonight *and *World Have Your Say*. The commenter at the *Biased BBC *blog I linked to above wrote: I have noticed over the past week ,that when the BBC are reporting about the v...more »
“Why are there faint rings around this spiral galaxy? Possibly because the galaxy, NGC 4911, is being pulled at by its neighbors as it falls into the enormous Coma Cluster of Galaxies. If NGC 4911 ends up like most of the galaxies in the central Coma cluster, it will become a yellowish elliptical galaxy, losing not only its outer layers, but dust, gas, and its cadre of surrounding satellite galaxies as well. Currently, however, this process is just beginning. *Click image for larger size.* Visible in the above deep image from the Hubble Space Telescope are NGC 4911's bright nucleus,...more »
*“I Don't Know”* by Chet Raymo “Humphry Davy was one of the best known and revered British scientists of the early 19th century. His specialties were chemistry and electricity, both in their infancy as experimental sciences. Davy is remembered as the discoverer of a half-dozen elements, including sodium, potassium and calcium. Perhaps his greatest discovery was Michael Faraday, who he hired as his assistant at the Royal Institution in London. Looking back, he said of his work: "The first step towards the attainment of real discovery was the humiliating confession of ignorance." "I...more »
[image: cecile richards2 - 900] Gianna Jessen wasn't supposed to live. But she did. Born alive after her biological mother's botched late-term abortion at a California Planned Parenthood clinic, Jessen was rushed to a hospital after a nurse called 911. In an interview with The...more »
Manchester mother and law graduate travels to ISIS Territory in Syria with her five children to reconcile with husband, but escapes, describing the jihadists as “not my cup of tea.” RT reports: Shukee Begum, a 33-year-old from Manchester, said she left Britain in an attempt to persuade her husband, Jamal al-Harith, to come home. A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, al-Harith joined Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria 18 months ago. Shukee Begum Speaking to Channel 4 News from the Syrian border with Turkey, Begum said she was denied permission to leave Syria and was forced t...more »
Sorry Wellington. *Where is the world's windiest city? Spoiler alert: it's not Chicago* – GUARDIAN Because genitals. *If the Greens end up in a coalition government, they want half their cabinet ministers to be women* – TV3 Yes, the Prime Minister wees in the shower. *Only in NZ* – KIWIBLOG “We’re a country of stoners, so why are we getting so precious?” *Prohibiting medicinal cannabis is a risk in itself* – Janesa Jeram, THE SAND PIT “Okay, God, this is your chance. Don’t you dare screw this up for me like you did in 2007.” *An open letter to God about the All Blacks* – Scot...more »
*“Long Thinking, Deep Thoughts, Profound Questions”* by Bronte Baxter "Have you ever wondered why some people are brilliant, capable of making new connections in thought that are regarded as genius by others? And why most people are followers, in awe of brilliance, but not original thinkers themselves? Is it really that some are gifted with that much extra intelligence, or is it a difference in the way we use our intelligence? Creative thinkers, leaders in the realm of ideas, are those who know how to think long thoughts, to sustain a mental question long enough to reach the end of...more »
"Said a philosopher to a street sweeper, “I pity you. Yours is a hard and dirty task.” And the street sweeper said, “Thank you, sir. But tell me, what is your task?” And the philosopher answered saying, “I study man's mind, his deeds and his desires.” Then the street sweeper went on with his sweeping and said with a smile, “I pity you too.” - Kahlil Gibran
*Reuters*: *Citing 'very fragile' security in Afghanistan, Obama slows pace of U.S. troop withdrawal* Reversing policy on Afghanistan, President Barack Obama announced on Thursday he will prolong the 14-year-old U.S. military engagement there, effectively handing off the task of pulling out troops to his successor. Calling it a "modest but meaningful" adjustment to winding down the American presence in Afghanistan, Obama said Afghan forces were not yet as strong as they needed to be given a "very fragile" security situation and the United States will maintain a force of 9,800 thro...more »
How do you strangle a potentially promising initiative before it's even properly launched? Have the Socialist Workers Party announce that they want to be involved. Well, we've got the new politics, so why shouldn't Labour Party members work with the SWP and what's left of British Trotskyism as we "encourage mass mobilisation for a more democratic, equal and decent society"? There are extremely good reasons why the SWP and my erstwhile comrades should be told to sling their hook when they try and get involved. A passing acquaintance with them is all it takes to understand that they'...more »
. Video by Brenda Norrell, Censored News HERMOSILLO, Sonora, Mexico -- Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny describes a seminar held by Mexico's anthropologists in Hermosillo, Mexico, Oct. 9 -- 11, 2015. The gathering was to share information on the formation of the northern border, and what is being done to protect Indigenous burial and cultural places from destruction in Mexico. Anthropologists
[image: In this photograph taken on May 21, 2015, shows an Afghan child receiving treatment at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, after being wounded in a fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on an Afghan hospital days before it was destroyed by a U.S. military attack because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity, The...more »
[image: Speaker of the House - 400] In a few short weeks, the House of Representatives has gone into a complete tailspin. House Speaker John Boehner announced his impending resignation, his presumed successor Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy bowed out of a race, and the Republicans are wildly... Continue reading *“America’s System for Presidential Succession is Ridiculous”* at *time.com*.
[image: indicted] CHICAGO (AP) -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a federal hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago, a defense attorney told a federal judge Thursday. A written plea agreement should be...more »
*"It's Your Choice To Be Happy"* by John Morton “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” - Carlos Castaneda "If you knew you had one day left before going to prison for the rest of your life, what would you do on that last day of freedom? Perhaps those are the things we all should be doing right now. Things that really nurture us. Things that put us in touch with our Spirit. Whether we're making enough money and things are really fortunate for us or not, we can still choose to be happy reg...more »
"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015As Gabriel blows horn again:* On Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders told the press corps to drop the incessant scandal crap and talk about substance for once. The focus on emails is too damn high, the candidate more or less said. The audience applauded. It was an instant iconic moment. Alas! In her new column, Gail Collins has a strange take on the incident: COLLINS (10/15/15): [Candidate Clinton] had a great debate Tuesday night. Her main opponent, Bernie Sanders, said America was sick and tired of the damned email thing! *This is actually classic Sanders,...more »
Jim Penniston (left) and John Burroughs. There are many sides to the Roswell case but what might be most disappointing and more evidence of a decline in UFO research is how contentious the debate has become among those investigating the case. The real problem is not the skeptics or the debunkers, but those who supposedly support the theory it was extraterrestrial in origin. Rather than consolidate the evidence and work for an ultimate solution whatever that solution might be, they argue over trivia, are unwilling to entertain another’s explanation and work to destroy the credibility...more »
*“Shocking! Strong Debate Ratings Make CNN Consider* * Introducing Substance into Programming”* by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)— “The strong ratings for Tuesday’s Democratic Presidential debate have surprised CNN executives, who are now tentatively considering introducing substance into their programming. The president of CNN, Jeff Zucker, acknowledged that he was “baffled” by the high ratings for the debate, which focussed on the issues and featured few if any personal attacks. “I was watching them talk about issue after issue, and I was like, ‘This show is gonna ta...more »
Anonymous Senior U.S. defense officials and Syrian activist networks report an imminent Aleppo offensive against the so called Islamic State. Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have reportedly joined with the Syrian army in recent days in preparation for a ground offensive against ISIS, under the cover of Russian air strikes. The Washington Post reports: The element from Iran’s elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps has gathered near the Syrian city of Aleppo, said the defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. The number of Irani...more »
*Vic Bishop* - Ivory trophy hunters scored big by shooting one of Africa's largest remaining elephants. The post Iconic Giant Elephant Shot Dead by Trophy Hunters in Zimbabwe appeared first on Waking Times.
*New York Times:* *2 Lockerbie Bombing Suspects, Libyans, Sought by U.S. and Scotland* LONDON — Scottish and American prosecutors are asking the Libyan government for help tracking down two suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the terrorist attack that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people. “The lord advocate and the U.S. attorney general have recently agreed that there is a proper basis in law in Scotland and the United States to entitle Scottish and U.S. investigators to treat two Libyans as suspects in the continuing investigation into the bombing of flight Pan ...more »
CNN is reporting that McConnell plans to hold Social Security and Medicare hostage in upcoming debt ceiling debates when the government runs out of money (around November 5 or so). McConnell is wowing to not raise the debt limit-- forcing the government to go bankrupt and renew on its debts-- unless the Obama and the Democrats agree to deep cuts to Social Security and to Medicare. Almost all the Republicans running for their party's presidential nomination agree as do nearly all Republicans in Congress. And this ugly exercise in perennial GOP hostage-taking comes just as the Social...more »
You know..... there isn't really all that much I feel the need to add to this article. It kinda says it all, doesn't it? Well, except for the fact that vaccines make just as much money in the US, but make even more money, because the Vaccine epidemic is a globally spread propaganda campaign. Yea.... d ps: watch out for Zombies. American Psycho: Has the United States lost its collective mind? [image: Robert Bridge] Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist based in Moscow, Russia. His articles have been featured in many publications, including Russia in Global Affair...more »
Today, the Hon. Lynn Smith issued her report on the UBC academic freedom controversy that I discussed here. Jennifer Berdahl issued her response at her blog. The key pieces of the report are: “UBC failed in its obligation to protect and support Dr. Berdahl’s academic freedom. The Collective Agreement Preamble creates a positive obligation to […]
It's not the done thing to lift an entire article from another site, but I hope they won't mind in this case... Former Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles has plenty of pertinent things to say over at *Jewish News, *and they are well worth sharing: Selecting someone for an attack or death on the basis of their religion of race is pure evil. Whether a person is Jewish, Muslim, or Christian, hate crime should receive universal condemnation – but apparently not universal reporting. Israel has been shaken to its core in recent weeks. Israelis are being attacked for little other r...more »
*Business Insider:* *Donald Trump's poll dominance in 2 key states is mind-blowing* Real-estate mogul Donald Trump has opened up large leads in the key early states of South Carolina and Nevada, according to new CNN/ORC polls. But more impressive, amid an overall narrative that the front-runner's poll numbers have plateaued over the past month, is his continued dominance of the issues. In Nevada and South Carolina, at least, Trump is crushing his Republican counterparts on some of the issues most important to GOP voters. *WNU Editor:* A little bit on U.S. politics. When you poll ...more »
Oh Oh full bore. Its an emergency of reality and I dont know if I want to fully participate. When you live in two universe this is the worst dilemma, the hobsons choice, the dichotomy we traveller's have to deal with. Dont worry the neutronisonst travel to both sides, so even in the case of a total meltdown I would be preserved in some kind of urethral force that can not be measured, always ready to be brought back to save humankind.
Oh Oh full bore. Its an emergency of reality and I dont know if I want to fully particpate. When you live in two universe this is the worst dilemma, the hobsons choice, the dichotomy we travelers have to deal with. Dont worry the neutronisonst travel to both sides, so even in the case of a total meltdown I would be preserved in some kind of ereathal force that can not be measured, alway ready to be brought back to save humankind.
If you know anything about your American history, you should have at least a dim recollection of President Lincoln's wonderfully compassionate and eloquent letter to Mrs. Bixby of Boston, MA who'd lost two sons in the Civil War. Despite Lincoln erroneously informing (and alarming) her that she'd lost three more sons than previously believed, it still remains one of the greatest letters in American history. So I got to wondering how this letter would've read if it was penned by today's Republicans... ------------------------------ *Donald Trump*Dear Mrs. Bixby: Sucks to...more »
[image: abortion is murder - 400] WASHINGTON -- Christian ethicist Russell Moore has said that congregations too afraid of being political to speak out against acts of immorality, like abortion, are similar to churches in the 1800s that remained silent on the issue of slavery. As... Continue reading *“Russell Moore: Churches That Don’t Speak Against Abortion are Like 19th Century Congregations That Stayed Silent on Slavery”* at *christianpost.com*.
By Paul Homewood https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol#First_commitment_period:_2008.E2.80.9312 With the climate boondoggle soon to descend on Paris, it is time to cast our minds back to the original Kyoto Treaty, and how things have changed since then. The original Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997, but did not enter into force until 2005, when […]
Council on Foreign RelationsatThe Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: US Troops in Afghanistan - 400] The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, directed by al-Qaeda, prompted retaliation by U.S. and allied forces, which swiftly ousted the Taliban regime for harboring the terrorist group's leadership. The Taliban regrouped in Pakistan and returned as an... Continue reading *“Interactive Timeline: War in Afghanistan”* at *cfr.org*.
*"Wal-Mart’s Worst Stock Crash In 27 Years Is Another * *Sign That The Economy Is Rapidly Falling Apart"* By Michael Snyder "Now that a major global recession has begun, you would expect major retailers like Wal-Mart to run into trouble as consumer spending dries up, and that is precisely what is happening. On Wednesday, shares of Wal-Mart experienced their largest single day decline in 27 years after an extremely disappointing earnings projection was released. The stock was down about 10 percent, which represented the biggest plunge since January 1988. Over 21 billion dollars in ...more »
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to President Barack Obama during a meeting of his Cabinet in Washington, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *Clinton Wants Obama to Confront Putin in Syria* Hillary Clinton took a big step away from President Obama’s foreign policy at Tuesday night’s debate, challenging him to resist Russia's intervention in the Syrian war. She also recast her call for a Syrian no-fly zone, saying it is needed to fight President Vladimir Putin's aggression. “We have to stand up to his bullying, and specifically in Syria, it ...more »
Tesla Motors has released software updates for its Model S and Model X electric cars that should pave the way for fully automated self-driving cars one day. The updates would provide automatic steering, lane change, breaking, warning and parking if required. The Christian Science Monitor reports: With its latest software upgrade, called version 7.0, Tesla has added to Model S sedans and Model X utility wagons a feature suite that Tesla says “increases the driver’s confidence behind the wheel with features that help the car avoid hazards and reduce the driver’s workload.” The update ...more »
*Do not despair but seek the light that dwells within yourself. Others are quick to give advice or play the part of prophet, but none will take responsibility or can take responsibility for the evolution of another.* *This is a deeply personal matter and one that requires thought and contemplation on the part of the individual who seeks enlightenment. * *For to be enlightened is a matter of accepting one's own divinity and allowing a light that emanates from a Divine source to come into one's being and transform one's humanness in a way that allows one to be both human and God-li...more »
"JFK's Executive Order 11100 Abolishing the Federal Reserve" by John P. Curran “Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution specifically says that Congress is the only body that can "coin money and regulate the value thereof." The US Constitution has never been amended to allow anyone other than Congress to coin and regulate currency. So what’s the Federal Reserve? In 1910 Senator Nelson Aldrich, then Chairman of the National Monetary Commission, in collusion with representatives of the European central banks, devised a plan to pressure and deceive Congress into enacting legislatio...more »
Bereaved families of British Servicemen threaten legal action against the authorities if The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war is not published by year’s end. Wales Online reports: Sir John Chilcot treated families with “contempt” and acted with “astonishing” hypocrisy, the group claimed. Reg Keys, whose son Lance Corporal Tom Keys was killed in Iraq in 2003 aged 20, is among the 29-strong group of families incensed by the Maxwellisation process for the report. This allows witnesses to respond to criticism before the report is published. Mr Keys, 63, who was living in Llanuwchllyn, n...more »
After receiving additional data from the government, an activist group has retracted an analysis that suggested energy companies were not taking steps to cut back on a controversial practice. The Bakken analysis — named for North Dakota’s gigantic underground deposit of oil and natural gas — was published by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC). It […] The post Activist group retracts warnings about midwest oil wells appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Donald Trump has told CNN that he doesn’t think Russia are to blame for the crash of MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine last year. He says that contrary to the U.S. intelligence communities belief that pro-Russian separatists shot the Malaysian airliner down, there simply isn’t enough evidence to point the finger at Russia or Putin. CNN.com reports: “That’s a horrible thing that happened,” he said. “It’s disgusting and disgraceful but Putin and Russia say they didn’t do it, the other side said they did, no one really knows who did it, probably Putin knows who did it. Possibly it...more »
A former female US Air Force worker has made the shocking and bizarre claims shape shifting reptilians raped her on the moon “countless times” during her work as a radar tracking officer. Niara Terela Isley claims she was abducted by a tall humanoid alien with a tail, and taken to a secret base on the far side of the moon, where the reptilian entities would regularly conduct sexual rituals with their victims. Mirror.co.uk reports: Ms Isley told how she worked at the Tonopah Test Range, in Nevada, but said she could recall very little detail about her time there. She claimed securit...more »
Scientists have discovered that the root of the dandelion plant works “better” than traditional chemotherapy in killing cancer cells. The herb also acts as a diuretic, stimulating the secretion of bile, effectively cleanses the liver, alleviates allergy symptoms, and reduces cholesterol. Finelivingadvice.com reports: It contains many important vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium. It contains up to 535% of the required dose of vitamin C and 110% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A. All these ...more »
A new star very close to the Milky Way galaxy has been discovered that scientists have said contains a “swarm of megastructures,” that were probably built by aliens. The star, named KIC 8462852, has a very “unusual flickering habit” that have left scientists excited about the possibility that it is home to alien lifeforms. Washingtonpost.com reports: To Wright, it looked like the kind of star he and his colleagues had been waiting for. If none of the ordinary reasons for the star’s flux quite seemed to fit, perhaps an extraordinary one was in order. Aliens. Or, to be more specific, ...more »
The Pentagon have threatened Russia with taking “all necessary steps” in order to counter their mission against ISIS in Syria. U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday that the U.S. would “take all necessary steps to deter Russia’s malign and destabilizing influence, coercion and aggression”. Presstv.com reports: He further said as long as Russia pursued a “misguided strategy” in Syria, “we have not, and will not, agree to cooperate with Russia.” The US continues to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of focusing on the opposition groups that are fighting the governme...more »
Scientists have discovered a small genetic tweak that can make humans live for up to 60 per cent longer, and say that by switching off certain genes the secret to eternal youth may be unlocked. Telegraph.co.uk reports: Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified 238 genes that, when silenced, increase the lifespan of yeast cells. Many of the genes are present in mammals, including humans, suggesting that switching them off could dramatically increase lifespan. “This study looks at aging in the context of the who...more »
U.S. officials are claiming that Russia are secretly targeting CIA operatives in Syria that has so far killed 150 CIA-trained rebels. The claims state that Russia’s apparent mission to destroy ISIS is really a facade, and that their real mission is to kill American assets. Dailymail.co.uk reports: A U.S. official, who believes up to 150 U.S. trained rebels have been killed by the Russians, told Fox News: ‘Putin is deliberately targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.’ Talks between the two countries will be held today after the Pentagon said pilots made visual c...more »
[image: Fracking - 900] The Sierra Club should start printing retractions (something they've been getting a lot of practice doing), because researchers from Yale University have concluded that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, doesn't contaminate drinking water! "[There is] no evidence of association with deeper brines or long-range...more »
*Tim Lister, CNN:* *Why Russia is pressing the 'accelerate' pedal in Syria* (CNN)Two weeks after they started, Russian airstrikes in Syria are ratcheting up -- and are being closely coordinated with regime ground forces as they try to seize rebel-held territory. According to many observers of the Syrian conflict, the next month will be critical, politically and militarily. Among the things to watch for: *WNU Editor:* I do not know if Russia is pressing the "accelerator" pedal in Syria .... Russian forces that are present in the country are limited in what they can do .... but the...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 21. Russia on Sept. 30 began a campaign of aerial bombardment against targets in Syria. PHOTO: REUTERS *WSJ:* *Russia and Israel Establish Syria 'Hotline'* Russian military says training is under way between the two countries’ military personnel to avoid potential clash MOSCOW—The Russian military has set up a “hotline” with the Israeli military to avoid an inadvertent clash in Syrian airspace, R...more »
Next to Don King I the biggest Amerian Story:OnlyThe MAN is Omnipotent in this universe he killed JFK brought down the twin towers and just generally operates like Mr Smith Case in point the Clinton's they went to Washington as bad corn poon twenty years later they are on stage with Bono eliminating Smith Pelly and are best sycophant friends with the guy that was Delta Alpha participant in getting the blood on Jackie's pill box hood Lets get excited after a thousand years about the confederate flag yet while a real non political threat like Fuckmeashuma continues to burrow towards the ea...more »
Today's *From Our Own Correspondent *began with events in Israel. Being *FOOC *on this subject, impartiality largely went out of the window - especially as the featured correspondent was Yolande Knell. Here's how Kate Adie introduced the report *[with annotations in italics from me]*: *The Israeli army has been deploying hundreds of troops across the country to try to combat the worst surge in violence there in months. Yesterday police in Jerusalem shot dead two Palestinians who they say tried to stab Israelis in separate incidents*. *[Note the ordering of this, placing the emph...more »
*Jay Dyer* - From the vantage point of propaganda, the state finds the alien mythos to be quite a useful tool. The post The Holy Church of St. Darwin’s Space Brotherhood appeared first on Waking Times.
A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that Ebola persists in the semen of male survivors for up to nine months after infection. BBC News reports: Men who have survived Ebola are being encouraged to wear condoms. Previous outbreaks of Ebola had shown the virus was present in semen for 82 days after the onset of symptoms. However, with huge numbers of Ebola-survivors now in West Africa, there is concern about how long the virus persists and if that poses a threat. Spread One study, led by the US Army Medical Research Institute, documents the first “evidence of...more »
*TASS:* *Russia’s planes in Syria ease intensity of strikes as Syrian army goes on offensive* Russian aircraft made 32 sorties over the past 24 hours and attacked 32 targets of the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Forces group in Syria has eased the intensity of strikes as the Syrian army has gone on the offensive, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, told the media on Thursday. "The active offensive operations by the Syrian armed forces have been changing the line of engagement with the IS ter...more »
“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my...more »
*"End the Fed”* by Bill Bonner PARIS – "Suddenly, it has turned very cold in Paris. The sky is gray. People wear coats and scarves. It almost feels as though it could snow. Seeing the weather turn against us, we wonder what else might be coming... As we predicted, the Dow fell back below 17,000 yesterday, after Walmart warned that it was having trouble selling things to people with no money – at least online. Its e-commerce efforts don’t seem to be paying off as quickly as it hoped. Why? There are about 100 million people in the U.S. who earn about the same average wage as the pe...more »
The Federalist/Robert TracinskiatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Democrats - 400] Any presidential debate that involves Bernie Sanders is going to have its share of offbeat moments. But Tuesday night offered a little bit of nuttiness from everyone. Combing through the transcript of the debate, I found these 25 head-scratchers. Let... Continue reading *“The 25 Craziest Things Said at the Democratic Debate”* at *thefederalist.com*.
If only Ridley Scott had directed Interstellar. This movie has best picture written all over it. If you took Gravity and Castaway and made them both way better you have The Martian. It was the most emotional charged feel good movie I can remember. There was not just one peak but at least 5 high 5 moments, incredible moviemaking. Five Stars out of Five Full review with trailer at my movie blog. I have to admit I would go to Mars cause I have always dreamed since reading Heinlein of walking amongst the stars at the very least I have become a citzen of the galaxy My mission would hav...more »
Note he has a paddle and knows how to use it This election will define us going forward. Just like a second Bush term defined America. If we reject Banana Repuplicism Canada has a bright future. If we fall for Harper knowing what we know, having seen him use the worst tactics ever, we do not deserve to call ourselves Canadians anymore. Lumberjack life, and frozen ponds will always be part of a Canadians DNA regardless of race, creed, colour or sexual orientation.
White House photos 2/27/09 by Pete Souza *Simon Tisdall, The Guardian:* *Obama U-turn on troops withdrawal makes Afghanistan an election issue* *President’s legacy may suffer, Hillary Clinton’s prospects may be damaged and Kabul’s political bosses have lost face too* Barack Obama’s decision to abandon his plan to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by the time he leaves office in January 2017 will be greeted with concern by friends and derision by foes. Whichever way the White House tries to spin it, Obama’s move directly contradicts his self-congratulatory, evidently pr...more »
*New York Times*: *Obama Announces Halt of U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan* WASHINGTON — The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of his term in 2017, President Obama announced on Thursday, prolonging the American role in a war that has now stretched on for 14 years. In a brief statement from the Roosevelt Room in the White House, Mr. Obama said he did not support the idea of “endless war” but was convinced that a prolonged American presence in Afghanistan was vital to that country...more »
*MSF hospital in Afghanistan after US bombing* Here's a comment I posted on Northerntruthseeker's Blog last night. It's related to a post he did about the recent *US "accidental" bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. * I have edited it slightly in the interests of clarity: *Hi NTS:* *When I heard about the MSF hospital bombing, I immediately thought about the Canadian Tarnak Farm Incident...where four Canadian soldiers were killed and several wounded when they were deliberately targetted by two US reserve pilots over Kandahar, Afghanistan airport (restricted airspac...more »
Critics of the U.S. health care system often say things like, "The United States spends more money than anyone else on health care but some other nations have better life expectancy." The next time someone starts making statements like that, keep in mind this chart. It is a useful reminder that differences in health outcomes depend on a lot more than differences in the system for delivering medical care. Source. Click on graphic to enlarge.
*Listen to Sanders' answer in the context of all the others. Then listen to the response in the hall.* *by Gaius Publius* I just can't let this go by. Howie has already chronicled how Sanders has actually won the debate, though the "mainstream" (money-owned) media, which loves the "mainstream" (money-owned) part of the Democratic Party, won't begin to say so. (If you need more information on this topic — the debate, the media and the Party — read this piece by Adam Johnson at Alternet and click through to the many poll links. Sanders really killed it last night.) Note especially, ...more »
[image: Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore - 400] Donald Trump holds double-digit leads over Ben Carson in both South Carolina and Nevada, the third and fourth states scheduled to hold nominating contests in next year’s race for the presidency, with Trump widely seen in each state as the... Continue reading *“Poll: Trump Dominates in Nevada, South Carolina Overall and on the Issues”* at *cnn.com*.
Joining Lisa and I this past Monday was Kyle, from Australia and the Discussion was very fast and VERY exciting. We discussed legal and lawful remedies, New Communities and how to move forward. The legal discussion was extremely informative- with an in depth look into the difference between "public" and "private". .... I will be relistening to this show myself! d
Lunch is ready! (Jim has "Jade Helm Humble Pie" for dessert.) *PSA: Stop DOJ from shutting down “anti-government views” - support False Flag Weekly News! (and scroll to the end for "Jim Buys Kevin Lunch" story).* 1) DOJ creates new position targeting "anti-government views" http://www.dcclothesline.com/2015/10/15/doj-creates-new-position-to-target-anti-government-views/ *Islam vs. terrorism* 2) Farrakhan’s “Justice or Else” march rocks DC http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/10/11/farrakhan/ 3) Dozens protest Islam outside of Phoenix mosque as part of nationwide rally http://ktar.co...more »
FILE - A U.S. soldier from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment fires a Javelin missile system during a training exercise near operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, Jan. 1, 2015. *VOA*:* US Halts Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal* President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will slow the planned withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan scheduled for next year. The U.S. will maintain the current number of troops in the war-torn country at 9,800 through most of 2016, before trimming that number to 5,500, the president said. Obama pledged...more »
Noru Tsalic, *Times of Israel *blogger The *Jewish Chronicle *reports another BBC apology... ...this time over a Radio 4 report in early August which inaccurately asserted that 'administrative detention' (detention without trial) "has previously been used only against Palestinian militant suspects". That's inaccurate for the simple reason that it's untrue. The apology - sent in the form of an email - came about because the complainant, blogger Noru Tsalic, persisted in his complaint. The BBC's complaints department originally rejected his complaint (as is their way). The BBC spoke...more »
I read an article in *The Sunday Times *this week reporting that polls in Germany "have turned rapidly from enthusiastic support for Merkel’s 'welcome policy' to concerns over how the country can cope", with a majority now (51%) believing "the wave cannot be managed". I wondered when the BBC would report this. Well, this morning it has. There's a piece on the BBC News website by the corporation's Europe Editor Katya Adler, *Brand Merkel comes under pressure over migrants*, which reports the growing concerns of "Angela Merkel's core voters: the comfortable middle classes, now plag...more »
Not being at work today I thought I'd watch some of the Kids Company parliamentary select committee coverage, starring that famous double act, Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company and Alan Yentob of Kids Company *and *the BBC. It proved quite a draw it seems (well, for those of us not at work and interesting in such things) and was rather riveting. Papers like the *Telegraph *have been live-broadcasting it, and blogs galore have been abuzz with talk about it. It's been one of *the '*trending' things on Twitter too. It was definitely hot 'n' happenin', as they say on certain BB...more »
[image: Soldiers boarding plane - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 90 U.S. troops are headed to Cameroon to help the Central African nation stop the spread of Boko Haram and other violent extremist groups. The troops will be armed for their protection and security, but will...more »
[image: LGBT event - 400] Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2015 / 12:11 am (CNA). -- Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros' Open Society Foundations, one of the most influential funders in the world. "Open Society... Continue reading *“More Scheming Outside the Synod? Soros Foundation Rep Attends LGBT Lobby Event”* at *catholicnewsagency.com*.
Why do Asian-Americans have so much success? As Nicholas Kristof understands, it is a simple formula: hard work, strong families and passion for education. That is it. Yet, Kristof tries to complicate matters by suggesting that others -- well, at least blacks -- cannot emulate this model, because he says they are victims of racism and "marginalized." Kristof ignores the obvious: If blacks followed the same formula that Asians and Jews and several other groups in the U.S. have followed, any racism they faced would not matter and their success would stop them from being marginaliz...more »
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015Part 4—We start to get the tale wrong:* Aloysius O’Donnell—not his real name—is a fictional major league shortstop. He’s in the running for this year’s Golden Glove award in his league, which remains undisclosed. At the plate, he hit .203, with very few walks, only six steals, and 10 home runs (“ding-dongs,” “taters”). O’Donnell isn’t real strong at the plate (at the “dish”). Having said that, suppose this: Suppose we show you a highlight reel which features O’Donnell’s home runs—and nothing else. You hear the excited home run calls of his team’s parti...more »
Watch this piece of video, it's 1:44 long. Shall we give Yolande Knell's report a fisking? The opening still is of just the Muslim site with a tiny Israeli flag fluttering beneath. Could not an overhead shot that gave a better idea of scale not have been used? A shot like the one shown at 0:45? Both the historical and the naming explanations are given Muslim first, Jews second and the accompanying graphic has Islam above Judaism. Some might argue that the older of the two religions should be first. Yolande Knell starts her modern history with what happened after the 6-Day war o...more »
By Paul Homewood Gas fired power generation is facing economic pressures in the UK, as well as across much of Europe. In part, this is due to competition from cheaper coal, but probably most of the problems come from competition with subsidised renewables. In particular, this has the effect of reducing utilisation […]
Note he has a paddle and knows how to use it This election will define us going forward. Just like a second Bush term defined America. If we reject Banana Repuplicism Canada has a bright future. If we fall for Harper knowing what we know, having seen him use the worst tactics ever, we do not deserve to call ourselves Canadians anymore.
[image: officer_monitor_Operation_Cross_Country] This week officials from the FBI announced the results of a nationwide human trafficking operation: 149 underage trafficking victims recovered and more than 150 pimps arrested. According to the report, victims were as young as 12 and most were female. Three males...more »
*New York Times*: *Russian Military Uses Syria as Proving Ground, and West Takes Notice* WASHINGTON — Two weeks of air and missile strikes in Syria have given Western intelligence and military officials a deeper appreciation of the transformation that Russia’s military has undergone under President Vladimir V. Putin, showcasing its ability to conduct operations beyond its borders and providing a public demonstration of new weaponry, tactics and strategy. The strikes have involved aircraft never before tested in combat, including the Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighter, which NATO calls t...more »
A group of Chinese cancer researchers has retracted a paper in Medical Oncology after they discovered that “several key experiments” were not reproducible. The paper, “Decreased Warburg effect induced by ATP citrate lyase suppression inhibits tumor growth in pancreatic cancer,” was published in March. It found that suppressing the enzyme ATP citrate lyase could be […] The post Failure to reproduce key experiments retracts cancer study appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Putin Half Smirk - 400] Russian President Vladimir Putin continued a war of words with the U.S. over Syria, calling its policy weak and lacking in objectives as his air force carried out fresh bombing raids in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. "I don't really understand... Continue reading *“Putin Calls U.S. ‘Weak’ on Syria as Russian Airstrikes Continue”* at *bloomberg.com*.
As my disgust for alternative media, so called, keeps growing by leaps and bounds. *Some early but interesting news items to keep a watch on.* *Russia says not sending arms to Syrian Kurds* *MOSCOW Oct 15 (Reuters) - Russia is not supplying weapons to Syrian Kurds, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikahil Bogdanov was quoted as saying on Thursday by Interfax news agency.* * Russia, Turkey Exchange Information on Ankara Bombing Investigation* *Russian and Turkish law enforcement are exchanging information on investigating a double suicide bombing in Ankara, a source in the Russian...more »
*Waiting... waiting....* As we wait to see what Saturday's meeting of the KMT brings, there is a spate of articles in media saying that the Special Investigative Division is investigating accusations that the KMT offered a bribe to current KMT Presidential Candidate Hung Hsiu-chu to step aside. This is purely pro forma, despite media attempts to sex it up, and will not come to anything even in the highly unlikely event that it is actually true, but I just want to publicly inform the KMT that I will happily accept a large payment from the KMT not to run for President on a KMT ticket...more »
[image: boy behind closed door] NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- The fatal beating of a young man and the savage attack on his younger brother by relatives and fellow members of an upstate New York church was intended to get them to confess their sins,...more »
Action Institute/Victor ClaaratThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Hands cupped - 400] With the news this week that Angus Deaton of Princeton University had won the economics Nobel, the question of how best to help the poor in developing nations takes on a greater level of urgency. Honoring him with the The... Continue reading *“Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton and the Problem with Foreign Aid”* at *acton.org*.
Photo: U.S. Air Force *WNU Editor:* As regular readers of this blog know .... I have been following the U.S. drone program since the beginning. This morning a massive leak on the U.S. drone program was posted by the website "The Intercept". I have spent a good part of this morning reading the files and information that have posted, and this is without question the most extensive collection of intel/information/operations/etc. on the U.S. drone program that I have ever read. Literally everything is revealed .... and it would not surprise me if there are many top U.S. military/intel...more »
A few unusual acknowledgements added by authors after finalizing the manuscripts have highlighted a common element in science publishing – right before going to press, authors can make minor changes to manuscripts that editors won’t necessarily review before publication. We were reminded of this when reading two opinion papers published in August by Science and Engineering Ethics. […] The post A publication loophole? Authors can make changes editors won’t always see appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The Kuril Islands. Wikipedia *The Guardian:* *Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan postponed indefinitely* Moscow’s hardline stance on disputed island group torpedoes bilateral talks with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe that were set for later this year. Vladimir Putin’s highly anticipated visit to Japan has been postponed indefinitely, amid anger in Tokyo at Moscow’s stance on a long-running territorial dispute and concern about Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. The Russian president was to have visited Tokyo by the end of the year to hold talks with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo A...more »
Allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been building up their forces for the last several months in anticipation of a new push to secure the northwestern section of the country. That includes Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ advisers and Basij militia, Lebanese Hezbollah, Russian air strikes and trainers, and Iraqi fighters. The Iraqis were some of the first to mobilize for these offensives, which just begun in October. Starting in the summer of 2015 several Iraqi armed groups groups began recruiting for deployment to Syria. As Phillip Smyth wrote in a new report for the Was...more »
If we as a country took this stuff seriously, there would be questions such as "What did he know and when did he know it?" in this campaign. But we, as a people, haven't really stirred ourselves at the knowledge of widespread malnutrition in Canada's North, so there aren't any such questions. But the fact of the matter is that torture and the raping of children was widespread amongst our Afghan allies. Richard Colvin sent out several emails about the torture issue. But just like nobody heard about the Duffy bribe, nobody seems to have read Colvin's emails. Mr. "Barbaric Cultural Pr...more »
[image: Arno Penzias] What was an atheist doing on Pope Francis's advisory committee for his environmental encyclical, a scientist who advocates the crackpot Gaia hypothesis and the reduction of the human population by some six billion people? Why is conservative Supreme Court Justice...more »
[image: ISIS marching - 400] Christianity could be extinct in Iraq within five years, according to a new report from a British charity that has been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The report, which looks at the persecution of Christian groups around the world... Continue reading *“Report: Christianity Faces Extinction in Iraq Within Five Years”* at *newsweek.com*.
ALANNA DURKIN & JILL COLVINatThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a new target for his barbs: Democratic contender Bernie Sanders. Speaking in front of about 5,000 people at a rally at the Richmond International Raceway in Virginia Wednesday evening, Trump...more »
FiveThirtyEight/Nate SilveratThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders debate] Before last night's debate, I suggested the media was likely to emerge with one of two narratives about the state of Hillary Clinton's campaign: Either she was mounting a comeback, or she was in a downward spiral. "It may not... Continue reading *“The Media Underestimated Hillary Clinton, But Overestimated Her Debate”* at *fivethirtyeight.com*.
[image: Ivanka Trump] You will not find a wall adorned with framed magazine covers in Ivanka Trump's office. For that sort of thing you'll have to visit her father, who can look up from his desk and see himself beaming down from Time... Continue reading *“The Quiet Power Behind the Trump Throne”* at *politico.com*.
[image: Volkswagen recall] BERLIN (AP) -- Germany’s transport authority has ordered a mandatory recall of all 2.4 million Volkswagen cars in the country fitted with software that gave them the ability to evade diesel emissions testing, officials said Thursday. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Bloomberg*: *Putin Calls U.S. `Weak' on Syria as Russia Talks Are Shunned* * Door remains open to direct talks with U.S., president says * U.S. says Russia is pursuing its own agenda in Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S. policy on Syria is weak and lacks objectives, though he remains open to direct talks as Russia’s bombing campaign continues in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. “I don’t really understand how the U.S. can criticize Russia’s actions in Syria if they refuse to have direct dialogue,” Putin told reporters...more »
Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation, Sun Jianguo, greets delegates as he arrives for the opening of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore May 29, 2015. REUTERS/EDGAR SU *Reuters:* *Chinese admiral visits Iran, wants closer defense cooperation* China wants to deepen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral was quoted as saying on Thursday after a meeting with Iran's defense minister in Tehran. Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, told Iranian Defence Mini...more »
[image: David Daleiden] The slim young man with the Clark Kent glasses mingled easily at the conference of abortion providers. By day, he sat quietly in his company's booth, under a sign festooned with a burbling lab flask. By night, he schmoozed with presenters... Continue reading *“Meet the Millennial Who Infiltrated The Guarded World of Abortion Providers”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
An Israeli soldier guards an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery deployed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Jan. 21, 2015. Baz Ratner/Reuters *FOX News/SKY News*: *US brokering talks for Gulf states to buy Israeli anti-missile system as Iran defense* Bahrain and other Persian Gulf states are in negotiations to buy the Israeli-developed Iron Dome anti-missile system to defend against "a growing arsenal of Iranian missiles". The Israeli weapon, which has reduced the effectiveness of rockets fired out of Gaza into Israel by about 90% would be bought through Raytheon and other A...more »
[image: pen in form of syringe] CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Pens that look like hypodermic needles are being sold as Halloween novelty toys, stirring concerns among parents and drug abuse prevention advocates as the country battles a rising heroin and opioid addiction crisis. The pens, clear...more »
[image: Pope Francis Looking Down Praying - 400] ROME - Wednesdays in Rome generally belong to the pope, because that's when he holds his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square, and during the second week of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, Francis certainly found a way to... Continue reading *“What Did the Pope’s Mea Culpa Mean?”* at *cruxnow.com*.
[image: McCartney & dog] The Beatles have a lot of animal songs in their discography - "Piggies," "Rocky Raccoon," "Blackbird"... actually, pretty much all of the White Album. However, the only one about a LITERAL animal sneaks up on ya. "Martha My Dear," though... Continue reading *“One Of The Best Songs In The Universe Is About a Dog”* at *life.barkpost.com*.
[image: Ukraine and Russia] MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukraine on Thursday gave Russia two weeks to accept to write off part of its loans to the country, as other international creditors have agreed to do, opening a new front in the show-down between the countries....more »
The Weekly Standard/ MAUREEN MULLARKEYatThe Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Classic art] The British painter Howard Hodgkin came to the Frick Collection some years ago to lecture. After pained attempts to deliver a prepared talk, he abandoned his notes for a monologue. Zig-zagging through art in general, his own work, and the... Continue reading *“The Art of Writing about Art”* at *weeklystandard.com*.
You think the Republican Party is a mad-house *now*? Just wait until Tailgunner Ted Is Their Nominee! I have to admit, I rarely read David Brooks columns and I usually get them second hand. This one from Tuesday came to me via an Ezra Klein post at Vox. Klein wrote that Brooks "accuses today's Republican Party of betraying the actual tenets of conservatism. 'By traditional definitions,' he writes, 'conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and o...more »
Suppose a judge orders you to do something that you find very hard to do - say bring your five year old to her father for a weekend and you really really don't think he's a good dad. Are you allowed to ignore the order because you think it's just wrong? No. Orders of courts, no matter how much you think they are wrong, must be obeyed fully until they are set aside, stayed or varied. You may have a right to appeal or seek to vary or to stay the order but until and unless the order is changed it must be obeyed. The rule that orders are to be obeyed is the basis of our legal system...more »
*Tennessee Bill Would Ban Teaching ‘Doctrine’ Of Islam To Seventh Graders* A Tennessee state legislator has proposed a state law that would prevent public schools from teaching anything about religious principles until students reach the 10th grade. The bill from Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia (about 45 miles south of Nashville) comes in response to a grassroots campaign across Tennessee by parents — primarily evangelical parents — against what they perceive as an inappropriate focus on Islam in history and social studies courses in middle schools. Last month, for example, parents ...more »
The* New York Times* recently ran a feature about the discovery of what's been called the "first draft" of the King James Bible (be sure to follow their link to the original article in the *Times Literary Supplement*). The discoverer, Jeffrey Alan Miller, emphasises of course that the term "draft" is misleading -- the maunscript by Samuel Ward, one of the committee of men appointed to prepare a new Authorized edition of the Bible, is more properly a compendium of possible improved readings of the Biblical text, the Elizabethan equivalent of a series of post-it notes. What is rema...more »
http://www.people-results.com/ Carol Goar has an interesting column in today's *Toronto Star*. She writes that this election has held a mirror up to us and forced us to face some hard truths -- some good, some not so good. Among the not so good is the notion that our fabled tolerance is a myth: If the polls are right, eight out of 10 Canadians find it “offensive” that a few Muslim women wear niqabs when they take the oath of citizenship. Have these people ever attended a citizenship ceremony? Have they ever spoken to a woman who wear...more »
*Do Warmists believe their own hokum? Not usually, it seems* *Belief in climate change not linked to wildfire mitigation actions. Do as I say, not as I do?* People who believe that climate change is increasing the risk of devastating wildfires in Colorado are no more likely to take mitigation actions to protect their property, a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the U.S. Forest Service has found. The study, which was recently published in the journal Environmental Hazards, examined the role that climate change beliefs play in a homeowner's cho...more »
For those of you who still remember him either from life or in the news, today was the fourth anniversary of the suicide of Jamie Hubley. From the time I first heard of it, I thought this song, *Far Behind*, was the perfect song to commemorate both his legacy and the pain that marred and, ultimately, cost him his life. It was originally written and produced by Candlebox to honor Mother Love Bone's late front man Andy Wood but in my mind this will always be Jamie's song. To give you an idea of how fiercely I honor this brave kid's memory, the December after he killed himself...more »
I honestly think that we could use just this one point- this one topic- as a litmus test for humanity. The complete absurdity of the "Climate Change" rhetoric and agendas is so completely asinine, in that THEIR OWN STATEMENTS contradict themselves- this is the perfect barometer to look at whether people have any chance of shaking the mind numbing koolaid out of their brains and actually use them to logically deduce the bullshit that the "Climate Change" Schtic is. - "it's Global Warming" - "It's Global Cooling" - "It's CO2 Emissions" - "It's over population" - "It's rising sea levels...more »
Can't say I disagree with the assertion that *US policy is to blame for the destabilization, death and destruction that has created the refugee crisis. * Of course it's not quite that simple. *NATO the global terror machine, lead by the US, played it's part.* Working towards *the mono culture world*-* One government- Tyranny**. One people- lacking diversity *and* a whole host of control mechanisms/gmo's and other sick, disgusting anti-life ideologies (carbon)* * The servitude of the US to Israeli interests was a factor that must also be considered. * * Still the US undertook the le...more »
ALBERT AJI & BASSEM MROUEatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Syrian Civil War] DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian government forces launched an offensive Thursday in the central province of Homs under the cover of Russian airstrikes in an attempt to clear the central region of militants and open the highway between Syria’s third...more »
[image: Squeeze toothpaste - 400] Even though it won't go into effect until 2018, the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac Tax" -- a 40% excise tax on high-cost health plans is already driving large employers to adjust to it. This is putting the squeeze on workers, Tevi Troy, president... Continue reading *“Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax Already Putting Squeeze on Employee Health Plan Choices”* at *uschamber.com*.
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-34531680 Agreement on subsidy for the £1bn Swansea tidal lagoon project is "desperately needed", Welsh Economy Minister Edwina Hart has said. The UK government is yet to confirm the "strike price" it will pay for energy generated by the planned lagoon. Mrs Hart said that without "certainty" on subsidy it […]
[image: cyber espionage cyber hacking] LONDON (AP) -- Researchers say some smaller, poorer nations are now using spy software, suggesting that recent data leaks and lawsuits have not deterred governments from investing in off-the-shelf cyberespionage products. Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab said in a report...more »
LOLITA C. BALDOR & JULIE PACEatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Two U.S. Army soldiers provide security for U.S. advisers in Nangarhar, Afghanistan on Jan. 6, 2015.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama announced plans Thursday to keep nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through most of next year and 5,500 when he leaves office in 2017, casting aside his promise to end the war on his...more »
[image: Paul Ryan] It was beginning to look as though Republicans had fashioned a semblance of unity in the House. They would rally around Paul Ryan, urging him to step up and fill the void left when Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of... Continue reading *“What’s Driving Conservative Opposition to Paul Ryan”* at *nationalreview.com*.
This is brilliant. Witty simple campaign ad from the guy running against Harper in Calgary-Heritage, formerly Calgary Southwest. Go on, play it. Matt Masters Burgener was also the candidate behind Send Harper A Message, raising money for his campaign by getting people to sponsor space on his lawn signs for $50 with their own personal messages to Harper. Flipping the script with wit. Nicely done, Matt. h/t Dave Cournoyer .
*The Conservative “This election isn’t about me, Stephen Harper” ad that reached airwaves during Friday’s Blue Jays game is remarkable. It is impossible to look upon it as anything other than an acknowledgment that the leader of the Conservatives has become a liability to his party.*Remember this is the man who dictated that our Canadian Government shall henceforth be known as the “Harper Government” but its not about him eh! *In the case of the Conservatives it must also be considered that the party is substantially a creation of its leader: in a real sense he is its God. The par...more »
[image: calpers] The $300 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System began showing its age this year: It started paying out more money to retirees than it gained in contributions and investments. In roughly 20 years, CalPERS' retirees will outnumber active workers by... Continue reading *“As Retirees Outnumber Employees, Pensions Seek Saviors”* at *governing.com*.
A serious case review (SCR) has found that a ten week old baby, who was born prematurely, died after his parents and sister were evicted from social housing following the withdrawal of tenancy support. Baby John died on the night the family were forced from their home in Warwickshire in September 2013. RT reports: He died during the night while sharing his grandparents’ sofa with one of his parents, Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) said. A serious case review into the incident found the eviction had taken place after the social housing agency had withdrawn the family’...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11924482/Lyme-disease-cases-have-quadrupled.html Something else to blame on climate change! The Telegraph reports: Soaring numbers of people are suffering from the bacterial infection Lyme disease, according to new figures. The number of confirmed cases has quadrupled in just 12 years, NHS laboratory reports disclose, with more 1,100 people diagnosed in 2013, […]
Prof Geoffrey Marcy, the world's most famous single discoverer of exoplanets, found himself in the hot sea of jihad-style hostility and resigned yesterday. Over the decades of his successful career, aside from having discovered many new worlds including the very first exoplanet exactly 20 years ago these days (with Butler), the first Neptune-size planet, and many others, this natural hugger may have given a short neck massage (in his car) to his friend who was undergraduate. He may have touched the leg of a student, hugged a few other students, kissed one or two, and done five more ...more »
By Paul Homewood http://nypost.com/2015/10/14/cuomo-paid-state-workers-to-fill-seats-at-climate-speech/ Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn’t taking any chances that there might be empty seats at a speech he delivered last week on climate change — so state workers were summoned on the taxpayer dime to fill the audience, The Post has learned. The workers said they left their jobs […]
I have no idea to what Canada will awake on Tuesday morning. The polls are too close to call and if recent events are any indication, maybe useless in predicting outcomes (someone needs to revise their sampling models!). Right now my only concern is dislodging Harper. I don't much care what the other parties are promising because election campaigns are silly things built of spin, lies, and blue
Sorry but I don't agree with the pundits (or many other commenters) about who was the winner of the Democratic Party's debate. Hillary seemed to be playing the role of the Queen Mother, who is above all the other participants, who feels she can say anything, no matter how untrue, if she says it loudly enough with that confidence that comes naturally to sociopaths and practiced con artists. I'm
“CRITICAL ALERT: Stock Market Is Now Set For A Great Fall” by Gregory Mannarino - https://www.youtube.com/ Greg Hunter, “Rick Ackerman: Nothing Left Standing After Next Crash” - https://www.youtube.com/ Don't, do not, say you weren't warned...
the opening salvo of the following video is that in a period of Bronze Age History spanning less than a few generations, civilisations from the Mycaeneans to the Hittites and more were decimated by some unknown force or natural occurence. Or were they? The Bronze Age Art of War appeared to be chariot armies with compliments of runners or clean up squads or decapitators sent in to finish off the unseated charioteers. The charioteers were the star warriors, the runners were the scum or grunts ... so, were the Ancient Sea People cited in this video formed from a Spartacus-like Runn...more »
*FOX News:* *Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Assad, Russia, sources say* Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S. Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frias, head of Cuba's Armed Forces, recently visited Syria to lead a group of Cuban military personnel joining forces with Russia in their support of Assad, according to information received by the University of Miami's Institute...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Russia prepares to rain down hellfire on ISIS: Putin's forces deploy 'Blazing Sun' heavy flamethrower missile launcher to Syria... which is capable of flattening eight city blocks* * Russia has reportedly deployed the TOS-1A weapons system in Syria * The TOS-1A is a multiple rocket launcher mounted on a tank chassis * It features thermobaric weapons which can destroy eight city blocks * Follows Moscow claims that Russian forces hit 40 ISIS targets in 24 hours Russia has deployed one of the deadliest weapons in its arsenal as part of their military action in Syria, acc...more »
This is an interesting discussion of both Clarks and Kubricks philosophical understanding and its expression through 2001. Much of this was hinted at in much of Clark's opus, although i do think that the Marxist aspect is purely Kubrick. Clark was highly informed by Eastern 'mysticism' and wrote stories to reflect aspects of those teachings although never particularly invasively. He preferred it to be an integral background as in Childhood's End. That same aesthetic dominates here. The star is future technology reacting to confrontation with a mystical advanced technology. ...more »
Great stories out of Russia are hardly uncommon. Fading back into obscurity is the usual result unless one can get a grip on something tangible. However this is not a totally unreasonable idea and it may have legs. It sounds like he can publish a number of rather simple papers based on the work to date. After all those specimens had a life span that had to be affected. The tests do not take too long either. A body of work would establish a testable case and lifespans can even be independently tested if he wants to keep the bacteria secure. That would be enough to confir...more »
It must be said that thanks to Donald Trump, the doctrine of the politically correct has come crashing down. Everyone has learned that the more outrageous the better. After all it is hardly difficult to disavow an outrageous statement at a later date when it is necessary. In the meantime, Presidential candidate Ben Carson has decided it is time for the Democratic party to pay for their complicity in the Jim Crow laws of the southern USA. This is a historical reality that has been glossed over until now. The Dems were the beneficiaries of those practices. Ben Carson has assu...more »
We learned to cook literally a million years ago. Whatever brought it about, our jaws adjusted and we had a compelling reason to provide tools to cook with. It realkly was a huge breakthrough and as is made obvious, it made us. We do not spend all day eating plants. Nor do we process huge amounts of food in order to winkle out energy. We eat it cooked and largely predigested. That has evolved us for as long as we could almost handle tools. . *Michael Pollan Explains What's Wrong With the Paleo Diet* * The celebrated food author dishes on how to eat well: less meat, more m...more »
[image: Air Force Firefighters-900] U.S. Air Force firefighters rush into extreme temperatures to extinguish a fire during training in Garden City, Ga., on Oct. 3, 2015. Wow. Thank you to Staff Sgt. Noel Velez for capturing this image and to these brave airmen for putting...more »
*Virginia Pilot*: *Threat of cyberattacks prompts the Navy to reinstate celestial navigation lessons* he same techniques guided ancient Polynesians in the open Pacific, led Sir Ernest Shackleton to remote Antarctica and oriented astronauts when Apollo 12 was disabled by lightning. Now celestial navigation has returned to the Naval Academy. Officials reinstated lessons in the technique this year, nearly two decades after it was deemed outdated and cut from the curriculum. That decision, in the late 1990s, caused a stir among the old guard of navigators. But nostalgia isn't behind...more »
“Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies lies a striking string of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain. The chain, pictured above, is highlighted on the upper right with two large but featureless lenticular galaxies, M84 and M86. Prominent to their lower left is a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Eyes. *Click image for larger size.* The home Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies, contains over 2000 galaxies, and has a noticeable gravitational pull on the galaxies of the Local Group of Galaxies surrounding our Milky Way Galaxy. The center of the Virgo C...more »
Almonroth / Wikicommons *Bloomberg*: *Cyberspace Becomes Second Front in Russia’s Clash With NATO* * German steel plant and Polish exchange said to be targeted ` * They have let loose the hounds' as criminals grow brazen Russian computer attacks have become more brazen and more destructive as the country grows increasingly at odds with the U.S. and European nations over military goals first in Ukraine and now Syria. Along with reported computer breaches of a French TV network and the White House, a number of attacks now being attributed to Russian hackers and some not previously ...more »
*“The Still Small Voice”* by Chet Raymo "There is a power in nature, restless and terrible- storm, wildfire, earthquake, tidal wave. There is a delicacy too, to which we attend with a more perceptive eye and ear- the woolly bear caterpillar in the grass, the red-tailed hawk circling high and silent above the meadow, the six-dotted shadow of the water strider on the bottom of the pond. I think of lines from a poem of Grace Schulman, a poem called “In Place of Belief”: “...I would eavesdrop, spy, and keep watch on the chance, however slight, that the unseen might dazzle into sight.” ...more »
Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion walk toward their positions in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. *VOA*:* Syrian Rebels Fear Unacceptable Peace Deal Proposal* GAZIANTEP, TURKEY — U.S. officials say they can see no strategy behind Russia’s military intervention in Syria, just short-term buttressing of President Bashar al-Assad’s faltering armed forces that will fail and trap Moscow in a quagmire. Syrian opposition politicians, however, worry the Kremlin’s strategy is to maneuver the West into endorsing a peace plan that would end the Syrian revolution – and po...more »
*"Courage"* "It is in the small things we see it. The child's first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk. The first spanking when your heart went on a journey all alone. When they called you crybaby or poor or fatty or crazy and made you into an alien, you drank their acid and concealed it. Later, if you faced the death of bombs and bullets you did not do it with a banner, you did it with only a hat to cover your heart. You did not fondle the weakness inside you though it was there. Your courage was a small coal that you kept swallo...more »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.