The congressman who represents the two most backward counties in South Carolina, Greenville and Spartanburg, is 51 year old fashion-plate Trey Gowdy. Gowdy first came to Congress as a page sponsored by vicious racist Strom Thurmond. It's not clear if he's one of the pages who laid with Mark Foley or not, but Gowdy had fun as a page and decided he wanted to grow up to be a real congressman. He got his chance in 2010 when mainstream conservative Bob Inglis hinted that Climate Change might be real. One of the stupidest people ever elected to Congress, Gowdy painted Inglis as a tree-h...more »
MOP dropped from a B-52 Stratofortress (Boeing) *Nathan Guttman, Forward:* *Why U.S. Won't Give Israel Bunker-Busting Bombs After All* It weighs more than seven average cars, is taller than a two-story building when upright, and can penetrate the ground to 200-feet, making it by far the heaviest piece of conventional weaponry held by a modern-day military. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, which has never been used in combat, was built to allow American forces the ability to penetrate even the most fortified of enemy bunkers, dug deep in the ground and protected by walls of concret...more »
*Daily Mail:* *WikiLeaks releases first batch of CIA Director's emails just days after 'stoner high school student' hacked into John Brennan's online account* * Julian Assange's organization announced on Twitter it has obtained contents of Brennan's email account * Shortly after 3pm ET, WikiLeaks tweeted a link to a page containing six downloadable documents under the heading: 'CIA Director John Brennan emails' * Among the cache of emails was a 47-page version of Brennan's application for a security clearance, known as an SF86 * News comes on the heels of alleged hacking targeting ...more »
Links...... *US General: Iraq Doesn't Want Russia's Help* *New Canada Govt to Withdraw Jets From ISIS War* *Taliban Threatens S. Afghan City, Civilians Flee* *US, Russia Sign Syria Air Safety Deal but Keep Quarreling Over Aims* *Syrian Arab Militias Dispute They Received US Airdrop of Ammunition* *Russian DM Denies Report of Soldiers Killed in Syria* More Bombs for Baghdad; 35 Killed Across Iraq Iraq Says Forces Recapture Refinery Town From ISIS Militants Iraq Cholera Cases Grow, Spread to Kurdish Region Watchdog to Probe Alleged Mustard Gas Use by ISIS Resid...more »
Conservatives across Canada are still stinging from the beating they got from "not ready" Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and now Canada's 23rd Prime Minister. So what now? Well, for starters Trudeau is planning to deliberately run 3 deficits for 3 years in order to boost the Canadian economy. This actually is the right course of action right now, as Canada has entered a "post oil collapse recession". Stephen Harper (aka, Harper the Horrible, the former prime minister) basically put all of his eggs in the same basket - the Alberta oil industry. Harper basic...more »
*How to Find the Right Personal Injury Attorney* A personal injury attorney can help to make your life easier. These professionals will be able to guide you skillfully through any legal processes so that you can get the compensation you need and deserve. When you are in physical or emotional pain, you need a lawyer who understands you and who specializes in cases like yours. Do your research and find lawyers like DJ Hernandez for your legal needs. *Find Out What Your Potential Lawyer Specializes In* You want to find an attorney that has worked on cases like yours before and that has...more »
*After Sleep* Written by Robin Mathews “*Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing itself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks. Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.” *[John Milton (1608-1674) Areopagitica] In the impossible construction called a democratic nation every evil that arises in community can gather itself into a single force and seem to spread without hindrance: greed, bribery, flagrant breach of public trust, oppressing fear, racism, cynica...more »
There are a lot of really great aspects of professorial teaching. It at the core of education, and thus at the core of universities as institutions of higher education. Professors have the opportunity to watch students grow through discovery and skill building. Professors and students through the practice of teaching build a shared connection of […]
[image: blacklivesmatter_080915getty] The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is inviting two civil rights groups tied to the Black Lives Matter movement to coordinate a presidential town hall where candidates will address issues of racial justice, according to The Washington Post. Black Lives Matter... Continue reading *“DNC Agrees to Black Lives Matter Town Hall”* at *thehill.com*.
*"Afformations: Change Your Life!"* by Noah St. John, Ph.D. "Afformations are empowering questions (NOT “affirmations”) that immediately change your subconscious thought patterns from negative to positive. The staggering realization I made was that you create your reality in two ways: by the statements you say to yourself and others, and by the questions you ask yourself and others. Traditional success teachers have focused a great deal of energy telling you to change your statements; no one had fully realized, or shown how to harness, the awesome power of what happens when you cha...more »
"An Iron Will" by Orison Swett Marden "In respect to mere mundane relations, the development and discipline of one's will-power is of supreme moment in relation to success in life. No man can ever estimate the power of will. It is a part of the divine nature, all of a piece with the power of creation." - Orison Swett Marden "Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924) was an American writer associated with the New Thought Movement. He also held a degree in medicine, and was a successful hotel owner. Marden was born in Thornton Gore, New Hampshire to Lewis and Martha Marden. When he was three...more »
*"Insane 'Trillion Dollar Platinum Bullion Coin' Option Ruled * *Out By U.S. Treasury To Avert New Debt Crisis"* by GoldCore "The silly and somewhat insane uber Keynesian “Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin” appears to be now firmly off the table. The US Congress has once again ruled out the possibility of issuing a “trillion dollar platinum coin” floated as a possible solution to the looming US Debt Crisis.” Pressure is mounting as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said earlier this week that Congress would need to raise the nation’s borrowing cap by November 3 to avoid a potential default. “...more »
Abadi attends a parliamentary session soon after becoming prime minister in September last year. Just over a year on, Abadi's promises of reform remain mostly unfulfilled. His critics say he is unlikely to deliver. His backers say he needs more time. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad *Ned Parker, Reuters:* *Iraq's Power Struggle* *Power failure in Iraq as militias outgun state.* Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came to office a year ago promising to rebuild his country. But the Iraqi state has grown weaker as power has leaked to Shi’ite militia leaders ERBIL, IRAQ – In April, Iraqi Prime Minister ...more »
As one DC wag tweeted early yesterday morning, "Donald Trump continues to refuse to peak." Perhaps he was referring to the new Morning Consult poll which now has the Trumpster at a whopping 40% among Republican primary voters (with Carson, #2, at just 14%, the only other candidate in double digits, Jeb at 6%, Rubio and Cruz tied at 5% and Fiorina now back in margin-of-error territory where she belongs, confirmed yesterday by a CNN poll showing her 15% had dissipated down to 4%. Even Republican voters figured her out pretty fast. But not Trump... yet. Trump is just murdering Jeb on...more »
*"Truth Is Being Suppressed By The Tools Of Money"* Excerpted from Artemis Capital Management letter to investors "Dorothy Thompson once said “peace is not the absence of conflict”. Never forget there is a form of peace and stability reinforced by a foundation of underlying volatility. Game theorists call this the paradox of the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and it describes a dangerously fragile equilibrium achieved only through brutal competition. The Prisoner’s Dilemma is the most important paradigm for understanding shadow risk in modern financial markets at the pinnacle of a multi-generat...more »
Students win £100,000 after going on rent strike over rat-infested homes The 87 tenants of Campbell House West had refused to pay rent to University College London since May and were initially threatened with academic sanctions and exclusion from their courses. But after an inquiry, a university complaints panel has now ordered the institution to pay the tenants £1,300 each, the equivalent
Biden confirms to Obama at lunch today he's running, announces at U Delaware tomorrow. You can feel the Joementum! — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 20, 2015 Wow! That'd be totally awesome if it wasn't totally a crock of typical Bill Kristol horseshit. Maybe that Lieberman-esque "Joementum" Kristol is feeling is actually the world getting the dry heaves at hearing another wrong prediction from this moron. Then again, we could use him to beat Trump by tricking him into predicting he'll win. See? Idiots can be useful, after all.
INSTAGRAM/VOGUE/REUTER *Justin Worland, Time:* *What We Know About the Lives of Bashar al-Assad and His Family* *Syria's dictator appeared on the world stage again in Moscow on Wednesday. Where has he been?* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s trip to Russia Tuesday marked his first known travels outside his country since its civil war began in 2011. Assad’s family also appears to have remained in the country’s capital for the past half decade. The trip to Moscow, reportedly at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, marks a show of strength for Assad. In addition to s...more »
*Samuel Ramani, Washington Post:* *When he bombs Syria, Putin is sending these four messages to the world* On Sept. 30, the Russian Parliament unanimously approved the use of military force in Syria to combat the Islamic State. Hours later, a senior U.S. military official revealed that Russia had carried out its first airstrikes in Syria. But here’s what’s really controversial: Russia did not target areas held by the Islamic State. Rather, it is attacking the Free Syrian forces fighting against Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Why? *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- Oct...more »
*“Underground Fire Threatens To Burn Nuclear Waste Site in St. Louis”* by Joshua Krause “It may sound absurd at first glance, but underground fires are a real thing, and they’re not uncommon in landfills and coal mines. They also present a tricky situation for firefighters, since traditional methods of fire suppression are useless. This often causes these conflagrations to burn unimpeded for years. St. Louis happens to have one of these fires burning within their city limits. One of their landfills has been smoldering for the past 5 years, and all efforts to stop it have been in v...more »
*it just doesn't get any better than this.* *From Wiki:* *Alison Brown* (born August 7, 1962) is an American banjo player and guitarist known for a soft nylon-string banjo sound. She has won and has been nominated on several Grammy awards and is often compared to another banjo prodigy, Béla Fleck, for her unique style of playing. In her music, she blends jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues as well as other styles of music. *In case you think banjo is only for rednecks, Alison graduated from Harvard and has an MBA from UCLA.* *Jake Shimabukuro* (born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii) i...more »
[image: Syrian Refugees - 400] Top law enforcement and security officials cautioned Wednesday that bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees as planned carries a terror risk, with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledging background checks can only do so much and “there is no risk-free process."... Continue reading *“Admitting Syrian Refugees into US Poses Terror Risk, Officials Acknowledge”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: Synagogue singer] Called Ha'Paytan -- Hebrew for liturgical poet -- the new televised singing contest is produced by Israel's Channel 20, a year-old private station devoted to Jewish and Israeli heritage. Most of the channel's previous programming failed to find a critical mass of... Continue reading *“Israel’s New Reality TV Sensation: Synagogue Singing”* at *tabletmag.com*.
[image: Rockem-Sockem-Robots] ROME -- When you talk to people taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family and ask where things stand, one observation you'll often hear is that public impressions of the event and the actual experience of... Continue reading *“Why the Synod of Bishops Is More Than Rock’em Sock’em Robots”* at *cruxnow.com*.
The Productivity Commission suggests using price signals to help solve the housing unaffordability problem—rising prices in rural land, for example, being rezoned residential once a certain price point it triggered. It’s not stupid. If you must zone people from the top-down (and for that particular imbecility there’s no decent argument), then this is one way of alleviating some of the top-down control that’s restricting land supply—and a surprisingly supple one. Auckland Council deputy mayor Penny Hulse however is “cool” on the idea. *She does not want the council to lose power o...more »
*Wikipedia:* The political myth of Magna Carta and its protection of ancient personal liberties persisted after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 until well into the 19th century. It influenced the early American colonists in the Thirteen Colonies and the formation of the American Constitution in 1787, which became the supreme law of the land in the new republic of the United States.[b] Research by Victorian historians showed that the original 1215 charter had concerned the medieval relationship between the monarch and the barons, rather than the rights of ordinary people, but the c...more »
Benjamin Netanyahu explains what he said... http://baltimorejewishlife.com/m/news/article.php?SECTION_ID=37&ARTICLE_ID=65703 Will the BBC report this? 'It is absurd. I had no intention to absolve Hitler of responsibility for his diabolical destruction of European Jewry. Hitler was responsible for the Final Solution to exterminate six million Jews. He made the decision. It is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al -Husseini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentropp, Himmler and others, to exterminate European Jewry. There is much...more »
I grew up in the Imperial Valley in the cities of Imperial and El Centro California. My father was first an aircraft mechanic and crop duster pilot and then pilot for Imperial Airlines. I virtually grew up at the airport in Imperial at Visco Flying Co. enjoying hours of time in the sky flying with my Dad. He took me flying in all kinds of airplanes and taught me to fly. At age 15 I flew my first solo flight and got my pilots license. Thanks Dad.
[image: Middle School Principal - 400] On Oct. 6, Everett Middle School welcomed a special visitor. As students cheered and clapped, Chelsea Clinton walked across the San Francisco academy's wooden stage and hugged Everett's mascot, a humongous brown and white owl. Clinton was at Everett to promote a book, but when... Continue reading *“SF Middle School Delays Election Results Because Winners Not Diverse Enough”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: promote work - 400] When Pope Francis addressed Congress last month, he called on all Americans to "keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope." The pope is right... Continue reading *“To Create Upward Mobility, Government Needs to Promote Work”* at *thehill.com*.
[image: Same-sex marriage] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS is making it official: The tax agency says it will now recognize same-sex marriages regardless of where they were performed. The IRS and the Treasury Department also said they will interpret the terms “husband” and...more »
[image: cybersecurity] Last month, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced that "neither country's government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to...more »
*Washington Post*: *U.S. Vice President Biden decides against 2016 presidential bid* Vice President Biden announced Wednesday afternoon that he had decided not to seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation that he might roil the party’s race. “I have concluded that it has closed,” he said of the window to make another White House bid, speaking in a hastily called Rose Garden appearance with his wife, Jill Biden, and President Obama by his side. “Beau is our inspiration,” the vice president said of his eldest son, who died in May of brain cancer...more »
Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions has called for a new investigation into murders linked to the activities of Scappaticci, known by the codename ‘Stakeknife’ and the security services who allegedly liaised with him. It has emerged that the Director of Public Prosecutions (Barra McGrory) had asked the PSNI Chief Constable in August to start an investigation into Scappaticci and other security service personnel. UTV Ireland reports: Double agent Stakeknife infiltrated the Provisional IRA at a high level during the Troubles. Mr McGrory said: “I have been made aware of ...more »
*A member of the Portsmouth-based 'Leftist Marching Band' met us on the road today with his saxophone as we approached Kennebunk. When we arrive in York Beach tomorrow the band will greet us at our night spot.**Peace walker John Morris (on left) playing guitar with some students at the New School in Kennebunk who are hosting us tonight* Twenty-two folks joined the walk today as we did our 10-mile peace strut from Saco to Kennebunk. I've been joking today, with a great deal of truth in my words, that we are a moving line of senior citizens. In fact just as we arrived at the New Sc...more »
In the confusion of the past few days, I forgot to mention two, excellent commentaries in the Irving press by Jerrica Naugler (Oct. 19, C3) and Jana Giles (Oct. 20, C2). Both are high school students. Both are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Both produce real commentaries rather that the casual or pompous or irrelevant waste-of-spacers that are so typical of the Irving press staff. For Oct. 21, a big, need-to-know story is that people in Moncton are obeying garbage disposal regulations. The editorialist has nothing to say. Too bad, Trudeau's phone call to tell Obama that Canada w...more »
By Noah Last Wednesday, Howie posted a detailed analysis of post Democratic debate reactions from the establishment, corporate media who, long before the debate, decided that Hillary Clinton would be declared the debate winner come hell or high water and, surprise, surprise, they came on post-debate and instantly declared her the winner! And, lest you think it was just their opinion, they had on an overwhelmingly disproportionate number of current and former Clinton campaign staffers to back them up! They did this so fast one could not be blamed for thinking that Hillary Clinton...more »
[image: John Brennan - 400] Wikileaks has published data from CIA director John Brennan’s private email account, in a release the group is calling The CIA Files. The documents include a form provided for background investigation during Brennan’s confirmation, as well as position papers on Iran... Continue reading *“Wikileaks Publishes Docs from CIA Director’s Personal Email Account”* at *theverge.com*.
Celebrity MasterChef star Stephen Port appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Pentonville prison on Wednesday, accused of drugging and murdering four young men.. The Independent reports: Footage of an episode from the BBC show’s ninth series, which aired in June, features Stephen Port serving pasta and meatballs to bus drivers at West Ham Bus Garage, in east London. Apparently wearing a wig, he was helping JLS star JB Gill as he competed with other celebrities including former EastEnders actor Emma Barton. Port, 40, allegedly met the men he is accused of killing on gay websi...more »
I thought you’d like to know this: that 77 former MPs and their spouses spent $716,000 of your money last year on international travel. Nice, huh? No, not on any parliamentary work. Not to promote NZ in the wider world. Not even on some secret Prime-Ministerial missions about which they must remain tight-lipped. No, they spent your money travelling around the world on holiday. Or on business. Or to see their grandchildren. Nice, huh? These loathsome low-lives spend their careers with their noses in the trough, then upon being rejected by the electorate continue on afterwards as...more »
The commentariat has been a-chatter about Labour’s Jacinda Ardern being “ snubbed” for the deputy leadership, despite her not asking for it and her leader not offering it to her. A story, in other words, generated solely by those writing it. The report about her being “snubbed” argues *With Ardern’s star on the rise it was widely expected she would get the job because of her broad appeal in the Auckland electorate.* Widely expected—“by whom,” outside the commentariat? “Broad appeal”—where, outside Grey Lynn dinner parties? Why her supporters or the commentariat think she’s earned...more »
After a marathon of an election campaign that turned out to be more surprising than expected, I thought I'd post a few thoughts here as the 42nd general election becomes part of the history books. Having lived in quite a few places in my working life and maintaining ties to a few of them I found myself paying attention to not only my own riding but a few others as well. Then of course we had the Conservative implosion, the NDP evisceration and the Liberals rising from the dead. Rather, than write too many paragraphs, I've decided just to focus on a few points that have occupied m...more »
Back-to-back graphs, showing where groups are in control in Syria and the areas that have had severe looting. *Wired*:* Islamic State isn't the only group raiding Syria's ancient ruins* Looting of archaeological sites in Syria is more widespread than previously thought and not just the work of Islamic State. Isis is responsible for just a quarter of all lootings, with raids taking place in territory held by the Syrian government and other groups, new research has shown. The study, by archaeologists from Dartmouth College, found that looting of Syrian archaeological sites had incr...more »
[image: Information Enigma - 900] You know Darwinism has problems, but how do you explain them to your friends and family? Well, look no further than a bicycle lock. What's the greatest discovery in the history of biology? If you said "seedless watermelons," you're close....more »
[image: Constitution American Flag - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- As GOP lawmakers in the House decide whether to unite around Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as the next speaker, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds Republicans nationally prefer congressional leadership that will stand on conservative principles, not compromise...more »
A publishing company providing Texas school textbooks describes the Atlantic slave trade between 16th and 19th centuries as bringing in “millions of workers” to plantations in America’s south. A Texas mother and her student son recently raised questions about the curious text in the geography textbook. The publishers followed recent guidelines by the State which forced them to juggle with the grammar to accommodate current conservative political values. McGraw-Hill Education has since acknowledged that the term “workers” is a misnomer. The New York Times reports: The company’s chief...more »
WikiLeaks had announced earlier that they were in possession of the contents of CIA chief John Brennan’s email account and that they were planning to release them ‘shortly’. Well they didn’t waste much time! A number of the alleged documents have already been published. Wikileaks have published data from John Brennan’s private email account, in a release that the group is calling The CIA Files RELEASE: CIA Director John Brennan emails https://t.co/GC22CxkRkV#CIAemailspic.twitter.com/XdjkVPS5GW — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2015 RT reports: Although the hacked emails are from ...more »
RAF Tornados involved in the anti-Isis mission Operation Shader in Syria are to be equipped with ASRAAM missiles. Reuters *The Guardian*: British airstrikes against Isis forces in Syria 'high risk and pointless' Tory chair of defence select committee and former ambassador warn David Cameron against extending bombing mission David Cameron would be guilty of embarking on a “high-risk and pointless endeavour” if he sought to extend the British bombing mission against Islamic State forces in Iraq to Syria, a senior Tory MP and a former UK ambassador to Syria have warned. As Downing S...more »
[image: HS QB Dante Geno - 900] Mexico High School quarterback Dante Turo was raised by his parents to give glory to God -- especially on the football field. "When you score touchdowns, when you make big plays, it's easy to become proud," Geno, his dad, told me....more »
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan’s Fukushima & Miyagi prefectures on Wednesday According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake struck at 3.04 pm local time on Wednesday. The quake occurred off the northeast coast of Japan. No tsunami warning has been issued yet. BREAKING: M5.5 quake, 4 on Japanese shindo scale, hits Fukushima & Miyagi prefectures at 3:04 JST; no tsunami warning issued — The Japan Times (@japantimes) October 21, 2015 The epicenter was near the Fukushima coastline, at a depth of 30 kilometers. Residents of 10 other prefectures said they felt the tr...more »
#Antonov:Russian & US military depts signed Memorandum on a flight safety in skies of #SYRIA https://t.co/cC1Di6JV6y pic.twitter.com/AEbV8Y5l9f — Минобороны России (@mod_russia) October 20, 2015 *Sputnik:** US, Russia Ready to Discuss Search and Rescue in Case Pilot Downed in Syria* *US, Russia ready to discuss search and rescue in Syria in case of downed pilot or aircraft in distress through the newly established channel, Pentagon said.* WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and Russia are prepared to cooperate on search and rescue of pilots in Syria, US Department of Defense...more »
*Jenny Travens* - The everything you need to know guide to using wheatgrass as your number one nutritional supplement. The post The Ultimate Guide to Transforming Your Health with the Superfood Wheatgrass appeared first on Waking Times.
By Paul Homewood http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy.html Continuing with our round up of the INDC’s, the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, submitted by some of the largest GHG emitters. We have already seen how Russia’s plan will involve no reduction in emissions at all by 2030, how Japan’s will require only a 10% cut from 1990 levels, […]
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/chinas-xi-turns-money-politics-britain-day-pomp-081003419--sector.html *China's Xi seals nuclear power deal as part of $62 billion splurge in Britain* Reuters By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton A supporter of China's President Xi Jinping waves a Chinese flag opposite Big … By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has sealed a multi-billion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will unleash a wave of investment from the world's second...more »
*Sputnik*: *Pentagon: US-Russia Memorandum on Syria Excludes Intelligence Sharing* US Department of Defense Press Secretary Peter Cook stated that a Memorandum of Understanding on safety in Syrian airspace between Russia and the United States does not contain any provision for sharing intelligence. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on safety in Syrian airspace between Russia and the United States does not contain any provision for sharing intelligence, US Department of Defense Press Secretary Peter Cook announced in a statement on Tuesday. “The MOU does n...more »
Back around 1960 Frank Drake proposed an idea to search for alien civilizations by looking for their radio signals. He thought that any technological society would have developed some form of electromagnetic communication, and any technologically advanced society would realize that the best place to announce their existence was in a specific range of frequencies known then as “the waterhole.” Drake proposed a search of certain stars close to Earth that would most likely have developed life and to scan the waterhole radio frequencies. The effort failed. There were a number of assumpt...more »
[image: Joe Manchin - 900] A Democratic senator is arguing Appalachia coal workers who lost their jobs because of Obama administration regulations are overdosing on prescription painkillers. Painkiller abuse has ravaged Appalachia for years, and has gotten worse under President Barack Obama. The White House is expected...more »
WikiLeaks said on Wednesday that they have come into possession of the contents of CIA chief John Brennan’s email account. The whistle-blowing organization added that they plan to release them “shortly.” ANNOUNCE: We have obtained the contents of CIA Chief John Brennan’s email account and will be releasing it shortly. — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2015 This comes just two days after federal officials said that they were looking into reports that Brennan’s personal AOL email account had been hacked. RT reports: Earlier this week, an American teenage hacker with pro-Palestinian...more »
Each warplane costs $12,000 per hour to fly, and each helicopter $3,000 per hour, according to IHS. Vitaly V. Kuzmin / Wikicommons *Moscow Times*: *Calculating the Cost of Russia's War in Syria* Russian air strikes in Syria are costing Moscow up to $4 million per day, data collated for The Moscow Times by a defense think tank showed. The figures by IHS Jane's show that bombing raids, supply runs, infrastructure and ground personnel — along with a salvo of cruise missiles fired into the conflict zone — have cost Russia $80 million-$115 million since strikes began on Sept. 30. Compa...more »
BioMed Central is investigating a recent paper about a potential biomarker for liver cancer, which shows signs it was written using another article as a template. According to Jeffrey Beall, who exposed the similarities between the two papers on his blog Scholarly Open Access yesterday, the paper in question is “obviously bogus,” and appears to have relied […] The post BMC investigating allegedly copied paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015A classic press corps episode:* Obviously, we had no way of knowing what Joe Biden was doing or thinking over the past three months. Our best guesses were these: It seemed fairly obvious that he hadn’t initially planned to run for president. In 2013 and 2014, there was no sign that he was harboring any such plan. This spring, or perhaps this summer, that seemed to change—and on Sunday, August 2, a strange new reality took hold. On that day, the New York Times executed its ludicrous front page/opinion column twofer, in which a front page news report ab...more »
[image: Fantasy league] On April 15, 2011, thousands of Americans who played online poker woke to find three popular websites shut down by the FBI and millions of dollars in players' accounts frozen. The online poker industry survived its "Black Friday," as the... Continue reading *“DraftKings, FanDuel FBI Probe Could Freeze Players’ Money for Years”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Radiation sign - 900] Environmental Protection Agency officials have confirmed that 99 of 135 (nearly three-quarters) of beta-radiation sensors in the national monitoring system are either not working or have been turned off. The agency admits it doesn't have a clear understanding of why the sensors failed. The system, called RadNet,...more »
*Reuters*: *Four-fifths of Russia's Syria strikes don't target Islamic State: Reuters analysis* Almost 80 percent of Russia's declared targets in Syria have been in areas not held by Islamic State, a Reuters analysis of Russian Defence Ministry data shows, undermining Moscow's assertions that its aim is to defeat the group. The majority of strikes, according to the analysis, have instead been in areas held by other groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which include al Qaeda offshoots but also fighters backed by Washington and its allies. Defence ministry statement...more »
Section 161 of the Criminal Code says: 161. (1) When an offender is convicted, or is discharged on the conditions prescribed in a probation order under section 730, of an offence referred to in subsection (1.1) in respect of a person who is under the age of 16 years, the court that sentences the offender or directs that the accused be discharged, as the case may be, in addition to any other punishment that may be imposed for that offence or any other condition prescribed in the order of discharge, shall consider making and may make, subject to the conditions or exemptions that the c...more »
In this rare video the King of Pop Michael Jackson exposes the music industry and reveals secrets about “evil” Sony Music, shortly before his murder in 2009. In this unusual speech Michael Jackson asks members present not to tape him, shortly before talking about the then head of Sony Music Entertainment, Tommy Mottola (referring to him as “the devil”). Michael also reveals what Tommy Mottola’s ex-wife Mariah Carey had said about him after their divorce. and announces that “Sony kills music” in a blistering attack. Michael says that he was planning on taking down Sony Music and exp...more »
China have officially called for a global currency that will replace the dominant dollar, in a move towards introducing a one world currency. ABC News reports: The surprise proposal by Beijing’s central bank governor reflects unease about its vast holdings of U.S. government bonds and adds to Chinese pressure to overhaul a global financial system dominated by the dollar and Western governments. Both the United States and the European Union brushed off the idea. The world economic crisis shows the “inherent vulnerabilities and systemic risks in the existing international monetary sy...more »
A Russian defence firm have been commissioned to produce an army of new “combat robots” within the next 2 years. Uralvagonzavod, the company that introduced the ‘super tank’ Armata T-14, is eager to develop artificial intelligence for the armed forces in Russia, claiming that they will be able to showcase prototypes in the next 1.5 to 2 years. Rt.com reports: Engineers envisioned T-14 tank ‘robotization’ as they created Armata platform http://t.co/oFqhzUY6YJ pic.twitter.com/nLtZRiFPqg — RT (@RT_com) June 1, 2015 As an example, he noted that the Armata now requires three crew member...more »
Monsanto are furious at plans by California to list their popular herbicide ‘Roundup’ as being cancer-causing, accusing Californian environmental officials of acting “illegally” due to what Monsanto claims is a “lack of scientific evidence”. Yahoo News reports: The formal comments were filed by Monsanto with the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), part of California’s environmental regulatory office, on the final day the state accepted public comments about its intention to list glyphosate as a cause of cancer. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Mons...more »
Australian troops are being told to brace for chemical weapon attacks by ISIS, as coalition forces have warned them of a likely attack in the Middle East. Theguardian.com reports: The Australian defence chief, Mark Binskin, offered an update on operations in Iraq and Syria during Senate estimates on Wednesday. He said coalition partners had been aware of possible chemical weapons usage by Isis, also known as Daesh. “The one area that we have increased our force protection that’s been an emerging threat … is the use of some limited chemical weapons by Daesh,” Binskin said. He said c...more »
Rumours are circulating around Berlin that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to resign from her post due to the atrocious handling of the migrant crisis. Armstrongeconomics.com reports: It has long been said that they would have to drag her out of office as she would never resign willingly. Nevertheless, Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under a lot of criticism behind closed doors. Civil unrest is rising in Germany and the dissatisfaction with her open border policy to get the Noble Prize failed and is turning into a political nightmare. So how do you give her a graceful e...more »
A Harvard scientist has published research in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, that shows conventional milk and dairy products to be detrimental to human health due to added health-compromising sweeteners. David Ludwig says low fat milk is full of “dangerous sugars” which is destroying the health of millions of consumers. Themindunleashed.org reports: And because of sugar’s negative effects on our health, even the United States Department of Agriculture, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other organizations are recommending against consuming calorie...more »
In this video Stewart Swerdlow talks about aliens, space travel, the truth about our Sun, our solar system, and much more. According to his website, Stewart Swerdlow moves his consciousness beyond time and space to determine your foundational mind-pattern upon which all your life experiences are based. His great-uncle, Yakov Sverdlov, was the first president of the Soviet Union, and his grandfather helped form the Communist Party in the United States in the 1930s. To ensure that his loyalties stayed with the US government, he was “recruited” for specific government mind-control exp...more »
[image: President Barack Obama places a hand on Vice President Joe Biden's back as they and Dr. Jill Biden leave the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, where Biden announced he will not run for the presidential nomination.] Today, Joe Biden took to the White House Rose Garden to announce his decision not to run for president in 2016. Conservatives took to Twitter with their reactions. This window is closed. pic.twitter.com/qCc4KNE7z4 — Bob ? (@BobHicks_) October 21, 2015...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton email smartphone - GettyImages-134272681_Medium] Officials close to the matter at the Department of Justice are concerned the emails Hillary Clinton sent from her personal devices while overseas on business as U.S. Secretary of State were breached by foreign telecoms in the countries she visited--a... Continue reading *“Report: DOJ Officials Fear Foreign Telecoms Hacked Clinton Emails”* at *foxbusiness.com*.
[image: Hillary Clinton - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that two major health insurers preparing multibillion dollar acquisitions could tip “the balance of power” too far away from consumers. The Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement she had “serious concerns”...more »
*Simon Tisdall, The Guardian:* *Russia's involvement in Afghanistan increasingly echoes Syria campaign* *Barack Obama’s volte-face on US troop withdrawals may be driven in part by concern over Moscow’s motives* In a disturbing echo of its Syria intervention, Russia is stepping up its military and security involvement in Afghanistan following Nato’s withdrawal and subsequent, dramatic advances by the Taliban and Islamic State. Moscow remains wary of the Afghan quagmire, with memories still fresh of the disastrous 1979-89 war that cost the lives of 15,000 Russian soldiers and unco...more »
Anti-MANSOOR front wants to choose "other person" as new leader of Afghan Taliban. https://t.co/bwnmDG9TH8 — Abdul Mateen Imran (@mateenimran12) October 20, 2015 *Reuters:* *Exclusive: Dissident commanders meet to choose rival Afghan Taliban leader* Weeks after the Afghan Taliban's biggest battlefield success since 2001, dissident commanders unhappy with their new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour are meeting to choose a rival, they told Reuters on Tuesday. Analysts say the recent brief occupation of the northern city of Kunduz has cemented Mansour's power, boosting his reput...more »
A US Marine pilot died after crashing his F-18 hornet on farmland in Cambridgeshire Fens, near RAF Lakenheath. The pilot had taken off from the nearby RAF airbase and was on his way to the U.S, after returning from a bombing mission in Syria. The BBC reports: The Hornet crashed on farm land in Redmere, near Ely, close to the Suffolk border, with the alarm raised at 10:30 BST. Cambridgeshire Police confirmed the pilot, the only crew member, died. The aircraft had taken off from RAF Lakenheath, but was not connected to the base. It crashed four miles from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Ca...more »
*Reuters:* *Afghan forces battle to push back Taliban from southern city* Afghan government forces, bolstered by hundreds of fresh troops and elite commandos, battled on Wednesday to push the Taliban back from around the capital of the southern province of Helmand after fierce fighting a day before. The fighting near the provincial centre of Lashkar Gah, part of a widening insurgency across the country, comes three weeks after the Taliban briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz in their biggest military success of the 14-year conflict. Shah Mahmoud, a senior police official ...more »
[image: John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu - 900] JERUSALEM (AP) -- With no end in sight to weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israel’s prime minister headed to Germany on Wednesday for a high-profile meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at restoring calm to the region. As Benjamin...more »
[image: Western Wall Rain - 400] A proposed plan to put the Western Wall — Judaism's most sacred site — under Islamic domain was removed from an Arab coalition-backed motion voted on and passed by a United Nations cultural council on Wednesday. A source at the... Continue reading *“Arab Nations Back Down from Plan to Claim Western Wall for Muslims”* at *foxnews.com*.
*Exxon knew, and they still know.* *by Gaius Publius* Senator Sanders to Attorney General Lynch on Exxon: "We are writing regarding a potential instance of corporate fraud - behavior that may qualify as a violation of federal law." And that's how it's done. Bernie Sanders, from his Senate office, has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to "form a taskforce by December 19, 2015, to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to launch an official inquiry against any actors and entities involved." Why? Because of "a potential instance of corporate fraud – behavior that may ulti...more »
U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 over the skies of Iraq on July 19, 2015. The ‘Red Devils’ of VMFA-232 are currently deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and provide offensive strike and close air support to Operation Inherent Resolve. US Marine Corps Photo *Reuters:* *Pilot killed as U.S. Marine jet crashes in eastern England* The pilot of a U.S. Marine fighter jet was killed on Wednesday when it crashed on farmland after taking off from a U.S. Air Force (USAF) base in eastern England, offic...more »
[image: US Vice President Joe Biden (C), flanked by US President Barack Obama (L) and his wife Jill Biden (R), speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on October 21, 2015, in Washington, DC. Biden announced that he is not running for president.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political...more »
[image: Politico debate poll - 400] The stage at next week’s third Republican presidential debate is likely set, and the cast of characters who will participate in the prime-time panel this time around appears to be the same as the previous debate. A new ABC News/Washington... Continue reading *“Poll Confirms Likely GOP Debate Participants”* at *politico.com*.
Pastors and church congregations are valuing the prompt delivery of their pizzas by giving over the top tips to their pizza delivery drivers. An Alaskan church has given an astronomical tip of $1,900 to a pizza delivery guy. Earlier another church in Ohio set the trend with another mammoth tip to a pizza delivery gal. Premier Christian Radio reports: Ken Felber who has been working as a delivery driver for 14 years was asked by Pastor Dan Krause at Chugach Covenant Church what the biggest tip he had ever recieved. After replying with $100, the church leader asked “How does a tip of ...more »
*BBC*: *Syria conflict: Assad in surprise visit to Moscow* Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has visited Moscow on his first overseas trip since the civil war broke out in his country in 2011. During the surprise visit, he held talks with President Vladimir Putin. Russia launched air strikes in Syria last month against the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups battling Mr Assad's forces. Mr Assad said Russia's involvement had stopped "terrorism" becoming "more widespread and harmful" in Syria. *MIDDLE EAST* Bashar al-Assad travels to Russia *to thank Putin for Sy...more »
Some facts about the population of Jerusalem from 1840. In 1840, there were 5,000 Jews and 4,600 Muslims. In 1870: 11,000 Jews and 6,500 Muslims In 1917: 32,000 Jews and 13,500 Muslims In 1948, when Jerusalem was divided by war and occupied by Jordan: 84,000 Jews and 40,000 Muslims. More here http://www.israellycool.com/2015/10/19/palestine-1840-to-now/
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015Part 3—The candidate’s fourth button:* Friend, are you intrigued by the science of journalistic misstatement? Are you interested in the science of false and misleading journalistic claims and portrayals? In the science of cherry-picked facts? In the science of bogus journalistic portrayals designed to serve partisan ends? If you’re interested in that science, the case of the Alabama satellite DMV closings provides a fantastic case study. Warning to liberals and progressives: In this particular case, the bogus statements and portrayals have largely been...more »
Wisconsin police have charged a man with the murder of a teenage girl who went missing on 1982. The 50 year old man telephoned a local television station and gave “disturbing” details of a murder he supposedly committed when he was a teenager. It is reported that he was “haunted” by the memory/spirit of the 13 year old strong willed teenager and was tormented enough to partly confess. The Independent reports: Prosecutors charged Jose Ferreira over the death of 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek, who went missing in 1982. Milwaukee television news station WISN 12 News reported last week th...more »
*DoD Buzz*: *In Shift, Pentagon Deploys A-10s to Fight ISIS in Syria* In a change of course, the U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday announced that it deployed A-10 attack aircraft to Turkey to conduct strikes against the Islamic State in Syria. The Pentagon had already sent the low, slow-flying gunship overseas to attack ISIS targets in Iraq. An A-10 squadron was reportedly sent to undisclosed bases in the Middle East last fall to join the air campaign against the terrorist group, also known as ISIL. *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 21, 2015* 5 options for the US...more »
This is a first for us — a publication that covers start-ups in South Africa has retracted a list of 13 rising tech entrepreneurs for not being “inclusive enough.” Lists are a staple of popular media, so much so that they’ve earned their own word: listicle. But we’ve never seen one get retracted before. We weren’t […] The post Entrepreneur ranking retracted for not being “inclusive enough” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) signs the National Defense Authorization Act at the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan legislation, if signed by U.S. President Barack Obama, would provide resources for national defense. Also pictured are Sen. John McCain (2nd L) (R-AZ) and Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (R-FL).] WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate Republicans sent President Barack Obama a $612 billion defense policy bill on Tuesday, warning him not to veto it as part of a pa...more »
This 2012 Video provides a lot of information about the background and plans of the Chinese Molten Salt Reactor ans Thorium Breeder Molten Salt Reactor. Although Chinese Scientist have talked about their MSR R&D program, this is an accessable Starting point. Note that the Chines tried, with out sucess to develop a MSR R&D program in the 1970's, but Chinese Material science was not advanced enough then, to support this very ambitious endeavor. The Chinese quite obviously are either catiching up, or have caught up already, and they seem ready to forge ahead. The United States ...more »
[image: Donald Trump4 - 400] Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, not only in vote preferences but in expectations as well -- a remarkable feat for the non-politician who's surprised the GOP establishment with his staying power... Continue reading *“Trump Dominates New ABC/Washington Post Poll”* at *abcnews.go.com*.
[image: Officer Holder NYPD] The investigation continued early Wednesday morning after an NYPD officer was fatally shot in the head in East Harlem Tuesday night. Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was rushed to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. Continue reading *“NYPD Officer Shot and Killed”* at *abc7ny.com*.
Iraq’s oil exports and revenue dropped for the third straight month in September 2015. The country has been hit by two concurrent negative trends. The first is that the Kurds are contributing less and less to the central government’s oil flow as the budget deal between the two sides has collapsed. Second, the glut in world petroleum production has led to a steady decline in prices. Together they are adding to Iraq’s financial troubles as it had a poorly planned budget, and has added costs with the war against the Islamic State and the humanitarian crisis it has wrought. In Septem...more »
A paper that tested the clinical value of honey on venous ulcers has been pulled by the Journal of Clinical Nursing after an investigation uncovered “errors in the data analysis.” Last year, the authors pulled another paper on the healing properties of honey on wounds. We just discovered this second retraction, which appears in the September 2015 […] The post Authors retract second study about medical uses of honey appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Alaska-900] An HC-130 Hercules drops signal flares in the inner bay of Homer, Alaska, as part of rescue water training on Sept. 30, 2015. Thank you to Tech. Sgt. N. Alicia Halla for capturing this stunning image!
[image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)] The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has attracted a storm of criticism for an incendiary speech in which he accused the second world war Palestinian grand mufti of Jerusalem of "inspiring the Holocaust". The comments in a speech to the... Continue reading *“Netanyahu Insists Palestinian Grand Mufti Inspired Nazi Holocaust, Protest Storm Ensues”*...more »
The Washington ExamineratThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton - 400] Hillary Clinton’s closest advisors and top fundraisers include drug and insurance lobbyists. Clinton fought hard to force everyone to buy health insurance, and to force employers to cover all contraceptive costs through insurance. Her donor rolls include Big Pharma PACs,... Continue reading *“Hillary Claims Drugmakers, Insurers are Her Enemies, but Consider the Evidence”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
[image: An American F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft is seen in this file photo from Feb. 9, 2011. Aijaz Rahi / AP File] LONDON (AP) -- The pilot of a U.S. Marine Corps F-18 was killed Wednesday when the plane crashed near a British air base in eastern England, U.S. and British officials said. The U.S. Embassy in London confirmed the death of the...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad during Tuesday's meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. RIA Novosti/Reuters/Landov *WNU Editor*: Just some observations from the above photo. As a Kremlin watcher I am always alert on how Putin wants to be seen with other leaders. I do know that when he is comfortable and has a good relationship with someone, he always wants to make sure that he is photographed *like this*. When he is uncomfortable and/or critical of someone and wants to keep a distance from them, he is photogr...more »
*CNN*: *Syrian President Assad makes surprise visit to Moscow for talks with Putin* (CNN)Embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has flown to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is now his chief sponsor. The talks, held Tuesday night, centered on coordinating military action in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov said the talks concerned the fight against "terrorist extremist groups," a phrase the Assad regime regularly uses to describe all elements of the disparate opposition. *More News On The Secret Visit By Syrian President al-Assa...more »
First, the happy dance. Press Progress reports on 12 "star" Cons who will no longer be with us. Its list contains several cabinet ministers who went down to defeat, as well as Numero Uno MP Fetus Freak, Stephen Woodworth. Of other prominent CON dinosaurs: Vellacott and Benoit didn't run; in addition to Woodworth, Lizon also lost; and Warawa and Trost are baaaack. Also back are the "grandfathered-in" (appropriate term, yes?), but now supposedly muzzled Liberals for Life: Kevin Lamoureux, Lawrence MacAuley, John McKay, Francis Scarpallegia, and Borys Wrzesnewskyj. Both the anti-choice ...more »
This week the DCCC is having a series of meetings to introduce their favored candidates to incumbents, lobbyists and other DCCC supporters. Tonight they're throwing a big dinner at an event space for lobbyists and both political parties, the Oracle Townhouse on D Street. Most smart candidates are passing on the "opportunity" and staying in their districts to campaign. In several districts the DCCC actually lived up to their "neutrality" promise, inviting more than one candidate. For example, they invited Ruben Kihuen, Lucy Flores and John Oceguera (as well as vanity candidate, wea...more »
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu provided details of Russia's latest snap exercise at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on 16 March Source: Russian MoD *National Interest*:* Not So Scary: This Is Why Russia's Military Is a Paper Tiger* While Moscow’s military adventure in Syria shows that its forces have improved markedly since their near collapse in the mid-1990s, Russian military forces still have many weaknesses. While select portions of the Russian military—most notably the Strategic Missile Forces, airborne forces and naval infantry—have been extensively m...more »
The Washington Post/David WeigelatThe Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Jeb Bush - 400] In a must-read interview, Sasha Issenberg gets Right to Rise PAC’s Mike Murphy to talk more than any strategist really should. After some jawing and joshing about the Donald Trump phenomenon, Murphy machetes into the jungle of delegate math, and... Continue reading *“Jeb Bush’s Allies Are Starting to Sound Like Ron Paul’s in 2012. That’s Not A Good Sign.”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Back to the Future Shark - 400] (CNN)“Back to the Future” Day has finally arrived. In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly travels to October 21, 2015, to save his children, yet to be born in “Back to the Future’s” 1985. The plot gets tangled... Continue reading *“Oct. 21, 2015: Today is Back to the Future Day”* at *cnn.com*.
[image: Catholicism] Catholics have a hard teaching on divorce and remarriage--hard for the married to live by and lately, it seems, hard for the bishops to uphold. In its teaching on marriage, the Church merely follows Christ, who said that a man... Continue reading *“Country Club Catholicism and the Synod on the Family”* at *firstthings.com*.
[image: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday endorsed a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, but warned the government to be vigilant, saying the United States cannot be trusted. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say...more »
Nicole Winfield & Daniela PetroffatThe Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis_900] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican on Wednesday categorically denied a report in an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has a small, curable brain tumor, saying he is in good health and that his head is “absolutely perfect.” The Vatican...more »
[image: Adam Daniels2 - 900] LAWTON, Okla. (RNS) City officials are making changes to public library policies after a man who describes himself as Satanist reserved space for a book signing. Adam Daniels, 36, founder of the Oklahoma City-based Church of Ahriman, made national news...more »
[image: President Barack Obama] ObamaCare is heading toward a death spiral. The Obama administration is having trouble selling insurance plans to healthy people. That's a big problem: When the young and healthy don't enroll, premiums have to be hiked to cover the costs of... Continue reading *“Is ObamaCare Entering Its Dreaded Death Spiral?”* at *nypost.com*.
*Daily Mail:* *Skynet has arrived: Russian military firm produces AI technology that enables robots to make decisions without human intervention, just like Terminator's killer machines* * Russian company claims to have produced groundbreaking AI software * Software, called Unicum AI, 'could be installed on any robotic system' * Claims it makes robots capable of making decisions on their own accord A Russian weapons manufacturer claims to have invented artificially intelligent robot tanks capable of cognitive thinking. The company says their new software is 'capable of undertaking de...more »
*Conservatives Are Not Welcome at This College* At any given college campus, there are many extracurricular clubs for a variety of interests. Traditionally, this has included the political. But now, a Maryland college student says she was banned from forming a conservative club on campus and she’s fighting back. Moriah DeMartino, a student at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland, was denied permission to form a chapter of Turning Point USA. TPUSA describes itself as a non-partisan organization that educates students about fiscal responsibility. Their publication, Hypeline, has...more »
Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters *Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Daily Beast*:* No Guns, No Money, Ready to Hit ISIS HQ* *Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebels say they are poised to attack the ISIS capital of Raqqa. But there is much work yet to be done, and arms are still in short supply.* AYN AL-ISSA, Syria — A young Kurdish fighter manning a control post trains his binoculars on the unofficial border between the so-called Islamic State, and the region the Kurds call Rojava. This is the front line for what may be the next major U.S.-backed move against ISIS—a major offensive to take Raqqa, the cap...more »
*Scientists confirm that Alaskan wildfires could make global warming worse* *This is another Chris Mooney beatup. But it is probably true that wildfires have increased in severity in recent decades. Greenie interference with forest management has led to bigger fires. One particularly pernicious type of interference is Greenie opposition to precautionary burnoffs in winter. Such burnoffs are easy to keep within bounds and reduce fuel load for later fires. So any fires that eventuate in warm seasons are much tamer and spread less. So Greenies are creating the processes that al...more »
(Click on Image to Enlarge) Wikipedia *Las Vegas Now*: *Government takes family's land near Area 51* Private land overlooking the secret base at Area 51 has officially been taken from the owners and transferred to the United States Air Force. Last month, the U.S. Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property when the family who owns it rejected a government buyout they felt was unjust. The I-Team broke the story of the family's fight with the government. The Sheahan family, which until now owned the mine, knew they faced an uphill fight. They also expected the government would probab...more »
Putin's geopolitical interests of Russia are connected with the Arctic. Photo by Arctic Ecology Commitee *Radio Free Europe*: *Russia Builds Second Military Base To Support Arctic Ambitions* Russia's defense ministry said it has built a giant military base in the far northern Arctic, establishing a sprawling presence where Russia hopes to retrieve oil and other mineral riches. The ministry said October 20 that the building erected on the large island of Alexandra Land, which is part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago, is 97 percent complete. Named the "Arctic Trefoil," or three-...more »
http://geeksandglobaljustice.com/ Civil war is about to descend on the Conservative Party of Canada. Michael Harris writes: The biggest loser of all in Election 2015 is the Conservative Party of Canada. That party is now a tangle of angleworms in a jar. That’s what happens when an organization allows itself to become a cult and the cult leader fails utterly. It’s always the flood after a Sun King falls. The fingers are pointing everywhere in the Conservative camp now, assigning blame. The party is already returning to its bitter old divi...more »
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has apparently changed his mind about running for Speaker of the House. After saying he was not interested in the post, his fractious Republican Party seems unable to advance a viable candidate since Kevin McCarthy withdrew his name from consideration. Mr. Ryan named as his conditions not sacrificing time from his family and a unified GOP behind him. But Rep. Ryan also had other conditions. What were they? ------------------------------ - *10)* Allowed to wash clean pots and pans in Congress...more »
Under a proposed new law, UK security services are to be given the power to hack and take control of your laptop, phone and tablets. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ will be granted a range of electronic surveillance capabilities under the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, allowing them to legally spy on peoples phones and computers. The Mail Online reports: Privacy campaigners have warned against increasing surveillance powers, but the Government and senior intelligence services say they are more important than ever because of electronic crime and the threat from Islamist extremists. The new...more »
[image: Justice Statue in Frankfurt_compressed] The National Association of Evangelicals has excited anti-death penalty activists by abandoning its previous unequivocal support for capital punishment in favor of citing Evangelicals on both sides. A recent poll says 71% of white Evangelicals, who comprise the vast majority...more »
[image: Justin Trudeau] TORONTO (AP) -- With a host of policies that differ dramatically from his predecessor, Justin Trudeau’s victory over the most conservative leader in Canada’s history will reverberate beyond the country’s borders. The first major shift came Tuesday when Trudeau announced...more »
[image: Rep. Paul Ryan] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is seeking unity in a place it’s rarely found, telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week’s end as their consensus candidate. It’s a big...more »
A few years ago I was contacted by someone in Cambridge Bay who had made a picture which was showing up on the internet. He wasn’t too concerned that people were showing his work – except in one case where a nasty racist website was using the print to illustrate “primitive peoples’ art”. I was able to get the racist website delisted from Google by pointing out there was a copyright breach. No need to argue human rights, bigotry or anything that complicated. Copyright is a legal right granting the creator of original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. The idea b...more »
A former Australian prime minister is on a list of 28 “alleged paedophiles” that Liberal senator Bill Heffernan says forms part of a police document. Many of the people named in the documents were “prominent” people Senator Heffernan said: “They were delivered to me by a police agency some time ago because no one seems to want to deal with them.” News com.au reports: Senator Heffernan didn’t name any names but called on Attorney-General George Brandis to expand the child abuse royal commission so that it includes the legal fraternity. He told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra o...more »
[image: President Bashar Assad and President Vladimir Putin] DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- President Bashar Assad has traveled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since war broke out in Syria in 2011, meeting his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The two leaders stressed that the military...more »
This event is quite incredible http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3282422/Two-migrant-boats-arrive-British-soil-astonishing-security-breach-coming-ashore-RAF-base-Cyprus-UK-jets-carrying-strikes-against-ISIS.html Does it really surprise anyone that British military bases are not properly protected? What if the landing had been of a smaller scale but by members of ISIS, seeking to attack the British base?
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/11944107/Energy-policy-is-putting-the-British-steel-industry-at-risk.html From the Telegraph: The loss of so many jobs in the UK steel industry in such a short period of time is nothing short of a tragedy. But much of the finger-pointing that has accompanied news of the Redcar plant closure by SSI, lay-offs by Tata and […]
The Chinese president goes on a state visit to the UK, and quite literally brings the Chinese state with him. ...the Chinese embassy filled the Mall with thousands of supporters kitted out with T-shirts and flags, drowning out human rights protesters in a sea of red. Awkward. Really, really awkward. In his 11-minute speech, Xi acknowledged that he was addressing the “mother of parliaments”
*Ferrie, Oswald, Seal: ‘Committing Journalism’ in New Orleans ~Daniel Hopsicker* *Latest projections show wetter and cooler winter for New Orleans ~WGNO* *MILAGROS Channels New Orleans' Cool Vibes With Playful Library Mural ~Lauren Laborde, Curbed* *Susan Spicer's new Lakeview restaurant moves closer to approval ~Tod A. Price*
By Paul Homewood http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-trumps-solar-in-india/ Scientific American reports: DHARNAI, India—One year ago, environmentalists hailed this tiny village as the future of clean energy in rural India. Today, it is powered by coal. Dharnai, a community of about 3,200 people in eastern India’s Bihar state, had been without electricity for three decades. […]
The globalized world is not a product of our era. The awesome Frances Chan sent this little shot from Samuel P. S. Ho's indispensable *Economic Development of Taiwan, 1860-1970*, around Facebook. _______________________ [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!
By Paul Homewood http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2015/10/18/the-preposterous-green-institute-and-the-ipcc/ Donna Laframboise has the low down on the new head of the IPCC: When Hoesung Lee was elected head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently, the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) issued a celebratory press release. Lee – who hails from South Korea – […]
https://youtu.be/wJs9bYRxpz8 But the BBC and others will still try and convince you that Hamas want peace with Israel and that they are anti Zionist not anti Jew. Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn calls leaders of Hamas 'friends'.
This article was originally published in Probe magazine, which I co-edited with Jim DiEugenio. - - - - Otto Otepka once told journalist Sarah McClendon that he knew who had killed JFK, but would say no more on the subject.1 What might he have been in a position to know? As head of the State Department’s Office of Security (SY), Otto Otepka was responsible for issuing or denying security
THESE STONES FELL FROM THE HEAVENS. now, don't get me wrong, I'm a modern mind and I understand the current ideas on plate techtonics and rock formation, but Stone Age People didn't. They had a different mind, formed around their own tacitly-accepted formulae of scientific nurture. Remember, these were Stone Age People, folk who owed their very survival to this goft of the gods, this sacrifice of their own so that man could make his stone axes and chip off his flints. At the end of the last Ice Age, stone age man will have seen these massive meteors crashing regularly to the land ...more »
*Will Joan of Arc and William Tell surrender?* If you look at my long list of bumps and excesses that are waiting to be confirmed or (more likely) deflated by the continuing LHC experiments, you will notice one category of tantalizing hints that is larger than others: possible new Higgs bosons. *In 1988 or so, I had to attend rock'n'roll classes where I had to pretend to learn how to dance it and this piece released in 1986 was by far the most frequently played song over there. Not only because my talent for similar things is close to zero, it was so humiliating.* The Standard Mo...more »
An Intelsat satellite: Two like these were approached by a Russian military satellite *Sputnik*: *US and Russia Bicker Over Satellite Positioning in Earth's Orbit* A Russian military satellite which positioned itself between two US Intelsat satellites did not put them in danger, according to a Russian space expert. Ivan Moiseyev, head of Russia's Space Policy Institute, said "the possibility of a collision or some kind of interference is extremely small." Intelsat said it had unsuccessfully tried to contact the operator of the Luch relay satellite. "Despite direct and indirect i...more »
Global Research, Countercurrents, CounterPunch, RINF CLICK TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT WRITERS Our food system is in big trouble. It’s in big trouble because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with its pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and various other chemical inputs. The Rockefeller clan exported the petrochemical intensive ‘green revolution’ around the world with the aim of ripping up indigenous agriculture to cement its hegemony over global agriculture and to help the US create food deficit regions and thus use agriculture as a tool of foreig...more »
*RT: **RT EXCLUSIVE: Water, salt, machete: What’s in Russian pilots’ anti-ISIS survival kit in Syria* RT's Murad Gazdiev takes a look at a survival kit every Russian jet has at Latakia air base in case there's an emergency with a warplane – and finds that standard issue items include water, salt, flares, a radio beacon and a machete. *WNU Editor*: As to what are the weapons that they are carrying into their cockpit .... *go here.*
Melody Cook/Center for a New American Security Melody Cook/Center for a New American Security *Business Insider:* *Retired US Navy captain: The centerpieces of the Navy's future double down on a 20-year-old strategic mistake* Aircraft carriers are the ultimate symbol of American military dominance. Weighing tens of thousands of tons and costing billions of dollars, these vessels allow the US to project power around the world far from its shores. But according to a retired US navy captain, the prime time of aircraft carriers may be coming to an end as strategic mistakes committed by...more »
*Popular Mechanics:* *New Report Says the Navy Should Ditch the F-35C And Buy Drones Instead* *Canceling the F-35 will save money and increase carrier striking range, the Center for New American Security think tank argues.* We know all about the troubled and controversial development of the F-35. But now, one military think tank is suggesting that the U.S. Navy would be better off forgetting the billions invested in this plane entirely. A new report by the Center for New American Security suggests that the Navy should cancel the F-35C, its carrier-borne version of the Joint Strik...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime advisor to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, arrives to be deposed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol June 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee is expected to question Blumenthal about communication he had with Hillary Clinton around the time of the Sept. 11, 2011 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] It’s an ancient story: A...more »
Daniel Webster has been in the news lately because he's "running" (not really) for House Speaker as the Freedom Caucus/Tea Party candidate. He isn't considered a serious candidate with an actual chance to ever *become* Speaker, just a pawn in the game between the extremists and the mainstream conservative Establishment. But ole "Taliban Dan" is probably happy he's in the news as a potential Speaker rather than as someone who's about to lose his congressional seat. Let's talk about that for a minute. In 2010 Webster was elected in the 8th district in Central Florida. The following y...more »
“Is this galaxy trapped in a web of dust? No- it is far in the background. However, spiky stars and spooky shapes are abound in this deep cosmic skyscape. Its well-composed field of view covers about a Full Moon on the sky toward the constellation Pegasus. Of course the brighter stars show diffraction spikes, the commonly seen effect of internal supports in reflecting telescopes, and lie well within our own Milky Way galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* The faint but pervasive clouds of interstellar dust ride above the galactic plane and dimly reflect the Milky Way's combined starli...more »
Those interested in the reasons for black oppression by the state may conclude that it adds to the corporate bottom line. By Mariann G. Wizard | The Rag Blog | October 20, 2015 As a jack-of-all-trades writer and 50-year political … finish reading Mariann G. Wizard : Why ‘Black Lives Matter,’ a lot!
Twenty-one of us walked 13 miles into Saco today. We ended at the First Parish Congregational Church which has hosted us on three or four previous occasions. When we started out early this morning it was misting but after a couple of hours the sun came out and it turned out to be a gorgeous day to walk. Tomorrow we have an easy day only going 10 miles into Kennebunk where students at the alternative New School will host us for the night. While on our lunch break in the parking lot of Lois's Natural Market I went inside the store to use the restroom and when I came out standing i...more »
[image: Jeremy Seifert] Jeremy Seifert Hailed by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century, water fluoridation is something most of us assume to be safe and effective. But new science has upended this assumption, revealing that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor. The CDC tells us that drinking fluoride decreases tooth decay, at best, by 25%. That is one-half to one cavity per person over a lifetime. Is one less cavity worth risking a child's long-term brain and thyroid health? It's time to ...more »
SOURCE GUARDIAN: Tory MP attacks George Osborne's tax credit plans in maiden speech A Conservative MP has used her maiden speech in the House of Commons to lambast George Osborne for planning to penalise low-paid workers with cuts to tax credits. In a pointed address, Heidi Allen said the cuts fail David Cameron’s “family test” and are driven by the chancellor’s mistaken decision to run an
NBC reporter John Harwood sat down with Rand Paul this week and one of the topics was, of course, Donald Trump. Now, keep in mind that the most recent national poll of Republican voters-- from NBC News-- shows Trump leading the field and Paul still, statistically, a third-tier candidate. Trump is at 25% and Paul's at a pitiful 2%, trailing silly characters like Fiorina, Kasich and Huckabee. It must be so galling for Paul, who is trying to campaign on ideas, values, principles and policy solutions he truly believes in, while he sees Trump breezing along with not an honest thought ...more »
The congressman who represents the two most backward counties in South Carolina, Greenville and Spartanburg, is 51 year old fashion-plate Trey Gowdy. Gowdy first came to Congress as a page sponsored by vicious racist Strom Thurmond. It's not clear if he's one of the pages who laid with Mark Foley or not, but Gowdy had fun as a page and decided he wanted to grow up to be a real congressman. He got his chance in 2010 when mainstream conservative Bob Inglis hinted that Climate Change might be real. One of the stupidest people ever elected to Congress, Gowdy painted Inglis as a tree-h...more »
Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria, Trudeau tells Obama. AFP *Vice*:* Trudeau Tells Obama He's Pulling Canada Out of Bombing Campaign Against the Islamic State* Justin Trudeau, who won a sweeping majority government on Monday, will pull Canada's fighter jets out of Iraq and Syria just over a year after Ottawa began the bombing campaign. Canada's new prime minister informed President Barack Obama of his decision over the phone on Tuesday afternoon, he told a press conference in Ottawa. While Trudeau said that the American president understood his need to follow-throug...more »
[image: hand holding newborn feet - 400] The media tend to eat up horror stories -- except when abortion is involved. Local stations first broke the news Oct. 13 that police discovered 14 containers of "human tissue" in a Michigan abortionist's car. The horror story eerily echoed reports... Continue reading *“Networks Ignore 14 Containers of ‘Human Tissue’ Found in Abortionist’s Car”* at *newsbusters.org*.
*“L'amor Che Move il Sole e L'altre Stelle”** by Chet Raymo “Like many of us, I faithfully check APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day). When this image popped open the other day it took my breath away. I sat there gaping for five minutes. *Click image for much larger size.* Go to APOD. Drag the image to your desk-top. Open it and make it large enough to fill your screen. Or at least click on the image here. You are looking into the heart of the Great Orion Nebula, a gassy star-forming region of the Milky Way Galaxy that appears to the unaided eye as a blurry star in the scabbard of Ori...more »
Perhaps one reason why there are far more children today diagnosed with food allergies, especially peanut allergies, is that they have symptoms of another ailment, are then tested for food allergies, and they test positively, but it is a poor test. This is exactly what happened in Dallas to “a 15-month-old girl—her stomach, arms and legs swollen and her hands and feet crusted in weeping, yellow scales.” She “was rushed to the emergency room at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.” When eliminating the foods the child had tested allergic to did not clear...more »
"Are There Any Questions?" by Robert Fulghum "Are there any questions?" An offer that comes at the end of college lectures and long meetings. Said when an audience is not only overdosed with information, but when there is no time left anyhow. At times like that you sure do have questions. Like, "Can we leave now?" and "What the hell was this meeting for?" and "Where can I get a drink?" The gesture is supposed to indicate openness on the part of the speaker, I suppose, but if in fact you do ask a question, both the speaker and the audience will give you drop-dead looks. And some foo...more »
*"Evidence"* "Where do I live? If I had no address, as many people do not, I could nevertheless say that I lived in the same town as the lilies of the field, and the still waters. Spring, and all through the neighborhood now there are strong men tending flowers. Beauty without purpose is beauty without virtue. But all beautiful things, inherently, have this function - to excite the viewers toward sublime thought. Glory to the world, that good teacher. Among the swans there is none called the least, or the greatest. I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especi...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.