*Washington Post*: *Russia offers to reopen, broaden military talks with the U.S. over Syria* ROME — Russia and the United States tentatively agreed Tuesday to resume talks on how to prevent conflicts between their warplanes in the skies over Syria, even as concerns mounted about the potential for a broader confrontation in the Middle East between the two powers. After days of complaints from U.S. and NATO officials about a lack of cooperation and risky maneuvers by Russian warplanes, Russia’s Defense Ministry offered to hold another round of discussions with the Pentagon on avoi...more »
ISIS militants race through Raqqa in a propaganda training film released online in September 2014 *ABC News:* *US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota Trucks* U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world’s second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group’s propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned. Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles and is “supporting” the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit...more »
[image: NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 27: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 27, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. President Obama spoke at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center located in the Lower 9th Ward, a largely African-American neighborhood that was one of the hardest hit by the storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)] President Obama was right. He was right when, just a few hours after the horrible shooting in Oregon, he decried the fact that such slaughters have become “routine.” He w...more »
*Jerry Lewis talks about prepping The King of Comedy (1981) with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in this excerpt from an October 2000 Archive of American Television interview.* *by Ken* So after the introductions to the introduction were over, the introducer -- who would also be the evening's moderator -- stepped to the podium tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, and promptly got a standing ovation. Because the introducer-moderator was Martin Scorsese. Now I'm crotchety about today's routinized standing O's, where it seems you can get one just for drawing brea...more »
[image: Marriage of Christ and Church] A day or so after Judge Vaugh Walker struck down California's marriage amendment in 2010, I was interviewed on Logo TV, the LGBT network. We covered the typical arguments for marriage between one man and one woman cordially, respectfully and...more »
*CNN*: *U.S. Gen.: We need new Afghanistan plan* Washington (CNN)The top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday that he needs to adjust troop level recommendations to respond to the growing strength of ISIS and al Qaeda. Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services committee he has presented options for revising President Barack Obama's plan for slashing the U.S. troop presence after 2016 from its current level of about 9,800 to an embassy-based security force of 1,000. "Based on conditions on the ground, I do believe we have to provide our senior leadership [w...more »
I know at some point I’ve mentioned DC’s teacher evaluation system, IMPACT. As always, there is a lot being written and researched on the subject, including this recent call from the Network for Public Education to assist with a research project. Cool beans. I’m not going to add any redundant critique about IMPACT and, more […]
[*Click to enlarge.*] Last week the Pew Research Center released a fascinating survey of voters that doesn't just inform us that Republicans' favorite *and* most hated candidate is Donald Trump. This one gets down into what makes voters tick. For example, 60% of Democrats say they are more likely to vote for a candidate willing to compromise with Republicans and 14% say that they are less likely to vote for a candidate willing to compromise. On the other hand, significantly fewer Republicans want their political leaders to compromise with Democrats. 41% say they would be more likel...more »
*The Guardian:* *Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days* Commander of war in Afghanistan tells Senate panel that US forces had called in airstrike at Afghan request – ‘an admission of a war crime’ says MSF chief US special operations forces – not their Afghan allies – called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded. Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders –...more »
*Broadcast here October 7th**,** 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT).* *For only $3.95 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads and other perks from Kevin! If you are a subscriber, just log in to the members area of TruthJihad.com to get early access to the shows. Non-subscribers only get access to the No Lies Radio show archives the day after the broadcast here. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air - become a subscriber today!* Ole DammegardGuest *Ole Dammegard* exposes the 2011 massacre in Norway. The world's biggest and most...more »
Ewa Kopacz (Source) As the World heads toward the COP21 Gabfest and its side show, the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) 2015, Poland's PM Ewa Kopacz says she does not consider nuclear energy a priority and is instead focused on strengthening the coal mining industry. (LINK) Ewa Kopacz's comments indicated a U-turn from earlier government plans to add nuclear energy to Poland's mix in the coming years. Kopacz said Monday that Poland's energy security is based on coal. The country has rich deposits of the fossil fuel and the government is currently taking steps to preserve coal min...more »
Cult-like Islam is flourishing1) CULT: Single, unquestioned leader who makes all the rules, with no accountability to peers, a presbytery, a chapter, or co-leaders. *Prophet is sole authority and makes all the rules, because god speaks only to him.* 2) CULT: Cohabitation. Members often live in a group or commune, often with the leader. *Cult has grown too big, but this was certainly the case when it was starting.* 3) CULT: Isolation. Members are often not allowed to interact/socialize with outsiders, and frequently are required to separate from their friends and families. *Mus...more »
“This big, bright, beautiful spiral galaxy is Messier 64, often called the Black Eye Galaxy or the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy for its heavy-lidded appearance in telescopic views. M64 is about 17 million light-years distant in the otherwise well-groomed northern constellation Coma Berenices. *Click image for larger size.* In fact, the Red Eye Galaxy might also be an appropriate moniker in this colorful composition. The enormous dust clouds obscuring the near-side of M64's central region are laced with the telltale reddish glow of hydrogen associated with star forming regions. But they are...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *Russia-Backed Rebels in Ukraine to Delay Disputed Elections* *Move welcomed by Moscow and Kiev as step towards implementing February’s peace plan.* KIEV, Ukraine—Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Tuesday they would postpone the disputed elections that were threatening to derail peace talks. The move was immediately welcomed by Moscow and Kiev as another step toward implementing a peace plan signed in February in Minsk, Belarus. While a cease-fire has largely held in the region for a month, both sides have balked at political concessions...more »
*Bloomberg editorial*: *Preventing Friendly Fire From the Sky* As the Pentagon investigates the airstrike that killed 22 civilians at an Afghan hospital last weekend, it's crucial that authorities be as transparent as possible -- not only about what the pilots and spotters on the ground did, but also about the rules they're required to follow. The aerial attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz came from an AC-130 gunship. The AC-130, a transport plane outfitted with fearsome cannons on its wings, has traditionally not been subject to the strict "collateral damage ...more »
[image: Letter Signature - 900] Over 100 converts to the Catholic Church signed an open letter to the bishops at the Synod on the Family asking them to maintain Catholic teaching, especially on the question of divorce and remarriage. An Open Letter to the Synod...more »
[image: Screengrab] The new documentary Citizen Carly, released by the group Carly for America, has hit the internet. The behind-the-scenes look at GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina offers a short overview of her life, work and faith. Here are 12 quotes from Fiorina in...more »
*Joshua Krause* - Our society is already populated by millions of people working menial jobs while burdened with absurd debts that will keep them ‘tied down’ for the rest of their lives. The post How Student Loan Debt Is Turning Us Into Serfs appeared first on Waking Times.
*With the finalisation of a TPP deal yesterday, could this week’s discussion hosted by our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group be any more topical? (And remember, you’re all invited whether students or economists … or even, most especially, if not).* *Seminar: Does New Zealand Economics Have a Useful Past?* Looking at the role that economic thought has had on the economic development of New Zealand, and focussing mainly on trade policy over the period from 1920s to the early 1980s, the newly-appointed editor of the *History of Economics Review* Dr. Geoffrey Brooke wil...more »
*“That Cottage Of Darkness”* by Chet Raymo “In many ways my mother's funeral was a joyous occasion- a time to celebrate her life, to celebrate family. A time, too, to think about death. She was the last of her generation, and died in hope of heaven. I am the oldest of the next generation, agnostics mostly. That puts me on the leading edge- of oblivion. Well, let's not get morbid. With a little luck, my twilight years will be golden, and every one of those years is a gift of science. I am past the age of my father's death, and well past the age that my grandfathers died. A century ...more »
*BBC*: *Syria conflict: Russia violation of Turkish airspace 'no accident'* Russia's violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend "does not look like an accident", Nato has said. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia had not provided "any real explanation" of the violation, which "lasted for a long time." Russia says Saturday's incursion was brief and due to bad weather. It is examining claims of another violation. Turkey's army also says an unidentified fighter jet locked its radar on to eight of its jets on Monday. *MIDDLE EAST* Turkey 'cannot endure'* Russian viola...more »
*“Departed Days”* "Yes, dear departed, cherished days, Could Memory's hand restore Your morning light, your evening rays, From Time's gray urn once more, Then might this restless heart be still, This straining eye might close, And Hope her fainting pinions fold, While the fair phantoms rose. But, like a child in ocean's arms, We strive against the stream, Each moment farther from the shore Where life's young fountains gleam; Each moment fainter wave the fields, And wider rolls the sea; The mist grows dark, - the sun goes down, - Day breaks, - and where are we?” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
All of us are waiting for rain. A friend's well has gone dry and we are being careful of our water from ours. Here is a tiny fall garden consisting of a few marigolds and beet greens. On the night of the full moon, I stepped out and looked for the eclipse. The moon was rising already almost at totality, so it took me time to locate it. I dutifully snapped at it with the little cheap camera, and got no result (such as it was) until late in the show: But it was certainly a show worth watching. I felt thousands of years old, or even millions, witnessing this. There was a similar ec...more »
Before many can know something,* one* must know it. - Dr Stockmann, in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. One of the benefits of a very low carbohydrate diet for type 1 diabetes is a much lower rate of hypoglycemic episodes, because of the need for less insulin, lower insulin doses and longer acting insulin overall (a greater proportion of the insulin used is basal dose). This is predicted by the laws of small numbers. It is also reported anecdotally that hypoglycemia, when it does occur by the meter, is often non-symptomatic. The milder symptoms aren't easily ignored, and severe hy...more »
A documentary about Britain's First virtual fascist group, Britain First? Why ever not. With UKIP commanding four million votes at the general election, the press stuffed with xenophobic bullshit as per, and the woman who would lead the Tories pitching herself as *Nigel Farage's successor*, a little package shedding light on a tiny and utterly marginal fascist group isn't likely to create much harm. My bad. Of course, Britain First aren't a fascist group. Nor are they racist. As deputy fuhrer Jayda Fransen put it in *We Want Our Country Back*, the final programme in BBC Three's 'Ra...more »
By Paul Homewood Further to my recent on post on UK summer temperature trends, Xmetman has produced a graph of CET summer means right back to 1659. (Click on the link for a better image). https://xmetman.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/summer-jja-cet-1659-2015.png The recent uptick followed by a drop off is evident. What is astonishing […]
[image: Steve Irwin and Bindi - 400] It was “Most Memorable Year” week on “Dancing With the Stars,” which brought up emotional memories for one of the competition's front-runners, Bindi Irwin. The 17-year-old chose 2006, the year her father, Australia's legendary “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, died. “It's... Continue reading *“Bindi Irwin’s Emotional DWTS Tribute to Her Father Steve”* at *foxnews.com*.
"One must say Yes to life, and embrace it wherever it is found - and it is found in terrible places. For nothing is fixed, forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out....more »
*Alex Pietrowski* - Heart surgeon's statement regarding the medical establishment’s approach to treating heart disease causes a ripple in the medical industry. The post Prestigious Heart Surgeon’s Confession Reveals the Truth About Heart Disease appeared first on Waking Times.
*“How and Why Banks Will Seize Deposits During the Next Crisis”* by Phoenix Capital Research "As we’ve previously noted, one of the biggest problems for the Central Banks is actual physical cash. The financial system is predominantly comprised of digital money. Actual physical Dollars bills and coins only amount to $1.36 trillion. This is only a little over 10% of the $10 trillion sitting in bank accounts. And it’s a tiny fraction of the $20 trillion in stocks, $38 trillion in bonds and $58 trillion in credit instruments floating around the system. Suffice to say, if a significant ...more »
The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnerhip was signed just recently - in fact, not long before today's paper went to bed. It must be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pages long. Most people would take days to read that. And then, they'd need teams of experts taking weeks to figure out the implications. But that would be most people. Here, in New Brunswick, we have people who are not most people. It took our provincial minister of busy stuff, Rick Doucet, only minutes to pronounce this deal a great success. The reporter continued that theme, even though he's never even seen the deal. An...more »
The selling of sex isn't usually regarded the stuff of light-hearted film making. That is, unless, it's men doing the selling. To women. And this was the topic of last night's *Sex Diaries*, a series of pieces by Charlie Russell exploring what you might call the margins of the popular sexual imagination (last week he looked at couples who bonk on webcam). On this occasion, Charlie was concerned with tracking down self-declared gigolos who advertised their services on particular internet sites. He managed to find three of them who were happy to speak on camera. Up first was Ian (pic...more »
The video above, by the head of the Old Skool fringe group the John Birch Society, is the kind of thing right-wing voters are hearing more and more about lately. Very few people listen to this nut. But they *do* listen to Donald Trump, who is ready to exploit legitimate concerns as well as confusion and turmoil around the TPP for his own purposes. Fine. Once word started leaking out yesterday that the secret negotiations on the TPP were basically done, the first congressional reaction I saw was from Alan Grayson, an implacable foe of trade agreements that ship American jobs overse...more »
[image: prison - 400] The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison -- the largest one-time release of federal prisoners -- in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the... Continue reading *“Justice Dept. Set to Free 6,000 Prisoners, Largest One-Time Release”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
NYT: *Car Bombs in Yemen Hit Aden Hotel and Building Used by Persian Gulf Troops* AL MUKALLA, Yemen — The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings in the southern Yemeni city of Aden early Tuesday that killed at least 18 people, including troops from the Persian Gulf who had been sent to secure the city. The coordinated bombings appear to be the largest attack in Aden by the Islamic State since the group first surfaced in Yemen last year, and are the latest sign that Sunni extremists are gaining strength with much of the country distracted...more »
Annette King, Jane Kelsey, and Uncle Tom Cobley and all have denounced what, they say, “the TPP will mean with regards to life-saving drug costs.” It’s unfair, they say, that drug companies should have even the five years recognised by the TPP to make the most from selling the many *future* life-saving drugs that wouldn’t have existed without them. Is it not too much to recognise *where *all these life-saving drugs actually come from that everyone takes so much for granted? And to acknowledge that we in NZ are, to be blunt, *mooching* on the people who develop and pay for them. ...more »
Servers inside Facebook’s Prineville Data Center in Oregon. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-06/eu-u-s-data-sharing-pact-is-invalid-eu-s-top-court-rules-iff2hpgy *Trans-Atlantic Data Pact Struck Down by EU’s Highest Court* Stephanie Bodoni October 6, 2015 — 9:51 AM CEST Updated on October 6, 2015 — 6:48 PM CEST - Judges say U.S. spies may get access to EU citizens' data - EU citizens' right to privacy not guaranteed by U.S. rules A trans-Atlantic pact that potentially allows U.S. spies to get their hands on European citizen...more »
Today in a Senate hearing in Washington about Afghanistan with General John Campbell (who oversees all US military operations in Afghanistan), CODEPINK went dressed as "bloodied" doctors and nurses, demanding accountability and an independent investigation for the hospital bombed in Kunduz, Afghanistan over the weekend. Physician Dr. Margaret Flowers was arrested at the hearing for speaking out and she is still being held by police! Sign the CodePink petition to General Campbell here: http://www.codepink.org/campbell_kunduz Was a great witness for truth - it is a war crime to bo...more »
*Absolute poverty will be gone by 2030* *Guest post by Marian Tupy* According to the World Bank, for the very first time in human history, “less than 10 percent of the world’s population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.” The bank has “used a new income figure of $1.90 per day to define extreme poverty, up from $1.25. It forecasts that the proportion of the world’s population in this category will fall from 12.8 percent in 2012 to 9.6 percent.” As scholars have noted, historically speaking, grinding poverty was the norm for most ordinary people. Even in the m...more »
[image: Poverty Levels Lowering - 400] According to the World Bank, for the first time in human history, "less than 10 percent of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015." The bank has "used a new income figure of $1.90... Continue reading *“Economic Growth Slashed Global Poverty to Historically Unprecedented Level”* at *cato.org*.
[image: Oregon dad] I've noticed that the answers in life are often simple but rarely easy. For instance, if I want to lose 10 pounds, the simplest but hardest solution is to eat less and jog more. The most complicated but easiest solution is... Continue reading *“Kids Don’t Need Gun Control Laws. They Need Fathers.”* at *theblaze.com*.
The aftermath of the Khobar Towers bombing. Maksim/Wikimedia photo. At top — a U.S. F/A-18C Hornet takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk on Nov. 19, 2007. Navy photo *Washington Times:* *Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran’s terrorism* Sent secret cable accusing Tehran of 1996 Khobar Towers attack, but kept it from public. Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S....more »
A new report says a sex abuse victim of the former BBC presenter, Jimmy Savile, has received £15,000 as settlement from the BBC. After writing to Jim’ll fix it, Savile paid for the young fan to travel to London only to hand him over to another abuser It is understood to be the first BBC settlement to be made public following the Savile scandal. The BBC paid the sum to the victim who was molested at the Television Center as a teenager, according to the UK Express who report: The victim, now 54, was a desperately unhappy child living in a care home when he wrote to Savile telling the ...more »
Previously, this blog wrote of Christopher Monckton's address about the push to get rid of Tony Abbott. Part of that address: David King (The Climate Change Task Force ) was asked whether all the nations of the world were now, in principle, ready to sign their people’s rights away in such a treaty. Yes, but there are two standouts. One is Canada. But don’t worry about Canada. They’ve got an election in the Spring of 2015 and *we and the UN will make sure the present government is removed*. He was quite blunt about it. The other hold out is Australia. And Australia we can’t do anyt...more »
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015What “authenticity” looks like:* Does Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere know whereof he speaks? We can’t answer that. Maureen Dowd provided zero sources when she started the story of the dying son’s last words. Today, Dovere cites only anonymous sources as he claims to reveal Dowd’s source. He says her source was the dying man’s father, Joe Biden. Headlines included, this is the way he begins: DOVERE (10/6/15): *Exclusive: Biden himself leaked word of his son's dying wish/The vice president is mourning. He’s also calculating.* Joe Biden has been making h...more »
Sunday my family went to see the Martian. We all enjoyed the movie and I recommend it. Since I study communication, I couldn't help but do an ad hoc film criticism. Here are the elements I found most interesting about the film. 1. NASA's starring role 2. Representations of media relations between government agencies and public in the film 3. Representations of public culture in the film 4. Representations of international relations 5. Representational biopolitics NASA'S ROLE Let us start with NASA's staring role. My family thinks that NASA's overall representation is mildly ...more »
Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says the United States should retaliate if Russia does not stop bombing its assets in Syria. He advised President Obama to attempt to disarm the Russians if they continue to attack the CIA-trained militants in Syria. In an article published by the Financial Times on Sunday, Brzezinski wrote:”The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland” adding that they could be ‘disarmed’ if they persisted in provoking the US. He also suggested that Russia might be persuaded to act with ...more »
Refugees and migrants line up to board the Tera Jet passenger ship at the port of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/DIMITRIS MICHALAKIS *Time:** 3 Million More Refugees Could Flee Syria, E.U. Official Warns* *“The world around us does not intend to help Europe,” laments EU Council president* Up to 3 million additional refugees could flee the fighting in Syria, E.U. Council President Donald Tusk warned in remarks to European lawmakers Tuesday. The wave of refugees could worsen a migration crisis that has put pressure on European border facilities and...more »
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani (L) stands at the frontline during offensive operations against Islamic State militants in the town of Tal Ksaiba in Salahuddin province March 8, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER *Reuters:* *How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow* At a meeting in Moscow in July, a top Iranian general unfurled a map of Syria to explain to his Russian hosts how a series of defeats for President Bashar al-Assad could be turned into victory - with Russia's help. Major General Qassem Soleimani's visit to Moscow was the first step in plannin...more »
[image: An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Carl Vinson is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet area of operations.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has moved ahead on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy b...more »
*Hillary Clinton in September 2015 on TPP. That text will soon be released, and Clinton will have a Keystone-like opportunity to improve her standing. Will she take it? (source)* *by Gaius Publius* Earlier this year, the pro-corporate neoliberals in the Democratic Party — Obama, Biden, the TPP senators and House members — and their behind-the-scenes enablers — Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi — won the long and drawn out Fast Track vote. For the next three to six years, any bill labeled a "trade deal" will be "fast-tracked" through Congress. No amendments, no delay of the calendar, no ...more »
*Mehedi v. 2057161 Ontario Inc.,* 2015 ONCA 670:  The test under rule 59.06(2)(a) to re-open a trial that applies *after* the judgment or other order has been issued and entered was set out by Doherty J.A., speaking for the court, in *Tsaoussis (Litigation Guardian of) v. Baetz* (1998), 41 O.R. (3d) 257,  O.J. No. 3516, at paras. 41 and 44. As he noted, the onus is on the moving party to show that all the circumstances "justify making an exception to the fundamental rule that final judgments are exactly that, final." In particular, the moving party must show tha...more »
If General John Campbell thought he'd be raked over the coals by a Senate panel today for the weekend American military attack on Doctors Without Borders, he was in for a very pleasant surprise. What he got instead was a warm bubble bath followed by a massage. Members of the Armed Services Committee did their due groveling diligence, politely requesting that he keep them apprised of the military's investigation into its own war crime. No big rush, they'll be happy with a rough draft by Halloween. Not one of them, either Republican or Democrat, ever once uttered the phrase "war crime...more »
PLOS One has retracted one of two cancer papers with “substantial overlap” that were reviewed simultaneously by different editors. This one’s a bit of a mystery — neither of the papers share an author, and no authors share institutions. Once the editors discovered the overlap, they contacted the authors. One group of authors provided the requested […] The post Mystery: PLOS One seeks investigation after publishing two papers with “substantial overlap” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
I absolutely have been applauding what the Russian Federation is doing right now in Syria.... Since the Russian Federation started its aerial campaign against ISIS targets within Syria as of last week, the strikes have been so successful that we find the criminal US government stuck in a quandary... The US criminal government created ISIS a few years back as its latest and greatest "terrorist group" for the overthrow of the good guys, the Bashar al-Assad government, and for the last year at least that "terrorist group" was running roughshod over the nation by destroying towns and vi...more »
My paper abstract has been accepted for presentation in an international energy conference here in Manila, January next year. Happy me :-) Then I can present in a conference why climate change is natural (nature-made, not man-made) and cyclical (warming-cooling-warming-cooling). And preparing for global cooling phase, we need cheap, un-subsidized, not over-taxed, stable and reliable (available 24/7) energy sources. Global cooling is more brutal, more deadly than global warming phase. Frequent rising rivers, creeks, lakes and street flood, not rising ocean. Outdoor agriculture and c...more »
[image: With No Nominee of Their Own, House Conservatives Struggle Over Speaker Vote] The same House conservatives who not so quietly helped push out Speaker John Boehner have been tight-lipped about whom they want to replace him. Not enamored with the candidates before them, and without the clout to elevate one of their...more »
According to the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, ISIS are using mosques as hideouts because they know that Russian jets would never target such buildings. The minister also revealed that Moscow and Washington are to sign an agreement on coordinating flights RT reports:: Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces are sheltering in mosques and trying to hide their vehicles around them, Antonov told reporters Tuesday, citing video evidence. “Knowing our careful, respectful attitude to mosques they understand that we would never – under any circumstances – carry out airs...more »
*“George W. Bush Enjoying New Status as Smarter Bush”* by Andy Borowitz DALLAS (The Borowitz Report)— “After years of being subjected to unfair ridicule, former President George W. Bush is now enjoying his newfound status as the smarter of the two Bush brothers to have achieved elected office. Speaking to reporters at his home in Dallas, Bush said he was deriving “quiet satisfaction” from a new poll showing that ninety-one per cent of the American people now consider him the smarter Bush. “I know that no one’s saying I’m a genius,” he said, modestly. “But I look pretty good when I’...more »
*"The Incredible Instant ISIS Machine"* by Zen Gardner "Don’t people even think anymore? How can they swallow this wholesale engineered fabricated snowstorm of distorted disinformation and not see through it? Just look squarely at this instantly appearing, highly sophisticated, fully mobile in flashy new vehicles, heavily armored ISIS machine. They’re a well supplied and coordinated organization of a supposedly bunch of radicalized Islamic rebels, pulling recruits out of the war torn rubble of a devastated Middle East almost overnight. And the supply of not just weapons but the co...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, Sept. 21, 2015. Ivan Sekretarev / Reuters *Reuters*: *Russia-Israel military coordination talks on Syria to open Tuesday* A senior Russian military delegation will visit Israel on Tuesday for two days of talks on how the countries can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria, an Israeli military officer said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Sept....more »
*Reuters:* *NATO rejects Russia explanation on Turkish air space* NATO on Tuesday rejected Moscow's explanation that its warplanes violated the air space of alliance member Turkey at the weekend by mistake and said Russia was sending more ground troops to Syria and building up its naval presence. With Russia extending its air strikes to include the ancient city of Palmyra, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he was losing patience with Russian violations of his country's air space. "An attack on Turkey means an attack on NATO," Erdogan warned at a Brussels news conference. *Up...more »
[image: Rubio_in_Iowa] A lot has changed since April, when Marco Rubio announced his presidential bid. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was the top candidate of mainstream conservative activists and donors. Jeb Bush seemed like a fund-raising juggernaut with natural appeal to the party's... Continue reading *“Why Marco Rubio’s Chances Are Rising”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: CNN_ISIS_forced_abortions] Dohuk, Iraq (CNN)ISIS militants forced pregnant women they had sold into slavery to have abortions, according to three young Yazidis who escaped from the Islamic militants’ brutal clutches. After abducting hundreds of young women and girls from their homes in... Continue reading *“ISIS Forced Yazidi Women to Have Abortions”* at *cnn.com* .
[image: Banking Ties Could Hurt Joe Biden in Race With Populist Overtone] Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August. Aug. 1, to be exact -- the day renowned Hillary Clinton-critic Maureen Dowd published a column that marked a turning point in the presidential speculation.... Continue reading *“Report: Biden Leaked Son’s Dying Wish for Presidential Run”* at *politico.com*.
[image: James Wade Bosh] Intrigued by this idea, we set out to analyze 10 years of NBA performance with Roderick Swaab of the business school INSEAD. Our analysis revealed exactly what we saw with the Miami Heat: At a certain point, adding more top... Continue reading *“Too Much Talent is a Problem (in Basketball, Not Baseball)”* at *theatlantic.com*.
[image: Obama News Conference-900] In his speech on the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon last week, President Obama sounded more upset about America’s gun laws than about the horrific massacre. We barely had the preliminary facts about the shooting, the shooter and the...more »
[image: Constitution Destroyed - 900-0000] A constitutional crisis is in full swing over the congressional investigation that was sparked by a series of videos appearing to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing selling fetal tissue. The committee investigating Planned Parenthood has subpoenaed the Center for Medical...more »
I often say how lucky I was to have gone to Fordham University’s Undergraduate School of Education in New York City during the late 1960s. We were the 60’s “Boomer” generation, raised during the quietly prosperous 1950s that became the idealist generation looking to save the world from itself. Many joined the Peace Corps to work with the poor across the globe, but many more joined what no one thought of as an American peace corps…the teaching profession. What better way to help those in need than to help them learn how to learn so they could build their lives? Yes I, as well as most ...more »
View More: World News|Live News|More News Videos *CBS: **Russians make closest contact to date with U.S. war planes over Syria* QATAR -- Russian aircraft had their closest run-in yet with American war planes over Syria. The yellow aircraft are Russian, the green are American. U.S. pilots flying F-16s out of Turkey first picked up the Russian planes on radar. The Russians closed to within 20 miles, at which point the American pilots could visually identify them on their targeting cameras. Lt. Gen. Charles Brown, commander of the American air campaign, said the Russians have come ev...more »
*CNN*:* NATO says Russian ground troops in Syria, Turkey's airspace violated again* Washington (CNN)Russian involvement in the 4½-year-old Syrian civil war seems to be escalating, with NATO's secretary general confirming Tuesday a second incursion by Russian planes into Turkish airspace and saying Russian ground troops were in Syria as well. "Russian combat aircraft have violated Turkish airspace," Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, according to NATO's website. "This is unacceptable." Stoltenberg elaborated at a news conference. *MIDDLE EAST* Turkey 'cannot endure'* Russia...more »
h/t Gary H By Paul Homewood News of the floods in South Carolina cannot be allowed to pass without recalling the events of July 1916, the time of what has been called the Great Flood in North Carolina. The floods were the result of two Category 4 hurricanes converging over western North Carolina […]
[image: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA] Fewer criminal illegal immigrants were deported in the past year than when President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting them. "If you're a criminal, you'll be deported," Obama said in November, when...more »
[image: F-16 in Afghanistan] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deadly American attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan occurred despite “rigorous” U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday. Gen. John F. Campbell also...more »
Jason Dearen & Curt AndersonatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Cargo Ship Life Boat - 900] JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- On a vessel taking on water and listing to one side, buffeted by 50-foot waves and winds estimated at up to 140 mph, life rafts can be torn apart and lifeboats become impossible to drop into...more »
[image: Trump Water-400] Burn. Donald Trump pranked his perpetually sweating rival Marco Rubio with a heat relief care package full of spring water and towels. The bombastic billionaire sent his fellow Republican a 24-pack of Trump Ice Natural Spring Water -- with Trump's... Continue reading *“Trump Taunts Rubio’s Sweating with ‘Care Package’”* at *nydailynews.com*.
*“Putin Checkmates Obama: Geo-political Syria Chess”* by WeAreChange Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange in an excellent 8-minute summary of events as of the start of October: - https://www.youtube.com/ ◆ *“How Syrians View Russia v. U.S.”* by Eric Zuesse • British TV Interviews Syrians About Russia’s Airstrikes • Polls Show Syrians Overwhelmingly Blame U.S. for ISIS "*Conclusion:* U.S. President Obama’s chief aim in Syria is not to defeat the fundamentalist ISIS and Al Qaeda there, but to replace that country’s secular leader Bashar al-Assad, who is, on the basis of the above-cited eviden...more »
At the start of October 2015 a car bomb went off in Zubayr, Basra leaving dozens of casualties. While vehicle borne improvised explosives devices (VBIEDs) are nothing new to Iraq, this one marked the Islamic State’s return to southern Iraq. That region of the country had not been bombed for a year, but IS had been plotting for months to deliver a car bomb to that region. On October 5, a VBIED detonated in a market in Zubayr in Basra. Ten people were killed and 25 wounded. This was a notable event because the last time a car bomb went off in southern Iraq was back on October 24 wh...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/05/poland-government-signals-reversal-from-nuclear-energy-program-see-coal-as-base/ Another nail in the coffin for Paris! AP report: WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s prime minister says she does not consider nuclear energy a priority and is instead focused on strengthening the coal mining industry. Ewa Kopacz’s comments indicated a U-turn from earlier government plans to add nuclear […]
Straight into the goal. NOT. Are arrogant old creeps with an exalted sense of entitlement drawn to Olympic organizations because of the perks: a wide field of physically admirable and goal-oriented young women and men? Slimy Marcel Aubut, ex-president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, is a long-time practitioner of a medieval tradition known as "le droit de cuissage". The term was revived in the French media following allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. And it was tolerated because Aubut is wealthy, a gregarious schmoozer (he's an habitué of grandiose sporting events su...more »
The Washington ExamineratThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 400 000] Events in both the Republican and Democratic presidential races have outstripped the ability of political strategists and journalists to understand them. Faced with the continued dominance of Donald Trump and the undeniable strength of Bernie Sanders, many in the political... Continue reading *“Trump and Sanders Blowing Pundits’ Minds”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
[image: Truth and Light Lanterns - 900] More than once in the last few years I've asked myself the question, "Has the whole world gone mad? Has everyone in our society lost the ability to think clearly? Are people no longer able to process facts and information?...more »
“What’s that?” I cried, pointing to a suspicious black dot at the apex of the room. Nestling up there in the the corner was a false widow. You know, one of those small venomous spiders that have a face-like marking on their lower anatomy. *Steatoda nobilis.* Anyway, it was promptly removed (not by me) and put outside, from where it would undoubtedly soon make its way back in. Later I saw another, dangling on a short thread from a gap behind a cupboard. Realising it had been spotted, it beat a speedy retreat up into the gap. Getting dressed, I now have to check my clothes in case I ...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/extremes/1999/september/extremes0999.html In my post yesterday, I noted that more rain fell on S Carolina over two days in 1999 than came down in three days this week, in what has been described as a 1 in a 1000 year event. The event I was referring to was in […]
To one reader of a paper on a nerve cancer, the researchers, based at a hospital in China, seemed to have found a very large number of cases of a rare cancer to study. That observation triggered an investigation into the paper that led to its retraction — and the concern that the authors in the paper never did […] The post There’s “no evidence” research was conducted at all in retracted cancer paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Washington Post:* *U.S. military struggles to explain how it wound up bombing Doctors Without Borders hospital* A heavily armed U.S. gunship designed to provide added firepower to Special Operations forces was responsible for shooting and killing 22 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, over the weekend, Pentagon officials said Monday. The attack occurred in the middle of the night Saturday, when Afghan troops and a U.S. Special Forces team training and advising them were on the ground near the hospital in Kunduz, the first major Afghan city to fall...more »
*BBC*: *Edward Snowden interview: 'Smartphones can be taken over'* Smartphone users can do "very little" to stop security services getting "total control" over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said. The former intelligence contractor told the BBC's Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners' knowledge. Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in. The UK government declined to comment. *More News On...more »
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015Part 2—We’ve seen this movie before:* Last Friday, Candidate Bush was asked to state his views about the latest mass shooting. Three days later, Charles Blow quoted the hopeful in the New York Times. But did he *really* quote Candidate Bush? We aren’t entirely sure: BLOW (10/5/15): Speaking Friday in South Carolina, Jeb Bush resisted calls for greater gun restrictions, saying: *“We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this.* I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s jus...more »
Art Laffin is one of my favorite activists on the planet Earth. Years ago when I was regularly organizing protests in Florida at the space center Art would often come and lend an experienced hand. He has lived at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington DC for many, many moons. Art and others from the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker have been holding weekly protest vigils at the Pentagon (very early in the morning as the military personnel arrive via the subway) and the White House for as long as I can remember. Each year during Keep Space for Peace Week he pulls out his ...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton2 - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is running a new ad that seizes on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s admission that the Benghazi committee can take credit for her diminished public standing. The 30-second ad, which started...more »
[image: Robert O'Neill-400] A British ISIS supporter has published the name and address of the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden and called on American extremists to execute him. Mirror Online has been monitoring jihadi chat on social media and has spotted... Continue reading *“Report: ISIS Targets Navy SEAL Who Killed bin Laden”* at *helenair.com*.
By suggesting that Hillary Clinton has done anything to impede the demise of public education or the de-professionalization of teaching, the Inaccurate Headline Award goes to Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton Earns Backing Of Nation's Largest Union
https://www.reddit.com/ The differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives are getting starker. Susan Delacourt writes: If this election is distilling down to a potentially ugly culture war in the final two weeks before the vote, much could rest on how Canadians feel about the people living around them. Trudeau gave an important speech in Brampton on Sunday — one that all those who have dismissed him as ‘not ready’ probably ought to see for themselves. This being an election and all, it was analyzed immediately afterward thro...more »
[image: soldier - 400] Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would... Continue reading *“Bill Clinton White House Suppressed Evidence of Iran’s Terrorism”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: Bernie Sanders] Bernie Sanders has become the fresh face of the Democratic Party, providing an unexpected disruption to Hillary Clinton's coronation march despite being so old that bizarre essays about rape he wrote 43 years ago have come back to haunt him. These days,...more »
*Come to a place of knowing that all you seek, all you desire, all you wish for yourself and others has already been realized. Yes, all is and All That Is, is always with you. Do not fret. Be wise and be compassionate, yet never forget to see the beauty in all things, great and small. Life is a banquet of delight. * *The eyes have so many wonders to behold.* *Love all of creation, even when your human minds sees not the sense of this. Be aware of the love that surrounds and envelopes you. Continue to be a light upon the land and bring the lost ones home again. * *Home to ou...more »
*Atlantic:* *Edward Snowden Says He'd Go to Prison to Come Home* Speaking to the BBC, the NSA whistleblower said his lawyers were still awaiting a plea deal from the U.S. government. Edward Snowden isn’t the spy who came in from the cold, but he might be edging slowly toward the warmth. In an interview with the BBC, the beloved and reviled whistleblower said he’d presented concessions to the U.S. government in an attempt to return to his home country from Russia. “I’ve volunteered to go to prison with the government many times,” Snowden said, according to The Guardian. (The BBC p...more »
[image: U.S. trade deficit] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased, led by a surge in shipments of cell phones from China. The deficit increased 15.6 percent...more »
[image: Syrian church] As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee their homeland, there is a tendency to view all Syrian refugees as a homogeneous entity. They are not. Many stories are being told, but many more remain untold - and... Continue reading *“Put Christian Refugees First, Since They’re Most Endangered”* at *mercatornet.com*.
[image: Assyrian Children] In the latest display of ISIS’s barbarity, jihadists tortured and brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader, for refusing to renounce their faith in Jesus and embrace Islam. The attack, which only recently came to light,... Continue reading *“ISIS Executes 12 Christians for Refusing to Renounce Faith”* at *townhall.com*.
The National Ombudsman of The Netherlands has criticized some aspects of an investigation by Utrecht University that found a researcher had committed “a violation of academic integrity.” Specifically, the Ombudsman found the investigation — which we covered last year — did not adequately involve the affected researcher, Pankaj Dhonukshe, and therefore violated rules of “fair play.” Dhonukshe […] The post Dutch investigation of researcher violated rules of “fair play”: Ombudsman appeared first on Retraction Watch.
President Obama shakes hands with Jeb Bush at Miami Central Senior High School in 2011. Jason Reed/Reuters *Will Rahm, Daily Beast:* *Jeb Bush Should Face Facts: It’s Time to Drop Out* Jeb, this isn’t working. You’re a bad candidate, and all you’re going to do now is damage the guy who can beat Trump. Is that what you want? Jeb, this just isn’t going to work. After all that money spent, you’re still sagging nationally and in fourth place in New Hampshire, a state you need to win. You’ve had nearly a year to make your case. It isn’t working. You should pack it in. The conventiona...more »
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Russian jets flew 15 sorties over Syria on Monday striking ten ISIS targets in various locations. They say that 20 tanks and 3 rocket launchers in the Homs province near Palmyra were destroyed. A spokesman said in a statement on Monday: “During the day, Sukhoi-34, Sukhoi-24M and Sukhoi-25 warplanes flew a total of 15 sorties from the Khmeimim airbase. Air strikes were delivered at ten targets of the Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] group in Syria” Three days into operations, the Defense Ministry report that, based on Russian intelligenc...more »
Demons and Angles are cross dressing changing up the scene you got to fight for your right to party these days The prohibitionists and serious people like to think they are on the right path but the road they paved is killing the planet and sucking the life out of humanity because who has more genuine fun than people born wild and free not made to be ruled by the meek and foolish powermad lifeless hulks of humans who take on Zombie forum way before they are undead.
Demons and Angles are cross dressing changing up the scene you got to fight for your right to party these days The prohibitionists and serious people like to think they are on the right path but the road they paved is killing the planet and sucking the life out of humanity because who has more genuine fun than free people born wild and free not made to be ruled by the meek and foolish powermad lifeless hulks of humans who take on Zombie forum way before they are undead.
Many people were shocked when Bernie came in tied for first place in Vermont's presidential contest-- no not among Democrats (he's at 70% in that race), but among *Republicans*! They shouldn't have been; Vermont Republicans like him. In 2012, when he was up for reelection, he took 208,253 votes (71.1%), while Obama, also on the ballot that day, did very well but with only 199,259 votes (67.0%). Governor Peter Shumlin took only 170,767 votes (58.0%). Shumlin's Republican opponent, Randy Brock, got 110,953 votes (38%), Romney got 92,700 votes (31%), and the Republican who ran agains...more »
*Are mobile phones affecting YOUR daughter's grades?* Texting can affect teenage girls' school grades, but has no effect on the academic performance of boys, a new study has claimed. Researchers found that while girls do not text more than boys, they use text messages to interact with friends and nurture relationships, while boys use them more to convey basic information. Scientists found that as girls become more compulsive in their behaviour, texts disrupts their schooling, resulting in poorer academic performance. Dr Kelly Lister-Landman of Delaware County Community College sai...more »
On the long list of anti-democratic policies the majority Harper Government has enacted, the Orwellian-named Fair Elections Act ranks near the top. More properly called a voter suppression law, the Act effectively disenfranchise tens of thousands of Canadians. The Council of Canadians has taken the issue to court, including an ongoing Charter Challenge, but those won't affect the upcoming election. That means there's only one way to lessen the effects: voter education. Last night at the Malton Library, we contributed to that effort, with #VotePopUp, a voter education program for ne...more »
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said that nine people were killed in unprecedented flooding in the state. The flooding in South Carolina is so serious that President Obama has declared a statewide emergency. He has also signed a disaster declaration on Monday night to free up federal funds for eight South Carolina counties. More trouble ahead as the state’s emergency management agency reported on Tuesday that at least nine dams have breached or failed in South Carolina since Saturday. RT reports: The aid, which is available to state and local governments as well as affected in...more »
*That evil radiation again* *To the Green/Left any level of ionizing radiation is reason for panic. A level of radiation that is perfectly normal and untroublesome in some places on earth (e.g. Aberdeen, Scotland) will evoke shrieks if human activity can somehow be invoked as causing it.The huge body of evidence about hormesis shows that low to medium levels of radiation are in fact beneficial rather than harmful but that is totally ignored by the panic merchants. The findings below are therefore just more evidence that ionizing radiation has to reach much higher levels tha...more »
I am a Dr. Pepper addict. There, I said it. I love Dr. Pepper. A couple of weeks ago I realized how much soda I was drinking and I decided it was time to step away from it. The first day was agony. How could I possibly leave my favorite guilty pleasure behind? Slowly, as the days went by, I stopped craving my treat, but I had another problem: I wasn't drinking anything at all because I wasn't drinking soda. I made a specific water goal and tried to meet it each day, but I struggled because the water was boring! I didn't want to replace one vice with another, so I decided to do some...more »
[image: Carly Fiorina - 400] Carly Fiorina’s stellar debate performances have vaulted her candidacy into the upper echelon of GOP contenders — both nationally and in New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. As we noted earlier, a pair of general election NBC News polls show the former... Continue reading *“MSNBC: Fiorina ‘Terrifying’ to Democrats”* at *townhall.com*.
The Federalist/John Daniel DavidsonatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Chris Mintz-400] Among the survivors of the mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week is one man whose heroic actions have gained national attention. Chris Mintz, a 30-year-old former Army infantryman, was shot five times while attempting to protect his... Continue reading *“Oregon Hero Chris Mintz Defies the Age of the Beta Male”* at *thefederalist.com*.
National Review/Charles C.W. CookeatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton14 - 400] Buried amid the hyperbole and nonsense that stains Hillary Clinton's newest gun-control plan are a couple of rather good ideas. The first: To expand the definition of "domestic abuse" so that guilty men do not fall through the cracks. "While... Continue reading *“Hillary’s Gun Control Plan is Divisive, Futile”* at *nationalreview.com*.
American Enterprise instituteatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: man alone in church] For more than a hundred years, economists and sociologists have studied an empirical regularity: When the population share of Protestants relative to Catholics rises, suicides increase markedly. Two major theories emerged to explain the pattern. The first rests on theological... Continue reading *“An Epidemic of Loneliness”* at *aei.org*.
[image: twitter social media] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that’s a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz’s follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on...more »
The 2015 Nobel prize in physics went to Takaaki Kajita (University of Tokyo, 1/2) and Art McDonald (Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, 1/2), for their discovery of the neutrino oscillations – which may also be interpreted as the discovery of the neutrino mass. Congratulations! I don't think that I know the Gentlemen in person. Of course, I know their achievements in cooking. A fajita is a flavored meat strip. And it's sensible that fajitas got the prize along with the hamburgers. McDonald's restaurants have repeatedly saved my life, for example in Santa Cruz, California. While I...more »
Catholic World Report/Samuel GreggatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Thomas More] "To live together as brother and sister? Of course I have high respect for those who are doing this. But it's a heroic act, and heroism is not for the average Christian." Among the many statements made by Cardinal Walter... Continue reading *“Thomas More: The Saint for the Synod, Who Died to Affirm Marriage”* at *catholicworldreport.com*.
The Week/Michael Brendan DoughertyatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis2 - 400] “And therefore, if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, he will be held to account for the Lord’s body and blood. A man must examine himself first, and then eat of that bread and... Continue reading *“The Synod on the Family and the Fracturing of the Catholic Church”* at *theweek.com*.
[image: Muslims praying] The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers. Eva Brunne, who was made the world's first openly lesbian... Continue reading *“World’s First Lesbian Bishop Calls for Church to Remove Crosses, to Install Muslim Prayer Space”* at *breitbart.com*.
[image: A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded -- and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they...more »
*October 6, 2015 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Western media has portrayed Russia's recent joint anti-terror security operations with the Syrian government as a means of expanding its influence beyond its borders. CNN in its article, "Petraeus accuses Putin of trying to re-establish Russian Empire," would go as far as claiming: *One of America's top former generals compared the situation in Syria Tuesday to a historic nuclear disaster, implicitly criticizing the U.S. for allowing it to worsen, and accused Russia's President of trying to re-establish an empire.* CNN would also repo...more »
The character ‘Pierre,’ from Rodin's evocative Burghers of Calais ensemble sculpture is a great figure in his own right, one of Rodin's finest in my view, and part of a piece of intense nobility and powerful human drama -- and doesn't that hand just say so much? The Burghers of Calais (Les Bourgeois de Calais) is one of the most famous sculptures by Auguste Rodin, completed in 1888. It serves as a monument to an occurrence in 1347 during the Hundred Years' War, when Calais, an important French port on the English Channel, was under siege by the English for over a year. The story ...more »
Edward Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into and take control of a smartphone without their owners knowledge. The former intelligence contractor said that GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and then use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in. Snowden said that both the NSA and GCHQ are targeting those suspected of involvement in terrorism or other serious crimes such as paedophilia “but to find out who those targets are they’ve got to collect mass data.” Sputnik news reports...more »
The British Chancellor, George Osborne says that his cuts are for the good of low income families He insists that people on low incomes will suffer if cuts to their tax credits do not go ahead. The Independent reports: The Chancellor argued that reducing the payments to people in low paid jobs would give them “economic security” by reducing the Government’s spending deficit. “Working people of this country want economic security, the worst possible thing you can do for those families is bust the public finances, have some welfare system this country can’t afford,” the told BBC Radio ...more »
[image: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is greeted by Gen. John Campbell as he arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, while making his first international trip as Secretary of Defense Feb. 21, 2015.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is facing questions on Capitol Hill about how many troops should stay in the still-volatile nation where the Taliban recently overran a northern city and a U.S. airstrike hit a medical...more »
*Effectiveness is manifested in stillness* by ÉirePort Effectiveness is manifested in stillness. Reciprocity paradigms come into play. Inner compliance is valued. Flashbacks are dissolved. Stabilizations of Higher Light in progress. ÉirePort | October 6, 2015 at 07:17 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-vG
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari.) *I*t's a question eminently worthy to be included with other great queries of the ages such as Who Was Jack the Ripper, Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts and Why Won't Soccer and the Metric System Take Hold in the US? To anyone who doesn't watch NASCAR and Fox "News", it's all supposition. It's like trying to get in the mind of a cat to determine why it shits behind your couch when it has a clean litter box to use. And the Donald's improbable and seemingly inexplicable appeal to the right wing denizens living at the...more »
Crown Counsel has a different duty than other lawyers. Most lawyers have a duty to a client. But a Crown has a duty to see justice is done. This means that a Crown is not there to "win" a case but rather is there to see cases with merit are fairly and properly tried. If the Crown concludes a case has no real merit or should not go ahead as contrary to the public interest the Crown should stop the prosecution. In 1981 a Royal Commission in the United Kingdom wrote: "The proper objective of a fair prosecution system is not therefore simply to prosecute the guilty and avoid prosecut...more »
*examiner.com* October 5, 2015 Deborah Dupre [image: Medecins Sans Frontieres UK director Vickie Hawkins' statement: "disgust" by government statements justifying violence targeting Kunduz Hospital, "admission of a war crime".] *Medecins Sans Frontieres UK director Vickie Hawkins' statement: "disgust" by government statements justifying violence targeting Kunduz Hospital, "admission of a war crime".* *Medicines San Frontiers, YouTube* United States military officials' story regarding its airstrikes targeting Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) on Saturday is c...more »
“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle” *Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: * “Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them... But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought; all we ought to have said, and have not said; all we ought to have done, and have not done; I pray thee God for forgiveness.” *Buliwyf:* “Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother and my sisters, and my brothers. Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning. Lo, the...more »
NATO is ‘concerned’ about the Russian military in Syria and has called on Russia to stop its air campaign after Russian fighter jets strayed into Turkish airspace on Saturday. Following Mondays emergency meeting on the Syria crisis at its Brussels headquarters, NATO issued a statement saying:”Allies call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians” Moscow said it is targeting fighters from ISIS and other extremists but NATO say they are targeting Syrian rebels. Press TV reports: The military alliance also expressed its deep conc...more »
By Paul Homewood http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/YieldCurve/narendra-modi-government-succumbs-to-western-climate-hysteria-with-poor-plan/ One viewpoint from India about climate hysteria: Rajendra Pachauri is today best remembered for the sexual harassment charges that led to his ouster as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) some time this year. Not many people are aware that there was an equally […]
... shooting up a mall food court! Why that doofus refused to say those white supremacists were plotting terrorism! First of all, as we learned from his C-51 testimony; calling white, right-wing terrorism "terror" would likely lead to subjecting such fine, upstanding, "old stock" Canadians to all the horrors of state oppression that brown people of all stripes, Muslims and First Nations are to be condemned to. Even worse, "old stock" Canadians could even find their citizenship taken away from them!!! (This is fine treatment for "old stock" Canadians with the wrong political ideas. ...more »
[image: peter_paget.png] *..."People said to me, "They're watching you"...and I said 'I bloody well hope so, they might learn something' ".--Peter Paget* NOTE FROM MILES JOHNSTON: I was invited as Press to attend the 50th anniversary of the Warminster "Thing", on Aug 29th 2015. An extra day was scheduled on the 30th, it was for this:- Peter Paget is a former member of British Intelliegence, and former science advisor to the Cabinet. He wrote the book The Welsh Triangle, which was a record of the UFO events in west Wales. On Aug 29th&30th 2015 he gave a British UFO Disclosure lectu...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2015/09/coal-power-here-to-stay-in-india-says-energy-minister.html?cmpid=EnlPEIOctober62015&eid=296412419&bid=1194103 From PEI: By Tildy Bayar India’s energy minister has said coal-fired power will continue to be a “mainstay” of his country’s generation mix, and that environmental issues will not be compromised. In a speech ahead of India’s announcement of its climate pledge to the UN, due […]
*This interview is VERY interesting, in my opinion* [image: Project Camelot] Project Camelot This is an interview with THE RUINER a blogger who became well known in the alternative community for his incisive look at the rumors surrounding the BLUE AVIANS *"Always keep your guard up and beware the Wolf in Sheep's clothing that has long been fabled, but is all too real.* *You've been lied to. Had things hidden from you despite thinking you know it all. This is no excuse to stop flowing. Creating. Changing. Doing.* *Being."* - The Ruiner *Ckick HERE to go to The Ruiner...more »
[image: F-15E Afterburners On Author Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK] ALAN EASON -- The New Testament is full of metaphoric references to the church of Jesus Christ as a militant body. In Philippians 2:25 and Philemon 1:2, the Apostle Paul describes fellow Christians as “fellow soldiers” (in Greek, ???????????). The...more »
*Epic Times:* *Drone Video Gets Amazing Shot Of A Whale Duo Swimming Around Paddleboarder* Dave Price was stand-up paddleboarding in waters off Esperance, Australia, when a pair of inquisitive Southern Right whales approached him. Thanks to Esperance local Jaimen Hudson, who launched his quadcopter drone after hearing of the whales, the encounter was captured from above — a vantage point that shows just how large the animals are in comparison to Price and his board. Hudson told ABC Esperance that the encounter seemed completely safe and that the whales were curious about Price. ...more »
What if Barack Hussein Obama isn't inept, what if he knows exactly what he's doing? Do you remember the so called 'Obama open mic slip': "After my election I have more flexibility" Maybe Barack Hussein Obama's seeming incompetence with regards to foreign policy, an example being the way Russia has been given all but a free hand in Syria, isn't all it seems... Watch this and wonder... https://youtu.be/XsFR8DbSRQE
AHVID seeks HPV vaccination survivors in the UK Sane Vax, Inc. 25 September 2015 The search is on to find girls who have developed serious new health conditions following their HPV vaccination The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently undertaking a review of the HPV vaccines to ‘further clarify aspects of their safety profile’. This review is looking specifically at the safety of the HPV vaccines in relation to two serious neurological conditions, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), both of which include a dysfun...more »
Residents walk past damaged buildings after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus February 6, 2015. REUTERS/AMER ALMOHIBANY *Richard Cohen, Washington Post:* *The high cost of avoiding war in Syria* In the desperate fight against the Islamic State, the Pentagon has it all wrong. It has been using color coding to designate the eligibility of various Syrian rebel groups to receive U.S. aid. According to the Wall Street Journal, some groups were assigned green dots while others were given red an...more »
The Guardian, the closest thing there is to a BBC house newspaper, reports that: 'John Whittingdale, the UK culture secretary, has confirmed that the BBC will be stripped of its power to adjudicate on allegations of political bias in its coverage. Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, he said the public should have confidence that complaints are examined independently and carefully. He said it must no longer be the case "that if you make a complaint against the BBC, the decision on whether it is justified is taken by the BBC".' As someone who has had a coup...more »
[image: Air Force Rescue-900] An HH-60G Pave Hawk performs an amphibious operations training exercise on Sept. 22, 2015, off the west coast of Okinawa, Japan. Wow! Thanks to Senior Airman John Linzmeier for capturing this image.
Vice News *CNN*: *Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition* Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was cle...more »
Shock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades By Aaron Dykes and Melissa Dykes Global Research, March 06, 2015 Activist Post 5 March 2015 http://www.globalresearch.ca/shock-fracking-used-to-inject-nuclear-waste-underground-for-decades/5435114?print=1
Photo from Great Charlie *Mirror*: *Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad.* The move is a blow to Britain and America’s mission to wipe out Islamic State but maintain an opposition to brutal dictator Assad Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up President Bashar al-Assad’s bid to wipe out his opposition. Vladimir Putin’s feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime – including moderate units such as the west...more »
Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh. Trend.az *Washington Free Beacon*: *Iran: Missiles Pointed at U.S. Targets* *Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq form joint war room* A senior Iranian military leader warned this weekend that “all U.S. military bases in the Middle East are within the range of” Iran’s missiles and emphasized that the Islamic Republic will continue to break international bans on the construction of ballistic missiles. Much of this missile work, like the details of Iran’s advanced arsenal, remains s...more »
Two sentences from this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34450887 struck me: 'Net migration rose by 50% to 318,000 last year - with sharp increases from inside and outside the EU. A total of 641,000 people moved to the UK in 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics.' 641,000 people moving to the UK last year, that's more than the population of Bristol. In fact that number of people would constitute the 11th largest urban area in the UK.
"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator, 1830-1890
*Reuters*:* U.S. enforcement of Iran arms embargo slipped during nuclear talks: sources* Addressing concerns that a landmark nuclear deal reached this year could boost Iran's military power, the Obama administration reassured critics that it would maintain and enforce its remaining tough sanctions against the country. Yet the U.S. government has pursued far fewer violations of a long-standing arms embargo against Iran in the past year compared to recent years, according to a review of court records and interviews with two senior officials involved in sanctions enforcement. The s...more »
[image: Obama in the Rain - 900] Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another “force of nature” flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up. Before barely any facts were known, there was President...more »
[image: Sheep Lambs Black and White Equality - 900] One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme “What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace?” Whenever some group is not equally represented in...more »
A national poll from Quinnipiac in July came up with some startling results: 92% of respondents favor background checks for *all* gun purchases, and that includes 86% of Republicans. 90% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats also support Congress passing laws preventing people with mental illness from purchasing guns. I'm not even sure why I referred to those results as "startling." Two decades ago, on May 3, 1995, then-President George H.W. Bush sent a letter of resignation to the NRA because of the dangerous extremism of Wayne LaPierre, the group's executive vice president, a posi...more »
*The Telegraph*: *Russia bombing in Syria escalates oil price war with Saudi Arabia* The decision by Moscow to start bombing targets in Syria will rattle crude prices, argues Andrew Critchlow. Vladimir Putin’s order to begin bombing targets in Syria has left many political pundits in Washington and London wondering exactly what Russia’s ultimate strategic goal is in the Middle East. Aside from propping up Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the presence in Syria of Russian bombers flying missions against opposition targets marks the biggest deployment of Moscow’s forces in the region since...more »
“Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light would have suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was from a supernova, or exploding star, and record the expanding debris cloud as the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant. This sharp telescopic view is centered on a western segment of the Veil Nebula cataloged as NGC 6960 but less formally known as the Witch's Broom Nebula. Blasted out in the cataclysmic explosion, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar ma...more »
*“Learning And Yearning” * by Chet Raymo “This photograph of the Eagle Nebula made by a rather modest telescope - the 0.9 meter instrument at Kitt Peak, Arizona - appeared on APOD (click to enlarge). I sat in front of the computer screen for ten minutes, breathless. One tiny corner of the Milky Way Galaxy, one of tens of billions of galaxies that we can potentially see with our telescopes! At the center are the so-called "Pillars of Creation" from a famous Hubble photograph. *Click image for very large size.* I recall when the Hubble photograph appeared in the media hundreds of vi...more »
*"Who Am I: The Heart Of Unknowing"* by The DailyOm "The question of who we are is a seed that can bear much fruit if given the chance to unfold. At some point in our lives, or perhaps at many points in our lives, we ask the question, “Who am I?” At times like these, we are looking beyond the obvious, beyond our names and the names of the cities and states we came from, into the layers beneath our surface identities. We may feel the need for a deeper sense of purpose in our lives, or we may be ready to accommodate a more complex understanding of the situation in which we find ourse...more »
"We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours, and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more, and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try...more »
*"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong*: *The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers"* by Cal Newport "*The Berlin Study:* In the early 1990s, a trio of psychologists descended on the Universität der Künste, a historic arts academy in the heart of West Berlin. They came to study the violinists. As described in their subsequent publication in Psychological Review, the researchers asked the academy's music professors to help them identify a set of stand out violin players - the students who the professors believed would go onto careers as professional performers. We'll ...more »
"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." - Clint Eastwood, "The Outlaw Josey Wales"
*“Self-Compassion: The Most Important Life Skill?”* by Robin Nixon “A charming animated baby, Kristin Neff's son Rowan retreated into himself as a toddler, losing his few words and becoming prone to inexplicable screaming fits. There are numerous ways Neff could have reacted to Rowan's 2004 diagnosis of autism. She could have buried her emotions, become despondent or immediately found something to blame. But Neff, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was in the midst of pioneering psychological research on self-compassion. And her findings suddenly proved in...more »
*“What If This Road”* “What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know a story's end, or where a road will go?” ~ Sheenagh...more »
*The Hill:* *NATO warns Russia after fighter jets enter Turkish airspace* The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is calling on Russia to stop violating Turkish airspace, and immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians. Russian fighter jets violated Turkey's airspace on Saturday and Sunday, according to NATO, after Moscow began an air campaign in Syria last week to bolster Syrian President Bashar Assad. "Russian military actions have reached a more dangerous level with the recent violations of Turkish airspace on 3 October and 4 October by Russian Air Forc...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, September 23, 2015. REUTERS/IVAN SEKRETAREV/POOL *Thomas Seibert, Daily Beast:* *Turkey Threatens to Shoot Down Russian Planes that Stray from Syria* *The air over the Syrian-Turkish border is getting crowded with warplanes, and tensions are growing.* ISTANBUL — As Russian warplanes fly over Syria, neighboring NATO member Turkey says its fighter jets could open fire on them if they stray into Turkish airspace. The threat is serious and highlights the danger of a dire...more »
*Emile Simpson, Politico*: *Is Kunduz the beginning of the end for Afghanistan?* America’s deadly hospital strike points up how hard it’s going to be to keep control from the air. A week ago, Kunduz, a provincial capital of 300,000 in northern Afghanistan, was not considered of particular strategic importance in the war against the Taliban. The Afghan government’s focus has been primarily on the fight in river valleys of southern Afghanistan to protect Kandahar, and in the mountain passes of eastern Afghanistan to protect Jalalabad. But the fall of Kunduz to the Taliban for two d...more »
*"I don't know what's worse here, the fact that the Secret Service is so petty that they broke the law to embarrass Jason Chaffetz, or the fact that they're so stupid, they didn't realize, if you want to embarrass Jason Chaffetz, just wait, he will do it for you." Watch our Jason have fun with charts! And later show his, er, gentle side as he breaks down at thought of, um, the death of President Lincoln? (Had he maybe just heard the news?)* *by Ken* And you thought that with "Sunny John" Boehner we had just about scraped the bottom of the barrel as regards speaker-of-the-House mate...more »
*"The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics" by Irina Papkova (2011).* "Irina Papkova is a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center For Religion, Peace and World Affairs. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has previously taught at Georgetown and George Washington Universities. Her book, “The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics,” was published by Oxford University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press in 2011. Irina’s current research includes Lebanese politics and the Secular Lebanon movement." *(Source).* *An excerpt from, "Russian Orthodox ch...more »
SOURCE INDEPENDENT: Trade Union Bill - All Scottish councils say they will ignore controversial new law All 32 Scottish councils will refuse to implement the conditions of the bill when it becomes law. Those conditions include removing the process of check-offs whereby union subscriptions are deducted from the salaries of workers who are members of a trade union. Unions have complained that
A few months ago, I began my Duck postings with an introspective on what it’s like to have grown up in the USA and moved to Canada to start my professional career. The current context in Canada is both daunting and exciting – yes people, “We the North” have an election. In two weeks. We […]
*Lawrence Wilkerson: * *“The American ‘Empire’ Is In Deep, Deep Trouble”* by Tyler Durden "Former US army colonel and Chief of Staff for Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson unleashed a most prescient speech on the demise of the United States Empire. As Naked Capitalism’s Yves Smith notes, Wilkerson describes the path of empires in decline and shows how the US is following the classic trajectory. He contends that the US needs to make a transition to being one of many powers and focus more on strategies of international cooperation. The video is full of rich historical detail and terrifi...more »
"*President Assad: *These terrorist organizations, whether ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra or al- Qaeda are mere manifestations of a long and deep perversion in our region and our society. This perversion is at least five decades old; but it practically started two centuries ago with perverse interpretation of Islam. The main manifestation of this perversion is the Wahhabi movement which interpreted Islam in a perverted and, in most cases, contradictory manner with the import of Islam itself. So, these are mere manifestations. Dealing with this short term damage, which is related to the te...more »
[image: Winston Churchill by G. Harington] Jonathan Sandys has written a new book about his great-grandfather Winston Churchill’s role in and attitude toward Divine Providence. Sandys doesn’t try to explain or exaggerate Churchill’s opaque religious beliefs. Instead he explains that his ancestor’s career was animated by...more »
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he is prepared to press the red button (or the ‘nuclear button’) if he needs to do it – directly opposing Labour’s current stance on the nation’s security. Opposing Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-nuclear stance, David Cameron told the Conservagtive Party Conference in Manchester on Monday that he believed Britain should retain the Trident nuclear deterrent. Sky News reports: And he said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s recent comment that he would not authorise the use of nuclear weapons even if Britain was under nuclear attack “under...more »
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has issued proposals on Monday that she says will eliminate gun violence in America. Her proposals come shortly after the mass shooting in Oregon which killed 13 people. Nytimes.com reports: The proposal most likely to generate controversy is using executive action to close the so-called gun show loophole, if efforts to pass new measures in Congress do not succeed, according to a campaign aide to Mrs. Clinton, who asked for anonymity to lay out the plans before the candidate does. Most of the ideas would face a steep battle with the Republican...more »
Following on from NASA’s announcement that liquid water flows on Mars, which has prompted some to suggest that alien life may exist on the red planet – Elon Musk has now suggested that humans should NUKE Mars in order for it to become a liveable place for human beings. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, says that detonating nuclear explosions every few seconds on Mars could make it more hospitable by warming the planet up via artificial suns created from the explosions. Presstv.com reports: “What I was talking about was having a series of very large, by our standards, but very small by ...more »
Russia are in the process of upgrading 12 multi-purpose nuclear submarines in order to modernize them for war. The nuclear submarines will be equipped with new weapons systems and missiles, and will have an extended shelf life by 20 years. Thediplomat.com reports: While details about the refitting of the Akula-class and Delta III-class boats remains unclear, the Oscar II-class vessels will likely be re-designated Project 949AM. According to IHS Jane’s Navy International, “Along with improved acoustic, electronic, navigation and communications systems, Project 949AM submarines are u...more »
Israeli soldiers have killed a Palestinian teenage boy in the West Bank on Monday during ongoing clashes between Palestinians and police. The escalating violence over the past few days has seen a hundred Palestinians wounded, and spiked on Monday when the Israeli government decided to shut out Palestinians from entering Jerusalem’s Old City during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Washingtonpost.com reports: The move, which even the Israeli police called “drastic,” came after the fatal stabbing there Saturday of an off-duty Israeli soldier and a well-known rabbi. Israeli Prime Minister ...more »
A 790-food container ship headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, named El Faro has disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. The disappearance may have something to do with Hurricane Joaquin, experts say, as the Category 4 storms passed through the Atlantic Ocean at the time of the disappearance. Yahoo News reports: The ship left Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday and was headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico before reportedly losing power and taking on water while sailing through 20 to 30-foot waves. Before losing contact with
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