Little media coverage has been given to the fact that during the time of the Russian plane crash over the Sinai, the skies were filled with planes just a few miles away with planes from Israel, Poland, Greece, France, Germany, and the United States, all taking part in a military war game named “Blue Flag“. The purpose of the military exercise, ‘coincidentally’ taking place at the same location and the same time as the crash, was to “simulate a defence of Israel from a Russian air attack”. Veteranstoday.com reports: One plane was lost, shot down, now clearly by an “external explosio...more »
Hillary Clinton shares a dream for America with every GOP candidate but one, Rand Paul. That dream is the nightmare scenario of a direct confrontation with Russia in order to stop them from attacking ISIS. Only Rand Paul pointed out that they are advocating shooting down Russian jets and starting World War 3. Ben Carson engraved a Bible verse on humility next to the shrine he created to himself, misspelling “Proverbs” as “poverbs”. Yet he would have us believe that he supports the trade & global governance treaty (TPP) crafted in secret by multinational corporations because he read ...more »
Over the last few days dangerous seismic activity has been observed in Chile with two 6.9 earthquakes hitting the country. There have been no reports of major damage, as yet, and both quakes occurred within an hour of each other as the USGS reports: earthquake.usgs.gov earthquake.usgs.gov Normally when two or more quakes this large occur in the same area, with such a close magnicture, then the chances of them being “foreshocks” increase dramatically. A foreshock is an earthquake that occurs before a larger seismic event (the mainshock) and is related to it in both time and space. I...more »
Professor Stephen Hawking has always been fairly ambiguous on the question of God or an afterlife … until recently. In an interview with Spain’s El Mundo, the astrophysicist declared that there is no God. Reflecting on the advancement of science, Hawking said that there is no longer a need for a supreme being to explain the existence of things. “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation,” he told them. Cnet.com reports: I’m not sure whether there was a specific moment in which science o...more »
The Kremlin have said that the Obama administration have silenced three American mercenaries who are believed to have been behind the downing of the Russian plane that crashed over the Sinai. Furthermore the Foreign Intelligence Report says that the Obama administration have officially warned Russia that if they contradict the official explanation for the crash (that it was brought down by a bomb by ISIS), then Russia will be banned from participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: As we have previously exhaustively detailed in our previous reports on...more »
The Pentagon have confirmed that B-52 bombers recently flew over the Chinese man-made islands in the South China Sea, and that China tried to contact the bombers but to no avail. The disputed waters have been a contentious subject between Washington and Beijing, with the US saying that they do not recognise China’s claim of sovereignty over the islands. So the recent sight of a U.S. bomber flying over Chinese territory will have rattled the Chinese government. Sputniknews.com reports: “We conduct B-52 flights in international air space in that part of the world all the time,” Penta...more »
[image: PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu - 900] Americans could learn a thing or two from Bibi Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was in Washington this week to receive the American Enterprise Institute’s Irving Kristol Award. He made some controversial remarks -- at least controversial at AEI, where I...more »
April 16, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, answers questions from the public during the annual Direct Line with Vladimir Putin special broadcast live on Russian television and radio. Left: Kirill Kleimenov, head of the Channel One News Directorate. Right: Rossiya TV journalist Maria Sittel (RIA Novosti / Michael Klimentyev) / RIA Novosti *Samuel Bendett, The Compass*: *Putin: You Can't Scare Russia* Russian President Vladimir Putin is feeling confident amid Russia's quick entry into the Syrian civil war and the continuing ground operations by the Russian air force. S...more »
Germany’s finance minister has warned of an avalanche of migrants entering Europe, and says that Germany alone will have 100 million migrants by 2020. A member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition of parties has also warned that Europe should expect 10 times the amount of migrants than has been projected for this year alone over the next five years. Breitbart.com reports: Calculations by Heinz Buschkowsky, a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP), who has written extensively on mass migration, the numbers reaching Germany by 2020 including family reunificati...more »
From my book, Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk: By global standards, Japan has a relatively extensive nuclear complex. It has a vast network of commercial nuclear power plants and it has uranium reprocessing capabilities at Tokai. It has two established breeder reactors, Joyo reactor, which began operation in 1977, and the Monju reactor, with troubled beginnings in 1994. As of early 2012, Japan calculated that it had invested $12 billion in its experimental ‘Monju’ sodium-cooled, fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.[i]Designed to operate on plutonium from reprocessed...more »
Oh, yes... we get so many of them. And this year, all the Republicans have started sending them too. Most I just delete before opening. But sometimes I get tricked into opening one... and that pisses me off. You too? Recently I got one from a Democratic candidate I like and the subject line said "personal." He usually calls me when it's personal but I opened it anyway. And it was just a stupid mass-messaging spam e-mail, almost identical to ones I had been getting all week from DCCC-advised candidates with empty platitudes about how we "are quickly approaching the one-year-out mark...more »
*Humanitarian Bombing : * *In 1940, The Zionist Resistance murdered over 200 Jewish refugees and more than 50 British civilian crew, rather than allow the British authorities to relocate and settle those Jews in Mauritius, rather than Palestine.* *In November of 1940, there was no Holocaust occurring in Europe at that time.* *Better Dead than Zed.* *"There was never any intent to cause the ship to sink. The British would have used this against the Jewish population and show it as an act of sabotage against the war effort."* *Written confession and justification the bomber, Munya M...more »
*John Mclaughlin, Ozy*:* The Geopolitical Rules You Didn't Know About Are Under Siege* In the post–Cold War era, geopolitics can sometimes seem like the Wild West. But despite all appearances, an order governs there. Or rather it has. Throughout modern history, most countries have accepted a few simple rules to ward off total chaos: laws and conventions around land, sea and the air. These rules are not sexy — maritime law isn’t exactly known to quicken the pulse — but they’re as vital to the international order as a score is to an orchestra. But now, as we approach the 25th annive...more »
[image: democrats] The Democratic National Committee, which organizes the party’s primary debates, has faced accusations of scheduling them on dates that will receive poor viewership in an attempt to protect frontrunner Hillary Clinton. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has denied these claims. There... Continue reading *“Democrats Scheduled Debates on Days When No One Will Watch”* at *vox.com*.
[image: University of Missouri, college] In Tuesday's Republican debate, Senator Marco Rubio offered one of the more memorable lines of the night: “For the life of me, I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education," he said, discussing ways to boost American wages. "Welders...more »
[image: mixed beans] As temperatures start to drop, the chances of catching a cold start to rise. And as we enter the holiday season, illness is one thing we can certainly do without. Keeping our immune system in tip-top shape becomes even more... Continue reading *“7 Surprising Foods That Will Boost Your Immune System This Winter”* at *verilymag.com*.
[image: Ted Cruz] Ted Cruz gets no respect. At least no respect in keeping with the impressiveness of the campaign he’s built and his increasing odds of winning the Republican nomination. The press and the political class are beginning to catch on to...more »
[image: Dallas] The Dallas City Council voted unanimously to slip "gender identity" transgender specific language into an existing LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance on Tuesday. Councilman Philip Kingston insist the changes are not a "bathroom bill," even though the verbiage is alarmingly similar to the Houston equal rights ordinance that, less... Continue reading *“New Dallas Ordinance Welcomes Men into Women’s Bathrooms (Warning: Language)”* at *breitbart.com*.
And so it begins. Day 1, the WACA test, and… *The WACA Bingo Game* – Smokie, FOOTY ALMANAC Peter Dunne grows a spine we never knew he had, and tells Australians what the real issues are here. *Kiwis attack us over our Christmas Island "Guantanamo"* – THE AGE Yes, bike helmet laws are impervious to evidence. *The Latest Evidence That Helmet Laws Don't Help Bike Safety* – CITYLAB “Phil Twyford’s bill banning foreigners from buying existing New Zealand houses has been drawn from the ballot. I just have a hard time seeing the point.” *Ban foreign buyers?* – Eric Crampton, THE SAND P...more »
*Reuters*: *U.S. bombers flew near China-built island in South China Sea: Pentagon* Two U.S. B52 strategic bombers flew near artificial Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this week and were contacted by Chinese ground controllers but continued their mission undeterred, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The latest U.S. patrol in the disputed South China Sea occurred in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to the region next week to attend Asia-Pacific summits where he is expected the reassert Washington's commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight in the area. ...more »
Evolution News and Views/David KlinghofferatThe Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Steam Locomotive 765] An emotionally powerful argument against recognizing intelligent design in nature is that it seems to place you in the position of standing athwart history yelling Stop! ID begins by acknowledging that in probing the origins of life and of the... Continue reading *“Does Intelligent Design Stand Athwart the History of Science, Yelling ‘Stop?’”* at *evolutionnews.org*.
[image: death of cash] The next generation of children born in Britain “will not know what money is”, the boss of Apple has predicted. Tim Cook, the chief executive of technology giant Apple, forecast the death of cash by the time current university students... Continue reading *“Apple Boss: Next Generation of Children ‘Will Not Know What Money Is’”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
[image: Faith Driven Consumer Logo - 900] A new Christian-based consumer organization that ranks companies based on their friendliness toward people of faith released a Christmas "Best in Class" list, hoping to have a major impact on where people spend their money this holiday season. Topping the...more »
[image: America students - 400] On Tuesday, November 10, the Minnesota Student Association (MSA)-the undergraduate student government at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN)- rejected a resolution for a moment of recognition on future anniversaries of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Theo Menon, the... Continue reading *“Students at Minnesota College Fear 9/11 Remembrance Could Violate ‘Safe Spaces’”* at *campusreform.org*.
[image: ISIS video threatening russia - 400] ISIS on Thursday purportedly released a video and audio statement threatening to attack Russia “very soon.” In the nearly five-minute long video, a chant in Russian is heard over visual compilations of old ISIS propaganda and generic video of Russian... Continue reading *“ISIS Releases Video Threatening to Attack Russia ‘Very Soon’”* at *cnn.com*.
Why did Britain and the U.S. both announce very shortly after a Russian airliner crashed in Sinai that it was done by a bomb, and probably shipped aboard as luggage? Why do both say it was done by Muslim terrorists? At the time, no Americans or British had seen the wreck. Russians who did see it said they didn't know what caused it. Even today, they say it COULD have been a bomb. Others say it could have been rocket fired from the ground. Worse, it could have been a British rocket, one of many weapons supplied to terrorists by the U.S. and Britain. Putin has said little. But we can b...more »
“Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies lies a striking string of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain. The chain, pictured below, is highlighted on the upper right with two large but featureless lenticular galaxies, M84 and M86. Prominent to their lower left is a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Eyes. *Click image for larger size.* The home Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies, contains over 2000 galaxies, and has a noticeable gravitational pull on the galaxies of the Local Group of Galaxies surrounding our Milky Way Galaxy. The center of the Virgo C...more »
*“We Are Such Stuff...”* by Chet Raymo “Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again.” "Caliban is talking to Stephano and Trinculo in Shakespeare's “Tempest”, telling them not to be "afeard" of the mysterious place they find themselves, an island seemingly beset with magic, strangeness, ineffable presences. And you and I, and, yes, all of us, find ourselves inexplicably th...more »
*“May We All Be Forgotten”* by Paulo Coelho “In the monastery of Sceta, Abbot Lucas gathered the brothers together for a sermon. ‘May you all be forgotten,’ he said. ‘But why?’ one of the brothers asked. ‘Does that mean that our example can never serve to help someone in need?’ ‘In the days when everyone was just, no one paid any attention to people who behaved in an exemplary manner,’ replied the abbot. ‘Everyone did their best, never thinking that by behaving thus they were doing their duty by their brother. They loved their neighbor because they understood that this was part of ...more »
[image: MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Presidential candidate Donald Trump (4th L) speaks with Ohio Governor John Kasich (L-R), Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take part in the Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theatre November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fourth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top eight candidates, and another for four other candidates lower in the current polls.] WASHINGTON -- The Republi...more »
*“Brotherhood"* "I am a man: little do I last and the night is enormous. But I look up: the stars write. Unknowing I understand: I too am written, and at this very moment someone spells me out." - Octavio Paz
*Department of Defense*: *Army Captain Receives Medal of Honor in White House Ceremony* Retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent "Flo" Groberg was born in Poissy, France, May 8, 1983. Groberg became a naturalized U.S. citizen, Feb. 27, 2001, and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md., in June of the same year. Groberg attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and competed in varsity track and cross country. In May 2006, Groberg graduated from UMD with a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice. Groberg entered the Army in July 2008 and attend...more »
"The chessboard is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance." - Thomas Huxley
There is an old legal concept - ignorance of the law is no defence. The idea is that no one can defend a charge by saying they didn't know what they had done was illegal. The law must apply equally to everyone and both the most ignorant and the most knowledgeable have to follow the same rules. The problem is that knowing what the law is is not always easy. The concept that everyone is assumed to know the law makes very good sense when you are dealing with offenses that are obviously wrong; say assault or theft. You don't need to be told that hitting someone or stealing their stuf...more »
*Click image for larger size.* "You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." - Jiddu Krishnamurti
*"Winter's Tale"* by Mark Helprin "Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be, whether a long string of perfectly blue days that begin and end in golden dimness, the most seemingly chaotic political acts, the rise of a great city, the crystalline structure of a gem that has never seen the light, the distributions of fortune, what time the milkman gets up, the position of the electron, or the occurrence of one astonishing frigid winter after another. Even electrons, supposedly the paragons of unpredictability, are tame and obsequious little creatures that rush around at the speed ...more »
*"The Illusion of Truth"* by PsyBlog "We see ads for the same products over and over again. Politicians repeat the same messages endlessly (even when it has nothing to do with the question they've been asked). Journalists repeat the same opinions day after day. Can all this repetition really be persuasive? It seems too simplistic that just repeating a persuasive message should increase its effect, but that's exactly what psychological research finds (again and again). Repetition is one of the easiest and most widespread methods of persuasion. In fact it's so obvious that we sometim...more »
By Brenda Norrell Censored News What do Peabody Coal, Barrick Gold in Nevada, and Shell Oil in the Arctic, all have in common? All three are cutting back on operations due to plummeting profits and worth. None of these ever cared about the earth, Indigenous Peoples or the protests. Still, the protests have succeeded in creating a new global awareness of climate change and the damage
National Review/Stephen L. MilleratThe Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Zuckerberg-compressed] Human excrement as art is not a new concept. One of the more famous examples is that of Italian artist Piero Manzoni, who in 1961 preserved his own fecal waste in 90 small tin cans and sold each off, priced... Continue reading *“Poop Swastika: A Triumph of Conceptual Art”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Hillary Clinton] “He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you. And I said, 'Well I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton’s Claim that She Tried to Join the Marines”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
*Aryn Baker, Time:** The Only Way to Stop African Migrants Is to Improve Life at Home* A two-day meeting on Malta produces a $2 billion trust fund, but no clear way to stop the flow of migrants from Africa to Europe Two years ago, the offices of the Association of Overseas Migration Agencies in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was a hub of vibrant activity. Scores of staffers answered the needs of the country’s 406 registered overseas recruitment companies, which sent nearly 200,000 Ethiopian job seekers abroad every year. But in 2013, the Ethiopian government put a ban on th...more »
I am not lying when I tell you some reality tv show could offer me any girl in the world even if you where not included in the script I think you know and I want to make it right now for certain I would choose you But there is no need for that I knew you long before reality TV became an actual life brat So honey you know like a busy bee you travel around but the sweet stuff is always part of my playground So many people never know you like I do and so many billion lonely hearts would kill themselves to meet you I am just existed from my shift and so are you but everyday without excep...more »
*"Worry: A Self-Created State"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Worry is an extension of fear and can also set you up for attracting that which you don’t want in your life. We have all had the experience of worrying about something at some point in our lives. Some of us have a habitual tendency to worry, and all of us have known someone who is a chronic worrier. Worry is an extension of fear and can be a very draining experience. In order for worry to exist, we have to imagine that something bad might happen. What we are worrying about has not happened yet, however, so this bad thi...more »
*"What’s Normal in a Profoundly Abnormal Society?"* by James Quinn "I consider myself a seeker of truth. It isn’t easy finding it in todays’ world. In an alternate version of the famous scene from "A Few Good Men," I picture myself saying that I want the truth, and get this angry truthful response: “Son, we live in a world that has Wall Street banks, and those banks have to be guarded by puppet politicians in Washington D.C. with lobbyist written laws and Madison Avenue PR maggots with media propaganda. Who's gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly...more »
[image: Canadian oil sands plant Alberta - 900] The U.S. is increasingly importing crude oil from Canada, supplanting supplies we get from unstable countries and undermining reasons President Barack Obama used to justify killing the Keystone XL pipeline. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows Canadian oil imports are...more »
*Washington Post*: *Islamic State claims responsibility for Beirut suicide bombings that kill dozens* BEIRUT — Twin suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State killed dozens of people and wounded more than 100 in Beirut on Thursday, raising fears of intensified attempts by the radical group to undermine Lebanon’s fragile stability. In the worst attack to hit the Lebanese capital in years, assailants targeted a southern suburb where many loyalists of the powerful Shiite Hezbollah militia live. The incident killed at least 37 people and wounded as many as 200, officials said, and...more »
The project to create the brand new F-35 Stealth Fighter did not take into account the comparatively cheap Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system that can shoot it down. The relatively inexpensive $500 million S-400 missile system has made the trillion dollar F-35 fighter programme obsolete. The sale of the Russian S-400 missile system to China is not only a milestone in the two countries relationship but an example of how an inexpensive missile system can penetrate a trillion dollar project. Russia and India report: In November 2014 Moscow and Beijing inked a $3 billion agreem...more »
Thetas my face I know everyone has one two or are everyone two faced just like me and sometimes four if I want to climb bAx of the floor I am not into Selie's or the face book plan I need to live off the web because as humans go I am lone wolf born and raised and live according to that plan If you want to cage me I got to tell you it takes me lots of money to get me off my plAn and when the money donut come I turn over rocks looking for a fortune but this does not seem to me to be a higher payoff activity So now I work at the shitfactory processing intellectiusl\ turds daily with...more »
I knew this was going to happen... There was NO WAY the Jewish power "elite" that controls this once free nation called Canada would allow any of their slaves to exercise what little "freedom of speech" they have and would ensure that Jewish control over our so called "judicial system" here is supreme.... So it goes with what has just happened in that "court" in Quesnel, British Columbia, where Arthur Topham's trial has just concluded.... And the outcome is a true travesty for all Canadians... For according to this brand new report that comes directly from the Quesnel Observer, at w...more »
Or not. Ever since the election of Jeremy - and before - there has been whispering that the Gorgeous One, George Galloway will make a triumphant return to Labour. Ever since his expulsion from the party for "bringing it into disrepute" for suggesting that soldiers should disobey orders given by officers, it's no secret that is has held out for a return. That is despite running against the party on a number of occasions, and - in 2005 and 2012 - winning two Parliamentary seats from it. There has always been an uneasy feeling among a section of the membership that a return was never...more »
The first general strike in Greece since Alexis Tsipras took power was marred by violence in Athens, with demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails at police, who in turn responded with tear gas and stun grenades. Before the clashes erupted, more than 20,000 people marched through the Greek capital to urge the government to abandon the austerity measures demanded by its lenders. Protesters march past parliament during first general #strike under SYRIZA-led government. #Greece pic.twitter.com/n2sos82GtR — Elena Becatoros (@ElenaBec) November 12, 2015 RT reports: The demonstrators are ...more »
*The Telegraph*:* Colombia overtakes Peru to be the world's largest producer of cocaine* *President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has appealed to America for help in eradicating coca crops after Colombia returned to the top of the world-producing table* Colombia has overtaken Peru to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine, according to newly-released information likely to dismay President Juan Manuel Santos and his American allies. The UN's latest figures show that last year Colombia grew more coca than Peru and Bolivia combined. In 2014 Colombia had 69,000 hectares of coca; ...more »
Yesterday we looked at how the Republican presidential contenders dealt with the issue of immigration in their latest debate. The other two big take-aways from the debate were in regard to the minimum wage and to health care/insurance. It's a shame the intimidated/on best behavior and biased Fox anchors didn't have what it takes to draw out of the candidates their philosophical approaches to the entire *concept* of a minimum wage and to social insurance policies like Medicare and Social Security. [Perhaps someone could have had noted Ayn Rand scholar, Paul Ryan, who was in the au...more »
President Putin’s decision to commit the Russian military to the Syrian conflict has shifted the balance of power in the Middle East. The latest Russian military hardware is now in a region where bullies used to dominate. American Free Press reports: In just a matter of months, the Russian military has strategically shifted the balance of power in the Middle East, outflanking Washington, Israel, Turkey and their Arab allies. The Russian decision to answer calls for help from the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, a longtime Moscow ally, has left neocons in Washington and their ba...more »
European Council President Donald Tusk addresses a joint press conference at the end of the Valletta Summit on Migration in Valletta, Malta, Nov. 12, 2015. *The Independent: **EU council president Donald Tusk says the EU’s open border system could be about to collapse* He says there is a 'race against time' to save the Schengen Agreement The European Union’s open border system could be about to collapse, the president of the bloc’s European Council has said. Donald Tusk said the survival of the Schengen system, which guarantees passport-free travel between most EU member states an...more »
*IBTimes*:* Greece Anti-Austerity Protests 2015 Video, Photos: In Athens, Riots Break Out, Tear Gas And Molotov Cocktails Exchanged During Greek Strike* Greek protests turned violent in Athens Thursday while international leaders discussed the latest round of budget and pension reforms in the debt-ridden country, angering workers who say the changes are unfair. The southern European nation has been suffering under strict austerity measures, such as reduced social spending and higher taxes, for the past five years, and the top two workers' unions in the nation organized the protes...more »
[image: obesity, overweight, obese] NEW YORK (AP) -- Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new...more »
[image: Chris Christie - Flickr_Medium] While everyone is reading the usual presidential politics into the move, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed yet another gun control bill coming out of the Democrat held legislature in his home state. With a pointed signing statement indicating... Continue reading *“Chris Christie Just Vetoed Another Overreaching Gun Bill in New Jersey”* at *hotair.com*.
The SITE monitoring group said on Thursday that ISIS had released a video threatening attacks in Russia “very soon” in revenge for Russian airstrikes in Syria According to reuters the Kremlin said that Russian state security services would be studying the material as they are not sure about the authenticity of the sources The new video threatened Russians, saying ISIS would “make their wives concubines and their children slaves.” SITE reported the Al-Hayat Media Center, the group’s foreign language propaganda division, released a video in Russian with chants of “Soon, very soon, the...more »
[image: John Green Runner Disqualified - 900] “#FreeTheFro” has become the rally cry across the fruited plain for a teenage runner who was disqualified from a state championship meet because he was wearing a headband adorned with a Bible verse. John Green, a senior at Georgia's West...more »
[image: Antarctica - 900] Canadian scientists just published research downplaying concerns that Antarctica's ice sheet is on the verge of "runaway retreat." Instead, researchers found two countervailing forces overlooked by climate models. A study by McGill University scientists found gravity and the fluid bedrock...more »
National Review/Yuval LevinatThe Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Welder - 400] I've written here before about Marco Rubio's tendency to hold up philosophy as the pre-eminent example of a useless college major, as he did again last night. I think it's rooted in a mistaken idea of the role that liberal... Continue reading *“Philosophers and Welders”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: lasers, laser pointers, green laser, laser strikes] Federal authorities are investigating a flurry of more than 20 laser strikes on aircraft across the country overnight because pilots can be temporarily blinded by the lights. The number of laser strikes was already on a record pace this year,... Continue reading *“With New Flurry Overnight, Laser Strikes on Aircraft Hit Record Pace”* at *usatoday.com*.
*AFP:* *UN moves to prevent 'possible genocide' in Burundi* United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations moved Thursday to pull Burundi back from the brink of "possible genocide," adopting a resolution that called for urgent talks and laid the groundwork for peacekeepers to be sent to stop the killings. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the French-drafted measure that strongly condemned the wave of killings, torture, arrests and other rights violations in the central African nation. The resolution requested that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon present options ...more »
*spot on.* Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic: You first became aware of them when you were in grade school—self-appointed leaders, directors of taste and trend, unchallengeable because their mockery and physical abuse could make life quite uncomfortable—the in-group. As you got older, you discovered there was always an in-group. An in-group runs the country and indeed, the world. Just like grade school, they flaunt their exalted status and make life miserable for outsiders. SLL hereby christens this group: *A S*pecial* S*ociety of *H*ubristic *O*ligarchs and *L*eaders of *E*xtrao...more »
[image: Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC] NEW YORK (AP) -- Colonel Sanders wants to come to your home: KFC said it will start delivering its buckets of fried chicken to customers in two U.S. cities. It will be the first time the chicken chain has delivered...more »
Students are set to unite across the United States on Thursday in a Million Student March to protest against tuition fees, student debt and higher wages for campus workers. Over 106 campuses across the US are expected to participate. The protest was only organized two days ago, but thousands of people signed up to attend via Facebook groups. #MillionStudentMarch RAIN CAN’T STOP THE REVOLUTION! pic.twitter.com/XQMfd9iFc9 — CEPA (@cepa_umass) November 12, 2015 RT reports: “We are people of all colors, genders, and sexual orientation, and we are united to fight for education as a human ...more »
*"Remembering the 'Great Bleeding'”* by Bill Bonner PARIS – "Again, yesterday, Mr. Market looked up and down and decided to stay more or less where he was. It was Armistice Day, a holiday here in France. (In the U.S., we stopped making it a public holiday in 1954.) In 1918, on November 11 at 11 a.m., the guns fell silent and la grande saignée (the great bleeding) of the Great War was over. *Youth Struck Down: *We were busy in the city. But Elizabeth attended the remembrances in the village of Courtomer in Normandy. Her report: "The names of more than 1.3 million Frenchmen who peri...more »
*Reuters:* *IS video threatens attacks in Russia* Islamic State has released a video threatening attacks in Russia "very soon" in revenge for Russian bombing in Syria, the SITE monitoring group said on Thursday, and the Kremlin said Russian state security services would study the material. Al-Hayat Media Center, the militant group's foreign language media division, released a video in Russian with chants of "Soon, very soon, the blood will spill like an ocean", SITE reported. Islamic State has previously called for attacks on Russia and the United States in revenge for strikes by...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *U.S. Arrests Two Relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges* *U.S. agents arrest two on charges they conspired to transport 800 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S., according to two people familiar with the matter* U.S. agents have arrested two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on charges they conspired to transport 800 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S., according to two people familiar with the matter. The arrests come amid U.S. accusations that the top echelon of the government in Caracas is involved in the na...more »
[image: Thomas the Tank Obamacare - 900] At a recent Congressional hearing, Dr. Mandy Cohen of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explained that almost 700,000 Americans have lost their health coverage because the insurance co-ops formed under ObamaCare to foster competition couldn't compete with "big,...more »
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015Some points which are being ignored:* How crazy *are* the crazy tax plans John Kasich assailed as "crazy?" The craziness of these crazy tax plans is being widely ignored. Debate moderators keep averting their gaze as they hurry past in embarrassment. Liberal pundits have barely noticed. How crazy *are *the crazy tax plans? Consider a factoid from Josh Barro in today's New York Times. To encounter this startling factoid, readers had to go all the way to the end of a 2700-word report by a collection of reporters. If they made it to the end, they would ha...more »
The bishop hill site has a post on one of the latest examples of sophistry (reasoning that is superficially plausible but actually fallacious) in public statements by climate alarmists. One commenter on the site likened his rejection of that sophistry to his quick rejection of "von Danniken's 'Worlds In Collision'". My response: *Immanuel Velikovsky, not Erich von Dänniken, wrote "Worlds In Collision". Whichever one you mean, Spectator, neither is worthy of your disdain, which says more about you--about your beliefs--than either of them. They were both on the right track, as opposed...more »
[image: Godly Love Protest - 900] Rachel, you recently took strong exception to what has been referred to as a "kill the gays" rally, and I want to stand with you in renouncing this kind of rhetoric in the strongest possible terms, especially since this was...more »
[image: Cecile Richards Own Abortion - 400] In a new interview with Katie Couric, who supports abortion and has marched in support of the abortion company, Planned Parenthood president and CEO Cecile Richards defended the abortion she once had for birth control reasons. The details of Richards'... Continue reading *“Planned Parenthood Head Cecile Richards Proud of Aborting Her Fourth Child”* at *lifenews.com*.
[image: Muslim immigrants to Europe_compressed] VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- The latest news as hundreds of thousands make their way across Europe in search of safety and a better life. All times local. 7:05 p.m. European Union leader Donald Tusk says he hopes a summit to...more »
Following questions about the veracity of multiple papers by his former employer, high-profile social psychologist Jens Förster has agreed to retract two papers as part of a deal with the German Society for Psychology (DGPs). Last year, Förster had a paper retracted at the request of his former employer, the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In May, an investigation commissioned by UvA found […] The post Psychologist Jens Forster settles case by agreeing to 2 retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.
By Paul Homewood Doug Brodie has just sent his latest missive to assorted Tory politicians: To: Mr Drew Hendry, MP All Tory MPs Lord Lawson Lord Bourne Ms Ruth Donaldson, MSP Mr Murdo Fraser, MSP Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Why the Climate Change Act should […]
Thanks to the work of concerned parents, teachers, and students, Oregon has a strong Opt Out law that explicitly allows parents to opt out their children from the racist, classist, and otherwise worthless state standardized tests. Now we find the State's DOE has crafted an opt-out form that has this on page 2 just above the signature line: Story from the Oregonian.
[image: Jonathan Butler - 400] Graduate student Jonathan Butler became a central figure in racially charged protests on the University of Missouri campus when he announced he'd remain on a hunger strike until the the university system's president, Timothy Wolfe, resigned. Shortly after members of... Continue reading *“Critics Pounce After Family Background of Central Figure in Mizzou Protests Comes to Light”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: China] BEIJING -- Burma's historic general elections and signs of a landslide victory for backers of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have raised some uncomfortable questions in giant northern neighbor China. The first is how China's Communist Party rulers will... Continue reading *“Burma’s Election Leaves Former Patron China Wondering Why China Doesn’t Yet Have Democracy”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
By Paul Homewood h/t Gary H Further to my post earlier today on hurricane trends, Chris Landsea’s paper Counting Atlantic Tropical Cyclones Back to 1900 includes this track map which rather says it all. Now, I just wonder why there were no mid Atlantic hurricanes in 1933? And just to […]
Ultimate Soft Cock SwordsmanIt was pressed between two useless pages of a useless book a maple leaf, not especially big and now a hundred years latter the colours are not strong but my blood run true big balls will always swing but the collisions that they create are more scary today than any other place that today right now more people are living human lives than ever, however out of the billions on earth only a couple really understand what it means to inherit the earth and so far we have given the teen the keys to a Ferrari and just because he won a couple of race he is now a celebrity...more »
*New York Times:* *Deadly Blasts Hit Hezbollah Stronghold in Southern Beirut* BEIRUT, Lebanon — Two suicide bombers carried out a coordinated attack Thursday in a crowded area of southern Beirut controlled by the Hezbollah militia, and the Lebanese Red Cross said the blasts killed more than three dozen people and wounded nearly 200. It was the worst bombing assault in years to traumatize Beirut, which has endured such attacks periodically. The assault shattered a relative calm that prevailed in recent months despite the Syrian civil war raging next door. Hezbollah’s Al Manar new...more »
*Al Jazeera*: *Iraqi Kurds launch offensive to retake Sinjar from ISIL* *Peshmerga fighters, backed by US-led coalition jets, close in on three fronts in mission to cut off ISIL supply lines.* Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by US-led coalition warplanes, have launched a major offensive to retake the strategic town of Sinjar in northern Iraq from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. A statement from the Kurdish Regional Security Council on Thursday said about 7,500 Peshmerga fighters were closing in on the mountain town from three fronts in an effort to cut off ISI...more »
Israel consistently commits the cruel act of demolishing Palestinian homes and then giving it a verbal reference and justification by terming it “punitive demolitions.” Israel justifies the outrageous act by referring to a 1945 British colonial law which provided provisions for house demolitions to the authorities. According to polls, 80% of Israeli Jews are happy with “punitive demolitions” and insist on demolishing Palestinian homes, as their forefathers have done since 1945. The government is sensitive to the people’s desires as the people are sensitive to their government’s polic...more »
*Bill Maher and Ann Coulter in June 2015 discussing the prospect of a Sanders presidency (from The Thom Hartmann Show)* *by Gaius Publius* I put up the video above to show, again, that many including Ann Coulter think Sanders would be the more formidable Democratic candidate for president in the general election. The recent McClatchey-Marist poll seems to confirm Sanders' strength. From *The Hill* (my emphasis): *In new shock poll, Sanders has landslides over both Trump and Bush* By Brent Budowsky, columnist, The Hil In a new McClatchy-Marist poll, Democratic presidential candidat...more »
[image: Pro-life Ribbon Abortion Breast Cancer - 400] Pink ribbons everywhere -- we saw it only weeks ago when Breast Cancer Awareness Month concluded. It’s an eye-catching symbol, particularly for cancer survivors. A recent research study should also make us take notice, stating that: “Between 1970 and 2014, the... Continue reading *“Women at Risk: Abortion and Breast Cancer Linked”* at *christianpost.com*.
[image: Politico Party Map - 400] A recent Politico analysis revealed that an estimated 11-12 million illegal immigrants could give Democrats victory in 2016 through their concentration in big electoral vote states like California and New York. The 538 electoral college votes that determines a presidential... Continue reading *“How Illegal Immigrants Give Democrats the Edge in Close Elections”* at *sfppr.org*.
Asses of EvilI can not figure your out could all the truth your splanning become a tar pool where the copacetic] made you look for the first time for a fool Despite the fact billions were dropped on a dead shoe The oil to you it continues to pool and the blood flows in the sand yet nothing grows but death and despair and its disporia are spreading everywhere
*VOA*: *At Least 16 Killed in Twin Suicide Blasts in Lebanese Capital* Lebanese officials say at least 16 people were killed in twin suicide blasts in a predominantly Shi'ite suburb in Lebanon's capital, Beirut. Authorities say the explosions occurred minutes apart late Thursday in Burj al-Barajneh, a busy commercial and residential area in southern Beirut. At least 40 people were wounded. The area is a stronghold of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. *MIDDLE EAST* Iraqi Kurds launch offensive* to retake Sinjar from ISIL*. Kurds launch offensive in Iraq, Turks *consider groun...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12: U.S. President Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Army Captain Florent A. Groberg (Ret.) during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor for attempting to push a suicide bomber away from harming his patrol while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012....more »
[image: Walmart Supercenter - 400] With Black Friday a mere two weeks away, Walmart has announced its game plan for the most anticipated shopping day of the year. The world's biggest retailer has mined sales data from years past and stocked its stores with extra... Continue reading *“Walmart Promises Not to Run Out of Top Items Like TVs This Black Friday”* at *forbes.com*.
Океанская многоцелевая система "Статус-6" Разработчик - ОАО "ЦКБ МТ "Рубин". pic.twitter.com/FElJtWAtXm — туткактут (@tutkaktut2015) November 11, 2015 *Sputnik:* *TV Channels Accidentally Air Images of Russia's New Secret Weapon* Russia is apparently developing an underwater drone which will be able to inflict massive damage to coastal areas as part of a top secret project known as Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6. The project's title may not sound ominous but the weapon is meant to be extremely potent. The torpedo, equipped with a nuclear warhead, will be capable of causing ...more »
Staff from an Apple store in Melbourne, Australia have been accused of racial profiling after they told six teenage students to leave the store and were recorded saying they were worried “they might steal something.” A video of the incident appeared on Facebook prompting online outrage, as it shows the prejudice being meted out to young Aussie students with dark skins. The Guardian reports: A video of the interaction between a Highpoint Apple store staff member and a group of students was uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday night. The six boys from Maribyrnong College were denied entry ...more »
A priest in northwest France has reportedly smashed a Jesus statue while shouting out to his congregation, “one less!” 55-year-old priest Jean-Jacques Le Roy was giving a sermon on Thursday at the church in Plestin-les-Greves, Brittany. He reportedly shocked his flock when he flung a statute of the Lord Jesus Christ down on the floor while crying out “one less!” The village priest has blamed the “stress and fatigue” of his job for the disturbing act and has been summoned to appear before the Bishop. Le Roy apologised for his action blaming it on the ‘style of the statue’ and the ‘sh...more »
*Christina Sarich* - The legacy of the original 'Medicine God' in a time when ‘war’ is practiced through medicine. The post Imhotep’s Legacy in the Age of Weaponized Medicine appeared first on Waking Times.
*In my over 45 years as a heart centered consultant with emotionally devastated civilians as well as veterans with PTSD, I have discovered that most have a common symptom ~ the psychic pain of being seemingly separated from love, either at birth or in childhood, which can cause us to emotionally check out and close our hearts thus PTHD (Post Traumatic Heart Disorder). At some dark point of aloneness, psychic pain overrides joy and ego defense becomes more important for survival than love and relationships. Medication and drugs then become the principal tool to be uti...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton2 - 400] The FBI has expanded its probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails, with agents exploring whether multiple statements violate a federal false statements statute, according to intelligence sources familiar with the ongoing case. Fox News is told agents are looking at U.S.... Continue reading *“Report: FBI’s Hillary Probe Now Exploring Possible Violations of False Statement Statute”* at *foxnews.com*.
Israeli forces disguised as Arabs, including one impersonating a pregnant woman in a wheelchair, raided a West bank hospital, shooting dead a relative of a man suspected of carrying out a stabbing attack. The Israeli security service operatives infiltrated the hospital in the city of Hebron on Thursday at around 2.50am. Hospital staff and eyewitnesses said that 20 to 30 undercover forces had entered the hospital with guns hidden beneath the person pretending to be pregnant and in labour. RT reports: Jehad Shawar, director of Al Ahly Hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron, told Pal...more »
[image: 16535633] Something to consider, taking in the Russian plane crash- pressure on Egypt and Saudi Arabia *NEO* *After the unexpected June 2015 meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Saudi Defense Minister and King’s son, Prince Mohammed Salman, I had suggested an historic geopolitical shift of the key Arab Gulf state oil producers away from Washington and towards a new working relationship with Russia might be underway. Three major events not evident in June appeared to have ended the nascent cooperation between the two Cold War foes. Then reality and pragmati...more »
Sometimes, the path to correcting the scientific record takes a few turns. In the case of a paper about a new cancer compound, authorship issues led to a correction and, ultimately, a retraction — along with a double-back to retract the earlier correction. We reported on the first part of the story back in January: […] The post When a paper is retracted, so is its previous correction–sometimes appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Carol Swain Vanderbilt - 400] The illiberal idiocy currently on display at the University of Missouri and Yale has now manifested itself at Vanderbilt, where an online student petition demanding the suspension of Professor of Law and Political Science Carol Swain for being "hateful" toward... Continue reading *“Students Want Black Christian Professor Fired at Vanderbilt for Being ‘Hateful’ Toward Minorities”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Sue Thayer Sues Planned Parenthood] A little-known whistleblower lawsuit accuses Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa of wrongly siphoning millions of American taxpayer dollars with a series of complicated billing schemes aimed at increasing profits. Among other dishonest practices, a former manager of the clinics alleges...more »
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri *Reuters:* *Rouhani says U.S.-Iran ties could be restored but U.S. must apologize* ROME (Reuters) - The nuclear deal reached between world powers and Iran could lead to better relations between Tehran and Washington if the United States apologized for past behavior, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Thursday. The pragmatist president, who championed the July 14 deal...more »
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015Part 4—May look like tribal bias:* It was Wednesday night, October 28. The third Republican debate had ended ten minutes earlier. The debate had been staged by CNBC. Under an unflattering headline, Josh Marshall explained how poorly the network's team had performed: MARSHALL (10/28/15): *Why is this debate so bad?As everyone is already discussing, CNBC probably shouldn't be allowed to run a debate again.* Aside from the expertly prepared John Harwood, the moderators were bad and poorly—almost embarrassingly—prepared. There's also the CNBC bubble—which...more »
Had not loss like the flu mind is heavy and heart is blue Had not loss should not make one sad after all it was something you never had Had not memories are the worst You cant forget what you did not have that is why had not loss is such a curse Still the same its more than dreams and still somewhere lies more than schemes a little bit of humanity no less more than it seems blameless with no city Havana with cuts Had not loss open up the mind Had not loss mourn a time when everything was young 'n bold and rainbows led to pots of gold
Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the oil giant BP started spraying the ocean with the toxic dispersant Corexit. It looks like the 7 million litres of chemical dispersant may have done more harm than good. At the time Corexit was touted by BP and others as an important part of the oil industry’s response to the spill as it was supposed to assist natural microbes break down the oil faster. However, while it removed oil from the Gulf of Mexico’s surface it did not fully degrade it and actually interfered with oil-munching microbes’ ability to remove the slick. Common ...more »
[image: Jay Richards Speaking - 900] The Stream‘s executive editor, Jay Richards, spoke today at the Family Research Council on how the data shows religious freedom to be necessary for all other freedoms, including economic freedom: As religious liberty becomes a topic of greater concern in our...more »
[image: The ideological leader of the Iraqi Kurdish recruitment ring was Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, who is in prison in Norway. He aimed to install an Islamic caliphate in Iraqi Kurdistan and merged with the Islamic State group last year.] ROME (AP) -- European law enforcement authorities announced Thursday they had broken up a Norway-based Iraqi Kurdish recruitment ring that radicalized prospects via the Internet and sent them to fight in Iraq and Syria alongside the Islamic State group. Thirteen...more »
[image: Ben Carson] Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson walked back his opposition to raising the minimum wage Wednesday, just a day after adamantly opposing it. Candidates fielded questions on the minimum wage during the Republican debate Tuesday, and Carson was among those opposed...more »
My Generation was awful strange at least to the world that dealt with slaves we where the ones that wrote the book on how to be free of the Man's long hook We went to the moon for the first time and delivered rock and roll like a vintage wine all we have and all that will come is built on the foundation we created with our desire to just have fun
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last November 11, 2015. Expansion of existing urban centers and urbanization of rural areas is the norm and natural path of many cities and areas in the planet. Congestion is the natural result as people try to squeeze themselves in a limited space where various amenities and work and business opportunities are available; things that they cannot easily find in rural areas. In East Asia, cities from China and Japan are the biggest in population size. In Southeast Asia in particular, Metro Manila is the biggest. (See table) Traffic congestion is...more »
After the re-capture of Baiji Iraq only has one major on going offensive, which is in Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar. During the start of November 2015 that fight was halted twice due to bad weather. Despite that the joint forces still made progress into the latter city. On the other hand, the much talked about Kurdish operation to seize Sinjar was called off due to political differences. The Islamic State also tried striking back in Dibis, Kirkuk, but was repulsed. IS is still largely on the defensive, which accounts for the low level of violence across the country for the last sev...more »
All citizens should have sperm and eggs harvested at puberty. When the citizen decides to have children they must past a parenting test. Their DNA will be scrubbed clean, and perfect babies will be delivered. Whats wrong with that?
All citizens should have sperm and eggs harvested at puberty. When the citizen decides to have children they must past a parenting test. Their DNA will be scrubbed clean, and perfect babies will be delivered. Whats wrong with that?
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[image: Dallas Love Field] Three airplanes flying into a Dallas airport were hit by a laser coming from the same direction Wednesday night, according to the FAA. Lynn Lunsford, an FAA spokeswoman, said a Southwest Airlines 737, a Virgin America A319 and a private... Continue reading *“3 Airplanes Flying into Dallas Airport Hit by Laser, FAA Says”* at *foxnews.com*.
Comparing U.S. Army Systems with Foreign Counterparts *Bring the heat, Bring the Stupid*: *A Comparison of US Army assets versus the state of the art elsewhere.* This Rand report is a couple years old. What’s interesting is that a fair number of the issues it raises are actually in the forefront of Army planning right now. One that comes quickly to mind is the current push to swap out the M2 .50cal on the Stryker ICV with either a 30mm cannon or a Javelin missile mount. One other thing that strikes me. The emphasis placed on foreign MLRS range and capabilities. Reports from the fi...more »
*Paul Scharre, War On The Rocks:** Precision-Guided Weapons Come To The Infrantry* Precision-guided weapons have revolutionized American airpower, enabling the kind of devastating strikes first seen in the 1991 Gulf War. To date, however, this revolution has largely happened outside the realm of ground combat. Especially for the infantry soldier, combat has changed little since World War II. With a brief introduction to the M4 carbine’s operation and night vision goggles, a D-Day soldier could be ready to fight in today’s infantry squads. Soon, that may no longer be the case. Pre...more »
A new lawsuit claims that Monsanto knowingly contaminated Oakland’s storm water and the San Francisco Bay with a highly toxic chemical for decades. Oakland city wants the agrochemical giant to pay for the environmental cleanup. The Oakland city attorney said that the chemical giant ‘chose profits over people, and American cities and citizens are still suffering the consequences.’ The suit filed on Tuesday in the U.S District Court in San Francisco seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the continuing presence in Oakland runoff of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, synthetic org...more »
[image: bum] “A panhandler outside Grand Central Terminal says he rakes in up to $200 an hour from kind-hearted New Yorkers.” It might be the dog and it might be the location (Grand Central): "People are more generous because I have a... Continue reading *“Panhandler Rakes in Up to $200 Hour outside Grand Central Terminal”* at *althouse.blogspot.com*.
Tuesday, as people were gearing up for the GOP debate, Jenna Johnson and David Fahrenthold, writing for the *Washington Post*, blamed the new GOP-normal-- lying-- on Trump. Trump is as much a fact-free zone as Fox News or Hate Talk Radio. It feels comfortable to the low end of the Republican base. So other candidates not used to being held to a higher ethical standard-- not even the hypocritical congressional standard-- have been lying their asses off, especially Dr. Ben and Miss Carly, for whom self-serving bullshit comes pretty naturally and has been on display for decades. As...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Migrant summit in chaos as African countries REFUSE to take back Europe's failed asylum seekers* * European Union offered more than £1billion in aid to African counterparts * In return, Africa would have to take back thousands of illegal migrants * But the controversial deal was rejected at a summit in Valletta, Malta * Cameron says £200million of UK aid money will be used to tackle crisis The European Union has been forced to drop controversial plans to deport failed asylum seekers who do not have passports after African countries blocked the move. European leaders o...more »
A review article about a tool used to link genes to traits and behaviors has been retracted for including content “without permission and/or proper reference.” Corresponding author Ali Masoudi-Nejad at the University of Tehran told us that the retraction occurred mostly because the paper included many figures and tables from other sources, and he didn’t realize they […] The post Genetics paper retracted for using material “without permission and/or proper reference” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The recent publication, Technology Assessment of Molten Salt Reactor Design, The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) by The Electrical Power Research Institute.has proven to be a wonderful read that will enlighten anyone who is seriously interested in the potential of nuclear power. I am reeding it through the magic of the Google Chrome speech feature. Kirk Sorensen has always been a talented commentator. So it is quite appropriate that a detailed assessment of his LFTR project would be extremely well written. Technological issues are, of course, discussed, but in a way t...more »
As our media and political establishment continue to impress upon us, the Labour Party has no hope of entering office with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm. Whatever the truth of this claim, it needs unpacking. It could mean that his politics are so intrinsically unattractive that even if they were presented dispassionately to the voting public he would remain unelectable. We might call this the *democratic *reason to call him unelectable. On the other hand it could be taken to mean that certain people, more powerful than the average voter, simply will not tolerate him being elected. They...more »
A prehistoric stone monument has gone unnoticed for centuries in a bare expanse of field in the disputed region of the Golan Heights. Now archaeologists have dated the ancient megalithic site as being 5,000 years old or roughly the same age as Stonehenge in Wiltshire. The monument is known by two names. Its Arabic name is Rujm el-Hiri meaning the ‘stone heap of the wild cat,’ while ts Hebrew name Gilgal Refaim means ‘wheel of giants’ and refers to an ancient race of giants mentioned in the Bible. However, archaeologists still don’t know who built it, or why. Theories include an anci...more »
The progress over the past 20 years in establishing the rights of gay citizens has been gratifying to all who seek universal legal justice and social justice. At the same time, the expansion of institutional racism and "color blind" policies, the embrace of intensely-segregated schools, and the creation of the world's largest and blackest prison and criminal injustice industry have left many of us wondering when the civil rights movement might spread to include black and brown citizens oppressed by corporatists masked as liberators. So the current challenge to racist practices an...more »
Every now and then, I just crave Italian food but I don't want to have to go out in the cold and the snow to enjoy an old favorite. This version of Chicken Cacciatore is so easy to make, it comes together easily in under an hour and it is full of flavor. It easy to change it a bit based on what you have. I have used frozen peppers before and I usually leave out the onion entirely because they aren't my husband's favorites, anyway you make it. It is simply delicious! You will need: - 4 chicken breasts - 1 package of Penne pasta - 1 jar of spaghetti sauce - olive oil ...more »
[image: Greek workers on strike] As Greek workers took to the streets in protest on Thursday, Alexis Tsipras was for the first time on the other side of the divide. Unions -- a key support base for the prime minister's Syriza party -- chanted in rallies held in... Continue reading *“Greece Comes to a Standstill as Unions Turn Against Tsipras”* at *bloomberg.com*.
[image: Charles Koch] Billionaire Charles Koch said Wednesday that the federal government is widening the gap between America's rich and poor. "For most of this nation's history, our country has been characterized by opportunity, upward mobility and personal freedom," he wrote in an... Continue reading *“Billionaire Charles Koch: Government is Doling Out Welfare for The Wealthy, and It Needs to Stop”* at *thehill.com*.
ND did those feet in ancient timeWalk upon England's mountains green?And was the holy Lamb of GodOn England's pleasant pastures seen? And did the Countenance DivineShine forth upon our clouded hills?And was Jerusalem builded hereAmong these dark Satanic Mills? Bring me my bow of burning gold!Bring me my arrows of desire!Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!Bring me my chariot of fire! I will not cease from mental fight,Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,Till we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant land.
http://www.amazon.com/ Justin Trudeau has made a lot of promises. And, Susan Delacourt writes, he's calling on Canadians to help him keep them. That's a complete turnaround from the man he replaced: The difference boils down to this: Stephen Harper only made promises that he had the power to deliver on his own. Trudeau, on the other hand, needs help from people and institutions outside his government to make good on his campaign pledges — help from premiers, from other countries and, perhaps most importantly, from Canadian citizen...more »
When students ask me about the Affordable Care Act, I often say that the policy was motivated as much by the desire to redistribute income as it was to reform the health care system. I recently ran across the following chart from Brookings economists Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless that shows the degree of redistribution that the act entails.
[image: Concerned Student 1950 black only healing space] Student protesters at the University of Missouri asked white supporters to leave Wednesday night in order to create a "black only healing space." Steve Schmidt, an activist who was at the protest, tweeted that Concerned Student 1950 group were "asking... Continue reading *“Mizzou Demonstrators Segregate White Allies to Form ‘Black Only Healing Space’”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Nuclear torpedo submarine] MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says plans for a new submarine-launched nuclear torpedo shown on Kremlin-controlled television were secret and should never have been aired. The video broadcast on NTV and Channel One -- shot over a military...more »
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[image: Kurdish armed forces help civilians attacked by Islamic State in Sinjar during 2014.] SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by the U.S.-led air campaign, launched an assault Thursday aiming to retake the strategic town of Sinjar, which the Islamic State group overran last year in an onslaught that caused the flight...more »
Antiquities Director for Syria, Professor Maamoun Abdulkarim calls himself the “saddest director of antiquities” in the world as he battles to save what is left of the ancient city of Palmyra. He pleads to the international community to help save Syria’s heritage, after Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was partially destroyed by ISIS. His predecessor was tortured and beheaded by the jihadists as he tried to save priceless antiquities from being looted or destroyed. ISIS captured the ruins in May and have since been on the path of dismantling human history and culture. The rape...more »
*Campus Commotions Show We're Raising Fragile Kids* By Jonah Goldberg It seems like every week there’s a new horror story of political correctness run amok at some college campus. A warning not to wear culturally insensitive Halloween costumes sparked an imbroglio at Yale, which went viral over the weekend. A lecturer asked in an email, “Is there no room anymore for a child to be a little bit obnoxious … a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” Students went ballistic. When an administrator (who is the lecturer’s spouse) defended free speech, some students ...more »
*Former Obama Sustainability Officer: Climate Change is ‘Mother of All Risks’* *Sheer assertion. Not a shred of evidence offered* Climate change is the “mother” of all national security risks, said former Obama administration sustainability officer Jon Powers, warning that “without a global agreement in Paris, the world—including the U.S.—is headed toward potentially catastrophic climate impacts.” Leaders of over 190 countries are scheduled to meet in Paris from November 30 to December 11 to craft a legally binding global agreement on climate change. “In the security world, dec...more »
We were lucky yesterday that Yosi (on the right in photo above) has a dear friend living in Scicli. His friend (on the left in the photo) and his wife (sitting next to him) were for many years ballet dancers. They now teach ballet. They prepared a wonderful meal. Their friend (sitting in the middle) from Bulgaria made the best eggplant (pictured above) I've had in years. The view from their terrazzo of the surrounding hills was magnifico! The empty seat belongs to Dave who was taking the pictures.
[image: Postal_worker_mail_carrier] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, marking the largest labor union to back his Democratic presidential campaign. The union’s decision gives Sanders a boost heading into the...more »
On November 25th, 1915, almost exactly 100 years ago, Einstein presented the final form of his equations (defining the general theory of relativity) to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Papers were more or less ready but they only appeared in 1916. Institute for Advanced Study has organized an event, GR at 100, and this lecture by the IAS director and my once co-author (and an independent co-father of our matrix string theory) Robbert Dijkgraaf previously gave this October 2015 talk which is the only one whose video I can find. The video mentions the Baby Einstein, Newton, the ...more »
[image: airplane seats] Seat kickers took the No. 1 spot in an annual etiquette survey from Expedia, using results from interviews with 1,019 randomly selected U.S. adult residents: 61% of Americans cited seat-kicking as the most annoying in-flight concern, with "inattentive parents" coming... Continue reading *“Seat Kickers the Most Annoying Airline Passengers”* at *consumerist.com*.
[image: China stock market down] BEIJING (AP) -- Communist leaders allowed China’s biggest corporate bond default yet on Thursday in a fresh sign of wrenching economic change as growth slows and Beijing gives market forces a bigger role in its financial system. The default by...more »
[image: Old Testament, Moses, ten commandments] The Bible? How can you believe in an ancient collection of fanciful myths written by a small group of Hebrews thousands of years ago? And why would you think such a collection of ancient writings should have any bearing on...more »
[image: MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Presidential candidate Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) smiles while giving closing remarks at the Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theatre November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fourth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top eight candidates, and another for four other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)] Unlike last month’s contentious GOP debate on CNBC, the event staged by Fox Business Network and Th...more »
It would be his birthday today (so I was reminded by Homepaddock), so an ideal time to consider that what Auguste Rodin could do with a mere pair of hands, other sculptors struggled to do with whole galaxies of complete human figures. When I first posted this a few years ago, I quoted now-silent Wellington blogger Oh Crikey'. *[image: _Quote]**Who would've thought a mere 'hand' could convey so much anguish & torment, or tenderness & delicacy? ... In Maori terms, we could say Rodin's sculptures have a mauri, or a 'life force.' The more rational among us will scoff, ‘Oh, that's sill...more »
*almost one million views in just a few days.* Excellently done by some very talented people. The follow up to #Equality, Modern Educayshun delves into the potential dangers of our increasingly reactionary culture bred by social media and political correctness. Written and Directed by Neel Kolhatkar
By Paul Homewood http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/historical-atlantic-hurricane-and-tropical-storm-records There’s an interesting report from the GFDL regarding hurricanes. As we know, there has been a remarkable dearth of US landfalling hurricanes in the last few years. However, this does not necessarily mean that the same is true of Atlantic hurricanes as a whole. Measuring long term trends for […]
Evening wrap.... Europe..... *fred walton* @fredwalton216 9h 9 hours agoPhiladelphia, PA fred walton Retweeted MineForNothing Catalan Parliament moving ahead with independence plans... fred walton added, *MineForNothing* @minefornothing Catalan parliament voted on Monday to draw up legislation for a separate tax and social security system within 30 days *The Spain Report* @thespainreport 8h 8 hours ago King Promises "Constitution Will Prevail" As Separatists Fail To Appoint First Minister https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/470-1 51112171144-king-promises-co...more »
By dangling life-changing cures over people's heads for cartoonish figures of "1 million dollars," pharmaceutical corporations prove when they see sick, desperate, dying people, all they see is dollar signs... *November 12, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - Gene therapy is a game changer. It is not a treatment for diseases. It is a cure. *Image: Gene therapy works by reprogramming an ordinary virus to delivery modified genes to human cells. Once introduced, the modified genes are replicated by natural cell division. Missing or defective genes, over time, can be replaced by repai...more »
Update on Satellite Dish Climber: Last we heard Sicilian activist Turi was still on top of the US military war fighting satellite dish surrounded by police standing at the bottom pleading with him to come down. Turi is well known for having previously entered the base numerous times by cutting holes in the fence. I’ve seen videos of him trying to plant seeds inside the base which was illegally built upon a oak nature preserve. We spent yesterday touring two more ancient towns in southern Modica and Scicli. We had lunch in a home with a great view of the town (which also had W...more »
"Now listen you, people of NATO. You’re bombing a wall which stood in the way of African migration to Europe, and in the way of Al Qaeda terrorists. This wall was Libya. You‘re breaking it. You’re idiots, and you will burn in Hell for thousands of migrants from Africa and for supporting Al Qaeda. It will be so. I never lie. And I do not lie now." - Gaddafi. The cowardly lion does not lie but the wicked witch does lie and will go on lying as the article below illustrates. Gaddafi stupidly placed his trust in NATO and America, even after he saw what happened to Saddam who came up...more »
[image: God Holding the World in His Hands - 900] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 For those of us growing up with a picture of Jesus the shepherd holding a little lamb, it is challenging to view him as cosmic...more »
*NB: same bronze age shield found at Battersea* ...so, what did it sound like, the Khumric Language or Language of Ancient Briton or Language of Etruria via Troy via Syria via Chrestianoiland and the Scattered Ten Tribes of Israel via Egypt and all that Bible-y Babylonian jazz-mix. *'In the noble land of Syrie th[er] was a noble kyng and mighty and a man of grett reno[u]n that men called Dioclitian'. The story continues with the 33 daughters of Diocletian, the eldest named Albyne (Albina), who murdered their husbands and were set adrift at sea before they landed on an island, which...more »
in a recent Free Planet blogpost called *SENTENCED TO EARTH*, the Vostok ice-core graph of temperature fluctuation over the last half a million showed that there haven't been a number of Ice Ages, as the mainstream media always spins it. And it demands further investigation/speculation... THE EARTH TENDS TO ICE AGE. This is the first shocking conclusion of this Vostok ice-core graph. Not that "Ice Ages happen," but that such a low temperature for this planet is THE NORM. The second shocking conclusion is that every 120,000 years something happens on a global scale that dramatical...more »
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Saudi boys paint a mural depicting Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an activity for national drawings in Jeddah Photo: Reuters The Telegraph: *Revealed: Saudi Arabia's manifesto for change in the face of rumours of coup plots* *Exclusive: In rare public statement, advisers to all-powerful Prince Mohammed bin Salman tell Telegraph of plans for opening up country's economy and society* At a time when the country’s internal politics are under more scrutiny than at any time for decades, close advisers to the new King Salman and his powerful son have taken...more »
*The Telegraph*: *Saudi Arabia risks destroying Opec and feeding the Isil monster* *'Saudi Arabia is acting directly against the interests of half the cartel and is running Opec over a cliff,' says RBC* The rumblings of revolt against Saudi Arabia and the Opec Gulf states are growing louder as half a trillion dollars goes up in smoke, and each month that goes by fails to bring about the long-awaited killer blow against the US shale industry. Algeria's former energy minister, Nordine Aït-Laoussine, says the time has come to consider suspending his country's Opec membership if the ...more »
[image: Marines in Iraq-900] U.S. Marines scout for various avenues of approach on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Oct. 23, 2015. Thank you to these valiant Marines for serving in Iraq and to Cpl. Akeel Austin for taking this inspiring photograph!
*RT:* *Historic Hollande-Rouhani dinner scrapped due to insistence on wine & non-halal meat* Iran’s President Rouhani will visit France next week, but the historic visit will not feature a dinner with President Hollande. Why? Because the French wouldn’t agree to serve halal meat and wouldn't budge on serving alcohol. The formal lunch with the French leader was meant to take place at the Elysee Palace, but reports indicate it is not to be, according to France’s RTL. According to the news source, Rouhani refused on religious grounds. “A meal was contemplated, but fell apart,” a so...more »
Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters *William Hague, The Telegraph:* *The migrant crisis is a mere gust of the hurricane that will soon engulf Europe* Huge population growth in Africa and Asia makes it imperative the EU manages its borders — and promote stability abroad A major study published recently found that many members of the public can forecast economic and political events at least as accurately as the experts, and that some of them do consistently better than the pundits and economists we always turn to for advice. Pollsters proved hopeless at forecasting our general election, a...more »
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