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*Photo:* Armed to the teeth and sporting military fatigues and a combat helmet, the officer is part of a counter-terrorism unit unveiled at Wembley last night (Click on Image to Enlarge) *Daily Mail:* *Chilling new face of police in Britain: New counter terrorism 'robocops' dressed in military fatigues and armed with semi-automatic rifles deployed at Wembley * * Armed to the teeth and sporting military fatigues, the officers are part of a counter-terrorism unit * Elite Scotland Yard squad arrived in huge armoured vehicles to throw a ring of steel around Wembley Stadium * The mark...more »
By Kerstin Johansson | The Rag Blog | November 18, 2015 Event: Global Climate March What: Austin Rally and March Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015 Time: 1:00 p.m. Where: Texas State Capitol Address: 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 Admission: … finish reading Kerstin Johansson : *METRO EVENT* | Thousands expected for Global Climate March in Austin
Army Lt. Col. Scott Nicholas and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Fred Heer fly a Texas Army National Guard AH-64D Apache helicopter while firing a 30 mm cannon during an aerial gunnery exercise on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 9th, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Major Randy Stillinger
[image: Paris terror raid - 400 000] Witnesses have reported gunfire amid a police raid in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis as authorities hunt for two suspects from Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks who are believed to be at large. Police blocked off roads early Wednesday in... Continue reading *“Heavy Gunfire, Police Officers Reported Wounded in Paris Raid”* at *cnn.com*.
*New York Times*: *Obama Aims to Shore Up Asian Allies Against Chinese Might* ANTALYA, Turkey — President Obama’s arrival in the Philippines on Tuesday morning will kick off five days of presidential diplomacy aimed at bolstering America’s allies in the region against China’s economic and military might. White House officials said on Monday that Mr. Obama would continue consultations with world leaders about the terror attacks in and around Paris last week, which had already overshadowed the planned economic discussions at the Group of 20 meeting here. But Mr. Obama is eager to ...more »
For baby boomers who watched the Vietnam War on the nightly news, the war has never really ended. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | November 17, 2015 BERKELEY — Remember the War in Vietnam? Indeed, how could anyone … finish reading Jonah Raskin : Vietnam postscript: Activists remember the cause that shook an empire
[image: Obama Paris Attacks - 900] According to legend, if not actual historians, Harold Macmillan was once asked what he most feared could derail his agenda. The British prime minister allegedly said, “Events, my dear boy, events.” Macmillan may never have actually said it, but the...more »
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. Reuters/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters *Reuters*: *China says has shown 'great restraint' in South China Sea* China has shown "great restraint" in the South China Sea by not seizing islands occupied by other countries even though it could have, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday ahead of two regional summits where the disputed waterway is l...more »
Needless to say, all the Republicans have rushed to exploit the ISIS attacks in Paris. Lindsey Graham rounded up McCain and cranked up their old war mantra on Monday morning TV. Rubio, of course, was doing intense fundraising off the corpses of the victims. Huckabee and Cruz was invoking their xenophobia against the refugees fleeing the ISIS terrorists. And Trump was all about "I told you so?" None of this gives any new insights into the characters of any of these people, right? That said, see those new Trump polling numbers? The latest national Republican polling from Reuters sho...more »
People's Liberation Army soldiers look on during the docking of the USS Stethem at Wusong port in northern Shanghai. Photographer: Gregory Turk/Bloomberg *WSJ:* *Destroyer Makes First China Port Call Since U.S. Sailed Near Spratlys* The destroyer USS Stethem docked in Shanghai on Monday in the first U.S. port call in China since Washington said last month it had sailed near territory in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing. The long-scheduled visit is billed as an opportunity to build communications and coordination between the nations’ navies. It got off to a shaky start: it r...more »
U.S. Air Force ground support aircraft A-10 participates in the multinational NATO exercise Saber Strike in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2015. Reuters/Ints Kalnins *IBTimes*: *US Anti-ISIS Airstrikes In Syria: A-10 Warplanes Target Islamic State Group's Crude Oil Trucks* For the first time since the war against the Islamic State militant group began more than one year ago, U.S. warplanes launched strategic strikes on trucks carrying crude oil in Syria Monday, cutting off an important source of income for the terror group. The airstrikes were carried out by two AC-130 gunships and four ...more »
[image: Israel mosaic, Roman-era mosaic] LOD, Israel (AP) -- Israel’s antiquities authority on Monday unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor that archaeologists found last year while building a visitors’ center meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the same location. The authority said...more »
[image: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook] SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity. Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder...more »
*Washington Post*: *Senators want to give government access to encrypted communications to combat terrorism* Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are vowing to explore ways to grant more government access to secure communications, after intelligence outfits failed to pick up on direct chatter between the perpetrators of the Paris attacks. Lawmakers said it was time to intensify discussions over what technology companies such as Apple and Google could do to help unscramble key information on devices such as Iphones and apps like WhatsApp, where suspected terrorists have communica...more »
*NBC News: **ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock* NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint -- a 24-hour Jihadi Help Desk to help its foot soldiers spread its message worldwide, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil. Counterterrorism analysts affiliated with the U.S. Army tell NBC News that the ISIS help desk, manned by a half-dozen senior operatives around the clock, was established with the express purpose of helping would-be jihadists use encryption and other secure commun...more »
General view of the scene with rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside the Le Carillon restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer *Reuters: **Exclusive: After Paris, Americans want U.S. to do more to attack Islamic State - poll* A majority of Americans want the United States to intensify its assault on the Islamic State following the Paris attacks, but most remain opposed to sending troops to Iraq or Syria, where the militant group is based, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found. That view runs counter to comment...more »
*Politico: **Feinstein breaks with Obama: 'ISIL is not contained'* *Sen. Dianne Feinstein sharply contradicted President Barack Obama on Monday, disagreeing with his claim that the Islamic State is "contained."* “I’ve never been more concerned,” the California Democrat and Intelligence Committee ranking member told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Monday. “I read the intelligence faithfully. ISIL is not contained. ISIL is expanding.” “They just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country. I think we have to be prepared,” she continued. On Monday, ISIL warned it could ...more »
I was out walking my dog a couple of weeks ago when i saw someone I recognized from my home town. ... ... Sorry. He just called. ... Anyway, i stopped and he didn't recognize me. Then he did. Then I did. I remembered I didn't really like this guy. He wasn't a bad guy. I just remembered that he irritated me. He used to go to my high school. A couple of grades below me. I think his sister was in my grade. then we saw each other again at the gym. After a few years of that, he got fairly huge. (Though he's not tall ... 5'7 or 5'8.) But before I left Hamilton he'd let himself go. I r...more »
[image: Jeb Bush] Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., separating himself from most Republican governors and his party’s presidential field as he pitched himself as the most experienced candidate running for the nomination. "The answer to this is not... Continue reading *“Jeb Bush Splits with Republicans Over Syrian Refugees”* at *bloomberg.com*.
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[image: French Air Force, France] ARIS (AP) -- French police hunted Tuesday for a second terrorist believed to have escaped after the bomb and gun massacres in Paris, while a U.S. official revealed that the suspected mastermind was part of an Islamic State cell that...more »
[image: Ben Carson] Some advisers to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson say he is struggling to grasp the complexities of foreign policy, his closest confident said Monday, acknowledging their frustration while adding the political newcomer is making progress. “I’d say he’s 75 percent...more »
*Title: Paris Attacks Truth: ISIS is a False Flag. Source: corbettreport. Date Published: November 17, 2015. Description:* As The Corbett Report community continues to track the latest updates on the Paris attack investigation, let us not forget the essential underlying truth: ISIS is a creation of the US, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf States, and they are fostered, funded, equipped, armed, trained and protected by the NATO allies and the GCC, France included.
What we know so far on the 8 terrorists that carried out the Paris attacks https://t.co/4HF8P0zTXZ pic.twitter.com/qesDnKCw8T — Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) November 16, 2015 *Washington Post*: *What happened during the Paris attacks and how the world responded* At least 129 people were killed in a string of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, the city's prosecutor said. More than 350 people, including some Americans, were wounded in the attacks, which rippled across a half-dozen locations in the city. *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On The Paris Attacks* How so...more »
Viktor Korotayev/Reuters *David Axe, Daily Beast*:* Russia Pounds ISIS With Biggest Bomber Raid in Decades* Putin’s air force just uses its nuclear bombers to lay waste to the captial of the “Islamic State.” The Russian air force just pulled off one of the biggest and most complex heavy bomber missions in modern history—sending no fewer than 25 Backfire, Bear, and Blackjack bombers on a coordinated, long-range air raid against alleged ISIS forces in Syria. The Tuesday mission, which launched under the cover of darkness from a base in Ossetia in southern Russia, signaled a signifi...more »
Latino Decisions released a new poll yesterday that sought to gage the reaction of Hispanic voters to the tenor of the Republican presidential campaign and how the GOP candidates talk about Hispanic-Americans. The survey included only registered voters and the short version os that "hostile rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates gives Latino voters a strong, negative impression of the Republican Party. The sense that Republicans are hostile to the Latino community has significantly increased since the 2012 election." Despite Trump's claims that he will "win the Hispanics...more »
[image: Air Pollution, Smoke Stack, Downwind] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can’t control. At the same time, the EPA...more »
[image: Cancer drawing] A new study raises a sobering possibility: that cancer may simply be here to stay. Researchers at Kiel University, the Catholic University of Croatia and other institutions discovered that hydra -- tiny, coral-like polyps that emerged hundreds of millions of... Continue reading *“What if Cancer Simply Can’t Be Cured?”* at *ozy.com*.
[image: Backlit Keyboard, Hacking, Hack Back] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States remains ill-prepared to combat state-backed cyber intrusions from China and lawmakers should look at whether U.S.-based companies be allowed to ‘hack back’ to recover or wipe stolen data, a congressional advisory body said Tuesday....more »
[image: armed guards] When it comes to terrorism, sometimes “the best counter-terrorism measure is not to overreact.” The warning came from political scientist John Mueller at a presentation in Washington, D.C., Monday, a few days after Paris was roiled by terror attacks. Mueller... Continue reading *“Awkward Timing: After Paris, Academics Call Terror Threat Overblown”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
[image: illusion of respectability] It is very nearly four decades since, as a terribly callow graduate student with an interest in philosophy, I made a pilgrimage with a friend to the home of a professor of Christian apologetics. I was looking for direction, and... Continue reading *“Killing the Illusion of Respectability”* at *christianitytoday.com*.
[image: Ex-Mossad Chief] TEL AVIV, Israel - The U.S. and European countries should seriously consider adapting the Israeli model of combatting terrorism in order to fight an increasingly aggressive Islamic State, former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit told Breitbart Jerusalem. These measures include deploying armed... Continue reading *“Ex-Mossad Chief: Time for Armed Guards at Cafes, Malls and Clubs”* at *breitbart.com*.
*BBC*: *Paris attacks: Video 'shows ninth attacker'* French security sources say that surveillance video shows a possible ninth assailant during Friday's attacks in which 129 people died. The video reportedly shows a third figure in the car carrying the group which attacked several bars and restaurants. It is not clear if this ninth attacker is one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or is on the run. The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has said it carried out the attacks. *MIDDLE EAST* Russia says its jet was bombed over Egypt *and intensifies Syria airstrikes* ....more »
[image: Judeo-Christian values] WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate John Kasich advocated today for an aggressive foreign policy that would unapologetically trumpet “Judeo-Christian values” to reassert the leadership of the West and stand with America's traditional allies, including Europe, Japan, and South Korea. Mr. Kasich,... Continue reading *“Kasich Urges Foreign Policy Backing Judeo-Christian Values”* at *toledoblade.com*.
[image: Bobby Jindal Microphone - 900] Today, Bobby Jindal announced that he is suspending his campaign for president. Here was the view from Twitter. #BreakingNews: @BobbyJindal on #SpecialReport I am suspending my campaign for president #FNPolitics @FoxNews — Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 17, 2015 LA Gov...more »
[image: Planned Parenthood] Senate Republicans are still planning to force Planned Parenthood defunding legislation through the chamber using a fast-track process -- despite concerns from some GOP moderates. GOP leadership briefly mulled dumping the defunding provision from a broader measure that dismantles key... Continue reading *“Senate GOP Presses Ahead with Planned Parenthood Defunding”* at *politico.com*.
“You don't have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arch across the sky like this- but it helps. Only at Monument Valley USA would you see a picturesque foreground that includes these iconic rock peaks called buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water has eroded away the surrounding soft rock. *Click image for larger size.* In the featured image taken in 2012, the closest butte on the left and the butte to its right are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte can be seen just further to the right. High overhead stretches a band of diffuse light that...more »
*“Augmented Reality”* by Chet Raymo “’THE WORLD WLL NEVER LOOK THE SAME AGAIN’, shouted the headline in the Tech & Net section of the London Sunday Times. Then, slightly more subdued: "Augmented reality glasses take what you see and add what you want to see. Mark Harris has an exclusive trial - and can't believe his eyes." Apparently, these nifty new sunglasses have beamsplitters in the lenses that superimpose whatever you want on what you are seeing - Facebook info, tweets, shopping and dining options, GPS navigation, and so on. You can even engage in murderous gunplay with monste...more »
“Next time you feel fear, either right after a major decision or just before one, it usually means you're exactly where you need to be.” "Nice," The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com
*"On Friendship"* by Kahlil Gibran "Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay." And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. When you part from your friend, you grieve no...more »
I ask you to dinner and you stand me up. As a result I lose some money preparing extra food and I open a bottle of wine I might otherwise have kept for later. You hire me to cater a dinner at your house and I prepare a fancy meal but when I get to your house to deliver the food nobody is home. The food goes to waste. In one case I can sue for damages and in the other I cannot. If someone stands you up for dinner that is not very nice but it is not a matter for the courts. But if you are a cater and someone doesn't pay you then you are are quite entitled to sue. What's the diff...more »
[image: Bobby Jindal Unimpressed - 900] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he is dropping out of 2016 race for president, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support among Republicans. Jindal tells Fox News, “This is not my time.” He...more »
*The Guardian*:* Russian and US forces exchange military information over airstrikes against Isis* Intelligence services work to coordinate strikes on Isis stronghold of Raqqa as countries plan unified response after Paris terror attacks Russian and US forces have for the first time exchanged military information during airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria amid early signs of thawing relations between the two countries following the Paris terror attacks and the downing of a Russian airliner. The contacts came after Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB, confirmed tha...more »
*"Things to Think"* "Think in ways you've never thought before. If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message Larger than anything you've ever heard, Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats. Think that someone may bring a bear to your door, Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose Has risen out of the lake, and he's carrying on his antlers A child of your own whom you've never seen. When someone knocks on the door, Think that he's about To give you something large: tell you you're forgiven, Or that it's not necessary to work all the time, Or that it's been decided that if ...more »
*"Willingness to Feel: Opening to Understanding"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we are resisting something based on a limited understanding, we must then open ourselves to willingness. There are times when we may find ourselves struggling or even fighting with our thoughts and emotions. We may feel that something must be done in a certain way or not at all, or there may be some other situation that feels absolutely black and white. But life is not this way—it’s the way we are looking at our experiences that is causing the turmoil within us. When we become aware that the stru...more »
At least thirty-two people were killed and eighty wounded after an explosive device went off at a market in the North Eastern city of Yola in Nigeria. The explosion occurred at a fruit and vegetable market beside a main road in the Jimeta area of Adamawa’s state capital around 1900 GMT. It is still not clear who was responsible for the blast, but the Boko Haram group have carried out attacks on Yola in the past, including suicide bomb attacks. Al Jazeera reports: The area, also housing a live stock market, was crowded with shoppers. “The ground near my shop was covered with dead bod...more »
[image: Anonymous - 400] Since the weekend, Anonymous have been tracking down the Twitter accounts of ISIS supporters, compiling them in online documents, and reporting them to Twitter for suspension. While it is hard to verify the 5,500 figure, online lists seen by Breitbart Tech suggests... Continue reading *“Anonymous Just Took Down Thousands of ISIS Twitter Accounts”* at *breitbart.com*.
ISIS fighters are strengthening their defenses in Raqqa, northern Syria. Following the Paris attacks on Friday, international air strikes have intensified in Raqqa, prompting the Islamic State fighters to hide in civilian neighborhoods. Activists report that the population is prevented from leaving their capital by the militants, who anticipate a ground assault. Associated Press reports: Activists from Raqqa say the northern Syrian city’s estimated 350,000 residents are gripped by fear, rattled by powerful Russian and French airstrikes that shake the city daily and worried they woul...more »
It began with the biggest foreign policy disaster of recent times - the U.S. and British invasion of Iraq. We have never been told the truth about why this was done. The story that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction has long been proven a lie. Then we were told it was because Saddam was a bad man. No doubt he was. But this world has lots of bad men, many of whom are on our side. In any case, even if he was bad, that scarcely explains why we found it necessary to kill over a million Iraqis who were, so far as we know, not bad. We hanged Hussein for being a bad man. So why don't...more »
*WNU Editor*: I am beyond surprised that the Russian government/military has permitted this video to be released showing how their command and control center works. You do not have to know Russian to understand what is happening here .... the visuals say it all. The American equivalent is below (but it is only a picture). (*Click on Image to Enlarge*) The Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provides command and control of air power throughout Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and 17 other nations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang/ Air Force)
Yesterday I attended a presentation where a well-educated speaker stated that terrorism was emerging as a top social problem. I wanted to respond that actually WAR was the top problem and that terrorism is a derivative of war. I've spent time in Europe so I know that Europeans have never fully assimilated the migrant flows produced by over a hundred years of colonial manipulation across the globe. Those flows are now exacerbated by endless wars waged by superpowers. The US neocon plan and military deployments aimed at replacing totalitarian governments in Middle East countries are...more »
It used to be said that the lowest form of solidarity was signing a petition. Now you might argue that it's changing your social media avatars so they reflect the topical campaign of the month. It is with this jaundiced and sceptical eye that Camilla Hodgson reviews the phenomenon of millions of people giving their social media a *Tricolore* filter in solidarity with the French people against last Friday's attacks. In his *Economic Theory of Democracy* (1957), Anthony Downs argued that the propensity to vote was an outcome of the probability one's vote is decisive (*P*) in a given ...more »
[image: jihadist - 400] The mastermind of the Paris massacres has bragged of travelling across Europe at will to plot murder and mayhem. Despite being on wanted lists, Abdelhamid Abaaoud has shuttled between Syria and Europe, exploiting the migrant crisis on EU borders. The... Continue reading *“Sick Taunts of the Paris Mastermind: Jihadist Boasts About Traveling Across Europe and Mocks Police Who Almost Had Him”* at *dailymail.co.uk*.
[image: Wembley Stadium French National Anthem - 400] Just four days after terrorist attacks shook Paris, an estimated 80,000 people joined together before England and France’s friendly on Tuesday to sing a stirring rendition of the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” Those attending the match at Wembley Stadium in London... Continue reading *“Watch All of Wembley Come Together to Sing ‘La Marseillaise’ at England-France Soccer Match”* at *huffingtonpost.com*.
*Lindis Percy from CAAB and I at Menwith Hill early tonight as U.S. NSA workers left the satellite spy base**Dave and I at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, England tonight in the driving wind and rain holding No MUOS flag given to us in Sicily - we are united in the struggle against the more than 800 U.S. bases around the world!**Talking with Lindis who has supreme stick-to-it-ivness which is what every organizer needs* My host in England this week, Global Network board convener Dave Webb (also chair of CND), arranged for me to speak this morning at Bradford University before an event spo...more »
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia has deployed its fleet of strategic long range bombers to double the volume of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria. “We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. We have now doubled the number of sorties, which is allowing us to conduct operations throughout the length and breadth of the country,” the defense minister said. The head of the General Staff reported that the new phase of the anti-ISIS campaign will involve 25 long-range bombers that will fly out of airfields in Russia. RT reports:...more »
Harvard scientists claim that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day could prolong your life. Western Morning News reports: Moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, and Type 2 diabetes, scientists found. It also seems to lower the risk of suicide – but no association was seen with rates of cancer death. Whether or not the coffee drunk contained caffeine made no difference. The benefits are thought to be linked to other plant compounds in coffee besides the stimulant. Berries Lead s...more »
Let’s talk about Islam, and its evil. We should be under no illusions about the evil of Islam, but neither should we grant it any more power than it has: as Ayn Rand used to say, evil on its own is impotent. Evil can only achieve its values through the actions of others—by that which we let evil-doers extort from us. Never has this underlying impotence been more true of any ideology than Islam: - whose allegedly heroic beginnings in historic “conquest” were less the bold display of any great martial ability than the result of occupying the vacuum that emerged after the...more »
A few lays ago I linked to Kevin Connolly on the PM programme suggesting to Eddie Mair that Boris should have been more tactful. He was referring to Boris’s disparaging comments about BDS, which got him into trouble with the P.A. BBCWatch. “Kevin Connolly later told Radio 4 listeners: “You know, official visitors here; foreign embassies, international news organisations, us – everyone weighs their words on these matters with infinite, exquisite care – or at least we try to – because it is just so easy to give offence to one side or the other….” Mustn’t offend the sensibilities of t...more »
Russian President Vladimir Poutine (L) and French President Francois Hollande wait prior to a peace summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on October 2, 2015. The two presidents have agreed to greater coordination of operations in Syria. Photo: AFP PHOTO/POOL/ETIENNE LAURENT *NBC*: *Paris Terror Attack: Hollande to D.C., Moscow for ISIS Talks* France's President Francois Hollande will travel to both Washington and Moscow next week to coordinate the fight against ISIS, the countries' governments announced on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Russia's Vladimir Putin held talks with...more »
If Ohio gun nuts are breathing easy it's because they probably figure that either incumbent Republican Rob Portman will win the 2016 Senate race or he'll be defeated by conservative Democrat Ted Strickland. Both are devout NRA-shills, Portman with an NRA rating of A and Strickland, believe it or not, with an even better NRA rating of A-plus! The solution for anyone who takes gun safety seriously is the progressive Democrat who's running against these two conservative relics: Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who doesn't pussyfoot around when it come stop guns. "I will un...more »
[image: Jihadi Help Desk] NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint -- a 24-hour Jihadi Help Desk to help its foot soldiers spread its message worldwide, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign... Continue reading *“ISIS Has Jihadi Help Desk for Terrorists, Staffed Around the Clock”* at *nbcnews.com*.
[image: French Army, French Soldiers, France] A former FBI counter-terrorism expert claims the bloody Nov. 13 Paris attack wasn't a full-fledged assault, but a cold-blooded ISIS "test" to assess its ability to launch small, randomized attacks in a major Western city. That expert, Eric O'Neill, told...more »
[image: Ted Cruz3 - 400] Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) explained Monday what he believed to be the reason behind President Barack Obama's unwillingness to lead in the fight against the Islamic State. While discussing the issue during an interview with conservative radio... Continue reading *“Ted Cruz: There’s ‘Not a More Stunning Indictment’ of Obama’s Presidency Than This Statement on Fight Against Islamic State”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Luggage Stuffed Trunk - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers can expect more congested highways this year. During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the...more »
Springsteen sideman Steven Van Zandt produces and stars as a tough Mafioso hiding out with weird locals among the snowy fjords. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | November 17, 2015 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Lilyhammer’ is a quirky gangster-out-of-water dramedy set in small-town Norway
The Kremlin confirmed on Tuesday that a bomb did bring down the Russian passenger plane that crashed over the Sinai Peninsula killing all 224 people on board. The Russian passenger plan crash was caused by a terrorist attack the Federal Security Service director Aleksandr Bortnikov told President Putin. Russia’s federal security service (FSB) said it would pay $50 million for information about the “terrorists” who brought down the plane Putin has asked the Foreign Ministry to “call on all our [foreign] partners” to assist in the search for the terrorists behind the attack. “We look ...more »
Yes, the world wide Jew spew media is still so focused in on the fraud Paris "terrorist" attacks that there has been a lot going on elsewhere around the planet that should make people take notice.... One such incident just occurred in Syria with a brand new Russian cruise missile strike against "ISIS" targets... But this is one that even the American military should stand up and take notice... For according to the following report from the Fort Russ website, at www.fortruss.blogspot.ru, the Russian military just launched a barrage of cruise missiles at "ISIS" targets from a diesel e...more »
[image: coffee - 400] BOSTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- For years, studies have cautiously shown that moderate amounts of coffee can be beneficial for brain and liver health, as well as reduce the risk for several types of cancer. Researchers have now linked three to... Continue reading *“Multiple Cups of Coffee a Day Linked to Lower Risk of Death”* at *upi.com*.
[image: Mannequin Army - 900] France made history by being the first country in the European Union to invoke the mutual defense clause following the brutal attacks in Paris. The French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian invoked article 42.7 of the Treaty on European Union...more »
[image: Germany v Holland arena - 400] The friendly match between Germany and Netherlands in Hanover on Tuesday night was called off less than two hours before its start for fear of a bomb attack, German police have said. BREAKING: Hanover chief of police: "There was a... Continue reading *“Germany vs Holland Cancelled Due to ‘Bomb in Stadium’”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
[image: Francois Hollande - 400] One has to pity -- a little -- politicians obliged to react publicly to events such as those on November 13 in Paris. They can't pass over them in silence: but what can they say that does not sound banal,... Continue reading *“On the Need to Think Clearly”* at *city-journal.org*.
[image: Sanders-Clinton - 900] DALLAS (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is launching a new offensive on taxes, saying Bernie Sanders’ health care plan would require middle-class workers to pay higher taxes. Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon says in a statement that a 2013...more »
[image: Performance Report - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The costs of food, gasoline, shelter and medical care rose last month, a sign that consumer inflation may be moving up toward the Federal Reserve’s target level and keeping the Fed on track to raise short-term interest...more »
A boy of six and five members of two families were murdered at a campsite in rural Anderson County, Texas. A 33 year-old Texas man, believed to be the owner of a property next to the campsite has been charged with one count of murder. The six victims are believed to have been murdered at their trailer on Sunday morning. Four of the victims were found in a pool at the neighbouring property belonging to the suspect. A seventh victim survived the massacre by hiding and later alerted police to the murders. The Daily Mail reports: William Hudson, who owns property next to the area where ...more »
*Daily Mail*: *Germany friendly with Holland cancelled 90 minutes before kick-off after 'bomb truck disguised as ambulance' was discovered as police confirm device was to be detonated inside the ground* * Germany were due to take on Holland in an international friendly at the HDI Arena in Hanover tonight * But the match was cancelled around 90 minutes before kick-off and the ground was evacuated * A bomb truck disguised as an ambulance was found, according to reports in Germany * Police confirmed there were 'concrete plans' to cause an explosion and that there was a threat to the...more »
*Bloomberg*: *Putin Says France Now Ally in Syria as Russia Steps Up Strikes* * Russian navy should cooperate with French warships, Putin says * Air strikes in Syria are intensifying, Russia's Shoigu says President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian naval forces in the Mediterranean to work as allies with French warships in attacking Islamic State targets in Syria as his military stepped up its offensive against the terrorist group. France has a naval group led by an aircraft carrier heading to the area where Russian vessels are operating, Putin told a naval commander of a warship in...more »
The whistleblower website WikiLeaks says that leaked documents from Saudi ministries revealed that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey had a secret deal three years ago to topple the Syrian government. Press TV reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Rossiya-1 (Russia 1) TV channel on Sunday that the United States, France, and Britain had also been involved in the secret deal in 2012. He added that Washington’s allies in the Middle East such as Riyadh acted in a more aggressive manner and even against the directives of the United States. WikiLeaks began publishing hundreds of tho...more »
Action: Three-Day Pilgrimage for Immigrant Families Event: Rally for Immigrant Rights Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015 Time: Noon Where: Governor’s Mansion Address: 1010 Colorado Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Admission: Public welcome AUSTIN — A three-day Pilgrimage for Immigrant Families will … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | Walking the walk for immigrant families
I had originally wanted to take today as a "no blogging" day due to other commitments... However, the troubles we see world wide are only escalating and I and others in the real truth movement are now fighting against time itself in trying to awaken people to the real dangers we face.... Someone sent me the following video, and after watching it, I too was blown away.... Although many have probably already seen this video and the messages it contains, I too want to add it here to this blog for all of my own readers who have not seen it yet... It is entitled: "Political Author Gearol...more »
. By Brenda Norrell Censored News First Lady Michelle Obama, you could make a real difference in the lives of America's most neglected people, homeless children. Why not go out and visit these children, like those who sleep on the cold concrete floor of storage units in Tucson when it rains. Since your interest is in fashion, why not design some backpacks and shoes for homeless children, with
[image: Bibles, School, Desk, Classroom] A Kansas public school district has said it will no longer allow the Gideons to distribute Bibles after an anti-religion group threatened to sue. The dispute started Nov. 4 when the Gideons continued their annual tradition of visiting Seitz Elementary School...more »
We can’t resist flagging some misleading language in a retraction note for a 2015 paper on the inner workings of an amoeba pathogen. The note for “The Charms of the CHRM Receptors: Apoptotic and Amoebicidal effects of Dicyclomine on Acanthamoeba castellanii” is short, so we’re going to give it to you up front: This accepted manuscript has been retracted […] The post Editors weren’t “unable to verify reviewer identities” — reviewers just weren’t qualified appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015As our tribe keeps getting it wrong:* Our recent critiques of Kevin Drum have really begun to pay off! To cite just one example, we strongly recommend his new post about Syrian refugees. Gack! In the passage shown below, Drum describes the type of behavior within Our Own Tribe which we've spent recent years lamenting. In our view, Drum is perfectly right in what he says here. If anything, he understates the size of the political problem at issue. Warning! Drum is discussing "the average person," a person our tribe loves to hate: DRUM (11/17/15): *Here's...more »
Comment on “Despite efforts to increase them, university graduation rates fall.” Hechinger Report, 11/17 (John Marcus) Published at: http://hechingerreport.org/despite-efforts-to-increase-them-university-graduation-rates-fall/ The decline in college graduates has two obvious sources: The huge expense of college in a time of economic difficulty for everyone but the super-wealthy, and the growing understanding that college might not be the best route for everybody, despite the administration's push for increased college graduation rates. Former US Secretary of Heath, Education and W...more »
A football match between the German and Dutch national teams in Hannover, Germany has been cancelled and the stadium evacuated for ‘security reasons’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Cabinet ministers were reported to be attending the game, which was due to start at 8:45 pm local time (19:45 GMT) Sky News reports: Spectators who had already arrived at the HDI-Arena were told via loudspeaker that the game had been cancelled. Police officers secured a scene at Robert-Enke-Strasse after finding a suspicious piece of luggage. The announcement was made an hour and a half before ...more »
[image: One Time Use Only – Outbound] There can never have been a policy that more governments are committed to achieving without actually trying to achieve it than the world's so-called determination to "defeat Isil." Everyone is now at it -- fighting Isil, that is: the Syrian and... Continue reading *“The World’s Determination to Defeat ISIS is a Myth”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
I am behind a lot of stuff today .... Military and Intelligence News Briefs, and World News Briefs will be posted at 17:00 EST and 18:00 EST respectively. Regular blogging will return in about 2 - 3 hours.
*RT:* *Long-range bombers to fly anti-ISIS missions from Russia, Putin orders Navy to work with France* Russia has deployed its fleet of strategic bombers to double the volume of airstrikes on Islamist targets in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced. Vladimir Putin has ordered a cruiser to coordinate operations with French naval forces in the Mediterranean. “We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. We have now doubled the number of sorties, which is allowing us to conduct operations throughout the length and breadth of the ...more »
There were reports of a chemical spill and gas leaks after a massive tornado leveled a Halliburton plant in Pampa Texas. According to the New York Times, two deputies with the Gray County Sheriff’s Office were exposed to an unidentified chemical that spilled after the twister ripped through the building. Tornadoes tore through the Texas panhandle on Monday night, including one which was estimated to be a mile wide. ABC 7 Amarillo said that the Halliburton plant in Pampa, Texas was “completely leveled.” Large #Pampa#Tornado caught by Chaser @ChanceTColdiron for @koconews tonight! #WT...more »
[image: One Time Use Only – Outbound] The online collective Anonymous "is at war" with the Islamic State following the attacks in Paris, in a continuation of its "#OpISIS" campaign. One major Anonymous twitter account, @GroupAnon, announced the operation on 15 November, writing that "we won't stop... Continue reading *“Anonymous ‘At War’ With ISIS, Hacktivist Group Confirms”* at *theguardian.com*.
Sky News (@SkyNews) tweeted at 5:38 PM on Tue, Nov 17, 2015: Will Boris Johnson be singing La Marseillaise at England v France tonight? Well, he's recited the words for us: https://t.co/AxwboNpIkD (https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/666671887502692352)
*Bernie Sanders at the second Democratic debate. Because Debbie Wasserman Schultz scheduled this debate on a Saturday during the run-up to the college football playoffs, close to half of the previous Democratic debate audience missed this exchange.* *by Gaius Publius* This is Bernie Sanders at the second Democratic debate: CBS's John Dickerson, the event's moderator, asked Sanders if he still believes climate change represents the biggest outside threat to U.S. safety one day more than 120 people were killed in terrorist attacks on Paris that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ha...more »
*"The Decline and Fall of America’s Working Class"* by Bill Bonner NORMANDY, France – “The Decline and Fall of America’s Working Class” is a subject that draws much interest. Semi-skilled labor isn’t what it used to be. From our own simple calculation, last week, it appeared that in order to afford a typical new house and new car, a working stiff today would have to put in about twice as much time on the job as he would have 40 years ago. “How come?” is the question most people ask. But we’ll come back with a different question in just a moment. First, a look at the markets: Inve...more »
*“Do We Really Want a New World War With Russia?”* by F. William Engdahl “A wise man once said you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you’re willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right, and letting someone in means abandoning the walls you’ve spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don’t see coming, when we don’t have time to come up with a strategy to...more »
[image: One Time Use Only – Outbound] In the desert dust of Sinjar, in north west Iraq, a walking stick lies on the ground. Strewn casually alongside it are a couple of pairs of scissors, some household keys and a shoe. Bank notes flutter in the dirt.... Continue reading *“Mass Graves of Women ‘Too Old to be ISIL Sex Slaves’ — This is What We’re up Against”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
*Warp Speed* *Geopolitical events are going at warp speed, folks.* So much to cover...I could post all day. Unfortunately, due to other commitments I'm going to reduce my output for the rest of the week. In lieu of posting...I have provided some crucial background reading that I have come across and was going to use in posts. The first are two excellent analyses of* Putin's options and strategies in the current and future GLOBAL dynamic. *These are "must reads" Grandmaster Putin's Trap Part I Grandmaster Putin's Trap Part II These two articles give the deep reasons behind Puti...more »
By Paul Homewood Now we have most of the INDC’s (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), ie climate plans, submitted in advance of Paris, we can make some reasonably accurate forecasts of what they will all mean for global CO2 emissions. The first thing to note is that the plans all set […]
[image: Chuck Colson and Richard Neuhaus - 400] The ecumenical initiative known as Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) began more than two decades ago with a stroke of insight by Chuck Colson and Richard John Neuhaus. Their bold intention was to advance unity and fellowship among Christians by... Continue reading *“‘Evangelicals and Catholics Together,’ Twenty Years Later”* at *firstthings.com*.
*New York Times*:* Russia Says Bomb Downed Plane in Egypt and Intensifies Attacks on ISIS* MOSCOW — Hours after confirming for the first time on Tuesday that a bomb brought down a Russian charter jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt more than two weeks ago, killing all 224 people aboard, Russia joined France in bombing Islamic State targets in Syria. For a second straight day French warplanes hit a command post and a recruitment center for jihadists in an Islamic State stronghold, Raqqa, the French Ministry of Defense announced on its website, while Russian news reports said a R...more »
*AK Note: Warfarin is play on words, Warfare, and the anti-coagulent Warfarin often used as a rat poison (causes rats to bleed to death internally). Warfarin is also used medically to dissolve blood clots. * *Warfarins have thinned and are dissolved* by ÉirePort Warfarins have thinned and are dissolved. Morbidities increase at the hu-levels, as Hue-Beings assist. Forced elevations are not accepted. *[note this was updated on the blog site from the typo "Firced" that was posted in their email.]* Crafters come to the front. ÉirePort | November 17, 2015 at 08:08 | Categories: Uncat...more »
[image: Members of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front take part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria, at the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, on October 25, 2013.] In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, President Barack Obama is projecting confidence in his strategy against the Islamic State, arguing for patience and diplomacy over an escalation of military force. Critics, meanwhile, believe that America needs to respond...more »
[image: Paul Ryan - 400] Amid the rising chorus of Republican lawmakers demanding a moratorium on the program, Speaker Paul Ryan is seeking legislation this week to take action on President Obama's Syrian refugee resettlement initiative. In a closed-door conference of House Republicans early Tuesday... Continue reading *“Paul Ryan Moves Forward on Syria Refugee Strategy”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: One Time Only Use Outbound] MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt down those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt and intensify air strikes against Islamists in Syria, after the Kremlin concluded a bomb had destroyed the plane last month,... Continue reading *“Putin Vows Payback After Kremlin Confirms Bomb Downed Russian Plane over Egypt”* at *news.yahoo.com*.
Syria’s United Nations ambassador said on Monday that around one million Syrians have returned to their home cities now liberated by the Syrian military with Russian air support. Bashar Jaafarit said: “this is precisely what happens when it comes to Syrian-Russian collaborative military action against terrorists and exchange of intelligence between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia. This has practically resulted in terrorist groups’ retreat from [their positions in] many areas, which allowed 1 million internally displaced persons to return safely to their homes.” He added that Damascus i...more »
From Pol Pot to ISIS: The blood never driedBy John PilgerIn transmitting President Richard Nixon's orders for a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, "Anything that flies on everything that moves". As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a "merciless" attack on the rubble of Syria, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger's murderous honesty. As a witness to the human consequences of aerial savagery - including the beheading of...more »
US military experts have alleged that the designs of China's fifth-generation jet fighter J-31 were stolen from its F-35.Reuters *IBTimes:* *Chinese hackers stole designs of F-35 to build its fifth-generation fighter J-31: US* The United States reportedly has alleged that the designs of Lockheed Martin's F-35 were stolen by Chinese hackers to build the fifth-Gen Chinese Stealth Fighter - FC-31 Gyrfalcon, which commonly goes by the name of J-31. According to a report published in Economic Times, US defence and strategic affairs experts have accused China of stealing the designs and i...more »
An F-35C conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 2014. The Pentagon has discovered F-35C wing spar cracks during durability testing that will require modifications to the aircraft. Source: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M Agee *Defense News*: *Crack Discovered on F-35C Test Plane Wing Spar* WASHINGTON — Inspectors found a small crack in one of the wing spars of an F-35C carrier variant test plane, according to the Joint Program Office. The discovery does not impact current F-35 flying operations, and will not af...more »
Science is fixing images in a paper published online in April that discovered an immune-boosting protein, after the authors mistakenly mixed up similar-looking Western blots. The paper, which received some press coverage, identified a protein that helped the immune system fight off cancers and infections. Philip Ashton-Rickardt, a scientist at Imperial College London who led the study, […] The post “Carelessness” forces Science to correct paper about immune booster appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: One Time Use Only] JOHN STONESTREET (Breakpoint Radio) -- Friday's attack in Paris, when ISIS terrorists attacked a concert hall, a soccer stadium, and a neighborhood known for its cafes, killing at least 129 people and wounding another 350, was the second wave of terror...more »
Townhall/Leah BarkoukisatThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: One Time Use Only] After the tragic terrorist attack in Paris that took the lives of 132 people, more than 70 million people from more than 200 countries took to Instagram to share their prayers for Paris, with #prayforparis as the No. 1 trending hashtag... Continue reading *“NFL Player: It’s Okay to Pray for Paris, But We Suspend a Coach for Praying After a Game?”* at *townhall.com*.
The US Secretary of State has said that the US and Turkey intend to shut off Turkey’s border with Syria in a joint military operation. In an interview with CNN, John Kerry said “The entire border of northern Syria – 75 percent of it has now been shut off. And we are entering an operation with the Turks to shut off the other remaining 98 kilometers” RT reports: The northern part of Syria along the border with Turkey has long been contested between Kurd militias and fighters of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). The US previously voiced its intention to train and arm a moderate S...more »
[image: Charlie Sheen - 400] Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive Tuesday in an exclusive TODAY interview with Matt Lauer. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life,” the 50-year-old actor said. Sheen said he made the announcement... Continue reading *“Hard-Partying Hollywood Star Charlie Sheen Reveals He’s HIV-Positive”* at *today.com*.
[image: gentrification] The prevailing narrative ignores an abundance of evidence that relatively few low-income neighborhoods get gentrified -- and when they do, there's much less displacement than is commonly assumed. When higher-income people start moving into lower-income neighborhoods, how does that affect... Continue reading *“In Defense of Gentrification”* at *theatlantic.com*.
[image: face-with-tears-of-joy-1] Oxford Dictionaries made history on Monday by announcing that their "Word of the Year" would not be one of those old-fashioned, string-of-letters-type words at all. The flag their editors are planting to sum up who we were in 2015 is... Continue reading *“Oxford’s 2015 Word of the Year Is This Emoji”* at *time.com*.
It was almost enough to make you feel sorry for President Obama. It was almost enough to make you applaud the drone president for "standing his ground" when sprayed by a flood of saber-rattling spittle from the corporate press corps, some of whom had traveled to Turkey to "cover" the G-20 summit instead of to Paris to milk the terror for all that it's worth to their defense contractor sponsors. And exploiting and enhancing and even creating terror is worth a whole hell of a lot to them. Glenn Greenwald has a chart showing that the stock of weapons manufacturers has taken off like a ...more »
A bird flies overhead as a policeman guards Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, November 14, 2015, after security was heightened following the attacks on Paris. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett *Reuters*: *Britain to hire 1,900 more spies to defend against Islamic State militants* Britain will boost its intelligence agency staff by 15 percent and more than double spending on aviation security to defend against Islamist militants plotting attacks from Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. Britain said it had decided to bolster its defenses in the wake of the growing num...more »
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Handout *Peter Van Buren, Reuters*:* Paris attacks: What would it take for U.S. boots to hit the ground in Syria?* Pressure on the White House to escalate the Syria/Iraq war has no doubt intensified post-Paris. Should Islamic State strike an American civilian target, President Barack Obama would be all but forced to “do something more.” What might that “something” look like, and what would be the consequences? For an Obama ...more »
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015Part 2—Prologue to a journalistic semi-enigma:* Starting on November 9, the mainstream press corps began reporting and discussing two sets of important events. Some of these events occurred at Yale, a university in New Haven, Connecticut. Some of these events occurred at the flagship campus of the University of Missouri. We've been struck by some of the ways those events have been reported and discussed within the mainstream press. But first, for one day only, consider a piece of prologue from New York magazine and the Washington Post. In itself, this p...more »
*no, really - she did.* From the Daily Mail: Michelle Obama brought Broadway and some of its brightest stars to the White House on Monday to host a workshop and celebrate performing arts students from around the country. Gloria Estefan, legendary composer Andrew Llyod Webber, Whoopi Goldberg, and Glee star Matthew Morrison were just some of the big names welcomed to the East Room on Monday. Estefan sang music from On Your Feet!, a show based on the story of her life, and Morrison sang music from Finding Neverland. Other performances featured music from Fun Home, An American in ...more »
In November 2015 the Central Bank of Iraq began handing out fines to private banks that were fraudulently buying dollars. Since 2012 there have been stories of all kinds of illegal and questionable activities going on with the country’s currency exchanges ranging from Iran and Syria using the auctions to get around international sanctions, to gangs and private banks using them to make money, to the Islamic State financing itself via them. The Central Bank’s move appeared to come after warnings by the United States. At the same time, due to the interference by politicians and the r...more »
[image: Child in Paris - 400] On Friday night, my home city of Paris, France, suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Our family had gone to bed early that night, and so realization dawned slowly, mostly as I saw a deluge of texts, emails,... Continue reading *“How to Tell Your Children About a Terrorist Attack”* at *theweek.com*.
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference following a working session at the Group of 20 leaders summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey, on November 16, 2015. REUTERS/UMIT BEKTAS *The Guardian:* *Obama rules out Syria ground invasion in passionate defence of Isis strategy* President responds angrily to mounting pressure to put ‘boots on the ground’ in wake of Paris attacks and warns against toll of repeated US interventions. A visibly emotional Barack Obama rejected growing clamour for a US-led ground invasion of Syria on Monday in the most passio...more »
* RT* *We can say that that [Sinai plane crash] was a terror act,”* Bortnikov told Putin. According to the FSB chief, experts analyzed passengers’ belongings as well as the parts of the plane. *“After the examination on all these objects, we have found traces of a foreign-made explosive substance,”* Bortnikov said. *“During the flight, a homemade device with the power of 1.5 kilograms of TNT was detonated. As a result, the plane fell apart in the air, which can be explained by the huge scattering of the fuselage parts of the plane,”* he added. This not the first time that Russ...more »
--> Spellings as President of UNC resulted from the North Carolina Tea Party Taliban's (TPT) political purging within the UNC system. Art Pope, who functions as the chief stooge of those billionaire John Birchers, the Brothers Koch, led the effort to unseat the former UNC president, who was Democratic, experienced, and competent--three strikes against anyone running a public institution in line for corporate takeover. Below is a clip from a piece in The Nation, which points out two of Spellings' most recent exploits after leaving the White House that made her resume even more at...more »
We’re pleased to present a guest post from Michèle B. Nuijten, a PhD student at Tilburg University who helped develop a program called “statcheck,” which automatically spots statistical mistakes in psychology papers, making it significantly easier to find flaws. Nuijten writes about how such a program came about, and its implications for other fields. Readers […] The post Making error detection easier – and more automated: A guest post from the co-developer of “statcheck” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
City Journal/GUY SORMANatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Muslim in flag] The gratuitousness of the November 13 attacks in Paris is what sets them apart. Unlike the Charlie Hebdo murders, these attacks had no clear symbolic meaning. They were not carried out against the media, or the Jewish community, or the... Continue reading *“Combating Islamo-Nihilism”* at *city-journal.org*.
[image: Coral Reef Sea] As if the world's coral reefs didn't have enough problems -- killer rising ocean temperatures, crazy bleaching events and oil slicks comprised of sunscreen from sunbathers that denude them, they are now under attack by hordes of thorny sea creatures.... Continue reading *“Scientists Say a Plague of Sea Stars Is Devastating Pacific Coral Reefs”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Control of territory is an essential precondition for the Islamic State’s authority in the eyes of its supporters. This map, adapted from the work of the Institute for the Study of War, shows the territory under the caliphate’s control as of January 15, along with areas it has attacked. Where it holds power, the state collects taxes, regulates prices, operates courts, and administers services ranging from health care and education to telecommunications. *Graeme Wood, The Atlantic:* *What ISIS Really Wants* The Islamic State is no mere collection of psy...more »
Half of the US governors have said they are no longer willing to accept Syrian refugees following the Paris attacks. Governors from 26 states cite security concerns in their decision to block additional refugees from entering their states. Press TV reports: The 26 states, of which 25 have Republican governors, announced their opposition to the program Monday after Western authorities claimed that at least one of the Paris attacks’ suspects entered Europe among the current wave of Syrian refugees. “Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot ...more »
By Paul Homewood We finally have Saudi Arabia’s Climate Plan, and I cannot honestly say it was was worth waiting for. http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/indc/Submission%20Pages/submissions.aspx Saudi Arabia is, you may remember, the 8th largest emitter of CO2 in the world, and this is based on consumption, not production of energy. All they have […]
This image posted on a pro-Isis Twitter account depicts members of the group holding the distinctive banners. BBC *Graeme Wood, Politico:* *ISIL: Who’s calling the shots?* *Read the Islamic State’s propaganda and you wonder if the followers might be getting ahead of their caliph.* At last count, France had contributed thousands of foreign fighters to the civil war in Syria, the vast majority as foot soldiers of the Islamic State. These include countless young miscreants from the Parisian suburbs but also oddball elderly types, such as a red-bearded man named Abu Suhayb al Faransi,...more »
Late Sunday night, in reviewing *Radio Free Albemuth*, we looked at Philip K. Dick's insightful portrayal of a dystopian future with a paranoid, manipulative 4th term president, who is very much the spitting image of Ted Cruz. Perhaps like-minded neo-fascist Steve King read it last night too and felt inspired. He endorsed Cruz early yesterday. "I'm all the way in, supporting Ted Cruz for president," he told Iowa xenophobes and racists. "Do your duty for God and country," he urged the kind of crackpot extremists they need at the caucuses on February 1 who back them both. Tough blow...more »
[image: GOP candidates on ISIS] In the days since Friday’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, Republican presidential candidates have stepped up their criticism of the Obama administration’s strategy to counter the rise of Islamic State fighters. The top five GOP candidates in terms of polling averages have advocated... Continue reading *“How the Top Republican Candidates Would Combat ISIS”* at *bloomberg.com*.
[image: 17CLINTONweb-master675] In her pursuit of the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton has emphasized her ties to President Obama. She regularly tells the story of how he wooed her into serving as his secretary of state and recites, typically to... Continue reading *“Paris Attacks Complicate Hillary Clinton’s Alignment with Obama”* at *nytimes.com*.
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Jubilant fans are seen smiling and waving at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert moments before 89 of them were massacred by ISIS gunmen *Daily Mail*:* Minutes from slaughter: Joyous crowd wave and smile as they enjoy Eagles Of Death Metal concert... before 89 of them were murdered by ISIS gunmen* * Dozens of rock fans smile and gesture at the camera minutes before the Bataclan Concert Hall massacre * Became scene of horror when jihadis mercilessly gunned down their victims, even targeting people in wheelchairs * Shocking pictures later emerged showing bo...more »
http://ektaonline.org/ After Friday's events in Paris, there have been loud and sustained calls for vengeance. While the impulse is understandable, Robin Sears writes, we must not let terrorists turn us into beasts. Sears cites Charles Taylor, the Canadian philosopher with a world-wide reputation: Canada’s priceless contribution to the world’s understanding of the essential role of tolerance or mutual accommodation in every successful community is the philosopher Charles Taylor. Taylor puts his case starkly. None of us, he ...more »
British chancellor George Osborne warns that ISIS could launch cyber attacks on power stations, the National Grid and hospitals, as he announced his commitment to spending an additional £1.9 billion on cybersecurity. He warned that ISIS seeks to hack key UK infrastructure in an attempt to kill people. Osborne’s announcement comes as he prepares to unveil new cuts to welfare and public services. RT reports: In a speech at GCHQ Cheltenham on Tuesday, Osborne announced Britain will double its cybersecurity budget by 2020, and will create a ‘National Cyber Centre’ to respond to major att...more »
[image: Map of Philippines] MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Asia-Pacific leaders are voicing outrage over the attacks in Paris as security and geopolitical concerns overshadow talks on trade and the economy at an annual regional summit being held under ultra-tight security in the Philippines. Leaders...more »
[image: John Kerry Secretary of State] PARIS (AP) -- A ceasefire between Syria’s government and opposition could be just weeks away from reality, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday as he visited Paris to show solidarity with France after last week’s attacks. Speaking...more »
JOSH LEDERMAN & KATHLEEN HENNESSEYatThe Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama power plant emissions__1438862196_22.214.171.124] MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- With a towering warship behind him, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a bid to show the U.S....more »
[image: Abp Joseph Kurtz] "What a great tragedy it will be if our ministries are slowly secularized or driven out of the public square because of shortsighted laws or regulations that limit our ability to witness and serve consistent with our faith," Archbishop Joseph... Continue reading *“Archbishop Kurtz Warns Against Secularization of American Life”* at *cruxnow.com*.
[image: Governor Larry Hogan Maryland] ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he’s in complete remission after months of chemotherapy for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he acknowledged the possibility of the cancer returning and said he will continue preventive health care and monitoring....more »
*Ben Carson: ‘Everybody Called Me Dummy’ in School* In a speech at Liberty University on Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said when he was a child, his peers called him “dummy,” because he was “a horrible student.” “In fact I was a horrible student, and everybody called me dummy. That was my nickname, and I believed it too. I didn’t think I was very smart, and I remember once we were having an argument in the schoolyard about who was the dumbest kid in the class. It wasn’t a big argument, because they all agreed it was me,” said Carson, "but then someone had to...more »
*Obama: Terrorism Now on G20 Agenda, But So Are 'Other Critical Issues Like Climate Change'* *There is clearly nothing that will blast him out of his ideological bunker. He is a fanatic* The terror attacks in Paris have steered the G20 Summit in unforeseen directions, but "we still had time to discuss some of the other critical issues like climate change," President Obama said in Turkey on Sunday. Obama appeared at the microphone with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey after their bilateral meeting. "Traditionally, the G20 has been a forum primarily to discuss important econom...more »
KEN DILANIAN & ERIC TUCKERatThe Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: U.S. troops raise the American flag. Image courtesy: Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Fran Townsend was counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, she says, her worst nightmare was that the al Qaida network would send men with assault rifles into malls across the American heartland on a crowded...more »
A senior EU official has claimed that every one of the radicals identified so far in Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris are European Union nationals. The announcement casts even further doubt on the authenticity of a Syrian passport discovered on or near the body of one of the attackers. Uncut reprots: “Let me underline—the profile of the terrorists so far identified tells us this is an internal threat. It is all EU citizens so far. This can change with the hours, but so far it is quite clear it is an issue of internal domestic security,” High Representative for Foreign Affairs and ...more »
France was warned the day before the Paris attacks that they were one of several countries that the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had ordered attacks on Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Sunday that Iraq had shared intelligence on threats of attacks on France, the United States Russia and Iran. The warning said that the attacks in the coming days would involve “bombings or assassinations or hostage taking.” RT reports: A dispatch sent by Iraqi officials and obtained by AP shows that Baghdad warned members of the US-led coalition battling ISIS of imminent attacks ...more »
[image: France President Francois Hollande] PARIS (AP) -- France made an unprecedented demand for its European Union allies to support its military action against the Islamic State group as it launched new airstrikes on the militants’ Syrian stronghold, days after attacks in Paris linked to...more »
[image: MetroJet Airplane Russian aircraft] MOSCOW (AP) -- A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security service said Tuesday, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it’s now clear the bombing that killed 224 people...more »
[image: Nikki Haley] The 43-year-old, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, turned to Christianity when she married her husband, Michael, in 1996. . . . The daughter of immigrants, she's tough on immigration and once listed herself as "white" on a 2001 voter registration card.... Continue reading *“Nikki Haley, the Next Vice-President?”* at *ozy.com*.
*Keep in mind (at least from my perspective) that these people will stop at NOTHING to get their way, and it usually always involves War, Death, and the People having too many Rights and Privileges (like any sort of Privacy) . . and that the goal of False Flags is to get the Citizens to BEG the ones that are really behind the terror for a Solution that involves giving up their Rights . . .Meanwhile, Obama (I think) is playing the mind-game of saying that he does not want "boots on the ground" as a result . . but I do believe that this is a ploy to (try) to get the people to demand ...more »
By Paul Homewood http://notrickszone.com/2015/11/16/socially-explosive-more-than-1-million-german-households-had-power-shut-off-over-past-three-years/#sthash.rHjwneGc.dpbs Pierre Gosselin has news of how a million German households have had their power cut off because they cannot afford to pay ever rising bills: The online Spiegel has an article that really drives home the energy hardship that German consumers are suffering, “due to the rising costs […]
*An egret looks for lunch.* Taiwan Today describes: Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen announced Nov. 16 that she has chosen Chen Chien-jen, vice president of Taiwan’s foremost research body Academia Sinica, as her running mate in the 2016 ROC presidential election. An epidemiologist and minister of health from 2003 to 2005, Chen rose to national fame for heading the campaign against the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in Taiwan. He demonstrated extraordinary communication and coordination skills during the fight against the illness, a...more »
Before and after the Paris attacks I have had people on Twitter telling me that Koran verse 5:32 shows that Islam is a religion of peace as it says: 'If any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind' I've heard this argument presented on BBC programmes too. The people who post this never respond, with other than abuse, when I ask them what the rest of that verse says and why they have edited it. And the BBC presenters never ask that question at all. Here's the whole of that verse: 'On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any o...more »
*A stringy description of a flagship condensed matter effect could be superior* Harvard's top string theorist Cumrun Vafa has proposed a new treatment of the fractional quantum Hall effect that is – if correct – more stringy and therefore potentially more unifying and meaningful than the descriptions used by condensed matter physicists, including the famous Laughlin wave function: Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and M-Theory (cond-mat.mes-hall, arXiv) Laughlin's theoretical contributions to the understanding of this effect are admired by string theorists and physicists who like "sim...more »
16 More Reasons Black Seed Is 'The Remedy For Everything But Death' by Sayer Ji Green Med Info, 29 November 2013 A year ago, we wrote an article about *nigella sativa* (aka black seed) titled, '*The Remedy For Everything But Death*.' It described the research on the many ways in which black seed (nigella sativa) is a potentially life-saving medicinal food, and is one of our most popular articles, with over 225K social media shares. Opening with, "*This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dyi...more »
*Phillip Schneider* - New discoveries suggest that our universe is rubbing against another entire unverse. The post New Discoveries Suggest We Live In a Multiverse Teeming With Alien Life appeared first on Waking Times.
A student recommended to me the direct-to-Netflix TV show *Narcos*. It is a docudrama about the Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. I just finished the first season of ten episodes, and it is indeed very good. Next up: The direct-to-Amazon show *The Man in the High Castle*, which will be released shortly.
[image: Marine Corps Birthday-900] U.S. Marines prepare for a birthday run on Nov. 12, 2015, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Happy belated 240th birthday to the United States Marine Corps!
This is particularly important work that i was unaware of. I do not think that the event 12800 BP was a mere random event because it triggered a shift in the crust. However it induced bombardment that has been heavily understated. Occasional events will set societies back but not knock them out. The 2350 BC event coincides with the completion of the Great Pyramid. That explians the waning observed immediately after until 1159 BC when subsidence ended the core civilization. I do not think any civilizations ended then but many stagnated. . *Important interview here with lead...more »
At the very best, central planning can support major capital outlays, but truly little more. After that it must facilitate a communal system that supports best practice. Gwettting that wouod save the world an awful lot of greif. Capital spending allowed China to build an apparent modern economy. Problem is they inevitably ran up against the need for customers to support a modern economy and that is their present struggle. That entails giving up a lot of control to the population. At least the ongoing consultation process allows capital to eventually be deployed somehow and th...more »
The real problem of course is that this is surely busness as usual for Big Pharma. This gives us a pretty good eyeball looksee on industry practice. They even have their doctors on quotas no less. There is something so terribly wrong when a system is so distorted by money. Others are doing much better and we need to completely revisit the whole industry.. . *Pharma Biggie Hit With $125M Penalty For Illegal Kickbacks To Doctors, Falsified Insurance Forms* *By Chris Morran October 29, 2015* * http://consumerist.com/2015/10/29/pharma-biggie-hit-with-125m-penalty-for-illegal-ki...more »
Of course we knew all that, but this puts the real numbers on it. Unfortunately like all climate science we cannot compare it properly to previous decades. We do know that the sea ice cover has expanded and this suggests that this reflects the ice gain. At least NASA has seriously put its foot down on this rather critical issue. Arguing that the Northern Hemisphere is warming while the Southern is cooling is hugely different than claiming the world is warming. We have been having this exact discussion on this blog for the eight years we have had this blog and until now the s...more »
It makes a nice story and they are able to raise money from it. Yet what is proposed is likely to be far more difficult than caging chickens. Right now i expects low productivity in general. We may of course be surprised. All i know is that i would pass on this project simply because i do not think that we have optimized present pratice either Better yet i would like to optimize a hive system designed to service a bees gathering range alone. This is what every farmer actually needs as a matter of course. . *3 Reasons To Go Against The Flow Hive* *By Maryam Henein |* *...more »
I have little doubt that Jesus the man existed and even suspect that he was teaching spiritual master at the least and most likely an ascended master. We do have confirmation of his time in India as well which conforms well with hte statements made. What i am saying is that the story we have been given was both plausible in Indian terms and completely possible. What has clouded the issue has been that the story became a magnet for the proto mythos generated by all the existing spiritual movements and they did not hesitate to pile on. All those tales have long histories of th...more »
We posted on this last year and research is expanding rapidly and it is all encouraging The first take home though is that it ameliorates the diabetic condition and for that alone 2 grams per day is indicated. Everything else is a bonus for now. Since most of us are stressing our pancreas, start sooner than later. . *16 More Reasons Black Seed Is 'The Remedy For Everything But Death' (New Research)* *A year ago, we wrote an article about nigella sativa (aka black seed) titled, 'The Remedy For Everything But Death.'* *by Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfo* *http://hum...more »
The fundamental problem we face is that the spirit body operates the physical body. This means that if all is working properly the interaction between the two is almost undetectable. The physical mind has its own tasking as well and is meant to run independently for most of the time. The spirit steps in to provide necessary guidance. What this screams is that mental illness is caused by mostly biochemical imbalances produced by foreign toxins or internal damage to the brain or even the body. This is very important because the complexity is likely such that it will require ...more »
"France is threatened with dictatorship. There are those who would constrain her to abandon herself to a power that would establish itself in national despair, a power that would then obviously and essentially be the power of totalitarian ****ism. Naturally, its true colours would be concealed at first, making use of the ambition and hatred of sidelined politicians. After which, such figures would lose all but their own inherent influence, insignificant as that is." 30 May 1968 - Televised speech Men and women of France. As the holder of the legitimacy of the nation and of t...more »
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34839800 contains an odd section: '"You do not protect people by sitting around and wishing for another world. You have to act in this one. And that means being prepared to use military force where necessary," Mr Cameron said.' Odd comments if you rely on the BBC for your news, anyway. This line of David Cameron was aimed at Jeremy Corbyn after his ridiculously right-on but impractical musings not that the BBC explain that. For all his faults, and even the BBC are not so blind as to be unable to see them, he is the leader of the BBC's ...more »
So, I started yesterday with news that Republican governors, including my own here in Texas, were seeking to deny Syrian refugees in to the state. By the end of the day, more than 25 governors, including one Democrat, had joined in the hysteria. I think a lot of us see this as a betrayal of […]
[image: Bernie Sanders 2 - 900] The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong. Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate...more »
[image: Obama News Conference-900] It’s hard to believe we twice elected a president who refuses to defend the United States. I think people who used to dismiss our criticism of President Obama as extreme are now realizing just how naive they were. On the...more »
[image: French security moves people in the area of Rue Bichat in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris following a string of attacks on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed as multiple shootings and explosions hit Paris, police said. Police also said there was an ongoing hostage crisis in the Bataclan a concert hall in the French capital.] Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, Good Morning America broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos...more »
“This post was sponsored by Lionsgate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” I can't believe it is here. This weekend we get to close a chapter on the Hunger Games and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Katniss will embark on a dangerous journey from District 13, with Peeta, Gale and Finnick to attempt to assassinate President Snow. It is a journey that could liberate the citizen of Paneem from tyranny, but what will be the personal cost to Katniss? I have been amazed again and again at the Hunger Games movies. I always want the movies to turn out the way I ...more »
[image: Bleeding America - 900] There was a painful irony when France’s immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. Someone once said that the First...more »
This morning we looked at Hillary's nutty 9/11 excuse for her closeness to Wall Street. I meant to include an essay by her husband's former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, that appeared in *The Guardian* a few days before her gaffe. It's about how working people, seeing their wages stagnate and their job security diminish, are getting angrier and angrier at the political establishments of both parties. On the right, the populist revolt has taken a decidedly fascist turn as Trump, Carson and Cruz dominate and the establishment candidates like Bush, Kasich, Christie and Rubio are at a...more »
[image: -2.jpg] Now the man tasked with ensuring the historical accuracy of the series has revealed why Downton does not do God. Alastair Bruce, who serves as the show's historical advisor, said that executives in charge of the series had ordered producers... Continue reading *“God Banished From Downton Abbey”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
[image: Je Suis Charlie, Paris, France, Anti-Terrorism, Charlie Hebdo] The instant online symbol of global support for Paris after last week’s attacks was a roughly rendered peace symbol with an Eiffel Tower in the middle of it. The French designer Jean Jullien sketched it as soon as he heard...more »
[image: Beirut] A father, with his young daughter watching, sacrificed himself to save others when terrorists struck Beirut last week. The day before the horrific massacre in central Paris left the world reeling, two attacks during rush hour in Lebanon's capital city... Continue reading *“The Fearless Father Who Threw Himself on a Suicide Bomber, Saving ‘Hundreds’ in Beirut”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
Pope Francis has issued an unsettling warning about the “end times” to all Christians worldwide, following Friday’s Paris terror attacks. He has called on fellow Christians to “be ready” for the coming apocalypse. In the Sunday speech, the Pope addressed ten thousand pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square, expressing his “deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks that bloodied France”, likening it to Jesus’ preachings about the end of the world. Breitbart.com reports: “Such barbarity leaves us shocked and we wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which ha...more »
ISIS have released a new video where they have directly threatened to attack Washington D.C. and any other countries supporting airstrikes against Syria. In the video, footage from the aftermath of the Paris attacks is shown, followed by a man delivering a warning to countries involved in what he calls the “crusader campaign”. “We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the centre of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washing...more »
Following Friday’s Paris attacks, Donald Trump has warned that Syrian refugees entering the U.S. may be way of allowing terrorists, including ISIS militants, to enter the country. “We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork,” Trump told CNBC. “This could be one of the great Trojan horses.” CNN.com reports: Trump has been saying for weeks on the campaign trail that the U.S. should not accept refugees from the civil war torn country, and he says he’s only standing by that position stronger in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. ...more »
A white-owned Mexican restaurant called "Illegal Pete's" will open in December at the doorstep of the University of Arizona. A growing debate surrounds the restaurant's opening - a debate that could ultimately touch every university in the country. In this case, the proposed restaurant is just one block from the main entrance to the university, and it is precisely where the campus pep rallies take place before the big games. Because of the restaurant's location, its opening has ramifications that go beyond legal or real estate questions. Yet, at the moment, the university is remaini...more »
[image: Obama] Last week concluded the final election of President Obama's tenure that didn't involve replacing him. After seven years in office and as many elections, the Democratic Party has taken a beating worse than the Republican Party took under George W.... Continue reading *“Obama Has Decimated His Own Party Unlike Any Other Modern President”* at *observer.com*.
[image: Islamic State] CIA Director John Brennan warned on Monday that the attacks in Paris claimed by the extremist Islamic State movement were not a "one-off event" and that the militants may have similar operations ready to launch. Foiling those plots, however, could... Continue reading *“CIA Chief Warns Islamic State May Have Other Attacks Ready”* at *reuters.com*.
[image: Dem presidential debate - 400] Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate offered the country a moment of clarity that exposes just how brittle and discredited the worldview of America's elites has become--and it showed that critiques of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's approach to policy... Continue reading *“Why Can’t the Dems Say ‘Radical Islam’?”* at *thedailybeast.com*.
[image: gun] In February, after the last round of jihad in Paris, I wrote a column calling on every Jewish man, woman and child in Europe to get a gun and learn how to use it. I now wish to revise my statement: the goyim should... Continue reading *“I’ll Say it Again: If You Live in Europe, You Need a Gun”* at *tabletmag.com*.
[image: Pharisees and Sadducees Tempting Jesus - 400] Criticizing the "Pharisees" is recurrent in Pope Francis' words. In numerous discourses, between 2013 and 2015, he has spoken of "the sickness of the Pharisees" (7th November 2013) "who rebuke Jesus for not respecting the Sabbath" (1st April 2014), of... Continue reading *“The Pharisees and Sadducees of Our Time”* at *rorate-caeli.blogspot.com*.
The Underground Thomist/J. BudziszewskiatThe Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Philosopher, The Thinker, Musee Rodin, Statue] Ever since Sen. Marco Rubio's comments about vocational training during last Tuesday's Republican debate, I've been getting letters from friends, students, and former students who know my checkered past. Like this one: Continue reading *“A Philosopher Who Was a Welder Considers Marco Rubio’s Call for Fewer Philosophers and More Welders”* at *undergroundthomist.org*.
Officials in Brussels have said that the people responsible for Friday’s attacks in Paris were likely to have used Sony’s Playstation 4 to coordinate the operation. The game consoles allow the terrorists to communicate more securely due to the effective way they encrypt data, making it more difficult for the authorities to communications. Yahoo News reports: “The thing that keeps me awake at night is the guy behind his computer, looking for messages from [the Islamic State group, or ISIS] and other hate preachers,“ Jan Jambon, Belgium’s federal home affairs minister, said Friday, a...more »
I was just driving home and the NPR host was talking about a poll on Climate Change. By the time I started paying attention, I had missed the details or who had done the poll. I figured I'd find it on Google when I got home. But I can't find it. And it was interesting because the findings were at odds with what most of us assume about Climate Change. First of all, they found that Americans believe it's caused by man and say they'd be willing to pay to ameliorate that. And not just liberals in San Francisco. Every state. Both parties and independents. Yes, Republicans as well as no...more »
I hadn't realized that the pictures of Ramey would become so important and there would be a few who thought you can't understand this without seeing the "missing" Ramey picture. There has been an offer to share this picture with others, though it seems that permission must be obtained from another, I found this which came out of the trip to the University of Texas at Arlington in April. It certainly won't appease everyone, but at least you all can have a look at the missing Ramey photo that apparently only appeared in the newspaper and that the negative is not available. The Ramey/...more »
...put out a trivial and boring newspaper today. So let's save it until the end. I was quite shocked by CBC TV coverage of news of the Paris killings. It was almost as unprofessional as Irving press always is. One news cast ended with a sad and mournful scene of people setting candles and flowers on a Paris sidewalk in mourning. Now, it is sad. But where were all those mourners when France was torturing and murdering the people of Algeria and Indo-China? And how come we never saw that on TV news? Where were the news stories when France, leading up to that terrible day in Paris...more »
[image: Los Zetas] PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila -- A team of Los Zetas cartel gunmen brazenly crossed the Texas border waters of the Rio Grande in order to elude Mexican authorities who had been chasing them. Once in Texas, the Los Zetas gunmen were... Continue reading *“Los Zetas Cartel Gunmen Crossed into Texas, Disappeared into US”* at *breitbart.com*.
I am giving a lecture tonight to some academics/businessmen/politicians on how Russia's political and economic elites see the world today. Blogging will return late tonight. *Update Tuesday 2:03 EST: *So I thought .... a dinner with about 100 interesting people in Old Montreal .... and since there were only going to be 3 speakers (I was the last one) ... it would be over rather quickly. I was wrong. Sighhhh .... as I learned last night (again) .... a lot of people in the West want to know what is happening in Russia, and when they hear me they realize that the narrative that they ar...more »
*November 13th/2015- Interesting?: Saudi Arabia's Syrian Adventure May Soon Be Over* By Salman Rafi *If you didn't read the post from November 12th- Saudi Russo Rapproachment- Back on Track: F William Engdahl **Consider it background or a lovely follow up.* *Reports of Saudi king’s possible visit to Russia indicate that Saudi Arabia’s adventurism in Syria is coming to a close.* According to the Russian presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Russia is being worked out and agreed through diplomatic channels. This s...more »
"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the...more »
*"When Death Comes"* "When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn, when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering; what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as...more »
The media creates that which you are supposed to believe. Don't. It was obvious all the accusatory fingers were going to point in that direction. Cause there was a Syrian passport found immediately PennyNovember 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM Putting this bit here: A 'syrian' passport was found- near the man who detonated the suicide bomb? which means nothing at all- these were being handed out like candy to the fleeing refugees- traded like kids trading hockey cards in Canada- at least the way they used to- what makes it interesting is that it tells us where the illegitimate authorities want u...more »
*"Benedicto" * “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profile...more »
“Existence is not a negation of negatives. Evil, not value, is an absence and a negation, evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us… The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default...” ”When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it’s picked up by scoundrels—and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil. ~ Ayn R...more »
* "As Time Goes By"* by Chet Raymo "Is time something that is defined by the ticking of a cosmic clock, God's wristwatch say? Time doesn't exist except for the current tick. The past is irretrievably gone. The future does not yet exist. Consciousness is awareness of a moment. Or is time a dimension like space? We move through time as we move through space. The past is still there; we're just not there anymore. The future exists; we'll get there. We experience time as we experience space, say, by looking out the window of a moving train. Or is time… Physicists and philosophers have...more »
[image: migrant crisis2 - 900] There is no reason for the U.S. or any Western country to accept a single Muslim refugee ever again. The very meaning of "refugee" that justifies accepting people outside of our normal immigration quotas and without regard to our national...more »
*Martin Chulov, The Guardian*:* Isis: The Inside Story* One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with middle-distance stares, wearing brightly-coloured prison uni...more »
CIA director John Brennan says the spy agency “knew” that ISIS terrorists were planning to attack “Europe in particular.” He also warned that more attacks were ‘in the pipeline’ Press TV reports: Brennan, who rarely appears in public, made the remarks at the opening session of the Global Security Forum 2015 in Washington, DC, on Monday in the wake of the Paris attacks, claimed by Daesh Takfirs, which left more than 130 dead and 350 injured. The CIA chief said the late Friday shooting and bombing spree was “not a surprise” as “We knew that plans or plotting by ISIL was underway looki...more »
*R. v Govenlock*, 2015 ABCA 343:  Trial judges have considerable leeway in their appreciation of the evidence and the proper inferences to be drawn therefrom, in their assessment of the credibility of witnesses, and in their ultimate assessment of whether the Crown’s case is made out beyond a reasonable doubt: R. v Biniaris, 2000 SCC 15 (CanLII) at paras. 24, 37,  1 SCR 381. Findings of credibility and of fact by a trial judge are entitled to great deference, and should only be interfered with on appeal if they are unreasonable, or in other words if they disp...more »
"As I'm sure you guys know by now, it is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head (may be happening right now). Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose ho...more »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.