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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

21 Nov - Blogs I'm Following


U.S. Army and Iraqi army soldiers board a Mari...
U.S. Army and Iraqi army soldiers board a Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter during a static loading exercise being conducted to prepare for upcoming missions on Camp Ramadi, Iraq, Nov. 15, 2009. The U.S. Soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel St. Pierre See more at www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Iraqi army soldiers drive light armor...English: Iraqi army soldiers drive light armored vehicles in a parade in Ramadi, Iraq, October 23, 2007. The parade is for the citizens to celebrate the city's rebirth and fortieth day since the death of Sheik Satar Abu Risha. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A smoke plume caused by an insurgent ...English: A smoke plume caused by an insurgent attack on the government center in downtown , 13 March 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (United States)37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Iraqi Army BMP-1 at Coalition checkpoint in Ta...Iraqi Army BMP-1 at Coalition checkpoint in Tarmiya, Iraq. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hospitalman Dustin Horton assigned to the 3rd ...Hospitalman Dustin Horton assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, India Company, conducts security while marines of 3d Battalion, 8th Marines search a house, in Ramadi in duration of Operation Iron Eagle. Operation Iron Eagle is a mission to deny insurgent freedom of movement, prevent Anti Coalition Forces from staging and conducting attacks against Coalition Forces and the Iraqi Army. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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U.S. Wants The Iraqi Army To Liberate Ramadi Without Delay

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 31 minutes ago
*USA Today*: *U.S. presses Iraqi army to get on with Ramadi offensive* Sounding a new note of urgency, the U.S.-led coalition combating the Islamic State is pressing Iraq’s armed forces to launch a final assault to recapture the key city of Ramadi, a campaign entering its sixth month with only limited progress. “It's time for the Iraqis to … make this final move,” said Col. Steve Warren, the coalition military spokesman in Iraq. The remarks reflect a change in the Pentagon's public comments about the offensive. Pentagon officials had earlier said the offensive had not stalled and... more »

Massive Blackout In Crimea After Transmission Towers Are 'Blown Up' In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 31 minutes ago
*BBC*: *Crimea without power after pylons 'blown up'* Crimea has been plunged into darkness after pylons carrying power lines which supply electricity from Ukraine were reportedly blown up on Saturday night. All four power lines were cut, reports said, leaving the region's two million inhabitants without electricity. Images circulated on social media appeared to show Ukrainian flags attached to the damaged pylons. Crimea was annexed by Russia last year, but the Ukrainian authorities have continued to supply power to the area. Crimean authorities said they had managed to partiall... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'New York State on Trial'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 34 minutes ago
NEW YORK STATE ON TRIAL Posted on November 22, 2015 Please post & distribute. MNN. Nov. 21, 2015. In 1994 there were joint military operations against the rotino’shonni:onwe [Iroquois] in US and Canada. “Gallant Piper” is the US counterpart to Canada’s “Operation Campus – Scorpion-Saxon”. New York State’s “INDIAN Detail’ was set up in 1974 after our people resettled on our territory at

"Catastrophic Pacific Ocean Die-Off, The US Military’s All Out Assault On The Web Of Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
*"Catastrophic Pacific Ocean Die-Off, * *The US Military’s All Out Assault On The Web Of Life"* - http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ I just can't do this right now, just can't. Please follow the link and read the article, then *please* read the comments... - CP

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
“Some 60 million light-years away in the southerly constellation Corvus, two large galaxies collided. But the stars in the two galaxies, cataloged as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, don't collide in the course of the ponderous event, lasting hundreds of millions of years. Instead, their large clouds of molecular gas and dust do, triggering furious episodes of star formation near the center of the cosmic wreckage. *Click image for larger size.* Spanning about 500 thousand light-years, this stunning view also reveals new star clusters and matter flung far from the scene of the accident by grav... more »

Planning? What planning?

risa bear at A Way to Live - 49 minutes ago
When it's raining out or otherwise makes it difficult for us to appreciate the joys of getting out of our robes and into gum boots, there are other homestead-y things we can do, such as pottering about in the kitchen or sewing. Planning? What's that? Oh, actually we do have a plan. It has kind of settled in, though, and does not need much updating. Two posts ago, we talked about how the satellite view of the home place lent itself to zone analysis. That's a step in planning, for sure. We used to have a drawing of the place on a white board, and after satellite photos became avail... more »

Did The U.S. Military 'Doctored' Their Intel Reports On Why The Iraqi Army Collapsed When ISIS Launched Their Offensive In 2014?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Iraqi security forces, training on Mosul’s outskirts in January to take on ISIS militants. Credit Azad Lashkari/Reuters *New York Times*: *Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge* WASHINGTON — When Islamic State fighters overran a string of Iraqi cities last year, analysts at United States Central Command wrote classified assessments for military intelligence officials and policy makers that documented the humiliating retreat of the Iraqi Army. But before the assessments were final, former intelligence officials said, the analysts’ superiors made significant change... more »

Peg with Pen: Harassment Lawsuit Anyone?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Peg with Pen: Harassment Lawsuit Anyone?: When your school is being destroyed by the dictatorial advice of fake teacher programs (Relay) aided and abetted by the Colorado Department... more »

According To The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: 'Al Qaeda Has Been Neutralized'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry answers media questions after appearing at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 19, 2015. Reuters/Gary Cameron *Reuters*: *Kerry says U.S. can 'neutralize' Islamic State quicker than it did al Qaeda* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the United States has the ability to "neutralize" Islamic State much faster than it was able to do with al Qaeda. "We are going to defeat Daesh. We always said it will take time," Kerry said, using an alternative name for the Isla... more »

An Interview With An Islamic State Spy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A fighter seen in front of a burning vehicle in Raqqa. Hamid Khatib/Reuters *Michael Weiss, Daily Beast:* *Confessions of an ISIS Spy* *For all the attention paid to ISIS, relatively little is known about its inner workings. But a man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic State’s security services has stepped forward to provide that inside view. This four-part story is based on days of interviews with this ISIS spy.* It took some convincing, but the man we’ll call Abu Khaled finally came to tell his story. Weeks of discussion over Skype and WhatsApp had established enoug... more »

The French Find Themselves Alone In Their Fight Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
French President Francois Hollande walks in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides during a ceremony in Paris, France, November 19, 2015 after last Friday's series of deadly attacks in the French capital. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer *Yaroslav Trofimoc, WSJ*:* In Terror Fight, France Feels Increasingly Isolated* *Paris worries its allies may not have the will to confront militant threat head on.* PARIS—The world seems awash in sympathy with France’s tragedy, from candlelight vigils to stadiums illuminated in tricolor. But, when it comes to action against Islamic State, there is gro... more »

The Pentagon's Top Propaganda Contractor Has Been Fired

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A Marine drops propaganda leaflets from a helicopter in Afghanistan. (Photo: 2011 photo by Sgt. Joshua Greenfield, 2nd Marine Division) *USA Today*: *Propaganda contractor dumped by U.S. Army* WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s top private propaganda producer in Afghanistan is protesting the loss of its contract after being paid more than $423 million since 2008, records show. Leonie Industries lost out in bidding to SOSi International last month for the Pentagon’s contract for propaganda. On Nov. 6, Leonie, based in California, sought to have that decision overturned. Leonie Industries h... more »

Eight Military Experts Give their Opinions On How The U.S. Should Be Fighting The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Politico:* O*bama, Here’s How You Should Be Fighting the Islamic State* *Eight military experts weigh in* At his news conference on Monday, President Barack Obama laid down a gauntlet. Just two days after the Islamic State took credit for the recent deadly attacks in Paris, he challenged his critics to come up with alternatives to what he’s already doing to fight the Islamic State. The president defended his current policy of airstrikes, training and supplying allies, diplomacy and limited ground troops. And he insisted that his critics, except for those who advocate large-scale t... more »

Pope Says Christmas Is Cancelled Now That World War 3 Has Begun

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
In a solemn sermon at the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced that Christmas this year will be a “charade” due to the fact that the globe is currently engaging in World War 3. Speaking at Mass at the Casa Santa Maria, the Pope said: “We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war. “ “It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war,” he said grimly. Yahoo News reports: “A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many r... more »

Europe Now A ‘Militarised Concentration Camp’ After Paris Attacks

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Europe appears to be marching towards a militarised concentration camp as martial law has been imposed in both France and Brussels in the last few days. Citing the threat of “terrorist threats”, authorities are clamping down on security, amid sweeping Orwellian curfews being announced across large parts of Europe. As one Veterans Today reporter noted, “Brussels has become a ghost town. The streets are empty and everything is closed. I am afraid to venture outdoors to buy bread.“ Veteranstoday.com reports: Meanwhile, the French Parliament has voted to extend the nation’s state of em... more »

Presidential Economist: “Coming Collapse Will Devastate Millions”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Former presidential advisor, economist and best-selling author, James Dale Davidson, has said that the coming economic collapse is going to devastate the lives of millions of Americans. Davidson has urged Americans to prepare themselves as soon as possible as the economy, as he puts it, is “unravelling very fast“. Prepperfortress.com reports: Unfortunately, Davidson has a remarkable track record of calling every major economic shift over the last three decades. For example, Davidson predicted the collapse of 1999 and 2007, along with the fall of the Soviet Union and Japan’s economic... more »

Pro Refugee Rallies Held Across US After Trump’s Nazi Like Plan For Muslims

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Presidential candidate for the U.S. Presidency, Republican Donald Trump has called for a database and ID cards for U.S. Muslims. Protests have been held in response across the nation amid outrage at Trump’s Nazi like plan, which is in conflict with the First Amendment. The Daily Mail reports: Trump was branded ‘abhorrent’ after he said on Thursday that he supported registering Muslims, with comparisons made between his plan and the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany. Meanwhile Ben Carson was also accused of creating a ‘toxic environment’ for Muslims after he compared Syrian refug...more »

Paul Craig Roberts Asks “Why Aren’t ISIS Targeting Politicians?”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
American economist Paul Craig Roberts has raised the pertinent question: Why do terrorists focus on attacking ordinary civilians, leaving politicians largely alone? The 9/11 attacks, the Boston marathon bombing, and the recent Paris attacks all have one thing in common: The only people who suffered were innocent members of the public who had absolutely nothing to do with the politics and ideology that the attackers were apparently fighting against. Off-guardian.org reports: Historically, terror attacks are not on the innocent but on the rulers and those who are guilty. For example,... more »

Israeli Minister And Judges Face Child Trafficking Lawsuit

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A major civil lawsuit was filed in Israel this week that accuse a number of prominent Israeli judges, an Israeli minister, and Zionist American organisations of child trafficking. Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz, judges Yitzhak Amit, Tova Peri and Galit Mor Vigotski, Zionist financier Lynn Schusterman, the World International Zionist Organisation (WIZO), the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and SOS Children’s Village USA face charges of false solicitation to allow the snatching and trafficking of children from their natural parents in Israel. Red... more »

Scientists Create Plant That Feeds On Electricity And Grows Wires

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Scientists in Sweden have created the world’s first “cyber plant”, an electronically augmented plant that can live off of electricity and grow its own robotic parts. The scientists at Linkoping University built analogue and digital circuits inside of living flowers using semi-conductive polymers. These polymers were added to water, which once dissolved and aborbed through a rose’s natural vascular system, formed electrical components that resembled wires. Abc.net.au reports: The wires were able to spread evenly through the plant, forming conductive structures up to 10 centimetres l... more »

The Political Hypocrisy Around Gay Conservatives Living In The Closet

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
You may have read about Arkansas District Court Judge Joseph Boeckmann this week in relation to how he was able to manipulate your white males who came in front of him, offering them lighter sentences in return for sex. Although he can't be removed-- he's an elected official like that crazy anti-gay clerk in Kentucky-- Thursday he was suspended from his judicial duties by the state Supreme Court. Boeckmann is 69 years old and some of the pornography he has been accused of having is of underage boys, although all the boys he lured into sex as part of the judicial scheme were 18 and ... more »

Nov. 21: ....defiant Parisians mourn the dead....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
What is defiant mourning? How can you tell it from regular mourning? And how can a reporter tell that millions of people are mourning defiantly (whatever defiantly mourning means?) Have you ever seen a headline saying that defiant Jihadists mourn their dead? Or during the slaughter of millions in Vietnam - that defiant Vietnamese mourn their dead? Did defiant Naziis mourn their dead? I don't know. I've never even seen such a headline on a story about the "other side". But that was a headline in yesterday's CBC news. And oddities like that don't happen by accident. This is a delibera... more »

Donald Trump tells black lives matter protester to "get the hell out"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 4 hours ago
*The Donald sure seems to attract a lot of fat hecklers.* You sure can't beat him for the entertainment value. I've watched this several times, and it always brings a smile to my face. *And this fool? Good way to get yourself killed, Zippy.*

The Paris False Flag Attacks: Interesting Article From Penny For Your Thoughts - 11/13/15 Paris Attacks: Two Separate Operations In One Event

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
Again, it is now over a week since that obvious false flag attack in Paris, and even now we still have the compliant Jew spew media and our own crooked governments trying to sell everyone with the lie that it was a real "terrorist" attack.... As I stated in previous articles, I have had my own uphill battle in trying to convince people around me that it was indeed a false flag event but still so few are willing to listen or even open up their thoughts to the idea that it was not as it seems... Sadly there is no hope for so many as they have indeed swallowed the "kool aid" and are be... more »

The Paris False Flag Attacks: Answering The Big Question: WHO Profits From The False Flag?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
It has been over a week now since that ridiculously obvious false flag attack in Paris, France... I am and have never said that nobody was killed in those attacks, but there is definitely so much more than what we have been lied to by the Jew spew media and of course our own criminal governments.... The big question that should be asked by everyone is not only who gains from these attacks... But exactly WHO profits from the entire false flag operation? Well, first I do want to turn to an interesting article that comes courtesy of Ognir's Wake Up From Your Slumber website, at www.... more »

Emergency: Blackout In Russia’s Crimea As Ukraine Power Line Bombed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
A state of emergency has been declared in Russia’s Crimean peninsula following the bombing of all power transmission line towers in the neighbouring Ukrainian Kherson region. Hospitals and other vital infrastructure are using reserve power stations and generators to remain operational as the four main transmission lined from Ukraine were deliberately cut in an act of sabotage. The energy ministry has declared a state of emergency in order to deal with the blackout. “Crimea has been completely cut off,” Krymenergo energy director Viktor Plakida told Russian news agency TASS. Rt.com ... more »

Russian Air Strike Footage On ISIL Passed Off As American By US Media

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The U.S. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) showed footage claiming U.S. air strikes against ISIL targets, however the videos actually show Russian airstrikes. No evidence of the supposed U.S. air strikes on convoys of oil tankers belonging to the so called Islamic State have become available. The misinformation on the PBS NewsHour was revealed by an Information Clearing House article. The U.S. lie of having attacked convoys of ISIL oil tanker trucks was given credence by a New York Times article on Monday. The U.S. Air Force has not provided any video evidence for their alleged anti-... more »

Carson Questions Claims That U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies are Biased

Bill Barrow at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Carson Questions Claims of Racial Bias Against Police] COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told a group of African-American civic leaders on Saturday that he is still waiting to see evidence of racial bias by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. The only major White... more »

Majority of Americans Feel Like ‘Stranger in Own Country’

Breitbart at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Trump crowd] A Super PAC tied to Ohio Governor John Kasich is annnouncing a new multi-million dollar effort to torpedo Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican nomination. Trump's continued dominance of national and state-level polling has vexed the GOP establishment and pushed it to... Continue reading *“Majority of Americans Feel Like ‘Stranger in Own Country’”* at *breitbart.com*.

In Choosing A Charity, When Is Bigger Better?

The Christian Science Monitor at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: charity] Big charities have advantages when it comes to responding to sudden disasters and providing aid in foreign countries, but local and start-up charities offer donors more of a direct opportunity to see how their money is being put to work.... Continue reading *“In Choosing A Charity, When Is Bigger Better?”* at *csmonitor.com*.

Report: Local Minimum Wages Really Hurts Restaurants

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Restaurant server] Low-wage businesses like restaurants experience a range of issues in cities that increase their minimum wage, according to a report released Friday by the American Action Forum. The report, titled "2015 Local Minimum Wage Increases and Restaurant Employment Trends," looks at... more »

Less Than 1 Percent of Fracking Wastewater Wells Are Linked to Quakes

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Resist Fracking] Less than 1 percent of wastewater injection wells across the U.S. are potentially linked to earthquakes, according to a new report debunking myths spread by environmentalists about hydraulic fracturing. Out of the 40,000 wastewater disposal wells in the U.S. only 218 -- 0.55 percent -- can... more »

Southwest Airlines Criticized After Incidents Involving Middle Eastern Passengers

The Guardian at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Southwest Airlines - 400] Southwest Airlines has become the subject of criticism over reports that it singled out Muslim or Middle Eastern passengers on two flights this week, after fellow fliers said they feared for their safety if those passengers were allowed to fly.... Continue reading *“Southwest Airlines Criticized After Incidents Involving Middle Eastern Passengers”* at *theguardian.com*.

Trump: ‘I Want Surveillance of Certain Mosques’

CNN at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump8 - 400] Donald Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric about American Muslims, saying there’s precedent for monitoring some mosques amid the recent terror wave. At a Birmingham, Alabama, rally on Saturday -- which included a physical altercation between a black protester and several... Continue reading *“Trump: ‘I Want Surveillance of Certain Mosques’”* at *cnn.com*.

Migrant Flow into Sweden Drops after Border Checks Brought Back

Yahoo News at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Sweden migrants] Stockholm (AFP) – The number of new migrant arrivals in Sweden has dropped by a third since it reinstated border controls earlier this month, the country’s migration agency said Saturday. “The number of (new) asylum seekers has decreased from 1,500... Continue reading *“Migrant Flow into Sweden Drops after Border Checks Brought Back”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

Dinesh D’Souza: Obama is Most Animated When Attacking Republicans, Conservatives, Christians

Glenn Beck at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Glenn Beck - 475] Glenn sat down with Dinesh D'Souza today to get his take on Obama's emotionless response to the terror attacks in Paris. Why is it that Obama gets passionate and riled up about the police, Syrian refugees and gun control, but... Continue reading *“Dinesh D’Souza: Obama is Most Animated When Attacking Republicans, Conservatives, Christians”* at *glennbeck.com*.

Watch Adele Go Undercover as An Adele Impersonator

Time at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Adele] I'ma let you finish, Justin Bieber, but Adele just pulled off the best prank of the year. Teaming up with the BBC's Graham Norton, the singer -- who just dropped her third studio album, 25 -- disguised herself as an... Continue reading *“Watch Adele Go Undercover as An Adele Impersonator”* at *time.com*.

Anonymous List 7 Cities ISIS Are Planning To Attack On Sunday

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The FBI have said they are taking threats of a Sunday ISIS attack very seriously, following information published by Anonymous that lists 7 worldwide cities ISIS are going to attack on Sunday 22nd November. The OpParisIntel list includes specific locations across the U.S., Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon that Anonymous say ISIS are going to strike, as well as a planned assault at the WWE Survivor Series event scheduled to occur in Atlanta on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. EST. The FBI have issued a statement saying they are aware of the threats, and are taking appropriate action to prepare for th... more »

France: Risk Of ISIS Chemical Attack ‘Very Real’, Army Mobilised

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The French army have been dispatched to guard water facilities around Paris on Saturday amid escalating fears that ISIS are about to conduct a chemical attack in France. This comes just days after French Prime Minister Manuel Valls confirmed that the risk of chemical or biological warfare being conducted against French citizens was a very real threat. 12 protective suits used to protect people from such attack were stolen from a Parisian hospital. An additional 30 protective boots made of chemical-resistant material, as well as gloves and anti-bacterial masks have also gone missin... more »

CBS: Ex-FEMA Worker On The Run Has Proof 9/11 Was An Inside Job

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
CBS are airing a program called “The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld“, about an ex-FEMA videographer who says he is being framed for a murder he did not commit due to the fact that he has smoking-gun evidence that 9/11 was an inside job. Sonnenfeld has been accused, unaccused, and then accused again of the murder of his wife, Nancy, 4 months after the September 11th attacks. Sonnenfeld who fled to Argentina shortly after filming secretive 9/11 footage for FEMA, says the charges were “phonied-up” in order to punish him for evidence he collected during his 9/11 assignment that proved... more »

Putin’s Triple Decker War Room Is Like Something Out Of A James Bond Film

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
James Bond writer, Ian Fleming would have loved to write a story about Putin’s brand new, three-tiered, multi billion dollar war room. It is the perfect location for a secret agent to infiltrate the new command center of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Washington Post reports: The fortified National Control Defense Center was Putin’s first stop after officials confirmed that the Russian charter jet crash that claimed 224 lives last month was the result of an act of terror. On movie-theater-size screens, live broadcasts showed long-range strategic bombers taking off from Russian ... more »

UN Climate Change Scientists: Global Warming Is “Irrational Nonsense”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A team of respected and prominent scientists gathered in Texas ahead of the UN climate summit to declare that the theory of man-made global warming was “based on nonsense”, “irrational”, and had “nothing to do with science”. The team warned that the current UN thinking of climate change is leading us “down a false path”. Climatedepot.com reports: Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, derided what he termed climate “catastrophism.” “Demonization of CO2 is irrati... more »

Archaeologist: 12,000-Year-Old Tunnels Exists From Scotland To Turkey

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
An archaeologist has revealed that a 12,000-year-old network of thousands of underground tunnels stretch from North Scotland towards the Mediterranean. Dr Heinrich Kush says that the tunnels exist possibly as protection against predators, or were perhaps built to be used a modern-day highways, transporting people to distant places across Europe. Humansarefree.com reports: In the book Secrets Of The Underground Door To An Ancient World (German title: Tore zur Unterwelt) German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kush states that evidence of huge underground tunnels has been found under dozens... more »

Scotland Tell ISIS To “Fuck Off”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Residents in the Scottish town of Larkhall have responded to last week’s terror attacks in Paris, by adding a message to ISIS on one of their street signs. Under a signboard that welcomes visitors to Larkhall, a new addition to the sign reads: “Welcome to Larkhall. Except ISIS. You twats can fuck off“. Scotsman.com reports: The South Lanarkshire town, around 14 miles from Glasgow, is twinned with the commune of Seclin in northern France, around 134 miles north of Paris. The picture has been doing the rounds on social media since it was posted by @johnandlouie who captioned it ‘Bril... more »

Iran’s Chief Commander Calls For “Genuine Campaign” Against Daesh

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A senior Iranian military commander has commended Russia’s fight against Daesh terrorists as “genuine”, calling on world powers to step up their game in the fight against ISIS. Iranian Armed Forces’ Chief of Staff, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, said that other world powers should learn from the “courageous and genuine” presence of Russia in Syria, and take their fight against ISIS more seriously. Presstv.com reports: Russia, which has been one of the main supporters of Syria since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in the Arab country in March 2011, began its military campaig... more »

Europe Plans To Vet All Travellers Against ‘Anti Terror’ Watch List

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
All travellers arriving in Europe will have their name checked against an anti-terror watch list, under a new plan to be agreed by ministers on Saturday. Under the new rules border guards will scan all passports and check against a central computer that lists all wanted persons and ‘suspected terrorists’. Dailymail.co.uk reports: At the moment, European Union rules prevent countries in the Schengen Zone systematically vetting European citizens as they enter the 26-nation travel area. But at an emergency summit in Brussels today, interior ministers will demand that is changed and pu... more »

one minute to midnight

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Sexy Beast

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Sexy Beast

Chet Raymo, "Like Rubies Ringed With Gold"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Like Rubies Ringed With Gold"* by Chet Raymo "Here's a Hubble Space Telescope composite photograph of two colliding galaxies in the constellation Corvus. Click to enlarge or look for large image on the link. Each of the three books of Dante's "Divine Comedy" ends with the same words: "the stars." The Inferno concludes with distant stars glimpsed through the narrow exit of hell. "We emerged," says the poet, "and saw the stars." The poet's journey through Purgatory ends on Earth's highest mountain, with the heavens seemingly not so far away. He is "ready to ascend to the stars." F... more »

"Never Alone..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"On this earth as beyond this earth you never are alone, But are in constant company of things and beings That take a share in your life as you take a share in theirs. As you seek them, so they seek you. As you partake of them, so they partake of you." - Rumi, “The Book of Mirdad”

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Why We Don’t Remember: The Gift of This Journey"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Why We Don’t Remember: The Gift of This Journey"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "If you would behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one." - Kahlil Gibran "There is a gift in not remember who we are when we are born into this lifetime; the gift is the journey. Many of us wonder why we do not remember who we were before we were born. We wonder what it was like to be a soul without a body and what it will be like to be one again. Many of us have a strange sense that we do remember, as if we ... more »

"Promise Me..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” - Christopher Robin to “Pooh”

The Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Solitude”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Solitude”* “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own. Sing, and the hills will answer; Sigh, it is lost on the air. The echoes bound to a joyful sound, But shrink from voicing care. Rejoice, and men will seek you; Grieve, and they turn and go. They want full measure of all your pleasure, But they do not need your woe. Be glad, and your friends are many; Be sad, and you lose them all. There are none to decline your nectared wine, But alone you must drink life's gall. Feast, and your... more »

We Should Stop Associating The Islamic State With The Goddess ISIS

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
By calling the Islamic State In Iraq and Syria their chosen name of ISIS, we are gifting them the powers that are associated with the word itself, the Goddess ISIS, the patroness of nature and magic who is able to bring life to the dead. The goddess Isis, whose origins stretch back, at the very least, 4500 years from the present, was worshiped as the ideal of motherhood, as a deity who cared for the plight of others, as one who would watch over travelers, and Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children. Isis means “Throne”, the seat of power for the ancient P... more »

‘Nearly Impossible’ to Find Jihadists Among Migrants, Greeks Warn

AFP/Odile Duperry & Catherine Boitard at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: refugees2 - 400] Lesbos (Greece) (AFP) -- As the hunt for jihadists widens after last week’s Paris attacks, authorities in Greece warn it was virtually impossible to pick out dangerous extremists among arriving migrants, without prior intelligence. “If they are not already registered in... Continue reading *“‘Nearly Impossible’ to Find Jihadists Among Migrants, Greeks Warn”* at *news.yahoo.com*.

Tour of U.S. Space Warfare Bases: From Fylingdales to Croughton

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
*US early warning radar and missile defense targeting base called Fylingdales way up in the Yorkshire Moors by day**Fylingdales by cold windy night (thankfully no rain). Ronald McDonald (on the right with the torch) joined this vigil telling us "I've come over to the other side."* Yesterday three of us drove from Leeds 90 minutes northeast to Fylingdales where we were joined by 10 others for a mile or so walk at 5:00 pm along the dark highway through the beautiful Moors to the US early warning radar and missile defense targeting base. The half-moon lit sky, and a rare view of the st... more »

Are Some Congressmembers Willing To See Their Constituents Become Unhealthy In Return For Contributions?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
It's probably not news to most *DWT* readers that corrupt conservatives in Congress always put the special interests of their contributors from the junk food industry and from biotech companies ahead of food safety. You may have read that Thursday the FDA-- not Reagan's FDA or Bush's FDA or Hillary's FDA but *Obama's* FDA-- approved, for the first time ever, genetically engineered salmon. No, not for pet food, which would be bad enough, but for people food. The company that will benefit AquaBounty Technologies hired one of K Street's sleaziest lobbying firms, Policy Directions-- wh... more »

Rejection Is The Name of the Game

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
Much discussion lately about how much rejection is in this academic game. I had a conversation yesterday with a pal who was finding it much harder, it seemed, to get work published after tenure than before. “I thought I knew how to do this.” Folks have been calling for the true CVs of people–where rejections […]

11/13/15 Paris Attacks- 2 Seperate Operations in One Event

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
Gallier2 left the link for this blog, I have put it through translate and posted it below: Merci Gallier!*Briefly**: the French author hypothesizes that the Paris attacks were two operations running concurrently*. The author notes* the ineptitude of the 'suicide bombers' who managed to harm themselves*- Something I noted myself as extremely odd, figuring these patsies were not in control of their explosive devices. The author from France seems to draw the same conclusion. As you can read in my response to Gallier. I had some issues with the concert hall also believing that the shoo... more »

US acknowledges Civilian Deaths in Iraq

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*This is such an unusual admission!* So much so that BBC acknowledges that curiosity TWICE in this linked article:*US air strike on IS in Iraq 'killed civilians'* Before reading below I have to ask you is the US admitting to the killing of civilians to justify boots on the ground? That's the first thought that comes to mind, but, I am sure there has to be more??- Still playing up the airstrikes can be used to sell the need for boots, spinning, it as more humane. Though it won't be. A US air strike aimed at an IS checkpoint is likely to have killed four civilians, possibly includin... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Nov 14 to Nov 21, 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Nov 14 to Nov 21, 2015"* By Bob Nichols "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus (San Francisco) November 21, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected some people this week around the United States. You should compare the Rad numbers directly with the Rad numbers in with my articles listed on the VT Author’s Page here. These are the American cities that exceeded 1,000 CPM this week. Thirty-four (34) American cities exceeded 1,000 CPM this week. Another n...more »

Life Skills: “Protect Yourself from Control Dramas”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Protect Yourself from Control Dramas”* by Jody Janati *"What is a Control Drama? *A control drama, as coined by James Redfield in his book, “The Celestine Prophecy,” is played by anyone who is feeling low on power or energy, to manipulate and steal the energy of another. Control dramas are unconscious strategies all people use to gain power or energy from another person and to essentially, “get their way with others.” We get our way with others by making them pay attention to us and then elicit a certain reaction from them to make ourselves feel fulfilled. The positive feelings w... more »

BBC comedy, the EU and BBC bias

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
This week's *Feedback *featured a clip from the first episode of the 47th series of Radio 4's eternally somewhat-less-than-side-splitting *Now Show *- a comedic 'team rant' in favour of the EU and against critics of the EU, Unlike the recent 'rants' from Andrew Neil and Emily Maitlis, this particular rant was absolutely nothing new. And I'm not just talking about the 46 previous series of the *Now Show* either. I've heard many a pro-EU rant on BBC Radio 4 comedy shows over the years - or, more accurately, many a rant against critics of the EU - especially UKIP supporters and rig... more »

Getting it about right (again)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Finally in this series of post of this week's *Newswatch*, here are the answers given by the BBC's controller of daily news programmes, Gavin Allen. They are preceded by my summaries (in the form of questions) of what they were meant to be answers to. I'll let you be the judge of them: *What priorities did the BBC have in the immediate aftermath of the attacks?* It was interesting. It was such a remarkably confused picture initially and, obviously, the key priority is to tell people what we know and to tell people what's happened, to the best of our knowledge at that stage....and... more »

Other concerns about the BBC's Paris coverage

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Sticking with this week's *Newswatch, *here are some of the other bouquets and brickbats (mostly brickbats) broadcast by the programme. I want to record them because, even though they aren't the kind of complaints that blogs like ours are usually interested in, they are quite thought-provoking. The only bouquet ran as follows: *Thank you for such excellent news coverage from Paris over the weekend. It has represented the best possible standards in news broadcasting, providing calm, balanced news reports, despite very tense and potentially dangerous situations.* Chris & ... more »

"One of the viewers"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
This week's *Newswatch *focused, inevitably, on the BBC's coverage of the Paris massacres. They featured Gavin Allen, the BBC's controller of daily news programes, in the studio and "one of the viewers who's been in touch with us over the past few days, Richard McCallum, who's in Oxford" on a video link. As soon as I saw viewer Richard McCallum against the backdrop of Oxford my distrust of the BBC kicked in. Unfortunately, from past experience I've grown to disbelieve the BBC whenever they present someone as merely 'an ordinary viewer'. I wondered if he might be something a litt... more »

RAF Typhoons Intercept Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Bombers Close To UK Airspace

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Bombers on Syrian bombing missions, came close to United Kingdom’s airspace. Royal Air Force Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland intercepted the Tu-160 bombers, each capable of carrying 16 nuclear missiles, when they came within Britain’s area of interest, in international airspace over the Atlantic and close to UK’s airspace. The Russian Bombers had taken an unusual route to their targets in Syria. The Tupolev TU 160 BlackJacks made an 8,000-mile trip past Norway, Britain and Gibraltar, heading to the Mediterranean. They then launched missiles at ta...more »

Iran’s Parliament Speaker: West Must Stop Supporting Terrorists

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Iran’s Parliament speaker Ali Larijani has slammed the West’s double standards in the Middle East and has called for an end to foreign support to terrorists operating in the region. During a meeting with the chair of the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Crispin Blunt in Tehran on Saturday, Larijani said: “If Western countries seek to fight terrorism, they must first change the existing mindset toward them because regional countries believe that the West is using the issue of terrorism as a tool [to achieve their objectives]” Press TV reports: Larijani said that Western coun... more »

Welcome back, Mr. Togneri

Alison at Creekside - 8 hours ago
BC Premier Christie Clark's government ran into a spot of bother of late over the triple-deleting of emails and the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner's consequent report into their serious breaches of access-to-information laws. Additionally, as noted in May by Laila Yuile , two days before former executive assistant to BC's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Tim Duncan blew the whistle on what he contends is a widespread practice of email deletion within the Clark government, that same Clark government "removed penalties for staff who improperly destroy documents"... more »

Why is Diane Ravitch Celebrating?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
No one outside the cabal of corporate education reformsters and their stooges in the U. S. Congress knows the dirty details in the secretive Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and no one *will* know until a few hours (if we are lucky) before the Congress votes on this ESEA sequel to No Child Left Behind. Apparently, the dissemblers at Fairtest and NPE are willing to accept Ed Week's corporate spin on the new bill, rather than examine it for themselves. After all, the holidays are almost here. What we do know about the newest corporate version of ESEA is that-- - annual man... more »

Some trends that need to go away...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*because they're either repulsive or stupid.* Leading off with fabulously wealthy people running around in ripped up jeans that probably cost $500.00, and stringy unkempt hair on women over 16 years old Sofia Vergara, 43, gives a towfer as she arrived in Florida for her over-the-top fabulously expensive wedding tomorrow. Ratty jeans? Yep Stringy hair? Yep Didn't we already do the ripped jeans thingy?? *The big trend of the "lunbersexual" look for men who sport big ugly unkempt beards, flannel shirts, and work boots. Thing is, these "men" wouldn't even know which end of a hat... more »

Feline Intruders Manage To Infiltrate G20 Summit

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Security at the G20 summit in Antalya was not as tight as is could have been… Three unannounced guests turned up at the G20 summit in Turkey last week A group of cats took the main stage just moments before leaders of the world’s major economies were due to make an appearance. The curious felines ran across the stage, sniffed at flowers on display and then seeing as there was nothing of interest, left. Video By Ruptly

Lebanon Suspends Flights Due To Russian Naval Drill In Mediterranean

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Russia will be using use Lebanese airspace to conduct a three day naval drill in the Mediterranean Russia has requested that Lebanon suspend flights in and out of Beirut’s international airport for three days from Saturday to Monday. Press TV reports: Lebanon says Moscow has notified Beirut that it plans to carry out a three-day naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea at midnight on Friday. “We, Cyprus, and Turkey are informed of the fact that Russian maneuvers will begin today at midnight” (2200 GMT), the Lebanese transport minister Ghazi Zeaiter told the Lebanese al-Mayadeen telev... more »

God is dead

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? —Nietzsche, *The Gay Science, Section 125,*

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Cancer Propaganda Again

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
In January 2015 I posted about a new study that attributes cancer to random mutations. I've re-posted it at the bottom of this entry. In the January post, I argued that although random mutations may indeed cause cancer, the research reported at that time failed to account for the possibility that environmental factors were contributing to (purportedly) random mutations. Once again this truncated and simplified narrative that cancer is just a random phenomenon is being spun in The Wall Street Journal to explain (away) cancer rates, this time in children: Ron Winslow (Nov 19, 2015)... more »

FBI: Officials Taking Seriously Report of ISIS Threat at Atlanta’s Philips Arena

WSB-TV Atlanta at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Philips Arena, 2008] FBI officials have confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that they are taking seriously a report about an ISIS threat at a WWE event in Atlanta on Sunday. … The hacker group Anonymous said Saturday that it had uncovered information... Continue reading *“FBI: Officials Taking Seriously Report of ISIS Threat at Atlanta’s Philips Arena”* at *wsbtv.com*.

Meditation and the Incoming Wave

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
By American Kabuki I have been asked to post Cobra's meditation for today at 3:12 PM EST. For those who desire to participate you can read about that here: http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2015/11/event-meditation-update.html And honestly who in the right mind is against peace other than those who profit from war and dividing humanity? You don't break up a bar fight by throwing more agitated fighters into it. Sometimes a bucket of ice water is more effective at changing the mindset. The ETs themselves are facing personal shifts every bit as great as humanity. *You might remem... more »

Why The Dippers Lost

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
http://o.canada.com/ Some folks are beginning to look through the embers to explain why the official opposition is now the third party. Geoffrey Rafe Hall writes: Many observers, picking through the post-mortem of the NDP campaign, have laid most of the blame on the niqab debate and the eruption of identity politics, on Tom Mulcair’s flat performance in the first leaders’ debate, and on Justin Trudeau’s substantial personal appeal. All of these factors contributed to the result, of course — but not one of them was solely capable o... more »

Kasich And Trump-- The Gloves Come Off

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
According to the new Morning Consult polling data released yesterday on the popularity of the 50 states' governors, Ohio Republican John Kasich is doing pretty well. Back in Ohio, he has a 59% approval rating and just a 29% disapproval rating. His popularity back home, though, isn't translating in the Republican presidential primary, where he is barely a factor. The latest national GOP polling from NBC released at the same time as Morning Consult's gubernatorial poll, shows him tied for 7th place with Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee at a dismal and embarrassing 2% each. He-- like Hucka... more »

The Magus by John Fowles

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 12 hours ago
Okay, I read quite a bit. I'm not a full on book snob, but thanks to reading so much and working randomly through the huge pile of novels we've accumulated over the years, when something stands out I know it has to be good. And that's just happened reading *The Magus* by John Fowles. Being at once highly educated yet appallingly ignorant, I knew the book had a good reputation, but in the manner of Paul Coehlo's *The Alchemist* has a following. Anticipating some semi-mystic wittering common among the more esoteric offerings of the 1960s and 70s, *The Magus* took those expectations a... more »

Untitled

Papani at DeadBanksterSociety - 12 hours ago
*The Cell Phone Murders, DIAL M.* The recent death of Russia Today’s Mikhail Leskin in a US hotel room begs the question as to what exactly happened? This article will tie in with the Obama instruction to murder any opponents of his NWO system anywhere, anytime and anyone. You might be next, so please read on. As most are aware, the heart is a muscular as well as an electrical conductor. The heart can be stimulated to beat faster or slower simply by the presence of hormones and by electrical stimulation.[1,2] The latest discovery that a person can be seen through a wall just by t... more »

Supplemental: Still preoccupied after all these years!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015The importance of statues and plaques:* Each Saturday morning, the Washington Post publishes a special extra page composed of nothing but letters from readers. Those readers are often irate. The special page is called Free For All. From the comedy stage, we've incomparably suggested that its letters may perhaps be chosen to illustrate a pressing problem--the nonsense our journalists feel they have to endure from These Readers Today. However the letters are chosen, one of today's selections seems instructive to us. It was written from Alexandria, Virgi... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
My interview with Harith al-Qarawee on Premier Abadi’s political struggles was mentioned on the Brandeis’ Crown Center for Middle East Studies webpage. My article on the Central Bank of Iraq trying to crack down on fraud in its money exchanges was reprinted by eKurd.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Blogging will return early this evening.

Bill Whittle: How Liberals Cause ISIS Terror Attacks...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*"not fighting back is what's radicalizing the middle."*

NOAA’s Fabricated “Record Temperatures”

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/map-percentile-mntp/201510.gif NOAA inform us that last month was another “hottest evah”. Note how a huge swathe of South America has been labelled as “record warmest”. And what is this based on? http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/map-land-sfc-mntp/201510.gif In fact, there is virtually no temperature data available at all for that particular […]

France Seeks U.S.-Russia Unity in Coalition against Islamic State

Los Angeles Times at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: President Obama] President Obama publicly vowed to “redouble” U.S. efforts against Islamic State hours after the terrorist massacres in Paris, but officials offered few details as to what he meant. That could change when French President Francois Hollande visits the White House... Continue reading *“France Seeks U.S.-Russia Unity in Coalition against Islamic State”* at *latimes.com*.

Amazon ‘Black Friday’ 2015 Deals: How Good Are They?

Forbes at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Amazon] Amazon has long made a compelling case that the best shopping experience happens from the comfort of your own home. Now as Black Friday approaches, it is also hoping to tempt you to stay away from the inevitable crowds of... Continue reading *“Amazon ‘Black Friday’ 2015 Deals: How Good Are They?”* at *forbes.com*.

A New Arms Race In Space Is Underway

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Financial Times:* *Satellite wars* *A new arms race in our skies threatens the satellites that control everything from security to communications* An unlikely memorial runs across the middle of the marketplace in Kettering — an otherwise unremarkable English market town. This slab of granite, set into the paving as part of a timeline of local history, reads “Russian Satellites: Grammar School Beats Nasa”. Etched into the stone is the distinctive outline of a sputnik orbiter. Kettering Grammar School — like the space race — is long gone. But for a period it was on the front line ... more »

Are Al Qaeda And The Islamic State Competing With Each Other On Who Can Cause The Most Murders In The Name of Allah?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Paris and Mali Attacks Expose Lethal Qaeda-ISIS Rivalry* BEIRUT, Lebanon — Before the hostage crisis at a Malian hotel was over, before the gunmen had even been identified, admirers of Al Qaeda and the rival Islamic State started jostling on social media over which of the jihadist organizations was more righteous and more prominent. One apparent supporter of Al Qaeda, whose Twitter profile suggested he could be a fighter in Syria affiliated with the group, quickly declared online that the Islamic State could “learn a thing or two” from the Mali attack, scornfull... more »

KIPP Administrator "choked and dragged" 16 Year Old Female Student in NOLA

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
A week after a St. Louis KIPP administrator was placed on leave, pending an investigation of abusing a kindergarten student whose head and neck showed clear signs of a physical assault, a New Orleans KIPP dean of students has been placed on leave, pending an inquiry into an incident involving a 16 year old female student on November 16. The story below from the Times-Picayune details how KIPP officials offered a very different story of a violent "disciplining" incident than the one told by video images from students at the scene. A 16 year old female KIPP student, who was lifted... more »

Weekend reads: Papers de-emphasized for funding; reproducibility revolution; reining in fraud in China

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a particularly misleading retraction notice, and a university stripping a graduate of her PhD for misconduct. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Academic publications will become less important in funding decisions in Australia, reports Matthew Knott in The Age. But before you cheer, see what officials will use instead. “Like […] The post Weekend reads: Papers de-emphasized for funding; reproducibility revolution; reining in fraud in China appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Caution! You May Live in The Radical Mosque Zone

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Islamic state fighters - 900] French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for the "dissolution" of radical mosques following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel threatened similar action in his country where the attacks were staged. Neither... more »

Amish Man Runs Away from Sin

Penn Live at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Amish marathoner] Leroy Stolzfus, 22, of Gordonville, crossed the finish line of the Harrisburg Marathon Nov. 8 in three hours, 5 minutes and 45 seconds. That’s a pretty impressive time for anyone, less than a minute away from a Boston Marathon qualifying time for... Continue reading *“Amish Man Runs Away from Sin”* at *pennlive.com*.

Russia Not Welcome In Anti ISIS Coalition While Supporting Assad

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
The US State department has said that Russia must change its strategy in Syria if it wants to join US-led anti-ISIS coalition. Russia is not welcome to join the US-led coalition in Syria until it changes its “focus” and stops “propping up” President Assad, yet Washington continues to insist their goal is not to defeat Assad. RT reports: An appeal to expand the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State came from French President Francois Hollande three days after deadly attacks in Paris a week ago. Stating that “France is at war,” Hollande called for the creation of a “large coalition,... more »

Load Following with Nuclear Power

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 15 hours ago
Andrew Dodson Presents a case study of the use of Thorium Molten Salt Reactors for Load following in support of renewable electrical generation systems. Renewable systems are subject to sudden variations in electrical output. These variations are unpredictable, and require generation capacity, that can quickly respond to fluctuations in both electrical demand and electrical output, currently renewable generation systems use natural gas fired turbines, for fossil fuel support. The use of Natural gas in this role means that carbon emitting technology will still be required for sta... more »

Brussels On Locked Down After Belgium Government Issues Terror Alert To Maximum

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** Belgium on terror lockdown: Brussels metro closed and people warned to avoid public areas after 'serious and imminent threat' alert over Paris-style ISIS attack * * Brussels' metro network has been shut following security lockdown after terror threat level is raised in Belgium * People have been warned to avoid public gatherings in Brussels after warning of 'imminent threat' * Decision based on 'precise information' of Paris style attack, according to Belgium Prime Minister * Belgian national arrested in Turkey under suspicion of scouting the ISIS target sites for Pa... more »

Sharp Divisions Emerge on Campuses as Some Criticize Activists’ Tactics as Intimidation

Los Angeles Times at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Occidental College student] Alton Luke II is an African American sophomore at Occidental College who backs the broad goal of racial equity for students. But he has chosen not to support the minority student movement aimed at ousting college President Jonathan Veitch and... Continue reading *“Sharp Divisions Emerge on Campuses as Some Criticize Activists’ Tactics as Intimidation”* at *latimes.com*.

Atheist Groups Attack Mayor for Praying to End Violence

Casey Harper at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva speaking during a prayer rally on November 16 in response to the violent death of a 6-year-old boy.] When a 6-year-old boy was fatally shot in California last week, the city's mayor held a 12-hour prayer rally to unite the community and promote peace, but now that mayor is under attack. Atheist groups are attacking the mayor and demanding... more »

Dem Explains Real Reason He Voted for House Refugee Bill That Toughens the Vetting Process

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Rep. Gerry Connolly] One of the 47 House Democrats who voted with Republicans for a bill Thursday imposing new rules on the intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees said he decided to support the measure only after he concluded it wouldn't stop President Barack Obama's... more »

Mali: American Among the Dead In Radisson Hotel Attack that Claimed 20 Lives

NPR at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: NPR outbound story, DO NOT REUSE, DO NOT REUSE] Updated 9:55 p.m. ET: American Victim Identified The family of Anita Datar, an international development worker, has confirmed she was the American who died in Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The U.S. State... Continue reading *“Mali: American Among the Dead In Radisson Hotel Attack that Claimed 20 Lives”* at *npr.org*.

"I can rant about this from hour to hour because it makes me so angry that we should walk into other people’s countries and completely demolish whatever system they might have had beforehand, and then after, when the pressure gets a bit too great and you walk out, we never notice again what’s happened"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Ranting certainly seems to be coming into fashion at the BBC. Here's John Simpson's (self-admitted) rant to the *Huffington Post*, comparing the media's coverage of the Paris attacks with the bombings in Beirut: It's grotesquely selective actually. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I think the [Paris attacks] don't matter, it matters hugely what happened in Paris. It's one of the most important things of this decade. It's just that you know, 130 people die in other countries and we shouldn't let ourselves be blinded to that simply because we're more interested in Paris. It matt... more »

Exploiting The Plight Of Wretched Refugees For Political Gain Isn't What Jesus Had In Mind For Christians

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I heard a fascinating interview with an evangelical activist on NPR when I was driving home from a meeting with P.G. Sittenfeld yesterday. P.G., the Blue America-endorsed candidate for the Ohio Senate seat held by right-wing Republican Rob Portman, seemed shocked that his Democratic opponent, Ted Strickland, the tired old establishment candidate had just come out against allowing carefully vetted Syrian refugee families, 10,000 people in all, fleeing from ISIS terrorists to seek shelter in America. P.G. had told me that "we must not be guided by bigotry or fear-mongering. As a nati... more »

Brussels Closes Metro As Belgium Capital Is Put On Highest Alert

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Brussels, is facing a “serious and imminent” threat of a terrorist attack, with a government official warning the public to avoid crowds. A spokesman for the government’s crisis centre said “The advice for the population is to avoid places where a lot of people come together, like shopping centers, concerts, events or public transport stations wherever possible” The metro has been closed and Brussels has raised its alert status to the maximum level. RT reports: The government spokesman did not say what had prompted the new measures to be taken. A statement on the crisis center’s webs... more »

The adults are often the most difficult

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 15 hours ago
In teaching, I often don’t have problems with students. Very little out of the ordinary. I do, however, get more stressed about the adults. Even though I first started teaching because I hated the thought of an office-type job, schools are still workplaces in a lot of ways. There are alliances and ass-kissings. There’s gossip and […]

The 'Force' Comes To The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Task & Purpose*: *Star Wars Parody From Navy Carrier Shows The Force Is Strong With This One* The crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower took their love of “Star Wars” to impressive lengths with a spot-on spoof. While many are excited for the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” our staff included, the sailors aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower have taken their enthusiasm to incredible lengths, making a spoof of the trailer. The video, called “Sea Wars: The Ike Awakens,” was uploaded to the carrier’s YouTube page on Nov. 18 and includes the trailer’s original audio with ... more »

The U.S. Air Force Wants More New Bombers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Image: Northrop Grumman/Social Media *Flight Global*: *Calls for Pentagon to raise combat-coded bomber count to 160* Air power advocates in Washington have called for the Pentagon to consider building to a force of 150 to 160 mission-ready heavy bombers before the Boeing B-1 and B-52 retire in 2045. According to estimates presented in a new report by the Mitchell Institute, America would need to muster 258 heavy bombers to succeed in a large-scale conflict with Russia if 50% of the targets in 180 days of campaigning were assigned to long-range bombers. Using the same calculations... more »

Variations on a theme: Mass Muslim Migration and the Misplaced Jest.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Former ‘right wing’ French minister Patrick Devedjian has been reprimanded for his “Germany took our Jews and gave us Arabs” remark. He has apologised, saying it was a misplaced jest. It was obviously based on this well-known piece, which I think went viral when it appeared on Facebook a while ago. (It seems to have been taken down now.) “Europe killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.” by Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez. “I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered aterrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz .We killed six million Jews andrepl... more »

U.S. Air Force To Buy 72 New F-15 Or F-16 Fighter Jets Because The F-35 Is Too Expensive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
The F 35 (back) flies alongside the F 16 (front). US Air Force *The Diplomat*: *F-35 Too Expensive: US Air Force Might Buy 72 New F-15 or F-16 Fighter Jets* The U.S. Air Force is contemplating adding 72 F-15, F-16 or even F-18 fighter aircraft due to low F-35 production rates. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force’s current operational capabilities due to budgetary constraints, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lo... more »

Why Isn’t ISIS Afraid Attacking West Will Lead to Invasion of Its Middle East Regions?

James Carafano at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: ISIS-held prisoners in Iraq being led to one of the executions.] ISIS, Russia, Iran, and China all share a common concern: the United States. In short, it's a problem. As conventional states, three of them have a view of how the world ought to be organized, but America stands in their... more »

There’s a Booming Black Market for Fake Syrian Passports

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: fake Syrian passport] The terrorist who blew himself up outside the Stade de France had fingerprints matching that of a man who arrived on European shores Oct. 3 alongside desperate migrants who had crossed over from Turkey, according to French and Greek officials. But the... Continue reading *“There’s a Booming Black Market for Fake Syrian Passports”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Brussels under Serious Terrorism Threat, Suspect in Paris Attacks at Large

JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Subway Tramway security lockdown] BRUSSELS (AP) -- Heavily armed police and soldiers patrolled key intersections and subways were closed in Belgium’s capital Saturday as the government warned of a threat of Paris-style attacks. At least one suspect from the deadly Paris attacks is at... more »

Pentagon Pressing Allies for More Help against Islamic State

ROBERT BURNS & LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ash Carter] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is pressing European and Arab allies to provide more troops and support for the war against the Islamic State group, hoping that the horror of the Paris attacks -- and the fear more are coming... more »

Poll: More Americans Expect a Major Terror Attack on U.S., Want Ground Troops Against ISIS

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: From Washington Post, outbound.] Fears among Americans about terrorist attacks on U.S. soil have risen sharply a week after a major assault in Paris killed 130, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which finds a majority believing that the country is at war... Continue reading *“Poll: More Americans Expect a Major Terror Attack on U.S., Want Ground Troops Against ISIS”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Inescapable mediocrity of teaching

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 16 hours ago
In recent days, I have been bombarded by the announcement of personal and professional achievements of colleagues and friends on social media. This is definitely a phenomenon unique to the new world of perpetual connectivity and oversharing. What isn’t new, however, is the collective, and in turn personal, perception that K-12 teaching is a career […]

John McCain: 10,000 US Ground Troops Could Take Out ISIS In Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
US Senator John McCain has said that the United States could ‘take out’ the Islamic state in Syria with the deployment of 10,000 ground troops. In an exclusive interview, France 24 reports: The Republican former presidential candidate said the IS group posed “a direct threat” to the United States that could be dealt a knock-out blow with a ground deployment in Syria. “Ground troops [means] about 10,000 Americans with a coalition of Arab countries, hopefully NATO countries, maybe even France, where we could go in on the ground with sufficient air support to take out ISIS,” McCain sai... more »

United Nations Security Council Approves War On ISIS, Unanimously

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
The United Nations has called for “all necessary measures” to fight ISIS after France presented a draft resolution calling for a war on the terror group. All 15 members of the UN Security Council voted to adopt the French-proposed resolution. Press TV reports: The French-proposed resolution, which was adopted unanimously in a Security Council meeting, calls on all countries to “take the war on terrorism” to ISIS controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and destroy its “safe haven,” the council said in a statement on Friday. The French-proposed resolution, which was adopted unanimously... more »

One Year Before Paris Attacks, France Denounced Monstrous TTIP Trade Deal

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Phillip Schneider* - A year before the Paris terrorist attacks, France made moves to reject the TTIP corporate trade deal. The post One Year Before Paris Attacks, France Denounced Monstrous TTIP Trade Deal appeared first on Waking Times.

Mali Forces Hunting ‘More Than 3′ Suspects after Attack

BABA AHMED at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Filing a wreath at the memorial of the Embassy of France by the Ambassador of France in Mali, Gilles Huberson and Prime Minister of Mali, Modibo Keita, during meditation ceremonies.] BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Malian security forces were hunting “more than three” suspects after a brazen assault on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 20 people plus two assailants, an army commander said Saturday. Malians awoke to a... more »

The Who, How and Why of the JFK Assassination – 52 Years On

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - 52 years after the assasination of JFK, and the truth still remains clouded by conspiracy. The post The Who, How and Why of the JFK Assassination – 52 Years On appeared first on Waking Times.

Mark Easton 'debunks' Robert Puttnam (and Theresa May)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Last night's *The World Tonight *on Radio 4 was "a special programme about immigration and social cohesion with a panel and audience". It came from Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre. The most obvious thing, BBC-bias-wise, to say about it was that the panel was unevenly split between two pro-mass immigration guests (*Saira Grant* from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and *Professor Alexander Betts*, director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford Uni) and one anti-mass immigration guest (*Alp Mehmet*, vice chairman of Migrationwatch). Why the 2:1 imbalanc... more »

Is White Privilege the Cause of the University of Missouri Problem?

Harry Jackson at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: College Graduation - 900] The simple answer is no. Let me explain why. Anger and frustration over "marginalized students' experience" had been brewing on campus for quite a while, dating back at least to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, just over a... more »

‘Silent Night’ and Planned Parenthood: A Scandal for All the Wrong Reasons

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Christmas Depression Silhouette - 900] All is not calm. All is not bright or right. A holiday episode of the ABC prime-time series Scandal recently showed its lead character, Washington “fixer” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), at work. After encouraging the ex-wife of her boyfriend, the... more »

Reducing CO2 Emissions as a Precaution against Possible ‘Climate Change’ is All Pain, No Gain

David Legates at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Yosemity valley, Yosemite National Park, evironment, California, mountains, nature] The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is about to begin, so climate change alarmists will again be trumpeting Principle #15 of the 1992 Rio Declaration, also known as the Precautionary Principle: In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach... more »

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Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
*Hassan Hassan* ‏@hxhassan 28m 28 minutes ago Confessions of an ISIS Spy (the full version) http://www. thedailybeast.com/longforms/2015/isis-weiss/confessions-of-an-isis-spy.html … must read if you missed it, a rare honest revelatory article Refugee Crisis ..... *Ashok Malik* ‏@MalikAshok 2m 2 minutes ago Final re-plug: IS and *refugee* *crisis* have caused splits within and between EU members. My @TheDailyPioneer piece http://www. dailypioneer.com/columnists/edi t/paris-attack-intensifies-europe-refugee-debate.html … *Patrick Kingsley* ‏@PatrickKingsley ... more »

Tracking Muslims: bad but maybe better than alternatives

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
*Those whose privacy is reduced could be compensated* Donald Trump has proposed a database for the citizens who are Muslims, some kind of a tracking system, and perhaps suppression of the mosques. Other candidates have criticized the proposal and Hillary called it shocking. *The "atoms" in Brussels' "Atomium" fail to behave as atoms according to the laws of quantum mechanics. Is this well-known structure among the potential targets?* But you know, in the current situation, Trump's proposal is one of the common-sense ideas that are ready to be at least considered. The actual suppo... more »

The Real Objective Of Paris

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Norby http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/021015-738779-climate-change-scare-tool-to-destroy-capitalism.htm Just a reminder of what Paris is really about. From Investors Daily, last month: Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official […]

Desperately Seeking the Real Islam

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Further to my last, I think someone should compile a detailed checklist of various not-the-real-Islamists and pass it to David Cameron and Theresa May so they can issue once and for all the definitive rules on what is ‘the real', as opposed to a perversion of, Islam. Just to be clear. Think of it as a search, as in ‘where’s Wally?’ The list should include Islamic State otherwise known as DAESH, Al Qaeda and the others I mentioned previously, as well as the affiliated branches of Islamic Jihadi groups and groupettes. As in The Jihadi’s Front for ISIS and The ISISian Jihadi’s Front. ... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*An Unhappy History Seems to Be Repeating Itself* Riots in black neighborhoods. Rebellions on campus. The news these past few months and particularly in the past week has been full of stories that remind us, as William Faulkner wrote a little more than half a century after the Civil War, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.” We’re seeing something that looks eerily like the recurrence of events that led, half a century ago, to the destruction of much of our cities and much of our campuses. Half a century before the recent uproar at Yale and the University of Missouri, Ame... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*"If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live."* *Greenies love that quote because it gives a veneer of profundity to their totally ignorant scares about fluctuating bee populations. They even attribute the quote to Einsten, even though it in fact comes from the writings of Maurice Maeterlinck, who was a Belgian poet. And Maeterlinck was wrong if honey bees were what he was talking about, which he probably was and which Greenies clearly are. Honey Bees Are Not Native to North America so how did the Indians get on before the white... more »

Jeremy Corbyn's "well-known objections to violence in any forms"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Following on from Sue's post, there's another article by Nick Cohen in this week's *Spectator *that's well worth reading:* Jeremy Corbyn isn't anti-war. He's just anti-West*, Nick Cohen argues a point that will be familiar to at least some of us: namely that Stop the War Coalition types (like Mr Corbyn) aren't really anti-war. They're merely anti-*this* war (whichever war that may be) - if 'this war' involves 'the West' attacking 'the anti-West'. Why? Because such people believe that 'the West' (the US, UK, Israel, etc) is the cause of the world's evils and they take sides agains... more »

Myanmar's New Dictator: Aung San Suu Kyi

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
Suu Kyi disenfranchised a million voters before elections, and has declared herself above the constitution afterwards. What about that seems "democratic?" *November 21, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Western media is portraying Myanmar's recent elections as historic. One commentator described Myanmar as an "exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom." But one wonders what sort of democracy and political freedom can be borne of elections in which nearly a million voters were banned from casting their ballots and with the apparent victor already ... more »

Religious Indoctrination - torture and terror - belief and faith

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
TORTURE ENHANCES BELIEF: fact. The major reason you believe (in god (in work (in abracadabra))) with such passion is due to SLR or Serious Legal Repercussions and that's enough deterrent for most rational indoctrinates who want to avoid such pain. Even those brave thinkers among us who believe in something like non-marketed non-indoctrinated non-anthropomorphised PERSONAL CONSCIOUSNESS still generally go ahead and externalise it to the regal 'him' and 'his' (in terms of 'the lord's power') as entirely separate from 'you' and 'yours'. ??? TERROR ENHANCES FAITH: fact.

China Wants A Military Base In Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Torie Rose DeGhett, VIC News:* *China Is Angling for a Strategic Outpost on the Horn of Africa* In an ongoing effort to expand its global reach, China is looking to establish an outpost in the tiny nation of Djibouti, strategically located on the Horn of Africa. In the geopolitical world, this latest development falls into the category of big things coming in small packages, and as usual, it raises questions about the nature of China's expansion. "At the same time that China is a coastal power, it is moving outward," said Bonnie Glaser, a senior advisor for Asia and the director ... more »

Take Down Syria?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 20 hours ago
What gives the US and NATO the right to decide who the leader of Libya or Syria should be? What gives Obama and John Kerry the right to say 'Assad must go'? What if Assad said 'Obama and Kerry should go'? What do most people really know about Syria except what they've had drummed into their heads by the corporate owned media?

Mamma Mia, the musical

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Last night, we went to Prague's Congress Center to see the Czech eddition of Mamma Mia! The huge building formerly named "The Culture Palace" was opened in 1981 and the 16th convention of the Czechoslovak Communist Party was the first big event it hosted. (President Husák said the joke about his fall from a skyscraper during the 1986 17th convention.) I am not some kind of a regular spectator of musicals but I like the genre. Some two decades ago, I went to Jesus Christ Superstar (CZ) which was great as well. Now, Mamma Mia! has in some respects become the most successful musical in...more »

Military Photo of the Day: November 21, 2015

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Son Tay Raiders Vietnam - 900] “(1970) A combined U.S. Air Force and Army team of 40 Americans - led by Army Colonel "Bull" Simons - conducts a raid on the Son Tay prison camp, 23 miles west of Hanoi, in an attempt to free between 70... more »

China Warns Japan To Not Dispatch Naval Forces Into The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*The Diplomat*: *China is on ‘High Alert’ for Japan’s ‘Intervention’ in South China Sea* Abe says Japan would consider patrols in the South China Sea, China isn’t too happy about the suggestion. China will remain on “high alert for intervention by Japan in the South China Sea issue” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told Xinhua today, urging Japan to reflect on its past aggression during the Second World War. The Chinese statement was issued in response to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remarks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting at this year’s As... more »

And now for some light entertainment

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
The Minguo Party (MKT) has an official song. MKT is a KMT spin off and is Blue and pro-China. It is allied to James Soong's PFP this election. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

FBI: Terrifying Holiday Terrorist Attacks Coming, Millions At Risk

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Senior FBI officials are worried that they aren’t equipped to deal with an impending onslaught of holiday terrorist attacks across America, particularly around Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and New Years’s Eve. Anonymous officials at the agency say millions of Americans are vulnerable to the attacks, and that despite the “significant risk” that attacks are about to occur, the FBI are being forced to put a brave public face on so as not to worry the public. Conservativetribune.com reports: “We have suspects we’ve been tracking that have gone dark, because we can no longer fo... more »

Pepsi’s New Ad: One World, Aliens, Black Knight Satellite

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Pepsi have released a very odd new advertisement depicting aliens returning to earth, a mysterious “black knight”, promises of a “one world” order, to name but a few things. People from across the globe appear to gather together to signal the aliens to come down to Earth. According to Pepsi’s descriptino of the video: “Black Knight Decoded” follows the journey of a father (David Oyelowo) and daughter (Layla Crawford) on their quest to decode the radio signals transmitted from the Black Knight satellite. With the help of their friend Ahna (Freida Pinto), they seek to unite the world ... more »

Whooping Cough Rates Soar In ‘High Vaccine Areas’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
A new report shows that whooping cough (Pertussis) has re-emerged in countries that have high vaccination rates, showing that not only is the vaccine ineffective but that it may actually be dangerous. Countries with a consistently high vaccine coverage experience an increase in whooping cough diagnoses, especially among older children and adults. Preventdisease.com reports: The issue may stem from under diagnosis or missed diagnosis and under-reporting, which hinder surveillance, as well as gaps in our knowledge of levels of herd immunity generated by the vaccination programs. Whoo... more »

New U.S. Law Allows Passport Seizure For Unpaid Taxes

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Under an Orwellian new law expected to take effect in January 2016, the State Department will be able to block American citizens from leaving the country by seizing all passports belonging to people who owe taxes. The list of delinquents will be compiled by the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) and will consist of anybody who owes at least $50,000 in unpaid federal taxes. Pressfortruth.ca reports: The rule has already been passed in similar versions by the House of Representatives and the Senate. This plan happens to be tucked-away within a highway-funding bill, H.R. 22, that is now sch... more »

Hillary Clinton Wants To Ban This Stand Up Comedy Set

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Hillary Clinton was left furious after watching a comedy set at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory recently. During a recent trip to Los Angeles, the presidential candidate stopped by the Laugh Factory comedy club to watch some stand-up comedy from a VIP suite upstairs. She wasn’t expecting the comedy to be quite as rude as it was, and subsequently demanded (unsuccessfully) for the club owner to destroy all copies of the video (below). Voicesofliberty.com reports: “They threatened me,” Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complaints before, but never a call... more »

ISIS Declares ‘War On Palestine’, Yet Remains Quiet On Israel

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
ISIS has declared war on Palestine, threatening genocide against the Palestinian people, following the murder of Hamas’ senior commander Saber Siam on Sunday. ISIS militants said that Siam was killed due to the fact he was “a partner in a declared war against religion and against Muslims, working for the heretical government in Gaza”. Americans.org report: The attack was conducted by ISIS-affiliated Salafist rebels who have also warned local residents to stay away from Hamas offices and buildings as it plans to carry out more attacks. The conflict between Hamas and ISIS in Gaza sta... more »

The Pentagon Is Looking For New Ideas On How To Wage Future Wars

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Washington Post: *As it combats the Islamic State, Pentagon looks to assemble the force of the future* As it wrestles with how best to attack yet another unconventional enemy—one that is without a recognized state, driven by extreme ideology and willing to kill innocents on civilian territory—the Pentagon has largely stuck to a conventional strategy: bombs away. The U.S.’s war against the Islamic State has largely been fought from the air, with old reliables of the U.S. arsenal, such as the B-1 bomber and the Tomahawk cruise missile. But while the force the Pentagon has deployed ... more »

Phuc Dat Bich: Facebook Keeps Banning This Guy

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Spare a thought for this poor guy from Australia who has been banned from Facebook three times due to his name: Phuc Dat Bich. Yes, that is his real name. Phuc, a 23-year-old Vietnamese-Australian, posted a picture of his passport to prove that the name was real. News.com.au reports: “I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it,” he wrote. “I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it? “Having my fb [sic] shut down multiple times and ... more »

Why Did Anyone In NC Vote for Thick-Headed Thom Tillis?  (Crossroads GPS Dark $$$$$$$)  One Chart That Should Make Americans Wake Up

New Tax Documents Show Crossroads GPS Poured Millions Into 2014 North Carolina Senate Race Group supplied nearly all funds to North Carolina 'dark money' groupBy Carrie Levine November 17, 2015Crossroads GPS, one of the nation’s largest politically active “dark money” nonprofits, quietly supplied millions of dollars in 2014 to other politically active nonprofit groups seeking to influence

Iranian F-14 Tomcats Escort A Russian Tu-95 Bomber During An Air Strike In Syria (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The Aviationist*: *Watch this video of Iranian F-14 Tomcats escorting a Russian Tu-95 bomber during air strike in Syria* Something really interesting details have been exposed by the material released by Russia’s MoD lately. Indeed, as you can see in the video below, IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-14 Tomcat interceptors escorted Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Iranian airspace during their 9h 30mins missions (from Engels airbase and back, along the Iraq-Iran-Caspian Sea 6,500 km-long corridor) against terrorist targets in Syria. *WNU Editor*: This is... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Malian security officials show a jihadist flag they said belonged to attackers in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. Reuters/Joe Penney

The Islamic State's Propaganda Arm Is More Important Than Its Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Greg Miller and Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post:* *Inside the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine* RABAT, MOROCCO — The assignments arrive on slips of paper, each bearing the black flag of the Islamic State, the seal of the terrorist group’s media emir, and the site of that day’s shoot. “The paper just gives you the location,” never the details, said Abu Hajer al Maghribi, who spent nearly a year as a cameraman for the Islamic State. Sometimes the job was to film prayers at a mosque, he said, or militants exchanging fire. But, inevitably, a slip would come wi... more »

Republicans Wasting Millions Of Dollars On Useless, Perhaps Counterproductive, TV Ads-- Poor Jeb

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
A few cycles ago the Blue America PAC used to spend money on TV and radio ads. It didn't take us long to figure what a useless scam that kind of advertising is, especially considering that the TV stations rarely even play the full ads they're charging so much for. But that isn't the only reason why we've come to the conclusion they're a colossal waste of our contributors' money and why we stopped making them years ago and instead have found more effective ways to support our candidates. Reporting yesterday for, ironically ABC-News, Matthew Dowd feels that the Republican candidates... more »

100 Views

risa bear at A Way to Live - 1 day ago
*100 Views of Life at Stony Run Farm * Photos from 1993 to 2015 in chronological order, showing the sweep and cycle of the seasons on a small exurban homestead. It's a little heavy on the last seven years, which is when I finally had what you might call a camera. Oh, well.

BBC's Error-ridden, pro-China backgrounder on the Taiwan-China issue

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: LanyuDanno_2015_356] *Needed a Lanyu pic to stay calm for this blogpost.* Wow. Talk about failure. BBC produces a comprehensive failure of the kind rarely seen, at once totally incompetent and completely unethical. Those of you who wonder why I always say BBC is institutionally pro-China, need look no further. I thought we might expect this kind of thing when the UK became a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise... So brace for an all-points fisk, dear reader. Gonna be a long one... Let's start with the slanted title: *What's behind the China-Taiwan divide?* There is no "divide" be... more »

BWorld 27, The rich getting richer, the poor getting middle class

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last November 19, 2015. There are plenty of papers circulating and arguing that the increased integration of the Philippines into the regional and global economy will result in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. How true is this statement? Has the Philippines’ membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) improved the lives of its ordinary citizens? Without going through the long and technical procedures in typical academic papers, this paper will check certain data and parameters to see if the above statement is... more »

Military Photo of the Day: November 22, 2015

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: B2 Bomber initial rollout ceremony 1988 - 900] “In the presence of members of Congress and the media, the Northrop B-2 "stealth" bomber is shown publicly for the first time at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. The aircraft, which was developed in great secrecy for nearly... more »

Is Ukraine Supplying Anti-Aircraft Missiles To The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Photo: Youtube/PressTV News Videos *Mashable:* *Kuwait arrest raises specter of Ukraine black market as source of arms for ISIS* The arrest in Kuwait of a Lebanese man with ties to the Islamic State has raised the specter that Ukraine's notorious illicit arms market may be a source of weapons for the the militant group. One senior Ukrainian official with access to intelligence agency reports told Mashable on Friday that it is "plausible" the man, arrested by Kuwaiti authorities on Thursday, had obtained FN-6 surface-to-air missile systems he admitted to getting from a broker in ... more »

Energy 49, Malaysia's and Singapore's bright nights and nat gas power

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last Sunday-Tuesday, for the IPRI 2015 launching + other visits arranged by IDEAS and SEANET. It was my second visit in KL this year, I was there last April for another SEANET event. My 5+pm return MAS flight to Manila (arrival should have been 9:20pm) on Tuesday was cancelled, should be due to additional APEC security measures in Manila. I needed to go back home, so IDEAS got a new ticket for me, KL-SG-Mla via SG Air. Left KL Tuesday at 9:45pm, left SG at 12:20am, Manila by 4:30am. So, I was able to see KL and suburbs at night from the air as I took... more »

Elaine J. Cohen : METRO EVENT | Women, fair trade… and tamales

Alice Embree at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
By Elaine J. Cohen | The Rag Blog | November 20, 2015 Event: Women and Fair Trade Festival Date: Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22, 2015 Time: Saturday, 10-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Where: Howsen Hall, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Address: … finish reading Elaine J. Cohen : *METRO EVENT* | Women, fair trade… and tamales

Iranian F-14 Tomcats Escort A Russian Tu-95 Bomber During An Air Strike In Syria (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Aviationist*: *Watch this video of Iranian F-14 Tomcats escorting a Russian Tu-95 bomber during air strike in Syria* Something really interesting details have been exposed by the material released by Russia’s MoD lately. Indeed, as you can see in the video below, IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-14 Tomcat interceptors escorted Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Iranian airspace during their 9h 30mins missions (from Engels airbase and back, along the Iraq-Iran-Caspian Sea 6,500 km-long corridor) against terrorist targets in Syria. *WNU Editor*: This is... more »

Russian President Putin: 'Russia's Isolation From The West Is Ending

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Vladimir Putin Suggests Russia’s Isolation From the West Is Ending* *Russian president was center-stage at the G-20 summit following the Paris attacks.* MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin was front and center at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey, where he made his case for deeper international partnerships in fighting Islamic State after the Paris terror attacks. “We proposed cooperation on antiterrorism; unfortunately our partners in the United States in the initial stage responded with a refusal,” Mr. Putin said. “But life indeed moves on, often very quickly... more »

Why I Stand For God, Canada, And Free Speech, NOT Israel! By Arthur Topham

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Last week Canada suffered a major set back in its battle to have true free speech rights restored to the Canadian citizens when Arthur Topham, who has been fighting an uphill battle against Jewish tyrannical control over the Canadian nation, lost on one count of "inciting hate" in a kangaroo courtroom in Quesnel British Columbia.... Basically the entire trial that Arthur endured was a farce and the Jewish power elite that control Canada was never going to surrender their control... Meaning that Arthur was absolutely "guilty" no matter what defense he presented.... Now over a week af... more »

VIDEO: Women Speak for Climate Justice on Road to COP 21

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Casey Camp, Ponca

Russia New Cruise Missile Gives It A Global And Stealthy Aerial Strike Capability

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*David Axe, Daily Beast*: *Putin Blasts Syria With New Stealth Missile—and Shows the World He Can Strike From 1,700 Miles Away* It wasn’t that long ago that the U.S. Air Force seemed to be the only one capable of attacking from half a continent away. Then came Russia’s ‘anti-ISIS’ strikes. Russia apparently deployed for the first time a new, radar-evading cruise missile during its massive Nov. 17 heavy bomber raid on Syria. The Kh-101 long-range cruise missile, which reportedly packs an 800-pound warhead and can fly no less than 1,700 miles under satellite guidance, has been in d... more »

I guess It Sounds Better To Say Dr. Ben Is An Idiot Savant Than Pointing Out That He's Just Incredibly Dumb

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
But, man is this guy an idiot. And you thought Trump was a moron? Well, Trump is moron, of course, and just about as ignorant as Dr. Ben. They are both representin' though. This is exactly what the dumbed down, Foxified Republican Party base wants. Remember, according to a PPP survey released yesterday, 79% of Republican primary voters-- despite 9/11-- think George W. Bush kept us safe. And that is 79%, not 7.9%. But, if normal people aren't careful the Democrats will nominate a fatally flawed establishment shill that no one wants to vote for and we could actually wind up with som... more »

That Feathered Thing

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 1 day ago
This fall I finally visited the Storm King Art Center, an enormous rambling sculpture park north of New York City I have driven past many times, on my way to somewhere else, wishing I had time to stop. It is debatable whether some of the gigantic pieces enhance the landscape - or detract from the rolling hills and forest... ...but some were thought provoking, and powerful - conjuring thoughts about deep time and our place in the universe. It was the last day of a special exhibit of whimsical fountains. Even though these are made of petroleum-derived plastic, I admired the bright, gar... more »

Tarpley On The Paris Attacks: Not A False Flag

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
* Photo Source: ABC.* *An excerpt from, "ISIS Must Be Quickly Destroyed to Prevent Degenerate Elites from Using Its Terrorism to Impose Police-State Dictatorships in the Western World" Tarpley.net, November 20, 2015: * The French police have now gone three for three when it comes to eliminating suspects who might have become extremely effective witnesses in the dismantling of terrorist networks. *They may realize they are protecting Saudi Arabia and Turkey, or they may be trying to protect the mechanisms of state-sponsored terrorism.* *The ongoing attempts at analysis of this even... more »

Nov. 20: Brief explanation.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
The real post for Nov. 20 is below this one. In the real November 20 post, I apoplogize for errors and for the tiny print in the post. For the last month or so, my computer has been giving me problems I've never had before. In writing the Nov. post, it was astonished at the miniature print and the meanningless letters scattered through it. But when I tried to correct them, the screen just turned pink. Thus, I tried publishing without taking out the garbage letters. So I decided to make no corrections, even to my errors, and to publish it with an apology at the start. To my amazement,... more »

`Nov. 20: Problems

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Strange things have been happening to my computer in the last month. One of them is the tiny print on this page. All the problems are different, and all are problems I have never had before. I have no malware. This page has small print, and lots of garbage lettering. I am beginning to think I must be somebody's target. The major part of this blog is a look at the origins and financing of ISIL. There are surprises in it. On page A4, fearless Irving reporters dig deep to reveal the salaries of First Nations Chiefs, and how they're getting six-figure salaries. The story makes quite a f... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Home of the Brave' (2006 film)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
From *Wikipedia*: Home of the Brave is a 2006 drama film following the lives of four Army National Guard soldiers in Iraq and their return to the United States. *WNU Editor:* This movie bombed in the theatres .... but here it is.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 20, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and President Obama met Friday in Kuala Lumpur. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters *Howard LaFranchi, CSM:* *At summit, Obama to defend slow-and-steady strategy on Islamic State* *President Obama says the summit of Southeast Asian nations in Malaysia this weekend will focus on countering Islamic State extremists.* WASHINGTON — President Obama says the summit of Southeast Asian nations he’s attending in Malaysia this weekend will focus on countering Islamist extremism in the wake of the Islamic State’s attacks in Paris last week. But don’t expect announceme... more »

Abortion: Once and For All

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
My entire blogging career -- if you can call something that doesn't pay a "career" -- has been conducted during the Dark Ages. It started back at Birth Pangs, now sadly gone but snippets have been saved at the WayBack Machine (hours of fun!). Birth Pangs was focussed on reproductive rights just about exclusively. We created DJ! in 2009. Our birthday was yesterday. With DJ! we spread our focus, but I -- and deBeauxOs to a lesser extent -- stayed on the repro rights beat. I've been thinking about what I want to do now that the Dark Ages are over and we don't have to remain constant... more »

Guernica

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
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