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*Wall Street Journal:* *Kerry Warns Violence in Mideast Could ‘Spin Out of Control’* *U.S. secretary of state calls for immediate steps to ease Israeli-Palestinian tensions* BOSTON—After talks in Israel and the West Bank aimed at calming tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the situation is reaching a pivotal point and that the two sides must take immediate steps so the violence doesn’t “spin out of control.” “Both sides have important decisions to make for the future and we obviously hope they make the choices that will adva...more »
Different approaches have meant different results Morning Consult polled residents of every state to find out if voters approve or disapprove of the job their senators are doing. We mentioned earlier that Bernie Sanders has the highest approval ranking of any senator, 83% as well as the lowest disapproval rating, 13%. The surveys showed that Senate Democrats have an average approval rating of 54% and that Republicans have an average approval rating of 51%. The Senator is the worst shape of all has got to be Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with a 38% approval and a 52% disapproval. In fact, he...more »
[image: Thanksgiving Dinner - 900] It’s Thanksgiving, friends, and you know what that means: a fresh new batch of think pieces on how to be the most unbearable person at your family's holiday gathering. On Monday, Vox.com led the charge, publishing a multi-part guide on...more »
A new Isis video taunts America, urging the nation to ‘bring it on’ before adding 'your numbers only increase us in faith' *Daily Mail:* *ISIS taunt America in new video urging them to 'bring it on' as they vow to bring fire on their enemies once '80 banners' have been raised against them and mock US soldier suicides* * The propaganda video desperately highlights suicide rates among soldiers * The video claims that America is 'too weak' to put boots on the ground * A Hollywood-style voiceover says that ISIS has the greatest ally - Allah Barack Obama recently dismissed ISIS as ‘a bun...more »
[image: West Point Washington Statue - 900] WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Cadet pillow fights like the bloody one that left 30 injured this summer will be banned and actions are being pursued against many of those involved, U.S. Military Academy officials said Wednesday. First-year students,...more »
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters (top) are seen on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, in the Pacific Ocean, south of Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2015. Picture taken November 24, 2015. Reuters/Tim Kelly *Reuters: **U.S. working to keep up with surging weapons demand: Pentagon* The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years, a top Pentagon official said. "Projections are still strong," V...more »
A Ministry of Defence report on the downing of the Russian jet says that the CIA shot the plane down on Tuesday, and not Turkey as is widely believed. Russia say that at the time of the incident the CIA were “controlling and operating” a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet in close proximity to the disaster. The report says that Aerospace Forces conducting combat missions in the Levant War Zone over Syria were notified by the US military on Tuesday that the CIA were operating out of Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, maneuvering an F-16 fighter jet close to the Turkey-Syrian border. Whatdoe...more »
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu revealed on Wednesday that he personally gave the orders to shoot down the Russian Su-24 jet on Tuesday. “Despite all the warnings, we had had to destroy the aircraft” Davutoğlu told his AK party. “The Turkish Armed Forces carried out orders given by me personally”. Thinkpol.ca reports: Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Minister told reporters today that the Russian and Syrian special forces have successfully completed a rescue operation to rescue the navigator who ejected from the Su-24. “The Captain has been delivered to our base alive and well...more »
Bailey Banks was given an MMR vaccination when he was 2-years-old which led to him having a seizure and getting a swelling of the brain and autism. His family filed a petition for compensation under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 with the court, who agreed that his MMR vaccine did indeed lead to autism. Why haven’t the mainstream media reported on this? Naturalblaze.com reports: According to his official medical record, Bailey had normal childhood development before receiving the vaccination and had no health issues. Sixteen days after his vaccination he had a se...more »
As you sit down to enjoy that fat Turkey with your loved ones to give thanks for all of your blessings on Thanksgiving, try and think about those people who were brutally slaughtered and had their heads hacked off on this Thanksgiving day. Many people associate the Thanksgiving holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians living peacefully together. But the real story, the one not taught in schools, isn’t quite as warm and fuzzy as that. Manataka.org reports: The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for sl...more »
The French government have rushed through strict “anti-terror” laws in the wake of the Paris attacks, which are now seeing alternative news websites being shut down in France. The French version of We Are Change has been blocked already, amid an unprecedented crackdown on alternative media in Europe. Trueactivist.com reports: ‘Le Blog De Resistance‘ is a popular French-language alternative news source with over 10 million hits and thousands of regular subscribers. The author, who calls himself Z, has been in panic mode since a state of emergency was called after the Paris attacks. ...more »
Walmart have hired weapons and security giant Lockheed Martin to spy on its employees, leaked documents reveal. The retail giant hired Lockheed years ago with the intent to monitor activism in its workforce. Lockheed Martin were tasked with monitoring employees’ social media accounts and to report anyone who participated in protests to bosses. Rt.com reports: In addition to hiring Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees’ social media feeds, the companies ranked stores by labor activity and monitored employees who were known to be involved in labor activism, according to Bloomberg....more »
Following the escalation in tension between NATO and Russia after Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet in Syria on Tuesday, direct military confrontation between the West and Russia is at an all time high. What many people underestimate is the advanced nature of Russia’s defence complex and their creative approach to weaponry. Below are 4 things that the West should worry about if a World War III scenario with Russia were to occur. Popularmechanics.com reports: Rockets Nobody should doubt Russian rocket science. After all, they have provided all the manned flights to the Interna...more »
[image: vocation] Christian college students have a lot going on. In addition to taking classes, many of you have internships and many of you work part-time or full-time jobs. All of you are looking forward to graduation, while contemplating the options of... Continue reading *“Finding Your Calling: What is Vocation?”* at *valuesandcapitalism.com*.
[image: warship] Russia has deployed a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean to provide extra aerial security to its forces and to destroy any target that may “pose danger to its interests”, following Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday. The guided... Continue reading *“Russia Deploys Warship to Mediterranean to Destroy ‘Any Target’ After Plane Shot Down by Turkey”* at *independent.co.uk*.
[image: Squanto] It's not really a custom to buy kids things for Thanksgiving. But some of us like to illuminate Advent, and counter the crazy commercialism building up to Christmas, with reminders of what the season means. Advent calendars that slowly build... Continue reading *“United by Squanto’s Faith: Thanksgiving”* at *theblaze.com*.
Former French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas, has revealed that Israel have complete control of the French Intelligence services. In Dumas’ book “Coups et blessures” (Assaults and Injuries) he reveals that the Israeli’s do whatever serves Israel’s best interest by controlling French policies and controlling France’s Intelligence. Middleeast.org reports: Furthermore, Dumas revealed in the same book that when current Zionist President, Shimon Perez was still the entity’s Foreign Minister, he advised Dumas to pay President Hafez Assad a visit in 1992. At that time Perez was aware that ...more »
Earlier today we looked at a proposition about Republicans enthusiastically backing Bernie Sanders for president, as so many of them in Vermont have backed him for Senate. Normally the number of votes down-ticket diminishes. So in 2012 Obama was at the top of the ticket in Vermont and he did incredibly well. He beat Romney almost everywhere and took 199,259 votes (67%) to Romney's 92,700 (31%). That same day Peter Shumlin was reelected governor and considerably fewer people voted, especially Democrats. Schumlin got 170,767 votes (58%) to Republican Randy Brock's 110,953 (38%). But...more »
French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann *Sydney Morning Herald:* *Paris Attacks: War on Islamic State brings $US50 billion defence boost* Europe's defence industry is set to reap a $US50 billion ($69 billion) windfall as the terror attacks on Paris prompt governments to ramp up spending on military capabilities spanning cyber security to fighter jets, armoured vehicles and drones in an effort to defeat Islamic State. France, where Dassault Aviation's ...more »
[image: Justin Bieber - 400] The Breakfast Club, a morning show created for the hip hop listening audience in New York, has become quite the go-to spot for preachers and christian artists lately. In a recent interview with Hillsong NYC’s leader, Carl Lentz, co-hosts DJ... Continue reading *“Justin Bieber’s Pastor Talks Preaching, Starbucks”* at *christianpost.com*.
The news from both sides after the downing of a Russian jet by Syrian aircraft is not only biased as it comes from both sides; it's also very confusing. For bias, I notice that many western sources, especially American ones, felt it necessary to say in their reports that Russia has a habit of flying into the air space of other countries. I have news, kiddies. Many countries have a habit of flying into the air space of other countries. Certainly, Russia has done it. But the world champ is the U.S. Just in the last few years, it has flown drones over other countries - not only flying...more »
Prominent nutrition expert Marion Nestle is pulling an opinion piece she recently co-authored in the Journal of Public Health Policy following revelations that the piece contained multiple factual errors and failed to reveal her co-author’s ties to one of the subjects of the article. The article, “The food industry and conflicts of interest in nutrition research: A […] The post Prominent nutrition researcher Marion Nestle retracting recent article appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Reuters*: *Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel* President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe on Wednesday as millions of people embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks. "We know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, flanked by his top counterterrorism and national security advisers. "We a...more »
[image: Rocky, Creed] I wrote this quite a while ago. A few years later I was able to get it to the man himself (and in return he autographed a Rocky poster for me). I thought I'd bring it up with the release of Creed. It’s been almost 40...more »
[image: refugee resettlement] Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tells Sean Hannity that he'd "hate to use" Congress' power of the purse to block Obama's refugee resettlement program. He'd prefer to opt for Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s plan, which would allow the President to resettle... Continue reading *“Rubio Says He’d ‘Hate to Use’ Funding Measure to Stop Obama’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement”* at *breitbart.com*.
A Texas Anti-Islam group staged an armed protest outside a Dallas Islamic centre last week. The group known as the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, posted names and addresses of Muslims and “Muslim sympathisers” on its Facebook page. Racial tensions in the wake of the Paris attacks and comments by politicians, have added to the tense relations between Texan Muslims and gun-toting members of the Bureau of American Islamic Relations. The Guardian reports: The group, which calls itself the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, staged an armed protest outside an Islamic centre in th...more »
[image: Shadow Chancellor - 400] The Labour shadow chancellor mocked the Chancellor -- who he dubbed “Comrade Osborne” -- for encouraging China to invest in British infrastructure projects. He is thought to be first frontbencher ever to reveal a copy and quote directly from the communist book.... Continue reading *“British Leftist Member of Parliament Quotes Mass Murderer Chairman Mao”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
[image: Obama turkey pardon - 400 000] WASHINGTON -- President Obama seemed to be trying out a Thanksgiving-themed comedy club act Wednesday as he engaged in the traditional White House turkey pardoning. “Feel free to keep on gobbling,” Obama told the Rose Garden crowd as he announced... Continue reading *“Presidential Pardons for Turkeys ‘Honest’ and ‘Abe’”* at *usatoday.com*.
*Stratfor*: *What to Expect After the Downing of a Russian Fighter Jet* Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet in Syria has raised the stakes in an already crowded and complicated conflict. The Nov. 24 incident will also likely undermine efforts to find a solution to the country's protracted civil war. Since Syrian air defenses intercepted a Turkish aircraft on June 22, 2012, resulting in its destruction and the deaths of its two pilots, the Turkish air force has maintained an assertive stance toward aircraft that violate Turkey's border with Syria. On Sept. 16, 2013, Turkish f...more »
[image: Macy's - 400] The turkey's bathing in brine, the relatives are preparing their political arguments and the children are parked in front of the television, watching a larger-than-life Pikachu pursue a too-big-for-his-britches SpongeBob SquarePants. Since the first balloon debuted at the Macy's Thanksgiving... Continue reading *“A Brief History of the Balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”* at *time.com*.
Doug Peacock grew up in rural northern Michigan. As a boy, he spent a lot of time alone outdoors, exploring the woods, swamps, and streams. Later, he fell in love with the West, especially the Rockies. He enjoyed fishing and rock climbing. His plan was to become a geologist, so he could wander around in the great outdoors and get paid for it. But one day he realized that his dream career would likely involve working for oil and mining companies, “whose rape of wild country repelled me.” Sadly, he abandoned the plan, and volunteered for an exciting job with the U.S. government....more »
"It has come to my attention that Dave succumbed to cancer yesterday, Nov. 22, at 12:47 PM" *Jan @ **Gnostic Media & Podcasts reposted the two interviews he did with David McGowan, a couple of years back, the day after Dave passed on.* *I'm putting both interviews up here again:* *Episode # 1* This episode is an interview with Dave McGowan, titled “The CIA and the “Magic” of Laurel Canyon – Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream” and is being released on Sunday, December 01, 2013. This interview with Dave was recorded today. *Episode # 2 * Today Dave McGowan re...more »
A light based wireless communication technology known as Li-Fi (light fidelity) is found to be a 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi networks. Professor Harald Haas from Edinburgh University invented a wireless broadband technology in 2011 that uses LEDs to send data a hundred times faster than today’s wi-fi networks. The system is also more energy efficient than wi-fi and has 10,000 times the bandwidth. It is believed that the Li-Fi wireless technology will compliment existing wi-fi systems. Stuff reports: Wi-fi uses unlicensed 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz radio spectrum. Li-fi uses visible li...more »
I'm not talking about Syrians or Russians. Hungary and Turkey are both NATO member states. Unlike most other NATO members, which are liberal democracies of some form or another, these two entities are now ruled by hardline nationalists. Perhaps in international realism, this would be OK for the alliance as there's not real requirement that your country's politics look like the UK, France, or the
*“Here’s The Real Story About Thanksgiving You’ve Never Heard”* Especially the parts about Squanto the "friendly Indian." by Nick Bauman “The Thanksgiving story you know probably goes a bit like this: English Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they found a rich land full of animals and were greeted by a friendly Indian named Squanto, who taught them how to plant corn. The true story is more complicated. Once you learn about the real Squanto- also known as Tisquantum- you'll have a great yarn to tell your family over the Thanksgiving table. ...more »
[image: Ohio State University] All Madison Gesiotto wanted to do when she met with the dean of her law school was report a threat prompted by a newspaper column she wrote pointing out the high abortion rate in the black community. Continue reading *“Ohio State Law School Under Microscope for Reaction to Pro-Life Column”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: Marco Rubio] Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet fighter is a "critical moment" for the U.S. and its allies to stand up to Moscow, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Tuesday. Hours after the Kremlin condemned Turkey’s decision to shoot down the warplane... Continue reading *“Rubio Would Risk War with Russia to Defend Turkey”* at *thehill.com*.
[image: 1guantanamo-bay] President Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and making good on a long unfulfilled campaign promise.... Continue reading *“Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite Gitmo Provisions”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: Ben Carson] A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No. Carson had a great number...more »
[image: Syrian refugees2 - 400] A nationwide survey of 2016 likely general election voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates for SecureAmericaNow.org finds that more than 4 out of 5 voters, 84%, would categorize immigration from the Middle East to the United States as "Dangerous." The... Continue reading *“Poll: 84% of Public, Large Majority of Democrats, Blacks, Hispanics Consider Middle East Immigration ‘Dangerous’”* at *mclaughlinonline.com*.
*The Independent:* *Russian pilot who survived warplane being shot down by Turkey claims jet was given 'no warning'* Turkey has released audio of its communication with the Su-24, saying it was warned to change course 10 times The only surviving pilot from the Russian jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday has claimed he and his killed comrade did not violate the country’s airspace and were given no warning. Captain Konstantin Murahtin’s comments were reported by state-owned Russian media after he managed to parachute to the ground and evade rebels, before being rescued by Syrian and...more »
"The constellation of Orion is much more than three stars in a row. It is a direction in space that is rich with impressive nebulas. To better appreciate this well-known swath of sky, an extremely long exposure was taken over many clear nights in 2013 and 2014. After 212 hours of camera time and an additional year of processing, the featured 1400-exposure collage spanning over 40 times the angular diameter of the Moon emerged. *Click image for larger size.* Of the many interesting details that have become visible, one that particularly draws the eye is Barnard's Loop, the bright red c...more »
*“Hours And Seasons”* by Chet Raymo “I have this peripatetic lifestyle that takes me between three different places of residence with the solstices and equinoxes. And so it is that I'm back in New England for the beginning of spring. My training in physics accustomed me to a Newtonian notion of time- a linear progression that moves equably from a distant past to an undefined future, every instant indistinguishable from any other. Works great for physics, but doesn't correspond to how I live my life. My personal time is circular, corresponding to the diurnal and annual cycles of Ea...more »
*"I Am Completely Different"* "I am completely different. Though I am wearing the same tie as yesterday, am as poor as yesterday, as good for nothing as yesterday, today I am completely different. Though I am wearing the same clothes, am as drunk as yesterday, living as clumsily as yesterday, nevertheless today I am completely different. Ah... I patiently close my eyes on all the grins and smirks, on all the twisted smiles and horse laughs- and glimpse then, inside me one beautiful white butterfly fluttering towards tomorrow." - Kuroda Saburo
In war, there's only a short amount of time your weaponry has an edge over the enemy. Labour has spent the last couple of months shelling the Tory trenches with the party working tax credit shells. This week, the new 'police funding' gun has been pressed into service. Both pasted the Tory position to the point it became strategically vulnerable and, this afternoon, the chancellor pulled his forces back to a better fortified position. The u-turn on tax credits and the u-turn on police cuts now means the Tories are out of range and its up to the boffins to come up with something new....more »
Remember when Harper ordered (and the commander of the RCAF submitted to) the repainting of one of the RCAF CC-150 to better represent the "Harper Government"? Here ... this will remind you. Well, British prime minister, David Cameron, (often referred to as a spoiled brat from a better home), while announcing billions of pounds sterling in spending and program cuts, did this. The PM has
[image: Planned Parenthood - 900] Hospital admitting privilege requirements have led to a Columbia Planned Parenthood ending its surgical abortion services, leaving the state of Missouri with just one abortion facility. In September, a University of Missouri Health Care panel voted to cease offering "refer... Continue reading *“Planned Parenthood Stops Abortions at Missouri’s Second-to-Last Abortion Facility”* at *liveactionnews.org*.
A rare double lunar rainbow, or Moonbow, was spotted last night near the town of Stykkishólmur in the Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland. Iceland Magazine reports: Photographer Víðir Björnsson caught the phenomena on film, and posted the photograph on Facebook. He added in comments that the moonbow was actually a double-rainbow, since a very faint second rainbow could be seen just above the main rainbow. The second moonbow can just barely be made out in the photograph, but Víðir says it was well visible at the time. Lunar rainbows are formed in exactly the same way as regular rainb...more »
*The Guardian*: *Ukraine closes its airspace to Russia as gas supply dispute erupts* Prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk claims Ukraine has stopped ordering Russian gas after banning its airlines as tensions rise Relations between Russia and Ukraine have further deteriorated as the countries clashed over gas and Kiev banned all Russian airlines from entering Ukrainian airspace. The gas dispute will raise concerns that European supplies could suffer, and comes after the annexed Crimean peninsula was left without electricity at the weekend after saboteurs blew up power cables in mainl...more »
My friend Danny-- we met as elementary school crossing guards at PS 197 in Brooklyn, where Bernie, Schumer, and Norm Coleman were all students as well-- mentioned to me that his daughter, a college freshman just got home from school. "She told us she's the only liberal progressive on her dorm floor," he wrote to me today, "which comes as bit of a surprise, but she is meeting some like-minded people through clubs and stuff. But what is really hilarious (and interesting) is that her roommate-- from a VERY conservative, military family in southern Delaware (which is actually quite ...more »
[image: turkey-map - 900] MOSCOW (AP) -- In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the...more »
[image: abortions] The Centers for Disease Control released its national abortion report on Wednesday and the new figures how the number of abortions in the United States has declined to a historic low. Although approximately 699,000 babies lost their lives in abortions in... Continue reading *“Abortions Decline to Historic Low: CDC Report Shows 31,000 Babies Saved from Abortions”* at *lifenews.com*.
[image: Rand Paul - 900] A CNN reporter who was recently suspended for two weeks for violating the network's editorial guidelines showed up in a new trove of State Department emails released on Tuesday in which she appears to have coordinated social media posts with...more »
Labour’s former top economic adviser, Karim Palant, says that despite Chancellor Osborne’s U-turn on tax credit cuts, society’s most vulnerable will still be hit somehow or other by the proposed £12bn welfare cut. International Business Times reports: The big announcement from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review was that the chancellor was scrapping previous plans to introduce cuts to tax credits that would have cost families up to £1,350 ($2,036) each. Karim Palant, Labour’s former head of economic policy to previous shadow chancellor Ed Balls, told IBTimes UK tha...more »
. Photo of Troy Fletcher courtesy of the Yurok Tribe Troy Fletcher, Yurok Tribe's Visionary Leader, Passes Away *by Dan Bacher * *Censored News* Troy Fletcher, a visionary leader of the Yurok Tribe, passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 53 on the evening of Friday, November 20. I first met Troy nearly 20 years ago at a Fish and Game Commission hearing when he was the director of the Yurok Fisheries Program. From that first time I talked to Troy, I watched him play the key leadership role in building bridges between the Tribe and commercial fishermen, recreational...more »
A team of international geo-archeologists claim to have found a lost island in the eastern Aegean that once contained the ancient city of Kane, site of the famous Greek Battle between Athens and Sparta. The lost island of Kane lies just off Asia Minor, in modern day Turkey. Protothema reports: The lost island mentioned in ancient texts is believed to be the site where the famous battle of Arginusae took place between the Athenians and Spartans in the 406 century BC. Following the Athenian victory, the state’s commander was tried and executed becahse he did not help the wounded soldie...more »
*"Life Can Be Scary: Plunging into the Deep"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition." – Florida Scott Maxwell "No matter how brave, strong, or levelheaded we are, sometimes we all get scared. Life can take us on a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows and twists and turns. Even for those of us who enjoy unexpected thrills, it’s frightening to suddenly find ourselves heading for a deep plunge. Yet, it happens to all of us. At these moments, it is important to remember ...more »
[image: COVER-PHOTO] Indigenous Environmental Network Delegation Travels to Paris for UN Climate Talks Posted on Nov 25, 2015 by Dallas Goldtooth *MEDIA ADVISORY* *November 24, 2015* *Press Contacts:*Dallas Goldtooth, IEN Media-Comms Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.orgTom Goldtooth, IEN Executive Director, email@example.com http://indigenousrising.org/indigenous-environmental-network-delegation-travels-to-paris-for-un-climate-talks/ *Indigenous Environmental Network Delegation Travels to Paris for UN Climate Talks**Over 45 Frontline Leaders Will Participate Inside and Outside COP21* *Bemidji...more »
“People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.” - Chuck Palahniuk
*“The Most Poignant and Painfully True Quote * *About Refugees This Thanksgiving”* by Janet Allon “John Oliver nailed the poignancy and irony of our Thanksgiving celebration on his show Sunday night by neatly linking it with the fearful response of many Americans to the Syrian refugee crisis. He said, *"There was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, and we’ll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.”* - http://www.alternet.org/
*“Don't Take That Viral Facebook Quiz”* By Kelli Uhrich "We know it's tempting. You've seen that quiz going around that all your friends seem to be taking. It's a personality quiz, and that's right up your alley. But, wait a second. Before you take it, you might want to think twice. Another online quiz has gone viral. It plugs in with Facebook and creates a "word cloud" from the words you use most in your account. But, this quiz goes beyond just collecting your name and a few details about your life. It collects your birth date, hometown, education and work details. It picks up ever...more »
*"How You Can Beat Government And Hacker Surveillance”* by Patrick Wood "With pervasive and invasive surveillance all around us, it is not necessary for you to play the victim. While many simply throw up their hands and say there is no escape, others are taking concrete action to keep their personal and private data out of the belly of the beast. Your communications and personal data belong to you and you alone. You wouldn’t allow anyone into your home to just snoop around, so why would you tolerate unauthorized government snatching of everything you say in messages, email or phone...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/the-new-wave-of-green-power-is-bubbling-under-in-swansea-bay-a6747671.html The “Independent” reports: We should hear plenty about infrastructure investment in George Osborne’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, with the High Speed 2 railway, “Northern Powerhouse” and a fleet of new nuclear stations all likely to be name-checked. But one notable omission in the Chancellor’s speech a could […]
China has signed a deal to open a military base in Djibouti. Above, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh (R) and Chinese President Hu Jintao hold talks after a welcoming at the Great Hall of the People, July 18, 2012, in Beijing. Diego Azubel-Pool/Getty Images IBTimes:* China To Open First Military Base In Africa, Signs Deal With Djibouti, US General Says* China has signed a 10-year deal with the African nation Djibouti to build a military base there -- China's first military base on the continent, said U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, who is a commander with U.S. Africa Comman...more »
[image: Obamacare] Until recently, the insurance giants saw Obamacare as a cash cow. They are now finding the law’s insurance marketplaces to be sickly quagmires causing billions in losses. In response, the Obamacare insiders -- the wealthy and powerful operatives who alternate... Continue reading *“As Exchanges Falter, Team Obamacare Fights for an Insurer Bailout”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has filed a lawsuit against the Co-operative Bank after they closed its accounts without warning last month. According to the PSC, the bank cited its “risk appetite” as the reason for the closures. RT reports: Lawyers for the PSC claimed the Co-operative Bank breached equality legislation because it discriminated against a group working in support of the Palestinian people. The PSC said about 20 organizations working for Palestine, including numerous regional branches, have had their accounts closed or denied. A statement issued by law firm IT...more »
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is not happy with black protesters staring down Chicago police officers. In an episode of the Kelly Files a peaceful protester was seen giving a Chicago cop the looks following the release of the video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old teenager Laquan McDonald. Host Megyn Kelly was not pleased with the young protester staring at the Chicago cop who was only doing his public duty according to Kelly, “This cop hasn’t done anything wrong”- (not yet, so far). The protester has his constitutional right to stare down the police officer, Kelly said, but i...more »
*“With Colin Craig asking for a fee of $3000 a month for the display of his poem ‘Two of Me’ on a blog, it begs the question - is it really that good? ”New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate, Bill Manhire says the poetry - penned by the former Conservative Party leader, which was allegedly written for his ex-press secretary Rachel MacGregor - is not the worst he's ever seen. "’It's certainly better than David Cunliffe's Harvard poem.’"* ~ Bill Manhire in the *Herald*’s article, ‘NZ poet Bill Manhire on Colin Craig's poem: 'It's not the worst'’ PS: Suzuki Samurai’s line immediatel...more »
For those interested in this, and covering the images of the Ramey memo posted on this blog over the last few weeks, I note, for copyright purposes: These scans are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. You are free to share and/or adapt these materials provided: · *The use is for non-commercial purposes,* *and* · *You provide attribution.* You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may not suggest the licensor endorses you or your use. o You must give appropri...more »
[image: Sheriff - 400] In an effort to “stir people’s belief and patriotism,” Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted a new sign Tuesday morning outside of his department that says his county is politically incorrect, and if you have a problem with that, you... Continue reading *“Sheriff’s ‘Politically Incorrect’ Sign Draws Strong Reaction”* at *ledger-enquirer.com*.
*Guest post by Affordable Auckland’s mayoral candidate Stephen Berry* With Auckland’s housing market becoming an international sensation following the sale of a state-house hovel in Devonport for over $1 million [read Bloomberg’s ‘London House Prices Have Nothing on Auckland’], it’s clear young people and low-income families are paying the price for the Council’s regulatory disaster. Nosey NIMBYs, heritage preservation and zone rigidity are all contributors to the insane hyper-inflation that has afflicted Auckland’s housing market. Resource consent costs averaging fifteen- to thir...more »
Obama and Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Message from a friend in Ukraine: All who want peace in the world, gather for a protest near the Consulates and Embassies of Turkey all over the world to express your thoughts and feelings concerning the downed Russian aircraft. We propose to do this in the coming days. We demand to convict the political leadership of Turkey who are the direct perpetrators of this crime, and their curators from NATO who cover them. I write to you to ask to support this activity. I strongly agree that there must be a clear message from the internationa...more »
*New York Times*: *U.S. Military Suspends Members Over Kunduz Hospital Strike* KABUL, Afghanistan — The top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, said Wednesday that several service members had been suspended from duty after an internal military investigation of the American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz last month. Calling the airstrike a “tragic mistake,” General Campbell read a statement announcing the findings of the investigation, which he said concluded that “avoidable human error” was to blame, compounded by technical, mechani...more »
Peter MacDonald in the 1980s *The Rest of the Story: Water rights and the United States prosecution of former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald* *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* copyright Brenda Norrell After years of covering the tribal and federal trials of former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald as a news reporter for AP and other news organizations, I realized in 1990 that something was very wrong. It became clear that MacDonald never received millions from the flip sale of the Big Boquillas Ranch. It was a hoax. It was clear that the US wanted to silence MacDonald for another ...more »
Trinity from the Matrix movie explains how we are living in an actual matrix Carrie-Anne Moss the actress who plays the part of Trinity in The Matrix movie series says we really are living in a matrix. She says when it comes to our children we have to be awake in order to protect them “from being lulled to sleep.” In the video below, she explains the similarities of the Matrix movies to the fabricated matrix we are actually living in. Natural Blaze reports: Moss thinks about the movie continually in terms of the world we are living in today. She says: I walk down the street sometime...more »
Photo: Navajo Water Project *With disregard for climate impacts and water needs of future generations, Navajo water rights are given away by the Navajo Nation* *By Jack Utter, Ph. D., J. D.* *St. Michaels, Arizona* *Censored News* copyright Jack Utter Dear Ed, I read with great concern the climate change and declining Colorado River snowpack article you recently circulated. My wife, who is from Leupp, has also read the article (and similar ones in the *New York Times* and elsewhere), and asked that I also send along her appreciation. Sadly, the Navajo Nation, under current leader...more »
*"I am just a Patsy!" PATSY #1* One of the things about patsies that distinguishes them from other actors on the geopolitical stage...is that *after* the incident where they are used as patsies...they are abandoned and disowned. Their involvement is NEVER acknowledged...because then they wouldn't be patsies, Right?! *"The jet was in our airspace for 17 seconds!" Erdogan and Obama PATSY #2* Note how, after the perps got their way and the deed was done...the patsies were left hanging out to dry...twisting in the wind. From "The Ugly Truth" analysis linked above: Such a strong sign...more »
*Some economists and journalists claim that a "living wage" mandate would actually help businesses. Our guest poster Ryan Bourne says this is a prime example of motivated reasoning and half-baked economics, and gives four reasons why the claim is nonsense.* It is common for Living Wage campaigners to say that adoption of the Living Wage “would benefit staff and businesses.” Why? By increasing pay, it is claimed, firms can reduce turnover, reduce time that their workers take off sick and encourage greater worker effort. This in turn will raise productivity. Some pseudo-economists c...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.edie.net/news/6/DECC-axes–1bn-Carbon-Capture—Storage-fund-CCS/ Not immediately apparent from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today is the fact that he has withdrawn the £1bn budget for the CCS competition. This is from edie.net: The announcement was made by posting a regulatory announcement to the London stock exchange. The statement read: “Today, following the Chancellor’s […]
We discuss the fine printing of O. Henry’s lost manuscript; get some help understanding all the political madness; and visit with one of the world’s leading economists. Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | November 24, 2015 The … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Michael Hoinski & Ben Sargent, Carl Davidson, James K. Galbraith
*“The Problem with Democracy…”* by Richard Russell BALTIMORE – “Richard Russell died on Monday. He was the author of "Dow Theory Letters" for over half a century and the source of many of the “old-timer” remarks we have referenced over the last 15 years in our daily e-letters. Richard was a follower of Dow theory. This is a form a technical analysis named after the founder of the Wall Street Journal, Charles Henry Dow. And it reflects his beliefs about the market… which he laid out in a series of editorial columns at the turn of the 20th century. The basis of Dow theory is trend an...more »
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. AA Photo *ThinkPol:* *“I gave the order myself” − Turkish PM on downing Russian plane* Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu today revealed that he personally gave the order to down the Russian Su-24 fighter jet that lead to the death of one pilot. “Despite all the warnings of, we had had to destroy the aircraft” Davutoğlu told a meeting of his AK party. “The Turkish Armed Forces carried out orders given by me personally” Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Minister told reporters today that the Russian and Syrian special forces have successful...more »
*Excerpt: "Man's SearcH For Meaning"* by Viktor Frankl "An active life serves the purpose of giving man the opportunity to realize values in creative work, while a passive life of enjoyment affords him the opportunity to obtain fulfillment in experiencing beauty, art, or nature. But there is also purpose in that life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. A creative life and a life of enjoyment are banned to him. But ...more »
*and because I can't stand much more of the "news."* It's ugly. It's a time waster. It's depressing. And, at times, it's utterly revolting. Do any of us need anymore of this in our lives? I'll be back on Monday. I *will* answer comments, because it's the polite thing to do. For now, I wish you all a very wonderful holiday. *And no post of mine is complete without some kittehs...*
More bullshit from the leading Republican candidate for president. His Hollywood inspired campaign seems well coordinated to ensure that the oligarchy's favorite candidate Hillary Clinton will be elected as the US's next president.
In the video clip below, the long suffering wife of Alf Garnett reveals some uncanny truths. Else Garnet played by Dandy Nichols in the British sitcom ’till death us do part’ is seen here chatting with her on screen daughter. Seems Alf’s wife was not such a ‘silly old moo’ ( as he used to call her) after all! I wonder how many people realised back in the 70’s that this comedy piece was actually more than just funny.
*Rachel Maddow with the context for the shooting discussed below, plus updates* *by Gaius Publius* Short and the opposite of sweet, but with two points to make. First is a news point, per the headline. Five people were shot at a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in Minneapolis. Police are looking for several white suspects, likely white supremacists. The story via Adam Johnson at Alternet: *5 Shot at Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protest; Police Search for White Suspects* *Multiple witnesses say white supremacists attacked the peaceful protest.* Five protesters were shot Monday ...more »
[image: A plainclothes police officer walks beside the bus that exploded Tuesday in Tunis, Wednesday Nov.25, 2015. Tunisia's Interior Ministry says 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of military explosives were used in an attack on a bus carrying presidential guards that left at least 13 people dead. (AP Photo)] TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- The body of a suspected suicide bomber was found at the scene of an attack on Tunisia’s presidential guard, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for the attack that left 13 people dead. Tuesday’s...more »
[image: nuclear deal] Iranian leaders did not actually sign the nuclear deal that it reached with the United States and five other countries, according to the State Department. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement,... Continue reading *“State Department Says Iran Nuclear Deal Never Signed, But No Matter”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Christians beheaded - 400] On a warm winter morning in early February, a series of grainy video images from a Libyan beach stunned an entire Egyptian village and devastated dozens of impoverished families. The eerie images showed a line of towering, black-clad men gripping... Continue reading *“Christian Martyrs Honored as World‘s 2015 Daniels of the Year”* at *worldmag.com*.
Wall Street Journal/Eric MetaxasatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Squanto] The story of how the Pilgrims arrived at our shores on the Mayflower -- and how a friendly Patuxet native named Squanto showed them how to plant corn, using fish as fertilizer -- is well-known. But Squanto's full story is... Continue reading *“The Miracle of Squanto’s Path to Plymouth”* at *google.com*.
*New York Times*:* Behind Russian Jet’s Downing, Building Tensions and Frustrations for Turkey* ANKARA, Turkey — As Turkey and Russia promised on Wednesday not to go to war over the downing of a Russian fighter jet, Turkey’s still-nervous NATO allies and just about everyone else were left wondering why, when minor violations of airspace are relatively common and usually tolerated, Ankara decided this time to risk a serious confrontation with Moscow by taking military action. The reply from the Turkish government so far has been consistent: Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Turkey ha...more »
I listened open mouthed as John McDonnell, Labour's (current) Shadow Chancellor quoted from Mao's Little Red Book. It was only when I got home that I saw the video. Can you imagine the furore if a Conservative politician quoted form a right-wing genocidal dictator? This reminded me of something I wrote back in 2011. 'In the last few days I have seen two rather odd examples of the way that a dictator considered a Communist can still be revered in a way that Hitler could (quite rightly) not. Westminster University is holding an exhibition called 'Poster Power: Images from Mao's China...more »
First... It is that time of year again, and I have come down with a wicked cold over the last few days... I am presently pumping myself up with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and have been taking Oil of Oregano tablets to fight this off... It has been knocking me for a real loop, and I have been slow in getting anything written here at this blog... Patience everyone, for this could not have happened at a worse time with the world going to heck... A real travesty happened yesterday of course with the downing of that Russian Su24M combat aircraft over SYRIAN airspace.... The Turkish air force ...more »
Sensationalized a bit, but good review of facts, such as pro-Turkey and anti-Assad rebels killed the pilots who bailed out of Russia's plane: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3332790/Monstrous-new-crisis-Russia-s-downed-jet-Putin-s-fury-stab-terror-accomplices-Moscow-analyst-warns-war-likely-Moscow-analyst.html This incident has the potential to escalate quickly. Meanwhile, there is NO news updates about the *Zaporozhskaya NPP *and *South Ukrainian *nuclear power plants that lost power when towers were destroyed in Ukraine’s Kherson region. Here are two stories from November ...more »
[image: President Barack Obama, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, to brief the public on the nation's homeland security posture heading into the holiday season, following meeting with his national security team.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said there is currently no “specific and credible” intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday. Speaking at the White House on...more »
[image: Jihadi - 400 000] He's spotlighting the refugees-turned-jihadis because he's trying to prod GOP leaders into halting Congress' normal practice of giving the president huge leeway to import foreign migrants and refugees into the United States. This year, Obama is promising to bring in... Continue reading *“Sen. Sessions: 12 Vetted Refugees Quickly Joined Jihad Plots to Attack US”* at *breitbart.com*.
[image: The First Thanksgiving] We've all heard some version of the story of Thanksgiving, whether as a story of pilgrim gratitude toward helpful Indians or gratitude for God's providential care. But there's more to the story: communism. If you've forgotten your history lessons, here...more »
George Osborne has surprised critics by doing a U-turn on tax credit cuts and vowing to protect police budgets in his spending review. The British chancellor announced the climbdowns as he outlined spending plans for the Government over the next five years. He said he could abandon the controversial cuts of £4.4bn to tax credits due to improvements in public finances. However, while millions of low paid families will not now see their benefits cut in April, the relief for many will only be temporary because tax credits are to be phased out by 2018. Critics say that the new Universal...more »
*Sayer Ji* - Can medical marijuana beat pharmaceuticals when it comes to treating Parkinson's disease? The post Cannabis for Parkinson’s? The Scientific Evidence Is Compelling appeared first on Waking Times.
An astrophysics journal is retracting a paper on black holes whose first author is a teenager about to earn his PhD, after learning the paper “draws extensively” from a book chapter by the last author. Many papers are pulled for duplication, but few get a news release from the publisher about it. In a move that we […] The post Black hole paper by teenaged prodigy retracted for duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Major fighting continued in Anbar and Salahaddin during the third week of November 2015 where government forces were attempting to clear areas. The Islamic State’s car bomb campaign and terrorist attacks in Baghdad continued as well. Several mass graves discovered in Sinjar after its liberation earlier in the month led to a rise in casualties as well. From November 15-21 there were 140 security incidents reported in the press. That broke down to 58 in Baghdad, 27 in Anbar, 23 in Ninewa, 20 in Salhaddin, 7 in Babil, 3 in Diyala, and one each in Kirkuk and Irbil. That was the most ...more »
[image: Sink - 900] Are you breathing? Could you just check? You are? Great. Okay. So here’s my proposal for your Thanksgiving day: Thank God you’re alive. Not that you’re happy or healthy or doing well otherwise. Just that you’re actually alive and not,...more »
[image: prayer ad - 400] The Church of England said on Sunday that it was "bewildered" by the decision of Britain's major movie theater chains to refuse to run an ad encouraging Christian prayer over concerns the ads could "cause offense." The 60-second ad titled... Continue reading *“Here’s the Ad Showing Christians Reciting Lord’s Prayer that British Cinemas Won’t Run for Fear of ‘Offending Audiences’”* at *theblaze.com*.
*Daily Mail:* *Putin takes his revenge: Russia unleashes heavy bombardment on region held by Turkmen rebels who chanted ‘Allahu Akbar’ over the dead body of pilot shot down by Turkish F-16* * Russia has retaliated against rebel forces who 'shot and killed' one of the pilots of the jet downed by Turkey * One of the two pilots of Russian jet downed by Turkey rescued in 12-hour operation and taken to Russian base * Pilot, identified as Cpt Konstantin Murahtin, and fallen co-pilot, Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov to be given state honours * Audio recording of warnings sent out by Turkey on open c...more »
*RT*: *One of 2 Russian pilots shot down by Turkey rescued, back to airbase in Syria* The second Russian pilot, who ejected from the Su-24 bomber shot down by Turkey on Tuesday over Syria, is safe and sound and has been taken to the Russian airbase in Latakia, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. “The [rescue] operation is successfully over. The pilot has been delivered to our base. Safe and sound,” Shoigu said during a meeting of the Defense Committee, adding that the operation was performed by Russian and Syrian special forces. Shoigu said the joint operation had taken ...more »
*Regime Change Urgently Needed* The only solution to the current crisis regarding the Turkish shoot-down of the Russian war plane over Syria is the removal from power of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This man is corrupt to the core. His son, Bilal Erdogan, is the "bidnessman" who is profiting from the theft/smuggling of Syrian Oil by way of tanker truck to Turkey. From there, the profits are dispersed and divided up between all the cabal of USrael. It was the Russian destruction of the oil tankers that led directly to the shoot-down. This nest of thieves and loote...more »
The pilot who was rescued from the downed Russian Su-24 has insisted that his plane did not cross into Turkey’s airspace, and he says he was not given a visual nor a radio warning before being fired at. Co- pilot Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian media “It’s impossible that we violated their airspace even for a second,” he said, adding “We were flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters in completely clear weather, and I had total control of our flight path throughout.” Muravkin was rescued by Russian and Syrian special forces and was speaking from the Russian Hemeimeem air base in Syria...more »
The sacred moon follows one around our planet For generations we've lit our night fires and shared our hearts with Mother Moon A unifying symbol, each of us has some relationship with the shape shifting satellite Coca-Cola once proposed a huge advert on the night orb so we would never forget their toxic drink Long called 'The poor man's streetlight' the wondrous moon shares its glow with all, no charge, just a bit of reverence requested
Commentary/Heather WilhelmatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: children-drawing - 400] In 1984, the philosopher Derek Parfit introduced the concept of the "repugnant conclusion" in his book Reasons and Persons. This concept goes something like this: If the total collective amount of human happiness is all that matters, then putting more... Continue reading *“What are People for?”* at *commentarymagazine.com*.
[image: Ted Cruz North Texas Presidential Forum] With Senator Ted Cruz now rising in many polls, fresh attention is being paid to his policies as well as to his fundamental beliefs. What motivates him? What has he been trying to accomplish with his often-criticized actions on Capitol Hill? Cruz recently...more »
[image: CNN screenshot] A story published on CNN's website Tuesday referenced the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, but failed to note that Ferguson officer Darren Wilson was exonerated by the Department of Justice and not indicted by a grand jury for the incident.... Continue reading *“CNN Makes Big Omission in Article Referring to Michael Brown Shooting”* at *theblaze.com*.
Rescued co-pilot from the downed Russian Su-24 jet said there were no visual or radio warnings issued by Turkey. http://sputniknews.com/russia/20151125/1030742094/pilot-su24-rescued-no-turkish-space-violation.html#ixzz3sWHwkK2sI don't know what is true but I do know that the superpowers are* insane.*
Austin’s Nicols says he grew up with the ability to find information hidden from the normal senses. By Qiling Wang | The Rag Blog | November 25, 2015 AUSTIN — Three tungsten lamps light a back room in the Austin … finish reading Qiling Wang : *METRO* | Nicols the psychic found his future
*Reuters*: *Russia says downing of its jet won't deflect it from Syria mission* Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. The downing of the jet on Tuesday was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia for half a century, and further complicated international efforts to battle Islamic State militants in Syria. *MIDDLE EAST* Russia bomb...more »
BABA AHMED & ROBBIE COREY-BOULETatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Wolfgang Neumann, CEO of the Rezidor Hotel Group, which owns the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, holds a press conference in the Malian capital, on November 24, 2015.] BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A luxury hotel attacked by Islamic extremists last week in Mali’s capital will re-open “as soon as possible,” the chairman of the hotel’s Brussels-based operating group said. Wolfgang M. Neumann, chairman of the Rezidor Hotel Group...more »
ROBERT BURNS & LYNNE O'DONNELLatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: The damaged interior of the hospital in which the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, medical charity operated is seen on October 13, 2015 following an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. commander in Afghanistan says some of those most closely involved in the mistaken air attack on a hospital in Kunduz have been suspended from their duties. Gen. John Campbell isn’t giving names or saying how...more »
[image: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio speaking at the 2015 Presidential Family Family Forum hosted by the Family Leader at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.] Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called on congressional leaders in a letter Tuesday to repeal an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision allowing for the potential bailout of health insurance companies that have lost money under ObamaCare. The presidential hopeful suggested a policy...more »
American Center for DemocracyatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Putin and plane - 400] The Turkish story on the Russian jet shoot down does not hold up. In fact, the evidence points to a deliberate provocation by Turkey with the intention of drawing NATO into a general war against Syria and Russia. That's why... Continue reading *“By Downing Russian Plane, is Turkey Trying to Draw NATO into Syrian Conflict?”* at *acdemocracy.org*.
[image: 151124-thanksgiving-airport-travel-security-02_fc3058ed8e86babb766988e6533f87b2.nbcnews-ux-320-320] Americans trying to get out of town for Thanksgiving face more intense screening, longer security lines and a scary global warning from the State Department -- but many say fears of terrorism won’t keep them grounded. “It worries everybody, but... Continue reading *“Thanksgiving Travelers Face Intense Security Amid Terror Threat”* at *nbcnews.com*.
[image: Thanksgiving Dinner Central Union Mission] Jeff Tooles is looking forward to working a 12- to 14-hour-long shift on Thanksgiving Day. On Thursday, the senior food services manager of Central Union Mission--an emergency shelter that offers a Spiritual Transformation Program (STP) for Washington, D.C.'s homeless men...more »
Readers of this blog know that we have had a few stock villains over the years. High on the list has been the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), and we’ve criticized repeatedly the journal’s unwillingness to provide any information about the reasons for retractions. For as long as we’ve been around, the JBC’s stock retraction statement seemed to […] The post Now this is good news: In policy change, JBC will now make retraction notices informative appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Mr Lavrov certainly had some interesting thoughts: * *RT * *So Turkish FM apologizes to his counterpart and NATO stays silent.* The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he added. “*We have serious doubts that this act was unintentional. It looks very much like a preplanned provocation,*” Lavrov said, citing Turkey’s failure to maintain proper communication with Russia, the abundance of footage of the incident and other evidence. Lavr...more »
Angry protesters took to the streets of Chicago on Tuesday night following the release of a video showing disturbing footage of the death of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago had been preparing for protests in advance of the video’s release, which was ordered by a judge to happen no later than Wednesday. The dashcam footage shows police officer, Jason Van Dyke, 37, open fire on McDonald, striking him 16 times and killing him. RT reports: A group of about 75 demonstrators had gathered peacefully during a press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Sup...more »
http://www.redskeltoncomedyshow.com/ Like Junior, Red Skelton's mean little kid, Stephen Harper's avowed purpose in life has been to throw a wrench into the workings of government. He remained true to form -- even as he was leaving -- making 49 re-appointments and future appointments, whose purpose was to hamstring the incoming government. Alan Freeman writes: The 49 appointments, including renewals and new appointments, have effectively blocked the newly-elected government from determining the future course of key agencies like the National En...more »
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015Our own leading turkey takes flight:* With the gatekeepers gone, we're learning what we the people have presumably always been like. When the major political parties were in the hands of elite gatekeepers, potential candidates like Candidate Trump weren't allowed into the mix. Now, we pick our candidates almost wholly through primaries. With media gatekeepers gone as well, we're learning that there's a pretty good market for a hopeful like Trump. Over here in our liberal tents, we can see the many misstatements of a person like Trump. We *can't* see ...more »
Yesterday I singled out the *New York Times's* David Brooks as the worst kind of neocon hack, using psychobabble to try and soothe the reading public into overcoming those "sickly inhibitions" which get in the way of civilian embrace of Permawar. But if truth be told, Brooks is only a sickly pale guppy compared to the ravenous shark named CNN. Brooks only burbles out two columns a week when he isn't adopting an avuncular persona for folksy "debates" on PBS with Mark Shields. CNN, on the other hand, has been manically churning the fetid propaganda waters non-stop, resulting in a blo...more »
[image: Elisabeth Hasselbeck] A teary Elisabeth Hasselbeck addressed the "Fox & Friends" audience Tuesday morning after she announced Monday that she will step down from her role on the show at the end of the year, putting her television career on hold while... Continue reading *“Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving Fox News to Focus on Her Kids”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu] BOSTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says the violence between Israelis and Palestinians could “spin out of control” unless they take immediate steps to ease tensions. Kerry -- just back in the United States after visiting Israel and...more »
[image: Surrogate triplets] A man who paid a surrogate to have his baby became overwhelmed when he learned she was having triplets -- and demanded the woman abort one of the fetuses while threatening her with financial ruin, she claims. "They are human... Continue reading *“Dad Demands Abortion after Surrogate Learns She’s Having Triplets”* at *nypost.com*.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference starts next week, November 30 in Paris and will go through December 11. Most world leaders, including Obama, will be attending and it was the subject of Pope Francis' encyclical last May, *Laudato si'*, in which he wrote "There are certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus. Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will no...more »
[image: Washington Post outbound.] The custodian on duty at the Holy Child of Jesus Church in New York Monday beheld a scene straight out of Scripture. Hearing the sound of a baby's cry, he found a newborn wrapped in towels laying inside, of all places, the... Continue reading *“Newborn Baby Discovered in New York Church’s Nativity Scene”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
*In my country*, there has for some time been a lot of political debate around how to handle the rising number of refugees from, primarily, Syria/Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa. This as the pressure on border EU member states, and the impossible situation of trying to hold back people on the run from intolerable circumstances that I blogged about not so far ago, has meant that much more people are now entering Sweden to seek asylum in a short time, as most other member states are unwilling to participate in a scheme of sharing the economic and logistical load it means to process...more »
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria appeared to be a “planned provocation” “We have serious doubts that this act was unintentional. It looks very much like a pre-planned provocation,” Lavrov told a press conference on Wednesday. He added that Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident. Lavrov also said that it is “no secret” that terrorist groups are openly using Turkish territory in their operations against the Syrian government. RT reports: Earlier in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slammed...more »
*Decoding fact and fiction in coding* *Trisha Jha is on the money below. The idea of teaching programming to kids must have come from someone who knows nothing about it. Only people in the top 2% of IQ will ever be able to program to any significant extent. I once tried to teach Uni NSW Sociology students programming in a language that seems easy to me -- FORTRAN -- but none of them actually learnt it as far as I could tell. My son has recently got a job as a computer programmer but he has a first class honours degree in mathematics and spent a solid 18 months doing computer ...more »
[image: Jeb Bush-400] Tuesday proved to be another telling day in the lackluster presidential campaign of Jeb Bush. While a new Quinnipiac poll showed the former Florida governor polling at just 4 percent in Iowa, Bush’s team was busy touting its latest endorsement from a... Continue reading *“Jeb Bush Needs More Than Endorsements”* at *bloomberg.com*.
[image: imrs.php] With competition intense among GOP presidential candidates for the huge swath of evangelical primary voters, a second contender this month has brought on an adviser to do Christian outreach. Ben Carson on Wednesday will announce the appointment of Johnnie Moore,... Continue reading *“Why GOP Candidates Are Snatching Up Faith Advisers”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan] DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Russian military pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey and crashed in Syria arrived on Wednesday at an air base in Latakia province after being rescued by a Syrian army commando unit, Syrian and...more »
[image: Ukraine and Russia] MOSCOW (AP) -- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated further on Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas -- hoping to rely on supplies from other countries -- and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia’s...more »
*What fun! New nonsense from Lewandowsky!* The king of dodgy climate research strikes again! He claims to be researching global warming but once again he is looking at what people are doing rather than what the climate is doing. Instead of looking at the evidence for the global warming "pause", he looks at what people say about it. His findings? Warmist writers disagree about the details of it! We should worry! The only thing that matters is temperature, measured as accurately as possible, not people's comments on it. So let me yet again bore everybody by pointing to the e...more »
*Fiscal Times*: *Retired US General Petraeus is warning the US to keep troops out of Syria* Retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus, the man who oversaw the (temporary) restoration of order in Iraq following the Sunni awakening and the subsequent surge of American troops there, doesn’t see much hope for a similar process in Syria. In an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose, Petraeus warned against putting American troops on the ground in the war-torn country, saying the country “may be a Humpty Dumpty that can't be put back together again … One doesn't know what the various outc...more »
*A guest post by Pamela Mac Neil* The CONs aren't going anywhere. The absolute key to their staying power and their focus on winning again in 4 more years is their base. Anyone who thinks we've gotten Harper out, so we can sit back and relax is kidding themselves. The CON base does not consist of a group of people who are just political conservatives. It is a tightly knit, dogmatic, religious, entity who'se beliefs are for the most part outside of the Canadian mainsteam. Harper has successfully used faith as an opportunity politically to build a base that he saw working in the US. Ca...more »
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that the Russian Air Force base in Latakia is be reinforced with the deployment of S-400 SAM system During a defense ministry meeting he confirmed that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system would be deployed on Khmeimim airbase in Syria The move comes as a response to Tuesdays downing of a Russian Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet near the Turkish-Syrian border. One pilot died in the incident. The second one was rescued and is now back at the Russian airbase in Latakia. RT reports: Moscow maintains the jet did not violate Turkey’s airs...more »
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from Bagram Air Base flies a combat mission over Afghanistan, in this handout photograph taken on June 14, 2009 and obtained on May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson/U.S. Air Force/Handout via Reuters *David Axe, Reuters*: *How an ugly, brutally effective warplane won the battle for its future* U.S.-backed Syrian rebels launched an attack late last month on Islamic State militants near the town of Hawl in northern Syria. They regained control of roughly 100 square miles of territory, according to the U.S. Defense Department. “...more »
By Paul Homewood http://phys.org/news/2015-11-substantive-evidence-global.html Con artist, Stephan Lewandowsky, is at it again! There is no substantive evidence for a ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ in global warming and the use of those terms is therefore inaccurate, new research from the University of Bristol, UK has found. The researchers, led by Professor Stephan Lewandowsky of […]
[image: Brussels high-alert] BRUSSELS (AP) -- After a four-day shutdown prompted by a threat alert across Brussels, schools are reopening their doors with the help of beefed up security, including police armed with machine guns. Though the Belgian capital continues to be under...more »
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF Over the past few centuries, Western countries embarked on a road to material affluence at the expense of the environment and other peoples across the globe who were subjugated, killed or left to live in poverty. And while offering more of the same and selling unfettered capitalism to the rest of the world, Washington as the now dominant imperial power is doing all it can to destroy any rivals, not least Russia and China. It alone thinks it should be the sole beneficiary in a resource-depleting race towards a barren-wasteland fin...more »
[image: [Icarus.jpg]] * Icarus Landing*, by Michael Newberry WE’VE ALL FELT IT. That moment when a piece of art has touched us. Paintings, movies, literature, sculpture, music, architecture ... all have the ability to make us cry, make us laugh, and -- just occasionally -- to make us feel ten feet tall. Why is great art so powerful? – how does it acquire this profound ability to affect us? Simply, because it speaks personally to each of us. It is our shortcut to our very souls. When we experience art that truly touches us, we don’t just feel, “I *like* this;” if we have soul...more »
Members of Jewish Voice for Peace and other activists in California’s Bay area, symbolically served a citizen’s arrest warrant on Tzipi Hotovely, the right-wing Israeli deputy foreign minister. Hotovely was a keynote speaker at a Zionism 3.0 conference taking place in Palo Alto, Califronia . As Hotovely was introduced and stepped up to the podium a clear voice was heard: “Tzipi Hotovely this is a citizens’ arrest. We charge you with inciting colonial violence” JVP stated on their website: We disrupted because we wanted to send a clear message to the world and the conference particip...more »
While Donald Trump was busy sharing white supremacist lies, Black Lives Matter Activists camped near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, were shot at by Neo Nazis. Black Lives Matter Activists seeking justice for the police killing of unarmed 24-year-old Jamar Clark, were maintaining their week long vigil in Minneapolis near the Police Department’s 4th Precinct, when a group of white supremacists showed up. Police allegedly stood by and watched as the racists shot at six people, injuring five. According to eyewitnesses it took the police fifteen to twenty minutes to re...more »
Europe.... *Jonathan Ferro* @FerroTV 4s 4 seconds ago German 2-year yield making new lows [image: Embedded image permalink] *MineForNothing* @minefornothing 2m 2 minutes ago MineForNothing Retweeted *Walter Bloomberg hahahahahahhahah MineForNothing added, **Walter Bloomberg* @DeItaOne *SPANISH TWO-YEAR NOTE YIELD DROPS TO RECORD LOW MINUS 0.038 *Jonathan Ferro* @FerroTV 22m 22 minutes ago French 2-year yield below -0.3%... A record low [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner 13m 13 minutes ago Negative is the new norma...more »
*Daily Caller*: *Turkey Violated Greek Airspace 2,244 Times Last Year, Fires At Russia For Doing It Once* Turkey shot down a Russian warplane for violating its airspace Tuesday, but the Turkish air force does the exact same thing several times a day in Greece. Turkey was quick to defend its action by stating it issued 10 warnings over the course of five minutes before firing on the plane. “The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close,” a senior Turkish official told Reuters. “Our findings show clearly ...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Business Insider*: *War of the maps: Turkey released a map showing where Russia violated its airspace, and Russia countered* Turkey and Russia have released competing maps showing where a Russian warplane violated — or steered clear of, depending on the point of view — Turkish airspace before it was shot down early Tuesday. Shortly after the jet was downed, the Turkish military published a radar map demonstrating the reported flight path of the jet it shot down, which Ankara is using as proof that the pilots violated the...more »
Chicago Police have released a Dashcam video footage of the killing of Laquan McDonald, a Chicago teenager who was gunned down in a hail of police bullets for carrying a three inch knife. 37-year old Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder. The authorities released the long awaited video after an order from a judge. The violently graphic video captures the final moments as Laquan McDonald, 17 is shot 16 times in a matter of seconds. Authorities are calling for calm and order, something that was lacking at the time of the shooting. New York Daily News report...more »
REUTERS/DENIS SINYAKOV *IBTimes:* *How Russia's Media Covered Turkey Shooting Down A Russian Fighter Jet* Russian state-owned television portrayed Turkey on Tuesday evening news bulletins as a supporter of the Islamic State group that had been angered by Russia’s allegedly successful air campaign in Syria, while commentators expressed fear that the Kremlin's response could lead to Russian jets becoming entangled in dogfights with their Turkish counterparts. “There are many cases when a plane of one country violates the airspace of another country,” said a reporter on state-owned C...more »
*An excerpt from, "Putin will respond: Russians feel betrayed as Turkey stabs them in the back" by Bryan MacDonald, RT, November 25, 2015:* *Russia is Turkey’s second largest source of tourists (four million ever year) and its second biggest trade partner.* *Additionally, Russia accounts for a fifth of Turkey’s entire energy supply.* There were plans for Rosatom to build Turkey’s first nuclear plant next year and Ankara and Moscow were supposed to team up for a new gas pipeline called Turkish Stream. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has already advised Russians not to visit Turkey an...more »
[image: Swim Training-900] Sailors and Marines jump off the side of the USS Essex and swim to their respective check points during a recent training exercise. Thanks to Cpl. Elize McKelvey for taking this photo!
*Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes:* *If Turkey And Russia Continue Fighting, It May Threaten NATO's Existence* We all knew it would happen, whether off the coast of Alaska, over the Baltic Sea, or in the Middle East. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been routinely challenging the NATO airspace for months, well before entering the Syrian conflict. Military experts warned that Russian aircraft flying in crowded airspace with transponders off is a recipe for disaster. That disaster has occurred, only not in the form of the anticipated accident. Rather the Kremlin misjudged Turkey’s ...more »
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A letter from Turkish UN Ambassador Halit Cevik has been leaked that reveals the absolute maximum amount of time the Russian jets could have ‘violated’ Turkish airspace – a measly 17 seconds. Moscow maintains that the jets did not violate Turkish airspace, but even if the planes did enter airspace for 17 seconds – the justification for shooting them down is now non existent following the Wikileaks publication of the document . Turkey describes the planes in the Wikileaks document as having an “unknown nationality”. The letter reiterates Ankara’s claim that the Russian planes were “...more »
An underground pagan ‘black magic’ church has been discovered unveiled for the first time in 2,000 years 40 feet beneath Roman ruins. The esoteric cult church room predating Christianity, has left historians baffled as to its purpose and origins. Express.co.uk reports: Some of the gods and classical heroes identified on the walls include Achilles, Orpheus, Paris and Hercules. At the entrance is a head of Medusa and, inside, the walls are painted red at the base, alongside images of centaurs, griffins and satyrs. Now, historians believe that the room was built by the influential Sta...more »
*Earth's dark matter hair?* Lots of media including The Washington Post, Popular Science, Space Daily, Christian Science Monitor, Russia Today, and Fox News bring us the happy news that Nude Socialist already hyped in August. The Earth is sprouting hair – radial filaments of dark matter. This claim is taken from the July 2015 paper by Gary Prézeau, an experimenter at JPL NASA in Pasadena and a member of Planck, Dense Dark Matter Hairs Spreading Out from Earth, Jupiter and Other Compact Bodies (arXiv) which has just appeared in the Astrophysical Journal (which produced the new wa...more »
My hero says "Planet Earth has hit a brick wall (on growth). . . . Japan is back in recession. Abenomics did not work - and they invented QE!" He's more than a little bit excited. FIRE! Is Santa Poised to Fill Christmas Stockings with Coal? Soaring Global Debt – The Reality Check in Numbers As for a real world-changing news item. How about this? (Don't tell anyone but Turkey is also
*Washington Examiner: **U.S. ran out of ammo in attack on ISIS trucks* American forces made one of their most effective hits against the Islamic State on Nov. 15, when U.S. planes destroyed 116 tanker trucks used by the terrorist organization to transport the stolen oil that is its financial lifeblood. American A-10 and C-130 warplanes targeted a group of about 300 trucks near Abu Kamal, in Syria. Given that the Islamic State is thought to have just over 1,000 trucks in its entire fleet, the group of 300 represented a huge target for U.S. planes. At a Pentagon news conference las...more »
"It's 3:23 A.M. And I'm awake because my great great grandchildren won't let me sleep. They ask me in dreams, *'What did you do while the planet was plundered?What did you do when the earth was unraveling?Surely you did something when the seasons started flailing?As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying?Did you fill the streets with protest?When democracy was stolen, what did you do once you knew?Surely, you did something...'"* - Drew Dellinger
The Jewish origins of Putin and his overlords are the Zionists. Ask why he never hits Israel? The Russian church sells alcohol TAX FREE and makes tons of money from this. The Russians are being led by the nose to a slaughter worse than Hitler and WW2.
The new paradigm and what most people don't realize that the WW3 set up is a play by all sides .This will result in the destruction of the USA and the rise of Russia. But Islam will throw a wrench in all this works very soon.
*"Signs of a Dying Society"* By Paul Buchheit “While Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou are vilified for revealing vital information about spying and bombing and torture, a man who conspired with Goldman Sachs to make billions of dollars on the planned failure of subprime mortgages was honored by New York University for his “Outstanding Contributions to Society.” This is one example of the distorted thinking leading to the demise of a once-vibrant American society. There are other signs of decay: *1. A House Bill Would View Corporate Crimes as ‘Honest Mistakes’: *W...more »
“The first identified compact galaxy group, Stephan's Quintet is featured in this eye-catching image constructed with data drawn from the extensive Hubble Legacy Archive. About 300 million light-years away, only four of these five galaxies are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters. The odd man out is easy to spot, though. The interacting galaxies, NGC 7319, 7318A, 7318B, and 7317 have an overall yellowish cast. They also tend to have distorted loops and tails, grown under the influence of disruptive gravitational tides. But the predominantly bluish galaxy, NG...more »
*"What To Remember When Waking"* "In that first hardly noticed moment to which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans. What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep. To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others. To remember the other world in this world is to live in your true inhe...more »
*"Fractional-Reserve Banking is Pure Fraud"* by Jeff Nielson "This is a commentary which should never have needed to be written. What is euphemistically called “fractional-reserve banking” is obvious fraud, and obvious crime. By its very definition, it transforms the banking sector of an economy into a leveraged Ponzi-scheme, and as with all Ponzi-schemes, there is no possible “happy ending” here. Mathematically-based principles are often illustrated best through use of an extreme, numerical example. We have no need to construct any hypothetical extremes, however, when we already ...more »
[image: University of Missouri] For over half a century, American universities, with few exceptions, have ceased teaching and begun indoctrinating. In the last few weeks, this downhill spiral has accelerated. The university is now a caricature of an educational institution. It is difficult to...more »
*Business Insider:* *US military has released video of its airstrikes pounding ISIS oil trucks* The US military has released new videos showcasing the anti-ISIS coalition's latest airstrikes against ISIS oil trucks. The airstrikes, which were conducted on over the weekend in eastern Syria, destroyed 283 oil trucks belonging to the militant organization. According to the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) responsible for anti-ISIS operations, the strikes are part of the broader Operation Tidal Wave II. The operation is aimed to completely shutter ISIS's production of oil in easter...more »
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[image: Colbert] Stephen Colbert is occasionally funny. Sometimes he stands up for the truth, as when he demolished professional ex-Catholic gasbag Garry Wills. Sometimes Colbert is simply clueless, as when the Catholic Sunday school teacher welcomed a Satanist band on his show....more »
KJ and Fee do their own poll... SOURCE GUARDIAN: Sun criticised by pollster behind controversial 'jihadi sympathy' story The market research company Survation has distanced itself from how an opinion poll it carried out about British Muslims has been reported by the Sun. The newspaper is facing an increasing backlash against its front-page report of an opinion poll purporting to show that
US radio host Glenn Beck has warned that one NATO allied country is likely to invoke Article Five of the treaty that will plunge the world into WWIII. Speaking on his radio program on Tuesday, Beck commented, “If anybody starts talking about Article [Five], that is the article in the NATO alliance that brings us all to war,” he said, referring to Article Five which “states that an attack on one ally shall be considered an attack on all allies.” Presstv.com reports: Article Four of the NATO treaty calls for consultation over military matters when “the territorial integrity, politica...more »
Turkey’s motivation for shooting down the Russian Su-24 fighter jet stem from a threat made to Russia just days ago, where they said Russia would suffer “serious consequences” if they continued their anti-ISIS campaign in Syria. Moments after the plane had been shot down U.S. President Barack Obama ‘urged’ Russia to re-think its strategy in Syria, whilst announcing his full support for Turkey’s actions. The downing of the Russian jet comes just says after Turkish officials warned Russia to cease and desist its operation against ISIS. Infowars.com reports: Charges that Russia is targ...more »
NATO has been plunged into a new Middle East crisis, following the shooting down of the Russian Su-24 warplane in disputed airspace by Turkey. The incident marks a serious escalation in tensions between NATO-allied countries and Russia amid differing strategies in the fight against ISIS that now seem to be coming to a head. Washingtonpost.com reports: The downing brings renewed attention to a scenario feared for months by the Pentagon and its partners: a potential conflict arising from overlapping air missions over Syria — with Russia backing the government of Syrian President Basha...more »
*CNN*: *5 things we learned from inside the U.S. intelligence war* Washington (CNN)In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the world's attention has refocused on terrorism, and in the U.S., conversations about national security have increased in both frequency and force. The U.S. intelligence apparatus is vast, spanning some 16 agencies, with a staff of more than 100,000 people, a budget above $66 billion and a staggering array of operations, many of which are necessarily secretive. CNN sought to shed some light on the United States' many intelligence agencies and what they say they ...more »
Little Chucky Schucky hasn't even taken over as Senate Democratic Leader yet, but he's already calling the shots. And one of his first shots was to decree that Ohio's Democratic nominee against Republican incumbent Rob Portman shall be Ted Strickland, the other half of the conservative Bobbsey Twins. Strickland is a wretched conservative trying to pass himself off as a progressive for the sake of the primary. But anyone who has watched him amass his putrid record in the House and as Governor, know that Strickland is a Democrat of a couple of generations back, not a progressive. On...more »
Creating an actual anti-Islamic State alliance would require thinking entirely outside the currently existing conceptual boxes. By David P. Hamilton | The Rag Blog | November 25, 2015 “In the name of realism, men are quite mad, and precisely what … finish reading David P. Hamilton : What is to be done in the Middle East (as soon as pigs fly)
A group affiliated with ISIS previously released information about US soldiers in March (above) and called for attacks on them. Some of the information tweeted in the most recent 'hacks' was also available publicly *Vocativ*: *EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Releases Target Lists Of U.S. Officials* ISIS-affiliated hackers say they posted the lists in retaliation for an Anonymous attack that took down a main ISIS forum. ISIS-affiliated hackers posted “wanted to be killed” lists late on Saturday that included the names of current and former U.S. government officials, Vocativ discovered. The hackers...more »
I love peppermint. Peppermint candy, peppermint ice cream, but especially cake with peppermint frosting. It is absolutely delicious way to celebrate the season. I have always wanted to create a cake flavored Muddy Buddy recipe and when I saw the crushed candy canes at Winco, I knew that the recipe needed to mimic one of my favorite holiday treat. This sweet and flavorful take on Muddy Buddies has all the taste of cake batter with just the perfect hint of peppermint and because I was in the mood for extra chocolate, I threw in some Christmas candy too! You will need: - 6 Cups of...more »
The White House have confirmed that US President Barack Obama has no plans on meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the climate change conference in Paris this year. White House National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters nothing formal has been planned with Putin, but that the snub doesn’t have anything to do with the latest Turkey-Russia crisis currently unfolding. Sputniknews.com reports: Rhodes told reporters that Russia can play an important role in the counter-IS coalition and to help support a political transition in Syria. “With respect to Russia, the ...more »
I was in the process of accessing Paypal to make a transfer to my bank account and the entire browser, and laptop, froze. So I got tired of waiting for what I thought was a routine disobedient script and shut the laptop down to reboot. It always works, right? Not this time. When I rebooted, that's when I began to get the neverending Black Screen of Death. Not even a fucking C prompt in DOS. Then an hour or so later, I started getting these stupid error messages, blaming me for unplugging an external storage device while it was still in use. Either that or my hard ...more »
Participants warned of dire economic, social, and political consequences from austerity policies. By Ann Lucas | The Rag Blog | November 24, 2015 The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin hosted a two-day conference, … finish reading Ann Lucas : UT-Austin confab addresses Eurozone austerity
[image: Chicago] Protesters began to gather at State and Jackson Tuesday evening after the news conference by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy about the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged Tuesday... Continue reading *“Marchers Protest in Chicago After Video Released of Police Shooting Suspect”* at *chicago.suntimes.com*.
*Written by Grant G * Directly below is the Webster dictionary meaning of the word INOCULATED... * _______________* *Full Definition of INOCULATE* *transitive verb* *1* * a : to introduce a microorganism into * *b : to introduce (as a microorganism) into a suitable situation for growth * *c : to introduce immunologically active material (as an antibody or antigen) into especially in order to treat or prevent a disease * *2* * : to introduce something into the...more »
*The Independent*: *US underestimating Isis threat, former top intelligence official warns* 'This isn’t just lone wolves inspired by propaganda. This is coordinated.' The US is underestimating the threat posed by Isis, according to former top intelligence official. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Derek Harvey said the country’s intelligence services are failing to protect their citizens from future attacks because they are not coming to the right conclusions about the terror group. The former senior intelligence adviser and agent on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, told ...more »
[image: Medal of Freedom] Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, composer Stephen Sondheim, violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman and baseball great Willie Mays were among a number of notables presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Singer and actress Barbra Streisand,... Continue reading *“Obama Honors Spielberg, Streisand and More With Medal of Freedom”* at *nbcnews.com*.
[image: regulations] Federal regulators write a lot of regulations -- over 500 just in October 2015 -- but they don't check to see if those regulations are working, researchers find. Sofie Miller of The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center looked at 22 federal regulations costing... Continue reading *“EPA Doesn’t Check to See if Its Expensive Regulations are Working”* at *uschamber.com*.
[image: Hillary Clinton Addresses Watermark Silicon Valley Conference For Women] The media are continuing their codependent obsession with Donald Trump by focusing, in this week's edition of media-fueled Trumpmania, on comments he made regarding Muslims. You can look anywhere for evidence of this, but the first five Google hits for... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton’s Denialism is the Other Extreme of Trump’s Rhetoric on Islam”* at *thefederalist.com*.
[image: Brussels - 400] The city of the whited sepulchers is what Joseph Conrad called Brussels in his haunting novella, Heart of Darkness. The phrase comes from the New Testament: Jesus said that the hypocritical religious and community leaders of his time were like... Continue reading *“The City of the Whited Sepulchres”* at *the-american-interest.com*.
[image: Princeton] A group of sensible Princeton students is standing up to the mob, and demanding that Princeton's president Eisgruber do the same. The whole statement deserves to be seen: The Legislative Committee of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition has sent the... Continue reading *“Princeton Students Fight Back Over Removing Woodrow Wilson References”* at *powerlineblog.com*.
[image: Ohio college campus] As students at Youngstown State University walked to class Monday morning, they were shocked to find Islamic State terror messages painted on a well-known on-campus boulder, which promised “We Are Coming.” Between Sunday night and Monday morning, a large rock... Continue reading *“ISIS Terror Threat ‘We Are Coming’ Spray Painted on Ohio College Campus”* at *christianpost.com*.
[image: Jewish Developers] A mayor in suburban New York's Rockland County secretly pledged to reject all building permit applications by Jewish developers, according to a newspaper report. The mayor, Demeza Delhomme of Spring Valley, was secretly recorded in March saying he would vote... Continue reading *“Report: Mayor in NY Vowed to Block Jewish Developers”* at *haaretz.com*.
Below: picture of Bataclan in Paris where suicide bombers exploded. Really??? The point of this post is to acknowledge that people around the world are waking up to the fact that governments do FALSE FLAGS and blame Muslims to keep the "war on terror" going and to strip liberties from citizens in their countries in the name of keeping them safe from the Muslim terrorist FALSE FLAGS they're doing. There is NO WAY at this point in 2015 that the U.S. and Israel and Britain and all the advanced countries like France DO NOT KNOW "TERRORISTS" ARE DOING THIS AHEAD OF TIME WITH ALL THE N...more »
*FOX News*: *Former head of Defense Intelligence Agency responds to claims over ISIS intelligence* The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said the White House can’t say it was not made aware of the growing threat ISIS posed in the region in an exclusive interview Monday with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File.” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said what President Obama has received from the national intelligence system on ISIS is “very accurate,” but may not have met a “narrative” out of the White House. “It is a cancer inside of the Islamic religion, and the White House ...more »
Media types seemed shocked yesterday when the *Washington Post* reported the results of a poll showing Hillary Clinton-- who, in preparation for the general election, is already moving rapidly to the right, at least on terror-- to be significantly more trusted by American voters than any Republican on the issue of how to handle terrorism. These media types are more used to seeing a flood of absurd polling from the Republican primary base that represents nothing but morons brain-washed by Fox News and Hate Talk Radio hosts-- like this nonsense about how trusted Texas neo-fascist Te...more »
[image: vehicles] Valuable vehicles and equipment are being yanked from law enforcement agencies across the country by the Obama administration in the wake of the president's post-Ferguson order -- as sheriffs and lawmakers tell FoxNews.com the equipment is needed, and losing it could... Continue reading *“Outrage as Military Vehicles, Equipment Taken from Officers in Wake of Obama Order”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: spiders - 400] It's not frost or morning dew -- but a finely woven spider web by millions of spiders stretching for nearly a half-mile. Residents of the Memphis neighborhood are trying their best to deal with the rare phenomena, but are quickly realizing they're... Continue reading *“Memphis Neighborhood Terrorized: ‘It’s Like a Horror Movie. Never Seen Nothing Like This Before.’”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: General Relativity] It's Einstein Tuesday! In honor of the 100th anniversary of General Relativity (which is, technically, Wednesday, because that's the anniversary of the fourth in a series of lectures Einstein gave, and the one in which he finally got the dang... Continue reading *“Einstein’s Niftiest Notion: General Relativity Turns 100”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
(I posted the first part of this rant on this RetractionWatch post but the moderator seems to have decided that it doesn't meet their policy. Fair enough as I find it hard to be restrained about such nonsense.) I don’t care that David Katz wrote the fake review. Fiction about fiction, all very meta. What I do care about is the Big Lie he repeats in his defenses – that those criticizing the dietary guidelines and the DGAC process “are the very group employing every means at their disposal to scuttle dietary guidance dedicated to public (and planetary) health to serve their own pecunia...more »
*In light of the NATO shoot down of the Russian fighter jet, via NATO occupied Turkey, I'm re-linking the post from November 4/2015 that asked the question- What if Russia attacked Syria's Kurds on behalf of Assad?: Rudaw* *That question has been answered for us all! * *NATO will shoot down Russian planes operating in Syrian territory as requested by the Syrian government in order to support their Kurdish terrorists as they (NATO/ISRAEL/Kurds) create the terror state of Kurdistan aka Greater Israel.* Especially relevant when one considers the FACT that it was an F-15 that entere...more »
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