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*Business Insider:* *The 50 most powerful people in the world* It isn't just wealth. And it isn't just control over people or resources. No, true power is a potent combination of money and influence that enables people to help shape the world. But only a select group of people really possess the economic and political clout to effect global change. For better or worse, their decisions affect millions, shake industries, and change nations. Business Insider has compiled the following list of the world's most powerful people — heads of state, billionaires, CEOs, and entertainers. To ...more »
This was a comment posted by Roua Naboulsi right after the attacks in Paris. Read it first and then let's think about why Facebook removed it... and then restored it. Sorry! What happened in Paris last night was awful. I stayed up late following the news in disbelief and I am so sorry to anyone who has been affected by these horrible attacks. The international community has responded, as predicted, by showing their unwavering solidarity with Paris. The night before that, a bomb went off in my country, Lebanon, killing 43 people. No one prayed for us. No one kept us in their tho...more »
White House *Business Insider*: *44 iconic images of Barack Obama's tenure as president* On November 4, 2008, more than 69.4 million Americans voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) to become the 44th president of the United States — and the first African-American to hold the position. Obama, then 47, earned 365 electoral votes and nearly 53% of the popular vote in a wider-than-expected margin of victory. His Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), captured 173 electoral votes and a little more than 45% of the popular vote. In honor of the seventh anniversary of ...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Sputnik:* *Lack of US-Led Coalition Strikes in Syria 'Unrelated' to S-400 Deployment* *The absence of US-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria is not related to Russia’s deployment of an advanced S-400 Triumf air defense system.* WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The absence of US-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria is not related to Russia’s deployment of an advanced S-400 Triumf air defense system at the Hmeimim airbase, a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) spokesperson told Sputnik o...more »
In a nutshell- Kurds/Israel cojoined- Like cojoined twins?“twin babies born joined together at some point” Long term readers here KNOW that Kurdistan is simply Greater Israel *Notice the overlap?- Cojoined! This just ain’t that difficult folks..* * From "Jew News" October 2014 -GREATER ISRAEL and KURDISTAN: Now this is my kind of a Middle East* And Israeli kind of Middle East. Get the picture? *Consider this cojoinment of Israel/Kurdistan in the context of the so called ‘refugee crisis*” Instigated and encouraged by NATO/Israel. The so called “refugee crisis” is cover for *ethnic...more »
*Vladimir Putin in thought* Folks, *I have some very serious trepidation's concerning Vladimir Putin's personal welfare*--due to the implications of reports like the the one linked here where a Lebanese official says *NATO okayed Turkey's downing of the Russian jet.* The perps are getting truly desperate...*and desperate men do desperate things. * From the LA Times More than 100 heads of state and government, including Obama, have accepted invitations to attend the opening days of the conference. requested postponement of the summit, an event he called “crucial to the planet’s f...more »
*RT*: *Russia deploys cutting-edge S-400 air defense system to Syrian base after Su-24 downing* Moscow has deployed its newest S-400 air defense missile system to Khmeimim in Syria as part of a security boost following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey earlier this week. “In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, today (on Monday) an S-400 air defense missile system has been promptly delivered, deployed and already began combat duty to provide cover for the area around the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria,” General-Major Igor Kon...more »
In my neighborhood there aren't many election campaign signs on peoples' lawns yet-- half a dozen for Bernie scattered around. One weirdo put up a Hillary sign up the block but only for one day. I don't know if she was embarrassed and took it down herself or if someone ripped it down-- although this isn't that kind of neighborhood. But what happens if some reclusive old bigot-- and I suspect someone up the hill of being that guy-- puts up a Trumpf sign? What happens then? Is Trumpf so beyond the pale with normal people-- we don't have Republicans here-- that even a campaign sign w...more »
[image: University of Missouri, college] “From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia … could not by force take a drink from...more »
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved a new flu shot for the 2015 flu season, that contains an added adjuvant that has been criticized by experts as being very unsafe for humans. The oil-based adjuvant, known as Squalene, has been said to cause autoimmune disease, and has been linked to Gulf War Syndrome. Ernestdempsey.com reports: One fourth of the war vets in the Gulf wars experienced the illness characterized by chronic fatigue, muscle aches and pain, and a range of cardiovascular, neurologic, and respiratory problems as well as psychological issues like depres...more »
French authorities have arrested 24 climate change activists ahead of the UN climate change warming conference in Paris next week, citing the state of emergency powers and scrapping of the human rights convention as justification. The interior ministry said that the measures were taken to prevent the activists from demonstrating at the COP21 conference. About.hr reports: Three of those concerned, who are in their late 20s, are suspected of belonging to the “radical opposition movement”, according to information obtained by AFP. They are banned from leaving their home town in western...more »
France have decided to “opt out” of the European Human Rights Convention, citing the recent Paris attacks as justification for its extreme decision. France is still in a state of emergency, with police raids being conducted daily on mosques, Islamic charities, and “radical environmentalists”. With the government shutting down alternative news websites, it’s looking grim for the future of civil liberties in France right now. Rfi.fr reports: States are allowed to opt out in case of war or a danger “threatening the life of the nation”, although they cannot be exempted from certain pro...more »
*Including Fantasy Gift Ideas For Republicans! By Noah* The ads! The ads! These retailers! It’s worse than the political ads! Then, there’s the usual endless local news coverage of the pillaging, people camping out in the cold just to be the first in the store. The Visigoths were better behaved. I’m already so sick of hearing “It’s that most wonderful time of the year”. I’m so sick of Kay Jewelers ads. "Every 'kiss' begins with Kay?" I’m so sick of hearing the word 'door-buster' and terms like Black Friday and Giving Tuesday, and all the rest. Mayhem Monday is only a matter of ti...more »
From *Wikipedia**: *Pork Chop Hill is a 1959 American Korean War film starring Gregory Peck, Rip Torn and George Peppard. The film, which was the final war film directed by Lewis Milestone, is based upon the book by U.S. military historian Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall. It depicts the first fierce Battle of Pork Chop Hill between the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division, and Chinese and North Korean forces in April 1953. *WNU Editor:* A classic film, my only beef with this copy is that it ends a few minutes before it is suppose to. As to the real battle itself, Wikipedia's entr...more »
Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Bradstreet were doing incredible research in uncovering the truth about vaccines and their connection to autism. However, before they had a chance to widely publicise their findings, the FDA raided their offices and both doctors were found dead under suspicious circumstances. In this video, Dr. Ted Broer explains why doctors are being killed for discovering the truth about vaccines, and what you can do to stop the forced genocide on your children by our very own government. According to the video’s description: Dr. Ted Broer explains why doctors are being kille...more »
[image: DSC08410] *Another elaborate home for pigeons.* In retrospect it looks predictable and obvious: Ting Hsin got off in the toxic oil scandal. The China Post observes: Former Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co. Chairman Wei Ying-chung (魏應充), suspected to be behind a series of food safety scandals starting in 2013, was found not guilty yesterday in a ruling by the Changhua District Court due to lack of evidence. * Five others involved in the case, including a former CEO, a current chairman and the head of its Vietnamese food company subsidiary, were also found not guilty. Outr...more »
Vladimir Putin has authorized Russia’s military to bring down the current Turkish government, which includes plans to rid Turkey of its leader President Recep Erdogan, in response to Turkey’s shooting down of the Russian Su-24 warplane. According to the Ministry of Defence, the shooting down of the plane was organised by the CIA and Turkey, as part of an oil-for-weapons scheme which involved ISIS militants operating in Syria run by Turkey’s President Erdogan’s son Bilal Erdogan. According to the MoD, Bilal Erdogan is the mastermind behind the lucrative crude oil smuggling by ISIS m...more »
A ex-CIA agent, Bob Baer, has said the situation in the Middle East, including the mounting tension between Russia and Turkey, is looking like the beginning of World War III. “This mosaic in the Middle East of conflict is getting out of control,” the former CIA agent told CNN. “It’s not just Russia and Turkey, it’s Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is expanding rather than contracting, and nobody has a strategic plan.” Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin said that he suspects the United States leaked information about the flight path of the doomed Su-24 flight to Turkey – hinting that the downing of...more »
*Steven A. Cook, Politico:* *Is Turkey Really at the Table?* It claims to be part of the solution in fighting ISIL, but often it’s been part of the problem. To Westerners, it might seem that Vladimir Putin was exaggerating in anger when, after a Turkish F-16 on Tuesday shot down a Russian fighter jet allegedly violating Turkish airspace, he referred to the government in Ankara as “terrorists’ accomplices.” Americans aren’t used to thinking of Turkey—our NATO ally and most powerful backstop in the Muslim world—in this way. And surely Putin is just engaging in some saber-rattling. ...more »
Former London Major Ken Livingston accused Tony Blair of being responsible for the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died on 7th July 2005. Speaking on BBC’s Question Time program, the former mayor said the then prime minister ignored a security service warning that invading Iraq would make the UK a terror target, putting civilian lives at risk. Mr Livingstone said: “When Tony Blair was told by the security services, ‘If you go into Iraq, we will be a target for terrorism’, and he ignored that advice, and it killed 52 Londoners.” He went on: “If we had not invaded Iraq those fou...more »
Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan has lashed out at Vladimir Putin, warning him not to “play with fire” in response to Putin’s accusation that the U.S. supplied Turkey with information about the flight path of its downed Su-24 jet. Erdogan said he hoped to meet Putin “face to face” in Paris next week, and hopes relations between Turkey and Russia are not irreparably harmed. Putin, who has so far refused to speak to Erdogan, says that Moscow is suspending its visa-free scheme with Turkey from the New Year as one of many measures aimed at addressing the harm Turkey have caused. Sky New...more »
Silicon Valley professionals have reported a growing trend that involves experimenting with “microdoses” of LSD to help them perform better at work and lead a happier life. According to Rolling Stone, a growing number of people are consuming small amounts of LSD and reporting high energy levels, clarity of the mind, and a renewed vigor. A microdose is around 10-15 micrograms of LSD, which is a tenth of the normal dose a recreational user would take to experience its psychedelic effects. Telegraph.co.uk reports: At that dosage, Rolling Stone describes the drug’s effects as “subpercep...more »
Russia have said they have a renewed determination to completely obliterate ISIS in Syria, following the downing of Russian Su-24 jet by Turkey a few days ago. Ex-general Sabit Muhammad told Russian media sources that Russia feels compelled to defend its position in Syria by extending its range of S-400 missiles across the Mediterranean. “Russia’s response to Turkey following the aircraft incident will be a more determined action in Syria,” he told Sputnik International. Sputniknews.com reports: According to Sabit Muhammed, “this will allow Russia to substantially strengthen its pos...more »
Turkish police used pepper spray against activists who showed up to show support for the Turkish journalists who were arrested for treason following the publication of what Turkey deemed, “top secret” information about the transport of weapons via Turkish trucks to ISIS militants. Protesters gathered outside the Cumhuriyet newspaper offices in Ankara, Friday, to show solidarity with two journalists who have been jailed on terror and espionage charges for publishing reports that accuse the government of arms smuggling into Syria Several thousand people rallied in Istanbul and Ankara....more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande have joined forced to stop the smuggling of crude oil into Turkey by ISIS militants. The duo have vowed to cripple the Islamic State, hitting them where it hurts most: the source of their financing. Putin described the lucrative ISIS operation to reporters, saying there were “vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon,” and that his top priority is to now stop the commercial-scale oil smuggling into Turkey. Rt.com reports: The views resemble a “living oil pipe” stretched from ISIS and ...more »
------------------------------ Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns? By Tony Cartalucci Region: Middle East & North Africa Global Research, November 26, 2015 Theme: Politics and Religion New Eastern Outlook 9 June 2015 *Note: **Article originally published in June 2015* *Since ancient times an army required significant logistical support to carry out any kind of sustained military campaign. In ancient Rome, an extensive network of roads was constructe...more »
This video gives a review of the last two years in Ukraine. This backgrounder is a good intro for anyone who feels confused about the civil war going on. The US has been directing the puppet regime in Kiev's attack on their own citizens in the eastern regions of Ukraine - in the Donbass as it is called. The Kiev regime has been shelling homes, schools, hospitals, day care centers, churches, rail systems, power plants, airports and more. Those living in the east have formed self defense forces and have received some material aid from Russia although there is no evidence that R...more »
[image: China forced abortions - 400] IRONDALE, Alabama, November 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- An expert on China says the country’s move from the infamous “one-child per family” policy of forced abortion and sterilization to a “two-child” policy will leave the status quo largely intact. Human rights... Continue reading *“VIDEO: Expert Says China Will Continue Forced Abortions, Sterilizations”* at *lifesitenews.com*.
[image: Cruz and Trump - 400] A group of tea party activists is convinced that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has struck a secret deal with rival Sen. Ted Cruz to guarantee the Texan the vice presidential spot on the ticket, and conservatives are raving that... Continue reading *“The Apprentice: Tea Party Activists Convinced Trump Eyeing Cruz for Ticket”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
A Swedish court has ruled that internet service providers cannot be forced to block file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, despite the music industry’s demands that Europe block them for alleged copyright violations. The District Court of Stockholm rules that copyright holders could not force Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget to block the Pirate Bay, as the file-sharing site did not commit any copyright infringements. Thelocal.se reports: The action was brought by Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry, who teamed up in a lawsuit last year de...more »
“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by ...more »
*“Praying”* “It doesn't have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don't try to make them elaborate, this isn't a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.” - Mary Oliver, “Thirst”
*“Learning”* by Chet Raymo “In the Preface to his lovely book “The Island Within”, about a wilderness island near his home on the coast of Alaska, Rick Nelson writes; "I have recorded my experiences, not as a teacher, certainly not as a thinker, but as a learner who loves his subject as deeply as he loves life itself.” I spent most of my adult life as a "teacher," and I suppose I've done my share of "thinking," but I'd like to think that those activities were means to an end: learning. Certainly, now in retirement I don't consider myself a teacher, and I'd rather ponder someone els...more »
*"Compulsive Apologies: The Feeling Underneath"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Apologizing chronically can be a sign that you are not feeling that you have much self worth. Many people suffer with the tendency to apologize all the time, chronically, for everything. On the one hand, apologizing is a social convention that keeps interactions between people polite, and in that way it can be very helpful. On the other hand, if we find ourselves apologizing for everything, it might be time to look at why we feel compelled to say “I’m sorry” so often. Ultimately, saying you’re sorry is ...more »
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” - M. Scott Peck
*“Why Even a Modest Disruption Will Shatter the Status Quo”* by Charles Hugh Smith “Any modest reduction in debt, tax revenues, consumption or new borrowing will bring the entire Status Quo crashing down. Consider this clipping from the August 1932 San Francisco Chronicle newspaper: "Reduction of salaries of municipal employees and limitation of city positions to only one member of a household will be sought by (Supervisor) Adolph Uhl in two amendments to the San Francisco charter. The salary reductions would run from 2.5% for the lowest bracket to 25% on salaries of $500 a month or...more »
There's nothing wrong with a small town weekly. Typically, they have just one reporter, maybe two, who covers very local events that are overlooked by daily papers. They have one or two opinion columns that are contracted to writers who live in the community or are known to it. I wrote a column for such a paper that provided an audience of, maybe, 10,000. There was no out-of-town news since people got that from the better-equipped daily, the Montreal Gazette, whose circulation was something over 100,000. I can't find the circulation figures for the English-language Irving papers in...more »
[image: school - 400] Sixth-graders at an elite Bronx private school have been caught drawing swastikas in art class, so administrators met with the kids -- talking mainly about how the symbols represent peace in some cultures. One parent who wishes not to be... Continue reading *“More Scholastic Madness: Swastika is a Symbol of Peace, Elite School Tells Sixth-Graders”* at *nypost.com*.
*“How Many More?”* by Karl Denninger "In Chicago there was a shooting of LaQuan McDonald over a year ago. 400 days later, there was a murder charge leveled in that shooting, even though the shooting itself was caught on video tape and the tape was known to exist and was in the custody of police within hours. That's because the recording was made on a cop dashcam. The dead guy was 17, had a 3" pocket knife and was on drugs. The latter, of course, was only known posthumously. However, he wasn't attacking anyone with said knife, the blade was folded into the handle and thus not capabl...more »
*Reuters:* *Global landmine casualties increase, Afghanistan largely to blame: study* LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Long-term progress in reducing the number of landmine casualties was reversed last year, and rebel groups used the mines in 10 countries, the largest number since 2006, researchers said on Thursday. Non-state groups were still using the deadly devices in the 12 months to October 2015 in Colombia, Libya, Myanmar, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen, and in Afghanistan, where there was a sharp increase in casualties from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Landmines we...more »
Sent to the Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2015 No Child Left Behind gets undeserved credit for making schools pay attention to students living in poverty ("Education's sweet spot,” November 27). Experienced educators have always been aware of the effects of poverty and know which schools and students are the most impacted. Also, educational research has confirmed the negative effects of poverty on learning for decades. Recommending more precise measurements to identify needy schools is like recommending that fire departments invest in expensive and highly accurate thermometers...more »
Image: Creative Commons *Bleda Kurtdarcan & Barın Kayaoğlu, National Interest:* *5 Russian Weapons of War Turkey Should Fear* Given recent events, just like its counterpart discussing the five Turkish weapons that Russia should fear, this article covers the weapons that Russians could use in a limited engagement in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean. As such, Russia’s ballistic missile capabilities or U.S. tactical nukes based in Turkey will not be part of the analysis because they are virtually useless in a limited engagement. *WNU Editor: *The Russian military is already waging...more »
A Turkish Air Force F16 jet fighter prepares to take off from an air base during the Anatolian Eagle military exercise in the central Anatolian city of Konya April 28, 2010. UMIT BEKTAS/Reuters *Hurriyet Daily News*:* Turkey suspends Syria flights after crisis with Russia* The Turkish army has suspended flights over Syria as part of an ongoing joint military campaign with the United States against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after it shot down a Russian jetfighter, sparking an unprecedented crisis between Ankara and Moscow. The decision was taken following the...more »
(Optional soothing musical accompaniment.) Isn't it rich? As the corporate press engages in a frenzy of hand-wringing over the potential Trump regime that they're doing their utmost to create, they're losing sight of the Big Picture. Because whether it's draped in the American flag or whether it's nesting inside Trump's comb-over like a plague of lice, fascism is already here. We're already living under a corporate police state: government of, by, and for the oligarchs. This status quo is just making it all that much easier for Donald Trump to rise to power and glory, for Donald ...more »
[image: Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting - 900 000] COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A gunman was arrested Friday hours after opening fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, wounding multiple people and engaging in gun battles with police inside the building, officials said. At least 11 people,...more »
The Washington Times/Lamar SmithatThe Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: NOAA2 - 400] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation's leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages... Continue reading *“NOAA’s Climate Change Science Fiction”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: gavel - 400] When it comes to poor people arrested for felonies in Scott County, Miss., Judge Marcus D. Gordon doesn't bother with the Constitution. He refuses to appoint counsel until arrestees have been formally charged by an indictment, which means they must... Continue reading *“How to Prosecute Abusive Prosecutors”* at *google.com*.
[image: Dover - 400] This month marks the 10th anniversary of a trial LiveScience called "one of the biggest courtroom clashes between faith and evolution since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial." In 2005, a federal judge ruled the Dover Area School District in Pennsylvania... Continue reading *“Intelligent Design: A Decade After the Dover Trial”* at *worldmag.com*.
[image: Staples - 400] Staples, REI, and H&M are going against the grain -- and now Thanksgiving is becoming a real holiday again. In recent years, Black Friday sales have been creeping earlier and earlier with some starting as early as Thanksgiving evening. Many... Continue reading *“Staples, REI, and H&M are Going Against the Grain — and Now Thanksgiving is Becoming a Real Holiday Again”* at *businessinsider.com* .
*"These People Got Way Too Aggressive On Black Friday"* Videos of the brawls that broke out in local stores this year. by Ryan Grenoble "If it's worth waking up for at 3 a.m., it's apparently also worth waking up for at 3 a.m. and then punching someone in the face. Welcome to Black Friday, the annual tradition where bargain-crazed shoppers gather at big box stores and reenact scenes from Lord of the Flies. At a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, bystander Adolfo E. Arzaga captured a chaotic scene as a scrum of shoppers scuffled over discounted flat-screen TVs: In Springfield, Virginia, a coll...more »
[image: burqa - 400] The town of Ticino in Switzerland approved a referendum to ban burqas, after the Swiss parliament decided a ban would not "violate the country's federal law." Women could receive a fine up to ?6,500 ($9,828.84) if caught wearing a burqa,... Continue reading *“Town in Switzerland Bans Burqa, Women Face Fines up to $10,000”* at *breitbart.com*.
^ ^ ^ “If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.” "Religion is still useful among the herd - that it helps their orderly conduct as nothing else could. The crude human animal is in-eradicably superstitious, and there is every biological reason why they should be. Take away his Christian god and saints, and he will worship something else...” H.P. Lovecraft
R. *v.* Appulonappa, 2015 SCC 59:  A law is said to violate our basic values by being overbroad when "the law goes too far and interferes with some conduct that bears no connection to its objective": *Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford*, 2013 SCC 72,  3 S.C.R. 1101, at para. 101. As stated in *Bedford*, "[o]verbreadth allows courts to recognize that the law is rational in some cases, but that it overreaches in its effect in others": at para. 113; see also *Carter v. Canada (Attorney General)*, 2015 SCC 5,  1 S.C.R. 331, at para. 85. [...more »
[image: Chicago police shooting protest- 900 000] CHICAGO (AP) -- Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down four lanes of traffic in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16...more »
Jason Jones & John ZmirakatThe Stream - 9 hours ago
[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.] Much has been made of the foreign policy defects of leading Republican candidates. It's worrisome that Ben Carson can't nail down the details of which countries are meddling where in the Middle East, and that Donald Trump believes that his...more »
According to reports, US troops are in Kobane in northern Syria, to train Kurdish forces to battle ISIS. AFP was told that the American ‘instructors’ had arrived “in recent hours” in what is the first official deployment of U.S. ground troops in Syria. Press TV reports: The US has reportedly dispatched dozens of ground troops to Syria in a bid to shore up its ostensibly ineffective airstrikes against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists and assist Kurdish militants operating in Turkish-Syrian border regions. A Thursday report by the Lebanese TV al-Mayadeen said the US servicemen entered Syr...more »
Midwest Properties Ltd. v. Thordarson, 2015 ONCA 819:  At common law, the traditional view was that damages for any type of injury to property should be measured by the diminution in value caused by the injury: see *Hosking v. Phillips* (1848), 154 E.R. 801, 3 Exch. Rep. 168 (Eng. Ex. Ct.). More recently, courts have awarded damages based on restoration costs, even if those costs exceed the amount of the decrease in property value: see Katherine M. van Rensburg, "Deconstructing *Tridan*: A Litigator's Perspective" (2004) 15 J. Envtl. L. & Prac. 85, at p. 89; see e.g. *Jens...more »
In the wake of the Islamist terrorist attacks against civilians in Paris on November 13, various Muslim clerics and scholars have condemned that violence as “un-Islamic.” Yet more important than condemning acts of terrorism committed by Muslims is they condemn the aspects of Islamic culture which produce terrorists. No single component of that culture is more deserving of condemnation than its unenlightened views on freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and tolerance for so-called heresy. This Islamic backwardness comes into focus this week because a Saudi court sentenced ...more »
Polls are in the news. Has anyone conducted a poll to assess the general public’s perception of Islam? One problem is how to broach the matter delicately without antagonising the man on the multicultural omnibus. My poll would be designed to find out how much people know about current issues, and what they think about them; Islam, the Arab world, immigration, Israel and antisemitism. I’d also need to ask where they learn about politics and current affairs. I’d have one box saying ‘BBC’ and another saying ‘other.’ I don’t have a Facebook account myself, but I have access to one, and...more »
The EPA is revoking approval of a new herbicide that was going to be rolled-out with the latest variant of genetically modified seed, designed to be impervious to both 2,4-D and glyphosate: Andrew Pollack, E.P.A. Revokes Approval of New Dow Herbicide for G.M.O. Crops. The New York Times, November 25, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/business/epa-revokes-approval-of-new-dow-herbicide.html?emc=edit_th_20151126&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32962000&_r=0 The Environmental Protection Agency, in a surprising move, has decided to revoke the approval of a herbicide that was made to be us...more »
Elderly Republican establishment types thought Rubio could save them from the Trumpf-Cruz onslaught because... he has a Hispanic name? He got a weave to cover up his bald spot? Because they believe the Koch brothers can buy off Hispanic voters for him? He's got what it takes to capture the youth vote? Rubio has always appeared to me to be a mean, crusty old man trapped in a younger man's body. Spanish-language media caught on sooner than mainstream media has and routinely refers to him as "*un joven viejo* (a young fogey). It takes around a minute and a half of going through his p...more »
*The Telegraph*: *Barack Obama plan to defeat Isil dismissed by US intelligence experts* Former and serving diplomats and intelligence officials tell the Telegraph that President Obama's hopes of defeating Islamic State are based on "smoke and mirrors". President Barack Obama's attempts to destroy Isil have been derided by Western diplomats and his own former intelligence officials. Mr Obama has insisted that the United States will not change the strategy that he said was already “containing” Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and would work eventually to “degrade and de...more »
[image: NIGERIA-UNREST] KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated himself in the middle of a procession of hundreds of moderate Shiite Muslims on Friday, killing at least 15 people, organizers said. The attack also injured 40 people who...more »
[image: Tom Brady fan - 400] BOSTON -- Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady had a message for a New Hampshire woman who wanted more than anything to meet him. CBS Boston reports that Jaclyn Spotts, 23, has been in critical care at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston.... Continue reading *“Tom Brady Responds to Hospitalized Fan’s Final Wish”* at *cbsnews.com*.
[image: Trumbo - 400] When it was announced two years ago that Bryan Cranston would play Dalton Trumbo in a new movie about the late blacklisted Communist screenwriter, I wrote an article for National Review that asked a simple question: would the film be... Continue reading *“The New Film Trumbo is a Train Wreck”* at *pjmedia.com*.
A French journalist has said that Turkey is essentially an Islamic Caliphate. The Islamic fundamentalist side of Turkey is strong and present and the country isn’t on the same page as the the EU, says Pascal Celerier writing for Boulevard Voltaire. Celerier suggests that Europe needs to wake up to the rise of Islamic extremism and realise that Ankara is competing with Tehran for political Islamic influence in the Middle East. Europe needs to take a tougher stance towards Turkey specially after the downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber and the interruption of a moments silence for to t...more »
Neither Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan nor Russia's Vladimir Putin show any sign of backing down Turkey warns Russia not to 'play with fire' over downed jet The BBC (Biggest and Best Calumny) is this morning doing what it does best....*stirring the pot and creating dissension amongst other nations*. As the official "Voice of the Neocon Cabal" (VNC)* it's like the puny coward in the schoolyard...baiting and urging on the bigger boys to fight...all the while standing in the shadows...like the mendacious coward that it is.* Here is an "analysis" from the BBC: Strongmen's war of words...more »
*IBTimes*: *Syria: Photos of Alparslan Celik, rebel leader from Turkey who shot Russian pilot, go viral* The photos of Alparslan Celik, a Syrian rebel leader from Turkey, are being widely shared on social media after he appeared in a video boasting of how he and his men shot the Russian pilot while he parachuted out from his plane on 24 November. Alparslan Celik is the leader of the Syrian Turkmen brigade, which is supported by Turkey and he shot into the international limelight after he appeared in a video detailing the killing of the Russian pilot. He even showed-off some of th...more »
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front L) and Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (front R), with Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L) and Ahmet Davutoglu (C) of Turkey in the background *Business Insider:* *Russia just dealt a huge blow to Turkey over its downing of a Russian warplane* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Friday that Russia would be suspending its visa-free travel agreement with Turkey, in light of Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane earlier this week. The suspension, which will make it harder for Russians to travel to T...more »
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Chirikov/Pool Washington Post: Russia plays down idea of coalition with West to strike ISIS in Syria MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday played down the possibility of a grand coalition with the West to strike the Islamic State in Syria, despite personal visits by French President François Hollande to both Washington and Moscow following a spate of horrific terrorist attacks tied to the terrorist group. “At the moment, un...more »
The New York Times/Julia PrestonatThe Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: illegal immigrants borders- 400 000] The numbers of migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally have risen sharply in recent weeks, replaying scenes from the influx of Central American children and families in South Texas last year. Once again, smugglers are bringing hundreds of women... Continue reading *“Number of Illegals Crossing Rio Grande Sharply Rises”* at *nytimes.com*.
A new study by King’s College London and Sapienza University of Rome has found that frequent use of skunk cannabis wreaks havoc on the part of the brain responsible for communication between the two hemispheres. The study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that “skunk” cannabis damages the corpus callosum, a bundle of neural fibers that allows communication between the brain’s left and right hemispheres. Skunk cannabis is a common choice in the UK specially among the youth. According to research the high levels of THC (The main element for the psychedelic experi...more »
*Doctors Without Borders* The US Military has come out with a report of its investigation into the horrific bombing of a MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan which killed at least 17 medical staff and patients. As expected, the report concludes that the bombing was just a 'tragic mistake" and that no one is to blame. As I have said numerous times on this blog. This type of criminal and cowardly behaviour is part and parcel of the toolkit of the US to keep its vassal states in line....just as a pimp keeps its whores in line by regularly beating/bitchslapping them. There is absolu...more »
*CNN*: *France remembers Paris terror victims after Hollande beats war drums* (CNN)All across France, blue-white-red national flags flew from buildings on Friday. President Francois Hollande had asked people to hoist the tricolor in patriotic solidarity with the 130 people massacred two weeks ago in Paris. And in the grand square of the Hotel National des Invalides, Hollande called guests together to mourn the victims in a national ceremony. Attack survivors appeared alongside grieving families and diplomats representing the countries of foreign victims. *MIDDLE EAST* Turkey wa...more »
*Bernie Suarez* - Freedom-loving humanity is responding to the lies and propaganda of the Western press. The post Awakened Humanity is Thankfully Breaking Free From Mass Media appeared first on Waking Times.
Two weeks ago, I attended the launching of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) 2015 Report in Kuala Lumpur, then I also gave a short presentation on IPR and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. I showed portions of *Dr. Ramon Clarete* (University of the Philippines School of Economics, UPSE) paper during the UPSE-Ayala forum, *Going Regional: Which Mega Trade Deals Should the Philippines Join?* last February 2015. He used the Gravity model of trade in estimating the level of bilateral exports or imports between two trading partners. * Dependent variable: flow...more »
By Paul Homewood http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/11/26/inenglish/1448550150_453924.html Stranded assets, Mr Carney? El Pais report: Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa on Thursday applied for preliminary protection from creditors and called in lenders to start negotiating the terms of an agreement that would prevent a definitive suspension of payments. In accordance with Spanish insolvency laws, the […]
Demonstrators in Greece have set fire to American and Turkish flags to express their strong condemnation of the recent downing of a Russian jet by Turkey. They also demanded that Greece pull out of NATO. The Protesters gathered at Syntagma Square in Athens and marched toward the Turkish embassy but were stopped by police. Additional police were deployed at the embassy. Press TV reports: They carried banners with messages in condemnation of NATO, and distributed leaflets, demanding that Greece pulls out of the Western military alliance. Security forces did not allow leader of the lef...more »
[image: face transplant - 400] Patrick Hardison’s face burned off while he was working as a volunteer firefighter in 2001. In August 2015, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez gave him a new one. It was the most extensive face transplant ever, involving more than 100 people. Dr.... Continue reading *“The Surgeon Who Performed the Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever Told Us How He Did It”* at *businessinsider.com*.
[image: Arlington Christmas wreaths - 400 000] Wreaths Across America, the group responsible for placing wreaths on 230,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, said Wednesday that 30,000 graves may have to forego the commemorative garland due to a lack of funding. Continue reading *“Arlington National Cemetery Short 30,000 Christmas Wreaths This Year”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
[image: Comments Verge article] On December 28th, 2011, Bill Hadley read the comments. It was a simple article in the Freeport Journal Standard, detailing Hadley’s run for a newly vacant seat on the county board. But the commenters were less polite. “Hadley is a... Continue reading *“Finding Fuboy: One Man Spent Four Years and $35,000 to Unmask His Internet Troll”* at *theverge.com*.
FiveThirtyEight.com/Ben CasselmanatThe Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Black Friday shoppers- 400 000] Sometime on Thursday, after the football game and the second slice of pie, you might turn on the television and see a cheerful local news reporter standing outside a mall and reporting on the long lines of deal-seeking shoppers. Or... Continue reading *“Black Friday Sales Numbers are Useless and Wrong”* at *fivethirtyeight.com*.
Had Trump announced he was being endorsed by Oregon's Pastor Pete Peters, Florida's Carl Gallups, Missouri's Dan Gayman or any of the other crackpot pastors on the fringes of the far, far right I might have laughed or yawned. But they weren't the religious figures the TV entertainer/American fascist leader has been tweeting about when he claims to have lined up 100 pastors to endorse his presidential run. With Cruz and Dr. Ben sewing up evangelical support in Iowa, Trump, who has cultivated a relationship with right-wing churches over the years but isn't a religious person himself,...more »
A paper suggesting that exposure to sunlight might help prevent hip fractures in the elderly has been retracted, due to duplication and “concerns about the underlying data.” An expression of concern that appeared last July flagged the 2005 paper as containing text that matched another paper with the same first author that was published in 2011. According […] The post Osteoporosis paper felled by concerns with “scientific integrity” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Black Friday fight - 400] Frenzied Black Friday shoppers scrapped in Kentucky over sneakers and squared off over TVs in Texas, marking a violent start to the holiday shopping season. Video shows a wild brawl between two men at the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville... Continue reading *“Brawls Break Out over Black Friday Deals”* at *nypost.com*.
Breitbart/James DelingpoleatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Paris talks - 400] The world is losing interest in "global warming" a survey has found on the eve of the UN's COP21 climate talks in Paris. Most people in most of the 20 countries surveyed say they don't want their leaders to set... Continue reading *“On the Eve of COP21 Paris Talks: World Just Doesn’t Care about Global Warming Any More”* at *breitbart.com*.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 23, 2015. In the wake of Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane this week, Erdogan is seeking another meeting, the Kremlin said Friday. (Ivan Sekretarev/Reuters) *Reuters*: *Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week....more »
Editor-in-chief of newspaper Cumhuriyet and the daily’s Ankara bureau chief accused of espionage and aiding a terror organization. AA.com *Wall Street Journal*:* Turkish Authorities Jail Two Journalists, Accusing Them of Espionage* Charges center on newspaper report suggesting Turkish intelligence ferried weapons to extremist Syrian rebels ISTANBUL—The respected editor of a prominent Turkish newspaper and one of his key reporters have been detained, jailed and accused of espionage for a controversial story about an alleged arms shipment from Turkish intelligence to Syrian rebels. ...more »
The XM1113 extended range artillery, shown here at a range demonstration, uses a rocket-assist motor. Researchers at Picatinny Arsenal are exploring ways to use electrical charges to give warfighters more control to increase the range and burn rate of rocket propellants. (US Army photo) *ECN Mag*: *US Army Tests New Methods to Extend Artillery Range, Power* If, in the words of Napoleon, "God fights on the side with the best artillery," Picatinny Arsenal engineers are improving artillery to the point that there should be no doubt as to which side should be favored. The research team...more »
A rocket is fired from an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System of the 1st Battalion, 182nd Field Artillery Regiment, during the eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Camp Graying Joint Maneuver Training Center, July 15, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Kimberly Bratic, Michigan National Guard/U.S. Army) *Washington Post*: *How the U.S. campaign in Iraq has escalated with a new weapon: rocket artillery* Last week, close watchers of the many-sided war in Iraq and Syria learned from an apparently inadvertent Russian state television disclosure that Russia has upped the ante in its...more »
*Reuters:* *Report on whether Iran sought nuclear bomb will not be clear cut: U.N.* A U.N. report on whether Iran has in the past carried out work related to nuclear weapons will not reach a definitive conclusion on the subject, the chief of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is required under a deal between world powers and Iran which provides for a lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. A clear verdict that weapons-related work occurred would have ma...more »
Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott - birds of a rather nasty feather when it comes to their choice of 'friends' and seeming heroes. Dianne Abbott's defence of Chairman Mao is by way of contrast with the mirth that the left reserved for those people who supposedly say that well at least Mussolini made the trains run on time. Odd how a vile, vicious, murdering left-wing dictator can be applauded by a left-wing politician with no censure but not a vile, vicious murdering (allegedly) right-wing dictator.
'President Obama didn't require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not "legally binding," his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.' You can read more about this here http://therightscoop.com/state-dept-admits-ira...more »
A retired US Army General said that Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane over Syria has proven that the country is a liability to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and must be “ousted” from the Western military alliance. Paul Vallely, US Army Major General (Ret.) said the shooting down of a Russian aircraft near the Syrian border was in line with Ankara’s struggle to establish itself as a “dominant” power and their action will likely jeopardize the fragile diplomatic effort to reach a peaceful settlement in Syria Press TV reports: “I think NATO, if they have any resolv...more »
It was announced today that a multi-million pound inquiry into child sex abuse will focus on former and current MPs, Britain’s security services and churches. New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard is in charge of the investigation and will lead what will be Britain’s largest-ever inquiry which is expected to take up to five years, She said she will look at claims of a cover-up at the highest levels of government. Sky News reports: Justice Goddard said: “The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior...more »
[image: Baby - 900] In the adult-centred world of third millennium love, where a combination of contraception, abortion, IVF, donors and surrogate mothers promises couples reproductive choice, you would think that the choice to eliminate the very possibility of having a child would meet...more »
[image: postal worker - 400] This morning I went to the post office to mail some personal and work letters. The envelopes for work have our campaign name, "We Need a Law," in the return address and so it's no surprise to me when people... Continue reading *“You Won’t Believe How This Postal Clerk Reacted When She Saw a Pro-Life Message on My Envelope”* at *lifenews.com*.
- Sputnik reports: "Turkey decided to down a Russian bomber because it continues to patronize the terrorists. The other reason is the fact that in five days Russian airstrikes destroyed over 1,000 tank trucks carrying stolen oil from Syria to Turkey." - NSNBC International reports: If anyone ever doubted that the joint criminal enterprise called NATO was supporting and directing the terrorist groups in Syria, the same groups, they claim, that conducted the attacks in Paris and on the Russian airliner over Sinai, they now have the proof. Can there be any doubt that ...more »
Yep, you heard that right. After Nashville Metro said NO to more ed reform chain gangs, and after the State Board disagreed upon appeal, and after Metro School Board effectively said NO once more, now the State Board is stuck with its own KIPP schools. Wonder if the State Board will also assume the legal responsibility for the children who are regularly mistreated in these penal schools?
[image: Putin] Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said it's America's fault that Turkey shot down a Russian jet. "The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes' flights, and we... Continue reading *“Putin Blames U.S. for Downed Russian Plane”* at *nypost.com*.
[image: A team of Hungarian police controlling the situation to maintain an order with the refugees in the Keleti train station of Budapest city. Many refugees are crossing Hungary from Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan going to other countries of Europe.] While the United States and Europe argue over how many Syrian refugees to allow in, the richest Persian Gulf states have accepted exactly zero. The Muslim countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council that include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain...more »
[image: Commemoration against terrorist attacks, on November 18, 2015 at Republique place in Paris, France.] A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics"...more »
[image: Classroom school] Charter schools in Washington state face an uncertain future, leaving roughly 1,300 children and their families wondering what to do. As eight of nine new charter schools in the state navigate their first school year, the Washington Supreme Court upheld...more »
Donald Trump has stooped to a new low by mimicking a disabled New York Times reporter. Trump had already attacked American Muslims by claiming that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks. The republican front runner later backtracked after he was debunked for misleading the public on his outrageous claim that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks and instead relied on references in a 2001 Washington Post article by Mr Kovaleski to back up widely disputed claim. The original Washington Post article by Mr Kovaleski said that authori...more »
A PLOS One paper on morphine treatment for cancer cells has a couple issues with figures, prompting a massive correction — what we affectionately call a “mega-correction” — by the journal. In one figure, there was “an undisclosed splice.” Another figure contained two panels that were “mistakenly from the same sample.” The 2013 paper in question, […] The post Cropped, spliced image leads to a PLOS One correction appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Here’s another teacher resignation narrative that crawled across my feed. I do know that it is a disgrace that we are allowing companies from the testing industry to make millions of dollars off the abuse of our public education system. Fair enough. But what is also disgraceful is quitting mid school year. Sure, teaching can be […]
The CASIC Kuaizhou-1 mobile solid-fuel space launch vehicle and its transporter, which could form the basis for a strike system using a version of the DF-ZF hypersonic manoeuvring vehicle. Source: Chinese internet *Washington Free Beacon*:* China Again Tests Nuclear Hypersonic Missile* Sixth flight of DF-ZF glide vehicle indicates weapon a high priority for Beijing. China carried out a sixth flight test of its new high-speed nuclear attack vehicle on Monday designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses or carry out global strikes. The ultra-fast maneuvering strike weapon known as the D...more »
*Tyson Wetzel, Medium*:* Reviewing Air Power Abandoned: Longing for More Raptors* “If you want the date of the final betrayal of all Americans who fly and fight, here it is: December 18, 2006. That Monday, Robert Gates took office as Secretary of Defense.” — Robert F. Dorr Robert Door begins his examination of the decision to end the F-22 Raptor production line with the hyperbolic statement above. The decision to stop production of arguably the world’s greatest flying machine elicits impassioned opinions on both sides of the argument. Raptor supporters argue that the Air Force is ...more »
[image: Carson] Ben Carson, who is facing increasing scrutiny over his grasp of foreign policy, is traveling to Jordan on Friday to visit Syrian refugees, in order to gain an understanding of the pressing issue and to polish his candidacy. "I find... Continue reading *“Ben Carson to Visit Refugees in Jordan Amid Scrutiny of His Foreign Policy Credentials”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: Je suis Charlie, Brussels, Belgium rally 11_January_2015_(123)] Brussels is in a state of high alert as Belgian authorities are finally cracking down on a terrorist threat that has been present for 20 years. The investigation of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris changed focus to Brussels...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t 1saveenergy http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/477882/Black-Friday-snow-winds-gales-freeze-New-Year-14C-New-Year-weather This is the sort of article that the Met Office were getting squeamish about earlier. The Star reports (but please avert your eyes from the rugby!): The country is set to be buffeted by the third named Met Office storm this weekend, with Clodagh following […]
*Al Bawaba*: *A working list of the countries involved in Yemen's conflict* Between the Paris attacks and the Russian plane crash, it's not often you're hearing about Yemen anymore. But despite the media silence, war is still raging on in the Gulf country. Since March, a Saudi-led airstrike coalition has targeted military positions of Shia Houthi rebels—and arguably a lot of other civilian stuff— across the country. And while this is a much less discussed conflict, it's certainly includes a pretty big list of countries, backing either the Saudi coalition or the Houthis. Here is ...more »
Controversial media personality and migrant basher Katie Hopkins has been silenced at a Brunel University Student Union’s debate. The right wing media columnist was invited as a panelist at the university’s 50th anniversary debate on the future of the welfare state. A packed lecture hall awaited the professional troll and former Apprentice contestant, who earlier this year caused outrage by referring to drowning Mediterranean migrants as “cockroaches” However, as she made her opening comments the students stood and turned their backs on her and then filed out in protest. The video b...more »
*Published on July 18, 2015* 2015 AutismOne Conference - Focus for Health May 23, 2015 Why Does Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Help to Heal the Symptoms Known as Autism Video of complete presentation by Kerri Rivera including slides. *Summary:* Kerri’s community sees autism as fungi, bacteria, virus, parasites, heavy metals, inflammation & autoimmune issues. CD is an oxidizer which is within the range the body can use without destroying human tissues. CD is a selective killer that kills pathogens and helps to restore the Krebs cycle function, giving energy to the body. She went over so...more »
http://news.nationalpost.com/ Stephen Harper used to talk about the virtue of individual responsibility. But, when it came to defending an individual's civil liberties, all of that rhetoric went up in smoke. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson believes -- as Harper did -- that civil liberties get in the way of good police work. Michael Harris writes: RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson wants warrantless access to online subscriber information. That, in itself, is not remarkable. Police always want fewer obstacles between their work and the people ...more »
*Boston Globe/NYT:* *Emirates secretly sends Colombian mercenaries to fight in Yemen* WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war that has drawn in the United States and Iran. It is the first combat deployment for a foreign army that the Emirates has quietly built in the desert in the past five years, according to several people currently or formerly involved with the project. The program was once managed by a private company...more »
[image: Black Friday shopping] The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn’t over yet. Early numbers aren’t out yet on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving, but it’s expected that more than three times... Continue reading *“Super Bowl of Shopping Starts”* at *apnewsarchive.com*.
[image: Turkey shot down Russian bomber] Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has said Ankara “will work with Russia and our allies to calm tensions” after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Writing in the UK’s Times newspaper, Mr Davutoglu stressed that fighting Islamic State was the main... Continue reading *“Turkey ‘Will Work’ to Calm Tension over Downed Russian Jet”* at *bbc.com*.
By Paul Homewood http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/11/26/windy-but-storm-clodagh-looks-unlikely-this-weekend/ The whole business of giving gales cute little names has now become an utter farce, just as much else about the Met Office nowadays. It looks as if the they have been stung by criticism of their abject overhyping of Abigail and Barney. From their blog yesterday: This […]
[image: Burkina Faso Counter Terrorism Company receives training and equipment in this photo taken May 2014. Burkinabe soldiers of the 25th Regiment Parachutist Commando Counterterrorism Company participate in individual soldier skills test with trainers from U.S. Army Africa’s Regionally Aligned Force, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Classroom and field exercised were featured during a recent train and equip event. USARAF and Special Operations Command Africa worked together to support the event that is part of the Trans S...more »
[image: Trump screenshot] A day after he was widely rebuked for mocking a reporter with a physical disability, business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he had done so and accused the reporter of "using his disability to... Continue reading *“Trump Denies Mocking Journalist Who Has Disability, Demands an Apology”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Felix the cat Macys balloon] The Macy’s parade started in 1924, but in 1927 its collaboration with Tony Sarg took things way up a few whimsical notches. Working with fellow puppeteer Bil Baird, a 60-foot balloon dragon, tottering Felix the Cat, hummingbird, and other buoyant wonders made their way down... Continue reading *“The 1920s Puppeteer Who Invented the Thanksgiving Parade Balloon”* at *atlasobscura.com*.
[image: UT prof Ami Pedahzur] In an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Tuesday, Pedahzur described the incident, the first of its kind he says he has experienced in his career -- as professor of government, the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora... Continue reading *“University of Texas Israel Studies Professor Hounded by Activists, Forced to Wear Disguise”* at *algemeiner.com*.
The Washington ExamineratThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Paris climate conf] The United Nations isn’t the only group hosting a climate change conference in Paris next week. An ensemble of scientists called the International Climate Science Coalition is holding its own event to challenge the climate “consensus.” The purpose of the... Continue reading *“Skeptics to Host Alternative Climate Meeting in Paris”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
[image: DHS] More than a decade after the Department of Homeland Security began a program to fight biological terrorism, "considerable uncertainty" remains over whether the system can reliably detect biological threats, a new federal audit says. The report by the U.S. Government... Continue reading *“DHS Program to Detect Bio-Threats May Not Be Able to Detect Bio-Threats, Auditors Say”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Bangladeshi police officials investigate the scene where an Italian priest was shot in Dinajpur, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Dhaka, on November 18, 2015. Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded an Italian priest on November 18 in northern Bangladesh, just weeks after two foreigners were killed in similar attacks blamed on hardline Islamists, police said. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)] NEW DELHI (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a Shiite mosque in Bangladesh, killing one person and wounding three others, in the latest in a wave of deadly assaults th...more »
Global Research, CounterPunch, Countercurrents, RINF British Prime Minister David Cameron has said it is time for Britain to join air strikes against Islamic State in Syria (ISIS). After the killing of 130 people in Paris, he feels the tide has now turned in favour of military action against ISIS. Cameron has told the British public that such action is vital to protect Britain from similar attacks. Although in 2013 Cameron lost a vote in parliament on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces (based on the lie that government forces had used chemical weapons), h...more »
SYLVIE CORBET & VLADIMIR ISACHENKOVatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: French President Francois Hollande] MOSCOW (AP) -- The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. IS has claimed responsibility for...more »
Image courtesy http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/economist-financial-fantasy-land.png*I've come to the conclusion that finance is a religion, and economists are the preachers who spread the catechism of capitalism. Problem is, a bit like how preachers haven't a clue about things spiritual, the reality of finance is quite different that the orthodox dogmas taught by economics professors. Banking is about energy, the current of energy coming from humans (who are Source inbody), that current of energy is abstracted out by debt and converted to "currency" called ...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t AC Osborn http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3194 More overhyped nonsense from Jeff Masters. We have already had the damp squib of Hurricane Patricia, now it’s Sandra’s turn. Claims that it reached Category 4 strength have not been supported by any physical evidence, and are simply the result of models. Indeed, as NOAA […]
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Yes. It's just a game. And you're IT. I accept that things changed after 9/11. I take off my belt and shoes at the airport just like the next guy, unless, of course, I luck into the blessed TSA Pre-Check line, for which I regularly thank Big Government Jesus. But I don't accept, and I never have accepted, the fact that "everything" changed on that awful day, let alone a week ago in
If the rise of ISIS was a consequence of the invasion of Iraq, it would be difficult not to conclude that the recent atrocities in Paris were, to some degree, a consequence of the invasion of Iraq. If that was the case, further uncomfortable conclusions would be unavoidable. Those who actioned and abetted the 2003 invasion would, in some sense, be rendered culpable for what just happened in Paris. Of course this is very different from suggesting that they desired this outcome. Children may enjoy playing with matches without any suggestion that they desire to burn their homes down. ...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused America of being part of a plan to destroy its military jets in Syria on Tuesday, saying that the U.S. knew exactly when and where the downed Russian Su-24 jet was travelling. During a press conference at the Kremlin on Thursday, Putin said the U.S. leaked confidential information about the flight path of the downed plane to Turkey. Dailymail.co.uk reports: In other developments, Putin’s dreaded S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems – mobilised in the wake of the jet’s destruction – were photographed being unloaded from military transports ...more »
*Reality since Einstein* This week, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final form of Einstein's equations. In July 2015, the World Science Festival also known as Brian Greene hosted this 100-minute debate of top physicists. *You will do fine if you increase the speed 1.5 times in the video options.* Brian Greene, Andy Strominger, Cumrum Vafa, and Samir Mathur are string theorists and they were accompanied by Steven Weinberg and Gabriela González, the spokeswoman of LIGO. (I didn't know the name and couldn't resist thinking about the variation of the great quote from TBBT: H...more »
Too many coincidences to ignore, including silence from the Western media... *November 27, 2015 *(Eric Draitser - NEO) - Coming on the heels of the terrorist attack in Paris, the mass shooting and siege at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of the African nation of Mali, is still further evidence of the escalation of terrorism throughout the world. While there has already been much written about the incident in both western and non-western media, one critical angle on this story has been entirely ignored: the motive. For although it is true that most people think of t...more »
[image: USS Harry Truman-900] USS Harry S. Truman departs Virginia’s Naval Station Norfolk in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th fleets on Nov. 16, 2015. To the command and crew of the USS Harry S. Truman:...more »
*“The Goal Is War- Gregory Mannarino”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Trader and analyst Gregory Mannarino says the governments and bankers want war. Mannarino explains, “War is the goal. People need to understand here the goal of the world central banks is to bring us to war. So, they have a big, big reason to borrow cash into existence. This is it. The debt based economic model has got to be the most corrupt, evil and dastardly mechanism to be pushed down the throats of the entire world. They are going to do what they need to do and that means bring us to a full blown war, nuclea...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News:* *FBI using elite surveillance teams to track at least 48 high risk ISIS suspects* With as many as 1000 active cases, Fox News has learned at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically. “There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance," Republican Senator Dan Coats said. Coats, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, would not comment on...more »
*RT:* *‘Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey becomes priority target of anti-ISIS strikes* Islamic State’s daring and impudent oil smuggling into Turkey should become a high-priority target in order to cripple the terrorist group, President Putin said, backed by French President Francois Hollande. Both agree that the source of terrorist financing must be hit first and foremost. Commercial-scale oil smuggling from Islamic State controlled territory into Turkey must be stopped, Putin said after meeting Hollande in Moscow. “Vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going bey...more »
[image: global warming money, gas mask, businessman, global warming alarmism] A sociologist with no training in the physical sciences is puzzled why most Americans think the world is not doomed by global warming. So flummoxed is Yale's Justin Farrell that he decided to study the question in the most scientific...more »
[image: adoption young girl- 900 000] Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, let's hope we all counted at least some of our Creator's wonderful blessings. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation...more »
This has been quite the year for me. Last October I was diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of cancer, Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Lucky for me I found an amazing doctor who's one of the specialists in this disease and she fought it, apparently successfully.While she fought that, I did my best to survive the treatment, treatment that was incredibly intense, in some ways the worst thing I had ever experienced in my life. Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and the "side effects: can be devastating. The cancer is in remission and the effects of the stem cell replacement are wearing of...more »
....and it's not a good idea to live at a turning point in history. The fighting in the middle east has huge stakes for the U.S. and Russia. The U.S. has made it clear it is looking for world domination. That's the principle put forward by Project for the New American Century. There can be do doubt about it. It's easy to find on the web. It's a scheme developed by, among others, Jeb Bush. It's often spoken of as American Exceptionalism, the belief that the U.S. has the right to intervene anywhere in the world, regardless of the law. It has the right to invade for any reason - or for...more »
What a terrible drawing.....Amateur. But is it "Drawing the wrong conclusion?" In this month's Quadrant, Steven Kates, under the subheading Myth vs Reality, writes "Global warming and Keynesian theory are natural bedmates...." His arguments re the comparisons of false diagrams is worth reading (see Quadrant -HERE) However, leaving aside his discussions of Keynesian Economics, the article harshly criticises the Mann Hockey stick. Kates also refers to the fact that Michael Mann crossed swords with Mark Steyn. Steyn is one of the great climate change sceptics. Mann is suing M...more »
[image: Black Friday Santa- 400 000] As if shopping on Black Friday isn’t stressful enough. This year, shoppers could face even longer check-out lines thanks to the recent credit card upgrade. Banks have been sending out new chip-enabled credit cards that offer more security, but change... Continue reading *“Why Black Friday Lines Could Be Even Longer This Year”* at *money.cnn.com*.
"Stars come out as evening twilight fades in this serene skyscape following the Persian proverb "Night hides the world, but reveals a universe." The scene finds the Sun setting over northern Kenya and the night will soon hide the shores of Lake Turkana, home to many Nile crocodiles. The region is also known for its abundance of hominid fossils. *Click image for larger size.* On a November night, a brilliant Venus, then the world's evening star, dominates the starry skies above. But also revealed are faint stars, cosmic dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the graceful arc of our ow...more »
*“Things As They Are”* by Paulo Coelho “Of course things don’t always happen they way we wish they would. There are moments in which we feel we are seeking something that is not meant for us, knocking on doors that don’t open, waiting for miracles that don’t manifest themselves. Fortunately that is the way things are – if everything went the way we wanted, soon we would no longer have anything to write about, nothing to guide our daily thoughts. This script serves our dreams as nourishment, but to our battles as energy. And as it always happens with the warriors that spend all thei...more »
*"You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do:* *Becoming Your Wrong Decisions"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "We are not our decisions and no decision is wrong because we made the choice with the information at hand. Our perception of the traits and characteristics that make us who we are is often tightly intertwined with how we live our life. We define ourselves in terms of the roles we adopt, our actions and inactions, our triumphs, and what we think are failures. As a result it is easy to identify so strongly with a decision that has resulted in unexpected negative consequences that ...more »
*"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"* by Rick Tumlinson “I have been asked how I can so easily cross party lines during this election time, when it comes to supporting or chastising politicians based on their actions regarding the opening of space. Why do I care about opening the space frontier more than any other issue? How can I support this one who is doing this, or attack that one who is doing that? How can I even deal with that guy who is doing so much harm, and why do I attack that woman who has done so much good for other issues? So many reasons, so important to many,...more »
*"Unison Benediction" * "Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve, to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness and still that ancient necessary pain preserve. Return to the most human, nothing less will teach the angry spirit, the bewildered heart; the torn mind, to accept the whole of its duress, and pierced with anguish… at last, act for love....more »
*Mark Stout and B.J. Armstrong, War On The Rocks:* *12 Other Clashes And Close Calls With The Russians* The shootdown yesterday of a Russian aircraft by a Turkish F-16 is a worrisome development, but historically speaking, incidents involving the United States or NATO countries and Soviet or Russian forces have been fairly common. These include ground, naval, and air incidents. Indeed, there was a long tradition of the Soviet Union shooting at aircraft and people who entered their territory or even come close to it. Even in the post-Soviet era there have been similar incidents with...more »
Tuesday night Kasich's campaign posted the incredible Trump-is-a-Nazi video based on Martin Niemöller's universally admired anti-Hitler warning. Kasich's ad (above) quickly went viral. Within hours a bizarre phishing website posted this false story about Kasich dropping out of the race under the headline, "BREAKING: Kasich to suspend campaign facing bankruptcy, low polls." Authorship was attributed to "Voltova Dmitri" Tonight was supposed to be Governor Kasich’s night. He was to do “counter speeches” to Trump, who was campaigning in his home turf. Sadly, Kasich had few attende...more »
[image: Obama - 900] WASHINGTON -- The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone -- ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for...more »
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[image: Thankful - 400 000] G.K. Chesterton wrote, "When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." I don't have to tell you that 2015 is a year filled with horrific news. Yet, even... Continue reading *“10 Things Evangelicals Can Be Thankful for in 2015”* at *juicyecumenism.com*.
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. (Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew) *Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy*: *The U.S. Air Campaign in Syria Is Suspiciously Impressive at Not Killing Civilians* *The Pentagon says it has killed 20,000 suspected Islamic State fighters, with only two cases of collateral damage. Something doesn’t add up.* To intensify the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL,...more »
[image: HuffPost Anti-Cop - 400 000] The front page of leading liberal new media site The Huffington Post greeted their early morning Thanksgiving viewers with a stew of anti-police headlines, all under the banner headline "Monsters with Badges." Later in the morning HuffPo had the same... Continue reading *“HuffPo Thanksgiving Front Page Stokes Flames of Chicago Protests”* at *breitbart.com*.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he gave the order to fire himself. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters *Mark Galeotti, The Guardian*: *Why did it take Turkey just 17 seconds to shoot down Russian jet?* *Ankara has delivered an incendiary message to Moscow, and while there may be too much at stake for the conflict to spill out of control it also won’t go away* Even if Turkey is right that a Russian fighter jet strayed into its airspace, the plane was within Ankara’s borders for just 17 seconds before being attacked – and was making no hostile moves against the Turks. Airsp...more »
Yup, it’s long! But this is a subject I’ve spent a lot of time on. Reading, researching & reckoning for more then a year now...Still I've a bit more to to tell. Long term readers are aware *that more then a year ago, I started a series of posts on the impending NATO destruction/destabilization of Turkey.* *Yes, that is correct, more then a year has passed since I posted **:Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey.** & **Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey* Believe me, before writing that and the subsequent follow up the idea rolled a...more »
Si estás buscando una hermosa postal navideña o de año nuevo 2016 con tu nombre, el de algún familiar o amigo, haz venido al lugar indicado. Sobre estas líneas verás una cajita de comentarios de Facebook donde podrás dejar el nombre que deseas. Nosotros tomaremos en consideración todos los nombres para incluirlos en nuestras futuras promociones que realizamos a diario en nuestra página oficial; www.facebook.com/bancodeimagenesgratis La selección de los nombres es al azar y usted podría ganar en cualquier momento. Aquí abajito, podrá usted ver las promociones que hemos realizado... -...more »
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The CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) breaks a new record and recreates a moment in time that last existed theoretically at the birth of the universe, momentarily after the Big Bang. LHC smashed together lead-ions at 1045 trillion electron-volts, energies twice as large as anything seen previously. Temperatures of several trillion degrees were reached, about a quarter of a million times those at the core of the Sun. The high energy collisions reveal the state of matter that existed shortly after the Big Bang took place, a state of quark-gluon plasma. RT reports: Scientists at CERN ar...more »
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool *Reuters*: *Putin says to keep cooperating with U.S.-led coalition over Syria* MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep cooperating with the United States and its partners to fight Islamic State in Syria, but that cooperation will be in jeopardy if there are any repeats of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet, Russia's Vladimir Putin said. Speaking after talks in the ...more »
[image: White House Undergoes Holiday Lockdown After Man Jumps Fence] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal...more »
*Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard*: *Obama’s Intel Scandal* Barack Obama says he wants the truth. On November 21, the New York Times reported allegations that military intelligence officials provided the president with skewed assessments that minimized the threat from ISIS and overstated the success of U.S. efforts against the group. The Times story was an update of reporting from the Daily Beast earlier this fall. “More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria w...more »
Turkey have accused Russia of attacking a convoy of Turkish trucks inside of Syria that have left seven dead and several more injured. Even though Russia have denied being responsible for the attack, Turkey have nonetheless accused them of committing “an act of war”. Rt.com reports: Footage released online by the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) shows plumes of smoke from the burning trucks and people running about in panic. At least 20 trucks were engulfed in flames. The mission, however, wasn’t sponsored or organized by the IHH, the group said. No organization ...more »
A new App is available that allows the curious to see all the invisible Wi-Fi signals that surround them. Architecture of Radio is a new App created by Richard Vijgen that uses data from millions of networks to show you the otherwise invisible activity going on in the infosphere ( an environment populated by informational entities). Up until now wireless signals from phones and computers were impossible to see. The new smartphone and tablet app enables you to ‘see’ Wi-Fi signals using your GPS location. It is available on iPhone and iPad with an Android version due in 2016. The Dail...more »
A senior MP from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has said that the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet by Turkey had been planned in advance. The opposition party’s deputy chair, İdris Baluken said “It is seen that the downing of the Russian jet was decided and planned earlier, and it was just implemented yesterday,” before adding “What we saw yesterday is a scene from a planned policy”. Hurriyetdailynews.com reports: The AKP [Justice and Development Party] has shown in its insistent practices that it is a part of the war in Syria,” he said. “The real matter about the downing of t...more »
Two Turkish journalists have been arrested following the publication of what Turkey deems “top secret” information about the transport of weapons via Turkish trucks to ISIS militants. Cumhuriyet daily Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and Ankara Representative Erdem Gül were arrested for “providing documents regarding security of the state”, “political and military espionage”, “releasing secret documents” and “propaganda for terror organization.” Dailysabah.com reports: The trucks were stopped in early January, 2014, in southern Adana province while they were carrying supplies to Turkmens...more »
Russia have announced that all military contacts with Turkey are to be severed following the downing of Russia’s Su-24 military jet on Tuesday. “Today, in accordance with a previously made decision, all cooperation channels have been cut between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. “This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria,” he further stated. Sputniknews.com reports: The decision has be...more »
Prime minister David Cameron put forward his case for RAF airstrikes in Syria today saying that if MPs do not vote in favour of military action in the wake of the Paris attacks, our allies will be asking: ‘If not now, then when’? Dennis Skinner however warned of the perils of Britain’s intervention in the Syrian civil war, warning that the situation is “crazy”. The veteran Labour politician made some very valid points. He accused one of Britain’s allies Turkey of aiding Isis by shooting down a Russian jet, bombing Kurdish forces, and buying oil from the militant group. The Independe...more »
Amnesty International have expressed its horror at Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it plans to execute 55 people for what it says are “terrorist crimes”, including people who are simply peaceful activists. Among the list of people are three juvenile prisoners who were anti-government activists when they were young children. BBC News reports: Amnesty said that given the spike in executions this year, it had no option but to take the reports very seriously. The group believes at least 151 people have been put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year – the highest recorded figure si...more »
By Paul Homewood There are only ten GHCN stations currently operating in South Africa, and only one of these, Calvinia, is classified by GISS as rural. It has a population of 9000, and is situated inland in the Northern Cape province. Airport Y/N? Pop K Calvinia N 9 Capetown Y […]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Turkey will happily fire on more planes that dare to enter its airspace in the future, following the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet on Tuesday. “If another violation of our aerial border happens, we can respond in the same way,” he said defiantly. “The plane was shot down within the rules of engagement announced earlier.” Rt.com reports: On Tuesday, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet fired at and downed a Russian warplane conducting a combat mission in Syria. Ankara maintains the Russian Su-24 bomber crossed the border and remained i...more »
Scientists in the US have bred the first gm mosquitoes that can resist malaria, saying that the GM mosquito will help provide the key in fighting the disease. A gene resistant to malaria was inserted into a mosquito’s DNA using a gene editing technique known as Crispr. Yahoo News reports: When the genetically modified mosquitoes mated, the resistance was passed down to their offspring, according to the report in the PNAS journal. It could mean that if these mosquitoes bite people, they may not pass on the parasite that causes malaria to spread. Almost half of the world’s population...more »
The sarcophagus of a high priest of the ancient Egyptian God Amun Ra has been discovered in the west bank of Luxor, Egypt. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty announced the find on Thursday, saying that the sarcophagus belonging to high priest Ankh-f-n-khonsu dates back to the 22nd Dynasty (934 B.C. – 716 B.C.). “The sarcophagus is made of wood and covered with a layer of plaster. It represents the deceased wearing a wig and crown with flowers and colorful ribbons along with ceremonial beard and a necklace adorning his chest,” read a statement from the Upper Egypt Antiquities De...more »
Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 is pictured during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in the south Indian Ocean April 5, 2014, in this photo courtesy of China News Service. Reuters/CNSphoto *Asai Times/UPI*: *Japan ready to patrol South China Sea, navy official says* Japan is prepared to dispatch a warship to the South China Sea to monitor Beijing’s land reclamation activities. Vice Adm. Yasuhiro Shigeoka, commander of Japan’s Self Defense Fleet, said on Tuesday that the Maritime Self-Defense Force is prepared to enter into patrol activities at any time, and “u...more »
With Trumpf giving a certain air of acceptance to blatant lying this season, California Congressman Mark Takano has put together some useful suggestions about stuffing the predictable arguments with the Limbaugh-lovin' brother-in-law with actual facts. I know, I know... they don't care about facts but what's the alternative? Make them all watch the John Kasich ad about Trumpf/Hitler? Eat hearty! I think everyone at the dinner I'm going to tonight is either a Democrat or an Independent. Although I guess I can imagine a fight breaking out between Hillary and Bernie suppor...more »
As a general rule, quoting from anyone at the dispatch box is a risky business. There are lines that can be fluffed, contexts to be aware of, and a chance the audience in the chamber (and at home) haven't the foggiest about which you speak. The more niche or controversial the figure, the more risk. When yesterday John McDonnell reached into his jacket pocket and produced a copy of Chairman Mao's *Little Red Book*, you knew straight away it wasn't going to end well. Yet it could have worked. Could. John made some very serious and pertinent points about Osborne's relationship to the ...more »
------------------------------ *Turkey Is Lying — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ November 25, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Turkey Is Lying Paul Craig Roberts Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge has posted the flight paths of the Russian aircraft according to Turkey and to Russia. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-24/17-seconds-changed-world-leaked-letter-exposes-turkeys-hair-trigger-reality We know that Turkey is lying for three reasons. One reason is that NATO governm...more »
From day one, political pundits have been predicting the demise of the Donald Trump presidential candidacy. Yet he not only seems to be doing well, leading in all of the polls of Republican primary voters, but each time he says or does something outrageous, he moves ahead of his GOP competitors even more. Donald Trump might quote Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The Donald’s latest offense was making fun of a handicapped New York Times reporter “who failed to corroborate the Republican presidential candidate's claim that Muslims in New Jersey cheere...more »
Russia is preparing to impose a wide range economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of one of its military jets on the border with Syria. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to draft sanctions against Turkey within two days in response to what he described as an “act of aggression against our country.” He said he measures would include freezing some joint investment projects and restrictions on food imports from Turkey. Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said that other sanctions could include restrictions on the planned TurkSteam gas pipeline...more »
Following on from the previous post... Where was Mark Easton today? He's not blogged about the latest Romanian/Bulgarian stats yet. He's not even tweeted about them yet. (Has anyone heard him analysing them?) Ah well, I *did* see him on BBC One's *News at Six. *And he *didn't* mention the figures on Romanians and Bulgarians there either. Why? Could it be because of pro-immigration bias on his part? Or merely because of an unwillingness to 'fess up in public? Or something else entirely? Well, here's my transcription of what Mark Easton actually* did* tell the nation on tonight's...more »
Another set of ONS figures, another chapter of *ITBB*'s chronicling of the BBC's reporting of the controversy over the lifting of controls (from January 2014) on the numbers of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants allowed to work in this country... If you recall, in May 2014 ONS figures showed an unexpected dip in the number of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work in Britain rather than the expected significant rise - apparently contradicting Migration Watch (who were predicting around 50,000 a year) and UKIP (who expected even more). The left-leaning newspapers (*The Guardian *and*...more »
Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, speaks during a news conference in Caracas November 26, 2015. REUTERS/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS *Reuters:* *Opposition activist's murder shakes Venezuela before election* Venezuela opened an investigation on Thursday into the murder of a local opposition leader days before a legislative election, stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile South American OPEC nation. Luis Diaz, a leader of the opposition Democratic Action party in Guarico state in Venezuela's central plains, was shot toward the end of a p...more »
*Reuters*: *France's Hollande, in Moscow, urges grand coalition against Islamic State* French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday world powers must create a "grand coalition" to combat Islamic State militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Hollande is on a diplomatic offensive to build a common front against the militant Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people. Islamic State has also said it downed a Russian plane on Oct. 31 over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, ki...more »
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