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*IBTimes*: *With Crude Prices At Historic Lows, Saudi Arabia Pledges To Keep Oil Coming* A year after the price of crude went into free fall, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said that it has no plans to reduce oil drilling. In comments to the Financial Times, Saudi officials said they see no reason to slow the supply of oil in advance of an international producers' meeting in December. Khalid al-Falih, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, or Saudi Aramco, told the FT, “The only thing to do now is to let the market do its job,” indicating that the country has no intention ...more »
You may remember Gloria Tinubu from last year when we endorsed her run for Congress and she penned several guest posts for us. She ran in 2012 and 2014 and came closer than any other Democrat to winning one of South Carolina's gerrymandered red districts. In 2012 she took 121,418 votes (45%) against Tom Rice's 147,750 (55%). This year she's campaigning for Bernie in South Carolina. "Sanders is in the tradition of President Franklin Roosevelt," she said, "who led our parents and grandparents through one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. Like President Roosevelt...more »
NATO soldiers stand near a damaged NATO military vehicle at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 11, 2015. Reuters/Omar Sobhani *Reuters:* *NATO ponders future of Afghan mission as fatigue, frustration mount* NATO partners are considering ways of beefing up their training and assistance mission in Afghanistan as concern grows over the ability of local forces to fight an escalating insurgency by Taliban militants, according to officials in Brussels and Kabul. The Taliban's success in seizing the northern city of Kunduz in late September and holding i...more »
Here, November is doing what it does, dark and wet and broody, though a little warmer than we are used to -- still no frost, tomatoes trying to ripen under a leaden sky streaked with silver. Bedraggled as the garden is, it is still supplying a lot of greens for the humans and the hens. Ducks have been let in early and are high-grading the chard, but also cleaning up wheat seeds in the straw that we have been slowing drawing over the beds, like a blanket for a winter night. Much of my intent has moved indoors, where the wood stove finally has something to do and is slowly taking ove...more »
*Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Military Officials Aim to Bolster Troop Presence in Europe* Pentagon leaders propose rotating more forces to the Continent to deter Russia. SIMI VALLEY, Calif.—Senior U.S. military leaders have proposed sending more forces into Europe on a rotating basis to build up the American presence and are stepping up training exercises to counter potential Russian interference with troop transfers in the event of a crisis with Moscow. The new steps would allow for the presence of multiple U.S. brigades in Europe at any given time, increasing that number above c...more »
[image: George W. Bush] UNIVERSITY PARK - Former President George H. W. Bush was no Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy, his biographer said Sunday. But while Bush wasn't a transformative figure, he "had a quiet, persistent charisma" and put what he thought was... Continue reading *“George W. Bush Talks with Father’s Biographer about Bush I”* at *trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com*.
[image: China] The Internet has become a tool for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to keep its citizens in place. Through the web, the government surveills their every move and puts them behind bars if their online behavior is not in line with Beijing's sentiment....more »
The new report by Fairewinds Energy Education (FEE) says that the governments and mainstream media worldwide have grossly underestimated the deadly effects of Fukushima’s triple meltdown on the general population worldwide. The report, titled “Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan,” reveals that the multi-core nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant since 2011 has resulted in thyroid cancers 230 times higher than normal levels – and the report estimates that as many as one million people will get cancer as a result of the meltdown. Greenmedinfo.com reports: According to...more »
[image: Obama] Ben Carson has seen an intense week of media scrutiny, particularly over a false, now partially corrected story from Politico asserting the Republican candidate's presidential campaign had admitted to "fabricating" a story regarding an offer of a "full scholarship" to go... Continue reading *“9 False Things Obama Said About His Bio That Didn’t Cause a Media Feeding Frenzy”* at *ijreview.com*.
When conservatives were earning their keep from their Wall Street financiers-- working first to water down Dodd-Frank and then to defeat it and, more recently, to repeal it-- they made several arguments they hoped would appeal to the voting public. I mean, you can't very well say, "the banks finance my campaigns so I want to get rid of this legislation that protects consumers from bankster greed." Instead they "repeatedly invoked the law’s 848-page girth-- and its rules on, among other things, trading derivatives and swaps-- as a symbol of government overreach that is killing jobs...more »
*Reuters*: *U.S. general sees air strikes against Islamic State picking up* U.S. and coalition forces are likely to increase air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in coming weeks after a lull in September and October, the head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command said Saturday. Lieutenant General Charles Brown told reporters at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference that the reduction in air strikes was due to weather and to a slowdown in activity on the ground and not due to the start of Russian air strikes in the region. He said both government forces...more »
Sometimes, even a good news medium runs a really silly story. This time, it's today's CBC. This is about a university prof in the U.S. who says there is always a moral cost in deciding to fight a war, and in deciding not to fight one. If we fight them to destroy an evil government, then we must avoid killing innocent people. If we don't fight them, then we are abandoning those who need our help. Come on. If we were going to stop evil governments which ignore human rights of their people, then we should have invaded the U.S. when it murdered Vietnamese, Guatemalans, Yemenis, Iraqis...more »
*“You cannot legislate against offence. No legislation, no invention of new crimes and punishments, can possibly introduce irony, forgiveness and good will into minds schooled in the art of being offended. This is as true of radical feminists as of sectarians and radical Islamists. While we have a moral duty to laugh at them, they have also made it dangerous to do so. But we should never lose sight of the fact that it is they, not we, who are the transgressors. Those who suspect mockery at every turn, and who react with implacable anger when they think they have discovered i...more »
Old Aleppo Citadel(Wikipedia) *WND*: *Isaeli Special Forces Rescue The Last Jews In Aleppo* *But one family member who had converted to Islam denied right to return* Special mission rescues final Jewish family in Aleppo, but aliyah regulations prevent complete success. It was recently revealed that Israeli special forces carried out a daring operation to rescue the last Jewish family in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Jewish Chronicle reports that preparation for the mission began months in advance. First an Israeli-American businessman named Moti Kahana sent a message to the famil...more »
NASA have announced that the Earth may be about to experience a pole shift, leaving it unable to defend itself against solar radiation for up to 200 years, which would have devastating consequences for humans. The US space agency say that if the magnetic poles reverse there would be a huge increase in skin cancer, worldwide electronic communication blackouts, and extreme weather capable of wiping out humans. Express.co.uk reports: Climate researchers believe we are heading towards a reversal of the planet’s magnetic field, an event that has happened before and has been attributed t...more »
CIA analyst Fred Fleitz has said that Obama’s “lax approach” towards terrorism is likely to lead to another 9/11-style attack, just as his predecessor George W. Bush allowed Al-Qaeda to commit the September 11th attacks in 2001. Speaking to Fox News, Fleitz said that the current strategy in Syria and Iraq will leave a huge mess for the next president, describing America’s military operations in those countries as ‘chaotic’ and ‘humiliating’. Sputniknews.com reports: The first “shift” in US foreign policy was marked during Obama’s September 10, 2014 speech, following a series of publ...more »
The Pentagon are looking to develop cyber weapons which would be capable of harming humans in the real world, and are looking at bids by defence contractors to take up the contract. Once the half-billion-dollar computer code has been developed, US troops will be able to launch ‘logic bombs’ online, which have the power to destroy an enemy’s critical infrastructure, with likely loss of human life. This new type of digital weapon was sanctioned under the Pentagon’s Law of War manual, under the section named ‘Cyber Operations’. Infowars.com reports: That means that, just as with tradit...more »
In a desperate bid to control the current migrant crisis in Europe, The European Union is offering money and visas to African countries which agree to take back their illegal immigrants. Brussels have approved to fund a package of support that encourages the “return and sustainable reintegration of irregular migrants”. Germany’s open border policy has been said to fuel the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving on the continent this year, and the numbers are expected to increase over the next two years. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Now a plan has been drawn up to encourag...more »
A robot and artificial intelligence revolution is on the horizon, a new report has warned, and the rise of AI will lead to mass unemployment as machines take over jobs that people currently perform. The 300-page Bank of America Merrill Lynch report says as artificial intelligence continues to rise, jobs across multiple industries will be wiped out. The report predicts that 47% of workers in the US will have their jobs replaced by robots. Inquisitr.com reports: Some have noted that these warnings were used in the past. The rise of computers in the 1970s and 80s would lead to mass une...more »
[image: Rand Paul] Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says that liberty and freedom requires virtue and moral underpinnings, echoing Christian social critic and author Os Guinness. Paul appeared on John Stossel’s program on Fox Business Friday to talk about free-markets, the presidential race, and... Continue reading *“Rand Paul Echoes Os Guinness: Liberty Requires Virtue”* at *christianpost.com*.
Josh’s excellent tripartite (1, 2, 3) discussion of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy record in conjunction with with the narratives of Putin’s strategic leadership accompanying Russian military involvement in Syria have me thinking about the concept of authority. Specifically, I do not think we as academics (and as a result, policymakers) have a very good […]
*An excerpt from, "Retired general has his own solution for Syria" by Howard Altman, The Tampa Tribune, November 8, 2015:* As we gear up for Veterans Day, it’s a good time to think about the next waves of men and women we send into harm’s way. About a week back, I asked Jay Garner, a retired Army three-star general, about his take on the commandos headed to Syria. Garner is one of my go-to guys for that region and for good reason. A former Army assistant vice chief of staff, Garner first got to know the Kurds during his stint as commanding general, Joint Task Force Bravo during Ope...more »
The European Commission is preparing to target people who hyperlink on the internet, forcing search engines and news portals to pay media companies for linking to their content. According to a draft communication on copyright reform leaked this week, the Commission is considering putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. Thomasdishaw.com reports: Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable. Ancillary Copyright Law reloaded: A new path towards the old goal In the draft at ...more »
This is the second time Mike Whitney has written a piece that is picked up everywhere and is *obfuscation*, *transference **(propaganda technique- simply put: This technique involves making an illogical association between one thing and something else that is generally viewed as positive or negative. )** and full of loaded words etc* *Where is Mike Whitney as the Kurds annex Syria? *Or since that is NATO approved, does Mike Whitney stay silent or obfuscate that NATO approved move? As you will read Mike Whitney obfuscates... *MW-* *"The surprise outcome of the balloting,* which was w...more »
Typically, our math time consists of a warm-up, an introductory period or activity, and then the bulk of our time is spent in centers or small groups. As I was planning for the week, I though I’d share, for what it’s worth, the fact that, for our whole group work, I frequently use the SMART […]
[image: Bible Christians] For some time now I've been saying that gay activists will overplay their hand and that the bullying will backfire. I've also said that we can outlast the gay revolution and ultimately, by God's grace, turn the moral tide in...more »
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)] Leading architects of the “New Democrat” movement are sounding the alarm over a lurch to the left in the party, after candidates at the latest presidential primary debate confirmed a resurgence of more ...more »
[image: Assisted Suicide Pills Poison - 400] THERE has been an alarming and steady increase in the mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans since 1999, according to a study published last week. This increase -- half a percent annually -- contrasts starkly with decreasing death rates in... Continue reading *“How Doctors Helped Drive the Addiction Crisis”* at *nytimes.com*.
*Fuel Fix*: *China keeping an eye on surging U.S. oil and gas production* WASHINGTON — The United States’ energy renaissance is catching attention in Beijing, where Chinese leaders view the phenomenon as “a double-edged sword,” according to a white paper from the free-market group American Council for Capital Formation. “China trusted the United States more when U.S. oil import dependency was higher and Washington actively sought increases in global oil production, a mutually shared objective,” writes George David Banks, executive vice president of the group. “In Beijing’s view, th...more »
It won’t matter which mayor you vote in next year, the super-sized council is now off and running, and it will take a bigger man than Phil Goff or any of those other muppets mentioned to rein it in. The mongrel now has *momentum*. Writing last week about Rodney Hide’s defence of his indefensible Auckland city mash-up, I suggested that rather than disestablishing eight sets of councils and their staff, his amalgamation instead built a whole new set of council parasites on top – with egos, power-trips and huge rates bills to match. It’s not a small, efficient organisation that he de...more »
[image: Vatican City, Rome, Italy - November 13, 2013: Pope Francis blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square.] NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- An estimated 1.4 million people are expected to attend a mass officiated by Pope Francis when he visits Kenya country on his first trip to Africa, Catholic church officials and Kenyan authorities said Sunday. The pope’s...more »
[image: Nazi gold train] Engineers are set to start surveying a railway embankment in south-western Poland to establish how to dig out a "gold train" that is thought to have been buried there in the dying days of the Third Reich. The existence of a... Continue reading *“Poland’s Nazi Gold Train: Are Investigators Closing in on One of WWII’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries?”* at *theguardian.com*.
A former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, points out the truth about the so called war on terror. Dr Paul Craig Roberts says Americans were hoodwinked by the deceitful policymakers and the presstitute media, following the 9/11 attacks. He calls on all Americans to wake up, not be so sheepish and to stand up to the criminal officials and the media whores. The police/spy state is taking America for a ride, a very dangerous ride. Dr Roberts calls for Americans to hold their place and goodwill in the world, by asking for accountability and evidence from their peers and not be t...more »
The largest Jewish group in North America, the Union for Reform Judaism, has called Israel’s policy of violence and discrimination towards Palestinians and Israeli minorities as “misguided.” IRNA reports: “Asking Jews around the world only to wave the flag of Israel and to support even the most misguided policies of its leaders drives a wedge between the Jewish soul and the Jewish state. It is beyond counterproductive,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said in a speech Thursday night at the union’s biennial conference in the US city of Orlando, Florida. ...more »
*Extreme Tech:* *Explaining the unimaginable: How do nuclear bombs work?* So, this is a bit of a touchy question. From the beginning, even before the true destructive and killing power of The Bomb was clear to its own creators, one thing was certain: Nobody should ever acquire nuclear weapons if those who do have them can help it. That may be a hypocritical stance for current nuclear powers to take — but they’re live hypocrites, so whatever. The justified fear over nuclear technology led to the creation of one of the weirder bits of legislation: the classification of “born secret....more »
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[image: Starbucks] Starbucks invited controversy this week with new cups that are solid red with the green Starbucks logo in the middle. While the cups’ design may not seem objectionable on its face, the absence of snowmen, reindeer, candy canes and other iconography... Continue reading *“Is Starbucks Brewing a ‘War On Christmas’?”* at *csmonitor.com*.
Lufthansa cabin crew will widen their two-city strike to Munich on Monday. The strike will affect about 113,000 passengers and ground 929 flights according to the large German airline. German Press Agency reports: The walkout, launched on Friday by the flight attendants union Ufo to try to secure retirement benefits, hit the Frankfurt and Dusseldorf airports during its first two days, cancelling 800 flights and affecting more than 95,000 travellers. Sunday’s operations returned largely to normal, Lufthansa said, after flight attendants declared an intermission in their strike, which...more »
A rare and exclusive interview with Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri reveals that he believes the ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to be a Mossad agent who aims to destabilise the region in order to create a ‘Greater Israel’ in the Middle East. In a telephone conversation with the Pakistan Voice, al-Zawahiri says that ISIS were created by Washington and Israel, branding them “fake” and part of a zionist agenda. “Al-Qaeda is the only terrorist organization that truly encompasses the values of Islam […] ISIS are brainwashed mercenaries […] they are funded by the Zionists in Washin...more »
A BBC journalist recently had an epiphany over the state of journalism, and has spoken out against the mainstream media, telling the public to “trust nothing you read or watch“. John Darvall is a BBC radio host who left the BBC following the disgracefully inaccurate reporting of the story of the death of his daughter. Activistpost.com reports: Polly was 22, and died in a tragic car accident on Halloween. Since he works for the BBC, Darvall’s grief became public, and he agreed to give an interview. The report was full of inaccuracies and mistakes which compounded his loss, and caused...more »
Every time I have moved - many, many moves, more than I care to think about, over many decades - I have carefully removed from bulletin boards and walls dozens of buttons, cartoons, photos, quotes, and postcard images that seemed to define my life. I have saved almost all of these in shoe boxes, file folders, and manila envelopes, those then layered in plastic tubs that now live in our apartment storage. They don't take up a lot of space, and as old as they are, when I have occasion to look through them, I never feel that I can part with any. When I think about it, it seems strange ...more »
File photo of nuclear-capable missiles on a mobile launcher during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. *Daily Times* *New York Times editorial:* *The Pakistan Nuclear Nightmare* With as many as 120 warheads, Pakistan could in a decade become the world’s third-ranked nuclear power, behind the United States and Russia, but ahead of China, France and Britain. Its arsenal is growing faster than any other country’s, and it has become even more lethal in recent years with the addition of small tactical nuclear weapons that can hit India and longer-range nuclear missiles that can...more »
Unlike lunatic and fraud Ben Carson, John Bel Edwards went to West Point. where he served as vice chairman of the panel that enforced the West Point honor code. One can only imagine how he views Carson. And one doesn't have to imagine how he views another right-wing disgrace, his opponent in the gubernatorial race, David Vitter. The reason there's no need to imagine is due, in part, to the campaign ad above. It's pretty shocking-- and very straight forward in a way that politically-correct-politics forbids. In the ad, he compares his military service-- he was an Army Ranger and se...more »
[image: Obama Immigration order] President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran, but it's already doing the reverse. Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month -- and followed... Continue reading *“Obama Held Hostage: How Iran’s Using the Nuke Deal as License to go Wild”* at *nypost.com*.
The High Command of the Aerospace Forces (HCAF) have said that a “hyper-dimensional opening event” has been recorded over California following the US Navy Trident II missile test on Saturday night. Russian Space Forces experts, who are responsible for monitoring threats in space, first reported (on November 6th) that the US navy were operating off the Southern and Central coasts of California and had closed the airspace over their operations area, rerouting airport traffic. Around the time of the Trident II missile launch on November 7th, Russian satellites detected a huge energy su...more »
Video footage shows a rare Ferrari being driven erratically before crashing in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The £920,000 super car is one of only 499 LaFerrari’s in existence. It is seen hugging the road as it veers left and right, followed by a sharp right across the traffic and into stationary cars. The driver blamed the accident on the cars tyres. The Mirror reports: The aftermath was caught on film by local photographer Akos Moldvan on Saturday, October 31. He said: “The driver didn’t say much and hasn’t really been under much of stress after the crash – he lit up a cigar whi...more »
The City of Sacramento, California, performed a secret water treatment experiment with cancer-causing chemicals, at the expense of residents in 2013 and 2014 according to a local news investigation. The contamination of the water supply was done in order to save the city money, which may have caused cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects, as a result of residents consuming the chemicals. Theantimedia.org reports: City officials allowed the experiment to continue for an entire year —despite knowing early on that very process was creating carcinogens. For how long that contamination ...more »
A staggering 834 people have been shot and killed by US cops this year so far, and the youngest of them all is six-year-old Jeremy David Mardis, who was tragically killed last week. The autistic first-grader was sitting in the passenger seat of a car, driven by his father, when city marshals gunned him down during a chase. Washingtonpost.com reports: The autistic first-grader was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car being driven by his father, Chris Few, in Marksville, La., when city marshals attempted to serve the man a warrant about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Few fled, event...more »
Shocking video showing the state of madness in Israel and Palestine at the moment, shows footage of an alleged Palestinian woman, lunging with a knife at a civilian Israeli security guard at a settlement entrance. The security guard sustained minor injuries and shot dead his assailant in broad daylight, ending the dispute in a final manner. The Daily Mail reports: The woman, who was wearing a black abaya and hijab, was asked for her identification to enter the predominately Jewish city. As the guard started flicking through her papers, the Palestinian woman reached for a knife from ...more »
Secret Service agents in charge of protecting JFK at the time of his assassination were drunk at the time of his assassination, a new report has revealed. Out of the twenty eight Secret Service personnel assigned to protect former US President John F. Kennedy, nine had been out partying in local clubs until the early hours of the morning on November 22, 1963, just hours before JFK was assassinated. Presstv.com reports: Citing a new book dubbed Drinking in America: Our Secret History, the report noted that a week after the Kennedy’s murder, his successor President Lyndon Johnson ord...more »
ISIS militants who were allegedly involved in the Sinai plane crash spoke in British accents, according to UK newspaper The Telegraph. The newspaper says that British-born jihadists were recruited by ISIS, and may be directly involved in the attack. Sputniknews.com reports: If confirmed this would move the issue of ISIL recruiting Britons high up the UK government’s anti-terrorist agenda. UK and US officials said earlier this week there was a possibility that the crashed Russian airliner could have been brought down by a bomb. The Airbus A321 was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sh...more »
As COP21 approaches, the Counter-Conference has also been arranged: In 2009 we laid down the Copenhagen Climate Challenge, when we asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to answer 10 questions about climate. We’re back to ask the same and more questions, and challenge the climate ‘consensus’ in Paris at COP 21 with alternative climate hypotheses. If you have something to say in Paris, we still have places for a few more speakers. Take some time to navigate our pages, you can leave a comment if you’d like to say something in response to the articles backing up our 10 questions to Ba...more »
[image: Pope Francis - 900] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- In his first public comments on the latest scandal rocking the Vatican, Pope Francis told followers in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that the theft of documents describing financial malfeasance inside the Holy See was a “crime”...more »
[image: Integrated_Task_Force_infantry_Marines_conduct_squad_attacks_in_Final_Field_Exercise_at_Camp_Lejeune cropped compressed] With the January deadline approaching for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's decision on opening all combat units to women, the contrast between the Marines integration testing and the Army's Ranger training is telling. The Marines set out to answer a question: Can women perform...more »
[image: California School] The California State Board of Education has come to an agreement with six high schools in the state that were putting students into "sham classes" in which they received no instruction. The students from Compton Unified, Los Angeles Unified, and...more »
The US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said that although the US military do not seek a new Cold War, it is determined to oppose the rising global powers, namley Russia and China, in order to protect the US-dominated world order He accused Russia of endangering “international order” and said the Pentagon was searching for creative ways to deter Kremlin aggression and protect its allies. The Pentagon chief also expressed his concern about China’s expanding influence and growing military might, although his stronger words were reserved for Russia RT reports: Carter delivered this su...more »
Of course, the BBC's bias over the migrant crisis continues in the background. In an online report tonight regarding the Croatian general election there appears this revealing passage: I think we can guess where the BBC reporter responsible for that stands on the issue - and, probably, on the Croatian election.
*Jerusalem Post*: *WATCH: IAI unveils unprecedented radar system as long-range ballistic missile threats increase* * IAI joins the cyberwarfare race * Israel Aerospace Industries unveils advanced intelligence system for unmanned platforms Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled on Sunday a radar system named TERRA, which is capable of early-warning detection and accurate tracking of very long-range targets. TERRA has been operating for two years already, in the service of a client that IAI declined to name. IAI's subsidiary, ELTA Systems, which has built the radars for all of...more »
Ilya Petrovich Gorelyh, believed to be a member of the Spetsnaz brigade that took an active part in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine, in a photo geotagged in Aleppo. *Reuters*: *Russian soldiers geolocated by photos in multiple Syria locations, bloggers say* Three serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated by photographs in Syria, including locations near Hama, Aleppo and Homs, Russian bloggers said on Sunday, suggesting the Kremlin's operation stretches well beyond its air campaign. Russia first launched air strikes to support President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's fou...more »
*“According To Science, Here's How Sarcastic * *People Are Different From Everyone Else”* by Courtney E. Smith “Are you known for your biting sense of humor? Would your friends call you caustic? Is irony the highest form of verbal art (in your humble opinion)? Then you can also be considered something else besides “sarcastic”: intelligent. A study out of Harvard Business School finds that sarcasm is the “highest form of intelligence.” The study’s authors delved into “the cognitive experiences of sarcastic expressers and recipients or their behavioral implications” to test and see i...more »
*"Carson: Loss of Keystone Leaves U.S. With No Place to Store Grain"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "Presidential candidate Ben Carson has issued a dire warning that President Obama’s cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline has left the United States with “virtually no place to store grain.” Without the massive pipeline, Carson told Fox News, the nation’s network of silos is woefully inadequate “to store the bounty of grain that we soweth.” Carson said that as President, he would seek additional places to store grain, such as “the hollowed-out heads on Mt. Rushmo...more »
Polls suggest that 53 percent of Israelis support the extrajudicial killing of suspected Palestinian attackers on the spot, even after they “no longer pose a threat.” The result of the new poll comes after Israeli leaders called on the public and security forces to shoot dead any alleged Palestinian attacker on the spot. Aljazeera reports: Published by the Israel Democracy Institute, the poll’s findings reflect hardening attitudes among Jewish Israelis at a time when unrest has spread throughout Israel, the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. The poll e...more »
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett *ABC New*s: *More US Troops Possible in Syria, Defense Sec. Ash Carter Says* Just days after the White House announced that President Obama had authorized the deployment of a small contingent of special operations forces to the war-torn country of Syria, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said more American troops could "absolutely" be sent into the country if the United States can find more "capable" local forces to ...more »
[I did not write this. I pinched it from Michael Hurd, who doesn’t know who did.] Paraprosdokians: First time I heard about paraprosdokians, I liked them. Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them). 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my list. 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wro...more »
On his website, Iowa Senate candidate Tom Fiegen explains that he supports Bernie Sanders "because he has demonstrated unconditional support for working people since he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont 34 years ago. He tells the truth." Feigen, who is running against somewhat doddering right-wing senator Chuck Grassley-- first elected, very narrowly, to Congress in 1974-- right after Nixon was driven from office (and just as the GOP was losing dozens of seats across the nation, including 2 in Iowa). Everyone, nationally, who was, like Grassley, first elected that day has either di...more »
*Reuters*: *Exclusive - Investigators '90 percent sure' of bomb on crashed Russian plane* Investigators of the Russian plane crash in Egypt are "90 percent sure" the noise heard in the final second of a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by a bomb, a member of the investigation team told Reuters on Sunday. The Airbus (AIR.PA) A321 crashed 23 minutes after taking off from the Sharm al-Sheikh tourist resort eight days ago, killing all 224 passengers and crew. Islamic State militants fighting Egyptian security forces in Sinai said they brought it down. "The indications and an...more »
Something more significant than the move against Andrew Fisher happened on the right of the Labour Party last week. It was Tuesday morning, in fact, and the occasion was Liam Byrne's speech to the Policy Network. Of course, MPs, particularly former ministers, give speeches to think tanks all the time and most float under the radar, noted only by the hardest of hardcore politics watchers and professional policy wonks. It's just a shame this one hasn't received wider coverage because in it, as one of its leading figures, Liam reads Blairism and New Labour the last rites. In a nutshe...more »
The reality of life is it a gatway or a fence for we are all born wild and free but at cubs we are curbed and taught to love comfroity and i want to break those logical chains to nonsense that are keeping us down I want to be free and know the world cheers with me Sure freedom is nothing left to lose but its also a roof, a bed and four squares and health car an education for those that are not dead A world like this can support us all just do not pump out more kids than neccesary to hold the hole in the wall
The Asahi Shimbun is reporting that participants at the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs called for an end to plans to reprocess nuclear fuel at the Rokkasho reprocessing plant: Pugwash scientists demand Japan end troubled nuclear fuel recycling program November 07, 2015 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201511070038 Japan has been urged to scrap its nuclear fuel recycling program by a group of influential scholars at the 61st Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international advocates body working for a nucl...more »
*CNN*: *Mystery light freaks out Southern California residents* (CNN)Panic and speculation spread Saturday night when a bright white light shot through the night skies in Southern California. Residents posted a flurry of videos on social media, together with theories of aliens or meteors. Others made panicked calls to law enforcement officials. But not to worry, U.S. military officials said. It was a planned missile test. The Navy Strategic Systems Programs held a scheduled missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, which is a ballistic missile submarine. The test was conduct...more »
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday.... And again as usual time for my weekly rant.. First, I must say it has taken a bit longer than expected for my better half to finally get better from her bout with Shingles... The lesions on her legs disappeared earlier last week, but the pain was excruciating for her to endure... Finally, as of last Friday, she was able to walk around normally without too much pain and it does appear that the worse is now over... As I said before, I do not wish the pain that she suffered on anyone, and I can understand that many that have suffered from Shingles are...more »
------------------------------ *Another Phony Payroll Jobs Number — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ November 6, 2015 | *Original Here* Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Another Phony Payroll Jobs Number Paul Craig Roberts The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that the US economy created 271,000 jobs in October, a number substantially in excess of the expected 175,000 to 190,000 jobs. The unexpected job gain has dropped the unemployment rate to 5 percent. These two numbers will be the...more »
Those of us who argue that the BBC is biased are probably on our firmest ground when it comes to contending that the BBC has a deep bias in favour of social liberalism. This bias manifests itself in so many ways... ....from Mark Easton's reporting on the issue of drugs liberalisation through to Evan Davis's bizarre hi-jacking of a *Newsnight* election debate with Northern Irish politicians in order (surely in contravention of BBC election guidelines?) to relentlessly grill the representative of the NI party *least* in tune with socially liberal attitudes there... ....or... ...f...more »
“Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful? The colors result from a mixture of objects and processes. Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Backlit dust clouds block starlight and so appear dark. *Click image for larger size.* Antares, a red supergiant and one of the brighter stars in the night sky, lights up the yellow-red clouds on the lower center. Rho Ophiuchi lies at the center of the blue nebula near the top. The distant...more »
*"All Will Come Again"* by Rainer Maria Rilke "All will come again into its strength: the fields undivided, the waters undammed, the trees towering and the walls built low. And in the valleys, people as strong and varied as the land. And no churches where God is imprisoned and lamented like a trapped and wounded animal. The houses welcoming all who knock and a sense of boundless offering in all relations, and in you and me. No yearning for an afterlife, no looking beyond, no belittling of death, but only longing for what belongs to us and serving earth, lest we remain unused."
*Moral Terrorism* If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, ergo...it's most likely a duck. I'm going to cut to the chase here and suggest that this well-funded POS, Charlie Hebdo, is a Mossad cell. That's the way it operates. It operates by deception...waging war. Charlie Hebdo wages war on human morality. It attacks by stealth... from the outside...of morality. The recent "cartoons" making fun of the Russian passenger jet crash are yet another typical, cowardly example. Parasiting off civilized society's laws of free speech, Charlie Hebdo turns humor in on itself in orde...more »
Barack Obama with Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office. Photo: Pete Souza. *New York Times*: *Netanyahu May Try to Mend Fences in First U.S. Visit Since Iran Deal* WASHINGTON — Democratic members of Congress felt the wrath of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pro-Israel groups almost immediately after announcing their support for the nuclear deal with Iran. They were left off the guest list of the annual Rosh Hashana reception at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, traditionally a bipartisan affair. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware was nearly disinvited by the American Israel P...more »
*"Protons and Leprechauns"* by Fred Reed "My father, now dead, a mathematician without the slightest leaning toward the esoteric, once told me of driving by night with a friend through the hill country of North Carolina. Suddenly a large truck, lights blazing, came over a crest, passed *through *their car without a sound, and disappeared in the night. My father said that after a moment he asked, “Did you see what I saw?” The friend answered “Yes.” They said no more about it, to each other or anyone else. They would have been thought mad. Over the years I have talked to various peop...more »
By Paul Homewood Mexico’s plans to fight global warming appear to have garnered a fairly good press. John Gummer, for instance, was bragging off about their Climate Act last year, whilst Carbon Tracker award the country a “Medium” rating for their INDC, although this only means: not yet consistent with limiting […]
It's always bothered me when politicians try to satirize themselves, because it tends to co-opt and take the bite right out of real satire. It was the late Molly Ivins who defined satire as the prime weapon that the powerless have against the powerful. Effective satire always punches up, never down or sideways or inward. When presidents do it, usually at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, their self-satire has the desired effect of rendering their crimes against humanity into cute little foibles. The audience of sycophants chuckles right along in knowing complicity. Who can ev...more »
I should have left for Washington DC last Sunday, November 1 evening (should have been back tomorrow) for some meetings and conference. The main event was cancelled nearly 3 weeks earlier, so I cancelled my trip. Turns out I have a productive week here... Nov. 2 Monday, an important meeting with new friends of Minimal Government Thinkers, might consider giving us a support. Nov. 3, I was in Bloomberg TV Ph for a short live interview. Nov. 4, my article in BWorld re PEMC and WESM created a stir somewhere, got a very long and angry comment by email from someone who cc'd the President, ...more »
"Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such" "Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it." ...more »
*"China Bans Reincarnation Without Permission"* by the dailygalaxy.com "In an attempt to erode the power of Tibet's Dalai Lama, China has banned Buddhist monks from reincarnating without government permission. The search for a reincarnation is a mystical process involving clues left by the deceased and visions among leading monks on where to look. The current Dalai Lama, the fourteenth of the line, was identified in 1937 when monks came to his village. It is the latest in a series of measures by the Communist authorities to tighten their grip over Tibet more than 58 years after Chin...more »
*"Regret: The Weight of the Past"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM 'Holding onto regret is like dragging the weight of the past with us everywhere we go. It drains our energy, leaving less available for life in the present because we are constantly feeding an old issue. This attachment can cause illness the same way watering a dead plant creates decay. We know that something new and beautiful can grow in its place if we only prepare the soil and plant the right seeds. We also know that we create our lives from our thoughts, so dwelling on the past may actually recreate a situation i...more »
Valerie Strauss has posted a report by James Hogan on the effects of tje Tea Party Taliban that seized control of North Carolina politics and its public education system in 2012. Besides draconian cuts to everything from teacher positions to drivers' ed, the Bircher wing of corporate education reform has legalized vouchers and has uncapped the growth of both non-profit and for-profit charters. Here a a clip from Hogan's report: N.C. teachers are prohibited by law from unionizing, but they did have a common advocacy group in the North Carolina Association of Educators. In 2011, th...more »
President Barack Obama meets in New York with representatives of the five Arab nations that contributed in air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, September 23, 2014. Sitting next to Obama are Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *New York Times:* *As U.S. Escalates Air War on ISIS, Allies Slip Away* AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — As the United States prepares to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, the Arab allies who with great fanfare sent warplanes on the initial missions there...more »
https://www.popularresistance.org/ Justin Trudeau will be tested on many fronts. One of the most important fronts is international trade -- where the TPP has just landed in his lap. Tom Walkom writes: Released Thursday, the final text confirms most critics’ fears. Certain kinds of new-generation prescription pharmaceuticals will receive enhanced patent protection. That means they will become more expensive — both for individuals and provincial drug plans. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad deal for medicine,” said the aid group Doct...more »
VIJAY JOSHI & ESTHER HTUSANatThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Burma Elections Hope] YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- With tremendous excitement and hope, millions of citizens voted Sunday in Myanmar’s historic general election that will test whether the military’s long-standing grip on power can be loosened, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party...more »
*New York Post editorial:* *Obama held hostage: How Iran’s using the nuke deal as license to go wild* President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran, but it’s already doing the reverse. Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month — and followed up with a massive cyberattack on the US government, especially the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs. The kicker: Iran is holding the nuke deal hostage — threatening to junk it if Obama tries to punish the country for its fresh...more »
[image: homeschooling__1439900675_188.8.131.52] Fast-forward to the 1980s, when left met right. Farris found himself defending a hodgepodge of home-schoolers slash unschoolers throughout the decade, mostly Christians like him and his family, but also "black Jews, Muslims ... even one woman who told me... Continue reading *“When Home-Schooling Became Legal”* at *ozy.com*.
I AM THE PUPLISHER OF THE NEW YORK TIMES We have Zombies they are everywhere eating up the content of today like brains and burping the truth we are never safe so says the lizard brain I love Zombies I love the Apocalypse because I have an exaggerated sense of Schadenfreude an do not drive a V W of the shame its like a car has become anthropomorphic in more than name and we are talking about the people that brought you the Holocaust and now I just have to wonder if this was a big mistake or something wrong with a beautiful people that make them think that they can cheat and change the...more »
*"5 Ridiculous Right-Wing Moments This Week:* * Bill O'Reilly Throws a Toddler Tantrum"* by Janet Allon "It’s always super-fun to watch arrogant conservative a**holes fight amongst themselves, but that is just what thoughtful viewers of Fox News (hah! Kidding! We know that’s an oxymoron) got to watch this week, when Bill O'Reilly took on George Will for daring to criticize O’Reilly’s book on Reagan. (Will called it a “no facts zone,” among other insults.) That made O’Reilly hopping mad, so he invited Will on so he could talk over him and berate him. Will was offended that O’Reilly’s...more »
Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh *Walter Russell Mead, American Interest*: *A Plague on Egypt’s Tourism* The tragic crash of the Russian airliner should serve as a wake-up call. Egypt matters, and we take it for granted at our peril. Bomb or no bomb? UK flights have started to transport back to Britain some of the 20,000 British tourists who were stranded at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea after intelligence emerged that the Russian plane that crashed over the Sinai over the weekend was likely brought down by an explosive device. But at the same time, Russia has ...more »
This week’s Weekend Reads, which appears below, was preempted yesterday by the news that the Office of Research Integrity had issued a finding of misconduct in the long-running case of Anil Potti. The week also featured news about a child psychiatry trial halted for unexplained reasons, and saw the launch of our new weekly column […] The post Weekend reads: Elsevier mutiny; babies as co-authors; what to do after rejection appeared first on Retraction Watch.
I AM THE PUPLISHER OF THE NEW YORK TIMES We have Zombies they are everywhere eating up the content of today like brains and burping the truth we are never safe so says the lizard brain I love Zombies I love the Apocalypse because I have an exaggerated sense of Schadenfreude an do not drive a V W of the shame its like a car has become anthropomorphic in more than name and we are talking about the people that brought you the Holocaust and now I just have to wonder if this was a big mistake or something wrong with a beautiful people that make them think that they can cheat and change the...more »
For those of you who enjoy a transcription, here's an exchange from this morning's *BBC Breakfast *newspaper review, featuring Manchester University's Rob Ford (Matthew Goodwin's co-writer on *Revolt on the Right*). The BBC presenters on the sofa were Sally Nugent and Christian Fraser. *Sally Nugent*: I love the next story that you've chosen here from *The Independent on Sunday*. We're heading to America for this one, aren't we...? *Rob Ford*: Yes. *Sally Nugen*t: ...and the presidential race, which *(laughing)* just seems to just keep taking more and more bizarre turns? *Rob Ford*...more »
[image: Ben Carson] Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pulled in $3.5 million in campaign donations this week after furiously fighting off media reports Friday that he lied about his childhood and admission into West Point. The $3.5 million was accompanied by 100,000 new followers on...more »
[image: US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the US Ambassador's Residence in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, March 24, 2014.] A new study suggests that President Barack Obama's oil policy could be responsible for China escalating its rhetoric and squaring off with the U.S. in the South China Sea. The United States can now reduce the global supply of energy, hurting Beijing. This ability stems largely from America's increased production of...more »
A U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W Rivet Joint takes off from a base in the Middle East. Air Force photo *Joseph Trevithick, War Is Boring*: *Revealed — America’s Spying Mission Along Iran’s ‘Black Line’* U.S. Air Force surveillance tracks close to the coast. The Pentagon secretly snooped on Iran along a “black line” near the country’s Persian Gulf coastline. With both nations starting to implement a landmark nuclear deal, the Pentagon will likely keep this close and constant watch on the Islamic Republic. In 2013, the U.S. Air Force performed at least one surveillance mission in interna...more »
Edward Snowden in Moscow. Dagens Nyheter *The Guardian*: *Snowden: Democratic debate showed major shift in how I am perceived* NSA whistleblower points to ‘extraordinary change’ in attitudes as he notes that Democratic candidates for US president did not call him a traitor Edward Snowden has described the Democratic presidential debate last month as marking an “extraordinary change” in attitudes towards him. In a lengthy interview with Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter published on Friday, Snowden said he had been encouraged by the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, her main...more »
Don't you worry, we have #GOPbible study for you! Some wags had nothing better to do this weekend than stop making fun of Dr. Ben Carson's crackpot theories about the 7th Day Adventists and just point out some of the controversies inherent in Republican religionist orthodoxy. Micia Sakowitz, for example, pointed out the hidden scriptural text that includes Jesus dealing with Lazarus and his sister in a manner more suitable for a Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand Speakership: "Sorry Lazarus, you have a pre-existing condition." And trayNTP just couldn't completely get off the ole Dr. Ben tip, poin...more »
The Albert Del Rosario Institute (ADRi) has published my new paper, in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit this coming November 18-19 here in Manila. My special thanks to ADRi President, Prof. Dindo Manhit. I put a number of tables in that paper, data sources from the World Bank, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Trade Organization (WTO), Alas Oplas & Co. CPAs (AOC), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Foreign direct investments (FDI) inward stock is a good indicator of how much FDIs have a...more »
This post focuses on the Transatomic Power story and its implications for the human future. But first I must go back to the past and some of the reactors my father worked to develop. This turn to the past will lead to Transatomic Power and the role it founders desire to play in the future of humanity. Between 1950 and 1969, My father, C. J. Barton, Sr., played an important role in the development of the MSR at ORNL. He created the carrier/coolant salt formula for both ORNL MSR prototypes, pioneered research into the use of plutonium as a MSR fuel, and made other MSR proposals that...more »
By Paul Homewood http://news.michelin.co.uk/announcement-concerning-proposed-run-down-of-ballymena-factory-and-investment-in-dundee-and-stoke-on-trent-sites/ The green dream claims more jobs. From Sky: http://www.skynewsradio.co.uk/story/1580961/michelin-tyre-plant-closing-with-860-jobs-lost Michelin is to shut its tyre factory in County Antrim with the loss of 860 jobs – blaming intense competition from Asia and high energy costs. The reasons for the decision place further pressure on the Government as […]
Sticking with matters North American (and with another hat-tip to commenters at *Biased BBC*), this really is quite something, bias-wise... It's a report from *The Tab*, Cambridge University's student news site, recording what was said at a debate on the question: 'This House Believes the American Dream is Colour Blind'. Various well-known guests took part, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Greer (the Greer who *is* allowed to talk to UK students!) and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. The Rev. spoke against the motion while The Acceptable Ms Greer and Miss America spoke in ...more »
Over the years a number of BBC related blogs have featured HARDtalk. Some have written about it many times. It presents itself as the BBC’s hard-hitting, one-to-one platform, where awkward but penetrating questions are put to important public figures, who are expected in return to give honest, revealing answers, and defend their case against intelligent criticism. Stephen Sackur has a slightly bullying demeanour, which can look deliberately intimidating, like an overly stern schoolteacher “I'm establishing my discipline” (because I’m rather afraid of losing control.) (Thank you D...more »
*A US Army UH-1H Huey helicopter on the MFO South Camp flight line, Naama Bay in 1989.* Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty *PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL AND EGYPTMarch 26, 1979* *Sixteen months after Sadat's visit to Israel, the Israel-Egypt peace treaty was signed in Washington. It contains nine articles, a military annex, an annex dealing with the relation between the parties, agreed minutes interpreting the main articles of the treaty, among them Article 6, the withdrawal schedule, exchange of ambassadors, security arrangements and the agreement relating to the autonomy talks. The latter...more »
[image: ashton carter] SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday accused Russia of endangering world order, citing its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for creative ways to... Continue reading *“Ash Carter Says Russia, China Potentially Threaten Global Order”* at *apnewsarchive.com*.
SERGIO BUSTOS & NICHOLAS RICCARDIatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: The Charming Youngest Candidate, Marco Rubio, Enters the Race for President] MIAMI (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who has been attacked by GOP rivals and others for using an American Express card issued by the Republican Party of Florida for some personal spending as a state lawmaker, released two...more »
[image: Donald Trump8 - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump hadn’t gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of “You’re a racist!” But the “heckler” was comedian Larry David, who before Trump arrived on-stage had been... Continue reading *“Hosting SNL, Donald Trump Fends off Mock Heckler”* at *apnewsarchive.com*.
A couple of commenters at *Biased BBC *have independently spotted a BBC online article called *Justin Trudeau takes Canada by the horns as Prime Minister*. Neither seemed exactly impressed at its impartiality: Pass the sick bag. The BBC is gushing over Trudeau of Canada’s fresh start. ‘Justin Trudeau takes Canada by the horns as Prime Minister’ – says this BBC love letter. (Have your sick bucket handy). I can only imagine the ‘journalist’ didn’t have time to inform us that Justin will personally pilot the first manned mission to Mars whilst announcing the cure for all cancers. I...more »
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014 ) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leads a formation of ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise. Theodore Roosevelt participated in the exercise with the Peruvian submarine BAP Islay (SS 35), the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. *Dave Majumdar, National Interest:* *America's Aircraft Carriers Must Fight or 'D...more »
SU 34 - T50 PAK FA - SU 35. Dutch Aviaiton *Dr. Mark B. Schneider, Real Clear Defense: **The F-35 vs. the Russian Su-35 and the PAK FA* *Implications for the Threat to NATO* The Russians are now developing new air dominance aircraft with a long-range strike capability -- the Su-35 and the Pak FA (frequently called the PAK T-50) – which will pose a significant threat to NATO Europe. The U.S. F-35, the only 5th generation aircraft in production today, is critical to countering these threats. The F-35 has recently gotten bad publicity over its dogfighting capability despite the fact...more »
There are nationwide efforts to reduce suspensions. They are applied inequitably and I definitely agree they are ineffective. Although, I will say that in some cases, everyone, teacher and student alike, need a “cooling off” period. Suspension may not be the ultimate answer, however. Our district shifted to a nebulous program of “restorative justice.” In […]
*Massachusetts shoots the messenger* *How do they know that they "were turning away some great students whose standardized test scores did not reflect their ability to succeed”? What crystal ball do they have which outsmarts the SAT? It's nonsense of course.But it's easy to translate what they mean: "We were turning away presentable but dumb black students whom we thought might have a chance at university". So they are scrapping the messenger (the SAT) that was telling them that such students really are incapable at university* The University of Massachusetts Lowell and Salem ...more »
The New York Times/Nicholas KristofatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: blind] HETAUDA, Nepal -- WATCHING the doctor perform is like observing miracles. He has restored eyesight to more than 100,000 people, perhaps more than any doctor in history, and still his patients come. They stagger and grope their way to him... Continue reading *“In 5 Minutes, He Lets the Blind See”* at *nytimes.com*.
*Folksy old Bill Nye, the non-science guy is getting himself into the limelight again* His academic background is in mechanical engineering so his claim to be a science guy is thin to start with -- and his ignoring of climate facts reduces him to the status of a prophet rather than a scientist. And prophets love attention. And that is pretty clearly what drives Bill. He is a narcissist. He feeds off attention. Science is optional. The heading of his most recent article in the pseudo-intellectual "Salon" is "Bill Nye demolishes climate deniers: “The single most important thing ...more »
Given the large number of Liberal MPs elected that was one of the easier promises to keep but never the less a damn fine start. Now comes the more difficult stuff so let briefly review the platform promises in regard to our democratic institutions and how *“Fair and Open”* this government intends to be. We all know we have heard similar phrases before and the outcome was nothing like the promise! With this in mind over the next few weeks I will take a closer look at some of the promises and some of the difficulties that may arise in keeping them, but in the meanwhile here is a quic...more »
Indonesia was rocked by series of earthquakes Sunday morning, with the strongest at 6.1 magnitude The 6.1 earthquake occurred near Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia at 09:34:57.40 UTC on Nov 8, 2015. In all at least five earthquakes shook Indonesia according to the USGS who said that the strongest one struck only 81 kilometers from the nearest city. RT reports: The 6.1 magnitude quake struck 81 from of the city of Padang Sidempuan, which has a population of over 200,000 people, and 111 kilometers from the city of Sibolga in the western part of Indonesia. The epicenter of the quake was rep...more »
Slim pickings for the last month. Nevertheless, the regular shout out goes to ... 1. Driftmine (Unaligned) (Twitter) 2. Elliott Adair (Labour) (Twitter) 3. Greg Dash (Labour) (Twitter) 4. Road to Somewhere Else (Labour) (Twitter) 5. Turning the Tide (Labour) (Twitter) If you know of any new blogs that haven't featured before then drop me a line via the comments, email, Facebook or Twitter. Please note I'm looking for blogs that have started within the last 12 months. The new blog round up appears on the first Sunday of every month, *usually*.
[image: Etching of Christ's Crown of Thorns by Dore 1947] JENNIFER HARTLINE -- When I was 16 years old, the boy I thought I was desperately in love with, who had promised his love for me, broke my heart with all the characteristic grace of a teenager. One day he...more »
*Such a lovely day! Who wants to come home and write about the 馬習團 after ten hours riding in this?* *l'll talk to this Humungus! He's a reasonable man, open to negotiation.* Well, it's all over but the commentary. Lots of good stuff all over, but I'd like to highlight this piece from Gwenyth Wang at Ketagalan Media: As the world watches today’s “Ma-Xi Meeting,” I expect to see the results reinforce the significance of the 1992 Consensus. However, by holding such an unprecedented meeting under the international spotlight, Ma has opened up a Pandora’s Box, and unleashed Taiwan’s dyna...more »
...chains, right? We all have them. Money. Job. Race. Creed. Colour. Profit. Patent. Power. Godma of all brands and tastes... And they way I see it, we're there. We're all (or enough of us to make a difference are) at that point in our lives where we can SEE THEM. We can see the fractured chains. We can see a way out. We understand that we're the only person keeping the fractured chains in place. It's our indecision and acceptance of so-called fate that leaves us in this ethical limbo. We have two options: a) leave the chains in place and let the links reseal b) slip 'em, while we...more »
[image: Lawrence Joel - 900] “For action this day  in the Iron Triangle northwest of Saigon, Specialist Five Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade earns the Medal of Honor, becoming the first living African-American since the...more »
Social media exploded on Saturday night amid mass sightings of what appeared to be a UFO across southern California, with many users uploading videos and pictures on Twitter and Facebook. According to officials, however, the mysterious bright lights seen in the sky were a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea just off the coast of Southern California. This ties in with the recent announcement of mysterious military tests taking place near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where all flights landing at the airport are being re-routed for the next week to accommo...more »
Sanders, Warren Introduce Bill to Increase Social Security Payouts by Taxing Corporate ExecsBy Peter Schroeder, "The Hill"06 November 15 ens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are teaming up on a bill that would hand Social Security recipients a $580 check and pay for it by trimming tax perks for corporate executives. The progressive duo unveiled new legislation
U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of endangering the world order and expressed concern over China’s growing military power. Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Carter said that Russia’s “loose talk” about its nuclear weapons pose a threat for the U.S. and its allies, and that the West must think of ways of deterring “Russian aggression”. Yahoo News reports: “Most disturbing, Moscow’s nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russian leaders’ commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whet...more »
WIKIPEDIA/SAMUEL BAILEY *RT:* *‘Underwater drone with explosives’ spotted near Baltic Nord Stream pipeline* An unmanned military underwater vehicle rigged with explosives was spotted on the seabed in the vicinity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltics on Friday, Swedish media report. The device is expected to be disarmed on November 9. An abandoned expendable remotely-operated mine clearance underwater vehicle allegedly with explosives onboard has been detected in multinational waters of the Baltic Sea by the Swedish Navy, Svenska Daglabet reports. The discovery was made d...more »
[image: White flag Surrender] "Yes, we all loved Mr. Wiggles, so very much," says the mother to the distraught child in her arms who whimpers as he stares at the goldfish floating belly up. Making eye contact with her husband, she silently mouths, "I'm...more »
Due to secret military operations, the airspace over the pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week *Daily Mail*: *Secret military maneuvers over the Pacific will force planes at LAX to use different routes at night for a week as they takeoff and land over homes instead of the sea* * Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) officials report that the FAA has closed the Pacific Ocean west of the airport * Air traffic controllers at LAX say the airspace will be used by the military for special operations for a week * It will require commercial planes to use different rout...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *Pentagon to release Guantanamo detainee relocation plan, as Obama pressed ahead with closure* The Pentagon is expected to release a plan next week on President Obama’s years-long effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center that suggests a Colorado prison dubbed “the Alcatraz of the Rockies” as one suitable site to relocate expected life-long detainees, Obama administration officials say. Obama made a campaign promise in his 2008 White House bid to close the facility, arguing the move would be in the United States’ bes...more »
Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly and Fox contributor George Will went after each other like two mad dogs, repeatedly calling each other liars on the air. O'Reilly wrote another in a long, dull line of hackish books, this one *Killing Reagan*, and Will insulted him by writing a column about it in the *Washington Post*, comparing O'Reilly to Trump as another "symptom of today’s cultural pathology of self-validating vehemence with blustery certitudes substituting for evidence." He claims that O'Reilly's book "will distort public understanding of Ronald Reagan’s presidency more than hostile b...more »
*Stars And Stripes*: *Carter: U.S. must prepare for challenges from Russia, China* SIMI VALLEY, Calif. –The United States must develop new strategies and weapons to challenge aggression from China and Russia, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum. “That is a generational challenge, like it was in Reagan’s time,” Carter said during a speech at the forum held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs. “In the face of Russia’s provocations and China’s rise, we must embrace innovative approaches to protect the...more »
Reuters *DAWN:* *US sees Taliban as reconciliation partners: Pentagon* WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defence has said that it’s no longer conducting counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan because it views the group as an important partner in its efforts for restoring peace in the war-ravaged country. “What we’re not doing (is) counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis told a Wednesday evening news briefing in Washington. “We actually view the Taliban as being an important partner in a peaceful Afghan-...more »
*Richard Macauley, Quartz: **China accounts for 30% of the world’s secretive military spending* China is responsible for 30% of the world’s secretive defense spending, reports Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based anti-corruption NGO. Secretive spending, defined by TI as “military expenditure where no meaningful details are released either to the public or parliament,” is leading to corruption at home and mistrust in the Asia-Pacific region that could destabilize the area, the organization says. “No information is available on acquisition planning, and only broad detail...more »
For you love is like a once in a hundred year storm for me its like the weather report and I chase those storms because I fear to catch something real thats better than everything in my real deal women and me love diffeantly but in the end just the same its the path each takes to perfection that give love its time and finds so many dimes put their by the sprits who want to put in their ten cents worth about a situation so complicated its harder to chart by a lug degree than global warming.
OK, so everyone knows that the brainwashed Republican base, which has spent entirely too much time listening to psychopaths on Hate Talk radio and watching Fox "News," is not interested in facts or in objective truth. But what about when their candidates actually *admit* being liars? I guess we'll find out soon, since right-wing fave Ben Carson has started cracking up... and admitting to some of his lies. Recall that at the last GOP debate, PolitiFact checked 16 of Dr. Carson's statements and did not find *one* to be true or even mostly true. 3 were deemed half true, 4 were found ...more »
[image: ronaldo1-800x500__1446946675_184.108.40.206] … we read in both accounts that the [Christiano Ronaldo family has had something of a tough time: the father drank himself to death, the mother relies on tranquillisers, and Ronaldo Junior is being brought up without his mother. The... Continue reading *“Restrictive Abortion Laws Saved Portuguese Football Star Ronaldo’s Life”* at *catholicherald.co.uk*.
There's an interesting development in the fighting in Syria. Both the U.S. and Russia have assigned fighter jets to the region. And that's a little odd. Some fighter jets are equipped to carry bombs as well. Jets like that are called fighter bombers. But others are equipped to fight only other aircraft. Russia and the US are both sending pure fighters. Now, ISIS has no aircraft. Syria has an airforce equipped with fighters and, as they have been for decades, they are all Russian, though many are outdated. (Gee - could that relationship with Russia explain why the U.S. wants to get r...more »
National Review/David FrenchatThe Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ben Carson-1] Let's begin with two propositions: There is a difference between an admirable man and a perfect man, and there is a difference between "vetting" and viciousness. The collective goal of the liberal media is now clear -- to take one... Continue reading *“Sorry, Media, You Won’t Destroy Ben Carson”* at *nationalreview.com*.
Tribal, Grassroots, & Treaty Leaders Respond to President Obama Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline By Indigenous Environmental Network WASHINGTON – President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL cross-border application filed by TransCanada to the U.S. State Department. This is a huge victory for the Tribal Nations and communities along its proposed route that have been fighting this dirty tar
[image: splitmattbevinbarackobama1107-913x512] Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin made a promise when he campaigned for office that when the Environmental Protection Agency bureaucrats came calling to interfere with Kentucky's coal economy, he'd tell them to keep on going or face a fight. Winning election... Continue reading *“State’s New GOP Gov Just Sent an EPIC Message to the EPA — Obama Will Hate It”* at *westernjournalism.com*.
*"They Really ARE In Your Head: * *Why Mirror Neurons In Your Brain Can Make You Feel"* by LiveScience “Empathy allows us to feel the emotions of others, to identify and understand their feelings and motives and see things from their perspective. How we generate empathy remains a subject of intense debate in cognitive science. Some scientists now believe they may have finally discovered its root. We're all essentially mind readers, they say. The idea has been slow to gain acceptance, but evidence is mounting. In 1996, three neuroscientists were probing the brain of a macaque monkey ...more »
Two Louisiana police officers are in jail following the police investigation into the fatal shooting of 6-year-old boy driving in a car with his dad. They came under a hail of bullets from law enforcement officers, Derrick Stafford, 32, of Mansura, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, of Marksville on Tuesday while travelling in their car. The two officers are being held in Avoyelles Parish jail facing charges of second-degree murder, while other officers investigate the crime. The boys father was severely wounded with bullet fragments lodged in his brain and lungs. No weapons were recove...more »
A mysterious and secretive military operation is currently taking place over the Pacific which is forcing flights landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to take a different route to the airport. Planes have been told that airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week ahead, and that they are not to fly at low altitudes to the west. The military have refused to disclose what is happening. ABC7 News reports: “We clearly understand that neighbors and communities east of the airport will experience noise and we apologize for that,” said Nancy Cas...more »
The wreck of a World War 2 Nazi submarine has been found washed up on the coast of Argentina this week which experts believe to be the remnants of a German U-boat. Many WW2 historians are hailing the find as proof that high ranking Nazi officials secretly escaped Germany after WW2, many of them fleeing to Argentina. It’s even possible that Hitler himself left Germany in one of these U-boats, as reports of Hitler fleeing to Argentina have recently surfaced on the FBI’s own website. Worldnewsdailyreport.com reports: “This is very unexpected” admits WW2 historian and professor at Univ...more »
The US Geological Survey (USGS) shows that within the last three weeks almost 600 earthquakes have struck northern California, which is above fives time the record set 12 years ago. NBC Bay Area’s quake map highlights all earthquakes recorded near the San Francisco Bay Area in the last 24 hours. “It’s the swarm with the largest number of total earthquakes in San Ramon,” said USGS scientist David Schwartz, Nbcbayarea.com reports: Still, the number tops the previous record set in 2003, when 120 earthquakes hit over 31 days, with the largest clocking in at a magnitude of 4.2. The large...more »
Hillary Clinton has sad that she believes that the Syrian refugee crisis is partly due to the horrors of climate change. The presidential candidate has called for the United Nations to hold a conference so that willing nations can take in the 4 million Syrian refugees who have fled their war-torn homeland, or provide them with clothing and food. Dailycaller.com reports: “Then we have to ask ourselves, ‘Why is this happening?’” Clinton said at a town hall event in Coralville. “Because of terrible governance, because of corruption, because of conflict, because of climate change.” In ...more »
Mandela Effect Just jumped to a New Level!! Well folks, this whole "Mandela Effect" shit just jumped to a WHOLE new Level!! If you've been watching the One People's Roundtable Discussion on Monday nights, then you' know Lisa harrison and I have been discussing the so called "Mandela Effect" for months now. And over the past month or so, there was a decidedly new level seen in this mess, as we talked about on this weeks show- with us now seeing very blatant changes in modern history. Specifically, the Iraq War in 2003-07. In a completely different conversation in the UnFuck...more »
This collection of 9/11 clips show previously unseen footage that raise some serious questions about the September 11th attacks. The close up of the plane flying into the WTC is incredible, as is the clip from the Pentagon showing what appears to be a cruise missile flying into it. According to the video’s description: How does one remove three buildings in the heart of the busiest city in the world, particularly when two of them are due for the removal of asbestos (both towers), without clearing the entire city (something ‘no one’ could afford), when it NEEDS to be done, ASAP? If ...more »
Scientists from the CDC have discovered a worrying new cancer-like condition in a 41-year-old man who is believed to have contracted the disease via tapeworms. This is the world’s first cast of cancer transmission from a parasite to a human, and involved an HIV patient from Colombia who developed multiple large tumors all over his body. He died 72 hours after being diagnosed. Washingtonpost.com reports: Local doctors biopsied those tumors and found that the cells acted like cancer cells in their destructiveness but were strange in other respects. For one, they were about 10 times s...more »
A declassified report named “1983 War Scare” has disclosed just how close the world came to an all-out nuclear war which would almost have certainly killed us all. The National Security Archive published a 1990 report on the Soviet War Scare of 1983, which describes just how close the US and Soviet Union were to going to war. Missed warning signs “According to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), the United States “may have inadvertently placed its relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger” during the 1983 NATO nuclear release exercise, Able Archer 83...more »
"While new theories on the Russian plane crash in Egypt emerge every day, the investigation should collect facts 1st, then draw conclusions" — the Lemniscat (@theLemniscat) November 7, 2015 "The Washington post editors peddle the crackpot idea that the CIA smuggled a bomb on board of the Russian airline that went down over the Sinai peninsula. Or something like that. No one else, as far as I can tell, has offered such an idiotic conspiracy theory. So far there is not even a shred of real evidence that a bomb took down the plane. All we know is that the black boxes on board of the p...more »
Yesterday President Obama succumbed to the same pressure from serious activists that made Hillary Clinton switch positions on the Keystone XL Pipeline a month or so ago. Friday morning he announced that the 7-year "review" of the Keystone XL Pipeline project was over and that the controversial and dangerous Pipeline would not be built. “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,’’ the president said in remarks from the White House. The move was made ahead of a major United Nations summit meeting on climate change in Paris in December, when Mr...more »
[image: republicans GOP] In a few months, after Iowa and New Hampshire begin to winnow the field, the GOP nomination race could boil down to an epic final between a candidate with a more pragmatic image, such as Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina or... Continue reading *“The GOP’s Primary Rules Might Doom Carson, Cruz And Trump”* at *fivethirtyeight.com*.
Putin’s Special Forces in Russia have prevented ISIS from committing a terror attack in the south of Russia, after discovering a large bomb hidden in plastic casks on the side of a road. The 3.5 tonne bomb was scheduled to explode in the village of Kantyshevo, in the south-western area of Ingusheitia. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Members of the crew that worked on the operation stated that all the terrorists that were behind the planting of the bomb have been killed. They named the terrorist leaders as Aslan Byutukaev and Beslan Mahauri, both ISIS militants. They said they had been fol...more »
[image: global warming] The countdown to the United Nation's Paris Climate summit is approaching and the public is once again being warned that this meeting will represent the "last chance" for nations to act on "global warming" before it's allegedly too late. Media reports... Continue reading *“Every UN Climate Summit Hailed as ‘Last Chance’ to Stop ‘Global Warming’ before It’s Too Late”* at *climatedepot.com*.
[image: Guiness Kind hearts and coronets] In 1946, aged 32, Alec Guinness starred as Herbert Pocket in the David Lean adaptation of the Charles Dickens’s classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Guinness said: “The stage was my prime interest. I had no ambition to be a film actor, and... Continue reading *“Alec Guinness’s Best Movies”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
National Review/Ian TuttleatThe Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Antarctica ice] When it comes to civilization's end, Al Gore's theory was simple and elegant: Increased heat (a product of the Greenhouse Effect, the Koch Brothers, the hole in the ozone layer, etc.) leads Earth's great swaths of ice to melt, which... Continue reading *“How to Put Climate Alarmism on Ice”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Russian aircraft debris] Increasingly, it appears that the worst terrorist attack on an aircraft since September 11th took place on October 31 over the skies of Egypt. Evidence has begun to mount that the crash of a Russian jet in the Sinai desert,... Continue reading *“The Terror Attack That Bored America”* at *commentarymagazine.com*.
[image: Children's Lighthouse Houston TX] HOUSTON, Texas -- Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center's transgender agenda. Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The... Continue reading *“Christian Workers Fired from Daycare for Refusing to Call A Little Girl A Boy”* at *breitbart.com*.
The general heading the U.S. Air Forces Central Command said today that the reduction in U.S. and coalition air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria should increase in the future. This follows a lull in September and October, which was blamed on “bad weather” and not Russia’s start of her own air campaign in the region with the support of the locals. Reuters reports: Lieutenant General Charles Brown told reporters at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference that the reduction in air strikes was due to weather and to a slowdown in activity on the ground and not due to the s...more »
The Syrian army together with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah fighters are closing in on the besieged Kuweires Airbase in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria. The strategic base looks to be on the verge of being liberated from ISIS after being under siege for two years. The joint forces have been conducting fierce battles with the terrorist over several days in Sheikh Ahmad in Eastern part of Aleppo. Fars News reports: The latest reports from the battlefield said that the government forces are very close to seize back full control over Sheikh Ahmad after killing t...more »
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