*DWT* has a history of opposing Indian fascist leader Narendra Modi. We tend to oppose religious bigots and genocidal murderers like Modi anywhere in the world, but especially in places we love, like India. Writing from New Delhi in 2007, when Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat (not Prime Minister of India as he is today), we warned that his party, the BJP is a classic right-wing political party, representing the status quo interests of the exploitative/owner class. In a thriving democracy like India, how does a party concerned exclusively with the welfare and prerogatives of...more »
The U.S. Navy launched a second Trident II nuclear missile launch in California on Monday, from a submarine off the Southern California coast. This second launch is part of a highly secretive military operation currently taking place in California over the course of the next few days, and the Navy have indicated that they have no intention of warning the public when or where these tests will take place in the future. “It’s important that we test these missiles for our national security,” said John M. Daniels, spokesman for the secretive Strategic Systems Programs office. “We don’t...more »
Following on my last point which tried to understand the logic of ISIS’s role (if indeed it is responsible) in the bombing of a Russian charter plane int he Sinai, let’s turn our attention to the confusion surrounding the recent activity in the South China Sea. In an (alleged…more on this later) effort to counter […]
[image: Halo Master Chief] The Pentagon is banking on a future where warfare is conducted with man and machine fighting as a single unbroken unit -- and an official decided to share a few specifics on their progress. Department of Defense Deputy Secretary Robert Work...more »
"Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. *Click image for larger size.* Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it t...more »
*“Singing Beside Me In The Wilderness”* by Chet Raymo “In one of those infuriating lapses that go with being a certain age, we could not remember the other evening the name of the poet who wrote "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou..." After scraping the tip of my tongue for a few minutes, I turned to the computer (Google is my browser's home page) and by typing "jug thou" brought Omar Khayyam back into consciousness. (Another click and I could have had the entire Rubaiyat.) And so it is that the Googlized internet arrives just in time to compensate for our withering brain ce...more »
[image: Media Professor Melissa Click] After desperately trying to gin up media coverage of student protests at the University of Missouri, once of the school's media professors is now furiously trying to "muscle" the press off campus to prevent them from covering student protests that rapidly... Continue reading *“Meet the Mizzou Media Professor Who’s Trying to Ban Media Coverage”* at *thefederalist.com*.
*“Why Do That?”* by Paulo Coelho “Nature is telling us: ‘Change!’ And those who do not fear the Angel of Good Fortune understand that they must go forward, despite their fear. Despite their doubts. Despite recriminations. Despite threats. They confront their values and prejudices. They hear the advice of their loved ones, who say: ‘Why do that? You have everything you need: the love of your parents, your wife and your children, the job it took you so long to get. Don’t run the risk of becoming a stranger in a strange land.’ Nevertheless, they risk taking a first step, sometimes out...more »
by Deborah Grill *Research from a retired Philadelphia public school librarian who is part of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public School* November 9, 2015 The move to privatize public education has many players. Some attempt to move in giant steps. In Los Angeles, Eli Broad has raised $490 million in a bid to place half of Los Angeles public school students into charter schools. In New Orleans, city and state politicians took advantage of the chaos and destruction after Hurricane Katrina to fire public school teachers and convert all public schools into privately run charter school...more »
If you’re in a window seat, you probably see the giant yellow trees of life before you land in Managua. They’re hard to miss. About 21 metres tall - imagine a five-storey building - and 13 metres across, about 15,000 bright lights on each one. Some 134 and counting are scattered across Managua - in the centre of rotondas (roundabouts), in boulevards and in a dense array along Avenida Bolivar, the main street leading down to the lakefront. ‘Que bonita,’ we said to our taxi driver as we drove past the trees one night early in our stay a year ago. He grunted. A lot of people without el...more »
The first I remember hearing about the pyramids was when I was just 10. "You Belong To Me," the song with the lyrics, "See the pyramids along the Nile," was first released in 1952 by Sue Thompson, Patti Page, Jo Stafford and Dean Martin. It's been covered by Patsy Cline, Bing Crosby, Gene Vincent and even Bob Dylan, but the 1958 version by The Duprees was the one that stuck in my mind and made me dream about the pyramids. I finally got to see them in 1997. A few years later I wrote about the experience for my travel blog. In Cairo the biggest deal is, of course, the Pyramids. And...more »
[image: University of Missouri] It was doubtful that the University of Missouri would stand up to a left-wing pressure campaign targeting its president, but when the football team joined the campaign, it was all over. Missouri is an SEC school, where even a mediocre...more »
....stands in Moncton's Centennial Park. It's Sherman tank, an American design, and the common tank of American, British and Canadian troops for most of World War Two. With all that armour and long gun, it looks like a powerful weapon. But it wasn't. New Brunswick's Eighth Hussars would discover that when they met the German King Tiger and the Panther in Italy. The first Tiger they met knocked out three Shermans. And they were helpless. "We kept hitting it," said Major Cliff McEwen, "but our shells just kept bouncing off." They would soon learn it took at least three Shermans worki...more »
. The following announcement comes at the same time that Peabody Coal is under probe in New York, for climate change lies and inflating its worth based on those lies. Similar to the tobacco lawsuits, the cases aim to prove that lies and coverups resulted in disease and death, long after the facts were known. Peabody Coal feeds the Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest coal fired
AEI Award for Netanyahu Is Meant to Repair the US-Israel Split: Prof. Denis Rancourt Truth NGO, 08 November 2015 06:08 The conservative Washington D.C.-based think tank American Enterprise Institute has announced that it would grant the Irving Kristol Award 2015 to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recognition of his contributions to democratic leadership and the role
Sydney Morning Herald/Tony AbbottatThe Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Margaret Thatcher] Transcript of former prime minister Tony Abbott’s address to the Second Annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture in London on October 27, 2015. I am both honoured and humbled to give this lecture in memory of Margaret Thatcher, who revived the “great” in... Continue reading *“The Greatness of Margaret Thatcher”* at *smh.com.au*.
by Jim Horn A puffball questioner at Hechinger Report gave Relay dean, Mayme Hostetter, all the space she needed for a prime infomercial. This is my reaction, posted at Hechinger as the first comment: Just as charter schools are businesses aimed to supplant most public schools and to desensitize the public to inhumane corporate environments for all public schools, Relay is a business aimed to supplant legitimate college teacher preparation programs and to replace pedagogical theory and practice with an oppressive and rigid instructional catechism based largely on a single book by...more »
*Daily Mail:* *'Drug cheat' Russians sabotaged 2012 London Olympics and should be thrown out of athletics, say world doping chiefs in bombshell report* * Report says athletes competed in 2012 when they should've been banned * It suggests Russia was running a 'state-supported' doping programme * Lifetime bans now recommended for five Russian middle-distance runners * World athletics president, Briton Lord Coe, said findings were 'alarming' * Russia said report was 'political' on day Putin chose to stress commitment to sport Russia's doped athletes 'sabotaged' the 2012 Olympics and sho...more »
[image: Cute child offering fruit - 900] A recent study, headed up by Jean Decety, has been used to suggest that secular individuals are more generous and moral than religious individuals. In fact, Decety argues that his research shows morality to basically be a part of our...more »
*Nico Hines, Daily Beast*: *FSB Agents Disguised as Drug Testers ‘Sabotaged’ the Olympics, Blockbuster Report Says* *There’s a reason that Russian athletes did so well in the Sochi and London Olympic Games: they were pumped full of drugs—all under the watchful eye of the Kremlin.* LONDON — The Russian security forces were behind a massive drug-cheating program that “sabotaged” the London Olympics in 2012, according to a stunning report by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It has long been suspected that Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs. But the allegations published ...more »
[image: Taryn Terrell] Stunning wrestling diva Taryn Terrell has shared a dramatic knock-down testimony of conversion from life in the ring to life with Christ. In a ten-minute video on her YouTube channel, the blonde beauty describes a “profound feeling” she had when sitting in... Continue reading *“WWE Diva Converts to Christianity, Confesses to a Life of Sin”* at *christiantoday.com*.
"What Is Hope?" by Rubin Alves "What is hope? It is the pre-sentiment that imagination is more real and reality is less real than it looks. It is the hunch that the overwhelming brutality of facts that oppress and repress us is not the last word. It is the suspicion that reality is more complex than the realists want us to believe. That the frontiers of the possible are not determined by the limits of the actual; and in a miraculous and unexplained way, life is opening creative events which will light the way to freedom and resurrection. But the two - suffering and hope - must live...more »
"Silent Lucidity" by Jason Bellows "There was a time that I could fly. I jutted my right fist into the air, and launched into the sky. My stomach dropped with the sensation of breaking gravity’s bond, and the summer air cooled as I reached higher. When the roads were so far below as to be an indistinct ashen blur, I halted and curled my legs under me as I was pelted by icy crystals of clouds, and surveyed all below. There was a moment of idle indecision, but in the end it mattered not at all. I picked a direction and dove. The experience was one of my many brushes with Lucid Dreami...more »
[image: Barcelona, Spain - September 20, 2015: A large Catalan flag , a symbol of Calalonian independence, hangs below onlookers watching the the La Merce performances in Sant Jaume Square.] BARCELONA, Spain -- The regional parliament of Catalonia approved a plan Monday to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government. The chamber, based in the northeastern city of Barcelona, passed the... Continue reading *“Catalonia Makes It Official: They Want Out of Spain by 2017”* at *cbsnews.com*.
[image: Chains Screen Shot - 400] Well now, this is embarrassing. Amnesty's pro-abortion video, featuring a voiceover from megastar Liam Neeson, has got a massive thumbs down from the public. It's pretty much a wipe-out, with four times as many people disliking the video than liking... Continue reading *“Why the Public Gave Amnesty’s Pro-Abortion Video with Liam Neeson Such a Massive Thumbs Down”* at *thelifeinstitute.net*.
[image: Burundi] Things are about to go sideways in Burundi. And when things go sideways in a Central African republic, they REALLY go sideways. Burundi is a tiny country just east of Rwanda and things have gotten so bad there that the... Continue reading *“Burundi Grabbing Guns as a Prelude to Genocide”* at *redstate.com*.
Yup, Turkey. Hosting the G-20. In just a few days. Interesting & portentous location. Putin, Obama and Canada's own Justin Trudeau are all expected to attend. I notice this meeting is not getting much press. Odd? No alt media finds this news worthy considering the present day circumstances ISIS/L, PKK, the Syrian situation? I would expect to be hearing and reading about security concerns, endlessly in the main stream media. But that's not the case*. **If something goes wrong, it will be very bad for Turkey and the newly elected government*. Which makes the meeting at this locale & ...more »
It's fair to say Sega's humble 8-bit system didn't have many stand-out classics that have echoed down the decades in the same way as the Nintendo Entertainment System had, but here's one of them. Hitting the shelves way back in 1988, *Phantasy Star* was Sega's me too answer to a plethora of role-playing games released for Nintendo's machine. Save the *Zelda* franchise (which, in my opinion, is an action/arcade adventure rather than RPG), *Phantasy Star* was a real step over the likes of *Dragon Quest* and *Final Fantasy*, and laid the groundwork for the sub-genre now known as Japane...more »
Jeremy Corbyn might soon be brushing his lips against Her Majesty The Queen’s hand when he is sworn in as a member of the centuries-old institution on Wednesday The Labour leader from north London would not be required to kneel before the Queen, as Her Majesty has allowed him to be at ease in her presence. Mr Corbyn, a one time rebel with revolutionary ideas, will soon be part of the British establishment as he is sworn into the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. He will be given the title of Right Honourable gentleman, which should please the establishment. The Telegr...more »
Numerous stories of how the world came close to World War Three during the cold war have come to light over the last decades. Here is another one of those nightmare stories on how the people with their fingers on the nuke button came close to pressing it. It appears that a U.S. Captain working with nuclear missiles, during the cold war, saved humanity by not destroying it. He did not follow orders to shoot off his four nukes and awaited clarification, after realizing that his orders to start world war three just didn’t seem right. So the Captain sought verbal authorization from his ...more »
Since it has been suggested that Ramey had invited reporters from the *Fort Worth Star-Telegram* to his office, and since some of the quoted material came from a web site that hosted an interview with J. Bond Johnson, the reporter, I thought I could clarify some of this by posting the following. This is from my second interview with Johnson, made about a month after he called me, left his telephone number on my answering machine asking me to return the call. I note here that Johnson claimed I had called him cold and he had no opportunity to review his notes or the Johnson's picture o...more »
*Reuters*: *Myanmar ruling party concedes as Suu Kyi heads for poll landslide* Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat on Monday in a general election as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that could ensure it forms the next government. "We lost," Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) acting chairman Htay Oo told Reuters a day after the Southeast Asian country's first free nationwide election in a quarter of a century. By late afternoon on Monday, vendors outside the headquarters of the National League fo...more »
[image: Donald Trump, Ben Carson] Donald J. Trump, who has taken well-documented liberties with facts from his own life story and from his campaign for president, sought repeatedly on Sunday to cast doubt on the honesty of Ben Carson, his surging Republican rival. Mr. Trump... Continue reading *“Donald Trump Questions Ben Carson’s Honesty, Despite Own Record”* at *nytimes.com*.
By Paul Homewood h/t Wolsten http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/11985050/Britain-will-miss-legally-binding-renewable-energy-target-Energy-Secretary-admits.html Britain will miss a major legally-binding renewable energy target, Amber Rudd, the Energy Secretary, has privately admitted in a letter to other cabinet ministers leaked to the press. In a candid private message to senior Tories, Ms Rudd downplayed the chances of the UK sourcing 15 […]
[image: Clinton's BlackBerry] Hillary Clinton’s BlackBerry was vulnerable to hackers during her first visit abroad as secretary of state, according to internal State Department documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. State's top diplomatic security official warned Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff,... Continue reading *“Emails: Clinton’s BlackBerry was Vulnerable to Hackers”* at *freebeacon.com*.
[image: Business Man Graph Growth - 400] In his 2012 lectures at Gresham College, London, Professor Douglas McWilliams described the last two or three decades as the “greatest ever economic event” -- greater in consequence than both the industrial revolution and the "so-called discovery of the Americas." In the... Continue reading *“What Cut Extreme Poverty in Half in Past 20 Years? Capitalism.”* at *social.shorthand.com*.
*“In this lies almost the whole difference between good economics and bad. The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye; the good economist also looks beyond. The bad economist sees only the direct consequences of a proposed course; the good economist looks also at the longer and indirect consequences. The bad economist sees only what the effect of a given policy has been or will be on one particular group; the good economist inquires also what the effect of the policy will be on all groups.” *~ Henry Hazlitt, ‘One Lesson’ Labour leader Andrew Little has achi...more »
AS YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED, we are in an asset bubble and have been for some time. With interest rates on the floor and investors desperate for yield, folk have been able to make risk-free profits using banks’ almost free money to buy bonds and shares and houses and flats…and sit back and marvel at their brilliance as their prices go up. So, oddly enough, as the free money has continued to pour out, the prices of bonds and shares and houses and flats have continued to go up, allowing more and more waves of risk-free profits to be taken, politicians and central bankers to claim the...more »
[image: Patriot Act Rulling Phone Legal Gavel - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge in Washington says the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November....more »
[image: Syrian Christian refugees - 400] The dwindling Christian population of the Middle East could vanish completely within a decade unless the global community intervenes, say alarmed aid groups who say followers of the Bible are being killed, driven from their land or forced to renounce... Continue reading *“Christianity Facing Middle East Purge within a Decade, Says Group”* at *foxnews.com*.
*RFE*: *Breakaway Faction Challenges New Taliban Leadership* An upstart challenger is adding some muscle to its claim that it is the legitimate leader of the Taliban. In the week following its announcement that it was splitting from the Taliban, the High Council of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has borrowed from the militant group's formal name, chosen a leader, and rallied support in Afghanistan's west. Now it is directly taking on Taliban fighters in Zabul Province, in the south of the country, in what are seen as the first major fighting between rival Taliban factions. ...more »
Hillary's campaign team has been relentless-- even ruthless-- in getting endorsements (and commitments from Super-Delegates). One relatively high-up party official, currently running for office, told me his neutral stance turned into a Hillary endorsement and commitment because of the ceaseless barrage of annoying calls... and implicit threats. Another told me his decision to stay neutral had turned into an endorsement of Bernie when he got sick of the pressure. Yesterday Massachusetts freshman Congressman Seth Moulton endorsed Hillary. There's no reason to think he endorsed her f...more »
A British man films himself on GoPro climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, after dark, without any climbing equipment, just for the sake of it. (Scroll down for video) James Kingston and his mate decided to climb the 300 meter tower so that they could take it off their list of things to do. They climbed up to near the top of the tower in Paris in the dead of night, and then climbed back down later in the morning. French Authorities have given the men a warning not to do it again, for at least three years. The 25-year old from Southampton and his friend both love adventur...more »
A sickening ISIS video has emerged which shows 200 Syrian children being lined up and executed by militants, which is believed to have been filmed in late August 2014. WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT [SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] The video was leaked by an anti-ISIS activist in Yemen, and quickly went viral across social media, with many users expressing their utter shock and condemnation for the horrors displayed in the video. The children are believed to be prisoners of war who were captured by ISIS in 2014, after the terrorist regime overran the Assad held Tabqa airbase in Syria. VIDEO: 200 Sy...more »
*Reuters:* *Rival Taliban factions clash in southern Afghanistan, dozens dead* Rival groups of Taliban militants have clashed in the southern Afghan province of Zabul, killing as many as 80 people in recent days, officials said on Monday, as brewing hostility between factions in the insurgency turned violent. Government officials and spokesmen for the two main Taliban groups said fierce fighting had been underway since the weekend, with each side blaming the other for starting the violence. Insurgents who have pledged allegiance to Islamic State may also have been involved. Seve...more »
Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards take part in a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Asharq Al-Awsat*: *Mutiny within Iran’s Revolutionary Guard after it incurs heavy losses in Syria: source* *Several high-ranking generals killed in Aleppo since October* Tehran and London, Asharq Al-Awsat—A rising death toll within Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria is leading to a mutiny among some senior commanders, who have refused to obey orders to fight in the war-torn country, according to a source close to the Revolu...more »
[image: A green two-way street sign pointing to Liberal and Conservative, representing the two dominant political parties and ideologies in national and global politics] A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal... Continue reading *“Republican Claims of Media Bias Boosted by Scarcity of Right-Leaning Journalists”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: professor - 400] It's been obvious from the beginning of the Common Core scheme that one of many weak links in the enterprise was college professors. What would happen when their classes were flooded with increasingly ill-prepared Common Core-"educated" students? That problem is... Continue reading *“College Professors Begin Revolt against Common Core”* at *thefederalist.com*.
[image: Paul Ryan - 400] WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After the tumultuous few weeks that led up to Paul Ryan taking over as the new House speaker, his first week on the job was a honeymoon from the Republican infighting that sidelined his predecessor, John Boehner.... Continue reading *“Looming Shutdown May End Paul Ryan’s Honeymoon with Conservatives”* at *cnn.com*.
[image: lawsuit against Rolling Stone] The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity chapter at the University of Virginia filed a $25 million lawsuit Monday against Rolling Stone magazine, which published an article in 2014 that alleged a freshman was gang raped at the house during a party.... Continue reading *“U-Va. Fraternity Files $25 Million Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
Washington Post/Erik WempleatThe Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Bill O'Reilly Killing Reagan] The Friday night edition of The O'Reilly Factor featured something that doesn't happen enough on cable news: Two people from the same network ripping the guts out of each other over a topic of some intellectual heft. The combatants in this... Continue reading *“George Will and Bill O’Reilly Clash Over Killing Reagan”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Yale - 400] Robby Soave at Reason brings us another depressing tale of students at one of the nation's most prestigious universities who clearly have been herded into a climate where nobody should ever be made to feel uncomfortable or have their own... Continue reading *“Yale Administrators Apologize for Not Creating ‘Safe Spaces’ on Campus”* at *hotair.com*.
In this audio clip, former President Bill Clinton goes off script and admits that the Pentagon was hit by a bomb during the 9/11 attacks. Starting at around the 5 minute mark, Bill Clinton says (of George Bush): “You had to have a vision for where you want to go … have a vision and strategy.” “You have to deal with the incoming fire … nobody said what are you going do when the twin towers come down and the pentagon is bombed?” Take a listen for yourself and let us know what you think: According to the clips description: Neil Tyson decodes science and politics with former President B...more »
According to a new medical study, ADHD patients reported improved concentration, improved sleep and reduced impulsivity after using medicinal cannabis. Two thirds of the patients who took part in the study opted to forgo their previously prescribed ADHD medication, Adderall, in order to use marijuana on a more long-term basis to manage their symptoms instead. Higherperspectives.com reports: It’s a small sample group, yet it’s an incredibly positive development. “Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” said Dr. David Bearman, a cannabinoid...more »
As social media was set ablaze on Saturday night due to widespread sightings of a UFO across California, the government announced shortly thereafter that they were, in fact, conducting a “secret government military operation”. The operations are still being conducted, and are so secret that all planes flying over LAX have had to be diverted for a week so that they don’t see what is going on. Luke Rudkowski examines what these secret military operations may be, and what consequences they have for the public. In the past “secret government operations” have not faired well for members ...more »
Many public figures have immigrated to Russia recently amid a trend that’s seeing many westerners flee the oppressive and propaganda saturated West to live in “freedom loving” Russia, going against the stereotype portrayed in Western media. Famous names of people who have recently moved to Russia (or are considering it) include: Gerard Depardieu, Roy Jones, Fred Durst (of Limp Bizkit), and Lennox Lewis. Pravdareport.com reports: Roy Jones, an American athlete, became a citizen of Russia after meeting with President Putin. Rumor has it (it is not clear how reliable the rumor is) that...more »
Finland have announced plans to guarantee a basic universal income to every single citizen, potentially providing a blueprint for other countries who are looking to build a different kind of economy who wish to radically overhaul their welfare systems. The Finnish Social Insurance Institution (Kela), will provide every single Finnish citizen a monthly taxfree payment of 800 Euros ($881), with any additional income earned through work on top of this being taxable. Inhabitat.com reports: Kela’s basic income proposal includes a trial period in which the payment delivered to citizens is...more »
The US military have been accused of using the excuse of “Russian aggression” in order to justify “military occupation” of eastern European states. Joaquin Flores, director of the Center for Syncretic Studies in Belgrade, Serbia, says that the US is building up its presence in Europe and “militarily occupying Latvia, Lithuania and Poland,” despite the fact that Russian policy proves there is no policy of absorbing or attacking or controlling any of these Baltic states and Poland. Presstv.com reports: “It’s a US military occupation of these states which it feels it’s losing control ...more »
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015Is Candidate Carson nuts:* On this morning's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough aggressively, loudly assailed Ben Carson as a liar. For ourselves, we'd start with a more elementary question--is Candidate Carson crazy? The story about the Yale psych class is a powerful case in point. Journalists have been having a hard time summarizing the story. As told in Carson's book, Gifted Hands, the story contains several elements. When journalists offer a quick summary, some part of this highly improbable story inevitably gets left out. Some part of this *highly improba...more »
Following remarks by the UK’s chief defence staff that Britain should launch anti-ISIS air strikes in Syria, analysts believe that the government are preparing the British public for war. The public are unlikely to support a Syrian invasion however. Therefore much like the war in Iraq there would have to be a false flag type of event before the British government could have what it sees as a legitimate excuse to launch an air strike. UK journalist Anna O’Leary suggests that the recent downing of the Russian plane in the Sinai may be the perfect “false flag” excuse for Britain to en...more »
RealClearPolitics/Carl CannonatThe Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: GOP] The Republican presidential candidates traversing the country often invoke Ronald Reagan's name while wooing GOP voters. Although this is sound politics, it has the unintended effect of making the current crop of contenders seem small by comparison. This is especially... Continue reading *“Pay for Your Microphone, GOP!”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.
I made the long walk from my hotel to the central train station in Milan this morning. It's quite easy to follow the city map as the streets are well marked and I enjoy the challenge of finding shortcuts along the way. After some tea and a well deserved sandwich at the station I took the train to Lake Como - about a 45 minute ride. From there it was at most a 10-minute walk from the station to the edge of the lake and what a site it is. A huge lake with incredible mansions along the edge and mountains in the near distance. I spent several hours following the walking path aroun...more »
*because the good Lord knows football must go on.* I'll make this (blessedly) short. As I see it, a group of big strong football players who are black (and probably on full ride scholarships) got their tiddy widdys in a bunch over being picked on, or called names, or something. Other than a swastika being smeared on a wall using some sort of excrement, the form of this racial harassment is unknown. No one knows who participated in the poop art. Somehow this is the fault of the university president. So these big strong football players said, "We won't play unless President Tim Wo...more »
Posted as a comment following "Paperless Testing: Most Grade 3-8 Students To Be Assessed Online in 2016," Education Week, November 6, 2015 http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2015/11/paperless_testing_most_grade_3-8_students_to_be_assessed_online_in_2016.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news3 This is one of the greatest boondoggles of all time, a never-ending source of profit for the testing and computer industry. It requires all students to have access to up-to-date computers. As we know, computers need to be replaced every three years because of "progress" in technology. It means t...more »
[image: Overweight Soldier - 900] Here is an issue that Republican candidates in tomorrow night's debate should be asked: Why are United States armed services struggling to maintain numbers? More than 450 retired generals and admirals in a lobby group called Mission Readiness have an...more »
[image: authoritarian regimes] At the heart of President Obama's foreign policy is a long bet: that American engagement with previously shunned regimes will, over time, lead to their liberalization, without the need for either a messy domestic revolution or a bloody U.S. use... Continue reading *“How Obama’s Olive Branches Have Served as Lifelines for Authoritarian Regimes”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
An investigation at St. Jude Children’s Hospital into “irregularities” in a figure featured in a neuroblastoma paper has concluded that the image was fabricated. The paper, published in Surgery in 2012, was retracted on Friday. Here’s the full retraction notice for “Liposome-encapsulated curcumin suppresses neuroblastoma growth through nuclear factor-kappa B inhibition:” This article has been retracted at […] The post St. Jude investigation finds faked data in brain tumor paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy (NDL) in Myanmar (former Burma) is set for a majority win in the first free elections held in the country for over 25 years. Her party has so far won the first 12 declared parliamentary seats. According to the Christian anti-persecution charity, the predicted landslide victory for the opposition party could hail a new beginning for Myanmar. ITV reports that the ruling party has conceded defeat, effectively handing victory to the NDL. Premier Christian Radio reports: Andy Dipper, Chief Operating Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwid...more »
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The Syrian civil war is a toxic catastrophe in the making: https://t.co/X5iiyNzMOR pic.twitter.com/fyn1xKtVMl — VICE News (@vicenews) November 5, 2015 *VICE News:* *The Syrian Civil War Is a Toxic Catastrophe in the Making* The Syrian civil war's colossal destruction of infrastructure and years' worth of spent ammunition and discarded weaponry will likely leave a lasting and dangerous environmental legacy in the country, which could sicken its citizens for years to come, according to new research. In a report released Wednesday, the Dutch non-profit PAX said the conflict will in a...more »
[image: Greece Financial Crisis - 900] BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece doesn’t appear to have done enough to convince its European creditors to release the 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) it’s due from its financial rescue package. Following a period of relative calm in its debt crisis,...more »
[image: Obama Scratching Face - 400] Now that the media have shown their eagerness to expose the "lies" of presidential candidate Ben Carson, they might want to review some of the nuggets they overlooked in the rise of Barack Obama. To be sure, there is no... Continue reading *“25 Obama Whoppers for the Media to Chew On”* at *americanthinker.com*.
American Enterprise InstituteatThe Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: marriage] It is often hard to understand exactly what drives economic growth. By definition, economic growth is the amalgamation of labor, capital and technological change. As individuals, we understand that we contribute to this process in our daily lives through our... Continue reading *“Why Marriage is Good Economics”* at *aei.org*.
A report by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) accuses Russian athletes of doping and sabotaging the 2012 London Olympics. The WADA blames the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) of “widespread inaction” and allowing suspected athletes to take part in the games. They want all Russian athletes to be suspended from future competitions including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Wales Online reports: “The IC (independent commission) has noted a cumulative lapse of action ...more »
The Enemies of Democracy in Canada *Written by Robin Mathews * Many, many Canadians weren’t wrong - on October 19, 2015 – to feel they were part of an important historical event happening before their eyes. They knew, too, that they, themselves, were actively making the historical event happen. That experience doesn’t happen frequently in most people’s lives and it might have a permanently empowering effect on the many who were involved. Especially since the concerted action of millions of Canadians was taken to head off catastrophe. *The Gathering Storm* Millions of Canadi...more »
From December, a marble bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney will grace the U.S. Capitol, in accordance with a Senate tradition that honors former vice presidents. It seems that Cheney, infamous for his criminal involvement in torture and wars, is a good symbol of American leadership in the 21st Century Addington Info reports: The placement of the statue is being justified by a Senate tradition in which former vice presidents, who constitutionally preside over the body, are honored with busts. The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed the Cheney statue’s pl...more »
*VOA:* *Pentagon Chief: US Prepared to Do More in Syria* WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said if the U.S. finds additional groups willing to fight Islamic State militants in Syria, he and President Barack Obama are prepared to deploy additional U.S. forces there. Carter, appearing Sunday on U.S. television while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea, said that as the U.S. learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, the key to victory is having local forces capable not only of winning but also keeping the peace. "Now, those are hard to find i...more »
*Reuters/VICE News*: *Video Shows Russian Artist Setting Fire to FSB Intelligence Headquarters in Moscow* A Russian performance artist was arrested in Moscow early on Monday after he set fire to the entrance of the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) security service, the successor to the Soviet KGB. Video footage showed Pyotr Pavlensky standing on Moscow's Lubyanka Square in front of the building where political prisoners were interrogated and killed in the Soviet era, as flames licked around its entrance, scorching parts of two heavy wooden doors. In a statement ...more »
By Paul Homewood South Africa is the 15th largest emitter of CO2, so let’s see what their climate plan promises. http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/indc/Submission%20Pages/submissions.aspx All a bit long winded, but essentially they are committing to a peak of as much as 614 MtCO2e. But what does this mean? We have to delve into […]
[image: State Trooper Vehicle - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Texas state trooper who was sued after he fatally shot a man fleeing from officers during a 2010 high-speed chase outside Amarillo. The court ruled that Trooper Chadrin Mullenix...more »
I don't think anyone expects Donald Trump to ever say anything that's objectively true. When PolitiFact looked into 58 controversial statements he made during the last debate, not even ONE proved to be true (although 15 of the 58 were "mostly true" or "half true"). The rest were lies, including 10 that were such insane whoppers that PolitiFact rated them "Pants on Fire." Carson didn't say as much but none of his fact checked statements turned out to be true either! PolitiFact caught Fiorina, Rubio, Jeb and Cruz lying as well. Some of them-- Rubio, Christie and Jeb, particularly-- ...more »
A large oil leak was reported at the scene of a Canadian Pacific train crash in Watertown, Wisconsin on Sunday. The rail company has confirmed about 1,000 gallons of crude oil spilled and that 13 carriages were derailed at a spot where track repairs had been recently made. It was less than 24 hours prior that a freight train derailed near Alma, Wisconsin, spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol. UPDATE: 35 homes evacuated in Watertown as crews investigate train derailment #news3 https://t.co/XPsQkxpXlF pic.twitter.com/N4eb28PvGW — WISCTV News 3 (@WISCTV_News3) November 9, 2015 RT r...more »
*Bloomberg*: *Burundi Police Sweep Capital for Arms After Attacks Kill 13* * Civilians killed in two districts of capital, raid on bar * President gave opponents until weekend to surrender weapons At least 13 people died in Burundi’s capital at the weekend as President Pierre Nkurunziza faced growing criticism over his handling of violence that’s been escalating since his disputed re-election in July. Unidentified gunmen stormed a bar in Bujumbura’s southern Kanyosha neighborhood on Saturday, shooting indiscriminately at customers and staff, the Associated Press reported, citing wi...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* Catalonia Lawmakers Approve Resolution for Secession Process From Spain *Vote sets up likely test of wills between wealthy region and Spanish institutions* MADRID—Catalonia’s parliament approved a resolution Monday to take steps to establish an independent republic, vowing it would begin ignoring Spanish institutions and setting up a potential standoff with the government in Madrid. The proposal to commence a “democratic disconnection” passed by a vote of 72 to 63, after a two-hour debate. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has said the separatist push repr...more »
*Voice of America*: *Iran, Israel Violence on Agenda for Obama-Netanyahu Talks* U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks Monday as the Israeli leader makes his first visit to Washington since the United States and five other world powers signed a nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu was among the most vocal critics of the July agreement, saying it would not slow Iran's work toward a nuclear weapon and would put Israel in danger. He highlighted his concerns in an address to the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress in March during a tri...more »
A heart researcher has notched her third retraction, a small 2006 trial in Annals of Internal Medicine which seemed to show that a blood pressure drug could help people with artery disease walk further with less pain. Earlier this year, Anna Ahimastos, formerly a researcher at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, lost a […] The post Heart researcher who faked patient data gets third retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*US News and World Report:* *Aung San Suu Kyi’s Opposition Party Wins Myanmar Election* *Ruling party admits defeat but election marred by controversy.* The ruling party in Myanmar has admitted defeat to the opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi in a historic election for the struggling democracy. Myanmar, also known as Burma, voted Sunday in the freest parliamentary elections in 25 years. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party of current President Thein Sein is backed by the military, but has acknowledged the National League for Democracy has bested them. *MIDDLE E...more »
[image: Chalk Board Map - 400] In the wake of the Russian plane crash in which all 224 passengers and crew on board were killed, tourists are being warned of the countries that have been designated unsafe to travel to. The map below, created by Statista,... Continue reading *“This Map Shows the Most Dangerous Countries for Tourists to Visit”* at *businessinsider.com*.
This recipe is delicious home cooking at its finest. This is my daughter's absolute favorite meal and she begs us to make it every week. The best part about this meal is that it reheats fabulously too, so if you have extras, you have a great lunch for the next day too. You will need: - 4 chicken breasts - 1 pkg. Italian salad dressing mix - ¼ cup butter, melted - ¼ cup water - 1 tsp. Italian seasoning - 8 oz. package cream cheese - 2 cans cream of chicken soup - 1 1/2 cup milk - 2 tsp. Italian seasoning - 1 -2 packages of bowtie pasta Add water, Ita...more »
Britain’s security services have published a new list of what they believe pose the greatest threat to the country. According to a preliminary review by Britain’s National Security Strategy, Russia has been listed as a potential threat to British security, on par with ISIS. This creates an apparent paradox as it means that two of Britain’s major threats are currently fighting one another It also begs the question: which of these threats is the real one? Sputnik news reports: The new list of potential threats, a key part of the Government’s next National Security Strategy, was put to...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t Avro607 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34763036 Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK’s Met Office. Figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900. If temperatures remain as predicted, 2015 will be the first […]
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News:* *US military leaders propose sending more forces to Europe to deter Russia* U.S. military officials have proposed sending more troops to Europe to deter the threat of aggression by Russia and have stepped training exercises aimed at countering possible interference with troop transfers by Moscow. The Wall Street Journal reports that proposals for the deployment of multiple U.S. brigades in Europe were made over the weekend at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. T...more »
John Leicester & Graham DunbaratThe Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Russian athletes Mariya_Savinova_and_Ekaterina_Poistogova 2012_Olympics -900] GENEVA (AP) -- In a devastatingly critical report, a World Anti-Doping Agency panel accused the Russian government on Monday of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups by its track and field athletes and said they should all be banned from...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) in the Oval Office of the White House October 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama and Netanyahu were expected to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues during their meeting, including U.S. efforts against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Iranian nuclear capabilities, and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday insisted they had not given ...more »
James Wright has written a piece in “The Canary” titled : “BBC Journalist comes clean, says “trust nothing you read or watch” That’s interesting, isn’t it? I must remember that and take that very good advice. Trust nothing. (Don’t forget.) (hijacked graphic) Wright has cherry-picked some rather eye-catching quotes from journalist John Darvall’s blog and used them, if I may quote John Darvall (more of which later) as an ‘in line’ to his own critical comments about the BBC. However, the bulk of Wright’s piece does not concern John Darvall’s case at all, it’s a critique of the BBC bas...more »
The following is a guest post by Michele Leiby & Matthew Krain of The College of Wooster. We are at a moment where there’s more media attention, research and advocacy on behalf of global human rights than ever before. Given our common interests and goals as members of an international human rights community, it’s surprising how infrequently […]
*Radio Free Europe*: *Russian Defense Chief Shoigu Accused Of Owning $18 Million Mansion* Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has long been one of Russia’s most-popular government figures, due in part to years of lavish state television coverage of him as emergency situations minister, a ministry he headed for nearly two decades. He has also been largely unscathed by corruption scandals of the sorts that plagued his predecessor as defense minister, who was sacked in 2012 after facing fraud investigations. That relatively squeaky-clean reputation now looks to have been dented with re...more »
[image: Missou Missouri Football Team -545] A faculty group at the University of Missouri called for professors and other staff to walk out of classes Monday and Tuesday in the latest protest against the university president’s handling of a series of racially charged incidents. The protests... Continue reading *“Univ. of Missouri President Resigns in Face of Football Team Boycott, Accusations of Racism”* at *foxnews.com*.
*"Revisiting and Expanding the Laffer Curve"* by Tibor Machan *"Extortion by the State: *The Laffer curve is about how much imposition or other types of trouble people are willing to tolerate from their fellows. Arthur Laffer, an economics professor at the University of Southern California, is supposed to have drawn a bell shaped graph on a napkin once to show that up to the peak point of it people are likely to put up with the burden of taxation. The peak isn’t the same for everyone, but everyone does have such a peak. Economist Arthur Laffer as a young man, next to the curve that...more »
*“Denying The Laws Of Mathematics:* * Really, Let's Cut the Crap, Eh?”* by Karl Denninger "There are few more self-destructive things a human can undertake than denying provable facts. Only a few things qualify as "provable facts", and it is important to separate out hypothesis, theory and opinion from fact. Mathematics and physics are two areas of discipline that have massive amounts of their subject matter within the realm of provable facts. Honest people call the parts of these disciplines that are within the ability to prove *laws*. Unlike laws made by men that are often ignore...more »
SEWER RIVER Posted on November 8, 2015 MNN. NOV. 8, 2015. HELP STOP MONTREALERS’ SHIT BEING DUMPED AT MIDNIGHT MONDAY NOV. 9!CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO RAISE $1 BILLION. Please post, distribute & donate. MNN. Nov. 8, 2015.” iakotsia’ton:kota” means “shitting uncontrollably”, describing the inhabitants of Montreal. The immigrants messed up their homelands, jumped on ships and came here to
*Dave Mihalovic* - High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. The post IV Vitamin C Stops the Growth of Some Aggressive Forms of Cancer appeared first on Waking Times.
*Dave Majumdar, The National:* *The Russian Military's 5 Next Generation Super Weapons* The Soviet Union might have collapsed in 1991, but modern Russia continues to develop state-of-the-art weapons even if its defense industry is a shadow of what it once was. In recent years, Russia has launched a host of new developmental programs to replace its Soviet-era arsenal. Though development work has been hurt by economic sanctions and low oil prices, work on myriad projects continue. While not every part of Russia’s defense industrial complex has weathered the Soviet collapse equally,...more »
Post navigation ← PreviousNext → TO DUMP OR NOT TO DUMP? Posted on November 7, 2015 UPDATE ON $1 BILLION CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN. Please repost, distribute and donate. nia:wen kowa. MNN. 7 Nov. 2015. Catherine McKenna, you are the new Environment Canada Minister. Your first decision is whether to let Montreal Mayor dump his o’tah or not into kaniatarowanen’on:we by Monday, November 9th
[image: Rand Paul speaking - 400] Rand Paul has fired a surprise shot across Marco Rubio's bows two days before the next Republican primary debate, calling the Republican rising star "a neoconservative." Until now, Paul has not attacked Rubio by name on the campaign trail. Asked... Continue reading *“Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton are ‘Neoconservatives,’ Says Rand Paul”* at *theguardian.com*.
44 Reasons to Ban or Label GMOs by Gary Null, Phd Green Med Info. 6 November 2015 *Think GMOs are safe for human consumption? Think again. There are plenty of reasons GMOs should be banned, or, at the very least, labeled.* For twenty years the federal government, through the USDA and FDA, has stated unequivocally that *genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)* are safe and can help feed the world and save lives. However, over the last two decades independent scientists have brought forth challenges to the prevailing dogma on this important issue. The response of the GMO i...more »
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015Part 1—May look like billionaire bias:* In this morning's New York Times, a delusional column appears. The column was written by Patrick Stewart, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. He quickly describes his hallucinations, speaking in praise of the "gotcha questions" at the October 28 GOP debate. Professor Stewart seems to need help. This is what he thinks he saw when he watched that two-hour evasion of substance: STEWART (11/9/15): You would think people running for office would be happy to get all that free media attention. Yet many Rep...more »
The Islamic State has been called the richest terrorist organization in history. It’s commonly believed that its control of oil fields in Syria and Iraq generate several million dollars in revenue each day via smuggling, and that this is its main source of funding. Matthew Reed, Vice President of Foreign Reports, a consulting firm focused on oil and politics in the Middle East, has questioned this conventional wisdom. Here is an interview with Reed explaining his analysis of IS’s oil industry. His two-part series on ISIS oil operations is available at Energy Fuse (Part 1; Part 2). ...more »
By Paul Homewood There is another point worth highlighting from the latest 3-month outlook for precipitation from the Met Office, which I mentioned earlier. Year to year variability They publish this chart, illustrating the range of observations during 1981-2010, for each 3-month period. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/publicsector/contingency-planners What is striking is just […]
[image: gun control laws] If you care about civil rights for minorities, gun control is not the answer. Police are horrible, racist monsters who want to lock up minorities over even trivial violations of the law! And police are also the only ones who should have... Continue reading *“Glenn Reynolds: How Gun Laws Put the Innocent on Trial”* at *usatoday.com*.
[image: Hillary Clinton] In an administration known for its disdain for accountability and appalling disregard for justice, FBI Director James Comey sets himself apart as a straight shooter and strong adherent of the equal application of the law. To those who know and/or have... Continue reading *“Is The FBI Closing In on Hillary?”* at *americanthinker.com*.
[image: Exxon Mobil] New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has started an investigation of Exxon Mobil "to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business."... Continue reading *“The Climate Change Inquisition Begins”* at *thefederalist.com*.
Christian Science MonitoratThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: 946631_1_1108-Hamtramck_standard] The city of Hamtramck, an enclave of Detroit, made history this week when it became what is likely the first city in America to elect a Muslim-majority city council. Historically Polish, the city of about 22,000 voted three Muslim Council... Continue reading *“Michigan City Elects First-Ever Muslim Majority City Council”* at *csmonitor.com*.
[image: Rubio, Cruz - 400] For Ted Cruz, the single biggest obstacle to winning the Republican presidential nomination may not be outsider candidates Donald Trump or Ben Carson, but his fellow first-term senator, Marco Rubio. After strong debate performances, Cruz and Rubio -- both 44-year-old Cuban... Continue reading *“Ted Cruz Sets Sights on ‘Moderate’ Marco Rubio”* at *bloomberg.com*.
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/11983384/Three-months-of-storms-set-to-batter-UK.html There was a time when the Telegraph was a serious paper: Britain will be battered by three months of storms which could start within days when the biggest Super El Nino in 144 years hits the West. A Met Office forecast warns of potential flooding caused by more […]
Free Trade is a great economic idea. In practise it has become a race to the bottom. Now with the TPP it has become a clever way for the MAN to use lawsuits to eliminate even basic protections or power of governments to regulate business. It should be called the Ferengi .Trade Mistake.mistake The most successful intellectual property rights developer in Canadian history says the deal turns Canada into a intellectual farm team for the the USA pro MAN team. The Harper team negotiated a deal so lousy it can not be believed. For example in 5 years Canada will have to allow Japanese cars...more »
*BBC:** Jordan policeman kills two Americans and South African at training centre* A Jordanian policeman has shot dead two American instructors and a South African at a police training centre outside Amman, officials say. Government spokesman Mohammad Momani said the assailant wounded two other Americans and four Jordanians, before being killed by his fellow officers. Jordanian security sources earlier said that the gunman had killed himself. The US-funded Jordan International Police Training Centre (JIPTC) hosts mainly Palestinian and Iraqi officers. US contractors are sent to t...more »
*Lot of fun stuff when around the net...* It's scary how much better the commentary on the Ma-Xi meeting has been than the reporting. And again, Beijing correspondents completely fail when confronted with Taiwan (for contrast see former Taiwan resident Austin Ramzy's report for the NYTimes). Chris Bodeen for AP provides the latest example of this... While it isn't yet clear what the impact will be, or whether and when it will happen again, on a rainy Saturday in Singapore, *the possibility of a fundamental shift in relations between the feuding neighbors suddenly seemed possible.*...more »
*Reuters*: *Myanmar ruling party concedes poll defeat as Suu Kyi heads for landslide* Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in a general election on Monday as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that could ensure it forms the next government. "We lost," Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) acting chairman Htay Oo told Reuters a day after the Southeast Asian country's first free nationwide election in a quarter of a century. By late afternoon, vendors outside the headquarters of the National League for D...more »
[image: Obama in the Rain - 400] The Obama administration, concerned that millions of people eligible for Obamacare remain uninsured, announced its Healthy Communities Challenge on Friday. The goal is to “engage key communities with large numbers or high percentages of uninsured in states across the country,”... Continue reading *“Obama Offers Himself as Reward for the City with Most Obamacare Signups”* at *cnsnews.com*.
[image: Hassan_Rouhani_and_Vladimir_Putin] MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has finalized a contract for the delivery of advanced air-defense missile systems to Iran, the head of a Russian state-controlled industrial conglomerate said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian Technologies, the holding company that includes...more »
Rubio called Scott Walker last week and made a hard push to pry an endorsement out of him. What Rubio wants is Walker's right-wing donors, like Chicago Cubs owners Joe and Marlene Ricketts who gave Walker’s Unintimidated PAC $4,900,000, and vicious anti-union billionaire-witch Diane Hendricks who gave the PAC $5,000,000 and Jay Jensen, who gave $500,000 to the PAC, Stan Hubbard, who gave the PAC $50,000, Jon Hammes and Ted Kellner, owners of the Bucks, who contributed, respectively, $150,000 and $50,000 to the PAC... to name a few. Walker's SuperPAC hoovered up around $20,000,000-...more »
The holiday season is fast approaching. It's a time for sharing, for rebuilding bridges between friends and family that ruptured by a decade of Conservative misrule. Show your angry/depressed/embittered Conservative loved one that you care, by giving them the magic of Justin Trudeau, immortalised on your choice of T-shirt, tanks, and jumpers. If you're a non-Conservative living in a riding
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is under pressure to implement this summer’s bailout deal. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters *Fiscal Times/Reuters*: *Euro zone unlikely to release new money for Greece on Monday* BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers are unlikely to release the next, 2-billion euro tranche of loans for Greece on Monday because there is still no agreement with Athens on several reforms, including a law on foreclosures, officials said. Finance ministers of the 19 countries sharing the euro are to meet later on Monday in Brussels to take stock of prog...more »
A study that found a 15-fold increase in the rate of sexual trauma among men in the U.S. military — and sparked suggestions of “an epidemic of male-on-male sex crimes” in the military among conservative media outlets — has been retracted because of a flaw in the analysis. The study, published just last week, appeared […] The post Study claiming dramatically higher rates of male military sexual trauma is retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Vladimir Putin - 900] MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s air campaign in Syria has proven the military’s increased combat readiness and capability. Putin said at a meeting with defense officials that “the counter-terrorism operation we are conducting on the Syrian leadership’s...more »
[image: Penn_Station] NEW YORK (AP) -- Three people were shot, one fatally, in midtown Manhattan near Penn Station early Monday morning, police said. No suspects were immediately arrested. The shooting happened around 6 a.m. near the entrance of a subway station at...more »
Omar Akour & Hamza Al-SoudatThe Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Jordanian riot police stand guard during a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in the capital Amman in solidarity with the Palestinians on October 16, 2015.] AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A Jordanian police officer opened fire Monday at a regional police training center in the Jordanian capital, killing two Americans, a South African and a Jordanian before being shot dead, the Jordanian government spokesman said. Two...more »
[image: Martin O'Malley] Hillary Clinton's Democratic rivals took it easy on her during their first presidential debate last month, but with the Iowa caucus now less than three months away and polls trending in the front-runner’s direction, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley won’t be... Continue reading *“Hillary’s Democratic Rivals Poised to Sharpen Attacks in Next Debate”* at *bloomberg.com*.
*Bloomberg:* *Portugal's Socialists Forge Four-Way Alliance to Oust Coelho* * Socialists, Left Bloc, Communists unite to replace premier * Costa government would speed end to post-bailout spending cuts Portugal’s Socialists approved a plan to join forces with three other parties and oust Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s administration, raising the prospect of a new government committed to speeding the reversal of spending cuts tied to the country’s international bailout. Portuguese government bonds dropped on Monday after the Socialists said party leader Antonio Costa will “for...more »
Businessmen and Bollywood stars have united to instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond. They are calling for the diamond, worn by the Queen Mother at the coronation of her husband King George VI in 1937 and then by Queen Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953, to be returned to India. Sputnik news reports: The group called “Mountain of Light” after the stone, have instructed British lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court for the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond. The #Kohinoor should come back to India. Even...more »
*Ithaca College Prof. at Cornell Lecture: Agriculture is ‘Capitalist Racialized Patriarchy’* *Just another loud old Jewish Leftist lady. There is no indication that she knows anything about agriculture. Just an attention-seeker, as far as I can see. Is she aware that agriculture feeds her?* Zillah Eisenstein, a professor politics at Ithaca College, declared in a lecture last Friday that agriculture is “capitalist, racialized patriarchy.” The lecture was titled “Thinking about Hetero-Racist Misogyny in ‘Agriculture'” and took place at nearby Cornell University as part of a se...more »
*A study that assumes what it needs to prove* *It is all assumptions and wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions. The article below simply assumes the boilerplate Warmist story. It certainly could be that a temperature rise of 2 degrees would have bad effects but we do not know by how much. In past warm periods a lot of polar ice did not melt. How much would 2 degrees melt? Given that temperatures at the poles are MANY degrees below the melting point of ice, NO polar ice at all might melt. And it's the poles that matter. Antarctica alone has 91% of earth's glacial m...more »
[image: Suu Kyi Myanmar] YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Voices rang out in unison Monday, as hundreds of jubilant people gathered outside the opposition party headquarters where images of Aung San Suu Kyi were being shown on large-screen TVs. Results from Myanmar’s historic election were...more »
[image: Little Sisters of the Poor - 900-0000] The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear another Obamacare case, this one connected to the Obama administration’s mandate that religious employers help their workers buy contraceptives, including abortifacients such as the "morning after pill." In this case we...more »
[image: President Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to mend their fractured relationship when they meet at the White House Monday, the first time they have talked face to face in more than a...more »
Catalonia’s Parliament has passed a resolution to begin the process of seceding from Spain. The initiative was backed by 72 out of 135 votes and the region plans to establish autonomous rule by 2017. Catalonia Parlament approves the beginning of independence process; The parlament approves disconnection to Spain pic.twitter.com/eAH8lUmTlL — Mauricio Carrillo (@MCarrilloFX) November 9, 2015 RT reports: The declaration on secession, which launches a so-called roadmap towards independence, was backed by a majority in the regional parliament. The motion was passed by 72 votes to 63, AP ...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson addresses the National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon October 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Carson was at the press club to promote his new book, 'A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,' and did not shy away from leveling criticism at members of the news media.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson says it’s time to move on from questions about the accuracy of his life story. But Tuesday’s GOP debate makes that unlikely. The retired ne...more »
Evening Wrap..... *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner 3h 3 hours ago Negative is the new normal: #ECB rate setters converge on December deposit rate cut. http://reut.rs/1kFI2B7 [image: Embedded image permalink] *Sputnik* @SputnikInt 4h 4 hours ago #Sweden Registers Record Number of 10,201 Weekly #Asylum Claims http:// sptnkne.ws/abYX [image: Embedded image permalink] *The Daily Star *@DailyStarLeb 4h 4 hours ago EU considers Balkan centres to check migrants http://bit.ly/1lh1FQA *DAILY SABAH* @DailySabah 4h 4 hours ago PM Davutoğlu calls f...more »
By Paul Homewood https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/brer-canada-and-the-tar-baby/ Ron Clutz gives the background to Canada’s tar sands: Disney animation of “Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby” from Songs of the South, a collection of Uncle Remus American folk tales On Nov. 6, 2015, President Obama canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. Canada PM Trudeau, just […]
Lesender Knabe (Reading Boy), 1861, Johann Baptist Reiter (Áustrian painter) 1813 - 1890 oil on canvas, 60 x 48 cm. Österreichische Galerie, Vienna Historian Scott Powell writes . . . *As much as I like paintings about reading, I much prefer paintings about *thinking.* Readers depicted in art to often seem to be passively receiving inspiration or being led into some other place. I like a reader who distances himself from the book like this, with a tilt of the head and a sideways glance that speaks of consideration, even scepticism. This boy is not just "taking it in" or being sw...more »
*Published on January 7, 2014* Diseases are created and cures are suppressed all in the name of profits for big pharma. To purchase the DVD click on link below: http://www.realityzone.com/videos.html ************************** WARNING, This video contains controversial subject matter and it is being shared for educational purposes only. Please educate yourself so that you can make informed decisions on the things that effect your life. PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE: This video contains information that you may not know about, information that YOU WILL NOT KNOW ABOUT from mainstream ...more »
https://youtu.be/nu_KfZ6uoW8 That video has an interesting image near the beginning (around 0:28). It's an image of the Israel and Iran as map / flags. They are shown as equal sized and I understand why, graphically. However this link shows a truer comparison of size... http://bit.ly/1j75rda
this is kinda obvious, to Free Planet, but let's see if you'all get it... Earth (or Free Planet 2015) should be treated with love and care; cherished, polished, made essential again. Imagine you had access to one of the greatest creations in the world and you had it for a certain amount of time before giving it back to the next person. Wouldn't you expect to give it in the manner it was received i.e. PRISTINE? It's the same way with this Free Planet; protect it from for-profit patent-protect secret-dis-service exploitation -- it's what you're here for. *SLOGAN ART SUPPLEMENTAL: ...more »
Step 1: Upload image to the web, eg, using the Blogger post editor Step 2: Get the image url which if you use Blogger would be a long url Step 3: Shorten the long image url using goo.gl to get a short url Step 4: Go to www.blogger.com (Dashboard > Settings > Basic > Title: add this code to the blog title, position as per your reference Step 5: Click SAVE ARRANGEMENT. Elaboration of the steps described above Step 1. Upload the image, among possibilities, create a post using the HTML mode of the Blogger post editor. (this post can be saved as draft if you...more »
Friends, have you seen the new TNT show "Agent X?" Great Sharon Stone (the never-aging how-did-she-do-that? Sharon Stone) vehicle bringing fascism quick quick quick to US. (Cause you know anything we do to fight "terrrrism" is legal.) P.S. The obligatory smarmy appearance of Gerald McRaney is the right-wing giveaway. Yes, let the rich pay few taxes and live(!) to see what they've done with
When Yuri Milner gave $27 million to nine physicists more than three years ago, I was absolutely impressed. An award for the scientists who are actually appreciated by the most well-informed insiders was apparently born. Be sure that it's not just because I knew most of the winners very well. The choice just seemed even more enlightened than the choices made while distributing the Nobel prizes in physics which I still consider unusually good. My excitement about the new template continued when some new winners were added, and so on. A year later, Mark Zuckerberg joined Yuri Milne...more »
http://torontoist.com/ Justin Trudeau has vowed to spend $51.1 billion on infrastructure over the next ten years. Allan Freeman writes that, before a penny is spent, some pretty serious strategic thinking needs to be done. Such thinking was not a hallmark of the last government: Back in 2009, when the global financial crisis provoked a rapid drop in economic activity, infrastructure spending was a big component of the Conservative government’s Economic Action Plan. The theme at the time, repeated ad nauseam by Finance Minister Jim ...more »
How awesome is this bed? Any kid would be happy to have this in their room! *Welcome to the Step2 Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed Giveaway! * Do you have a little Hot Wheels fan? They're going to love this awesome new bed from Step2! Janessa from Thrifty Nifty Mommy just had the chance to review The Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed with her 3 year old son and needless to say, he's actually excited about bedtime these days. Be sure to check out her full review for all the details! After you get your new Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed, check out this post by Rut...more »
The USS Ronald Reagan *The Hill:* *Experts alarmed at 'strains' on aircraft-carrier fleet* The Navy’s 272-ship force is straining under today’s security challenges, some experts say — and one glaring symptom is a shortage of aircraft carriers. For the first time in almost a decade, the Navy does not currently have a single aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf area to execute the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or to keep Iran in check. There was also an interruption to what is billed as a “continuous carrier presence” in the Asia-Pacific region after the U...more »
[image: A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY POLITICS) (Newscom TagID: rtrlsix674661.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]] While this week's midterms saw sweeping victories for both conservative candidates and ballot initiatives nationwide, th...more »
*Photo:* Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan *Defense News*: *Commander: US Navy Won’t Back Down From Gulf* DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — As geopolitical tensions reverberate across the Arabian Gulf, the US Navy has no plans to back down, a top naval official said Sunday. As the tip of the spear, the Navy has its most advanced weapons technology ready for use in the Gulf. The 5th Fleet is operating a powerful laser weapons system, capable of destroying or disabling targets with dazzling accuracy, just off the coast of Iran, according to Vice Adm. Kevin "Kid" Donegan, commander of Naval Force...more »
*Video Title: John McCrae's War - In Flanders Fields - Documentary. Source: videocurios. Date Published: January 10, 2015. Description:* The life and career of John McCrae, a World War I army doctor who wrote the 20th century's greatest war memorial poem. This documentary chronicles McCrae's life from his childhood in Guelph, Ontario, to the battlefields of Belgium. It tells the story of his famous poem and pays tribute to the Canadian soldiers of World War I. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist ...more »
*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 ti
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.