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As Yuri told us, Lev Borisovič Okuň died on November 23rd at age of 86. As a high school kid, I've read some books and texts he wrote (in Russian) and not only before the fall of communism, he has always been one of the symbols of the "contemporary" particle physics in the Soviet bloc and its ability to interact with the best particle physics in the world. And after the fall of communism, he may have been one of the best Russian physicists who stayed in Russia. He may have influenced me in various ways. His book (or books?) covered things like grand unification at a semi-popular lev...more »
Russian military officials gaze into an intercontinental ballistic missile silo at an undisclosed location. Photo AP (Image taken from MSNBC) *Bruce Blair, Politico:** Could U.S.-Russia Tensions Go Nuclear?* *Believe it or not, hair-trigger launch alerts are still with us—and perhaps even more dangerous than during the Cold War.* The Russian warplane recently shot down inside Turkey’s border with Syria fits a pattern of brinkmanship and inadvertence that is raising tensions and distrust between Russia and U.S.-led NATO. Low-level military encounters between Moscow and Washington are...more »
*One Note SCAM-ba* A parody of all the fools at Paris #COP21. (Sing along with the parody - words below) "There’s so many going who can talk and talk and talk and just say nothing – amounts to nothing." Carbon (DIOXIDE) emissions - 40,000 delegates being protected by French Forces. What are their carbon (DIOXIDE) emissions; - These delegates all flew in - more carbon (DIOXIDE) emissions; - Transport around Paris for delegates -more carbon (DIOXIDE) emissions; - Catering for 40,000 - -more carbon (DIOXIDE) emissions - etc etc etc Have these clowns not heard o...more »
If I am to advance it will not be as the result of picking at scales and making great reports at that succes It will be because I took a sword or some kind of relevant weapon and just slayed that fucking beast
Beneath the stainless steel exterior you see is a designer coffee pot is percolating over and over every time you bring your heat Wrapped in Canada Goose feathers and sparkles you make the cold a puncuation remark I am cold a domestic Finlander short on Vodkov and long on the forest and the trees the northern lights and other things that speak to me and do not expect an answer So coffeepot what do you want to brew something domestic or a more international flavor where there is more atmosphere and less of me and you Roads well travelled drive my car on its own I do not register at th...more »
Commanding General of U.S. Special Operations Command Gen. Joseph Votel. Army.mil *Tampa Tribune*:* ‘Gray Zone’ conflicts far more complex to combat, says Socom chief Votel* *TAMPA — Between peace and all-out war exists the Gray Zone.* To Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, the Gray Zone is a familiar place of ambiguity. It’s a place where the Islamic State operates. A place where Russia has taken on Ukraine. And it’s home to many other spots, hot, lukewarm or otherwise, around the globe. “The Gray Zone,” said Votel, “really defines this area bet...more »
Beneath the stainless steel exterior you see is a designer coffee pot is percolating over and over every time you bring your heat Wrapped in Canada Goose feathers and sparkles you make the cold a puncuation remark I am cold a domestic Finlander short on Vodkov and long on the forest and the trees the northern lights and other things that speak to me and do not expect an answer So coffeepot what do you want to brew something domestic or a more international flavor where there is more atmosphere and less of me and you Roads well travelled drive my car on its own I do not register at th...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton] IF THERE is a social or economic need, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has a tax credit to match. She's proposed one for businesses that institute profit-sharing plans (cost: $20 billion over 10 years); another for hiring disabled veterans; and, as of... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton Panders to Middle-Class Voters with Unrealistic Tax Promises”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
The ISIS earns around $2 million per day from the illicit sales of crude oil. Reuters *New York Times*: *Predatory Islamic State Wrings Money From Those It Rules* Three times a month, Mohammad al-Kirayfawai hands $300 to fighters from the Islamic State for the privilege of driving his refrigerated truck full of ice cream and other perishables from Jordan to a part of Iraq where the militants are firmly in charge. The fighters who man the border post treat the payment as an import duty, not a bribe. They even provide a stamped receipt, with the logo and seal of the Islamic State, t...more »
[image: Planned Parenthood Robert Lewis Dear - 400 000] Over the holiday weekend, Robert Lewis Dear, an unkempt 57-year-old man with an apparent history of trouble with the law over cruelty to animals and humans alike, opened fire on civilians and cops first outside and then from inside a... Continue reading *“Stop Blaming Pro-Lifers for the Colorado Springs Shooting”* at *thefederalist.com*.
[image: Northern Ireland] A high court judge has ruled that Northern Ireland's almost outright ban on abortion breaches the human rights of women and girls, including rape victims. The historic judgment, delivered in Belfast on Monday, could lead to women and girls who... Continue reading *“Northern Ireland Law on Abortion Ruled ‘Incompatible with Human Rights’”* at *theguardian.com*.
[image: Olsen and Sarkozy - 400] NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Former child star and fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen has married Frenchman Olivier Sarkozy -- the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy -- in a quiet New York ceremony, her former Full House TV co-star said on Monday. Bob... Continue reading *“Ex-Child Star Mary-Kate Olsen Marries French Banker Sarkozy”* at *townhall.com*.
*V. Susan Ferguson* - Has exposure to electromagnetic radiation and other enviro-toxins already caused a mass mutation of the elite? The post Electromagnetic Radiation and Other Weapons of Mass Mutation appeared first on Waking Times.
[image: abortion] Fear of gossip and judgmental reactions routinely prevents churchgoing women who are considering an abortion from first seeking the counsel of pastors or others in their church, according to a new survey by an evangelical polling group. The survey was... Continue reading *“70 Percent of Women Who Have Had Abortions Call Themselves Christians”* at *charismanews.com*.
Lieutenant General Michael Flynn during his interview with Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera. *Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark, Spiegel Online*: *Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Were Too Dumb'* Without the Iraq war, Islamic State wouldn't exist today, former US special forces chief Mike Flynn openly admits. In an interview, he explains IS' rise to become a professional force and how the Americans allowed its future leader to slip out of their hands. Michael Flynn, 56, served in the United States Army for more than 30 years, most recently as d...more »
The DCCC may be stupid-- or even *very* stupid (as well as utterly incompetent)-- but their e-mail strategy is very well-planned out. Their overarching goal is not primarily to rake in cash-- although, obviously, they love that-- but to destroy the capacity for grassroots Democrats to have an independent means of raising money for progressive and independent-minded candidates. They have bragged about "burning the lists" and they force the mostly lame-- and loser-- candidates they endorse to implement that strategy without even knowing what they are doing. This morning I was awaken...more »
[image: abortion rhetoric] According to CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, conservative "rhetoric" "tossed fuel" onto the fire that is the abortion debate. The journalist appeared on The View, Monday, and demanded Republicans be held accountable in the wake of a Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting last week. Hostin blamed, "I... Continue reading *“After Violence, CNN Analyst Demands: Hold GOP ‘Accountable’ for Abortion Rhetoric”* at *newsbusters.org*.
[image: Sir Isaac Newton1 - 400] I'd like to call attention to a couple of excellent blogs by Luke Barnes correcting some historical blunders that Neil deGrasse Tyson made. Tyson argued that Newton failed to discover the stability of the solar system due to blinders that... Continue reading *“Was Belief in God a Science-Stopper? Not for Newton”* at *crossexamined.org*.
ESPN reports that Kobe Bryant, who is in his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2015-16 season: *Kobe Bryant, who has helped the Lakers win five NBA championships over a 20-year career spent entirely in Los Angeles, announced Sunday on The Players' Tribune website that he will retire after this season, writing that "this season is all I have left to give.”* *"I've known for a while," Bryant said. "A decision like this, you can't make that decision based on outside circumstances. It has to be an internal decision, and...more »
We had always planned to provide all the information we could about our research into the Ramey Memo. Our original hope was that we would be able to clarify the text and then provide the methodology and the scans to those interested in verifying our work. We had hoped to be able to resolve this one bit of UFO history and believed that with today’s technology, we would be successful. Unfortunately, we weren’t as successful as we had hoped. While the new scans were an improvement over those made in the past, they did not result in the clarity we had hoped. Thinking of the success of t...more »
*Oren Cass, Politico*:* Why the Paris climate deal is meaningless* *The more seriously you take the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the angrier you should be.* Negotiators from around the world gather in Paris this week to finalize an international climate change agreement, capping a years-long process on which hopes have been riding for global action to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. When those demanding U.S. action speak of the need to show “leadership” and foster international progress, they speak of building momentum toward Paris. “This year, in Paris, has to be the...more »
[image: NEW YORK - APRIL 21: The New York Times logo is seen on the headquarters building on April 21, 2011 in New York City. The New York Times profits fell 58 percent in the first quarter of 2011. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)] This past weekend, the gender neutral honorific "Mx." was used in a story in The New York Times. Perhaps fittingly for the relatively recent alternative to the gender identifying pronouns "Mr." and "Ms.," "Mx." was used in a story about Bluestockings, the collectively... Continue reading *“The New York Times Adds ‘Mx.’ to the Honorific Mix”* at *obse...more »
[image: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Mayor John Suthers addresses the media during an active shooter situation outside a Planned Parenthood facility where an active shooter reportedly injured up to eleven people, including at least five police officers, on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Police are working to clear the scene and are searching the buiding for possible explosive devices.] As expected, no sooner had blood been spilled at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado than accusations of "Christian terrorism" began to fly across the internet, despite the...more »
Long, long ago, hip folks in the Beatles era were jabbering about Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, *The One-Straw Revolution*. It explained how he grew healthy food via natural farming, a low budget, low impact approach. On his farm in Japan, Fukuoka was growing grain, fruit, and vegetables without plowing, cultivating, chemicals, compost, fertilizer, fossil energy, erosion, pruning, or regular weeding. He farmed like this for more than 25 years, and his yields were comparable to those at conventional farms. The Japanese edition of his book was published in 1975, at a time when oil shoc...more »
Thanks to our friend Christine Prat in France for sharing these photos from Paris, of the Committee in Solidarity with American Indians in France, shown with the Indigenous Environmental Network and other Indigenous and frontline activists. The first is of people from CSIA, from left to right: Catherine Jekayumar, Edith Patrouilleau (
*“Maybe stop calling them "anchor projects" if they haven't been built after five years, and have obstructed Christchurch recovery more than helped.”* ~ Francis McRae The reality of government’s’ top-down numb fumbling in Christchurch has been measured in a Treasury Report that concludes the Key Government’s Central City Recovery Plan for the city “hangs in the balance” and the governments so-called “anchor projects” that were supposed to, ahem, anchor the whole frickin’ mess are, and I quote, “unachievable.” [image: The Christchurch Central Development Unit's Don Miskell was t...more »
*Daniel Taylor* - We need a revolution of true connection before we get to the point of no return. The post It’s Time to Unplug from the Matrix Before Our Brains are Totally Rewired appeared first on Waking Times.
*Title: Won't Someone Think of the Polar Bears?!?. Source: corbettreport. Date Published: November 30, 2015. Description:* Those cute, furry little Global Warming icons are in danger according to the bought-and-paid-for campaigners in the global warming alarmist industry. The truth, however, is (as always) the polar opposite of what the alarmists want you to believe. Join James for today's Thought for the Day as he breaks down the lies and misinformation about polar bear populations and how these lies have been used to sell the climate change hype.
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[image: Judah - 400] While there seems to be plenty of archaeological evidence of the existence of Israel's and Judah's kings after about 850 BC, there is little direct evidence of the existence of Saul, David, and Solomon's kingdoms. Why is this? Kenneth A.... Continue reading *“Why Isn’t There More Archaeological Evidence of the Kingdoms of Saul, David, and Solomon?”* at *toughquestionsanswered.org*.
[image: campus - 400] The progressive resurgence that began sometime between Brendan Eich's resignation from Mozilla and the burning down of the Ferguson QuikTrip has turned into something more than just another turn around the culture-war maypole. When the Confederate flag came down over... Continue reading *“Politically Correct Holy Rollers: The New Campus Revival”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Colorado Springs PP shooter - 400] Ghoulish exploitation of the deaths and injuries inflicted in Colorado Springs last Friday was always in the cards. What else would you expect from a movement that specializes in death? Even so, the speed and facility with which Robert Lewis... Continue reading *“Abortion Industry Already Dancing on the Graves of Colorado Springs Shooting Victims”* at *americanthinker.com*.
[image: Ten Lords a-leaping - 900] PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover! The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”...more »
[image: Karl Rove] A little 2016 cloak-and-dagger for you in case you missed it this past weekend. Republican strategist Karl Rove helped set up a meeting between top fundraisers for Ben Carson and casino mogul Steve Wynn. Rove confirmed to Bloomberg Politics that he acted... Continue reading *“Ben Carson’s New Secret Weapon: Karl Rove?”* at *hotair.com*.
“…a tax reduction is NOT a subsidy.” ~ Bob Shapiro, ‘Toward a Sane US Energy Policy’ “Does it makes sense to refer to our failure to enact carbon taxes and the like as a ‘subsidy’? … When headlines claim that ‘The world is spending $5.3 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies,’ many people might think that this money is somehow going directly to oil, gas, and coal companies. I suspect they don't read that sentence as ‘The world should raise energy taxes by $5.3 trillion to account for the [alleged] damages caused by fossil fuels.’ But the latter is basically what is meant.” ~ Brad Plu...more »
“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its elongated appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away, but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years i...more »
Most Diamonds are made at high temperature and pressure, either naturally through time in the earth’s mantle or synthetically by man. But now, researchers at North Carolina University have created a diamond at room temperature using lasers. United Press International reports: “We’ve now created a third solid phase of carbon,” Jay Narayan, a material scientists at NC State, said in a press release. “The only place it may be found in the natural world would be possibly in the core of some planets.” Researchers call the new phase Q-carbon. To make it, scientists coated a substrate of s...more »
The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has given his Labour MP’s a free vote to act with their conscience when deciding whether to take military action against ISIS in Syria. The decision by Mr Corbyn should pave the way for an announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron this evening, who seeks Parliament’s approval for extending RAF bombing missions against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria. Belfast Telegraph reports: A two-hour meeting of the shadow cabinet heard that as many as 43% of Labour MPs – almost 100 of the 231-strong parliamentary party – back airstrikes, aga...more »
“It's no accident that when you look closely into the eyes of another, the very first thing you see, is yourself. That when you hold their hand, you can feel your own warmth. And that when you give of yourself, you give to yourself. Because, quite simply, both you and they are me. Freaky? Maybe. An accident? No.” “Let's get it started, uh-huh -” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours." - Ayn Rand
Animal welfare activist Anita Krajnc just couldn’t stand the sight of pigs sweltering on a hot June day while being transferred in trucks to slaughterhouses. She usually intervenes and starts watering the thirsty pigs. But her concern for thirsty pigs has landed the Canadian activist with the threat of a 10 year prison term. The Telegraph reports: What was meant as a humanitarian gesture has now left Ms Krajnc facing the threat of up to 10 years in a Canadian jail or a potential fine of nearly £2,500. On Monday, the latest chapter in what is becoming a global cause celebre for anim...more »
[image: Paris climate conference] News from the Paris climate-change conference as it develops... 1:00 PM EST: President Obama's idea of "economic liberty" is beautifully captured in this paraphrase from The Associated Press: President Barack Obama says the private sector needs to have a seat at... Continue reading *“Liveblog: The Paris Climate Conference, Day 1”* at *breitbart.com*.
[image: Hillary Clinton - 400] It’s Cyber Monday for shoppers, but for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, it’s another chapter in her long cyber-saga, as the State Department plans to release another 7,800 pages of her private email today. After today, the public will have... Continue reading *“More Hillary Clinton Email Coming Today”* at *abcnews.go.com*.
[image: Oklahoma Wesleyan University] A chapel sermon on love left a student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University feeling "offended" and "victimized." But instead of capitulating to the offended young scholar, OWU President Everett Piper pushed back with a blistering rebuke of what he called "self-absorbed...more »
[image: Brown University] In the current issue of National Review, I have a piece called "Underground at Brown." What's it about? I'll tell you. In fact, I'll blow that piece out -- i.e., expand it -- here in Impromptus. At Brown University, in Providence, R.I.,... Continue reading *“Underground at Brown University”* at *nationalreview.com* .
[image: Corn industry - 400] The Obama administration delivered a blow to the corn industry on Monday, easing the amount of ethanol the nation must consume below the levels Congress had set nearly a decade ago -- and potentially laying a political stumbling block for Hillary... Continue reading *“Obama’s EPA Curbs Ethanol in Blow to Corn Growers”* at *politico.com*.
[image: Donald Trump] JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event...more »
[image: ISIS - 400] Despite facing a series of military setbacks throughout Iraq and Syria, ISIS is consolidating its control over a key city in Libya less than 400 miles away from the Italian island of Sicily. Over the past year, ISIS has been deepening its... Continue reading *“ISIS Now Has a ‘Colony’ in an Oil-Rich Libyan City Just 400 Miles From Italy”* at *businessinsider.com*.
*Reuters*: *With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris* World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming. In a series of opening addresses to the U.N. talks, heads of state and government exhorted each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels. French President Francois Hollande said the world was at...more »
*RT:* *Russia arms Su-34s with air-to-air missiles in Syria for 1st time* Russian Su-34 bombers, additionally equipped with air-to-air missiles, have set out on their first mission in Syria, said Igor Klimov, spokesman for the Russian Air Force. “Today, Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers have made their first sortie equipped not only with high explosive aviation bombs and hollow charge bombs, but also with short- and medium-range air-to-air missiles," Klimov said. "The planes are equipped with missiles for defensive purposes," he added. The missiles have target-seeking devices and are ...more »
"Chimps and Cosmologists" by Chet Raymo "Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and president of the Royal Society in Britain, caused something of a flap by suggesting that humans may never be able to understand the universe. "Some aspects of reality may elude us simply because they're beyond human brains, just as surely as Einstein's ideas would baffle a chimpanzee," he said. Einstein used existing mathematics to develop general relativity, describing how gravity controls the universe on the largest scale. Dirac also used "off-the-shelf" mathematics when devising quantum theory, which...more »
I haven’t posted my blog stats here for some time (well, apart from that permanent Google App down there on the left-hand sidebar you can consult anytime you feel like it, just above those automatically Google-generated ‘popular posts), and after another month with the new blog setup here I wanted to see what my Statcounter says about my stats. And here’s the news for the month just finished: *Unique visitors [from Statcounter]:* 37, 485 *Page Views [from Statcounter]*: 50, 619 As you might notice that looks a bit different to the Google figures, which is a little perplexing: *P...more »
[image: identity-politics] Juan Rodriguez, a Colombian immigrant and Republican businessman in Des Moines, is on a mission to persuade his employees, nearly all Hispanic Democrats, to elect a president from what they think of as the party of white guys. This year,... Continue reading *“The GOP’s Identity-Politics Crisis: Holding Race-Card Aces but Loath to Play Them”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Taz Tasmanian Devil - 900] The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently published a booklet titled Don't Mess With Marriage. A pastoral letter on the same-sex marriage debate directed to all Australians, not just Catholics, it sets forth the teaching of the Bible and the Christian...more »
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have announced that a during private meeting between Putin and Obama, the two leaders discussed a religious document that claims the “Times of the Messiah” have begun. The “end of times” document” was initiated 5 years ago by Israel’s top religious leader, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who says he was so concerned with recent developments around the world that he felt it important to warn people that the Messiah was soon to come. The Jewish leader prophesied that the date of 12 September 2015 would be a significant start date for Armageddon, which c...more »
A CNN reporter has found herself in the middle of a scandal involving declassified state department emails that shows she was receiving orders from a government official whilst working for the American news broadcaster. In January 2013 Elise Labott was covering a senate hearing on the US embassy attack in Benghazi. The emails show she coordinated her posts on Twitter with Philippe Reines who was assistant deputy secretary of state at the time. In the email Reines writes to Labott about an idea for a tweet. Labott says she will get back to him and writes several minutes later that th...more »
British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to deploy ten thousand military troops to the streets of Britain in order to support the police in defending Britain against ISIS terrorist attacks. Following a visit to French president Francois Hollande in Paris, Cameron said “as the murders on the streets of Paris reminded us so starkly, ISIL is not some remote problem thousands of miles away – it is a direct threat to our security at home and abroad.” Mirror.co.uk reports: The PM vowed to “get rid of the divide that there’s been for many years about the deployment of military pe...more »
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will resign if the claims about Turkey buying oil from ISIS are confirmed to be true. The bold promise from Erdogan follows Putin’s accusation that the shooting down of its Su-24 jet was due to Turkey protecting ISIS militants from delivering oil into the country. Tass.ru reports: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem last week suggested that US Secretary of State John Kerry should check out reports on the involvement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son in illegal oil trade with the Islamic State. “I’d like to mention r...more »
The White House have announced sweeping changes to the U.S. Visa waiver program in the wake of the Paris attacks, saying that they intend to beef up security to visitors entering the United States. New rules will allow the Department of Homeland Security to more closely screen travelers, asking them about past visits to “countries constituting a terrorist safe haven”, and collecting biometric information such as fingerprints from them. The DHS are also asking Congress for more powers so that all visitors will be required to travel with biometric passports with embedded security chi...more »
Three Turkish officers who were involved in inspecting weapons trucks destined for ISIS militants in Syria, have been arrested on treason and espionage charges, amid a Turkish government push to silence claims that Turkey support terrorist organisations. On Saturday authorities arrested Ankara Gendarmerie Regional Commander Major General Ibrahim Aydin, former Adana Gendarmerie Regional Commander Brigadier General Hamza Celepoglu and former Gendarmerie Criminal Laboratory Head Colonel Burhanettin Cihangiroglu. Rt.com reports: Security officials are facing “spying” charges over an inc...more »
US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held a secret closed-door emergency meeting to discuss the escalating tension between Turkey and Russia on Monday. Following the shooting down of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet on November 24, Putin warned Turkey of “serious consequences” and accused them of supporting ISIS militants. Obama decided to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris, and urged the Russian leader to ease the tensions between Russia and Turkey, a White House spokesperson said. Presstv.ir reports: “President ...more »
If you really want to read the poem of this title, the site is below. But there's no cause to read it. I thought of this poem only because of a word association with today's editorial in the Irving Times and Transcript. Barroom. The editorial reminded me of an ignorant and drunken rant in a barroom, of a bunch of drunks sitting around and listening to their leader's rant, and saying, "Right on, man. Yeah." http://www.robertwservice.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=943 The editorial is all about how we have too many civil servants, too many teach...more »
"Victims of Our Games" by Chawky Frenn Much like Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger said on CNN while the terrorist was still inside the Planned Parenthood clinic shooting people, Herr Trumpf, while having his candidacy boosted by another *Meet The Press* interview yesterday, pronounced him (not Kinzinger, the other terrorist) sick and a maniac rather than a right-wing domestic terrorist or just some guy going overboard in carrying out the Republican Party agenda. Trump did not respond directly when asked about reports that the alleged shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, discussed “baby pa...more »
*"Summon Your Aliveness: Being Fully Present"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we live fully in the moment there is an aliveness that comes easily. When we are fully present, we offer our whole selves to whatever it is that we are doing. Our attention, our integrity, and our energy are all focused in the moment and on the task at hand. This is a powerful experience, and when we are in this state, we feel completely alive and invigorated. This kind of aliveness comes easily when we are absorbed in work or play that we love, but it is available to us in every moment, and we can ...more »
*"Mysteries, Yes"* "Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood. How grass can be nourishing in the mouths of the lambs. How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance with gravity while we ourselves dream of rising. How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken. How people come, from delight or the scars of damage, to the comfort of a poem. Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads." ~ Mary Oliver
*"A Family Revelation…"* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE – "Markets have been calm over the Thanksgiving holiday. Americans – distracted by friends and family – had better things to do than panic. We celebrated at our family farm in Maryland. In addition to Thanksgiving, we attended a family reunion and a grandchild’s christening. The three family events focused our attention on family history and how the culture of Southern Maryland has evolved over the last 50 years. Whether this has any parallels in other parts of the country – or whether this has any significance – we don’t know. But w...more »
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office have labelled George Soros’s Open Society Institute as an ‘undesirable group’, and have banned Russian citizens and organisations from participating in any of their projects. Prosecutors say that the activities of the Open Society Institute and connecting organisations with the Soros Foundation threatened Russia’s national security and will be listed on a group of undesirable foreign organisations. Rt.com reports: Prosecutors launched a probe into the activities of the two organizations – both sponsored by the well-known US financier George S...more »
Academic non-believer Richard Dawkins has caused controversy by saying that Muslims should not be given a “free pass” because they are not a “protected species.” Dawkins has got fed up with having to watch Muslim women wearing Burkas in public and has stood up for his thought that came to him freely, by saying: ‘To hell with their culture’ and that Islam should not be confused with a race. The highly regarded British academic does not believe in the role of religion in suffocating natural human inquisitiveness and inquiry. By accepting with blind faith and constantly repeating throu...more »
Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges sits down with Ben Makuch at the Toronto VICE office to discuss what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Hedges discusses his new book Wages of Rebellion, an investigation of the social and psychological factors that cause revolution, rebellion and resistance. From Wall Street corruption to why the elites in corporate media have eviscerated traditional investigative journalism, Hedges tries to make sense of the world we live in.
This is James Moore campaigning for Stephen Harper on October 18, the day before the last election : "... all that effort that you've poured into everything that we've fought for for so long, all of it is for naught if over the next 24 hours, we don't make sure that we get out that vote and re-elect Prime Minister Stephen Harper." This is *a government that actively muzzled Federal Scientists, that steadfastly failed to take meaningful action to address global climate change, that stifled legitimate democratic dissent, that discounted the need for a Federal inquiry into missing...more »
[image: poverty-inc] A new documentary about the global poverty industry, Poverty, Inc., is managing a rare hat trick: succeeding with critics on both the right and the left. So, for instance, the film recently won the prestigious 2015 Templeton Freedom Prize, and Templeton has been...more »
Several thousand people have consumed many tons of fossil fuels flying to Paris to tell us to stop using fossil fuels. They are likely to issue a document, in Paris, saying the biggest problem facing the world is global warming. Caused by burning fossil fuels. Lauded at the conference already is Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, for his statement that China will “take action” to help stop the onset of bad weather. Here,in context, is the action already planned in China for the immediate future: [image: Coal Fired plants, World Reources Institute, China] Consistency is not their stronge...more »
*Party Time in Paris**.* *Another Issue of "Carbon Sense” prepared for The Carbon Sense Coalition by Viv Forbes and volunteer helpers. Please help us spread the word. To subscribe click**: **http://carbon-sense.com/contact-us/* *29 November 2015* *The 21**st** Birthday Party in Paris - **It’s Time they Grew Up* Global Warming Alarmists are about to gather in Paris for the biggest climate carnival in their 21 year history – they hoped to see 25,000 official guests and 15,000 hangers on. Surely on their 21st birthday it is time they grew up and faced some adult world problems. Any u...more »
Indigenous and frontline activists join Human Chain around Paris on Nov. 29, 2015 Photos by Indigenous Environmental Network See more: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137923455@N03/sets/72157661694003571
A Russian pilot shows off his hidden weapons and bullets at Khmeimim air force base in Latakia, Syria *Daily Mail:* *Armed to the teeth: Russian air force gives its pilots pistols and Kalashnikovs in case any more are shot down by Turks amid rising tensions * * Russian pilots have been given handguns and AK-47s to defend themselves * New measures come after the death of Russian pilot Lt-Col Oleg Peshkov * Kalashnikovs will be hidden in their seats which eject with them Russia is issuing its warplane pilots on missions over Syria with pistols and Kalashnikov machine guns in case the...more »
[image: Suha (L), the mother of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed last year, stands with protestors outside the district court in Jerusalem on November 30, 2015. The Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli minors of the kidnapping and burning alive of a Palestinian teenager in the run-up to the 2014 Gaza war, while the third defendant Yosef Haim Ben-David's mental state will be evaluated. Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted and killed on July 2, 2014, weeks after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.] JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusal...more »
. Indigenous Peoples: UN Paris Accord could end up being a Crime against Humanity and Mother Earth FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Dallas Goldtooth +33 75 1413 823 FREE USA: 708 515 6158 firstname.lastname@example.org Kandi Mossett +33 75 1414 195 FREE email@example.com November 30, 2015 (Paris) – Indigenous Peoples from the Americas attending the United Nations World Climate Summit in Paris warn
The Greek Prime Minister took direct diplomacy to a rather more public forum last night as he sent a series of barbed tweets to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Daily Mail *Reuters:* *Greek-Turkish Twitter dogfight started in error: official* Greece and Turkey fought a brief dogfight on Twitter over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane due to an error by an aide in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office, a Greek official said on Monday. It began in the middle of a summit between Turkey and the European Union on Sunday, when a message appeared on Tsipras' Twitter accou...more »
Democracy Now interviews Indigenous Environmental Network in Paris Watch coverage: "If You're Not at the Table, You're on the Menu": Indigenous Activists Demand Role in Paris Climate Talks. This quote comes from Kandi Mossett, Hidatsa, Mandan and Arikara from North Dakota. http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/30/if_youre_not_at_the_table Interview with Tom Goldtooth and Dallas Goldtooth:
It’s hard to understand why the Metropolitan Police brought the case of perjury against Chris Cairns, in which they sought to prove that he had previously lied in court when he said he had never, ever cheated in cricket, when they apparently had no evidence to show he had ever cheated. They had no clear evidence of Cairns fixing matches. They had nothing to show he had ever cheated in a match. They had no evidence he had ever even profited by having cheated in a match. They sought to prove no causal chain from paymaster to play to being paid. None at all. In short, they had nothi...more »
Erdogan flooded Syrian refugees into Europe, with many ISIS terrorists among them, causing panic across European countries, and then struck a deal with the EU in return for stopping the crisis that he started. He basically used Syrians who left their homes because of ISIS terrorism, which his government fully and unapologetically supports, as a card to play against the EU. And what do the brainiacs in Washington and Brussels do? Blame Assad and reward Erdogan. LOL. *An excerpt from, "Syria's Assad says terrorists among Syrian refugees - Czech Television" Reuters, November 30, 2015:...more »
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015Professor versus journalist:* We were struck by Randall Kennedy's column in Friday's New York Times. Kennedy is a professor at Harvard Law School. In a recent incident, pieces of black tape were affixed to his official portrait and to the portraits of other black professors at Harvard Law. In his column, Kennedy offered his assessment of this situation. We thought the bulk of his reactions made sense, which virtually isn't allowed at this point in time. He even typed a disallowed word. We join his column in progress: KENNEDY (11/27/15): Last Thursday, o...more »
According to the US State Dept., the former Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and other top officials showered the Obama family with more than $1.3 million in gifts throughout 2014. The Office of the Federal Register disclosed a list of annual gifts from foreign governments to US President Barack Obama, his family and several other federal employees last year. Press TV reports: In its annual accounting report released this week, the State Department revealed that on January 14, 2014, the American president received a “gold and silver men’s wristwatch with leather band...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by ISIS goes through Turkey on an industrial scale. Speaking on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris, he said that Moscow had grounds to suspect that the Su-24 was downed by Turkish jets on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey RT reports: “At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on indust...more »
[image: Russian plane shot down - 900] BRUSSELS (AP) -- Turkey won’t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, stressing that the military was doing its job defending the country’s airspace. Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey hopes...more »
[image: transgender] Wisconsin parents quickly united to block a pro-homosexual activist from pitching her pro-transgender claim to their six-year-old kids, despite getting only one school day of warning from local school officials. The activist was invited by the school board to read... Continue reading *“School District Blocked from Pushing Transgender Ideology on Six-Year-Olds”* at *breitbart.com*.
A paper on 3-D printing has been pulled because it “inadvertently” included some sensitive material. We’re not sure which parts of the paper were the specific problem. But the sensitive material may have something with how to improve the surfaces of 3-D printed products, which is the subject of “Feasibility of using Copper(II)Oxide for additive manufacturing.” Here’s […] The post 3-D printing paper accidentally includes secrets appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*not all charities are equal.* While the arrogant elitist so-called-leaders of the world spewed thousand of tons of hot air and jet fuel to attend a conference in Paris to decide what to do about non-existent global warming, most people are going about their day-to-day routines. Included in these routines is the video of someone *grabbing an electric veggie steamer from a little kid during black Friday* (which was probably a fake video.) I wasn't so outraged by the veggie steamer grabbing as I was by the fact that there *is* such a thing as an electric veggie steamer. People are...more »
Canons (not *cannon*) are funny things. What is it that makes something a go-to work, an exemplar of something that is technically brilliant, utterly compelling, and is said to condense the themes and woes of an age? Beats me, though I will concede the the absorbing/compulsive aspect of an artifact. After all, the Western literary canon, once a bastion of dead white gentlemen, did actually feature fiction of some merit. Video games are interesting in this respect. As the newest media staple in a long line of media staples made possible by the printing press, electricity, and comput...more »
Reuters *FOX News:* *Oil Plunge Raises Fears of Societal Unrest* With Wall Street shops like Goldman Sachs (GS) and government officials in Venezuela signaling oil could go to the mid-$20 per barrel range next year, analysts at places like RBC Capital Markets have been warning that chronically low oil prices plunging towards seven-year lows means increasing social chaos in countries on the edge—including those battling ISIS. Five countries are high on the radar screen for societal risks from low oil prices, which RBC Capital Markets has labeled the “Fragile Five.” They are Algeri...more »
*Reuters:* *U.S. senators call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq* BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two senior U.S. senators called on Sunday for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticized President Barack Obama's incremental Islamic State strategy, which relies on air strikes and modest support to local ground forces in Iraq and Syria, and said the need for greater U.S. involvement was un...more »
[image: Wide-angle view of the United States Supreme Court Building in black and white.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court’s lineup of new cases is fit for an election year. Affirmative action, abortion and another look at the Obama health care law all are before the court, and they could well be joined by...more »
*"It’s a $cam! The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century"* Roads to Nowhere, Ghost Soldiers, and a $43 Million Gas Station in Afghanistan By Tom Engelhardt "Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S. The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003. Essentially dumped into the void that had once been the Iraqi state, at least $1.2 to $1.6 billion of it was stolen and ended up years later in a mysterious bunker in Lebanon. And that’s just what happened a...more »
*“Microsoft Makes Windows 10 Automatic Spying Worse:* *When Are You Going to Be Done?”* by Karl Denninger “It just never ends, does it? “Microsoft MSFT +0.00% has been on a roll lately. Its massive Windows 10 update ‘Threshold 2’ has far more good features than bad ones, the ‘free upgrade’ rules have been improved and even Microsoft’s Black Friday 2015 deals are surprisingly great. But a new discovery has been made which isn’t good news – at all…” What Microsoft did was rename the "telematics" service from DiagTrack to "Connected User Experiences." Uh huh. They didn't get rid of it...more »
*CawRANT Events#15* It's a cold and sunny day on the West Coast. The temperature has been below or near freezing for about a week now. The other day, while walking my dogs along the nearby salmon stream in an urban greenbelt, I came across a small bear cub eating a decaying salmon. Two local men were also watching the bear. We all agreed this was an unusual sight...just about a block from a very busy street. The men told me the bear had first been spotted up in a tree but then came down to eat the salmon...no doubt left for it by its mother...who was no where to be found. All...more »
Russia has hit back at Turkey by changing the game in Syria. Moscow’s retaliation was not just about severing economic and diplomatic ties with Turkey and they were not likely to bomb Turkish military facilities, but they have other ways of undermining Ankara’s presence in Syria: Russia is now aiding Kurdish rebels, a group that has been labeled as “terrorists” by Turkey. Al Jazeera reports: Ankara never received international backing for a safe zone across its border, but Russia has now ruled that out. The deployment of S-400 anti-air missiles means Russia has effectively imposed a...more »
By Paul Homewood http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/11/26/windy-but-storm-clodagh-looks-unlikely-this-weekend/ Last Thursday, the Met Office informed us that Storm Clodagh was unlikely. Two days later, the Irish Met Office thought otherwise. http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/11/28/met-eireann-names-storm-clodagh/ All a bit of a mess really. But did Clodagh end up being a storm, or was it just another gale like Abigail and […]
*NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2 (source). Note first that emissions are greater in the industrialized northern hemisphere, which probably explains why the Arctic is melting first. Then note the difference between winter emissions in the north, which remain airborne, and summer emissions, which are partially withdrawn by growing vegetation. * *by Gaius Publius* This is written for anyone who is climate-concerned, but specifically for our DC readers in the policy-making community. This is the issue at which cautious incrementalism collides with urgency. If a meteor were hea...more »
[image: drone - 400] Almost exactly two years after first announcing its plans to deliver packages with a drone, Amazon revealed a new prototype of one of its delivery drones. Here are some interesting revelations: 1. Amazon built a "hybrid" drone Amazon's prototype is... Continue reading *“Amazon Has a New Drone Delivery Video. Here are 8 Details Worth Noting.”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
IISD *WNU Editor:* From the AP.... *UN: Maurice Strong, climate and development pioneer, dies *(AP). It is strange that the man who first started the debate on global cooling .... followed by global warming .... followed by the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 .... and to where we are today (i.e. climate change) .... should pass away a week before today's COP21 summit. I am not going to air all the dirty laundry on the man (Google it to find out), but I do remember him as an intense man who believed that mankind had (and has) an impact on global climate, and that his industrial activities...more »
Roffey v. Hunter Corporation, 2015 ONCA 824:  The brevity of the motion judge’s reasons does not cause us any concern. A failure to specifically refer to the factors to be considered in striking a pleading may be excused if the record supports the decision: Diamond Auto Collision Inc. v. Economical Insurance Group, 2007 ONCA 487. Here, the order to strike the defence was an obvious result, given all the circumstances. The appellants’ answers to undertakings were long overdue and breached multiple court orders.
IBRAHIM ADULAZIZ & MICHELLE FAULatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Yola Nigeria - 900] YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram destroyed a Nigerian military base as soldiers fled and only self-defense fighters prevented the insurgents from retaking a northeastern town, residents said Monday. The civilian fighters held Gulak town after soldiers ran away Sunday...more »
[image: Peanuts - 400] For many of us, A Charlie Brown Christmas is as synonymous with the holidays as ice skating, school pageants and finding the perfect tree. It’s a gift that TV viewers have been unwrapping since Dec. 9, 1965, when the animated... Continue reading *“50 Years in, Charlie Brown Christmas Remains Timeless”* at *usatoday.com*.
*Reuters*: *World leaders launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris* World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, with French President Francois Hollande saying the world was at a "breaking point" in the fight against global warming. Some 150 heads of state, including U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, will urge each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels. They arrived at United Nations climate change talks i...more »
Now that NPE, Fairtest, NEA, and AFT have bought the ESEA bag of radioactive rocks with the liar's promise of gold inside, it is best for them to pretend this deadly gift is going to make us all well. Don't be fooled. Billions are guaranteed for segregated charter privatization to expand exponentially (see pp. 518-575), with charter authorization taken out of the hands of LEAs. Call Congress and remind them that this bill will unleash an era of resistance and civil disobedience they have never seen.
Dutch lawmakers and the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq are calling on the Netherlands to halt the export of dozens of police and military dogs to Israel. Al-Haq director Shawan Jabarin wrote to Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders and trade minister Lilianne Ploumen earlier this month saying that these dogs “are intentionally used by Israeli occupying forces to terrorize and bite Palestinian civilians, especially during protests and night house raids” After images of an attack on 20-year-old Ahmad Shteiwi as he took part in an anti-occupation protest in the West Bank emerged i...more »
*Critiquing Mark Z. Jacobson's various papers concerning the future of energy has become a virtual cottage industryy among pro-nuclear bloggers. The mistakes are so obvious, and Jacobson offers them with such fervor, that we have to wonder how Scientific American accepted his papoers and kept a streight face. Jacobson does not answer his critics, so 7 years after I examined a Jacobson paper, he has yet to offer me a single argument to suppot his contintions against my criticisms. In this regard Jacobson might be seen to resemble the unwillingness to defend himself when challenge...more »
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif *Wall Street Journal*: Pakistani, Afghan Leaders Discuss Resuming Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks *Sharif, Ghani meet in Paris as step toward mending bilateral ties* The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan met Monday and discussed the resumption of peace talks between the Kabul administration and the Taliban, Pakistani officials said, in an attempt to revive the stalled reconciliation process in Afghanistan that aims to end the long-running war. After months of strained ties, the meeting was seen by analysts as the ...more »
Reuters *L.A. Times*: *Afghanistan's precarious security has officials pointing fingers* Nearly three months ago, Haji Abdul Zaher Qadir took a leave of absence from his position as deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament to address deteriorating security in his native Nangarhar province. Faced with an increased presence of militants vowing loyalty to Islamic State, not to mention Taliban fighters, Qadir said he saw an immediate need to challenge the armed opposition directly. Qadir said the central government in Kabul is doing little to thwart the growing ranks of foreig...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Washington Post*: *U.S. Embassy warns of ‘credible reports of an imminent attack’ in Kabul* The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned American citizens in Afghanistan on Monday that officials had received “credible reports of an imminent attack,” and urged them to be careful when traveling in the area. The embassy said in a statement that the reports indicated that an attack could happen in the capital “within the next 48 hours.” “During this period of heightened threat, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if...more »
I like everyone else have been watching the slow escalation of events since the Turkish air force stupidly shot down that Russian Su24M aircraft that was most definitely flying over Syrian airspace and absolutely not over Turkey over a week ago.... The Turkish leadership under Prime Minister Erdogan has been poking the Russian bear since with rhetoric that borders on insanity... Turkey wanting war with the far more powerful Russian Federation?... It does boggle the mind.... But just today I came across a report from the "Superstation 95" online news at www.superstation95.com, that s...more »
[image: Radical Islam - 400] German authorities are growing increasingly concerned that newly arrived refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East are being recruited by radical Islamists once they arrive in the country. The Wall Street Journal, citing interviews with security officials from... Continue reading *“German Officials Warn of Homegrown Islamists Trying to Radicalize Refugees”* at *foxnews.com*.
*BBC*: *COP21: High-level climate talks open in Paris* High-level climate talks have begun in Paris, aimed at signing a long-term deal to reduce global carbon emissions. More than 150 world leaders have converged to launch the two-week talks, known as COP21. The last major meeting in 2009 ended in failure. But French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the meeting, said a deal was within reach. Most of the discussions are expected to centre on an agreement to limit global warming to 2C (3.6F). Assessments of the more than 180 national plans that have been submitted ...more »
On second thought, maybe we should call it the Moonwalk. Or maybe even the Hustle. In what's being described as a do-or-die moment, world leaders converged on Paris to dance around what to do aspirationally, sometime in the future maybe, about climate change and the death of the planet. It remains to be seen whether this Elite Urge-a-Thon will have any oxygen in it. President Obama, well-protected by a small security army, called the crucial United Nations summit "an act of defiance" against the recent terror attacks, and called for cooperation.... among world leaders. He urge d ...more »
Two journals published by Elsevier are retracting a pair of material science papers that appear to share figures. The papers — in Materials Letters and Optics Communications — discuss photonic crystals, a kind of material used to manipulate light. They share the same first author, Zheng-qi Liu at Jiangxi Normal University and Nanjing University in China, as well as […] The post Duplication shatters two photonic crystal papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: savings - money - 900] Economic freedom is a matter of principle, but it's also a boon to family budgets. Just 12 economic policy reforms would save the average household $4,440 a year. Opening up markets to more competition, treating outsiders and insiders equally, and...more »
Two high-ranking US Republican senators are demanding that Washington deploy 20,000 troops to Syria and Iraq. On Sunday the US warhawks, John McCain and Lindsey Graham called for Washington to nearly triple the US military force levels in Iraq to 10,000, and send an equal number of troops to Syria to ‘counter’ ISIS terrorists in both countries. Press TV reports: McCain and Graham also criticized President Barack Obama’s Daesh strategy, which relies on airstrikes and modest support to what Washington deems as ‘moderate’ militants in Syria, stressing the need for greater US in the Mid...more »
Russian pilots ready a Su-30 fighter for a raid at Hmeimim aerodrome in Syria. Reuters File *Haaretz:* *Israeli Defense Minister: Russia Also Violated Our Airspace* *The incident was 'an error' and marks the only failure so far in military coordination between the two countries over Syria, Moshe Ya'alon said.* Military coordination between Israel and Russia over Syria broke down once, said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday. Speaking on Israel Radio, Ya’alon said that despite Israeli and Russian efforts to coordinate military operations in Syria, on one occasion a Russian pl...more »
Add caption Global Research, CounterPunch, RINF, Countercurrents Request for Support - Click Here If sanctioned, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would be the biggest trade deal ever seen. Yet the public continue to be kept in the dark about it. Large corporations have been granted privileged access to officials and have been allowed to shape the talks agenda from the outset. Throughout the process, organisations representing the public and civil society have been sidelined. The public has had to rely on leaks or resort to freedom of information law and hea...more »
[image: Don Piper - 400] 90 Minutes in Heaven, the stirring film of Don Piper’s miraculous trip to heaven and back, is coming to DVD and On Demand Dec. 1. The Christian Post caught up with Piper to talk about the making of the film... Continue reading *“90 Minutes in Heaven Don Piper Warns That Heaven is for Prepared People”* at *m.christianpost.com*.
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015Part 1—Days of non-explanation:* We heard some really bad "explanations" over the Thanksgiving break. For starters, consider what happened last Friday. A young lady who's three years old was happily banging us on the head with a plastic giraffe. Challenged on her wayward conduct, she offered a shaky explanation: *She* wasn't hitting Uncle Bob. Her toy giraffe was doing it! Her 9-year-old sister quickly informed her that her "explanation" didn't make sense. But so what? Like a budding Candidate Trump, she doggedly stuck with her story! The plastic giraf...more »
A peshmerga commander indicates US forces fighting in Kirkuk with video footage on his phone. Photograph: Fazel Hawramy for the Guardian *The Guardian*: *Kurdish fighters say US special forces have been fighting Isis for months* *US denies peshmerga claims after Obama last year announced redeployment of 300 military advisers to Iraq, saying US combat troops would ‘not be fighting’.* On a damp afternoon in Iraqi Kurdistan, a 29-year-old peshmerga fighter named Peshawa pulls out his Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, flicks hurriedly through his library until he finds the video he wants, ...more »
IBTimes *Moscow Times*:* Putin and Erdogan Will Not Meet in Paris — Peskov* Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan will not meet in Paris, where they are both currently attending a summit on climate change, Russian media reported Monday, citing Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “There are no plans to meet Erdogan [in Paris], there are no talks about such a meeting. There will be no such meeting,” Peskov was cited by the TASS state-owned news agency as saying Monday. An unidentified Turkish official confirmed to Reuters on Monday that there will be no ...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Paris climate conference, as the dispute rages over Ankara’s downing of a Russian warplane. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists: “No meeting with Erdogan is planned. There is no discussion of such a meeting” Putin’s snub comes as the body of the pilot killed when Ankara downed Moscow’s warplane, was flown home on Monday. Yahoo news reports: Turkish authorities, meanwhile, again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday’s downing of the Russian jet as Moscow roll...more »
Global Warming Policy FoundationatThe Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: One Time Use Only - Outbound] Each year since 1995, the nations of the world have gathered to try to reach a global agreement on carbon dioxide emissions. These 'Conferences of the Parties,' or COPs as they are usually termed, involve all of the members of... Continue reading *“UN Climate Talks: The Ritual”* at *thegwpf.com*.
Iraq’s insurgency has drawn from many different groups in Iraq, but two major ones were the tribes and Salafis. Many sheikhs turned against the United States in 2003 due to the actions of the military and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). In the 1990s Saddam Hussein started his Faith Campaign, which led to the growth of Salafism in the country. That ideology fueled many to join Islamist insurgent groups later on. To help explain these two phenomena is Dr. Amatzia Baram Professor Emeritus at the Department of History of the Middle East and Director of the Centre for Iraq S...more »
[image: Marissa Mayer] SAN FRANCISCO — Marissa Mayer’s nearly four-year attempt to turn around Yahoo needs a turnaround itself, repeating a pattern of futility that has hobbled one of the Internet’s best-known companies for the past decade. Like her predecessors as Yahoo CEO,... Continue reading *“For Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, the Clock is Ticking”* at *cbsnews.com*.
*Photo*: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama as they meet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin *Reuters:* *Obama and Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House official* U.S. President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris on Monday and discussed the Syrian crisis as well as the situation in Ukraine, a White House official said. Obama told Putin h...more »
The British foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has come under fire for accepting a watch worth £1,950 from one of Saudi Arabia’s richest men, despite a ban on ministers accepting gifts worth more than £140. Mr Hammond has argued he accepted the £1,950 watch in his capacity as a constituency MP, which meant the ministerial rule did not apply The Saudi billionaire Sheikh Marei Mubarak Mahfouz bin Mahfouz gave Hammond the expensive gift during an event in Mr Hammond’s Runnymede and Weybridge constituency in the summer. RT reports: Hammond argued the event, an unveiling of a statue of the...more »
Nearly three years ago, our co-founders Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus penned a column in Lab Times suggesting ways for readers to report alleged scientific misconduct. They are now retracting that advice. In the retracted column, they suggested initially contacting the editor of the journal that published the potentially problematic work, and if the editor suggests […] The post A Retraction Watch retraction: Our 2013 advice on reporting misconduct turns out to have been wrong appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Incontrovertible is a feature length documentary by British film maker Tony Rooke, which portrays the frank and candid views of Police Officers, Firefighters and Soldiers as they express their grave concerns about the official explanation for the events of 9/11 Millions have been misinformed regarding the causes and consequences of 9/11. The film is intended to act as a practical aid in combating the mainstream media’s propaganda and outright lies concerning the attacks on September 11th 2001. By 911familymember REVIEWS: ————— “Simply put, this is not just the best film I’ve seen on...more »
*Daily Sabah/Anadolu Agency*: *Three Turkish army officials arrested in MİT trucks case* Three high-ranking army officials were arrested Sunday on charges of espionage and leading an armed terrorist organization. General İbrahim Aydin and a retired colonel, Burhanettin Cihangiroğlu, have been found guilty of forming and leading an armed terrorist organization as well as spying and trying to oust the Turkish government. General Hamza Celepoğlu was also accused of forming and leading an armed terrorist organization and of trying to overthrow Turkish government by Istanbul prosecuto...more »
By Paul Homewood One thing I think we can expect from Paris is that a lot of claims will be made about how the various INDC’s submitted will have a very real impact on emissions. This will be necessary for western leaders to persuade their electorates to continue down the decarbonisation track. Developing countries […]
[image: Cimate Change protest UN Summit Denmark-400] More than six in 10 Americans see climate change or global warming as a serious problem facing the United States, according to the results of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday morning, on the same day leaders from... Continue reading *“Poll: Fewer Americans See Climate Change as a Serious Threat”* at *politico.com*.
[image: oil] Lifting the oil export ban will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars according a Friday article by Heritage Foundation economist Nicolas Loris. "Lifting the ban would generate more jobs for Americans, supply the United States and the...more »
[image: Sphero Star Wars toy] The relatively unknown robotics toy company Sphero had been making little remote-controlled balls for years. It’s purely coincidence that the toys looked just like BB-8, an adorable little droid in the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In other words, Sphero... Continue reading *“Sphero: The Little Toy Company That Won the Big Star Wars Lottery”* at *bloomberg.com*.
*Superstation 95*: *Turkey Blockading Russia From Dardanelles; Black Sea Fleet Completely Cut Off* Turkey has begun a defacto blockade of Russian naval vessels, preventing transit through the Dardanelles and the Strait of Bosporus, between the Black Sea and Mediterranean. According to the AIS tracking system for the movement of maritime vessels, only Turkish vessels are moving along the Bosphorus, and in the Dardanelles there is no movement of any shipping at all. At the same time, both from the Black Sea, and from the Mediterranean Sea, there is a small cluster of ships under t...more »
A few days ago, a major DCCC contributor, Blake Byrne, realized he's been had. Over the years, Byrne has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars on nauseating conservative congressional candidates that the DCCC has assured him share his values as well as to the DCCC (and the DSCC and DNC). After he recognized so many of the conservatives he'd been tricked into donating to had voted against the Syrian refugees, he closed his checkbook to the DCCC, hopefully forever-- or until they do a real and thorough house-cleaning and get all the Rahm Emanuel/Chris Van Hollen/Steve Israel ...more »
The most powerful climate alarmists among politicians – and you may find such deluded people in almost all countries of the world – have gathered for another meeting in Paris. Josh gave us a wonderful new cartoon: The Global Warming Policy Foundation has collected lots of quotes from the newspapers that show that it is always the same ritual, indeed. The seven aspects of the ritual could have been seen in Bali 2007, Poznań 2008, Copenhagen 2009, Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, Lima 2014, and Paris 2015, and mostly at many meetings before 2007, too. We're getti...more »
New 100-yuan notes wheeled out in the factory of China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation, Oct 29. (Photo: Xinhua) *The Guardian*: *Chinese yuan likely to be added to IMF special basket of currencies* *China hopes stamp of approval will improve yuan’s desirability among investors and undermine hegemony of US dollar as global reserve currency.* China’s efforts to make the yuan an international currency on a par with the US dollar are to receive a fillip with the International Monetary Fund widely expected to add it to a special basket of global currencies. Analysts say the s...more »
[image: Paul Ryan] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP’s tea...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton 1] WASHINGTON (AP) -- As secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained...more »
The Washington Free BeaconatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Warren Buffett] A foundation financed by the billionaire investor Warren Buffet recently signed on as a member of the left's leading donor club, according to internal documents, joining a handful of other new "partners" who will help bankroll liberal nonprofits, advocacy groups,... Continue reading *“Warren Buffett-Funded Group Signs on as Left-wing Democracy Alliance ‘Partner’”* at *freebeacon.com*.
Heterodox Academy/Jonathan HaidtatThe Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Jonathan Haidt] A month before the Yale Halloween meltdown, I had a bizarre and illuminating experience at an elite private high school on the West Coast. I'll call it Centerville High. I gave a version of a talk that you can see here,... Continue reading *“The Yale Problem Begins in High School”* at *heterodoxacademy.org*.
[image: Hillary Clinton] BOSTON --Standing in front of a cheering crowd of 800 construction trade union members and supporters inside Boston's historic Faneuil Hall with Mayor Marty Walsh by her side, Hillary Clinton turned Sunday to a subject that she hasn't devoted much... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton’s Pothole Politics”* at *politico.com*.
*This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!* By Dr. Everett Piper, President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable. I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissis...more »
Iraqi MP Mowaffak al Rubaie says that ISIS are earning millions of dollars selling oil on the black market in Turkey. In an interview with RT, the former national security adviser also revealed that wounded terrorists are being treated in Turkish hospitals. RT.com reports: “In the last eight months ISIS has managed to sell … $800 million dollars worth of oil on the black market of Turkey. This is Iraqi oil and Syrian oil, carried by trucks from Iraq, from Syria through the borders to Turkey and sold …[at] less than 50 percent of the international oil price,” Mowaffak al Rubaie said i...more »
*Experts call for reduced meat consumption to prevent climate change* *They are pissing into the wind on this one. As China and India become richer, meat consumption will RISE* SORRY world. Your Friday night burgers, Saturday morning bacon and Sunday afternoon barbecues are putting us all in danger. That’s the warning from the authors of Changing Climate, Changing Diets who argue cutting down the amount of meat consumed could significantly contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. Authors Laura Wellesley, Catherine Happer and Antony Frogga...more »
[image: Paris, France, Eiffel Tower, Storm] The Paris UN conference, known as COP21, is upon us; a darkening gloom gathers; apprehension builds. It was therefore a tense and important moment Sunday at Charles de Gaulle airport when China President Xi Jin-ping stepped off his airplane into...more »
[image: bee colony] You’ve heard the news about honeybees. “Beepocalypse,” they’ve called it. Beemageddon. America’s honeybees are dying, putting honey production and $15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy. The situation has become so dire that earlier this year the White... Continue reading *“Call Off The Bee-Pocalypse: U.S. Honeybee Colonies Hit A 20-Year High”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
NICOLE WINFIELD & KRISTA LARSONatThe Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis in Kenya during his visit to Africa.] BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Pope Francis ventured into a volatile Muslim neighborhood of Central African Republic’s capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city’s main mosque, insisting that Christians and Muslims have long lived...more »
[image: A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle wearing a Soviet-made, model ShMS nuclear–biological–chemical warfare mask.] THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A European Union envoy criticized Syria on Monday for “gaps and contradictions” in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments. Jacek Bylica of Luxembourg...more »
[image: Kobe Bryant] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday. The third-leading scorer...more »
JAKE PEARSON & JENNIFER PELTZatThe Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Salt] NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes. The first-of-its-kind rule takes effect Tuesday. It will require...more »
The Israel Air Force attacked Syrian army and Hezbollah targets in Syria overnight on Saturday. According to the Lebanese media outlet Almustaqbal, Hezbollah fighters were killed or wounded in the attack which hit the area around Qalamoun close to the Lebanese border. The Jerusalem Post reports: Last week, Israel reportedly attacked targets in the same area of Syria. In that attack, the sources claimed that 13 Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, including four seriously. Qalamoun has been a major transit point for Hezbollah fighters and other ...more »
My love for the guitar extends to a lot of other things in my life. You can see it on my Rock N' Roll Christmas tree that features guitar picks and musical instrument ornaments and you can even see it in my jewelry. I have made several different combinations of guitar pick earrings and I absolutely love them. This fun red and green set is perfect for Christmas and would make a great stocking stuffer for the guitar lover in your life. You will need: - Two Guitar Picks - Two Jump Rings - Two Earrings - Pliers - A Drill and Small Bit Place the guitar picks on a bloc...more »
[image: Freddie Gray] BALTIMORE (AP) -- In Baltimore, this year can be divided into two parts: what came before Freddie Gray died and what happened afterward. Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April...more »
*Phillip J. Watt* - Every single charity in the world is focusing on the wrong problem and therefore can’t see the right solution. The post 12 Year Old Girl Solves the Banking Crisis and the Money Problem appeared first on Waking Times.
Sure, it's another go at rebirthing the Side Scrolling Platformer game concept of the 1990s but this one packs oodles of super-lush and gallons of uber-gorgeousness. *In Unravel you play as Yarny, a tiny new character made from a single thread of yarn that slowly unravels as you move. *[source EA]
I've not seen much activity at the Fukushima Daiichi site recently. TEPCO reportedly plans to remove reactor 2's cover but I've not seen any work on that yet. Visible emissions have been relatively low over the last few weeks, compared to previous periods . Here are screenshots from today that demonstrates continued pink staining:
*Tens of GB per second using light bulbs* Velmenni, an Estonian startup, has tested the visible light-based replacement for Wi-Fi in the real-world conditions of an office and saw that their Li-Fi had a 100 times faster data rate than the best conventional Wi-Fi we are using today. Li-Fi works much like Wi-Fi but uses the visible light instead of the radio waves. A Li-Fi receiver basically turns an ordinary LED light bulb on and off a few times each nanosecond (BTW do Czech readers know that the right translation of "nanosekunda" to English is a "c*nt on the nose"?). The Li-Fi...more »
*Published on November 26, 2015* We are energy artists, painting on a canvas with the stuff of our dreams... the shadows of our fears, and the light of our faith. With each thought, emotion and action we are stroking our paint brushes across the canvas that is the fabric of reality. In light of this truth I feel that it's time we stopped playing the victim of outside circumstances and begin to consciously and intentionally create a world worth giving to future generations yet unborn. Here are links to the youtube channels/websites where I got some of the footage to create this ...more »
Europe...... *Ioan Smith* @moved_average 57s 57 seconds ago #Austria | Oct PPI M/M: -0.4% v -0.2% prior; Y/Y: -2.0% v -1.7% [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* @Schuldensuehner 53s 53 seconds ago Mkts price an #ECB depo rate cut to -35bp for this weeks meeting, now price even slightly more than -40bp into 2016. [image: Embedded image permalink] *Frederik Ducrozet* @fwred 2m 2 minutes ago Sweden. Over 3% trend growth and the Riksbank looks set to ease as a response to the ECB. This world we live in. *Ioan Smith* @moved...more »
Prez. Barack Hussein Obama, the aider of ISIS, the protector of Daesh, the water carrier for Islamic Terrorists, is using undemocratic anti-terror legislation to not go after the finances of ISIS barbarians and their state backers but the finances of heroic whistleblowers in his own administration. This is how evil governments can be. The tyrannical use of anti-terrorism legislation was entirely predictable. We have known all along that anti-terror laws that were introduced in Western countries in the wake of false flag terrorism attacks, specifically 9/11, would be used to target b...more »
[image: Soldier in Training-900] A U.S. Army soldier participates in the California National Guard’s “Best Warrior Competition” in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2015. We thank this brave soldier for his service to our nation!
Former US special forces chief Mike Flynn has admitted that without the Iraq war ISIS would not exist today. In an interview with a German newspaper he says that ISIS’ rise to power is down to America following a disastrous strategy after the 9/11 attacks. Spiegel.de reports: SPIEGEL ONLINE: In recent weeks, Islamic State not only conducted the attacks in Paris, but also in Lebanon and against a Russian airplane over the Sinai Peninsula. What has caused the organization to shift its tactics and to now operate internationally?Flynn: There were all kinds of strategic and tactical war...more »
The Commander of Iraq’s volunteer forces has said that the U.S. is blocking soldiers from successfully fighting against ISIS. Commander Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi says the because of US interference, Iraqi forces have been prevented from winning back the strategic cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. “The US meddling prevents the Iraqi army and popular forces from concluding their battles against the ISIL in Ramadi and Fallujah cities,” he told the Iranian press. Farsnews.com reports: He noted that the US is doing its best to prevent mop-up operations by the popular forces in Anbar pro...more »
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.