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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

10 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

English: Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 7, 2007) - An MH...
English: Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 7, 2007) - An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the "Chargers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Two Six (HSC-26) flies towards USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) after transferring ordnance to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during an ammunition cross-deck between the two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Truman is currently underway conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mari Matsumoto (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Atlantic Ocean (Apr. 23, 2004) - Sear...English: Atlantic Ocean (Apr. 23, 2004) - Search and Rescue Swimmer (SAR) members in a MH-60s “Knighthawk” helicopter monitor a vertical replenishment to transfer ammunition between USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Kennedy is making final preparations before deploying on a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Chris Weibull. (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 minutes ago
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 17, 2015. The George Washington was participating in UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Archer


mollymew at Molly'sBlog - 28 minutes ago
THE EINSTEIN ALMANAC By Alice Calaprice Not exactly a biography but more of a year by year recounting of Einstein's scientific papers along with significant events of his personal life and world events to situate the science. The book begins with a brief timeline of the years 1879 (when Einstein was born on March 14) to 1900 and opens in the year 1901 with his first scientific paper 'Conclusions drawn from the Phenomena of Capillarity' in Annalen der Physik. not world stunning, but quite competent. From here it's up and away, but there are still only four more papers until the ye... more »

The Islamic State Has The Means To Print Authentic Passports

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
A passport that law enforcement says was issued from ISIS-controlled territory in 2015, obtained in Istanbul. *ABC News:* *US Intel: ISIS May Have Passport Printing Machine, Blank Passports* With the U.S. and other countries on high alert for ISIS attacks, American authorities are warning the terror group’s followers may have infiltrated American borders with authentic-looking passports ISIS has printed itself with its own machines, according to an intelligence report obtained by ABC News. The 17-page Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Intelligence Report, issued to law enfor... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 hour ago
National Call in Thurs & Fri Dec 10 & 11 https://www.change.org/p/pete-turner-owner-of-illegal-pete-s-illegal-pete-s-mexican-restaurant-change-name-or-shut-it-down/u/14556382 National Call-In Today 3pm til closing *MEChA de University of Arizona* Dec 10, 2015 — ILLEGAL PETE’S NATIONWIDE CALL- IN - THUR 3PM DEC 10 At 3pm MST (2pm PST) please begin calling the Tucson location. 520) 352-1340. Call and give your thoughts about the name; just be respectful, but also, be creative. Talk as long as you want. Also, write them at their website and do the same on their facebook page. Feel free ... more »

Red Cross Fails To Get An Agreement That Would Have Strengthen Respect For The Geneva Conventions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*AFP:* *Red Cross meet fails to agree on global plan to track rules of war* Geneva (AFP) - More than 100 nations attending a global meeting of the Red Cross in Geneva on Thursday failed to approve a new system for monitoring compliance with the rules of war. The measure had been sought by the government of Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) but it fell in the face of stiff resistance, a statement said. "It is disappointing that states could not agree on the original proposal," ICRC president Peter Maurer said. Though not legally binding, resolution... more »

Is This The Reason Why Many Americans Have An 'Unfavourable' View Of Muslims?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *David French, NRO*: *The Hidden Reason Why Americans Dislike Islam* Yesterday, YouGov and the Huffington Post released a poll showing that large majorities of Americans — and pluralities across every political demographic — have an “unfavorable opinion” of the Islamic faith. The numbers are simply not close: There will be no doubt some hand-wringing about “Islamophobia” and further calls to continue the American elite’s fourteen-year track record of whitewashing Islamic beliefs and culture, but I wonder if the media is missing a powerful, largely-unc... more »

Skeptics told to keep their mouths shut. (was Cook's ajar?)

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 2 hours ago
Cook (l) and Morano Image: WUWTJohn Cook, a climate communication fellow at the University of Queensland, runs a course offensively called Denier 101x. (link) About this course In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming. Struth! "Little controversy??"Right from the beginning of their blub, the University make the extraordinary claim of the much rebuked "97% of Climate Scientists." Four studies have made this "97%" ... more »

The Politically Correct Integration of the Marine Infantry Is a Mistake

National Review/Zack Wright at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: marine] Between the age of 17 and 21, I spent some quality time in holes. In the Marine Corps we call them "fighting holes," not "fox holes." Those holes serve as battle positions, sleeping quarters, midnight-watch stations and the frozen pockets... Continue reading *“The Politically Correct Integration of the Marine Infantry Is a Mistake”* at *nationalreview.com*.

The DC Parlour Game: How Many Seats Will The GOP Lose If Trumpf Or Cruz Is Their Presidential Nominee?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Neither Paul Ryan nor Miss McConnell could care less *what* Herr Trumpf or any other GOP candidates have to say about minority groups. When each one of them denounced his horribly bigoted remarks about Muslims yesterday each was tepid and unengaged. Ryan, who was wearing cuffed mellon-colored chinos & brown leather OluKai sandals, was pulled out of a meeting with his hairdresser, about the pros and cons of growing a man bun for his new look and Miss McC... well he has a taste for a different sort of man buns. As McConnell said, Trumpf's remarks are "completely and totally inconsist... more »

Musical Interlude: Brian Crain, “Double Rainbow”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Brian Crain, “Double Rainbow” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqJkn4HP91M

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"This dance is to the death. Along the way, as these two large galaxies duel, a cosmic bridge of stars, gas, and dust currently stretches over 75,000 light-years and joins them. The bridge itself is strong evidence that these two immense star systems have passed close to each other and experienced violent tides induced by mutual gravity. As further evidence, the face-on spiral galaxy on the right, also known as NGC 3808A, exhibits many young blue star clusters produced in a burst of star formation. The twisted edge-on spiral on the left (NGC 3808B) seems to be wrapped in the materia... more »

Free Download: Aldous Huxley, “The Doors of Perception”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* “The Doors of Perception”* by Aldous Huxley "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to Man as it is, Infinite." - William Blake “We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these ... more »

The Charter School Gravy Train

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
from Aljazeera America: *The policy framework for U.S. charter schools encourages “privatization and profiteering,” a research institute said in a report released Thursday.* *Charter schools are able to siphon off large quantities of public money for private gain — and only substantial changes to state policies regarding charter schools can stop this, according to the authors of the report from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at University of Colorado Boulder.* *Many education reform advocates argue that the charter school model — under which publicly funded schools are a... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Chet Raymo, "Every Particular Contains The Universal"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Every Particular Contains The Universal"* by Chet Raymo "I gave a talk/reading once in the Non-fiction Writing Program at Brown University. My theme: Everything has a story to tell. Yes, everything! That pebble in the path. Those drops of dew on the spider's web. This ridge on my left thumbnail. For twenty years I wrote a weekly column for the Boston Globe. A thousand columns altogether. Sometimes the number startles even me. I was often asked: "How do you think of something to write about every week?" That's the easy part. The universe is so diverse and interesting that any scie... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Cumming, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Hanging Ten Over the Apocalypse with Belief in Our Essence

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Sol Luckman* - Blind belief may well lead to destruction, but belief with eyes (and heart) wide open is the engine of creativity. The post Hanging Ten Over the Apocalypse with Belief in Our Essence appeared first on Waking Times.

Is Donald Trump Leading In The Polls Because Of Growing Fears Of Terrorism?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
www.donaldjtrump.com *New York Times*: *Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll* Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, a gnawing sense of dread that has helped lift Donald J. Trump to a new high among Republican primary voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. In the aftermath of attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif., a plurality of the public views the threat of terrorism as the top issue facing the country... more »

Executive Action Imminent to Expand Background Checks for Gun-Buyers

Breitbart at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: expand background checks] Breitbart News previously reported that Obama was focused on finding ways around Congress to expand background checks, and CBS News reported that Obama had a team of White House lawyers looking at the possibility of setting an arbitrary limit of... Continue reading *“Executive Action Imminent to Expand Background Checks for Gun-Buyers”* at *breitbart.com*.

Why Take the Trump Stunt Seriously?

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] WASHINGTON -- So how exactly does this work, Donald Trump’s plan to keep America safe from Islamic terrorism by barring entry to all Muslims? He explained it Tuesday on TV. The immigration official will ask the foreigner if he’s a Muslim....more »

Poll: Millennials Want To Send U.S. Troops To Fight The Islamic State, But Don't Want To Serve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *NPR*: *Millennials Want To Send Troops To Fight ISIS, But Don't Want To Serve* In the wake of the Paris attacks, a majority of young Americans support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS, according to a wide-ranging new poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics. The institute has asked millennials about the idea of American boots on the ground at three different times this year, and the survey results have fluctuated somewhat, but there seems to be a "hardening of support." In this most recent survey, 60 percent of the 18- to 29-year-olds poll... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Outside the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad. Last week, Turkish troops rolled across the border and took up positions near Mosul. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY KHALID AL-MOUSILY / REUTERS / LANDOV *Dexter Filkins, New Yorker:* *What Are Turkish Troops Doing in Northern Iraq?* Last week, several hundred Turkish troops, backed by tanks and artillery, rolled across the Iraqi border and took up positions near the city of Mosul, which has been held, since last year, by ISIS. The Turks have since reinforced the battalion with warplanes and intelligence officers. At the same time, the airspace over no... more »

As Obama, GOP Spar Over Gun Control and No-Fly List, What You Need to Know

Josh Siegel at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Busy Airport, Travel, Crowd] In one of his calls to action for Congress after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to pass legislation preventing suspected terrorists on the no-fly list from buying guns. So far, Republicans have voted... more »

Perversion for Profit

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

"Judge's Delivery of Janning's Sentencing by the Court"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
This speech is from the film "Judgement at Nuremberg," made in 1961. Consider the principles discussed here, and how far from them we've strayed... "Judge's Delivery of Janning's Sentencing by the Court" "Judge Dan Haywood's (Spencer Tracy) sentencing of Janning: "The principle of criminal law in every civilized society has this in common: any person who sways another to commit murder, any person who furnishes the lethal weapon for the purpose of the crime, any person who is an accessory to the crime - is guilty. Herr Rolfe further asserts that the defendant Janning was an extrao... more »

Japanese Proverb

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." - Japanese Proverb

"Ways We Numb Ourselves: Emerging from the Grey"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Ways We Numb Ourselves: Emerging from the Grey"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM Numbing yourself prevents you from confronting your issues and keeps you from ever finding resolution or peace. We are born equipped to experience a complex array of diverse emotions. Many of us, however, are uncomfortable confronting our most powerful emotions. We may shy away from delight and despair and deny life’s colors by retreating into a world of monotone grey. We may numb ourselves to what we are truly feeling. It’s easier to suppress our emotions than to deal with them, so we may momentarily ...more »

Photos Indigenous Protest Tarsands at Paris COP21

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Photos by Allan Lissner, Indigenous Environmental Network Watch powerful video as Cree, Maori, Dene, UK Tarsands and more expose this corporate criminal. Watch on YouTube at Indigenous Rising https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fYrO4n_T9Fw&feature=youtu.be Total oil company in France is a major owner of the dirty crude oil operations of the tar sands, in Alberta, Canada,

Drug Lord El Chapo Threatens To Unleash True Terror On ISIS

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán has sent an email to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, threatening to destroy the terror organisation after one of his drug shipments went missing in the Middle East. A Mexican blogger close to the Sinaloa cartel says that Lord Chapo is about to make a move on the terrorist organisation after a cartel shipment was destroyed in ISIS territory. The price for interfering with the Mexican drug lord’s business is the unleashing of the cartels ‘True Terror’ on ISIS. El Chapo has vowed to rip out the ‘heart and tongue’ of any ‘son o... more »

like I have been shot in the head

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
another mass killing hit me in the brain instead still funtioning but fucked up more than usual

Morganthau, Stimson and the War Refugee Board

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
"*I've just learned that there was some quite striking announcement put out as to the atrocities yesterday by the Committee on Refugees..."* Henry Morgenthau *November 27th, 1944* *"There is established in the Executive Office of the President a War Refugee Board (hereinafter referred to as the Board). The Board shall consist of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury and the Secretary of War. * *It shall be the duty of the heads of all agencies and departments to supply or obtain for the Board such information and to extend to the Board such supplies, shipping and oth... more »

Bergdahl Talks Publicly for the First Time, Says He Wanted to be Like Jason Bourne

BBC News at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Bergdahl swap - 400] The Obama administration misled Congress over negotiations to swap five Taliban leaders for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, Congressional Republicans have claimed in a new report. The report slams the White House for not providing Congress a legally-mandated 30-day notice ahead of... Continue reading *“Bergdahl Talks Publicly for the First Time, Says He Wanted to be Like Jason Bourne”* at *bbc.com*.

World News Briefs -- December 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*VOA:* *Key Syrian Rebel Group Pulls Out of Opposition Talks* One of Syria's main rebel groups has pulled out of opposition talks aimed at forging a united front prior to potential discussions with the Damascus regime. Ahrar al-Sham said it withdrew Thursday to protest the role given to groups it feels are too close to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Ahrar al-Sham, a Saudi-backed ultraconservative group that operates mainly in northern Syria, withdrew at the end of a two-day conference in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. *MIDDLE EAST* Three Islamic State leaders killed *i... more »

Argentina: A UFO in General Alvear?

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 6 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and El Ciudadanohttp://ciudadanodiario.com.ar/ovnis-en-general-alvear/Date: 12.01.2015* *Argentina: A UFO in General Alvear?* The UFO phenomenon has a great presence in the Province of Mendoza. Experts state that several localities in the province are visited frequently by extraterrestrials. Among [these locations] we can highlight Chacras de Coria, Cerro Arco, Porterillos, Uspallata and Malargue. At these locations, sightings of unidentified craft are legion and local residents believe it's not a matter of chance. It is for this reason that the case of ... more »

The caring jug-earred face of Evil

Social-Freedom National-Justice at Social Freedom Through National Justice - 6 hours ago
Charles Windsor is portrayed by the media as a lovable albeit slightly potty man who genuinely cares for the people. The bizarre rantings of the man would be harmless enough were it not for his position as heir to the throne of Great Britain and the territories of the Crown. When one takes into account the lunatic Prince's position in the internationalist mafia, his rantings lose their humourous appeal. The Prince of Wales says he believes he has been placed on Earth as future King ‘for a purpose’ - to save the world. Giving a fascinating insight into his view of his inherited weal... more »

Ravioli Lasagna

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 7 hours ago
Is there anyway to make Lasagna a more comforting home cooked meal? Absolutely! Replace those long noodles with Ravioli and you have a delicious, cheesy, new take on an old favorite. The best part of this version of lasagna is that it is SO easy to make. I always seem to make a huge mess of my kitchen when I make lasagna and with this version, there is no mess. One pan and an hour later, you have a masterpiece. You will need: - Frozen Cheese Ravioli (About 1.5 lbs or a package and a half) - 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese - 8 oz Shredded Parmesan Cheese - 2 Jars Bert... more »

mind over matter in the discuson of love

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
you know i KNOW your beautufl but thats not what moved love to make me think about you in that referance because I HAVE read every book and me falling in love with you is unwritten and a big part of me hopes its not true so do not be a poodle out of France when we do the dance of liberty charle hudro and all that thinking like the world was free to print without major\ stinking Like i have not take shots to the head before which lead me concusiod to read a wrong score so baby dont you think for one instanst I can not idedify a land mine from a royal blink

Friday Morning Ramble - 11.12.15

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong - but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.” *~ Robert Heinlein “Section 33 of the RMA - how devious Key plans to give water, property and power to iwis while claiming no national agreement.” *Transfers of power* – NGA TOKI TAIAO If you’ve ever wondered what the real point of Nick Smith’s Special Housing Areas might be, Greg Canavan explains how it worked in Melbourne. *Risk Free Property Gains for the Chosen Few* – Greg Canavan, MONEY MORNING AUSTRALIA Once you’re part of the “special club” … *The... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Iran Retreating From Syria Fight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *Western Officials: Iran Retreating From Syria Fight* Iran is beginning to withdraw its elite fighters from the Russian-led military campaign in Syria, according to U.S. and other Western military officials, suggesting a fissure in what President Barack Obama derided last month as a "coalition of two." U.S. officials tell me they are seeing significant numbers of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps troops retreat from the Syrian combat zone in recent weeks, following the deaths and wounding of some of top officers in a campaign to retake Idlib Province and othe... more »

Bowe Bergdahl Makes His Case On The Podcast 'Serial'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*The Atlantic*: *Bowe Bergdahl Makes His Case on Serial* The army sergeant, who returned to the U.S. in a heavily criticized prisoner swap last year, is the focus of the popular podcast’s second season. On the inaugural season of the true-crime podcast Serial, the host and This American Life producer Sarah Koenig turned the case of Adnan Syed, a young man who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 2000, from an obscure Maryland criminal footnote into a pop-culture phenomenon. After all the recaps, thinkpieces, and backlashes against the podcast’s popularity, two questions r... more »

White House: North Korea’s Self Reliant H-bomb Claim Is Unreliable

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s claims that his country possesses an H-Bomb has been questioned by the White House. The threat of an H-Bomb detonation from North Korea, the last staunch communist nation on the planet and one of the poorest, has been noted and disregarded, by the most financially advanced and blessed nation on earth. The BBC reports: The country was “ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb”, state news agency KCNA quoted him as saying. If true, the development would mark a significant advancement in North Korean nuclear capabilities. But White House spok...more »

Council Tenants To Lose Lifetime Tenancy Rights

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The government is planning to limit a council tenants’ right to secure tenancy to a maximum of five years. The move is intended to help reduce the backlog of new tenants waiting for social housing, and to encourage long-term council tenants to move into home-ownership, if they haven’t already been tempted by successive governments. Labour has condemned the move, saying that it will lead to the breakup of families and communities, when the security of a stable shelter is uncertain. The BBC reports: Up to now, most council tenants have been allowed to remain in their homes for as long... more »

The Economy: "Peter Schiff Warns: The Whole Economy Has Imploded; Collapse Is Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Peter Schiff Warns: * *The Whole Economy Has Imploded; Collapse Is Coming"* by Mac Slavo “Back before 2008 Peter Schiff was harshly criticized and laughed at for his predictions about a coming economic collapse. Among other things Schiff warned that consumer spending had hit a wall, stocks were overpriced and lax credit lending practices would lead to a detonation of the banking system. Rather than heed the warnings, the biggest names in mainstream media tried to discredit him for not toeing the official narrative. Shortly thereafter, of course, Schiff was vindicated and much of t... more »

Is Fascism Now Inevitable?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
While most of the fascisticly-inclined morons who support Herr Trumpf say they would stick with him if he dumps the GOP and takes the independent route, more and more mainstream conservative Republicans are indicating that they won't even vote for Trumpf if he *is* the GOP nominee! In a contest between Trumpf and Bernie, who do you think McCain would vote for, at least in the privacy of a curtained voting booth? "I respect Bernie Sanders. I will also say to anyone who will ask, Bernie Sanders is an honest man. He's an honest man and his word is good. Once we reached an agreement... more »

Don't Toke and Drive

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Under the Criminal Code it is an offence to operate a motor vehicle while your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or drugs. With the potential for marijuana to be legal soon the issue of driving while stoned is more important than ever. Up till now impaired driving charges have been overwhelmingly alcohol related; out of 50,000 charges laid each year for drunk driving in Canada, fewer than 1,000 are for drug impairments. That said, drug impairment (and not all are marijuana) is a real problem. In 2010, nearly as many drivers died in road crashes after using drugs (34.2%) as ... more »

The San Bernardino Shooting and the Ignorant Crusade against the Second Amendment

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: AR15 Assault Weapon, gun control, firearms] Self-righteousness is liberating. The same people who are most exercised about guns in America, and want to ban and even confiscate entire categories of firearms, know little about them and evidently feel no compunction to learn. The worst terror attack... more »

Donald Trump Narrowly Escapes being Attacked By a Bald Eagle During TIME Magazine Shoot

The Independent at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump4 - 400] TIME magazine has released footage of Donald Trump dodging a vicious looking bald eagle. The film was taken during a photo shoot marking Mr. Trump’s position as runner up in the ‘Person of the Year’ award, which was won by Angela Merkel. He agreed... Continue reading *“Donald Trump Narrowly Escapes being Attacked By a Bald Eagle During TIME Magazine Shoot”* at *independent.co.uk*.

DC Elementary School Sues Anti-Abortion Protesters for Scaring Children

Josh Fatzick at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: anti-abortion protesters] One of the district's most sought after elementary schools had an abortion clinic move in next-door and now the school is suing protesters it says harass school children. Two Rivers Public Charter School has been forced to file suit against... more »


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
There is no reason and I love reason overall that you should have any love for me at all and the same eqaution would dictate that I not know yu at allo Still I see your name on my screen and I do not know if its port or starboard that will help No matter how hard the hit I will not toss you aside because I still seek to this day a soul mate that can see me through not only crazy times but the reality of that is just how I ams

Been in love been shot down but still fly

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
so many sentaces ending with no verbs given the vibe we shoud all be in love all the time in the future an improper rejection will be a crime was it mad on a race based or communtiy sourcred discrimaintan time look I got to say I am the product of a racist culture yet I love everything except basketball we got to do wop no prop and just get on cause what you call racism is for the white man just someone pissing on my lawn with bad intent

UK Police Rarely Rescue Muslims Girls from Family ‘Honor’ Violence for Fear of Being Labeled Racist

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Jasvinder Sanghera] So called honor-based violence in Muslim households in the U.K. go unnoticed because the police are unwilling to act, leaving teenage girls to die, according to a new report. Police officers are scared of being labeled "racist" for intervening on young... more »

US Launches Trial of Facial, Eye Scans on Mexican Border

Elliot Spagat at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: A pedestrian crossing from Mexico into the United States at the Otay Mesa port of entry has his facial features and eyes scanned at a biometric kiosk Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in San Diego. On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection began capturing facial and eye scans of foreigners entering the country at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry on foot. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)] SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Nearly half of the people living in the U.S. illegally are believed to have entered the country legally and stayed on expired visas. To combat the problem, the federal government on T... more »

Possible Tax Deal Would Give Big Wins to Democrats and Republicans

Alan Fram at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Paul Ryan] WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House and congressional negotiators searched for compromise Thursday on huge tax and spending bills with a combined price tag of well over $1 trillion, with leaders hoping to clinch agreements and let Congress adjourn next week... more »

Prophecy Realized: Ex-Gitmo Detainee, UBL Aide Resurfaces on Battlefield in Yemen

Fox News at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: ex-Gitmo detainee] A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden’s jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor’s prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one... Continue reading *“Prophecy Realized: Ex-Gitmo Detainee, UBL Aide Resurfaces on Battlefield in Yemen”* at *foxnews.com*.

House Report: Obama Administration Broke the Law in Bergdahl Swap

The Hill at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Bergdahl - 400] A yearlong investigation by the House Armed Services Committee has concluded that the Obama administration broke the law in swapping five Taliban members for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- and went out of its way to hide the negotiations as... Continue reading *“House Report: Obama Administration Broke the Law in Bergdahl Swap”* at *thehill.com*.

US Keeps Wraps on New Commando Force for Iraq

ROBERT BURNS at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Ash Carter] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commando force that President Barack Obama is dispatching to Iraq to conduct clandestine raids against the Islamic State group does not fit neatly into a picture of the U.S. military strategy for defeating the extremist army.... more »

End Spellings' UNC Presidency Before It Begins

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Protests are guaranteed tomorrow at the UNC Board of Governors meeting: The UNC Board of Governors picked Spellings in October, after holding an “emergency meeting” shortly before a new law kicked in that would have required the board to nominate three finalists before picking a new system president. The protest will take place during the board's meeting on Friday morning and is being organized by a handful of liberal groups, including the Faculty Forward Network, Greenpeace USA, Ignite NC, Progress NC and UnKoch My Campus. Students say that in addition to rescinding Spellings' ap... more »

Julian Assange – Mass Surveillance Is Here To Stay

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Julian Assange says that humanity has lost its battle for privacy and must now learn to live in a world where mass surveillance is becoming cheaper for governments to implement. The WikiLeaks founder was addressing a panel on security and surveillance hosted by RT in central Moscow from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has remained holed up for the last three years in order to avoid extradition to Sweden. RT reports: When offered a chance to comment on the session’s topic – “Security or Surveillance: Can the right to privacy and effective anti-terror security coexist in th... more »

Watch As America And Her Emblem Give Donald Trump The Heebie Jeebies

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posed with a bold eagle for a TIME magazine cover story. The eagle’s name is Uncle Sam and he gave the Donald a lesson in Etiquette. TIME reports: Last August, as Person of the Year runner-up Donald Trump was establishing himself as a real contender, the candidate agreed to pose with a bald eagle for a TIME cover story. The idea came from Martin Schoeller, the award-winning portrait photographer and frequent TIME contributor who shot the cover. The eagle’s name, for the record, is Uncle Sam, and he’s 27 years old. Baudolino Aulari YouTub... more »

Kim Wilde - You Came

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
The tradition these days is when Tony Blair says things, I write something by way of a response. Alas, you'll have to wait for some considered thoughts until tomorrow. The words will be there by the time you come home from the pub, I promise. Anyway, as Yule approaches I've traded in my oh-so refined and carefully cultivated appreciation of hypermodern beats for *fromage*. Enjoy.


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Well now you got ten millon in your pocket is this the time we danc e with germany in sprockets cause i was in overtime when I found your dime and it was so shiny I thought pre war but as it turns out chemistry has fooled me no way now way] no understand not possible could not be that is only the first wave of attack when it comes to me and you

Politics: "What Difference Does It Make?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"What Difference Does It Make?"* by Karl Denninger "Uh huh. “I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton],” reads the email, from Panetta’s chief of staff Jeremy Bash. “After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.” What difference does it make? Hillary Clinton deliberately sandbagged and as a result military assistance that was available, and which in sworn testimony was said to not be a... more »

TWA Terminal, by Eero Saarinen

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Abandoned since TWA’s demise, and now part of a hotel-terminal project, the 1962 terminal might have been the last word in futurist expressionism. *RELATED POSTS*: - TWA Terminal, by Eero Saarinen, gets a makeover - TWA Terminal -Eero Saarinen, 1962 - America's most popular architecture - TWA Terminal -Eero Saarinen, 1962 Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Why Arab States Aren't Doing More In The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*CNN*: *War on ISIS: Why Arab states aren't doing more* U.S. President Barack Obama is sending Special Forces. British jets have joined French warplanes over the skies of Syria. Even Germany, whose post-World War II constitution puts restrictions on fighting battles on foreign soil, is becoming increasingly involved. But as the West steps up its war against ISIS, it appears that the involvement of the U.S.-led coalition's Arab members -- all of them much closer geographically to the terror group than their Western partners -- is drawing down. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emir... more »

The War Against Boko Haram -- News Updates December 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*VOA:* *US Gives Equipment to Cameroon for Boko Haram Fight* YAOUNDE, CAMEROON - The United States has offered tactical war equipment to support Cameroon in its fight against Boko Haram. The equipment was received late Wednesday, two months after the United States deployed troops to Cameroon to help the central African nation fight the Islamist militant group. Michael Hoza, United States ambassador to Cameroon, said the tactical war equipment, high technology combat vehicles and high power generators are a gift from the American people to help Cameroon crush the terrorist group B... more »

It’s Zero Tolerance Time for Sharia, But Trump’s Plan Won’t Work

Jason Jones & John Zmirak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Islamist protesters - 900] Today is the time for all Americans of good will, who wish to keep their credentials as respectable members of society, to renounce Donald Trump, all his works, and all his empty promises. Well, we’re not going to do it.... more »

Indigenous Leaders Slam Calif. Gov., UN for Backing Genocidal Carbon Trading

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Photo by Rosalee Gonzalez Photo: Indigenous leaders challenged Brown's support of pollution trading and fracking after he spoke on December 8. Photo courtesy of Rae Breaux. Indigenous Leaders Slam Jerry Brown, UN for Backing Potentially Genocidal Carbon Trading by Dan Bacher Censored News At the end of his keynote address at the World Climate Summit in Paris on

The Economy: "Why Everyone Has It Wrong About Yellen’s Next Move"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Why Everyone Has It Wrong About Yellen’s Next Move"* by Bill Bonner PARIS – "Yesterday, we got so much mail on our recent issue on Donald Trump we couldn’t read it all. Pro… con… off the wall – readers’ sentiments were all over the place. But a clever reader mercifully brought the discussion to an end with this quote from fellow Baltimorean H.L. Mencken: "As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the ... more »

The Legacy of Empire

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Following our meeting with Mayor Ishimine and other Yaomitan village leaders* We began the morning visiting the Shurijio Castle from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa) that lasted for about 500 years without any wars before the imperial Japanese occupation began which lasted until the end of WW II. The castle was reduced to dust during the Battle for Okinawa in 1945 when the US invaded and defeated Japan. The castle was restored in 1992. One of of every four Okinawans were killed in the 1945 battle between Japan and the US. Japan used Okinawa as a buffer to stall the US mi... more »

Minister (And Slingo) Wrong To Blame Floods On Climate Change

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4636885.ece From The Times: Scientists have contradicted a minister’s claim that last weekend’s flooding in Cumbria was unprecedented and linked to climate change. They say that there have been 34 extreme floods there in the past 300 years and that lives had been put at risk by “grossly underestimating” […]

Supplemental: This isn't the country Maddow knew!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015Dan Rather won't endorse F-bombs:* On Monday and Wednesday nights of this week, Rachel Maddow has described herself as someone who "explains [American politics] for a living." She never tells her viewers how good a "living" that actually is. That said, we're always surprised when professional journalists make remarks like the highlighted statement at the end of the chunk shown below. The comment in question was made last night. As Maddow starts, she's quoting a question from a one-day Bloomberg poll concerning Trump's latest proposal: MADDOW (12/9/15)... more »

"Being Observant"

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
To say I've got a lot on my plate these days would be an understatement. In addition to Christmas shopping, assembling my card list, putting up the tree in addition to all my usual responsibilities, I also have *Tatterdemalion *being read, by invitation, by Penguin-Random House and my newest novel being read, again by invitation, by a literary agency in NYC. At the same time, I'm doing this, I'm spending hours a day retyping a novel I'd lost when my hard drive crashed a few weeks ago and I have but a hard copy I'd printed as my guide. Now, adding to these responsibili... more »

Bullies threatening Titirangi land-owners

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*Guest post by Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate Stephen Berry* The owners of a Titirangi property at the centre of a controversy over cutting down a Kauri tree in March are again in the media after attempts to cut down the tree on Thursday have been thwarted by interference from neighbours and protestors. John Lenihan and Jane Greensmith are the victims of thugs who have previously invaded their property to prevent them carrying out a completely legal action. Their re-victimisation should not be permitted. In March, their Kauri tree was occupied by Michael Tavares for three... more »

Protesters Disturb Mass at Catholic Churches Across the Las Vegas Strip

Action News at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Catholic Churches] Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – Parishioners are terrified after protesters have disturbed Mass at several Catholic churches across the valley. The group, Koosha Las Vegas, includes members who clearly identify themselves as former Muslims turned Christians. They’ve been entering churches... Continue reading *“Protesters Disturb Mass at Catholic Churches Across the Las Vegas Strip”* at *ktnv.com*.

The Tsar Liberates Europe : Russia vs. Napoleon

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
"*You cannot just kill a Russian soldier, you must knock him down as well.*" *- French Proverb* Speaker: *Professor Dominic Lieven* This event was recorded on 8 October 2009 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building In 1812-14 Alexander I defeated Napoleon's invasion of Russia and then created and led a European alliance all the way to Paris. This lecture explains why and how he did this. It discusses Russian grand strategy, diplomacy and espionage, as well as the tsarist military machine, and the mobilisation of the home front. In both Western and Russian historiography the... more »

Afghan Intelligence Chief Resigns Citing Policy Differences With The President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Rahmatullah Nabil, head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), during a news conference in Kabul, September 7, 2011. *VOA*: *Afghan Spy Chief Resigns, Cites Policy Differences With Ghani* ISLAMABAD—Afghanistan's spy chief resigned over policy disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, according to a copy of the resignation letter sent to the media on Thursday. The head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Rahmatullah Nabil, said that "unfortunately a lack of agreement on policy matters and restrictions imposed" on him by the president had created an atmo... more »

Death Toll Climbs From Yesterday's Taliban Attack On Kandahar Airport

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN:* *50 killed in attack at Afghanistan's Kandahar airport* Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Fifty people have died in an attack at a market bazaar and a school near Kandahar airport that began late Tuesday, Afghan officials said. The number included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan National Army soldiers and two policemen, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday. Another 35 people were wounded. Nine terrorists were also killed, the ministry said. And one was wounded. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. *WNU Editor*: The above video shows the ten Taliban fighters re... more »

Change In Argentina As A New President Is Sworn In

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Argentina’s New President Sworn In at Ceremony Snubbed by Predecessor* BUENOS AIRES — Mauricio Macri was sworn in as president of Argentina on Thursday in a ceremony that was boycotted by his predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, after a bitter argument over how and where to hold it. At the close of an often-divisive eight-year presidency, Mrs. Kirchner appeared to be trying to complicate the transition to Mr. Macri, making a string of controversial moves during her last days in office. But few people in Argentina thought she would go as far as refusing ...more »

Will U.S. Forces Assist Iraq In Retaking The City Of Ramadi from ISIS Militants?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Marina Koren, The Atlantic:* *Will the U.S. Join the Fight Against ISIS in Ramadi?* *Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday the administration is prepared to send advisers and helicopters to aid Iraqi forces—if Iraq wants them.* A day ago, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces seized one of the Islamic State’s operations centers on the outskirts of Ramadi, the Iraqi city that has been under the group’s control since spring. The recapture was a significant achievement in the battle to wrest neighborhoods in and around Ramadi from the Islamic State’s grasp. But it took “a frustratingly lo... more »

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Ramadi Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Astonishing DIY rocket made out of gas canisters among the homemade arsenal seized by Iraqi forces after storming an ISIS arms depot in Ramadi* * Iraqi government troops recaptured parts of Ramadi, near the capital Baghdad, and seized huge cache of weapons * Some 300 ISIS fighters are thought to be trapped after blowing up lock on Euphrates River to keep soldiers at bay * ISIS captured Ramadi in May and while Iraq announced immediate counterattack, progress in Anbar has been slow * United States announced it will send more personnel and attack helicopters to help Ir... more »

Key Syrian Rebel Group Walks-Out Of Saudi Led Conference To Unite Syria's Rebel Groups

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Rebel fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham Movement take Islamic and Koran lessons inside a camp, during the holy month of Ramadan in Idlib countryside, Syria, July 7, 2015. The group pulled out of a meeting in Saudi Arabia, Dec. 10, 2015. *Al Jazeera:* *Key Syrian opposition group pulls out of Riyadh talks* *Ahrar al-Sham withdraws from meeting aimed at fostering unity among rebels, saying its role has been minimised.* A key Syrian opposition group, Ahrar al-Sham, has withdrawn from a Saudi Arabia-hosted conference to try to unite the factions fighting against the Syrian government be... more »

World News Briefs -- December 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri (L) gives a speech next to vice-president Gabriella Michett after being sworn-in to office at the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Stapff *BBC:* *Mauricio Macri: Argentina's new president vows to unite nation* Mauricio Macri has been sworn in as Argentina's president, vowing to unite the nation and revive the economy. The centre-right Mr Macri took the oath of office in Congress but his inauguration was boycotted by his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in a row over the venue. In his ... more »

Discovery Of Viking Silver Sheds Light On Anglo Saxon England

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A hoard of Viking silver, jewelry and Saxon coins was discovered by a metal detectorist in a field in Oxfordshire. The ‘significant’ treasure trove of 186 coins, ingots and jewellery was uncovered by amateur treasure-hunter James Mather, in a farmer’s field near Watlington in October. The find should shed some light on the period of Anglo Saxon history that saw King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeat the Viking Danes, and then go on to banish his one-time ally, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, from history. The Daily Mail reports: More than 200 pieces of silver including Viking coins, ing... more »

Authors lied about ethics approval for study on obesity, depression

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Obesity has retracted a study that suggested overweight people may be less depressed than their slimmer counterparts in cultures where fat isn’t stigmatized, after realizing the authors lied about having ethical approval to conduct the research. The authors claimed their research protocol had been approved by Norwegian and Bangladeshi ethical committees, but, according to the retraction note, part of […] The post Authors lied about ethics approval for study on obesity, depression appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Women in Combat: Defense Department Move Sparks Theological and Practical Debate

Baptist Press at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: women in combat - 400] U.S. Department of Defense's decision to open all military combat positions to women has rekindled a theological and practical debate on the role of women in battle. “It is no shock that a secular society that has embraced feminism and... Continue reading *“Women in Combat: Defense Department Move Sparks Theological and Practical Debate”* at *bpnews.net*.

Paris Climate Talks Deadlocked

Hindustan Times at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: COP21 - 400] India's crucial role at the climate change talks in Paris has once again been underlined by a high-level outreach by the United States, including a call to Prime Minister Modi from President Barack Obama who hopes to cement his legacy... Continue reading *“Paris Climate Talks Deadlocked”* at *hindustantimes.com*.

U.S. Offers Vulnerable Nations a Deal, But They Can Never Ask for Climate Money Again

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*"Those who are despoiling the earth do so for personal gain, believing they can use their privilege to escape their fate" –Chris Hedges (full-size image; source).* *by Gaius Publius* Shameful. If the these reports are true, the U.S. is offering a deal to the poor and climate-vulnerable on the planet, as well as to emerging nations like India, and it's not a good one for them. Here's the shape of the deal in five easy pieces (quotes are from Mark Hertsgaard at *The Nation* and KC Golden at Climate Solutions). *1. Two degrees is too much*. KC Golden: Two [degrees warming] is too m... more »

Donald Trump Praises ‘Respected Columnist’ Katie Hopkins

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
They say birds of a feather flock together and it appears to be true judging by the twitter exchange between Donald Trump and controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins. In her columns for the Sun earlier in the year, Hopkins caused outrage by referring to refugees and migrants attempting to make their way to Europe as “cockroaches” Mr Trump meanwhile has received condemnation from many after his comments about banning Muslims from entering the US and his perceived view on the ‘radicalistion’ of London. (He calls it a ‘massive Muslim problem’) The Mayor of London Boris Johnson wa... more »

Terror Averted? Boston Commuter Train Tampered With. Driverless Car Runs Through 4 Stations Before it Could be Stopped

AP at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Red Line Train at Braintree Station Boston - 900] BOSTON (AP) -- A six-car train with passengers on board that left a suburban Boston transit station without a driver Thursday and went through four stations without stopping was tampered with, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said. None of the approximately... more »

Atheist Billboards: Skip Church on Christmas

Fox News at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: atheists billboard - 415] An atheist group ruffled some feathers after it bought at least two billboards urging people to skip church on Christmas, Fox 21 reported Monday. The billboards feature a smiling Santa Claus with the text: "Just be good for goodness’ sake.... Continue reading *“Atheist Billboards: Skip Church on Christmas”* at *foxnews.com*.

Do You Pass the Israel Test?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 10, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Senator Lindsey Graham, right, Republican of South Carolina, at an Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times *New York Times*:* Four Plans Compete to Authorize Military Force Against the Islamic State* WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have criticized President Obama’s response to the Islamic State — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, or ISIS — but have been slow to authorize the use of force against the group. In his address Sunday, Mr. Obama again challenged Congress to give him a formal authorization to u... more »

Russian Admiral: The Russian Navy Is “Now Present Almost Everywhere”

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and destroyer Admiral Levchenko, © ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev *USNI News*: *Latest Russian Navy Operational Surge Could be Unsustainable* The Russian Navy has operated more and further afield in the last year than it has in decades, but the current high operational tempo maybe difficult for the Russian’s to sustain over the long term. According to a report from the TASS wire service, there are about 70 Russian ships operating around the world, quoting Russian Rear Adm. Viktor Kochemazov – the head of the navy’s training ... more »

What You Should Do in an Active Shooter Situation

TheBlaze at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: active shooter2 - 400] In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and with daily reports of threats to the homeland, many Americans are growing more concerned for their personal safety. Endeavor Defense and Fitness is located outside of... Continue reading *“What You Should Do in an Active Shooter Situation”* at *theblaze.com*.

Syria Is A Testing Ground For Russia's Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge)* Russian President Putin visiting the Armed Forces Central Command Centre. Kremlin.ru *Blake Franko, National Interest:* *Russia's Military Is Catching Up to the West by Fighting in Syria* *Even if the Syrian intervention fails, Russia's military is reaping long-term rewards.* There has been much sensational media attention over Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to shore up Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, with hints that it could even be the start of a second Afghanistan for Russia. But there are strong incentives for Russia to fight in a l... more »

North Korean Leader Claims That His Country Now Has The Hydrogen Bomb

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC*: *North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'in H-bomb claim'* North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has appeared to suggest his country possesses a hydrogen bomb, in comments published on state media. The country was "ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb", KCNA quoted him as saying. If true, the development would mark a significant advancement in North Korean nuclear capabilities. But the claim has not been independently verified and has drawn scepticism from experts. Mr Kim made the remarks as he inspected a historical military site in the capital Pyongyang. *WNU Editor:* I am ... more »

Paris Police Shut Down and Searched Three Mosques — Now We Know What They Found

The Blaze at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: ak ammo] Kalashnikov ammunition and Islamic State propaganda was seized during multiple raids in France last week, following the closure of a mosque in the outskirts of Paris. The mosque, located in Lagny-sur-Marne or about 30km east of Paris, was shut down last... Continue reading *“Paris Police Shut Down and Searched Three Mosques — Now We Know What They Found”* at *theblaze.com*.

Astrophysicists issue two detailed corrections

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A group of astrophysicists has notched a pair of corrections for papers on galaxy clusters, thanks to an error that affected several figures in the papers, but not the overall conclusions. The errors came in the catalog of “mock” galaxies that first author Fabio Zandanel, a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam, created to model features that are found in […] The post Astrophysicists issue two detailed corrections appeared first on Retraction Watch.

What is Cancer? -- My article published in four parts on Dissident Voice

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 12 hours ago
Cancer Arises from Stress-induced Breakdown of Tissue Homeostasis Part 1: Context of Cancer Research December 4th, 2015 by Denis Rancourt  Review of Randomized Trials Cancer Arises From Stress-induced Breakdown of Tissue Homeostasis: Part 2 December 6th, 2015 by Denis Rancourt  What is Cancer? Cancer arises from stress-induced breakdown of tissue

THREE-CARD MONTE, TRIBAL SCRIPT: Tribal leaders, tell us a story!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015Part 4—Sources of tribal belief:* Increasingly, it's becoming clear. Like the very bad people known as The Others, we liberals love our tribal stories. Melinda Anderson told a good one at The Atlantic this week. As you may recall, the story started like this: ANDERSON (12/7/15): Tunette Powell travels across the country counseling families and mentoring youth. An award-winning motivational speaker and author, her professional work in the education field ranges from training nonprofit leaders to consulting for colleges and universities. But none of Powe... more »

The Strategy To Defeat The Islamic State Is Not Working

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Photo from Islamic State Media’s twitter profile, 7/2/14 *Nancy A. Youssef:* *Pentagon Insiders: ISIS War Plan is ‘Not Working’* *It’s not just Obama’s critics in Congress who think he can’t defeat the Islamic State. Defense officials also say his plan will fail.* The Obama administration’s strategy against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is facing increasing skepticism, not only on Capitol Hill, but also in the halls of the Pentagon. From Iraq to Washington, there are quiet murmurs within from those in uniform that either the U.S. should commit more ground forces to the war eff... more »

Military Photo of the Day: December 10, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Afghanistan Parachute Jump-900] U.S. Air Force pararescuemen jump from an HH-60 Pave Hawk over Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 22, 2015. Thank you to these American heroes and all of their fellow warriors serving in Afghanistan. We are praying for your safe... more »

Pentagon: 'There Will Be No-Fly' Zone Over Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Senate Testimony Defense Secretary Ash Carter, front, and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify on the strategy to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee *US News and World Report*: *Pentagon Admits Syrian, Russian Opposition Scuttles No-Fly Zone* *A no-fly zone wouldn't work because opposing militaries in the area would likely challenge it, top general says.* A key Republican senator... more »

Poll: Trump on Top, Cruz Climbs into Second Place

CBS News at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Trump - Cruz - 900] Thirty-five percent of Republican primary voters support Trump, up 13 points since October, and his highest level of support in CBS News polling. Ted Cruz (16 percent) has moved into second place, while Ben Carson, who led the October poll,... Continue reading *“Poll: Trump on Top, Cruz Climbs into Second Place”* at *cbsnews.com*.

VA Nurse Still on Payroll Despite Charge He Beat 70-Year-Old Vet to Death

Luke Rosiak at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Veterans Affairs Hospital Alexandria LA] A 70-year old U.S. military veteran, Charles Lee Johnson, died of an apparent beating by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who continues to work in the hospital more than two years later as he awaits trial on manslaughter charges. Fredrick Kevin... more »

Massive Charter Giveaways in ESEA Re-Write, Part 2

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
See Part 1 here. Let’s begin Part 2 with a quiz. Based on your knowledge of how federal programs work, can you fill in the blank below? ‘‘(b) INFORMATION AND ASSURANCES.—Each application submitted under subsection (a) shall include— ‘‘(1) a description of— ‘‘(A) how a grant awarded under this subpart will be used to promote desegregation, including how the proposed ________ school programs will increase interaction among students of different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds (p. 335) If “charter” was your answer, you are wrong. In fact, your answer shows how li... more »

Israel Successfully Tests Missile System Funded By US

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Israel has successfully test fired its Arrow 3 ballistic missile shield that has received extensive funding and technical assistance from the U.S. The Israeli Ministry of Military Affairs said that the upgraded “Arrow 3″ ballistic missile system passed a full interception test on Thursday. The Defense Ministry reported that it is intended to deter long-range weapons held by the likes of Iran and Hezbollah. RT reports: The Arrow system is a joint project between IAI and the US aviation giant Boeing. Each Arrow 3 missile costs about $2.2 million, according to Haaretz. American official... more »

Lummi Youths and Women: Solidarity and Beauty Paris COP21

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
. Photos by Deborah Parker COP21 Paris Thank you!

Hillary Clinton’s Most Repugnant Lie

New York Post at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton2 - 400] Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire: Hillary Clinton still insists she didn't tell the grieving families of the Benghazi victims that an anti-Islam video was to blame. Yet family members say she said just that, three days after the attack, at... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton’s Most Repugnant Lie”* at *nypost.com*.

Media Accuses Scalia of Racism in Affirmative Action Case, but Transcript Tells Another Story

Mediaite at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Scalia - 400] If you've been reading headlines from liberal and mainstream media alike today, you might be shocked to hear that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is apparently an overt racist. During oral arguments on an affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Tex.... Continue reading *“Media Accuses Scalia of Racism in Affirmative Action Case, but Transcript Tells Another Story”* at *mediaite.com*.

Turkey Urges Its Citizens To leave Iraq Immediately For Security Concerns

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Turkish nationals in Iraq have been asked to leave the country immediately due to security reasons. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a travel advisory that Turkish citizens are recommended to leave Iraq, bar the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. “The scope of our travel warning to Iraq has expanded to include all provinces except for Dohuk, Arbil and Sulaymaniyah,” all of which are in the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, the ministry said in a statement on its website. Press TV reports: The ministry also warned Turkish citizens against non-essential trips to Iraq, claiming th... more »

The Muslim Convert Who Bought the Rifles Used in the San Bernardino Shooting: Who is Enrique Marquez?

LA Times at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Enrique Marquez] A 24-year-old Wal-Mart security guard, known to friends as a shy cycling enthusiast who wanted to join the military, has emerged as a key figure in last week’s terror attack at a San Bernardino social services center. Enrique Marquez Jr.... Continue reading *“The Muslim Convert Who Bought the Rifles Used in the San Bernardino Shooting: Who is Enrique Marquez?”* at *latimes.com*.

Bomb Squad Detonates Device at Vicksburg School

WAPT News at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: bomb at Jr High - 400] A police bomb squad detonated a device Wednesday that was found inside the library at a Vicksburg school. Students were evacuated about noon Wednesday from Warren Central Junior High School, Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. A police dog found what... Continue reading *“Bomb Squad Detonates Device at Vicksburg School”* at *wapt.com*.

Why Washington Doesn’t Understand Iraq, Interview With Douglas Ollivant

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
While the United States and Iraq are erstwhile allies in the war against the Islamic State, Washington seems be ignorant of Iraqi politics and the effects their statements can have in Baghdad. There have been repeated examples of this from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter saying that Iraqis had no will to fighter after Ramadi fell in May to Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham’s recent call for U.S. ground forces to be sent to Iraq, which they claimed would cause no problems with Iraqis. To help explain the disconnect between the two countries is Douglas Ollivant who is a Senior ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
I have a nasty virus on my computer. This is what happens when you browse hundreds of web sites a week. I am trying to clean it up right now using Norton.

Emissions Visible on TBS Cam Today Seem to be Pulsing

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Screenshot less than one minute later

Schwarzenegger has found the best argument against deniers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
For decades, the IPCC panel and thousands of others were trying to find an argument against carbon dioxide, a nutrient vital for life. The efforts haven't led anywhere so far. Finally, in December 2015, one of the greatest minds of the global warming movement Arnold Schwarzenegger has found the best argument yet. His argument is a variation of the Monty Hall Problem but he had to simplify a little bit (by eliminating the numbers, such as 1/2 and 1/3, and all other features requiring IQ above 70) in order to make it accessible to his Facebook followers: *I don’t give a **** if we ag... more »

Man Who Bought Guns Used in San Bernardino Shooting Was Related to Gunman

AMY TAXIN & BRIAN MELLEY at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Weapons used by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in the San Bernardino shootings.] RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- The man who purchased two assault rifles used in the San Bernardino massacre was more than just a friend to the gunman -- he was also a relative. Enrique Marquez, who legally bought the weapons at... more »

Five years after a retraction, company’s stock is up more than 500%

Shelley DuBois at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Is ethical behavior good for business? Five years ago this month, Swedish pharmaceutical company WntResearch immediately notified shareholders when authors retracted a 2009 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper on a potential cancer therapy that was key to the company’s business. At the time, the company’s decision to disclose the retraction hurt […] The post Five years after a retraction, company’s stock is up more than 500% appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Documentary Reveals CIA Recruitment of Psychics, Remote Viewers for Espionage

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Phillip Schneider* - A rare documentary from the 1990's reveals an other-worldly side to seceret government projects. The post Documentary Reveals CIA Recruitment of Psychics, Remote Viewers for Espionage appeared first on Waking Times.

Emission Event on TBS Cam NOT Visible on TEPCO Cams

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
Here is a pdf of screenshots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bu5oc7cdoc4vgem/December%2011%202015%20Emission%20Event%20on%20TBS%20Cam.pdf?dl=0 I've not been watching the TBS cam regularly because so often it is off-line. However, I've been checking it the last few days with the increase in visible emissions seen on Cam 1. This morning I captured a significant increase in emissions on the TBS cam that wasn't evident on the other cams. I'm not sure if this is a "perspective" derived divergence in views since the TBS cam is miles away from the site whereas the TEPCO cams are situated on si... more »

The San Bernardino California Shooting Is A Fraud: Driverless Remote Control Patsy Mobile Proven

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
Yes, this site has still been under attack over the last while.... It is so obvious that someone is extremely pissed off by the material I am presenting here, especially about the fraudulent San Bernardino California fraud shooting.... All they have done is to irk me to the point that I will continue to produce the evidence that we are again dealing with a false flag on the American public and the entire world... Right now, I want to present the updated information from fellow researcher, Jim Stone, who of course writes the site: Jim Stone Freelance, at www.jimstone.is.... It shows ... more »

US, Saudi Arabia, Norway Blocking Human Rights at COP21 Paris

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Photo: It Takes Roots Photo by Kandi Mossett in Paris By Carbon Market Watch Censored News

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 10th December)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 15 hours ago
Tories scrap criminal courts charge 'that made innocent people plead guilty' More than 50 magistrates quit in disgust after the scheme - which hits small-time criminals with flat fees of up to £1,000 - began in April. MPs on the justice select committee warned the fees were 'grossly disproportionate' because they were charged on top of other fines and not linked to the ability to pay. And

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter’s Senate Testimony On The Middle East -- A News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN:* *Ashton Carter opens door to U.S. ground support for Iraqi forces in Ramadi* Washington (CNN)U.S. Gen. Paul Selva withstood one of the most biting rebuttals of the country's ISIS strategy Wednesday when he told lawmakers the Pentagon would not impose a no-fly zone on Syria because of possible blowback from Russia and Syria. "We have the military capacity to impose a no-fly zone. The question that we need to ask is do we have the political and policy backdrop with which to do so," Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Selva told the Senate Armed Services Committee, poi...more »

Rich countries set to benefit from carbon schemes COP21

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
By Carbon Market Watch Censored News

TIME Magazine Names Angela Merkel ‘Person Of The Year’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Angela Merkel has beaten ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and US presidential hopeful Donald Trump for the prestigious title! The German leader has been named as Time magazines person of the year, making her the first woman to receive the accolade in 29 years. Some feel it would have been more fitting if she bad been named the ‘unperson’ of the year.” RT reports: The magazine praised the EU’s longest-serving leader for her handling of the EU in times of crisis, such as the Greece debt, the massive influx of asylum seekers, and the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)... more »

Netanyahu Blasts Trump’s No-Muslims Plan, Trump Cancels Israel Trip

The Hill at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that he is canceling his trip to Israel, one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. "I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and... Continue reading *“Netanyahu Blasts Trump’s No-Muslims Plan, Trump Cancels Israel Trip”* at *thehill.com*.

Islam is a False Religion but Islamophobia is Real

Michael Brown at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Islamophobia - 900] I believe that Islam is a false religion and Muhammad is a false prophet. I also believe that Islamophobia is real. Let me explain why these two points are not mutually contradictory. As a follower of Jesus who affirms the Bible... more »

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘in H-Bomb Claim’

BBC at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: North Korea] North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has appeared to suggest his country possesses a hydrogen bomb, in comments published on state media. The country was “ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb”, KCNA quoted him as saying. If true, the... Continue reading *“North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘in H-Bomb Claim’”* at *bbc.com*.

Leftist Argentine President Blasts Incoming Leaders in Final Speech

PETER PRENGAMAN & DEBORA REY at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Argentine President-Elect Mauricio Macri] BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Tens of thousands of supporters jammed Argentina’s most famous square Wednesday night to say goodbye to President Cristina Fernandez, who lauded her government’s achievements while blasting the incoming administration in the same withering tones she... more »

Inequality and Women's Health

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.mirror.co.uk/ A number of studies have documented how income inequality is bad for your health. If you're someone who used to work in North American manufacturing or a person of colour, that's been obvious for a long time. But a new study, by Anne Case and Angus Deaton, demonstrates that inequality has deleterious effects on middle class white women. Crawford Killian writes: "The post-1999 episode in midlife mortality in the United States is historically and geographically unique, at least since 1950," Case and Deaton say. ... more »

Yes, Elizabeth Warren Is Well Aware That Hillary Is Better Than Trumpf, Cruz And Rubio

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Tuesday evening Rachel Maddow had Bernie Sanders on her show. The video is embedded above. It's worth watching if you're trying to decide if he's the candidate you want to see go up against whichever garbage the GOP nominates for president. As you've probably seen, recent head-to-head match-ups show Bernie doing significantly better than Hillary against Trumpf, Cruz, Rubio, Jeb and any of the other plausible Republikanische contenders. A PPP survey of New Hampshire registered voters this morning showed that although both Bernie and Hillary lead *all* the candidates from the Repu... more »

Former Guantanamo Inmate Now Leads Al Qaeda In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Ibrahim al Qosi, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, now serves as a leader and spokesman for al Qaeda in Yemen. *Long War Journal:* *Ex-Guantanamo detainee now an al Qaeda leader in Yemen* Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani. In July 2010, Qosi plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission. His plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. Qos... more »

Why Is The CIA So Secretive On Its Abstract Art Collection

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Artist Johanna Barron's recreation of a Gene Davis painting called "Black Rhythm" that belongs to the CIA's art collection. (Johanna Barron, via the Contemporary Jewish Museum) *Smithsonian:* *The CIA Won’t Reveal What’s in its Secret Art Collection* *An art installation questions why the CIA is keeping mum about a series of abstract paintings* There are 29 paintings hanging on the walls of the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. But as Portland artist Johanna Barron discovered first-hand, if you want to learn more about them than what's given in the pithy descriptions provid... more »

The Republican Phobia Of Radical Islam Stigmatises All Muslims

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Republican presidential candidates constantly harp on about Radical Islam and Muslims when referring to the threat from Islamic fanatics waging a war of terror on humanity. So called Jihadis of “radical Islam” have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Muslims in the region surrounding the Middle East. The few reported casualties of westerners at the hands of lone wolf Jihadis have come mostly from home grown radicals. To attack Muslims by brandishing all who practice Islam as potential terrorists is a step too far for the millions who suffer at the hands of genuine radicals, who... more »

London Cops Say Trump is Right: Some Muslim Neighborhoods Are So ‘Radicalised’ They Are No-Go Areas

Daily Mail at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: donald-trump1] Serving police officers today backed Donald Trump’s claim that some Muslim communities in the UK are no-go areas because of extremism. Several Met officers have said the ‘Islamification’ of some parts of the capital requires ‘extra vigilance’ and they can’t... Continue reading *“London Cops Say Trump is Right: Some Muslim Neighborhoods Are So ‘Radicalised’ They Are No-Go Areas”* at *dailymail.co.uk*.

As Ted Cruz Rises in Polls, He Is Banking on the South

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Wall Street Journal outbound] NASHVILLE--Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is rising to the top tier of the Republican presidential primary field in Iowa, is plotting a protracted nomination fight through Southern states that are playing bigger roles than in prior elections. It is... Continue reading *“As Ted Cruz Rises in Polls, He Is Banking on the South”* at *google.com*.

Disorder in Sharia Courts

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: sharia law - 900] LONDON -- Set aside for a moment the violent incidents associated with people claiming to act under the authority of their Islamic faith and consider instead what passes for normalcy. Some in Britain would like to elevate to the level of... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*UK: Easter eggs 'were re-branded at school linked to Trojan Horse Islamist plot to avoid offending Muslim parents' * Easter eggs were re-branded at a school linked to the alleged Trojan Horse plot in order to avoid offending Muslim parents, an employment tribunal has heard. The sweet treats were referred to as 'chocolate eggs', removing any mention of the Christian religious festival, according to a former teaching assistant at Birmingham's Adderley Primary School. Another ex-staff member also claimed lists of Muslim pupils, who make up the majority of the school's roll, were dr... more »

Stormy Weather Ushered In The Little Ice Age – HH Lamb

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Anybody who thinks that storms around the UK have anything to do with global warming should read what HH Lamb had to say about the period around the 13th and 14thC , when the warmth of the medieval period was beginning to disappear: Lamb also comments about […]

After Terrorist Attacks, a New Push to Give Law Enforcement Access to Encrypted Communication

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: FBI] In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and California, there is growing sentiment among security hawks on Capitol Hill for legislation to ensure that law enforcement has access to encrypted communication. On Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) became... Continue reading *“After Terrorist Attacks, a New Push to Give Law Enforcement Access to Encrypted Communication”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Baltimore Officer Says He Did Nothing Wrong in Freddie Gray’s Death

JULIET LINDERMAN & DAVID DISHNEAU at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: n this handout photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department, officer William Porter poses for a mug shot on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Officer Rice was arrested in connection with the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.] BALTIMORE (AP) -- In a pivotal day in the manslaughter trial of one of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the defendant himself took the stand for more than four hours to try to convince jurors he... more »

Texas Group Grossly Exaggerates Number of Self-Induced Abortions to Undermine Pro-Life Cause

Arina Grossu at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Confused Woman - 900] The U.S. Supreme Court will decide next year whether to dismantle Texas laws that hold abortion facilities to the same health and safety standards as other health clinics. These commonsense standards have received support from both sides of the abortion... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Obama’s Ridiculous History Lessons on Climate Change* President Barack Obama last week tried to give us a history lesson on climate change. “As human beings are placed under strain, then bad things happen,” he said. “And, you know, if you look at world history, whenever people are desperate, when people start lacking food, when people are not able to make a living or take care of their families, that’s when ideologies arise that are dangerous.” Welcome to leaps in logic that would span the Grand Canyon. Apparently excruciatingly slow, contradictory, and sometimes nearly impercept... more »

"Greta Garbo and Monroe, Grégoire and Trudeau..."

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 17 hours ago
Oh, these two are trouble for us, trouble I say. Vogue. 

Study Finds Little Change In Global Rainfall Patterns

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood While floods are in the news, it is worth taking a look at a paper, “Changes in annual precipitation over the Earth’s land mass excluding Antarctica from the 18th century to 2013”, published last month by Wijngaarden and Sneyd. Its main findings were summarised: Highlights • Over […]

Rubio Joins Brother to Campaign on Veterans’ Issues

CATHERINE LUCEY at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Marco Rubio is using a real-life example to talk about his commitment to the Department of Veterans Affairs -- his big brother. The Republican presidential candidate and Florida senator will appear in Iowa Thursday with...more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( December 10 , 2015 ) .... Europe In Focus - Highlights ( Refugee crisis items of note ......Greece Data - Unemployment / CPI and Industrial Production all show weakening trends / Pension reform in trouble in Parliament w/o support of Opposition Parties ....UK trade data - goods deficit rising for both EU and Non- EU / Cumbria flooding continues ..... Italy Bank data - deposits and bad loans both increase ....... Spain Data / News - Housing data & Banking system blurb ......Sweden CPI falls materially for Nov .....France - Industrial Production shows material increase for Oct / CPI for Nov worsens though ...... Finland Industrial Production weakens for Oct ) ....... Asia & Emerging Nation ( Global de-risking continues. Asia mkts slip as weak oil feeds growth worries, - Items of note from China , Japan , Philippines & South Africa )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Europe....... Evening Wrap..... *Kathimerini English* ‏@ekathimerini 4h 4 hours ago Airport deal signing is put off till next week http://dlvr.it/CzBqMt [image: Embedded image permalink] *Kathimerini English* ‏@ekathimerini 4h 4 hours ago Talks with creditors stumble on sell-off fund http://dlvr.it/CzBhQ0 [image: Embedded image permalink] *Keep Talking Greece* ‏@keeptalkingGR 4h 4 hours ago #Greece's FinMin "no time to chase rich tax-evaders." Yet, they arrest grannies 4 selling veggies without permission http://goo.gl/fb/n38A91 *Tom Pugh* ‏@Tom... more »

Booker On The Cumbria Floods

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3353655/A-flood-lies-Global-warming-zealots-fibbing.html Booker writes for the Mail: There have been two quite different responses by politicians and the media to the devastating floods afflicting the people of Cumbria. One of these has rightly focused on the ordeals of all those thousands affected — above all, those whose homes were filled […]

The Heart of the Father in Our Times of Sorrow

Rusty Burns at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Jesus Wept - 900] RUSTY BURNS - Jesus wept. His beloved friend Lazarus had died. Jesus wept. Shortest verse in the Bible. (John 11:35) He grieved the same way we grieve. Upon arriving at the tomb the Son of God’s first reaction was not, “Stand... more »

Israel is the Middleman for ISIS Oil

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 20 hours ago
Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of sixteen books, including *The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South* (Verso, 2013), *Arab Spring, Libyan Winter* (AK, 2012), (co-edited with Paul Amar) *Dispatches from the Arab Spring* (2013), and *No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism* (Leftward Press, 2015). Vijay's latest book is *Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation*. Vijay is the chief editor at Leftward Press, and writes regu... more »

Fearmongering Police State  (Developed World Propaganda Ability Dimming?)  The Curious Case of the Stolen CIA Files

Sorry to be so late with my essay - which now is mainly insights from different reporters - but the one I had worked on for the last 18 hours disappeared (poof!) in a raging gale of ether several hours ago. I'm just about ready to believe that my computer has been invaded by the bad guys as all it does now (differently from all the years before now) is leap rapidly from file to file (with no

Physics problems cannot be undecidable

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
If one focuses on physics papers that are hyped in the mass media, one must conclude that science has already entered the postmodern era in which "anything goes". Statements that are arbitrarily close to the most embarrassing mistakes that a weak student may make are often said to be "true" and they are being supported by confused articles and quotes by at most semi-qualified researches. One of the popular themes of low-quality popular books about physics has been the conflation of physics with Gödel's incompleteness theorem and similar results. Lots of books liked to argue that the... more »

Stanley Kubrick Confesses To Faking The Moon Landings

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
A stunning new video has emerged 15 years after Stanley Kubrick’s death in which Kubrick admits that the NASA moon landings were faked. Filmmaker T. Patrick Murray interviewed Kubrick three days before his death in March 1999. He was forced to sign an 88-page NDA to keep the contents of the interview a secret for 15 years. Below is a transcript from the interview with Stanley Kubrick, in which the 2001 Space Odyssey Director admits on camera that, “the moon landings ALL were faked , and that I was the person who filmed it.” We have included a leaked rough cut of the interview below ... more »

Kim Jong-un Says North Korea Now Has The H-Bomb

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Kim Jong-un has said that North Korea has developed the h-bomb in addition to the nuclear weapons it already has. His remarks were made shortly after an inspection of a historic site for North Korea’s arms industry, and marks the first time that the North Korean leader has admitted to developing a hydrogen bomb. Korean Central News Agency reports that it is the first time in history that “a powerful nuclear weapons state [is] ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation thanks to tireless efforts by his late gra... more »

FBI Director Warns That U.S. At Greatest Threat Level Since 9/11

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
FBI Director James Comey has warned that the United States is at its greatest terrorism threat level since 9/11. Speaking at a Senate FBI oversight hearing, Comey’s comments are in direct response from a question from Senator Lindsey Graham who questioned whether America was at a greater risk from terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. “Do you agree with the following statement: There are more terrorist organizations with men, equipment and safe havens, along with desire to attack the American homeland, anytime since 9/11?” the Senator Graham asked the FBI Director. “I agree,” Comey res...more »

Ed Felien : Santa Claus is an Islamic communist plot

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
Dutch sailors saw men in beards and long coats giving gifts and candy to children and food and shelter to the poor. By Ed Felien | The Rag Blog | December 10, 2015 The person we know as Saint Nicolas … finish reading Ed Felien : Santa Claus is an Islamic communist plot

Health Benefits Of Corn Silk

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
Uses for Corn Silk Few things in life are more delightful than discovering the goodness in something (or someone!) that the general population discards without a second thought. Right now, in my part of the world, sweet corn season has reached its peak. If you’ve ever shucked a lot of corn, you’ll recall how pesky it is trying to get the silk off of the cob. You’ve probably even muttered some not-so-nice things about it, in the process. (I know I have!) Well, today, we’re going to talk about a few of the wonderful benefits that corn silk has and why we should view it more as a bless... more »

Rise Of ISIS Hillary Clinton’s Fault, Says Homeland Security

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
The Homeland Security chairman, Rep, Michael McCaul, has said that he blames President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday morning, McCaul stated “I would say that she and the president are responsible for ISIS rearing its ugly head“. Breitbart.com reports: He argued that any Republican nominee for president would have a huge advantage over Clinton in 2016 as it was clear that the issue of national security was paramount among voters. “I think Mrs. Clinton has a lot of weaknesses because she was the architect ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
1962. JFK and LBJ during the Cuban Missle Crisis.

How Advances In Technology Makes A Novice Into A Top Sniper

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *American Sniper widow Taya Kyle outshoots NRA champion* Can a rifle turn a novice into a world-class sharpshooter? Yes, based on the shootout scoreboard at a major fundraising event for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Saturday. A sharpshooting showdown pitted a young American woman against the reigning NRA global champion … the novice crushed her opponent at the inaugural American Sniper Shootout Saturday in Mason, Texas. The victorious novice shooter was Taya Kyle. Founder of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, she is the wife of...more »

Darth Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* This is actually funny. *Hat Tip*: Ace of Spades

Which Spoiled Brat Rich Congressman Would Vote To Take Food Out Of Poor Children's Mouths?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Sometimes it seems like Republicans just *live* to take food out of the mouths of children... literally. That's one of the characteristics that differentiates Democrats from Republicans. Yesterday, the White House Council of Economic Advisors released a report on the efficacy of the food stamp program-- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-- terming it a "highly effective at reducing food insecurity-- the government’s measure for whether households lack the resources for consistent and dependable access to food." I recall vividly the intense battle 2 years ago when... more »

Dec. 9: This will probably be a short blog because .....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
....I'm mad as hell. I just spent hours on the blog, and was about to post it when it disappeared. I had been saving it regularly as I wrote - but then the whole thing just vanished. The Irving press - quickly. Section a news. Zero. Editorial - a kiss-up, and a very ignorant one. Apparently, we musn't tax our very rich or they'll go away. No wonder the fiddlehead is our provincial flower. 1. The very rich almost certainly aren't much taxed, anyway. You've heard of tax havens? 2. The very rich do NOT create jobs. Their sole aim is profit. Thus, they create as few jobs as possible,... more »

Hawking Kind of love Song

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Crazy about you and that is a short description cause what I feel for you is way way deeper in my mind Like the kind of reverse headaches that follow when sightings or even thoughts of you transpire like a deep sleepy slurp flowing around my temples and eyes making me feel stranger than anyone Else who has ever been alive but in a good way a feeling not well described because it has never been felt before with such intensity like the northern lights always burn bright and put on such a spectatulare surrealistic totally reality night show and when a solar flare strikes the world in exac... more »

Temporal Lovrs

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
temporal lovers can bring real heat but it will never registrar because the laws of thermodynamics dictate conservation of energy and when the time has been spent without proper alignment no amount of proper management will let temporal lovers ever touch and feel what those living in the real time always take for granted like it will always be there and so well positioned we talk to our friends constantly about some aspect of it all the time while temporal lovers only dream of a new future or a altered past and for sure of those two option changing time wins the priz... more »

CNN Poll: Sanders Leads Clinton in New Hampshire 50 to 40

CNN at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Bernie Sanders - 400] Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to hold a lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the state set to host the nation’s first primary next February. The latest CNN/WMUR poll of New Hampshire’s likely Democratic primary voters tells a different... Continue reading *“CNN Poll: Sanders Leads Clinton in New Hampshire 50 to 40”* at *cnn.com*.

Alaska Governor Proposes State’s First Income Tax in Decades

BECKY BOHRER at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Gov. Bill Walker, Alaska] JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed instituting a personal income tax for the first time in 35 years as the oil-dependent state looks to plug a multibillion-dollar budget deficit amid chronically low prices. In laying out... more »

Can The Toxicity Of Ted Cruz Actually Be Trumpf's GOP Insurance Policy?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
At Trumpf's bund rally in South Carolina a few days ago, he Islamophobic remarks got most of the news. But did you miss that he also seems to be coming up with some kind of a plan to "do something" to the Internet? He told his audience of lo-info fans that "We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet. And we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them and maybe, in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some ways." Only Republican politicians are afraid of Trumpf ... more »

Temporal Lovrs

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
temporal lovers can bring real heat but it will never registrar because the laws of thermodynamics dictate conservation of energy and when the time has been spent without proper alignment no amount of proper management will let temporal lovers ever touch and feel what those living in the real time always take for granted like it will always be there and so well positioned we talk to our friends constantly about some aspect of it all the time while temporal lovers only dream of a new future or a altered past and for sure of those two option changing time wins the pr... more »

Musical Interlude: Phil Collins, "You'll Be In My Heart"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Phil Collins, "You'll Be In My Heart" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sjQ-L_iWGo

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘The High Life’ is a zany Scottish airline comedy featuring a young Alan Cumming

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Cumming co-wrote and co-starred in this clever sitcom full of bitchy quips, elements of surrealism, and some theatrical song-and-dance numbers. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | December 9, 2015 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘The High Life’ is a zany Scottish airline comedy featuring a young Alan Cumming

Saudi Women Face Off Against Men for First Time in Elections

AYA BATRAWY at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.] RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Outside of the Saudi capital, in one of the country’s most conservative provinces, Jowhara al-Wably is making history. She’s running in this weekend’s elections. Saturday’s vote for local council seats marks two milestones for Saudi... more »

College Quotas Are Actually Destroying Lives of Minorities

New York Post at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: racial preferences] Today the US Supreme Court hears a constitutional challenge to racial preferences in college admissions. These preferences obviously hurt whites and Asians turned down to make room for less qualified minorities, but ironically, the preferences also harm many Hispanics and... Continue reading *“College Quotas Are Actually Destroying Lives of Minorities”* at *nypost.com*.

US Nuclear Reactors Are Old, Obsolete and Costly

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Power Plant] Despite a global shift towards nuclear energy by other countries, regulations have made American nuclear reactors old, obsolete and costly, according to a Tuesday article in MIT Technology Review. The average American nuclear reactor is 35 years old, nearly obsolete by modern design... more »

Governor: Puerto Rico Likely to Default on Bond Payments

DANICA COTO at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the Governor of Puerto Rico] SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico’s governor said Wednesday that it’s probable the U.S. territory will be unable to make more upcoming debt payments because it has no more money amid a worsening economic crisis. Gov. Alejandro Garcia... more »

Does The U.S. Have The Most Powerful Offensive Cyberweapons On Earth?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters/Rick Wilking / Reuters *Danny Vinik, Politico:* *America’s secret arsenal* It’s one of the biggest secrets in the government: The U.S. has the most powerful cyberweapons on Earth. So what are they? And when will we use them? To this day it remains one of the most sophisticated and mysterious offensive operations ever launched: Stuxnet, the computer virus specifically engineered to attack Iran's nuclear reactors. Discovered in 2010 and now widely believed to be a collaboration between the U.S. and Israel, its existence raised an urgent question: Just what is the U.S. govern... more »

Judge Rejects Texas’ Latest Attempt to Block Syrian Refugees

PAUL J. WEBER at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Refugees, Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge Wednesday knocked Texas for offering “largely speculative hearsay” about extremists possibly infiltrating Syrian refugees seeking to resettle in the state, rejecting another attempt by Republican leaders to keep out families fleeing the war-torn... more »

The battle of the Titirangi kauri, round 2 [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
I don’t know why Titirangi property owners couldn’t have incorporated their 500-year old kauri tree in the design for their new two-house subdivision, when back in March their tree became a minor cause celebre. But they didn’t, and that was their business. [CORRECTION: Tree is variously estimated at between 100 to 200 years old. Newstalk ZB’s Rudd Kleinpaste suggests just 80 years old.] Still: “Lots of people want this 500 year old Kauri tree protected.” said Stephen Berry at the time. “Should be easy to put some funds together so they can buy the tree.” Turns out part of the agr... more »

No Revolution In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Masha Gessen, New York Times:* *A Russian Revolt, Delayed* MOSCOW — The revolution has been postponed again. On Friday afternoon, I was speaking with the anti-Putin organizer and anti-corruption activist Leonid Volkov. He was predicting the regime’s impending collapse when he glanced at his iPhone and said, “In fact, right now, as we speak, the long-haul truck drivers are blocking the beltway” around Moscow. The protest had been awaited for weeks, and it was expected to be big, possibly historic. Russian long-haul truck drivers had been staging smaller protests since at least th...more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“To the eye, this cosmic composition nicely balances the Bubble Nebula at the lower right with open star cluster M52. The pair would be lopsided on other scales, though. Embedded in a complex of interstellar dust and gas and blown by the winds from a single, massive O-type star, the Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is a mere 10 light-years wide. * Click image for larger size.* On the other hand, M52 is a rich open cluster of around a thousand stars. The cluster is about 25 light-years across. Seen toward the northern boundary of Cassiopeia, distance estimates for the Bubble Neb... more »

Chet Raymo, “Whence Ourselves?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Whence Ourselves?”* by Chet Raymo “I recently thought of David S. Goodsell's "The Machinery of Life," and I found myself reading the book again. There is nothing I didn't already know, but it's worth reading again for the same reason one might read, say, Anna Karenina or Moby Dick several times in the course of a life. In fact, Goodsell's book would be a good candidate for the one science book I would recommend to someone stuck on a desert island. Step by step he takes us through the molecular machinery shared by all life on Earth. Humans have a lot more in common with a bacteriu... more »

"Recognizing Happiness: Analyzing the Path"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Recognizing Happiness: Analyzing the Path"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we take the time to recognize when we are happy and what that feels like, it becomes easier to recreate. Those of us on the path of personal and spiritual growth have a tendency to analyze our unhappiness in order to find the causes and make improvements. But it is just as important, if not more so, to analyze our happiness. Since we have the ability to rise above and observe our emotions, we can recognize when we are feeling joyful and content. Then we can harness the power of the moment by savoring ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Hyrum, Utah, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“Carpe Diem”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Carpe Diem”* by poets.org "We are food for worms, lads," announces John Keating, the unorthodox English teacher played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society." "Believe it or not," he tells his students, "each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die." The rallying cry of their classroom is "carpe diem," popularized as "seize the day," although more literally translated as "pluck the day," referring to the gathering of moments like flowers, suggesting the ephemeral quality of life, as in Robert Herrick's "To the Virgi... more »

"Never, Ever..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

The Economy: "Guess What Happened The Last Time Junk Bonds Started Crashing Like This? Hint: Think 2008"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Guess What Happened The Last Time Junk Bonds * *Started Crashing Like This? Hint: Think 2008"* by Michael Snyder "The extreme carnage that we are witnessing in the junk bond market right now is one of the clearest signals yet that a major U.S. stock market crash is imminent. For those that are not familiar with “junk bonds”, please don’t get put off by the name. They aren’t really “junk”. They simply have a higher risk and thus a higher return than other bonds of the same type. And yesterday, I explained why I watch them so closely. If stocks are going to crash, you would expect ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

3 Myths About “Irreligious” America, Busted

Intercollegiate Review at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: secularization] Many intellectuals insist that a worldwide triumph of secularization is inevitable, and they applaud whatever is interpreted as a sign of religious decline. Religious believers, meanwhile, lament these same signs. The crucial point is that both sides accept the premise... Continue reading *“3 Myths About “Irreligious” America, Busted”* at *intercollegiatereview.com*.

The Navy’s Futuristic Destroyer Zumwalt is Finally at Sea. A Lot is on the Line.

The Washington Post at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Zumwalt] The Navy's futuristic destroyer USS Zumwalt traveled down the Kennebec River in Maine on Monday, maneuvering toward the Atlantic Ocean. It's a path that many vessels have taken after being built at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, but it also... Continue reading *“The Navy’s Futuristic Destroyer Zumwalt is Finally at Sea. A Lot is on the Line.”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Former Obama Defense Officials: The Threat From The Islamic State Is Getting Worse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Michele Flournoy. Reuters *The Hill:* *Ex-Obama defense officials: ISIS threat 'getting worse, not better'* Two former top Obama defense officials told lawmakers Tuesday that the U.S. was not winning the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "I don't think we are where we need to be," Michèle Flournoy, former under secretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I think that this threat has shown itself to be much more serious than I think we first realized," said Flournoy, now CEO of the Center for a New American Security. "It's... more »

why i write for rights and how you can too #write4rights

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Tomorrow, December 10, is Human Rights Day. The date commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, the first document of its kind. Every year on December 10, Amnesty International holds a global letter-writing event: Write For Rights (in Canada). Thousands of people around the world write handwritten letters calling for action for victims of human rights abuses, and offering comfort and support to political prisoners. Last year, I listed 10 reasons you should participate in Write For Rights. *1. It's easy.* Amnesty makes it really easy... more »

High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Hidden Under a New Name

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Anna Hunt * - Food makers are now calling it “fructose syrup” or plainly "fructose". The post High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Hidden Under a New Name appeared first on Waking Times.

The 7 Primal Archetypes of the Awakening

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - These are the primal archetypes we are playing in the awakening - which is your archetype? The post The 7 Primal Archetypes of the Awakening appeared first on Waking Times.

A Powerful, Beautiful “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: a capella - 900] During a busy holiday season of shopping, attending parties and rushing around, we sometimes forget the real meaning of Christmas -- a story of love when God sent his Son to us in earthly form as the greatest gift of... more »

Glenn Beck: ‘They Really Don’t Care’ about the Christians in the Middle East

The Blaze at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Glenn Beck - 400] In a live video report on his Facebook page, a solemn Glenn Beck aimed his frustrations at the U.S. government and the American press, claiming that neither care about the current Christian refugee crisis in the Middle East. "We're a... Continue reading *“Glenn Beck: ‘They Really Don’t Care’ about the Christians in the Middle East”* at *theblaze.com*.

Suspicious ‘Middle Eastern Man’ Shuts Down DC University Two Nights in a Row

Josh Fatzick at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Catholic University] A university in the nation's capital was forced to enter lock-down for a second night after officials say an armed Middle Eastern man threatened a custodian. The unidentified man confronted a Catholic University custodian around 10:30 p.m. Monday night a

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