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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.

Monday, December 14, 2015

14 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

10:13pm MST

Administration, Please Continue to Spew Misinformation on Guns

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 47 seconds ago
[image: guns, firearms, pistol, constitution] The Obama administration is not only at odds with America, as founded, but also woefully out of touch with ordinary Americans, and it is deceitful or delusional (or both) on guns. President Obama twisted himself into a pretzel to deny... more »

Attacking the Truth

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 47 seconds ago
[image: Antonin Scalia] Among the many sad signs of our time are the current political and media attacks on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for speaking the plain truth on a subject where lies have been the norm for years. The case before... more »

Crises Result in Dispossession of Former Liberal Guarantees, Including Free Speech, Happiness, and Democratic Government

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 minutes ago
The Intercept Reports State of Emergency Extended in France with possibility for permanent, constitutional enshrinement: Martin Untersinger, “Emergency Measures May be Written into the French Constitution,” The Intercept, December 12, 2015, accessed December 14, 2015, https://theintercept.com/2015/12/12/terrorist-attacks-spark-crackdown-constitutional-changes-in-france/ JUST HOURS INTO A TERRORIST ATTACK that started on the evening of November 13, and would eventually claim 130 lives, François Hollande announced that France was reestablishing border controls, and used a 1955 law... more »

Hot Air in Paris

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 14 minutes ago
[image: Greenpeace Balloon for COP21, Champ de Mars, Paris, November 2015] If representatives of the nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change had instead formed a coalition to fight a real threat -- Islamic terrorism -- they might have accomplished something useful. Instead, what they came up with is... more »

Cartoon: ‘Contained’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 14 minutes ago
[image: contained]

The Afghan Government Is Losing Ground To The Islamic State And The Taliban (Map)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 minutes ago
Grim map from @TheStudyofWar shows growing Taliban, and now ISIS, presence in Afghanistan. https://t.co/jvTc3KPKrU pic.twitter.com/zP3sAwWwve — Mark Thompson (@MarkThompson_DC) December 14, 2015 *WNU Editor*: I suspect that when this map is done again in 2016 .... there will be even more territory under the control and/or influence of these groups.

You've Got To Watch Out For Extremists

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 minutes ago
Nothing is going to make Karl Rove less of a villain. His *Wall Street Journal* OpEd about the likelihood of Herr Trumpf being creamed in the presidential election is just old fashioned, Bismarckian *realpolitik*. In fact, before we go any further the HuffPo Pollster moving average of head-to-heads shows Bernie beating Trumpf substantially-- 49.2% to 43.2% and even the Democratic Establishment's Wall Street-backed candidate, the incredibly unpopular Hillary Clinton, beats Trump by a healthy margin, 47.5% to 43.5%. Underlying Rove's critique is the barely-concealed contempt in w... more »

Homs is Free at Last!

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 24 minutes ago
HOMS IS FREE!!!! SYRIAN TROOPS GREETED WITH JOY BY THOUSANDS SYRIA COMING BACK [image: Perceus Rex] Perceus Rex Subscribe39 Add to Share More 27,029 435 3 Published on Dec 12, 2015 Thousands of poor Syrians tormented by years of "moderate rebel" rule, pour out to greet and cheer for the SAA who is parading through Homs after finaly liberating it, with the help of Russian air support.

A Look At The Guns Favoured By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
© AFP 2015/ DIMITAR DILKOFF *Sputnik*: *Daesh Gun Cabinet: Top Six Weapons Used by Terrorist Group* Daesh, also known as ISIL/ISIS, not only has great diversity among its fighters, hailing from over 80 different countries, but also a wide collection of arms and military equipment manufactured around the world. Terrorists were seen using weapons not only from different time periods, but also from different countries. It's not uncommon to see Deash fighters using old Soviet AK-rifles in conjunction with US-made M16 assault rifles. Sputnik made a list of the most common small arms use... more »

Chet Raymo, “Speak, Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Speak, Earth”* by Chet Raymo “There is a passage toward the end of Vladimir Nabokov' memoir "Speak, Memory" where he compares the writing of a novel to "the zest of a deity building a live world from the most unlikely ingredients—rocks, and carbon, and blind throbbings." This is the season in New England when we watch the deity in action, when the cold, rocky foundation suddenly seeps and oozes the fluids of life, the blood and tears and intestinal juices and sticky protoplasm. The first rays of summer filter to the woodland floor and wild lilies-of-the-valley, bell flowers and... more »

"Leaning Into The Light..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You conti... more »

"Being Human: The Todd Huston Story"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand- and melting like a snowflake..." - Marie Beyon Ray "Todd Huston broke the world record for climbing the highest points in all 50 United States. At 14 years old his legs were severely mangled in a boating accident and Todd died twice on the operating table. At 21 he had his right leg amputated. He is the only leg-amputee to hold an able-bodied world record and this is his inspiring story of how he overcame adversity to set the world record, and he is a real... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Tilton, New Hampshire, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Claiming our Feelings: Passive Aggressive Behavior"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Claiming our Feelings: Passive Aggressive Behavior"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "The way to end passive aggressive behavior on your part or others’ is with complete honesty and truth in any situation. If you’ve ever found yourself repressing your anger and behaving in other ways to get your point across, you may be someone who is adept at engaging in passive-aggressive behavior. Although passive-aggressive behavior is recognized as a psychological disorder, it also describes the behavior that many people use to cope with confrontational situations. Such behavior has the outwar... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

Reports: Islamic State Judges Have Ordered Children With Down's Syndrome And Other Disabilities To Be Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Sharia judges have apparently ruled that ISIS militants are authorised to 'kill newborn babies with Down's Syndrome or congenital deformities' or those who are disabled. Pictured: Footage taken by Mosul Eye reporting on children under ISIS control. It is not known if these were among the children targeted by jihadists *Daily Mail:* *How much more depraved can ISIS get? Group's Sharia judges order children with Down's syndrome and other disabilities to be killed in chilling echo of the Nazis* * ISIS has reportedly issued fatwa ordering disabled children be killed * Iraqi activist gr... more »

“Time is Something We Do, Not Something We See “

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Time is Something We Do, Not Something We See “* by David Cain “If you could somehow go back and review your life, the way athletes study game film, you’d notice a particular trait shared by all the moments in which you felt content. Everyone knows the type of moment where everything is fine and nothing is missing. Often there’s nothing especially noteworthy happening. Standing on the porch as the rain turns from drizzle to downpour. Folding laundry on a sunlit bed. Making a sandwich in a hostel kitchen. When you’re experiencing contentment like that, sensory details seem signif... more »

Saudi Arabia Announces 34-State Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism

Reuters at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Mohammad bin Salman] Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance... Continue reading *“Saudi Arabia Announces 34-State Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism”* at *reuters.com*.

Who Controls What In Libya (Map)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Check out this map of ISIS areas of influence in Libya from @criticalthreats in @FT today: https://t.co/3altqLQ9RR pic.twitter.com/EVKi66nv4z — AEI Foreign Policy (@AEIfdp) December 11, 2015 *WNU Editor*: Looking at the above map .... it is not hard to predict that ISIS's next target will be the eastern oil fields. The following link from the Financial Times is a must read .... *What is at stake in Libya talks?* (Heba Saleh, Financial Times).

'Yarns of the Near East'

mollymew at Molly'sBlog - 2 hours ago
YARNS OF THE NEAR EAST BY BASIL MATHEWS This was a weird one. I have quite a few folklore/classics/mythology books in my personal library, and I grabbed this one at random hoping for a legitimate collection. Wrong choice. The book, published in 1927, as fourth reprint from 1920 was something of a manual produced by the author for the World Methodist Missionary Society. It was meant as a Sunday School source for the indoctrination of young boys into a path leading to missionary work. Not a single actual folk story from the area at all. It opens with a dramatization of one of the jou... more »

House Republicans Propose Resolution Defending Christmas

The Hill at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: defending Christmas] A group of House Republicans has signed onto legislation declaring support for Christmas. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) has introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House that "the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by... Continue reading *“House Republicans Propose Resolution Defending Christmas”* at *thehill.com*.

French Defense Minister: Islamic State Targeting Libya's Oil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A general view shows Libya's El Sharara oilfield © Ismail Zetouni / Reuters *IBTimes*: *ISIS In Libya: Oil Used By Islamic State May Expand Foothold In North African Country, French Defense Minister Warns* French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday the Islamic State group is eyeing Libyan oil as it spreads from its stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte to deeper within the North African nation. Le Drian’s warning came as world powers try to convince Libya’s rival administrations to form a national unity government to stop ISIS militants from expanding their foothold, ... more »

Do All These Polls Even Mean Much? (Besides, The GOP Establishment Will Never Allow Trumpf To Win Their Nomination)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
A few days ago, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson published a post at her blog on the efficacy of polls so far. The following day, the Iowa Poll (by the *Des Moines Register* and Bloomberg) and the CNN/ORC poll each came out with contradictory pictures of where Republican voters in Iowa are headed. In one sense, the two polls were on the same page: Republican voters are headed down the road towards embracing a kind of ugly neo-fascism. Just which ugly neo-fascist they're embracing is where the problem comes in. The Iowa poll is ready to bury Trumpf. The CNN poll has him ... more »

Is President Putin A Time Traveller?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Social networks are abuzz with pictures circulating from 1920 and 1941 which purport to show Russian President Vladimir Putin as an accomplished time traveller. Many already believe the Russian leader to be almighty and immortal, and these pictures further the claims that Putin is some kind of mythical creature that has resided on Earth for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Another video, filmed in 1983 captures a time traveling “shape shifter” KGB agent that look also looks suspiciously like Putin: Need further evidence that Putin may be a time traveller? If you look at the Mona... more »

US Gov Website Confirms Sandy Hook False Flag Theory

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Witnesses early on the morning of the Sandy Hook mass-shootings in 2012 reported that they suspected a drill had taken place just down the road from the elementary school, citing the large number of EMT’s and police cars present as evidence that the shooting may have been part of a planned hoax. Now, concrete evidence has emerged which backs up these claims. According to Connecticut’s official state website a drill had indeed taken place at the same time, place, and location as the Sandy Hook shooting. This may prove that the shootings were actually a false flag event, vindicating ... more »

Separating Violent and Peaceful Islam: Cruz Has the Right Idea

David Goldman at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Separation of Good and Bad - 900] A diabolical logic prompted Donald Trump to propose a travel ban on Muslims: if the U.S. government can't distinguish between peaceful and violent Muslims, then shut the door to all of them. Trump's instinct for politics-as-reality-television buoyed his standing in Republican... more »

Jeff Sessions: House Refugee Plan ‘Fails to Defend Interests of the American People’

Jeff Sessions at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Jeff Sessions] WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, issued the following statement today: The current proposal being considered in the House in response to the President's dangerous refugee plan --... Continue reading *“Jeff Sessions: House Refugee Plan ‘Fails to Defend Interests of the American People’”* at *sessions.senate.gov*.

Wadena Residents Display Nativity Scenes En Masse, After Atheist Group Threatened City

Alpha News at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Wadena] After an atheist organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) out of Wisconsin, threatened legal action, the Wadena City Council voted unanimously to remove a long-time Nativity display from a city park. Alpha News reported the story in mid November and... Continue reading *“Wadena Residents Display Nativity Scenes En Masse, After Atheist Group Threatened City”* at *alphanewsmn.com*.

Dick Van Dyke Sings Along with 90th Birthday Flash Mob

CNN at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Dick Van Dyke] Dick Van Dyke, famed Hollywood song and dance man and famously nice guy, kicked off his 90s in Los Angeles this weekend with a flash mob performance and singalong. The star sang and clapped as a group dressed as chimney... Continue reading *“Dick Van Dyke Sings Along with 90th Birthday Flash Mob”* at *cnn.com*.

The 12 Bans of Christmas

Campus Reform at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: 12 bans of Christmas] With so many schools across the country taking steps to ensure that holiday celebrations are devoid of any reference to Christmas, we here at Campus Reform simply couldn't resist the urge to poke a little fun at the situation. And in... Continue reading *“The 12 Bans of Christmas”* at *campusreform.org*.

Five Ways Star Wars Blatantly Copied Asia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
This video examines five reasons why Star Wars was very likely inspired by Asia. Did you know that George Lucas originally wanted Star War to be a remake of Hidden Fortress and had mimicked the fighting style seen in the film, and modelled Darth Vadar after the general of the film? [SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] 5. Star wars revolves around the Jedi’s mastery of The Force, much like the Chinese concept of Qi (chi). Qi is a substance that may be invisible in this dimension, but surrounds us and can be felt by people in touch with the force. 4. The fighting style seen in Star Wars is taken ... more »

French Court Finds Monsanto Guilty Of Poisoning

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A court in France has found GMO giant Monsanto guilty of poisoning a French farmer through the use of of one of their controversial herbicides. The court of appeals has vindicated French farmer Paul Francois who claimed that he suffered headaches, memory loss, and various neurological problems after mistakingly inhaling Monsanto’s herbicide Lasso. Wakingscience.com reports: François used Lasso for over 15 years, and in 2004 accidentally inhaled the product. After the incident, the farmer began getting severe headaches and experienced moments of mental absence and an inability to sp...more »

The 97% Consensus Claim About Climate Change Is Fraudulent

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
It is often touted in the mainstream press and by politicians that “97% of scientists believe in man-made climate change”. The statistic is actually based on selective editing of survey data and completely fraudulent science. A book by Mark Steyn, entitled A Disgrace to the Profession, featured the many scientists who refute the misleading claim that climate change is man-made, and offers evidence that demolishes the idea that 97% of the world’s scientists agree with this ludicrous nonsense. Naturalnews.com reports: From “A Disgrace to the Profession”: An opinion survey of earth s... more »

Terrorists Did Not Crash Russian Plane Over Sinai, Says Report

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The Egyptian authorities have concluded that the crash of Russian passenger Plane A321 over the Sinai was not a result of terrorist action, leaving a huge question mark over what caused the plane to crash that left 224 Russian citizens dead. The Putin administration have yet to comment on Egypt’s findings, but have previously hinted that the crash may have been as a result of CIA assets working with Britain to bring down the aircraft. Pravdareport.com reports: In addition, it was said that the international commission for the investigation of the crash of the Russian airplane was s... more »

Kurdish And Turkish Government Involved In ISIS Oil Smuggling

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A Syrian analyst has said that the Kurdish government are likely to have known about ISIS smuggling oil into Turkey, and that Turkish President Erdogan and his family were directly involved in the illegal trade. Russian intelligence officials have confirmed exactly how oil from ISIS controlled territories in Syria and Iraq found their way into Turkey. Sputniknews.com reports: The Russian evidence was expectedly denied by Ankara. The Turkish President even promised to step down if the allegations were true. The report was also turned down by the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government. A ... more »

Dec. 14: The U.S. needs Canada's help! (Trudeau's first, real test.)

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
Today's Irving press is thin, and full of bizarre stories, like the one telling us that people buy Christmas trees at this time of year. Who woulda guessed? In all of section A, the only story is on the back page, the story of boy who looks four years old, but is ten. He has a rare illness. He can't stand. He's in constant pain. And he'll die young because the New Brunswick government refuses to pay for the medication he needs. They say it's too expensive. (You'll be happy to see the story that premier Gallant is going up in the polls. He's such a nice man.) The medication is very ... more »

A Look At Some Of The Different Factions Fighting In The Yemen War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*AFP:* *Yemen: Shiite, Sunni militants fuel chaos* Sanaa (AFP) - Armed groups have led the slide into chaos in Yemen, where a truce between Arab-backed loyalist forces and Iran-backed Shiite rebels is expected to enter into force at midnight Monday. Shiite militiamen and Sunni extremists have sought to exploit a power vacuum since 2011 nationwide protests forced veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down *WNU Editor:* With so many different ethnic and religous groups involved in the conflict .... it makes you wonder if it is even possible for Yemen to stay together as a un... more »

A User’s Guide to Godless Liberalism, Part I

Jason Jones & John Zmirak at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Jesus and Darwin Fishes - 900] Secular progressives who reign supreme today over every "elite" institution in the West have a long list of dogmatic beliefs. At the same time and employing the very same brains, they insist that Christianity is intrinsically intolerant and dangerous. Islam... more »

Trump Jumps Out to 41% in New National Monmouth Poll, His Best Numbers of the Year

Hot Air/AllahPundit at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump7 - 900] His best numbers of the year, I should say, in any poll tracked by RCP. His next best showing was 36 percent in a CNN poll; that was conducted two weeks ago. His third-best showing was 35 percent in a... Continue reading *“Trump Jumps Out to 41% in New National Monmouth Poll, His Best Numbers of the Year”* at *hotair.com*.

Emory Students Want Professors Evaluated on Number of Microaggressions They Commit

Reason.com at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Emory University 1000] If Emory University students got their way, end-of-semester course evaluations would ask them to indicate whether their professors had committed "microaggressions" against them. The explicit goal of such a question on evaluations would be to punish professors who engaged in... Continue reading *“Emory Students Want Professors Evaluated on Number of Microaggressions They Commit”* at *reason.com*.

What’s Behind the Iraq/Turkey/ Mosul Spat? Mosul is still today in Iraq!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
I’ve continued to look for more information on Mosul. Which is still in Iraq as of today! Knowing the situation was vastly more complex then the simplistic tossing around of memes such as *‘Sunnistan’,* *Neo-ottanism *and the *‘sultan’ *kept me digging for something of substance. *Not saying the article I’m linking below is the final word on the subject* of what’s really going on in Mosul. Certainly not. Rather the article provides us a broader, more realistic look at the situation. *Someone here had mentioned the name Fidan and left some info. Very interesting man.* AnonymousDecem... more »

Donald Trump Soars In The Polls, New Figures Show

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
According to new polls out on Monday Presidential candidate Donald Trump has soared into the 40s, tripling the support of his closest rival Senator Ted Cruz who took a mere 14 percent. The surge in his approval comes after his controversial and ill-thought proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. The approval ratings likely reflect more on the media attention Trump has enjoyed as a result of his Muslim rant than a reflection on the public’s approval for such a proposal. Politico.com reports: The statement gave Trump another boost of media attention, and some spe... more »

#COP21: King Canute vs. the Climate Planners

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Even Lego offers a King Canute scene from its historical set....* *The fable cautions against the fatal conceit, says Jeffrey Tucker in this guest post.* “With a small hammer you can achieve great things.” Oh really? This claim came from French foreign minister Laurent Fabius as he banged his gavel at the close of the Paris climate summit. To the cheers of bureaucrats and cronies the world over, Fabius announced the deal that the press has been crowing about for days, the one in which “humanity” has united to stop increases in global temperature through the transfer of trillions... more »

Children’s Commish mis-speaking on child poverty

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
"Child poverty - it's not choice." That's the message that outgoing Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills wants to spread through social media in a challenge to Government policy. Problem is, responds welfare campaigner Lindsay Mitchell, it IS a choice-- *It's not the choice of the children living in low income households. But the majority of them end up there through the choices made by their parents. When one in five children every year is being born directly onto a benefit or into precarious financial circumstances that will see them dependent on a benefit within the... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

"Key Bankers Told Bank Holiday Is Near- Read This Before Taking Money Out of the Bank"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Key Bankers Told Bank Holiday Is Near- * *Read This Before Taking Money Out of the Bank"* by Dave Hodges "A Bank Holiday is coming and it could be coming much sooner, than later. I am going on the recording by predicting that the Federal Reserve will steal your money by faking a cyber attack. In fact, FEMA and DHS actually practiced for this event on October 23rd and 24th of 2013. As I wrote on June 12, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and the Bank of London practiced for widespread banking failure on November 10, 2014. On November 16, 2014, the G20 nations declared your bank deposit...more »

The Economy: “Has the NEXT Credit Collapse Already Begun?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Has the NEXT Credit Collapse Already Begun?”* by Bill Bonner PARIS – “The big news over the weekend was that the Paris meeting of climate foxes produced an agreement... They will spend $16.5 trillion of other people’s money to raise more chickens. “Forget ‘Big Oil,’” proclaimed a Bloomberg headline, “Get Ready for ‘Big Solar.’” We don’t have any knowledge or prejudice on the subject. But it sounds like the fix is in. Like the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty, and the War on Terror, we predict that the War on Carbon Emissions will prove successful – but only for the warriors. *N... more »

The Economy: "Fractional-Reserve Banking is Pure Fraud, Part IV"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Fractional-Reserve Banking is Pure Fraud, Part IV"* by Jeff Nielson "Part I of this series explained how most of what we call “banking,” and in particular “fractional-reserve banking,” is inherently criminal and fraudulent. What the banks call “business” would be a crime if perpetrated by any other entity in our societies. Part II of this series noted how after the Big Banks blew up our financial system in 2008 (with their reckless gambling and systemic frauds), both the Big Banks and our corrupt governments promised “never again.” They agreed to reduce the insane “leverage ratio... more »

Marco Rubio’s Wife: A Partner Ready to Puncture His Ego

The New York Times at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio and Wife] The Hawaiian couples retreat was marketed as a chance to receive "godly counsel on marriage," and it featured daily seminars on the art of apologizing, the perils of miscommunication and the power of expressing emotion. "Admit your anger," read the... Continue reading *“Marco Rubio’s Wife: A Partner Ready to Puncture His Ego”* at *nytimes.com*.

Army Chief of Staff Uses Term ‘Radical Islam’

Daily Caller at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Radical Islam] The chief of staff for the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley said that the United States is facing challenges from “radical Islam.” Speaking at the Center for a New American Security on Monday, Milley explained "there's been a movement... Continue reading *“Army Chief of Staff Uses Term ‘Radical Islam’”* at *dailycaller.com*.

Nelson Report: Remarks on Tsai Ing-wen

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
Here they are... *+++++++++++++++* CHINA/TAIWAN...the principal reservation the US has had about Tsai Ing-wen, the likely next president of Taiwan come Jan. 16, is that she has not been sufficiently reassuring on the subtleties of cross-Strait tensions, given the unavoidable backdrop of the previous DPP administration under Chen Shui-bian. [MT: Another example of how China's deployment of the idea of "tensions" manages Washington's response to Beijing and to Taipei. Nelson himself is entirely free of this problem, he is merely describing.] The unfortunate intervention of the NSC ... more »

Turkey Accused Of Creating Sunni Dominated Region In Iraq & Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A senior Iraqi politician has revealed a plot by Turkey to create a Sunni dominated region in Iraq and Syria by deploying forces to Mosul, northern Iraq. Sputnik reports: “In a comprehensive plot hatched through coordination with the international coalition, Turkey is seeking to occupy a part of the Iraqi and Syrian territories to create a Sunni-dominated region,” member of Iraq’s State of Law Coalition Sa’d al-Matlabi told Fars News Agency on Saturday. He further said that, “By deploying forces in Northern Iraq, Turkey is preparing the ground to implement its plot to create a Sunni... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement after a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport's Royal Terminal in Jeddah, Sept. 11, 2014. Brendan Smialowski / Reuters *David Remnick, New Yorker*: *Negotiating the Whirlwind* *Can Secretary of State John Kerry break through in Syria?* John Kerry, the sixty-eighth Secretary of State of the United States, was born to a temperament of wintry rectitude. He is descended from the Winthrops, who helped found the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the Forbeses, a Brahmin ... more »

House Of Commons Library Misleads MP’s

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 5 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Bishop Hill has an interesting post tonight, Library Manoeuvres. The opposition have called a debate on the Cumbria floods tomorrow, and so the House of Commons Library has issued a briefing paper to MPs. There’s lot to amuse. For example, I read with interest that: …there is a general understanding […]

Conservative Group Calls for Federal Inquiry into Hillary Clinton Son-in-Law Request

TIME at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Clinton son-in-law] A conservative watchdog group has called for another federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's communications during her time as Secretary of State, accusing Clinton of giving special government access to an investor in a deep-sea mining company because of his connections... Continue reading *“Conservative Group Calls for Federal Inquiry into Hillary Clinton Son-in-Law Request”* at *time.com*.

Will Ferrell Returns As Former President Bush In GOP Presidential Race

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Will Ferrell, the star of Saturday Night Live (SNL) made a surprise reappearance at the weekend announcing his entrance into the race for the White House. John William Ferrell, artist extraordinaire, will represent the former President George W. Bush on behalf of the Republicans. nbc4i reports: Ferrell opened SNL as Bush making the announcement that he’s entering the race for the GOP presidential nomination. As for his brother Jeb Bush, Ferrell as W said, “it’s a pretty good plot twist” that he, not Jeb, “turned out to be the smart one.” Ferrell stars in the upcoming movie “Daddy’s ... more »

“Record Rain” At Thirlmere

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate-extremes/#?tab=climateExtremes According to the Met Office, Storm Desmond brought a new 2-day rainfall record at Thirlmere. Thirlmere sits at an altitude of 584 feet, and the Helvellyn Massif rises abruptly to the east. It is pretty obvious that any storms coming from the west, as Desmond did, will dump […]

World News Briefs -- December 14, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Washington Post: *Obama toughens tone in defense of his strategy to defeat the Islamic State* President Obama launched a robust defense of his strategy to defeat the Islamic State with a detailed account on Monday of territory taken from the enemy, bombs dropped and leaders killed. “We are hitting ISIL harder than ever,” Obama said, using an acronym for the group. So far, he said, the United States has dropped nearly 9,000 bombs and last month struck more targets since the United States began attacking the Islamic State last year. *MIDDLE EAST* Obama warns Islamic State leaders*... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*New wave of water management ~Cedric S. Grant* *Orleans and Jefferson parishes pursue new water strategies ~Louisiana Weekly*

Freddie Gray Cop Trial: Baltimore on Edge as Jury Begins Deliberations

Baltimore Sun at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: attorney3 - 400] Prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday that Officer William G. Porter’s failure to help Freddie Gray turned a police arrest van into a “casket on wheels,” while Porter’s defense attorneys said the state’s case was based on theories and asks... Continue reading *“Freddie Gray Cop Trial: Baltimore on Edge as Jury Begins Deliberations”* at *baltimoresun.com*.

Nativity Taken Down to Make Way for Atheist Event in State Capitol

The Daily Caller at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Nebraska Nativity - 400] An atheist group has forced Nebraska to remove a nativity from its state capitol and replace it with an atheist display. The nativity is allowed to stay up until Dec. 18 when it must be taken down so that an... Continue reading *“Nativity Taken Down to Make Way for Atheist Event in State Capitol”* at *dailycaller.com*.

Gov’t Auditors: EPA Broke Law in Social Media Blitz on Water Rule

Matthew Daly at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Coastal Wetlands at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional auditors say the Environmental Protection Agency broke the law in a social media campaign intended to generate public support for a controversial rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development. The Government Accountability Office said... more »

U.S Govt Officials Admit Turkey Allows ISIS To Transport Oil Across Border

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Two U.S government officials have acknowledged Turkey’s role in the Islamic State’s illegal oil trade. One of the officials said that ISIS had earned more than $500 million from the oil trade so far, but at the same time he attempting to deflect attention away from the complicity of the Turkish government. Activist Post explains: On Thursday, U.S. Treasury Department official Adam Szubin admitted that the Islamic State is moving the contraband oil into Turkey, but attempted to rationalize these actions by claiming that the majority of the stolen oil is being sold to the Assad govern... more »

Seriously, Did Satan Send Ted Cruz To Earth To Destroy Humanity?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Thursday John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chair, told a group of the rich stakeholders in the campaign that he thinks Cruz will be the candidate, although he feels Herr Trumpf and Rubio each also has a shot. He didn't mention anything about a fixed convention giving the nomination to Ryan. But Cruz is a good idea and it's been who *DWT* has called it for since the beginning of time. You can always count on the GOP base-- and this was clearly going to be their election cycle-- to go for the ugliest of all possibilities. The Iowa poll released Saturday seems to confirm that Cruz is... more »

June Kaba and Roswell

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
I see that June Kaba’s tale is making the rounds again and although I hate to mention it because it will probably result in more hate email; I find her story to be unbelievable. She seemed to me to be a very nice woman who might have been lonely in her old age but the stories she told simply do not hang together and her observations of military life and organization are in error. June Kaba at a wedding celebration in Ohio. She has her back to the camera on the right. I first learned of her when she contacted me after the *Unsolved Mysteries* broadcast about Roswell in 1989. Her story... more »

Donald Trump’s Hairpiece Spotted Purched On A Leaf In The Amazon

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
An Amazonian Caterpillar has been mistaken for the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hairpiece. The rare yellow-colored insect has venomous spines resembling the Donald’s hair. It was found by conservationists, resting on a leaf in the Amazon rainforest. The Daily Express reports: The creature was spotted in the Amazon by friends Jeff Cremer and Phil Torres who run photography tours from Posada Amazonas, a 30-bed rainforest lodge in Peru. The creature is known as a flannel moth, its “hair” is actually venomous spines which like Donald Trump can be known to cause irrit... more »

Bergdahl to Face Desertion Charge in General Court-Martial

Deb Riechmann at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: HAILEY, ID - JUNE 02: A poster showing support for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and signed by guests is taped to the wall inside Zaney's coffee shop where Bergdahl worked as a teenager on June 2, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho. Sgt. Bergdahl was released from captivity on May 31 after being captured in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving with U.S. Armys 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in Paktika Province. He was released after a deal was worked out to swap his freedom for the freedom of 5 Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. Bergdahl was considered the only U.S. prisoner of war held ... more »

Somebody Keeps Stealing Baby Jesuses from Nativities

The Daily Caller at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Baby Jesus NJ - 400] A Christmas grinch has been stealing Baby Jesuses from New Jersey nativities and police are fed up. A Morris County woman reported that the infant in her nativity, valued at $80, had been stolen, just one of multiple incidents of Baby... Continue reading *“Somebody Keeps Stealing Baby Jesuses from Nativities”* at *dailycaller.com*.

Yemen War: Two Top Gulf Commanders And Scores Of Soldiers 'Killed In Ballistic Missile Strike'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Defense News*: *152 Feared Dead in Yemen Ballistic Missle Strike* DUBAI — One hundred and fifty-two coalition soldiers are feared dead after a short range ballistic missile strike hit a coalition base at the strategic Bab al-Mandab region in the south, a coalition source told Defense News. Among the dead in the attack, which took place Monday afternoon, was the commander of the Saudi Special Forces, Col. Abdullah Al Sahyan, the source confirmed. "So far, nine Emirati soldiers, seven Moroccans and 23 Saudis have been identified," the source added. The missile strike was conducte... more »

We Were Made For These Times

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
FROM: http://prepareforchange.net/2015/12/13/we-were-made-for-these-times/ *We Were Made For These Times* December 13, 2015 by Danell Glade *We Were Made For These Times* *Clarissa Pinkola Estes* My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people. You are right in your assessments. The... more »

Investigation: Planned Parenthood ‘Steam-Cooked’ Aborted Babies Before Dumping Them in Landfill

Life News at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: aborted babies] As a result from an investigation prompted by undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that shows the involvement of certain Planned Parenthood affiliates in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine notified... Continue reading *“Investigation: Planned Parenthood ‘Steam-Cooked’ Aborted Babies Before Dumping Them in Landfill”* at *lifenews.com*.

Retired IDF Officer ‘Briefly’ Detained In UK For Gaza War Crimes

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A retired Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer was arrested in Britain for alleged war crimes committed in Gaza during “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014. The reserves officer was detained upon landing in the UK a few weeks ago, but was released following intervention by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, as well as by the Operations Directorate and International Law Department of the IDF. British authorities later apologized to Israel for the detention. RT reports: The man, who was in London on a business trip, was arrested upon arrival after a complaint was lodged against him for war ... more »

Saudi Prince Who Bashed Donald Trump is Big Clinton Foundation Donor

Gateway Pundit at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Saudi Prince] On Friday Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal slammed Donald Trump for proposing a ban on Muslim immigrants in the US until the government could alleviate security concerns. Prince Alwaleed called Donald Trump a "disgrace" for his popular plan. … It... Continue reading *“Saudi Prince Who Bashed Donald Trump is Big Clinton Foundation Donor”* at *thegatewaypundit.com*.

C.S. Lewis was a Secret Government Agent

Christianity Today at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: C.S. Lewis - 400] As I browsed eBay not long ago, I came across a 78 rpm recording of a lecture by C. S. Lewis. I assumed that it was a mistake or that the seller was trying to defraud an unwitting public. I... Continue reading *“C.S. Lewis was a Secret Government Agent”* at *christianitytoday.com*.

President Obama: 'ISIS Being Hit Harder Than Ever'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*NBC:* *President Obama: 'We Are Hitting ISIL Harder Than Ever'* President Obama dispatched his defense secretary to Iraq on Monday to review the ongoing fight against ISIS — and insisted coalition forces were hitting the murderous militants "harder than ever." "ISIS leaders cannot hide, and our message to them is simple: you are next," Obama said, using the government's acronym for ISIS. "Since this summer, ISIL has not had a single successful major offensive operation on the ground in either Syria or Iraq." Obama said they are also targeting ISIS' headquarters in Raqqa and the ... more »

Quote of the Day: On making extraordinary things happen

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*"Nothing really extraordinary can ever * *happen if people only adhere to ideas * *that are already very familiar to them." * *~ Peter Thiel, from his speech on being awarded the Hayek * *Lifetime Achievement Award, presented annually by Atlas * *Network partners Austrian Economics and Hayek Institute.* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl To Face Court-Martial On Charges Of Desertion And Endangering Troops

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Bowe Bergdahl to Face Court-Martial on Desertion Charges* A top Army commander on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009, prompting a huge manhunt in the wilds of eastern Afghanistan and landing him in nearly five years of harsh Taliban captivity. The decision by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, head of Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., means that Sergeant Bergdahl, 29, faces a possible life sentence, a far more serious penalty than had been r...more »

Limitation periods and misnomers

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
Stechyshyn v. Domljanovic, 2015 ONCA 889: [1] On a motion to correct the name of a defendant on the basis of misnomer, as long as the true defendant would know on reading the statement of claim he was the intended defendant, a plaintiff need not establish due diligence in identifying the true defendant within the limitation period: *Kitcher v. Queensway General Hospital *(1997), 44 O.R. (3d) 589 (C.A.), at paras 1 and 4;* Lloyd v. Clark*, 2008 ONCA 343, 44 M.P.L.R. (4th) 159, at para. 4. Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut

21st Century Terrorism in Historical Context

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Terrorist outrages are appalling and disgusting. Yet one thing that has struck me a number of times is how the panic around terror attacks are far greater now than it was for those who grew up during/lived through the Provisional IRA's British mainland bombing campaign. Some might point to media cultivation of such a thing and, of course, they do bear some responsibility. However, could it be that terror attacks now tend to be mass casualty events that are *thankfully rare*, and so retain the power to deeply shock in ways the almost routine bombings of the IRA did not? Possibly. Thi... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Heads To Moscow For Syria, Ukraine Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Kerry to explore Assad's future, Syria peace process in Kremlin talks* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will use talks in Moscow on Tuesday to try to narrow differences with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in any political transition, a senior State Department official said on Monday. He will also seek to prepare the ground for a third round of talks of world powers on Syria amid doubts over whether a meeting pencilled in for Friday in New York will go ahead. Russia's foreign ministry said late on Monday that Kerry and... more »

For Another 100 Years

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
U.S. says Okinawa is our unsinkable aircraft carrier our power projection hub in the Asia-Pacific Uncle Sam tells Tokyo build us a new airfield put the twin-runways on top of pristine Oura Bay Fuck the coral reefs and the last three endangered dugongs sea mammals that feed there Since Tokyo is paying the freight for the airfield Washington's hands are clean Tokyo can deal with the domestic fallout citizens in Okinawa, all 80% of them, defending nature they are blocking the construction gates early every morning Washington tells Tokyo bring in the police from Japan and drag the people... more »

Supplemental: Kessler reports who's been naughty and nice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015Insists that Both Sides Do It:* Glenn Kessler is the editor of the Washington Post's Fact-Checker blog. This morning, he posted his list of the twelve biggest whoppers of the entire year. At the top of the Post's web site, these statements are currently being advertised as "the most outrageous claims" of the year. This is the way the copy reads at the top of the site: *Who made the most outrageous claims in 2015?* The presidential campaign has dominated our coverage. In particular, businessman Donald Trump—who rocketed to the top of the GOP field—also s... more »

Iran’s Ski Police To Enforce Morality On Damavand Slopes

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Iran is to deploy ski police to enforce segregation between men and women and to prevent immoral offences by the skiers, according to a police commander. The slopes to the north of the capital Tehran and part of the Elburz mountain range are segregated and women are not allowed to ski in the absence of a male relative. The Telegraph reports: Police have also been deployed to enforce the segregation of male and female skiers. General Hossein Sajadinia, the commander of the Greater Tehran police force, promised that his officers would “prevent any immoral offences by the skiers”. He t... more »

Secret US Policy Blocks Agents from Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says

ABC News at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: secret US policy] Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all... Continue reading *“Secret US Policy Blocks Agents from Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

7th retraction for heart researcher who faked patient records

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
Anna Ahimastos, a heart researcher who faked patient records, has notched her 7th retraction. One more paper is expected to be retracted, according to a spokesperson from her former institution, the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Australia. As with the other retractions, the 2005 paper in Hypertension — about how the hypertension drug ramipril may help alleviate […] The post 7th retraction for heart researcher who faked patient records appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Rupert Murdoch Paper Shows Indians Starving, Eating Solar Panels

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A controversial Australian cartoonist deemed racist by some, has just published his latest creation in a Rupert Murdoch owned newspaper; in response to the conclusion of the Paris Climate talks. In his daily cartoon for a leading Australian paper owned by the adorable brown skin loving Rupert Murdoch, Bill Leak shows a group of starving Indians trying out a meal of solar panels for lack of food. The cartoon depicts a future for Indians devoid of food and intelligence. The only way for the nation of ragtag skinny Indians to survive is to be stupid enough to try and breakdown a solar ... more »

Supreme Court Sides with Lesbian Ex-Partner in Adoption Case after Divorce

AP at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Mother_and_children_walking_away] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lesbian mother who wants to see her adopted children, blocking, at least temporarily, an Alabama court’s order that declared the adoption invalid. The justices issued an order... more »

Obama Says Military Hitting Islamic State Group Harder than Ever

Josh Lederman at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Obama, San Bernardino, The President's speech] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday said the U.S.-led coalition is making progress against Islamic State militants in both Iraq and Syria, as he delivered an update on the campaign aimed at reassuring Americans worried about the spread... more »

RIP Austin Hill, Beloved Conservative Columnist and Talk Show Host of ‘PC Friday’

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Austin_Hill] It was with great sadness that I heard fellow conservative writer and conservative talk radio host Austin Hill, age 51, had passed away November 13. He was one of those rare conservatives who appealed to almost everyone. You didn't have to meet...more »

Paris Offers Chance To Roll Back The Climate Change Act

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood MP Peter Lilley has described the Paris Agreement as “toothless”, as the Telegraph report: Britain risks being left “out on its own” pursuing even tougher green targets in the wake of the Paris climate agreement, as the "toothless" deal means other countries may fail to deliver on their […]

Russia Brings The Big Guns To Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Paul Richard Huard and Robert Beckhusen, The Week/War Is Boring*: *Russia is bringing its big guns to Syria. Literally.* The Russian army is literally bringing its big guns to the war in Syria. U.S. military analysts said the decision to add artillery to the battlefield indicates a number of key developments, including the Kremlin's growing influence in planning and executing Syrian military operations. It could be a sign that Russia is dedicated to a conventional ground war — not just air strikes — in support of Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad, a staunch ally long supported by Mos... more »

'Last Days in Paris' Photos by Rae Louise Breaux COP21

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Thank you Rae Louise Breaux for sharing your photos with Censored News!

The Paris Climate Conundrum — Three Facts and a Question

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*He's been to London and to Gay Paree. A fine live performance (source)* *by Gaius Publius* I'll publish a fuller analysis of the Paris climate agreement in due time — yes, climate negotiators in Paris did reach an agreement — but for those fresh to the news, I'd like you to put three facts together, then ask a question. Note: This is not a "give up" post. It's a "what the right next move" post. First, the three facts. *1. World Leaders Agree — Two Degrees Warming Is Too Much* I'll let Bill McKibben tell this part of the story: In the agreement, the world promises to hold the r... more »

‘Merry Christmas’ Prompted Hundreds to Pay it Forward at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Fox News at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: McDonalds - 445] A McDonald's customer in Florida wanted to pay it forward at the drive-thru window with a “Merry Christmas,” not “Happy Holidays.” McDonald's cashier Marisabel Figueroa Lopez was working the drive-thru window last Wednesday when she says a woman drove up... Continue reading *“‘Merry Christmas’ Prompted Hundreds to Pay it Forward at McDonald’s Drive-Thru”* at *foxnews.com*.

Trial Begins Against Evangelical Pastor for Saying He Doesn’t Trust Muslims

UTV at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Pastor McConnell - 400] The trial of evangelical preacher Pastor James McConnell, who is accused of offences linked to comments he made about Islam during a sermon, has opened with a screening of the entire service in question. McConnell, 78, from Shore Road, Newtownabbey,... Continue reading *“Trial Begins Against Evangelical Pastor for Saying He Doesn’t Trust Muslims”* at *u.tv*.

9/11 legacy - untold (pictorial) story - Kurt Sonnenfeld

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
Why is official FEMA videographer Kurt Sonnenfeld still 'on the run' having filmed (and reported on) events at the World Trade Center(sic) corporate war site of September 11th 2001? His major contention is that (in 2002 following the suicide of his wife) he was visited by the police, beaten up and accused of her murder - *a classic covert setup job, ed* - after which he fled to Argentina. For further illustration of how the Covert Secret Services treat their own, one only need look into the cases of GCHQ-hacker Gareth Williams or FBI-hacker Michael Riconosciutto. What specific 9/1... more »

Is Russia Supporting 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's al-Rahman legion walks towards his position on the frontline against the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria July 27. BASSAM KHABIEH/REUTERS *Newsweek*: *Russia Says It Is Backing Free Syrian Army With Airstrikes and Supplies* Russia is backing the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with as many as 40 daily airstrikes and helping arm the group, Russian military chief of staff Valery Gerasimov told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on Monday. Russia began airstrikes on ground targets in Syria during the las... more »

Netanyahu : Holocaust Denier

Spike EP at News Spike - 11 hours ago
*An Evaluation of Key claims by way of Juxtaposition, Direct Contrast and Side by Side Comparison.* I'm referring here to the Social Construct and Public Myth of The Holocaust (or, "The Nazi Holocaust"), not the historical event known as the holocaust. *CLAIM : The Nazi Holocaust was an Arab plot.* *CLAIM : The Final Solution to the Jewish Question in Europe was to consist of mass deportations East into Asia of all Asiatics.* *CLAIM : There was no pre-meditated plan, desire, policy or intention on the part of either Adolf Hitler personally, the Nazi Party or the German Gover... more »

Heavy Fighting (And Bombing) Reported In Rebel Held Damascus Suburbs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*USA Toda*y: *Russian airstrikes are bolstering Syrian dictator's grip on power* WASHINGTON — Russian airstrikes aimed at rebel groups in Syria have strengthened the regime of Bashar Assad, undercutting President Obama's hope of using diplomatic pressure to force the Syrian dictator’s removal. The Russian airstrikes, which began more than two months, have helped Syrian ground forces retake territory and consolidate power for Moscow's long-time ally Assad, who had been suffering defeats as Syria's civil war drags on well into its fifth year. Assad's force “clearly have benefited f... more »

Today, I Am Thankful For Change - Author Unknown

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 11 hours ago

Cruz Poised to Steal Even More Trump Supporters in Iowa

Bloomberg Politics at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz2 - 400] Ted Cruz shot to a 10-point lead over Donald Trump in the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, putting him in prime position to win the first-in-the-nation Republican caucus on Feb. 1. But the Texas Senator may be even stronger than the top-line numbers... Continue reading *“Cruz Poised to Steal Even More Trump Supporters in Iowa”* at *bloomberg.com*.

Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception

The New York Times at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Sikh - 400] On his first day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simratpal Singh sat in a barber chair where new cadets get their hair buzzed short, forced to choose between showing his faith and living it. Cadet Singh... Continue reading *“Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception”* at *nytimes.com*.

John Kerry Heads to Russia for Serious Talks on Syria and Ukraine

MATTHEW LEE at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: GERMANY-MUNICH-SECURITY-DEFENCE] PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia to try and narrow gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria’s civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine. After spending last week... more »

4 Compelling Reasons Why the Only Answer is to Question

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - Answers are fine as long as they're stepping-stones toward better questions. The post 4 Compelling Reasons Why the Only Answer is to Question appeared first on Waking Times.

Tomorrow, December 15, John Kerry will meet with Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. The subject will be Ukraine and Syria, the former still being attacked by Russia according to US and European propaganda and the latter now being protected by Russia, to the chagrin of Washington who wants it destroyed by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Russia’s intervention alone has achieved progress, while Washington is trying to subvert it. Vladimir Putin whishes to save humanity from the scourge of global war, whereas the neocons currently pulling the strings in Washington are just insane enough to kill us all.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ US “Unofficially” Waging War on Russia Without a Formal “Declaration of War” By Stephen Lendman Global Research, December 12, 2015 *Washington’s undeclared war on Russia (and China) is the greatest threat to world peace, risking the unthinkable – possible nuclear war.* *Both countries stand in the way of unchallenged US global dominance – allied with NATO partners (mainly Britain, France, Germany and Turkey), Israel and the Middle East regimes led by Saudi Arabia, a metastasizing cancer masquerading as a nation-state.* *Two major flashpoint areas ris... more »

Turkey: We Are Losing Patience With Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Russia's diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don is escorted by a Turkish Navy Coast Guard boat as it sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/MURAD SEZER *Reuters:* *Turkey says its patience with Russia 'has a limit': newspaper* Turkey's foreign minister said Ankara's patience with Russia "has a limit" after Moscow's "exaggerated" reaction to a weekend naval incident between the two countries, an Italian newspaper reported on Monday. A Russian destroyer fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean on Sunday t... more »

Another Russia - Turkish Naval Incident?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© Alexey Kudenko / Sputnik *WNU Editor*: Two conflicting reports from Russian media .... *Russian Navy chases off Turkish vessel impeding drill platform transit in Black Sea* (RT), and TASS says the opposite ....* Russian security service denies reports of Black Sea incident with Turkish ship* (TASS). But what is not surprising is this .... *Planned Putin-Erdogan summit in Russia canceled, says Kremlin *(Reuters).

A 'Reset' In U.S. - Russian Relations?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN *Politico:* *Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever* *But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?* An Obama administration debate about whether to engage Vladimir Putin or treat him like a pariah has tilted in the engagement camp’s favor—even as critics and some officials worry that it’... more »

President Obama To Meet With National Security Team To Discuss The Islamic State And Terrorism Fears

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Time:* *President Obama Huddles With Advisers on ISIS Strategy* President Obama is meeting with his National Security Council at the Pentagon on Monday to discuss the administration’s strategy to combat the militant group ISIS, as part of an ongoing effort to reassure Americans about national security in the wake of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Obama will be updated on the ongoing strategy to “defeat and ultimately destroy” the terror network, just one week after delivering a rare prime time speech to the nation. Obama is expecte... more »

School Principal Bans Santa, Thanksgiving and Pledge of Allegiance

The New York Post at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Principal - 400] Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. "Harvest festival" has replaced Thanksgiving, and "winter celebrations" substitute for Christmas parties. New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct... Continue reading *“School Principal Bans Santa, Thanksgiving and Pledge of Allegiance”* at *foxnews.com*.

Colombia: Arcesio Bermúdez, The Man Killed by a UFO

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 12 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and Radio Blu (Colombia)Date: December 2, 2015* *Colombia: Arcesio Bermúdez, The Man Killed by a UFO* Arcesio Bermudez was a 54-year-old Colombian who apparently succumbed to the powers of the mysterious UFOs, creatures whose existence is unknown, but who are nonetheless real, according to experts. Ufologist William Chavez claims that the event took place on the evening of July 4, 1969 in the town of Anolaima, municipality of Cundinamarca, when Arcesio's family climbed a hill to do some star gazing, and managed to see a small light that increased its size su... more »

Cancer research pioneer Robert Weinberg corrected Oncogene paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Robert Weinberg, a prominent cancer researcher at the Whitehead Institute, issued a correction to a paper in Oncogene in May, fixing two errors missed during proofing. We found this one a little late, obviously. It also appears to be a relatively minor correction, not one that appears worthy of retraction. We’ve gotten feedback from readers […] The post Cancer research pioneer Robert Weinberg corrected Oncogene paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Court Finds Monsanto Responsible for Poisoning French Farmer

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - This case could be a significant game changer for Monsanto, who sells many dangerous products. The post Court Finds Monsanto Responsible for Poisoning French Farmer appeared first on Waking Times.

How To Go To Your Office Holiday Party And Still Stay Employed

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 12 hours ago
It's that most horrid time of the year: time for office holiday parties. Since some of you are likely going to have to contact someone like me after you get fired for what happened at your office party, I would like to remind you about how to stay employed despite the office festivities. Here is my warning about the top behaviors that will get you fired at your office holiday party: 1. *Drinking*: First of all, if you are an alcoholic and can't be sure you won't drink if you attend, then don't go. If your boss is insistent, you can ask for a reasonable accommodation under the Americ... more »

World News Briefs -- December 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*AFP:* *45 civilians killed in Syrian rebel bastion: monitor* Beirut (AFP) - At least 45 civilians were killed Sunday in heavy bombardment of a besieged Syrian rebel stronghold east of Damascus that also struck a school, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rockets fired by regime forces rained down on the towns of Douma, Harasta, Saqba and Arbin in the opposition-held Eastern Ghouta region. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said air strikes also hit the towns, but it was unclear whether they were carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes. *MIDD... more »

Russian Ship Fired at Turkish Ship. Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

The Christian Science Monitor at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Turkish ship - 400] A Russian warship anchored in the Aegean Sea fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel on Sunday, after, it claimed, sending several warnings that did not deter the ship from coming within 600 meters of the Smetlivy destroyer. The Turkish... Continue reading *“Russian Ship Fired at Turkish Ship. Will Cooler Heads Prevail?”* at *csmonitor.com*.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 14, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Defense News*:* Obama to Visit Pentagon Monday for Islamic State group Briefing* WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will visit the Pentagon Monday for a meeting with top defense officials and members of the US National Security Council. The visit will focus heavily on the campaign to defeat the Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, and whether different steps are needed to control the group in Syria and Iraq, according to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 14, 2015* Obama aims to allay concerns about terror-fighti... more »

U.S.-Backed Syrian Free Army On The Verge Of Collapsing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Slobodan Lekic, Stars and Stripes:* *US-backed Syrian rebel group on verge of collapse (Analysis)* IRBID, Jordan — The main Western-backed Arab rebel group in Syria appears on the verge of collapse because of low morale, desertions, and distrust of its leaders by the rank and file, threatening U.S. efforts to put together a ground force capable of defeating the Islamic State and negotiating an end to the Syrian civil war. “After five years of this war the people are just tired … and so are our fighters,” said Jaseen Salabeh, a volunteer in the Free Syrian Army, which was formed i... more »

SCHOOL LIVES MATTER: But only in theory!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015Part 1—The Washington Post pretends:* The city of Pittsburgh is full of good, decent kids. Mya Alford, a high school student, is one of those good, decent kids. Alford is a junior at Pittsburgh's historic Westinghouse High School. According to the Washington Post, she wants to go to college and study to become a chemical engineer. That sounds like a great idea, but the Post says Alford has faced a problem in recent years—a "disadvantage." Nine days ago, Emma Brown described the problem at the start of a lengthy, front-page report you've never seen discu... more »

ThorCon Super Safety

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 13 hours ago
The ThorCon safety System is based on a safety system described in a paper written by Ralph Moir and Edward Teller. It actually endorces of two safety systems to achieve a sort of super safety. Those two safety systems are enhanced barrier system and the natural molten salt reactor safety system discovered and tested by Oak Ridge National Laboratory druing the 1950's and 1960's. Together these two safety systems creat a reactor that is far safer than the Safety of the most advanced Light Water Reactor. The ORNL Molten Salts Reactor safety system, is based on the laws of nature, ... more »

Third Anniversary Of The Sandy Hook False Flag Fraud Shooting: 33 (And More) Unanswered Questions On Sandy Hook's Third Anniversary!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Yes, today marks the 3rd anniversary of that absolutely phoney and very fraudulent "shooting" that occurred on December 14th, 2012 at "Sandy Hook Elementary" school in Newtown Connecticut.... It is so remarkable that some 3 years after the criminals in the American government and their shills in the Jew spew media pulled off this massive fraud on the American people that there are still fools out there that actually think that "shooting" was real..... It boggles the mind.... To help those that still somehow believe that Sandy Hook was an actual "shooting" to finally get up to speed ... more »

Security In Iraq, Dec. 1-7, 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The first week of December 2015 had the lowest reported number of casualties in Iraq of the year. That was the result of added security for the Arbaeen ceremony. Overall, attacks have been decreasing since early 2015 so the dead and wounded have been going down for most of the year. From December 1-7, 2015 there were 118 security incidents in the press. That was an average of 16.8 attacks per day, which was slightly below November’s 17.6. Baghad had the most incidents with 46. There were also 19 in Ninewa, 18 in Anbar, 16 in Salahaddin, 7 in Babil, 6 in Kirkuk, 2 each in Basra an...more »

To Give Pleasure To A Single Heart....The Wisdom Of Sadi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Sheikh Muslih Addin. 1184–1292, Persian poet. His best-known works are Gulistān (Flower Garden) and Būstān (TreeGarden), long moralistic poems in prose and verse*

The Battle For The Afghan Province Of Helmand Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
New York Times *New York Times*: *Afghan Province, Teetering to the Taliban, Draws In Extra U.S. Forces* KABUL, Afghanistan — Alarmed that large stretches of Helmand Province are falling to the Taliban, American Special Operations forces have secretly taken a more central role in the fighting to save crucial areas of the province, as more air power and ground troops have been committed to the battle, according to Western and Afghan officials. A Western diplomat said last week that United States Special Operations forces had been engaged in combat in Helmand for weeks, and that the... more »

Crude Falls Below $35 Per Barrel in New York for First Time Since 2009

Bloomberg at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: crude oil] Oil fell below $35 a barrel in New York for the first time since 2009 as Iran reiterated its pledge to boost crude exports, bolstering speculation OPEC members will exacerbate the global oversupply. Futures fell as much as 2.7 percent... Continue reading *“Crude Falls Below $35 Per Barrel in New York for First Time Since 2009”* at *bloomberg.com*.

The Federal Reserve Will Likely Raise Interest Rates This Week. This Is What Happens Next.

The Washington Post at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Federal Reserve] The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise its benchmark interest rate this week for the first time in nearly a decade, marking the end of the central bank's emergency response to the financial crisis but raising new questions about... Continue reading *“The Federal Reserve Will Likely Raise Interest Rates This Week. This Is What Happens Next.”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Poll Defies Narrative, Shows Most Americans Favor GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Washington Times at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood] The nationwide poll conducted by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute found that 53.3 percent of those surveyed support moving federal funding from Planned Parenthood to community clinics that do not offer abortions, while 31.5 percent are opposed. Continue reading *“Poll Defies Narrative, Shows Most Americans Favor GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood”* at *washingtontimes.com*.

Popular Christian Storyteller: Novels Aren’t Sermons, and Shouldn’t Be

World/JOHN R. ERICKSON at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: christian storytelling] Christian writers have every reason to be confused about what they're supposed to be doing in today's world. Should they write for an audience that accepts their faith, or should they try to venture out into the broader world of... Continue reading *“Popular Christian Storyteller: Novels Aren’t Sermons, and Shouldn’t Be”* at *worldmag.com*.

Having non-replicable data may not hurt your rep, says study

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Although many scientists fear putting their data to the test of replication efforts, due to the embarrassment they’d feel if their findings couldn’t be repeated, a new study suggests those fears are unfounded. The paper, published last week in PLOS ONE, found that scientists overestimate how much having non-replicable data will hurt their careers, and […] The post Having non-replicable data may not hurt your rep, says study appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Senate Reform Will Be Slow

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://theindependent.ca/ The Mike Duffy trial played a large role in the defeat of the Harper government. Dan Leger writes: When the history of the 2015 election is written, the Duffy affair will be seen as a key factor in the downfall of the Harper Conservatives. The party that came to power off the back of the Liberal sponsorship scandal with claims of ethical purity and accountability was shown to be just as arrogant and corrupt as its bad old predecessors. Before the election writs were even issued, Stephen Harper had been tai... more »

Paul Ryan’s Plan to Help Republicans Take Back the White House in 2016

National Review at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Paul Ryan] Paul Ryan is worried about the upcoming presidential election. In 2012, Mitt Romney emerged from a protracted Republican primary contest wounded, and despite the party's efforts to reform the process -- compressing the calendar, reducing the number of debates, and... Continue reading *“Paul Ryan’s Plan to Help Republicans Take Back the White House in 2016”* at *nationalreview.com*.

US, Turkey Complicit in IS Oil Smuggling, Says Russian UN Envoy

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
While the msm and it's counterparts in the alt media keep singing the 'bad Turkey' tune incessantly....What was Russia really saying about IS oil trade? It was always doubtful that they saw Turkey as the sole miscreant in this oily business. Link Washington and Ankara have violated international law by failing to provide the United Nations Security Council with adequate information on the Islamic State group's illegal oil activities, RT reported Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, to have said Monday morning. Reminding his counterparts of U.N. Resolution 2199... more »

With Trumpf And Cruz Spouting Off So Much, Voters Forget What A Hateful, Slimy Little Bigot Marco Rubio Is

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
None of the new polls show Rubio making much progress as the establishment pick to end the existential dual menace-- at least to the Republican Party-- of Herr Trumpf or Texas' neo-fascist Senator Cruz. The two newest national polls, one from NBC and one from Fox, don't offer the Karl Roves, Mitch McConnells or Reince Priebuses much hope that Rubio is the right champion to save the party. The Fox poll shows him a distant 3rd with 13% to Cruz's 28% and Herr Trumpf's 26%. If every other candidate dropped out and *all* their backers jumped on the Rubio bandwagon, he would still trail ... more »

President Obama Wants To Go To Cuba

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
File photo: President Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, April 11, 2015. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters *Yahoo News*: *Obama wants to meet with dissidents in Cuba* President Obama promised in an exclusive interview with Yahoo News that he “very much” hopes to visit Cuba during his last year in office, but only if he can meet with pro-Democracy dissidents there. “If I go on a visit, then part of the deal is that I get to talk to everybody,” Obama said. “I’ve made very clear in my conversations directly with President [Raul] Castro... more »

The Price For Oil Continues To Collapse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Crude Falls Below $35 per Barrel in New York for First Time Since 2009* * Speculators raised bearish bets on WTI to all-time high * `Absolutely no chance' Iran will delay export boost: minister Oil fell below $35 a barrel in New York for the first time since 2009 as Iran reiterated its pledge to boost crude exports, bolstering speculation OPEC members will exacerbate the global oversupply. Futures fell as much as 2.7 percent to $34.67 a barrel in New York, the lowest since Feb. 19, 2009. They lost almost 11 percent last week, the biggest drop in a year. There’s “abso... more »

Iraq's Secret Prisons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Human Rights Watch revealed about the inhumane treatment of Iraqi detainees in secret prisons. (AFP) *Reuters:* *Torture by Iraqi militias: the report Washington did not want you to see* *Two unpublished investigations show that the United States has consistently overlooked killings and torture by Iraqi government-sponsored Shi'ite militias.* ERBIL, Iraq – It was one of the most shocking events in one of the most brutal periods in Iraq’s history. In late 2005, two years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, U.S. soldiers raided a police building in Baghdad and found... more »

Casita Copan: The home of Mami Zoila

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 15 hours ago
*Casita Copan Home for Abandoned Children**Background and Project Outline* December 2015 *The goal:* Raise $15,000 to cover 12 months of maintenance costs (approx $1,200 per month) at one of the three family-style homes that Casita Copan operates for abandoned children in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. This particular project will focus on the home of Zoila, who has made a commitment to be the permanent foster mom of five children ages 6 to 11 – Maria, Jesus, Estrella, Alex and Rosario – and live at the casita with them until the youngest one turns 18. While Zoila was offered two days’ ... more »

China Tops U.S., Japan in Patent Applications in 2014

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Patent] GENEVA (AP) -- The World Intellectual Property Organization says China cranked out patent applications at a record pace last year. Its total of just under a million outstripped the U.S. and Japan combined. WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry marveled at China’s... more »

Globally, Christians Are Getting the Lion’s Share of Persecution

Crux/John L. Allen Jr. at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Christian persecution Egypt] Religious persecution is increasingly Christian persecution, here and globally. Pope Francis said in July 2014 that "there are more martyrs in the Church today than in the first centuries," and empirical evidence bears him out. In 2013, Christians were harassed... Continue reading *“Globally, Christians Are Getting the Lion’s Share of Persecution”* at *cruxnow.com*.

Pope Francis Outlines Mexico Trip, Including Stop at U.S. Border

Crux at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis] ROME -- Pope Francis on Saturday confirmed that he will travel to Mexico, a trip that will include a stop in Ciudad Juarez on the border with the United States in order to make a statement about immigrant rights, in... Continue reading *“Pope Francis Outlines Mexico Trip, Including Stop at U.S. Border”* at *cruxnow.com*.

The BBC’s Green Gestapo

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/12/13/bbcs-green-gestapo-punishes-presenter-wrongthink/ I was just surfing channels last night after watching Strictly (yes, I know, but it’s the wife’s fault!), and blundered on David Attenborough on BBC1, telling us how we are killing of the poor little polar bears. I quickly switched to BBC2, where Monty Don was doing his […]

Good Morning!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago

NBC Poll: Clinton Would Trounce Trump, Runs Neck and Neck with Rubio, Carson, Cruz

NBC News at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Clinton] Hillary Clinton would defeat Ted Cruz and trounce Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head general election matchup, but she would lose to Marco Rubio or Ben Carson, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. Clinton, who leads the Democratic... Continue reading *“NBC Poll: Clinton Would Trounce Trump, Runs Neck and Neck with Rubio, Carson, Cruz”* at *nbcnews.com*.

Obama Told NSC and FBI to ‘Downplay’ Terrorist Angle of San Bernardino

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Black SUV San B shooting__1449232013_173.71.16.53] The FBI has taken heat for failing to immediately classify the San Bernardino shootings as terrorism, but a new report shows that FBI reluctance could have been due to external pressure from the White House. A source told Jack Murphy... more »

The Father of 7 Who Believes He’s a 6-Year-Old Girl

Michael Brown at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Question marks on blackboard, confusion, confused, scratching head] What if I told you that there was a married man with 7 children who left his wife and kids and now lives with another family where he believes he is a 6-year-old girl? Would you say that he had... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*UK: Who would be a teacher today?* *Soul-sapping bureaucracy is putting off new recruits* The British education system has produced a controversy a week since the Conservatives took office in 2010. This time, secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan, her schools minister Nick Gibb and the Department for Education have been accused of undermining the teaching profession itself. According to the Labour Party, schools are ‘hemorrhaging teachers’ because of excessive workloads. And the statistics would appear to support Labour’s claims. Four in 10 new teachers quit within a yea... more »

ZEROHEDGE: "Everything's Crashing"

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
*"Everything's Crashing"* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/11/2015 10:07 -0500 The writing has been on the wall for a few days/weeks, but it appears a combination of global FX and equity turmoil and domestic corporate debt market collapse is finally starting to roil US equity markets. The Dow is down over 600 points in the last week or so, bond yields are collapsing, the USDollar is tumbling, crude is crashing, and junk bonds are in free-fall. As expected in the aftermath of the Third Avenue gating (and as previewed weeks and months ago) Junk debt is getting destroyed: And s... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Arrogance in the U.S. Senate* *Last Tuesday, Mark Steyn appeared before a Senate Inquiry chaired by Ted Cruz (See the post below this one for details). He did not like what he saw of the way senators treat such sessions. An excerpt from his report below:* In the US Senate, at least on Tuesday, senators wander in and out constantly. Their five-minute "question" sessions are generally four-minute prepared statements of generalized blather followed by a perfunctory softball to "their" witness, after which they leave the room without waiting to hear the answer - and then come back... more »

Cruz Campaign Credits Psychological Data and Analytics for Its Rising Success

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz] Cruz has largely built his program out of his Houston headquarters, where a team of statisticians and behavioral psychologists who subscribe to the -burgeoning practice of "psycho-graphic targeting" built their own version of a Myers-Briggs personality test. The test data... Continue reading *“Cruz Campaign Credits Psychological Data and Analytics for Its Rising Success”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Celebrated Rights Lawyer on Trial for Criticizing Chinese Communist Government, U.S. Calls For His Release

ARITZ PARRA at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In a photo taken on July 20, 2012 human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (C) talks to the media at the compound of dissident artist Ai Weiwei in the Caochangdi district of Beijing. One of China's most celebrated human rights lawyers went on trial December 14, 2015 over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters and journalists gathered outside the courthouse.] BEIJING (AP) -- Police scuffled with protesters and journalists at a Beijing courthouse Monday as a prominent rights lawyer stood trial on charges of provoking trouble and stirri... more »

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, “The Story in Your Eyes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Moody Blues, “The Story in Your Eyes” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Zr440nXe8

Monday links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*Picky women.* Working on stuff for other sites, so for the moment, enjoy some links. Expect a fun piece out on Wednesday at the China Policy Institute 2016 elections blog! ____________________ *Daily Links*: - Taipei Times with great feature story on Decode, the new political magazine taking the nation by storm. - Nathan Batto with good piece on party ID in Taiwan: the KMT is crashing. - Taipei to host global cycling conference - KMT poll has Tsai ahead of Chu by only 10 points. LOL. Next TV has Tsai over Chu, 41-16. - Chiayi City to boycott Ting Hsin food... more »

Hispanic Activists Vow to Flood Voter Rolls with 1 Million Immigrants, Punish Trump, GOP at Polls

The Washington Times at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] Immigrant rights activists have vowed to sign up 1 million immigrants -- mostly Mexicans -- for citizenship and then quickly register them to vote in time to punish Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans at the polls in November for... Continue reading *“Hispanic Activists Vow to Flood Voter Rolls with 1 Million Immigrants, Punish Trump, GOP at Polls”* at *washingtontimes.com*.

Comrades In LaLa Land

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Away in LaLa Land, Comrade Harrabin and co think that we will soon be able to do away with those nasty fossil fuels. Back in the real world, we know that fossil fuels account for 87% of all energy consumption. Not only that. Consumption of fossil fuels has […]

Seventy Paris airport workers have security passes revoked over extremism fears per The Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The Telegraph reports http://www.telegraph.co.uk/yL47N on an update to a story I posted last week about the number of people on a terrorist watchlist who were working at French airports. 'Suspected radical Islamists identified as authorities try to weed out potential terrorists working at Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports in wake of attacks on French capital Seventy workers at Paris airports suspected of being radical Islamists have had their security passes revoked since the deadly attacks in the city a month ago.' That not scary enough? Read on... 'Security agents have a... more »

The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT | It’s a Rag Blog/Rag Radio HO-HO-HAPPY HOUR!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 17 hours ago
Rag holiday gathering Friday, Dec. 18, at Maria’s Taco Xpress, features special guest Jonah Raskin. AUSTIN — The Rag Blog and Rag Radio are inviting their community, friends, and followers to celebrate the holiday season at a “Ho-Ho-Happy Hour” — … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | It’s a Rag Blog/Rag Radio HO-HO-HAPPY HOUR!

GAIA PORTAL: Kindness elements incur upon hu-manity essences

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*Kindness elements incur upon hu-manity essences* by ÉirePort Kindness elements incur upon hu-manity essences. Fractured paradigms are healed. Farsights impel further investigations. Armistice has passed. *Foreground patterns illuminate the masses.* ÉirePort | December 14, 2015 at 10:10 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-wC

False Flag Islamophobia Conference: Triumph of the open-source academy

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 17 hours ago
For more information, see: *The GoFundMe campaign that made this "salon des refusés" conference possible - thanks to the generous donors. *My report on the mainstream academic conference from which my paper on false flags was accepted, then informally excluded. *- - -* *Are false flag attacks – attributed to Muslims, actually committed by the enemies of Muslims – a major factor behind the spread of Islamophobia?* Is “Islamic State” a real Muslim group – or a false-flag group created, armed and deployed AGAINST Muslims by the enemies of Islam? Who was really behind the recent te...more »

Outdoors, by Anders Zorn

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 17 hours ago
*Outdoors*, Anders Zorn – 1888 Oil on canvas, 132.5 cm (52.17 in.) x 197.5 cm (77.76 in.) Owner/Location: Goteborgs Konstmuseum (Sweden) [Hat tip Jesper Sundwall] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Teacher stabbed with scissors at Paris school 'by man shouting Islamic State' per London Evening Standard

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'A teacher has been stabbed at a school in Paris by a suspected extremist who shouted "Islamic State" during the attack, police say. French media outlet Agence France-Presse reported the attack took place at a nursery school at 6.30am in the town of Aubervilliers on Monday. A hooded man is understood to have attacked the male teacher as he prepared for classes. Police say he remains at large.' Presumably a Presbyterian? More here http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/teacher-stabbed-with-scissors-at-paris-school-by-man-shouting-islamic-state-a3136526.html but very sotto voce, if... more »

SAS sniper in Iraq kills 5 ISIS jihadis with 3 bullets as 1 makes suicide vest explode per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'An SAS sniper was able to stop a group of jihadis launching a suicide bomb attack by killing the terrorists with just three bullets in a dramatic shoot-out in an ISIS-held part of Iraq. The marksman, who joined the SAS a decade ago, potentially saved the lives of hundreds of innocent people by firing three well-aimed shots at the jihadists as they left a bomb factory near Mosul. The sniper was given the go-ahead after the men were spotted leaving the bomb factory wearing heavy coats in hot weather – a sign they were trying to hide their suicide vests.' A hero but I'm sure the BB... more »

Christmas Lament, Christmas Joy: ‘God Can Fix This’

Lael Arrington at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Massacre of the Innocents, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)] The overlooked dark side of Christmas resonates with the pain and loss of San Bernardino, yet brings us more deeply into Christmas joy and the true hope and comfort of Advent. O Come Emmanuel, Day-Spring, come and cheer Our spirits by... more »

SAS sniper in Iraq kills 5 ISIS jihadis with 3 bullets as 1 makes suicide vest explode per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago

An ATLAS charged Higgs boson excess

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
We are waiting for the tomorrow's CMS and ATLAS talks about the potentially major LHC results in 2015. Heuer has already entered the room, with a full knowledge of the presented data. But before we see how generous Nature and the experimenters have been, we may already look at some news. Those of us who try to know papers before they get to the arXiv ;-) have known this paper for two days or so. Now, everyone may see Search for charged Higgs bosons in the \(H^\pm\to tb\) decay channel in \(pp\) collisions at \(\sqrt{s}=8\TeV\) using the ATLAS detector (hep-ex) whose money graph see... more »

Too Many Seek False Dreams........A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
*Too many seek false dreams, empty dreams of power and fame or fortune won in the physical world. These will come to nothing in time. Man has needs to be fulfilled, yet in your world, the greed of a few has taken precedence over the needs of the many. A great imbalance occurs when this is the driving force of any civilization. * *Great upset, discontent, and general unhappiness occurs within such societies that allow the few to manipulate and deceive those of less intelligence or knowledge as a means of maintaining economic or political power. Resources are wasted-not just physic... more »

French far right National Front routed in key vote per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
How were the FN routed? 'Marine Le Pen stood as a regional presidential candidate in the northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, while her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen was the FN's candidate in the race in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, in the south. After both led with more than 40% of the vote in the first round on 6 November, the Socialist candidates in those regions pulled out so their voters could support Republican candidates against the FN in the second round.' .More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35088276 So would it be fair to say that in France the S... more »

An AAS goes Full Recruiting Sergeant for CO2 Derangement Activism in Schools

JS at Climate Lessons - 19 hours ago
Picture creditJo Nova has a guest post up from Tony Thomas on the materials being provided for Australian schools by the Australian Academy of Science. You might have thought that the Royal Society in London had been scraping the bottom of the barrel on climate, but they are being left behind down-under in getting to the children. Jo introduces her own comments on the post with *'Wow. Just wow. Tony Thomas has uncovered the material the AAS provides to thousands of Australian teachers and students under the guise of science education resources. **As far as climate science goes, th... more »

Astronaut Admits Kubrick Filmed Apollo 11 Footage In Hollywood

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Astronaut Alexey Leonov, the first man to walk in space, has said that parts of the Apollo 11 space mission were faked, and that Stanley Kubrick was hired to film them in a studio in Hollywood. Soviet cosmonaut Leonov was interviewed by The Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti and says that Apollo was partially filmed in Hollywood and the US flag was reinforced with a steel mesh. [SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] Awe130.com reports: Leonov, the Russian astronaut who was the first man to walk in space, tells us that the Americans did land on the moon but that Kubrick filmed parts of ...more »

Official: Scientists Announce Discovery Of Infamous ‘Planet X’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
The infamous Planet X that has eluded astronomers for centuries has been discovered at last by a group of astronomers who say they have found two planets matching its description on the edge of our solar system. Planet X is powerful enough to kew the paths of planets in orbit yet has, until now, remain undetected by the world’s most powerful telescopes. Washingtonpost.com reports: “ALMA discovers the most distant object of the solar system,” read the title of one paper uploaded to the research-sharing site arXiv. “The serendipitous discovery of a possible new solar system object wi... more »

ISIS Orders Mass-Murder Of Babies Born With Down’s Syndrome

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
ISIS have issued a fatwa to kill all newborn babies and children who have Down’s Syndrome and other disabilities. In a horrific Nazi-like statement the ISIS Shar’ia Board issued an “oral fatwa” to it’s members urging them to “kill newborn babies with Down’s Syndrome and congenital deformities and disabled children”. Mirror.co.uk reports: If true – and reports from the war-torn region are difficult to verify – it means ISIS has taken a leaf from the Nazis, who murdered disabled children it perceived to be a “burden on the state”. Mosul Eye monitored the deaths of children with Down’s... more »

Russia: US, Turkey Failed To Report ISIS Oil Smuggling To UN

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Russia have accused Turkey and the U.S. of failing in their obligations to inform the UN Security Council about illegal ISIS oil smuggling. Failing to inform the UN on such a serious issue is against the UN resolution on financing terrorism, a Russian UN envoy said. Rt.com reports: “We’ve got serious complaints about the implementation of [UN] resolution (#2199, banning financing of the terrorist organization),” Vitaly Churkin told RIA Novosti news agency. “Under Resolution 2199, adopted on our initiative in February, countries are obliged to provide information (about financing te... more »

It's No Longer A Wonderful Life - Ask Frank Capra  (Threats and Violent Attacks Against Muslims in the U.S., Just From This Week)

- Tears are flowing this evening after my annual viewing of that guileless, lovable and wildly optimistic but unbelievably naive George Bailey (and that proud, mean, miserable, weasel-hearted, arrogant banker thief, Mr. Potter) in "It's A Wonderful Life," due not only to its traditional themes* of love, generosity and care for others added to the current reality that the script is being

Is China Negotiating To Build A Naval Base In Namibia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Is China Building A Naval Base In Namibia? President Hage Geingob Says There Will Be No Secret Deals* Namibian President Hage Geingob said Tuesday he is unaware of any requests or plans by the Chinese to build an overseas naval base in his country. Geingob denied such knowledge and said there will be no secret deals in an interview with BBC News, during which the Namibian leader was pressed hard on the allegations. “I do not know anything about such a proposal. It never came to me; maybe to the former president [Hifikepunye Pohamba],” he told BBC HARDtalk host Sarah Mo... more »

Never Silenced, Herman Wallace's Spirit is Smiling --An interview with filmmaker Angad Singh Bhalla

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 21 hours ago
*Never Silenced, Herman Wallace's Spirit is Smiling * *--An interview with filmmaker Angad Singh Bhalla* *By Angola 3 News* Canadian filmmaker Angad Singh Bhalla has never shied away from examining politically controversial topics. Nor does he play down his own artistic goal of using media to foster political change. Bhalla's first independent work, entitled *U.A.I.L. Go Back* amplified the voices of Indian villagers resisting an alumina project backed by the Canadian company Alcan. The film became an important organizing tool used to pressure Alcan into ending its involvement in... more »

Russia To Perform ‘Observation Flight’ Over Turkey This Week

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
The Russian Defense Ministry have announced plans to perform an observation flight over Turkish territory this week, within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty. Russian inspectors will perform an observation flight along an agreed route over Turkey. “As part of implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty, a Russian group of inspectors plans to conduct a surveillance flight on board a Russian An-30B aircraft over the territory of the Turkish Republic,” Sergey Ryzhkov, chief of the ministry’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told reporters on Sunday. Tass.ru repor... more »

Snuggle Nest Surround XL from Baby Delight Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 21 hours ago
I had something like this with my first baby and it was amazing. I love co sleeping and doing it safely! *Welcome to the Snuggle Nest Surround XL from Baby Delight Giveaway, *hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro The New Snuggle Nest Surround XL is designed to offer a greater sense of security for newborns when co-sleeping with parents. The new extended length and slightly narrowed foot area offers a comfortable space for your baby, and a sleeker profile in the adult bed. The Snuggle Nest Surround XL is comprised of two rigid, vented wall units at each end, which help to bl... more »

Pressure Builds In Brazil To Impeach President Rousseff

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*NYT*: *Protests Continue in Brazil Against Dilma Rousseff* RIO DE JANEIRO — Thousands of protesters took to the streets again across Brazil on Sunday to demand the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff, who faces impeachment proceedings that could drag on for months while her government struggles to lift the economy from its most severe crisis in decades. The protests appeared to be smaller than earlier demonstrations calling for her ouster, perhaps offering some comfort to the beleaguered president. Even so, the vitriol expressed by many protesters, including calls by some for the...more »

After His Party Suffers Huge Losses In Recent Parliamentary Elections, Venezuela's President Turns To The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Maduro Seeks to Strengthen Venezuela Military Forces Amid Crisis* Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered all military personnel working in public administration jobs to return to their units immediately, after the country’s opposition party earlier this month won a majority in congress for the first time in 16 years. “I have ordered all components of the armed forces, that all military working in public administration, must return to their forces,” Maduro said during his traditional Christmas salute to the armed forces in Caracas that was broadcast on state tel... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center, prepares to toss the coin before the start of the 2015 Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2015. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee *WNU Editor:* Final score .... *Navy tops Army 21-17 for 14th straight win in series* (Navy Sports)

Military Photo of the Day: December 14, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Army Training-900] U.S. Army paratroopers establish security during an exercise at Rivolto Air Base in Italy on Dec. 4, 2015. May God bless the brave men and women of the United States military.

Easy Ways to Go Green

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 23 hours ago
This post has been sponsored by Skydrop, all opinions are my own and trust me if you want to save money and help the environment, you NEED this in your life! This year we have been trying to green our house, not only to help the planet, but to help our bills too — solar panels on the roof, all new light bulbs in the house, and buying a Skydrop for the sprinkler system. Here are some easy ways we have gone green and you can too! 1. *Replace your incandescent light bulbs*. This can save almost 66% of the energy you use for light. 2. *Ditch the chemicals*. I love to clean my house wi... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Fly”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Fly” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=411iOnRcjAU

Pictured of Injured Military Dog With Purple Heart Goes Viral

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo: Facebook *FOX News*:* Photo of injured military dog with Purple Heart goes viral* A military K-9 injured in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan along with his military police officer partner now has a lot of support after a photo of the dog wearing a Purple Heart Medal in a hospital in Germany has gone viral, the Killeen Daily Herald reports. Spc. Andrew Brown, 22, and his military dog, Rocky, were searching a structure for explosive materials in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province Dec. 3 when the bomb exploded, the Texas newspaper reported Friday. “They were working with S... more »

Saudi Arabia Needs EMILY's List... And France Needs To Remember How Bad Fascism Is

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
France was an absolute monarchy in 1302 when the aristocracy (including ecclesiastics) forced a semi-parliament, the Estates-General, on the crown in return for agreeing to pay taxes. With few exceptions, the body had little power and France remained an absolute monarchy. When Louis XVI summoned the Estates-General in 1789-- the first in 175 years!-- he wanted taxes but was surprised when the Third Estate (representatives of the common people) declared a National Assembly and started writing a constitution and eventually helped bring on the French Revolution, the First Republic, t... more »

Wind power just does not cut it

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Tony Abbott told the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) that there was to be no money for windfarms. It was called "invest," but you should surely get a return on an investment. There will be no return on propping up the wind farm industry. The new Turnbull administration foolishly has reversed that decision. Under the new mandate, signed by Mr Hunt and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on December 3, the $10 billion fund will be allowed to invest in wind projects, as long as they incorporate "emerging and innovative" methods. (Source) Dr Dennis Jensen, graduated from Monash U... more »

SAS Sniper In Iraq Kills Five ISIS Jihadis With Just Three Bullets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
SAS snipers are targeting IS personnel in Iraq. (British Army sniper pictured). Sniper rifles available to British Special Forces include the L115a3 (.338 Lapua Magnum), the L82A1 (.50 BMG) and the L121A1 (.50 BMG). Image by Sgt Anthony Boocock, RLC © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2008 used under open government licence *Daily Mail:* *SAS sniper in Iraq kills five ISIS jihadis with just three bullets after one causes suicide vest to blow up as they left bomb making factory* * SAS veteran took out group of jihadis with three well-aimed shots in Iraq * Three terrorists and two guards kill... more »

The Siege of Philadelphia Public Schools is Now a Full-Scale Assault

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
By Ken Derstine December 13, 2015 For background, see this previous post: *The Siege of Philadelphia Public Schools: Update | Defend Public Education! – October 11, 2015* *The Pennsylvania Legislature* *Introduction* The bipartisan celebrations in Washington D.C. over the enactment of the Every Child Succeeds Act were barely over when the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill which goes to the heart of the states’ rights dangers opened up by the new law. In a bipartisan 42-9 vote on December 10th, the Senators approved a school code bill that would *require* the state to turno... more »

Germany Dismisses U.S. Request For More Military Assistance Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch *Reuters*: *Merkel dismisses U.S. request for more military help against Islamic State* BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine said was a request from the United States to provide more military help in the fight against Islamic State. "I believe Germany is fulfilling its part and we don't need to talk about new issues related to this question at the moment," Merkel told the ZDF broadca... more »

Will The Coming U.S. Interest Hike Send Shock-Waves Around The World?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Money Matters *Peter Spence, The Telegraph:* *Why the coming US interest rate hike is like none ever witnessed before* Central bank watchers believe the Federal Reserve is finally ready to pull the trigger on an interest rate hike. It is hard to overstate the significance of the decision that Janet Yellen, the US Federal Reserve chairman, and the rest of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will take later this week. America’s central bank is expected to start raising interest rates, in the first such move since the summer of 2006. The anticipated economic shift has been desc... more »

Baltic States Strive To Be Energy Indepedent From Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
World Atlas *AFP:* *Sparking tension: Baltic electricity plan turns tables on Russia* Vilnius (AFP) - When Lithuania inaugurates two electrical links to the West on Monday, it will launch a process that will reduce its reliance on Russian electricity, and one day could make Russia dependent on the Baltic grids. With Russia accustomed to wielding energy supplies as a political weapon, the possibility that its westernmost outpost of Kaliningrad could become reliant on the West to keep the lights on has Moscow seething, straining already tense ties over Ukraine. "The first electrons... more »

Trump: Hillary Says I’m Dangerous When ‘She’s the One that Caused so Many Deaths’

Breitbart at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Trump] Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argued that Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "the one that caused so many deaths and everything with her horrible policies on Saturday's Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel.... Continue reading *“Trump: Hillary Says I’m Dangerous When ‘She’s the One that Caused so Many Deaths’”* at *breitbart.com*.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“NGC 1333 is seen in visible light as a reflection nebula, dominated by bluish hues characteristic of starlight reflected by interstellar dust. A mere 1,000 light-years distant toward the heroic constellation Perseus, it lies at the edge of a large, star-forming molecular cloud. *Click image for larger size.* This striking close-up spans about two full moons on the sky or just over 15 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 1333. It shows details of the dusty region along with hints of contrasting red emission from Herbig-Haro objects, jets and shocked glowing gas emanating from... more »

National Poll: Trump Maintains Lead While Cruz Surges into 2nd Place

TIME at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Cruz surges] Ted Cruz has surged into second place, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Continue reading *“National Poll: Trump Maintains Lead While Cruz Surges into 2nd Place”* at *time.com*.

The Poet: John Glenday, "Concerning the Atoms of the Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Concerning the Atoms of the Soul"* "Someone explained once how the pieces of what we are fall downwards at the same rate as the Universe. The atoms of us, falling towards the centre of whatever everything is. And we don't see it. We only sense their slight drag in the lifting hand. That's what weight is, that communal process of falling. Furthermore, these atoms carry hooks, like burrs, hooks catching like hooks, like clinging to like, that's what keeps us from becoming something else, and why in early love, we sometimes feel the tug of the heart snagging on another's heart. Only th... more »

Chet Raymo, “Holy Ignorance”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Holy Ignorance” * by Chet Raymo “At a press conference in 2002, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously explained foreign policy: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." The same can be said of science. The textbooks are full of known knowns. We are quite confident affirming the circulation of the blood, the distance to the Sun, the common descent of animals and plants. I sit h...more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes to simply be a human. Maybe, we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe, we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate." - "Grey's Anatomy"

No, "Big Data" Can’t Predict the Future

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*We've been told that with enough data, we can use sophisticated computing methods to predict the future. That often works with the physical sciences, acknowledges **Per Bylund** in this guest post, but predicting human action is something else altogether...* [image: No, “Big Data” Can’t Predict the Future] With Google’s dominance in the online search engine market we entered the Age of Free. Indeed, services offered online are nowadays expected to be offered at no cost. Which, of course, does not mean that there is no cost to it, only that the consumer doesn’t pay it. Early attempts... more »

America's Largest Military Base Overseas Taking Shape In South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Korea Times*: *US military's largest overseas base taking shape in Pyeongtaek* CAMP HUMPHREYS, Pyeongtaek ― The U.S. military is in the final stage of construction on what is set to be its largest overseas base located in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. If finished on schedule in 2017, the base will accommodate approximately 42,000 soldiers and their families. The site was first opened up to the media on Dec. 10 while engineers and construction workers worked hard despite the rain and cold weather. Garrison Commander Col. Joseph C. Holland said the U.S. military has now completed...more »

Psychology: "What Keeps Love Alive, Couples Together?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Keeps Love Alive, Couples Together?"* By A. Pawlowski "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" - Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina" "No one can truly know what goes on inside a marriage except the two people involved, but researchers are getting increasingly good glimpses at what makes couples tick, how relationships are stressed and what factors can keep the spark alive. The goal: To find out what keeps love alive and couples together. Putting marriage under a microscope has resulted in new long-term studies that are showing better than ever... more »

What is Iran Up To?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jerusalem Post*: *Analysis: What is Iran up to?* Tehran is busy undermining the United States on almost all fronts since signing of accord. It sounds like a Persian fairy tale in which a Janus-like leader smiles and glowers at once, depending on the angle of viewing. This is the world inhabited by Iran observers since the signing of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015. The deal, signed between Iran and six world powers, exists to prevent Iran from obtaining weapons-grade nuclear material at least for the next 15 years On the one hand, Iranian leaders... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ramat Hasharon, Tel Aviv, Israel. Thanks for stopping by!

Hanukkah: A Beacon Across Generations

David Goldman at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Menorah, Temple of Jerusalem] One of the most stirring moments in Western cinema is the lighting of the beacons in Peter Jackson's film version of The Return of the King, summoning the riders of Rohan to the aid of the beleaguered city of Minas Tirith. The... more »

Being Human: "Last Minutes With Oden"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Last Minutes With Oden"* "A brief, heart-wrenching documentary of a man saying goodbye to his loyal best friend, as Oden's struggle with cancer finally came to an end. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal." Jim Valvano said, “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, a... more »

Rumi, "The Guest House"

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

Global Warming is a CROCK

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Paul Joseph Watson completely annihilates the Man Made Global Warming Hoax in his latest video in just 7 minutes. Paul says: Global warming alarmists have been proven spectacularly wrong time and time again. So why should we believe them now? He ends his video with: The people pushing it (The AGW hoax) have been caught red-handed lying and faking data to prop up the crony and lucrative industry of the man made climate change hoax. AND Then: The Paris climate summit is merely a PR exercise to try and revive the discredited fairy tale of man made climate change. H/t Warwick H

The Paris Climate Change Deal Might Be The Start Of Something

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
There was a lot of excitement yesterday when the UN's climate deal document was released. My town's very environmentally-inclined mayor, Eric Garcetti, tweeted "Today's climate agreement vote is a hinge of history, when we stopped saying if and started moving to how. So glad LA is helping lead the way." And El Presidente made a speech about it-- the video above. Some excerpts: Skeptics said these actions would kill jobs. Instead, we’ve seen the longest streak of private-sector job creation in our history. We’ve driven our economic output to all-time highs while driving our carbon... more »

Israeli Jets Strike Gaza Sunday

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Israeli Air Force carried out air strikes in Gaza on Sunday following an alleged rocket attack on Israeli territory hours before. Sources on the ground in Gaza say the strikes were carried out by Israeli Apache helicopters which launched two missiles at the northwestern Gaza Strip, targeting a military wing of the Palestinian Hamas organisation, al-Qassam Brigades. Rt.com reports: Ambulances rushed to the scene with locals confirming to the publication that there had been “widespread damage” from the strike. It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded in the strike. #BRE... more »

Church Slapped with Criminal Summons over Worship Service ‘Noise’

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Silence, silent, tape on mouth, quiet, finger on lips, adhesive tape] "Silent Night" has new meaning for a Louisiana church after they were issued criminal sanctions because their worship services exceeded 60 decibels -- which is about the same noise level of a dishwasher. The executive pastor of Vintage Church was... more »

Clinton Campaign Chairman: Cruz is Likely GOP Nominee

Politico at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Clinton campaign] Donald Trump’s apparent belief that the Republican primary contest is now a two-person race between himself and Ted Cruz isn’t exactly shared at the top of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta handicapped the GOP race for 90... Continue reading *“Clinton Campaign Chairman: Cruz is Likely GOP Nominee”* at *politico.com*.

Marco Rubio’s Claim That No Recent Mass Shootings Would Have Been Prevented by Gun Laws

The Washington Post at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: gun laws] None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us, would gun laws have prevented them." -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). interview on CBS's This Morning, Dec. 4,... Continue reading *“Marco Rubio’s Claim That No Recent Mass Shootings Would Have Been Prevented by Gun Laws”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

COP21: World Leaders Are Blowing Hot Air To Cool The Planet

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The historic Paris COP21 climate deal will be remembered for emitting a lot of hot gas, and trying to conceal a parallel agenda. According to activists, COP21 might have sealed the planet’s fate, by manipulating her resources. The big corporations who manipulate government policies have triumphed at Paris at the cost to the Planet and the unfortunate people who are now at the mercy of the World Bank for their salvation. “The Paris accord is a trade agreement, nothing more. It promises to privatize commodity and sell forested lands as carbon offsets in fraudulent schemes such as REDD...more »

18 New Cases Of Adverse Reactions To HPV Vaccine Emerge

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Another group of teenage girls have reported extreme physical side-effects after receiving the controversial HPV anti-cervical cancer vaccine, after being administered the shot at their school. Eighteen girls from Ireland join a staggering 131 young women who came forward just one week ago reporting of adverse effects from the HPV vaccine. Independent.ie reports: The fresh allegations come as a senior doctor in Denmark – where the Gardasil drug has been replaced by an alternative – has linked some chronic symptoms to the vaccination. A TV3 documentary, Cervical Cancer Vaccine: Is It...more »

Russia Warns That Donald Trump Is A Target For Assassination

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A Russian Foreign Intelligence report says that there is an active plot to assassinate Presidential candidate Donald Trump, due to the fact that he poses a serious threat to the status quo in the ruling elite in America and has been deemed unlikely to tow the line. Five Saudi Arabian nationals were detained by Lebanon’s intelligence services after a “heavily encrypted” laptop on their private jet was found. The laptop was found to contain top-secret travel and private security plans for Donald Trump. Usapoliticstoday.com reports: …[T]op establishment Republican consultant Rick Wils... more »

Indian Doctor Proves Ancient Spices Can Heal Disease

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
All over the world in places like India ancient spices are considered not just an essential ingredient for food but also for medicine. Spices have been proven effectively cure a number of chronic diseases which Western medicine struggles to treat. A book by author Bharat B. Aggarwal, entitled Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease, tells the story of an Indian doctor to scientifically documented the power of spices to treat and cure disease. Naturalnews.com reports: The following is a snippet from his book: Spices have been in my l... more »

Donald Trump Accuses Israel Of Funding ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Shortly before cancelling his Israel trip, Presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on national television and dropped the bombshell that he believes that Israel support ISIS by funding them. On the Morning Joe show, Trump said: Donald: Right now, you have things going on, you have so called people that you think are on our side, they’re not reporting it, they’re not talking about it, and in some cases they’re involved with it. I mean look: I’ll give you an example. Some of our so-called allies that we work with and that we protect militarily, they are sending massive amounts of ... more »

Homophobic ISIS Say They Will Kill Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
ISIS have announced their plans to assassinate CNN reporter Anderson Cooper and MSNBC reporter Rachel Maddow, due to the fact that they are both “openly homosexual”. ISIS’ religious leader, Turki al-Bin’ali, issued a fatwa authorising the killing of both of the reporters due to both of them exhibiting “amal qawm Lut” (behavior of the People of Lot). Whatdoesitmean.com reports: The main “crimes/affronts” committed by Maddow and Cooper against the Prophet and Islam thus authorizing this death fatwa, this report says, has been their “unauthorized and unholy” defense of Islam (as such ...more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Welcome To The Future: Hit-And-Run Driver Arrested After Her Car Calls Police"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Welcome To The Future: * *Hit-And-Run Driver Arrested After Her Car Calls Police"* by Mike Krieger As technology generally continues to advance, one thing you can be sure of is the criminal justice system’s use of innovative new “tools” will grow exponentially. This can be a good thing, but it can also be a very dangerous thing. Pennsylvania’s new law that permits the use of data showing whether people are “deemed likely to commit additional crimes” in criminal sentencing, is a perfect example of how an over reliance on technology can be a threat to liberty and due process. – From... more »

Reprieve! “Binding” Paris Treaty is Now Voluntary Mush

CFACT/Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Paris treaty] Paris climate talks this week descended into madcap all-night negotiations, as delegates desperately tried to salvage some kind of agreement beyond empty promises to do something sometime about what President Obama insists is the gravest threat to our planet, national... Continue reading *“Reprieve! “Binding” Paris Treaty is Now Voluntary Mush”* at *cfact.org*.

NATO Is Incapable Of Beating Russia, Says US Media

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An American journalist has claimed that Russia has a military advantage over NATO that would ensure it succeeded in the outbreak of war against NATO and any of its allies. Loren Thompson says NATO lacks the necessary preparations to meet high-tech military threats. “Fifteen years of fighting counter-insurgency warfare in Southwest Asia has left the Army well equipped to take down irregular forces such as ISIS [Daesh], but much less ready to fight an enemy armed with tanks, artillery and attack aircraft,” Thompson wrote for Forbes magazine. Sputniknews.com reports: Moreover, Russia ... more »

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