Israel have said that there is a strong likelihood that they will be targeted by ISIS in 2016. According to Israeli intelligence, the successful Russian defeat of ISIS in Syria has sparked a mass exodus of militants that could lead the terrorist organisation to attack neighbouring Israel. Israelnationalnews.com reports: “We have been very fortunate until now,” a source said, “but it looks like ISIS is preparing to find other venues, and the most logical one is here.” Recorded ISIS threats against the West have included Israel at times. Just last week, an Israeli court indicted five...more »
A report from the Kremlin on Thursday says that President Obama has ordered a “strategic withdrawal” of American troops fighting ISIS in the Levant War Zone, admitting that Russia are leading the way in their fight against terrorism in the region. In a meeting with Putin, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Foreign Secretary Lavrov, Russia told America that the threat of a nuclear war between the US and Russia was a very real possibility due to the continued support of ISIS by the U.S. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: After presenting to Secretary Kerry the Federations entire portfoli...more »
Donald Trump has heaped praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that he is “highly respected” and an “outstanding” human-being. The praise follows Putin’s announcement that he hopes that Trump gets elected to President in the 2016 race. Upon hearing the news, Trump responded by saying, “I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect”. Presstv.com reports: Trump continues to sustain his lead...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he hopes Donald Trump becomes the next President of the United States. At an annual news conference on Thursday, Putin said that Moscow is ready to develop relations with Washington with whoever wins the 2016 race, but said he hopes that Trump gets elected due to the fact he’s a bright and talented person. Tass.ru reports: Putin said the latest visit to Moscow of US Secretary of State John Kerry this week showed that “in general the US side is also ready to move towards a joint solution to those issues that can be solved only jointly.” ...more »
Fukushima radiation just off the North American coast is higher now than it has ever been, and government scientists and mainstream press are scrambling to cover-up and downplay the ever-increasing deadly threat that looms for millions of Americans. Following the March 2011 meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, reactors have sprayed immeasurable amounts of radioactive material into the air, most of which settled into the Pacific Ocean. A study by the American Geophysical Union has found that radiation levels from Alaska to California have increased and continue...more »
Tensions between Turkey and Russia have reached boiling point on Thursday as Vladimir Putin threatened to down any Turkish aircraft that dare to fly over Syrian airspace. In a defiant and bold speech to reporters, Putin said that relations with Turkey are now beyond repair due to their deliberate downing of the Russian bomber. He declared Syria a no-fly zone for all Turkish military aircraft. “Turkey used to violate Syrian airspace all the time,” Putin told reporters. “Let them try and fly there now” that Russia’s most advanced air-defense system covers the whole country, he warned. ...more »
Three documents were leaked on Thursday that conclusively show a senior CIA spy was involved in the setting up of ISIS and Al-qaeda. The spy even bragged about it on his public LinkedIn page, saying that he was responsible for “executing one of the Agency’s most successful counterterrorism covert action operations while leading a CIA Base in an exceptionally dangerous, high stress war zone environment.” Zerohedge.com reports: Thanks to the resurrection of “J Pierpont Morgan”, these doubts and questions are no longer reasonable. They are, in fact, irrelevant. Because J Pierpont Mor...more »
Syrian civilians who volunteered to join local Self Protection Units to protect their neighborhoods alongside the Syrian army attend training near a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father, the late former president Hafez al-Assad, near Damascus on Dec. 5. (Omar Sanadiki/Reuters) *Washington Post:* *The Syrian military has thousands of deserters. New research tells us why they left* The recent series of attacks by the Islamic State in the Sinai, Beirut and Paris could well be a game changer in how the international community deals with the Syrian conflict. And y...more »
I haven't look at TV in years. So I bought a set some months ago. Now, I spend every supper flicking . through some 300 channels to find something – almost anything. Professional wrestling has become unspeakably corny. It's been fake since the 1920s, but never so obviously fake and absurd as it is now. And it must take a person of very low intelligence to watch “martial arts” which consists of tripping somebody, and then pounding his face into the canvas. Then there's dart-throwing and poker and, unbelievably, there are people who watch bingo on TV. The news is not much better. TV i...more »
*Part of a continuing series* looking at the pagan origins of the Christmas Myths, one day at a time. Today: the story of lonely shepherds, and what a flock of angels does to them late at night …* So there you are, out abiding in your fields and minding your own sheep flock’s business –a shepherd watching your flock by night—and all of a sudden this old angel shows up, and then another, and then another—until out there in your back paddock you’ve pretty much got the whole Heavenly Host flying about just above the campfire. And then they all start singing--and pretty bloody angel...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that the Russian military have a presence in east Ukraine. When asked by a Ukrainian reporter about two Russian military intelligence officers captured in Ukraine, Putin admitted for the first time that there was indeed a Russian presence in the country. “We never said there were not people there who carried out certain tasks including in the military sphere,” he told the reporter, but insisted they were not the same as regular military troops. Theguardian.com reports: There was no opportunity for a follow-up question to examine how many...more »
Britain could face legal action over a failure to halt its arms exports to Saudi Arabia, lawyers for Campaign Against the Arms Trade have said. The law firm representing the campaign group, Leigh Day, said they are considering legal action against the British government in order to force it to suspend all weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. Independent.co.uk reports: The United Nations said Saudi Arabia is breaching international law in its on-going war in Yemen and lawyers contend that it is unlawful for Britain to continue weapons export to the country if they are being used for atr...more »
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Today's decision in R. *v.* Lacasse, 2015 SCC 64 is extremely important in terms of sentencing. Among many other points it clarifies when deterrence and denunciation apply most: 73] While it is true that the objectives of deterrence and denunciation apply in most cases, they are particularly relevant to offences that might be committed by ordinarily law‑abiding people. It is such people, more than chronic offenders, who will be sensitive to harsh sentences. Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut
[image: Fr. Rutler - 400] There are many books about the Second World War, perhaps too many. Each year, a new batch descends upon a public that still appears to have an endless fascination with that conflict. Nevertheless, Fr. George Rutler's Principalities and Powers: Spiritual... Continue reading *“World War II as Spiritual Warfare”* at *catholicexchange.com*.
[image: Michael Moore] Michael Moore stood in front of Trump Tower in New York City holding a sign declaring, "We are all Muslim," in the wake of Donald Trump's controversial proposal to temporarily halt Muslim immigrants from entering the country. Continue reading *“Michael Moore Holds ‘We Are All Muslim’ Sign in Front of Trump Tower”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
*Bloomberg*: *Niger Arrests Officers Plotting Coup Ahead of February Election* * Senior military officials had worked on plan for weeks * Accused wanted to use air force to seize power: president Niger arrested senior military officers planning to use the nation’s air force to topple the government ahead of February’s presidential election, President Mahamadou Issoufou said. The officers had been plotting for weeks, Issoufou, 63, said in a speech broadcast on state television. The president is seeking re-election next year, with the first round of voting scheduled for Feb. 21. Nige...more »
It seems inconceivable to me that we-- we, like in American progressives-- still haven't succeeded in persuading out fellow Democrats that there is a non-business-as-usual candidate running for president against a much better-known-- and much disliked-- establishment candidate. Bernie is the best candidate for president in my lifetime. Hillary, aside from being a woman, is just more of the same the insiders are always shoving down our throats. This week's NBC*Wall Street Journal* national horserace poll shows that most Democrats count themselves as Hillary voters. Her polling is n...more »
[image: Don Carey - 400] Detroit Lions defensive back Don Carey, a Christian, argued Muslims need a reformation much like Christians prior to the Protestant Reformation. While much of the country has been debating if Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump was wrong to suggest Muslims... Continue reading *“Christian NFL Player Don Carey Says Muslims Need a Reformation”* at *christianpost.com*.
[image: Washington Post] A Washington Post editorial on Thursday accused the leading Republican presidential candidates, along with their supporters, of engaging in “bigotry” and “hatred” against Muslims and immigrants, following this week’s GOP debate. Continue reading *“Washington Post: ‘Bigotry, Hatred’ Are ‘New Normal’ for GOP”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
[image: U.S. President Barack Obama during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photograph in the Oval Office on 6 December 2012.] WASHINGTON -- Last Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy. To be...more »
[image: NOAA thermometer, Maximum/Minimum Temperature Sensors, MMTS] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's reliance on poorly sited weather stations to calculate surface temperatures is inflating the warming trend of the U.S. and maybe even the rest of the world, according to a landmark study looking at three...more »
I have been busy as it is the Christmas season and I have been spending time helping out friends and taking care of family business.... Therefore articles at this blog will be far and few between for the next few days.... My apologies to everyone.... I will of course be doing my usual Sunday rant, and in my absence I do recommend that everyone take the time to read the fantastic articles and work by those who I call "The finest bloggers I know" as listed in the left hand column of this blog.... They are indeed true colleagues, friends, and real truth seekers.... I will be back... A...more »
For a number of years the US-controlled NATO alliance made sure that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists were well supplied in Syria via the Turkish border. Washington is now panicking that Putin’s air force has managed to break the ISIS supply line, making it more difficult for terrorist groups to get their convoys of food, weapons and other goods easily from across the border. ISIS is intergral to the West’s strategy for toppling president Assad of Syria. Russia Insider reports: For years, the US-directed NATO alliance has made sure that convoys full of food, weapo...more »
[image: Dennis Hastert - 900] CHICAGO (AP) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, awaiting sentencing in a hush-money case, has suffered a stroke and was admitted to a hospital the first week of November, his attorney said Thursday in a statement. Hastert also has...more »
*CNN*: *Obama: No 'specific and credible' holiday threat* Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that Americans should feel safe inside their own country, declaring the United States free from "specific and credible" threats to the homeland. Continuing a week-long push to underscore his command of national security dangers, Obama said he understood why unease has spread after attacks in France and California. But he sought to bolster the country's mettle ahead of a busy holiday travel season. "If you target Americans, you will have no safe haven," he said at the ...more »
“They might look like trees on Mars, but they're not. Groups of dark brown streaks have been photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on melting pinkish sand dunes covered with light frost. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken in 2008 April near the North Pole of Mars. At that time, dark sand on the interior of Martian sand dunes became more and more visible as the spring Sun melted the lighter carbon dioxide ice. When occurring near the top of a dune, dark sand may cascade down the dune leaving dark surface streaks- streaks that might appear at first to be...more »
*The Economist*: *Islamic State’s finances - Degraded, not yet destroyed* *The self-styled caliphate’s income is taking a pounding* WHEN Islamic State burst out of Syria in June 2014, seizing Mosul, Iraq’s second city, and nearly reaching Baghdad, it became the richest terror organisation in history. It plundered the banks in Mosul, including the Central Bank, whose vaults contained an estimated $425m. It snaffled a pipeline network filled with 3m barrels of oil. Its self-declared caliphate included some of the best agricultural land in the Fertile Crescent, and the heavy industry...more »
*"The One And The Many"* by Chet Raymo "Near the end of Mary McCarthy's "The Company She Keeps," the protagonist- Meg Sargent, a stand-in for Mary- and her therapist steer away from talking at length about her childhood, "for it suggested... that the universe is mechanical, utterly predictable, frozen, and this in its own way is quite as terrible as the notion that the universe is chaotic." And there you have it, really, the balancing act each of us must maintain if we are to stay sane- call it, if I may use a physical metaphor, the liquid state, somewhere between the immobility o...more »
With guest news analyst Gordon Duff, Senior Editor, Veterans Today. TODAY'S NEWS STORIES AND THEIR SOURCE LINKS *PSAs* 1) False Flag Islamophobia Conference upstages mainstream academy http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/12/12/islamophobia/ 2) Exclusive! Fetzer Fired from FFWN – now interned in Wal-Mart re-education camp http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/01/walmartial-law/ *War on Syria* 3) “EXCLUSIVE”: Sarin materials brought via Turkey & mixed in Syrian ISIS camps – Turkish MP to RT https://www.rt.com/news/325825-sarin-gas-syria-turkey/ 4) Turkey Implicated in Sarin False Flag Attack...more »
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[image: Weapons used by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in the San Bernardino shootings.] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man who bought the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with terrorism-related counts. The FBI arrested Enrique Marquez, 24, on charges of conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook...more »
Saudi Arabia recently announced the formation of a coalition to fight all terrorist groups including Isis/Daesh. It is comprised of 34 mainly Sunni nations, to fight the militant Sunni Isis/Daesh faction terrorizing the Middle East right now. Pakistani columnist and political analyst Wajahat Masood finds it hard to see Saudi Arabia fighting a phenomenon that it helped to create and sustain over the last thirty years. According to Masood the definition of terror is different in the Saudi vocabulary. The kingdom sees terror subjectively. Sputnik News reports: On Tuesday, the Saudi Pre...more »
*"The Human Condition"* by Meanings of Life "Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings? Are we the result of our dreams, as...more »
*Isaac Davis* - For 218 out 239 years of American history, this nation has been involved in war. The post The 239 Year Timeline of America’s Involvement in Military Conflict appeared first on Waking Times.
Lee Short explains the racket to HDPA If you’re buying or building a house in Auckland—or contemplating doing yours up—then don’t make another move until you’ve checked with your local iwi. Or even up to *thirteen* local iwi, each of them with their hand out. Some of you are already well aware of what is being called a Taniwha Tax, a rule in Auckland’s new Unitary Plan requiring that doing anything more aggressive than mowing your lawn within 100m or so of a place deemed “a site of cultural significance” will require something called a Cultural Impact Assessment" (appropriately enou...more »
*"Bernie Sanders to Americans: Don't Allow Yourselves To * *Be Divided And Conquered By The Ruling Class"* by RCP "As part of a wide ranging interview with philosophical rapper Killer Mike, Sen. Bernie Sanders explains the economic roots of hatred. BERNIE SANDERS: In the 1950s, what state in this country had the lowest paid white workers?Mississippi. What did the whole system tell these white workers, who were the lowest-paid white workers in the U.S.- in other words, these workers were being exploited. What they said is, you can go over to that water fountain and take a drink, and...more »
*Reuters*: *U.N. Security Council puts sanctions focus on Islamic State* UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council warned on Thursday that some countries are failing to implement long-standing sanctions against Islamic State, as an unprecedented meeting of finance ministers put the global focus on cutting off the militant group's funds. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a U.S.- and Russian-drafted resolution that ties together existing measures targeting Islamic State's finances and offers guidance on implementation in a bid to push more countries to act. *MIDD...more »
*“The Story Line Dissolves”* by James Howard Kunstler "Insanity in individuals is something rare- but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule." - Friedrich Nietzsche “Sometimes societies just go crazy. Japan, 1931, Germany, 1933. China, 1966. Spain 1483, France, 1793, Russia, 1917, Cambodia, 1975, Iran, 1979, Rwanda, 1994, Congo, 1996, to name some. By “crazy” I mean a time when anything goes, especially mass killing. The wheels came off the USA in 1861, and though the organized slaughter developed an overlay of romantic historical mythos — especially after Ken Bur...more »
[image: pollution - 900] As COP21 diplomats huddled in Paris, whitehouse.gov promised to show "why we have to act on climate now -- in one chart." An ominous red line bending sharply upwards was labeled "Global Temperature." Big problem -- it's not. If you are going to...more »
"The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing." - Gamel Nasser
Salmon counted at Central Valley hatcheries are below last year's numbers by Dan Bacher Censored News Preliminary figures from Central Valley fish hatcheries reveal that the numbers of salmon that have returned to Sacramento River tributaries to date are below the large numbers projected by the federal government earlier this year. National Marine Fisheries Service abundance
[image: Mashaal - 400] Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal -- a man the left attempted to portray sympathetically during the Gaza conflict of 2014 -- announced that it’s time to reject peace and embrace “jihad, sacrifice, and blood” to defeat Israel. Speaking of the Palestinians who have spread terror in the... Continue reading *“Hamas Leader: Terrorists Stabbing Jews ‘Most Exalted, Noblest of People’”* at *dailywire.com*.
[image: Star Wars] It's been ten years since the last Star Wars movie (30 years since the last good one), and with the premier of The Force Awakens only days away, fans are practically going bonkers with anticipation. The new chapter promises to... Continue reading *“5 Christian Messages Found in Star Wars”* at *crosswalk.com*.
Kuwait has dropped one of its national airline’s most lucrative routes in order to avoid carrying Israeli passengers. Kuwait Airway has reportedly ditched its New York to London flights, in order to comply with a Kuwaiti law that doesn’t recognize Israeli passports. Israeli passports are treated as invalid by sixteen different countries. The Independent reports: The airline made the decision after the US Department of Transport (DOT) declared it had broken the law for refusing to sell a ticket to Eldad Gatt, an Israeli citizen, in 2013. Mr Gatt had wanted to fly to London Heathrow f...more »
Professor Naomi Oreskes is a Harvard historian of science who has made a career studied the the study of the pseudo-scientific opposition to the AGW Hypothesis. This is useful work Her work has undoubtedly been of value, in exposing what are less the less than honest motives of the anti-AGW pseudoscience community., However, Professor Oreskes' recent attack on four distinguished members of the community of science which acknowledges the truth of the AGW Hypothesis. Professor Oreskes claims: There is also a new, strange form of denial that has appeared on the landscape of late, ...more »
An Iranian Emad rocket is launched as it is tested at an undisclosed location October 11, 2015. REUTERS/FARSNEWS.COM/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *CNN:* *Iran missile test sparks concern over nuclear deal implementation* Washington (CNN)Iran is once again testing the international community. A United Nations panel announced this week that Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution when it tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in October. Coming just months before the international community prepares to implement the landmark nuclear deal brokered between Ira...more »
By Paul Homewood https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/files/2015/12/Press-Release-NEW-STUDY-OF-NOAA-USHCN.pdf A new paper has been published showing that bad siting of temperature stations has resulted in NOAA overestimating US warming trends by about 50% since 1979. The study by Anthony Watts, Evan Jones, John Nielson-Gammon and John Christy has carefully identified a subset of 410 USHCN stations, that […]
*“There is going to be carnage in the casino, and the proof lies in the transcript of [US Federal Reserve chair] Janet Yellen’s press conference. She did not say one word about the real world; it was all about the hypothecated world embedded in the Fed’s tinker toy model of the US economy… “In a global economy that is plunging into an epic deflationary contraction, Yellen & Co still embrace mythical and un-measurable benchmarks for domestic full employment and other idealised performance targets. “Indeed, since they operate in what amounts to the pseu...more »
*Time after time, in my self-healing heart centered consultations with my clients, both civilian and veterans, I take great pride in my ability to identify and connect the soul dots of their lives ~ identifying the people who have touched their hearts and souls and setting the stage to acknowledge and thank them for being gifts in their lives. That is the Christmas gift I share with you this year and also do it with great joy and gratefulness: Allen L Roland, PhD* *“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has ...more »
Martin Shkreli, the drug company entrepreneur who sparked outrage for hiking up the price of a life-saving drugs, was arrested by the FBI at his Manhattan apartment early Thursday morning. Shkreli, currently the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals has been charged with securities fraud relating to a drug company he previously headed, Retrophin, and a hedge fund, MSMB Capital Management, where he was a fund manager. The 32 year old pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court and was freed on a $5 million bond. Bloomberg.com reports: Shkreli, 32, ignited a firestorm over drug prices in Sep...more »
An Iranian Middle East expert predicts that the recent economic sanctions imposed on Turkey by Russia over the downing of a Russian bomber, could topple Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Abdoulkarim Firouzkalaei, a lecturer at Tehran University’s international affairs department, says that crippling Russian sanctions on Turkey could eventually lead to a “regime change” in Ankara. Sputnik reports: Relations between Turkey and Iran have also soured in recent years, and more recently over Erdogan’s phone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in which the former warned agains...more »
[image: A Charlie Brown Christmas] This week A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on national prime time television for the 50th time. In a world where the latest greatest technology is outdated in a matter of months, and social media trends come and go in a... Continue reading *“Just Drop the Blanket: The Powerful Moment You Never Noticed in A Charlie Brown Christmas”* at *crosswalk.com*.
A day at 'the gulag': what it's like to work at Sports Direct's warehouse Warehouse staff at the group, the booming retail chain controlled by the billionaire Mike Ashley, are required to go through searches at the end of each shift, for which their time is unpaid, while they also suffer harsh deductions from their wage packets for clocking in for a shift just one minute late. The practices
This morning I spoke to an old friend, a prominent and well-off progressive attorney who lives in a red-leaning swing district with a low-profile, relatively inoffensive-- albeit *very* right-wing-- Republican congressman. He ran against the congressman once but, largely due to typical duplicity and incompetence from Steve Israel and the DCCC, he ended the cycle by saying he would never run again. This week, he was at the White House where he was persuaded to *maybe* give it another try. How did that happen? Herr Trumpf or Ted Cruz, one of whom is almost sure to be on the top of th...more »
A judge has blocked a New York City rule that required preschoolers to get flu vaccines. Judge Manuel Mendez ruled on Thursday that the New York City health department could not require young children to be vaccinated for the flu to attend city-licensed preschools and day care centers, striking down the Bloomberg administrations public health initiative. He said said the city could not add influenza to the list of diseases requiring immunization without action by the Legislature. In blocking the 2013 city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene rule, state Supreme Court Justice Manue...more »
*"The Three Biggest Myths About the Fed’s Rate Hike"* by Bill Bonner PARIS – "The Fed did as expected... It announced it would raise its key rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5% and gradually raise it up over the next three years. Reports the Financial Times: “Historic gamble for Yellen, as Fed makes quarter-point rise.” If all goes well, we’ll be back to “normal” in 2019 – 10 years after the long emergency began! U.S. stocks rose on the news, with the Dow up 224 points – or about 1.3%. *False Premise: *Those who predicted panic were wrong. (Surprises rarely come when t...more »
[image: Linus - 400] A conservative legal firm is pushing back against a public school district's decision to "censor" an elementary school production of A Charlie Brown Christmas after a family's complaint reportedly led officials to remove all religious references from the show. The... Continue reading *“‘Good Grief!’ All Biblical Content Scrubbed from School’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Play”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Mufid Elfgeeh] An upstate New York pizza shop owner admitted Thursday he tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria. Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, a naturalized U.S. citizen, helped arrange travel and funding and put one recruit in touch with an...more »
*Reuters*: *U.N. rights chief blames Burundi leaders for mounting violence* The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights accused Burundi's authorities on Thursday of dragging the country towards full-blown civil war and called for travel bans and asset freezes targeting key officials to try to halt the bloodshed. Speaking at a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein condemned a campaign of political repression that included beatings, arrests and house-to-house searches in which he said at least 400 people had been killed and nearly 3,500 detained. *...more »
The *Daily Mail* have apparently had a "fun" go at the hidden meanings of Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas card, which is annoying as I'd pre-announced this post on the Twitter a few days ago. No matter. Here's my take on the hidden symbolism written in the snow and bikes and stuff. 1. Let's go with the obvious. The Merry Christmas legend isn't dressed up in the swirly-whirly font that usually festoons this sort of thing. It's all a bit redolent of far left newspaper fonts (specifically the *Weekly Worker*), an italicised - playful - version of the distinctly humourless, revolutionary hea...more »
------------------------------ Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet By Mike Whitney Region: Middle East & North Africa, Russia and FSU Global Research, December 16, 2015 Theme: 9/11 & 'War on Terrorism', US NATO War Agenda CounterPunch 25 December 2015 In-depth Report: SYRIA: NATO'S NEXT WAR? Would you be willing to defend your country against a foreign invasion? That’s all Putin is doing in Syria. He’s just preempting the tidal wave of jihadis that’ll be coming his way once the current fracas is over. ...more »
------------------------------ *Kerry’s Moscow Meeting: A Hopeful Sign? * ------------------------------ December 16, 2015 | *Original Here* Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Kerry’s Moscow Meeting: A Hopeful Sign? Paul Craig Roberts As those of you who support this website know, the deal we made is that this is your site, and it will remain up as long as you support it. Many of you have kept our bargain. Today this website alone has hundreds of thousands of readers, and millions more from the many websites in...more »
The phones ring like a curse that is digital but seemed to be anlog in their worth and they ring and ring and ring and ring some more and their is no answer ecpect to ring no more Ring a dingy more and like a life raft I answer and take that call cause I almost drownd not in water but in higthwater in a flodd of humanity when I was just puking mud and being mad and still had my Dad still the phone rings and I answer hopefuly DAD and then I am shattered its a call from not from native sprites but from INAI some bastrard in Mubai go me in his head and he needs some delivery from me to kee...more »
*Lichens are consoled and removed* by ÉirePort Lichens are consoled and removed. Harrows are smoothed and patched. Green pastures are viewed from the border. Fields of Light are now the norm. ÉirePort | December 17, 2015 at 08:08 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-wD
NZ is in an economic sweet spot, said EMA chief executive Kim Campbell on Morning Report this morning, citing as part of his eulogy to our economic activity the Christchurch rebuilding. “It is a gift that keeps on giving,” he says. Just contemplate that for a moment. Here is someone trained in mainstream economics, and saying some other good things in the interview, who describes as “a gift that keeps on giving” a disaster that killed 185 people and destroyed homes, buildings and billions of dollars of wealth —quite as if the source of economic stimulus is destruction. Incredible. ...more »
[image: Mary and Joseph - 900] Many critics, attempting to discredit accounts of the virgin conception of Jesus, have argued that the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke are simply late additions that were not present in the first versions of these gospels. These claims are typically based...more »
Denmark has had a harsh stance toward refugees recently and has tried discouraging asylum seekers from entering the country. The Danish government feels that the refugee crisis from the Middle East is overwhelming the country’s resources and is taking measures to compensate herself by seeking possession of certain goods from refugees and asylum seekers in order to remain functioning as a viable European state. The government is considering laws that would give authorities ‘the power to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers.’ If items that are deemed valuable are found , they ...more »
[image: Syrian refugees - 400] A proposal to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States has ignited a bitter debate in Washington, but more than 10 times that number of people from the embattled country have quietly come to America since 2012, according to... Continue reading *“Obama has Resettled 100,000 Refugees Since 2012”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: Defund Planned Parenthood, Pro-life, Women Betrayed, Abortion] A poll released Monday found majority support among Republicans, Democrats and independents for continuing to investigate Planned Parenthood after undercover videos showed that the abortion giant may have illegally profited from harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies. According to...more »
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015Gorilla dust spreads confusion:* We're closely tracking Kevin Drum today. That said, we wanted to add one note to his post about the latest groaner by the New York Times' groaner-infested whiz kid, Michael S. Schmidt. In this post, Drum discusses Schmidt's latest groaner. It involves the claim, apparently false, that K-1 visa star Tashfeen Malik had "talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad." Does the New York Times' Michael S. Schmidt ever *not* get it wrong? Drum says this is his second major howler. We feel fairly sure that it's...more »
Yesterday, December 15, was the first day the new Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) subsidy reporting rules came into effect. From now on, every state and local government's annual financial reports will be required to report on tax subsidies they give, or even simply lose revenue to (say, a school district losing revenue to a city-granted property tax abatement). This will be the biggest increase in subsidy transparency in the 20-odd years I have been studying the issue. Good Jobs First's Greg LeRoy put it well: "In the history of incentive reform, it is no exaggeration ...more »
No decisions have been made about any deployment of British troops to Libya, the Government said *Daily Mail:* *Britain prepares to send 1,000 troops and Special Forces to Libya to help stem the rise of ISIS * * Britain is preparing to deploy up to 1,000 troops and Special Forces to Libya * Fears remain over growing expansion of ISIS presence in and around Sirte * A small team of soldiers will be deployed to carry out 'scoping' missions * British military personnel would contribute to a 6,000-strong Italian-led mission to train and support local forces Britain is preparing to depl...more »
*Reuters*:* Libyan factions sign U.N. deal to form unity government* Delegates from Libya's warring factions signed a U.N.-brokered agreement on Thursday to form a national unity government, a deal that Western powers hope will bring stability and help to combat a growing Islamic State presence. Four years after Muammar Gaddafi's fall, Libya is deeply fractured, with a self-declared government in Tripoli and an internationally recognised one in the east - each backed by coalitions of former rebels and militias. The U.N. deal calls for a presidential council to lead a unified gove...more »
[image: Venetian Resort at Christmas Las Vegas - 900] ‘Tis the season to be jolly even when talking about a presidential politics, a tall order given that in the current climate we have to wonder if singing “White Christmas” is a micro-aggression. But like the brave postman (Sorry, letter carrier) trudging through...more »
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015A crackpot named Fiorina:* Yesterday, we said we're living in a watershed era—an era which features the death of the gatekeepers. Journalistic gatekeepers used to protect us from hearing crazy ideas and claims. Republican and Democratic party gatekeepers used to protect us from being exposed to crazy White House candidates. All those protections are gone. We're constantly hearing crazy ideas and crazy claims from crazy candidates. Many voters can't seem to identify them as same. They never had to exercise such skills before. Meanwhile, crazy people are...more »
Fox News/Judge NapolitanoatThe Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: criminal investigation] While the country has been fixated on Donald Trump’s tormenting his Republican primary opponents and deeply concerned about the government's efforts to identify any confederates in the San Bernardino, California, killings, a team of federal prosecutors and FBI agents continues... Continue reading *“Criminal Investigation of Hillary Clinton Moving Forward”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: clouds - 409] Seattle 'mushroom cloud' looks fake, but it isn't. @jeffrennerwx explains: https://t.co/FPiQqVi2kv #k5weather pic.twitter.com/Pmr0Cdr5ON — KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) December 16, 2015 "What the heck kind of cloud formation (I hope) was this?" KING-TV viewer Kathy Fisher asked on the station's... Continue reading *“Huge Mushroom Cloud Appears Over Seattle; Looks Fake But Isn’t”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: spending bill] The spending bill released by Congress overnight dealt a victory to Obamacare opponents, blocking a bailout of insurers reporting losses through the healthcare program. Payments to insurers through a once-obscure provision within the law known as the risk corridors have... Continue reading *“Congress Blocks Bailout of ObamaCare Insurers in Spending Bill”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.
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The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has been ordered to stand trial in France over her involvement in a dispute when she was France’s finance minster in 2008. She is accused of negligence and could face a one year prison sentence. dpa International reports: In a statement released by her lawyer, Lagarde said she would appeal the order. Lawyer Yves Repiquet said that Lagarde, “acted in the best interest of the French state and in full compliance with the law.” Lagarde, 59, has been under investigation for alleged negligence for her involvement in the arbit...more »
*Guest by Affordable Auckland mayoral candidate Stephen Berry* The campaign by a Titirangi neighbourhood to prevent two landowners legally felling their own tree has got a boost after Auckland Mayoral candidate Phil Goff gave his support yesterday. It's time, I think, that all the declared Mayoral candidates give their position on the issue. Both Goff from the left and Bright from the loony left have shown they support replacing proper legal process with mob rule, and that the invasion of private property by neighbourhood thugs and bullies is completely justified if it furthers thei...more »
*This commodity is in an ‘epic bear market’* "*Chris Verrone, technician at Strategas Research, sees an even worse scenario for nat gas, predicting it may go as low as $1.50. * * The steady decline in natural gas prices has become an "epic bear market," Verrone said Monday on "Power Lunch," one that should take several years to correct. In the meantime, he said investors should watch for upside resistance at $2 and sell any short-term bounce. * * "When we get declines of this magnitude, it takes many, many, many years to repair. So even if we are in the vicinity or the neighborhoo...more »
[image: muslim_brotherhood - 900] LONDON (AP) -- Some members of the Muslim Brotherhood have supported violence and involvement with the group can be an indicator of extremism -- but it should not be banned in Britain, the government said Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron...more »
[image: Basketball match with ball in focus] BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota mom says she said a little prayer before hoisting a basketball half-court and sinking her shot to win thousands of dollars off her daughter’s private school tuition. Angela Ramey and her daughter, Grace raised...more »
Kristan T. Harris of The Rundown Live show discusses the history of the skull and bones secret society giving the listener all they need to know in just 7 minutes. He includes references to: problem reaction solution, Hegelian Dialectic, Yale, 322, skull and bones, Illuminati, Adam Weishaupt, General William Huntington Russel, Alfonso Taft, William Howard Taft, Samuel Russel, Johan Flitche, Warren Delano Jr, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Cleeve Green, Abeil Low, Joseph Coolidge, George Wilhelm Friedruich Hegal, and Perkins, Stugis and the Forbes families.
Researchers in Germany have retracted their 2011 article in the Journal of Bacteriology after another lab pointed out a fatal error in the paper. The article, “Escherichia coli Exports Cyclic AMP via TolC,” came from a group at Tübingen University led by Klaus Hantke. The paper focuses on the crucial role of the membrane channel […] The post E. coli gene paper falls to mistaken mutation appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: secret dinner] Last week, a number of Republican Party leaders -- including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- gathered for a dinner party organized by Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. They reportedly discussed how the party would handle the possibility... Continue reading *“The RNC’s Secret Dinner about a Brokered Convention Is No Surprise. Here’s Why.”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
Alicia A. Caldwell & Tami AbdollahatThe Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Michele Thoren Bond - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A State Department official says the U.S. has revoked more than 122,000 visas since 2001, including 9,900 because of the threat of terrorism. Michele Thoren Bond is assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Bond says...more »
[image: William Porter - 900] BALTIMORE (AP) -- As jurors deliberated the fate of one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore braced for a possible repeat of the protests, destruction and dismay that engulfed the city in April, when...more »
[image: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. appears poised to lift at least some sanctions against Iran -- possibly as early as January. Secretary of State John Kerry says in a Wednesday to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iran is fulfilling...more »
*Putin gives his yearly Press Conference* *Watch in full* Wherein he made the now famous quote about why Turkey decided to shoot down a Russian jet in Syria: As for whether The Kremlin thinks the US was in any way involved in the downing of the Russian warplane, Putin said he wasn’t aware of any American involvement, but did suggest (literally) that Erdogan may have been trying to kiss Washington’s ass or, in Bloomberg’s more politically correct terminology, “Turkey may have been trying to curry favor with the largest member of NATO”. *Putin: “If someone in Turkey decided to kiss A...more »
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It’s ‘peeback’ time for a London borough that has decided to install special anti-pee walls in time for Christmas. The design is intended to punish people who urinate in public by ‘bouncing’ their pee right back at them. Hackney Borough Council has announced it will paint hot spots with a special liquid which deflects urine, effectively soaking offenders’ shoes and trousers. Use a toilet if you need to go. We’ve got walls that ‘wee back’ in Dalston and Shoreditch: https://t.co/27d3Qer3A5 pic.twitter.com/e3ikMb6DqT — Hackney Council (@hackneycouncil) December 16, 2015 Their anti-pee ...more »
If I had some money for tomorrow I would spend it all today cause I am so in love with yesterday I cant deal with the futur cause its so hot and comming so fast that my glove no matter how padded will not leave my hand shatterted Living in a cave just me and me and my man brave thinking aboot the world out there and clingy underwher better than whitty titeys and people and women and love and the whole damm thing that made me go semi undgergound
By Paul Homewood http://www.windpowerengineering.com/uncategorized/rare-earths-minerals-used-in-windpower-technology-could-fall-into-short-supply/ Following on from discussion of Chinese policy on climate change, this article from Windpower is highly pertinent. It was written in 2013, but still seems to be relevant: According to a new IHS Chemical global market research report, a growing global dependence upon a multitude of diverse technologies […]
[image: police_line_crime_scene] ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) -- A man firing randomly from his pickup truck killed two people in separate shootings on an Oklahoma interstate, a local sheriff said. The suspected shooter surrendered early Thursday and was being held in a county jail....more »
'Fourteen Parisian worshippers were poisoned on Monday after their synagogue's electronic lock was daubed with poison. Members of the Jewish community of Bonneuil-sur-Marne, in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris, called emergency services to report a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin. It is believed 25 firemen rushed to the synagogue, where they treated congregants and traced their condition to the daubed lock. The substance was described as a "nonlethal irritant" and was sent to a police forensic lab for analysis. The shul, which is und...more »
Amid a supposed unified global war against Daesh (ISIS) terrorism, NATO has decided to absorb Montenegro, in a move which is bound to provoke Moscow. Moscow sense that invitation as a sleight which confirms their suspicions of the West’s expansionist agenda – including in the Balkans. Invitation to Montenegro to join NATO affects Russia’s interests and proves the Alliance’s expansion its mode of existence. — Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) December 7, 2015 Italian journalist Giampaolo Rossi asks why it is that the Western alliance’s top commanders have decided that now, in the...more »
*ABC News*: *Defense Secretary Ash Carter: It Was a 'Mistake' to Use Personal Email for Work* Defense Secretary Ash Carter has come under fire for using a personal email account for official purposes and acknowledged that he made “a mistake." Carter said he used his iPhone to send “administrative messages, no classified information” for some months even after Hillary Clinton became embroiled in her own personal email controversy. A spokesman for Carter said the defense secretary has not only stopped using his private email for work, but has also limited his use of email. Carter b...more »
*Click to enlarge. * *by Gaius Publius* Just a reminder, now that we're sending U.S. crude oil to other countries — so that *other* countries can count *our* carbon extraction against *their* emissions totals, to their climate blame and our financial gain — time does indeed march on. As do global temperature increases. The valuable Greg Laden has the story: *Global Warming In November* The NASA GISS global temperature anomaly for November has been published. ... The huge uptick we saw during the last part of the current year is the result of global warming, which has been pushi...more »
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015Part 4—In theory, mismatch happens:* Is the University of Texas making bad judgments concerning freshman admissions? Aside from that, is the school doing something that's unconstitutional? In theory, those are separate questions. In theory, the Supreme Court is considering the second question, especially concerning the use of race in admission decisions. If memory serves, race is considered a "suspect category" under prevailing constitutional frameworks. For that reason, the use of race must survive "strict scrutiny" if challenged in court. Or somethin...more »
*UNICEF:* *More than 16 million babies born into conflict this year: UNICEF* NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015 – 1 in 8 of all births worldwide this year – UNICEF said today, a figure that underscores the vulnerability faced by increasing numbers of children. “Every two seconds, a newborn takes its first breath in the midst of conflict, often in terrifying circumstances and without access to medical care,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Too many children are now starting their lives in extreme circumstances ...more »
[image: Hebrew tablet - 400] Israeli researchers announced Thursday the discovery of an extraordinary 1,500-year-old marble tablet at the Sea of Galilee engraved with religiously significant Aramaic words written in Hebrew letters, which suggests the place was once a Jewish or Jewish-Christian settlement. The engraved,... Continue reading *“Archaeologists Find Hebrew Letters Engraved on Tablet at Jesus Miracle Site. These are the Two Words They’ve Identified So Far”* at *theblaze.com*.
[image: Outbound. THE VOICE -- "Live Semis" Episode 917A -- Pictured: Jordan Smith -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)] Season 9 of the popular NBC vocal competition show The Voice (which concluded on December 15) brought several young artists into the spotlight with one thing in common: their faith in Christ. Roberts, pop hopeful Jordan Smith, and youthful crooner... Continue reading *“‘The Voice’ Contestants Put Hymns in the Spotlight”* at *christianitytoday.com*.
Idly watching the parliament channel yesterday I realised the topic was the Israeli / Palestinian situation. My ears pricked up. I paid attention to what I was watching. It was the HoC. International Development Questions. This exchange occurred: *John Howell:* I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.*The Prime Minister has been clear that Palestinian incitement will not be tolerated. As many as 25 Palestinian Authority schools are named after Palestinian terrorists, including Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 37 Israeli citizens. Will th...more »
A youth works at a makeshift oil refinery in Syria that, according to its owner, gets crude oil from Islamic State-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq. *VOA*: *International Community Takes Aim at Islamic State’s Coffers* UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt new measures Thursday to stem the flow of cash to terrorists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). For the first time, finance ministers of the 15-nation council will meet to adopt a resolution. The text is aimed at expanding and strengthening the current sanctions framework in place aga...more »
Another retraction has appeared for Teresita Briones, who used to study neuroscience at Wayne State University — the final of five papers flagged by the Office of Research Integrity for containing falsified data. According to the ORI notice published in May, Briones “intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly engaged in research misconduct by falsifying and/or fabricating data.” This […] The post Fifth retraction for Wayne State researcher who fudged figures appeared first on Retraction Watch.
By Paul Homewood It has not taken long to unravel!! 1) Britain follows Paris deal with cuts to green subsidies Britain cut more renewable energy subsidies on Thursday, putting jobs at risk and drawing criticism for losing credibility in tackling climate change, a week after the landmark deal in Paris. Britain’s […]
[image: Ash Carter] IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Thursday that he used a personal email account to conduct some government business until “a few months ago.” “I should have known better,” Carter told reporters traveling with him...more »
[image: US-BUSINESS-REAL-ESTATE] Those initiatives are an attempt by Blum’s president, Mike Lancaster, to answer a question that resonates across the industry: Faced with an aging workforce, how can construction companies attract the young workers they need for the ongoing expansion? "The old days... Continue reading *“Builders Are Desperate to Hire Millennials”* at *bloomberg.com*.
*Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast*: *Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins* *The plans of the next president are personal to the officers of the Pentagon, who are threatening to quit if The Donald becomes commander-in-chief.* Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to build up the U.S. military if elected president. But it is not clear he will have the experienced commanders within the ranks to do it. In the halls of the Pentagon, there is a different plan afoot for the Trump presidency. Here, officers are privately contemplating wha...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *Putin Says Trump Is Front-Runner in U.S. Presidential Race* *Russian president welcomes Donald Trump’s calls for Washington to improve relations with Moscow* MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin described Donald Trump as the “absolute front-runner” in the U.S. presidential campaign and a colorful and talented person, cheering the American real estate mogul’s calls to improve U.S.-Russian relations. Mr. Putin made the comments Thursday after his annual news conference, during which he vowed to work with any leader U.S. voters elect. Afterward, the Russi...more »
*New York Times:* *Vladimir Putin Chides Turkey, Praises Kerry and Backs Russia’s Economy* MOSCOW — A typically confident and, at times, combative President Vladimir V. Putin declared on Thursday at his traditional year-end news conference that the Russian economy, battered by the slump in oil prices, had reached a floor and would rebound in 2016 and in subsequent years. Mr. Putin praised the efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry to find a political solution to the war in Syria and admitted that there were Russian personnel in Ukraine but no regular soldiers. “We never said the...more »
Modern education reform started in 1965, when the passage of the first Elementary and Secondary Education Act signaled that policy elites had chosen the politically expedient over the morally responsible. In doing so, the root causes of poverty and racism were buried beneath a mountain of misplaced blame labeled school accountability. The segment below this post from *The Mismeasure of Education* explains what I mean. Beginning with ESEA, unequal student achievement became the proxy for deep inequalities that go all the way back to slavery, but instead of addressing the resulting...more »
Yeah baby thats what the years have given me and you My mind is not my own our totally own me and when I try to separate its a meldown meltdown of love it do not leave any phycisal screens or insects of love that might crawl back and destroy the presetnt existance Meltdown of love its nuclear and loving Fuckishima forever because I am envoled with love in that plan cause I love you so much I would eat radiation for lunch and asa gohan Baby baby baby its like I just do not not knw were teh world begins and you end your legs are so long but I want to walk with you forever so that should b...more »
[image: Federal Reserve - 400] We know how the Federal Reserve used to raise interest rates. It raised the rate at which banks can borrow from each other -- the federal funds rate -- limited the supply of funds available for banks to borrow, and... Continue reading *“Here’s How the Fed Will Raise Interest Rates”* at *marketplace.org*.
[image: Keynote speaker Stacey Newman State Representative 73rd District speaks at Women's History Month Celebration hosted by MoDot EODD] "When you think of Missouri," urges New York Times columnist Gail Collins, "give a fond mental shout-out to Stacey Newman." Collins' plug comes in response to a bill Newman introduced to the Missouri state legislature intended as an eye-poke to...more »
The Washington Free BeaconatThe Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton] Hillary Clinton was asked by an attendee at her town hall meeting in Iowa Wednesday if she would sign a pledge saying that she would not accept money from the fossil fuel industry. Clinton said that she did not think... Continue reading *“Clinton: ‘I Don’t Know That I Ever Have’ Taken Money from Fossil Fuel Industry”* at *freebeacon.com*.
[image: Faida Hamdy - 400] It is hardly surprising that when Faida Hamdy wonders whether she is responsible for everything that happened after her moment of fame she is overwhelmed. Mrs Hamdy was the council inspector who, five years ago today confiscated the vegetable stall... Continue reading *“‘I Started the Arab Spring. Now Death is Everywhere, and Extremism Blooming’”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.
[image: shkreli martin] Martin Shkreli, who drew national scorn for hiking the cost of a life-saving drug by 4,000 percent overnight, has been arrested, according to multiple reports early Thursday. The 32-year-old founder and CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical made headlines in September for... Continue reading *“CEO That Raised Drug Price 4,000 Percent Arrested”* at *thehill.com*.
[image: People hold candles as they attend a vigil at the San Manuel Stadium to remember those injured and killed during the shooting at the Inland Regional Center were killed on December 3, 2015 in San Bernardino, California.] ISIS Strikes in California Bennetta BetBadal was her parents' only daughter. Like most other Assyrian children growing up in Tehran, she attended Shushan Assyrian School, a school that I attended for the first five years of my education. Jizet, Bennetta's...more »
[image: interest rates - 400] The US central bank has raised interest rates by a quarter percentage point and pledged a gradual pace of increases. This marks the end to the near-zero borrowing costs that have prevailed since the US was struck by the worst... Continue reading *“When Interest Rates Rise”* at *ig.ft.com*.
* Updated! Scroll down.* *On December 16th it was reported - * *"US military says pulls 12 fighter jets from base in Turkey"* *Pay attention to the time frame, please.* *US Defence Secretary Ash Carter- Addressing US troops at Incirlik, December 15/15* WASHINGTON: The *U.S. military* said Wednesday it was *pulling* 12 *F-15* Eagles and Strike Eagle fighter jets from Incirlik air base in Turkey* after deploying them there last month.* A spokesman at the U.S. military's European Command told Reuters *the aircraft had completed a temporary deployment.* *A temporary deployment?* *T...more »
The final batch of the round £1 coins was minted at The Royal Mint on Wednesday, making way for the introduction of a new 12-sided replacement. The new dodecagon shaped coin will come into circulation in 2017 and is designed to combat counterfeiting. The new pound coin is described as the “most secure in the world” and was designed by a 15-year-old schoolboy. The Daily Mail reports: The current £1 coin was introduced in 1983 by the Royal Mint with designs that celebrate the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, with 24 different styles depicting capital cities, bridges and ...more »
------------------------------ Key statements following meeting between Putin, Lavrov, and Kerry in Moscow The Kremlin website may have more substantial information, at least on what the Russian delegation said. Hopefully, the Kremlin counted the silver before the US delegation left. With Nuland, Tefft and company, no telling what they would lift as souvenirs. From Fort Russ *Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ**15th December, 2015* *U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry confirmed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin that Washington is ready to work with Moscow to ...more »
The establishment doesn't hate Donald Trump because he's a bigoted narcissist. They hate him because of truths like this that occasionally escape his uncensored maw: *We have spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that frankly if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges and all of the other problems, our airports and all the other problems we have we would have been a lot better off I can tell you that right now. We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East but to humanity, the peopl...more »
*Reuters:* *Yemen peace talks struggling in Switzerland amid disputes: sources* U.N.-sponsored Yemeni peace talks in Switzerland appeared to be struggling amid differences over government demands for the release of senior officials held by the Iran-allied Houthis, sources close to the talks said on Thursday. The dispute comes amid fresh fighting between the Houthis and forces loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in which at least 15 people were killed from both sides, according to tribal and medical sources. Peace talks began on Tuesday away from television ...more »
A comment on the old education law, "No Child Left Behind" (Susan Ohanian, December, 2006). When Congress passes No Child Left Unfed, No Child Without Health Care and No Child Left Homeless, Then we can talk seriously about No Child Left Behind. Updated version: A comment on the new education law, "Every Child Succeeds." When Congress passes Every Child is Well-Fed, Every Child has Proper Health Care and No Child is Left Homeless, Then we can talk seriously about "Every Child Succeeds"
The second week of December saw a rise in attacks and casualties in Iraq as the religious ceremonies ended and things went back to normal. The previous week saw the lowest number of dead and wounded for the year due to the heavy deployment of security forces during Arbaeen. With that over violence returned to its regular pace. There were 128 security incidents mentioned in the papers from December 8-14. That was up from 118 the week before, but comparable to the last several months. Baghdad led the nation with 52 attacks, along with 23 in Salahaddin, 19 in Anbar, 18 in Ninewa, 7 ...more »
Life is like Lego we just have to collect the right bricks and assembly them carefully but the biggest problem is we don't know how to deal with the ones we have let alone obtain the special part that make a life masterpiece of perfect harmony The partner brick is the one the one magic assembly that every predistitator needs to create an illusion of mastery over life because we can think that way if we are powerful enough our models may be torn apart in the future and reallocated for some other lovers part, but today all that matters is that the modules fit perfectly I made a Lego submari...more »
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain is not in a rush to strike Syria, as it is revealed the Royal Air Force (RAF) has not struck an ISIS target in the country for 11 days. The admission is slightly at odds with the urgent tone of debate before British MP’s voted on extending airstrikes from Iraq into Syria a couple of weeks ago. RT reports: In his first update to the House of Commons since the vote, Hammond told MPs on Wednesday the UK is not “rushing to strike” IS. Hammond also took the opportunity to claim that no civilian deaths were known to have resulted from UK ...more »
Yesterday, there were 10 pheno papers trying to explain the bump near \(750\GeV\) if the bump is not just a deceitful fluke. Three preprints mentioned supersymmetry, mostly suggesting that the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM) doesn't look quite compatible with the data. *SSM wasn't a supersymmetric standard model when I was a teenager. It was the Socialist Youth Union whose membership offer I had to refuse. ;-)* Today, the number of papers on the bump decreased by 20%, to eight. And they have a rather different focus. I won't discuss all the papers one by one anymore b...more »
A paper that screened for antibodies that target TNFα, a major source of inflammation, has been retraction after an investigation revealed the peer-review process may have been compromised. We’ve seen the peer review process “compromised” in a handful of ways — from a mathematician who oversaw the process on several of his own papers, to some 250 […] The post “The peer review process was compromised”: Inflammation drug paper pulled appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Putin and Trump] Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a glowing review of one of the most controversial candidates for the U.S. presidency, telling Russian media that Donald Trump was an absolute leader in the race. Putin made the comments Thursday to Russian... Continue reading *“Did Putin Just Endorse Donald Trump?”* at *cnbc.com*.
Emissions have remained relatively thick as viewed from the unit 1 cam, as illustrated in these screenshots taken over the last few days: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jrk2xjm8v6mvb20/December%2013%20%20through%20December%2017%202015.pdf?dl=0 I cannot get the TEPCO cam 4 to load and operate so I have no recent views from that cam. Today, the TBS cam is down as well. The flashing light is back on today at the Futaba cam but its hard to see much else because the Daiichi plant is very dark. Here are some representative screenshots from Dec 17: December 17, 2015 23:45 (PM) December 17 1...more »
[image: [LEGO.JPG]] Life is like Lego we just have to collect the right bricks brick by brick and then another brrick and assembly them carefully but the biggest problem is we don't know how to deal with the ones we have let alone obtain the special part that make a life masterpiece of perfect harmony The partner brick is the one the one magic assembly that every predistitator needs to create an illusion of mastery over life because we can think that way if we are powerful enough our models may be torn apart in the future and reallocated for some other lovers part, but today all that matte...more »
[image: Denmark refugee] In recent months, Denmark has taken a fairly harsh stance toward refugees. In September, for example, authorities published an ad in Lebanese newspapers carrying an unmistakable message to foreigners who might think about seeking asylum: Don’t come to Denmark. Now, the country is debating another... Continue reading *“Denmark Wants to Seize Some Jewelry and Cash from Refugees”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Donald Trump Ted Cruz] The emerging consensus among the political cognoscenti is that Donald Trump won Tuesday night's Republican debate in Las Vegas because nobody had the nerve to attack him, except for Jeb Bush--who, Trump accurately pointed out, is languishing in single digits and... Continue reading *“Is Ted Cruz Winning the War with Trump Without Even Firing a Shot?”* at *bloomberg.com*.
Acton Institute/Joe CarteratThe Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: It's a Wonderful Life] Upon it's initial release in 1946, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life was something of a financial flop, failing to reach the break-even point of $6.3 million. Although it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it wasn't until... Continue reading *“The Economics Behind It’s a Wonderful Life”* at *blog.acton.org*.
US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Turkey to withdraw from Iraq any military personnel unauthorized by Baghdad. Baghdad has said that the entry of a battalion of Turkish troops was an incursion and a serious violation of its sovereignty. The White House made their announcement in a statement on Wednesday after a phone conversation between Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi. The White House statement said that Turkey should be as committed to respecting Iraq’s sovereignty, just as Washington is. The office of the Vice President released a readout of the phone call Bid...more »
*Michael Forrester* - Psychoactive plants and hallucinogens have given us the opportunity to see life through different perspectives for thousands of years. The post 5 Powerful Psychedelics That Reorganize the Brain and Elevate Consciousness appeared first on Waking Times.
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12052582/Even-if-the-global-warming-scare-were-a-hoax-we-would-still-need-it.html AEP is off on one of his global warming rants again, trying to persuade us that China is going to make drastic reductions in use of fossil fuels: Whether or not you accept the hypothesis of man-made global warming is irrelevant. The Chinese Academy and the Politburo do […]
Why isn't Rick Snyder running for the GOP nomination? The most hated man in America, Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical drug gouger, was just arrested in New York this morning on securities fraud charges, though not on price gouging. Related: Tuesday night's GOP debate was filled with hatred and bombast from a mostly desperate group of ugly Republican politicians striking out irrationally at President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the supposed subject of foreign policy and national security, which was nothing more than a backdrop for their permission to screech unaccountable lies at t...more »
http://www.theguardian.com/ The Truth And Reconciliation Commission released its report on Tuesday. If all of its 94 recommendations are implemented, the way Canada is governed will radically change. Tom Walkom writes that some changes will be easy: Many recommendations involve education. Aboriginal history should be taught to all children. Lawyers should learn about traditional aboriginal law. Journalism students should be taught aboriginal history in order to help them avoid tired stereotypes. Such recommendations are politically eas...more »
Siasat.pk *Reuters*:* Exclusive: U.S. supplies Syrian fighters ahead of push for Islamic State town* The United States has delivered a fresh supply of ammunition to Syrian Arab fighters ahead of an expected stiff battle with Islamic State as they push toward the Syrian town of al-Shadadi, a key logistics hub for the group, U.S. officials tell Reuters. The munitions were shipped into Syria over land in recent days to Syrian Arab forces fighting in the northeast part of the country, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the operation...more »
[image: marijuana flower] DENVER -- The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid wading into a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska over Colorado's legalized marijuana system. Oklahoma and Nebraska say Colorado's legal marijuana system has created a flood of... Continue reading *“Feds Ask Supreme Court to Stay Out of Lawsuit Over Colorado Marijuana”* at *usatoday.com*.
[image: Cuba cart__1450357765_126.96.36.199] As President Barack Obama plots a path to Cuba, the big question isn't whether he'll visit the island during his final year in office. It’s how many Republicans will beat him there. A year after the U.S. and Cuba announced... Continue reading *“GOP Falling for Cuba’s Allure”* at *politico.com*.
*The Guardian*: *Putin admits Russian military presence in Ukraine for first time* Russian president concedes military intelligence officers were operating in the country but insists it’s not the same as regular Russian troops. Vladimir Putin has for the first time admitted the presence of Russian military specialists in east Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied a military presence in the conflict, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But the Russian president conceded there were military intelligence officers operating in the country in a marathon press conference on ...more »
Evening wrap...... *EU Busters* @EU_Buster 4m 4 minutes ago IMF #*Lagarde* to stand trial for negligence http://www. politico.eu/article/imf-chief-lagarde-to-stand-trial-for-negligence/ … >> Anyone guess what the bastard verdict will be? Go on! *Agence France-Presse* @AFP 6m 6 minutes ago EU leaders set June 30 deadline for new border force to slow influx of migrants http://u.afp.com/ZAPY [image: Embedded image permalink] *fred walton* @fredwalton216 1h 1 hour ago fred walton Retweeted Peter Spiegel EUCO Conclusions on refugee / migrant crisis. fred wal...more »
[image: Enrique Marquez] Federal prosecutors have decided to bring criminal charges against the friend and former neighbor of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Several federal law enforcement officials tell NBC News that the first criminal charges to stem from the massacre will... Continue reading *“Criminal Charges to Be Brought Against Enrique Marquez, Ex-Neighbor of San Bernardino Shooters”* at *nbcnews.com*.
[image: Empty classroom, empty desks, school, teaching, chalkboard] A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, "There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." Female students at Riverheads High School...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton and Warren Buffett at an organizing event in Omaha, Nebraska.] OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- With billionaire investor Warren Buffett looking on, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and expand upon the so-called “Buffett rule” pushed by the Obama administration to raise...more »
[image: Paul Ryan] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are ready to whip a year-end tax-cut compromise through the House as Congress prepares to finish 2015 in a flurry of accomplishment that belies the partisan collisions sure to dominate the coming election year. Though House...more »
[image: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew Remarks in Kyiv, Ukraine, Nov. 13, 2015] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Finance ministers from the 15 nations on the U.N. Security Council will meet Thursday to adopt a resolution aimed at disrupting the outside revenue that the Islamic State extremist group gets from selling oil and antiquities,...more »
[image: President Barack Obama] Republicans upset with President Barack Obama's international climate change agreement remain committed to the few options they have to do something about it. "Honestly, I never feel helpless," insisted Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., one of the leaders in the House...more »
*School football Coach Was Sidelined for Praying. Now He’s Fighting Back* The high school football coach who was removed from his job for praying at the 50-yard line after games filed a federal complaint today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arguing the school discriminated against him based on his faith, The Daily Signal has learned. “I just don’t think it’s right, what the school district did,” Joe Kennedy, a football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington State, told The Daily Signal. The whole idea of having to hide my faith where nobody can see me doi...more »
*Scientific dissent squelched* *Peter Wood, chairman of the National Association of Scholars has sent the email below to members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He has also sent a version to the board members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It explains itself pretty clearly.But some important background:The National Association of Scholars was drawn into this by James Enstrom, a former UCLA senior scientist who was fired after he blew the whistle on a major fraud at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) which is som...more »
Senate Armed Service Committee. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera. *The Hill:* *Public statements on Afghanistan rosier than classified briefings, senators say* Public statements by U.S. officials on the situation in Afghanistan are more optimistic than what they say in closed briefings, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday. “What we hear in classified briefings about the direction and signals and all of the things that are occurring in Afghanistan directly contradict some of the rosy public statements that are made about what is happening in the coun...more »
Three live accounts from CBC, CTV, and the Ottawa Citizen covering Mike Duffy's allegations *under oath* at his trial that : 1) Con campaign chair Doug Finley's "black ops" team perpetrated the Saanich-Gulf Islands robocalls in the 2008 federal election (Dec. 10 testimony) and 2) Doug Finley said Sona could not have perped the Guelph robocalls in the 2011 election because he hadn't taken their black ops course. (Dec. 16 testimony) John Paul Tasker, live blog at CBC Dec 10 2015 10:01am : "[Gary] Lunn met with Duffy and a lobbyist for Molson (big sponsor of the Olympics) at Hy's ste...more »
*Reuters*: *Obama administration authorizes $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan* The Obama administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan, including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment, drawing an angry response from China. The authorization, which Reuters on Monday reported was imminent, came a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years. The White House said there was no change in the longstandi...more »
CarolineNorway: Force-vaccinated with Gardasil By Stine-Marie Buer Hasvold Skien, Norway Saane Vax, Inc. 14 December 2015 Caroline was born in 2000 and is now 15 years old. My daughter was very sociable, full of energy and always together with her many friends – running, cycling and playing football. She always had a good appetite. The only information we were given when the Gardasil vaccine was offered was that it may cause influenza like symptoms which were temporary, just like other vaccines for children. Even though I had written in the notice book and given information t...more »
The United Nations and the United States have said that they are going to collaborate to form a global police force, bypassing Congress and any Constitutional laws, in order to tackle “violent extremism”. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the plans at the United Nations on Wednesday, saying that her office would work with numerous American cities to form the Strong Cities Network (SCN). Breitbart.com reports: The United Nations is a sharia-compliant world body, and Obama, speaking there just days ago, insisted that “violent extremism” is not exclusive to Islam (which it is). ...more »
as Free Planet is not a Prophecy Channel or Predictive Joseph-many-colour-coat-wearing-pundit I really don't know what to do with this... so, I'll just say it. LAST NIGHT WAS VERY STRANGE I'm talking about the dream I had, so it's probably nothing, it's probably just my 'fear of being fired' or something, because there was a lot of it. A lot of firing. A lot of people targeted. A lot of extreme insane ruinous graphic and visceral extermination horror. SERIOUSLY I mean, I dream, we all know that. We all do. And sometimes all our dreams get *a bit fukced up*. We all know this. We ...more »
Presidential candidate and computer programer John McAfee has predicted that a devastating war, far worse than a nuclear one, is looming between America with ISIS. McAfee has suggested that America is ill-equipped to deal with a coming cyberwar and has warned that we must “prepare ourselves” for an enemy that is “far more clever”. Rt.com reports: When asked if Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s strategy against IS was reasonable, McAfee answered, “No, absolutely not.” That’s an answer most other rivals would agree with, but to McAfee, it’s not about where and how to use the milit...more »
The Pentagon's skunk works is creating technology to build the 'super soldier' of the future. It envisions using augmented reality to help ground troops identify targets, sources of gunfire and help with communication *Daily Mail*: *US military reveals it hopes to use artificial intelligence to create cybersoldiers and even help fly its F-35 fighter jet - but admits it is ALREADY playing catch up* * Darpa says it envisions using augmented reality to help ground troops * It will identify targets, sources of gunfire and help with communication * To make this a reality, it has now award...more »
Some quotes from a person of questionable sanity: " I don’t want to reach the evil fuckers and give them more information, to teach them how to con more Lesbians. I want them gone permanently. " Pseudo, you’re right — they’re the ones who kept taking about violence and murder. But really, they should be careful about giving some angry women those ideas. I can’t imagine that every one of them hasn’t raped or molested a female at some point. They’re male and that’s what males do! I knew those fuckers were disgusting, but really, they’re worse than I thought in how they don’t even p...more »
President Maduro's Socialist party lost control of Congress for the first time in 16 years *Financial Times:* *Venezuela on edge of political crisis* Under a tent decorated in the yellow, blue and red of Venezuela’s flag, members of the ruling socialist party mingled and drank at a sporting event recently with opposition critics, former gang members, military and businessmen. It was an idyllic vision of unity in the most polarised country in Latin America, but one that belies the fact that Venezuela is heading towards a political crisis. A stand-off between branches of government ...more »
*Dobri Dimitrov Dobrev, better known as Grandpa Dobri or Elder Dobri is a 99 year old Bulgarian beggar who walks several kilometers every day to sit or stand in front of one of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia and collect money. He begs not for himself, but for others. He is a true inspiration for us all. * *For more information, please click on the link provided below:* *Goodwall*
Richard Dawid has organized a three-day-long workshop in Munich dedicated to claims that there's something wrong with contemporary theoretical physics because it's untestable. Two critics of science Silk and Ellis have previously called for such a meeting. So some of these critics and some of the string theorists gathered in Bavaria in order to agree about the big picture in which the string theory research takes place. No agreement could have emerged from the meeting – which is good news because the world doesn't have too good experience with treaties signed in Munich. ;-) Dawid a...more »
https://youtu.be/615yXX1K7l4 This interview does show how the BBC obsess over certain topics in order to gloss over others. The most puerile was Evan Davis's attempt to question Donald Trump's comments about the prettiness of his daughter. However it was this comment that I thought summed up BBC/left-wing group think: "He continues to flourish in the polls notwithstanding his controversial proposal that foreign Muslims..." It seems that the BBC don't understand, or maybe can't accept, that Donald Trump might actually be flourishing in the polls because a large number of American...more »
[image: US Army in Germany-900] During a training exercise, a U.S. Army soldier gathers information about the enemy at Camp Albertshof in Hohenfels, Germany on Dec. 8, 2015. Thank you to all our brave troops serving around the globe!
Bernie Sanders Calls Fed Rate Hike Bad News for Working Families "It was an accident!""An accident?Were you on PCP?"- Cameron Diaz to Leslie Mann in "The Other Woman" They decided to raise the interest rate. Because employment is up. The economy is on the upswing! And there's no new war spending occurring now as we're getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan and all those other bombing disaster
Imagine the BBC's reporting if men were more likely to go to university than women. Imagine the BBC's reporting if non white people were less likely to go to university than white people. The BBC would be apoplectic with rage and indignation, feminists and race hustlers would be invited to explain why this state of affairs was a disgrace and symptomatic of the sexism and racism inherent in the UK. However as it's women who are much more likely to go to university than men, and non white people more likely than white, the BBC are really quite relaxed. 'Women are 35% more likely ...more »
U.S. Customs and Border Protectio *Reuters*: *Exclusive: San Bernardino shooters buried in quiet funeral following Islamic rituals* SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who opened fire on a San Bernardino holiday party earlier this month, were buried Tuesday in a quiet, graveside funeral guarded by FBI agents. Many of those who attended mosque with the couple refused to attend, two mosque members said. U.S.-born Farook, 28, and his Pakistani-born wife Malik, 29, killed 14 people and injured 21, in what U.S. officials have called a terrorist attack. The...more »
Russia have confirmed that US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Defense Secretary Ash Carter have pleaded with Putin to help them fight an ISIS cell operating in Europe, who they say are about to launch a massive Sarin gas attack against a major European city. According to Kremlin sources a huge terrorist gas attack may be just days away, and the US and Europe are ill-equipped to prevent it. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Sarin gas, this report continues, is a colorless odorless liquid used as a chemical weapon owing to its extreme potency as a nerve agent and has been classified as...more »
Saudi Princess Basmah Bint Saud, daughter of King Saud, has spoken out against chemtrails and geoengineering at a conference recently. In her speech she refers to the ongoing geoengineering program as a weapon of mass destruction, saying that the constant bombardment of chemicals alongside the artificial modification of Earths climate systems is slowly killing humanity. Activistpost.com reports: She laments the cloud cover generated overhead. She is uneasy about what kind of world we will leave for our children. She has eyes. She sees. She has a brain. She thinks. About this, how c...more »
A Chinese attack submarine launched a simulated attack on the aircraft carrier USS Reagan several weeks ago, simulating a cruise missile attack unexpectedly. According to defense officials the incident occurred near the Sea of Japan in October, which violated the 2014 multinational Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) which China had signed up to with the U.S. CUES was designed to reduce the risk of a shooting incident such as this one from occurring between two naval vessels. US officials have said they are taking the incident as extremely serious. Freebeacon.com reports: A...more »
The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, has boasted on Turkish television that Russia should be very scared and wary of Turkey. “We call on Russia, which is one of our major trading partners, to stay quiet, but we also say that our patience is limited.” “Since the crash of the Su-24 jet, Russia has taken every conceivable opportunity to undermine Turkey.” “Certainly my government behaves like a mature and experienced government, but our patience has limits.” Faced with Russian efforts, we have, no fear, no remorse. We act with moderation, to bring our relations ba...more »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security have activated the National Terrorism Advisory System for the first time on Wednesday, warning members of the public of “self-radicalized actors who could strike with little or no notice.” This new level of public warning to the system will remain active for the next six months, or until events change, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed. The bulletin says that the DHS is “especially concerned that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places“. Ci...more »
Anti-aircraft missile system S400 "Triumph" at a site in the Moscow region. (RIA Novosti/Grigoriy Sisoev) / RIA Novosti *National Interest:* *Revealed: Russia's Plans for Lethal New S-500 Missile System* Russia will soon be fielding the powerful S-500 integrated air and missile defense system, which is currently under development by the Moscow-based defense firm Almaz Antey. Is not clear if the new weapon—which is referred to as both the S-500 Prometey and as the 55R6M Triumfator-M—is an upgraded variant of powerful S-400 (pictured) that Russia recently deployed to Syria or a clea...more »
R. v. Milliken, 2015 ONCA 897:  A misapprehension of the evidence will constitute a miscarriage of justice if the trial judge was mistaken as to the substance of material parts of the evidence, and those errors played an essential part in the reasoning process: *R. v. Morrissey*(1995), 97 C.C.C. (3d) 193 (Ont. C.A.), at p. 221. The misapprehension must go to the substance rather than to the detail and must be material rather than peripheral to the reasoning of the trial judge: *R. v. Lohrer*, 2004 SCC 80,  3 S.C.R. 732, at para. 2. The errors must play an essenti...more »
A member of the U.S. Secret Service, who was on administrative leave, was shot dead in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Arthur Baldwin was an agent for the uniformed division, and was shot several times in the 4700 block of 1st street. When police found his body he was initially unconscious, but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital. CNN.com reports: Authorities were seeking three men in connection with the shooting, which occurred around 2:50 p.m. Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information on the killing. “The Secret Service is aware of this ...more »
The grandmaster of an Italian masonic group, Propaganda Two (P2), has died at the age of 96. Licio Gelli was an Italian financier who was was a member of the countries most notorious and corrupt masonic group, Propaganda Two, which included corrupt Italian politicians and military personnel in its membership. P2 was used to bully and control governments in power via right-wing extremists and the mafia. BBC News reports: Gelli was born in 1919 and first became involved in politics as part of the fascist movement of Benito Mussolini. He later volunteered to fight for Gen Francisco Fr...more »
Scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern have potentially discovered a new particle of nature. The scientists believe the new particle to be a heavier version of the Higgs boson – the so called ‘God particle’. One researcher, Kyle Cranmer, warned that they aren’t yet 100% sure whether the discovery is conclusive, but admitted that it “would be huge if true,” to The New York Times. Sciencealert.com reports: After a hiatus of more than two years, the LHC was fired up again in June to continue smashing particles together – this time at record-breaking energy lev...more »
The holidays are coming quickly upon us. If you haven't started decorating for your Christmas party, don't worry, these four holiday garlands are gorgeous and so easy to make! Which of these is going to be the star of your holiday party? [image: post signature]
Anger at the DCCC is spreading. Well, anger at the DCCC has been huge for over a decade; that it's being talked about more openly and more aggressively at the grassroots level is what's different. Chris Van Hollen and Steve Israel lost dozens and dozens of Democratic House seats (incumbents) and ruined the chances of even more Democratic challengers trying to beat Republicans. Their DCCC organization is riven with self-serving, careerism and corruption and, some would say, even worse: incompetence. John Ellis isn't a Beltway hack. He lives in California's Central Valley and writes...more »
Read the Amnesty USA press release here. Read a report from the day by the Times-Picayune here. The following six photos, including the first two of Usher, were taken by Patrick Melon. The following six photos were taken by Art For Rights All remaining photos are by Nat Williams.
[image: racial profiling] PC: A key lesson from the San Bernardino terrorism -- that fear of racial profiling comes at the expense of security -- already is lost on this regime and the media. They’re back shaming those who hold Muslims in “suspicion.”... Continue reading *“See Something, Say Something (Unless it’s Muslim)”* at *news.investors.com*.
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[image: Donald Trump] My sense of things, last night and in the cold light of morning, is that yesterday evening's Republican debate mostly maintained the primary race's status quo -- Trump on top, Rubio and Cruz jockeying beneath, and room for maybe one more... Continue reading *“The Secret of Trump’s Success”* at *douthat.blogs.nytimes.com*.
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[image: Publisher Refutes NY Times Claim of Cruz Bulk Sales] In a de-bate that be-came something of a ref-er-en-dum on former Pres-id-ent George W. Bush's in-ter-ven-tion-ist for-eign policy, the highest-pro-file com-batants were two fresh-man sen-at-ors: Marco Ru-bio and Ted Cruz. Ru-bio, in line with Bush's leg-acy, called for a more... Continue reading *“Tough Talk vs. Military Muscle”* at *nationaljournal.com* .
*Freddie Grey* *Homicided while in Police Custody* The trial of one of the Baltimore police officers who was charged in the death, while in police custody of Freddie Gray, a young black man, has resulted in a mistrial. The judge in the case of a Baltimore police officer on trial over a death in custody has declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Policeman William Porter is the first of six officers charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The jury deliberated for three days, but could not come to an agreement on all four charges. Police have bee...more »
Last night, I watched the Republican presidential “debate”. It began with a properous-looking crowd in a theatre listening to a gawdawful rendition of “God Bless America”. And then it went downhill. At first the candidates were a dreary lot, all of them speaking as though Islam was the only matter to be concerned about. They ran something like, “If I were president, I would protect American from jihadists.” (clap, clap, clap). Applauses were almost identical in length and tone – as thought someone were turning it on and off with a button. One candidate had nothing to say except that...more »
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We have not Friday Nerd Blogged in a while, and we are reluctant to do anything that might spoil the Force Awakens. Yet, my grading is done and my enthusiasm is making the Kessel Run in record time, so here’s a non-spoilery bit of joy that is early and excessive. May the Force Be With […]
*Part of a continuing series looking at the pagan origins of the Christmas Myths, one day at a time. (Introduction is here.) Today, the story of three mendicants and a star.* *We Three Kings of Orient areOne on a tractor, Two in a CarOne on a scooter Tooting his hooterFollowing yonder star-ar* ~ Fred Dagg*, ‘The Authorised Version’* [image: CARTOON BY CHRIS MADDEN, USED BY PERMISSION] Long before Fred Dagg first sang or the *Bethlehem Star* burst into print, Jesus was born under a star that guided three wise men to his stable door, stopping at Herod’s palace to ask the way. So ...more »
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Convergence: More than 31,000 foreign fighters have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with ISIS, a disturbing new report has revealed *Daily Mail:* *Tentacles of terror: Chilling map shows the 31,000 mercenary 'gun for hire' jihadis from 86 countries who left their homes to join ISIS... and a third may return to carry out Paris-style attacks * * Number of foreigners fighting from ISIS in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled in the past year, new report shows * Fanatics flee homes due to twisted sense of adventure, and the lure of power, money and wo...more »
[image: IS tweets] France’s interior minister asked judicial police on Wednesday to look into tweets by far-right leader Marine Le Pen of gruesome photos of executions by the Islamic State group -- her response to a broadcast journalist broadly comparing her party to... Continue reading *“French Minister Puts Police on Far-Right Leader’s IS Tweets”* at *abcnews.go.com*.
“The Horsehead Nebula is one of the most famous nebulae on the sky. It is visible as the dark indentation to the red emission nebula in the center of the above photograph. The horse-head feature is dark because it is really an opaque dust cloud that lies in front of the bright red emission nebula. Like clouds in Earth's atmosphere, this cosmic cloud has assumed a recognizable shape by chance. *Click image for larger size.* After many thousands of years, the internal motions of the cloud will surely alter its appearance. The emission nebula's red color is caused by electrons recombin...more »
*“Telling Stories: ‘Real’ Life”* by Chet Raymo "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." - William Blake "I have just finished reading Brian Greene's new book, “The Fabric of the Cosmos”. As with his earlier book, “The Elegant Universe”, he does a damn good job explaining the almost unexplainable - string theory, braneworlds, multiple universes, and all that. None of this stuff has an empirical basis, and is not likely to for the foreseeable future. So does it qualify as science? Well, yes, barely. Because in principle...more »
[image: Sam Zell - 400] Billionaire investor Sam Zell said the U.S. economy could go into a recession in the next year and that an expected Federal Reserve interest-rate increase is coming at least six months too late. The central bank has been too cautious... Continue reading *“Billionaire Sam Zell Says Recession Likely in Next 12 Months”* at *bloomberg.com*.
[image: Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus] NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After determining a shooting at a Chattanooga reserve center this summer was inspired by foreign terrorists, the Navy will award the Purple Heart to the four Marines and one sailor who were killed and the one...more »
*"Courage"* "It is in the small things we see it. The child's first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk. The first spanking when your heart went on a journey all alone. When they called you crybaby or poor or fatty or crazy and made you into an alien, you drank their acid and concealed it. Later, if you faced the death of bombs and bullets you did not do it with a banner, you did it with only a hat to cover your heart. You did not fondle the weakness inside you though it was there. Your courage was a small coal that you kept swallo...more »
"*Crabs in a Bucket"* by Sarah Robinson "When I was a little girl, I lived very close (and hour and fifteen minutes) to the Florida panhandle beaches. Which meant we spent a TON of time there. Early evening was one of my favorite times to walk the beach with my mom and my older brothers. We were all clean and fed and slightly sun weary but still desperate to be outside. So, we would grab flashlights, dip nets and a bucket and search the ocean’s edge for crabs. We would catch a bucket full in an evening and drag them back home where my mom or my grandmother would cook them up into s...more »
"Memory, Meanings, Moments and Madness: Wanderers In No Man's Land" by Chris Floyd "Zachary Mason's remarkable novel, "The Lost Books of the Odyssey," is based on a grain of fact. Before the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey were crystallized and canonized in the books of Homer sometime in the 8th century B.C., various (and often conflicting) tales of the Trojan War and its heroes had floated around in various forms for hundreds of years. Some of these variants survive in fragments of other ancient works, like ghostly echoes of alternative universes. Mason's intriguing fictional c...more »
Links....... *Iraq Rebuffs US Assistance in Ramadi Fight**Saudis Pound Yemen as Ceasefire Falters* *Nations Deny Joining Saudi Anti-ISIS Coalition* *Russia, West Still at Odds Headed Into Syria Talks* *Kerry: US Not Seeking Regime Change in Syria* *Pentagon: ISIS Operationally Active in Afghanistan* *Why Washington Ignored Torture by Iraqi Militias* *IAEA Chief: Iran Working at 'High Speed' on Nuclear Deal* *Libya's Rival Parliaments Holding Separate Negotiations* *Saudis, Other Gulf States Mull Sending Troops to Syria* *Russian Airstr...more »
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) *AEI Critical Threats*: *The Russo-Iranian Military Coalition in Syria may be Deepening* The Russo-Iranian military coalition in Syria may be deeper than many have believed. The Iranian armed forces appear to be allowing Russian aircraft to use their military airfields in support of combat operations over Syria. This development is remarkable: Iran is one of the most virulently anti-colonial regimes in the world, and yet it is allowing a former colonial power that had partitioned Persia with Great Britain to place military forces on its territory. But...more »
Is this fat cream puff (in the video above) a serious candidate? Not for any normal person. And, fortunately, most Republican voters agree. Chris Christie is a sleazy, self-serving backroom deal-making hack, not a statesman and not an especially intelligent person. His one contribution to last night's debate was that he did give Rand Paul a good platform to explain why he's utterly unfit for public office, though. So that was good. You may have noticed that to make up for his lack of qualifications for the job, he tried to claim he was the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey during 9/11....more »
*"The agreement itself was masterminded by President Obama. Knowing that the US Congress would never accept a treaty he also recognised the potency of more generalised agreements disciplined by world public opinion…. Obama forged the folksy narrative of attributing localised drought, forest fires and glacier retreats to a generalised global warming when the facts are that there is no change in global precipitation, no change in global temperatures and no general reduction in ice…. In meeting their obligations western nations will incur costs… In addition, subsi...more »
[image: Aero Caribbean ATR-72-212 (CU-T1549) at Baracoa Airport.] HAVANA (AP) -- The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and American officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes. The advance opens...more »
Defence ministry officials sit under screens with satellite images on display during a briefing in Moscow, Russia, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/SERGEI KARPUKHIN *David Axe, Daily Beast*:* Russia Is Using Space Power in Its Attack on Syria* Vladimir Putin’s military is unveiling a new arsenal in its battle with ISIS and other insurgents in Syria. Much of that new military hardware is hundreds of miles above Earth. Russia’s two-month-old military intervention in Syria on behalf of the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has involved dramatic, and highly visible, strik...more »
Fear united the final Republican presidential debate of the year on CNN last night, as candidates for the White House articulated on stage the mass phobia that has gripped the GOP since the attacks of 9/11. Candidate after candidate pleaded with the voters to allow them to act as their commander in chief and give them the opportunity to prove themselves in the gladiatorial world stage in their fight with evil Islamist jihadis, Russia, Iran and other threats lurking in the frightening world beyond the oceans. They all traced their phobias back to the day of September 11, 2001 and the...more »
*'EARLY ENGLISH' BY JOHN W. CLARK : The Norton Library, New York, 1964* I have a small interest in languages and linguistics in general. Not that I could claim to be even moderately expert on the subject, but I've always found the field fascinating. The history of language is a field to itself, and this book makes a claim to introduce the reader to the development of the English language from Anglo-Saxon/Old English Middle English and on to Early Modern English. I hardly think I am an expert judge, but I think the author did a competent job. He begins in the middle so to speak wit...more »
*V. Susan Ferguson* - German researcher Harald Kautz-Vella connects the dots between some of the most mysterious and unsettling phenomenon in our world today. The post Researcher Links AI, Geoengineering, Smart Dust & Morgellons to ET’s appeared first on Waking Times.
Coverage of our Veterans for Peace (VFP) delegation trip to Okinawa was in the two most popular newspapers virtually every day while we were here. Yesterday they carried two stories - one about a great meeting we had with students at Okinawa International University and the other reporting on the tour concluding event in the evening that drew about 300 folks. We heard that some conservative politician in Tokyo had made the statement recently that their right-wing government (which the US loves) needs to shut these two papers down! Obviously their strong support for the anti-base...more »
[image: Nyawel Top - 400] LEER, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudan’s civil war took away everything that had been precious to Mary Nyak Chot. “All my children were killed. The youngest two were burned in their home. The other four were bombed by artillery.... Continue reading *“South Sudan: Devastation of Civil War Continues, 2 Years on”* at *cnsnews.com*.
An Afghan refugee at the UNHCR headquarters in Islamabad, Pak. Pawel Kopczynski—Reuters/Corbis *Anastasia Moloney, Reuters*: *Five humanitarian crises largely overlooked in 2015* BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From civil war and urban gang violence to drought, some humanitarian crises around the world receive less media attention and donor funding than others and are less visible. Below are the top five humanitarian crises of 2015, in no particular order, which aid agencies say deserve more attention on the world stage: *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 16...more »
A Texas plumber filed a lawsuit against a car dealership after spotting a pickup truck he once owned in an ISIS video last year. The owner of Mark-1 Plumbing company, Mark Oberholtze had been flooded with threats after his old truck, still emblazoned with his company’s name and telephone number, was seen driven by ISIS terrorists in Syria. He is suing a Texas Ford dealership (Charlie Thomas Gord) for more than $1 million in financial losses and damages to his company’s reputation, as a result. But the question everyone is asking is how did Mark’s 2005 Ford F250 Super Duty end up in ...more »
*Definitely the follow up news to yesterday's post!* *John Kerry said “Not Seeking Regime Change in Syria” Or Shifting Tactics?* * The creation of this coalition and it's real agenda cannot be lost on Russia, Iran, Syria or Iraq? * *Is this really "Saudi led"- No way! Can't miss the fact that this is a very kosher alliance. (Beneficial and acceptable to Israel )* As I said to james earlier today: "That coalition ain't Saudi led- It's got US/Israel written all over it... " *Read on:* *Saudi-led Muslim alliance includes Pakistan, Qatar, UAE, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, several African na...more »
[image: The Marisposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona] A Middle Eastern woman was caught surveilling a U.S. port of entry on the Mexican border holding a sketchbook with Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch. The woman... Continue reading *“Team Led By Middle Eastern Woman Caught Surveilling US Facility on Mexican Border”* at *judicialwatch.org*.
[image: high school seniors] For the first time, more U.S. high school seniors are smoking marijuana than tobacco, a new survey shows. Daily marijuana use remained relatively stable at 6 percent, while those seniors who said they smoked cigarettes every day dropped from 6.7... Continue reading *“Pot Tops Cigarettes among High School Seniors”* at *chicagotribune.com*.
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[image: shutterstock_334181882] In Scotland, six-year-old Daniel McFadyen's mother insists he is transgender ever since she found him gesturing at his privates in the bathtub with scissors when he was three. Even though these parents have other sons and must have seen them all playing... Continue reading *“Parents, it’s Time to Realize Big Government Is Your Enemy”* at *thefederalist.com*.
[image: Harvard Medical School] A group of Harvard professors who criticized the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground are being menaced with the possibility of a Title IX sexual harassment investigation intended to silence their criticisms. The Hunting Ground, released early this year, portrays American...more »
[image: assisted suicide] Attorney Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, which has fought assisted suicide legalization efforts in many states and now New York, made the following statement in connection with a New York State Bar Association continuing legal education event. The event,... Continue reading *“New York Bills Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Allow Euthanizing Patients Without Consent”* at *lifenews.com*.
[image: Krauthammer - 400] Tuesday following CNN's GOP presidential debate, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer weighed in former Gov. Jeb Bush's (R-FL) attempt to go on the offensive against his party's front-runner, Donald Trump. According to Krauthammer, Bush's effort fell flat. "My argument is... Continue reading *“Krauthammer: Jeb Attack on Trump Didn’t Move the ‘Needle’”* at *breitbart.com*.
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will deploy the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E) in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. The Hindu reports: Even as the Syrian airspace gets crowded with several major powers declaring war on the Islamic State (IS), which has established a de facto Caliphate in large parts of Iraq and Syria, Russia is all set to deploy its most modern fighter aircraft Su-35 in Syria as part of its own war. “Su-35s are expected to be deployed in Syria within the next couple of weeks,” an analyst told The Hindu. At least six fighter jets could be sent in the ...more »
*“Worldwide Credit Bubble Bursting Now- Michael Pento”* Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Analyst/money manager Michael Pento says the Fed plans on raising interest rates multiple times. Pento explains, “The Fed isn’t going to do a one-and-done rate hike scenario like Wall Street would like you to believe. The Fed publishes where they think the Fed Funds Rate will be at a certain point in time. At the end of next year, the median ‘dot plot’ is 1.5% on the overnight lending rate. So, the Fed is not going to raise one time and retire and go home, and that is not even the most important p...more »
*"The Fed Raises Key Interest Rate, Potentially Slowing Job Market Growth"* by Daniel Marans WASHINGTON - "The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it is raising its benchmark interest rate, putting downward pressure on job creation in order to address long-term concerns about inflation and financial stability. The central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee decided to raise the target federal funds rate- or the interest the Fed sets for banks to lend to one another overnight- one-quarter of a percentage point to a range of 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. Fed officials expressed c...more »
[image: holiday season] For the second straight year, a Consumers' Research survey found that most Americans consider being with friends and family the best part of the holiday season. And once again, people expect the holidays to be merry. About sixty percent (59%)... Continue reading *“Americans Most Desire Time with Loved Ones, Feel More ‘Merry’ This Holiday Season”* at *consumersresearch.org*.
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