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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

29 Dec - Blogs I'm Following

English: President Barack Obama tours the Grea...English: President Barack Obama tours the Great Wall in Badaling, China, Nov. 18, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: President Barack Obama welcomes Ambas...English: President Barack Obama welcomes Ambassador Zhang Yesui of the People’s Republic of China to the White House on March 29, 2010, during the credentials ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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A Dangerous Year For Journalists Worldwide

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
*DW*:* More than 100 journalists killed in 2015, most in 'peaceful' countries* A total of 110 journalists have been killed around the world in 2015, with an increasing number being targeted by "non-state groups" such as the "Islamic State." The findings hail from two independent reports. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published a report saying that 67 journalists had died in the line of duty this year, while another 43 died under circumstances that remained unclear. The organization added that another 27 non-professional "citizen-journalists" and seven other media workers were a... more »

Donald Trump Exposes Hillary Clinton’s Feminist Hypocrisy

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to the world's major problems.] Hillary Clinton has now learned what some of Donald Trump’s GOP rivals have discovered about him: You won’t attack him with impunity, and you’d better not be vulnerable on the very same issue. Trump used colorful language... more »

Are Chinese Troops About To Intervene In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) holds talks with Syrian deputy prime minister and foreign minister Walid al-Moallem in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 24, 2015 (Xinhua/Ding Haitao) *AWD News*:* Obama’s “Worst Nightmare” Realized As Chinese Troops Flood Into Syria* *In what a new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today is describing as President Barack Obama’s “worst nightmare”, the Ministry of National Defense (MoND) of the People’s Republic of China has secured the permission of the Syria Arab Republic to begin “flooding” into the Levant War Zone up... more »

Not All Democrats Are The Same

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Conservatives opposed Social Security and have been trying to undermine it since it was signed into law August 14, 1935, Right from the day it was proposed Republicans and conservative Democrats were howling at the moon that it was deepen unemployment-- their standard false argument against everything under the sun. The same crew also accused Social Security of being socialism-- since the words have many letters in common. Southern conservatives threatened to tank it if blacks were included and Republicans also worked hard to keep women from being covered. The program has been su...more »

Erdogan Declares Himself ISIS Leader, Hopes To Start World War 3

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Russian military intelligence have warned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is travelling to Saudi Arabia in order to declare himself as the “leader” of ISIS and the entire Islamic world. The Ministry of Defense say that Erdogan plans on igniting a World War III between Russia and Nato (and its allies) so that he can establish a global caliphate. According to a MoD report, Erdogan has assumed his leadership role based on a fatwa issued by Hayrettin Karaman, who says an entirely new constitution in Turkey gives Erdogan the legal right to become an emir and establish his ca... more »

Senior Pentagon Chief Says Nuclear Holocaust Is Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
A former senior Pentagon chief has said that a terrorist attack using a nuclear bomb is almost a certainty within the next year. Former US Defense Secretary William Perry says that there is a very “real and growing danger” of a nuclear bomb or device being used against the U.S. Sputniknews.com reports: During the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Perry was secretly summoned to Washington to analyze intelligence on Soviet weapons in Cuba. “Every day that I went to the analysis center I thought would be my last day on earth,” he writes in a newly published memoir, “My Journey at the Nuclear... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: “WWIII Is On The Horizon”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
American economist Paul Craig Roberts has said that he believes the world to be closer to World War III than ever before, with the U.S. and Russia facing an inevitable nuclear conflict amid growing distrust between the two superpowers. As tensions continue increase, he points out that NATO are ill-equipped to deal with a conventional war against Russia. Therefore, he says, the conflict is almost certainly going to be nuclear. Paulcraigroberts.org reports: The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 gave birth to a dangerous American ideology called neoconservativism. The Soviet Union ... more »

Senior Saudi Cleric Says ISIS “Part Of Israeli Army”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Saudi Arabai’s most senior cleric, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, has said that he believes ISIS to be part of the Israeli army in a recent interview where he urges more Islamic cooperation in defeating the terrorist regime. The Mufti said that ISIS is an un-Islamic movement, and praised efforts by the Islamic military in fighting the regime. Brookings.edu reports: The 72-year old cleric was asked about comments made by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, that the new alliance is not serious because it is not “killing Jews and liberating Palestine.” ... more »

Israel Admit To Spraying Poison On Palestinian Crops

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Israel have admitted that their military have used crop-dusters to destroy hundreds of acres of Palestinian crops for “security operations” reasons. Palestinian officials say that poisons were sprayed in land inside the Gaza strip which has ended up killing most of the vegetation. Sputniknews.com reports: “For years now, the IDF has unilaterally maintained a lethal ‘no-go zone’ on the Palestinian side of the border with Gaza. Now, it seems, it has also implemented a ‘no-grow zone,’” Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man wrote for +972. Israeli planes were seen spraying the toxins for several ... more »

U.S. Say They Plan To Round Up And Detain Russians For New Year

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The US plans on detaining and possibly extraditing 22 Russian citizens around the world, in violation of international law. Pravdareport.com reports: The corresponding orders have been issued by the US authorities, Konstantin Dolgov, Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law reported. ‘Law enforcement agencies of the US make use of unlawful methods of its extraterritorial law application to the Russian citizens in the third countries. We have registered 22 cases of the US authorities’ issuing orders to detain Russians in the third countries for t... more »

California To Seize Guns Without Notice From January 1st 2016

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
As of January 1st, 2016 new gun control legislation in California will allow authorities to seize a persons weapons for 21 days if a judge decides there is a potential for violence. The new bill allows for emergency “gun violence restraining orders” to be imposed against a family member who “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control.” Washingtontimes.com reports: “The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will,” Los Angeles Pol... more »

New York City Increases Security For Its Times Square New Year's Eve Celebrations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters:* *New York City ramps up security for New Year's Eve celebration* A six-ton crystal ball is ready to be lowered above New York City, colorful paper has been ground into confetti that will rain on Times Square and about 6,000 police officers will guard revelers on New Year's Eve at one of the city's highest-profile events. "We are ready," Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference on Tuesday. "We are the best prepared city in the country, the best prepared city to prevent terrorism and to deal with any event that could occur." An estimated one million peo ple are expecte... more »

Chicago Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges, Wants to Tell His Side of the Story

CARLA K. JOHNSON at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, center, enters the Leighton Criminal Courts Building Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Chicago. Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald during his arraignment. Van Dyke, who is no longer being paid, has been free since posting bond.] CHICAGO (AP) -- A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Jason Van Dyke is “hanging in there” and wants to tell his side of what... more »

‘Mom Said No': Muslims Mock ISIL leader’s Call for Recruits

QUARTZ at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: ISIL] When ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called upon Muslims around the world to join his "caliphate," Muslims around the world confidently replied that they'd rather do literally anything else. "Sorry Guv. Colonoscopy booked," one man wrote. "You should have told... Continue reading *“‘Mom Said No': Muslims Mock ISIL leader’s Call for Recruits”* at *qz.com*.

Behind the Scenes: Pentagon Officials Resist WH Efforts to Transfer Detainees from Gitmo

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Guantanamo Bay detention facility] The White House and Pentagon have publicly put up a front of cooperation over the transfer of detainees out of Guantanamo Bay, but behind the scenes, the Pentagon has sharply applied the brakes and fought the administration almost every step... more »

UFO Portal Filmed Above CERN In December 2015

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A group of US tourists recently filmed what appears to be a UFO entering a portal in the sky above CERN headquarters in Switzerland. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Section51-ufo.com reports: More people have become more aware of the CERN project aggressive ambitions to explore the unknown ‘dark universe” many have pointed to signs that have people troubled if not terrified by the parade of symbolism used at the CERN facility itself. At CERN headquarters a symbol of Shiva, the (Hindu God of Destructio... more »

Wall Street Journal: While Spying On Israeli Leaders The NSA Monitored Private Communications From Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters *Wall Street Journal*: *U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress* *National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders also swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers* President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanya... more »

Raul Castro Expects Tough Economic Conditions for Cuba in 2016

MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, reads a document with Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel during the twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. The assembly will hear a detailed report on the progress of the gross domestic product of the Caribbean nation, which was estimated by authorities to grow by four percent. Plans for 2016 will also be announced.] HAVANA (AP) -- President Raul Castro warned Cubans on Tuesday to prepare for tough economic conditions in 2016 despite warmer relations with the United States. Castro sa... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Monster Jam Giveaway!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
This year I am taking my girls to Monster Jam for the first time and they are so excited they can hardly stand it! We are offering a giveaway for 4 tickets to one of our readers. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the giveaway. Plus there is a discount code too! *Monster Jam roars into the 2016 season with a points-based series, showcasing the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!* *MORE MONSTER JAM* will be making its 2016 debut at the Vivint Smart ... more »

Man’s Approval of Adult-Child Sex Can Keep Him From Being a Teacher, Court Rules

JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Photo of University of Hawaii, Manoa campus from Round Top drive, Honolulu.] HONOLULU (AP) -- The University of Hawaii didn’t violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court...more »

Greek Media: Greek And Turkish Fighters Engaged In A Hostile 'Dogfight' Over The Aegean Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
The Turkish Air Force F-4E and F-16C Fighter Aircrafts (Photo by THK) *Aviationist*: *Turkish and Greek fighters engage in dogfight over the Aegean Sea* *According to Greek media outlets, Greek and Turkish jets engaged in a brief dogfight over the Aegean Sea after Turkish aircraft violated Greek airspace “several times.”* As we already explained in the aftermath of the Russian Su-24 shootdown by a Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16 over the Syria-Turkey border last month, the skies surrounding the disputed islands of the Aegean Sea are often the theater of incidents between the HAF (He... more »

Blowing The Sandy Hook Fraud Shooting To Bits: Excellent New Video: The Life Of Adam Lanza

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
I have been asked over the last 3 years why I, as a Canadian, continue to have great interest in the shootings that have been happening with increasing frequency across the United States... I have said it before and I will say it again.. What happens in the US does indeed reflect what happens here in Canada, and if the American people surrender their rights, freedoms, and their last line of defense against their own criminal government, then we as Canadians will definitely be next... I have been especially interested in exposing the fraud Sandy Hook school shooting of December 14th,... more »

Latest on Severe Weather in Midwest: Illinois Inmates Evacuated from Flooded Prison

AP at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Volunteers use shovels atop a pile of sand as they help fill sandbags Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in St. Louis. Flooding across Missouri has forced the closure of hundreds of roads and threatened homes.] ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The latest developments on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Officials have begun transferring some inmates from a southern Illinois prison to other locations because of flooding. Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole... more »

Cartoon: ‘Obama’s Radar’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Obama's radar]

Parting Shots, Including Antonin Scalia: It’s Republican World! 2015 In Review-- Epilogue

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*- by Noah* Oh how I wish one could make Republican World vanish just by no longer writing about it. But, it persists like a horrible virus, bent on running its course while infecting the body politic with vile fevers and chills, and America ponders those “Did this come from my body” moments. Do we survive the ill effects of Republican World, or, do we succumb? All I can say is that America has been very resilient in the past. For my end of the year review, I could have written additional chapters. After all there is no end to republican nihilism and insanity. I could have writte... more »

"Healing with Hurt"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Healing with Hurt"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "You can channel your pain into helping others and spreading a tide of curative energy throughout the world. Pain is a fact of being and one that permeates all of our lives to some degree. Since the hurt we feel may be a part of the experiences that have touched us most deeply, we are often loathe to let it go. It is frequently easier to keep our pain at our sides, where it acts as a shield that shelters us from others and gives us an identity—that of victim—from which we can draw bitter strength. However, pain’s universality can... more »

Democrat and Republican Senators Line Up against Home Businesses

Spero News at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: home-made soap] Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) are seeking to restrict the hundreds of home businesses in the United States that produce home-made soap -- a staple of farmer's markets and small businesses throughout the country. The bipartisan... Continue reading *“Democrat and Republican Senators Line Up against Home Businesses”* at *speroforum.com*.

Russia Denies Deputy PM Shot Himself In Leg At Gun Club

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister may have accidentally been ‘injured in gun club blast’ according to report. Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin is reported to have accidentally pulled the trigger on himself while practicing at a gun club, resulting in injuries to his leg. Rogozin is considered Putin’s right hand man and is waiting to step into his shoes as the next president. Russian officials deny the gun blast reports and say: ‘He really got a sports trauma, he was playing handball.’ The Daily Mail reports: Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of the defence and space indust... more »

Russia sanctions Turkey? Smoke & Mirrors. Turkey to get very wintery blast

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
Were talkin' lack of sanctions and weatherTurkey remains important trading partner Recall my mention of the NATO media making too much of this sanctioning business? Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev *Turkey remains an important trading partner for Russia, and Moscow aims to minimise problems for Turkish and Russian businesses *caused by sanctions, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Tuesday. His comments, playing down the impact of recent economic sanctions. *"Turkey remains our large trading partner. Our embargo is selective, very selective, concerning food ... more »

How stories matter: Thoughts on contextuality, temporality, reflexivity & certainty

Annick T.R. Wibben at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
In early September, the circulation of the now iconic picture of Alan Kurdi, the little Syrian Kurdish boy who drowned along with his mother and brother in the attempt to cross the Aegean Sea, prompted me to write a post reflecting on what ‘we’ as academics might do. I argued that we could, possibly, use […]

Soviet Jewry, Zionism and "Human Rights"

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
*INT: Why did President Carter take up the issue of human rights, especially on the Soviet Union, and what effect did this have on Soviet-American relations?* ZB: The President should really speak for himself on that, but President Carter, in my view, was deeply committed to human rights as a matter of principle, as a matter of moral conviction, and he was committed to human rights across the board. I mean, he felt very strongly about human rights in Argentina, as well as in the Soviet Union. I was deeply committed to human rights; I felt this was important, but I will not hide ... more »

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy Vessels Fired Rockets Near The U.S. Aircraft Carrier Harry S. Truman

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman was about 1,500 yards from an Iranian rocket in the Strait of Hormuz last week. PHOTO: REUTERS *Reuters:* *Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired rockets near U.S. warships in Gulf: U.S.* Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near the U.S. aircraft-carrier Harry S. Truman and other warships as they were entering the Gulf on Saturday, giving only brief notice in a "highly provocative" act, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday. NBC News, citing unnamed U.S. military officials, said the Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise ... more »

Mythical Giant Squid Surfaces In Japan, Caught On Film

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A creature from the deep ocean in the form of a giant Architeuthis squid made a rare appearance in the shallow waters of a Japanese harbor. The sea monster was considered to exist only in mythology until recent years. Spectators on a pier in Toyama Bay in central Japan were treated to the rare sight of a giant squid on Christmas Eve. CNN reports: The creature swam under fishing boats and close to the surface of Toyama Bay, better known for its firefly squid, and reportedly hung around the bay for several hours before it was ushered back to open water. It was captured on video by a s... more »

Climate Tricks 47, Severe UK flooding due to "man-made" warming, climate change?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Never fails. Less rain or more rain or no rain, less flood or more flood or no flood, less storms or more storms or no storm, they are ALL proof of "man-made" warming and climate change. tsk tsk tsk. In the recent heavy flooding in the UK, some officials blame "man-made" global warming (GW) and climate change (CC), not their policies that discourage regular dredging of silted rivers. From another heavy flooding just two years ago, they have an idea already that their existing flood defence system was insufficient, meaning they can anticipate another round of heavy flooding, yet they... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Bill Chappell, NPR:* *After Ramadi, A Look At What's Next In The Fight Against ISIS* Months after Ramadi was seized by ISIS fighters, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi traveled to the city that's now largely in government control and announced that Iraq's troops will liberate more cities and push ISIS out entirely in 2016. "ISIS was defeated and hundreds of its criminal terrorists were killed" in Ramadi, the prime minister said, according to Iraqi News. He added that "2016 will be the year of the final victory and the end of ISIS presence in Iraq." Ramadi's return to government... more »

Dec. 29: Private news media, lying and propaganda

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
The Irving press is still on holiday, so section A is still big on memories of 2015, and heart-warming tales of how some people help the elderly to shovel snow. The editorial uses nine paragraphs to tell us the Confederation Bridge to PEI is nice. It concludes with a ringing challenge to all of us. “We believe New Brunswick could do more to promote the fact that this amazing landmark has one foot in our province, giving tourists one more reason to visit.” Way to lay it on the line, kid. I'm really not sure what Norbert's column is about. There's a flash of anger and contempt for th... more »

Musical Interlude: Giovanni Allevi, “Back To Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Giovanni Allevi, “Back To Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFIBFd3gKHE

Yahoo Celebrates Parenthood with ‘Best of 2015′ Essay Affirming a Woman’s Decision to Abort a Baby In Its 36th Week

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Appeals Court OKs Tossing Strict North Dakota Abortion Law] One of America’s top media companies celebrated parenting in 2015 with a republished essay from a mother who called her husband’s support for aborting their second child when it was in its 36th week "a gift.” In the essay, originally published... more »

MENA Report ( December 29 , 2015 ) AROUND THE HORN : Iraq / Syria Regional War - battlefield updates / political front updates ; Turkey - political upheaval internally with Kurdish areas w/i and outside Turkey / involvement in Syria another area of focus ; Iran - just keeps rolling along fulfilling its pledges and commitments regarding the nuclear pact ; Jordan - caught in cross-fire regarding Opposition List ; Saudi Arabia - price of oil falling makes outside adventures damaging to Saudi budget , Libya In focus

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
" Find Me In Your Dreams " Links........ *Bomb Blasts Kill at Least 32 in Syria's Homs* *Iran Hands Over Uranium Stockpile to Russia* *Syrian Ceasefire Deal Allows Hundreds to Escape Siege* *Seized Documents Reveal ISIS's Department of 'War Spoils'* *US Officials: Russia Achieving Goals in Syria, at Sustainable Costs* Iraq PM Vows to Defeat ISIS in 2016 Turkey Prosecutor Probes Pro-Kurdish Opposition Head Over 'Self-Rule' Comments: Doga... more »

Heidi Fleiss, Koki Organd and the Israeli Hollywood Ecstasy Mafia

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*"Do you think any of this would have happened if you hadn't been attracted to the person most likely to destroy you...?" * *Nick Broomfield * *"...that, I have to give a lotta thought to... That's the best I can answer that right now..."* *Heidi* In the 1976 melodrama "Trackdown," an innocent country girl heads for Hollywood looking to fulfill her dreams. Instead, she is lured into prostitution. The movie was based on a story written by Ivan Nagy, a Hungarian immigrant who, at the time, was a photographer eager to make a name for himself in the entertainment business. But th... more »

The Heisenberg Device

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
*Reports on the Atom-Splitting Bomh.* This bomb is revolutionary in its results, and it will completely upset all ordinary precepts of warfare hitherto established. I am sending you, in one group, all those reports on what is called the atom-splitting bomb: *It is a fact that in June of 1943 the German Army tried out an utterly new type of weapon against the Russians at a location 150 kilometers southeast of Kursk. Although it was the entire 19th Infantry Regiment of the Russians which was thus attacked, only a few bombs (each round up to 5 kilograms) sufficed to utterly wipe t... more »

White House Spy Effort against Israel During Iran Negotiations Snared Members of Congress

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: U.S. surveillance] President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under... Continue reading *“White House Spy Effort against Israel During Iran Negotiations Snared Members of Congress”* at *google.com*.

US Carrier Harry S Truman Nearly Hit by Iranian Rocket

NBC News at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: USS Harry S Truman - 400] The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman came about 1,500 yards from an Iranian rocket in the Strait of Hormuz last week, two U.S. military officials told NBC News on Tuesday. As the Truman was transiting the strait, which... Continue reading *“US Carrier Harry S Truman Nearly Hit by Iranian Rocket”* at *nbcnews.com*.

Iraq Flexes Arab Muscle - by Christopher Hitchens, 2nd April 1976

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
Iraq Flexes Arab Muscle *From The New Statesman 2 April 1976* Hitchens, now an American citizen, remains one of the fiercest and most unrepentant enthusiasts for the US-British overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But, back in 1976, when working for the New Statesman, he took a more admiring view of the Iraqi dictator, as this article shows. Young Hitchens saw Saddam as an up-and-coming secular socialist who would transform Iraq into a progressive model for the rest of the Middle East. *Selected by Robert Taylor* An Arab country with the second largest proven oil reserves, a fierce revo... more »

World News Briefs -- December 29, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Al jazeera*: *Iraq PM's helicopter takes ISIL ground fire in Ramadi* Haider al-Abadi triumphant after army takes centre of key city, but questions raised whether Ramadi can now be held. Iraq's prime minister visited the city of Ramadi on Tuesday, a day after claiming its capture from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after a months-long siege by the armed group. A source told Al Jazeera that ISIL fighters on the ground opened fire with small-arms on Haider al-Abadi's helicopter, but were too far out of range to do any damage. Abadi arrived safe and sound with the p... more »

Another American Military Mission That Is Failing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
War On Terror News *Kevin Drum, Mother Jones:* *Yet Another American Military Mission Is Failing* I suppose you have to read the whole thing to get the true flavor of the situation, but here's the latest from Afghanistan: *In September, the Taliban briefly seized Kunduz, the first city to fall since the demise of its regime, prompting the U.S. military to dispatch Special Operations troops and stage airstrikes to help the Afghan security forces retake control.Now, the insurgents are on the doorsteps of several provincial capitals, applying more pressure on urban areas than i... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*"The name 'symbionese' is taken from the word symbiosis and we define its meaning as a body of dissimilar bodies and organisms living in deep and loving harmony and partnership in the best interest of all within the body."* *"Symbionese Liberation Army Declaration of Revolutionary War & the Symbionese Program"* UCLA Black Student Union members John Huggins and Bunchy Carter, also members of the Black Panther Party, were shot and killed in Campbell Hall on January 17, 1969.

Nutty Professor Warns Of Global Apocalypse

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 7 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/25649/ This just about sums up everything that is wrong about our taxpayer funded, leftie, human hating, university mafia nowadays! An assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst concluded his comparative politics course earlier this month by telling students the planet is dying because of […]

Experts Slam Cameron’s Attempts To Blame Floods On Climate Change

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
British prime minister David Cameron has sparked outrage by blaming Britain’s flood crisis on global warming while admitting defences are not fit for purpose. Cameron said more frequent ‘extreme weather events’ driven by climate change were the main driver behind the floods in Cumbria and the north of the country. Experts blame the massive cuts in flood defence budgets for the disaster and point to historic flooding which pre-dates ‘global warming’. Climatologists say although the floods are devastating, they have nothing to do with global warming but are in fact part of a natural w... more »

As U.S. Focuses on ISIS and the Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-emerges

New York Times at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Al qaeda - 400] WASHINGTON -- Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearing in Afghanistan: Al Qaeda training camps are sprouting up there, forcing the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies... Continue reading *“As U.S. Focuses on ISIS and the Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-emerges”* at *mobile.nytimes.com*.

Holiday Heroics: Passers-By Revive Baby After Truck Lands in Icy Wisconsin Pond

TwinCities.com at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: baby revived] Passers-by helped rescue a young mother, a teenager and a baby from a freezing pond after their vehicle left a western Wisconsin road and broke through the ice. According to the Polk County, Wis., sheriff’s office, 19-year-old Nycole Stream of... Continue reading *“Holiday Heroics: Passers-By Revive Baby After Truck Lands in Icy Wisconsin Pond”* at *twincities.com*.

Al Qaeda Has Returned To Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *New York Times:* *As U.S. Focuses on ISIS and the Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-emerges* WASHINGTON — Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearing in Afghanistan: Qaeda training camps are sprouting up there, forcing the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies to assess whether they could again become a breeding ground for attacks on the United States. Most of the handful of camps are not as big as those that Osama bin Laden built before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“What surrounds a hotbed of star formation? In the case of the Orion Nebula- dust. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strong outer wind of particles. *Click image for larger size.* The Trapezium and other forming star clusters are embedded in the nebula. The intricate filaments of dust surrounding M42 and M43 appear brown in the featured image, while central glowing gas is highlighted in red. ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Listening”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Listening”* by Chet Raymo “There are days here when the sea is as calm and flat as bottle glass, an apparently infinite expanse of turquoise stretching to the place where sea meets sky, where sky-gods touch the earth. I sit in a beach chair with my feet in the gently lapping surf and imagine that day 523 years ago when the white sails of three ships appeared on the horizon to the bewildered gaze of the gentle Lucayan people who inhabited these isles. Sails like the wings of birds, sea-birds, white and glorious. God-birds, dreamed of perhaps, but never met, and now they came, draw... more »

The Poet: Fabrizio Frosini, “You & I”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“You & I”* “Making the best of what we had Was our first deal. Pity it was not Enough. Just a Pre-destined route. Our place is now deserted. Wretched Like an unfinished song. It's the same For both of us. Whom do you belong to? And I? You and I were together At the beginning, when that Song began. Will we be Together at its end? If not, there will always be The memory; Inextinguishable maybe As long as we're alive- You And/or I And nothing else.” - Fabrizio Frosini

"All It Takes..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“Not knowing you can’t do something is sometimes all it takes to do it.” - Ally Carter

“Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?”* by Dr. Andrew Weil "Depression can be devastating. Its worst form, major depressive disorder, is marked by all-encompassing low mood, thoughts of worthlessness, isolation, and loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities. But this clinical description misses the deep, experiential horror of the condition; the suffocating sense of despair that can make life seem too arduous to bear. Here's something else we can say confidently about depression: it is complex. The cause is often a mix of factors including genetic brain abnormalities, su... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

Whatever Happened To Peter King's Presidential Run?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Fox News Sunday* was unable to book anyone credible this past weekend so they got stuck with failed GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Long Island neocon Peter King. King, as usual, was all about drumming up fear and panic in the hopes that his party will frighten enough people so that Republicans on Long Island can buck history and win races next November. King, as always, is eager to authorize domestic spying, particularly of mosques. He sounded a lot like Trump when he gave his racist schpiel about immigrants from Mexico and Central America and then again when he de... more »

Ex-Glee star Mark Salling Arrested on Suspicion of Possessing Child Porn

AP at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Mark Salling] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities say former Glee star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography. Police Officer Tony Im says the 33-year-old actor was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was served... more »

Liberal WaPo Columnist: Clinton’s Behavior ‘Far Worse Than’ Anything Trump Has Said

The Daily Caller at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Clintons - 400] In a Tuesday op-ed for The Washington Post, liberal columnist Ruth Marcus wrote that "Bill Clinton's conduct toward women is far worse than any of the offensive things that [Donald] Trump has said." "Donald Trump is crude and vulgar," penned... Continue reading *“Liberal WaPo Columnist: Clinton’s Behavior ‘Far Worse Than’ Anything Trump Has Said”* at *dailycaller.com*.

So Much for the Secret Ballot: 191 Million Voter Records Exposed Online

The Hill at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: voter records exposed] Security bloggers and researchers claim to have uncovered a publicly available database exposing the personal information of 191 million voters on the Internet. The information contains voters' names, home addresses, voter IDs, phone numbers and date of birth, as well... Continue reading *“So Much for the Secret Ballot: 191 Million Voter Records Exposed Online”* at *thehill.com*.

Big Oil Conquered the World in Just 150 Years – Here’s How

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Terence Newton* - How was our entire world and culture so thoroughly dominated by the oil industry in just over 150 years? The post Big Oil Conquered the World in Just 150 Years – Here’s How appeared first on Waking Times.

GAIA PORTAL: Immortalization possibilities are recognized, at both Hue- and hu-being levels

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
*Immortalization possibilities are recognized, at both Hue- and hu-being levels* by ÉirePort Immortalization possibilities are recognized, at both Hue- and hu-being levels. Ceremonies of connection carry through those in the night. Anodizing of planetary elements are complete. ÉirePort | December 29, 2015 at 10:10 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-wN

Like White on Rice

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 8 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *J*ust over 24 hours ago, as the grand jury in the Tamir Rice shooting was approaching its long-delayed but inevitable non-verdict that removed Officer Timothy Loehmann from the sphere of exaction, the US Marshall's Service was gingerly approaching escaped fugitive Ethan Couch in Mexico. These two stories were perhaps fated by the News Gods to break within 24 hours of each other as they seem to readily offer themselves up for comparison. The comparison, of course, is how we treat rich white criminals and innocent Africa... more »

Iraqi Army Eyes Mosul After Retaking Ramadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Exclusive: Iraqi army needs Kurds' help to retake Mosul - Zebari* The Iraqi army will need the Kurds' help to retake Mosul, the largest city under the control of Islamic State with the planned offensive expected to be very challenging in a region home to rival religious and ethnic groups, an Iraqi minister said. Mosul, 400 km (250 miles) north of Baghdad, has been designated by the government as the next target for Iraq's armed forces after they retook the western city of Ramadi, the first major success of the U.S.-trained force that initially fled in the face of Isla... more »

"The Monstrous Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"The monstrous thing is not that men have created roses out of this dung heap, but that, for some reason or other, they should want roses. For some reason or other man looks for the miracle, and to accomplish it he will wade through blood. He will debauch himself with ideas, he will reduce himself to a shadow if for only one second of his life he can close his eyes to the hideousness of reality. Everything is endured- disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui- in the belief that overnight something will occur, a miracle, which will render life tolerable. And all the while a... more »

The Big Short Shorts the Truth of Financial Crisis

Investor’s Business Daily/Stephen Moore at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: The Big Short - 400] No event of the last 30 years was more financially traumatizing than the mortgage meltdown of 2007-08. Some 7 million Americans lost their jobs, 6 million lost their homes, and countless millions more lost their life savings. One lesson of... Continue reading *“The Big Short Shorts the Truth of Financial Crisis”* at *news.investors.com*.

Planned Parenthood Killed 323,999 Babies in Abortions in 2014, Provided Less Health Care

LifeNews.com at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood - 400] The Planned Parenthood Federation of America abortion business released its annual report today covering its activities for 2014 and the abortion company indicated it killed 323,999 babies in abortions. Meanwhile, while the abortion corporation bills itself as a health care... Continue reading *“Planned Parenthood Killed 323,999 Babies in Abortions in 2014, Provided Less Health Care”* at *lifenews.com*.

On Jeremy Corbyn's Reshuffle

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
I wanted to hold off commenting about "real" events until after the New Year. *Even monomaniacal bloggers deserve a break*. But there's just been so much nonsense and idiocy swilling around Jeremy Corbyn's will-he/won't-he reshuffle that I feel compelled to say a few words myself. I mean it's not as if the government have totally screwed up on the northern floods and Labour ought to be seizing this moment to knock lumps out of them for their mismanagement or anything. First thing first, I've suggested previously that MPs would do better not to whine and moan about their predicament... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*The Sun reacts to the consciousness activity on Earth, not the other way around but it is a good barometer of changes on Earth. Its long been known in Investment circles that markets coincided with sun spots, eclispses, and solar flares. -AK* *[12/25/15, 11:34:58 PM]* *DEAR ONE/AK/TERRAN. VERY IMPORTANT MOMENTS OF NOW. THERE IS ABSOLUTE CONSTANT ENERGY INCOMING. FLUCTUATIONS DO NOT WAVER AS BEFORE. IT IS AS A ROLLER COASTER RIDE OF YOUR AMUSEMENT PARKS. ACCELERATING AND FAST FORWARD WITH NO HILLS AND DIPS BUT VERY SHAKEY. STAN.X. END.* [12/25/15, 11:36:01 PM] *DENICE: (show... more »

Quote of the Day: Summarise Objectivism Competition Winner

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*"The Objectivist position can be indicated in three [sentences]. The ultimate value is life. The primary virtue is rationality. The proper beneficiary is oneself."* ~ Leonard Peikoff in chapter "Good" in his book *Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand* [Hat tip Anoop Verma] [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Inspiration and Tragedy: Censored in Indian country 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Inspiration and Tragedy: Censored in Indian country 2015 By Brenda Norrell Censored News Top photo: Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca We begin this year in review, by looking at what inspired us in 2015, with a tribute to those who live on their homeland and fight the good fight everyday. We honor the Native American women, youths and young adults who inspired us this year. Wioweya Najin

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Ramadi -- News Updates December 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *ISW*: *Iraqi Security Forces Clear Ramadi’s Government Center* The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) reportedly recaptured the government complex in central Ramadi on December 28 after clearing ISIS-held areas south of the complex on December 26 and 27. The ISF also reported that the 10th Iraqi Army Division and units attached to it recaptured the Ramadi Barrage in western Ramadi on December 26. ISW is thus changing the status of these areas to “Contested.” ISIS likely can no longer field a cohesive military defense in Ramadi and its main elements have likel... more »

Russian Bombing Raid Of Militant Convoy Caught On Tape (From Ground Level)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Zero Hedge: **Caught On Tape: Russia Unleashes Massive Bombing Raid On Militant Convoy* There’s been some debate over the last two months about whether the concerted effort on Moscow’s part to release hundreds upon hundreds of MoD clips depicting airstrikes in Syria on the way to embarrassing Washington paints an accurate picture of what’s really going on. That is, if one simply compares the Russian footage to what we know or have seen with regard to America’s 15-month air campaign against Islamic State, it would be easy to conclude that the US simply hasn’t been trying very ha... more »

The Tadcaster Bridge In North Yorkshire Collapses Due To Flooding

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The Tadcaster bridge in North Yorkshire has collapsed, with concerns that a nearby gas pipe has ruptured. The historic bridge collapsed into a swollen river Wharf just before 5pm. A 200-metre exclusion zone has also been set up around the bridge as authorities inspect a possible gas leak. People living around the bridge in Tadcaster have been told to evacuate from the area immediately, with the military drafted in to help. The Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning, with a spokesman saying: “This severe flood warning has been issued due to the structural failure of Tadcaste... more »

Prayers Requested in Search for Missing Country Singer Craig Strickland

ABC News at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Craig Strickland - 423] Hours after the search for country singer Craig Strickland was called off for the night by Oklahoma Highway Patrol, authorities tell ABC News the search will continue today for the Backroad Anthem front man. Capt. Paul Timmons told ABC News... Continue reading *“Prayers Requested in Search for Missing Country Singer Craig Strickland”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

In Response to the Supreme Court’s Redefinition of Marriage, 6 Presidential Candidates Pledge to Sign First Amendment Defense Act

American Principles Project at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: First Amendment Defense Act] American Principles Project has joined together with Heritage Action for America, the action arm of the Heritage Foundation, and FRC Action, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, to invite each of the candidates running for President to sign... Continue reading *“In Response to the Supreme Court’s Redefinition of Marriage, 6 Presidential Candidates Pledge to Sign First Amendment Defense Act”* at *americanprinciplesproject.org*.

Cruz to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal, Move Embassy to Jerusalem on First Day as President

Washington Examiner at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz2 - 400] Surging Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is laying out what would be the most aggressive first day in office ever for a new president, starting with the elimination of “every single illegal and unconstitutional” executive action taken by President... Continue reading *“Cruz to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal, Move Embassy to Jerusalem on First Day as President”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.

Small Plane Crashes into Alaska Building, Killing at Least 1

Rachel D'oro at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: small plane crashes] ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A small plane clipped a downtown Anchorage office building and then slammed into a nearby commercial building early Tuesday, igniting a fire and killing at least one person aboard, authorities said. The plane belongs to the... more »

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of High Tech War

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
In fall of 2014, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his plan to maintain US superiority against rising powers (i.e. Russia and China). His claim was that the US cannot lose its technological edge – and thus superiority – against a modernizing Russia and a rapidly militarizing China. To ensure this edge, he called […]

Paper pulled when authors backtrack on identifying mad cow disease in Texas

Laura Dattaro at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A journal is pulling a paper that reported a grain sample in Texas tested positive for mad cow disease after the authors asked to change the results to say the sample contained “animal protein prohibited for use in ruminant feed.” Shortly after the paper was published in October, the authors contacted the Journal of Food […] The post Paper pulled when authors backtrack on identifying mad cow disease in Texas appeared first on Retraction Watch.

ISIS On Revenge Killing Spree Following Loss Of Ramadi To Iraqi Forces

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Having lost Ramadi to Iraqi army troops and allied volunteer forces, ISIS have reportedly gone on a revenge killing spree in areas under its control. The satellite television network al-Sumaria News reported that the terrorists executed dozens of civilians, including women and children, in a village in the al-Qiara district of the Nineveh province on Monday. The reports came just a day after the Iraqi military declared that Ramadi was liberated from ISIS control Press TV reports: The villagers had forced Daesh members into retreat months ago, but the terrorists have returned over th... more »

Syrian War News Updates -- December 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Syrian army, backed by air strikes, advances toward southern town* Syrian troops backed by heavy aerial bombardment pushed toward a strategic town in the southern province of Deraa on Tuesday after capturing a nearby military base, the army said. The Syrian army said it retook Brigade 82, one of the largest bases north of the mainly rebel-held town of Sheikh Maskin, whose capture by rebels earlier this year threatened the army's supply routes to the south. A group monitoring the war said later on Tuesday that insurgents were putting up fierce resistance and that fight... more »

Islamic State Leaders Linked To Paris Attacks Killed By U.S. Air-Strike In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Airstrike kills Islamic State leader in Syria with direct tie to the Paris attacks, U.S. military says* The U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State killed a key leader in Syria who had direct ties to the terrorists who carried out the attacks in Paris and was actively planning more attacks against the West, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Army Col. Steve Warren, the top spokesman for the coalition, told reporters that Charaffe al Mouadan was killed Dec. 24 in an airstrike. He declined to say where in Syria the attack occurred, and described it as part ... more »

Thanks to a Newly Updated Law, NYC Could Fine You $250,000 for ‘Misgendering’ a Transsexual

Breitbart at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: transsexual] Did you call a transsexual person "he" or "she" when they preferred to be called "zhe?" According to a newly updated anti-discrimination law in New York City, you could be fined an eye-watering $250,000. In the latest, astonishing act of... Continue reading *“Thanks to a Newly Updated Law, NYC Could Fine You $250,000 for ‘Misgendering’ a Transsexual”* at *breitbart.com*.

Beware The Emails From Political Scam Artists-- On Both Sides Of The Aisle

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Are you ready for the frenzy? The end-of-the-year DCCC e-mail craziness has already begun-- and not just from the rancid organization itself, but from it's rancid candidates, its rancid allies and it's rancid front groups like the toxic twins, "Progressive Turnout Project" and "End Citizens United," self-enrichment schemes for corrupt ex-DCCC staff, particularly the crooked DCCC hacks at Mothership Strategies Greg Berlin, Jake Lipsett, and Charles Starnes. On their website they boast of having made the notorious online scam operation for right-wing Democrats, End Citizens United "o... more »

Kiev's Nazi Army Sings Praises to Hitler

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
In the video, Artyom Vitko, the former commander of the Kiev backed Luhansk-1 "volunteer" Battalion [death squad] and now a member of Lyashko's Radical Party, can be seen sitting in the back of a car wearing camouflage fatigues and singing along to a track extolling the virtues of the Fuehrer. "Adolf Hitler, together with us, Adolf Hitler, in each of us, and an eagle with iron wings will help us at the right time," Vitko sings, saluting the camera with his water bottle as the car's sound system blares "Heil Hitler." Read more here

When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
I have had it with this bullshit. I have spent far, *far *too much time on this creepozoid "David" Chadwick and his twin brother "Daniel." I have better things to do with my life, like trying to sell my novels, stave off eviction right after the new year, getting my publishing career officially off the ground, keep writing new material, keep money coming, somehow, into this house as well as my countless duties and obligations to family, friends, creditors and so forth. And in a way, the Chadwicks have already won by doing their "level-headed" best to tank my book sales... more »

EXCLUSIVE: Christian Bakers Say Govt. Cleaned Out Their Bank Accounts

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Sweet Cakes - 900] Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone -- every single penny. Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein's checking... more »

The Reason Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Work Like They Used To

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - Food today is perfectly engineered to keep you coming back for more. The post The Reason Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Work Like They Used To appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. State Department Names "Bringing Peace" To Syria As One Of Its 2015 Accomplishments

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. State Department Spokesman John Kirby. C-Span *The Hill:* *State Department defends naming 'bringing peace' to Syria as 2015 win* The State Department is defending naming "bringing peace" to Syria as one of its 2015 accomplishments. The claim was made in a Dec. 24 blog post written by John Kirby, the assistant secretary of State for the bureau of public affairs. Deputy spokesman Mark Toner on Monday called it a "truthful claim." "Now look, the operative word there is bringing, not brought, so we're bringing peace and security to Syria," he told reporters, adding that it's a... more »

Ukraine's Future Does Not Look Bright

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a statement on the results of their talks in Kiev, in this December 7, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Sergei Supinski/Pool/Files *Reuters*:* Political feuding imperils Ukraine's future, Obama's record* On his most recent visit to Kiev, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden said he spends more time speaking to Ukrainian officials than to his own wife. He may not be exaggerating: senior U.S. officials, including Biden, are deeply embroiled in trying to persuade Ukraine’s leadership to hold the... more »

Pregnant CNN Anchor Gets Hot & Passes Out During Live TV

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Poppy Harlow left viewers in the dark when her morning broadcast on CNN suddenly went off the air as viewers heard her gasp for air. The six-month pregnant CNN anchor, left viewers fearing for her well-being after she passed out live on air. The 33-year-old journalist is expecting a baby girl and appears to be fine following the incident. The Daily Express reports: The 33-year-old was discussing the results of a poll on US attitudes to the war on terror when she fainted. “We have this new CNN/ORC poll which is quite – a quite a turn…in a…”, the six-month pregnant presenter said befor... more »

The Economy: “Why the Fed MUST Keep the Credit Bubble Inflating…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Why the Fed MUST Keep the Credit Bubble Inflating…”* by Bill Bonner POITOU, France – “One of the most disagreeable traits in a man is modesty. He hesitates to commit himself. “I don’t know…” he says. “I guess…” he begins. “Maybe,” he qualifies. “Don’t you know anything?” his annoyed wife asks over dinner. “Probably not,” he replies. “But I’m not sure.” *Uncertain Certainties: *Markets teach modesty... Young investors can be confident. Old ones rarely are. Instead, they remember all the decisions that went wrong… and all the certainties that turned out to be uncertain. For every ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

"Strange Times..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

“The Illusion of Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“The Illusion of Freedom”* by Chris Hedges “The seizure of political and economic power by corporations is unassailable. Who funds and manages our elections? Who writes our legislation and laws? Who determines our defense policies and vast military expenditures? Who is in charge of the Department of the Interior? The Department of Homeland Security? Our intelligence agencies? The Department of Agriculture? The Food and Drug Administration? The Department of Labor? The Federal Reserve? The mass media? Our systems of entertainment? Our prisons and schools? Who determines our trade a... more »

"Three Stages..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

The Liberation Of Iraq’s Ramadi And What Comes Next

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Both the taking of Ramadi by the Islamic State and its recapture by the Iraqi forces were a long time coming. IS attacked the city for almost a year, while the operation to free it took five months. The aftermath of securing the area, re-establishing governance and services will take even longer. Despite these difficulties the liberation of Ramadi was a huge setback for the militants proving that they lack the resources to hold urban areas in Iraq, and a boost for the Iraqi government that was severely criticized for losing the city in the first place. Both before and after the s... more »

GOP Senators and The Stream Question Zero Oversight of HHS Fetal Tissue Research Grants; HHS Agrees to Investigate

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Baby in womb fetus - 900] The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it is launching an investigation into the way grants are awarded to perform fetal tissue research, including whether any verification is done to ensure compliance with federal laws. This comes after Ted Cruz... more »

Study: Irish DNA Originated In Middle East & Eastern Europe

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Scientists have discovered that Irish DNA originateD in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The DNA of ancient occupants of Ireland has given researchers a breakthrough clue into the history of the Celtic population. The study was led by Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin where scientists sequenced the first ancient human genomes from Ireland, shedding light on the genesis of Celtic populations. Details of the work, by geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast are published in the journal PNAS. The Guardian reports: ... more »

A Peek Into Russian President Putin's Secret Life

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Putin with his ex-wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva.Photo: Reuters *New York Post:* *A rare, tantalizing peek into Putin’s secret family life* Last week at Moscow’s waterfront World Trade Center, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual news conference. He spoke to some 1,400 journalists on issues ranging from corruption to foreign policy, but it was comments about his two adult daughters — Maria, 30, and Katerina, 29 — that really shocked the audience. When a reporter asked about their whereabouts and lives, Putin provided what, from him, passes for illumination. “They live in Ru... more »

Russian President Putin Now Has His Own 'Book Of Quotes'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *'Even Stalin didn't go this far': Vladimir Putin ridiculed after giving 400-page book of his most 'prophetic' quotes to his favourite politicians... who were ordered to read and display it in their offices* * Book entitled 'Words That Are Changing The World' given to 1,000 officials * Said to contain Russian leader's quotes and speeches dating back to 2003 * In it, Putin claimed his wife's advice could have averted the refugee crisis * It has been compared to Chinese dictator Mao Tse-Tung's communist bible Russian officials have been sent a 400 page book of President ... more »

Belgian Police Arrest Two Linked to Thwarted Holiday Terror Plot

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Belgium police - 400] BRUSSELS -- Belgian authorities said Tuesday they had potentially broken up a plan for attacks during the holiday period, holding two people on terrorism charges and seizing military-style clothing and Islamic State propaganda. The move comes as Belgian authorities have... Continue reading *“Belgian Police Arrest Two Linked to Thwarted Holiday Terror Plot”* at *google.com*.

Elderly Woman Shot Dead By Husband At Care Home Over Christmas

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
An elderly man has been arrested following a Christmas shooting at a care home in Essex. The man is suspected of killing his wife, an 81-year old resident at a care home in Walton-on-the-Naze. Rita King was shot dead with a revolver at De La Mer House in Naze Park Road just three days after Christmas. Essex police have launched a murder investigation. Wharf reports: The alleged attacker was Mrs King’s 86-year-old husband Ronald, according to reports. Essex police confirmed the gunman and Mrs King were related and that he had been staying at the care home. The manager at De La Mer ... more »

The Kurdi Psyop Perpetrated on Canada & Almost Everyone Else

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*The Kurdi drama continues, globally. But it's worse here in Canada because Tima Kurdi lives in British Columbia and the rest of the Kurdi clan has just arrived* *If you are at all unfamiliar with the origins of this psychological operation read below:* Pictures outside of a house on the ground? Why? So the media can take pictures without going inside?*Boy on Beach Narrative Riddled with Inconsistencies * *Tima Kurdi,* who resides here in Canada, *is a proven liar*.* She lied when claiming she made application for boy on a beach and his family.* *She didn’t.* She made application f... more »

JAMA retracts osteoporosis paper with manipulated data

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A JAMA study on an inexpensive treatment for osteoporosis has been retracted because the first author falsified or fabricated data. We’ve been expecting this one: An investigation at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, the bone researcher’s former workplace, had already revealed issues with the paper. An internal memo sent to staff (available in full here) in October explained […] The post JAMA retracts osteoporosis paper with manipulated data appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"A Human Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
World War II veteran from Belarus Konstantin Pronin, 86, sits on a bench as he waits for his comrades at Gorky park during Victory Day in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, May 9, 2011. Konstantin came to this place every year. That year he was the only person from the unit to show.

"Special Snowflakes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*Oh, the horror and suffering these delicate special snowflakes endure!* *Tears of anguished, compassionate pity stream down my cheeks...* *No, they don't.* *And* *this* *bunch, all 80 million of them, is why, * *as the Great and Glorious Mogambo Guru proclaimed, * *"We're so freakin' doomed!" Fight the Power, with THEM?!* *And so we do... as intended.* And yes, I'm quite aware that it was OUR generation that cowardly allowed the current nightmare to happen; we should all hang our heads in shame and disgrace, nothing to be proud of... - CP

Irresponsible journalism

skrashen at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Submitted to USA Today (Dec. 28) To the editor: There have been thousands of research studies done in the last 50 years on how we learn foreign languages, published in reputable scientific journals and books. Using case histories, experiments and correlational studies, researchers have examined topics such as which methods are more efficient, the role of listening and reading as compared to speaking and writing, the impact of correction and formal grammar study, and the role of personality and motivation. "Easy ways to study foreign languages" (December 26) included none of t... more »

“The Odds Are Never In Your Favor”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“The Odds Are Never In Your Favor”* by James Quinn “The irony of the phrase “may the odds be ever in your favor” is not lost on the readers of the Hunger Games trilogy of novels or the film adaption. Despite the grimness of the story, over 65 million copies of the books have been sold. The total box office take so far has exceeded $1.4 billion for the four movies. The dystopian series tackles real issues like severe poverty, starvation, torture, oppression, betrayal and the brutality of war. It doesn’t fit into the standard film making success recipe of feel good fluff, politicall... more »

Bodies Of Refugees Continue To Wash Up On Aegean Islands

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Bodies of ten refugees have been recovered from the shores of Fourni, a Greek archipelago in the north Aegean, over the past ten days. Tovima reports: Four bodies, possibly of refugees, washed were located in the maritime area around the island of Fourni near Ikaria at midday on Monday, raising the total bodies recovered in the past ten days to 10. The bodies of one girl, two women and one man which were recovered on Monday had been exposed to the elements and will be transferred to the Forensic Service of Piraeus. Many bodies have been washing up on the island shores since last wee...more »

US State Dept Gives Credit To Washington For Bringing Peace To Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
According to the US State Department, Washington has succeeded in its efforts aimed at bringing peace and security to Syria this year. Writing on the agency’s official blog, the departments spokesperson John Kirby includes a bold subheadline of “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria” above a slightly more modest entry that refers to the U.S. aid for those affected by the country’s turmoil and the U.S. push for a political transition from President Bashar Assad. Meanwhile the reality on the ground is still grim and any positive change could hardly be attributed to the US alone. Sputnik n... more »

ISIS Finally Drafts Rules on Who Can Have Sex with Female Slaves

American Thinker at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: sex slaves - 400] After months of confusion by the masters of female slaves, Islamic State has issued a fatwa that goes into minute detail telling its followers who is eligible to bed a woman held against her will. For a bunch of nutcases... Continue reading *“ISIS Finally Drafts Rules on Who Can Have Sex with Female Slaves”* at *americanthinker.com*.

Moscow’s Red Square Will Be Shut For New Year’s Eve

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*National Post/The Telegraph*:* Russia accused of bizarre attempt to hide terror threat as Moscow’s Red Square shut for New Year’s Eve* MOSCOW — Russia was accused of a bizarre attempt to cover up terrorism threats Monday after claiming that a decision to close off Moscow’s Red Square on New Year’s Eve was because a film crew would be working there. The city’s security chiefs shocked Muscovites last week by declaring that the traditional spot for seeing in the New Year would be off-limits because of filming commitments. But the announcement, as European capitals received warnings ... more »

The Fox at Fukushima

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
The Mainichi reports that a "Fox finds way into highly radioactive reactor building at Fukushima plant" http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20151229/p2a/00m/0na/007000c The fox is about 1.3 meters long, and appeared on-camera on the morning of Dec. 21. It spent 7 to 8 minutes walking around within view before disappearing. TEPCO staff do not know how the animal got into the reactor building, and there was no sign of the fox on any of the walking or driving routes at the plant. Majia here: I feel like there is a missing back-story. Perhaps the fox drew the short straw among the...more »

Perfect Stormtroopers

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Tim McGinty acted more like he was auditioning for The Weather Channel than doing his job defending "the people" as Cuyahoga County prosecutor. He explained away the assassination of 12-year-old Tamir Rice the same way that an oil company executive might explain away climate change: by cynically feigning ignorance. It seems that the November 2014 Cleveland police killing of a child is just like Hurricane Sandy. Although both were obviously horrific, both were completely understandable, natural disasters. Crap just happens sometimes, soothed McGinty in announcing his grand jury's de... more »

Stratfor Think Tank: Turkey To Make A Military Move Into Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Private American intelligence agency and forecaster, Stratfor, has predicted a military move into northern Syria by Turkey for 2016. President Erdogan’s policy is to strengthen his popularity and that of the AKP, Turkey’s ruling party, by becoming increasingly more assertive in foreign policy, according to Stratfor. The information gathering, distributing and forecasting business also predicts a more widening rift developing between Russia and a resurgent Turkey. Sputnik reports: “This is the year when Turkey, nervous but more politically coherent than it was last year, will likely... more »

Ultra-Feminist Founder of Femen Brazil Declares Herself Pro-Life, Apologizes to Christians

Life Site News at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Sara Winter - 400] Sara Fernanda Giromin first made herself known to Brazil and to the world under the alias "Sara Winter" in 2012, when she became the founding member of Femen Brazil, and led a trio of girls in a number of topless... Continue reading *“Ultra-Feminist Founder of Femen Brazil Declares Herself Pro-Life, Apologizes to Christians”* at *lifesitenews.com*.

History Will Be The Judge

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://cas.msu.edu/trifecta At the moment, the Liberals are euphoric. But they face three big challenges. Robin Sears warns that, if they fumble these challenges, their euphoria could be replaced by much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Those challenges are carbon rollback, democratic reform and resetting the relationship with Canada's First Nations: The Paris summit has generated expectations tough to manage. A national carbon-pricing scheme eluded the Chrétien and Martin governments. The Harperites duck... more »

The Killing of Holy Innocents by the New King Herods

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Holy Innocents2 - 900] Just before their Christmas recess, the United States Congress passed an omnibus spending bill which funds Planned Parenthood and failed to pass the Abortion Nondiscrimination Act, which would have protected Pro-Life organizations, institutions and churches from being compelled to participate... more »

U.S. Taxpayers to Pay Iran’s Compensation to Hostage Crisis Victims

Russ Read at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: The first released group of U.S. Embassy staffers in Tehran hold a press conference Nov. 18, 1979, the day after Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of all women and black U.S. hostages.] A fund of over $1 billion has been created for the U.S. embassy personnel taken hostage by Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but it is the U.S. taxpayer, not Iran, who will be paying for it. The new fund,... more »

Tech Companies Must Keep Quiet About Govt Snooping Or Face Jail

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Twitter along with other tech companies will face criminal charges if they warn users that they are being monitored by UK security services or police under the new Investigatory Powers Bill. A report in June by David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, revealed that Twitter’s policy required them to notify its users of requests to access their data “unless persuaded not to do so, typically by a court order.” But now a “disclosure provision” detailed in a note to the bill would criminalize that behavior. Press TV reports: The note says it “will ensure that... more »

U.S. Poll: Only 20% Of Americans Believe The U.S. Is Winning The War On Terror

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN*: *CNN/ORC poll: More Americans say terrorists are winning than ever before* Washington (CNN)Americans are more likely to say that terrorists are winning the war against the United States than they have been at any point since the September 11 attacks, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The public is broadly unhappy with the nation's progress, with nearly three-quarters of Americans saying they are not satisfied with how the war on terror is proceeding. That figure, following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, this fall, is well above the previous high ... more »

Study on eye imaging device withdrawn for German duplication

Emily Mullin at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
An article describing a Japanese imaging device that measures eye surface temperature to help diagnose ocular conditions has been retracted because it contained duplicated material that the authors had published previously in German. Here’s the September retraction note for “Measurement of Dynamic Ocular Surface Temperature in Healthy Subjects Using a New Thermography Device,” published in […] The post Study on eye imaging device withdrawn for German duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Western War on Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
A very well done, informative and deeply moving film by a German journalist about the US-NATO puppet Kiev regime's war on their own citizens in Eastern Ukraine.... The documentary is not an action movie. Rather, it lives from spoken word, by the voices of the people featured in the interviews and their impressions. Accompanied with sequences of events it draws a picture of the personal feelings of the participants – whether civilians, soldiers and journalists. “Ukrainian Agony” is a silent film about the immense volume and violence of war. The propaganda has reached a new level o... more »

Kidnapped by Imperialism

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
After the Edward Snowden revelations, President Evo Morales said the United States was conducting electronic surveillance on "our most senior authorities" and stopped using his own email account. This film investigates how Bolivian senator Nelida Sifuentes has led the campaign to restructure the way in which Bolivia and Latin America communicate, and restore power to ordinary citizens. The tiny mountainous South American country has one of the world's slowest Internet connections, but the senator is leading the drive to develop infrastructure and software that will make Bolivia d... more »

Dissatisfaction, Anger with Washington Dominate Year-End Poll

CNN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: President Obama-400] Heading into the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency, the American public is divided on whether he’s brought positive or negative change to the United States, and expresses broad dissatisfaction with government and anger about the way things are going... Continue reading *“Dissatisfaction, Anger with Washington Dominate Year-End Poll”* at *cnn.com*.

World News Briefs -- December 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraq's Abadi visits Ramadi to celebrate Islamic State defeat* Iraq's prime minister visited Ramadi on Tuesday, a day after the army took back the western city from Islamic State in the first major success for the U.S.-trained force that fled in the face of the militants' advance 18 months ago. Security sources said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who arrived by helicopter with a top military officer at the Anbar University complex in the city's southern outskirts, would meet commanders from Iraq's army and counter-terrorism forces, which had spearheaded the offensive.... more »

North Atlantic SST’s Dropping Sharply

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The succession of storms passing our way in the last few weeks has had a noticeable effect on sea surface temperatures. Below is the current position, showing a huge pool of very cold water throughout much of the North Atlantic. http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_daily.php?plot=ssa&inv=0&t=cur If we contrast with the maps at the […]

The Attack Of The Schumercrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Chuck Schumer (D-Wall Street) is working overtime and largely behind the scenes, on behalf of a Finance Sector that has funded his political career to the tune of a cool $23,538,638, more than for any other politician in history who hasn't run for president-- and considerably more than several politicians who *have* run for president. First and foremost he has pledged to deliver a more pro-Wall Street-friendly Senate Democratic Party in 2017, one filled with schumercrats like Tammy Duckworth (IL), Ted Strickland (OH), Chris Van Hollen (MD) and, first and foremost, Wall Street's #1 ... more »

6 Moments That Could Haunt Hillary Clinton

Politico at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, speaking during the ABC News coverage of the Democratic Presidential debate from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, aired Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 on the ABC Television Network and all ABC News platforms.] Hillary Clinton, her aides will tell you, is focused solely on winning the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton, Democratic strategists with ties to the campaign will tell you, has one eye planted on the general election in everything she says and... Continue reading *“6 Moments That Could Haunt Hillary Clinton”* at *pol... more »

NASA’s $8.8 Billion Telescope Is 7 Years behind Schedule and Only Halfway Done

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: This is a screenshot of an animation video describing the James Webb Space Telescope deploying.] NASA announced Monday that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is halfway completed, but the project is $7.2 billion over its initial budget and seven years behind the original schedule. The telescope has a long history of major cost overruns and delays. The... more »

Rahm Emanuel Aide Allegedly Assaulted by Man Who Said ‘Police Are Killing Us’

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel] On Saturday, after an officer in Chicago fatally shot an anti-violence activist who had just hosted relatives for Christmas and an emotionally disturbed college student home for holiday break, the city was again roiled by what looked like an unnecessary... Continue reading *“Rahm Emanuel Aide Allegedly Assaulted by Man Who Said ‘Police Are Killing Us’”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

The Forgotten Christians Who Faced Persecution in 2015

Christian Today at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: save-christians-rally-beirut__1451394872_173.71.16.53] Christian persecution has dominated the news over the past year. From the escalating chaos in the Middle East to the crackdown on churches in China’s Zhejiang province, it’s been a terrible year for some of the world’s most persecuted minorities.... Continue reading *“The Forgotten Christians Who Faced Persecution in 2015”* at *christiantoday.com*.

‘Tis the Season for Dreams of a Brokered Political Convention

NANCY BENAC at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona on Dec. 16, 2015.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- ‘Tis the season -- no, not THAT season. It’s that point in the presidential election cycle when speculation starts swirling that the primaries won’t produce a clear winner and one of the parties’ big nominating conventions will... more »

Military Photo of the Day: December 29, 2015

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Soldier in South Korea-900] A U.S. Army soldier pulls security during urban warfare training in South Korea on Dec. 18, 2015. Thank you to all American service members stationed around the world for your service and sacrifice.

UK Government Was Warned About Funding Cuts Weeks Before Floods

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Official documents show that the UK government’s own advisory body warned that a funding gap could leave swaths of the north vulnerable to flooding just weeks before the deluge this Christmas. Head of the Yorkshire regional flood and coastal committee (RFCC) Prof Colin Mellors, said funding cuts could mean discontinuing some flood defences, according to minutes on the government’s website. The decision not to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the increased flood risk came in October just a few weeks before the flooding in Cumbria before Christmas and the most recent floodi... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 29, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
US President Barack Obama sits next to Gen. Lloyd Austin during a briefing at US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Sept. 17, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Larry Downing) *The Hill:* *Centcom commander: ISIS 'losing momentum'* Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, said the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) recent losses in Ramadi and across Iraq and Syria shows the terrorist group is "losing momentum." Austin, in a statement Monday, congratulated Iraqi security forces for securing a key government center complex in Ramadi on Monday w... more »

Will This Weapon Change Warfare?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
An Air Force test in January is a prelude to putting laser weapons on AC-130 gunships like this depiction.Photo: DARPA *New York Post*:* Silent, invisible, deadly: The weapon that could change warfare* This month, the Force awakens in theaters. Next month, a new force awakens in the New Mexico desert, where the Defense Department is to start testing a weapon worthy of “Star Wars” — a silent, invisible laser that needs just a couple of seconds to burn a hole in targets miles away. “What it really boils down to is a silent weapon that nobody sees or hears,” said Lt. Gen. Bradley Hei... more »

My Favorite Books of 2015

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
2015 was a little all over the place when it came to reading for me. I read fiction, non-fiction, murder mysteries, romances in both Young Adult and Adult genres. I had a lot of fun exploring new authors and even found two authors I liked so much that I read literally everything they wrote in 2015. Here are my top picks from the year! *Maeve Kerrigan Series* 2015 was the year I fell in love with Jane Casey's novels. I read all of her books this year, from her first novel to the Maeve Kerrigan series and even her young adult series. The Maeve Kerrigan books are hands down my favor... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Christ Hidden in Our Schools, While Muhammad Roams the Halls Freely* In the U.S., the media mocks those who make their Christian practices public-such as praying for victims of terrorism or young people committing to abstain from sexual relations until married. Yet that same media attacks those voicing concerns about terrorism's link to Islamic beliefs as being Islamophobic. In America, we see a nation so intimidated by political correctness that people in positions of responsibility make illogical decisions concerning the observation of a Christian holiday. Recently, Eujin Jaela ... more »

Rubio in Iowa as Questions Grow about Early-State Efforts

CATHERINE LUCEY at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was at a meet and greet at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on Dec. 10, 2015.] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With a nationally focused campaign that leans on strong debate performances and television advertising, Marco Rubio isn’t going all out in any one of the early voting states. That’s raised eyebrows among Republicans in states... more »

Officials: ‘Affluenza’ Teen, Mother Planned Flight to Mexico

EMILY SCHMALL & E. EDUARDO CASTILLO at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service, shows Ethan Couch. A Texas district attorney’s office said Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, that Mexican authorities have detained Couch.] FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A teen fugitive known for using an “affluenza” defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody...more »

Planned Parenthood Appeals Ruling Allowing Utah to Cut Funds

MICHELLE L. PRICE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has reversed an earlier decision and ruled Utah can cut off federal funds to the state Planned Parenthood organization.] SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah chapter of Planned Parenthood has appealed a U.S. judge’s ruling that allows the Republican governor to cut off federal funding to the organization. The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed a notice Sunday...more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Toon time* *Another example of scientists getting it wrong* *Even if 97% of scientists DID support global warming, it would not be very convincing. Scientists have been getting it wrong at least since the phlogiston theory. Rejection of continental drift, peak oil, global cooling etc. * In 1997, physicians in southwest Korea began to offer ultrasound screening for early detection of thyroid cancer. News of the programme spread, and soon physicians around the region began to offer the service. Eventually it went nationwide, piggybacking on a government init... more »

Economic News , Data & views ( December 29 , 2015 ) Europe In Focus ( Spanish Politics - Formation Of New Gov't dicey , Greece Items Of Note , Refugee Crisis - Germany Estimates 17 Bn For Cost for 2016 , Equity Markets for 2015 / Data Splash - Spain & France Items Of Interest , Poland Political Crisis Could Impact Poland Hosting NATO In 2016 , French Immigration To Israel Hits A High ) Emerging Nations & Asia ( Asia Indices Edge Up W/ China Equities Rising After Biggest Losses In A Month As Oil Stabilizes. Additional Items Of Note From Saudi Arabia , China , Turkey )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Europe...... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 12s 12 seconds ago fred walton Retweeted Sputnik Something to ponder... fred walton added, [image: Embedded image permalink] *Sputnik* @SputnikInt LISTEN: 'EU has no plan on resettlement of #refugees' – @AndreasKamm1 http://bit.ly/1JdA2CI #MigrantCrisis *The Spain Report* ‏@thespainreport 33s 33 seconds ago UPDATE: PSOE Slams PP: "Immobility, Inequality, Imposition" And "Corruption" https://www.thespainreport.com/newsitems/429- 151229142135-update-psoe-slams-pp-immobility-inequality-imposition-and-corruption … [image: ... more »

India’s Poor Want More Than Facebook’s Walled Garden Internet Experience

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Indian people in the subcontinent are in two minds as whether to take up Facebook’s offer of a free but limited internet experience for all, confined to the boundaries of the world’s largest social media network. Or, whether they should bide their time and wait for the main internet to become freely available to all, courtesy of Indian officials and future entrepreneurs. QUARTZ reports: Last week, the Times of India reported that the country’s telecom regulatory body had asked Facebook’s partner, wireless carrier Reliance, to cease the Internet.org service as it determines whether o... more »

Supplemental: Fatal shootings involving toy guns!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 17 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015One wasn’t the loneliest number:* The first thing we read this morning was Leon Neyfakh’s report at Slate. It concerned the decision not to prosecute the officers involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice. Neyfakh started as shown below. We were struck by the highlighted passage: NEYFAKH (12/29/15): The two police officers involved in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland will not be charged with a crime, officials announced Monday. Timothy Loehmann, a rookie officer, shot Rice on Nov. 22 after he and his partner, Frank Garmback, confronte...more »

The US Air Force Is Claiming That It Will Have Laser Weapons On Planes By 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Initial trials of laser weapon revealed 'unprecedented power' of system, and it will now be tested against live targets at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico this year (artist's impression shown) *Daily Mail*: *US Air Force will have laser weapons on planes by 2020: Claims Star Wars technology is at a 'tipping point' - and there are even plans for a force field protection bubble* * Initial trials of laser weapon revealed 'unprecedented power' of system * First demonstrations expected to take place in 2020 * Team now building full powered unit for lab tests It will be a new era... more »

Calm Urged after Ohio Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Officers

MARK GILLISPIE at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson answers questions as police chief Calvin Williams watches during a news conference in Cleveland, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Jackson was responding to questions about the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury decision not to indict Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehman for the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Nov. 2014.] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Officials are urging calm as they brace for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white Cleveland police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy who was carrying what turned out t... more »

Some Amazing Stats On The SR-71 Blackbird

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Fox Trot Alpha: **Celebrate The 51st Anniversary Of The SR-71 Blackbird's First Flight With These Crazy Stats* On December 22nd, 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird took to the air for the very first time, rising above Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale with F-104 chase planes in pursuit. The occasion would mark the birth of one of the most amazing and renowned aircraft of all time. To understand just how exotic the Blackbird family of aircraft were, you need look no farther than its historical stats and metrics. *WNU Editor*: Here is a photo gallery of the SR-71 .... *11 photos that show why... more »

The 15 Best Photos Of The F-35 From 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Two F-35Bs aerially refuel themselves from a KC-130J tanker plane *Business Insider:* *These are the 15 best photos of the F-35 from 2015* Lockheed Martin's F-35 has had a busy 2015. In November, the plane tested its onboard cannon aerially for the first time. This came months after the plane first successfully fired its cannon in June. Successes such as these led the Marine Corps to declare, in July, that the F-35B was ready for combat. And internationally, the F-35 continued to be a focus on attention. As Canada was mulling over whether to pull out ... more »

Trying To Get The U.S., French, And British Air Forces To Work Together

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, a British Royal Air Force Typhoon, and a French air force Rafale fly in formation Dec. 7 as part of a the Trilateral Exercise held at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The exercise simulates a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment where U.S. and partner pilots and ground crews can test their readiness. (Photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/ Air Force) *Washington Post*: *What happens when the most advanced fighter jets in the U.S., France and Britain prepare for war* JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The rumble started early Tuesday, as one... more »

For Drone Owners, Beware Of Drone Jamming Zones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) CREDIT: Brown Bird Design *Daily Mail:* *Drone-jamming equipment to be deployed at public events to stop terrorists using cheap unmanned aircraft in killer attacks * * System was installed for the first time on the roof of Scotland Yard * Specialised equipment can detect, track and even intercept drones * The £700,000 device could be used to defend critical infrastructure A device to block drones flown by terrorists will be used at major public and sports events following a successful trial at London’s Remembrance Sunday parade. The system was installe... more »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Told the World to Stop Eating Meat to Save the Planet

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
i personally think that a dominantly vegetable diet is best for all. However. i am also conscious that the future of agriculture is very much a living organic partnership with a range of animals and that part of that process includes harvesting the natural surplussed. That future also includes a massive input of human service as well aimed at optimizing the productivity of the biology. All this will eliminate chemical inputs of any kind. The interesting question is just how much meat protein will be then produced. I do not think that we are talking about a lot here. A simp... more »

Demography 25, Ageing societies, Japan's depopulation

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
Human population, whether rising or declining, should be left as individual and parental decision and responsibility, not government decision and responsibility. Should there be population explosion or population control/depopulation, it should not be government-sponsored. Thus, in ageing societies, instead of government giving subsidies to households for having new babies, government can reduce income taxes, relax rigid labor laws, so that people will have more money for their kids, or they can hire a nanny to help them raise kids. In countries where the growth of population is fla... more »

Are Angels Visiting Earth and Creating Miracles?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
*\* The first thing that needs to be clarified is that angels are advanced human spirits who act to provide guidance for the physically living. They interact with our own spirits and as I have been posting, both are physically real entities based in the second tier of matter whereas we are based in the third tier of matter. However, it is also obvious that alien beings also have the capacity to operate as a second tier entity as well. This nicely explains the whole of the abduction experience reports that fill the UFO literature. It is also clear that we have similar abilities... more »

Court Finds Monsanto Responsible for Poisoning French Farmer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: monsanto fail] This is a sad tale that may well have happened to anyone. However, it opens the door to another issue. Just why are profoundly toxic chemicals been applied by untrained personnel? I cannot walk into that same business and purchase a stick of dynamite without a proper proof of some ability with that explosive. The same needs to apply to all chemicals used in agriculture. It is obvious the industry has lobbied long to avoid that. A rash of lawsuits may change their mind on that score.. The whole problem of both herbicides and pesticides now needs to be thor... more »

Forbidden History: Hidden Symbols Connecting All Major Ancient Civilizations

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
The short answer is that we had during the European Bronze Age at least a rich trading culture led by a singular tribe for want of a better term who pursued metals worldwide and marketed them worldwide by way of local trade factories. These factories were associated with robust stone work and often pyramids of some form or other depending on local materials. This large tribe was known as the Sea Peoples and also the Atlanteans to Plato. They had a huge number of mound structures in the Mississippi Valley. We likely can blame them for Sumerian pyramids as well. Central to all ... more »

Archaeoastronomical Study of the Main Pyramids of Giza and Possible Correlations with the Stars

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Someone has finally bit the bullet and has done a statistical analysis on the configuration of the Giza Pyramids. They do clearly align with the Orion Belt to a sufficient degree of accuracy but not necessarily obsessively so either. That merely means that they could have done using normal surveying methods. Not a bad plan at all and it is silly we should argue over the obvious. However academic archaeology has consistently challenged the intellectual skills of the ancients even when their prowess was obvious, not least due to the inevitable ignorance of the majority of archaeo... more »

Quantum Time Travel Paradox Solved: Study

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: (Fred Mantle/iStock)] I suspect this applies to all time paradox problems. It is all about isolation. As i posted a few weeks ago, the Earth was deliberately manufactured by the expedient of an artificial moon arriving and then dumping itself and the Earth back four Billion years. Further intercessions followed as well all then in the past from a location in the present or plausibly in the near present. All the same concerns would have applied but the sheer remoteness space and time allowed a full development to be completely isolated. In the present we ... more »

Gratitude Is......Quotes from Many to Many

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago

Developments In Underwater Drones May Make 'Silent' Nuclear Submarines Detectable

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
© Flickr/ UK Ministry of Defence *The Independent:** Trident: Nuclear deterrent under threat from underwater drones, expert warns* Advances in technology may turn Britain’s £31bn nuclear submarine programme into an expensive liability. Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent could be torpedoed by an increasingly sophisticated breed of underwater drone, a leading defence expert has warned. Rapid advances in underwater drone technology – autonomous underwater vehicles that can be controlled by ship- or land-based operators – threaten to make the controversial Trident nuclear subma... more »

Diphoton resonance from D3-branes or closed strings

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*Fifteen hep-ph papers co-written by Dr *ang today* By December 21st, 43 hep-ph papers on the diphoton resonance seen at the LHC have been written (and released in three packages). Eight days later, the terrain is very different. After another package on Dec 22, the total number has jumped to 72 (like the number of virgins who wait for a terrorist in the Islamic hell), then to 80 (Dec 23), 89 (Dec 24), 98 (Dec 25), and by today, the total has reached 118 unless I have overlooked some papers. At this rate, the number of papers on the \(750\GeV\) resonance may surpass 750 by April wh... more »

Dr Tim Ball shows how "climate change" pushers skew data to get results they want

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 23 hours ago
In a piece for RebelMedia, Dr Tim Ball shows - How The IPCC only look at human causes; and - How insignificant are those causes. Only Human Causes Most people don’t know that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) only considers human causes of global warming. This is critical because it is impossible to determine human causes if you don’t know or understand natural causes. It was done deliberately to ensure they could prove ”scientifically” the political message that human CO2 was causing disastrous global warming. Insignificant CO2 In fact, the natural va... more »

U.S. Navy Wants A Drone That Can 'Swim' And Fly

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *The 'Transformer' flying drone that's also a SUBMARINE: Navy funds research into robot that can swim as well as it flies* * Amphibious drone received a $618,000 grant from Office of Naval Research * The flying vehicle would be able to search the water from above and below * Researchers are developing way to control it wirelessly with sound pulses A flying, swimming drone may soon be able to aid search and rescue missions for the US Navy, and even locate deep sea mines. The Rutgers University drone recently received a $618,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research, a... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Sunlight Dancing”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, “Sunlight Dancing” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abyq867wSyg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Clouds of glowing gas mingle with dust lanes in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). In the center, the three prominent dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while other dark filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula. A single massive star visible near the center causes much of the Trifid's glow. * Click image for larger size.* The Trifid, also known as M20, is only about 300,000 years old, making it among the youngest emission nebulae know... more »

Chet Raymo, “A Momentary Stay”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Momentary Stay”* by Chet Raymo “This from a review of Paul Muldoon's new book of poetry, "Maggot", by Nick Laird, in the June 23, 2010 "New York Review of Books". It seems Muldoon was heckled by an audience member who claimed that what he was reading wasn't poetry. Muldoon replied: "It doesn't come naturally to me to defend these things as poems. As a concept, I see it like this: the word "poetry," as you know, means "making," so these are constructs in the world…One is trying to construct something that will help us to make sense of things, and a construct, or building even, l... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Winter of Listening"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Winter of Listening"* “No one but me by the fire, my hands burning red in the palms while the night wind carries everything away outside. All this petty worry, while the great cloak of the sky grows dark and intense round every living thing. What is precious inside us does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence. What we strive for in perfection is not what turns us into the lit angel we desire, what disturbs and then nourishes has everything we need. What we hate in ourselves is what we cannot know in ourselves, but what is true to the pattern does not ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

Desperate Climate Alarmists Attack Skeptics

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Larry Bell, in his latest column for Newsmax, under the above heading points out that although - the climate hadn’t warmed over 19 years prior to the run-up to that conference, feverish rhetoric certainly did. Yale Professor Timothy Snyder’s September New York Times op-ed titled “The Next Genocide” compared those who doubted dangerous man-made climate change with a Nazi commander slaughtering a Jewish baby. Larry notes that a Democrat Senator attempted to launch a congressional witch hunt against climate alarm skeptics. He requested that universities turn over documents about gra... more »

Maybe someone can explain this connection for me between a DC councilmember and a charter school

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
Chilling out on winter break. Can’t sleep. Examining, for some strange reason, DC Public Charter School Board meeting minutes. I find this stuff so interesting. I’m looking at contracts. I see one attributed to some strange 7L Group. They received $150K from a charter school in SE DC. That’s a lot of money. Well, 7L […]

Russia Wants Drones That Are Also Flamethrowers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Popular Mechanics:* *Will Russia Really Make Drones Armed With Flamethrowers?* *They have the technology.* A few years ago, a video showing a supposed Russian quadrotor with a machine gun went viral. That clip was actually publicity for a video game, but now reality is overtaking fiction. The director of Russian arms-makers Rostec saying the company is now working on cheap, flamethrower-armed multicopters. That can dodge bullets. Alexander Yakunin told Russian newspaper TASS that the project is in the works. Judging from the technology his company has already developed—and taki... more »

U.S. Air Force Looking For Some Good Drone Pilots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Reaper drones at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. One is armed with two 500-lb bombs. Source: GlobalPost *Wall Street Journal:* *Air Force Looks Beyond Officers to Boost Drone-Pilot Ranks* *Enlisted personnel will be allowed to operate RQ-4 Global Hawk, possibly other platforms in the future.* The U.S. military’s increasing demand for drones has forced changes in the Air Force’s “flyboy” culture over the years, plucking pilots out of the cockpit and sending some to high-tech desert trailers to operate remotely piloted aircraft, leaving their proverbial white scarves at home.... more »

‘I’m Not Ready to Get Married’

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Marriage, Bride and Groom, Wedding, Just Married, Beach, Sunset] Part I in a series of widely held beliefs that are either untrue or meaningless: In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.” The statement “I’m not ready to get... more »

Remembering 2015

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: New Year, 2016, 2015, Change, Changing Form, Beach] How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is long afterwards before we recognize it. However, if 2015 has been...more »

Who Will Be Top Dog In The Republican Party's Establishment Lane-- And Does It Matter?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Rubio's specialty has always been stabbing his mentors in the back* Except maybe Huckabee, Santorum and, of course, Herr Trump, everyone knows Ted Cruz is going to win among the tiny number of right-wing fanatics in Iowa that are collectively referred to as the Iowa Republican caucuses. And if Cruz comes in first and Trumpf second, it may not even matter much who comes in third-- and that could still be Dr. Ben. The real contest for the Republican Party establishment lane will be the following week, February 9, at the New Hampshire primary. The latest polling from CBS still shows T... more »

Guest Post: Pennsylvania is failing Philly's schools – so, close the schools?

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Students walk the halls at De Burgos Elementary School. (Emma Lee/WHYY) by Daun Kauffman *Daun Kauffman is North Philadelphia public school teacher. This article is posted on his blog LucidWitness.com* December 28, 2015 The Pennsylvania Senate's effort to amend the PA School Code (H.B. 530), is part of the backroom wrangling over our state budget. Senate amendments to the bill require the state to directly take over or close five individual schools every year. This Senate incursion into education is a textbook example of aggression and obstruction with no advance intelligence, ... more »

Obamacare Patients Spend 10% of Income Out of Pocket Despite Government Subsidies

Forbes at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: 10% of income] Even with federal government subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, a typical American buying coverage on public exchanges spends about one in 10 dollars they earn "on insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs," according to a new analysis. Research from the... Continue reading *“Obamacare Patients Spend 10% of Income Out of Pocket Despite Government Subsidies”* at *forbes.com*.

US Army Vet Rewarded with Shopping Spree for His Dog

ABC Detroit at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pet Supplies Plus] SOUTH LYON (WXYZ) – U.S. Army veteran Abner Gonzalez walked into Pet Supplies Plus in South Lyon thinking he was there to talk about Dogs on Deployment. It’s a nonprofit that takes care of dogs while their military owners are... Continue reading *“US Army Vet Rewarded with Shopping Spree for His Dog”* at *wxyz.com*.


thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
tHE story o' the USA ain't special. wee jist git ol the cultural references! derz mor 2 it den dat!

Be thankful for the clean air you breathe

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 1 day ago
The LA Times has an excellent story regarding the serious air pollution problem in China’s capital city. The article begins, “In the space of an afternoon, Beijing vanished. … By evening, all was gone, engulfed in a gauzy-white miasma. Buildings rose into hazy oblivion, and the sun became a dull yellow orb, like a flashlight shining from under a blanket.” The great danger of the air pollution in Beijing is the small particulate matter known as PM2.5. The WHO advises that fine particles of less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic meter. The... more »

Lemmy, the Motorhead frontman has dief aged 70 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Lemmy R. I. P. If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man, You win some, lose some, all the same to me, The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say, I don't share your greed, the only card I need is The Ace Of Spades Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil, Going with the flow, it's all the game to me, Seven or Eleven, snake eyes watching you, Double up or quit, double stake or split, The Ace Of Spades You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools, But that's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live for ever, And don't forget the joker! Pushing up t... more »

Peg with Pen: Gaslighting & Turnaround Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Peg with Pen: Gaslighting & Turnaround Schools: I am currently working in a turnaround school. A turnaround school is a public school that has been deemed "failing" by policy ... more »

Journalist Who Documented Islamic State Atrocities Is Murdered In Turkey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times*: *Syrian Journalist Who Documented ISIS Atrocities Is Killed in Turkey* ISTANBUL — A Syrian journalist and filmmaker who documented atrocities by the Islamic State in Syria and trained hundreds of citizen journalists has been killed in a Turkish town near the Syria border, rights activists said Monday, calling the death an assassination. The killing of the journalist, Naji Jerf, in Gaziantep, Turkey, happened on Sunday, one day before he and his family were scheduled to fly to France, where they were seeking asylum. Unconfirmed news reports from Gaziantep said th... more »

Mohawk Nation News: RED-X STATE OF THE UNION

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2015/12/28/red-x-state-of-the-union/

Hope College Receives $500k for High School Faith Institute

Detroit Free Press at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: DeVos Field House - Hope College Campus] HOLLAND, Mich. -- Hope College has received a $500,000 grant to establish a summer faith institute for high school students. Continue reading *“Hope College Receives $500k for High School Faith Institute”* at *freep.com*.

The Sum of All Fears

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: American Flag, Child, Patriotism, Fourth of July, Sunset, U.S.A., USA] President Obama and members of his administration assure us we have nothing to fear when it comes to terrorism. Whether you accept this, or not -- and opinion polls show a majority do not -- there is another fear that in large... more »

"Why Does the World Feel So Wrong?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Why Does the World Feel So Wrong?"* by Will Groves "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." - William Shakespeare, "Hamlet" "Consider these events: *1.* A president who started two aggressive wars, who bears responsibility for the loss of thousands of American lives along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan lives, leaves office as a free man without a felony record or any negative repercussions. *2.* Meanwhile, the same populace that has intimate experience with lying politicians appeared utterly smitten with a smooth-ta... more »

The Republican Sharia Law Fantasies: It’s Republican World! 2015 In Review-- Chapter Eleven

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Noah* Most Republicans I know about like to whine about Muslim Sharia Law taking over our country. In the Republican mind, it goes hand in hand with their imagined Obama-led "War On Christianity" that I posted about yesterday. The Sharia Law threat is one of their favorite and most paranoid theme songs. They’ve been singing this one (very off key) since the man they like to call Barack Hussein Obama won election and moved into the White House. They see Muslims coming to this country as some sort of conspiracy to install a theocracy. Since the majority of them think that Presi... more »

Is The Pentagon Blocking President Obama's Efforts To Close Guantanamo?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order regarding the closure of the military prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on his second official day as president at the White House in Washington in this January 22, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files *Reuters*: *Special Report: Pentagon thwarts Obama's effort to close Guantanamo* In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer wou... more »

"We Are All..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

“Have We Lost Our Humanity?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Have We Lost Our Humanity?”* by Robert Wolff “Our scientists are renowned. We know so much. But more about the universe and about bacteria and viruses than we know about ourselves. Certainly, we know more than ever about the functioning of our physical selves. We have multiple imaginations about who we are and where we fit into the biosphere, for instance. But somewhere we have lost ourselves as humans. We, meaning the western "we," assume and accept that we are totally apart from the earth and all other creators. We believe we own the planet. Most of humankind still knows that w...more »

Photos Future Generations Riders arrive in Wounded Knee

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Thank you to Ken Marchionno and the Future Generations Riders for sharing your photos. The ride began at the site where Chief Big Foot was killed and culminated at the site of the Massacre of Wounded Knee. http://300-miles.org/OT/index.html Chief Big Foot Riders Leaving Kyle / Red Water 12-27-2015   Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee

The AMA Was a Pro-Life Giant in the 19th Century. Now It Does Planned Parenthood’s Bidding.

Dante Witt at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Horatio Storer - 900] Recently the American Medical Association voted on a proposal that, if passed, would have had the AMA petition the U.S. government to defund Planned Parenthood. The proposal failed 363-71. While it is unsurprising to see a large professional organization fail... more »

It’s Infallible: Pope Francis’ Statements on the Scientific Details of Climate Change Aren’t Binding on Catholics

John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pope Francis Weather Forcast - 900] Catholics now have it on good authority that the pope can predict the weather a hundred years out. The claim confirms as true something Evelyn Waugh once wrote as a joke. In Brideshead Revisited, the character Rex Mottram is a... more »

Burundi Peace Talks Under-way Amid Escalating Violence And Threats Of Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*IBTimes*:* In Uganda, Burundi Peace Talks Resume Amid Escalating Violence* Burundi’s warring sides arrived in nearby Uganda Monday to resume peace talks aimed at ending months of escalating violence that has claimed hundreds of lives. The long-stalled negotiations are being led by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at the presidential palace in Entebbe, just outside the capital of Kampala, and they will include a Burundian government delegation as well as opposition members and civil society representatives, Agence France-Presse reported. "I really appeal to you, the two sides, to... more »

Dec. 28: Get ready for tough decisions.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Front page news. Read all about it. People went shopping on Boxing Day. We had heavy snow in 2015. There's a big picture on the front page of a man shovelling snow - presumably for people who have never seen that. The headline is that the premier says the public wants shale gas dealt with. And the government is thinking about it. Who woulda guessed? Then the premier says that social license to develop shale gas is necessary. 'Social' and 'License' - two words that sound good - unless you know what they mean. It means the general public would have to show strong support in order fo... more »

As We Shift - Here Comes 2016

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
It’s the time of year for prophecy and promise. What’s to follow is another version of both. This year brought a new appreciation for the perspective found here. It erupts from intuition, internet searches and a year’s worth of conversations with off world beings. You may call it an assumption. We are poised for alteration – of everything. In our unique fashion we’ve gradually set the stage for personal, national, global and cosmic emergence. We are ready right now. It can happen before this year ends and we will not be surprised. If you’ve been waiting for your moment – th... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 28, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report:* *5 Things to Look For With ISIS in 2016* These key clues may indicate whether the Islamic State group can continue its reign of fear. From the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris the first week of January to the San Bernardino shootings in December, the kind of self-inspired, small-scale brutality the Sunni Muslim Islamic State group has seeped into the cracks left by a Western security apparatus hardened around preventing a 9/11-style massive attack. Now intelligence agencies scramble to adapt to a more nimble and unorthodox extremist mo... more »

World News Briefs -- December 29, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*FOX News*: *Ramadi not 'fully liberated' from ISIS, Iraqi general says* Iraqi government forces scored a major victory when they took control from ISIS of the central government complex in the city of Ramadi on Monday. But even as one Iraqi military spokesperson unequivically said earlier Monday that Ramadi had been "liberated," the head of Iraqi military operations in Anbar province cautioned against celebrating too early. "The troops only entered the government complex," Gen. Ismail al-Mahlawi said. "We can't say that Ramadi is fully liberated. There are still neighborhoods unde... more »

Is This Proof That John McCain Helped Create The Islamic State?

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Former Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain from Arizona, has been implicated in a conspiracy to help organize and create ISIS in order to destabilize the regime of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. He is seen in a photo at a meeting attended by none other than the Islamic State’s commander in chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Daily Trends reports: Here is the proof that the Free Syrian Army and ISIS are one of the same. The US created the FSA to take down the Syrian Government and over the years it has changed its name several times. After each so called ‘friends o... more »

Pentagon Stunned As Thousands Of Chinese Troops Enter ISIS War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Kremlin have announced that China are to send 5,000 of its most elite military forces into the Levant War Zone to help Russia in the fight against ISIS, which has left the Obama administration and the Pentagon “horrified”. The “Siberian Tiger” Special Forces and “Night Tiger” Special Forces Units were given authorization to be deployed by China’s People’s Congress (NPC) on Sunday, after China passed its first anti-terrorism law allowing their army to take part in anti-terror missions abroad. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Most critical to China in entering this war, this report co... more »

The Stealth Attempt to Defeat Aging at Google’s Calico

Re/code at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: DNA - 400] Talk about a headline that sings. "Google vs. Death." The Time magazine cover story from September 2013 heralded the creation of California Life Company, or Calico, a new firm incubated by Google with the audacious aim to extend human lifespans. Although... Continue reading *“The Stealth Attempt to Defeat Aging at Google’s Calico”* at *recode.net*.

Pakistan TV Exposes Osama bin Laden Killing Hoax (Video)

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Mohammad Bashir, an Abbottabad resident and neighbour to the bin Laden “compound”, gives an extraordinary eyewitness account of what he says happened on 2 May 2011, when – according to the official story – US Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden. In this rare interview, a Pakistan TV station talks to Bashir who gives an explosive account of what actually happened which completely contradicts the official story. [SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] This inteview offers compelling evidence that the Obama administration’s story about killing Obama is a complete hoax. Pakistani Samaa TV confirms ... more »

Russia Accuse U.S. Of Fighting A Phony War Against ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has accused the U.S. of pretending to fight ISIS in the Middle East, in response to the Pentagon refusing to share intelligence on ISIS with Moscow. Konashenkov has said that the Pentagon are fighting ISIS “in word only” during a press conference on Monday. Tass.ru reports: He thus commented on a recent statement by the Pentagon spokesperson Michelle Baldanza who confirmed that the US military did not intend to share with Moscow the information on IS targets until Russia changes its policy towards Syrian President Bashar Assad. “W... more »

German TV Caught Faking News Story About Russia-Ukraine ‘War’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A German TV report about an alleged Russian soldier who went to war in the south-east of Ukraine has been exposed as a fake news story. The story was reported by German TV channel ZDF and featured a Russian “volunteer” who called himself Igor. The volunteer was actually a resident of Kaliningrad and had been paid as an actor to feature in the news report. Pravdareport.com reports: The main character of the report is named Igor, although his real name is Yuri Labyskin. He said that all of his remarks in the documentary had been rehearsed and scripted. The report tells the story of a... more »

Anti-Russian Propaganda Shows West Is Running Scared Of Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A U.S. Professor has said that the U.S. and Europe are growing increasingly hostile towards Russia due to the fact that they underestimated Moscow’s increasing military and economical power. Professor Vladimir Golstein, associate professor of Slavic studies at Brown University in Rhode Island, says that the anti-Russian propaganda perpetrated by the West is now backfiring. “People who orchestrated this whole geopolitical scheme of bullying Russia definitely miscalculated … You don’t want to wake a sleeping bear but that’s exactly what [the US] State Department did,” he told Iranian... more »

ISIS Plan Moroccan Sarin Gas Attacks In New Years Eve Terror Plot

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
ISIS have announced plans to launch a chemical attack in Morocco on New Years Eve using Sarin gas, amid plans of creating widespread chaos during the holiday season across Europe. “Intelligence services of various European countries have published reports in which they detail ISIS’ plan to attack several capitals of countries that are members of the coalition against this organization,” A Moroccan newspaper reported on Monday. Moroccoworldnews.com reports: According to the Moroccan daily, Morocco is among these countries where ISIS plans to carry terrorist attacks on December 31. T... more »

Pentagon Worried About Russia’s Updated Navy Capabilities

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Pentagon have expressed concerns over a “newly awakened” Russian navy that appears to possess state-of-the-art technology. A Pentagon report reveals that the Russian military launched 18 Kalibr-M cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea, successfully travelling 1,500 miles, and striking ISIS targets in Syria. Sputniknews.com reports: “Russia has begun, and over the next decade will make large strides in fielding a 21st century navy capable of a dependable national defense [and] an impressive but limited presence in more distant global areas of interests…” reads the repo... more »

Philip Palmer's "Version 43"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
So, I just finished the Sci-Fi novel *Version 43* by Philip Palmer. I actually bought this book and it was well worth the money. I got it for $2 out of a used book store's bargain bin. I got sucked in by the cover art. I understand that it's not to be taken as a deep, serious, Science Fiction book. It's over the top. But it's not for me. Several times it feels like he's making it up as he goes along. And the writing that supposed to be mind-blowingly magnificent just comes off as implausible. Towards the end, as the Cyborg is engaged in a war of attrition with the *Anciens*, there'... more »

First of 17 Detainees to be Released from Gitmo Next Week

Lolita C. Baldor at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Guantanamo Bay] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says the first of 17 detainees scheduled to be released from the Guantanamo Bay prison in January will be transferred next week, as the Obama administration continues efforts to reduce the population at the... more »

Oil Slump Weighing on Housing Markets in Texas, North Dakota

Alex Veiga at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pumpjack - 900] There’s a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom. Home sales are down sharply this year in North Dakota and the West... more »

Coming to Your Suburb: The Ghettos

WND/Bob Unruh at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: suburb] The Housing Authority of Baltimore City is secretly relocating Section 8 subsidized housing families from the inner city into suburban homes -- and some critics are charging it is part of a plan to deliberately cause damage to the communities there.... Continue reading *“Co

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