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Islamic State Claims San Bernardino Shooters Were 'Soldiers Of The Caliphate'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 47 seconds ago
*CNN*:* San Bernardino shooters 'supporters' of ISIS, terror group says* (CNN)ISIS on Saturday hailed the two people who massacred 14 people in Southern California this week as "supporters" of the terror group -- a message that came after U.S. investigators said they suspect one of the shooters professed loyalty to the Islamist network. The terror group's official Iraq-based station made the declaration following Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting that also left 21 injured, but -- notable for a group quick to claim attacks -- did not say the couple were members or that ISIS was r... more »

President Obama To Address The Nation On Sunday At 20.00 EST

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the shootings in San Bernardino, California during a meeting with his national security team in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE *Time:* *President Obama to Deliver Address on Terrorism Sunday* President Obama will deliver a primetime address to the nation Sunday night on the threat of terrorism, the White House said, following last week’s killing of 14 Americans in San Bernardino and the recent attacks in Paris. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama will speak a... more »

Stressful Christmas? At Least You’re Not George Washington-- A Guest Post By James Thompson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
Christmas is approaching and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. For some, this is stressful. But cheer up! At least you’re not George Washington. That man had real problems. I’m writing this in my cluttered but comfortable office, but 239 years ago, George Washington and 3000 of his battered Continentals were huddled in makeshift encampments on the west bank of the Delaware River. Washington had ordered them to cross the river the day before to escape an approaching British army commanded by King George’s most effective general, Lord Charles Cornwallis. The wrathful Britain... more »

Hillary Voted For The Bill That Resulted In The Deepwater Horizon Spill, Bernie Voted Against It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
*BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill killed 11 workers and gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days (around 210 million gallons), the granddaddy of all marine oil spills. It may still be leaking. The oil ruined beaches in Louisiana and Florida, wrecked fishing industries and tourism, devastated wildlife populations and continues to cause serious illnesses among children along the coasts. The economic consequences were well over $100 billion. BP paid a big fine. Were there any consequences for the politicians who oversaw all this? Certainly not for Bobby Jindal, who went on... more »

Getting Rid of ISIS/L  (Dancing Arabs Or Israelis?)  Greek Bankster Lies  (Capitalism At Work?)  Do You Believe Tax Cuts for Business Will Make America Great Again?  (Or Is Donald Trump Faking His Way Into the Presidency With MSM Aid?)  4 USAF Drone Whistleblowers Punished

Get Rid of ISIS/L Using This One Weird Trick (Non-Intervention) No Kidding! Do Mass Killings Bother You?American Nightmare: the Depravity of Neoliberalism And no matter how rich these psychopaths become. They always see room in their investment portfolio for "taxpayer funds." Funny how that works out. Gates’ Nuclear Folly: the Breakthrough We Really Need is Fast Implementation of

VIDEO: Paris undercover police attack: Voices against corporate greenwashers COP21

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 35 minutes ago
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Zero Hedge: Cuomo Sends Investigators After Blackout Forces Shutdown Of Nuclear Reactor Near NYC

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 44 minutes ago

(Anthropogenic) Global Warming is a scam

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 hour ago
As the delegates in Paris at COP21 are trying to get an agreement for Kyoto ll, it is good to look back on Buenos Aires COP4 in November 1998 and the beginning of the Kyoto Protocol. Source: BBC Science News BBC Science posted an item under the Heading: Climate change 'is the norm' *Viewpoint * By Dr Martin Keeley Geologist, and a Visiting Professor at University College London Global warming is indeed a scam, perpetrated by scientists with vested interests, but in need of crash courses in geology, logic and the philosophy of science. It provides the media with a new scare story... more »

Canoes 2 Paris 'A Celebration of Life' Dec. 6, 2015

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago

Russia: Female-Only Secret Society Commited California Shooting

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) have issued a blistering report that suggests that the San Bernardino shooting was carried out by a new Islamic “women only” secret society group known as “Khawlah Division” funded by Saudi Arabia. According to the FSB, they had warned the U.S. and Thailand about impending attacks by this women-only terrorist organisation on the 27th November in a leaked memo. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Spurring the warning by the FSB to the United States, this report continues, was that this intercepted Islamic State communication activating the “Khawla... more »

San Bernardino Lawyer: “Shooting Was Faked, Like Sandy Hook”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The lawyer representing one of the alleged perpetrators of the San Bernardino shooting, Syed Farook, has told the media that he believes the official story about the shooting to be a lie. Attorney David Chesle has said that information provided by authorities, including the FBI, is false. Chesle says that like the Sandy Hook massacre, certain parts of the story don’t stand up to scrutiny. Dailymail.co.uk reports: ‘There have been suggestions that it may be something that was related to their work, that somehow he was a disgruntled employee,’ he said. ‘But it doesn’t seem plausible ... more »

The Pentagon Say They Are Preparing For Huge Civil Unrest In U.S.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The Pentagon have admitted that they are concerned that widespread civil unrest will hit U.S. streets in the very near future. The Department of Defense have begun funding universities to research the areas in society that are likely to breakdown and the risks that would come with a breakdown of society at large. Anonhq.com reports: The program costs millions of dollars, and is designed to derive “warfighter-relevant insights”. According to the Pentagon the purpose is for senior officials and decisions makes in “the defense policy community” to come up with contingency plans should... more »

China Calls For ‘New NATO’ To Provide World Army

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The Chinese Foreign Ministry have called for the international community to reject NATO in favour of a new NATO-like organisation that would provide a one world army for the world. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, told a press conference on Thursday, “We believe that NATO is a product of the Cold War …We are convinced that the international community must move away from the Cold War mentality”. Sputniknews.com reports: Hua explained that no country or group of states could secure absolute safety on their own. The spokeswoman urged the international community to create a ... more »

US Government Allowed ISIS To Emerge In Syria (video)

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The U.S. Department of Defense said in 2012 there was a possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria if the West, Turkey and Gulf allies’ opposition towards President Assad continued. In other words, the West would facilitate rise of the Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime” In 2012 there was no such thing as ISIS. Vigilant Citizen reports: Leaked Department of Defense documents prove that the U.S. purposely allowed ISIS to take hold of Syria. In my article entitled ISIS : A CIA Creation to Justify War Abroad and Repress... more »

Russia Say The U.S. Are Colluding With Turkey In Supporting ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Russia have accused the U.S. of colluding with both ISIS and Turkey in the smuggling of oil into Turkey from ISIS militants in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement on Saturday, saying, “When US officials say they don’t see how the terrorists’ oil is smuggled to Turkey… it smells badly of a desire to cover up these acts“. Presstv.ir reports: “The declarations of the Pentagon and the State Department seem like a theater of the absurd,” the statement further noted, saying US authorities “watch the videos taken by its (own) drones which have recently been three times a... more »

Mysterious 25ft Foam Tsunami In India Frightens Residents

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A mysterious white foam has caused thousands of Indian residents in Bangalore to panic after what can only be described as a foam tsunami appeared on Bellandur Lake. Locals say the 25 foot tsunami wave even caught fire at one stage, with one witness saying, “It has been nearly 15 years now that the lake is covered with the thick foam. And every time it rains, the froth raises, blowing it into the air and covers the commuters every time they cross the bridge over the lake.” “But in May this year, we witnessed the unexpected. The lake had suddenly caught fire and the flames went as h... more »

Ted Nugent Calls On Gun Owners To ‘Cleanse’ America Of Liberals

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
NRA enthusiast Ted Nugent has issued a call to arms to all conservatives in America to grab their guns and cleanse the U.S. of liberals. Speaking with Christian patriot Alex Jones on Infowars, Nugent told Jones that he wants American conservatives to take action against the “self-inflicted curse that is Barack Obama, and the liberal Democrats”, following the latest shooting in San Bernardino, California. Addictinginfo.org reports: He argued that the reason America has been surrendered to “freedom hating” liberals is because we don’t show Old Yeller in schools. Apparently, if we did... more »

Pope Announces Money Laundering Investigation At The Vatican

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Pope Francis has announced an external audit of the Vatican’s finances in a bid to bring transparency after millions of Euro’s have gone missing. The Pope has vowed to radically overhaul the Vatican’s shady financial management, coming up against resistance from senior church officials who wish for the church to maintain tight control over its finances. Yahoo News reports: Lombardi told reporters that the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy had called on PwC, the world’s second-largest audit firm by revenue, to review the Vatican’s consolidated financial statements, which include... more »

BWorld 29, Paris COP's emission cut targets vs. energy needs

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last November 27, 2015. ---------- To fight poverty and unemployment, increased electricity supply at cheaper rates should be made available in the country, spurring growth, which creates more jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. High poverty incidence and darkness kill people. They are more exposed to dangerous informal sector work, criminals and robbers lurking in dark corners, more prone to road accidents due to dimly-lit streets roads, more prone to fires due to frequent use of candles. Thus, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in P... more »

Masters of New Media: First Roosevelt, Then Reagan, and Now Trump

RealClearPolitics at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] For the dazed and confused out there voicing concern about the continued success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, I may have an explanation, if not an excuse. It is possible that Trump's perch atop the Republican field is simply a... Continue reading *“Masters of New Media: First Roosevelt, Then Reagan, and Now Trump”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.

Nina Kulagina

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Afshin, “Prayer of Change”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Afshin, “Prayer of Change” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75SGQ65QhaU

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“It's the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. *Click image for larger size.* The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble's central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, pictured above in sci... more »

"Ten Rules For Being Human"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* "Ten Rules For Being Human"* by Cherie Carter-Scott *Rule One:* You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth. *Rule Two:* You will be presented with lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called 'life.' Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum. *Rule Three:* There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors, and occasional... more »

Shirtless Man With Straight Edge Razor Shot To Death By Miami Police

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
A shirtless man has been captured on video being shot to death while in a stand-off with Miami police. The suspect had reportedly tried to rob a branch of Bank of America before fleeing to a neighboring barber shop and causing a disturbance. Disturbing Twitter video shows the man falling to the ground clutching his chest after being shot twice. Miami Herald reports: In the video, a bald, shirtless man wearing blue jeans and holding a straight razor in his left hand takes a step toward two Miami Beach police officers, who are aiming their weapons at him. No verbal exchanges can be h... more »

"The Most Beautiful People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." - Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

"Nobody's Listening..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"*Angel:* Well, I guess I kinda worked it out. If there's no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters... then all that matters is what we do. 'Cause that's all there is. What we do. Now. Today. I fought for so long, for redemption, for a reward, and finally just to beat the other guy, but I never got it. *Kate Lockley:* And now you do? *Angel:* Not all of it. All I wanna do is help. I wanna help because, I don't think people should suffer as they do. Because, if there's no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world. *Kate Loc... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Little Elm, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, "In the Cave"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"In the Cave"* by Chet Raymo "I have mentioned here before the ospreys that patrol our beach - or "fish hawks," as they call them here - generally in the afternoon at about the time I take my long walk to the palm point. Magnificent birds with broad wings that glide seemingly effortlessly on the wind. And here's the thing: As often as not I am startled by a bird's shadow before I see the bird itself. That wide-winged shadow, sweeping across the white sand, sometimes across me. That flicker of chill as the osprey blocks the sun. And generally when it happens I think of Plato's all... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"You are what your deep driving desire is; As your deep driving desire is, so is your will; As your will is so is your deed; As your deed is so is your destiny." - Maitri Upanishads

Climate Summit Frustrates Population Control Groups

C-Fam at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: population control] NEW YORK, December 4 (C-Fam) Population control advocates are miffed that the UN Climate Summit in Paris will not address fertility reduction. "It's pretty hard to reduce your carbon footprint when you keep adding more feet..." said Population Media Center... Continue reading *“Climate Summit Frustrates Population Control Groups”* at *c-fam.org*.

US Building Military Airbase In NE Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
US experts are reportedly reconstructing and equipping a desolate airport in Northeastern Syria, to turn it into a military airbase. Just as the United States does not have a UN mandate for intervening in the Syria war, they have not requested permission from Damascus for reconstruction of the airbase Fars News Reports: The Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Saturday that a number of US experts have entered the region since 50 days ago to develop and prepare the runways with 2,500m length and 250m width to be used by fighter jets. Abu Hajar airport which has not been used since...more »

Always Suspicious No Good Organizations Advancing Questionable Narratives

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Ribal al Assad & the *"Organisation for Freedom and Democracy in Syria"* Noticed the other day this guy and his do gooder organization were all over the place. *What is up with that!?* Just another *N*o *G*ood *O*rganization doing the work of the global tyranny! *Who is Ribal as Assad? - And, yes, he is related to Bashar al Assad* *Ribal is the Founder and Director of the Organisation for Freedom and Democracy in Syria *(ODFS) and the *Chairman and Founder of The IMAN Foundation* which seeks to promote inter-religious and cultural dialogue and to challenge extremism. He left Syria... more »

Man Stabbed At Tube Station, Assailant Shouts “This Is For Syria”

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A man wielding a machete and shouting “This is for Syria” was apprehended by police following a stabbing incident at east London’s Leytonstone Tube station. The Metropolitan Police have said they are treating the attack as a ‘terrorist incident’. Commuters claim tyhat they heard a man shout out “this is for Syria” during the attack at the ticket hall of Leytonstone underground train station, in the Borough of Waltham Forest, East London. The suspect was tasered by police after seriously wounding an elderly man, by stabbing him and slashing his throat. A graphic video of the incident ... more »

Oak Island - Season Three

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
I suspect that we’re about halfway through the new season of *The Curse of Oak Island* and they have made some interesting progress. They have remotely explored the cavern at the bottom of the bore hole using a variety of technology that suggests there is a chest down there as well as some human remains. They’ve begun to clear out the bore hole so that they can send a diver down, though I’m Oak Island in the late 19th century.not sure that’s such a great idea. And they believe they have located the original site of the Money Pit. Some great progress, I would say. But we are still be... more »

The Rat Race

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
You've felt it your entire life Are you living a Rat Race ? What if money didn't matter ?

Progressive Mobilization in South Korea Expanding

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Workers marched in Seoul, South Korea yesterday wearing masks after the right-wing government had declared that anyone wearing face coverings at their protest would be arrested. The corporate dominated administration of President Park (daughter of former brutal dictator and US puppet) is trying to destroy progressive labor unions in South Korea in order to essentially get rid of the idea of full-time work. The Park regime also wants to re-write the nation's school books in order to whitewash the period of time her father terrorized South Korea. Labor, farmers, and other sectors ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Just as new beginnings are important, so is honoring the experience of closure. Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of le... more »

"Here's To The Crazy Ones..."

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

Ted Cruz-- Worse Than Trumpf? Many Republicans Think So, Especially People Who Know Cruz Best

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Like me, Craig Mazin was born in Brooklyn. And, like me, he ended up in the entertainment indiustry (He was a screenwriter at Disney and has writing credit for *Senseless*, *RocketMan*, *Scary Movie 3*, *Scary Movie 4* and *Identity Thief*.) In between, though, he had Ted Cruz as a college roommate in his freshman year. My own college roommate was... well, he may read the blog so I won't say anything, but as you can see from the graphic above-- or from his twitter stream-- Mazin has no compunctions about telling the world what a douchebag Cruz was at Princeton. This past summer Ma... more »

'Landmark' Report Is 'Nail In Coffin' For Economic Boost Claims Over Mass Immigration

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
' 'Landmark' Report Is 'Nail In Coffin' For Economic Boost Claims Over Mass Immigration mass immigration by RAHEEM KASSAM AND OLIVER LANE 3 Dec 2015 182 Contributions by migrants to Britain's economy are "modest" compared to their long term costs, while mass migration depresses wages and harms GDP growth, a respected academic has found. Published by the Institute for the Study of Civil Society (Civitas), the new pamphlet The Costs And Benefits Of Large-Scale Immigration is a major study of the modern mass migration phenomenon.' There's plenty more here http://www.breitbart.com/lo... more »

The San Bernardino California Shooting Is A Fraud: More Proof Positive It Is A FAKE When The Fraud Terrorist Group "ISIS" Takes Responsibility For The Hoax

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
I was out this morning having my usual coffee break at the local Tim Horton's restaurant here in central Canuckleheadistan with my friends and associates...We do try to make it a weekly event, and the roundtable discussions always turn to politics and what is happening around our sick world...And this morning's break was no exception... The discussion at our regular group get together did, of course, turn to the matter of the recent San Bernardino California "mass shooting", and to no surprise the majority at the table still believed it to be real! I of course knowing from previou... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago

Iraq Summons Turkish Ambassador Over Troop Deployment

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Iraq summoned the Turkish ambassador on Saturday to demand that Turkey immediately withdraw hundreds of troops deployed in recent days to northern Iraq, near the Islamic State controlled city of Mosul. Iraqi President Fuad Masum has called on the Turkish authorities to withdraw troops from his country in order to avoid the deterioration of bilateral relations In a statement the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that the forces had entered the Iraqi territory without informing the central government in Baghdad. It said that Iraq considers their presence an incursion and “a hostile act.” E... more »

La Fete (est Finie)

Barbara Ann Levy at A Curated Green Rights Collection - 7 hours ago
La Fête (est Finie) from Brass Moustache Films on Vimeo.

Muslim 'terrorist' display victory signs as he arrive on “refugee” boats into Europe

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Just let the 'refugees' in? 'ISIS terrorist' is seen offering a peace sign as he arrives in Europe aboard a migrant boat just one month before he would be accused of killing scores of tourists in Tunisian museum massacre' More here https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/italy-muslim-terrorists-display-victory-signs-as-they-arrive-on-refugee-boats-into-europe/

False Flag Apathy has set in?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*Ryan Dawson connects the Dots between Mossad* *and Passport theft implications* *for Global Terror and False Flags* Another day, another false flag. I'm not going to parse this one folks...others have already done a very good job...again, doing it practically while it was still happening. Here's one analysis. All the false flags have one thing in common. * The main$tream media 'Official Report' glosses over a bunch of inconvenient facts. * Two recent false flags, the Paris one and this one in San Bernardino, have the *same *glaringly inconvenient fact. *In both events, eye witne... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Nov 28 to Dec 5, 2015"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Nov 28 to Dec 5, 2015"* By Bob Nichols "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus (San Francisco) December 5, 2015 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected some people this week around the United States. You should compare the Rad numbers directly with the Rad numbers in with my articles listed on the VT Author’s Page here. These are the American cities that exceeded 1,000 CPM this week. *Thirty-eight (38) American cities exceeded 1,000 CPM this week; that’s up...more »

As We Shift - Shorten the Trip with 3 Steps

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
Steve Z., who is a friend of mine, mentioned a few days ago that he expects us to look back on now, this most recent 2015 moment, and realize it was the beginning of active disclosure. Here’s what he said… “*I think we're in the middle of disclosure and don't even realize it. It's dribbling out all over the place. It's kind of like not recognizing the hallmarks of a decade until you're in the next decade.* *As time passes, acceptance gradually increases and attitudes change. I think it would be much easier on the planet in dribs and drabs than some in your face landing on the Wh... more »


Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
This persecution of our Irving philanthropists (who are also religious leaders and distinguished members of Irving Halls of Fame) has to stop. Mr. J.D.Irving, himself, a shy and unassuming man, has told us that glysophate herbicide is harmless. (Actually, that's not quite what he says if you read his statement carefully. What he says is he's not the only one using it.) Will the CBC retract its mention of glysophate in connection with the Irving name? You can bet that that the federal government will be under pressure to cut its budget if the CBC doesn't apologize. And you can bet t... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 8 hours ago
*How can global warming be a hoax when most important people everywhere in the world accept it? Surely they can't all be wrong?* When President Eisenhower warned that American politics risked being captured by a military-industrial complex his warning was widely taken seriously -- on both the Left and the Right of American politics. And he had good grounds for his warning: Just about the whole of human history. The whole of human history is a history of elite dominance via elite collusion. As far back as we can go, human societies have mostly been ruled by the King and his baron... more »

Oh no Un-Nooh

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
https://youtu.be/4qrssHrGZ5s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh Misses 147 on the final black. It was the pink that was the hard one...

MEP Ransdorf could have wanted to withdraw dead Jews' $350 million

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
Czech and Slovak readers were impressed by a highly nontrivial and bizarre criminal achievement of their compatriots yesterday. Three Slovak men above 53 years of age and no record of wealth on the Internet came to a Zurich bank and they wanted to withdraw three hundred and fifty from the account that belonged to a Mr Ransdorf. The clerk brought them €350 but they were dissatisfied and argued that they wanted something else, namely €350 million instead. The amount sounds better in Czech – it's 9.5 billion crowns. ;-) The clerk wasn't sure whether he understood well. But he noti... more »

UK Pensioners Forced To Choose Between Eating Or Heating

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
According to a new report, this winter over 750,000 UK pensioners are being forced to choose between the bare necessities…food or heat. The Independent Age charity found that while the better off are making Christmas gift decisions, 752,000 elderly people in Britain have to choose between eating or staying warm over winter. RT reports: The report also found that 43 percent of elderly people had gone to bed early to keep warm at least once, with an estimated 890,000 of them doing this often or even every day. There are 11.4 million people aged 65 and over in the UK, according to the U...more »

Today's Star

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
First, remove the handcuffs from judges and let them do the job they are paid to do: judge. One Criminal Code amendment can undo the worst of the mandatory measures that have eliminated judicial discretion and thereby reduced public safety. It could provide that, notwithstanding any other provisions, a judge may impose something other than the mandatory measure. Judges could be required to state in open court what the compelling reasons were for their decisions. http://m.thestar.com/#/article/opinion/commentary/2015/12/04/four-fixes-for-canadas-broken-justice-system.html Of the La...more »

The Complexity of the Oldham By-Election

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Labour didn't just win the Oldham by-election. We smashed it. Contrary to all expectations, the narrow win some expected (or, indeed, had hoped for) was surpassed by a very healthy majority and a significant increase in the proportion of the vote won. As a safe seat, UKIP should never have been in contention anyway so it was great news for the leadership that the first "proper" electoral test it has faced saw it become that little bit safer. So congratulations to all involved. Now begins the tussle over why Labour's victory was so emphatic. It was Jez wot won it. Or was it Jim McMa... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Must spoil the family today. Blogging will return late tonight.

If Conservatives Refuse To Protect Us Against NRA Terror, What Good Are They Really?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
The video above is a pretty strong statement from P.G. Sittenfeld's Ohio Senate campaign. He's running in a primary against the NRA's most prized Democrat, Ted Strickland, so that he can take on the incumbent Republican, Rob Portman, who's almost been as slavish an NRA shill as Strickland has been. This week, the Senate Democrats voted as a block to end gun sales to terrorism suspects. But one Democrat, Heidi Heitkamp, betrayed the Democratic position and crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP (and the NRA and the terrorists)-- *and Heitkamp was never as pro-NRA as Strickland has ... more »

Thought For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*The Startup That's Restoring Louisiana's Coast ~Craig Guillot, The Atlantic City Lab* *~Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes.*

San Bernardino Shooting : Attorney Says A lot Of Things Don’t Add Up

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
In an interview with CNN, the family’s attorney describes several ways that the official story surrounding the San Bernardino shooting, is implausible and just “doesn’t add up.” Attorney David S. Chelsey, who represents the family of Sayed Farook (the man accused of the attack) said : “There’s a lot of disconnects, and there’s a lot of unknowns, and a lot of things that quite frankly don’t add up” Activist Post reports: Witnesses and investigators have both described a terrorist onslaught carried out with military precision by suspects who were trained and capable. Farook and his ... more »

Climate Deal Drafted; Would Be “Legally Binding”

KARL RITTER at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Paris Climate Change] LE BOURGET, Paris (AP) -- Negotiators adopted a draft climate agreement Saturday that was cluttered with brackets and competing options, leaving ministers with the job of untangling key sticking points in what is envisioned to become a lasting, universal pact... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
I was quoted by Osman Ali in “How can the KRG crisis affect Turkey?” in Al Jazeera – Turkey.

Supplemental: Where do journalistic frameworks come from, continued!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015Australia's approach to guns:* Where do journalistic frameworks come from? Yesterday, we posed that question with respect to homicides in Chicago, which are down by more than half since 1994. Homicides are down by more than half? In many settings and situations, a change of that type would be viewed as progress. Rightly or wrongly, Chicago's homicides are rarely viewed through that lens. This brings us to guns in Australia—more specifically, to gun deaths in that distant land. In Australia, gun deaths are down by more than half since 1996. A headline ... more »

Strange Stuff for Saturday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
* do some goings on strike you as really odd, or is it just me?* It seems that the FBI managed to do a complete inspection of the home of terrorist killers Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik in record time. Then on Friday morning, somehow or another, the media was allowed to enter and take a gazillion pictures. *The Daily Mail posted a photo array* that, if bound up, would qualify as a coffee table book. No item was spared, including toothbrushes, the spice rack, and the pizza cutter. There is something definitely odd about this. *Next:* It seems the New York Times, for the ... more »

What Needs To be Done To Destroy The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Islamic State areas of control in Syria and Iraq *VOA:* *Experts: Bullets, Bombs, Optimism Not Enough to Destroy Islamic State* WASHINGTON—Fear of Islamic State terror attacks on American and European soil has pushed the U.S., Britain and Germany to expand and intensify their military actions and airstrikes against the extremists. But more bombs, while important, are not going to be enough to defeat Islamic State, said Barry Pavel, Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. “Hitting more targets, that’s a good thing,” Pavel acknowledged. “And the only way t... more »

Late Kids, Long Life?

Ozy at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: pregnant women] A Boston University School of Medicine study found that women who can still give birth naturally after age 33 have a higher chance of living to extreme old age than those who had their last child before age 30. But... Continue reading *“Late Kids, Long Life?”* at *ozy.com*.

If You See Something, Say Something … But Expect Serious Grief

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Suspicious Scared Calling Police - 900] “If you see something suspicious, say something,” said President Obama after the Paris massacre. He’s offered similar calls for vigilance after this week’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. But does he mean it? Two stories out this morning demonstrate that he and the... more »

Russia's Truck Drivers Protest In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Russian Truckers, Irate Over New Tolls, Block Roads Near Moscow* MOSCOW — Hundreds of long-distance truckers blocked a lengthy section of the ring road circling the capital on Friday to protest a new national toll, in the first sign that Russia’s economic woes might be eroding the broad support for President Vladimir V. Putin’s government. The direct object of their ire was Igor Rotenberg, the scion of a billionaire oligarch clan close to Mr. Putin, who owns half of a new, GPS-based system that, when fully operational, will charge truckers fees on all federal h... more »

Pacific Ocean Contaminated by Fukushima's Ongoing Emissions but Alaskan Fish Reported Free of Contamination

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Life is full of contradictions but the contradictions about radiation contamination are particularly troublesome. On the one hand, the mainstream media and government officials are saying that seafood is free from any Fukushima nuclear contamination. On the other hand, radiation contamination from Fukushima has been detected in North American Pacific coastal life since 2011 and radiation contamination in the Pacific has not ceased, but rather is continuing unabated almost 6 years after the disaster. Some sources in the mainstream media are going so far as to say that "no radiati... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( December 5 , 2015 ) ----- Fed Watch Begins ---- All Around The Horn For Europe , After a Busy Week ( Climate Change Summit / Refugee Situation / Greece Updates / Russia & Ukraine Items / ECB Items ----- Emerging Nations / Asia Updates ( China / Opec / Commodities / Turkey / South Korea / South Africa / Venezuela / Iran )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago
Post NFP - what might the Fed do on December 16th ? *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 17h 17 hours ago #Gold jumps most since April as traders expect a dovish hike by the Fed. http://bloom.bg/1MZLXTp [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 18h 18 hours ago Dow soars >2% and Fear Index Vix plunges 17% as markets markets cheer US jobs data as goldilock-ish. [image: Embedded image permalink] *Christopher Vecchio* ‏@CVecchioFX Dec 4 It's Happening: ’Goldilocks’ US NFPs Keep EUR/USD Steady; Fed Rate Hike a "Lock" http...more »

People Report Cameron’s Facebook Page As A ‘Credible Threat Of Violence’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Facebook users are reporting David Cameron’s post about air strikes on Syria as being a credible threat of violence Yet despite its community standards which specifically focus on ‘threats to people living in violent and unstable regions’, facebook appears to be rejecting the reports. Anonymous have now embarked on a campaign to get David Cameron banned from Facebook. The Independent reports: The night that Parliament voted to bomb Syria, Cameron posted: “I believe the House has taken the right decision to keep the UK safe – military action in Syria as one part of a broader strate...more »

KIPP Admin Resigns After Charges of Bruising 7 and 5 Year Olds

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
On November 14, I posted on an investigation underway in St. Louis involving a KIPP administrator accused of bruising a 5 year old boy. Since then, the *St. Louis Post-Dispatch* reported that a 7 year old girl was reported bruised by the same administrator, Andrew Sears, a white 20-something year old male. The State of Missouri's investigation remains open. From Elisa Crouch at the Post-Dispatch: . . . .Police and the state Department of Social Services were contacted Oct. 8 and Nov. 10 for alleged physical abuse at the school, 955 Arcade Avenue. Sears was accused of bruising a... more »

A Shift In French Politics?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Economist*: *Terror in France has Marine Le Pen on the verge of a big victory* *Successive crises in Europe have played straight into the hands of France's far right* WAR and terror shatter morale. But times of national stress also tend to reward incumbents. Like George Bush after September 11th, France’s president, François Hollande, has enjoyed a spectacular poll bounce since the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13th. Previously, he held the record for the worst presidential approval ratings under the French Fifth Republic. Now, Mr Hollande’s ratings have leapt by 20-22... more »

A Dispatch from a Department Store Elf in Manhattan

City Lab at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: elf] Erin Johnson, a 27-year-old, is in her third year as one of Santa's helpers and goes by Sugarcookie the Elf. She has this gig from Thanksgiving weekend to December 23. The rest of the year she's an actress. She works at... Continue reading *“A Dispatch from a Department Store Elf in Manhattan”* at *citylab.com*.

Sens. Rubio, Graham Vote to Continue Muslim Immigration from Countries with Jihadist Movements

Breitbart at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Muslim immigration] A pivotal vote on Muslim immigration split the Republican presidential field in the Senate -- with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 43% and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80% voting to continue to allow large-scale Muslim immigration and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% voting to pause Muslim... Continue reading *“Sens. Rubio, Graham Vote to Continue Muslim Immigration from Countries with Jihadist Movements”* at *breitbart.com*.

Cruz Fires Back at Rubio on NSA Comments

Politico at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Cruz and Rubio] Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign is ratcheting up its criticism of Sen. Marco Rubio, issuing on Friday the latest salvo in the Republican presidential candidates' battle over the National Security Agency. In a statement set to go out widely later Friday,... Continue reading *“Cruz Fires Back at Rubio on NSA Comments”* at *politico.com*.

At 3 Percent in The Polls, Jeb Bush in Free-Fall

CNN at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Jeb Bush] Washington (CNN) Jeb Bush has tried everything. His campaign allies have blanketed the airwaves with almost $30 million in ads. Aiming to shake the “low-energy” tag and prove his toughness, Bush hit Donald Trump as a carnival barker unfit for the... Continue reading *“At 3 Percent in The Polls, Jeb Bush in Free-Fall”* at *cnn.com*.

Britain's schools are force-feeding pupils politically correct dogma about sexuality, climate change and British history

JS at Climate Lessons - 13 hours ago
The title is from a typically lively and hard-hitting article by James Delingpole, concerning the extent of brainwashing in British schools. Brainwashing techniques included removing previous sources of support for an individual, and for children this generally means parents and close family members. By rubbishing them through rubbishing our history, blaming them for global warming, and causing utter confusion about sexuality, the children are made more vulnerable to the imposition of the preferred dogmas. The addition of scaremongering brings another technique into play, that of ... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: Iran's Past Nuclear Activity Is Not As Important As Preventing An Iranian Bomb Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
United States Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the United Nations in New York, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith *Reuters*:* Preventing Iran bomb more important than past nuclear activity: Kerry* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that preventing Iran developing a nuclear weapon in future was more important now than "ambiguities" about its past military efforts. Kerry said it would be premature to comment on a leaked report by the U.N. atomic watchdog that strongly suggested Tehran h... more »

The Rise Of The Oligarchs In The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang *Josh Hoxie, Reuters:* *If the answer is $2.3 trillion, can you guess the question?* Just how large is the gap between the wealthiest Americans and the typical U.S. family? Here’s one way to think about it: the richest 400 people in the United States together possess more wealth than over 60 percent of the country, a striking 194 million people and more than the populations of Mexico and Canada combined. A new rep... more »

The Islamic State’s Genocide of Christians

J.J. Daniels at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Christian genocide ISIS] Reports that the White House will declare that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has committed genocide against Iraqi Yazidis, but not against Christians, are of grave concern. Omitting Christians would be a strategic mistake because ISIS' spiritual... more »

Media Hypocrisy on Full Display in Wake of San Bernardino Shooting

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Black SUV San B shooting__1449232013_173.71.16.53] Major media outlets have been cautious in their characterization of the San Bernardino shooters and their motives, only reluctantly mentioning their Islamic and terror ties, yet those same outlets immediately seized on Dylann Roof's race and creed in the aftermath of... more »

Maryam Nawazie’s ordeal at Goldsmiths University

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Over on Harry’s Place, Sarah AB has posted an interesting piece: “Earlier this week I posted on the disgraceful treatment Namazie received from Goldsmiths ISOC. As many will have already seen, this prompted surreal solidarity messages from Goldsmiths’ LGBT and feminist societies. Surreal, because the solidarity was for the ISOC not for Namazie.” I had to have a look on YouTube, where the video of the whole event has been uploaded. You can view it here. While I think Namazie’s presentation was flawed, her bravery was admirable. But surely no-one in their right mind could accuse h... more »

Are We On The Verge Of A Hypersonic Arms Race That Is Going Nuclear?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The flight profile of a typical hypersonic boost-glide weapon. Unlike a traditional ICBM which has a parabolic flight profile and goes well into space, the boost-glide vehicle glides at the top of the atmosphere for most of its flight path. DARPA. *Yousaf Butt, Huffington Post:* *The Hypersonic Arms Race Is Going Nuclear -- Take Note* A new type of high-speed arms race is heating up between the U.S., Russia and China -- and it's threatening to go nuclear. Washington had always intended for the new "hypersonic boost-glide" weapons to remain purely conventional, but Russia and China... more »

A Look At Wars That Were Caused By Food

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Janet Burns, Mental Floss*:* 7 Foods That Have Led to War* As authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett mused in Good Omens, "civilization is 24 hours and two meals away from barbarism.” Human history is indeed filled with moments of violence that broke out because groups of people found themselves running on empty. Some scholars even argue that human warfare itself may have evolved alongside our move from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle into an agricultural one, given that any growing population (even a prehistoric one) will likely strain its available resources sooner or later. Whet... more »

US Warns Of ‘Imminent Security Threat’ To American Consulate In Istanbul

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Urging US citizens to avoid the area, authorities have warned of an imminent security threat to the American consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) wrote on its website: “Due to information about an imminent security threat against the US Consulate compound, the US Consulate General Istanbul advises all US citizens to avoid the US Consulate today” Imminent #security threat against US Consulate #Istanbul. Avoid area. https://t.co/75lMzgCFgy@ABDIstanbul@USEmbassyTurkey@TurkeyAmCham — OSAC (@OSACState) December 5, 2015 RT reports: OSAC ... more »

Congress Wonders Why Billions in HUD Spending Can’t Be Audited

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Department of Housing and Urban Development] Congress is taking another look at the Department of Housing and Urban Development's financial books after the agency's watchdog reported that it was impossible to audit billions of dollars. HUD's inspector general couldn't audit billions of dollars worth of the... more »

How We’ve Been Thinking of Martians

Atlas Obscura at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Mars attacks drawing] Just this past week, some sharp-eyed observers of images from the Curiosity rover were convinced that they’d spotted a mouse on the planet’s surface. As Redditors pour over the grainy, zoomed-in photo, they are unwittingly participating in a long history... Continue reading *“How We’ve Been Thinking of Martians”* at *atlasobscura.com*.

Weekend reads: Retraction reluctance; worthless papers (and stats); too many PhDs

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a new grant to our parent non-profit organization, a retraction from the NEJM, and our first-ever retraction. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Scientist and journals “are extremely reluctant to retract their papers, even in the face of damning evidence,” according to a draft of a government report leaked to […] The post Weekend reads: Retraction reluctance; worthless papers (and stats); too many PhDs appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Germany May Send Its Elite Special Forces To Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
On Friday the German Bundestag approved the deployment of 1,200 soliders to Syria to fight ISIS. And now according to local media, German authorities say they might send elite special forces, the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), to strengthen the task force and in case of an emergency RT reports: This was “made very clear” by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Bundeswehr chief of staff Gen Volker Wieker during preliminary hearings at Bundestag’s defense committee on Wednesday, Bild claims, adding that it’s unclear how many special troops could be sent to Syria. Gefunden in... more »

The Vatican Takes A Stand Against Killer Robots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Patheos*: *Killer robots? They’re a real issue – and here’s what the Vatican has to say* No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism alongside other new weapons of war. But what's resulting in a mounting headache for the United Nations in terms of checks and sanctions is actually something that the Church can and should speak into, say Catholic leaders, including the Vatican. With the nickname “killer robots,” fully autonomous weapons are designed with the ability to choose and engage targets without h... more »

Let's Hope History Doesn't Repeat Itself

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
https://www.pinterest.com/ Yesterday's throne speech was short -- a mere two thousand words. But it promised what Justin Trudeau campaigned on -- real change. And Trudeau just might deliver. Compared to previous prime ministers, Chantal Hebert writes, Trudeau is in a position to make good on his promises: Jean Chrétien was sworn in against the backdrop of a unity crisis and a runaway budget deficit of an unprecedented magnitude. It was clear from Day 1 that big spending cuts would be in the offing. His first victory also coincided ... more »

Breaking News: 'Imminent security threat' to US consulate in Istanbul

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
* RT* The State Department has warned of an imminent security threat to the US consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, urging American citizens to avoid the area. Imminent #security threat against US Consulate #Istanbul. Avoid area. https://t.co/75lMzgCFgy@ABDIstanbul@USEmbassyTurkey@TurkeyAmCham — OSAC (@OSACState) December 5, 2015 Time for a bit more NATO sponsored terrorism?

At What Age Am I Older Than Most People?

FiveThirtyEight at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: chalabi-datalab-aging-new] Looking at a graph of the U.S. population gives a whole new meaning to the expression "over the hill." You're right; you're not there yet: As of now, an American turning 37 becomes older than the majority of people in... Continue reading *“At What Age Am I Older Than Most People?”* at *fivethirtyeight.com*.

Gene Editing Summit Says No Designer Babies But A-OK to Experiment on Human Embryos and Then Destroy Them

LAURAN NEERGAARD at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: National Academy of Sciences Gene Editing Summit 2015] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tool to edit human genes is nowhere near ready to use for pregnancy -- but altering early embryos as part of careful laboratory research should be allowed as scientists and society continue to grapple with the... more »

C.S. Lewis’ Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight

Atlas Obscura at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: turkish delight] Turkish Delight, or lokum, is a popular dessert sweet throughout Europe, especially in Greece, the Balkans, and of course Turkey. But most Americans, if they have any association with the treat at all, know it only as the food for which Edmund... Continue reading *“C.S. Lewis’ Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight”* at *atlasobscura.com*.

Terrorist Recruiting: Family, Not Economics

Observer at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: San Bernardino terrorist shooting] It is no surprise that the terrorists that murdered 14 innocent people in San Bernadino were related. No surprise at all. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the master mind of 9-11 was believed to be related to Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the first... Continue reading *“Terrorist Recruiting: Family, Not Economics”* at *observer.com*.

Five Stories Tall: Michigan Students Show Christmas Trees Are Still for Real

MIKE HOUSEHOLDER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Singing Christmas Tree1] MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- It’s not that an oversized tree adorned with ornaments is uncommon as a student choir sings carols in the days leading up to Christmas. It’s more that the towering steel tree is decorated with garland, twinkling... more »

Emboldened Senate Votes to Repeal Parts of Obamacare and Defund Planned Parenthood, Despite Certainty of Obama Veto

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Mitch McConnell - iStock_000018967339_Large] Members of Congress frequently face the dilemma of deciding whether or not to waste time passing laws they know will be vetoed by the president, versus avoiding the criticism they would receive if they did nothing. Adding to the dilemma, sometimes... more »

Internet Confessional

First Things/Clare Coffey at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: confessional] Bless me, Father, for I have sinned; it has been one day since my last confession. Three times I participated in an argument about trigger warnings. Each time I swore it was my last. Once I replied "lol i'm not... Continue reading *“Internet Confessional”* at *firstthings.com*.

November Rainfall

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood As noted earlier, November has been an unusually mild one in the UK. The Met Office summarise: November was a generally mild month with an often humid south-westerly flow bringing cloudy conditions. It was dry and exceptionally warm during the first few days, with record-breaking temperatures locally, but the rest […]

The "Friend Zone"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
There's been a lot of justifiable criticism of guys who complain about how women don't recognize the "nice guys" right under their noses and who continue to throw themselves at "bad boys." They complain that they've been put into the "Friend Zone" by these women; as in "I like you, but just as a friend." These self-described "nice guys" then launch into paroxysms of rage about how those women who don't notice them or reject them are all stupid bitches and one day these "nice guys" are gonna snap and fuck them up. It's especially justifiable when these "nice guys" are relegated to "... more »

Climate Change Shouldn't Be A Partisan Issue-- But It Is

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Why is young fogey Marco Rubio such a willfully ignorant science denier?* Yesterday we talked about the passage of Fred Upton's disastrous anti-climate change bill. How is it possible? There are two ways to look at why America is acting like a nation of ostriches with their heads buried on the sand, although both lead back to special interests putting their own tremendous wealth ahead of the survival of the human race-- predominantly the Koch brothers, who virtually control the Republican Party lock, stock and barrel. Last year when California Governor Jerry Brown denounced the GOP... more »

Incursion: Iraq Demands That Turkey Withdraw Troops

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The Iraqi Government has called on Turkey to immediately withdraw its forces from northern Iraq, calling Ankara’s move “an incursion”. Turkish forces entered Iraq with tanks and artillery to allegedly “train” Iraqi troops near ISIS occupied Mosul. Baghdad sais that the entry of a battalion of Turkish troops is a violation of its sovereignty. The unauthorized presence of Turkish troops in Mosul province is a serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty https://t.co/s051sa8ls6 — Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) December 4, 2015 Press TV reports: On Friday, Reuters cited a Turkish security so... more »

COP 21: Streaming Video

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 15 hours ago

All About Steve A. Cohen, SAC Capital Hedge Fund Founder

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 15 hours ago

Why The GOP Is Looking to The Omnibus Spending Bill to Limit Obamacare’s ‘Insurer Bailout’

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio (1)] Senate Democrats blocked GOP efforts Thursday to repeal Obamacare's risk corridor program, which Republicans have referred to as a taxpayer-funded bailout of insurers. Now, conservatives are looking to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to continue restricting the use of... more »

These Times Call for Virtuous Leaders

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Virtue a woman in prayer - 900] Did you know that you are created for greatness? My friends at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, want to make sure you do. They’ve established an MBA program in “virtuous leadership” to help remind people who they... more »

Cornell University Warns Some Christmas, Hanukkah Decor Isn’t ‘Inclusive’ Enough And Students Shouldn’t Use It

Blake Neff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: A decorated Christmas tree without a star atop it sets in Sage Chapel on the Cornell University campus. Photo taken December 2014.] A guide to "inclusive" Christmas decorations created by Cornell University warns that any decorations that remotely evoke religion, which includes stars and mistletoe, are incompatible with the school's commitment to diversity. The guidelines are buried inside a Cornell publication concerning fire safety... more »

Did Trump Play the Race Card?

Harry Jackson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump to Christian Voters: 'I Believe in the Bible'] Donald Trump's highly publicized meeting with a group of black pastors was met immediately with reactions ranging from skepticism to condemnation. Critics were immediately justified when numerous individuals on Trump's "endorsement" list spoke out to clarify that they had only agreed...more »

White House Taking a Look at Women and the Military Draft

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announces his Women in Service Review during a press brief at the Pentagon, Dec. 3, 2015.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is deliberating whether to propose Selective Service changes that would make women eligible for the military draft, the White house said Friday, a day after the Pentagon said it would no longer bar women from... more »

Jeremy Corbyn: Execution of Brit by Jihadi John was 'the price we pay for war' per Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'A video of the Labour leader emerges in which he describes the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning as "the price of intervention" Jeremy Corbyn said that the murder of Alan Henning at the hands of Jihadi John is "the price we pay for war and jingoism" just a day after aid worker's death, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The Labour leader said that Mr Henning's execution by Isil terrorists was "the price of intervention" and "the price of war".' More here at The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/Jeremy_Corbyn/12034423/Jeremy-Corbyn-Execution-of-Brit-by-Jiha... more »

Terrorist sympathisers part 2

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
(Apologies - posted a day late due to distractions) One click in our sidebar takes you swiftly to the Guardian’s ever-changing top stories. Landing upon a media-round-up (several pieces about Alan Yentob, Strictly cum dancin’ and complaints that there were too many repeats on “festive TV”) my attention wandered to *their* sidebar, headed “Most Popular”. *Giant lizard gives Australian man a fright.* Imagine seeing a 1.5m goanna *dart *across your property. I wouldn’t even like one to saunter across at a leisurely pace. Which brings me to the widely lauded speech by Hilary Benn.... more »

6 Positive Signs That Mainstream Media is Collapsing

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Phillip Schneider* - As long as the independent media keeps moving, there's nothing that can stop the truth from getting out. The post 6 Positive Signs That Mainstream Media is Collapsing appeared first on Waking Times.

Weeks of Violence Dampen Christmas Spirit at Bethlehem Hotel

DANIELLA CHESLOW at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Jacir Palace Hotel Bethlehem] BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- With Christmas only weeks away and the latest Israeli-Palestinian violence showing no signs of abating, gloom has descended on the century-old Jacir Palace hotel in Bethlehem, famed for its soaring stone archways and wrought iron... more »

ISIS Loyalist Woman in San Bernardino Massacre is Linked to Pakistan’s Most Notorious Radical Cleric and Mosque

The Daily Mail at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: radical mosque Red Mosque] The woman who took part in the ISIS-inspired San Bernardino massacre is linked to her native country’s most notorious radical mosque, American officials believe. Sources have told Daily Mail Online that US officials handed over information to their Pakistani counterparts... Continue reading *“ISIS Loyalist Woman in San Bernardino Massacre is Linked to Pakistan’s Most Notorious Radical Cleric and Mosque”* at *dailymail.co.uk*.

Congress Approves $305 Billion Bill to Boost Nation’s Infrastructure

JOAN LOWY at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: highway bill] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has approved a 5-year, $305 billion bill to address the nation’s aging and congested transportation systems, loading down the measure with industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands, to win overwhelming bipartisan support. The... more »

Another MSF Hospital Bombed By Saudi Led Coalition

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical facility in Yemen was bombed in the city of Taiz on Wednesday. This is the second to be destroyed in Yemen by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in just over a month. At least nine people were injured, including two members of the medical staff members. The injured were transferred to two other hospitals being supported by Doctors Without Borders, also known internationally as Médecins Sans Frontières. Antiwar reports: MSF Yemen Director Jerome Alin said there was “no way” the Saudis didn’t know the facility was a hospital, and that MSF had b... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Oxbridge dons ‘are afraid to tackle tough subjects due to hate mobs launching online campaigns of intimidation’* Professors at elite universities live in fear of online bullying if they discuss controversial topics with their students, according to an Oxford academic. Tom Cutterham said teaching is being undermined because lecturers feel vulnerable to being vilified on Facebook and Twitter. He warned that some view discussing politically sensitive subjects as dangerous as individuals can ‘come after them’ with accusations. Students who disagree with lecturers have huge power bec... more »

This is How Much Big Business Paid US Senators to Fast-Track the TPP Deal

Waking Times at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - The reason why we can't even read this bill is because corporations paid hansomly to fast-track it. The post This is How Much Big Business Paid US Senators to Fast-Track the TPP Deal appeared first on Waking Times.

MENA Report ( December 5 , 2015 ) - Iraq/ Syria Regional War Updates ( Iraq calls on Turkey to "immediately" withdraw forces, including tanks and artillery, it has deployed in the country's north without Baghdad's consent / Syria Proxy War - Battlefield and Political Updates ) ..... Libya In Focus ( State of play - internal political and battlefield conflicts , ISIS threats continue to roil Libya ) ...... Yemen ( State of play )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Links ........ *German Parliament Approves ISIS War in Syria* *US Looks to Ignore Iraqi PM's Objection on Troops* *US Downplays Turkish Acquisition of ISIS Oil* *EU Intel Sees Britain as ISIS' Next Target* *US Struggling Over 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels Once Tied to al-Qaeda* *Iraq Demands Turkey Withdraw Newly Deployed 'Trainer' Troops* Troops in Anbar Among 81 Killed Across Iraq Iran Says Russia Free to Use Airspace to Attack ISIS, Syrian Targets Russian Jets Destroy ISIS Oil Convoy After Putin Accuses Turkey of Buying Oil From Jihadist Group Che... more »

Israel's Legal Founding

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago

I was accused of being a warmonger this week.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
I was accused of being a warmonger this week. This was re 'bombing Syria', which I thought odd as I am opposed to extending RAF operations against ISIS into Syria. There are enough Islamists in the UK eager to kill and maim innocent British people without fuelling their hatred and the hatred of others. Yes, that is the coward's way out but I am not convinced that the RAF will make that much of a difference nor that this extension of operations is much more than political willy-waving. I would far rather the money that will be spent on bombing ISIS in Syria was spent on rooting out I... more »

More Photos from Jeju Island

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 18 hours ago
*Sitting next to Mike Hanes at the Navy base gate* *Snow-capped Mt. Halla in the distance* *Graffiti along the sea wall next to Navy base that recounts all the lies the government has told the villagers**Tiger Island just offshore from Gangjeong village* Photos by Dan Shea and Ellen Davidson

Tough Questions to Secretary of War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 18 hours ago
House Democrat warned Tuesday that the military action President Barack Obama has ordered in the Middle East could lead to “devastating nuclear war” with Russia. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) delivered the warning during a House Armed Services Committee hearing with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Gabbard said she was worried that Obama’s deployment of F-15s near the Turkey-Syria border — which are meant to “ensure the safety” of NATO allies — could result in a conflict with Russia that could quickly escalate.

So is that why Alan Yentob resigned?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
The Guardian reports 'The BBC’s governing body will not investigate accusations that Alan Yentob tried to influence the BBC’s coverage of Kids Company, because now he has stepped down as creative director it is “not proportionate, appropriate or cost effective”.' Go read the rest, but you'll need a strong stomach.

Hugh Newman Megalithomaniac - Scottish Stone Spheres in Tiwanaku - Druidic Quetzalcoatl in South America?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
I like (travelling researcher) Hugh Newman's cavalier presentation style and delivery, he comes across as a thoroughly convincing plethora-of-ideas-merchant or paranoid-pattern-finder aka A Legend Builder. If you look at other presentations Hugh's done, you'll see he gathers a global eclectica into his view of our hidden world and the Lost History of the Ancients. Here he frenetically presents his detailed + illustrated thoughts on the origin of the the Winged Serpent i.e Quetzalcoatl, but as a white-skinned long-robed lasergun-holstered beardy-diplomat (a classical description of ... more »

Putin Orders Army To Sink NATO Ships And Cross Turkish ‘Red Line’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces in Russia to cross the Turkish “red line” by assisting Syrian Kurds in defeating ISIS. Putin has also ordered the sinking of any NATO warships that enter the Black Sea near the nation’s territorial boundaries. President Erdogan’s “red line” regarding Kurds in Syria was drawn in February when he said: “We will never allow the establishment of a [Kurdish] state in Syria’s north and our south. We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs.” Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Erdogan’s greatest fear, this report ... more »

California Shooting: Active Drill 2 Days Before, FBI Surveillance

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Just two days before the California shooting in San Bernardino, authorities were conducting two drills that simulated a mass shooting around the corner from where the real shooting actually took place. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, shouted “Get down! Get on the ground!” at the Victor Valley College library on Monday during an active shooter exercise. Staff and students at the college received notice of the drill, and some students with pretend injuries acted as victims of a campus shooting. Naturalnews.com reports: The recent massacre at the Inland Regional Center in San... more »

ISIS Say They Are Responsible For San Bernardino Shooting

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
US officials have said that the female shooter responsible for the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, with her husband was a member of ISIS. If the ISIS link is proven to be true, this will represent the first ISIS attack on American soil. Express.co.uk reports: Tashfeen Malik, who burst into a staff Christmas party with Syed Rizwan Farook, wielding assault rifles, pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, according to officials investigating the attack in San Bernardino, California. The motive behind their deadly killing spree has still not been... more »

Iran Says It Will Release Proof That ISIS Traded Oil With Turkey

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Iran announced on Friday that they have evidence of ISIS trading oil with Turkey, and will supply proof to the Turkish government. Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaie said on Friday, ‘If government of Turkey is not informed of Daesh oil trade in the country, we are ready to put the information at its disposal‘. Abna24.com reports: He said Iranian consultants in Syria have taken photos from and filmed all the ways the lorries carried Daesh oil to Turkey and the evidence can be offered and broadcast. ‘Soon important news will be brought to the information of the public about r... more »

Monsanto Being Dragged To International Criminal Court

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Monsanto are being assessed by an international court of lawyers and judges who will decide whether the controversial corporation are liable for “crimes against humanity”. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, announced at the UN’s climate change conference in Paris recently that the court in The Hague, Netherlands, will use the UN’s ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ to assess Monsanto’s potential crimes. Naturalsociety.com reports: The court will also rely on ... more »

Sun To Produce ‘Superflare’ With Power Of A Billion Megaton Bombs

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Astronomers have discovered that the Sun is capable of releasing a destructive ‘superflare’ – which is a thousand times greater than anything previously recorded. Researchers at the University of Warwick say that the solar flares are similar in nature to the flares observes on a K-type eclipsing binary star (named KIC9655129). Gizmodo.com reports: Solar flares are a sudden flash of brightness on a sun’s surface, and they’re among the most powerful forces produced within a stellar system. A typical solar flare, which happens on our Sun at irregular and frequent intervals, releases e... more »

Moscow Warns That ISIS Are Going To Attack Thailand

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
A leaked Thai police memo says that ten ISIS militants entered Thailand last month with the intent to attack Russian interests. The memo marked “Urgent” and “Secret” references intelligence from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) that says ISIS militants entered Thailand between Oct. 15 and Oct. 31. Khaosodenglish.com reports: It specifically indicates that four traveled to Pattaya, two to Phuket and two to Bangkok and two to unknown destinations. The alleged terrorists’ whereabouts and names were not identified. According to the FSB warning, their goal is to perpetrate att... more »

Russia Delivers S-300 Air Defense Systems To Iran

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Russia have begun delivering the S-300 air defence system to Iran, as part of a contract between Moscow and Tehran. President Putin’s aide, Vladimir Kozhin, said on Thursday that “the contract is being implemented, deliveries of S-300s are starting”. Presstv.com reports: Last month, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of the Russian state-owned defense conglomerate, Rostec, said the deal for the S-300 delivery was already signed. Russia committed to delivering the systems to Iran under a USD-800-million deal in 2007. Moscow, however, refused to deliver the systems to Tehran in 201... more »

Military Photo of the Day: December 5, 2015

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: One Time Use Only] America’s first iron-hulled warship was launched for the first time in 1843. USS Michigan’s launch was attended by throngs of people who wanted to see how an iron ship could possibly float. “All they saw was a ship that stuck... more »

Guide to the EU – Chapter 3 Plasma

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This chapter is very welcome as most of us have an intuitive understanding of plasma and expect little more when it comes to mathematical modeling. This item bears this out wonderfully as our best foundational concept just happens to be a three dimensional fractal allowing for disturbances or instabilities as well. We can add one other critical aspect to all our attempts to understand the nature of the Space Environment. The physical reality of the second tier as a non compressible fluid reacting weakly and naturally neutralizing free electrons. This is all p... more »

Guide to the EU – Chapter 2 Magnetic and Electric Fields in Space

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
. From the perspective of my Cloud Cosmology there is only one 'force' and that is gravity itself. All the rest is the result of natural geometry. This is not yet proven but the actual steps are now clear and the analysis demanded is not impossible. In the meantime we must label those results. It is best though that we keep what is said here in the back of our minds to avoid over commitment to an idea. Another conjecture that i want to share. It is now obvious that the method of shifting a comet out of its orbit best begins with even crude electromagnetic fields... more »

Guide to the EU – Chapter 1 Distances in Space

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This chapter and the next two or so are all introductory but it appears to also be well taught. That is good news. Thus working through the whole manuscript should be well worth it. We also have an excellent presentation of relative distance in our solar systam and beyond. This is otherwise incomprehensible. This whole work will act as an excellent refresher course to cover material already once well understood but now in need of sharpening. What is emphasized and what needs to be emphasized is the sheer distance between stars almost eliminates gravity as an effective ca... more »

‘Massively Altered’ – German Professor Examines NASA GISS Temperature Datasets

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What is most bizarre is that we are expected to deny our senses because a batch of seriously cooked data says otherwise. The global situation is that the Southern hemispheres has cooled. A long term cyclic shift allowed the Arctic to warm up for a couple of decades reducing cover. We think that it is over. As well Solar contribution has dropped. Continental weather continues to be no different than a century ago allowing a possible half degree advantage for a decade or so. This item shows us that data cooking has become endemic and present figures are hopelessly falsified ... more »

U.S. Wants Everyone To Contribute More In The War Against The Islamic State, But Have Told Turkey To 'Hold Back'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
A combination picture taken from video shows a war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015. Reuters/Reuters TV/Haberturk *Reuters*: *Exclusive: U.S. puts request for bigger Turkish air role on hold* Since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week, the United States has quietly put on hold a long-standing request for its NATO ally to play a more active role in the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State. The move, disclosed to Reuters by a U.S. official, is... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Colors of a New Dawn”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Gandalf, “Colors of a New Dawn” - https://www.youtube.com/

Has Turkey Just Invaded Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Stratfor *BBC*: *Iraq demands Turkish troops withdraw from near Mosul* The Iraqi government has demanded that Turkey withdraw troops it sent to an area near the northern city of Mosul. The move was "serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty" Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said in a statement. About 150 Turkish soldiers have been deployed near in the town of Bashiqa to train Iraqi Kurdish forces, earlier reports said. Mosul has been under the control of the Islamic State (IS) group since last year. The statement called on Turkey to "respect good neighbourly relations and to wi... more »

Do You Think That Someone Who Gives A Candidate A Million Bucks Gets Special Treatment If The Candidate Wins?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
PREFACE: The three biggest campaign contributions from individuals-- all to SuperPACs-- were for $15 million (the Wilks brothers), $11 million (Robert Mercer) and $10 million (Tony Neugebauer) dollars and all went to anti-democracy fanatic Ted Cruz. So... Hillary is better than he is. If you ask most Democrats-- and pollsters often do-- you get the impression that getting dark money out of politics is important, even very important, to them. And yet, Hillary Clinton, who has more in common with the Republicans on campaign finance than she does with Bernie Sanders has managed to st... more »

Israel Conducted Secret Training Exercises In Greece To Counter Russian-Made Air Defenses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Russian S-300 anti-missile rocket system move along a central street during a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow May 4, 2009. Reuters/Alexander Natruskin *Reuters:* *Israel trained against Russian-made air defense system in Greece: sources* Israel has quietly tested ways of defeating an advanced air-defence system that Russia has deployed in the Middle East and that could limit Israel's ability to strike in Syria or Iran, military and diplomatic sources said. The sources said a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system, sold to Cyprus 18 years ago but now located on the Greek isla... more »

Questions About CIA Trained Afghan Forces Implicated In Civilian Killings Are Being Raised

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Civilian Deaths Raise Questions About C.I.A.-Trained Forces in Afghanistan* KABUL, Afghanistan — A series of home raids by C.I.A.-trained Afghan counterterrorism forces in the last month resulted in the deaths of at least six innocent civilians, according to Afghan government officials, reviving an issue that has been a chronic source of tension between Afghanistan and the United States. The deaths happened over the course of three raids in the restive eastern province of Khost, the officials said, including a Nov. 20 episode in which a husband and wife were ki... more »

Germany Government To Its Spy Agency: ' Criticism Of Saudi Arabia Not Allowed'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The BND report focused on the role of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (second left) who holds the defence portfolio and other powerful posts (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine) *DW:* *Berlin rebukes spy agency BND for criticism of Saudi Arabia* Berlin has rebuked its own foreign intelligence agency, the BND, for accusing Saudi Arabia of being a destabilizing influence in the Middle East. The Foreign Ministry insists the oil-rich kingdom is a key partner. Berlin took the unusual step of criticizing its own foreign intelligence agency following a damning report that accused defense m... more »

The San Bernardino California Shooting Is A Fraud: New Updated Material Further Exposes The Hoax..

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
It seems that the San Bernardino "shooting" is now unravelling... It seems that the liars in the Jew spew media and even the crooks and liars in the US Government are rapidly being caught on all of the "official" reports from this shooting, and everyone is now fully aware that these reports just do not add up and do not make any sense.... It is still too bad that most of the American public still does not get it and the majority are just too stupid now to see that they are being played as fools... Right now, I want to present some fabulous new material that comes here courtesy of Ji... more »

Musical Interlude: Michael Bolton, “When I'm Back On My Feet Again”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Michael Bolton, “When I'm Back On My Feet Again” -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=114QK3SVqyk *Don’t give up!* Don’t you dare give up... a better day *is* coming... - CP

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. * Click image for larger size.* The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spec... more »

HATE = Highly Ambitious Terrorism Enterprise

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 1 day ago
The recent hate campaign of the Neo Republicans threatens the citizens of planet Earth in so many ways that it is difficult to see the big picture. It appears that the stars on the Republican Elephant appeared around year 2000, and became noticeable around 2006. Seems odd to me, in the light, that they remained upright for 5000 years. This symbol was found in the potsherds in the Urok period of Babylon. from 3500 BC, It also appears in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, as well as in Rome and Greece. The Pythagorean's called this pentagram Hygieia, representing health, wellness, ... more »

Understanding Trump

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 day ago
This passage from Ross Douthat caught my eye: Writing for Slate last week, Jamelle Bouie argued that Trumpism, however ideologically inchoate, manifests at least seven of the hallmarks of fascism identified by the Italian polymath Umberto Eco. They include: a cult of action, a celebration of aggressive masculinity, an intolerance of criticism, a fear of difference and outsiders, a pitch to the frustrations of the lower middle class, an intense nationalism and resentment at national humiliation, and a “popular elitism” that promises every citizen that they’re part of “the best people... more »

Photos Rights of Nature Tribunal Paris

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
The Tribunal on the Rights of Nature began today in Paris with an Indigenous  opening with women from Sarayaku conducting a prayer. Add caption Photos by Pennie Opal Plant Dec. 4 -- 5, 2015 Schedule and more: http://therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal-paris/

"All The Days..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Whenever, in the course of a daily hunt, the hunter comes upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful, or sublime; a black thundercloud with the rainbow's glowing arch above the mountain, a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge, a vast prairie tinged with the bood-red of the sunset; he pauses for an instant in the attitude of worship. He sees no need for setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, because to him all the days are God's days." - Ohiyesa, a/k/a Charles Alexander Eastman, Santee Sioux

The Islamic State Consolidates Its Territory In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Voice Herald:* *Up to 3000 Islamic State fighters in Libya — UN experts* The Libyan city of Sirte is the first to fall to IS outside Iraq and Syria with the armed Islamist group profiting from the chaos that has followed the fall of Moamer Kadhafi. The group has also stopped insisting Muslims travel to Syria to join its caliphate and is instead suggesting recruits go to Libya instead. The European Union is concerned that the southern islands are only a couple hundred miles from Libya. Over the past year, ISIS has been deepening its presence in Sirte, a city along Libya's north... more »

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