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Saturday, January 9, 2016

9 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

English: Pagoda house, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Franç...English: Pagoda house, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Français : Pagoda house (Trad. : La Maison pagode). Photo prise à Tel-Aviv, en Israël. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tel Aviv was founded on land purchased from Be...Tel Aviv was founded on land purchased from Bedouins, north of the existing city of Jaffa. This photograph is of 1909 auction of the first lots. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Jihadi John Version 2.0

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 28 minutes ago
*January 10, 2016* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - It didn't take long for IS (Islamic State) to find a new cartoon-style villain to fill the shoes of Mohammed "Jihadi John" Emwazi. The masked villain often appeared in high-value productions, narrating them with a perfect British accent, as the enemies of IS were slain in increasingly elaborate and equally gruesome manners. Just as Jihadi John's villainy reached a crescendo, the US claimed it targeted and killed him in a drone strike. Nothing resembling actual confirmation was produced afterward, and many questioned the value or impact of ... more »

The Movie About Aaron Schock Is A Politically-Oriented X-Rated Gay Pornography Film

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
A few days ago, when Steve Israel, announced he would retire from Congress at the end of the year, I mentioned that my co-screenwriter and I would consider asking him if he wants to try out for the role of Steve Tel-Aviv character in our made-for-cable political sit-com. I suspect Titan Men, the gay porn producers, didn't ask Republican former-Congressman Aaron Schock to play the part of Mike Cauke, a closeted politician in the new x-rated film *Cauke For President*. Don't worry, the trailer up top is not x-rated. And neither is the Cauke for President campaign website. His issues... more »

U.S. Marine General Warns That Opening Combat Jobs To Women Will Result In Lowering Military Standards

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*The Hill*: *Marine general predicts lower combat standards for women* Marine Gen. John Kelly on Friday said he fears that commanders will be pressured by "agenda-driven people" in Washington to lower military standards in order to allow more women into combat positions. "My greatest fear — and we see this happen a lot over the 45 years I've been in the Armed Forces is, right now they're saying we are not going to change any standards," said Kelly, who is retiring this month, at his last Pentagon briefing. "So I think it will be the pressure for not probably the generals that are... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)”; “My Orchid Spirit (Extragalactic)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 39 minutes ago
“A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccup... more »

Doctor Sells His Practice, Opens Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine Instead

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Kirsten Cowart * - A brilliant doctor does something completely unheard of in the medical community. The post Doctor Sells His Practice, Opens Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine Instead appeared first on Waking Times.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China And The U.S. To Meet On Monday To Prepare A Roadmap For Afghan Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*VOA*:* Four-party Talks on Afghan Peace Process Set for Monday* Pakistan is set to host four-way talks Monday on reviving the Afghan peace process. The talks will include Afghanistan, China and the United States. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni said Saturday that the representatives meeting in Islamabad would discuss a “road map for peace talks.” The discussions were agreed to during a visit to Kabul by Pakistan's army chief, General Raheel Sharif, in December. Pakistan is believed to have influence over the Taliban, but relations with Afghanistan have be... more »

Did Rules Of Engagement Prevent Fire Support For A U.S. Team Surrounded By The Taliban During A Fire-Fight This Week?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
An AC-130H gunship jettisons flares as an infrared countermeasure during a training exercise on Aug. 24, 2007. JULIANNE SHOWALTER/U.S. AIR FORCE *Washington Post*: *Congressman questions if Army Special Forces denied rescue force, fire support* A Republican congressman who previously served as a Navy SEAL commander said Thursday that bureaucratic red tape might have delayed a rescue force and prevented close air support from adequately helping an Army Special Forces team during a firefight in southern Afghanistan this week in which one American was killed. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.... more »

Plant Your Ass in the Ground

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Blocking the construction entrance to US Camp Schwab Marine base in Okinawa where the Pentagon wants to build twin-runways out over pristine Oura Bay....coral reefs and endangered sea mammal dugong will be destroyed....the people do this every day for more than 450 days. US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy's message to Okinawa? Get over it, the base will be built. Their slogan each morning at the 6:00 am protest is 'Plant your ass in the ground'.

Who Backs Bernie And Who Stands With The Discredited Establishment?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Remember, when Bernie, then an independent caucusing with the Democrats in the House, became disgusted with the Democrats’ turn to the right after the Reagan years, he started the Congressional Progressive Caucus in 1991, which now has 68 members in the House. At one time Nancy Pelosi was a member. Shamefully, only two of the current members have endorsed him, co-chairs Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison. The rest have either remained neutral, attempted to be supportive of both campaigns or endorsed the establishment, anti-progressive candidate who is proud to call herself a centrist... more »

The Afghan War Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. special forces soldiers discuss beside a map at their base in Helmand. Oct. 22, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/OMAR SOBHANI *New York Times:* *Taliban Step Up Urban Assaults, Testing the Mettle of Afghan Forces* KABUL, Afghanistan — The urban attacks are suddenly coming at a dizzying pace — five in the first week of January alone. Three were relatively simple even if massive bombings, but in the others, Taliban gunmen entered important cities, seized buildings and hostages when they could, then set off their explosives vests when capture seemed imminent, sometimes after hours of fighti... more »

China's Debt Problem Is About To Become A Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Frobes *Jim Edwards, Business Insider*: *How China accumulated $28 trillion in debt in such a short time* Bank of America Merrill Lynch became the most recent financial institution to start sounding scared about China’s debt. While no one is panicking just yet, there sure are an increasing number of people — including analysts at UBS and Macquarie — who are talking about when it might be appropriate to consider panicking. To recap, China’s total debt is about $28 trillion, or roughly half the world’s entire debt. *WNU Editor*: China's economy has been the engine that has been dri... more »

Jan. 9: New Brunswick is part of the world Yes, it is.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
In a real newspaper, the headline is about the major event of the day. Typically, it's a world story. Today, for example, it might have been about the world war we are edging into. It might have been about the tremendous reaction of the gun business to Obama's quite mild recommendations to tone down gun violence in the U.S., the most heavily armed country in the world. It might have been some indication of where our federal government stands on Canada's place in all this. But, in the Irving press, today's headline is about a small community in New Brunswick whose fire station caught... more »

Mysterious Space Balls Fall From The Sky In Vietnam

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Mysterious metal spheres from space have landed in the Vietnamese countryside near the border with China. The ‘Space Balls’ are believed to be of Russian origin and have baffled the Vietnamese authorities. Three mysterious metal objects were seized on Saturday and are now being probed by the military. The metal orbs appear to be compressed air tanks from a rocket launch. TomoNews US YouTube video: CBC News reports: Witnesses reported hearing thunder-like noises in the sky and seeing the objects flying up there early Saturday morning before they crash-landed, Thanh Nien News reporte...more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 5 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Thousands Flood The Streets In Germany As Fury Over Refugee Sex Assaults Reaches Boiling Point Caught On Tape: Iran Conducts Live-Fire Rocket Drill Next To US Carrier *"You can't catch me. Nya nya nya nya nya." - JO* China Goes Full Keynesian-tard: Demolishes Never-Used Just-Built Skyscraper Americans' Positive Perception Of NRA Soars As Obama Escalates Gun-Control Agenda Apple Just Bought a Startup that Reads People’s Emotions Missing U.S. Missile Shows Up in Cuba Lily Tang Williams: “Common Core Is The Communist Core I Went Through In China” Portland’s New Pi... more »

Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Christopher Preble, War On The Rocks*: *We Are terrorized: Why U.S. Counterterrorism policy is failing, and why it can't be easily fixed* According to a recent poll, Americans are more pessimistic about terrorism than at any time since 9/11. The CNN/ORC survey (full results in .pdf format) asked, “Who do you think is currently winning the war on terrorism — the U.S. and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists?” Forty percent of respondents said that the terrorists were winning, while a mere 18 percent believed that the United States and its allies were winning. After the killi... more »

U.S. Navy Releases Video That Shows Iranian Rockets Landing Near The Air Craft Carrier USS Harry Truman

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Navy Times:* *Navy: Video shows Iranian rockets launched near Truman, other warships* The U.S. military released a video Saturday showing what it says is an Iranian military vessel firing several unguided rockets near the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman and other Western warships and commercial craft. The incident occurred Dec. 26 in the Strait of Hormuz. Navy officials released the video to Military Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The images show what appears to be an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel firing rockets from a distance of about 1,370 me... more »

PCR just noticed how deviously the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been cooking the books. (Continued from below)

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ *Update to BLS December Payroll Jobs Report: It is even worse than I reported — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ *January 9, 2015* | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Update to BLS December Payroll Jobs Report: It is even worse than I reported Paul Craig Roberts In my column on Friday I reported the unreported facts in the payroll jobs report. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/01/08/another-fabricated-jobs-report-paul-craig-roberts-2/ If we choo... more »

Pope Francis: Will You Have Tequila for Me in Mexico?

The Crux at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: pope francis mexico-1] VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' visit to Mexico next month is supposed to be more of a pilgrimage than a spring break, but a viral video of the pontiff joking about tequila with a Mexican man in St. Peter's Square captures... Continue reading *“Pope Francis: Will You Have Tequila for Me in Mexico?”* at *cruxnow.com*.

J.R.R. Tolkien Explains Why “Children’s Books” Don’t Really Exist

Brain Pickings at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Lord of the Rings] "I do not believe that I have ever written a children's book," the great Maurice Sendak once said in an interview. "I don't write for children," he told Colbert. "I write -- and somebody says, 'That's for children!'" This sentiment... Continue reading *“J.R.R. Tolkien Explains Why “Children’s Books” Don’t Really Exist”* at *brainpickings.org*.

Photo Gallery: Police Shut Down Anti-Rape Rally in Cologne

Breitbart at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Water Cannons] Supporters of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) have rallied outside Cologne's main train station today, the location of nearly 200 migrant sex attacks on New Year's Eve. Around 4,000 turned out for the protest against allowing... Continue reading *“Photo Gallery: Police Shut Down Anti-Rape Rally in Cologne”* at *breitbart.com*.

Musical Interlude: Ottmar Liebert, “The Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Ottmar Liebert, “The Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUHyeZQCcn0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This Hubble Space Telescope composite view of the gorgeous island universe is one of the largest Hubble images ever made of a complete galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* NGC 1300 spans over 100,000 light-years and the Hubble image reveals striking details of the galaxy's dominant central bar and majestic spiral arms. In fact, on close inspection the nucleus of this classic barred spiral itself shows a remarkable region of spiral structure about 3,000 l... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Repeated Moments”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Repeated Moments”* by Paulo Coelho “A warrior of light knows that certain moments repeat themselves. He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life. ‘I’ve been through all this before,’ he says to his heart. ‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it.’ Then the warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn." - http:/... more »

Syrian Government Ready to Attend Peace Talks in Geneva

ALBERT AJI & BASSEM MROUE at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, second right, meets with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, second left, in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Syria is ready to attend peace talks later this month in Geneva but the government wants to see lists of the opposition groups who will attend and ensure that "terrorist" groups that will not, the country's foreign minister said Saturday according to SANA. (SANA via AP)] DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian government announced Saturday it is ... more »

Trump Goads Cruz on Eligibility to Run, Baffled That Cruz is Doing as Well as He Is

SCOTT BAUER & JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ottumwa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)] WAUKON, Iowa (AP) -- Donald Trump goaded a fellow Republican front-runner, Ted Cruz, over his eligibility to be president and professed bafflement that he’s not beating him in Iowa polls as a delicate detente between the two became ever more... more »

Tarpley: A Determined International Assault Could Wipe Out ISIS in Short Order

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Title: A Determined International Assault Could Wipe Out ISIS in Short Order. Source: Webster Tarpley Radio. Date Published: January 4, 2016. Description: * http://tarpley.net/liberation-of-ramadi-by-iraqi-forces-elimination-by-syrian-army-of-top-saudi-asset-shows-that-isis-is-paper-tiger/

Political Spin’s a Century Old, and TR and FDR were pioneers

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Political spin] As the 2016 election starts for real next month, one complaint that unites Americans left and right--and helps to explain the rise of outsiders like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders--is that our political process has become shallow and scripted, manipulated... Continue reading *“Political Spin’s a Century Old, and TR and FDR were pioneers”* at *wsj.com*.

Why Are Some Predicting A Massive Increase In U.S. Defense Stocks This Year?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Gene Marcial, Forbes*: *Why Gabelli Is Hot On Shares Of Military-Equipment Makers* Even as the stock market is taking an unprecedented beating, not every important investment player is necessarily bailing out or giving up on equities. To some stouthearted investors – yes, there still are brave optimists around – the reaction is, “This, too, shall pass.” The best recourse, they argue, is to engage in an aggressive stock-buying program to re-build currently crushed portfolios by augmenting them with fundamentally sound equities now selling at fire-sale prices. A proven way to coun... more »

Protests in Cologne After Assaults; Merkel Pledges New Laws Regulating Immigrants

David Rising & DOROTHEE THIESING at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Police drive back right-wing demonstrators using a water cannon during protests in Cologne, Germany, Saturday Jan. 9, 2016. Women’s rights activists, far-right demonstrators and left-wing counter-protesters all took to the streets of Cologne on Saturday in the aftermath of a string of New Year’s Eve sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne blamed largely on foreigners. (Monika Skolimowska/dpa via AP)] COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- Women’s rights activists, far-right demonstrators and leftwing counter-protesters took to the streets of Cologne on Saturday to voice their opinions in ... more »

McKinney Still Speaking Truth to Power

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney from Georgia is interviewed by PolitRussia in Moscow. For many years she was one of the most progressive members of the Congress but was essentially run out of her seat because she dared raise questions about US-Israel policy. McKinney was targeted by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) for defeat. Since then she has run for president on the Green Party ticket and remained incredibly active in the peace and justice movement. She was an early voice warning that the US-NATO bombing (and ultimate take down) of Libya was illegal an...more »

ISIS Develops Anti Aircraft Heat Seeking Missile

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
ISIS is reportedly developing heat-seeking land-to-air missiles and high tech self-driving suicide car bombs using human ingenuity. According to videos obtained by Sky News, the Islamic State group is now developing its own weapons in labs in Syria. They include land-to-air missiles for targeting military jets and civilian airplanes as well as self-driving car bombs Telesur TV reports: The United Kingdom-based Sky News released video footage showing a lab believed to belong to the Islamic State group and located in Raqqa, the group’s stronghold in Syria, where engineers of several n... more »

Trump, while now more popular with Republicans, may not be electable with the rest of US voters

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 7 hours ago
In a piece in The Atlantic, Ronald Brownstein reports that Donald Trump today is much more popular among Republican voters than he was several months ago. However, he remains widely unpopular among Democrats and independents, and were he to win the Republican nomination his inability to gain the votes of non-Republicans would likely lead to his defeat: *A widen­ing dis­tance between per­spect­ives about Don­ald Trump among Republicans and all oth­er voters—the “Trump gap”—presents GOP lead­ers with a conun­drum as the primar­ies approach. The phe­nomen­on can be charted across a ... more »

We Don't Write Enough About Bernie Here, Do We?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Trumpf really has been a godsend for the Clinton Machine. He's turned her most fearsome rival-- the son and brother of two presidents into a national laughing stock, destroyed the Bush family brand and wasted at least $200 million that would have been deployed more destructively against Democrats. He's brought the GOP into a state of anarchy and discord so intense that it really is conceivable that when the establishment tries to broker the inevitable deadlocked convention for their boy Ryan, gun fights will break out and a substantial part of the Republican establishment will be r... more »

NATO Supreme Commander: 'Time To Stop Hugging The Russian Bear'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
NATO's supreme allied commander, US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove (c.), at the start of the NATO ministerial meeting on the south, partnerships, and defense capacity at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 1, 2015. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/File *Anna Mulrine, CSM:* *Why NATO says it's time to stop hugging the Russian bear* *After the cold war, America hoped that European security was permanently solved, but Russia's recent forays into Ukraine and Syria have been followed by a shift in US rhetoric.* WASHINGTON — In little-noticed remarks this week, NATO’s supreme allied commander, ... more »

Janet Yellen took office as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 3, 2014, for a four-year term. And what does she do? Why, based on the present fabricated jobs report she does what was done in the past when the jobs reports were real, i.e., raise interest rates: Bad news now, because that is only done when the economy is really clicking whereas, as PCR puts it, "the United States is now an economy that only creates Third World jobs in lowly paid domestic services." What a joke!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 7 hours ago
------------------------------ *Yet Another Fabricated Jobs Report — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ *January 8, 2015* | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Another Fabricated Jobs Report Paul Craig Roberts According to Friday’s (January 8) payroll jobs numbers, almost 300,000 new jobs were created in December. Additionally, the previous two months were revised upward by 50,000 jobs. Apparently, the equity market did not believe the report, with the averages moving down today. As... more »

Things to Know: The Armed Standoff in Oregon

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Burns resident Steve Atkins, left, talks with Ammon Bundy, right, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, following a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Bundy, the leader of a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon says the activists have no immediate plans to leave. Atkins said, the majority of the people of Burns wanted them to leave. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- A small, armed group has been occupying a remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest fe... more »

Britain Is Told Saudi Arms Sales Are In Breach Of International Law

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The British government has been put on notice that it is in breach of international law for allowing the export of British made missiles and military equipment to Saudi Arabia that may have been used to kill civilians. The accusation comes after human rights groups, the European parliament and the UN all expressed concern over Saudi-led coalition attacks in Yemen. The Guardian reports: Lawyers acting for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) have stepped up legal proceedings against the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which approves export licences, accusing it ... more »

Tracking Candidates: It’s Actually for Their Own Good

National Review at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Campaign Tracking] You are always being watched. That's the rather creepy message staffers and party committees must stress to their candidates in an era when one ill-advised comment, even made among friends, can almost single-handedly tank a campaign. Tracking, the practice of... Continue reading *“Tracking Candidates: It’s Actually for Their Own Good”* at *nationalreview.com*.

He Began With the Petty Cash. He Wound Up Taking Over $14 Million

Stream staff at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Embezzlement from dictionary] It’s a wages of sin, slippery slope, oh what a tangled web we weave story: Sandy Jenkins, the main accountant for a fruitcake company in Corsicana, Texas, had dreams he couldn’t afford. He started small with the petty cash but...more »

The Amazing Story of the Clairvoyants Who Observed Atoms

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - A clear indication of the human ability to peer into domains beyond the senses. The post The Amazing Story of the Clairvoyants Who Observed Atoms appeared first on Waking Times.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Valley, Alabama, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Not Sorry..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live- to learn, to discover, to be free! How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!" • "What he had once hoped for the Flock, he now gained for himself alone; he learned t... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"A thousand reaching arms, all from the same body; all stretching together for the betterment of that body. Stretching for sunlight, clamouring to feed the collective. This innate drive is also within all of us, the human collective. Imagine what we could achieve by following this true and natural calling; by reaching out together." - http://m1nute.net/

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Turtle"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Turtle"* "Now I see it- it nudges with its bulldog head the slippery stems of the lilies, making them tremble; and now it noses along in the wake of the little brown teal who is leading her soft children from one side of the pond to the other; she keeps close to the edge and they follow closely, the good children- the tender children, the sweet children, dangling their pretty feet into the darkness. And now will come- I can count on it- the murky splash, the certain victory of that pink and gassy mouth, and the frantic circling of the hen while the rest of the chicks flare away over th... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
I know, I know... see the Comment below.

A Comment: Disaster Central

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
I hate posting this stuff, I really do. I know, every time you come here it feels like Disaster Central, there's something scary, the global economic collapse unfolding around us, with it's very real consequences on all our lives; the ultimate horror of Fukushima, literally an extinction level event for all life on this planet, and I'm not being melodramatic saying that; the unstoppable St. Louis landfill radiation fire; and now this methane monstrosity near Los Angeles. And of course wars, poverty, injustices of all kinds and sundry other unpleasantries that are apparently just pa... more »

Putin: Human Evolution Under Threat By Big Pharma, GMO, Vaccines

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A report prepared by the Security Council (SCRF) circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Putin has issued orders that his people must be protected from GMO “food” and Western pharmaceuticals “at all costs.” The report says that President Putin believes the next stage of human evolution is currently in “grave risk” and that Western and global powers are “intentionally decelerating the process for their personal gain.” “We as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of rece... more »

US Navy Release Video Of Iranian Rocket Launch Near US Carrier Truman

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The US Navy Central Command has released a video allegedly showing Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels firing several unguided rockets, close to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman. The incident allegedly happened on December 26th in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian revolutionary guards have denied any official involvement and accuse the US of propaganda. Marine Corps Times reports: Navy officials released the video to Military Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The images show what appears to be an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel firin...more »

Protests In Pakistan Against Country’s Role In Saudi Led Coaltion

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Hundreds of people joined a Shiite-led protest in Islamabad on Friday against Pakistan’s decision to join Saudi Arabia’s coalition against terrorism. The protesters presented a memorandum to a Foreign Office spokesman demanding that Pakistan drop out of the Saudi led alliance, which was announced in December. Pakistan confirmed they would join the Saudi-led military alliance to fight “terrorism” in the Islamic world on Thursday, following a meeting between Riyadh’s foreign minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Press TV reports: The demonstrator... more »

"His desire to ban all Muslims from the United States"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I had the World Service on while off work on Thursday afternoon and, half-listening, thought I heard the BBC's Razia Iqbal say something untrue. I've found the programme again now, and the question I heard began at 36:34: Mansoor Shams, you are a former US marine so you have been embedded in an establishment institution in the United States. I wonder what your perception then has been of the major shifts in the political campaigning. I'm thinking specifically, of course, of Donald Trump who is seeking the presidential nomination for the Republican Party and his desire to ban all ... more »

Framing the debate

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
There wasn't time to discuss the subject, apparently, on *Any Answers*, but still, this is how Anita Anand initially framed what might have been the discussion on events in Germany: The widespread sexual assault of scores of women in Germany, that's sparking heated debate. Is this kind of spectacle inevitable when you let outsiders in? Are some hijacking the crimes of a few to shut the door on asylum seekers who truly need help? Is this a clash of ideology?

How to Make a Brexit Sound Fiendishly Complicated

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
There have been two detailed critiques of Carolyn Quinn's 40-minute Radio 4 documentary *How to Make a Brexit *this week. The first comes from Dr Richard North at EU Referendum, but I'll pass over that and move straight onto David Keighley's more engaging take at *The Conservative Woman*. The first point to draw from David's piece is that in all his time (16 years) of monitoring the BBC's output he's never come across a dedicated programme on the subject of what leaving the EU would involve - which is a remarkable thing when you think about it, unless you think that the BBC has ... more »

Why North Korea's Nuclear Test Is A Scary Development

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Ko Yun-hwa (l), Administrator of Korea Meteorological Administration, points at where seismic waves observed in South Korea came from, during a media briefing at Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, South Korea, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji *Sharon Squassoni, Reuters*: *Why even a failed test makes North Korea’s nuclear arsenal scarier* Nuclear weapon tests are no longer a commonplace occurrence, so it’s always a little shocking when it happens. It may even be shocking to the country that conducts it – most recently, North Korea. The famously secretive regime broa... more »

What Happens If Russia Loses The War In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Vladimir Putin and members of Russian Security Council© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian presidential press service/TASS *Dominic Tierney, Defense One/The Atlantic*: *What Happens If Russia Loses in Syria?* Putin's war could be unraveling. Last September, Russia deployed dozens of jets to Syria to rescue the ailing regime of Bashar al-Assad. Vladimir Putin aimed to protect one of Moscow’s few foreign allies and gain leverage for the coming peace negotiations over the Syrian Civil War. Russian media presented the mission as a heroic attempt to save the civilized world from Islamic terror... more »

UK Fines Donald Trump For Air Pollution

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Donald Trump can’t be too happy with the UK at the moment….or maybe it’s the other way round A petition calling to ban him from the UK was approved for a parliamentary debate earlier in the week and now the billionaire tycoon faces fines from the British environment agency over carbon emissions from one of his private jets. RT reports: Trump is one of a number of businessmen and companies fined for failing to “surrender sufficient allowances to cover annual reportable emissions” by the Environment Agency. The organization is responsible for enforcing the European Union’s emissions t... more »

Noam Chomsky on Capitalism

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
*David Finkel: *Let’s begin with the topic of the moment, the collapse of the Soviet Union: Is this a victory for the free market? Does it solve capitalism’s problems, or create new ones? *Noam Chomsky: *To begin with, I think terms like “capitalism” and “socialism” have been so evacuated of any substantive meaning that I don’t even like to use them. There’s nothing remotely like capitalism in existence. To the extent there ever was, it had disappeared by the 1920s or ’30s. Every industrial society is one form or another of *state* capitalism. But we’ll use the term “capitalism,” ... more »

Flaring Effect: Fukushima Daiichi January 10, 2016

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
More screenshots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dl8oonpztqwwuw5/January%2010%202016.2.pdf?dl=0 Notice the light flaring effect visible today (Jan 9 in US but Jan 10 in Japan) on the TBS cam: And then it ended an hour or so after I first noticed the very unusual effect on the TBS cam: While this was happening there just happened to be a police car with its red lights cycling in the Futaba intersection. Check the Dropbox link above for more screenshots, including those of the police car.

Baltimore Sun Tricia Bishop: I'm More Afraid of Legal Gun Owners Than I Am of Criminals with Guns...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*says the dumbest person to ever hold a job as a "journalist."* When I started this post there were about 398 comments (all negative) on her op-ed. The number is down to about 321 now. The Baltimore Sun has deleted all comments that referenced *Ms Bishop's arrest for DUI back in 2004. * * Do you know the gun owners in your circle?* *We need a searchable database of gun owners online that we can consult before arranging play dates.* Tricia and her husband*Here's a few tidbits from her op-ed: *emphasis mine It's inevitable when my husband and I visit family these days that the sub... more »

Can The Short-Fingered Vulgarian Extricate Himself From This Mess Before He's Forever Labelled "A Loser?"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
How ornery and set in their ways are Republican voters? Under the last (hopefully) Republican president, George W. Bush, GOP policies collapsed the economy and job growth went into negative territory. As a nation, we lost a net of 463,000 jobs while Bush was in the White House. In the seven years President Obama has been in office-- even with intransigent conservative opposition to every step he's taken, his policies have turned the economy around and 9,843,000 new private sector jobs are been created. If Obama had a Democratic Congress, there's every reason to believe the economy... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*Stanley Krippner ~ Internationally known **parapsychologist, and an executive faculty member and Professor of Psychology at Say brook University in Oakland, California. * *Having lunch with Stanley Krippner is really once again seeing a former mentor, friend and fellow traveler in a **Unified Field** of love and soul consciousness that exists not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears ~ and dramatically realizing during this special meeting that many others are beginning to feel empowered and are responding to this inner call to find t... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Jan 2, 2015 to Jan 9, 2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Jan 2, 2015 to Jan 9, 2016"* By Bob Nichols * "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."* - Morpheus (San Francisco) January 9, 2016 – "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-five (35)** American cities topped 1,000 CPM this week.* The... more »

Huge Explosion Rocks Chemical Plant In Southern China

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A huge fire has broken out after a chemical plant exploded in the city of Lengshuijiang, in China’s South Eastern Hunan province, according to local media reports. 突发:【湖南冷水江一化工厂爆炸起火 现场震感强烈】据湖南娄底市广播电视台公众号消息,今晚8:30左右,冷水江一化工厂突然爆炸起火,附近市民均感觉到强烈的震感,爆炸原因尚未明确。 pic.twitter.com/KEtSssf4XU — 黄昭雲 (@huangzhaoyun) January 9, 2016 Emergency crews are on the scene of the blast, which comes only weeks after two huge industrial explosions in the country killed dozens of people It is not yet clear if anyone was injured or killed and the cause of the blast is still unknown. A video said to be of the e... more »

We Should Think Very Carefully

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
http://www.knowledge.info/ A lot has been written recently about electoral reform -- which option is best, and whether a not the proposed reforms should be put to a national referendum. Duff Conacher writes that electoral reform is about a lot more than holding a referendum: The first important question is the makeup of the committee of politicians that will lead the public consultation. Normally, the Liberal majority would mean a majority of Liberals on all committees. However, no more than half the committee should be Liberal MPs in... more »

Will A European 9/11 Happen In 2016?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*AFP*: *Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in the coming yea**r* Paris (AFP) - Just a week into the year, France has already been rattled by an attempted attack on a police station, but counter-terrorism officials have far graver fears for Europe in 2016. November's attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed by Islamic State group jihadists, showed the trauma that could be caused by a group of men with Kalashnikov rifles, but experts fear it could be just the start. "Unfortunately, I think 2015 was nothing," a counter-terrorism official told AFP on condition of anonymity.... more »

Dumbing Down At The Telegraph

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The process of dumbing down continues at the Telegraph! For some reason, Philip Eden has been dropped from the Sunday Telegraph for the last few weeks, and been replaced with someone called Peter Stanford, who seems to have little in the way of qualifications for the job of reporting the […]

China's Next Aircraft Carrier Will Be Based On Old Soviet Blueprints

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *James Goldrick, National Interest*: *Why China's Next Aircraft Carrier Will Be Based on Soviet Blueprints* China has at last formally acknowledged that it has a new aircraft carrier under construction, the first to be built in China and the second in the People's Liberation Army-Navy's order of battle. The PLA Navy appears to have embarked on a substantial carrier program, probably with the intention of creating four and perhaps up to six carrier battle groups (Chinese commentators have publicly acknowledged the need for at least three units in order... more »

BREAKING FROM MADDOW: Fox News yes, Public Policy no!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016Times say they butched Marco up:* Last night, amid the endless time-wasting, Rachel Maddow reported results from the latest New Hampshire poll. If we might quote Maddow herself, "Woo-hoo!" She was reporting results from the latest Fox News poll. It showed Sanders ahead of Clinton in the great state of New Hampshire: MADDOW (1/8/16): *A new poll out from Fox News tonight says that the Democratic race for the nomination could be quite a contest in the early states.* Yes, Hillary Clinton is still far ahead in the national Democratic polling. A new Fox New...more »

Germany confirms most mob attack suspects were asylum seekers

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Yahoo News are reporting https://uk.news.yahoo.com/germany-identifies-31-suspects-cologne-sex-attacks-113248798.html that which the BBC won't. 'Germany said Friday most suspects in the mob violence that marred Cologne's New Year's Eve celebrations were asylum seekers, fuelling calls to quickly deport criminal migrants. ... A week after the chaotic scenes outside Cologne railway station, federal police said they had identified 31 suspects whose alleged offences were "mostly theft and causing bodily harm". Eighteen of them are asylum seekers, the interior ministry said. Among t... more »

World War 3: North Korea Warns That It’s On The Brink

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A senior official from North Korea warns of the possibility of conflict with south Korea that could lead to World War Three. It comes days after the last remaining truly communist country on the planet tested its first Hydrogen bomb. South Korea has been blasting loud propaganda messages across its borders with the north. This has antagonized the communist north which is already in a heightened state of insecurity with the south after its underground H-bomb test of a few days ago. Anti-Pyongyang propaganda is coming across the border from the south via loudspeakers, and it’s driving ... more »

dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
When we travel, we've always had someone stay over in our home with the dogs. In almost 30 years of dogs, we only boarded our dogs *once*. It was not a good experience, and we never did it again. Also, for many years, our schedules also required a dogwalker. So we're accustomed to paying for quality, personal care for our dogs. Now, however, we've come to the end of the road with dogsitters and dogwalkers. For many reasons, that won't work anymore.* Fortunately for us, times have changed. These days you can find quality doggie daycare in almost any city, and the low-rent kennel is... more »

Obama and Gun Control Activists Find Stealthy Ways to Restrict 2nd Amendment

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Gun Control Locked Down - 900] After a stream of Second Amendment victories across the country in recent years, the tide may be turning as gun control politicians find alternative ways to push through new laws. Recent high-profile mass shootings have given the gun control movement momentum. After... more »

My Daughter is Not a ‘Rape Baby.’ She is MY Baby.

LifeSite at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: rape pregnancy - 400] I was 19 and living on my own, working as a nanny. An ex-boyfriend of mine who I was still friends with was going to come over to visit, as I had just recently moved into my new apartment. He... Continue reading *“My Daughter is Not a ‘Rape Baby.’ She is MY Baby.”* at *lifesitenews.com*.

Europeans Studiously Ignore Muslim Mobs

National Review at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Germany Cologne] Taken together, these rules help to shape a Muslim community that is cohesive, conscious of its separation from the rest of society, resistant to influences likely to undermine its cohesion, self-policing through its male members, and -- because its sense... Continue reading *“Europeans Studiously Ignore Muslim Mobs”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Strominger in SciAm on paper with Hawking, Perry

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*Some new games with classical GR are creative and attempts to use them for black hole information mysteries may be praised, but the final product is deeply flawed so far* This is a continuation of the story about the BMS supertranslations and their relevance for the black hole mysteries. *Gross, Hawking, Witten, Strominger, Yau. Note how similar the photograph is to these images of 5+ supersymmetric heroes from different movies.* Andy Strominger was just interviewed by a writer for *Scientific American* – not exactly one of the journals we still respect, to put it mildly (if I h... more »

Russian Airstrikes Hit Market And Prison In Northern Syria, Scores Killed

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Russian airstrikes on a town in northern Syria have killed at least 40 people, according to local activists. Middle East Eye reports: The attack on the market in the Idlib city of Maarrat al-Nu’man, famed as the home of the blind 11th century poet Al-Ma’arri, took place on Saturday morning. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Russian air strikes also hit a prison complex near the market run by al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front. The building reportedly housed the group’s religious court and a jail. SOHR said the death toll could rise as dozens of peo... more »

The Crucial Difference Between Donbass & Oregon

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*January 9, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Despite a few superficial similarities, the difference between the rebellion in eastern Ukraine and armed Oregon ranchers standing off with the US federal government couldn't be greater. A lack of understanding regarding the nature of power and how it is brokered has led to many mistakenly believing there is any merit to what the Oregon ranchers are doing, besides providing an example of precisely how not to stand up against increasingly tyrannical special interests. This is not to say the ranchers, or even Occupy Wall Street should not b... more »

Does Europe Have a Future?

Mosaic at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Europe Future Merkel] Europe is a continent, and an idea, with an alternately heroic and ignominious past and with what seemed, until recently, to be an enviable present. But does it have a future? The November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris marked the... Continue reading *“Does Europe Have a Future?”* at *mosaicmagazine.com*.

President Obama, We Need Stronger Civil Society, Not Stronger Gun Control

John Stonestreet at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: gun control - 900] On Tuesday, an emotional President Obama announced a series of executive actions to, in his words, "do something to try to prevent the next" mass shooting. "We can," the President told a cheering White House audience, "reduce gun violence a... more »

The Real Dangers of Marijuana

National Affairs at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Marijuana Users May be More Likely to Develop Diabetes, Research Finds] The revolution in the legal status of marijuana has been rapid and dramatic. Four decades ago, there was a universal prohibition against buying, selling, using and possessing marijuana. Then, several local and state jurisdictions began to adopt a range of... Continue reading *“The Real Dangers of Marijuana”* at *nationalaffairs.com*.

UK Foreign Secretary Refuses To Condemn Mass Saudi Executions

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The UK foreign secretary has been accused of “parroting the propaganda” of Britain’s Middle East ally as he refused to condemn the mass execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia. When asked whether London should be “more robust” in condemning the Saudi executions, Philip Hammond said: “Let us be clear, first of all, that these people were convicted terrorists.” Rights campaigners say that at least four of the 47, including the Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, were arrested and executed in relation to political protests. Press TV reports: Nimr’s execution is viewed as part of a he... more »

Inside the Rubio-Cruz Battle for Evangelical Voters

Religion Dispatches at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Sen. Marco Rubio] In the midst of an intra-evangelical dispute over whether Ted Cruz is indeed consolidating the support of influential evangelical leaders, supporters of Marco Rubio's campaign are trying to make the case that his appeal to evangelicals is fundamentally different from Cruz's,... Continue reading *“Inside the Rubio-Cruz Battle for Evangelical Voters”* at *religiondispatches.org*.

Watch the NFL Playoffs — The League is Fleecing You Whether You Do or Not

The Federalist at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: NFL] The National Football League playoffs begin this weekend, and everyone in America should watch--not simply because football is America's most popular sport and a host of teams have solid chances to win Super Bowl 50. People should watch because most... Continue reading *“Watch the NFL Playoffs — The League is Fleecing You Whether You Do or Not”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Dilbert’s Creator Explains How to Manage Your Money

The New York Times at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: money] Managing your money should be pretty straightforward, but that doesn't make the task all that easy. That's the biggest takeaway from the handful of simple financial instruction lists making the rounds among the New Year's resolution set. One list comes... Continue reading *“Dilbert’s Creator Explains How to Manage Your Money”* at *nytimes.com*.

The Impending U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Shortage In The Pacific And Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 31, 2011) Sailors and Marines render honors as the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) passes the USS Arizona Memorial while entering Pearl Harbor for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin B. Gray/Released) — US Navy *Dave Majumdar, National Interest:* *U.S. Navy's Dangerous Carrier Shortage in the Pacific* The U.S. Navy is facing a looming shortage of aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific and the Middle East this year. That could mean the contested waters around China, as well as the war against the ISIS terr... more »

Silently Protesting Muslim Woman Ejected from Trump Rally

CNN at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Muslim Woman Trump protest] Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of Donald Trump’s campaign event on Friday by police after she stood up in silent protest during Trump’s speech. Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant sitting in... Continue reading *“Silently Protesting Muslim Woman Ejected from Trump Rally”* at *cnn.com*.

New US Security Law On Visa Waiver Program Is Not So Helpful

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
After the San Bernardino Terrorist attacks, a new law has been passed by US lawmakers that amended the visa waiver program in order to provide enhanced security. The new law, known as HR 158, restricts a group of people and certain nationalities from automatically gaining access to US soil without a thorough background check. While the US tries to combat the threat posed by the Islamic State, it could at the same time be hindering its own progress in opening up to a whole group of moderate Muslims. The new law is unfairly branding journalists, humanitarian aid workers, business exec...more »

12 Key Numbers from Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood] Planned Parenthood's financial profits are on the decline, according to the group's latest annual report, which showed the group is seeing fewer patients seeking fewer services. While profits and private contributions are waning, government assistance rose by $25.3 million in... more »

The Freshman with More Senate Sway Than Cruz or Rubio

Politico at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Mike Lee Utah] Other Senate Republicans used to privately call Mike Lee “Robin” to Ted Cruz’s “Batman” -- just another freshman rabble-rouser and orchestrator of the GOP strategy that led to the 2013 government shutdown. But as Cruz built a national reputation of... Continue reading *“The Freshman with More Senate Sway Than Cruz or Rubio”* at *politico.com*.

How Does El Nino Affect UK Weather?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood There has been a lot of talk about the effect that El Nino is having on UK weather. The general view seems to be that it has at the very least spiced up the wet and stormy weather in the last month, but that it would also lead to a much […]

Margeret Spellings Hires Company to Provide Cover for Coming Onslaught at UNC

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
An anonymous billionaire has paid the bill for Margaret Spellings to hire the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to conduct "a study" and make recommendations for business-friendly changes at UNC. BCG has been described as an international consulting firm with "its own distinct and one-dimensional ideological framework, promoting a particular set of public policy choices." BCG, in fact, is the brain trust that may be credited with the charter school system that sprang up in NOLA following Katrina. From the News & Observer: The study was Spellings’ idea. The first step, she said, is to... more »

Angela Merkel Does U-Turn On Immigration After Cologne Sex Attacks

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Chancellor Angela Merkel is thinking about changing the law on immigration to allow criminals to be expelled from Germany faster than before. It follows, after reports of mass sexual assaults and alleged rapes at the hands of immigrants from the Middle East and north Africa on Christmas Eve in Cologne come to light. The attacks have provoked a debate in Germany, who has so far been welcoming in accepting refugees and immigrants flooding into Europe. The Independent reports: In light of claims that a large number of the attackers were of North African and Arab appearance, politicians... more »

Do Soldiers Miss Being In A War Zone?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A group of Royal Marines reservists and colleagues from 40 Commando Royal Marines took part in Exercise Black Alligator 13 in the Mojave Desert in California at the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre in Twentynine Palms. Source: gov.uk *Nolan Peterson, Daily Signal*: *Why Soldiers Miss War* Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Martin parked the truck outside the concrete slabs arranged in a defensive perimeter around the tactical operations center at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan. A layer of fine brown dust hung in the air. Out in the distance, high, snow-capped mountains... more »

U.S. And The Coalition Are Escalating Their Propaganda War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S.-led coalition warplanes dropped leaflets over the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa. (Twitter: raqqa_mcr) *Daily Caller*: *US-Led Warplanes Drop Grisly Comic Over ISIS’ Capital, Warning ‘Freedom Will Come’* Coalition warplanes dropped leaflets over Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria, depicting dead jihadis and promising freedom is coming. Anti-Islamic State activist in Raqqa, Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, posted the leaflet on Twitter Saturday. Slain Islamic State militants, marked by the group’s flag, are strewn on the roadside as Kurdish fighters from the YPG militia walk victorious... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Gen. Russel Honore talks documentary 'After the Spill' ~Lauren McCoy, brproud.com*

Evangelical Meeting Denies Place to Students for Life Because It’s Not ‘Advancing God’s Global Mission’

LifeSite at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Hawkins2_810_500_55_s_c1] January 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - At times, monitoring liberal accommodations within Christian communities is disheartening. Now is one of those times. Last week, I broke the news here at LifeSiteNews that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana15 keynote speaker, Michelle Higgins, reduced pro-life... Continue reading *“Evangelical Meeting Denies Place to Students for Life Because It’s Not ‘Advancing God’s Global Mission’”* at *lifesitenews.com*.

More Headline Predictions for 2016: The Not-So-Serious Sequel

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton - 900] I already made a bunch of headline predictions for 2016. But there are more where that came from, and some pretty silly ones at that. We’re living in stranger-than-fiction times, so who knows, maybe the strange list that follows will prove more accurate... more »

‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Desire to Make Biopic Helped Lead to His Capture

ABC News at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: AP Mexico Drug Lord] The desire to have a movie made about his life helped Mexican authorities capture drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who had been on the run since his Hollywood-esque prison escape last summer. Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez said Friday... Continue reading *“‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Desire to Make Biopic Helped Lead to His Capture”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

Brazil Fines Nestle & Pepsi For Concealing GMOs

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Six major food manufacturers, including Nestle and PepsiCo, have been fined by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice for concealing the presence of GMOs in their products. The companies are facing fines ranging from $277,400 to just over $1 million, amounting to $3 million in total, according to Telesur, who report: The decision was reached as a result of an inspection carried out by Brazil’s Consumer Protection Agency Senacon in 2010, which found that GMOs had been used in cake mixes, snacks and various other products being sold in the country’s supermarkets. Senacon accuse the compani...more »

Weekend reads: A celebrity surgeon’s double life; misconduct in sports medicine; researcher loses honor

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
This week at Retraction Watch featured a literally bullshit excuse for fake data, a new record for time from publication to retraction, and news of an upcoming retraction from Science. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “The Celebrity Surgeon Who Used Love, Money, and the Pope to Scam an NBC News Producer:” In Vanity Fair, Adam […] The post Weekend reads: A celebrity surgeon’s double life; misconduct in sports medicine; researcher loses honor appeared first on Retraction Watch.

NC Gov Cancels Charter Report Because of Facts

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
The leader of the North Carolina Taliban, Governor Dan Forest, has put a halt to a state charter school report because he finds the facts offensive. The governor has ordered that some sweet-sounding speculation be added to go with the harsh facts associated with the charter resegregation process underway in North Carolina schools: Forest said a primary concern about the report was that it cited a study last year by Duke University researchers who wrote that "the charter schools in North Carolina are increasingly serving the interests of relatively able white students in racially i... more »

Rubio’s Right: The Government Does Own Too Much Land, Explains Cato Economist

Chris White at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, 2016 Republican presidential candidate at a meet and greet at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.] While conservationists have criticized Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for saying the federal government controls too much land, one economist says Rubio is right, and his critics on the issue are "misguided." "Increasing federal control over America's lands is misguided for... more »

New Leaders for a New Generation

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: FOCUS Summit] DALLAS — It’s the Sunday after New Year’s, and the closer we get to midnight, the more college students are filling the Trinity ballroom at the enormous Hilton Anatole hotel here. About 3,000 young people are here ringing in the... more »

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Hasn't Been Arrested Yet-- What's Going On?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
December 17 was the day we first wrote about the drinking water disaster in Flint, Michigan by contrasting the arrest of multimillionaire Martin Shkreli with the hands-off policy of law enforcement agencies towards Rick Snyder, responsible for poisoning the city of Flint, Michigan. Maddow was on the case very quickly and has stayed on the case... very doggedly. As you'll recall, Snyder's administration keep reassuring Flint residents that the water was perfectly safe and that nay-sayers were crackpots and troublemakers for months and months before they finally admitted something ... more »

Anti-Fracking Campaigner Detained Under The Terrorism Act

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
A prominent anti-fracking campaigner was detained under the Terrorism Act by Devon and Cornwall police at Exeter airport just before Christmas. Ian Crane who presents the weekly web broadcast Fracking Nightmare, says he was detained for two hours under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 after his return from Amsterdam on December 20th. Drill or Drop reports: The Network for Police Monitoring, Netpol, said the incident was further “alarming evidence” that opponents of fracking were being targeted as “domestic extremists”. It follows Netpol’s recent publication of a recording in wh... more »

This Is Where China Will Be Putting Its Gold

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Zero Hedge:* *China's Largest Bank Is Mystery Buyer Of Massive 1,500 Ton Gold Vault In London* Back in June 2013, when Deutsche Bank opened a gold vault in Singapore which could hold up to 200 metric tons, the German bank was euphoric about the prospects for storing physical gold: "Gold has traditionally been stored in London, Zurich and New York, but there is a serious shift in dynamics going on as the global financial crisis continues to evolve," Mark Smallwood, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management's head of wealth planning in the Asia-Pacific region, told The Wall Street Journal... more »

Economic News, Data & Views ( January 9 , 2016 ) Asia / Emerging Nations Overview ( 1. Oil Price Impacts on Emerging Economies. 2. Brazil Economic Travails In Focus . 3. China Items Of Note - Roller Coaster First Week for Chinese Equities. 4. South African Rand Slam - Latest New Low Against Dollar After US Data On Friday. 5. Currencies Wrap For The Week . 6. Commodities Wrap For The Week . 6. Global Equities Wrap- Latest Turmoil Takes All Indexes Except Russia and Ireland Below 200 day M.A . 7. Puerto Rico Items Of Note. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Asia/ Emerging Nations..... *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 46m 46 minutes ago The end of the #oil age: New oil price regime likely to continue to create fin stresses in Middle East. (via BofAML) [image: Embedded image permalink] *openDemocracy* ‏@openDemocracy 60m 60 minutes ago Understanding the fiscal crisis in #*Brazil* : a tale of two inflations http://bit.ly/1K2ospb [image: Embedded image permalink] *El País in EnglishVerified account* ‏@elpaisinenglish 59m 59 minutes ago How *Brazil*'s economic crisis is affecting plans for the Rio Olympic ... more »

California Sea Lions, the Blob, and Fukushima Daiichi

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 16 hours ago
Enenews has a headline on the ongoing mass mortality event for California sea lions (three years now of mass reproductive failures).: Sickened animals “unlike anything doctors have ever seen” on West Coast — “They’re eating themselves from the inside” — Cancers… liver, pancreas, intestines shut down… infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics — Unprecedented catastrophe to cause loss of 200,000 sea lions (VIDEO): http://enenews.com/sickened-animals-anything-doctors-along-west-coast-theyre-eating-inside-cancers-liver-pancreas-intestines-basically-shut-down-infested-parasites-i...more »

Collection from Mexico Papal Masses to Fund Migrant Centers That May Discourage Dangerous Trek to US Border

EWTN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Central American migrants Mexico] Funds raised during the collection in Pope Francis’ public Masses in Mexico have a special destination: they will be used to build two new welcoming centers for the country's large influx of immigrants. "On the occasion of the Extraordinary Holy... Continue reading *“Collection from Mexico Papal Masses to Fund Migrant Centers That May Discourage Dangerous Trek to US Border”* at *ewtnnews.com*.

Host of NBC’s Meet the Press Thinks ‘One Guy That Can Stop Trump is Cruz’

Breitbart at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] Friday on MSNBC's Morning Joe, the host of NBC's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd said the only person who can stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from winning the GOP nomination is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Host Joe Scarborough asked, "The... Continue reading *“Host of NBC’s Meet the Press Thinks ‘One Guy That Can Stop Trump is Cruz’”* at *breitbart.com*.

Koreas Slide into Cold War Standoff after Nuke Test by North

FOSTER KLUG & KIM TONG-HYUNG at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: A South Korean war veteran holds up a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea trumpets a hydrogen bomb test. South Korea responds by cranking up blasts of harsh propaganda from giant green speakers aimed across the world’s most dangerous border. Now Pyongyang warns of war, even as... more »

O’Malley Could Be Excluded from Upcoming Democratic Debate

KEN THOMAS at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, Martin O'Malley, second from left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, stand on stage with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during the Battle Born Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is at risk of being excluded from the next Democratic presidential debate based on criteria released Friday by NBC News. In order to qualify for the Jan. 17 debate in Charleston, South... more »

Cruz Slams Obama’s Plan to Leave SOTU Seat Empty for Gun Victims, Calls for Empty Seat for Unborn Children Killed

Politico at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz] Ted Cruz responded to the White House's announcement Friday that a seat in the first lady's guest box for Tuesday's State of the Union address will be left empty to honor victims of gun violence with a promise of his... Continue reading *“Cruz Slams Obama’s Plan to Leave SOTU Seat Empty for Gun Victims, Calls for Empty Seat for Unborn Children Killed”* at *politico.com* .

Merkel’s Party Calls for Tighter Laws on Asylum Seekers after Cologne Assaults

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Romania, Dacian Ciolos, as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.] BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is calling for stricter laws regulating asylum seekers after a string of New Year’s Eve sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne blamed largely on foreigners. The reports of the attacks on women by... more »

Is BBC Radio 4 comedy getting less biased?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
There's a characteristically considered and fair-minded piece by Sarah AB over at *Harry's Place *discussing "the BBC, the resignation - and comedy Corbyn" which I'd urge you to read when you have a moment. She thinks that Labour is "certainly making too much of a meal of this", but doesn't wholly agree with "those scoffing that there was absolutely nothing noteworthy - or irritation-worthy - (from Labour's point of view) about the way the news broke"... ...which is pretty much my position on the matter too. She's certainly no Corbynista herself, but she also thinks that the BBC ... more »

CRITICAL ALERT! LA Methane Catastrophe!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
State of Emergency now underway for L.A. gas blowout — Oil begins raining down on homes — Official: “It’s on the brink of pandemonium” — Many worry plume will ignite, cause explosion — Concern over geysers, sinkholes being created — Company: Experts have “never seen anything like this” (VIDEO) *Folks, if you're there, get out, now!* Infrared aerial footage filmed Dec. 17, 2015, shows potent, climate-damaging methane gases escaping from a massive natural gas leak at a storage facility in California’s Aliso Canyon. This began in September, why haven't we known about this before now?!...more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*UK: Fanatics' campaign of hate on campus is revealed: Islamic zealots who backed Jihadi John are poisoning the minds of students* The notorious organisation that backed Jihadi John is now targeting young Muslims at their universities in a sinister campaign, the Mail can reveal. CAGE – the group that provoked horror after calling the Islamic State killer a ‘beautiful young man’ – was involved in at least 13 student events last term. Its representatives are being given unchallenged platforms at campuses across the country. They are using them to tell young Muslims to sabotage the... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Can a few degrees of global temperature change make a big difference?* It is rare to get fact-based comments from Leftists on any of my blogs. As other conservative bloggers will confirm, enraged and irrational abuse is what one normally gets. Which tells you a lot about the Green/Left. Their rage and hate make the horrors of Soviet Russia and Maoist China understandable. So I was surprised and interested to find that, although he was abusive, one commenter did actually make an apparently rational argument. He said: "The average global temp of the last ice age was only a fe... more »

Is Germany donating Cologne to Arab, African thugs?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
On New Year's Eve, two railway stations in Munich were evacuated because of expected imminent terrorist attacks. At the end, they didn't take place. Instead, other German cities have suffered from some "milder" criminal activity. Lots of women were groped and robbed by the Arab and North African men. Cologne was the main but far from only city whose New Year celebrations were tainted by these crimes. The Cologne Cathedral is Germany's most visited landmark. It is somewhat similar to the Prague Castle's St Vitus Cathedral and receives the same number of 20,000 tourists a day. (But th... more »

MENA Report ( January 9 , 2015 ) 1. Iraq/ Syria Regional War - Battlefield And Political Updates. 2. ISIS Regional And Global Battle And State Of Play With Turkey . 3. Refugee Related Matters / Concerns. 4. Yemen In Focus - Battlefield/ A.Q / Political Situation. 5. Libya situation - Battlefield & Political Situation Updates. 6. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Links...... *Former Yemen President Rejects Talks With Govt* *Erdogan: ISIS Attack 'Vindicates' Troops to Iraq* *Obama Unveils 'Propaganda' Task Force to Combat ISIS* *US Drone Strike Kills 17 ISIS Militants in Afghanistan* 112 Killed Across Iraq Special Forces Target ISIS in Hawija, Iraq Official Says Ramadi, Reclaimed by Iraq, Is in Ruins After ISIS Fight Aid to Be Delivered to Starving Syrian Towns as Early as Sunday Migrants 'Face Beatings, Abuse' Trying to Enter Spanish Territory Hundreds of Syrians Are Turned Back at Beirut Airport S... more »

The U.S. Air Force's Top 10 Priciest Planes (to Fly)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
* Introducing the U.S. Air Force's Top 10 Priciest Planes (to Fly) * from *The Motley Fool* *Motley Fool*: *Introducing the U.S. Air Force's Top 10 Priciest Planes (to Fly)* Which company makes them, how expensive are they -- and what does all this mean for investors? According to the U.S. Air Force, it costs anywhere from $700 million to $840 million per year to operate and maintain America's fleet of 300-odd A-10 Warthog bombers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office says USAF overstates the case, but if that number is accurate, the Air Force could skip hiring Boeing (NYS... more »

Prince Fatty vs The Beatles - A Day In The Dub / Sam Redmore Mashup on YouTube

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/rIy_uwDV0qY This is really good!

Attacks from two sides

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
The big 'BBC bias' story on the domestic front this week has been the extraordinary row between Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and the BBC over *that *deleted blog on the BBC's College of Journalism website by Andrew Alexander, an output editor for the *Daily* and *Sunday Politics*, entitled *Resignation! Making the news on the Daily Politics*: Wednesday is always an important day for the Daily Politics because we carry Prime Minister's Questions live, which brings with it our biggest audience of the week and, we hope, a decent story. As I arrived at Millbank at 7am it was clear th... more »

Rounding up again: Post Coloniality on the way!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*A pro-KMT concert here in Taichung. Billed as a nostalgic visit to the past through song, nothing describes the KMT better than a bunch old singers crooning tunes from the 70s and 80s. Many thanks to Drew K for sending this around, as he noted, looking backward to the glorious and idealized past is very Confucian. * *THINGS TO COME*: This piece from a Canadian academic on the elections is first class. It correctly describes the DPP as pro-Taiwan and ends... But while the KMT (and the Pan Blue camp) has weathered several political crises in the past, it has never faced the very lik... more »

The U.S. Navy Tries To Keep Its Existing Fleet Flying While It Waits For Its F-35s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
An F/A-18 Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are under way on deployment supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. (Feb. 29, 2008) Wikimedia *Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics*: *The U.S. Navy Struggles to Keep Hornets Flying While the F-35 Stalls* *​The F-35 was supposed to be here by now​.* Faced with delays in the adoption of the F-35, the U.S. Navy is trying to keep F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighters flying until rep... more »

Birmingham teen lied about being punched in the face because she wore a hijab per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
This news is something that the pro Islamic immigration BBC won't be reporting. For the BBC an Islamophobic backlash is the biggest concern whenever some Islamists carry out another outrage. So this story of a Muslim making up an Islamophobic attack must be kept secret. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3390765/Birmingham-teenager-lied-punched-wearing-hijab-Paris-massacre.html

Will Washington Ultimately Be Forced To Side With Saudi Arabia Over Iran In A War?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
*"*By almost any standard, Iranian society is far closer to ours than Saudi society. Years of religious rule have made Iranians highly secular. The call to prayer is almost never heard in Iran. In Saudi Arabia, by contrast, it dominates life, and all shops must close during designated prayer breaks. Iranian women are highly dynamic and run many businesses. Saudi women may not even drive or travel without a man’s permission. The 9/11 attacks were planned and carried out mainly by Saudis; Tehran was the only capital in the Muslim world where people gathered spontaneously after the att... more »

Here Are Five Big National Security Challenges For 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
President Obama meeting in the Oval Office in late August with his national security advisers to discuss strategy on Syria, in a photo released by the White House. Credit Pete Souza/White House *James M. Lindsay, Council On Foreign Relations*:* Five Big National Security Challenges for 2016* On Tuesday, CFR.org posted an interview I did previewing the year ahead. My take in a nutshell: 2016 is shaping up to be a tumultuous year. The list of problems is long: a resurgence in terrorism, chaos in the Middle East, tensions in Asia, and sluggish global economic growth. All of this will ... more »

Tulips in the snow

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
The same edition of BBC One's *News at Six *as Jenny Hill's piece from Cologne featured another emotionally-charged report on the migrant crisis (obviously with no connections made between the two items). It contained many familiar features of BBC reporting on this theme. The programme's opening headlines gave its angle: An increase in illness among migrants as they face freezing temperatures on the route to Europe. Against a backdrop featuring heart-tuggings images of children, including a toddler in the snow as its central image.... ...presenter Reeta Chakrabarti, donning a ... more »

After Cologne

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Nothing shows the crazy world we're living in than the official response to the waves of sex attacks in German cities on New Year's Eve by 'Arab and North African' gangs. It was as if the German authorities were re-playing, on fast forward, everything that happened in slow motion in places like Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and other British towns and cities, and for exactly the same reasons. As for the behaviour of the media: At first they told us nothing. Then, after social media sites and Breitbart began reporting what had happened, they began reporting it - four to five days af... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 20 hours ago
*Battle of New Orleans anniversary in Chalmette : Photos ~Brett Duke*

What To Expect In Ukraine In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Alexei Nikolsky *Aaron Korwea, Atlantic Council:* *What Will 2016 Mean for Ukraine?* In 2015, Ukraine proved it wasn't a pushover. The country united in the face of Russian aggression and Russian President Vladimir Putin learned that if he wanted his Novorossiya project, it was going to cost him more than a few little green men. Notably, the war in Ukraine was completely absent from Putin's December 2015 address to the Russian Federal Assembly, in contrast to the one he gave in 2014, where it was the main subject. Of course, that may be part of a plan to ensure that Ukr... more »

Chinese artist Wen Fuliang of Shaanxi Province - intricate and precious - egg shell carvings.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
Chinese artist Wen Fuliang, of Shaanxi Province, was laid off from his job ten years ago as a wood carver and turned to the unusual and skillful hobby of creating intricate sculptures from “egg shells” to make ends meet. He uses chicken, goose and duck eggshells for his painstaking artistic creations carving out animal designs and places of interest, such as the iconic Dayan Pagoda in Xi’an.

Norway steals 5 children from a family 'cause parents are Christians

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*Global opposition towards fascist policies grows* Czechs know the Barnevernet, "The Bureau for the Protection of Children" in Norway, primarily because of its decision to steal two sons from Ms Eva Michaláková, a Czech mother who has lived in Norway for years, while using accusations that were refuted in the courts. More. Barnevernet is taking kids away from thousands of families every year and it's estimated that the organization currently "takes care" of 70,000 children. To compare, a similar organization Lebensborn has "created" only 8,000 government-optimized kids in Germany ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: January 9, 2015

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: PTC Milton Cook Vietnam Operation Cedar Falls - 900] On 8 Jan. 1967, “C” Co., 2nd Bn., 5th Mech Inf. Bde., 25th Inf. Div., operated as a blocking force on Operation Cedar Falls in the Filhol Plantation by the Saigon River, ten (10) miles northeast of their base camp...more »

U.S. Transfers Another Guantanamo Inmate (To Kuwait)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Photo:* Fayiz al-Kandari *Long War Journal:** ‘High risk’ Guantanamo detainee transferred to Kuwait* The Defense Department announced today that Fayez al Kandari, who was detained at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait. The Pentagon cited a Sept. 8, 2015 decision by the Periodic Review Board (PRB) as justification for Kandari’s transfer. The PRB “determined that continued law of war detention of [Kandari] does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.” Therefore, the review b... more »

Ex turpi doctrine does not shield auditor from claim for not uncovering fraud by corporate management brought by corporation seeking recovery

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 21 hours ago
Livent Inc. v. Deloitte & Touche, 2016 ONCA 11: [153] The trial judge quoted with approval, at para. 272, Lord Mance's observation, made at para. 241 of *Stone & Rolls *in dissent, that the "very thing" an auditor undertakes is to exercise reasonable care in relation to the possibility of financial impropriety. Lord Mance said: Leaving aside situations in which the directing mind(s) is or are the sole beneficial shareholder(s), it is obvious ... that *an auditor cannot*, by reference to the *maxim ex turpi causa*, *defeat a claim for breach of duty in failing to detect manager... more »

How Do You Train A Dog To Sniff-Out Bombs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Photo credit: Sgt. Joshua LaPere for the U.S. Army *Priceonomics:* *How Do You Train a Dog to Sniff Bombs?* To a well-trained dog, nothing is more exciting than finding a bomb. When Lucca, a German shepherd–Belgian Malinois mix, smelled explosives in the Nahri Saraj District of Afghanistan in March 2012, her tail started wagging. She looked toward her handler, Marine Corporal Juan Rodriguez. He patted her side and said in a singsong voice, “Good girl, Lucca!” before alerting his unit that Lucca had found a hidden improvised explosive device. The thirteen-year war in Afghanistan w... more »

Fukushima Radiation Causing Mutation In U.S. Animals

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
A mountain lion with a second set of teeth growing out of its head was found in Idaho, which scientists are saying may have been caused by Fukushima nuclear radiation arriving from across the Pacific ocean. While experts have not been able to agree on the cause for the weird mutation, they fear that radiation may be the most obvious cause. Superstation95.com reports: Regional wildlife biologist Zach Lockyer told Idaho State Journal the unusual deformity had left experts stumped. ‘It’s a bizarre situation and a bizarre photo,’ he added. ‘We may never know why those teeth are there.’... more »

Soldier Blows The Whistle On Roswell: 500 Soldiers Saw UFOs

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
An ex-soldier has spoken out for the first time about a mass UFO sighting near Roswell, in which he says another 500 military personnel witnessed multiple UFOs in the New Mexico desert. The man, who is yet to be named, broke a 44-year silence over the incident and reported it to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) – the officially recognised body for UFO sightings. Humansarefree.com reports: In claims made last week he said the mysterious five hour-long event will haunt him until he dies. The veteran said in July 1971 he was in the US Army Air Defence Unit, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texa... more »

Germany Follows UK And Threatens To Ban Trump

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Germany are considering banning US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the country, following in the footsteps of the UK who are going to debate a ban in the Houses of Parliament later this month. Dieter Janecek of the Green Party says that Trump’s latest tweets in which he blamed migrants from the Middle East for the attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve is fuelling hatred against minorities and refugees, and could constitute a criminal offence of inciting hatred. Sputniknews.com reports: Janecek told the online version of Spiegel magazine that Trump’s “rant... more »

5 Bald Truths About the Oregon Standoff, Gun Rights, and Freedom

John Zmirak at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Oregon ranching standoff- 90000] To talk about the Oregon crisis, we need to get a few obvious truths out there for the record. So in case you were wondering: There is no good reason for Americans to brandish weapons while protesting government conduct. Perhaps in... more »

North Korea Threaten War Over South’s Propaganda Broadcasts

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
North Korea have threatened to go to war with South Korea on Saturday as the South have begun broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda at the border in response to the North’s latest hydrogen bomb test. North Korea have said the broadcasts are tantamount to an act of war. Yahoo News reports: When South Korea briefly resumed propaganda broadcasts in August after an 11-year break, Seoul says the two Koreas exchanged artillery fire. Speaking to a massive crowd at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, a top ruling party official said the broadcasts, along with talks between Washington and Seoul... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
.@CJTFOIR airstrikes are having a huge impact on anti-ISIL operations in Iraq and Syria. pic.twitter.com/vt1spEIK4Q — COL Steve Warren (@OIRSpox) January 8, 2016

ALF 4, Conference 2016 in Kuala Lumpur

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 23 hours ago
Aside from the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia annual conferences, the second biggest annual event for free market leaders, scholars and advocates in the region is the Asia Liberty Forum (ALF). Good opportunity to meet many like-minded people in the region plus friends from the US and Europe. Main sponsors this year are the Institute for Democracy and Econ. Affairs (IDEAS) in Kuala Lumpur, Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington DC, and Center for Civil Society (CCS) in Delhi. The 1st and 2nd ALF in 2013 and 2014 were held in Delhi, India. The 3rd ALF in 2015 was held ... more »

To Rise Above Nature

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 23 hours ago
“Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.” ~ Katherine Hepburn, as Miss Rose Sayer, in *The African Queen*, 1951 Following is the transcript for my segment this week on ExtinctionRadio, which can be heard at the website. Thank you Gene, and welcome listeners. I would like to dedicate this 20th Dispatch from the Endocene to David MacPhail, a much respected member of a Facebook group called The Panic Room. He passed away in November, in his adopted country of Nicaragua. David typically chose, almost daily, a photograph of an endangered or extinct ... more »

Every Oligarchy Gets the Castellan it Deserves

Spike EP at News Spike - 23 hours ago
*KELNER: *Oh, Doctor! President. *DOCTOR:* Castellan, is the Chancellor still in his office? *KELNER: *Yes, your Excellency. *DOCTOR: *Good. Castellan, as Castellan you are responsible for security on Gallifrey in general and for my safety in particular, are you not, Castellan? *KELNER: *That is so, Excellency. *DOCTOR:* Castellan, I don't think you're very good at it. That's just my opinion, I'm only the President. Still, every oligarchy gets the Castellan it deserves, eh, Castellan? *KELNER:* Er... *DOCTOR:* Yes, well, never mind. Just clear up the mess when you've got a m... more »

'American Sniper' Widow Taya Kyle Takes On President Obama At Town Hall On Guns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The Hill:* *'American Sniper' widow questions Obama on gun control* President Obama fielded a question during his town hall on guns Thursday night from Taya Kyle, the widow of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who was portrayed in the blockbuster film "American Sniper." "I think that your message of hope is something I agree with. I think it's great. And I think that by creating new laws you do give people hope," Taya Kyle told Obama during the town hall on CNN. "The thing is that the laws we create don't stop these horrific things from happening, right? And that's a very tough pill ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. Air Force C-17 prepares to depart Iraq with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Jan. 8, 2016. During the trip, Dunford met with U.S. and coalition leaders in Germany, Iraq and Turkey to assess the progress of counter-ISIL efforts. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

The Four Freedoms and The Economic Bill of Rights

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
"It is our duty now to begin to lay plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high the general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people, whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth – is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed and insecure. This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights – among them the right of free speech, free press, free... more »

Beautiful Snowy Owl Caught on Traffic Cam in Montreal, Canada

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
I've seen these beauties in the real world. And they are every bit as awesome as they appear in the video and image below. What's interesting about the Snowy Owl? It has always been known as an Arctic Circle Bird. *Residing in the Arctic Circle.* But, it has moved further and further south. They have been around these parts for about 3 years now? Causing quite a stir when they first appeared. It seemed the colder the winter here in Southern Ontario, the more Arctic Birds we had? *Snowy Owl fly by:* *Our Niagara: Snowy Owl in Niagara on the Lake* St. Catharines photographe... more »

This Map Illustrates The Growing Proxy War Between Iran And Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Emmanuel Pene/Agathocle de Syracuse/The Maghreb and Orient Courier *Business Insider*: *This map shows the brewing proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia* Throughout the wider Middle East, numerous countries are being wracked by unrest and civil conflict. And, in a majority of the conflicts, the ongoing crises can be seen as an expansion of a proxy war between two of the region's main powers. On the one hand, Shiite Iran has been expanding its influence in Iraq and Yemen while trying to keep its influence in Syria intact through the support of the Sy... more »

Joe Sestak-- A Critical Thinker Who's Never Going To Turn Into A Schumercrat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
A Schumercrat, a Democrat and a Republican When I first met Joe Sestak, he was overcoming the opposition of DCCC chairman Rahm Emanuel to his run for Congress in 2006 against corrupt Republican slug Curt Weldon. Sestak ousted the entrenched incumbent 56-44%, which Emanuel was happy to take credit for. Sestak was in the first batch of candidates Blue America endorsed, a full decade ago. He was completely organized and expected the people who worked for him worked as hard as he did-- just the right kind of candidate. Once he entered Congress, he always seemed like a pretty good congres... more »

Is Saudi Arabia More Dangerous Than Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A region on the brink. (Reuters/Danish Ismail) *Saeed Khan, Quartz:* *Iran is dangerous—but Saudi Arabia is even worse* Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr was designed to provoke Iran into an expansion of military engagement. That’s an unsettling strategy–but true nonetheless. The initial reaction to the kingdom’s decision was relatively minor—a few Molotov cocktails were lobbed at its embassy in Tehran. But a chain reaction of diplomatic fallout has unfolded over the past few days. Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic relations with Iran; oil allies ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* China's Largest Bank Is Mystery Buyer Of Massive 1,500 Ton Gold Vault In London "Death To Saudi Arabia": Thousands Of Iranians Pour Into The Streets In Anti-Saudi Protests Doctors Urge California Residents "Leave Now...While You Can" As Gas Leak Fears Grow "Ms. Merkel Invited Me": Refugee Sex Assaults Reported In Finland, Switzerland, Austria The Hedge Fund Known As The Swiss National Bank Posts A Record $23 Billion Loss, Down 4%, On EUR, AAPL, VRX In Q4 When 282,000 Average Jobs Were Supposedly Added, The Atlanta Fed Sees GDP At A Paltry 0.8% Here's footage of ... more »

The CDC needs to take a good look at the scientific evidence on salt

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 1 day ago
A publication called Healthline has a CDC report up which claims, “Americans are consuming too much salt.” The trouble, according to the CDC, is that Americans eat a lot of processed foods which are loaded with sodium. *A **new report** from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that roughly 90 percent of people in the United States — regardless of age, race, or gender — consume more than the 2,300 mg daily recommended amount of sodium. That’s only a teaspoon of table salt.* *CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden called it “alarming” that nine out of 10 adults a... more »

Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Anna Hunt* - Is your passion for eating healthy foods manifesting into an eating disorder? The post Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder appeared first on Waking Times.

This Was The Moment When President Obama Decided Not To Intervene In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) walks with Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, through the colonnade of the White House in Washington February 12, 2013. *Business Insider:* *This was the moment Obama decided not to intervene in Syria* US President Barack Obama decided to delay launching airstrikes against the Syrian government in 2013 during a walk in the White House garden with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, according to an in-depth profile of McDonough from Politico Magazine's Glenn Thrush. After Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces killed more than 1,300... more »

Iraq Official Says US Is Aiding ISIS - NO Shock Here!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
It is so amazing how people are still badly brainwashed by the Jew spew media lies, especially when the lying sack of crap reporters continue to push forward their phoney stories concerning that very fraudulent "terrorist" group called "ISIS"..... I and others have tried for years now to show hard evidence that this "ISIS" is absolutely not a "threat" to anyone, and is nothing more than a pure piece of US/Israel propaganda to strike fear into the general public... Sadly too many gullible people fall for that fear and are blindly willing to surrender their very freedoms for the LIE o... more »

Almost 5 Years After Libya Was Destroyed By US/Israel/NATO Cabal, What That Nation Looks Like Now

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
It was the summer of 2011when the Rothschild banking criminal cartel that runs the European Union demanded that their slaves and minions basically go into Libya and not only have that peaceful and prosperous nation destroyed, but to have Muhammar Ghadaffi murdered and his several hundred tons of Gold Bullion confiscated.... It was a preplanned brutal attack basically because Ghadaffi, in spite of the lies coming out by the Jew spew media that he was "evil", was the greatest leader the Libyan people had ever known and was working for the betterment of the Libyans which of course was s... more »

Republican Establishment Ready To Give Up Yet?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Thursday saw Herr Trumpf trolling tweeting out helpful suggestions to the opponents he wants to bury: Jeb should stop being ashamed he's a Bush, Cruz should start a court case about his eligibility. One of the *NY Times*' resident wing-nuts, Ross Douthat, started his column Thursday by flatly stating that Herr Trumpf "isn’t going to be the Republican nominee." People in his world think he's delusional. After all, the Republican Party establishment doesn't seem to have what Douthat refers to as "a coherent plan to cut into his support." He gets some solace from Joe Trippi's observ... more »

The U.S. Air War Against The Islamic State Is Expanding

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post:* *How the Air Force war against the Islamic State has expanded, in one graphic* New statistics released by the Air Force suggest the air war against the Islamic State militant group is expanding — perhaps even more so than most observers realize. For only the second time since Operation Inherent Resolve began in August 2014, the service dropped more than 3,000 munitions in one month in December. The other time? The month prior, in November 2015. The statistics are available online, but Checkpoint has compiled them in this chart for easier understanding. A caveat... more »

Tonight's Movie Is A Farewell to Arms (1957)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
From *YouTube*: Set against the backdrop of the Italian front during World War I, an American Army volunteer (Rock Hudson) meets a British nurse (Jennifer Jones) on the eve of the big offensive in the Alps and they fall passionately in love. Torn apart, then reunited, they escape to Switzerland to await the birth of their child - and the tragic conclusion to their once-in-a-lifetime romance.

Musical Interlude: Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf_dQk9iaSY

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Often imaged but rarely mentioned, Messier 43 is a large star forming region in its own right. It's just part of the star forming complex of gas and dust that includes the larger, more famous neighboring Messier 42, the Great Orion Nebula. In fact, the Great Orion Nebula itself lies off the lower edge of this scene. The close-up of Messier 43 was made while testing the capabilities of a near-infrared instrument with one of the twin 6.5 meter Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes. *Click image for larger size.* The composite image shifts the otherwise i... more »

Chet Raymo, “Tread Softly”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Tread Softly”* by Chet Raymo “It has become something of a habit here to comment on the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), usually to call attention to something not mentioned in the caption. Recently it was Kemble's Cascade, an unusual (and accidental) alignment of about twenty stars in the constellation Camelopardalis (the Giraffe), now high in the northern sky in the evening. (Click to enlarge.) First, note that none of the stars in this view are likely to be seen with the naked eye. There are no stars in the constellation brighter than the 4th magnitude, which means from a t... more »

"Questioning Everything: Keeping Our Minds Supple"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Questioning Everything: Keeping Our Minds Supple"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Being open-minded means that we are willing to question everything, including those things we take for granted. A lot of people feel threatened if they feel they are being asked to question their cherished beliefs or their perception of reality. Yet questioning is what keeps our minds supple and strong. Simply settling on one way of seeing things and refusing to be open to other possibilities makes the mind rigid and generally creates a restrictive and uncomfortable atmosphere. We all know someone w... more »

Satire: “Poll: Republicans Would Rather Actually Be Shot by Gun Than Agree with Obama”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Poll: Republicans Would Rather Actually * *Be Shot by Gun Than Agree with Obama”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “A day after President Obama held a nationally televised town hall about guns in America, a new poll shows that a majority of Republicans would rather actually be shot by a firearm than agree with him.In an indication of the challenges facing the President in persuading Republicans, those surveyed named a wide variety of specific guns that they would choose to be personally shot by rather than seeing eye to eye with Obama. When asked to state their p... more »

Jan 8: Justin is turning out as I expected.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
“P.M. told to deepen ties to Saudi Arabia.” The advice comes from 'federal officials'. And if we are being told about it, it's a safe bet it's because we're being softened up to expect it to happen. Why should we deepen ties to Saudi Arabia? Well, it's a powerful state in the Persian Gulf. It's oil rich, and that would guarantee our energy future. There's really nothing in this story about people, about their needs, about the effect this would be likely to have on us. It's really about the interests of people who have a lot of money. In that respect, the values in this proposal are ... more »

Agribusiness And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 1 day ago
Global Research, RINF, Countercurrents, CounterPunch Request for support US citizens constitute 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of global energy. On average, one person in the US consumes as much energy as two Japanese, six Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians and 370 Ethiopians. The US is able to consume at such a level because the dollar serves as the world reserve currency. This means high demand for it is guaranteed as most international trade (especially oil) is carried out using the dollar. US dominance and wealth accum... more »

A common example of how crazy our system of justice can be

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 1 day ago
The president of the United States stole his dog's football? You know you are a leftist if you think we should not be holding unmedicated psychotic people in locked psychiatric facilities. You know you are a rightist if you think crazy people who commit crazy crimes belong in prison. You know you are sane if you think our system is crazy. A fairly good example of a crazy person who is going to go to prison but should have been kept in a locked psychiatric facility is Scott D. Stockert of Dickinson, North Dakota. Here is what the Washington Post reports he is accused of doing: *O... more »

Scientists Say Yellowstone May Be About To Blow, Killing Millions

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists at the site of “supervolcano” Yellowstone have warned that there is a chance the volcano could erupt this volcano season, which would end up killing millions of people worldwide, and devastating the planet. The scientists have warned that instances of volcanic eruptions are their highest for 300 years at the moment, and there is a 10% change of Yellowstone erupting this year. Experts at the European Science Foundation have pointed out that Super-volcanoes like the one at Yellowstone National Park, pose a much greater threat to Earth and humans than asteroids, earthquakes... more »

NASA Images Show Ancient Human Settlement In Antarctica

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
New NASA photographs by Operation IceBridge Mission in Antarctica has revealed what some experts believe to be the existence of an ancient human settlement lying beneath 2.3 kilometers of ice. The groundbreaking discovery was made during aircraft test trials of NASA’s Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) lidar technology set to be launched on the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) in 2017, that sets out to monitor changes in polar ice. “There’s very little margin for error when it comes to individual photons hitting on individual fiber optics, that ... more »

NASA Claim “Dozens” Of Advanced Civilisations Existed Before Us

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A new NASA study suggests that dozens of previous advanced civilisations much like ours once existed on Earth, but they all came to an abrupt end. The study suggests that humanity as we know it could come to an end in the next few decades based on patterns they have seen with previous civilisations on Earth. Fabweb.org reports: If we look back in history, 3000 – 5000 years, we will find a historical record that clearly shows us how advanced and complex civilizations were just as susceptible to collapse as we are today. This ongoing pattern has led researchers to question the future... more »

After 20,000 US bombs On Daesh, Recruitment Numbers Remain Same

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Pentagons numbers for US success in bombing Daesh terrorists in Syria does not add up, according to a report. For every terrorist killed by the US air campaign in Syria another is recruited to take his place. Sputnik reports: Since the US began military operations in Syria, the Pentagon’s strategy has been to kill every individual associated with the Daesh terrorist group, also known as IS/the Islamic State. “If you’re part of ISIL, we will kill you. That’s our rule,” Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters earlier this week. Most importantly ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Joshua Keating, Slate*: *Destroying Towns to Save Them From ISIS* In 1968, following the heavy U.S. bombing of the Viet Cong–held city of Ben Tre, the Associated Press’ Peter Arnett quoted an anonymous U.S. major saying, “it became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” Though some have disputed the veracity of the quote, it became one of the iconic utterances of the Vietnam War, symbolizing the U.S. military’s indifference to civilian casualties. The line comes to mind after reading the New York Times’ description Thursday of Ramadi, which was mostly retaken by U.S.-backed I...more »

Doctors Tell California Residents “Leave Now”, Amid Deadly Gas Leak

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Following California Governor Jerry Brown’s state of emergency declaration on Wednesday due to the unstoppable methane gas leak, doctors in Southern California have warned residents that they must get out of California in order to avoid getting ill. The gas leak, originating from Aliso Canyon, is spewing out a plume of toxic chemicals all over Los Angeles county, and according to Los Angeles City Councilman, Mitchell Englander, the disaster amounts to a “BP oil spill on land, in a populated community“. Zerohedge.com reports: Aliso Canyon sits less than two and a half miles from Por... more »

News Censor Footage Of Bill Clinton Being Asked About Rape Claims

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An MSNBC news report edited out footage of a Daily Caller reporter confronting Bill Clinton on Juanita Broaddrick’s claims that Clinton had raped her. The Thursday afternoon broadcast featured the exchange between Bill Clinton and the reporter in its entirety during an earlier segment. Clinton was asked about Broaddrick in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a speech he gave in support of his wife’s presidential campaign. Freebeacon.com reports: The reporter, according to the Daily Caller, was its own Kerry Picket. In an article entitled “Bill Clinton Avoids Reporter’s Question About Ree... more »

Fake Tears And The Demolition Of The U.S. Constitution

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Obama was caught shedding fake crocodile tears during his speech on exercising his executive powers to ‘curb’ gun control earlier this week. Let’s face it, the NWO cabal has no choice but to use every trick of the political trade to legislate their unconstitutional gun control laws any way they can. Since the House is onto Obama’s cat ‘n’ mouse game, he is forced to ‘legislate’ via executive order. In so doing Obama has cast himself as the single most lawless president in U.S. history. As a result, he is stacking up a record of tyranny that only King George III might en... more »

Obama Vetoes Congress Obamacare Repeal

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Obama has vetoed a bill by Congress that aimed at repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. In a defiant veto message on Friday, the President said, “because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto.” Presstv.com reports: The president blasted the Republicans in Congress, who he said “have attempted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act over 50 times.” “Rather than refighting old political battles by once again voting to repeal basic protections that provide security for the ... more »

Iran: The Saudi Collapse Is Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A senior Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards in Iran has said that Saudi Arabia is on the brink of collapse following the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. General Hossein Salami warned on Friday that “The Al Saud will collapse in the near future if it keeps on its sectarian policies in the region,” adding that the “Saudi rulers will be buried under the avalanche that they have created”. Farsnews.com reports: General Salami’s remarks came after the Saudi government executed prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr on Saturday and sparked angry protes... more »

Overnight Hillary Email Dump: A Potential Smoking Gun

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day 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.] The State Department overnight released another 3,007 emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. According to State, this batch contains an additional 66 messages deemed classified at some level. However... more »

Congress Wastes No Opportunity to Grovel for Aerospace Industry

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Congressional Republicans are demanding more funding for America’s missile defense programs, even where there are records of their historic failures and ineffectiveness. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has the latest information on whom and for what lawmakers are lobbying.

I Am Not Afraid........The words of Joan Of Arc

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Source: *Quotes Booth G+*

A Note on Laura Kuenssberg and the BBC

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Bloody BBC, or Bastards Broadcasting Conservatism as they shall henceforth be known. They're biased against the Labour Party and will do anything to wreck Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, and derail the radical hopes his election has unleashed. That anything includes colluding/orchestrating the on-air resignation of Stephen Doughty (who?) from his shadow ministerial post moments before Prime Minister's Questions this Wednesday lunch time. According to the BBC's own (now withdrawn) *Daily Politics* blog post, Just before 9am we learned from Laura Kuenssberg, who comes on the programme ev... more »

R I S E !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

World News Briefs -- September 8, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Mexico recaptures drug boss 'Chapo' Guzman, president says* Mexico recaptured the world's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman with U.S. help in a violent standoff on Friday, six months after he humiliated President Enrique Pena Nieto by tunneling out of a maximum security prison. Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and who Pena Nieto first caught in February 2014, was captured in an early morning raid that killed five in the city of Los Mochis in the drug baron's native state of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico. "Mission accomplished: We have him," P... more »

The Pope’s Agonizing Dilemma

Catholic Herald at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pope Francis - 400] A new year, in the Church as elsewhere, is a time to take stock of past progress and evaluate future prospects. In the Vatican, as the Christmas festivities recede and the activities of the Curia resume their normal pace, all... Continue reading *“The Pope’s Agonizing Dilemma”* at *catholicherald.co.uk*.

Armed Group Not Ready to End Wildlife Refuge Occupation

MANUEL VALDES at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ryan Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, walks to a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, near Burns, Ore. A small, armed group occupying the wildlife preserve has said repeatedly that local people should control federal lands, but critics say the lands are already managed to help everyone from ranchers to recreationalists.] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to protest federal land management policies said Friday he and his followers are not ready to leave even though ... more »

Marine General Predicts Lower Standards for Women in Combat

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: military general - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top Marine general says he believes the military will eventually be pressured to lower standards for women if any significant number of them could advance in combat jobs like the Marine infantry. Gen. John Kelly, head... more »

Search For Survivors Stops After Missing Nordic Plane Found

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The mingled wreckage of a Bombardier CRJ 200 plane has been found after it disappeared from radar between Norway and Sweden. The converted freighter was on a mail transport flight when it sent out a distress signal at 11:31pm Thursday night. Rescue workers say there is no chance of finding any survivors at the crash site in the Swedish Lapland. The two pilots had taken off from the Norwegian airport of Gardermoen to transport mail to Tromsø, northern Norway. The Local Norway reports: West Atlantic — the plane’s operator — did not immediately identify the crew but said that the capta...more »

Jet Stream Changes Bringing In Much Colder Weather

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/north-atlantic-ssts-dropping-sharply/ Back on 29th December, I ran the animation of the forecast jet stream from netweather.tv. These showed the jet stream, moving much further south from the end of December position, that had persistently brought strong winds and a mild, moist airflow up from the south west. It was this […]

Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Guzman’s Capture a Victory for Citizens of US, Mexico

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto posted on his Twitter account, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, that drug lord Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman has been recaptured.] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison: (all times local) 3:22 p.m. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling the... more »

Personal Video Message 2: Freedom’s Foundation

James Robison at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Personal Video Message 2: Freedom’s Foundation] In this second in a series of video shorts, The Stream‘s founder and publisher James Robison discusses freedom’s foundation, our Ten Principles and his historic high-five with Pope Francis. Yesterday, James answered the question, “Why The Stream?”

Science retracting paper by chemists cut off from NSF funding

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 1 day ago
The National Science Foundation will no longer fund a pair of chemists who “recklessly falsified data,” according to a report from the NSF’s Office of Inspector General, unless they “take specific actions to address issues” in a 2004 Science paper. That paper is going to be retracted as soon as possible, Science told us. The co-authors that […] The post Science retracting paper by chemists cut off from NSF funding appeared first on Retraction Watch.

scum of the earth

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Men Waving Black ISIS Flags Attack Hotel Resort In Egypt

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Suspected Islamic State militants waving the black flag of ISIS have stormed a hotel beach resort in the Egyptian city of Hurghada. Three men waving black ISIS flags attacked the Bella Vista Hotel by the Red Sea with guns and knives. According to reports they opened fire at the entrance to the hotel. At least three tourists were stabbed by the attackers, who arrived at the resort by boat. The Express reports: .The assailants travelled by sea to carry out the shocking attack in the upmarket Bella Vista hotel which is popular with European tourists. Three tourists, two from Austria a... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Cusco, "Power Drums"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Not authentic or traditional Native American music, but fast paced, heart pounding new age sound. “Apurimac III: Nature- Spirit Pride” is an album by the German cross-cultural new age band Cusco. All tracks on this album are related to the Native American cultures of North America. The beats, chants, and flute works depict a Native American musical style, though are made more accessible to modern ears through the use of overtly synthesized instrumentation and percussive rhythms. Beautiful art are images of paintings by J.D. Challenger, Frank Howell, and Howard Terpning.” - https://... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Environmental Update, 1/8/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*California Methane Catastrophe:* • "Doctors Sound Alarm As State Of Emergency Declared Over CA Gas Leak: Leave Now" • State of Emergency now underway for L.A. gas blowout — Oil begins raining down on homes — Official: “It’s on the brink of pandemonium” — Many worry plume will ignite, cause explosion — Concern over geysers, sinkholes being created — Company: Experts have “never seen anything like this” (VIDEO) • “Governor Brown Declares A State Of Emergency” ◆ *Bridgeton, Missouri **Landfill **Radiation Fire: * "The Looming Environmental Disaster In Missouri That Nobody Is Talking Ab... more »

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