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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

12 Jan - am - Blogs I'm Following

1:06am MST

Military Photo of the Day: January 12, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 5 minutes ago
[image: Afghan Soldier and American-900] An Afghan air force member jumps into the arms of a U.S Air Force airman near Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 13, 2015. With so much tragic news still coming out of Afghanistan, it’s nice to see... more »

150 FBI Agents Are Working The Clinton Foundation Probe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 minutes ago
*Washington Examiner:* *'150 agents' working Clinton Foundation probe: Ex-U.S. atty* A former U.S. attorney said the FBI's reported investigation of "public corruption" at the Clinton Foundation has actually been going on for months, although it made headlines for the first time Monday. Joseph DiGenova, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, said the FBI's foundation probe "has reached such a proportion of inquiry that it's starting to sneak out," but that it was sparked months ago by information pulled from Hillary Clinton's private server and from the tax filings of corp... more »

Researchers See Promising Results in Treating Age-Related Decline in Muscle Mass and Power

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
This is very good news for the aging. Just restoring normal muscle strength allows the body to more easily support the rest of the organs and better yet to maintain bone strength. It also appears to be highly effective as well suggesting that a simple daily regimen will do. The fact is that nothing else is as important. A strong frame and muscle system allows plenty of other interventions to work out well. It does not inform us as to why these losses occur in the first place and intervening on all that is still the preferred protocol but this instead is an excellent substi... more »

Statin Exposed: Cholesterol Drugs Cause Rapid Aging, Brain Damage and Diabetes

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
It has turned out that best practice adds a matching dose of Coenzyme Q10 to directly offset the negative effects and i suspect that may well be enough as the described issues can be traced to such a deficiency. Of course we would like to be sure but so far it appears to hold up. To this point the argument still holds that statins are beneficial. Whether that will hold up over time remains to be seen. The drugs themselves are all now out of patent so their defense may not be so vigorous. . *Statin Exposed: Cholesterol Drugs Cause Rapid Aging, Brain Damage and Diabetes* ... more »

Fed Reserve Concludes Student Loans Linked to Rising Tuition Costs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
AS should be obvious, loan access allows rapid expansion of tuition fees. All unrelated to the lousy salaries paid to anyone else. It does not need a study by anyone to know what will happen and that expanding margins will be filled by rent seekers of all kinds calling themselves administrators. Fixing it all is a problem though. True competition has been avoided. What is true is that the process has become seriously too pricey and if anything, the providers have been even more abused financially unless their star adds to the marketing story. In the meantime, a third of the po... more »

Report Shows how Soviet Union and Russia duped the CIA for Decades

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
The first assumption regarding any double agent is that he is not loyal to you. To trust information thus provided is simply stupid. Yet it also provides a false sense of trade effectiveness that may support promotion. It is terribly easy to come along and to go along even when you know better. That a foreign agency is feeding you spies to recruit should be obvious. Anyone else is just worthless even when recruited. They all live in a world of been too good to be true. You must understand just this and learn to play along. What bothers me is just how inept the CIA actuall... more »

Using Tires to Create an Artificial Reef in Florida Was a Really Bad Idea

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
In a way i am both surprised and disappointed. First, surely some testing took place before they took off and did this. But obviously not. Second and way more important, the sea should rather quickly begin reducing the organics in the rubber ultimately leaving only the metal. If not, why not? Now we have a permanent annoyance to fish back out and burn. Without question the manufacture of tires is almost never going to be replaced. It is just too good at the job it does. We need a superior solution and that needs to also recycle the entire tire. Heat can strip of the rub... more »

Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
Yes, perhaps it has. Too much has been revealed to ever put the genie back in the bag and the public is slowly demanding full disclosure which solves most of the difficulty. Better yet, the academic community has now understood that their own work will be treated as corporate shilling in their peer community and nothing can lower carreer prospects and make your body of work more suspect. There are academic disciplines that thrive with corporate support. However, food and medicine is turning out to not be one of them. The potential for guiding results is just too great. Wor... more »

The Big Lie in the War Against Drugs

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
*[image: SWAT team standing over tea bags]* Never in my wildest dreams did i think that the so called 'war on drugs' to be other that misguided public policy similar to prohibition. That it might be a deliberate scheme allowing John Crow police abuse to be extended to the whole USA and also to radical leftists as a bonus never crossed my mind. In fact this whole meme has never really been properly voiced by anyone for forty five years. I thus accepted that it was merely bone stupid public policy. That it might be racism in action is actually shocking. Yet i can not really s... more »

For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
I really think that this dodge is about to be ended. The reason is that it arose from effectively nothing to been the massive sector that exists today over mostly the past thirty years in particular as we saw massive looting of the US treasury take place. All that coin scampered off shore. At the same time enabling politicians also set up the same way. Thus we know where all the loot actually is and even who manages it. Yet it all represents a natural target for the CIA to directly tax. Start that process and add in a come home amnesty deal and wonderful things are likely t... more »

Early-life Exercise Alters Gut Microbes, Promotes Healthy Brain and Metabolism

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
This is an unexpected variation. It may have application as well and is worth watching. Otherwise this is early days and we keep learning just how much we fail to understand about the human biology.. All Good. . *Early-life exercise alters gut microbes, promotes healthy brain and metabolism * *December 29, 2015* * Source: University of Colorado at Boulder Summary: * *The human gut harbors a teeming menagerie of over 100 trillion microorganisms, and researchers have discovered that exercising early in life can alter that microbial community for the better, promoting healthi... more »

The 7 Biggest Food Stories of 2015

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
It has to be said that the giants are showing signs of feeling the heat. The problems are massive and really demand a total reversal of course. Of course that is not going to happen soon although i see it as inevitable in quite the same way that the tractor replaced the horse. The hard part is that actual change appears to be gradual. We already know that best practice organic trumps industrial agriculture. Add in advancing technology and all this accelerates. Advanced organic agriculture is both power intensive but also labor intensive as well in order to produce massi... more »

Dolphin Sounds Generate Images, Research Team Discovers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
This is remarkable but also informing. We or at least I already know that the animal kingdom does communicate by sharing images mind to mind. The problem is range. It is not much use in calling back a partner to share in a team kill. Thus a sound system solves that and that it should mimic the mental image is also a natural solution to the need. This means that it becomes plausible for us to trade with dolphins. They should be able to herd prey schools into our nets easily enough and we can benefit from all that. Our problem is to figure out what they need in ... more »

Giant squid filmed on Christmas Eve

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
So much for been shy and elusive. After all i was taught that this creature was possibly nonexistant and the only evidence saying otherwise was a huge piece of tenticle that was simply undeniable. Now the creature shows up to moon for the cameras no less. It is a great story and it is clear that the sea must be full of them. I am looking forward to seeing sea serpents as well sooner or later. Likely as soon as we can quiet our screws. . *The Kraken appeareth: Giant squid filmed on Christmas Eve * * Recent glimpses of the legendary 'monster' prove that, while you mig... more »

The Carolina Bays and the Destruction of North America

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
It is now ten years since i put together my report on the Pleistocene Nonconformity which particularly noted that the Carolina Keys were part of the Ice ejecta from the Comet impact. No one has properly understood just how huge the impact was. The Core impacted further north and remnants blew into the ice and caused it to explode forward and create the Keys. This was a side show. At the same time the atmosphere was loaded with carbon dust also from the shattered comet and not from forest fires. This provide us the stratigraphy to identify the event. I also argue that the crust sl... more »

Cell Harm Seen in Lab Tests of e-Cigarettes

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
Unfortunately we do not get a free ride from ecigs either. At least we are not inhaling the buffet of toxins that comes with traditional cigarettes. However it appears that in spite of vast amounts of research we still know little regarding all potential cancer vectors in the inhaled plume. Yet this appears to be almost solvable with this protocol. The take home is to not smoke at all, but if you must, ecigs will be safer and must get safer as our research improves. *Cell Harm Seen in Lab Tests of e-Cigarettes * *Released: 29-Dec-2015 2:05 PM EST* * http://www.newswise.c... more »

Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
What I find really surprising is that we continue here to see direct evidence of direct migration of Mediterranean peoples with their farm tool kit throughout the European literol. This was the earliest migration or more correctly the earliest population expansion driven by new technology. These early migrants brought seeds and animals as well and certainly came by sea. They entered lands occupied lightly by either hunter gatherers or pastoralists who were not numerous enough to long stand of the population growth and absorption pressure. This population established truly se... more »

Why Costco Wholesale Corporation Loves Canada

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
*[image: Discount Retailers Costco Store Cost]* There are many ways to get a competitive advantage, but the one advantage ignored over and over is the Canadian health care system. Here it is suggested that it is government funded which is silly. It is government managed and universal and that is a completely different arrangement. That advantage naturally skewed the Canadian auto sector beginning back in the early sixties and it has thrived ever since although you would never know it from the complaining. What this teaches even the blind dumb and stupid is that wise public poli... more »

Why is it so Difficult for Japan to Apologize for WWII in Contrast to Germany?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
I was wondering about all that and did not understand just how the whole elective office structure would be naturally co opted by the traditional family. Of course it was and so far as that goes it has worked well enough. It still does little to properly mend fences with their neighbors and a public display is really demanded for that. How to construct one has obviously been a challenge. Perhaps a national day of mourning honoring all the Japanese war dead combined with a national day of contrition could do the job. That would allow setting wreaths in Ch... more »

What do Chinese Minorities Think of the Han?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 minutes ago
The two real minorities are the Uyghurs and the Tibetans and China is actively repopulating their lands in order to effectively assimilate them as they have largely done with other minorities. Otherwise, we are seeing the usual artifact of education or its lack and past government intentions. Putting aside the ethics of it all what is necessary going forward is a central policy of equal opportunity and mutual respect led through the education system. Nothing else works as the Han will naturally lord it over a non Han if tacitly allowed by government complacency. Thus we have a... more »

Edisto Island, South Carolina . . . 4000 years ago

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
What has become clear is that tackling the pre and post contact history of the continental USA must begin with exacting archaeology in the South East. It simply was the natural go to place for every possible intruder as the living was possible alone. Everywhere else was far more difficult and only attracted true comparables such as scots to Cape Breton or Norman French (Norsemen) to the St Laurence. The South East was attractive to all. Instead our whole accepted history has totally ignored trhis hugely rich history that consumed millions of lives. As well we pick new infor... more »

Restorative Justice Gives Our Children Dignity in US Schools

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
[image: Nineteen states still allow corporal punishment in schools - yet all evidence supports the idea that physical assaults against young people increase violence, decrease learning and disrupt school life.] Astonishingly there is a better way. We always knew that corporal punishment was mostly counter productive but that it represented a failure of imagination by the authority figure. Except we did not have a better idea. Yet it had been banned most everywhere and exclusion used instead. Not satisfactory but still a partial solution that fails to help the child ... more »

2015 year in review: 29 trends and events that just reshaped history?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
This list reflects a general rejection of the mainstream media's agenda which is certainly becoming very questionable. it also stretches a few claims as well. There is a cottage industry out there attempting to convert every known major bad event into a false flag operation. Any such event entails a complex conspiracy attempting to control proven unstable people. That is simply not plausible. It is far easier to presume human friction. A whack job will convince himself to kill and rationale is the least of it. Our error is that we do not address these folks early enough to... more »

Herd of Genetically Pure Bison on Henry Mountains in Southern Utah

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
[image: (AP Photo/Brian Witte)] Yes we do need as many originals as we can possibly round up in order to rapidly expand the overall herd. This provides a reservoir of genetic material that can be used to restore the genetics of all the hybrids out there. I expect the 500.000 animal herd to be heavily expanded and also bred forward to achieve better characteristics and all that. Yet it us a generational enterprise that will take decades because we are not actually trying too hard. If we tried, the herd would double fairly quickly as in under two generations even,... more »

Why 2015 Was the Year That Changed TV Forever

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
[image: This picture taken on September 11, 2014 shows the on-demand internet streaming media provider, Netflix, on a laptop screen in Stockholm. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)] The future is all media in the cloud and easily accessible. The problem has always been how to pay for it in a way that is fair. This shows us the nature of the evolving struggle. What is becoming clear is that the traditional business model is untenable for much longer. People want a focused experience and the ability to hit pause and this is truly deliverable. Beyond all that we may well ne... more »

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
What everybody continues to miss is that a major geological event took place in 1159 BC. This event completely ended the organized world of the Atlantean trade empire whose currency was in the form of mostly copper ingots. I call it Atlantean because it was centered in the Atlantic and something nasty happened there in 1159 BC to pluck the heart out of this massive trade civilization. I have posted that it could have been as much as a subsidence of the Mid Atlantic Ridge and the Cuban Ridge as well taking with it the Bahama Bank. We are talking about land masses the equal to... more »

Discussing Nikola Tesla and the Pyramids of Atlantis With TS Caladan

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 minutes ago
This is a curious item to say the least. Read at your own risk. Other wise, I am skeptical regarding the idea of a global power grid when i know we do not need any such thing. Yet thirteen initial centers of human settlement is close to my own thinking. This provides a convenient number. Because we cannot be certain of ancient motives we must be careful making assertions.Much of this appears channeled as well. In that case the language is ours attempting to share concepts across thousands of years. Chancy obviously. Read it though. it does provide a testable f... more »

Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock - Foundries of Giza

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 14 minutes ago
*Peru-styled polygonal casing stones @ Menkaure* yes, yes, yes, I'm late to the party with Graham Hancock's *FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS* revelations... reason being, "I knew all about it and didn't need to read the book," or something. Fact is, I'd forgotten how insanely over-engineered the inside of the Great Pyramid of Giza is ... it looks more like an Industrial Site or Steel-making foundry or Energy-making power station than some Tomb to some egomanical tribal 'god kings and queens'. But that's not the kicker, the real kicker in Hancock's 1995 book (yes, I've already read his ... more »

Chow Verdict Is an Indictment of the Feds

Debra Saunders at The Stream - 18 minutes ago
[image: J. Tony Serra, lead attorney for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, walks away after speaking at a news conference Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. A jury convicted Chow of racketeering, murder and other counts Friday after a years-long federal undercover investigation centered in the Chinatown district of San Francisco. The defense plans to appeal, claiming a federal judge wrongly limited their case.] The verdict is in. On Friday, jurors found 56-year-old Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow guilty on all 162 charges against him, including murder, ... more »

Obama Praises New U.S. ‘Miracle Bomb’ That Doesn’t Kill Anyone

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 34 minutes ago
A tongue-in-cheek report issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Russian officials are “praising” U.S. President Barack Obama for his development of a “miracle bomb” after the U.S. State Department announced that they had successfully dropped 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia in 2015 without killing any civilians. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: According to this report, the Western world may, indeed, be rushing to President Obama’s door to obtain for themselves these new “miracle bombs” that don’t kill anyone to distinguish themselves to...more »

David Bowie Film ‘Labyrinth’: A Blueprint To Mind Control

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 34 minutes ago
The 1986 David Bowie movie, Labyrinth, contains symbolism and a narrative exposing the programming of a mind control victim at the hands of a sadistic handler. There is more to the cult classic children’s film than meet’s the eye, and this excellent article by Vigilant Citizen looks at the occult meaning behind this classic Bowie movie. Vigilantcitizen.com reports: By understanding the occult symbolism and references in Labyrinth, the movie becomes a big allegory for mind control, where each scene refers to a particular aspect of the process. What appears to be a young girl’s quest... more »

An incandescent light bulb, the most efficient bulb

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 38 minutes ago
One of the things that the government bureaucracy can't do is to predict the direction that the free scientific and technological progress will take in the future. No one can really do it, not even the best minds let alone stupid arrogant aßholes that have to be employed as regulators within the government structures. MIT researchers have reminded us about one striking example. The Wikipedia contains a page titled Phase-out of incandescent light bulbs whose first sentence says: Governments around the world have passed measures to phase out incandescent light bulbs for general light... more »

The Saudi-Iran Proxy War Is Already Underway

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Michael Knights & Thomas Ricks, Foreign Policy:* *What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here* When asked to address the question of what a Saudi-Iran war would look like, my first instinct is to ask the reader to look around because it is already happening. As the futurist William Gibson noted, “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Already, Saudi Arabia and Iran are killing each other’s proxies, and indirectly are killing each other’s advisors and troops, in Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia’s Shiite Eastern... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The last picture taken of David Bowie by his wife Iman, on his birthday, January 8th 2016. pic.twitter.com/ODuUfSRHnm — Alejandra V.A. (@AlxSavage) January 11, 2016

Newly Released Hillary Clinton Emails Reveal U.S. State Department Plans To Spark Massive Palestinian Protests Against Israel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad *Washington Free Beacon:* *Clinton Considered Secret Plan to Spark Palestinian Protests* *Wanted billionaires to donate fortune to Palestinians* Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens and spark protests in order to push the Israeli government back to the negotiating table, according to emails released as part of the investi... more »

U.S. Gears Up For War Against China, Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The decision to put U.S. military forces on “high alert” in South Korea shows that they are gearing up towards war with Russia and China, according to political activist Mike Billington. Billington says that the world is on the brink of an economic crisis that only China can survive. A fact deemed intolerable by the United States. Presstv.com reports: “The world would go into the worst financial spiraling collapse on a global scale that we’ve seen actually worse than the 1920s and 30s and that’s exactly what’s begun, not only are the markets crashing, but the entire bond market has ... more »

U.S. Court Says Nestle Must Answer Child Slavery Allegations

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The U.S. Supreme Court have rejected a please by Nestle to throw out a lawsuit holding them liable for the use of child labor slaves to harvest cocoa in the Ivory Coast. The court says that Nestle must face the charges filed by former victims of child slavery represented by Global Exchange (a human rights organization) Msn.com reports: The plaintiffs, who were originally from Mali, contend the companies aided and abetted human rights violations through their active involvement in purchasing cocoa from Ivory Coast. While aware of the child slavery problem, the companies offered fina... more »

Agenda 21: NYC Officials Launch ‘Micro-apartment’ Development

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
U.S. government officials are pressing ahead with their ‘Agenda 21′ plans by introducing “micro-apartments” to major cities like New York City. Agenda 21 is the global agenda by the elite to control and manage every aspect of human life. Naturalnews.com reports: In Manhattan, for instance, tiny living spaces that are 360 square feet or less are marketed as tolerable because they come with “little balconies, tall ceilings, dishwashers and storage space,” CBS News reported. Continuing, CBS noted: “It’s micro-living in the nation’s biggest city, and New Yorkers could be seeing more o... more »

NASA Sets Up Doomsday Alien And Asteroid Task Force

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
NASA have announced plans to launch a ‘Doomsday task force’ aimed at battling incoming asteroids and other alien dangers heading towards earth. The financing for the Near-Earth Objects (NEO) monitoring program has grown from $4 million to $50 million since 2010, due to what NASA say are increasing asteroid threats in recent years. Sputniknews.com reports: Beginning in 2016, a special NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) task force will be responsible for identifying NEOs. PDCO will coordinate various activities between many national and international observatories and ...more »

Norway Confirm Connection Between Turkey And ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The intelligence agency in Norway have said that they have found evidence that confirms a link between Turkey and ISIS. Rusvesna.su reports: Russian Spring continues its investigation on connections between the Turkish officials and ISIS terror group. Last year Turkey Prosecution Office has investigated the case of six Turkish citizens gone missing, their relatives assumed they may have joined ISIS. In course of investigation Prosecution Office gained profound evidence (including telephone conversations records) of the connection between at least 19 Turkish officers with ISIS repre... more »

FBI: Hillary Clinton Indictment Almost Guaranteed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The FBI have announced that their probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server has expanded into whether or not Hillary violated the Espionage act on more than 1300 occasions and whether the Presidential candidate is guilty of public corruption. The Feds have announced plans to also look into whether the former Secretary of State used her position to enrich family members through the Clinton Foundation. Hotair.com reports: The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clint... more »

On bumps in the road

risa bear at A Way to Live - 2 hours ago
Ready for the open road -- we thought.Back when our family was living a nomadic lifestyle that revolved around tree-planting contracts on mostly federal lands, we pulled a small travel trailer behind an International Travelall with most of our worldly goods in the one or the other. And one day we left home to go to a contract five hundred miles away, and in ten miles came to a brand-new sign that said, “BUMP.” As in, “we have removed the top four inches of asphalt from the bridge fifty yards ahead, with a vertical drop at each end, and if you hit it at any speed between five miles ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Low-Level Flight * A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress conducted a low-level flight near Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016, in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. A U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon and a South Korean F-15K jointed the B-52, assigned to Andersen Air Base Guam. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman

Blunt Talk From America’s Longest-Serving General

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly. Wikipedia *Molly O'Toole, Defense One:* *Here’s What America’s Longest-Serving General Most Fears* Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, goes “over the side for the last time” with 45 years of perspective on U.S. war-fighting and its future “This will sound strange to you,” said Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the U.S. military’s longest-serving general. “My greatest fear was that I would be offered another job.” The four-star head of U.S. Southern Command will hand over his final command on Thursday and retire at the end of the month... more »

‘Messing with the Constitution’

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: U.S. Constitution, We the People, America, American Flag, Fountain Pen] In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either... more »

David Bowie: Rebel Rebel-- January 8, 1947-January 11, 2016

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*-by Denise Sullivan* It's been a day of mourning throughout the rock'n'roll nation: David Bowie, 69, died last night. The worldwide outpouring of grief transcends racial, gender and sexual orientation, economic, and national boundaries, just as the Brixton-born artist's music did. The last thing any of of need are more words or further analysis of an already well-documented life and depth of the art. His creative expression of rebellion will ring on in the hearts of anyone with their mind set on freedom for generations to come. Starting out as David Jones, his musical debut as Da... more »

Inside the New Hampshire Pitch to Those Who Don’t Want Trump

[image: Donald Trump - 900] MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- For all the passionate support Donald Trump has amassed in New Hampshire, many Republicans and independent voters are just as passionate about not voting for Donald Trump. They are an enticing target for the pack of... more »

US Bombs ‘Millions’ in ISIS Currency Holdings

CNN Politics at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: ISIS currency] Washington (CNN) -- In an extremely unusual airstrike, the U.S. dropped bombs Sunday in central Mosul, Iraq, destroying a building containing huge amounts of cash ISIS was using to pay its troops and for ongoing operations, two U.S. defense officials told CNN.... Continue reading *“US Bombs ‘Millions’ in ISIS Currency Holdings”* at *cnn.com*.

David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World… and Bonds

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: David Bowie] David Bowie will be remembered for pushing the boundaries of music and fashion. But he also blazed trails in finance. The British musician, who died Sunday after a struggle with cancer, in 1997 raised $55 million by selling off the... Continue reading *“David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World… and Bonds”* at *google.com*.

Hillary Clinton Increasingly Anxious About Bernie Sanders

CNN at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton2 - 400] As Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa on Monday, a sense of anxiety is cascading through her campaign, with an increasing sense of urgency the primary fight with Bernie Sanders is far more of a threat than once imagined, unlikely to... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton Increasingly Anxious About Bernie Sanders”* at *cnn.com*.

The New Right: Warriors for the Poor

Town Hall at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: the new right] On January 9, up to 1700 people packed the exhibit hall of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in South Carolina to hear what some of the 2016 candidates have to say about poverty -- and how America can fight it.... Continue reading *“The New Right: Warriors for the Poor”* at *townhall.com*.

The Surprising Surge of Christianity in the Middle East

Christian Today at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Christianity in the Middle East] As millions of Christians flee the Middle East and Christianity’s original homeland becomes increasingly bereft of Christians, an odd anomaly is occurring. Christianity in the Gulf states is surging. Amid a shocking exodus in neighboring countries, this strictly Islamic region... Continue reading *“The Surprising Surge of Christianity in the Middle East”* at *christiantoday.com*.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 3 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Brilliant Interview with Nick Levis on Greek Crisis Massive Coverup Exposed In Sweden As Media, Cops Hid Migrant Sex Attacks "Neo-Nazis" Attack German Muslim Businesses As Ghost Of 1939 Beckons Germany Erupts Into Chaos As Protesters Declare "Rapefugees Not Welcome" The Biggest (And Possibly Most Terrifying) Company You've Never Heard Of Meanwhile In Shanghai Residents Form Lines To Sell Yuan, Buy Dollars "Catalonia Needs Its Own Central Bank": Spain's Black Swan Lives As New Catalan President Sworn In "Trump Could Win It All": 20% Of Democrats Say They'd Vote For T... more »

Is This The Next U.S. General To Manage America's 'Shadow Wars'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Army Maj. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller is shown leading soldiers in physical training at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2015. (Photo by Markeith Horace/ U.S. Army) *Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post:* *This Army general is likely to lead the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command* Major General Austin “Scott” Miller is likely to be the next head of the U.S. military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command, according to sources close to the matter. Miller would replace Fort Bragg-based Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Thomas III, who is slotted to lead Special Operations Command out of MacDill... more »

Were U.S. Special Forces Involved In The Capture Of Mexican Drug Lord Joaquín Guzmán?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido *Jack Murphy, SOFREP News*: *JSOC’s Secretive Delta Force Operators on the Ground for El Chapo Capture* Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, was recaptured following an intense firefight between Mexican Marines and Chapo’s goons in Sinaloa, Mexico, last Friday. Although Mexican officials claimed that the entire operation to recapture El Chapo ... more »

Islamic State Burns Its Fighters Alive For Letting Ramadi Fall

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Three Isil fighters pose in Ramadi the Iraqi army 'abandoned' the city Photo: Twitter *FOX News: **ISIS burns fighters alive for letting Ramadi fall* ISIS fighters who fled to the terror group’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after being defeated in Ramadi were burned alive in the town square, sources told FoxNews.com, in an unmistakable message to fighters who may soon be defending the northern city from government forces. Several residents of Mosul recounted the grisly story for stateside relatives, describing the deadly reception black clad jihadists got when they made it to Mosul, ... more »

Why Would North Korea Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
A television screen in Seoul shows a news broadcast about North Korea's nuclear test. Photo: Bloomberg *Kelsey Munro, Sydney Morning Herald:* *Why would North Korea give up its nuclear weapons?* As the world reacts with universal condemnation to the bomb test conducted by North Korea last week, the South, China, the United States and the United Nations echo the same line of condemnation and bluff: North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons program. Sanctions will be aggressively pursued. China calls for the resumption of the stalled six-party talks, which are based on the notion... more »

Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina Cut from Main GOP Debate Lineup

STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: In this Jan. 7, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Paul and former technology executive Carly Fiorina will not appear on the primetime debate stage when the Republican Party's 2016 presidential class faces off later this week in South Carolina.] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former technology executive Carly Fiorina will not appear on the primetime debate stage when the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential class faces off later this week in South Carolina. Deb... more »

Historian Ralph Ellis On The Origins of The King Arthur Legend

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*"The Grail Cypher: The secrets of Arthurian history revealed" by Ralph Ellis (2015). * *Title: The Grail Cypher Ep.1 - Ralph Ellis/Michael Tsarion. Source: David Whitehead - Truth Warrior. Date Published: October 8, 2015. Description:* In this groundbreaking 4 part series we bring together Ralph Ellis and Michael Tsarion in an epic discussion on the real story of King Arthur, a fresh look at biblical history, astrology, and symbolism. Are you willing to have your view of Arthurian, British and Christian history challenged? Are you ready to accept the esoteric mysteries and heresie... more »

David Bowie 1947-2016: A Starman In His Own Words

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*-By Noah* *“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.”* –David Bowie I only met David Bowie twice, but both times, I was struck and pleased by how gracious and normal he was. He was obviously very bright and very secure in his own skin. I hesitate to use the phrase, but he really was down to earth. When I got up this morning, my wife gave me the sad news that Bowie had died. Not surprisingly, *The Guardian* has the best coverage I have found so far. This is a very tough one for me. It’s there with John Lennon and Joe ... more »

Nuns Challenging Obamacare Are Set to Attend State of the Union

The Hill at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: The Little Sisters of the Poor had their day in federal court on Dec. 8, 2014, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Little Sisters gave a press conference after oral arguments in their case at the federal court house in Denver, CO.] The group of nuns who have mounted a high-profile legal challenge against Obamacare will attend the State of the Union as guests of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), his office announced Monday. Two leaders of Little Sisters of the Poor, whose... Continue reading *“Nuns Challenging Obamacare Are Set to Attend State of the Union”* at *thehill.com*.

Analyist Uses Super Bowl to Predict Stock Market’s Direction

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Super Bowl] The Super Bowl has done it again. As illogical as it sounds, for seven years in a row the outcome of the game has foretold the stock market’s direction for the year. Overall, this now has happened after 40 of... Continue reading *“Analyist Uses Super Bowl to Predict Stock Market’s Direction”* at *wsj.com*.

Baltimore Public Housing Workers Allegedly Forced Women to Have Sex for Repairs

Luke Rosiak at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 02: Kids play basketball in the Gilmor Homes May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to Gray's attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. State attorney Marilyn Mosby of Maryland announced that charges would be brought against the six police officers who arrested Gray.] At least 50 Baltimore public housing employees who were paid with... more »

Chu Campaign's latest

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
Eric Chu's latest ad. The color scheme is interesting -- there's almost no bright green, the color associated with Taiwaneseness, and few rich KMT reds. Instead, blue, aqua, and orangish tones predominate. After viewing this I finally noticed that the ONE TAIWAN rainbow contains... no bright greens. A still from a few seconds in, showing the conventional four major cultural groups -- mainlanders, Hoklo (Minnan), Hakka, and Aborigines. The mainlanders are represented by a suit wearing male white collar worker, while the Minnan are farmers (not factory/shop owners). No prejudices th... more »

Brave New World of Pre-Crime

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
Justin Jouvenal, "The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’," The Washington Post, January 10, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/the-new-way-police-are-surveilling-you-calculating-your-threat-score/2016/01/10/e42bccac-8e15-11e5-baf4-bdf37355da0c_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines As a national debate has played out over mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, a new generation of technology such as the Beware software being used in Fresno has given local law enforcement officers unprecedented power to peer into the l... more »

Sean Penn and El Chapo: FNS News: Fiction, Fantasy and Reality Blur in Mexico's Narcodrama

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Photo leaked to El Universal of actor/journalist Sean Penn being followed as he met with El Chapo for Rolling Stone magazine. Mexican officials say Penn's meeting led to the recapture of El Chapo, head of Sinaloa cartel. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/11/sean-penn-joaquin-el-chapo-guzman-surveillance-capture-photos?CMP=twt_gu Also see: Sean Penn's article in Rolling Stone. (Penn's

Steven Seagal Becomes ‘Easternised’, Adopts Serbian Nationality

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Hollywood action hero Steven Seagal has become a Ruski by adopting his eastern heritage. After numerous journeys to the east and to Serbia and Russia, Hollywood Star Steven Seagal has fallen for the eastern culture and has become known as Seagalovic, the sheriff from the east. The 63-year-old actor, producer and master in the art of Aikido has been granted Serbian citizenship and has offered to open a martial arts school in the capital, Belgrade. Sputnik reports: A father of seven, Seagal was received twice by President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Decembe... more »

Princess Cristina of Spain On Trial For Tax Fraud

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Princess Cristina became the first member of the Spanish royal family to stand trial in a criminal court. On Monday, the 50-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, appeared in a court in Malta accused of tax fraud; a major embarrassment for the monarchy. She appeared alongside her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin and his business partners, who are accused of money laundering and tax fraud in a six million euros sports events embezzlement. The New York Times reports: Mr. Urdangarin and Cristina sat in the back of the courtroom alongside 16 other defendants during procedural arguments on Monday. ...more »

‘Hope,’ by Abiodun Olaku

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: Hope] *Hope*, by Abiodun Olaku Oil on canvas, 30" x 24" (approx), 2015 Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Jan. 11: Austerity is a crock.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
On page 1 of the Irving press, we learn that 6 to 10 hospitals could be closed as part of the government austerity plan. Let's see, so far all the austerity cuts and the discussion of new taxes, have been aimed at the poor and the middle class. Close hospitals so the poor will have the problem of longer trips to reach help. Close public schools, fire teachers, and kick up class sizes. (It's okay. The children of the rich don't go to public schools. And they don't need hours on a bus each day to go to school and get home). Fire civil servants who get a scandalous 100,000 a year. But ... more »

Lovestruck Couple Remarry 23 Years after Divorce

The Telegraph at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: remarried couple - 400] A couple who split after 23 years of marriage rekindled their romance nearly 23 years after their divorce -- and they’ve just walked down the aisle for the second time. Roz and Ian Ellis, from Aberdeen, first met in Lanarkshire in... Continue reading *“Lovestruck Couple Remarry 23 Years after Divorce”* at *telegraph.co.uk*.

High Court Seems Ready to Scrap Mandatory Public Union Fees

SAM HANANEL at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: People participate in a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, as the court heard arguments in the 'Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association' case. The justices were to hear arguments in a case that challenges the right of public-employee unions to collect fees from teachers, firefighters and other state and local government workers who choose not to become members.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor orga... more »

Women Desert Hillary in Droves … Is it Bill?

Dick Morris at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: 12/19/15 - The Democratic Presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.] Hillary Clinton has dropped big time in the new Fox News Poll that came out on Friday (January 8th) and has now fallen behind Trump, Cruz, and Rubio in general election matchups. The big losses are almost entirely due to... Continue reading *“Women Desert Hillary in Droves … Is it Bill?”* at *dickmorris.com*.

U.S. Airstrike Destroys Millions Of Islamic State Cash In Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*CNN*: *First on CNN: U.S. bombs 'millions' in ISIS currency holdings* Washington (CNN)In an extremely unusual airstrike, the U.S. dropped bombs Sunday in central Mosul, Iraq, destroying a building containing huge amounts of cash ISIS was using to pay its troops and for ongoing operations, two U.S. defense officials told CNN. The officials could not say exactly how much money was there or in what currency, but one described it as "millions." Two 2,000-pound bombs destroyed the site quickly. But the longstanding impact may be even more significant. The officials said the U.S. plans... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 11, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall. https://t.co/soaOUWiyVl #RIPDavidBowie — GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) January 11, 2016 *Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy:* *Germany to David Bowie: Thank You for Helping to Bring Down the Berlin Wall* Tributes to David Bowie from fans and fellow musicians have been pouring in since the 69-year-old Bowie died after a long battle with cancer Sunday. One came from an unexpected source: the German foreign ministry, which thanked him for playing a role in bringing down the Berlin Wall... more »

US Military On Highest Alert Ever In South Korea

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The US has reportedly put its troops in South Korea on the highest alert ever to deter “any provocation coming from North Korea,” following Pyongyang’s latest underground nuclear test. The order was announced by Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of US military deployment in South Korea, who was visiting the Osan airbase, which is jointly run by Washington and Seoul. The US has more than 28,000 troops deployed in South Korea which has remained technically at war with its northern neighbor since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Press TV reports: The move ... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 11 , 2015 ) - David Bowie's Majestic Passage ( Who knew he was even ill , when you get down to it ? ) And some of his songs to listen to while considering several pertinent topics of the day - 1 ) Merkel's mess aka refugee / migration unfolding debacles . 2) China's Rube Goldberg Construct Really , Really Needs " Scotty The Engineer From Star Trek To Give Her All She's Got . 3) You Know Greece Is Still Lurking Out There , Like A Terminator , Waiting To Burst Into Crisis At Any Moment, right ? 4. Oil Cruising For A Bruising After Another Brutal Day. Thirty Support Test On Tuesday ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 7 hours ago
Mixing sad news of the passage of David Bowie Sunday night from cancer , with this evening wrap.....Music for your listening pleasure while reading. Not necessarily a comment on tweets , unless it is........ Evening wrap...... Refugee situation ...... *Walter Daniels* ‏@WalterDaniels17 5m5 minutes ago Will Germany's *Refugee Crisis* Take Down Merkel's Government? http:// goo.gl/fb/udREZH *The Lowy InstituteVerified account* ‏@LowyInstitute 1h 1 hour ago How Europe's *refugee crisis* is challenging the Schengen Agreement: http://www.lowyinterpreter.o... more »

Muslim Men Shoot Up Canadian Nightclub, Gov’t and Media Refuse to Use the ‘M’ Word

Breitbart at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: nightclub shooting] Two men have been charged with attempted murder in the Canadian city of Calgary after a nightclub shooting early Sunday morning. Mohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29, also face a host of other charges, including unauthorized possession of a... Continue reading *“Muslim Men Shoot Up Canadian Nightclub, Gov’t and Media Refuse to Use the ‘M’ Word”* at *breitbart.com*.

NYPD Handbook Restricts Investigations on Persons’ Religion

The Daily Caller/Kerry Picket at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: NYPD - 400] New York City police officers' investigations of local Muslims can be considered a violation of First Amendment rights, under new proposed modifications of New York Police Department guidelines. The guidelines are a set of rules for law enforcement to abide... Continue reading *“NYPD Handbook Restricts Investigations on Persons’ Religion”* at *dailycaller.com*.

Summer Ramble,12.01.16

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: CYG_HBGWcAAIBK0] “Police focus on speed because it's easy. Easy to spot, easy to capture, quick and easy ticketing, next please... This laziness on the part of the police has to stop.” *Speed is not the problem* – Charlie Callcut, STUFF “Kids need to be taught the joy of winning and the pain of losing. That’s the message from World Cup-winning coach Steve Hansen in a wide-ranging interview with the *Herald*.” *Hansen on hating losing* – KIWIBLOG “Kelly, who has lung cancer, has been taking cannabis oil sourced from the black market to relieve her pain and believes it is ‘a... more »

Met Office Data Shows Storm Desmond’s Rainfall Was Not “Record Breaking”

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood I’ve just received some more data from the Met Office about Storm Desmond, which I asked for last month. They have confirmed rainfall at Seathwaite of 122 and 112mm on the the 4th and 5th of December respectively, the days when most of the rain fell. We may recall that […]

Peace Prize President Obama Drops Over 23,000 Bombs on Muslims

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*From the CFR* *"Let’s review U.S. counterterrorism bombing for 2015. Last year, the United States dropped an estimated total of 23,144 bombs in six countries. Of these, 22,110 were dropped in Iraq and Syria. This estimate is based on the fact that the United States has conducted 77 percent of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, while there were 28,714 U.S.-led coalition munitions dropped in 2015. This overall estimate is probably slightly low, because it also assumes one bomb dropped in each drone strike in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, which is not always the case"* * Flashback:* O... more »

Fracking Saves USA a Fortune on Electricity, Despite the EPA

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: natural gas power plant - 900] Electricity prices in America dropped by a third over the last year due to cheap natural gas provided by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, according to a Monday report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA report states the cost... more »

World News Briefs -- January 11, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS claim responsibility for attack on Baghdad shopping mall in which 18 people were killed and 50 injured after gunmen detonated car bomb and took hostages* * 18 people were killed and hostages taken as violence erupted in Baghdad * A car bomb was detonated before gunmen opened fire and stormed a mall * After being approached by Iraqi security agents, they shot three hostages * Two of the attackers were killed and another four arrested, it is claimed * Islamic State has now claimed responsibility for the deadly attack Gunmen killed at least 18 people and took an estim...more »

Commentary And Analysis On The Iranian - Saudi Conflict

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Teresa Welsh, US News and World Report: *The Middle East Blame Game* Iran and other members of the Arab world differ on who's at fault for the region's turmoil. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif over the weekend blamed Saudi Arabia for destabilizing the Middle East – an accusation shot right back at Tehran by Arab League countries who said the Islamic Republic was responsible for “sowing sectarian strife.” Zarif, writing Sunday in The New York Times, said Saudi Arabia has been responsible for increasing confrontation in the region out of fear that Iran’s normalizing ties with ... more »

Four Months

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 9 hours ago
Wow. Four months since my last post. I really need to update this more often. Too much to even remember to write about! Since my last post, we have, yet again, adopted another animal. So, Kurt and I were in the parking lot of a local grocery store in downtown Jaco. We had just walked out from grocery shopping and it was dusk. We see this adorable white and black kitten peeking out at us from around a corner. one of the guards was playing with it as well. He was obviously hungry but very playful and came right up to me when I tried to pet him. My guess is a local family owne... more »

Monster Jam Giveaway Winner

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
And the winner of the Monster Jam ticket is.....Trisha F! Congratulations Trisha! Didn't win? read down below for a discount code! *Monster Jam roars into the 2016 season with a points-based series, showcasing the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!* *MORE MONSTER JAM* will be making its 2016 debut at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake on January 22 & 23 with #MoreMonsterJam Action Than Ever Seen Before! [image: What is Monster Jam] The widely popular ... more »

The Poet: William Stafford, "Ask Me"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Ask Me"* by William Stafford "Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life. Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or to hurt: ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made. I will listen to what you say. You and I can turn and look at the silent river and wait. We know the current is there, hidden, and there are comings and goings from miles away that hold the stillness exactly before us. What the river says, that is what I say."

"The Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.” -Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

"Too Often..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia

Paulo Coelho, “A Saint In The Wrong Place”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“A Saint In The Wrong Place”* by Paulo Coelho “‘Why is it that some people can resolve the most complicated problems really easily, whilst others agonize over every tiny crisis and end up drowning in a glass of water?’ I asked. Ramesh replied by telling the following story: ‘Once upon a time, there was a man who had been the soul of kindness all his life. When he died, everyone assumed that he would go straight to Heaven, for the only possible place for a good man like him was Paradise. The man wasn’t particularly bothered about going to Heaven, but that was where he went. Now in... more »

Jane Garvey defends Woman's Hour

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Going back to the question of whether *Woman's Hour *has ignored the mass assault of women in Cologne and other European cities... DB has put the question to Jane Garvey via Twitter: Now, as the *Woman's Hour *website, which supplies pretty detailed information about each of its segments, *didn't *include any mention of the subject, DB wondered whether it had been briefly mentioned during another discussion. So I thought I'd better check. I've now thoroughly checked all last week's editions of *Woman's Hour* and, yes, Jane Garvey was correct. It *was "*mentioned one day last week... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: John Denver, “I Want To Live”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
John Denver, “I Want To Live” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw2BY-Cf0Wk

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Manama, Al Asimah, Bahrain. Thanks for stopping by!

The Economy: Greg Hunter, Rob Kirby: “Economic Collapse Happening Now”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Economic Collapse Happening Now”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Macroeconomic analyst Rob Kirby’s predictions of a downward spiraling economy are coming true. Kirby contends, “I think the last time we spoke, it was in early December. I suggested that a window was opening where we were very likely to see some systemic breakdowns in our financial universe to likely start occurring. Low and behold, it looks like we are seeing the beginnings of exactly what we were speaking of. The reason why we are beginning to see these things start to unfold now is that everything we’ve been ...more »

The Economy/History: "The 'Oregon Standoff' Is a Modern-Day Western"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The 'Oregon Standoff' Is a Modern-Day Western"* by Bill Bonner PARIS – “Brutal”… “horrible”… “horrendous” – these are just a few of the hyperbolic adjectives used to describe last week’s stock market. The S&P 500 is down 6% so far in 2016… and $1 trillion in investor wealth has gone up in smoke. In fact, it was the worst opening week for global markets in history. But c’mon… look at the glass as half full. Wall Street’s decline was less than half of Shanghai’s 14% loss. And this morning, Chinese stocks are tumbling again. So, there will likely be more trouble ahead – on both side... more »

Abortion Clinics That Killed Women in Botched Abortions Try to Hide Identities of Their Owners

LifeNews at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Jennifer - 400] An important case involving the non-disclosure of public records related to abortion clinics was heard by the Maryland Supreme Court, which engaged in lively questioning of both the attorney representing a pro-life activist who had requested public records and an... Continue reading *“Abortion Clinics That Killed Women in Botched Abortions Try to Hide Identities of Their Owners”* at *lifenews.com*.

Congressional Report: Obama Killing Open Government with ‘Secrecy’

Kathryn Watson at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: 1Barack_Obama_at_White_House_gun_violence_meeting] President Barack Obama's administration officials are perpetuating a "broken" and politicized Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process and are deliberately holding back public records to which Americans are entitled, a new congressional report finds. The executive branch "encourages an unlawful... more »

Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Insurance Premium Hikes in 2016

Washington Free Beacon at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: premium hikes] Forty-nine of 50 states will see premium hikes on the individual market in 2016, according to a tracker released by Freedom Partners, a Virginia-based non-profit. Every state with the exception of Mississippi will see their health insurance premiums rise in... Continue reading *“Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Insurance Premium Hikes in 2016”* at *freebeacon.com*.

Handling Adversity: Vikings’ Walsh Takes Responsibility for Loss, Bengals Players Don’t

Los Angeles Times at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Blair Walsh] Blair Walsh blew it for the Minnesota Vikings. Vontaze Burfict and Adam “Pacman” Jones did the same for the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams should have moved on in the NFL playoffs but instead are done for the season, and those... Continue reading *“Handling Adversity: Vikings’ Walsh Takes Responsibility for Loss, Bengals Players Don’t”* at *latimes.com*.

Top 10 Things I'd Do if I Won the $1.4 Billion Powerball Jackpot

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
As I'm sure everyone knows, the Powerball jackpot is currently at $1.4 billion. This more than doubles the previous record for a North American lottery jackpot and is roughly two and a half times the previous record Powerball jackpot. No doubt, by Wednesday's drawing the kitty will get up to at least a billion and a half bucks. In the statistically astronomical odds one person wins it, that would be a one-time gross payout of almost a billion dollars, automatically making that person one of the few thousand richest people on earth. In the event Mrs. JP and I are the sole winner... more »

Heads up dear readers. If any of you have money in a big bank, pull it out before you lose it. Why? Play these videos. Ellen Brown is the banking guru and knows all about the "bail-ins" and about how soon the big banks will start robbing people's bank accounts (i.e., some time this year). And the Government has far to little cash to compensate anyone.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 9 hours ago
------------------------------ “Bail-ins Begin”: Interviews with Greg Hunter and Thom Hartmann Posted on January 10, 2016 by Ellen Brown My Dec. 29th article “Bail-ins Begin” prompted two video interviews, with Greg Hunter on USAWatchdog.com, and Thom Hartmann, below. https://youtu.be/2oehMznZd7w https://youtu.be/eSRPvMxIAb0 Cherchez la Verite

David Bowie and Mass Mourning

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Apart from waking up to a river flowing through your bedroom, starts to the week don't get much shittier than this. I was up five minutes after Bowie's social media announced his passing to the world, and all day I've carried around this ball of melancholy and loss. David Bowie was part of my life for all of my life, and now he has gone away. Yet by any standards, you couldn't call me a fan. His tunes have blasted out of my speakers over the years, but not with the kind of regularity suggestive of an aficionado. I am someone who liked his material, knew all the big tunes, didn't own... more »

Trumpf Says When People Call Him P.T. Barnum He Takes It As A Compliment

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
I'd venture to guess that most people who have heard of Phineas Taylor Barnum (P.T. Barnum) think he coined the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute." He didn't, nor did Donald Trump, but both men have lived their lives as though they did. Barnum plagued American for most of the 19th Century, a hustler who Trumpf has modeled himself on. He was a businessman/showman, author and politician (briefly). He freely admitted that his actions were meant to "put money in my own coffers" and, more than anything else he considered himself "a showman by profession." His name is synonymou... more »

Even the Vatican is Commenting on the Passing of David Bowie

CRUX at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: David Bowie] ROME -- It's no surprise that after the death of British rock star David Bowie, tributes from around the globe poured in. From Madonna to British Prime Minister David Cameron, all paid respects after his death Sunday following an 18-month... Continue reading *“Even the Vatican is Commenting on the Passing of David Bowie”* at *cruxnow.com*.

TV Show on King David Described as Biblical Game of Thrones

Breitbart at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Game of Thrones - 400] A new TV show based on Samuel I, which tells the story of Israel's legendary King David, is being set up as a biblical Game of Thrones. The show's creators Adam Cooper and Bill Collage promise to stay true to the... Continue reading *“TV Show on King David Described as Biblical Game of Thrones”* at *breitbart.com*.

Spirituality and Music in Adversity + Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Title: Spirituality and Music in Adversity. Source: World Science Festival. Date Published: March 5, 2015. Description:* Do people of different faiths react differently to music? Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels doesn't think so. She believes music reaches down to something deeper, especially during the worst of human traumas. Pagels and ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore discuss this emergence of music and spirituality as a tool to extract meaning from adversity. *Title: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Source: LibraryOfCongress. Date Published: June 2, 2011. Description... more »

Starman Has Left The World Stage

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
The world mourned the death of the most influential musician of our era today, Starman David Bowie. The man who fell to earth and shared his celestial ingenuity in performance art and music here on earth with us has gone back to the stars. Former astronaut Chris Hadfield pays tribute to David Bowie with his version of the song “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station. Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman. pic.twitter.com/FbcxlAzces — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 11, 2016 Bowie left us his last album, Blackstar, as... more »

Beyond belief!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
After all those brickbats, a couple of bouquets. First, this afternoon's *Beyond Belief *on Radio 4 on French secularism. It is well worth a listen. Its three guests were: Kay Chadwick, Reader in French Historical Studies at Liverpool University; Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh; and Natasha Lehrer, writer and literary editor of the Jewish Quarterly. The first part looked at the history of French secularism; the second part look at how French secularism stands now; and dividing the two parts was an interview with a Mu... more »

Gunfight at the Hokey Corral

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
Hillary Clinton loaded Gabby Giffords into her rifle, took aim at Bernie Sanders, and fired wildly. And she missed, very badly. Because judging from the latest polls, her Wells Fargo golden caravan of a campaign is edging dangerously close to Deadwood territory. Besides being grotesque and slimy, Clinton's use of shooting victim and gun control activist Gabby Giffords to typecast Bernie as a latter-day Gabby Hayes is downright persnickety, given Giffords' own pro-Second Amendment legislative record as a rootin tootin Blue Dog Conserva-Dem from Arizona. From *Politico: * * Former Ar...more »

Rest In Peace David Bowie

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Iran Has Removed The Core From Its Arak Heavy Water Nuclear Reactor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A general view of the Arak heavy-water project, 190 km (120 miles) southwest of Tehran January 15, 2011. REUTERS/ISNA/HAMID FOROOTAN/FILES *BBC*:* Iran fills Arak nuclear reactor core with concrete* Iran has removed the core of its Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement, according to the country's official news agency Fars. The fate of the reactor was one of the toughest sticking points in Iran's long nuclear negotiations last year. Under the terms of the deal, Iran agreed the heavy-water reactor would be reconfigured so it was not capable of yielding material f... more »

Ted Cruz Will Be the GOP Nominee

Townhall/Fletcher Armstrong at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: ted-cruz - 400] Yogi Berra said, "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." But here goes. Barring a major political earthquake, Ted Cruz will be the GOP nominee later this year. As the primaries get under way, two or three candidates... Continue reading *“Ted Cruz Will Be the GOP Nominee”* at *townhall.com*.

Orwellian World Is Now- ANGKAR Says You Are As Good As Your THREAT SCORE

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
George Orwell’s Orwellian world of 1984 has eventually caught up with the present time. The Big Brother state is a reality now, ready to weed out the undesirable rebels among us. The US police are now labeling people according to their ‘Threat Score,’ a software which identifies how dangerous people are to the authorities. ‘Beware’ and listen out for future directives from Ingsoc ( The political ideology of the totalitarian government of Oceania in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four- Wikipedia). Angkar (Khmer Rouge Communist Party of Kampuchea- Responsible for geno... more »

"There's a Star Man Waiting in the Sky" - RIP David Bowie

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*1983- The Serious Moonlight Tour- Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario.* That's when the hubby and I saw David Bowie perform. Of course, hubby wasn't hubby then. He was my beau, though! The Ex was on at the time. So rides and stuff. Concert at night. In the course of our day at the Exhibition, I went to use one of the washrooms at the old Exhibition Stadium. ( Gone now) Up the stairs to some level, not sure which one? Beau at my side. ;) What do we see? The band tuning instruments and practicing. And it sure looked & sounded like David Bowie singing with band. No costume. Just jean... more »

Supplemental: The Times rediscovers Bill Clinton's "affair!"

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016Now coming, the year of the jackal:* This morning, on their hard-copy front page, the slow sad souls of the New York Times were very much in their element. The Times enjoys feigning interest/involvement in journalistic ethics. That said, at the end of the day, when the feigning is done, they *really* love discussing the behavior and exciting affairs of movie stars. Best of all? The exciting behavior and affairs of glamorous female stars of Mexican soap operas! At the end of the day, that's where these sad slow upper-class posers live! This morning, the s... more »

Leonard Peltier MRI confirms aneurysm

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Dear Supporter, We promised to provide updates in relation to Leonard Peltier's current health crisis. Today, Leonard had a MRI which confirmed the physician's initial diagnosis. The test results (as to size and location of the aneurysm) will be reviewed by physicians who will consult with Leonard as to the best course of action. Do remember that Leonard is dealing with a bureaucracy

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Baghdad Mall Attack That Killed at Least 18

Susannah George at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of the attack at a mall in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Gunmen stormed into a Baghdad mall on Monday after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance, killing at least a dozen people in the city’s mainly Shiite east, Iraqi officials said.] BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Baghdad mall attack that killed 18 people on Monday. Gunmen stormed into the Jawhara Mall after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance.... more »

How Culturally-Relevant Teaching Affects Achievement

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Abstract from a paper published by National Bureau of Economic Research: An extensive theoretical and qualitative literature stresses the promise of instructional practices and content aligned with the cultural experiences of minority students. Ethnic studies courses provide a growing but controversial example of such “culturally relevant pedagogy.” However, the empirical evidence on the effectiveness of these courses is limited. In this study, we estimate the causal effects of an ethnic studies curriculum piloted in several San Francisco high schools. We rely on a “fuzzy” regressio... more »

Detroit Citizens Take Action to End Deplorable School Conditions

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
From the Detroit News: . . . .Teachers are upset by large class sizes, pay and benefit concessions, and a state plan to create a new, debt-free Detroit school district. DPS, which has been run by a series of state-appointed emergency managers since March 2009, has $515 million in past debts and unpaid vendor and pension bills. At a lunchtime rally outside DPS’s Fisher Building headquarters, teachers said the district’s students are being jeopardized by poor building conditions and a shortage of educational materials. Students lack textbooks and other supplies and come to learn in b...more »

Russian Stock Markets And The Ruble Are 'Tanking'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Maxim Stulov / Vedomosti *New York Times*:* Russian Shares and Ruble Fall as Oil Prices Continue to Tumble* MOSCOW — Russia’s main stock indexes plummeted on Monday, the first day of trading after a lengthy winter holiday here, as the drop in oil prices cast a pall over the country’s energy-dependent economy. The retreat for Russian shares was in line with declines on other exchanges around the world in the first week of the year, when financial markets in Moscow were closed for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas holiday. One broad index of Russian stocks, the Micex, closed 3.75 perce... more »

Cologne attackers were of migrant origin - minister per BBC News through gritted teeth

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35280386 through very gritted teeth that: 'The men suspected of attacking women in Cologne on New Year's Eve were "almost exclusively" from a migration background, mainly North African and Arab, an official report says.' But the BBC being the BBC, they have to try and lay the blame elsewhere: 'Cologne police also made "serious mistakes" in not calling reinforcements and the way they informed the public. More than 500 criminal complaints were filed, 40% alleging sexual assault.' And the BBC's main worry is the possibility of ret... more »

Quote of the Day: Challenge thyself

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
*"Refusing to truly understand those who disagree with you is intellectual laziness and worse, is usually worse than what you’re accusing the Other Side of doing."*~ Sean Blanda from his post 'The "Other Side" is Not Dumb' Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

The World Is Awash With Food

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Flashback – March 2014 and the ever reliable Guardian! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/31/climate-change-food-supply-un Climate change has already cut into the global food supply and is fuelling wars and natural disasters, but governments are unprepared to protect those most at risk, according to a report from the UN’s climate science panel. […]

Report: Terror Groups May Use Drones To Launch Bomb Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC:* *Warning over drones use by terrorists* Drones could be used by terrorist groups as "simple, affordable and effective airborne improvised explosive devices," says a report by London-based think tank the Remote Control Project. The authors suggest manufacturers should program drones with the GPS coordinates of no-fly zones. The British government should also relax regulations on radio frequency jammers, they add. In addition, they advise tighter UK licensing regulation. Currently in the UK, anyone can own and operate for non-commercial purposes a drone that weighs less than... more »

Fry the Spy

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
*Stephen Fry is like the Pope to all atheists, liberals, cynics and Anglophiles* *Stephen Fry - The Liar.* *Fears for Stephen Fry after he quits play* Concern was growing last night over the comedian Stephen Fry, who shocked the theatre world by pulling out of his new West End play in "emotional turmoil" just three days after its opening. A spokesman for his agents said Fry had not been in touch since Saturday night and they did not know where he was. He was not responding to phone calls. "We are concerned about him," he said. Simon Gray, who wrote the play Cell Mates which co... more »

Clinton Emails: Top Aides Urged Sparking Palestinian Protests to Pressure Israel

Washington Free Beacon at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, file photo, people look at the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, in which an Arab gunman killed two people and wounded six others, then escaped and later killed an Arab taxi driver. The gunman, who authorities have identified as Nashat Milhem, was slain Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in a shootout with police special forces near the Arab town of Arara in northern Israel, where he is from, according to a police spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)] Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her ... more »

"Look up here, I'm in Heaven!"

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
Painting by David Vigor

Renewable energy researcher recycled material, agrees to withdraw 10 papers

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Investigations at two institutions at Taiwan determined in 2013 that a renewable energy researcher duplicated his own work; the researcher agreed to pull 10 papers. A total of six have been withdrawn or retracted, two in November, 2015. Shyi-Min Lu is the corresponding author on the two newly retracted papers, from Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. The retractions follow investigations at the […] The post Renewable energy researcher recycled material, agrees to withdraw 10 papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Never, ever

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
*Woman's Hour *was on my mind as, by some strange stroke of fate, I was just listening to an interview between Jane Garvey and Gordon Brown's former pollster Deborah Mattinson (as you do). Something Jane Garvey said struck me as worth noting down for posterity - though I'm not quite sure why. Nevertheless, here goes... Jane started by doing that thing you* used* to hear quite a lot from the BBC when they started talking about the EU (as well as that thing the BBC are *still doing - *namely calling the EU 'Europe'): So to Europe then. Now, I am begging you not to nod off or turn of... more »

China Rejects Vietnam's Complaints That Its Landings In The South China Sea Threaten Regional Air Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A photo released by Chinese official Xinhua News Agency shows a China Southern Airlines civilian plane landing Wednesday at an airstrip on the Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed area of the South China Sea PHOTO: HANDOUT/REUTERS *Reuters*: *China defends South China Sea reef landings after Vietnam complaint* Jan 11 China on Monday rejected a complaint from Vietnam that China had failed to notify it about flights to an island it has built in disputed waters in the South China Sea saying it was a China's territory and it did not need to notify anyone. Chinese civilian aircraft have con... more »

What do Dame Jenni and Jane have to say about Cologne?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Here's a curious thing: If you look back through the *Woman's Hour *archive for 2016, you'll find they *haven't* discussed the extraordinary wave of attacks on women on New Year's Eve across several European countries. Whether you're a fussy eater or not, a restaurant offering work to migrant women, bisexuality, whether allowing MPs to vote from home would make parliament more family-friendly, etc - all of *those* have been discussed, but not the wave of attacks on women in Cologne and other cities across Europe. Strange, isn't it?

Report: Carson Loses Most of N.H. Super-PAC Staff to Cruz

The Hill at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: super-PAC staff] Ben Carson’s presidential aspirations have taken another hit with nearly his entire super-PAC staff in that state quitting to support his rival Ted Cruz. The original story from New Hampshire’s WMUR said that all five paid New Hampshire staff at the main pro-Carson... Continue reading *“Report: Carson Loses Most of N.H. Super-PAC Staff to Cruz”* at *thehill.com*.

‘Spiritually Suicidal’: Theologian Unveils 7 Reasons Why He Says Christians Shouldn’t Play the Lottery

TheBlaze at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: lottery - 400] Prominent pastor and theologian John Piper recently penned a blog post unveiling the seven reasons that he believes Christians shouldn't play the lottery, saying that it is "spiritually suicidal." In addition to citing his views on the spiritual toll, Piper,... Continue reading *“‘Spiritually Suicidal’: Theologian Unveils 7 Reasons Why He Says Christians Shouldn’t Play the Lottery”* at *theblaze.com*.

Tesla’s Work RE-created

WTStaff at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Derrick Broze* - Could Jim Murray continue Tesla's work and help solve the world's energy problems? The post Tesla’s Work RE-created appeared first on Waking Times.

Meteorite Older Than Earth Discovered in Australia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Geologists have discovered a meteorite fragment, estimated to be 4.5 billion years old, in the outback of Australia. After a greenish fireball streaked above the Australian Outback in November, meteorite researchers went hunting for the space rock that had caused the cosmic display. The team of researchers from Curtin University managed to retrieve the old rock out of the salty mud near a remote lake bed in the desert… and just moments before heavy rains would have washed it away Science Alert reports: The recovery operation involved a network of 32 remote camera observatories, a ... more »

Photos Oak Flat Solidarity and Protection by Sandra Rambler

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Article and photos by Sandra Rambler San Carlos Apache Censored News On Jan. 10th, some San Carlos Apaches stood in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples at Chi'Chil'Bilda'Goteel (Oak Flat) to protect their sacred, holy and ancestral lands throughout the continent.  The Protect Oak Flat Bills introduced by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva in the House and also introduced by Vermont

The Collapse In Oil Prices Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNBC/Reuters:* *US crude dips below $31, hits fresh 12-year low* Oil prices fell for a sixth session to a new 12-year low on Monday as slowing growth in China rattled investors' hopes for demand this year and traders increased bets against any near-term recovery. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down $2.06 at $31.10 per barrel by 1:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT), having briefly dipped below $31 to the lowest level since December 2003. Brent crude futures were down by $2.15 at $31.40 a barrel, after falling to the lowest level since April 2004. Speculators increased their net-... more »

In Memory of Bowie, "Everyone Says Hi!"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
Everyone Says Hi, Cover by Fife Monroe....

Revolving Doors At Decc

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t stewgreen http://utilityweek.co.uk/news/renewableuk-appoints-new-chief-executive-from-decc/1203972#.VpP0LVlnH7x From Utility Week: McNeal is to take up the post of chief executive at the trade body in April. He said: “It will be a privilege to represent an industry which is playing such a vital role in providing safe, secure power for our country’s […]

Fall-Out From North Korea's Nuclear Test Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un salutes during a visit to the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces on the occasion of the new year, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 10, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA *Reuters*: *North Korea overcomes poverty, sanctions with cut-price nukes* North Korea has developed a nuclear weapons program despite poverty and international sanctions, using home-grown technology and virtually free labor to cut costs, experts said. South Korean government analysis has put North Korea's nuclear spending at $1.1 billi... more »

Acceptance...of what you BE, the Everest of Self Discovery

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
January 11, 2016 By American Kabuki What follows is a journey to acceptance. A journey that is not easy, Everest is probably easier. Everest just requires perseverance and prior physical training. Everest doesn't require you to question everything you believe about who you are. I haven't share many private thoughts for a good while on this blog. Its probably similar to your journey so perhaps my struggles with it, can aid you in your journey. Or not... you may not even understand a word of what follows. Some won't. I get that. At least not yet. Your journey will not be the sa... more »

As Russia Targets Daesh In Syria, Reinforcements Arrive Via Turkey

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Russian aircraft have conducted over 300 sorties and hit nearly 1,100 Daesh terrorist targets in Syria since the beginning of 2016, according to an announcement by the Russian General Staff on Monday. He added that terrorist groups operating in Syria continue to receive reinforcements via Turkey Sputnik reports: “With the help of the Russian aviation the Syrian Democratic Forces under the command of Ayman Flyat al-Ganim continue the advance on the Daesh capital — Raqqa. They have taken control over al-Salhiya, Rdzheman-Alaia, el-Qria and Hadriyat-Ayn-Isa,”Rudskoy said. Terrorist gro... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*I just couldn't resist...* *;-)*

"Only In Britain?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be 'too clever by half.' The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters." - John Major "*Only* in Britain?" Mr. Prime Minister, I respectfully disagree...

Russian TV Covers Star Wars & U.S.-NATO Military Aggression

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
РАДИУС ПОРАЖЕНИЯ from GOOD EMPIRE on Vimeo. This is a new Russian TV documentary on Star Wars and US-NATO expansion up to Russia's borders. The documentary maker came to Bath, Maine last October 31 to film our protest at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) 'christening' of another Aegis destroyer outfitted with so-called missile defense systems. The filmmaker told me he had recently watched the documentary Pax Americana & the Weaponization of Space and was inspired to cover the issue. I was interviewed for the Russian film as was fellow Global Network board member Wolfgang Schlup-Hauck in... more »

In 10 Months, This Cafe Has Fed 10,000 People With 20 Tons Of Unwanted Food

WTStaff at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Amanda Froelich* - A quickly-spreading project is repurposing unwanted food for a worthy cause. The post In 10 Months, This Cafe Has Fed 10,000 People With 20 Tons Of Unwanted Food appeared first on Waking Times.

Militants Storm Baghdad Mall Taking Hostages

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *At Least 29 People Killed in Two Attacks in Iraq* *Nine people killed in siege at Baghdad mall; 20 people killed by bombings in cafe in Muqdadiya* BAGHDAD—At least 29 people have been killed in two attacks in Iraq on Monday evening, one took place at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad and the other outside a cafe in a city northeast of the capital. The assault on the shopping mall was carried out by two attackers, who killed at least nine people and wounded 13 others, Iraqi officials said. The attackers detonated a parked car bomb outside the Al-Jawhara mal... more »

First Aid Shipments Arrive In Syrian Cities Suffering From Starvation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN*:* First aid shipment in months reaches besieged Madaya; starving Syrians weep* (CNN)The first shipment of foreign aid since October reached the besieged Syrian city of Madaya on Monday, bringing starving residents to tears at the sight, a United Nations source told CNN. Four trucks carrying food and blankets had moved into the city by about 5.30 p.m. Monday local time, the source said. The rest of the 44-truck convoy, carrying medicine and other supplies, was expected to enter the city shortly afterward, the source said. Shocking images of starving residents of the rebel-he... more »

Measles Transmitted By The Vaccinated, Gov. Researchers Confirm

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Sayer Ji *- 18% of the measles cases occurred in those who had been vaccinated against it. The post Measles Transmitted By The Vaccinated, Gov. Researchers Confirm appeared first on Waking Times.

Heckler: ‘Marco Rubio Is Owned by Jews! Jews and Freemasons!’

TABLET at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: anti-Rubio heckler] "Marco Rubio is owned by Jews! Jews and freemasons!" shouted a heckler, jumping up out of his seat. Those in attendance were not amused. The man behind the interrupter pushed him back down into his chair, while the crowd chanted... Continue reading *“Heckler: ‘Marco Rubio Is Owned by Jews! Jews and Freemasons!’”* at *tabletmag.com*.

The Truth About The "Most Moral" Force On The Planet: IDF Officer Promotional Examination!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
It has been a while since I last posted an article here at this blog that was focused specifically on the criminal and psychotic state of Israel and their actions against the people that had the true rights to the land that the Jews have stolen to create that psycho state...The Palestinians..... Therefore I do have some catching up to do.... I came across the following report that has been posted at Greg Bacon's website: "Goon Squad" at www.careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com, and it does paint a true picture of the criminals that call themselves falsely the "most moral force" on ... more »

Sanders: "Clinton is Right, Electability Is Enormously Important, and We Are the Campaign That’s Going to Win"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*A nice reminder: Bernie Sanders' classic 2003 take-down of Alan Greenspan. The phrase to watch from Greenspan is "wealth-creation." He means billionaire wealth, of course.* *by Gaius Publius* Last summer I wrote a piece entitled "The Clinton Campaign Notices the Sanders Campaign." I could have titled this one, "The Sanders Campaign Notices the Sanders Campaign," meaning, publicly points out their own real strength. The news: Bernie Sanders has added something startling to his stump speech — a direct and repeated counter to Clinton's claim of greater "electability." As we've been...more »

Big Pharma Not Happy: 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Drugs

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Big Pharma must be getting seriously worried by the results of a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC The pharmaceutical (along with the alcohol) industry is a powerful influences in Washington and has long been lobbying against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits. Natural Blaze reports: However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effect... more »

Householders Flooded Near Fracking Sites Face Insurance Double-Whammy

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
UK householders who were recently flooded could face an insurance double-whammy if they live within a five-mile radius of shale gas exploration sites. As the great flood clean-up continues, many householders are now battling with their insurance companies. Some are discovering that they now face an insurance “double whammy” especially if they live in one of the areas covered by the new fracking licences announced by before Christmas by the Government. The Independent reports: Many of the UK’s best known insurance companies will not insure against fracking-related damage, an investig... more »

Suffragette City - David Bowie

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
https://youtu.be/CEkXAHIKdKI Wham bam thank you David...

FBI’s Clinton Probe Expands to Include Possible Public Corruption

Fox News at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton - 432] The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible "intersection" of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to... Continue reading *“FBI’s Clinton Probe Expands to Include Possible Public Corruption”* at *foxnews.com*.

Refugee Gangs Sexually Assault Teenage Girls at Swedish Festival Two Years in a Row

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: We are Sthlm music festival - 900] Sexual assaults by gangs of refugees -- similar to the events in Cologne, Germany on New Year's Eve -- happened two years in a row at a music festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Police allegedly kept the events quiet in attempts...more »

Labour Leader Corbyn’s Twitter Account Hacked, Calls Cameron A ‘Pie’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party in the UK, has called his opponent, the British Prime Minister David Cameron, a ‘pie,’ according to reports. The Labour leader’s Twitter account was hacked by a a rogue tweeter on Sunday evening, and a number of profanity-filled messages embarrassingly appeared online. Jeremy Corbyn is a softly spoken, gentle revolutionary man of the left and for the masses who is not known for uttering nonsense, yet. The offensive tweets were deleted after the slander came to light. RT reports: One tweet mirrored Corbyn’s strong anti-nuclear ... more »

IVF embryo paper pulled for plagiarism, errors, lack of permissions

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A journal is pulling an article (with approval of “most” of the authors) because a similar paper had already been published in Chinese. That wasn’t the only problem with “Aneuploidy analysis of non-pronuclear embryos from IVF with use of array CGH: a case report,” published in the Journal of Molecular Histology. The retraction note lists the three things […] The post IVF embryo paper pulled for plagiarism, errors, lack of permissions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

6 Presidential Hopefuls Take ‘Problem Solver Promise’

HOLLY RAMER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Chris Christie - 900] CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Six presidential hopefuls have found some common ground on the nation’s future, according to a bipartisan group created to bridge the divide between Republicans, Democrats and independents. No Labels, formed after the 2010 midterm elections, is... more »

Pope Francis Calls on Diplomats to Protect Marriage, Respond to Migrants with Mercy and Sobriety

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis Warm - 900] In a robust plea to address the migrant crisis in Europe with mercy and sobriety, and to defend the role of marriage and family, Pope Francis addressed the corps of diplomats accredited to the Holy See on Monday. An annual... more »

The Teicher Affidavit

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
Wobbly Lines in the Sand By Joseph E. Persico; Published: May 9, 1993 TWIN PILLARS TO DESERT STORM America's Flawed Vision in the Middle East From Nixon to Bush. By Howard Teicher and Gayle Radley Teicher. Illustrated. 418 pp. New York: William Morrow & Company. $23. HOWARD TEICHER, mad as hell and apparently not going to take it anymore, is caustic about United States Middle East policies. He is scornful of major figures he worked under, principally Ronald Reagan and Caspar W. Weinberger, and angry over his shabby treatment at the hands of a Government he served for 10 years. M... more »

THE YEAR OF THE LIBERAL: Cooper pretends to stage town hall forum!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016Interlude—Todd pretends to interview Trump:* Is it true? In the realm of journalism, was 2015 really "the year of the liberal?" That's what it says around here. We *don't* mean that as a compliment. Last week, we offered a tiny overview of the claim that 2015 was the year of liberal dumbness. This week, we'll start exploring the claim that 2015 was also the year of liberal *narrative.* The dumbness, and the turn to liberal narrative, work quite well together. That said, our liberal dumbness has been dominant for decades now, most often expressed through... more »

AEP’s Weekly Renewables Rant

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12090394/Britain-abandons-onshore-wind-just-as-new-technology-makes-it-cheap.html AEP is off on another of his weekly renewable rants! Apparently Vestas are unhappy that we won’t let them build giant wind turbines over 125 meters high. We are then told that we are ditching onshore wind, just when it is so cheaper than any other source […]

‘David Cameron Is dead’ Says Radio Presenter By Mistake

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A newsreader with Heart FM accidentally announced the death of British Prime Minister David Cameron live on air today. While reading the news Fiona Winchester got mixed up and read out Cameron’s name instead of David Bowie, who sadly passed away from cancer last night. RT reports: As the world awoke on Monday to mourn the death of British music icon Bowie, the broadcast journalist made the embarrassing gaffe during a morning news bulletin, in which she accidentally said “David Cameron has died.” When she became aware of the mistake, she quickly corrected herself and replaced the PM’...more »

American Artist Found Strangled In Her Italian Apartment

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A murder investigation is under way in Florence after Italian police found the body of a 35-year-old American woman in her apartment. Ashley Ann Olsen was found dead with strangulation marks on her neck in her bedroom by her boyfriend, on Saturday. Olsen was well known in Florence’s artistic neighborhoods. The Guardian reports: Her body was discovered on Saturday after Olsen’s Italian boyfriend asked her landlady to open her apartment because she wasn’t responding to his calls, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera reported. Both the victim’s boyfriend and friends are said... more »

Number of Americans Who Identify as Democrats Hits Lowest Level in 27 Years

The Week at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: voters - 400] There are far fewer people who identify as either Republicans or Democrats these days, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Instead, political independents maintain their lead as the dominant voting group for the fifth consecutive year. Gallup reports that... Continue reading *“Number of Americans Who Identify as Democrats Hits Lowest Level in 27 Years”* at *theweek.com*.

‘The Bear in a China Shop’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 16 hours ago
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The Latest: Newspaper Photos Appear to Show Penn Monitored

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Sean Penn - 900] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The latest on the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, his meeting with Sean Penn and efforts to send Guzman to the United States (all times local): 8:15 a.m. Actor Sean Penn says... more »

Hugh Sykes again

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
For those who aren't allergic to Twitter conversations, here's DB's encounter with Hugh Sykes (almost) in full (following on from yesterdays' *Broadcasting House*)... (If you're not into Twitter you might like to think of it as an epistolary short story!) And here's Part Two: DB gatecrashing a love-in between Hugh and a fan:

Lights Out: The Top 7 Threats to America’s Power Grid

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Power grid supply] Revelations earlier last week that hackers linked to Russia attacked and took down the Ukrainian power grid are bringing to light once again major threats to the American power grid. "There's this combination of federal and state-level programs that are aimed at shutting... more »

Watchdog Group Urges Investigation, Says Hillary Clinton Gave Big Clinton Donors Privileged State Dept Access

Richard Pollock at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote address at the 2015 Saban Forum.] Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton violated federal ethics statutes by giving "preferential treatment" to wealthy political campaign donors and financial supporters of the Clinton Foundation, according to a formal complaint filed Friday by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic... more »

Violence In Iraq, Dec 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 16 hours ago
December 2015 ended with the second lowest number of security incidents, while casualties stayed steady for the last quarter of the year. Anbar, Baghdad and Ninewa were the most violent. In Anbar the Ramadi operation was on going, in Baghdad IS was continuing with its terrorist campaign, and in Ninewa the insurgents opened a new winter offensive against the Peshmerga. There were 553 incidents reported in the press in December 2015. That was the second lowest amount of the year with November’s 530 being the fewest. Baghdad had the most incidents by far with 240. Ninewa was second w...more »

David, I'm Only Blogging

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
I was driving to work this morning and switched over to Radio 4 at 7.10 to hear Nick Robinson talking about the "shocking news" that was just coming in. His tone of voice made me gulp. I thought there'd been a sickening terrorist attack or a major assassination but then I caught him saying that David Berry had died and that he was one of the biggest names in modern music, alongside the Beatles and the Stones. I was racking my brains trying to remember who David Berry when it suddenly struck me that David Bowie might much better fit that description and began hoping he *hadn't* a... more »

PBS: Ted Cruz and His Father are Satanic...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 16 hours ago
*during the "PBS News Hour," host Judy Woodruff heard David Brooks and David Corn refer to Ted Cruz and his father Raphael as "Satanic."* I'm always asking myself, "Who listens to these people?"

Saudi-Led Airstrike Hits Hospital In Yemen

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition struck a hospital in Central Yemen on Monday, according to a state news agency reported. An official in the district confirmed that the air attack demolished the building and wreaked havoc in the surrounding residential area. The alleged incident comes a day after Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres – MSF) reported that a missile killed four people at one of its clinics in the country. RT reports: The clinic which came under fire is in the Swadi district of Yemen’s southern Bayda province, according to Saba news agency. The news ... more »

Mexico Begins The Process Of Extraditing Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Recaptured drug lord Joaquin ''El Chapo'' Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016. REUTERS/HENRY ROMERO *BBC*:* 'El Chapo': Mexico starts drug kingpin's extradition process to US* Mexico has formally started the process of extradition to the US of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The authorities said Interpol officers served him papers at the Altiplano prison, near Mexico City. Guzman, 58, escaped from the maximum security jail in July and was recaptured on Friday. Mexico is also co... more »

Seeking Revenge Through The Courts

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://www.ctvnews.ca/ If you're wondering why the Liberals haven't cancelled the armoured cars deal with Saudi Arabia and why they haven't simply dismissed Stephen Harper's raft of future appointments, think the courts and think money. Michael Harris writes: So here is Trudeau’s dilemma. His preoccupation these days seems to be avoiding costly lawsuits. He is refusing to cancel the $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which I am certain offends every bone in his body. There was a contract involved and cancellation would have... more »

Cancer Cell paper under investigation following anonymous queries on PubPeer

Shelley DuBois at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
A Cancer Cell paper that caused a flurry of activity on the website PubPeer is under investigation, after the last author announced on the site that he’d requested a correction from the journal. The 2012 paper sparked a lively dialogue last month on the post-publication discussion site, as commenters questioned Western blot images in which […] The post Cancer Cell paper under investigation following anonymous queries on PubPeer appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Last Change for Ziggy Stardust

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth, you pull on a finger, then another finger then cigarette. (Rock and Roll Suicide) Baby just you shut your mouth ( China Girl) Two lyrics that are almost part of my daily vocabulary. I saw Bowie in Montreal standing centre stage arms on the boards my mind already primed to go to another dimension, and he took me there. RIP Ziggy Stardust. you will stand tall amongst Giants for eternity.

Last Change for Ziggy Stardust

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth, you pull on a finger, then another finger then cigarette. (Rock and Roll Suicide) Baby just you shut your mouth ( China Girl) Two lyrics that are almost part of my daily vocabulary. I saw Bowie in Montreal standing centre stage arms on the boards my mind already primed to go to another dimension, and he took me there. RIP Ziggy Stardust. you will stand tall amongst Giants for eternity.

Mexico Begins Extradition Proceedings Against Drug Lord

E. EDUARDO CASTILLO at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, right, is escorted by soldiers and marines to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico began the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, two days after the famed fugitive was recaptured following a dramatic, months-long hunt featuring movie stars, sewer escapes and bloody... more »

What My Pastor Did About the Rowdy Kids at Our Church

Fox News at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Church of the Resurrection] When I started going to my church in May of 2005, we had about 75 people regularly attending, and almost all of them were single. These days, our church is much larger, thanks in part to the folks who are... Continue reading *“What My Pastor Did About the Rowdy Kids at Our Church”* at *foxnews.com*.

Trump’s Campaign Is Damaging His Brand

Politico at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] If Donald Trump is nothing else, he's an American brand. The Trump name adorns luxury condominiums, hotels and golf courses around the world; it has sold a TV show, millions of books, a line of cologne and even, briefly, an... Continue reading *“Trump’s Campaign Is Damaging His Brand”* at *politico.com*.

CNN Reports American Detained by North Korean Government

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Detained] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government of North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying, CNN reported Monday. It said a man identified as Kim Dong Chul was being held by the Pyongyang government and that authorities had... more »

Asian-Inspired Turkey Meatballs with Carrot Rice

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 18 hours ago
I love meatballs, but my husband is rather indifferent toward them. He thinks they're too ordinary and too much work for all the fuss. I wanted to convince him there was a better way, so I decided to mix up the meat and the style. Italian meatballs are great, but Asian-inspired meatballs are over the top good. *INGREDIENTS* 1 cup white rice 1 cup shredded carrots 1½ lbs ground turkey 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 2 green onions, diced 1 egg 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped 4 tsp sugar 4 tsp soy sauce 2 tsp sriracha 1 Tbsp water 1 clove garlic, minced Lime wedges, for serving *PREPARATIO... more »

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 18 hours ago
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I am so excited. I love cutting out red construction paper hearts with my daughters and covering them with glitter for their dad. I love our tradition of making surf and turf as a family and I love making the Valentines that my girls will give their friends. Every year I pull together a handful of different options, they are just so much fun to make. This Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentines is one of my overall favorites. A sweet valentine, a little treat AND the recipient can play a little game? Awesome! For this Valentine you will need: ... more »

World News Briefs -- January 11, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* Aid convoy heads to besieged Syrian town amid starvation fears* BEIRUT — A convoy carrying desperately needed food aid to a besieged Syrian town set off Monday as part of a U.N-backed agreement to bring relief to people believed to be facing starvation. Several dozen vehicles bringing food and medical supplies left the Syrian capital, Damascus, for Madaya, a town near the Lebanese border cut off by Syrian forces. “We have close to 50 trucks and we are heading to Madaya now,” said Pawel Krzysiek, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, who... more »

Hillary Raises The Electability Question Again-- And The Polls Respond

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
The Clinton Machine is back to the inevitability argument which has served her so poorly in the past. And now, when they're not using the same ugly gun smears against Bernie that they used against Obama in 2008, they're pushing a corollary of inevitability: electability. But that's back-firing inherit too. Watch this ad she's running in Iowa this week. The first two-thirds are perfectly fine. And then... there she goes again... "Who's the one candidate who can stop them? Hillary Clinton, tested, tough. To stop them, stand with her." Really? When it comes to elections, she hasn't... more »

Almost Half of California Driver’s Licenses Went to Illegal Immigrants in 2015

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: California DMV] Almost 50 percent of all California driver's licenses issued in 2015 went to illegal immigrants, according to recent state reports, wrapping up the first year of a state-wide program designed to provide Department of Motor Vehicle services to those without... more »

Why Western Designers Are Embracing the Hijab

The Atlantic at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: D&G hijab] In the ground-floor Food Hall of Harrods--the storied London department store owned by the Qatari royal family--individual chocolates beautifully arrayed in glass cases are labeled according to their alcohol content, a courtesy to Muslim customers. In the top-floor shoe salon--dubbed... Continue reading *“Why Western Designers Are Embracing the Hijab”* at *theatlantic.com*.

David Bowie Dies At 69

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
The legendary singer David Bowie died on January 10th at the age of 69 His son, film director Duncan Jones (also known as Zowie Bowie) confirmed the sad news on twitter and a statement was issued on his social media accounts. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said, asking for privacy for his family. Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016 The iconic musician known for musical innovation and expe... more »

PBS: Ted Cruz and His Evangelical Pastor Father Use “Satanic” Imagery

National Review at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: David Brooks PBS Newshour] New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sen. Ted Cruz's "dark and satanic tones" are now being copied elsewhere in the Republican primary. Appearing on PBS's Newshour this weekend, Brooks said, "Cruz is somehow beginning to get some momentum from Iowa... Continue reading *“PBS: Ted Cruz and His Evangelical Pastor Father Use “Satanic” Imagery”* at *nationalreview.com*.

New Documentary Tells Story of Pro-Life Hero ‘Mary Doe’ of Doe v. Bolton

Allan Parker at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: A legal battle distorted the life story of Sandra Cano, “Mary Doe” in Doe v. Bolton.] Her name is not known to most Americans. A few might recognize "Mary Doe" of the famous U.S. Supreme Court case, Doe v. Bolton; Sandra Cano was that “Mary Doe." This case and its more well-known companion case Roe v. Wade... more »

The Moral Crises of 2016, Predicted

Michael Cook at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: transgender - 900] The Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad (Christian Daily) asked Mercatornet editor Michael Cook to do an ethical forecast for the coming year. Here is an edited version of his contribution. What will be the ethical controversies in the headlines of 2016?... more »

How Abortion Became a Party-Line Issue

John Murdock at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Washington D.C., USA - January 22, 2015; A Pro-Life woman clashes with a group of Pro-Choice demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court.] To the surprise of no one, President Obama just rang in 2016 with an election year veto -- protecting his signature legislation, Obamacare, and one of his core constituencies, the friends of Planned Parenthood. Republicans in Congress had voted overwhelmingly to... more »

Storm Clouds Form: WaPo Journalist Who Broke Watergate Now Comparing Hillary Scandal to Watergate

National Review/John Fund at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to the world's major problems.] Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal has been a difficult one for the public to understand and for journalists to explain. But Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who helped uncover Watergate 40 years ago, clarified th... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 11, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. flies B-52 over South Korea after North's nuclear test* The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, a show of force following North Korea's nuclear test last week. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that Wednesday's test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a U.S. threat of nuclear war. North Korea's fourth nuclear test angered both China, its main ally, and the United States, although the U.S. government and weapons experts doubt the North's claim that the device was ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 19 hours ago
*British High School students to be taught that the nation's earliest inhabitants were Africans who were in Britain before the English * GCSE students are to be taught that some of our nation’s earliest inhabitants were Africans who arrived here long before the English. The Mail on Sunday has discovered that the extraordinary rewriting of our island’s history – the politically correct work of a Marxist academic – will be offered to thousands of history students throughout England from September. Its creators claim the course addresses the ‘white male-dominated’ view of history ... more »

Latest Drivel From The Telegraph’s New Weather Expert

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The latest nonsense from the Telegraph’s new weather “expert”! I can only assume he has been reading the Daily Express. Apparently this is the normal weather unchanged over generations, that Myles Allen lies about refers to: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly As has been suggested, it turns out that Peter Stanford […]

Nine Critical Facts About the Supreme Court Case That Could End Forced Union Dues

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: supreme court__1440940386_70.119.142.63] The U.S. Supreme Court will hear from 10 teachers Monday in a case that could upend decades of labor law by granting public-sector workers the right refuse to pay union dues. Generations of lawmakers and legal experts have struggled with the question... more »

Rubio Shifts Immigration Focus to National Security Concerns

KATHLEEN RONAYNE & SERGIO BUSTOS at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks during a town hall campaign stop, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Concord, N.H.] BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) -- Marco Rubio is increasingly portraying immigration as a national security issue rather than a question of what to do with millions of people in the country illegally, a sign of his evolving stance on a topic... more »

Iconic Singer David Bowie Dies at 69

MESFIN FEKADU at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: In this Sept. 14, 1995, file photo, David Bowie performs in Hartford, Conn. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.] NEW YORK (AP) -- David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just... more »

David Bowie Has Died At 69

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** 'Look up here, I'm in heaven': David Bowie's 'parting gift' to his devastated fans - a haunting last video released just three days before he lost his secret 18-month battle with cancer* * David Bowie has died aged 69 after battling cancer in secret for 18 months * Bowie recorded his final album Blackstar while fighting the disease and last week released a video showing himself in a hospital bed * Producer Tony Visconti said the singer had known for a year that he was dying and the album is a 'parting gift' to the world * Star's son Duncan says he is 'very sorry and ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*Climate Change Is Taking A Toll On Farmers’ Mental Health (?)* *The nonsense below simply assumes what it has to prove. And what it presumes is wrong. Recent droughts have not been caused by global warming because there has been no warming. Drought sure is hard on farmers but that is all that they have to report below.But, Hey! Let's not be hard on these Warmist galoots. Let's give them their assumption that warming is happening. Will that cause droughts? Hardly. A warmer earth will mean warmer oceans -- which will evaporate off more water vapour -- which will fall as... more »

The SAS's New Military Drone Resembles A Klingon 'Bird of Prey'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*The SUN:* *Blow me up, Scotty! New drone’s like a Klingon spaceship from Star Trek* *Military drone resembles Bird of Prey from sci-fi show.* THIS military drone looking like something out of Star Trek is set to help SAS troops track terror targets worldwide for months at a time. The sophisticated and lightweight solar-powered Zephyr 8, resembling a Klingon Bird of Prey spaceship, flies at 70,000ft, above commercial jet routes and the weather. *Update #1:* Drone that looks like a Star Trek spaceship! Zephyr 8 has an 82ft wingspan and is set to help SAS troops track terror target... more »

CIA Veteran: Adolf Hitler 'Faked His Death Then Fled To Tenerife'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Baer believes Adolf Hitler, centre, could have easily faked his own death and flown out of Berlin *Mirror*:* Adolf Hitler 'faked his death then fled to Tenerife' CIA veteran claims* Bob Baer claims he has 'proof' the fascist leader faked his own death and fled to the Canary Islands A veteran CIA agent claims to have proof Hitler faked his own death in his bunker at the end of the Second World War. The team have used a collection of never-before-seen documents to develop the theory that Hitler did not actually kill himself and instead fled to the Canary Islands. Veteran CIA agen... more »

From Copenhagen To Delhi: 'Smart Cities' Call For Smart Solutions - Like Cycling

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 19 hours ago
The Ecologist, Countercurrents, RINF, CounterPunch, Global Research *Request for support - click here* “Every increase in motorized speed creates new demands on space and time. The use of the bicycle is self-limiting. It allows people to create a new relationship between their life-space and their life-time, between their territory and the pulse of their being, without destroying their inherited balance. The advantages of modern self-powered traffic are obvious, and ignored.” Ivan Illich India’s cities are in crisis. They are clogged with traffic, choked with pollution, blighted ... more »

Peter Arne

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
"The role of Range was originally supposed to be played by Peter Arne, a character actor perhaps best known for his roles in the films Victor/Victoria and Return of the Pink Panther, as well as several guest roles on The Avengers. Following a wardrobe test for the part, Arne returned to his flat where he was bludgeoned to death by an unknown assailant. The role was rapidly recast with William Lucas. While a student Arne was in a relationship with, and who was later found floating dead in the Thames, remains a prime suspect, the identity and motive of Arne's killer is a mystery to ... more »

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, U.S. Seek Roadmap to Peace

KATHY GANNON at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: In this photo released by Associated Press of Pakistan, Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, right, shakes hands with Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the Pakistani prime minister on foreign affairs, prior to meeting of delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and United States who hope to lay the roadmap for peace talks with the Taliban, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.] ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A key gathering opened on Monday in Islamabad in which four countries -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States -- hope to lay the roadmap to peace... more »

Monday Round up: It's the Economy, stupid!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
*Gary Rawnsley (@GDRaber sent around this Taipei Times cartoon from 2000, still applicable today.* *WIDELY SEEN ON THE TAIWAN INTERNET*: Ko Wen-je biked from Taipei to Kaohsiung this weekend. And all over the Taiwan net, netizens are saying: "if an old man can do that in a day, what's your excuse for not going home to vote this weekend?" The young are pushing each other out to vote. Young people are standing up for Taiwan, according to Channel News Asia. Want to see how the young are thinking? Reflections from a first time voter at The News Lens. *EAST ASIA FORUM STILL NOT ADMITTI... more »

Russian President Putin Is Interviewed By The German Newspaper Bild

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in Sochi on January 5th. Bild *Business Insider/BILD*: *Putin defends Russia's recent aggression, blames US and Europe for rising tensions* Germany's leading newspaper Bild has published an exclusive interview with Russia's president Vladimir Putin. In partnership with Bild, Business Insider has published an English translation below. Putin discussed the Kremlin's relationship with Germany, tensions with the NATO alliance, and the common threat of terrorism Russia shares with the West. Putin — currently juggling Russia's interve... more »

BWorld 37, World rule of law index and the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last January 08, 2016. Among the gut issues that directly affect the ordinary people in many countries in the world is the peace and order situation, their freedom from criminality and terrorism, freedom from thieves, abductors and murderers. In the Philippines, this situation is graphically represented by a huge number of private security guards almost everywhere: in schools and universities, office buildings and residential villages, malls and shops, banks and factories, airports and seaports, farms and resorts, and many other places. This s... more »

Precesssion of the Skies - reversing through the Zodiac - acceleration and deceleration of Sun-Sirius binary

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
Free Planet recently posted a piece about the Precession of the Stars across the Heavens as described by Walter Cruttenden in his *LOST STAR OF MYTH AND TIME*. I've thought long and hard about this Sun-Sirius orbiting relationship and realised that, "Were Sun-Sirius to come within one hundred Astronomical Units of each other (as suggested by Walter vis-a-vis the rubbed-tight edge of each star's *Kuiper Belt*) then this would surely be cataclysmic for life on this planet." Gravitational effects, asteroids loosed upon us, tidal imbalance, ice-age melt floods, seismic instability, *ca... more »

Is President Obama Privately Campaigning To Become The Next Secretary-General Of The United Nations?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 24, 2014. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE *Washington Times*: *Netanyahu leading effort to thwart Obama bid for U.N. chief* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly is planning payback for President Obama’s dismissing Mr. Netanyahu’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal last year. Mr. Netanyahu is said to be rallying moderate Arabs to thwart Mr. Obama’s bid to become the Secretary-General of the United Nations after he leaves the White House next year. Mr. ... more »

LIGO rumor: a merger of 2 black holes has been heard

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*Masses of both black holes exceed 10 solar masses* Because many of us eagerly expect the announcement of a hugely exciting discovery (direct detection) of the gravitational waves, the background image shows three rural experiments: LIGO in Hanford WA (the brown "desert"), LIGO in Livingston LA (the forest, an identical gadget thousands of miles away), and VIRGO in Italy (the green fields beneath mountains). All these experiments are L-shaped pairs of orthogonal tunnels. The length of each LIGO bitunnel is 2x 4 kilometers; VIRGO has 2x 3 kilometers. Their mechanism is the same and t... more »

Did Hillary Clinton's Emails Contain NSA Intercepts?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, Libya October 18, 2011. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE *Observer News:** Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear* *Does the latest release of Hillary’s State Department emails include highly classified U.S. intelligence?* Back in October I told you that Hillary Clinton’s email troubles were anything but over, and that the scandal over her misuse of communications while she was Secretary of State was sure to get worse. Sure enough, EmailGate continues to be a thorn in t... more »

Do The Clintons Believe In Aliens?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Hillary to open the X-Files: Clinton promises to 'get to the bottom' of Area 51 if she becomes President and stuns reporter by saying 'I think we may have been visited already'* * Hillary Clinton reportedly made the promise when speaking with The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire * Clinton had previously interviewed with the same reporter in 2007 * In 2014, Bill Clinton told late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel that he wouldn't be surprised if aliens visited Earth * Hillary Clinton appeared to agree with her husband's comments last week * She said she would 'get to the bot... more »

David Bowie R. I. P

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
https://youtu.be/YYjBQKIOb-w It was David Bowie's 69th birthday on Friday and I almost posted a track of his to celebrate. But which one? There were too many great songs. So rather than choose one or two from dozens, I didn't post anything. Today I wake to the need that one of, if not the, greatest pop and rock artistes of my lifetime has passed away, another victim of cancer. What a loss... Here's Heroes... Because he was one to millions.

Military Photo of the Day: January 11, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Snow Removal-900] New Mexico National Guard soldiers provide emergency snow removal assistance outside of Dexter, N.M., on Dec. 31, 2015. Thank you to the National Guard for helping communities around the nation!

These Are The Nine Members Of The Nuclear Club

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY:* *The Nuclear Club: Who are the 9 members?* Nine countries are known to possess nuclear weapons. The United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea have among them approximately 15,850 nuclear weapons — 4,300 of them deployed with operational forces, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The institute, an independent organization whose research centers on global security, said 1,800 of those weapons are kept in a state of high operational alert. The number of nuclear we...more »

Fall-Out From Sean Penn's Interview With Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ioan Grillo, Time*: *The Actor, the Kingpin, and Mexico’s Drug War as Entertainment* The war between narcos has inspired books, movies, TV shows and more In the low budget action flick El Bazukaco 2 (Big Bazooka 2) the crazed-looking cartel killer pops his head out of the moving SUV on a Mexican road and fires a bazooka, blowing up an enemy gunman. The film was released in 2012 and became an instant hit for fans of the straight-to-DVD genre, known as narco peliculas. Meanwhile, on a real street in Mexico in 2014, a real crazed cartel killer stepped out of a house with a real baz...more »

"We will kill or be killed... as soon as we get our tampons, slippers and French vanilla creamer."

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
Somehow, I doubt when John Brown took Harper's Ferry in 1859, he ever asked for any of this shit. To show us all what deadly, masculine, manly men are the Oregon occupiers of that federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, they've used social media to tell their supporters what exactly they need. And, no, it doesn't just stop at "snackies." Courtesy of the Twitter feed of JJ McNab, the antigovernment terrorism expert at Forbes, we now know what living rough, Ammon Bundy-style, *really* means. The OR militants have updated their wish list. pic.twitter.com/ZmDB3XC4Ag — JJ MacNa... more »

"One Day..."

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

“It’s Official: Americans R Stupid”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “It’s Official: Americans R Stupid”* By Michael Snyder “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” - George Orwell "As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though mo... more »

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Obnoxious Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ted Cruz Goes Into Full Creep Mode"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"5 Obnoxious Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Ted Cruz Goes Into Full Creep Mode"* by Janet Allon "President Obama's emotional plea for action on gun control early this week gained plaudits from sane people and sent the right into paroxysms of idiocy as the world got its first taste of Obama tears trutherism. The end of the week brought Ted Cruz bragging about committing child abuse, while also creepily sexualizing it, and Ben Carson humiliating a child who had the misfortune of attending his rally. These were just two of the outstanding moments in the right-wing's noxious idiocy t... more »

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, “My Silent Knowing”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, “My Silent Knowing” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f__Ml77XTQ

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What's happening to our Sun? Another Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)! The Sun-orbiting SOHO spacecraft has imaged many erupting filaments lifting off the active solar surface and blasting enormous bubbles of magnetic plasma into space. Direct light from the sun is blocked in the inner part of the featured image, taken in 2002, and replaced by a simultaneous image of the Sun in ultraviolet light. The field of view extends over two million kilometers from the solar surface. *Click image for larger size.* While hints of these explosive events, called coronal mass ejections or CMEs, were d... more »

"My Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Chet Raymo, "That Cottage of Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"That Cottage of Darkness"* by Chet Raymo "Theresa asked those of us who count ourselves agnostic to comment on Julian Barnes' book "Nothing To Be Frightened Of," reviewed by Garrison Keillor in the New York Times Book Review. Barnes, a professed agnostic, writes about his obsessive preoccupation with death at age sixty-two. Apparently (according to Keillor) it is a rather gloomy book, redeemed by affectionate family reminiscences. Since I have not read the book, I cannot comment on it, but I think what Theresa wants from us is testimony as to how agnostics deal with the prospect ...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Illusion of Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Illusion of Truth"* by PsyBlog "We see ads for the same products over and over again. Politicians repeat the same messages endlessly (even when it has nothing to do with the question they've been asked). Journalists repeat the same opinions day after day. Can all this repetition really be persuasive? ‧ It seems too simplistic that just repeating a persuasive message should increase its effect, but that's exactly what psychological research finds (again and again). Repetition is one of the easiest and most widespread methods of persuasion. In fact it's so obvious that we someti... more »

"The Consequences You Sow: Action and Effect"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Consequences You Sow: * *Action and Effect"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We should strive always to speak, think, and behave with great thoughtfulness and compassion. All motive and action affects the cosmos in some way. The principle of cause and effect is the truth that allows us to change ourselves and the world around us for the better. However, this same universal law is also at work when change is not at the forefront of our minds. Our intentions flow forever outward in the form of energy, affecting both the people closest to us and billions of individuals we will li... more »

Top Commander Fired For Exposing Obama’s Purchase Of Dubai Palace

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating the Kremlin states that one of the United States top Navy commanders, Admiral Rick Williams, was fired after he sent out an email detailing plans by President Obama to purchase a multi-million dollar villa in Dubai. Admiral Williams emailed a query on 8 January to the US Naval Institute’s “Readiness Kill Chain” “recipients/responders” list asking why Navy security and intelligence personal had been dispatched from Camp David to Dubai on what he termed an “Obama house hunting mission”. 8 hours after sending the email, the comma... more »

Murdered Doctors Had Discovered Cancer-Causing Enzymes In Vaccines

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The recent cases of holistic doctors who were being killed in Florida all had one thing in common: They had discovered that the nagalase enzyme protein is being intentionally added to vaccines administered to humans. Nagalese prevents vitamin D from being produced in the body, and stops the human body of being able to naturally kill cancer cells. Thebigriddle.com reports: Nagalase is a protein that’s also created by all cancer cells. This protein is also found in very high concentrations in autistic children. And they’re PUTTING it in our vaccines!! This prevents the body from util... more »

Turmeric: The Cancer Killer Putting Chemotherapy To Shame

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A new study published in the journal Anticancer Research has revealed that turmeric is more effective at killing cancer cells than traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. The main nutrient in turmeric is curcumin, and it is this curcuminoid that has the ability to selectively and safely target cancer stem cells, whilst having very little toxicity on normal stem cells. Wakingtimes.com reports: Titled, “Curcumin and Cancer Stem Cells: Curcumin Has Asymmetrical Effects on Cancer and Normal Stem Cells,” the study describes the wide range of molecular mechanism... more »

Vietnam Accuses China Of Threatening Regional Air Security In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC*: *Vietnam accuses China of threatening regional air safety* Vietnam has accused China of threatening regional air safety by conducting unannounced flights through its airspace to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, state media reported. Forty-six such incidents were logged by aviation authorities in the first week of January, the reports said. Protest letters have been sent to Beijing and the UN's aviation body. Vietnam is among several nations challenging China's claims of sovereignty in the area. *WNU Editor:* Vietnam is also going beyond just issuing protests .... *V... more »

North Korea Makes A Very Good Point About Nuclear Deterrence

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*The leader's good humour raises the morale of the people and adds to the bitterness of the country's irrational enemies. * *An excerpt from, "‘H-bomb of justice’: Pyongyang brings up Iraq & Libya doom as nuclear deterrence justification" RT, January 9, 2016: * Pyongyang called nuclear deterrence the *“strongest treasured sword”* in protecting peace and security. Referencing the US-led NATO interventions in Iraq in 2003 and in Libya in 2011, the North argued that the possession of nuclear weapons by those countries at the time could have averted their demise. *“The Saddam Hussein... more »

Obama Hints At Closing Guantanamo Bay By Executive Order

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Obama has vowed to keep his promise and close Guantanamo Bay before his presidency ends this year, according to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. The U.S. President says he will give Congress a chance to close the detention facility, before moving to the next step if they fail to act. He has hinted that if Congress fail to approve plans to close the controversial prison, he will use executive powers in order to do so. Presstv.com reports: “He feels an obligation to the next president. He will fix this so that they don’t have to be confronted with the same set of ... more »

British Intelligence Tried To Recruit ‘Jihadi John’, Says Report

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Britain’s intelligence agency MI5 attempted to recruit ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ in order to become a double agent gathering intelligence on the Islamic State for Britain. The ISIS militant, who’s real name is Siddhartha Dhar, managed to flee to Syria before MI5 persuaded him to join. Thehindu.com reports: Dhar, who was dubbed the “new Jihadi John” after he emerged as the key suspect as the masked terrorist seen in a recent IS video threatening an attack on Britain, was allegedly contacted twice by MI5 officers before he was arrested for terrorist offences, the Sunday Times repo... more »

China Orders Banks To Drop The U.S. Dollar

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
China have suspended their banks from the Foreign Exchange markets and ordered them to stop buying U.S. Dollars. China’s foreign exchange regulator has ordered bank’s to limit the purchases of U.S. dollars for at least one month in an attempt to stem capital outflows. Superstation95.com reports: The move comes as China reported its biggest annual drop in foreign exchange reserves on record in 2015, while the central bank has allowed a sharp slide in the Yuan currency to multi-year lows, raising fears of more capital flight. All banks in certain trading hubs, including Shenzhen, rec... more »

Nestle, Pepsi Fined For Hiding GMO Ingredients

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Six major food manufacturers, including Nestle, and PepsiCo have been given fines by the Brazilian government due to the concealment of GMO ingredients in the labelling of their products. The fines range from $277,400 to just over $1 million, totalling $3 million altogether. Nationofchange.org reports: The ministry’s decision came after a 2010 investigation carried out by Brazil’s Consumer Protection Agency, Senacon, which detected GMOs in various food products sold by the companies in Brazilian markets. Senacon accused the companies of violating Brazilian consumer rights, including... more »

British Columbia LNG Spinfest Continues...AltaCorp and AltaGas Edition

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*Written By Grant* Here we go again.....I have written on many occasions ....Every time when bad news on the LNG front rears it`s ugly head out comes LNG spin articles from the BC Liberal spindoctors....We had a waste of words article from the British Columbia Oil and Gas commission about how they granted LNG Canada(Shell) a "key permit"....Then we had the energy industry captive regulator, also know as the NEB story about how they granted a 40 year export license.... We already beat those dead horse articles into the ground in this posting. http://powellriverpersuader.blogspo... more »

Can The GOP Establishment Stop Trumpf Without Enabling Cruz?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
What do delusional wing nuts say to each other when they're alone-- even alone on a radio station in the country's biggest media market? Well on the nutty 970-AM show John Catsimatidis does on Sundays, crackpot "economist" Arthur Laffer said that he will be surprised "if the Republicans don’t take 45, 46, 47 states out of the 50" in the November election. "I think we’re going to landslide this election... When I look at these candidates, I don’t see one of them who wouldn’t do a great job as president. I think Donald Trump is phenomenal, I think Rand Paul has done a great job, I ev... more »

Russian President Putin Interviewed By The German Newspaper Bild

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in Sochi on January 5th. Bild *Business Insider/BILD*: *Putin defends Russia's recent aggression, blames US and Europe for rising tensions* Germany's leading newspaper Bild has published an exclusive interview with Russia's president Vladimir Putin. In partnership with Bild, Business Insider has published an English translation below. Putin discussed the Kremlin's relationship with Germany, tensions with the NATO alliance, and the common threat of terrorism Russia shares with the West. Putin — currently juggling Russia's interve... more »

Did The CIA Recruit Actor Sean Penn?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Twitter was set ablaze this week as rumours emerged that Hollywood actor Sean Penn might be a CIA spy. The actor met with one of the world’s most wanted drug lords, El Chapo, in the jungle shortly before he was apprehended by the Mexican military. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Supposedly the entire ‘clandestine horror show’ – as Penn put it – was part of a research project to develop a Netflix-style drama about Guzmán and his prison break. Though Penn insists he went to extreme lengths to hide the meeting from authorities, the details have sparked widespread speculation that he was in f... more »

Rove: If Herr Trumpf Is The Nominee, The GOP Will Lose The White House And The Senate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The U.K. sports betting site PaddyPower.com, has a politics section and a U.S. politics subsection. They're giving odds that Rubio edges out Herr Trumpf for the GOP nomination and they're giving odds that Hillary will be the next president. They give 200 to 1 odds on Santorum getting the nomination and 300 to 1 odds that Santorum wins the presidency. No where in their calculus though is the deadlocked, brokered convention and a Paul Ryan nomination. Apparently Rove takes up some space at the *Wall Street Journal* every year with a column-full of predictions. Poor man must be in a... more »

Dadaist Film 1928

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Aid Has Yet To Arrive To The Starving Syrians Of Madaya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times*: *Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying* BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the hills near the Lebanese border, an hour’s drive from downtown Damascus, much of a Syrian town is starving, according to residents and international humanitarian workers. The town, Madaya, is controlled by rebels and encircled by pro-government forces with barbed wire, land mines and snipers. The people in the town make soups of grass, spices and olive leaves. They eat donkeys and cats. They arrive, collapsing, at a clinic that offers little but rehydration salts. Neighb... more »

Three Theories of Donald Trump’s Rise

FiveThirtyEight/Nate Silver at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Donald Trump's rise] "HOW TRUMP WON" blares the headline on this week's Time magazine cover in 80-point Duplicate Ionic. "Now he just needs the votes," whispers the small subheadline underneath. Oh, just that little detail? Trump actually needs people to vote for him?... Continue reading *“Three Theories of Donald Trump’s Rise”* at *fivethirtyeight.com*.

Do The Clintons Believe In Aliens?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *Hillary to open the X-Files: Clinton promises to 'get to the bottom' of Area 51 if she becomes President and stuns reporter by saying 'I think we may have been visited already'* * Hillary Clinton reportedly made the promise when speaking with The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire * Clinton had previously interviewed with the same reporter in 2007 * In 2014, Bill Clinton told late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel that he wouldn't be surprised if aliens visited Earth * Hillary Clinton appeared to agree with her husband's comments last week * She said she would 'get to the bot... more »

In support of voluntary euthanasia

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Blogger Mark Hubbard checked out from his own blog a few weeks back with **this post* *. He very kindly joins us here this week with this guest post based on his submission to the forthcoming select committee hearing on euthanasia…* *Of course* New Zealanders should have the appropriate law under which I, and they, have the *choice* to die with dignity if my personal circumstances warrant it--and not just in cases of *terminal* illness. I only wonder why it has taken so long to look at this issue, and how can individuals from that major lobby against euthanasia, Christians, b... more »

What Do the Oregon Standoff, Third World Poverty and the Ukrainian Famine Have in Common?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: ukraine_famine] Last time I showed how the Oregon showdown centers on property rights, and the federal government's attempt to clear out private farmers so it can keep on expanding public land. Private property is a fundamental right, which Pope Leo XIII went...more »

Will The Iran - Saudi Rift Impact The Syrian Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Saudi Arabia, Iran say dispute won't affect Syria talks* Saudi Arabia and Iran said on Sunday that an escalating dispute between the two countries would not affect international efforts to end the war in Syria, even as a large Syrian rebel group cast doubt on the United Nations-led peace process. The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said in a statement after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Tehran that Iran had assured him that the row would not upset talks set for later this month. De Mistura is shuttling around the region to shore up support f... more »

The Rift Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Defense News:* *Saudi Arabia Provoked Iran To Cover Economic Woes, Analysts Say* DUBAI and WASHINGTON — The ongoing standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran is born out the kingdom's economic woes, according to Gulf analysts. Saudi Arabia faces significant problems on multiple fronts, including new and serious domestic and foreign policy concerns. "Its economy is suffering considerably from the low cost of petroleum, which, for complex reasons, Riyadh itself is helping to maintain," said Hussien Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. "Curre... more »

Pope Francis Answers the Question: What Might Have Been?

Crux/John L. Allen, Jr. at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: John Paul I] In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and Americans ever since have pondered what might have been. Fifteen years later, the Catholic Church faced the same question about Pope John Paul I, the "Smiling Pope" who exuded warmth and... Continue reading *“Pope Francis Answers the Question: What Might Have Been?”* at *cruxnow.com*.

Phoenix VA Execs to Return to Work after Almost Two Years of Administrative Leave

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 08: Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire after reports of the deaths of 40 patients forced to wait for medical care at the Phoenix VA hospital.] Phoenix VA executive Lance Robinson recently said he wants to be fired or put back to work, and it looks like he'll get his wish. After remaining on administrative leave for almost two years because of close proximity to the... more »

"You Can Never Tell..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"You can never tell what people have inside them until you start taking it away, one hope at a time." - Gregory David Roberts

Satire: “ISIS Chief Abruptly Cancels Meeting with Sean Penn”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“ISIS Chief Abruptly Cancels Meeting with Sean Penn”* by Andy Borowitz HOLLYWOOD (The Borowitz Report)—Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group known as ISIS, has cancelled a long awaited meeting with the actor Sean Penn, a spokesman for the group announced on Sunday. The spokesman gave no reason for the abrupt cancellation, but said that al-Baghdadi no longer felt that meeting with Penn would be “prudent.” A publicist for the film actor said that he was “disappointed” by the sudden termination of his appointment with the ISIS chief, and noted that Penn had gotten hims...more »

"How It Really Is"

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

The Poet: William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Second Coming"* *․ * "Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the h...more »

Two-Faced War Criminal Obama Tries To Score Moral Points By Inviting Syrian Refugee To The State Of Union Address

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Two-faced war criminal and terrorist supporter President Obama is trying to score moral points with his brainwashed public and with the world by inviting a Syrian refugee to his State of Union Address.* *An excerpt from, "Syrian refugee among first lady's guests for State of Union" by Kevin Freking, AP, January 10, 2016:* A Syrian scientist stricken with cancer and seeking a new start for his family in Michigan will represent Syrian refugees as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama for the president's final State of the Union address. President Barack Obama has committed to accepti... more »

Jan. 10: Books, books.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
When thinking about current events, it helps to take a look at history. It's a little tricky to do that because we all have prejudices that get in the way of seeing history as it really was. For example, the popular view of the history of world war two is that we – Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Britain (and maybe France) defeated Hitler in that war. The first hole in that version is that, despite de Gaulle, a very large part of France agreed with Hitler and supported the Axis side. But there's also a much bigger hole in it. The greater part, by far, of the German forces... more »

The most dangerous Man on the Planet

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Muammad Bin Suluman? Has any country in the world been more destructive in the past 30 years than Saudi Arabia? The question is where they leading or being led? All the good guys are were they best allies and enablers.

Killer Headline From CES Las Vegas

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
ISIS launches driverless car bomb!

(Trumped Self!)  White Men in Cargo Pants Were Shooters in San Bernardino  (Another Fabricated Jobs Report - New Jobs Pay Less & Are Part-Time No Benefits)  How America's Corrupt Press Are Destroying the Country

Start with a funny? 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

French Premier, Jewish Leaders Mark Attack on Kosher Market

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: French President Francois Hollande, 2nd right, and mayor of Montrouge Jean-Loup Metton, right, lay a wreath of flowers honoring late policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe who died in last year's January attacks in Montrouge south of Paris, Saturday Jan. 9, 2016. Hollande is honoring 17 victims killed in Islamic extremist attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a kosher market and police a year ago this week, unveiling plaques around Paris marking violence that ushered in a tumultuous year.] PARIS (AP) -- France’s prime minister lamented the growing number of departures of ... more »

Powerful US Bomber Flies over South Korea as Standoff Deepens

FOSTER KLUG & AHN YOUNG-JOON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The powerful U.S. B-52 bomber flew low over South Korea on Sunday, a clear show of force from the United States as a Cold War-style standoff deepened between its ally Seoul and North Korea following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test.] OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) -- A powerful U.S. B-52 bomber flew low over South Korea on Sunday, a clear show of force from the United States as a Cold War-style standoff deepened between its ally Seoul and North... more »

Trump Praises North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un For Being A Dictator

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has praised North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-Un, for being a tough dictator. Trump is in awe of Kim Jong-Un for the way he ruthlessly exterminates his adversaries, considering his young age. “You’ve got to give him credit,” Trump said. The Donald went on to say: “Even though it is a culture, and it’s a cultural thing, he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible.” The Independent reports: Speaking at a Republican rally in Iowa on Saturday, Mr Trump was met with a silent protest as he repeated his now-familiar assertion that M... more »

Egypt’s First Parliament in Three Years Convenes

HAMZA HENDAWI at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Egypt's legislature meets for the first time in three years, a 596-seat chamber packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Cairo, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The assembly, elected in November and December, is also the first elected chamber since el-Sissi, as military chief, led the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following massive protests against the Islamist leader and his Muslim Brotherhood.] CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt’s first legislature in more than three years, a 596-seat chamber packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, held its inaugura... more »

GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz Will Win Iowa Caucus, Beat Trump

THE HILL at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Iowa caucus] “It'll be between Trump and Cruz, and if I had to bet a dime, I think it will be Cruz,” Rich Galen told The Hill. Continue reading *“GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz Will Win Iowa Caucus, Beat Trump”* at *thehill.com*.

No Foreign Policy Risks For President Obama In His Final Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he holds his end of the year news conference at the White House in Washington December 18, 2015. REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA *Matt Spetalnick, Reuters:* *As foreign crises pile up, Obama seen taking few risks in final year* As Barack Obama prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the U.S. president and his aides have insisted he will not be content simply to run out the clock on foreign policy and is acting decisively to tackle crises piling up around the globe. But former U.S. officials and experts familiar with th... more »

Another 10 (+ 1): replies to Dana Nuccitelli.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
*Anthony Cox* This 10 worst is in response to serial alarmist, Dana Nuccitelli’s response to Roy Spencer’s10 ( + 1) best sceptical arguments against alarmism. Dana did his little rejoinder some time ago but as far as I can tell no one has taken him to task. Dana’s 10 are so egregious and wrong I had to respond. Dana previously photoshopped himself as a Nazi SourceDana starts with a snide crack about Roy’s comment about *global warming Nazis*, which is an ironic (not that Dana would appreciate the irony) reversal of the alarmists’ frequent comparison of sceptics with Holocaust denier... more »

Election.... from 1977

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
A friend who is cleaning out his grandfather's closets sent this to me: This is an article we found hidden inside an old radio from November 5th, 1977. It describes the upcoming local elections and describes how there are 58 candidates running with 41 representing he KMT and 17 dangwai. This election would prove to be a watershed moment in Taiwan's democratic history as one of the dangwai candidates was none other than Hsu Hsin-Laing, and the ballot irregularities in his district would go on to spark the Chung-Li incident in which the regime was forced to show its weak hand amid... more »

Millionaire Rapper Blac Youngsta Detained By Atlanta Police By Mistake

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Rapper ‘Blac Youngsta’ was detained outside an Atlanta bank after withdrawing $200,000 on Friday. In a case of mistaken identity, the Georgia Wells Fargo bank confused him with a suspected check fraudster. The 25-year-old millionaire said they targeted him because he was black and rich and didn’t fit their stereotype. NY Daily News reports: Sam Benson, who goes by the stage name Blac Youngsta, says he’s a millionaire and he definitely had enough socked away to withdraw $200,000 to buy a new luxury sedan. He and his entourage stopped by a Wells Fargo Friday afternoon during a tour st...more »

Ranchers’ Cause, Not Tactics, Gains Support in GOP Circles

NICHOLAS RICCARDI at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ranching Standoff Pro_perr__1451849250_173.71.16.53] DENVER (AP) -- Republicans have widely condemned the armed standoff by a group of ranchers to reclaim federal land in eastern Oregon, but their goal of taking back some of Washington’s vast holdings in the West has gained traction in... more »

Arab League Condemns Iranian ‘Meddling’ in Arab Affairs

Nour Youssef at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Arab foreign ministers attend an emergency Arab League session in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. At the meeting Arab foreign ministers called on Arab states to take a clear position against Iran's alleged meddling in Arab affairs. Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Iran at an emergency Arab League session of intentionally failing to protect Saudi diplomatic posts.] CAIRO (AP) -- Arab foreign ministers, with the exception of Lebanon, condemned in a Sunday statement what they called Iran’... more »

B-52 Nuclear Bomber Flies Over South Korea To Remind Kim Jong Un

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The United States flew a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber capable of carrying nuclear bombs over its ally South Korea yesterday. The move was a show of force, to remind North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after his country carried out a nuclear test last week, who is boss when it comes to self defense. Reuters UK video: The U.S. deploys a B-52 bomber and fighter jets to fly over its ally South Korea, in a show of alliance following North Korea’s nuclear test. Rough cut (no reporter narration). The Straits Times reports: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that last Wednesday’... more »

The Lady of Shalott (detail)

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Details from masterworks can often be as engrossing as the main canvas. This nearly abstract section of John William Waterhouse's Lady of Shallot is given life by the beautifully drawn small bird. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

The Evil And Insane Governments In The U.S. And UK Give The World Another ISIL Figurehead

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Out with the old, in with the new.* "Last year, the former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas revealed that "two years before the Arab spring", he was told in London that a war on Syria was planned. "I am going to tell you something," he said in an interview with the French TV channel LPC, "I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria... Britain was organising an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister for Foreign... more »

Are North Korean's Crazy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Warlike: The 30-year-old dictator has issued a series of thundering pronouncements directed at the West *Joel S. Wit, New York Times*: *How ‘Crazy’ Are the North Koreans?* Washington — AS someone who has spent most of the past 25 years of his professional life in the United States government, think tanks and academia trying to stop the North Korean nuclear weapons program, I found last week’s nuclear test and the events that followed depressingly familiar. They reminded me of Captain Renault’s famous line from “Casablanca” just before he shuts down Rick’s Café: “I’m shocked, shocke... more »

The Economy: “Are We Seeing The Beginning Of A 90% Fall In Stocks?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Are We Seeing The Beginning Of A 90% Fall In Stocks?”* by Egon von Greyerz “We ended 2015 as yet another year when most investors felt safe with their stocks, bonds, property and other investments. But sentiment can change very quickly and since the year end the Chinese market is down 14%, the S&P down 6% and most global markets down 6-10%. Most investors had been hoping that the investment Shangri-La would continue for another year. Little do they realize that current values in no way reflects real values or risk. As we know, markets can remain irrational for a very long time. T... more »

Call for Supplies as Oregon Standoff Enters Second Week

Rick Bowmer at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Men stand guard after members of the "3% of Idaho" group along with several other organizations arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, near Burns, Ore. A small, armed group has been occupying a remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest federal land use policies.] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The occupation of national wildlife area by a small, armed group upset over federal land policies stretched into its second week as the mother of the group’s leader asked supporters to send supplies -- everything from warm... more »

Judge Dismisses Inmate’s Rights Lawsuit — With a Poem

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pencil, Writing, Letter, Poem, Poetry] COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A judge used a five-stanza poem to dismiss an Ohio prisoner’s lawsuit over bathroom access, writing that “neither runs nor constipation can justify this litigation.” Franklin County Judge David Cain concluded the inmate didn’t have a... more »

Over 200 Boys Abused In Choir Run By Pope Benedict’s Brother

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
At least 231 children in a choir that was run by the former Pope’s brother, have allegedly been beaten and sexually abused for decades. The famous Catholic boys’ choir in Germany was condcuted by Pope Benedict’s elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994 when most of the claimed abuses took place. The journal.ie reports: The Domspatzen, a 1,000-year-old choir in Regensburg, Bavaria, was dragged into the massive sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church in 2010, when allegations of assaults that took place several decades ago went public. The choir was run by Pope Ben... more »

Thousands Protest Against Monsanto In Argentina

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Thousands took to the streets of the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires on Friday to protest against Monsanto and its activities in the rural town of Malvinas Argentinas. The agro-industrial corporation has been planning to build the world’s biggest maize seed treatment plant in the location.. RT reports: Protests were also held in other cities across Argentina. Protesters marched in support of an activists’ camp, which is blocking the Monsanto-owned property in Malvinas Argentinas in the Cordoba region. The camp recently received an eviction notice from the authorities. Continuamos ... more »

Zephyr Teachout In The U.S. House Of Representatives?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
You probably remember Zephyr Teachout's spectacular run against Andrew Cuomo in 2014. He beat her in the big city machine counties but she won Albany, where they know him best and she won up and down the Hudson Valley as well. In fact, of the 11 counties that make up NY-19, the seat Chris Gibson is giving up at the end of the year, Zephyr won 10. The biggest county in the district is Ulster, where she beat Cuomo 69.95% to 27.41%. Dutchess is the second biggest county and she beat him there 57.51%- 40.36%. The comes Rensselaer where it was Zephyr 63.42%, Cuomo 33.02%. In Columbia ... more »

White House Chief Of Staff: President Obama Will Close Guantanamo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. Army soldier closes the gate at maximum security prison Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 25, 2004 in Guantanamo, Cuba. REUTERS/MARK WILSON/POOL *Reuters*: *Obama to make good on Guantanamo pledge: White House chief of staff* *President Barack Obama will make good on a promise to close the U.S. naval prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his chief of staff Denis McDonough said on "Fox News Sunday."* Obama will first present a long-awaited plan to Congress about how to close the facility, and seek its approval, McDonough said in an interview. If Congress fails to act, th... more »

Pointless Memory

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
I remembered something. Reflected on it. Then, two days later, it popped into my head again. This is something I hadn't thought about at all in over a decade. 15 years I'd say. Check it out. It's 1988. I'm in London, Ontario. Hanging out with some people outside the now-departed Brunswick Hotel. Farther down, ... what was it? Talbot Street? About 8-10 storefronts, a couple are arguing. Well, he's arguing anyway. He's a very pretty boy in his early 20's, and she's a very cute little girl about the same age. But he's drunk and angry and she's scared/upset. I didn't know much about a... more »

The Book of Revelation - Professor Pagels

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation" by Elaine Pagels (2012).* *Wikipedia:* Elaine Pagels, née Hiesey (born Palo Alto, California, February 13, 1943), is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she is best known for her studies and writing on the Gnostic Gospels. Her popular books include The Gnostic Gospels (1979), Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (1988), The Origin of Satan (1995), Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003), Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and th... more »

Spain’s Princess Cristina Faces Historic Tax Fraud Trial

ALAN CLENDENNING at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this April 5, 2013 file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina is photographed as she walks toward her office in Barcelona, Spain. The 50-year-old princess and her husband are set to face anti-monarchy protesters and hordes of media Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 as they enter a makeshift courtroom and she makes history in front of millions of Spanish TV viewers as the first royal family member to face criminal charges since the monarchy was restored in 1975.] MADRID (AP) -- Visits to the palm-dotted Mediterranean island of Mallorca for Spain’s Princess Cristina used to mean luxurious st... more »

Missile Strikes Doctors Without Borders Clinic In Yemen Killing 4

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A medical facility in Yemen supported by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) was bombed Sunday morning, leaving four dead and 10 injured, the organization said. The facility was hit by a rocket on Sunday in the north of the country causing the collapse of several buildings. Three of the injured are MSF staff, two are in critical condition. For third time in 3 months, an @MSF health facility in #Yemen has been bombed. First #Haydan, then #Taiz, now #Razeh https://t.co/b7TW65U1Ro — MSF International (@MSF) January 10, 2016 In a statement on Twitter, Medecins Sans Front... more »

In my previous posts of Paul Craig Roberts exposure of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (fake) December Payroll Jobs Report. Here is a detailed report of the suffering of American families three years ago. And clearly they are worse off today than they were then. Meanwhile the despicable mainstream media are handsomely paid to repeat the government's lies.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ 37 Facts About How Cruel This Economy Has Been To Millions Of Desperate American Families By The Economic Collapse Region: USA Global Research, December 23, 2015 Theme: Poverty & Social Inequality The Economic Collapse and Global Research 28 October 2012 First published in October 2012 *Have you ever laid in bed awake at night with a knot in y... more »

Germany Has Changed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Quelle: Facebook* New Year's Eve in Cologne saw a huge number of sexual assaults and thefts in the main train station, pictured here, and on the square in front of the station. Witnesses spoke of around 1,000 men, many of them of North African or Arab descent, out of which gangs of pitpockets and sexual molesters emerged. *Spiegel Online*: *Chaos and Violence: How New Year's Eve in Cologne Has Changed Germany* New Year's Eve in Cologne rapidly descended into a chaotic free-for-all involving sexual assault and theft, most of it apparently committed by foreigners. It has launched a... more »

"Bank Bail-Ins: Depositors Die and Banks Live in Next Financial Calamity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Depositors Die and Banks Live in Next Financial Calamity”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Public banking expert and attorney Ellen Brown says, *“Your life savings could be wiped out in a derivatives collapse.*” Brown explains, “Nobody anticipated what happened in 2008, and that was a $700 billion bailout. Even if the FDIC tapped its Treasury line, that’s only $500 billion. So, certainly things could go wrong. *Also, why are they rushing to put these things into place? They’re expecting something.”* Brown goes on to point out, “They think they have avoided too-big-to-fail, but w... more »

U.S. Air Force Wants To Double The Number Of Drone Pilots

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Air Force officials announced last month that enlisted personnel will be allowed to operate drones for the first time, such as this RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone being secured for towing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (US Air Force/Miranda Moorer) *Military.com*: *Air Force Looks to Double Number of Drone Pilots* The US Air Force wants to double the number of units flying drones and recruit more pilots to decrease the burden on current crews as demand for the missions soars. The Air Force also recently allowed enlisted airmen to become drone pilots for the first time as the milit... more »

Australia First to Receive Electricity Using Zero-emission Wave Energy Generators

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Vic Bishop* - First commercial wave energy installation sends clean energy to power grid in Australia. The post Australia First to Receive Electricity Using Zero-emission Wave Energy Generators appeared first on Waking Times.

Debunking the Labour Party Coup Fantasy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
One doesn't normally associate political commentary with the British Fantasy Society's short story competition, but former presser for HArold Wilson, Joe Haines, has produced a favourite for the 2016 title. In his heavily trailed piece for the *New Statesman*, Joe articulates an argument knocking about the fringes of Jeremy Corbyn's opponents in the party: that the PLP should call a leadership election and install a more acceptable figure in his place. Unfortunately for Joe, the kinds of manoeuvring he has in mind wouldn't past muster in Westeros, let alone Westminster. While there... more »

The Economy: "China Orders Banks To Stop Purchasing U.S. Dollars"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"China Orders Banks To Stop Purchasing U.S. Dollars"* by Newsroom "In a stunning move, China has suspended some banks from Foreign Exchange markets and ordered other banks to stop buying dollars. China's foreign exchange regulator has ordered banks in some of the country's major import and export centers to limit purchases of U.S. dollars this month, three people with direct knowledge said, in the latest attempt to stem capital outflows. The move comes as China reported its biggest annual drop in foreign exchange reserves on record in 2015, while the central bank has allowed a sha... more »

First Age Map Of Milky Way Raises Questions About Our Origins

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The first age map of the Milky Way shows that the Galaxy grew from a central point outwards or from the ‘inside out’. Considering that there is a Black Hole lurking somewhere in the center of all galaxies, that according to scientists will one day devour the entire galaxy, then the question remains – how did the galaxies form from an ‘inside’ or a point? Most of science assumes that the Universe came into existence from a singular point, devoid of measurements of time and space, instantly, at the moment of the ‘Big Bang.’ Where the universe will end up, has not yet been determined b... more »

Rogue Wave Wipes Out Australian Swimmers

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Video footage shows the moment a rogue wave strikes a large group of people at a popular swimming hole south of Sydney over the weekend. myGCnews reports: Police say up to 150 people were swimming at the Figure of Eight Pools at Burning Palms in the Royal National Park at the time the waves hit around 2pm on Saturday, but only a handful were injured. Witnesses said the waves collected several people and swept them across rocks and oyster beds. A Westpac Life Saver spokesperson said at least one person was flown to hospital with serious head injuries. Two others were winched from the ... more »

Again, the unintended consequences of reducing suspensions

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
This from NYC. An admirable goal: reduce suspensions as the go to strategy for discipline. Reduced numbers will also look good, politically. It’s an easy metric to reference. But again, I’ve observed this same phenomenon. Many schools are tasked with reducing suspensions, yet are not given the budget or resources to provide alternatives. Keep numbers […]

The Economy: "Historic First: North Atlantic EMPTY of Cargo Ships In-Transit- ALL Anchored Along Coasts; None Moving"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Historic First: North Atlantic EMPTY of Cargo Ships In-Transit- * *ALL Anchored Along Coasts; None Moving"* by Newsroom "Commerce between Europe and North America has literally come to a halt. For the first time in known history, not one cargo ship is in-transit in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America. All of them (hundreds) are either anchored offshore or in-port. NOTHING is moving. This has never happened before. It is a horrific economic sign; proof that commerce is literally stopped. *Click image for larger size.* The reason commerce has stopped is simple: People... more »

Vatileaks: Pope Says US Democracy Is Dead, Obama A “Dictator”

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Pope Francis has called Barack Obama a “DICTATOR” and warned that he is “tearing up the constitution.” A disturbing Federal Security Services (FSB) report on the warning letter sent to the European Union in Brussels by the pope this week warns that Obama no longer respects the constitution and is shamelessly ignoring democratic process. In reference to Obama taking it upon himself to bypass Congress and begin changing laws this week, the report states, “Whether you agree or disagree with the idea of restricting firearm sales, the move by Obama was that of an apprentice dictator.” But...more »

A properly defined free will is an established scientific fact

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Sabine Hossenfelder has argued that Free will is dead, let’s bury it. That's how things may have worked according to Newton's physics but the quote above has been shown incorrect by the discovery of quantum mechanics – well, at least with some sensible definition of a "free will". It looks like Ms Hossenfelder has slept at least since 1925 or, if we insist on rigorous proofs, since 2006. *Arthur Schopenhauer* In classical physics, the future was determined by the past. Humans were bound states of some particles or other classical degrees of freedom so they evolved in the way ful... more »

SPHERE ALLIANCE MESSAGE #125A Conversation with Ashtar SherrAn about a recent Trutwin Channeling,Telepathy exercises,Pleiadian and Andromedan Refugees, and General Banter

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*The views expressed here are those of Ashtar Sherran as they came thru Denice. Text that is indented is text out of linear sequence but pertinent to the question being asked. This is done simple for reading clarity. The perceptions of the telepathic images are mine. -AK* [1/10/16, 3:21:23 AM] *AK/Terran: Denice, can you ask Sherran, who is the imposter that poses as him? http://cosmicascension.com/earths-ascension-and-how-the-event-will-unfold-a-message-from-ashtar-through-elizabeth-trutwin-january-9-2016/* *This so doesn't sound like Ashtar.* [1/10/16, 3:50:36 PM] *DENICE: As... more »

Parties to a disputed claim

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
In any court or regulatory tribunal there are a minimum of three participants. First, the party seeking an order. This the prosecutor in a criminal or regulatory matters or the plaintiff or applicant in a civil or family case. Second, the party seeking to avoid an order. This is the defendant or accused in a criminal or regulatory matter or the defendant or respondent in a civil or family matter. Finally the party who decides whether to make an order. This is the judge, justice of the peace or tribunal. Often the parties are made up of more than one person. So person making the deci... more »

Time For A Good House Cleaning In South Florida? Ready To Say "See Ya" To Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In one of her typically dishonest campaign e-mails, this one just an hour ago, a panic-stricken Wasserman Schultz wrote: "Yes, it’s only January, but this race has already had its share of firsts-- and none of them are good. Last year was the earliest I’ve had an opponent file to run against me and the earliest I’ve had ads targeting me in my career. Republicans are trying to catch us off guard, and we can’t let them." Republicans have never been Wasserman Schultz's concern. Her carefully-gerrymandered district has very few of them and no GOP candidate against her has ever reached... more »

Modi And Monsanto: A Wake Up Call For India

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 1 day ago
RINF, Global Research, Countercurrents, CounterPunch, 4th Media Request for support Immediately prior to Narendra Modi being elected India’s PM last year, there were calls from some quarters for him to usher in a Thatcherite-style revolution. The hope was that he would accelerate the trend of privatisation, sops and tax breaks to business, deregulation, land and labour reforms, etc., and would also eradicate ‘blockages’ to various projects (i.e. remove dissent and relax or do away with existing procedures). What Margaret Thatcher did in the eighties was to make Britain friendly t... more »

F-35 Ejection Seat Problems Will Only Be Solved By 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Defense News:* *F-35 Ejection Seat Fix Delayed to 2018; Pilot Restrictions Continue* WASHINGTON — The US Air Force won’t lift weight restrictions on F-35 pilots until 2018 — at the earliest — as more testing needs to be done to address safety issues with the jet’s ejection seat, Defense News has learned. "The [Joint Program Office] is working to accelerate the timeline for fixes and a lot of energy will be applied to ensuring this issue is resolved in 2017," Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Karns wrote in a Jan. 9 email to Defense News. "However, getting this right is the... more »

I Went Down the Rabbit Hole: The REAL, real reason Obama will be keeping US troops in Afghanistan

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Location, location, location* If you ever want to know the "Why" of what's going on in the world. The first thing you need to do is look at a map. That's why American Youth are so woefully ignorant about geography. The government doesn't want Americans to connect the geostrategic dots between American foreign policy and location. In the case of the War on Afghanistan...that has been dragging on for 14 years now....making it the longest NATO war in history....all you have to note is that Afghanistan is right next to small backward countries that border (and are in the political o... more »

Brien Foerster - Lost Ancient High Technology - Egypt Before The Pharaohs

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
Egyptian Culture as we know it i.e. hieroglyphic writing, animal gods, star-gazing, pyramids and temples, seemed to arrive out of nowhere ... 5,000 years or so ago. *how? how? how?* Before all that Dynastic Business, there appeared to be a High Technology Culture that needed no (crass or egotistical) *grafitti* in the name of any of the in-bred God-Kings and their warring escapades upon it. This was architecture that excelled in slabs up towards 200 tonnes and more; there's discussion of resonance functionality and softened sculpting/carving of stone/granites etc. This video from... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Bonnet Carre Spillway opens Sunday to praise, warnings ~Mark Schleifstein *

Tough Economic Times Return To Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A man reads a newspaper under signs with currency exchange rates in Moscow. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov *DW:* *Return of Russia's economic rollercoaster* *As Russia begins the New Year, two recent events - an inability to pay salaries and a new law on currency exchanges - show the country is hurtling rapidly back to the future. Fiona Clark sees troubled times ahead.* On Christmas Eve we couldn't get a taxi using any of the usual apps, so we decided to hitch home after dinner. That's not such an unusual practice in Russia, in fact since Soviet times it's been an accepted way for ... more »

Keep your distance

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Did you see Ayesha Hazarika doing the papers this morning with Tim Montgomerie on the Marr show? She reminds me of Lulu. She makes me wanna shout. No, not that - it’s her round face. But did you notice her casually referring to Pegida as ‘fascists’? Is that what she meant? I wasn’t quite sure. If so, she slipped it in good and proper, no-one batted an eyelid. Marr said something about ‘what’s been going on in Cologne.’ Here’s what she said: ”Well absolutely and we all were horrified by the awful events on NYE when lots of women were attacked, but what’s now happened is the fall-ou... more »

Sean Penn: Secret Agent Man & El Chapo

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*First let me start out by saying when I read this news, Dave McGowan came right to mind!* *He would’ve loved this one!* *He would have jumped right on this news*. Dave McGowan both spoke and wrote about the many, many ties between the entertainment industry (music, movie, etc.,) and the intelligence community. Mr McGowan would have certainly seen this epic Sean Penn adventure as yet another episode in the continuing real life saga of* collaboration between the intelligence industry/entertainment business.* Obviously, intelligence and entertainment are not mutually exclusive.* I t... more »

Woman Stands Up

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has called on leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to offer a public apology to a Muslim woman verbally abused by the crowd and kicked out of one of his campaign rallies in South Carolina.

The Dangers of Place and the Failure of Modernity

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The Porter Ranch disaster is another nail in the coffin we are burying ourselves in: *Screenshot taken from"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, with the San Fernando valley pictured in the background. The giant methane plumes were made visible by a specialized infrared camera operated by an Earthworks ITC-certified thermographer." Learn more about the leak*: https://edf.org/shu/ (Environmental Defense Fund, published Dec 20, 2015, https://ww... more »

Doctors Without Borders Hospital In Yemen Hit By Missile Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters *DW*:* MSF: Rocket strike on clinic in Yemen kills four* A clinic operated by international medical group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Yemen has been hit by a rocket, with four people killed, the group says. It says it does not know who fired the missile. The missile hit the clinic in the Razeh district of Saada province in northern Yemen, communications officer Malak Shaher said on Sunday. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also announced the attack on its Twitter account. *WNU Editor*: Everything is now a target in Yemen. *More N... more »

U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group Commander Fired For Watching Porn

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Navy strike group commander fired for viewing porn at work https://t.co/U0q30IcQnx — Navy Times (@NavyTimes) January 9, 2016 *Navy Times*: *Navy strike group commander fired for viewing porn at work* The San Diego-based commanding officer of Pacific Fleet's carrier strike group training command has been relieved following allegations that he used his government computer to access pornography. Rear Adm. Rick Williams was fired by 3rd Fleet boss Vice Adm. Nora Tyson on Friday "based on the initial findings of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misuse of government computer e... more »

Comparisons With 1940 & 1965

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank certainly brought an awful lot of rain to some parts of the country last month. But what is just as remarkable is how small an area was affected by them, something borne out by the daily data from the England & Wales Precipitation Series. As this […]

Cos you’re not rape-worthy

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
As I observed in a comment, Helen Pidd has tweeted that someone tweeted her unkindly, asserting that the (only) reason her guest, the immigrant “Yasser”, didn’t rape her was because she was too ugly. It was hilarious (in my slightly cruel opinion) that some of her co-tweeters tried to console her by intimating that she *wasn’t* ugly at all. Someone here just suggested that the only reason my lodger hasn't raped me is that I'm so ugly. What is wrong with some people? — Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) January 10, 2016 She and they were more concerned about that ‘lookist’ insult than about th... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
I was mentioned in “Assessing Iraq’s Oil Industry” by Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi for the Middle East Forum, and in "ISIS Shows Off A Driverless Carbomb" by Kelsey Atherton for Popular Science. That latter piece was also reposted at the Daily Mail. My interview about the politics behind the peshmerga with Wladimir van Wilgenburg was republished in eKurd, and it also republished my article on the latest public opinion poll on Kurdish politics.

For reading, I’m going to teach my kids to sew

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
As a reading center, I’m going to have a sewing kit. Eventually. I have to learn how to do it first. But when I showed my finds from Michael’s (to whom I have a special relationship) to my wife, she asked me, point blank, “Why do you spend so much of your own money on […]

here's why i love the internet, part 3,482,092 or whatever

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
For my work with my library workers' union, I schedule a lot of meetings. Various people can or cannot attend various meetings. We all use different calendar/agenda/diary tools, so sending an Outlook appointment, like we do in our workplace, isn't an option. As meetings approach, I receive emails from team members, telling me they can or cannot attend, often changing from one to the other. I was having a hard time keeping track of who to expect at what meetings. I knew there had to be an online tool to help with this. I use Doodle all the time for scheduling, but that wasn't quite r... more »

New Book Reveals How Ex-Soldiers Are Paid Top Dollar For Jobs Too Dirty And Dangerous For The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Daily News*: *Hired to kill: New book ‘Zero Footprint’ tells of ex-soldiers paid top dollar for jobs too dirty and dangerous for U.S. military* When the Pentagon needs a job done that’s too dangerous or politically perilous for the U.S. military, a clandestine call goes out to men like Simon Chase. Chase — not his real name — goes on the record in a new book “Zero Footprint” as being a trained killer for hire, one of the elite mercenaries in the service of the $100 billion global industry of military contracting. “We’re hired to do the dirty and dangerous jobs the milita... more »

Afghan Has Too Many 'Ghost' Soldiers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A member of the Afghan Quick Reaction Force (QRF) fires a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher during an operation near the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, in this January 4, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/ANIL USYAN/FILES *WNU Editor:* A must read post from the AP on "ghost soldiers" in the Afghan army .... *Afghan forces, with ranks thinned by 'ghost' soldiers, struggle to man front-lines* (AP). Meanwhile, the war continues .... *Afghan forces retake northern district from Taliban *(Reuters), and U.S. soldiers continue to be deployed .... *US Army Announces 1,800 So... more »

Beyond their ken

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Here are two highly contrasting yet oddly complimentary takes on the Labour v BBC row for your delectation. First Peter Hitchens in the *Mail on Sunday*: Both our big political parties are badly divided, but somehow or other David Cameron's splitting pains get much less attention than Jeremy Corbyn's. For instance, a BBC News programme last week arranged for some Blairite nobody to resign from his non-job, live on air. This event, plainly aimed at damaging Mr Corbyn, hardly fits in with the Corporation's duty to be impartial. The fact that most Labour MPs can't stand Mr Corbyn ... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

Obama Administration Emails Reveal HHS Mandate Specifically Targeted Catholic Institutions

National Review at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Little Sisters of the Poor - 400] Next Monday I will file an amicus brief in Zubik v. Burwell, the contraceptive mandate case that Ed Whelan has so thoroughly discussed in this space this week. My brief will criticize the Administration for adopting an irrelevant tax provision... Continue reading *“Obama Administration Emails Reveal HHS Mandate Specifically Targeted Catholic Institutions”* at *nationalreview.com*.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Lady Jetsetters Second Line Parade ~WWOZ* *Mike Huckabee: New Orleans residents ignored Katrina warnings because of climate change activists *

Paul Ryan Is Campaigning For President

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Marco Rubio can't cut it. He's 2016's awkwardly fully-scripted candidate, an imperfect vessel for the Republican Establishment. His focus-tested, sanitized message is confusing and sometimes incoherent, and he is hopelessly torn between his original Tea Party backers and the billionaires and party establishment types who hope he can save them and their racket from the clutches of fascist-oriented Trumpf and/or Cruz. He's a crabby old fossil trapped in the body of an out-of-his-depth younger man. And now the other Republicans are implying he's a *maricón*. Not only does Rubio come ... more »

Vince Cable speculates on Cologne

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Just one more thing on *Broadcasting House....* Was Hugh Sykes the first person to relay the conspiracy theory about the extreme right being behind the attacks in Cologne to the UK? Because if he was, then *BH* paper reviewer Vince Cable had clearly been listening carefully. Later in the programme, he said this: We don't know whether [the attackers] were instigated by religious fervour or by people from the extreme right trying to provoke an incident. We don't know that... And, thus, the conspiracy theory spreads... That said, Dr Cable's thought that "religious fervour" could hav... more »

Paul Ryan Leads GOP Candidates in Summit to Discuss Poverty Solutions

Washington Post at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: poverty solutions] COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidates on Saturday turned their attention away from border walls and terrorist threats and birth certificates, if only for a day, to focus on a topic that is dear to the hearts of some leading... Continue reading *“Paul Ryan Leads GOP Candidates in Summit to Discuss Poverty Solutions”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Sanders, O’Malley Criticize Obama’s Christmas Immigration Raids

CATHERINE LUCEY at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a town hall meeting at William Penn University, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley used a liberal forum in Iowa on Saturday to rail against holiday-season raids seeking Central American immigrants for deportation. Before about 1,000 people packed into a Des... more »

This Is How America Is Going To Fight Most Wars In The Future

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Members of the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare equipment to lay down a landing zone at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Michelle C. Lawrence/U.S. Army/Handout *Joseph Trevithick, Reuters*: *This small airstrip is the future of America’s way of war* The Pentagon is quietly building up a small airstrip in a remote region of east Africa as part of its war against Islamic militants. More importantly, the airfield is a complex microcosm of how Washington runs military operations overseas — and how America’s way of wa... more »

Poll: 20% of Democrats Would Vote Trump

U.S. News at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Trump] So if Donald Trump proved the political universe wrong and won the Republican presidential nomination, he would be creamed by Hillary Clinton, correct? A new survey of likely voters might at least raise momentary dyspepsia for Democrats since it suggests... Continue reading *“Poll: 20% of Democrats Would Vote Trump”* at *usnews.com* .

Interview with Sean Penn Leads to Mexican Drug Lord’s Arrest

[image: Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, right, is escorted by soldiers and marines to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The recapture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman took a surprise, Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces located the wher... more »

Family Homeless after Tornado, Moves into Mansion

NBC-DFW at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Colleyville mansion] A Garland family whose home was destroyed in the EF4 tornado is moving into a Colleyville mansion Friday, thanks to the generosity of a millionaire stranger who saw NBC 5’s storm coverage and wanted to do something to help. Ron... Continue reading *“Family Homeless after Tornado, Moves into Mansion”* at *nbcdfw.com*.

No Powerball Winner, So Jackpot May Grow to $1.3 Billion

MARGERY BECK at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Samir Akhter, the owner of Penn Branch Liquor, exchanges money for Powerball tickets, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 in Washington. Officials say it's increasingly likely that someone will win the $900 million Powerball jackpot, which grew by $100 million just hours before Saturday night's drawing.] No ticket matched all six Powerball numbers following the drawing for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million, lottery officials said early Sunday, boosting the expected payout for the next drawing to a whopping $1.3 billion. The winning numbers --... more »

Talking of Jenny Hill...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Her *From Our Own Correspondent *this week has been written up, almost word for word, on the BBC website. In it you'll hear from one of the victims of the attacks in Cologne, Michelle, who Jenny quotes saying, "It would be wrong to blame refugees. They need our help", which is followed by Jenny herself saying, "Many here fear a violent backlash against the 4,000 asylum-seekers living in Cologne." You'll also hear from a young, male Iraqi refugee "with striking green eyes" who enthusiastically declares his gratitude to Mrs Merkel and his love for Germany but becomes sad when remin... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday... The middle of January is upon us, and again time for my weekly rant... Yes, the climate here in central Canada has finally turned with a massive cold front now entrenched over this part of the mid-west.... The average daily temperatures are finally more January like, with highs in the mid -20C range (Thats about -10F for you Americans on the old Fahrenheit scale)....The El Nino effect in the Pacific that brought unseasonable warm temperatures is now over and we are back to what we normally get this time of year... And yes, gosh darn that Global Warmi... more »

Economic News & Views ( January 10 , 2016 ) Europe ( 1. Greece Gov't issues two red lines for its pension reforms given to Troika / New Democracy has final round of voting to select new leader / Corruption & tax avoidance fight assisted - Thanou says use of lists not illegal 2. UK in focus - Brexit / UK -E.U Negotiation items. 3. Refugee/ Migration matters. 4.Spain political complications - Catalonia independence complication formation of Gov't and political stability. 5. Poland becomes latest E.U nation butting heads against E.U Establishment. 6. Dutch referendum on Ukraine Association with E.U being panned by Dutch voters in poll - 75% against E.U- Ukraine Association Agreement / Dutch PM will campaign for it anyway. 7. Italy attempts to save Libya political agreement and new GNA from collapse. 8. Odds & Ends) Emerging Nations / Asia ( 1. East stocks continue to drop w/ Saudi's Tadawul down >2% as investors spooked by China doom & depressed oil. 2. China related items of note. 3. Turkey in focus. 4. Oil in focus. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Europe....... *Greek Reporter* ‏@GreekReporter 2m 2 minutes ago Kyriakos Mitsotakis Elected New Democracy President http://dlvr.it/DDwdFB # *Greece* *Nick Malkoutzis* ‏@NickMalkoutzis 4m 4 minutes ago Mitsotakis heads for surprise New Democracy leadership win. First challenge will be to live up to expectation being heaped on him #Greece *Kathimerini English* ‏@ekathimerini 6m 6 minutes ago Tackling NPLs becomes even more difficult http://dlvr.it/DDvThv [image: Embedded image permalink] *Nick Malkoutzis* ‏@NickMalkoutzis 10m 10 minutes ago #Greece go... more »

Yes, Jesus Fulfilled Prophecy, But He Also Spoke Prophecies. Here are 5.

J. Warner Wallace at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: The Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus] J. WARNER WALLACE -- Much has been written about the way Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament prophets. In fact, the New Testament authors often paused to highlight the many aspects of Jesus' life and ministry that were a... more »

Not everything from Hollywood is a Fairy Tale....

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
I was just re-watching "The Winter Soldier" last night..... We like to blame Hollywood for spreading disinformation and propaganda, but sometimes, the "adventure story" shows you pieces of the puzzle even though most people think it is yet another fanciful flight of fiction.... *Operation Paperclip IS FACT. * Sometimes that which pretends to be "fiction", is actually a commentary of current events...... .... Does any of this sound familiar? d

Are Christians Getting a Fair Shot in Graduate School?

George Yancey at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: College Lecture Empty Seat - 900] I sometimes hear secularists argue that the predominance of non-believer scientists is evidence of their superior intelligence and critical thinking skills. Neil deGrasse Tyson supplies an obnoxious interpretation of this argument. The argument is also used to suggest that it is... more »

Paddy on Angela Merkel's "great message of peace and hope"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
It would only be fair to set that heavily narrative-driven report by Hugh Sykes in the context of the ensuing discussion of the Cologne attacks on *Broadcasting House *which took place between two journalists - Imke Henkel of *Die Zeit *and Thomas Kielinger of *Die Welt *(and *Dateline London*), here representing, perhaps, the centre-left and centre-right German viewpoint. Both of them, however, approved of and supported Angela Merkel's decision to open the doors (as Thomas Kielinger himself said at one point), so that* might *have led to more consensus that those left-right labels... more »

Peaceful Muslim Woman Kicked Out Of Donald Trump Rally

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A 56-year-old American Muslim woman wearing a Hijab and a T-shirt with the logo: “Hello, I come in peace” was thrown out of a Trump campaign event in South Carolina by police. She had made a peaceful silent protest by standing up and revealing her Self. The Telegraph reports: Rose Hamid, 56, stood up during the Republican frontrunner’s speech in Rock Hill when he suggested that Syrian refugees fleeing war in Syria were affiliated with the Islamic State. Wearing a hijab and a shirt that read ‘Salam, I come in peace,’ Mrs Hamid had hoped that her presence might manage to change the op... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Mandatory union fees getting hard look by Supreme Court* Harlan Elrich is a high school teacher in California, and that means he must pay about $970 a year to a labor union. He teaches math, and he said the system did not add up. “I get to choose what movie I want to go see,” Elrich said. “I get to choose what church I want to go to. I get to choose what gym I want to join.” He should have the same choice, he said, about whether to support a union. Elrich and nine other California teachers have sued the union, saying that they are being forced to pay money to support positions wi... more »

Beautiful Churches: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The Editors at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: 1Catedral_de_Alejandro_Nevsky,_Tallin,_Estonia,_2012-08-11,_DD_46] There are different types of Alexander Nevsky Cathedrals, but this one can be found in the the Tallinn Old Town in Estonia. This Russian Orthodox church was completed in the year 1900 on Toompea Hill and hold’s Tallinn's largest bell, which weighs about 16 tons.... more »

When the Oceans are empty, Economy's don't float

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
American, and Western media in General, lately sound a lot like something out of a South Park Movie, except instead of singing "Blame Canada, Blame Canada", the current lyrics of choice are: "Blame China! Blame China!" Really, it's become an epic 3 ring circus, except that the clowns are scary, and the acrobats are swinging by shoe strings, the lions have got the whips, and the magicians have disappeared into their own hats. .... While the US media is keeping people distracted with all sorts of ridiculousness, the global economy is collapsing, the TPP is a... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*2 Reasons US Having 2nd Hottest Year in 2015 Doesn’t Prove Climate Catastrophe Is Imminent* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released data showing that 2015 was the second hottest year on record (since 1895) for the U.S. On cue, the media and politicians used this data to hype impending climate catastrophe, pointing to extreme weather events that NOAA data show are not linked to warming trends. At first glance, the headline for the NOAA data would seem to put to bed the claim that there has been no significant global warming for 15-20 years, bu...more »

Sean Penn Describes Secret Meeting With Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The actor Sean Penn, left, and the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera in a photo taken for interview authentication purposes. Credit Rolling Stone *New York Times*:* Sean Penn Sat for Secret Interview With ‘El Chapo,’ Mexican Drug Lord* Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, started out in business not long after turning 6, selling oranges and soft drinks. By 15, he said in an interview conducted in a jungle clearing by the actor and director Sean Penn for Rolling Stone magazine, he had begun to grow marijuana and poppies because there was no other way for his i... more »

What Would War Look Like Against North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 12, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA *Coburn Palmer, Inquisitr:* *What Would War With North Korea Look Like?* Tensions on the Korean peninsula have ratcheted up again after the South resumed its loudspeaker broadcasts in retaliation for a nuclear test conducted by the North, and the possibility of war is once again on the horizon. With North Korea moving large ... more »

Met Office’s ‘wettest ever’ claim fails again – Booker

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/12091298/Met-Offices-wettest-ever-claim-fails-again.html From the Telegraph: We are all aware that parts of the country, including the north of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, have lately been hit, at huge cost, by abnormal amounts of rain. But as soon as the Met Office rushed to proclaim that 230mm of rain […]

In times of civil war, compassion is the working expression of love.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
Turkey fires teargas at fleeing Kurdish refugeesSimply outstanding ad video from Western Sydney University. In times of civil war, compassion is the working expression of love. All the wars in Africa and the Middle East are ultimately about banking and control... none of it needed to happen. So while in an election year of buffoons pandering to xenophobia, walk in another man's shoes... because those attitudes of those buffoons will tell you how they will treat you when you are in those same shoes. Every civil war starts with great national discord and corruption. *Love and P... more »

More on Hugh Sykes...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
As well as floating the conspiracy theory that German right-wingers might have tricked the Arab and North African migrants into carrying out their attacks on German women on New Year's Eve, Hugh Sykes's *Broadcasting House *report pursued various other left-liberal angles on the events in Cologne - and did so with a vigour and purpose that quite took the breath away. It was like hearing a fleshed-out full-on version of his less-than-entirely- impartial (BBC-stamped) Twitter account. We got it all: (a) the question "What's that got to do with Islam?", asked in an incredulous tone... more »

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