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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

13 Jan - Blogs I'm Following


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The U.S. Air War Against The Islamic State Has Already Cost $5.5 Billion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 minutes ago
Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 18, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach *Military Times:* *Air war against Islamic State group cost $5.5 billion* The air war against the Islamic State group has cost the American taxpayer $5.5 billion, roughly $11.2 million per day, a $2 million increase since June, according to the latest Defense Department data. The Air Force accounts for $3.75 billion — nearly 70 percent — of that ... more »

Have You Been Waiting To See Herr Trumpf And Cruz Go At It? Get The Popcorn

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
The picture *NY Times* in-house conservative, David Brooks, conjured up of Ted Cruz is truly ugly. It's hard to imagine anyone reading it and accepting Brooks' reporting and then ever vote for Cruz for *anything*, let along president. What a horrible, horrible person, the antithesis of all of the teachings of Jesus rolled up into one sad, desperate little man, driven crazy by a psychotic father and with an innate need to dominate others. His old college roommate warned us Cruz was already a monster back in the 1980s. The word that came up most frequently when his former classmates ... more »

Rick Snyder Hasn't Been Arrested And The Bundy Gang Is Still Terrorizing Oregon, But Tamir Rice Got His

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
In 2009 I wanted a peaceful, unstressed vacation. I went to Bali, which fits that bill perfectly. For excitement, though, I brought Dave Neiwert's then brand new book, *The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right*, which isn't so much about Hate Talk Radio per se as it is about the gradual transformation of mainstream conservatives to full blown fascists and all the steps that lead in that direction. Neiwert wrote how the conservative movement had become "a precursor to fascism," which he defines as "explicitly antidemocratic, antiliberal, and corporatist, and... more »

U.S. Special Forces Are Now In Iraq Targeting ISIS Fighters, Commanders, And Leaders In Iraq And Syira

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 35 minutes ago
*Reuters*:* Special U.S. targeting force 'now in place' in Iraq: U.S.* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new U.S. force of special operations troops has arrived in Iraq and is preparing to work with Iraqi forces to go after Islamic State targets, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter disclosed the deployment in a broad speech to U.S. soldiers that sought to underscore American efforts to accelerate the campaign against Islamic State, both in Iraq and Syria. "The specialized expeditionary targeting force I announced in December is now in place and is preparing to work ... more »

Virginia State Senator Richard Black Speaks The Truth About Syria's War And ISIL's State Backers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 48 minutes ago
*Video Title: US Senator: War in Syria was provoked by CIA-backed hardcore jihadists. Source: Russia Insider. Date Published: January 13, 2016. Description:* Virginia state Senator Richard Black says the war in Syria “was not some Arab Spring, when you had democracy-seekers with flowers in their hair, seeking some wonderful utopia.” The state senator adds, “These were hardcore jihadists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood with support from CIA, MI6, and with the help from the Saudi Arabians and the Turks. "Just cut loose of the Turks, cut loose of the Saudis, just Russia and the United ... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 57 minutes ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ TSA To Stop Accepting Driver's Licenses From 9 U.S. States Flooded householders near fracking zones face insurance double-whammy Seven refugees 'thrown overboard' off coast of Italy fleeing Somalia Canadians Panic As Food Prices Soar On Collapsing Currency US Vaporizes "Millions" In Cash, Kills 7 Civilians In "Unusual" Strike On ISIS "Bank" GE To Cut 6,500 European Jobs In Finland an anti-immigrant group called the 'Soldiers of Odin' are patrolling the streets and worrying authorities First... more »

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter Lays Out Plans To Retake Mosul And Raqqa And To Defeat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*VOA*: *Pentagon Chief Spells Out Strategy for Taking Back IS 'Power Centers'* U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday spelled out the U.S. strategy for retaking the Iraqi city of Mosul and Raqqa in Syria — cities he called Islamic State's two power centers. Carter spoke to troops from the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who will soon be deployed to Iraq to help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in defeating the militants. "ISIL [Islamic State] is a cancer that's threatening to spread," Carter told them. "And like all cancers, you can't cure the disease ju... more »

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, “Stock Market Dives Again! Technical Breakdowns Getting Worse”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Stock Market Dives Again! Technical Breakdowns Getting Worse” By Gregory Mannarino - https://www.youtube.com/

"Just For Today"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Just For Today"* "Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime. Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires, I will take my "luck" as it comes, and fit myself to it. Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will... more »

Canadians being set up for North American Union by currency manipulation?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
*Canadians waiting for the penny (and loony) to drop* For as long as I can remember, the banksters have been manipulating the world financial markets to achieve their political ends. Whenever something happens in the stock or bond markets...or the price of oil plunges...we look to see the hidden (and not so hidden) geostrategic agenda behind it. Today...the Canadian dollar is taking a beating against the American dollar. I ask myself...why is that? Why would the *American* dollar...dragged down as it should be by trillions of dollars of debt, caused by endless wars *be so stron... more »

In 1967, the CIA Created the Label Conspiracy Theorists

WTStaff at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - Conspiracy theorists used to be accepted as normal. The post In 1967, the CIA Created the Label Conspiracy Theorists appeared first on Waking Times.

Free eBook: Navigating Trials in the New America

desiringGod at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: navigating trials] The church in America is slowly awakening from the distortion of 350 years of dominance and prosperity. Until recently, being a Christian in America has been viewed as normal, good, patriotic, culturally acceptable, even beneficial. By and large, being a... Continue reading *“Free eBook: Navigating Trials in the New America”* at *desiringgod.org*.

Bonus Quote of the Day:

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*"It was Thomas Edison who brought us electricity, not the Sierra Club. It was the Wright brothers who got us off the ground, not the Federal Aviation Administration. It was Henry Ford who ended the isolation of millions of Americans by making the automobile affordable, not Ralph Nader. Those who have helped the poor the most have not been those who have gone around loudly expressing 'compassion' for the poor, but those who found ways to make industry more productive and distribution more efficient, so that the poor of today can afford things that the affluent of yesterd... more »

Major Chinese - Iranian Arms Deals In The Works?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before the opening ceremony of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai May 21, 2014. *Joel Wuthnow, National Interest:* *Are Chinese Arms About to Flood Into Iran?* Ahead of Xi’s visit to Tehran, Sino-Iranian military cooperation looks to expand. China is often regarded as one of the prime beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal, signed in July 2015 with the P5+1 countries. Under the deal, Iran will limit its uranium enrichment an... more »

Fukushima Unit 1: It (whatever it is) was lowered INTO the reactor building

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Perhaps this is how TEPCO injects nitrogen? Not sure...

Fukushima Unit 1: What's That?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Not sure what is being held by the crane over unit 1

Paul Ryan’s View on the State of the Union

USA TODAY at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: State of the Union] WASHINGTON -- In a scathing response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, House Speaker Paul Ryan told USA TODAY on Wednesday that the speech’s political tone toward Donald Trump and the Republican presidential field “degrades the presidency.” Obama made... Continue reading *“Paul Ryan’s View on the State of the Union”* at *usatoday.com*.

A Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Bring Hell On Earth

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger: two of the ugliest and most immoral creatures the good God has ever made. * *An excerpt from, "Danse Macabre: Blessed Be the Bipartisans" by Chris Floyd, January 13, 2016: * "And so I said, 'We came, we saw, he died!' And now they've got death and chaos up the wazoo! Have I not done well, Master?" "Finished your training you have. Well you have done. But far yet must you go your teacher to match. My words you recall when Cambodia we destroyed with fire from the sky? 'It's an order, it's to be done. Anything that flies on everything that moves.... more »

Egyptian Author Sayyid Al-Qemany: Al-Azhar Is a Terrorist Institution

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the so-called center of Islamic learning *recently urged* all Muslims to join the Saudi King's coalition of cowards in his wars against freedom and democracy in the region. It has also arrogantly attacked Christian and Shiite beliefs, accusing their adherents of *"sedition"* and *persecuting them under the cover of scholarship.* *An excerpt from, "Five Years After Obama Speech in Cairo, Egypt’s Muslim President Gives Speech at same University To UNDO the Damage" by Ben Barrack, shoebat.com, January 6, 2015: * If you had to name a university in the worl... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On Current U.S. - Iran Relations And Why 10 U.S. Sailors Were Quickly Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Tim Mak & Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast*: *Iran Turns U.S. Sailors Into Propaganda After Team Obama Plays Nice* Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry thanked Tehran for taking good care of the servicemen they questionably captured. Iranian state TV released a video Wednesday of a U.S. sailor apologizing for crossing into the country’s territorial waters. The apology was publicized hours after Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. did not apologize. “It was a mistake, it was our fault, and we apologize for our mistake,” the unnamed sailor said while being held in Ir... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 14th January)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 3 hours ago
Lawyers fees and legal aid cuts block access to justice, warn top judges In a stark message, the Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, said bringing legal action – or, alternatively, defending oneself against litigation – has become “unaffordable” for most people. It has led to ever-growing numbers of people representing themselves in court because they cannot afford a lawyer,

A More Serious Threat than ISIS Was Neglected in Obama’s State of the Union Address

James Robison at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Fatherhood, Father, Son, Family, Piggyback Ride, Sunset, Sunrise] Everyone who watched President Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday night has an opinion about how he did, what he should have said and what he shouldn't have said. For me the most glaring omission wasn't the lack... more »

Obama, Putin Discuss By Phone Syria, Ukraine, Iran - Saudi Arabia, And North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Aleksey Nikolskyi *The Hill:* *Obama, Putin speak by phone about Syrian conflict* President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Wednesday, the White House said. Press secretary Josh Earnest said the two leaders discussed ongoing efforts to bring an end to the civil war in Syria, abiding by the terms of a ceasefire in Ukraine and cutting off support for pro-Russia separatists there. Earnest provided few other details about the call. Despite their deep differences over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the U.S. has been pressuring Mosc... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Whisper To Me”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Whisper To Me” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“What is causing the picturesque ripples of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5? The ripples, as well as the greater nebula, were imaged in unprecedented detail by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006 and again late last year. The red color was recoded by a Hubble filter that left only the light emitted by energetic hydrogen. The precise reason for the ripples remains unknown, with two considered origin hypotheses relating them to relatively dense portions of either ejected or impacted gas. *Click image for larger size.* The reason for the broader red glowing ring is more clear, with expa... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Cosmography of Myself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Cosmography of Myself”* by Chet Raymo “It was a common conceit of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to think of the human self– body and soul– as a microcosm, a little world made cunningly of elements and an angel-like sprite, a miniature version of the macroscosm, the universe. So-called "correspondences" linked the microcosm and the macrocosm. For example, each of the seven holes in the human head corresponded to a celestial body- Sun, Moon, or one of the five known planets. Astrology articulated a vast system of correspondences between the peregrinations of stars and human l... more »

The Secret Of Surrender: Seeing The Illusion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Secret Of Surrender: Seeing The Illusion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Surrender should be seen as a great strength and comes when we let go of trying to attain the impossible. Most of us were raised and live in a culture that emphasizes the ideals of independence and control. The general idea is that we are on our own and we don’t need any help from anyone else, and if we are really successful it’s because we are in complete control. However, true lasting success comes only with surrender, which is the opposite of control. We cannot accomplish anything truly great on our ... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Book of Hours II, 16"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Book of Hours II, 16"* "How surely gravity's law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the strongest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world. Each thing- each stone, blossom, child- is held in place. Only we, in our arrogance, push out beyond what we belong to for some empty freedom. If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making and struggle, lonely and confused. So, like children, we begin again to learn from the things, because they are in God's heart; they have never left h... more »

"Ought To Be And Could Be..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. Thanks for stopping by.

Obama Warns: Global Warming Deniers Now Face the Disapproval of … Business Leaders!

William M Briggs at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Business Leader Expert on Climate - 900] In his final State of the Union speech, President Obama waved the dreaded Consensus flag, and insisted only certain especially dim-witted lichen, now extinct, could possibly still doubt global warming alarmism. Even though there is new research suggesting that in... more »

Ten Detainees Leaving Gitmo in Bulk Transfer, Defense Officials Say

Fox News at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: ten detainees] The U.S. military is preparing a bulk transfer of 10 detainees on Thursday from its detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two defense officials told Fox News. The transfer, amounting to about 10 percent of the remaining prisoners, marks the... Continue reading *“Ten Detainees Leaving Gitmo in Bulk Transfer, Defense Officials Say”* at *foxnews.com*.

Alan Grayson Introduces A Constitutional Amendment To End Gerrymandering

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
Isn't it time to end the anti-democratic practice of gerrymandering? No, it's actually past time-- *way* past time. In 2012, for example, 59,645,531 Americans (48.8%) voted for Democrats running for Congress and 58,228,253 (47.6%) voted for Republicans. In a mathematically perfect world, the Democrats would have 213 seats and the Republicans would have 207 seats. That would have been a reflection of the popular will. Instead, largely because of gerrymandered districts, the Republicans wound up with 234 seats and the Democrats only got 201. Let's look at it from a different perspec... more »

German TV Channel Changes Logo To Show Islamic Star And Crescent

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
German TV station Tele5 has changed its logo to represent German and Turkish solidarity in the face of the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul which killed 10 German tourists. The new logo shows the Islamic star and crescent of Turkey’s flag superimposed on the national tricolor. The change in logo comes just two weeks after the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults on revelers in Cologne by newly arrived migrants, that led to a rise of anti-immigration sentiment in Germany and other European countries. Breitbart reports: Tele5 justified the move on Twitter this afternoon, saying that it... more »

Army Colonel Under Fire for Encouraging Troops to Improve Their ‘Spiritual Fitness’

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Representatives from Fort Stewart, Winn Army Community Hospital, Army Medical Command, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to signify the start of construction of a $23.1 million hospital expansion project, Jan. 23, 2012. The project, managed by the Savannah District and awarded to prime contractor McCarthy Building Co., includes a 65,000 square foot expansion and 1,000 square foot alteration to the existing 360,000 square-foot medical facility.] Army Col. Thomas Hundley has come under intense fire for writing a pos... more »

Military Photo of the Day: January 13, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Arizona Military Training-900] A U.S. Air Force airman drives a forklift to retrieve a heavy equipment training platform during an exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., on Dec. 9, 2015. Thanks to Senior Airman Chris Massey for capturing this image!

Pro-Abortion Congressional Black Caucus Versus Pro-Life Congressman Sean Duffy

Town Hall at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Sean Duffy] Racism. It's the go-to for liberals. Every institution of American life is touched by it according to the racialists. Well, almost every one. Somehow, the industry that kills, disproportionately, black human beings for a profit isn't racist. It's "reproductive justice"!... Continue reading *“Pro-Abortion Congressional Black Caucus Versus Pro-Life Congressman Sean Duffy”* at *townhall.com*.

What We Don’t Know About Iran’s Capture and Release of U.S. Sailors

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: capture and release] It is too early to draw conclusions about the capture and release of 10 U.S. Navy personnel by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It's clear, however, that the incident will be important to how supporters and critics of the nuclear... Continue reading *“What We Don’t Know About Iran’s Capture and Release of U.S. Sailors”* at *blogs.wsj.com*.

What Arab Christians Think of Christianity and Islam: The Same, Different, and Not Their Business

CHRISTIANITY TODAY at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Christians head to the Saint Joseph church in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region, on August 6, 2015, during a rally marking the first anniversary of an Islamic State (IS) group offensive on Christian-populated areas in the Nineveh province. The IS assault was the latest in a long series of disasters for Iraqi Christians, who have repeatedly been attacked by jihadists since the 2003 overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein, pushing hundreds of thousands to flee abroad.] "Of course we are not worshipping the same God," said Luther Awad, head of the Egypt chap... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 13, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Michael Crowley, Politico:* *Obama's vision of the world clashes with TV reality* The president's State of the Union address depicted a world very different from what most Americans are seeing and hearing on TV and from GOP candidates. President Obama portrayed his foreign policy as a level-headed, visionary success on Tuesday night. But that’s an argument he’s made before — and so far, Americans aren't buying it. Recent polls show that about half of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of world affairs, largely thanks to fear over worldwide terrorist attacks by the Islamic... more »

"The Questions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.” - Arthur C. Clarke

Jan. 13: What kind of a world do you live in?

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
The story of the day is that New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are joining in a big sex-trade deal. It will give moose the right to cross provincial boundaries in order to – you know. That's the biggest story in Section A. Then there's the breaking story of a restaurant that got big coverage when it was flooded. Now, it's getting big coverage for being repaired. In a similar note, we have our third story about an elderly woman in poverty who is struggling to live in a shack. And the sub-story is that her generous, New Brunswick neighbours are helping her. And there is still not a word a... more »

As We Shift - Feel the Wind Beneath our Wings

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
As we enter the second ½ of January, 2016, there is still Evidence of Ego in our Efforts. What shows up again and again – is us. We cannot escape ourselves or leave ourselves behind. We are the ones shifting, the ones asking, the ones wondering: if, when, why and how. We are wasting our most valuable asset. No, it’s not time, its emotion; *the wind beneath our wings.* As we plan, we waste it. As we remember, it drifts away. Emotion is now. It is here. It is not felt yesterday or tomorrow. It is useful only in this moment. This is a reference to power, and how to mainta... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*State Rep. Neil Abramson (D- New Orleans) Sabotaged His Colleagues, His Party, and His Governor ~CenLamar* *How old family recipe from Louisiana cane country earned cult following among New Orleans chefs ~Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, Advocate*

Neoliberal Education and Laziness

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Far be it for me to cast aspersions on someone's research, but the following paper unearthed by Amir Sariaslan was like getting passed the pissy biscuit. Published in *Educational Philosophy and Theory* (Vol 47 (5), 2015, pp 488-501), one Riyad A. Shahjahan contributed 'Being ‘Lazy’ and Slowing Down: Toward decolonizing time, our body, and pedagogy'. Its abstract is ... interesting: In recent years, scholars have critiqued norms of neoliberal higher education (HE) by calling for embodied and anti-oppressive teaching and learning. Implicit in these accounts, but lacking elaboration,... more »

WHO Admits That Smallpox Vaccine Created AIDS/HIV

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The London Times wrote an article in 1987 that linked the smallpox vaccine to the deadly spread of AIDS in the 1980’s. In the article (republished below) it is admitted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) led a huge campaign aimed at “eradicating smallpox” but may have also been responsible for awakening what we know today to be the HIV virus. Smallpox vaccine ‘triggered Aids virus’ The Aids epidemic may have been triggered by the mass vaccination campaign which eradicated smallpox. The World Health Organization, which masterminded the 13-year campaign, is studying new scientif... more »

Russia Creates Law That Promises “Western Economic Collapse”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
President Putin has created a new set of laws that, once passed by Parliament, will create the worst “economic cyclone” the Western world has ever seen, plunging the U.S. and Europe into a financial collapse. The Security Council (SC) have stated that the new laws were drawn up over the last year in order to deal with Western aggression against Russia. The law states that all Russian companies, both public and private, must cease paying over $700 billion in loan payments to any banks that have an association with any country that currently has sanctions against Russia. Whatdoesitme... more »

More Evidence Of Turkey And US Aiding ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
More evidence has emerged that reveals how Turkey directly aids ISIS, with help from Washington and other NATO-allied countries. Foreign support lets terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya thrive. Without it they’d become a spent force, unable to operate effectively on their own – what media scoundrels never explain, perpetuating the myth of US war on ISIS. On January 10, London’s Guardian headlined “Isis ‘ran sophisticated immigration operation” on Turkey-Syria border,” saying: Documents seized by Kurdish forces dated December 2014 – March 2015 have ISIS “department of immigrat... more »

ISIS Say They Plan On Detonating Gas Leak In Los Angeles

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A US government insider has revealed that ISIS are planning to ignite the leaking gas well in Porter Ranch in order to “detonate Los Angeles” and flatten it. The gas leak, located in the Aliso Canyon gas field in Porter Ranch, has been emitting tons of methane gas for the last few months, and authorities have so far failed to plug the leak. Many have declared the situation as the worst natural disaster since the BP oil spill. Superstation95.com reports: The leak has pumped literally millions of cubic feet of highly explosive methane and other natural gases into the atmosphere nort... more »

World’s Oldest Living Man Found Aged 131 With 30 Year Old Daughter

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Brazilian civil servants have discovered the world’s oldest living man still going on strong at the age of 131 and drawing a pension. The man lives with his wife who is 69 years his junior, eats three meals a day and has three children, including a daughter aged thirty. Mail Online reports: The Guinness Book of Records recognises 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide from Japan as the oldest person alive. And Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died aged 122 in 1997, holds the record for the world’s longest living person. But social security workers in Acre in north Brazil today caused a stir by ... more »

The Agency of Multilateral Organizations

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
This is a guest post from Tana Johnson, an Assistant Professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. I had the pleasure of editing a reviews exchange on her important new book, Organizational Progeny. The exchange just came out in the latest issue of International Politics Reviews and features reviews from me (Josh), Tanisha Fazal, and Alexandru Grigorescu, […]

The ACTUAL State of the Union #SOTU

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Last night Obama delivered his annual State of the Union speech. Here, however, in one array, is the *actual* State of the Union. Nowhere near as pretty as his speech . . . [image: 20150916_obo] . . . which, in fact, folds like a pup tent in a storm under a simple fact-check: [Pic by Zero Hedge] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

David Bowie's Death & The Absolute Human Right to Privacy

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
* A Rant:* *David Bowie has died*. Everyone is surely aware of this by now. It's been one of the top *WORLD *news stories for days. When at most it should have been in the entertainment section. I myself shared a memory of attending a concert. *However, I do not lament **the fact loudly, or at all, that I was completely unaware of his illness or his struggle with illness. Though I consider myself a fan of his work.* *Had David Bowie chosen to share his plight with the world.* *That would have been his choice to do so.* *But, he did not choose to share the private details of his ... more »

World News Briefs -- January 16, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Intense diplomacy between Secretary of State Kerry and his Iranian counterpart to secure sailors’ release* Secretary of State John F. Kerry spoke at least five times yesterday by telephone with his Iranian counterpart in intense diplomacy that led to the release Wednesday morning of 10 American sailors who were picked up and detained overnight when their small ships strayed into Iranian waters the day before. Rapid resolution of the incident appeared to end a potential flash point just as Iran and world powers moved toward implementation of a nuclear deal expe... more »

Thorne Dreyer : RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Interviews with Philip Russell, Jonah Raskin, and Roy Casagranda

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
We discuss the sad state of Mexico under Enrique Peña Nieto; we reflect on the lives of Jack London and Dalton Trumbo and do some California dreaming; and, in a two-parter, we look at Iraq, Syria, and the U.S. role … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Interviews with Philip Russell, Jonah Raskin, and Roy Casagranda

Spiritual Fascism

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Haley Responds to SOTU Backlash by Ripping Rubio, Bush

The Hill at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Haley] Facing backlash for her criticism of Donald Trump the night before, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Wednesday said she has differences of opinion with several other Republican presidential candidates. Haley told reporters that she also disagrees with Sen.... Continue reading *“Haley Responds to SOTU Backlash by Ripping Rubio, Bush”* at *thehill.com*.

Duck Commander Phil Robertson Endorses Ted Cruz

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Cruz Commander - 900] The star of one of the nation's most popular reality television shows just made Sen. Ted Cruz a happy, happy, happy presidential candidate. Duck Commander Phil Robertson announced Wednesday that he has endorsed Cruz for the White House, Fox News... more »

Start Gathering the Moving Boxes: White House to Soon Ramp Up Transition Planning

Josh Lederman at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: White House 900 pixels] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House chief of staff says planning for the transition to the next president will ramp up in early spring. Denis McDonough says the process so far has been limited to “getting paper and process in... more »

USGS Study Reveals Male Fish Turning Female Due To Pesticides

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have found disturbing evidence of male fish turning female due to pesticide pollution. According to new USGS study, scientists found large-scale evidence of intersex in smallmouth and largemouth bass in Northeastern United States. Alternet.org reports: The study, published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, looks at 19 U.S. National Wildlife Refuges and is the first reconnaissance survey of this scope. The study found that the prevalence of testicular oocytes across all samples was 85% and 27% for male small- and l... more »

Russia Announce Successful Ebola Cure

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Putin has announced that Russia have successfully developed the world’s first vaccine to cure the Ebola virus. The vaccine, which is as yet unnamed, has been registered in Russia after tests showed it to be effective at curing the disease which has killed thousands of people in west Africa. RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying, “We have good news!“. “We have registered a drug against Ebola, which after the corresponding tests has been shown to be highly effective, more effective than the drugs used worldwide up to now.” Yahoo News reports: To date no approved vaccine or t... more »

North Korea Says H-Bomb Can Obliterate Whole Of U.S.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Kim Jong-un has claimed that North Korea is prepared to detonate its H-bomb which would completely obliterate the whole of the US “all at once”. North Korean KCNA news agency claim that “The scientists and technicians of the DPRK are in high spirit to detonate H-bombs … capable of wiping out the whole territory of the US all at once“. RT.com reports: Along with the ‘wiping-out-US’ comments, Pyongyang added that the test “was neither to ‘threaten’ anyone nor to ‘provoke’ someone for a certain purpose.” “It was a process indispensable for carrying out the WPK’s line on simultaneously ... more »

Putin’s Criticism Of The West Attracts Widespread Media Attention

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin was recently interviewed by German newspaper BILD where he talked candidly about the deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. In the interview, Putin criticises sanctions against Russia as being designed push Russia into a war, saying that the West has used Ukraine to further a geopolitical agenda with Russia. Sputniknews.com reports: “The sanctions of the West are designed not to help Ukraine, but push Russia back geopolitically. They are foolish and harm both sides,” the Russian President said during the interview, calling Western sanc... more »

“Totally crappy:” Library magazine adds quotes from vendor without authors’ consent

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 7 hours ago
Two librarians who wrote a feature story for the magazine American Libraries say that editors added quotes from an educational company without their consent. The feature, “Special Report: Digital Humanities in Libraries,” was included in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the magazine, published by the American Libraries Association. It includes some data from a survey conducted by the ALA and Gale — a […] The post “Totally crappy:” Library magazine adds quotes from vendor without authors’ consent appeared first on Retraction Watch.

California's charter school law repeal movement update

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
*“charter schools comprise a divisive and segregated sector” — Frankenberg, E., Siegel-Hawley, G., Wang, J. (2011)* [image: Voices Against Privatizing Public Education] Voices Against Privatizing Public Education's (VAPPE) grassroots campaign to repeal the 1992 charter school laws imposed on California by corporate reactionaries Donald Fisher and Reed Hastings has been moving forward. In addition to their online petition, they've established a contribution committee, grown their endorsements, setup online fundraising, and have submitted their final ballot proposition language. R... more »

Syrian War News Updates -- January 13, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Syria's rebels reject peace talks unless U.N. resolution implemented* Syrian rebel groups said on Wednesday they would not take part in peace talks scheduled this month unless humanitarian articles in the latest U.N resolution were implemented. The groups, which include the powerful Islam Army, mentioned articles 12 and 13 of a resolution that was passed late last year, which calls on the sides in Syria's civil war to allow humanitarian access to all in need and cease attacks on civilians. "We consider that implementing these articles is self-evident and a human righ... more »

EPA ‘Lost’ Two Years Worth of Emails for Employee Who Colluded to Kill Pebble Mine

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: The Bristol Bay watershed, where environmentalists argued the Pebble Mine would affect salmon fishing.] Government investigators looking into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rejection of the Pebble Mine project found 25 months of missing emails from the account of an employee who allegedly played a major role in derailing a crucial Alaska mine project.... more »

Swinging

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

Cooler Heads Prevail: Iran And America Escape Escalation, Avoid A Catastrophic War Over A Minor Incident

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
* "Let us talk now, so that we do not become mad animals!" - Joost A. M. Meerloo.* "Of course, nothing in diplomacy is certain. Positions and policies can change for the worse. We still must be on the lookout for false flags, areas of miscommunication, and events taking on a life of their own. History is full of wars where neither side was geared to go but had no choice because issues of honour and pride got in the way of rational calculations. Wars can start even after successful diplomatic deals. Once preparations and threats are made, the battles usually follow. That is why tal... more »

Fact Check: Top 10 Whoppers in Obama’s State of the Union

Breitbart/Joel B. Pollak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C. In his final State of the Union, President Obama reflected on the past seven years in office and spoke on topics including climate change, gun control, immigration and income inequality. (Photo by Evan Vucci - Pool/Getty Images)] President Barack Obama promised his final State of the Union address would be short. Dana Bash of CNN called it "low-energy." One thing it was not was accurate-or honest. H... more »

Evangelical Theologian Wayne Grudem Endorses Marco Rubio

Jay Richards at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Wayne Grudem Poverty of Nations at FRC] Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem, who was recently announced as a member of Marco Rubio’s religious liberty advisory board, has just endorsed Rubio for president. Grudem, a professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, is a well known and... more »

Driver Cheats Death On The Hard Shoulder Of M25 Motorway

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Parking in the emergency lane of the M25 motorway to inspect your vehicle doesn’t take you away from the action happening around you, but puts you right in it. A Driver nearly gets wiped out by a juggernaut as he inspects his truck on the hard shoulder of the M25. The Daily Star reports: Footage uploaded to YouTube shows the very instance the tyre explodes, sending rubber flying all over the road. And soon after, a door-mounted camera shows the driver on the hard shoulder climbing from his cab to check the damage. steve twamley YouTube video: Despite the cars hurtling past, he is un... more »

South Korea Opens Fire As Suspected North Korean Drone Crosses Border

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The situation between the two Korea’s is escalating into war as South Korea fired machine gun rounds towards the North, after a North Korean drone briefly crossed their border. The North Korean drone was flying dozens of meters (yards) south of the border and returned to the northern side following the warning shots. South Korea is laying siege to the North after bombarding it constantly across the border with loud propaganda and annoying music. The North Koreans have responded by dropping leaflets at the border with the South, calling them ‘Mad Dogs.’ The latest incident follows a ... more »

The wacky world of the Oceanic Niño Index

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood There are various ways of measuring El Ninos/La Ninas, and in reality every event is different to every other, just as with any other weather event. Xmetman Bruce has his own take on the current El Nino, which is well worth a read here. There seems […]

U.S. Air Force: A-10 Retirement Has Been Out on Hold Indefinitely

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A-10s of the 81st Fighter Wing sit at Spangdahlem Air Base in 2012. At top — A-10s from the 188th Fighter Wing take part in an exercise. Air Force photos *Defence One:* *Air Force to Delay A-10 Retirement, Thanks to ISIS* After trying to retire the battle-tested Warthog for the past two years, Air Force officials concede that the plane is key to the war on ISIS The Air Force is shelving its immediate plans to retire the A-10 Warthog attack plane, which has become critical to the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials tell Defens... more »

Javier Torres ufo photos Colima, Mexico 1958

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
Ufo flying out of lunar crater

Quote of the Day: “…the application of logic to experience.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*“Any theory that propounds an opposition between the logical and the empirical, represents a failure to grasp the nature of logic and its role in human cognition. Man’s knowledge is not acquired by logic apart from experience or by experience apart from logic, but by the application of logic to experience. All truths are the product of the logical identification of the facts of experience.”* ~ Leonard Peikoff (Source: *Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology* by Ayn Rand. Chapter: ‘The Analytic Synthetic Dichotomy’, Page 112) [Hat tip Anoop Verma] Content is copyright PC.Blo... more »

The State of the Union

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 8 hours ago
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"LA County Supervisor On California Methane Leak: 'This Is A Mini-Chernobyl'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"LA County Supervisor On California Methane Leak: * *'This Is A Mini-Chernobyl'"* by RT "The California gas company responsible for the storage site where methane has been leaking from a damaged well for *over two months* has promised action to stop the breach, while a Los Angeles County supervisor has branded the situation a “mini-Chernobyl.” SoCal Gas said it was working on a plan to siphon off and safely burn some of the leaking methane, a crisis which has led to months of protests and the displacement of thousands of families in the Los Angeles County community of Porter Ranch.... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Yes, I bought some tickets too... lol

“Nuclear Radiation, Kierkegaard, and the Philosophy of Denial”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Nuclear Radiation, Kierkegaard, and the Philosophy of Denial”* by Chris Busby "It used to be, and indeed children are still taught in schools, that the advances that have been made in the last five hundred years (antibiotics, electricity, computers etc) resulted from the application of Science and its overthrow of dogmatic belief. All ideas are put to the question in the *auto da fe* of experiment: Galileo’s observations versus the Inquistion’s biblical earth-centric world view and so forth. But over the same period, the power of belief (in Jesus, Marxism, Allah, perhaps ‘Economic... more »

Does Iran Releasing Images of Captured Sailors Violate Geneva Convention? State Dept Won’t Say

Breitbart at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Geneva Convention] The U.S. State Department declined to say Wednesday whether Iran violated the Geneva Convention by putting captured U.S. Navy sailors on television Tuesday after their two boats were seized in what Iran claims was its territorial waters. The sailors -- nine men... Continue reading *“Does Iran Releasing Images of Captured Sailors Violate Geneva Convention? State Dept Won’t Say”* at *breitbart.com*.

Iran Releases Footage of US Sailor Apologizing for ‘Mistake’ after Capture

Breitbart at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: sailor apologizing] Iranian state-controlled news outlet Tasnim released video Wednesday afternoon that shows a U.S. sailor apologizing for purportedly infringing upon Tehran's sovereignty. On Tuesday, Iran seized two U.S. naval boats, arguing they illegally entered Iran's territorial waters. The Pentagon said they... Continue reading *“Iran Releases Footage of US Sailor Apologizing for ‘Mistake’ after Capture”* at *breitbart.com*.

Jeb Coming to Life? Bush Moves Past Rubio to 3rd in New National Poll

Breitbart at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Jeb Bush] New tracking poll information from Reuters confirms Donald Trump as the frontrunner, but also breathes new life into the Jeb Bush campaign. As on Tuesday, Jeb Bush had moved into third place nationally, with 10.6 percent support. Bush edges Sen. Marco... Continue reading *“Jeb Coming to Life? Bush Moves Past Rubio to 3rd in New National Poll”* at *breitbart.com*.

Trump Flirts with 9/11 Truth to Score Political Points...and scares the bejesus out of the perps

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump* Recently, Donald Trump came out and said that President Bill Clinton is partially responsible for 9/11 because he didn't assassinate Osama bin Laden when he had a chance. According to former CIA authorities, there were about 10 opportunities to capture OBL but all were nixed by higher ups in the US government...or the deep state "real" government. 9/11 truthers are getting a big chuckle out of Trump's inadvertent (perhaps?) terrorizing of the 9/11 perps...by continually bringing up the subject and *presenting the official 9/11 lies in such... more »

MUCH TO SPIRITUALLY DO AT 82

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 9 hours ago
*The secret to living a spiritual human life is seeing through heart centered eyes and realizing we are all part of a loving plan in action wherein each of us has a part to play ~ if we will but listen and respond to the call of our soul. It was Teilhard de Chardin who knew we were all spiritual beings and that the portal to the soul was love ~ and that love alone was capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them for it alone takes them and joins them to what is deepest within themselves. My contribution to this universal truth is in demons... more »

David Bowie and the Pet Shop Boys - Hallo Spaceboy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Let's not forget that The Duke occasionally made forays into dance music. Not entirely successful, it has to be said, but this was probably his most memorable effort. Alas, on this occasion he was following the eurodisco pack rather than breaking new ground. But still.

Microsoft Issues Warning About Internet Explorer To All Windows Users

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Technology and software giant Microsoft has issued a warning to all Windows users to upgrade their Internet Explorer Browsers to the latest version because of a security vulnerability. This week marked the end of support for almost-all versions of Microsoft’s pre-installed web browser, Internet Explorer. Microsoft recommends users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. All previous versions will leave users vulnerable to viruses and malware attacks. This is true even if they use other web browsers other than Internet Explorer on Windows operated machines. The Daily Express reports: Ea... more »

Steve Russell : ‘Y’all Qaeda’ militia musters at Oregon bird sanctuary on land claimed by the Paiutes

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Unwelcome armed militants are occupying an empty building on federal land considered sacred by a Native American tribe. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | January 13, 2016 When I was an active trial court judge in Texas, I … finish reading Steve Russell : ‘Y’all Qaeda’ militia musters at Oregon bird sanctuary on land claimed by the Paiutes

Kurds Attack Assyrian Christian Village in Northern Syria

Hot Air at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Assyrian Christians - 400] The collapse of Syria has set loose forces that the Assad regime had either contained or appropriated to prop up its own rule, putting ethnic and religious factions in dangerous new combinations and conflicts. One of those conflicts might confound... Continue reading *“Kurds Attack Assyrian Christian Village in Northern Syria”* at *hotair.com*.

David Brooks’s Attack on Ted Cruz is Unjust

Jay Richards at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: David Brooks speaks at the Miller Center Forum, April 2011.] I like David Brooks. I've read all his books and always read his columns in the New York Times. His greatest asset is his ability to see subtleties and nuances in issues that are incorrectly painted in black and white.... more »

Queen Elizabeth Promises To ‘Take Back America’ If Trump Elected

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Queen Elizabeth has promised her subjects that she will authorize the UK to invade the United States of America if Donald Trump is elected President in November 2016. Buckingham Palace released a statement from her Majesty, saying “Should Mr Trump be elected we will take back America by force and place it once again under colonial rule“. The D.C. Brief reports: The announcement has received mostly a positive response, but many critics have seen the Queen as merely taking advantage of the swell of anti-Trump feeling in the country after a petition calling for the banning of the real ... more »

Iran Posts Photos And 30-Second Videos Of Captured U.S. Sailors (Editor's Note: These Are Extremely Embarrassing)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Politico*: *Controversy explodes over Iranian images of U.S. sailors* Iran on Wednesday released a series of images and videos showing the 10 U.S. Navy sailors it apprehended Tuesday, inflaming the American debate over their capture, including the question of whether the U.S. had formally apologized for entering Iranian territory. Iranian media — Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Agency and Tasnim News Agency — published roughly two-dozen photos and five videos, two of which feature a male sailor apologizing and praising Iran’s treatment. Story Continued Below “It was... more »

John Kerry’s ‘Troubling’ Omission from Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack Statement

The Blaze at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Charlie Hebdo terror attack] Following his statement marking the first anniversary of a series of deadly Islamist attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher supermarket, Secretary of State John Kerry is being criticized for what he left out: any mention... Continue reading *“John Kerry’s ‘Troubling’ Omission from Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack Statement”* at *theblaze.com*.

Digging for the Truth Can Get Controversial

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
This is the scandalous episode of the German political satire program 'Die Anstalt' about the media leaders' ties to lobby organisations and their use of enemy images in the Ukrainian conflict. Josef Joffe and Jochen Bittner – a publisher-editor and political editor of the major German newspaper ‘Zeit’ got an injunction against ZDF to prevent this episode of 'Die Anstalt' from being publicly available as it questions the impartiality of the two Zeit journalist... more »

Islamic State Claim Pakistan Consulate Attack In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times:* *ISIS Claims Assault That Killed 7 Near Pakistani Consulate in Afghanistan* JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Islamic State militants in Afghanistan claimed their first attack on a major city on Wednesday, after an assault near the Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad that killed at least seven members of the Afghan security forces. The claim, posted on the Telegram channel used by the Islamic State’s central command to announce attacks, was a sign that the main group in Syria and Iraq is increasingly willing to tout its Afghan affiliate as a supported group, even as officia... more »

Not worth the wait after all

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
So *Woman's Hour *finally got round to covering the attacks on women in Germany and Sweden this morning, devoting the first 18 minutes of the programme to the subject. It was, however, much as might have been expected - a group of people sharing the same similar, narrow, left-liberal, feminist outlook agreeing with each other and uniting in condemnation of 'right-wing' people who don't think like them, put centre stage and stage-managed by the BBC. The guests consisted of two left-leaning journalists, Joan Smith of *The Independent *and Imke Henkel of *Die Zeit *(last heard on Sun... more »

Supplemental: War for succession flares up again!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016Concerning Bill Clinton's alleged past conduct:* We humans! By our nature, we aren't obsessively moral. Despite our best efforts to sing the praises of our own species, this basic fact has tended to surface down through the years. Consider Tom Hollander's new book, Dynasty, a history of the first five Roman emperors. Michiko Kakutani reviewed the book for the New York Times. In this passage, she cites a rather large number: KAKUTANI (1/8/16): Mr. Holland...uses his knowledge of the period (which starts with the murder of Julius Caesar and concludes with... more »

Obama’s Chief of Staff Promises ‘Audacious Executive Action’ in Final Year

National Review at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: McDonough - 400] White House chief of staff Denis McDonough pushed back against the notion his president is played out in the wake of his last State of the Union address, promising "audacious executive action" in Barack Obama's final year in office. During... Continue reading *“Obama’s Chief of Staff Promises ‘Audacious Executive Action’ in Final Year”* at *nationalreview.com*.

Conservative Author on How to Build a Better Conservative Media

The Washington Examiner at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Matt Lewis - 400] Conservative columnist Matt Lewis is warning in his new book that while the conservative movement has benefited from a surging conservative media, aspects of that media may be leading to a “dumbing down” of the movement. In Too Dumb to... Continue reading *“Conservative Author on How to Build a Better Conservative Media”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.

Kenya Forcing Churches, Religious Organizations to Register With Government

BBC at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Kenyan Christians - 400] Kenya’s evangelical churches have condemned government plans to make it tougher for religious bodies and clerics from all faiths to operate. The move was aimed at stopping the growth of evangelical churches, said the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya. But a... Continue reading *“Kenya Forcing Churches, Religious Organizations to Register With Government”* at *bbc.com*.

From Homeless Drug Addict to Ministry Leader

World Magazine at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Ken Barun] Ken Barun served President Ronald Reagan in the White House and helped found the Ronald McDonald House Charities, building it into one of the largest and most innovative charities in the world. Now he is the chief of staff for... Continue reading *“From Homeless Drug Addict to Ministry Leader”* at *worldmag.com*.

North Korea Not Welcomed At Davos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Financial Times:* *North Korea no longer invited to Davos* An invitation for a North Korean delegation, led by the communist state’s foreign minister, to attend the World Economic Form in Davos has been revoked after the country earlier this month announced that it had detonated a mini hydrogen bomb. It may come as a surprise to some that North Korea had been invited to attend the annual gathering in the Swiss ski resort in the first place, writes Nathalie Thomas. *Read more* .... *More News On North Korea Being Dis-invited From The World Economic Forum At Davos* World Economic... more »

The Disconnected Electorate... w/Update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*how many of them vote?* Most of the people in North Idaho, in particular the older citizens, are politically aware and very conservative. We have a few libtards roaming about, but they are a lonely bunch, and we treat them as curiosities. I didn't watch the SOTU because I was attending the second session of a seminar on how to get your book published. The presenter is a "local" published author. I have "local" in quotes because he is a transplant to our area. A very nice fellow, who has held a myriad of exciting and diverse jobs. Last night, the subject of character names was ... more »

Obama Touts Low Gas Prices, Then Promises to Make Energy More Expensive

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)] After President Barack Obama touted record-low gasoline prices during his tenure in his State of the Union address Tuesday, he quickly promised to make energy more expensive for Americans by making oil and coal "reflect the costs" of global warming.... more »

State Department: We Did NOT Apologize to Iran for Captured Sailors

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: 10 US Navy Sailors Held by Iran at Gunpoint - 900] Previous reports from a semi-official news agency in Iran claimed that the U.S. had apologized in order to regain custody of 10 U.S. sailors, but a State Department spokesman said Wednesday that this claim is absolutely false. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard... more »

Kansas Governor Defunds Planned Parenthood

Casey Harper at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: defund Planned Parenthood - 900] Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday at his State of the State address that he ordered the Kansas health secretary to stop all Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. "Trafficking of #?babybodyparts is antithetical to our belief in human dignity,"... more »

Congress Poised to Strike Down EPA’s Massive ‘Waters of the US’ Rule

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: EPA - 900] House lawmakers are poised to pass legislation repealing what is probably the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most controversial regulation: an attempt to expand its authority over bodies of water across the country. The House will vote Wednesday on a bill... more »

Iran Releases Footage Of US Sailors Being Detained

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Footage has been released showing the moment that Iranian forces detained 10 US sailors. The sailors were taken into custody as their boats crossed into Iran’s territorial waters on Tuesday. The images followed the release of the sailors earlier on Wednesday. RT reports: Dressed in camouflage uniforms, the sailors can be seen kneeling on the deck of the patrol boat, with hands on their heads. They are then shown seated in a room, being given tea, bottled water and food by their Iranian hosts. BREAKING VIDEO: Iran state TV footage of moment of arresting 2 US boats & personnel pic.t... more »

N. Korea Boasts That Its H-Bomb Is 'Capable Of Wiping Out The US At Once’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks 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 *Daily Mail:* *North Korea boasts it is now capable of wiping out 'the whole of the US at once' with new hydrogen bombs* * Declaration comes after pariah state claims to have tested hydrogen bomb * Scientists 'are in high spirit to detonate H-bombs of hundreds of megatons' * Also showed footage of ballistic missile it claims can deliver nu... more »

Wall Street Reviews What Sanders Plans for Wall Street

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*The office of Guggenheim Partners (source). The family started the investment firm because it "wanted to make its money work harder."* *by Gaius Publius* This has been mentioned in a number of places (for example, here), but the whole document is worth studying as a document. It was produced by a Wall Street analyst who looks at and describes the Sanders plan for sweeping Wall Street reform — for example, for breaking up the big banks, among other proposals. Like much analysis of this type, it's insider-to-insider talk, thus dispassionate and mainly accurate in description, in ad... more »

South Korea Fires Warning Shots At A North Korean Drone Over DMZ

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*BBC*: *South Korea fires warning shots at 'N Korea drone' over DMZ* South Korean soldiers have fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone flown across the heavily fortified border. Yonhap news agency cited officials saying that soldiers fired about 20 rounds before the craft turned back. Earlier, South Korea's president urged China to impose the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea, following its apparent nuclear test. Pyongyang claims it has tested a hydrogen bomb. That claim is doubted by experts, who say the blast, though probably nuclear, was not big en... more »

Did Poor Timing in One Poll Knock Rand Paul Out of the GOP Debate?

Politico at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Rand Paul - 400] Rand Paul appears to be a victim of bad timing. The Kentucky senator has failed to catch fire like some of his fellow GOP presidential candidates, but the Fox Business Network decision to boot him for the first time off... Continue reading *“Did Poor Timing in One Poll Knock Rand Paul Out of the GOP Debate?”* at *politico.com*.

Cameras Catch Joint Chiefs of Staff Stone-Faced Reaction to Obama’s SOTU

TheBlaze at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Military leaders - 400] President Barack Obama received a total of 67 rounds of applause during his final State of the Union address Tuesday, down from 85 last year. However, as PBS notes, the Joint Chiefs of Staff reserved their applause throughout the speech.... Continue reading *“Cameras Catch Joint Chiefs of Staff Stone-Faced Reaction to Obama’s SOTU”* at *theblaze.com*.

Russian Man Skiing At Over 80 Mph On Public Road

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A Russian man has been seen skiing Siberian highways at speeds of up to 130 Kmh. The Russian daredevil is a professional skier who likes being towed behind a car at 36 metres per second on wintry roads, inches away from oncoming traffic and icy barriers. People are warned not to repeat what they witness. Sputnik reports: The footage was shot by a group of professional stuntmen who warned other people from any attempts to repeat the stunt. Siberian TimesYouTube video: The video has rapidly gained popularity on Russian social media, however not many people have praised such an extreme... more »

Shorter SOTU

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
The minute Michelle Obama walked into the hall wearing her blinding $2,000 dayglow yellow designer dress, I sort of figured Hubby would be giving us the full Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm schmaltz in his valedictory State of the Union spiel. Barack did not disappoint, of course. His oratory always delivers. Despite numerous cracks in the content, there were no cracks in the rich baritone stereophonic sound. Nearly half the country was still drunk on his optimistic kool-aid this morning. Nearly half the country is still not tired of his purple state purple prose, because despite what D... more »

Is The Price For Oil About To Cash To $10/Barrel?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Telegraph*: *Oil could crash to $10 a barrel, warn investment bank bears* Petrol prices could fall back to levels last seen in 2009 as major banks say there is no bottom in sight for the world's lopsided market. Oil prices have crashed to below $30-a-barrel amid warnings the rout could reach as low as $10 and bring down petrol prices to levels last seen in 2009. Standard Chartered became the latest major bank to downgrade its oil outlook to $10, joining the likes of Goldman Sachs, RBS and Morgan Stanley in making ultra-bearish calls as prices have collapsed by 15pc this year... more »

Second of 3 retractions appears for biologist, the result of “a substantial number of falsifications”

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A cell biologist who falsifed Western blots has notched a second retraction, with one more expected after a investigation at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. First author Sudarsanareddy Lokireddy, now apparently a research fellow at Harvard, did not agree to the retraction, the result of “a substantial number of falsifications.” In December, we covered the results of the NTU […] The post Second of 3 retractions appears for biologist, the result of “a substantial number of falsifications” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

European Court Rules Bosses Can Snoop On Employees’ Private Messages

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
According to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, employers have the right to monitor their workers’ online private messages. The Strasbourg court sided with the employer of a Romanian engineer who was dismissed from his job after using Yahoo Messenger to communicate with his fiancée and brother while at work. The Independent reports: Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu was asked to create the Yahoo account in order to answer clients’ queries. In 2007, he was approached by his employers and told that they had been monitoring his chats over several days, citing the company policy that ... more »

Fatal Alabama Police Shooting Caught On Camera

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
BuzzFeed News have revealed video footage of Alabama police shooting an unarmed passenger during a traffic stop in 2013. The video which had not been previously released to the public shows two police officers from Alabama fatally shooting unarmed black man, Cameron Massey, while he was a passenger in a car during a traffic stop in October 2013. The attorney representing the family of the slain man, refutes police’s claims of self defense in the face of imminent danger. Buzz Feed reports: Albert Samaha YouTube video: The video, which has not been previously released publicly, contai... more »

Nikki Haley Confirms She Targeted Trump in SOTU Response and That GOP Leaders Approved the Text Beforehand

Breitbart at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Nikki Haley - 400] Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor hand-picked by House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to give the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union addressed, confirmed Wednesday morning that she did... Continue reading *“Nikki Haley Confirms She Targeted Trump in SOTU Response and That GOP Leaders Approved the Text Beforehand”* at *breitbart.com*.

Iran Navy Commander: Iranian Missiles Locked On US Aircraft Carrier After 10 US Navy Sailors Were Arrested

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
USS Harry S. Truman (Wikimedia) *Fars News Agency*:* IRGC Navy Commander: Iranian Missiles Locked on US Aircraft Carrier* TEHRAN (FNA)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi blamed the US navy for its excited and unprofessional moves after Iran arrested 10 US marines for trespassing on its territorial waters, warning that his forces' coast-to-sea missiles were awaiting orders to hit the American aircraft carrier deployed in the region. The IRGC seized two US Navy boats on Tuesday and detained them on Iran's Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. N... more »

World News Briefs -- January 13, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail: **'The most powerful nation on earth... it's not even close': Obama heralds America's 'optimism and work ethic' in his final State of the Union address in attack on Trump's past glory 'hot air'* * 'There have been those who told us to fear the future... promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control,' he said. 'And each time, we overcame those fears' * The speech was Obama's eighth and final SOTU and he used the address to take on his critics, particularly those in the Republican Party running for president,... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 13, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool *The Hill:* *Obama re-ups call for ISIS war authorization* President Obama uses part of his State of the Union address Tuesday to once again push Congress to pass an authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “If this Congress is serious about winning this war and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use ... more »

BWorld 38, Climate change and the need for cheap energy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld yesterday. Climate changes from warming to cooling to warming to cooling, in endless natural and cyclical pattern. A period of global warming for decades is followed by a period of global cooling, which also lasts for decades. So global warming has precedents, it is not “unprecedented.” There was global warming in the past when there was not even a single car or coal power plant. This chart shows that modern warm period that peaked in the last century was not exceptional or scary. Energy policies in many countries have been heavily distorted... more »

VA GOP Bill Would Require Schools To Verify Children’s Genitals

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
A new bill filed this week by Virginia Delegate Mark Cole would require that schools ensure students are using restrooms that correlate to their “correct anatomical sex”. The bill defines anatomical sex as: the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy. Under the legislation, any student who violates the bathroom rules could be fined $50 by law enforcement. As noted by Crooks and Liars, under the bills definition, the only way for anyone to determine such a thing would be to examine the student’s genitalia as they enter the restroom. Peaco... more »

Browne and Dunn applied to lead to new trial

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
R v Abdulle, 2016 ABCA 5: [11] The rule in *Browne v Dunn* requires counsel to put a matter to a witness if counsel intends to present contradictory evidence on that matter through a later witness: *Werkman* at para 7. Where the rule is breached, the trial judge may take the failure into account in assessing credibility: *Werkman* at para 9. The failure to cross-examine must relate to matters of substance. Where the evidence is of little significance in the overall context of the case, the failure to cross-examine should have no effect on the assessment of credibility: *R ... more »

Did The U.S. Apologize (Or Not) To Iran To Gain The Release Of Their Sailors?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attends a meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *WNU Editor*: Vice President Biden claims that no apology was issued .... *Biden: Iran didn't want or get apology for boats incident* (CBS). The Iranians are saying otherwise .... *Iran frees trespassing US sailors after Americans apologized* (Press TV). Who to believe?

What Obama Got Wrong in the State of the Union

Rub Kuhlman at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R) looks on after delivering the State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.] Heritage Foundation experts weighed in on the policies President Barack Obama mentioned in his last State of the Union address. Here is what they had to say after the president's speech. Economy Education Foreign Policy and National Security Climate Change Health Care... more »

THE YEAR OF THE LIBERAL: At UVa and on other stage sets!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016Part 3—The year of liberal script:* In the realm of journalism, was 2015 really "The Year of the Liberal?" That's what it says around here—and we don't mean for that award to be understood as a compliment. At sites like The Maddow Show and the new Salon, 2015 was the year of liberal dumbing-down, as we noted last week. But at UVa and on other stage sets, it was also the year of liberal narrative—the year of liberal script. In 2015, the emerging liberal/progressive world displayed a new, basic part of its developing culture. For better or worse—opinions... more »

Iran Has Released 10 US Navy Sailors Who 'Strayed' In Iranian Waters (News Round-up)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Iran Releases U.S. Sailors Accused of ‘Trespassing’* TEHRAN — Iran has released two United States Navy patrol boats and 10 crew members who were described as “trespassing” in Iranian waters near a major naval base, state news media reported on Wednesday. The Pentagon and the State Department said that one of the boats had experienced mechanical problems en route to Bahrain from Kuwait on a routine mission on Tuesday, and the Iranians appeared to have accepted that explanation. The release was announced shortly before 10 a.m. on an Iranian state-run news channel... more »

Security In Iraq, Jan 1-7, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
2016 got off to a violent start in Iraq. There was a surge in operations by the Islamic State. First, the group was trying to make up for the loss of central Ramadi by carrying out a wave of attacks in western Anbar. It was also continuing with its winter offensive against the Kurds in Ninewa. That along with the discovery of a few mass graves with victims of IS led to a bloody week in Iraq. There were 150 reported security incidents in the first week of January. That was the most attacks since the first week of August 2015 when there were 154. Insurgent activity has been going d... more »

Teachers in High Poverty Schools Get Lower Evaluation Scores

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Did you ever believe that using test scores to evaluate and reward teachers could be a disincentive to teaching in high poverty schools? You were right. From Chicago: Teachers who score the lowest under the district’s relatively new evaluation system are overrepresented in schools with the highest concentration of poor students, according to a new report that looks for the first time at how teachers’ scores correlate with characteristics such as student poverty, teacher race and school climate. Issued Tuesday by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, the report ... more »

Airplane Manufacturer Airbus Has Revealed A 'Drone Killer' System That Can Disable UAVs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Airbus has revealed a new 'drone killer' system that can automatically monitor an area - and disable the drone by jamming its signals if it spots one. *Daily Mail*: *Airbus reveals 'drone killer' camera system that can automatically detect and disable UAVs * * Cameras and sensors can scan large areas * Signals can be 'spoofed' to allow operators to hijack it * Drone can also be jammed to stop in functioning * System can work out exactly where it is being controlled from They have begun a growing threat to airports, power stations and even public events. Now, Airbus has revealed a n... more »

Can Britain Win Its Battle of Ideas Against Radical Muslims Without the Divine Source of Its Ideas? Probably Not.

Michael Cook at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: English Church_Westminster Abbey_900] Possibly no other country in the Western world has invested more than Britain in fighting the appeal of Islamic extremism. Last October the government launched a Counter-Extremism Strategy with great determination. Prime Minister David Cameron described the fight against "this... more »

It’s Cruz vs. Trump and Rubio vs. Carson in Home-Stretch Iowa Poll

Bloomberg at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz Iowa] Four candidates have pulled away from the field in the final weeks before voting begins, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register survey. Less than three weeks before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential election, the Republican contest... Continue reading *“It’s Cruz vs. Trump and Rubio vs. Carson in Home-Stretch Iowa Poll”* at *bloomberg.com*.

What 52 Lawmakers Said about Obama’s State of the Union Speech

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama waves as he walks back up the aisle at conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C.] President Barack Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address Tuesday night, repeatedly emphasizing the need for Americans on both sides of the political spectrum to come together to advance the nation as a whole. "Will we... more »

Krishnamurti on Quieting the Mind

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - An encouragement of liberation from the distractions, desires and habits of the mind by one of the greatest spiritual teachers. The post Krishnamurti on Quieting the Mind appeared first on Waking Times.

Learn What the Controllers Have Planned for Your Brain

WTStaff at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Catherine J. Frompovich* - A recently-released 22 minute video that explains what the controllers have planned for everyone’s brain! The post Learn What the Controllers Have Planned for Your Brain appeared first on Waking Times.

Court denies appeal of HIV fraudster’s 57-month prison sentence

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
An appeals court has affirmed the stiff prison sentence for Dong-Pyou Han, the former Iowa State University researcher who faked the results of an HIV vaccine experiment in rabbits. In July 2015, Han was sentenced to 57 months in prison, and ordered to repay more than $7 million to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. […] The post Court denies appeal of HIV fraudster’s 57-month prison sentence appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Free will of particles and people

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
*It's so simple* This text is a simple attempt to rephrase the recent thoughts about the free will (including the content of the comments) in a way that is more organized according to the philosophers' jargon. Philosophers have debated the "free will" for centuries. The basic question is whether the free will exists but philosophers love to ask a different "first" question: Is the free will *compatible* with the determinism of the Universe? Those who answer "Yes, compatible" are called "compatibilist". Those who answer "No, incompatible" are called incompatibilists. Now, many peopl... more »

On Economic Policies, There Are Reactionaries, A Conservative And A Progressive

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
All the Republican candidates' tax plans head in the same direction-- an upward redistribution of wealth for the rich. In other words, regardless of which Republican you pick, if he or she is elected to the White House, the rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer and the middle class will continue to disappear. But Monday, writing for *Politico*, Ben White reported on why economists across the spectrum see Trump's plan as far worse than any of the other's. To start, were Trump's plan ever to be enacted, it would guarantee a recession, a recession who's most hard hit victims... more »

Nikki Haley Delivers the GOP Response … and Delivers

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, photo. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how it treats immigrants, Haley said Jan. 12, 2016, as the GOP used its formal response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of the GOP's leading presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)] South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley was given the traditionally thankless task of delivering the official GOP response to President ... more »

Royal Bank Of Scotland Economists: 'SELL EVERYTHING!!!!!'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
© Lucas Jackson / Reuters *The Guardian*: *Sell everything ahead of stock market crash, say RBS economists* *Royal Bank of Scotland warns of ‘cataclysmic’ year with slumps in shares and oil and advises clients to shift to bonds.* Investors face a “cataclysmic year” where stock markets could fall by up to 20% and oil could slump to $16 a barrel, economists at the Royal Bank of Scotland have warned. In a note to its clients the bank said: “Sell everything except high quality bonds. This is about return of capital, not return on capital. In a crowded hall, exit doors are small.” It ... more »

Norfolk’s Keeping Rivers Cool Initiative

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/tree_planting_project_aims_to_cool_norfolk_s_rivers_1_4372850 Nutter alert in Norwich! The EDP reports: The Norfolk Rivers Trust, working in partnership with the Environment Agency, is planting 1,300 trees along the banks of the River Bure and the River Yare under the Keeping Rivers Cool initiative. The project aims to reduce […]

Both Sides In The Somali Conflict Want To play Soccer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Somali boys play football at Mogadishu’s popular Lido Beach. Photo: Reuters *New York Daily News*: *Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab invited to enter Somalia soccer tournament despite history of violence: 'We are not against them and they are not against us'* The leader of Somali’s soccer federation wants to play ball with Al Shabaab. The Al Qaeda-linked militant group was invited to participate in Somalia's soccer tournament, despite the group's resentment toward the sport and history of bloodshed, including deadly attacks during the 2010 World Cup. Abdiqani Said Arab, th... more »

Valentine's Day Rice Krispies Pops

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
All things pink and red haven't just been at our craft table and in our printables, they are popping up in the kitchen too. Today I am sharing one of our favorite treats to make for Valentine's Day. They are festive and so easy to make them coordinate whatever event you are throwing! If you are really in a pinch for time, you could use store bought treats and just dip them in chocolate! You will need: - half a stick of butter - 1 bag of marshmallows (10 or 16 OZ) - 1 box of Rice Krispies (If you use a 16 OZ bag of marshmallows, you might want a box and a little e... more »

"Happiness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Happiness"* "You can't eat happiness You can't buy it. You can't wear it. You can't drive it, or drink it, or sell it, or steal it. You can't lock it away. You can't negotiate for it. You can't win it, you can't marry it, you can't inherit it, you can't cheat it. You can't smoke it, or inject it, or rent it or borrow it. You can't campaign for it or beg for it, or talk other people into giving you theirs. You can live happiness. You can create it. You can be it. You can give it to others. You can enjoy it. You can share it. You can claim it. You can have as much as you wish. You can en... more »

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Attends Pre-trial Hearing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** Sgt Bowe Bergdahl appears in court in military attire as lawyers consider how to handle 300,000 pages of classified documents before trial begins this summer* * Bergdahl faces 25 years for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy * He is yet to enter plea, was in court for second pretrial hearing on Tuesday * Lawyers have to wade through 300,000 pages of papers for the case * Meanwhile, Bergdahl's own telling of his story continues on Serial Sgt Bowe Bergdahl has appeared in court for his pre-trial hearing. An Army judge is considering how to handle more than 300,0... more »

Obama’s State of Delusion Address

John Zmirak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Obama state of the Union__compressed] President Obama's final State of the Union address was a patchwork quilt of leftist talking points, pseudo-patriotic rah-rah, false statements, manipulative rhetoric and evasions. To write a coherent response would convey the false impression that the speech itself held together.... more »

ISIS in Afghanistan Claim Pakistan Consulate Attack, 7 Killed

LYNNE O'DONNELL at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: An Afghan man carries two schoolgirls away from a clash site, in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. Several members of the Afghan security forces were killed Wednesday after unidentified gunmen attacked the Pakistani consulate in a volatile eastern province, an official said on Wednesday.] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack on a Pakistani consulate in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, which Afghan officials said left at least seven members of the security forces dead. In a state... more »

Former Pastors Report Lack of Support Led to Abandoning Pastorate

LifeWay Research at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: former pastors] No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what's expected. Hundreds of former senior pastors say these were the crucial elements missing from the final churches they led before quitting the pastorate. A recent study by LifeWay Research... Continue reading *“Former Pastors Report Lack of Support Led to Abandoning Pastorate”* at *lifewayresearch.com*.

"What Is Hope?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"What Is Hope?"* by Rubin Alves "What is hope? It is the pre-sentiment that imagination is more real and reality is less real than it looks. It is the hunch that the overwhelming brutality of facts that oppress and repress us is not the last word. It is the suspicion that reality is more complex than the realists want us to believe. That the frontiers of the possible are not determined by the limits of the actual; and in a miraculous and unexplained way, life is opening creative events which will light the way to freedom and resurrection. But the two - suffering and hope - must li... more »

"Aristeia..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"The Greeks took for granted a warrior-ethic ("aristeia," the virtues, values, culture and competence of "aristoi") not just between man and nature, and one city and another, and in the competitive contests (agones) between one person or point of view and another, but most especially between the individual mind striving for illumination and the vast surrounding obscure chaos of all that we do not know or understand or, as yet, have the resources to master. Humans from the earliest days of their lives have already planted their feet on one of two paths, one leading toward self-illum... more »

Iran Releases 10 US Sailors Held In Gulf

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
The ten US sailors who were captured by Revolutionary Guards after entering Iranian waters have been released. The US military confirmed the sailors’ release after the Guards issued a statement claiming they were freed into international waters after an apology from Washington. The statement read :“We decided to release them after conducting a technical investigation and consultations with our national security officials, and also after establishing that their trespassing into the waters of the Islamic Republic was unintentional and also receiving apology from them” Press TV reports:... more »

What Gives In North Korea?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.theguardian.com/ We in the West look at Kim Jong Un as a madman -- young though he be. And perhaps he is mad. But the story isn't that simple. Tom Walkom provides some context: There is an armistice signed by North Korea and the U.S. But there is no peace treaty. When North Korea sabre-rattles, or when South Korea responds in kind, each believes it is responding rationally to the provocations of an implacable enemy. Neither side is blameless in this. The U.S. never did agree to the political talks required by the armistice... more »

"Ripples"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Ripples"* by James W. Foley "Drop a pebble in the water and with just a splash it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water and in a minute you forget, But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone. Drop an unkind or careless word and in a minute it is gone; B... more »

Michigan National Guard, FEMA Help Flint Amid Water Crisis

ROGER SCHNEIDER & DAVID EGGERT at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Maurice Rice organizes cases of water at the Joy Tabernacle Church on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder pledged Monday that officials would make contact with every household in Flint to check whether residents have bottled water and a filter.] FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Members of the Michigan National Guard are headed to Flint to help dole out bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents dealing with a drinking water crisis that began months ago. Gov. Rick Snyder activated... more »

GOP to Obama: You Have No ISIS Plan

The Hill at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: obama barack] Congressional Republicans ripped President Obama for failing to come up with a plan to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after he accused them of exaggerating the terror threat in his final State of the Union address.... Continue reading *“GOP to Obama: You Have No ISIS Plan”* at *thehill.com*.

Judge Calls for Jackie to Release Documents in Rolling Stone Lawsuit

The Washington Post at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Rolling Stone U. Va] CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A federal judge said Tuesday that a young woman who was the central figure in a sensational Rolling Stone story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia will have to turn over documents related to... Continue reading *“Judge Calls for Jackie to Release Documents in Rolling Stone Lawsuit”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Turkey Arrests 1 in Connection with Istanbul Suicide Attack

MEHMET GUZEL & SUZAN FRASER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere left, listens to his Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala, right, during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the heart of Istanbul's historic district on Tuesday, killing 10 foreigners — most of them German tourists — and wounding 15 other people in the latest in a string of attacks by the Islamic extremists targeting westerners.] ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish police have arrested one person in connection with the suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed 10 foreigners, most of them ... more »

The Stream’s John Zmirak Joins Eric Metaxas to Discuss Muslim Rape Gangs in Europe

The Eric Metaxas Show at The Stream - 16 hours ago
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Textbook Sales Manager in New O’Keefe Undercover Video: Common Core ‘All about the Money’

Blake Neff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Common Core] Conservative activist James O'Keefe has released a new undercover video, which he says proves Common Core education standards are simply a play by textbook publishers to make money by selling modified textbooks. O'Keefe's Project Veritas first released his video Tuesday morning through The Daily Mail.... more »

Sanders Pulls Even With Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, While Biden Intervenes

Stream staff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Bernie Crowding Hillary - 900] Just three weeks before the Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders has pulled even with Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic voters in both Iowa and New Hampshire, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll, and he would do better in the general election... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Oxford University's senior leaders tell students who shut down 'open-minded' debate amid Cecil Rhodes controversy 'we should never tolerate intolerance'* Oxford University’s most senior leaders have launched a stinging attack on campus zealots who shut down debate with so-called ‘no-platforming’ policies. Louise Richardson, the new Vice Chancellor, and Chancellor Chris Patten, said yesterday that students must learn the value of engaging with ‘objectionable’ ideas in universities. They said youngsters must understand the true nature of freedom of inquiry, which can involve dis... more »

Somerset Floods – Rainfall Was Not Unprecedented, So Why Did The Levels Flood?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood I mentioned about progress on the Somerset Flood Action Plan last week. We have not had any rainfall anywhere near as much as the winter of 2013/14 since, so it is difficult to say whether the Plan will totally solve flooding problems. But a look at the local rainfall records […]

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Billionaires Claim To Fight Global Warming* *Private funding of energy research is fine. They might even come up with something useful. That whatever they come up with will affect the earth's temperature is however vanishingly unlikely. It could only do so if the figure for the climate sensitivity to CO2 was substantial -- and all the evidence is that it is negligible -- if it is positive at allSo what gives? It is just rich people buying approval for themselves: Good PR* The path toward acting on global warming is a long one, fraught with red tape and slow political proc... more »

Fighting for the Soul of the Republican Party

Mona Charen at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Ryan and Scott - 900] COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- At a time and day -- 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday -- when most Americans are sleeping in, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity convened in the capacious Columbia, South Carolina, convention center. Even at 8:15, it was tough... more »

Sanders Ad Burst Coincides with Upward Movement in Polls

JULIE BYKOWICZ at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Jan. 11, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, argues a point during the Brown & Black Forum, in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders has been putting up major advertising cash to seize momentum heading into the Democratic presidential primary _ outspending his rival Hillary Clinton just as voters are beginning to pay attention to the race. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders has been putting up major advertising cash to seize momentum heading into the Democratic presidential primaries -- outspending his rival Hil... more »

S. Korea Fires Warning Shots after North Korean Drone Seen

HYUNG-JIN KIM at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: South Korean President Park Geun-hye answers to a reporter's question during her news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. Park on Wednesday urged North Korea's only major ally, China, to help punish Pyongyang's recent nuclear test with the strongest possible international sanctions.] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Wednesday fired 20 machine gun warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the rivals’ border, officials said, the first shots fired in a Cold War-style standoff between the Koreas in... more »

USC Students Required to Detail Sexual History before Registering for Classes

Campus Reform at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: USC] A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying "how far would... Continue reading *“USC Students Required to Detail Sexual History before Registering for Classes”* at *campusreform.org*.

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 13 , 2016 ) Europe ( 1. Anti-Semitism Hits Marseille , France . 2. Refugee/ Economic Migration / Border Security Items . 3. Greece - Troika Talks Items. 4. EZ Data Splash. 5. Spanish Parliament Voting For Speaker Proceeding. 6. Russia- Ukraine Items Of Note. 7. Odds & Ends. ) Asia In Focus ( 1. China Improving Export/ Import Data Fails To Lift Stocks In China. 2. South Korea Trade Data & Bank Lending Data Released. 3. New Zealand House Price Data Slows Y/Y for Dec . 4. Iran Denies Knowledge Of Call For Early OPEC Meeting. 5. Japan - BOJ Buys Corporate Bonds At Negative Yield For The First Time . 6. Brazil Rules Out Foreign Bond Sales For 2016. 7. Commodity Crush Continues - OPEC Basket Less than 26 USD. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Evening wrap...... *Simon Ting* ‏@simonting 5m5 minutes ago 2015 Local Gov't Debts outstanding 3.8 trln RMB, 2016 may +1 trln more... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 38m38 minutes ago Hong Kong Dollar De-Pegging Risk Spikes As Yuan Slides, China Stocks Drop To 2-Year Lows http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-1 3/japanese-stocks-plunge-china-bond-yields-hit-record-low-after-pboc-injects-25-billio … *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* ‏@HaidiLun 2m 32 minutes ago Big miss on Japan core machinery orders, -14.4% m/m in November (est -7.9%), first drop in 3 months. +1.2% y/y (est +6.3%). Vol... more »

U.S. Navy Sailors Held by Iran Are Released with Their Boats

ALI AKBAR DAREINI & ADAM SCHRECK at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detained American Navy sailors in an undisclosed location in Iran. Iranian state television is reporting that all 10 U.S. sailors detained by Iran after entering its territorial waters have been released.] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- All 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after drifting into its territorial waters a day earlier have been freed, the U.S. and Iran said Wednesday. The Navy said the American crewmembers returned safely and there... more »

United Nations: International Migration Is Exploding

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*DW:* *UN reports 244 million migrants, including 20 million refugees in 2015 report* In its latest report, the United Nations has reported a 41 percent rise in the number of migrants over the last 15 years. Of 244 million migrants registered last year, 20 million were refugees. Two thirds of all international migrants were reported to be living in only 20 countries, with the largest number - about a fifth of the total - living in the United States. After the US, Germany, Russia and Saudi Arabia registered the largest number of migrants. "The number of international migrants worl... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRf9scJDbb8

Musical Interlude: Hans Zimmer, “Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Hans Zimmer, “Time” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuAGGZNfUkU "Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, *we* go." ~ Henry Austin Dobson

The Soviet 'Death Star' And The End Of The Soviet Program To Militarise Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Defense Intelligence Agency. *Steve Weintz, National Interest*:* The Rise and Fall of the Soviet 'Death Star'* Polyus was designed to destroy satellites with a one-megawatt laser. The ambitions of the United States and the Soviet Union, late in the Cold War, to launch massive weapons into outer space sounds like a fever dream today. Few however know just how serious it got, with the USSR making impressive progress on plans for a so-called “Red Death Star” to be launched into orbit. Despite signing a 1972 anti–ballistic missile treaty with the United State... more »

Why Planned Parenthood Had an Even Worse Year Than You Think

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It got red hot this year and generally stayed that way. I also do not see the pressure abating easily. Those doctored videos served their purpose admirably. The horse has long bolted and truth is staggering after to undo some of the damage. What is happening is a societal shift in attitudes. I expect major rethinking to take place and to see a lot less abortions allowed. The moral problem has not gone away and has come more clearly into focus. We will still not have a final solution but we will certainly have an adjustment. . *Why Planned Parenthood Had an Even Worse Year... more »

The Storm That Will Unfreeze the North Pole

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Not so quick of course. This is no different than a blizzard in July. We have had a lot of erratic weather but the real effect is much less than is often imagine. However it was a nice break i am sure for the brief spell that it lasted. I would like to see measure of net heat applied on daily basis. Almost impossible to measure but it is worth actually trying. We are mapping a blog of heat chasing across the ice and then sliding back out to sea with or without significant losses.. . *The Storm That Will Unfreeze the North Pole* *It caps off a month—and year—of weird weather... more »

A Functional Medicine Approach to Cancer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We are all obviously reading the same literature and reaching the same conclusions. What emerges is that all other treatments aside and many may be necessary, it is critical to change over the 'soil' to make conditions inhospitable to cancer. We almost need a formal healing retreat in which folks can receive the support to properly heal and change out their life style as well. It can even be used as a training environment and an ayahausca center as well. We have got to get past the protocol of handing over a wish list and hoping that the patient can do the rest himself. It is o... more »

UK Breaks with Obama on Muslim Terror Threat

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
All political parties must in words and deeds eschew violence. Anything else is fascism or some such totalitarian ideology grasping to seize power by any means possible. Inevitably it attracts like and the leadership soon beats others into submission. Every such organization funnels the violence into a front organization in order to keep their political skirts clean. It is their silence and lack of action to prevent such activity that confirms their intent. The Egyptian military is not stupid either. They let them hang themselves before they rounded up the activists once ag... more »

Why Are Amazon's Data Centres In The 'Heart' Of Spy Country?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Amazon Data Center CNN *The Atlantic*: *Why Amazon's Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country* The company powers much of the Internet, but its cloud facilities are difficult to find. Once in a while—not quite often enough to be a crisis, but just often enough to be a trope—people in the United States will freak out because a huge number of highly popular websites and services have suddenly gone down. For an interminable period of torture (usually about 1-3 hours, tops) there is no Instagram to browse, no Tinder to swipe, no Github to push to, no Netflix to And Chill. When this hap... more »

Medical Report Reveals Vitamin D3 Kills Cancer Cells

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
A new medical report has revealed that vitamin D3 is effective at killing cancer cells following a trial involving patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer (IBC). The research uses the active form of D3, calcitriol, delivered by quantum dots to IBC tumors. Naturalblaze.com reports: Quantum dots are engineered, miniscule delivery vehicles which can maneuver directly to a tumor site. Our skin can actually manufacture enough levels of calcitriol (vitamin D) in as little as 15 minutes of sunlight per 24 hours. What will hinder this process is sunscreen and how dark we are, the ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Four-way war in #Aleppo, northern #Syria. Map by @edmaps, crudely edited by me Arrow: recent attack Line: key road pic.twitter.com/f7nL1ZOQj5 — Aron Lund (@aronlund) January 8, 2016

Why Is A CIA-Backed Company Grabbing Commercial Real Estate In Palo Alto

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*CNBC*: *The CIA-backed start-up that's taking over Palo Alto* Downtown Palo Alto, the heart and soul of Silicon Valley and former home to Google, Facebook and PayPal, is slowly turning into a scene out of "Lord of the Rings." Palantir Technologies, a highly secretive software developer whose name is derived from a magical crystal ball in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel, has been gobbling up real estate in the upscale home of Stanford University, and — according to critics — uprooting a vibrant start-up ecosystem in the process. Unlike its start-up predecessors, which outgrew the c... more »

Trump's Name Now Has Cooties Among Groups He Markets His Crap To-- The SOTU May Accelerate That

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
Even before President Obama slammed Trumpf's divisive, ugly bigotry during tonight's State of the Union address-- never mentioning his name-- people were noticing fresh cracks in the Trump edifice. "That’s why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith. His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot I ... more »

Marriage of strings and loops again?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*No, thank you.* People often behave in funny ways – and the human chemistry is hard to predict. That's why the marriages may sometimes look surprising to the external world, too. Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch engaged retired supermodel Jerry Hall, congratulations, and the wedding is imminent. During her career, she has protested things like the expansion of an airport – it's probably what makes Rupert excited. Well, it's not easy to marry different scientific theories if they're genuinely different. They may only marry if they're shown compatible and, in the case of sufficien... more »

Refugee Crisis: Police Officer Admits ‘We Can’t Arrest Them’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
A German police officer has revealed that law enforcement are unable to arrest refugees amid a violent refugee crisis in Germany. The officer, referred to as Bernd K., said many incidents involving excessive violence, sexual assaults and racism by refugees are being kept a secret by the government. “At first, mostly families with children – who looked educated and spoke English – were coming here,” the officer said. “Meanwhile, 95 percent of refugees are now single men.” RT.com reports: Swedish police accused of covering up mass sexual assaults by refugees at music festival https:... more »

Obama Offers Upbeat View of Nation in Final State of the Union Address

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)] Before a packed House gallery and millions of his fellow countrymen, President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union Address Tuesday night, offering a rosy portrait of his accomplishments in office and declaring that America can only have the future it wants... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Leader Meeting * Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, makes remarks as he and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, center left, and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, left, at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2016. The leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

Why The U.S. Should Be Concerned That China Is Building A Base In Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*James Poulos, The Week:* *China is building its first military base in Africa. America should be very nervous.* Africa is likely to become one of the biggest stories of 2016, and not because of some horrific new disease or harrowing new war. Instead, an unprecedented new dynamic is about to shape the continent. The U.S. and China, major powers with a minor footprint, are both poised for much deeper and more direct involvement in African affairs. And rather than finding themselves on a crash course, they're facing a more complex — and, for America, unnerving — situation. Thanks to... more »

GOP Race Hasn’t Stuck to the Script

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (L) and Jeb Bush argue during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California.] According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior. As Bill Clinton once said, “In every presidential election, Democrats want to fall in love. Republicans just fall in line.”... more »

Activists Infiltrate Government Crisis Actors Terrorism Drill

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Activists have managed to infiltrate and film a mock bioterrorism drill in Texas, confirming the fact that the government use crisis actors in staged terrorist events. The video lends weight to claims by alternative media that ‘real’ terrorist incidents also use crisis actors pointing to the fact that they are actually false flag events. Officials from the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services suspended the First Amendment once they discovered that activists were filming the top-secret military exercise, telling the activists “you don’t have rights”. Brettsanders.me ... more »

Wasserman Schultz Thinks She Gets To Decide Which Racial Group You Need To Be In To Run For Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Mind your own business Wassermann Schultz and some of her cronies, Lois Frankel for one, are trying to get Val Demings elected to Congress in the Orlando area, specifically in the very redistricted 10th CD, currently occupied by Daniel "Taliban Dan" Webster. The new district is way too blue for Webster-- under the new lines, Obama would have beaten Romney 60.7% to 38.4% instead of losing to Romney 53.3% to 42.5%-- and he's district shopping now, although will most likely wind up in FL-11, since Rich Nugent is retiring and the district is safely red. The changes, obviously are demogra... more »

Iran Says It Will Release Snooping Sailors On Wednesday

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Tehran have told the United States that they will return the ten sailors who are currently being held hostage by Iran in the Gulf, by Wednesday. Two U.S. Navy vessels were held in Iranian custody on Tuesday as the boats travelled one mile within Iranian territory without permission. Iranian officials have accused America of attempting to ‘snoop’ around Iranian waters, but agreed to return the sailors aboard the vessels after John F. Kerry spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the incident. Washingtonpost.com reports: Kerry “made the case very strongly” to Z... more »

Big Changes Are Occurring In China's Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) BEIJING, Jan. 11, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (C, front), also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), poses for a group photo during a meeting with the new heads of the reorganized organs of the CMC in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Gang) *CCTV*: *China reshuffles military headquarters* BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- China has reorganized its four military headquarters -- staff, politics, logistics and armaments -- into 15 new agenc... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Meanwhile In Chicago, 120 People Shot In First 10 Days Of 2016 Meet "Beware" - The New Police Tool That Data-Mines Your Life Chinese Shipyards "Vanish" As Baltic Dry Collapses To New Record Low The Company Behind LA's Methane Disaster Knew Its Well Was Leaking 24 Years Ago Nigerian Currency Collapses After Central Bank Halts Dollar Sales To Stall "Hyperinflation Monster" Iran Seizes 2 US Navy Boats, Crewmen For "Illegally Entering Iranian Waters" Forget $20 Oil: StanChart Says "Prices Could Fall As Low As $10 A Barrel" Massive Coverup Exposed In Sweden As Media, ... more »

Canadian Media Outlet Caught Lying About People Starving In Madaya, Syria!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
With the good guys, the Syrian government forces, winning the war in Syria to take their country back from the criminal US/Israel/NATO cabal, the criminals that have wanted Syria destroyed and Bashar al-Assad removed from power, have become increasingly desperate in their vain attempts to convince a more skeptical world that "intervention" is required to "save" Syria... It has been so disgusting to watch the liars in the Jew spew media across this planet put out bullshit reports that Bashar al-Assad is a "butcher" against his own people, or that he has "gassed" his people as well..... more »

Why The U.S. Cannot Match The Propaganda Produced By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*William McCants & Clint Watts, Daily Beast:* *Why the U.S. Can’t Make a Magazine Like ISIS* *ISIS’s propaganda success isn’t just online. Its magazine, Dabiq, is read all over the world. If only the U.S. government was so creative and effective.* The Obama Administration attributes much of ISIS’s success at communicating to its technological savvy, which has elevated the group to a global media and terrorist phenomenon. The president has gone so far as to say that the Paris attackers were a “bunch of killers with good social media.” Despite the praise heaped on the so-called Isla... more »

AP Source: NFL Committee Picks Combined Stadium over Rams’ Bid

SCHUYLER DIXON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Oakland Raiders fans Griz Jones, left, and Ray Perez make their case for keeping the NFL football team in Oakland outside the hotel where NFL owners are meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Houston to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles.] HOUSTON (AP) -- An NFL committee exploring moving teams to Los Angeles has recommended the combined stadium proposal involving Oakland and San Diego over St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke’s ambitious plan for another venue, a person with knowledge of the... more »

Making a Murderer Subject Steven Avery Files Appeal

GREG MOORE at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this March 13, 2007 file photo, Steven Avery listens to testimony in the courtroom at the Calumet County Courthouse in Chilton, Wis. Avery, a convicted killer who is the subject of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” filed a new appeal seeking his release Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 in an appeals court in Madison, Wi. Avery was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach a decade ago.] MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A convicted killer who’s the subject of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has filed an appeal saying authorities used an ... more »

Monsanto’s Chemicals Make Their Way Into 85% of Personal Hygiene Cotton Products

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - Monsanto's glyphosate is seeping into your body through personal hygiene products. The post Monsanto’s Chemicals Make Their Way Into 85% of Personal Hygiene Cotton Products appeared first on Waking Times.

US Official: National Intelligence Chief’s Personal Online Accounts Hacked

DEB RIECHMANN at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just months after reports that someone was hacking CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email, a U.S. intelligence official is confirming that online personal accounts linked to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also have been hacked. DNI... more »

Imagining David Bowie in Hell

OnePeterFive at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: David Bowie - 400] Born in 1977 to young parents, I grew up with a lot of that era's music in my home. My father's record collection had quite a range, from the Beatles to the Doobie Brothers, Chicago to Dire Straits, The Eagles... Continue reading *“Imagining David Bowie in Hell”* at *onepeterfive.com*.

My Nazi Legacy: A Film about Guilt and Memory

Prospect Magazine at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: My Nazi Legacy] Like many other descendants of Holocaust victims, Philippe Sands wanted to find out more about the circumstances of their deaths. The lawyer and academic, author of Lawless World and Torture Team, travelled to the Ukrainian city of Lviv in 2010,... Continue reading *“My Nazi Legacy: A Film about Guilt and Memory”* at *prospectmagazine.co.uk*.

The EU and the Left are Lying About Poland’s Pro-Life Government

Poland Current Events at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Polish Flag (Cross of Light) - 900] Julius Caesar: I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; Poles elected a Jew as the President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, and another as the Foreign Minister, Bronislaw Geremek.... Continue reading *“The EU and the Left are Lying About Poland’s Pro-Life Government”* at *currenteventspoland.com*.

Time For Obama To Tell The Truth About Paris Climate Agreement

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Tom Harris Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition In his final State of the Union address this evening, President Obama will almost certainly highlight the role his administration played in securing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Following the announcement of the accord last December, he tweeted: “This is huge: Almost every country in the world just signed on to the #ParisAgreement on climate change—thanks to American leadership.”— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 12, 2015 But what Obama did not tell Americans, and will undoubtedly not admit tonight... more »

This was the way public sector unions had to go down, if they do go down #Friedrichs

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
To be honest, I’ve had to play catch up on the Friedrichs v. CTA case that is currently before the Supreme Court. Please read the details of the case if you’re at all about to comment on the issue. Progressive-minded folks, which includes the bulk of anti-reform educators, see this as the final undoing of public […]

(Bonus) Quote of the Day: What causes poverty?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“What causes poverty? Nothing. It’s the original state, the default and starting point. The real question is, what causes prosperity?”* ~ Per Bylund . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Is There Much Difference, Policy-Wise, Between Cruz, Rubio, Herr Trumpf And Ryan?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Trumpf isn't all that motivated by policy. Like 19th Century American showman, businessman, huckster and poilitician P.T. Barnun-- one of Herr's role-models and heroes-- his primary motivation was always and in all things to "put money in my own coffers." Policy-wise, Trumpf is... incoherent and, if you want to be kind, "flexible." He has no guiding principles other than self-aggrandizement. I suppose Rubio comes closest to that kind of attitude-- although on a more junior level than a seasoned cynic like Herr-- but Cruz and Ryan are the true believers in the rotgut, anti-humanity... more »

Report: Oklahoma the Most Pro-Life State, Washington Most Pro-Abortion

LifeNews at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: most pro-life] Americans United for Life today released its annual report about the most pro-life and pro-abortion states when it comes to passing pro-life legislation that protects women and unborn children. In a change since the 2015 report, Oklahoma overtook Louisiana and... Continue reading *“Report: Oklahoma the Most Pro-Life State, Washington Most Pro-Abortion”* at *lifenews.com*.

Two Women Rescued from Alleged Human Traffickers

Rawlins Daily Times at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: human traffickers] RAWLINS -- A young woman who was allegedly the victim of human trafficking mouthed the words "help me" to a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer last week at the Shell station in Walcott Junction, resulting in the arrest of a California... Continue reading *“Two Women Rescued from Alleged Human Traffickers”* at *rawlinstimes.com*.

Jan.12: Hello, Irving press? There's a huge fracking disast--hello?

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
*Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes;Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange.Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:Ding-dong.Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.* Feeling the need to start today's Irving press with an intelligent column, I turned to C4 to read the column by student editor Jana Giles, a student at Moncton High. She feels we get dosed with too much Shakespeare in our schools. I agree. I really got a dose because I went to Montreal High just a few yea... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What's California doing in space? Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. *Click image for larger size.* Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long. On the featured image, the most prominent glow of the California Nebula is the red light characteristic of hydrogen atoms recombining with long lost electrons, st... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo "Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from the March 9, 2006 issue of Nature. The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of the... more »

"When Eyes Are Blinders of the Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"When Eyes Are Blinders of the Soul"* By Peter Michaelson "One way to diminish our suffering is to become conscious of when our eyes go looking for something that upsets us. Another way is to be watchful of what our imagination is up to. Just as sponges can soak up dirty water as easily as clean water, our eyes can also take in impressions from the world around us that leak misery into our soul. We like to think we use our visual faculty in pursuit of pleasure, but we also use it to entertain old hurts, grievances, and longings. Our eyes go looking for pleasure and stimulation-but... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "What I Have Learned So Far"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What I Have Learned So Far"* "Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world? Because, properly attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion. Can one be passionate about the just, the ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit to no labor in its cause? I don't think so. All summations have a beginning, all effect has a story, all kindness begins with the sown seed. Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of light is the crossroads of- indolence, or action. Be ignited, or be gone." ~... more »

5 U.S. National Security Problems That Will Not Be Brought Up In Tonight's 'State Of The Union' Address

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Signal:** 5 National Security Problems You Won’t Hear From Obama’s State of the Union* President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address will address a range of topics, and almost certainly include foreign policy and national security in some fashion. Unfortunately, the president seems set in his misguided ways on national defense. Here are five things that Obama should say in his State of the Union address, but almost certainly won’t: *WNU Editor*: There are a lot more national security problems than 5 .... but I expect nothing new from tonight's speech on the "Sta... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Thoughts on Evil, Human Nature"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Thoughts on Evil, Human Nature"* by W. Christopher Epler "Carl Sagan, author and astrophysicist from Cornell, used to wonder if atomic weaponry would be the nemesis of most "advanced species". A flight of fancy of sorts since whales and elephants are certainly advanced species but don't feel the need for technology (and should we patronize them for this since they aren't rapidly destroying the planet?). Is it possible that much of science and technology are actually synonyms of self destructive stupidity? A kind of short sighted greed, perhaps. In any event, what has now totally ... more »

"That One..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.” - George Bernard Shaw

“Rescreening Dr. Strangelove”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Rescreening Dr. Strangelove”* By Hugh Iglarsh "A friend of mine saw Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” when it first opened in Paris in 1964. He and his American army friends were rolling on the floor throughout. The French audience, however, sat in stony silence. It wasn’t a comedy to them; it was a documentary. What is it now? In general, Hollywood is America dreaming – but Strangelove is something different, a “nightmare comedy,” in Kubrick’s words. It is prophecy disguised as farce – the finest dramatic analysis we have of... more »

New Center for Medical Progress Video: ‘HARVEST’ — Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Better Baby Parts

Stream staff at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Planned Parenthood sting video - 900] The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) on Tuesday released a powerful recap of excerpts from its series of undercover videos of the abortion industry. Entitled “Harvest,” the video shows top executives from Planned Parenthood and StemExpress nonchalantly discussing the dismembering, purchasing and shipping of... more »

Iran Seizes Two U.S. Navy Boats, Detains 10 Sailors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Navy Times:* *Pentagon: 10 U.S. sailors taken into Iranian custody to be returned* Ten sailors and two boats were taken into Iranian custody Tuesday after their patrol boats drifted into Iranian-claimed waters, according to two defense officials. The riverine sailors are believed to have drifted into Iranian territory after having mechanical issues with their boats. The defense officials said Secretary of State John Kerry was immediately involved and Iran has agreed to turn the sailors and vessels over, though they have not been turned over as of 4 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. ... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 12 , 2016 ) Asia In Focus ( 1. Iran hold sailors from two US Boats - just before SOTU Address. 2. Oil & #CommodityCrush items - metals crushed along with oil , Baltic Freight Index hits latest cycle low. 3. Global currencies in focus vs USD. 4. China items of note . 5. Odds & Ends ) Europe in Focus ( Greece - Troika related items - debt resolution , First Review of latest Greece Bailout . 2. Refugee related items & Border security . 3. Doctor's strike causes major disruptions at UK Hospitals and medical procedures. 4. BP slashes 4,000 jobs. 5. Istanbul blast today in tourist areas - German tourists among dead and seriously wounded. 6. Spanish Election Updates - Formation of Gov't still at standstill. 7. Odd & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Evening Wrap...... Emerging Nations , Commodities & Asia..... *The Daily Beast* ‏@thedailybeast 55m 55 minutes ago BREAKING: Iran will hold US sailors through the State of the Union and into tomorrow http://thebea.st/1ngxkCL *Simon Ting* ‏@simonting 5m 5 minutes ago Since Dama is rushing to banks to exchange RMB for USD, banks in 1st-tier cities request client to make reservation in advance for >USD1k *Darryl Zaontz CFA* ‏@HuxleysRazor 7m7 minutes ago Darryl Zaontz CFA Retweeted People's Daily,China Here are the *China* BOT figures Darryl Zaontz CFA... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*East bank levee authority sees membership shakeup for new year ~Mark Schleifstein* *Abita Springs loses another round in legal battle against planned well ~Advocate *

Refugee Madness In Europe: The Consequences of WWI Still Reverberate A 100 Years Later

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East" by Eugene Rogan (2015). * *An excerpt from, "Crime Seems to Be Surging in Germany, from New Refugees" by Eric Zuesse, Washington's Blog, January 11, 2016:* German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN) headlined on January 11th, “Security Situation in Germany Is Out of Control,” and reported: “The former chief of Austrian Constitutional Protection, Gert Polli, holds that a radical policy-change is essential for Germany regarding immigration. The new phenomena of mass crime can no longer be concealed fr... more »

Slow Cookers Could Be Lethal

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Some slow cookers should carry a health warning. Cookers made in the 1970s containing lead could be giving you food poisoning and slowly killing you, according to experts. The Daily Record reports: Boffins have given a warning about using the old-style pots to make family dinners because they may have unsafe levels of lead. In fact, the dangerous element could be slowly poisoning your every meal, according to the experts. Consumer reporter Bill Gebhardt of Salt Lake City’s KUTV conducted an investigation into the lead content in kitchen tools in 2004. What he found about slow cooker... more »

China’s New Military Base in Africa Sign Of Deep Ties With Continent

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
As China expands its military and economic influence in Africa, the United States should feel “very nervous,” according to journalist James Poulos. China is planning to build a military base on the horn of Africa in Djibouti. It could be the first step toward Beijing’s deeper involvement with the continent. Sputnik reports: Last year, China began talks with Djibouti to install a “logistics hub” and airfield in the east African nation. “Over the past few years both countries’ friendly cooperative relationship has kept on developing, and in all areas there is practical cooperation,” C... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 12, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Robert L. Borosage, Reuters*:* Has Obama really changed America?* Is Barack Obama a transformational president? That was his ambition: to be more, as he put it, like Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton, to launch a new era, not simply tack to the prevailing winds of the old. Not surprisingly, as the president readies his final State of the Union Address, the issue is conteste... more »

Comrades Harrabin & Black, And Their Wealthy Friends In The Renewable Industry!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood https://twitter.com/rharrabin/status/686977566654214144 https://twitter.com/rharrabin/status/686977566654214144 On Comrade Harrabin’s twitter today appeared this little item from the ECIU, who of course are run by the Comrade’s erstwhile buddy at the BBC, Richard Black. Black, as we know, is well paid by various progressive foundations to propagate global warming propaganda. You might […]

Globally, 99% of all paleoclimatic temperature studies compiled show a prominent warming during Medieval Warm Period (MWP)

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Mention the Medieval Warm Period and the shrill bluster their way out of addressing it by saying that it was only a Northern Hemisphere phenomenon. Like almost all the other shrill pronouncements, that is wrong. Frequently this blog has pointed the shrill naysayers to CO2 Science's MWP project http://www.co2science.org/data/mwp/mwpp.php Now, a new study has been published (Climate Depot - Link): Project team: Dr. Sebastian Luening, Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt (authors of ‘The neglected sun‘) *Project* *Cartography of the Medieval Warm Period: Online atlas of a poorly understood war... more »

Iran Says US Navy Boats Were ‘Snooping’ Sailors Arrested

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Iranian media have reported the two US Navy boats detained in the Persian Gulf had illegally traveled more than a mile into Iran’s territorial waters. According to Fars news agency: The GPS equipment confiscated by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Navy forces would “prove that the American ships were ‘snooping’ around in Iranian waters.” The two boats each had several 50. cal guns and were “snooping around” in Iranian waters, Fars News Agency says — Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink) January 12, 2016 It was reported earlier that two small U.S. Navy boats with a crew of 10 were detained b... more »

Comrade Harrabin Is Late To The Party

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public You read it here first!!! https://twitter.com/rharrabin/status/686977566654214144 To which there is a rather suitable reply! Of course, as I revealed a few days ago, October 1903 was a good deal wetter with 218mm of rain, compared with the “so called” record rainfall […]

Putin Orders 100,000 Troops With Atomic Weapons To Prepare For NATO

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order authorizing the deployment of 100,000 Russian troops to the Western Front, equipped with atomic weapons, to prepare for an expected counter-attack by NATO forces due to Russia’s nuclear strike against CERN in Switzerland. NATO are expected to counter Russia’s efforts to obliterate CERN’s underground research site, who the Kremlin say have successfully unlocked “interdimensional communication and travel”. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Evidence supporting that CERN has “unlocked” this feared Nazi secret weapon, this report continues,... more »

FDA, EPA To Build Their Own Private Army To Intimidate Public

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are creating their own private armies equipped with military-style equipment, in order to enforce compliance of their regulations against non-compliant U.S. citizens. Farmers can now be subjected to military raids by the EPA if they find the farmers to be in violation of their policies. Naturalnews.com reports: The regulatory police state has arrived When an “environmental” protection agency is building its own private army with military weapons, body armor and assault gear, you know something h... more »

World News Briefs -- January 12, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times*: *Iran Holds Two U.S. Navy Boats After Mechanical Problems, Officials Say* WASHINGTON — The crews of two small Navy boats were picked up by the Iranian authorities on Tuesday after commanders lost contact with the vessels, and Pentagon officials said that Iran had agreed to return the sailors soon. An official said that the boats appeared to have drifted into Iranian territorial waters after one of them experienced mechanical problems. A military official said that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when contact was lost. *MIDDLE EAST* Suicide bom... more »

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