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Friday, January 15, 2016

15 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

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10:38pm MST

Economic Emergency Declared In Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 39 minutes ago
Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro gestures before his state of the nation address to the National Assembly in Caracas on Friday when declared a national economic emergency. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters *Wall Street Journal:* *Venezuelan President Maduro Declares Economic Emergency* *Maduro attempts to tackle a deepening crisis and undermine the opposition’s new majority in the country’s congress.* CARACAS, Venezuela—President Nicolás Maduro’s government declared a 60-day nationwide economic emergency Friday as his embattled administration tries to tackle a deepenin... more »

Oh Yes, There Are Trumpf Fans Even In Certain Parts Of California-- Hagar Country

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 39 minutes ago
Indio, a small city of 85,000 in Riverside County's Coachella Valley, is 127 miles from L.A. and 98 miles from Mexicali. Somewhat over two-thirds of the population is Hispanic. Riverside County, along with San Bernardino County, part of the "Inland Empire," is a big meth-manufacturing and distribution center. We can smell it when you drive around some towns. I saw a lot of people missing a lot of teeth last time I was out there. A friend of mine has a home in Palm Desert and she was out there a couple months ago and, for a hoot, went to see Sammy Hagar-- the Red Rocker-- when he p... more »

Musical Interlude: Moodflow, “Orbitals”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Moodflow, “Orbitals” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SZtojO-yDg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Have you ever seen the Southern Cross? This famous constellation is best seen from Earth's Southern Hemisphere. Captured from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the four bright stars that mark the Southern Cross are visible just above the horizon in the featured image. *Click image for larger size.* On the left of this constellation, also known as The Crux, is the orange star Gamma Crucis. The band of stars, dust, and gas rising through the middle of the image mosaic is part our Milky Way Galaxy. Just to the right of the Southern Cross is the dark Coal Sack Nebula, and the bright nebula at th... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Wild Silence And The Wild Dark”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Wild Silence And The Wild Dark”* by Chet Raymo "It is probably obvious by now that I have been reading Yeats. So let me share one more poem, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven": “Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” There is a wonderfully sexy scene in “Frankie Starlight” where Anne Parillau... more »

Obama Official Lands At Russian Military Base, Warns Of World War 3

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Russia have reported that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, made an unexpected visit to a Russian Military airbase recently, demanding to urgently speak to President Putin about the coming “world war 3″. Nuland had just left Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania aboard her US military aircraft after her meeting with that nations Foreign Minister, Lazar Comanescu, when this unplanned incident occurred. Putin declined to meet with the Assistant Secretary of State, but did send top aide Vladislav Surkov to meet with her. Whatdoesi... more »

Albert Pike Letter Reveals Illuminati Plan For World War 3

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Famous Freemason Albert Pike wrote a letter to Giuseppe Mazzini in 1871 that purports to outline the illuminati plan for World War 3. The letter to Mazzini was on display in the British Museum Library in London until 1977, before being inexplicably removed from public view. Bibliotecapleyades.net reports: Giuseppe Mazzini was an Italian revolutionary leader of the mid 1800s as well as the Director of the Illuminati. Albert Pike (historical Masonic figure) is a 33rd degree, Freemason Occultist Grand Master and creator of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Masonic Scottish Rite Order. ... more »

Hollywood Actress Admits To Having Sex With A Ghost

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Hollywood actress Natasha Blasick (star of ‘Paranormal Activity’) has recently claimed to have enjoyed having sex with a ghost. Natasha Blasick told British TV program This Morning that the experience was “really really pleasurable”. Natasha Blasick told This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley the spectral attack had a “calming” effect on her when it was suggested the encounter would have left her screaming the house down. Ukrainian actress Natasha added: “I guess I’m the kind of girl that enjoys this sort of thing.” Detailing the first — of two — sexual encount... more »

Weird Sky Sounds Are Back, ‘Sky Trumpets’ Heard Across Europe

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The beginning of 2016 has marked a return of the strange sounds in the sky – also known as ‘sky trumpets’ – that were heard throughout 2015. Citizens in the Netherlands have submitted multiple reports of hearing strange sounds in the sky, amid reports and videos flooding in from many other people across Europe. Conspiracyclub.co reports: Martijn Mastenbroek from Pijnacker, a town in the Dutch province of South Holland, was at home on the evening of January 10th when he suddenly heard a peculiar sound. “It sounded like trumpets,” he recalls. “It lasted about five seconds. No, it wasn... more »

Secret Spy Equipment Found On People’s Phones Across London

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
A team of journalists have discovered a large-scale network of sophisticated surveillance equipment that spies on people’s phones across London, amid a growing black market for the same technology worldwide. Vice News found multiple instances of catchers – also known as stingrays or cell-site simulators – across London including the UK parliament, a peaceful anti-austerity protest, and at the Ecuadorian embassy (where Julian Assange is being held). Vice News reports: A former senior surveillance insider also confirmed to VICE News that they have been used by UK police. The portable... more »

Wall Street Says Recession Worse Than 2008 Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Wall Street experts have said that a big recession, far worse than the 2008 financial crisis, is due to hit this year. With the S&P 500 beginning 2016 with its worst performance ever, experts say 2016 holds chaos in currency, bond and equity markets on a global scale. Cnbc.com reports: This has prompted Wall Street apologists to come out in full force and try to explain why the chaos in global currencies and equities will not be a repeat of 2008. Nor do they want investors to believe this environment is commensurate with the dot-com bubble bursting. They claim the current turmoil i... more »

New ‘Eternal Youth’ Hormone Discovered By Scientists

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Scientists say they have the “holy grail” of research in their hands after discovering a new eternal youth hormone that extends lifespan by 40 per cent. The scientists at the Yale School of Medicine say the new hormone, known as FGF21, is produced by the thymus gland and it primary purpose is to protect the immune system against ageing. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Researchers said the study could have implications in the future for improving immune function in the elderly, for obesity, and for diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. When it is functioning normally, the thymus pro... more »

The Impact On Russia From Falling Oil Prices

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*VOA*: *Russia Faces Pain Over Falling Oil Prices, Sanctions* Russia’s economy is struggling at the beginning of 2016. Low oil prices and Western sanctions against Russia continue to affect the country’s economy. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thinks the economy is looking better than one year ago. But he told a conference this week that Russia must prepare for the worst-case scenario. In such a case, conditions would worsen, not improve. Medvedev spoke in Moscow at the yearly Gaidar Forum on economics. He noted that 2015 was probably the most difficult year for Russia economical... more »

What Role for Non-State Actors in the New Climate Governance?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
This is a guest post from Jennifer Hadden, an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Government and Politics. I had the pleasure of editing a reviews exchange on her new book, Networks in Contention. The exchange just came out in the latest issue of International Politics Reviews and features reviews from me (Josh), Thomas Hale, and Johannes […]

Washington Using North Korea To Justify War With China

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
According to Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power organisation, the Cold War is raging again, and this time both China and Russia are being coerced into a military conflict with the West via North Korea. “Really, the Cold War is raging again,” Gagnon told a Russian radio program, “The US is absolutely encircling Russia and China today.” Part of the Pentagon’s strategy includes utilising a new arsenal of “smart” nuclear weapons, complete with adjustable yields, alongside missile defense systems aboard navy warships. Washington are also dev... more »

With Oil Prices Crashing Will This Slow Down A Middle East Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Can the oil price go down further? Here's the case for and against. https://t.co/4E1bCDtxw0 pic.twitter.com/HSUEnTdI87 — Financial Times (@FT) January 12, 2016 *Christopher Harress, IBTimes*: *Amid Falling Oil Price, Middle East Arms Race Led By Saudi Arabia Expected To Slow Down* As Middle East nations look to build up their weaponry amid regional civil wars, that arms race is now at risk of grinding to a halt. The price of oil kept sliding Tuesday, past the point where the oil-based economies in the region are able to balance their budgets. In particular, Saudi Arabia, Iran and... more »

The Impact Of Declining Oil Prices On Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: Saudi Arabia plans new sovereign wealth fund - sources* Saudi Arabia plans to create a new sovereign fund to manage part of its oil wealth and diversify its investments, and has asked investment banks and consultancies to submit proposals for the project, according to people familiar with the matter. Plunging oil prices have strained Saudi Arabia's finances. The kingdom's state budget deficit is at a record high and net foreign assets dived more than $100 billion in 15 months. The new fund could change the way tens of billions of dollars are invested and a... more »

What Would You Rather Do on Your Birthday?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 hours ago
I had a pretty low key one planned. Maybe sell a few books, if I was lucky, then go to a local pub to watch the Patriots play their first post season game. And I still intend on doing that. But now I've something more important to do because a family is about to be hit with a calamity that few of us who haven't suffered through one like this can fully imagine. I just received a letter crossposted to both my email clients from a dear friend of mine in Washington state who's now hopping on a jet to North Carolina. Since she knows this gentleman and the family better than I do... more »

Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political & special interest groups. The post Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public appeared first on Waking Times.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 2 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* This Is The Cartoon Germany Hands Out To Sexually Frustrated Refugees How Switzerland Hopes To Prevent Refugee Sex Attacks: With This Cartoon German Town Bans Refugees From Pools Chipotle To Close All Stores Next Month For Meeting On How Not To Poison People Norway Pushes Panic Button: "We're In A Crisis Now, We Can't Deny That" More Smoking Guns - Will Hillary's Next Stop Be The White House Or The Big House? US Freight Volumes Fall For First Time In 3 Years As Baltic Dry Crashes Under 400 WalMart To Fire 16,000 As It Closes 269 Stores Globally World's Largest Min... more »

New article published: The counseling, self-care, adherence approach to person-centered care and shared decision making: Moral psychology, executive autonomy, and ethics in multi-dimensional care decisions

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 2 hours ago
A few days ago, an article by myself and three colleagues from philosophy, psychological safety research and pediatrics that's been accepted for a long time finally came online at the journal *Health Communication*'s website. The article explores how standard accounts of how models for increased interaction and collaboration between patients and health care professionals – often termed patient or person centred care, and shared decision-making – fit badly to a broad group of patients; namely those whose care are mostly self-administered, who suffer vulnerable decision capacities... more »

With Sanctions Ending Iran Prepares To Flood Global Markets With Oil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Iran Readies Oil Tankers To India As UN Prepares To Lift Sanctions* Iran is prepared to start shipping crude oil to old business partners in Europe and India with the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog expected to give a clean chit to Tehran’s nuclear program within a week, according to reports. Iran has pledged to begin pumping up to half a million barrels of extra crude per day post-sanctions amid worries that such a move could worsen the ongoing global oil glut that has already sent prices sinking to their lowest level in 12 years. The country has 22 Very Large Crude... more »

Iran Is Just A Few Weeks Away From Sanctions Being Lifted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Report paving way for Iran sanctions relief likely Saturday* An IAEA report verifying that Iran has kept its promises under a nuclear deal it reached with world powers last year is likely to be issued on Saturday, paving the way for sanctions on Tehran to be lifted, a diplomatic source said on Friday. Iranian and other officials had previously said they expected the report to come out on Friday. "Almost all details are ironed out," said another diplomatic source, based in the Austrian capital. Vienna is home to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear ... more »

Pelosi: I Don’t Support Abortion-on-Demand, But I Won’t Say What Pro-Life Laws Should Exist

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media during her weekly news conference at the US Capitol, December 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pelosi spoke about pending legislation before the House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)] Longtime abortion supporter House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is drawing fire from erstwhile allies for her statement on Tuesday that “I don’t believe in abortion-on-demand.” However, her office did not return multiple requests for comment from The Stream asking... more »

The Dutch Government Is Crazy, This Beautiful Man Is A Hero

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Dutch man suspected of killing Isis fighter could face murder charge" The Guardian, January 15, 2016:* Dutch police have arrested a former soldier suspected of killing Islamic State (Isis) jihadists while fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria last year, the prosecutor’s office said. The 47-year-old man, who was not identified, was arrested on Wednesday in the eastern Dutch city of Arnhem and appeared in a Rotterdam court on Friday, where he was provisionally released. “The man is a former soldier whose case was extensively reported on last year in the medi... more »

The Never Ending Quest For A Politicians With Authenticity

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Patrick Healy's headline in a *NY Times* story from Iowa earlier this week, Hillary Clinton Races to Close Enthusiasm Gap With Bernie Sanders in Iowa. has to make you wonder how someone with 100% name recognition could be struggling in a state against some old guy from Vermont by way of Brooklyn who almost no one in Iowa had ever heard of until recently. "Iowa Democrats," he wrote, "are displaying far less passion for Hillary Clinton than for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont three weeks before the presidential caucuses, creating anxiety inside the Clinton campaign as she scramble... more »

Al Qaeda Launches A Terror Attack On A Major Hotel In Burkina Faso

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *BREAKING NEWS: Terror in Burkina Faso: 'Hostages held' after two car bombs explode outside upmarket tourist hotel as masked jihadi gunmen battle security forces in the street* * At least 20 people have died in the attack on the capital in West Africa * Eyewitnesses say two car bombs exploded at 7.30pm local time * Masked gunmen then stormed the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou * Local media reported at hostages have been taken and several people have died * Business district hotel is used by UN staff and westerners * Security forces reportedly exchanged fire with the men ... more »

"This Is Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. Every time you don't throw yourself down the stairs, that's a choice. Every time you don't crash your car, you re-enlist. If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?" - Chuck Palahniuk

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Boyceville, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

The Economy: “Another Atrocious Stock Market Week Going Out With A Bang”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Another Atrocious Stock Market Week Going Out With A Bang”* by John Rubino "On days when lots of financial numbers are released, the normal pattern is for some to point one way and some another, giving everyone a little of what they want and overall presenting a reassuringly muddled picture of the economy. Not today. A wave of economic stats flowed out of Washington, almost all of them terrible, while corporate news was, in some high-profile cases, shocking. Let's go to the highlight reel: • Retail sales fell again in December, bringing the 2015 increase to just 2.1% versus an av... more »

Saudi Arabia Is An Irrational Terror State And Those Who Defend Its Destabilizing Actions Will Regret It

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Towards the collapse of Saudi Arabia"by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, January 11, 2016: * "This is how Sheikh al-Nimr described the life of the Shiites in Saudi Arabia - « From the moment you are born, you are surrounded by fear, intimidation, persecution and abuse. We are born into an atmosphere of intimidation. We are even afraid of the walls. Who among us is not familiar with the intimidation and injustice to which we have been subjected in this country ? I am 55 years old, more than half a century. From the day I was born until today, I have never felt sa... more »

John McCain Gives Credit To ISIS For Helping US Air Force

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
United States Senator John McCain from Arizona, has given credit to the Islamic State (ISIS ) and its leader, for extending the life of the A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jet. Arizona Daily Star reports: “If you had to give the majority of credit somewhere, I would give it to Mr. Baghdadi in ISIS, cause we had to go into Syria. We had to go after ISIS. The A-10 is still the most capable weapon to do that,” McCain told the Arizona Daily Star during a meeting Friday afternoon, citing the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “This is probably the first and last time that I am in league wit... more »

Help Get Leonard to the Mayo Clinic

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
From the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Please make a donation online and/or pledge to donate monthly or mail your donation to ILPDC, PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123 Dear Supporter: Thank y Like

Tonight's Movie Is Legionnaire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: Legionnaire is a 1998 American drama war film directed by Peter MacDonald and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a 1920s boxer who wins a fight after having been hired by gangsters to lose it, then flees to join the French Foreign Legion. The cast includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell and Jim Carter. The film was filmed in Tangier and Ouarzazate, Morocco.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 15, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters:* *Oil plunges below $29 on prospects of more Iran crude, China worries* Oil prices crashed 6 percent on Friday to close below $30 a barrel for the first time in 12 years, resuming this year's breathtaking rout as Chinese stock markets fell further and traders braced for an imminent rise in Iran's exports. After closing higher for the first time in eight sessions on Thursday, U.S. and Brent crude futures plumbed new lows, taking this year's losses to more than 20 percent, the worst two-week decline since the 2008 financial crisis. *Commentaries, Ana... more »

US Ship Debacle In Persian Gulf... US Radically Changes Its Story Of The Boats In Iranian Waters To An Even More Suspicious Version

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
Everyone by now has heard the tale about the 3 small American naval ships in the Persian Gulf that strangely "went off course" and landed up in Iranian waters... There the boats and the crews were rightfully seized by Iranian authorities due to their trespassing into Iranian territory.. However the Iranians did the right thing in holding them for only a few days and then releasing them back to the American military... It has been a very strange story and there are many unanswered questions.. I figured that since a lot of people have been asking for my take on the situation, I would ... more »

The Great Humiliation

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Embarrassed American - 900] The Obama administration was right when it insisted that the capture and release of 10 American sailors by Iran showed the benefits of a cooperative relationship with Tehran. The crux of the arrangement is simple: The Iranians agree to humiliate... more »

Upscale Hotel, Cafe Under Attack in Burkina Faso, al-Qaida Claming Responsibility

BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGO at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: In this grab taken from video by Associate Press Television, the scene of an attack on a hotel, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country. Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armored vehicle finally approached the area. (AP Television)] OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital late Friday that are p... more »

Virginia Bill Would Require Students to Use the Bathroom of Their Anatomical Sex

Blake Neff at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Male and Female Bathrooms - 900] Lawmakers in Virginia have proposed a new bill that would mandate all public school students use a bathroom and locker room in line with their "anatomical sex" rather than their chosen gender identity. The bill, proposed by Republican Delegate Mark... more »

Playing The Lottery Is A Sign Of Despair

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Millions of people are playing the billion dollar lottery, hoping to win. Research reveals that playing the lottery is a futile exercise in despair, that is milking the poor and the needy who find comfort in the slightest glimmer of financial reward in times of economic uncertainty. As the odds get stacked up against the economically underprivileged, then they rise up and show their true colors by going for broke and demanding a shot at the dream of having wealth. The majority of state lotteries around the U.S. drain the resources of the very poor, people who are in need of social an... more »

Jan 15: This could be the worst Irving press issue ever

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
The front page headline is “Murder suspect makes first court appearance”. And what does that tell us? Nothing. Nothing is what usually happens on the first appearance. This deserves, at most, two or three sentences on a back page. So why is it the lead story for the Irving press? Because this is what is called sensationalism. This is like the old-time carnival shows that advertised seeing the fat lady or the thin man or the infant body preserved in a bottle of alcohol as an “educational experience”. The is for people who don't want news. They want a thrill – the same people who buy ... more »

World News Briefs -- January 15, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Guardian:** Security forces battle suspected jihadis in Burkina Faso capital* *Witnesses in Ouagadougou said gunmen stormed a hotel, burned cars and fired shots in the air before an intense exchange of gunfire* Gunfire and explosions have erupted in Burkina Faso’s capital as security forces battled suspected Islamist fighters outside one of Ouagadougou’s main hotels. Witnesses said the gunmen stormed the the four-storey Splendid hotel, burning cars outside and firing in the air to drive back crowds before security forces arrived, prompting an intense exchange of gunfire. On... more »

Obama Judicial Nominee Who Accused Reagan of ‘Bigotry’ Faces Confirmation Vote

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Wilhelmina Wright - 900] President Obama's nominee for a federal judgeship in Minnesota accused the Reagan administration of "bigotry" in her writing for the prestigious UCLA Law Review in 1989. Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright, who is expected to win Senate confirmation to federal... more »

Please Help Support Our Work

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
*GLOBAL NETWORK MEMBERSHIP FORM 2016 * Membership in the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is open to all organizations and individuals. Please add ______________to the Global Network membership list. (Organization/Individual Name) Enclosed is our annual dues for 2016 in the amount of _________(pay what you can best afford on a sliding scale between $10 - $100). Donations to the Global Network are tax deductible. *(If you've already donated for this year we thank you.)* (One easy way to donate is using the internet. Go to our web site at *www.space4peace... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 15, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in October 2015, weeks after Russia began a bombing campaign to support the embattled Syrian leader. (Reuters/Kremlin Pool) *Washington Post*: *The secret pact between Russia and Syria that gives Moscow carte blanche* MOSCOW – When you are a major nuclear power and you want to make a secretive deployment to a faraway ally, what is the first thing you do? Draw up the terms, apparently, and sign a contract. That’s what the Kremlin did with Syria in August, according to an unusual document posted this week on a... more »

Al-Shabaab Attacks African Union Base In Somalia, Dozens Killed

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Al-Shabaab militants have attacked an African Union base in south-western Somalia, killing dozens of Kenyan peacekeepers. According to Somali military officials, fighting is still going on inside the base after Islamic jihadists belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked, Al-Shabaab terrorist group launched a dawn raid on Friday. Warning: Graphic content RT reports: Heavily armed militants from the Al-Shabaab extremist Islamist group launched an attack on a military base run by Kenyan troops, a contributing military force of the African Union, the Associated Press reports. The offensive start... more »

German Town Bans Refugee Men From Public Pool

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A west German town has barred refugee men from a public swimming pool after sexual harassment complaints from local women. The local authorities introduced the temporary ban and acted on their own, according to German magazine Spiegel. Sputnik reports: The measure was introduced temporary, before local social workers would be able to tell that the refugees understood the message. Refugees residing in a Bornheim center had access to the local pool as a part of benefits, provided by the local authorities. Zwembad in Duitse plaats #Bornheim vanaf nu verboden terrein voor mannelijke asi... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
Nightmares The last two nights I’ve had nightmares. Really scary nightmares. I’m not sure why The night before last I dreamed of a dangerous and very large snake that had escaped confinement. I don’t ordinarily fear snakes (although greatly respecting them) but this snake was super aggressive and homicidal. Last night’s dreamed was more nuanced but also far more troubling: *I was visiting a friend at his house where we discovered that one of his relatives had murdered and dismembered people, refugees, who were staying in their yard for some reason. In my dream, I didn’t actually... more »

Pentagon Will Soon Announce If Transgenders Can Serve in the Military

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Ash Carter, Ashton Carter] Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will soon issue a final decision on the ban that prevents transgender individuals from serving in the military. Carter announced in July 2015 that the Department of Defense would allow transgender individuals to serve in... more »

Champion Tax Avoider GE Gets Subsidized Relocation to Boston

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 7 hours ago
On Wednesday, General Electric announced that it was going to relocate its headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston beginning in 2016. Even without the headline, you probably already guessed that the relocation was subsidized -- in this case, by both the state of Massachusetts ($120 million) and the city of Boston ($25 million). 800 jobs will move as a result of the deal, but no new jobs will be created. Massachusetts has been historically a low-subsidy state, helped in large part by its highly trained workforce along with the Boston area's 55 universities and colleges, t... more »

Can Bernie And Jeremy Drag Their Respective Parties Into The New Century?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Two weeks out from the February 1 Iowa caucuses, there is a dead-heat between Bernie and Hillary. *The Nation*, as you've probably heard by now has made a very persuasive case about why Bernie Sanders would be a better president than any of the other candidates. I scratch my head when I see Democrats passionately backing Hillary Clinton; it just makes no sense to me. Why pick someone who's "not that bad" when you can pick someone who's actually great. The editors of *The Nation* point out that "Sanders’s clarion call for fundamental reform-- single-payer healthcare, tuition-free ... more »

Psychic Epidemics

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
I read the news today, oh boy… we seem to be living in an age of craziness, all around the world. I am reminded of the famous psychologist, Carl Jung, and his notion of psychic epidemics. He was born in 1875, as the Industrial Revolution was turning many societies inside out. It was a gold rush for psychologists, because mental illness was soaring in advanced societies. Urbanization led to the “insectification” of city dwellers, which fueled the emergence of mental imbalances. The human mind evolved to function nicely in small groups, not large crowds. The neurotic urban horde... more »

Turkey Seeks to Become New Ottoman Empire with sultan Erdogan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Political Islamists wreck shop wherever they assume power. Recent history has proven this over and over again. It's sad to see the United States government assist their rise to power in Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and across the region rather than discourage it. * *An excerpt from, "The US is considering a new plan for Syria — and the Kurds 'will not be happy about it'" by Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider, January 14, 2016:* The Pentagon is weighing a new request from Turkey to train and equip Arab rebels battling government forces in northern Syria, Th... more »

Anglican Communion Punishes US Church Over Gay Marriage

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Leaders of the Anglican communion in Canterbury, England, have barred a liberal US branch from voting and decision-making for three years, for supporting gay marriage. The decision came this week after years of deliberation. The US Episcopal Church supports same-sex marriage and ordained an openly gay bishop in 2003. The Guardian reports: But even Welby’s tantalising distraction that Anglicans may be ready to fix the date of Easter – something that has been hotly debated since the early church – cannot mask the message being sent out to the LGBT community: you are a problem, and we ... more »

Finnish Women Pay For Sex With Refugee Boys

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A Helsinki tabloid claims that refugee boys in their teens are being approached by Finnish women looking to pay for sex. Inta-Sanomat wrote that lone refugee boys desperate for money are being preyed upon by older Finnish women offering them $20 for sex. This is happening at the same time as immigration officers are rolling out programs to educate migrants about sexuality and social norms in Finland. Social workers are worried that the impressionable young middle eastern teens could eventually be led into more serious crimes than prostitution, such as drug dealing and get the wrong ... more »

Regulators presumed to act properly

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Canadian Pacific Railway Co. *v.* Canada (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 1 is a very brief decision but a good source for the principle at regulators are presumed to act properly and evidence must be adduced to set aside that presumption.

Supplemental: What Bartiromo actually asked!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016The charge the Times is floating:* How bad was last night's GOP debate? How bad was the work by the moderators? How bad were the various pols? We haven't watched the whole thing yet. We haven't reviewed the whole transcript. But alas! In the first review we encountered this morning—Jack Mirkinson's piece at the new Salon—we were soon reading this account of one of last evening's questions: MIRKINSON (1/15/16): The leading question theme continued throughout the night, giving the debate an edge that was hard-right even for Fox. Bartiromo asked John Kasich ... more »

From Copenhagen To India, Restoring The Link Between Farmer And Consumer And Challenging the Corporate Hijack Of Global Food And Agriculture

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 8 hours ago
Global Research, RINF, CounterPunch, Countercurrents Request for support “Food systems have been reduced to a model of industrialised agriculture controlled by a few transnational food corporations together with a small group of huge retailers. It is a model designed to generate profits… Instead of being dedicated to the production of food ... it focuses increasingly on the production of raw materials such as agrofuels, animal feeds or commodity plantations… it has caused the enormous loss of agricultural holdings and the people who make their living from those holdings… it promo... more »

The Sailor Who Apologized to Iranians is Identified as 27-Year-Old Navy Lieutenant

The Capital Gazette at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: ct-sailor-apologizes-iran-navy-boat-video-400] The Navy commander who was taken into custody by Iran with 10 other American sailors on Tuesday -- and who appeared on a video apologizing for straying into Iranian waters -- graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2011, academy... Continue reading *“The Sailor Who Apologized to Iranians is Identified as 27-Year-Old Navy Lieutenant”* at *capitalgazette.com*.

Oil Prices Continue To Plunge

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Noah Smith, Bloomberg*: *Oil's Plunge Is Great News for Most of Us* The collapse in the price of oil is a huge source of anxiety for many financial market participants. I suppose that’s understandable. Investors have been very excited for the past several years about the promise of tight oil, which is extracted by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of rock formations where oil is present. This was a powerful, simple story that asset managers and the financial media could understand, since oil is something that almost everyone uses. The fracking boom lured trillions of dollars in ... more »

The Poet: Langston Hughes, “Harlem”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Harlem”* “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?” - Langston Hughes

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

"Our Very Survival..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world-wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We’re All in the Same Boat: Different Ways of Navigating"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"We’re All in the Same Boat: Different Ways of Navigating"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We are all on this earth together learning and teaching together in many different ways. We’re all in the same boat. We just have different paddles, and perhaps we find ourselves on different rivers. We all live in human bodies. These are the vehicles in which we move through our world. We are all made of flesh, blood, and bone, with brains, hearts, and lungs to power us. Our paddles—the tools we use to move through the world—vary, as do the bodies of water—the environments—in which we find ... more »

New Ebola Death In Sierra Leone Hours After Outbreak Declared ‘Over’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Ebola is back….just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak over, officials confirm that a 22 year old student has died from the virus in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and West Africa was cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday. Yahoo news reports: Tests on a 22-year-old student who died in the north of the country proved positive – but health officials appealed for the public to remain calm. The two-year Ebola epidemic in West Africa killed 11,000 people and triggered a global health alert fr... more »

China Resists Pressure To Curb North Korea. North Korea Calls For Peace Treaty

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*New York Times*: *After Nuclear Test, China Resists Pressure to Curb North Korea* BEIJING — North Korea had detonated a nuclear bomb, and the president of China was urging caution. It was the fall of 2013, and the North’s third nuclear test in seven years, carried out several months earlier, had rattled much of the world. But President Xi Jinping, in a private meeting with President Obama at Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, warned against putting too much pressure on Kim Jong-un, the North’s young, volcanic leader. “A barefoot person does not fear those who wear sho... more »

What LAUSD needs now: Protect students from the effects of poverty

skrashen at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Sent to the Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2016 From "What LA Unified needs now," (January 15) it is apparent that neither the Times nor new superintendent King know what LA Unified needs now. The biggest problem is poverty, a problem shared by many big city school districts. Eighty percent of LAUSD students live in poverty, far above the national average of 25%, already unacceptable and well above that of other industrialized countries. High poverty means food deprivation, lack of health care, and little access to books: All of these have devastating effects on school perfo... more »

"It Is Right..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.” - Martin Luther King Jr., Sermon at National Cathedral, March 31, 1968 If not you, who? If not now, when?

“Interviews from LA Methane/Nuclear Hotseat Jan 13, 2016”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Interviews from LA Methane/Nuclear Hotseat Jan 13, 2016”* by ENE News “Interviews from Nuclear Hotseat hosted by Libbe HaLevy: Radioactive material reportedly now being released from massive gas blowout in LA - Byproduct of Uranium.Expert: “A lot” has been detected. Very dangerous (VIDEO) *Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear’s nuclear waste watchdog (8:30 in)*: “Another important thing that is very significant is that the radon is continually resupplied. Radon is going to be constantly generated by the uranium contained in the methane. So really you’ve got a chronic constant supply of ... more »

UN Report: Burundi's Security Forces Commiting Gang Rapes, Torture, And Mass Executions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Burundi’s Forces Are Engaging in Gang Rape, U.N. Official Says* GENEVA — Burundi’s security forces are engaging in gang rape during a crackdown on political opponents that has included a sharp rise in torture, killings and disappearances in the past month, the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, sounding an alarm over the increasingly ethnic character of the violence. The charge of sexual violence adds a brutal new twist to a deepening nine-month crisis that has put Burundi, a poor, tiny nation in Central Africa, on the agenda of the United... more »

African Union Base in Somalia Overrun By Al Shaabab Militants. Dozens Of Kenyan Soldiers Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*NYT*: *Shabab Say They Overran African Union Base in Somalia, Killing Dozens* MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Shabab militant group said on Friday that it had overrun an African Union base in a village in southern Somalia and killed dozens of peacekeepers. Residents described what appeared to be a suicide car bombing, followed by a ferocious firefight that lasted at least five hours. The African Union confirmed an attack on its troops. But central details, including the identity of those killed, were not immediately clear. Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Muscab, a spokesman for the Shabab, which ... more »

Jeb Bush to Win Endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Graham

Julie Pace at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Bush and Graham1 - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has scored the endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. A spokesperson for the Bush campaign said Graham will announce his endorsement later Friday. Graham has been a coveted endorsement for candidates... more »

American Sailors Told by Iranian Captors to ‘Act Happy’

CNN at The Stream - 9 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. Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the sailors were released Wednesday after it was determined that their entry was not intentional. (Sepahnews via AP)] The 10 U.S. Navy sailors held by Iran were told by their captors to “act happy” while they were being videotaped during their detentio... more »

Warrior Trek - Pilot Episode: "The Way of the Warrior"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Video Title: Warrior Trek - Pilot Episode: "The Way of the Warrior." Source: David Whitehead - Truth Warrior. Date Published: January 8, 2016. Description: * Warrior Trek Series - Pilot Episode Warrior Trek is an online TV series featuring the work of Sensei David Whitehead and Sensei Monica Whitehead as they document their various adventures as parents, teachers of the arts, and entrepreneurs. The show features commentary on Martial Art philosophy and modern day parenting, and showcases the many positive physical and mental health benefits of Martial Art training for children, a... more »

Desperate Search Under-way For 12 U.S. Marines After Two Marine Helicopters Collided Off The Coast Of Hawaii

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Honolulu Star Advertiser:* *Search underway for 12 Marines after 2 helicopters collide off North Shore* The U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department are searching this morning for survivors after two Marine helicopters, with a total of 12 people on board, crashed off Oahu’s North Shore late Thursday night. Coast Guard officials told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser they received a distress call at 10:38 p.m. from the Marines that two of its CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters, each with six Marines on board, had crashed off Oahu. Debris from the crash was sighted 2.5 miles off Hale... more »

Turning 57 is Still Better Than the Alternative

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
I'd long since reached the age when unimaginative wags think it's funny to buy me black tombstone-shaped birthday candles mass-produced for other unimaginative wags the world over. In fact, sometimes I feel older than my protagonists Scott Carson and Vesey Van Zant, even though were born in 1866 and 1829, respectively. I can't do a lot of the things I used to do and took for granted or wasted the opportunity to do when I was decades younger but one thing I can do much better than ever is write. So as I shuffle off into my 57th birthday tomorrow, it would sure make my day i... more »

One More Neoliberal President...

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
* Source: Public federal disclosures, Clinton campaign* *by Gaius Publius* I don't want to make a production out of this *cri de coeur*. But I do want to point to these — three of the finds produced this campaign season at investigative places like The Intercept. Do you react as I do? ◾ First Zaid Jilani on Clinton and the health insurance industry: *Hillary Clinton’s Single-Payer Pivot Greased By Millions in Industry Speech Fees* Hillary Clinton’s sudden attack on Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care plan is a dramatic break with Democratic Party doctrine that the problem wi... more »

French Drug Trial Leaves One Brain Dead & Five Seriously injured

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
One man has been declared clinically dead and five others are in serious condition after taking part in a drug trial conducted by a private laboratory in Rennes, in the west of France. The experimental drug was painkiller made by Portuguese drug company Bial, the French Health Ministry said on Friday The Independent reports: The health ministry said the “serious accident” happened on Thursday, stopping the tests and forcing all volunteers to be recalled. A statement released today did not confirm the name of the drug being tested but French media reports claimed it was a new cannabi... more »

That feeling did not go away with a simple expanation

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
Thats what makes me Steve

GOP Hopefuls: Confronting ‘New York Values’ Is Key to Saving the USA

John Zmirak at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: New York Times__1438608850_70.119.142.63] It started off as a throwaway line, what Ted Cruz said about "New York values"-- an echo of old political shorthand like "San Francisco values," a phrase which encodes as much or as little as the audience that hears it... more »

Racism in America Continued......

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Muhammad Ali on Racism in America and the Military Industrial Complex* When I posted on racism in America last year, there was no direct response. The silence was deafening...at the time, Police Violence was in the news in America and there was a lot of blogging to the effect that the apparent police violence of White on Black was not racism but simply "happened" to be directed against blacks because of poverty and/or inner city issues. These bloggers insisted the predominantly white US police forces were also targeting poor whites. Examples of white on white violence were proffe... more »

Stories Spill Out as Spotlight Is Shined on Sexism in Astronomy - The New York Times

Eduardo Cantoral at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Stories Spill Out as Spotlight Is Shined on Sexism in Astronomy - The New York Times: "Jessica Kirkpatrick, an undergrad student, was wearing dishwashing gloves to clean part of her research experiment when a senior member of her team walked by." 'via Blog this'

pushing the evolpe g boynd the stars

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Seeing the auro bourlois for the fist time mad me ralaize I was not high there is some matter in this world hitting the planet that humans can no describe So comet I had no tail and when I foud a lead it was me and anal was the only choid in prinson if I wanted to tommore belad alive and contute to exaista as an asshole

The Five Bright Planets Are About To Align

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
The five visible planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – are about to align and will appear sitting in a line from the horizon to the moon from January 20, until February 20 The last time all five of the bright planets appeared in the same sky together was from Dec. 15, 2004, to Jan. 15, 2005. According to the Guardian: This time around, the five visible planets will appear simultaneously in the predawn sky from about Jan. 20 to Feb. 20. Four of the five (Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Mars) will appear in the southeast-south region of the pre-dawn sky, stretching in a roug... more »

Sean Hannity: Post Debate interview with Donald Trump, Ben Carson, FOX Business GOP Debate Post Debate Analysis...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*I like Sean Hannity.* *Sean asks good questions and stays out of the way of the answers. * The debate? I have opinions, but they shall remain mine. I did enjoy the show and thought everyone did a good job (except for flappy hands Kasich.) *About Maria Bartiromo:* I thought she did a great job. On a personal level I found her makeup to be horrendously bad, her hair not good, and something is up with her lips being a bit puffy. That being said, I think she's really quite cute, and somehow very appealing.

Latest Energy News From PEI

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Latest energy news from PEI: India’s environment ministry has given the go-ahead for a third unit at a coal-fired power plant in the city of Chennai. The 800 MW unit is to be added to the existing 1830 MW North Chennai Thermal Power Station […]

Paul Craig Roberts called this blog to my attention. So I will repeat his preamble as follows: US Government Drives Toward War With Russia. The arrogant stupidity of the US government is driving the West into war with Russia. NATO members are enabling the drive toward war, and some of the more stupid ones such as Poland are egging on the momentum toward war. Russia is building up its forces in response to NATO’s buildup on Russia’s borders. On January 3rd, 2016, the commander of Russian Airborne Troops, Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov, said that the airborne divisions will be strenthened with six tank divisions, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles and two divisions of electronic warfare. The superior capability of Russian conventional forces means that once Washington starts the war, Washington will be forced into the use of nuclear weapons in order to avoid defeat. The crazed American government is bringing the world to its end. Russia Is Preparing a Military Response to the Expansion of NATO. [End preamble]

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
Scary? See blogger's recommended suggestions. View Russian superiority in weapons here: http://impactglassman.blogspot.mx/2015/12/nb-blogger-is-relinquishing-these.html Then see our only hope, the real Putin: http://impactglassman.blogspot.mx/2015/10/americans-who-get-their-news-from.html ------------------------------ Russia Is Preparing a Military Response to the Expansion of NATO *Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ* *12th January, 2016* Original Here In response to the creation of the mobile forces of NATO, Russia can dispatch heavy military equipment in a Western direc... more »

Fast-tracked PNAS papers are cited less often — but gap is shrinking

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
An analysis of more than 50,000 papers submitted to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that those published using its “contributed track” — in which academy members can fast-track their own papers by coordinating the peer-review process themselves — have been cited less often than regular submissions, but that gap is shrinking. […] The post Fast-tracked PNAS papers are cited less often — but gap is shrinking appeared first on Retraction Watch.

How David Bowie Are You?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 12 hours ago
There was only one Bowie, but to a degree we can all be like David Bowie. As anyone with a vague acquaintance with his career knows, Bowie was a vociferous reader. I even recall a former lecturer suggesting his work was influenced by post-structuralist philosophy. Who knew? You put on *Hours* and you get *A Thousand Plateaus*. Anyway, here is a list of Bowie's favourite books by way of the *LA Times*. The facile argument can be made that the more of his top picks you've read, the closer your thought processes approach his. Or something. So, how many of these have you read? How Bowie ... more »

THE YEAR OF THE LIBERAL: Coates' first stand!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016Prelude—A possible conflict with script:* Way back in July 2013, a Florida jury reached its verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. Not guilty, the Florida jury found. The very next day, Ta-Nehisi Coates offered his reactions at his Atlantic blog. Coates offered a fairly short, four-part post in which he assessed the jury's decision. He then engaged in extended Q-and-As with readers in his "Comments" section. At that time, people were still allowed to have different ideas about that jury's verdict. You can read Coates' full post at the link below, then ... more »

Tim Tebow is Organizing More Than 200 Proms for People with Special Needs

People at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Tim Tebow - 400] Tim Tebow is trying to redefine Valentine’s Day. Last year, the former NFL quarterback -- and current SEC Network analyst -- created a special prom night for thousands of people with disabilities. During Valentine’s Day weekend of 2015, the Tim Tebow Foundation... Continue reading *“Tim Tebow is Organizing More Than 200 Proms for People with Special Needs”* at *people.com*.

Analysis: Trump, Cruz, Rubio Pull Away from Pack at Charleston Debate

Townhall at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: cruz trump rubio - 400] CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- With the important caveat that not a single vote has been cast in any state firmly in place, the 2016 GOP primary increasingly feels like a three-man race. Last night, the trio of candidates at the top of the... Continue reading *“Analysis: Trump, Cruz, Rubio Pull Away from Pack at Charleston Debate”* at *townhall.com*.

U.S. Stocks Plunge, Oil Falls Below $30 a Barrel

Bloomberg at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Bloomberg outbound] Stocks fell around the world, with U.S. equities headed for their lowest since August, and bonds jumped as oil's plunge past $30 sent markets reeling. Treasuries extended gains as U.S. data did little to calm nerves frayed by concern that global growth... Continue reading *“U.S. Stocks Plunge, Oil Falls Below $30 a Barrel”* at *bloomberg.com*.

Climate Alarmists Invent New Excuse: The Satellites Are Lying

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/15/climate-alarmists-invent-new-excuse-the-satellites-are-lying/ Dellers on the climate alarmists latest desperate attempt to keep their scam going: The climate alarmists have come up with a brilliant new excuse to explain why there has been no “global warming” for nearly 19 years. Turns out the satellite data is lying. And to prove it […]

Love and all those hard long term connections

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago
Love you cant start it like a automobile and you cant kill it with a suicide vest pure Warren Zevon rip off but why is it illegally under threat by the FBI to take ideas and push them forward that as a matter of fact is why we are so fucked up the copyright holders are holding us back I am so fortunate in my life I have only loved one women and coincidentally she is my wife so I do not know the turmoil of heartbreak and the tsunami of human emotions that happen when one side or the other declares war and says not you Never had my heart ripped out and stomped on because to my love I ha... more »

Free Trade 59, TPP membership expansion in SE Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is expected to become operational and implemented around 2-3 years from now, when all the 12 member-countries have ratified the deal. The idea of zero tariff for many products among members is attractive enough. Meaning companies located in any member-country can buy from, and sell to, other members at zero, free trade prices. I support the TPP. I will also support TPP membership expansion in the future to include the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, among others. Governments-negotiated free trade agreements (FTAs) are often not real... more »

Legendary Attorney Martin Garbus to Speak on Leonard Peltier

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
.                                                 Legendary Attorney Martin Garbus to Speak at Leonard Peltier Event in Manhattan             Martin Garbus, one of the country's leading trial lawyers, will speak at thek  International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier, Saturday, February 6, from 2-5 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Labor Center, 1199/SEIU

Britain Must Join EU Army Says Tony Blair

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Tony Blair has said that Britain should be part of the proposed EU army and stay in the union despite the efforts of Euroskeptics to withdraw. While calling for a Brussels-controlled army, he branded the eurosceptics as ‘backward-looking’ Writing in Newsweek magazine, the former Brutish prime minister said there has never been a stronger need for European unity and that the EU must bind together and ignore those who are “forever looking backward to break the union asunder.” RT reports: Blair said the rise of China and India as major global powers meant the balance of global power m... more »

Which Diversity Matters (If Any)?

J. Budziszewski at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Admissions - 900] Julie R. Posselt, an assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, has written a new book, Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping, about what she observed after obtaining... more »

Love and the connections

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Love you cant start it like a automobile and you cant kill it with a suicide vest pure Warren Zevon rip off but why is it illegally under threat by the FBI to take ideas and push them forward that as a matter of fact is why we are so fucked up the copyright holders are holding us back I am so fortunate in my life I have only loved one women and coincidentally she is my wife so I do not know the turmoil of heartbreak and the tsunami of human emotions that happen when one side or the other declares war and says not you Never had my heart ripped out and stomped on because to my love I ha... more »

National Guard Bringing Water Door-to-Door In Contaminated Michigan

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
The Michigan National Guard arrived in Flint on Wednesday to help provide emergency relief to hundreds of thousands of people facing toxic tap water. Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money. As a water crisis emergency has been declared the National Guard will be conducting door-to-door visits to deliver water, filters and supplies. Activist Post reports: A swarm of federal and state agencies are coming with them, including FEMA, the EPA and the CDC. Via ABC News: Members of the Michigan National Guard b... more »

Gaia Portal: Serenity of silence engenders fields of green

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Serenity of silence engenders fields of green* by ÉirePort Serenity of silence engenders fields of green. Caresses of higher vibrations consoles the awakened. Fortification of nutrients occurs within the Gaia collective. ÉirePort | January 15, 2016 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-wY

The Back Story on the MLK Assassination

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Talk by William Pepper author of "An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King" and "Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King" given February 27, 2003 in Seattle. I read the second book noted above (Orders to Kill) years ago and it shook my world from an already very shaky foundation (after having read The Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War). William Pepper knows what he is talking about having represented the King family in a civil lawsuit where the jury declared that the US government was complicit in the MLK assassination. At around 51:00 ... more »

"The Generals"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
As some of you may recall, I'm writing a screenplay about the Second World War. These past few years I've learned more about that conflict than I'd learned in the previous 45 years. Not part of the story I'm writing, but as a side interest, I read about just what us Canadians were up to in the conflict. For instance; I used to think that the Dieppe Raid was a half-hearted attempt by the British to conduct a landing, with the purpose being for it to fail and thereby convince the US-Americans and the Soviets that an invasion of France was premature. Since troops were going to be lost,... more »

Raised by Wolves to be Wild and Free: thats why I howel at the moon not the sun

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I grew up in the hard lands bisected by the 45 th parallel where men are men and sheep are nervous because there where not a lot of women choices I would run through the bush and fuck the trees carefully bored out with a brace and bit and lined with moist moss no splinters My Uncle had a sheep farm deep in a basin of depravity we slept under the stars with canvas coverings that leaked if you touched them in the rain One day this 12 year old sheepherder asked Uncle Herbert why the bell rang at midnight what made all the men tear off into the dark naked with torchlights? My uncle for al... more »

Keep An Even Keel and Your Hand Upon the Wheel

Waking Times at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Very profound changes are happening at very deep levels within each of us. The post Keep An Even Keel and Your Hand Upon the Wheel appeared first on Waking Times.

Obama Wants to Extend Federal Funds for Medicaid Expansion

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Hole torn in a dollar bill with medicaid text] Using his 2017 fiscal year budget proposal expected to be sent to Congress next month, President Obama wants to expand an expiring Obamacare provision that temporarily covers the cost of Medicaid expansion for states. The White House said in a blog post it would like... more »

List of retractions, corrections grows for Duke researchers

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Duke researcher Michael Foster and his former co-author Erin Potts-Kant are adding to their notice count with a major correction from late last year to a paper on how certain cells in mice respond to a pneumonia infection, citing “potential discrepancies in the data.” The correction is actually a partial retraction: The note explains that parts of three figures should […] The post List of retractions, corrections grows for Duke researchers appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Joy Comes in the Morning

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: sunrise - 900] Mechaele Loraffe of Buchanan, Michigan, was driving to work when she was stopped in her tracks by a beautiful sunrise. She snapped a photo. It was only after she took this picture that she noticed the cross. Since she posted it... more »

Oxford Chancellor: If You Want Safe Spaces, Move to China

Blake Neff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: A statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from University Of Cape Town on April 9, 2015 after concerted student protest. Students at Oxford University in the U.K. seek to remove a similar statue.] The chancellor of Oxford University in the U.K. said Thursday that students unhappy about a Cecil Rhodes statue on campus should consider moving to a different school, or even to China. A student movement at Oxford called Rhodes Must Fall... more »

Air Force to Consider Dropping ‘Man’ from ‘Airman’

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter holds a press conference at MacDill Air Force Base on Jan. 14, 2016.] The Air Force said it will conduct a review to determine whether the use of "airman" is appropriate given the military's push towards full gender equality. An Air Force spokeswoman told Air Force Times the service is "dedicated to a culture... more »

First Genetically Modified Human Embryos Ready To Be Created In UK

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Scientists say that the first genetically-modified human embryos ‘could be created in Britain within weeks’ A team of Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London are about to learn whether their research proposal has been approved by the fertility watchdog. If they are given the green light, the world could soon see, “the first transgenic human embryos created in Britain within the coming weeks or months.” The Independent reports: Although it will be illegal to allow the embryos to live beyond 14 days, and be implanted into the womb, the researchers accepted that the research... more »

Chicago Shootings Tripled in 2015. Two Chicago Leaders, Two Theories.

Blake Neff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: This photo taken November 28, 2015 shows a press conference and symbolic funeral march around Chicago City Hall.] Residents of Chicago are being shot at a rate three times higher than they were at the start of 2015, and its interim police superintendent says social media is partly to blame. From January 1 through January 13 of 2015, 37... more »

ISIS Used Murdered Journalist’s Facebook Page

Denyse O'Leary at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Ruqia Hassan - 900] According to Mashable, the public Facebook posts of 30-year-old Ruqia Hassan (pen name Nissa Ibrahim), a journalist who remained in Raqqa after it fell into ISIS hands to report and encourage others, stopped on July 21. She was accused of... more »

Obama Administration to Halt New Coal Leases, Cites Global Warming Concerns

KEVIN FREKING at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Surface coal mining in Wyoming.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will announce a moratorium Friday on any major new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of whether the fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American... more »

What Can We Expect From Tim Canova If He Beats Wasserman Schultz? Take The Issue Of Auditing The Fed

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
If someone asks what Debbie Wasserman Schultz is best known for, legislatively-- so not the political shenanigans that have brought her into such universal disrepute-- it would be hard to find a single issue she has worked on more assiduously-- and, alas, more successfully-- than protecting the monopolistic pricing structure of the sugar industry, largely run by her mega-financial supporters, the Fanjul brothers-- Florida Crystals Corp, Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar, American Sugar Refining, Redpath Sugar, etc. The Fanjuls' have financed the political rises of both Debbie Wasserman Schul... more »

Japanese Company Produces Lifelike Child Sex Dolls For Paedophiles

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A Japanese company is manufacturing life-like child sex dolls, marketed specifically for paedophiles who want to control their sexual impulses. The designer Shin Takagi says the anatomically-correct sex dolls, representing girls as young as five, have been shipped to clients around the world for more than a decade. He claims to be helping people express their desires, legally and ethically. The Independent reports: In an interview with The Atlantic, he described how he set up the Japense company Trottla because of his own attraction to children and his conviction they should be prote... more »

‘Navigational Error’ Caused Navy Boats to Stray into Iranian Waters

USA TODAY at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: navigational error] WASHINGTON -- A navigational error appears to have caused two small Navy boats to stray into Iranian waters, an incident that led to Iran’s brief detention of 10 sailors, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday. "They obviously had mis-navigated,” Carter said in an interview... Continue reading *“‘Navigational Error’ Caused Navy Boats to Stray into Iranian Waters”* at *usatoday.com*.

Can Republicans Cut Through the Baloney?

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.] Insanity, as the well-worn aphorism goes, consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This bit of wisdom has become such a cliche that it's almost insanity to repeat it -- but repeat it... more »

The Bogeymen of the ‘Billionaire Class’

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Bernie Sanders] Clearly the only explanation for Jeb Bush’s almost effortless stroll to the Republican nomination is the pernicious stranglehold of big money in politics. Oh, wait. Bush is in the low single digits in most national polls, despite his campaign and... more »

Love Bug Snack Pack®

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
This post is sponsored by Snack Pack® You should have heard the groans when I told my daughter that Christmas break was over and it was time to go back to school. But her groans quickly turned to joy when she started talking about seeing her friends and the silly little things I love to make for her lunches. She loves when I turn her snacks into something else and leave little love notes for her. One day she will start rolling her eyes at them, but, until then, I am going to embrace the fun. We are in full on Valentine's mode in our house already and we are having so much fun. I ... more »

Production orders and cell towers

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
R. v. Rogers Communications, 2016 ONSC 70 (Ont. S.C.), per Sproat J. [65] The police should include in the information to obtain a production order: a) One – a statement or explanation that demonstrates that the officer seeking the production order is aware of the principles of incrementalism and minimal intrusion and has tailored the requested order with that in mind. – An awareness of the Charter requirements is obviously essential to ensure that production orders are focused and Charter compliant. b) Two – an explanation as to why all of the named locations or cell towers, and... more »

John Dowland to Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury 1590s

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
Then, in time passing, one Mr. Johnson died and I became an humble suitor for his place, thinking myself most worthiest, but I saw that I was like to go without it, and that any might have preferment but I. Whereby I began to sound the cause, and guessed that my religion was my hindrance. Whereupon, my mind being troubled, I desired to get beyond the seas.

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/15/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/15/2016"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "President Obama’s State of the Union should be renamed to the State of Delusion after he said, “Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction.” This is so off base and delusional I simply do not know where to start. There are so many metrics that prove the President wrong. The Labor Participation Rate stands at around 94 million, a record. The Baltic Dry Index has plunged to record lows, and the stock market is off to the worst start—ever. There is one headline after another that confirm... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Stuck in meetings this morning, and then I have to meet my accountant in the afternoon. Blogging will return at the end of the day. Military and Intelligence News Briefs will be posted later at 17:00 EST, and World News Briefs will be posted at 18:00 EST.

What Happens When The U.S. Military Loses Its Technological Edge In A War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Image: Flickr/U.S. Marine Corps. *Aaron Picozzi, National Interest*: *Are U.S. Soldiers Ready If War ‘Goes Dark’?* The United States has recently enjoyed the tactical benefit of fighting enemies incapable of matching the technological prowess of the U.S. military. The use of modern weaponry against relatively antiquated forces has led to successful operations on the battlefield, particularly against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The U.S. military’s high-tech upper hand relies upon the leverage of these technological disparities, and in turn, has fostered an inflated level of combat ... more »

Humanoids in Cuba

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFODate: 01.14.2016* *Humanoids in Cuba* *By Orestes Girbau* [*A keynote speech to the Steering Committee of the A.C.U. at the headquarters of the Cuban Meteorology Society in Havana, Cuba, 14 November 1998*] Who are they? Where are they from? What is the reason for their visits? These questions are a clear source of concern for late 20th century humankind, as well as a fascinating opportunity for human development, when it comes to facing facts that are as enigmatic as they are undeniable, and whose consideration is, without question, a matter of worldwide impo... more »

Mutually Exclusive

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://quotesgram.com/ This week, Kevin O'Leary offered to invest a million dollars in Alberta if Rachel Notley would resign. Michael Harris writes: In offering to give Alberta’s premier a million dollar investment in the oilpatch in return for her resignation, O’Leary declared both what he and his class stand for — and, more importantly, what they think of democracy. What they stand for is the greedy, reflexive urge to run everything to the financial advantage of the one per cent. As for society at large — and especially for tho... more »

Why ISIS Is Directing Jihadists to Wear Christian Symbols

Robin Simcox at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Islamic State] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIS, or ISIL) has previously taken manpower, territory and funds from al-Qaeda. Now, it is taking its instruction books. A story in London's Daily Telegraph highlights that ISIS has commandeered... more »

5 Policies That Could Fix America’s Assimilation Problem

Mike Gonzalez at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: On September 23, 2010, Grand Canyon National Park in coordination with The Department of Homeland Security, hosted a naturalization ceremony at the Mather Amphitheater on the South Rim. This is the first time in history that Grand Canyon National Park has hosted such an event.] We spend a lot of time debating immigration as a society. This is natural, as it is an important policy that always, one way or another, inflames passions. Curiously though, we spend a lot less time discussing what happens after... more »

Nearly Half of Millennials Say the American Dream is Dead. Here’s Why.

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: American dream] Belief in the American Dream among millennials is dimming as the nation's largest generation continues to face steep socioeconomic barriers despite overall economic recovery, according to a new report. Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit organization advocating limited government to spur opportunity... more »

Place Where Salem ‘Witches’ Were Executed is Found

Fox News at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Salem] Nearly a century ago, historian Sidney Perley identified the place in Salem, Mass., where 19 accused witches met their end in 1692; now, finally, confirmation. The Salem News reports that the seven scholars who compose the Gallows Hill Project have... Continue reading *“Place Where Salem ‘Witches’ Were Executed is Found”* at *foxnews.com*.

45 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Organizational Tips and Products

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
The New Year means new goals for many...and a lot of people take this opportunity to get reorganized and refocused in the New Year. Today we have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to give you over 45 home organizing solutions for your household! Each blogger is sharing their favorite organizational products. ***NOTE: Each link contains affiliate links to Amazon. These posts are not sponsored and each blogger has selected their items based off personal preferences and experiences. The bloggers participating, nor Amazon and their vendors, can't guarantee that the prices won'... more »

British Soldiers Banned From Firing Mortars Because It Would Cause Hearing Damage

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Members of 51 Squadron RAF Regiment, taking aim before live firing a 81mm Mortar. Wikimedia *Daily Mail*: *Now health and safety chiefs say British soldiers can't fire their mortars because they are too LOUD * * The 81mm mortar was routinely employed in fight against the Taliban * But bosses say firing it more than 5,000 metres exceeds work place sound limits * Soldiers can now only practise mortar fire up to a range of 2,000 metres * New rule comes after fears that many veterans have sustained hearing problems British soldiers have been banned from firing mortars at full range in ... more »

A Look At What The U.S. Air Force And The U.S. Navy Are Buying In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* A look at what the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy are buying in 2016. *For the US Air Force*: Summary of US 2016 Aircraft Weapons Procurement *For the U.S. Navy*: US 2016 ship and submarine procurement

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 15 , 2016 ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Falling Oil Prices Impact Russian Budget . 2 Italian Gov't Debt Hits 2,211.9 BN Euros - Near Record High. 3. Central Bank Items - ECB / BOE & German Constitution Court Items . 4. Portugal Default Risk Rises After Bank Bail - In Controversies . 5. Crude ( WTI ) Below 30 Once Again. 6. EZ/ E.U Data Splash. 7. Greece Items Of Note. 8. Refugee Related Items. 9. Odds & Ends. ) Asia In Focus (1. Brazil - Data On Economy Keeps Getting Worse. 2. Saudi / Arabia / Oil Related Items. 3. Various Chinese Economy and Chinese Markets Items . 4. Various Japan Market Related Items And General News Items . 5. Risk- Off Friday - Basic theme. 6. India Currency Item. Indonesia Items. 8. Asia shares Hit 3-1/2-Year Lows As Oil Resumes Fall. 9. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Evening Wrap of one heck of a week !!!!!!! Black Friday and not a shoppers delight.... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3h3 hours ago Black Friday http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-15/black-friday … *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 43m 43 minutes ago JPM Cuts Q4 GDP from 1.0% to 0.1% *Al Arabiya English* ‏@AlArabiya_Eng 49m 49 minutes ago Report paving way for Iran sanctions relief likely on Saturday: Source: http://ara.tv/67ruj [image: Embedded image permalink] *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 1h 1 hour ago Oh yeah, and someone sold $34.5 billion in Treasurys last week htt... more »

Steven Greer - Zero Point Energy - The Trans National Corporate Government

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
*Energy Source:* amazing electromagnetic flux field or mastery of anti-gravity and trans-dimensionality. Let's put it another way -- we could call it Freedom from the MICC or Military Industrial Congressional Complex. MICC can also be called the Trans National Corporate Governance of the World, for-profit via patent-protect and the secrecy apparatus. Sixty-year-old Steven Greer, in this sometimes rambling and often recollective four hour presentation on the Secret Government and How Our Prison Planet Actually Works, asserts that access to the zero point energy that surrounds us al... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 18 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* European Gun Sales Soar On Refugee Fears As "Racist Vikings" Prowl Finland's Streets The US Government Has An Internet Killswitch - And It's None Of Your Business Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops Private water companies make over £1bn from 'unnecessarily high prices' "It's All The Fed's Fault" Santelli Rages, They "Will Certainly Turn Us Into Japan" Baltic sea index hits all-time low as shipping crisis deepens Could China's Housing Bubble Bring Down The Global Economy? How to Talk to Your Kids About Donald Trump Emails Prove Hillary Knew Libyan Rebels Were ... more »

Secret Buyers Of U.S. Luxury Real Estate Will Now Be Tracked By The U.S. Treasury Department

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Condominiums at the Time Warner Center were found to have a number of hidden owners over a decade who had been the subjects of government investigations. Credit Edward Caruso for The New York Times *New York Times:* *U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate* Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties. The initiative will start in two of the nation’s major destinations for global wealth: Manhattan and Miami-Dade County. It will shine... more »

Pentagon Has Submited Its Plan To The White House To Close Guantanamo Prison

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
The secret files include intelligence assessments of nearly 700 Guantanamo Bay detainees. (Reuters: Joe Skipper ) *CNN:* *Carter readies plan to bring Gitmo detainees to U.S.* (CNN) Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he is readying a plan for President Barack Obama that would house some remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees in a secure facility in the U.S. "That plan will propose bringing those detainees to an appropriate, secure location in the United States," Carter said. "While we work with Congress on a way forward, we will continue to transfer Guantanamo detainees to othe... more »

In Ukraine, Lenin Gets the Boot From Uncle Sam

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: U.S. and Ukrainian soldiers attend an opening ceremony of the joint Ukrainian-U.S. military exercise] * It has taken two years, but we now have an experienced Ukr*ainian Army facing a Russian Army. Actual fighting has petered out and the stage is set of a political solution. That will not include a significant Russian role in Ukrainian affairs. Russia will get what it originally owned anyway and have the Crimean Peninsula as its reward. It is good enough. These land grabs are really correctives for overly generous communist Era allocations. They likely needed to be do... more »

Ayahuasca Can Relieve Serious Depression Faster than Antidepressants

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Ayahuasca Brew] Curiously it affects the same parts of the brain as anti depressants which bodes well for early adoption. It may thus become the go to for depression far sooner than expected. It is obviously far superior to what we have. The more i see of this drug the more i want to see it tamed and deeply studied. The vomiting is easily eliminated and is not a real problem. We have covered many of the other applications ourselves. *Ayahuasca Can Relieve Serious Depression Faster than Antidepressants* *By Waking Times December 31, 2015* - *Anna Hunt, Staff... more »

Military Photo of the Day: January 15, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Ross-900] U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS Ross conduct an anchor drop test in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 4, 2016. Thank you to the USS Ross command and crew for protecting our nation!

U.S. Navy's New High-Speed Transport Ships Cannot Stand Buffeting From High Seas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
The Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) - designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. Source: U.S. Navy *Bloomberg:* *New Navy Ships Have Trouble Surviving the High Seas* * Austal's Expeditionary Fast Transport ships need bow repairs * U.S. Navy adopted a flawed design to save weight, report finds The U.S. Navy is spending millions of dollars to repair new high-speed transport ships built by Austal Ltd. because their weak bows can’t stand buffeting from high seas, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. ... more »

Riverine Boats Of US Navy 5th Fleet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics*: *Those Boats Iran Seized Are Fast, Mean, and Crucial to the U.S. Navy* Everything you need to know about the ​Riverine Command Boats, which rep the U.S. Navy in shallow water​. The small boats at the center of yesterday's incident with Iran are a largely unsung part of the U.S. Navy. Dwarfed by America's aircraft carriers, submarines, and destroyers, the Riverine Command Boats form the low, but crucial, end of the navy's mix of ships. The little international incident began yesterday when a pair of Riverine Command Boats (RCB) and their crews ... more »

Candidates Clash over Taxes, Records, and More at Republican Debate

Anika Smith at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and Jeb Bush participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Twitter reacts to news of film villain, fan hero Alan Rickman's death: https://t.co/7nhM7HtpUh pic.twitter.com/yWtGyLtryU — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 14, 2016

U.S. Defense Secretary: Navigational Error By Captured American Sailors Caused The Two Navy Vessels To Stray Into Iranian Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* Defense secretary says a navigational error by captured American sailors caused the two Navy vessels to drift into Iranian waters* * Ash Carter told the Fusion Network in Miami the crews 'misnavigated' * There were suggestions the vessels drifted because of a mechanical issue * But now it appears their predicament was a result of human error * The nine men and a woman were detained on Farsi Island for 16 hours * Images of the sailors surrendering to the IRGC were broadcast globally * They were then seen huddled in bare room, while the female soldier was forced to wear... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Blizzard Exercise* A soldier prepares for an exercise on responding to blizzards on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., Jan. 9, 2016. The soldier is a crew chief assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard. Colorado National Guard photo by Army Spc. Ashley Low

The State of the Presidency: Spent

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama] WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Tuesday night address to Congress was less about the state of the union than the state of the presidency. And the state of this presidency is spent. The signs of intellectual exhaustion were everywhere. Consider just... more »

Anglican Communion Punishes Episcopal Church for Advancing Homosexual Marriages, Other Divisive Acts

The Washington Post at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Episcopal Church] The Episcopal Church has been effectively suspended from full participation in the Anglican Communion, the world's third-largest Christian denomination. The Anglican Communion of national churches, which includes the Episcopal Church in the United States, have been affiliated for centuries, but... Continue reading *“Anglican Communion Punishes Episcopal Church for Advancing Homosexual Marriages, Other Divisive Acts”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Not Our Idea of Smaller Government: Feds Pay for Shrimp to Hit the Treadmills, Again!

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: shrimp to hit the treadmills] Shrimp will once again run on a treadmill at taxpayers' expense. A National Science Foundation funded-experiment that tested how sickness impaired shrimp mobility by putting the crustaceans on a treadmill made an uproar in the media and in Congress nearly... more »


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 23 hours ago
My concert drought finally ended last night with a wonderful performance of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. It's been well over 6 years since I've been able to see a good concert, the last time being during my trip to Hungary a few years back. It's been even longer since I've seen an orchestra in Canada....all the way back to my university days. But let's not dwell on that. I had hoped to do a quick post before leaving for Edmonton when I assumed my ticket would have arrived in the mail. I assume it got caught up in the Christmas rush as it never did arrive in time (of course... more »

VA Labor Contract With Union Favors Union Bureaucrats over Vets for Jobs

Luke Rosiak at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Marines in Formation, Veterans, Armed Forces, Servicemen, USA, U.S. Army, U.S. Military] Federal laws and regulations give veterans hiring preference in the civil service, but the Department of Veterans Affairs contract with its biggest employee union requires the agency to favor government bureaucrats over former members of the U.S. military. The Master... more »

Putin: Russia Is Ready To Show Proof That 9/11 Was An Inside Job

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has named the date he plans to release proof that the US government and intelligence agencies were responsible for the “controlled demolition” of the World Trade Centre in the 9/11 attacks. Like a boxer confident in his own strength, Putin has been absorbing pressure from the US and biding his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. The evidence is so explosive he knows he only has to hit once. According to Kremlin insiders, President Putin has named September 11th 2016 as the date he plans to release the satellite footage proving conclusively ... more »

China Vows To Plunge America And Britain Into Financial Meltdown

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
China has vowed to plunge the world into an economic crisis by crashing the stock markets by 75%, which will be worst felt by Britain and America, a financial expert has warned. The West is feeling the negative impact of the sinking value of the Chinese currency already, which has almost crippled British industry which can’t compete with China’s cheap exports. Experts are now predicting a financial “ice age” for the global economy which they say is coming soon. Express.co.uk reports: Global deflation is going to wipe around 75 per cent in value off the American S&P stock market, as... more »

World War 3: Washington Has Iran-Middle East War On Agenda

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Iranian naval Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi has accused Washington of going ahead with their plans of a Middle East war amid ongoing and deliberately orchestrated chaos and violence originating from the Pentagon. The Commander says that Washington is intentionally provoking Iran into military escalation, due to a desire for World War 3. Globalresearch.ca reports: His remarks followed seizure of two small US vessels illegally operating in Iranian waters, briefly detaining their crew members. Before their release, “the US navy and a US aircraft-carrier showed unprofessional behavi... more »

Pennsylvania Senate Candidate John Fetterman Endorses Bernie Sanders For President

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I got a call from John Fetterman today. He was in New York, killing some time before his appearance on tonight's Larry Willmore Show. "I thought you'd want to know," he blurted out, "I just endorsed Bernie." Wow! That came out of the blue... oh, not the call. I've talked with Fetterman a few times before-- he even did a guest post for *DWT*-- but I had no idea he was going to buck the Clinton Machine like that. Immediately after John's announcement, the Schumercrat in the race, Katie McGinty, was instructed by Schumer or EMILY's List or Bob Brady or whoever pulls her strings this ... more »

China's 1 Percent Own A Good Part Of The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Image Credit: Bank of China image via testing / Shutterstock.com *Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat*: *Report: China’s 1 Percent Owns 1/3 of Wealth* A report from Peking University warns that China’s social inequality is getting worse. A new report from one of China’s top universities found that wealth and income inequality in the country is getting steadily worse. According to the report, one-third of the country’s wealth is owned by the top 1 percent of households, while the bottom 25 percent account for only 1 percent of wealth. That data was revealed in a 2015 report from China Fa... more »

Canada: The Colonial Curse-Part II ----British Columbia: The Province Without A Parliamentary Opposition Party

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
*British Columbia: The Province Without A Parliamentary Opposition Party* *Written by Robin Mathews* Looking with suddenly unclouded vision at the politics of British Columbia, a person sees – probably for the first time (and with alarm) – *that the province hasn’t had a Parliamentary Opposition Party present and at work for many years.* The process in Mature Colonial States is that the Party in Power serves imperial (outside, and internally corrupt) interests. And Opposition Forces serve the Party in Power (all guaranteed comfort, kinds of payoff, and approval... more »

Netanyahu Cancels Elections, Vows To Serve Until At Least 2023

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Israel have canceled a planned primary election for party leadership, placing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the leader of Israel until at least 2023. An internal court ruled that the Likud Party should not spend the $1 million needed to hold a vote . Sputniknews.com reports: “In these conditions, the election is no longer necessary and Likud leadership has declared the winner as Benjamin Netanyahu,” a Likud spokesman told AFP. Senior party members are thought to be skeptical of the decision, as it was Netanyahu himself who called for a primary election on February 23, less t... more »

Leaked Emails Reveal Close Ties Between Kissinger And Clinton

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Newly released emails from Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reveal that the former Secretary of State met regularly with criminal Henry Kissinger. The pair met regularly and had an unusually close relationship, the emails reveal. Kissinger applauded Clinton’s foreign policy in a particularly revealing handwritten message. “I greatly admire the skill and aplomb with which you conduct our foreign policy,” wrote Henry Kissinger in a 2012 letter to “the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Salon.com reports: Critics say Kissinger helped carry out egregious war crimes in this critic... more »

Judge Rules Merkel’s Immigration Policies Illegal

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A retired President of a German state court has said that Angela Merkel’s immigration policy is illegal and unconstitutional, and has accused the German chancellor of building her own personal empire at the expense of German democracy. Judge Michael Bertrams says that Merkel had “gone it alone” in allowing “hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country“. Breitbart.com reports: Judge Bertrams may have seen the worst excesses of this policy, as his court sat in the same German state which was rocked this month by the new year’s migrant rape crisis, which was first reported in i... more »

Clinton Emails: NATO Killed Gaddafi To Stop Gold-Backed Currency

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
One of the newly released 3,000 Hillary Clinton emails published on New Year’s Eve reveals shocking evidence that Western nations used NATO to topple Libyan leader Gaddafi in order to thwart the leaders attempts to create a gold-backed currency, which would have competed with big banks in the West. The emails reveal that the French-led NATO military invasion of Libya was also given the go-ahead by the West in order to give France a larger share of Libyan oil production. Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: The April 2011 email, sent to the Secretary of State Hillary by unofficial adv... more »

EPA Admit They Knew Bees Were Dying Worldwide Due To Pesticides

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The U.S. government have admitted for the first time that bees are dying in record numbers due to pesticide poisoning, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say they have known this for at least 20 years. Despite a decade of pressure from environmentalists and beekeepers to deal with the bee crisis and curb the use a harmful insecticide causing the bee deaths, the EPA has fought against the public pressure until recently. Motherjones.com reports: Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States ... more »

Jakarta Blasts: ISIS Inc Strikes Again

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
Was Jakarta Getting Too Cozy with China? *January 15, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Here is what we are expected to believe regarding coordinated bombings and mass shootings that took place on Thursday in the capital of Southeast Asia's nation of Indonesia - an economically and geopolitically crucial state. We are to believe that the "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) - named so because it allegedly exists and primarily operates in Iraq and Syria - is fighting the Syrian government, nonexistent moderates the US claims it is arming and funding to the tune of several billions... more »

Ted Cruz’s Campaign Loan: Smoking Gun or Big Yawn?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ted Cruz family - 900] News organizations and rival campaigns are making much of the recent revelation that Ted Cruz's wife Heidi borrowed money from her employer against the value of their combined brokerage account -- in other words, their own assets. As the New... more »

Rare January ‘Hurricane Alex’ Forms In The Atlantic

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Hurricane Alex is the first Atlantic hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938, and the first one to exist during January since hurricane Alice in 1955. Alex formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, making it one of the earliest tropical storms to form in the Atlantic since records began. Accuweather.com reports: “A subtropical storm has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics and has a large wind field,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. A small eye formed in the system during early Thursday, local time. Alex has made the trans... more »

Pentagon: Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan Are Still Restricting U.S. Military Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Medical Evacuation - A UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter lands as U.S. Army paratroopers secure the area in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, July 23, 2012. The soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team and the helicopter crew is assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The soldiers evacuated a wounded insurgent. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak *Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *U.S. Forces Tied by Old Rules in Afghanistan* As the Afghanistan war grinds into its 15th year, many U.S. military officers are telling Congress their hands ... more »

Twitter Is Being Sued For Providing Material Support To The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Twitter sued by U.S. widow for giving voice to Islamic State* Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is being sued by the widow of an American killed in Jordan who accuses the social media company of giving a voice to Islamic State, adding to the pressure to crack down on online propaganda linked to terrorism. Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband Lloyd died in the Nov. 9 attack on the police training center in Amman, said Twitter knowingly let the militant Islamist group use its network to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits. Lawyers specializing in terrorism sa... more »

This Is A Bad Idea

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: American Singer to Travel to Syria, Hopes to Perform Peace Concert for ISIS. Source: NewsBeat Social. Date Published: January 14, 2016. Description:* American folk singer James Twyman is going to Syria next week with the aim to perform a peace concert for ISIS His intentions are admirable but he must be really ignorant about the nature and brutality of ISIS. The only thing that should be singing in front of ISIS is a gun. Hopefully he doesn't get his head cut off and goes home in one piece.

Rounding up the Election: OH HELL YES Thank you Scott Harold Sea Change Edition

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*A lovely Suhua Highway shot. Just because.* *MEDIA SEA CHANGE*: DPP and Third Force success is scrambling the old media narrative, forcing the international media to confront the necessity of explaining why Taiwanese support the DPP and their desire to be independent, since DPP success is so obvious the media can't ignore it. Just think: if the KMT were doing well, none of this would be out there for the international public to read. But TIME was right out there yesterday with a great quote from Scott Harold at RAND: According to Scott Harold, a China expert at think tank RAND Cor... more »

Big Coal Has Something For Folks In Mining Areas, Courtesy Of The GOP: Toxic Drinking Water

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Tuesday, in all the hubbub over the State of the Union, the House sat down to pass another piece of toxic legislation-- literally toxic legislation-- while no one was looking. They passed H.R. 1644, a bill to block the Department of Interior’s proposed Stream Protection Rule that aims to better protect mining communities from the harmful impacts of coal mining pollution. It makes drinking water less safe and less clean but helps the bottom line of the big polluters who dole out millions encamping cash to conservative politicians in return for permission to freely dump toxic waste ... more »

The US Government Has An Internet Killswitch

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Anti-Media:* *The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business* The Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition concerning the Department of Homeland Security’s secretive internet and cellphone killswitch program. On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret “killswitch” protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies. EPIC has been fighting since 2011 to release the details o... more »

Musical Interlude: Kitaro, “Matsuri”

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

The testing-industrial complex is not giving up easily

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Posted as a comment on "Opt-out activities aim to build on momentum in states," Education Week. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/14/opt-out-activists-aim-to-build-on-momentum.html The opt-out movement seems to have worked: the new education law did not increase the amount of required testing (except for adding some science tests), and the president supports limits on the amount of testing done. But the testing industrial complex is not giving up easily, working eagerly to establish what could mean testing every day. It is called competency-based education. Competency-... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Cosmic dust clouds ripple across this infrared portrait of our Milky Way's satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. In fact, the remarkable composite image from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope show that dust clouds fill this neighboring dwarf galaxy, much like dust along the plane of the Milky Way itself. The dust temperatures tend to trace star forming activity. Spitzer data in blue hues indicate warm dust heated by young stars. Herschel's instruments contributed the image data shown in red and green, revealing dust emission from cooler and inte... more »

"The Dream..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach. This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic.” - Carl Jung

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