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Thursday, January 21, 2016

21 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

10:36pm MST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 minutes ago
*Roundtable Meeting* U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with counterparts at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Jan. 21, 2016. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

Republican Hemlock Society

Mona Charen at The Stream - 35 minutes ago
[image: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] “I am not a member of any organized political party,” Will Rogers quipped in the last century, “I’m a Democrat.” If today’s Republican Party were organized, if its storied “establishment” were even a shadow of the leviathan its detractors claim,... more »

NATO Wants To have Formal Talks With Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
*Defense News/AFP:* *Sources: NATO Considers First Formal Talks With Russia Since 2014* BRUSSELS — NATO is discussing whether to invite Russia to their first formal talks since 2014, aiming to put ties damaged by the Ukraine crisis back on an even keel, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. Despite their differences both sides recognized the need for “transparency,” the sources said, against a backdrop of a series of crises including Ukraine and the war in Syria. “The meeting will not take place before the NATO defense ministers meeting (on Feb. 10-11) but it is likely at the end of... more »

For the Love of MLK: Tolerance In Short Supply In City By The Bay

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 36 minutes ago
photo by Steve Rhodes *-by Denise Sullivan* With so much activism, advocacy, and service taking place in the name of MLK from coast to coast on the third Monday of January, it's easy to forget we largely have a musician to thank for making the dream of a federal holiday in Dr. King's name a reality. This year was the 30th anniversary of making it official and the effort to #ReclaimMLKDay was not just a hashtag campaign but a full court press toward reinvigorating the civil rights movement. Ignited by the escalation of police murders of black men and women, whether it's the right to ... more »

Turkey ‘Cleansing’ It’s Kurdish Population – 200,000 Lives At Risk

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 46 minutes ago
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has condemned the Turkish government, accusing authorities of putting the lives of 200,000 Kurdish residents at risk by deliberately starving them of food, medical care, and targeting them during military operations. John Dalhuisen, Central Asia Programme Director for Amnesty, accused Turkey of targeting and punishing its Kurdish populations, “The operations currently being conducted under round-the-clock curfews are putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk and are beginning to resemble collective punishment“. Farsnews.com... more »

A Glimpse Of What Life Is Like On Board A Trident Submarine (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 52 minutes ago
Royal Navy Vanguard Class submarine HMS Vigilant returning to HMNB Clyde after her extended deployment. The four Vanguard-class submarines form the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent force. Each of the the four boats is armed with Trident 2 D5 nuclear missiles. Like all submarines the Vanguard Class are steam powered, their reactors converting water into steam to drive the engines and generate electricity. (Wikipedia) *Daily Mail*: *The red button that could launch Britain's nuclear warheads - and the safe containing the PM's secret orders for war: A rare glimpse into the claustropho... more »

Canadian Terror Patsies Trial Update: Is CSIS a foreign mole in Canada?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 hour ago
*Terror Patsy Trial Defendants, Nuttall and Korody* *CSIS* was the focus of a lot of discussion this week between judge and lawyers participating in the CanadianTerror Patsies Trial here in Vancouver. Readers are encouraged to *carefully* read the synopsis and commentary copied from today's *Vancouver Sun*.* My thoughts and comments to follow:* *Ian Mulgrew: Lawyers attempt to pull curtain over terror plot trial* *Citing national security concerns, government lawyers want documents kept secretBy Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun **January 21, 2016 6:48 PM* Call him Bond, not James Bond... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 hour ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* "Most Of Us Ended Up At Office Depot": Thousands Of Angry Students "Flood" Government With Demands For Debt Relief Venezuela Hits "Point of No Return" - 2016 Bankruptcy Is "Difficult To Avoid" According To Barclays Stephen Hawking Warns Humanity: Leave Earth Before The Ruling Class Destroys It Schlumberger Fires 10,000 As It Announces A $10 Billion Stock Buyback Bank Of Russia Calls "Emergency" Meeting To Address Ruble Rout Russian Ruble Crashes To Record Lows In "Panic": "Some Investors Are Selling At Any Price" The Pentagon has no idea where $800 million in aid ... more »

Are U.S. Soldiers Deployed In The Sinai At Risk From Islamic State Attacks?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Photo Sgt. Thomas Duval/Army *NPR:* *A Place Where U.S. Troops Are Very Close To ISIS* Some 700 American troops on a long-running deployment could be in danger of an attack by extremists affiliated with the Islamic State, the Pentagon worries, but it may not be able to get them out anytime soon. U.S. military commanders fear the soldiers deployed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, and charged with keeping the peace between Egypt and Israel, are becoming an irresistible target for Islamist fighters concentrating nearby. The Wilayat Sinai group has pledged allegiance to ISIS, attacked Egypt... more »

Economic News , Data & views ( January 21 , 2016 ) Emerging Nations / Asia / Commodities ( 1. Brazil Protest - Sao Paulo transport fare hike. 2. Libya In focus - Haftar in cross-hairs / ISIS hits more oil tankers & another pipeline. 3. China items de jour . 4. Al Jazeera crew kidnapped in Yemen. 5. Syria political Talks - set for January 25th , delay very possible. 6. Russia / Ruble / Oil items. 7. Iraq/ ISIS Items. Odds & Ends. ) Europe ( Draghi & ECB in focus today. 2. Greece related items de jour. 3. Brexit 4. Refugee items of note.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Emerging Nations / Asia / Commodities... *RT* ‏@RT_com 7m 7 minutes ago Sao Paulo police deploy tear gas & rubber bullets against transport fare hike protesters http://on.rt.com/72fz [image: Embedded image permalink] *Alwasat* ‏@alwasatengnews 12m 12 minutes ago Hijazi also accused Haftar's son of selling weapons to Ansar al-Sharia & deliberately prolonging fight in #Benghazi [image: Embedded image permalink] *Alwasat* ‏@alwasatengnews 28m 28 minutes ago Army Spox Mohamed Hijazi accuses Gen. Khalifa Haftar of corruption, blames him for worseni... more »

The European Country Of Moldova Is On The Brink Of Revolution

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
BBC *Radio Free Europe*: *Moldova Protests Call For Sweeping Reforms* Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moldova's capital for a second-straight day on January 21, calling for sweeping reforms amid widespread anger against what is perceived as a profoundly corrupt political elite. The protests have grown despite parliament's approval of a new pro-European government on January 20. The latest rallies took place as new Prime Minister Pavel Filip, a member of the ruling Democrat Party, held his first cabinet meeting. As night fell on January 21, demonstrators gathered in... more »

Here’s What Evangelical Experts on Missions and Muslims Think of Wheaton’s ‘Same God’ Debate

Christianity Today at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: same God] Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Nearly two dozen evangelical experts on missions and Muslims have compiled their thoughts on how the answer affects Muslim missions, why it's a bad question to begin with, and propose better questions... Continue reading *“Here’s What Evangelical Experts on Missions and Muslims Think of Wheaton’s ‘Same God’ Debate”* at *christianitytoday.com*.

Jan. 21: No. The world has not become nicer. But we can.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 3 hours ago
Richard Saillant, Norbert Cunningham and most of the Irving press staff have consistently warned us that we cannot afford the government spending we are doing. Our public service is way too big. We spend too much on education. Our public debt is on the edge of a cliff, says professor Saillant – and Norbert daily climbs on his desk, screams “over the cliff” and leaps, head-first, to the floor. A reader sent me a brochure by David Coon, leader of the Parti Vert NB Green Party. Here's what David Coon says. 1. Our public service is the 4th smallest in Canada. At 85 people per thousand ... more »

Iraq PM Claims Turkey Has No Intention To Fight ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The Prime Minister of Iraq has issued a scathing attack on Turkey, claiming that they are faking their fight against ISIS. Haider Al-Abadi says that Turkey currently view their Kurdish population as a greater problem than ISIS, and that their vow to fight Islamic militants alongside the West in Syria is a complete bluff. Cnbc.com reports: “The Turks are telling us otherwise, (that) they’re eager to fight Daesh. But I’m telling them frankly, I’m not seeing evidence of that. I hope to see more evidence of that,” Al-Abadi said. “I think they have to shift their priority from considerin... more »

The Orchestrated Global Crash Of 2016 Is Coming, Warns Expert

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Economic expert, Pepe Escobar, has warned that selected Persian Gulf traders, including Westerners working in the region, have confirmed that Saudi Arabia is secretly unloading $1 trillion in securities in a bid to crash the global economic markets. According to insiders, a further $12 trillion may be dumped, causing world markets to spiral into a depression, the likes of which we have never seen before. Sputniknews.com reports: In Abu Dhabi everything was broken into compartments, so no one could figure it out, except brokers and traders who would know each supervisor of a compart... more »

Gearóid Ó Colmáin - The Weaponisation of the Refugee

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*From the 2006 film, "Children of Men."* *An excerpt from, "The Weaponisation of the Refugee" by Gearóid Ó Colmáin, Dissident Voice, January 20, 2016: * Artificial mass migration as imperial policy has a long history. To illustrate this, we will cite a few historical examples. According to Bulgarian historian A, Eminov, civil wars in the Balkans in the 13th and 14th centuries led to significant population decline, which greatly facilitated colonisation of the Balkans by the Ottoman Empire. The deportation of nomads and organised transportation of Muslim refugees by the Ottoman Emp... more »

The Plight of The GOP Establishment

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
At Davos today, defeated Republican coulda-been Eric Cantor told people who bothered listening to him that Trumpf will never be the GOP nominee because he's can't make it through the primaries. What's in the drinking water in Davos? Cantor, a Jeb supporter, is delusional; David Brooks better personifies the plight of the Republican Establishment. In a *NYTimes* column the other day-- a call to action that falls on deaf ears, he castigated establishmentarians who "are thinking of jumping ship to the Trump campaign with an alacrity that would make rats admire and applaud." He doesn'... more »

Deploying 10,000 U.S. Troops To Wage War Against The Islamic State Will Not Be Enough

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A collection of vehicles built to resist mine blasts and protect occupants from ambush are parked in a holding yard at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, awaiting shipment. (Army photograph) *Kevein Benson, War On The Rocks*: *10,000 Won't Do It: The Mathematics Of An American Deployment To Fight ISIL* Since followers of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have launched a succession of attacks in Paris, Sen Bernardino, Indonesia, and elsewhere, we have been inundated with another wave of recommendations on how to fight this group. Distinguished senators and retired ... more »

How to rule mankind—if you’d like to

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Dictators, would-be dictators and power-lusting second-handers everywhere already know this stuff instinctively. You should too – as intellectual self-defence. [From Ayn Rand’s novel *The Fountainhead*, Ellsworth Toohey explains the primary technique used by politicians, government officials and other ‘community leaders’ to wrestle power from the people. Hat tip Adriano Melo] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Deadly Swine Flu Outbreak Hits Ukraine

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
51 people have died as a result of a deadly outbreak of swine flu across Ukraine. Hospitals in east Ukraine, where 12 people have lost their lives, are saying that they lack the crucial drugs needed to treat patients. Uatoday.tv reports: Elena Baun, senior doctor at Donetsk hospital: “The supply of medication today is enough in general. The only thing we are short of is anti-virus medication – Tamiflu – which is in drug stores today, but, unfortunately, we do not have it in the hospital. That’s why patients have to buy it themselves.” Residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People... more »

Putin’s Internet Adviser Seems To Own Piracy Torrent Site

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Vladimir Putin’s special adviser on internet related affairs suggests that copyright owners shouldn’t “unnecessarily terrorize” people on the internet, specially during tough economic times. It now appears that Herman Klimenko owns a torrent website, offering pirated material for download. Digital Trends reports: Torrnado.ru isn’t Russia’s most popular torrent site — Alexa says it’s only the 2,334th most popular site in Russia. But popular or not, Torrnado is owned by ECO PC Solutions, which TorrentFreak reports is owned by MediaMetrics, a company owned by Putin adviser Herman Klime... more »

Syria: Has Anyone Stepped Back from the Brink?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
By Michael Jabara Carley The Syrian crisis is a good example of duplicity and politician hypocrisy. While the Security Council unanimously adopted two resolutions, the first against the financing of Al Qaeda and Daesh and the second for peace in Syria, the war continues, fueled by... members of the Security Council. Is it an inability to be obeyed by his government, or a political incompetency who does not know what to do, or even a Machiavellian desire to make war without saying it? John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, recently visited Moscow to discuss the Syrian crisis with ... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Earth Blue”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Deuter, “Earth Blue” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcy1J6aNAIw

The Sanders/Trump/Kardashian Debates

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Trump Sanders Graphic - 900] On Tuesday, in a spectacle rivaling a Greek tragedy at a demolition derby, Alaskan political celebrity Sarah Palin endorsed New York political celebrity and Republican front-runner Donald Trump, while simultaneously proving that the most dangerous place in the world is... more »

The Iran Prisoner Swap a Deft Distraction from the Real Disaster

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to speak to mayors from around the country, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. They visited the White House as part of the Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington this week.] WASHINGTON -- Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans... more »

Musical Interlude: Louisiana Blues, “The Best Louisiana Sounds”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*Louisiana Blues, “The Best Louisiana Sounds”* Discover the Jazz and Blues greatest hits! *Tracklist :* 00:00 - Clarence Frogman Henry - I Ain't Got No Home 02:19 - Little Walter - My Babe 04:49 - Clarence Garlow - New Bon Ton Roulay 07:38 - Bobby Charles - Take It Easy Greasy 09:50 - Louisiana Red - Alabama Train 13:07 - Muddy Waters - Louisiana Blues 15:59 - Slim Harpo - I'm a King Bee 18:56 - Big Bill Broonzy - Southern Flood Blues 22:12 - Big Joe Reynolds - Third Street Woman Blues 24:52 - Little Walter - Come Back Baby 27:54 - Bobby Charles - See You Later Alligator 30:42 - Slim Har... more »

Maybe Trump Will Eventually Think Of Even More Ways To Trivialize The GOP Primary Contest

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I don't remember if Palin's son Track (above, with his legs in the air invitingly) and her kind-of-son-in-law Levi ever actually became gay porno stars or not. I do remember that about a decade ago Track was arrested for vandalizing the entire Wasilla school bus fleet and that he decided to join the Army instead of serve time in jail. Sometimes odd things happen in jail-- and the Army-- and he was arrested this week, now 26, for beating up his girlfriend and threatening to shoot her. He was drunk at the time. Same day mommy bear Palin was endorsing Herr Trumpf in Iowa. Yesterday Sa... more »

Chinese Man Excretes 6 Metre Tapeworm After Years Of Stomach Pains

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
A giant tapeworm measuring 20 feet long has been discovered by doctors after it was excreted by a Chinese man who had complained of stomach aches. The Daily Mail reports: The 38-year-old had gone to hospital after three days of vomiting and feeling weak. There, he told doctors that over the past two years he had suffered from pain in his stomach and abdomen, loss of appetite, weight loss and long-term anaemia due to iron deficiency. Medics from the Hubei University of Medicine, in Shiyan, China, examined him but found ‘nothing remarkable’, the New England Journal of Medicine reports... more »

Osborne is using pension taxes as a “milch cow” to pay off the deficit. New rules will net him an extra £5bn

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 4 hours ago
KJ, Chris and Fee come to terms with it all... SOURCE GUARDIAN: Pension taxes are 'milch cow' for chancellor, says IFS head George Osborne is using pension taxes as a “milch cow” to pay off the deficit, the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said. The chancellor is expected to announce the results of a Treasury inquiry into tax on pensions in the budget on 16 March. Among the

"A Look to the Heavens"

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

“No Escape from Existential Reality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“No Escape from Existential Reality”* by Sartre "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick "Finally agreement! No one can dispute the reality that we all will die. Since most choose to block out this fate or find it discomforting to consider, the roots of denial are sown. Refusal to confront the one great similarity that all humans share, is a trait that has greatly affected our political and social lives. Life is to be lived, no doubt. But how you live it greatly depends upon how you treat the final ending. Death, freedom, existential ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Telling Stories: ‘Real’ Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Telling Stories: ‘Real’ Life”* by Chet Raymo "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." - William Blake "I have just finished reading Brian Greene's new book, “The Fabric of the Cosmos”. As with his earlier book, “The Elegant Universe”, he does a damn good job explaining the almost unexplainable - string theory, braneworlds, multiple universes, and all that. None of this stuff has an empirical basis, and is not likely to for the foreseeable future. So does it qualify as science? Well, yes, barely. Because in principle... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” - John Wayne

Meet The Man Who Helped Trigger The Arab Spring

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Five years ago, two Tunisians set themselves on fire in protest against the country's autocratic government. The world remembers one of them, the fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi. The other was Hosni Kaliya, pictured here. He survived, but now says he wishes he hadn't. Clemens Höges/ DER SPIEGEL *Clemens Höges, Spiegel Online*: *'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring* The Arab Spring began five years ago when two men set themselves on fire in Tunisia. One of them survived his self-immolation -- and now wishes he hadn't. This is his story. Hosni Kaliy... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"A main "Criterion of Consciousness" for the human experience is never having all you want. For as one dream comes true, another swiftly takes its place. Not having all you want is one of life's constants. And learning to be happy while not yet having all you want is the first "Criterion of Joy." Nail it, and for the rest of your life people will be asking what it is about you. Yeah, as if they weren't already asking." "Desire is a beautiful thing." The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com ◆ “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasin... more »

The Poet: Arthur O’Shaughnessy, "Music and Moonlight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Music and Moonlight"* "We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone seabreakers, And sitting by desolate streams; World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world forever, it seems… We, in the ages lying In the buried past of the earth, Built Ninevah with our sighing, And Babel itself in our mirth; And o’erthrew them with prophesying To the old of the new world’s worth; For each age is a dream that is dying, Or one that is coming to birth." - Arthur O’Shaughnessy, "Music and Moonlight" (1874)

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness”* "If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive I forgive myself for that. For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions I forgive myself."

"Just Get to Work..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, somethin... more »

Conservatives React to Palin’s Trump Endorsement

John Zmirak at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: AMES, IA - JANUARY 19: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Palin endorsed Donald Trump's run for the Republican presidential nomination.] You remember Sarah Palin -- who in September 2008 was unveiled as the secret weapon which John McCain would use to shed his Washington insider sheen, connect with ordinary Americans, and beat Obama and Biden. The Palin surge didn't last... more »

Supreme Court to Decide if Feds Can Ban Alaskan Man from Hunting Moose on His Hovercraft

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: John Sturgeon - 900] The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could have huge implications for the government's authority to regulate state and private property bordering lands controlled by federal agencies. At issue is a National Park Service regulation banning... more »

Nine Things DC Spends More on Than Plowing Roads

Kathryn Watson at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: DC - 900] District of Columbia officials utterly failed to make sure city streets were treated before passing snowfall Wednesday -- two days before a blizzard is supposed to hit. Wednesday's inaction made conditions ripe for hundreds of accidents and six, seven, eight and nine-hour... more »

"Dream Lofty Dreams..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil." - James Allen

"Tips For Dealing With Sadness and Depression"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Tips For Dealing With Sadness and Depression"* by Vijai P. Sharma, Ph.D "One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.” - Erich Fromm “These are terribly stressful times, filling many with anxiety, fear, sadness and depression. This article may help you cope if you're feeling any of these emotions. Be advised, though, that this is not a substitute for professional assistance, which should be your first option. Depression with its characteristic sad face, stooped posture, and slow movements is universal; it is found not only in humans in all cultu... more »

Islamic State Uses Syria’s Biggest Dam As A Weapon

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Islamic State militants are sheltering their senior officials and high-value prisoners at Syria’s biggest dam by Lake Assad on the Euphrates, believing that U.S. forces will not go near them in fear of unleashing a giant flood that could potentially kill thousands. High-value prisoners and senior Islamic State officials are being held at the Tabqa Dam, safe in the knowledge that there are no ground troops capable of dislodging them before they unleash a deluge that could “mean that there’s no electricity for all of eastern Syria”, according to Virginia Tech associate professor Ariel ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Ian Bremmer, Time:* *Saudi Arabia Will Be the Big Loser from the Plunge In Oil Prices* *The country relies on oil for about 80% of budget revenue* Oil prices stand at the intersection of geopolitics and the global economy. When prices fall as far and as fast as they have over the past two years–dropping some $85 a barrel–shock waves are felt around the world. Vladimir Putin’s outsize personality means that Russia could be highly vulnerable to low oil prices. But while the country’s economy will certainly take a hit, the impact will be greater in the Middle East, especially in an... more »

US Appeals Court Declines to Block Obama Carbon Emissions Plan

Reuters at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: carbon emissions plan] In a big victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block its Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from... Continue reading *“US Appeals Court Declines to Block Obama Carbon Emissions Plan”* at *reuters.com*.

World News Briefs -- January 21, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
General John Francis Campbell (C), current commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan, speaks to soldiers during a Christmas day visit on forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson *Reuters*: *U.S. gives troops broader order to strike Islamic State in Afghanistan* U.S. military commanders have been given the authority to target Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Thursday, the first such order beyond Iraq and Syria, where the militants c... more »

All in Favor Say Aye......

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago

The Power of Right-Wing Media

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
A film by Jen Senko A filmmaker examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in it radicalized him and rocked the foundation of their family. She discovers this political phenomenon recurring in living rooms everywhere, and reveals the consequences conservative media has had on families and a nation. See more *here *

Snowden Documents: Hackers Stole Pentagon F-35 Fighter Jet Secrets

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Documents released by Edward Snowden allege to show that the design of China’s Shenyang J-31 fighter jet was stolen by hackers from the Pentagon. Chinese hackers stole “many terabytes” of data about America’s F-35 stealth fighter jet and other programs, according to newly released documents by former NSA contractor and whistle-blower Edward Snowden. New York Daily News reports: The stolen materials, taken from the Pentagon and contractor Lockheed Martin Corp., included radar designs and engine schematics used in the crown jewel of American military aircraft. The Pentagon had previous... more »

Bernie Sanders Jumps to Lead in Iowa, Trump Holds Strong, CNN/ORC Poll Finds

CNN Politics at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Iowa] Washington (CNN) -- Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in Iowa as Sen. Bernie Sanders takes control of the Democratic race in the critical first-in-the-nation voting state, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Thursday. Trump leads Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who... Continue reading *“Bernie Sanders Jumps to Lead in Iowa, Trump Holds Strong, CNN/ORC Poll Finds”* at *cnn.com*.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Tom Benson, estranged heirs make cases in appeal on competency ~Mike Triplett, ESPN* *The bad with the good? Opening Bonnet Carre Spillway eases flooding but also has both good and bad impacts on Lake Pontchartrain ~Amy Wold, Advocate* *City of New Orleans wins $141 million to build Gentilly 'resilience district'~Robert McClendon*

The Great Immigration Assimilation Scare

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Do immigrants assimilate? Generally, yes, confirms Alex Nowraseth in this guest post* Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, two of the smartest conservative thinkers today, have spilt much ink worrying over immigrant assimilation. Salam is more pessimistic, choosing titles like “The Melting Pot is Broken” and “Republicans Need a New Approach to Immigration” (with the descriptive url: “Immigration-New-Culture-War”) while relying on a handful of academic papers for support. Douthat presents a more nuanced, Burkean think-piece reacting to assimilation’s supposed decline, relying more on ... more »

Bill Gates Admits “Vaccines Are Best Way To Depopulate”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Bill Gates has openly admitted that vaccinations are designed so that governments can depopulate the world. Gates says that in order to successfully depopulate an “overcrowded world” at least 350,000 must be killed each day, and he says this can be done via vaccine programs. [SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO] Anonymousmags.com reports: Vaccines are one of the biggest public health victories in human history. People are exceedingly reliable to it for eradicating illness and reducing the incidence of new infections of diseases such as polio, diphtheria, measles, rubella, rotavirus and many other... more »

GMO Scientists Admit To Intentionally Polluting DNA Of Animals

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
GMO scientists are now openly talking about deliberately modifying the DNA of wild animals in order to suit human ends, saying that “genetic pollution” is a desired goal, rather than a risk. Successful laboratory tests have confirmed the ability to perform a GE technique known as “Crispr-Cas9″ – allowing scientists to alter genes in a cell and replace it with a gene of their choice, creating a hybrid animal as a result. Naturalnews.com reports: Scientists laud the potential of gene drives to eradicate insect-borne diseases, remove herbicide resistance from weeds (which of course de... more »

Powerful Radioactive Material Found In Pyramids, Ancient City

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Teotihuacan in Mexico has long baffled archeologists who discovered the presence of Mica, a powerful radioactive insulator, among the ruins of the ancient city. The city was established around 100 B.C., and was home to around 150,000 residents. Archaeologists say the design of Teotihuacan suggests that the civilisation that lived there had advanced knowledge of maths, and astronomical sciences, and claim that the city resembles a large computer circuit board with two large processor chips (the Sun Pyramid and the Moon Pyramid) when viewed from the air. Ancient-code.com reports: Res... more »

“We Gave Birth To Alien Babies” – Women Claim After UFO Encounter

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Two women have claimed that they were abducted by aliens, had sex with them, and then gave birth to 13 hybrid alien-humanoid babies. Bridget Nielson and Aluna Verse, from the United States, say they are part of a “hybrid baby community” – a collective of women who claim they have children with alien fathers, who live with their dads on UFOs. Thesun.co.uk reports: The women believe aliens have been harvesting their DNA to create children that combine the best of both human and alien characteristics and claim the conceptions happen either through artificial insemination or real sexua... more »

Israel Says It Will Steal More Palestinian Land In The West Bank

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Israel have confirmed plans to steal more land that currently belongs to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli regime have said they will seize a large tract of fertile land in order to expand its illegal settlement construction along the West Bank. Presstv.com reports: The decision had already been taken to capture the territory and “the lands are in the final stages of being declared” Israeli lands, Reuters quoted a unit in the Israeli Ministry for Military Affairs, which coordinates Tel Aviv’s activities in the occupied territories, as saying. Earlier this week, Is... more »

Turkish PM Recep Erdogan Turns Turkey Into A Police State

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is turning Turkey into a police state, by granting powers to the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and banning independent journalism and activism in the country. Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), under Erdogan’s leadership, is transforming Turkey into an authoritarian police state where the MIT act as Erdogan’s “Praetorian Guards”, notes independent scholar Dr. Can Erimtan. Sputniknews.com reports: “Last year, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (or AKP) took steps towards converting the Republic of Turkey in... more »

LA Gas Leak ‘Destabilises’, Officials Fear Catastrophic Explosion

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Southern California Gas Corporation have said that current efforts to plug the enormous methane gas leak in Porter Ranch, California are destabilizing the situation and risking a bigger “blowout” at the facility. A blowout would increase the already dangerous levels of methane in the air that millions of Californian’s breathe in, in a way that “could be catastrophic,” the Public Utility Commission say. Enenews.com reports: Los Angeles Times: Efforts to plug Porter Ranch-area gas leak worsened blowout risk, regulators say — Southern California Gas Co… is trying to avoid a blowout, w... more »

Pedophile Capital of the World Accuses Putin of Pedophilia

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Putin accused of Pedophilia by UK investigation--* *that considered secret evidence to reach its findings* In retrospect, it was absolutely to be expected. Today, the UK "nuked" the reputation of Vladimir Putin. The West would love to nuke Russia...and would in a heartbeat...if they thought they could get away with it. But, in the absence of such an option...they settled for nuking Putin. They accused him, on the basis of the most intangible evidence possible, of being a pedophile. The "investigation" was centered on a decade old murder of a former FSB/turned M16 agent. The agent ... more »

You Sad Little Man, Mr Connolley

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 7 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2016/01/19/science-advances-one-funeral-at-a-time/ If one needed a better example of the scum that represent climate “science” these days, you would not have to look much past William Connolley, who had this to say about the sad death of Bob Carter: Actually A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its […]

Lawyer Explains How To Win Elections In Corrupt USA

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An international lawyer has claimed that in order to win presidential elections in the USA candidates must show their loyalty to Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, and Israel in order to get funded. Barry Grossman, lawyer and political analyst, told Iranian state media that the U.S. election system is run by the corporate elite with political candidates acting as puppets for their shadowy masters. Uprooted Palestinians reports: “Two things win elections in the United States – 1. money and 2. a track record of commitment to supporting the establishment’s policy agenda whi... more »

Labour's Economic Radicalism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
This is more like it. From the BBC: The Tories have offered a Right to Buy, Labour would seek to better this. We'd be creating a new Right to Own," he [John McDonnell] said in a speech in Manchester. He said the "biggest hurdle" facing co-ops and other small businesses was getting initial funding from high street banks. "No other major developed economy has just five banks providing 80% of loans. We'd look to break up these monopolies, introducing real competition and choice. "Regional and local banks, prudently run and with a public service mandate, have to be part of the solutio... more »

U.S. Air Force F-16 Crashes In Arizona. Fate Of Pilot Still Unknown

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *US Air Force F-16 Arizona Crash Update: Military Investigating Cause, Condition Of Pilot* A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet crashed over northwestern Arizona on Thursday morning. The condition of the pilot was not immediately known. A preliminary investigation has already been set up to find out what happened to the jet, which took off earlier that morning from 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. "Luke AFB officials are working closely with local authorities in a search and rescue operation," Luke said in a news release Thursday afternoon. "Due to the re... more »

Interpol’s Most Wanted Arrested At Subway Restaurant Next To Police Station

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A Polish man on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ list has been arrested by Wiltshire police during a raid at a Subway restaurant just yards from the local police station. Murder suspect Piotr Kupiec, 28, was arrested after police detectives tracked him down to a sandwich shop, where he had been working for a few years. Kupiec was captured and cuffed in front of bewildered regulars while working in an unassuming branch of SUBWAY in Devizes, Wiltshire, just yards from a police station. He was wanted by international police and was on Interpol’s most wanted list which contains 330 suspects. Th... more »

Affordable Auckland’s Rates Revamp

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Affordable Auckland’s Mayoral & Albany candidate Stephen Berry* Affordable Auckland has announced a revamp of the ticket’s rates policy. We started the campaign with a commitment to keep rates increases below inflation. With inflation levels at historic lows, however, the point is somewhat academic. Latest figures for price inflation show that annual levels have fallen to just 0.1% in the December quarter, well below the Reserve Bank forecast [*i.e., guess* – Ed.] of 0.4%. This continues a downward trend, with price inflation below the 1% mark for the last five qu... more »

Pregnancy Centers Sue California over New Law Forcing Them to Tell Patients about Abortion Options

Casey Harper at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Ultrasound, Pregnant Woman, Baby, Pregnancy Center] Three faith-based pregnancy crises centers are taking on the state of California because of a law they say forces them to help women find abortion services. On Jan. 1 2016, California enacted Ab-775, a law that requires pregnancy centers in the state... more »

New Clinton Spin: Emails Were Top Secret, but Totally ‘Innocuous,’ So Leave Poor Hillary Alone!

Twitchy at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Brian Fallon - 400] Hillary Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon shares a new theory on the top secret emails found on her private server. They're "top secret," but "innocuous" so it's no big deal: So, who are the "officials" that decided the emails were... Continue reading *“New Clinton Spin: Emails Were Top Secret, but Totally ‘Innocuous,’ So Leave Poor Hillary Alone!”* at *twitchy.com*.

Another Government-Caused Water Crisis and Cover-Up

John-Michael Seibler at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: A forklift driver moves a pallet of water in a warehouse Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Flint, Mich. Area residents dealing with contaminated drinking water in Flint will be the recipients of the water, which they can pick up at fire stations throughout the city.] Flint, Mich., may be another case (similar to the Environmental Protection Agency Gold King Mine spill) of negligent government behavior that would raise criminal prosecution had it come from a private party. Michigan officials are under scrutiny for potentially causing,... more »

Arkansas Public School District to Offer Bible Class Next Fall

The Christian Post at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Westside Public Schools - 440] A school district in Arkansas is planning to add an academic course on the Holy Bible for its public system, in keeping with a recently passed state law. Westside Consolidated School District is hoping to have a curriculum in time... Continue reading *“Arkansas Public School District to Offer Bible Class Next Fall”* at *christianpost.com*.

Uncle Sam Owns 48% of Western Land. Why Some Insist This Hurts Economies, Cowboys and Even the Environment

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Western Ranchers: Why Must Uncle Sam Own 48 Percent of Western Land?] The recent standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge has placed a spotlight on the federal government’s history of obtaining private land, particularly in the Western states. Many imagine that all the federal government owns is several prize national parks and national forests... more »

Army Secretary Nominee Worried about Cuts to Army’s Size

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: The Hon. Eric Fanning, acting under secretary of the Army, addresses the National Guard Bureau Senior Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 28, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Fischman) (Released)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration’s nominee to be the Army’s top civilian official said Thursday he is worried about plans to reduce the Army’s size to about 450,000 active-duty troops. Eric Fanning told the Senate Armed Services Committee on... more »

“We gave you the wrong information.” An apology from the CBC

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 8 hours ago
Whenever we see someone step forward and admit their mistakes, along with a clear explanation so others can avoid the same, we applaud them. Today, our digital hands are clapping for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), whose Marketplace has issued a lengthy explanation for why they reported incorrect results from tests of popular vitamins and […] The post “We gave you the wrong information.” An apology from the CBC appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Saudi Grand Mufti Issues Fatwa Against Chess “It’s A Waste Of Time”

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has sent a warning to chess players by issuing a fatwa that chess encourages gambling and is therefore forbidden in Islam. The game of kings is considered Haram (forbidden) and the best strategy for the faithful is to keep away from the chess board. It is a “waste of time,” according to Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh. South China Morning Post reports: Sheikh Abdullah al-Sheikh was responding to a question on a television show in which he issued fatwas to viewers who sent in queries on everyday religious matters. He said chess was “included under... more »

Oil Elites: The Real Reason Oil Is So Cheap

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 8 hours ago
Well worth 10 minutes of your time. This is an excellent brief run down of the current OIL situation - history and future plans of the Oil Elites. Check out the links below the video for more information. d

Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core

Breitbart at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Common Core - 400] A former marketing executive for textbook publishing giant Pearson Education reveals the anti-American agenda behind Common Core and the Advanced Placement U.S. History framework in the third video of a series produced by Project Veritas and focused on the corporate... Continue reading *“Former Pearson Exec Reveals Anti-American Agenda in Common Core”* at *breitbart.com*.

‘Bluebird,’ by Charles Bukowski

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you. there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks never know that he's in there. there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay down, do you want to mess me up? you want to screw up the works? you want to blow my book sales in Europe? there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I... more »

Guantánamo Detainee Refuses To Leave

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Photo*: Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir, one of three prisoners who were to be released from Guantánamo this week, was frightened to leave the prison and go to a country where he had no family, his lawyer, John Chandler, said. Credit Department of Defense *New York Times*:* Guantánamo Detainee Refuses Release Offer* WASHINGTON — Three Guantánamo detainees were slated to leave the American prison in Cuba this week after about 14 years in captivity. But early Wednesday morning, only two were willing to board the plane. The third – Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir of Yemen – balked at the l... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“The End Is Nigh for the Fed’s ‘Bubble Epoch’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The End Is Nigh for the Fed’s ‘Bubble Epoch’”* by Bill Bonner LONDON – “Twice in the last 15 years, markets have tried to correct the mistakes and excesses of the Bubble Epoch. Each time, the Fed came back with even more mistakes and excesses. Trillions in new credit… lower lending rates… easier terms… ZIRP… QE… and the Twist! Over the short run, markets respond to myths. Investors are ready to believe almost anything… for a while. But over the long run, there is death and destruction – a reality outside of what we believe. No matter how badly investors want asset prices to go up... more »

The Economy: “Gerald Celente: Economic Forecast 2016”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Gerald Celente: Economic Forecast 2016”* "Gerald Celente, returns to join Gary Franchi on the Next News Network to disclose the truth behind the 2016 stock market crash and how to brace yourself and protect your family in the face of economic calamity." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbZJ948oCoc ◆ *Related:* Financial Armageddon Approaches: World faces wave of epic debt defaults, fears central bank veteran… U.S. banks have $247 Trillion of exposure to derivatives… If you don’t know what a bank “BAIL IN” is then your money is already gone. Banks admit to $1 TRILLION in “non-perfor... more »

The March for Life and Fighting for the Unborn

Ken Blackwell at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: March for Life - 900] It has been more than four decades since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that unborn were of no account. Precious life created in the image of God was treated as but an inconvenience to be removed "on... more »

Islamic State Launches New Attacks Against Libya's Oil Infrastructure

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Islamic State, a growing power in strife-torn Libya, has in recent weeks launched repeated attacks from its base in the city of Sirte on facilities in the "oil crescent" along Libya's northern coast (AFP Photo/Abdullah Doma) *Reuters*: *Islamic State attack sets storage tanks ablaze at Libyan oil terminal* Islamic State militants set fire on Thursday to oil storage tanks in a fresh assault on Ras Lanuf terminal in northern Libya and the group threatened further attacks as they exploit a prolonged power vacuum in the large north African nation. The chairman of the National Oil Corp... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://thespiritscience.net/2015/11/01/new-study-suggests-earth-exited-300-million-years-earlier-than-expected/ *NEW STUDY SUGGESTS EARTH EXISTED 300 MILLION YEARS EARLIER THAN EXPECTED* NOVEMBER 1, 2015 Just recently, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) combined a group of geochemists that unraveled the unknown history of our world. Having found evidence that Earth had already been inhabited by life 4,100 million years ago. This means that there was life on this planet 300 million years earlier than we had expected. The evidence they had found suggested that life ... more »

If this isn’t the start of the crisis, just imagine how bad the real crisis is going to be

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*Guest post by Simon Black, the Sovereign Man * Chances are you’ve never heard of William White. You might have heard of the organisation that he used to manage—the Bank of International Settlements (BIS). The BIS is often called the central bank of central banks; their role is essentially to facilitate international financial transactions among the world’s central banks. So they are a major component in the international financial system, just like the IMF and World Bank. William White is a central banker who used to be on the BIS management committee. And this makes him a ... more »

Bertrand Russell on Religion

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

Warmest Year Evah? Maybe, But Not According To NOAA!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/01/21/failed-math-in-1997-noaa-claimed-that-the-earth-was-5-63-degrees-warmer-than-today/ Just a quick post to add to WUWT’s. Anthony shows that the claimed warmest year evah is actually 5F cooler than 1997. As we all know, and as Anthony readily admits, it is obvious global temperatures have not dropped by 5F, otherwise we would now be […]

Supplemental: Self-described "groupie" accuses Bill Clinton!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015What Chozick's teen-ager has "heard:"* It seems like only yesterday that we were lamenting Amy Chozick's emergence as a New York Times reporter. Oh wait—it *was* only yesterday! In yesterday's New York Times, Chozick was licking her lips about the sexy-time conduct of Anthony Weiner. She also explored the two-faced conduct of Weiner's wife, who happens to be a top Clinton aide and of course is a money-grubber. In today's editions, Chozick is at it again, live and direct from the underwear drawer, quoting a ripe selection of sources about Hillary Clinton... more »

New Mini-Documentary Tells the Touching Story of How Ted Cruz’s Father Came to Faith

Stream Staff at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz Faith in Action - 900] In the hustle and bustle of policy stands and attack ads there was a powerful moment on the campaign trail last August that never made the network evening news or cable panels. It took place at a Ted Cruz rally in Murfreesboro, Tenn. “I... more »

China, Iran & Saudi, Oh SNAP!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 9 hours ago
To use the words of my awesome 13 year old daughter: "Oh SNAP!!!!" I DO believe that China's official (government run) News Agency, has just delivered a wickedly sharp slap across the face to the US. I'll just highlight my personal favorite parts of that slap. d Commentary: China's constructive engagement in Middle East promotes stability, developmentSource: Xinhua | 2016-01-18 10:05:12 | Editor: huaxia by Xinhua writer Luo Jun BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The choice of the Middle East as the destination for Chinese President Xi Jinping's first overseas visit in 2016 bears grea... more »

I heard a rumor that Sarah Palin endorsed Trump...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*my take away?* Who cares. Millions of words being spewed over something that is really of no consequence. *Something to think about: * It's interesting to see the number of sites that are coming down hard for Cruz or Trump. Everyone needs to understand that in the end either Trump or Cruz will probably be the nominee. Cruz is not the choir boy he's being portrayed as, and Trump is not necessarily an evil genius. I don't trust either of them. But, when it comes down to my vote next November, it will be for whoever wins the nomination. It's as simple as that. It's going to s... more »

Chiles/Whitted and Skepticism

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
Since some people have gone nuts over the article about pseudoskepticism, I thought I might demonstrate what I think along those lines. There is a claim that Clarence S. Chiles and John B. Whitted, two airline pilots saw a cigar-shaped craft that flashed by their aircraft buffeting it with the turbulence of its passage. A passenger on the aircraft didn’t actually see the object, but did see the light from it. The other passengers were on the wrong side of the aircraft or they were asleep given the late hour. Chiles/Whitted illustrations. Photo courtesy of USAF. Proponents of the alie... more »

Alan Waldman : FILM | The 20 best films I saw in 2015

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Alan’s eclectic picks range from Academy Award nominees ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Trumbo’ to biopics about Nina Simone and comic Barry Crimmins. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | January 21, 2016 For the first time in many years, more than … finish reading Alan Waldman : *FILM* | The 20 best films I saw in 2015

Yemen War News Updates -- January 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Saudi-Iran dispute jeopardizes Yemen peace talks* Worsening enmity between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is jeopardizing peace prospects in Yemen where a nine-month-old war has given Islamist militants a foothold in Riyadh's backyard. Yemen's principal warring factions -- fighters loyal to the ousted Saudi-backed Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are battling the Iran-allied Houthi militia and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh -- held talks last month in Switzerland to try to end a war that has killed some 6,000 people. They were due to meet again on Jan. 14 in... more »

Many Who Have Traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan Now Blocked from Using Visa Waiver Program to Enter US

Stream Staff at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: DHS Visa Waiver Blocked Countries] The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it has begun implementing restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program, which offers tourists and business travelers expedited electronic processing and short-term visa-free travel. The restrictions, made law in the wake of the Paris and... more »

Can a journal retract its plan to retract? Science may

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Science is reconsidering its plan to retract a paper about using RNA to make palladium nanoparticles after one of the authors submitted a last-minute correction. Editor in chief Marcia McNutt told us that the journal will make a decision about whether to retract or correct the paper by February 5th. We are not certain that what he submitted changes […] The post Can a journal retract its plan to retract? Science may appeared first on Retraction Watch.

More U.S. Military Personnel To Be Sent To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Military.com*: *US to Deploy More Trainers to Iraq Ahead of Mosul Push* The U.S. will deploy "certainly hundreds" more troops to Iraq to train additional brigades which Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged will take back Mosul from ISIS this year, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Wednesday. The extra troops will inevitably boost the costs of the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria that totaled $5.53 billion through Dec. 15, or about $11 million daily, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. *Read more*... more »

The Clinton Campaign Prepares for a Long Primary

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Clinton supporters in Iowa. Credit: Sam Hodgson for *The New York Times* (source)* *by Gaius Publius* I thought the following was interesting, in that it contained information I wasn't aware of. I too had heard that the Clinton campaign "had at least one paid staff member in all 50 states" and assumed that meant they had staffed up much more fully than the Sanders campaign, especially given their greater resources and greater experience at national campaigning. As it turns out, my assumption wasn't true. According to a piece in the *New York Times* by Amy Chozick, the Clinton ca... more »

US Military 'Takes Control' Of Rmeilan Airfield In Northern Syria To Support Fighters Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *US 'takes control' of Rmeilan airfield in Syria* Under a deal with Kurdish group, activists say US will use airfield to support fighters against ISIL in northern Syria. US troops have taken control of Rmeilan airfield in Syria's northern province of Hasakah to support Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Al Jazeera. The airfield near the city of Rmeilan, which will become the first US-controlled airbase in Syria, was previously controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People'... more »

Syrian War News Updates -- January 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*:* Islamic State Uses Syria’s Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon* *Militants hiding high-value prisoners and sheltering senior officials at Taqba Dam in conviction U.S. won’t dare unleash deluge by bombing it* Islamic State militants are using Syria’s largest dam as a fulcrum of power, hiding high-value prisoners and sheltering senior officials there in the conviction the U.S. won’t bomb it for fear of unleashing a giant flood, three people familiar with the matter said. If the dam is ruptured, it would flood large parts of Iraq and “mean that there’s... more »

Barna Group Releases Annual ‘Bible-Minded Cities’ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

Tom Gilson at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Bible America Nation of God - 900] The Barna Group (barna.org) on Wednesday released its annual "Bible-Minded Cities" report, ranking 100 U.S. cities on how their residents view and use the Bible. The report, issued in partnership with the American Bible Society, listed America's most Bible-minded cities... more »

Trump Blames Tony Perkins for ‘2 Corinthians’ Gaffe

CNN at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Trump - Two Corinthians - 400] Donald Trump says it’s Tony Perkins’ fault he said “two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians” during a speech at Liberty University this week -- a mistake that raised questions about his biblical knowledge as he courts evangelical voters. The Republican presidential... Continue reading *“Trump Blames Tony Perkins for ‘2 Corinthians’ Gaffe”* at *cnn.com*.

In Defending FairTest, Ravitch Inadvertantly Opens Door to the Truth

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Diane Ravitch has posted a response by FairTest to recent commentary by Emily Talmage that shines a light on the close connections among FairTest, Citizens for Public Schools, the Center for Collorative Education, AFT/NEA, and corporate cash. I have pasted the post below, along with revealing comments by Mary Porter and others, who provide further details about the secretive connections that allow the corporate foundations and corporate unions to coopt, undercut, and neutralize honest efforts to reclaim public education to benefit children and what is left of our democracy. You w... more »

Heroic Teacher Pulled Gun on Taliban, Allowing Students to Escape Pakistan University Terror Attack

The Sydney Morning Herald at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: teacher-chemistry-hero(2) - 400] After terrorists killed about 134 students at a school in northwestern Pakistan 13 months ago, officials started arming teachers and gave them weapons training. Like the debate over guns in schools in the United States and elsewhere, the move was... Continue reading *“Heroic Teacher Pulled Gun on Taliban, Allowing Students to Escape Pakistan University Terror Attack”* at *smh.com.au*.

Hillary and the SAP Emails: The Smoking Gun?

The Hill at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton5 - 400] Special Access Programs (SAP) is a game changer. It is now undeniably clear that the results of the FBI investigation will be the end of one of two things: Hillary's bid for the White House or the legitimacy of the... Continue reading *“Hillary and the SAP Emails: The Smoking Gun?”* at *thehill.com*.

A Look At The Russian War Effort In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*ABC News*: *Inside the Russian War Effort in Syria* We are on the ground with Russian forces in Latakia, in northern Syria. It's an eye-opening experience. The base roars day and night with the takeoff and landing of the several dozen warplanes Russia has deployed here. The perimeter bristles with helicopter gunships and a new air defense system. And there's a swagger in the step of the troops: these guys want the world to see how Russia's military might has been deployed decisively to change the equation on the battlefield here -- and they look like they are in Syria for the lo... more »

Never Give Up......A Harriet Beecher Stove Quote

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
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So, pot may not be as harmless as a recent study suggested

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Researchers are correcting a widely covered study that suggested chronic use of pot might not put users at risk of problems later in life. It turns out that initial, unexpected finding — covered by Newsweek, The Washington Post, Quartz, and (of course) The Stoner’s Cookbook — wasn’t quite right, and a reanalysis found users had a small uptick in risk for psychosis. […] The post So, pot may not be as harmless as a recent study suggested appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Syrian Peace Talks May Be Delayed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Foreign Policy*: *UN Envoy Signals That Riyadh Is Obstructing Syria Peace Talks * Saudi Arabia is sidelining the diplomat charged with ending the brutal Syrian civil war — and complicating the push toward a deal. In a barely veiled swipe at one of the Middle East’s leading powers, the United Nations’ special envoy for Syria accused Saudi Arabia of undermining his efforts to bring a broad slate of Syrian opposition groups to upcoming peace talks designed to end Syria’s brutal civil war. In his confidential Jan. 18 briefing to the U.N. Security Council, which was obtained exclusiv... more »

British Inquiry Accuses The Russian Government In The Assassination Of Russian Dissident Alexander Litvinenko

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Britain accuses Putin of MURDER: Bombshell public inquiry says Russian President personally ordered dissident's assassination with radioactive polonium slipped into a London hotel teapot * * A report into Alexander Litvinenko's murder blamed two Russian agents and the inquiry said President Putin probably ordered the death * Litvinenko's widow Marina said her husband's death bed conclusion had been proven correct by the inquiry findings today * Independent inquiry said the men should face trial for poisoning him * Theresa May said the killing was a 'breach of internat... more »

Why not nuke everything and start over?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
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Modern Life is Weird: The Witch Who Claims to Heal Computers

Stream Staff at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Witch Key Keyboard Computer - 900] “They don't want to be accused of being ridiculous or stoned or devil worshippers or something,” says Reverend Joey Talley, a Wiccan witch ordained through the state of California, and we’re sure that’s true. She’s talking about people who ask... more »

Governing with Faraboichi Rules

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
We all know the problems with free will and animal instincts so why not just take natural law to the eclipse point and make Pareots proven law the rule Intstead of teaching kids about Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny tell them the truth people are evil and have bad breath but we want you to be a Jedi master are you willing to serve a dark lord? We are not all equal no way far from it our place in the world has always been determind by competition and the willingness to take the hits and do the time to get a black belt Martial Arts is the study of the ancients you call them Asian, Japane... more »

Is Trump a McConnell-Rove Establishment Tool? Follow the Money

American Thinker at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] On January 19, Donald Trump, the loudest Republican claimant to the anti-establishment label, filled out his recent attacks on Ted Cruz in a very telling way, as revealed on Mark Levin’s radio program (click here, select the 1/19/16 podcast, go... Continue reading *“Is Trump a McConnell-Rove Establishment Tool? Follow the Money”* at *americanthinker.com*.

Pro-Life Leader is Now Fighting for Her Life

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: jeanneane_maxon - 900] For 34 years, pro-life leader Jeanneane Maxon has fought for the lives of mothers and children across the country. This week, however, as hundreds of thousands of people head to Washington for the 43rd March for Life, Maxon will be... more »

Oregon Standoff: One of the Protesters Has Murder Conviction

Oregon Live at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: oregon standoff] One of the protesters taking part in the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a 68-year-old former woodworker and, according to court records and authorities, a convicted killer. Neil Sigurd Wampler drove to Oregon from his home... Continue reading *“Oregon Standoff: One of the Protesters Has Murder Conviction”* at *oregonlive.com*.

Privatization: Remembering the Real Purpose of NCLB

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Although the education scholars who had looked closely knew it, and hacks like Sandy Kress and Margaret Spelling who designed it knew it, the general public did not, and most still do not know. EVen after the article below appeared in Time Magazine in 2008, many folks still view NCLB as a well-intentioned but failed effort. We know, of course, that NCLB was never designed to achieve its ostensible goal to close the achievement gaps. But it did succeed mightily in achieving its unacknowledged goal of privatizing great swaths of the public education landscape. At a time when corpo... more »

World News Briefs -- January 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Russia's Putin 'probably' approved London murder of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko: UK inquiry* President Vladimir Putin probably approved a 2006 Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London, a British inquiry concluded on Thursday, prompting a row with Moscow. Russia, which had declined to cooperate in the inquiry, described Britain's handling of the case as opaque and biased. Litvinenko, 43, an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia for Britain exactly six years to the day before he was poisoned, died... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
The following is a SA reply to a question Denice's son Sam asked regarding the Big Bang's role in the creation of Earth.... This is of course heresy to current science dogma. But such is dogma, all the advances in science and consciousness have come from the heretics to dogma not the true believers. Matter comes from consciousness, not the other way around. Matter is just condensed and slowed down light, its precursor is plasma. The original garden should not be confused with the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden storyline is an allusion to the real garden, which still exist... more »

Obama the Troll, an Oily Economy, and the Ships that Didn't.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
*A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!!!* Obama's State of the Union Address: "Anyone who says that the economy is declining is Lying" really? Really? REALLY?!?! Well.... let's just take a look at that, shall we? My notes in Blue, as usual. d International Shipping Shuts Down; Baltic Dry Index Freefalling January 20, 2016 eClinik Learning 3 Comments International cargo vessels today are all docked and anchored in most seaports all over the world, and the last trips they may have had were for the December holidays shopping spree. As of yesterday, the most prominent global ... more »

Do we remember the snows of our childhood?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
In this winter, more frequently than ever before, I was involved in discussions comparing the weather we're experienced in recent years with the weather we remember from the times we were kids. The general spirit is as follows: the winters had to be chillier and more snowy and we went sledging and skating all the time. A Christmas that was as warm as it was in 2015 – up to 11 °C in Pilsen and it wasn't the warmest place in Czechia – used to be impossible. Sometimes I tend to say similar things myself. But are these "memories" really true? Can we remember it? What do I actually... more »

THE YEAR OF THE LIBERAL: A basic question emerged last year!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015Part 6—In search of Red Riding Hood:* A basic question emerged from the liberal world's attempts at journalism in the year just past. Rightly or wrongly, that year is now being widely described as The Year of the Liberal, even as "the year of liberal script." Here's the question which emerged from 2015: Were the late Trayvon Martin's "hands full of candy" when he was "wailing away" at George Zimmerman? That question emerged from the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates, as do the two short quotations contained within that question. The question refers to one of th... more »

Iraq General Gets 4 Yrs In Prison For Buying Fake Bomb Detectors

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraq’s purchase of several thousand fake bomb detectors has been an infamous case of corruption within the country. The ADE 651 devices were used despite objections from the United States and British, and when they were proven to not work, and the manufacturer was imprisoned for selling the bogus detectors the Iraqi government still refused to admit that it was wrong. The Interior Ministry general who bought the ADEs and got a hefty sum in kickbacks in the process was finally convicted and his sentence recently approved. On January 19, 2016 Iraq’s main anti-corruption agency the ... more »

Crashing Oil Prices and the Conspiracy to Free Us from Debt Slavery

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - With cheap gasoline at the pump, and increased interest rates, its difficult to see the hidden hand at work against the cabal. The post Crashing Oil Prices and the Conspiracy to Free Us from Debt Slavery appeared first on Waking Times.

Islamic State Claims Attack on Egypt Checkpoint That Killed 5 Police

AP at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: In this photo from July 9, 2015, a member of the Egyptian security forces stands guard next to a damaged bus following a roadside bomb blast which wounded 20 Egyptian policemen on the outskirts of the northern Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish. The military is fighting an Islamist insurgency in North Sinai.] CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a checkpoint in the country’s volatile Sinai Peninsula that killed five policemen. The Associated Press could not independently verify the claim,... more »

CNN Announces Sudden Democratic Town Hall Debate on a Monday during Prime Time!

Red State at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: hillary Clinton] The debate will be 9 PM on Monday, January 25th - and on CNN, to boot. It's going to be a town hall type format, which as Vanity Fair notes is something that the DNC would not normally be involved... Continue reading *“CNN Announces Sudden Democratic Town Hall Debate on a Monday during Prime Time!”* at *redstate.com*.

Wiley published a biology paper in the wrong journal

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Wiley Periodicals is withdrawing a biochemistry paper after mistakenly publishing it in the wrong journal. The mistake took a few months to sort out. Wiley initially published “Protein Kinase C Is Involved in the Induction of ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter A1 Expression by Liver X Receptor/Retinoid X Receptor Agonist in Human Macrophages” online in Journal of Cellular […] The post Wiley published a biology paper in the wrong journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"Hunder-Killer" Drones Mysteriously Dropping from Sky After Losing Power and Planet X at Last

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
Washington Post has some interesting headlines: Craig Whitlock. More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge. The Washington Post, January 20, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/19/more-u-s-military-drones-are-crashing-than-ever-as-new-problems-emerge/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines ..,record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft... Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force’s newest and most... more »

How Many Military Bases Does the Pentagon Really Need?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Those who come to my Feb 7 talk in Brunswick will be treated to my very first ever PowerPoint presentation. There are so many photos I'd like to share that I had to finally break down and learn to do PowerPoint. In addition to the event above I'll be joining fellow VFP delegation members from Maine Russell Wray (Hancock) and Dud Hendrick (Deer Isle) for a similar talk on Thursday, Feb 4, 7:00 pm at Emlen Hall, Bay School in Blue Hill. The public is also invited to attend that event.

People Get Ready for Heavy Snow on Eastern Seaboard

BEN NUCKOLS at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Blizzard_snow_storm] WASHINGTON (AP) -- With heavy snowfall predicted by the weekend from the Appalachians to Philadelphia and maybe farther north, people throughout the region readied themselves for blocked roads, power outages and canceled flights. The National Weather Service said in a... more »

Markets Await Comment as ECB Says No Change in Key Rate

DAVID McHUGH at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, left, and President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi, meet for talks in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.] FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Analysts are expecting European Central Bank head Mario Draghi to emphasize the bank’s willingness to expand its stimulus efforts if needed to help the economy. But professional ECB watchers are not expecting him to announce any... more »

Could Google Sway an Election? If So, How?

Denyse O'Leary at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Google search] American psychologist Robert Epstein explains how search engine rankings can be manipulated. From Wired: Epstein's paper combines a few years' worth of experiments in which Epstein and his colleague Ronald Robertson gave people access to information about the race for... more »

Bush, Rubio Have Spent $91M in Ads vs. Trump and Cruz’s $8M

NBC News at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Photo taken November 21, 2015. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio speaking to supporters at a town hall at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.] The two-biggest advertising spenders in the 2016 presidential contest — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — have spent a combined $91 million via their campaigns and outside groups, according to ad-tracking data from SMG Delta. By comparison, the two men... Continue reading *“Bush, Rubio Have Spent $91M in Ads vs. Trump and Cruz’s $8M”* at *nbcnews.com*.

Can CO2 Warm The Oceans?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/01/19/how-accurate-are-findings-from-the-frontiers-of-climate-science-for-example-about-warming-of-the-oceans/ We often hear that the oceans are getting warmer, and WUWT had a guest post up yesterday by Larry Kummer here. Many commenters rightly questioned how we could accurately measure temperatures down to 2000 m and across all the oceans now to such degrees of accuracy, never mind […]

Surging Twixt Converging Worlds

WTStaff at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - There is a mighty awakening happening in our midst, and it’s powered by you and me. The post Surging Twixt Converging Worlds appeared first on Waking Times.

Wall Street Isn't Hiding Its Intentions For The 2016 Elections-- The Banksters' Plan For The Senate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
In November of 2014 William Cohan, author of *Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World*, penned a feature for *Politico*, Why Wall Street Loves Hillary, the sub-headline of which was "She's trying to sound populist, but the banks are ready to shower her campaign with cash." And they have done just that. Career-long, the Finance Sector has given Hillary $36,846,987, an immense sum, surpassed, historically, only by George Bush, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and John McCain. And she's about to surpass McCain. As of October 16, the industries that make up the finance secto... more »

Iranian-British BBC Journalist Barred From Travelling To US

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
A BBC journalist has been stopped from travelling to the US with her family because of her dual Iranian-British nationality. Rana Rahimpour, a presenter for the BBC’s Persian service, was halted from boarding a flight to New Jersey at Heathrow airport yesterday. She was told she could not travel to the US because of the new visa waiver rules that prevents those with dual nationalities of certain countries from entering the US on its 90-day visa-free program. The new law known as HR 158 is unfairly branding journalists, humanitarian aid workers, business executives, refugees and Iran... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
From L-R, Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne, Italy's Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Netherlands Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert pose for a family photo at the Defence Ministry in Paris, France, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen *Reuters:* *Western military chiefs to intensify Islamic State fight* Defense chiefs from the United States, France, Britain and four other countries pledged ... more »

Where We Have Lived and Loved Map Chalkboard

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
I have a thing for maps. I love the memories seeing maps of places I have been and lived. It brings back all of the memories of that place. This Valentine's Day, I wanted to incorporate all of the places that have been so special to our family over the years. I created this fun chalkboard with all of the places that have special meaning to our family. You will need: - Access to Google Maps - A Printer - A Heart Template - Scissors - Laminator - Chalkboard - Chalk Markers - double sided tape Look up each of the places you want to include on your chalk... more »

Russian Ruble Keeps on Falling, Hits Record Low

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Russia's Ruble - 900] MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian ruble has hit another historic low against the dollar as oil prices continue to slide due to a surplus of crude oil on world markets. The ruble traded above 85 to the dollar for the... more »

Gov’t Waste Watch: Settlement Proceeds Meant for Minorities Sent to Others

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: US_House_Committee] White loan borrowers are collecting settlement proceeds distributed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) intended for black, Hispanic and Asian people, according to the House Committee of Financial Services' Wednesday report. The CFPB is responsible for distributing $80 million in settlement proceeds to "more than... more »

The Machines Are Going Mad - High Frequency Trading Quote-Stuffing Desperation Spikes To Record High

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-14/machines-are-going-mad-hft-quote-stuffing-desperation-spikes-record-high *The Machines Are Going Mad - HFT Quote-Stuffing Desperation Spikes To Record High* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/14/2016 14:50 -0500 It appears - for now - that the machines are losing control. Amid the chaos of the last few days in US equities, Johnny 5 and his ilk have been quote-stuffing in desperation at the highest rate in history... but it's not working!! Source: @NanexLLC

Jimmy Savile Raped Children As Young As Nine While Working At BBC

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A leaked report has revealed that Jimmy Savile raped and sexually abused children as young as nine and was caught on camera carrying out his depraved acts at least once while working for the BBC. The draft report produced during official review of the paedophile DJ’s time at BBC criticises the corporation for having ‘untouchable stars’ managers who were ‘above the law’. The report also warns that it is possible that another predatory child abuser could be lurking undiscovered in the BBC even today. The Independent reports: Investigative news site Exaro has published findings of Dame... more »

Porter Ranch Methane Leak Spreads Across LA’s San Fernando Valley

Waking Times at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Lorraine Chow *- The catastrophic Porter Ranch gas leak has spewed more than 83,000 metric tons of noxious methane. The post Porter Ranch Methane Leak Spreads Across LA’s San Fernando Valley appeared first on Waking Times.

Saudi Arabia And Iran Are In A Cultural, Political, And Economic War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*CNN:** Iran: Saudi Arabia is 'panicking,' the 2 countries can coexist* (CNN)Iran's foreign minister says Saudi Arabia is "panicking" over the potential for reduced tensions between Tehran and the West, that he is happy for the families of Americans previously imprisoned in Iran, and that the U.S. is "addicted" to sanctions. "We do not have a fight to pick with Saudi Arabia," Javad Zarif told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive TV interview. "We believe that Iran and Saudi Arabia can be two important players who can accommodate each other, who can complement each other, in t... more »

Yes, Larry Diamond, the KMT is doomed

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
[image: DSC09333] *Hillside in Taichung.* *On behalf of the party headquarters, Huang said he respected the Taiwanese people's decision and attributed the loss to a split KMT, adding that the party will speed up its pace of reform to win back the people's hearts. *March 19, 2000 At the conference on Sunday longtime East Asian political economy and democracy scholar Larry Diamond asked whether the KMT was going to collapse. I've answered his question below using many points I've made in disparate posts; the most important point is the last... it's a long post, so you'll have to clic... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*College Sets April Aside to Trash White Americans* When Black History Month was officially instituted in February 1976, President Gerald R. Ford remarked, “[W]e can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Unfortunately, not only have progressives turned Black History Month into what black Tea Party activist Lloyd Marcus mockingly calls “Annual White America Sucks Month,” but at institutions like Portland Community College, whiteness-shaming has taken on a whole new level. In Apri... more »

Why are the number of sites used to calculate HadCRUT4 decreasing?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?paged=1 Xmetman Bruce has carried out some detailed analysis of the HADCRUT4 dataset. He has discovered that there has been an alarming drop off in the number of stations used since the 1960’s, but particularly so in the last few years. This is the case both globally and in the […]

Trump Fever Shouldn’t Trump the Prophetic Voice at Liberty U

Joshua Charles at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: LYNCHBURG, VA - JANUARY 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers the convocation at the Vines Center on the campus of Liberty University January 18, 2016 in Lynchburg, Virginia. A billionaire real estate mogul and reality television personality, Trump addressed students and guests at the non-profit, private Christian university that was founded in 1971 by evangelical Southern Baptist televangelist Jerry Falwell.] The bestowing of an Honorary Doctorate of Business on Donald Trump by Liberty University represents perhaps another disturbing development in the ... more »

Officials Name Top Suspects in Iraq Abductions of Americans

SUSANNAH GEORGE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Iraqi security forces deploy in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Iraqi security forces fanned out across the Baghdad neighborhood Monday morning where three Americans were reportedly kidnapped over the weekend, closing streets and conducting house-to-house searches.] BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two powerful Shiite militias are top suspects in the abduction of three Americans last weekend in a southern neighborhood of the Iraqi capital, an Iraqi police commander and a Western security official in Baghdad said Thursday. The... more »

UK Judge: Putin Probably Approved Plan to Poison Ex-Spy

JILL LAWLESS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Drug Control Agency Chief Viktor Ivanov at the International Anti-Drug Forum in Moscow, Russia.] LONDON (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by Russia’s FSB security service to kill former agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died three weeks after drinking tea laced with poison at a London hotel, a British judge said Thursday.... more »

Who Are They?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://www.c2cjournal.ca/ You may not like the Conservatives, Tom Walkom writes. But they know who they are. In the last election, Canadians decided that they didn't like the New Democrats, either -- but for a different reason: the Dippers didn't know who they were: By comparison, the New Democrats are fuzzy. Party insiders might be able to decipher the amalgam of prairie populism, left-liberalism and Swedish-style social democracy that informs the NDP. But most voters can’t. Indeed, as New Democrat stalwart Tom Parkin wrote for... more »


Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
By American Kabuki The following occurred in early October. I have held back this data until some events transpired and intended to release this a week ago but could not find a photo of the chalkboard drawing I did of the device I remote viewed the night this data came in. I see numerous reports of this or that timeline... and really there are no more time lines... its all quantum NOW and nothing is linear. So I decided to release this data now so that it can be seen that we are all operating in the now. The Sphere Alliance Data Collectors contacted me about a device they loc... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*A "smashing" one tenth of one degree! Ya gotta laugh* *Hansen emits no inaccuracy in what he says below. The key to seeing what a risible emission it is lies in context and knowing what he does NOT say.The glaring omission is of course a total failure to mention the satellite record -- but there is much more to amuse even in the small excerpt below. His claim that a temperature rise of one tenth of one degree "smashed" the temperature record would amuse most people but, in the context of the truly minuscule changes Warmists normally are burdened with, I suppose ... more »

Hitting The Jack Pot

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
WNU Editor: No comment necessary.

Arnd Bernaerts & Ocean Warming

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/man-made-ocean-warming-yes-but-its-not-co2/ Ron Clutz has taken a look at Dr Arnd Bernearts’ latest paper, “Offshore Wind-Parks and Northern Europe’s Mild Winters: Contribution from Ships, Fishery, et cetera?” This is the Abstract: The marine environment of North Sea and Baltic is one of the most heavily strained by numerous human activities. Simultaneously […]

Establishment Republican Bob Dole Picks Trump Over Cruz, Argues Electability Despite Cruz Polling Better Than Trump in General Election Matchups

The Hill at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Bob Dole] Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) is warning of “wholesale losses” for Republicans if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the party’s nominee, and says only Donald Trump can stop him. "I question his allegiance to the party," the 1996 GOP presidential... Continue reading *“Establishment Republican Bob Dole Picks Trump Over Cruz, Argues Electability Despite Cruz Polling Better Than Trump in General Election Matchups”* at *thehill.com*.

Has Iran Learned How To Disrupt U.S. Military GPS Systems?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
GPS receivers ("GPS navigation device") in a marine application. Wikipedia *Dana A. Goward, CSM:* *Were US sailors 'spoofed' into Iranian waters?* In 2011, Iran spoofed – or faked – Global Positioning System signals to send a CIA drone off course. Did it do the same to trick Navy vessels into Iranian waters? As images of captured American sailors competed with those of the President Obama during the State of the Union address Tuesday, viewers across the world asked: "How could this happen?" The world’s most powerful nation with the most advanced navy had been embarrassed on the sa... more »

Rumours That The F-22 Production Line May Be Restarted Have Been Denied By The U.S. Air Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Lockheed Martin *Flight Global*: *Reviving F-22 Raptor production a ‘non-starter’* The secretary of the air force has become the latest official to douse hopes of restarting Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor production, which was capped at 187 aircraft and closed in 2011. The tooling and equipment needed to produce the twin-engine air-superiority fighter, which was barred from export because of its sophistication, remain in storage along with video instructions for various assembly processes. This equipment will aid in the remanufacture of spare parts for the aircraft and its two Pratt ... more »

Free Planet - learn to breathe - calm relaxed confident people

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
"We just don't need all this bullshit..." is what we need to realise. WE JUST DON'T NEED IT. In a world where every person in the world is calm, relaxed and confident in their own crucial position in a Free Planet of Creativity, Passion and Kinship (self-appointed members of the Custodian Liberation) seven billion people will soon realise that all the consumerist guff the modern world throws at us in the name of Corporate War for-profit patent-protect secrecy-terror is just pointless. We just have to BREATH. Breathing, it's not that difficult. But it's something not many of us do. ... more »

Gates Foundation’s “Corporate Merry-Go-Round”: Spearheading The Neo-liberal Plunder Of African Agriculture

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 18 hours ago
The Ecologist, Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF *Request for support - click here* The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is dangerously and unaccountably distorting the direction of international development, according to a new report by the campaign group Global Justice Now. With assets of $43.5 billion, the BMGF is the largest charitable foundation in the world. It actually distributes more aid for global health than any government. As a result, it has a major influence on issues of global health and agriculture. ‘Gated Development - Is the Gates Found... more »

Senior Fatah official:‎ "Hitler wasn't morally corrupt, he was daring"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
https://youtu.be/QQ81RnxznB4 Something that the institutionally anti Israel BBC will not be reporting.

5 Memorable Quotes From Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Task & Purpose:* *5 Badass Schwarzkopf Quotes In Honor Of The 25th Gulf War Anniversary* In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War, here are some inspiring words from its commander. Jan. 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf was the exceptional Army leader who commanded 750,000 troops during the war in the 1990s. Nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman,” Schwarzkopf was known for being a hard, strategic commander with a temper, but earned much respect by handling the press and diplomats with poise. He eventually planned and led Operation Desert Storm,... more »

“Life As A Dream Play”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Life As A Dream Play”* by Meanings Of Life “What is life? An illusion, a dream, a fiction, and the biggest well is small, because all life is a dream, and the dreams, themselves are only dreams.” - Calderon de la Barca “George Berkeley, in the eighteenth century, doubted even of the material world. To him the physical world– mountains, houses, people... – didn’t exist. They were illusions, ideas. To Berkeley, only ideas existed. This is an extreme conception, rather marginal, which contradicts much evidence, and that has aroused repulsive and vigorous reactions. Samuel Johnson, a... more »

The Economy: "Like Sheep To Slaughter"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Like Sheep To Slaughter: * *You Still Aren't Grasping The Systemic Risk In The Stock Market * *(Or Else You Would Have Sold Everything Already)"* by Mike Adams "If you still own stocks and mutual fund shares, you still aren't grasping the systemic risk in the stock market. No matter what you claim to BELIEVE, it is your ACTIONS that actually determine your true grasp of reality. Failing to sell all your stock holdings right now could result in massive losses as the world's bubble markets continue with an implosion that could wipe out 50% of current valuations for many stocks. The ... more »

The Threat Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction Being Used Is Growing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Alana Garellek, Cipher*: *The Evolution of Weapons of Mass Destruction* North Korea’s claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month and allegations that ISIS used a mustard agent against Iraqi Kurds in August have brought some deep questions to the forefront of our national security discussion on weapons of mass destruction (WMD): Was a WMD really used? Who used it and why? How was it obtained? Will more follow? How should we respond? Weapons of mass destruction—which include chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons—were once primarily considered strategic... more »

Wolfram Programming Lab is out

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Try online Mathematica* Stephen Wolfram has announced the release of the Wolfram Programming Lab On that page, you have a 5-minute video introduction. Alternatively, you may immediately click at "try it yourself, shift/enter" in the bottom left corner and play with Mathematica. It's not really just Mathematica. It's the Wolfram Language, something almost indistinguishable from Mathematica but by using it, you agree that you will use it instead of English to communicate with your relatives as well as your electronic friends (the gadgets) in the future. Well, more seriously, Ma... more »

Military Photo of the Day: January 21, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Coast Guard Protects DC-900] Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team members patrol the waters of the Potomac River in the hours leading up to the president’s State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016. Thank you to the men and women of... more »

Will The Palestinians Support The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Kashmiri demonstrators hold up Palestinian flags and a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014. (Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images) *Barbara Opall-Rome, Defense News:* *Keeping ISIS Out of Palestine* *Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas insists the authority he heads will survive to see the rise of a sovereign state alongside Israel * *... however, those closest to Abbas warn that without world intervention to revive prospects for a two-state peace, that futu... more »

We Still Do Not Know What To Call Russian Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, right, visit the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited a newly-built Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, known under its Russian acronym, GRU. (ITAR-TASS, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service) *Mark Galeotti, War On the Rocks:* *We Don't Know What To Call Russian Intelligence And That May be A Problem* As I write this, Russian military intelligence doesn’t have a chief. Perhaps more perplexingly, no one ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Looking beyond the current market mayhem, find out what leaders at #Davos have to say: https://t.co/bq8GFihqif pic.twitter.com/Scb9JhLeUW — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 20, 2016

The Oldest Known Evidence Of Human Warfare Has Been Confirmed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Part of a man’s skeleton found lying in the lagoon. The skull has multiple lesions on the front and left side consistent with wounds from a blunt implement. Photograph: Marta Mirazón Lahr *The Guardian*: *Stone-age massacre offers earliest evidence of human warfare* Researchers say remains of 27 murdered tribespeople in Kenya prove attacks were normal part of hunter-gatherer relations Some 10,000 years ago a woman in the last stages of pregnancy met a terrible death, trussed like a captive animal and dumped into shallow water at the edge of a Kenyan lagoon. She died with at least ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Jane D. Hartley, U.S. ambassador to France, lay a wreath at Place de La Republique in Paris, Jan. 20, 2016, to honor the victims of the November attacks in the city. Carter is in Paris to meet with his French counterpart and attend a defense ministerial, which will address the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

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