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noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 seconds ago
Fremont, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Quote of the Day: “A picture is not an argument”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 minutes ago
“The appeal to pictures [or YouTube videos or ‘memes’] as the standard of truth is omnipresent in our society ... “Is abortion murder? Does a foetus have rights? Watch the [movie] 'Silent Scream,' the 'picturists' on the religious right advise: See the foetus actively being dismembered ... After that, who needs an abstract disussion of rights? ... “Should American troops enter Somalia [or Iraq? Or Syria]? Let the TV networks show emaciated children dying of hunger. Should American troops leave Somalia [or Afghanistan? Or Iraq? Or Libya?] Let the networks show the nake... more »

Remembering La Loche

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 22 minutes ago
Friday was a travel day for me so after nearly 12 hours on a bus to Calgary I was a bit blurry-eyed when I checked in to my hotel. It was there I happened to pass by a television in the hotel lobby and hear about a shooting in Saskatchewan. Initially, it didn't really register. After checking in to my room, I returned again to the news and was snapped awake instantly upon hearing that this shooting had taken place in a place I was familiar with. In the early 2000's I lived in La Loche where I taught grade 6 and while I didn't work at Dene High School, it's a place I had been i... more »

Once There Were No Primaries-- And The Party Bosses Just Picked The Presidential Nominees

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 minutes ago
There dream of the Republican establishment this year-- stopping Herr Trumpf *and* the hated Ted Cruz with a deadlocked, brokered convention-- looks pretty moribund at this point. It looks like Trumpf is on the way to be able to march into Cleveland with all the delegates he needs for a first-ballot nomination. And the Establishment seems resigned to convincing themselves that the world is wonderful because at least they won't have to deal with Cruz. But deep in their hearts I bet they're longing for another era, when party bosses picked presidential candidates, not primaries and ... more »

Auckland houses are no longer unaffordable …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 59 minutes ago
No, folks, Auckland is no longer unaffordable. It is now officially violently, outrageously, horrendously, *severely* unaffordable. The new 2016 Demographia report, out this morning, confirms that relative to income Auckland is now the fifth-most expensive city on the planet in which to buy a house—or at least, fourth-most expensive out of all the countries and places studied, 367 metropolitan markets in nine countries, which includes many of the places we would have thought would outbid us. Places like London, San Francisco, New York, and even Tokyo … ! *The report says Auck... more »

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Hearings With the NEB...A Godamn Sick Joke, The Sick Joke Is On The People and Environment of British Columbia

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 hour ago
Watch the video...Courtesy of YouTube..... Elizabeth May.....I would personally like to thank you... You..you Elizabeth May have more courage, big brassy feminine balls, a real voice for the people, the little people who are ignored by corporations and especially ignored by the *scandalous BC Liberal Government...* You Miss May speak in clear concise terms, factual, accurate....compelling...*Not the inane blathering we in British Columbia have to endure on a regular basis coming from the mouth of Christy Clark...* And that Elizabeth May, is so refreshing....Thanks again! The ... more »

China's Version Of The Pentagon Stands Empty

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Mirror*: *Inside enormous 'ghost mall' modelled on the Pentagon that is now completely abandoned* The 70-acre site was erected to be a cathedral of commerce but the strange design has left shop owners baffled and staying away A giant shopping mall taking up 500,000 square metres and designed to be a copy of the Pentagon in the US has been left virtually abandoned. These incredible shots show the Pentagonal Mall, around three times the size of Bluewater in Kent. It was erected in China's largest city Shanghai but it's been left largely vacant by shop owners who find its design 't... more »

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rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
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New ISIS Video Features Paris Attackers: “Britain Will Be Next”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A newly released video by ISIS titled “Kill Them Wherever You Find Them,” threatens the UK with a Paris style attack. The video purports to feature eight of the Paris attackers, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud. The video shows the attackers killing ISIS prisoners, proving that Paris attackers spent time being radicalized by ISIS in Iraq and Syria before the November 13 attacks. The video ends on a coded message encrypted using PGP (Pretty Great Privacy) a data encryption and decryption computer programme. They have challenged the world to decrypt it before their next attack. The video ... more »

Cops Terrorise Family After They Speak Out About Vaccine Reaction

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
An Australian family say that they have been targeted by Police for speaking out against the adverse reactions of vaccines following the paralysis of their new-born son after he received the dTpa vaccine. After the myriad of serious health problems their son faced following the vaccination, the family decided to speak out publicly to local TV and newspapers, much to the dismay of local authorities in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Vaxinfostarthere.com reports: Some background… Two days after the birth of their 8-weeks-premature baby in September 2012, Ben Hammond and his wife Tanya... more »

Society Are Rejecting New Music En Masse For First Time In History

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
For the first time ever in the history of music sales, older record sales have exceeded the sales of newer releases, as the public en masse reject modern music. Older music outsold current releases by 4.3 million, according to a 2015 report compiled by Nielsen. Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: To give some perspective, only a decade ago current music sales dominated catalogue music by over 150 million albums. The new data comes from a 2015 year-end report by Nielsen, the data company that operates SoundScan music sales statistics that in turn informs the Billboard charts. Accordi... more »

Russia, China, Iran Create Alternative ‘New World Order’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The political landscape of the world is rapidly changing thanks to the collaboration between Russia, China, and Iran who promise to create an alternative to the Western New World Order, according to journalist Carol Gould. Gould and other experts say that the convergence of these countries signifies the emergence of a new global paradigm, or a new ‘New World Order’, out of the chaos and crisis currently engulfing the West. Fort Russ reports: “What happened this weekend with the signing of the 17 trade agreements (between Iran and China. — RT) to the amount of $600 billion, is very ... more »

Syrian Army Seizes Key Rebel Stronhold

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*L.A. Times*:* On eve of peace talks, Syrian forces make fresh gains against rebels* Syrian army troops have overrun rebel strongholds in the mountains of western Latakia province, according to government and opposition accounts on Sunday, marking the latest government gains before peace talks slated to begin this week in Geneva. Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad swept through the town of Rabiaa and nearby villages close to the Turkish border, according to the official Syrian media and a pro-opposition monitoring group. The army advanced “after violent clashes against Islami...more »

Frightened German Girl (Age 16) Laments in Popular Video: ‘Where Are the Men of Germany?’

American Thinker at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: German girl] A 16-year-old German girl is more articulate and honest than most adults on the matter of the Muslim invasion and the transformation of Europe. Bibi Wilhailm has just made an extraordinary 20-minute video that I urge every reader to watch. In... Continue reading *“Frightened German Girl (Age 16) Laments in Popular Video: ‘Where Are the Men of Germany?’”* at *americanthinker.com*.

Anti-Islam Dutch Lawmaker Gains Support amid Migrant Crisis

MIKE CORDER at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Firebrand Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders talked to TV reporters as he handed out "self-defense sprays" to women fearful of being attacked by migrants in the wake of the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne, in the center of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Saturday’s event was a trademark headline-grabbing foray into the Dutch public by the leader of the Freedom Party. Such publicity stunts have landed him atop Dutch opinion polls a year away from parliamentary elections in the Netherlands.] SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch debat... more »

Moskowitz Should Be Kept Away from Children

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
When you think there is nothing more that charter school titan, Eva Moskowitz, could say to top her previous litany of dehumanizing gut punches to the poor children or parents of New York who have made her fabulously wealthy, she comes through with another incredible utterance that shows her unsuitability to be in charge of a dog pound or even a worm farm, not to mention dozens of schools filled with vulnerable and needy children. At the end of a piece in the Times that describes her snarling response to parents who have sued Success Academy for ignoring their disabled children's ri... more »

Mysterious Deadly Virus Leaked From US Laboratory Kills 20

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Over 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and a further 200 have been hospitalized due to a new and deadly virus leaked from a US military laboratory. So far the virus has proved immune to all types of medication. Donetsk People’s Republic intelligence have said that Californian Flu has also been leaked from the same lab where research of this mysterious virus was being carried out. Dninews.com reports: The laboratory is located near the city of Kharkov and its base for US military experts. Information from threatening epidemic is announced by Vice-Commander of Donetsk Army, Eduard Basur... more »

Islamic State Releases New Video That Shows Paris Attackers Committing Atrocities In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Shocking martyrdom video emerges of ISIS Paris attackers carrying out beheadings as they threaten massacres in the West - and make it clear the UK is next on their target list* * ISIS have released a video showing the Paris attackers preparing in Syria * The fighters are each shown beheading a prisoner and giving a speech * Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the attacks calls for attacks * The video ends with footage of London and threat of an attack in the UK * Sickening moment fighter smiles after beheading prisoner and says: 'Soon in Champs-Elysees' ISIS have ... more »

The big picture

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 3 hours ago
To begin, just a couple of items I found interesting. One is on the conference at Davos, which, I think, was a big step toward corporate fascism. Then there's a solid piece on CBC about Trump and Palin – who are not the harmless comics that some think they are. And their rise is a sign of the moral and intellectual collapse of the U.S. What makes it worse is that most of their opponents, including Hillary Clinton, are no better. Indeed, Hillary is Obama. And Obama is Bush. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/23/davos-plutocracts-politicians-deserve-contempt http://ww... more »

Haiti Rocked By Violence As Elections Are Postponed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*New York Times:** Protesters in Haiti Demand That President Quit* PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Volcy Assad, a Haitian political activist, stood before an enormous plume of black smoke emanating from a pile of burning tires and made it clear that the demands of protesters had changed. “Today we are demanding the departure of Michel Martelly,” Mr. Assad said on Saturday, referring to the Haitian president. Around him, groups of young men, faces covered with T-shirts and bandannas to shield from tear gas, had blocked the streets with rocks. One day earlier, officials had bowed to widespr...more »

Herr Trumpf Threatens To Sue Ted Cruz For Sneaking Into The Presidential Primary

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Friday night I went down to CBS to watch Alan Grayson on Bill Maher's HBO Show, *Real Time*. Maher asked Grayson about the law suit he's promised to bring if Cruz wins the Republicasn nomination and Grayson, one of Congress' most astute legal minds, explained it in detail. Unfortunately a crazy right-wing, foul-mouthed, helmet-head backer of Cruz, Liz-something-or-other, kept interrupting and refused to pay attention to the facts of the matter beyond her own limited and insular experiences. Grayson's point is that when Cruz's mother was voting in Canadian elections, there was no ... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

World Economic Forum in Switzerland Ends with Global Leaders Trying to Ease Concerns on Shaky 2016 Start

Pan Pylas at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, left, gestures while Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne listens during a panel"The Global Economic Outlook"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. World leaders are holding a flurry of diplomatic meetings at the World Economic Forum and worried CEOs are debating about how to deal with this year's volatile markets and low oil prices.] DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- At the end of another turbulent week in financial markets, leading global policymakers sought... more »

Sunshine and Blue Skies Follow Blizzard, but Dangers Remain

VERENA DOBNIK & BEN NUCKOLS at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Residents of W. Leicester St. in Winchester, Va. join forces to shovel out on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, after an historic snowstorm dumped more than 30 inches of snow on the city Friday night and Saturday.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Brilliant sunshine and gently rising temperatures followed the mammoth blizzard that paralyzed Washington and set a single-day snowfall record in New York City, enabling millions to dig out Sunday and enjoy the winter. The timing could... more »

Texas Eighth-Grader Suspended for Rescuing Classmate During Asthma Attack

The Washington Post at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: asthma attack] Anthony Ruelas watched for what seemed like an eternity as his classmate wheezed and gagged in a desperate struggle to breathe. The girl told classmates that she was having an asthma attack, but her teacher refused to let anyone leave... Continue reading *“Texas Eighth-Grader Suspended for Rescuing Classmate During Asthma Attack”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Three Inmates Who Escaped from California Jail Considered Armed

CHRISTOPHER WEBER & AMANDA LEE MYERS at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Orange County sheriff's deputies and a search dog investigate early Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 2016, after three jail inmates charged with violent crimes escaped from Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The men include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder; 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture; and 43-year-old Bac Duong, charged with attempted murder. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday that the inmates were last seen at 5 a.m. Friday morning and could have escaped anytime between then and late Friday night.] LOS ANGELES (AP... more »

Growing Doubts On The F-35's Stealth Capabilities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Despite Decades of Stealth, Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet* One of the earliest stealth weapons on record was a stone used by the young Israelite David to kill the Philistine giant Goliath. In the biblical account, David shunned the conventional armaments of his time: sword, helmet, armor. Instead, he went forth with a slingshot and a few stones, kept undetected in a pouch. As any schoolchild knows, one well-aimed fling was all it took to put Goliath down for good. The big guy never saw it coming. It is not clear to what extent David tested his weapon before ... more »

Is Sweden's Gripen An Ideal Replacement For The F-35?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Photo: Saab *David Archibald, Daily Caller*: *American Gripen: The Solution To The F-35 Nightmare* One thing that has helped keep the F-35 program going is a perception that there is no ‘Plane B.’ As Margaret Thatcher famously said,“There is no alternative.” No matter how bad the F-35 is, it is going to be built because the U.S. Air Force needs something to replace its worn-out fighters. That appears to be the fallback position in Lockheed Martin’s marketing plan for the F-35. The Department of Defence though is fully aware of the extraordinary cost of the F-35 relative to its per... more »

"Conscious Decisions: Going Against What Is Popular"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Conscious Decisions: Going Against What Is Popular"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "Because an idea or way of doing things is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Just because an idea or way of doing things is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. However, part of the way that something becomes popular is that many of us don’t take the time to determine what’s right for us; we simply do what most of the people we know are doing. In this way, our decisions about life are made by default, which means they aren’t what we call conscious decisions. There may be many o... more »

"A Harvard Psychologist Says People Judge You Based On 2 Criteria When They First Meet You"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"A Harvard Psychologist Says People Judge You Based * *On 2 Criteria When They First Meet You"* by Jenna Goudreau "People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating? Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions. In her new book, "Presence," Cuddy says people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you: • Can I trust this person? • Can I respect this person? Psychologists refer to these d...more »

Residents Fight Pro-Migrant Supporters In Calais

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Scuffles broke out at a pro-migrant rally in Calais, France, with one resident brandishing a rifle and pointing it at the marchers. Russia Today reports: The footage, filmed Saturday, features a French family and their neighbors trying to prevent the not-so-peaceful demonstration from marching through the street that they live on. The conflict escalated quickly as two men started insulting the protesters who “didn’t like” that, photojournalist Frederik Sadones told RT. The protesters returned the insults and started throwing things at the men, bicycle tires among them. RT YouTube vi... more »

Satire: “Trump’s Plan to Randomly Shoot People Lacks Details, Random Shooters Say”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Trump’s Plan to Randomly Shoot People Lacks Details,* * Random Shooters Say”* by Andy Borowitz SIOUX CITY, Iowa (The Borowitz Report)— “One day after Donald Trump claimed that he could shoot people on New York’s Fifth Avenue and not lose support, a leading member of the random-shooting community complained that the billionaire’s random-shooting plan lacks specifics. Harland Dorrinson, who heads the largest association of random shooters in the nation, said that Trump’s Fifth Avenue plan “lacked many of the key ingredients necessary for a credible random shooting.” “There’s no wea... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

“Debt Slaves”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Debt Slaves”* by George H. Russell "A fundamental aspect of the American way of life is chronic indebtedness. Most Americans save very little and are deeply in debt. We have in effect become debt slaves in that we are working to either pay taxes or pay off notes, mortgages, credit cards, charge accounts and other debts. Drive down any Main Street in any town in America and you will be confronted with signs advertising the lending ‘services’ of loan and mortgage companies, credit cards, banks, and for those who are already so deeply in debt that they can no longer borrow from conv... more »

The Economy: “Saving the Banks and Fabulously Enriching a Few On the Back of the Real Economy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Saving the Banks and Fabulously Enriching * *A Few On the Back of the Real Economy”* by Jesse “Give a small number of people the power to enrich themselves beyond everyone’s wildest dreams, a philosophical rationale to explain all the damage they’re causing, and they will not stop until they’ve run the world economy off a cliff.” - Philipp Meyer “Wall Street is not being made a scapegoat for this crisis: they really did this.” - Michael Lewis “My daughter asked me when she came home from school, “What’s the financial crisis?” and I said, it’s something that happens every five to s... more »

Faith, Science and the Master of Silly Walks

Andy Tilsley at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: John Cleese] 'I would like 2016 to be the year when people remembered that science is a method of investigation and NOT a belief system.' So reads the first tweet of the year from the masterful John Cleese which, at the time... more »

Blackwater Mercenaries Pay For Sins In Yemen

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Blackwater mercenaries are famed for shooting up Iraqi towns and civilians with impunity in the past, but in Yemen’s conflict the foreign mercenaries are having a hard time. Russia Insider reports: Blackwater Mercenaries Killed as Saudi-Led Invasion of Yemen Spirals Into Disaster A war that you never read about (with good reason) is the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen. This is mostly because responsible media outlets are too busy reporting on Russia’s bloodless “invasion” of Crimea, and also because Saudi Arabia bombs at least one hospital or center for the blind each week. Nobody wants ...more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 5 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* 2015 Was the Hottest Year on Record, by a Stunning Margin ... Here Come The Blackouts: Largest Ever Muni Restructuring Falls Apart As Puerto Rico's Power Authority Balks At $9 Billion Deal Norway's Biggest Bank Demands Cash Ban Young people who question Government or media may be extremists, officials tell parents Drug to Cure Fear This wouldn't have a military application by any chance, would it? ObamaTrade Will Cost 448,000 American Jobs, New Study Finds Austria To Refugees: Learn To Speak German Or Get No Money A giant lake in Bolivia has completely disappeared... more »

South African Mayor Awards Virginity Test Scholarships

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A South African mayor has awarded 16 young women scholarships for college education based on a virginity test. The mayor hopes this may encourage other young people to be “pure and focus on school.” The move is intended to encourage other young people to continue with their higher education and remain focused on achieving a college degree or certificate instead of a pregnancy. Gawker reports: According to the Associated Press, the mayor of the Uthukela district municipality, Dudu Mazibuko, told a local radio station that the recipients had all agreed to undergo periodic exams to pro... more »

Rubio’s Character Attracts Millenial Voters in Ames

Huffpost Politics at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: millenial voters] AMES, IA -- Iowa State University students flocked to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s town hall meeting in Ames on Saturday, hoping to find a Republican presidential candidate they could support. Most either arrived as Rubio fans or emerged from the town... Continue reading *“Rubio’s Character Attracts Millenial Voters in Ames”* at *huffingtonpost.com*.

ISIS Video Appears to Show Paris Assailants Earlier in Syria and Iraq

The New York Times at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: ISIS video] PARIS -- The Islamic State released a video on Sunday apparently showing footage of the men who carried out the November attacks in Paris while they were in Syria and Iraq, where they are pictured carrying out executions, including beheadings. ... Continue reading *“ISIS Video Appears to Show Paris Assailants Earlier in Syria and Iraq”* at *nytimes.com*.

Psycho - Muse - plus "What's going on in the Pentagon?"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 5 hours ago
*Muse singing "Psycho"* *"Your @$$ belongs to ME now!"* Late last year I went to see the British rock band *"Muse" *when they came to Vancouver. It was one of the best live performances I've seen in a long time...right up there with Neil Young...who also puts on a great stage show. *Muse* sounds live exactly like they sound in this video. I enjoyed every song even ones I hadn't previously heard. Lead singer and songwriter Matthew Bellamy is a real rock star...right up there with Freddie Mercury. Bellamy's vocals and guitar carried the show. How does the UK keep coming up with t... more »

Request for assistance for the end of the month

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
I need some computer supplies and clothes, especially shirts. The shirts I have held off on for months because the amount of weight I loss I have had in the last 18 months, but these tents formerly known as snug t-shirts are giving people the impression I must do arc welding for a living with all the small holes showing up in them. The euro is very close to being equal to the dollar these days so dollars go a lot farther than they did even 6 months ago, but euros do not buy much with the VAT tax system in Europe, which in Italy is 22%. The goal is to raise $400-500 for supplie... more »

Hillary’s Team Copied Intel Off Top-Secret Server to Email

New York Post at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Hillary] The FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton's inner circle "cut and pasted" material from the government's classified network so that it could be sent to her private e-mail address, former State Department security officials say. Clinton and her... Continue reading *“Hillary’s Team Copied Intel Off Top-Secret Server to Email”* at *nypost.com*.

Poulantzas on Studying the State

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Be afraid. There is a strong possibility *State, Power, Socialism* by Nicos Poulantzas is going to get the Lukacs/Mill/Gramsci blogging treatment. Consider yourselves warned. In the mean time, here's one of Poulantzas's notes on studying the state. ... [capitalist] relations constitute the initial scaffolding of the state's institutional materiality and of the relative separation from the economy that stamps its framework as an apparatus: they are the only possible *starting point* for analysis of the state's relationship with classes and class struggle. Changes in the state themsel... more »

Three Whales Found Dead On Lincolnshire Beach

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Three dead sperm whales washed up on a beach in Skegness, Lincolnshire on Sunday. They are thought to be from the same pod as the whale that died on the coast of Norfolk on Friday despite efforts to rescue it. Planet Rock reports: East Lindsey District Council has urged the public not to go near the whales and is arranging for them to be cordoned off. A statement said: “As is usual procedure when this type of event occurs, the council must make contact with the relevant authorities to check whether they wish to review the carcasses. “Once this is known the council can arrange removal...more »

Aliens Do Exist, But They’re Silent Because They Are Extinct

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Astro-biologists from the Australian National University believe alien life forms exist in a universe that contains countless habitable planets, but that they die out too quickly and become extinct before they are given the chance to evolve beyond microbial stage and make contact with earth. The evidence has been accumulating for billions of years that the only aliens around in the endless universe are us, looking in all directions and distances for other life forms. It seems that we are extremely privileged to have had intelligent life evolve on planet earth. The price for that evo... more »

Forget the facts, the BBC have an agenda to push

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
This BBC article http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35393423 about the illegal boarding of a sea vessel by 'men' contains this sentence: 'The situation in Calais comes amid an influx of migrants to Europe - caused largely by people fleeing war and oppression in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.' Forget the figures showing more of these migrants are coming from North Africa, the BBC have an agenda to push.

Gas Prices Plunge 14 Cents Over Past 2 Weeks

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this Thursday, July 16, 2015, file photo, a customer re-fuels her car at a Costco in Robinson Township, Pa. The plunging price of oil in 2016 is dragging stock markets to their worst start to a year ever, even though low fuel prices are great for consumers and most companies.] CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) -- The average price of gasoline has plunged 14 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.91 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that with the latest decline the price is the lowest it’s been... more »

House Postpones Coming Votes, Including Obamacare Repeal, Citing Snow Storm

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Two runners jog as the snow falls on Capitol Hill, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Washington. One in seven Americans will get at least half a foot of snow outside their homes when this weekend's big storm has finished delivering blizzards, gale-force winds, whiteout conditions and flooding to much of the eastern United States.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has postponed votes this coming week -- including one on overriding President Barack Obama’s health care veto -- because of the snowstorm that has socked in the nation’s capital. Senators plan to begin work Wednesday... more »

Did You Think Ted Cruz Was The Only Candidate Using McCarthyite Tactics In His Campaign?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Corey Robin, author of The Conservative Mind is one of the most credible scholars on the pathology of conservatism and neoconservatism. In the introduction to that book, Robin wrote that "[w]hen the conservative, looks upon a democratic movement from below, this (and the exercise of agency) is what he sees: a terrible disturbance in the private life of power. Witnessing the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800, Theordore Sedgwick lamented, "The aristocracy of virtue is destroyed; personal influence is at an end."...Conservatism, then, is not a commitment to limited government and ... more »

Perigo: The intelligent truckdriver’s classical music starter pack

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Last week I blogged on New York violinist Philippe Quint, who hit the streets to ask folk **how come you’re not listening to classical music* *? In response, a commenter suggested “a top ten list for beginners.” ‘Great idea!’ I thought (suggesting there were a few I recommended in **this post* *, which could be a good start). But how to begin that ideal list? How to pick out of ten-thousand candidates the top ten pieces to seduce the intelligent beginner who, at best, has only ever heard classical music in movies and games and as background noise at dinner parties? How t... more »

Cairo Museum Breaks King Tut’s Beard And Super Glues It Back On

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
One of antiquity’s best known artifacts, the burial mask of Tutankhamen, the ancient Egyptian boy king, was broken and then hastily put back together using superglue at the Cairo museum. The botch job on the beard of Egypt’s boy Pharaoh has left scratch marks on his burial mask. The incident happened last August during maintenance repairs to the exhibit’s lighting. Eight museum workers have been ordered to face a disciplinary court for “gross negligence”. The Daily Mail reports: The 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014,...more »

Press Release Urging Migrants To learn English Had Spelling Mistake

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
British Government officials spelt the word “language” wrong in an official press release announcing that new language tests are to be forced on immigrants. The ironic mistake comes as immigrant mothers are being threatened with deportation if they don’t improve their English language skills. On Friday, the Home Office published a press release which read “new English langauge test for family route migrants.” The Home Office promptly moved to rectify the error, but not before it caused a backlash online. RT reports: “Clearly, the Home Office isn’t British, is probably just here to s... more »

Just Before 9/11 “Bush Asked Me To Find A Way To Invade Iraq”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Paul O’Neill was fired from his job as George Bush’s Treasury Secretary for allegedly disagreeing with the former president’s policy on tax cuts. O’Neill has revealed that Bush had asked him prior to the 9/11 attacks to find him a way of invading Iraq. Bush told the former Treasury Secretary 10 days after his inauguration to “go find me a way” to go into Iraq. What qualifies as suspicious behavior? Cheney meeting with nearly every oil executive in existence and discussing Iraq’s oil fields months before 9/11, even though those executives denied meeting with him before Congress? Peo... more »

Snow Altar, Roadside Mass Draws Media Coverage After March for Life

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Laura Wee, left, and Nicole Kelly, center, of Prior Lake, Minn., sing with Lake High School students, during the March for Life 2016 rally, commemorating the anniversary of 1973 "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Washington, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.] Catholicism and the March for Life are getting unexpected media coverage thanks to a roadside Mass for stranded March participants. On Friday, Catholic students returning from the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. found themselves stranded in Pennsylvania.... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 8 hours ago
I was interviewed for Elijah Magnier’s “U.S.A. Pushes Iran Out Of Iraq And Leaves Syria To Russia” published in Al Rai Media. My interview with Kirk Sowell on Iraq's Sunni leadership was re-published by The Daily Journalist.

New York Times Exposes How Saudi Arabia Funded CIA Black Ops

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The U.S. government have been secretly colluding with Saudi Arabia who have funded the CIA’s “black op” programs in Syria. A New York Times investigation has found that President Obama authorised the CIA to arm Syrian rebels in 2013 with money and weapons from the brutal Saudi Arabian regime. Thefreethoughtsproject.com reports: Code-named Timber Sycamore, the clandestine operation initially authorized the CIA to provide nonlethal assistance and training to the rebels but not weapons. A few months later, the president amended the parameters by allowing the CIA to arm the rebels and ...more »

Large 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Alaska, More Expected

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A large earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck Alaska early on Sunday morning, causing pressure to be transferred down the West Coast of the United States triggering a further 4.2 earthquake East of Los Angeles. The USGS reported that there were no casualties or damage, but said “strong shaking” could be felt near Anchorage. According to an earthquake expert, more quakes are expected to strike the NW/W region of the United States soon. Dutchsinse.com reports: The large earthquake in Alaska was expected to occur this week. A forecast warning was issued for the region of Alaska, ... more »

America To Sabotage Peace Talks On Syria, Claims Washington Official

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A former US Senate foreign policy analyst in Washington has accused the U.S. of preparing to deliberately sabotage peace talks with Syria in order to justify an upcoming invasion. In an interview with Iranian state media, James Jatras discussed remarks made by US Vice President Joe Biden, who announced that America was ready for military intervention in Syria if peace talks failed. Presstv.com reports: Press TV: What is your take on what the US vice president has said basically when he is talking about getting involved militarily now in Syria? Jatras: What the vice president has sa... more »

Chief Israeli Rabbi Calls For The Execution Of All Palestinians

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A chief Israeli Rabbi has called for the mass executions of all Palestinians, calling on Tel Aviv to commit the mass-genocide instead of arresting them and “leave no one alive” in order to establish safety in occupied Palestinian territories. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu posted a message on his Facebook page, saying that the “Israeli army has to stop arresting Palestinians … but, it must execute them and leave no one alive“. Presstv.ir reports: As chief rabbi of the city of Safed, Eliyahu is known for his racist behavior and remarks about Arabs and Muslims. He had earlier urged the Israeli... more »

Thousands In Poland Protest Internet Surveillance

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Several thousands of people took to the streets in Rynek, Poland on Saturday to protest what they say is excessive internet surveillance by the government. Protestors ranged from children to the elderly, men and women, all of whom protested some of the most invasive media censorship laws in Europe. Krakowpost.com reports: Polish law requires telecom companies to retain metadata on its users and allows nine different law enforcement agencies (an exceptionally large number) to demand it. According to the digital rights group Panoptykon Foundation, nearly two million requests for user... more »

Study Finds Your Facebook Friends Are Almost All Fake

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A new study has concluded that most of your Facebook friends are fake and don’t care about you nor sympathise with any of your problems. Researchers say that on average people have hundreds of Facebook friends, but in actual fact only four of them can be considered genuine friends. Independent.co.uk reports: Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, undertook a study to find out the connection between whether people have lots of Facebook friends and real friends. He found that there was very little correlation between having friends on social network...more »

Women In Special Reconnaissance Regiment Fight ISIS

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Two British women soldiers of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) fighting alongside the Special Air Service (SAS) of the British Army against ISIS in Iraq, were involved in a shoot-out with terrorists. The women in their 20s were recently “compromised” at a checkpoint while engaged in clandestine operations with anti-ISIS sympathizers. The pair of elite women soldiers of the SRR are fluent in Arabic and specialize in surveillance and intelligence gathering operations alongside the special forces. The Daily Star reports: The women are with the Army Defence Human Intelligence U... more »

German Lawyers File Constitutional Lawsuit Against Merkel

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A group of German lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Chancellor Angela Merkel, for what they say are her illegal immigration policies. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe will look into claims that Angela Merkel has repeatedly defied the German constitution by opening Germany’s borders to refugees. Sputniknews.com reports: “The German Chancellor has no right to overstep the boundaries of the law in the framework of her policy and exceed the powers that she has received from the voters through parliament,” author of the lawsuit and Dusseldorf’s attorney Clemens Antweiler... more »

US Nuclear ICBM Damaged By ‘Mishap Crew’ In Silo

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A US nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged in its silo by three airmen in 2014, according to the US Air Force. The BBC reports: It says the incident happened on 17 May that year, but caused no injuries and did not pose any risk to public safety. The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was removed from the silo which was operated by the 90th Missile Wing in remote area of north-eastern Colorado. The air force gave no further details, saying the report was classified. In a brief summary, it said the missile “became non-operational” during a d... more »

How Progressive Dogmatism Feeds the Stereotype of Dogmatic Conservatism

George Yancey at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Break the Stereotype__1453663479_173.71.16.53] For many academics this study will be an eye-opener, but not for me. There are certain academic theories, such as right-wing authoritarianism, that suggest that conservatives cannot think as critically as liberals and tend to be more intolerant and dogmatic... more »

Trump Trump Trump

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
I do like that tune. I watched the circus in Westminster Hall on ‘the parliament channel’. A couple of days later I switched on the BBC’s very own parliament channel and there it was again! Bring on the clowns as they say. Dafter than ever and twice as excruciating. The first thing every single speaker did was denounce Donald Trump. They needed to establish their heartfelt condemnation of 'The Trump' and made quite sure they were publicly seen to distance themselves from ‘his appalling views’. This ritual was performed by the *banners* and the *no-banners *alike*. * The BBC h... more »

Hillary Clinton's House Slaves

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
You might not know this, but the woman who aims to re-occupy the House built by slaves once had slaves herself. To be fair, she didn't actually "own" them. She merely borrowed them for a time. It was one of the perks of her position as Arkansas First Lady. Who was she to object to free live-in help, shipped in from state prisons? In one chapter of her 1996 (ghost-written) neoliberal polemic, "It Takes a Village," Hillary Clinton fondly reminisces about the cozy times she had with the black help during her halcyon days in Little Rock. Far from being shocked and appalled that prison ... more »

McDonalds Teetering On The Brink Of Financial Collapse

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
McDonalds Corporation, the world’s leading dealer of GMOs and Frankenfoods, is teetering on the brink of financial collapse thanks to a global awakening regarding the dangers of toxic, commercially processed “food.” “People around the world are waking up to the fact they have been conned by McDonalds,” said John Grits, a restaurant industry consultant with Food Consultants Group. “The Golden Arches are rotten to the core and now they have started crumbling.” According to an Associated Press review of the corporation’s regulatory filings, McDonalds closed over 700 stores last year an...more »

Thought o' the Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
Here's a telling similarity between Trump & Hitler: Both said our government shamed our nation and that we should make them great again. — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) January 24, 2016 Think about it...

Errors with e-mail safety would be a disappointing way to stop Hillary

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump look like good presidential candidates to me on the GOP side. Cruz recently announced that he and his family were the examples of the millions of Americans who lost their health insurance because of ObamaCare. Later, Cruz's campaign has found some papers that show that his BlueCross BlueShield insurance (which I also had for a few years while in the U.S.) was automatically switched to a new program - at least up to the end of January. So he hasn't been without the health insurance yet. But I agree with the point of this "laugh line". The hassle resultin... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Blogging will return later this evening.

Will Bernie Inspire Enough California Voters To Help Wendy Reed Take Down Another Establishment Republican Leader?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy graduated from the California Assembly to Congress in 2006 and with 71% of the vote. Two years later he had 100% and 2 years after that 99%. The DCCC has long been in the habit of giving McCarthy a free pass. In 2012 he had some token local opposition and was reelected with 73% and last time, it was the same story and a 75% win. And, no, he's not *that* popular. The DCCC just ignores him, the way they ignore all Republican leaders. 2016 was looking like it would be the same thing; the DCCC decided to extend their professional courtesy to McCarth... more »

Global ranking of my 5 blogs

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
I have eight blogs, four in blogger.com and another four in wordpress.com. Five of them have global ranks in alexa.com. There are perhaps hundreds of millions of blogs and websites worldwide, both in English and in other languages, many of these don't have any global rank. This blog used to have global rank of 3+ million last year. It fell to 8.9+ million. All rankings as of today. https://seanet2.wordpress.com/ is about trade and investments in Asia, related topics. http://travelpinoy.blogspot.com/ is about travel and tourism plus my notes about my two girls. https://efnasia2.wo... more »

Bitchy article

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
One of the things that came and went was an amusing piece in the Daily Mail about our old friend Lauren Booth. I’m using ‘friend’ in the Corbyn sense. I only mention it really because she looks so weird. Her rebuttal can be read here. Is this woman a *journalist *by the way? How odd. Granted, this has little to do with the BBC. Please treat it as a frivolity.

Abusers of language (and of human rights)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know I’ve been ‘out of the office’ for a few days During my awol many troubling *issues* came and went. Far too many, and now it’s too late to try and catch up. These *issues* might have remained unaddressed forever - if it weren’t for the fact that others have dealt with them quite satisfactorily thank you very much. I’m redundant. Superfluous. Surplus to requirements, which is great. I didn’t even watch Galloway’s Newsnight, but BBC Watch did. Actually I do think something is happening. An ever increasing number of people are saying that they... more »

Can teachers be trusted with a revolution?

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 11 hours ago
I saw passing mention of this letter the other day, and went to seek it out. It’s an apology from a Detroit teacher to parents on the conditions of their schools. I want to focus on this one paragraph, which I quote below: You’re going to hear in the news, and in the papers, about […]

One for My Fellow Bostonians

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago

Do Americans Believe That War Is 'Easy'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Sebastian J. Bae, War On the Rocks*: *How America was Seduced by the "Easy War" * As the premier military power since the Cold War, the United States, like hegemonic powers of the past, is held captive by the dangerous myth of the “easy war.” While terms like “network-centric warfare” wouldn’t formally enter the U.S. defense establishment lexicon until later in the 1990s, the central notion on which such concepts are based — that precision technology could be leveraged to quickly overpower an adversary — were validated by the stunning U.S. success in the First Gulf War. In a matt... more »

Teacher observations may be less helpful afterall

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 12 hours ago
During the height of debate on value-added modeling and using test scores to evaluate teacher performance, I was a champion for the tried and true teacher observation. Objective measures of teacher performance are elusive because of all the variables outside of our control. This is the same reason why physicians, for instance, would refuse evaluation […]

Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
The oil industry is a powerhouse with control over land, resources, politics and more. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin uncovers big oil's strong-arm reach--its growth, its crimes, its power and its impunity. Featuring interviews with two investigative journalists who have covered oil disasters on-the-ground--Antonia Juhasz, author of "Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill", and Greg Palast, author of "Vulture's Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pig, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores."

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago

Can 200 U.S. Commandos Change The Course of The War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
(US Army) *Paul McLeary and Dan De Luce, Foreign Policy*: *What Can 200 U.S. Commandos Actually Accomplish in Iraq?* Much less than the White House wants. A deadly U.S. special operations raid on a top Islamic State commander last May that swept up a trove of intelligence has become the gold standard for how the Obama administration envisions the secretive war against the militants. But the White House may be overburdening the limited number of American commandos on the ground with unrealistic expectations of turning the tide in Iraq and Syria. Fewer than 200 U.S. special operati... more »

Afghan Taliban Lay-Out Preconditions For Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *Taliban Skeptical of Four-Way Afghan Peace Process* ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Afghanistan’s Taliban has restated certain preconditions prior to ceasing hostilities, and has stopped short of formally rejecting a U.S.-backed four-nation process aimed at promoting Afghan peace. The Islamist insurgency presented these views through its chief peace negotiator, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, at an unofficial two-day dialogue of Afghan stakeholders that concluded Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The Track Two discussions come as senior officials from the United Sta...more »

OPEC Is Split On Having An Emergency Meeting On The Collapse In The Price Of Oil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Iran oil minister says proposed OPEC emergency meeting may hurt market* Iran's oil minister said on Friday any emergency meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would hurt the crude oil market if it made no decision to shore up falling prices. Venezuela has been calling for an emergency meeting to discuss steps to prop up prices, which are at their lowest since 2003. But Iran and Gulf members of the OPEC have been rebuffing Venezuela's push for a special meeting. "There should be an intention to make a firm decision in such a meeting; otherwise, ... more »

From Pirates To Providing Security For Fish Poachers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Somali Agenda *Garowe/The Telegraph*:* Somali pirates earn new cash by acting as escorts to the fishing boats they once hijacked* Somali pirates who raked in millions of dollars in ship hijackings have developed a lucrative new racket - acting as armed "escorts" to foreign trawlers that steal the country's fish. In a striking case of poacher-turned-gamekeeper, the same armed gangs who once preyed on the trawlermen are now acting as their bodyguards, earning huge "protection fees" in return for letting them poach Somalia's rich fishing stocks. Fisheries experts have warned that ma... more »

Sunday music: The Stone in My Hand

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 13 hours ago
*Everlast: The Stone in my Hand* Ride with the devil, hide with the Lord I got no pistol, ain't got no sword I got no army, ain't got no land Ain't got nothing but the stone that's in my hand Stone in my hand, stone in my hand Ain't got nothing but the stone that's in my hand You say you want a revolution, well, get on board We'll start a new crusade, we'll start a Holy war Don't need no orders, don't need no plan I don't need nothing but the stone that's in my hand Stone in my hand, stone in my hand I don't need nothing but the stone that's in my hand Stone in my hand, stone in my han... more »

Christian Leader: Islam Is More Protected in America than Christianity

Ginni Thomas at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters.] A preacher at age 18, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson is now the president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), an organization that thinks our government protects Islam more than Christianity. "NRB wants to be for the First Amendment, what NRA... more »

Marcel Aubut, Sean Penn & GAE

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
What do they have in common with each other? All three have been exposed as men who harm women, along with their histrionic narcissism and their inability to grasp why their actions are violent. Exhibit 1: Marcel Aubut: our DJ! blogpost on complaints lodged against him. For decades people working with Aubut tolerated his preening ego. They were also conveniently indifferent to his sustained sexual harassment of hundreds of athletes, journalists, officials, lawyers, staff members, etc. etc. After an investigation that unfolded quickly and efficiently, the Canadian Olympic Commit... more »

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Accuses Iran of Arming Hezbollah With 80,000 Rockets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and US Secretary of State John Kerry on January 23, 2016. Credits/photos : جاكلين مارتن (اف ب) *Times of Israel/AFP*: *Kerry: Hezbollah has 80,000 rockets, gets most of its arms from Iran* Speaking in Riyadh, secretary of state says US still concerned about some Iranian activities in other countries Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah has more than 80,000 rockets, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, adding that most of its weaponry comes from its sponsor Iran, through Syria and into Lebanon. “The United States ... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry In the Persian Gulf To Reassure Allies In Growing U.S. - Iran Relations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Independent*:* John Kerry reassures Gulf Arab states over warming US-Iran relations* Mr Kerry and Saudi foreign minister present united front after meeting of foreign ministers from Gulf Co-operation Council US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Gulf Arab officials to ease their concerns about the warming US-Iranian relations, and to seek consensus on which Syrian opposition groups should be represented at upcoming peace talks. Mr Kerry and Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir presented a united front when they spoke at a news conference after a meeting of foreign minis... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Confident Syria Talks Can Proceed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Kerry Adamant on Syria Peace Talks Amid Opposition Jitters* *In Riyadh, U.S. secretary of state says understanding has been reached despite hesitation by Saudi-backed opposition* RIYADH—Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday the latest United Nations-brokered Syria peace talks would go ahead, even as world powers remained divided over who will represent the country’s fractious opposition. “We reached an understanding on how to begin this first round of negotiations,” he said at a news conference in Riyadh with Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, part... more »

Glenn Beck Feels Wrath of Trump after Endorsing Cruz

Washington Examiner at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Glenn Beck] Donald Trump argued that radio host Glenn Beck -- who has endorsed Ted Cruz -- can’t vote for Cruz in his state’s primary Saturday because he is no longer a registered Republican. For Trump, this provides proof that Beck is... Continue reading *“Glenn Beck Feels Wrath of Trump after Endorsing Cruz”* at *washingtonexaminer.com*.

Solid Evidence Reveals Large March for Life Turnout Vs. NY Times‘ ‘Hundreds’ and Post‘s ‘Thousands’

LifeSiteNews at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: front_March_for_Life_2016_900] WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Contrary to the New York Times, there were vastly more than “hundreds” at the Washington March for Life 2016 and more than the vague “thousands” indicated by the Washington Post. Given this year’s... Continue reading *“Solid Evidence Reveals Large March for Life Turnout Vs. NY Times‘ ‘Hundreds’ and Post‘s ‘Thousands’”* at *lifesitenews.com*.

A Lesson in True Friendship

Jim Tonkowich at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Skiing - danger - 900] Earlier this week, I extended a business trip an extra day to ski at Solitude -- in solitude since no one else was able to come along. Skiing alone is okay, but not nearly as much fun as sharing the... more »

Michael Bloomberg-- MUCH Richer Than Herr Trumpf-- Offers A Billion Dollars For The White House

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Bloomberg and Snyder-- two peas in a pod If Bernie wins the nomination, he may have two opponents, New York billionaire Herr Trumpf, pretending to be a conservative, and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pretending to be a liberal. The Clinton staff is excited because most of them will seamlessly migrate right into Bloomberg's campaign the minute Hillary loses, as is looking more and more likely. And Bloomberg is already talking about putting a billion dollars of his own money into a bid to buy the White House. Yesterday, Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman reported for the *NY... more »

U.S. Relies On Saudi Arabia To Provide Support To Syria's Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Barack Obama in September at the White House. Credit Gary Cameron/Reuters *NYT:* *U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels* WASHINGTON — When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since then, the C.I.A. and its Saudi cou... more »

Economic News & Views ( January 24 , 2016 ) Post " Snowzilla " Updates For Sunday .... 1. Middle East Markets Rebound On Sunday . 2. Saudi Arabia's Potential IPO of Part of Armco Will NOT Include Its Oil Reserves. 3. Russia Blocking Both BTC-e and Bitstamp. 4. Refugee/ Economic Migration / Border Security / Schengen Discussion Points & News. 5. Broader Brush Coverage - Europe In Focus - Greece / UK / Germany / Poland / Netherlands / Ukraine / Moldavia / Denmark / Norway / Italy Items Of Interest.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Updates - Sunday Data & News from Asia..... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 11s 12 seconds ago fred walton Retweeted Haidi Lun 伦海迪 Japan December Exports - grim tidings. fred walton added, *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* @HaidiLun Japan Dec. exports (Y/Y) Asia -10.3% (4th straight decline) US -3.4% (1st drop in 16 months) EU +3.1% (4th straight rise)… *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* ‏@HaidiLun 1m 22 minutes ago Japan Dec. trade miss: Imports -18% (est-16.4%,12th straight y/y fall) Exports -8% (-7%) Exports to China -8.6% Trade surplus 140.2B (117B) *George Chen* ‏@george_chen 5m 5 minutes... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday... And time again for my weekly rant.. I have of course been listening to some of the news coming over the Jew spew media outlets over the last few days about the so called "storm of the century" that is presently pounding the American east coast... Yes, blizzard like conditions have hit all the way from the New England states south to the Carolinas.... It is so surprising, especially when we have that escapee from clown college, Al Gore, and his misfit minions out there still proclaiming that the world is some how "heating up" and snow was supposedly t... more »

Arstechnica Defends Junk Science (Or Tampering In California)

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/thorough-not-thoroughly-fabricated-the-truth-about-global-temperature-data/ There’s a long winded piece out on something called arstechnica (whatever that is), which attempts to defend the thoroughly discredited surface temperature datasets. It looks as if it might as well have been written by Gavin and his cronies. It is full of errors and falsehoods, like: Sceptics say […]

Report: Global Christian Persecution Got Worse in 2015

Marcus Roberts at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Copts-min-1] Will the 21st century see the segregation of religions? Will once-thriving minorities cease to exist in countries that they have been in for thousands of years? Will the idea of a great big melting pot of people of all different... more »

Beautiful Churches: St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: St. Pauls Cathedral Side - 900] St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral located in London, England. This English Baroque style cathedral was built between 1675-1720. St. Paul's famously survived the Blitz... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Amherst College trustees to decide Lord Jeff’s fate* *Field Marshal Jeffrey Amherst is no longer around to care about how modern hysterics use his name but he earned great honor in his lifetime so perhaps that is all that matters.I am waiting for a movement to arise among the Leftist hysterics to rename places named after another military hero. George Washington owned many slaves whom he often treated harshly. He also had a child with one. It is true that in his will he ordered the manumission of some of the slaves but contemporary accounts suggested that this was to keep... more »

After Blizzard, Snowed-in East Coast Prepares to Dig Out

SETH BORENSTEIN & JENNIFER PELTZ at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Harrison Feind of Boulder, Colo., takes a selfie with a snowman in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down the nation's capital and its largest city.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans were preparing to dig themselves out Sunday after a mammoth blizzard with hurricane-force winds and record-setting snowfall brought much of the East Coast to an icy standstill. T... more »

Magnitude-7.1 Quake Jolts Alaska; 1 Home Explodes

MARK THIESSEN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Southern Alaska - 900] ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A magnitude-7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. But there were no reports of injuries. Alaska’s state seismologist, Michael West, called... more »

LSU Professor’s Free Speech Lawsuit Could Topple Obama’s Title IX

Blake Neff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Censorship_compressed] A fired Louisiana State University (LSU) professor has filed a lawsuit that could gut the Obama administration's controversial guidelines on what constitutes campus sexual harassment. Teresa Buchanan, a tenured education professor, was fired by LSU in June 2015, roughly a year... more »

5 Positive Steps Christians Can Take in Support of Black Lives and Justice

LaToya Rosario at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: hands touching - 900] Life lost before its time, not lived out to its full God-ordained potential, is always grievous. Where violence is involved, it's outrageous. At the close of 2015, an Ohio grand jury chose not to indict a Cleveland police officer who... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Warmer Oceans Could Produce More Powerful Superstorms* *That's not an unreasonable theory. More energy in the system must have some effect. But the study below is basically a failure. They had to postulate a CO2 level of 800ppm to get their model to do anything dramatic. With the current CO2 level being around 400 ppm that is a huge departure from the present and not a level that even the most enthusiastic Warmist usually postulates. The study is, in short, totally unrealistic -- which they actually admit* Hurricane Sandy became the second costliest hurricane to hit the Unit... more »

7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Alaska

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska early Sunday morning. Its epicenter was located 52 miles (83 Km) east of Old Iliamna, Alaska. It had an initial magnitude of 6.4. The USGS reported that there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage, but also reported that strong shaking could be felt near Anchorage. This was about a minute after the #earthquake stopped. It was a loud quake! #anchorage pic.twitter.com/2STHVahVF0 — Shelli R (@WVShelli) January 24, 2016 According to utility and media reports, the quake aused power outages in the re... more »

How Europe’s Radical Refugee Shakeup Could Push Britain out of the EU

Robin Simcox at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: AP_Syria refugees] The European Commission is seeking a radical shakeup on refugee policy, and that means big trouble is brewing for British Prime Minister David Cameron. At present, the geographical location of Italy and Greece to the Mediterranean Sea means that these... more »

Mike Philbin - new paintings - dichotomy series

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
*Twenty years since *I first complete the Gouache paintings series and I'm painting again. Here's a smaller scale test painting (14" by 11" Apprentice Piece or Proof of Concept) to explore the style, tone and spatial concerns of the forthcoming paintings. What's important for me, in this series, is the exploration of how our environment/worldview interferes with our natural left-right brain-ness aka GED or how the Grand Experiential Dichotomy finally comes together. The interferance boundary is the origin of Creativity, Passion and Kinship where we resolve our own two-choice chall... more »

Single Transferable Vote & Instant Run Off Voting

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
This week I will once again discuss some of the *voting systems* that *may be considered* for our future electoral reform. Single transferable vote (STV) is often touted as a “proportional” system, it is not, it is merely Instant Run Off (otherwise known as Alternative Vote or AV) with a wider choice of candidates by combining several ridings and having voters indicate their choice of candidates in order of preference. The representatives for the 2 or 3 or 4 ridings are then selected using the instant run off method from the combined list of candidates. That is:- *An STV election ... more »

Take A Pass

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
http://www.citizen.org/TPP Soon, Justin Trudeau's Liberals will have to decide whether Canada will join the Trans Pacific Club. Murray Dobbin writes that recent studies indicate that the cost of membership in these so called free trade clubs is high: By focusing exclusively on exports and abandoning any policy initiative aimed at strategic industrial development, Canada's economy has been going backwards in terms of value-added industries. According to the *National Post's* John Ivison, "the oil and gas sector's share of total export... more »

Love Of.......The Wisdom Of Sri Aurobindo

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*Love of man, love of woman, love of things, love of thy neighbour, love of country, love of animals, love of humanity are all love of God reflected in those living images. So, love and grow mighty to enjoy all, to help all and to love forever.* Sri Aurobindo

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “In Un'Altra Vita”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “In Un'Altra Vita” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8N2569jSg

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “A Seagull's Tale”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Gandalf, “A Seagull's Tale” - https://www.youtube.com/ ◆ *Free Download: "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"* “How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!” - Jonathan Livingston Seagull "This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades. For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating... more »

Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, “The Boxer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Simon & Garfunkel, “The Boxer” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzUEL7vw60U

Wallace Thornhill - The Electrical Universe - The Long Path to Understanding Gravity

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*In the theoretical sciences, it is commonly assumed that the role of gravity is settled. But as Richard Feynman observed, “There is no model of the theory of gravitation today, other than the mathematical form.” In this talk at the EU2015 conference, Wallace Thornhill takes us on a forty-year personal journey to understand the role of gravity in the electrical universe. *[source THUNDERBOLTS] "Mathematics isn't Physics," claims Thornhill - and he's right. *YOU ENJOYED THAT: *you might as well plunge right into the Ancient Humans' viewpoint of a mysteriously different sky a... more »

Litvinenko’s Brother Claims British Spy’s Killed Him, Not Putin

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
The brother of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has said that he believes British intelligence were responsible for Litvinenko’s death, and not Russia or President Putin as is being currently reported. Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in 2006 after ingesting polonium in a London hotel. The murder has sparked a public inquiry, announced by Theresa May earlier in the week. Dailymail.co.uk reports: But in an intervention which has outraged the Litvinenko family, the spy’s younger brother, Maxim, claims British agents were responsible. His allegations are a dramatic U-tu... more »

By 2030 Robots Will Be Able To Read Your Mind, Experts Say

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
By the year 2030 robots will be able to read your mind, and there will be no laws or regulations to prevent them from doing so, according to a panel of scientists at the World Economic Forum. Experts say that smartphones, tablets and computers will be able to examine brain activity in humans and see what they are thinking. Mirror.co.uk reports: Initially this will be used for security as a kind of ‘pass thought’ – the user thinks of a specific song or thought which the device recognises and then unlocks itself. But a panel at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, warned of the terrif... more »

Vice President Biden: U.S. Prepared To Use Military Force In Syria If Peace Talks Fail

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Istanbul, Turkey January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer *Reuters*: *U.S. says prepared for military solution against Islamic State in Syria* U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria should the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement. The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of ... more »

Soldiers Will Continue To Guard The Tomb of Unknowns At Arlington Cemetery During This Weekend's Historic Snowstorm

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*ABC News:* *Soldiers Continue to Guard Tomb of Unknowns at Arlington During Historic Snowstorm* The snowstorm bearing down on the nation’s capital is not stopping the small group of soldiers who continually stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Much as they did during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Tomb Sentinels will brave the elements to continue guarding the hallowed memorial. Since April 6, 1948, Tomb Sentinels from the Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment's "The Old Guard" have guarded the Tomb for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the weath...more »

Picture of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Workers shovel snow during a snowstorm at Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton *WNU Editor*: Reuters has a great photo gallery of this enormous snow-storm. The link *is here.*

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
U.S. Coast Guard called off search for 12 Marines who went missing off coast of Hawaii after they crashed into ocean pic.twitter.com/B0N1YKsm8l — Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) January 23, 2016 *WNU Editor:* For more on this story, go here .... *Emotional service held for 12 Marines killed after their two helicopters crashed in a fireball off Hawaii *(Daily Mail).

Military Photo of the Day: January 24, 2016

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Human conveyer belts - 900] Human conveyer belts unloaded LCI’s of the second and third echelons landing at Rendova. Here one group of “zoot-suited” soldiers passes equipment and supplies from ship to beach. Unloading accomplished in this fashion proved efficacious and rapid. - Wikimedia Commons

India's Military Prepares To Display Its Might On India's Republic Day (This Tuesday)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *India displays its military might: Colourful array of tanks, fighter planes and soldiers on camels celebrate adoption of country's constitution * * Tanks, fighters planes, missiles and the 'dog squad' will be showcased as part of India's Republic Day celebrations * Thousands of people got sneak preview of Tuesday's big event as a dress rehearsal took place in New Delhi today * French President Hollande is chief guest and his country's soldiers to be first foreign army to march down Rajpath * Day features Soviet-style showcase of military hardware with carnival-esque ... more »

IMF: Venezuelan Economy Has Imploded. Inflation To Hit 720%. GDP To Collapse 18%

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Latin American Herald Tribune*: *IMF: Venezuela Inflation at 275%; Will Hit 720%; GDP to Collapse 18%* Poor Venezuela Economic Policy Leads to Double Disaster Whammy Says IMF Western Hemisphere Director Alejandro Werner - "World's Highest Inflation" and "Sharpest GDP Decline in the World at 18%" WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Director of the Western Hemisphere Alejandro Werner has revealed that Venezuela's inflation was 275% in 2015 -- the highest in the world. Worse for the beleauguered Latin American nation, Werner says that inflation this year will probab...more »

15 Countries Have Been Stripped Of Their U.N. Voting Rights Because They Have Failed To Pay Their Membership Charge

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
United Nations General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarters, New York, NY. Wikipedia *RT*: *Venezuela, Bahrain among 15 countries stripped of voting rights at UN due to debts* The United Nations has deprived a number of countries of voting rights following their failure to pay the membership charge. The list of non-payer states includes Venezuela, which is set to take over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in February. The General Assembly has been informed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that due to an inability to pay the required sum, the countries on the l... more »

War Against ISIS A ‘Hoax Created By USA’, Claims Expert

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The US war against ISIS and other terrorist organisation is “a total hoax” due to the fact that Washington created these organisations in order to implement it’s policy in the Middle East, a political analyst has claimed. Writer and analyst Stephen Lendman says American’s role in the Middle East is to destabilize and devastate its populations, and has absolutely nothing to do with destroying fake terrorist organisations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda. “America’s so-called war on terrorism is a total hoax. America isn’t waging war on ISIS [Daesh/ISIL], or other terrorist groups, it creat... more »

Assad Accuses Israel Of Being ‘al-Qaeda’s Air Force’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad famously declared in an interview: “How can you say al-Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force.” “It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army,” Assad said last year. Yalibnan.com reports: “Putin is the big Satan, Assad is the little Satan, Israel is now a friend, they help us”, declared Ala, lying on his hospital bed, one leg blown away, the other pinned and swathed in bandages. He had been manning an anti-aircraft gun when Russian warplanes struck, a missile ki... more »

New Type Of Lense Detects ‘Entities’ Invisible To Humans

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Using new types of lenses scientists have said that we can now see “entities” or “anomalies” both in space and our terrestrial environment. According to scientists at Thunder Energies Corp these entities are being detected mostly around military installations and industrial sites. Bb-tv.com reports: Thunder Energies Corp (TNRG:OTC) has recently detected invisible entities in our terrestrial environment with the revolutionary Santilli telescope with concave lenses (Trade Mark and patent pending by Thunder Energies). Thunder Energies Corporation has previously presented confirmations... more »

Mass Evacuation In Mexico As World’s Most Dangerous Volcano Rumbles

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Popocatépetl volcano, one of the worlds most dangerous, has sent a mile high toxic plume of ash into the air, sparking a mass-evacuation of people living within 10 miles of it. The volcano is just 35 miles from Mexico City, the world’s fourth most populated city and home to 20 million residents. Authorities say the risk of the volcano erupting is severe, and the lives of millions is potentially at stake. The Celestial Convergence reports: The volcano alert follows fears earlier this month that a second large volcano in Mexico – the 3,850 metres-high Colima in western Mexico – c... more »

Scientist Demonstrates How Cancer Can Be Destroyed By Frequencies

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A scientist has showcased a new type of cancer treatment that uses resonant frequencies to completely destroy different types of cancer cells. Associate Professor and Director of Music at Skidmore College, Anthony Holland, held a groundbreaking Tedx Talk named “Shattering Cancer with Resonant Frequencies“. He told the audience his dream is to one day see a future where children no longer have to suffer from the toxic effects of cancer drugs or radiation treatment, and says he believes his team may have found the answer. Humansarefree.com reports: Many of us have likely seen or hear...more »

U.S. Announces Plans To Invade Libya

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The United States have announced plans to potentially invade Libya, citing the threat ISIS expanding into the North African nation as justification. Washington said that “decisive military action” is needed in order to wipe out ISIS militants in Libya. US General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the New York Times, “It’s fair to say that we’re looking to take decisive military action against [Daesh] in conjunction with the political process in Libya. The president has made clear that we have the authority to use military force“. Sputniknews.com reports: To... more »

Calais Chaos: Port Closes Down As Migrants Storm Britain

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The port of Calais remained closed to the public on Saturday as 500 migrants stormed the port, attempting to enter Britain. The closure follows a march by 2000 French protestors who protested against migrants living in poor conditions in the northern city of Calais. Dailymail.co.uk reports: The protest on Saturday came as British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the region, which is temporary home to about 4,000 migrants camped out in hopes of finding a better life in Britain, across the Channel. French officials said a group of 500 people forced their way through police lines a... more »

Why Simon And Garfunkel Agreed To Let Bernie Use Their Iconic Song For His Ad

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Friday, Bernie's campaign started using the Simon and Garfunkel ad in New Hampshire and Iowa. The song is iconic and so is the minute-long ad. The former right-wing Republican operative the Clinton campaign uses as an attack dog, David Brock, one of the sleaziest and most dishonest players in American politics, is claiming to the media that ad is racist for not including enough people of color and said "From this ad it seems black lives don't matter much to Bernie Sanders." It's exactly the kind of response you would expect from a Republican. It's just odd that this is a Hillary ... more »

U.S. Nuclear Missile Damaged During Maintenance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A U.S. Air Force missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead in an undated photo at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. PHOTO: REUTERS/USAF/AIRMAN JOHN PARIE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *CNN*: *Nuclear missile 'mishap' costs Air Force $1.8M* (CNN)Three U.S. Air Force airmen have been stripped of their nuclear certifications after a "mishap" caused approximately $1.8 million in damage to an intercontinental ballistic missile on May 16, 2014, officials said Friday. The incident occurred when the Minuteman III nuclear miss... more »

Monkey Fever Spreads Throughout Goa, One Dead

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A rare viral strain of monkey fever has killed a 60-year-old woman from Mauxi village in Goa, officials have confirmed. The Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), the official name for ‘monkey fever’, is said to be spread through ticks, a parasite commonly found on monkeys. Weeklyvoice.com reports: The victim from the village in North Goa, 50 km from Panaji, expired at the Goa Medical College Hospital located on the outskirts of Panaji, where she was admitted last week after the fever worsened. Confirming the death, Utkarsh Betodkar, state epidemiologist at the Directorate of Health Services... more »

Legendary cold

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*So cold I am wearing gloves inside.* It fell to 1C today in Taichung, the coldest I've ever experienced here in Taichung, so cold I am wearing cheap work gloves inside my house. Up at my university in Linkou at about 200 meters of altitude, it snowed. It snowed also in Yilan and several deaths of old people in northern Taiwan were reported. Because houses are not heated or even insulated, a legacy of our construction-industrial state's premium on speed of (shoddy) construction, it wants to be as cold inside as it is outside. Concrete houses are refrigerators... yet the worse thing... more »

Today in Gangjeong Village

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The Navy base protests continue every day of the year - no matter the weather. No Navy base on Jeju Island, South Korea! I will be helping to organize another delegation to Jeju and Seoul next summer (late July and early August). Let me know if interested.

Jan. 23: How can a paper print all those pages....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
...and still say so little. On the good side, and for the second day in a row, the Irving press has a front page headline that is a real story. The RCMP and the Crown are hoping a quiet solution to charges that RCMP leadership was remiss when it sent police armed only with pistols to catch a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle. Three police were killed as a result. I see no reason to handle this discreetly. The dispatcher knew the man was armed with several combat-style rifles. How could lightly-armed police be sent to get him? How could an RCMP detachment not have access to more... more »

Republican Attack Ads Are Making Everyone Hate Republicans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Friday, Hillary was busy driving up her own already unfavorable ratings by joining the most vicious surrogates and staffers on her team disseminating twisted lies about Bernie. Democrats hate negative campaigning against other Democrats. Even Republicans are growing restless-- at least in Iowa and New Hampshire-- with the tens of millions of dollars in negative ads they can't escape from. TV, radio, internet... the Republican candidates are tearing each other apart. The party's brand is being adversely effected each time one of the candidates starts pounding on another one. The l... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The Big Dipper is an easy to recognize, well-known asterism in northern skies, though many see the Plough or Wagon. Famous bright nebulae of the north can also be found along its familiar lines, highlighted in this carefully composed scene with telescopic insets framed in the wider-field skyview. *Click image for larger size.* All from Messier's catalog, M101 and M51 are cosmic pinwheel and whirlpool on the left, spiral galaxies far beyond the Milky Way. To the right, M108, a distant edge-on spiral galaxy is seen close to our galaxy's own owl-faced planetary nebula M97. Taken on Ja... more »

Chet Raymo, "Curriculum"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Curriculum"* by Chet Raymo “Of an evening blackbirds congregate in the tree below in Ballybeg. Flocks of blackbirds. We can hear their raucous disquisitions here on the hill. In their black academic gowns, their fluttering sleeves. What are they debating? The "Summa Theologica?" Pascal's "Pensees?" Newton's biblical arcana? ․ "The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. It was a small part of the pantomime..." Those solitary desert fathers, the corncrake and the cuckoo, in the field and on the heath, are gone, victims of mechanical agriculture, with their elemental message... more »

The Poet: John O’Donohue“For The Time Of Necessary Decision”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“For The Time Of Necessary Decision”* “The mind of time is hard to read. We can never predict what it will bring, Nor even from all that is already gone Can we say what form it finally takes; For time gathers its moments secretly. Often we only know it’s time to change When a force has built inside the heart That leaves us uneasy as we are. Perhaps the work we do has lost its soul Or the love where we once belonged Calls nothing alive in us anymore. We drift through this gray, increasing nowhere Until we stand before a threshold we know We have to cross to come alive once more. May we ... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Believe me, I know all about it. I know the stress. I know the frustration. I know the temptations of time and space. We worked this out ahead of time. They're part of the plan. We knew this stuff might happen. Actually, you insisted they be triggered whenever you were ready to begin thinking thoughts you've never thought before. New thinking is always the answer.” “Good on you,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

Rich Kid

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
So I'm on the Yonge Line with the dog. And this tall young man gets on and sees the dog and wants to pet it and we end up having a conversation. He's got short, blond hair. He's good-looking in a kind of babyish way. For his height and his build his facial bones haven't gotten the thickness that separates a man from a boy. I'm figuring he's still in high school. So he tells me that he's got an idea for how to help the homeless. Give them a dog to look after. Also, get them a place to stay and a job to go to. But the dog is crucial. The dog will give them companionship and support,... more »

"It'll Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Deputy Wendell:* “It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?” *Sheriff Bell:* “If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.” - “No Country For Old Men” And you'd better believe the mess is coming... - CP

The Daily "Near You?"

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

U.S. Special Forces Prepare For A 'Black Hawk Down' Scenario In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Evidence of US activity at Rmelian airfield in #Syria (controlled by #Kurdish #YPG)? New @Stratfor image #voaalert pic.twitter.com/BHaT1JguIC — Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) January 22, 2016 *Dave Majumdar, National Interest*: *Are U.S. Special Forces Facing a Syrian 'Black Hawk Down'?* As part of an expanding campaign in the region, American special operations forces have taken the Rmeilan air base in Syria. The base is located in the northeastern part of Syria near the Turkish and Iraqi borders—which is an area dominated by the Kurds. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory f... more »

Phony Wars for Real Profit (If Not the Expected Crowning by Elites of Hillary or Jeb) Explained (Trump/Palin/Cruz/Rubio Neo-Nazis Express Sideshow Explodes)

. . . during the Cold War, there were some white looking “terrorists” – the left-wingers belonging to several revolutionary cells, in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. But only now we are learning that the terrorist acts attributed to them were actually committed by the Empire, by several European right-wing governments and intelligence services. You remember, the NATO countries were blowing

The Economy: "No Surer Means"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose. Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate ... more »

The Economy: "What Is A Middle Class Income In America?

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Is A Middle Class Income In America?" * A lot less than you think and Americans are getting poorer by the day. by mybudget360 "Questions around being middle class are coming up a lot in the last few years. This inquiry is coming up because people are grasping at straws trying to maintain a quality of life that reflects a middle class lifestyle but many have incomes that simply do not support their spending. Americans are set to become poorer this year. As we penned an article talking about the destruction of the middle class economy, for the first time in a generation the mid... more »

US Preps for a Military Solution in Syria- Russian & US Troops in Close Proximity

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
* To understand the week end news...we're taking a trip through 2 weeks of developments* *January 7/2016: The Top US Military Official Arrives in Turkey. Who Greets Him?...* *More then two weeks has passed since that post. * It appeared clear, to me anyway, the destabilization of the Syria/Iraq/Turkey situation was going to take a turn for the worse- Preparations were clearly being made between the US and Turkish Military- With milit*ary requests coming from Turkish military being made directly to US military counterparts.** This was NATO planning. Erdogan was out of the loop, as h...more »

Scientists Claim To Have Invented A ‘Magnetic Wormhole’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists in Spain have created a “magnetic wormhole” in the laboratory which is reportedly capable of transmitting magnetic fields invisibly through space. While the manufactured wormhole does not connect two separate points in “spacetime” as does a genuine theoretical wormhole and cannot answer physic’s and cosmology’s fundamental questions, it can however connect two points in three dimensional space, albeit electromagnetically. Researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have developed a spherical device capable of transferring a magnetic field from one point in space ... more »

Haig, Vance, Califano and Jesse

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Even now, Williams worried about his public image, fretting to Larry Lucchino that he did not want to be regarded simply as a baseball owner, or even a brilliant lawyer.He wanted to be seen as a man who was concerned with the great events of the day - a "wise man" who counselled the powerful even if he did not hold public office himself. Jesse Jackson certainly saw him that way. "*No matter who was in, Williams was never out,*" said the black political leader. "*You came to him.*" Jackson would call Williams to chat about politics and power jn Washington at least once a month, an... more »

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