Marines return to their aircraft after recovering a simulated casualty as part of a tactical recovery exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 12, 2016. The Marines are with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin
Trump hasn't voted in a presidential primary-- ever. He did however urge Nancy Pelosi to impeach George W. Bush. Here's a transcript of a Wolf Blitzer interview with Herr Trumpf on CNN, October 15, 2008: BLITZER: Nancy Pelosi, the speaker? TRUMP: Well, you know, when she first got in and was named speaker, I met her. And I'm very impressed by her. I think she's a very impressive person. I like her a lot. But I was surprised that she didn't do more in terms of Bush and going after Bush. It was almost-- it just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him ...more »
*Zero Hedge:* *20 Dead, 200 Hospitalized After Reports US Lab "Leaks" Deadly Virus In Ukraine* Amid the so-called "ceasefire" in Ukraine, yet ongoing shelling in many regions, the Donbass news agency reports that more than 20 Ukrainian solders have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized after an apparent leak of a deadly virus called "California Flu" from a US lab near the city of Kharkov. As Donbass News International reports, *More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized in a short period of time because of new and deadly virus, which...more »
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and US President Barack Obama. *Natasha Bertrand, Business Standard:* *The Obama administration just 'made a scary retreat' in its Syria policy, and negotiations are quickly unraveling* In a meeting with members of Syria's opposition in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that rebels accept a set of preconditions dictated by Russia and Iran in order to participate in peace talks, according to an explosive report by the daily pan-Ara...more »
[image: Donald Trump - 900] In a new interview with CNN, Donald Trump unloaded on the “nasty” Ted Cruz and threatened to bail on Thursday’s Fox News debate because of the “unfair” moderator Megyn Kelly. “I don’t like her,” Trump said of Kelly. “She doesn’t treat me fairly.”...more »
*From* *Jenna Orkin* "Gangs" Of "All-Male" Moroccan Migrant Children “Take Over” Stockholm Train Station; Steal, Grope, Beat Women 20 Dead, 200 Hospitalized After Reports US Lab "Leaks" Deadly Virus In Ukraine Chinese Rush To Buy Foreign Assets As Mammoth $1 Trillion In Capital Flees Country China Warns "Social Stability Threatened" As 400,000 Steel Workers Are About To Lose Their Jobs Texas Economy Collapses - Dallas Fed Survey Crashes To 6-Year Lows As "D" Word Is Uttered WalMart Store Closures Leave Elderly Villagers With No Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Sprint Fires 2500: 8% Of It...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Martin Matishak, Fiscal Times:* *Has Putin Turned the Tide in Syria?* WHile Russia’s military intervention in Syria has not yielded substantial progress on the ground for the Assad government, Moscow has succeeded in propping up the embattle regime, according to a new analysis. An IHS Conflict Monitor estimate released last week shows that between Sept. 29, when the Kremlin launched its military campaign, and Jan. 11, Damascus regained 1.3 percent of territory it had lost to rebel groups. That marks a major reversal from the first eight months of 2015...more »
I'm starting this very late on a Monday night. (It's been a tough day.) The front page headline isn't really a headline. In fact, it's not really a news story at all. “What happened to province's tri-city partnership?” is a question. News stories don't ask questions. They give information. This is really speculation, and it should be on the Comments page. Another big story is that a new barber shop is opening. Wow! And a woman will cut men's hair. Double Wow! Oh, death, where is they sting? Where, grave, thy victory? It gets worse. The editorial is a vague ramble about raising mone...more »
Back to back with "Snowzilla" and another "Snowmageddon" in the US East Coast, "man-made" global warming hits East Asia too. Hey UN, Al Gore, WWF, Greenpeace, Oxfam, CCC, WB, ADB, other planet saviours, you want more money from us so you can fight less snow and more snow, less rain and more rain, less flood and more flood, less dogs and more dogs? Some news reports this week. 1. From BBC: 16C in Bangkok, 6C in Hanoi, 4C in Taipei, 3C in HK, -6C in Jeju, S. Korea. Guangzhou and Shenzen have snow. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35397763 Original headline of BBC for this story. 2...more »
Vangelis, “Alpha” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jG--3elufo “Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless- each of us with his or her right upon the earth; Each of us allowed the eternal purports of the earth; Each of us here as divinely as any is here.” - Walt Whitman
Russian military needs no second base in Syria – Defense Ministry https://t.co/H2pQSoKBVh pic.twitter.com/1LbKVRwLkZ — RT (@RT_com) December 9, 2015 *Moscow Times:* *Russia Denies Building New Airbase in Syria* The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday denied reports that Moscow is planning to establish a new airbase in the Syrian province of El-Kamashli, emphasizing that Russia's current base in Latakia is within range of all possible targets operating in the shattered Arab republic. "There are no 'new' airbases or additional 'pop-up' airfields for Russian military aircraft on the ...more »
*Reuters:* *Syrian army seizes strategic town in Deraa province: monitor* The Syrian army on Monday recaptured from insurgents a strategic town in the southern province of Deraa after fierce fighting, securing its supply routes from the capital to the south, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting is now outside the western parts of the town of Sheikh Maskin, which lies at a crossroads linking the provinces of Suwaida, Quneitra and Damascus to the southern part of the country. It also links eastern and western Deraa. "The town is very impo...more »
*CNN*: *Report: Syria's al-Nusra 'more dangerous' than ISIS* Washington (CNN)Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, is a greater threat to the United States in the long term than is ISIS, making the United States' current single-minded focus on the latter group misguided, a new report is charging. Al-Nusra is "much more dangerous to the U.S. than the ISIS model in the long run," according to the authors of a report labeling both groups "existential" threats. The report was released last week by the Institute for the Study of War and American Enterprise Institute. The repor...more »
[image: solitary confinement for juveniles] President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. In an op-ed that appears in Tuesday editions of The... Continue reading *“Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Federal Prisons”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
[image: Skinny Mom] Fitness guru and former NFL cheerleader Brooke Griffin is on a mission to inspire and motivate moms to be the fittest, most fabulous versions of themselves. Though Griffin's past fitness accolades might initially cause some to view her as unrelatable,... Continue reading *“‘Skinny Mom’ Founder Says Faith Empowered Her to Lose 68 Pounds, Recover from a Divorce”* at *theblaze.com*.
“The Sleeping Beauty galaxy may appear peaceful at first sight but it is actually tossing and turning. In an unexpected twist, recent observations have shown that the gas in the outer regions of this photogenic spiral is rotating in the opposite direction from all of the stars! Collisions between gas in the inner and outer regions are creating many hot blue stars and pink emission nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and released in 2004. The fascinating internal motions of M64, also cataloged as NGC 4826, are thought...more »
Sometimes you just need to satisfy your sweet tooth without going to all the work of a full apple pie. These 10 minute apple pies are perfect. All the taste with only 10 minutes of work! [image: post signature]
*"How To Behave Like A Fool"* by Paulo Coelho "Mullah Nasrudin (the central figure in almost all tales of the Sufi tradition) had already become a sort of attraction at the main market in the town. Whenever he went there to beg, people would show him a large coin and a small one: Nasrudin always chose the small one. A generous man, who was tired of seeing everyone laugh at Nasrudin, explained to him: “When people offer you two coins, choose the larger one. Then you will have more money, and people will not think you a fool.” “You are surely right”, replied Nasrudin. “But if I alway...more »
*“Moments of Being”* by Chet Raymo “A passage from the "Pensees" of Teilhard de Chardin: "Though the phenomena of the lower world remain the same- the material determinisms, the vicissitudes of chance, the laws of labor, the agitations of men, the footfalls of death- he who dares to believe reaches a sphere of created reality in which things, while retaining their habitual texture, seem to be made out of a different substance. Everything remains the same so far as phenomena are concerned, but at the same time everything become luminous, animated, loving..." Whatever we think of Te...more »
"You can "dance" with the illusions of time and space, choosing your "steps" based upon things and events as they now are, or you can dance with your dreams, choosing your steps based upon things and events as they will be. And I bet you can guess which steps will perpetuate today's illusions, and which ones will change everything... Daily, in some small way, dance with your dreams." "Shall we?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com
*"Having Come This Far"* "I've been through what my through was to be, I did what I could and couldn't. I was never sure how I would get there. I nourished an ardor for thresholds, for stepping stones and for ladders, I discovered detour and ditch. I swam in the high tides of greed, I built sandcastles to house my dreams. I survived the sunburns of love. No longer do I hunt for targets. I've climbed all the summits I need to, and I've eaten my share of lotus. Now I give praise and thanks for what could not be avoided, and for every foolhardy choice. I cherish my wounds and their cures, ...more »
This morning, Morning Consult, published the results of some head-to-head match-ups that included Bloomberg. Bernie comes out on top in every scenario. And he does better against the two billionaires than Hillary does. *•* Bernie- 35% *•* Herr Trumpf- 34% *•* Bloomberg- 12% *•* undecided- 19% Bernie does even better if the GOP throws the Texas extremist Ted Cruz the nomination instead of Herr: *•* Bernie- 36% *•* Cruz- 28% *•* Bloomberg- 11% *•* undecided- 25% Ditto for the other right-wing junior senator, Marco Rubio: *•* Bernie- 36% *•* Rubio- 29% *•* Bloomberg- 10% *•* und...more »
*"Timing Can Be Everything: Where You Need to Be"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Every person fulfills their purpose when the time is right. Since human timetables quite often do not correspond with universal timetables, it’s common for people to feel that life is progressing too slowly or too quickly. We draft carefully composed plans only to find that they fall into place when we least expect. Or, conversely, we are thrust into roles we believe we are not prepared for and wonder how we will survive the demands imposed upon us by unfamiliar circumstances. When delays in our progr...more »
[image: coughing fit] Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton had a coughing fit on Monday that will do little to quell rumors the former U.S. secretary of state is in poor health. The 68-year-old Clinton had to stop a speech in West Des Moines, Iowa,... Continue reading *“Choke: Hillary Suffers Massive Coughing Fit”* at *wnd.com*.
History has become so straight forward there is nothing left to speculate aboout man wants to rule and nothing will pervent this if he has the power to previl and so the planet burns while the saviouir may be alive but no one in power is checking for vital signs
*The Telegraph*: *Opec pleads for Russian alliance to smash oil speculators* *"Tough times requires tough choices. It is crucial that all major producers sit down and come up with a solution," said Opec chief al-Badri* The Opec oil cartel has issued its strongest plea to date for a pact with Russia and rival producers to cut crude output and halt the collapse in prices, warning that the deepening investment slump is storing up serious trouble for the future. Abdullah al-Badri, Opec’s secretary-general, said the cartel is ready to embrace rivals and thrash out a compromise followin...more »
International researchers suggest that the descendants of the Black Death that consumed Europe during the first outbreak of the bubonic plague in the 14th century, are the source of subsequent repeated European plague outbreaks that followed in later centuries. Devastating waves of the bubonic plague re-emerged on the European continent over the next four centuries, killing hundreds of thousands, after the initial Black Death claimed the lives of about a fifth of the world’s population and in Europe it killed 30–60% of the populace. An estimated 75 to 200 million people died during ...more »
The Kremlin have issued a disturbing report this week that says President Obama has embarked on a “master plan” that aims to completely corrupt the electorate of the United States, which threatens to destroy America as we know it. According to the report, the Obama administration is fighting a US Supreme Court case that aims to thwart his ‘communist agenda’ for America. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: President Obama currently is the head of the most powerful Western nation in the world that a recent Princeton University study confirmed has ceased to be a democracy and is now an oligarc...more »
Famous Russian psychic, Baba Vanga, made a prediction that says mankind will dramatically change after the inevitable “fall of Syria”. Vanga is known for accurately predicting world events, including 9/11, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the rise of ISIS. The prophets’ prediction says that following the fall of Syria an “ancient teaching” will re-appear to humanity, bringing huge changes to the world. Pravdareport.com reports: People were able to understand the meaning of some of Vanga’s prophecies only after the predicted events took place. In one of them, Vanga predicted: “Kur...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Turkish government of making “a huge mistake” in the shooting down of their warplane over Syria in November. Putin says that Russia’s sanctions against Turkey’s “war crime” have been moderate in contrast to more extreme actions they could take in the future. Fort Russ reports: According to him, measures against Turkey will not affect existing contracts in the construction industry, as this may cause damage to Russia. However, the limitations in this industry, which have attracted more than 300 Turkish companies with contracts for 50 ...more »
New York City temporarily declared martial law over the weekend, as police officials threatened to arrest anybody who were caught outside in the heavy snow storm that gripped the east coast of the United States. Eleven states declared states of emergency after the record-breaking storm Jonas hit the East. New York City went a stage further, with Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring martial law, ordering citizens to stay inside or risk being arrested. Wnd.com reports: He issued an absolute travel ban for anything that is not an emergency vehicle. The New York Police Department put out a b...more »
The US Treasury have publicly slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of being “corrupt”. In an interview with the BBC, the US Treasury department said they have decided to go public in their condemnation of the Russian leader, saying that sanctions alone aren’t enough. BBC News reports: Last week a UK public inquiry said Mr Putin had “probably” approved the murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. Secret wealth Litvinenko, a former Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent and fierce critic of Mr Putin, was poisoned in London with radioactive polonium in 2006. Adam ...more »
As many of you know, my latest novel *Gods of Our Fathers* launched this past Christmas Eve. In order to keep sales, hence visibility, up I'm offering a promotional deal: The tenth person who buys *Gods of Our Fathers* on Kindle gets a free $25 Amazon or Kindle gift card. That's a pretty good deal considering my royalties for 10 sales would come to the price of a $25 card. And, just so the other edition doesn't get left out, the tenth person who buys the paperback version direct from the Create Space estore also gets a $25 gift card. With a list price of $8.99 plus shippi...more »
By American Kabuki When a covert plan goes bad, a spy agency "burns" the agent, giving "plausible deniability" to those who hatched the awful plan in the first place. Agencies like the CIA and the KGB exist for the very purpose of giving their leaders plausible deniability for some really nasty business. Its not a new method, its called "phoenix-ing". Change the face, but don't changing the status quo. Its about pacification of the public, which is left continually baffled by why things only get worse and nobody takes responsibility to fix it. "We voted for change, but didn't get...more »
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have warned that the Zika virus is likely to spread across all of the Americas, and then possibly the entire globe. The infection has already been reported in 21 countries including North and South America, and the Caribbean. Thousands of babies have been born with underdeveloped brains as a result, and doctors say, as yet, there are no treatment options available. BBC News reports: The virus was first detected in 1947 in monkeys in Africa. There have since been small, short-lived outbreaks in people on the continent, parts of Asia and in the Pac...more »
Edward Snowden has revealed that the ‘encrypted email’ featured at the end of the latest ISIS video, is in fact a fake. In the video, ISIS claim that Britain is next on their list of places to terrorise, and urge jihadists to commit lone wolf attacks across Europe. Snowden says that the coded messages at the end of the video are fake, suggesting that the video itself may also be fraudulent, and possibly the result of Western propaganda. Belfasttelegraph.co.uk reports: Governments and intelligence agencies around the world have long been concerned that Isis could be communicating us...more »
Washington is desperately trying to influence the opinions of the American people about world affairs by demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, making him the object of revulsion and ridicule, in order to justify “regime change” strategies, John Ivens reports. Consortiumnews.com reports: On the morning of Jan. 16 at Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Clinton, Iowa, I met Madeleine Albright. She looked different than I remembered her as the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State during Bill Clinton’s second term. She looked less imposing than before, more like...more »
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: Portrait of David Daleiden, founder of The Center for Medical Progress at the Value Voters Summit on September 25, 2015 in Washington DC.] A Texas grand jury has ignored the videos exposing a Houston-based Planned Parenthood abortion clinic caught selling aborted baby body parts and has instead indicted the man behind producing the expose' videos. The video of the Houston Planned Parenthood makes... Continue reading *“Grand Jury Ignores Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies, Indicts Man Behind Sting Videos Instead”* at *lifenews.com*.
[image: school choice] This is shaping up to be the best year yet for National School Choice Week. The annual January event, which began in 2011, will feature 16,140 events, up from roughly 11,000 last year. The festivities officially kicked off across the...more »
taking in a lifetime I would normally give you small measue and really thats all you deserve But life fortunatly does not work on a linare scale for some bumbing into things yeilds fortunes that can not be imagined by the average person thats what happened to me when I b*mped itno yhou* I dropped everything I gots just to channel you there is no human that I met more compelling but I always wondered if this feeling was mutual and while I saw good signs I was rewareded by logic beauty has an expiry date and I long passed that horror.
A military vehicle carrying the Shahab 2 surface-to-surface missile drives past pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer *Mohamad Bazzi, Reuters*: *The two greatest threats to U.S.-Iran détente* On Jan. 16, the United States and Europe lifted sanctions on Tehran after the six-month-old Iran nuclear deal reached its most important milestone: the United Nations verified that Iran has dismantled mu...more »
Thats the first thing you gotta say as a true leader there will always be misfits and we apprciate their dream but right now we are going in a differant diredtin just to keep eating from a living thing
Never needed a clown to make me smile I was always happy driven from inside Of couse that cant be true someone programmed me to ignore what was not true so I could laugh and play while the world I knew was sold away before I got a chance to bid on clean water and do not start on the liberation of clean air So now I got a frown and its not in my DNA its as any proffeser will testify experice based I had a bad expericnce and that was it for my humanity the time I tried again and again and finally found success what a blessi
President Vladimir Putin denounces Bolsheviks and their leader Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. The Russian president has criticized Lenin for placing a “time bomb” under the state, as well as weakening the country just before the end of the first world war, and for murdering the imperial family and destroying the monarchy. Belfast Telegraph reports: The harsh criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for Mr Putin, who in the past carefully weighed his comments about the nation’s history to avoid alienating some voter...more »
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. Even better idea: why not write one myself, and get well-known classical music enthusiast Lindsay Perigo to write another—the idea being that we prepare a top-ten list for the person I like to think I write for: a fellow I like to call The Intelligent Truckdriver. I posted Lindsay’s yesterday. So here’s my own laundry list of reasons to giv...more »
As many may know I have a degree in History some will laff others will scoff but in reality it means something I know something about how humans organized killed each other and did it again better than the no educated Today it seems everyone is taking the shortcut just kill without speak because the noise in their heads has no translation no sympathy no chance for reclozation and that is going to bring sooner or later a big nuclear response on a stupid ass then the protal is open and everone with a nuke is a world leader and no one will have a plan execpt bring it on So the future of hu...more »
[image: green energy - 900] The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the sale of "socialized electricity" Monday, in a move that allows regulators to force electrical utilities to artificially make green energy more cost-effective. "The Supreme Court once again has decided that constitutional federalism must be...more »
[image: won't return to school] KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas teenager who was suspended from school after helping a classmate who was having an asthma attack won’t return to the school, the teen’s mother said Monday. Mandy Cortes said she will home-school her 15-year-old...more »
[image: polygamy] Immigrants in polygamous marriages drain British taxpayers of millions of dollars each year by taking advantage of loopholes in the welfare system, and future legislation will make it even more profitable. Polygamous marriages are outlawed in the United Kingdom, but are recognized in...more »
Harris County Commissioner Lee was arguably the most powerful Black person in Texas politics. By Mariann G. Wizard | Special to The Rag Blog and NOKOA News | January 25, 2016 HOUSTON — Introducing a 2004 Houston Chronicle interview with … finish reading Mariann G. Wizard : *METRO* | To serve the people: El Franco Lee, 1950-2016
*Reuters*:* Deals and warms words flow as Iranian president visits Europe* Italy and Iran signed billions of dollars of business deals on Monday at the start of a visit to Europe by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani aimed at rebuilding his nation's ties with the West after years of economic sanctions. Heading a 120-strong delegation of business leaders and ministers, Rouhani will spend two days in Rome before flying to France on Wednesday, looking to polish Tehran's diplomatic credentials at a time of turmoil in the Middle East. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* Syria peace talks d...more »
[image: Ted Cruz5 - 400] A great number of Republican primary voters worry deeply that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will never be able to win a general election. That's not an irrelevant worry. Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight.com wrote way back in March 2015 that Cruz... Continue reading *“Is Ted Cruz Unelectable?”* at *dailywire.com*.
[image: Ted Cruz 18 Years Old Clip - 900] It's a week before the Iowa caucus and the campaign news and nonsense is running thicker than the snow banks in Queens. Monday’s biggest head-scratcher is the fuss over a newly-posted YouTube video of a teenaged Ted Cruz playfully talking about his aspirations. Seems 18-year-old...more »
The key to "professional" success in the land of comment is to never let the facts get in the way of a good narrative. If hard numbers and social realities are inconvenient, one can safely shove them aside in the assured knowledge they won't come back to haunt the writer. Especially if one is a star columnist in a newspaper with broadly the same politics. On this occasion, it's Janan Ganesh writing in the FT about Jeremy Corbyn, class, and UKIP. And yes, it's rubbish. Here, Janan had given his own spin to the political meme doing the rounds - that the Labour Party has got taken over...more »
*Reuters*: *Libya's recognized parliament rejects U.N.-backed unity government* Libya's internationally recognized parliament voted on Monday to reject a unity government proposed under a U.N.-backed plan to resolve the country's political crisis and armed conflict. The rejection was widely expected, but signaled that mediators still face a steep challenge in winning support for a new government. Of 104 members attending the session in the eastern city of Tobruk, 89 voted against an administration nominated last week, demanding a fresh proposal within 10 days. *Read more* .... ...more »
Blue America is matching every dollar up to $5,000 for Lou Vince Just when we thought the DCCC was finally going to cave and support a real Democrat for Congress, they discovered yet another way to lose in California's newly blue 25th District. This time, it is a Beverly Hills lawyer, Brian Caforio, who has absolutely no idea what issues are even important to the people in the district but who was "given" the district by the DCCC. He lives in Orange County. Instead of supporting Lou Vince, the grassroots-backed candidate who has been endorsed by the local Democratic clubs (as well as...more »
20 Dead, 200 Hospitalized After Reports US Lab "Leaks" Deadly Virus In Ukraine, Zero Hedge, http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-25/20-dead-200-hospitalized-after-reports-us-lab-leaks-deadly-virus-ukraine Amid the so-called "ceasefire" in Ukraine, yet ongoing shelling in many regions, the Donbass news agency reports that more than 20 Ukrainian solders have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized after an apparent leak of a deadly virus called "California Flu" from a US lab near the city of Kharkov. Read the story at Zero Hedge. I'll follow up later if I find more information.
A couple of software engineers have managed to solve a Rubik’s Cube puzzle in just over a second by building a robot. The Next Web reports: Jay Flatland YouTube video: Comprised of a number of stepper motors, 3D-printed parts, webcams and an Arduino chip all connected to a Linux system, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose’s robot can consistenly solve Rubik’s Cube puzzles in less than 1.2 seconds. The duo use the Kociemba algorithm to solve the puzzle, and have drilled holes into the middle of each of the cube’s six sides to allow the robot to manipulate it. To test the machine, its cameras ...more »
The US Senate is ready to give Obama, and the next president, ‘unlimited’ military powers that would amounts to a declaration of martial law upon the entire world. A new AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) written by the Republican neocon Sen. Lindsey Graham, will allow the president to wage war anywhere in the world without congressional approval. The Free Thought Project Reports: Majority leader Mitch McConnell surprised almost everyone last week by saying he has a war resolution ready to be voted on at any time. The resolution is a new authorization for use of military ...more »
I was asked over the weekend how the two guys, the Lagina brothers, could afford this on-going semi-investigation into the Oak Island Treasure. I think part of the answer is History (they used to be the History Channel). I think History is footing quite a bit of the bill, paying the guys for hanging around Oak Island, renting the equipment, and bringing in the distractions to keep the Laginas from getting to the bottom of either the Money Pit or the Bore Hole. Let me explain. Over the years I have heard about the astronomical payments made to some of the people participating on the...more »
One month after its release, on this past weekend, I attended “The Big Short” film. It was being aired at a single time slot at our local theater. You had to search if you wanted to view it. In other words, you had to know about it. In case you don’t, the trailer can be found here. Timely and powerful, the film offers an inside view of what happened when the housing market crashed 8 years ago. It explains why it crashed, and ends with a single sentence. This line tells us that the same set up is happening again, in 2015. The bankers have renamed an instrument that will glean...more »
[image: Solar power.jpg 2] The progressive magazine Mother Jones recognized problems with rooftop solar Monday, including financial benefits the industry gets from renewable energy credits (RECs) and how rooftop solar doesn't help slow global warming. Mother Jones argues credits and subsidies ensure rooftop solar companies aren't actually...more »
[image: FILE - This Nov. 9, 2015 file frame grab provided by Mark Schierbecker shows Melissa Click, right, an assistant professor in the University of Missouri's communications, during a run-in with student journalists at a campus protest that followed the resignations of the university system's president and the Columbia campus' chancellor in Columbia, Mo. Click, who confronted a student photographer and another student videographer during the protests and called for 'muscle' to remove them, was charged with misdemeanor assault on Monday, Jan. 25, 2106. (Mark Schierbecker via AP, F...more »
*“Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years -- TWENTY YEARS -- was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the most gross gutter terms. “Today's big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamoured of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defect...more »
Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks to the press on the Intra-Syrian discussions which will take place in Geneva on 29 January 2016. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré *New York Times*: *U.N. Envoy for Syria Says Peace Talks Will Begin Friday* GENEVA — The United Nations special envoy for Syria said Monday that he intended to start peace talks between the government and the opposition in Geneva on Friday, but acknowledged that every aspect of the process was shrouded with uncertainty. Speaking on the day originally set for talks to begin, the envoy, Staffan de Mistura, told re...more »
*Navy Times*: *Navy sailors arrested by Iran return to U.S. in good spirits* Ten sailors who spent nearly 16 hours in Iranian custody are back in the United States, as an inquest continues into how they mistakenly steered into Iranian waters, triggering a high-stakes encounter that nearly derailed the looming U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. The riverine sailors arrived in San Diego Friday evening and are in good health, according to a Navy release Saturday. "Our Sailors are being reintegrated with dignity and professionalism," said Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, head of Navy Expeditionary Comb...more »
*Al Jazeera*: *On the front line of Afghanistan's battle with ISIL* Al Jazeera gains exclusive access to the Afghan forces' battlefront with ISIL in Nangahar province. Achin, Afghanistan - Going to Afghanistan's Nangahar province was a bit worrying, simply because the province is known to have fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL claims part of the province, calling it Wilayat Khorasan. The armed group has already carried out attacks, including a suicide bombing against the Pakistan consulate in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, about two weeks ago...more »
[image: earth's population] The map above this post shows the world divided up into 28 million 3x3mile squares. If the square has a population of 8,000 people living within it (and therefore a population density 889 people per square mile) then the square...more »
[image: 734862_723215954480553_6992050530995124084_n] Late notice, for which I apologise, but this would be a great gig for liberty-minded Aucklanders to get along to this evening: *(The Inaugural) Auckland Liberty on the Rocks!* What is Liberty on the Rocks? *Liberty on the Rocks is an event for people who are interested in freedom to get together, have a couple of drinks, and have a good time. It's an awesome time, and is the chance to network and discuss anything and everything with like-minded liberty lovers.* Sounds like you, right? Then drop everything, and head along at ...more »
[image: insulin - 400] A cure for Type 1 diabetes is a step closer after scientists managed to halt the condition for at least six months thanks to insulin-producing cells. Experts from US hospitals and institutions including Harvard University managed to transplant cells into... Continue reading *“Have Scientists Found a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes?”* at *dailymail.co.uk*.
*MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016The cynical joined by the silly:* How silly does "campaign reporting" get at the New York Times? It gets *extremely* silly; more accurately, it gets almost completely faux. Consider a pair of hard-copy "news reports" from this morning's editions. In our hard-copy Times, the utterly silly pseudo-reports appeared beneath these headlines: "Resurgent Rubio Sprints To the Finish in Iowa" "Stump Gets Bush Across in Way TV Hasn't" In the first report, Jeremy Peters was describing Candidate Rubio's alleged resurgence in Iowa. In the second report, Ashley Parker w...more »
*Steven Hall, Stratfor*: *Putin's Russia Is More Stable Than It Seems* A quick scan of the press, social media and even some scholarly literature reveals significant discussion about the prospects for instability that are facing Russia. The general theory usually goes something like this: The dramatic drop in world oil prices, coupled with Western economic sanctions in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, will cause enough economic and social unrest in Russia to become a threat to President Vladimir Putin's government. In support...more »
An Ontario court has quashed part of a misconduct finding against a prominent husband and wife team by the University Health Network in Toronto. Last year, we reported that Sylvia Asa had stepped down from her position as Program Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine Program at the UHN — the largest hospital diagnostic laboratory in Canada — after an investigation uncovered evidence of […] The post Ontario court quashes part of misconduct finding for prominent pair appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: gay debate - 900] I just returned from the Faroe Islands, one of the most spectacularly beautiful places I have ever seen. It is also a place where families have lived in the same neighborhoods for generations, a place that quickly captured my heart. Local...more »
*John R. Schindler, Observer:** The Return of Wetwork: KGB Goons Radiated a Former Associate in London* Putin's Kremlin employs assassination abroad as state policy in a manner not seen in Moscow since Stalin This week’s announcement by a British court that Russian spies murdered Alexander Litvinenko in London in November 2006, made global headlines. Particularly because the massive report, based on a multi-year investigation, concluded that the Kremlin must have approved the assassination at the highest levels, “probably” including President Vladimir Putin himself. This is a bi...more »
*“The Ultimate "Truth Bomb"- * *The East Knows The West Is Bankrupt”* by Bill Holter “What a tangled web the global geopolitical situation has become. Geopolitics and finance have always been interrelated but recently much more so. As many readers know, I have speculated we would be hit over the head with a “truth bomb” from the East and most likely from Mr. Putin himself. Just this week Britain has alleged Mr. Putin personally ordered a “hit” on an ex KGB agent for calling him a pedophile. Another story came out that Turkey shot down a NATO helicopter which made no press coverage...more »
*“Sunday at the Taj”* by Bill Bonner MUMBAI, India – “We watched the sun rise over the bay this morning, trying to gauge the soul of the place. “Timeless” is a word often used to describe the subcontinent. But time passes here, just like everywhere else. *No Surrender: *Last week was the first positive week in 2016 for the world’s stock markets. An announcement from Mario “Whatever It Takes” Draghi at the European Central Bank sent stock prices up on Thursday and Friday. “ECB Chief Vows No Surrender,” the Financial Times reported. “There are no limits to our action,” claimed Draghi...more »
I have been getting some emails and comments over the last few days asking me to take a good look at what is happening right now in Flint Michigan, USA with the horrific situation that has occurred in regards to their own drinking water supply.... Just to get most people up to speed on what exactly has occurred.. Some information has surfaced that the city council in the city of Flint Michigan decided some time ago to switch their primary sources of drinking water for the entire city from long water line feeds from Lake Huron, to what was supposedly a 'cost saving' measure, to the m...more »
I gave my "friend" from my hometown the heave-ho during the holidays. He was depressing me and I was already depressed. I won't go into the straw that broke the camel's back but let me share some vignettes with you. The gym we went to had three floors. I told him that the third floor had the stationary bikes, the aerobics room, some extra weights and machines and a "hot yoga" room. "Hot yoga?" he asks with interest. I honestly didn't know what it was. I said it was new. They just put it in. We went to the grocery store later and he saw one of the gym's young, female personal trai...more »
Based on secret evidence, a British inquiry, under orders from Washington, has decided that the death of Alexander Litvinenko ten years ago, was “probably” ordered by the Russian President Vladamir Putin. The Russian Foreign Ministry have dismissed the British report and blames London for politicizing the “purely criminal” case of Litvinenko’s death. There are also indications that Litvinenko was engaged in the smuggling of nuclear materials. As Antiwar notes: That he wound up being contaminated by the goods he was peddling on the black market seems far more credible than the cock-...more »
*TASS:* *Putin explains his remarks about Vladimir Lenin* *Earlier, Putin said Lenin had "planted an atom bomb under the building called Russia and that bomb went off a while later"* STAVROPOL, January 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has explained why he believes that Vladimir Lenin was the one who had planted a powerful bomb under the basement of the country’s statehood. Speaking at an inter-regional forum of the All-Russia People’s Front Putin recalled that Lenin had a fundamental discussion with Stalin over the principles a future state should rest upon. Stalin’s ...more »
[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. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)] WASHINGTON -- As I write, the annual March for Life is about to happen on the National Mall, despite the massive snowstorm descending on the East Coast. People from across the country are gathered around a table, hosted by the...more »
[image: Donald Trump4 - 400] NASHUA, N.H.-- Donald Trump made his decision to start skewering Sen. Ted Cruz as his private jet was approaching here earlier this month. "Ted is hanging around the top too long," the Republican presidential front-runner announced on the plane, according to his... Continue reading *“Behind Donald Trump’s Attack Strategy”* at *google.com*.
BBC: *Syria conflict: Peace talks 'to start on Friday', UN says* Talks to end the war in Syria are expected to start on Friday and last six months, the UN's special envoy on Syria has said. However, Staffan de Mistura said discussions over who should take part in the talks were still ongoing. The priorities are to bring about a broad ceasefire, stop the Islamic State group (IS) and increase aid, he said. The announcement came as 23 people were reported killed in an attack on a rebel checkpoint in Aleppo. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* Islamic State concentrates on seizing *Syri...more »
*Endorsement process when Clinton is endorsed (source; click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius* *Money uses money to neuter Democrats and enable Republicans.* You've no doubt heard by now of the dust-up (or "dust-up," meaning the manufactured kind) over Bernie Sanders' remarks when he said, while he'd like the endorsement of all the big left organizations, he understands that establishment organizations are going to endorse the insider (my phrasing). Here's Sanders' original statement, made on-air to Rachel Maddow (my emphasis). [Update: Includes the rest of this quote.] *Maddow:* "S...more »
[image: Clintons - 400] It is the beginning of the end of the House of Clinton: There is the stench of political death around Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and the entire House of Clinton. You could feel it when Republican front-runner Donald... Continue reading *“Are We Witnessing the End of the House of Clinton?”* at *thehill.com*.
[image: Donald Trump] Politically we appear to be living in the year of the outsider. Donald Trump has shocked the established political class and its loyal journalistic following. Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are upsetting governing elites almost as much as Trump....more »
A City of London worker spends more than £6,000 a year on season tickets to sit in the broom cupboard of a packed train. He sits next to a mop and bucket because there are usually no seats available during his daily commute between London and Ipswich. The Daily Mail reports: The City of London worker often struggles to find a seat on his return journey from London Liverpool Street to Ipswich, Suffolk, a journey he has made for the past 17 years. So the financial high-flyer, who does not want to be named, has reverted to perching in the tiny cupboard with his book, just inches away f...more »
Investigations into as many as 57 alleged unlawful killings by British soldiers in Iraq, have been dropped. The cases won’t be followed up as “no criminality” had been established during the investigation, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has announced. The MoD said that the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) tasked with investigating the alleged abuses by UK soldiers during the US-led invasion in Iraq, has decided not to proceed in 57 cases. The military’s prosecuting authority has also dropped another case of alleged human rights violations. The decision follows a call by Prime Min...more »
*MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016 Interlude—Public knowledge in the age of the Emperor New York Times:* More and more often, we think of the Robert Graves novel, I, Claudius, when we read the works of the New York Times. In the 1970s, the novel became a heavily watched PBS series. We watched the series first, read the novel later (along with its successor, Claudius the God). It's been decades since we watched the series or read the books. Still, a strong impression lingers, increasingly so when we gaze on the works of the Times. Who the heck is the Claudius to whom we refer? The leading ...more »
British adventurer Henry Worsley has died from exhaustion and dehydration after nearly completing his goal of crossing the Antarctic unaided. The former army officer was on a charity mission trying to be the first to cross the Antarctic without any support and was inspired by polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s unfulfilled crossing of a hundred years earlier. Worsley left a last message on Friday before being airlifted to hospital: “The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll tod...more »
*News.com.au:* *Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock* WE will find out how close we are to Armageddon when the world’s most revered scientists gather in Washington DC to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock. The symbolic timekeeper of our impending destruction is currently set at three minutes to midnight — the closest we have ever been to that dreaded hour since the clock began ticking in 1947. The clock is a universally recognised indicator of our vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, emerging technologies an...more »
Errors in the interpretation of some of the data — the result of “procedural flaws” — are to blame for the retraction of a paper on a way to help skin grow back after injury. The paper explores a method involving nanofibers. According to the abstract: In this study, tilapia skin collagen sponge and electrospun nanofibers were developed […] The post Wound healing paper injured beyond repair appeared first on Retraction Watch.
A mother is urging a ban on laser pens after her eight-year-old son suffered eye damage playing with the concentrated light beam. They should naturally carry a warning label saying: Avoid contact with people and pilot’s eyes. Not recommended for young children or competing football fans. The Jewish Chronicle reports: Angela Marshall from Bushey Heath has urged action after her son, Jonathan, was left with a damaged retina after playing with a laser pen bough from his school’s Christmas fair. “It was sold from a shop aimed at spending pocket money,” said Mrs Marshall. “Two days later...more »
Loved this interview! Thanks to Jan @ Gnostic Media for providing it freely for us all There are a number of previous interviews posted here on this subject. Just in case you are new to it! As always, share some relevant to the topic thoughts :)
Three years ago when the Czech voters were directly electing their president for the first time, I didn't know and none of us could have known that our interactions with the Muslims would grow into a major issue. Nevertheless, I had concluded that we have entered an epoch in which it's increasingly important for the leaders to use their own brains. Candidate Miloš Zeman obviously differed from Václav Klaus, the second Czech president, in many ways. But he still shared some virtues so I voted for Zeman. Now, in early 2016, the Muslims in Europe are a hot issue and I think it's good ...more »
[image: abortion - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The justices on Monday turned away the state’s appeal...more »
Another sperm whale has been found washed up on the east coast of England. It follows the the death of a beached whale in Hunstanton, Norfolk, on Friday and the discovery of three dead whales on a beach in Skegness over the weekend. The sperm whales are believed to be from the same pod that was spotted off the Norfolk coast. Experts are investigating whether they are linked to 12 sperm whales that have washed up on the Dutch island of Texel and the German islands of Wangerooge and Helgoland since 11 January. Anti-nuclear activists have been condemned for spraying graffiti on the thr...more »
*Wall Street Journal:** Iran’s Rouhani Starts First Post-Sanctions European Trip* *Four-day tour to Italy and France to re-establish political and business ties.* ROME—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Italy on Monday, the first stop in a European trip aimed at re-establishing political and business relations after broad economic sanctions were lifted. Mr. Rouhani said Monday that his four-day European visit would begin in Italy and end with a stop in Paris, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. It marks his first overseas trip since sanctions against...more »
The historic blizzard that blanketed the East coast of the United States has killed at least thirty people. The fatalities were as a result of car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks suffered while shovelling snow. The snow storm, which set a new single-day snowfall record in Washington DC and New York City, hit a dozen states from Friday into early Sunday and affected around 85 million residents. The heaviest snowfall was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, which had 42in. Press TV reports: The 26.8 inches (68 cm) of snow that fell in New York’s Central Park was...more »
Today in professional development meetings all over the country teachers are learning the virtues of "proficiency based learning," which is sometimes referred to as "competency based" education (CBE), and sometimes referred to as "personalized learning," and sometimes referred to as "self-paced computer assisted learning," and sometimes even referred to as more Gates Foundation-sponsored bullshit. The dream of teacher proof schools has been around for more than a hundred years, and it became an obsession after early 20th Century "reformers" took Frederick Winslow Taylor's idea of ...more »
Save the nation. Join the movement: (graphic by Kat Garcia) Rattled by the spectre of the oligarchy getting taken over by the democratic rabble, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering putting his billions into an independent run for the presidency. He planted his lead balloon into Saturday's obliging *New York Times*, followed immediately by a hysterical blog-post by pundit Paul Krugman, who warns us that if we persist in nominating Bernie Sanders like a bunch of airheads, this will usher in Bloomberg, which will then get us President Donald Trump....more »
Since 2014 when territory began to be retaken from the Islamic State in northern Iraq stories began to emerge of Arab towns being destroyed and forced displacement at the hands of the Kurdish Peshmerga and Yazidi militias. Amnesty International recently released a report detailing its findings for several villages in Ninewa, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces based upon field research, interviews, and analysis of satellite photography entitled “Banished And Dispossessed, Forced Displacement and Deliberate Destruction In Northern Iraq.” It found evidence of intentional destruction of home...more »
[image: gas prices] For months, American drivers have enjoyed near historically low gas prices, with the national average dropping to only $1.89 per gallon. Even President Barack Obama sees the benefits of low gas prices, commenting "gas under two bucks a gallon ain't bad," in last week's State...more »
“We are the Miner’s Canary” Indigenous Delegation Sounds Alarm on Homegrown Radioactive Pollution Crisis Events and Protest Planned in Washington, DC Photo: A Geiger counter reading shows dangerously high levels of radioactive pollution at an elementary school playground near an abandoned uranium mine in Ludlow, South Dakota. Credit: Clean Up The Mines. By Klee Benally Clean
Wikipedia *Andrew J. Bacevich, The Nation:* *Who Runs the Pentagon?* Not Defense Secretary Ashton Carter—while he may be more than a figurehead, “the building” has no boss. The crippling and pervasive defects in us national-security policy—costly exertions that, time and again, fail to yield the promised results—are patently obvious, consistently bemoaned, and yet effectively tolerated. To say that the apparatus principally responsible for implementing those policies is an underperforming behemoth qualifies as a considerable understatement. The kindest verdict one can offer regard...more »
*David Axe, Daily Beast:* *The Pentagon Wants To Put This In Your Brain* *The U.S. military wants to build a brain modem that allows you to control objects by willpower. How realistic is it?* The U.S. military is beginning work on a new “implantable neural interface” that it hopes will allow wearers to transmit data back and forth from their brains to external digital devices. That’s right—a brain modem. One that can connect to a staggering one million neurons at a time, up from the mere thousands that are possible today. The implications are profound for the armed forces and civil...more »
[image: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry places an offering of flowers during a tour of the Pha Tha Luang in Vientiane, Laos, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The massive gold stupa is the most important national symbol in Laos. Kerry is in Laos on the third leg of his latest round-the-world diplomatic mission, which will also take him to Cambodia and China. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)] VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) -- The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that this small nation will help counter China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. L...more »
*New York Times:* *A Drug to Cure Fear* WHO among us hasn’t wanted to let go of anxiety or forget about fear? Phobias, panic attacks and disorders like post-traumatic stress are extremely common: 29 percent of American adults will suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives. Sitting at the heart of much anxiety and fear is emotional memory — all the associations that you have between various stimuli and experiences and your emotional response to them. Whether it’s the fear of being embarrassed while talking to strangers (typical of social phobia) or the dread of being attack...more »
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[image: Gov. Rick Perry] Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Perry told POLITICO in an interview Sunday night. Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race... Continue reading *“Rick Perry Endorses Ted Cruz”* at *politico.com*.
[image: Benjamin Amsellem] MARSEILLE, France -- It was the heavy leather-bound volume of the Torah he was carrying that shielded Benjamin Amsellem from the machete blows. His attacker, a teenage fanatic who the police say was inspired by the Islamic State, was trying... Continue reading *“French Jews Fear a New Strain of ISIS-Inspired Anti-Semitism”* at *nytimes.com*.
[image: Hillary Clinton] Once a proponent of making abortions “safe, legal and rare,” Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has now dropped the “rare” from her rhetorical pitch as she seeks to rally the Planned Parenthood vote. Ever more worried by a challenge from... Continue reading *“Clinton Rallies Planned Parenthood Vote, Fights All Restrictions on Abortions”* at *washingtontimes.com*.
[image: David Daleiden] The man behind the Planned Parenthood videos is now in a legal tussle with a judge whose ruling will keep the evidence hidden from the Supreme Court. David Daleiden, the man who helped create the series of Planned Parenthood videos...more »
Severe turbulence injured seven people on board an American airlines flight from Miami to Milan. The plane was forced to diverted and make an emergency landing in Newfoundland, Canada. Flight 206 carrying 192 passengers and 11 crew made the emergency landing at St. John’s airport at 9:46pm on Sunday. BREAKING: AA 206 from Miami to Milan has landed at St. John’s #YYT following diversion. Number of injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/tXdYs7PXXM — Mike Omelus (@MikeOGlobal) January 25, 2016 The LA Times reports: American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said three flight attendants and...more »
This is the Republican Party 2016 A week from tomorrow the first votes in the 2016 presidential election get cast as Iowans go out to caucus. Polling released yesterday shows Herr Trumpf beating back the Cruz threat in Iowa and across the country to the point where Cruz is looking more like he'll go to Cleveland as a Texas favorite son candidate-- the way Rand Paul will go as a Kentucky favorite son candidate-- rather than as an actual contender for the nomination, or even as someone able to deadlock the convention and stop Herr Trumpf's nomination. This morning's endorsement of Cruz...more »
*FP: * Syrian peace talks that were slated to begin today have been postponed, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while on a visit to Laos, played down posturing by the Syrian regime and opposition as “just tensions.” “We’re going to have the meetings and they’re going to start, but what we’re trying to do is make absolutely certain that when they start everybody is clear about roles and what’s happening, so that you don’t go there and wind up with a question mark or a failure,” Kerry said, saying he hoped the situation would be resolved in the next day or two. His comments co...more »
[image: Gender Neutral Bathroom] OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A group of women who say they are former victims of sexual assault are making an emotional plea to Washington state legislators to reverse a bathroom policy that they say leaves them and their young children vulnerable,...more »
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain early on Monday. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake hit at 4.22 a.m. 62 kilometres north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 164 kilometres east-southeast of Gibraltar. The quake was followed by a 5.3-magnitude tremor. There have been no reports of casualties. Buildings were damaged by the quake and tremors were felt in the south of Spain and in the Spanish enclave of Melilla bordering Morocco. Authorities in Melilla have decided to keep schools closed as a precautionary measure to r...more »
We have a secret obsession in our house. Buttons. No, not the one of your shirt, the pin back buttons with fun sayings and such on them. I started picking them up at book signings and my daughters fell in love with them. First we had them on a tote bag and now we keep our crazy collection on a canvas. It has everything from Doctor Who, to Harry Potter and lots in between on it. My daughter wanted to share our button love with her class this year and this is what we came up with. You will need: - The printable at the end of this post - scissors - pin back buttons (I found ...more »
*Sayer Ji* - Cancer screening advocates believe that it saves lives but studies prove otherwise. The post Major Study Concludes – ‘Cancer Screening Has Never Saved Lives’ appeared first on Waking Times.
[image: Family Hug - 900] The upcoming election cycle will be a difficult time for Christian parents of young adults, especially those whose kids have fallen into the gay movement. When families are torn apart by gender ideology, mainstream media outlets only serve to turn...more »
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[image: This image provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, shows three jail inmates charged with violent crimes who escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The men from left are, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture; 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder, and 43-year-old Bac Duong, charged with attempted murder.] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a daring and elaborate escape: cutting through metal, crawling through plumbing tunnels, climbing a roof, rappelling four stories to freedom...more »
http://www.sodahead.com/ Last week, Justin Trudeau appointed Michael Wernick Clerk of the Privy Council, replacing Harper appointee Janice Charette. The change caused a great deal of weeping and gnashing of teeth among Conservatives, who claimed the Trudeau appointment was partisan. Michael Harris writes: That was Jason Kenney’s cue to morph into Jason Fallon and crack up the Twitter-sphere. “The CPC government never appointed a partisan to a PCO position. We would have been (rightfully) pilloried had we done so.” One wonders wh...more »
By Paul Homewood We have had some discussion about the amount of wind power being generated in Denmark, which hit 41% of total electricity in 2014. Denmark is often held up by proponents of wind power to prove that large amounts are both feasible and can be easily integrated into national grid […]
*British PM says he'll back schools and courts which ban the veil as he outlines new rules on learning English in a bid to end segregated communities and tackle extremism* David Cameron today backed the right of schools and courts to ban people from wearing the veil in some circumstances, while insisting a nationwide ban would not be the right thing to do. The Prime Minister said generally people should be 'free to wear what they like' and within limits live their lives as they choose. But as he unveiled new policies for tackling extremism and segregation within migrant communiti...more »
*Blizzard Jonas caused by a slowdown of the Gulf Stream System?* *Warmist Rahmstorf is an actual oceanographer so he writes a fairly scholarly paper, which I excerpt below, but his Warmist assumptions do intrude a bit. He says the AMOC is slowing down, which is quite contentious, and attributes that without evidence to global warming. Since there has been no systematic warming, what he says is not only contentious but wrong.Mind you, he is on record as saying that even THOUSANDTHS of one degree in temperature change statistics mean something! So by his criteria we are nea...more »
[image: In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, Afghan security forces patrol in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. military officials say the Afghan army is rebuilding a key corps in a volatile southern province where security forces have been battling vicious Taliban assaults for months. (AP Photos/Abdul Khaliq, File)] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- After months of ferocious fighting, Afghan army units battling the Taliban in southern Helmand province are facing major restructuring and leadership changes, with several key commanders being replaced, a ...more »
[image: In this Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, a woman is evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall after gunmen attacked the venue in Paris. New video released Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, by the Islamic State group shows the extremists who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris committing atrocities in IS-controlled territory while plotting the slaughter in the French capital. The video shows the extent of the planning that went into the operation, which French authorities have said from the beginning was planned in Syria. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)] PARIS (AP) -- A new video released ...more »
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[image: Angelo Delacrus, 15, right, of Passaic, who came from Dominican Republic recently, shovels snow in the middle of Van Buren Street in Passaic, N.J., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.] NEW YORK (AP) -- East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard face fresh challenges as the workweek begins: slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalk entrances. For...more »
[image: Donald Trump in Iowa] PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh chiropractor’s obituary is asking people to not vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in lieu of sending flowers. Jason Brown tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he and his brother decided to include the line in their...more »
[image: Russia's Ruble - 900] MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia’s economy shrank 3.7 percent in 2015, the worst drop since the depths of the global financial crisis, as the country struggled with a drop in the price of its oil exports and international sanctions, the state...more »
Evening wrap....... *zerohedge* @zerohedge 12m 12 minutes ago Like a bad joke: *EX-BOJ DEPUTY IWATA SEES CHANCE FOR EASING THIS WEEK: ASAHI *RANsquawk* @RANsquawk 50m 50 minutes ago Asian equity markets track the losses from Wall St. as the best 2-day rally in crude for 7 years reversed below the USD 30/bbl level #ASIA *Javier Blas* @JavierBlas2 1h 1 hour agoHounslow, London So much for the rally: WTI #oil drops below $30 a barrel (down more than 7% to $29.74). Brent falls to $30.08 [image: Embedded image permalink] *zerohedge* @zerohed...more »
[image: Egyptian policemen give out chocolates to citizens marking Police Day, which falls on Jan. 25, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.] CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt’s president paid tribute on Sunday to the country’s 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, saying that protesters killed during the 18-day revolt had sought to revive “noble principles” and found a “new Egypt.” President...more »
*Now, the Earth fights for it's own survival and if Man continues to threaten Earth's survival, then the Earth will defend itself more vigilantly and Mankind will suffer far greater hardships than those of today. We only ask that you look upon each other and the Earth with a loving gaze. * *For love is the greatest of all survival mechanisms built into the human system. For in love, one acts in a kind and responsible manner that insures the survival of all life forms in your Earth realm as well as the Mother of All Life, which you in your cultural view refer to as, the Earth.* ...more »
I've been carefully following the lead poisoning of children in Flint Michigan. The narrative emerging in the press is one of dispossession as the governor ignored concerns about contaminated water after the city turned to its local river for a cheap water source: Abby Goodnough, Monical Davey, and Mitch Smith, "When the Water Turned Brown," The New York Times, January 23, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/us/when-the-water-turned-brown.html?_r=0 Nearly a year and a half after the city started using water from the long-polluted Flint River and soon after Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s n...more »
*BY TOM HARRIS AND TERRY DUNLEAVY* Australians and New Zealanders are known as no-nonsense straight shooters, people who come to your aid without complaint in times of distress. On September 3, 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Australia and New Zealand were among the first countries to enter World War II. The countries’ soldiers have had an enviable reputation as first-class fighters since at least 1915. In World War I and; II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq, elite Anzac troops distinguished themselves as valued comrades in arms in the defense of freedom. So it is pe...more »
*Daily Mail:* *The seven biggest threats to humanity revealed: From a nuclear winter to a devastating supervolcano, experts explain the violent ways the world could end* * How It Works magazine has summarised seven devastating scenarios that could result in the end of the world * They include an asteroid smashing into Earth, a nuclear winter, global pandemic and the sun dying * The most probable is the eruption of a supervolcano and a super-eruption is said to occur once every 100,000 years The apocalypse may be a popular subject of sci-fi films, but there are some very real scien...more »
[image: Mortar in Snow-900] A mortar round exits the tube in a flash of smoke and fire during training at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Jan. 12, 2016. Thanks to John Pennell for capturing this image!
Joe Polchinski was the only participant of the December 2015 Munich workshop on testability who didn't physically attend the meeting (his spirit and world view was represented by David Gross, an actor). He was also the only defender of the multiverse over there. But his talk has made a bigger impact than the talks of anyone else, anyway. Polchinski focused both on the multiverse and string theory that has been a tremendous success so far. Today, he released a continuation of his essay on the arXiv: Why trust a theory? Some further remarks (part 1) He offers a new perspective on his...more »
A peshmerga commander indicates US forces fighting in Kirkuk with video footage on his phone. Photograph: Fazel Hawramy for the Guardian *Carla Babb, VOA*: *How Involved Are US Special Forces in Fight Against Islamic State?* PENTAGON - As Defense Secretary Ash Carter calls for continued U.S. "boots on the ground" in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group, the public is still trying to figure out the current role of U.S. troops deployed there. The United States currently has about 3,550 service members in Iraq, with about 2,750 of those aiding Iraqi security forces a...more »
U.S. Marines fire weapons on deck during a sustainment exercise aboard the USS Boxer at sea, Jan. 18, 2016. The Boxer is currently preparation for an upcoming deployment. The Marines are assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hector de Jesus
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Totschlaeger *Washington Free Beacon:* *Stratcom: China Moving Rapidly to Deploy New Hypersonic Glider* *Beijing also tested anti-satellite missile in October.* China conducted six successful tests of a new high-speed hypersonic glide vehicle, the most recent in November, and also recently tested an anti-satellite missile, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Friday. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander in charge of nuclear forces, said the tests are part of a worrying military buildup by China, which also includes China’s aggressi...more »
“This pretty, open cluster of stars, M34, is about the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Easy to appreciate in small telescopes, it lies some 1,800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus. At that distance, M34 physically spans about 15 light-years. *Click image for larger size.* Formed at the same time from the same cloud of dust and gas, all the stars of M34 are about 200 million years young. But like any open star cluster orbiting in the plane of our galaxy, M34 will eventually disperse as it experiences gravitational tides and encounters with the Milky Way's interstellar c...more »
*“The Broken Web”* by Chet Raymo “Every fall, when a mysterious seasonal alarm clock tells them to go, the monarch butterflies of our New England meadows set off on one of the most remarkable migrations in the animal kingdom. They wing their way to a tiny patch of forest in the mountains of central Mexico that they have never visited before, where they are joined by millions of their cousins from all over eastern North America. They rest and feed and wait out the winter. Then, in the spring, they set out for northern meadows, breeding and dying along the way. There will be no Mexic...more »
*“Alone”* “Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home, Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone. I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong, That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone, Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. There are some millionaires With money they can't use, Their wives run round like banshees, Their children sing the blues. They've got expensive doctors To cure their hearts of stone, But nobody, No, nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone, Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alon...more »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
No, folks, Auckland is no longer unaffordable. It is now officially a violently, outrageously, horrendously, *severely* unaffordable city in which to buy a home. 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 ...more »
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 »
*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 »
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 »
An Australian family say that they have been targeted by Police for speaking out against the adverse reactions of vaccines following the paralysis of the Father after he received the dTpa vaccine Ben Hammond and his wife Tanya had to have the dTpa vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough), otherwise the hospital would have refused them access to their baby. After the myriad of serious health problems that followed 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. Vaxinfo...more »
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 »
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 »
*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 »
[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*.
[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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 »
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 »
*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 »
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 »
[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 »
[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 »
[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*.
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[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 »
*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 »
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"* 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"* 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 »
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 »
*“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 »
*“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 »
*“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 »
[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 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 »
*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 »
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 »
[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*.
[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*.
*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 »
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 »
[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*.
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 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 »
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 »
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.
[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 »
[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 »
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 »
*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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
[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 »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.