[image: Deployed Marines-900] U.S. Marines recover a simulated casualty as part of an exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on Jan. 12, 2016. Thank you to these brave Marines for their service overseas. Come home soon!
I would have absolutely loved one of these bassinets with my little ones and I am so excited to be able to give one to one of you! As a mom, keeping your baby close and safe is of utmost importance. Thankfully, there are products like the HALO Bassinest to help you do just that. The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is the only bassinet that swivels to bring baby to you for close, safe sleep. Courtney from Viva Veltoro recently had the chance to review the HALO Bassinest and a HALO SleepSack Swaddle with her new baby girl. Be sure to check out her review to see all of the amazing fea...more »
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *FBI going 'right to the source' in Clinton email probe, interviewing intel agencies* The FBI is going straight to the source in its investigation of classified emails that crossed Hillary Clinton’s personal server, speaking with the intelligence agencies – and in some cases, the individuals – that generated the information, two intelligence sources familiar with the probe told Fox News. Investigators are meeting with the agencies and individuals to determine the classification level in the emails. The step speaks to the dilig...more »
From: Global Warming Racket and Climate Change SuperscamIf you are reading this, Al Gore is wrong. We haven't all been fried and died. While pushing his Science Fiction propaganda piece, *An Inconvenient Truth*, Al Gore appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006. At the time, CBS News reported: The former vice president came to town for the premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary chronicling what has become his crusade since losing the 2000 presidential election: Educating the masses that global warming is about to toast our ecology and ou...more »
[image: Donald Trump - 900] I’ve been hearing about the impending “conservative crackup” for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost...more »
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, front, and the guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea and USS Gettysburg participate in a group sail. All three ships are part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group and are underway conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. Navy Visual News Service.Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bash Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest: *Can the U.S. Navy Stop Aircraft Carriers From Becoming Old 'Battleships'?* Let’s face facts. It hasn’t been a good couple of years for aircraft carriers—specifically American aircraft carr...more »
[image: Donald Trump] When the publisher of National Review magazine, Jack Fowler, called and asked me to write 300 words on why I oppose Donald Trump for president of the United States, my first thought was about the derision that was sure to...more »
*January 27, 2016 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - US policymakers have long conspired to broker what would be meant to appear as a historic deal with the political order in Tehran. It would be a deal almost unreasonably compromising for the United States, in order to enhance the illusion that the West sought every means to integrate Iran peacefully back into the "international community" before resorting to armed and direct military aggression. Knowing that Iran will never exist within Washington, Wall Street, London, and Brussels' "international order" as an obedient client state, a ...more »
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station. Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott, and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg *Popular Mechanics*: *Here Is Every Aircraft Carrier in the World* *From Brazil to the U.S.A., a guide to air power at sea.* Only ...more »
[image: Highway 395 is blocked at Seneca between John Day and Burns, Ore., by Oregon State police officers the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. A more than 50-mile stretch of highway in Oregon has been closed near where an armed group has been occupying a national wildlife refuge. A group led by Ammon Bundy seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns on Jan. 2 as part of a long-running dispute over public lands in the West.] Authorities say shots were fired Tuesday during the arrest of members of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlif...more »
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Active Shooter Reported At San Diego Naval Medical Center Denmark Passes Law To Seize Valuables, Cash From Refugees Federal Conspiracy Law: A Brief Overview, Scientists teaching computers to recognize sarcasm A second town with high lead levels in water: When will it stop? Mutant mosquitoes to be deployed to stop Zika outbreak in Brazil Strong 6.1 quake hits Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain Indonesian birds on the brink as forests plunderedFrance's Highways Descend Into "Chaos & Lawlessness" "ISIS Has Enjoyed Turkish Money For Oil For A Very, Very Long ...more »
Jeb's SuperPAC, Right to Rise, made the 30 second ad above. I don't know what it cost them to make it or to run it but I do know one thing: it was a complete waste of money no matter what it cost and didn't persuade a single voter... unless it persuaded them to *not* vote for Jeb. He-- and his donors-- are being taken for a ride by consultants who are getting rich while Jeb's campaign flounders. And it isn't *just* poor Jeb... even if he *is* getting the worst of it. Total political ad spending for the presidential campaigns are through the roof. A week from today Iowans will cau...more »
The U.S. Air Force's "boneyard" of surplus warplanes at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. US Air Force *David Barno and Nora Bensahel, War On The Rocks:* *Preparing For The Next Big War* “For almost twenty years we had all of the time and almost none of the money; today we have all of the money and no time.” Those words were spoken by Army Chief of Staff George Marshall in 1940 as he was facing the imminent entry of the United States into World War II. He was lamenting the fact that when large conflicts suddenly arrive, all the money in the world cannot magically fix militar...more »
[image: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.] With the Iowa caucuses just a week away, let's take stock of Marco Rubio's chances there and beyond. In Iowa -- the season's first electoral contest -- Rubio sits a distant third behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Their lead...more »
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev (L) looks at President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the BRICS countries' senior officials in charge of security matters at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/SERGEI KARPUKHIN *Reuters*: *Putin's top security adviser says U.S. is after Russia's minerals* The head of Russia's Security Council said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday that the United States wanted a weakened Russia so as to gain access to its vast mineral resources. The attack on the United States by Nikolai Patrushev came against...more »
I am in Ketagalan Media today: The international media, always fifteen years behind events, has discovered the rising Taiwanese identity among the young. Commentators variously attribute it to the rise of democracy, the Chen Shui-bian era reforms to education, student activism, and other causes. But there is one element they miss: travel... Go to Travel, and the Taiwanese Identity to see the rest.... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to oth...more »
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Roundhouse Gymnasium, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Marshalltown, Iowa.] Dear Mr. Falwell, In light of your not-unexpected endorsement of Donald Trump for president, I have some candid questions for you. But I write with the utmost respect for Liberty University and with real appreciation for your own labors, not to...more »
[image: Woman and Bills, Documents, Frustration, Frustrated, Aggravated Woman and Bills, Documents, Frustration, Frustrated, Aggravated] Consumers increasingly are dissatisfied with U.S. government services, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Scoring 63.9 on a scale of 0 to 100, satisfaction with federal government services declined for the third year in...more »
By Bertolt Brecht AMONGST THE HIGHLY PLACED It is considered low to talk about food. The fact is: they have Already eaten. The lowly must leave this earth Without having tasted Any good meat. For wondering where they come from and Where they are going The fine evenings find them Too exhausted. They have not yet seen The mountains and the great sea When their time is already up. If the lowly do not Think about what's low They will never rise. THE BREAD OF THE HUNGRY HAS ALL BEEN EATEN Meat has become unknown. Useless The pouring out of the people's sweat. The laurel groves have been...more »
*-by Dorothy Reik,President, Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains* The curtain has been pulled aside. Money has been laid on the table. Bloomberg and Trump are in a bidding war for the presidency of the United States-- but they are bidding against the people as well as against each other. And the winner gets-- our country! In the past the buyers of presidencies hid behind PACS and SuperPACs, like the Koch brothers, but now Bloomberg and Trump have each pledged to spend whatever it takes to buy the presidency of our country. This is a truly terrifying proposition an...more »
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[image: This undated booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, shows 43-year-old Bac Duong, one of three jail inmates charged with violent crimes, who escaped from the 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 Duong, charged with attempted murder. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday that the inmates were last seen at 5 a.m. and could have escaped anytime between then and late Friday ...more »
Asia , Emerging Nations , Puerto Rico , Commodities .... *EM Equity* @EM_Equity 3m 3 minutes ago World Bank Cuts Iron Ore Predictions Through 2020 as Glut Builds http:// bloom.bg/1SicRce *Simon Ting* @simonting 29m 29 minutes ago $SSEC Index is breaking below 2,700 handle... *Simon Ting* @simonting 41m 41 minutes ago Many A-Share at significant shareholders "share option pledge" reached their call-loan threshold. Lenders are exercising their rights now. *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* @HaidiLun 58m 58 minutes ago Ooof. Downturn worsens for China's i...more »
A new report released by the Kremlin states that Russia’s refusal to accept Levant War Zone refugees into the country stems from recent discovery of a mysterious “Judgement Day map” found on a refugee attempting to enter the country. According to Russian officials, the map depicts a “day of judgement” quote from the Qur’an on a document that they have linked back to a U.S. bio-weapons laboratory in Ukraine, where people have died from a mysterious new virus. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: According to this report, FSB Border Troops processed over 5,500 of these asylum seekers into Norwa...more »
The U.S. Senate is looking likely to approve plans to give President Obama unlimited war powers that amount to declaring martial law upon the entire world. Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s war resolution allows for the use of military force (UAMF) for declaring war against ISIS, granting Obama more powers than Bush did after the 9/11 attacks, effectively making America a police state. Activistpost.com reports: The AUMF put forward by McConnell would not restrict the president’s use of ground troops, nor have any limits related to time or geography. Nor would it touch on the issue o...more »
Brazil have deployed over 200,000 military troops to go ‘house to house’ in order to attempt to bring the Zika virus outbreak under control. Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been blamed for causing a birth defect epidemic, rapidly spreading across the world. Soldiers will visit homes across Brazil offering advice and medical assistance to people suffering from the virus. Dailymail.co.uk reports: The government, under growing pressure to deal with the crisis, will also hand out repellent to at least 400,000 pregnant women on social welfare. The virus has been linked to serious birth de...more »
Journalist Ben Swann has examined claims that the CDC covered up evidence that vaccines cause autism over a decade ago. Truthinmedia.com reports: For over two years, Truth In Media has explored the allegations of Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist who came forward in 2014, hired a whistleblower attorney, and claimed that important data regarding a study on vaccines and autism was eliminated. Thompson’s claims have led to a divide among Americans, with some believing that Thompson’s allegations are credible and should be investigated further, and others convinced that the documen...more »
The Doomsday Clock, maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will remain at at 3 midnights to midnight the group announced, indicating the world remains in “grave danger”. The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, representing a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g. nuclear war, World War 3, climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The closer they set the Clock to midnight, the closer the scientists believe the world is to armageddon. Sputniknews.com reports: T...more »
Russia have demanded that the US Treasury Department backup their claims that President Putin is “corrupt” by providing evidence. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has accused the US government of making up the accusations saying that “none of these questions require an answer, because they are pure fiction“. Pravdareport.com reports: Earlier, Adam Szubin, the officer in charge of sanctions at the US Treasury Department suggested that the Russian president was enriching his friends and close allies while marginalizing those whom he does not consider his friends. “Whether that’s Russi...more »
Italian authorities have said that they fear that Italy will soon “crumble” as an expected tidal wave of 400,000 immigrants looks likely to arrive in the coming weeks, Italian sources say. According to experts, the worse is yet to come as Italy becomes a last stop for thousands of migrants entering the Italian peninsula. Breitbart.com reports: Until a few days ago the Italian peninsula was a transit channel for tens of thousands of desperate migrants en route to the countries of Northern Europe, yet now these same migrants are finding themselves stranded in Italy because of closed b...more »
*Jason Thomson, CSM: **How corrupt is Russia?* The US Treasury has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being corrupt, while Putin has been encouraging his cabinet to work harder against corruption. Is there any way of knowing where the corruption lies? Russian President Vladimir Putin is corrupt, according to a US Treasury official’s comments Monday to the BBC. The country as a whole needs to do a better job of tackling corruption at all levels, President Putin in turn told his cabinet Tuesday. Russia has long been plagued by allegations of corruption, but how much of a p...more »
People across South Carolina reported hearing vibrations and loud boom sounds earlier on Tuesday afternoon. Residents in Charleston, Berkeley, Williamsburg, and Mount Pleasant reported hearing the strange sounds. Counton2.com reports: Some on Daniel Island, James Island and Goose Creek said their homes shook. This happened around 12:26 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The USGS website currently does not have an earthquake recorded. At 1:37 p.m. the USGS said “We see no detectable EQ in Charleston at the time of reported shaking. The origin of the disturbance is unknown possibly a sonic boo...more »
[image: FILE - This file photo combination made from Aug. 6, 2015, photos shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Fox News Channel host and moderator Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland. Trump is welcoming Kelly back from a vacation with a broadside of criticism, tweeting that he liked her show better when she was away. Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the debate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)] Donald Trump “will not be participating” in Thursday nig...more »
The Bush administration empowered the Indian government in 2008 in a deal that allowed it to increase and modernize its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent against Pakistan and China. Foreign Policy In Focus reports: Bush Administration Nuclear Policy Enabled India’s H-bomb Program In December, the Center for Public Integrity published an investigative report by Adrian Levy titled Experts worry that India is creating new fuel for an arsenal of H-bombs. It was also published in Foreign Policy with the more alarming title India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear ...more »
“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle” *Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: * “Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them... But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought; all we ought to have said, and have not said; all we ought to have done, and have not done; I pray thee God for forgiveness.” *Buliwyf:* “Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother and my sisters, and my brothers. Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning. Lo, the...more »
*Daily Mail*: *World is closest it has been to catastrophe since the Cold War: Doomsday Clock remains at just three minutes to midnight* * Doomsday Clock is a symbolic countdown to possible global catastrophe * There has been progress in the Iran nuclear and the Paris climate deals * But concern remains over the continuing conflict in Ukraine and Syria * Experts are also worried about movement of short-to-medium range nuclear weapons by Russia, as well as ongoing global warming The minute hand on the symbolic Doomsday Clock remains at three minutes to midnight, marking the direst se...more »
I'll touch just briefly on the Irving press because there isn't much to touch on. A6 has a story that New Brunswick's history curriculum in its schools scores a B- (which is actually quite decent.) But t's a story that doesn't seem to know what history is – except for trite phrases like “It is the country's rearview mirror.” If it is, it's a lousy mirror because most of the history taught in elementary and high school is pure bunk. It has to be. Parents would raise hell if teachers told the truth. In the U.S., it's so bad that Americans have almost no sense of the real history of t...more »
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“Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this cosmic galaxy portrait. In fact, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Its own dusty disk, young blue star clusters, and pink star forming regions standout in the sharp, colorful telescopic image. *Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus, NGC 4945 is only about six times farther away than Andromeda, the nearest large spiral galaxy to the Milky Way. Though the galaxy's central region is largely hidden from view for op...more »
[image: Benghazi] Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee Trey Gowdy says the results of the Committee will be "eye-opening" and "surprising." Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Monday, Hewitt asked Gowdy, "Do you believe the question has been asked and answered... Continue reading *“Gowdy: ‘Eye-Opening’ and ‘Surprising’ Results to Come Soon from Benghazi Investigation”* at *dailycaller.com*.
*“Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”* by Chet Raymo “I'd received a book in the mail, as I sometimes do, for potential review on this blog, James Stein's “Cosmic Numbers: The Numbers That Define Our Universe”. I often write here about books I read, but I don't review. I did glance at Stein's book, however. It has an audience, but it's not for me; been there, done that. The subtitle is provocative, however. The idea that a dozen or so numbers "define the universe." *That's* a mind-blowing concept. The gravitational constant. The speed of light. Absolute zero. Planck's constan...more »
“There are some things that are best forgotten. And when I remember what a few of them are, I'll drop you a line. But a couple of things worth remembering, that are all too easily forgotten, are the times in your life when you felt absolutely alone and uncertain. Yet somehow, perhaps beyond perception, there was a great click, after which suddenly a new friend appeared, an idea was imparted, or a connection established, causing the tides to turn and the floodgates to open. And remembering this, should such "alone and uncertain times" ever revisit you, however dark they may seem, yo...more »
*"A Blessing"* "May the light of your soul guide you. May the light of your soul bless the work You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart. May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul. May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work. May your work never weary you. May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement. May you be present in what you do. May you never become lost in the bland absences. May the day never burden you. May dawn find you awake a...more »
*"I Want A Lot"* "You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything: the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. So many live on and want nothing and are raised to the rank of prince by the slippery ease of their light judgments. But what you love to see are faces that so work and feel thirst... You have not grown old, and it is not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secret." - Rainer Maria Rilke
“Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning. Does our being alive matter?” - Harold S. Kushner
*"Three Blind Men And An Elephant"* Author unknown, many attributions. "One day, three blind men happened to meet each other and gossiped a long time about many things. Suddenly one of them recalled, " I heard that an elephant is a queer animal. Too bad we're blind and can't see it." "Ah, yes, truly too bad we don't have the good fortune to see the strange animal," another one sighed. The third one, quite annoyed, joined in and said, "See? Forget it! Just to feel it would be great." "Well, that's true. If only there were some way of touching the elephant, we'd be able to know," they...more »
“I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now.” “Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.” “The September 11 assault was horrendous. But there's another assault that's taking place. It's an assault upon our intelligence. It's an assault upon our sense of decency as well as upon our faiths too, I believe.” “That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of th...more »
Links..... *Pentagon on Afghanistan: US 'Can't Really Leave'* *UN Hopes Six-Month Syria Talks to Start Friday* *Libya's UN-Recognized Parliament Rejects UN-Backed Govt* *Saudi Strike Kills Anti-Hadi Judge in Yemen, Six Relatives* *Europol Claims ISIS Has Training Camps Across the EU* Mass Grave Found in Ramadi; 167 Killed Across Iraq Czechs to Send Guns, Ammunition to Iraq and Jordan to Fight ISIS Kurds Accuse Syria Pro-Govt Militia of Bombings In Berlin, Little Optimism Ahead of Syria Peace Talks Syria's US-Backed Rebel Alliance Expanding Landing Field...more »
[image: Democratic Snail Race - 900] The Sanders campaign is sending out mailings telling supporters that they’ve still a little behind but they’ve almost caught up, and would you send us just $3.00 so we can win? The Clinton campaign is telling people on its website...more »
Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon, 18th Engineer Company, Task Force Arrowhead cross a river as they search for improvised explosive devices near the village of Khaleqdad Khan in Afghanistan's Zabul province in 2012. Tim Wimborne/Reuters *Ben Thompson, CSM*: *When will US forces leave Afghanistan?* Despite plans to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of last year, the US is maintaining a presence of nearly 10,000 troops in the central Asian republic and will not begin to scale back its operations there until 2017. Amid a Taliban resurgence and ongoing struggles against Al Qa...more »
*Prior to the PKK suddenly ending the ceasefire!* Cause Turkey ain't talkin' trash when it's elected government speaks of the ties between PKK and YPG. Erdogan thought he was playing in the big leagues. Turkey being a NATO member. Erdogan forgot Turkey is a member of NATO out of convenience and nothing more. *Btw:* this wouldn't be the first time the US double crossed Turkey- Turkey wanted reassurances way back, when the US attacked Iraq. And those reassurances were not delivered despite Paul Wolfowitz's *understanding * ways!* Pt2: Kurd/ISIS symbiosis and the Impending destabili...more »
Can anyone image gettting a pistoal with one shot as the evealuazaion of dear leader Yet it happened thats desperation and its not a lost human love song it goes on everyday because everyone knows if you do not succed at the top its the pistal at the end of the day So all you masters of the universive who face the same fate are you really that into russion rouletet\\\\ or could a decade pass without you being the top jackass without taking the chance your brain would be the latest wallpaper
[image: hamzeh - 400] Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Milwaukee man who planned a mass shooting, according to a release by United States Attorney's Office of Eastern District of Wisconsin. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer.... Continue reading *“FBI Thwarts Mass Shooting Planned at Masonic Temple in Milwaukee”* at *cbs58.com*.
So much good going down in the world but it seems its all micro scale the marco numbers are terrifying I am not scared cause my time has passed it was my people that said the past cant last So we turned on the reality distoriton machine big time if the sucker believe Jesus walked on water well we could make you believe anything and now PT baily is the next President and what will he do not going to be good for a man who knows he is nothing like me and you In history have we seen any culture with all the levers set to insantiy mode miss that cliff nope we are going faster accelerating in ...more »
*Reuters:* *Syrian opposition says will decide Wednesday if to attend peace talks* BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition council hoping to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power signaled on Tuesday it might accept an invitation to peace talks in Geneva but said a final decision would only be made on Wednesday. "There is consensus in the High Committee on being positive in our decision (to accept)," spokesman Salim al-Muslat told the Arabic news channel Arabiya al-Hadath. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* U.N. invites warring parties *to Syria talks this week.* Syrian PYD Ku...more »
Leader of the Badr Organisation Hadi al-Amiri speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad *Reuters*: *Leading Iraqi Shi'ite says Islamic State shrugging off U.S. air strikes* Flush with cash and weapons, Islamic State is attracting huge numbers of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria and withstanding U.S.-led air strikes that are failing to hit the right targets, a powerful Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary leader told Reuters in an interview. Hadi al-Amiri also said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and in Iraq, despite report...more »
Well knock me down with a pointy hat and a Welsh male choir, the Pet Shop Boys have done it again by releasing a *confounding* but brilliant dance track. It's not very 'Pet-Shop-Boysy', is it? Not that their first two decades were dud by any means, but if the new single, *Inner Sanctum* is representative of the forthcoming album, it's going to be a must-listen for any dance fan. What I love about this are the clear 90s trance influences. One moment you can hear Age of Love's *Age of Love* working its way through, and then it starts tugging at *Cafe del Mar*. As a trance head, how ca...more »
The Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon said that ISIS has been funded with Turkish money for a long time. He said that Turkey supports terror instead of combating it and has permitted ISIS to enjoy “Turkish money for oil”. Speaking to reporters in Athens on Tuesday, Ya’alon said: “As you know, Daesh enjoyed Turkish money for oil for a very, very long period of time. I hope that it will be ended” adding that Istanbul had become the “Hamas’ terror headquarters outside of Gaza.” Haaretz report: Ya’alon said that “It’s up to Turkey, the Turkish government, the Turkish leadership, to...more »
[image: Donald Trump6 - 400] It's been nearly one week since National Review published their special edition magazine titled, “Against Trump,” a symposium of 22-diverse conservatives making a case against Donald Trump's run for the White House. I have a signed copy of God &... Continue reading *“Katie Pavlich v. Trump Supporters”* at *townhall.com*.
[image: Kitty in boots - 400] Frederick Warne & Co., an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's, will this September release a previously unpublished children's story by Beatrix Potter, with new illustrations by Quentin Blake. The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, penned by Potter in 1914, was found... Continue reading *“The Tail of Kitty-in-Boots: ‘Lost’ Beatrix Potter Story to be Published in September”* at *thebookseller.com*.
Those with an interest in the history of economic thought might want to consider this summer program. I have been told that the program is designed primarily for faculty members in economics, other social sciences, and the humanities, though three of the twenty-five slots are reserved for graduate students.
I cherish my time at The Texan but don’t ask me to choose it over my time at The Rag. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | January 26, 2016 AUSTIN — The Rag started in 1966 in reaction … finish reading Steve Russell : *METRO* | Do the right thing, and be proud of your mistakes
The last Republican presidential candidate to win Washington was Reagan in 1984. Although Washington is basically a blue state-- Obama beat McCain 58-40 and beat Romney 56-41, both U.S.senators are Democrats and every governor for over 30 years has been a Democrat-- the state Senate is narrowly controlled by the Republicans + one renegade conservaDem, Tim Sheldon from a district across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Sheldon's idea of "bipartisan" is to hand the majority role to the Republicans and to join them in voting against marriage equality and backing their toxic agenda. But ...more »
A water treatment plant operator stands accused of falsifying reports as another lead poisoning scandal strikes a second US town. Schools in Sebring, Ohio have been closed and children and pregnant women have been advised not to drink tap water. Elevated lead levels were detected in the water last year, but local officials failed to notify thousands of residents for months. RT reports: Schools in Sebring, a village about 60 miles southeast of Cleveland, were closed on Friday and Monday as officials tested for elevated lead levels in the water supply. Testing over the weekend found o...more »
[image: Chick-fil-A's original chicken sandwich.] A Tennessean father is crediting Chick-fil-A with helping teach his daughter "life lessons" in his viral Facebook post about a store manager's kindness towards a man in need. "I love teaching my daughter life lessons, and I also love being there...more »
[image: In this Jan. 19, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas passes his campaign bus as he arrives for a campaign stop at the Freedom Country Store in Freedom, N.H. Cruz is dreaming of a face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, even before the first primary votes are cast. He warns his supporters about what he thinks America will look like under a Clinton administration, predicting a nuclear-armed Iran, amnesty for millions of people in America illegally and the continuation of President Barack Obama’s health care law.] Ted Cruz has da...more »
[image: flint-water-top - 900] President Barack Obama was quick to condemn Michigan officials for letting high levels of lead contaminate Flint's drinking water and promised millions of dollars in aid and justice for the city. The same cannot be said for his reaction to...more »
[image: Club-Allure-Chicago-Facebook - 900] A convent of Illinois nuns has filed a lawsuit to shut down a Chicago-area strip club in their own backyard, alleging there is a lot more than lap dances going on behind closed doors. A hearing for the Stone Park...more »
A new year, and a brand new report about what may eventually turn out to be the biggest disaster in US military history, the fiasco known as the Lougheed Martin F35 Lightning II fighter aircraft..... For the last few years I have been looking closely at this flying hunk of garbage, the F35 "Lightning II" fighter aircraft that has been hailed as the future of America's air defenses, and an aircraft that will guarantee America's "air superiority" over its adversaries for decades to come... From what I have read and from what I know about aeronautics and the fact that stealth itself is...more »
*until the Iowa caucus. * Meantime in our upside down world, Planned Parenthood makes oodles of money by selling aborted baby parts and the* people who exposed them are indicted for exposing them.* If you're a man who thinks he's a woman, but still has all his dangly parts, you can compete against the women at the Olympics. Wait, it gets better. The new IOC guidelines place no restrictions on the eligibility of transgender men to compete in the Olympics. Transgender women, however, must maintain a testosterone level below 10 nmol/L—as monitored by testing—for at least a year bef...more »
I finally have a mantel. I have wanted to say those things for years. When we were looking at houses this past summer, it was on my secret wish list. You know the wish list that won't make or break if you buy a house, but you really, really want? That was my mantel. I love having a mantel to decorate for each holiday now. Christmas was a really simple mantel, my entire little people nativity was spread across the top of it. For Valentine's day, I wanted something that was a little more elaborate. For this Mantel I Used: - 2 Heart Bouquets (Find the tutorial here) - 2 Weddi...more »
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016Presenting the art of the con:* In recent years, the conservative world has been burdened with the ludicrous Sarah Palin and her endless complaints about the depredations of "the lamestream media." Due to the nature of tribal belief, many conservatives can't see that they're often being played when Palin makes these complaints. Unfortunately, we in the liberal world now have our own counterpart to Palin. We refer to Rachel Maddow's endless pseudo-complaints about "the Beltway press." Last night, Maddow started her program with a tale about the work of the...more »
[image: A Syrian refugee woman holds Syrian passports as she queues to apply for immigration outside the German Embassy on the northern outskirts of Beirut, on September 10, 2015. Lebanon, with a population of just four million, is hosting more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees.] Islamic State has a burgeoning passport manufacturing industry, which originally got its start after militants seized a trove of documents from Iraq, Syria and Libya. French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve delivered news of the thriving passport operation Monday...more »
*Yonhap News*: *N. Korea slams Japan for renewing territorial claims on Dokdo islets* SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea slammed Japan on Tuesday for asserting its claims on South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo, calling it an "unabashed" claim. North Korea's main propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri, rebuked Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for repeating his government's territorial claims over the Dokdo islets in a speech on foreign policy to the Diet on Friday. "It is needless to say that Dokdo is Korea's territory historically, geographically and legally. Against ...more »
German supermarket chain Aldi Süd has become the first major retailer in Europe to ban pesticides toxic to bees. The ban will include neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam, from all produce sold in their stores with the retailer expecting fruit and vegetable suppliers to comply with their new policy as soon as possible Beyond pesticides report: Aldi has requested suppliers comply at the earliest possible time. In light of the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, retailers in Europe and the U.S. are slowly beginning to make the switch away from ...more »
*VOA*: *Kerry Asking China to Rein In North Korea's Nuclear Tests* BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, now in Beijing, will urge China to do more to press North Korea to stop its controversial nuclear tests during his talks beginning shortly in the Chinese capital. Kerry has meetings planned with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi early Wednesday, and the two top diplomats will hold a news conference before they hold further talks at a working lunch, U.S. officials said. Earlier this month, Pyongyang conducted what it said was a successful test of a hydrogen bomb -- a move...more »
*“L.A.’s Methane/Radiation Blowout, 1/26/2016"* by ENE News *View from Aliso Canyon. The tall buildings you see at the image top are downtown L.A.* Los Angeles County, California 2014 Population estimate: 10,116,705 San Fernando Valley, California 2014 Population estimate: 1,571,548 *Experts:* Magnitude of LA gas leak “way beyond what any of us have ever been told” — “It’s a worst case emission” — “I’ve never seen a release of this magnitude” — It’s flowing directly into towns with “very little dilution… a worst case scenario” — “Very dangerous condition… be very, very concerned” (VI...more »
Christine DeTroy (Brunswick, Maine) describes growing up in Hitler's Germany, opposing the Nazis but knowing that silence was essential for survival. She sees parallels between Germany at that time and present trends in the United States. This edition of *This Issue* marks the first program as I move into my 13th year of doing this public access TV show in Maine. *This Issue* now airs in 14 local communities across our state. Thanks to our great production crew of volunteers that include Eric Herter, Dan Ellis, and Peter Woodruff.
[image: Ralph’s Thriftway Pharmacy, Olympia, Wash.] Can a state force pharmacists to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs at the expense of their religious beliefs? This is the central issue in a case the Supreme Court may agree to hear in its next term. In 2007 the State of...more »
Yes indeed, these worthless, conniving money whores dedicated and ever useless parasites hard working public servants believe they should get a raise. Based on how totally, absolutely screwed up literally everything in this country seems to be how remarkably well the economy is doing, besides getting hung what do you think they deserve? I'm reminded of Mark Twain's opinion of these clowns people... "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." "All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, o...more »
US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt (part of the now infamous 'Fuck the EU' phone call with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland) has made a video about his recent trip to western Ukraine. He went to witness the US Army Special Forces train units of Ukraine's neo-Nazis for their war on the people of eastern Ukraine along the Russian border. The US is working overtime to militarize eastern Europe and to aim the NATO military apparatus against the Russian Federation. The western corporate-dominated military bloc seeks regime change in...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Brazil sends in 200,000 soldiers to stop the spread of the Zika virus outbreak which has seen huge numbers of babies born with small heads* * More than 200,000 soldiers are being sent 'house to house' in Brazil in the battle against Zika-carrying mosquitoes * They are to distribute leaflets and dispense advice, signalling a major ramping up of efforts against the Zika virus * Although not deadly, the virus has been linked to cases of severe brain damage and birth defects in newborn babies * Pregnant women are being told to avoid travelling to the affected 22 countri...more »
*“Michael Pento- Devastating Metastasizing Global Depression On its Way”* Next Crash Worse than 1929 & 2008 Combined By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Money manager Michael Pento says the next crash will be one for the record books. Pento contends, “If you look at any of the economic data coming out, it screams recession. It will be one of the worst recessions since 2008 and 1929—combined.” This is a description of a global depression. Pento contends, “Unfortunately, I think that’s exactly where we are headed. It’s not my opinion. It’s not a Cassandra. It’s not my view. It’s the entir...more »
Residents in Flint are still being forced to pay for contaminated water. Michigan’s Attorney General, Bill Schuette said Monday that it’s an “outrage” that residents of Flint are being forced to pay for water that’s unsafe to drink and his office may take action to stop the billing. Schuette’s office has launched a criminal investigation into the water crisis to see if any laws were broken. Schuette also announced that a former FBI chief and ex-prosecutor will lead the investigation. RT reports: At a press conference on Monday, Schuette addressed public accountability, particularly ...more »
The Journal of Biological Chemistry has flagged two papers by a George Washington University cancer biologist with expressions of concern, following an investigation completed by the university in 2014. The notes contain little specific information; all we know is that there are questions about the data and conclusions in the papers. The last author on […] The post Following an earlier investigation, GW biologist earns two expressions of concern appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at the Knoxville School District Administration Office, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Knoxville, Iowa.] The FBI is ready to indict Hillary Clinton and if its recommendation isn’t followed by the U.S. attorney general, the agency’s investigators plan to blow the whistle and go public with their findings, former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay... Continue reading *“Tom DeLay: FBI ‘Ready to Indict’ Hillary”* at *newsmax.com*.
*Zika virus--women in 3rd world countries* *warned not to get pregnant till 2018...**Qui Bono?* Nearly every year, just around this time...the *worldwide witchdoctors* come up with a new boogyman virus. A few years ago it was the Ebola virus. Remember that? Obama listed it in his SOTU speech as the "worst danger the world had to face....just before Russia". Now we rarely even hear about Ebola...after it was shown that *the only places that were affected were places where the World Health Organization or other government "health" agencies had their "clinics".* It's not like the busy...more »
*“In Praise of Sarah Palin?”* by Bill Bonner MUMBAI, India – “The Dow dropped 208 points yesterday – or about 1.3%. After last week’s pause, it will be interesting to see if the selloff resumes. “Global equities in turmoil,” reads a CNBC headline. “A month after raising rates, Fed faces darker global economy,” suggests an AP newswire report. Neither of these is true. The world has not changed significantly in the last month. As we reported, world economic growth was fading then, too. Junk bonds were in trouble then… just as now. There was no real recovery in America, then or now. A...more »
President Obama meets with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, center, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, on Sept. 30 in the Oval Office. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House) *The Hill*: *US forces could get closer to battlefield for Mosul offensive* The nation's top military officer says it's possible U.S. troops may edge closer to the battlefield with Iraqi forces as they prepare to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. told reporters Sunday that he would make recommend...more »
*UN News Centre*: *UN Security Council approves mission to monitor peace deal between Colombia and FARC* The Security Council today moved to set up a United Nations political mission in Colombia, approving a team of international observers to monitor disarmament should the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) reach a final agreement to end Latin America’s longest armed conflict. Unanimously adopting a United Kingdom-led resolution, the Council decided to establish a political mission for 12 months “to monitor and verify the d...more »
*Radio Free Europe:* *Russia's bleak winter: Protests grow as ruble weakens and Kremlin makes painful cuts* A dazzling display of festival lights makes Moscow look magical, brightening up the dark winter night. But the image of a bright, confident 2016 is a mirage. "To tell you the truth, we are really worried for our country," says Anya Zhurova, passing by and lured in by the light show. "We feel sick for our country and we hope our president [Vladimir Putin] can sort out all the plans he's made, but it's a difficult period." *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: This is the number o...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan, Washington Post:* *The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.* Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning to pull the last American troops out of Afghanistan by year’s end, are now quietly talking about an American commitment that could keep thousands of troops in the country for decades. The shift in mindset, made possible by President Obama’s decision last fall to cancel withdrawal plans, reflects the Afghan government’s vulnerability to continued militant ass...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t Martin Brumby We often hear that hundreds of thousands of new green jobs are being created. In 2009, Ed Miliband promised that the “green revolution” would 400,000 jobs, of which 160,000 would be created by the expansion of renewables. He even promised in 2014 that his plans […]
These two news stories (below) published by the Mainichi demonstrate that, by default, Japan is forcing citizens and local governments to deal with toxic waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster while simultaneously denying citizens the right to reject efforts to resume nuclear plant operations in their prefectures, despite the known hazards of nuclear power in Japan and the risks of re-starting idled reactors. Reactor re-starts are pursued despite record lows in pricing of natural gas and petroleum. There isn't even a business case for the re-starts: Environment ministry to OK ...more »
[image: playground - 900] The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a state natural resources agency violated the First Amendment when it refused to grant funds to a preschool and day care run by a church. In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., applied for a...more »
[image: Marco Rubio, from his campaign website.] Marco Rubio's faith is becoming a major story in the Republican presidential campaign, especially as the candidates prepare for the first caucus in Iowa next week. A video showing the Florida senator's response to a question from an atheist last...more »
[image: Footbal player praying - 900] Prayer is important at Florida's Cambridge Christian School. "We train our students that prayer is foundational to their walk with Christ," Head of School Tim Euler told me. "Our faith is founded in prayer." So when Cambridge Christian faced off against University...more »
*Sanders' latest Iowa ad. This is the first ad I've seen that features a Muslim woman (h/t Zaid Jilani).* *by Gaius Publius* "Anyone who shrugs and claims that change is just too hard has crawled into bed with the billionaires who want to run this country like some private club." –Elizabeth Warren, 1/21/16 There have been discussions about the possibility of an Elizabeth Warren endorsement — of Sanders, some say; or of Clinton, others say; or of no one. I have some thoughts here ("The Great Unmasking") that apply to what would happen to Warren should she side with the Wall Street ...more »
*BBC*: *Kenya troops 'pull out of Somali el-Ade and Badhadhe bases'* Kenyan forces have pulled out from two military bases in Somalia, including one attacked by militant Islamist group al-Shabab, residents have told the BBC. Al-Shabab fighters have seized the southern town of Badhadhe after the troops retreated, a local MP said. Soldiers also left el-Ade, where al-Shabab said it had killed about 100 Kenyan soldiers 11 days ago. A Kenyan army spokesman said troops were involved in a "normal operational manoeuvre" and not a withdrawal. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: This withdraw...more »
[image: Donald Trump National Review Against Trump - 900] National Review‘s special issue, “Against Trump” was courageous and important. There is no way to do good in this world without risking making enemies. That National Review was prepared to do that -- among its own readers, no less --...more »
[image: David Daleiden - 400] A petition in support of two pro-life activists criminally indicted Monday for filming undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's organ trafficking scheme has gone viral. For months, a grand jury reviewed the sting videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, in... Continue reading *“Petition Defending Pro-Life Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Goes Viral”* at *thefederalist.com*.
[image: Building 26 on the Naval Medical Center campus where gunshots were reported is seen Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in San Diego. (John Gastaldo / San Diego Union-Tribune/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT] A witness who heard gunshots this morning at Navy Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) appears to be mistaken, the Navy now says. However, authorities were continuing to search the building in an abundance of caution. Shortly after 8:00 a.m. Pacific...more »
Some people think that the US financial turmoil in 2008-2009 was caused by free market or less government policies, that none of the major players responsible were arrested, and that the US taxpayers bailed out the fraudulent corporate system. Hmmm, the fraud or criminals don't arrest themselves. The one who collects tons of money from the public is the government; the one who decides to use that tax money for private use like corporate bailout is the government. Recall that in the literatures of the free marketers, almost all of them said one thing -- zero bail out, let those errin...more »
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016Part 7—The year of liberal embarrassment:* In the realm of journalism, was 2015 really "The Year of the Liberal," as so many observers are currently claiming? We're always reluctant to join stampedes of this type. That said, we'd have to agree with that growing assessment, on balance. In our current award-winning series, we've already discussed 2015 as the year of liberal dumbness. Also, as the year of liberal narrative/script. Before this week is done, we plan to discuss the year just passed as the year of liberal hatred and loathing. But first, let's s...more »
[image: Donald Trump5 - 400] Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist, endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving Republican front-runner the blessing of one of the evangelical community's biggest names just days before the Iowa caucuses. In a statement announcing... Continue reading *“Evangelical Leader Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Trump”* at *washingtonpost.com*.
Last spring Tennessee passed a limited school voucher bill that offers just over $6,000 per year to disabled students who, otherwise, would attend public schools. Ostensibly, the purpose of the legislation was to give parents more educational choices for their special needs children. When we consider, however, that the best private schools for special needs students like the Curry Ingram Academy in Brentwood costs $38,000 per year, what kind of educational services can parents hope to find with their $6,000 voucher? Something marginal at best. Since private schools are not bound by...more »
[image: Fetus abortion - 400] Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says that he’s bothered by a the surprise indictments of a pair of individuals who claimed to expose Planned Parenthood, suggesting that the organization itself should have faced charges. “I’m disturbed,” the GOP presidential candidate told CNN on... Continue reading *“Planned Parenthood Indictments: Rubio ‘Disturbed,’ Huckabee Calls It ‘a Sick Day’”* at *thehill.com*.
Applied Surface Science has retracted an article that looks at the structure of thin tungsten-titanium coating, because it was submitted without all of the co-authors’ consent. According to the introduction of the paper, “Structure adhesion and corrosion resistance study of tungsten bisulfide doped with titanium deposited by DC magnetron co-sputtering,” such thin films are “widely […] The post Paper on the adhesiveness of a material doesn’t stick appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*CNN*: *Gen. Dunford wants 'decisive military action' against ISIS in Libya* Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama's top military adviser has begun to talk openly about stepped-up U.S. military action against ISIS in Libya as the terror group expands its operations in the North African country. The U.S. wants to "take decisive military action" to "check" ISIS in Libya, while still supporting the political process to form a functioning government, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters while traveling in Europe. U.S. military reconnaissance flig...more »
*Al Jazeera.com:* *Tide turns in Syrian war with capture of key town* *Fall of Sheikh Maskin to government forces cuts off rebel supply routes while securing regime's hold on Deraa province.* The Syrian army has captured a key southern town from rebel forces after weeks of fierce fighting, a Syrian activist group says. The fall of Sheikh Maskin on Monday means government forces will strengthen their hold on Deraa province, while cutting off rebel factions from key supply lines. Deraa, the scene of the earliest protests against the Syrian government in 2011, contains routes crucia...more »
[image: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, leafs through a book he gave to Pope Francis as a gift, during their private audience at the Vatican,Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Iran’s president has paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican during a European visit aimed at positioning Tehran as a potential top player in efforts to resolve Middle East conflicts, including Syria’s civil war. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis met with the Iranian president Tuesday, joining in a cordial discussion which touched on the recent nuclear accord and Iran’s role i...more »
I, like others, have been watching what has been happening in Europe with this flood of illegal migrant workers, and so called Muslim refugees, with increasing disgust... What is happening in Europe right now is indeed the destruction of the white races in European nations as well as the outright end of Europe as a whole... I have said it before and I will say it again that this is by design and is written right in the criminal Jewish blueprint for world domination, their Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion..... To me, it is also shocking that the governments in these nations do...more »
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, France, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU *Reuters*: *Pentagon chief to preview fiscal 2017 budget on Feb. 2: sources* U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to preview the Pentagon's fiscal 2017 budget request in a speech on Feb. 2, a week before the White House sends its budget plans to Congress, two U.S. defense officials said on Monday. Carter is expected to highlight the broad themes of the Pentagon's budget request and its priorities, rather than presenting a d...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *James Hasik, Real Clear Defense/Atlantic Council*: *Newer Aircraft, Bigger Bills* In the USAF, mission-capable rates are not a matter of age or scale efficiencies. In Air Force Times this week, Jeff Schogol pulled some descriptive statistics from USAF records to report on “which aircraft are most mission-ready”. His list included the various types of attack, bomber, cargo (including gunship and electronic warfare), fighter, rescue helicopter, tilt-rotor, tanker, and drone aircraft currently flying in the Middle East. Mission-capable rates—the percen...more »
By Paul Homewood More news from the “Stranded Assets Dept”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/12118594/Saudis-will-not-destroy-the-US-shale-industry.html AEP writes in the Telegraph: Hedge funds and private equity groups armed with $60bn of ready cash are ready to snap up the assets of bankrupt US shale drillers, almost guaranteeing that America’s tight oil production will […]
- The Washington Post reported yesterday: Concepcion Picciotto, the protester who maintained a peace vigil outside the White House for more than three decades, a demonstration widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history, died Jan. 25 at a housing facility operated by N Street Village, a nonprofit that supports homeless women in Washington. She was believed to be 80. - This news is terribly sad, what a great loss. She reached so many people with her message and fierce determination. I always stopped in to say hello to her...more »
At the end of 2015 the Islamic State launched an offensive against the Kurds in Ninewa and Kirkuk. That was followed by some headline grabbing terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Diyala in January 2016. That all ended in the third week of the month as violence returned to its normal levels. There were 135 security incidents reported in the press from January 15-21, 2016. Baghdad witnessed the most violence with 65 attacks, followed by 25 in Salahaddin, 17 in Anbar, 9 in Ninewa, 6 in Kirkuk, 5 in Babil and Diyala each, and one in Basra, Dhi Qar, and Sulaymaniya respectively. Those a...more »
[image: Ted Cruz] Ted Cruz has a ready answer for the many Republicans who see him as a rigid ideologue likely to be demolished should he make it to the general election: Such an ideologue is the party's only hope of winning in... Continue reading *“Ted Cruz’s Risky Bet on the Conservative Base”* at *nationalreview.com*.
[image: Martha Lucia (L) sits with Rudy Figueroa, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as she picks an insurance plan available in the third year of the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on November 2, 2015 in Miami, Florida.] The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) significantly dropped its projections for Obamacare enrollments from 21 million to 13 million, according to its full 2016 budget report released Monday. The number is a sharp contrast to last year's estimates, which showed roughly 20 million people...more »
[image: Pope Francis] (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, together with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of other Christian Churches. The event will take place... Continue reading *“Pope Francis to Travel to Sweden for Joint Reformation Commemoration”* at *en.radiovaticana.va*.
*Christina Sarich* - The ancients understood that cosmic harmony is the state of enlightenment. The post The Science of Sound – Proof that You Truly Are a Cosmic Instrument appeared first on Waking Times.
Drone operators at Holloman Air Force Base in the southwestern state of New Mexico: Modern warfare is as invisible as a thought, deprived of its meaning by distance. Gilles Mingasson/ DER SPIEGEL *Scott Beauchamp, Defense One*: *Drone Pilots Are Breaking the Old Definitions of Valor* *Traditional notions of heroism don't always leave room for those U.S. troops engaged in high-tech, cutting edge warfare.* In November, the U.S. Air Force announced that it would, for the first time ever, use civilians to pilot drones. Technically, the CIA has had civilian drone pilots for years, but ...more »
The Swiss National Science Foundation has stopped funding prominent plant scientist Olivier Voinnet, following months of questions about his work that have culminated in multiple retractions and corrections. The agency confirmed to us that it has also banned Voinnet from seeking funding from the SNSF for three years. We asked the SNSF the amount of funding […] The post Swiss funding agency cuts off Voinnet, bans him for 3 years appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF Please read *this* request Writing in India’s Deccan Herald newspaper on 26 January 2016, Kalyan Ray places great store in a flawed year-old British Parliament document to promote a pro-GM agenda. According to Ray, the document ‘Advanced Genetic Techniquesfor Crop Improvement: Regulation, risks and precaution’ from the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee reflects several arguments in favour of GM crops that certain Indian scientists have been voicing for years. He asserts that the weight of peer-reviewed scientifi...more »
[image: college - 900] Publishing a book means going on radio shows and talking about whatever the host finds interesting. It is, after all, their show. Recently a host began his time with me by offering the following disclaimer: "I'm not one of those...more »
[image: In this photo taken on June 13, 2015, Hillary Clinton waves to supporters on Roosevelt Island after announcing she will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 with her husband, Bill Clinton in the background.] Reporters were routinely prohibited from covering former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speeches before some of the nation's most exclusive Wall Street financial investment firms, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. The names of the Wall Street firms...more »
A week ago, Bili Wilhailm – a young German woman who will be 17 soon – posted a 20-minute video monologue on Facebook about the problems associated with the increasing body of illegal Muslim immigrants in Germany. *The translation is about 95% accurate.* I think that a large part of her attractiveness is her sexy brain: she makes more sense than "Fatima Merkel" and her administration combined. Her thinking sounds unusually mature to me. Bibi is afraid of walking on the street (incidentally, check this partial Cologne NYE spreadsheet, the latest number of complaints is 1049, howeve...more »
“The extent to which British media has acted as an unquestioning echo chamber for Sir Robert Owen’s assertion that Putin ‘probably approved’ of Litvinenko’s murder has been staggering”, says journalist and author John Wight. In an Oped for Russia Today he writes: It was also a travesty of justice, given the seriousness of the crime and the implications of yet another barrage of anti-Russian and anti-Putin propaganda it has unleashed across the Western media. Yet further proof that for Western ideologues Russia under Putin’s leadership can never be forgiven for refusing to stay on it...more »
Late Sunday night, Nebraska freshman Senator Ben Sasse, got into a Trumpf twitter tantrum starting here. It started out nicely enough, Sasse acknowledging that Herr had "struck a chord" with the American people and saying he'd bet Trumpf will be the next president. But... "we have questions about how you would govern. Would like to ask you some questions, if you are willing?" And they came fast and furious: *•* Does he still support single-payer and if not when did he change and why. *•* Do you still "hate the concept of guns" and what does the 2nd Amendment mean to you? *•* Does...more »
I have to say I spent a fantastic weekend down in Calgary hearing the Calgary Philharmonic (as well as checking out the downtown, which I will elaborate on in my next post.) The underlying theme of the concert seemed to be the idea of overcoming adversity. Tchaikovsky's Symphony #6 was played in Leningrad during the winter of 1942 (along with many other works) in defiance of the Nazi juggernaut on their doorstep. The Sibelius Violin Concerto was a flop when it premiered in 1904. The composer then re-worked it extensively and when it was re-introduced the following year, it was...more »
By Paul Homewood From the “We’ve Been Telling You This For Years” Dept: https://www.energyvoice.com/other-news/99829/crisis-looms-for-uk-electricity-supplies-report-says/ The UK is heading for a severe electricity supply crisis by 2025, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) is warning today. IME, which has more than 112,000 members in 140 countries says the closure of coal […]
* This is my article in BusinessWorld yesterday. In many literatures on energy and environment, electricity and climate policies, the dominant view is that fossil fuels in general, and coal power in particular, are the “enemies” of sustainable development. This should not be the case. The truth is that coal power plays a complementary and not contradictory role to development. Three sets of data will show why. One, without coal and natural gas, the Philippines will be as dark at night as North Korea and other underdeveloped countries experiencing daily “Earth hours.” In Luzon grid...more »
[image: After praying on the 50-yard line, Coach Joe Kennedy was banned from participating in any Bremerton High School football programs.] After refusing to comply with orders to stop kneeling at the 50-yard line and praying after games, Coach Joe Kennedy was banned from participating in any Bremerton High School football programs. The first game he was sidelined for happened to be Senior...more »
[image: The Skyline Arch at Arches National Park in Utah] Lawmakers from Utah are backing a public lands bill they say will scale back roughly 660 million acres owned by the federal government to balance conservation with economic development in their state. The Utah Public Lands Initiative encompasses 18 million acres...more »
*The Guardian*: *Many military veterans' PTSD claims 'fabricated or exaggerated'* Former top military psychiatrist says 42% of cases had no firm link to military service, diverting resources from genuine needs. Almost half of the service personnel assessed by military pyschiatrists had mental health issues that were not clearly linked to their career in the armed forces, or were “Walter Mitty” characters who fabricated their experience, according to a leading expert. Ian Palmer, a former senior military psychiatrist who ran the government’s medical assessment programme (MAP), a ve...more »
[image: Hillary Clinton emails] A 2013 video, obtained exclusively by Fox News, raises fresh questions about how Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information at the State Department. In the video, veteran diplomat Wendy Sherman reveals that in the interest of speed, Clinton and her aides... Continue reading *“Video Suggests Clinton Shared Info That ‘Would Never Be on an Unclassified System’ Normally”* at *foxnews.com*.
[image: 15-year-old] A 15-year-old refugee was charged with murder Monday after allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old employee of a refugee center in Sweden. The incident took place at small refugee home outside the city of Gothenburg where 10 unaccompanied teenagers between 14 and 17 years of...more »
[image: Orange County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Hallock takes questions from the media outside the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Three inmates, including a man suspected in a killing, cut through metal, crawled through plumbing tunnels, climbed a roof and rappelled down four stories to freedom using ropes made from bedsheets. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)] SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Unlike similar brazen escapes where inmates fled remote prisons into rural areas, the three men who broke out of a Southern California lockup escaped i...more »
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to a remark while being introduced during a campaign event at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama hasn’t endorsed a Democratic successor, but he’s now revealed some personal pros and cons in the fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton has reason to smile. In an interview published Monday, Obama...more »
JULIE PACE & CATHERINE LUCEYatThe Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, left, speaks with host Chris Cuomo during a commercial break during a CNN town hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Wooing undecided Iowa voters, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday night each cast themselves as life-long champions for tackling economic inequality, but offered differing visions for addressing the nation’s problems. Sanders, who is riding...more »
[image: NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Journalist Don Lemon attends the 2015 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City.] It’s not common to see Christian leaders honored in the secular media. But in a recent series by CNN personalities called “The Person Who Changed My Life”, news anchor Don Lemon chose to thank and honor Bishop T.D. Jakes --...more »
[image: American Football, Kick Off, Tee, Football Field] The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else...more »
http://www.businessinsider.com/ In the wake of Justin Trudeau's trip to Davos, Gerry Caplan assembles -- you'll excuse the pun -- a wealth of data on inequality in Canada and around the world: The average full-time Canadian worker in 2014 was paid $48,636. The average minimum wage worker got $22,010. By contrast, the average top-100 CEOs had earned the average worker’s pay by 12:18 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2016 – the second paid day of the year – and the average minimum-wage worker’s pay by 2:07 p.m. on New Year’s Day itself. In 2008, the top 10...more »
*Arjun Walia* - Is depression really the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we were led to believe? The post What The Pharmaceutical Industry & Your Doctor Don’t Tell You About Depression appeared first on Waking Times.
By Paul Homewood The Telegraph’s resident religious correspondent leading weather expert, Peter Stanford, appears surprised by the vagaries of British weather. Of course, it was only a couple of weeks ago that poor confused Peter was telling us we were in for a repeat of the big freeze of 1963! https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/latest-drivel-from-the-telegraphs-new-weather-expert/ […]
ZEINA KARAM & PHILIP ISSAatThe Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene where twin bombs exploded at a government-run security checkpoint, at the neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016. Homs governor Talal Barrazi said on Tuesday that a car bomb, which was followed by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive, killed more than a dozen people and injured many others. (SANA via AP)] BEIRUT (AP) -- Multiple bombings targeted a government-run security checkpoint in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, killing at least...more »
[image: Blizzard_snow_storm] WASHINGTON (AP) -- After more than three days with life at a virtual standstill in the nation’s capital and elsewhere up and down the East Coast, the cities hit hard by a massive snowstorm were getting closer to their normal...more »
*Pat Condell tells us like it is* Closing the minds of tomorrow today. Campus censorship an epidemic in UK universities *School monopoly is a drag on downtowns* If schools sell real estate, downtown San Antonio is dirt poor and getting fleeced. Inner-city homeowners and businesses pay half their total property tax bill to the San Antonio Independent School District, with little to show for it. While the 53,700-student school system receives a "Met Standards" rating from the Texas Education Agency, the outcomes are dreadful: Just 15.5 percent of students passed at leas...more »
*We just had the hottest year on record – where does that leave climate denial?* *Asks dodgy psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky. I think I have addressed all his points before but a new lucubration from him is too much fun to ignore. Lewandowski is the very strange social scientist who thinks you can make valid generalizations about a population without at first obtaining a representative sample of that population. So his venture into climate science was bound to be amusing.It is difficult to know where to start but I was amused by this: "satellites don’t actu...more »
After a hearing in Court the judge or justice of the peace will make a decision. Almost inevitably the decision will not please at least one person – indeed, sometimes everyone is unhappy about the result. That does not mean the judge or justice of the peace got it wrong. The job of a judge or justice of the peace is to make decisions and that means there is always going to be someone who wanted one result and got another. The judge or justice of the peace is only “wrong” if they grossly misapprehended the evidence or made a serious mistake in the law. A judge who, for example, ...more »
[image: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi talk to each during their meeting at the Campidoglio, Capitol Hill, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Rouhani arrived Monday in Rome on the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in almost two decades, eager for foreign investments after the lifting of international sanctions. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Iran’s president has paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican during a European visit aimed at positioning Tehran as a potential top player in efforts to resolve Middle ...more »
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Today, it's the 26th of January, 2016. Because the mankind hasn't done any "drastic action" to reduce CO2 emissions (which indeed continued to rise at a moderate 2%-per-year pace in recent years, except for the moderate 2014-to-2015 decrease), the Armageddon is coming later today. At least it's the case according to an amateur scientist who has served as a vice president of a major Western power, a man named Al Gore. On the January 26th, 2006 issue of the Washington Post, we have learned about the results of Al Gore's research. The article said, among other things, But he [Al Gor...more »
[image: love-enemies] JAMES ROBISON -- After 9/11, a New York Times reporter asked me, "How do we respond to such blatant attacks?" I replied that we must resist and overcome the enemy by fighting on two fronts: first, with the strongest military in...more »
[image: DSC09302] *The east coast = beautiful* The pro-KMT China Post discusses the jockeying for Mar 26 election for the Chairmanship of the KMT: With Chen, the field now includes former Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), and Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平). Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) has not ruled out a run, stating last week that he felt “duty-bound” if the party needed him. Chairman Yok Mu-ming of the more-KMT-than-the-KMT New Party said he would run, but he had the annoying impediment of not being a KMT member, an...more »
A ship (top) of the Chinese Coast Guard is seen near a ship of the Vietnam Marine Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off the shore of Vietnam, in this May 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh/Files *Reuters*: *India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China* India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging centre in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said. The move, which could irrita...more »
[image: Parachute Jump-900] U.S. Army soldiers with the Golden Knights parachute demonstration team conduct a training jump over Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida on Jan. 19, 2016. Thanks to Staff Sgt. Christopher Muncy for taking this amazing photo!
From Down With Tyranny: Corey Robin, author of The Conservative Mind is one of the most credible scholars on the pathology of conservatism and neo-conservatism. 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.
*Bloomberg*: *Can Google and Facebook Help Fight Against Islamic State?* * Google, Facebook join calls for united front as U.S. responds * Time to fight second war in cyberspace, U.K. lawmaker says A year before Islamic State established its extremist caliphate in Syria and Iraq, Abdulmunam Almushawah noticed a disturbing development from more than 1,000 miles away in Saudi Arabia. The head of a program financed by the Saudi government that tracks jihadists online said he saw new trends emerging among the militants as early as 2013. They were forming technical groups to help radical...more »
*Bloomberg*: *Islamic State Plans Attacks From Camps in Europe, Europol Says* * EU crime-fighting agency expects more strikes on soft targets * November's multi-location murders in Paris seen as model Islamic State has set up a special operations command to mastermind more terrorist attacks on “soft targets” in Europe, drawing on training camps on European soil and with France as the most at-risk country, the European Union’s crime-fighting agency said. The model is the simultaneous shootings at several locations in Paris in November which killed 130, with most of the bloodshed at...more »
Marvel Universe Live is headed to Utah and my kids can't wait! We have a discount code AND a giveaway below for opening night! *SUPER HEROES WILL UNITE IN SALT LAKE CITY* *FOR AN EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE!Marvel Universe LIVE! Debuts in Salt Lake* *First Ever Action-Packed Arena Tour February 11–14, 2016* *Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE!* is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avenge...more »
*Trump Asks Sarah Palin To Reconsider Endorsing Him, And Please Endorse Ted Cruz Instead* *(Riffing off my satirical 2008 Obama-Kerry endorsement post)* AN OPEN LETTER BY DONALD TRUMP TO SARAH PALIN PUBLISHED IN THE NYTIMES "news"PAPER: This is an open letter PLEA for you to please switch your endorsement to Ted Cruz. Dear Sarah, they finally found a way to have my poll numbers drop: having YOU endorse me. I don't know who on my staff thought it was a good idea for me to stand next to you while you babbled a BIZARRE, INCOHERENT "endorsement" of me, but when I find out who they ...more »
[image: Donald Trump2 - 900] "If he'll cheat on her, he'll cheat on you," is what Southern mothers tell their daughters, warning them that stealing away a woman's husband isn't just gravely immoral. It also means you're as dumb as a box of rocks. A...more »
Paula Broadwell and David Petraeus, Photo Credit CSM Marvin L. Hill *Adam Goldman, Washington Post*: *How David Petraeus avoided felony charges and possible prison time* Inside a secure conference room on the sixth floor of the Justice Department in early 2014, top federal law enforcement officials gathered to hear what criminal charges prosecutors were contemplating against David H. Petraeus, the storied wartime general and former CIA director whose public career had ended about 15 months earlier over an extramarital affair. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director J...more »
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 Bulgarian 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: “K...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 »
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.