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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

30 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

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Paul Kantner-- On To The Next Gig

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
Paul Kanter and Grace Slick and their daughter, China I didn't know we had computers back then and I'm sure Mitchel Cohen has the date wrong as well, but this was waiting in my inbox yesterday when I woke up: Yet more awful news. The Airplane was my favorite rock band. My first date-- a "computer date" at Stony Brook when I was 17-- was to see the Airplane live in the Stony Brook gym in 1966. (Don't ask about the brilliant computer match-up). It was actually 1967. How do I know? I was the chairman of the Student Activities Board at Stony Brook and I booked the show. It was February... more »

Capital Controls Are Coming

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 53 minutes ago
This is a timely notice that we are not immune to the many failed currency practices seen all around the globe. What makes it particularly timely is that ten percent of the global economy is in the midst of literally disappearing. By this, i mean the oil industry which has lowered its effective strike price from $80.00 to $30.00 and in the process completely flooded the market with full oil tankers and full storage. The natural knock off is that a huge portion of bank assets are now potentially under water or at least compromised. In the meantime all leaders are literally obliv... more »

World's Oldest Temple to Be Restored

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 53 minutes ago
A rather obvious step actually. The entire site was actually buried at the end of its active period quite deliberately in order to preserve it. As we were not dealing with any serious roofs, this worked fine in desert conditions. Thus complete restoration consists of gently removing all the protective fill. I am glad that they are doing it as it means that the entire site will be exposed again. That rarely happens. Againt the unique aspects of this site makes it possible and even desirable. It deep age makes all other sires recent and establishes accomplished s... more »

Can't Sleep? Your Dinner Might Be the Problem

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 53 minutes ago
We sort of already know this but this spells out that the likely culprit is processed foods and sugar while fruit and vegetables are the opposite in effect. What is interesting is that it disturbs your natural sleep cycle. This adds yet one more reason to shift our diets as much as possible to the vegan standard It also suggests an immediate protocol for those who do have poor sleeping patterns that is direct and testable. .. *Can't Sleep? Your Dinner Might Be the Problem* *—By Tom Philpott* *| Wed Jan. 20, 2016 6:00 AM EST* *http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2016/01/bad... more »

The Equation That May Help us Decode Cancer’s Secrets

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 53 minutes ago
This is a natural and expected result once we understand that mutation is an ongoing process and that cancer immortality blocks elimination. It is a useful insight that allows you to understand what you are seeing in the so called chaos. It may even help therapeutically. I do not see it leading to much else though but we may be surprised. . *The equation that will help us decode cancer’s secrets* *January 18, 2016 11.04am EST* *http://theconversation.com/the-equation-that-will-help-us-decode-cancers-secrets-53240* *A cancer forms when a cell in the body goes awry, multiplying... more »

A Look At Some Very Expensive Projects That Were Abandoned By The U.S. MIlitary

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
A prototype of the Non-Line-of-Sight-Cannon, a component of the Future Combat Systems. *Jeremy Bender, Business Insider:* *15 of the most expensive projects abandoned by the US military* The US military is unquestionably the world's strongest force with the world's largest defense budget. But throughout the 2000s, the Pentagon spent $51.2 billion on 15 major programs "without any fielded systems to show for it," according to a new Center for Strategic and International Studies report. The abandoned projects are largely due to a lack of funding attributed to the Budget Control Ac... more »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Refugees Must Return Home Once War Is Over

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she addresses a news conference after a meeting with state premiers at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/FABRIZIO BENSCH *Reuters*:* Germany's Merkel says refugees must return home once war is over* German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some conser... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 hour ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* US-NATO Invade Libya to Fight Terrorists of Own Creation 200 Swedes Storm Occupied Stockholm Train Station, Beat Migrant Children Chart Of The Day: $17 Trillion In Student Debt By 2030 Zika Outbreak Epicenter In Same Area Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Released In 2015 Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland To Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens Forget 'El Chapo' — this is Mexico's most powerful drug lord Experts warn that the US is underestimating a greater jihadist threat than ISIS A wacky conspiracy is circulating about Zika and GMOs — and it needs to stop F... more »

Turkey Accuses Russia Of Violating Its Airspace Near The Syria Border Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Reuters*: *Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace again, warns of consequences* Turkey warned of consequences on Saturday after saying a Russian SU-34 jet had violated its airspace despite warnings, once more stoking tensions between two countries involved in Syria's war, but Russia denied that there had been any incursion. In a similar incident in November, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane flying a sortie over Syria that it said had violated its airspace, triggering a diplomatic rupture in which Russia imposed economic sanctions. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj... more »

Japan Unveils Its New 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Advanced Technology Demonstrator - Experimental (ATD-X) fifth-generation fighter technology demonstrator being presented to Japanese media on 28 January. A first flight is expected shortly. Source: JiJi Press/YouTube *The Diplomat*: *Japan Unveils New 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet* *Tokyo’s first domestically produced stealth fighter prototype was unveiled to the media this week.* This Thursday, Japan’s new Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency revealed the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Advanced Technology Demonstrator – Experimental (ATD-... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Mysterious Play of Forces”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Mysterious Play of Forces”* by Chet Raymo “I have often quoted here the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, mostly from the “Duino Elegies” or “The Sonnets of Orpheus.” We now have a new translation of Rilke's earlier “The Book of Hours”, by Susan Ranson, which I have been reading, and I offer a short poem from the “First Book: The Book of Monkish Life.” "I find your trace in all these things, in all that like a brother I am careful for; you sun yourself, a seed, within the small and in the great give yourself the more. This the mysterious play of forces, then, that serve in things, over... more »

"Your Average Armadillo..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“All of the available data show that the typical American citizen has about as much interest in the life of the mind as does your average armadillo.” - Morris Berman ◆ Apologies to armadillos for the comparison, but if it's true... and it is.

Narrative Prep for NATO's Invasion of Syria via (NATO Occupied) Turkey

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
*If you haven't read this post- Read it first* NATO Confirms Russian Intrusion into NATO Airspace- SAA gains in Aleppo Russian intrusion as a pretext for NATO air support and move on Syria; Enabling NATO backed Kurdish militias to annex Syrian territory? james@wpcJanuary 30, 2016 at 3:43 PM Hi Pen, Yes, it is telling that Turkey is being described as NATO airspace. It is also convenient, as you say, that Erdogan will be in Latin America so he won't be able to interfere in NATO's moves as follows. This looks like NATO is laying the narrative of 'Russia as the aggressor' in preparation ... more »

"The Notion..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

"How Are Things Going, Joe?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“You go up to a man, and you say, "How are things going, Joe?" and he says, "Oh fine, fine— couldn't be better." And you look into his eyes, and you see things really couldn't be much worse. When you get right down to it, everybody's having a perfectly lousy time of it, and I mean everybody. And the hell of it is, nothing seems to help much.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Why Are We In The Middle East? “As Things Fell Apart, Nobody Paid Much Attention”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“As Things Fell Apart, Nobody Paid Much Attention”* by James Quinn *Why Are We In The Middle East?* "The American way of life– which is now virtually synonymous with suburbia– can run only on reliable supplies of dependably cheap oil and gas. Even mild to moderate deviations in either price or supply will crush our economy and make the logistics of daily life impossible." – Jim Kunstler, "The Long Emergency" “America was a Garden of Eden with nothing but flowers, trees and vegetation. We bit into the forbidden fruit of oil over a century ago. It has been a deal with the Devil. Oi... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
West Liberty, Kentucky, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"It's Everybody..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"If you're going to care about the fall of the sparrow you can't pick and choose who's going to be the sparrow. It's everybody." - Madeleine L'Engle

"The World Rests In The Night..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb-time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.” - John O'Donohue, "Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom" ○ “On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you. And when your eyes freeze be... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

China Claims U.S. Destroyer Was ‘Driven Off’ From Disputed South China Sea Island

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon*: *Pentagon Conducts Warship Passage Near Disputed Island* China claims U.S. destroyer ‘driven off’ A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a second transit near a disputed South China Sea island claimed by China and two other nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday. China’s Defense Ministry denounced the warship transit and said its forces had forced the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur out of the area. Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said the freedom of navigation operation by the Wilbur took place Saturday near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands chain in t...more »

Turkey Orders Military To Shoot Down All Russian Aircraft, Tensions Mount

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Turkey have ordered Turkish Air Forces to be ready to shoot down any Russian aircraft on sight, following claims that a Russian Su-34 warplane violated Turkish airspace on Friday. Turkey have raised the alert level for the Air Force to the “orange warning”, which authorises pilots to shoot down any aircraft they feel is causing an airspace violation. Another downing of a Russian airplane in the region could the military tension between the two nations escalate to dangerous levels. Xinhuanet.com reports: Many F-16 jets are dispatched to an air base in Diyarbakir province in southeas... more »

Court To Use Clinton Emails To Expose Ukraine Terror Plot In Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A Federal Security Services (FSB) report on the trial of Ukrainian spy Nadiya Savchenko says that beyond top secret emails belonging to Hillary Clinton must be allowed into the sentencing phase of the case in a Russian court, due to their critical relevance. Nadiya Savchenko is a former Ukraine Air Force pilot who, in 2014, joined a military detachment of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, in their fight against Russian separatist factions. Savchenko is accused of entering Russia and using her cellphone to secretly adjust mortar fire to aid Ukraine terrorist allies in Metallist villag... more »

Phoenix Council Members Move to Block Satanic “Prayer” at Their Meeting

Fox 10 at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Phoenix Council Members Move to Block Satanic Prayer at Their Meeting] Are there limits to free speech? Can any religious group regardless of their views be allowed to conduct a prayer before city council meetings? A few city officials are taking action Friday night to stop the Satanic Temple in its... Continue reading *“Phoenix Council Members Move to Block Satanic “Prayer” at Their Meeting”* at *fox10phoenix.com*.

Hillary Clinton Contradicts Herself Over Withheld Emails

Breitbart News at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton Contradicts Herself Over Withheld Emails] Clinton is in Iowa Saturday campaigning hard against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has pulled to within two and a half points in the latest Iowa State University/WHO-HD poll, which has a three and a half-point margin of error. But... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton Contradicts Herself Over Withheld Emails”* at *breitbart.com*.

Islamist Suicide Attacks Kill 26 Nigerian Christians

Evangelical Focus at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Boko Haram - parents] At noon on Friday 29th January, a suicide bomber suspected to have been sent by the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group detonated explosives in a crowded market in Gombi, Adamawa state, killing at least eight people, sources said, Morning Star... Continue reading *“Islamist Suicide Attacks Kill 26 Nigerian Christians”* at *evangelicalfocus.com*.

Killing of an Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupier Has Re-energized Protesters

The Washington Post at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: BJ Soper - 400] BURNS, Ore. -- BJ Soper has never supported the nearly month-long occupation of a national wildlife refuge by armed anti-government activists. He sympathized with their frustrations about the federal government, but he thought calm negotiation was a better strategy. Then on... Continue reading *“Killing of an Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupier Has Re-energized Protesters”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Pentagon Will Not Demote Retired General David Petraeus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Retired general, ex-CIA chief David Petraeus to receive no further punishment* U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has decided not to impose further punishment on David Petraeus, a former U.S. military commander and CIA director who admitted sharing classified information with his mistress, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The short letter was sent by Stephen Hedger, the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, and the decision is in line with an Army review. Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA in 2012 after it was revealed that he was having a... more »

A Look At The 'Night Wolves', Russia's Number One Motorcycle Gang

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Vladimir Putin rides with Alexander Zaldostanov, leader of Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker group(REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev) *The Guardian*: *Putin’s Angels: the bikers battling for Russia in Ukraine* They were anarchic petrolheads and now they’re the Russian president’s henchmen: meet the Night Wolves, Moscow’s most infamous motorcycle gang. A rumble of artillery prompts the biker gang to pause inside their stronghold. It has been some time since the rebel-held city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, on the war-torn fringes of Europe, has witnessed any frontline action. An explos... more »

The Maths ‘Disproving’ Conspiracy Theories Debunked

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A recent academic paper was published a few days ago which purports to discredit all conspiracy theories – using bad mathematics to prove its point. The paper, “On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs,” suggests that many popular conspiracy theories would require an extraordinary number of people to be hiding something in order for them to be true. For instance, if you believe climate change to be fraudulent, the paper’s author suggests that tens of thousands of climate change researchers and scientists would need to be actively covering it up. The paper also suggests that if t... more »

Propaganda: Turkey Accuse Russian Su-34 Of Violating Airspace

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Moscow have accused the Turkish government of resorting to “ignoring proof-less propaganda” as Turkey have said that they believe a Russian Su-34 bomber violated its airspace on Friday. This latest confrontation between the two countries comes just two months after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane, which Russia say was legally flying over Syria. The incident has led to Russia imposing sanctions against Turkey. “There have been no Turkish airspace violations by the aircraft of the Russian airborne tactical formation [acting] in the Syrian Arab Republic. The statements from ... more »

Electricity Supply For Kurds In Iraq Hit By Blast

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A pipeline for gas used to generate 50% of the electricity in Iraq’a Kurdistan region was blown up on Friday, knocking out power and leaving many without electricity. The explosion hit the pipeline in the Qader Karam district of Kirkuk, as a result of two homemade bombs being detonated, according to local police. “The gas pipeline that stretches to Erbil was blown up near the sub-district of Shwan last night,” the Kurdish Regional Government’s Interior Ministry said in a statement. Alarabiya.net reports: It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. The head of electricit... more »

ISIS Are Planning Russian Attack, Says Moscow

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Moscow’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee have issued a warning that ISIS are planning to attack Russia, as intelligence suggests that Chechen recruiter Akhmed Chetayev is heading up a battalion aimed at attacking Europe and Russia. “Russian special services have intelligence that certain IS groups are preparing terrorist attacks in Russia and European nations,” spokesmen Andrey Przhezdomsky warned on Friday. Almasdarnews.com reports: “In particular, a battalion formed mainly from recruits from North Caucasus headed by Akhmed Chetayev, nicknamed One-Handed.” Chetayev’s group repor... more »

China Accuses US Warship Of Violating Law

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
China have accused the United States of violating international law as a US destroyer was spotted sailing within 12 nautical miles of the disputed islands in the South China Sea on Saturday. The U.S. military have admitted sailing past the disputed island, saying it was asserting its freedom of navigation. “We conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea earlier tonight,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement. Yahoo News reports: Davis said the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur made the “innocent passage” off Triton Island in the Paracel is... more »

Thursday's Trumpless Debate Was Like An Expanded Kiddie Table

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I missed Thursday's Trumpless debate. I was at my favorite restaurant, Michael Voltaggio's Ink, instead. For the last year I'm been battling cancer and one of the side effects of chemo is that you lose the ability to taste things. Sometimes everything tastes really bad and sometimes they don't taste bad, just not "right." My doctor warned me not to eat things I really loved while I was going through the treatment because I might never like them again. During the last 14 months, I did try Ink a few times and the food never tasted as good as I knew it was. Nothing did. But in the l... more »

Chips, Dips, Chains And Whips

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 3 hours ago
Take heart, all you 29 million uninsured Americans out there! Even though Hillary Clinton wants to condemn you to misery and a possible early death through her strident vow that Bernie Sanders's single payer health plan "will never, ever come to pass," Barack Obama wants you to know that he still has your back. Rather than Medicare for All, he's offering Computer Science for All, as a kind of booby prize. A chip in every classroom and in every body will not only help the lack of medicine go down. It'll make Silicon Valley as rich as Croesus and Predatory Insurance and Big Pharma a... more »

Kremlin Furious Over U.S. Accusations That Putin Is Corrupt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS *TASS:* *Putin considers US corruption accusations against him unacceptable — Kremlin* On January 28 US White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that US Treasury Adam Szubin’s statements on Putin’s alleged involvement in corruption reflect the view of the US Administration MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows about Washington’s accusations against him and considers them unacceptable, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. "Of course, the president is fami... more »

Yanis Varoufakis Says Capitalism Is Eating Up Democracy

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Former Minister of Finance for Greece and Economist Yanis Varoufakis talks candidly about why politicians have no real power, and why governments are powerless in today’s global power structures. Varoufakis says that in today’s political climate, the real power belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis. In this talk, hear his dream for a world in which capital and labor no longer struggle against each other, “one that is simultaneously libertarian, Marxist and Keynesian.... more »

As We Shift - Throw Your Hands Up

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
So, anybody notice any of these things? - Dizziness - Headache - Stomach pain - Waking up several times a night - Extreme tiredness and/or fatigue - Sudden appearance/disappearance of odd physical symptoms We’ve been on this ride for a while; recently it’s sped up and is now crawling uphill. This shift in frequency is gradual and all at once. Those of us who are “early adaptors” may have felt these things for a while. If you haven’t yet, no worries, now you know what you have to look forward to! Each of these symptoms appears also as a sign of... more »

San Francisco Police Turn to Intolerance Oath for Training, Public Relations

AP/Paul Elias at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Sgt. Yulanda Williams] SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying intolerant behavior, such as slurs and jokes targeting people of color, gays and women....more »

Beware Of AngloZionists- The Elephant In The Room

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The elite few who are turning the world into a wasteland of greed and gore are a bunch of ‘AngloZionists’ according to an American military analyst known as The Saker. They hide behind the affliction of the Jews during the second world war, although having nothing in common with them, while demanding silence for their own cowardly and greedy atrocities. In an article for Russia Insider, The Saker explains: Why I Use the Term ‘AngloZionist’, and Why It’s Important The Saker: “We need to start talking freely about the “elephant in the room” and stop fearing reprisal…” “How long are we... more »


Barbara Ann Levy at A Curated Green Rights Collection - 4 hours ago


Barbara Ann Levy at A Curated Green Rights Collection - 4 hours ago
Racism: It's in the Water Why are people of color hardest hit by toxic air and water? Posted by AJ+ on Friday, January 29, 2016

the public be damned !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Over 1 Million Childless, Able-Bodied to Lose Food Stamps for Failing to Work

David Lieb at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: In this Jan. 29, 2016 photo, Terry Work stands outside a store that accepts food stamps in Bon Aqua, Tenn. Work's 27-year-old deaf son recently was denied disability payments, meaning he is considered able-bodied. And that means he stands to lose his food stamps, even though she said her son has trouble keeping a job because of his deafness. More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)] JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- More than 1 ... more »

Two Articles On The Global Grain Market

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "A new normal in the grains market" by Chris Lyddon, World-Grain, January 25, 2016:* Experts at the recent Global Grain Conference in Geneva, Switzerland took a close look at how the grains sector, and the wider economy, has changed in some of the most important producing and consuming regions. The Black Sea, including Russia and Ukraine, has become much more important as a source of grain and its rulers plan for it to become more important going forward. China’s growth has slowed, but it is going to remain a big customer, while it must remain a big producer of gra...more »

Jan. 30: Damn!

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
The Irving press still runs its useless Wild Readers of the Week on A3. It's a contest in which schoolchildren race each other to see how many books they can read in a week. It's supposed to encourage literacy. It doesn't. All it does is to give the Irving press a chance to lie to us that it cares about literacy. Come off it. If this province did become literate, nobody would buy the Irving press. I remember this phony education stunt from my own elementary school days, and then from my teaching days. It does NOTHING to spread literacy. The only reason gor this story is to show what... more »

The Unbearable Lightness of Blogging

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 6 hours ago
Dr. Dawg's blog has a post up now on Israel with around 200 comments. Much of the conversation is, I'm sure, dealing with obnoxious racist Zionist bull-shitters. I'm sure it's a sterling display. On my FaceBook feed, friends of friends drop all sorts of charming drivel. Racist crap about Canada's First Nations and "Idle No More." Condemnations of "Black Lives Matter." The collected wit and wisdom of libertarian goof-balls. Empty-headed, asinine attacks on socialism. I'm just tired of it. "Debating" with non-entities to no purpose. Especially when it means stirring-up the mental illn... more »

Scrap Trident Rally Planned in London

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
As you all know, this year, the UK Parliament is set to vote on whether or not to replace the British Trident nuclear weapons system at an estimated cost of over £180 billion ($260 billion) and at a time when the government is slashing public spending on vital areas such as education, health and welfare services. The majority of people of the world want to see positive steps taken towards global nuclear disarmament – but talks and negotiations have been stalled for years. The majority of people in the UK, including the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and other parliamentary party lea... more »

Shooting, Stabbing Leave One Dead, Six Injured at Denver Motorcycle Expo

AP at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: DenverColiseum - 900] DENVER (AP) -- One person died and six others were injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle expo Saturday, Denver police said. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says the incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Western Complex. The... more »

Last of Three Escaped Inmates in Northern California Now in Custody

AP at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: This image provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, shows three jail inmates charged with violent crimes who escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The men from left are, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture; 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder, and 43-year-old Bac Duong, charged with attempted murder.] SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on the search for two inmates who remain at large after breaking out of a California jail on Jan. 22 (all times local): 12:55 p.m.... more »

A tale of three newspapers: Nanaimo, Guelph and Kelowna. Two closed, one survives

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
The Guelph Mercury was selling about 9,000 papers in a metro area of 155,000 people. It closed. The Nanaimo Daily News was selling about 5,000 papers in a market of about 100,000. Gone. But the Kelowna Daily Courier, selling about 8,900 papers in a market of 180,000, survives. What's different, besides the normal variations in markets? In Guelph and Nanaimo, the same company owned both the daily newspaper and the community newspaper. Metroland, a Toronto Star subsidiary, could close the Guelph Mercury knowing it would capture much of the ad revenue with its twice-weekly. Maybe even ra... more »

Masked Men Attack Migrants In Stockholm

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A large crowd of men wearing masks rampaged through central Stockholm with the intent of attacking migrants in an apparent retaliation for the death of a Swedish woman at a refugee center earlier in the week. The young woman was stabbed to death when she interfered to stop a fight at the refugee center where she worked. The group had also been handing out leaflets threatening refugees from North Africa RT reports: The crowd of some 40 to 50 people went on a violent spree on Friday night at around 9 p.m. local time in and around the Swedish capital’s main railroad station, according ... more »

Beware: The Clinton Trolls Are Out In Force This Weekend

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Hillary's campaign against Bernie-- and that's all it has degenerated into-- is deceitful, vicious and ugly. Part of it is to project its own shortcomings and tactics onto Bernie's campaign and his followers. "The BernieBros are being mean to everyone" is part of the Clinton message now, even as Hillary-bots fan out across the media-- social and corporate-- with their litany of offensive lies about "NRABernie" and Bernie the racist, Bernie the misogynist, Bernie in the pocket of the banksters, Bernie the flip-flopper and Bernie the unelectable. Clinton's political conservatism, h... more »

This Megachurch is Aiming for 100% Voter Participation, Sees Voting as Stewardship Responsibility

Star-Telegram at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Gateway Church - 400] Leaders at Gateway Church say their voter registration campaign is a reminder that God's teachings to pray for leaders can be backed up with civic action. "Every few years we have a great opportunity here in America and that is... Continue reading *“This Megachurch is Aiming for 100% Voter Participation, Sees Voting as Stewardship Responsibility”* at *star-telegram.com*.

German Tourist Illegally Scales The Great Pyramid of Giza

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A German teenager has filmed himself climbing one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt, the only remaining largely intact pyramid in the Giza pyramid complex. At the risk of going to jail or causing damage to the oldest wonder of the ancient world, 18-year-old, Andrej Ciesielski from Munich, decided to travel to Egypt and scale the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, and capture the experience on film. andrejcie YouTube video: The Independent reports: In a blog post, the teenager wrote: “Walking around in th... more »


What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
*The following is the rough draft of the last section of my upcoming third book.* So, here we are in the twenty-first century. We are not a generation born wild and free, running around naked in lush tropical rainforests, nibbling on fruit, nuts, and grubs. We inherited an age of challenges, the result of a long string of risky experiments. Negative consequences have piled up over the centuries, and we now stand in the dark shadow of a mountain of predicaments. Humans are not cursed with defective genes, but we have succeeded in creating a highly unsustainable way of living and... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Blogging will return later this evening. On a personal note, this is where I am in my life right now .... :) *(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Update:* I got a couple of emails wondering if I have broken up with the GF. Nothing of the sort .... in the past few days she has been sending me signals that she needs a "rock" .... and when I saw the above cartoon this morning I could not resist. :) I met the GF when I was working for the UN at ICAO 25 years. She went her way .... I went my way .... but we always maintained contact because we always enjoyed each other's company and conversat... more »

The diesel dilemma: “dirty” generation in the capacity market

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://utilityweek.co.uk/news/the-diesel-dilemma-%E2%80%9Cdirty%E2%80%9D-generation-in-the-capacity-market/1210222#.Vq0JCdCjL7z As we have all known for a while, the UK is becoming increasingly reliant on small scale diesel generators to provide back up capacity for when the wind forgets to blow. We already know that the cost is high and we have regular debates about how “dirty” it is. […]

NATO Confirms Russian Intrusion into NATO Airspace- SAA gains in Aleppo

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*1-Make of that what you will!* "A Russian SU-34 fighter jet violated *Turkish* ??? airspace yesterday (Jan. 29, 2016) at 11.46 a.m. local time in Turkey [0946 GMT]," the statement read. The Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrei Karlov was also summoned over the incident, it added. Speaking to reporters at Istanbul Atatürk Airport before his departure for Chile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the violation of Turkish airspace, which he also described as NATO airspace, was a result of Russian attempts to escalate existing tension in the region. "Russia will have to bear the conseq... more »

French Protesters Demand End To State of Emergency

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Thousands took to the streets in Paris on Saturday to protest the proposed extension of a state of emergency that was imposed after the terrorist attacks in November 2015 . Organizers said about 20,000 people attended the public protest despite the heavy rain, while Police reported that about 5,000 people took part in the demonstration. Press TV reports: Protesters chanted slogans including “state of emergency – police state.” The demonstrators said they fear the state of emergency could never end. One protester said, “Until when? The end of Daesh? Ten years? Never?!” Another demons...more »

Geneva III Talks Are An International Sideshow That Kurds Can Do Without

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Let them talk all they want in Geneva. They might as well set up Geneva IV Talks and Geneva V Talks now because the Geneva III talks will be fruitless.* There is no doubt that the oppressive regimes of Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq were all happy to hear that the United Nations rejected the participation of Kurdish representatives in the Geneva III talks as they all share strategic, economic, and political interests in denying the Kurds their rights. But they can smile all they want because the outcome of the Geneva III talks won't count for shit. History won't be decided at Gene... more »

Pentagon Advises The White House That They Need More Troops In Iraq And Syria To Wage War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington, June 8, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing *Washington Times:** Pentagon tells White House: More troops in Iraq, Syria needed to fight ISIS* Hundreds of additional forces including trainers, advisers and commandos are needed in the fight against the Islamic State, Pentagon top brass has conceded, prompting Department of Defense officials to urge the White House to approve further deployments to Iraq and Syria in the coming weeks. Defense Department officials told the White House... more »

"Breaking: ISIS/Turkey Advanced Missile Downs Russian Bomber Over Syria"; “Somebody Will Do Something Stupid”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*Breaking, January 30, 2016: * *"ISIS/Turkey Advanced Missile Downs Russian Bomber Over Syria"* By Gordon Duff *Editor’s note: *January 30, 2016. Yesterday, Turkey complained to Russia that an SU 34 violated its air space. Today a Russian jet well inside Syria is downed by a missile that shouldn’t exist. Is this a coincidence? A Raytheon system known to be available to ISIS through Ukrainian/Turkish sources, capable of shooting down an SU 24. *"Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria"* by Sputnik Sputnik, Moscow - "The Russian jet crashed in Syria with two people aboard. The plane was mo... more »

Fukushima Et Al Update: "Your Radiation This Week, Jan 23 to Jan 30, 2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, Jan 23 to Jan 30, 2016"* By Bob Nichols * "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."* - Morpheus (San Francisco) January 30, 2016 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected some people this week around the United States. You should compare the Rad numbers directly with the Rad numbers in with my articles listed on the VT Author’s Page here. These are the American cities that exceeded 1,000 CPM this week. *Eighteen (18) American cities topped out at more than 1,000 CPM this w...more »

Musical Interlude: Omar Akram, “Mirage”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Omar Akram, “Mirage” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtnopdZEsCg

Blogs they don't want you to read

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Happy Faces reacting to a mega-list of Truth Blogs* *My question is...why am I not on this list? Seriously, check out some of the blogs on this list while greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.ca is on hiatus for a week or so.* *The Web Sites They Don’t Want You To Read: “A Few of These Sites May Be Run By Truly Insane People”* * Mac Slavo* * January 29th, 2016* *SHTFplan.com* *Comments (98)* *Read by 18,598 people* *The Fort Liberty web site recently published a list of web destinations that they say distribute wildly unbelievable and bombastic claims with little or no reference mat... more »

Local Council By-Elections January 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Dec Average/ contest +/- Dec +/- Seats Conservative 9 2,951 25.5% -7.8% 328 -95 0 Labour 8 4,406 38.1% +9.6% 551 +149 0 LibDem 7 1,423 12.3% -0.6% 203 -16 0 UKIP 5 793 6.9% -1.2% 159 +3 -1 Green 5 368 3.2% +0.9% 74 +10 0 SNP* 1 1,089 9.4% +4.5% 1,089 -147 0 PC** 0 0 TUSC 0 0 Ind*** 4 487 4.2% +1.1% 122 +23 +1 Other**** 2 ... more »

MSNBC: FBI’s Hillary Investigation ‘Far More Advanced’ Than Public Knows

The Daily Caller at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa on January 24, 2016.] MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Friday that sources have told him that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton is "far more advanced than we the public knows." Friday on Morning Joe, panelist Cokie Roberts predicted that if Hillary Clinton gets indicted,... Continue reading *“MSNBC: FBI’s Hillary Investigation ‘Far More Advanced’ Than Public Knows”* at *dailycaller.com*.

The West's Illegal Occupation of Afghanistan Based On False Pretenses Set To Last Until The Next Millennium

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Pentagon on Afghanistan: US ‘Can’t Really Leave’" Antiwar.com, January 26, 2016:* While presenting it as a shift in President Obama’s mindset, Pentagon officials are talking up the idea that the US occupation of Afghanistan, which began in late 2001, is not just extended for a couple of additional years but will continue for several more decades, and for all intents and purposes may as well be permanent. “What we’ve learned is that you can’t really leave,” one Pentagon official was quoted in the Washington Post as insisting, while other officials openly talked ab... more »

Google Testing Superfast 5G Drone Powered Global Networks

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
American technological giant Google is working on building ultrafast 5G networks that will be powered by solar-powered drones, in order to provide high-speed internet connectivity to the world. Techradar reports: The secret project, codenamed SkyBender, is currently in a trial phase at Spaceport America in New Mexico, the Guardian reports. The plan could potentially offer data speeds around 40 times faster than the maximum 4G/LTE speeds currently available to smartphones and other devices. For the purposes of testing the network, Google is renting out 15,000 square feet of hangar sp... more »

We Need Constitution Strong, Not Christie Weak

Ken Blackwell at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, at a town hall at Brick City Grill in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.] It's Republican presidential primary “game time,” and where the party's candidates stand on the proper role of judges in our representative democracy could not be a more important -- or, in most respects, a more unifying -- issue. All GOP... more »

AP News: President Obama Rethinking U.S. Troop Numbers In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Obama having a meeting in the Situation Room on Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House) *WNU Editor: *The AP story is here .... *Obama forced again to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan *(AP). The big concern in the White House is not delaying the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan .... the big concern is will they be forced to increase US troop numbers this summer in the face of a growing Taliban (and now) ISIS insurgency .... *Next Top American Commander In Afghanistan: 'Security Situation Is Deteriorating'.* .

Isn't It Time For Ted Cruz To Drop Out And Go Back To The Senate And Apologize To His Colleagues?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Going through his stand-up routine in New Hampshire Friday, Herr Trumpf asserted that "Ted Cruz may not be a U.S. citizen... Ted Cruz is an anchor baby in Canada." Bromance is o-v-e-r. My favorite line this week was Herr Trumpf responding to Cruz's *mano-a-mano* debate challenge by agreeing to do it-- as soon as Cruz proves he's eligible to run for president. And it isn't just Herr jumping on the mortally wounded Cruz. The *Des Moines Register* front page told the story after Thursday's Trumpless debate; Cruz was the object of everyone else's hatred. This morning *Politico* publis... more »

Turkey Summons Russian Envoy Claiming Fighter Jet Violated Airspace

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Turkey has summoned the Russian envoy claiming that a Russian Su-34 fighter jet violated its airspace on Friday. A number of warnings in both Russian and in English were allegedly sent to the jet. RT reports: “We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday. “We are emphasizing once again that the unwanted consequences of such irresponsible behavior will belong fully to the Russian Federation,” it added. The ministry also said it views the alleged violation as... more »

Is Japanese Cedar Pollen Radioactivity Amplifying Allergan's Effect on Skin Damage?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
The Mainichi is reporting that allergans from cedar pollen cause skin damage and is urging people to wash off pollen from their skin: Japanese cedar pollen causes damage to skin: research team, The Mainichi, January 23, 2016 (Mainichi Japan) http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160123/p2a/00m/0na/022000c Pollen from the Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese cedar) tree lowers the skin's barrier function by causing evaporation of moisture and inhibiting oil secretions, researchers said. The findings, which were reported by a joint research group affiliated with the Shiseido Life Scienc... more »

Supplemental: New data concerning the water in Flint!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016New York Times swamps Maddow:* Last evening, viewers of the Maddow Show were treated to one of the program's silliest recurrent features. We don't refer to the Friday Night News Dump, in which the host gets to clap her hands, pretend she's a child (and a game show host), and play old videotape of herself. Six minutes *were* wasted that way last night. But that isn't what we mean. Last evening, we got to enjoy our weekly "News Dump," but along the way, we also got something that's even more foolish. Midway through the show, we got one of Maddow's tradem... more »

Reporter: U.S. DOJ And FBI "SUPER PISSED OFF" At The White House Over Clinton Investigation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: Catherine Herridge sums it up bluntly in the above video clip. What's my take .... White Press Secretary Josh Earnest should not have told reporters on Friday that "officials at the FBI are saying that Hillary Clinton is not a target of the current investigation". ... especially when reporters who are following this case are being told otherwise by the same officials .... *Halperin on Clinton Emails: My WH and FBI Sources Say ‘Something’s Going to Happen’* (Mediaite). Bottom line .... this is not good. And the fact that a number of Hillary Clinton's emails were class... more »

Zombies and PropaGUNDa: Brian Anse Patrick- Interview

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
* Interview via Red Ice Radio with much thanks for providing it* * Zombies and Memetics (Memetics is more often referred to, here, as perception management or mind viruses)* I've discussed the zombies that masquerade as living humans previously as far back as 08 when I ran into one of these sad creatures and the only descriptor I could think of was "zombie" Watch out for zombies promoting genocidal theories!!! *Since 08 I noticed the zombie meme being promulgated or promoted much more widely*. Including but not limited too Zombie Drills *,* Zombie Alerts*,* Canada never becoming a ...more »

New Advice Column: 'Dear Commie'

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
*A new feature here on Organizing Notes will be this periodic 'Advice Column' called 'Dear Commie' as suggested by a reader. So feel free to send in your questions and they will be entered into the hopper and responded to as time and space permits.* - *Dear Commie: I’m depressed about the world and wonder what should I do? * Dear Depressed: Take two aspirin and stick your head in the sand or try watching Fox News for awhile – that should help. If not keep pushing the rock up the hill – at least it is very good exercise. - *Dear Commie: I’ve been arguing with my n... more »

MENA Report - ( January 30 , 2016 ) - Around The Horn - Yemen , Israel , Syria & Syria Peace Talks , Iraq, Taliban , Isis , Refugee Crisis and Libya In focus !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
Links.... *US, Britain Spies on Israeli Air Force for 18 Years* *Hospitals Are Under Fire in Yemen's War* *Syrian Rebels Merge, Form 'Northern Brigade'* *Taliban Control of Afghanistan Highest Since 2001* *Four Killed in Suicide Attack on Saudi Shi'ite Mosque* *Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked by British and US Intelligence* *US Airstrike Targets Hacker Working for ISIS, Kills Civilians Instead* *Syrian Rebel Splits Deepen After Failed 'Merger' With al-Qaeda Arm* Dutch Jets to Join Bombing of ISIS Targets in Syria Syrian Turkmens Cross to Turkey, Fleeing ... more »

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
Have you forgotten yet?... For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go, Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare. But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game... Have you forgotten yet?... Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget. Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz-- The nights you watched and wire... more »

Transparency, public arguments: a wrong recipe for arXiv rejections

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Crackpot blog Backreaction and its flavor appendix called Nature believe that it was wrong for the arXiv.org website of scientific preprints (100k papers a year, 1.1 million in total) to reject two submissions by students of quantum information who attempted to rebrand themselves as general relativists and argue that you can't ever fall into a black hole. Thankfully, Ms Hossenfelder and others agree that the papers were wrong. But they still protest against the fact that the papers were rejected. Or to say the least, there should have been some "transparency" in the rejection – in o... more »

Anniversary March to Oak Flat 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago

CIA Releases Their Own Version Of The X-Files

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*FOX News:** Real-life 'X-Files'? CIA posts trove of UFO documents* The truth is out there – the CIA is offering a peek into its ‘X-files,’ shining a spotlight on a series of once-classified UFO documents. “To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting,” explained the agency, in a blog post. The UFO documents, which date primarily from the 1940s and 1950s, are among hundreds that the CIA declassified in 1978. In a nod to Fox’s new “X-Files” series, the agen... more »

U.S. Democrats Accuse Their Fellow Republicans Of 'Lying Through Their Teeth' On Ending The Iran Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Dem: Republicans 'lying through their teeth' about ending Iran deal* Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) suggested the Republican presidential field wouldn't go back on the Iranian nuclear deal if they win the White House, despite widespread opposition. "I just do not believe that any of these Republican candidates are sincere. I think they are absolutely lying through their teeth when they say they are going to rip up this agreement," he said at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York Friday. He said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was "at the top of the list" for Repu... more »

Dogs Can Read Faces Before Making Their Minds Up

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
A study has revealed that dogs have the ability to read human faces, particulalrly the eyes, and dismiss non threatening expressions. They react differently to threatening expressions however depending on whether it’s coming from a human or another dog Dogs have grown to trust humans through domestication and think that they are all soppy and easy to please, therefore not worth a second glance when it comes to untoward behavior from a Homosapien. Health Day reports: While dogs read facial expressions in much the same way as people do, they consider the source of a threatening expres... more »

In Under 90 Seconds, Sen. Ben Sasse Defines Conservatism

The Daily Signal Video Team at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Sen. Ben Sasse] Appearing on MSNBC Friday, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., was asked to define conservatism. "What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says if I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally," he said. "That's not... more »

After Facing Questions on Abortion, 2 Obama Judicial Nominees Fail to Advance

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Chuck Grassley] The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding up two of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees for federal judgeships in Pennsylvania. Robert Colville and John Younge, both nominated for lifetime judicial positions, did not receive a vote at Thursday's committee meeting. Judiciary Chairman Chuck... more »

Jim-jams, Jess Phillips and ‘bunch’

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
It’s been a while since I did school gates, but no-one much turned up in PJs back then. A glimpse of the odd granny in slippers might have caused amusement. Schools in socially diverse areas like ours serve a rich mix. Middle-class kids of, say, school teachers mingle with the smelly ones who walk to school disheveled, wearing no socks. Their mums and dads might have been up half the night smoking dope or whatever, but if they did manage to get up and get out they’d pull on a shell suit first. I think the PJ thing that irked headmistress Kate Chisholm is quite recent. These days... more »

A Russian Fighter Jet Flew Closer To A U.S. Air Force Spy Plane Than Originally Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN:* *Russian fighter came within 15 feet of U.S. Air Force jet* (CNN)A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea this week in what the Pentagon is calling an "unsafe" incident, U.S. officials say. "On January 25, 2016, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into this particular incident," said a statement from Army Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a Defense Department spokesperson. Another ... more »

A Donald-Less Debate and Other Strange Tales from the Campaign Trail

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talk after the Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)] Less than 75 hours to go until the Iowa caucuses and the campaign news is coming 100 miles an hour. Thursday night, the Republican candidates met in Iowa. Just not all in the same place. Seven met in the prime time Fox... more »

Kentucky Governor Wants to SMASH Planned Parenthood

Casey Harper at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Governor Matt Bevin speaking with attendees at the 2016 First in the Nation Town Hall hosted by the New Hampshire Republican Party in Nashua, New Hampshire.] Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has announced big plans to take on Planned Parenthood in his state. Bevin said Thursday that he had learned Planned Parenthood was knowingly doing abortions without a license, and that he intended to make them... more »

Debate Without Trump Gets Better Ratings Than Last Debate with Trump

The Weekly Standard at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the University of Iowa Field House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa.] Donald Trump’s campaign manager predicted that Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate on Fox News would only get “about 2 million” viewers because Trump refused to show up. In fact, “Fox News likely had 11 million to 13 million viewers for... Continue reading *“Debate Without Trump Gets Better Ratings Than Last Debate with Trump”* at *weeklystandard.com*.

David Bowie Leaves Millions For Staff Members In Will

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Music legend David Bowie, who died earlier this month, has left millions to members of staff in his will. He also left instructions for his ashes to be scattered in Bali in accordance with Buddhist ritual. The Mirror reports: The 69-year-old singer – who died earlier this month after a secret cancer battle – reportedly left $2 million to his personal assistant and close friend Corinne “Coco” Schwab. A further $1 million went to his son Duncan’s former nanny Marion Skene. The rest of his money was divided, as expected between his family members. The New York Post’s Page Six reports ... more »

I sympathize with Weinberg's classroom gun ban

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Americans, especially the conservative ones, are proud about the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution that guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. Many TRF commenters consider this right very important and I won't make them too happy now. *A picture I took in 2005* A new law has stressed the right to carry weapons at university campuses. Locally, institutions could have declared exceptions and ban weapons. But the University of Texas decided not to have such exceptions. And even thought Austin isn't "really" Texas, the laws apply there, too. So something had to happen: ... more »

U.S. Warship Sails Near Island Claimed By China In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
USS Curtis Wilbur -- a guided missile destroyer -- sailed near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands (AFP Photo/John Sullivan) *CNN*:* U.S. Navy sends ship near disputed island in South China Sea* (CNN)The U.S. Navy sent a ship near a contested island in the South China Sea on Saturday to challenge "excessive maritime claims that restrict the rights and freedoms of the United States and others," a U.S. Defense Department spokesman told CNN. "This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants, China, Taiwan and Vietnam, to restrict navigation rights and freedoms around the fea... more »

Latin America's Political And Economic Problems Aid In The Spread Of The Zika Virus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Financial Times:* *Zika virus: Latin America’s ills compound crisis* Mosquito-borne disease finds fertile ground in economic and political dysfunction Isla de León, a slum on the outskirts of Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is a lesson in how to manufacture and transmit the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Ramshackle hovels with dirt floors, crooked wooden walls and zinc roofs line sun-baked unpaved streets. In the rainy season, conditions resemble the swamp on which the neighbourhood was built. “Of course the mosquitoes are a problem, especially at night,” says Ingrid Tordec... more »

Venezuela Is On The Brink Of A Complete And Utter Economic Collapse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Customers line up to enter a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela. (Jorge Silva/Reuters) *Washington Post*: *The only question now is whether Venezuela's government or economy will completely collapse first.* The key word there is "completely." Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela's ruling party just lost congressional elections that gave the opposition a veto-proof majority, and it's hard to see that getting any better for them any time soon — or ever. Incumbents, after all, don't tend to do too well when, according to the International Mone... more »

Illegally Climbing Egypt's Great Pyramid

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*USA Today*: *Teen illegally scales Egypt's Great Pyramid* (NEWSER) – "I can't describe it in words … It was really unbelievable for me. It was absolutely amazing." That's how 18-year-old Andrej Ciesielski describes his incredible, yet illegal, climb to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza in broad daylight on Jan. 18. The German tourist, who writes about the experience on his blog, says he first visited Cairo before hiring a taxi to take him to Giza. Though climbing the oldest and largest of the three pyramids could result in a three-year jail term, or something far worse if he l... more »

Remain/Leave and 'Newsnight'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
My own very small-scale contribution (at the moment) to monitoring the BBC's coverage of the EU referendum is to look at *Newsnight, *specifically the fairly-easy-to-answer question, 'Is there a balance of guests between pro-Leave and pro-Remain?' It's only '*fairly*-easy-to-answer' because you need a consistent starting-point for including the guest in the final list. In other words, if, say, Steven Woolfe of UKIP is interviewed by *Newsnight* (as he was on 20th Jan), but *only* on the topic of immigration, and he *isn't* asked about the EU and *doesn't *mention the EU himself, w... more »

Whatever Happened to the Likely La...er...the People Behind 'The Great European Disaster Movie'?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Having been largely out of action for the past couple of weeks, I know I've missed a lot of BBC-bias-related things - partly because I kept forgetting to remember them. One thing I *have* remembered is that one of the people behind the infamous pro-EU BBC mockumentary *The Great European Disaster Movie*, former *Economist *editor Bill Emmott, has been made Chairman of the Content Board at Ofcom by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale - a choice that has certainly raised eyebrows. For full details on why that appointment is so surprising (and worrying) and of just how tangled the web... more »

If Consciousness is a Door, Kundalini Yoga is the Key

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Valerie Burke* - Imagine you could harness, at will, the mind-body connection responsible for the heightened mental states giving rise to creative genius, inspiration, bliss, mystical experiences, and possibly even enlightenment? The post If Consciousness is a Door, Kundalini Yoga is the Key appeared first on Waking Times.

We Have to Fight for Something Beautiful

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the Syrian war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command. Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter. This is the second interview with Vijay Prashad I've recently posted - he has alot to say.

Manifesto of the Awakened: We Are Aware!

Waking Times at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Zen Gardner*- A message to the ones responsible for our current engineered crises and overall social condition. The post Manifesto of the Awakened: We Are Aware! appeared first on Waking Times.

This Is Why Timelines Change

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Gregg Prescott* - What are timelines and why do some predicted events come and go without the anticipated event ever happening? The post This Is Why Timelines Change appeared first on Waking Times.

The Law of Attraction: Garbled Fragment of a Lost Tradition

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - There is no way to state the law of attraction with finality, because thousands of people have tinkered with it, and some of them earnestly believe they have the only “true” version. The post The Law of Attraction: Garbled Fragment of a Lost Tradition appeared first on Waking Times.

Feds Gave $7 Billion in Grants to Research Using ‘Falsified or Fabricated Data’

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: federal grant] National Science Foundation officials award $7 billion in grants annually based on funding proposals the agency's watchdog estimates have hundreds of examples of plagiarism and "falsified or fabricated data." The federal science research agency awards 11,000 grants to 2,000 research institutions... more »

Terrorists Won’t Be Eligible for Welfare Under This Congressman’s Plan

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) gives a thumbs up to Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) (R) in the House Chamber of the Capitol October 29, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.] A congressman plans to introduce legislation Monday that would block terrorists from receiving food stamps. "I am shocked that our current law does not prevent the criminals who have been convicted of plotting and carrying out acts of terrorism against... more »

Weekend reads: Go ahead, plagiarize and sabotage your colleagues; star surgeon’s days at Karolinska numbered

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a case of a disappearing journal, lots of bad news for Olivier Voinnet, and advice on what to do when you make a mistake. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Ever wanted to sabotage your colleagues? Now you can, in a game. (Tracy Vence, The Scientist) “You can publish a paper with […] The post Weekend reads: Go ahead, plagiarize and sabotage your colleagues; star surgeon’s days at Karolinska numbered appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Video: Rockefeller Medicine & Eugenics

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
James Corbett explores the real history of modern healthcare and the real motivations behind the family that brought it to you. (Scroll down for video) The American health care system really does go back to the Rockefeller family. “As Americans fret about the Obamacare website and wonder how the country became enslaved to the highest healthcare costs in the world, we turn back the pages to look at how the modern medical paradigm came together in the early 20th century, courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation and their cronies.” James Corbett explores the real history of modern heal... more »

On "Smykkeloven": The Danish Policy to Seize Personal Valuables and Money from Asylum Seekers

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 14 hours ago
I suppose no one has missed the fast and radical transformation of European refugee and migration policy, following both the vast increase of refugees wishing to seek asylum in European countries during 2015, and the ongoing tragedy of people being killed while attempting to cross the the borders into the European fortress. In my earlier post on this, the focus has been on what occurs around the EU external borders. However, the transformations during the last year includes some rather drastic measures also inside EU itself. Not least by my own government, which has as re-installed ... more »

Free Trade 62, IDEAS supports TPP Agreement for Malaysia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) released a new 12-pages report urging the Malaysian Parliament and the public to support and sign the Trans­ Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Good call. Why? Economic and governance considerations. 1. The TPPA will bring economic benefits and serve Malaysia’s best interests as shown by the two studies commissioned by MITI, one of which estimates Malaysian gross domestic product (GDP) gains of USD23­27 billion in 2027 in a baseline scenario, an increase in economic activity which will sustain 1­2 million new jobs by 2027.... more »

The Dirty Little Secret How Teachers Unions Stay in Business

Evan Grossman at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Teacher union] Less than 1 percent of Pennsylvania public school teachers have formally approved of the unions representing them, and teachers unions from Erie to Philadelphia have not been elected by their members for more than four decades. That should change, according... more »

Rubio Urges Against Mass Deportation as Fix to Immigration

THOMAS BEAUMONT at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a interview with The Associated Press, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Burlington, Iowa. Rubio isn’t backing off his position that would allow millions of people in the country illegally to stay, saying Americans are prepared to deal with a process that does not involve mass deportations. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)] MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that if he is elected president, he will not look to deport 12 million people in the U.S. illegally, and will ins... more »

Prosecutors Use Oregon Refuge Occupiers’ Own Words against Them

TERRENCE PETTY & STEVEN DuBOIS at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Mike Arnold, left, and Lissa Casey, right, representing Ammon Bundy, spoke briefly after Bundy's appearance in the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. They read a statement prepared by Bundy which asked the remaining occupiers to "stand down." (Kristyna Wentz-Graff/The Oregonian via AP)] PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The main leaders of the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge have been denied pre-trial release as prosecutors used their own words on social media and videos against them to argue that they were a... more »

33 Greece-Bound Migrants Drown Off Turkish Coast

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People look at the body of a migrant child washed up on a beach in Canakkale's Bademli district on January 30, 2016 after at least 33 migrants drowned when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece.] ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey’s state-run news agency says at least 33 people, including five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their Greece-bound boat capsized off the Turkish coast. Anadolu Agency says coast guards rescued 75 others from... more »

Zika Virus For Sale Online

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The Zika virus is for sale online courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation. Here is a link to the site: Zika virus (ATCC® VR-84™) Apparently the zika virus started in Uganda back in 1947 where is was found in monkeys.. Blood samples were taken from the monkeys and freeze-dried and are now on sale… presumably for researchers to use in vaccine testing. General Information Characteristics Culture Method Specifications History Documentation According to Aangirfan: The Uganda/East African Virus Research Institute, in Entebbe, Uganda, was established in 1936 by the Rockefeller Foundation. ... more »

Is This Where It All Leads?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
https://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/ Rick Salutin asks an interesting question in today's *Toronto Star*: Is the rise of Donald Trump connected to the decline of public education in the United States? Salutin has Trump's number: I’m not saying Trump is stupid nor is everything he expresses; his blasts against trade deals that undermine U.S. jobs are on point. Rather, it’s the willingness to unconditionally embrace someone so boorish, bullying, lacking self-awareness, childishly vain and demagogic — who says repeatedly: Don’t bother thinkin... more »

Why The U.S. Military Wants An Iron Man Suit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Anna Mulrine, CSM:* *Why does the Pentagon need an Iron Man suit?* SHIFTS IN THOUGHT The Pentagon isn't afraid to spend money on technology. But recent requests by Special Operations generals have an imminently practical element and speak to the evolving nature of American war fighting. WASHINGTON — When the head of United States Special Operations Command said recently that he hopes his troops will someday soon be wearing super-light, super-strong exoseletons known affectionately as “Iron Man” suits, it might have sounded like a bit of classic Pentagon excess. Cool, but outrageo... more »

Wasserman Schultz Running Scared In Her South Florida Lair

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn't need to appeal to hard-working Americans for her campaign funds. Her political career has been completely underwritten by the special interests she serves, like Big Sugar, Wall Street, crooked lobbyists and the private prison industry. But that doesn't stop her from sending out a barrage of e-mails weekly begging grassroots Democrats for money and lying about her ugly record. Yesterday she was whining that "I have a bigger target on my back then ever before-- and it's because I stand up for South Florida families and for the Democratic values that ... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 30 , 2016 ) Europe In Focus ( 1. NIRP / January Gov't Bond Rally & Other Yield Oddities. 2. Around The Horn - Items Of Note Touching On France , Germany & Poland . 3. Data Splash - Global 2 Year Yields , US Real GDP vs German Real GDP , Central Bank Watch - Everyone Else Easing But The Fed . 4. Refugee situation / Economic Migration / Border Security. 5. Brexit / UK-EU Negotiation. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Europe Broadly....... *Al Arabiya English* ‏@AlArabiya_Eng 5s 6 seconds ago Thousands march in #Paris rain to protest #stateofemergency http:// ara.tv/vp9ab *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 2m 2 minutes ago Negative is the new normal. After Jan govt bond rally - driven by ECB, BoJ - German Bund yields now neg out to 7yrs. [image: Embedded image permalink] *The Local Germany* ‏@TheLocalGermany 3m 3 minutes ago German economy minister visits Poland to soothe gas pipeline fears http://www.thelocal.de/20160130/germany-soothes-polish-gas-pipeline-fe... more »

This Major LGBT Group Wants Christian Colleges Exposed, Then Changed

Mat Staver & Keith Fournier at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Christian Graduation Cap - 900] The largest homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy and propaganda organization in the United States is coming after Christian colleges. Whether the college is Catholic, Orthodox, mainline Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, non-denominational or charismatic, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will be coming after... more »

1 Escaped Inmate Caught, 2 Sought in Northern California

GILLIAN FLACCUS & AMY TAXIN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Orange County Sheriff agents search for additional suspects as they search the back of a hotel in Santa Ana, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Authorities say they have captured one of three inmates who escaped from a California jail last week while facing charges involving violent crimes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)] SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The first major break in the hunt for three dangerous jail inmates came exactly a week after their escape, when one of them walked up to a Southern California auto shop where a friend works,... more »

Why Most Catholic Leaders Don’t Endorse Presidential Candidates

CRUX at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Cruz and Trump - 400] With just days left before Iowa casts the first votes in the presidential nominating contests, Republican candidates have been crisscrossing the state touting their Christian bona fides, appealing to the group of voters who could make or break several campaigns. Part... Continue reading *“Why Most Catholic Leaders Don’t Endorse Presidential Candidates”* at *cruxnow.com*.

Blonde Teen Radicalized by ISIS Videos Jailed for Nine Years after Stabbing Mom to Death

Express at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: ISIS teen] Lisa Borch, aged 15 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to nine years behind bars after and she and her boyfriend Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, 29, stabbed her mother Tina Romer Holtegaard at least 20 times. The attack, at... Continue reading *“Blonde Teen Radicalized by ISIS Videos Jailed for Nine Years after Stabbing Mom to Death”* at *express.co.uk*.

Healing Is A Word Many Use Yet Few Understand - A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Healing is a word many use yet few understand. Healing is so simple an act that it eludes the human mind. Why does it do so?* *Because of the habits of fear that have been encouraged by the human communities to protect those of limited knowledge and even more limited experience from experiencing true acts of healing.* *Healing is simply a phenomenon that occurs when one can set aside from one's limiting thoughts and outerward imposed limited thinking and for the moment be free from all the fears others have encouraged within you as a means of control and that you have allowed ... more »

History and Polls Clearly Suggest: Conservative Cruz is Highly Electable

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz2 - 900] I keep hearing from supporters of other GOP candidates that Ted Cruz can’t win the general election because he is too conservative and too preachy. These same people criticize him for not being authentically conservative and also support others who... more »

Wintry-Looking Iowa Caucus Intensifies Turnout Fears for Trump and Sanders

The Guardian at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Bernie Sanders] In the end, the direction of American politics may all come down to a snowstorm. Months of fierce campaigning have left both party leadership races too close to call in Iowa as the rural state prepares to become the first,... Continue reading *“Wintry-Looking Iowa Caucus Intensifies Turnout Fears for Trump and Sanders”* at *theguardian.com*.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*What School Choice Advocates Have to Celebrate* National School Choice Week has just kicked-off, and there is much to celebrate this year. National School Choice Week will feature over 16,000 events across the country this week, ranging from school pep rallies in support of school choice, to policy panels exploring the many school choice options that are now available to families. Over the past two decades, choice in education has seen dramatic gains. From the nation’s first school voucher program in Milwaukee, Wisc. in 1991 (although Vermont and Maine have had proto school choic... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*John Cook, the crook Cook* Shearer's cooks tend to be a rough lot and an old shearer once told me that there are three types of shearer's cook: Cooks, crook cooks and wilful murderers. John Cook is not a wilful murderer. He has written a number of articles (e.g. here) in which he explores the apparent mystery that a lot of people don't believe that dangerous global warming is going on. He thinks the science is settled (even though his own research shows two thirds of climate scientists taking no position on global warming) so everybody should believe it. He therefore puts fo... more »

Strong 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Eastern Russia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
A strong and deep 7.00 magnitude earthquake struck Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka peninsula on Saturday morning according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) The quake hit 106 kilometers north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the capital city of Russia’s Kamchatka Krai. According to the Geological Survey the quake occurred at 0325 GMT at a depth of 160 kilometres (100 miles), about 95 kilometres northeast of the Russian town of Yelizovo in the Kamchatka Krai region. Prelim M7.0 earthquake Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia Jan-30 03:25 UTC, updates https://t.co/3Pm2o8QF4p, 0 #quake tweets/... more »

Nurturing the Gospel In Our Hearts: Getting Practical

Pete Vere at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Sunset Sunrise Praying Nature - 900] PETE VERE -- Preparation, patience and perseverance: These are three virtues that will help us in nurturing the gospel of God's Kingdom in our life of prayer. I wrote about these three in the first part of this discussion. Now... more »

Weekend Fun 60, Equality vs. equity, sameness vs. fairness, justice vs. laziness

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 18 hours ago
This meme has been circulating in social media for sometime. Equality is not = Justice. Hmmm... Another one, this time, Equality is not = equity. Hmmm.... Ok. So from the above, there is a definition on (a) equality vs. equity, (b) sameness vs. fairness. Let me add now another dimension, (c) justice and equity vs. laziness. Because I think both illustrations are wrong. Why? 1. People should be inside the stadium, not outside, if they want to watch live games. 2. People should be sitting, not standing, especially with a child. 3. The man and older boy are lazy. If they insist on sta... more »

Getting comfortable on the sofa

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
Simon Fanshawe, sporting his usual pink shirt, has been surfing the *BBC Breakfast *sofa this morning. After a shortish lecture on Google's tax affairs (complete with some of his usual, pro-Labour party political point-scoring), he turned to the migrant crisis: What is the answer? Is it immigration we're frightened of? Because on the one level this judge story *(in the Mail and the Telegraph) *I think is a non-story. He says, "They're economic migrants". Well, they're only coming here to work! You know? "What's wrong with that?", everyone says. "Don;t you want to better yourself?... more »

We'ze All Just Lovn US Some Sarah? (A Whole Lotta Bad Sarah!)  Bill & Thom's Great Adventure (Kristen & Trey (-R's) Too!)  Bill Moyers Exposes Obama's Past/Asks Him To Repent and Tell All

Our buddy, Coyote Prime, just loves him some Sarah. And don't we all? (OK. Not so much Trumpf.) My guess is that she and the rest of the klown korp kandidates will run the Republican kar off the road and into a deep ravine if not head-on into a Bernie locomotive. Or a Hillary handshake. It is time to take seriously the role that stupidity is playing in shaping GOP politics. We have

India, Air Pollution, and Climate Change

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 19 hours ago
Over the winter break, I spent ten days in India, in the capital New Delhi and Mumbai. I was immediately struck by the awful air quality as I walked out of the airport in New Delhi. Delhi’s air quality is as bad or worse than Beijing’s, though perhaps that fact isn’t as widely known. The […]

"Are you an idiot?!"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Here's something you're likely to have missed: Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC's Head of Religion and Ethics, speaking at SOAS, University of London late last year (from 35:00 to 50.00 in the YouTube video of it). Here's a transcription of the closing couple of minutes of his talk, relating to *that *episode of *Songs of Praise *from Calais before returning to the subject of religious illiteracy (his main bugbear at the moment). I think it reveals a lot about his way of thinking: Someone talked about Calais just recently...so I went to Calais with a team. It was my stupid idea to send the ... more »

Bizarre White House claims about Putin's billions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Update: funnily enough, hours after I posted this blog post, a U.S. journalist at RT used the same adjective bizarre for these attacks.* On Monday, the BBC aired a documentary in which Adam Szubin, a near-top official of the U.S. Treasury Department, called Putin a picture of corruption. Some claims about Putin's paying billions to relatives and friends were mentioned, along with suggestions that Putin – while officially getting the same salary I was getting as junior faculty – might be the wealthiest person in the world or close to it. *Putin is buying a breakfast* Fine. There ... more »

Military Photo of the Day: January 30, 2016

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: American Soldiers Siegfried Line WW2 - 900] Americans cross the Siegfried Line “Then came the big day when we marched into Germany -- right through the Siegfried Line.” 1945. 208-YE-193. - Wikipedia

Boeing Has Won The Contract To Build Two Air Force One Presidential Jets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Boeing wins contract to build new Air Force One presidential jets https://t.co/can13F4fjN pic.twitter.com/mUTY25mLKQ — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 30, 2016 *Reuters*:* Boeing wins contract to build new Air Force One presidential jets* Boeing Co (BA.N) has won a contract to start preliminary work on a new fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft based on its 747-8 jumbo jet, the Pentagon said on Friday. The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing an initial contract worth $25.8 million to reduce risk and lower the cost of the program by looking at the tradeoffs between the requ... more »

:Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
New #ISIS Sanctuary Map. Expanding attack zones 4 W #Syria/E #Iraq. Unchallenged in its core-https://t.co/j67DLhClIg pic.twitter.com/WmK2GKcAnP — ISW (@TheStudyofWar) January 30, 2016

U.S. Announces A Suucesful Test Of An 'Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle' Designed To Crash Into Incoming Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) is the next-generation, cost-effective solution that will leverage mature, proven components to simplify design and improve reliability. From drawing board to deployment, Raytheon is the only company with the unique technical talent, proven success and infrastructure to deliver a simpler, easier-to-produce next generation kill vehicle with a significant reduction in cost. *Daily Mail:* *'Exoatmospheric kill vehicle' designed to crash into nuclear missiles heading for the US tested over California* * Long-range interceptor blasted off from Vandenber... more »

Syria's Base Wars

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*January 30, 2016* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Since 2011, Syria has fought desperately to hold itself together as a single, unified nation. Threatened from the beginning by the "Libya precedent," Washington and its regional allies have openly conspired to divide up Syria as a consolatory objective upon failing to topple Damascus outright. US policymakers, some of whom had previously played a role in laying out invasion and occupation plans for Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, have published numerous op-eds and entire policy papers regarding the planned partition of Syria. It was hoped th... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
An Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea to support Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook

Who Is Assassinating The Islamic State's Top Leaders In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The three places in Sirte where a sniper has *allegedly* shot men of the Islamic state in the last 10 days pic.twitter.com/LWEUPzXVxF — Daniele Raineri (@DanieleRaineri) January 26, 2016 *The Telegraph*: *Is a secret sniper killing off Isil's high command in Libya?* Mystery gunman credited with shooting three of the terror group's leaders in their new "Caliphate" in Colonel Gaddafi's home city of Sirte As befits all the best practitioners of his shadowy trade, no-one is quite sure whether he is one man or many, or even simply an urban legend. But after a string of assassinations ... more »

Russia's Foreign Policy Challenges In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Image: Wikimedia Commons/kremlin.ru. Andrey Bezrukov, Mikhail Mamonov, Sergey Markedonov, and Andrey Sushentsov, National Interest: *How to Avoid War With Russia* *The year ahead could bring conflict or cooperation in these key areas.* Much has been said recently about the unpredictability of Russian foreign policy, and the resulting uncertainty. In reality, Moscow’s interests are quite limited and focused on its near abroad. Understanding how Russia prioritizes its security challenges and how it assesses the security situation on its borders is a start to clearing up much of the u... more »

Stopping Lou Gehrig's Disease in its tracks?

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 23 hours ago
Another day, another disease cured? Not quite. However, it sounds like researchers at Oregon State University, in a study of mice implanted with ALS, may have found something which will lead to a useful therapy for human patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The breakthrough is not a cure. Rather, it is, if it works in people, something which might stop the progression of this deadly disease. Here are some details as reported in Science Daily: *Researchers at Oregon State University have announced that they have essentially stopped the progression of amyotrophic lateral sc... more »

Another "Expert" Who Doesn't Get It

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 23 hours ago
Scott Gilmore's article in Maclean's. staff Facebook response

Isn't It Time To Say Goodbye To Republican And Conservative Representation In Miami-Dade?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Perhaps you've seen a slew of endorsements for Miami-Dade Democrat Annette Taddeo in the past few days. Today it was J-Street. Yesterday it was theSEIU in the morning and Hector Caraballo, president of the Miami-Dade Cuban American Democrats in the afternoon. The day before it was Maurice Ferré, the first Hispanic mayor of Miami and Raul Martinez, the former mayor of Hialeah. The Teamsters Union before that and all sorts of politicians-- the good, the bad and the really, really, really ugly (Steve Israel). All the activity is certainly meant to ward off a primary challenge by form... more »

The Islamic State Is Losing Ground

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Defense Department map shows Coalition and Ground Forces in Syria and Iraq fighting Islamic State, or Daesh, fighters in the Anbar Corridor from Hadithah to Ramadi. (Courtesy: United States Central Command) *VOA*: *Islamic State Caliphate Crunched by US-Backed Forces* The borders of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria are steadily eroding, but it will likely be months before U.S. and coalition-backed forces are ready to take on the terror group’s strongholds in Mosul or Raqqa. New estimates from U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) show Islamic ... more »

UN Syria Peace Talks Have Already Failed

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Death to the United Nations. Death to Turkey. Death to the United States. Death to Saudi Arabia. Death to Qatar. Death to ISIS. Death to Geneva III Talks. * *An excerpt from, "Syria talks: Geneva negotiations in disarray as UN 'can't give a who, where or when'" by Laura Pitel, The Independent, January 29, 2016:* Hours before the biggest push to end the bloody Syrian conflict in two years was due to begin, confusion reigned supreme. The United Nations spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, insisted at a press briefing in Geneva that the peace talks would get under way, but admitted: “I can’t giv... more »

Satanists to Do Invocation at Phoenix City Council Meeting

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: CityHall_Phoenix - 900] PHOENIX (AP) -- Members of a satanic group will give the opening prayer at an upcoming Phoenix City Council meeting. Some council members have objected, but city attorney Brad Holm says the government cannot exclude a religion from praying under... more »

Black Metal

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Desperate GOP Establishment Still Hopes Paul Ryan Will Save Them From Herr Trumpf

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The Republican establishment-- weepy (and alarmed) that their relatively mainstream candidates are attacking each other instead of Herr Trumpf-- still hasn't given up on their dream to pull a fast one in July when they have their convention in Cleveland. They're laying plans for a deadlocked convention that can result in the nomination of Paul Ryan. Ryan has been busy trying to shore up his tattered credibility with the base-- after he betrayed them in the budget negotiations at the ned of 2015. He keeps issuing meaningless statements about so-called "pro-growth solutions" and unif... more »

More Problems With The F-35

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Source: Lockheed Martin. *David Axe, Daily Beast:* *World’s Most Expensive Jet Somehow Gets Worse* Forget the sonic boom—the U.S. military’s new F-35 stealth fighter just hit massive turbulence that could delay its release yet again. The U.S. military’s new F-35 stealth fighter is again falling behind schedule in its 16-year, $60 billion development. The problem this time—the radar-evading plane’s 8 million lines of computer code, amounting to arguably the most complex software suite ever installed on a warplane. The code delay is the latest—and possibly most damaging—setback for t... more »

Pope Francis And Iranian President Warn “End Times Are Nigh”

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Pope Francis has told Iranian President Rouhani that Biblical prophesies regarding the ‘end times’ are now being fulfilled, and that the world is in irreversible turmoil and will be ‘unrecognisable’ this time next year. Responding to President Rouhani’s claim that the Mahdi is coming, Pope Francis confirmed that indeed he is, but that his name is Christ. The pope issued a call to action for Christians, Muslims and Jews to unite and prepare for the arrival. “All those of the Abrahamic faiths, now is the time for unity, for the end times are nigh.” Multiple reports have emerged from t... more »

Postmedia and the invisible handjob of the marketplace

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
Capitalism is a terrible boss: Saving journalism from its industry Postmedia and the heavy price it pays to survive Bruce Livesey on Canadaland : The Collapse of Postmedia .

Musical Interlude: Philip Wesley, “The Approaching Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Philip Wesley, “The Approaching Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS2rJdV8UYk

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Similar in size to large, bright spiral galaxies in our neighborhood, IC 342 is a mere 10 million light-years distant in the long-necked, northern constellation Camelopardalis. A sprawling island universe, IC 342 would otherwise be a prominent galaxy in our night sky, but it is hidden from clear view and only glimpsed through the veil of stars, gas and dust clouds along the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Even though IC 342's light is dimmed by intervening cosmic clouds, this deep telescopic image traces the galaxy's obscuring dust, blue star cluste... more »

Chet Raymo, “Singing Beside Me In The Wilderness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Singing Beside Me In The Wilderness”* by Chet Raymo “In one of those infuriating lapses that go with being a certain age, we could not remember the other evening the name of the poet who wrote "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou..." After scraping the tip of my tongue for a few minutes, I turned to the computer (Google is my browser's home page) and by typing "jug thou" brought Omar Khayyam back into consciousness. (Another click and I could have had the entire Rubaiyat.) And so it is that the Googlized internet arrives just in time to compensate for our withering brain ce... more »

"The Limits Of The World..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

Psychology: "Intelligent People Have Evolutionarily Novel Preferences and Values"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Intelligent People Have Evolutionarily Novel Preferences and Values" by Lee Herring "Higher intelligence is associated with liberal political ideology, atheism, and men's (but not women's) preference for sexual exclusivity. More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds. The study, published in th... more »

"Riding Through the Ruts..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you're riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” - Bob Marley

The Zika Virus Hoax And Covert Medical Op

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Journalist Jon Rappoport has said that he believes the current Zika “virus” to be a fake epidemic, orchestrated by the world’s governments to instil fear into the global population as part of a covert medical operation. According to Rappoport, there are six key reasons why people are falling ill, and it has nothing to do with the mysterious Zilka virus. Jon Rappoport reports: The Zika virus, now being blamed for the birth of babies with very small heads and impaired brains, has been around for a long time—late 1940s, early 1950s—and suddenly, without warning or reason, after induci... more »

Syria Say UN Vaccine Program Has Deliberately Killed Syrian Kids

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
36 children in Syria died “excruciating deaths” after receiving vaccines administered via the UN, which Syrian authorities say were deliberately tainted. The UN vaccination program was designed in 2014 to prevent an outbreak of measles in Syria, but reports have emerged that the vaccines were a deliberate act of sabotage, forcing the UN to abandon its program. Naturalnews.com reports: The Telegraph reported: Doctors in clinics in the towns of Jirjanaz and Maaret al-Nouman in the north-eastern province of Idlib said children started falling ill soon after the doses were administered... more »

Russia Say Turkey-ISIS Operation Uncovered

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russia have said that they have uncovered a system where ISIS militants transfer new gunmen recruits to their terror regime via cooperation with Turkey. According to Andrey Przhezdomsky, an advisor to the head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee: “In Turkey, there is an organized system of transferring additions to the ISIL terrorist organization [former name of IS] or the so-called Daesh, outlawed in Russia”. Russia’s special services know all the routes of sending the recruits, he said. “The key route is via Istanbul.” Tass.ru reports: The gunmen are taken to a comparative ... more »

Video Shows Traffic Stop Where Oregon Militia Were Executed By FBI

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A video has emerged which shows the events leading up to the shooting of Militia protestor LaVoy Finicum outside a Wildlife Preserve in Oregon. The video shows FBI execute LaVoy even though he did not pose a threat to the officers present. The video shows a drone tracking the militia vehicle along a country road before two armored vehicles with red and blue flashing lights pull the truck to a stop in the middle of the road. Superstation95.com reports: The truck sits there a few minutes. Law enforcement did NOT approach the vehicle and no one exited the vehicle. A few minutes later... more »

Monsanto On The Ropes: 3,600 Jobs Axed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Monsanto have suffered an embarrassing blow to their profits, forcing the agricultural giant to axe 3,600 jobs in the months ahead. Earnings have continued falling in the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, meaning that the corporation will be forced to scrap 16% of its global workforce in order to save $300 million by the end of 2017. Ecowatch.com reports: “Monsanto Co. plans to slash another 1,000 jobs worldwide, bringing total planned cuts to 3,600 or about 16 percent of its global workforce, according to a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The... more »

France To Hold Conference On Israel-Palestinian Two-state Solution

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
France have warned Israel that unless the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, it will officially recognise Palestine as its own independent sovereign state. “France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the two-state solution,” French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius announced. France24.com reports: A French diplomatic source added that Paris intended to launch this conference by the summer. Shortly after the a... more »

Cameron Refuses To Launch Inquiry Over UK Arming Saudi Arabia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
British Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to launch an inquiry into the delivery of UK-made arms to Saudi Arabia, who were recently condemned by the UN for using missiles against civilians in Yemen. Cameron dismissed opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s demands that the British government launch an inquiry over the controversial arming of the Saudi regime, who Corbyn says have violated international law. Sputniknews.com reports: According to Corbyn, such a probe justified in light of the violations of international humanitarian law committed by the Saudi-led coalition when stri... more »

A Look At Two Contrasting Endorsements In The Florida Senate Race

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Chuck Schumer's corrupt candidate for the open Florida Senate seat, Patrick Murphy-- recently voted the most ineffective Member of Congress-- and the House's most effective progressive, Alan Grayson both announced very telling endorsements yesterday. Grayson was endorsed by Jane Kleeb, the grassroots organizer who helped kill the Keystone XL Pipeline. "I worked for years to stop Keystone XL, and there's only one candidate in Florida's Senate race who can say the same thing. Only one, and that is Alan Grayson," said Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska Director. "He stood strong when other Re... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'China Gate' (1957)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*From Wikipedia:* Sergeant Brock (Gene Barry) and Goldie (Nat King Cole) are American Korean War veterans now serving as French Foreign Legion mercenaries in the First Indochina War. Angie Dickinson plays Brock's wife, a "half caste" Chinese Eurasian named "Lucky Legs" who resorts to smuggling to feed her five-year-old son she had with Brock. Brock abandoned her and the child when it was born with Asian features, feeling a "half breed" would not be welcome in America; an attitude towards miscegenation prevalent (in some quarters) at the time. Lucky is recruited by the French high ... more »

"The Genius In Us All"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Genius In Us All" By Joe McKendrick "You can't expect to win unless you know why you lose." - Benjamin Lipson "That message that’s been pounded into your head relentlessly since your toddling days — “you can do anything you set your mind to” — seems to actually have a scientific basis in fact. Some experts and authors studying achievement are finding that mastery of any skill or subject be learned by anyone — anyone — who puts their mind to it and works hard to achieve it. The bottom line is that genius is the result of lots of hard work, and not just the fortune of having the... more »

"Looking At The Stars..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde “It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is a sin.” - Benjamin E. Mayes

Midday Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “36 Song Golden Collection”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “36 Song Golden Collection” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmMnYM9DoEc

"A Lively Terror"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Adolf Hitler was a better, and braver, human being than Winston Churchill. That is just a fact. It cannot be disputed. But we celebrate Churchill and demonize Hitler because Hitler lost and Churchill won. That's the way of the world. * *An excerpt from, "Winston Churchill: Britain’s “Greatest Briton” Left a Legacy of Global Conflict and Crimes Against Humanity" by Garikai Chengu, Global Research, January 23, 2016:* Sunday January 24th 2016 marks the anniversary of the death of one of the most lionized leaders in the Western world: Sir Winston Churchill. The current British Prime ... more »

No South Korea-US-Japan War Alliance

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*A great statement on the 'comfort women' issue from Sung-Hee Choi of the Jeju Island naval base resistance and Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. * "A solidarity message from Gangjeong village, Jeju Island. We the people of Gangjeong are so thankful for our friends' solidarity protest in London. Since the unjust collusion on the issue of 'comfort women' between the two governments of South Korea and Japan on December 28th 2015, some of us in Gangjeong have had a small Wednesday performance of becoming the girl statue in solidarity with the 'comfort women',... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 29 , 2016 ) - US In Focus ( 1. Treasuries on the move today. 2. US Debt heading ever higher. 3. LBO Market has shutdown. 4. Hillary in focus. 5. GOP Debate sans Trump - although it really wasn't. 6. Odds & Ends. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. NIRP items of the day. 2. Greece items of the day. 3. Refugee/ Economic Migration / Border Security items. 4. Brexit / UK - EU Negotiation. 5. Odds & Ends. ) MENA / Emerging Nations / Oil ( 1. Syria Talks lurch forward. 2. Turkey and Kurds issues weigh on resolutions of Iraq & Syria. 3. Oil items of the day. 4. Zika news of note today. 5. Refugee Crisis - MENA angles. 6. Libya in focus. ) Asia ( 1. Japan & China in focus )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Evening Wrap...... US Items today..... *Pedro da Costa* ‏@pdacosta 2h 2 hours ago 2-year Treasury yields sees steepest decline in 6 years http:// on.mktw.net/1m2dnyl *National Debt Tweets* ‏@NationalDebt 2h 2 hours ago $18,989,803,014,663.70 (+) #nationaldebt *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3h3 hours ago APOLLO’S HARRIS SAYS LBO FINANCING MARKET HAS ’SHUT DOWN’. *NBC Nightly News* ‏@NBCNightlyNews 3h 3 hours ago NEW: State Dept.: 22 emails from Hillary Clinton's private server have been marked "Top Secret", won't be released. http://nbcnews.to/1QxMEor ... more »

Iran Fires Cruise Missiles In Wargames Showdown With United States

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Iran have announced that their Iranian Naval forces have successfully fired three coast-to-sea cruise missiles on the third day of wargames being conducted along the country’s Southeastern Makran coast, on the rims of the Persian Gulf. The missile test comes days after a US Navy warship received a warning from several Iranian destroyers to steer clear of their zone near the Strait of Hormuz. Farsnews.com reports: The Nour cruise missiles fired by the Iranian Navy hit a target in the Sea of Oman earlier today. Two Nour cruise missiles were fired from Alborz and Neyzeh warships in the... more »

Michael Cromartie Endorses Marco Rubio, Praises His Defense of Religious Freedom

Jay Richards at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Michael Cromartie] Michael Cromartie has long been a well-known and winsome evangelical scholar in Washington, DC. He’s done important work in the fight for religious freedom, and more recently, in helping the media understand religion. A lengthy story about his work in Christianity... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Joshua Keating, Slate*: *The U.S. Is Considering New Military Action in Libya, Since It Turned Out So Great Last Time* U.S. officials are currently “looking at military options” to combat the spread of ISIS in Libya, according to a Pentagon spokesman. These options would most likely involve U.S. special forces coordinated with militias on the ground to fight the group, which has established a stronghold around the coastal city of Sirte, also the hometown of Muammar Qaddafi. The challenges facing any such military intervention are similar to those in Syria—a lack of reliable part... more »

Obama’s Regulations to Close Gender Wage Gap Will Hurt Your Pay, Workplace Flexibility

Romina Boccia at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Jenny Yang - 900] New reporting requirements introduced by the Obama administration today would require companies to report to the federal government what they pay their employees by race, gender, and ethnicity. While this may sound relatively harmless on the surface, the new reporting... more »

Histories Etched

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 1 day ago
The title of this post is taken from the winning poem of 2013's contest at *Poetry for the End of the World*. *Letters From the Ice Age* * ~* Ian Ferrier Cities buried streets forgotten warehouses ransacked and abandoned for the south. We love we breathe light footprints of our passing through the snow. What would we say? And how say it? Who would we talk to? And how could they answer? Buildings break beneath the ice the bridges fall and there are less of us each year. Like arctic animals we burrow through the wreckage of the city underground. And high above ... more »

World News Briefs -- January 29, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*:* U.N. launches Syria peace talks as opposition ends boycott* The main Syrian opposition grouping agreed to attend United Nations-sponsored peace talks which began in Geneva on Friday, reversing a boycott that had threatened to wreck the first attempt to find a diplomatic solution to the war in two years. On the ground, opponents of President Bashar al-Assad said they were facing a Russian-backed military onslaught, with hundreds of civilians reported to be fleeing as the Syrian army and allied militia tried to capture a suburb of Damascus and finish off rebels defending... more »

The United Nations Is Backing ISIS In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is backing ISIS and other terrorist groups along with their regional and international backers against the Syrian people, Kurdish people, and other peoples of Syria.* *An excerpt from, "Fabius: PYD Kurds won’t attend Syria talks, Saudi-backed opponents to take lead" Today's Zaman, January 27, 2016: * Syrian Kurdish officials will not be invited to peace talks in Geneva, where negotiations for the opposition will be led by a Saudi-backed opposition group, France's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Laurent Fabius said United Nations special envoy Staffa... more »

Climate Tricks 50, Letter to the US HOR Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
This week, a group of scientists, engineers, physicians, economists, mostly from the US but with other signatories from abroad, wrote the Chairman of the US' House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, about temperature data quality. Originally posted in WUWT, 300 Scientists Tell Chairman of the House ScienceCommittee: ‘we want NOAA to adhere to law of the Data Quality Act’. January 25, 2016 Chairman Lamar Smith Committee on Science, Space and Technology House of Representatives Congress of the United States Dear Chairman Smith, We, the undersigned, scientists, engineers, econ... more »

Blue America Endorses Adrian Garcia For Congress

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
As we mentioned the other day, Adrian Garcia, is one of the bright lights in the 2016 congressional election cycle, a true public servant for over three decades, first as a police officer, then as a city councilman and later as sheriff of Harris County, third biggest sheriff's department in the country. He has pursued a career in public service to help his community, which had no strong voice fighting for it-- and doesn't really have a strong voice fighting for it in Congress either. He told us that as a young man, each summer he'd return from school to play basketball in the neig... more »

GOP Debate Recap: Trump’s Absence Hardly Felt

Berny Belvedere at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with a ring given to him by a group of veterans during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)] Last night's GOP debate, the last one before the Iowa caucuses on Monday, featured the Republican candidates making their final pitches, with one notable, billionaire-sized exception. I'm referring, of course, to Donald Trump, whose absence gave America a glimpse of... more »

Is Donald Trump Invincible?

Berny Belvedere at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Christie and Trump - 900] Ross Douthat's columns are never pointless -- far from it. That's the first thing Douthat gets wrong in his most recent Sunday offering for The New York Times. The second is he misunderstands the source of Donald J. Trump's appeal.... more »

Texas Supreme Court Sides with Cheerleaders in Bible Verse Battle

Casey Harper at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Cheerleaders Lift - 900] The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group of high school cheerleaders under attack from an atheist group because they made banners with Bible verses. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint with the Kountze Independent School District... more »

Snowden Leak: Operation Anarchist Tapped Into Israeli Drone Data

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
According to newly released data from whistle-blower Edward Snowden, US and British spy agencies regularly hacked into live video feeds from Israeli drones and fighter jets during operations over Gaza. NSA and GCHQ were looking for signs of possible IDF strikess against Iran, in a classified top-secret operation code-named Anarchist. Russia Today reports: A new portion of Edward Snowden’s data reportedly obtained by the Intercept sheds light on Israeli drone operations over Gaza strip. The revelations offer rare visual evidence Israel – Washington’s close ally – flies large armed dr... more »

Vladimir Putin Accused Of Being An Alien From Planet RU-thless84

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
As relations between Russia and the West grow increasingly chilly, US officials have revealed that Vladimir Putin is an alien from a cold and distant planet. The Russian leader visits planet RU-thless84 on occasions, where it is rumored he stores his loot from his strong-arm tactics on earth. Putin is reported to have accumulated tens of billions of dollars on his home planet, that is thought to have an extremely cold atmosphere and contains an ocean of ancient fossil life forms under its frozen surface. Journalitico reports: Putin Is Secretly an Alien, US Official Reveals Russian P... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Bank of Japan Policy Panic Unleashes Stock, Bond Buying Pandemonium Indictment Looms As FBI Declares 22 Clinton Home-Server Emails "Top Secret" The Disturbing Reasons Why The Bank Of Japan Stunned Everyone With Negative Rates $7 Crude? Deutsche Bank Downgrades Oil 'Lower For A Lot Longer' Norway's Kroner Conundrum Deepens As Central Bank Buys Record Amount Of Currency China's Biggest Drop "Since Lehman" Is Worst.January.Ever 6 Cities In Michigan Have Even Higher Levels Of Lead Than Flint Grenade Hurled At Refugee Shelter As 40% Of Germans Tell Merkel To Resign FBI... more »

How Mnemonic is Used to Program and Control Your Mind

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
* Pao L. Chang* - Corporations commonly use mnemonics in advertising campaigns to gain control over people's minds. The post How Mnemonic is Used to Program and Control Your Mind appeared first on Waking Times.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Mardi Gras 2016: Queen of Barkus is 3-legged Nee Nee Sprang**~**King of Barkus is Alex the Weimaraner*

Germany Should Not Carry Shame And Guilt For WWII

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Long Live Germany. * It is irrational and stupid for the German nation and the German people to carry shame and guilt for WWII, or, even more ridiculously, to carry shame and guilt for a genocide of the Jewish race that never happened. Six million Jews were not killed by Germans. And no amount of propaganda and brainwashing will ever convince the truth-loving people of the planet otherwise. The Holocaust was a fabricated event and a big historical lie just like the false flag events of 9/11. Any honest historian or researcher with integrity will admit this. But, sadly, there are ... more »

Fugitive Mafia Bosses Captured Hiding In ‘luxurious’ Underground Bunker

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Two cold-blooded Ndrangheta Mafia bosses have been captured in southern Italy hiding in a ‘luxurious’ camouflaged underground bunker dug into a mountain. The pair, who fed their live victims to pigs for revenge, had been on the run for more than a decade. The Mirror reports: One of the bosses, Giuseppe Ferraro, 47, handed over one of his own captains to a rival gang during a mob feud, according to investigators. The captain was then fed alive to pigs. The other, Giuseppe Crea, 37, is a cold blooded killer who murdered the teenage son of a competitor, it is alleged. Police found an a... more »

Officials: Man Who Led Prison Escape Had Help from Jail Teacher

GILLIAN FLACCUS & ROBERT JABLON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Teacher from Jail Nayeri - 900] SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The probable mastermind in the brazen escape of three inmates from a California jail had help from a woman whose English classes he was taking while locked up, authorities allege. Escapee Hussein Nayeri, 37, came... more »

HHS Placed Immigrant Children with Traffickers, Report Says

The New York Times at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Immigrant child - 400] WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services placed more than a dozen immigrant children in the custody of human traffickers after it failed to conduct background checks of caregivers, according to a Senate report released on Thursday. Examining... Continue reading *“HHS Placed Immigrant Children with Traffickers, Report Says”* at *nytimes.com*.

Jan. 29: We are very close...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
The headline of today's irving press? It's about how the provincial premier will use the state of the province to set the stage for his budget. In other words, there is no news. The premier is doing what every premier in the history of Canada has done at budget time. This time, the speech was set at a black tie dinner (translation: an expensive dinner for rich people.) The other story (with big photo) by fearless reporter Brent Mazerolle is that a local couple has just adopted a dog. And the rest of section A news is just as good. The editorial is an attack on the failure of the pro... more »

U.S. State Department: 'Some Clinton Emails 'Too Damaging' To Release'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News*: *Official: Some Clinton emails 'too damaging' to release* EXCLUSIVE: The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding. The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and th... more »

Syrian Rebel Groups Disagree To Merge Their Forces Together

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Nusra Front fighter walks with his weapon inside a building in the Sheikh Maksoud neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria August 3, 2015. REUTERS/ABDALRHMAN ISMAIL *Reuters*: *Syrian rebel splits deepen after failed 'merger' with al Qaeda arm* The leader of al Qaeda's Syrian wing tried unsuccessfully at a recent meeting to convince rival Islamist factions to merge into one unit, several insurgency sources have told Reuters. Abu Mohamad al-Golani, head of the Nusra Front, even suggested he was willing to change the name of his group if the others, including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham org... more »

South Korea Hints That It May Deploy A Missile Defense System To Counter North Korea's Missile Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Flickr/ U.S. Missile Defense Agency *The Australian/WSJ:* *South Korea warms to missile shield after North’s nuclear tests* South Korea is leaning towards ­introducing an advanced US mis­sile defence system to guard itself against threats from North Korea following Pyongyang’s nuclear test three weeks ago, a bulwark strongly opposed by China. Current and former US officials who have recently spoken with top South Korean policymakers say the country has not ­decided whether to adopt the system the US has offered, but that informal talks between Washington and Seoul had been elev... more »

Obama Administration Confirms for the 1st Time: 22 Clinton Emails ‘Top Secret’

Bradley Klapper at The Stream - 1 day ago
[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) -- The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails with material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just...more »

Russian Fighter Jet Came Within Feet Of USAF Plane Says Pentagon

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-135U reconnaissance plane flying in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday, according to the Pentagon. abc News reports: The Pentagon is calling the intercept by a Russian SU-27 pilot as being conducted in “an unsafe and unprofessional manner” that put “both the American flight crew and himself at risk.” During the intercept of the RC-135U, the Russian pilot flew as close as 15 feet alongside the American reconnaissance plane, a Defense Department official said. It then banked hard to the righ... more »

ISIS Leadership Killed Off By Mystery Sniper In Libya

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Islamic State jihadis in Libya are under siege by a lone special forces sniper who is single handedly assassinating their top brass from afar. Three ISIS commanders have been reportedly shot dead in their de facto base in the North African capital of Sirte in the last few weeks. The Daily Express reports: The sharp shooter is said to have perfected his skills during the 2011 uprising against dictator Colonel Gaddafi. Senior ISIS terror chief Abdullah Hamad Al-Ansari has been named as the latest casualty after he was attacked on January 23 as he left a city centre mosque. Hamad Abdel... more »

Supplemental: The New York Times makes its strangest claim yet!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016Respondents haven't heard enough about Bill Clinton yet:* On the front page of today's New York Times, we get the same old subjective campaign piddle, joined to a polling result. This latest puddle of subjectivity concerns some recent campaign appearances by Bill Clinton. The news report by Patrick Healy appears on the front page of our hard-copy Times. It seems to have been pushed inside the paper in later editions, apparently due to late reporting on last night's array of gong-shows. In his report, Healy offers subjective assessments of some recent speec... more »

Pro-Tunnels Group Bars Journalist From Media Teleconference

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Governor Jerry Brown pushes his Delta Tunnels Plan at his opening address at ACWA's "Water 2.0" event in Sacramento on January 14, 2016. Photo by Dan Bacher. Pro-Tunnels Group Bars Journalist From Media Teleconference by Dan Bacher Censored News It appears that Californians for Water Security, the "coalition" created by corporate agribusiness interests to promote  the California

U.S. And UK War Criminals Are Covering Up The Crimes of Their Warmongering Allies Saudi Arabia And Turkey, Angering Kurds And Houthis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*The West backs Bin Ladenites in the fight against Kurds, Syrians, and religious minorities from Christians to offshoots of Shiism like the Houthis.* *An excerpt from, ``Saudi war crimes evidence could be fabricated by Houthis – UK minister`` Veterans Today, January 29, 2016:* Of course it is Britain that has, over the years, been caught fabricating evidence many times...not this time, of course, because Britain has NO evidence supporting their claim...just another wild conspiracy theory Addressing MPs in the House of Commons, Ellwood said he took the UN report’s allegations ser... more »

Amur The Tiger & Timur The Goat Have Fallen Out

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Amur the Siberian tiger and Timur the goat had been best buddies, sharing an enclosure in a Russian safari park, but they have now fallen out. The unlikely pals have been captivating animal lovers since November, after the goat was placed in the tiger’s enclosure as a meal. The pair are now being kept in separate enclosures after a fight broke out this week according to the Primorsky Safari Park Timur had to receive treatment after Amur turned on him, though probably for good reason. The goat got a little too comfortable and became a tad too bold with the dangerous big cat. “Timur w... more »

Not all harassment victims are viewed or treated as equal.

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
The journalist Ashley Csanady currently has a PostMedia piece that addresses Twitter harassment in general and in particular what happened when Michelle Rempel filed a complaint with the police. Her excellent article provides a short account of the Rempel case as well as an overview of recent events, viz. the GAE trial. It is factual and clear. It doesn't editorialize or misrepresent as Blatchford is wont to do, when the demands of click-bait reporting or sob-sister sensationalizing gives her the cover she needs to champion the MRA cause. Further to what Csanady wrote, there are po...more »

New Biomass & Prawn Plant For Anglesey

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Paul R Work is set to start on a £1bn combined food and power plant on Anglesey, which will create more than 1,700 jobs. The large biomass plant and eco park will be built near Holyhead after the company behind it, Orthios, bought the former Anglesey Aluminium site. The […]

Argentina: CEFAE - Ten UFO Cases Studied by the Kirchner Administration

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 1 day ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO and Urgente 24Date: 01.28.2016* *Argentina: CEFAE - Ten UFO Cases Studied by the Kirchner Administration* During the four years in which the *Comisión para el Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (CEFAE)* was in operation - announced with great fanfare by former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - little was known about its operation and financing. A 12-page PDF file containing 10 sightings reports was presented in December 2015: The Kirchnerian "Blue Book". The administration of Christina Kirchner created a Commission for the Study of Aerospace Phenom... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"On Some Great And Glorious Day..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” - H.L. Mencken Some say that day has come and gone already... While others wonder if it will happen again... *'Murica! We're # 1! * “When you are born in this world, you are given a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." - George Carlin

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