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Monday, January 4, 2016

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The Escalating Situation In The Middle East Between Saudi Arabia And Iran: My Take....

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 minute ago
It is so amazing that there has been absolutely very few reports coming out of the Jew spew media over the last few days about the dangerous escalating situation between Saudi Arabia and Iran.....Common sense would tell anyone that carefully analyzes this situation that someone seriously wants to see these two nations go to war, and with that I smell a rat..... The facts are that the entire situation started out last week when the criminal government in Saudi Arabia decided to execute some of its political prisoners including several Iranians including a Shia Muslim cleric named Nim... more »

China ‘Concerned’ Over Escalating Tension Between Saudi And Iran

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 18 minutes ago
China has expressed ‘concerns’ over the escalating tensions in the Middle East between Iran and Saudi Arabia, after both countries severed diplomatic ties with eachother following the execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. “Like the international community, China is highly concerned about the developments and expresses concern that the relevant event may intensify conflict in the region,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Presstv.com reports: She further expressed “hope the relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint, properly resolve their dif... more »

Spreading Chaos

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 31 minutes ago
Chaos is spreading throughout the Middle-East as nations divide along religious lines: Catherine E. Shoichet and Mariano Castillo, "Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations," CNN, January 4, 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/04/middleeast/saudi-arabia-iran-severing-ties-whats-next/ (CNN)The fallout of Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is spreading beyond a spat between the Saudis and Iranians, as other Middle East nations chose sides Monday and world powers Russia and China weighed in. Bahrain announced Monday that it was severing diplomatic ties with Iran, citing... more »

The Delusional Self-Importance of the Liberal Media

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 35 minutes ago
[image: Self Important Reporter - 900] I have long marveled at liberals’ air of superiority and lack of self-reflection, which have always been particularly evident among liberal media elites and journalists. They tend to view themselves as sacrosanct and above scrutiny. Perhaps this attitude sprang from... more »

Russia's Top Military Intelligence Chief Has Died Unexpectedly. No Cause Given

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 35 minutes ago
Igor Sergun's position as GRU chief landed him on the sanctions lists imposed in early 2014 by both the United States and the European Union, which specifically cited his oversight of "the activity of GRU officers in eastern Ukraine." TASS *BBC*: *Russian GRU military spy chief Igor Sergun dies* The head of Russia's secretive GRU military intelligence service, Gen Igor Sergun, has died suddenly aged 58. Expressing condolences, President Vladimir Putin called him "an experienced and competent commander, a man of great courage, a true patriot". The circumstances of his death are not... more »

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA)-- Very Much NOT Like Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Flint)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
The first time I spoke with Tom Wolf was in March, 2013 when he was considered a longshot to replace Pennsylvania's Republican Governor Tom Corbett. It only took a few minutes of listening to him talk before I realized that he was the guy-- the guy who could stop conservaDem Allyson Schwartz from getting the Democratic nomination, the one who could retire Corbett and the one who could show Pennsylvanians what it was like to have a good governor. (Anyone remember Milton Shapp?) Anyway, Tom did a guest post for *DWT* explaining who he is and how he wanted to approach governing Penn... more »

The So Called "Refugee" Crisis And Migration Is A Sham!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I have been saying for the last several months through my rants, and through several other articles here at this blog that the so called "refugee" crisis that we have been inundated by the Jew spew media to believe is a serious situation, is indeed a sham and not as it seems.... I have also said that when it comes to the Syrian "refugee" crisis and the massive migration of both refugees and migrant workers into Europe and here in North America that we are not being told the truth and that something is seriously amiss.... I have smelled a rat and I suspect that there is indeed so muc... more »

These Are The 10 Main Conflicts That The World Will Face In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher uses hand signals to marshal an MQ-9 Reaper for end-of-runway checks on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys *Jean-Marie Guehenno, Foreign Policy*: *10 Conflicts to Watch in 2016* From Syria to the South China Sea, the conflicts and crises the world will face in the coming year. Pulling together a list of the wars most in need of international attention and support in 2016 is challenging for all the wrong reasons. For 20 years after the end of the Cold War, deadly conflict was in decli... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Liquid Mind IX: Lullaby" (Full Album)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Liquid Mind, "Liquid Mind IX: Lullaby" (Full Album) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y23JgRyhZGU

Monkey Selfies, a Hug, and a Football Game Make the List of Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015

U.S. Chamber of Commerce at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: ridiculous lawsuits] The U.S. legal system continues to be a magnet for costly abuse. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform collected the ten most ridiculous lawsuits of 2015. "These stories will make you laugh, but sadly, frivolous lawsuits are all too common,"... Continue reading *“Monkey Selfies, a Hug, and a Football Game Make the List of Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015”* at *uschamber.com*.

Cartoon: ‘The Big Short’

Michael Ramirez at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Cartoon The Big Short]

Bill Clinton Kicks off Tour for Wife’s Presidential Campaign

Lisa Lerer at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a campaign stop for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Nashua, N.H.] NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton made his debut solo appearance in New Hampshire Monday on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign -- a lot grayer, a bit trimmer and far more subdued than nearly... more »

Panetta, Petraeus to Address Benghazi Committee Behind Closed Doors

The Hill at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Benghazi Committee] Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus will be interviewed this week in a pair of closed-door sessions of the House's Select Committee on Benghazi, the panel announced on Monday. Petraeus will answer questions on Wednesday. Panetta,... Continue reading *“Panetta, Petraeus to Address Benghazi Committee Behind Closed Doors”* at *thehill.com*.

Central African Republic's Election News Round-up -- January 4, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Candidates call for halt in Central African Republic vote count* Two thirds of the 30 candidates standing for president of Central African Republic on Monday demanded the authorities halt the vote count because of what they said were irregularities in the ballot. Many voters hope the Dec. 30 poll will restore peace after three years of conflict between Muslim rebels and Christian militias in which thousands of people have died and around 1 million have fled their homes. The protest by the candidates could mean the final result is contested, but it may be seen by some v... more »

SpaceX’s Returned Booster Rocket Back in Hangar

Marcia Dunn at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: SpaceX's Falcon 9 back in it's hangar] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX’s booster rocket, the Falcon, is back in its nest following a historic landing. The California company led by Elon Musk shared a picture of the returned booster Sunday. The used Falcon 9 is shown... more »

Experts Are Cautioning Everyone To Stay Calm After Monday's Stock Market Sell-Off

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
An investor sits in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, China, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Li Sanxian *David Wertime, Foreign Policy*: *Experts: Keep Calm After China’s Latest Stock Market Plunge* *They say the drop has more to do with technical issues and a herd mentality than anything else.* On Jan. 4, Chinese stock markets offered a rude greeting to the new year. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed down 6.86 percent, with trading paused, then eventually halted as part of what analysts are calling “circuit breaking” meas... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
If you are legally married and your marriage breaks down you must get a divorce in order to remarry. It also is psychologically helpful for many people, when a marriage breaks down, to get a divorce as that helps to give closure to the failed relationship. That said, as a legal matter there is no formal need to divorce and many couples separate and never divorce. In such circumstances the couple remains legally married and there is no time limit whereby a married couple that separates ceases to be married. I often hear people who tell me they split up, say, ten years ago and assume ... more »

Finally, A Democratic Candidate For The Blue Central Valley District Dave Valadao Occupies-- Emilio Huerta

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I don't know Emilio Huerta yet, but I do know his mom, Dolores Huerta, a national treasure who I've been urging to run for Congress for years. She always smiles but I get the idea she knows her national activism is accomplishing more than anything she could do in Congress. I knew Emilio had been considering running for one of the Central Valley seats and over the weekend he announced he would be taking on Republican David Valadao in CA-21. The district, which covers all of Kings County and chunks or Kern and Fresno counties, practically surrounds Bakersfield and heads north to Del... more »

Complicating the Obvious

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: car manual - 900] Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or... more »

Stocks Sink around the World on First Trading Day of 2016

BERNARD CONDON at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Trader Peter Mancuso, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. U.S. stocks are opening 2016 on a grim note, dropping sharply after a plunge in China and declines in Europe.] NEW YORK (AP) -- The new year got off to an inauspicious start on Wall Street as stocks tumbled Monday in a global sell-off triggered by new fears of a slowdown in China and rising tensions in the Middle East.... more »

These Are The Top 10 Risks To Stability For Global Investors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Participants at the 2015 G20 Summit in Turkey. Wikipedia *The Telegraph*: *The top 10 risks to the world in 2016 — the ailing trans-Atlantic partnership is number one* The Eurasia Group's annual list of the political and geopolitical trends that threaten stability focuses on the weak relationship between the US and Europe Each year the Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm, produces a list of the top 10 risks to stability for global investors. This is their list for 2016. *WNU Editor:* No mention of Afghanistan .... nor the growing debt crisis.

Is China About To End America's Monopoly On Stealth Fighter Jets?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Reuters *David Axe, Daily Beast*: *China Assembles Its Stealth Jet Fleet* Beijing’s newest supersonic warplane could mark the end of the American monopoly on stealth fighter jets. China has apparently begun mass production of its new J-20 stealth fighter, making it only the second country in the world to produce radar-evading warplanes on a large scale. But as with all military developments in China, it’s hard to separate fact from Communist Party-sponsored fiction—and equally difficult to predict just how heavily even large numbers of working J-20s could weigh on the military ba... more »

Next Maine Peace Walk Planning Underway

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
*Maine Peace Walk Planning Committee Meeting Minutes* January 2, 2016 Orland, Maine *Present:* Andrew Watkins, Katie Greenman, Jason Rawn, Connie Jenkins, Nancy Larson, Starr Gilmartin, Russell Wray, Mary Beth Sullivan, Bruce Gagnon *Previous Walk Review:* Some of the comments on our last Maine Peace Walk included: The walk allowed for expression of our spirituality; What happened to the letters we delivered to BIW and Naval shipyard in Kittery?; Need to do more on social media to spread word about walks; We have been changed from the depth of the ocean to the stars in the gala... more »

The Year the Politically Correct Chickens Came Home to Roost

The Federalist/Robert Tracinski at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: politically correct] In last year's roundup of the top stories of the year, I argued that 2014 was the year we were all drafted into the culture wars. "This is the year when we were served noticed that we won't be allowed... Continue reading *“The Year the Politically Correct Chickens Came Home to Roost”* at *thefederalist.com*.

Duckies, nomination period extended

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
The new deadline is January 11th, so nominate away!

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 4, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi King Salman in October. PHOTO: CARLO ALLEGRI/PRESS POOL *Jay Solomon, WSJ:* *Obama’s Mideast Plan Faces a New Hurdle* U.S. officials concerned that Iran-Saudi conflict could undermine broader efforts in Middle East WASHINGTON—The sudden upheaval that shattered ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the weekend also saddled the Obama administration with unexpected complications in what already was a long-shot bid to ease the crises of the Middle East. Administration officials voiced rising concern that the conflict between Iran and S... more »

Jan. 4: Time's a'wasting.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
The lead story in a wretched four pages – count them – four – of what is grandly called the Canada and World section – and the lead is “Christmas never came for victims of massacre”. It's very heart-wrenching. The reference, of course, is to the 14, good Americans killed by those terrible Muslims at a Christmas barbecue in San Bernardino. True. Christmas never came for them. Nor did it come for the thousand or so Americans killed by American Christians all over the U.S. in the past year. But they don't get a mention. Nor is there mention of the thousands killed by American bombers ... more »

Transpicuous News: Jan 4th.... Welcome to 2016!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 4 hours ago
Welcome to 2016! In less than 4 days, the world has gone to hell in a hand basket, with the Middle East exploding (quite literally), and the financial sector plays it's favorite roller coaster tunes, all the while armed men in Oregon take control of a federal building.... but just a little one. d News Links for January 4th, 2016 Report Bahrain, Sudan sever ties with Iran, UAE reduces number of diplomats https://www.rt.com/news/327839-bahrain-iran-ties-saudi/ Saudi Arabia to cut commercial ties, flights to Iran - Foreign Minister https://www.rt.com/news/327866-iran-saudi... more »

PKK’s War of Choice lacks Kurdish public support in Turkey- YPG Terror in Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*"The PKK's - WAR OF CHOICE- lacks Kurdish public support in Turkey"* *MEeye * As long as the lying war whore media, alongside the phony whoring alternatives, continue to portray Turkey or "Hitler Erdogan" as the aggressor in the events current in Turkey. I will continue to expose their lies! Not because I'm a fan of Erdogan. I'm not a fan at all. It's simply because* Truth Exists and the truth is the PKK started this fight* * Armed PKK fighters in Turkey's cities- Where do they get the means to wage war?* The cost of the recent low-intensity urban warfare between Turkey and the K... more »

US And Britain Invade Libya As ‘Alien’ Nazi Artefacts Discovered

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The Ministry of Defense have announced that 6,000 Western troops led by Britain, the U.S., France, and Italy have invaded Libya after ISIS fighters hijacked a key oil port of Es Sider, thus threatening to take away control of the countries oil infrastructure currently supported by the West. However, the report also suggests that certain Nazi artefacts have been discovered in the region, which the US-UK led invasion is keen to take hold of. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: According to this report, Libya was deliberately destroyed under orders given by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinto... more »

Iranian Intelligence Say Saudi Arabia Collapse Is Imminent

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The Iranian Intelligence Minister, Seyed Mahmoud Alavi, has said that Saudi Arabia’s government will soon be “toppled”, following the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. In a message on Monday, the Minister announced, “By adopting terroristic and inhuman policies, the Al Saud regime will not achieve enhanced security; on the contrary it will face imminent downfall“. Farsnews.com reports: The Iranian intelligence minister condemned Sheikh Nimr’s execution, and extended his condolences to the Muslim Ulemmas (scholars), freedom-seeking nations and the axis of resistance. Al... more »

Top Doctors Admit Vaccines Turn Our Immune Systems Against Us

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
An abundance of scientific research suggests that vaccines can trigger a large number of diseases and autoimmunity shortly after being administered. The Godfather of Autoimmunology, Yehuda Shoenfeld, is suggesting that vaccines – specifically, their ingredients such as the toxic metal aluminum – is a significant contributor to the growing global epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Greenmedinfo.com reports: Take for example, a recent article published in the journal Pharmacological Research in which Shoenfeld and colleagues issue unprecedented guidelines naming four categories of peopl... more »

Saudi Arabia Orchestrated Iran-Crisis, Leaked Memo Reveals

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A leaked memo has revealed that authorities in Saudi Arabia were well aware of the crisis that would ensue, following the mass execution of 47 people in the New Year. The memo reveals that the intelligence community anticipated and may have orchestrated the angry response from Iran. Middleeasteye.net reports: The document was leaked to the human rights group Reprieve, which believes it shows the executions were “politically motivated”. The killings took place on 2 December, and included high-profile Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr who was arrested in 2012 for his role in organising protes... more »

Post 9/11 United States: Was It Worth It?

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Fourteen years after 9/11, the United States is still marching, undeterred by the millions killed and trillions of dollars wasted, towards something beyond grim, according to Riley Waggaman of Russia Insider who writes: “Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives.” So begins Thoreau’s greatest treatise against trains and fools with too much money, Life Without Principle. (And not to spoil the gripping plot, but Thoreau argues that we do not spend our lives particularly well. Why does Henry David Thoreau hate Facebook?) Since it’s September 11, the day we are supposed to Nev... more »

Pentagon: Hundreds Of Military Kids Are Sexually Abused Each Year

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The Pentagon have revealed that hundreds of incidents involving sexual assaults with children of service members occur every year. The revelation by the Defense Department shows that abuse is mostly committed by male enlisted troops and family members. Yahoo News reports: The figures offer greater insight into the sexual abuse of children committed by service members, a problem of uncertain scale due to a lack of transparency into the military’s legal proceedings. With more than 1 million military dependents, the number of cases appears statistically small. But for a profession tha... more »

Chinese Trading Halted Amid Stock Markets Worst Start To The Year

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Monday proved to be the worst-ever start to a year for China as stock markets plunged, triggering a trading halt in more than $7 trillion worth of equities, futures and options. Trading was halted at 1:34 p.m. local time after the CSI 300 index dropped to 7 percent. Bloomberg.com reports: An earlier 15-minute suspension at the 5 percent level failed to stop the retreat, with shares extending losses as soon as the market re-opened. Traders said the halts took effect as anticipated without any major technical problems. The world’s second-largest stock market began the year on a down ... more »

Pregnant Women Die Mysteriously In Italy Over Christmas Week

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Italian officials have launched an inquiry after five pregnant women died within the week after Christmas from unknown causes. Sputnik reports: Four investigative teams have been sent to hospitals to look into a string of deaths of heavily pregnant women in the north of the country, which has one of the lowest levels of maternal deaths in the world, the Guardian reported. On Christmas Day, Anna Massignan, 34, died during an emergency caesarean section at a hospital in the Verona area. A day later, 39-year-old Angela Nesta suffered a deadly heart attack after giving birth to a stillb... more »

U.S. Farmers Are Dropping GMO Crops En Masse

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Jackson Country, Oregon, have joined an ever-increasing number of “GE-free” areas in the U.S., where farmers do not cultivate GMO crops. It’s the eight county in the country to ban the practise of GE farming, as farmers across the land drop producing GMO crops en masse. Washingtonpost.com reports: The Jackson County designation was made final on Dec. 22, when a federal judge approved a consent decree protecting the zone. The ordinance was originally passed in May 2014 by the voters of Jackson County, but was challenged in court by two GE alfalfa farmers, who argued that it violated ... more »

Ranchers Who Inspired Oregon Occupation Report to Prison

Rebecca Boone & Brian Melley at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters stand guard Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore. The group calls itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom and has sent a "demand for redress" to local, state and federal officials. The armed anti-government group took over the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon as part of a decades-long fight over public lands in the West. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- Father-and-son ranchers convicted of setting fire to federal grazing land reported to prison Monday as the armed anti-gove... more »

Armed Arab Killer Sets Off Panic in Israel’s Heartland

ARON HELLER at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: In this Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, an Israeli woman holds her dog next to a bus station shattered by bullets at the scene of a deadly shooting attack, in Tel Aviv, Israel. For all its years of strife, Israel has rarely seen anything quite like this: an armed, wanted Arab killer on the loose who is spreading fear across the land. Even the proudly stoic are keeping children home from school as they brace for another potential attack after the weekend's deadly daytime shooting at a Tel Aviv bar in what has become the most baffling event in a three-month wave of violence... more »

How A 16 Year Old White Boy Became A Chinese Mafia Godfather

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A 16-year-old orphaned white boy from Boston rose up through the ranks of Chinatown’s underworld to become a major Chinese mafia crime boss. John Willis was only sixteen, down on his luck and looking for his next meal when he first ran into the Chinese mafia in Boston. The Daily Mail reports: With his father long gone and his mother dead, he was taking steroids to beef himself up and convince the owner of a club in Boston that he was 18 and therefore old enough to be a bouncer. After helping a young Asian man called Woping Joe out of a fight at the club, he was handed a card with a ...more »

Meteor Shower This Tuesday, Then Kiss Of Two Planets On Saturday

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
On Tuesday this week there will be a spectacular meteor shower visible from Earth from 11 p.m. Pravdareport.com reports: One will not need to have any special equipment to see the space extravaganza. It will be possible to enjoy the view of the quadrantids – particles of an extinct comet – with the naked eye. Astronomers say that in clear weather it will be possible to see up to 200 meteors per hour. On January 9, 2016, Saturn and Venus will showcase their closest conjunction since August 26, 2006. This phenomenon was dubbed as the kiss of two planets. On January 17, 2016, Catalina C... more »

The Bundy Family and Armed Resistance to ‘Government Land Grabs’: Know the Facts

Breitbart at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: rangers - 400] Ammon Bundy, son of infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, is leading an armed effort to occupy a headquarters building located in a federal wildlife preserve near Burns, Oregon, as a reaction to a local criminal case between ranchers and public... Continue reading *“The Bundy Family and Armed Resistance to ‘Government Land Grabs’: Know the Facts”* at *breitbart.com*.

President Obama Claims Executive Action on Gun Control Is Within His Authority

ABC News at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: gun control] The executive actions on gun control under consideration by President Obama are within his legal authority, the president said today after a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other U.S. law enforcement officials. "The good... Continue reading *“President Obama Claims Executive Action on Gun Control Is Within His Authority”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

World News Briefs -- January 4, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*CNN:* *Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations* (CNN)The fallout of Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is spreading beyond a spat between the Saudis and Iranians, as other Middle East nations choose sides and world powers Russia and China weigh in. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran -- two Middle Eastern powerhouses -- have deteriorated following Riyadh's execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr Saturday. Hours after the death sentence was carried out, protesters in Shiite-majority Iran attacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The Saudis cut diplomatic relations... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*State bans driving, walking on Mississippi, Atchafalaya river levees during high water ~Mark Schleifstein*

Quote of the Day: How come business students have never heard of rational egoism?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*"My introduction [to students] of rational egoism—the idea that one should pursue one’s own happiness and interests, with neither sacrificing oneself to others or others to oneself, came as a revelation to many, if not to most, students. It also resonated, as the comments a number of them made after the courses were over suggested. They said that they had never heard of such an idea, only of [the false alternative of either] **altruism** or the cynical exploitation of others. With exploiting others having little appeal (although some students claimed exploitation is the nature of ... more »

Norway Begins Adoption Process for 5 Children Seized from Christian Parents

The Christian Post at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Romanian family - 400] Norwegian child services have begun the adoption process for five children who were seized from a Romanian Pentecostal family in November after concerns were expressed about the parents’ Christian faith, the family says. As previously reported by The Christian Post,... Continue reading *“Norway Begins Adoption Process for 5 Children Seized from Christian Parents”* at *christianpost.com*.

The Economy, Jan.4, 2015: Gregory Mannerino, "CRITICAL ALERT! Stocks Plunge Expect Central Bank Action, Oil Market Fakery"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Gregory Mannerino, "CRITICAL ALERT! Stocks Plunge Expect Central Bank Action, Oil Market Fakery" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGe6JbJ4v7c ◆ *Related:* “U.S. Stocks Fall After Chinese Markets Plummet” - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“On the Moon, the Earth never rises- or sets. If you were to sit on the surface of the Moon, you would see the Earth just hang in the sky. This is because the Moon always keeps the same side toward the Earth. Curiously, the featured image does picture the Earth setting over a lunar edge. This was possible because the image was taken from a spacecraft orbiting the Moon- specifically the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). In fact, LRO orbits the Moon so fast that, from the spacecraft, the Earth appears to set anew about every two hours. *Click image for larger size.* The featured ima... more »

Chet Raymo, “At Home In An Infinite Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* *“At Home In An Infinite Universe”* by Chet Raymo “They are questions that bedeviled thinkers for thousands of years: Is the universe infinite or finite, eternal or of a finite age? It is certainly hard to imagine a universe that extends without limit in every direction, or a universe without a beginning or end. It is equally difficult to imagine a finite universe; what is beyond the edge? Or a beginning or end in time; how can something come from nothing? how can what is cease to be? The problems are so intractable philosophically that their resoluti... more »

Nature retracts paper six years after it was flagged for fraud

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 7 hours ago
Nature retracted a paper on protein structures today, six years after an investigation at the University of Alabama identified several structures that were “more likely than not falsified and/or fabricated” by one of the authors. The paper came under scrutiny soon after it was published in 2006. A letter published in Nature that same year pointed […] The post Nature retracts paper six years after it was flagged for fraud appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Now The Dairy of Anne Frank Belongs to the World: What Will We Make of Her?

Religion News Service at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: The Diary of Anne Frank] Will we come to see Anne Frank differently now that her iconic diary is in the public domain? Already scholars in Europe are posting it for academics -- and maybe new translations, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. It's the result of... Continue reading *“Now The Dairy of Anne Frank Belongs to the World: What Will We Make of Her?”* at *cathylynngrossman.religionnews.com*.

FBI Takes The Lead On Investigating The Militia Takeover Of A Federal Building In Oregan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *FBI takes lead on investigating armed takeover of federal building in Oregon* BURNS, Ore. — The FBI has taken charge of the law enforcement response to an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, saying that it will work with local and state authorities to seek “a peaceful resolution to the situation.” “Due to safety considerations for both those inside the refuge as well as the law enforcement officers involved, we will not be releasing any specifics with regards to the law enforcement response,” the FBI said in a statement. Federal authoriti... more »

"Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us"* By Theresa Fisher In the 30,000 years humans and dogs have lived together, man's best friend has only become a more popular and beloved pet. Today, dogs are a fixture in almost 50% of American households. From the way dogs thump their tails, invade our laps and steal our pillows, it certainly seems like they love us back. But since dogs can't tell us what's going on inside their furry heads, can we ever be sure? Actually, yes. Thanks to recent developments in brain imaging technology, we're starting to get a better picture of the ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
San Diego, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Is The Republican Establishment Stuck With Trumpf?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
There's been a lot of clucking over the Jason Horowitz article in yesterday's *NY Times* about how a younger Herr Trumpf dealt with his brother's family. It's a poignant personal story that's almost embarrassing to read. Horowitz's ending, though, is something that betrays ugly traits in candidate Trump that the public might want to take into consideration when they decide who to vote fto make the next president of this country. In 1999, the family patriarch died, and 650 people, including many real estate executives and politicians, crowded his funeral at Marble Collegiate Churc... more »

US Manufacturing Shrinks for 2nd Month Amid Global Slowdown

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: manufacturing - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturers contracted in December at the fastest pace in more than six years as factories cut jobs and new orders shrank. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity fell to... more »

Turkey and Saudi Arabia playing "Bad Cop" against USrael's enemies?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Good Cop ... Bad Cop* There are only a few really important tools in the mass manipulator's toolbox. The biggest tool is "Divide and Conquer". Break up the enemy into small, bite size pieces...preferably fighting with each other...and then dominate. A closely associated subtool of Divide and Conquer is *"Good Cop, Bad Cop"*. Setting up an artificial dynamic of friend and foe to confuse and distract the prey. I think that is what's going on over the past few weeks with Turkey and Saudi Arabia (and last year with Ukraine). These three wanna be vassal states of USrael/NATO have be... more »

Terror Keeps Pupils Away From School After Xmas Holidays

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Three quarters of pupils from a Blackpool school failed to show up for the first day of the new term after a terror message was posted online, threatening a gun massacre at the school by an unknown Facebook user. Officials say that the school is safe for students to return back to class. Some students may require counselling before they return. The police are investigating the threats and guarding the school. Schools Week reports: Montgomery High School principal Tony Nicholson has confirmed a “significant reduction” in pupil numbers today after threats were posted on Facebook over...more »

Labour MP Simon Danczuk Investigated Over Rape Claim

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
MP Simon Danczuk is facing a police investigation after a rape allegation was made against him. The claim against the 49 year old Rochdale MP dates back to 2006, according to the Lancashire police force who confirmed they are investigating the allegation Mr Danczuk has branded the accusation dating back to 2006 as “malicious, untrue and extremely upsetting”. The Labour MP has been in the spotlight recently after being suspended by the party following allegations that he ‘sexted’ a 17-year-old girl in his constituency. Danczuk has been a prominent campaigner against child sex abuse a... more »

Will The India Air Base Attack Derail Talks With Pakistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters:* *India air base attack threatens Pakistan talks, fifth gunman killed* A rapprochement effort between India and Pakistan appeared to be in jeopardy on Monday, as Indian security forces battled for the third day to clear out militants who attacked one of its air bases and killed seven soldiers. The foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed neighbors are due to meet for talks on Jan. 15, building on a thaw in relations after a surprise visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif last month. But an Indian government official said Indi... more »

US Treads Warily Amid Iran-Saudi Tensions

MATTHEW LEE at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burn an effigy of King Salman of Saudi Arabia as they hold posters of Sheik Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Demonstrations are also being called for in the predominantly Shiite southern cities of Najaf and Basra, after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent opposition Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism charges, sparking anger in Iran and among Shiites across the region.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration tread warily Monday around inflamed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia that ... more »

My New Year Predictions: 2016’s Top Headlines Today

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Headline Predictions - 900] With ISIS, refugee mayhem, the Summer Olympics, the presidential election and Obama determined to go out with a bang, 2016 is shaping up to be a barn-burner. Throw in Black Lives Matter and Baltimore’s Freddie Gray verdicts, barns may not... more »

Paula Jones: Hillary Clinton ‘Two Faced,’ ‘Liar,’ ‘Cares Nothing About Women at All’

Breitbart at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Paula Jones2 - 400] During a radio interview on Sunday, Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee who notoriously sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, demanded Hillary Clinton personally apologize for "allowing" her husband to "abuse" and "sexually harass" women. Speaking to weekend... Continue reading *“Paula Jones: Hillary Clinton ‘Two Faced,’ ‘Liar,’ ‘Cares Nothing About Women at All’”* at *breitbart.com*.

Hillary Clinton Promises to Investigate UFOs, Area 51 as President

The Conway Daily Sun at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: UFOs] CONWAY -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton gave UFO enthusiasts a reason to cheer at the close of her recent editorial board meeting with The Conway Daily Sun. During the meeting, the former first lady, former senator from New York... Continue reading *“Hillary Clinton Promises to Investigate UFOs, Area 51 as President”* at *conwaydailysun.com*.

Workers Return to San Bernardino Offices Following Terrorist Massacre

Amy Taxin & Justin Pritchard at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: A photographer, foreground left, takes pictures of unidentified staff members as they hug before returning to work at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, where an attack killed 14 people on the center’s campus on Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)] SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- In the offices of the Inland Regional Center, Christmas did not come. Tinsel still festoons cubicles. A small tree with presents sits undisturbed. A sign-up sheet to bring in food remains empty of names. The... more »

Four New Elements Added to the Periodic Table

The Guardian at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: periodic table] Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, finally completing the table's seventh row and rendering science textbooks around the world instantly out of date. The elements, discovered by scientists in Japan, Russia and America, are the first... Continue reading *“Four New Elements Added to the Periodic Table”* at *theguardian.com*.

Philip L. Russell : Mexico’s Peña Nieto at midterm

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
The president’s low ratings reflect not only his performance but also the inability of his government to address basic problems facing the country. By Philip L. Russell | The Rag Blog | January 4, 2016 Philip Russell will discuss the … finish reading Philip L. Russell : Mexico’s Peña Nieto at midterm

ISIS is Loaded with Oil Profit$

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
A former ISIS member revealed details about Turkey's alleged oil links to the terror group. He said that the oil is sold via several businessmen and traders, but he did not give any names. ISIS also receives lots of supplies from Arab countries.

Ryan: Obama ‘Subverting’ Congress with Gun Actions

The Hill at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Paul Ryan3 - 400] President Obama will be "subverting" Congress by taking executive action on gun control, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday. The Speaker warned of a "dangerous level of executive overreach" by the president. "While we don't yet know the details of... Continue reading *“Ryan: Obama ‘Subverting’ Congress with Gun Actions”* at *thehill.com*.

End of History Funk

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
I am finding it hard to write about anything because nothing is new, and the future seems to be in the train tracks headed to a cliff. Maybe I will shake off this funk but lately my head is in creamy clouds of love.

"Dumbing Ourselves Down, Wanting To Join"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Dumbing Ourselves Down, Wanting To Join"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we dumb ourselves down, we sell ourselves short and lose an opportunity to shed light where it is needed. The ability to go into any social situation and sense the level of consciousness in that situation is a gift. It enables us to move considerately in a world that holds people of all levels of awareness. However, there is a difference between shifting our energy to accommodate people and dumbing ourselves down to a regrettable degree. Sometimes, when we get into a particular social situation, we may... more »

“Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?”* by Frances Moore Lappé “In his book “Violence”, psychologist James Gilligan asked a Massachusetts prison inmate, “What do you want so badly that you would sacrifice everything in order to get it?” The inmate declared, “Pride. Dignity. Self-esteem… and I’ll kill every motherf****r in that cell block if I have to in order to get it.” Or, as another inmate said, “I’ve got to have my self-respect, and I’ve declared war on the whole world till I get it.” Pride, dignity, respect, agency—a sense that we matter—these are feelings... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

"Mount Rushmore: What Country is it Located in?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Mount Rushmore: What Country is it Located in?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwjqghPBK3Y ◆ Hat tip to the ever-brilliant James Quinn at "The Burning Platform" - http://www.theburningplatform.com/

“A Brief And Crucial History of the United States”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“A Brief And Crucial History of the United States”* by Information Clearing House "Nightmare and insanity are akin: mysterious and involuntary states that skew and distort objective reality. One wakens from nightmare; from insanity there is no awakening. Whether Americans live in the one state or the other is the paramount question of this era. For two hundred years Americans have been indoctrinated with a mythology created, imposed and sustained by a manipulating cabal: the financial elite that built its absolute control on the muscle and blood, good will, ignorance and credulity... more »

Satire: “Oregon Considers Wall to Keep Out Angry White Men”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Oregon Considers Wall to Keep Out Angry White Men”* by Andy Borowitz "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." - George Carlin BURNS, OREGON (The Borowitz Report)— “A majority of Oregonians favor building a twenty-foot wall along the border of their state to prevent angry white men from getting in, a poll released on Monday shows. The survey indicates that Oregonians are fed up with irate male Caucasians pouring into their state and bringing with them guns, violence, and terrorism. “This used to be such a nice state,” said Oregon State Senator Carol Foyler... more »

Big Pharma: “So Why Aren't All These Executives In Prison?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“So Why Aren't All These Executives In Prison?”* by Karl Denninger “Heh, I get it. You make something, you patent it, you get to choose what to sell it at. In the first instance, that is. where it does. But that doesn't extend to prohibiting others from selling what they own- except in this space, where it does. "Drugmakers have made the village of Lande Rode one of the theaters in a battle to grab market share for sofosbuvir, a miracle cure that Gilead Sciences Inc. sells in the U.S. as Sovaldi at a retail price of $1,000 a pill. Gilead licensed 11 Indian companies to make gener... more »

Hezbollah Claims Bomb Attack Against Israeli Patrol Near The Occupied Shebaa Farms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Hezbollah says it carried out roadside bomb attack on Israeli military* Lebanese group targets armoured patrol in disputed Shebaa farms area after days of Israeli artillery fire into southern Lebanon Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb targeting two Israeli military vehicles on Israel’s northern border, raising tensions that were already high after the assassination of a prominent militant in December. The attack by the Lebanese group on Monday followed days of Israeli artillery fire into southern Lebanon, which resumed after the bomb attack ... more »

190 Striking Muslims Fired After A Ban On Prayers At Work

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A Colorado meat packing plant in Fort Morgan has fired 190 Muslim workers, most of them from Somalia, who were protesting their rights to pray during the day. The Independent reports: Staff at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado, were fired 10 days after the mass walk-out, according to the Denver Post. More than 200 workers, who are mainly Muslims from Somalia, took part in the protest along with the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who negotiated with the company on their behalf. Some workers returned to work, but the majority were sacked, said Jaylani Huss... more »

Rubio Calls Republican Rivals Isolationist as He Makes National Security Pitch

The Guardian at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: national security] Marco Rubio on Monday framed the presidential election as a choice that would define America's role on the global stage. In doing so, he took direct aim at both Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state and Republican candidates he called... Continue reading *“Rubio Calls Republican Rivals Isolationist as He Makes National Security Pitch”* at *theguardian.com*.

Impact Of Groundwater Extraction On Sea Levels

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood While we’re on the topic of sea level, it is worth taking a look at this paper from 2010 by Wada et al. ABSTRACT In regions with frequent water stress and large aquifer systems groundwater is often used as an additional water source. If groundwater abstraction exceeds the natural groundwater […]

Hezbollah Attacks Israeli Armoured Patrol With Roadside Bomb

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Hezbollah in Lebanon has ambushed an Israeli patrol with a roadside bomb at its disputed border with Israel. The militant group has claimed retaliation for the death of one of their senior commanders, allegedly assassinated by Israel recently. The patrol supposedly included a senior Israeli officer that was targeted, according to the group. The Belfast Telegraph reports: Hezbollah said it set off a large explosive device as the patrol passed in the disputed Chebaa Farms area, destroying a vehicle and causing casualties among the soldiers inside. The Israeli army said vehicles in the ... more »

Why retraction shouldn’t always be the end of the story

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
When researchers raised concerns about a 2009 Science paper regarding a new way to screen for enzymatic activity, the lead author’s institution launched an investigation. The paper was ultimately retracted in 2010, citing “errors and omissions.” It would seem from this example that the publishing process worked, and science’s ability to self-correct cleaned up the record. […] The post Why retraction shouldn’t always be the end of the story appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Defiant Texas Governor Reacts to Obama on Executive Gun Control Effort: ‘Come & Take It’

The Daily Caller at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: OUTBOUND] Last week, President Barack Obama stated that he will proceed with an executive action to take guns out of the hands of American citizens, but at least one state leader is planning to put up a fight. Following Obama's announcement, Texas Governor Greg... Continue reading *“Defiant Texas Governor Reacts to Obama on Executive Gun Control Effort: ‘Come & Take It’”* at *dailycaller.com*.

Cruz Urges Armed Protesters in Oregon to ‘Stand Down’

The Hill at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: protesters] Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.) on Monday slammed the protesters who have taken over a federal building in rural Oregon, urging them to lay down their arms. "Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to... Continue reading *“Cruz Urges Armed Protesters in Oregon to ‘Stand Down’”* at *thehill.com*.

Christians in the British Public Sector are Forced to Hide Their Faith

Breitbart at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: public sector] Christianity is being "silenced" throughout the public sector thanks to a "secularising spirit" which permeates the culture and ensures Christians hide their faith, a former senior civil servant has said. William Nye spent 20 years in Whitehall where he says... Continue reading *“Christians in the British Public Sector are Forced to Hide Their Faith”* at *breitbart.com*.

Archbishop Forces Showdown over Belgian Euthanasia Law

Mercatornet/Paul Russell at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: end of life holding hands - 900] Over recent weeks the issue of conscientious objection, or the "conscience clause" in the Belgian euthanasia law has been brought into the spotlight by the assertion by the new Catholic Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Jozef De Kesel, that he has the... more »

Has President Obama Learned That His Policy In Libya May Also Create A Similar Disaster In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters *Alexander Decina, Daily Beast:* *In Syria, What Obama Learned From Libya* Dumb judgments about who’s in charge helped speed Libya on the path toward failed-state status. The same thing could happen in Syria, but with much worse consequences. Libya is a mess. The country’s two competing governments—the secular-leaning House of Representatives (HoR) and the Islamist-leaning General National Congress (GNC)—have been squabbling over power since June 2014. Both sides have relied on a loose alliance of militias for support, but, mostly, those are tails wagging th... more »

Supplemental: Upbeat statistics/horrible logic!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016 The way our discourse works:* A letter in today's New York Times grabbed our attention with some upbeat statistics. The letter came from Wllliam Bratton, New York City's police commissioner. Bratton was responding to claims last week by Raymond Kelly, his predecessor. We don't know if Bratton's letter settles Kelly's claims. That said, we were struck by the statistics shown below, which appear near the end of his letter. Just to be clear, Bratton is discussing shooting incidents *by citizens,* not by police officers. He describes an extremely large drop ... more »

Taliban Suicide Bomb Targets US Convoy In Kabul

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack near Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Monday. A senior US official said the target was a convoy of American embassy guards, moving to a secure compound in Afghan capital. No one was killed, but 28 people were wounded. The country’s public health ministry says that at least 19 adults and 9 children were being treated in facilities around the city. NBC News reports: The official added that the attacker missed the convoy and detonated the explosives at the gate that leads to Camp Sullivan, a residential compound for civilian c... more »

I Disagree with Rob Schenck. You Can and Should Be Pro-Life and Pro-Self Defense.

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Pro Life and Pro Self Defense - 900] I was pleased to see my friend Reverend Rob Schenck as a featured columnist in The Washington Post. However, I disagree with his column entitled, "I'm an evangelical preacher. You can't be pro-life and pro-gun." I have known Rev. Schenck... more »

Obama Pushing Thousands of New Regulations in Year 8

Politico at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Obama5 - 400] Nearly 4,000 regulations are squirming their way through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama's presidency -- many costing industry more than $100 million -- in a mad dash by the White House to push through government actions... Continue reading *“Obama Pushing Thousands of New Regulations in Year 8”* at *politico.com*.

BBC II! Logo Updated To Reflect Modern Times

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
After a lot of research, the technicians over at the BBC have unveiled the new logo for BBC three, ahead of its transition to an online only service by February. It looks strangely weird. Tech Radar reports: While it’s meant to show the number three in Roman numerals, the logo seems to say “BBC II” followed by an exclamation mark. Or is it, in fact, a pause symbol? BBC Pause! No, that can’t be right. The new logo is based around the BBC’s three principles, says Head of Marketing Nikki Carr: “The first is ‘make me think’ – hard hitting documentaries like Suicide and Me and thought p... more »

Western Military Forces To Be Deployed To Libya To Seize Islamic State Oilfields

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Mirror:* *SAS spearhead coalition offensive to halt Islamic State oil snatches in Libya* The aim is to halt the advance of 5,000 extremists who have seized more than a dozen major oil fields, boosting their war coffers Crack SAS troops are in Libya preparing for the arrival of around 1,000 British infantrymen to be sent against ISIS there in early 2016. Special Forces including military close observation experts from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment are spearheading a major coalition offensive against the terror network. The operation will involve around 6,000 American and Eu... more »

Islamic State Launches A Military Offensive To Seize Key Libyan Oil Fields

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The suicide bombing was carried out in Al-Sidra, a coastal oil port just a few hundred miles east of its base in Sirte. Daily Mail *AFP: **IS jihadists attack key Libya oil facility* The Islamic State (IS) group has captured the Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to the country’s vital oil ports, the militants said Monday. The ultra-hardline group, which has taken advantage of years of chaos to grab territory in Libya, made the claim in an online statement. There was no one from Libya’s authorities immediately available to comment on the town’s capture. IS group fighters also clashed... more »

Chilling: Abortion providers joke about disposing of the babies...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*what the hell is wrong with these people??* No, really. What the hell is wrong with these people? They joke about incinerating or otherwise disposing of babies. This does not please God. How can a person, made in the image and likeness of God, be turned into a "disposal" problem?

Unleash The Ads! And The Mud!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Greg Sargent's headline in today's *Washington Post* shocked me. It's completely accurate and totally precise but I had never seen the word "darkies" in a *Post* headline before. Herr Trumpf sure has done strange things to our country. Sargent says Trumpf's dark propaganda piece makes crystal clear how the fear-mongering demagogue wants to make America "great" again-- by making it white again-- and by keeping the darkies out. "Trumpism in all its xenophobic glory." It won't be on TV anywhere but in Iowa and New Hampshire (why not South Carolina? They'd love it there)-- except it ... more »

Simon Danczuk and Narcissism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Hand on heart, I'm not Simon Danczuk's biggest fan. Of all the Labour MPs of this Parliament and the last, his record has been downright appalling. At times when UKIP were surging, he courted will-he won't-he defection rumours in the gutter press. He's taken to the airwaves to attack socialists as the equivalents of the BNP, and we shall not forget that Danczuk was paid handsomely by the two most right-wing rags in the land to dump all over Labour's general election efforts, and then use those same pages to say oh-so provocative things about the party that has provided him a damn g... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 11 hours ago
*Click on image to enlarge* *It will be more of the same lies and deceptions in 2016 with the Plutocracy in full control and the truth a scarce commodity. Of course, the ultimate truth is that God is love, or a loving plan in action, and our ultimate destiny is being in sync with that loving plan from a place of gratitude and service. Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz, NY Times, sketch out the 22 most likely scenarios for 2016 but #22 appears to unfortunately be a forgone conclusion and we may eventually have to resort to #16 to survive. Of course, I h... more »

‘Nuns’ Campaign To Save Their Marijuana Crop

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A ‘drafting error’ in California’s revision to its medicinal marijuana law could leave established growers like the “Sisters of the Valley” without a crop and out of business. Sister Kate and Sister Darcey from Merced in California have been producing salves and tonics made with cannabis. According to their website sistersofcbd.com, the sisters are not members of a religious order but they say they are on a spiritual quest to heal the sick with their medicinal cannabis cures. They have produced a variety of products made from the cannabinoids or CBD’s found in the marijuana. Their p... more »

2016: A Year of Division, Unity and Opportunity

Michael Brown at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Hands Holding Bible Unity Church - 900] Like the children of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, we, as God's people, should understand the times and know what we should do. What does 2016 hold in store for us, and how should we respond? I offer these words... more »

More People Turn to Faith-Based Groups for Health Coverage

The Wall Street Journal at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: health care - 400] A growing number of people are turning to health-care ministries to cover their medical expenses instead of buying traditional insurance, a trend that could challenge the stability of the Affordable Care Act. The ministries, which operate outside the insurance system... Continue reading *“More People Turn to Faith-Based Groups for Health Coverage”* at *google.com*.

Spengler: What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s Mass Executions? Plenty

David Goldman at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Saudi Arabia Close Up Map - 900] Last week's mass executions in Saudi Arabia suggest panic at the highest level of the monarchy. The action is without precedent, even by the grim standards of Saudi repression. In 1980 Riyadh killed 63 jihadists who had attacked the Grand Mosque of... more »

Saudi and Oregon convictions: similarities

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*The anti-rancher moves and sentiment differ from the Sunni sectarianism less than we think* A few days ago, a judge in the (Sunni) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ordered the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a (Shiite) cleric, and 46 other people. They were charged with terrorism. At some level, almost all Islamic clerics are terrorists. However, from a broader viewpoint, it's obvious that clerics are much less typical terrorists than many others. It was guaranteed that the execution would lead to protests in the (Shiite) Islamic Republic of Iran. Lots of angry protesters stormed the Saud... more »

"Belgian writer" or "Lebanese extremist"?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Pace *BBC Watch....* Douglas Murray has tweeted a question to the BBC in response to an article by BBC Trending editor Mukul Devichand headline *How the world was changed by the slogan 'Je Suis Charlie'*: The offending BBC passage ran as follows: The day after that, another - much bigger - hashtag peaked on Twitter, "Je suis Ahmed," which used the name of a policeman, Ahmed Merabet, who was killed in the attacks and was a practicing Muslim. "Je Suis Charlie attributed some kind of nobility to the content of the newspaper, which I couldn't really agree with," says* Dyab Abou Jah... more »

Global Stock Markets Suffer A Bloodbath

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Global Stocks Tumble Following Shanghai's 7% Crash* * S&P 500 falls more than 2 percent to join global rout * Brent rallies on Middle Eastern tension as Bahrain joins fray Financial markets are starting 2016 on a bleak note and China is at the center of it. Stocks crumbled around the world, with global equities heading for the worst opening day of trading in at least three decades. Emerging markets slid the most since August and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 350 points, as slowing manufacturing triggered a selloff that halted trading in Shanghai. Ad... more »

Oil Tankers Are Waiting It Out Near The Strait Of Hormuz As Iranian - Saudi Tensions Escalate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Map showing the world's crude oil tankers *Bloomberg:* *Iran, Saudi Arabia Square Up Across World's Busiest Tanker Route* * Largest concentration of oil tankers located near Hormuz * Strait of Hormuz world's most important oil chokepoint: EIA There are several reasons why escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia make markets nervous. One of them is that they sit on either side of the Persian Gulf, the world’s biggest concentration of oil tankers. At the mouth of the Persian Gulf is the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important choke point f... more »

Saudi Arabia Blames The U.S. For Why The Kingdom Is Now Facing Up To Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Iranian protesters chant slogans as they hold pictures of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against the execution of Nimr in Saudi Arabia, outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran January, 3, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/ *Reuters*: *'Enough is enough,' source familiar with Saudi thinking says* Saudi Arabia's position toward Iran is that "enough is enough," a source familiar with the Saudi government's thinking said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties ... more »

Why are 20-Somethings Retiring?

Bloomberg at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Youth-unemployment - 400] How come more people are retiring in their early 20s? Why are middle-age men becoming stay-at-home dads? What’s keeping women out of the workforce other than illness, kids or school? Those are some of the questions raised in a new Bureau of... Continue reading *“Why are 20-Somethings Retiring?”* at *bloomberg.com*.

Longterm LNG Contracts Are Being Inked For $6 Dollars per MMBTU`s(Breaking)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 12 hours ago
Well well well....India`s largest LNG importer is inking LNG buying deals for $6 dollars..What was the price Petronas needs to make a return on investment on their (proposed) Prince Rupert terminal...I do believe the number is $12 dollars .. Here`s the smoking gun, the horse`s mouth ________________ *India’s largest LNG importer, Petronet said it has come to an agreement with RasGas of Qatar to revise the 7.5 mtpa LNG import deal terms significantly cutting the price. **Under the initial deal signed in 1999, Petronet agreed to pay about US$13 per million British thermal units, wh... more »

Home Office Grants Asylum To Refugee Who Walked The Channel Tunnel To UK

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A Sudanese man has been granted asylum in the UK after he was arrested walking the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to England last August. The Guardian reports: Abdul Haroun, who was arrested at the English end of the tunnel in August and charged with obstructing a railway under an obscure 19th-century law, has been held in prison since then. He was to face trial this month. At a brief hearing at Canterbury crown court, where Harount appeared via video-link from prison and spoke only to confirm his name, the prosecutor Philip Bennetts said the 40-year-old had been granted a... more »

Marks & Spencer Fires New Loyalty Card Boss Over Racism

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A high flying female executive of the British multinational retailer, Marks & Spencer, has been dismissed from her job for allegedly using racist language at work. The Daily Mail reports: Suzanna Broer, 33, was said to have been fired for ‘gross misconduct’ in November, less than a month after she oversaw the launch of the new reward card. It comes after a tough festive period for M&S, with some forecasters predicting the retail giant will report up to a 5.5 per cent drop in like-for-like sales. An M&S spokesperson said it ‘would never comment on individual cases’, but added: ‘Marks...more »

Kenya University Reopens after Islamists Killed 148

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Kenyan university - 900] NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Officials say the Kenyan university where Islamic extremists killed 148 people nine months ago has reopened amid high security. Many Kenyans are praising the reopening of Garissa University College as showing that Kenya will not surrender... more »

Third retraction appears for Leiden researcher fired in 2013

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A researcher who was fired from Leiden University Medical Center in 2013 for fraud has notched a third retraction, following an investigation by her former workplace. When Leiden fired Annemie Schuerwegh, they announced two retractions of papers that contained manipulated data. This third retraction — the last, according to a spokesperson for the center — is for “a discrepancy between […] The post Third retraction appears for Leiden researcher fired in 2013 appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Parents Be Warned: YA Fiction Agents, Publishers Now Pushing for ‘Stories with Diverse and LGBTQ Main Characters’

Tom Gilson at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Books - 900] Parents, take note. Agents, publishers, and their customers at schools and libraries are looking for "more diverse books." There is a "shift in thinking" among agents for children's book writers, says Julie Masis in the February 2016 Writer's Digest. Agents...more »

Another Below Average Year For US Tornadoes

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/torngraph-big.png Provisional data from the Storm Prediction Centre shows that the number of tornadoes in 2015 finished well be low average for the fourth year running, though higher than the last three years. Local storm reports (LSRs) are always higher then final tornado counts, because of duplication, counting of […]

Calls For UK Govt To Clarify Role In Getting Saudi Arabia Onto UNHRC

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
The British prime minister has been urged to clarify the role the UK Government played in voting Saudi Arabia on to the UN Human Rights Council. The leaders of the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats are calling on David Cameron to come clean on the issue. The calls follow the kingdom’s execution of 47 people in a single day which sparked outrage across the Middle East. The Independent reports: The leaders of the Liberal Democrat and Green parties have demanded a public inquiry into whether the UK was involved in a secret vote-trading deal in 2013 to secure both countries a place ... more »

Great Conversation

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
*Maggie & Arnie Gundersen in Conversation with Mary Beth Brangan & Jim Heddle * http://www.planetarianperspectives.net/?p=2623

Saudi Arabia To Cut Commercial Ties & Ban All Flights To Iran

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to stop all flights to and from Iran and banning its citizens from travelling there. The Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters that all commercial ties between the countries would also be cut. The move follows attacks on the Saudi embassy in Iran by protesters angry at the execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr. Sunni-led Saudi Arabia claims that the execution was part of a war on terrorism. The foreign minister said that the leading Shiite cleric was a terrorist engaged in attacks adding that Riyadh should be applauded for the ... more »

Iraq’s Divided Kurds, Political Divisions Amongst The Peshmerga Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
While the Kurds are facing the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq they are dealing with their own deep political divisions. The Peshmerga facing the insurgents are divided along partisan lines with politicians and members of the two ruling families the Barzanis and Talabanis controlling the units. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have also taken shots at each other in their respective media outlets about how they are doing in the war. To help explain these differences is Wladimir van Wilgenburg a freelance journalist and analyst at the Ja... more »

Was I Wrong to Leave Public Twitter?

The American Conservative/Alan Jacobs at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: robbery] Just before Christmas, I posted to my personal blog an account of my year in tech; it's largely the story of how I strove to simplify my life in 2015. That post had only been up for a few hours... Continue reading *“Was I Wrong to Leave Public Twitter?”* at *theamericanconservative.com*.

That's Just Funny

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.theguardian.com/ It was never going to be easy reforming our electoral system. Rona Ambrose and her party are determined to make sure it won't be easy -- because, she says, they stand four square for democracy. Michael Harris writes that Ambrose's claim should be greeted with a chorus of guffaws: Ambrose says she is ready to use the CPC’s majority of hacks, bagmen and shills in the Senate to block legislation. (Hmmm, sound familiar, Michael Chong?) Yes, the Leader of the Opposition is prepared to scupper legislation using th... more »

Addendum on IFR Scalability

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 14 hours ago
This note is a follow up to my past post on IFR Breeding How long would it take to produce enough Plutonium to Power up an LMFBR such as the IFR. Well first that would depend on the quality of Plutonium you used. If you got to use fuel a bunch of Plutonium based nuclear weapons, it might take 10 tons of 97% Pu-239 for a 1 GWe reactor.. If you were to use RGP the LMFBR might require 18 tons of RGP for a 1 GWe IFR. That is because forms of Plutonium present in RGP do not fission after absorbing a neutron while present in the core of a reactor. RGP contains two isotopes of Plutoniu... more »

THE YEAR OF THE LIBERAL: The Washington Post gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016 Part 1—Surrounding that, the deluge:* The Washington Post performed a major service during 2015, a year which ended last week. Even more improbably, the Post performed a major *journalistic* service. It compiled a list of fatal shootings by American police over the course of the past year. The paper's voluminous database can be found at this highly informative site. By almost any definition, the compilation of information is a journalistic service. In the realm of fatal shootings by police, the Post compiled a lot of information during this year-long effo... more »

Sunni States Follow Saudi Arabia's Lead In Breaking Diplomatic Ties With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Sunni states back Saudi Arabia in growing row with Iran* Saudi Arabia's Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East. Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of thousands of Iranians, downgraded its relations. Saudi Arabia broke off relations on Sunday after a mob stormed its embassy in Tehran. Shi'ite power Iran accused Saudi Arabia of using the attack on the embassy as an... more »

Voinnet’s notice count grows, as he notches his 18th correction

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Olivier Voinnet, a high-profile plant scientist at ETH Zurich, has earned a mega-correction. It wrapped up a rough year for the biologist, which included his seventh retraction, and a CNRS investigation that found evidence of misconduct. This latest correction, to a paper on the mechanisms behind RNA silencing in Arabidopsis, was published in RNA. The 2007 paper has been cited […] The post Voinnet’s notice count grows, as he notches his 18th correction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

SAS To Spearhead Libya Operation To Seize Oil Fields From ISIS

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
SAS troops have been deployed in Libya preparing to wrest back control of more than a dozen oil fields seized by Islamic State. Approximately 6,000 European and US soldiers, including 1,000 British troops, will be involved in a number of offensives set up to halt the advance of ISIS. According to the Daily Mirror, the operation, supported mainly by Britain and France, will be led by Italian forces and is planned within the next few weeks or months. RT reports: Special Forces, including military close observation experts from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, are spearheading the ... more »

New Research on the Minimum Wage

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
From UCSD economist Jeffrey Clemens: *The Minimum Wage and the Great Recession:* *Evidence from the Current Population Survey* I analyze recent federal minimum wage increases using the Current Population Survey. The relevant minimum wage increases were differentially binding across states, generating natural comparison groups. I first estimate a standard difference-in-differences model on samples restricted to relatively low-skilled individuals, as described by their ages and education levels. I also employ a triple-difference framework that utilizes continuous variation in the min... more »

World News Briefs -- January 4, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC:* *Saudi Arabia's allies Bahrain, Sudan and UAE act against Iran* A number of Saudi Arabia's allies have joined diplomatic action against Iran after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked amid a row over the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric. Bahrain and Sudan have both severed relations with Iran, and the UAE has downgraded its diplomatic team. Saudi Arabia on Sunday severed ties and gave Iran's diplomats two days to go. Saudi Arabia and Iran are the key Sunni and Shia powers in the region and back opposing sides in Syria and Yemen. *MIDDLE EAST* Middle East tensions bo...more »

The ‘Widely Believed’ Journalistic Sin

WASHINGTON POST at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Journalist reporter] Lately, though, I've wondered whether some journalists are relying too much on the "ask anyone" method of citation. Its more sophisticated form appears in a passive-voice clause that includes the word "widely": "widely believed," "widely suspected," "widely thought," "widely considered,"... Continue reading *“The ‘Widely Believed’ Journalistic Sin”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Scientific Proof Of Jedi Powers and How To Develop Them

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - Everyone has some level of innate intuitive capability, a.k.a., Jedi powers The post Scientific Proof Of Jedi Powers and How To Develop Them appeared first on Waking Times.

Three More Global Warming Stories Media Don’t Want You To See

Investor's Business Daily at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: climate change] Among the bad news for climate change enthusiasts, reported by Investor’s Business Daily, is: a peer-reviewed paper showing that only 36% of 1,077 geoscientists and engineers surveyed believe in the man-made global warming crisis as defined by the United Nations’... Continue reading *“Three More Global Warming Stories Media Don’t Want You To See”* at *news.investors.com*.

Will Steve Israel Get Out Of The Way And Let A Democrat Finally Beat Peter King On Long Island?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
The Republicans have worked hard-- from the moment President Obama was first elected-- to undermine him and denigrate his policies at home and abroad. Peter King may try to pass himself off as more "moderate" than, say Steve King of Iowa, put he has been as hostile, super-partisan and reckless as the rest of his party when it comes to a psychological affliction some in the media call "Obama-derangement syndrome." Obama won the South Shore Long Island area that makes up NY-02 both times he ran. In 2008 he beat John McCain 156,145 (51%) to 145,881 (48%) and then did slightly better ... more »

Nyoman Wijaya - cow paintings

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
I love these paintings of numbered cows from Balinese artist Nyoman Wijaya. *Nyoman Wijaya studied art at the Sanggar Senin Kamis in Sanur, from 1998 to 2003. He was born in 1971 in Tabanan, into a Balinese family who made their living as cattle breeders. “From the time I was small, I learned how to take care of cows, so that I could stay in school by selling cows”, Wijaya says. “At first, I saw it as something that was just ordinary. Until one day, after I had already grown up, my father got cheated and failed in running his cattle trading business. From that point on, I started thi... more »

Obama and his daughter Malia...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*am I the only one who finds these pictures creepy? * Obama and Malia at the Honolulu Zoo. The other daughter? The wife?

For Christians, History May Be Meandering, but It Has a Purpose

Mark Tooley at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Old Books, History, Gospels, Library, Shelf] David Graham in The Atlantic thoughtfully responded to my affirmation of Christian confidence about history (reacting to his critique of secular “right side of history” political rhetoric) by quoting Anglican Bishop Tom Wright: "The resurrection of Jesus is the only... more »

Iraq Official: Sunni ISIS Clandestinely Bombed Sunni Mosques to ‘Inflame Sectarian Strife’ Between Shia and Sunni

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: An Iraqi policeman inspects the debris at the Sunni Ammar bin Yasser mosque, that was one of two mosques bombed overnight, in Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad on January 4, 2016.] BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi official is blaming the Islamic State for the bombing of two Sunni mosques in a predominantly Shiite city in southern Iraq the previous night, saying the militant group seeks to stoke sectarian tensions. The bombing... more »

Free Goal Printables- To Help You Achieve Your Resolutions

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
I am big on New Year Resolutions. I love the idea of starting fresh. A clean slate always motivates me to try to meet new goals. I love setting them for each aspect of my life I usually set a reading goal, a health related goal, a few for work and a new skill I would like to develop. I have become pretty good at sticking to my resolutions and I have found that these two trackers are the best help. You can download both for free at the bottom of this post. The monthly tracker lets you track all of your small goals in one place, marking off each day as you complete it. I love track... more »

Bahrain, Sudan & UAE Join Saudi Arabia And Cut Ties To Iran

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Nations allied to Saudi Arabia have joined diplomatic action against Iran, amid a row over the Saudi execution of Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Bahrain and Sudan have both followed Saudi Arabia and cut diplomatic relations with Iran. Bahrain has demanded that Iranian diplomats leave the country within 48 hours. The UAE has downgraded its diplomatic team and announced it is planning to cut the number of Iranian diplomats it allows to be in the country. The BBC reports: Saudi Arabia on Sunday gave Iranian diplomats two days to leave after an attack on its embassy in Tehran. Saudi A...more »

Recent Studies Find Cannabis Highly Effective Against Depression, PTSD

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Steven Maxwell* - More confirmation of the healing powers of this incredible plant medicine. The post Recent Studies Find Cannabis Highly Effective Against Depression, PTSD appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 4, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2015. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Coronado *Daniel L. Davis, National Interest*:* It’s Time to Ask the Hard Questions on Afghanistan* General John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, recently held a press conference in which he told reporters that he hoped the president would not reduce the number of U.S. troops there from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. “My intent would be to keep them for as long as I c... more »

Saudi Allies Scale Down Ties to Iran Amid Growing Tensions

ALI AKBAR DAREINI & JON GAMBRELL at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Iranian and Turkish demonstrators hold pictures of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as they protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, following Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 prisoners in one day. Saudi Arabia announced the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr, convicted of terrorism charges, on Saturday along with 46 others, including three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants.] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom’s lead and on Monday began scaling down their diplomatic ties to Iran in the wake of th... more »

Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Celeste McGovern* - Something strange is happening in the world of immunology lately. The post Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us appeared first on Waking Times.

Presidential Race Heats Up as Iowa Caucuses Approach

THOMAS BEAUMONT at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this photo taken Dec. 23, 2015, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz speaks in Oklahoma City. Despite a year of campaigning, 10 televised debates and millions of dollars in advertising, most people in even the earliest voting presidential voting states are just now beginning to focus on their choices in the 2016 campaign.] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It’s been a year of town halls and weekend forums and lunchtime meet-and-greets for those who would be president, with nights spent sparring in televised debates and endless days fundraising to pay for TV ads,... more »

Global Stocks Sink after China Index Dives 7 Percent

YOUKYUNG LEE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: A woman walks past an electronic board displaying stock prices as she leaves a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Shanghai's stock index plunged nearly 7 percent on Monday, sparking a halt in trading of Chinese shares, after weak manufacturing data and Middle East tensions weighed on Asian markets.] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Chinese stocks plunged nearly 7 percent Monday, triggering an emergency trading suspension and pushing global markets sharply lower. The grim start to 2016 was caused by weak Chinese manufacturing data and tensions in the Middle... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*A Soviet High School in America* *With very narrow bounds on what you can safely say* By JONATHAN HAIDT, a prominent liberal advocate of more intellectual diversity in academe : A month before the Yale Halloween meltdown, I had a bizarre and illuminating experience at an elite private high school on the West Coast. I’ll call it Centerville High. I gave a version of a talk that you can see here, on Coddle U. vs. Strengthen U. (In an amazing coincidence, I first gave that talk at Yale a few weeks earlier). The entire student body — around 450 students, from grades 9-12 — was in... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*NASA says that burning hydrocarbons COOLs the earth* *There are various sources of CO2 in the atmosphere. Breathing out is a major one. Burning hydrocarbons like coal and oil is another source. But burning hydrocarbons tend to emit aerosols such as soot in addition to CO2. What is the effect of those aerosols? NASA has finally had a stab at answering that. Their summary of their findings is below. And they find, as expected, a cooling effect from atmospheric aerosols.Amusingly, however, they do not offer a calculation of how far aerosol effects cancel out CO2 effect... more »

World GDP Rankings In 2031

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Next Big Future*: *World GDP rankings in 2031* Currently on a nominal exchange rate basis countries are ranked as follows 1. USA $18 trillion 2. China $11.4 trillion 3. Japan $4.1 trillion 4. Germany $3.3 trillion 5. UK $3.0 trillion 6. France $2.4 trillion 7. India $2.1 trillion 8. Italy $1.8 trillion 9. Brazil $1.8 trillion 10. Canada $1.56 trillion 11. South Korea $1.39 trillion *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* The full CEBR report is here .... *World Economic League Table 2016 Highlights *(CEBR)

Town Watches Warily as Armed Protesters Take Over Oregon Wildlife Refuge

REBECCA BOONE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Ryan Bundy talks on the phone at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Bundy is one of the protesters occupying the refuge to object to a prison sentence for local ranchers for burning federal land.] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- People in this rural eastern Oregon town are used to worrying about friction between the federal government and locals, but the armed takeover of a nearby national wildlife refuge is raising concerns to a new high.... more »

After 1 Million Immigrants in 2015, Europe Rediscovers Borders

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, file photo, a temporary fence is erected between tracks at the train station to prevent illegal migrants entering Sweden at Copenhagen International Airport in Kastrup. The station is the last stop before crossing the Oresund Bridge into Sweden. On upcoming Monday Jan. 4, 2016, new travel restrictions are set to be imposed by Sweden to stem a record flow of migrants, transforming the Oresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark into a striking example of how national boundaries are re-emerging.] STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Since it opened in 2000, the Ore... more »

Israeli Programmers Are Developing A Digital Battle Command System That Will Simplify The Battlefield For Commanders To Make Decisions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Israel Defense: "Noked": the IDF Startup that Could Change the Battlefield Forever *An enterprising team of IDF programmers and engineers are developing a digital battle command system that will take us into the future* In the past, the army used maps, stickers, and markings to tell commanders where to go and what to do. Now, an enterprising team of IDF programmers and engineers are developing a digital battle command system that will take us into the future. “Noked,” a hi-tech, interactive, mapping system will change the rules of the game. “Noked,” is an acronym for the Hebrew ... more »

One People's show Dec 15th 2015

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
One People's show Dec 15th 2015 [image: Picture] Here is the video from the Roundtable Discussion on Dec 15th, 2015, with our live audience. .... personally, I really had a lot of fun on this show. love d 0 Comments

Military Photo of the Day: January 4, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Soldier in Training-900] An Ohio National Guard soldier aims an M16 rifle during a live-fire exercise at Camp Perry Joint Training Center near Port Clinton, Ohio, on Dec. 17, 2015. Thank you to this soldier for his service to our country!

2016, Here We Go!

Rusty Burns at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: New Years Resolutions calendar - 90000] RUSTY BURNS -- 2016, here we go! I don’t know about you, but I suspect I’m not the only one who is glad to have 2015 in the rear view mirror! It was downright rotten. There was a lot of negative stuff... more »

Remembering Gary Powers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Jason Caffrey, BBC*: *Gary Powers: The U2 spy pilot the US did not love* Steven Spielberg's most recent movie, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of a Cold War prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and the US. The deal allowed US spy plane pilot Gary Powers to return home - but once there he faced a chorus of criticism. Gary Powers had been in flight for four hours when his troubles began. His spy mission from an American airbase in Pakistan took him over central Russia, where, at more than 70,000 feet above the ground, he believed he was beyond the range of either fighter pla... more »

Are There Any Russian Experts In The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post/Miami Herald:* *Lack of Russia experts has some in U.S. worried* * National security apparatus relies on looser regime of more junior experts who lack the reach to directly influence policy * Resources dedicated to the expertise needed to gain a better understanding of Moscow, its plans doesn’t reflect existential threat WASHINGTON - While the international war against the Islamic State and a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran underscore Russia’s growing influence in major foreign policy challenges around the world, there are growing concerns th... more »

What 'Drives' Russian President Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Jack Caravelli, Washington Free Beacon:* *What Drives Putin* *Review: Steven Lee Myers, ‘The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin’* The meteoric rise of Vladimir Putin from mid-level intelligence apparatchik to president of Russia has been chronicled by numerous biographers. Few have captured the complexities and influencing forces in Putin’s life as well as Steve Lee Myers’s meticulously researched and vividly written portrait of “the new tsar.” Some political leaders seem destined for their role: the privileged backgrounds of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt s... more »

Twelfth Day (5/1/16) - Revealing Alarmists' Evil Intent

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 20 hours ago
On the Last Day of Christmas The Warmists gave the world - *Dozens *of Shrill a-swarming (COP21) Many misinforming Peer Journals Lying Said we’d all be frying Paying UN trillions Taxing People Millions UN geese a-voting for a NEW CARBON TAX Meanwhile, in the World of True Science: CO2 was greening the Earth - CO2 is greening the Earth CO2 was greening the Earth CO2 is greening the Earth Why did the warmists lie? Because they want One World government! UN Rule! *That is their true * *evil Intent * DSC_0003 from Geoff Brown on Vimeo.

How to Heal ADHD — Without Resorting to Pharmaceutical Grade Amphetamines

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Some excellent advice here. It addresses what is a condition driven by several potential drivers all leading to excessive energy released often through excessive behavior. Diet is the leading corrective followed by an extract from pine bark. All good and a warning that nit all of this is caused by just sugar, much as i would like to think so. This does improve our understanding of all this and worth the effort. . *How to Heal ADHD — Without Resorting to Pharmaceutical Grade Amphetamines * *19th December 2015* *By Carolanne Wright* *Contributing Writer for W... more »

Revisiting when China's economy will pass the USA

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Let us not forget that China is continuing to grow. If anything slower growth happens to be welcome as it polices excesses. This era will last a long time but it also entails a half billion top third becoming a two thirds top echelon. This must take about twenty more years and a solid three to four fold increase in the general economy. All this is possible. The slow down is then a welcome consolidation on our part as well. I would like to see faster growth in India as well to play catch up. Long term do remember that everyone will be part of an established mi... more »

Endophytic Fungi in Elm Trees Help Protect Them from Dutch Elm Disease

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Perhaps something like this could work. The basic idea is to have a competing safe biological eat ahead of the pathogen. I rahter think that this will simply not be good enough. However it is a starting point that may surprise. It would b3 nice to recover Elm populations Unfortunately it takes centuries to grow them out.. *Endophytic fungi in elm trees help protect them from Dutch elm disease* *Interaction among the DED pathogen and four endophytes. Endophytes can inhibit pathogens by different mechanisms for example by competing for the same food sourceso.* *Credit: Juan ... more »

The Seven Fat Years of ZIRP

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This report is a reminder that we have had a zero interest world for seven years and that made the credit worth highly attractive as loan customers. Huge numbers qualified and the market expanded. Now the reverse will be happening but it will be very slow and may well take decade to work through. The core reason for this is that a small rise in interest rates will sharply impact the capital value of the underlying asset. Cheap money drove $100.000 houses to $1,000,000 houses in Vancouver over thirty five years as mortgage rates dropped from 17% down to 3%. We had a carefully m... more »

Saudi Arabia's Growing Body Count

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
Mass executions at home, war abroad - Saudi Arabia tries to kill its way out of adversity. *January 4, 2016 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - As the new year rolled in around the world, Saudi Arabia was already getting off to a bad start. The Western media published muted reports of a mass execution of some 47 prisoners alleged to be "terrorists," though the most prominent among them was clearly a political leader, not a militant. The US State Department's Voice of America service, sourcing AP, AFP, and Reuters reports, would claim in its article, "Saudi Arabia Executes 47, Including P... more »

Russia Declares NATO And The U.S. As Threats To National Security (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*The Independent:* *Russia names US and Nato as threats to national security for the first time* The new security document replaces a 2009 version, which did not mention the US at all A new defence appraisal has named the USA as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, signifying how much relations between Russia and the west have deteriorated in recent years. In the document, entitled 'About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation', it names the US and Nato as new threats to Russian security, due to the alliance trying to "retain [its]... more »

Filmmaker Says New York Was “Nuked” On 9/11

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Author and filmmaker Peter Valentino claims that New York city was ‘nuked’ on 9/11 using a 150 kiloton 70m deep underground nuclear weapon. Mike Philbin Blog reports: Author and film-maker Peter Valentino has put together a to-camera piece called the Papamundi Files, NYC Final Conclusions in which he discusses the meat & potatoes of his Kissinger Konfessional polemic-omentary Papamundi and the 911 Mechanism or what we know as the Great Magic Show of September 11th 2001. This documentary discusses the manner of demolition of the Towers and Building 7 and lists the perpetrators of the... more »

Hillary Clinton Promises Truth About Aliens, Area 51 When Elected

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Hillary Clinton has made a promise to all American citizens: She has vowed to reveal the truth about UFOs and Area 51 if she is elected President. During a Q&A at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential candidate revealed that she believes that we have already been visited by aliens. Mirror.co.uk reports: Clinton, who could become America’s first female president if elected in November, also said she would send a “task force” into Area 51 – a top secret base in Nevada where UFO enthusiasts believe alien technology is being back-engineered. John Podesta, her c... more »

Hidden Underground Base Is Hitlers Nazi Empire In Antarctica, Claims Author

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
The truth about history has been hidden…In Empire Beneath the Ice, author Stephen Quayle reveals why most of what you learned about World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany is wrong. The truth about history has been hidden… In Empire Beneath the Ice, author Stephen Quayle reveals why most of what you learned about World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany is wrong. You’ll discover: Why the suppressed evidence proves Adolf Hitler didn’t die before Germany surrendered during WWII, and how he eluded capture. How Nazi SS members, scientists, and soldiers escaped with Hitler to crea... more »

Video For Today: 'How Big Oil Conquered The World'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 23 hours ago
*Political blogger C.B. Forgotston died at age 70 ~Tyler Bridges, Advocate*

Researchers: Police Drug Tests Always Test Positive

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Researchers from the biggest marijuana policy reform organization in the U.S., Marijuana Policy Project, have revealed just how easy it is for the police to make drug tests display a positive result, even when the user hasn’t consumed any drugs. In the video, the researchers take an over the counter Tylenol PM and test it for cocaine – the results come back “positive”. Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: The group also tests the most popular chocolate in the world, Hershey’s chocolate, for marijuana, it also tests positive. Perhaps the most disturbing test was when the group put abs... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Oil price needed to balance budget Iran: $138 Venezuela: $120 Iraq: $114 Russia: $100 Saudi: $92 Current: $37.1 pic.twitter.com/ecdm91RxRz — The Int'l Spectator (@intlspectator) January 3, 2016

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Seahawk Signal * U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class K. Bailey signals an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during takeoff from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 28, 2015. The destroyer is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Bailey is a boatswain's mate and the helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht

Taiwan Will Need 200 F-35s Or More To Provide A Credible Deterrence Against China By 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Next Big Future:* *Taiwan would need 200 or more fifth generation fighter jets for a credible deterrence by 2017-2019* New advances by China on its J-20 stealth fighter diminishes deterrence across the Taiwan Strait, a leading weapons expert in the US said. “It is crucial that Washington begins to consider Taiwan’s next-generation requirements for air defense,” International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC) senior fellow Rick Fisher said. “Given over a decade’s worth of global technology advances, intensive investment and competent program managem... more »

At Some Point Something Will Make Everyone Question If They Still Want To Acquiesce To A Lesser-Of-Two Evils Electoral System

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I keep seeing one of those annoying automated spam tweets-on-endless-repeat from *The Hill*: "Billionaire George Soros said he regretted backing Obama in 2008, Clinton email reveals." I suppose its about the primary and he was sorry Hillary wasn't the nominee. But there were plenty of people who felt let down by Obama-- or by what-they-thought-Obama-was-going-to-be-- in 2008. 69,498,215 people voted for Obama in the 2008 general election. 3,591,091 fewer people voted for him in 2012, so I guess they regretted it too. I live in California and I voted for Obama in 2008, knowing full ... more »

Islamic State Execute Five 'British Spies'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The five hostages as seen in the video Daily Mail:* ISIS' latest video star is a young boy from the UK whose father is a jihadi fighter and who vows to kill in next release after five 'British spies' are executed on camera * * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * Propaganda video shows ISIS thugs shooting five men at point blank range * Executioner threatened Prime Minister, calling him a 'slave to White House' * Young boy who appears to be around five said 'we will kill them over there' * British fighter jets began airstrikes on ISIS locations in Syria a month ago * For more news on the late... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* New York governor orders officials to force homeless into shelters during freezing weather Google Is Collecting Information On Public School Students – Here's How Nigel Farage's Car Sabotaged After Death Threats, Police Confirm "Foul Play" Puerto Rico Is Greece, & These 5 States Are Next To Go Large Group Of Armed Militia Members Take Over Federal Building Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions for International Drug Cartels The Looming Environmental Disaster In Missouri That Nobody Is Talking About Billions of Barrels of Oil Vanish in a Puff ... more »

White House Seeking A Deal With Iran to Swap Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaks in the newspaper's offices in Washington, DC in a November 6, 2013 file photo provided by The Washington Post. REUTERS/ZOEANN MURPHY/THE WASHINGTON POST/HANDOUT *Reuters*: *Americans seek swap in U.S. reporter case, says Iranian official* Unnamed Americans have contacted Iran for a deal to swap Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, convicted and jailed in Iran on spying charges, for other unspecified detainees, according to a senior Iranian official quoted on Sunday. "Some Americans contact us sometimes, asking us to exchange him wit... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago


Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 1 day ago
I’m not shocked to learn that “a joint poll between the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research” found that by a two-to-one margin Americans currently favor allowing the government to tap into the communications devices (phones, computers, etc.) of private parties, according to a report published by hothardware.com: *“The results show that 56% of Americans support warrantless wiretapping, while 28% oppose it. From a political angle, 67% of Republicans favor it, while 55% of Democrats do. Meanwhile, Independents are far more divided, with 40% in favor, and 35%... more »

Maxine Phillips : Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
For non-Muslims to understand diversity among Muslims seems to be a leap too far. By Maxine Phillips | The Rag Blog | January 3, 2016 In December, a tenured political science professor at evangelical Christian Wheaton College was placed on … finish reading Maxine Phillips : Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Christian Sports Coaches Facing Faith Oppression Highlighted in Upcoming Movie

Christian Post at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: sports coaches] The upcoming film Prayer Never Fails was birthed from the various news stories that have made headlines about sports coaches being ridiculed or fired for praying at games. The movie promises to showcase prayer at a whole new level. As... Continue reading *“Christian Sports Coaches Facing Faith Oppression Highlighted in Upcoming Movie”* at *christianpost.com*.

How ISIS Spread its Deadly Ideology — A Timeline

The Guardian at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: ISIS] The brutal propaganda video released by Islamic State militants showing the murders of five people it claims worked for British intelligence services is the latest in a string of such films to be made since the group grabbed the world's... Continue reading *“How ISIS Spread its Deadly Ideology — A Timeline”* at *theguardian.com*.

Donald Trump as Tokyo Rose

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Noah* For those who don’t know, because history just isn’t really taught in schools anymore, Tokyo Rose was the name of one or more female broadcasters operating out of Tokyo during WW2. Tokyo Rose broadcast pro-Japanese propaganda to U.S. troops in the Pacific war, bent on demoralizing them, paralyzing them with fear, or, worse, trying to get them to either desert or come over to the other side if they could. Every war has had variations of such things. Unlike Tokyo Rose, Herr Trumpf is much more successful. It seems that the majority of Republican voters and media are buy... more »

With Iranian - Saudi Relations Deteriorating, Will Oil Prices Explode?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Istanbul: in front of the Saudi Embassy today. (Reuters/Osman Orsal) *Quartz*: *Look for oil prices to spike if hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia gets worse* If friction between Saudi Arabia and Iran persists, in addition to attacks on targets such as embassies, look for oil’s first move of the new year to be a spike. A furor has erupted in both countries, and across the region, in the aftermath of Saudi Arabia’s execution Jan. 2 of Nimr al-Nimr, an influential Shia cleric who had denounced discrimination against Saudi’s Shia minority. An Iranian mob ransacked the Saudi Emba... more »

Nestle Continues To Bottle Water In California While Under Investigation

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Nestle Waters North America is under investigation by the US forest service. The world’s largest food company has applied to renew its bottling operations permit in southern California’s San Bernardino National Forest. According to reports, the US forest service has begun an environmental review of Nestle Waters North America’s bottling operations in drought stricken southern California. The company is allowed to operate while awaiting the result of its permit renewal. The Guardian reports: Nestlé was sued in October by environmental and public interest groups who allege the Swiss-b... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Silent Joy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Gandalf, “Silent Joy” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJvIeupfql4

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“On some nights, the sky is the best show in town. On this night, the sky was not only the best show in town, but a composite image of the sky won an international competition for landscape astrophotography. *Click image for larger size.* The featured winning image was taken in 2011 over Jökulsárlón, the largest glacial lake in Iceland. The photographer combined six exposures to capture not only two green auroral rings, but their reflections off the serene lake. Visible in the distant background sky is the band of our Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy. A powerful coronal mass... more »

Bending Bars

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The Poet: William Wordsworth, “Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting The Banks Of The Wye During A Tour. July 13, 1798"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, * *On Revisiting The Banks Of The Wye During A Tour. July 13, 1798"* “Five years have past; five summers, with the length Of five long winters! and again I hear These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs With a soft inland murmur. Once again Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs, That on a wild secluded scene impress Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect The landscape with the quiet of the sky. The day is come when I again repose Here, under this ... more »

Catholic Hospital Sued over Refusal to Perform Tubal Ligation

TownHall at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: catholic hospital] Mercy Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Redding, CA., is being sued by the ACLU after it said it would not perform a tubal ligation procedure during a scheduled cesarian section delivery later this month. Catholic doctrine prohibits contraception, including... Continue reading *“Catholic Hospital Sued over Refusal to Perform Tubal Ligation”* at *townhall.com*.

"The Human Condition"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Human Condition"* by Meanings of Life "Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings? Are we the result of our dreams, as... more »

sock and awe

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Throw a shoe at Bush game video

After Severing Diplomatic Relations With Iran, Saudi Arabia "Does Not Care" If It Has Angered White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Zero Hedge*: *It's On: Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Iran, "Does Not Care" If It Has Angered White House* Earlier today, as Iranian police struggled to disperse protesters gathered outside the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, we said the following about the rapidly deteriorating situation: *If crude needed an excuse to rally, then surely this is it as it now appears that in addition to the fact that Riyadh and Tehran are squaring off in Syria (where Iran is present and the Saudis fight by proxy) and Yemen (where the Saudis are present and the Iranians fight by proxy), the ... more »

Carbon Pricing’s Dirty Secret: Tax Payer Subsidies to Prevent “Carbon Leakage”

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
The entire AGW/Carbon pricing hoax is maddening! Simply maddening.* AGW rebranded to climate change *is another in a long line of *hoaxes perpetrated against the masses*. It is a* rebrand of the same agenda-* *Getting the taxpayer to subsidize & support the profits and machinations of corporations*. Window dressing and a means to assuage the brainwashed masses while doing* ZERO** to address REAL Environmental Issues.* *All governments are more then happy to continue waging war on a global scale- War has one big "carbon footprint" and the phony greens never speak against that! Green... more »

Dec.3: a very general sort of day...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
This is a day of odds and ends with no news that really stands out. As I first watched the American leadership debates, I was struck by the lack of any sense of economic policy, social policy, or even of social concern. All the things an election should be about were ignored. It was entirely about fears and hatreds, feelings that had been encouraged by the government and the press. With the sole exception of Democrat Bernie Sanders, the candidates are talking only about which of them hates more and is willing to kill more. The U.S., itself, does not exist in these speeches. The star... more »

Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times*: *Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric’s Execution* BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, intensifying a strategic and sectarian rivalry that underpins conflicts across the Middle East. The surprise move, announced in a news conference by Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, followed harsh criticism by Iranian leaders of the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, in Saudi Arabia and the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran by pro... more »

Will ‘Electability’ Sink Trump’s Campaign?

Roll Call/Stuart Rothenberg at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: electability] Most national polls show Republican frontrunner Donald Trump trailing likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and faring worse than other GOP hopefuls against her. That raises an obvious question: Could doubts about Trump's strength in a general election derail his... Continue reading *“Will ‘Electability’ Sink Trump’s Campaign?”* at *www3.blogs.rollcall.com*.

Israel Charges 2 Jewish Extremists in Deadly Arson

Josef Federman at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this July 31, 2015 file photo, a Palestinian inspects a house after it was torched in a suspected attack by Jewish settlers, killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child and his parents, at Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus. Israel on Sunday indicted two Jewish extremists suspected in the attack, a case that has been unsolved for months and helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.] JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel on Sunday charged two Jewish extremists in an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents last July -- culminating a dr... more »

Ben Carson Addresses the Turmoil that has Roiled His Campaign

Business Insider at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ben Carson] Ben Carson said Sunday that his campaign is in a “different ball game,” days after the stunning resignation of three high-ranking members of the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign staff. In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Carson cast the departures of those aides -- campaign... Continue reading *“Ben Carson Addresses the Turmoil that has Roiled His Campaign”* at *businessinsider.com*.

North Carolina Pastor Calms, Prays With Man Who Walked Into Church Service with a Gun

TheBlaze at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: North Carolina pastor] When a man wielding a rifle walked into a North Carolina church on New Year's Eve, the pastor took action -- by praying with him. The man, whose name has not yet been released, reportedly walked into Heal the Land Outreach... Continue reading *“North Carolina Pastor Calms, Prays With Man Who Walked Into Church Service with a Gun”* at *theblaze.com*.

Video Shows IS Fighters Killing 5 ‘Spies’ for Britain

Brian Rohan at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Islamic State, ISIS] BEIRUT (AP) -- A video circulated online Sunday purported to show the Islamic State group killing five men accused of spying for Britain in Syria. The high-quality footage bore the markings of the IS media wing, and shows five men... more »

Saudi Arabia Fanning The Flames Of Hate To Provoke Regional Bloodbath

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric is an indication that the house of Saud is planning an Armageddon. Across the Middle East, the killing of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nim along with al-Qaeda terrorists is viewed as the ultimate hypocrisy, which proves that the Saudis are going for broke, and want the flames of sectarianism to engulf the region. RT reports: The furious reaction across the Middle East to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric strongly suggests that the killing is a deliberate provocation by the ruling House of Saud. That provocation would ap... more »

NH GOP Lawmaker Heckles Hillary Clinton at Townhall over Bill Clinton’s Sex Scandals

CNN Politics at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Hillary Clinton] Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) -- Hillary clinton bluntly addressed a Republican state representative heckling her about Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual impropriety on Sunday in New Hampshire, telling the woman she was “very rude.” When Clinton began taking questions at a Derry town... Continue reading *“NH GOP Lawmaker Heckles Hillary Clinton at Townhall over Bill Clinton’s Sex Scandals”* at *cnn.com*.

Archaeologists Unearth Weapons From The Era Of Ivan The Terrible In Russia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An archaeological dig near Zvenigorod, a town in Moscow Oblast, has unearthed the private arsenal of a military commander from the era of Ivan the Terrible, the first Tsar of Russia. An archaeological expedition from the Institute of Archaeology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, was conducting a rescue excavation in search of artifacts, prior to the construction of a new Central Circular Highway, when they came across the find near the old town of Zvenigorod . Red Orbit reports: Once a 16th-century village named Ignatievskoe, the location of the discovery was the home of the Dobry... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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Eight Mile Plains, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

"How to Gain Control of Your Negative Emotions"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How to Gain Control of Your Negative Emotions"* by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. “Whether it's sadness, fear, shame, guilt or anger, sometimes when these are here, all we want to do is be somewhere else and it seems like it's going to last forever. Here's one practice to consider in regaining control of your mind during the difficult moments in life. Try this as an experiment: When an uncomfortable emotions arises, ask yourself the honest question, "*How long is this going to last?"* See it as a moment of investigation, a chance to really get to know how you operate. No longer are you ... more »

The Poet: Langston Hughes, “Walkers With The Dawn”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Walkers With The Dawn”* “Being walkers with the dawn and morning, Walkers with the sun and morning, We are not afraid of night, Nor days of gloom, Nor darkness- Being walkers with the sun and morning.” - Langston Hughes

Iran Threaten To Execute Saudi Arabia’s Entire Royal Family

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A senior religious leader in Iran has threatened to execute Saudi Arabia’s royal family in response to the killing of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday. Senior Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami promised to exact revenge on the Saudi royal family on Iranian television on Saturday, stating: “I see no reason to doubt that his pure blood is going to color the Saudi royal house and obliterate them from the history books.” Speisa.com reports: “The execution of Sheikh Nimr is part of a criminal pattern that this faithless family stands for. The Islamic world must stand up and condemn this shamef... more »

ISIS Execute 5 ‘British Spies’ & Threaten UK Invasion In New Video

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
ISIS have issued a terror threat to the UK in a new video which purportedly shows the execution of five alleged British spies. In the video, which is as yet unverified, a masked gunman speaking in a British accent describes the Prime Minister David Cameron as an “imbecile” before apparently shooting the hostages accused of spying for the British security services. There are also threats made against the UK government and its citizens. British intelligence have said they are examining the authenticity of the tape, but will not comment on whether the featured victims ever worked under... more »

A NASA Whistleblower Says “Somebody Else” Is On The Moon

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A NASA whistleblower has come forward claiming that there is extraterrestrial activity on the moon, and that NASA have been hiding this fact for years. George Leonard is one of the latest NASA personnel to come forward suggesting such a theory. He and others claim that there are alien bases on the moon, and that photographs and film footage were hidden or destroyed by NASA in an attempt to coverup this information from the public. Collective-evolution.com reports: Multiple NASA personnel have made some pretty shocking claims about the Moon. George Leonard, a NASA scientist and phot...more »

Iran-Saudi Crisis Could Escalate Into A ‘Holy War’ Expert Warns

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A Middle East expert has warned that the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia may lead to a larger holy war in the Middle East, escalating to World War 3. Russian Middle East expert Vladimir Ahmedov says that following the Saudi execution of Iran’s prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, and with Iran’s Supreme Leader promising “divine vengeance” against the Saudi regime, a war between the Sunnis and Shiites could happen. Sputniknews.com reports: Considered a terrorist by Saudi authorities for his criticism of the government, calls for free elections and demands that authorities resp... more »

Trump: Hillary And Obama Created ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters that both Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration were to blame for the creation of ISIS during a campaign rally in Mississippi on Saturday night. The Republican presidential candidate told the crowd that he had previously told the American government to bomb the oil assets belonging to ISIS before Russia began doing so. “I’ve predicted a lot of things, you have to say, including, ‘Get the oil, take the oil, keep the oil.’ Right? I’ve been saying that for three years, and everybody said, ‘Oh, I can’t do that. I mean, this is a sovereign ... more »

Iran Threatens ‘Harsh Revenge’ Following Saudi Execution

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards have warned Saudi Arabia that they will suffer a “harsh revenge” following the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Iran have warned that “the unjustly spilled blood of this oppressed martyr will no doubt soon show its effect and divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians.” Express.co.uk reports: The move appeared to end any hopes that the common enemy of ISIS could lead to rapprochement between the two countries. Nimr was considered a terrorist by Riyadh but hailed in Iran as a champion of the rights of Saudi Arabia’s marginalised Shia Muslim ... more »

Israel Claim That ISIS Are In Gaza

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Israel are now claiming that ISIS are in Gaza after a rocket attack from Gaza hit Israel, causing no damage. In response, the Israeli Air Force attacked four military locations in Gaza on Saturday, confirming that they “targeted two Hamas military training facilities and two other military sites,” according to reports. Thejc.com reports: This attack was a direct response to five rockets launched from Gaza on Friday, for which Daesh-affiliated terrorist organisation Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis took credit. The two projectiles which made it to Israel landed in Sha’ar Hanegev in the north-we... more »

Everyone Wants To Put A Military Base In Djibouti

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Tim Mak, Daily Beast*: *Inside The Tiny Police State With Seven Armies* *Forces from America, Japan, France, Germany, Italy—and soon, even China—are crammed into the dirt-poor Djibouti. Good luck asking the locals if they like all the attention.* There’s a smell of sewage out on the beaches outside, juxtaposed with tangerine, sunset views glimmering atop the murky waves. Looking southward across the warm waters of the Gulf of Aden, whale sharks congregate en masse to feed in the fall and winter. I’m watching through massive glass windows in the lobby of the Sheraton hotel, an oas... more »

"How It Always Was, Is, And Will Be"

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