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Friday, January 8, 2016

8 Jan - Blogs I'm Following

Young Snowy Owl on the tundra at Barrow Alaska.Young Snowy Owl on the tundra at Barrow Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:30pm MST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 seconds ago
A U.S. Air Force C-17 prepares to depart Iraq with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Jan. 8, 2016. During the trip, Dunford met with U.S. and coalition leaders in Germany, Iraq and Turkey to assess the progress of counter-ISIL efforts. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

The Four Freedoms and The Economic Bill of Rights

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 minutes ago
"It is our duty now to begin to lay plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high the general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people, whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth – is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed and insecure. This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights – among them the right of free speech, free press, free... more »

Beautiful Snowy Owl Caught on Traffic Cam in Montreal, Canada

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 minutes ago
I've seen these beauties in the real world. And they are every bit as awesome as they appear in the video and image below. What's interesting about the Snowy Owl? It has always been known as an Arctic Circle Bird. *Residing in the Arctic Circle.* But, it has moved further and further south. They have been around these parts for about 3 years now? Causing quite a stir when they first appeared. It seemed the colder the winter here in Southern Ontario, the more Arctic Birds we had? *Snowy Owl fly by:* *Our Niagara: Snowy Owl in Niagara on the Lake* St. Catharines photographe... more »

This Map Illustrates The Growing Proxy War Between Iran And Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 30 minutes ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Emmanuel Pene/Agathocle de Syracuse/The Maghreb and Orient Courier *Business Insider*: *This map shows the brewing proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia* Throughout the wider Middle East, numerous countries are being wracked by unrest and civil conflict. And, in a majority of the conflicts, the ongoing crises can be seen as an expansion of a proxy war between two of the region's main powers. On the one hand, Shiite Iran has been expanding its influence in Iraq and Yemen while trying to keep its influence in Syria intact through the support of the Sy... more »

Joe Sestak-- A Critical Thinker Who's Never Going To Turn Into A Schumercrat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
A Schumercrat, a Democrat and a Republican When I first met Joe Sestak, he was overcoming the opposition of DCCC chairman Rahm Emanuel to his run for Congress in 2006 against corrupt Republican slug Curt Weldon. Sestak ousted the entrenched incumbent 56-44%, which Emanuel was happy to take credit for. Sestak was in the first batch of candidates Blue America endorsed, a full decade ago. He was completely organized and expected the people who worked for him worked as hard as he did-- just the right kind of candidate. Once he entered Congress, he always seemed like a pretty good congres... more »

Is Saudi Arabia More Dangerous Than Iran?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
A region on the brink. (Reuters/Danish Ismail) *Saeed Khan, Quartz:* *Iran is dangerous—but Saudi Arabia is even worse* Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr was designed to provoke Iran into an expansion of military engagement. That’s an unsettling strategy–but true nonetheless. The initial reaction to the kingdom’s decision was relatively minor—a few Molotov cocktails were lobbed at its embassy in Tehran. But a chain reaction of diplomatic fallout has unfolded over the past few days. Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic relations with Iran; oil allies ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 hour ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* China's Largest Bank Is Mystery Buyer Of Massive 1,500 Ton Gold Vault In London "Death To Saudi Arabia": Thousands Of Iranians Pour Into The Streets In Anti-Saudi Protests Doctors Urge California Residents "Leave Now...While You Can" As Gas Leak Fears Grow "Ms. Merkel Invited Me": Refugee Sex Assaults Reported In Finland, Switzerland, Austria The Hedge Fund Known As The Swiss National Bank Posts A Record $23 Billion Loss, Down 4%, On EUR, AAPL, VRX In Q4 When 282,000 Average Jobs Were Supposedly Added, The Atlanta Fed Sees GDP At A Paltry 0.8% Here's footage of ... more »

The CDC needs to take a good look at the scientific evidence on salt

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 2 hours ago
A publication called Healthline has a CDC report up which claims, “Americans are consuming too much salt.” The trouble, according to the CDC, is that Americans eat a lot of processed foods which are loaded with sodium. *A **new report** from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that roughly 90 percent of people in the United States — regardless of age, race, or gender — consume more than the 2,300 mg daily recommended amount of sodium. That’s only a teaspoon of table salt.* *CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden called it “alarming” that nine out of 10 adults a... more »

Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - Is your passion for eating healthy foods manifesting into an eating disorder? The post Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder appeared first on Waking Times.

This Was The Moment When President Obama Decided Not To Intervene In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) walks with Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, through the colonnade of the White House in Washington February 12, 2013. *Business Insider:* *This was the moment Obama decided not to intervene in Syria* US President Barack Obama decided to delay launching airstrikes against the Syrian government in 2013 during a walk in the White House garden with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, according to an in-depth profile of McDonough from Politico Magazine's Glenn Thrush. After Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces killed more than 1,300... more »

Iraq Official Says US Is Aiding ISIS - NO Shock Here!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
It is so amazing how people are still badly brainwashed by the Jew spew media lies, especially when the lying sack of crap reporters continue to push forward their phoney stories concerning that very fraudulent "terrorist" group called "ISIS"..... I and others have tried for years now to show hard evidence that this "ISIS" is absolutely not a "threat" to anyone, and is nothing more than a pure piece of US/Israel propaganda to strike fear into the general public... Sadly too many gullible people fall for that fear and are blindly willing to surrender their very freedoms for the LIE o... more »

Almost 5 Years After Libya Was Destroyed By US/Israel/NATO Cabal, What That Nation Looks Like Now

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
It was the summer of 2011when the Rothschild banking criminal cartel that runs the European Union demanded that their slaves and minions basically go into Libya and not only have that peaceful and prosperous nation destroyed, but to have Muhammar Ghadaffi murdered and his several hundred tons of Gold Bullion confiscated.... It was a preplanned brutal attack basically because Ghadaffi, in spite of the lies coming out by the Jew spew media that he was "evil", was the greatest leader the Libyan people had ever known and was working for the betterment of the Libyans which of course was s... more »

Republican Establishment Ready To Give Up Yet?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Thursday saw Herr Trumpf trolling tweeting out helpful suggestions to the opponents he wants to bury: Jeb should stop being ashamed he's a Bush, Cruz should start a court case about his eligibility. One of the *NY Times*' resident wing-nuts, Ross Douthat, started his column Thursday by flatly stating that Herr Trumpf "isn’t going to be the Republican nominee." People in his world think he's delusional. After all, the Republican Party establishment doesn't seem to have what Douthat refers to as "a coherent plan to cut into his support." He gets some solace from Joe Trippi's observ... more »

The U.S. Air War Against The Islamic State Is Expanding

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *How the Air Force war against the Islamic State has expanded, in one graphic* New statistics released by the Air Force suggest the air war against the Islamic State militant group is expanding — perhaps even more so than most observers realize. For only the second time since Operation Inherent Resolve began in August 2014, the service dropped more than 3,000 munitions in one month in December. The other time? The month prior, in November 2015. The statistics are available online, but Checkpoint has compiled them in this chart for easier understanding. A caveat... more »

Tonight's Movie Is A Farewell to Arms (1957)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *YouTube*: Set against the backdrop of the Italian front during World War I, an American Army volunteer (Rock Hudson) meets a British nurse (Jennifer Jones) on the eve of the big offensive in the Alps and they fall passionately in love. Torn apart, then reunited, they escape to Switzerland to await the birth of their child - and the tragic conclusion to their once-in-a-lifetime romance.

Musical Interlude: Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf_dQk9iaSY

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Often imaged but rarely mentioned, Messier 43 is a large star forming region in its own right. It's just part of the star forming complex of gas and dust that includes the larger, more famous neighboring Messier 42, the Great Orion Nebula. In fact, the Great Orion Nebula itself lies off the lower edge of this scene. The close-up of Messier 43 was made while testing the capabilities of a near-infrared instrument with one of the twin 6.5 meter Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes. *Click image for larger size.* The composite image shifts the otherwise i... more »

Chet Raymo, “Tread Softly”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Tread Softly”* by Chet Raymo “It has become something of a habit here to comment on the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), usually to call attention to something not mentioned in the caption. Recently it was Kemble's Cascade, an unusual (and accidental) alignment of about twenty stars in the constellation Camelopardalis (the Giraffe), now high in the northern sky in the evening. (Click to enlarge.) First, note that none of the stars in this view are likely to be seen with the naked eye. There are no stars in the constellation brighter than the 4th magnitude, which means from a t... more »

"Questioning Everything: Keeping Our Minds Supple"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Questioning Everything: Keeping Our Minds Supple"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Being open-minded means that we are willing to question everything, including those things we take for granted. A lot of people feel threatened if they feel they are being asked to question their cherished beliefs or their perception of reality. Yet questioning is what keeps our minds supple and strong. Simply settling on one way of seeing things and refusing to be open to other possibilities makes the mind rigid and generally creates a restrictive and uncomfortable atmosphere. We all know someone w... more »

Satire: “Poll: Republicans Would Rather Actually Be Shot by Gun Than Agree with Obama”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Poll: Republicans Would Rather Actually * *Be Shot by Gun Than Agree with Obama”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “A day after President Obama held a nationally televised town hall about guns in America, a new poll shows that a majority of Republicans would rather actually be shot by a firearm than agree with him.In an indication of the challenges facing the President in persuading Republicans, those surveyed named a wide variety of specific guns that they would choose to be personally shot by rather than seeing eye to eye with Obama. When asked to state their p... more »

Jan 8: Justin is turning out as I expected.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
“P.M. told to deepen ties to Saudi Arabia.” The advice comes from 'federal officials'. And if we are being told about it, it's a safe bet it's because we're being softened up to expect it to happen. Why should we deepen ties to Saudi Arabia? Well, it's a powerful state in the Persian Gulf. It's oil rich, and that would guarantee our energy future. There's really nothing in this story about people, about their needs, about the effect this would be likely to have on us. It's really about the interests of people who have a lot of money. In that respect, the values in this proposal are ... more »

Agribusiness And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 5 hours ago
This article was originally published on 28 April 2015 Global Research, RINF, Countercurrents, CounterPunch Request for support US citizens constitute 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of global energy. On average, one person in the US consumes as much energy as two Japanese, six Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians and 370 Ethiopians. The US is able to consume at such a level because the dollar serves as the world reserve currency. This means high demand for it is guaranteed as most international trade (especially oil) is carr... more »

A common example of how crazy our system of justice can be

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 5 hours ago
The president of the United States stole his dog's football? You know you are a leftist if you think we should not be holding unmedicated psychotic people in locked psychiatric facilities. You know you are a rightist if you think crazy people who commit crazy crimes belong in prison. You know you are sane if you think our system is crazy. A fairly good example of a crazy person who is going to go to prison but should have been kept in a locked psychiatric facility is Scott D. Stockert of Dickinson, North Dakota. Here is what the Washington Post reports he is accused of doing: *O... more »

Scientists Say Yellowstone May Be About To Blow, Killing Millions

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Scientists at the site of “supervolcano” Yellowstone have warned that there is a chance the volcano could erupt this volcano season, which would end up killing millions of people worldwide, and devastating the planet. The scientists have warned that instances of volcanic eruptions are their highest for 300 years at the moment, and there is a 10% change of Yellowstone erupting this year. Experts at the European Science Foundation have pointed out that Super-volcanoes like the one at Yellowstone National Park, pose a much greater threat to Earth and humans than asteroids, earthquakes... more »

NASA Images Show Ancient Human Settlement In Antarctica

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
New NASA photographs by Operation IceBridge Mission in Antarctica has revealed what some experts believe to be the existence of an ancient human settlement lying beneath 2.3 kilometers of ice. The groundbreaking discovery was made during aircraft test trials of NASA’s Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) lidar technology set to be launched on the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) in 2017, that sets out to monitor changes in polar ice. “There’s very little margin for error when it comes to individual photons hitting on individual fiber optics, that ... more »

NASA Claim “Dozens” Of Advanced Civilisations Existed Before Us

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A new NASA study suggests that dozens of previous advanced civilisations much like ours once existed on Earth, but they all came to an abrupt end. The study suggests that humanity as we know it could come to an end in the next few decades based on patterns they have seen with previous civilisations on Earth. Fabweb.org reports: If we look back in history, 3000 – 5000 years, we will find a historical record that clearly shows us how advanced and complex civilizations were just as susceptible to collapse as we are today. This ongoing pattern has led researchers to question the future... more »

After 20,000 US bombs On Daesh, Recruitment Numbers Remain Same

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The Pentagons numbers for US success in bombing Daesh terrorists in Syria does not add up, according to a report. For every terrorist killed by the US air campaign in Syria another is recruited to take his place. Sputnik reports: Since the US began military operations in Syria, the Pentagon’s strategy has been to kill every individual associated with the Daesh terrorist group, also known as IS/the Islamic State. “If you’re part of ISIL, we will kill you. That’s our rule,” Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters earlier this week. Most importantly ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Joshua Keating, Slate*: *Destroying Towns to Save Them From ISIS* In 1968, following the heavy U.S. bombing of the Viet Cong–held city of Ben Tre, the Associated Press’ Peter Arnett quoted an anonymous U.S. major saying, “it became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” Though some have disputed the veracity of the quote, it became one of the iconic utterances of the Vietnam War, symbolizing the U.S. military’s indifference to civilian casualties. The line comes to mind after reading the New York Times’ description Thursday of Ramadi, which was mostly retaken by U.S.-backed I...more »

Doctors Tell California Residents “Leave Now”, Amid Deadly Gas Leak

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Following California Governor Jerry Brown’s state of emergency declaration on Wednesday due to the unstoppable methane gas leak, doctors in Southern California have warned residents that they must get out of California in order to avoid getting ill. The gas leak, originating from Aliso Canyon, is spewing out a plume of toxic chemicals all over Los Angeles county, and according to Los Angeles City Councilman, Mitchell Englander, the disaster amounts to a “BP oil spill on land, in a populated community“. Zerohedge.com reports: Aliso Canyon sits less than two and a half miles from Por... more »

News Censor Footage Of Bill Clinton Being Asked About Rape Claims

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
An MSNBC news report edited out footage of a Daily Caller reporter confronting Bill Clinton on Juanita Broaddrick’s claims that Clinton had raped her. The Thursday afternoon broadcast featured the exchange between Bill Clinton and the reporter in its entirety during an earlier segment. Clinton was asked about Broaddrick in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a speech he gave in support of his wife’s presidential campaign. Freebeacon.com reports: The reporter, according to the Daily Caller, was its own Kerry Picket. In an article entitled “Bill Clinton Avoids Reporter’s Question About Ree... more »

Fake Tears And The Demolition Of The U.S. Constitution

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
President Obama was caught shedding fake crocodile tears during his speech on exercising his executive powers to ‘curb’ gun control earlier this week. Let’s face it, the NWO cabal has no choice but to use every trick of the political trade to legislate their unconstitutional gun control laws any way they can. Since the House is onto Obama’s cat ‘n’ mouse game, he is forced to ‘legislate’ via executive order. In so doing Obama has cast himself as the single most lawless president in U.S. history. As a result, he is stacking up a record of tyranny that only King George III might en... more »

Obama Vetoes Congress Obamacare Repeal

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
President Obama has vetoed a bill by Congress that aimed at repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. In a defiant veto message on Friday, the President said, “because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto.” Presstv.com reports: The president blasted the Republicans in Congress, who he said “have attempted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act over 50 times.” “Rather than refighting old political battles by once again voting to repeal basic protections that provide security for the ... more »

Iran: The Saudi Collapse Is Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A senior Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards in Iran has said that Saudi Arabia is on the brink of collapse following the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. General Hossein Salami warned on Friday that “The Al Saud will collapse in the near future if it keeps on its sectarian policies in the region,” adding that the “Saudi rulers will be buried under the avalanche that they have created”. Farsnews.com reports: General Salami’s remarks came after the Saudi government executed prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr on Saturday and sparked angry protes... more »

Overnight Hillary Email Dump: A Potential Smoking Gun

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to the world's major problems.] The State Department overnight released another 3,007 emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. According to State, this batch contains an additional 66 messages deemed classified at some level. However... more »

Congress Wastes No Opportunity to Grovel for Aerospace Industry

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Congressional Republicans are demanding more funding for America’s missile defense programs, even where there are records of their historic failures and ineffectiveness. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has the latest information on whom and for what lawmakers are lobbying.

I Am Not Afraid........The words of Joan Of Arc

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Source: *Quotes Booth G+*

A Note on Laura Kuenssberg and the BBC

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Bloody BBC, or Bastards Broadcasting Conservatism as they shall henceforth be known. They're biased against the Labour Party and will do anything to wreck Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, and derail the radical hopes his election has unleashed. That anything includes colluding/orchestrating the on-air resignation of Stephen Doughty (who?) from his shadow ministerial post moments before Prime Minister's Questions this Wednesday lunch time. According to the BBC's own (now withdrawn) *Daily Politics* blog post, Just before 9am we learned from Laura Kuenssberg, who comes on the programme ev... more »

R I S E !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

World News Briefs -- September 8, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Mexico recaptures drug boss 'Chapo' Guzman, president says* Mexico recaptured the world's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman with U.S. help in a violent standoff on Friday, six months after he humiliated President Enrique Pena Nieto by tunneling out of a maximum security prison. Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and who Pena Nieto first caught in February 2014, was captured in an early morning raid that killed five in the city of Los Mochis in the drug baron's native state of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico. "Mission accomplished: We have him," P... more »

The Pope’s Agonizing Dilemma

Catholic Herald at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis - 400] A new year, in the Church as elsewhere, is a time to take stock of past progress and evaluate future prospects. In the Vatican, as the Christmas festivities recede and the activities of the Curia resume their normal pace, all... Continue reading *“The Pope’s Agonizing Dilemma”* at *catholicherald.co.uk*.

Armed Group Not Ready to End Wildlife Refuge Occupation

MANUEL VALDES at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Ryan Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, walks to a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, near Burns, Ore. A small, armed group occupying the wildlife preserve has said repeatedly that local people should control federal lands, but critics say the lands are already managed to help everyone from ranchers to recreationalists.] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to protest federal land management policies said Friday he and his followers are not ready to leave even though ... more »

Marine General Predicts Lower Standards for Women in Combat

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: military general - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top Marine general says he believes the military will eventually be pressured to lower standards for women if any significant number of them could advance in combat jobs like the Marine infantry. Gen. John Kelly, head... more »

Search For Survivors Stops After Missing Nordic Plane Found

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The mingled wreckage of a Bombardier CRJ 200 plane has been found after it disappeared from radar between Norway and Sweden. The converted freighter was on a mail transport flight when it sent out a distress signal at 11:31pm Thursday night. Rescue workers say there is no chance of finding any survivors at the crash site in the Swedish Lapland. The two pilots had taken off from the Norwegian airport of Gardermoen to transport mail to Tromsø, northern Norway. The Local Norway reports: West Atlantic — the plane’s operator — did not immediately identify the crew but said that the capta...more »

Jet Stream Changes Bringing In Much Colder Weather

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 7 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/north-atlantic-ssts-dropping-sharply/ Back on 29th December, I ran the animation of the forecast jet stream from netweather.tv. These showed the jet stream, moving much further south from the end of December position, that had persistently brought strong winds and a mild, moist airflow up from the south west. It was this […]

Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Guzman’s Capture a Victory for Citizens of US, Mexico

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto posted on his Twitter account, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, that drug lord Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman has been recaptured.] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who was recaptured six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison: (all times local) 3:22 p.m. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling the... more »

Personal Video Message 2: Freedom’s Foundation

James Robison at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Personal Video Message 2: Freedom’s Foundation] In this second in a series of video shorts, The Stream‘s founder and publisher James Robison discusses freedom’s foundation, our Ten Principles and his historic high-five with Pope Francis. Yesterday, James answered the question, “Why The Stream?”

Science retracting paper by chemists cut off from NSF funding

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 7 hours ago
The National Science Foundation will no longer fund a pair of chemists who “recklessly falsified data,” according to a report from the NSF’s Office of Inspector General, unless they “take specific actions to address issues” in a 2004 Science paper. That paper is going to be retracted as soon as possible, Science told us. The co-authors that […] The post Science retracting paper by chemists cut off from NSF funding appeared first on Retraction Watch.

scum of the earth

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

Men Waving Black ISIS Flags Attack Hotel Resort In Egypt

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Suspected Islamic State militants waving the black flag of ISIS have stormed a hotel beach resort in the Egyptian city of Hurghada. Three men waving black ISIS flags attacked the Bella Vista Hotel by the Red Sea with guns and knives. According to reports they opened fire at the entrance to the hotel. At least three tourists were stabbed by the attackers, who arrived at the resort by boat. The Express reports: .The assailants travelled by sea to carry out the shocking attack in the upmarket Bella Vista hotel which is popular with European tourists. Three tourists, two from Austria a... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Cusco, "Power Drums"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Not authentic or traditional Native American music, but fast paced, heart pounding new age sound. “Apurimac III: Nature- Spirit Pride” is an album by the German cross-cultural new age band Cusco. All tracks on this album are related to the Native American cultures of North America. The beats, chants, and flute works depict a Native American musical style, though are made more accessible to modern ears through the use of overtly synthesized instrumentation and percussive rhythms. Beautiful art are images of paintings by J.D. Challenger, Frank Howell, and Howard Terpning.” - https://... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Environmental Update, 1/8/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*California Methane Catastrophe:* • "Doctors Sound Alarm As State Of Emergency Declared Over CA Gas Leak: Leave Now" • State of Emergency now underway for L.A. gas blowout — Oil begins raining down on homes — Official: “It’s on the brink of pandemonium” — Many worry plume will ignite, cause explosion — Concern over geysers, sinkholes being created — Company: Experts have “never seen anything like this” (VIDEO) • “Governor Brown Declares A State Of Emergency” ◆ *Bridgeton, Missouri **Landfill **Radiation Fire: * "The Looming Environmental Disaster In Missouri That Nobody Is Talking Ab... more »

Mohawk Activist 'Splitting the Sky' Foreboding words about his own death

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
"Please, if someone tells you that I died from a slip and fall – don’t fall for it!" ~ Splitting the Sky Uploaded on Mar 17, 2009 Splitting the Sky was Arrested March 17th 2009 at a protest against George W. Bush during his visit in Calgary Alberta Canada. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SPLITTING-THE-SKY Posted on March 15, 2013

Here's A Bizarre Mix Of Hyper-Partisan Gun Nonsense From Alabama, Mississippi And The Part-Time Governor Of New Jersey

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Outside of Mississippi, not many people know who GOP backbencher Steven Palazzo is. He beat the odious Blue Dog Gene Taylor in southeast Mississippi's deep red district (R+21) and then faded away, except for one ugly incident. His district-- which includes Biloxi, Pascagoula and Gulfport, his hometown-- was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Over 200 people died and dozens are still listed as missing. Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties looked like war zones and the economic consequences are still barely calculable, tens of billions of dollars just in Palazzo's district.... more »

US Presidential Candidates Want The Sunni Arabs To Form A Coalition to Fight The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Joe Gould, Defense News:* *US Presidential Candidates Want a Sunni Arab Coalition to Fight ISIS. They Need a Reality Check.* *America Deems ISIS A Major Threat, But To Saudi Arabia And Gulf States The Priority Is Iran* WASHINGTON — Several US presidential candidates from both parties share a bullet point in their plans to fight the Islamic State group while limiting American ground troops’ involvement: Build a coalition of Sunni Arab nations to help shoulder the effort. Unfortunately, there is a wide gap between this attractive idea and the muddy reality of Middle Eastern politic... more »

Over 1,000 Arrested After FBI Hacks World’s Largest Child Porn Site

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Using hacking methods never seen before in the history of law enforcement, the FBI have hacked the dark web, infiltrating the largest remaining known child pornography service in the world. A new report has revealed that the FBI secretly took control of a child porn website early last year and began infecting visitors with malware to identify around 1,300 individuals who had allegedly logged-on using software designed to browse the Internet anonymously. RT reports: The site, known as ‘Playpen’, launched in August 2014 and allowed users to sign up and upload images, primarily for “the... more »

Why Is The Islamic State Difficult To Beat?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Image grab taken from a video published by the media branch of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Raqa province (Welayat Raqa) on Jan. 3, 2016, purportedly shows an English-speaking IS fighter speaking to the camera at an undisclosed location. *Sharon Behn, Voice of America*: *Why Is Islamic State So Hard to Beat?* WASHINGTON—Islamic State extremists have been bombed, strafed, derided and pushed back, yet they fight on. “For ISIS, in very plain English, they don’t give a s--- (don't care),” said Cyril Widdershoven, a Middle East and North Africa security specialist based in the N... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

First Nations prepare for arrests to stop Site C Dam

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Indigenous Land Stewards standing in the path of the Site C mega dam First Nations Prepare for Arrest to Stop Site C Dam  Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land call on Trudeau to stop megadam in B.C.’s Peace Valley Press statement ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT CAMP – January 7, 2016 -- First Nations members camped out at an historic fort site slated for destruction by the Site C dam say they are

U.S. Expert Hillary Mann Leverett On Saudi Arabia-Iran Tensions, And What Washington Should Do About It

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
"And now, a word from the President! Damn it feels good to be a gangsta Gettin voted into the White House Everything lookin good to the people of the world But the Mafia family is my boss So every now and then I owe a favor gettin' down like lettin' a big drug shipment through And send 'em to the poor community So we can bust you know who So voters of the world keep supportin' me And I promise to take you very far Other leaders better not upset me Or I'll send a million troops to die at war" - *Geto Boys, "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta"* "Drug money laundering in support of Al Qaeda... more »

Ted Cruz is Nixon, Not Goldwater

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: 1Ted_Cruz_by_Gage_Skidmore_6] The lazy conventional wisdom is that Ted Cruz is the new Barry Goldwater, doomed to suffer an electoral landslide defeat should he win the Republican nomination. Not only is this wrong about Cruz’s general-election chances, it may compare Cruz to... more »

White House To Overhaul Efforts To Combat Online Propaganda From The Islamic State And Other Militant Groups

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
View More: U.S. News|Live News|More News Videos *Washington Post*: *Obama administration plans shake-up in propaganda war against the Islamic State* The Obama administration is overhauling its faltering efforts to combat the online propaganda of the Islamic State and other terror groups, U.S. officials said, reflecting rising White House frustration with largely ineffective efforts so far to cut into ISIS’ use of social media to draw recruits and incite attacks. Officials will create a new counter-terrorism task force, which will be based at the Department of Homeland Security but... more »

BREAKING: Liberal channel airs Trump once again!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016This is the business they've chosen:* Last night, MSNBC faced a business problem. President Obama was staging a town hall meeting about guns. Traitorously, he was holding the meeting at 8 P.M. Eastern on CNN, MSNBC's corporate rival. What was the liberal channel to do? And then, of course! They had it at last! They would air the latest, utterly worthless speech by Candidate Trump! Hopefully, that would draw eyeballs away from Obama! Sure enough! When Hardball came on the air last night, the cable gods found Chris Matthews waiting for Trump to start his spe...more »

(LNG) British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission is not a Regulatory Body, Its an Energy Industry Gift Shop

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 8 hours ago
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/employment+grew+2015+highest+rate+canada/11639062/story.html "*The agency said British Columbia lost 7900 jobs last month, mostly full-time positions"* *____________* (*LNG) British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission is not a Regulatory Body, Its an Energy Industry Gift Shop* *Written by Grant G* There has been lots of news on the British Columbia LNG industry as of late...And, the news has been bad, really bad.. Mr. Jarvis, the executive director of Energy Services B.C. stated last week, and I quote.. "*2015 has been the worst year in ov... more »

A New Resource

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
My colleague Ariel Pakes alerts me to a new website that should be of interest to readers of this blog: *Microeconomic Insights *provides accessible summaries of high quality microeconomic research which informs the public about microeconomic issues that are, or should be, in the public’s eye. It aims to disseminate the results of published microeconomic research that either improves the foundations for economic policy-making or furthers our understanding of how economics interacts with the environment we live in. Its goal is to bridge the gap between academic research and the pub... more »

Philadelphia Police: Attacker ‘Tried to Execute’ Officer, Pledged Allegiance to the Islamic State

The Washington Post at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: terrorist - 413] A police officer in Philadelphia was shot multiple times late Thursday by an attacker who later said he had pledged loyalty to the Islamic State, officials said Friday. Authorities described the attack as a brazen assassination attempt on a quiet West Philadelphia intersection and... Continue reading *“Philadelphia Police: Attacker ‘Tried to Execute’ Officer, Pledged Allegiance to the Islamic State”* at *washingtonpost.com*.

Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal Obamacare, Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

DARLENE SUPERVILLE at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Obama veto - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so “would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving health care in America.”... more »

Can Marco Rubio Appeal to Evangelicals?

Roll Call at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio - 400] While Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are leading among evangelicals in national polls, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is making open appeals to them ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission... Continue reading *“Can Marco Rubio Appeal to Evangelicals?”* at *atr.rollcall.com*.

Pawn In Their Game: Y'allQaeda, Baronial Land Grabs & the Very Very Wealthy

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid* *And the marshals and cops get the same* *But the poor white man's used In the hands of them all like a tool ...He's only a pawn in their game.* *(h/t Peter Sinclair for the video)* *by Gaius Publius* Much is being made of the ginned-up "uprising" in Oregon — ginned up by outsiders like Ammon Bundy and other supposed yahoos too dumb or crazy to use spell-check or even engage their brains in working their prose. A sample of the Bundy brain at work: "Mr. Obama has portrayed himself as hope and change, the only hope he gave ... more »

Sanders Comes Out Against Charter Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Everyone knows that the Clintons have been long-time supporters of charter schools and corporate education "reform." Those who have been waiting for Bernie Sanders to take a public position on corporate welfare charter reform schools, wait no longer. From Haymarket, NH on Jan. 3: "I'm not in favor of privately-run charter schools," Sanders said to applause at the Jan. 3 event. "If we are going to have a strong democracy and be competitive globally, we need the best educated people in the world. And I believe in public education. I went to public schools my whole life. I think rath... more »

Cologne Police Chief Fired Over Handling Of New Years Eve Assaults

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*DW*: *Cologne police chief sent into provisional retirement after NYE assaults* Cologne's head of police has been suspended after allegations he withheld information on the New Year's Eve sexual assaults. The state's interior minister said to expect more details from the investigation next week. The city's police chief, Wolfgang Albers, was provisionally relieved of his duties, North Rhine Westphalia's Interior Minister Ralf Jäger told journalists in the state capital of Düsseldorf on Friday. "This step is important so that public trust and the Cologne police's ability to act can... more »

Breaking News: Mexican Drug Lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Has Been Captured

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is escorted by soldiers after a previous capture on 22 February 2014. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters *The Guardian*: *Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' recaptured, president says* President tweets ‘We’ve got him’ six month after notorious drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán made elaborate escape from maximum-security prison Mexico’s president has announced the recapture of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, whose escape in July from a maximum-security prison humiliated the country’s government President Enrique Peña Nieto made the ann... more »

Kids are very perceptive... How would Hillary Clinton feel?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Thanks to Theo Spark for the spot.

ISIS Militant Kills Mother on Group’s Orders, Activists Say

The New York Times at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Shadow of Gun to Head] BEIRUT, Lebanon -- An Islamic State militant executed his own mother in front of a post office in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa this week, Syrian activists said on Friday, with one monitoring organization adding that the problems began when... Continue reading *“ISIS Militant Kills Mother on Group’s Orders, Activists Say”* at *nytimes.com*.

Hitler’s Nazi Party Racism Revisited In Mein Kampf

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Adolf Hitler’s genocidal vision for a pure Aryan race has been resurrected in book-form for the first time in 70 years. Hitler’s Mein Kampf is a 1925 book outlining the future German Fuhrer’s vision for a world free from global Jewish and communist conspiracies. It allowed the rising star of Germany to get a foothold in the establishment during the 1920’s by voicing his concerns and grievances against what he perceived to be threats to Germany. By the time of the great financial crash of the 1920’s originating from Wall street, the future Nazi leader was well on his way in justifying... more »

Bill Bonner, "A Cynic's Guide to Insensitivity: How to Unleash Your Inner Bigot"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“How to Unleash Your Inner Bigot…”* by Bill Bonner DUBLIN – “Rugs are oriental. Restaurants are oriental,” one of the boys corrected us over Christmas. “People from the Orient are Asian. And by the way,” he continued, “using the word ‘retard’ is politically incorrect, too. It’s regarded as insensitive.” Sensitivity may be a useful quality. But like government and heroin, it quickly reaches the point of declining marginal utility. But we’ll come back to that… below. *2008, Redux: *Billionaire speculator George Soros has joined those of us who anticipate another 2008-style crisis. ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Druglord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Arrested 6 Months After Prison Break

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been arrested, the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on Friday. His announcement via a Spanish, the tweet stated: “Mission accomplished : we have it. I want to inform Mexicans Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested” Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido. — Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016 According to KTLA information on his capture was not made immediately available, but in a subsequent tweet, Nieto thanked the Security Cabinet of the Government of the Republ... more »

“Hogs To Slaughter”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Hogs To Slaughter”* by Hardscrabble Farmer “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.” – Author Unknown “A couple of months ago I got a call from the dispatcher at our local police department. She said that she’d gotten a report that there was a pig on the main road and wondered if it was one of mine. I was pretty sure it wasn’t and after a quick head count determined that it wasn’t, but as is often the case with stray livestock in our neighborhood I volunteered to go round it up. I forget what I was doing at the time, but that was pretty much the end of my work day as I made my way d... more »

Suspect Who Tried To Execute A Philadelphia Police Officer Cited His Pledged Of Allegiance To The Islamic State As The Reason

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN*: *Police: Officer shooting suspect pledges allegiance to ISIS* The 30-year-old man suspected of shooting and injuring a Philadelphia police officer Thursday night said that he pledges his allegiance to the Islamic State, and that is the reason that he committed the shooting, an official said at a police news conference Friday. Philadelphia police Officer Jesse Hartnett shouted desperately into his police radio after someone, authorities say, approached his patrol car and shot him as he sat there Thursday night. "Shots fired! ... I'm bleeding heavily!" Hartnett shouts in a re... more »

Poonenamook.... and a Memo from a Great Uncle

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*A First Nations man at time of Contact* Two items arrived in my e-mail In-basket this morning. A relative, who is a geneology and history buff, shared these two glimpses of days gone by in Canada with our extended family...which is scattered across Canada and beyond our borders. Here is the first: *Poonenamook* * The message from Moosonee was crisp and to the point: ‘We are going across the river at 10….I can send an update then’. It was 8:15 am on Friday November 13th, 2015 when Mary Jo Wabano sent the text to me. When she crossed the Moose River to Moose Factory Island ... more »

"Rise Like Lions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Rise like Lions after slumber, * *In unvanquishable number; * *Shake your chains to earth like dew, * *Which in sleep had fallen on you. * *Ye are many; They are few."* - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Could a bad time with you be considred a war crime

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
Yes I say cause I love you more than everyone in Bavaria loved food more than overheating I have ever imagined is lost caus I love you that much For a chance to rape you I would join the Rag tribes if after constant wooing you did not want me inside My world orbits around you you are my constellation and moon shot there is no life for me if you do not provide the oxygen So we come from different worlds and we have alien ideas the warmth that hits me provides the heat to power the projection and baby that connections to me is proof that no matter what humanity might think we are destined... more »

Video: The Hitler Conspiracy in 10 Minutes

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Kristan T. Harris of The Rundown Live show discusses the Hitler Conspiracy giving the listener all they need to know in 10 Minutes He includes references to: the Rothschilds, Madame Helena Blavatsky, the secret doctrine, ISIS Unveiled, the balfour declaration, Vril Society, Freemasonry, Bill cooper, Babylon, Dat mystery school, New world order, Hay, Albert Pike, Automatic hand, Morals and Dogma, Thule society, the occult, symbolism, heinrich himmler, alice bailey, luciferianism, Dietrich Eckart, Lord Bulwer-Lytton, Prescott Bush, Rockefeller, Illuminati, Antony Sutton, Federal reser...more »

“The 10 Principles Of Bubbles Show Why The Whole Planet's On Central Planner "Crack"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“The 10 Principles Of Bubbles Show Why * *The Whole Planet's On Central Planner "Crack"* by Harry Dent "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is." - Winston Churchill “The global markets just reacted to another 7% plunge in Chinese markets – the biggest bubble of our time. Go on the Internet and look up any article about China’s economy. Nine times out of 10 they’ll acknowledge the problems in overbuilding, real estate vacancies, rising debt and everything else. But they always take the position that China will be ab... more »

North Korea's Nuclear Test Raises Fears That Iran Will Benefit From Its Results

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (R) and Chairman of North Korea's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-NAM meet in Tehran on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Press TV (Iran) *Business Insider:* *North Korea's nuclear test reveals a major flaw with the Iran deal* *North Korea's fourth nuclear test could have been a crucial step toward Pyongyang developing thermonuclear capability — and a breakthrough for a second country with potential nuclear ambitions, as well.* Iran has established ties to the North Korean nuclear-weapons program. As ... more »

Turmeric’s ‘Smart Kill’ Properties Put Chemo & Radiation To Shame

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - A new study finds turmeric extract selectively and safely killing cancer stem cells in a way that chemo and radiation can not. The post Turmeric’s ‘Smart Kill’ Properties Put Chemo & Radiation To Shame appeared first on Waking Times.

Mountain Lion Found With Horn-Like Teeth In Idaho

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A mountain lion has been found in southeast Idaho, with a set of teeth sticking out of its forehead. The cougar was shot dead by an unidentified hunter last week, who reported the animal’s bizarre deformity to the authorities. Wildlife biologists are puzzled as to why the big cat had a second set of teeth growing out of the hard tissues of its forehead. The Daily Mail reports: Idaho conservation officers, who were sent a photograph of the kill, were shocked to find the year-old lion had a separate set of teeth growing out the left side of its forehead. Experts have not been able to ... more »

Is North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Playing One Super-Power Over The Other?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times:* *With Nuclear Test, North Korea’s Leader Asserts Role of Instigator* SEOUL, South Korea — The young leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has often been dismissed as inexperienced, erratic and even clueless. But with the North’s test of a nuclear bomb this week, Mr. Kim appears to have mastered a strategy that has served his reclusive country well: playing one big power against another. The nuclear test quickly increased tensions between the United States and China. In a strong rebuke on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry called China’s approach to North Kore... more »

South Korea Resumes Its Propaganda Broadcasts Against North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN:* *South Korea reactivates propaganda speakers as tensions with North rise* Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have once again ratcheted up as South Korea responds to its northern neighbor's latest antagonism. The South reactivated its propaganda speakers near its heavily fortified border with North Korea on Friday following Pyongyang's announcement about its purported H-bomb test earlier in the week. Seoul announced that, as of midday Friday local time (10 p.m. Thursday evening ET), it has resumed broadcasting propaganda using loudspeakers over th... more »

An interview with Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Yesterday I had to spend more time with the computer because someone was wrong on the Internet. ;-) A guy has emerged in an old thread on the Sleeping Beauty problem. I've reviewed all the important facts known to the halfers – no new information, the dangers of the sampling bias, absence of reason for an "egalitarian" probability distributions in random sets – while that "someone" repeated all the misconceptions and misleading talking points by the thirders. *"Šípková růženka" literally means "Dog-rose Rosie" in Czech. "Růženka" is an affectionate way to call Rosie. To make thing... more »

The Apocalypse: Predictions Of The End Of The World

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Dr. Rita Louise* - With so many failed predictions about the apocalypse, should we believe modern ones? The post The Apocalypse: Predictions Of The End Of The World appeared first on Waking Times.

SPECIAL CAMPAIGN CLOWN CAR REPORT: The New York Times finally cuts to the chase!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016Breaks silence on candidate's boots:* As we've noted in recent weeks, Candidate Trump released his formal budget proposal on September 28, 2015. Since that time, analyses by two respected non-partisan groups have helped establish a basic point. Trump has offered the craziest budget proposal in modern political history. Having said that, how odd! In the three months since Trump's proposal appeared, the New York Times hasn't reported the craziness of the proposal. If you read the hard-copy Times every day, you haven't read about the analyses by those two res... more »

17 Days to Al Gore’s ’10 Years to Save the Planet’ and ‘Point of No Return’ Warning

WUWT/Anthony Watts at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Al Gore] On January 25th, 2006, while at the Sundance film festival, screening An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore said this as chronicled in an article by CBS News: The former vice president came to town for the premiere of An Inconvenient Truth,... Continue reading *“17 Days to Al Gore’s ’10 Years to Save the Planet’ and ‘Point of No Return’ Warning”* at *wattsupwiththat.com*.

Worst College President of 2015 — Who Wins the Sheldon?

Minding the Campus at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: college campus - 400] We are reviving the Sheldon award for worst college president of the year. It is named for the late Sheldon Hackney, who presided over many college disasters, including Penn's water buffalo controversy and the theft of a complete edition of... Continue reading *“Worst College President of 2015 — Who Wins the Sheldon?”* at *mindingthecampus.org*.

UK Summons North Korean Ambassador Over Nuke Test

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Britain’s foreign ministry has summoned Hyon Hak Bong, the North Korean ambassador in London, to stress condemnation of Pyongyang’s reported nuclear test. Pyongyang said it had tested hydrogen bomb as a deterrent to curb potential aggression from the United States. “I summoned North Korea’s Ambassador today to stress in the strongest terms the UK’s condemnation of their nuclear test” minister Hugo Swire said in a Foreign Office statement. He added that the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. “This is a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, and the...more »

A Look At North Korea's Newly-Opened Science And Technology Center

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CNN:* *Inside North Korea: High-tech science center lauds nuclear advances* Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)At the Korean demilitarized zone, speakers are blasting propaganda and troops are massing, but in the heart of Pyongyang, talk is only of the purported success of North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test. As dictator Kim Jong Un celebrated his birthday, CNN, the only U.S. broadcaster operating in the country, spoke to North Koreans at the newly-opened Science and Technology Center. Architecture student Lee Won, visiting the center that is the public face of the government's push...more »

2015 Was Not Unusually Wet

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/monthly/HadEWP_monthly_qc.txt Contrary to various misleading claims, last year was not “one of the wettest” on record. In fact it only ranked 84th wettest since 1766, according to the England & Wales Precipitation Series, with 969mm, only marginally above the average of 918mm. As the 10-Year average shows, there have been […]

Follow-Up on PolitiFact, Where Iran Deal Facts Only Sort Of Matter

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 12 hours ago
Last month, the Tampa Bay Times' fact-checking site PolitiFact published an post debunking some outrageous claims made by presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz about the Iran deal. While PolitiFact's assessment of Cruz's claims were correct, a number of details about the deal itself, as presented in the article, were problematic. So I wrote my own article addressing these errors and

Delta Smelt and other fish species plummet to record low levels

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Photo of Delta Smelt courtesy of California Department of Water Resources Delta Smelt and other fish species plummet to record low levels  by Dan Bacher  Censored NewsFish species ranging from endangered Delta Smelt to Striped Bass continued to plummet to record low population levels in 2015, according to the annual fall survey report released on December 18 by the California

Misidentified DNA leads authors to retract zebrafish cholesterol paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Authors are retracting a 2012 paper on cholesterol metabolism in zebrafish after realizing it included a case of mistaken identity in a DNA sequence crucial to some aspects of the experiment. A postdoc misidentified the plasmid in question after failing to fully sequence it before including it in the experiment. A technician in the lab found […] The post Misidentified DNA leads authors to retract zebrafish cholesterol paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Saudi Crown Prince: 'War With Iran Will Not Happen'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Prince Mohammed bin Salman © Muhammad Hamed / Reuters *Al Jazeera*: *Saudi prince: War with Iran not going to happen* *Deputy crown prince tells British magazine an Iran-Saudi war would mean catastrophe for the conflict-wracked region.* Saudi Arabia does not foresee war with its arch foe Iran despite heightened tensions between the regional heavyweights, its deputy crown prince was quoted as saying. Saudi Arabia severed relations with Iran after an attack on its embassy in Tehran on Sunday following the kingdom's execution of Shia religious leader Nimr al-Nimr, who was put to dea... more »

US Ground Troops Deployed In Syria For First Time

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
US ground troops are stationed at the Tishrin Dam, northeast of Aleppo, supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces. This would be the first US deployment of ground forces in Syria, according to a report. Fars News reports: The US ground forces have been stationed in the surrounding areas of Tishrin Dam Northeast of Aleppo province after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized full control of the dam from the ISIL nearly two weeks ago, media reports disclosed on Friday. “The US troops are presently in control of the Tishrin Dam,” the Arabic service of Deutsche Welle news channel quote... more »

In Key Senate Races, Drug Use Tops Voters’ Concerns

RealClearPolitics at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: pills - 437] Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois all face major problems with drug addiction and overdose deaths, and all have Republican senators seeking second terms in contests that will help determine which party holds the majority in the Senate next year. In this... Continue reading *“In Key Senate Races, Drug Use Tops Voters’ Concerns”* at *realclearpolitics.com*.

Golden Mao Statue In China Is Destroyed After Public Outcry

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A man looks at a giant statue of late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, Jan. 4, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS/STRINGER *New York Times*: *Golden Mao Statue in China, Nearly Finished, Is Brought Down by Criticism* ZHUSHIGANG, China — Days after photographs of a giant, golden statue of Mao spread across the Internet, drawing ridicule for its grandiosity amid the bare fields of Henan Province, the statue has been quickly torn down. Demolition teams arrived Thursday morning, villagers said, and by Friday morning only a pile... more »

World News Briefs -- September 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media during a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, Dec. 18, 2015. *VOA:* * Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Nears; N. Korea Not ‘Unattended’* STATE DEPARTMENT — Secretary of State John Kerry says implementation of the Iran nuclear deal could be just “days away,” if “all goes well.” He commented in a Thursday briefing in which he highlighted U.S. foreign policy progress over the past year and urged U.S. lawmakers to confirm key diplomatic nominations that have languished in the Senate. Kerry said he spo... more »

Another little list

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
With all the violence that’s being waged around the world, certain people must’ve thought the temporary hiatus in the BBC’s obsessive ferreting for negative news stories about Israel needed redressing. Never mind, Sarah Champion is on the case. The MP for Rotherham organised a debate in Westminster Hall: *“I beg to move,* *That this House has considered child prisoners and detainees in the Occupied Palestinian Territories*. Some might ask themselves, why would an MP from one of the most troubled constituencies in the UK be so concerned with the Palestinians? Stupid question. Sh... more »

Board Passes Resolution Against Use of TNReady

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
from Washington County, TN (click to enlarge):

Islamic State Militant Kills Own Mother In Public For ISIS

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
An Islamic State militant has publicly executed his own mother after she advised him to leave ISIS, in the city of Raqqa, according to a Syrian human rights group. The Guardian reports: The woman, in her 40s, had reportedly warned her son that a US-backed alliance would wipe out Isis and had encouraged him to leave the city with her. She was detained after he informed the group of her comments, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the war through a network of sources on the ground. Citing local sources, the Observatory said the 20... more »

Protest Outside Saudi Embassy Demanding Release Of Raif Badawi

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Hundreds of activists and Human rights groups have gathered outside the Saudi embassy in London, demanding the release of Raif Badawi and his jailed lawyer. They are handing over a petition signed by 250,000 people, calling for the release of the jailed activist and blogger in Saudi Arabia RT reports: Marking one year since the 31-year-old was lashed 50 times in a public square in Jeddah, protesters will also hand over a separate petition demanding the release of his lawyer, who was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for attempting to set up a human rights monitoring website. In 201... more »

Two Mideast Refugees Arrested on Terror Charges Appearing in US Courts

Fox News at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: ISIS arrests - 400] Two men born in Iraq who came to the U.S. as refugees were set to appear in court Friday on terror-related charges in California and Texas, as investigators say one of the men wrote that he wanted to travel to... Continue reading *“Two Mideast Refugees Arrested on Terror Charges Appearing in US Courts”* at *foxnews.com*.

Middle East Refugee in Texas Charged With Planning ISIS-Inspired Attack

Casey Harper at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Gov. Greg Abbott] The governor of Texas is asking President Barack Obama to stop the slew of immigrants from countries known for terrorism after an Iraqi-born man who fled as a refugee to Texas was arrested Thursday for allegedly plotting an attack with the Islamic State. Omar... more »

Amnesty’s Call to Decriminalize Prostitution Means More Slaves

Jakob Schneider at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: decriminalize sex - 900] Amnesty International's delegates recently passed a resolution calling for full decriminalization of prostitution, a resolution now under review by Amnesty’s board. Now the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is running a campaign against the move. “Decriminalization of prostitution is one of the world's most disastrous... more »

2 Reasons US Having 2nd Hottest Year in 2015 Doesn’t Prove Climate Catastrophe Is Imminent

David Kreutzer at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: NOAA satellites] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released data showing that 2015 was the second hottest year on record (since 1895) for the U.S. On cue, the media and politicians used this data to hype impending climate catastrophe pointing to... more »

Apple Buys Artificial Intelligence Firm That Reads Emotions

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Apple has purchased a company that can read people’s emotions, by recognizing their facial expressions using artificial intelligence. Your iPhone could soon tell you how you are feeling at any given time by using facial recognition technology and producing the results for a quick analysis. It could be used by sales executives, medical practitioners, gamers, security analysts and others to analyse and diagnose faces in general. The new technology could have many benefits if used intelligently. Manchester Evening News reports: The technology from Emotient – which recognises nine emoti... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter holds a joint press conference with Afghanistan Defense Minister Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai on Forward Operating Base Fenty on Dec. 18, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen US News and World Report: *Ash Carter Once Advocated First-Strike on North Korea* The Pentagon chief declined in October to elaborate on a controversial 2006 opinion. The White House has denounced North Korea for its “increasingly provocative” behavior in expanding its nuclear capabilities and promised unspecified “additional measures” against Pyongyang eve... more »

Memphis Lift, Sift, and Grift

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Ever since Bush's corrupt bag man at ED, Rod Paige, paid out millions in federal grants to the Black Alliance for Education Options to promote vouchers, both governments and corporations have leaned on black astroturf groups to push the corporate reform school catalog of bad ideas. One such group of black mercenaries is the corporate-funded Memphis Lift, which uses white charter empire cash to pay locals in Memphis to go door to door among residents of the poorest communities to recruit for the corporate charters, which are lined up for their piece of the ASD action as public scho... more »

Refugees are Human

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
A group of refugee children decided to take on two local police officers in a snowball fight at a refugee centre in Sid, Serbia.

The "Destruction" of US "Wealth", or "All I need to know about stocks I learned from Trading Places"

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
Well.... lets really take a closer look at this. Chinese stocks* DESTROY 45 billion in US wealth*. That can mean a lot of different things, and this article itself is a glaring piece of fluff (Like most of the financial articles this week, lol). Most of the stocks mentioned in this article were pushed up in value at hyper speed since they started trading on the US market. Who made the money off of the inflation of the value of these stocks? Now, "suddenly", their "value" is plummeting. Why? Because they are being sold off, or "dumped". So, who is making the money off of that? No... more »

Sheriff Meets with Armed Group, Asks them to Leave

Manuel Valdes at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward meets with Ammon Bundy at a remote location outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Three Oregon sheriffs met Thursday with the leader of an armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge and asked them to leave, after residents made it clear they wanted them to go home. Ward said via Twitter that he asked Bundy to respect the wishes of residents. Ward said the two sides planned to talk again Friday.] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- Three Oregon sheriffs met Thursday with leaders of an armed group occupying... more »

U.S. Blames China For Failing To Rein In North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry © Mandel Ngan / Reuters *New York Times*: *U.S. Prods China on North Korea, Saying Soft Approach Has Failed* WASHINGTON — In a striking public rebuke of China, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Beijing on Thursday that its effort to rein in North Korea had been a failure and that something had to change in its handling of the isolated country it has supported for the past six decades. “China had a particular approach that it wanted to make, and we agreed and respected to give them space to be able to implement that,” Mr. Kerry said a day after... more »

Excuses Won't Do

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.nola.com/ Undoing the damage Stephen Harper did will be neither easy nor quick. But make no mistake: Canadians expect Justin Trudeau to get to work and clear out the crud. Michael Harris writes: While people voted for Justin Trudeau in large numbers because of the ‘positive’ things he promised to do, they also have a long list of things they expect him to *un*do. In the Westerns, it’s called ‘cleaning up Tombstone’. Trudeau is Wyatt Earp. One of the true measures of success or failure for the new prime minister in h... more »

Report: German Police Covered Up Motive, Syrian Refugee Status of Rapists Because It Was ‘Politically Awkward’

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Picture taken on December 31, 2015 shows people gathering in front of the main railway station in Cologne, western Germany. Police in Cologne told AFP they have received more than 100 complaints by women reporting assaults ranging from groping to at least one reported rape.] The alleged cover-up spearheaded by the Cologne police after the sexual assault attacks on New Year's Eve has gotten even deeper. Internal communication from the police from the days immediately following the attack, published late Thursday night by newspaper Welt am Sonntag,... Continue reading *“Report:... more »

Paris Fugitive’s Print in Suspected Bomb-Making Hideout

JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: People stand next to banner reading "je suis Paris", "I am Paris" on the Place de la Republique during a gathering that marks one year after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, in Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.] BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Brussels apartment was likely used to make bombs for the Paris attacks, and one of the plotters also hid out there after escaping a police dragnet, Belgian prosecutors said Friday. The prosecutors said they found Salah... more »

Tuscon Shooting Survivor Gabby Giffords Back in Spotlight Advocating Gun Regulations

ASTRID GALVAN at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: In this March 4, 2015 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, about bipartisan legislation on gun safety.] TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- In the past five years, Gabby Giffords has hiked the Grand Canyon, gone skydiving, raced in a 40-mile bike ride and founded an advocacy group that helped persuade President Barack Obama to take executive action on... more »

Suspicions of data manipulation lead to correction of testicular cancer paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The corresponding author of a paper on testicular cancer is telling readers to discount a figure after she learned it may have been manipulated. Although that one figure in the 2005 paper in the British Journal of Cancer may be problematic, the authors found data to support the other figures, and its conclusions. This isn’t the first […] The post Suspicions of data manipulation lead to correction of testicular cancer paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

U.S. Refuses To Commit What Strategic And Missile Defense Assets It Will Send To South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Family members disembark from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter Oct. 30 after a mock evacuation flight during Courageous Channel at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 30, 2015. Army.mil *Defense News*: *US Noncommittal on Strategic, Missile Defense Assets for Korea* WASHINGTON — The Pentagon and State Department remained careful Thursday when discussing whether strategic assets or missile defense systems could be moved closer to South Korea, but would not rule out anything when discussing US actions in response to Tuesday’s North Korean nuclear test. Pentagon press ... more »

The Pentagon Will Review More Than 1,100 Medals Issued Since 9/11 For An Upgrade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Image*: Top three U.S. military medals of valor. US Defense Department *USA Today*: *Pentagon may upgrade hundreds of troops to possible Medals of Honor* WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will review more than 1,100 medals issued since the 9/11 terror attacks for possible upgrade to the Medal of Honor, the country's highest award issued for valor in combat, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY. The sweeping review ordered by Defense Secretary Ash Carter would represent one of the most significant steps in decades to honor troops who have displayed extraordinary courage in combat.... more »

Trump’s Latest Tweet Reveals A Simple Man Running For Complicated Job

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is an intelligent man who can get his views across in the simplest of manners, but it comes as at a price. He tweeted in less than 140 characters that the terror threat is high and warned people to get smart. People around the world have reviewed his latest tweet as a sign that the Republican hopeful might not be the right candidate for the U.S. presidency. Trump said on Thursday: “Man shot inside Paris police station. Just announced that terror threat is at highest level. Germany is a total mess-big crime. GET SMART!” Sophisticated... more »

Not So Wise

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Man vs EarthWho Do You Think Will Win? Posted by Prince Ea on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

IlLiberal advice

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 15 hours ago
So the Grit briefing book suggests "deepening" ties with Saudi Arabia, hence the deal for the little tanks. Seriously, who gives this advice? And why in good heavens would a Liberal listen to it? (Dion, you're a sociologist and should get this.) LOOK at the trend, the violence across the region is worsening, spilling over borders along Sunni and Shia lines.  Well armed regional powers, Turkey,

Controversial DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Face Progressive Tim Canova In An August Primary

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
An Axis of Evil inside the Democratic Party is suddenly on the defensive. Steve Israel was forced to announce an early retirement for reasons that are still murky. Rahm Emanuel can barely show his face in Chicago and, with the exception of Hillary Clinton, all his cronies and allies are jumping off that sinking ship. And now it's looking like Debbie Wasserman Schultz's rotten self-serving career is finally catching up with her. As we mentioned, Tuesday, Roots Action has a petition drive to force her out of the DNC-- with over 30,000 signatures already. And then yesterday, CREDO la... more »

U.S. Muslim Population Estimated to Double by 2050

Pew Research Center at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Muslim estimate] Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population (about 322 million people in 2015), and we estimate... Continue reading *“U.S. Muslim Population Estimated to Double by 2050”* at *pewresearch.org*.

Priebus ‘100 Percent’ Confident He Can Rally Republican Party behind Cruz or Trump

Politico at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Priebus RNC] The head of the Republican National Committee promises that the Republican nominee will have his party's full support -- no matter who it is. Responding to a question from Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night, Reince Priebus said he was... Continue reading *“Priebus ‘100 Percent’ Confident He Can Rally Republican Party behind Cruz or Trump”* at *politico.com*.

Vatican Relics Headed to Anglican Cathedral as Pivotal Summit Nears

The Crux at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Vatican relic] CANTERBURY, England -- Relics of British Christianity now in the hands of the Vatican will be flown to England, where they will be displayed at Canterbury Cathedral just ahead of an important summit that may decide the fate of the Anglican... Continue reading *“Vatican Relics Headed to Anglican Cathedral as Pivotal Summit Nears”* at *cruxnow.com*.

Why Obama’s Abortion Pill ‘Accommodation’ Doesn’t Really Accommodate Religious Liberty

Ricochet/Greg Scott at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: baby] Several religious non-profit organizations -- including Christian colleges, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Priests for Life -- filed their opening brief Monday with the US Supreme Court in a highly-anticipated challenge to the Obama administration's abortion-pill mandate and the sham... Continue reading *“Why Obama’s Abortion Pill ‘Accommodation’ Doesn’t Really Accommodate Religious Liberty”* at *ricochet.com*.

Republicans Sour on State of the Union Response

The Hill at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Republican SOTU response] Republicans love that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a rising GOP star, has been picked to rebut President Obama's final State of the Union address. Some just don't think the GOP response itself is an effective messaging tool anymore. They... Continue reading *“Republicans Sour on State of the Union Response”* at *thehill.com*.

U.S. Drone Pilots And Cyber Operators Will Now Have Their Own Military Awards

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A drone pilot at a base in upstate New York. Credit Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times *Reuters*: *Pentagon creates award for U.S. drone pilots, cyber warriors* New military awards will recognize U.S. troops who have directly affected battles as drone pilots or in cyber operations, the Defense Department said on Thursday. The changes follow an 18-month review which made broader recommendations including standardizing criteria for awards recognizing valorous conduct across all services. The new award for drone pilots or cyber operators will be a letter "R" device to be affix... more »

Americans Congratulate North Korea !?!?!?!

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
From *YouTube:* North Korea is claiming that they successfully detonated their first hydrogen bomb. You’d think that the idea that they might have an H bomb would be somewhat alarming to those of us who are here on the West coast, but we went out on the street and it seems like if you ask people a question in a cheerful enough way, we will offer congratulations for just about anything. *WNU Editor:* We are so doomed.

Obama Says It’s a ‘Conspiracy’ He Wants to Take Away Your Guns

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: U.S. President Barack Obama discusses reducing gun violence with CNN's Anderson Cooper at George Mason University on January 7, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia.] Stiff-armed by a Republican-led Congress, President Barack Obama took to national television Thursday night in an effort to sell stricter gun control laws to the American public. During a town hall event televised live by CNN, the president called the... more »

Sharp Spike in Anti-Semitic Incidents Across France, New Report Finds

Religion News Service at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: thumbRNS-FRANCE-ANTISEMITISM010716] PARIS (RNS) As France marks the anniversary of the terrorist shootings that targeted a kosher supermarket and a satirical weekly, a new report warns anti-Semitism here continues to rise, taking a myriad of underreported forms. "Violence targeting Jews and Jewish... Continue reading *“Sharp Spike in Anti-Semitic Incidents Across France, New Report Finds”* at *religionnews.com*.

The Battle For Ramadi Destroyed The City

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Ramadi, Reclaimed by Iraq, Is in Ruins After ISIS Fight* RAMADI, Iraq — As his armored vehicle bounced along a dirt track carved through the ruins of this recently reconquered city on Wednesday, Gen. Ali Jameel, an Iraqi counterterrorism officer, narrated the passing sites. Here were the carcasses of four tanks, charred by the jihadists of the Islamic State. Here, a police officer’s home that the jihadists had blown up. Here, a villa reduced to rubble by an airstrike. And another. And another. In one neighborhood, he stood before a panorama of wreckage so vast t... more »

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
We loved Baked Ziti in our house. It is one of those meals that nobody fights over eating and everyone seems happy when I put it on the table. It got me wanting to subtly change the recipe and see what my family thought. I introduce the Chicken Parmesan version of baked ziti. It is full of flavor and best of all has the baked ziti flavor we love with the added flavors of chicken and extra Parmesan cheese. You will need: - 16 Oz Penne or Ziti Pasta - Two chicken breast - 1 jar of Ragu sauce - 2 cups of mozzarella cheese - 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese - salt and pepp... more »

China Raise Stakes In The Spratly Islands

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The Spratly Islands have been an increasing source of territorial dispute between China and its neighbours around the South China Sea, notably Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. The islands are no more than an uninhabited collection of reefs, but in the last few years China has been busy building man […]

Facebook Messenger App Is Killing The Phone Number

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
According to Facebook you no longer need to know someone’s phone number in order to make video and voice calls. Facebook Messenger renders the old phone number obsolete. It can send messages in all formats. Trusted Reviews reports: Facebook’s vice president of messaging products David Marcus claims users of the app no longer need to know a contact’s phone number in order to use the full communication spectrum. When speaking about the death of flip phones, which brought texting to the fore, Marcus wrote: “Old communication styles are disappearing too. With Messenger, we offer all the ... more »

No Cindy Sheehan-Style Media Attention for Benghazi Victim’s Father

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Cindy Sheehan] For partisan Democrats, when the word “Benghazi” comes up, the sophisticated thing to do is roll your eyes. If the name Charles Woods comes up, the normal thing to do is say, “Who?” So let’s talk about Cindy Sheehan for a moment instead.... more »

Chinese Stocks Volatile a Day After Abrupt Sell-Off

JOE McDONALD at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: A Chinese investor uses a computer terminal to check stock prices in a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Chinese stocks were volatile Friday and other Asian markets rebounded after a plunge in Chinese prices rattled global markets.] BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese stocks rebounded Friday while Europe and other Asian markets were moderately higher a day after a sell-off in China rattled global investors. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 2 percent to 3,186.41 after swinging between gains... more »

Guns: Bad Journalism and Bad Politics

Mona Charen at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Gun Store, Gun Shop, Guns, Firearms, Small Business,] Are you opposed to “common sense” gun laws? These are what liberals like Hillary Clinton are always proclaiming their support for. In their telling, expanding background checks, closing the “gun show loophole,” and restricting Internet sales will, in the words... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/8/2016”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/8/2016”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “A Saudi Prince is saying war is unlikely with Iran, but that doesn’t seem believable especially after Iran burned Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran. Iran burned the embassy after Saudi Arabia executed a Shia imam. Then, there are conflicting reports of Saudi bombing Iran’s embassy in Yemen. At its core, this is the age old problem of Sunni Muslims opposed to Shia Muslims. That is Saudi Arabia, Sunni, against Iran which is Shia. As predicted by yours truly back in July, the Iranian nuclear so-called deal has dramatical...more »

In Iowa, Establishment GOP Candidates Play Expectations Game

JULIE PACE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Jan. 6, 2016 photo, field staffer Eric Baker hangs a campaign sign in the Iowa state headquarters for Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in West Des Moines, Iowa.] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Jeb Bush and Chris Christie won’t win Iowa. Marco Rubio probably won’t either. But these Republican presidential candidates are devoting significant time and resources to the state in a battle to beat expectations -- and...more »

Gobekli Tepe and the Watchers of Eden - Andrew Collins - Swiderian 'architects of civilisation'

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
I'm not a real big fan of The Lost City of Atlantis, not a real big fan at all. The more I look into Lost Cultures and Lost Peoples there appears to have been a group of Ancients who had access to high technology like Stone Melting, Polygonal Wall Building, Obsidian (and other delicate or super-hard material) Carving, Dolmens and Stone Circles etc. and were also obsessed with 'making their heads bigger' (well, bigger...) by this I mean Skull Binding. Common to this era of Ancient History is the fauk-ELONGATED (or bound) SKULL, and the impression is that these Long Skull-ites are... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( January 8 , 2015 ) Around the horn ( 1. China calms markets as Peking ditched circuit breaker mechanism + PBOC raised yuan for 1st time in 9 days. 2. Nikkei closes down 0.4% at 17697.96 despite China rebound. Yen weakens as investors become less risk-adverse. 3. Terror concerns - Paris in focus. 4. Refugee related matters & concerns. 5. Monetary Union step rejected by German citizens in petition - EU Common Deposit Insurance Scheme panned. 6. France in focus . 7. Hungary would veto sanctions against Poland & Poland in focus. 8. EZ politics - Netherlands , Greece in focus. 9. Data splash - various EZ and E.U countries in focus. 10 . Odds& Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Evening wrap..... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 2h 2 hours ago fred walton Retweeted Silvia Wadhwa Silvia Wadhwa , who many may recall as a "straight forward " thinker / speaker on CNBC , with some food for thought. fred walton added, *Silvia Wadhwa* @EuroWadhwa Time to face up to some unpleasant realities ... http:// davin.ci/SilviawWadhwa/11 … *Kathimerini English* ‏@ekathimerini 4h4 hours ago Athens irked by suggestion review will be drawn out http://dlvr.it/DD5YXk [image: Embedded image permalink] *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 7h 7 hours ago As goe... more »

EU To Investigate Biomass Subsidies For Drax

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/12082623/Blow-to-Drax-biomass-plan-as-EC-launches-state-aid-investigation.html Whoops!! Hot on the heels of an EU investigation into subsidies for Hinkley Point, comes one into biomass subsidies for Drax, as the Telegraph report: Drax’s hopes of securing lucrative subsidies for its biomass conservion have suffered a setback after the European Commission launched a full state aid […]

Getting Past ‘Stupid’

Robert Lynn at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Orion Nebula] ROBERT LYNN -- In his book, The Last Word, NYU philosophy professor Thomas Nagel writes: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Flowers of angels are viewed within all of Gaia

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
*Flowers of angels are viewed within all of Gaia * by ÉirePort Flowers of angels are viewed within all of Gaia. Stems of prosperity are presented. Reception is high. Stagnance is eliminated. Promotions of Light come to fruition. ÉirePort | January 8, 2016 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-wW

Why Are So Many UN Diplomats Interested In A Document That Details How They Can Get Immunity For Crimes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
What was our most popular book of 2015? Find it in our library catalogue! https://t.co/hmfeCmGKCj (UN only) pic.twitter.com/niGXUxHtGt — UN Library (@UNLibrary) December 31, 2015 *Dylan Matthews and Zack Beauchamp, VOX:* *The UN library announced its most-checked-out book of 2015. It's kind of disturbing.* The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations — named after the secretary general who died in 1961 — doesn't make the news very often. Meant to be used by the professional Secretariat staff of the UN and by national delegations, it stores documents and publications from the... more »

Retired Officer Reveals FEMA Camp Preparations Are Underway Now

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
A retired officer has revealed that a civilian containment FEMA camp is currently being set-up in California in preparation to imprison civilians en masse. These camps are going to be used to gather political dissidents and activists who speak out against the government. Currently, there are hundreds of FEMA camps across the US which are fully operational and ready to take in prisoners at any moment. They are staffed by full time guards and usually empty. They are operated by FEMA, and should martial law ever be enacted, all it will take is the presidents official signature on a pro... more »

US Orchestrated Holocaust Puts 20 Million Lives At Risk In Yemen

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Over 20 million lives are at risk from violence, starvation and lack of medical care in Yemen due to the ongoing US orchestrated holocaust currently being conducted in the country. A UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) report downplayed the ongoing catastrophe by undercounting civilian casualties since conflict began last March 2015. SteveLendmanBlog reports: The world community remains largely indifferent, ignoring an entire population at risk. Millions may perish before conflict ends. Nothing is being done to prevent it. Fighting shows no signs of abating.... more »

It's right when 150+ papers are quickly written on the diphoton bump

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Adam Falkowski argued that 2016 will be the Do-or-die year, one that will decide about the character of the future of particle physics. The excitement is a sine-like periodic function of time and it is high now, much like it was high right before the LHC exploded in 2008 and when the LHC was discovering the Higgs boson in 2012. (Yes, the peaks are multiples of four i.e. years linked to the leap years, Olympic games, and the U.S. presidential elections. Note that my words are probably more informative than his graph.) Jester and several readers have also exchanged their opinions abo... more »

The Language of Donald Trump

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 20 hours ago
I thought this sociolinguistic analysis of how Donald Trump uses language is a fascinating video essay. Well worth investing seven minutes of your time in.

Sex attackers risk deportation says Merkel per BBC News who continue to try to persuade that migrants might not have been to blame for the New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne, Stuttgart, Switzerland and elsewhere

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This BBC news article is desperate stuff. It tries to persuade us that it might not be migrants from the Middle East and North Africa that were to blame for the sexual assaults and other misdemeanours that occurred on New Year's Eve in Cologne and other cities in Europe. 'On the square outside were several thousand men, most of a migrant background, who were firing all kinds of fireworks and throwing bottles into the crowd at random.' 'German media, also quoting internal police reports, say that significant numbers of Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi migrants were in the crowd – although ... more »

5,000 Swiss Army Troops Will Be Mobilized To Protect The World's Top 1% At Davos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Zero Hedge*: *5,000 Swiss Army Troops Will Protect World's Billionaires During Annual Davos Boondoggle* With a new wave of terrorism, mass shootings and unprecedented social violence around the globe now a part of the daily routine for billions of people across both developed and developing nations, one group wants to be certain there is no chance of "close encounters", violent or otherwise, with the peasantry during its upcoming annual boondoggle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. According to Swissinfo, when the world's billionaires land their private jets in the gorgeous Swi... more »

Monsanto Knew Their Herbicide Caused Cancer 40 Years Ago

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Monsanto knowingly released herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) to the public, knowing it was cancer-causing, some 40-years-ago an independent inquiry has discovered. A series of secretive studies reveals that Monsanto hand-picked selective data from a dozen different experiments in order to falsely claim that Roundup was safe to use on crops consumed by humans. Patriotrising.com reports: Rather than present the actual data procured in these studies, many of which exposed Roundup as dangerous and highly poisonous, Monsanto introduced outlying controls to neutralize the findings and make... more »

US Had Rejected North Korea’s Offer To Stop Nuclear Tests

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
While the international community has expressed outrage over North Korea’s claim of developing and testing a hydrogen bomb, President Obama had previously rejected offers in which North Korea volunteered to halt their own nuclear programs. Kim Jong-un offered to stop nuclear testing if the U.S and South Korea would agree to cancel their annual war games earlier in 2015. Sputniknews.com reports: The international community has expressed outrage over North Korea’s nuclear test conducted Wednesday morning, raising the possibility of new sanctions being put in place. To sift through the... more »

Bad Military Tactics In The New 'Independence Day' Movie?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Joseph Trevithick, War Is Boring*: *The new Independence Day is full of terrible military tactics* The original 1996 movie Independence Day pitted American pilots and troops — and eventually the entire world — against an extraterrestrial threat armed with laser cannons and energy shields. Marine aviators, including Will Smith's character Capt. Steven Hiller, watch helplessly as their missiles disintegrate. Nimble otherworldly fighters quickly pick off the F/A-18 fighter jets, killing most of the pilots. By the dramatic climax, very little has changed. Even after Hiller and David... more »

Military Photo of the Day: January 8, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: James Harden-900] James Harden of the NBA’s Houston Rockets visits with a wounded warrior at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Dec. 17, 2015. Too often, highly-paid sports figures are referred to as “heroes” by fawning announcers... more »

U.S., Russia, And China Are In A Race To Have 'Super Soldiers' And Artificial Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Next Big Future*: *USA, Russia and China among early entrants in race for Super Soldiers and Artificial Intelligence*. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work warned that America would soon lose its military competitive advantage if it does not pursue technologies such as employing artificial intelligence. Altering human beings from the inside to more effectively fight in combat is claimed to presents ethical dilemmas for American scientists and military planners. Work says those ethical concerns typically don't apply to authoritarian governments like Russia's or China's, but their la... more »

Have The Saudis Lost America's Patience?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*Photo: President Obama and King Salman sharing a laugh about the mess they've made of Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, and the region in general. * *“Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather. * The execution of a relatively obscure and toothless Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia sent shock waves across the Middle East, and was instantly framed as a sectarian act in the world media. Even U.S. officials were set aback by the Saudi decision to get rid of this cleric. What got lost in the news was that many more Sunni extremists were executed so sect... more »

Mothra?  The Terrifying BOJ  (Like Your Pharma Crooks Defended by Your Wall Street Defender Crooks?)  Republicans Finally Turning Guns On Themselves?  (What Is Falling Price of Oil Telling US?)

No, Max and Stacy are not going ga-ga. It's those other guys who are bringing it out in them. And US. Mothra? More like WARra. Like Stacy I was also told in Economics classes that the charts she displayed as current could never happen. Never. But I asked (after the brush off) what would happen if they did, and the response was a look of total ludicrosity. Because no reasonable person

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
The Taliban now control more territory than at any time since 2001. https://t.co/RUXIKKBuVk pic.twitter.com/wKOLH5PQ4n — Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) January 4, 2016

US Hellfire Missile Mistakenly Shipped to Cuba

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Hellfire hung on a Predator drone. Wikimedia *Washington Times:* *Missing U.S. Hellfire missile located in Cuba* One of the most advanced U.S. missiles was unintentionally shipped to Cuba in 2014, according to a report Thursday evening in the Wall Street Journal. The Hellfire missile was supposed to be sent to Europe for a training mission, the Journal reported, cited “people familiar with the matter.” Shipping such a sophisticated weapon to a communist dictatorship with which the U.S. at the time didn’t have diplomatic relations and has been under U.S. embargo for a half-century w... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Sniper Training Observation * U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, observes members of the Iraqi special operation forces during sniper rifle training at Area VI training site in Baghdad, Jan. 7, 2016. The Iraqi special forces primarily conduct anti-guerrilla operations and are part of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Bureau. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* A blistering report that claimed fracking was safe is now being disputed by its own scientists Martin Shkreli Secures Bail With $45 Million E*Trade Account, Demands Respect From Wu-Tang Clan "The Jihadists Will Attack Europe": Leaked Phone Call Shows Gaddafi Warned Tony Blair Of Terror Attacks It's Official: Bitcoin Was The Top Performing Currency Of 2015 "We Came, We Saw, He Died" – Revisiting The Incredible Disaster That Is Libya Slovak PM Closes The Door To Refugees: "We Don't Want What Happened In Germany To Happen Here" "Nowhere To Hide" As Baltic 'Fried' In... more »

Most Of The Oil In The Middle East Lies Under Predominantly Shiite Regions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* The map shows religious populations in the Middle East and proven developed oil and gas reserves. Click to view the full map of the wider region. The dark green areas are predominantly Shiite; light green predominantly Sunni; and purple predominantly Wahhabi/Salafi, a branch of Sunnis. The black and red areas represent oil and gas deposits, respectively. Source: Dr. Michael Izady at Columbia University, Gulf2000, New York *Jon Schwarz, The Intercept*: *One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict* The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed Shii... more »

Obama’s Gun Control Theater of the Absurd

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: US President Barack Obama becomes emotional as he delivers a statement on executive actions to reduce gun violence on January 5, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC.] In Superfudge, Judy Blume's well-loved and best-selling children's book from 1980, the title character -- Farley Drexel Hatcher, a wildly precocious and rambunctious 4-year-old who goes by the nickname "Fudge" -- acquires his dream pet: a chatty myna bird. Fudge... more »

2016-- Same Ole Dysfunctional GOP... Wasting Time Nurturing Their Same Petty Grievances

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Yesterday Ryan passed his silly defund Planned Parenthood/repeal Obamacare bill and tried to make a big fuss with a seething right-wing base who already knows he sold them down the river. Not just Ryan, the whole GOP caucus was in on the charade. It passed 240-181 and there were only 3 Republicans present who didn't vote for it. Every other Republican Member of Congress is on record as wanting to kick around 15 million Americans off health insurance, bring back the donuts hole and revisit the glory days of preexisting conditions... as well as defunding Planned Parenthood for good ... more »

Former Libyan Dictator Gaddafi Warned Tony Blair On The Rise Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) shakes hands with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a tent outside Tripoli, March 25. 2004. © Madeleine Chambers / Reuters *The Independent*: *Phone conversation transcript reveals Colonel Gaddafi warned Tony Blair about the rise of Islamic extremism* *Transcripts of phone calls between the pair have been released by the Foreign Affairs Committee as it investigates British intervention in Libya* Muammar Gaddafi accused Tony Blair of supporting al-Qaeda as he refused calls to stand down during the height of the Libyan uprising, newly-released tr... more »

Leonard Peltier Health Emergency 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. Dear Supporter, We received a message from Leonard this evening. An excerpt follows. "For months, if not at least a year now, I have been complaining about medical problems and that something is wrong with me… For the last few days, I have been on call out to go see the doctor. Today, I was called again and had my blood pressure taken and gave more blood for more tests. Apparently, they

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Fairytale"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Fairytale" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjMKFLVMoeg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“A mere 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, really is just next door as large galaxies go. In this (inset) scan, image data from NASA's Nuclear Spectrosopic Telescope Array has yielded the best high-energy X-ray view yet of our large neighboring spiral, revealing some 40 extreme sources of X-rays, X-ray binary star systems that contain a black hole or neutron star orbiting a more normal stellar companion. *Click image for larger size.* In fact, larger Andromeda and our own Milky Way are the most massive members of the local galaxy group. Andromeda is... more »

"We're All Mad Here..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the cat: "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here." - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" Michael Jackson, “Earth Song” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAi3VTSdTxU

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"You can "dance" with the illusions of time and space, choosing your "steps" based upon things and events as they now are, or you can dance with your dreams, choosing your steps based upon things and events as they will be. And I bet you can guess which steps will perpetuate today's illusions, and which ones will change everything... Daily, in some small way, dance with your dreams." "Shall we?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

Chet Raymo, “Salt And Nerves”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Salt And Nerves”* by Chet Raymo “I like to think that every day offers at least one unique revelation, some one thing seen or experienced that has not been seen or experienced before, at least not in the same emotional state, in the same context, in the same slant of light. So I walk wary, as the poet Sylvia Plath says, "ignorant/ Of whatever angel may choose to flare/ Suddenly at my elbow." Nature seldom disappoints. Let me introduce you to another poet, my colleague here at the college, Anna Ross. In the particular poem I want to share she is walking with a companion and comes... more »

The Man Who Became (He Thought) a Little Girl Because He Didn’t Want to be a Grown-up

MICHAEL COOK at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Paul Wolscht (little girl)] Human interest stories are like earthquakes. Readers love earthquakes, but they get bored with the small ones that flatten a single city. Editors need devastated provinces and tsunamis up to wind up their interest. So the lives of transgender people... more »

South Korea to Resume Broadcasting Against the North

FOSTER KLUG & HYUNG-JIN KIM at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: A South Korean protester burns the defaced pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, against North Korea's announcement that it had tested a hydrogen bomb. The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed to launch a “united and strong” international response to North Korea’s apparent fourth nuclear test, as experts scrambled Thursday to find more details about the detonation that drew worldwide skepticism and condemnation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea is set to start broadcast... more »

Did A Russian Cyber-Attack Shut Down A Part Of Ukraine's Power Grid?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A mobile gas turbine generator, which was turned on due to recent power outages after pylons carrying electricity were blown up, is shown in the settlement of Stroganovka, Simferopol district of Crimea, Nov. 22, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/PAVEL REBROV *IBTimes*: *Did Russia Kill Ukraine's Electricity? Cyberattack Linked To Power Outage Has Global Implications* It wasn’t a normal power outage when the lights abruptly went out for tens of thousands of western Ukrainians in and around the regional capital city of Ivano-Frankivsk two weeks ago. The short-lived blackout was caused by malware... more »

Christie: Obama Has ‘Withdrawn America from the World’

David Porter at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the World Values Network headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in New York.] NEW YORK (AP) -- GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie criticized President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a host of foreign policy issues Thursday, saying Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has hampered the fight against the Islamic... more »

RCMP Terror Sting Trial Continued...Part Two

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Canadian Terror Patsies, Nuttall and Korody* Recently, as I explained in yesterday's post, in a Vancouver courtroom, judicial proceedings re-commenced regarding the above two Vancouver unfortunates, John Nuttall and his wife, Amanda Korody. According to a Vancouver Sun Report, continued here, RCMP Sgt. Bill Kalkat was on the stand, explaining how the two defendants in the terror plot were *not* being exploited by the undercover sting operation, even though* both were socially and economically marginal and John Nuttal, at least, is developmentally delayed.* According to the most ... more »

Low Oil Prices And Sanctions Are Killing The Russian Economy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*VOA*: *Russian Economy Killers: Oil and Sanctions* NEW YORK CITY — Russian President Vladimir Putin gets a bad report card, even a failing grade, for his handling of the economic crisis in his country, according to 27 percent of analysts who participated in a major survey conducted by Bloomberg Business. These are hard times in Russia, with the collapse in oil prices, economic sanctions against the country for its actions in Ukraine, the collapse of the ruble and significantly impaired economic growth. Russia's growth started to decline rapidly in the first quarter of 2012, wel... more »

VA-09 Congressional Primary Pits A Bernie County Chairman Against The Hillary Backer Who Loves Japanese Internment Camps

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
You know those states where Democratic registration is higher than Republican registration but where the GOP wins all the time anyway-- states like West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee? Far-off VA-09 in the southwest corner of Virginia borders on all 4 of those states. It's been an economically populist area but culturally conservative. As late as the 90's the district was a Democratic bastion and gave Bill Clinton 63% of its vote both times he ran. Rick Boucher was congressman there from 1983 until he was defeated in 2010 by Republican Morgan Griffith 51-46%. The d... more »

CA-44-- There Are Good Democrats... And Then There Are The Other Kind

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Just over three months ago, we looked at how Sacramento Democrats plan to get rid of their most corrupt member, state Senator Isadore Hall, by backing him for an open congressional seat. Hall, who just became a state senator last year, won a special election when just 7% of the voters in his district chose to participate. He heads one of the prime "juice committees" in Sacramento, which are committees that oversee lucrative industries, allowing politicians to foster relationships they can squeeze for campaign cash. And Hall's is the giant bicameral innocuously-named committee on g... more »

Roy Casagranda : ¡Oye ISIL! Aquí están unos consejos que no han sido pedidos

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
By Roy Casagranda | The Rag Blog | 16 de diciembre, 2015 Traducido del inglés por Cecilia Colomé Mis consejos para todas las fuerzas pro-ISIL en Estados Unidos: Seguir bombardeando a Iraq y Siria. Esta es la manera como ISIL … finish reading Roy Casagranda : ¡Oye ISIL! Aquí están unos consejos que no han sido pedidos

One Cheer for Ted Cruz

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 day ago
Up to now, I have been skeptical about Ted Cruz. Yes, he is smart and articulate, and he is a graduate of two of my favorite universities. But politics is a team sport, and based on his time as a member of the Senate, Cruz does not seem much like a team player. If he were ever to become president, he would need to become a team leader, not just an effective promoter of his own personal brand. He has a long way to go to convince voters like me that he is up to the job. But let's put that concern aside. I was much impressed by this article in today's Wall Street Journal, with the he... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“Worth: An Unwavering Connection to the Infinite”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Worth: An Unwavering Connection to the Infinite”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Your worth is not a product of your intelligence, your talent, your looks, or how much you have accomplished. Though much of who and what we are changes as we journey through life, our inherent worth remains constant. While the term self-worth is often used interchangeably with self-esteem, the two qualities are inherently different. Self-esteem is the measure of how you feel about yourself at a given moment in time. Your worth, however, is not a product of your intelligence, your talent, your looks,... more »

Giants Coach Coughlin Forced Out, Which Tells Us Something About Markets

David Mills at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Tom Coughlin - 900] Sixteen weeks ago -- sixteen long and generally painful weeks ago -- I wrote about the Giants' horrifying loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the first game of the NFL season. You may remember it. (Boy, I do.) The Giants... more »

US Recruits Tech Leaders to Help Disrupt Islamic State Group

Julie Pace & Josh Lederman at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee. With extremists finding fertile ground for recruitment online, the White House is dispatching top national security officials to Silicon Valley to seek the tech industry's help in disrupting the Islamic State group and other terrorists. At a high-level session on Jan. 8, 2016, leaders from major technology and Internet companies will discuss ways to use technology to stop terrorists from radicalizing people online and spurring them to viol... more »

Defy America, Pay No Price

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: President Barack Obama, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, to brief the public on the nation's homeland security posture heading into the holiday season, following meeting with his national security team.] WASHINGTON -- If you’re going to engage in a foreign policy capitulation, might as well do it when everyone is getting tanked and otherwise occupied. Say, New Year’s Eve. Here’s the story. In October, Iran test-fires a nuclear-capable ballistic missile... more »

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