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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 minutes ago
*Air Assault Training* Soldiers conduct air assault operations on the deck of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's Logistical Support Vessel-2, the Harold C. Clinger off the coast of Honolulu, Jan. 11, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich

25 Years Ago The Gulf War Started

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 minutes ago
*Jeffrey D. McCausland, War On The Rocks*: *The Gulf War's Anniversary: Reflections on the 25 Years Of U.S. Military Involvement In the Middle East* The field telephone alongside my cot rang at 0230 on January 17, 1991. I was a U.S. Army battalion commander in the desert of northern Saudi Arabia. My battalion had arrived from Germany in mid-December and deployed swiftly to within a few miles of the Iraqi border. The call was from my brigade commander summoning me to a meeting where I would learn that the long anticipated air campaign had commenced. Operation Desert Shield was over.... more »

Iowa Trolling-- Karl Rove Style

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 33 minutes ago
There's nothing especially *false* in the American Crossroads ad Rove's group-- largely financed by Wall Street banksters and oil billionaires-- has just started running against Hillary in Iowa. It's an effective, thought-provoking ad about a politician who takes money from Wall Street banksters and then works to carry out their agenda. It certainly fits Hillary Clinton almost as strongly as it fits Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and the rest of the sorrowful "deep bench." The messenger, however, defines the definition of mere hypocrisy. Among the Rove backers wh... more »

Ode to Gray Cat

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 47 minutes ago
One day at least ten years ago I heard a cat mewing in my garage. She was gray and fluffy and very hungry. She was also mostly feral. I took her to the vet and they said she was healthy but would be difficult to find a home for because she was so feral. I knew we couldn’t keep her because my husband and I had rescued two stray cats previously and had to find other homes for them because we both have severe allergic reactions to cats, including asthma, hives, etc. Our kids inherited those allergies, especially my oldest son. I told my sons we couldn’t keep her and we had to find... more »

Three American Contractors Are Missing In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*CNN*: *3 American contractors missing in Iraq* (CNN)Three American contractors went missing in Iraq two days ago, said a senior security official in Baghdad. "A company filed a report Sunday about three of its staff going missing two days ago. They are American contractors. We are looking into this report," the official told CNN. Separately, an Iraqi security official with knowledge of the case said that two of three missing contractors are dual Iraqi-American citizens, and that the third is an American national. The men were grabbed by a group of gunmen from an apartment in Bag... more »

Britain's Labour Leader: 'U.K. Trident Submarines Could Sail Without Nuclear Warheads'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Britain's submarines could sail without any Trident warheads, claims Jeremy Corbyn * * Labour leader said the idea was one which his party review would consider * Corbyn supports Britain unilaterally giving up nuclear weapons altogether * But Government said remarks show Labour is a national security 'threat' Britain could put nuclear submarines to sea without them carrying any Trident warheads, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested. The Labour leader - who wants Britain to scrap its nuclear weapons - said it was one of the options which would be reviewed by shadow defence se... more »

Why Is The CIA Director In Egypt?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Egypt Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Eisi meets CIA director Chief John Brennan. April 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Egyptian President's office *Al Bawaba*: *Sisi meets with CIA head to discuss security, regional affairs* Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi met Sunday with the US director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan in Cairo, discussing topics of interest including combating extremism. El-Sisi and Brennan praised the strategic and military relationships between Egypt and the US, expressing their hopes that this relationship be expanded into other aspect... more »

Yes Trumpf And Cruz Are Dangerous-- But Hardly More So Than Paul Ryan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Paul Ryan, who still hopes, perhaps at this point unrealistically, to be the compromise candidate of a deadlocked GOP convention, has been tweeting all weekend that "We will put forward a bold, pro-growth agenda. It will show where we stand." Except Paul Ryan didn't just pop onto the scene when he managed to "Awww... shucks, fellas, not me" his way into the Speaker's chair. We already know exactly where he stands, unless we've been politically asleep for the past decade or so. When he was 16 his father died and young Paul received Social Security survivors benefits which put him... more »

NSA Insists That Its New Phone Surveillance Program Meets Privacy Safeguards

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
How the NSA’s domestic metadata program works now: pic.twitter.com/NnOYb9PEs4 — Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) January 15, 2016 *Reuters*: *NSA says new phone spying program meets privacy safeguards* A new system for collecting domestic telephone records meets several privacy and civil liberties benchmarks, the U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday. The program, which some Republican presidential hopefuls have criticized because they say it puts Americans at greater risk of attack by Islamic State and other violent groups, has satisfactorily complied with eight privacy safeguard... more »

Scientists Admit Everything They Know About Physics Is Likely Wrong

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Scientists at CERN have announced that everything scientists thought they knew about physics may be entirely false, following the discovery of two new baryon subatomic particles. “The next few years may tell us whether we’ll be able to continue to increase our understanding of nature or whether maybe, for the first time in the history of science, we could be facing questions that we cannot answer,” Harry Cliff, a particle physicist at CERN said in a recent TED talk. Yahoo News reports: Equally frightening is the reason for this approaching limit, which Cliff says is because “the la... more »

Navy Told To Treat U.S. Public As Enemies Amid January War Games

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
U.S. Navy SEALs have been told to regard members of the American public as potential “enemies” amid war games planned for the state of Washing this month. The war games will be conducted in residential areas, state parks, and national parks without public consent. The war games are to treat U.S. citizens as pawns due to orders to the SEALS to treat citizens as “potential terrorists”. Shadowproof.com reports: One of the most alarming aspects of the war games, which were reported on by Truthout journalist Dahr Jamail, is how it normalizes the idea that U.S. citizens can be enemies. T... more »

Netanyahu Threatens Military Force If Iran Obtain Nuclear Weapons

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Iran on Sunday saying that Israel would not hesitate in using military force if the country attempt to obtain nuclear weapons. Netanyahu’s comments come after sanctions were lifted on the Islamic Republic under Tehran’s historic nuclear deal with world powers. Yahoo News reports: “Israel’s policy has been and will remain exactly what has been followed: to not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting, according to his office. Netanyahu strongly opposed the nuclear deal with Israel’s arch-foe Iran and ... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Moment of Grace Part 1"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Liquid Mind, "Moment of Grace Part 1" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I61vm_nLNYg

Untitled

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 4 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Wells Fargo's Problem Emerges: $17 Billion In Junk Energy Exposure Exclusive: Dallas Fed Quietly Suspends Energy Mark-To-Market On Default Contagion Fears SHERIFF OF WALL STREET: We're no longer able to bring certain insider trading cases The US prisoner swap with Iran shows that the landmark nuclear deal 'wasn't a nuclear deal at all' Bombshell Oxfam report reveals just 62 people control same wealth as half world's population First flower born in space shows there is 'other life' out there Russia to vote on anti-gay bill that would jail people for kissing *Euro... more »

Iranian President: “Zionists, Warmongers Oppose Iran Peace Deal”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said that anybody who opposes the nuclear deal with world powers are “zionists and warmongers … American hardliners and extremists”, on Sunday. Rouhani hailed the nuclear deal as a “golden page” in Iran’s history, and he said that he looks forward to an economic future less dependant on oil. Jpost.com reports: The Islamic Republic emerged from years of economic isolation on Saturday when world powers lifted crippling sanctions after confirming that Tehran had curbed its nuclear program as part of a deal agreed last year. “The nuclear deal is an o... more »

Jason Mraz, “I Won't Give Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Jason Mraz, “I Won't Give Up” - https://www.youtube.com/

Looking Back at 2015

Cara Elizabeth Ramsey at Liz – Day By Day - 4 hours ago
The year 2015 will be a pretty important year for me in numerous respects. A lot happened and I learned a lot along the way. 2015 was the first year I lived as myself full time. My legal paperwork was done in September 2014 and I was full time thereafter, no looking back. In January […]

in which the death of a rock legend makes me think about how our world has changed

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
When this came out, I hung the cover on my bedroom wall. Sharing memories of David Bowie, as so many of us were after his too-early death this week, led me to think a lot about the world I lived in when I was a big Bowie fan. *My world then* I saw Bowie in concert in 1976, after the "Station to Station" album came out. I was a few months shy of my 15th birthday. I had a picture of him on my wall, a magazine cover with a green background. I had assumed it was the cover of *Time*, but a Google image search quickly revealed it was *People*. No one in my family read *People*, which mea... more »

The Poet: Emile Bronte, “Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “Life”* “Life, believe, is not a dream So dark as sages say; Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day. Sometimes there are clouds of gloom, But these are transient all; If the shower will make the roses bloom, O why lament its fall? Rapidly, merrily, Life's sunny hours flit by, Gratefully, cheerily, Enjoy them as they fly! What though Death at times steps in And calls our Best away? What though sorrow seems to win, O'er hope, a heavy sway? Yet hope again elastic springs, Unconquered, though she fell; Still buoyant are her golden wings, Still strong to bear us well. Manfull... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“The center of our Galaxy is a busy place. In visible light, much of the Galactic Center is obscured by opaque dust. In infrared light, however, dust glows more and obscures less, allowing nearly one million stars to be recorded in the featured photograph. *Click image for larger size.* The Galactic Center itself appears on the left and is located about 30,000 light years away towards the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). The Galactic Plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, the plane in which the Sun orbits, is identifiable by the dark diagonal dust lane. The absorbing dust grains a... more »

Chet Raymo, “Speaking of Water…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “Speaking of Water…”* by Chet Raymo “How many water molecules- H2O- are there in the world's oceans? This is the kind of time-wasting calculation I love doing, but I will leave it as an exercise for one of you. Look up the mass of a proton in grams. A water molecule has essentially the mass of 18 protons (hydrogen=1, oxygen=8 protons + 8 neutrons; remember, this is an order of magnitude calculation). A cubic centimeter of water has (by definition) a mass of one gram. Divide for the number of water molecules in a cubic centimeter of water. How many cubic centimeters in the oceans... more »

The Tomahawk Has Just Been Made More 'Deadlier'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Popular Mechanics:* *Tomahawk Missiles Will Get Twice As Deadly By Blowing Up Their Own Fuel* *​When leftover jet fuel becomes a warhead.​* A new project could supercharge cruise missiles with several times more bang, and all without changing the warhead. The Tomahawk cruise missile, launched from subs, ships, or aircraft, is the tip of the spear against opponents with air defenses. More than a hundred were fired in the opening round against Libya in 2011. While the basic design has been around for decades—they were used as far back as the 1991 Gulf War—the Tomahawk has seen num... more »

"Otherness..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Every day things happen in the world that cannot be explained by any law of things we know. Every day they're mentioned and forgotten, and the same mystery that brought them takes them away, transforming their secret into oblivion. Such is the law by which things that can't be explained must be forgotten. The visible world goes on as usual in the broad daylight. Otherness watches us from the shadows.” “We have conquered the whole world before leaving our beds. But we were awakened and it was dark, We rose and all was strange to us.” - Fernando Pessoa

Paulo Coelho, "Time Shifting- Slow Down For A Better Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Time Shifting- Slow Down For A Better Life"* by Paulo Coelho "Time is not a measure: but rather a quality. When we look at the past we are not rewinding a tape but remembering a gift of our passage on Earth. Time is not measured like a road is measured, since we take gigantic leaps backwards (memories) and forwards (projects). Consider the following: Managing is not living: “Time is money” is nonsense. We have to be aware of each moment and know how to take advantage of each single moment in what we are doing (with love) or in just contemplating life. A day has 24 hours and an i... more »

"The Rise of the Stupids"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"The Rise of the Stupids" by Les Visible "I saw where someone referred to Kanye West as a genius. This sort of half excused him for his public embarrassment of saying that certain musical judges had picked the wrong bimbo to be awarded one of those Cracker Jack prizes in the tits and ass ensemble of modern culture. We know all about ‘cultures’ here at the Petri Dish. We’ve got thousands of glass slides with things growing on them and as much dry ice as you’ll find at any of the major concerts. I tried to listen to some Kanye West so that I could catch some of his genius but I was c... more »

The Juarez Workers' Fight Crosses the Border in 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
January 17, 2016 Special Report The Juarez Workers' Fight Crosses the Border in 2016 By Frontera NorteSur Beginning in the summer and fall of 2015, a wave of worker protests over low wages, sexual harassment and other adverse working conditions broke out in four foreign-owned factories, or maquiladoras, in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.  In a city where genuine union

Robert Levinson: The American, Former FBI Agent, ‘Left Behind’ in Iranian Prisoner Release

ABC News at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Robert Levinson] As American families cautiously celebrated the reported release of their loved ones from Iran, one has been “devastated” by the news that a former FBI agent was apparently “left behind.” “We are happy for the other families. But once again,... Continue reading *“Robert Levinson: The American, Former FBI Agent, ‘Left Behind’ in Iranian Prisoner Release”* at *abcnews.go.com*.

Jerusalem Church Defaced With Anti-Christian Graffiti

AP at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: DormitionAbbeyGraffiti] JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police discovered Hebrew graffiti Sunday on the walls of a famous Jerusalem church, in what appears to be the latest vandalism attack by extremist Jews. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said anti-Christian slogans were found on the... more »

Iran Says Top ISIS Leader Was Aboard Captured US Navy Boats

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A leaked Ministry of Defense report reveals that the Obama administration is “completely destroyed” after their top-secret mission in transporting a top ISIS leader was uncovered and thwarted by Iran. Following the Iranian capture of two U.S. Navy Riverine Command Boats last week, intelligence officials in Tehran discovered a plot to transport a “top level” ISIS commander into Syria from Saudi Arabia in order to replace the toppled terrorist leader Zahran Alloush. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Once this Islamic State terror leader was in route to Kuwait aboard one of the US Navy’s RCB... more »

Thousands Of Dead Squid Mysteriously Wash Up In Chile

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Over the past week, thousands of dead squid have washed up on the shores of the Santa Maria Island in Chile. The decomposing bodies of around 10,000 large cephalopods have invaded one of the beaches on the small island and locals are worried that they may pose a health risk. Experts have not yet been able to determine the cause of the mass die out. RT reports: Technicians from the Chilean National Service for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sernapesca) have collected samples of the dead squid and water for analysis in specialized centers. Experts say the phenomenon may have been caused b... more »

Russia Develop Nuclear Warheads To Destroy Incoming Asteroids

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Russia have announced plans to develop nuclear weapons that will be capable of saving humanity in the event of asteroids hitting the Earth. Russian scientists are developing nuclear warheads to deal with the ever-increasing threat of armageddon poised by the giant pieces of space rock. A team of scientists have been asked by an EU-sponsored program, NEOShield, to develop weapons to protect the planet. Sputniknews.com reports: According to a press release by the Russian Central Scientific Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) — a part of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency ... more »

Israel Routinely Execute Palestinians Without Trial

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Israel routinely executes Palestinians every day, without a trial and without any criminal repercussions. Anyone deemed suspicious by Israeli authorities are killed without questioning. Their policy is clear: shoot first, ask questions later. Haaretz.com reports: Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan outlined the situation clearly when he said, “Every terrorist should know he will not survive the attack he is about to commit” – and almost every politician joined him in nauseating unison, from Yair Lapid on up. Never have so many licenses to kill been handed out here, nor has the fin... more »

Middle East Stock Markets Crash As Iran Enters Oil War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Stock markets across the Middle East have collapsed following Iran’s addition of 500,000 barrels of oil, sending markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia into freefall. As economic sanctions were lifted from the Islamic Republic, Iran threatened to unleash a huge wave of oil onto global markets, saturating a market that is already drowning in excess supply Yahoo Finance reports: All seven stock markets in Gulf states tumbled as panic gripped traders. Dubai’s DFM General Index slumped 4.8pc to 2,682.56, while Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index collapsed by 7pc to 5,409.35, its lowest l... more »

Jan.17: No newspaper today. Hurray!

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
Beautiful day. Sunny, and not a copy of the Irving press in sight. Even better, there are some good news sources to catch up on. There are these photos of a refugee camp at Dunkirk, France. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/01/dunkirk-refugee-camp-life-muddy-uncertainty-160114065617259.html While we slap ourselves on the back for our incredible generosity in helping refugees, the reality is we help very few, and those not very much. As for the U.S., it had no trouble supplying 23,000 tons of bombs to Saudi Arabia to be dropped on an almost helpless Yemen, no trouble bu... more »

Labour and Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
In the spirit of honest politics, here's a confession: the issue of nuclear weapons doesn't greatly exercise me. They are hideous, obscene things to be sure. I've seen *Threads*, read *Brother in the Land*, and digested old academic studies about the consequences for Britain of a full nuclear exchange with the USSR. They're unremittingly grim, one and all. Yet, at the same time, the threat had an intangible quality to it. In the 70 years since Little Boy and Fat Man destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, no nation has deployed nuclear weapons in anger. The prospect of mutually assured d... more »

Conservative MPs in UK Warn that Sunday Schools Could Be Banned from Teaching Biblical Marriage

Charisma News at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: sunday schools may be banned] Sunday schools may be banned for teaching the biblical view of marriage, under proposals to subject them to Ofsted inspection, Conservative MPs have warned. The government has outlined proposals that would force many “out-of-school” settings to undergo registration and inspection.... Continue reading *“Conservative MPs in UK Warn that Sunday Schools Could Be Banned from Teaching Biblical Marriage”* at *charismanews.com*.

Cosmic Particles Could Reveal Secrets Of The Pyramids

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Cosmic particles gathered inside Egypt’s famed pyramids could help experts learn about the structure of the ancient monuments. Cosmic ray muon radiography imaging, is one of the methods used by scientists searching for hidden chambers within the pyramids. News.com reports: For the past three months a team of researchers from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan have been scanning four pyramids with thermal cameras to see if they contain unknown structures or cavities. Operation Scan Pyramids began on October 25 to search for hidden rooms inside Khufu — also known as the Great Pyramid — a... more »

The CIA Is Not Happy With The Movie '13 Hours'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Variety*: *CIA Spokesman Slams ‘13 Hours’ as ‘Distortion’ of Benghazi Events* A spokesman for the CIA is criticizing the Michael Bay movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” as a “distortion of the events and people who served in Benghazi that night.” The spokesman, Ryan Trapani, was quoted in an exclusive Washington Post story, which also features an interview with the CIA chief in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in a siege of the diplomatic compound and attack on the CIA annex. “No one will mistake this movie for ... more »

U.S. Admiral: U.S. Navy Will be Short 10 Subs To Fulfill Current Missions By The 2020s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) transits the Thames River to her new homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London. New Mexico joins Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Patrick Evans/Released) *Seapower:* *NAVSEA Commander: Navy is 10 Subs Below its Needs* ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s submarine force is not large enough to meet the needs of the nation, according to the Navy’s top ship acquisition admiral. Moderating a panel on shipbuilding Jan. 14 at the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides, command... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
New Castle, Indiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Useless..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion." - Dean Inge

"What Will It Take to Break Our Trance?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"What Will It Take to Break Our Trance?"* by Doug Page “We become sphynxes, though fake, up to the point we no longer know who we are.” - Fernando Pessoa "We are rapidly returning to the uncivilized Law of the Jungle. We will soon live in a world where brute force rules. It is not only the disabled, widows, children and orphans who are vulnerable to the cruelties of this jungle. We all are. We have been brainwashed with incessant slogans like "Get the government off your back," and "Keep more of your own money... oppose all tax increases." Our dominant, false ideology tells us th... more »

Trumpf Wants To Know: "What Are Calgary Values?" He's About To Find Out

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
As you can see from the video above, which Cruz has been sending around to justify his "New York values" comment, he's not going to curl up in a ball and whine the way the other Republican commander-in-chief wannabes have when Herr Trumpf looked at them crosseyed. As Fox's Chad Pergram pointed out on twitter yesterday, when Cruz was rescued from a stalled elevator in South Carolina Saturday morning, he emerged asking "Who put Donald Trump in charge of the elevators?" That may have been a comment on Trump trying to harm him or a comment on the shoddy workmanship Trump projects are ... more »

Man Who Awoke From 12-Year Coma ‘Was Aware of Everything,’ But We Still Call Them ‘Vegetables’

LifeNews at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Martin Pistorius] (LiveActionNews) -- When Martin Pistorius was 12 years old, he became very ill. After two years of illness, spending most of his time sleeping, he became so sick that he lost his ability to move. Then he lost his ability... Continue reading *“Man Who Awoke From 12-Year Coma ‘Was Aware of Everything,’ But We Still Call Them ‘Vegetables’”* at *lifenews.com*.

Ron Paul Says Neocons Are Warmongers

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Libertarian Ron Paul from the Voice of Liberty believes that the Neocons are warmongers. The former presidential nominee and two-time Republican presidential candidate is very impressed with the way the U.S. administration dealt with the Iran/US sailors crisis, and gives Iran credit for releasing the captured US sailors in just one day. Dr. Paul shows signs of sympathy for the Iranian predicament of finding itself besieged by terror and future threats of war and terror. In the latest Liberty report, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss the neoconservative collective outrage surroundi... more »

Linda Tripp: ‘Bill Clinton Had Affairs with Thousands of Women’

Breitbart at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Linda Tripp] In a rare interview, Linda Tripp, a pivotal figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, revealed on Sunday it was common knowledge while she worked in the West Wing that Bill Clinton had affairs with "thousands of women." Speaking on Aaron Klein Investigative... Continue reading *“Linda Tripp: ‘Bill Clinton Had Affairs with Thousands of Women’”* at *breitbart.com*.

What Does the Pope’s Synagogue Visit Mean for Jews and Christians?

The Christian Science Monitor at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: synagogue visit] Pope Francis visited the Great Synagogue of Rome Sunday, becoming only the third Catholic leader in modern times to visit the Jewish house of prayer. Francis spoke at the synagogue in an effort to demonstrate interfaith solidarity in the wake of... Continue reading *“What Does the Pope’s Synagogue Visit Mean for Jews and Christians?”* at *csmonitor.com*.

Marine Corps Releases Names of 12 Missing Marines From Helicopter Crash Near Hawaii

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Marine Corps Releases Names of 12 Missing Marines From Helicopter Crash Near Hawaii] HONOLULU (AP) -- The latest in the crash of two Marine helicopters off Hawaii (all times local): 6 p.m. The U.S. Marine Corps has released the names of the 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii. They are:... more »

Three Americans ‘Kidnapped By Militia’ In Baghdad

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Three Americans have reportedly been kidnapped by ‘militias’ in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The U.S. government is aware of reports and is working with Iraqi authorities to find them, a U.S. State Department official said on Sunday. Their disappearance was first reported by the a pan-Arab news channel Al- Arabiya. RT reports: While their identities have not yet been confirmed, Iraqi independent news agency Akad News said a US serviceman and a translator are among those who were captured in the south of Baghdad. The reports are yet to be verified, but Arab news channel Al-Arabiya sa... more »

Colorado City Uses Human Waste To Power Vehicles

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The city of Grand Junction in Colorado is turning its human waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) to power its vehicles. Eight million gallons of human waste is processed at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant that turns the sludge into RNG or Biomethane. Alternative Energies reports: The RNG becomes the fuel used by 40 fleet vehicles like garbage trucks, dump trucks, street sweepers and even transit buses. The human waste is turned into raw biogas due to a process called anaerobic digestion, and to become RNG is collected and suffers a little upgrade in order to meet the quality... more »

President Obama Credits His 'Smart' Diplomacy For Breakthroughs In The U.S. Relationship With Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Daily Mail: *'It has been a good day': Obama applauds his own 'smart' diplomacy with Iran claiming the country will NEVER get a nuclear bomb as plane carrying released prisoners heads home* * The president spoke on Sunday to outline and defend three deals with Iran * Insisted settlement of $400m plus $1.3bn interest is 'lower' than Iran sought * And said his 'smart' diplomacy means Iran will never get a nuclear bomb * Three of the five released US citizens reached Switzerland on Sunday * One of the five has already landed in Texas, the fifth is still in Iran President Barack Obama ... more »

“How Corporations and Politicians Use Numbers to Lie- and How Not to Be Fooled”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“How Corporations and Politicians Use Numbers* * to Lie- **and How Not to Be Fooled”* By Larry Schwartz “Americans, as P.T. Barnum once noted, are not all that difficult to fool, and our nation’s somewhat weak math skills don’t help. A Pew Research Center report issued last year, which studied test results of 15-year-olds, ranked the United States 35th in the world in math. Not only has this weakness in understanding numbers created opportunities for mass exploitation by Big Pharma and other industries, it has led to needless and mostly unwarranted fear. While Americans don’t under... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
I live in Arizonastan. Here's a hint: Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) says Earth is 6,000 years old.

MENA Report - ( January 17 , 2016 ) 1. Iran achieves Implementation Day - Outcome For Oil In Near Term Cloudy. 2. Iraq/ Syria Updates Of Note. 3. Libya Battlefield & Political Items. 4. ISIS / Al Qaeda / Taliban / Extremist Jihadists Updates. 5. Yemen In Focus. 6. Refugee Related Items.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 8 hours ago
Links ..... *Iran Sanctions Lifted: IAEA Affirms Full Compliance * *Pentagon Admits Killing More Iraq, Syria Civilians* *29 Killed as al-Qaeda Attacks Burkina Faso Hotel* *Al-Shabaab Overruns Somalia Base, 63 Kenya Troops Killed* Iraq's Top Shi'ite Cleric Urges End to Militancy After Diyala Attacks Pentagon Releases Video of US Bombing 'Millions' in ISIS Cash Norway Tells 5,500 Migrants Who Arrived on Bikes to Ride Back Across the Border to Russia German Town Bans Male Refugees From Swimming Pool Facing Partial Eviction, Migrants... more »

Weisberg

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*Jim Garrison's Harshest Critics* Dave Reitzes "As an investigator, Jim Garrison could not find a pubic hair in a whorehouse at rush hour." -- Harold Weisberg Jim Garrison liked to promote the view that anyone who criticized him was simply opposed to the idea that a conspiracy took the life of President John F. Kennedy. But how then does one account for the fact that some of Garrison's toughest critics have always been conspiracy theorists? Anthony Summers, author of *Conspiracy,* writes that the Garrison investigation "has long been recognized by virtually everyone -- including s... more »

Cyprus

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*"The Embassy does not believe that the loss of Cyprus-owned physical infrastructure, nor the interruption of key resource exports from the island, would immediately affect the security, national economic security, and/or public health or safety of the United States. A Connecticut-sized Mediterranean island some 5000 miles from the East Coast of the United States, Cyprus simply is too small, too distant, and too lacking in natural resources to affect U.S. interests in that fashion.* *Under the terms of the 1960 independence treaties, Great Britain was allowed to retain two "Sove... more »

Zionism in the Age of the Dictators - by Lenni Brenner

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*Contradiction, Collusion and Controversy * *by Edward Mortimer * *The Times (London), February 11, 1984: * *Zionism in the Age of the Dictators * *by Lenni Brenner (Croom Helm, £9.95) * Who told a Berlin audience in March 1912 that* each country can absorb only a limited** number of Jews, if she doesn't want disorders in her stomach. Germany already has too many **Jews*? No, not Adolf Hitler but *Chaim Weizmann*, later president of the *World Zionist Organization* and later still the first *President of the State of Israel.* And where might you find the following assertion,... more »

As Sanctions Are Lifted, Iranian Foes Fear the Worst

JOSEF FEDERMAN at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.] JERUSALEM (AP) -- As the nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect, many Middle Eastern countries fear a newly emboldened Iran, flush with cash and international recognition, will grow more aggressive with what they see as meddling in conflicts across... more »

US Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Over Missile Test

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Just one day after international sanctions against Iran were lifted, the United States has imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals over a recent ballistic missile test. U.S. officials said that the Treasury planned to announce the penalties in late December, but held off after the Iranian foreign minister said they could have derailed the prisoner exchange that took place over weekend. The BBC reports: The new sanctions prevent 11 entities and individuals linked to the missile programme from using the US banking system. The move came after international nuclear ... more »

White House Admits Fake Vaccine Programs Used To Gather Public DNA

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The White House has officially admitted that fake vaccine programs have been used on the public in order to gather public DNA intelligence for use in the ‘war on terror’. The government have said that the scheme, carried out in the Middle East, uses DNA to identify potential terrorist suspects who would then be targeted to be assassinated by the United States. Wearechange.org reports: The White House has officially admitted that fake vaccination programs have been used by the United States as a cover for covertly stealing DNA samples from the public as part of the so-called “war on... more »

Climate Change Scientists Call For Geoengineering

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Climate change scientists are now publicly pushing forward the ‘geoengineering’ agenda following the “failed” Paris Climate Change Conference last year. The worlds’ leading climate change scientists are now saying that following the conference, radical technology aimed controlling and manipulating the world’s weather must be employed in order to deal with the problem of climate change. Activistpost.com reports: According to a 2013 congressional report: The term ‘geoengineering’ describes this array of technologies that aim, through large-scale and deliberate modifications of the Ea... more »

Mysterious Bulgaria Skull May Belong To An Alien Say Scientists

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A mysterious skull has been discovered in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria, which scientists say is of alien origins. The skull, nickname the ‘Rhodope alien skull’, was found by a local man (who wishes to remain anonymous) from Plovdiv, during a dig. He says he found the skull buried near a small oval-shaped metallic object. 7tales.net reports: The man told a fascinating story about how he was guided in his dream by five mysterious humanoids dressed in yellow metallic clothing. These beings showed the man a spot in the Rhodope Mountains, near the border between Bulgaria and Greece,... more »

End Of The EU? Austria Ends ‘Open Border’ Policy With Europe

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Vienna has cancelled the Schengen agreement with Europe (which allows for the free movement of European’s within the borderless Schengen Area) amid an escalating migrant and refugee crisis. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has said that the whole notion of Europe “is in question” and announced that the country would be taking immigration matters into its own hands after Europe’s failure to deal with the crisis. “All refugees must be controlled, economic migrants must be sent to the countries of their origin,” Faymann said in an interview with Austria’s Oesterreich newspaper. RT.c... more »

Palestinian Peace Negotiation Aide Arrested For Spying

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
An aide to the office of chief Palestinian Authority peace negotiator Saeb Erekat has been arrested by Palestinian security officials and accused of spying for Israel. NPR reports: The arrest occurred two weeks ago, and the precise nature of the allegations aren’t yet clear, NPR’s Emily Harris reports: “The man is suspected of passing information to the Israelis. The head of the Palestinian negotiating office, Saeb Erekat, confirmed that the arrest happened a couple weeks ago but wouldn’t detail the man’s job or assess how much damage may have been done. “Another Palestinian official... more »

Angela Merkel May Face Criminal Charges

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Angela Merkel could find herself in a Federal Constitutional Court, after one of her allies has threatened to take her government to court over its unconstitutional open door refugee policy. Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer has said he will send the government a request within the next 2 weeks to restore “orderly conditions” at Germany’s borders, before taking the matter to court. Reuters.com reports: “If it doesn’t follow, the state government will have no other choice but to file a suit at the Federal Constitutional Court,” Seehofer told Der Spiegel magazine on Saturday. See... more »

Islamic State Takes 400 hostages During Horror Siege In Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Islamic State jihadi fighters have taken 400 civilians hostage in eastern Syria, during an attack on a government held district in Deir al Zor. The hostages include women and children. It comes just a day after around 300 people were brutally murdered in Deir al Zor. The Sunday Express reports: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said those abducted were all Sunnis and included families of pro-government fighters. They were taken to other areas under IS control in northwest Syria, it said. “There is genuine fear for their lives, there is a fear that the group might execute them a... more »

Benghazi Investigation Implicates President Obama

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy has confirmed that orders were given to military aid in Benghazi to “stand down”, implicating President Obama in the scandal. The U.S. had rescue teams ready during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but the President prevented them from acting. PJ Media reports: This week on her show, “Full Measure,” Attkisson looked into the aborted rescue mission in an in-depth two-part report, “Rescue Interrupted,” which you can watch here and here. She spoke with a Green Beret commander who told her that there were actually Special Forces on their way to Benghazi who wer... more »

Bill O’Reilly Promises To Flee To Ireland If Bernie Sanders Wins

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly has promised the American public that he will leave America permanently and flee to Ireland if Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is elected President of the United States. On his Thursday show O’Reilly warned that Sanders wanted to secretly “dismantle” Medicare and the “Affordable Care Act” in order to impose his own socialist scheme – Berniecare. Presstv.com reports: “If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I’m fleeing … I’m going to Ireland. And they already know it. … I shouldn’t say it publicly because that will get Sanders more votes,” O’Reilly s... more »

Hurricane Alex, 1938, And All That

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Apparently Hurricane Alex is being blamed for the half an inch of snow we had here last night! I kid you not. There was actually an interesting comment from the Telegraph’s Peter Stanford today (sorry Peter, I did not mean it, honest!). He says that the sea surface temperatures where Alex […]

Rightwing Nuthouse: 5 Looniest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Bill O'Reilly Comes out With a Doozy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“5 Looniest Right-Wing Moments This Week: * *Bill O'Reilly Comes out With a Doozy”* By Janet Allon "It is almost impossible to enumerate the bellicosity, paranoia and flat-out lying that emerged from the rightward flank this week. But that’s what happens when you have a Republican debate and President Obama's State of the Union speech within days of each other. "Respectable" Marco Rubio hysterically asserts that the president is fiendishly plotting to take away everyone’s guns. Virtually every GOP candidate expresses the desire to go to war immediately with Iran. Donald Trump and ... more »

Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21, 2013 - by Ted Postol

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21, 2013* What is the main policy issue? - The Syrian Improvised Chemical Munitions that Were Used in the August 21, Nerve Agent Attack in Damascus Have a Range of About 2 Kilometers - The UN Independent Assessment of the Range of the Chemical Munition Is in Exact Agreement with Our Findings - This Indicates That These Munitions Could Not Possibly Have Been Fired at East Ghouta from the “Heart”, or from the Eastern Edge, of the Syrian Government Control... more »

Some interesting observations about the toasted cars at WTC 2

Geezer Power at Home Nature Report - 9 hours ago
The "Directed Energy Weapons" Hypothesis vs. Real ScienceA Scientific evaluation of the theories and evidence presented on http://www.drjudywood.com/ and in her book "Where Did the Towers Go? - The Evidence of Directed Free-Energy Technology on 9/11" by Dr. Judy Wood. Alien ScientistDirected Energy Weapons are "Directed" and also "Directional", that is, they travel in a straight line and destroy anything in their path. So if these cars were toasted via a DEW (Directed Energy Weapon) then how is there is concrete parking garage roof still over them? These cars were clearly not ... more »

Taiwan Is China's Number 1 Security Issue

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters: South China Sea?* *For Beijing, Taiwan is the No. 1 security issue* For China, whose President Xi Jinping is already taking an increasingly muscular approach to claims in the East and South China Sea, the question of Taiwan trumps any other of its territorial assertions in terms of sensitivity and importance. After eight years of calm in what had been one of Asia's powder kegs, the landslide election of an independence-leaning opposition leader, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, has thrust Taiwan back into the spotlight as one of the region's most sensitive security issues.... more »

Hillary Clinton Hungry For New Iran Sanctions

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Hillary Clinton has called for fresh new sanctions on Iran just hours after the U.S. announced it had dropped sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal. The Presidential candidate called for new sanctions due to the countries ballistic missile program, warning Americans that Iran is still violating UN rules. “Iran is still violating UN Security Council resolutions with its ballistic missile program, which should be met with new sanctions designations and firm resolve,” she said. Thehill.com reports: “These prisoners were held unjustly by a regime that continues to threaten the ... more »

Paper claiming GMO dangers retracted amid allegations of data manipulation

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
A nutrition journal is retracting a paper about potential dangers of eating food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for duplicating a figure, as news stories from Italy are reporting accusations that the last author falsified some of his research. In the paper, Federico Infascelli, an animal nutrition researcher at the University of Naples, and his colleagues showed modified genes […] The post Paper claiming GMO dangers retracted amid allegations of data manipulation appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Journalists: The Gift of Being Present

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
For journalists, the gift of being present is the greatest gift By Brenda Norrell Censored News Photo: On the road to Zapatista Stronghold by Brenda Norrell It is often the simplest memory, the simplest truth, that is the most profound: Riding in the back of a cargo truck through Zapatista country in Chiapas, wearing our red bandanas; driving into Pine Ridge from the south, with the sky as

Suicide Bomber In Afghanistan Targets Pro-Government Politicians Celebrating The Release Of A Relative Held Captive By The Taliban

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills 14 people after attacking a gathering of pro-government politicians celebrating a relative's release from Taliban captors* * A suicide bomber in Afghanistan has killed 14 people at a public gathering * The attacker detonated explosives that he had hidden inside his clothes * It is thought the Afghan family was targeted for its pro-government stance * They were gathering to celebrate a relative's release from Taliban captors * He was injured in the blast, which occurred in Jalalabad, Afghanistan A suicide bomber in Afghanistan has kill... more »

When Artists And Public Intellectuals Sell Out

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 10 hours ago
American neo-liberalism has become a juggernaut, Chris Hedges writes, because it has successfully convinced citizens to forget their intellectual heritage: America’s refusal to fund and sustain its intellectual and cultural heritage means it has lost touch with its past, obliterated its understanding of the present, crushed its capacity to transform itself through self-reflection and self-criticism, and descended into a deadening provincialism. Ignorance and illiteracy come with a cost. The obsequious worship of technology, hedonism and power comes with a cost. The primacy of em... more »

Pentagon Now Targeting Islamic State Hackers For Air-Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Pentagon takes aim at ISIS hackers* The killing of two Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) hackers is raising new questions about whether the Pentagon is targeting the group's tech-savvy members. Focusing on digital leaders in ISIS could be an effective way to counteract the extremist group's online recruitment — an area where the U.S. has struggled — military and cyber experts say. “You might impact the propaganda which is getting them a lot of attention, a lot of young members in Western countries who are being radicalized,” said Robert Lee, a former cyber offi... more »

Poll: There Is A Huge Middle Eastern Sectarian Divide On Views Of Saudi Arabia, Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*PEW Research:* *The Middle East’s sectarian divide on views of Saudi Arabia, Iran* The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the Saudi Embassy amid protests in Iran, a predominantly Shia Muslim nation with long-standing animosity toward predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia, has led to the cutting of diplomatic ties between the two powers. Saudi allies in the region, such as Bahrain, have followed suit. The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are oft... more »

Energy 54, Need for cheaper, reliable energy sources

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
These are sections 5 and 6 of my presentation, *Climate change and the need for cheaper and stable energy sources *during the EPDP Conference 2016 last week, January 12-13 at the New World Hotel in Makati. *VI. Summary and recommendations* *1. Climate change (CC) is natural (nature-made, not “man-made”), it is cyclical (warming-cooling-warming-cooling), and has precedents (not “unprecedented”). CC happened in the past, happening now, will happen in the future. CC is as natural as day-night or wet-dry seasonal cycle.* *2. Extreme weather, severe flooding and drought have precedents... more »

U.S. To Pay Iran $400 Million Debt And $1.3 Billion In Interest Dating From The Islamic Revolution

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry pictured during a press conference at the E3/EU+3 and Iran talks at the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna on January 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Joe Klamar) *AFP*: *US to pay Iran $1.7 bn in debt and interest: Kerry* Washington (AFP) - The United States is to repay Iran a $400 million debt and $1.3 billion in interest dating to the Islamic revolution, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. The repayment, which settles a suit brought under an international legal tribunal, is separate from the tens of billions of dollars in frozen ... more »

ON TURNING 82 AND OWNING A GREAT TRUTH

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 11 hours ago
*Turning 82 in good health is a major achievement in these troubled times but without a doubt my greatest achievement, as well as gift to mankind, has been to find and identify a great truth that I once profoundly felt and knew as a very young child. It was then finding the determination and courage to live and demonstrate in my work that a **Unified Field of love and soul consciousness lay not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears and that its principle property is the universal urge to unite ~ which we continue to resist at our collective per... more »

An Unspeakable Crime Has Been Committed In Flint-- But It Should Not Be Unpunishable

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*MURDERER* The outrage has been building in me since I first started reading and hearing about how Michigan Governor Rick Snyder abrogated democracy in Flint and set about poisoning their water system. People are dead; people are sick; people will suffer for their entire lives; and Michigan taxpayers-- probably U.S. taxpayers as well-- are on the hook for untold tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. One man-- one, repulsive, greed-driven, ideological slob: Rick Snyder. If we were primitive his battered carcass would be hanging from a lamp post and being eaten by vultures. B... more »

President Obama Announces New Sanctions Against Iran (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
"We have now cut off every single path that Iran could have used to build a bomb." —@POTUS #IranDeal https://t.co/LM2W9ZqH7E — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2016

This Has Been A Big Week In U.S. - Iranian Relations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Image: Flickr/U.S. Department of State. *Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest:* *Iran and the United States Had a Very Big Week* We will certainly not hear this from the ten Republican candidates running for president of the United States, but this past week proved to be an incredibly productive time for U.S.-Iran diplomacy. Indeed, the last seven days has not only resulted in several positive outcomes for the United States, but has exhibited just how markedly different interactions between American and Iranian officials have become since the JCPOA negotiating process first began... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
I was cited in “An Unhappy Marriage: Civil-Military Relations in Post-Saddam Iraq” by Florence Gaub for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

U.S. Announces New Sanctions Against Iran On Their Ballistic Missile Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Screen capture of the last launch of an Iranian missile, October 10, 2015. (YouTube/PressTV News Videos) *New York Times*: *U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran After Prisoner Exchange* TEHRAN — Less than 24 hours after lifting sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, the Obama administration announced Sunday that it was imposing new sanctions on Iran for violating United Nations resolutions against ballistic missile tests. The announcement, which was prepared several weeks ago but delayed by the Treasury Department, was made shortly after a Swiss plane carrying Americans fr... more »

Iranian Reaction To The Lifting Of International Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Iranians jubilant as country wakes up to first day without sanctions* President Hassan Rouhani hails ‘golden page’ in country’s history and ‘turning point’ in economy as sanctions lifted Iranians have greeted with jubilation the end to a decade of financial stringency under sanctions after western officials formally lifted a complex network of punitive measure as the landmark nuclear deal was implemented. President Hassan Rouhani hailed a “golden page” in the country’s history and a “turning point” in its economy as he delivered his budget before the Iranian par... more »

IPR and Innovation 29, Civil society enforcement of patents, copyrights

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
Property rights, physical or intellectual, are good only if they are enforced. While the means of property rights protection is via government, national and local, there are other non-governmental, professional and civil society way of enforcing IPR. Some news reports here last year. *(1) "The benefits of a strong regime of property rights apply just as much to intangibles as to land and goods. We long ago worked out how to make the ownership of cars and houses and factories work, but we are not always as effective at protecting the interests of the originators of an idea, the crea... more »

Sunday Song - Bonus Shot

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
"Take Back America" Darlene McBride MadTV"Take Back America To 1955..." sing along with Darlene McBride, the favorite artist of Redneck Republicans everywhere! Posted by Redneck Republicans on Friday, January 15, 2016

Three Of The Four Americans Freed By Iran As Part Of A Prisoner Swap Have Left Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN*: *Plane carrying Americans in Iran prisoner swap has taken off* (CNN)A plane carrying at least three of the four Americans freed by Iran as part of a prisoner swap has taken off, three of the men's families said in Sunday statements. White House officials said earlier Sunday that recently detained student Matthew Trevithick, who was released -- but not as part of the prisoner swap -- had left Iran. There were no additional details. The situation of the fifth prisoner, identified by U.S. officials as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, was not immediately known. A statement from ... more »

Mass Killings And Abductions by ISIS Militants Being Reported From The Besieged Syrian City Of Deir al-Zor (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Islamic State kidnaps 400 civilians in Syrian city of Deir al-Zor: monitor* Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday families of pro-government fighters were among those abducted. "There is genuine fear for their lives, there is a fear that the group might execute them as it has done before in other areas," said the Observatory's head Rami Abdulrahamn. Deir al-Zor is the main to... more »

The Fate of Humanity.....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Don't lose the Internet......

AT list of remarkable POLITICIANS

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 13 hours ago
These  politicians stand for justice, in the face of a majority of their colleagues who stand for self-interest, exploitation, plunder, occupation, apartheid, war, and genocide... WORK IN PROGRESS -- PLEASE MAKE SUGGESTIONS IN COMMENT George Galloway, UK (video) Malalai Joya, Afghanistan (video) Ralph Nader, USA (video) Richard Boyd Barrett, Ireland (video) From the recent past: Tommy

Stock Markets Across The Middle East Crashed Today (They Are Open On Sundays)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Telegraph:* *Iran sanctions: Middle East stock markets crash as Tehran enters oil war* Prospect of the Islamic Republic pumping an additional 500,000 barrels a day sends stock markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia into tailspin Stock markets across the Middle East collapsed as the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran threatened to unleash a fresh wave of oil onto global markets that are already drowning in excess supply. All seven stock markets in Gulf states tumbled as panic gripped traders. Dubai's DFM General Index slumped 4.8pc to 2,682.56, while Saudi Arabia's Tadawul... more »

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Favors Legalization Of Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Politico*: *Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay* Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven't committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay. In an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Florida Republican contender for the presidency said felons shouldn't be allowed to stay, but those who commit lesser crimes could still qualify. He didn't specify if the people allowed to stay would ever be able to become citizens. "If you're a criminal alien, no, you can't stay. If you're someone that hasn't been here for a... more »

Why Don't Voters Trust Hillary Any More Than They Trust Rubio, Cruz, Trumpf Or Christie?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
The Democratic Party Establishment, worried that too much democracy could upset their profitable little racket, instituted the idea of "super-delegates" in 1982 to gives themselves some control over the nomination process. Originally the party bosses demanded 30% of all the delegates but today the super-delegates-- current and former Democratic Party officials-- comprise 20% of the convention delegates. Last November NPR dealt with how the super-delegate system was good for an establishment hack like Clinton and toxic for the candidacy of an outsider or insurgent. "Front-runner" ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday... Mid January, and time again for my weekly rant... Well, it appears that the term the frozen wasteland for this part of Canada is finally living up to its billing with temperatures this last week plunging down into the -30C range....That is of course -25 for you crazy Americans still on the old Fahrenheit scale.... Yes, this was expected, and shows again that the idea that the planet is "overheating" is a fraud.... I personally am sick and tired of the clowns that push the Global Warming agenda and continue to claim that 2015 was the 'warmest year on r... more »

Is President Obama Correct When He Says That Groups Like 'al-Qaeda And Islamic State But Threaten Our National Existence?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Military.com: Obama: Al-Qaeda and ISIS Don't Threaten 'Our National Existence' In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said the terrorist groups al-Qaeda and Islamic State pose a "direct threat" to Americans but don't threaten "our national existence." "Both al-Qaeda and now ISIL pose a direct threat to our people, because in today's world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life, including their own, can do a lot of damage," he said, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria, or ISIS, also known as ISIL. "They use the Internet ... more »

Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Life has been interfering with blogging. So if anybody is out there, please feel free to contribute.

The Search Continues For 12 US Marines Missing After Thursday's Helicopter Collision Off The Coast Of Hawaii

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Marine Corps lists identities of 12 missing in Hawaii chopper collision* The U.S. Marines Corps released the identities of 12 Marines missing at sea after two helicopters collided near the island of Oahu in Hawaii on Thursday night. The search for the missing Marines continued off the North Shore of Oahu for a second day, with the Coast Guard and partner agencies expanding their search from Waianae to Kahuku off Oahu, and extending out to sea eight miles, the Coast Guard said. "We'd like to reiterate to the public to use caution along the north and west shores of Oah... more »

Why a Global Approach Is Needed to Defeat ISIS

Lisa Curtis at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.] During his final State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama attempted to downplay the threat to U.S. national security posed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). But a special... more »

What the [Bleep] Has Happened to Our Speech?

Jennifer Hartline at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: speak no evil - 900] Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, and America needs her mouth washed out with soap. For the love of everything decent, people, please stop it already. The assault on our ears and our sensibilities has just... more »

Sanders Says He Supports Repealing Gun Manufacture Immunity

LISA LERER at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the First in the South Dinner at the Charleston Mariott Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Charleston, S.C.] CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- On the eve of the next Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his support for legislation that would reverse a 2005 law granting gun manufacturers legal immunity that he once supported. Sanders’ changed position came... more »

Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist Group Claims To Have Captured Scores Of Kenyan Soldiers In Last Weeks Attack On A Major AU Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Somali Islamist rebels say they have captured Kenyan troops* Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group said on Sunday it had captured some Kenyan soldiers during an attack last week on military bases in western Somalia near the Kenyan border. The group, which did not say how many soldiers were held after Friday's assault in Ceel Cadde, also said in a statement that more than 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed, revising up the number from the more than the 63 dead it had previously claimed. Kenya has not given casualty figures beyond saying both sides sustained casualties. But ... more »

Russia's Deployment Of S-400 Missile Batteries In Kaliningrad Will Make The Baltics A No-Go Zone In The Event Of War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Foxtrot-Alpha*: *Russia's Buildup Of S-400 Missile Batteries In Kaliningrad Is Freaking Out NATO* The same air defense system that has seemingly kept coalition fighters out of western Syria is now being installed in the heart of Europe, at Russia’s Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad. Russia’s setting up surface-to-air missile systems in their territory is nothing new, but the S-400's long-range and effectiveness is. The S-400 (NATO code name SA-21 Growler) is very much a wide-area, anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) system. It has the ability threaten enemy aircraft within a 250 mi... more »

How The Collapse In The Price Of Oil May Precipitate A Debt Crisis And War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Raúl Ilargi Meijer, The Automatic Earth*: *(Re-)Covering Oil and War* The first thing that popped into our minds on Tuesday when WTI oil briefly broached $30 for its first $20 handle in many years, was that this should be triggering a Gawdawful amount of bets, $30 being such an obvious number. Which in turn would of necessity lead to a -brief- rise in prices. Apparently even that is not so easy to see, since when prices did indeed go up after, some 3% at the ‘top’, ‘analysts’ fell over each other talking up ‘bottom’, ‘rebound’ and even ‘recovery’. We’re really addicted to that re... more »

Will The Use Of Artillery Change The Battlefield Dynamics In the Syrian War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*James T. Quinlivan, War On The Rocks*: *Artillery Returns To The Battlefield In the War Against The Islamic State* Amid Russian air and cruise missile strikes, civilian casualties, proposed no-fly zones, air-to-air shoot-downs, and new surface-to-air missiles in Syria, relatively few news stories have discussed the introduction of Russian artillery into the theater. Though the introduction of artillery may seem less significant than aerial attacks, remember that Napoleon observed: “With artillery, war is made.” By reintroducing artillery to Syria to support combined arms operatio... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Author of Benghazi Book Stands by Pivotal ‘Stand Down’ Scene

JOCELYN NOVECK at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Pablo Schreiber, from left, as Kris "Tanto" Paronto, John Krasinski as Jack Silva, David Denman as Dave "Boon" Benton and Dominic Fumusa as John "Tig" Tiegen, in the film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment/Bay Films.] “Stand down,” says the actor playing the CIA station chief in Michael Bay’s new film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. He’s speaking to the security team that wants to go help Americans under siege less than a mile away... more »

Once-Homeless Man with Smooth Voice Is Back on the Airwaves

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: In this December 2010 file photo, Ted Williams holds a sign advertising his smooth radio voice near a highway ramp in Columbus, Ohio. Five years after Williams' silky voice won him Internet fame, he’s on the air again at the same Ohio radio station where he began his career before addiction pushed him to the streets. The Columbus Dispatch reports the new weekday radio program on WVKO-AM is the first steady employment Williams has had since 1993.] COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The once-homeless man whose silky voice turned him into an Internet sensation five years ago is back on the ... more »

Media Mmatters Sins aginst the Truth

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 15 hours ago
Media Matters sins against truth. Every time Mark Z. Jacobson publishes another study his careful readers become critics. The most vociferous, of Jacobson's critics are not as Media Matters would suggest, right-wing climate change deniers. Most of Jacobson's critics are Political progressives, who are deeply concerned about preventing CO2 emissions and their accompning potentially catistrophic changes to the global climate. Thus the primary criticism of Professor Jacobson comes from the political left, not from the political right, and the criticism is coming from scientists and ... more »

Pronouns and the March of ‘Gender Diversity’

Carolyn Moynihan at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: transgender] For all its difficulty in other ways, the English language is wonderfully simple in the matter of gender. People may feminize objects and roles, calling ships "her" and female flight attendants (in one brief, perhaps benighted era) hostesses, but these... more »

Newt Gingrich: America Needs to Get Ready for a ‘100-Year War’ with Radical Islam

Russ Read at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Shiite tribesmen brandish their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 17 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf. Fighting erupted at the northern approaches to Baghdad Tuesday as Iraq accused Saudi Arabia of backing militants who have seized swathes of territory in an offensive the UN says threatens its very existence.] The war against radical Islamic terrorism could go on much longer than anyone is expecting, and ... more »

UN Panel Calls for ‘Voluntary’ Global Taxation to Ease Refugee Suffering

EDITH M. LEDERER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: UN_Geneva] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An estimated $40 billion is needed annually to help the rapidly growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters -- and one possibility to help fill the $15 billion... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Most Oxford students want to keep Cecil Rhodes statue: Survey finds 54% want monument to remain despite controversial campaign to remove it* Oxford students want a statue of Cecil Rhodes to remain at Oriel College despite a controversial campaign to tear it down over claims it is 'racist'. The majority oppose calls to remove the memorial to the 19th Century politician, who left vast sums to the university on his death. A survey of almost 1,000 students by university newspaper Cherwell found 54 per cent want the statue to remain, compared with just 37 per cent who want it removed ... more »

Who Are the Seven Iranians Released In Exchange For U.S. Prisoners?

Russ Read at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 1iran] Four U.S.-Iranian dual citizens held by Iran were freed in exchange for seven Iranian nationals held in the U.S. for violating sanctions against Iran. Iranian media lists those freed as: Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afqahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima... more »

We Need a Christian Version of Black Lives Matter

George Yancey at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Black Lives Matter] I did a recent interview where the topic of Black Lives Matter came up. I discussed the movement as one that is addressing the important issue of disparate criminal justice. There are extreme opinions at both ends of the spectrum... more »

Taiwan Elects President Favoring Independence from Communist China

Dean Cheng at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Tsai_und_Su_(cropped,_Tsai_Ing-wen)] Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has become the fourth popularly elected president of the Republic of China since the return of presidential elections in 1996 -- joining Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian, and Ma Ying-jeou. Early reports indicate that she... more »

Are Conservatives Really More Simple-Minded Than Liberals? A New Study Will Surprise Some

Reason at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: conservative or liberal] It is almost a truism among psychological researchers that conservatives are simple-minded and dogmatic. Liberals, meanwhile, are supposed to be more complex and open-minded thinkers. But a new paper is calling those conclusions into question. Writing in the journal Political... Continue reading *“Are Conservatives Really More Simple-Minded Than Liberals? A New Study Will Surprise Some”* at *reason.com*.

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*How reliable are satellite temperature measurements?* *Phil Plait"Bad astronomer" Phil Plait is on another of his deceptive rants below. He thinks the heavily manipulated and unevenly located thermometer data is accurate and the satellite readings are not. So just a few observations:He says that accounts of the "pause" show a flat trend line only because the starting point of the graphs concerned is in the El Nino year of 1998. But that is not so. I trot out my favorite graph below.The graph in fact starts from 1997. And think what would have happened if there... more »

Liberal Professors Outnumber Conservative Faculty 5 to 1. Academics Explain Why This Matters

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Muscle] Professors in higher education have become notably more liberal during the past 25 years, according to a recent study, and academics predict that the trend isn't likely to slow any time soon. During the past quarter-century, academia has seen a nearly... more »

Andrea Bocelli - Macchine da Guerra (Machine of War)

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
One of the Italians noticed a variation of the phrase "pre-authorized, pre-paid, pre-deposited" turn up in the Andrea Bocelli song *Macchine da Guerra* (Machine of War) from 1997, and war has always been because people didn't understand where value came from... Italian Macchine Da Guerra 1997 Se fosse una cosa semplice io te la direi, ma c’è una confusione dentro e quì, attorno a me. Tu preferisci evitare e forse la colpa non è tua; potrei tentare un’altra volta, ma non sono io che devi sentire. A piedi nudi camminiamo sui vetri rotti e poi con mani sporche ci tocchiamo ci feriamo ... more »

As Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Drags On, Residents Aim for Calm

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, Members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters stand guard near Burns, Ore. Thousands of archeological artifacts and maps detailing where more can be found are stored at a national wildlife refuge currently being held by a group of armed protestors.] BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities arrested a man they said was driving a government vehicle stolen from a wildlife refuge being occupied by an armed group protesting federal land policies as the standoff in Oregon’s high desert hit the two-week... more »

Liberal Professors Outnumber Conservative Faculty 5 to 1.

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/14/liberal-professors-outnumber-conservative-faculty-5-to-1-academics-explain-why-this-matters/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=saturday&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRovvqvBZKXonjHpfsX56uorUaKxlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMdhM6%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7jHKM1t0sEQWBHm Universities have for a number of years been hotbeds of left wing agitation, but a survey finds that left wing bias has grown even worse in recent years, as the Daily Signal reveals: Professors in higher education have become notably more liberal during the pa... more »

Elle King - Ex's & Oh's - something for the ladies...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/0uLI6BnVh6w

Being Human: "Watch This Boy's Reunion With His Lost Dog And Try Not To Cry"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Watch This Boy's Reunion With His Lost Dog And Try Not To Cry"* by Hilary Hanson "This is second only to the ending of "Homeward Bound" as the most heartwarming video reunion between a child and a pet we’ve seen. And this one isn’t a movie, folks. Paula Williams, a mother in Lubbock, Texas, posted a video on the city's “Lost and Found Pets” page on Jan. 8, showing her 6-year-old son, Kahne, reuniting with their dog, Kase, who had missing for more than a month. They had let the pup outside to use the bathroom on Dec. 4, but he was gone when they went to bring him in, Williams told T... more »

Week 3 - The Gaian Dragon I Ching Calendar : Week of Increase by James Clair Lewis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
The Gaian Dragon I Ching Calendar : Week of Increase *The Gaian Dragon I Ching Calendar* *#35 : Increase* *The effort to create generates increase* *Split complex projects up into simple tasks. Prepare to do a lot of work. Seek to balance what isn't. Keep the Happiness of all in mind. Focus upon what is Enduring. * *Meditate upon how things get done.* *Think before you act. Work for Truth. Stick with your Family. Be honest and remain free of real blame. Provide for the future. Start on the next project as you complete the current one.* *True Increase benefits everyone, yourself ... more »

NDP In British Columbia, Time For New Faces, Time For Guts

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 20 hours ago
__________ January 17-2016 I wrote this post shortly after Adrian Dix's monumental election failure in 2013....The reason why I`m reposting is twofold...Firstly, the last Robin Mathews article is very important.... http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2016/01/canada-colonial-curse-part-ii-british.html The legislature does not have to be open for the BC NDP opposition to make noise, a whole lot of noise..Scream, holler and get articles aired, even if you have to pay to get them posted.....Secondly...There is no doubt the majority of BC`s legislative reporters and writers are w... more »

(High Frequency Traders Only Have GOOD Days)  No Matter How Many Times the Wall Street Fraud Gets Reported, It Never Gets Resolved to Benefit the Whole Country  (And There's No Secret About Why)

From our trusted reporters at "Wall Street on Parade:" Just as "The Big Short" movie, based on the Michael Lewis book by the same name, is drawing crowds at theatres and explaining in layman’s terms how the subprime mortgage fraud was perpetrated on Wall Street, a movie trailer for a new film, "Money Monster," coming in the first half of this year, has been released. "Money Monster" stars

Military Photo of the Day: January 17, 2015

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Michigan infantry - 900] The 21st Michigan Infantry, a company of William Tecumseh Sherman‘s army - Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful Churches: Armenian Genocide Memorial Church

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Armenian Genocide Memorial Church Composite - 900] This Armenian Apostolic church was build in dedication to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. The church was built between 1989 and 1990 and was located in the Dier ez Zor region of Syria. On 21 September 2014,... more »

When religious beliefs trump one's life

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*A heartbreaking opinion piece by a climate alarmist* This opinion piece is perhaps the first essay by a climate alarmist that I have ever read and that I would label as "heartbreaking". Adjectives like "cynical", "self-serving", and "hypocritical" come to us much more frequently. [Only this paragraph that you're reading was added in the evening. I think that the previous paragraph written in the morning of European time makes it clear that Sellers is *not* one of the widespread alarmist people who deserve, according to my opinions, the adjectives like "cynical" etc. On the contrar... more »

Musical Interlude: Jardin de Brocéliande, “Nouvelle Naissance”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Jardin de Brocéliande, “Nouvelle Naissance” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RQGJ9oyPs4

The U.S. Navy's New Plan To Conduct Major Combat Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar, War Is Boring:* *Everything the U.S. Navy Wants Its Laser Warships to Do* *New details about next-gen ships* A new U.S. Navy large surface combatant might feature futuristic weapons that, until now, have been the province of science fiction. According to a recent interview with a top naval official, the Navy envisions that its next-generation large surface combatant — or destroyer-cruise-size — ships might be armed with host of lasers, railguns and even particle beam weapons, in addition to regular missile tubes. The new design is intended as a replacement for bot... more »

How A Slumping Stock Market Can Be Used To Predict A U.S. Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Zero Hedge*: *Why Donald Trump Is Praying For A Market Crash* When it comes to Trump's relentless surge in the polls, one thing is certain: the so-called "pundits", biased from day one, were, are, and will continue to be completely wrong. But as the day approaches when Trump appears set to win the GOP presidential nomination and face off against Hillary, who should one listen to? Well, according to InvesTech's James Stack, with a track record of 86.4%, the market may be an almost flawless arbiter of the election outcome long before November. Here's why: *Read more* .... *WNU Edi... more »

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