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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

23 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

11:20pm MST

Judge: Clinton Aides Can Be Questioned About Email Server

Michael Biesecker at The Stream - 9 minutes ago
[image: In this Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York. A federal judge could allow a conservative legal group to question top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about whether she deliberately sought to subvert open records laws by using a private email server. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled Feb. 23 that Judicial Watch can prepare a plan for "narrowly tailored discovery" into the circumstances surrounding the Democratic presidential candidate's use of a home-based email server during her four-... more »

Brazil Plans To Unleash Radiation To Kill Zika Mosquitoes

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 26 minutes ago
Brazil have announced plans to tackle the Zika virus outbreak by unleashing gamma rays on millions of male mosquitoes in order to sterilise them and stop the spread of the virus. The radiation device, known as the ‘irradiator’, will be shipped by the Atomic Energy Agency as soon as Brazilian authorities issue an import permit for it. Telegraph.co.uk reports: “It’s a birth control method, the equivalent of family planning for humans,” said Kostas Bourtzis, a molecular biologist with the IAEA’s insect pest control laboratory. Brazil is scrambling to eradicate the Aedes mosquito that ... more »

Trump Wins In Nevada, Rubio and Cruz Fight for Second

STEVE PEOPLES & NANCY BENAC at The Stream - 47 minutes ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes pictures with supporters during a rally Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Donald Trump notched a win in Nevada’s Republican caucuses on Tuesday as Marco Rubio bid to elbow out Ted Cruz for second place in an increasingly urgent effort to slam the brakes on the Trump juggernaut.... more »

Snapshots From Nevada: Republican Caucus-goers Explain Their Choices

AP at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Caucus workers give instructions at a Republican caucus site, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)] Republican voters in Nevada made their voices known in the GOP’s first-in-the-West presidential caucuses ahead of the party’s national nominating convention in July. Eleven names will be on the statewide ballot, but five candidates, including billionaire businessman Donald Trump, Florida... more »

Ken Wachsberger : Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 60’s underground press, Part III: The ‘countercultural’ underground papers

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
The underground press was everywhere you looked: on campus and off, in urban, suburban, rural, ghetto, barrio, in every state of the Union. By Ken Wachsberger | The Rag Blog | February 23, 2016 [This is the third of a … finish reading Ken Wachsberger : Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 60’s underground press, Part III: The ‘countercultural’ underground papers

The Latest: Rubio Says He Can Unify GOP, Appeal to Democrats

AP at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., points to the audience during campaign event, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 in Kentwood, Mich.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on campaign 2016 on the day of the Nevada Republican caucuses (all times are Eastern Standard Time): 9:15 p.m. Marco Rubio says he can unify Republicans before the November election and appeal to Democrats who... more »

Developing a Superhero Campaign: Evaluating Systems Part II

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 2 hours ago
I received a number of useful comments from my previous post as I consider systems for a possible superhero game. With that in mind, I've eliminated several games and have a few more to consider. Eliminated: - Hero System/Champions: I'd love to try this out but I sense this is creating more work than I want at this case - only about half the players in the group have any experience with the Hero System coupled with a need to run the game on a virtual tabletop. - Mutants & Masterminds: Certainly lighter than Champions, but truthfully I'm trying to keep things a bi... more »

These people are nuts

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*All* of them. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Michigan Creates ‘Safe Space’ for Students Afraid of Debate on Feminism

Blake Neff at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: The University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.] A student center for gay, bisexual, and transgender students at the University of Michigan created a safe space Tuesday to protect students frightened by an approaching debate on the subject "Does Feminism Have a Free Speech Problem?" "We recognize that... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( February 23 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1. Global Two Year Yields / CPI / Real Yields. 2. Current Market Rate Hike Expectations. 3. Oil Plunges As Iran Calls Freeze Proposal 'Ridiculous' & API Report Shows Inventory Buildup. 4. Risk-Off Day Points To Swiss Franc & Yen On Some Tepid US Economic Data, Sell-Off In Oil, A Negative Message From JPM. ) Asia In Focus ( 1. Barclays Speculates On Yual Devluation. 2. PBOC Back To Weakening Yuan - Second Day In A Row. 3. Singapore GDP Print - Not bad. 4. BOJ Waxes With Some Jibber Jabber On Room To Cut Rates Further Into Negative Territory. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. UK Referendum / Breathless Brexit News. 2. Refugee Crisis / Border Security. 3. Spanish Politics. ) Odds & Ends ( 1. Global Grab Bag. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Evening wrap...... Overview For Tuesday *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 6h 6 hours ago Global 2-Year Yields, CPI, and Real Yields... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 10h10 hours ago Current market rate hike expectations... US: Oct 2017 UK: August 2019 Eurozone: Dec 2019 Japan: 2020 *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 4h 4 hours ago #Oil plunges as Iran calls freeze proposal 'Ridiculous' & API report shows inventory buildup http://bloom.bg/1XKpvSv *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 5h 5 hours ago Risk-off day points to Swiss Franc & Ye... more »

GOP Senator to Top Obama Official: Just Admit You Want to Kill Coal

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Sally Jewell - 900] Sen. John Barrasso is sick of the Obama administration pushing policies to hamper the coal industry under the guise of getting a fair return for taxpayers and wants it to admit it's really trying to kill the coal industry. The... more »

The Latest: Utah Polygamists Arrested, Prosecutors Want to Keep Them in Jail

AP at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Fundamentalist mormon in Colorado City, UT] SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Latest on food stamp fraud and money laundering charges against the leaders of a polygamous sect (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to keep members of a polygamous group... more »

Governor General Vincent Massey fishing for Arctic Char at CamBay in March 1956

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
MIKAN 4313949 [ Full size ] Governor General Vincent Massey fishing for Arctic Char at Cambridge Bay, N.W.T. mars 195 Of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and Nunavut


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

US Buying Time With The Current Peace Deal To Plan The Next Move In Syria - Episode 901b

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Title: US Buying Time With The Current Peace Deal To Plan The Next Move In Syria - Episode 901b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: February 23, 2016. Description:* FDA finally admits that glyphosate could cause cancer. US sends 5000 tons of ammo to Germany. Russia wants to fly over the US using the open sky treaty, US making a big deal about this. Syria peace talks are being used so the US can buy time to come up with the next plan. The plan is to separate Syria into two pieces.

Gallup: ‘Dishonest’ (Clinton) and ‘Socialist’ (Sanders) Most Common Words Associated with Candidates

Guy Bentley at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.] The two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are mostly associated with dishonesty and socialism, according to the latest Gallup poll. The public's impression of Hillary Clinton leaves much to be desired. The words that first spring to mind when... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Nick Underhill: Marques Colston’s light burned bright for a dominant decade with the Saints, but now it’s time to look to the future *

Is there a shortage of STEM workers?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Sent to the New York Times "A Rising Call to Promote STEM Education and Cut Liberal Arts Funding," (Feb. 21) repeats the claim that there is a "lack of skilled workers" in science and technology but does not mention the considerable amount of research concluding that this shortage does not exist. In fact, several reports suggest that there is be a surplus. In addition to published reports in scientific journals and books, articles describing this research have appeared regularly in the media. Readers may want to start with Michael Teitelbaum's thoroughly researched book, Falling ... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: A small confession to all of my readers .... I have been super-sick with the flu this past week. My new friend is Neo-Citran with lemon, Gin, honey, and hot water. But today has been the worst .... chills, headache, running nose, sore throat, etc.. Sighhh .... I am calling it quits this evening .... and I am going to crash into my bed with the hope that when I wake up tomorrow morning .... I am healed .... and be in better shape to blog. On a side note .... I just checked the stats for this blog. This past week has been the best ever ?!?!?! I have to be super sick t... more »

Obama Wants To Turn A Page In Our Relations With Cuba-- Cruz And Rubio Are Stuck In A Time Warp

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Cruz has a mangled and ever-changing history regarding Cuba. His intensely fascist father was arrested by the right-wing dictatorship for fighting on Castro's side. Now both Cruzes are hysterical opponents of rapprochement.* When I woke up this morning, my first text of the day was from Roland who asked me if I thought Cuba would apologize to President Obama and offer to take back Rubio and Cruz. We should only be so lucky-- although neither of the reactionary senators has ever been to Cuba. Both are the sons of immigrants looking for better economic opportunities who took advantag... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 4 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* NYTimes Editorial Board Endorses Monetary Fascism - Backs War On Cash Hillary Clinton Is Backed By Major Republican Donors The Canadian military developed 'green' ammo that won’t poison drinking water Phew. Now we can kill people with our environmentally sensitive consciences intact. - JO Details only deepen mystery surrounding Kalamazoo shootings Sea levels are rising faster than they have in 28 centuries — and it spells a worrisome reality for New York City THE BILL GATES INTERVIEW: An energy miracle is coming, and it's going to change the world A group of sci... more »

Photos Rally for Indigenous Peoples Day in Flagstaff, Arizona

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Photos by Klee Benally Rally for Indigenous Peoples Day in Flagstaff, Arizona,  a bordertown where Native Americans have long been the victims of police profiling; victims of racist attacks and biased media coverage. -- Censored News Thank you to Klee Benally for sharing these photos above from today. The City Council meets on March 8 to further consider Indigenous Peoples

China Deploys Fighter Jets To A Reclaimed island In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*FOX News:* *EXCLUSIVE: China sends fighter jets to contested island in South China Sea* EXCLUSIVE: In a move likely to further increase already volatile tensions in the South China Sea, China has deployed fighter jets to a contested island in the South China Sea, the same island where China deployed surface-to-air missiles last week, two U.S. officials tell Fox News. The dramatic escalation cames minutes before Secretary of State John Kerry was to host his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at the State Department. Chinese Shenyang J-11s (“Flanker”) and Xian JH-7s (“... more »


Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Title: Turkey: Davutoglu accuses Russia, Syria, IS and YPG of terrorising Turkey. Source: Ruptly TV. Date Published: February 23, 2016. Description: * Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia and Syria, along with the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants and Kurdish YPG forces, of attempting to form a "terror belt" along the Turksih border, in parliament in Ankara, Tuesday. *Davutoglu said that "Russia, Syrian regime, ISIL and YPG are establishing a terror belt by holding each others hands in the southern border of Turkey", adding that "Turkey i... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, ”Matamua”, Full Album Playlist

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Deuter, ”Matamua” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Is star AE Aurigae on fire? No. Even though AE Aurigae is named the flaming star, the surrounding nebula IC 405 is named the Flaming Star Nebula, and the region appears to have the color of fire, there is no fire. Fire, typically defined as the rapid molecular acquisition of oxygen, happens only when sufficient oxygen is present and is not important in such high-energy, low-oxygen environments such as stars. The material that appears as smoke is mostly interstellar hydrogen, but does contain smoke-like dark filaments of carbon-rich dust grains. *Click image for larger size.* The br... more »

Dutch Supermarket Gives Away Food To The Needy

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A new supermarket in Rotterdam is giving away food to the poor and anyone who can prove they need assistance. The supermarket is located in an improvised area of the Netherlands and is staffed by volunteers. It makes money by selling grocery items to customers who can afford them. It does not get any government subsidy. Food and Wine reports: Swingmarket, located in one of Amsterdam’s poorest neighborhoods, is a nonprofit grocery store that covers its expenses by catering to paying customers while also giving food away for free. “Fruit, vegetables and bread are free, everything mark... more »

Bizarre Ocean ‘Buzzing’ Sound Is Solved By Experts

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The mystery of a ‘buzzing’ sound coming from deep in the Pacific Ocean has been solved by scientists. Large parts of the ocean are humming with the sound of fish flatulence as they migrate to different depths looking for food and shelter. The Mirror reports: Marine experts believe they may have discovered the noise is linked to something very natural but just a little bit rude – fish farts – that happen at dusk and dawn. While it’s surreal to think that the gassy noises can be picked up from the darkest recesses of the Pacific Ocean – it turns out that the fish are in fact humming – ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Morning Meditation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* “Morning Meditation”* by Chet Raymo “Crows roost in the trees of Ballybeg, down there at the bottom of the hill. Their raucous chorus reaches me at my desk, here in my burrow under the gorse. I look out over the parish, and now and then a solitary crow drifts into the frame, riding an uplifting wind, taunting me with its proprietary ownership of the landscape. And I think of Ted Hughes' poem "Littleblood", from that haunting volume “Crow”: ․ "O littleblood, hiding from the mountains in the mountains Wounded by stars and leaking shadow Eating the medical earth." I'm not ... more »

"If My Answers Frighten You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions." - Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield, "Pulp Fiction"

Psychology: “Just Following Orders: It Is Shockingly Easy to Get People to Do Bad Things”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Just Following Orders: * *It Is Shockingly Easy to Get People to Do Bad Things”* by Jake Van Der Borne "The essence in obedience consists in the fact that a person comes to view himself as an instrument for carrying out another person’s wishes and he therefore no longer regards himself as responsible for his actions." – Stanley Milgram *"Imagine this scenario:* you sign up to participate in a scientific study on memory and learning at a major university. Your role is that of “Teacher,” and an “Experimenter” in a lab coat introduces you to your “Learner.” You are then placed in ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation. Thanks for stopping by!

Republican Values

CM at LILITH NEWS - 6 hours ago

Harper the Horrible

CM at LILITH NEWS - 6 hours ago
Want to have some fun! Google the words 'Harper the Horrible' and check out the results. Results like: S**t Harper Did www.shd.ca Why Not Harper? www.whynotharper.ca Is Harper the worst prime minister in history? www.nationalobserver.com Stephen Harper and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very ... ipolitics.ca Harper the Bad Conservative cannabisdigest.ca Reality Check: Is Harper's economic record as bad as ... globalnews.ca Harper Watch | Compiling the Harper Government's Assault on Democracy https://harperwatch.wordpress.com The good and bad aspects of Stephen Harper's term as the ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 23, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast*: *Even Obama’s New Plan to Close Gitmo Can’t Say How It Will Happen* *While the president could use an executive order to close the notorious prison, there is still proposal on where to send the detainees given Congress banned them from coming to the U.S.* The Obama administration on Tuesday released its plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but effectively acknowledged that the controversial facility likely will be open at the end of Obama’s presidency. The report was notably short on specifics and effectively spelled out the various reas... more »

Technology: "Windows 10 Updates Forcing PCs To Use Microsoft Products On Default - And You Can't Change It Back"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Windows 10 Updates Forcing PCs To Use Microsoft Products On Default-* * And You Can't Change It Back"* by Mary-Ann Russon "It seems that the saga of Windows 10 problems is never-ending – users are now reporting that the latest Windows 10 update automatically switches a user's chosen programs over to Microsoft alternatives without permission, and users can't reset the defaults back to the programs they want to use. If you're a Windows user, you probably have certain programs that you prefer to use. For example, you might prefer to use the Google Chrome web browser over Firefox to ...more »

Feb. 23: We need an Irving to be King Canute

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
Al Jazeera and The Guardian carry the story of a rapid rise of sea levels, the most rapid in 2800 years. This is the claim of a study conducted by NASA which blames the rise on our burning of fossil fuels. The greatest rise will be on the East coast of the Americas. (That's us.) But what does NASA know? Anyway, we need a pipeline so the world can burn even more fossil fuels. And we'll make regulations so tough that the sea won't dare rise. We can trust people like Mr. Irving on this. He loves New Brunswick. I know that because he said it in a big ad just last week. And if you can't... more »

Swedish Doctor Gets 10 Yrs For Abducting Woman & Locking Her In Bunker

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A Swedish doctor has been jailed for 10 years for kidnapping a woman and locking her up in a home-made bunker. The 38-year-old physician was planning to keep the woman as his girlfriend. According to the prosecution, Martin Trenneborg had spent several years designing and building a soundproof bunker. He methodically planned and executed the kidnapping and was only caught when he went to visit his victim’s apartment. Deutsche Welle reports: The doctor met the woman in September for a date in Stockholm, when he drugged her with chocolate covered strawberries spiked with a sedative....more »

World News Briefs -- February 23, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Obama Sends Guantánamo Closing Plan to Congress* WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday sent Congress a long-awaited plan for closing the Guantánamo Bay prison, beginning a final push to fulfill a campaign promise and one of his earliest national security policy goals in the face of deep skepticism from many Republican lawmakers. Unveiling the plan from the Roosevelt Room at the White House, the president made clear his frustration at how what was once a bipartisan goal shared by both his predecessor, President George W. Bush, and his 2008 Republican opponent, ... more »

Militant Atheists Censor School Principal’s Social Media Account

Casey Harper at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Censorship, Freedom of Speech, Free Speech, First Amendment Rights] An activist atheist group announced Monday it successfully censored an Ohio school's social media account because it had "religious tweets." The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter Jan. 25 to the law firm for Dalton Local Schools because Superintendent James Saxer... more »

These 5 Republicans Shredded Obama’s Plan to Send Gitmo Detainees to US Soil

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, houses the American detention center for 'enemy combatants'. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002.] As expected, Republicans have come out and trashed the Obama administration's pl... more »

CDC: 1 in 2 Black Gay Men in US Will be Diagnosed with HIV

MIKE STOBBE at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: HIV test - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates. Overall, for the average American, the odds of an HIV infection is 1... more »

Swedish Teen Rescued From ISIS By Iraqi Kurds

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A 16-year-old Swedish teenager was rescued from the hands of ISIS terrorists by Iraqi Kurdish forces near the city of Mosul. ALALAM reports: According to a Tuesday statement by the government in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the anti-terrorist forces carried out the operation on February 17 near Mosul, located about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. The 16-year-old girl from the Swedish town of Boras “was misled” by a member of Daesh in Sweden to travel to Syria and later to Mosul, the statement said. The government said Swedish authorities the...more »

Where does the EU money go?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
Can someone tell me where does £55 million of our money go every day. Yes we get £21 million back in rebates. Rebates that the EU mostly tell us how we must spend. So £34 million net goes to the EU. Could someone give me a breakdown as to where this money goes in the EU and who is spending this money. Any audited figures available?

Actor Adam Baldwin Quits Twitter in Protest of ‘Intolerant’ Speech Monitoring

Mariana Barillas at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Adam Baldwin speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.] A popular television and movie actor has quit Twitter in protest of policies he says limit free speech. "I've had enough. Twitter is dead to me," Adam Baldwin told Independent Journal Review. "I'm going to find greener pastures elsewhere and... more »

As We Shift - Just 30% to go

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
I am quite fortunate. Last weekend we streamed some of the Conscious Life Expo. It was sort of like being in a room with several hundred old friends; thrilling and comforting all at once. It’s taken a day to define, (so much information!), but here’s a brief summary of where we are now and where we are headed, IMHO. The Ascension Path of our planet can be seen scientifically. This is not just prediction, prophecy or woo woo. The planet is moving into another “dimension”. Lots of good things result from the move – a true “Golden Age”. *Everyone* has access too! It’s sort of l... more »

Who Tops The American Greatest Enemy List

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Gallop:* *Four Nations Top U.S.'s Greatest Enemy List* * Americans most likely to name North Korea, Russia, China or Iran * All four seen as important military or nuclear threats to U.S. * Wider spread among nations named as enemies than in earlier years WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are less likely than ever to agree on which country is the greatest enemy of the U.S., but the four countries that crowd the top of the list this year are the same as in Gallup polls in 2014 and 2015: North Korea (16%), Russia (15%), Iran (14%) and China (12%). Americans are continuing last year's tren... more »

By Definition "The Establishment" Is Always A Force For Conservatism, Preserving The Status Quo

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Increasingly loathed Democratic Party bosses like Schumer, Wasserman Schultz, Hoyer, Emanuel, Van Hollen, Israel can't understand why Bernie is doing so well. They want to stop him, of course, but, according the a report from Lauren French and John Bresnahan, they also want to emulate... something. Chuck Schumer will never feel the Bern but he wants to see if he can steal some of the magic for his repulsive batch of schumercrats running for Senate seats-- Patrick Murphy (FL), Katie McGinty (PA), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Ted Strickland (OH)... all utterly unacco... more »

Apple’s Little Secret: There Is Already A Backdoor Installed On Your iPhone

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A leaked White House memo reveals that the NSA already have a tool that allows them to bypass security on iPhone devices and access private user data. The current media frenzy about Apple’s stance on user privacy is likely to be a deliberately orchestrated distraction from the fact that the government already routinely accesses private information from Apple and Microsoft products. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s “protests” against FBI’s demands are a ploy to distract the public from the reality that there’s already a backdoor on every new iPhone that ships around the globe: the ability to lo... more »

What Really Happened To Madeleine McCann? Banned Documentary

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
“Buried by Mainstream Media, The True Story Of Madeleine McCann” is a series of documentaries examining what really happened to Madeleine McCann when the three year old went missing on 3rd May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Portugal. The mainstream media and authorities have been accused of covering-up the role that Maddie’s parents had in the disappearance, and possibly murder, of their daughter almost 10 years ago. This third instalment by Richard D. Hall looks at the lack of evidence showing that Madeleine was alive after the first day of the family holiday: “The pa... more »

ISIL Seize Back Al-Shadadi Shortly After Losing Town In N.E Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
ISIL terrorists in a tough battle with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took back a major part of the town of Al-Shadadi in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria on Monday. The town was only liberated at the weekend by Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) and the SDF. Fars News reports: “The ISIL also seized back Village 47 from the Kurdish forces in addition to al-Shadadi town,” the Arabic-language Anab Baldi news website quoted media activist Ebrahim al-Habash as saying today. Al-Habash noted that the ISIL exploded two military vehicles in Village 47 and two other vehicles i... more »

Professor Explains How Kids Have Been Brainwashed By New World Order

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Professor Patrick Deneen of Notre Dame has criticised the indoctrination of our children into a New World Order. “Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings,” Deneen explains. Although Professor Deneen doesn’t use the words “New World Order,” he appears to have been awakened to a sinister global agenda: Our students are the achi... more »

Poulantzas and Marxist Approaches to the State

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Beginning our reading of *State, Power, Socialism*, Poulantzas turns his attention to established Marxist understandings of the state. He argues these fall into two broad categories: the instrumentalist (or expressive) and the economist. The former has an impeccable orthodox pedigree. Lenin in his *State and Revolution* described the capitalist state as an instrument of the bourgeoisie, of the owners and directors of capital. Therefore regardless of the *appearance* a state forms, whether liberal/social democratic, authoritarian, or fascist, they share a universal inner core as gu... more »

Once Family-Friendly Lands’ End Catalog Celebrates Abortion Radical Gloria Steinem

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Land's End Spring Cover - 900] Conservative women are condemning Lands’ End’s spring catalog for featuring an Easter egg hunt -- and a lengthy interview with abortion radical Gloria Steinem. “This profile on Gloria Steinem -- conducted by Lands’ End CEO Federica Marchionni, no less -- is revolting,” Media... more »

Native Student Chastises John McCain over Oak Flat

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News TEMPE, Arizona -- A Native American student chastised Arizona Sen. John McCain for endangering the water and sacred place of Oak Flat. She called out McCain on Friday at Arizona State University for his fraudulent front in caring about Arizona, while endangering Apaches ceremonial grounds at Oak Flat with his planned copper mine, sneaked into the US

Jones pays homage to Gareth Morgan’s greatness

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: Capture] The various books of Bob Jones’s *Letters* are hilarious. Bob Jones just wrote a letter to Wellington mayour Celia Wade-Brown suggesting that the great Gareth Morgan be recognised inteh appropriate way, for which Bob is prepared in regonition of Morgan’s magnificence to replace his 15-storey tower on The Terrace with a 5000m high statue of the great man standing atop a temple “accommodating up to 8,000 Morganist pilgrims at a time.” Barely enough, I would have thought, for all those wishing to worship at the world-leader’s feet. [image: 12716151_10153849385551... more »

Eco. Dead.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
I’ve been trying to write a tribute to one of my favourite novelists, who died this week. Can’t do it. Instead, I can only point you to my own pathetically few posts, here, here, here and here to explain why his books gave me such enormous pleasure … *Eco writes with what Jose Louis Borges calls both "algebra and fire" -- in love with learning and with language, Eco constructs his many-layered stories with the ingenuity of a crossword puzzle. Professor of semiotics by day and novelist by night, Eco does sometimes make me wonder if academics simply have too much time on their hand... more »

Growing Unrest In Kosovo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A man walks past tents set up by supporters of opposition parties in front of the Kosovo government building in Pristina on February 23 *Reuters*: *Hundreds of Kosovars camp in central Pristina to demand new elections* Hundreds of Kosovars put up tents in Pristina's main square on Tuesday demanding snap elections and the suspension of a parliamentary vote that will bring in a president who helped broker a deal giving more powers to the ethnic Serb minority. Opposition parties accuse presidential candidate, Hashim Thaci, deputy prime minister and the head parliament's biggest party... more »

Controversial Video: Why Women Destroy Nations/ Civilizations, And Other Uncomfortable Truths...My Take...

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
Just the other day, someone sent me a link to a most controversial video that has been making all the rounds in the alternative media and even in the "real" truth movement.... I was asked my opinion of this video and to possibly put up an article with what I thought.. I figured that after watching the video closely a few times that I would indeed give my own thoughts about this video... The video in question comes from Youtube user: "Black Pigeon Speaks" and is entitled: "Why Women DESTROY NATIONS/CIVILIZATIONS, And Other Uncomfortable Truths" and first, I have it right here for eve...more »

Wikileaks: Government Has 700 Centers Abroad To Fight Conspiracy Theories

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Wikileaks have released a series of secret documents by the US Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) that reveals their program of countering conspiracy theories by installing over 700 “American Spaces” abroad that are tasked with spreading anti-conspiracy propaganda. The goal of the program is to advance “U.S. policy priorities and goals” in foreign countries, employing propagandists in 700 different locations to protect Israel for any blame for the crimes it commits or its role in the 9/11 attacks. Abreureport.com reports: Today there are over 700 “spaces” in nearly ... more »

Israeli Religious Leader Condones Rape Of Palestinian Women

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A senior Israeli Rabbi has permitted Israeli soldiers to rape Palestinian women in a shocking response to a question about Israeli occupation. Rabbi Colonel Eyal Qarim began by saying that “the wars of Israel are religious wars, in which they differ from the rest of the wars the nations wage among themselves,” before going on to explain that he views rape, in the event of a war, as being acceptable. Daysofpalestine.com reports: He said that during the wars, the Israeli soldier has to maintain his fighting ability; therefore, the prohibitions which weakens his ability must be broken ... more »

Trump Says He Intends To Prosecute Clinton If Elected

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Donald Trump has vowed to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server whilst serving as Secretary of State, if he is elected President. Trump said that Clinton will “get away” with the crime unless somebody like him is elected Commander in Chief. Washingtonexaminer.com reports: Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Trump in front of a live Nevada audience if his attorney general would go after Clinton should an investigation find she broke the law while serving in the Obama administration. “You have no choice,” Trump replied. “In fairness, you have to look into that.” “S... more »

Trump Performs Controlled Demolition On Bush’s Hope For Presidency

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Donald Trump has performed a controlled demolition on Jeb Bush’s candidacy for President, after Trump exposed the Bush family’s role in allowing the 9/11 attacks to take place, a political analyst has claimed. Dr. Kevin Barrett claims that the Bush family were complicit in the atrocities of September 11, 2001. Presstv.ir reports: “Is Donald Trump responsible for the destruction of Jeb Bush’s candidacy for the White House?” Dr. Barrett asked. “I think the short answer to that is: Yes, he is responsible. Donald Trump has conducted a controlled demolition of the candidacy of Jeb Bush. ... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Giorgio Moroder, “Midnight Express”, “The Chase”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Giorgio Moroder, “Midnight Express”, “The Chase” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-H09I_JhLI

Cal State Cancels Conservative Speaker, Says Event Needs More ‘Diversity’

Blake Neff at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Ben Shapiro - 900] The president of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) unceremoniously ordered the cancellation of a planned event featuring conservative writer Ben Shapiro so it can be replaced with a more diverse featured speaker. The event, titled "When Diversity Becomes a Problem,"... more »

"The Art of Letting Others Be Right"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Art of Letting Others Be Right" * by David Cain "My brain, like all brains, houses an unbelievable quantity of remembered information, and a huge amount of that information is stuff I’ve watched on television. I always hated Star Trek, and frequently said so, but whenever I catch a clip of "The Next Generation", somehow I’ve seen that episode before. I was also never exactly a fan of The Oprah Winfrey Show, but I’ve surely seen several hundred hours of it. For years after it went off the air, I kept remembering a particular insight Oprah shared once. I forget the context, but... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*Hmm... and the bed, too.* *"Yeah baby, you're the best..."*

CIA Says Israel Will Cease To Exist In 20 Years

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A study by the CIA has raised serious concerns over Israel’s survival beyond the next 20 years. The CIA say that an “inexorable movement away from a two-state to a one-state solution, as the most viable model based on democratic principles of full equality that sheds the looming specter of colonial Apartheid while allowing for the return of the 1947/1948 and 1967 refugees. The latter being the precondition for sustainable peace in the region.” Globalresearch.ca reports: The study, which has been made available only to a certain number of individuals, further forecasts the return of... more »

Former Gitmo Detainee Arrested as Part of a Jihadi Cell in Spain

ALAN CLENDENNING & CIARAN GILES at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz - 900] MADRID (AP) -- Spanish and Moroccan police on Tuesday arrested four suspected members of a jihadi cell that sought to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group, including one described as a former Guantanamo detainee who once fought with militants... more »

Obama’s Economic Report Mentions ‘Freedom’ Once, ‘Inequality’ 235 Times

Bryan Riley at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Obama] The newly released Economic Report of the president from the Council of Economic Advisors mentions "inequality" 235 times and "freedom" just once -- and that's with respect to freedom not even in the United States, but in Malaysia and Vietnam!... more »

Global sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than at any time in the past 3,000 years – And, Surprise, It’s Your Fault

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3458468/Global-sea-levels-rose-faster-20th-century-time-past-3-000-years-climate-change-blame.html The Mail is referring to the new paper, Temperature-driven global sea-level variability in the Common Era, by Robert Kopp et al. ABSTRACT We assess the relationship between temperature and global sea-level (GSL) variability over the Common Era through a statistical metaanalysis of proxy relative sea-level reconstructions and tide-gauge […]

"Morally Treasonable..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servil... more »

Iran's Oil Minister Calls Proposed Saudi - Russian Oil-Output Freeze 'A Joke'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh has strongly rejected a call by Saudi Arabia to freeze oil production at one million barrels per day, saying such a request is nothing more than "a joke". Press TV *Bloomberg*:* Iran Calls Proposed Saudi-Russian Oil-Output Freeze ‘Ridiculous’* * Oil Minister Zanganeh decries `unrealistic demands' on Iran * Country plans to boost oil output by 1 million barrels a day Iran’s oil minister called a proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia to freeze oil production “ridiculous” as it seeks to boost output after years of sanctions constrained sales. Crude pri... more »

NOT Satire: "See Something Suspicious Online? Homeland Security Wants to Know About It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"See Something Suspicious Online? * *Homeland Security Wants to Know About It"* by Jack Moore "The Department of Homeland Security wants an extra $1 million next year to develop a public-service campaign designed to increase awareness of online threats. The new initiative will be modeled on the “If You See Something, Say Something” effort rolled out after the Sept. 11 attacks. The new cyber PSA “will look to raise public and private sector awareness of cybersecurity and to emphasize the importance of cyber awareness and information safekeeping,” according to an explanation of the p...more »

Will a "Socialist" Government Make America Freer? [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
[image: 1-shutterstock_335859515] *Voters might want Denmark, says Jason Kuznicki in this guest post, but they might get Venezuela.* ------------------------------ “Socialism” is a weasel word. Consider that the adjective “socialist” applies commonly — even plausibly — to countries with vastly different ex ante institutions *and* with vastly different social and economic outcomes. Yet Canada, Norway, Venezuela, and Cuba can’t all be one thing. Does socialism mean substantial freedom of the press, as in Norway? Or does it mean the vicious suppression of dissent, as in Venezuela... more »

Top Comments On YouTube For Al Jazeera's New Pro-ISIS/Anti-Russia Documentary

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Al Jazeera: The game is over. Pack your bags. Go home. And take your ISIS terrorist fanatics with you.* "obviously Qatar is part of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE evil coalition along with ISIS, Al Qaeda etc" - Alan Soo. "Show us those so called rebels ransacked, burned and torturing minorities in syria too......!! Aljazeera sucks those jihadists dicks." - K Lal Ngaihte. "can u post the videos of all the ethnic cleansing ,beheading ,torture ,hungers ,deprivation of all the basic needs and murders under yours so called opposition be headers" - hammer rocks. "PRESSTITUTES at work ! B... more »

Major Incident Declared At Didcot Power Station In Oxfordshire

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
At least one person has died following the collapse of a building at Didcot power station in in Oxfordshire, UK. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service have confirmed one person has died, five are injured and three are missing in the blast Witnesses reported hearing a massive blast at the site before part of the building collapsed. The incident occurred at the Didcot power station in Oxfordshire, around 70 miles (113 km) west of London. The decommissioned Didcot plant closed in 2013 and demolition work had been taking place. Thames Valley Police have confirmed officers were at the scen... more »

Campaign watch: Just try to explain this sort of thing!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016Maddow's compulsive misstatements:* As usual, Rachel Maddow was wasting everyone's time last night with silly campaign piddle. Before the program was over, she would 1) play tape of Bush's funny sounds again; 2) make Bush's head shot go "poof" on her big board of Republican head shots; and even 3) go back through *all* the Republican headshots, re-poofing every one! For us out here in Mickey Mouse land, it was oodles of Mickey Mouse Club-style fun. It was also as dumb as a box of rocks, although we liberals don't seem able to notice or care. Maddow's ... more »

National Debt Per Household Set to Total Nearly $200K in 2026. How We Can Change Course?

Rachel Greszler at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: US Capitol - 900] Spending in Washington is out of control. Accountability has disappeared. Federal programs run on autopilot. Policymakers identify endless new spending "needs" without ever evaluating the effectiveness of existing programs. Did you know that the federal government spent $569 million in... more »

Monday We Rallied in Charlotte Against the City’s Transgender Bathroom Insanity

Michael Brown at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Dr. Brown - 900] Last night, the City Council of Charlotte, with the strong support of Mayor Jennifer Roberts, voted 7-4 to pass a so-called LGBT non-discrimination bill despite more than 250,000 emails, more than 20,000 petition signatures, the opposition of more than 200... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Satire: “Obama Signs Executive Order Relocating Congress to Guantánamo”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Obama Signs Executive Order Relocating Congress to Guantánamo”* by Andy Borowitz *Congress, in transit to new quarters.* WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "Making good on one of his key campaign promises, President Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday relocating the United States Congress to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The President seemed to relish signing the order, calling the relocation a “win-win for America,” and indicating that Congress could be moved to its new headquarters “immediately.” “We don’t envision doing any renovations to the facility down there,” he said. “It is... more »

Glyphosate is Ruining Your Gut and Triggering Autoimmune Disorders

WTStaff at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Dr. Jill Carnahan* - Here are some facts on how pervasive glyphosate is in our environment, and some tips on how to keep it out of your body. The post Glyphosate is Ruining Your Gut and Triggering Autoimmune Disorders appeared first on Waking Times.

The Economy: “If You Have a Bank Deposit, You Will Be Charged to Save Money”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“If You Have a Bank Deposit, You Will Be Charged to Save Money”* by Bill Bonner AIKEN, South Carolina – “The Dow had a good day yesterday. Up 229 points… or about 1.5%. The significance of that is uncertain. Is the market staging a comeback from this year’s losses? Or is it just lollygagging around as usual? TBD. *Trifecta of Absurdity: *We are still aghast and agog over the spread of NIRP – negative-interest-rate policy. In Japan, for example… where almost two-thirds of government debt carries a negative yield… savers pay a bankrupt government for the privilege of lending it fict... more »

Italy To Permit U.S. Drones To Fly Out Of Its Air Base In Sicily For Attacks Against ISIS In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Italian defence minister says the strikes should be a 'last resort' (AFP) *The Guardian*: *Italy to allow US drones to fly out of Sicily air base for attacks on Isis* Agreement will allow armed drones to fly to Libya and elsewhere in northern Africa but missions must be defensive strikes to protect special forces. Italy will allow armed US drones to fly out of an American base in Sicily to launch attacks against the Islamic State in Libya and other countries in northern Africa where the extremist group poses a threat. The agreement comes after a year of negotiations between the US ... more »

U.S. Air Force Spokesperson: 'The Deployment Of F-22s To The Middle East Serves No ‘Operational Necessity’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft fly behind a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, not shown, during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Aug. 14, 2013. Senior Airman Zachary Perras/U.S. Air Force *ABC News*: *US Uses $400M F-22 Raptor Jets in Syria Despite Not Needing Them* For years they were the highly-advanced aircraft without a mission, decried by critics as having been built from more than $80 billion in taxpayer dollars for an enemy that doesn’t exist. But now, more than a decade after the first jets went operational, the next-generation stealth ... more »

Ceasefire in Syria: Putin has Globalists by Short and Curlies

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*President Putin Announces Russian/American Agreement* *Re: Cessation of Hostilities in Syria* (video above courtesy The Vineyard of the Saker) There have been a lot of interpretations regarding the recent Russian/American Ceasefire Agreement in Syria. Here are the basic principles of the Agreement...my comments and thoughts will follow: - Putin says the phone call initiated by Russia...Russia is now taking the lead in Peacemaking activities throughout the world...no longer standing by watching chaos and disintegration of states; - He says that the negotiators built on the trust an... more »

“We are living in hell:” Authors retract 2nd paper due to missing raw data

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A 2006 paper investigating the effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and celecoxib on prostate cancer cells has been retracted because it appears to contain panels that were duplicated, and the authors could not provide the raw data to show otherwise. This is the second paper the authors have lost because they couldn’t furnish the original data […] The post “We are living in hell:” Authors retract 2nd paper due to missing raw data appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Iraqi Kurdish Troops Rescue Swedish Teen from Islamic State

BALINT SZLANKO at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Mosul Iraq Map - 900] IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Kurdish troops have rescued a Swedish teenager from the Islamic State group near the extremist-controlled city of Mosul, the Kurdish government said Tuesday. A statement from the regional government said the rescue operation by the... more »

Campaign watch: Parker shares her love for Bush!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016Our dumbest, most ludicrous newspaper:* Donald J. Trump released his formal tax proposal in September 2015. It's the craziest such proposal in modern campaign history. Five months later, the New York Times has finally reported some basic facts about this crazy proposal. The report is written by Jackie Calmes, who's kept on staff at the New York Times as the newspaper's "smart" reporter. In hard copy, Calmes' report appears on page A12. In her report, Calmes also discusses the tax proposals of Candidates Rubio and Cruz. This is the way she begins her re...more »

We Could Use Your Fridge To Spy On You – US Intelligence Chief

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
The Director of national intelligence, James Clapper, recently revealed that US intelligence agencies are using various “smart home” devices in order to spy on citizens. The ever growing list of smart devices such as thermostats, cameras, and other appliances that are connected to the internet, provide authorities with the ability to spy on its citizens…..and that includes refrigerators Kristan T. Harris from The Rundown Live reports: New refrigerators that connect to the internet are now entering homes with cameras installed in them that can be used to surveil you. In post 9/11 Ame... more »

"Who are you?" - Conservative MP berates Jeremy Corbyn who just stands there, no response

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
https://youtu.be/TCbWLeJ35cA In this piece of video Jeremy Corbyn reminds me of a particularly inept geography teacher who's no control of the class and is heading out of the school...

Russia's Air Campaign Over Syria Is Double The Size Of The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
© Russia's Defense Ministry's Press and Information Department/TASS *David Axe, Daily Beast:* *Russia Is Launching Twice as Many Airstrikes as the U.S. in Syria* *The indiscriminate bombing campaign is tilting the balance of the war in Bashar al-Assad’s favor.* Russia has ramped up its air war in Syria—big time. And it’s starting to show. Relentless and indiscriminate, Moscow’s bombing runs have devastated military and civilian strongholds and cleared a path for Syrian regime forces to counterattack against ISIS militants and rebels. Five months after the first Russian warplanes s... more »

Pentagon and CIA Chiefs Are Sceptical That A Syrian Truce Will Hold

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Pentagon, CIA Chiefs Don’t Think Russia Will Abide by Syria Cease-Fire* *Emerging alliance of Russia hawks in cabinet exposes disagreement in the administration.* WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s top military and intelligence advisers don’t believe Russia will abide by a just-announced cease-fire in Syria and want the administration to ready plans to increase pressure on Moscow by expanding covert support to rebels fighting the Russian-backed Assad regime. Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; a... more »

Syrian Government And Rebel Groups Agree To The U.S.-Russian Cease-Fire plan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Syrian govt. accepts halt to 'combat operations' in line with U.S.-Russian plan* The Syrian government said on Tuesday it accepted a halt to "combat operations" that does not include the Islamic State group, the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, or groups connected to it, in line with a U.S.-Russian plan. It said it would coordinate with Russia to decide which groups and areas would be included in the "cessation of hostilities" plan which is due to take effect on Saturday according to the U.S.-Russian plan. In a statement, the government stressed the importance of sealing ... more »

A Different Drummer

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago

Andrea Mitchell Pulls the Mask Off Harry Reid

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*It's as though one day the whole town assembled in the square, and all the nobles and officials took the stage and threw off their masks. What a sight for the people. Masks rising high into the air, like a flock of birds rising from a tree (source; click to enlarge).* *by Gaius Publius* This is not about the Nevada caucus or its outcome. It's about Harry Reid, the mask he's been wearing, and why he took it off. This election is a Great Unmasking. To see what I mean by that, read on. I've seen this story now in several locations, but I'll give Andrea Mitchell the scoop, pride of p... more »

Iraq Still Stands Behind Fake Bomb Detectors

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
It appears that the Iraqi government cannot accept its mistakes. After two studies by the U.S. and British militaries showing that the devices did not work, the maker of the detectors convicted of fraud, and the Interior Ministry general that bought the equipment given prison time, the Iraqi military is still talking about the ADE 651s as if they can find bombs. On February 17, 2016 the head of the Baghdad Operations Command General Abdul Amir al-Shammari toldAl-Sumaria TV that the fake bomb detectors were effective. He told the station that they found bombs 30-40% of the time. N... more »

President Obama Sends Guantánamo Closing Plan to Congress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Obama Sends Guantánamo Closing Plan to Congress* WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday sent Congress a long-awaited plan for closing American prison in Guantánamo Bay, beginning a final push to fulfill one of President Obama’s earliest and most troubled national security policy goals in the face of deep skepticism from many Republican lawmakers. The plan centers on bringing between 30 and 60 detainees who are deemed too dangerous to release to a replacement prison on domestic soil; it suggested several potential sites in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado. T... more »

McConnell Says Senate Won’t Vote on Obama Court Pick

Andrew Taylor at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Mitch McConnell - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that his party won’t permit a vote on any Supreme Court nominee submitted by President Barack Obama and will instead “revisit the matter” after the presidential election in November. The... more »

Svalbard Sea Ice And European Whaling In The 18thC

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Map showing maximum (April) sea ice extension in the Atlantic sector of the Arctic (Norwegian Polar Institute 2000). The map is based on a database on sea ice extension in the area shown during the past 400 years, to a high degree based on written records found in ships logbooks. […]

Putin on the Syria Ceasefire Proposal

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Will the ceasefire hold? Are the US and its allies in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel truly serious about ending their 'Assad must go mantra' or do they just see the ceasefire as a way to temporarily interrupt the Syrian-Russian push against ISIS and al-Nusra terrorist groups? Do the US and its allies just want to give time for their 'moderate rebels' to regroup and resupply before they continue their attacks against the Syrian people? This whole US-NATO Syrian take down was supposed to go quick and easy like in Libya which resulted in mass chaos and continued military operation... more »

Italy Summons US Envoy Over NSA Spying Reports

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Italy has summoned the US ambassador to Rome following reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped the telephones of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his aides in 2011 The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement that it has summoned the US ambassador, John Phillips, for “clarification” about the reports, Press TV reports: The move came after the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported the scale of the NSA espionage activities on world leaders, citing new classified documents by the online whistleblower Wiki... more »

Filmmaker Reveals the Truth About Subliminal Messages

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - We are being conditioned to think and believe certain things without any rational explanation through subliminal messaging. The post Filmmaker Reveals the Truth About Subliminal Messages appeared first on Waking Times.

Advice For a Solid Life

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago

Breaking The Backbone Of Indian Society: The Small Farmer

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 13 hours ago
This is an updated and amended version of an article originally published in August 2015 which includes new information and new links to journal articles Do you value my work? *Please read this* Despite what many people might think, small farms actually produce most of the world's food: a lower estimate is 53% for the world as a whole, but others have put the figure at 75%. The UN Environment Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food all estimate that small farmers ... more »

Arrests Made in DC Assault of Marine, Hate Crime Charges Not Pursued

Steve Birr at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Marine assault - 900] Police on Monday arrested two juveniles for their assault on a decorated Marine in a Washington, D.C. McDonald's, but have yet to charge either with a hate crime. Chris Marquez, a decorated Marine veteran, was followed out of McDonald's and assaulted... more »

How Google, Facebook and Twitter Skew Internet News Against Conservatives

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Liberal Media Examples - 900] Ever notice when you search for news or politics on Google News that the majority of search results tend to be articles from left-leaning publications? A search on Hillary Clinton today returns almost entirely articles by left-leaning publications on the first... more »

Charlotte Passes Law Allowing Men Access to Women’s Bathrooms

TOM FOREMAN Jr. & JONATHAN DREW at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Transgender restrooms in schools.] CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina’s largest city has passed a law allowing transgender people to choose public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, which the governor had called a threat to public safety and warned that the General... more »

Dispatches From Nevada, Part 2

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
(This concludes the chronicle of the nurse-practitioner from Northern California who volunteered as a precinct captain in Saturday's Nevada Democratic caucus.) *By E. O'Meara* Saturday morning, I drove to the Washoe County Democratic Headquarters for a 7 a.m. meeting in which I was to get instructions on what kinds of suspicious activity to look out for at the caucus. But when I arrived, the building appeared empty and the door was locked. I stood around outside for 45 minutes until a young woman arrived (with a key). She knew nothing about my meeting, explaining that she was there... more »

Former accounting prof adds his 33rd retraction

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Former accounting professor James Hunton has added a 33rd retraction to his total, solidifying his position at #10 on our leaderboard. Hunton’s official total is 33.5, since one journal retracted only one section of a paper, making it a “partial” retraction. Most of those retractions came last year, the fallout from an an investigation at Bentley University which concluded that […] The post Former accounting prof adds his 33rd retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mars Recalls Chocolate Bars In 55 Countries

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
The chocolate giant Mars has recalled Snickers and Mars bars in 55 countries. The move came after a piece of plastic found in one bar was traced back to its Dutch factory. The company initially issued a recall in Germany, but it is believed to have spread to the UK, France, Belgium, Italy and Spain. The Mirror reports: Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands told the AP News Agency the notice has been issued in 55 countries. Other products affected include Milky Way Minis and Miniatures and certain kinds of boxes of Celebrations. The products involved have best before dat... more »

Canadian Members of Parliament Vote in Express Contempt for Democracy, in Support of Israel's Apartheid Regime

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 14 hours ago
On February 22, 2016, 68% of the federal members of parliament in Canada's House of Commons voted FOR this motion: That, given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the

World News Briefs -- February 23, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*BBC*: *Syria conflict: Warring parties accept US-Russia truce plan* The Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella group say they accept the terms of a deal to cease hostilities from Saturday. The government said it would halt "combat operations" in line with the plan announced by the US and Russia. But the opposition said its acceptance depended on government forces ending sieges and air strikes of civilians. The deal will not apply to the two main jihadist groups in Syria, Islamic State (IS) and the rival al-Nusra Front. Al-Nusra is an affiliate of al-Qaeda and forms p... more »

Pentagon & CIA Chiefs: Collude for a Russian Quagmire

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Very enlightening article from WSJ* The US was never going to abide by this ceasefire- Their agenda is set. And as has been mentioned here previously, they will happily drag this out until the election of the next government. *February 8/16- Aleppo: Syrian Actions- NATO Reactions* * To summarize- The NATO global army and it’s minions will supply more weapons. To keep the opposition viable as a fighting force. To prevent Syria from retaking it’s territory. At all costs. Until a new president is in place. And it will be the evil & ruthless Hillary Clinton. * *Surprise, surprise- or... more »

Suggested Cruz Campaign Reboot: Show, Don’t Tell

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz2 - 900] I don’t believe I’ve ever presumed to offer unsolicited advice on campaign strategy to a presidential candidate, especially in a public forum, but I’ve decided to make an exception today. I am an unabashed Ted Cruz supporter and believe he... more »

Business Leaders Fear Unintended Consequences of Oregon’s Minimum Wage Hike

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Protesters march through the Capitol Building, in Salem , Ore., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. They were protesting for a higher minimum wage, local control of rent control laws, and an end to Oregon Department of Transportation sweeps of homeless camps. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)] Oregon state legislators, acting despite the concerns of business groups, have passed a geographically based increase in the minimum wage. Two of the state's business leaders, speaking to The Daily Signal, say they're worried about what comes next. Jason Brandt, president and... more »

Ithaca Mayor Wants ‘Supervised Injection’ for Heroin Users

DAVID KLEPPER at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2016 file photo, Ithaca, N.Y. Mayor Svante Myrick speaks during at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington. Myrick wants his city to become the first in the U.S. to offer heroin users a safe, controlled place to shoot up. Supervised injection sites, in which a trained medical professional is on hand to deal with overdoses, are already in operation in Europe and Canada, but the idea never gained acceptance in America's law-and-order approach to the war on drugs.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)] ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The mayor of Ithaca want... more »

Denmark Opens Supermarket Selling Surplus Food

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Denmark just took a major step to eliminate food waste by opening their first ever food surplus supermarket. The store called Wefood opened in the capital city Copenhagen and will sell produce at prices 30 to 50 per cent cheaper than normal supermarkets. The Independent reports: Per Bjerre from the NGO behind the market, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, said: “WeFood is the first supermarket of its kind in Denmark and perhaps the world as it is not just aimed at low-income shoppers but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country. “Many people see this as a ... more »

Defense Department IG Opens Investigation Into Military Ignoring Child Sex Abuse

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Troops in Afghanistan - 900] The Department of Defense inspector general is finally opening a landmark investigation into reports that the U.S. military told troops to ignore the sexual abuse of children by Afghans. GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter does not want the story of Sgt.... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*In threatened TOPS cuts, middle class glimpses reality faced by low-income families ~Andre Perry, The Lens* *Bill before Legislature would extend hotel taxes to short-term rentals, B&Bs ~N.O. Advocate*

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 23, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Saudi Arabian and Turkish military defense companies have signed a joint venture agreement. Above, technicians construct a Turkish Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter at the Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. factory in Ankara, April 28, 2015. PHOTO: TURKEY-DEFENCE/TAI REUTERS/UMIT BEKTAS *IBTimes*: *Saudi Arabia And Turkish Military Defense Companies Team Up Amid Growing Regional Threats* A Saudi Arabian business and a Turkish military company have teamed up to cooperate on enhancing military technology at a time both countries are increasingly entangled in regional conf...more »

Is Syria The Cuba Missile Crisis Of 2016?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A photo from the Russian Defense Ministry website showing Russian bombers dropping their payloads on targets in Syria. Moscow's intervention in the Syrian war has increased tensions with Turkey, but has also served to drive a wedge into the NATO alliance. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service *Spiegel Online:* *Putin vs. Erdogan: NATO Concerned over Possible Russia-Turkey Hostilities* *In Syria, the danger of a war between Turkey and Russia is on the rise. Officials in Berlin are worried that the situation could become an uncomfortable test case for NATO while Moscow seems intent ... more »

Fukushima Daiichi at Sunrise Yesterday

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
Yesterday sun is rising by the electric lines with the heat from Daiichi seemingly burning off the clouds over the plant above.

Senate Republicans Plan to Follow Joe Biden’s Advice on the Supreme Court Vacancy

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Biden Old] Months before the 1992 presidential election, Joe Biden urged fellow U.S. senators to shut down the nomination process and block President George H.W. Bush's judicial picks from a confirmation vote. On Monday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called on... more »

INITIAL REACTIONS: Reviewing the look of pure bafflegab!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016Part 2—Bowling balls and trampolines and elevators oh my:* Last Thursday and Friday, we posed a bit of a question: Does the passage shown below strike you as coherent? The passage is taken from Walter Isaacson's best-selling book, Einstein: His Life and Universe. Do you feel you have even the slightest idea what Isaacson's talking about? ISAACSON (pages 3-4): *[I]n 1915, [Einstein] wrested from nature his crowning glory, one of the most beautiful theories in all of science, the general theory of relativity.* As with the special theory, his thinking had ... more »

Largest Fireball Since Chelyabinsk Explodes Over Atlantic

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
A huge fireball crashed into the Atlantic earlier in February and went virtually unseen. NASA reported that the meteor exploded in the air 620 miles (1,000 kilometers ) off the coast of Brazil on February 6th, releasing energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, the same as the first atomic weapon that levelled Hiroshima in 1945 It is the largest incident of its type since February 2013 when a fireball exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, leaving more than 1,600 people injured. RT reports: An extraterrestrial body allegedly the size of a large living room, about 5 to 7 meters across, re... more »

Here’s What Most Americans Think Should Happen to Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Wide-angle view of the United States Supreme Court Building in black and white.] Most Americans think the Senate should vote on whomever President Barack Obama nominates to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, according to a new Pew poll. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated almost immediately after Scalia's unexpected death that the... more »

Ask Retraction Watch: What to do when papers omit relevant citations?

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
We’ve all seen the papers. You know, the ones that report a finding without citing the group that presented the same result years before. Or, more egregiously, claim outright to be the first to report it, when a simple literature search would reveal that not to be the case. It’s a problem that affects every […] The post Ask Retraction Watch: What to do when papers omit relevant citations? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Time to replace laptops, desktops with smartphones?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Miniaturization has been with us for decades. In the 1980s (and, in the case of pioneers, 1970s), we had our first personal computers. They were getting smaller and more powerful. It was unavoidable that devices as small as smartphones would be vastly more powerful than my Commodore 64 in the 1980s (although Moore's law seemed too ambitious in recent years). When it was introduced less than a decade ago, the iPhone became a standard for the smartphones. Apple currently pockets over 90% of the world's profits from smartphones, a result I find incredible and hard to sympathize with.... more »

U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Once Advocated Abolishing The CIA

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters *Michael Crowley, Politico*: *Sanders once urged abolishing CIA* As anti-Vietnam War activist, he called the spy agency 'a dangerous institution that has got to go.' In his most recent debate with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders befuddled some viewers with an arcane reference to a 1953 U.S.-backed coup in Iran, which Sanders called an example of America’s history of “overthrowing governments.” It turns out that the Vermont senator has railed against that coup — assisted by the Central Intelligence A... more »

Obama Presents Last-Ditch Plans to Close Guantanamo

LOLITA C. BALDOR & Kathleen Hennessey at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Guantanamo] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer remaining detainees to a facility in the U.S., though his plan does not specify where. Obama... more »

Rubio A Moderate? Only To Sad Establishment Hacks Like Chris Matthews

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Another establishment politician, whose opinion not a single voter anywhere cares about, Tim Pawlenty, endorsed Rubio Monday. (Watch a little kabuki theater on CNN at the link.) Americans who live outside of Minnesota, where he served as an accidental governor, remember Pawlenty best as a pundit-created presidential candidate in 2012 who announced on YouTube in late May and withdrew less than 3 months later after coming in behind Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul in the Ames Straw Poll, not in a caucus or a primary, in a straw poll based primarily on how many weird food items you eat... more »

Living the Childhood Dream

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 16 hours ago
After a great night in Edmonton, I was once again up early Saturday morning for a shorter trip down to Calgary. This concert had been on my radar for a couple of months. It featured a piece I have been wanting to see performed live for almost as long as I can remember. Not only that but it was to be performed by Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, whose Bach interpretations I absolutely adore. I was pretty much prepared to crawl there on broken glass if I had to. The piece that had me prepared to undertake this Herculean task was the Robert Schumann Piano Concerto, easily one of my ... more »

ALF 6, Panel discussion on property rights

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
The 4th Asia Liberty Forum 2016, #AsiaLF16, has successfully ended in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday night. Among the important panel discussions was the one on “*Protecting Yourself Against Daylight Robbery -- Current Challenges to Property Rights*”. Photo below, holding the microphone is Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of IDEAS Malaysia, who chaired the discussion. The speakers from left: (1) Lorenzo Montanari of Property Rights Alliance (PRA), Washington DC, USA; (2) Barun Mitra of Liberty Institute, India; (3) Kriengsak Chareonwongsak of the Institute of Future Studies for Development, Tha... more »

Afghanistan-Taliban Peace Talks Likely: China, Pakistan, US in the Mix

LYNNE O'DONNELL at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani left, talks with Pakistani delegates during a meeting to discuss a road map for ending the war with the Taliban at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. An Afghan official says talks in Kabul between representatives of four countries trying to end Afghanistan's war with the Taliban are likely to set a date for a face-to-face meeting between the two sides. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Talks in Kabul Tuesday between representatives of four countries trying to end Afghanistan’s war w... more »

The ‘Itching Ears’ of Trump Followers

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump6 - 900] Since religious language has again infected this unpredictable and turbulent political season, here is a verse that could describe the followers of Donald Trump. It is found in Paul's second letter to his protege Timothy (or as Trump might call...more »

Did President Obama 'Lose' The Middle East To Russian President Putin?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/RIA Novosti) *Maajid Nawaz, Daily Beast*: *How Obama Lost the Mideast to Putin* *Vision, strategy, and courage might have prevented the disaster we see today in Syria. But those elements were nowhere to be found.* LONDON — The Middle East is in flames. Just as Iraq was President George W. Bush’s catastrophic legacy, Syria will be Obama’s. Bush’s sins of commission wrought no less chaos than Obama’s sins of omission. If the Stop the War lobby’s primary motive was to avoid civilian casualties, then by any stan... more »

Silencing “the truth”

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
A few days ago I read this online article by one of the BBC’s favourite ‘experts’ on the Middle East, Abdel Bari Atwan. Or 'Barry', as Gavin Esler likes to call him. It’s entitled “A culture of Silencing”, and it begins as a self-pitying response to the cancellation of an event he was to chair at the British Houses of parliament, no less, and continues as (the usual) diatribe of anti Israel hate-speak. (Labour groups seem to be experiencing a spot of trouble recently, though I have no idea if Atwan's *particular *cancellation had anything to do with *this particular* row over ant... more »

Water Crisis Fears In New Delhi After Canal Sabotaged In Protests

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Delhi is on the brink of a severe water crisis after a key supply was cut during protests over jobs in a neighbouring state. Much of the water supply to the Indian capital was cut off after members of an influential Indian caste sabotaged a canal during protests over job quotas. A representative from the Jat caste said they had called off their week-long protests which resulted in 19 deaths and thousands of troops being deployed in Haryana, after the northern state’s government accepted their demands. However the capital’s water board was still striving to restore full supplies to th... more »

To Whom The Money Should Go

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
https://polination.wordpress.com/ As soon a Bill Morneau announced that the federal deficit this year would be at least $18.2 billion, the howling began. "Batten down the hatches," John Ivison warned, "Liberals are full speed ahead toward a sea of red ink." And Tasha Kheiriddin wailed, "Almost $20 billion in the red an it isn't even March." Rona Ambrose claimed her party bequeathed a balanced budget to the country before it was thrown out of office. She forgot to mention that her party's budget was predicated on $65 oil -- which is now $3... more »

NATO Wants The Afghan Forces To Go On The Offensive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers patrol around their base in Logar province, Afghanistan February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani *Reuters*: *NATO wants Afghan forces to do less defending, more attacking* NATO advisers want Afghan soldiers to spend less time manning checkpoints and more taking the fight to Taliban militants, a key tactical shift the coalition hopes will enable local forces to quell a rising insurgency. With NATO's combat mission officially over, and only a few thousand foreign troops left, the onus has fallen on the Afghan army and police to impose stability, and... more »

Six Countries Are Now Using Drones For Targeted Killings, And This List Is Growing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
China is “engaged in an ambitious effort” to sell drones in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, says Ian Easton, a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute. (Ku shou / Imaginechina) *L.A. Times*: *A fast growing club: Countries that use drones for killing by remote control* The targeting crosshairs are focused on a dark building, tucked in the trees, when a missile dropped from the wings streaks down and the suspected terrorist base explodes in a fireball. The grainy video might appear to be another U.S. drone strike, but this was a Nigerian military crew operating a Ch... more »

Temporary Truce Declared in Syrian Civil War

ALBERT AJI & BASSEM MROUE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry puts his hand to his ear while listening to a reporter's question at the State Department in Washington. Kerry faces skeptical senators when he appears before a Republican-led panel just a day after the United States and Russia agreed on a new cease-fire for Syria. Kerry is scheduled to testify Feb. 23 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee amid nagging questions over enforcement of the truce and how violations of the agreement will be handled. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)] DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syr... more »

Can Rubio and Cruz Use Their Ground Games to Stop Trump in Today’s Nevada Caucuses?

Michelle Rindels & Jill Colvin at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Cruz Rubio Trump - 900] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- In the days leading up to Tuesday’s Nevada caucuses, Marco Rubio’s campaign office in Las Vegas buzzed with activity. Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison was there, personally calling likely Rubio supporters and reminding them to participate. The... more »

Large Luck Watercolor

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
I had a completely different plan for the centerpiece of my St. Patrick's Day mantel this year when my 7-year-old asked to help. The original plan wasn't something she could help with, so I decided to go with something she could. We made this large water color together and it was an absolute blast. I love watching her look up at the mantel and smile too. It was fun, easy and it looks fantastic on the mantel. You will need: - a large frame - posterboard or watercolor paper - masking tape - water colors You need a heavier kind of paper for this project so you can peel t... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*UK: Pupils who get a B grade in A-level maths today would only have scored an E 50 years ago as study shows exams HAVE got easier * The research, by Loughborough University, found standards in the subject have dramatically declined since the 1960s as exam papers have become easier. It confirms long-held views that those who took the maths exams five decades ago would have to be schooled to a much higher standard to achieve a good mark. Critics have warned that erosion of standards over the last century has led to youngsters in the UK falling behind peers in other countries in ma...more »

Oil Spills Contaminate Two Rivers In Peruvian Amazon

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
A ruptured pipeline has caused two oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon, threatening wildlife and local communities. Ruptures in Peru’s main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region, polluting two rivers that native villages rely on for water. The Health Ministry has declared a water emergency in five districts near the spill A third spill has been reported by local media though the pipeline operator Petroperu has refuted the claim. RT reports: According to state-owned regional Petroperu, there were two separate breaks in January and early February, which... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*What a childish mind! Michael Mann's scientific conclusions were changed by pretty pictures* *Michael Mann has just given an interview in which he says his belief in global warming arose when he saw temperature differences represented in color. The numbers had not influenced him until that point. See below. To us real scientists, the numbers are everything but not to the 4-year-old mind of Michael Mann.So what could cause an adult mind to be so childish? I am a psychologist so I should be able to ansewer that, right? Right. I can. It's a matter of salience. When you... more »

Hillary’s Paranoid Politics: Something to Fear

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: SALT LAKE CITY - OCTOBER 25: Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks at a rally for the Utah Democratic party October 25, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Several Utah Democrats express surprised that Hillary came to Utah to speak ten day before the national elections, since Utah is considered a heavily Republican state. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)] Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity -- or lack of validity -- of the argu... more »

A Minority Report

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
*From the pages of Fight Club 2*

(Everybody Wins - Ceptin' JEB!)  Calling Agatha Christie!  (Known Adulterer Beats Creepily Jesusy Evangelicals)  Responding to MLK Legacy  (Clinton Crime Bills Come Due?)  Greece Suffers Still  (Dead or Living Constitution?)

One Reason Why North Carolina Republicans' New Congressional Redistricting Map Should Be Dead On Arrival First off, from the masterful pen of our muse, Yas, at The Rectification of Names: Well, that was a fun Saturday! Marco Rubio won by coming in second instead of winning, as originally planned, by coming in third, and Hillary Clinton didn't lose by coming in first, even though Sanders won by

Without a paddle

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
A number of people have flagged up this piece by Julia Hartley-Brewer. The BBC thinks all Eurosceptics are frothing extremists. How can we trust it to be neutral? Ms H-B contends that the BBC is so inherently pro EU that it can’t see that it *is* inherently pro EU, therefore its pro EU bias is nothing more than doin’ a-what comes natur’ly. There’s a creepy parallel in there somewhere... but I won’t digress just for the minute. Of course Ms H-B has personal experience; as we know, she is no stranger to our screens. And, what’s more, she is a great fan of the BBC. “I say this mor... more »

Succession Crisis among the firms

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
[image: EastCoast_Andrew_176] *An old mantou place in Chenggong on the east coast.* Not a secession crisis, as is usually the case in Taiwan, but a succession crisis as the founders of Taiwan's family owned firms age. The latest case is the Evergreen group (Taipei Times): The dramatic shift came two months after Evergreen Group founder Chang Yung-fa (張榮發) died on Jan. 20 and left a December 2014 will that named his youngest son, Chang Kuo-wei, (張國煒), chairman of Eva Airways (長榮航空) and the only son of his second wife, as his successor and the sole inheritor of his estate worth billio... more »

University Bans Chick-fil-A For Its Christian Principles

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: Chick-fil-A] The war on poultry rages on yet another public university campus -- this time at the University of Nebraska -- Kearney. The hullabaloo started last January when students were asked to select a new dining option for the student union. Their... more »


Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
[image: 131-Tou6323] *Sun Moon Lake* Simon, who was also the Gauleiter of the neighbouring Gau Trier-Koblenz, later Moselland (Gauleiter being a title denoting the leader of a regional branch of the Nazi party), led a propaganda and later terror campaign, known as Heim ins Reich, to convince the population that they were ethnic Germans and a natural part of the Third Reich. His objective was "to win Luxembourg back over to the German nation as soon as possible."[2] He was convinced that Luxembourgers only needed a level of education and enlightenment in order to voluntarily declare ... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago
Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon of Bag Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl But she doesn't have a lot to say Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl But she changes from day to day I want to tell her that I love her a lot But I gotta get a bellyful of wine Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl Someday I'm going to make her mine, oh yeah Someday I'm going to make her mine *Sir Paul McCartney, MBE * *1969*... more »

Col. Richard Kemp Testifies at U.N. on the IDF (israeli defence forces)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/JM0fTss0UX4 "The IDF did more to protect the rights of civilians, in a combat zone, than any other army in history". An unpopular truth, but a truth nonetheless.

Rosemary Ellen Guileys - The Djinn - the entity experiencer

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
Free Planet saw this interview with Rosemary Ellen Guileys a couple of years back and didn't report on it at the time, probably because of her very strong BIG or *Belief in God* syndrome. This then is an attempt to redress that earlier omission from the so-called CAE or Contemporary Abduction Experience. The Djinn, demons, fairies, shadow people, and extraterrestrials, "Everything is inter-related," says Guileys and there is a standard 'abduction narrative' of a cover/masking story or *lie to defy*.

Tony Benn - Democracy in Europe from 2007

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
https://youtu.be/YdIDFL8dLIs I didn't agree with Tony Benn about much, but on the EU and it's lack of democracy he was spot on.

Bill Gates: Apple Should Grant FBI Backdoor Access To iPhone’s

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Bill Gates has urged Apple to grant the U.S. government permission to have backdoor access to their iPhone devices, saying that he agrees with the FBI’s demand to Apple to unlock the phone of one of the San Bernardino perpetrators. “This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case,” Gates told the Financial Times. Sputniknews.com reports: Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the FBI had asked Apple to build a new version of the iPhone operating system and software t... more »

Thirteen Bald Eagles Found Mysteriously Dead

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in Maryland this weekend in what officials are calling off the largest single die-off of bald eagles in 30 years. The mysterious deaths were spotted near a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore by a man at 2:30pm on Saturday who was out looking for deer antlers. Washingtonpost.com reports: It was not immediately clear what had caused the birds to die, but there were “no obvious signs of trauma with these birds,” according to Candy Thomson, a natural resources police spokeswoman. “A working theory is poisoning,” Thomson said Monday night. She added th... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
New post on *GaiaPortal* Dolphin connections align the planetary grids at this timeby ÉirePort [image: gaia_energy1]Dolphin connections align the planetary grids at this time. Sedentaries are observed and released and removed. Particulates clear from the primary Gaia dome. Forefronts imagined are vanquished. Micellar mechanics come to the fore. *ÉirePort* | February 21, 2016 at 08:08 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-xu Like

art - zazac namoo - dreamy forestry waves silhouette wonder and joy

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
check out these delightful in-progress videos of the Art of Zazac Namoo by Korean artist Sung Ho Lee.

Putin: Syrian Ceasefire A Chance To End Bloodshed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a special address about the coming ceasefire in Syria, urging world leaders to use this opportunity to end bloodshed in the region. The statement was published by the Kremlin on Monday. Friends, I just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, but the interest was certainly mutual. During our conversation, we approved joint statements of Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Adoption of the state... more »

George Galloway making friends as usual on The Daily Politics

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
https://youtu.be/YFmDePLUNV0 "You're not my judge, you're not fit to be my judge. " Adding George Galloway to part of the LEAVE campaign was a huge error. If it was a cynical calculation that his personal vote would outweigh those who rightly detest this man, then it was a moral mistake.

Syrian Refugees

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
#newsgraphic Updated graphic on Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries pic.twitter.com/TVtjutwHoB — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 23, 2016

Giant Bird Witnessed in Florida

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is an extraordinarily excellent sighting. What is critical is the white belly. It is not an Andean Condor or any type of vulture. Better yet, the witness was in a position to try and measure the wing span. I think that his estimate of 35 feet will be about right. We have a black bird with a white belly and it glides easily. With a 35 foot wind span it is clearly a thunder bird. The size strongly suggests that it can carry of a deer. As posted earlier, its life way allows it to hide in the skirts of large trees. Once in the sky, the size is naturally misread and i... more »

dreams - too much death and destruction - new art start with drugs and love

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
*art everywhere...* Dreams are another world. That's what this sleep-place is, ANOTHER WORLD. And (at the moment in dream after dream after dream every night+morning) there's a gut-wrenching war-of-slaughter in the streets of our normality and (yet) at the same time there's a soul-searching new world growing from the annihilation of the trenches. A murder world. An art world. A drug world. A friendly world with caring & sharing people who just want to BE and DO, together, like a very large group of well-known friends in a complex town or city. But this was a (real, living, breathi... more »

Video For Today

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

Bedfellows With ISIS: Turkey Is Following In Pakistan's Footsteps By Creating A Jihadist Wonderland

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*Islamism brings ruin to nations. * Turkey's alliance with ISIS in Syria has isolated it from its neighbours and its NATO and Western allies. It may be too late to change course now. Once you get in a pit of snakes it's not easy getting out without suffering bites, potentially poisonous. *An excerpt from, "Turkey can still avoid ‘Pakistanisation’" by M K Bhadrakumar, Indian Punchline, February 21, 2016:* The legacy of Erdogan’s interference in Syria in militarizing the Arab Spring, which began originally as a non-violent movement seeking democratization, is going to make the ‘Pak... more »

Iran Still Wants Salman Rushdie Dead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Author Salman Rushdie speaks during the opening news conference of the Frankfurt book fair, Germany October 13, 2015. REUTERS/RALPH ORLOWSKI *New York Times:* *Iran’s Hard-Line Press Adds to Bounty on Salman Rushdie* TEHRAN — A group of hard-line Iranian news media organizations says it has raised $600,000 to add to a bounty for the killing of the British novelist Salman Rushdie. Iran’s former supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, in 1989 calling for Mr. Rushdie to be killed because of his book “The Satanic Verses,” which the ayatollah fou... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Clinton and Trump widen their delegate leads: https://t.co/VVolXIOYi0 #election2016 pic.twitter.com/uKJ0bI3YUO — AP Interactive (@AP_Interactive) February 22, 2016

What Is The Future For U.S. Army Aviation?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Tracci Dorgan, U.S. Army *Crispin Burke, War On The Rocks:* *A Bleak Future For Army Aviation* The nation’s largest military service has found itself in search of a future as its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan wanes. For that reason, the National Commission on the Future of the Army’s report was met with anticipation, especially within the Army aviation community, where pilots have flown millions of combat flight hours in aircraft older than the men and women in the cockpits. Unfortunately, the document envisions a bleak future for Army aviation — the ... more »

Video: I Support the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - George Orwell.* *An excerpt from, "Fired FAU professor James Tracy's personnel file reveals worry over 'perceived level of threat'" by Brian Entin, WPTV, February 22, 2016: * Florida Atlantic University released former professor James Tracy's personnel file on Monday. Tracy, an FAU Communications professor, was fired in January. His termination came after years of controversy involving his personal blog where he questioned whether the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hoo... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft hovers over the desert before departing from Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 15, 2016, for a training mission. The Osprey crew is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Pentagon To Submit Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The secret files include intelligence assessments of nearly 700 Guantanamo Bay detainees. (Reuters: Joe Skipper ) *The Hill*: *Pentagon poised to submit plan for closing Guantanamo Bay* The Pentagon is poised to submit a plan to Congress for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a spokesman said Monday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the administration will meet the Tuesday deadline for submitting a proposal for closing the facility and moving its terrorist detainees. "We understand that the deadline is tomorrow, and it's our intent to meet it," Davis said. The plan will call... more »

Herr Trumpf Is Teaching Republican Voters To Distrust Candidates Awash In Special Interest Money

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Herr Trumpf has been resourceful-- and extremely successful-- in using the virtually limitless free TV time the networks have given him-- the fairness doctrine was abolished in 1987 and congressional attempts to revive it were vetoed by Reagan and again by George W. Bush-- to define and brand his opponents. He chased most of the GOP's "Deep Bench," most recently Jeb Bush, out of the race by using tried and true non-political marketing techniques to establish each in the collective unconscious as unattractive figures who whose supposed characteristics would cause great harm to the ... more »

China Is Buying Up American Companies At A Record Pace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
China has a new growth strategy: purchasing foreign companies. *Portia Crowe, Business Insider:* *China is buying up American companies fast, and it's freaking people out* *Here's a story you'll be hearing about a lot this year.* Chinese companies have been buying up foreign businesses, including American ones, at a record rate, and it's freaking lawmakers out. There is General Electric's sale of its appliance business to Qingdao-based Haier, Zoomlion's bid for the heavy-lifting-equipment maker Terex Corp., and ChemChina's record-breaking deal for the Swiss seeds and pesticides gr... more »

Meeting Lord Indra

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
*Conjecture: * Advanced souls/spirits will carnate on Earth in order to advance human development. From this is is reasonable that Krishna carnated within the living body of Jesus. For clarity, reincarnation presupposes live birth and an ensuing human development whereas carnation supposes combining with a living human and augmenting that human physically to express an aspect of the advanced spirit. These advanced spirits must be the Divas of Indian mythology. This whole cosmology conforms to the comology of all Indo Europeans and Zeus is Indris. *Conjecture: *Vedic... more »

Scientists Work out how Create Matter from light, to Finally prove Einstein’s E=mc2

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
[image: Hohlraum] I do think that matter can be produced from light, although we need to understand that the photons involved have to be large enough and to have sufficient energy. Then i do not think that smashing them together is likely to be productive. I suspect that they need to be sub parallel at the least. We have galactic jets produced by so called black holes. It is my contention that mass is consumed and is converted into light which exits the gravitational pull of the so called Black Hole. This light is all generally sub parallel accommodating a coalesc... more »

The "Primeval Code" Genetic Protocol

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is actually a huge discovery for agriculture. Yest the primeval codes are still available. That is a surprise by itself that eliminates no end of scholarly guesswork. Better we can use all this immediately. Add in my own recent efforts with my associate and we are suddenly working with both the DNA and radiating the light body associated with the germ plasm. This is huge and suggests that we will be able to produce a wide range of potential offspring. This also likely explains genetic developments ten thousand years ago as well. . . *The "Primeval Code" -- the ec... more »

When Private Credit Stops Expanding...

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I have always maintained a decent long term view of markets and that has worked well over many years. Yet they were all based on persistent credit expansion at the non government level. Now governments have basically flooded those credit markets to stay afloat directly or indirectly and the private sector is reacting to rising bad business news. The real icing on the cake is the contracting energy sector everywhere. Throw in pending technological replacement for the oil industry and we have a perfect storm of medium and long term contraction in the energy business on top of th... more »

The 13th Amendment Created Legal Slavery Through Incarceration

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I think that a century and one half of experience with a slave making culture should be well enough. That they have walked around legal barriers is no surprise when like minded men and women gather to conspire to enforce servitude on any population. The penalties need to become real. Yet we are also talking about a culture of conspiracy and of protection through conspiracy. Thanks to the so called war on drugs the whole process has accelerated and expanded with the real costs dumped back on the American Taxpayer. This can be ended by ending poverty through some ... more »

Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers Are 'Unfit for Human Consumption'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
For thousands of years, meat merchants have struggled to find ways to upgrade bad meat to a product palatable to a consumer. In practice, our digestive system can eat meat that has deteriorated significantly but there is always a point in which the bacterial load becomes dangerous. That it is actively been approached is the reason meat will smell. Meat needs to be cooked and eaten as soon as possible. That really means eliminate storage as much as possible even refrigeration. Meat has several days in the fridge although fluids represent a great growing media. Washing elimin... more »

Video of the Russian Armata T14 tank

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This looks to be an effective platform and will certainly sell well outside NATO. Which is surely the market as well. Otherwise it is an excellent design showing the evolution of improvements for decades common to all tank design. without knowledge of fine detail it is impossible to comment on the systems involved much as one would like to. All Good. Let us hope that it does not match the Abrams.. *Video of the Russian Armata T14 tank* *January 31, 2016* *http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/01/video-of-russian-armata-t14-tank.html* *A video of the Armata T-14 tank claims the new... more »

9 More Virginia Class Submarines?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
The military is always promoting a future threat in order to promote budget creep. Our problem is that we allow excessive quality to overwhelm effectiveness at times. In war, that sort of nicety is quickly set aside. Then numbers count. That is why i think that our money is best spent on cheap drones and high volume production lines. These can become the suicide bombers of our assault forces. That is a whole new strategy that completely overtakes the strategy of mine fields. Human beings are still needed to opeate these machines effectively and that can potentially be dis... more »

Conspiracy Theorists Question Scalia's Death

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
How about a resounding no. He was clearly symptomatic of a developing heart failure during his last three days alive and that was only proven by his demise in bed after packing it in. He likely passed out rather quickly after laying down and likely never knew he was in trouble. His real enemy was simply too many years and an unwelcome fifty pounds. It really then becomes a real crap shoot. The medical examiner was completely correct in confirming natural causes. The only reason it is even brought up is because his death was never going to be timely. . *Conspiracy Theoris... more »

Attacks on Planned Parenthood Are Devastating Women's Choice, New Study Confirms

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I personally agree that women need to be able to choose when they get pregnant for a slew of sound reasons. That done we now come to the real problem and that is that ending a pregnancy is no more acceptable than infanticide and should only be accepted in order to prevent a medically failed infant or the demise of the mother and event that during the early part of the pregnancy since care for premature infants is now excellent and viable. What has to happen though is that all economic aspects need to be removed. What we have is a patchwork quilt that is borderline barbaric. ... more »

Elongated Skulls Of Peru: Not The Only Ones!

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I never truly understood the extent of the practice which again conforms with the founding of the Bronze Age and its seaborne global distribution. Add in the eyewitness reports describing the process and we have something that is at least plausible. What is not explained are the skulls obviously sporting a seriously expanded skull volume. Is this anything different and just why did the volume expand? I would like to see genetic information. I can see local leaders adopting a fashion in order to associate with a large skulled class of traders who showed up every year or so.... more »

Hubble Observes Vast Gas Cloud set to Collide with the Milky Way

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
A remarkable discovery and i suspect conforming best with the electrical model of the Universe. There must also be other such clouds as well. Now whether this cloud dives deep or not needs to be answered as that will likely determine its productivity in terms of star creation. Most important is that it demonstrates an active mechanism for consolidating material into a star making region. Once ignited such a star becomes an electrical dynamo that then integrates with the flow of other stars. All this begs the question of whether a galaxy happens to be self sustaining in term... more »

Surge of Zika Virus Has Brazilians Re-examining Strict Abortion Laws

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This very much enters the realm of medically justified abortion. Of course there are issues of properly determining real risk and actual microcephaly. Because we do have modern techniques we no longer have the option of taking a failed birth child out onto a hillside to allow death by exposure. Unfortunately that never meant we had the ability to prevent the situation in which this was the solution. Abortion is our modern solution and it has the benefit of been private. Babies will be conceived who have no possibility of living a full human life. As it is we err on the si... more »

Toxic Loans Around the World Weigh on Global Growth

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
China is of course the king of toxic loans and that distorts things. That they can go back almost forever for fresh cash has allowed them to avoid any form of liquidation process and most are in fact productive in terms of salable goods. However the real problem is that the whole world has got in on the act and we now have a massive global inventory of pricey assets ultimately looking for new owner. There will never be enough such owners to go around and the real truth is that the assets are seriously overpriced. To overcome that problem you have to run a forbearance system that... more »

'Seeds of Change':

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
The good news is that extensive seed saving is fully underway. So the panic is a lot less. However the central problem lies with our food crops which are been subjected to a significant extinction bottle neck. This item paints that picture rather well. Yet long term i am strongly optimistic. Bad practice will be replaced by good practice. The main driver will be the rising dominance of a universal organic protocol for all agriculture and what that means is engaged manpower with complete intellectual resources available. That makes the value of any raise-able seed ... more »

They Are Among Us

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
. This item nails the question. A number of described aliens will have no particular problem passing as a human being. Knowing that it follows that a number will in fact do so in order to gather general intelligence at the least. It is no more than we ourselves would do. From that it is clear that they would use the best effective camouflage. That has to include a holograph to cover the face. We already could do this ourselves today. Thus we have here conforming reports. Better yet they are simply using our services. This is not alien to them and suggests an unsuspected c... more »

In Education Policy, Language Abuse Begets Child Abuse

Susan O at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
by Susan Ohanian I know better than to read wedding announcements in the* New York Times*but when an e-mail teaser identified the groom as “a principal consultant to the education industry for Infinitive, a management consultancy specializing in digital marketing, ” I decided to take a look at what these guys do. At their website, I encountered language more curdled than month-old milk. Here’s a sample: *Get in the know and keep current with big-picture thinking and actionable insights.* http://www.infinitive.com/hot-topics/blog/#sthash.jefxMkzd.dpuf And it ... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( February 22 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1. US Equities Continue Impressive Rebound From YTD Lows . 2 . British Pound Got "Pounded" Today. 3. Vix On An Incredible Tear Since February 11th. 4. Global Risk On Monday - In Spite Of All The Worrying News. 5. China Still An Accident Waiting For The Vehicles To Arrive. 6. ECB Trying To Find A New Way To Save The Banks. 7. US Manufacturing PMI Sinks To Lowest Level Since October 2012. 8. Odds & Ends. ) Europe ( 1. UK Referendum Items Of The Day - Campaign Is Underway . 2. Refugee Crisis/ Border Security Items. 3. Greece Items Of The Day . 4. Spain Political Updates - PSOE And Ciudadanos Trying To Cobble Together A Government Or Maybe Four Way Left Wing Combination. ) Odds & Ends ( 1. Oil And Commodities News. 2. Bolivia's President In Strange Sense Of Denial Regarding Losing Re-Election Referendum. 3.Libya's HoR To Vote On Unity Government Tuesday. 3.Syria May Have Agreement On Provisional Ceasefire - We Will Know Perhaps By Friday. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Overview........ *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 25m 25 minutes ago Update: S&P: +7.5% from the low. >50% of stocks closed above their 50-day moving average, highest % this year. $SPX *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 2h 2 hours ago Dow Components, YTD returns. Interesting to see $XOM up 6.7% and $CVX flat with all the negative attention on Crude. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago British Pound ends the day at its lowest level vs. US Dollar since March 2009. $GBPUSD *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 4h 4 hours ago ... more »

New Extension for Google Chrome Changes ‘Pro-Life’ to ‘Anti-Choice’

Stream Staff at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Abortion, Planned Parenthood] A new extension available on Google Chrome has the goal of turning the web into a pro-choice “safe space.” The extension, called “Choice Language” and released last week by the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), scans webpages and replaces every... more »

Ohio, Wisconsin Governors Slash State Funding for Planned Parenthood

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich visits a polling station at the high school, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. as voters cast their ballots for the first in the nation presidential primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)] Two prominent governors from politically important states have signed bills that will slash funding for Planned Parenthood. Last week, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed two bills that reduce funding for America’s largest abortion company by eight million dollars. Respectively, the...more »

CIA Leaker Serving Time In Jail Believes Hillary Clinton Is Being Given A 'Pass' On Her Email Scandal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, Libya October 18, 2011. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE *The Hill:* *CIA leaker: Clinton 'given a pass' for emails* A former CIA officer serving jail time for leaking documents to the New York Times accused federal officials of setting a double standard by apparently refusing to aggressively prosecute Hillary Clinton. Clinton was “a high ranking official who should know better, but completely given a pass, and almost an apologetic pass,” Jeffrey Sterling, who was ... more »

Two Videos On How Various Democrats Reacted

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In 1995 Bernie was a Member of the House... and so was Duke Cunningham. In fact, one of the reasons we started *DWT* was to help focus attention of Cunningham and a gaggle of other corrupt California Republicans, none of whom are still in office... Richard Pombo, Jerry Lewis, Buck McKeon, Gary Miller, John Doolittle, Dan Lungren, Jim Rogan, David Dreier, Elton Gallegly, Wally Herger-- all gone, all flushed down the toilet. Anyway, in the video above ole Duke is being harshly called out on the carpet by Bernie for disparaging gay men and women in the military. Bernie seems angry; ... more »

Peace Agreement Reached By Russia And US On Syria, Is It Really Peace? - Episode 900b

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: Peace Agreement Reached By Russia And US On Syria, Is It Really Peace? - Episode 900b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: February 22, 2016. Description: * Individuals are being forced to pay first in hospitals and some are forced to take out loans to pay the deductible.South Korea and the US are holding the largest drill ever to provoke North Korea. EU will not join the fight in Libya unless they are invited by the government. US pushing the idea that Libya will need help very soon. US and Russia put together a peace deal, Assad announces elections in April 2016. US now has... more »

Tensions Rising in Demilitarized Zone Along Korean Border

Eric Talmadge at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: North Korean People's Army Lt. Col. Nam Dong Ho is silhouetted against the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Panmunjom, North Korea. Nam Dong Ho told The Associated Press that tensions have increased significantly along the Demilitarized Zone since North Korea conducted its nuclear test and rocket launch. He said he could not comment on operational details, but added: "The reality is that it is touch and go."] PANMUNJOM, North Korea (AP) -- Tensions have increased significantly along the Dem... more »

Putin: Syria Truce is Real Chance to End Bloodshed- The breaking up of Syria?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Necessary Background:* *1- Russian/US Ceasefire Plan to Begin Saturday. Feb.27/16- John Kerry Statement* *2- Joint Statement of the United States & the Russian Federation:Cessation of Hostilities in Syria* *3- Bashar al Assad Calls for Parliamentary Syrian Elections in April/2016* *Expect all out fighting, bloodshed and displacement up until the ceasefire begins*- *because there will clearly be a race for territory. * *Friends, * I just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, bu... more »

Syrian Rebels Are Not Comfortable With The U.S. - Russian Truce Plan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Smoke billows from Aleppo's thermal power station on February 21, 2016 after government troops retake the area (AFP Photo/George Ourfalian) *Reuters*:* Syrian rebels see flaws in U.S.-Russian truce plan* The United States and Russia announced plans for a 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria that would take effect on Saturday but exclude groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda's Nusra Front, a loophole that Syrian rebels immediately highlighted as a problem. Monday's agreement, described by a U.N. spokesman as "a first step towards a more durable ceasefire", is the fruit of intensi... more »

Antonin Scalia Believed in God and a Literal Devil. It Made Him a Better Justice

Michael Brown at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Good and Evil Angel and Devil Scale Judgement - 900] One of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's most quoted (and mocked) interviews was his February, 2013 "conversation" in New York Magazine where he affirmed his belief in the existence of the Devil, even explaining that Satan's activity is less visible... more »

House Ethics Investigating Florida Democratic Rep. Grayson

Matthew Daly at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla. speaks in Tallahassee, Fla. The House Ethics Committee is investigating Grayson, the Florida Democrat who is running for Senate. In a statement on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, the committee leaders said it is reviewing a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics and will decide its next step by April 5.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is investigating Rep. Alan Grayson, the Florida Democrat who is running for Senate and whose business activities have come under scrutiny for the past se... more »

Risen Opens to Critical Acclaim and Box Office Success

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: risen] Risen is a box office winner. The new film depicting the Resurrection of Christ from the point of view of a Roman tribune in search of Jesus’ body earned nearly $12 million this weekend, good enough for third place. The only movies to beat it... more »

Jeb: "I Congratulate My Competitors That Are Remaining On The Island"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Jeb leaving the race isn't the same as deadbeats like Santorum, Fiorina and Pataki abandoning the Deep Bench. He actually did have some supporters-- not many actual voters, but plenty of big money people. PLENTY. In all, his campaign and SuperPAC raised over $150 million dollars, mostly from wealthy people, very little from the kinds of small donors who have fueled Bernie's campaign or even Dr. Ben's campaign. Jeb raised as much as Cruz and Rubio combined. Maybe that's why candidates who were pounding on Bush just a few days ago, particularly Rubio and Cruz and even Herr Trumpf, w... more »

Musical Interlude: Gaelic Storm, "The Farmer's Frolic”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Gaelic Storm, "The Farmer's Frolic” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBATrLRWySg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“First came the trees. In the town of Salamanca, Spain, the photographer noticed how distinctive a grove of oak trees looked after being pruned. Next came the galaxy. The photographer stayed up until 2 am, waiting until the Milky Way Galaxy rose above the level of a majestic looking oak. *Click image for larger size.* From this carefully chosen perspective, dust lanes in the galaxy appear to be natural continuations to branches of the tree. Last came the light. A flashlight was used on the far side of the tree to project a silhouette. By coincidence, other trees also appeared as simil...more »

Elinor Wylie, “The Eagle and the Mole”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Eagle and the Mole”* "Avoid the reeking herd, Shun the polluted flock, Live like that stoic bird, The eagle of the rock. The huddled warmth of crowds Begets and fosters hate; He keeps above the clouds His cliff inviolate. When flocks are folded warm, And herds to shelter run, He sails above the storm, He stares into the sun. If in the eagle’s track Your sinews cannot leap, Avoid the lathered pack, Turn from the steaming sheep. If you would keep your soul From spotted sight or sound, Live like the velvet mole: Go burrow underground. And there hold intercourse With roots of trees ... more »

Propping Up Oil Prices Is Now a Russian Video Game

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Oil-Video-Game] The Russian news website Rus2Web is spreading awareness about the country's reliance on high oil prices by making it into a retro video game. The game explicitly states that current oil prices are too low to support Russia's government budget, economy and the... more »

1991 Government Document Confirms TDAP Vaccine Causes Microcephaly

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Research published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information reveals that the U.S. government knew as early as 1991 that the Tdap vaccine causes microcephaly. Why then are the government so keen to blame microcephaly on the recent zika virus outbreak when for at least 70 years no known cases of microcephaly had been reported as a result of the virus? According to the study, entitled Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines: A Report of the Committee to Review the Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines: Among symptomatic cases, presumed causes are... more »

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