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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

24 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

10:27pm MST

"Saudi Arabia is playing with fire in Lebanon"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 minutes ago
"Saudi Arabia is playing with fire in Lebanon. As if it wants to push the country into civil war." - *Angry Arab (February 23, 2016)*. *An excerpt from, "Saudi Arabia, Gulf Allies Issue Travel Warnings for Lebanon" by Nicolas Parasie, Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2016:* Saudi Arabia and several regional allies have warned their citizens against traveling to Lebanon, as the Gulf’s Sunni Muslim monarchies step up pressure on Beirut to side with them more forcefully in their rivalry with Iran. *Citing unspecified safety concerns, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirat... more »

Unless The Democrats Wake Up And Nominate Bernie, Herr Trumpf Will Be President

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 28 minutes ago
Big win for Herr Trump last night in Nevada where he got more mores than Rubio and Cruz *combined*. And Nevada is Rubio's second home (from when he was a Mormon). Yesterday I heard one of Rubio's operatives talking with Chuck Todd on MSNBC and saying that Rubio "has to" beat Herr in Florida. Unfortunately for Rubio, the most recent poll (from Florida Atlantic University) shows him falling 7 points since November and trailing Herr Trumpf at 48% and even behind Cruz at 16%. Of course, Rubio still has time to rise... or go further down. At least Cruz wins his own state as a favorite ... more »

Thorne Dreyer : RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Political Guru Glenn W. Smith, Environmentalist & Poet Taylor Brorby, Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Smith tries to decipher the weird world of presidential politics; Brorby discusses his book on the literature of fracking; Naishtat, a Texas progressive icon, talks about his exit from politics. Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | February … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Political Guru Glenn W. Smith, Environmentalist & Poet Taylor Brorby, Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat

How to Kill a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Image: Lockheed Martin *Dave Majumdar, National Interest*:* Revealed: How to Kill a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter* The United States has poured ten of billions of dollars into developing fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. However, relatively simple signal processing enhancements, combined with a missile with a large warhead and its own terminal guidance system, could potentially allow low-frequency radars and such weapons systems to target and fire on the latest generation U.S. aircraft. It is a well-known fact wit... more »

The NYPD Want Apple To Unlock ALL iPhone Devices

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The NYPD have weighed in on the current privacy debate between the FBI and apple, requesting that every iPhone currently subject to a court-ordered search be unlocked. The police department have made it clear that once the San Bernardino perpetrator’s phone is broken into by the FBI, they want to make the hacking of mobile phones a routine occurrence within law enforcement. That would essentially mean that every iPhone entered into evidence in court could be forced open by authorities, via a piece of software that Apple would be forced to create. Slashgear.com reports: That software... more »

The Vatican Own A Time Travel Device, Insiders Claim

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The Vatican may own a time travel device that enables them to see future events and look at scenes from the past, according to a several insiders. The device known as a Cronovisor may be one of the biggest secrets kept from humanity and it could explain why the Church have maintained its immense power in recent years despite a decline in believers. The time travelling device was built in the 1950’s by a team of scientists led by Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti – an Italian physicist who went on to become a priest. Ufoholic.com reports: This oversized cupboard was equipped with ante... more »

Al Qaeda vs. The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Eli Lake, Bloomberg:* *Where Islamic State Stumbles in Its War With Al-Qaeda* Since al-Qaeda expelled it from its ranks a little more than two years ago, the Islamic State has been on a tear. It has taken Iraq's second-largest city, declared itself a caliphate, won over al Qaeda affiliates in Sinai and Nigeria, and conducted high-profile terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East. But that's only part of the story. Despite these victories, the Islamic State has had a difficult time establishing and retaining its new affiliates. From Algeria to Afghanistan, its fledgling franch... more »

Sentences beyond the "range" can be justified depending on circumstances

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
R. v. Hawley, 2016 ONCA 143: [8] Parity in the sentencing of similar offenders who have committed similar offences is a recognized principle of sentencing: *Criminal Code* s. 718.2(b). Over time, the operation of the parity principle gives rise to ranges of sentences for similar offences committed by similar offenders. In *R. v. Lacasse*, 2015 SCC 64, at para. 58, the court explained the relationship between parity as a principle of sentencing and the fitness of a specific sentence that is beyond the existing range: There will always be situations that call for a sente... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( February 24 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1. NIRP News Of The Day. 2. S&P Sectors Analysis - YTD. 3. G-20 Looms , Data From China & IMF Staff Report - Real GDP Growth In Focus. 4 BUBA Defends Cash . 5. ECB In Focus - Draghi Watch Begins For March ECB Meeting. 6. Odds & Ends. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Referendums , Refugees , Border security Issues. 2. NPLs - Italy And Spain In Focus vs US Banks. 3. Political Updates - Spain And UK. 4. ECB/ Bond / British Pound Items.) Odds & Ends ( 1. Zika Item - Three Pregnant Women Test Positive In Florida. 2. Brazil Downgraded to Junk By Moody's - Also At Junk By Fitch And S&P. 3. Syria News Of Note. 4. Libya News Of Note - Gov't Formation News , Benghazi. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Overview..... Asia Tonight first...... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 8m 8 minutes ago BoJ already owns 34% of Japanese gov debt & 54% of Japanese ETF market. What will they do if Yen keeps moving up ? *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 27m 27 minutes ago CHINA TO COORDINATE WITH G20 MEMBERS TO BOOST CONFIDENCE: ZHU. Which FX data series will it no longer publish then? *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 1h1 hour ago PBOC fixes Yuan Yuan at 6.5318 vs 6.5302 *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago YUAN DEVALUATION NOT ON G-20 AGENDA, LOU SAYS: CHINA DAILY *zerohedg... more »

X22Report: Warning, Something Major Is About To Happen In The Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Title: Warning, Something Major Is About To Happen In The Middle East - Episode 902b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: February 24, 2016. Description:* Americans believe Government would use the access to Apple's Iphone to spy on the people. The US military can now monitor Twitter to detect protesters in the future. US wants a diplomatic solution to North Korea, stop nuclear development and the US will then talk. France, US have special forces in Libya. US pushing the proxy army (IS) into Libya to make the case to bring in ground troops.US pushing the idea of splitting up Syria, ... more »

Report: Scores Of Russian Generals Killed In A Bomb Attack In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Mikhail Fradkov (L) and Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov in Moscow, Dec. 19, 2015.Reuters *Jerusalem Post:* *Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base* The military base that was hit by the car bomb is considered one of the most important military centers of the Russian forces on the Syrian coast, located some 15 kilometers from Latakia. Dozens of Russian Generals at a military base near the eastern Syrian city of Latakia w... more »

Who Thinks The GOP Has Halted Their War On Women? Let's Visit Southeast Minnesota

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Angie Craig should be a shoo-in for Congress Hate Talk Radio host Jason Lewis, is the leading contender for the Republican nomination to replace retiring GOP reactionary, John Kline in the suburbs and exurbs south of St. Paul (MN-02). It's a swing district that Obama won-- albeit narrowly-- both times, and with a vaguely competent DCCC it would be in Democratic hands today. The Democratic candidate this year is Angie Craig a former health care industry executive and journalist who, when elected, will be the first openly gay member of Congress from Minnesota and the first woman ever ... more »

Religious Children Have Trouble Distinguishing Reality from Fiction

Waking Times at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - What is the effect of religious teaching on the young minds of children? The post Religious Children Have Trouble Distinguishing Reality from Fiction appeared first on Waking Times.

Good News from Melbourne University's NZO Mouse LCHF "Paleo" Study

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 3 hours ago
The egregious behaviour of Prof Sol Andrikopoulos in his press release to global media has obscured the finding that was the primary purpose of the "Three Mouseketeers" study.The study was supposed to answer a question that is actually of great importance in diabetes research: - the blood sugars of people with diabetes usually improve and can become completely normal on the LCHF diet - this is actually something that has been known for a century or more. - if you challenge someone who is doing well on the LCHF diet with an oral glucose tolerance test (a sudden large carbohydrate load... more »

John Kerry: Up to 30,000 Ground Troops Needed For Syria Safe Zone

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
John Kerry said it would take between 15,000 to 30,000 ground troops to maintain a ‘safe zone’ inside northern Syria. Citing previously unheard of Pentagon estimates, the Secretary of State asked a Senate panel today: “Now are we ready to authorize that?” ABC7 News reports: Although a ceasefire is planned for this coming Saturday, there are growing calls within Washington for a so-called “Plan-B”: options for military action if the truce fails. Many Republicans, including Donald Trump, are calling for a “safe zone” in northern Syria to protect the increasing number of displaced peopl... more »

Filming Cops Is Now Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania has ruled that filming cops is illegal, and can lead to arrest. The cases of Fields v. City of Philadelphia, and Geraci v. City of Philadelphia involve two historic incidents where citizens were arrested for filming the police. Theantimedia.org reports: Richard Fields, a Temple University student, was arrested after stopping to take a picture of a large group of police outside a house party. Amanda Geraci, a legal observer with CopWatch Berkeley, attended a large protest against fracking in September 2012 and was arrested while filming the ar... more »

How The Deep State’s Two-Dimensional Engineered Reality Actually Works

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - The last thing the ruling oligarchs want is for people to wake up from the matrix of lies which the Deep State has put in place. The post How The Deep State’s Two-Dimensional Engineered Reality Actually Works appeared first on Waking Times.

Musical Interlude: Roger Waters, “The Tide Is Turning”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Roger Waters, “The Tide Is Turning” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td6CD3J9kiY

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 25th February)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 4 hours ago
Help-To-Buy helps Barratt Homes profits rise 40% Barratt Homes predicted continuing demand for its houses as it announced soaring first-half profits, fuelled by a shortage of homes and the government’s help-to-buy scheme. The government recently extended help to buy until 2021 and introduced it for buyers in London. Some critics have said the move will simply push up prices in the capital,

Musical Interlude: Pink Floyd, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Pink Floyd, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SqFPNTBnv8

2016 CPAC Theme Reflects Reagan’s Hope for the Future

Kristiana Mork at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: 1RonaldReagan-1250x650] When it opens next week, this year's Conservative Political Action Conference aims to inspire conservatives with a theme drawn from the words of President Ronald Reagan: "Our Time Is Now." "With everything that is going on in the world, our focus... more »

What Is Russia's Endgame?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Vladimir Putin and members of Russian Security Council© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian presidential press service/TASS *Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times*: *Questions Linger Over Russia’s Endgame in Syria, Ukraine and Europe* MOSCOW — The partial truce that Russia and the United States have thrashed out in Syria capped something of a foreign policy trifecta for President Vladimir V. Putin, with the Kremlin strong-arming itself into a pivotal role in the Middle East, Ukraine floundering and the European Union developing cracks like a badly glazed pot. Beyond what could well be a high po... more »

Norway’s Prime Minister Warns Sweden Is About To Collapse, Seals Borders

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has warned that Sweden is about to collapse due to the overwhelming influx of refugees in the country. Solberg is so concerned with its imminent collapse that she has created an emergency law to seal Norway’s borders in case “it all breaks down” in Sweden. Zerohedge.com reports: “It is a force majeure proposals which we will have in the event that it all breaks down, the power just comes, and all end in Norway because we are at the top and most of Europe. Norway is the end point, is not it,” Solberg said, in an interview with Berlingske who... more »

The End Of Europe: Dutch And Czechs Consider Exit

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Dutch voters have demanded an in-out referendum on the Netherland’s membership in the European Union, amid growing fears that the entire European project is about to collapse. With Britain due to hold a June 23 referendum, other countries are preparing for an imminent exit in the event that Britain leaves. Express.co.uk reports: In a new opinion poll in the Netherlands, a majority of voters said they backed the country having its own in/out referendum on EU membership, similar to the UK vote. And Czech Republic prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka has warned if Britons do decide to leav... more »

Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Steal Your Brain, Transhumanism Agenda Unveiled

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
A picture of Mark Zuckerberg smiling over 5,000 ‘users’ plugged into virtual reality headsets has made the rounds on social media, with many claiming that the Facebook billionaire wants to push the transhumanism agenda onto the public. The photo (below) was taken at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, showing Zuckerberg walking past rows of devoted fans, all plugged into virtual reality headsets while he looks on. Dailymail.co.uk reports: The image has been compared to movies such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and a zombie apocalypse in which vegetative crowds are controll...more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Hot, young stars and cosmic pillars of gas and dust seem to crowd into NGC 7822. At the edge of a giant molecular cloud toward the northern constellation Cepheus, the glowing star forming region lies about 3,000 light-years away. Within the nebula, bright edges and dark shapes are highlighted in this colorful skyscape. The image includes data from narrowband filters, mapping emission from atomic oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur into blue, green, and red hues. *Click image for larger size.* The atomic emission is powered by energetic radiation from the hot stars, whose powerful winds an... more »

20 Quarantined, 3 Unwell After US Customs Receives Suspicious Envelope

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
At least 20 people have been quarantined after an employee opened envelope with a suspicious powdery substance at the Customs and Border Protection office in Alameda, California. An employee reported feeling ill immediately after opening the envelope on Wednesday afternoon. Two others also had a bad reaction, and were treated at the scene. One person was reportedly taken to the hospital. According to KTVU : Emergency crews quarantined approximately 20 employees who were in the vicinity when the envelope was opened. That quarantine was lifted around 3:30 pm. In a statement released b... more »

Lawyer Admits There’s No Proof Fracking Poisoned Water at the ‘Ground Zero’ of Drilling

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Activist filmmaker Josh Fox speaking at a fracking protest in NYC on June 25, 2011.] For years, environmentalists have pointed to the town of Dimock, Pennsylvania as the "ground zero" for bad things having to do with hydraulic fracturing. But the lawyer representing families suing the drilling company that allegedly impacted their drinking water made... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 24, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Mark Thompson, Time*: *U.S.-China Showdown Keeps Inching Closer* Beijing dispatches more military might to the South China Sea. China is playing a game of chicken with the United States in the South China Sea. All signs suggest that Beijing is betting the U.S. will blink and swerve away before it comes to war. China is brazenly challenging the hegemony that the U.S. has enjoyed on East Asian seas since World War II, as the top U.S. admiral in the Pacific warns that a shrinking U.S. military is leaving him without sufficient forces to counter the rising superpower. While the U.S. ... more »

Senators Reach Tentative Deal on Flint Water Crisis Aid

Matthew Daly at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Michigan - Gov Snyder - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators from both parties reached a tentative deal Wednesday to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and allow a long-stalled energy bill to move forward. A proposal by Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. and James Inhofe, R-Okla.,... more »

Government Drone Registry Under Legal Fire

Jason Snead at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Drone flying - 900] Feb. 19 marked the final date that drone owners can register with the federal government to avoid being branded a felon by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As of now, all recreational drone owners whose quadcopters weigh more than 0.55...more »

Feb. 24: A busy day for news.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
Typical of the Irving press (and the nature of decision making in New Brunswick) is the lead story for today. The Moncton library might be moved into the old, Moncton High School. Why? Is it because of the location? Is it because the building is well adapted to library purposes? Maybe. But I doubt it. The only reasons mentioned in the story are economic. The school is no longer a school. There is no potential buyer for it. It would be expensive to tear down. And there's a vague hope that if the library occupied part of the building, that would attract business to rent other parts o... more »

Audience Faint Watching Play About ‘Love’ At The National Theatre

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Five people lost consciousness while watching a play at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank. The production of “Cleansed” by Katie Mitchell is based on a play by Sarah Kane and depicts scenes of torture, rape and violence. The director said she believed the play was more about love than violence, with the “durability” of the unfortunate participants’ affections being tested. The BBC reports: People were warned of “graphic scenes of physical and sexual violence” in promotional material, the theatre said. Up to 40 people reportedly walked out of the production which depicts a ... more »

The Poet: Edward Hirsch, "I Was Never Able To Pray"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"I Was Never Able To Pray"* "Wheel me down to the shore where the lighthouse was abandoned and the moon tolls in the rafters. Let me hear the wind paging through the trees and see the stars flaring out, one by one, like the forgotten faces of the dead. I was never able to pray, but let me inscribe my name in the book of waves and then stare into the dome of a sky that never ends and see my voice sail into the night." - Edward Hirsch

Ivan Koop Kuper : METRO | Operation Texas: LBJ’s secret rescue mission on the eve of the Holocaust

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
One Texas scholar insisted that Johnson’s strong spiritual conviction and moral obligation fueled this alleged clandestine undertaking. By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | February 24, 2016 HOUSTON — On the evening of December 30, 1963, a little … finish reading Ivan Koop Kuper : *METRO* | Operation Texas: LBJ’s secret rescue mission on the eve of the Holocaust

Clinton Courts Union Members, Cruz Looks to Texas, and Other Campaign News

AP at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign a day before the Republican presidential debate and ahead of Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Hillary Clinton is asking for votes from workers... more »

Mike Whitney: Regime Change In Ankara-Obfuscating for NATO again

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Mike Whitney OBFUSCATES, via the alternative NATO media.* *Obfuscate/Obfuscation is the obscuring of intended meaning in communication, making the message confusing, willfully ambiguous, or harder to understand* I used to like Mike Whitney: That affection alongside much of my trust, respect, whatever for alt media has flown the coop. *Where to begin? How about the first sentence?* *“On Friday, the United States rejected a draft resolution by Russia that was intended to prevent a Turkish invasion of Syria” * * Incorrect*. Since *the resolution never mentioned Turkey*, I wouldn’t ...more »

“That was a really bad Friday for us:” WIRED warns four stories were plagiarized

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 6 hours ago
Last Friday, WIRED editor Adam Rogers got a direct message on Twitter that no journalist wants to see. Christina Larson, a freelance writer in China, told him she had seen overlap with her own work in a few WIRED stories, and included links to the relevant pieces. “She was gracious, just asking for a link […] The post “That was a really bad Friday for us:” WIRED warns four stories were plagiarized appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Paulo Coelho, “Nasrudin Always Makes The Wrong Choice”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*Nasrudin Always Makes The Wrong Choice”* by Paulo Coelho “Every day Nasrudin went to beg for alms in the market, and people used to make fun of him by playing the following trick: they would show him two coins, one worth ten times more than the other, and Nasrudin would always choose the smaller coin. The story went round the whole province. Day after day, groups of men and women would show him the two coins, and Nasrudin would always choose the smaller one. Then one day, a generous man, tired of seeing Nasrudin ridiculed in this fashion, beckoned him over to a corner of the squa... more »

Hostage Situation At Central London Restaurant

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Police are dealing with a hostage situation at an Italian restaurant near Leicester Square in central London. Officers were called to a branch of the Bella Italia restaurant chain at 8.50pm, where a man was reportedly holding a woman hostage with a knife. Met police has confirmed the incident at the Bella Italia, Leicester Square is not terrorist related #LeicesterSquare — Iolo James (@Iolo_James) February 24, 2016 Police have cordoned off part of the square and the incident is not believed to be terror related Sky News reports: Photos on social media show a large number of polic... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Photos: Tornadoes leave jaw-dropping destruction in LaPlace ~N.O. Advocate*

World News Briefs -- February 24, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Obama cautious on Syria plan as opposition yet to commit* U.S. President Barack Obama expressed caution on Wednesday about a plan to stop fighting in Syria, while the main opposition group said it had yet to commit to the deal. Combatants are required to say whether they will agree to the "cessation of hostilities" by noon on Friday (1000 GMT), and to halt fighting at midnight Saturday. The United Nations hopes the planned halt in the fighting will provide a breathing space for Syrian peace talks to resume. The last round in Geneva broke up earlier this month without ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

Chet Raymo, "Spirit and Flesh"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Spirit and Flesh"* by Chet Raymo "I say it again: the spirit loves the flesh, as the hand the glove." "A few lines from the Irish poet Pat Boran. A great truth we have always known but work so hard to deny. Let us admit that the spirit is flesh, but more than flesh. The spirit is the brain, of course, that neuronal web of almost infinite complexity. We could explore those tangled corridors for a thousand years and not exhaust their contents. For one thing, the contents change, more quickly than we could possible complete an inventory. The spirit is fleet, a master of metamorphosi... more »

Lands’ End Scrubs Steinem Interview, Apologizes to Customers

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Gloria Steinem Inside Cover CloseUp 900] Lands’ End has pulled down an interview with radical abortion feminist Gloria Steinem, and apologized to its customers. "We understand that some of our customers were offended by the inclusion of an interview in a recent catalog with Gloria Steinem... more »

The Elite Are Evacuating Saudi Arabia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An anonymous source who works for a wealthy Saudi Arabian family has revealed that the elite in Saudi Arabia are all evacuating the country en masse amid fears that a war is imminent in the region. According to a user on Godlikeproductions.com: I have a Filipino sister-in-law who is a nurse and doing a stint in Saudi Arabia. Private nurse for a wealthy Saudi family. We lost contact with her last Thursday… did not call, would not answer phone, did not post any updates on face book. She had a smart phone and access to computers where she was living. Another Filipino returning from Sa... more »

Quote of the Day: Now more than any other year?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“…anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” *~ Douglas Adams, from his *Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy* *.* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

A Note on Yvette Cooper and Nationalisation

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
This was bound to come back at some point. Yesterday in a speech to launch The Changing Work Centre - a new think tank looking at, you guessed it, the changing nature of work - Yvette Cooper admonished Jez and John McDonnell for talking about re-nationalisation. "Labour must not get drawn into touting yesterday’s solutions to tomorrow’s problems. Things like nationalising power companies don’t do anything to help young people trying to build a new app or older workers stuck in precarious temporary work." Of course, she would be right. *If that was what the Labour leadership were ac... more »

Cecilia Colomé : Welcome to the century of gravitational wave astronomy!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
LIGOS’ detection is the most precise measurement ever made in human history and marks five milestones for physics. The sound of two black holes colliding. Image from ligo.caltech.edu. By Cecilia Colomé | The Rag Blog | February 24, 2016 On … finish reading Cecilia Colomé : Welcome to the century of gravitational wave astronomy!

Syrian Kurds Have U.S. Javelin Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
RT: *Syrian YPG allegedly uses US high-tech anti-tank missile to blow up ISIS truck (VIDEO)* Pictures have emerged on social media which appear to show Syrian Kurds with an advanced US-produced anti-tank missile. A video allegedly shows a rocket blowing up an Islamic State truck. Washington has denied “providing the YPG with weapons.” If the video, believed to have been filmed near the Syrian town of Shaddadi, is authenticated it would show that Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces have been given an upgrade in technology. The footage shows a truck allegedly belo... more »

Two Videos On How Certain Democrats Reacted To The Legitimate Aspirations Of The LGBT Community

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours 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 »

Plan B for Syria - More War...

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
According to Kerry, the partition of Syria becomes an option if the planned ceasefire - due to come into force on February 27th - fails to hold - or if a shift to a transitional government doesn't take place in the coming months. British Conservative party MP Daniel Kawczynski joins RT to discuss this issue.

House Speaker Paul Ryan: Legal Steps Being Taken to Stop Obama from Closing Guantanamo

ANDREW TAYLOR at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: ryan - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday Republicans are taking legal steps to stop President Barack Obama from closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a day after the president unveiled his plan to shutter the facility... more »

New Book by The Stream‘s Tom Gilson Helps Parents Talk to Teens About Homosexuality

Stream Staff at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Tom Gilson Critical Conversations - 900] This Saturday, Stream Senior Editor Tom Gilson will be releasing his new book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with TEENS. Tom says he wrote the book to help parents cut through the lies and political correctness and find a... more »

Canada Welcomes Americans Fleeing Donald Trump

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Cape Breton Island in Canada’s Nova Scotia is inviting weary Americans to make it their new home should Republican real estate billionaire Donald Trump win the White House in November. The Hill reports: “Hi Americans!” a statement on a tourism website for Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, reads. “Donald Trump may become the next president of your country. If that happens, and you decide to get the hell out of there, might I suggest moving to Cape Breton Island?” The statement adds: “Don’t wait until Election Day to find somewhere else to live!“Start now – that way, on Election Day, y...more »

Disturbing Video Shows HPV Vaccine’s Dangerous Side-Effects

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A mother has posted a disturbing video online showing the excruciating disabling pain her daughter suffered immediately after receiving an HPV vaccine from her doctor. The mother posted the video last July on Facebook, saying: This was a very hard video to post, my 12 yr old daughter was fine before her vaccine, now this is her life. We live in New Zealand and I thought our healthcare system was ok, we have been left to deal with this ourselves. I’m showing this because I want people to know what damage this vaccine can and does cause. Please research before deciding. I didn’t sorry ... more »

O.J. Simpson Innocent: Did He Conspire To Cover-up Real Murderer?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A private investigator has claimed that O.J. Simpson is innocent, saying that he has conclusive proof that O.J. didn’t kill his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson or his friend Ron Goldman in 1994. William C. Dear says O.J. did visit the crime scene shortly before being arrested in order to cover-up evidence that would have implicated the real murderer – his son Jason. In his book, “O.J. Is Innocent And I Can Prove It,” Dear says that Jason (who was just 24 at the time) killed his own mother and her boyfriend in a rage killing. Businessinsider.com reports: Dear made a list of all potential... more »

NY Times Reporter Found Dead After Exposing MKUltra

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A former New York Times reporter has been found murdered in the Dominican Republic following her exposure of MKUltra. Sarah Kershaw was found asphyxiated due to strangulation on Monday at her apartment in Sosua. Project MKUltra, often referred to as the CIA’s mind control program, was the code name given to an illegal program of experiments on human subjects, designed and undertaken by the the CIA. Ms Kershaw published an article with the New York Times exploring this subject in 2008 with her article Sharing their Demons on the Web, writing: “For people who regularly visit and writ... more »

Free Download: Aldous Huxley, “The Doors Of Perception”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Perception is a clash of mind and eye, the eye believing what it sees, the mind seeing what it believes.” - Robert Brault "To become fully human, man, proud man, the player of fantastic tricks, must learn to get out of his own way: only then will his infinite faculties and angelic apprehension get a chance of coming to the surface. In Blake’s words, we must ‘cleanse the doors of perception’; for when the doors of perception are cleansed, ‘everything appears to man as it is— infinite.’ Here’s one of my favorite excerpts, about the ultimate solitude of each human being and the limit... more »

"The Time of Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"In the time of your life, live — so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unwor... more »

Comments Due TODAY to Support Winnemem Wintu Tribe's McCloud River Salmon Restoration Plan

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Fish Passage Pilot Implementation Plan is fatally flawed for two critical reasons. First, the BOR is only considering a 'trap and truck' option, and has rejected a proposals for a volitional swim-way. Second, the BOR only proposes using the Livingston Stone Fish Hatchery Chinook.  Photo of Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Mohawk Nation News 'Donald's Going Down!'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago

Strange Screams Plagues Town In Oregon, Residents Fear “Impending Doom”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Residents of a town in Oregon have been have expressed fear that a mysterious screaming sound that has plagued them every day and night may be an omen of some kind of impending doom. The unexplained screeching noises have occurred in Forest Grove, Oregon – and residents are so frightened of the high-pitched sounds that they have begun preparing for the arrival of aliens or a catastrophic event. One resident said the sounds resemble a violin being played: What it sounds most like is bowing the edge of a metal plate -yes, a violin or base fiddle bow and a thin plate of steel say a foo... more »

British Pound Collapses Amid Brexit Fears

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
As the in-out debate on the future of Britain’s membership of the European Union seems to favour a Brexit outcome – the pound sterling has fallen against the U.S. dollar. The British pound fell against the dollar due to very real fears that Britain will vote to leave Europe in the June 23 referendum. Telesurtv.net reports: The sterling fell to a near seven-year low during the session after popular London Mayor Boris Johnson said he would campaign to leave the EU ahead of a June 23 referendum. Worries about a possible British exit from the EU sent the euro down 1 percent against the... more »

Putin Calls Saudi King In An Effort To Stop World War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
President Putin made an unusual and urgent call to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday after the leader of Saudi Arabia refused to speak to President Obama on the upcoming Syrian ceasefire later this week – a situation which risked a World War if left unresolved. The Saudi king spoke to Putin about the nature of the Russian-US ceasefire agreement in Syria, before agreeing to cooperate with it. “The king of Saudi Arabia welcomed the reached agreements and expressed readiness to cooperate with Russia for their implementation,” The Kremlin reports. Whatdoesitmean.com reports... more »

Erdogan Claims Turkey Has “Right” To Fight Terrorists He Created

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey has a right to carry out military operations in any country hosting terrorists, even terrorists that Turkey actively supports. “Turkey has every right to conduct operations in Syria and the places where terror organizations are nested with regards to the struggle against the threats that Turkey faces,” Erdogan told the Hurriyet newspaper. Uprooted Palestinians reports: Ankara’s stance has “absolutely nothing to do with the sovereignty rights of the states that can’t take control of their territorial integrity,” the preside... more »

Cyclone Winston

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2016/02/22/cyclone-winston-leaves-a-trail-of-destruction-in-fiji/ Surprisingly, there appears to have been little media coverage of Cyclone Winston, the category 5 storm which hit Fiji last Saturday, sadly leaving, on latest estimates, 42 dead. It was a bit surprising then to find a small piece in the middle of the Sunday Telegraph, which claimed: […]

Tony Blair and Pragmatism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
There isn't much point taking a swipe at Tony Blair these days, but that's not going to stop me from having another go. And so our Tone caused a brief ripple yesterday as his interview in *The Graun* confessed to being mystified by the appeal of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders. He's not the only one. As either "can't win" and nothing is possible without holding office, why would anyone back them? Far be it for me to contest the wisdom of the winner of three general elections (and one world cup), but his observation is a touch out. As we've seen, not least on this blog, there remai... more »

No Easy Fix: Why the U.S. Won’t Confront Russia in Syria

John Zmirak at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: No Easy Fix] It's a popular applause line among Republicans to call for the United States to "stand up" to Vladimir Putin over his policy in Syria -- which amounts to propping up the shaky regime of Bashir al-Assad, and bombing both ISIS... more »

The Pentagon Is Pushing For Exotic New Weapons That Can Deter Russia And China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*David Ignatius, Washington Post*: *The exotic new weapons the Pentagon wants to deter Russia and China* Little noticed amid the daily news bulletins about the Islamic State and Syria, the Pentagon has begun a push for exotic new weapons that can deter Russia and China. Pentagon officials have started talking openly about using the latest tools of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create robot weapons, “human-machine teams” and enhanced, super-powered soldiers. It may sound like science fiction, but Pentagon officials say they have concluded that such high-tech syst... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Cesar Benito, “Tema de Sira”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Cesar Benito, “Tema de Sira” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rC1I5u4ZwU "Memories, important yesterdays, were once todays. Treasure and notice today." - Gloria Gaither

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Up or out? From both sides council says NEITHER!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
So Auckland can’t grow *out*, because Auckland’s ‘planners’ and public-transport advocates says so. And it can’t grow *up*, because councillors voted last night that they say so: Auckland Council voting 13-8 to pull new 'denser' maps from the Unitary Plan process. So what are would-be home-owners to do who are trying to afford their own home in a seriously unaffordable city? And what are property-owners to do who wish to build and sell to those desperate to get on the property ladder? The collective answer to both that is coming from across all floors of the mega-council is this... more »

Bill Gates: The World’s Deadliest Animals Are Mosquitoes

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
According to philanthropist and Microsoft creator Bill Gates, when it comes to killing humans the world most deadliest animals are not sharks, snakes, crocodiles, not even other human beings… It is the blood sucking and disease transmitting mosquito. “No other animal even comes close,” says Gates… I wonder if he meant the genetically modified mozzies? Gates Notes reports: What would you say is the most dangerous animal on Earth? Sharks? Snakes? Humans? Of course the answer depends on how you define dangerous. Personally I’ve had a thing about sharks since the first time I saw Jaws. ... more »

Greg Hunter, "Perfect Storm of Financial Collapse and WWIII- Michael Snyder"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Perfect Storm of Financial Collapse and WWIII- Michael Snyder"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Journalist and book author Michael Snyder says the collapse is not an event, but a “process.” Snyder explains, “I believe it is already in the process of coming apart. One fifth of global stock market value is already gone. That means we only have four fifths left. At one point this month, $16.5 trillion had been wiped out from global stock markets since mid-2015. So, this started last year. We saw oil collapse. We’ve seen junk bonds collapse. We’ve seen commodity prices collapse. The... more »

Ambassador Gary Grappo: Five Uncomfortable Facts About the Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Title: Five Uncomfortable Facts About the Middle East. Source: DU Center for Middle East Studies. Date Published: February 18, 2016. Description: * A Lecture by Ambassador Gary Grappo, former U.S. Ambassador to Oman, Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Director of Regional Affairs for the State Department’s Near East Bureau in Washington, Envoy and Head of Mission for The Quartet in Jerusalem, now a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denv... more »

Campaign watch: Kevin Drum batters Judicial Watch!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014Gives mainstream "press corps" a pass:* Recently, we told you that Kevin Drum is our favorite blogger. Oh wait! We said it earlier today. This afternoon, we're going to tell you the other side of the story. The analysts screamed when Uncle Drum penned the complaint shown below about the latest scandal or pseudo-scandal surrounding Candidate Clinton. Truth to tell, the highlighted claim made the analysts writhe: DRUM (2/24/16): This is all courtesy of Judicial Watch, the Scaife-funded outfit that brought us so much endless Clinton paranoia in the 90s.... more »

Politics: "Even Charles Koch Is 'Feeling the Bern'”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Even Charles Koch Is 'Feeling the Bern'”* by Bill Bonner AIKEN, South Carolina – "Up down, down up. The Dow ended yesterday down 189 points… or just over a 1% fall. Reuters has the story: “Wall Street slides as oil prices hit again.” But it is the deeper story is what interests us. What is going on? Where does it lead? Which dots should be connected to which other dots? *The Nature of NIRP: *The last couple days have found us cogitating on the nature of NIRP. (Catch up here and here.) Most readers surely have better things to do… such as wash their dogs. We do, too. But each tim... more »

Russia Gives Afghanistan 10000 Kalashnikov Assault Rifles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy (left) hands over an AK-47 rifle to Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar during a ceremony at a military airfield in Kabul on Feb. 24, 2016. Russia delivered 10,000 Kalashnikovs to the Afghan government on the same day, with officials saying they were for the fight 'against terrorism.' AFP-JIJI *Reuters: **Russia gives a gift of 10,000 automatic rifles to Afghanistan* Afghan officials took delivery of 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia on Wednesday, another sign of deepeni... more »

Why Family-Friendly Movies Are Gaining Ground in Hollywood

Genevieve Wood at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Hail Caesar - 900] Moviegoers may think of the Oscars as the ultimate awards ceremony, but if you are interested in the best family-friendly movies and televisions shows of the past year, then you'll want to check out the Movieguide Awards, airing this... more »

'I am happy so much!' Russian schoolboy, 16, wins competition to spend a month living with his favourite PORN Star per The Sun

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
'A RUSSIAN schoolboy has won a month living with a porn star as a prize in an online competition. Ruslan Schedrin, 16, was ecstatic when he was told he will spend four weeks in a hotel with Ekaterina Makarova.' More here... http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/6953069/I-am-happy-so-much-Russian-schoolboy-16-wins-competition-to-spend-a-month-living-with-his-favourite-PORN-STAR.html If his mum takes this prize away from him then he won't thank her!

Russian Generals Killed In Car Bomb At Military Base

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
According to Syrian opposition groups a deadly car bomb killed dozens of Russian Generals at a military base on the Syrian coast, some 15 kilometers from Latakia. The important military center was hit by a car bomb on Sunday, carried out by opposition factions Ahrar al-Sham and the Bayan movement, according to reports on Wednesday. The Jerusalem Post reports: According to the media office of Ahrar al-Sham, the two factions, in coordination with local jihadists who were located at the Russian military base, decided to bomb the car after they observed a gathering of senior Russian gen... more »

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Captured From Air

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Michael Jackson’s empty ‘Neverland’ ranch has been up for sale for the last nine months. Incredible drone footage shows the deserted property, which is valued at £71 million. The Mirror reports: The sprawling estate, priced at $100m (£71.5m), has so far failed to sell after it first appeared on the property market nine months ago. Now empty, the spectacular drone footage shows just how huge the house and its land actually is. Sotheby’s International Realty are in charge of selling the property, which was renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch in an attempt to avoid ‘capitalising on Michael’s... more »

Campaign watch: Marcus batters Candidate Trump!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014Gives mainstream "press corps" a pass:* We go way back with Jackie Calmes, though we don't think we ever met her. Back in the day, on several occasions, she treated readers of the Wall Street Journal to our incomparable jokes, right there on the front page, where the Journal featured her weekly "Washington Wire" piece. Today, Calmes is at the New York Times, where she seems to hold the official throwback chair. She's the one who composes competent news reports about topics which used to be taken as serious while everyone else just rattles around in the... more »

Doctor suspended in UK after faking co-authors, data

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
A doctor in Manchester, UK has received a year’s suspension by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. Gemina Doolub admitted that she fabricated research data and submitted papers without the knowledge of her co-authors, including faking an email address for a co-author, a news story in the BMJ reports. The research in question was part of two retractions […] The post Doctor suspended in UK after faking co-authors, data appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Making Sense of the Syria "Ceasefire" with Pepe Escobar

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Video Title: Making Sense of the Syria "Ceasefire" with Pepe Escobar. Source: corbettreport. Date Published: February 24, 2016. Description: * Stop the presses, everyone! The US and Russia have announced a ceasefire in Syria!...again. But this time it's going to work. Except for that whole sticky question about who the ceasefire applies to and under what conditions. Confused? Today Pepe Escobar of Newsbud.com joins us to untangle the confusing mess of the Syria ceasefire and tell us what it really means.

A Look At The Migration Machine That Is Fueling The World's Migrant Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Reuters *Selam Gebrekidan, Reuters*:* Behind the refugee crisis, families in the West willing to pay and pay* One man’s effort to shepherd his brother into Europe sheds light on the multi-billion-euro smuggling networks that are fuelling Europe’s migrant crisis ROME – One Tuesday night in June 2015, Tesfom Mehari Mengustu, an Eritrean delivery man in Albany, New York, got a call from a number he did not recognise. On the line was Girmay, his 16-year-old brother. Girmay was calling from Libya. He had just spent four days crossing the Sahara. God willing, he said, the men who had s... more »

YPG using US High Tech Anti-Tank Missile to fight ISIS? Or Target Turkey?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
Some credible reports that YPG has received US High Tech anti- tank missiles I have serious, serious doubts these anti tank missiles were provided to YPG, by the US, to fight ISIS. Anti tank missiles seem a bit of an over kill for targeting trucks. *Were these anti tank missiles given to YPG to use against Turkey?* * Entirely possible and fits into the destabilizing of Turkey that is ongoing. * *RT-* If the video, believed to have been filmed near th*e Syrian town of Shaddadi*, is authenticated it would show that Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces have been give... more »

Saudi Arabia, UAE & Bahrain Tell Their Citizens To Leave Lebanon

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon or avoid travelling there, amid deteriorating political ties between Riyadh and Beirut. On Tuesday they called on “all citizens not to travel to Lebanon, for their safety, and asking citizens residing in Lebanon or visiting not to stay unless extremely necessary.” The move on Tuesday came after Riyadh halted $4bn in aid to Lebanese security forces in response to “hostile” positions linked to the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah. On Wednesday Kuwait and Qatar also called on their their citizens... more »

Sugar Identified as a Top Cause of the Global Cancer Epidemic

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - Would you stop eating sugar if you knew it was the leading cause of cancer worldwide? The post Sugar Identified as a Top Cause of the Global Cancer Epidemic appeared first on Waking Times.

What I Think of Every Time I See a Trump Rally

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
Predictably, it's hit a nerve with right wing nut jobs on Twitter, notably those who have the words "patriot" or "Nordic" in their handles. Well, if it quacks like a goose and walks like a goose... more »

Atheists Battle Over Effort to Put Ten Commandments at Arkansas State Capitol

Casey Harper at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Ark state capitol - 900] An Arkansas state senator is raising money online so a Ten Commandments display can be put on the grounds of the state capitol, but now an atheist group is determined to stop him. State Sen. Jason Rapert started a GoFundMe page Feb. 17 to... more »

Trump trumps...w/update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*heads explode.* It's been fun watching the reactions of the anti-Trumpers, pro-Trumpers, and assorted others. What we don't need is one more article on who Trump is and why he's winning. I no longer click on those articles. I'm not interested in a bunch of arm chair counseling sessions disseminated by people who couldn't think their way out of a paper bag. The likes of Erik Erickson and his ilk, who vow to never vote for Trump, are the enemy. Reminds me of the people who wouldn't vote for Romney because he was Mormon. I listened to Newt Gingrich on Sean Hannity who said it bes... more »

Another own goal for the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
*Guido Fawkes *adds another one to the collection... Go back to Prime Minister's Questions on February 10th. Jeremy Corbyn's opening question went as follows: I have a question on housing. I've got an email from Rosie. She's in her 20s and she says: "I work incredibly hard at my job yet I'm still having to live at home with my parents." The lack of housing options, Mr Speaker, are forcing her to consider moving, even leaving the country. She asks the Prime Minister what action he's going to take to help young people and families suffering from unrealistic house prices and uncapped... more »

Riemann zeta zeroes and a funny wiggly function

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
Since the Nigerian zeta-function scam in November 2015, I have spent dozens of hours with the Riemann zeta function, its various physical representations (and QFT and string models designed to capture its behavior), and attempts to prove the Riemann Hypothesis. Much of it is too abstract, advanced, or classified. However, there are many things that may be shared without problems. I have always thought that the roots of the Riemann zeta function are the "dual aperiodic lattice" to tbe "aperiodic lattice" of the primes. In particular, if one of them may be used as the set of allowe... more »

A Look At How The Islamic State Banking Network Works

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A stretch of storefronts at the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, where money-exchange offices help move cash in and out of Islamic State-held territory in Iraq and Syria. PHOTO: NICOLE TUNG FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL *Wall Street Journal:* *How Islamic State’s Secret Banking Network Prospers* Money-exchange offices in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Jordan funnel millions of dollars daily in and out of militant-held territory. More than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes and financial sanctions haven’t stopped Islamic State from ordering supplies for its fighters, importing food for its subjects or m... more »

UK political satire or documentary?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago

U.S. Sec. Of State Kerry Warns Russia That The War in Syria ‘Can Get a Lot Uglier’. Claims He Has A Plan B For Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*John Hudson, Foreign Policy:* *Kerry to Russia: War in Syria ‘Can Get a Lot Uglier’* Secretary of State John Kerry conceded Tuesday he cannot guarantee Russia will stick to a new Syrian cease-fire plan that Moscow and Washington jointly agreed to this week. But he warned that the U.S. military was considering a “Plan B” and would continue supporting rebel efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the absence of Russian cooperation. “This can get a lot uglier,” Kerry said, raising the possibility of sustained U.S. and allied support for Sunni and Kurdish rebels ins... more »

vancouver, day two

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
On Tuesday morning after breakfast we were finally able to see the pups on the webcam, so the day started out right. After a quick breakfast in the hotel, we bought day passes for transit - Vancouver's new Compass Card - and set out for the Granville Island Market. The weather was beautiful - 9C and sunny - but would supposedly be even nicer the following day, so we were planning accordingly. We took the Skytrain (the same train we took from the airport) to a bus through the downtown to Granville Island and the market. It's a small but beautiful market, and the food is really top-n... more »

French Special Forces Are Waging ‘Secret War’ In Libya

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
French special forces and intelligence commandos are engaged in covert operations against ISIS militants in Libya in conjunction with the United States and Britain, French media reported on Wednesday. According to a report in French newspaper Le Monde, President Francois Hollande authorised “unofficial military action” in the North African country RT reports: “The last thing to do would be to intervene in Libya. We must avoid any overt military engagement, but act discreetly,” a senior military source told Le Monde. The French secret war in Libya involves occasional targeted strikes ...more »

A Day of Tidbits: Did Clinton Help Kill the Public Option? Which Reporter Has the Wall Street Speeches?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Lee Fang interviews Hillary Clinton about her Wall Street speeches (source)* *by Gaius Publius* It's been a day of fascinating small bits of news. Let's look at just two that have caught my eye. *Did Hillary Clinton Help Rahm Emanuel Kill the Public Option?* For example, did you know Hillary Clinton may have helped the Senate reject the public option during the ACA debate? Read this FOIA-released email exchange between Neera Tanden ("a former Obama administration senior adviser") and Hillary Clinton from 2010 and decide for yourself (h/t Stuart Zechman): *(Click to enlarge.)* ... more »

Propaganda Alert: Dozens of Russian Generals Killed by Car Bomb Latakia

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
* I have issues with this news story*...* Serious doubts about it's veracity. ( Personally speaking, I don't believe this happened at all)* *Why would Ahrar al Sham wait for days to make this claim?* *It's obvious why Jerusalem Post would publish this news. (Reinforces propaganda that Israeli media is always pushing)* *Could this news story be provided as an ego boost for Israeli backed terrorists? * *An incentive for them to continue the fight?* *All non credible news stories provide us opportunity to discuss the objectives of such propaganda? What do you think? * *Jerusalem Post:* ... more »

Head Of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee: 'Russia And The Assad Regime Have Won The Syrian War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. Senator Bob Corker in Washington May 20, 2015. REUTERS/JIM BOURG *The Hill*: *Senate foreign policy chairman: Russia the winner in Syria's civil war* *The outcome of Syria’s long-running civil war is effectively settled, according to the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.* And Russia won. “Let’s face it: This is close to over now,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday. “It is very difficult at present, with Russia having stepped into the vacuum … now it’s a direct conflict with Russia,“... more »

Watch this video to the end and ask yourself which politicians?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 11 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Google's "SkyNet" Robots Are All Grown Up, And Terrifying *Half of Gay Black Men Are Projected to Get HIV * "I'll Be Right There Big Brother": Leaked Transcripts Prove ISIS-Turkey Link Brazil Cut To Junk By All Three Ratings Agencies After Moody's Joins The Fray In "Unprecedented, Historic" Move, Senate GOP Will Deny Obama Supreme Court Nominee Hearings Truman Show USA - "Concerned Citizens" At Townhall Meetings Exposed As Paid Actors In "Dramatic Escalation," China Sends Fighter Jets To Disputed Islands Venezuela's Gold Liquidation Begins: Maduro Quietly E... more »

Terror Groups Using Facebook To Buy And Sell U.S.-Made Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Arms: The page where fighters can bid for weapons, Facebook *Mirror*: *eBay for jihadis: Al-Qaeda fighters using FACEBOOK to buy and sell 'CIA weapons'* One post on a Facebook page shows an AGS-17 Soviet-Era grenade launcher available for $3,800 (£2,731) Syrian rebel fighters are using Facebook to buy and sell heavy weapons, guns and ammunition - including 'CIA-supplied' rocket launchers. One post on a Facebook page shows an AGS-17 Soviet-Era grenade launcher available for $3,800 (£2,731). One of the messages on the Facebook page says: "Quick friends, I need a gun with a silencer... more »

Growing Fears That Terror Groups May Launch A Mass Drone Attack On A Packed Stadium

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
REUTERS/Robert Galbraith *Clive Irving, Daily Beast*: *Will ISIS Launch a Mass Drone Attack on a Stadium?* *Experts warn that off-the-shelf drones could be used in a spectacular atrocity that would be live-streamed for a propaganda coup.* LONDON — A team of British intelligence analysts has drawn up a chilling scenario in which terrorists launch a swarm of small drones in an attack on a major sporting event like the Super Bowl, unleashing multiple explosive devices on the crowd in the stadium. “If we do not act to prevent it, it is only a matter of time,” Chris Abbott, the execut... more »

Obama + Mining and Coal Policy = Lost Jobs

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Coal mine - 900] The mining and coal industries lost tens of thousands of jobs last year alone according to federal data, mostly due to federal regulations and low-priced natural gas. Mark Perry, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, aggregated data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics... more »

Israel Says Iran Building Terror Network in Europe, US

MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Moshe Yaalon - 900] NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Israel’s defense minister on Wednesday accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the... more »

How Can Rubio and Cruz Stop Trump? Flip a Coin

Jonathan Witt at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: -Cropped- SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) George Pataki, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Huckabee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Carson stand onstage during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates.] Donald Trump just won the Nevada caucuses by a wide margin, and conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg is making the case that a Rubi... more »

US New-Home Sales Tumble in January, Big Decline in West

JOSH BOAK at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: new construction - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped back from buying new homes in January, as purchases plunged sharply in western states where prices are typically higher. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell 9.2 percent last month to a seasonally... more »

What Would Happen If New York City Went Forward With Letting Illegal Immigrants Vote

Hans von Spakovsky & Andrew Kloster at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: I voted - 900] The New York Post is reporting that some members of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus will be pushing for the New York City Council to pass a law allowing illegal aliens to vote in NYC elections for mayor, comptroller,... more »

ISIS Fighters In Afghanistan Turn Themselves In To The Government

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Officials in Kabul have said that several Daesh fighters have come over to the government’s side, predicting a trend of defections from extremist groups in Afghanistan. Stars and Stripes reports: “Ten Daesh fighters have joined the reconciliation process today and put down their guns,” said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, where the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan is primarily based. Daesh is a commonly used Arabic acronym for the extremist movement. “This is the first time on the national level that Daesh fight... more »

Le Monde Newspaper: French Special Forces Are Waging A 'Secret War' In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
French soldiers are already operating in Mali, Ivory Coast and the Central African Republic ©Philippe Desmazes (AFP) *Reuters:* *French special forces waging 'secret war' in Libya: report* French special forces and intelligence commandos are engaged in covert operations against Islamic State militants in Libya in conjunction with the United States and Britain, the French newspaper Le Monde reported on Wednesday. It said President Francois Hollande had authorized "unofficial military action" by both an elite armed forces unit and the covert action service of the DGSE intelligence a... more »

vancouver, day one

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
We forgot to pack Allan's netbook and my little Bluetooth keyboard for my tablet isn't working, so this is going to be interesting. And annoying! But I can't travel without writing, so here goes. We landed in Vancouver mid-day on Monday. A super friendly information person gave us directions to our hotel, and Vancouver wins the prize for best airport-to-city transportation, probably of any city we've been to. Inexpensive, fast, clean, accessible. I don't know why so many cities can't manage it, but well done, Vancouver! We're staying at Skwachays Lodge, a social enterprise of an ... more »

Kennedy: Syrian Conflict Started To Secure Qatari Gas Pipeline

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The nephew of the former President John F. Kennedy has blamed the destruction of the Syrian State and the fast rise of ISIS in the Middle East on Washington military planners. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. an American environmental activist and attorney who lost both his uncle and father to assassins, says that the U.S. used seasoned jihadist fighters to try and remove Bashar al-Assad from power in order to implement an ambitious project that would have delivered Gas from the Persian Gulf to the EU via a pipeline running through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. The project has been t...more »

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $72m For Talc Cancer Death

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A US jury in the state of Missouri has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72m (£51m) in damages to the family of a woman who claimed her death was linked to use of the company’s baby talcum powder. Jackie Fox from Birmingham, Alabama died of ovarian cancer last year at the age of 62, having used J&J’s talc and Shower to Shower feminine hygiene products for decades. This is the first verdict in a string of allegations over cancer risks related to talc-based products. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey. The Mail Online reports: Law... more »

Ted Cruz: A Liar in Winter

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari.) *TrusTED* - Ted Cruz campaign slogan, "trust" in the past tense. *I*t could plausibly be said even by those who aren't Bernie or Hillary or Trump mavens that virtually the only particle of honesty that has ever come out of the Cruz campaign was when he tried to kiss his five year-old daughter (the one he frankly admitted early last month to spanking *for lying*) and she recoiled in disgust. Ever the political calculator, Tailgunner Ted immediately handed off the troublesome offspring after glancing to see if the camera... more »

A Message From Moms Across America

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
*For more information:* *http://www.momsacrossamerica.com*

Texas Court Clears Ex-Gov. Rick Perry of 2nd Felony Charge

PAUL J. WEBER at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Rick Perry - 900] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas’ highest criminal court tossed the second and final felony charge against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, likely ending a case the Republican says helped sink his short-lived 2016 presidential bid. The Texas Court of... more »

Don’t trust an image in a scientific paper? Manipulation detective’s company wants to help.

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Mike Rossner has made a name for himself in academic publishing as somewhat of a “manipulation detective.” As the editor of The Journal of Cell Biology, in 2002 he initiated a policy of screening all images in accepted manuscripts, causing the journal to reject roughly 1% of papers that had already passed peer review. Other […] The post Don’t trust an image in a scientific paper? Manipulation detective’s company wants to help. appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"Free Fallin" an oldie by Tom Petty....done up with a new twist

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*"Free Fallin" sung by WTC7* *the first time a building has ever had a hit!*

Tribute to John Trudell at the 'Water Unites Us'

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

World News Briefs -- February 24, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Civilians ride on a motorcycle past damaged buildings in the rebel held historic southern town of Bosra al-Sham, Deraa, Syria February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir *Reuters*: *Syrian opposition yet to agree to fighting halt* Syria's main opposition group said it has yet to commit to a U.S.-Russian plan to stop fighting in Syria on Saturday, underlining rebel doubts over a deal they fear will not prevent Russian air strikes against them. Combatants are required to say whether they will agree to the "cessation of hostilities" by noon on Friday (0500 ET), and to halt fighting at mi... more »

New Cold War: We the People of the World DON'T Want it!

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Would someone please yank the budget from the psychopaths and replace them with people who are committed to a sustainable peace? Alex Emmons, “Obama’s Russian Rationale for $1 Trillion Nuke Plan Signals New Arms Race,” The Intercept, February 23, 2016, https://theintercept.com/2016/02/23/obamas-new-rationale-for-1-trillion-nuclear-program-augurs-a-new-arms-race-with-russia/ The Obama administration has historically insisted that its massive $1 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program does not represent a return to Cold War-era nuclear rivalry between Russia and the United Stat... more »

Oregon Bakers Get New Legal Representation From Former H.W. Bush White House Counsel

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Aaron and Melissa Klein Oregon Bakers_900] Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Oregon bakers who were ordered to pay $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, have assembled a new legal team to take their case through the appeals process. The Kleins are... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 24, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Spc. Vincent de Ruiter, prepares to fire a Javelin missile launcher at oncoming tanks during a training exercise at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho, Aug. 21 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leon Cook, 20th Public Affairs Detachment) *Washington Post*: *This highly advanced U.S.-made anti-tank missile could now be on Syria’s frontlines* A picture of a U.S.-made advanced anti-tank missile, apparently in the hands of a group Kurdish forces fighting near the northern Syrian town of Shaddadi, was posted to social media Tuesday. If confirmed, it would be one of the first documented us... more »

The Pentagon's Annual Report To Congress On North Korea's Military Has Been Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Business Insider*: *3 maps that outline North Korea's military might* The US Office of the Secretary of the Defense has released its annual report to Congress on North Korea's military, and the findings are chilling. Included in the report are the following three maps, which outline North Korea's military might. North Korea's ground forces make up the primary thrust of the rogue nation's military. Nearly 70% of its ground forces are forward deployed to within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the South Korean border. The ground forces are a mix of infantry corps, which are predominant... more »

Fukushima Webcam Mysteries

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
There are many webcam mysteries, but today's mystery is the extent of "emissions" (?) coming from behind the area of unit 3 visible on the TEPCO cam 1. At first I thought the distortion might be a smudge on the lens but the distortion moves so I don't think its on the lens. Perhaps TEPCO is burning materials behind unit 3? Although, one would think the "emissions" would be visible on the TBS cam if that were the case. All I can see on the TBS cam view that looks suspicious is a very small red smudge above unit 3 next to unit 4

Everyone Is Preparing For The Resumption Of Afghan Government - Taliban Peace Talks, But The Taliban Are Unaware Of These Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Mohammad Naim, the official spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Qatar. (file photo) *Washington Post*: *Afghan government, Taliban set to resume direct peace talks next week* KABUL — The Afghan government is expected to resume face-to-face talks with Taliban leaders next week in Pakistan, reviving a peace process that stalled this past summer after it was revealed that the insurgent group’s leader had been dead for years. After meeting here in Kabul on Tuesday, U.S. diplomats and representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China issued a joint statement inviting “al... more »

Cameron Tells Jeremy Corbyn To Smarten His Appearance

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
David Cameron launched a highly personal attack on the labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during Wednesdays PMQs (Prime minsters questions) He told Corbyn to smarten up his appearance, saying his mother would advise the Labour leader to “put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem”. The prime ministers comments came after a Labour MP shouted out in the Commons chamber that Mary Cameron should be asked about the NHS after she signed a petition opposing cuts to children’s centres. Mr Cameron’s attack delighted Tory backbenchers who cheered uproariously for more than 30 ... more »

FIRST REACTIONS: Drum takes the Einstein-made-easy challenge!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014Part 3—We keep pounding out those results:* People, let's come out and say it: Your incomparable Daily Howler just keeps banging out those results! Last Monday, we started a series of reports about an academic and journalistic phenomenon we described as a culture of incoherence, confusion and incomprehension. As we started, we focused on the incoherence we keep finding in the nation's constant stream of Einstein-made-easy books. Do those books, and concomitant PBS programs, really make Einstein easy? Despite persistent raves from reviewers, we'd say t... more »

Top U.S. Commander in South Korea: 'North Korea Would Use WMDs'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN*: *Top U.S. general: North Korea 'would use WMD' to save regime* Washington (CNN)The top U.S. military commander in South Korea said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would use a weapon of mass destruction if he thought the fate of his rule was at stake. If he "thought his regime were challenged he states that he would use WMD," Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Scaparrotti said that tensions on the Korean Peninsula were at their highest level in more than 20 years. Adm. Harry Harris, command... more »

North Korea Threatens War Against The United States…Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides Korean People's Army (KPA) military drills © KCNA / Reuters *Daily Mail*: *North Korea threatens to carry out attacks on 'mainland America' if the US carries out planned military drill with South Korean troops * * US and South Korea joint military drill will be their largest ever together * South Korea drills will involve 15,000 US troops, up from 3,700 last year * South Korea will commit some 290,000 military personnel to the drills * The exercises will include a staged 'pre-emptive strike' on North Korea North Korea has threatened to attack '... more »

U.S. May Put Weapon Platforms In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
M109A6 Paladin howitzers are seen under a cloudy sky at the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment motor pool at Fort Hood, Texas, March 22, 2013. (Photo by Ken Scar/U.S. Army) Scout:* U.S. May Put Weapons in South China Sea* *Tactics would involve a new use for artillery weapons which have historically been offensive land-attack weapons* Senior Army and Pentagon strategists and planners are considering ways to fire existing weapons platforms in new ways around the globe – including the possible placement of mobile artillery units in areas of the South China Sea to, if neces... more »

Abortion in Canada: Good and Not Nearly Good Enough News

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
To its credit, Global News has been running several stories lately about abortion -- especially abortion access -- in Canada. Yesterday, it had two. First, a new poll on unrestricted abortion. Canadian attitudes toward abortion appear to be shifting, according to a new Ipsos poll, as six in ten say abortion should be permitted whenever a woman decides she wants. The Ipsos poll, given exclusively to Global News, found 57 per cent of Canadians endorse a women’s right to choose – up almost 10 points from 2015 and up from 36 per cent from when the question was asked in 1998. Here's t... more »

Over 51,000 Casualties In Iraq In 2015

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The preliminary numbers are in for the amount of casualties in Iraq in 2015 and they add up to over 51,000 dead and wounded. That was much higher than the United Nations and Iraq Body Count, which also follow violence in Iraq. Even then the 50,000 should be considered just a minimum because the Iraqi government has been suppressing losses since the war with the Islamic State started in 2014. Musings On Iraq recorded 25,497 deaths in Iraq in 2015. That figure came from Western, Arab and Iraqi newspapers, the United Nations, and Iraq Body Count. That total was only a temporary numbe...more »

White House ‘Shirks Responsibility’ for Renewed Border Crisis, Senator Says

Natalie Johnson at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Part of a group of 14 Guatemalans deported from the United States alight from the airplane upon their arrival at the air force base in Guatemala City on January 6, 2016. Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras alerted about the increase of the deportation of illegal migrants by the United States in 2016. AFP PHOTO/ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP / ORLANDO ESTRADA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)] The Obama administration isn't prepared for a revived wave of unaccompanied children crossing illegally into the United States, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley,... more »

How Not to Be a Catholic University

David Anderson at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Thomas Aquinas College Chapel Interior - 900] "Catholic doesn't sell." "Liberal arts doesn't sell." These statements were apparently uttered by Simon Newman, the current president of Mount Saint Mary's University, a Catholic liberal arts school. As one might imagine such statements -- along with notable others --... more »

This is Where Bernie Sanders’ Money Comes From. Will It Help?

Stream Staff at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: 1burnmoney] “The people aren’t dumb,” Bernie Sanders said in one of his debates with Hillary Clinton. “Let’s not insult the intelligence of the American people. Why in God’s name does Wall Street make huge campaign contributions? I guess just for the... more »

A Twitter Call and Response

Susan O at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
*NY Public Library** ‏@nypl* Teachers and librarians, Michelle Obama has a message for you about @ *openebks*, a free e-reader for children in need: *http://on.nypl.org/1oH0g86* *Susan Ohanian* ‏@*susanoha* @*nypl*@*OpenEbks* How nice children in poverty can read books on smart phones. Alternative: I just donated 100 new books to local Food Shelf

Argentina: Commotion over UFO (or Drone) in the Mountains of Patagonia

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and Grupo Crónicahttp://www.cronica.com.ar/article/details/55191/conmocion-por-ovni-en-montanas-de-la-patagoniaDate: 02.22.2016* *Argentina: Commotion over UFO (or Drone) in the Mountains of Patagonia* The sighting took place between San Martín de los Andes and Villa Melquinia. The discovery took place when a family returned from its vacation and went through their photos carefully on a large screen: there were strange objects visible in the air. This is how the startling images came to be known, documenting the presence of a UFO over Patagonian soil. It... more »

Psychologist Jens Förster earns second and third retractions as part of settlement

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
High-profile social psychologist Jens Förster has earned two retractions following an investigation by his former workplace. He agreed to the retractions as part of a settlement with the German Society for Psychology (DGPs). The papers are two of eight that were found to contain “strong statistical evidence for low veracity.” According to the report from an expert panel convened at […] The post Psychologist Jens Förster earns second and third retractions as part of settlement appeared first on Retraction Watch.

China Is Building Coast Guard Ships That Can Be Used To 'Ram Or Shoulder' Other Vessels From Disputed Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian (center) cruises next to Japanese coast guard ships in the East China Sea, near islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China. Radio Free Europe *Jerry Hendrix, Defense One:* *China is Cruising for a Bruising* The U.S. Navy must get ready for big new Chinese ships that will try to ram Americans who approach their fake islands China is attempting to create a situation wherein the United States, to uphold international law, will either have to accede to their territorial claims in the South China Sea or openly resort to the... more »

China Adopting A More Aggressive Stance On The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*ABC News (Australia):* *South China Sea: China sends fighter jets to disputed Woody Island in 'clear militarisation' of area* China has sent fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, in a move that further ratchets up tensions over a maritime area claimed by six nations. US officials said a Chinese Shenyang J-11 and a Xian JH-7 warplane were seen on Woody Island in the Paracel Archipelago in recent days, the same island where China last week deployed surface-to-air missiles. The escalation in China's militarisation is sending an "uncompromising" message to the US... more »

European Countries Start To Clamp Down On Migrant Flows

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Migrants find doors slamming shut across Europe* BERLIN — Nations along Europe’s refugee route are taking the boldest steps yet to clamp down on migrant flows, trapping thousands of asylum seekers and potentially blocking countless war-weary families from finding sanctuary in the West. The crackdown in recent days, aid groups say, comes at the worst possible time — just as new arrivals are rapidly increasing and the majority of migrants, once single men, are now women and children. An even larger surge from the Middle East and beyond is expected in the coming w... more »

Powerful Storms Roll Across South, Causing Death and Damage

KEVIN MCGILL & CHEVEL JOHNSON at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Enoch Kinard looks through his destroyed house at 1604 Ellerslie Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 in LaPlace, La. A suspected tornado ripped through a Louisiana recreational vehicle park Tuesday, leaving a mangled mess of smashed trailers and killing at least one person, officials said. In neighboring Mississippi, authorities said one person died when a possible tornado hit a mobile home. (David Grunfeld/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)] KENNER, La. (AP) -- A deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in Gulf Coast states Tuesday night was expected to bring severe weather to t... more »

Facebook’s ‘Like’ Button Gets ‘Angry’ and ‘Sad’ as Friends

ANICK JESDANUN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Facebook like button] NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook’s “like” button isn’t going away, but it’s about to get some company. Facebook has been testing alternatives to “like” in about a half-dozen countries, including Ireland, Spain and Japan. On Wednesday, it will start making... more »

The A-10 Continues To Prove Its Worth

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Lockheed A-10 Thunderbolt II Overview | AxleGeeks *FOX News:* *Legendary A-10 'Warthog' wins another fight vs. budget ax* The Air Force's venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II is proving as impervious to Pentagon cuts as it is to the bullets of the ISIS terrorists who scatter like roaches when the fighter plane known as the "Warthog" bears down on them. Once again, the deadline for retiring the versatile plane has been pushed back, this time to 2022, when it would be replaced by F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. While the F-35 rollout has been less than smooth, the real reason the Warthog keeps ... more »

Video For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago

Russia's ‘Apocalypse Car’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Sputnik*:* ‘Apocalypse Car’: Russia Unveils Badass Go-Anywhere Off-Roader* A buoyant off-roader with huge self-inflating tires, designed by St. Petersburg-based mechanic Alexei Garagashyan, has created a big buzz in Western media, the Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV reported. Already dubbed as “an ideal vehicle for the apocalypse,” the Sherp stubbornly refused to flip over no matter how hard its makers tried by driving it up steep hillsides, into a marsh or speeding across the bumpy tundra. The Sherp’s greatest strength is that it’s virtually unsinkable thanks to its huge self-infl... more »

Kensington Palace Staff May Go On Strike Over Pay Cuts

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Staff members at Kensington Palace, the residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, have threatened to go on strike over proposals that would cut their annual salaries The palace staff fear that changes to the working hours of employees who work in publicly-accessible parts of the building, could result in an annual loss of up to £3,000 ($4,207), potentially placing their earnings below the living wage. Metro.co.uk reports: The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) will hold talks with palace officials today, but the Sunday Times said workers in the public areas of the pala... more »

To What Extremes Will The Establishment Go To Cling To Their Power?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I've never seen anything like the smear campaign against a Democrat like the one Chuck Schumer is orchestrating against Alan Grayson. Corrupt creatures of Wall Street, Schumer and Reid are hysterical that they're failing to get traction in Florida with their efforts to get their ultra-conservative, "ex"-Republican twerp-candidate, Patrick Murphy, into the Senate. Hours after the newest polling was released, from 20/20 Insight, showed that Grayson is beating Murphy 41% to 32%-- despite all the mud-slinging from Schumer and Reid and their puppets and all the money from Wall Street a... more »

Lougheed House: An Alberta Treasure

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 15 hours ago
One place I was really interested in seeing while I was in Calgary was Lougheed House. Given that it was Sunday, I didn't expect it to be open but I figured that at least I would get a few photos and enjoy some decent temperatures while I waited to check in to my hotel. As it turned out, it was open and I ended up spending well over an hour there. A provincial and national historic site, this residence, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, is a true gem. Built in 1891, by Senator Laughed James Alexander Lougheed (grandfather to later A... more »

‘Co-ordinated Cover-Up’ Let Sex Abuse Bishop Escape Justice Says Victim

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
One of his victims has claimed that Peter Ball, the bishop who sexually abused young men, escaped justice thanks to a “deeply sinister, co-ordinated” cover-up. The former Bishop of Gloucester groomed and abused 18 young men over a period spanning 15 years. He pleaded guilty to charges in September 2015 and was finally jailed in October. He had been originally investigated in 1993 and was simply cautioned by police The Telegraph reports: Documents seen by the BBC suggest that his defence team in the first investigation sought a deal with the police to avoid scandal as the bishop was ... more »

GOP Says No Hearings, No Votes for Supreme Court Nominee

MARY CLARE JALONICK at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, joined by, from second for left are, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, laughs while meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, following a closed-door policy meeting.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- No hearing. No vote. Don’t even bother knocking on our door. That’s the message Senate Republicans delivered to President Barack Obama and his sometime-soon nominee for the Supreme Court, an extraordinary election-year rebuff as the GOP in... more »

Unlock the Terrorist’s Phone

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: iPhone2 - 900] One school of thought years ago was that the Large Hadron Collider, the enormous contraption built to bash particles together, might inadvertently become a doomsday device. The collider has been in operation since 2008 and hasn’t yet destroyed the Earth... more »

China Installing New Radar to Strip US of Stealth Capability

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Imagery taken by the U.S. Navy of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea] China has now added radar systems to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea which can totally eliminate stealth capabilities in state of the art U.S. aircraft, according to new satellite imagery released by the Center for Strategic... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago

Why Donald Trump Is Not Only On Course To Be The GOP Nominee, But Is On Course To The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Donald Trump is on course to win the 1,237 delegates he needs to be the GOP nominee* Presidential politics is, at its core, all about math. Nowhere is that more true than in the fight for delegates to this summer’s Republican National Convention. And, the delegate math is close to conclusive: Donald Trump will be extremely close to the 1,237 delegates he needs to formally claim the party’s nomination by the end of the primary process. Let’s do the math — or, rather, let’s do the math forwarded to me by a Republican number-cruncher who counts himself as a card-c... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
US dominates arms trade as Asia, Mid-East boost imports https://t.co/2wK6KYGgcR pic.twitter.com/EgYLxn99MT — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 22, 2016

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Budd turns a propeller on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Feb. 4, 2016. Budd is a crew chief assigned to the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos

ENE News: "Fukushima Update 2/24/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Fukushima Update 2/24/2016"* by ENE News *Officials:* “Historic crisis” along US West Coast. “We’re facing a fishery disaster.” “Very never-seen-before things. ”Should be exclamation alarm to public — Extinction threat for salmon runs; Loss of sardines, squid, sea urchins, kelp; Massive sea star deaths; Marine mammal strandings, more. *Press Democrat, Feb 11, 2016*: Scientists and lawmakers foresee grim outlook for California’s ocean fisheries. The outlook is overwhelmingly grim, presenters said at an annual forum of the joint legislative Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. “... more »

Cruz, Rubio and Kasich All Face Must-Wins in Home States

WILL WEISSERT & SCOTT BAUER, at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a caucus night rally Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- In their efforts to derail Donald Trump from the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all facing enormous pressure in their home state primaries, which... more »

U.S. and China Relationship Strained as Both Negotiate Punishing North Korea

MATTHEW PENNINGTON at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Secretary of State John Kerry, right, listens as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, speaks during a media availability at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and China showed no sign of quelling tension in the disputed South China Sea as their top diplomats met in Washington on Tuesday. A leading U.S. military officer told Congress that China was seeking to... more »

Carson Questions Obama’s Blackness in Fading Campaign

JESSE J. HOLLAND & ERRIN HAINES WHACK at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this Feb. 21, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson smiles as he is introduced during a town hall meeting in Reno, Nev. Carson is trying to reinvigorate his fading chances at the Republican presidential nomination by questioning Barack Obama’s blackness, the latest in a line of racially-tinged attacks aimed at the country’s first black president by his critics. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ben Carson is trying to reinvigorate his campaign for Republican presidential nomination by becoming the latest to question Barack Obama’s black... more »

Want to Stop Refugee Flow? Stop Supplying Terrorists with Weapons

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
German MP Sahra Wagenknecht (The Left Party) blasts hypocritical behavior of Angela Merkel.

We'll Soon See

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.abc.net.au/ Many wondered how much of Stephen Harper's legacy would live on after he left office. Certainly, Harper did everything he could to cast his footprints in stone. As it turns out, Tim Harper writes, a great deal of what Harper tried to do is disappearing: It started early with the announcement of the restoration of the long-form census. Liberals have overturned the closing of veterans offices, pledged to reverse funding cuts to the CBC, overturned two pieces of legislation it considered punitive to labour and ... more »

Skinny Shamrock Shake

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
I love a delicious mint shake. Every year I have always looked forward to the limited time of year when Shamrock Shakes are back at McDonald's. I used to drink them all the time as a kid and as a teenager and then one day when I was an adult, I made the mistake of looking at the calories of it. While I still grab the real thing once a year, I like to enjoy the flavor without giving up the healthy lifestyle I work towards. This skinny version is delicious and SO much better for you. There is protein, fruit and the taste of mint. Yum! You will need: - 1 cup 100 calorie Vanilla G... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Bernie, Your Free College Plan Will Gut Black Colleges...Comrade* If there’s another casualty of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ free college plan, it’s black colleges. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who recently endorsed Hillary Clinton, noted how the self-described democratic socialists’ plan could eviscerate black colleges (via the Hill): You’ve got to think about the consequences of things,” Clyburn said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “[If] you start handing out two years of free college at public institutions are you ready for all the black, private HBCUs to close down? That’s what’... more »

A Conflagration of Corrupt Merchandise - Corrupt Literature in the Army

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*Office Provost-Marshal, War Department,* *Washington, June 3 1866* *HON. MONTGOMERY P. BLAIR, Post-Master General:-* *SIR - I am reliably informed that large numbers of obscene books and prints are constantly passing through the post-office here to the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. I would respectfully ask if some means could be used to prevent it.* *I am, sir, your obedient servant,* *L.C. Baker* *Provost-Marshal, War Department *


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Some "Semi-empirical" findings! How lucky we are!* *The report below determinedly revives all the old scare about sea-level rise. The scare has been pretty moribund for a few years now, thanks partly to some heavy hits on it by sea-level expert Nils Axel Morner. The underlying academic journal article ("Temperature-driven global sea-level variability in the Common Era") is here and one of the authors, young Bob Kopp, has some useful details about it here.The article was based on some very complex statistical work and in that context we note that the authors descri... more »

Scalia’s Doctor Reveals the Justice’s Many Health Problems Before His Death

MARK SHERMAN & DAVID WARREN at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Justice Scalia - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s voluminous public information file is remarkably short on any details related to his health, just a report of minor shoulder surgery in 2003. But Scalia’s doctor said in a letter,...more »

New Government Report Shows HealthCare.gov Does Little to Prevent Fraud

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: healthcare.gov obamacare cmprs] WASHINGTON (AP) -- With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a “passive” approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president’s healthcare law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in a report due out Wednesday. While the Government... more »

Shopping for human rights

Alison at Creekside - 17 hours ago
Passed yesterday in the House : "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 government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad." Liberals and Conservatives - Yes - 229 votes NDP and Bloc - No - 51 votes You can see how each MP voted at the link at t... more »

“The Evil Empire Has The World In An Economic ‘Death Grip’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“The Evil Empire Has The World In An Economic ‘Death Grip’"* by Paul Craig Roberts “In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” “An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project. The Hit Man convinces a country’s government that borrowing large sums of money from US financial institutions in order to finance the project will raise the country’s living standards. The borrower is assured that the project will increase ... more »

Big Rise In Sea Levels During Roman Times

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Ben Vorlich The Roman Warm Period marked an era of widespread climatic changes, of which one was sea level rise. HH Lamb records the effect this had on migration, in Climate History & The Modern World: Note the displacement of population from the coasts of […]

Living With Tilted Heads — Listening

James Robison at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Dog Tilted Head - 900] Have you ever noticed that when you speak to a dog, it will often tilt its head to the side as if it is trying to understand you? It's the cutest thing in the world. I have no idea what... more »

LIGO, journal, servers: behind the scenes

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
"Inside Higher Ed" has published an interesting article Riding the Wave about some not-quite-visible events that took place before the world officially learned about the discovery of the gravitational waves. Much of it must be a boring stuff – in similar large collaborations, there is a committee that decides about every important enough event. On September 9th, the LIGO folks were already convinced that they would discover the waves soon. Some of them were thinking what they would buy for the Nobel prize and all of them had to make an online vote about the journal where the dis... more »

EU reforms 'not legally binding' - Michael Gove reports BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35646004 Michael Gove's claim and David Cameron's response but don't actually say who is correct. Wouldn't that be the correct thing for an unbiased news organisation? 'David Cameron's EU reforms are not legally binding and could be overturned by European judges, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has told the BBC. Mr Gove - one of five cabinet ministers campaigning for the UK to quit the EU - told the BBC the European Court of Justice was "not bound" by the PM's agreement until treaties are changed. The PM has said ... more »

Bill Gates Supports Government Demand for Access to iPhone

BREE FOWLER at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Bill Gates talks to reporters about the 2016 annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the largest private foundation in the world, has made a tradition of releasing an annual letter on philanthropy. This year's edition, released Monday, called on the young to be a driving force for innovation and change.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)] NEW YORK (AP) -- Bill Gates is supportive of investigators’ efforts to force Apple to help them crack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, sayi... more »

Military Photo of the Day: February 24, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Machine Gunner-900] A U.S. Marine fires a .50-caliber machine gun from the back of an MV-22B Osprey during a live fire training session off the coast of North Carolina on Feb. 10, 2016. Thank you to this brave Marine for his service... more »

(HSBC Launders Drug Money Pays Tiny Fines Gets Sued)  JEB! Goes Poof! But Everyone Knows that Trump Will Disappear Soon So Relax! (RW Loves Gaffer Joe - OKasich?)  Nevada's Results Not Reported?   (Pandora's Opened Box)

For how long must this have gone on? And couldn't be stopped? And still can't even be addressed other than for a few meaningless fines? “Despite repeated warnings from authorities that drug proceeds were being laundered through HSBC-Mexico in USD accounts and that HSBC was, according to one drug lord, ‘the place to launder money,’ HSBC Mexico continued to accept billions of USD deposits

Republican Voters Are Disappearing From California-- And So Are GOP Elected Officials

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*Duke Cunningham moved to a gated religious community in Arkansas after he was released from prison* Earlier this evening I mentioned how so many of the villains among California Republicans who inspired me to start this blog were no longer in Congress. Duke Cunningham went to prison but many of the other crooks, like John Doolittle and Jerry Lewis were forced nudged into retirement. A few, like Dick Pombo and Jim Rogan, were defeated at the polls. Once again, since we started *DWT* in 2004 these are the Republicans, who, for one reason or another, are no longer serving in Congress:... more »

Stan Gordon: Many Strange Encounters with UFOs and Mysterious Creatures in Pennsylvania During 2015

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an important region for a lot of sightings and Stan gathers most. It also allows us to look at the whole picture itself. We are seeing things not ordinarily reported and this now gives us evidence of actual screening technology been employed to hide odd creatures that have no obvious connection to other Earth animals. Again none would have ever be reported is a sieve existed.. A number of known creatures walk freely on Earth whose existence we barely note. Mostly these are the larger smarter ones and they can communicate mind to mind to assist in avoiding us. They ... more »

This Ancient Babylonian Map of Jupiter Just Changed History

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
A long time ago i reconstructed the likely foundation ideas behind Bronze Age mathematics and learned a lot. Mostly that all the so called impossible mensuration questions were very possible. Here we see another great example of just that. The material likely dates far back in time. It was not freshly discovered in 100 BC. My real discovery is that a lot of mathematics is possible without zero. This item shows just how much. It is a great discovery and another reminder of how much was lost. . . *This Ancient Babylonian Map of Jupiter Just Changed History* * by Arjun Wali... more »

Did An Extraterrestrial Speak To Us?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I have posted on this in the past but we are revisiting it now to see if our perspective is changing. This movement could explain the growing sense of expectation describing an awakening by many sensitives. The material as written conforms to my expectations and does not dwell on technological excess. all that is a passing phase. I do not sense though that this material has been well distributed at all. . . *. * *Looking Back: Did An Extraterrestrial Speak To Us?* *Posted: 06 Feb 2016 08:26 PM PST* *I believe that the following information needs to be posted every couple ... more »

Brazil’s Mutant GM Mosquitoes Spreading Brain Cancer

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
A doctor has said that he believes the release of 5 million GM mosquitoes per week in Brazil may be causing a rise in brain cancer among humans. The Brazilian government are currently releasing 5 million transgenic mosquitoes a week into the public, which experts say could have grave implications for the stability of our civilization. Abreureport.com reports: The New York Times reports that in the past, “cancer cells have been transferred by mosquitoes from one hamster to another. And so far, three kinds of contagious cancers have been discovered in the wild — in dogs, Tasmanian de... more »

Air On Planes Confirmed As ‘Toxic’ And ‘Dangerous’ To Human Health

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
A new study has revealed that airline passengers and cabin crew could be breathing in toxic and potentially deadly fumes while travelling on airplanes. German scientists say they have found dangerous chemicals and volatile compounds from burning aircraft fuel in the blood samples taken from people aboard planes. The chemicals, known as organophosphates, form the basis of many insecticides, herbicides, and nerve agents. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Most aircraft recycle around half of the air inside the cabin while other air is drawn in through the engines – often without passing throug... more »

The Reason Bill Gates Supports FBI Backdoor Access

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Bill Gates’ eagerness for Apple to allow the FBI to install backdoor software on its iPhone devices may stem from the fact that in 1999 Microsoft allowed the NSA to build a backdoor into all Windows software: A careless mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations ea... more »

Judge: Clinton Aides Can Be Questioned About Email Server

Michael Biesecker at The Stream - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 Takes Nevada, Rubio 2nd, Cruz a Close 3rd, Kasich and Carson Far Back

STEVE PEOPLES & NANCY BENAC at The Stream - 23 hours 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) -- With a big win in Nevada, Donald Trump claimed a third straight commanding victory in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. A tight race for second between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz offered little evidence... more »

Snapshots From Nevada: Republican Caucus-goers Explain Their Choices

AP at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Deuter, ”Matamua” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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?"

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Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation. Thanks for stopping by!

Republican Values

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Harper the Horrible

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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

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*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"

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*"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 »

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