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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

25 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

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The Persistent Myths of Donald Trump

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 22 minutes ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] Say what you will about 2016, but it's never boring. From privileged college students at elite universities suffering mental breakdowns over the burdens of their campus "social justice activism" -- yes, this is really happening -- to disillusioned "burn the... more »

The U.S. Intelligence Community And Saudi Arabia Are Aligned Against Russian President Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin © Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik *Stephen Sestanovich, WSJ:* *The Pentagon, the CIA, and the Saudis vs. Vladimir Putin* For Russian President Vladimir Putin, last week was one of the best in a very long time. He got an agreement with Saudi Arabia to freeze oil production at current levels, and he got an agreement with the U.S., largely on his terms, for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. Then came this week. On both energy prices and the Syrian civil war, Mr. Putin has been reminded of how fleeting policy success can be. The Wall Street Journal’s... more »

Chuck Grassley's Obstructionist Role In Blocking President Obama's Judicial Nominee

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 minutes ago
Senatorial obstructionist clown show, Mitch and Chuck If you've been following along with the news about President Obama replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, you no doubt noticed that the Republicans have dragged us to the brink of an unprecedented Constitutional crisis. As far as I can tell, this is the first time in the country’s history where a hyper-partisan gaggle of right-wing senators are blatantly and explicitly refusing to do the job the constitution assigns them of examining the president's judicial nominee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Judi... more »

How Oregon’s $14.50 Minimum Wage Will Hurt Those it’s Supposed to Help

James Sherk at The Stream - 52 minutes ago
[image: NYC Rally and March for a $15 minimum wage hike in America.] Good intentions can produce terrible results. Recently the Oregon legislature passed an unprecedented minimum wage hike in effort to help workers within their state, but the legislation will hurt the workers it's supposed to help. By 2022 the states' minimum... more »

Top U.S. Commander In Europe: The Era Of Trying To Work With Russia Is Over

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
NATO Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove (file photo) *Radio Free Europe*: *NATO Commander: Russia Poses 'Existential Threat' To West* WASHINGTON – NATO Supreme Commander Philip Breedlove said Russia has decided to become an adversary of the West and presents an "existential threat" to the United States and its allies. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, meanwhile, accused Russia of intimidating its immediate neighbors, and said he doubted whether Moscow was still committed to strategic stability on nuclear weapons. The comments by Carter and Breedlov... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( February 25 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1. Global Equities - % Below All Time Highs . 2. 8 Global Equity indices Positive YTD. 3. Carney Warns G-20 Against `Zero Sum Game' of Negative Rates. 4. Signs Of Currency Collapse. 5.China Items Of Note . Odds & Ends. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Refugee Crisis / Border Security. 2. UK Referendum / Brexit. 3. Spanish Politics - Will Rajoy back PSOE Led Government ? We Shall Soon What Is More Important To Rajoy And PP - Country Or Bruised Egos / False Pride . 4. Greek Non- Refugee Related Items Of The Day. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
Evening wrap.......... Overview....... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago Global Equity Indices, % below all-time high... Italy: 66% Japan: 59% China: 55% Brazil: 43% Germany: 25% US: 8% *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago 8 Global Equity indices Positive YTD... Argentina Colombia Turkey Thailand Russia Indonesia Mexico Taiwan All EM *EM Equity* ‏@EM_Equity 51m 51 minutes ago Carney Warns G-20 Against `Zero Sum Game' of Negative Rates http:// bloom.bg/1S4H5jU *EM Equity* ‏@EM_Equity 2h2 hours ago Signs Of Currency Collaps... more »

In One Ear and Out the Other

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 2 hours ago
The Real Science site has a post on "Understanding Climate Science in One Paragraph", a paragraph that informs the reader that the globe warmed from 1977 to 1991, and very little if any since. I find this interesting, because I informed the Real Science author and his readers of this (I specified the time period as 1976 to 1989/90) as early as September 2013, nearly two and a half years ago--and in a number of later comments on the site. To my knowledge, he never mentioned my insight, including in this latest post. (To be fair, no other blog ever acknowledged me either, when I tried... more »

County Sheriff: Multiple Deaths, Injuries in Kansas Attacks

Roxana Hegeman at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Police go through the parking lot of Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, where a gunman killed an undetermined number of people and injured many more.] HESSTON, Kan. (AP) -- A county sheriff said Thursday four to seven people, including a gunman, are dead and 20 to 30 people are injured after a series of shootings in south-central Kansas. Sheriff T. Walton said at a news... more »

40 Intel Analysts At CENTCOM Believe That Intel On The Islamic State Has Been 'Skewed'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Shane Harris and Nancy Youssel, Daily Beast:* *400 Intel Pros Warn: ISIS Info Flawed* The “unusually high” number said that there were problems with the “integrity” of their reports as many have accused their bosses for skewing reports on ISIS. Forty percent of analysts working at the U.S. military’s Central Command, which is running the war against ISIS, think there are problems with “analytic integrity” in their work, a top congressman said on Thursday. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, asked senior intelligence officials about the figure, which wa... more »

A3 Newsletter: Albert Is Free - Support Albert's Fund

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 2 hours ago
*A3 Newsletter, February 25, 2016: * *Oh Happy Day - Albert Woodfox is Free At Last* *(PHOTO: Left to Right, Robert King, Albert Woodfox, and Malik Rahim. **This photo and two further below of Albert spending quality time with friends and family are courtesy of Palomita Firecracker's Facebook page.)* *Giving Thanks* We dedicate this newsletter to the spirit of Anita Roddick for her dedication to the Angola 3 struggle for freedom and to her family who stayed the course through the darkest hours. To the many Angola 3 supporters that have stood by us in the past several decades as... more »

The Revolution of Freedom is Taking Place in Your Mind

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - We want a world with no rulers and no slaves. The post The Revolution of Freedom is Taking Place in Your Mind appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. Intel Chiefs brief Congress On Current Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
FBI Director James Comey (L), U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (C) and CIA Director John Brennan (R) take their seats to testify in a House Appropriations hearing on "World Wide Threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Reuters*: *U.S. spy chiefs expect continuing problems in Libya, Ukraine* U.S. spy agencies expect continuing upheaval in Libya and Ukraine, top intelligence officials told Congress on Thursday. James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, told a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee ... more »

Ted Lieu’s Excellent Bail Bill-- And Why We Should Care

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)* *-by Dorothy Reik* Debtor’s prisons may be outlawed but don’t tell that to the 450,000 or so poor people sitting in jail right now because they are too poor to pay their bail, not because they have been found guilty of anything. They might as well be in a debtor’s prison-- there’s very little difference. They are there because they can’t pay. Thanks, in part, to an article in the *NY Times*, The Bail Trap, which starts with the tale of a Brooklyn man finally getting his life together who was arrested for possession of a soda straw. "Criminal justice," Presid... more »

Note To Steve Israel And Chuck Schumer: The Word Progressive Actually Has A Meaning

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
When then-DCCC head Steve Israel was asked by a reporter for the *Omaha World-Herald* how he felt about his conservative recruit, Brad Ashford, a Nebraska Republican state senator, getting into Congress as a Democrat and voting far more with the GOP than with the Democrats, Israel responded: *"It doesn't concern me, it doesn't faze me, it doesn't bother me."* No, it wouldn't. Israel is now Pelosi's head of House Democratic messaging and he, along with other unscrupulous DC party bosses, have admitted they want to entice Bernie's grassroots supporters into contributing to candidat... more »

Eight of 11 Surviving Obamacare Co-Ops Facing Failure

Richard Pollock at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Dr. Mandy Cohen, COO and chief of staff of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, attends a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill November 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony on the State of The Affordable Care Act's Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program.] Eight of the 11 remaining Obamacare health insurance co-ops are in serious financial trouble and could collapse by the end of the year, Mandy Cohen, a top federal health official told Congress Thursday in testimony before a House oversight panel.... more »

U of Missouri Fires Professor Who Called for ‘Some Muscle’ to Remove Journalist

JIM SUHR at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Melissa Click FIRED - 900] KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri fired an assistant professor on Thursday who had been suspended after run-ins with student journalists during protests last year, including a videotaped confrontation where she called for “some muscle” to remove... more »

Orange Bar Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Orange bar is some newly-moved piece of equipment that seems to be closely adjacent to the vent stack (although it could be located a distance away given distortion in depth perception): I can see, but having trouble capturing, red distortion in the area to the right of the vent stack below (by buildings), but otherwise cannot see evidence of night-time emissions. The walls of Unit 1 (the building on the far left) subtly flickers red, blue, and purple:

10 Ideas For Your Frozen Addict AND Disney on Ice Presents Frozen in SLC

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
We just hit Frozen Fever round 2 in our house. The little one has discovered Elsa and Anna and begs to watch it every chance that she gets. I am pretty sure we have almost every piece of Frozen merchandise every created, but I have done my fair share of DIY Frozen items for my girls too. In celebration of Disney on Ice presents Frozen headed to Salt Lake City I thought I would share my favorite crafts that have come out of our Frozen obsession. If you want to join us at Disney on Ice, Disney on Ice presents Frozen will be in Salt Lake City at the Vivant Smart Home Arena, March 2 ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Falling Through Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
2002, “Falling Through Time” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5SjXaxc74

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Look through the cosmic cloud cataloged as NGC 281 and you might miss the stars of open cluster IC 1590. But, formed within the nebula, that cluster's young, massive stars ultimately power the pervasive nebular glow. The eye-catching shapes looming in this portrait of NGC 281 are sculpted columns and dense dust globules seen in silhouette, eroded by intense, energetic winds and radiation from the hot cluster stars. If they survive long enough, the dusty structures could also be sites of future star formation. *Click image for larger size.* Playfully called the Pacman Nebula because... more »

“Just Sit Down And Think?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Just Sit Down And Think?”* by Oliver Burkeman “’All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone,’ wrote the French philosopher Blaise Pascal. It's a line repeated so frequently, in the era of smartphones and social media, that it's easy to forget how striking it is that he wrote it in the 1600s. Back then, a sentence such as "Yo is a messaging app that enables iPhone and Android users to say 'Yo' to their friends" might have got you burned as a witch. Yet even in 17th-century France, apparently, people hated being alone with their thoughts so... more »

German Politician Wagenknecht on Merkel's Policy on Syria & NATO Bombs

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*"Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended his push for a presidential system of government by citing "Hitler's Germany" as an historic example." (Source). *Erdogan is committing strategic suicide in Syria by aligning his regime with ISIS's fortunes. "You just mentioned the fight about the source of refugees, you mentioned the danger of terrorism, and you choose as your main partner in the resolution for the refugee crisis, precisely the sponsor of terrorism, Erdogan, whose bloody policies against the Kurds in his own country, and his support of Islamic terrorist gangs in Syria, ... more »

While Obama Fiddles …

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks at Prince George's Community College on March 15th, 2012.] WASHINGTON -- State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama: (1) In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed anti-aircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets. This... more »

Is The White House Considering A Partition Of Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Will the ceasefire hold? (Reuters/Mohammed Badra) *Michael Weiss, Daily Beast:** Does Obama Want to Carve Up Syria?* A stray comment by John Kerry this week—laying out a last-ditch, now-don’t-hold-me-to-this prescription for ending a modern and globally transformative holocaust—acknowledges an unfolding reality. A decade ago, the current U.S. vice president wanted to partition Iraq as a political solution to a civil war that ended militarily. Now the current secretary of state believes that partition may be the only viable course left for Syria if and when a ceasefire he co-brokere... more »

Chet Raymo, “Quiet Desperation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Quiet Desperation”* by Chet Raymo "As I type this, I am sipping a cup of Green Mountain Vermont Country Blend Decaf and nibbling an Entenmann's Ultimate Cinnamon Pastry Twister. Just thought you'd want to know. Do you also want know where I am? What I'm wearing? I would tell you, but by the time you read this I will surely be somewhere else, and wearing something different. And you want to know the circumstances of my life in real time, don't you? Of course you do. What I need is a wi-fi enabled coffee cup that will post what I'm drinking on Twitter or Facebook, even as I drink. ... more »

"Things That Matter..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Who Knows What Evil Lurks?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Who Knows What Evil Lurks?”* by Andrew Bard Schmookler "I recently had an interesting experience writing a piece for an American newspaper that’s published me over the years. In my piece, I addressed the puzzle of why it is that some of the most remarkably decent people I know have supported an American leadership that’s itself remarkable precisely for lacking such decency. To that puzzle I proposed an answer in two parts. For one thing, I suggested, these good people have been seduced by leaders expert in displaying the trappings of righteousness—leaders good at using the flag a... more »

Man Caught With Smuggled Turtles In His Pants Given Probation

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
An Ontario man caught smuggling nearly 40 turtles in his trousers while crossing into Canada has been given a two year probation with a fine of $3,500 and banned from owning any turtles for 10 years. The Globe and Mail reports: Dong Yan of Windsor, Ont., was convicted earlier this month of illegally importing reptiles into Canada that were transported in contravention of a foreign state’s law. During an inspection at the Niagara border crossing on June 11, 2014, Canada Border Services Agency officials discovered 38 turtles strapped to Yan’s legs. Court heard the turtles were contain... more »

The Poet: Theodore Roethke, “In a Dark Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“In a Dark Time”* "In a dark time, the eye begins to see, I meet my shadow in the deepening shade; I hear my echo in the echoing wood- A lord of nature weeping to a tree. I live between the heron and the wren, Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den. What’s madness but nobility of soul At odds with circumstance? The day’s on fire! I know the purity of pure despair, My shadow pinned against a sweating wall. That place among the rocks- is it a cave, Or winding path? The edge is what I have. A steady storm of correspondences! A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon, ... more »

Interventionism and Restraint in Democratic Foreign Policy

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
At War on the Rocks, Miecke Eoyong intervenes in the Sanders-Clinton foreign-policy debate. Although the case made for Sanders’ foreign policy by those she critiques—including Sean Kay—is much broader, she focuses on three arguments: that “Sanders has superior judgment because he opposed the Iraq War and Clinton didn’t; Sanders would exercise restraint in intervention, where Clinton is […]

Happy Anniversary, Canada!

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
This week is the 10th anniversary of the start of Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar. This was the most stressful Canadian “expedition” since the Korean War, as Canada skipped Iraq 2003 and Vietnam. Today also happens to be the third anniversary of the rejection of an access to information request (Canadian for FOIA)–I had asked […]

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 26, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Margaret Brennan, CBS News:* *If Syria cease-fire fails, is there a Plan-B?* WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said this week that the Syrian state is at risk of fracturing if the imminent cease-fire does not work, but U.S. officials are still trying to figure out exactly what a "Plan B" for Syria would look like. Russia's top diplomat responded bluntly Thursday to rumors that the U.S. might be working on a backup plan for Syria that could involve trying to carve out a portion of the country outside the control of President Bashar Assad's central government. *Read mor... more »

Feb. 25: For God and country.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
As I listened to Donald Trump last night, his words stirred a memory. It all came back to me from my teen-age years. I knew that speech. I had read it before in a book called Mein Kampf. It was about making Germany great again. It was about racial superiority - and racial inferiors who were not real people, and could only be hated and abused. In Mein Kampf, God had blessed Germany just as God now blesses America. There are really no policies in Mein Kampf, just as there are none in the speeches of Trump or his Republican competitors or Hillary Clinton. It's all words to stir the emot... more »

Transcripts Prove Turkish Military Directly Linked To ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A Turkish newspaper has published evidence that directly links the Turkish military to ISIS, as documents obtained as part of a court case in Ankara show transcripts of phone calls that took place between Turkish military officers and Mustafa Demir – the ISIS commander in charge of the Syria-Turkey border. “The issues alleged in the case came to light because of an investigation launched following information given by six Turkish citizens whose relatives joined ISIL,” the Turkish newspaper reports. “Upon the application by the relatives, monitoring of the communications of 19 peopl... more »

German Beer Industry Horrified Over Monsanto Glyphosate Contamination

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The German beer industry have been left shocked at revelations that 14 of the most popular beers in Germany are contaminated with Monsanto’s carcinogenic herbicide glyphosate. The Munich Environmental Institute (Umweltinstitut München) released the laboratory results on Thursday which showed that all 14 beers tested positive for traces of glyphosate. Sustainablepulse.com reports: German Beer – Glyphosate Testing Results: Hasseröder Pils – 29,74 μg/l (ppb) Jever Pils – 23,04 μg/l Warsteiner Pils – 20,73 μg/l Radeberger Pilsner – 12,01 μg/l Veltins Pilsener – 5,78 μg/l Oettinger Pils... more »

Navy Whistleblower Says He Saw Proof Of Aliens Living On Earth

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A former US naval officer has revealed that the U.S. military have proof that UFOs and aliens exist on Earth, claiming that he has seen pictures of aliens in top-secret military files. The whistleblower has said he needs to remain anonymous due to other military whistleblowers being killed after trying to expose the alien conspiracy publicly. Express.co.uk reports: The man, who says he was a third-class petty officer at a US Naval telecommunications centre during the 1980s, before more senior posts in the US Army and Navy Seals, claims to have valuable new evidence about the Bizarr... more »

ISIS Make Direct Threat Against Mark Zuckerberg

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A video released by ISIS shows the terrorist group making direct threats against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for their stance in combating extremism on their social media platforms. The 25-minute video was released by “the sons of the Caliphate army”, and shows photographs of both Zuckerberg and Dorsey being targeted by bullets. USAtoday.com reports: The video was spotted by Vocativdeep web analysts on the social media service Telegram, which is used by ISIS. The extremist group says it’s responding to growing efforts by Facebook and Twitter to suspend ...more »

Mysterious ‘Alien Signals’ Traced Back To Distant Galaxy

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A team of UK scientists have traced the origins of mysterious “alien signals” to a galaxy six billion light years away. Seventeen “fast radio bursts” (FRBs) recorded since 2007 are believed to show proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, and scientists have been busy researching their origins for the last nine years. The cause of the bursts is still unknown, but scientists say they emit as much energy as the sun emits in 10,000 years. Scott.net reports: Astronomer Evan Keane from the UK’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, who led the scientific team that published the new findings in the j... more »

Dogs Are Able To See Magnetic Fields

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
European scientists have discovered dogs and some other primates are capable of magnetoreception – the ability to see magnetic fields. Scientists say that the molecule responsible for being able to see these magnetic fields has been found in the eyes of dogs and other animals. Gizmodo.com reports: Cryptochromes are a common group of light-sensitive molecules that exist in bacteria, plants, and animals. In addition to regulating circadian rhythms, these specialized proteins enable certain animals, such as birds, insects, fish, and reptiles, to sense magnetic fields, allowing them to... more »

Variation of spousal and child support on the ground evidence not available does not apply where evidence available but not disclosed

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
Gray v. Rizzi, 2016 ONCA 152: [35] In this case, the trial judge relied on ss. 37(2) and 37(2.1) of the *Family Law Act*, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3, which authorize the variation of spousal and child support orders not only where there is a material change in circumstances, but also on the ground that "evidence not available on the previous hearing has become available…" In her view, "[t]here seems to be no good reason why there should be different tests for varying support under the *FLA* as opposed to the *Divorce Act*": para. 23. [36] Whether that should be so or not, t... more »

Is Turmeric the Superfood That Can Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - Remarkable recoveries have been reported when turmeric is administered. The post Is Turmeric the Superfood That Can Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease? appeared first on Waking Times.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*New Orleanians see tourism bias in post-Katrina public transport ~Ashley Cleek, Aljazeera *

Lawmakers: Obama Administration Illegally Diverted Billions Intended for U.S. Treasury to Insurers

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Sylvia Matthews Burwell - 900] Republicans on Capitol Hill are questioning the legality of a move by the Obama administration to give billions to insurers under a program implemented under Obamacare that they say is equal to an insurer bailout. At issue for lawmakers on... more »

World News Briefs -- February 25, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Russia, Syrian army pound rebels ahead of fighting halt* Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces pounded a suburb of the capital on Thursday, ahead of a planned halt to fighting which rebels predicted Damascus and Moscow would ignore. The "cessation of hostilities" agreed by the United States and Russia is due to take hold on Saturday morning from midnight. But opponents of President Bashar al-Assad say they expect the government to press on with its advance, by branding opposition fighters al Qaeda militants unprote... more »

UN Lost 21 Tons of Food Aid- Was It Really Food Aid?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*I do NOT believe this story as presented. It's not credible in the least. And yet the UN, an entity of questionable value, expects me to accept their claims. That's not going to happen.* *Here is the basic timeline:* *1- Pallets landed in target area according to initial reports* *2- Ooooops, we aren't so sure?* *3- To all of it is lost* *Here is the reporting- 18 hours ago* * SMH* *The United Nations carried out its first airdrop of humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor , UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien said, delivering 21 tonnes of relief to civilians besieged by Isl... more »

The End Of The Road For Tablets

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Tablets did not feature this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After Apple released the first iPad in 2010, the market for Android tablets is not as hot as it once promised to be. Large screen smartphones are encroaching on the Tablets’ 7″ domain. Tech Crunch reports: To be fair, if you looked hard enough, you could find an Android tablet or two hidden in a corner of the Fira Gran Via. And Apple, the tablet leader, doesn’t come to MWC. But it’s safe to say that tablets are not the future for the Samsungs and LGs of the consumer electronics world. In fact, Samsung, Sony... more »

DMI Explain Why Graph Was Withdrawn

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/iceextent_disagreement_is_an_artifact.uk.php It’s only taken them a week, but finally DMI have published an explanation as to why they withdrew their old style graph of 30% ice coverage: DMI has removed the old sea ice extent graph to focus the attention on the new graph that is based on […]

Reporter fired by WIRED had been dismissed by newspaper for missing deadlines

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 6 hours ago
We have learned that Nic Cavell, who was dismissed last week from WIRED for plagiarizing in several stories for the publication’s website, was fired from another publication for missing deadlines. Before Cavell was selected to be a 2016 reporting fellow at WIRED magazine — a paid six-month position for promising young reporters — he wrote on the crime beat for The Riverdale Press, a […] The post Reporter fired by WIRED had been dismissed by newspaper for missing deadlines appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Meet Business Owners Fighting San Diego’s Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Minimum Wage Hike, Price Hike, Prices Will Increase, Oakland California, Small Businesses] Following in the footsteps of cities in northern California, San Diego is weighing an increase to its minimum wage that small business owners warn could serve as a "job killer" for them. The city is gearing up to vote on... more »

Memo to Angry Trump Supporters: Trump is Actually Weak on Immigration

John Zmirak at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] Many Republicans angry with the GOP establishment are rallying to Donald Trump, and the key issue they're concerned about is immigration. Such conservatives (including some friends of mine) resent the attempt of America's donor class to make 2016 a Soviet-style,... more »

The Latest from Syria: 10 Airdropped UN Food Baskets Miss Target

AP at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: WFP UN Air Drop - 900] BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and the provisional cease-fire proposed by the U.S. and Russia (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The United Nations says nearly half the food pallets that were airdropped over the besieged...more »

Syrian Ceasefire Deal Buys Washington Time For The Next Move

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Is the Syrian ceasefire deal nothing more than a cynical ploy on the part of Washington’s ‘coalition’ to buy time for the terrorists? The United States and Russia announced a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria that will come into effect at midnight on 27 February. The US has already started making alternative plans should the truce fail. The Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate committee that “There is a significant discussion taking place now about a Plan B in the event that we do not succeed at the [negotiating] table” He stressed that the partitioning of Syria could... more »

"Exactly What It Seemed..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"There is no betrayal that cannot be explained- and when explained is not exactly what it seemed." - Robert Brault

"2016: The Year We Realized It's 1984"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"2016: The Year We Realized It's 1984"* by Phil Butler "The state of most media today is sad, pitiful, and hopelessly unbelievable. From BBC to the New York Times, any semblance of believability is gone. What makes matters worse though, are what amount to popularity factions in social media. The information world has never been so polarized, while the public sinks into a kind of neo-tribalism. Vladimir Putin is the fall guy, Barack Obama a joke of history, and the new candidates for President of the United States caricatures of leadership for the most part. If only Bernie Sanders ... more »

Friday Morning Ramble–19.02.16

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
“Yet planners still present the apartment as king, typified by Auckland Council's recent singling out of central suburbs for intensification, to the dismay of long-time residents. All the while, Council refuses to budge on the city's rural-urban boundary, outside which no houses may be built, strangling supply of new land for housing. “We're actually building fewer homes than in 1974, under a supposedly pro-development government. The resultant housing squeeze has, according to the Salvation Army, forced 38,000 residents out of Auckland over six years. “It's ridiculous... more »

Iranians Go To The Polls To Elect A New Parliament On Friday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *As Iranians vote Friday, most moderate candidates are left off ballots* Iranians vote Friday in national elections that once had the potential to be pivotal until almost every would-be candidate advocating reform was barred from running. With only a limited number of moderates and reformers on the ballot, analysts say the election is unlikely to foreshadow a history-making moment of change in Iran. The parliament and many other government bodies will continue to be dominated by conservatives, constraining the ability of Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s pragmatist presid... more »

No Longer the ‘JV Team’? Intel Chief Confirms ISIS is Now Stronger Than al-Qaida

Russ Read at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: ISIS - 900] The top intelligence official in the U.S. has warned Islamic State has now exceeded al-Qaida in terms of strength across the globe. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday outlining how... more »

MIT: Green Energy Can’t Work Unless You Tax Everything

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Green Energy, Wind Power, Wind Energy, Wind Turbines, Solar Power, Solar Energy, Solar Panels] Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have confirmed what many in the energy world already knew: Without government support or high taxes, green energy will never be able to compete with conventional, more reliable power plants. The study, announced by... more »

Al Jazeera America pulls satire hours after posting, calling it “not appropriate”

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 7 hours ago
About 13 hours after posting a satirical piece it posted at 2:00 AM today listing six hot media startups to watch in 2016, Al Jazeera America has retracted it. The satire? Al Jazeera itself is listed as #6, even though the channel is scheduled to close down in April. In its place is the following message: Editor’s […] The post Al Jazeera America pulls satire hours after posting, calling it “not appropriate” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Justice Scalia Was With Bohemian Grove Secret Society Hours Before Death

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent his final moments with members of a secret society with ties to Bohemian Grove. There has been a great deal of suspicion surrounding Scalia’s death when initial reports revealed that; no autopsy was performed on his body, he was found with a pillow over his head, and Obama decided to snub his funeral. The latest bizarre revelation that Scalia met with men belonging to the International Order of St. Hubertus (an Austrian secret society dating back to the 1600s) hours before his death suggests that Scalia was murdered as part of an illuminati ... more »

New Book Reveals Beethoven Was Actually Black

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
In the 15th and 16th century history underwent a huge campaign of misinformation and deception. Caught up in the wave of the history books being re-written was the true identity of Ludwig van Beethoven. One of Europe’s greatest classical music composers was, in fact, of African decent. Beethoven was a black man. His mother was a Moor, a group of Muslim Africans who conquered parts of Europe -making Spain their capital for 800 years. Stewartsynopsis.com reports: In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what so... more »

Woman Claims She Is Love Child Of JFK And Marilyn Monroe

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A 53-year-old woman from California claims to be the love child of Marilyn Monroe and former U.S. president JFK, saying that she has evidence proving she is their daughter. Gladys Baker Morris has presented a paternity action lawsuit at the California state court claiming to be Monroe’s and JFK’s biological daughter. Morris spent most of her life believing that Marilyn Monroe’s Cousin, Meredith Baker, was her biological mother. In March 2014, her “mother” confessed on her death bed who her real parents were. Worldnewsdailyreport.com reports: “My mother confessed to me on her deathb... more »

Fake Campaign Supporters Exposed As Paid Actors - #NewWorldNextWeek

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Title: Fake Campaign Supporters Exposed As Paid Actors - #NewWorldNextWeek. Source: corbettreport. Date Published: February 25, 2016. *

Midday Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “I Giorni”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “I Giorni” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmj3iU36Mmw

Awkward Moments in Transition

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Not in the mood for a proper post tonight, so thought I'd share this short film from the folks at My Genderation. It's a lighthearted look at some of the issues, with varying degrees of seriousness, that affect trans people. A recommended watch.

"How It Really Is"

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

John Maynard Keynes; "Any Questions?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." ○ "I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal." ○ "Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually ... more »

The Economy: “An Escalating War On the Use of Cash”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“An Escalating War On the Use of Cash”* By John Browne “On February 16th, The Washington Post printed the article, "It's time to kill the $100 bill." This came on the heels of a CNNMoney item, the day before, entitled "Death of the 500 euro bill getting closer." The former cited a recent Harvard Kennedy School working paper, No. 52 by Senior Fellow Peter Sands, concluding that the abolition of high denomination notes would help deter "tax evasion, financial crime, terrorist finance and corruption." In recent days, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, ECB President Mario Draghi... more »

Somali President: 200 Kenyan Soldiers Were Probably Killed By Al Shabaab In Military Camp Attack In January

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud speaks during a news conference after the High Level Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/OSMAN ORSAL *VICE News/Reuters*: *Al Shabaab May Have Killed 200 Kenyan Soldiers in January Attack* Al Shabaab reportedly killed as many as 200 soldiers in an attack on a Kenyan military camp in Somalia by al Shabaab Islamists last month, according to the latest death toll from the Somali government that would make it the deadliest assault carried out by the militants in their history. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Moh... more »

Aspartame Patent Reveals E. coli Feces An ‘Essential Ingredient’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The European patent for aspartame reveals that the artificial sweetener uses fecal matter from E. coli as part of its ingredients. The patent confirms that the waste products of genetically modified E.coli bacteria form part of the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid which are an essential part of the ingredients list for the fake sugar replacement. Upi.com reports: Though this fact was reported as early as 1999, not much attention was paid at the time to aspartame and its maker Monsanto, which was allegedly adding GM aspartame to soft drinks in Britain. The patent refers to “cl... more »

U.S. Gov Wants Facebook To Tighten Censorship To Battle ‘Extremist Views’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The U.S. government have urged online media giants such as Facebook and Google to join them in the war against ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalization’ by toughening their censorship rules when dealing with online users harbouring ‘extremist views’. The Justice Department met with Facebook Inc, Twitter, and Google – reaching out to them for help following the governments failed attempts to thwart ISIS’ presence online. Yahoo News reports: The federal government is not best placed to counter extremist online recruitment efforts with messaging of its own, said George Selim, director of the D...more »

Turkish Teenager Detained For ‘Insulting’ Erdogan On Facebook

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A teenage boy was briefly detained on charges of ‘insulting’ the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook. Local media reported that the 13 year old boys social network account had been monitored by police for as long as nine months. RT reports: The boy’s house was raided by anti-terror teams on Tuesday after a tip-off by “a secret witness,” who claimed that the boy, mentioned only as A. Ş., had insulted Erdogan in a comment that he allegedly posted below a video on Facebook, Bianet news agency reported. The teen denied all allegations and, following questioning by police,... more »

EU Warns Migration System Might ‘Completely Break Down’ In 10 Days

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos has issued a stark warning on the future of Europe – saying that the bloc’s migration system may “completely break down” in just 10 days time by March 7, unless Europe seriously curb the number of migrants entering. “In the next 10 days, we need tangible and clear results on the ground. Otherwise there is a risk that the whole system will completely break down,” Avramopoulos warned a press conference. Yahoo News reports: The EU official also warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece, the main arrival point for migrants in... more »

NY Times Joke About Trump Assassination

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A New York Times reporter has come under fire after joking about how a Donald Trump assassination could bring Trump’s presidential campaign to an abrupt end. Columnist Ross Douthat tweeted a link to a video featuring an assassin gunning down a political figure, saying: “Good news guys I’ve figured out how the Trump campaign ends“. The tweet embeds a video clip from the 1983 movie The Dead Zone, featuring an assassin played by actor Christopher Walken attempting to gun down a political figure played by Martin Sheen. Infowars.com reports: In the plot, Walken’s character tries to kill ...more »

Schools Dump Lands’ End Over Gloria Steinem Controversy

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: College of the Ozarks in Branson Missouri] Two Missouri educational institutions say Lands’ End lost their business after it published an interview with abortion radical Gloria Steinem. In a letter to Lands’ End CEO Federica Marchionni, College of the Ozarks Vice President of Cultural Affairs Sue Head... more »

Police Still Have Found No Motive for Kalamazoo Shootings

JEFF KAROUB at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: This image provided by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office shows Jason Dalton of Kalamazoo County. Dalton was arrested early Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 in downtown Kalamazoo following a massive manhunt after several victims were shot at random.] DETROIT (AP) -- Five days after the southwestern Michigan shooting rampage that left six people dead and two severely wounded, investigators still haven’t discovered why, a law enforcement official said Thursday. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told The Associated Press... more »

Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood Closed - 900] Republican-controlled state legislatures are passing restrictive laws forcing abortion clinics to shut down faster than ever. The release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress over the past year, which exposed Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal body parts, has provided additional momentum for...more »

US Space–Endurance Champ Says He Could Do Another Year

Marcia Dunn at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: astronaut - 900] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- After nearly a year in orbit, America’s space-endurance champ, Scott Kelly, is just a few days away from returning to Earth -- and he can’t wait. Kelly held his final news conference from the International... more »

Lawmakers Blast EPA for Holding a Closed-Door Meeting on One of the Costliest Regulations Ever

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy listens during the Chesapeake Bay Program's 2014 Executive Council Meeting at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.] Federal lawmakers lambasted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for holding a closed-door meeting with state officials over the agency's new ozone regulations -- which could be one of the most expensive regulations ever. Lawmakers claim the EPA rejected requests to allow... more »

East Coast, Midwest Battered by Strong Storm Systems

LARRY O'DELL & MAX BECHERER at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: tornado - 900] WAVERLY, Va. (AP) -- Tornadoes tore through towns as far north as Pennsylvania, heavy snow canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and power outages left tens of thousands of residents from the Carolinas to New England in the dark... more »

Campaign watch: The New York Times [HEART] CNN!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016For failing to ask the same questions:* Nick Corasaniti is a youngish reporter for the New York Times. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2008. As of today, there seems to be something wrong with his TV set. We base that statement on Corasaniti's 1200-word report in this morning's Times. Alas! When the scribe watches CNN's "town halls," he thinks he sees conduct like this: CORASANITI (2/25/16): Live town hall meetings are not a new invention in the televised coverage of presidential politics. But *with anchors like Mr. Cooper moderating, fact-checking...more »

Instructions for watching the Republican debate tonight...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*aka a cage match of mixed martial arts.* It will be ugly, ugly, ugly. Ugliness must always be countered with non-ugliness. Understand that these instructions are geared towards someone such as I who has no cable TV. I also don't have a laptop, so I'm tied to my big old fashioned computer in my office. Please feel free to personalize these instructions to meet your needs. After slipping into some comfy sweats, grab a nice tray. I prefer silver (in our case it's plate not sterling, but whatever.) *Next, load the tray up with the following:* A bottle of your favorite... more »

NATO Prepare To ‘Fight And Win’ War Against Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A US Commander has said that he believes NATO are prepared to “fight and win” a war against Russia in the very near future. US European Command (EUCOM) and NATO are ramping up their efforts to expand their military presence on Russia’s borders, US Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove said on Thursday. Russia have warned that the increased military presence constitutes provocation towards war. Sputniknews.com reports: Since 2014, the United States and NATO have been focused on rebuilding military capacity and force readiness in Europe under the European Reassuranc... more »

China Blames The U.S. For Why It Must Build Defense Installations In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
China landed several aircraft on Fiery Cross reef in the disputed Spratlys Island group in early January ©Adrian Leung (AFP/File) *Reuters:* *China says 'really needs' South China Sea defenses in face of United States* China "really needs" its defenses in the South China Sea in the face of a militarization process being pushed by the United States, and can deploy whatever equipment it wants on its own soil, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday. China and the United States have sparred repeatedly over the past week following reports China is deploying advanced missiles, fighte... more »

The West's "Humanitarian" Interventionists Share Responsibility For Europe's Refugee Crisis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Libya was a remarkable success under Gaddafi. But the West's "humanitarian" interventionists thought they knew better for the Libyan people and pushed for his removal. Libya today is a treasure island for NATO-backed ISIS terrorists, a gateway to Europe, and a humanitarian disaster.* *An excerpt from, "West's Wars, Domestic Storms: Fascists, Terrorists, & "Multiculturalism"" by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, February 25, 2016: * For Africa, perhaps the most ironic aspect of the current refugee crisis besetting Europe is the fact that Libya - whom Europe conspired to dest... more »

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval: ‘Humbled,’ But Not Interested in Supreme Court Vacancy

Stream Staff at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: In this April 17, 2015 file photo, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval sits in his office at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev. Sandoval is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits.] President Obama’s trial balloon for the Supreme Court just went pop, and the man whose name he floated is the guy holding the needle. Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval asked Thursday that his name be removed from consideration as a possi... more »

The Economy: “How Donald Trump Goes Broke…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“How Donald Trump Goes Broke…”* by Bill Bonner AIKEN, South Carolina – “Aiken is battened down. The wind is blowing hard… dark clouds race across the sky… trash bags tumble down the main street. “This is tornado weather,” said a local resident. “You better be ready to run. No cyclone appeared. Meanwhile, in the stock market, prices went down and then back up, ending the day up 53 on the Dow. Commentators in the press said the turnaround was the result of news from the oil industry. “Oil pulls out of dive…” was the start of a headline in USA Today. *A Fake Economy: *Last year, whe... more »

F-22s Are Not Invisible To Chinese Radars

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft could be detected by Beijing. The Chinese military have reportedly developed new capabilities that enables them to track some of the best aircraft that the Pentagon has. Sputnik reports: An upgraded version of the Chinese Phased Array Radar, as well as the KJ-2000 and KJ-500 airborne early warning and control systems could well cope with the task, People’s Daily Online reported, citing military expert Yin Zhuo. The remarks came after unconfirmed reports surfaced that the Chinese military detected F-22s over th... more »

Mumbai Declares ‘Selfie Free Safe Zones’ To Stop Rise In Deaths

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Mumbai has imposed 16 ‘no-selfie zones’ after India was declared the selfie death capital of the world. World leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others have embraced the craze of snapping selfies and posting them online for their fans. Police in Mumbai are now patrolling the no-selfie zones looking for people with outstretched arms, holding a mobile in one hand while smiling and snapping photos. The Evening Standard reports: But India is home to the highest number of people who have died while taking photos of themselves, with 19 of the world’s 49 recorded selfie-lin... more »

China Warns U.S. Not To Adopt Donald Trump Policies

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
China warned the U.S. on Wednesday not to adopt punitive currency policies after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump nudged up another victory in Nevada. Free Bacon reports: Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that “we are following with interest the U.S. presidential election.” Hua was asked about China’s response to a possible Trump presidency and his announced plan to punish China for currency manipulation with a tax on Chinese goods. “Since it belongs to the domestic affair of the U.S., I am not going to make comments on specific rem...more »

The Last Flower

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

British Columbia LNG Dies, Drip By Drip The LNG Fantasy Fades To Black

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 10 hours ago
British Columbia LNG Spinfest Continues...AltaCorp and AltaGas Edition February 25th/2016...Well well well......This article was originally posted on January 10th/2015.....Enjoy the re-read *(Grant G)* In light of this breaking article posted in the Vancouver Sun... * http://www.vancouversun.com/business/natural-gas/altagas+calls+halt+kitimat+project/11743911/story.html?__lsa=dcc5-8fa0* *British Columbia LNG Spinfest Continues...AltaCorp and AltaGas Edition * *Written By Grant* Here we go again.....I have written on many occasions ....Every time when bad news on the LNG front ... more »

Planned Parenthood Launches Million Dollar Ad Campaign for Hillary

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood Hillary Cares Ad - 900] Hillary Clinton’s full-throated devotion to abortion up to the point of birth is paying off. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, announced Thursday its political arms are spending over a million dollars on a new ad campaign for the Democratic front-runner. This... more »

China Warns That Deploying A U.S. Missile Defense System In South Korea Will Damage Relations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters: **China cites concerns on U.S. missile defense system in South Korea* Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday underscored his concerns about the long range of a powerful U.S. radar that could be deployed in South Korea along with an advanced missile defense system and said Washington should explain its plans. Wang told an event hosted by the Center for International and Strategic Studies think tank that China remained committed to working with the United States and other countries to de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula. He said he was optimistic that the United Nati... more »

Peters suggests again removing “meaningless Maori preference” from the RMA

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
What gives planners and councillors power to dictate how cities grow (or don’t) is a piece of law called the Resource Management Act, or RMA. It is the same Act giving young planners total power over what every land-owner in the country can do on their own land. At the very heart of the Act too are anti-concepts like “*kaitiakitanga” and “waahi tapu” *that helps make iwi “guardians” of land they no longer own; provision for so-called “iwi planning documents” for land iwi argue they once controlled; and the insistence that when you do anything more aggressive on your land than m... more »

GOP Lawmakers Call for Lower Tax Rates to Prevent Companies From Moving Abroad

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Pfizer - 900] Republican lawmakers said the United States needs to simplify its tax code and lower rates if it wants to prevent American-based companies from moving abroad. In the wake of several major businesses leaving -- including Pfizer's $160 billion merger with Ireland's Allergan, forging the world's... more »

Crony Capitalism, Explained

Prager University at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: US_Capitol_west_side - 900] You've probably heard the term "crony capitalism" used quite a bit lately. From the Export-Import Bank to government bailouts, there's no shortage of examples. In a new video from PragerU, Weekly Standard staff writer Jay Cost explains why... more »

"A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for fracking"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*One of comedian Matt Filipowicz's patented rants.* *by Gaius Publius* One of my favorite progressive comedian-polemicists is Matt Filipowicz. From time to time on his podcast (interestingly, it's named *The Matthew Filipowicz Show*) he does what he calls a Rant. And yes, the capital R is called for. These mini-editorials are well done, almost always as well researched as a news or opinion article, and to my ear, well performed as well. He recently did one on one of my favorite topics, the climate. Or rather, carbon emissions and the climate. Or more particularly, Hillary Clinton,... more »

Cyberterrorism paper under attack for plagiarizing from multiple sources

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A paper about combating cyberterrorism is coming under fire after allegations of plagiarism sparked on social media. Soon after the paper was published by the journal Computer Technology and Application in 2015, Orgnet LLC, a network analysis software company, announced on Twitter that the paper took content from its webpage. The firm tweeted: Obvious plagiarism! […] The post Cyberterrorism paper under attack for plagiarizing from multiple sources appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Bill C-51 gave CSIS power to disrupt "radical" website(s)

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*CSIS makes Canada one of the Five Eyes* *States of Surveillance, Repression and Tyranny--by the Globalist Cabal* According to a recent report in the CBC,* CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service...aka Canada's CIA)* has "already used" the excessive powers it acquired after bill C-51 passed Parliament. You will remember how parliament was reticent to pass the bill until after the Ottawa False Flag last fall....where two individuals were killed in a phony, hamfisted effort to bamboozle the public and the government. You will remember how, during the terror event, Stephen Ha... more »

‘Bespoke’ Satellite Tag Project Abandoned At £23M Cost To Taxpayer

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
The plan to use ‘bespoke’ tags to monitor criminals via GPS satellites has been abandoned by the Tories after the project ran into technical difficulties, costing the taxpayer up to £23 million. Ministers will now look to use available off-the-shelf technologies to achieve their goals. The Telegraph reports: Ministers wanted to develop their own “bespoke” tags to monitor offenders on release or bail via GPS. But a string of delays and problems has forced the Ministry of Justice to abandon the scheme. Previous attempts have been beset with technology problems including losing the sig... more »

Choose Not Your Lives Of Slavery Rather Choose Your Freedom Through Love - A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 11 hours ago
*Choose not your lives of slavery rather choose your freedom through Love. For, Love is the great liberator, Love is the great revealer, Love is that which calms the mind and activates the heart and that which will awaken you from your sleep and allow you to live together in peace.* *Light, light and more light, this is what you have asked for and this is what you shall receive, but receive to be shared with others of your kind.* *This Light has many good healing properties and the ability to calm the emotional as well as the mental chaos now experienced by many within your realm... more »


greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*False Flag Alert for Montreal, Quebec, Canada* False Flag Alert for Montreal, Canada. McGill University (my father's alma mater) students have voted to boycott Israel. I lived in Montreal for a year at one point during my youth. It has one of the largest jewish populations in North America. Jews and Catholics get along very well in Montreal. Montreal has the best corned beef sandwich shops in the world. Someone is stirring things up....and it is very strange that McGill would come out in favour of this boycott. *There were celebratory cheers and dancing as students at McGill U... more »

Scientists Debunk Study Eliminating Global Warming ‘Hiatus’

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Lamar Smith - 900] So, there really hasn't been much global warming lately. Scientists have debunked a controversial government climate report from last year claiming the 15-year "hiatus" in global warming never actually existed. A new paper put out by a group of scientists --... more »

Orange "bar" at Fukushima Daiichi???

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
I'm not sure if this orange bar is a reflection or something else entirely. I've seen it before but not very often: It has persisted all morning that I've been watching: Unit 1 camview continues to look smudgy:

U.S. And China Agree On New North Korean Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. to present draft U.N. sanctions resolution on North Korea* The United States will submit to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday a draft resolution that would expand sanctions against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, a spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations said. "Ambassador (Samantha) Power intends to submit for consideration by the Security Council a draft sanctions resolution in response to (North Korea's) recent nuclear test and subsequent proscribed ballistic missile launch," spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in a statement. "We look forwa... more »

Fish Test Positive For Anti-depressants & Cocaine In Puget Sound

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Fish found in Washington’s Puget Sound are being intoxicated by cocaine, Prozac, Advil, Benadryl, Lipitor and more as a result of tainted discharge water. Many drugs have shown up in the tissues of juvenile Chinook salmon. According to a new study out of the National Oceanie and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Estuary waters near the sewage treatment plants were found to contain a cocktail of up to 81 different drugs RT reports: There are several plausible theories about the Puget Sound’s high concentration of drug-infused water. Jim Meador, an environmental toxicologist at the ... more »

European Parliament Votes Overwhelmingly On A Resolution Calling For An Arms Embargo On Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
European Parliament is calling for arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. #Yemen pic.twitter.com/zl8TYn3QOI — Terry Reintke (@TerryReintke) February 25, 2016 *The Guardian:* *EU parliament votes for embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia* Motion ratchets up pressure on Riyadh over its Yemen bombing campaign but does not force European states to halt deals MEPs have voted for a European Union-wide arms embargo against Saudi Arabia to protest against the Gulf state’s heavy bombing campaign in Yemen. The European parliament voted by a large majority for an EU-wide ban on arms sales to the ki... more »

Surround Gangjeong Village with Culture

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Fellow Mainer Jason Rawn reports from Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea where the resistance campaign against the new Navy base is preparing for the officially opening of the installation. Villagers and supporters are working to surround the village with culture in order to protect themselves from the near tripling of the local population by naval personnel and their war making mission. *Iconic Catholic priest Fr. Mun helped carve the totems. He is planning to come to New York City in mid-March for several days of speaking events. We are trying to arrange for him to... more »

Saudi Arabia Struggling To Halt Cross-Border Attacks By Yemeni Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Saudi Arabia has been leading a series of airstrikes against the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi militants since March 26. Above, a Saudi soldier fired a mortar at the Saudi border with Yemen on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters *Washington Post:* *Yemeni rebels pose a rising threat in southern Saudi Arabia* NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia — Thousands of Saudi troops have been deployed along these desiccated hills, struggling to halt cross-border attacks by Yemeni rebels who fire rockets and carry out lethal ground incursions. The Yemeni fighters have killed and captured hundreds of Saudi soldiers in a con... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 12 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* U.S. Unable To Halt ISIS March Towards Libyan Oil Now It's China's Turn To Crash: Shanghai Plunges 6.4% Overnight In Biggest Victory For Saudi Arabia, North Dakota's Largest Oil Producer Suspends All Fracking Norway Warns Sweden Will Collapse, PM Will Defy Geneva Convention To Protect Border We Just Found Out The Real Reason The FBI Wants A Backdoor Into The iPhone Detroit Teachers Face "Payless Paydays" As Dilapidated School District Faces Financial Reckoning What Could Go Wrong? Brazil Plans To Kill Zika With Gamma Radiation Burst The 14 best places to go if th... more »

U.S. Navy Considering Alternative Aircraft Carrier Configurations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits alongside the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare (DD 106) on Feb. 22, 2016, in the Philippine Sea. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (Photo by Ryan J. Batchelder/U.S. Navy) *Scout: Special:* *The Future of Aircraft Carriers* *The Navy is preparing to accept delivery of the new USS Gerald R. Ford later this year* The Navy may consider a... more »

ISIS Leaders Arrested By Masked Gunman

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly ordered the arrest of some his top lieutenants near Mosul, on charges of treason. Iraqi News reports: Nineveh – Media officials with the Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday, that the so-called ‘masked terrorist’ arrested dozens of prominent ISIS leaders on charges of treason, while pointed out that the arrest operations were carried out by orders of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The officials said in a press statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A terrorist called ‘the masked gunman’ arrested dozens of ISIS senior leaders by or... more »

U.S. Wants Tech Companies And Community Groups To Battle Online Islamic Extremism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa, Syria on June 29, 2014 in a still image taken from video produced by the student group 7Strong. REUTERS/STRINGER/7STRONG *Reuters:* *U.S. looks to Facebook, private groups to battle online extremism* The U.S. government, acknowledging its limited success in combating Islamic extremist messaging, is recruiting tech companies, community organizations and educational groups to take the lead in disrupting online radicalization. The change in strategy, which took a step forward on Wednesday wh... more »

For Those Who Are So Brainwashed By Donald Drumpf (Trump)... Watch This Video!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I have received so much hate mail and comments this last while from those who have complained that I "do not understand Donald Drumpf (Yes, the REAL last name for "Trump") at all" and others of course that say I am full of sh** in my perspective on Drumpf.... It is so ridiculous to see how gullible and brainwashed these fools are.... I will once again state it as fact.. Donald Drumpf (Trump) is absolutely NO savior for the United States at all... He is a Jew controlled lackey and will suck and swallow his Jewish masters as much as his predecessors if he is "selected" to be the next ... more »

The Global Warming FRAUD: New Evidence Shows Definitive Proof That ALL Global Warming Is Caused By The Sun! (Well, Duhhhh...)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
With all of the focus in the Jew spew media and of course many in the alternative media focused in on the present situation in Syria, especially with the impending "ceasefire agreement" that will supposedly take effect as of this Saturday, there is indeed so much else happening around the world that gets overlooked... One is of course one of my favorite topics here, the fraudulent "Global Warming" scare.... With our nations' governments now stupidly and ignorantly signing off on the fraud of "carbon taxation" that is simply another way to fleece their own citizens of their earnings,... more »

New Islamic State Video Threatens Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Isis video targets Twitter and Facebook CEOs over suspended accounts* Threats from the terrorist group are part of ‘everyday life’, Twitter says, following the companies’ attempts to block terrorist content on social media Islamic State has released a 25-minute video featuring the faces of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being riddled with mock bullet holes. Isis has begun to respond with increasing urgency as Facebook and Twitter have attempted to block terrorist content on the network. Representatives from both companies were among thos... more »

Russia Rejects John Kerry’s ‘Plan B’ For Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The Russian Foreign Minister has dismissed alternative plans by the US for a political settlement of the Syria crisis. On Thursday Sergei Lavrov rejected claims by his US counterpart John Kerry that there was a ‘Plan B’ if an imminent truce deal for Syria fails to reduce hostilities in Syria. Moscow will focus on “Plan A” in accordance to the agreement signed between the US and Russia on the cessation of hostilities in Syria and is not looking at “Plan B,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday. Press TV reports: Other officials in Moscow denied the existence of one such op... more »

The silliness of Bill Gates' carbon equation

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*Michael Crichton predicted the precise link between the demagogy of the Drake equation and the global warming ideology* From many viewpoints, I have been an admirer of Bill Gates. He was a classic geek – but he also managed to become a defining character of the mainstream opinions. When I learned that he created the BASIC for Commodore 64 that I – and millions of others – had quite some fun with some 30 years ago, my excitement for Gates has increased further. There were also moments when the dynamics went in the opposite direction. At any rate, two days ago, an unhinged far-lef... more »

FIRST REACTIONS: Isaacson calls spacetime a "fabric!"

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016Part 4—The Beatles called it Arthur:* For the last time, we're going to show you what Walter Isaacson said. In almost all settings, Isaacson is an extremely clear writer. In his best-selling book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, the passages about Einstein's life are lucid, clear, interesting, intriguing. Then we come to the passages—and the chapters—concerning "Einstein's universe," by which we mean his science. Below, we once again see an early attempt at explaining a famous part of that science. Granted, we're still in Chapter One of Isaacson's best... more »

Cultures of fear; one exposed / one pending

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
It seems like an ominous coincidence that today’s blanket coverage of Dame Janet Smith’s review of the BBC’s Savile scandal comes on the same day as reports on the Rotherham abuse trial: Both cases involve people in authority turning a blind eye to the terrible abuse that was going on virtually before their very eyes. Both cases involved ‘cultures of fear’, and we’re now seeing remorse, regret and attempts to apologise to the victims, or ‘survivors’. At the BBC potential whistleblowers were afraid to act in case doing so would damage their job prospects; in Rotherham everyone was... more »

FEC Reveals Trump’s Wife Donated Thousands to Hillary Clinton

Guy Bentley at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald_Trump_and_wife_Melania - 900] Wife of leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination Donald Trump donated thousands of dollars to the woman who he could end up fighting for the White House. Melania Trump donated a cool $2,000 to campaign committee "Friends of Hillary" in... more »

World News Briefs -- February 25, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Syrian opposition accepts ceasefire for 'two weeks'* High Negotiations Committee temporarily accepts US-Russia plan as UN efforts to air drop aid encounter difficulties. Syria's main opposition bloc has said it will support a temporary two-week truce to test the seriousness of the other side's commitment to a US-Russian plan to end fighting. Earlier this week, the US and Russia agreed on a "cessation of hostilities" between the Syrian government and groups fighting it in a deal that excludes the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Nusra Front. T... more »

FBI Chief: Apple Issues are Hardest He’s Seen in Government

Eric Tucker at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: FBI Director - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The policy issues raised in the Justice Department’s dispute with Apple Inc. over a locked iPhone represent the “hardest question I’ve seen in government,” FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. “It’s really about who do we want... more »

US Has A ‘Plan B’ For Syria – John Kerry

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The US is discussing “Plan B” options should the Syrian ceasefire and political transition fail, the Secretary of State told a Senate committee. While giving testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry said: “There is a significant discussion taking place now about a Plan B in the event that we do not succeed at the [negotiating] table” Kerry stressed that the partitioning of Syria could be part of the Plan B… He told the committee it ‘may be too late’ to keep Syria whole and suggests Washington would support partition if ceasefire is unsuccessful. Kerr... more »

Bishop Blames Europe for Near Extinction of Christianity in Syria

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Syrian refugees - 900] A Chaldean bishop in the Syrian city of Aleppo said Europe's open borders to refugees have contributed to the city's destruction of Christianity. Bishop Antoine Audo warned about the extinction of Christianity in warn-torn Aleppo in 2013, before the rise of Islamic State.... more »

World knows beig a werdio is a selling ponit

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Cause all the werdios made the transitrion from human to masters of the unviverse without charm That was the old way to rub noses and b*ums* *untilt* the gatekeeper decicde how bronze but due to the law of unintended consequences they never imagined everything they ever preached came true

DJ Tony Blackburn Says The BBC Have ‘Hung Him Out To Dry’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
DJ Tony Blackburn has said that he plans to sue the BBC after accusing the corporation of ‘hanging him out to dry’ by sacking him on the eve of the long-awaited Savile report. The BBC’s director general said that the corporation had “parted company” with Tony Blackburn because the evidence he gave to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse inquiry “fell short” of the standards required. Lord Hall said that, while he made no judgment on any claims about past behaviour, he must take “extremely seriously” Dame Janet Smith’s rejection of the veteran DJ’s evidence. The 73-year-old claimed he had been ...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 25, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
The Washington Post. By Laris Karklis/The Washington Post. *Wall Street Journal*: *Australia Takes Steps to Counter China’s Rising Military Power* *Government deepens U.S. alliance and funds major military expansion* CANBERRA, Australia—Australia’s government is strengthening its U.S. alliance and plowing ahead with a 10-year, $140 billion military expansion amid rising regional tensions over China’s muscle-flexing on key trade routes in the South China Sea. A defense blueprint released by Australia’s conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday urged Beijing to be mo... more »

Methodology of paper linking vaccine to behavioral issues “seriously flawed,” says retraction

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
After temporarily removing a paper that suggested a link between the vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV) and behavioral issues, the journal has now retracted it. Vaccine says the reason is “serious concerns regarding the scientific soundness of the article,” including flawed methodology and unjustified claims. Christopher A. Shaw, a co-author on the paper and a researcher at the […] The post Methodology of paper linking vaccine to behavioral issues “seriously flawed,” says retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Russian Foreign Ministry: U.S. Officials Are Trying To Sabotage The Syrian Ceasefire Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. © Artyom Geodakyan/TASS *TASS:* *US officials tried to sabotage ceasefire agreement on Syria — Russian Foreign Ministry* *According to the ministry spokeswoman, the officials tried to interpret the agreement in "a diametrically opposite way"* MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. The United State tried to interpret the statement on cessation of military actions in Syria in a directly opposite manner, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday. "We were confused when we heard first respon... more »

US Sec. Of State Kerry: Up to 30,000 Troops Would Be Needed For Northern Syria Safe Zone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Feb. 23, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS *ABC News*: *Up to 30,000 Troops Needed for Syria Safe Zone, Kerry Says* Secretary of State John Kerry said it would take 15,000 to 30,000 ground troops to maintain a so called “safe zone” inside northern Syria, citing previously unheard estimates provided by the Pentagon. “Now are we ready to authorize that?” Kerry asked a Senate panel today. Although a ceasefire is planned for this coming Saturday, there are growing calls within Washington for a so... more »

New Poll Shows Support Shaky for Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’

[image: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the First in the South Dinner at the Charleston Mariott Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Charleston, S.C.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- At first blush, many Americans like the idea of “Medicare for all,” the government-run health system that’s a rallying cry for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. But mention some of the trade-offs -- from higher taxes to... more »

Rioting Students Torch University Buildings in South Africa

LYNSEY CHUTEL at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Arson_fire_stock_image] JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Protesting students in South Africa burned down several buildings at a university, forcing administrators to close the campus and telling students to leave, a spokesman said Thursday. An administration block that included a science center was burned... more »

Firefighter Pays Struggling Family’s $1K Electric Bill

AP at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Fire truck and ambulance - 900] CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit firefighter has paid off a struggling family’s electricity bill of more than $1,000 after responding to a call at their home. Clinton Township firefighters went to the house Feb. 12 for a... more »

The Truth About The Impending Syrian "Ceasefire" Agreement: The Russian-American Agreement On Syria?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
Yes, it does appear that a new "ceasefire" agreement will indeed be enforced on the warring parties in Syria as of this Saturday, February 27th, 2016..... Supposedly this "agreement" will temporarily halt the fighting between the American/Israeli/NATO bought and paid for mercenary and criminal forces, and of course the good guys the Syrian Government forces and their allies..... There are so many questions yet to be answered as to if this "ceasefire" will actually hold... And in my own estimations and knowing how truly criminal the US/Israel cabal is, I look at this ceasefire as a f... more »

Nope. This "Preborn" Victims Law Won't Pass Either

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
I'm loath to get into this one again, as it drives people cuckoo-bananas, but this is my beat and this story is part of it. Just about a year ago, we reported on the fallout from a brutal murder of a pregnant woman that also resulted in the death of her fetus. That fallout was a petition titled "Molly Matters: Reconsider and Pass Bill C-484." Ken Epp's private member's bill C-484, or "Unborn Victims of Crime Act," was hugely problematic, as it sought to redefine a fetus as a person for the purpose of adding another murder charge. It was, simply, a "personhood law", and therefore... more »

Security In Iraq, Feb 15-21, 2016 (REVISED)

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
After a two year low in casualties the previous week, violence was back up to its normal level from February 15-21, 2016. The heaviest fighting continued in Anbar, while Baghdad was still the most dangerous province in the country. In Kirkuk and Ninewa the Islamic State also executed a large number of people, and there was an uptick in attacks upon the Peshmerga in the latter. This could be the face of violence in Iraq for the rest of the year with IS focusing upon terrorist attacks upon cities, and insurgent attacks in the rest of the country. There were 130 reported attacks th... more »

One-Handed Economist Blues

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago

vancouver, day three

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
Another beautiful day here, sunny with a few clouds and a high of 10 or 11 C. Vancouverites are all exclaiming about three consecutive days without rain. We got an early start with the train to a bus to Stanley Park. On the way to the bus, I was intrigued by a food truck called Yolks. (Apparently it's also a restaurant. Their tagline: Eat Breakfast Now.) I got this incredible homemade granola with a banana and yogurt; it totally made my morning. The bus took us right to Stanley Park. I had heard of the park, of course, as it's usually the first attraction anyone mentions about Vanco... more »

Air Force Academy Sends Cadets to Wiccan Festival With ‘Chapel Funds’

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ancient pentagram burning at altar close up] The Air Force Academy paid for cadets to attend a Wiccan festival, a witches’ ball and other "earth centered" activities with church tithes and offerings in 2014, documents obtained by Judicial Watch revealed. A group called "Spiritual Programs in Religious Education"... more »

Obama’s Final Year Could Be His Most Dangerous

Steven Bucci at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters after meeting with the National Security Council about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at the Pentagon Dec. 14, 2015] In the military, it is well known that the most dangerous time on any operation or deployment is not at the beginning, when you are least experienced, but in the final time period, just before you complete your "tour of... more »

Senate Democrats Say GOP Will Back Down on Supreme Court Nominee

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Schumer] Senate Democrats are predicting with certainty that Republicans will fold on their pledge not to hold hearings on President Obama's eventual Supreme Court pick. "We've been here with Republican leadership before," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at a press conference... more »

Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Building International Terror Networks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Ya'alon and Cypriot counterpart. Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense *The Telegraph*:* Israel accuses Iran of building up international terror cells* Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling armsand are ready to act on order including in Europe and America, says Israeli defence minister. Israel's defence minister has 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 incl... more »

Homeland Security Needs Better Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:* *Homeland Security Is Spilling a Lot of Secrets* The Department of Homeland Security suffered over 100 "spills" of classified information last year, 40 percent of which came from one office, according to a leaked internal document I obtained. Officials and lawmakers told me that until the Department imposes stricter policies and sounder practices to better protect sensitive intelligence, the vulnerabilities there could be exploited. Not only does this raise the threat that hostile actors could get their hands on classified information, but may lead to other... more »

"It Better Be Worth It..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. B... more »

Jerking off the World

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
I used to like chocolate strawberries and special K for sure I ate way to many everyday before I looked in the mirror and discovered I was lacking fact sugar breakfast and dinner desert made a desert where there should have been a oasis with an oil patch that would quench every thirst Seeing all and knowing nothing Jon Snow that's the penalty we pay for being human and not admitting we are animals at the core and we need to scrub out that native cunning if we are to survive as a species The earth it will not die it will spin for billions or maybe trillions of years no matter what it may... more »

The Sneaky Way Obama Administration Is Making it Look Like Fewer Illegal Immigrants Are Skipping Court Dates

David Inserra at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: border patrol - 900] Four out of 10 illegal immigrants never show up for their court hearings. That's according to Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council (which represents border patrol agents). Judd testified that illegal immigrants show up to their required... more »

Jimmy Savile Report Says No Evidence BBC Bosses Were Aware Of Abuse

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The Jimmy Savile report has accused the BBC of serious failings, but has absolved the bosses of any blame. Dame Janet Smith’s independent ‘whitewashed’ review of Jimmy Savile’s abuse of children at the BBC has concluded that there was no evidence that BBC bosses were aware of his widespread sex attacks. The report published in full on the BBC website, also said there was a culture of “reverence and fear” towards celebrities at the corporation and that the atmosphere of fear still exists today in the BBC. The Independent reports: The reports finds that Savile carried out sex attacks ... more »

Israel Has Made A Quadcopter Killer Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Defense Update*: *IAI’s ROTEM – Tactical Multirotor Killer Drone* From a distance of few hundreds of meters ROTEM is practically inaudible and can loiter silently for the entire mission. IAI recently released details on a new member of its mysterious family of multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the new version dubbed ROTEM L (abbreviation of its Hebrew designation: ‘hovering reconnaissance and attack platform – Light’). Designed as a small, quad-rotor based loitering weapon, ROTEM is uniquely built for operation in urban warfare, offering combatants effective, indirect ... more »

U.S. Army Has Patented A .50 Cal Bullet That Can Self Destruct

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The US Army has patented a radical self destructing bullet (patent pictured) is says could make using live ammunition in urban areas far safer and reduce 'collateral damage'. *Daily Mail:* *Army reveals self destructing short range BULLET than could be fired in cities without harming bystanders* * US Army researchers say bullet could 'reduce collateral damage' * When fired, bullets explode after a short period of time * Will first be used in .50 caliber ammunition but can be expanded to others The US Army has patented a radical self destructing bullet is says could make using live... more »

There Actually IS A Way To Defeat Trumpf And The Republicans In November: Bernie Sanders

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Trumpf's newfound inevitability after Tuesday night-- he is now the presumptive Republican nominee-- makes two really vile political figures-- insiders and corporate shills Paul Ryan (the brokered convention candidate) and Hillary Clinton (the ultimate Wall Street/K Street establishment candidate) suddenly seem almost palatable in comparison. Jess McIntosh, propagandist for EMILY's List-- which has bundled more money-- $239,460-- for Hillary campaign committee (no, not the SuperPACs) than any other entity other than John Morgan's personal injury law firm in Orlando, wrote an e-mai... more »

Tonight’s GOP Debate Another Chance for Rubio, Cruz to Try to Slow Trump

STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump stands on the stage before the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C.] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- With Donald Trump’s grasp on the Republican presidential nomination tightening, the billionaire businessman’s rivals get one more chance to challenge the GOP front-runner on the debate stage before next week’s slate of Super Tuesday contests. The... more »

Obama Vets Nevada’s Pro-Choice, Pro-Same-Sex Marriage GOP Governor for Supreme Court

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Brian Sandoval - 900] President Obama is vetting Nevada’s Republican governor Brian Sandoval as a possible replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, The Washington Post is reporting. According to the Post, “Sandoval is increasingly viewed by some key Democrats as perhaps the only nominee... more »

Syrian Army Recaptures Town in Aleppo From ISIS

ZEINA KARAM at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in the Syrian conflict including President Assad, ahead of a U.S.-Russia-engineered cease-fire, as the opposition and its backers voiced concerns that the proposed truce due to begin later this week would benefit the Syrian government. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)] BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian governme... more »

“Risen”: A Christian Movie for Romans Like Us

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: risen] Risen is a powerful new film about the resurrection of Christ and the first days of the Church. It has suspense, intrigue, tense chase sequences and even some cool combat scenes. The film is accurate, exciting, and truthful, without being... more »

US and China Agree on New North Korea Sanctions

EDITH M. LEDERER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: South Korea United Na_perr] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States and China have reached agreement on a U.N. resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea as punishment for its latest nuclear test and rocket launch, U.N. diplomats say. The council likely... more »

Jerking the world off

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
I used to like chocolate strawberries and special K for sure I ate way to many everyday before I looked in the mirror and discovered I was lacking fact sugar breakfast and dinner desert made a desert where there should have been a oasis with an oil patch that would quench every thirst Seeing all and knowing nothing Jon Snow that's the penalty we pay for being human and not admitting we are animals at the core and we need to scrub out that native cunning if we are to survive as a species The earth it will not die it will spin for billions or maybe trillions of years no matter what it ma... more »

Sweden, rocked by scientific scandals, re-thinking how it investigates misconduct

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
The Swedish government is taking a second look at how it handles misconduct investigations. According to a spokesperson: Yes, we have an national investigation ongoing since last autumn. It will investigate how misconduct is investigated and handled in Sweden… She also sent us a link to a description of the investigation, in Swedish. The outcome […] The post Sweden, rocked by scientific scandals, re-thinking how it investigates misconduct appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Rubio and Cruz Must Stop Attacking Each Other, and Focus Their Fire on Trump

Mona Charen at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Manchester, NH on February 8, 2016.] Does the Republican field have the sense to change tactics when the very nature of the party and country are at stake? Ted Cruz, who bears some responsibility for the rise of Trump, keeps aiming his Jimmy Swaggart-style pitch to... more »

Lawmakers Fear This Obama Order Gives Feds ‘Sweeping Authority’ to Kill Energy Projects

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: President Obama joined Bear Grylls on a trek through the Alaskan wilderness from August 31 to September 1, 2015.] House lawmakers are worried an executive memorandum issued by President Barack Obama last year could give bureaucrats "sweeping new statutory authority" to block energy projects that don't align with the president's green agenda. The House Natural Resources Committee held a... more »

Watchdog Says Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Still Going Down the Afghan Drain

Kathryn Watson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Keith Yelk speaks with a contractor at the Zabul Provincial Hospital in Qalat City, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2010. The team assists with the development and engineering of various reconstruction projects throughout the province.] American taxpayers are losing billions of dollars every year to corruption in Afghanistan, but U.S. officials have no real strategy to address the problem, a federal watchdog told Congress Wednesday. Americans have spent $113 billion rebuilding Afghanistan, more than the U.S....more »

Egypt Sentences 4 Coptic Christian Teenagers for ‘Contempt of Islam’

MAGGIE MICHAEL at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Three male family members who are also Coptic Christians put their arms together and display their Coptic cross tattoos. Most of Egypt's several million Christians have these wrist tattoos.] CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has convicted four Coptic Christian teenagers for contempt of Islam on Thursday, after they appeared in a video mocking Muslim prayers, sentencing three to five years in prison and referring a fourth, who is... more »

China Sends Fighter Jets to Disputed South China Sea Island

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Imagery of the South China Sea showing the Anphitrite Group and Woody Island, taken from the International Space Center.] China has just upped the ante of its military by sending over powerful fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, a move that may cause tensions to spiral out of control. The introduction of Shenyang J-11s and Xian...more »

The Schumer-Biden Test of Hypocrisy

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Charles Schumer - 900] Everyone knows the meaning of the word “hypocrite” and no one can claim absolute constancy when it comes to living a life consistent with one’s stated values. But in this election year, hypocrisy is on full display. It is now... more »

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mantel

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
I am so excited to be able to share my mantel with you today. I thought I loved this year's Valentine's Day mantel, until I created this one. This is hands down my favorite mantel I have put together. I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for mantel inspiration and I just couldn't find anything I liked, let alone loved. As much as I love Shamrocks, I love colors that pop even more. I want a bright and happy mantel, not a subdued one. I was lamenting lack of bright and cheery St. Patrick's Day mantels to my 7-year-old when she told me to make it a rainbow. A light bulb went of... more »

Toxic Chemicals Found In Several Tampon & Sanitary Towel Brands

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Several brands of tampons and sanitary towels sold in France have been found to contain toxic chemicals. Tampax tampons and Always sanitary towels (both owned by Proctor & Gamble) are among the feminine hygiene products that may contain potentially toxic residues according to a study by 60 Millions de Consommateurs magazine. The study found traces of chemicals including dioxins and insecticides in five out of eleven products tested. The Independent reports: The findings caused a brand manufacturing “organic” feminine hygiene products to recall a batch of 3,100 boxes of sanitary towe... more »

Drax mulls mothballing coal-fired plants after posting 2015 losses

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/02/drax-mulls-mothballing-coal-fired-plants-after-posting-2015-losses.html While Japan pushes ahead with a new generation of coal power stations, the UK’s industry lurches further into crisis. From PEI: British power group Drax could be set to mothball its coal-fired power plants as low gas prices, competition from renewables, withdrawal of government support and the UK’s […]


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Here We Go Again: Another University Bans Chick-fil-A Over Traditional Marriage Beliefs* Apparently the Left’s furor over Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s views about traditional marriage has not subsided. Complaints from some students at the University of Nebraska-Kearney have resulted in a reversal of the school’s decision to bring the fast food chain to campus. This, mind you, is after a majorityvote in favor of welcoming CFA to the campus student union. Critics argued that Cathy’s viewpoints and the values of CFA would be offensive to homosexuals. Unfortunately, the University’s ... more »

Iran Setting Up Terror Networks in the U.S., Says Israel Defense Minister

Russ Read at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Terrorists, Terrorism, ISIS, Hamas, Africa, Kalachnikov Guns, Firearms, Stockpiling Guns] Israel's Minister of Defense claimed that Iran is setting up a global terror network which is poised to commit attacks on the U.S. and Europe on command. Moshe Ya'alon warned that the "sleeper cells" being set up by Iran are... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Is the world really warming up? Planet may be no hotter at the end of the century than it is now, claims new report* *The Warmists have of course rejected the findings below so perhaps I should note that the difference between the report below and Greenie claims is the difference between fact and theory. The report below looks at actual temperatures over a long period and finds no overall trend. Temperatures are plateaued, not rising.The Greenie approach, on the other hand, is to construct models of what they think influences temperature and use those theoretical mo... more »

After The Gold Rush

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.greenpeace.org/ This morning, Alan Freeman asks the question nobody else wants to ask: What if Alberta oil doesn't have a future? That word — ‘curse’ — is one development economists use to describe the anomalous position of countries awash in natural resource wealth (like oil) where economic growth is nevertheless sluggish and outcomes are actually weaker than in countries that aren’t as “blessed”. When oil prices are high, there’s so much money to be made in extracting it that other sectors of the economy tend to languish... more »

Everything Free! But How Much Do You Value Independent Journalism?

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 16 hours ago
How much do you value independent journalism? Everything on this website is free. An average-size article here took about 11 hours to research, write and disseminate. For the most part, that comes to about 18 hours' work a week; equivalent to a half-time job. And wherever my articles appear on the web, they are free to read. With the advent of the internet and the subsequent decline in the print media, paid opportunities for writers and journalists have diminished. And even though millions now freely obtain their information from ‘alternative’ news media on the net, most of these s... more »

Japan Gives Go Ahead To New Coal Fired Plants

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/02/japan-re-embraces-coal-power.html From PEI: The Japanese government has decided to relax its opposition to coal-fired power. The country’s environment ministry issued objections to five new coal-fired stations in 2015 but the industry ministry has persuaded them to accept voluntary steps by power companies to curb emissions. Environmentalists say the change […]

Today in CZ: first deadline for a new anti-capitalist harassment

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
*The fight against tax evasion isn't a valid excuse for restrictions of basic freedoms* This is a continuation of my previous blog post about the steps back towards socialism in Czechia. Exactly 48 years ago, on February 25th, 1948, the Czechoslovak communist prime minister Klement Gottwald (who had that job because commies won the democratic elections in 1946) visited the democratic president Dr Edvard Beneš and convinced him to accept the resignation filed five days earlier by a bunch of non-communist ministers in the coalition government who were desperately trying to stop the... more »

The UFO Religion, its Parishioners and High Priests

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
and, "No," this is nothing like *'believing in god'* before you start - or at least, *'I'd prefer it not to be'*. The UFO Religion, its Parishioners and High Priests. Look, something seems to be going on in our skies, with our people and with the governments of our world. It's called The UFO Religion, if you like. It's not really called this but it acts like a religion. An icon here, a relic there, stories of liberating wisdom from far-off lands. A legend, or two. In fact, not only is this how religions are presented to us, it's also how The Conquering Armies present their storie... more »

EU membership: The true cost to Britain's economy – and the unrealistic assumptions you need to make the numbers net positive per City A.M.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
A fascinating read with figures and analysis that you won't find on the pro EU BBC. Do read the whole article, here's how it starts: ' EU membership: The true cost to Britain's economy – and the unrealistic assumptions you need to make the numbers net positive by Graeme Leach - 25 February 2016 4:49am Many people are surprised to find that, back in the early 1970s, all the studies undertaken before we joined the then EEC pointed to a negative economic impact. This was due to direct payments to Brussels, alongside the effect of the customs union (common external tariff), which ra... more »

West's Wars, Domestic Storms: Fascists, Terrorists, & "Multiculturalism"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
*February 25, 2016 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO)* - *The United States and Europe, along with many willing collaborators have waged a series of wars and proxy wars stretching across much of Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. What the West was pursuing in reordering the post-Soviet world through conventional military means in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq beginning in 2003, it continued through somewhat less-conventional means - the so-called "Arab Spring" and the series of proxy wars that erupted afterward beginning in 2011. Today, Western-fueled wars continue to consume Libya,... more »

Trumping Clinton Not Sanders?  (Hillary's No-Gaffe Gaffe:  The Kid's All Right - We Promise! - So Go Vote)  Keep Appointing Scalias and Reap What We Sow?  (Trump Brags About His Wetback (and Poorly Educated) Support)  Landfill Fire Moves Toward Nuclear Waste  (Jane Goodall Works Again to Save Chimps and Elephants)

Unless the Democrats Run Sanders, A Trump Nomination Means a Trump Presidency The Establishment Is Dying The rise of figures like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump isn't the cause; it's the symptom I kinda/sorta think Hillary's electability is overrated. And Bernie's is under. Mainly because all the Clinton stories of connections taken advantage of and favors done have not made it to MSM

Recalibrating the BBC’s scales

martin-j at tamplins entire - 20 hours ago
Improbable as it might sound, all news media are obliged to present themselves as unbiased. This is quite understandable. The alternative would be to openly declare that they distort the truth to suit their own agenda. As the ostensible purpose of news is to convey truth, this would be an own goal. Other, less frank, news outlets would round on the transgressor, shrieking in indignation – how could such a brazen dissembler have hidden unnoticed in their midst? – that is, unless they had financial or editorial affiliations with the transgressor, in which case they would ignore that s... more »

Military Photo of the Day: February 25, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Army Dog Handler-900] A U.S. Army multi-purpose canine handler conducts training with his military working dog at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Feb. 11, 2016. Thanks to all three soldiers in this photograph for serving our nation!

Renowned British Historian Simon Schama agrees with me that Anti-Semitism Causes Anti-Zionism not the other way around

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
For years I have been arguing that many hate Israel because of the Jews, not Jews because of Israel. It would seem that the eminent British historian Simon Schama has come to a similar conclusion. 'The antipathy displayed by many on the Left towards Israel is not an example of anti-Zionism morphing into anti-Semitism, but a sign that anti-Zionism is caused by anti-Semitism, the distinguished British historian Simon Schama argued in the Financial Times Friday.' More here http://www.thetower.org/3000-renowned-british-historian-anti-semitism-causes-anti-zionism

Donald Trump Rattles China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 24, 2016 *Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon:* *China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada Caucus* *Trump has promised to punish Chinese currency manipulation.* China warned the United States on Wednesday not to adopt punitive currency policies that could disrupt U.S.-China relations after Donald Trump’s win in the Nevada caucus. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that “we are following with interest the U.S. presidential election.” Hua was asked about China’s respons... more »

Discussing Syria and the Middle East with Ryan Dawson

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
"Any ceasefire can be tenuous because tensions and skepticism remain high. If one side lacks the sincere intention of pursuing a negotiated settlement, the whole process is jeopardized. Moreover, ceasefires are often manipulated as tools for political or strategic advantage. For instance, one side may use a ceasefire to reconstitute its war-fighting capacity and/or maneuver its forces into stronger tactical positions. One side may also undertake other provocative actions that are not in-line with the *spirit* of the ceasefire in an effort to weaken the position of its opponent, pe... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
#NEWSGRAPHIC Syrian regime accepts Feb 27 ceasefire plan, as new death toll realeased by #SOHR passes 270,000 @AFP pic.twitter.com/ZbnbYGS8m3 — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 24, 2016

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden Writes A Memoir

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Image: Penguin Books *New York Times: Review*:* In ‘Playing to the Edge,’ Michael V. Hayden, Bush-Era Spymaster, Defends His Record* *According to Michael V. Hayden, President George W. Bush personally intervened in 2005 to try to stop The New York Times from publishing an explosive scoop.* In one of his book’s most memorable moments, the paper’s Washington bureau chief, Philip Taubman; the executive editor, Bill Keller; and the publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., met with Mr. Bush in the Oval Office to hear his objections to The Times’s running a story about Stellarwind, a to... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Soldiers advance to their next firing position during a squad live-fire exercise at Gaiziunai Training Area, Lithuania, Feb. 24, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin

A Look At Russia's New Subs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
An Akula-class submarine pictured in 2008. *Wikimedia Commons* *Dave Majumdar. National Interest:* *The Hunt for the Next Red October: Russia's Lethal New Subs* Though the Project 705 Lira-class attack submarine—better known in the West as the Alfa-class—is perhaps most famous for starring as the main antagonist in the movie The Hunt for Red October, the ill-fated boats have left an outsized legacy independent of the silver screen. That’s because Moscow’s future submarine fleet will be far more automated than current designs—continuing a trend that was pioneered in the late 1970s b... more »

Hey, You’re a Fashionable Christian! But Are You Still a Homophobe?

Anika Smith at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: hipster_kids] Yahoo! News has a puzzling photo essay on cool kids in Los Angeles attending church. A strange combination of anthropological curiosity -- who are these people who go to 'hip' churches? -- and liberal bias leads to questions like, "You're so cute!... more »

"Saudi Arabia is playing with fire in Lebanon"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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

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