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Friday, February 26, 2016

26 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

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10:24pm MST

How New Russian Equipment Is Helping Turn The Tide In The Syrian War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 minutes ago
Russian warplanes fly in the sky over the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, Syria *Robert Fisk, The Independent*: *Syria civil war: State-of-the-art technology gives President Assad’s army the edge* The regime has lost over 60,000 men since the war began, but new Russian equipment is helping turn the tide You can see the Syrian army’s spanking new Russian T-90 tanks lined up in their new desert livery scarcely 100 miles from Isis’s Syrian “capital” of Raqqa. There are new Russian-made trucks alongside them, and a lot of artillery and – surely Isis’s spies are supposed to see... more »

Is Paul Ryan Writing His Own Presidential Campaign Platform?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 25 minutes ago
We've been warning for months that if the Republican Establishment manages to force Herr Trumpf to walk into the Cleveland convention with less than 50% of the delegates and is able to actually pull off a deadlocked/brokered convention, there's a good chance the GOP nominee will be Paul Ryan. We've been urging the unimaginative polling companies to start including Ryan in their surveys. I was happy to see that Frank Luntz took our advise and included Ryan in his survey of young Americans (finding only 1% of people between the age of 18 and 25 like and trust him. Like Rubio, Ryan is... more »

The Doc the Koch Brothers Don't Want You to See

Alison at Creekside - 50 minutes ago
One year ago, Global News pulled "The Koch Connection" by acclaimed Canadian TV producer and investigative journalist Bruce Livesey just days before it went to air. Promo material about the Koch brothers' influence in Canada, including an interview with an Alberta cattle rancher an Alberta Fort McKay First Nations negotiator in talks with Koch Oil Sands Operating, was also scrubbed off their site. Livesey told his story on Canadaland and was subsequently fired - along with, if memory serves, some members of his production crew. Now The Real News Network is teaming up with Lives... more »

Syrian Ceasefire Holding (For Now)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Reuters*: *Syria fighting largely halts as cessation begins* Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturday after a cessation of hostilities came into effect under a U.S.-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have committed to. A monitoring group and the United Nations reported only isolated fire in western Syria after the cessation began at midnight on Saturday (2200 GMT Friday). The United Nations said incidents in Damascus and Deraa within the first minutes of the temporary ceasefire had quickly calmed down. Damascus and its ally ... more »

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “Adiemus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Adiemus, “Adiemus” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL8kZ-iVk90&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“The Tarantula Nebula is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 180 thousand light-years away. The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies, the cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular composite view constructed with space- and ground-based image data. *Click image for larger size.* Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136,... more »

White Bird

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

Ida Lupino

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

African Leaders In Burundi For Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Burundi Strife Is Turning More Sinister, Report Finds* NAIROBI, Kenya — Security forces and their allies in Burundi have beaten people with rocks, bricks, gun butts and iron bars; they have abducted suspects and extorted money for holding them; and they have buried victims in mass graves, a leading human rights group said on Thursday. According to a report from Human Rights Watch, the group that made the claims, the violence is deepening and becoming more sinister in Burundi, a small Central African country that has been embroiled in a political crisis for nearl... more »

I did not choose the timeline

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
thats why i am so fucked up

The War Base Versus the People

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
After many long years of non-violent struggle against the Navy base construction on Jeju Island, South Korea the base is now officially open. Yesterday the Korean government held their ceremony to inaugurate the Navy base that will port US destroyers, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. At the same time Gangjeong villagers and their many supporters (including four American activists now there) held protests and their own peaceful ceremonies. Long-time Gangjeong international peace team member Sung-Hee Choi reported that: If you ask what we feel, of course, we are very sad... more »

China's Various Anti-Ship Weapons Platforms Are Providing A Challenge To The U.S. Navy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Chinese artist’s conception of a PLA anti-ship ballistic missile attack on three USN CVNs. *Asia Times:* *The US Navy’s real China challenge: An anti-access ‘swarm’ strike* The United States Navy seems under siege from all sides when it comes to its inability to project power in Asia — thanks largely to the People’s Republic of China’s investment in various anti-ship weapons platforms. Considering the challenge presented by China today, while not even factoring in the daunting nature of future threats that seem just over the horizon, US naval planners seem to have their work cut o... more »

Young Americans Are Sick Of DC Political Corruption

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Capitol Hill power-players Schumer & Ryan are NOT admired by young people* Frank Luntz is a well-known right-wing pollster, consultant and strategist. He's best known for his focus groups for Fox News and for winning PolitiFact's Lie of the Year Award in 2010 for making up all the disinformation Republicans were using in their fight against health care. Luntz isn't considered a reputable source anywhere-- except on Fox. I don't know who commissioned his new poll and report, The Attitudes and Priorities of the Snapchat Generation, but I bet they weren't thrilled with the results. Lo ... more »

Living Black History-- It's All About The Doors

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Mabel Fairbanks, who held open the door* *-by Tracy B Ann* Living Black History, meaning, in the here and now. I want to write about some African Americans I very much admire who are alive today. I’ll start with skating because I’m from MI and in Michigan everyone skated when I was growing up. At least everyone who was white. My favorite skater of all time is not white though, she’s black. Surya Bonaly. She was my hero for years and the judges hated her. Why didn't the judges like her? They gave a lot of reasons; her outfits, the tights she didn't wear, her lack of grace. It alwa... more »

North Korea Threaten To Release Classified Info On US Secret Moon Program

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has threatened to release classified information on America’s “secret moon program” that the government have hidden from public view for the last 60 years. Following the U.S. proposals to ban North Korean exports of coal, iron, gold, and titanium to China earlier this week, Kim Jong-un hit back warning that North Korea have access to explosive information that proves the U.S. government have secret bases on the moon. “If the US does not stop their imperialist campaign to destroy our economy and keeps mingling in our affairs with China, we will be forced to... more »

broken flower pots

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
they crash and spill pedals all over the floor and there is no way to sweep them up because they are fully charge with feelings that are so down below

i never say never excpt when it comes to love

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
i got my love full barral a half century ag o and I am still full and its forever and I want nothing more despite bad weather

Jedi Mind Tricks

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
If one is not a Jedi one does not know its called marketing or advertising for selling some kind of snake oil or in a few real intances something we need but were unaware how it would make us better but those produts saer verey fwf and disusa I have dont the math so many times and the conclusion is the same every time you love me So great to be in love with math and its conculsions so bad human cant add

Apple Warn If FBI ‘Win’ America Will Become A Police State

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Apple have issued a warning to the American public, saying that if the FBI get their way then the United States will turn into a police state. Apple’s attorney Ted Olson said that a government that had “limitless” powers in “listening in to your conversations” would seek more and more power, eventually leading to a police state in the USA. Cbslocal.com reports: “You can imagine every different law enforcement official telling Apple we want a new product to get into something,” Olson said. “Even a state judge could order Apple to build something. There’s no stopping point. That woul... more »

Clintons Ban 9/11 Film Exposing Truth

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Award-wining filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh has claimed that Bill and Hillary Clinton used their influence at Disney and ABC to ban a 2006 film “The Path To 9/11” which examines the truth behind the events that led up to the attacks on September 2001. The four-hour film by the Iranian American writer-director examines former President Bill Clinton’s failure to capture and kill Osama bin Laden. Breitbart.com reports: ABC reportedly spent $40 million to produce the miniseries, but shelved it indefinitely under alleged pressure from the Clintons. “The amazing thing was the Clintons were ab... more »

Scientists Warn Of Armageddon In California

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Scientists from the United States and Mexico have issued a serious warning on the dangers of a destructive mega earthquake hitting California in the near future. Geologists of Mexico and UC Davis (USA) expanded on a USGS study that suggest tremors may produce a “domino effect” in the San Andreas fault network in California, which could lead to Armageddon for anybody living in California. Pravdareport.com reports: A research from 2008 showed that a strong magnitude 8.0 quake in California was likely to happen. The probability of the disaster to occur in the last 30 years has increase... more »

U.S. Test Fires Nuclear Missile, Warns Russia “We’re Prepared To Use Nukes”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
On Thursday night the U.S. test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the last seven days, as a clear warning to Russia that America is prepared to use a nuclear missile against Russia in the future. The Minuteman III missile was fired from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, racing across the sky at 15,000 mph before landing 30 minutes later at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work who witnessed the launch warned Russia that, “We [America] are prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Strange”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Strange”* by Chet Raymo “In a review in the “New York Times” Book Review, Daniel Handler writes: “And strange? Well, let's get this straight: All great books are strange. Every lasting work of literature since the very weird "Beowulf" has been strange, not only because it grapples with the strangeness around us, but also because the effect of originality is startling, making even the oldest books feel like brand new stories.” Strange: Out-of-the-ordinary, unusual, curious. "The strangeness around us," says Handler. There is a paradox here. What could be less strange than the wo... more »

Respect the constitution

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
Really, women cant vote slavery is cool and is that not enough to realize its really toliet paper

Tonight's Movie Is 'Return From the River Kwai' (1989)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: The film is based on a 1979 factual book with the same name, about a 1944 Japanese prisoner transport of 2,217 British and Australian POWs, who had been working as forced labour on the Burma Railway, building the famous bridge over the River Kwai. They were taken by railway to Singapore, and from there aboard two ships, Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru, destined for Japan. On 12 September 1944, both ships were torpedoed by US submarines, and 1,559 of the prisoners perished. When released in the United Kingdom, the film carried a disclaimer that it was not related t... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Sam Heller, VICE News:* *A Ceasefire Is Beginning in Syria — Except Where It Won't* A ceasefire sponsored by Russia and the United States is supposed to go into effect across Syria this weekend. But, with mere hours to go, there is little clarity on which opposition factions and which areas will be covered by the ceasefire, and which will continue to be fair game for overlapping bombing campaigns by the Syrian regime, the Russian air force, and the US-led coalition. *Read more* .... *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 26, 2016* The Latest: Mixed reports as cease... more »

The Poet: Czeslaw Milosz, "A Song On The End Of The World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"A Song On The End Of The World"* “On the day the world ends A bee circles a clover, A fisherman mends a glimmering net. Happy porpoises jump in the sea, By the rainspout young sparrows are playing And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always be. On the day the world ends Women walk through the fields under their umbrellas, A drunkard grows sleepy at the edge of a lawn, Vegetable peddlers shout in the street And a yellow-sailed boat comes nearer the island, The voice of a violin lasts in the air And leads into a starry night. And those who expected lightning and thunder Are disapp...more »

Robert and Mary

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Though this blog is mostly about (politely) slagging off the BBC, we do like to praise the BBC from time to time. And *In Our Time *continues to excel. Last week Robert Hooke. This week Mary Magdalene. It seems that Pope Gregory the Great did a bit of 'reading between the lines' and 'joining the dots' and linked the myrrh-bearing Mary of the Resurrection to the long-haired, tearful, penitent Mary of the early chapters of the gospels - and Lazarus's sister Mary. And the painters followed. Melvyn's experts were quite contrary about this version of Mary though. And as for Dan Bro... more »

As We Shift - Tales From the Front

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
There is so much to share today. The last blog post, “Just 30% to go” , has sparked all of us! Many thanks to those 35+ new members of the newsletter! This Shift and Disclosure are happening with each expanded view. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening for some of us: (There isn’t enough room to include every story I’ve been told, but thanks for sharing them!) Most of you know I regularly connect with *non-human-earth-surface beings*. *(I just love how our view today includes an idea that “ET” doesn’t cover it!) *I was having some energy work done by a healer last week and h... more »

Syria: Afrin and the Race for the Azaz Corridor

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Read this information carefully. * For the last five years Afrin (Kurdish: Efrîn) was the most tranquil of the three Kurdish enclaves in Syria. As in the other two Kurdish cantons, Kobane and Jazira (Kurdish: Kobanê, Cizîrê), the Syrian regime army pulled back from the region in spring 2012 and left it to the control of Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces, the Syrian sister-party of Turkey´s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). As in Kobane and Jazira, the PYD and declared Afrin’s autonomy in January 2014. Unlike Jazira, there were no regime forces in Afrin, and unlike Kobane, the Islam... more »

"This I Believe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.” - John Steinbeck

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Sayward, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

"For This Is What We do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

IRS: No Reason Trump Can’t Release His Tax Returns Because of Audit

Stream Staff at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump3 - 900] During Thursday night’s debate, Donald Trump said that he couldn’t release his tax returns because he’s being audited. That was news to the IRS, who said in a statement Friday that “nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.”... more »

Free Download: Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Mysterious Stranger"* by Mark Twain "An unfinished novella that Mark Twain worked on periodically from roughly 1890 until his death in 1910. The body of the work is a serious social commentary addressing Twain's ideas of the Moral Sense and the ''damned human race.'' Published posthumously in 1916 by Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. “…I must go now, and we shall not see each other any more." “In this life, Satan, but in another? We shall meet in another, surely?” Then, all tranquilly and soberly, he made the strange answer, “There is no other.” A subtle influence bl... more »

TNReady NOTReady, Again

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
From the Dickson Herald, via the Tennessean: Dickson County Schools have delayed administering the paper version of the state’s new TN Ready standardized tests until March 7 after a delay in receiving the testing materials, the schools director said. Schools Director Dr. Danny Weeks alerted parents to the issue in a SchoolReach phone message and he also discussed the matter with the county School Board on Thursday night. Educators and parents had prepared for administering the paper tests on Monday. However, Weeks said the school system had not yet received confirmation the print tes... more »

One Million Pounds Of Rat Meat Found In Chicken Wings In U.S.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are concerned over an estimated one million pounds of counterfeit rat meat being sold as chicken wings that have made its way into fast food restaurants and grocery stores in America. The FDA say they have found several containers originating from China seized by customs in San Fransisco, that contained rat meat destined to various meat processing plants across the U.S. and resold as chicken. FBI coordinator, Allen James has said that counterfeit meat is big business across the world. “Every year a similar situation arises. Last year we seize... more »

Police Arrest Ukrainian Man Posing As High School Pupil

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
A 23-year-old Ukrainian immigrant to the U.S. with an expired visa, who for several years masqueraded as a high school student was arrested by police in Pennsylvania. Artur Samarin assumed the identity of Asher Potts and became a high-flying US high school pupil after his visa expired in 2012. The Evening Standard reports: He had somehow obtained social security documents and a drivers’ licence, according to police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been charged with theft, identity theft, and tampering with public records, Pennlive.com reported. As a student, the 23-year-old man w... more »

CDC Paper Shows Campaign Designed To Scare Pubic Into Taking Flu Vaccine

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
New documents published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals a massive campaign to manipulate the media in order create mass hysteria and fear in the public so that they take the flu vaccine. The paper “Increasing Awareness and Uptake of Influenza Immunization,” by Dr. Glen Nowak, urges media outlets to use psy-op and propaganda techniques in order to convince the public that receiving a flu shot is in their bests interests. Naturalblaze.com reports: Nowak’s presentation begins by pointing out that “good (i.e., effective) communication is a necessary but usually only pa... more »

Is Ted Cruz The Zodiac Killer? 40% Of Public Think So

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
38% of residents in Florida have said that they believe Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz might be the infamous Zodiac Killer, in a new online poll published by Public Policy Polling. Sunshine State residents had to answer a question over whether they think Ted Cruz is the infamous Zodiac Killer. The poll asked, “Do you think Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer, or not?” ten percent of voters said yes, and 28 percent said they were not sure. Rollingstone.com reports: About two-thirds of voters expressed confidence that the Texas senator is not the serial killer who terrorized No... more »

Economic News , Data & Views (February 26 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1. Turkey Affirmed By Fitch At BBB- , As If French Rating Agency Fitch Would Junk Rate Turkey Before March 7th. 2.ECB Set To Rock & Roll At March Meeting. 3. British Pound Still Being Pounded - Not Far From 1985 Low VS USD. 4. FED Hike Odds Back to 12/16 - as Compared w/ Mid/18. 5.NIRPLAND Watch. 6. EZ CPI Slips For Spain/ France & Germany - DEFLATION , DEFLATION , DEFLATION . ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Refugee Crisis/ Border Security. 2. Greece News - Non Refugee Related. 3. Spanish Political Updates. 4. Odds & Ends - Europe Primarily In Focus. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
T.G.I.F - One Heck Of A Week , Ready for Two Days Of R&R ! Overview........ *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 2h2 hours ago Fitch affirms Turkey at BBB-; Outlk stable on fiscal disciplin despite worsened geopol scene https://www.fitchratings.com/site/fitch-hom e/pressrelease?id=1000118 … *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 4h 4 hours ago More #ECB stimulus in Mar virtually certain. RBS's Dove-o-meter shows that doves are in majority, Weidmann w/o vote. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 5h 5 hours ago British Pound not far fro... more »

"There Is A Theory..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams

Holding off

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
Remembering something else.... I watched Wednesday night's *News at Ten *and saw its coverage of the conviction of the Hussain brothers in Rotherham for raping and assaulting *(non-Muslim) *teenage girls. The story righly led the bulletin and dominated its first quarter of an hour. The two featured BBC reporters mentioned, in passing, the criticisms that political correctness had stymied the investigations into the grooming of thousands of girls there but, astonishingly, didn't initially develop that point. And it was a full 12 minutes into the bulletin before the BBC's own po... more »

An Appeal for a Fellow Blogger

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 5 hours ago
Prolific New York Times commentator Rima Regas and her family are about to be evicted from the hotel they've called home ever since losing their condo last year. To make matters even worse, her disabled daughter must undergo surgery this week to correct a previous procedure for a seizure disorder. Rima, who also runs her own blog, has as a last resort started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising enough cash to purchase a motor home for the family to live in. Any help from Sardonickists to help the Regas family realize their dream of a permanent home would be greatly appreciated. ... more »

Plan B

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "USA, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Iran, All Have a Plan B for Syria" by Christof Lehmann, nsnbc, February 24, 2016:* Following the signing of the Syrian ceasefire agreement by the 17-countries International Syria Support Group, (ISSG), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that time was essential with regard to the implementation of the ceasefire if Syria’s territorial integrity was to be preserved. *Syria could indeed fragment, and the United States are not the only player with a Plan B. Others with a Plan B include Russia, Turkey, Israel, and Iran.* All memb... more »

Feb. 26: How capitalists are giving greed a bad name.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
http://www.theguardian.com/books/live/2016/feb/22/john-pilger-webchat-the-new-rulers-of-the-world John Pilger is one of the great journalists of our time. (And our time doesn't have many of them.) _____________________________________________________________________________ I could see no reason to read any news in section A of the Irving press. Well, there is one story by Brent Mazerolle that could have been interesting if he had done just a little bit of research, and phoning around the universities. Yesterday, Moncton set a new temperature record for this winter day, a record of wa... more »

All in all, I'd rather have cheap, bad buses

paul at Paying attention - 5 hours ago
I've begun to treat my bus ride to work as a sign of how the day is going to go. If I have an OK seat, not too crunched, and arrive not limping, I bounce away from the bus singing. Nod cheerily to the man with the wire cages full of puppies and the two guys who spend their days turning pallets into furniture by the side of the road. It's an easy commute. I walk about 10 minutes to the Carreterra Masaya, the main road south out of Managua. Cross to a bus stop and wait. A lot of buses are going my way, heading to towns in the south and passing my office about five km down the road. I r... more »

They spin me right round, baby, right round

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
I suppose if this blog were to adopt an MP as our patron saint it would have to be Andrew Bridgen. He's by far the most prolific, high-profile complainer about BBC bias in parliament. If there's an article in the *Telegraph *or the *Mail *featuring MPs complaining about BBC bias Mr Bridgen is bound to be among them. And I salute him for that. The *Telegraph *reports today that Andrew Bridgen has now written to the BBC complaining that *Newsnight *and *Today *are "biassed *(sic) *towards the EU": In the run up to the EU council, pro-EU voices heavily outweighed sceptical voice... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

The Economy: “Why Stocks Go Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Why Stocks Go Up”* by Bill Bonner AIKEN, South Carolina – “A headline yesterday… “Wells Fargo: There is a 23.5% chance of a recession in the next six months.” We disagree! The odds of a recession are clearly 23.6%, not 23.5%. What are the chances that The Donald will win the White House? 33.8%. What are the odds of rising stock prices in 2016? 72.3%. What percentage of this is nonsense? 90%. *Dangerous Digits: *Hairdressers should not be allowed to use jackhammers on their customers. Bakers shouldn’t put explosives in their ovens. And economists should not be allowed to touch nu... more »

“Economic Recovery? 13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Economic Recovery? * *13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores”* by Michael Snyder “Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America’s economy is in decline is “peddling fiction“. Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country? Last month, I wrote about the “retail apocalypse” that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse. Closing stores has become the “hot new trend” in the retail world, and “space available” signs are going up in mall wi... more »

How a Universal Basic Income is Anti-Work

Paul Winfree at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Carpentry work - 900] In a recent article, Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution suggests that we should decouple income from work through a "universal basic income" based on the premise that the labor market no longer equitably distributes the gains from economic growth... more »

Feds Won’t Talk About Whistleblower Fired for Talking to Congress

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Department_of_Energy_Sign - 900] The Department of Energy (DOE) isn't talking to Congress even though it is being investigated by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for allegedly retaliating against a whistleblower who talked to Congress. "A Department of Energy (DOE) employee appears to have... more »

Britain's Coming Home

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
https://youtu.be/BBi-KXc0CRk Hmmm

World News Briefs -- February 26, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Voice of America:* *Syrian Cease-fire Takes Effect* A cease-fire has begun in Syria with nearly 100 groups committed to observing the cessation of hostilities. The truce, brokered by the United States and Russia, took effect at midnight Damascus time (2200 GMT). The Syrian opposition’s umbrella group, the High Negotiations Committee, said in a statement that 97 groups have promised to take part in the cease-fire. The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously demanded that all parties to the civil war in Syria comply with the terms of the deal. The resolution also urg... more »

CEO Tim Cook Defends Apple’s Resistance in FBI iPhone Case

BRANDON BAILEY at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Apple CEO - 900] CUPERTINO, California (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook got a standing ovation Friday at his first stockholder meeting since his company’s epic clash with the FBI unfolded. He defended the company’s unbending stand by saying: “These are the right things... more »

Exclusive Interview: Mike Huckabee on the Presidential Race and the State of the Union

James Robison at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Folksy Mike Huckabee Joins the 2016 Presidential Race] I sat down with my close friend and former staff member to discuss his presidential bid, the remaining candidates in the race, the challenges our country still faces, and that other race. JR: Gov. Huckabee, it's a privilege to talk with... more »

Senate Democrats Dispute Obama’s Decision on Israel Boycotts

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Obama - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats have opened a rare public feud with President Barack Obama over a congressional effort to discourage America’s trading partners from targeting Israel with politically motivated boycotts and sanctions. Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats... more »

UK’s Power Reserves Now Near The Bone

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm Electrical generation from wind yesterday slumped at one stage as low as 0.4%, 152MW. As this excellent new site from Stephen Morley shows, total demand peaked at just under 49GW. http://nationalgrid.stephenmorley.org/ With Drax now considering mothballing its remaining coal units, it is perhaps a […]

Myth, Reptilians & Underground Bases

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Dr. Rita Louise* - Mythology is full of stories about the origins of ourselves, of the Gods, and of many of our conspiracies. The post Myth, Reptilians & Underground Bases appeared first on Waking Times .

Zapatistas Galeano (Marcos) responds to Mexico's expiration of his arrest

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
. Subcomandante Marcos, now Galeano, responds to the Mexican government's statement that charges against him have expired Why don’t you self-prescribe this?[i] Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/ To the Federal Judiciary Council of Mexico: The whole time the only terrorists have been those who for more than 80 years have so badly

Calais ‘Jungle’ Evictions Begin After French Ruling

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
French authorities have started alerting migrants at the “Jungle” refugee camp outside Calais on Friday to leave the shanty town. A French judge gave the go ahead for partial demolition of the southern part of the camp which is home to 1,000 people. The Guardian reports: French authorities begin making the rounds in a Calais migrant camp on Friday to alert residents that they would need to leave, after a French judge approved the partial demolition of the shantytown nicknamed ‘the jungle’. An official deadline expired on Tuesday for at least 1,000 migrants to leave the southern part ... more »

Hope springs eternal

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
I have to say that I'm becoming absolutely fascinated by the social media reaction to BBC One's *Question Time.* I watched the build-up in advance and saw confident predictions from lefties on Twitter that the programme would be 'Tory-biased' yet again and, in contrast, saw equally confident assertions from righties that the programme would be biased either 4-1 (or 3-1, with one left dangling) against 'Leave' in the EU referendum. (The latter, doubtless because he's such a bogeyman for 'people like us', wrongly assumed that Giles Fraser would be pro-Remain.) This time the lefties... more »

Christian Author Max Lucado Has Stayed Out of Politics, But He Has Something to Say About Donald Trump

Stream Staff at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Max Lucado Donald Trump - 900] “I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian,” said preacher and best-selling Christian author Max Lucado, explaining why he publicly criticized Donald Trump in an item on his personal... more »

The Inconvenient Facts the Media Ignore About Climate Change

Rep. Lamar Smith at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Al Gore - 900] Americans in large numbers are turning off TV newscasts, canceling subscriptions to newspapers, and seeking other sources of news. Distrust of the national media has hit an all-time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, six in ten Americans now...more »

Making Money from Saudi War$

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is an internationally recognized expert on the arms trade, nuclear policy, and military spending. He is the author of *Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex* (Nation Books: 2011). His previous books include *And Weapons for All* (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations; and *Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War*, co-edited with Miram Pemberton (Paradigm Pre... more »

Energy News Round Up

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 7 hours ago
By Paul Homewood A round of news on the energy front this week: 1) Abengoa unit files for U.S. bankruptcy with up to $10 billion in debt Abengoa SA put its U.S. bioenergy unit into Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday with up to $10 billion in liabilities, the latest twist in the […]

Breaking news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Fans of far-left, Syriza-obsessed former *Newsnight *economics editor Paul Mason will be pleased to hear that he's now leaving left-leaning Channel 4 News. Why? Because even its demands for him to pretend to be impartial are proving far too onerous. According to the *Graurdiann*, he's going freelance - in order to be as biased as he likes. And good on him I say... ...though I bet he didn't see it coming. My own favourite post of mine here at *ITBB *(oh, how modest!) was my review of one of his appearances on Radio 4's annual *BBC Correspondents Look Ahead. *I think I proved th... more »

Massive Demonstration In Baghdad Protesting Against Corruption And The Government's Reform Plans

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*RUDAW*: *Shiite cleric Sadr leads 1 million man anti-gov’t demonstration* BAGHDAD, Iraq—Nearly one million Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad Friday morning to protest against corruption and the government’s backtracking on reform plans, as called by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Gathering in Baghdad’s central Tahrir square the protestors shouted and waved posters of ‘no to corruption and corrupts,” Sadr who gave Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi an ultimatum last month to carry out his reform plans or face mass demonstrations, delivered a speech to the protesters in which he bl... more »

Life of Resistance and Caring: Dine' Lenny Foster accepting award for Peltier in Paris

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Lenny Foster, Dine', with Cuny Dog, Lakota, at the Peltier Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo Brenda Norrell, Censored News. Censored News shares this biography of Lenny Foster, Dine', who will be accepting the Frantz Fanon Award on behalf of Leonard Peltier, for Revolutionary Thinking, in Paris on March 6, 2016 Life of Resistance and Caring: Dine' Lenny Foster Read more about

Rubio Continues Full-Scale, Joyful Assault Against Trump

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio - 900] Republican Sen. Marco Rubio dialed up the insults against fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump on the campaign trail Friday, repeating and expanding on successful punch lines from Thursday's debate and mocking Trump for misspelling mean tweets about him. "It's time... more »

Iran Votes in First Elections Since Landmark Nuclear Deal

ALI AKBAR DAREINI at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Iranians voting - 900] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians voted Friday in the country’s first election since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers, deciding whether to further empower moderates backing President Hassan Rouhani or support hard-liners long suspicious of the West. The elections... more »

Mr Sykes Goes to Ahmedabad

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Hat tips to those of our readers who have been listening to Hugh Sykes's reports from India this week on *The World at One *and *PM*. You compelled me to listen to them too. (I would have missed them otherwise). Listening to all of them confirms me in my feeling that Hugh has a wonderful way with words and sounds. He is *the* consummate BBC reporter when it comes to evoking a place. This week he's been reporting from the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat - Ahmedabad. His four pieces have covered (1) the Modi-inspired economic development of Ahmedabad, (2) complaints tha... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Earth Song'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Posted on February 26, 2016  Earth Song www.mohawknationnews.com Please post & distribute. MNN. Feb. 26, 2016. Song is our existence. Earth gave life to every natural living thing. She takes us back when we die. All of ono’ware:keh is sacred. We are here to keep it unscarred. To wound our mother is to wound ourselves. People on earth are all spirit beings having a human experience. We

Things I've read (and can remember)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Having (it appears) become merely a weekend blogger, Friday night now seems to mean catching up with all sorts of things - and trying to remember all the other things about the BBC which have flitted across my mind in the past five days. (I wish the world would slow down. There's been far too much going on and my brain isn't what it used to be.) Among the things I've read this week have been the following: *1*. *THE CONSERVATIVE WOMAN: Biased BBC will load the dice against Brexit * and *Cameron’s claim he has banished “ever closer union” is a legal fiction *- both by former BBC p... more »

Somali Capital Rocked By Gunfire And Bombs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
The Somali Youth League (SYL) hotel is frequented by government employees. BBC *CNN:* *Explosions, gunfire rock Somali capital* (CNN)Explosions and gunfire echoed around Somalia's capital on Friday night, evidence of another spate of violence in the East African nation. A large blast rocked central Mogadishu followed by the rattle of bullets, according to a Somali official nearby. Another, smaller explosion -- not to mention continued gunfire -- could be heard about 30 minutes later. Somali security forces, meanwhile, rushed to the scene of the apparent violence, a Somali police s... more »

Zapatistas: 'Meanwhile, in the Partidista Communities'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. MEANWHILE… in the partidista communities From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast. Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés  Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano. MEANWHILE… in the partidista [political party affiliated] communities ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION Mexico February 2016. http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2016/02/24/meanwhile-in-the-partidista-communities/ To the

Los Angeles Officials Seize ‘Tiny Homes’ From Homeless

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Los Angeles City officials are seizing the tiny homes that a local man built and donated to homeless people in the city to give them a place to sleep. Elvis Summers a Los Angeles builder, set up the compact housess, which are the size of a parking spot and come with solar-powered lights, over the past year after receiving more than $100,000 in donations from around the world. Expressing his outrage in a video on the tiny house Facebook page, Summers said that he plans to take legal action. “I will not quit and I will not turn my back on these people,” he said. “I will still fight t... more »

Play Ball!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
*The Baltimore Orioles doing baseball spring training back in the old days* It's spring training down in Florida for my favorite team - the Baltimore Orioles. I was born in Maryland and have followed the Orioles my whole life. They are projected to come in last place in their division this season - but in baseball (like politics at times) hope springs eternal. When I used to live in Florida I tried every year to attend a few Oriole games during the spring season. My son Julian and I would trek across the state on a weekend to catch a game. It's a bit harder to do these days whi... more »

Union Violates Law to Harass Nonmembers for Dues

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: teachers strike - 900] A Michigan-based labor union was ordered to stop violating the state right-to-work law Wednesday by dispatching debt collectors to seize money from nonmembers. Alphia Snyder and Mary Carr were forced to fund the Michigan Education Association (MEA) despite being nonmembers.... more »

How Cheap Oil Threatens the Electric Car

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Electric cars, Nissan's "Leaf", were being charged at the charging stations in front of the entrance of Nissan's Global Headquarters on April 25, 2015, located in Yokohama, Japan.] Despite huge taxpayer support, the electric car just can't get off the ground. Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced Thursday it reduced growth forecasts for electric cars by half due to low oil prices, prompting drastically lower sales. The group reduced its estimate of the number of electric... more »

Zapatistas: Asi Que Mejor Autoprescibanse Esto

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Espanol and Italiano http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2016/02/25/asi-que-mejor-autoprescribanse-esto/ Now in English! Marcos (now Galeano) responds to Mexico's announcement that his arrest warrant has expired. "... P.S. So, does this mean the Tampiqueño[ii] is now free to leave community and go for some stuffed crabs? He’ll have to pick up the tab, of course, otherwise forget it. So

The messanger Trumps the message evey time, and thats why we ar dying

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
Crack head pols needing a fix deciding our future with a greenback roadmap no pol is immune We all love the self funded Trump but in Thialiand that brough on a revol*ution* *because they dont care* *Peo0-e People* belicve all kinds of things like compassion from a Billionare hey tourist he did not get rich by adopting to the mencsh

Photos Apaches Oak Flat Memorial March 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
The Oak Flat Memorial Walk 2016 Begins! Thank you to Center for Apache Stronghold and Center for Biological Diversity for sharing photos! Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 More weekend events at Oak Flat at: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/02/video-apache-oak-flat-year-in-review.html

RBS and Lloyds CEOs get paid more millions, despite losses and profit falls

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 9 hours ago
SOURCE GUARDIAN: RBS pays chief executive Ross McEwan £3.8m as it reports £2bn loss The bank’s full-year results for 2015 follow its admission last month that it was on track to report its eighth consecutive year of losses because of a £2.5bn hit to profits for a string of problems, including having to pay compensation for payment protection insurance mis-selling. Shares in the bank, 73%

Is Al Qaeda Making A Comeback?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*NBC*: *Al Qaeda Makes a Comeback* Intelligence analysts paid close attention last month when al Qaeda's master bombmaker, Ibrahim al Asiri — whose name tops U.S. kill lists — issued an audiotape from his hiding place. The content was the usual anti-Saudi Arabian screed, sprinkled with threats against America — but the news was Asiri's sudden willingness to join the terror group's PR campaign. For years, the man who tried to take down planes with underwear and parcel bombs had laid low, as al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate tried to protect him from U.S. drone strikes. In 2016, however, ...more »

G4S Security To Sell Controversial ‘Child Prison’ Contracts

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The private security firm G4S is to sell its UK children’s services business, including contracts for two youth detention centres just weeks after an undercover report revealed damning footage of its staff using excessive force on children. The contracts to be sold include the management of Medway secure training centre in Kent, where five men were arrested in January after a BBC Panorama investigation exposed the alleged abuse of “trainees”. RT reports: There had been calls for the Medway centre for young offenders to be shut down indefinitely after allegations of physical abuse an... more »

VIDEO: Apache Oak Flat: Year in Review 2015--2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Now! Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, Anniversary Walk to Oak Flat! Weekend Campout and Events! Rally for Oak Flat: Photo Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache

Surprise! Gov. Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump

Stream Staff at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (R) and Chris Christie (L) shake hands during a break in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters.] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in a surprise move, announced Friday that he is endorsing Donald Trump. "I've been on that stage. ... more »

Displaced Disney Worker, IT Experts Testify Against H-1B Before Congress

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Roy Disney - 900] IT experts and a displaced Disney worker who trained his foreign replacement criticized the H-1B visa program in testimony before Congress Thursday, just weeks ahead of a must-win Republican presidential primary for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who wants to dramatically expand the... more »

GOP Rivals Barrel Toward Super Tuesday After Wild Debate

NANCY BENAC & JULIE BYKOWICZ at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)] HOUSTON (AP) -- The GOP presidential candidates barreled into the final stretch to Super Tuesday after a name-calling, insult-trading, finger-pointing final debate in which Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz engaged in a ta... more »

unsustainslb e

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
we live on a planet where scientest not investors say we are close to death but the money is deaf and the hearing people follow lies

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Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
I know in my heart no matter what was latter said at the time you genuilly cared about me as impossilbe as it seems some feelings are timeless Tunning the freqecy was impossible and I have no regrets its like to me the Philladepia Expermit No way no how could something happen but it did and I will always be gateful and I expect an alien intelligence will harvest my thoughts long after I am dead.

GOP Debate: Rollicking good fun...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*if you have the right mind set.* This morning, all the usual sites that have settled on their savior™, had opinions about the debate that lined up with their preconceived ideas. I applaud them for sticking to how their conscience is informing them. Whether logic factors into their decisions is still to be determined. Those of us who see this all as Kabuki theater, just enjoyed the show as much as the contestants did. Mark my words, they all had a good time last night playing their parts in whatever is going on. It's 10:00 am PST, and Daren Jonescu, over at American Thinker, has ... more »

U.S. Air Force Unveils New B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
An artist rendering shows the first image of a new Northrop Grumman Corp long-range bomber B21 in this image released on February 26, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. AIR FORCE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *Defense News*: *US Air Force Unveils New B-21 Bomber* RLANDO, Fla. — The US Air Force secretary unveiled the first official rendering of the new Long Range Strike Bomber and revealed its official designation: the B-21. In a speech at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium on Feb. 26, Secretary Deborah Lee James shared an artist's concept design of the next-generation bomber, which will be ... more »

What HBO Show Host John Oliver Got Wrong About Abortion Laws

Sarah Torre at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: John Oliver - 900] On Sunday, late night comedian John Oliver spent 16 minutes of his HBO show cracking jokes about abortion in a crass attempt to satirize reasonable state laws requiring abortion clinics to follow minimum health and safety standards. The brunt...more »

Scientists Successfully Grow Fully Functioning Sperm In Laboratory

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Scientists in China have successfully grown fully functioning mice sperm in a lab in a move that experts say could be one step closer to solving male fertility problems. The viable mouse sperm were grown in a petri dish using a new technique with skin cells. The sperm cells were then used to fertilise IVF mouse eggs to produce healthy, fertile offspring, which went on to have their own offspring by natural conception. RT reports: The scientific success in mice may make it possible one day, at least in theory, for doctors to turn human skin cells into sperm that could carry DNA to ... more »

Everything terrible on the books can be justified somehow by saying , its just business

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
That is the sixth extintion realization

Repulsion of the integers: a sketch of a proof of the Riemann Hypothesis

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Will you honestly give me most of the $1 million if you fill the gaps in the incomplete proof below? ;-) I don't claim that I would accept the money but it would be better to have the choice. Under the previous blog post about the Riemann Hypothesis, Edwin Steiner nicely observed that only the collection of primes as we know them,\[ (p_1,p_2,p_3,\dots) = (2,3,5,\dots) \] give us the nice wiggly function that suppresses the positive interference. He said that the primes are not just prime: they are "as prime as possible". In other words, the primes are the "primest ones". The choice... more »

#GOPdebate: A Down and Dirty Texas Hoe-Down

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) listen as answers a question during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries.] The road to the White House went through a Texas roadhouse last night with a debate that made a barroom brawl look like tea at George and Barbara Bush’s. Actually, it wasn’t a debate. It was a honky tonk jukebox full... more »

I always knew how to feel and did not get any wiser just wierder because wisdom never came true

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I believed I really believed I was totally sucked in to the realtiy distorian field and was dropped from the team by my choice but could not recover without the secret handshake I am still 16 or maybe 19 in my mind and life give me no reason to think about my great adulthood the teir two people have continued youth and the other 80% must work like slaves Responsiblity is the shackle of the wage slave why should anyone be responsible for living on the earth if there was any real democracy. If you want to be a fuck up thats a choice but human nature makes that rare

Sun is shining

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
The sun is shining and we are in late winter and that is so beautiful I cant believe I get hard for the weather I must be old Older wiser is mostly a lie told to kids to make them like old people Old people are really just way more infromed and therefore totally confused or banging the hammer on some belief that they chose or it chose them to use Sun is shining and we always like that as human I wonder what the dolphinoms amd whales feel about that Sun is shining and we got solar cells free energy now we just need a well and the world will go indie and the masters of the universe will b... more »

New Sanctions Against North Korea To Be Debated At The UN Security Council

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Doubts in Asia Over Whether New Sanctions Against North Korea Can Work* SEOUL, South Korea — As a new set of sanctions against North Korea circulated at the United Nations Security Council, analysts in South Korea and China expressed doubts on Friday that the measures would be tough enough to force the pariah state to give up its nuclear weapons. The United States presented a draft resolution it had negotiated with China to the Security Council on Thursday, calling for wide-ranging penalties against North Korea for a nuclear test it conducted on Jan. 6 and for i... more »

U.S. Military Has Launched An Aggressive Cyberwar Campaign Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Cyberwar games at the United States Military Academy. (Photo: Michael Falco for The New York Times) *The Hill:** US launches aggressive cyberwar campaign against ISIS* The U.S. military has launched an aggressive cyberwar campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that is targeting the terrorist group’s ability to communicate and spread propaganda online, The Associated Press reported Friday. Anonymous officials told the AP that U.S. Cyber Command, a relatively new division that began operating in 2010, is testing a range of operations intended to disrupt ISIS’s on... more »

Have We Crossed a Tipping Point This Year in the Arctic?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Dr. Michael Mann giving us the latest news about Arctic sea ice (source)* *by Gaius Publius* We've covered what's happening in the Arctic before in these pages. For example: - *Arctic Sea Ice Has Lost Two-Thirds of Its Volume Since 1979* - * Melting the Arctic in the Middle of Winter* Now comes climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann to tell us it's much worse, and the changes are coming much faster, than we thought even last year. As Hartmann says in his introduction, temperatures in the Arctic in January were 4°C (more than 7°F) higher than average. It's all in Dr. Mann's i... more »

Spooky Spook Le Scalia the Opera

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
A judge dies in the arms of a secret socity with a pillow on his head I am pretty sure they would be clever enough to remove the pillow

Sea Ice Changes Driven By Wind & Oceans – Not CO2

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/index.html As we know, sea ice extent in the Arctic has reduced in recent years from its level in the 1980s. The area where the greatest reduction has been seen is the Barents Sea and adjoining area. Dramatic climatic shifts in this part of the world have in […]

My Oscars

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
1) Best Picture - The Martian, makes Gravity look like a short. 2) Best Actor - Mat Damon or Leo its a sixer 3) Best Actress- Charlize in Road Warrior The rest do not matter even if they are all white

Hillary Clinton's Racism

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
The forcible removal of a female Black Lives Matter protester from a Hillary Clinton fundraiser this week, and the shocking, forcible removal of a female black student from a classroom last October, differ only in the level of state-sanctioned physical power employed. Each incident occurred in South Carolina. Each incident was an example of white supremacy at its most blatant. Each incident was designed to belittle the alleged culprit and to put her in her place. Each incident was a power play with the express objective of emotionally scarring the target and protecting the designate... more »

David Cameron Praises His Government Over Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The British Prime Minister has praised his government over their efforts in selling fighter jets, manufactured by BAE Systems, to Saudi Arabia. Speaking at a BAE Systems factory in Preston, David Cameron boasted about how the UK had pushed the sale of Eurofighter Typhoons to countries in the Middle East, including Oman and Saudi Arabia. His comments came as the European parliament voted in favour of a resolution calling for an EU-wide arms embargo against the Kingdom. Press TV reports: “I can see the planes being built right behind me here. We’ve got more work to do in Saudi Arabia....more »

How The West Misread Putin Over Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this October 20, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/ Files *Reuters:* *The road to Aleppo: how the West misread Putin over Syria* Last July, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seemed to be losing his battle against rebel forces. Speaking to supporters in Damascus, he acknowledged his army's heavy losses. Western officials said the Syrian leader’s days were numbered and predicted he would soon be forced to the negotia... more »

Heavy Fighting Reported In Syria Hours Before A Ceasefire Is To Begin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Syrian opposition backs cease-fire even as battles rage in final hours* BEIRUT — Syria’s main opposition group pledged Friday to abide by a partial cease-fire backed by both rebel allies and foes, giving the plan a boost just hours before it was scheduled to take effect. The Saudi-backed umbrella group, known as the Higher Negotiations Committee, said in a statement that 97 opposition factions would observe the agreement, which seeks to pause the multifaceted conflict that has killed more than 250,000 people, displaced millions and empowered extremist groups s...more »

More micromanagement than ever

skrashen at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Sent to The Hill, Feb. 26. In " Lawmakers push officials on No Child Left Behind rewrite," Feb. 25) Congressman John Kline praises the new education law, saying that “If we learned anything throughout the process to replace No Child Left Behind, it’s that the American people are tired of Washington micromanaging their classrooms." It looks like there will be more micromanagement than ever before. The new law, in sections 1201 and 1204, provides grants for the development of "innovative assessments" based on competency-based education. Competency-based education (CBE) replaces regul...more »

Donald Trump, Vacillator-in-Chief — In a Waffling Class All His Own

Michael Brown at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: GOP debate 2-25 - 900] If Donald Trump ends up being our next president, I will pray that he will be the greatest president we have ever had, and I will fervently hope that I'm absolutely wrong about all of my concerns. Until then (or... more »

European Parliament Votes For Arms Export Embargo Against Saudi Arabia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The European Parliament has voted in favour of an EU-wide arms embargo against Saudi Arabia over its operation in Yemen. The resolution calls for a ban on all weapons sales to the country, until alleged breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen have been investigated, and was passed by 359 votes to 212 While the vote does not compel EU member states to act, it does increase pressure on Riyadh, in the wake of criticism from the UN and growing international alarm over civilian casualties in Yemen. The Independent reports: Criticism of the country’s military operation have h... more »

Former DEA Agent Exposes US Government’s Role in Cocaine Epidemic

Waking Times at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - Were the CIA and the U.S. government responsible for devastating American communities by supporting drug traffickers? The post Former DEA Agent Exposes US Government’s Role in Cocaine Epidemic appeared first on Waking Times.

Untitled

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Don’t teach “sensitive topics” or anger students, Houston professors are warned after “campus carry” gun law passed Want To Know If GMOs Are In Your Food? Congress Is Trying To Make That Harder Rubio And Cruz Took Anti-Environmental Stances On 100 Percent Of Key Votes In 2015 Shop sells 'expired' food to save people and the environment Assessing the cumulative risk of pesticides on people Women infected with Zika should continue to breastfeed: WHOColorado tourists using marijuana hospitalized in record numbers Dripping Blood, a Severed Arm, & 67 Tons of Cash on... more »

Iran Votes For A New Parliament And A Council Of Clerics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times*: *As Some Iranians Register Dislike at Polls, Others Do So by Staying Home* TEHRAN — Iranians in middle-class areas of the capital stood in long lines to vote in national elections on Friday, with many saying they supported the few candidates seeking change who were allowed to run. But in less prosperous areas, there was much less enthusiasm, and turnout seemed lower. “At least if I vote for a reformist, I will reduce the number of hard-liners,” said Shahin Hemati, a 28-year-old dentist, expressing a widespread attitude in the more affluent areas. “If the hard-lin... more »

U.S. To Deploy Special Forces In The War Against Boko Haram

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Nigerian Army soldiers during an operation against Boko Haram militants last November. Credit Reuters *New York Times*: *U.S. Plans to Put Advisers on Front Lines of Nigeria’s War on Boko Haram* DAKAR, Senegal — The Pentagon is poised to send dozens of Special Operations advisers to the front lines of Nigeria’s fight against the West African militant group Boko Haram, according to military officials, the latest deployment in conflicts with the Islamic State and its allies. Their deployment would push American troops hundreds of miles closer to the battle that Nigerian forces are w... more »

STAP stem cell researcher Obokata loses another paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
The first author of two high-profile Nature retractions about a technique to easily create stem cells has lost another paper in Nature Protocols. Haruko Obokata, once “a lab director’s dream,” according to The New Yorker, also had her PhD revoked from Waseda University last fall. After learning of concerns that two figures are “very similar” and “some of the […] The post STAP stem cell researcher Obokata loses another paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Timeless

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago

Sheriff: Cop Who Killed Rampaging Kansas Gunman a ‘Tremendous Hero’

ROXANA HEGEMAN & MARIA FISHER at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Police guard the front door of Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, where a gunman killed an undetermined number of people and injured many more. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)] HESSTON, Kan. (AP) -- A man who wounded three people before storming into the central Kansas factory where he worked and shooting 15 others, killing three of them, had just been served a protection from abuse order that likely triggered... more »

Mexican Cartels Employ New Discreet Strategy to Transfer Cocaine North

JP Carroll at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: CARIBBEAN SEA (March 4, 2010) Bales of cocaine are stacked in the airborne mission zone aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) after they were seized from a go-fast small boat. Freedom seized the vessel, five suspects and 1,506 kilos of cocaine during counter-illicit trafficking operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.] Ecuadorian fishermen are playing an important role in Mexican cartel operations by transporting cocaine via boat to Central America so the drug can then be transported to Mexico, and finally the U.S. At least 300 Ecuadorian fisherm... more »

TEPCO Officials to be Indicted for Ignoring Tsunami Vulnerability at Fukushima Daiichi

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Majia here: This is a very interesting development because in September 2013 a decision AGAINST indictment was made, which apparently was reversed in 2015: 3 ex-TEPCO execs to be indicted Mon. over Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Mainichi, February 26, 2016 (Mainichi Japan) http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160226/p2a/00m/0na/005000c TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will be indicted Monday for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent the tsunami-triggered crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, a lawyer in charge of the case s... more »

World News Briefs -- February 26, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Syria fighting rages as cessation deadline nears* Syria's government and rebel groups have agreed to join a plan to cease hostilities on Saturday, Russia said, while fighting raged on several fronts as combatants sought to gain advantage hours before the agreement was due to start. The U.S.-Russian "cessation of hostilities" accord is due to begin at midnight (2200 GMT on Friday). Warring parties had been required to accept by noon. Under the measure, which has not been signed by the Syrian warring parties themselves and is less binding than a formal ceasefire, the go... more »

Ken O'Keefe Tells The World The Truth About What Is Happening In The Middle East In This Video

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have pointed out many times in previous articles that this "civil war" in Syria is nothing of the sort, and that it is part of the sick and twisted US/Israeli criminal cabal's plans to not only destroy the innocent nation of Syria, but to allow for the criminal and psychotic state of Israel to take one step forward in their sick and twisted plans for hegemony over that entire region... I have found absolutely nothing that proves me wrong on this at all.... Now comes a most interesting video from the "We Are Change" group, where they interview none other than Ken O'Keefe on what hi... more »

Federal Labor Board Caught Doing What It Tells Businesses Not To Do

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: labor union] The main federal agency tasked with resolving workplace disputes was charged with failing to negotiate with its own employees' union, according to reports Thursday. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees a long list of various labor disputes on a... more »

Top journals give mixed response to learning published trials didn’t proceed as planned

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Ben Goldacre has been a busy man. In the last six weeks, the author and medical doctor’s Compare Project has evaluated 67 clinical trials published in the top five medical journals, looking for any “switched outcomes,” meaning the authors didn’t report something they said they would, or included additional outcomes in the published paper, with […] The post Top journals give mixed response to learning published trials didn’t proceed as planned appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mixed Bag

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
*My Op-Ed published in the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper in Okinawa yesterday along with a bio story as well. Thanks to Satoko Norimatsu for making the arrangements and doing the translation* - I was honored to be invited to write an Op-Ed for the *Ryukyu Shimpo *newspaper about my experiences during the recent Veterans For Peace delegation to Okinawa. Satoko Norimatsu was the person who initiated the whole thing and I was offered an honorarium for the piece but asked it be given to the Okinawan organizing committee that worked so hard to coordinate our visit. They... more »

Politicians vs Doctors on Vaccines, Quacks and Hippies on the Internet

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Brendan D. Murphy* - What is the vaccine 'debate' really about? The post Politicians vs Doctors on Vaccines, Quacks and Hippies on the Internet appeared first on Waking Times.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 26, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
President Obama, meeting Thursday with his National Security Council, wants more intelligence experts to see information intercepted by the National Security Agency. Credit Zach Gibson/The New York Times *New York Times*: *Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts* WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with ... more »

Just What Was The Point Of The Afghan War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Nick Paton Walsh, CNN*: *Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?* (CNN)It is worse in Afghanistan now than I ever could have imagined. And I was a pessimist. Fatigue was always going to be the decider. Western fatigue with the horrors their troops saw, and with the violence inflicted daily on Afghans themselves. The fatigue of the financial cost, where a power station that was barely ever switched on cost Uncle Sam a third of a billion dollars. And the other fatigue -- the one felt by the Taliban -- mostly distinguished by its absence; they felt only the tirelessness of their ... more »

No, Herr Trumpf Is Not Being Embraced By "The Hispanics"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
From the Herr Trumpf standup comedy routine So that whole silly thing about Herr Trumpf winning among Hispanics in Nevada Tuesday was just another example of Herr consciously misleading "the poorly educated" on which his campaign rests. A report from Latino Decisions lays it out in the simplest terms. Most important to remember when Herr says he won "the Hispanics," is that he's "only talking about the very small percent of Nevada Latinos who are Republican today. An overwhelming majority of Nevada Latinos are Democrats. In a recent poll asking about party identification, 55% of Lat... more »

A Friday Threesome

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*Looking forward to summer and an end to this crappy weather...* *MEDIA*: Reuters writes of China' Taiwan Affairs Office head speaking in Washington DC.... Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, a former head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Tsai's election was a normal political process that did not come as too big a surprise.*"We do not care that much who is in power in the Taiwan region of China,*" Wang said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday, without directly using Tsai's name. His comments were carried on the center's website. "Wh... more »

Horror Story: 1 Hospital Said This Teen Had Mitochondrial Disease. A 2nd Disagreed and Stuck Her in a Psych Ward Against Her Family’s Will.

BOB SALSBERG at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Justina Pelletier2 - 900] BOSTON (AP) -- The family of a Connecticut teen who was involved in a more than year-long medical custody dispute in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit against Children’s Hospital in Boston. The suit, announced Thursday, alleges the civil rights of... more »

Decadent Mint Brownies

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
There is nothing like a rich chocolate brownie. Unless that brownie has a layer of mint of course. These three layer brownies are 1 part delicious homemade brownie, 1 part mint frosting and 1 part chocolate topping. Together they made the most amazing, rich and decadent chocolate brownie. They truly are brownie perfection. These brownies are made in three steps. Each of the steps is pretty darn simple, it just needs time to set in between, so I like to make them when I am home most of the day doing other things. The first step is a rich chocolate home made brownie. Brownie: ... more »

U.S. Conducts Its Second Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test In One Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) streaks through the sky of Vandenberg in California, August 25, 2005. The U.S. test fired its second ICBM in a week on Thursday. REUTERS *Reuters*: *U.S. test-fires ICBMs to stress its power to Russia, North Korea* The U.S. military test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a week on Thursday night, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia and North Korea. The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base ... more »

Top U.S. General In South Korea: 'War With North Korea Would Be Akin To World War II'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*CNN*: *U.S. general: Conflict with North Korea would be akin to World War II* Washington (CNN)The commander of American forces in South Korea warned Wednesday that a conflict with North Korea could resemble the scale of World War II. Describing what the confrontation might look like, Gen. Curtis Scaparrrotti said that, "Given the size of the forces and the the weaponry involved, this would be more akin to the Korean War and World War II -- very complex, probably high casualty." Scaparrotti made the statement while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee. The U.S. ... more »

Puerto Rico Nears Bankruptcy, Obama Pushes Bailout, Congress Not So Sure

Josh Siegel at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: People protested outside of Wall Street against cutbacks and austerity measures forced onto the severely indebted island of Puerto Rico on December 2, 2015 in New York City.] The Obama administration is proposing a plan to help Puerto Rico with its debt crisis, framing the issue as a bipartisan responsibility owed by the U.S. government and Congress to an island that has 3.5 million American citizens. Though the... more »

The Coming Anti-Trump Onslaught … from Democrats

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.] The anti-Trump onslaught is coming. Perhaps within weeks. Just not necessarily from Republicans. Almost as soon as Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee -- which may be as early as March 15 -- Democrats will surely start to churn... more »

Biology of the Baroque: What Is Nature’s Beauty Good For, Anyway?

Stream Staff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
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GOP Leaders Press Pause on Bill to Privatize Air Traffic Control

JOAN LOWY at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: air traffic control] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders are sidelining a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation’s air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests,... more »

U.S. Mulling Weapon Sales To Vietnam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea and you’d have to believe in the flat Earth to think otherwise : “I believe China seeks hegemony in East Asia. Simple as that,” Adm. Harry Harris told the Senate Armed Services Committee. NavyUS PACOM Commander, Admiral Harry Harris Jr. *Washington Times*: *U.S. mulls selling weapons to Vietnam to stave off Chinese ‘hegemony’* The top admiral in charge of U.S. military operations in Asia says Washington should drop its remaining restrictions on weapons sales to Vietnam in order to better defend against China’s military buildup in th... more »

Saudi Arabia Is Reeling From Falling Oil Prices

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Saudis perched on the Faisaliah Tower in Riyadh. The kingdom is aggressively emphasizing the relative stability of monarchies. Ed Ou for The New York Times *Washington Post:* *Saudi Arabia is reeling from falling oil prices. And it could get much worse.* RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Stung by falling oil prices, Saudi Arabia has cut spending and subsidies as part of harsh austerity measures that threaten the lavish welfare programs underpinning its stability. The oil-exporting giant’s economy has gone from producing windfalls to deficits, and Saudi rulers increasingly struggle to provide ... more »

Military Intelligence

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.prweb.com/ There was a time when that phrase was thought to be an oxymoron. But, Michael Harris writes, on the subject of the Middle East, the soldiers have it right, starting with former NATO commander, retired Major General David Fraser: As reported by Murray Brewster of Canadian Press, Fraser said if he had to do it all over again, he would have left the Taliban government in power and simply concentrated on hunting down al Qaida. Fraser, it seems, had seen the ruinous consequences of “regime change” up close and ... more »

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/climate-change-to-make-transatlantic-flights-longer-or-not/ You will doubtlessly recall the BBC story a couple of weeks ago, about research suggesting that transatlantic flight times would significantly lengthen because of global warming. The author of the study, Dr Paul Williams was quoted as saying: We know what drives the jet stream, it’s the temperature […]

Is The Islamic State About To Lose Its 'Syrian Capital'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Google Maps/Amanda Macias/Business Insider *Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast:** ISIS Is Losing Its Capital* Pentagon officials are cautiously optimistic that the terror group is entering its death throes, even as it advances on new territory. This week’s fighting in Syria has seen major changes for the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s grip there, leaving some in the Pentagon wondering if ISIS is trying to expand its territorial hold or is in its last throes. This week, Kurdish forces pushed the terror group out of two cities—al Thawrah and Ash Shaddadi—that sit on supply routes for ISIS’... more »

Japan’s Population Plummets 1 Million in 5 Years. Forecasters Say It’s Only the Beginning

ELAINE KURTENBACH at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: People stand at a square near a train station in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The results of the 2015 census released Friday show the population dropped by 947,000 people in the last five years, the first decline since the count started in 1920. Japan's population stood at 127.1 million last fall, down 0.7 percent from 128.1 million in 2010. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)] TOKYO (AP) -- Japan’s latest census confirmed the hard reality long ago signaled by shuttered shops and abandoned villages across the country: the population is shrinking. Japan’s population stood at 127.1 milli... more »

DoD Launches Aggressive Cyberwar Against ISIS

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies before the House Appropriations subcommittee on the president's 2017 budget during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has launched a newly aggressive campaign of cyberattacks against Islamic State militants, targeting the group’s abilities to use social media and the Internet to recruit fighters and inspire followers, U.S. officials told The Associated... more »

Computer coding fever in Florida

skrashen at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
*Sent to the Miami Herald, Feb 26.Computer Coding FeverSen. Ring thinks that knowledge of computer coding is needed for "everything we are going to do." ("Florida Senate endorses making computer coding a foreign language," Feb. 24).This is not true. What is needed is knowing how to use a computer. Very few professions require knowing how to program and design software. Driving a car does not require a deep knowledge of auto mechanics. My daughter has pointed out to me that to learn how to use many programs, all you need is a good friend to show you how. Stephen Krashenorigin... more »

Iranians Vote in First Parliament Elections Since Nuke Deal

ALI AKBAR DAREINI at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani casts his ballot during parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections at a polling station in Qom, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians were voting Friday in parliamentary elections, the country’s first since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last summer. The vote is seen as a referendum on the policies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, credited... more »

(Sirhan Denied Parole)  Inevitable Candidate of Editorial Enforcers?  (Berliant Bundler of Junk Food and Contribs for Dems)  SuperDelegates Must Put Big Thumb On Scale:  the Undemocratic Democratic Party

Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole: It's a Broken Criminal Justice SystemSirhan Sirhan, the accused killer of Robert F. Kennedy, was denied parole for the 15th time on Wednesday, February 10. After 48 years in prison, he has done everything he could to change his life. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called not only for his release but for a new investigation of his father's death._ _ _ _ _ _ _ Thank

BREAKING: We're off on a mission of national import!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 17 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016Extensive implications:* We're off on a mission of national import, with extensive South Carolina, Oscar night and Super Tuesday implications. For today, we only say this: We no longer have a national press corps. We mention this in passing. (We'd like to go into more detail. On the other hand, can anyone imagine a point to any such conduct?) Meanwhile, from the deeper realms: The Nova program, Inside Einstein's Mind, can be viewed at this official PBS site. The program debuted last November. The lady on the fast-moving train rolls by at roughly 12:25.... more »

Dramatic Rise In Number Of People Sleeping On Streets In UK

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
The number of homeless people sleeping on the streets across England has doubled since 2010. 3,569 people are sleeping rough on any one night, which is a 30% increase compared to the last year’s figure, new data shows. Press TV reports: “Scandalous” and “shocking,” were how British charities described the figure urging the government for new measure to deal with the situation. “There are practical and immediate measures the government can take to tackle rough sleeping and other forms of homelessness”, said Crisis, a charity working for homeless. The situation in the British capital ... more »

Climate Change Affects The Poor While The Rich Get Richer

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
A study has found that the effect of climate change is to send the world’s natural resources towards the wealthy nations of the northern hemisphere. The Independent reports: Climate change, it has been found, is causing important natural resources to move towards the Earth’s poles, thereby taking wealth away from the poorest nations nearest the equator. Rises in temperature are forcing fish, plants, trees and other species to move away from temperate zones towards the poles. According to a paper entitled “Wealth reallocation and sustainability under climate change”, which was publis... more »

£100m for Cameron firms: Vote Leave uncovers pro-EU financial incentives per Daily Express

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
More news you won't hear on the institutionally pro EU BBC. 'MORE than 30 firms backing David Cameron's campaign to keep Britain in the EU have received handouts from Europe worth £100million, it has emerged. ' More here http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/646917/David-Cameron-business-leader-stay-EU-grants-Brussels-millions-Vote-Leave

Reagan in 1988: Senate's "Obligation" to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy in Election Year

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 18 hours ago
. . *By MARC McDONALD* Maybe this wasn't news to many progressives, but until I saw MoveOn.org's recent email about this, it was news to me. In 1988, Ronald Reagan (as shown in the video above) stated clearly that it is the Senate's "obligation" to work to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. Kudos to MoveOn.org for drawing attention to this story. But I will point out that it's pointless to try to sway the Limbaugh/Fox News crowd about all this. These people are always kissing Reagan's ass and claiming that he would have supported this issue or that issue. But in real... more »

Oh, For Grace to Trust Him More

Shelly Duffer at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Driving in the Rain - 900] “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word…” I heard those words early this morning driving from the airport in Atlanta, 90 miles down the road to Warner Robins for a series of work meetings. It was... more »

"This Young Lady Perfectly Explains The EU Debate"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
https://youtu.be/qlj6a5wwXx8 Well not perfectly but well enough to disgust Diane Abbott

Military Photo of the Day: February 26, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Harry Truman-900] The USS Harry Truman patrols the Arabian Gulf on Jan. 30, 2016. Thank you to this aircraft carrier’s command and crew for sacrificing so much to protect us!

Rubio Attacks Trump, Cruz Stands for the Constitution, and Hugh Hewitt Is Great

Anika Smith at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate,Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, reacts as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)] Tonight, at the last Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primaries, Donald Trump may have found himself missing Jeb Bush, who had been his main antagonist for months but pulled out after doing badly in South Carolina. He may have been pining for “low energy” Jeb... more »

More on the Sanders Plan

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 21 hours ago
Christina and David Romer take a close look at Gerald Friedman's analysis of Bernie Sanders's economic plan.

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/26/2016”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/26/2016”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “A cease-fire is supposed to begin on Syria Saturday. Many geopolitical experts are skeptical that it will ever take place. It was negotiated by the U.S and Russia. With Secretary of State John Kerry doing the negotiation for America, I don’t have any faith in it being a success. John Kerry says if the cease-fire does not hold, he may push to partition Syria. I say the odds of that happening are slim to none. Even though it is reported that Kerry is thinking about making some sort of “safe zone” in Syria, it will re... more »

More Than 1,000 Turkish Soldiers Are Involved In Secret Ground Operations Against The Islamic State In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Turkey reportedly deployed about 150 troops and up to 25 tanks to northern Iraq without Baghdad's approval. (Reuters, file photo) *The Telegraph*: *Turkish troops taking on Isil in 'secret battle' in Iraq* *Exclusive: More than 1,000 soldiers are engaged in covert ground war with the Islamic State near their stronghold of Mosul, against Iraq's* Turkish troops are locked in a covert fight against the Islamic State in north Iraq, the Telegraph has learned, despite Baghdad’s insistence that they leave the country. Just nine miles northeast of the Isil stronghold of Mosul a number of t... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
#Oscars #Oscar2016 pic.twitter.com/JehE09lu3T — AFP Entertainment (@AFPceleb) February 25, 2016

Savile Case Highlights Danger of ‘Culture of Deference’

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: In this Dec. 17, 1986 file photo, disc jockey Jimmy Savile is pictured at Madame Tussauds museum in London, England. An investigation commissioned by the BBC has found that employees were aware of complaints of sexual assault against the late entertainer Jimmy Savile and missed opportunities to stop him. However, the review by a former court of appeal judge, Dame Janet Smith, cleared the institution Thursday Feb. 25, 2016 of responsibility. She found no evidence that senior managers "ever found out about any specific complaint relating to Savile's inappropriate sexual conduc... more »

Cleveland Surgeons Perform Nation’s First Uterus Transplant

LAURAN NEERGAARD & MARK GILLISPIE at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, photo provided by Cleveland Clinic Center, a team of Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeons and gynecological surgeons perform the nation’s first uterus transplant during a nine-hour surgery in Cleveland. In a statement Thursday, the Cleveland Clinic said the surgery was performed on a 26-year-old woman, using a uterus from a deceased donor. (Cleveland Clinic Center via AP)] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Surgeons in Cleveland say they have performed the nation’s first uterus transplant, a new frontier that aims to give women who lack wombs a chance at preg... more »

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox To Trump: ‘I’m Not Going To Pay For That Fucking Wall’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Update:* Former Mexican presidents Fox and Calderón take aim at Trump and his ‘stupid wall’ (Washington Post) *WNU Editor:* This only gives more support for Donald Trump.

US and China Agree to ‘Major Upgrade’ in Proposed Sanctions on North Korea

MICHAEL ASTOR at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: South Korean protesters shout slogans during a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States' advanced defense system THAAD, or Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, on Korea Peninsula, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. 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 said Wednesday. The signs read " Oppose deployment of the THAAD." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)] UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States o...more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The USS John C. Stennis sails through the Philippine Sea, Feb. 22, 2016. Navy photo by Seaman Cole C. Pielop

3 Persistent Myths of Donald Trump

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
At War on the Rocks, Mieke 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Marengo, Illinois, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

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

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “I Giorni” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmj3iU36Mmw

Awkward Moments in Transition

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

John Maynard Keynes; "Any Questions?"

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

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

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

FALSE FLAG ALERT for Montreal

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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